Wednesday, January 27, 2010

New TESL Program starts in May

By Lori Kittelberg, Communications & Marketing Office

Combine zero teaching skills with teaching a new language to students whose mother-tongue and culture you may not be familiar with and it’s a recipe for disaster.

ESL instructor Janice Penner (second from right in the above photo) knows from experience. In the summer of 1979, she was a volunteer teacher in Japan. She was mystified about how to engage her students and the textbook she was given only had grammar drills.

Years later, she was in Taiwan, studying Mandarin while also teaching English as a Second Language (ESL).

“I had my degree and experience, and the difference was incredible in how much more effectively the students were learning. I was less stressed out and much more confident in my teaching ability,” Janice says.

“People without training are often overwhelmed with the errors their students make – are they because of language barriers, cultural communication issues or because the student has learned something incorrectly?” she explains.

As the coordinator of the new Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Citation at Douglas, Janice hopes to prevent this type of scenario in Canada as well as abroad.

The new, one-semester TESL Program is being offered at the New Westminster Campus starting in May. It is open to those who want to teach ESL locally and internationally. How is it unique? It includes a course specifically on tutoring, plus a 30-hour practicum (many similar programs offer the minimum requirement of 20 hours).

Canada, along with countries like Taiwan, Korea and China are now setting higher standards for foreign English-language teachers. Anyone planning to teach in Canada or abroad would be well-advised to get a credential. And with more people earning money on the side as ESL tutors, it never hurts to have a leg up on the competition.

The program is well-suited to anyone who is looking for a career shift, those who want to pay their way as they travel abroad, ESL tutors and anyone with an interest in other cultures. Applicants do not have to be native-English speakers.

For more information, contact Janice Penner at or 604-527-5175.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Students fundraise for Haiti

Douglas students are working together to raise money for Haiti relief efforts. Take your pick of baked goods, Toonie Tuesday or a birthday bash.

Bake sale
The Douglas College Students' Union (DSU) is hosting a bake sale this Thursday, January 28 in the concourse at the New West Campus.

Basic Musicianship student Stephanie Fornell, who is a member of a young mom’s group at Stepping Stones, pitched the bake sale idea to the DSU after brainstorming fundraising ideas with a Stepping Stones worker.

The DSU is encouraging students who want to donate baking for the sale to drop by its office – the second floor of the DSU building in New West or room A1190 at the David Lam Campus – to get college bake sale rules. The DSU Representative Committee is matching funding of up to $500 total for groups that fundraise for Haiti relief efforts through DSU.

The DSU is also offering the use of its space and resources, such as photocopying, to college fundraisers. In addition to any funds the DSU matches, it will also make an additional donation of $500 from the DSU Donation Fund.

“If anyone has any other ideas about how to fundraise and would like to do so through DSU to have us match the funding, we encourage ideas,” says DSU External Relations Coordinator Priscilla Bartleman.

Toonie Tuesday
Meanwhile, semester-six Bachelor of Science in Nursing students are holding a Toonie Tuesday fundraiser on Tuesday, February 2, with collection points in the New West concourse and the atriums of both buildings at the David Lam Campus. All funds will go to the Red Cross of Canada.

DCBA bash
On Saturday, January 30, the Douglas College Business Association (DCBA) celebrates its 1st birthday bash off campus. The DCBA will be donating 10% of net proceeds from ticket sales to Haiti relief efforts. DCBA President Aleem Jinnah is hopeful that the DSU will match its funds. See the DCBA website for details on its event.

For more information on having funds raised for Haiti relief matched by the DSU, contact Priscilla at 604-527-5114 or 604-777-6257.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Learn about stocks and investments

image from Lucid Markets

Want to invest your dollars but unsure of where to start? The Student Investment Club is offering an Investment Orientation Session next Wednesday, January 27 from 4:30-6:30pm in room 1614 at the New West Campus. It’s open to all Douglas students. To learn more, read on for details, courtesy of its founder.

By Aiko Yao

I first came up with the idea of starting a Student Investment Club during the Summer semester. I was working on New Student Orientation with Kyle Baillie, Eric Glanville and Melody McKiernan from the Office for New Students. I was inspired to make a change on campus – in particular, I wanted to offer more student clubs to Douglas College students. I was in the Financial Services Management Program (I recently shifted to Accounting) and came up with the idea of combining finance and event planning.

I talked to William Archibald, coordinator of the BBA-Finance Program, about the idea. He encouraged me to start on it and helped me in every way. Joe Ilsever agreed to be the club’s faculty advisor and has been really great in giving me advice and information to better develop the club. And I couldn’t have pulled it off without the help of Student Investment Club officers Sonika Jhajj, Kyle Kozma, Andrei Tchourakov, Arthur Messakh, Christopher Paik and Sophia Han – they are major contributors to the club and a big reason for its successful launch.

The first part of the Investment Orientation next Wednesday will include an introduction and an explanation of investment terminology. The second part will be a presentation on portfolio management by Business instructors Joe Ilsever and George Stroppa. After the orientation, we will have monthly meetings starting in March, where we’ll get into more detailed topics relating to the field. We are planning to get some outside speakers from banks or investment companies.

If you have any questions, you can contact me at or call 778-318-9308.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Haiti earthquake

By Michael Wilson, Ed Frey and Dave Waddington
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences has put up a large, detailed poster about the geology of the Haitian earthquake. The poster is in the hallway across from the Geology lab (3805) at the New Westminster Campus, and a copy will be posted at the David Lam Campus this week. Alongside the poster, we have indicated links for additional information.

The poster was prepared by the US Geological Survey only hours after the earthquake and was printed here on campus.

We hope that people on campus will find this information interesting and useful and, of course, that everyone will contribute in their own way to the relief effort. Here is a link to Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade describing Canada's relief efforts.

For information on earthquakes, both local and international, go to the Earthquakes Canada website, which also has links concerning the Haitian earthquake.

For anyone wanting to contribute to the relief effort in Haiti, visit the Canadian Red Cross or Doctors Without Borders – doug editor

Thursday, January 14, 2010

EVENT 2010 Non-Fiction Contest

Have a knack with the written word? EVENT, the Douglas College literary journal, is holding its annual creative non-fiction writing contest. There are three $500 prizes to be had, plus payment for publication!

Entries may be up to 5,000 words, double-spaced. Previously published stories or stories already accepted elsewhere for publication will not be accepted. Douglas College employees are not eligible to enter. For full details, rules and regulations, visit EVENT online.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Student newspaper gets the scoop about what’s happening at Douglas College

By Mark Fisher, Business Manager and Advertising, The Other Press

In April of 2009, I organized a survey that asked Douglas College students what they thought about the amount of college-related content in the student newspaper, The Other Press. A large portion of the respondents to the survey (42%) said we should have more stories that are related to Douglas College, so we decided to make that one of our main goals for the paper in the Fall 2009 semester.

I’m happy to say that in the past semester we reached an all-time high for publishing Douglas College-related content, reaching an average of over nine stories per issue. Click here to view a Google document with the issue by issue breakdown.

The opinions, arts, and sports sections each far surpassed the previous amount of College-related content from the previous semester. The news section continued to be just as solid as it was in 2008-2009. All in all, it was a great team effort by hard-working students who put a lot of time and effort into finding out and reporting about what was going on at Douglas.

While we’d like to cover everything newsworthy that goes on at the College, our editors and contributors are students too and they have to balance their time at the paper with their studies, so we’re always looking for more students who are interested in what’s going on at the College to come be a part of the paper. We have weekly meetings in Room 1020 every Monday at 6pm that are open to all students. Or you can e-mail the section editor that you’re interested in writing for if you can’t be there at that time.

I hope every student with an interest in writing gets to contribute to the paper at some point during their time at Douglas College. It’s definitely an experience you should not miss out on.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Win a year's tuition!

Want to enter the Doug’s Got Talent video contest but unsure of where to start? Get some inspiration from Roary in the above video. Then get shooting! Three $4,000 tuition credits are up for grabs. See contest details, rules and regulations at


Monday, January 4, 2010

Win Olympic tickets!

If Santa didn’t bring any Olympic tickets, you still have a chance to attend one of four events at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. The Douglas College Foundation is selling a limited number of raffle tickets to raise money for student aid.

Tickets to each of the four separate raffles can be purchased Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30-10:30am and noon-1pm at the New West main cafeteria, by emailing or calling Alexis Smith at 6172. Tickets can only be purchased by the Douglas community - students, employees, volunteers, board and advisory group members, etc. - and only 400 for each draw are available.

Up for grabs are:
· 2 tickets to Gold Medal Men’s Hockey - $40 each
· 2 tickets to Vancouver 2010 Opening Ceremonies - $25 each
· 2 tickets to Vancouver 2010 Closing Ceremonies - $20 each
· 2 tickets to Men’s and Women’s Team Pursuit Speed Skating Finals - $15 each

Can’t make up your mind? Get all four for $100! Payment can be by cash, cheque or credit card.

Farewell, Disney interns

By Julia Collin, Post Degree Diploma in Marketing

On Wednesday, December 16, the Douglas College Business Association (DCBA) hosted an event to say farewell to two Douglas College students who will be flying off to California in the New Year for the Disney Internship.

Students mingled with faculty for an evening of wine and great conversation. Bailey Chambers (Marketing Management) and Damian Craig (Bachelor of Business Administration) will be working at the Walt Disney World Resort. They also get the great opportunity to attend the University of California during their six-month exchange.

Attendees also had a chance to talk with the president of Douglas College, Scott McAlpine, who attended the event. It was such a great experience to get to know the man at the top of it all here at Douglas College.

I think Bailey’s and Damian’s parents, who attended the small event, had a huge weight lifted off of their shoulders as they were reassured by the faculty that their children were in good hands with Douglas College. The DCBA is even losing one of its own members, Bailey. As the event progressed it was clear that these two students will surely be missed, but I think that everyone would agree that they are about to embark on an amazing adventure in the “Happiest Place on Earth”!