Thursday, September 3, 2009

Welcome to the Douglas community

By Scott McAlpine, Douglas College President

Welcome students to Douglas College and, in many cases, welcome back! It always feels like I should be saying “Happy New Year” in September because for us, and you, it really is. The year ahead is full of potential, promise, excitement and, of course, hard work. We know that and Douglas College faculty and staff are committed to doing everything we can to help you along your educational journey. You will come to know our fine community of instructors who are engaged with teaching as well as scholarship.

We also recognize that many students have made great sacrifices to get here and have made the difficult decision to pursue post-secondary education. We’re here to help, and while it is hard to imagine sometimes, all of our faculty and staff were once students too. Please remember that as we continue to develop our educational partnerships with you.

At Douglas College you will attend classes, whether face-to-face or online, and learn a great amount. But there is more to college than just classes. Watch for some wonderful activities and events in Campus Life; participate in the events from the Douglas College Students’ Union. Attend a play, see a guest speaker, cheer on the Royals! Be active, engage with our community. If you see me or any of our administration out and about, please say hello! At Douglas College, students are our first priority. They have been for 40 years.