Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Should students pay more for 'useless' majors?

By Elizabeth McCausland


There has been a lot of discussion in U.S. higher education blogs about Florida Governor Rick Scott's proposal to freeze tuition at the state's colleges and universities for majors with high job-market demand—mainly in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and health fields—while increasing it in others. The Florida proposal aims to address both the shortage of skilled workers in some of these fields and the desire that students, their families and taxpayers have to see a return on their increasingly expensive investment in post-secondary education. There are a number of objections to Scott's approach, however.
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Friday, December 14, 2012

Co-occurring Disorders program opens student's eyes


By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

Photos by David Denofreo


Ask Ernie Cardinal how he is, and the Douglas College student will likely tell you, “It’s a good day to be indigenous.”

Ernie isn’t kidding. As a member of the Sucker Creek First Nation (which makes him Cree), from northern Alberta, Ernie is proud of his heritage and culture. He teaches as many people as possible about it through his job as a Family Strengthening Worker at Kla-how-eya Aboriginal Centre, a Surrey organization that promotes the health and wellness of Aboriginal people and the resurgence of their culture, language and teachings.
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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Royals score high: a look at last semester

Kate Weir was crowned PACWEST Female Golfer of the Year for the second season in a row.           Jerald Walliser photo

By Eliot James Dix


If you missed any Royals athletics action this semester, now’s the time to catch up. The soccer cleats and golf clubs have been put away for the season. But after the break, our badminton, volleyball and basketball players will be back swinging, spiking and dunking.
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

BSN grad wants to take nurses to the boardroom

David Denofreo photo

By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor


Raji Nibber wants to give nurses a stronger voice.

A goal of the Douglas College grad, an oncology nurse at the BC Cancer Agency, is to one day sit on the board of a hospital where she can represent nurses and make their views and opinions heard.

Raji points out that hospital boards are populated by doctors, accountants and lawyers – but almost never by nurses.

“Nurses make up most of the staff at hospitals,” she says. “We spend the most time with the patients, so we know what’s going on with them and we hear what they have to say. Giving a voice to nurses would also be giving a voice to patients.”

But before she can be an effective leader, Raji says she needs to learn more about how the healthcare system works, how the government funds it, policy-making in healthcare, etc. To that end, she is beginning the Master of Science in Nursing program at UBC in January and plans to get her PhD after that. She’s also looking at possibly combining her master’s degree with a degree in law.

“I want to become more informed so that if I am given the opportunity to represent nurses at the boardroom level, I’ll have a better idea of what I am talking about,” she says.

“I want to take nursing viewpoints to places they’re rarely heard.”

Find out more about the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Douglas on our website. 



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Monday, December 10, 2012

Ezra Kwizera: Finding forgiveness in song

Ezra Kwizera performs at the Music Technology program's final concert of the year. Photo: David Denofreo.

BY TRACEY DENOFREO, MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE


His childhood was full of instability, war and poverty. As a Rwandan refugee in Uganda, Ezra Kwizera has seen and survived hardships most of us can’t imagine.

“There was a time when I could see no hope for my life,” he says. “It was like there was a wall in front of me. I didn’t think I would see myself grow to be a man.”

 There was one constant in his life, however: music.

“My first memory of having music in my life was being five years old and singing at Sunday school,” he recalls. Since then he’s added dancer, guitar player, pianist, hand drummer and music producer to his list of talents.

Now an accomplished performer and producer, Ezra has performed in venues in North America, Africa and the United Kingdom. He recently graduated from the Music Technology program at Douglas College, which he credits with helping him become a better music producer.

His music is a combination of pop, reggae, soca and African dance hall, and he can be heard singing and rapping in English, Kinyarwanda, Luganda, Zulu and Swahili.

“When I sing, I want to make you dance and celebrate life at the same time!” he says.

Currently on a four-country tour of Africa - Uganda, Kenya, Burundi and Rwanda - Ezra’s message is all about love and forgiveness.

“I’m grateful for my past,” he says. “It has helped me in all aspects of life.” Read more...

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Health Fair burns more than 31,000 calories



By Naomi Ambrose, Douglife Student Marketing and Promotions Team


Standing in the concourse among the large crowd of Douglas College students and staff at the 2012 Douglas College Health Fair Nov. 21, I met Omar, an ESL student, as he proudly looked at his name on the board as a platinum donor. One of the primary objectives of the event, put on by Douglife, was to engage the college community to come together and burn 30,000 calories through a series of exercises on different equipment.
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Friday, December 7, 2012

Women’s basketball and the uncommon kid

Patti Olsen, co-captain of the Royals women's basketball team, helped bring new players up to speed this season.

By Eliot Dix James


What does it take to turn around a basketball team that hasn’t ranked nationally in over 15 years? You might say a coach who cracks the whip. Or a roster of the hottest players.

For coach Curtis Nelson of the Royals women’s team, though, the answer is more refined: the uncommon kid. Who is this rarified student athlete? Nelson explains, it’s someone who doesn’t say “Why do we have to this?” but instead, “Hey, why not?”
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Thursday, December 6, 2012

A tale of two McIlwraiths: Anthropology instructor follows in grandfather's footsteps

Anthropology instructor Tad McIlwraith's new book, We Are Still Didene, was published last month.

By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor


Tad McIlwraith never knew his grandfather, but the noted anthropologist – who died five years before Tad was born – left an indelible mark on his grandson. In some ways, they’ve led parallel lives.

For starters, they share the same name: Thomas F. McIlwraith (fifth and seventh respectively. Tad’s father, a cultural geographer, is the sixth). Both are anthropologists who spent time studying and working with indigenous peoples in B.C., the elder McIlwraith with the Nuxalk people in Bella Coola in the 1920s, and Tad - who is an Anthropology instructor at Douglas College - more recently with the Tahltan people of Iskut, in northern B.C.
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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Co-op work experience gives BBA Accounting students a boost

When you graduate from college, you want to stand out from the pack. One way to do this is by showing employers you’ve got work experience.

When you take the Bachelor of Business Administration program at Douglas, you need to show you have work experience in order to graduate. Many students choose to get that experience by doing a four-month co-op placement through the Douglas College Co-operative Education program. After completing the first half of a diploma or university transfer program, co-op students alternate semesters of classroom studies with semesters of paid, full-time employment.

Meet three Douglas BBA Accounting students who are doing just that: Bethany, who begins her co-op placement in January, and Curtis and Nasim, whose placement employers liked them so much, they hired them.

Bethany Hochstein
Placement date: January-April 2013
Employer: KNV Chartered Accountants
“I’m looking forward to everything about my co-op placement because accounting is my chosen career. It’s what I’ve been working so hard to do. I’m looking to get a CPA designation, and the recruiting process is pretty competitive. So I think co-op will give me an edge on other applicants. I just feel so lucky to be able to do this and can’t wait to begin working as an accountant and seeing what it’s like.”

Curtis McAndrew
Placement date: September-December 2012 (will be hired)
Employer: The Kemp Harvey Group
“My background is in customer service, so I figured doing a co-op would be a great way to get experience in accounting. And then I’ll have that experience on my resume as well, which I think will definitely help me find work. I recommend the co-op program for anyone doing their BBA, because it gives you a leg up on graduates who don’t have that experience.”

Nasim Sarafraz-Shekair
Placement date: Began in January 2011, since hired
Employer: BC Hydro
“Doing a co-op placement was the best decision I’ve made in my career. Before BC Hydro I was working as a hotel manager, but wasn’t getting enough exposure to the accounting side of the business. Through my co-op at BC Hydro Construction Services, I learned the procurement process, the invoice payment system, how to create a contract, how to process a time sheet, how to process credit card expenses and more. That opened up a door, because when Hydro needed to actually hire someone, they decided to go with someone who already knew the processes – me. I am 32 years old, immigrated to Canada nine years ago and have a very active five-year-old. If I can do it, so can you!”

Find out more about the Douglas College Co-operative Education program on our website.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Remembering the victims of the Montreal Massacre Thursday

In commemoration of National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, this Thursday the Douglas College Women's Centre is putting on a series of events that are open to the public.

Thursday, Dec. 6
New West Campus, lecture theatre 2203
2-5:30pm


First up, the Women's Centre and Co-op Radio's The F Word present a screening of the award-winning The Invisible War, a groundbreaking investigative documentary about one of America's most shameful and best-kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military.

The film will be followed by an open discussion with WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre about the film and violence against women. It's an opportunity to talk about these issues with members and leaders of the community and with organizations involved in women's rights and violence against women.

There will also be speakers at the event:

  • Blaine Jensen, Vice President of Douglas College
  • Dawn Black, MLA of New Westminster (the MLA who proposed in parliament to make Dec. 6 a national day of remembrance)
  • Judy Darcy, NDP Candidate for MLA of New Westminster 

And finally, a moment of silence to remember victims of the Montreal Massacre and victims of violence against women.

This event will have ASL interpreters. It is open to the public and admission is by donation. For more info visit the Facebook event page.

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Richard Petrus: Future sales star

Richard Petrus, Marketing Management student, is keeping his eye on the ball. Photo: David Denofreo

By Tracey Denofreo, Marketing and Communications Office

First-year Marketing Management student Richard Petrus has big dreams.

“I’ve always wanted to be a sales representative. I like the challenge,” he says. “I just have entry-level experience right now, but I want to do big business, selling to big corporations or even countries.”

Originally from Namibia, South Africa, Richard moved to Canada in 2011 when his mother, who was already here, told him about the opportunities he could take advantage of to complete his education.

“Marketing and communications are the two things that interest me the most,” he says. “My favourite class at Douglas is Personal Selling. We get to be creative and give lots of presentations.”

Moving to British Columbia presented some challenges for Richard. “I wasn’t used to the weather, I got lost a lot – my country is very small – and I didn’t know anyone,” he says. He managed to fix the last two with one smart move.

“I joined the Vancouver United soccer club,” he says. “I love soccer. It helped me make friends and get to know this place because we travel all around.”

One of his biggest dreams is to somehow combine soccer and sales.

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Sunday, December 2, 2012

This week at Douglas: Learn about our Audio Engineering program and more!

Here's what's happening at Douglas Dec. 3-9:


Wednesday, Dec. 5


Audio Engineering info session
New West Campus, room 32205:30-6pm
Join Dan Cardona, audio engineer and instructor, for a FREE information session about the Audio Engineering program at the Douglas College Community Music School. Sign up by email.


Ongoing
Needle Doodle 
New West Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Till Jan. 4
Works by Elizabeth Carefoot. Free. More info on the gallery's web page.
Got an event you want listed? See douglascollege.ca/events.

See more upcoming Douglas College events in the Douglas College Events Calendar.

Want more timely updates? Join Douglas College on Facebook!


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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Commerce & Business grad takes his training to the bank


By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor


Jon Adams describes himself as half banker, half entrepreneur.

A graduate of the Douglas College Commerce and Business Administration program, Jon is manager at the new RBC Retail Store in Port Coquitlam’s Fremont Village Shopping Centre.

Not your typical bank, RBC Retail Stores welcome clients and non-clients to drop in, browse and learn about the products RBC offers. It’s a new style of banking that’s a far cry from the transactional model where clients come in and a teller asks, ‘How can I help you?’
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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Steph Toth: Defining her own career

Steph Toth, social justice advocate and creative writing student.
Photo: David Denofreo

By Tracey Denofreo, Marketing & Communications Office


She’s volunteered in the Downtown East Side of Vancouver, the South Bronx in New York, and a Manhattan soup kitchen. She’s written poetry and prose, and has participated in slam poetry and spoken word events. She’s also the volunteer coordinator for Christmas Haven, a Maple Ridge group that provides a Christmas Eve gathering for people who would otherwise be alone.

Now, she’s bringing all of her experience together into a new career.

“I’ve always loved writing and social justice but was afraid that if I did what I loved for a living it would ruin it for me,” says Stephanie Toth. “After working full-time and hating the job, I realized that the answer was staring me right in the face. I thought, ‘Just go for it!’”

Steph is currently finishing up her Associate of Arts in Creative Writing at Douglas, and will be transferring to the University of Victoria next year where she’ll pursue a Degree in Creative Writing with a minor in Social Justice.

 “The roots of spoken word and Def poetry are in social advocacy, so I’m going to find a way to incorporate that into what I do,” she says.

She credits her instructors at Douglas with giving her the confidence she needed to move forward.

Elizabeth Bachinsky was a big inspiration,” she says. “She writes, edits, speaks and teaches. That’s when I realized that type of lifestyle really appealed to me – the knitting together of several careers.”

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Health sciences and paramedic students team up for better patient care

By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor


An elderly woman falls at Douglas College. Health Care Support Worker students rush to her side, and soon paramedics are on the scene to treat the woman and take her safely to hospital, where she's attended to by ER nurses.

It's not exactly a plot line for Grey's Anatomy, but for Health Sciences students at Douglas and primary care paramedic students from the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC), it was an invaluable chance to learn how to collaborate in health emergencies and mental health crises.
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Monday, November 26, 2012

Want to work at Douglas? Get the info you need Wednesday

By Mary Aaron, Manager, New People and Jobs

Are you wondering what it would be like to work at Douglas College? Are you a Douglas employee looking to take your career in a new direction? 

This Wednesday you can talk directly to reps from our Human Resources department at the BC Jobs Job Fair at the Coquitlam Campus! HR will be hosting a table the fair and invites you to stop by with any questions you have about working at Douglas.

Wednesday, Nov. 28
noon-7pm
Coquitlam Campus, atrium



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Saturday, November 24, 2012

This week at Douglas: concerts galore, study in wales, alumni marketplace and more!


Here's what's happening at Douglas Nov. 26-Dec. 2

Monday, Nov. 26


Alumni Marketplace
Coquitlam Campus, atrium
9am-7p
Buy great gifts and support students in need at the same time. Vendors will be selling Tupperware, South American art, jewellery, clothing, cosmetics, candles, arts and crafts and much more. Proceeds from table rentals go to support the Alumni Bursary. More info: email Andrew Senjack

An Evening of Jazz
New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
7:30-9pm
The Music Department presents An Evening of Jazz, featuring the Douglas College Night Band led by Blair Fisher and the Douglas College Jazz Dues Band led by John van Deursen. Admission $10, seniors $5, students free. More info: Arts Events
Wednesday, Nov. 28

Alumni Marketplace
New West Campus, concourse
9am-7p
Buy great gifts and support students in need at the same time. Vendors will be selling Tupperware, South American art, jewellery, clothing, cosmetics, candles, arts and crafts and much more. Proceeds from table rentals go to support the Alumni Bursary. More info: email Andrew Senjack

Music for Winds, Brass and Percussion
New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
7:30-9pm
The Music Department presents Music for Winds, Brass and Percussion featuring the Douglas College Concert Band and Percussion Ensemble. Admission $10, seniors $5, students free. More info: Arts Events


Thursday, Nov. 29


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

Wales field school info session
New West Campus, room 2804
12:30-1:30pm
Earn 9 credits in 8 weeks; live, study and travel in Wales! Program dates: May 6-July 1. More info: contact Karen Ng.

Friday, Nov. 30


Royals basketball
New West Campus, gym
Women 6pm, Men 8pm
Douglas takes on Quest. More info: Royals website

Student Composition Concert
New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
7-9pm The Music Department presents Student Composition Concert featuring newly composed works by Douglas College students, directed by Doug Smith. Free admission. More info: Arts Events

Saturday, Dec. 1


Royals basketball
New West Campus, gym
Women 6pm, Men 8pm
Douglas takes on Capilano. More info: Royals website

Ongoing

Needle Doodle 
New West Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Till Jan. 4
Works by Elizabeth Carefoot. Free. More info on the gallery's web page.
Got an event you want listed? See douglascollege.ca/events.

See more upcoming Douglas College events in the Douglas College Events Calendar.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Child and Youth Care student helps at-risk teens succeed

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By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

Cindy A. says the best part of her job is building relationships with kids and seeing them succeed.

The Douglas College Child and Youth Care student works with at-risk teenagers – at-risk meaning they may be struggling with drug problems, family issues, relationships, peers, school, mental health issues or other concerns – at a high school in Surrey.

“I’m here to support them, counsel them and help them make positive choices and support them as needed,” Cindy says.
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Sunday, November 18, 2012

This week at Douglas: Donate your calories, study in Wales, cheer on the Royals and more!

Here's what's happening at Douglas College Nov. 19-25: 

Wednesday, Nov. 21


Health and Wellness Expo
New West Campus,
noon-3pm

Join Doug Life for this 2nd annual health fair, which emphasizes the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. Help burn 30,000 calories in one day! More info: Doug Life

Literature Alive with Susan McCaslin
New West Campus, room 3347
12:30-1:30pm

Come hear Susan McCaslin, poet and Faculty Emeritus of Douglas College where she taught English and Creative Writing for 23 years. She is the author of 10 volumes of poetry, including her most recent, Demeter Goes Skydiving. More info: Arts Events

Audio Engineering info session
New West Campus, room 3220
5:30-6pm

Join Dan Cardona, audio engineer and instructor, for a FREE information session about the Audio Engineering program at the Douglas College Community Music School. Sign up by email.

Thursday, Nov. 22


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


Friday, Nov. 23


Wales field school info session
Coquitlam Campus, room A1130
3:30-4:30pm
Earn 9 credits in 8 weeks; live, study and travel in Wales! Program dates: May 6-July 1. More info: contact Karen Ng.

Royals basketball
New West Campus, Gym
6pm (women); 8pm (men)
Douglas takes on Langara. More info: Royals website

Douglas College Choirs in Concert
New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
7:30-8:30pm
The Music Department presents Douglas College Choirs in Concert Featuring the Douglas College Choral Society, Chorus and Chorale, led by Eric Hannan. Admission $15, seniors $10, students free. More info: Arts Events

Ongoing


Needle Doodle 
New West Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Till Jan. 4
Works by Elizabeth Carefoot. Free. More info on the gallery's web page.
Got an event you want listed? See douglascollege.ca/events.

See more upcoming Douglas College events in the Douglas College Events Calendar.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

The wonderful world of Tomson Highway


Award-winning playwright, author and pianist Tomson Highway performed at Douglas College last week to a packed house. Highway - whose play The Rez Sisters runs at the New West Campus till Saturday - took a few minutes to chat with doug about his love of languages, his hatred of being told what to do and exactly who should be mounting his plays.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Chemistry student takes it slow and steady

David Denofreo photo

By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

Got a big goal but scared you won’t meet it? Natasha Ali understands. If the Chemistry student were to star in the fable of the hare and the tortoise, she’d be the tortoise. In high school, she had a tough time keeping up with the boys, who dominated her chemistry class.

“They were very fast,” she recalls, “and I was intimidated. They were so good with numbers and could do calculations quickly. I could do them, too, but I was slower.”

But soon Natasha came to realize that a flashy performance didn’t always translate into good marks. “The boys looked like they were doing well, but some actually weren’t. They were rushing through.”

Natasha brought her methodical approach to Douglas, where she won a national chemistry award. She’s taken two years of chemistry here and is heading off to UBC, where she plans to get a bachelor of education degree before entering medicine or pharmaceutical sciences.

She’s got a long and challenging road ahead, but any time she feels overwhelmed, she remembers the wisdom of the tortoise. “I know my goal is long-term – it can’t happen overnight. I focus on each day as it comes and try not to think about the next stage. And I know that I’m going to be just fine.”

Find out more about studying Chemistry at Douglas College on our website. Read more inspiring stories about our students and instructors in our new viewbook.

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Need to prove you're a Douglas student? It's easy!

Jerald Walliser photo
Have you ever been asked by your employer, bank or other institution to prove you are a student at Douglas College? The document you must provide is called a Verification of Enrolment (VOE).

Now, you can print a VOE directly from the Douglas College website. (Before, the only way you could get this info was by visiting the Registrar’s Office in person.)

Why would I need a VOE?


You need a VOE to access money from an RESP, for medical insurance purposes, to get a child care subsidy, for a trust fund money release and for many other reasons.

How do I print my VOE?


1. Log in at douglascollege.ca/apply (under “My account”)

2. Select “Student Records”

3. Select “View/Print Documents & Letters”

4. Select the Verification of Enrolment document type i.e., with or without fees*

5. Select a term

6. Click “Continue”

7. On the window toolbar, select “File” and then “Print”


* A Verification of Enrolment with fees is required for RESPs

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

This week at Douglas: see a film premiere, play basketball, learn about the music biz and more!

Here's what's happening at Douglas College  Nov. 12-18:

Thursday, Nov. 15


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

Premiere screening: Consciousness
Coquitlam Campus, room A1470
7pm-8pm
Consciousness tells the story of Dr. Ralph Arrowsmith, a mid-20th century psychiatrist with a life-long connection to Coquitlam’s Riverview Hospital, a mental institution that opened in 1913 and closed last summer. Q+A and refreshments to follow. Free. More info: doug

Friday, Nov. 16


Kings Court Basketball
New West Campus, Gym
3:30-6pm
More info: Doug Life

Saturday, Nov. 17


Music Business info session
New West Campus, room 3343
4-5pm
Join music industry veteran and instructor Graham Way for a FREE Information session about the Music Business program "Your Career in Music" at the Douglas College Community Music School. Register by email.

Ongoing


Needle Doodle 
New West Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Till Jan. 4
Works by Elizabeth Carefoot. Free. More info on the gallery's web page.

The Rez Sisters 
New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre 
Till Nov. 17
The departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology present The Rez Sisters, play by Tomson Highway directed by Deborah Neville. Admission $12, students and seniors $8. Showtimes and tickets: Massey Theatre, 604 521 5050. More info: doug

Got an event you want listed? See douglascollege.ca/events.

See more upcoming Douglas College events in the Douglas College Events Calendar.

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Test your brain; support the Uganda Project at Quiz Night Nov. 22!

Think you know it all - or at least enough to be a trivia champ?

Douglas College is holding its second annual quiz night Thursday, Nov. 22. This is your chance to show off what you know and support a great cause - the Uganda Project - at the same time.

What you need to do


  • Put together a team of 4 people - the event is open to students, employees and community members. (If you're a single, no worries - just show up and you can team up with other singles)

  • Buy your tickets ($20 per person) from the Douglas College Library or from Janice Spencer or Diana Stewart. All proceeds go toward helping sending Douglas students to Uganda.

You'll also have the chance to win prizes and shop the silent auction table.

Costumes are encouraged; smartphones are not - so leave 'em at home!

Thursday, Nov. 22
6:30-9:30pm
Douglas Room (lower cafeteria)
New West Campus

For more information, email Janice Spencer.

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Elizabeth Bachinsky launches new book Nov. 17

English instructor Elizabeth Bachinsky is launching her new book, I Don't Feel So Good, with musical guests Jamie Cullen, Morgan Greenwood, and TOTAL ICE (featuring Don L'Orange from The Doers).

I Don't Feel So Good is comprised of material selected from Elizabeth's handwritten journals and notes. Lines and passages were selected by the roll of a die and appear in the order the die saw fit. In blending confessional and procedural techniques with disjunctive chronology and random chance, this book explores and exacerbates possibilities of the narrative mode both within the text and for the reader. It is not so much "written" as "received."

All proceeds from the night and the sale of the print run go to the Chris Reimer Legacy Fund Society, a scholarship fund for young artists.

Saturday, Nov. 17, 8-10pm
W2 Media Café
111 W. Hastings St., Vancouver
Tickets: $20 (includes copy of book) 

For more information please visit the event's Facebook page.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Douglas stages classic First Nations play – sans First Nations actors


By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

Looking for a little enlightenment in your entertainment? How about possible controversy? If this sounds intriguing, come see The Rez Sisters Nov. 9-17 at Douglas. 

Written by Cree playwright Tomson HighwayThe Rez Sisters about seven women, each wrestling with personal demons, on a native reserve in Ontario, who dream of attending (and winning) "The Biggest Bingo in the World." It is of one of the most famous and influential First Nations plays in Canada.

Douglas is putting on the play using a cast of almost exclusively non-aboriginal actors. This is where the "possible controversy" comes in.

First performed 1986, The Rez Sisters opened to critical acclaim and sold-out houses. But since then it has rarely been staged, notes Deborah Neville, director, because many theatres are afraid to take the risk of casting non-aboriginal actors in aboriginal roles.

"There was this slippery feeling that you needed to cast First Nations people in order to get the proper First Nations voice," Deborah says. So there was this dry period where this beautiful thing went on ice because nobody would touch it."

Two of the actors and the set and costume designer in the Douglas College production have some aboriginal lineage. The rest are non-aboriginal. To prepare for the production, Deborah and the cast have been doing historical research, meeting with aboriginal groups to become more familiar with First Nations cultures, learn some dance and take a crash course in Cree.

Deborah says she had no qualms using a colour-blind cast.

"I watched an interview with Tomson Highway where he was encouraging non-aboriginal theatre companies to ‘get on it, put the play up, do it.' For me, that was my way in. It was permission."

Deborah says theatre is, more importantly, about "digging around and finding out who people are, and why."

"That's the reason I go to the theatre - to get a deeper understanding of what it's like to be somebody else, someone whose life is perhaps very different to mine, and to really experience life through their eyes. It's quite simply, and perhaps quite profoundly, a chance for one human to understand another."

The Rez Sisters runs Nov. 9-17 at Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre, Douglas College, 700 Royal Ave., New Westminster. Tickets ($8-$12) are available through the Massey Theatre, 604 521 5050.


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Monday, November 5, 2012

English instructor meets students where they're at

Brenna Clarke Gray (middle) helps you make real-life connections in the study of literature.  
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Do you have bad memories of high school English class? So much that you're dreading taking English at college? Have no fear, because Douglas English instructor Brenna Clarke Gray speaks your language. A lover of new technologies and different ways of learning, Brenna will help you find your way into the study of literature at a level you can appreciate. 

A text is a text is a text 

“I like to start the semester with TV shows or graphic novels or films," she says. "I find the same student who is super nervous about discussing a theme when it’s in something scary like a poem or a novel can talk about it fluently when they’ve seen it in a TV show or read it in a graphic novel. If students can recognize something in one kind of text, they are totally capable of doing it in another.” 

Email is so 2000 

“For our students, email is how you get in touch with Mom and Dad, how you get info from your bank and stuff. I find Facebook and Twitter are about meeting students where they’re at. Rather than sitting here waiting for them to reach out by email, they might send me a quick tweet that says, ‘Hey, I’m confused about this reading.’” 

Beyond the classroom 

“I set up course groups on Facebook, which means students have a common place they can go to discuss course issues. The best is when they say, ‘I just saw a funny video on Youtube and it reminded me of this main character we’re talking about.’ Making those real life connections is what the study of literature is all about.” 

Brenna assigns her students to post articles on Wikipedia. Find out how it makes them more conscious writers in a story we published last year.

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

This week at Douglas: Douglas hosts the CCAA Men's Soccer Nationals, The Rez Sisters premieres and more!

Here's what's happening at Douglas College Nov. 5-11:


Tuesday, Nov. 6


Tomson Highway
New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
7:30pm
The Cree author of award-winning plays The Rez Sisters and Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing and novel Kiss of the Fur Queen takes to the stage for an evening of song, storytelling and more. Free. More info on doug; email Nassi Soofi to reserve seats.

Wednesday, Nov. 7


CCAA Men's Soccer Nationals

Cunnings Field, Town Centre Park, Coquitlam
Teams from across Canada - including the Royals, who recently won the provincial championship - square off for the nationals. More info: CCAA website

Audio Engineering info session
New West Campus, room 3220
5:30-6pm
Join Dan Cardona, audio engineer and instructor, for a FREE information session about the Audio Engineering program at the Douglas College Community Music School.

Thursday, Nov. 8


CCAA Men's Soccer Nationals
Cunnings Field, Town Centre Park, Coquitlam
Teams from across Canada - including the Royals, who recently won the provincial championship - square off for the nationals. More info: CCAA website

Needle Doodle - opening reception
New West Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
4:30-6:30pm
Works by Elizabeth Carefoot. Free. More info on the gallery's web page.

Friday, Nov. 9


CCAA Men's Soccer Nationals
Cunnings Field, Town Centre Park, Coquitlam
Teams from across Canada - including the Royals, who recently won the provincial championship - square off for the nationals. More info: CCAA website

Needle Doodle - artist's talk
New West Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
10am
Works by Elizabeth Carefoot. Free. More info on the gallery's web page.

The Rez Sisters - opening night
New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
Till Nov. 17
The departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology present The Rez Sisters, play by Tomson Highway directed by Deborah Neville. Admission $12, students and seniors $8. Showtimes and tickets: Massey Theatre, 604 521 5050.

Career planning workshop
Coquitlam Campus
2:30-4:30pm
Curious about how your interests match with different careers? Want to learn strategies for career planning and complete an interest inventory? Come to this FREE interactive workshop.  

Royals basketball 
New West Campus, Gym 
6pm (women); 8pm (men) 
Douglas takes on Vancouver Island University. More info: Royals website

Saturday, Nov. 10


CCAA Men's Soccer Nationals
Cunnings Field, Town Centre Park, Coquitlam
Teams from across Canada - including the Royals, who recently won the provincial championship - square off for the nationals. More info: CCAA website

Ongoing


Dangerous Corner
New West Campus, Studio Theatre
Till Nov. 10
The departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology present Dangerous Corner, a play by J. B. Priestley directed by Thrasso Petras. Admission $12, students and seniors $8. Showtimes and tickets:Massey Theatre, 604 521 5050 More info: Arts Events 

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Friday, November 2, 2012

Should marijuana be legalized? Most B.C.ers say 'yes'


Three quarters of British Columbians now think marijuana should be legalized, a new Angus Reid poll reports. Read what Douglas instructor and former B.C. attorney general Graeme Bowbrick had to say about the issue on doug last winter - and tell us what YOU think!


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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Peter Legge Institute ushers in new attitude toward sales: BC Business


Images by Chris Borchert

Originally published as a promotional feature in the November 2012 edition of BC Business


A Boost in Sales: The Peter Legge Institute for Sales Excellence at Douglas College Ushers in a New Attitude Toward Sales


By Robin Brunet 

Pick any profession or trade: from brain surgery to plumbing, formal schooling is required of anyone seeking a career. Extensive on-the-job training usually follows, along with an ongoing adherence to rigorous standards in the workplace.

This isn’t the case with sales, however, and this is a major point of concern for Nathalie Roemer.

“Sales isn’t regarded with the professionalism it merits,” she says. “Good salespeople often generate more revenue and make more income than anyone else in the companies they work for, and yet they’re often regarded as minions.”
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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Dangerous Corner offers intrigue, suspense and a healthy dose of ‘what if?’

By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

When a chance remark at a high-society dinner reveals a web of dark secrets, the consequences are devastating for the guests. But what if the remark had never been made?

J.B. Priestley's Dangerous Corner, the latest production by the Douglas College Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology departments (Nov. 2-10), follows a group of wealthy connected friends who come together for a party in the early 1930s. A single remark by the hostess leads to tragedy after it sparks a revelation of painful secrets around a suicide, embezzlement and betrayal - in which all the guests are involved.

But near the end of the play, time moves back to the beginning of the evening. The remark is not made, and the "dangerous corner" is avoided.

Thrasso Petras, director, says it's this small alteration that makes Dangerous Corner - a play of intrigue and suspense - more than just a parlour-room drama or murder mystery.

"It's not just a scandalous little piece of theatre," he says. "It makes us think. We talk to people all the time, and who knows what we're not getting from them? When we talk to someone at the right time in the right place and in the right mood, we can have a completely different conversation. They might suddenly reveal something to us."

Petras says he decided to set the play in its original time period because the things the characters reveal - matters of sexuality, for instance - would not be shocking in modern society.

"Others have tried to make it contemporary, but it doesn't really work. There is something about the 1930s, where people tried to hide things about themselves much more consciously. There were very specific consequences surrounding how people chose to live their lives."

Dangerous Corner runs Nov. 2-10 at the Studio Theatre, Douglas College, 4100-700 Royal Ave., New Westminster. Tickets ($8-$12) are available through the Massey Theatre, 604 521 5050.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Animal Health Technology grad lands job at integrated health clinic

Kate Burkmar examines a three-legged patient during her student days at Douglas. David Denofreo photo
Love animals? Thinking you might like a career working with them? Then read on: Kate Burkmar, a recent grad of the Animal Health Technology (AHT) program at Douglas, talks about her education, her new dream job and her initial qualms about working with critters.

Currently

Registered Animal Health Technologist at Mosquito Creek Veterinary Hospital, which uses an integrated approach combining western medicine with Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat patients.
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Monday, October 29, 2012

Asylum film premieres at Coquitlam Campus Nov. 15

A psychiatrist escorts a patient to Riverview's Crease Clinic in a staged photo taken in the 1950s by the hospital's photography and film department. 
If most of your knowledge about asylums comes from movies like Shutter Island and The Ward, come get the real story with Consciousness, a short film premiering at Douglas College next month.

Thursday, Nov. 15, 7pm 
Room A1470, Coquitlam Campus 
Everyone welcome 
No registration or RSVP required 

Produced by Douglas Criminology instructor Heidi Currie and Anna Tremere of the Riverview Hospital Historical Society, and directed by local filmmaker lisa g, Consciousness tells the story of Dr. Ralph Arrowsmith, a mid-20th century psychiatrist with a life-long connection to Coquitlam’s Riverview Hospital, a mental institution that opened in 1913 and closed last summer.

Heidi says that while popular impressions about asylums are overblown, asylums could be, in fact, terrifying places.

“People like it to be scary. And it is kind of scary. In this film we have this loving, wonderful, even endearing psychiatrist who tells his story, but underneath, as he describes his years at the hospital, are jolting examples of what sometimes made it a terrifying place.”

Dr. Arrowsmith, who was passionate about the psychiatric movement and deeply committed to his patients, recounts his years of practice with frank discussions of the treatment and perception of the mentally ill at the iconic mental hospital, from the peak of the institutional movement through deinstitutionalization.

“To hear from somebody who spent his professional life at Riverview and became medical director there is fascinating, because the asylum system no longer exists,” says Heidi. "This film gives us insight into the real hospital, that goes beyond stereotypes.”

Featuring archival film and photography combined with re-creation footage, Consciousness is part three of the Riverview Hospital Story Project. Watch the first part, Asylum, and the second part, Bedlam, on Vimeo.

The film runs 25 minutes. A Q+A and refreshments will follow. Heidi is hosting the event, with lisa g, Anna Tremere and Dr. Ralph Arrowsmith in attendance.

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

This week at Douglas: cheer on the Lions, see Dangerous Corner, study in California and more!

Here's what's happening at Douglas College Oct. 29-Nov. 4:


Wednesday, Oct. 31


Study at the University of California, Riverside - info session
Coquitlam Campus, room A1470
10:30-1:30am
Discover the secret behind the magic and success of Disney! 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. Program dates: June 29-Dec. 6, 2013. More info: Contact Karen Ng, Douglas International

Thursday, Nov. 1


Rhythm Stories - closing reception
New West Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
7-9pm
Paintings by Nyla Sunga. Musical guests, hors d'oeuvres, cash bar. More info on the gallery's web page.

Friday, Nov. 2


Dangerous Corner - opening night
New West Campus, Studio Theatre
7:30
The departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology present Dangerous Corner, a play by J. B. Priestley directed by Thrasso Petras. Till Nov. 10. Admission $12, students and seniors $8. Showtimes and tickets: Massey Theatre, 604 521 5050 More info: Arts Events

Royals basketball
Location: see Doug Life
6-10pm (women: 6pm; men 8pm)
Douglas takes on Langara. More info: Doug Life

Royals volleyball
New West Campus, Gym
6-10pm (women: 6pm; men: 7:45pm)
Douglas takes on Vancouver Island U. More info: Doug Life

Saturday, Nov. 3


Royals volleyball
New West Campus, Gym
1-5pm (women: 1pm; men: 2:45pm)
The Royals take on Vancouver Island U. More info: Doug Life

BC Lions Student Night BC Place
7-10pm
Following their 2011 Grey Cup victory, the BC Lions are having another fantastic season and are a favourite to win the Grey Cup. Be there as Douglas College sends its own pride to join the Lions and cheer them on in their pursuit of greatness. Tickets: $25 for students. More info: Doug Life

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Peer tutor helps you find your feet

Negina Khalil (front) helps you hone your study skills and get through your first year of college at Douglas.                                                                                                          David Denofreo photo
By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

As a peer tutor at the Douglas College Learning Centre, Negina Khalil loves helping her fellow students hone their study habits and improve their writing skills. But for Negina, tutoring goes way beyond sitting down with you and your books once a week. She knows the transition to college can be confusing – she’s been there – so she’s here to help you navigate through your first year and figure things out.

“I remember when I was new here. I didn’t know the little things that I now take for granted, like how to cite sources in an essay," she says. "We never did that in high school. Or even things like, should I be recording my class lectures? I’d always be emailing my professors, and I felt like I was bugging them.

“So it’s nice to have other students to talk to who’ve been in the same position. It’s one thing hearing it from a parent or an instructor. But if you can talk to another student who’s taken the same class – maybe even with the same instructor – they can walk you through it. I think that’s really helpful.”

Find out more about peer tutoring Douglas College by visiting the Learning Centre's web page. Read more inspiring stories about our students and instructors in our new viewbook.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Creative Writing instructor's poetry adapted to theatre

By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

When the Electric Company theatre troupe approached Elizabeth Bachinsky about adapting a book of her poetry, God of Missed Connections, to a theatrical production, the Douglas College Creating Writing instructor gave them her blessing and free rein to do what they pleased.

So they did. Part installation art, part drama, Initiation Trilogy, which runs till Sunday, Oct. 28 at Granville Island, is an interactive show that adapts the work of three local poets (Marita Dachsel and Jennica Harper are the others). Audiences are split into groups and taken to different stations to experience the stories of the poems.

In The God of Missed Connections, Elizabeth, whose heritage is Ukrainian, explores the bloody history of the Ukraine and a century of cultural assimilation of its people in the West. She says she was surprised and overwhelmed with what the Electric Company did with her work.

"It's spectacular and so moving" she says. "I hadn't thought of this particular book appearing in that way, but I did think about the collection as a curated art show. I was thinking about each piece in the book as a different piece, almost like I wanted to have the reader have the experience of looking at something on a wall, and they really capture that in this trilogy."

"Some of the imagery that appears in the poetry that they've recreated is indescribably arresting," she adds. I don't want to give away too much, but you leave having had an experience. You feel stuff. And it resonates."

Initiation Trilogy runs till Sunday, Oct. 28, as part of the Vancouver International Writers Festival at Granville Island.

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Monday, October 22, 2012

The advantages of a college education

By Eric Glanville, Office for New Students

Making a decision about where to begin your post-secondary education is one of the most exciting (and nerve-wracking) decisions that most of you will ever undertake. In B.C., we're lucky to have a wide variety of colleges, institutes and universities to choose from. But the plethora of options can be overwhelming, and I'm often asked, “What’s the best school?"

This is a little like asking, “What's the best car?"  The answer depends on your specific needs, goals and values. But whether you're looking for a certificate, diploma, degree or post-degree diploma, there are some real advantages to starting your educational journey at a college. Here are three:
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Sunday, October 21, 2012

This week at Douglas: See The Nutcracker and more!

Here's what's happening at Douglas Oct. 22-28:


Thursday, Oct. 25


The Nutcracker
New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Threatre
1pm
The Arts at One presents introduction to Goh Ballet's the Nutcracker, featuring award-winning dancers of the Goh Ballet. Free. More info: Arts Events

Friday, Oct. 26


Royals volleyball
New West Campus, Gym
6pm (women); 7:45pm (men)
Douglas takes on Columbia Bible College. More info: Doug life.

Ongoing


Rhythm Stories 
New West Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Till Nov. 2
Paintings by Nyla Sunga. More info on the gallery's web page.

Got an event you want listed? See douglascollege.ca/events.

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