Monday, October 31, 2011

Joan of Arc examined through eyes of alleged serial killer in Jehanne of the Witches

By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

Joan of Arc heard the voices of saints urging her to expunge France of its enemies, led her country to several victories - if she hadn't come along we might be calling France "England" right now - during the 100 Years War and was burned at the stake for heresy.

It's a simple story, right? Wrong, according to Jehanne of the Witches, the latest production from the departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology at Douglas College.
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Sunday, October 30, 2011

This week at Douglas: Burmese activists, a new play, the chance to study in California and more!

Here's what's happening at Douglas Oct. 31-Nov. 4

Wednesday, Nov. 2


Career Exploration Workshop

Coquitlam Campus, Room C2002
9-11am
This is the second part of a free group workshop for students interested in learning more about possible careers they may enjoy. In the session you will complete vocational testing to explore your interests, learn how to research career options and have an optional one- to-one follow up meeting with a Career Counselor.
Get more details here.

Democracy and Human Rights Presentation
New West Campus, Aboriginal Gathering Place (4th floor)
2:30-3:30pm
Democracy is the dream of peoples around the world. Join young Burmese activists Mi Aie Son and Aung Naing Soe, who will share their dreams for a fair and democratic Burma. More info: douglife.ca

Thursday
, Nov. 3

Info session: Study at University of California, Berkeley

Coquitlam Campus, Room C1011, 11am
New West Campus, Room 1614, 2:30pm
UC Berkeley Summer Sessions offer over 600 courses in a wide variety of disciplines including English as a Second Language. Courses are offered over 5 different sessions. You can choose to study for 3, 6, 8, 10 or 12 weeks. The first session usually begins towards the end of May, and all sessions end by mid-August. If you're not able to attend, detailed information can be found here.

Amelia Douglas Gallery presents Stratum: Opening reception

New West Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
4:30-7:30pm
Paintings by Teressa L. Bernard and sculpted works by Nancy Brignall.
Till Dec. 16. For more info visit the gallery web page.

Vuvuzella Intramural Soccer Tournament

New West Campus, Gymnasium
4:30-8pm
Do you have dreams of penalty kicks and nightmares of yellow and red? Then come down and show us your footy skill. Students, alumni, faculty, and staff of Douglas College are all welcome to come out and participate. More info and to register: douglife.ca

Work for WorkSafeBC

New West Campus, Room 1717
17:15-18:30
Join a representative from WorkSafe BC's Human Resources team to find out how you can prepare yourself for next summer's opportunities, and learn more about where your studies could lead in the future. Please RSVP to the Co-op department and note in the subject line; WorkSafe BC, include your full name and student ID# as well.


Friday, Nov. 4

Amelia Douglas Gallery presents Stratum: Artists' talk
New West Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
10am
Hear painter Teressa L. Bernard and sculptor Nancy Brignall talk about their work, on display till Dec. 16.

Dancing at Lughnasa

New West Campus, Douglas College Studio Theatre
7:30pm
The departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology present the Tony Award-winning play Dancing at Lughnasa, by Brian Friel. Till Nov. 12 More info here.

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Douglas College Distinguished Alumnus speaks Nov. 21

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On Nov. 21, join the 2011 Douglas College Distinguished Alumni, Michael Williams-Stark, who will be speaking about Making Faces. Michael is the founder of the children’s charity, which teaches acting skills and improvisational games to children with facial differences to help them build confidence and let them practise life skills in a fun, creative and safe environment.

When: Monday, Nov. 21, 6:30pm-8pm

Where: New West Campus (lecture hall 2201)

Tickets: $5 students; $10 employees and community members

The event will be hosted by the Douglas College Alumni Association. All monies raised will go toward the Alumni Bursary.

For tickets and information contact:

Heather Campbell, 604 777 6318

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Douglas College Learning Centre closes online request form

The Learning Centre has closed its online request form for its regular, ongoing (weekly) tutoring program for Fall 2011.

If you have regularly scheduled appointments, your appointments will continue as planned each week. Any openings in the Learning Centre's schedule, however,  will now be dedicated to shorter drop-in sessions.

If you need writing help, check out the Learning Centre's online tutoring services. To schedule drop-in sessions to meet with peer tutors for writing, study skills and course help, reserve your session up to 48 hours in advance by stopping by the Learning Centre or phoning during open hours.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Douglas College Self Employment grad opens doggie daycare

Zoomies owner Craig McDowell loves his clients.
It’s a dog’s life – and Craig McDowell wouldn’t have it any other way. Craig graduated from the Douglas College Self Employment Program in July and soon after opened Zoomies, the largest doggie daycare in New Westminster. Here’s what Craig has to say about the Self Employment Program and his new venture.
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Douglas College presents Dancing at Lughnasa Nov. 4-12


By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

What do you do when your world is about to change forever? You dance – at least if you’re one of the main characters in Dancing at Lughnasa, the latest production by the Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology departments at Douglas College.
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Monday, October 24, 2011

How green is Douglas College? Part 4: saving energy


By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

You’ve probably seen the green “Leaving? Turn the lights off!” stickers above light switches in the classrooms and offices around campus. This is but one small initiative Douglas has undertaken to encourage students and employees to help the College reduce its energy consumption.
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Sunday, October 23, 2011

This week at Douglas: EVENT turns 40, Halloween Rumble, career exploration and more!

Here's what's happening at Douglas Oct. 24-28

Tuesday
, Oct. 25 

Get your flu shot

Coquitlam Campus, Room B3120
9am-4:15pm
Shots are free for employees, $18 for students.

Career Exploration Workshop
New West Campus, Room 1222 
10:30am-12:30pm
Interested in learning more about possible careers you may enjoy? In the session you'll complete vocational testing to explore your interests, learn how to research career options and have an optional one- to-one follow up meeting with a Career Counsellor. Free. Part 1 of a two-part workshop (Nov. 8). Get more details here.

Study in Australia: information session
New Westminster Campus, Room 4312
4:30-5:30pm
Study in Australia in Summer 2012 with the Australia Field School Program! Earn 9 Douglas College credits in just 7 weeks with courses taught by Douglas College and Central Queensland University instructors. Planned excursions include cave exploration, a visit to an aboriginal cultural centre, a crocodile farm and more. Return home at the end of the program or choose to extend your travels. More info: email Julie Crothers or Karen Ng.

Toastmasters Information Session
New West Campus, Room 2203
5-6:20pm
Want to speak confidently, think quickly, and listen effectively? Then don't miss this public-speaking information session by Toastmasters International, a non-profit organization, in a fun and supportive environment. For information: douglife.ca

Wednesday, Oct. 26


Literature Alive: Sarah Leavitt

Noon
New West Campus, Room 2203
Reading by Sarah Leavitt, Vancouver writer and cartoonist, who published her first book, a graphic memoir titled Tangles: A Story About Alzheimer's, My Mother, and Me, in 2010. Free and open to the public. More info: Creative Writing Arts Events

EVENT Magazine 40th Anniversary Party

New West Campus, Room 1200
7pm
Join Douglas College's award-winning magazine of writing as it celebrates its 40th. Featuring readings and reflections by former EVENT editors. Free admission; refreshments will be served. More details on the EVENT website.

Thursday, Oct. 27


Arts at One: Technology Concert
New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre 
1pm
With Bob Caldwell and Blair Fisher. Get more details at Arts Events.

Engaging Minds Speaker Series

New West Campus, Room 2201
5:15pm lecture; reception 6:15pm
Michael Surbey, senior lecturer of psychology at James Cook University, Australia, presents "Deceiving ourselves: cooperation, depression, bullying & personality as outgrowths of the modular mind." Free and open to the public. More info: doug: the community blog

Friday, Oct. 28

Halloween Rumble
New West Campus, Gymnasium
2:30-5:30pm
Get ready for an afternoon of terror, thrills and adrenaline-pumping challenges. Teams will compete at various activities to see who will be deemed a Halloween rumbler. Each team should come wearing costumes based on a theme. Points will be awarded for best team costume. Points will also be awarded based on the results of each activity. Details: douglife.ca

Ongoing


Greenlinks 2011: Insects
New West 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, October 21, 2011

Douglas College partners to launch Bachelor of Performing Arts degree


Watch a short video of Marcus Youssef describing the new Bachelor of Performing Arts program.  

If your goal is to become a professional performing artist, arts manager, administrator or entrepreneur, or if you plan to do graduate studies in the performing arts, have we got a program for you! Douglas College has partnered with Capilano University, Langara College and Vancouver Community College to offer a Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA) degree – the first of its kind in Canada – beginning in May 2012.
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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Former Douglas College Royal joins Stamps

David Moll photo
By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

The Calgary Stampeders’ Johnny Forzani recently tweeted, “Don’t run…You will only die tired.” Sounds like strange advice coming from a wide receiver – till you realize that Forzani’s talking about a video game. It seems the 22-year-old Calgarian is a big fan of first-person shooter games.
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Douglas College PE conference explores what healthy, active schools will look like in future


Tomorrow, Friday and Saturday, Douglas is hosting the 25th anniversary Quality Daily Physical Education (QDPE) Conference. More than 300 physical education teachers and researchers from across B.C. will gather to discuss how schools can do a better job of ensuring students stay active and healthy – which ultimately helps them learn better, too. Presentations range from a comparative study of elementary school PE in Slovenia and B.C., to the influence of social media on young people’s understanding of their bodies, physicality and physical participation, to building self-esteem and confidence through humour and laughter. Earlier today doug caught up with Brian Storey, a conference organizer and Chair of the Sport Science Department, to find out more.
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Monday, October 17, 2011

Don't miss the Entrepreneur of the Year Awards this Wednesday!

Looking for an inspiring evening of rubbing elbows with hot new entrepreneurs and seasoned business leaders alike?

The Entrepreneur of the Year Awards is an annual event which honours the success of Douglas College Self Employment Program alumni. With more than 400 guests present, the evening will include a networking reception, hors d'oeuvres, and culminates with the award ceremony. Guests include local business leaders, municipal and government representatives, program sponsors and entrepreneurs.

When: Wednesday Oct. 19; registration & reception at 5:30; awards presentations 7-9pm
Where: Executive Hotel, Grand Ballroom, 405 North Rd., Coquitlam
Tickets: $25, payable at the door
For more information call 604 777 6012.
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Sunday, October 16, 2011

This week at Douglas: film fest, an earthquake drill, career exploration and more!

Here's what's happening at Douglas Oct. 17-22

Tuesday, Oct. 18

Get your flu shot
New Westminster Campus, Room 2212
9am-4:15pm
Shots are free for employees, $18 for students.

Want to learn more about policing?
New Westminster Campus, Room 3345
12:30-2pm
Discover opportunities to volunteer and/or the steps involved in applying for permanent employment with the RCMP. Bring your questions to address Cpl. Gary Law. Space is limited, please register by email. In the subject line note "RCMP" and provide your name and student ID#.

Study in Australia: information session
New Westminster Campus, Room 4312
4:30-5:30pm
Study in Australia in Summer 2012 with the Australia Field School Program! Earn 9 Douglas College credits in just 7 weeks with courses taught by Douglas College and Central Queensland University instructors. Planned excursions include cave exploration, a visit to an aboriginal cultural centre, a crocodile farm and more. Return home at the end of the program or choose to extend your travels. More info: email Julie Crothers or Karen Ng.

Wednesday, Oct. 19


Career Exploration Workshop
Coquitlam Campus, Room C2002
9-11am
Interested in learning more about possible careers you may enjoy? In this free session you will complete vocational testing to explore your interests, learn how to research career options and have an optional one- to-one follow up meeting with a Career Counsellor. This is a two-part workshop.

Get your flu shot
New Westminster Campus, Room 2212
9am-4:15pm
Shots are free for employees, $18 for students.

Study in Wales: information session
New Westminster Campus, Room 1717
4:30-5:30pm
Study in Wales in Summer 2012 with the Wales Field School! Earn 9 Douglas College university-transferable credits in just 7 weeks with courses taught by Douglas College instructors. Return home at the end of the program, or choose to extend your travels. More info here.

Literature Alive: Martin Espada
New Westminster Campus, Room 3343
8pm
Come hear a reading by poet, essayist, editor and translator Martin Espada, who's been called “the Latino poet of his generation” and “the Pablo Neruda of North American authors.” Free and open to the public. More info: Creative Writing Arts Events.

15th Annual Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

Executive Hotel, Grand Ballroom 405 North Road, Coquitlam
Registration & Reception 5:30pm; awards presentation 7-9pm
The Entrepreneur of the Year Awards is an annual event which honours the success of Douglas College Self Employment Program Alumni. With over 400 guests present, the evening will include a networking reception, hors d'oeuvres, and culminates with the Award Ceremony. Guests include local business leaders, municipal and government representatives, program sponsors, and entrepreneurs. Tickets: $25 and payable at the door. More info: 604 777 6012

Thursday, Oct. 20

Get your flu shot
New Westminster Campus, Room 2212
9-11:45am
Coquitlam Campus
1:30-4:15pm
Shots are free for employees, $18 for students.

The Great British Columbia ShakeOut
Campus-wide (both campuses)
10:10am
Get ready to participate, along with hundreds of thousands of British Columbians, in the province-wide earthquake drill. Get the details on doug: the community blog.

Arts at One: Guitar +
New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
1pm
With Michael Strutt on guitar, Jesse Read on bassoon, Gene Ramsbottom on clarinet and Bob Caldwell on percussion. Get more details at Arts Events.
Study in Wales: information session
Coquitlam Campus, Room A2050
1-2pm
Study in Wales in Summer 2012 with the Wales Field School! Earn 9 Douglas College university-transferable credits in just 7 weeks with courses taught by Douglas College instructors. Return home at the end of the program, or choose to extend your travels. More info here.

Friday, Oct. 21


New West Doc Fest
New Westminster Campus
6pm
The inaugural documentary film festival features cutting-edge films with a green angle, as well as student films from local film school Pull Focus. A festival pass is just $20. Students and seniors pay $5 for individual screenings ($7 regular admission). Email to purchase tickets online. For a list of films and more info, see the festival website.

Saturday, Oct. 22


New West Doc Fest

New Westminster Campus
12pm
The inaugural documentary film festival features cutting-edge films with a green angle, as well as student films from local film school Pull Focus. A festival pass is just $20. Students and seniors pay $5 for individual screenings ($7 regular admission). Email to purchase tickets online. For a list of films and more info, see the festival website.

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, October 14, 2011

Come celebrate EVENT's 40th Oct. 26!


EVENT, the Douglas College Review of award-winning poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction, is throwing a party. And you're invited!

EVENT is celebrating its 40th anniversary with readings and reflections by formers editors David Zieroth, Calvin Wharton, Cathy Stonehouse, Billeh Nickerson and Rick Maddocks. The celebration will be hosted by current editor Elizabeth Bachinsky.

When: Wednesday, Oct. 26. Doors at 7pm, readings at 7:30pm
Where: Douglas Room (Lower Level), New Westminster Campus

Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

What do you do when an earthquake hits?

You’re working at your desk when suddenly the room begins to sway or everything begins shaking. It’s an earthquake. What do you do?

On Thursday, Oct. 20, in an effort to prepare people for a potentially damaging earthquake, Douglas students, staff and faculty, along with thousands of other British Columbians, will participate in the largest earthquake drill in Canadian history.
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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

How green is Douglas College? Part 3: indoor air

Concerned about the indoor air quality at Douglas? Have no fear: the College is taking steps to ensure that you breathe easy.
It is estimated* that Canadians spend 90 percent of their time indoors. That means we spend the majority of our lives breathing in substances – such as chemical vapours from cleaners, paints and furnishings – that could be hazardous to our health.
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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Douglas College presents new speaker series


Looking for something a little more intellectually stimulating than the latest reality TV show? Beginning this week Douglas presents its Engaging Minds: What makes us human? Speaker Series. Free and open to the public, the four lectures explore topics and issues in the disciplines of psychology and anthropology.

Kicking off the series this Thursday (Oct. 13) is Sources of Morality: Comparing Two Theoretical Approaches, by Dennis Kreb, Professor Emeritus, Psychology, SFU.

For the full list of lectures, click on the thumbnail or visit this page.

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Sunday, October 9, 2011

This week at Douglas: time management workshop, new lecture series, a jazz concert and more!

Here's what's happening at Douglas Oct. 10-14

Wednesday, Oct. 12


UBC Sauder School of Business Workshop

New Westminster Campus, Room 3345
2-4pm
Business students: don't miss this chance to meet with Brian Teghtsoonian, Admissions and Recruitment Officer, Undergraduate Program, from the Sauder School of Business at UBC. For more information call 604 527 5460.

Leadership workshop: Time Management
Coquitlam Campus, Room TBA
5pm
Learn realistic and practical strategies for effective time management in today’s world. This interactive workshop provides you with an opportunity to brainstorm solutions for personal and career success. Bring a scenario for discussion. Open to all students and staff. Sign up at douglife.ca.

Thursday, Oct. 13

Arts at One: Little Night Band

New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
1pm
Enjoy a jazz concert directed by Blair Fisher, Music Instructor. More info: Arts Events


Explore Postgraduate Studies
New Westminster Campus, Room 2804
1-2:30pm
Join Adler School of Professional Psychology representative Malcolm Dane to learn more about postgraduate studies. Space is limited; secure your seat by email. Put "Adler School" in the subject line and include your name and student ID# in the email.

Engaging Minds Speaker Series. Sources of Morality: Comparing Two Theoretical Approaches
New Westminster Campus, Room 2201
5:30-6:30pm
What is the primary source of morality? Join Dennis Krebs, Psychology Professor Emeritus, SFU, as he discusses the hypothesis that moral judgments and behaviours stem from a set of mental mechanisms that evolved in the human species because they disposed early humans to uphold social relations that fostered their biological interests. Free. Followed by a reception in the theatre foyer. More info here.

Friday, Oct. 14

Stinks & Bangs: Game Show Science

New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
1-2pm
See the magic of science as you've never seen it before. Magical colour changes, exploding balloons, fun with food, and much, much more! Don't miss this opportunity to experience the lighter side of science with a great mix of knowledge and humour that is sure to please everybody.

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, October 7, 2011

Another Douglas College student recognized as 'best and brightest'

David Denofreo photo

Hot on the heels of Business student Rosie Hernandez and Retail Business student Robert Gagno, First-year University Transfer student Anoop Virk was named as one of the Lower Mainland's 'best and brightest' students by 24 Hours.

Anoop was recognized for the project she co-founded that reunited Downtown Eastside residents with their loved ones. Read her profile in 24.
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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Douglas College SET Coordinator takes top theatre award

David Denofreo photo
By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

When Drew Young got the news he was receiving an award recognizing his contributions to live performance in Canada, the Coordinator of the Stagecraft and Event Technology Program couldn’t believe his eyes.

“I was completely taken aback. Even though you’re always working to stay connected, you still feel isolated because of all the time you put into shows. You never get a feeling that anyone really knows what you’re doing – not that that matters, because you’re focused on doing what you do – so to have someone from the head office in Montreal email and say, ‘Hey, you won this award,’ I felt very proud and surprised.”
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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Douglas College seeks nominations for Distinguished Alumni

Michael Williams-Stark, 2011's Distinguished Alumnus.
Steve Dagg photo
Do you know a Douglas grad who has made an exceptional professional, personal, academic or public service achievement? An alumnus who would be an inspiration to students?

If so, the College wants your nominations for the Distinguished Alumni Award. This award is a major step in recognizing the quality of our graduates and their contributions to the community. It also represents the calibre of the students that attend Douglas College and the education, training and inspiration they received here.

The closing date for nominations is March 1. This award will be presented during the June 2012 graduation ceremonies.

Click here for more information, or contact Andrew Senjack, 604 777 6171.

The nomination form can be downloaded here. Read more...

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Was Einstein wrong?

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Media outlets across the globe recently reported on an experiment in which subatomic particles travelled faster than the speed of light. If true, the findings would nullify Einstein’s theory of relativity. But is it correct to say that Einstein was wrong? Jennifer Kirkey, an Instructor of Physics and Astronomy at Douglas, sets us straight on the matter.
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Monday, October 3, 2011

How green is Douglas College? Part 2: The cafeteria

By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

During your lunchtime forays to the College’s cafeteria or deli, you may have noticed the absence of an evil white substance that lurks in many fast food restaurants – not to mention in the boxes that your BlackBerry, iPad etc. came in. That’s right. We’re talking about polystyrene, aka Styrofoam.
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Sunday, October 2, 2011

This week at Douglas: leadership workshop, chamber ensemble, DC Student Night and more!


Here's what's happening at Douglas Oct. 3-8

Wednesday, Oct. 5


Leadership workshop: Be True to Yourself

New Westminster Campus, Room TBA
5pm
Strong leaders are true to themselves – true to their beliefs, values, principles and personal style. As you develop as a leader, do you know who you are? This workshop will provide a framework for reflecting on that question, but the answer will evolve over the rest of your life. Learn more: douglife.ca

Thursday, Oct. 6


Arts at One: Chamber ensemble featuring flute

New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
1pm
Featuring Suzanne Snizek on flute, Connie Gitlin on clarinet, Suzanne Klukas on piano and soprano Alison Nystrom. More info: Arts Events


Saturday, Oct. 8


DC Student Night @ BC Lions game

BC Place Stadium
Join us to watch the BC Lions take on the Calgary Stampeders in the newly re-opened BC Place Stadium. Ticket info at 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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