Friday, September 30, 2011

Service disruptions: myDouglas, student self-service, and U-Pass dispensers

Update Sunday October 2, 2011, 10pm:
This weekend's systems update is done. myDouglas as well as student, faculty and employee self-service will be available by 8am on Monday, October 3. U-Pass dispensing machines will be available Monday morning as well.

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Due to a major systems upgrade this weekend, myDouglas, as well as student, faculty and employee self-service are unavailable.

U-Pass dispensers are also unavailable.

These services will be available by 8am Monday, Oct. 3. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

U-Pass dispensers became unavailable as of Thursday evening. We apologize for the lack of notice and we understand the inconvenience to students who still need to get their October U-Pass.

If you're one of those students, hang on to your transit tickets from this weekend. Douglas College will reimburse you for up to 10 transit trips that you take on Saturday October 1 and Sunday October 2, and in the 10 trips you can include one trip on Monday to get to campus. U-Pass dispensers will be available by 8am on Monday, October 3.

To have your transit travel reimbursed, bring your transit tickets to the cashier's office at the New Westminster Campus, or to the Registrar's Office at the Coquitlam Campus by Friday, October 7. Read more...

Douglas College SE grad opens bakery at River Market

New West is about to get a little tastier - in  a Latin kind of way.

Alfonso Fernandez, a graduate of the Douglas College Self Employment Program, along with his wife, Katia Mayo, are opening a bakery at New Westminster's River Market Quay in early October.

Pamola Bakery & Deli will sell European and Mexican-style breads as well as traditional Mexican and Spanish dishes. Read all about Alfonso and Katia's venture in the New Westminster News Leader. Read more...

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Enter your best pics in 'International Exposure' photo contest!

Attention students, staff and faculty: Have you got awesome photos with an international bent burning a hole in your camera?

Then get ready for the Canadian Bureau for International Education International Exposure (CBIE) photo contest!

The CBIE is looking for photos that capture the significance of international education on campus or abroad. There are no limits on the number of photos you can submit.

Send your photos to Susie Cruess by Friday, Oct. 16, and please attach a short description or story to accompany your picture, as well as your signed release form. Check out the poster for more info.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Get your tickets for the New West Doc Fest!

Love film? Concerned about the state of our planet? Then save these dates: Friday, Oct. 21 and Saturday, Oct. 22. That's the weekend of the first-ever New West Doc Fest, a festival screening films with a green bent as well as student films from Pull Focus, a non-profit film school in Vancouver.

The New West Doc Fest is being hosted by Douglas College (New Westminster Campus). Screenings include Burning Water, about a farming family in Alberta who discover their water can be lit on fire; Vanishing of the Bees, which looks at the disappearance of honeybees and its far-reaching implications, 65 Red Roses, which follows a young Vancouverite's battle with cystic fibrosis; and Tapped, which takes a hard look at the big business of bottled water.

A festival pass is just $20. Students and seniors pay $5 for individual screenings ($7 regular admission). Email to purchase tickets online; they'll be available at the door, too.

For more info visit the New West Doc Fest website.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Douglas College pinball wizard makes cover of 24 Hours

David Denofreo photo
Robert Gagno, a student in the Basic Occupational Retail Education Program, made the cover of 24 Hours yesterday. Robert was named by the newspaper as one of its Top 24 under 24 "best and brightest" students in the Lower Mainland. Robert, who has autism, was featured because of his outstanding pinball abilities - he's currently no. 1 in Canada and ranked no. 11 in the world. Robert was also featured on the Science Channel's Ingenious Minds earlier this year. Read his profile in 24.

Last week 24 also featured Business student Rosie Hernandez as one of it's Top 24 under 24. See the post here. Read more...

Monday, September 26, 2011

How green is Douglas College? Part 1: The green roof

Tana Frie photo
By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

 Look out the third floor windows of the New Westminster Campus onto the roof decks and you’ll see something that looks a bit like a park, complete with greenery, benches and walkways – not to mention fine views of New Westminster. This is Douglas College’s green roof system.
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Sunday, September 25, 2011

This week at Douglas: leadership workshop, marketplace, piano and trumpet concert and more!


Tuesday, Sept. 27

Leadership workshop: event management
New Westminster Campus, Room TBA
5pm
Learning how to plan a successful event is an essential skill for everyone. This workshop will provide basic skills, tools and resources needed to pull off a great event on and off campus. Join Eric Glanville for a workshop that will help you take your events to the next level. See douglife.ca for details.

Alumni Marketplace
Coquitlam Campus (atrium)
9am-6pm
Our popular marketplace is back again, providing you with an opportunity to buy great gifts and support students in need at the same time.Vendors will be selling African art, jewellery, clothing, native art and crafts and much more.

Wednesday, Sept. 28

Alumni Marketplace
New Westminster Campus (concourse)
9am-6pm
Our popular marketplace is back again, providing you with an opportunity to buy great gifts and support students in need at the same time.Vendors will be selling African art, jewellery, clothing, native art and crafts and much more.

Thursday, Sept. 29

Arts at One: A Plucky Thing!
New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
1pm
Music from the golden ages of harpsichord, with Monica Kim on harpsichord. For more info see Arts Events

Friday, Sept. 20-Sunday, Oct. 2

Student Leadership Retreat
Camp Jubilee, Indian Arm (map)
Want to grow into a student leader? Sign up for the Centre for Campus Life Student Leadership Retreat. This trip will expose you to workshops and seminars aimed at turning you into a campus leader. Get the details douglife.ca.

Ongoing

Greenlinks 2011: Insects
New Westminster Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Till Oct. 28
Paintings and drawings of insects by Tiko Kerr and Ivan Droujinin, with an exhibit of insects from the Douglas College Institute of Urban Ecology. More info on the gallery's web page.


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Friday, September 23, 2011

Douglas College student makes Top 24 under 24

Commerce student Rosie Hernandez has been named by the 24 Hours newspaper as one of the Lower Mainland's top 24 "best and brightest" students under the age of 24. Rosie was chosen because of the work she did in Zambia helping women start businesses during a three-month internship with the Centre for Campus Life's Global Leadership Program. Read her profile in 24. Read more...

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Douglas College student wins top magic awards


It seems that Criminology student Alex Seaman has got the magic touch. Alex, 19, who lives in  Port Coquitlam, took home a gold medal last month from the Pacific Coast Association of Magicians and the Canadian Association of Magicians.

"Being Pacific Coast Champion and Canadian Champion of Stage Magic is still so surreal to me," says Alex. "It's great to be able to say that hard work and dedication really does pay off."

Read more about Alex's win in the Tri-City News. If you want see Alex strut his stuff, head over to the Applebee's in PoCo on Saturday nights. Read more...

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Rock Paper Scissors tournament a hit at Douglas College

Travis Chaskavitch wins the first-ever Rock Paper Scissors tournament.
Close to 200 students took to the gym yesterday to test their Rock Paper Scissors (RPS) skills in the first ever RPS tournament at Douglas. The competition was fierce, and after a few rounds of elimination the crowd got rowdy as spectators began to hedge their bets and pick their favourites to win.
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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Douglas College opens doors for nurse

David Denofreo photo
Raji Nibber knows the value of a Douglas College education. Now a registered nurse at the BC Cancer Agency in Abbortsford, Raji says coming to Douglas to earn her Bachelor of Science in Nursing has opened important doors.
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Monday, September 19, 2011

How green is Douglas College?

You’ve seen the blue boxes for recycling paper around campus, and you’ve probably noticed the green “Leaving? Turn off the lights!” stickers on the light switches in classrooms, labs and offices. But do you know how green your college really is?
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Sunday, September 18, 2011

This week at Douglas: Campus Life Chase, Arts at One, Whitecaps game and more!

The Rock, Paper, Scissors tourney happens Tuesday, Sept. 20.
Monday, Sept. 19

Imaginus Poster Fair

New Westminster concourse
Thousands of posters – depicting just about every subject imaginable –  will fill a huge indoor art gallery on campus. There’s something for  everyone, and proceeds go directly to the Douglas College Foundation. See doug: the community blog for details. 

Study in Scotland: info session  
New Westminster Campus, Room 1614
4:15pm
Spend four weeks in New Westminster, then three weeks at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Return home at the end of the program, or chose to extend your travels in Britain or Europe.

Tuesday, Sept. 20

Imaginus Poster Fair
New Westminster concourse
Thousands of posters – depicting just about every subject imaginable –  will fill a huge indoor art gallery on campus.  There’s something for  everyone, and proceeds go directly to the Douglas College Foundation. See doug: the community blog for details.

Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament
New Westminster Campus, Gymnasium
2:30-3:30pm
Test your RPS skills at the biggest campus event of the semester. Sign up today at
douglife.ca.

Leadership workshop: Intro to Public Speaking 
New Westminster Campus, Room TBA
5pm
Learn professional-level public speaking and presentation skills in this interactive workshop with Tom Jones, former BC District Governor for Toastmasters International. Details: douglife.ca

Wednesday, Sept. 21

Campus Life Chase

David Lam Campus
4-7pm 
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, Sept. 22


Canadian Blood Services Bloodmobile
New Westminster Campus
10am-4pm
Help Douglas reach its goal in the Partners for Life program! Donate blood as part of the Douglas College team. Get more info on doug: the community blog.

Arts at One: Cosmophony
Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre (New West Campus)
1pm
With Rachel Iwaasa on piano. More info: Arts Events

Celebration: grand opening of the New West concourse and Internationalization Excellence award
New Westminster concourse
3:30-5pm
Enjoy music, cake, speakers and more as we celebrate the completed renovations to the concourse and the College's win of a first-ever award in internationalization. Get more info on doug: the community blog

Study in Scotland: info session
David Lam Campus, Room 2210

4:15pm
Spend four weeks in New Westminster, then three weeks at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Return home at the end of the program, or chose to extend your travels in Britain or Europe.


Friday, Sept. 23 

Welsh Courting Customs: Were they legal?
Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre (New West Campus)
4-5pm
Welsh courting customs were viewed by the English as proof of the attractive "backwardness" of the native population. But a wealth of historical information demonstrates that Welsh courting customs encompass far more than is apparent in the quaint practice of exchanging love spoons. A lecture by visiting scholar Conway Davies, University of Wales Trinity St. David. Reception to follow. Details here.

Saturday, Sept. 24

Douglas Student Night: Whitecaps vs. Seattle Sounders
The most anticipated match up of the season! Get discounted tickets at douglife.ca.

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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Subscribe to doug! Get new posts in your inbox!

Did you know that you can subscribe to doug: the community blog and have new posts delivered directly to your inbox or appear on your Google home page, My Yahoo! home page and more? Well, you can!

Find the "Subscribe" and "Follow by email" options on the right hand side of this page, just under "Recent comments."

Just think: you'll never miss a timely update on events and news about the Douglas community again. Sweet! Read more...

Friday, September 16, 2011

Douglas College Theatre grad scores on YouTube

Have you met "Boston Greg"? He was the foul-mouthed Bruins fan portrayed by Vancouver comic and Douglas Theatre grad Andrew Barber (nice Beantown accent, dude!) on YouTube during the Stanley Cup Playoffs this year. More than a million viewers tuned in to the six-part series. Read more about Andrew - who in real life is a diehard Canucks fan - and his work in this week's Georgia Straight.

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Douglas student nights: see the Whitecaps and the Lions for less

Join the Vancouver Whitecaps at their last match at Empire Field Sept. 24, where they take on the Seattle Sounders in one of the most anticipated games of the season. Buy your tickets by tomorrow and they're $22; after tomorrow they're $27.

On Oct. 8, the Lions take on the Stamps at the newly renovated BC Place. Come out and see the one and only Geroy Simon tries to track down Milt Stegal to become the all-time leader in CFL receiving yards. Tix are $25 if you buy by Sept. 20. After that they're $29.

Get your tickets visit the Fitness Centre (Room 1315, New West Campus) or the CCLA Office (Room A1362 David Lam Campus) or call 604 527 5775. See the Douglife website for more info. Read more...

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Imaginus Poster Fair comes to Douglas College

Do you like music, movies, television, photography, video games…or just about any other subject? On Sept. 19 and 20, the New West concourse will come alive with the artwork of the Imaginus Poster Fair. Thousands of posters – depicting just about every subject imaginable – will fill a huge indoor art gallery on campus. There’s something for everyone, and proceeds go directly to the Douglas College Foundation. In fact, over the past two years, students, staff and faculty have helped raise nearly $10,000 for student bursaries. So come on out and enjoy the show. You can pick up a little something for yourself (or a friend), and help support our outstanding students. Read more...

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Get tutoring at the Douglas College Learning Centre!

Need a bit of help developing your skills in reading, writing, math, basic computer use, as well as study strategies? Good news: the Learning Centre opens Monday, Sept. 19 and offers you tutoring to bring you up to speed.
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Monday, September 12, 2011

Come celebrate the New West concourse + the internationalization of Douglas College!

Looking for a reason to celebrate this month? Then join us for two stellar events Thursday, Sept. 22 in the New West Campus concourse with music, cake and more!

On this day Douglas will receive the first-ever Internationalization Excellence award from the Association of Canadian Community Colleges. This day also marks the grand opening of the New Westminster concourse, which underwent major renovations over the summer.
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Ex-pro wrestler and Hollywood actor returns to Douglas College

The way he was: Mike Roselli wins a national wrestling title for Douglas College in 1991.
By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

Few people can say they’ve wrestled with Bret “The Hitman” Hart, dined with Hugh Jackman and had their wedding flowers bought by Halle Berry. But Mike Roselli can.

The former professional wrestler, Hollywood actor and stuntman spent 18 years in the Worldwide Wrestling Federation/World Wrestling Entertainment and in film before retiring and returning as a student to Douglas College.
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Saturday, September 10, 2011

This week at Douglas: Arts at One, beach volleyball, Fall Fair and more!

Tuesday, Sept. 13

Composer Tuesday
Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre (New Westminster Campus)
1pm
The Douglas College Music Department presents Composer Tuesday Lecture/Demo by noted Vancouver composer, TBA. For more info, see Arts Events.

Thursday, Sept. 15

Opening reception: Greenlinks 2011: Insects
Amelia Douglas Gallery
4:30-7:30pm
Artworks by Tiko Kerr and Ivan Droujinin and Insect Exhibit by the Douglas College Institute of Urban Ecology. Exhibit runs till Oct. 28. For more info visit the gallery web page.

The Arts at One
Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
1pm
A Plucky Thing! Music from the golden ages of harpsichord, with Monica Kim on harpsichord. For more info see Arts Events.

Can You Dig It: Beach Volleyball Intramural Tournament
Get involved with Douglife REC and join the event crew for the 3rd Annual Can You Dig It? Beach Volleyball Tournament at David Lam. For more info visit Douglife.

Saturday, Sept. 17

Fall Fair
David Lam Campus
Sept. 17, 11am-3pm
Enjoy bands, sports activities, games and crafts for children, educational stations, interactive displays, a farmers' market, barbecue and more at this family event. For more info visit doug: the community blog.
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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Name that building at Douglas College!



If you've been at the New West Campus lately, chances are you've seen the new, glassed-in building in the concourse.

The Aquarium, Greenhouse, Fishbowl – it’s been called a lot of things in its short life. But what would YOU call it? Let us know and you could win an awesome prize!

Submit your ideas by email by Friday, Sept. 16. We’ll pick the top three and put them up for a vote on the Douglas College Facebook page. The winner will be announced on Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Concourse Opening event. Read more...

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Douglas College puts on Fall Fair Sept. 17


Looking for a weekend event the whole family can enjoy? Then come on down to the Douglas College Fall Fair Sept. 17! The Fall Fair is an outdoor family fair showcasing Douglas College and community groups. Enjoy bands, sports activities, games and crafts for children, educational stations, interactive displays and a farmers' market. There will also be a barbecue, so get ready to picnic on the grass. Admission is free. Exhibitors pay a small fee, with all proceeds  going to student aid.

The Fall Fair takes place Saturday, Sept. 17, 11am-3pm, at the Coquitlam Campus, 1250 Pinetree Way. Read more...

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

'Why I chose Douglas College'

David Denofreo photo
Anoop Virk may be only 17, but she's already a model citizen. Anoop, who begins her post-secondary studies at Douglas this week, received a Top 20 Under 20 award for co-founding Project Hello, a program that reunites people suffering from social and health problems on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with their families, and has been recognized as an Exceptional Canadian Youth. At the invitation of the prime minister, Anoop travelled to Ottawa and presented the first gift from Canada to William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, during their visit in June.
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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Stay safe: Sign up for DC Alerts!

Nancy Constable invites you to sign up for DC Alerts.
By Nancy Constable, Director of Safety and Security

Have you signed up for DC Alerts?

If so, great. If not, please do!

DC Alerts sends you text messages, voice messages, and email in case of an emergency, including campus closures due to bad weather. The system is not used to send out any other kind of information.
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