Friday, February 12, 2016

Douglas College Poem of the Month: February 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 "Not a Lie in Sight" by Kyle Marentic.

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.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Join Douglas College in marking Pink Shirt Day

Take a stand against bullying with Douglas College on Feb. 24 as we mark Pink Shirt Day.

Don pink attire and join fellow students and College employees at the New Westminster Campus Concourse and at the Atrium at the Coquitlam Campus from 10am to 2:30pm. 

The event will feature activities, information and resources about Pink Shirt Day and the anti-bullying message behind the pink shirt.

For more information about Pink Shirt Day, click here


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Meet Douglas College's valedictorians for Winter 2016

This week is a time for celebration for the many Douglas College students who will be walking across the stage as part of the Winter graduation ceremonies.

One small group of students made a lasting mark with their peers and instructors during their time at Douglas. They are the valedictorians:

Eisa Cala

“Taking Hospitality Management at Douglas helped me pick up key theories and practices of the hospitality industry and equipped me with the skills and experience needed to further my career.”

Alex Domijan
Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching

"Douglas allowed me to sample environments, subjects, and when the time came, I was giving the perfect opportunity to practice my passion through the faculty's support and effective resource management."

Kristen Gerelus

"The things that I liked about Douglas the most were the instructors and the small classes, it's just a better learning experience."

Carmen Schalles

"Douglas has helped my achieve my goals by providing me practical experience. The clinical time that I received in the Nursing program really facilitated personal growth.”

Meghan Walker

"One thing I value about Douglas College is the sense of community. Small class sizes allowed me to build relationships with the students and faculty. These relationships were a great resource for sharing knowledge and getting assistance."


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Nominations sought for Douglas College Education Council and College Board

Nominations are now being sought for candidates to fill student representative positions on the College Board and Education Council.

The positions - two on the board and four on the council - each have a one-year term, starting Sept. 1, 2016 and ending Aug. 31, 2017.

The nomination period closes Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016 at 4pm.

The role of the Douglas College Board is to act on behalf of the public and oversee the affairs - including property, revenue and expenditures - of the College. The Board meets seven times annually, and holds a strategic/educational retreat each year. 

The Education Council at Douglas College is responsible for developing policies that reflect the Educational Council mandate in the College and Institute Act.

Information about the elections, as well as nomination forms, can be found at the Registrar's office at both campuses, the Douglas Students’ Union Offices and at the Douglas College elections website here and here.


Friday, February 5, 2016

Beat the line with the new self-serve Tim Horton's

Starting Feb. 9, the endless morning coffee line is a thing of the past. Douglas College is opening a self-serve Tim Hortons on the first floor, near the deli.

The new option aims to cut down on line-ups at the main Tim Hortons on the second floor and will offer an assortment of items, including:
  • Coffee and cappuccino
  • Tea
  • Hot chocolate
  • Baked goods 
The self-service Tim Hortons will be open Monday-Thursday, 8am-4pm and on Fridays from 8am-2:30pm.


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Douglas College Psychiatric Nursing instructor to present at speaker series

Students are invited to hear research from a Douglas College Psychiatric Nursing instructor that
could spur improvements in patient care for those suffering with dual diagnosis.

Kofi Bonnie will present findings from his research conducted at St. Paul’s Hospital at Douglas College’s Health Science Speaker series on Feb. 15.

Bonnie's work identifies characteristics of clients with dual diagnosis and those repeatedly admitted to acute psychiatric units. Bonnie noted that little is known about these specific clients and his aim is to provide evidence-based care that will improve outcomes for patients.

“I was drawn to this research because of my passion for caring for the marginalized population and a relentless spirit to improve patient-care outcomes,” Bonnie said. “As the saying goes, ‘to him much is given, much is required.’”

Bonnie, who was the principal investigator on this research, is currently working with the Director of Mental Health at St. Paul’s Hospital and community stakeholders to implement resource allocation based on his findings.

The College’s speaker series invites a variety of experts to discuss health issues with a regional, national and global impact. It is free and open to the public.

Bonnie’s talk will be held at 10am at Douglas College’s Coquitlam campus, 1250 Pinetree Way, in room A1470. Read more...

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Douglas College Network Shutdown Feb. 12

Douglas College will experience a full computer and network systems shutdown between 9pm on Thursday, Feb. 11 to 6am on Monday, Feb. 15 in order to relocate the College’s main server and network equipment room to a new, safer location. This will effect both the New Westminster and Coquitlam campuses.

Although some services and supports will be limited during the shutdown (see below), both campuses of the College will remain open to the public.

There is never an ideal time to schedule this; however, doing it during study break causes less disruption to classes and allows the College to meet expectations for completing the work within the timelines the Ministry set as a condition of receiving Ministry funding for the project.

During the shutdown, the following supports and services will not be available:
  • Internet access from on-campus (includes Wi-Fi) 
  • Logging-on to College computers 
  • Banner 
  • FAST Portal and Reporting 
  • Blackboard 
  • myDouglas 
  • Student ID 
  • LaserFiche 
  • Qlikview 
During the shutdown, the following College areas will be closed at both campuses:
  • Registrar’s Office
  • Cashier
  • Bookstore
  • Library, including access to all electronic library resources outside the college (i.e. journal databases, online catalogue, and ebooks)
  • Student Employment Centre
  • Douglas International
  • DSU Coquitlam 
However, the following services will still be available during the shutdown:
  • Security
  • Parking
  • Food services
  • Smartphone access to email and other services not dependent on College wireless network
  • DSU New Westminster

The outcome of this necessary move is our IT infrastructure will be housed in a safer location to protect critical services for students and employees. Additional upgrades will follow to improve connectivity and processing speed. This is a necessary first step toward improved IT services for years to come.

Thank you, in advance, for your support and cooperation.

Tracey Szirth, VP Administrative Services and CFO

Monday, February 1, 2016

Renovations coming to Douglas College's New Westminster campus

David Denofreo photo

Douglas College is getting a makeover.

The 0600/1600 area of the New Westminster Campus will undergo a renovation that will see 22 upgraded educational spaces, including new classrooms and lab spaces to keep up with the growing student population.

The 3,000-square-metre renovation will enhance your learning experience and make room for new space dedicated to the Engineering Foundations Certificate and Engineering Essentials program, as well as other programs that align with the BC Skills for Jobs Blue Print.

This will be the largest renovation at New Westminster campus since its opening in 1982. The project will include classroom upgrades such as energy efficient lighting, HVAC systems and state-of-the-art AV technology for instructors.

Construction preparation and demolition kicks off Feb. 8, with work carrying through to August. Construction will take place on the south side of the campus, along Victoria Street. As with any construction, there will be occasional noise and minor disruptions. Some classes will be moved to new rooms to ensure the expected noise does not impact students or teachers.

As well, traffic on Victoria Street will be single-lane only from February to August. The sidewalk on Victoria Street may also be closed as construction progresses for safety reasons. These areas will be blocked using construction fencing. There may be temporary closures to parkade entrances during deliveries.

To stay in the loop on the construction and renovation progress, follow us on Twitter, Facebook or visit


Friday, January 29, 2016

Marketing grad makes a great escape

Chris Ricard (left) and his business partner appear on Dragon's Den

Every day at work is an adventure for Chris Ricard.

After graduating from Douglas College’s Marketing program and embarking on a number of entrepreneurial endeavours, Ricard's newest project is SmartyPantz Escape Rooms.

The expanding business has locations in Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary, and sees players escape from five themed rooms with varying degrees of difficulty and fear factor.

“I came across the escape room business while completing my MBA,” Ricard said. “I had never heard of the concept, so I read into it some more and thought it was pretty cool.

“I ended up pouring myself into the business. I did a viability study and organized a bunch of information for a pitch to my friend, who is now my business partner.”

At the time, Ricard owned a website hosting company. He sold the business, took a break from school and dove head-first into opening his first escape room in Vancouver’s Gastown last March.

To set SmartyPantz apart, the entrepreneur – whose official title is Chief Fun Officer - upped the quality of d├ęcor in the themed rooms and added a new layer to the thrills with live actors.

“It brings another element when we incorporate the actors into the fray. All our hosts are actors and everyone can put their own spin on a character,” Ricard said.

With the business expanding at a rapid rate, including leases signed in Calgary and Edmonton.

“It’s been an amazing experience being a pioneer in a new industry,” Ricard said.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Give your feedback on the draft 2016/2017 budget

Want to find out more about Douglas College’s annual financial plan?

You are invited to join President Kathy Denton and Vice President of Administrative Services & Chief Financial Officer Tracey Szirth for an overview of the 2016-17 College budget.

Join us Feb. 5, 12:30-2pm at the New Westminster campus’ Boardroom (Room 4920). A live video feed will stream the forum to the Coquitlam campus’ boardroom (Room B3011).

The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

You are encouraged to share your thoughts on the budget and provide feedback.

No registration is required. Light refreshments will be served. Read more...