Thursday, April 28, 2011

Beauty with a purpose: Douglas College student goes for Miss World

Photo: Mario Bartel/NewsLeader

Douglas College student Andrea Glisic is entering a beauty contest - but not for the the usual reasons. Andrea, who's in her third year of the Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care Program, says she was impressed with the Miss World Canada competition as it raises funds for charity. Plus, as a New Year's resolution, Andrea decided to do something that would push her out of her comfort zone. Read more about Andrea in the New Westminster NewsLeader. Read more...

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Scholarships, awards and bursaries: ways to finance your education


If you've been living on no-name ramen noodles in order to pay for your education, it's time you looked into some of the ways to get money for tuition. Scholarships, bursaries and awards are three options open to you - and best of all, they don't involve loans that you'll eventually have to pay back.
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Thursday, April 14, 2011

myDouglas changes for students

myDouglas is an important portal for many students. In an effort to streamline the site and improve usability, the myDouglas steering committee has made some changes to the layout and design, which will go live April 30, 2011:

Home page
- Self-service login has been moved to the left (was originally on the far right)
- Feature photo and caption has been removed
- Bookmarks feature (links to the software company) has been removed

new myDouglas home tab layout

“myCourses” is renamed “Courses”

“myCampus” tab becomes “Student Life” tab
- includes links to Douglas Students’ Union, Centre for Campus Life, etc.

new “Academic Support” tab
- includes information on student resources like online tutoring, Psychology labs, Library, etc.

new "Academic Support" tab in myDouglas

If you have questions or comments about the update, email myDouglas Steering Committee chair Paul O’Connor.

If you're looking for information on changes for employees, please see Inside Douglas. Read more...

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Wanted: superheroes for Miles for Mental Health run and walk

by Tracey Denofreo, Marketing & Communications Office

Get out your cape and tights and help fight the stigma attached to mental health issues.

The Miles for Mental Health run and walk takes place on Saturday May 7 in Queen's Park, New Westminster and you - and your superpowers - are needed.

Organized by the Canadian Mental Health Association - Simon Fraser Branch, a non-profit organization focused on raising awareness and funds for people with mental health challenges, the run/walk is the first of its kind in BC and is sponsored by Douglas College.

"We need to do whatever we can to raise awareness of mental health issues and help remove the stigma and shame surrounding them," says Scott McAlpine, President of Douglas College. "Many of our programs focus on working with and supporting people with mental health problems, so this event is a perfect fit for Douglas. I encourage everyone to take part."

You can register as a team, a family or an individual - everyone is welcome. It's a fun, inclusive event featuring a live band, food, art exhibition, face painting, crafts and more.

And yes, superhero costumes are welcomed.

See Miles for Mental Health for all the details. Read more...

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Douglas students support special-needs school in Uganda

by Tracey Denofreo, Marketing & Communications Office
A group of Douglas College students have turned a class project into the gift of education for a special-needs school in Uganda.

During their leadership class, 15 Classroom and Community Support (CCS) program students learned about the Kakunyu School, one of the few schools in Uganda to offer education and care for children with  special needs. People with disabilities in Uganda are rarely educated and often excluded from their communities.

"The students were inspired and eagerly took to the project of fundraising for the Kakunyu School," says program coordinator Lori Woods. "They organized three major events and spent many hours outside of class to ensure they met their goal. I am absolutely impressed with their outcome."

The result? The group raised a total of $3,780, all of which will be sent to the Kakunyu School this month. And in Uganda, a little goes a long way.

The funds will be used to install solar power, taking the school away from dependence on candles and batteries, providing much-needed power and safer conditions for the students. It will also be used to install safety fencing, as well as fund community outreach in the surrounding villages to dispel myths about disabilities. Read more...

Friday, April 8, 2011

Douglas College Aboriginal Gathering Place set to open this month

By Leah Poulton, Marketing and Communications Office

Nearly a year after the first hammer was swung, construction on Douglas College’s Aboriginal Gathering Place is complete and the space is set to open next week.

Located at the New Westminster Campus beside Student Services on the 4th floor south, the Gathering Place will function as a multi-purpose facility. The larger main room will be used as a classroom, study space, student lounge and venue for traditional ceremonies. An adjoining smaller room will be used for meetings, potlucks and as a staging area for dancers.


The Aboriginal Gathering Place from outside on the 4th floor

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Early summer orientation: Be there!

Join us on one of the dates below for the Douglas College Early Summer Orientation. This is your opportunity to connect with your classmates, learn more about our services to assist you, go on a campus tour and win great prizes!

David Lam Campus: Wednesday, May 25, 6:30-9:30pm 
New Westminster Campus: Thursday, May 26, 6:30-9:30pm

Register online at douglascollege.ca/orientation.

We’ll see you there!

Eric, Melody and Jill
Office for New Students

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Monday, April 4, 2011

Tweet to win round two – awesome prizes!

We had so much fun with our last Twitter contest, we're doing it all over again!

photo: L Poulton
Here’s what you have to do:
1.       1. Watch the Vancouver Canucks take on the Minnesota Wild this Thursday (April 7) at 7pm on Rogers Sportsnet

2.       2. Look for the Douglas College advertisement. It’s not a commercial this time, but an ad somewhere in the game. Hint: look behind the net!

.         3When you see it, log in to Twitter and look for a tweet from @douglascollege

4.       4. Re-tweet that tweet before the end of the game and you’ll be entered into the draw for some awesome prizes!

Don’t have a Twitter account yet? Sign up on twitter.com

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 Friday, April 8 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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Sunday, April 3, 2011

This week at Douglas: hot dogs for charity, free tax service and return of the bloodmobile!

Here’s what’s happening at Douglas College April 4-10:

Monday, April 4

Have a Hot Dog, Help the United Way
David Lam Campus (atrium)
12-2pm
Help raise funds for the United Way! For just $2.50 you can enjoy a hotdog and beverage. Everyone is invited to this end of semester fund-raiser. Thank you to everyone that has donated to the United Way.

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 one 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.

Wednesday, April 6

Have a Hot Dog, Help the United Way
New Westminster Campus (concourse)
12-2pm
Help raise funds for the United Way! For just $2.50 you can enjoy a hotdog and beverage. Everyone is invited to this end of semester fund-raiser. Thank you to everyone that has donated to the United Way.

Last day of classes
Both campuses
Final day of classes for the Winter 2011 Semester!

Friday, April 8

Examination period begins
Both campuses
Exams run April 8-18. See the Winter 2011 Exam Schedule

Thursday, April 7

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. Find out about eligibility and book your appointment by calling 1-888-2DONATE.

Print Futures: Professional Writing Portfolio Show
New Westminster Campus (Amelia Douglas Gallery)
4-7pm
Join the grads from the Print Futures: Professional Writing Class of 2011 as they present their portfolios of writing, editing, and design work. Drop in. Music, cash bar

Saturday, April 9

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 one 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, April 1, 2011

Student Research Days: Graphic game changer

Students Chris Sun and Catherine Julmi pore over the groundbreaking graphic novel Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth.
By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

If you thought the comic book, or graphic novel, was all about superheroes, two Douglas students are keen to introduce you to the work of Chris Ware.

An award-winning American cartoon artist whose drawings have graced the cover of the New Yorker, Ware is the author of Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth, a 380-page saga about a timid, maladroit man searching for his estranged father.
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