Monday, January 31, 2011

The sweet sound of success

Music students Kiel Magis, left, and Trevor Hoffman
have created their own entertainment company.


By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor
Photos: Natahsha Prakash 

Kiel Magis and Trevor Hoffman are second-year Douglas Music students, first-year business partners and all around good buddies – though this last descriptor wasn’t always true. “At first I didn’t like him very much,” confesses Trevor about Kiel, whom he met at Douglas in 2009. “We bashed heads, because we’re both fairly outspoken.”

But then Trevor, who’s majoring in musical composition with a piano concentrate, and Kiel, a voice major, got to know each other better. Soon, they ended up working together. Kiel was putting on a concert in May of last year and needed a pianist, so he asked Trevor if he would accompany him. Trevor agreed, the concert went swimmingly and the two forged a partnership that now sees them performing professionally.

As the duo behind Vivace Music Entertainment, Trevor, 19, and Kiel, 21, perform jazz, classical, contemporary pieces and a number of Michael BublĂ© and Josh Groban songs at weddings, parties and other events. “There’s actually a fair bit of demand in the Lower Mainland,” Trevor says. “There are not too many people doing what we do. There are string quartets and full bands and things like that, but as far as a vocal and piano duo goes, there’s not a whole lot out there.”

Both showed musical aptitude as children. Kiel played trumpet, though he didn’t keep it up. He got into singing after his mother put him in the choir at his elementary school. Though reluctant at first, he came to love it and continued to sing in choirs throughout junior high and high school. “After high school I really wanted to continue my studies in music, so I decided to come to Douglas and give it a shot,” says Kiel, who received an entrance scholarship to the College.

Trevor began piano around the age of 4 and took to it immediately, never complaining about having to practise. He joined the Royal Conservatory of Music when he was 7, and at 15 began teaching piano. When he graduated from high school, he decided to come to Douglas. Like Kiel, he came in on an entrance scholarship. “That secured my decision,” Trevor says.

He continues to teach piano, and recently received an award from the British Columbia Registered Music Teachers Association for receiving the highest mark in teaching at the Royal Conservatory. “I spent thousands of hours studying and preparing for it. I feel really privileged to have gotten it.”

As full-time students with side projects as well as part-time jobs – Kiel slings coffee at Tim Horton’s and Trevor still teaches piano – the pair agree that it’s not always easy to make time for all of their commitments. “It’s juggling, basically,” says Kiel. “Right now my schedule is solid for school, but then I’m trying to fit everything else in. I just take it day by day. That’s what I’ve learned.”

“Being a professional musician means being a professional time manager as well,” puts in Trevor. “You really just fit things into the cracks.”

In the meantime, Vivace Music Entertainment is expanding. Kiel and Trevor recently began collaborating with recording artist MARIKA on a songwriting package they’re offering clients. The duo is already plotting their next move: contracting out other musicians for gigs. But for right now, they’re concentrating on solidifying Vivace as a musical company with “prestige.”

“We want to make sure we’re high quality, and that people know us as high quality,” Kiel says. "That’s the reputation we want to present to people.”

For more information on Vivace Music Entertainment visit the website and Facebook page
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This week at Douglas: career planning, vuvuzelas, from Freud to Darwin and more!


Here’s what’s happening at Douglas College Jan 31- Feb 4:

Wednesday, Feb 2

Career Planning workshop – part 1, NWC
New Westminster Campus (room 2803)
10am-12pm
Are you interested in learning more about the careers that might fit for you? Choose between the morning and the afternoon session. This workshop is free and available only to Douglas College Students. Please register by calling 604-527-5486.

Career Planning workshop – part 1, NWC
New Westminster Campus (room 2803)
12-2pm
Are you interested in learning more about the careers that might fit for you? Choose between the morning and the afternoon session. This workshop is free and available only to Douglas College Students. Please register by calling 604-527-5486.

Vuvuzela Intramural Soccer Tournament
David Lam Campus (Gym 3)
4-6pm
Get your Puma's out for a little indoor footy and soccer bragging rights at the David Lam campus. Visit douglife.ca for more info.

Thursday, Feb 3

Arts at One: Alumni Concert
New Westminster Campus (Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre)
1pm
Come see Douglas College Alumni perform from 1-2pm – for free! Arts at One is a concert series that takes place most Thursdays during the semester. For more info, see Arts Events

Friday, Feb 4

Badminton Intramurals Fest
New Wesminster Campus (Main gym)
2-5pm
Come out to see an exhibition game by the Douglas Badminton Team. After the game you can test your skills against the badminton team and your friends. Email shuttlesports[at]shaw[dot]ca for more information.

Year of Science: Bernie Crespi Lecture
New Westminster Campus (Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre)
Reception 6pm, Lecture 7-8pm
Join Dr. Bernard Crespi as he discusses his ground-breaking theory, described by the New York Times as providing “psychiatry with perhaps its grandest working theory since Freud.” Free and open to the public. For more info, see Year of Science lecture series

Leadership Retreat
Quest University (Squamish)
3pm Friday – 6pm Sunday
Douglas College and the Centre for Campus Life are proud to present the 2nd annual Leadership Retreat.  The purpose of the retreat is to provide personal and professional development opportunities for students passionate about making a difference either internationally, locally or right here at Douglas College. For more info, see douglife.ca

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Get help with your career planning

Haven't quite found your career path yet? Want to find out more about the careers that might fit for you? Counselling Services is offering a series of Career Planning workshops starting next week.


In these two-part workshops, you'll complete vocational testing to explore your interests, learn how to research career options and have the option of following up one-on-one with a Career Counsellor. Sessions are offered at both campuses:

New Westminster Campus

Part 1:
Wednesday, Feb 2
10am-12pm
room 2803

OR

Wednesday, Feb 2
12-2pm
room 2803

Part 2:
Wednesday, Feb 16
10am-12pm
room 2803

OR

Wednesday, Feb 16
12-2pm
room 2803

David Lam Campus

Part 1:
Thursday, Feb 10
8:30-10:30am
room A1150

Part 2:
Thursday, March 3
8:30-10:30am
room A1150

Note: you must attend both part 1 and part 2 of the workshops.

Workshops are free and open to all Douglas College students. For more info and to register, please call 604-527-5486 (New Westminster Campus) or 604-777-6185 (David Lam Campus). Read more...

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Fire up your left brain at four free lectures


Ready to give your left brain a workout while learning about some of the most topical and controversial  theories and technologies of our time?

As part of the province's Year of Science, the Faculty of Science and Technology at Douglas College presents four lectures on topics ranging from climate change, to nanotechnology and more. All are free, open to the public and take place at the New Westminster Campus over the next month.

Feb. 4 - Where Darwin meets Freud: psychosis and autism as diametrical disorders of the social brain  Bernard Crespi, a professor of biological sciences at SFU, delivers his groundbreaking theory that psychiatric disorders such as autism and psychosis have a shared genetic basis. The New York Times hailed Crespi's theory as providing "psychiatry with perhaps its grandest working theory since Freud."  Reception 6pm; Lecture 7-8pm, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre (room 4100)

Feb 11 - Towards a Healthy Environment Using Coal, Oil and Gas: What are the long-term implications to climate change?  William Gunter, an expert in geochemical processes and their impact on the environment and on the oil and gas industry, speaks on how capturing carbon dioxide and burying it underground can mitigate the effects of climate change.  Lecture 3-4pm; Reception 4:30-6pm, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre (room 4100)

Feb 18 - Designer Nanomaterials: materials to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow  Ever wonder what nanoscale materials are or what role they might play in your everyday life? Join Byron Gates, associate professor of chemistry at SFU, for a discussion on how these materials are becoming increasingly important in new technological developments - and the controversies surrounding them.  Lecture 1-2:30pm; Reception 2:30-4pm,  Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre (room 4100)

Feb 25 - Stinks & Bangs  Join the Science in Action team from SFU as they turn water into wine, make things go bang, coax solutions into magically changing colour and much, much more in this truly Scienctacular Show.  Lecture 1-2pm, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre (room 4100)

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

This week at Douglas: UBC Business visits, literature comes alive, ladies’ night and more!


Here’s what’s happening at Douglas January 24-28:

Monday, Jan 24

Belize Field School – info session
New Westminster Campus (room 1620)
4pm
Come to an information session and find out how you can study in beautiful Belize this summer! For more info, see Study Abroad - Belize

UBC Sauder School of Business on campus
New Westminster Campus (room 2201)
4-6pm
Representatives from the UBC Sauder School of Business will be on hand to answer your questions about transfer and more.

Literature Alive: Lee Henderson
David Lam Campus (room B2010)
7pm
Don’t miss this opportunity to see author Lee Henderson, author of The Broken Record Technique and The Man Game, speak at the David Lam Campus. For more info on Literature Alive, see Arts Events.

Tuesday, Jan 25

Belize Field School – info session
David Lam Campus (room A2070)
4:30pm
Come to an information session and find out how you can study in beautiful Belize this summer! For more info, see Study Abroad - Belize

Ladies’ Night
Sephora, Coquitlam Centre
6:30-9pm
The Centre for Campus Life is hosting a night for the ladies at Sephora in Coquitlam Centre, with free makeovers, up-dos, food and prizes. For more info and to RSVP, see douglife.ca

Wednesday, Jan 26

Great BC Shakeout Earthquake Drill
Both campuses
10am
Drop, cover and hold on as Douglas takes part in the biggest earthquake drill in Canadian history. Listen for an announcement at approximately 10:05am. For more info, see doug: the community blog.

Ting Forum on Justice: Addictions and Corrections
New Westminster Campus (room 1614)
3:30-6:30pm
SFU School of Criminology, Correctional Service of Canada and the Douglas College Department of Criminology present the latest event in the Ting Forum on Justice Policy Lecture and Dialogue Series - Addictions and Corrections. For more info, see the Events Calendar.

Australia Field School – Information Session
New Westminster Campus (room 4308)
4pm
Want to study in Australia this year? Come to an information session to find out more and meet the faculty involved! For more info, see Study Abroad - Australia

CMA/CA/CGA Joint Information Session
4th Floor, Douglas Students’ Union Building (NWC)
5 :30-6 :30pm
Are you interested in becoming an accountant or simply curious what a career in accounting would entail? Join the Douglas College Business Association (DCBA) on Wednesday January 26th as we hold our annual free Joint Information Session. For more info, see dcba-online.ca

Thursday, Jan 27

Arts at One: Little Night Band
New Westminster Campus (Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre)
1pm
Come see the Little Night Band perform from 1-2pm – for free! Arts at One is a concert series that takes place most Thursdays during the semester. For more info, see Arts Events

Australia Field School – Information Session
David Lam Campus (room C1017)
2:30pm
Want to study in Australia this year? Come to an information session to find out more and meet the faculty involved! For more info, see Study Abroad - Australia

Friday, Jan 28

Kings Court Basketball Tournament
New Westminster Campus (main gym)
12-3pm
Bring out your old AND1 shirts and show us what you got. Full court 5-on-5 intramural basketball tournament, come one, come all. For more info, see douglife.ca


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Friday, January 21, 2011

Royals forward up for prestigious award

Jerald Walliser photo
Wow - another award under his belt? Or should we say drawstring?

Reynold Stewart, a forward for the Douglas College Royals soccer team, has been nominated as Sport BC's College Athlete of the Year.

Last year Reynold, who has played for the Royals throughout his three years at Douglas, was named the Men's Soccer Player of the Year and 2010 All-Canadian team member by the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association. To read about his other awards, see our earlier blog post.

Sport BC's Athlete of the Year Awards recognize BC’s best amateur athletes, coaches and officials for outstanding performances in their sport. The winners will be honoured at a ceremony and dinner at the River Rock Casino Feb. 24. Read more...

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Get out, have fun and be safe!


As much as we all love winter (note: tongue is planted firmly in cheek), the cold season brings with it a unique set of guidelines for ensuring our safety at home, work, play and in our vehicles.

With that in mind, the Health and Safety Committee at Douglas College offers us some tips on being prepared for cold weather, icy roads, heavy snowfalls and more:

When at home or work:
  1. Safety first!
  2. Make a family emergency plan so everyone knows where to go and what to do if an emergency happens.
  3. Have you got an emergency kit? If not, create one that will be good for 72 hours. Visit getprepared.gc.ca to learn how.
When at play or driving:
  1. Check the weather forecast and road conditions before heading out, and dress appropriately.
  2. Ensure your care is ready for winter: snow tires on, windshield and head/tail lights cleared of snow and ice before driving? Is your car in good running order with all fluids and gas topped up?
  3. Pack your cellphone and bring an emergency kit...just in case.

For more information on safety and emergency preparedness, visit pep.bc.ca.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

40 after 40: Daniel Igali

Photograph by: CP Photo/ COC
Then

A surprise meeting in the dead of night with the law would scare the pants off most of us. But not Daniel Igali. As a child, an encounter with police officers at his home left a positive impression.

“They wanted to know about the whereabouts of a neighbour who had apparently assaulted his girlfriend. It was the manner of their approach that convinced me I had to study criminology. I wanted to be a cop after that meeting with the police officers.”

Daniel also dreamed of becoming a top wrestler. By his teens he was already champion of Nigeria. But he knew he would have to leave his homeland, a country scarred by civil unrest and poverty, if he wanted to make it big.

In 1994 Daniel found a new country and a new college that told students, “You can go anywhere from here.” Daniel decided to go for the top – and reached it.
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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Douglas seeks nominations for Distinguished Alumni

John Bertram, winner of the  Distinguished
Alumni Award for 2010.
Do you know a Douglas grad who has made an exceptional professional, personal, academic or public service achievement? An alumnus who would be an inspiration to students?

If so, the College wants your nominations for the Distinguished Alumni Award. This award is a major step in recognizing the quality of our graduates and their contributions to the community. It also represents the calibre of the students that attend Douglas College and the education, training and inspiration they received here.

The closing date for nominations is March 1. This award will be presented during the June 2011 graduation ceremonies.

Click here for more information, or contact Andrew Senjack, 604 777 6171.

The nomination form can be downloaded here.

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

This week at Douglas: study abroad, UVIC + SFU visit, DSU pub night and more!


Here’s what happening at Douglas January 17-21:

Monday, Jan 17

Imaginus Poster Sale
David Lam Campus (atrium)
9am-7pm
Massive poster sale in the concourse all day long!

UVIC Admissions on campus
New Westminster Campus concourse
2-4pm
University of Victoria representatives will be at the New West Campus to answer your questions about transfer.

Co-operative Education – Information Session
New Westminster Campus (room 4360)
4-5pm
Interested in Co-op study for Summer 2011? Attend this info session to find out more. For more info on Co-op, see douglascollege.ca/co-op

Tuesday, Jan 18

Imaginus Poster Sale
David Lam Campus (atrium)
9am-5pm
Massive poster sale in the concourse all day long! *Note – sale ends at 5pm today

Wednesday, Jan 19

Wales Field School – Information Session
David Lam Campus (room B2090)
3:30pm
Find out about how you can study in Wales, UK this spring. For more information, see Study Abroad - Wales

China Field School - Information Session
New Westminster Campus (room 3302)
4pm
Is “study abroad” on your list of New Year’s Resolutions? Find out about the Douglas field school this spring in China at this info session! If you’re in criminology or business, you might be especially interested in this program. For more information, see Study Abroad - China

Australia Field School – Information Session
New Westminster Campus (room 4308)
4pm
Come to an information session to find out more and meet the faculty involved! For more info, see Study Abroad - Australia

Thursday, Jan 20

SFU Admissions on campus
New Westminster Campus concourse (9:30am-12pm)
David Lam Campus atrium (1-3:30pm)
Thinking about transferring from Douglas to Simon Fraser University? An SFU Admissions representative will be on campus today to answer your questions about the transfer process.

Arts at One: Faculty Concert
New Westminster Campus (Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre)
1pm
Come see Douglas College Faculty perform from 1-2pm – for free! Arts at One is a concert series that takes place most Thursdays during the semester. For more info, see Arts Events

Australia Field School – Information Session
David Lam Campus (room C1017)
2:30pm
Come to an information session to find out more and meet the faculty involved! For more info, see Study Abroad - Australia

DSU Pub Night
8pm – 1am
DSU Building Lounge (NWC)
Pub night: Beauty and the Geek theme. Presented by your Douglas Students' Union. 2 pieces of government-issued ID are required. And don't forget your student ID! Contact nwcoordinator@dsu18.ca or 604-527-5110 for more information.

Friday, Jan 21

DCBA 2nd Annual Birthday Bash
Ceili’s Irish Pub
7:30pm-late
Join the Douglas College Business Association celebrate their birthday with an evening of networking with current college faculty, alumni, and industry professionals. Event runs at Ceili's Irish Pub downtown. Cost is $10 (VIP entrance before 10pm), and Dress to Impress! For tickets, contact president@dcba-online.ca
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Friday, January 14, 2011

40 after 40: Barb Sekhon

Then

When Barb Sekhon started working at the newly minted Douglas College in 1970, she had no idea it would turn into a lifelong career – or that she would play a pivotal role in policy-making.

Barb had worked at Douglas for just over a year when she decided she wanted to travel to India. She asked the College for a two-month leave of absence but, as there was no policy yet in place, was merely told she would have no problem getting another job here once she got back.

“So I quit, and when I came back I found out my request for a leave of absence had actually initiated a policy,” Barb says.

Barb was indeed hired back on at Douglas, and has been here ever since. She’s worked in more areas that she can list off without consulting her resume, including the Print Shop, Employee Relations, Administration and the Music Department.
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Thursday, January 13, 2011

What to do if 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 January 26, in an effort to prepare people for a potentially damaging earthquake, Douglas students, employees and visitors, along with thousands of other British Columbians, will participate in the largest earthquake drill in Canadian history.

Ladies and gentlemen, get ready for the Great British Columbia ShakeOut.

The drill is happening on the anniversary of the 9.0 magnitude “megathrust” quake that rocked the west coast of North America, from BC to California, in 1700. The geological record tells us that megathrust earthquakes occur in this region on average once every 500-600 years. Some have been as close together as 200 years.

“Seismic experts tell us that we can expect a major destructive earthquake in BC," says Nancy Constable, Director of Safety and Security and leader of the drill. “We don’t know when it might hit. This drill is about practising how to protect ourselves when it does.”
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Thank you, India



Name

Laurie Wong

Program

Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching (BPEC), 2009

Currently

Temporary International Education ESL teacher at Lord Tweedsmuir Elementary School (New Westminster); Teacher Assistant at Main Street Adult Learning Centre for the Vancouver Board of Education.

Lately


Completed my Teacher Training and earned my Bachelor of Education from Simon Fraser University; in 2009 went to Dharamsala, India, to teach Tibetan refugee children as part of the International Teacher Education Module at SFU.

Career goals


To teach science/math/PE at a middle school or at intermediate grade level in an elementary school.

Personal goals

To travel outside of North America each year with my husband and children, to maintain an active lifestyle and stay healthy, to cycle across Canada with my husband.

Role model

His Holiness the Dalai Lama. His compassion for people and the wisdom he shares with the global community offer inspiration for me as a person and as an educator.
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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

40 after 40: Dean Wutke

Then

Long before the days of the Internet, Java, PlayStation and email, Dean Wutke was programming basic video games on his Commodore 64 and communicating with his buddies through bulletin board systems. He loved technology and, as he got older, began to appreciate how computers could increase the efficiency of business – another of his interests.

After high school Dean followed his passions to Douglas College. After taking general business for a year he noticed there were far more Douglas College Co-operative Education job postings in computer systems programs than in business. He made the switch into Computer Information Systems, and has never looked back.

Now

For almost 10 years, Dean has worked at G&F Financial Group, in Vancouver. Currently the Network Manager, he is responsible for planning and managing the overall technology infrastructure for the company, which includes the deployment of virtual servers, enterprise storage and networking technologies. 


He says that being in technology has kept him consistently busy, with no lack of jobs.

“Even while travelling overseas I used my education and skills to land jobs in Australia while on a working student holiday visa,” he recalls. “One job had me rewriting code for a nervous engineering firm that thought all their systems would fail on January 1, 2000.”

Dean also says the Douglas College Co-operative Education Program has played a big part in his success.

“The co-op program helped me get some real work experience in my area of education,” he says. “My first employer in technology out of college told me he wouldn’t have hired me without that experience.

“Douglas College really laid down the foundation for my career,” he continues. “It gave the training and confidence to apply and get my first jobs and beyond. The diploma is respected by employers.”

40 after 40 is a series showcasing our amazing grads and employees in celebration of our 40th anniversary. Check back every Wednesday and Friday for another inspiring story. See more about our 40th on our Anniversary page.
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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Desperately seeking tutor?


If you're looking for help with reading, writing, math, basic computer stuff and study skills, the Learning Centre is open for business for the Winter Semester and invites you to come on down.

Online tutoring services became available as of Monday; tutoring request forms are available on the Learning Centre website. On January 17 the Learning Centre opens for tutoring appointments and will stay open till the last day of classes. 

Students can sign up to work with a peer-tutor for 50-minute weekly appointments, or sign up for one-time appointments that become available through cancellations, up to one week in advance, by stopping by the Learning Centre during business hours:

Monday & Tuesday 11am-7pm
Wednesday & Thursday 9am-5pm
Friday 9am-1pm


The Learning Centre is in Room 2209 (next to the library), New Westminster Campus, and Room A1040 (by the atrium), David Lam.
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Monday, January 10, 2011

This week at Douglas: global opportunities, posters galore and more!

Here's what's happening on campus Jan 10-14:

Monday, Jan 10

Co-operative Education – Information Session
New Westminster Campus (room 4360)
4-5pm
Interested in Co-op study for Summer 2011? Attend this info session to find out more. For more info on Co-op, see douglascollege.ca/co-op

Tuesday, Jan 11



Imaginus Poster Sale
New Westminster Campus (concourse)
9am-7pm
Massive poster sale in the concourse all day long!

Wednesday, Jan 12

Imaginus Poster Sale
New Westminster Campus (concourse)
9am-7pm
Massive poster sale in the concourse all day long!

China Field School - Information Session
New Westminster Campus (room 3302)
4pm
Is “study abroad” on your list of New Year’s Resolutions? Find out about the Douglas field school this spring in China at this info session! If you’re in criminology or business, you might be especially interested in this program. For more information, see Study Abroad - China

Wales Field School – Information Session
David Lam Campus (room B2090)
3:30pm
Find out about how you can study in Wales, UK this spring. For more information, see Study Abroad - Wales

Co-operative Education – Information Session
New Westminster Campus (room 4360)
4-5pm
Interested in Co-op study for Summer 2011? Attend this info session to find out more. For more info on Co-op, see douglascollege.ca/co-op

Zambia Global Leadership – Information Session
New Westminster Campus (room 1322)
5-6pm
Make a difference and have the experience of a lifetime – join the Global Leadership Program for a 3-month work placement in Zambia, Africa. Find out more at today’s info session. For more info on the program, see DougLife.ca

Thursday, Jan 13

Imaginus Poster Sale
David Lam Campus (atrium)
9am-7pm
Massive poster sale in the concourse all day long!

Arts at One: UBC Orchestra
New Westminster Campus (Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre)
1pm
Come see the UBC Orchestra perform from 1-2pm – for free! Arts at One is a concert series that takes place most Thursdays during the semester. For more info, see Arts Events

Wales Field School – Information Session
New Westminster Campus (room 1614)
3:30pm
Find out about how you can study in Wales, UK this spring. For more information, see Study Abroad - Wales

Friday, Jan 14

Imaginus Poster Sale
David Lam Campus (atrium)
9am-5pm
Massive poster sale in the concourse all day long! *Note – sale ends at 5pm today

Basketball vs. Langara
New Westminster Campus (main gym)
6pm (women) 8pm (men)
Langara makes their lone trip to Douglas this weekend. Langara is above our Royals in the standings, but they look to change that with this back-to-back set.

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Party with the DCBA


Looking for the "in" party? The Douglas College Business Association is throwing its 2nd annual birthday bash this month - and you're invited!

Promising to satisfy the business professional in all of us, this DCBA signature event is an evening of networking, celebration and prizes. Upwards of 200 guests are expected to attend, including students, faculty, alumni and industry professionals.

This is an excellent opportunity to see what the Douglas College Business Association is all about, what it has accomplished over the years, how to get involved and, of course, to network, meet new students and have a blast!

The evening will also include speeches and a "mingle" hour on the party's exclusive floor at Ceili's Irish Pub.

When: Friday, January 21, 7:30pm
Where: Ceili's Irish Pub, 670 Smithe St., Vancouver
Cost: $10 – includes no line-up and no cover before 10pm
Dress code: Dress to impress

All proceeds go toward the Bachelor of Business Administration graduation dinner.

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Friday, January 7, 2011

40 after 40: James Moore

Then:

James Moore always knew he wanted to enter public service. First he wanted to be a police officer, then he considered becoming a firefighter, and at one point even convinced himself he would one day be a judge.

When James came to Douglas, he took as many different courses in as many different fields as possible. He studied Criminology because he thought he might go into law enforcement. He took History because he loved it. He took Business Administration in case he decided to go on to business school.

“My goal was to find a spark that might light a fire of passion for a particular field of interest,” James explains.

In the end, he discovered his passion was political science.
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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

40 after 40: Bruce and Helen Clarke

Then:

Long-time Douglas employees Bruce and Helen Clarke have a love story that spans the history of the College itself. Bruce came to Douglas in 1971 as a student, and also began working part-time in the library. That same year Helen was hired on full-time in the library, and it wasn’t long before the pair started dating.

“I don’t know if it would be allowed today,” says Bruce, “for bosses to date their subordinates – as a student assistant I would have been her subordinate indirectly – but anyway, there weren’t any of those rules in those days.”

Bruce and Helen recall those early days as a time of great conviviality, where the handful of staff were close and banded together through thick and thin.

“There was so much adversity,” Helen says. The buildings leaked, there were rats, there were mice, it was drafty. But everyone just seemed to really pull together.”

“There was a certain camaraderie that got started,” Bruce agrees. “We were starting something new and radical: making education accessible to all. Everybody was really behind the idea.”

After graduating, Bruce took a full-time job in the library and eventually moved on to the Instructional Resource Centre, and then the Centre for Educational and Information Technology (CEIT). Meanwhile, Helen continued working in the library.
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