Thursday, March 31, 2011

Student Research Days: Brutal practice of child soldiering must stop

ESL students Froilan Bautista and Anna Zhang say child soldiering is becoming an increasingly global issue.
By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

Chances are you’ve heard stories about child soldiers. Pol Pot used them to police internment camps and carry out executions in Cambodia 40 years ago, and more recent reports tell us that children are fighting in countries like Sierra Leone, Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

But do you know just how young some of these soldiers are?

Two Douglas ESL students, Anna Zhang and Froilan Bautista, conducted a survey of 30 random students to find out what age they thought child soldiers were being recruited at on average.
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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Student Research Days: The healing powers of plants

Biology student Marina Kirincic is testing the medicinal
benefits of plants.
By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

Like many families, Marina Kirincic’s administered home remedies such as herbal teas when someone got sick. Marina, a third-year Biology student, says she has always been fascinated by the healing properties of plants. And now, she’s taken her interest to the next level by researching the anti-inflammatory effects of plants native to BC.
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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Student Research Days: Early childhood education project garners real-world results

   From left: Inderprit Gandham, Brenna Thome and Sarah Henderson will see their research project put to work at a neighbourhood house in White Rock.

By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

The research done on early childhood development by three Nursing students is destined for far more than just a poster. It will actually be used in the field to educate parents on the vulnerability of their children and what they can do about it.

At the request of their community facilitator, third-year Nursing students Inderprit Gandham, Sarah Henderson and Brenna Thome took the findings of a UBC researcher on specific types of vulnerabilities within child populations in BC and compiled it, so the facilitator could use it as a tool in her parent education classes at a neighbourhood house in White Rock.
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Monday, March 28, 2011

Douglas raises close to $8,000 for earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan

New Westminster Mayor Wayne Wright writes a
message of hope and encouragement to victims of
the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
When international students from Japan learned about the devastating earthquake and tsunami that rocked their country, they approached Hiroshi Yasuoka, International Education Advisor, to ask if the College was going to do anything to help.
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Early registration for Fall semester


Registration for Fall Semester 2011 classes will begin on June 23. You will need to check the date and time that you register on myDouglas. Please see the Fall 2011 Registration Guide for further instructions.

Early registration is good for students in that:

  • you will find out earlier whether you successfully registered for your desired courses. This will allow for advance planning around other commitments, such as work and child care, as you’ll know your course schedule that much earlier.
  • information on course demand will be available earlier, to allow the College to plan for additional course offerings where possible.

You will receive a registration alert card approximately one month before Fall registration begins. For a successful registration, make sure you make arrangements for academic advising or financial aid in time for the earlier start to registration.

For more information email the Registrar's Office or call 604 527 5478. Read more...

Sunday, March 27, 2011

This week at Douglas: Student Research Day, first-ever Campus Chase, concerts galore and more!

Here’s what’s happening at Douglas College March 28-April 3:

Monday, March 28

College-Wide Student Research Day
David Lam Campus (atrium)
10am-2pm
Research matters - including yours! Come see research on every topic under the sun, led by current Douglas College students.

DCBA Free Tax Service session
New Westminster Campus (room 4360)
4-7pm
Douglas College business students are offering a free tax service to students and low income members of the community. This is the first of a number of sessions. You can either come to a tax session or drop off your documentation and information in a sealed envelope to room 4300 at the New West campus. For a list of what to bring and more information, please visit the DCBA website.

An Evening of Jazz
Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre (New Westminster Campus)
7:30pm
An evening of jazz for the whole family. All proceeds go towards Douglas College music projects. For more info, see Arts Events.

Tuesday, March 29

College-Wide Student Research Day
David Lam Campus (atrium)
10:30am-2:30pm
Research matters - including yours! Come see research on every topic under the sun, led by current Douglas College students. Pick up a passport to learning and get it stamped at different displays for your chance to win! $1000 in prizes up for grabs.

Wednesday, March 30

Campus Life Chase
David Lam Campus
4:30-7:30
The first-ever Douglas College Campus Chase! You’ll race around the college and surrounding areas to meet checkpoints in this event, testing your physical, mental, and intellectual abilities. Bring it on! More info and registration on douglife.ca

Thursday, March 31

Arts at One: Scholarship Winners Concert
Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre (New Westminster Campus)
1-2pm
Come see scholarship winners 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, April 1

Annual Scholarship Awards Concert
Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre (New Westminster Campus)
7:30pm
Join us for the Annual Scholarship Awards Concert, featuring the Douglas College Chorale and Concert Band. All proceeds go towards Douglas College Music scholarships.

Saturday, April 2

DCBA Free Tax Service session
New Westminster Campus (room 4360)
12:30-3pm
Douglas College business students are offering a free tax service to students and low income members of the community. This is the first of a number of sessions. You can either come to a tax session or drop off your documentation and information in a sealed envelope to room 4300 at the New West campus. For a list of what to bring and more information, please visit the DCBA website.

Student Composition Concert
Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre (New Westminster Campus)
7:30pm
Douglas College Music students perform in this free concert.


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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Theatre student wins award

Andrea Ashton, a Theatre student at Douglas, has won the Raymond Burr Performing Arts Society's second-year entrance award. Andrea recently appeared as Olivia in Twelfth Night, which ran March 11-19 at Douglas. Read more about Andrea and her award in the National Post!

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

They're baaack!

Douglas alumni Brent Harris and Laura Richard say their experiences in Uganda changed them for the better.

By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

After five months working in hospitals, HIV-AIDS outreach agencies, libraries and more, the 15 young Canadians who went to work in Uganda are back on Canadian soil.
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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Eyes open, ear to the ground

Co-op student Michelle Bailey went way beyond the expectations of her supervisor, Michael Begg.
By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

When Michelle Bailey did her co-op placement at Red Label Communications, the company liked her so much that they implored her to stay beyond the standard three-month period. Michelle finally left the company one year after she was taken on – and the folks at the top miss her big time.
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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Help us tell the Douglas College story - and you could win a ski pass!


By Dave Taylor, Director, Marketing and Communications

Have you got a great Douglas story? A favourite moment? Thoughts on what you really want people to think about our college?

Imagine Douglas is your place to share those ideas with the college community. And your comments will help us polish the Douglas identity to a brilliant shine.

Check it out! We’ve posted five questions to help get the conversation started, but we want to hear all your thoughts. You can post comments directly on the page, or share your thoughts through Facebook or Twitter.

If you’re feeling shy, you can even send us a private email.

And to get the ball rolling, we’ve got three sets of Cypress Mountain ski passes for two up for grabs. To win, just post an answer to one of the questions in the form provided (and be sure to leave your full name so we can contact you), or through Facebook or Twitter, or send us an answer through the email form. We’ll randomly select three winners this Thursday at noon.
That’s right, Thursday! So check out Imagine Douglas today, and help us tell the Douglas story to the world. Read more...

The right side of the law: Dave Jones


Program and graduating class 
Associate of Arts (Criminology), 1982

Currently
As of March 1 I took over the Chief Constable’s position with the New Westminster Police Service.
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Monday, March 21, 2011

Job opps abound at one-day hiring fair


Tired of pounding the pavement?

Seek gainful employment at a one-day hiring fair in Burnaby next Wednesday put on by the CAVE Employment Resource Centre. Local and national employers will be accepting resumes for current and future job opportunities. They will also be highlighting career opportunities within their organizations. Representatives will be on-site to discuss their company’s employment requirements and training programs.
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Sunday, March 20, 2011

This week at Douglas: Uganda fundraisers, free tax service, literature comes alive and more!


Here’s what’s happening at Douglas College March 21-27:

 

Monday, March 21-Thursday, March 24

EVENT Magazine annual book sale
10am-5pm
New Westminster Campus (concourse)
Here's your chance to stock up on used books, movies and music - and support Douglas's award-winning literary magazine at the same time.

Monday, March 21

Literature Alive: Miranda Pearson
New Westminster Campus (room 1808)
12pm
Enjoy a free reading and discussion with writer Miranda Pearson. Free and open to the public. For more info on Literature Alive, see Arts Events.

DCBA Free Tax Service session
New Westminster Campus (room 4360)
4-7pm
Douglas College business students are offering a free tax service to students and low income members of the community. This is the first of a number of sessions. You can either come to a tax session or drop off your documentation and information in a sealed envelope to room 4300 at the New West campus. For a list of what to bring and more information, please visit the DCBA website.

Tuesday, March 22

Leadership Workshop: Time Management
New Westminster Campus (room TBA)
5-7pm
Many (if not most) people working in industry today spend much of their time swamped with e-mail, text messages, meetings and tasks that take a lot longer than they should. This typically results in a reduced ability to get work done (particularly strategic or project work), reduced productivity and forgetfulness, coupled with high levels of stress and even burnout. This workshop was developed and honed through coaching thousands of business people on how to be more effective with one of their most important commodities – time. To register, see douglife.ca.

Wednesday, March 23

Literature Alive:Jeanette Lynes
New Westminster Campus (room 3343)
7pm
Poet and novelist Jeanette Lynes comes to Douglas for a reading and discussion. Free and open to the public. For more info on Literature Alive, see Arts Events.

Thursday, March 24

Douglas College Wisdom Institute: Metaphilosophy
New Westminster Campus (room 0602)
8:55am-5pm
Douglas College Wisdom Institute & Greater Vancouver Secular Wisdom Institute will again host a workshop on Friday, March 24, 2011. The theme of the workshop is “Metaphilosophy”. Check out the event details and register at douglife.ca.

Arts at One: Scholarship Winners Concert
New Westminster Campus (Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre)
1-2pm
Come see scholarship winners 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.

Library to Library Uganda Pub Night Fundraiser
Woody’s Bar and Grill, Coquitlam
6-9pm
All money raised goes towards helping support the development of a sustainable reading culture in Uganda. Improved literacy increases social awareness on multiple levels: health being a primary focus for our Douglas College community. Buy tickets ($20) at CFCS office or either campus Library. Ticket includes a burger and beverage and a chance to win a prize. Thank you for your support. For more info, email foxj@douglascollege.ca

Friday, March 25

1st Douglas College Japanese Speech Contest
New Westminster Campus  (room 2203)
3-5pm
Test your toastmaster skills at the very first Japanese speech contest at Douglas! Prizes will be awarded in two categories: beginner and intermediate. This is a free event, and everyone is welcome.

CSSW Uganda Fundraiser Pub Night
Rhino’s Pub, Coquitlam
6-9pm
The Douglas College Classroom and Community Support Program is hosting a pub night to raise money for the Kakunyu School for children with disabilities in Uganda. All proceeds raised will go directly to the Kakunyu School. Tickets are $15 and include a burger or veggie burger and fries or chicken strips and fries, and a sleeve of domestic beer, highball or wine. There will also be door prizes to be won (including a Texas Mickey) and a live DJ later on in the evening. For more info (and tickets), see the event on Facebook.

Pearls: Book Launch
New Westminster Campus  (Studio Theatre, 4th floor)
7-9pm
Book launch for Pearls, an anthology and celebration of Douglas College Creative Writing Students. For more info, see Arts Events.


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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Douglas College wrestler pins to win

Daniel Swain (top) "wrestled like someone who expected to win." And he did!
Douglas College freshman and wrestler Daniel Swain won a U.S. national championship in the 149 lb weight class last weekend. Daniel's originally from Newport, Wash., but now lives in Burnaby, and is taking General Studies at Douglas.

Daniel pinned his opponent, Daniel Carr of Maryland-Baltimore County, in the final at the National Collegiate Wrestling Association Championships in Macon, Ga., March 10-12. Daniel wrestled in five matches at the championship, winning all but the semi-final by fall.

“Daniel has a huge amount of confidence and wrestled like someone who expected to win,” says Steve Rose, Head Wrestling Coach at Douglas College. “It was admirable how calm he was. He showed a great deal of poise.”

Douglas was the only Canadian school to enter the tournament. In winning the 149 bracket, Daniel completed his season undefeated at 10-0.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Get smarter at Student Research Days!


Ever wonder what your fellow students are thinking?

At the end of this month you’ll have a unique chance to get into their heads at the Third Annual Student Research Days, an opportunity for students to share their research activities with their college peers and members of the community.

Student Research Days take place Monday, March 28, 10am-2pm at the David Lam Campus (Atrium) and March 29, 10:30am-2:30pm at the New Westminster Campus (Concourse)

Research presented this year will examine issues such as:

  • New mothers' childhood feeding practices
  • Douglas College students’ sleep patterns
  • Poverty, mental illness and community-based leisure and recreation
  • Workplace stress in Therapeutic Recreation
  • Peer Mentorship program in nursing
  • Microbiology topics: chlamydia, HIV, giardiasis, hepatitis B, lyme disease, anti-inflammatory activity of plants, malaria, sleeping sickness, biofilm and plant extracts
  • Homelessness and addictions
  • Barriers for clients with severe and persistent mental illness
  • Early childhood development
  • Prostitution
  • Cocaine and health
  • Mental health clinical placements in general nursing
 At the New Westminster Campus on the day of – March 29 – $1,000 worth of prizes will be handed out during the event. Volunteers will also be handing out passports to visitors. You’ll be asked to answer a series of questions based on the different research being presented. For each question answered correctly you’ll receive a stamp in your passport. Once your passport is complete, it will entered into a draw to win awesome prizes, including gift certificates for books and coffee cards from Tim Horton’s.
For more information on Student Research Days at either campus, hit up the volunteers in the bright blue T-shirts with “Ask me” written on the back (they’ll be roaming the campuses the day of the event) or check the Student Research Days website. Read more...

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Peer support worker living proof of a system that works


By Leah Poulton, Marketing and Communications Office

Debbie Sesula’s experience with the mental health care system began almost two decades ago. But it wasn’t as a mental health care professional, as she is today. She’s also experienced the system from the other side – as someone struggling with a serious mental illness.

Her struggle began in her final year of university. The first course of treatment was a variety of medications. When the medications weren’t effective, she was hospitalized and given shock therapy. She spent the next five years in and out of hospitals and institutions, on various medications, but making very little progress. “It took away my sense of identify and all sense of hope,” says Sesula, 51.

It wasn’t until she began working with an occupational therapist, who introduced her to the recovery method of treatment – including psychosocial rehabilitation – that she finally had a breakthrough.

Psychosocial rehabilitation (PSR) is a system of supports and services for persons living with mental illness that focuses on helping them to live, work and function in their communities − and ultimately reintegrate into mainstream society. For Sesula, this meant she was finally able to take control of her illness and the effect it was having on her life. “A big thing was that I was into self-harm, and the occupational therapist helped me look at it as a behaviour instead of a symptom, which then gave me control over it.”

She was skeptical about the method at first, because it was so different from the traditional medical model of treatment she was used to. But eventually, the occupational therapist’s encouragement paid off, and Sesula began to see the benefits of the recovery-oriented approach and PSR techniques. “I learned through the different domains, like education, work, leisure and personal life, that I had control, that I had choices in my life and was responsible for my behaviours and choices. That was huge, because up until that point I didn’t feel that way. Before, there was no moving forward.”

Sesula joined an employment training program at a local clubhouse, where connecting with her peers was a key part of her recovery. She decided to pursue a career in peer support. With peer support, people with lived experience with mental illness are trained to support their peers in community mental health care settings. “I discovered I had a passion for peer support because of the difference that connection with my peers made in my recovery.”
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Monday, March 14, 2011

Help grow the reading culture in Uganda!


Want to support the development of a sustainable reading culture in Uganda? The Douglas College Library, Faculty of Child, Family & Community Studies and the Coquitlam Public Library are doing just that - and you can help in one of two ways:

One: Attend the L2L Pub Night Thursday, March 24, 6pm-9pm at Woody's Bar & Grill, 935 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam!

Each $20 ticket includes a burger and a beer/wine. Purchase your tickets in advance at the CFCS office, Room 2826, New Westminster Campus or at the Library of either campus.

For more info contact John Fox at 604 220 9114.

Two: Support the public library in Busolwe, Uganda, by buying a pen or book at the Douglas College Library till March 30. Any Library fines you pay up until this date will also be donated.
Find out more on the Busolwe Library website. Read more...

Saturday, March 12, 2011

This week at Douglas: DSU elections, Twelfth Night, free income tax service and more!


Here’s what’s happening on campus March 14-20:

Monday, Mar 14-Saturday, Mar 19

Twelfth Night
New Westminster Campus (Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre)
showtimes vary
Love is complicated, right Not in Twelfth Night, a Shakespearean romance play and the latest production by the departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology at Douglas College March 11-19. For a full synopsis and ticket info, see doug: the community blog.

Monday, Mar 14

DSU Elections
Both campuses
Vote for new Douglas Students' Union representatives in the concourse at New West Campus or the atrium at David Lam Campus.
New West: 11am- 4pm
David Lam: 11am-4pm, 6:30pm-7:30pm

Tuesday, Mar 15

DSU Elections
Both campuses
Vote for new Douglas Students' Union representatives in the concourse at New West Campus or the atrium at David Lam Campus.
New West: 11am- 7pm
David Lam: 10am-4pm, 6pm-7:30pm

Wednesday, Mar 16

DSU Elections
Both campuses
Vote for new Douglas Students' Union representatives in the concourse at New West Campus or the atrium at David Lam Campus.
New West: 11am- 7pm
David Lam: 11am-4pm, 6pm-7:30pm

Free Mac ‘n’ Cheese
Douglas Students’ Union Building (NWC)
11am till food runs out
Free Macaroni & Cheese from your Douglas Students' Union! To support the campaign: “Education Shouldn’t Be A Debt Sentence”. For more info, contact nwcoordinator@douglasstudentsunion.ca

Leadership Workshop: Team Building and Ice Breakers
New Westminster Campus (room 1313)
5-7pm
This active session will explore various ways of involving students in the learning environment. How do we create an engaging environment where students feel comfortable with each other and wish to become involved as opposed to being afraid to contribute as it might lead to an embarrassing situation? Come prepared to think outside the box and make sure you know the words to ‘Oh Canada’. Get more info and register on douglife.ca

Thursday, Mar 17

DSU Elections
Both campuses
Vote for new Douglas Students' Union representatives in the concourse at New West Campus or the atrium at David Lam Campus.
New West: 11am- 6pm
David Lam: 10am-4pm, 6pm-7:30pm

Friday, Mar 18

DSU Elections
Both campuses
Vote for new Douglas Students' Union representatives in the concourse at New West Campus or the atrium at David Lam Campus.
New West: 9am-12pm
David Lam: 9am- 12pm

Saturday, Mar 19

DCBA Free Tax Service session
New Westminster Campus (room 4360)
Douglas College business students are offering a free tax service to students and low income members of the community. This is the first of a number of sessions. You can either come to a tax session or drop off your documentation and information in a sealed envelope to room 4300 at the New West campus. For a list of what to bring and more information, please visit the DCBA website

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Friday, March 11, 2011

Year of Science lectures available online


Last month the College hosted four free lectures in honour of the provincial government's Year of Science.

Hundreds of faculty, staff, students and members of the public streamed through the doors of the Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre, New Westminster Campus, to listen to experts speak on matters relating to climate change, nanotechnology, psychiatric disorders and more.

If you missed any of the lectures - or would like to revisit them - they are just a click away.

Here's a breakdown of the presentations:

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." 

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.

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. 

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. Read more...

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Tweet to win – Vancouver Canucks tickets and more!

Are you a hockey fan? How’d you like to sit lower bowl in Rogers Arena for the Canucks’ final home game of the season? Tune in to Hockey Night in Canada on CBC this Saturday at 7pm to see the Canucks take on the Calgary Flames – and you could win big!


Here’s how:
Our Douglas College TV commercial will air at some point during the March 12 Canucks’ game on CBC. When you see it, login to Twitter and look for a tweet from @douglascollege. Re-tweet that tweet before the end of the game, and you’ll be entered into a draw to win a ton of great prizes, including a pair of lower bowl Canucks tickets for their last home game of the season (April 7 vs. the Minnesota Wild)!

But that's not it. We're also going to give away:
  • lift tickets for Cypress Mountain
  • a Vancouver Canucks Henrik Sedin jersey
  • Hockey Night in Canada merchandise and more!
The quicker, the better:
The first 20 people to re-tweet will win an extra prize – so don’t wait!

Get ready to win:
1. Watch our television commercial so that you recognize it when it airs
2. Create a Twitter account (if you don’t have one already)
3. Make sure to follow @douglascollege so you see the Tweet on Saturday night!

Rules & Regs:
- Contest is open to all Lower Mainland residents over the age of 16
- One prize per person. Winners are required to show picture I.D. when claiming prize and sign for receipt of that prize
- Winners must be able to pick up prizes from a Douglas College campus (New Westminster or Coquitlam, BC) during business hours (Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm)
- We cannot mail prizes to winners
- All prizes won are as-is, and cannot be exchanged for cash or equal cash value. Prizes are non-transferable.
- Re-tweet must be sent within 5 minutes of the end of the game (including over time or shootout)
- Winners will be contacted on Wednesday, March 16 via Twitter
- Grand prize winners agree to allow Douglas College to use their name, and/or likeness for promotional purposes, without further compensation.
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U-Pass delayed



Students hoping to have the U-Pass in hand by Summer Semester are going to have to wait a bit longer. The hope was that the reduced-rate public transit passes - which cost $30 per month - would be available this May for summer students, but TransLink has not provided a workable agreement in time.

Negotiations between TransLink, the provincial government and a coalition of all Metro Vancouver public post-secondary institutions* and student associations will now focus on having passes available for the Fall 2011 Semester.

“It's very disappointing that our students won’t have U-Passes this summer,” says Blaine Jensen, Vice President of Educational Services at Douglas College. “Unfortunately, TransLink hasn’t responded to our concerns about their contract.”

Jensen says the coalition has notified TransLink that to implement the U-Pass BC Program for Fall semester they need a contract in place by mid-April.

“Our 11 institutions are united in wanting a fair agreement that provides long term benefits to students and one that institutions can sustain," says Jensen. “But we're not quite there – there are some contractual issues to be worked out. TransLink and the Province are well aware of our concerns and we’re waiting to hear how they will respond."

U-Pass BC Program will provide eligible Metro Vancouver Public Post Secondary students system-wide public transit access for a reduced rate of $30 per month.

*UBC, SFU, Capilano University, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver Community College, Douglas College, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, BCIT, Langara College, Nicola Valley Institute of Technology and the Justice Institute of BC. Read more...

Print Futures students put real faces on real issues

PR whiz kids Kate Hunt (l) and Jessica Hewitt flipped stereotypes to come with
their winning campaign.
Residents of the Tri-Cities could soon be seeing homelessness and addiction in a whole new light, thanks to the forward thinking of two near-grads of the Print Futures: Professional Writing program.

As part of their Public Relations Writing class, Print Futures students were assigned in groups to design a communications plan for the Tri-Cities Homelessness Task Group that would educate residents of Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody about the nature of addiction, the hope offered by treatment and support, and the implications for homeless people.

The standout was Kate Hunt and Jessica Hewitt’s “Three Things” campaign, which used images of “soccer moms” and businessmen alongside more typical images to represent homeless and addicted people.

“The one thing we really focused on was flipping stereotypes,” says Kate. “One of the concepts we came up with was having pictures of three different people: one who maybe fits the idea of an addicted person, and two who you wouldn’t normally look at and think, ‘that’s someone who deals with substance abuse and addiction.’”

Another of Jessica and Kate’s ideas dealt with harm reduction. Again, the pair went beyond stereotypes to seek images that would resonate with suburban home owners, such as people brushing their teeth and wearing seatbelts.

“I think the biggest thing was to put ourselves in the shoes of those people and move away from scary images of homeless people with addictions living on the street,” says Jessica. “People often have negative associations with harm reduction – they think of things like the Insite facility. They don't really think about the fact that we use harm reduction every day.”

The Addictions-Mental Health Subcommittee of the Tri-Cities Homelessness Task Group proclaimed the campaign a winner, and Kate and Jessica have been invited to attend meetings with the subcommittee and Fraser Health to present their ideas.

But the work isn’t over yet. Using the Three Things campaign as a focus, this semester Kate and Jessica, along with the other groups in their class, are now creating print ads for newspapers, bus shelter ads, posters, rack cards, and web page copy, for the communications plan.

The subcommittee will be presenting the winning concepts to Fraser Health this month, with the hope that the project will receive enough funding to roll out the campaign across the entire Fraser Health region.

It’s a win-win situation, says Brooke Carter, the Print Futures instructor who organized the service learning project: by the end of the semester, every student in the Public Relations Writing 2 class will have a portfolio full of samples based in this project, and the committee will have multiple options to choose from for the campaign.

“The project has been a mutually beneficial success, and the students have risen to the challenge,” says Brooke. “This particular group of students is highly skilled, motivated, keen on having careers – they have taken to the project with gusto.

“It’s about making them shine.”
Don’t miss the portfolio show of Print Futures students April 7 at the Amelia Douglas Gallery, where they’ll be showing off their hard work of the past two years. Read more...

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

DCBA hosts free tax service!


It's tax time once again, and has the Douglas College Business Association ever got a deal for you: the DCBA is offering to do the taxes of students and other low-income members of the community -  for free!

The 2nd Annual Tax Service begins March 19 and runs till April 30. Open clinics are Mondays, 4-6:30pm and Saturdays, 12:30-3pm, Room 4360 (New Westminster Campus). Room changes will be posted on the DCBA website.

Please bring the following (as it applies to you): Last name, SIN and contact information, all T4A slips or pay slips, T2202 slip from education, the previous year's Notice of Assessment, Universal Child Care Benefit information, and any other slips or pieces of information that would be required to determine your income tax benefit or refund.

For service come to the open clinic dates or drop off your information in a labelled and SEALED ENVELOPE in Room 4300.

Pick-up completed returns on open clinic dates. Please allow one week to process and complete. 

This service is FREE of charge. Donations to the DCBA would be greatly appreciated as proceeds go toward our Graduates' Dinner.
For more Information visit dcba-online.ca or email Joleen.
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Monday, March 7, 2011

Wanted: student representatives!

Ever wondered how you could have a say in big decisions at Douglas? Here’s your chance – the College is looking for three students to sit on the Education Council!

The Douglas College Education Council is charged with setting the curriculum and academic standards of the institution − essentially the programs and courses we offer. Education Council (also known as EDCO) ensures that the programs and courses offered by Douglas are of high quality, integrity and academic rigour. EDCO plays a key role in shaping the direction of the education all students receive at Douglas. Find out more about EDCO and the nomination/election process on the Education Council web page.

At this time, we’re looking for 3 students to sit on EDCO (two from the David Lam Campus and one from the New Westminster Campus).

The Registrar's Office is accepting nominations until March 31, so be sure to get your name in ASAP. You can get all the details you need by checking your Personal Announcements in myDouglas. Once we receive all the nominations, all students will be asked to vote online to elect their EDCO representatives.

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

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Sunday, March 6, 2011

This week at Douglas: Brecht’s Kabaret, Amnesty International on Egypt, Shakespeare and more!


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

Monday, Mar 7 – Saturday, Mar 12

Brecht’s Kabaret
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.

Thursday, Mar 10

Go Bottled Water Free! Campaign
New Westminster Campus (concourse)
10am-4pm
Get involved with the Douglas Students' Union's campaign for a bottled water-free campus. For more info, contact nwcoordinator@douglasstudentsunion.ca

Friday, Mar 11

Amnesty International: A Human Rights Agenda For Egypt
New Westminster Campus (DSU building)
2pm
Discussion with Amnesty International staff member Don Wright, who was in Cairo during the recent anti-government protests that forced the departure of the president and set the stage for democratic reform in that country.

Twelfth Night (opening night)
New Westminster Campus (Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre)
7:30pm
Love is complicated, right Not in Twelfth Night, a Shakespearean romance play and the latest production by the departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology at Douglas College March 11-19. For a full synopsis and ticket info, see doug: the community blog.

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, March 4, 2011

Birdie smasher takes home Player of the Year title

Jerald Walliser photo
For the third year in a row, Royals badminton player RuiLin Huang has been named the Women’s Badminton Player of the Year by the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA).

This season RuiLin, who studies Business, Accounting Major, at Douglas, has won six titles, four for women’s singles and two for women’s doubles. She is undefeated, with a 45 and 0 record. In the three years she’s been playing in the CCAA, she’s had 112 wins and a single loss.
The Royals are in first place in the CCAA national rankings. They have been undefeated in league play for six years. Read more...

Thursday, March 3, 2011

'Good lives': Helen Stovell

Education
Classroom and Community Support Program (2010)

Currently
I am the Shared Living Coordinator for Community Ventures Society, and I’m also working towards a Bachelor of Community Rehabilitation at the University of Calgary through distance education.

Why Douglas?
A few years ago Douglas offered an outreach program to several agencies in the Tri-Cities, New West and Burnaby areas to send interested staff to come and take a class once a week as credit towards Classroom Community Support. I hadn’t been in school for, what, 30 years? So it was an opportunity for me to realize, “Oh, I remember this, this isn’t so hard, I can do this.” That was the first step to then looking into the PLAR program and deciding, “Yeah, I can do this, this is workable.”

What I loved about the CCS Program
I was already working in the field, so I was able to PLAR 75 percent of the program. It only took me a year to do the two-year program while working full-time. So it was good, it was quick.

Personal goals

I want to travel more. There are lots of places I plan to go see. Australia was on my list; that's checked off. I want to go Greece, Egypt, Africa's huge on my list. It's just about saving that money and getting that time to take those big trips.

The thing about Douglas

The faculty are terrific and really supportive in helping you figure out practicums and service learning projects. They’re great in supporting creative ideas, too.

I love my job

The most rewarding aspect is the opportunity to meet so many people – the people I serve and their families. It's just so much fun and it's so great to see their lives change and grow and improve.

Role models
I have to say that the individuals I serve are the bravest people I know. They’ve got barriers that most of us don’t even think about, but they get out there every day and just plug their way through. They are my heroes.

Personal motto
Just do it! It’s never too late. I’m in my 50s now and here I am back in university.

Advice for people entering my field

The most important thing is to understand the philosophy – to really have that in your heart – that it’s about good lives for people in their own communities.
Links
Information sessions
Classroom and Community Support Program
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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Work-prep Bootcamp whips students into shape

Agnes Mhene (WorkSafe BC) and Michael Begg (Red
Label Communications) give students the skinny on job
opportunities.

You’ve heard of speed dating, but how about speed interviewing?

This was but one of the gruelling events at the Co-operative Education Work-prep Bootcamp last Wednesday at the New Westmintser Campus.

Twenty-two students and five employers – WorkSafe BC, Red Label Communications, Canada Revenue Agency, Douglas College and Winners – attended three sessions designed to help students get an idea of what’s out there in terms of jobs, how to get them and how to network.

Session one was an employer panel discussion, where students asked questions about the respective organizations. Topics raised included what types of job opportunities were there for students – whether in co-op placements or for recent grads. The panelists encouraged students to see entry-level positions as a foot in the door, and to look at the big picture in terms of potential advancement and other opportunities within the organization down the road.

Michael Begg, Douglas College alumnus and Business Development Manager for Red Label Communications, said that due to the size of his organization – under 40 employees – students have to be prepared to hit the ground running, meaning they need to be prepared to ask appropriate questions while in their co-op placement, and must be able to understand, adapt and figure out how the company works, without a lot of guidance.

The second session was speed interviewing, 10-12 minute sessions where employers asked students typical interview questions. Employers gave feedback on students’ responses, with an aim to help them perform well in future interviews.

The final session saw Winners showing participants how to dress for success. Lively discussion ensued around matching sock colour to pants (attention men: please do not wear white socks, and do wear dark-coloured shoes instead of sneakers). The panelists agreed unanimously on interviewees not wearing perfume or cologne to an interview. As for hair, keep it neat and trimmed.
The organizers would like to thank Winners for donating a $50 gift certificate, which went to Olga Ramos, a student in Math and Developmental Studies. Thanks also go out to the Alumni Association, which provided pizza for participants. Read more...

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Shakespeare on love



By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

Love is complicated, right?

Not in Twelfth Night, a Shakespearean romance play and the latest production by the departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology at Douglas College March 11-19. In this play, it's very much love at first sight - a concept that was challenging for the (young) performers to buy into, says Director Thrasso Petras.

“In Shakespeare plays there’s no process to falling in love,” Petras says. “It’s ‘I see, I love.’ Young people today are very much ‘I see, I  think about, I’m not sure, I’ll talk to my friends.’ It’s complicated.”

Petras likens the process of building the believability of love at first sight onstage to preparing for an athletic event.

“You don’t jump the full length of your event on first day.  You do one foot, two feet, then you do the whole thing. In order to  convince an audience that you will love from zero to 60, you have to  rehearse and make it convincing.”

In Twelfth Night, a romantic comedy about requited and  unrequited love, complete with disguises, cross-dressing, nasty plots,  secret marriages and mistaken identities, love takes different  forms, some dark, some crazy, some grotesque.

“It’s a little bit like funhouse mirrors. You turn a corner and you see a different version," Petras says. 

Petras says the production – which is in turn whimsical, cruel, funny and disquieting – will raise questions in audience members about our motivations for love,  the dark side of love and the true nature of love.

“The questions move us forward. If we have all the answers, we’re done.”

Twelfth Night runs March 11-19 at the Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre, 4100-700 Royal Ave., New Westminster. Tickets ($8-$15) are available through the Massey Theatre. For more information see Arts Events, call 604 527 5723 or click on the poster.

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