Thursday, August 30, 2012

Come celebrate Douglas instructor's book launch

John Vigna, Creative Writing and Print Futures instructor, has written a book of short fiction - and you're invited to the launch!

Come celebrate John's first story collection, Bull Head -  a book of "gripping, tough-hearted stories about the peculiar failings of men" - Sept. 19. The evening promises "beer, bourbon and a mechanical bull" - which is available to ride.

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 7:30-11pm
The Bourbon
50 W. Cordova St., Vancouver
Free admission (sorry, no minors)

For more info, visit the Facebook event page.


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Douglas hosts free screening of Argentinian film

As part of the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival, Douglas will be showing a free screening of the award-winning film A Chinese Tale (Un cuento chino) Wednesday, Sept. 5, 7pm, in the Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre, New West Campus.

The film is from Argentinian director Sebastián Borensztein and is in Spanish and Mandarin with English subtitles.

For over 20 years, introverted hardware store owner Roberto (Ricardo Darín of the Oscar-winning The Secret in Their Eyes) has lived virtually shut off from the outside world. Roberto’s orderly yet lonely existence is disrupted when Jun, a young man from China, stumbles onto his path. Jun has just landed in Buenos Aires in search of his uncle, his only living relative, but does not speak a word of Spanish. Roberto suddenly finds himself custodian of this stranger as he is unwillingly caught up in Jun’s predicament. 

In this funny and heartwarming tale, destiny’s intersections are many, and they may even divulge the film’s curious opening sequence of a cow falling from the sky.

For more information on A Chinese Tale, watch the the trailer.


Monday, August 27, 2012

Now transfer more easily from university to Douglas!

By Anne MacMillan, Associate Registrar

If you've taken courses at a university or another college and are wondering if and how they transfer to Douglas, we've got good news: You can now use the BC Transfer Guide to determine exactly that.

That's because Douglas College has been named a "receiving" institution by the British Columbia Council on Admissions & Transfer (BCCAT). As a receiving institution, Douglas receives articulation requests for newly created courses from universities and other colleges. Douglas then determines if an equivalency exists between the new courses and Douglas courses. The equivalencies will be published in the BC Transfer Guide.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Come to the Douglas College Fall Fair!

Looking for a weekend event the whole family can enjoy? Then come on down to the Douglas College Fall Fair Saturday, Sept. 8!

The Fall Fair is an outdoor family fair showcasing the Douglas College Coquitlam Campus and Tri-Cities community groups. Enjoy bands, sports activities, games and crafts for children, educational stations, interactive displays, a caricature artist and a farmers' market. There will also be a barbecue, bouncy castle, a badminton demo for kids and a gas-powered mini car provided by Kal Tire that the tykes can sit in (but not drive).

 Admission is free. Exhibitors pay a small fee, with all proceeds going to student aid.

 The Fall Fair takes place Saturday, Sept. 8, 10am-2pm, at the Coquitlam Campus, 1250 Pinetree Way.


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Immigrant doctors get residencies with help from Skills Connect program

Behzad Ansari, an immigrant doctor from Iran, says his family's support played a key role in his success in securing a residency in B.C.

By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

When Pedro Jara Villarroel left Chile for Canada in 2009, the general practitioner thought he’d soon be working as a doctor in his newly adopted country. Having only a general idea of the challenges immigrant doctors – or International Medical Graduates (IMGs) – face getting a residency in Canada, he was floored when he discovered the wait would be much longer.

“Soon after I arrived, I realized my expectations were unrealistic,” he says.

First, he had to improve his English. He spent two and a half years studying English while studying for his qualifying exams in medicine. Not an easy thing to do when you’ve got two small kids at home. To make ends meet, he and his wife – also an IMG from Chile – and their children lived with his wife’s parents. Fortunately, he had money saved from his four years working as a doctor in Chile.

Monday, August 20, 2012

No tankers please: the response on Haida Gwaii to the Northern Gateway Pipelines Project

By Tad McIlwraith

I spent eight days on Haida Gwaii in June. Seeing the poles at SGang Gwaay, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, was a thrill and a treat. The other Haida Village sites in Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, the wildlife and old growth trees, were equally stunning. The trip expanded my understanding of the variety of aboriginal poles and taught me a great deal about the history of the Haida people. The connections between the Haida, the land and sea are impossible to miss in these places.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Commerce and Business students land jobs at CIBC

Dexter Lintag says Douglas has given him the tools to succeed in a career in finance. 
By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

Dexter Lintag is a mechanic by trade. But eventually, he found that working with cars just wasn’t his thing. Trading in his coveralls for button-down shirts, Dexter left the garage to study marketing at Douglas.

“I didn't like my job as a mechanic,” he says, “but I discovered that I was good with people and enjoyed business.”

Dexter’s got one more course to complete before he’s awarded his Marketing Management Diploma, but he’s already landed a job with CIBC – one of four Douglas Marketing students to do so.

Friday, August 10, 2012

A Big To-DO is on!

A Big To-DO: A Celebration of Art at Douglas College is here! The show launched yesterday evening at the Amelia Douglas Gallery and will continue till Sept. 13.

Come out and see the paintings, photography, jewellery and other works of two dozen Douglas students and employees. 

To find out more about the show, read the story in the New Westminster News Leader or click on the poster.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Theatre student conquers the odds

By Kealy Doyle

When Theatre student Chelsea Stamp-Vincent woke up in the hospital after being hit by a car, doctors told her she’d be a quadriplegic for the rest of her life.

Her first thought was that she wouldn’t be able to graduate with her classmates and fulfill a lifelong dream of becoming an actor. Not when she’d broken her neck in three places, fractured her spinal cord and sliced a main artery. She was facing life in a wheelchair.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Students conduct research on leadership

The experimenters: Back (l-r) Graham Rodwell, Leia Cao, Claudia Hong, Sanda Noronha, Ryan Wiebe, Teresa Rodrigues, Kenda Dean; Front (l-r) Johnny Guan, Sharinder Riat
By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

Ever wonder why we are we more influenced by some people than others? Or what makes us choose one leader over another?

Research in applied psychology indicates that we are drawn towards leaders who are typical of our group and whose characteristics reflect the group identity. So is there any hope for leaders who are atypical? Are there circumstances when we might support uncharacteristic leaders and trust them just as much as leaders who are typical?