Friday, September 30, 2016

Orange Shirt Day marks commemoration of residential school survivors

If you see someone on campus sporting an orange top today, it may be more than a bold fashion choice.

Sept. 30 is Orange Shirt Day - a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission residential school commemoration event originally held in Williams Lake in 2013.

The citrus hue has been chosen to mark the event because of Phyllis Webstad's experience at a residential school, where the then six-year-old had her orange shirt taken away upon arrival.

The date to commemorate was selected as it is the time of year in which First Nations children were taken away from their homes and into residential schools.

Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come. For more information, see here. Read more...

Monday, September 26, 2016

Launch your career with Leaders of Tomorrow - apply by Sept. 28

Could you benefit from a personal mentor in your field of interest?

Are you looking to develop a diverse network of current and future industry leaders?

Are you graduating between December 2016 and December 2017?

If so, apply now for the Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) program!

Presented by the The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, the LOT mentorship program connects final year post-secondary students with industry experts to help launch their careers. Open to Douglas College students in any area of study, this one-year program will help you develop skills in the following areas:

  • Mentorship: Develop a one-on-one relationship with a professional in your area of career interest.
  • Leadership: Learn from industry leaders and develop your personal leadership style.
  • Networking: Gain access to more than 100 networking and development events. 
  • Volunteerism: Be an agent for change in your community while growing skills to equip you for your career.

Learn more at an information/registration session:

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 11am-2pm
Coquitlam Campus, Atrium

Wednesday, Sept. 28, noon-1pm
New Westminster Campus, Room 3409

Or apply now online.

Application deadline: Sept. 28, 2016

Program cost: $319 plus GST

Access Program for Business students

A unique program developed by the Burnaby Board of Trade, the Access Student Career Development program has been enhancing Douglas students’ career skills and industry networks for a number of years. Like the Leaders of Tomorrow program, there are only a few days left to apply – Learn more on the Access Program website. Read more...

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Douglas College to host first annual Volunteer Fair on Sept. 28

If you're looking to gain volunteer experience, mark down Sept. 28 in your schedule.

The Douglas College Student Employment Centre will be hosting their first annual Volunteer Fair at the New Westminster Campus in the Concourse, from 10am to 3pm.

The fair will give students the opportunity to meet with various organizations from the Lower Mainland and learn about volunteer positions available to them. Discover an avenue to gain work experience in a field of interest, develop skills and build connections - all in one spot.

To learn more about the organizations attending the Volunteer Fair, see here. And don't forget your resume! Read more...

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Douglas College laces up to support mental health

Students are invited to lace up their running shoes and support mental-health awareness with the Douglas College Miles for Mental Health event Oct. 16.

Hosted by the Canadian Mental Health Association and Douglas College, the annual fundraiser features 2.5-km and 5-km run/walk options at Queens Park and will kick off at 9am with registration and coffee. The 5-km run will begin at 10am followed by the 2.5-km walk at 10:15am.

Douglas College grad Meredith Graham will serve as a student ambassador for the run, which is open to students, staff and faculty. Graham, a youth and family development worker in Burnaby, was given the diagnostic label of four mental illnesses – bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder. She notes that events like this are important to raise awareness.

“We need to facilitate conversations around stigma and deconstruct the stereotypes and myths that society holds of people who journey with mental health,” she said. “It is important for folks to know that we are not disordered. Change is made when we appreciate that we all join to create community, we all have something to offer and something to learn, we all have gifts and darkness is relative.”

For more information or to register, click here. To visit the Douglas College team page, see here.  

Douglas College Poem of the Month: September 2016

Poem of the Month showcases outstanding work written by Douglas College students.

Each month, the Creative Writing Department displays posters across both campuses featuring a new poem.

Click on the image to the right to see an enlarged version of this month’s poster, featuring "It Sucks to be a Demon's Delicacy (but Damn, It's Hell-a Worth It)" by Davina Price.

All Douglas College students are eligible to enter the Poem of the Month competition. Featured poems are selected by a committee of instructors.

To learn more about submitting poems, contact the Faculty of Language, Literature and Performing Arts at 604 527 5465.

More information about the Creative Writing Department is available on the Douglas College website. Read more...

Douglas College Sport Science student represents Canada at 2016 Summer Games in Rio

You would be hard-pressed to find someone on campus who had a better view of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio than Tory Nyhaug.

The Canadian racing cyclist and Douglas College Sport Science student represented Canada in BMX as a member of the 2016 Olympic team, finishing fifth.

“I started racing World Cups when I was 17 and I officially turned pro when I was 18,” Nyhaug said. “I love riding my bike, the extreme nature of it is fun and satisfying. But what I love most about it is how head to head it is. I’m very competitive.”

That competitive nature has served him well. Prior to this year’s Olympics, Nyhaug, who has been riding his bike since he was four years old, represented Canada at the 2012 Summer Olympics and won the silver medal at the World Championships in 2014. He followed that up with a gold medal at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.

While at the Olympics, Nyhaug made sure to take in the entire experience – not only racing against the world’s best, but making friends and enjoying other events.

Nyhaug notes one standout moment that will stay ingrained in his memory.

“Walking onto the start gate for the Olympic final, I remember looking up and just thinking, ‘man, this is so cool,’” he said. That’s something that not many people will ever get to experience and I’m thankful that I did.”

Anything can happen before the torch is lit in Tokyo four years from now, but another Olympics is definitely on Nyhaug's list. In the meantime, he is focusing on his education and planning to make his living in the sports industry.

“I want to help athletes – where it be as a coach, physiologist or physiotherapist – I’m not sure yet. But I’d like to be involved and give back, especially in BMX,” he said. Read more...

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Get involved and have fun outside of class with Student Life

Discover the other half of the college experience!

Head to the Student Life website to learn more about how you can get oriented, healthy, involved, and gain experience! You’ll find information about new student programs, academic success, wellness, student leadership programs, employment opportunities, and campus events.

Your tuition fees include a membership to the College’s fitness centers at both the New Westminster and Coquitlam campuses. Fitness classes such as yoga and pilates, zumba, core strength, and boot camp, are offered at both campuses. Hours of operation are listed online.

The Douglas College Student Union clubs are a great way to get involved and make new friends. There’s the Business Association, the Photography Club, and the International Association to name a few. Get the complete list on the DSU website.
Why get involved?

Believe it or not, students who invest their free time in getting involved on campus are more likely to do well academically.

Get Oriented: There are a few key steps that all successful students take to get settled at the College. Visit the new Student Life blog, Life at DC, to learn about these steps from your fellow students who’ve been there, done that.

Get involved: There are lots of college events and programs that you can join, and if you do, you’ll meet new people. We want you to find a sense of community at Douglas College.

Get Healthy: You need to be well to do well. Getting exercise, maintaining a healthy diet, and taking good care of your mental health will set you up for academic success.

Get Experience: You want to graduate with a resume that grabs attention and gets you hired; we want to help you! Getting involved on campus, being a student leader, and working in Student Life are great ways to get experience, and these things will show employers what you’re capable of.
Don’t be the last to know what’s happening at Douglas College! Follow Student Life on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the Life at DC blog.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Discover the resources at the Douglas College library

The Douglas College Library has a wide variety of resources designed to assist you in finding high-quality, relevant content for your coursework. Best of all, many are available online for you to access from anywhere, any time and are absolutely free.

Not sure where to start? Check out our Subject Guides, specifically developed to point you to the best search tools for specific courses. Student tested. Instructor approved.

Still need help? Librarians are ready to answer your questions about using these resources, turning your research topic into a search strategy, finding the best information sources available and citing the sources you use in completing your assignments.

You can also borrow laptops and other equipment, or book astudy room for your group work. Why not take a few minutes to explore the Library, either in person or online?

Keep in touch with us on Twitter and Facebook to get updates, alerts, reminders and more.

Twitter: @Douglas_Library

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Seven things you need to know about CEIT services

Glauce Fleury
Communications and Publications Specialist, CEIT
As a Douglas College student, you have available a variety of services to help you thrive. One of them is the IT services provided by the Centre for Educational and Information Technology (CEIT). Take a look at what you need to know to start your classes with confidence.
  • Student ID card: You’ll need yours to pick up library materials and access our campuses outside regular hours. When taking transit, you must carry your student ID card with your U-Pass BC on Compass Card. If you don’t provide your student ID when asked, you might get a fine and your Compass Card could be confiscated. Check when and where to get your student ID.
  • Logins: For myAccount, myDouglas, Blackboard and Office 365, go to At the top, hover over the Login drop-down menu and select your option. To log in to the College computers, Wi-Fi, Blackboard, myAccount and myDouglas, your username/user ID is your 9-digit student number. Your password/PIN, by default, is your 6-digit birthdate (DDMMYY). Your username to access Office 365 will be sent to your myDouglas account (the password is the same used for the wired and wireless networks). For the Wi-Fi, connect to the Douglas College Internal network. Note: to protect your account, after the first login, change your password. We recommend a minimum of eight characters, with numbers, capital letters and special characters.
  • Printing: You may print up to 300 pages free of charge per semester from any machine (libraries, computer labs or the New West fishbowl). If you need to print beyond that, PayPrint stations are available at both campus libraries, room N6212 (New West) and room A2270 (Coquitlam). At the beginning of each semester, your quota will be reset to 300 pages. Considering the environment, make sure you print only what’s necessary and pick up your copies, so they don’t go to waste.
  • CEIT Service Counters: They provide student ID cards, password/PIN resets, and assistance with login issues and wireless connectivity. In New West, go to room N2100B (inside the library). In Coquitlam, go to room B1250.
  • CEIT Help Desk: Our skilled staff is available to help you when you have difficulty with College-owned technology. You can reach them at 604 527 5330 or
  • Blackboard: If you take online or hybrid courses, you’ll use Blackboard. In this Learning Management System, you’ll have access to course materials uploaded by your instructor and some communications tools. Take a look at the Student Resources section and watch the tutorials to become familiar with this system.
  •  Office 365: As part of Douglas College licensing agreement, we provide Office 365 software to all registered students. This Canadian cloud services gives you access to Word, PowerPoint, OneNote, Excel, 1 Terabyte of OneDrive space and a new College email account. myDouglas email will be active until 2017, when all students will be expected to have transitioned to the new Office email.
You can find more information about our IT services at GET IT – IT Services for Students. Download this guide and have it at hand. If you need support, you can call, text or email Students Helping Students. If you can’t reach them, contact the CEIT Help Desk at 604 527 5330 or Read more...

Monday, September 12, 2016

Explore the world with Douglas College's field schools

What are you doing in 2017?

We’re planning field schools in Hawaii and the Philippines in Winter 2017, and in Belize, Scotland, Switzerland and Wales in Summer 2017. Join us for an amazing experience!

Field schools are amazing opportunities to study abroad for a few days to a few weeks, depending on the program. Courses are taught by Douglas College 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’ll need to get approval from the program’s lead faculty member. 
  • A passport holder or able to obtain a passport 
  • Able to obtain a visa, as necessary, to the field school’s destination 

$2,500-$4,000 per student, depending on the program. The fee usually includes airport transfer at the destination, use of classroom facilities at the partner institution, tuition for any courses taught by a partner institution, program field trips, shared accommodations, and most meals (depending on the program).

Airfare, passport and visa applications, fees for Douglas College courses, travel medical insurance (mandatory), airport transfers in Vancouver, textbooks and personal spending are extra.

Financial Awards
Eligible students can receive up to $1,500 to cover their field school costs.

Visit Fields Schools for details.