Monday, May 31, 2010

Roary the lion gets "tamed"

If you haven't seen Roary the Douglas College lion around campus much lately, it might be because he's still recovering from the "lion taming" he endured at the hands of Kyle and Chris, Mitsubishi City Chase Ambassadors. Check out the two lion tamers at work at the New Westminster Campus earlier this month:

For more info on this event, check out the Mitsubishi City Chase website. Read more...

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Badminton Team "roars" at Cedar Hills Elementary

by Michelle Leong, Athletics Coordinator, Centre for Campus Life

400 students and staff at Cedar Hills Elementary school in Surrey were clapping and cheering at their gym on Friday afternoon May 21. They were excited to see the Douglas College badminton champs – Alvin Lau, Stephanie Ko, and Ray Luo – demonstrating their skills in live action. Excitement began when Alvin and Ray opened with a men’s single match. Noise grew louder when Stephanie demonstrated how to attack her two male opponents. The students were shouting “go Stephanie go!” in a cacophonic symphony of encouragement.

After teaching some badminton techniques, the team invited students to play. Hundreds of hands reached for the sky as everyone was eager to compete with our champions.

The excitement reached its climax when teachers were invited to play. The students were screaming in delight to witness their teachers attempting to outwit our Canadian National gold medal winners. Students were thrilled to see their favourite teachers like Mr. Kwan and Mr. Leong scoring points against our team. When the game was over, many students flocked to meet with their heroes asking for autographs. The session was packed with fun, laughter and exhilaration. The Cedar Hills community wishes to express their appreciation to the Douglas College badminton team for providing such an engaging and educational workshop. Read more...

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Sign Language Interpretation student says US practicum made all the difference

By Jenn Wilson, Sign Language Interpretation

I have Deaf parents and have wanted to be a sign language interpreter ever since I learned you could have a career in this field. So, I decided to apply for the Sign Language Interpretation Program at Douglas College.

As more access is provided and barriers are broken down, there are more opportunities available to D/deaf persons - which means interpreters are in high demand. Therefore, when I graduate I hope to begin working immediately. The options are endless: I can work in a high school or post secondary, I can do freelance work and arrange my own schedule or I can accept contract work.

The program is intense, and in order to succeed you need to be dedicated. During the last semester students are sent out for three internships. For my first internship, I went to the USA. This turned out to be a great opportunity - the knowledge that I gained there is knowledge that I could not have learned by being placed in Canada. There are similarities and differences in signs are used in each country and seeing that communication is still successful is amazing. A common misconception is that Sign Language is universal - which it is not. Sign Language varies from country to country. Because of my internship in the states, I now have a greater repertoire of signs to choose from and am able to recognize and understand when some of those signs are used. This experience has also made me realize the importance of being adaptable and flexible. It was challenging for me to leave my comfort zone and be placed in an unfamiliar area with people I did not know. However, I realized that change happens often and it's important, especially in the field of Sign Language Interpreting, to be flexible and adaptable to any and all situations.

Engaging in international activities is extremely important because it offers global perspectives that enhance our education, outside of the college walls. My international experience has pushed me to expand my boundaries, make meaningful relationships, learn from and educate others, and grow and develop personally and professionally.

On May 1, Jenn received a $500 International Studies Award from the Douglas College Foundation for her practicum work in Tacoma, Washington.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Student ambassdors lend a helping hand

by Hazel Postma, Associate VP External Relations

Douglas College Student Ambassadors were delighted to present a cheque for $3,470 to the Douglas College Foundation to be used to support students with financial challenges. The money was raised by selling posters at the New Westminster and David Lam Campuses earlier this year. Back row left to right: Ambassadors Brian Jackson, Cara McBeath and Aiko Yao Lim, with Zebeen Panju, Douglas College student recruitment/support specialist Read more...

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Minerva Cares Education Award for female students

Calling all female students: the Minerva Care Education Award provides annual awards to women so that they can study at a recognized BC college, university, post-secondary trade school or licensing organization. Award money can also be used for English classes and driving lessons.

Award amounts

The Minerva Foundation will grant 5 to 35 awards of $1000 each.

Application deadline
The application deadline is June 15, 2010. Applications must be in the mail (postmarked) by June 1, 2010.

To be eligible for the Minerva Foundation Award, you must be living in BC and you must have worked for at least one year as a caregiver (e.g. eldercare, childcare) in Canada.

Preference will be given to:
  • Assist single mothers to advance their education
  • Assist immigrant women, migrant workers (e.g. live-in caregivers), Aboriginal women or women with a disability
  • Retrain mature women returning to the workforce after a long absence
  • Advance women in non-traditional fields of study (e.g doulas)
For more information
Contact the Minerva Foundation.
Phone: 604-683-7635
Fax: 604-683-7695
E-mail:

Monday, May 17, 2010

Get to know Douglas at Early Summer Orientation

Are you starting as a student at Douglas in September? Want the chance to find out about your new school before the first day of classes? Kyle Baillie from the Office for New Students gives you the low-down on the upcoming Early Summer Orientation:

Kyle (left) and Eric from the Office for New Students

When and where does Early Summer Orientation take place?
David Lam Campus (Coquitlam) - June 8 from 6-9:30pm
New Westminster Campus - June 9 from 6-9:30pm

Why should I come to orientation?
Orientation is your first College Party! Seriously, think about why you go to a party or an event. You go to meet people, learn more about an event or place, get settled and find out any information you may need. Just like orientation! This is your first chance to meet your classmates, learn about the services at the college, important dates and deadlines, meet the staff, get a tour of the campus, and more!

What will we do?
Good question! If you go to the Orientation website you will find a schedule of events.

Will I be bored?
What is this "bored" you speak of? I am not familiar with that concept, maybe you didn't read question #1...PARTY...

Will it cost me money?
No. Completely free.

Can my parents come?
Yes! In fact, they are welcome - we have a schedule of events for them so they won't even be bothering you. We will give them information that will help them support you as you start college.

But do they have to come?
No, but we like it when they do...

Do I have to sign up in advance?
Yes please, we use the registration to get an idea how much food to order! You can register on the Orientation website

Is this my only chance to attend orientation before September?
Nope, we have four more events in August (check out the Orientation website for more details)

Where can I find out more?

See photos from last year's Early Summer Orientation on Facebook.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Digital Daze leads to Analogue Days

By David N. Wright, English instructor

Even though I’ll try to sell you on the numerous advantages and possibilities opened up by embracing things like Blogging, Twitter, Facebook,, Linked In, or RSS Feeds in education, sometimes I need an analogue day.

What’s an analogue day? It’s a day, twenty-four full hours, in which I stay away from any digital technology. I listen to cassette tapes or put on records, maybe even tune into the radio, read magazines that are published on paper, pull apart the newspaper, watch television on a television with a picture tube, talk only on a phone with a chord (without call display so I actually have to answer when “that person” phones), avoid emails, don’t surf the web, and write with a pen on paper in the light of an incandescent bulb. Sometimes, I even haul out my festering yellow typewriter, pounding the keys with a vigor that pressures the freshly WD40′d mechanisms.

It’s all good fun and it reminds me of both the pleasures and pains of a world without the fresh technologies we’re dealing with in the new millennium. When an analogue day falls on a teaching day, things really get interesting. It’s a chance to revisit the world when calls were made to other faculty members, and students actually had to seek us out and talk to us. Some students have even inquired as to my health when I don’t respond to their emails.

Though technological communities are useful and like it or not becoming more and more a part of our daily routine, it’s always great to take a step to the left and have an analogue day. I would bet even those who are determined to remain as analogue as possible still rely on some form of digital device / mechanism (cellphone, computer, email) to get them through the day. Given that so much of our technological relationships are based on–and built upon–”old fashioned” ways of doing things, it helps to revisit that world for a little while and appreciate all that it has to offer. In fact, one of the areas where most of us instructors still embrace the analogue is when we mark papers, pen in hand, paper on desk. For me, analogue days remind me just how much my technological world is still full of analogue moments. No matter what technologies do, they are, as Marshall McLuhan suggested, “Extensions of Man” and thus rely on our continued physical imprint on–and in–the world.

Now, I think the Delta 88 V12 in my driveway is ready to go, I have a Max Webster mix in the 8-track, a reel-to-reel tape recorder and beta video cassette loaded.

David N. Wright is an English instructor and acting Research & Scholarly Activity Coordinator at Douglas College. He is a regular contributor to Faculty Matters, the Douglas College Faculty Association blog.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

International Student overcomes everyday obstacles

By Tali Ashkenazi, International Student, Criminology

Last week, on a sunny Saturday afternoon, I was asked to give a speech at a scholarship ceremony. The Douglas College Foundation was giving out scholarships for domestic students who had studied abroad, and for international students who had shown great academic success.

I was one of the international students receiving a scholarship. So, with shaking hands and a dry mouth I made my way to the podium, and tried to explain in a minute-and-a-half what I have been dealing with in the last two years.

I could have said many things, but I chose to focus on the difficulties that arise on an everyday basis for an international student – things that might not seem like difficulties at all to someone who was born here. Opening a bank account, using public transportation, getting used to new food and weather - all of these are difficulties when you are new to the country, and especially when you have to do them in your second language. Then there are the even tougher things like finding friends and a job, and actually maintaining good grades in the studies that are always present in the life of an international student.

Starting college at 25, I knew I had to do everything I could to do it well the first time. So I told myself that all these difficulties would not slow me down and prevent me from achieving my dream of getting a criminology degree. And they didn’t. In three weeks, I will be standing on the podium with the rest of my fellow Douglas graduates. I am only halfway to my degree, but I’m doing it, no matter what difficulties come my way.

Tali, originally from Israel, completed two years of university transfer Criminology at Douglas College this spring. On May 1, she received a $1,000 International Studies Award for maintaining a Grade Point Average of 3.50 or higher. She will continue her studies in Criminology at Simon Fraser University starting in 2011.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Royals rock the Sun Run

By Khalid Ahmed, Centre for Campus Life

More than 50,000 people surged down West Georgia Street under clear blue skies in the 26th annual Vancouver Sun Run on Sunday, marking a flawless Mother's Day morning.

The Douglas College Royals team of 32 participants included students, faculty & staff from both David Lam and New Westminster campuses. Roary, the Douglas College mascot, was in attendance cheering on the team, accompanied by student volunteers. After the race, students gathered for refreshing celebratory fruit smoothies at Jugo Juice.

Look out for our next run this summer!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Scholarship still available for 2010 grads

By Leah Poulton, Communications & Marketing Office

Are you graduating from a program at Douglas this semester? You could be eligible for the George Wootton Scholarship. The deadline for applications for this award has been extended to May 17, 2010.

George Wootton Scholarship
This scholarship is available to graduating students in any program who have shown superior scholastic ability and significant participation in college or community activities. Please attach a summary of your participation in college and community activities. Candidates must be nominated by a student, staff or faculty member (include a letter of reference).

For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office.