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.
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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Child and Youth Care student helps at-risk teens succeed

David Denofreo photo
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.
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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

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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.  
David Denofreo photo
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.

Read more inspiring stories about our students and instructors in our new viewbook.
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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 

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