Monday, October 20, 2014

Photos: Douglas College Nursing students take part in emergency simulation

                                                   Justice Institute of B.C. Photo
A group of Health Sciences students from Douglas College got a unique chance to experience what it's like to be part of a multi-agency response to a serious emergency.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Psychiatric Nursing students took part in a training simulation at the Justice Institute of British Columbia campus in New Westminster on October 17.

Working as part of a public safety team, the Douglas students treated actors who posed as victims suffering from a range of injuries that resulted from a shooting incident scenario.

The training simulation, organized by the Provincial Health Services Authority Mobile Medical Unit, also involved paramedic and law enforcement students from the Justice Institute and resident physicians from UBC.

Here are photos from the training simulation, courtesy of the Justice Institute:













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This week at Douglas College: Gallery exhibit, free concert, workshop and more!


Here’s what’s happening at Douglas Oct. 20-26


Tuesday, Oct. 21


Info session
Coquitlam Campus, room A1430
4pm
Improve your interview skills. Learn how to get the job you want in this free information session. To register: Student Employment Centre.

Wednesday, Oct. 22


Info session
New Westminster Campus, room 2844
Improve your interview skills. Learn how to get the job you want in this free information session. To register: Student Employment Centre.

Workshop
New Westminster Campus, room 1715
10:30am
This three-part workshop (you must register for all three parts) is designed to help you with career planning. You will learn about yourself and the career decision-making process in a supportive and friendly environment. More information: Counselling website.

Thursday, Oct. 23


Technology fair
New Westminster Campus, concourse
10am-3pm
Join us for the Educational Technology Fair, where you can find out about the various exciting technologies available to students on your campuses and explore how it can make your life as a student easier. The event is free. Students, staff and faculty are welcome.

Free concert
New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
1pm
Arts at One presents the Fall 2014 Music Technologies Concert, directed by Blair Fisher and Robert Caldwell of the Music Technology Certificate program. Free. Public welcome. More information: Arts Events.

Info session
New Westminster Campus, room 2201
4pm
Are you interested in furthering your business education by attending the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia? Check out this free information session. More information: Sauder School.

Friday, Oct. 24


Artist’s talk
New Westminster Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
10am
Amelia Douglas Gallery presents Under the Same Roof: Collaborative and individual collage and sculptural work by Jessie and Ewan McNeil. October 23-December 12. Free and open to all. More information: Amelia Douglas Gallery.

Opening reception
New Westminster Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
4:30-7:30pm
Amelia Douglas Gallery presents Under the Same Roof: Collaborative and individual collage and sculptural work by Jessie and Ewan McNeil. October 23-December 12. Free and open to all. More information: Amelia Douglas Gallery.


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Thursday, October 16, 2014

RBC donates $12,000 to Douglas College Institute of Urban Ecology

Rob McGregor, IUE Executive Director.
Douglas College has received a $12,000 donation from RBC that will support educational programming for youth and community members around ecological and environmental issues.

The RBC Foundation funds will go towards two major programs run by Douglas College’s Institute of Urban Ecology: the Environmental Education Workshops and the User Network for Insect Biology in the Urban Garden (UNIBUG).

“We are very grateful to receive this generous donation and continued support from RBC. This donation will be instrumental in allowing us to continue our work educating youth about ecological and environmental issues and the larger community about ecological approaches to food production,” says Rob McGregor, Executive Director of the Institute of Urban Ecology.

“At RBC, we believe interactive education programs help bring excitement into learning and compliment school programming. RBC is long-time supporter of Douglas College’s Institute of Urban Ecology and its educational initiatives. We are proud to support these unique programs that take kids on an adventure in learning, and enlighten and engage the broader public,” says Jennifer Cabeldu, RBC Manager, Donations, Brand and Communications, B.C. Region.

Founded in 1984, the Institute of Urban Ecology conducts research, organizes community projects and delivers educational workshops on issues related to ecology in urban areas. Its newest project is the UNIBUG program, which has been educating the public about beneficial insects in urban gardens. For many years, the institute has also been presenting educational workshops to school and community groups across Metro Vancouver, highlighting the value of nature in the city.


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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

2014 Entrepreneur of the Year Awards finalists


It's that time of year again! The finalists have been announced for the 2014 Douglas College Self Employment Program Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

Held each year, the awards recognize the accomplishments of entrepreneurs who have graduated from Douglas College’s Self Employment Program.

They are vying for awards in eight categories and for an overall Entrepreneur of the Year Award, which will be presented during an event on October 21.

Here are this year's finalists, listed by category:

Construction and Manufacturing

  • Colin Dion, Transition Construction, Maple Ridge
  • Sohrab Pakseresht Esmaeil, Labyrinth Art Interiors, Port Moody
  • Zahra Majzoubi, Zara Custom Curtains Ltd., Coquitlam

High-Tech

  • Jim Anderson, Anderson Prototypes, Port Moody
  • Don Lekei, Help-My-Tech, Maple Ridge
  • Douglas Beech, HiretheWorld, Burnaby

Home Based

  • Stacey Allward, ABS Consulting Services, Vancouver
  • Leann Fox, BackPAC Fundraising, Port Moody
  • Anne James, A Place For Everything, New Westminster

Perseverance

  • Manmeet Nina Kaur, Ethical Financial, Surrey
  • Pamela Baxter, Cascadia Gluten-Free Foods, North Vancouver
  • TamAirah Pedersen Campbell, The Style Chamber, Pemberton

Retail

  • Carrie Tang, Bronco Belle Texas BBQ & Grill, Coquitlam
  • Dale Breedveld, Over The Top Turkey, Surrey
  • Brenda Fraser, Brenda’s Bangles & Baubles, Coquitlam

Service

  • Mike Oakley, Home James Services for Seniors, Port Coquitlam
  • Raj Aujla, Path to Sobriety, New Westminster
  • Antoaneta Eneva, A1 Design Studio Inc., Port Moody

Smartest Start

  • Rebecca Wood Barrett, Buzzworks Creative, Whistler
  • Timothy Danielson, Character Industry, Surrey
  • Christopher Szewczyk, Antipasti Catering, Whistler

Youth

  • Dewan Bayney, Kontakt Records, Port Moody
  • Angela Ripolo, Heart & Soul Fitness, New Westminster
  • Mehrnaz Jackie Bassiri, MyGradeBooster, North Vancouver


For more information about the awards, visit the Entrepreneur of the Year Awards website.


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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Faculty voice: Get prepared in case ‘the big one’ strikes

By Susan Smythe
Chair of Geography
Geography Chair Susan Smythe.

Douglas College

“The big one” might or might not strike the West Coast in our lifetime, so it’s important to be prepared.

The B.C. coast periodically produces major earthquakes and tsunamis created by interacting tectonic plates, chunks of Earth’s crust that move past each other horizontally or vertically. These plates move at about the speed your fingernails grow.

They may “stick” for hundreds of years, storing up energy that is released when the rock finally ruptures and slips to a new position. This creates an earthquake with seismic waves radiating out like ripples from a stone dropped in a puddle.

The greater the rock movement and the longer the fault over which it occurs, the greater the magnitude of the earthquake. The amount of ground shaking depends on our distance from the site of rupture, and the underlying material. Essentially, loose sediment equals more shaking; hard rock equals less shaking.

We live on the North American plate. It’s colliding with little plates to the west like the Juan de Fuca. The thinner, more dense Juan de Fuca plate descends, or subducts, into Earth’s interior beneath the thicker, less dense North American plate.

The North American plate is locked, or is “sticking,” to the Juan de Fuca plate. As collision continues it is slowly buckling. Geoscientists are measuring its leading edge as it shortens and elevates, just like in Indonesia and Japan before their devastating earthquakes.

One day the North American plate will “snap out” and produce a great earthquake. It may form tsunami waves as it “kicks out” at the bottom of the ocean.

Studies have shown magnitude 9 earthquakes with tsunamis in our coast’s past, most recently on January 26, 1700. We can calculate an average recurrence interval, but can’t predict when the next one will hit because those events weren’t evenly spaced in time.

Geoscientists guarantee that we will have a “megathrust” earthquake one day, but we have no way of knowing whether it will be next week or in 700 years.

The Great British Columbia ShakeOut drill, taking place Oct 16, is a great reminder to prepare our families and homes for a large earthquake. Douglas College has made plans to protect us in an emergency. Now it’s your turn to prepare, and happily, there are many wonderful resources to help you.

The getprepared.gc.ca website will guide you through an emergency plan for your family, as well as emergency kits for your home and vehicle. Use the PEPBC emergency contact form to type in the name of your out-of-province contact and print off six business cards with contact information for your family members to carry in their wallets. The New Zealand government has created a brilliant video of what to do in an earthquake.

Sometime in the next week, take one step to begin or add to your emergency plans with your family. If we take no precautions and a significant earthquake strikes in our lifetimes, we will regret our inactivity. If we plan ahead, we may reduce hardship and possibly save lives of people we love.




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Sunday, October 12, 2014

This week at Douglas College: A Class Act, career workshop, free concert and more!


Here’s what’s happening at Douglas Oct. 13-19


Ongoing


Gallery exhibit
New Westminster Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Check out the Greenlinks 2014: Urban Oases exhibit. Exhibit ends October 17. More information and gallery hours: douglascollege.ca/artsevents

Monday, Oct. 13


Thanksgiving Day—College closed

Tuesday, Oct. 14


Workshop
Coquitlam Campus, room A1430
4pm
Put on by the Student Employment Centre, this one-hour cover letters workshop will help you grab the attention of potential employers with helpful tips on how to get your cover letters read. More information: Student Employment Centre.

Wednesday, Oct. 15


Workshop
New Westminster Campus, room 1715
10:30am
This three-part workshop (you must register for all three parts) is designed to help you with career planning. You will learn about yourself and the career decision-making process in a supportive and friendly environment. More information: Counselling website.

Thursday, Oct. 16


Free concert
New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
1pm
Another free concert in the Arts at One series, Winter Harp: Troubadours and Minstrelsfeatures flutes, medieval instruments and percussion, and a repertoire of neo-medieval, Celtic, flamenco and a touch of Yule. Free, public welcome. More information: Arts Events.

Friday, Oct. 17


A Class Act
Coquitlam Campus
7-10pm
Join us at the 17th annual A Class Act when the 1920s comes to Douglas College and the focus is on wine, beer, chocolate and jazz. For more information or to buy tickets, call 604 777 6176 or email foundation@douglascollege.ca.


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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Get career planning help at Douglas College


Thinking about your future? Having trouble deciding on career options? Douglas College is offering a free career planning workshop this semester that might be just what you’re looking for.

The workshop is designed to help Douglas College students with the career planning process. You will participate in discussions and activities aimed at helping you learn about yourself and the career decision-making process in a supportive and friendly environment.

You will also complete a career interest assessment for free, which includes a professional interpretation of your results.

The three-session workshop is being offered at both the New Westminster Campus and at the Coquitlam Campus.

Agenda


Session 1
– Assessing our skills, interests, and values
Session 2 – But what does it mean? – interpreting the assessments
Session 3 – Researching careers and decision-making

Times and locations


New Westminster Campus

Sessions held on Wednesdays
October 15, 22 and 29
10:30am to 12:20pm
Room 1715

Coquitlam Campus
Sessions held on Tuesdays
October 21, 28 and November 4
12:30pm to 2:20pm
Room C1012, C1009, C1012

Registration


Please register with the receptionist in Student Services:

New Westminster Campus
Room 4600 (south)
604 527 5450

Coquitlam Campus
Room A1050
604 777 6185

More information about Students Services is available at douglascollege.ca/student-services.




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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Douglas College Poem of the Month: October 2014



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 "Grand World" by Louise Brecht.

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.


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Sunday, October 5, 2014

This week at Douglas College: BC Lions student night, Mark Brand talk, free concert and more!


Here’s what’s happening at Douglas Oct. 6-12


Ongoing


Gallery exhibit
New Westminster Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Check out the Greenlinks 2014: Urban Oases exhibit. More information and gallery hours: douglascollege.ca/artsevents

Tuesday, Oct. 7


Info session
New Westminster Campus, room 3302
9:30am
Do you live on the stage? Would you like to manage an arts organization? The Bachelor of Performing Arts degree will prepare you for a rewarding career working in the arts. More information: program website.

Info session
New Westminster Campus, lower cafeteria
2:45-4pm
Interested in studying in Japan, Korea, China, Switzerland, Finland, Sweden or France? Find out more about Douglas College international exchange programs and where they can take you. Doughnuts provided; door prizes to be won! More information: Douglas College website.

Thursday, Oct. 9


Free concert
New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
1pm
Another free concert in the Arts at One series, Piano Trio features pianist Bernard Duerksen, cellist Sue Round and violinist Angela Cavadas creating sweet harmonies to lift your spirit and carry your mind to a place of aural delights. Free, everyone welcome. More information: Arts events.

Friday, Oct. 10


Talk
New Westminster Campus, room 1630/1640
5pm
The Douglas College Business Association presents its Annual Speaker Series ft. Mark Brand. Mark is a social entrepreneur, a restaurateur who own multiple diverse businesses and a former speaker at Vancouver’s own TedTalk. Mark will be speaking about unconventional solutions with a focus on leadership and what young people can do to be active in the business world and in the community. More information: DCBA website.

Saturday, Oct. 11


Student night
BC Place, Vancouver
7pm
Douglas students will be in the stands cheering as the BC Lions take on the newly formed Ottawa Redblacks in what is sure to be a tightly contested affair. More information: Douglife website.


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Friday, October 3, 2014

Douglas College to hold Oct. 16 earthquake ShakeOut drill


You’re working at your desk when suddenly the room begins to sway or everything begins shaking. It’s an earthquake. What do you do?

Later this month, in an effort to prepare for a potential earthquake, Douglas College students, employees and visitors, along with thousands of other British Columbians, will participate in the Great British Columbia ShakeOut.

“Seismic experts tell us that we can expect a major destructive earthquake in B.C.," says Nancy Constable, Director of Safety, Security and Risk Management. “We don’t know when it might hit. This drill is about practising how to protect ourselves when it does.”

What to do


Around 10:18am on Thursday, Oct. 16, at the New Westminster and Coquitlam campuses, a public announcement will be broadcast advising we are about to start the Great British Columbia ShakeOut earthquake drill.

When you are advised that the drill is starting, carefully drop to the ground, take cover under a desk or table and hold on. If you are not near a desk or table, or are physically unable to drop, cover and hold on, then cover your head and neck with your arms and crouch in a corner, away from any glass. Information for persons with disabilities is available here.

The drill will last around 90 seconds.

More information about the Great British Columbia ShakeOut is available here.

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