Monday, September 15, 2014

Discount BC Lions tickets on sale for Douglas College students

Join your fellow Douglas College students and roar for the BC Lions. Discount tickets are on sale for the game against the Ottawa Redblacks on Saturday, Oct. 11 at BC Place.

The deadline to buy the $20 Student Night tickets is Friday, Sept. 19. You'll also get a sharp-looking Douglas College/BC Lions hoodie as part of the deal.

For details about how to get tickets, visit

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

This week at Douglas College: Gallery exhibit, concert, Frosh event and more!

Here’s what’s happening at Douglas Sept. 15-21


Gallery exhibit
New Westminster Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Check out the Greenlinks 2014: Urban Oases exhibit. More information:

Tuesday, Sept. 16

Frosh event
New Westminster Campus, concourse
The Douglas College Business Assocation is hosting a fun networking event for students. More information:

Thursday, Sept. 18

Free concert
New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
Everyone is invited to this free concert as part of the Arts at One concert series. More information:

Friday, Sept. 19

Ticket deadline
Sept. 19 is the deadline to buy discount tickets for BC Lions student night. The game takes place Oct. 11. More information:

Got an event you want listed? Submit it here.

See more upcoming Douglas College events on the Events Calendar.

And make sure to join Douglas College on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Safer Walk program resumes at Douglas College New Westminster campus

Want some friendly company when you walk at night between the New Westminster campus and the SkyTrain station?

Douglas College offers a Safer Walk program for students and employees heading to the New Westminster SkyTrain station.

From Monday to Friday, students and employees will be offered optional escorted trips to the station by a uniformed Security Officer.

The walks will depart every 30 minutes, from 7 to 11pm, leaving from the College’s main concourse, level 2, near the West entrance of the campus.

For more information, please contact the Security kiosk at 604 527 5405 (non-emergency), or the Director of Safety, Security and Risk Management at 604 527 5828.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Animal scientist Temple Grandin to deliver sold-out talk at Douglas College

Ticket Update: Due to high demand for tickets, event organizers have added a reduced-price ticket option for an overflow lecture hall room in which there will be a live webcast of the talk. While a limited number of tickets for the main theatre is expected to become available early on the week of Sept. 15, 2014, those already on the existing ticket waiting list are also encouraged to buy tickets for the overflow room to avoid disappointment. Those on the waiting list who end up with tickets for the main theatre will be refunded the cost of any overflow tickets they purchase.

Overflow room tickets are $5 and available online.

Overflow room details:
New Westminster Campus
700 Royal Ave.
Lecture Hall 2201 – Live Webcast
Sunday, Sept. 28

Temple Grandin—animal-welfare advocate, autism activist and distinguished scholar—will share her insights into animal behaviour during a sold-out talk at Douglas College.

Grandin is a best-selling author and professor of animal science at Colorado State University. Throughout her career, she has driven efforts to improve livestock handling and quality of life for animals. Diagnosed with autism at an early age, Grandin is also a prominent advocate for people with autism. Her life story was documented in the Emmy Award-winning HBO movie Temple Grandin.

“I have had the privilege of hearing Dr. Grandin speak several times, and I find both her and her work to be extremely inspiring. She has done more to bring positive change to the welfare of our domestic animals than almost anyone else internationally,” says Diane Boyle, Veterinary Technology Instructor at Douglas College.

“As an acclaimed, in-demand speaker who supports the Veterinary Technology profession, we are thrilled that Dr. Grandin has agreed to speak at Douglas College. She is a very down-to-earth and entertaining speaker, and we look forward to her presentation,” Boyle says.

The talk takes place Sunday, Sept. 28, 7pm, at the Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre, New Westminster Campus, 700 Royal Ave. A book signing will follow. Tickets for the event have sold out. However, an online waiting list is available for any tickets that become available. All proceeds go to the Douglas College Veterinary Technology Trust Fund and the BC SPCA.

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Douglas College Counselling Services is here to help

               David Denofreo Photo
College can be a stressful and confusing time for many students. Often this has an impact on school performance. It may be helpful to talk to someone who can assist you with managing personal challenges and easing the pressure of college life.

If you are dealing with a problem that is affecting your school performance, it may be useful to talk to someone who can support you. Counsellors, located at both New Westminster and Coquitlam campuses, are trained to provide short term personal counselling, career counselling and student advocacy. You may want to visit Counselling Services for free support if you are having trouble in areas such as:

  • Managing personal stressors
  • Relationship problems
  • Grief
  • Family related concerns
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Adjustment to college
  • Setting career goals
  • Making career choices
  • Understanding your rights and responsibilities according to college policy

How do you make an appointment?

Simply phone or come in to make a 50-minute appointment. If you are in crisis, or if you do not require a full appointment, shorter, 20-30 minute drop-in appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Locations and hours:

New Westminster campus, room 4600 (South)
604 527 5486 TTY: 604 527 5450
Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm; Wednesday from 8:30am-7:00pm

Coquitlam campus, room A1050
604 777 6185 TTY: 604 777 6179
Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm; Tuesday from 8:30am-7:00pm

You aren’t alone – Counselling Services is here for you. More information is available on the Douglas College website


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Get involved and have fun outside of class with Douglife

Want to discover the other half of the college experience? Douglife is your one-stop shop for activities outside of class like Frosh, global internships and volunteer opportunities, student leadership, and intramurals. Douglife also supports student clubs and organizations, wellness programs, and overall student development. 

Complimentary fitness classes are offered at both campuses ranging from yoga and pilates, zumba, core strength, and basic step. There are also two fitness centres accessible to Douglas College students and staff: one at the New Westminster campus and one at the Pinetree Community Centre next to the Coquitlam campus. Hours of operation are listed on the Douglife website.

Volunteer opportunities exist on and off campus. On-campus opportunities include helping run International Day and other exciting events, while off-campus opportunities exist through a variety of organizations like the Red Cross and PoCoMo Youth Services.

Some of the clubs that exist on campus are the Running Club, the Photography Club, the Social Networking Club, the International Association, and several dance clubs. Get the complete list on the Douglife website.

Why get involved?

  • Getting involved in co-curricular activities gives you the chance to meet new people with similar interests. In other words, make new friends and have fun doing it.
  • Physical activity can have a strong, positive impact on mood, and social interaction can boost cognitive performance.
  • Gain personal and professional skills that will benefit you in classroom settings and in future careers. 

So whether you want to join a sports team, develop your leadership skills, intern in Zambia or create a club, Douglife is the place you need to be. Check us out our website for more information.


Monday, September 8, 2014

Explore the world with Douglas College field schools

                                                      Andrew Ducholke Photo

What are you doing in summer 2015?

We’re planning field schools in Italy, the Phillippines, Switzerland and Wales, and you’re invited!

Field schools are seven weeks and usually take place from April to July. Courses are taught by Douglas instructors and, depending on the program, an instructor from one of our partner institutions.

Virtually all field school courses are university transferable.

You’ll spend part of the program studying at Douglas before travelling overseas with your instructors and classmates to complete the program.

To be eligible, you must be:
  • a Douglas College student eligible to take the courses offered in the field school. Qualified students from other institutions are welcome to apply but must first gain admission to Douglas College. 
  • 18 years of age or older prior to departure 
  • in good academic standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 by application deadline. If you do not meet this requirement, you can only attend a field school with the approval of the program's lead faculty member. 
  • a passport holder or able to obtain a passport 


$2,400-$3,700 per student, depending on the program. Includes airport transfers overseas, use of facilities at the partner institution, tuition for any courses taught by partner institutions, program field trips, shared accommodations, some meals (depending on the program) and travel medical insurance.

Airfare, passport application costs, fees for Douglas College courses, airport transfers in Vancouver, textbooks and personal spending are extra.

For more information, visit the Douglas College website.


Sunday, September 7, 2014

This week at Douglas College: Concert, resume workshop, artist’s talk and more!

Here’s what’s happening at Douglas Sept. 8-14

Tuesday, Sept. 9

Coquitlam Campus, room A1430
The Student Employment Centre presents an overview of the dos and don’ts of producing a killer resume. More information:

Wednesday, Sept. 10

New Westminster Campus, room 2844
The Student Employment Centre presents an overview of the dos and don’ts of producing a killer resume. More information:

Thursday, Sept. 11

Free concert
New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
Everyone is invited to this free concert as part of the Arts at One concert series. More information:

Pub night
New Westminster Campus, Douglas Students’ Union lounge
The Douglas Students’ Union is hosting a pub night. 19+ and ID required. More information:

Friday, Sept. 12

Artist’s talk
New Westminster Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Everyone is invited to an artist’s talk for the new exhibit Greenlinks 2014: Urban Oases. More information:

Opening reception
New Westminster Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Everyone is invited to the opening reception for the new exhibit Greenlinks 2014: Urban Oases. More information:

Got an event you want listed? Submit it here.

See more upcoming Douglas College events on the Events Calendar.

And make sure to join Douglas College on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!


Friday, September 5, 2014

Douglas College student helps people overcome barriers to employment

                                                               David Denofreo Photo
Pippin Brown understands how important meaningful, paid work can be in the lives of people who face significant personal challenges. At present, she works as a senior behaviour interventionist, helping young people with autism develop life and social skills. In that role, she has helped one of her teenage clients find a job and start planning a career.

Looking to improve her skills and knowledge, Pippin is studying towards an Advanced Certificate in Employment Supports Specialty at Douglas College. The part-time program is for people who work with youth and adults who face significant barriers to employment such as mental illness or a disability. Students gain an understanding of current theories and models related to helping clients achieve success in their work lives.

“I am passionate about helping others and ensuring their success in the future,” Pippin says. “Working with families to create goals and programs to enhance children’s learning and quality of life is an area I find great pleasure in.”

“In the future I want to become a behaviour consultant and I know many of the individuals I will support will want to transition into employment,” she says. “Although I have experience in supported employment, I know I also have limitations. I want to expand my knowledge and have certification in the area of supported employment.”

The first of its kind in Canada, the Employment Supports Specialty program is two terms long and administered entirely online.

“I like that the program is online,” Pippin says. “This program has created an online community where like-minded people can discuss and share ideas. With it being online, I can continue working in the evenings and on weekends as well as be home with my daughter during the day.”

“I recommend this program to anyone who is working with people that face barriers to paid employment.”

Learn more about the Employment Supports Specialty program on the Douglas College website.


Thursday, September 4, 2014

New bursary for mature Douglas College students

Representatives from the Douglas College Foundation
and Douglas Students' Union.
There's good news for mature students at Douglas College (Officially, that's anyone 25 years or older). The Douglas College Foundation and the Douglas Students' Union have partnered to create a new bursary.

The $1,000 annual Douglas Students’ Union Mature Student Bursary is available just in time for the start of the 2014/2015 school year. It was created with an initial $20,000 endowment from the students’ union, which was matched 50 percent by the Douglas College Foundation, for a total of $30,000.

Learn more about the award on the Douglas College news webpage.