Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Niqab ban has no place in free society: Douglas Instructor

Graeme Bowbrick

By Graeme Bowbrick

The Conservative government’s announcement last week that it intends to ban niqabs at citizenship swearing-in ceremonies should serve to remind us of three things: first, the importance of freedom in a liberal democracy; second, that a basic litmus test for action by legislators should be whether there is a problem that needs fixing; and third, that for the Harper government politics so frequently trumps all else.
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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Are bloggers journalists? A Douglas College expert weighs in

Claudia Cornwall
By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

A blogger in the U.S. was recently ordered to pay $2.5 million in damages to an investment firm over blog posts that criticized the organization and one of its co-founders. The blogger, Crystal Cox, said her posts were based on information from an outside source, and refused to reveal that source. Cox, who calls herslef an investigative blogger, cited Oregon’s shield law, which allows journalists to protect their sources.

The judge ruled that as a blogger, Cox was not a journalist, and could therefore not claim the protections offered to traditional journalists.

Was that a fair ruling?
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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

CSSW offers hybrid course to all Douglas College students

CSSW instructors Lawrence Becker and Nancy Newman invite you to take course on social welfare now offered as hybrid.
By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

If you’re looking for ways to spice up your course load with something new and cool, you’re in luck. The Community Social Service Work (CSSW) Program is offering Introduction to Social Welfare to  non-CSSW students in January.
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Monday, December 12, 2011

Apply for the Douglas College International Studies Award!

Are you planning to take part in a Douglas College study abroad activity or a study abroad activity approved by Douglas College in the coming year?

Applications are now being accepted for the 2012 International Studies Award.

Every year, a minimum of 20 awards of $500 each are given to qualified applicants. To qualify:
  • you must be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant
  • at the time of application, you must be enrolled in a Douglas College academic program of at least a two-year duration that offers a Douglas College credential upon successful completion
  • you must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher
Application deadline is Friday, March 2, 4pm.

You can download an application form here.

For more information, contact Karen Ng, International Mobility Coordinator, 604 527 5844.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Douglas College Marketing students partner with Better Business Bureau

From right: Jasdeep Singh, Clark Liu and Chris Raeside present their research and recommendations to the Better Business Bureau.
By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

Marketing students at Douglas put their research skills to the test this semester when they worked on a real-world project for the Better Business Bureau. The BBB was so chuffed with the results that they're planning to offer Marketing students mentorships, work experience and volunteer marketing gigs in the new year.
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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Douglas College program helps rescue, shelter animals

Animal Health Technology student Kimberlee Jones examines Rocky, a rescue dog.
By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

Rocky, a six-year-old Tibetan terrier cross, sits patiently on a table in the Animal Health Technology (AHT) lab at Douglas College’s Coquitlam Campus while a student feels his belly and checks his heartbeat. Though he suffers from bad teeth, Rocky is looking pretty good these days. His fur is soft and curly and his eyes are clear and calm.

He’s come a long way.
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Monday, December 5, 2011

Douglas College Print Futures: Professional Writing students shine a light on invisible disabilities

Toby Reeve (l) and Nicole Gottselig aim to raise awareness of invisible disabilities among B.C. employers.
By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

If you thought a school assignment couldn’t make a difference in the real world, two Print Futures: Professional Writing students are keen to set you straight – though the pair was as surprised as anyone to see their work go so far beyond the classroom.
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Friday, December 2, 2011

This week at Douglas: Uganda Project fund raiser, student recitals, food drives and more!

Here's what's happening at Douglas Dec. 5-10

Friday, Dec. 9


Student Recital

New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre

6pm
Presented by the Community Music School Free. For more info, see Arts Events.

Uganda Project Fund Raiser
New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
6:30-7:30 refreshments and silent auction; 7:30-9:15 concert
Participants of Douglas College's Uganda Project and the Universal Gospel Choir team up to present an evening of song. All proceeds support students in going to Uganda to work in relief agencies.
Tickets: 18 for students, $25 for general public. Purchase online through the Massey Theatre.

Saturday, Dec. 10


Suzuki Recital

New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
2pm
Presented by the Community Music School. Free. For more info, see Arts Events.

Ongoing


Amelia Douglas Gallery presents Stratum

New West Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Works by painter Teressa L. Bernard and sculptor Nancy Brignall. Till Dec. 16. More info on the gallery's website.

Food Drives

Coquitlam Campus, atrium
10am-3pm
Give back, make a difference! The Douglas College Student Ambassadors are collecting non-perishable food items to give to Douglas students in need over the holiday season. Till Dec. 6. More info: see doug: the community blog.

New West Campus, concourse
Tue-Thu, 10am-4pm
The Douglas College Business Association is collecting non-perishable food items to give to people in need over the holiday season. Till Dec. 6.


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Douglas College Royals launch new website

Attention sports fans: the Royals have a new website that you need to check out. Find the schedules for upcoming games and tournaments, and stay on top of news about our stellar athletes. There's even a live feed that lets you watch the games in real time. Want to stay even more connected? Follow the Royals on Twitter! Read more...

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Douglas College offers internships in Zambia

Are you interested in a career in international development, business, health, education, sports and recreation, social services or the non-profit sector? The Douglas College Zambia 2012 Global Leadership Program has a diverse offering of placements and is now accepting applications for nine internships next summer.

The three-month placements with Zambian organizations will challenge you like never before, and prepare you for a career in an ever-changing global workplace. The application deadline is Jan. 16. Early applications are encouraged. Bring your passion, energy and skills to Zambia this summer for an experience that will change your life. Just ask last year's team.

Find out more at here. Read more...

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Douglas College's Top 10 study tips

Exams are just around the corner ... are you ready for the crunch? To help you prepare, doug asked the good folks at the Douglas College Learning Centre to share their wisdom on the best ways to study. In no particular order, here are the Learning Centre's Top 10 study tips:
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Monday, November 28, 2011

Douglas College wins award in international education

Once again, Douglas has been recognized for its exceptional work in international education, this time from the Canadian Bureau for International Education. Last week the College received the Outstanding Program in International Education Award for its Uganda Project, an initiative that sends student interns to the African country to work in hospitals, libraries and aid centres. Read more about the new award here.

In June, Douglas was named the first-ever recipient of the Internationalization Excellence Award from the the Association of Canadian Community Colleges. Read more about that here.


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Sunday, November 27, 2011

This week at Douglas: concerts, Toastmasters, food drives and more!

Here's what's happening at Douglas Nov. 28-Dec. 3

Monday, Nov. 28


Concert Series: An Evening of Jazz

New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
7:30pm
The Douglas College Music Department presents An Evening of Jazz featuring the DC Night Band led by Blair Fisher and the DC Dues Band led by John van Deursen, with special guests The Jazz Connexion led by Cameron Hood. Admission is free; collected proceeds go toward Douglas College music projects. More info: Arts Events

Tuesday, Nov. 29


Toastmasters Open House

New West Campus, Douglas Students' Union building, Room 207
5-6:15pm
You are invited to a special meeting of Douglas Toastmasters. Come and listen to a presentation on Mustapha Lansana’s contest-winning speech, “Living In The Present,” during our Open House. Mustapha will teach you how to make your audience go “wow” when you speak. Find out how Toastmasters can help you to be successful at school and at work. Light refreshments served. More info: contact Michelle Leong at 604 527 5038 or see Douglife.

Wednesday, Nov. 30


Concert Series: Classics for Band
New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
7:30pm
The Douglas College Music Department presents the DC Concert Band under the direction of John van Deursen featuring the music of Bach, McBeth, Arnold, Reed and more, plus performances by the DC Percussion Ensemble led by Robert Caldwell. Admission is free; collected proceeds go toward Douglas College music scholarships. More info: Arts Events

Thursday, Dec. 1


Arts at One: Student Showcase

New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
1pm
The Douglas College Music Department presents Student Showcase. Free admission. More info: Arts Events

Food Drive

New West Campus, concourse
10am-2pm
Give back, make a difference! The Douglas College Student Ambassadors are collecting non-perishable food items to give to Douglas students in need over the holiday season. Get your picture taken with "Santa" Roary, and enjoy colouring, a candy count contest, free candy and other games. More info: see doug: the community blog.

Friday, Dec. 2


Royals Basketball

New West Campus, gymnasium
Women's game: 6pm; men's game: 8pm
Douglas takes on Quest University

Saturday, Dec. 3


Concert Series: Student Composition Concert

New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
7:30pm
The Douglas College Music Department presents Student Composition Concert
. Free admission. More info: Arts Events

Royals Basketball

New West Campus, gymnasium
Women's game: 6pm; men's game: 8pm
Douglas takes on Capilano


Ongoing


Amelia Douglas Gallery presents Stratum

New West Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Works by painter Teressa L. Bernard and sculptor Nancy Brignall. Till Dec. 16. More info on the gallery's website.

Food Drives

Coquitlam Campus, atrium
10am-3pm
Give back, make a difference! The Douglas College Student Ambassadors are collecting non-perishable food items to give to Douglas students in need over the holiday season. Till Dec. 6. More info: see doug: the community blog.

New West Campus, concourse
Tue-Thu, 10am-4pm
The Douglas College Business Association is collecting non-perishable food items to give to people in need over the holiday season. Till Dec. 6.


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Friday, November 25, 2011

Help send Douglas College students to Uganda!

Don't forget! Friday, Dec. 9 is your chance to hear great music while helping raise money for a great cause. Participants of the Douglas College Uganda Project are getting together with the Universal Gospel Choir for a fund raiser at the New West Campus. Get your tickets now! See our earlier post for details. Read more...

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Douglas College student does co-op at coal mine

Photo: David Denofreo
Ask her about coal: Geology student AJ
Ward examines the black stuff.
By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

Summer is a time when we do the things we love: travel, spend time at the cabin, lie on the beach, go camping and barbecue. AJ Ward is no exception to this rule. Last summer the Geology student did something she loved: working at an open pit coal mine.

It was a dream come true for AJ, who did a three-month Co-op placement through Douglas College at Peace River Coal’s Trend Mine site near Tumbler Ridge, B.C., a five-and-a-half hour drive northeast of Prince George. “It was fun for me,” says AJ. “I was in exploration, so basically we worked on developing the other properties that Trend Mine is thinking of expanding.”
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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Student Ambassadors, DCBA hold food drives

By Brittney Lau, Student Staff, Office for New Students

Are you looking to give back this Christmas but are too busy with finals? Here is a quick and easy way to make a difference!

The Douglas College Student Ambassadors are collecting non-perishable foods to give to Douglas College students in need over the holidays. Simply donate any canned or non-perishable food items on your way to class.
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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Douglas College student paper unveils new look and feel

Thirty-five years after the first edition hit the stands, The Other Press, the Douglas College student newspaper, is getting a makeover. The first issue of the reinvigorated OP comes out today around noon.

The new and improved OP features an eye-catching, easier to read layout, with more colour, more pages and better graphics. Online, The Other Press has re-established itself on Twitter and Facebook. A website overhaul is planned for the Winter Semester.

The intention of the redesign is to redefine the OP's presence at the College, says Cody Klyne, Editor-in-Chief. “We've been around for longer than a lot of students have been alive," Cody says. "This isn't just a case of us rocking the boat - we're taking the boat out of the water, slapping some wheels and a pair of wings on it and saying to the students of Douglas, come along for the ride."

Interested in networking with aspiring writers, creating a portfolio, gaining experience in journalism and getting published? New (paid) opportunities at the OP include roles in PR, web management, illustration, photography, and advertising, as well as opportunities for staff writers. Email your enquiries to Cody Klyne or attend a meeting Mondays, 6pm, Room 1020, New West Campus.

Meantime, look for the freshly pressed The Other Press around campus today! Read more...

Monday, November 21, 2011

Douglas College holds Toastmasters open house


Want to wow people when you speak? Interested in how you can be more successful at school and work? What are you doing next Tuesday?

You are cordially invited to an open house of Douglas Toastmasters Tuesday, Nov. 29, 5-6:15pm, in the Students’ Union Building, Room 207, New West Campus. You'll hear a presentation of Mustapha Lansana’s contest-winning speech, “Living in the Present,”at this special event.

Douglas Toastmasters is part of Toastmasters International, a non-profit organization with more than 250,000 members in 106 countries, offering an enjoyable way to practise and hone communication and leadership skills. The club meets every Tuesday from 5-6:15pm in the DSU building. 

The event is free and everyone is welcome. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Michelle Leong at 604 527 5038. Read more...

Sunday, November 20, 2011

This week at Douglas: Ladies night out, bowling time, concerts and more!

Here's what's happening at Douglas Nov. 21-26

Monday, Nov. 21

Ladies Night Out
Sephora, 2929 Barnet Hwy, Coquitlam
Ladies, get ready for a night of beauty, fame, food, friends, and fun. Douglas College students get free makeovers at Sephora. Then head down to Milestones Lounge for VIP treatment. Walk the red carpet like a celebrity! Sign up here.

Distinguished Alumnus Speaks

New West Campus, Room 2201
6:30-8pm
Tickets: $5 students, $10 employees and community members.
Michael Williams-Stark, Douglas's 2011 Distinguished Alumnus, speaks about Making Faces, a children’s charity that teaches acting skills and improvisational games to children with facial differences. All monies raised will go toward the Alumni Bursary. Info and tickets: contact Heather Campbell, 604 777 6318 or Andrew Senjack, 604 777 6171.

Wednesday, Nov. 23


College Bowling Night

Xcalibur Bowling Centre, 12350 Pattullow Pl., Surrey
Ladies and gentlemen! Ready for a night of bowling fun? Bring out your friends to Xcalibur. Sign up here.

Health Sciences Speaker Series
Coquitlam Campus, Room A1470
4:30-6:30pm
Dr. Shafik Dharamsi, Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine (UBC), lectures on "social accountability in Education Socially Accountable and Responsible Health Professionals." Free admission. For more information see doug: the community blog.

Thursday, Nov. 24

Arts at One: Student Showcase
1pm
New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre. More info: Arts Events

Engaging Minds Speaker Series
New West Campus, Room 2201
5:15pm lecture; 6:15pm reception
Vito Modigliani, Professor Emeritus of Psychology ( SFU), lectures on “Pointing to Language: Problem Solving, Cooperation, and Meaning." Free admission. More information.

Saturday, Nov. 26

Carmina Burana

New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
7:30pm
The Douglas College Music Department and the Community Music School Present Carmina Burana by Carl Orff plus other choral selections
Tickets (students free; general $15; seniors $10) and info: 604 527 5469

Ongoing


Amelia Douglas Gallery presents Stratum
New West Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Works by painter Teressa L. Bernard and sculptor Nancy Brignall. Till Dec. 16. More info on the gallery's website.


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Friday, November 18, 2011

Douglas College Music students win awards

Music students Dasha Chalubeyeva (r), Christian Bideau (seated), Andy Stevens (3rd from left) and Tim Zacharias won music awards from Long & McQuade, presented by Christina Hicks (2nd from left), Assistant Manager of Eduction for B.C., Long & McQuade. On the far left is Joy Ollen, Coordinator of the Douglas College Music Department.
Music to their ears: Yesterday four Music students were awarded $250 gift cards by Long & McQuade for their dedication, discipline and passion for learning. The winners were Dasha Chalubeyeva, violinist and student in the Music Technology Certificate Program; second-year University Transfer students Christian Bideau (pianist) and Andy Stevens (guitarist); and Tim Zacharias, a first-year University Transfer guitar student.

"We have a lot of excellent students in our programs this year, so narrowing it down to four was tricky," says Joy Ollen, Coordinator of the Music Department. "In the end, we selected four students who have been in our music programs for more than one year, who have a track record of musical and academic excellence, and who bring a positive attitude to their studies and enhance our community here in the Music Department." Read more...

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Douglas College student youngest female at world triathlon championship

Sport Science student Emily Weeks placed third in her age class at the Long Distance World Triathlon Championship in Henderson, Nevada, last week.
Talk about going the distance. Emily Weeks, a second-year Sport Science student and triathlete, took third place in her age group (20-24) at the Long Distance World Triathlon Championship in Henderson, Nevada, last week. Emily was the youngest female at the world championship race, made up of a 120k bike ride, which climbed nearly 3,000 metres, a 30k run, which zoomed up more than 600 metres in elevation, and a 4k swim - which was cancelled due to low water and air temperatures.

Emily says the cancellation of the swim portion made the race harder for her. "Usually I come out of the swim in the top two in my group, then use the adrenaline to get a head start on the bike," she says. "Once on the run I do a little catching up on my time lost on the bike and end up in the top one to three on the run."

Third place is nothing to sneeze at, says Besnik Mece, Track & Field/Cross Country Head Coach. "This is a great success for Douglas College Athletics." Read more...

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Douglas College Theatre student wins award

Christopher Osterman, a Theatre student at Douglas, has won the Raymond Burr Performing Arts Society's second-year entrance award. Christopher received the award on the opening night of the Douglas College production of Jehanne of the Witches, onstage till Saturday, in which the Surrey resident was a member of the production crew. Read more about Christopher and his award in the Royal City Record. Read more...

Sunday, November 13, 2011

This week at Douglas: shop till you drop, give blood, dodge balls and more!

Here's what's happening at Douglas Nov. 14-18

Tuesday, Nov. 15

Alumni Marketplace

Coquitlam Campus, atrium
9am-6pm
Your opportunity to buy great gifts and support students in need at the same time. Vendors will be selling pottery, African art, jewellery, clothing, native art and crafts and much more. All money raised goes to support students in need. For information, call Alumni Relations Coordinator Andrew Senjack at 604 777 6171.

Wednesday, Nov. 16

Alumni Marketplace
New West Campus, concourse
9am-6pm
Your opportunity to buy great gifts and support students in need at the same time. Vendors will be selling pottery, African art, jewellery, clothing, native art and crafts and much more. All money raised goes to support students in need. For information, call Alumni Relations Coordinator Andrew Senjack at 604 777 6171.

Doctor Dodgeball
4-6pm
Gym 3, Pinetree Community Centre, 1260 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
Duck, Dive, and Dodge! Join in teams of 6 in this fun tournament. Whose hands will you leave your life in? For more info and to register, see douglife.ca.

Thursday, Nov. 17


CBS Bloodmobile on Campus
New Westminster Campus (Royal Avenue)
10am-4pm
Help Douglas reach its goal in the Partners for Life program! Donate blood as part of the Douglas College team. The Canadian Blood Services Bloodmobile will be on campus today to take your donations. Get more info on doug: the community blog.

Arts at One: Student Showcase
New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre. More info: Arts Events

Ongoing


Jehanne of the Witches

New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
The departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology present Jehanne of the Witches By Sally Clark. Till Nov. 19. More info here.

Amelia Douglas Gallery presents Stratum

New West Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Works by painter Teressa L. Bernard and sculptor Nancy Brignall. Till Dec. 16. More info on the gallery's website.


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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Alumni marketplaces support student aid

Our popular marketplace is back again next week, providing you with an opportunity to buy great gifts and support students in need at the same time.

The Alumni Association is hosting marketplaces at the David Lam Campus Tuesday, Nov. 15, 9am-6pm and at the New Westminster Campus Wednesday, Nov. 16, 9am-6pm.

Vendors will be selling pottery, African art, jewellery, clothing, native art and crafts and much more. All money raised goes to support students in need.

For information, call Alumni Relations Coordinator Andrew Senjack at 6171. Read more...

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Keep a close eye on your electronic devices on campus!

This is a joint message from the New Westminster Police Service and Douglas College.

Keep your cell phone, BlackBerry, iPhone, iPad, laptop etc within your sight and within your reach at all times.

Don’t leave your valuables unattended, even if you’re just switching tables in class for group work or leaving your table to do a demo or presentation.

Our campuses are public, open and accessible. There are individuals who will enter our campus for no legitimate purpose and engage in opportunistic theft.

If you are suspicious of a person who enters your class or lab or appears to be loitering on campus, please call Campus Security to report your concerns: New Westminster Security 604 527 5405 David Lam Security 604 777 6254. Read more...

Douglas College Self Employment grad offers 'voluntours'

Chris Buckshaw offers his clients vacations with purpose.
Self Employment Program grad Chris Buckshaw has opened a tourism business with a twist. His concept is, "Change your life and the lives of others. Volunteer on your vacation this year."

A far cry from promoting resorts and all-inclusive deals, Chris's company, El Camino VolunTours, offers travellers the chance to volunteer in the developing world. Presently El Camino is offering 10- to 14-day trips to Central America to work on a variety of projects. Chris's plan is to expand into South America, Africa, Southeast Asia and India.

Travellers aren't the only ones noticing El Camino. The business will be mentioned in the next issue of Sophisticated Living Magazine. In the meantime, check out Chris's interview with jiggy.tv and a story about him and his biz in the Delta Optimist.

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Sunday, November 6, 2011

This week at Douglas: info sessions, theatre and more!

Here's what's happening at Douglas Nov. 7-12

Tuesday, Nov. 8

Career Exploration Workshop
New West Campus, Room 1222
10:30-12:30
The 2nd leg of this free group workshop is for students interested in learning more about possible careers. In the session you will complete vocational testing to explore your interests, learn how to research career options and have an optional one-to-one follow-up meeting with a career counsellor.

Engaging Minds Speaker Series
New West Campus, Room 2201
5:15 lecture; 6:15 reception
Join John Patton, Associate Professor of Anthropology at California State University-Fullerton, for “Network altruism and cooperation within horticultural forager and hunter gather societies.” More info here.

Wednesday, Nov. 9

CGA information session
New West Campus, Room 2201
5-6:30pm
Interested in becoming an accountant or curious about a career in accounting? Join the Douglas College Business Association as they hold a Certified General Accountant Information Session. Speakers from Certified General Accountants (CGA) will be on campus to talk about the designation and how to obtain it. You must register at dcba-online.ca to attend. Pizza and pop will be served.

Thursday, Nov. 10

Info session: Study at the University of California, Riverside

Coquitlam Campus, Room B2020
11am-noon
Discover the secret behind the magic and success of Disney and at the same time earn a Certificate in Hospitality & Tourism, or a Certificate in Management from the University of California, Riverside, a top-ranked U.S. university. Contact Karen Ng for more info.

Saturday, Nov. 12

Jehanne of the Witches

New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
7:30pm
The departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology present Jehanne of the Witches By Sally Clark. Till Nov. 19. More info here.

Ongoing

Amelia Douglas Gallery presents Stratum

New West Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Works by painter Teressa L. Bernard and sculptor Nancy Brignall. Till Dec. 16. More info on the gallery's website.

Dancing at Lughnasa
New West Campus, Douglas College Studio Theatre
7:30pm
The departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology present the Tony Award-winning play Dancing at Lughnasa, by Brian Friel. Till Nov. 12 More info here.

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Douglas College offers TESL training this winter

Looking to become an ESL teacher? If so, you may be able to get training sooner than you thought.

This January, Douglas is offering its TESL program over the Winter Semester at the Coquitlam Campus. The program is normally offered during summers at the New West Campus, so this is an awesome opportunity for aspiring ESL teachers in the Tri-Cities to kick start a new career.

Info sessions are being held Nov. 15 and Dec. 6 at the Coquitlam Campus, 1250 Pinetree Way, and Nov. 17 and Dec. 1 at the New Westminster Campus.

For more details, see the Douglas College press release.


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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Help send Douglas College students to Uganda!


Hear awesome music, help raise funds to send Douglas College students to Uganda!

The Universal Gospel Choir is a multi-faith, multicultural community choir that has been supporting local social organizations since 1985. With the common goal of broadening understandings between cultures, on Friday, Dec. 9, the Union Gospel Choir will be partnering to raise funds with participants of Douglas College’s Uganda Project. The Uganda Project gives students the opportunity to travel abroad and learn, while contributing to a variety of relief agencies in their field of study.

Where: New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
When: Friday, Dec. 9, 6:30-7:30 refreshments and silent auction; 7:30-9:15 concert
Tickets: $18 (students), $25 (general public) available online through Massey Theatre ($2 service charge applies)

To learn more about the Uganda Project, check out the student blog.


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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Douglas College presents Health Sciences speaker series

Dr. Shafik Dharamsi lectures on "social accountability" Nov. 23
If you're interested in international health and are looking for an opportunity to network and collaborate with health professionals, you won't want to miss Douglas College's latest speaker series.
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Monday, October 31, 2011

Joan of Arc examined through eyes of alleged serial killer in Jehanne of the Witches

By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

Joan of Arc heard the voices of saints urging her to expunge France of its enemies, led her country to several victories - if she hadn't come along we might be calling France "England" right now - during the 100 Years War and was burned at the stake for heresy.

It's a simple story, right? Wrong, according to Jehanne of the Witches, the latest production from the departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology at Douglas College.
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Sunday, October 30, 2011

This week at Douglas: Burmese activists, a new play, the chance to study in California and more!

Here's what's happening at Douglas Oct. 31-Nov. 4

Wednesday, Nov. 2


Career Exploration Workshop

Coquitlam Campus, Room C2002
9-11am
This is the second part of a free group workshop for students interested in learning more about possible careers they may enjoy. In the session you will complete vocational testing to explore your interests, learn how to research career options and have an optional one- to-one follow up meeting with a Career Counselor.
Get more details here.

Democracy and Human Rights Presentation
New West Campus, Aboriginal Gathering Place (4th floor)
2:30-3:30pm
Democracy is the dream of peoples around the world. Join young Burmese activists Mi Aie Son and Aung Naing Soe, who will share their dreams for a fair and democratic Burma. More info: douglife.ca

Thursday
, Nov. 3

Info session: Study at University of California, Berkeley

Coquitlam Campus, Room C1011, 11am
New West Campus, Room 1614, 2:30pm
UC Berkeley Summer Sessions offer over 600 courses in a wide variety of disciplines including English as a Second Language. Courses are offered over 5 different sessions. You can choose to study for 3, 6, 8, 10 or 12 weeks. The first session usually begins towards the end of May, and all sessions end by mid-August. If you're not able to attend, detailed information can be found here.

Amelia Douglas Gallery presents Stratum: Opening reception

New West Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
4:30-7:30pm
Paintings by Teressa L. Bernard and sculpted works by Nancy Brignall.
Till Dec. 16. For more info visit the gallery web page.

Vuvuzella Intramural Soccer Tournament

New West Campus, Gymnasium
4:30-8pm
Do you have dreams of penalty kicks and nightmares of yellow and red? Then come down and show us your footy skill. Students, alumni, faculty, and staff of Douglas College are all welcome to come out and participate. More info and to register: douglife.ca

Work for WorkSafeBC

New West Campus, Room 1717
17:15-18:30
Join a representative from WorkSafe BC's Human Resources team to find out how you can prepare yourself for next summer's opportunities, and learn more about where your studies could lead in the future. Please RSVP to the Co-op department and note in the subject line; WorkSafe BC, include your full name and student ID# as well.


Friday, Nov. 4

Amelia Douglas Gallery presents Stratum: Artists' talk
New West Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
10am
Hear painter Teressa L. Bernard and sculptor Nancy Brignall talk about their work, on display till Dec. 16.

Dancing at Lughnasa

New West Campus, Douglas College Studio Theatre
7:30pm
The departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology present the Tony Award-winning play Dancing at Lughnasa, by Brian Friel. Till Nov. 12 More info here.

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Douglas College Distinguished Alumnus speaks Nov. 21

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On Nov. 21, join the 2011 Douglas College Distinguished Alumni, Michael Williams-Stark, who will be speaking about Making Faces. Michael is the founder of the children’s charity, which teaches acting skills and improvisational games to children with facial differences to help them build confidence and let them practise life skills in a fun, creative and safe environment.

When: Monday, Nov. 21, 6:30pm-8pm

Where: New West Campus (lecture hall 2201)

Tickets: $5 students; $10 employees and community members

The event will be hosted by the Douglas College Alumni Association. All monies raised will go toward the Alumni Bursary.

For tickets and information contact:

Heather Campbell, 604 777 6318

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Douglas College Learning Centre closes online request form

The Learning Centre has closed its online request form for its regular, ongoing (weekly) tutoring program for Fall 2011.

If you have regularly scheduled appointments, your appointments will continue as planned each week. Any openings in the Learning Centre's schedule, however,  will now be dedicated to shorter drop-in sessions.

If you need writing help, check out the Learning Centre's online tutoring services. To schedule drop-in sessions to meet with peer tutors for writing, study skills and course help, reserve your session up to 48 hours in advance by stopping by the Learning Centre or phoning during open hours.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Douglas College Self Employment grad opens doggie daycare

Zoomies owner Craig McDowell loves his clients.
It’s a dog’s life – and Craig McDowell wouldn’t have it any other way. Craig graduated from the Douglas College Self Employment Program in July and soon after opened Zoomies, the largest doggie daycare in New Westminster. Here’s what Craig has to say about the Self Employment Program and his new venture.
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Douglas College presents Dancing at Lughnasa Nov. 4-12


By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

What do you do when your world is about to change forever? You dance – at least if you’re one of the main characters in Dancing at Lughnasa, the latest production by the Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology departments at Douglas College.
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Monday, October 24, 2011

How green is Douglas College? Part 4: saving energy


By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

You’ve probably seen the green “Leaving? Turn the lights off!” stickers above light switches in the classrooms and offices around campus. This is but one small initiative Douglas has undertaken to encourage students and employees to help the College reduce its energy consumption.
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Sunday, October 23, 2011

This week at Douglas: EVENT turns 40, Halloween Rumble, career exploration and more!

Here's what's happening at Douglas Oct. 24-28

Tuesday
, Oct. 25 

Get your flu shot

Coquitlam Campus, Room B3120
9am-4:15pm
Shots are free for employees, $18 for students.

Career Exploration Workshop
New West Campus, Room 1222 
10:30am-12:30pm
Interested in learning more about possible careers you may enjoy? In the session you'll complete vocational testing to explore your interests, learn how to research career options and have an optional one- to-one follow up meeting with a Career Counsellor. Free. Part 1 of a two-part workshop (Nov. 8). Get more details here.

Study in Australia: information session
New Westminster Campus, Room 4312
4:30-5:30pm
Study in Australia in Summer 2012 with the Australia Field School Program! Earn 9 Douglas College credits in just 7 weeks with courses taught by Douglas College and Central Queensland University instructors. Planned excursions include cave exploration, a visit to an aboriginal cultural centre, a crocodile farm and more. Return home at the end of the program or choose to extend your travels. More info: email Julie Crothers or Karen Ng.

Toastmasters Information Session
New West Campus, Room 2203
5-6:20pm
Want to speak confidently, think quickly, and listen effectively? Then don't miss this public-speaking information session by Toastmasters International, a non-profit organization, in a fun and supportive environment. For information: douglife.ca

Wednesday, Oct. 26


Literature Alive: Sarah Leavitt

Noon
New West Campus, Room 2203
Reading by Sarah Leavitt, Vancouver writer and cartoonist, who published her first book, a graphic memoir titled Tangles: A Story About Alzheimer's, My Mother, and Me, in 2010. Free and open to the public. More info: Creative Writing Arts Events

EVENT Magazine 40th Anniversary Party

New West Campus, Room 1200
7pm
Join Douglas College's award-winning magazine of writing as it celebrates its 40th. Featuring readings and reflections by former EVENT editors. Free admission; refreshments will be served. More details on the EVENT website.

Thursday, Oct. 27


Arts at One: Technology Concert
New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre 
1pm
With Bob Caldwell and Blair Fisher. Get more details at Arts Events.

Engaging Minds Speaker Series

New West Campus, Room 2201
5:15pm lecture; reception 6:15pm
Michael Surbey, senior lecturer of psychology at James Cook University, Australia, presents "Deceiving ourselves: cooperation, depression, bullying & personality as outgrowths of the modular mind." Free and open to the public. More info: doug: the community blog

Friday, Oct. 28

Halloween Rumble
New West Campus, Gymnasium
2:30-5:30pm
Get ready for an afternoon of terror, thrills and adrenaline-pumping challenges. Teams will compete at various activities to see who will be deemed a Halloween rumbler. Each team should come wearing costumes based on a theme. Points will be awarded for best team costume. Points will also be awarded based on the results of each activity. Details: douglife.ca

Ongoing


Greenlinks 2011: Insects
New West Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Till Oct. 28
Paintings and drawings of insects by Tiko Kerr and Ivan Droujinin, with an exhibit of insects from the Douglas College Institute of Urban Ecology. More info on the gallery's web page.

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Douglas College partners to launch Bachelor of Performing Arts degree


Watch a short video of Marcus Youssef describing the new Bachelor of Performing Arts program.  

If your goal is to become a professional performing artist, arts manager, administrator or entrepreneur, or if you plan to do graduate studies in the performing arts, have we got a program for you! Douglas College has partnered with Capilano University, Langara College and Vancouver Community College to offer a Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA) degree – the first of its kind in Canada – beginning in May 2012.
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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Former Douglas College Royal joins Stamps

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By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

The Calgary Stampeders’ Johnny Forzani recently tweeted, “Don’t run…You will only die tired.” Sounds like strange advice coming from a wide receiver – till you realize that Forzani’s talking about a video game. It seems the 22-year-old Calgarian is a big fan of first-person shooter games.
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Douglas College PE conference explores what healthy, active schools will look like in future


Tomorrow, Friday and Saturday, Douglas is hosting the 25th anniversary Quality Daily Physical Education (QDPE) Conference. More than 300 physical education teachers and researchers from across B.C. will gather to discuss how schools can do a better job of ensuring students stay active and healthy – which ultimately helps them learn better, too. Presentations range from a comparative study of elementary school PE in Slovenia and B.C., to the influence of social media on young people’s understanding of their bodies, physicality and physical participation, to building self-esteem and confidence through humour and laughter. Earlier today doug caught up with Brian Storey, a conference organizer and Chair of the Sport Science Department, to find out more.
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Monday, October 17, 2011

Don't miss the Entrepreneur of the Year Awards this Wednesday!

Looking for an inspiring evening of rubbing elbows with hot new entrepreneurs and seasoned business leaders alike?

The Entrepreneur of the Year Awards is an annual event which honours the success of Douglas College Self Employment Program alumni. With more than 400 guests present, the evening will include a networking reception, hors d'oeuvres, and culminates with the award ceremony. Guests include local business leaders, municipal and government representatives, program sponsors and entrepreneurs.

When: Wednesday Oct. 19; registration & reception at 5:30; awards presentations 7-9pm
Where: Executive Hotel, Grand Ballroom, 405 North Rd., Coquitlam
Tickets: $25, payable at the door
For more information call 604 777 6012.
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Sunday, October 16, 2011

This week at Douglas: film fest, an earthquake drill, career exploration and more!

Here's what's happening at Douglas Oct. 17-22

Tuesday, Oct. 18

Get your flu shot
New Westminster Campus, Room 2212
9am-4:15pm
Shots are free for employees, $18 for students.

Want to learn more about policing?
New Westminster Campus, Room 3345
12:30-2pm
Discover opportunities to volunteer and/or the steps involved in applying for permanent employment with the RCMP. Bring your questions to address Cpl. Gary Law. Space is limited, please register by email. In the subject line note "RCMP" and provide your name and student ID#.

Study in Australia: information session
New Westminster Campus, Room 4312
4:30-5:30pm
Study in Australia in Summer 2012 with the Australia Field School Program! Earn 9 Douglas College credits in just 7 weeks with courses taught by Douglas College and Central Queensland University instructors. Planned excursions include cave exploration, a visit to an aboriginal cultural centre, a crocodile farm and more. Return home at the end of the program or choose to extend your travels. More info: email Julie Crothers or Karen Ng.

Wednesday, Oct. 19


Career Exploration Workshop
Coquitlam Campus, Room C2002
9-11am
Interested in learning more about possible careers you may enjoy? In this free session you will complete vocational testing to explore your interests, learn how to research career options and have an optional one- to-one follow up meeting with a Career Counsellor. This is a two-part workshop.

Get your flu shot
New Westminster Campus, Room 2212
9am-4:15pm
Shots are free for employees, $18 for students.

Study in Wales: information session
New Westminster Campus, Room 1717
4:30-5:30pm
Study in Wales in Summer 2012 with the Wales Field School! Earn 9 Douglas College university-transferable credits in just 7 weeks with courses taught by Douglas College instructors. Return home at the end of the program, or choose to extend your travels. More info here.

Literature Alive: Martin Espada
New Westminster Campus, Room 3343
8pm
Come hear a reading by poet, essayist, editor and translator Martin Espada, who's been called “the Latino poet of his generation” and “the Pablo Neruda of North American authors.” Free and open to the public. More info: Creative Writing Arts Events.

15th Annual Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

Executive Hotel, Grand Ballroom 405 North Road, Coquitlam
Registration & Reception 5:30pm; awards presentation 7-9pm
The Entrepreneur of the Year Awards is an annual event which honours the success of Douglas College Self Employment Program Alumni. With over 400 guests present, the evening will include a networking reception, hors d'oeuvres, and culminates with the Award Ceremony. Guests include local business leaders, municipal and government representatives, program sponsors, and entrepreneurs. Tickets: $25 and payable at the door. More info: 604 777 6012

Thursday, Oct. 20

Get your flu shot
New Westminster Campus, Room 2212
9-11:45am
Coquitlam Campus
1:30-4:15pm
Shots are free for employees, $18 for students.

The Great British Columbia ShakeOut
Campus-wide (both campuses)
10:10am
Get ready to participate, along with hundreds of thousands of British Columbians, in the province-wide earthquake drill. Get the details on doug: the community blog.

Arts at One: Guitar +
New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
1pm
With Michael Strutt on guitar, Jesse Read on bassoon, Gene Ramsbottom on clarinet and Bob Caldwell on percussion. Get more details at Arts Events.
Study in Wales: information session
Coquitlam Campus, Room A2050
1-2pm
Study in Wales in Summer 2012 with the Wales Field School! Earn 9 Douglas College university-transferable credits in just 7 weeks with courses taught by Douglas College instructors. Return home at the end of the program, or choose to extend your travels. More info here.

Friday, Oct. 21


New West Doc Fest
New Westminster Campus
6pm
The inaugural documentary film festival features cutting-edge films with a green angle, as well as student films from local film school Pull Focus. A festival pass is just $20. Students and seniors pay $5 for individual screenings ($7 regular admission). Email to purchase tickets online. For a list of films and more info, see the festival website.

Saturday, Oct. 22


New West Doc Fest

New Westminster Campus
12pm
The inaugural documentary film festival features cutting-edge films with a green angle, as well as student films from local film school Pull Focus. A festival pass is just $20. Students and seniors pay $5 for individual screenings ($7 regular admission). Email to purchase tickets online. For a list of films and more info, see the festival website.

Ongoing


Greenlinks 2011: Insects
New Westminster Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Till Oct. 28
Paintings and drawings of insects by Tiko Kerr and Ivan Droujinin, with an exhibit of insects from the Douglas College Institute of Urban Ecology. More info on the gallery's web page.

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Come celebrate EVENT's 40th Oct. 26!


EVENT, the Douglas College Review of award-winning poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction, is throwing a party. And you're invited!

EVENT is celebrating its 40th anniversary with readings and reflections by formers editors David Zieroth, Calvin Wharton, Cathy Stonehouse, Billeh Nickerson and Rick Maddocks. The celebration will be hosted by current editor Elizabeth Bachinsky.

When: Wednesday, Oct. 26. Doors at 7pm, readings at 7:30pm
Where: Douglas Room (Lower Level), New Westminster Campus

Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

What do you do when an earthquake hits?

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?

On Thursday, Oct. 20, in an effort to prepare people for a potentially damaging earthquake, Douglas students, staff and faculty, along with thousands of other British Columbians, will participate in the largest earthquake drill in Canadian history.
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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

How green is Douglas College? Part 3: indoor air

Concerned about the indoor air quality at Douglas? Have no fear: the College is taking steps to ensure that you breathe easy.
It is estimated* that Canadians spend 90 percent of their time indoors. That means we spend the majority of our lives breathing in substances – such as chemical vapours from cleaners, paints and furnishings – that could be hazardous to our health.
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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Douglas College presents new speaker series


Looking for something a little more intellectually stimulating than the latest reality TV show? Beginning this week Douglas presents its Engaging Minds: What makes us human? Speaker Series. Free and open to the public, the four lectures explore topics and issues in the disciplines of psychology and anthropology.

Kicking off the series this Thursday (Oct. 13) is Sources of Morality: Comparing Two Theoretical Approaches, by Dennis Kreb, Professor Emeritus, Psychology, SFU.

For the full list of lectures, click on the thumbnail or visit this page.

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Sunday, October 9, 2011

This week at Douglas: time management workshop, new lecture series, a jazz concert and more!

Here's what's happening at Douglas Oct. 10-14

Wednesday, Oct. 12


UBC Sauder School of Business Workshop

New Westminster Campus, Room 3345
2-4pm
Business students: don't miss this chance to meet with Brian Teghtsoonian, Admissions and Recruitment Officer, Undergraduate Program, from the Sauder School of Business at UBC. For more information call 604 527 5460.

Leadership workshop: Time Management
Coquitlam Campus, Room TBA
5pm
Learn realistic and practical strategies for effective time management in today’s world. This interactive workshop provides you with an opportunity to brainstorm solutions for personal and career success. Bring a scenario for discussion. Open to all students and staff. Sign up at douglife.ca.

Thursday, Oct. 13

Arts at One: Little Night Band

New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
1pm
Enjoy a jazz concert directed by Blair Fisher, Music Instructor. More info: Arts Events


Explore Postgraduate Studies
New Westminster Campus, Room 2804
1-2:30pm
Join Adler School of Professional Psychology representative Malcolm Dane to learn more about postgraduate studies. Space is limited; secure your seat by email. Put "Adler School" in the subject line and include your name and student ID# in the email.

Engaging Minds Speaker Series. Sources of Morality: Comparing Two Theoretical Approaches
New Westminster Campus, Room 2201
5:30-6:30pm
What is the primary source of morality? Join Dennis Krebs, Psychology Professor Emeritus, SFU, as he discusses the hypothesis that moral judgments and behaviours stem from a set of mental mechanisms that evolved in the human species because they disposed early humans to uphold social relations that fostered their biological interests. Free. Followed by a reception in the theatre foyer. More info here.

Friday, Oct. 14

Stinks & Bangs: Game Show Science

New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
1-2pm
See the magic of science as you've never seen it before. Magical colour changes, exploding balloons, fun with food, and much, much more! Don't miss this opportunity to experience the lighter side of science with a great mix of knowledge and humour that is sure to please everybody.

Ongoing

Greenlinks 2011: Insects

New Westminster Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Till Oct. 28
Paintings and drawings of insects by Tiko Kerr and Ivan Droujinin, with an exhibit of insects from the Douglas College Institute of Urban Ecology. More info on the gallery's web page.


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Friday, October 7, 2011

Another Douglas College student recognized as 'best and brightest'

David Denofreo photo

Hot on the heels of Business student Rosie Hernandez and Retail Business student Robert Gagno, First-year University Transfer student Anoop Virk was named as one of the Lower Mainland's 'best and brightest' students by 24 Hours.

Anoop was recognized for the project she co-founded that reunited Downtown Eastside residents with their loved ones. Read her profile in 24.
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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Douglas College SET Coordinator takes top theatre award

David Denofreo photo
By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

When Drew Young got the news he was receiving an award recognizing his contributions to live performance in Canada, the Coordinator of the Stagecraft and Event Technology Program couldn’t believe his eyes.

“I was completely taken aback. Even though you’re always working to stay connected, you still feel isolated because of all the time you put into shows. You never get a feeling that anyone really knows what you’re doing – not that that matters, because you’re focused on doing what you do – so to have someone from the head office in Montreal email and say, ‘Hey, you won this award,’ I felt very proud and surprised.”
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