Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Douglas College grad becomes full-time musician

Nadya Kwandibens photo
 By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

Jason Burnstick may have a diploma in Criminology, but you won’t find him anywhere near the cop shop or law courts – the Douglas grad is much more likely to be playing guitar and singing his heart out on stages across North America and around the world.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Douglas College Self Employment grad helps save the planet

Photo courtesy of The Vancouver Sun
She doesn't waste any time. Or mattresses! Terryl Plotnikoff graduated from the Self Employment Program in February, but her company is well off the ground and already employs 14 people. Canadian Mattress Recycling is one of only three mattress recycling depots in Metro Vancouver and has saved more than 10,000 mattresses and box springs from the landfill since the beginning of this year. Read more about Terryl and her awesome biz in The Vancouver Sun. Read more...

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Get your carwash on!

Need a little encouragement to get your four-wheeler washed? Then zip over to Garden Works in Burnaby this Saturday, Aug. 27, and put your payment toward a good cause.

To help raise funds to send interns to Uganda next year, Douglas students will be washing cars from 11am till around 4pm.

You can find them at Garden Works Garden Centre, 6250 Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby (south side of Lougheed, between Sperling and Holdom).

Your donations will be much appreciated!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Douglas College student wins medal in taekwondo

Sweet action: Ivett Gonda, a Douglas Criminology student and one of the top ranked taekwondo fighters in the world, won the bronze medal at the 26th Summer Universiade in Shenzhen, China, last week. Read the full story in the Montreal Gazette.


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Get your U-Pass BC now!

As Frank Zappa once said, "Don't make a fuss, just get on the bus." But make sure you get your U-Pass BC first.

The College began distributing U-Pass BC cards today at noon. There are three U-Pass BC dispensing machines at the New West Campus, two opposite the Security booth and one in the Library (room 2100G), and two at David Lam in the Atrium.

Till Sept. 9 student volunteers will be at each machine to assist you in getting your first U-Pass BC. If you need help after Sept. 9, inquire at the Cashier's Booth (2nd floor, Concourse, New West) or the Security Office (David Lam, Atrium).
For general questions email or call 604 527 5770. Or check out our U-Pass BC FAQ page. Read more...

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Douglas grad pens Aboriginal survival guide

Amy Parent wants First Nations culture and knowledge to be a big part of daughter Willow's education.
By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

Amy Parent knows firsthand the challenges around attending a post-secondary institution for the first time, especially for Aboriginal students. So when the Douglas student and member of the Nisga’a First Nation transferred to SFU, she wrote a guide to help other Aboriginal students in their transition to college or university.

Heart, Mind, Body and Spirit Connected: An Aboriginal Survival Guide to Post-Secondary offers First Nations students advice on everything from choosing the right school, to securing scholarships, to nutrition, to the importance of seeking out elders and mentors.

“Definitely one of the things that helped me was always looking to people who were older than me for answers,” Amy remembers. “And I would ask questions of people I saw who were really successful in some way.”

Now at UBC, Amy is working toward a PhD in education, with a specialization in Indigenous education. Her dissertation will explore historical and current Aboriginal high-school-to-university transition programs in order to determine how they can increase Aboriginal students’ success at Canadian colleges and universities.

“I want Aboriginal students to have smooth transitions, and I want them to see themselves reflected in post-secondary institutions.”

Amy’s also a new mom. Daughter Willow is still a baby, but Amy is already thinking about her education. She’d like to see more Indigenous knowledge infused into the curriculum, and has been working with UBC faculty and other graduate students to redesign teacher education programs to educate teachers about First Nations peoples, culture and knowledge.

“I want Willow to go to a school where she doesn’t ever feel that a piece of her isn’t being met within the curriculum. And that if there are questions she wants to ask, that there will be somebody there who, even if they don’t know those answers, will work with her to find them out.”

Are you a First Nations student thinking of attending Douglas? Check out the College's Aboriginal Student Services page.


Friday, August 12, 2011

Students willing to give up sex, dating to avoid carrying textbooks

What would you give up if it meant you never had to lug around another textbook again?

That's the question an American survey recently posed to college students across the United States. A quarter said they'd give up dating or sex, while more half said they'd rather eat mac and cheese three times a day for a month than carry a semester's worth of textbooks.

Read the full story here - and let us know what you'd be willing to give up! Read more...

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Douglas College grad illustrates book on bogs

What, she can draw, too?

Nicole Skutelnik, a grad of the Print Futures: Professional Writing program, has lent her illustration skills to For Peat's Sake: A Complete Classroom Study on Burns Bog and Other Peatlands, the latest publication from the Burns Bog Conservation Society.

Nicole, who opened  her bookstore Tomes and Tales after graduating from Douglas, also writes children's books and articles. Read the full story on Nicole in the Maple Ridge News.


Thursday, August 4, 2011

More and more university grads coming to college

A rising number of university grads are enrolling in colleges to get hands-on, practical training and thus a better chance of finding work, reports the Chronicle of Higher Education. Ann Buller, president of Toronto's Centennial College, is quoted as saying:

"A university degree used to be an entree to a job. [Employers] didn't care if your degree was in archaeology—they'd take you into the accounting firm and train you for the job. Their university degree means they have a good, solid education but not necessarily something that translates easily into a job. We can help them discover their passion."
How about you? Why did you decide to come to college? Read more...

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Local painter hits Amelia Douglas Gallery during New Westminster Cultural Crawl

Spirit of the Fraser, by Jack Campbell

If you're planning to attend the New Westminster Cultural Crawl Aug. 13 and 14, stop by the Amelia Douglas Gallery to meet Jack Campbell, an artist born and raised in New West, whose paintings will be exhibited at his latest show, Fraser River and the Gulf Islands. Get the details here. Read more...