Sunday, September 30, 2012

This week at Douglas: Student night with the Whitecaps, free concerts and more!

Here's what's happening at Douglas Oct. 1-7:


Tuesday, Oct. 2


Pictures at an Exhibition: Mussorgsky and Ravel
New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
1:30pm
Mussorgsky composed Pictures in 1874 after the death if his good friend, artist and architect Victor Hartman. This suite was based on architectural and life drawings by Hartman and orchestrated by Maurice Ravel in 1922. Free admission.

Wednesday, Oct. 3


Whitecaps student night
BC Place
7pm
The Whitecaps square off against Chivas USA. Tickets $20. Get a free Douglas College hoodie! More info: Doug life

Thursday, Oct. 4


Music for Strings and Flute
New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
1pm
The Arts at One presents a free concert. More info: Arts Events

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.

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

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

English instructor says Facebook encourages creativity


By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

If you’d rather play around on Facebook than write a boring old essay, David Wright is in your corner.

Every year, the Douglas College English instructor gets students in his third-year Modernism course to create a Facebook page for a character from one of the novels they’re studying in class. David says it gives students a chance to fully immerse themselves in the creation of a persona, much like they do when they create their own Facebook page.

“They have to think: what would this character’s interests be? How would this person update their status, what would they say, and what would that mean?” he says. “That brings out a lot of the contextual info you need to understand character.”
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Monday, September 24, 2012

Psychiatric Nursing grad helps clients get out of their heads

David Denofreo photo
By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

Do you believe that small acts can result in big changes? Chad Madden does. A recent graduate of the Bachelor of Science in Psychiatric Nursing program, Chad works as part of a community mental health team on the Downtown Eastside. When meeting with clients, he keeps in mind that little things can make a big difference.

“I had an instructor early in the program who put things into perspective for me," he recalls. "She said when dealing with some clients – say someone with schizophrenia who is living in their head all the time, paranoid about everything, worried about everything, just tortured by their own thoughts – if you can talk to them for five minutes, just about last night’s Canucks game or something reality-based, and take them out of their head for a short time, you’ve done something good.

“I always remember that, and I think it’s a very cool, unique way of looking at it. I don’t think you can go into this line of work expecting to cure anybody. I think you can just go in hoping to make some connections and maybe help someone cope a little better or even just listen to their story.”

Learn more about the Psychiatric Nursing program on the Douglas College website. Or come to an info session Oct. 16 or Nov. 13 at the Coquitlam Campus.

For more inspiring stories about Douglas students, check out our new viewbook!

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

This week at Douglas: Study in France, meet UBC, tune your bod and more!

Here's what's happening at Douglas Sept. 24-30:


Monday, Sept. 24


Study in France info session

New West Campus, room 2802
11:30am
Does spending a semester or two studying in France appeal to you? Are you a Canadian or permanent resident? Are you ready to take academic courses taught in French? Find out more about how and what you can study at our exchange partner, Université François-Rabelais de Tours. More info: contact Karen Ng.

Tuesday, Sept. 25


Study in France info session
New West Campus, room 1806
11:30am
Does spending a semester or two studying in France appeal to you? Are you a Canadian or permanent resident? Are you ready to take academic courses taught in French? Find out more about how and what you can study at our exchange partner, Université François-Rabelais de Tours. More info: contact  Karen Ng.

Tune Your Body workshop
New West Campus, room 3285
1-2pm
The Music Department presents a free musician's health awareness workshop, with Shirley Lecker. Info and registration: 604 527 5495

Wednesday, Sept. 26


UBC visits Douglas
Coquitlam Campus, room D1019
11:30am-1pm
New West Campus, room 4312
3-5pm
Representatives from UBC will talk to both international and domestic students on admissions and transfer and will be available to answer specific questions.

Thursday, Sept. 27


Robin Schier Jazz Quintet
New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
1pm
The Arts at One presents Robin Shier Jazz Quintet. Free admission. More info: Arts Events

Friday, Sept. 28


Crime and Criminality in 19th-century Wales
New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
3:30-5pm
A lecture by Conway Davies, University of Wales Trinity Saint David. The words "I will fear no evil" from Psalm 23 were probably the words uttered most often by the Welsh in the 19th century. Many drew comfort from the mantra, but others in their lantern-lit darkness lived in fear. Evil forces lurked in every corner. This lecture will explore these dark corners and hopefully shed some light on the everyday lives of the common people of Wales. Reception to follow in the Theatre Foyer.

Ongoing


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

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Friday, September 21, 2012

BBA grad says getting a CGA opens many doors

Last spring, Bachelor of Business Administration student Brigitte Hunt won a Certified General Accountants Association of BC Scholarship upon graduation from Douglas College. She says the best thing about getting a CGA designation is that it opens doors to myriad opportunities.

Education
Bachelor of Business Administration – Accounting, Winter 2012; Accounting Management Diploma, 2007 (Douglas College); CGA-BC PACE level (final professional level of CGA studies)

Currently
Accounting & Tax Technician, Oschanney Karjala Certified Management Accountants
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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

BPEC student brings hip hop into the classroom



John Bello photo

By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

Think you can’t combine your passion with your education? Bryan Aquino started the Douglas College Hip Hop Club with a friend back in ’07. Now he’s getting his Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching (BPEC), and wants to take dance into the classroom once he becomes a teacher.

I chose BPEC "because I like physical activity, and dance is one of my passions. I thought I could take the program and still do dance at the same time. And once I get my degree, I can actually teach dance in the classroom."

I started the Hip Hop Club "so I could share dance, but also to give a memorable experience to students so they wouldn’t just go to school, study and leave."

I got into dance "when I started high school. This group of older kids did an air band, and they were dancing to ’N Sync. That really caught my attention."

What gets me about dance is "I just love connecting to the music and how people can get together and just jam it out. You get that really positive feeling with dance."

I keep my moves fresh "by learning from other people, watching videos and just trying to be inspired as much as I can. When I become a teacher I want to create a fun learning environment for kids, something they’ll remember me for."

Find out more about the Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching program on our website. Or come to an info session Oct. 1 or Nov. 13 (Coquitlam) or Oct. 18 or 15 (New West). For more on the Hip Hop Club, see Douglife.

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Frosh 12 = Absolutely incredible and priceless experience

Cordi Tanguay (front left) leads team RED 3 during Frosh 12 last week.
By Cordi Tanguay

Ever since I attended the Leadership Retreat in Fall 2011, I have done everything I could to attend events, volunteer at events and spread the word about Douglife at Douglas College and how it has enriched my own experience.

Douglife has a lot to offer to any student, whether you are a first-year straight out of high school, or a mature student like myself. Being in a closed program, you go through 2 years of college with the same 30 people. Douglife allows students to branch out of their classroom, out of their program and into a whole different environment full of new experiences, fresh faces and memories just waiting to be made. When I found out about Frosh, I jumped right on board.
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Sunday, September 16, 2012

This week at Douglas: Study in Japan, hear great music, see fine art and more!

Here's what's happening at Douglas Sept. 17-23:


Monday, Sept. 17

Info session: study abroad in Japan
New West Campus, room 3903
11:45am
Interested in studying the Japanese language and culture in Japan? Find out how you can spend a semester or two on exchange at one of our partner schools located near Osaka or in Kyoto, home of many UNESCO World Heritage sites. More info: contact Karen Ng


Tuesday, Sept. 18

Composer Tuesday
New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
1pm
The Music Department presents Composer Tuesday featuring Edward Top, VSO Composer-in-residence. Free admission. More info: Arts Events


Thursday, Sept. 20

Alumni Vocal Recital
New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
1pm
The Arts at One presents a vocal recital by alumni Melissa Purnell, soprano; Linda Szentes, mezzo-soprano; Young Yi, tenor; William Liu, baritone; Christian Bideau, piano; Barrie Barrington, piano. More info: Arts Events

Rhythm Stories: Opening reception
New West Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
4:30-6:30pm
Paintings by Nyla Sunga. Performance by Ezra Kwizera. Show runs till Nov. 2. More info on the gallery's web page.


Friday, Sept. 21

Rhythm Stories: Artist's talk
New West Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
10-11am
Paintings by Nyla Sunga. Show runs till Nov. 2. 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, September 11, 2012

Douglas offers new Employment Supports Specialty program

Interested in helping people who have disabilities or barriers to finding employment get - and keep - a meaningful job?

This January, Douglas College will begin offering its new Employment Supports Specialty Advanced Certificate program. Taken fully online, this flexible, part-time program is the first of its kind in Canada and is open to anyone interested in helping people with barriers transition into the workplace.
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Monday, September 10, 2012

Get tutored at the Learning Centre


Need a bit of help developing your skills in reading, writing, math, basic computer use, as well as study strategies? Good news: the Learning Centre is here to help get you up to speed.

Weekly, ongoing tutoring
If you want ongoing help with skill development, sign up to work with a peer-tutor for the Fall term for 50-minute, weekly appointments. Tutors will help you develop study skills, mastery of course content and writing skills. Spots fill up quickly, so sign up now! Tutoring Request Forms are available beginning the first day of classes on the Learning Centre website. Read more...

Sunday, September 9, 2012

This week at Douglas: art and music!

Here's what's happening at Douglas Sept. 10-16. 

Thursday, Sept. 13

Piano Pinnacle
New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
1pm
The Arts at One presents a concert by Deborah Grimmett and Iman Habibi. This highly innovative piano duo features everything from classical to contemporary. Free. For more info see Arts Events.  

Ongoing

A Big To-DO 
New Westminster Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Till Sept. 13
See the paintings, photography, jewellery and other works of two dozen Douglas students and employees. More info on the gallery's web page.

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Friday, September 7, 2012

Love music? Join a Douglas College band!

By Alex Berkovets

My name is Alex Berkovets and I play for the Douglas College Concert Band. I play the alto sax and have been playing since the 2011 Fall term.

Before playing for the College band, I played for my high school band and during my last year at elementary. I used to play flute but eventually switched over to alto sax because I liked it better. In addition, I was also a part of a military marching band until recently. 

I decided to play at Douglas because I was going to school here and I had a friend who told me that I didn't need to be in the Music Program to play. I'm in the Criminology program, and I still play for the band. Everyone is welcome.
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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Douglas gears up for CCAA Men's Soccer National Championships



By Kyle Baillie, Director, Centre for Campus Life & Athletics

Ready for a kick at the "beautiful game"?

This Fall, Douglas College is hosting the 2012 CCAA Men’s Soccer National Championship Tournament. We are officially two months away from welcoming the top eight teams in Canadian men’s college soccer to Coquitlam - and you're invited to the party!

Check out the first of three videos, “Make it Happen,” that will lead us to the championships. You will also find a participant package and a championships poster on the website that will provide more details about the championships and why you want to be here for them!

In the meantime, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. In the lead-up to, and during the championships, we will be using the hashtags #MSNC2012 and #MAKEITHAPPEN.


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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

What are your educational goals for this year?

School's in, and Douglas College students are ready to hit the books. Here's what a few of them had to say about their educational goals for this year.

Mi Yun Y. (Lia)
Applied Bookeeping
"This is my first year, and hopefully I don't flunk any classes. I really want to work hard, but I have a three-year-old, so it's quite challenging."

Amid S.
Marketing
"I'm in my last semester and need to complete one course,
Promotional Strategy. After that I'm going to look for a good job in marketing."
Kristina F. 
"I want to work to the best of my abilities. I need to focus and get motivated."
Tony S.
"My main goal is to make it through. I'm on a performance-based scholarship, so I definitely don't want to disappoint myself or the other parties who are waiting for my results. I've got to make sure I get, probably, over 90 percent."

Anna U.
"I want to pass every class I'm taking and I want to be successful in the future. So I have to study very hard and try my best." 
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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The Arts at One puts on free concerts Thursdays

Mihalis Schindle performs at the Music Technologies Concert last spring.    
     Black Opal Images photo
By Michael Strutt, Music Instructor

This month sees the return of Douglas College’s popular recital series, The Arts at One. This free, long-running event is a cultural highlight, and one the College is proud to share with the New Westminster community. The concerts present an eclectic mix of classical, jazz, world, to the latest in music technologies.

The series begins Thursday, Sept. 6, with Music for Strings and Flute. This program will feature our own flute instructor, Brenda Fedoruk, who is also principal flutist with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra. The following week will be Piano Pinnacle with Deborah Grimmett and Iman Habibi. This highly innovative piano duo features everything from classical to contemporary, and we welcome the return of Iman, who is a former Douglas student.

The series continues with a vocal recital, followed by the highly acclaimed Robin Shier Jazz Quintet, solo guitar, voice with guitar and a Music Technologies Concert. The Fall season will end with a spectacular presentation of The Nutcracker featuring the award-winning dancers of the Goh Ballet.

All concerts are held from 1–2pm in our state-of-the-art Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre, on the fourth floor of the New West Campus. The concerts are presented by the Music Department at Douglas College with support from the City of New Westminster.

For  more information on The Arts at One, see the program online.
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Monday, September 3, 2012

Psych Nursing student takes top CanLit prize



By Jason Bourget, English instructor

When Hwee S. Wee arrived at Douglas College from Singapore to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Psychiatric Nursing, he knew that he needed to hone his writing skills. 

“I firmly believe the ability to read critically and write well is important in psychiatric nursing,” Wee says, “especially when it concerns research, analysis of controversial issues, and advocacy.”

Eager to learn more about the country he now calls home while developing these skills, Wee enrolled in a first-year Canadian literature class with Professor Ryan Miller at Douglas College.
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