Sunday, February 27, 2011

This week at Douglas: Career Exploration Fair, free literature readings, opening night of Brecht’s Kabaret and more!


Here’s what’s happening at Douglas College February 28-March 4:

Monday, Feb 28

Career Exploration Fair
New Westminster Campus (concourse)
10am-3pm
Thinking of a new career from hospitality to computing to criminal justice? Don’t miss the 21st Annual Douglas College Career Exploration Fair! Get more info and a list of participating companies on doug: the community blog

Tuesday, Mar 1

Literature Alive: Charlotte Gill
New Westminster Campus (room 1808)
6:30pm
Enjoy a free reading and discussion with fiction and non-fiction writer Charlotte Gill. Free and open to the public. For more info on Literature Alive, see Arts Events.

Wednesday, Mar 2

Career Exploration Fair
David Lam Campus (atrium)
10am-3pm
Thinking of a new career from hospitality to computing to criminal justice? Don’t miss the 21st Annual Douglas College Career Exploration Fair! Get more info and a list of participating companies on doug: the community blog

Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) Info Session
New Westminster Campus (room 4360)
5-6:30pm
Are you interested in becoming a Financial Analyst or simply curious what a career in Finance would entail? Join the Douglas College Business Association (DCBA) for this free information session. Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) will be on hand to talk about the designations and how to obtain your designation. This is a fantastic opportunity to both learn about job opportunities for a CFA and to help guide you in the right direction. If that isn't enough, come for the free snacks and coffee that will be served!

Thursday, Mar 3

Career Planning workshop – part 2, DLC
David Lam Campus (room A1150)
8:30-10:30am
Are you interested in learning more about the careers that might fit for you? This is a continuation of the workshop on February 10th. You must have attended Part 1 on Feb 2 in order to attend this session. Contact us if you are interested in attending a future offering of this workshop or to arrange one-to-one career counselling: douglascollege.ca/counselling

Literature Alive: Jennica Harper
New Westminster Campus (room 1808)
2:30pm
Enjoy a free reading and discussion with script writer Jennica Harper. Free and open to the public. For more info on Literature Alive, see Arts Events.

Friday, Mar 4

Brecht’s Kabaret (opening night)
New Westminster Campus (Studio Theatre)
7:30pm
Don’t miss Brecht’s Kabaret, a celebration of the German dramatist’s political and artistic life through play excerpts, songs – and especially his poems – brought to you by the Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology departments at Douglas College. Runs March 4-12. For a full synopsis and ticket info, see doug: the community blog.

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Hollywood, here she comes!

Aly Johnson, a graduate of the Douglas College Self Employment Program, is hoping to grow her business at the Oscars.
Mario Bartel/Burnaby NewsLeader photo

Self Employment Program

Aly Johnson
is going to the Oscars!

The thing I do
My business is called Aly Dahl Designs. I make and sell handcrafted pieces of jewellery, specializing in "impression" cherished keepsakes. The Impressions Line is jewellery and keepsakes crafted using your and your loved ones' fingerprints, toe-prints, thumbprints, or your dog’s nose or paw print. Anything you can take an impression of, I can turn into a keepsake or wearable jewellery.

My personal motto
Do what you love to do, and you will never work another day in your life.

Hooray for Hollywood
I’ve been invited to take part in one of the most exclusive pre-Oscar events! The Baby Boom Boom Room is where the hippest in the under-five set hang out with their moms and dads before the grown-ups prepare to walk the red carpet. The discerning crowd is known to include celebrity moms such as Jessica Alba, Heidi Klum, Halle Berry and many more.

Prospective gains
Exposure, confidence and of course sales. If I can have a couple of A-list celeb moms and dads wear my creations, then I feel I can take my business to the next level.

Career goals
To be Entrepreneur of the Year of course! And to be generating enough income to expand my studio out of my living room and be able to hire an assistant.

Personal goals
To be Entrepreneur of the Year of course! Also, to continue spending quality time with my children in a way that impacts their lives in a positive way. I am following my dream, and I want to teach them to do the same.

Role model
My father. He is smart, successful, wise, gentle, kind and has a wonderful sense of humour.

I took the SE Program because
I knew the day I lost my job what I wanted to do, and that was own my own business. I just had to figure out what I was going to do. That took time, but there was never a question that I was supposed to be my own boss.

Best take away
In order to succeed you must treat your business like a job: if you don’t put minimum 40 hours a week into your business, it will not thrive.

Before the Oscar call
My husband lost his job and had been out of work for 18 months, and we were struggling to make ends meet. Although my business had been steadily growing, it was coming down to decisions needing to be made. Because of the Oscar event my sales have grown and I have not had to look for a 9-5 job. I strongly believe that everything happens for a reason, and that just as I was losing sight of my dream, a door opened to show me that I was on the right path and should stay course.

My must-visit website
Facebook. It is my greatest networking tool for my business, and personally.

Advice to entrepreneurs on the SE Program
Do it. It is a wonderful experience to learn, to connect with like-minded people, and it is an excellent jumping board to launch your dream.

To learn more about Aly, visit her Facebook and Twitter pages, blog and website. And check out the story on her in the Burnaby NewsLeader.
Links
Self Employment Program
The Training Group
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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

What makes him so good?


By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

Tune in to the Science Channel tomorrow night and you may see a familiar face. Douglas student and pinball wizard Robert Gagno will be featured on Ingenious Minds, a show that delves into the brains of individuals who possess extraordinary abilities while also suffering from intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Robert, who has autism, is a full time student in the Basic Occupational Education Program, Retail and Business Services Option. He is also the #1 one ranked pinball player in Canada and #20 in the world, and shows no signs of slowing down. In December he took first place in the annual championships of both the Vancouver Regional Pinball Association and the Seattle Pinball League.

Last fall the Science Channel filmed Robert doing the things he normally does around Vancouver: playing pinball, doing gymnastics etc. They also flew Robert and his dad, Maurizio, to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., for an MRI, with diagnosis provided by the chief neurologist.

Maurizio reports that Robert’s current passion is poker. For the past four month’s he’s been teaching himself the game through YouTube videos and TV programs. He joined the local World Poker Tour club in December, and since then has consistently finished high and is ranked #10 in BC.

Recently Maurizio and his wife, Kathy, accompanied Robert to his first money tournament, at the Boulevard Casino, in Coquitlam. “After five hours of play there were only two players left, a man that plays every day, and Robert,” says Maurizio. “The pro was able to win, but it was very close.”

See Robert on Ingenious Minds Thursday, February 24 at 10pm. And check out the earlier post we did on him last summer.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Brecht's Kabaret promises to enlighten and entertain


By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

Psst … Bertolt Brecht has something to tell you, and it kind of goes like this: even though the Egyptians ousted Mubarek, they shouldn’t pat themselves on the back, as the things that allowed him to come to power still exist, and could help issue in another dictator. Overturning one monster doesn’t mean that they’ve solved the problem.

Actually, Brecht – whose heyday was in the 1930s and ’40s – was talking about Hitler. But as with all great artists, his observations of his own times resonate with us powerfully today.

This is but one reason to go see Brecht’s Kabaret, a celebration of the German dramatist’s political and artistic life through play excerpts, songs – and especially his poems – brought to you by the Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology departments at Douglas College March 4-12.

“The production is very much a raising of social awareness around issues of power, subjugation, class struggle, Nazi propaganda and Nazi programs to destroy other ethnicities and cultures including Jews, blacks, gays and others,” says Allan Lysell, Director/compiler of Brecht’s Kabaret and Theatre instructor at Douglas.

Brecht is known mainly for his plays, which include The Threepenny Opera and The Good Person of Szechuan, but Lysell says he wanted to explore the artist through his poems.

“Mostly we think of Brecht through his theatrical productions, but this time I thought we’d look at him through his poetry, with excerpts from plays, plus music and songs, to get a different feeling of who Brecht was and how he influenced theatre and performance style.”

Set in an old, rundown cabaret club, the performers – second-year Theatre students – use their proximity to the audience to engage in a conversation about war, the class struggle, how to act and even how to be an audience member.

“It takes the form of a cabaret, wherein audience members think they are entering one sort of venue, but are met with something unexpected: intellectually and politically charged performers who reveal the Brecht ideology and perspective through performance.”

Lysell promises high entertainment value, too.

“You get to see these second-year students – who are graduating soon – in their final production, showing off all their training. It’ll be fun to watch, and you’ll get a glimpse of one of the greatest theatrical personas of modern times.”

Brecht’s Kabaret runs March 4-12 at Douglas College Studio Theatre, 4140-700 Royal Ave., New Westminster. Tickets ($8-$15) are available from the Massey Theatre. For more information see Arts Events, call 604 527 5723 or click on the poster.

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Get business cards; join the DCBA's tax team!

If you're planning to attend any upcoming possible networking events - the Douglas College Career Fair, Big 4's Day in a CA firm (beginning March), CGA President's Address (TBA) or the ICABC Summer Social BBQ (summer), just to name a few - don't leave home without a healthy stack of business cards.

To give you a boost, the Douglas College Business Association is offering students  business cards at discounted rates - 250 for $20 - till Wednesday, February 24. Place your order in Room 4321, New Westminster Campus, at the following times:

Monday, February 21, 12:15-1:50pm & 4:45-6:45pm
Tuesday, February 22, 12:15-2:15pm
Wednesday, February 23, 12:15-1:50pm & 4:45-6:45pm
Thursday, February 24, 12:15-6:30pm

Payment can be made by cash or cheque. For more information,  please email or call Jonathan at 778 231 2122 to book an appointment.

AND...

Come get some valuable work experience that will look great on a resume!

The DCBA is looking for volunteers to complete personal tax returns for students and other low-income members of the community. The training session is Sunday, February 27, 9am-4pm in Room 4310, New Westminster Campus. Tax sessions will be on Mondays from 4-7pm and Saturdays from 12:30-3:30pm beginning March 19 and ending April 30.

By participating, volunteers will be donating volunteer hours to the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP). You can find the registration form here.

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

This week at Douglas: winter marketplace, work prep boot camp, Royals Rumble and more!


Here’s what’s happening on campus Feb 21-25:

Monday, Feb 21

SFU Teaching Program on Campus (NWC)
4-5pm
New Westminster Campus (room 1717)
Interested in teaching as a career? What do you need to become a teacher in BC? SFU's PDP Coordinator, Diane Kelso, will discuss the teaching program at SFU and the admission requirements for PDP.

Tuesday, Feb 22

Canada as a Refuge from Militarism? Brown Bag Lunch Forum
12-2pm
David Lam Campus (room A2050)
The Douglas College Institute for Ethics and Global Justice presents a public brown bag lunch forum: Canada as Refuge from Militarism? The politics of providing sanctuary to American war resisters. For more info, see doug: the community blog.

Winter Marketplace (DLC)
9am-6pm
David Lam Campus (atrium)
Don't miss the annual Alumni Association Winter Marketplace! Come check out the vendors selling pottery, African art, jewelry, clothing, native art and crafts and much more. Money raised goes to support students in need. It's an excellent opportunity to stock up on interesting gifts while supporting our students and local craftspeople.

Wednesday, Feb 23

Winter Marketplace (NWC)
9am-6pm
New Westminster Campus (concourse)
Don't miss the annual Alumni Association Winter Marketplace! Come check out the vendors selling pottery, African art, jewelry, clothing, native art and crafts and much more. Money raised goes to support students in need. It's an excellent opportunity to stock up on interesting gifts while supporting our students and local craftspeople.

Work Prep Boot Camp
12-2pm
New Westminster Campus (room 2201)
Are you graduating soon, participating in Co-op or looking for part-time employment? Knowledgeable employers like Deloitte, Canada Revenue Agency, Red Label Communications and others will provide information and advice to get you an interview, prepare for those first weeks on the job and what you should wear. A light lunch will be provided. Space is limited – register now at douglife.ca

Calculated Presentations
4-6pm
New Westminster Campus (room 1614)
There is a secret sauce to banishing boring and failed buy-in presentations used by powerful and skilled presenters. Come learn it here! For more info and to register, see douglife.ca

Brian Fraser: Jazz Think
6:30-8pm
New Westminster Campus (room 5220)
REAL SMART Teamwork: Leading like a Jazz Musician with Dr. Brian Fraser. This session will feature swinging jazz, stimulating conversation, and provocative insights. Dr. Fraser, lead provocateur of jazzthink.com speaks, coaches and facilitates the development of teams that create amazing results. Great networking opportunity for students, alumni and friends. Please RSVP to CFCSCE@douglascollege.ca Seminar is free but space is limited.

Thursday, Feb 24

Arts at One: Student Showcase
New Westminster Campus (Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre)
1-2pm
Come see a student showcase recital 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.

SFU Teaching Program on Campus (DLC)
4:30-5:30pm
David Lam Campus (room B2250)
Interested in teaching as a career? What do you need to become a teacher in BC? SFU's PDP Coordinator, Diane Kelso, will discuss the teaching program at SFU and the admission requirements for PDP.

Gallery Reception: Footprints from the Heartland
4:30-7:30pm
New Westminster Campus (Amelia Douglas Gallery)
Opening reception for Footprints from the Heartland, works by Lanta Meng and Rodrigo Sarrate-Cave. For more info, see Arts Events.

Where can I go with my Psych Degree?
5:30-8pm
New Westminster Campus (room 1814)
Are you studying or thinking about studying Psychology? Wondering where a degree in Psychology can take you? Don't miss this event! The Douglas College Psychology Society has invited several professionals to speak about their jobs in fields that students with psychology degrees can go into. The evening will round out with time for socializing and questions. All Douglas College students, faculty, and staff are welcome! No RSVP needed. Check out the event on Facebook

Friday, Feb 25

Royals Rumble
New Westminster Campus (main gym)
1-4pm
You won’t want to miss the biggest REC event this semester. For 3 hours of mayhem on
Feb 25th, your team of maximum 10 students or staff will be in for an afternoon of sports
that you won’t forget. Teams will play a mini-tournament in 5 sporting activities and the
best overall team will take bragging rights from Team Splugers. For more info and to register, see douglife.ca

Year of Science: Stinks and Bangs
New Westminster Campus (Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre)
1-2pm
Join the Science in Action team from Simon Fraser University for the Scientacular Show. Watch water turn into wine and milk, hear big bangs with all sorts of balloons popping, see a tennis cannon ball demonstration, watch as colourful solutions magically change colour on their own, and much, much more. Free and open to the public! For more info, see Year of Science BC lecture series.

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Friday, February 18, 2011

Survey: you can change the matrix


You loved the movie, and now here's your chance to make an impact on the matrix. OK, not that matrix, but the one that dictates the way your classes are scheduled: when they start, end, time between, and days of the week they fall on.

Please take a few minutes to fill out this short survey. The survey is the first step in gathering information for a possible timetable matrix revision. A committee, with student membership, is asking the questions in order to better understand what kind of schedule you might want if a timetable matrix revision were to be undertaken.

And remember: No one can be told what the matrix is. You have to see it for yourself.

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Sister act: Fiona Doyle


Education
Behavioural Interventionist Citation (BI Citation), Classroom and Community Support Diploma (CCSD), Disability and Applied Behaviour Analysis Advanced Citation (DABA)

Currently
I’m a behaviour interventionist working with individuals with autism.

Aspirations
First of all, I would like to do some travelling. My goal is to make it to most continents. I would love to get to Brazil for the World Cup. At this time, I’m undecided on my career goals. I’d possibly like to become a resource teacher or behavioural consultant.

My hero
My sister, Siobhan, who has special needs. She sees life from a totally different perspective. I know she struggles, and I know she’s aware she struggles, but it’s like she doesn’t really care, she’s fine just doing things her own way. I admire that because I wish I didn’t care about all the pressures of life.

When the going gets tough
There are moments when I'm working with a child and they're having a tantrum or a meltdown. I can tell they’re frustrated, and I think to myself, am I really helping? Is what I'm teaching them really going to impact their lives? And then the next day, they’ll have this "aha" moment, which leaves the tantrum from the day before as only a memory. It makes those rough days melt away.
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Graduation 2011: Meghan Hume, Bachelor of Therapeutic Recreation

Meghan Hume, Bachelor of Therapeutic Recreation
Class of 2011 and Valedictorian
Currently:
Recreation Therapist at Surrey Memorial Hospital

In the future:
Continue to challenge myself in the workplace and be a leader in the field of therapeutic recreation

Role models:
My mom and dad are my role models. My mom has been my inspiration for choosing a rewarding career that aims to support and help individuals in times of need. She truly motivates me to embrace life long learning as she continues to challenge herself with new educational opportunities. My dad has a heart of gold and remained dedicated to his passion for 30 years. He is retired now and still is working on projects he started and challenges himself to see them through. Together they have taught me balance, reminded me to not “sweat the small stuff” and to always follow my dreams.

If I could talk to my 17-year-old self, I'd say
Slow down and enjoy the ride!! There is so much fun to be had, interesting lessons that you have to learn and not everything has to be planned!!

It's more than just a job
I chose therapeutic recreation because it is a career that offers so much opportunity and great rewards. I love working with people and supporting them in their journey to an enhanced quality of life. There are so many rewards for me in this field no matter the population we are working with. Whether it's teaching someone a new skill, adapting equipment so they can continue to do what they love, helping people learn to cope and most importantly, bringing fun and laughter back into someone’s life is the ultimate reward for me.

Why choose Douglas?
The small class sizes really appeal to me because you are able to get to know your instructors and peers. For me it is an ideal learning environment. Also a bonus that tuition is less expensive!

College was great for . . .
Building relationships. I have met some amazing people in my program. They inspire me and I have made some very good life long friends and future colleagues.

I can't choose just one
All of my professors within the Therapeutic Recreation Department offered their own unique instructing style. They all had their passions and it was inspiring to see those passions shine through them. Each one taught me something that has stuck…. Each has given me the opportunity to enhance my skills and I am very thankful to them all.

Looking forward
I am so excited for the next chapter…. Thank you Douglas for getting me to here, I will think of you fondly, but I am ready to move forward! Read more...

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Explore YOUR future!


Thinking of a new career from hospitality to computing to criminal justice?

Explore your options at the 21st Annual Douglas College Career Exploration Fair running Monday, February 28, from 10am-3pm, at the College's New Westminster Campus, and on Wednesday, March 2, from 10am-3pm at the College's David Lam Campus, in Coquitlam.

Enter to win the grand prize draw (one for each campus) for one Douglas College three-credit course (not to exceed $300).

The Career Fair is held in the College's central concourse (New Westminster) and atrium (David Lam). The New Westminster Campus is at 700 Royal Ave. (one block up from the New Westminster SkyTrain Station) and the Douglas College David Lam Campus is at 1250 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam.

For more information call 604 777 6171or email.

2011 Career Exploration Fair Participants:
City of New Westminster (New Westminster Campus)
Immigrant Services Society of BC (New Westminster Campus)
Paladin Security (New Westminster Campus)
Sherwin-Williams Company (New Westminster Campus)
St. John Ambulance (David Lam Campus)
University Canada West (New Westminster Campus)
S.U.C.C.E.S.S (David Lam Campus)
College Pro Painters (David Lam Campus)
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Graduation 2011: Kelly Toth, Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching

Kelly Toth, Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching,
Class of 2011 and Valedictorian
Currently: 
Dance Teacher, Sports coach, and Manager at Earls

In the future: 
I am pleased to be in Professional Development Program [teacher education] and my present goal is to make it through my practicum and get hired on with the Surrey School District as a teacher on call by April. In five years I hope to be a teacher with my own class.

Inspiring teacher
I had the same teacher for grades two and four, and she was a true inspiration. I had a hard time with reading when I was in her class but she never made me feel like I was an outcast or had a 'problem.' I always enjoyed going to school. She was there to help me grow and develop. She was and still is like a second mother to me. I can go to her for anything and everything. I want to be able to make students feel the way that she made me feel through the positive and safe learning environment that she was able to create.

If I could go back in time, I'd tell my 17-year-old self . . .
go to school right after high school and complete a degree within four years (not eight!) I did not like high school so once I graduated I did not want to return to school. I was not sure what I wanted to major in and all I wanted to do was travel. I ended up going to Thailand and teaching English. Needless to say I could not focus on school; I had too many ideas and other things that I was more interested in.

I chose physical education and teaching because . . .
I like to make a positive impact on children. I know how effective it can be if children have teachers like my grade 2 and 4 teacher. I want to be able to carry that on and help students the same way my teacher helped me. When I was 15, I would help teach dance classes at my dance studio. Then when I was 17 I became a life guard and swimming instructor and gymnastics and dance instructor. Then when I was 18 I taught english in Thailand. and still to this day I teach children dance, sports and now teach in the schools for my PDP practicum.  If I could be a PE specialist at an elementary school I would!.

The right fit
The small class sizes and having instructors who knew my name and were very personable made Douglas the best choice for me. Laura Farres in particular was easy to talk to and very understanding and flexible.

My advice to my fellow graduates?
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Monday, February 14, 2011

Graduation 2011: Cary Gilmore, Teaching English as a Second Language

Cary Gilmore, TESL  graduateand Valedictorian
Currently:
Tutoring privately

My future goals include: 
to teach English to adult English Language Learners, to have my plays published and get back to directing theatre at some point too!

A natural fit
l'd had such wonderful experiences teaching theatre in the classroom, this program seemed such a natural way to continue that experience but a way of complementing my education in English, and using that to the best advantage.

The personal touch
I made my decision to take this TESL program based on the affordability of the program, and on a wonderful conversation I had with the co-ordinator of the program, Janice Penner, who just made it sound so fabulous. It was that personal touch that absolutely sold me on it.

What I'll remember the most is . . . 
The kindness of everybody in the program, the way we all bonded, despite our varying ages and backgrounds. It was such an intensive program, that we had to learn to work together, to get along well, it was sink or swim . . . it was a multicultural melting pot and we had such respect for each other . . . what a good group we were!

Hard work pays off
Because our course was so intensive, we had deadlines everyday and I found the workload incredible. We were doing four hours of homework a night - at least I was, but that's just how I study. I need to do a lot of writing. Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines!

Grammar ninja
I came into the program with my BA firmly tucked under my arm, confident in my knowledge of English, and my background as a professional writer for the CBC network for 15 years. I quickly learned that my knowledge of grammar was severely lacking, and I am STILL learning and relearning grammar.

That story about the goat . . .
I remember many crazy moments in class! But one that stands out was actually on our first day, when we were doing that "getting to know each other" kind of thing, and exchanging stories with your partner,that you then had to relate to the rest of the class. Sitting acrossfrom me, Glen proceeded to introduce a classmate who, he said, had just instructed him on how to properly castrate a goat. Glen told us the proper steps, maintaining a fairly straight face! Yup! we're a crazy group in TESL!

I can't choose just one great instructor
The TESL Program was so special because this was its first year, and each instructor had a wonderful, unique approach to us, the first year guinea pigs. I couldn't single one out as they were each different, but gave us so much. I'm so grateful for what I've learned from them all

I'd tell my fellow grads . . .
Keep coming back! We never stop learning, we are perpetual students. Look at me! I started my first degree 40 years ago, and I'm still wandering the halls of academia!

On leaving school:
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Laugh it up for a good cause

Seattle comedian Brad Upton headlines at the Uganda Project
fundraiser February 24.
You know that laughing makes you feel good, but did you know it can also help you do good in the world?

On that note, the College's ongoing Uganda Project is holding a fundraiser at Laffline's Comedy Club February 24 to help send seven Douglas students to Uganda, where they will work in hospitals, libraries and aid centres during a 10-week stint.

Headlining the show is Brad Upton, a Seattle comic and past winner of the Las Vegas Comedy Festival. The Seattle Times describe Upton as having "mastered the nearly impossible task of appealing to people from the ages of 18 to 80."

Pizza and pasta will be available to those who come hungry; you'll also have the chance to win a Canucks jersey.

When: Thursday, February 24, door 7pm; show 8pm
Where: Laffline's Comedy Club, 26 Fourth St., New Westminster
Tickets: $10 from the Community Social Service Worker program office, Room 2600, New Westminster Campus, through Lorna Fulsom, one of the students going to Uganda, or at the door (the students going to Uganda will be selling them in line). You can book a table through Laffline's.
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Sunday, February 13, 2011

This week at Douglas: UBC teaching program visits, interview skills workshop, Year of Science lecture and more!


Here’s what’s happening at Douglas College Feb 14-18:

Wednesday, Feb 16

Career Planning workshop – part 2 (morning), NWC
New Westminster Campus (room 2803)
10am-12pm
Are you interested in learning more about the careers that might fit for you? This is a continuation of the workshop on February 2nd. You must have attended Part 1 on Feb 2 in order to attend this session. Contact us if you are interested in attending a future offering of this workshop or to arrange one-to-one career counselling: douglascollege.ca/counselling

Career Planning workshop – part 2 (afternoon), NWC
New Westminster Campus (room 2803)
12-2pm
Are you interested in learning more about the careers that might fit for you? This is a continuation of the workshop on February 2nd. You must have attended Part 1 on Feb 2 in order to attend this session. Contact us if you are interested in attending a future offering of this workshop or to arrange one-to-one career counselling: douglascollege.ca/counselling

UBC Teaching Program Info Session
New Westminster Campus (concourse/room 1717)
2:30-5pm
Interested in teaching as a career? Want to know what you need to become a teacher in BC? Representatives of UBC's Teacher Training Program will be at Douglas College to discuss the program and the admission requirements. Information Booth in New West concourse: 2:30-4pm, Information Session: Room 1717, 4-5pm

Networking and Interview Skills Workshop
David Lam Campus (room C1004)
5-6pm
Applying for summer jobs is just around the corner! Make sure you don’t miss this exciting workshop that will help you land that summer job you want. Join Eric Glanville, manager in the Office for New Students for a highly useful workshop for any student wanting to learn how to build their networking and interview skills. Register on douglife.ca

Thursday, Feb 17

Arts at One: A Few Pictures at an Exhibition
New Westminster Campus (Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre)
1pm
Come see A Few Pictures at an Exhibition: A How-to recital 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 18

Year of Science: Byron Gates Lecture
New Westminster Campus (Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre)
Lecture: 1-2:30pm Reception: 2:30-4pm
Ever wonder what nanoscale materials are or what role they might play in your everyday life? Join Dr. Byron Gates for a discussion on nanoscale materials that are naturally occurring, as well as those made by design that you encounter on a daily basis. Free and open to the public. For more info, see Year of Science BC lecture series.

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Represent your fellow students on the College Board or Education Council


Douglas is in the process of nominating student representatives to the Education Council and the College Board for the 2011/12 Academic Year.

What are the Education Council and College Board? 
The College Board’s work focuses on institutional policy and strategic leadership for the College. Education Council is charged with setting the curriculum and academic standards of the institution; essentially the programs and courses we offer. They are both important governance bodies that play a key role in shaping the direction and policy of Douglas.

How many student positions are available?
We are looking for two students for the College Board and four  for Education Council (two from the New Westminster Campus and two from David Lam).

How and when do I apply?
The Registrar is accepting nominations until February 21, so be sure to get your name in ASAP. You can get all  the details you need by checking your Personal Announcements in myDouglas.

How are the students selected?
After we receive all the nominations, all students will be asked to vote online to elect their Board and Council representatives.

For more info
Get involved and stay tuned for the election!  If you have any questions, contact the Registrar’s Office at 604 527 5478.

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Should Canada grant sanctuary to American war resisters?


During the Vietnam War Canada was a sanctuary for more than 50,000 American war resisters.

Since the Iraq War began in 2003, roughly 200 American soldiers have come north to avoid fighting in what they consider an “illegal war.” However, they’re no longer able to become landed residents, so many have applied for political asylum.

Should Canada grant sanctuary to American war resisters? Or should it deny them refugee status and deport them?

Grab your lunch and join the debate next Tuesday when Douglas holds a free, public panel discussion on Canada’s role in providing refuge for American soldiers fleeing the Iraq war.

Presented by the Douglas College Institute for Ethics and Global Justice, the brown bag lunch forum – Canada as refuge from militarism? The politics of providing sanctuary to American war resisters – takes place Tuesday, February 22, 12-2pm at David Lam, Room A2050.
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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Dealing with mental health challenges in the workplace



Fact: One in four British Columbians will experience some kind of mental disorder during his or her lifetime. 

Do you have the tools to recognize and deal with a mental health challenge?

New View Society in partnership with the Douglas College Foundation invites senior leaders, human resource teams, managers, business owners and employers from the Tri-Cities area as well as students to a workshop this Friday on mental health in the workplace.

Mental health problems come in many forms. Depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and misuse of alcohol and other drugs can have a dramatic effect on your organization, managers and employees. This high-level presentation will look at effective solutions that can shift your approach to dealing with employees with mental health issues.

When: Friday, February 11, 2pm
Where: David Lam Campus, 1250 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, Room C1008
Cost: $15 student, $50 general, $75 at the door
Register: newviewsociety.org (seating is limited).

For more information contact Joan Isaacs, Business Development, New View Society, at 604 644 4717 or visit the New View Society website.

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Monday, February 7, 2011

Book launch! Douglas College: the first 40 years

Meet Gerry Della Mattia, author of Douglas College:
the first 40 years
, at the book launch Wednesday.

Once upon a time there was a college called Douglas...

And now here's your chance to get your hands on the whole scoop!

Douglas College: the first 40 years is fresh off the press and becomes available Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 4pm during an exclusive book launch in the foyer of the Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre, New Westminster Campus. Meet the author, Gerry Della Mattia, retired Douglas College administrator, and have him sign your copy.

A few books will be given away, so don't miss it!

The book is $20 - HST's included if you purchase on launch day.

If you can't make the launch, Douglas College: the first 40 years will be available in the Douglas College Bookstore beginning Feb. 10.

About the book
In Douglas College: the first 40 years, Gerry Della Mattia details the activities, events and crises of one of BC’s major post-secondary educational institutions since its creation four decades ago. Along with first-hand accounts by students and employees, he honours the past, celebrates the present and looks to the future. Read more...

Sunday, February 6, 2011

This week at Douglas: reading break, return of the bloodmobile, climate change lecture and more!


Here’s what’s happening at Douglas College Feb 7-11:

Monday, Feb 7

Reading break
Both Campuses
All classes are cancelled Feb 7-8 for reading break.

Tuesday, Feb 8

Reading break
Both Campuses
All classes are cancelled Feb 7-8 for reading break.

Wednesday, Feb 9

Daytime classes cancelled
Both Campuses
Morning and afternoon classes are cancelled so employees are able to attend the college-wide Professional Development Day. Evening classes (6:30pm or later) will take place as scheduled.

Book launch -  Douglas College: the first 40  years
New Westminster Campus (Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre, foyer)
4pm
Get your hot-off-the-press copy of Douglas College: the first 40 years and meet author Gerry Della Mattia at this exclusive book launch.


Thursday, Feb 10

Career Planning workshop – part 1, DLC
David Lam Campus (room A1150)
8:30-10:30am
Are you interested in learning more about the careers that might fit for you? This workshop is free and available only to Douglas College Students. Part 1 of 2. Please register by calling 604-777-6185.

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: Don Guitano - Life and Longing Through the Ages
New Westminster Campus (Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre)
1pm
Come see Don Guitano 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 11

Year of Science: Bill Gunter Lecture
New Westminster Campus (Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre)
Lecture 3-4pm, Reception 4:30-6:30pm
Join Dr. Bill Gunter for his discussion - Towards a Healthy Environment using Coal, Oil and Gas: What are the Long Term Implications to Climate Change? Free and open to the public. For more info, see Year of Science BC lecture series.

Workshop: Mental Health in the Workplace
David Lam Campus (Room C1008)
2pm
$15 student; $50 general; $75 at the door
New View Society and Douglas offer this high-level presentation geared toward senior leaders, human resource teams, managers and business owners on how to recognize and deal with employees who have a mental health challenge.
Register at newviewsociety.org. For more info email Joan Isaacs at New View Society or call 604 644 4717.

Volleyball vs. UFV
New Westminster Campus (main gym)
Women 6pm, Men 7:45pm
Come see the Douglas Royals take on University of the Fraser Valley. The men's team earned their first win over UFV in over 6 years in November, can they double that win total tonight.

Got an event you want listed? See douglascollege.ca/events.

See more upcoming Douglas College events in the Douglas College Events Calendar.

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Friday, February 4, 2011

The bloodmobile cometh again!



Next week you have a chance to give a little bit of yourself - literally and figuratively - when the Canadian Blood Services' Bloodmobile pulls up at the New Westminster Campus Thursday, February 10, 10am-4pm.

Book your appointments at 1-888-2DONATE - please  do not  email Meg Stainsby, as was done in the past.  Walk-ins will be accommodated wherever possible. The sign-in desk will be on the 4th floor, near the Royal Avenue exit/Studio Theatre, and the Bloodmobile itself will be up on Royal near 7th Avenue.

If you haven't already done so, donors are encouraged to go online to register as a Douglas College member in the Partners for Life "team," so that whenever and wherever you donate, your pints count towards our group total, helping us hit our target of 75 pints a year.

Online registration is easy:  go here and click on the red puzzle piece that says "Member," follow the links and fill in your information. When you are asked for Partner ID, enter DOUG002414 (those are two zeroes, not Os).

This is a one-time registration, separate from booking actual appointments to donate.

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Kings Court intramural hoops

By Khalid Ahmed, Activities/Athletics Coordinator



More than 65 Douglas students came out for the Winter 2011 Kings Court basketball intramural tournament on Friday. Eight teams competed to determine who would take home the 5-on-5 trophy.

Repeat came out on top, with Angry Panda taking a close second. We had two groups of four teams each with two teams qualifying for the semifinals. Prizes included intramural championship shirts and a trophy.

Big thanks go out to the Rec Squad volunteers and refs for helping run a successful Royals hoops tournament.

Final Standings:
1. Repeat
2. Angry Panda
3. Hyacks
4. WeBBallin
5. The B-Team
6. Sofa Kings
7. Happy Panda
8. Panda Cheerleaders Read more...