Wednesday, July 21, 2010

All that jazz

Too hot outside? This August, you can step into the Douglas College Summer Jazz Intensive for a real cool time.

Running August 16 to 21 at the New Westminster Campus, the Douglas College Community Music School Summer Jazz Intensive is weeklong workshop focusing on the finer points of jazz, from soloing to improvisation to jazz theory. Camp activities also include concerts and master classes, as well as live student performances at local jazz clubs.

“Our goal is to provide an exciting jazz experience that develops lifelong skills in and love for jazz,” said camp Bob Rebagliati, the camp’s director.

This year’s camp also includes a rare opportunity to run shoulders with jazz greatness when world renowned jazz trombonist Bill Watrous visits camp on Wednesday August 18, from 12:30 to 2:30 pm. Watrous is one of the top jazz trombonists working today and has performed with legends of the genre like Woody Herman, Roy Eldridge and Count Basie.

The Summer Jazz Intensive Camp has been a Douglas College standby since 1980. Past students include Diana Krall, Engrid Jensen, Brad Turner, Miles Black and Greg Scott.

Anyone 14 years of age or older is welcome, though at least three years of playing experience is recommended.

Douglas College Summer Jazz Intensive
Aug 16-21
Fee: $400
Ages: 14 and up
Prerequisites: At least three years of playing experience is recommended.
Director: Bob Rebagliati
Instructors: TBC

For more information visit the Summer Camps website.

Life's a beach

Douglas College students hit Kits Beach on Sunday July 18 for a day of sun, sand, surf and the Vancouver Open 6-on-6 volleyball tournament.

Two teams representing the College competed: Team Explore, made up of exchange students from Quebec visiting Douglas College for a four-week language exchange, and Team Royals, made up of current Douglas students. Team Royals went on to finish second in the tournament, while everyone else enjoyed the sunshine, live music, a barbecue and a dip in the ocean.

For more information on future Campus Life events, please visit the Centre for Campus Life. Read more...

Thursday, July 15, 2010

New hybrid course offers best of both worlds

Hybrid education comes to Douglas College this fall with Chemistry 1108 (Introductory Chemistry). Hybrid courses blend classroom instruction with online learning, giving you the flexibility and convenience of distance education along with face-to-face engagement with classmates and instructors.

Hybrid Introductory Chemistry features two hours of lecture time each week instead of the usual four; the remainder of lecture material will be delivered online, meaning students only need to come to class on campus one day a week.

This course is a basic introduction to chemistry and is intended for students with little or no background in chemistry. It includes a review of basic chemistry topics including stoichiometry and atomic structure, and then continues with the study of the following topics: thermochemistry, equilibrium, gases and liquids, acids and bases, redox reactions, and several examples of descriptive chemistry.

For more information, contact Brenda Addison-Jones by phone at 604-527-5592 or e-mail, or visit the Chemistry Department web site. Read more...

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Douglas staffer leads walk down video game memory lane

Ryan Cousineau of the Douglas College Centre for Educational and Information Technology is the guest curator of “From Pong to Pokemon: Video Game Entertainment”, a new exhibit at the Surrey Museum.

Last week, Ryan spoke to the Georgia Straight about the exhibit, which opened today and runs through December: you can read all about it here.

Ryan Cousineau, Supervisor, Classroom Technology Services at the Douglas College Centre for Educational and Information Technology with his original Nutting Associates "Computer Space" arcade machine from 1971. Read more...