Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Douglas College's Top 10 study tips

Exams are just around the corner ... are you ready for the crunch? To help you prepare, doug asked the good folks at the Douglas College Learning Centre to share their wisdom on the best ways to study. In no particular order, here are the Learning Centre's Top 10 study tips:
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Monday, November 28, 2011

Douglas College wins award in international education

Once again, Douglas has been recognized for its exceptional work in international education, this time from the Canadian Bureau for International Education. Last week the College received the Outstanding Program in International Education Award for its Uganda Project, an initiative that sends student interns to the African country to work in hospitals, libraries and aid centres. Read more about the new award here.

In June, Douglas was named the first-ever recipient of the Internationalization Excellence Award from the the Association of Canadian Community Colleges. Read more about that here.


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Sunday, November 27, 2011

This week at Douglas: concerts, Toastmasters, food drives and more!

Here's what's happening at Douglas Nov. 28-Dec. 3

Monday, Nov. 28


Concert Series: An Evening of Jazz

New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
7:30pm
The Douglas College Music Department presents An Evening of Jazz featuring the DC Night Band led by Blair Fisher and the DC Dues Band led by John van Deursen, with special guests The Jazz Connexion led by Cameron Hood. Admission is free; collected proceeds go toward Douglas College music projects. More info: Arts Events

Tuesday, Nov. 29


Toastmasters Open House

New West Campus, Douglas Students' Union building, Room 207
5-6:15pm
You are invited to a special meeting of Douglas Toastmasters. Come and listen to a presentation on Mustapha Lansana’s contest-winning speech, “Living In The Present,” during our Open House. Mustapha will teach you how to make your audience go “wow” when you speak. Find out how Toastmasters can help you to be successful at school and at work. Light refreshments served. More info: contact Michelle Leong at 604 527 5038 or see Douglife.

Wednesday, Nov. 30


Concert Series: Classics for Band
New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
7:30pm
The Douglas College Music Department presents the DC Concert Band under the direction of John van Deursen featuring the music of Bach, McBeth, Arnold, Reed and more, plus performances by the DC Percussion Ensemble led by Robert Caldwell. Admission is free; collected proceeds go toward Douglas College music scholarships. More info: Arts Events

Thursday, Dec. 1


Arts at One: Student Showcase

New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
1pm
The Douglas College Music Department presents Student Showcase. Free admission. More info: Arts Events

Food Drive

New West Campus, concourse
10am-2pm
Give back, make a difference! The Douglas College Student Ambassadors are collecting non-perishable food items to give to Douglas students in need over the holiday season. Get your picture taken with "Santa" Roary, and enjoy colouring, a candy count contest, free candy and other games. More info: see doug: the community blog.

Friday, Dec. 2


Royals Basketball

New West Campus, gymnasium
Women's game: 6pm; men's game: 8pm
Douglas takes on Quest University

Saturday, Dec. 3


Concert Series: Student Composition Concert

New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
7:30pm
The Douglas College Music Department presents Student Composition Concert
. Free admission. More info: Arts Events

Royals Basketball

New West Campus, gymnasium
Women's game: 6pm; men's game: 8pm
Douglas takes on Capilano


Ongoing


Amelia Douglas Gallery presents Stratum

New West Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Works by painter Teressa L. Bernard and sculptor Nancy Brignall. Till Dec. 16. More info on the gallery's website.

Food Drives

Coquitlam Campus, atrium
10am-3pm
Give back, make a difference! The Douglas College Student Ambassadors are collecting non-perishable food items to give to Douglas students in need over the holiday season. Till Dec. 6. More info: see doug: the community blog.

New West Campus, concourse
Tue-Thu, 10am-4pm
The Douglas College Business Association is collecting non-perishable food items to give to people in need over the holiday season. Till Dec. 6.


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Friday, November 25, 2011

Help send Douglas College students to Uganda!

Don't forget! Friday, Dec. 9 is your chance to hear great music while helping raise money for a great cause. Participants of the Douglas College Uganda Project are getting together with the Universal Gospel Choir for a fund raiser at the New West Campus. Get your tickets now! See our earlier post for details. Read more...

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Douglas College student does co-op at coal mine

Photo: David Denofreo
Ask her about coal: Geology student AJ
Ward examines the black stuff.
By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

Summer is a time when we do the things we love: travel, spend time at the cabin, lie on the beach, go camping and barbecue. AJ Ward is no exception to this rule. Last summer the Geology student did something she loved: working at an open pit coal mine.

It was a dream come true for AJ, who did a three-month Co-op placement through Douglas College at Peace River Coal’s Trend Mine site near Tumbler Ridge, B.C., a five-and-a-half hour drive northeast of Prince George. “It was fun for me,” says AJ. “I was in exploration, so basically we worked on developing the other properties that Trend Mine is thinking of expanding.”
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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Student Ambassadors, DCBA hold food drives

By Brittney Lau, Student Staff, Office for New Students

Are you looking to give back this Christmas but are too busy with finals? Here is a quick and easy way to make a difference!

The Douglas College Student Ambassadors are collecting non-perishable foods to give to Douglas College students in need over the holidays. Simply donate any canned or non-perishable food items on your way to class.
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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Douglas College student paper unveils new look and feel

Thirty-five years after the first edition hit the stands, The Other Press, the Douglas College student newspaper, is getting a makeover. The first issue of the reinvigorated OP comes out today around noon.

The new and improved OP features an eye-catching, easier to read layout, with more colour, more pages and better graphics. Online, The Other Press has re-established itself on Twitter and Facebook. A website overhaul is planned for the Winter Semester.

The intention of the redesign is to redefine the OP's presence at the College, says Cody Klyne, Editor-in-Chief. “We've been around for longer than a lot of students have been alive," Cody says. "This isn't just a case of us rocking the boat - we're taking the boat out of the water, slapping some wheels and a pair of wings on it and saying to the students of Douglas, come along for the ride."

Interested in networking with aspiring writers, creating a portfolio, gaining experience in journalism and getting published? New (paid) opportunities at the OP include roles in PR, web management, illustration, photography, and advertising, as well as opportunities for staff writers. Email your enquiries to Cody Klyne or attend a meeting Mondays, 6pm, Room 1020, New West Campus.

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Douglas College holds Toastmasters open house


Want to wow people when you speak? Interested in how you can be more successful at school and work? What are you doing next Tuesday?

You are cordially invited to an open house of Douglas Toastmasters Tuesday, Nov. 29, 5-6:15pm, in the Students’ Union Building, Room 207, New West Campus. You'll hear a presentation of Mustapha Lansana’s contest-winning speech, “Living in the Present,”at this special event.

Douglas Toastmasters is part of Toastmasters International, a non-profit organization with more than 250,000 members in 106 countries, offering an enjoyable way to practise and hone communication and leadership skills. The club meets every Tuesday from 5-6:15pm in the DSU building. 

The event is free and everyone is welcome. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Michelle Leong at 604 527 5038. Read more...

Sunday, November 20, 2011

This week at Douglas: Ladies night out, bowling time, concerts and more!

Here's what's happening at Douglas Nov. 21-26

Monday, Nov. 21

Ladies Night Out
Sephora, 2929 Barnet Hwy, Coquitlam
Ladies, get ready for a night of beauty, fame, food, friends, and fun. Douglas College students get free makeovers at Sephora. Then head down to Milestones Lounge for VIP treatment. Walk the red carpet like a celebrity! Sign up here.

Distinguished Alumnus Speaks

New West Campus, Room 2201
6:30-8pm
Tickets: $5 students, $10 employees and community members.
Michael Williams-Stark, Douglas's 2011 Distinguished Alumnus, speaks about Making Faces, a children’s charity that teaches acting skills and improvisational games to children with facial differences. All monies raised will go toward the Alumni Bursary. Info and tickets: contact Heather Campbell, 604 777 6318 or Andrew Senjack, 604 777 6171.

Wednesday, Nov. 23


College Bowling Night

Xcalibur Bowling Centre, 12350 Pattullow Pl., Surrey
Ladies and gentlemen! Ready for a night of bowling fun? Bring out your friends to Xcalibur. Sign up here.

Health Sciences Speaker Series
Coquitlam Campus, Room A1470
4:30-6:30pm
Dr. Shafik Dharamsi, Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine (UBC), lectures on "social accountability in Education Socially Accountable and Responsible Health Professionals." Free admission. For more information see doug: the community blog.

Thursday, Nov. 24

Arts at One: Student Showcase
1pm
New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre. More info: Arts Events

Engaging Minds Speaker Series
New West Campus, Room 2201
5:15pm lecture; 6:15pm reception
Vito Modigliani, Professor Emeritus of Psychology ( SFU), lectures on “Pointing to Language: Problem Solving, Cooperation, and Meaning." Free admission. More information.

Saturday, Nov. 26

Carmina Burana

New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
7:30pm
The Douglas College Music Department and the Community Music School Present Carmina Burana by Carl Orff plus other choral selections
Tickets (students free; general $15; seniors $10) and info: 604 527 5469

Ongoing


Amelia Douglas Gallery presents Stratum
New West Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Works by painter Teressa L. Bernard and sculptor Nancy Brignall. Till Dec. 16. More info on the gallery's website.


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Friday, November 18, 2011

Douglas College Music students win awards

Music students Dasha Chalubeyeva (r), Christian Bideau (seated), Andy Stevens (3rd from left) and Tim Zacharias won music awards from Long & McQuade, presented by Christina Hicks (2nd from left), Assistant Manager of Eduction for B.C., Long & McQuade. On the far left is Joy Ollen, Coordinator of the Douglas College Music Department.
Music to their ears: Yesterday four Music students were awarded $250 gift cards by Long & McQuade for their dedication, discipline and passion for learning. The winners were Dasha Chalubeyeva, violinist and student in the Music Technology Certificate Program; second-year University Transfer students Christian Bideau (pianist) and Andy Stevens (guitarist); and Tim Zacharias, a first-year University Transfer guitar student.

"We have a lot of excellent students in our programs this year, so narrowing it down to four was tricky," says Joy Ollen, Coordinator of the Music Department. "In the end, we selected four students who have been in our music programs for more than one year, who have a track record of musical and academic excellence, and who bring a positive attitude to their studies and enhance our community here in the Music Department." Read more...

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Douglas College student youngest female at world triathlon championship

Sport Science student Emily Weeks placed third in her age class at the Long Distance World Triathlon Championship in Henderson, Nevada, last week.
Talk about going the distance. Emily Weeks, a second-year Sport Science student and triathlete, took third place in her age group (20-24) at the Long Distance World Triathlon Championship in Henderson, Nevada, last week. Emily was the youngest female at the world championship race, made up of a 120k bike ride, which climbed nearly 3,000 metres, a 30k run, which zoomed up more than 600 metres in elevation, and a 4k swim - which was cancelled due to low water and air temperatures.

Emily says the cancellation of the swim portion made the race harder for her. "Usually I come out of the swim in the top two in my group, then use the adrenaline to get a head start on the bike," she says. "Once on the run I do a little catching up on my time lost on the bike and end up in the top one to three on the run."

Third place is nothing to sneeze at, says Besnik Mece, Track & Field/Cross Country Head Coach. "This is a great success for Douglas College Athletics." Read more...

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Douglas College Theatre student wins award

Christopher Osterman, a Theatre student at Douglas, has won the Raymond Burr Performing Arts Society's second-year entrance award. Christopher received the award on the opening night of the Douglas College production of Jehanne of the Witches, onstage till Saturday, in which the Surrey resident was a member of the production crew. Read more about Christopher and his award in the Royal City Record. Read more...

Sunday, November 13, 2011

This week at Douglas: shop till you drop, give blood, dodge balls and more!

Here's what's happening at Douglas Nov. 14-18

Tuesday, Nov. 15

Alumni Marketplace

Coquitlam Campus, atrium
9am-6pm
Your opportunity to buy great gifts and support students in need at the same time. Vendors will be selling pottery, African art, jewellery, clothing, native art and crafts and much more. All money raised goes to support students in need. For information, call Alumni Relations Coordinator Andrew Senjack at 604 777 6171.

Wednesday, Nov. 16

Alumni Marketplace
New West Campus, concourse
9am-6pm
Your opportunity to buy great gifts and support students in need at the same time. Vendors will be selling pottery, African art, jewellery, clothing, native art and crafts and much more. All money raised goes to support students in need. For information, call Alumni Relations Coordinator Andrew Senjack at 604 777 6171.

Doctor Dodgeball
4-6pm
Gym 3, Pinetree Community Centre, 1260 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
Duck, Dive, and Dodge! Join in teams of 6 in this fun tournament. Whose hands will you leave your life in? For more info and to register, see douglife.ca.

Thursday, Nov. 17


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. Get more info on doug: the community blog.

Arts at One: Student Showcase
New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre. More info: Arts Events

Ongoing


Jehanne of the Witches

New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
The departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology present Jehanne of the Witches By Sally Clark. Till Nov. 19. More info here.

Amelia Douglas Gallery presents Stratum

New West Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Works by painter Teressa L. Bernard and sculptor Nancy Brignall. Till Dec. 16. More info on the gallery's website.


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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Alumni marketplaces support student aid

Our popular marketplace is back again next week, providing you with an opportunity to buy great gifts and support students in need at the same time.

The Alumni Association is hosting marketplaces at the David Lam Campus Tuesday, Nov. 15, 9am-6pm and at the New Westminster Campus Wednesday, Nov. 16, 9am-6pm.

Vendors will be selling pottery, African art, jewellery, clothing, native art and crafts and much more. All money raised goes to support students in need.

For information, call Alumni Relations Coordinator Andrew Senjack at 6171. Read more...

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Keep a close eye on your electronic devices on campus!

This is a joint message from the New Westminster Police Service and Douglas College.

Keep your cell phone, BlackBerry, iPhone, iPad, laptop etc within your sight and within your reach at all times.

Don’t leave your valuables unattended, even if you’re just switching tables in class for group work or leaving your table to do a demo or presentation.

Our campuses are public, open and accessible. There are individuals who will enter our campus for no legitimate purpose and engage in opportunistic theft.

If you are suspicious of a person who enters your class or lab or appears to be loitering on campus, please call Campus Security to report your concerns: New Westminster Security 604 527 5405 David Lam Security 604 777 6254. Read more...

Douglas College Self Employment grad offers 'voluntours'

Chris Buckshaw offers his clients vacations with purpose.
Self Employment Program grad Chris Buckshaw has opened a tourism business with a twist. His concept is, "Change your life and the lives of others. Volunteer on your vacation this year."

A far cry from promoting resorts and all-inclusive deals, Chris's company, El Camino VolunTours, offers travellers the chance to volunteer in the developing world. Presently El Camino is offering 10- to 14-day trips to Central America to work on a variety of projects. Chris's plan is to expand into South America, Africa, Southeast Asia and India.

Travellers aren't the only ones noticing El Camino. The business will be mentioned in the next issue of Sophisticated Living Magazine. In the meantime, check out Chris's interview with jiggy.tv and a story about him and his biz in the Delta Optimist.

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Sunday, November 6, 2011

This week at Douglas: info sessions, theatre and more!

Here's what's happening at Douglas Nov. 7-12

Tuesday, Nov. 8

Career Exploration Workshop
New West Campus, Room 1222
10:30-12:30
The 2nd leg of this free group workshop is for students interested in learning more about possible careers. 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 counsellor.

Engaging Minds Speaker Series
New West Campus, Room 2201
5:15 lecture; 6:15 reception
Join John Patton, Associate Professor of Anthropology at California State University-Fullerton, for “Network altruism and cooperation within horticultural forager and hunter gather societies.” More info here.

Wednesday, Nov. 9

CGA information session
New West Campus, Room 2201
5-6:30pm
Interested in becoming an accountant or curious about a career in accounting? Join the Douglas College Business Association as they hold a Certified General Accountant Information Session. Speakers from Certified General Accountants (CGA) will be on campus to talk about the designation and how to obtain it. You must register at dcba-online.ca to attend. Pizza and pop will be served.

Thursday, Nov. 10

Info session: Study at the University of California, Riverside

Coquitlam Campus, Room B2020
11am-noon
Discover the secret behind the magic and success of Disney and at the same time earn a Certificate in Hospitality & Tourism, or a Certificate in Management from the University of California, Riverside, a top-ranked U.S. university. Contact Karen Ng for more info.

Saturday, Nov. 12

Jehanne of the Witches

New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
7:30pm
The departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology present Jehanne of the Witches By Sally Clark. Till Nov. 19. More info here.

Ongoing

Amelia Douglas Gallery presents Stratum

New West Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Works by painter Teressa L. Bernard and sculptor Nancy Brignall. Till Dec. 16. More info on the gallery's website.

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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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Douglas College offers TESL training this winter

Looking to become an ESL teacher? If so, you may be able to get training sooner than you thought.

This January, Douglas is offering its TESL program over the Winter Semester at the Coquitlam Campus. The program is normally offered during summers at the New West Campus, so this is an awesome opportunity for aspiring ESL teachers in the Tri-Cities to kick start a new career.

Info sessions are being held Nov. 15 and Dec. 6 at the Coquitlam Campus, 1250 Pinetree Way, and Nov. 17 and Dec. 1 at the New Westminster Campus.

For more details, see the Douglas College press release.


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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Help send Douglas College students to Uganda!


Hear awesome music, help raise funds to send Douglas College students to Uganda!

The Universal Gospel Choir is a multi-faith, multicultural community choir that has been supporting local social organizations since 1985. With the common goal of broadening understandings between cultures, on Friday, Dec. 9, the Union Gospel Choir will be partnering to raise funds with participants of Douglas College’s Uganda Project. The Uganda Project gives students the opportunity to travel abroad and learn, while contributing to a variety of relief agencies in their field of study.

Where: New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
When: Friday, Dec. 9, 6:30-7:30 refreshments and silent auction; 7:30-9:15 concert
Tickets: $18 (students), $25 (general public) available online through Massey Theatre ($2 service charge applies)

To learn more about the Uganda Project, check out the student blog.


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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Douglas College presents Health Sciences speaker series

Dr. Shafik Dharamsi lectures on "social accountability" Nov. 23
If you're interested in international health and are looking for an opportunity to network and collaborate with health professionals, you won't want to miss Douglas College's latest speaker series.
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