Thursday, December 12, 2013

Douglas College Poem of the Month: December 2013




Poem of the Month showcases outstanding work written by Douglas College students.

Each month, the Creative Writing Department displays posters across both campuses featuring a new poem.

Click on the image to the right to see an enlarged version of this month’s poster, featuring "Geometry Class” by Kira Russell.

All Douglas College students are eligible to enter the Poem of the Month competition. Featured poems are selected by a committee of instructors.

To learn more about submitting poems, contact the Faculty of Language, Literature and Performing Arts at 604 527 5465.

More information about the Creative Writing Department is available here.



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Monday, December 9, 2013

Douglas College helps psychology student transition to university



                             David Denofreo Photo
The jump from high school to university can be a big one. Not every student is ready for larger class sizes or a sprawling campus.

For Fathima Bahar, heading straight to university after Grade 12 didn’t seem like the right move. Instead, she came to Douglas College.

“I decided I didn't want to go to university straight away because the transition was too much,” she says. “I guess other people can handle it, but it wasn’t right for me.”

Fathima says studying at Douglas College gave her skills and confidence that help her as a student at Simon Fraser University, where she now majors in psychology.

In particular, she says she picked up valuable presentation and public speaking experience while at the College.

“In high school, I was really scared of doing presentations and talking in front of a large group of people,” she says.

“At Douglas, I had to present research topics and give presentations for my classes. It helped me find what I was comfortable with and what I was good at.”

Fathima also credits her Douglas instructors for giving her individual attention and for providing useful feedback on assignments.

“I'm glad I went to Douglas before I went to SFU. I feel like the College prepared me for university.”

Once she completes her psychology degree, Fathima hopes to enter SFU’s teacher training program.


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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Q&A: Cynthia Minden, artist featured at Douglas College gallery


By pairing bone with porcelain, or entwining rusted nails with vines, Denman Island artist Cynthia Minden creates found-object “modern fetishes” from human-made materials and nature’s discards.

Her intricate mixed-media assemblages, currently on exhibit at Amelia Douglas Gallery, upturn assumptions about the value of objects, and quietly remind the viewer of the human impact on the ecosystem.

We reached Minden for an interview about her work:

Where do you find your objects for the assemblages?

Cynthia Minden: I keep my eyes open all the time as you never know what might be just underfoot. “Seeing” is really important to me. I bring home everything that interests me and that I think I may be able to use. I may find things right outside my door, in the forest, along the foreshore, in a parking lot or a junk heap.

Which types of materials are you most drawn to?

CM: I particularly love rusty metal, with its sense of history and decay. Once considered useful, only to be discarded, the simplest object holds a story. Then, there's so much beauty in a torn leaf or curled piece of bark. I love discovering the possible association between found objects and natural materials.

Do the values of the objects change during the process of turning them into art?

CM: Yes, I am taking things that seemingly have little or no value and shining a light on them or pairing them with something else that I find curious in some way. By doing this, I hope to add value to these objects, making them precious in a way, so we are able to see them again.

How does your background in weaving, basket making and other crafts inform your art?

CM: As a basket maker, turning to sculptural form helped to develop my sense of spacial relationships, especially as I have made many groupings of figures that have a connection to one another. But I've also worked a lot with paper making, book binding and collage. The mixed-media assemblages evolved from all of this.

Do you plan and diagram the works?

CM: I don't tend to make diagrams but I do keep a notebook. Sometimes a piece seems to assemble itself; I may have a collection of items on my worktable and might suddenly see something magical happening if I put this with that, that with this. Other times, I struggle with paring away, keeping things simple, trying things in a variety of ways. It takes a long time.

Reclamation: Mixed media assemblages by Cynthia Minden is on at Amelia Douglas Gallery, New Westminster campus, until Dec. 20. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 10am to 7:30pm, and Saturday, 11am to 4pm.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Exam Jam brings workshops, tutoring, puppies and more to Douglas College



Exams can be stressful. But with preparation, coping skills and a little fun, they don’t have to be. From Dec. 4 to Dec. 10, Douglas College’s Learning Centre is hosting Exam Jam.

With events and workshops at both the New Westminster and Coquitlam campuses, Exam Jam will get you through exams and give you skills you can use for semesters to come.

Here’s what’s happening:

TUTORING The New Westminster Learning Centre will be open for business during regular hours on Dec. 4-7, 9 and 10, and Coquitlam will be open on Dec. 4, 5 and 10. We encourage students to book 25-minute tutoring appointments during this time. Students can reserve a spot by booking online.

STUDY GROUPS Often, two heads are better than one. And multiple brains are even better. The Learning Centre is holding study groups at both campuses for Psych 2300, Acct 1110, CSIS 1175, Econ 1250, Econ 1150, Finc 1231 and Biol 1103. Study groups will be led by our experienced peer tutors, and students can book a spot online.

WORKSHOPS Students looking for coping skills are invited to attend free workshops facilitated by a Douglas College counsellor. Topics range from managing test anxiety to beating procrastination. To sign up, please stop by the Learning Centre or send an email.

PUPPIES That’s right–puppies! The Douglas College Student Union is hosting a puppy room at their New Westminster office. These little darlings are on loan from the nice folks at the Pacific Assistance Dogs Society. If you’re feeling stressed, take a well-deserved break and pet a pooch. The puppy room is open on Dec. 5 from 11am-1pm (other dates to be determined).

TWITTER CONTEST You can win first pick of available weekly tutoring appointments for Winter 2014. All you have to do is follow @dclearningctr and you will be entered into a draw. Follow us between Dec. 4 at 9:30am and Dec. 10 at 7:30pm for a chance to win.

Want more info? Visit us online or stop by the centre.


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Monday, December 2, 2013

Final voting open in Douglas College Facebook photo contest




The top three entries in the Douglas College Facebook Photo Challenge have been selected.

Voting is now open to determine which will win a $500 tuition-fee credit for first place, a $300 credit for second or a $200 credit for third.

The finalist photos are posted below but you must visit Douglas College on Facebook to register support for your favourite by liking, sharing and commenting.

Voting closes on Friday, Dec. 6 at 11:59pm.






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Sunday, December 1, 2013

This week at Douglas College: Concert, workshops and more!



Here’s what’s happening at Douglas Dec. 2-8


Monday, Dec. 2


Concert
New Westminster campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
7:30pm
Enjoy An Evening of Jazz as part of the Fall concert series. Free admission. More info here.

Wednesday, Dec. 4


Exam Jam
New Westminster and Coquitlam campuses
The Learning Centre presents a series of workshops, study groups and other events to help students get through the exam period. Runs Dec. 4-10. More info here.

Workshop
Coquitlam Campus, library lab
11-11:30am
As part of Exam Jam, take part in the “Overcoming Procrastination Station” workshop. More info here.

Thursday, Dec. 5


Exam period starts. Runs Dec. 5-16.

Workshop
Coquitlam Campus, library lab
11-11:30am
As part of Exam Jam, take part in the “Stress Busters” workshop. More info here.

Puppy room
New Westminster campus, DSU building
11am-1pm
As part of Exam Jam, come relieve exam stress by petting a friendly pooch. More info here.

Workshop
New Westminster campus, library lab
1:30-2pm
As part of Exam Jam, take part in the “Got Exam Jitters?” workshop. More info here.


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See more upcoming Douglas College events on the Events Calendar.

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Friday, November 29, 2013

Douglas College showcases world cultures at International Day 2013



Douglas College's New Westminster campus came alive with dancing, music and booths for International Day 2013. The fun and educational event gave students a chance to experience the sights and sounds of cultures from around the world. Check out this video of all the excitement.


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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

10 study tips for Douglas College students



Exam time is fast approaching at Douglas College. To help students get ready, the Learning Centre has put together this top-10 list of study tips:

1. Do a practice exam. Try and predict the questions you will be asked, and answer them.

2. When you begin studying, highlight everything you already know. You'll be encouraged at seeing how much you've already accomplished.

3. Don’t stay up too late to study. It’s OK to pull an all-nighter for a paper, but with a test, you need the energy the next day to actually take the test.

4. Study the easy stuff first. That way you don’t waste all of your study time on one difficult concept and run out of time for the rest.

5. Make your study time fun, short and interactive. Use flashcards with pictures, colours and highlighters.

6. Turn off the Internet. Facebook will still be there when your study session's over.

7. Look over your in-class notes to see what information the instructor spent time on and what might be more important to study.

8. Snack smart: eating foods such as bananas and nuts while studying can actually help you retain information.

9. Drink water before your exam. Research has shown that downing the wet stuff before a test can improve your performance by up to a third.

10. Visit the Learning Centre to work with a one-on-one peer tutor. It's free. Look for details on the centre's website.



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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Douglas College Dispensing Optician students give back to community

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There’s more to becoming a Dispensing Optician than just learning how to fill contact lens prescriptions or ensure eyeglasses fit properly.

At Douglas College, it’s also about understanding the value of using your skills and knowledge to give back to the community. Students in the Dispensing Optician diploma program take part in several volunteer initiatives focused on helping people in need with their vision care problems.

“It gives students experience with the community and the public and they also see that, when you graduate, it’s not all about making money,” program coordinator Wayne Mullen says. “It’s about interacting with the community, giving back and helping people.”

Among the volunteer initiatives, students help provide prescription eyewear to people at a drop-in centre in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. They also work with a local ophthalmologist to provide people with glasses during a day of eye exams at a Port Coquitlam church.

“We want students to understand the importance of being involved in the community and we hope that once they graduate that they’ll continue to do so,” Mullen says.

More information about the Dispensing Optician program is available here.



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Sunday, November 24, 2013

This week at Douglas College: concerts, movie night, info session and more!


Here’s what’s happening at Douglas Nov. 25-Dec. 1

Monday, Nov. 25


Info session
New Westminster campus, room 1630
1-2pm
Learn about Italy Field School for Summer 2014. More info here.

Tuesday, Nov. 26


Movie night
New Westminster campus, DSU lounge
4:30pm
The DSU Ski and Snowboard Club is hosting a movie night and general meeting. More info here.

Wednesday, Nov. 27



Concert
New Westminster campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
7:30pm
Enjoy Music for Winds from Across the Globe. Free admission. More info here.

Thursday, Nov. 28



Arts at One concert
New Westminster campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
1pm
Enjoy the Student Showcase Concert as part of the fall Arts at One Concert series. Free admission. Open to public. More info here.

Friday, Nov. 29



Workshop
New Westminster campus, room 2844
3-4pm
Job search essentials. Learn how to network, access labour market information and more.

Concert
New Westminster campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
7:30pm
Enjoy Student Composition Concert, featuring newly composed works by Douglas College students. Free admission. More info here.


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Friday, November 22, 2013

Plenty of smiles at 2013 Douglas College Miles for Mental Health Walk/Run

Members of the Douglas College Dream Team.
A smiling group of participants and volunteers—as well as some eager canines—gathered in New Westminster's Queen's Park for the 3rd-annual Douglas College Miles for Mental Health Walk/Run.

In crisp and bright fall weather, people took to the 5-kilometre run route and 2.5-km walk route along the forested Millenium Trail. The Nov. 16 event was organized by the Simon Fraser branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association to support the group's work in the community.

"What an uplifting experience it was to run and walk with colleagues in an effort to end the stigma and bias that surrounds those individuals experiencing mental health challenges," says Anna Helewka, with the Douglas College Psychiatric Nursing department.

"Seeing so many people walking and running for this cause gave us all some hope that we can make a difference and that we will realize our dream for a change in societal attitudes towards mental illness."

Douglas College is a proud sponsor of the event and a group of employees from the institution took part.



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Douglas College student ventures to Congo and Haiti to help those in need



Ian MacKay’s passion for international humanitarian work has taken him places many wouldn’t dare visit.

In recent years, the Douglas College student has travelled on his own multiple times to earthquake-ravaged Haiti and the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo.

He admits he faces danger and uncertainty during the solo trips, but explains he goes because he wants to help out where the need is great.

Ian, who is studying towards a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, had his first major experience with humanitarian work in Haiti, an island country in the Caribbean.

He worked alongside healthcare professionals following the country’s devastating 2010 earthquake and later returned amid a cholera outbreak as a medical first responder.

It was while in Haiti that Ian also became interested in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He met a doctor from the African country who invited him to visit her homeland.

Ian took his first trip there in 2011. He spent a month meeting people and travelling through the eastern part of the country, a region plagued by rebel groups and armed conflict.

For Ian, the threat of violence was a part of daily life.

“I wanted to go to an area where I could make the biggest impact possible,” he says. “Yes there’s risk, yes there’s danger, but that’s the reality of working in conflict regions.”

“I work by myself there for a reason. I’m there by myself because I can’t be liable for anybody but myself.”

During the trip, Ian met Tom Amani Mataboro, a local educator who shared his hope of one day building a school in his eastern Congo village.

Inspired to help bring the dream into reality, Ian returned to Canada and launched the Peace Life Project Foundation.

The nonprofit group’s goal is to build a school to help educate and empower Congolese children affected by conflict.

“A large majority of the population in Congo is youth. Change comes from a grassroots level, by educating the youth. It is through education that we hope to see a decrease in conflict and violence,” says Ian, who also visited the country in early 2013.

With planning on the school project under way, it is only a matter of time before Ian returns again to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

“I want to educate the kids who I know need it, and that’s mostly the victims of war,” he says. “In order to educate victims of war, you’ve got to go to a war zone.”

The Peace Life Project Foundation can be reached by email and found on Facebook.



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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Douglas College grad finds meaning in mental health work


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Keneisha Ormsby wants to do her part to erase the stigma around mental illness.

A graduate of the Community Social Service Work program at Douglas College, Keneisha is employed as a full-time mental health worker in Surrey.

“There is more conversation about mental health and awareness is building,” she says. “Everybody knows someone that has a mental illness, through some way or another. But I think there’s lots of people out there who just don’t get it. Mental illness is hard to really understand.”

Keneisha, who was born in Jamaica and grew up in Surrey, originally wanted a career working with youth. But she changed her mind when she completed a practicum at a mental health facility as part of the two-year diploma program.

“The people I worked with during the practicum just taught me so much about life and what they’re going through and how they’re trying to combat stigma,” she says. “And then I realized that this stigma is huge and it’s everywhere, so I wanted to be a part of fighting that.”

“I thought I knew about mental illness and I had my own ideas of what people would be like or how they would act. But then, when you actually experience it and meet people, it’s so different than what you think.”

“Many people over their lifetime will suffer mental illness, whether it’s depression or something else. With some people, you’d never even know they have a mental illness, but they do and they’re living with it and their life is good.”

In her current job, Keneisha works for a non-profit organization that provides life-skills training to clients with serious mental illness. The goal of the program is to help them transition to independent living.

“I truly love my job and I’m very fortunate to have really amazing clients,” she says. “They notice that they’re improving in their abilities and then their confidence just grows with that.”

As for the future, Keneisha says she is happy working in the mental health field and plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in social work.

More information about the Douglas College Community Social Service Work program is available here.



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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Video: Games Expo brings action and fun to Douglas College



Student-gamers enjoyed a buffet of fun entertainment during a Games Expo held at the Douglas College New Westminster campus on Nov. 14. There was plenty of friendly competition in videogames, billiards, puzzles and more. Check out this video of the action.


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Monday, November 18, 2013

Helping people matters for Douglas College Co-occurring Disorders grad

                                                                David Denofreo photo
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. It’s a background he draws upon in his work as an Aboriginal support worker for the Langley school district, where he is posted at a middle school and with an alternative program for youth.

Ernie came to Douglas to study Child and Youth Care, but then discovered Co-occurring Disorders, a program that provides specialized training for social workers and health care professionals in dealing with clients battling mental illness and addiction concurrently. Earlier this year, Ernie earned an Advanced Citation in Co-occuring Disorders. He says the program opened his eyes.

“The Aboriginal population is diagnosed with a lot of mental health issues, and they seem to self-medicate, so that's where the alcohol and drug issues come in,” Ernie says. “Poverty, colonization and the residential school experience – all of these weigh heavy on Aboriginal people, many of whom are street-entrenched.

Dear to his heart and close to his own experiences growing up. Ernie describes himself as having been a “very, very bad youth.” He was in and out of jail, homeless, drinking, taking drugs and “doing whatever I could to almost kill myself.”

But things started to change for Ernie when he was 17 and living on a boys’ ranch in Alberta, a tough place far from the city on the open prairie that had no fences, as there was nowhere to run to.

“They were like, ‘go, you can run,’” he recalls. “‘Two days later we'll still see you on the horizon.’”

One day there was an electrical fire in the barn that killed most of the animals, leaving behind 12 newborn goats. The youth workers gave them to the kids to take care of. Ernie was charged with two.

“These little goats literally changed my life. Before, I didn’t care about anything, and suddenly I had to care for these two little goats. I watched them grow up and the whole bit. I had to feed them every two hours. And that's when I started caring.”

Shortly thereafter, Ernie moved back home with his mom and started volunteering at the local friendship centre, where his mom was executive director.

“My mother was just an amazing inspiration to me. She still is a driving light in the Aboriginal community.”

It took a few more years for Ernie to get his alcohol consumption under control.

“Unfortunately, I still wanted to have fun, and that's a problem with a lot of our Aboriginal people. We want to have fun and we don't want to face responsibility. But the whole point of the Circle of Courage and our beliefs, like our medicine wheels, is that we need to achieve a sense of belonging, mastery, generosity and independence. And the whole point of having independence is we have to be accountable for ourselves. It takes a while. Everyone's road is different. But I finally got there.”

Ernie is also continuing his studies at Douglas College, pursuing a degree in Child and Youth Care. His main goal is helping vulnerable Aboriginal people gain back their independence, dignity, and a healthy mind and soul.



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Sunday, November 17, 2013

This week at Douglas College: International Day, info sessions, concerts and more!



Here’s what’s happening at Douglas Nov. 18-24


Monday, Nov. 18


Info session
Coquitlam campus, room A1470
10:30-11:30am
Learn about the Disney International Academic Exchange Experience Program. More info: Study Abroad.

Tuesday, Nov. 19


International Day
Coquitlam campus, atrium
10am-3pm
Every year Douglas College proudly celebrates the tremendous diversity of our students, faculty and staff on International Day. More info: Douglife website.

Wednesday, Nov. 20


Info session
Coquitlam campus, room D2017
3-4:30pm
Learn about Italy Field School for Summer 2014. More info: Field School.

Info session
New Westminster campus, room 2201
5-6:20pm
CPA information session for accounting students presented by the Douglas College Business Association.

Thursday, Nov. 21


International Day
New Westminster campus, concourse
10am-3pm
Every year Douglas College proudly celebrates the tremendous diversity of our students, faculty and staff on International Day. More info: Douglife website.

Arts at One concert
New Westminster campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
1pm
Enjoy the Student Showcase Concert as part of the fall Arts at One Concert series. Free admission. Open to public. More info: Arts Events.

Friday, Nov. 22


Speaker event
New Westminster campus, room 2201
5-9pm
Inclusion BC, with the Family Support Institute and Douglas College, will announce the results of their provincial survey on restraint and seclusion, and hold a viewing and discussion of the film “Restraint and Seclusion: Hear our Stories.” More info: Inclusion BC.

Choir concert
New Westminster campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
7:30pm
Douglas College choirs in concert. Featuring the Douglas College Choral Society, Chorus and Chorale. Admission $15, seniors $10, students free. More info: Choral Society.


Got an event you want listed? Submit it here.

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Video: Douglas College Health Sciences students attend conference in Dubai




Earlier this year, three Health Sciences students represented Douglas College at the Education Without Borders Conference in Dubai. Check out this video about their experience. Education Without Borders conference footage courtesy of Higher Colleges of Technology.


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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Douglas College pilots Safer Walk program at New Westminster campus


Want some friendly company when you walk at night between the New Westminster campus and the SkyTrain station?

Douglas College is piloting a SkyTrain Safer Walk program for students and employees heading to the New Westminster SkyTrain station.

From Monday to Friday, Nov. 4-Dec. 16, students and employees will be offered optional escorted trips to the station by a uniformed security officer.

The walks will depart every 30 minutes from 7pm to 11pm, leaving from the SkyTrain Safer Walk table in the College’s main concourse near the West entrance of the campus.

Douglas College will gather feedback and review participation levels during the trial period in order to gauge the program’s popularity and effectiveness.



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Sunday, November 10, 2013

This week at Douglas College: Film screening, Diwali celebration, games expo and more!



Here’s what’s happening at Douglas Nov. 11-17


Monday, Nov. 11


College closed. Remembrance Day.

Tuesday, Nov. 12

Business event
New Westminster campus, room 1606
3-4pm
UBC Sauder School of Business visit.

Film screening
New Westminster campus, concourse
4:30pm
Check a screening of the film Status Quo? The Unfinished Business of Feminism in Canada. Stay for a discussion lead by the Douglas College Women’s Centre.

Thursday, Nov. 14


Registration starts for Winter 2014 Semester.

Info session
New Westminster campus, room 3410
5-6pm
Aboriginal student funding info session. Find out how to pay for college. More info: 604 527 5821 or email.

Games expo
New Westminster campus, DSU lounge
6-8:30pm
Want a chance to win $100 to Metrotown just for playing video games and board games? Then come relieve some exam time stress at the Games Expo and race your friends, smash your friends, or dance with them for a chance to win. More info: Douglife website.

Friday, Nov. 15


Diwali celebration
New Westminster campus, DSU lounge
5:30pm
The DSU Punjabi Students’ Federation brings the party DIWALI’13 to Douglas College students. Tickets $10.

Saturday, Nov. 16


Walk/Run event
Queen’s Park, New Westminster
8am
Come participate in the 3rd-annual Douglas College Miles for Mental Health Walk/Run. More info: Doug blog.


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Friday, November 8, 2013

Douglas College Poem of the Month: November 2013




Poem of the Month showcases outstanding work written by Douglas College students.

Each month, the Creative Writing Department displays posters across both campuses featuring a new poem.

Click on the image to the right to see an enlarged version of this month’s poster, featuring "Do You Remember That Night at the Beach” by Mary Borkowski.

All Douglas College students are eligible to enter the Poem of the Month competition. Featured poems are selected by a committee of instructors.

To learn more about submitting poems, contact the Faculty of Language, Literature and Performing Arts at 604 527 5465.

More information about the Creative Writing Department is available here.



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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Douglas College Sport Science grad applies his knowledge in Zambia



Bruce Biro knows what it’s like to make a difference in people’s lives.

A Sport Science graduate from Douglas College, Bruce put the skills and knowledge he acquired in the classroom to good use on a trip to Zambia in early 2013.

While there as part of the College’s Zambia Global Leadership Program, he was tasked with showing a group of young athletes how to deal with sports injuries.

For Bruce, it was an unexpected but welcome opportunity to apply what he learned in the Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching (BPEC) program.

“One of the courses I took was sports injury assessment and management, where you actually learn some common injuries and how to tape them or wrap them,” he says.

Working at a sports academy in rural Zambia, Bruce led workshops for young soccer players. He gave them hands-on guidance on how to identify and treat common injuries.

“It was very rewarding and humbling. I felt like I was contributing to a cause and that I believed in and that they were actually using what I showed them,” he says.

“They were looking for their sports program to develop and get better and I was excited to be part of that process.”

Bruce came to Douglas College as a recruit for the men’s baseball team. Before long, he had committed to the four-year BPEC program, deciding to stay on at Douglas and finish the degree once his two years of eligibility for the baseball team were up.

Bruce is now pursuing a career in teaching, but he looks back fondly on his time in the BPEC program.

“It was just a really good environment with stuff that I found extremely interesting, instructors I connected with and classmates whom I got along with,” he says.

“We call it the BPEC family for a reason—because that’s what we are.”


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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Video: CBC pros share tips with Douglas College marketing class



The CBC broadcast from New Westminster on Nov. 1 as part of its In Your Neighbourhood series. Also that day, CBC Radio Early Edition producer Shiral Tobin and CBC TV host Renee Filippone visited a Douglas College nonprofit marketing class to share tips. Check out this video of the visit.



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Sunday, November 3, 2013

This week at Douglas College: Soccer tournament, gallery exhibit, Zambia info session and more!




Here’s what’s happening at Douglas Nov. 4-10


Tuesday, Nov. 5


Soccer tournament
New Westminster campus, gymnasium
4:30-6:30pm
Bring your footie skills out to the Vuvuzela Soccer Tournament Fall 2013. Students, alumni, faculty, and staff of Douglas College are all welcome to come out and participate. More info: Douglife website.

Info session
Coquitlam campus, room B2090
5-6pm
Learn more about the Zambia Global Leadership program. Applications open until Nov. 18. More info: Douglife website.

Thursday, Nov. 7


Workshop
New Westminster campus, room 1222
10:30am-12:15pm
The Career Planning Workshop is designed to help you with the career planning process. This is the second of three free sessions. Sign up with the receptionist at the Student Services Office, New Westminster Campus, room 4600 or call 604 527 5486.

Opening reception
New Westminster campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
4:30-7:30pm
Opening reception for the new exhibit Reclamation: Mixed media assemblages by Cynthia Minden. More info: Arts Events.

Info Session
New Westminster campus, room 3406
5pm
Learn about the new BA in Applied Psychology degree. Meet faculty and professionals involved with the specializations. More info: Applied Psychology.

Friday, Nov. 8


Artist’s Talk
New Westminster campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
10am
Artist’s talk for the new exhibit Reclamation: Mixed media assemblages by Cynthia Minden. More info: Arts Events.

Theatre production
New Westminster campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
7:30pm
Opening performance of A Macbeth presented by the departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology. Show runs Nov. 1-9. More info: Arts Events.


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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Douglas College BPEC grad promotes lifelong fitness



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Looking to connect with your fellow students and try something new at the same time?

Nimret Sandhu, a recent grad of the Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching program, headed up the Douglas Outdoors Club for precisely that reason.

Launched just over two years ago, the club boasts more than 150 members and organizes activities like hiking, snowshoeing, kayaking and mini-golfing.

Nimret says the goal of the club—open to students of all fitness levels—is to get students involved in activities they might normally not participate in or do on their own.

“I love the idea of promoting lifelong fitness,” Nimret says. “I want everyone to experience something new that will stick with them.”

“If someone tries kayaking for the first time and they enjoy it so much that they start doing it on their own or with a group of friends, then the club has succeeded.”



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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Douglas College Miles for Mental Health Walk/Run returns for 2013



Hit the trail with the Douglas College community to support a great cause.

The 3rd-annual Douglas College Miles for Mental Health Walk/Run takes place in Queen’s Park, New Westminster, on Saturday, Nov. 16. The family friendly event is organized by and supports the Simon Fraser branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association, which serves New Westminster, the Tri-cities, Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge.

The event, proudly sponsored by Douglas College for the past two years, aims to raise awareness and fight the stigma around mental illness. A fifth of Canadians will develop mental illness at some point in their lives, according to the Canadian Mental Health Association.

The route follows the tree-lined Millenium Trail through Queen’s Park with two loops for the 5-kilometre run, starting at 9am, and one loop for the 2.5-km walk, starting at 9:15am. There will also be music, face painting and other fun activities.

Put together your own Douglas College team or sign up as an individual. More information about the event and how to register is available here.



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Monday, October 28, 2013

Douglas College show puts contemporary twist on Shakespeare’s Macbeth



Call it Macbeth with a twist.

A Macbeth, Charles Marowitz’s take on Shakespeare’s tragedy about a Scottish king, hits the stage at Douglas College Nov. 8-16.

In this contemporary adaptation, lines are swapped between characters, the sequence of events is altered and a trio of Macbeths appears on stage.

"This is Shakespeare unhinged. It's as if Marowitz cut this play into pieces using scissors and then put them back together into a kind of collage,” director Thrasso Petras says. “I think his intention was to explore the essence of this well-known work and present it in an exciting new way.”

"For those familiar with Macbeth, I think it will be fascinating to see what Marowitz has done,” Petras says. “And for those who don't know the play, this is an introduction to the story and characters that could make it all the more interesting to see the original.”

The cast includes nine Douglas College theatre students and two graduates who are returning for the production.

A Macbeth is being presented by the departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology.

The play runs Nov. 8-16 at the Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre, Douglas College, 700 Royal Ave., New Westminster. Tickets ($8-$12) are available through Massey Theatre, 604 521 5050.



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Sunday, October 27, 2013

This week at Douglas College: Field school info sessions, murder mystery, theatre production and more!




Here’s what’s happening at Douglas Oct. 28-Nov. 3


Monday, Oct. 28


Info session
Coquitlam campus, room B2210
10am
Learn more about the 2014 Scotland Field School. Earn 10 credits in 7 weeks and then continue travels in Britain or Europe, or return home for the last half of the summer. More info: Scotland Field School.

Tuesday, Oct. 29


Murder Mystery
New Westminster campus, Aboriginal Gathering Place
4:20-6:30pm
Do you have what it takes to solve the Murder Mystery? Spend two hectic hours racing around campus decoding suspect locations while navigating challenges and solving clues to determine the ultimate murder weapon, motive and killer. More info: Douglife website.

Wednesday, Oct. 30


Info session
New Westminster campus, room 3412
10am
Learn more about the 2014 Scotland Field School. Earn 10 credits in 7 weeks and then continue travels in Britain or Europe, or return home for the last half of the summer. More info: Scotland Field School.

Info session
New Westminster campus, room 1808
5-6pm
Learn more about the Zambia Global Leadership program. Applications open until Nov. 18. More info: Douglife website.

Thursday, Oct. 31


Workshop
New Westminster campus, room 1222
10:30am-12:15pm
The Career Planning Workshop is designed to help you with the career planning process. This is the second of three free sessions. Sign up with the receptionist at the Student Services Office, New Westminster Campus, room 4600 or call 604 527 5486.

Friday, Nov. 1


Steel Magnolias
New Westminster campus, Studio Theatre
7:30pm
The departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology present Robert Harling’s play Steel Magnolias. Runs Nov. 1-9. More info: Theatre productions.

Saturday, Nov. 2

Steel Magnolias
New Westminster campus, Studio Theatre
7:30pm
The departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology present Robert Harling’s play Steel Magnolias. Runs Nov. 1-9. More info: Theatre productions.


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Friday, October 25, 2013

Douglas College Poem of the Month: October 2013




Poem of the Month showcases outstanding work written by Douglas College students.

Each month, the Creative Writing Department displays posters across both campuses featuring a new poem. 

Click on the image to the right to see an enlarged version of this month’s poster, featuring "How to Dream" by Ryan Volkman.

All Douglas College students are eligible to enter the Poem of the Month competition. Featured poems are selected by a committee of instructors. 

To learn more about submitting poems, contact the Faculty of Language, Literature and Performing Arts at 604 527 5465.

More information about the Creative Writing Department is available here.



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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Zambia interns grow personally and professionally in Global Leadership Program


Eliot Dix James


They started their journey not knowing exactly where it would take them. But for ten students in the Zambia Global Leadership Program, it’s safe to say there were some life-changing experiences.

The students embarked for Zambia in May for three-month work placements. Participants were matched with mostly small, grassroots organizations in and around Kitwe, according to their skills and interests. It was a chance for them to not only develop professional skills, but also cultural awareness and learning.

“One of the foundations of the program is our focus on intercultural communication and intercultural competency,” says Scott Fraser-Dauphinee, who runs the program through Campus Life and Athletics. “We start that in the beginning and we bring facilitators and experts in that area to train students to be effective in another culture and to be sensitive.”

However, even the pre-departure training couldn’t prepare the students for everything. When Iloradanon Efimoff started teaching at a community school in Kitwe, she expected the students to be respectful of authority. And they were, until some of them found out they were older than Iloradanon.

“Although I was still an authority figure because I was a teacher, I no longer had age authority. Plus I’m a woman. Plus I’m a visible minority,” says Iloradanon, who has studied psychology and gender relations at Douglas and tutored at the Learning Centre. “So all these things kind of rolled together and the students were less respectful towards me. I had to strategize in order to better my classroom management skills and be creative to gain the respect back.”

While adapting to a new culture can be challenging, the rewards of making an impact are huge. Mia Rushton was matched with YMCA and Play 4 All to get Zambian girls, who don’t usually play sports, involved in activities like soccer. By the time the varsity soccer player left, girls in her program had the confidence to ask for a ball and get a game going.

Bruce Biro, who recently graduated from the Sport Science program, was placed with the Ministry of Youth and Sport in Zambia. He worked behind the scenes on a major soccer tournament, led workshops and created resource manuals. While his placement was a success, he says that just being immersed in another culture, getting a different perspective on life, and then coming home and reapplying that is a major benefit of the program.

“I would definitely recommend this to other people,” Biro says.

Applications for the Zambia Global Leadership program are open until Nov. 18. Information sessions take place at the Douglas College New Westminster campus in room 1808 on Oct. 30 from 5-6pm and at the Coquitlam campus in room B2090 on Nov. 5 from 5-6pm. More information about the program is available here.


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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Douglas College student explores his interests with General Studies



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Do you ever wonder why we behave the way we do? Johnny Zacharuk does. He’s taking General Studies at Douglas College–including psychology, sociology and philosophy courses–to help him understand what makes people tick.

“I’m curious as to why everyone acts the way they do and how different factors play into our behaviour,” he says. “There is a lot around human actions that I want to figure out.”

Johnny originally came to Douglas to study criminology and eventually become a police officer, but his goals have changed. He hasn’t decided on his career path just yet, but says Douglas is the best place for him to explore his passion and figure out in which direction he wants to go.

“Douglas has a casual and relaxed atmosphere, but at the same time your instructors make you work,” he says. “It’s a perfect mix."

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Gentrification and the Waterfront: Urban development in San Francisco

Jasper Rubin


Jasper Rubin, urban geography expert


Is gentrification of the post-industrial waterfront inevitable? Various theories of gentrification have evolved
during the decades since British sociologist Ruth Glass first coined the term in 1964. Mostly it is used to refer to the transformation of a residential neighborhood as lower income residents, often minorities, are displaced by middle and eventually upper income residents. Recent work, however, has expanded the scope of the concept, introducing terms such as “new-build” and “retail gentrification,” and it has been linked to industrial displacement. Gentrification has also been described as the “knife’s edge” of neoliberal urbanization, as a tool local governments use to help reshape cities as they compete for high-end jobs and a wealthy demographic, emphasizing private benefit over public.

But industrial displacement, for instance, does not just result from gentrification, as one writer has observed—it is gentrification. This begs the question: by stretching the term gentrification to encompass more than residential change, has it lost its utility? Examining San Francisco’s urban waterfront provides an opportunity to consider gentrification, to question whether the term is still useful. Perhaps a more useful way to look at urban change, one that subsumes gentrification within it, is to view the transformation of the landscape along class lines—to ask who has the right to be in the city. This is more important because displacement, a key element in the process of gentrification, affects not just residents but workers (who are often one and the same), businesses, the built environment, and indeed one’s ability to be in a city.

There is, however, another aspect of change occurring along San Francisco’s waterfront that further complicates matters. Most analyses of gentrification invoke something that is lost. Indeed, one account has described residents’ experience of gentrification as “displacement”—a process that disconnects or alienates them from familiar territory even while they may still live there. But as a part of the process of its transformation, San Francisco’s waterfront has actually gone the opposite direction, creating public spaces and encouraging civic life. There are more places for people at the water’s edge, suggesting something that might be called emplacement. This makes it a little difficult to describe the changes of the last decades as solely harmful ones in the mode of unfettered gentrification. Furthermore, unlike accounts of state-led gentrification, many of the positive aspects of recent change along the waterfront have been the result of planning policy and public engagement.

To understand how gentrification and the waterfront are related it is important to delve into something of the history of the place. San Francisco is unlike other old port cities in that it has not revitalized its waterfront only with housing and commerce, but rather with a diversity of uses and users. How this occurred helps to explain why waterfronts need not become completely gentrified spaces.

Jasper Rubin is an associate professor of Urban Studies and Planning at San Francisco State University. Rubin will deliver a lecture titled Gentrification and the Waterfront at the Douglas College campus in New Westminster on Nov. 7.

Opinions expressed in this story are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Douglas College. Want to write a piece for doug? See our writers' guidelines.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Attend a field school - see the world!

Andrew Ducholke photo
What are you doing next summer?

We’re planning field schools in Australia, Belize, Italy, Mexico, Scotland and Wales, and you’re invited!

Field schools are seven weeks and usually take place from April to July. Courses are taught by Douglas instructors and, depending on the program, an instructor from one of our partner institutions.

You’ll spend part of the program studying at Douglas before travelling overseas with your instructors and classmates to complete the program at one of our partner institutions.

To be eligible, you must be:

  • a Douglas College student eligible to take the courses offered in the field school. Qualified students from other institutions are welcome to apply but must first gain admission to Douglas College.
  • 18 years of age or older prior to departure
  • in good academic standing with a minimum accumulative GPA of 2.0 by application deadline. If you do not meet this requirement, you can only attend a field school with the approval of the program's lead faculty member.
  • a passport holder or able to obtain a passport
Fees

$2,100-$3,650 per student, depending on the program. Includes visa application (if necessary), airport transfers overseas, use of facilities at the partner institution, tuition for course taught by partner institution, program field trips, shared accommodations, most meals and travel medical insurance.

Airfare, passport application costs, fees for Douglas College courses, airport transfers in Vancouver and personal spending are extra.

For details on all Douglas College field schools, visit Student Planet.

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Tears and laughter take centre stage at Douglas College in Steel Magnolias


A lot can happen in a small-town Louisiana beauty parlor.

For playwright Robert Harling, it was the prime setting for a tale about a group of female friends who lean on each other when faced with hardship.

Steel Magnolias, the play that spawned the popular 1989 film of the same name, hits the stage at Douglas College Nov. 1-9.

"The play is a wonderful ensemble piece," director Deborah Neville says.

In this case, the ensemble is made up of six second-year Douglas College theatre students.

"All of the characters are beautifully developed with their own storylines, so that gives each of the student actors the opportunity to deliver a great performance," Neville says.

Harling wrote the play following his diabetic sister's death.

At the centre of the action is Shelby, young woman with Type 1 diabetes who faces a complicated personal decision related to the disease.

As Shelby struggles with her health, the play also explores how the women rely upon each other-particularly their lively senses of humour-to cope with life's hardships.

"It's a simple story about women who come together and let go of class, religious and other differences in order to support each other through difficult times," Neville says. "There are elements of sadness in the play but also a great deal of humour."

Steel Magnolias is being presented by the departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology.

The play runs Nov. 1-9 at the Studio Theatre, Douglas College, 700 Royal Ave., New Westminster. Tickets ($8-$12) are available through Massey Theatre, 604 521 5050.

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

This week at Douglas College: Info session, workshops, fundraiser and more!



Here’s what’s happening at Douglas Oct. 21-27


Monday, Oct. 21


Resume workshop
Coquitlam campus, room A1430
11am-12pm
Give yourself the edge and get help creating or revamping your resume, cover letter and more. More info: Douglife website.

Tuesday, Oct. 22


Uganda Project fundraiser
Lafflines, 530 Columbia St., New Westminster
7pm
CFCS Uganda Project presents an evening of fun and laughter. Tickets $15 for students, $20 general. More info: Uganda Project Facebook page.

Wednesday, Oct. 23


CPA info session
New Westminster campus, room 2201
5-6:30pm
Come out and learn out more about the new CPA accounting designation! Find out what career paths your can take in Accounting following graduation. Find out what is required to enter the CPA program. More info: Events calendar.

Entrepreneur awards
Executive Plaza Hotel Grand Ballroom, 405 North Rd., Coquitlam
7pm
Come cheer on our finalists, meet new people and connect with old friends at the Self Employment Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2013. More info: Self Employment.

Thursday, Oct. 24


Resume workshop
New Westminster campus, room 2844
11am-12pm
Give yourself the edge and get help creating or revamping your resume, cover letter and more. More info: Douglife website.

Arts at One concert
New Westminster campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
1pm
Enjoy Trincomali Trio as part of the fall concert series. Free admission. Open to public. More info: Arts Events.

Open house
New Westminster campus, Douglas Students Union lounge
4:30pm
International students’ open house and dinner.

Friday, Oct. 25


BC Lions student night
BC Place, Vancouver
7pm
Join other Douglas College students to cheer on the BC Lions. More info: Douglife website.


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Friday, October 18, 2013

Applied psychology degree coming to Douglas College



Interested in studying psychology and then putting your degree to work in a related field such as counseling?

Douglas College is launching a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology program in January with classes at both the New Westminster and Coquitlam campuses.

"This new program will allow students to develop a foundation in psychological theory and research and the skills to apply this knowledge to specific career paths," says Laura Dane, the program's coordinator.

Offered exclusively through Douglas College, the new program will be open to students who have completed a two-year associate of arts degree in psychology, or the equivalent.

Once accepted into the program, students will be required to complete a final two years of study to earn the four-year bachelor's degree.

A key part of program is the specialization, a 15-credit group of courses students will take in one of six areas including psychosocial rehabilitation, applied research, forensic psychology, and leadership and management.

And for students interested in pursuing advanced studies, an honours degree will be offered starting next fall. This option will emphasize independent research and upper-level coursework.



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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Douglas College student eyes career in child protection



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How do you know what you want to be when you grow up? For Paul Singh, the answer was easy. 

He always found himself falling into the role of mediator to his younger cousins, friends and other teens. A career in child and youth care was a natural fit.

“I always just seemed to know what needed to be done,” he says. “I played basketball regularly and there were a lot of kids there, so I spent time getting to know them and finding out what was going on in their lives.”

After three work placements through the Douglas College Child and Youth Care program – two as a counselor for youth in high school and one research practicum studying how children are able to learn and develop resiliency – Paul knows he’s made the right choice. He wants to take it one step further, however, and go into child protection.

“Child protection is intense, but I want to do it,” he says. “Even if you see a lot of negative environments, you must have respect for the families and understand that they may not be making the best choices at that moment. Learning from them and helping them get through that is important.”

To help cope with what can be an often high-stress line of work, Paul turns to his family and friends – and games.

“Everyone needs self-care,” he explains. “I play video games – NBA, NHL, Halo, and a few others. My friends and I get together and we have a video game session and just hang out. It helps me stay connected.”

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Forum on B.C.'s new Family Law Act at Coquitlam campus




In March, the new B.C. Family Law Act came into force, replacing the 32-year-old Family Relations Act.

With the change, couples who have lived together for over two years or who have had a child together now have many of the same legal rights as married couples. For example, upon separation both assets and debts acquired during the relationship would be split equally.

At the same time, married couples who are divorcing will now be encouraged to settle out of court via mediation. Other important changes relate to decisions regarding child custody and protection against domestic violence.

Do you have questions about the personal impact of this legislation?

The TriCities Joint Family Court and Youth Justice Committee will be presenting a forum on the new Family Law Act at the Coquitlam campus on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 7:00pm in Room A1470.

Speakers will present on the following topics: cohabitation, separation and divorce law; collaborative divorce and children’s rights; and family mediation.

As space is limited, guarantee your free admission by registering here.



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Sunday, October 13, 2013

This week at Douglas College: Arts at One concert, ping pong tournament and more!



Here’s what’s happening at Douglas Oct. 14-20


Monday, Oct. 14


Holiday
College closed—Thanksgiving Day.

Wednesday, Oct. 16


Modern Languages event
New Westminster campus, Aboriginal Gathering Place
6:45pm
Because of the Increasing Disorder: Notes on Visual Arts and Cultural Policy in Cuba (1980-2013).

Thursday, Oct. 17


Earthquake drill
New Westminster and Coquitlam campuses
10:22am
Join thousands of participants in the Great B.C. ShakeOut earthquake drill. More information about what’s happening at Douglas College is available here.

Arts at One concert
New Westminster campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
1pm
Enjoy Music Technologies Concert as part of the fall concert series. Free admission. Open to public. More info: Arts Events.

Panel talk
Coquitlam campus, Room A1470
7-9pm
The Tricities Joint Family Court and Youth Justice Committee presents a free discussion on B.C.’s new Family Law Act.

Pub Night
New Westminster campus, DSU lounge
7:30pm-1am
The Douglas Students Union hosts a Halloween pub night.

Friday, Oct. 18


Ping pong tournament
New Westminster campus, Studio 1313
2-5pm
It’s the Douglife vs KPU Ping Pong Tournament. Douglas College is proud to host our friends from Kwantlen Polytechnic for a Ping Pong tournament. More information: Douglife website.


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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Top 5 in Facebook Photo Contest announced

After more than a month of submissions and two weeks of voting, we now have the top five photos in the Facebook Photo contest; however, two of the photos were deadlocked after we tallied up their likes, comments and shares, so we actually have a top six. 

In the month of November, there will be another vote on our Facebook page to determine the top three and one final vote in December to once and for all figure out the champion of our contest, who will go home with a $500 tuition credit. Second and third place will receive $300 and $200 credits. 

Until then, we will be running selections from the contest as our cover photo on the Facebook page. Thank you to everyone who entered and best of luck to our top six. 












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Friday, October 11, 2013

Douglas College to hold Oct. 17 earthquake ShakeOut drill



You’re working at your desk when suddenly the room begins to sway or everything begins shaking. It’s an earthquake. What do you do?

On Thursday, Oct. 17, in an effort to prepare for a potential earthquake, Douglas College students, employees and visitors, along with thousands of other British Columbians, will participate in the Great British Columbia ShakeOut.

“Seismic experts tell us that we can expect a major destructive earthquake in B.C.," says Nancy Constable, Director of Safety, Security and Risk Management. “We don’t know when it might hit. This drill is about practising how to protect ourselves when it does.”

What to do


Around 10:22am on Thursday, Oct. 17, at the New Westminster and Coquitlam campuses, a public announcement will be broadcast advising we are about to start the Great British Columbia ShakeOut earthquake drill.

When you are advised that the drill is starting, carefully drop to the ground, take cover under a desk or table and hold on. If you are not near a desk or table, or are physically unable to drop, cover and hold on, then cover your head and neck with your arms and crouch in a corner, away from any glass. Information for persons with disabilities is available here.

The drill will last around 90 seconds.

More information about the Great British Columbia ShakeOut is available here.


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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Marketing instructor shares worldly knowledge in the classroom

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How does Padma Vipat keep her students engaged?

For the Douglas College marketing instructor, it’s all about bringing real-life examples into the classroom.

“I’ve travelled a lot and have been exposed to multiple cultures and all kinds of people, and I like to bring those experiences into the classroom,” Padma says.

“Marketing is very people-oriented, so I think bringing in experiences from my own life or stories about what I have seen happen to other people helps students make a connection between what they’re learning and real life,” she continues.

“It really sparks their interest. And once their interest is piqued, they become very good learners.”

And at Douglas College, Padma says, that learning includes a mix of both practical training and academics.

“Our faculty members have industry knowledge behind them and they bring their industry experience, their personal experience and their love for teaching into the classroom.”

More information about marketing studies at Douglas College is available here.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Douglas College study puts insect pest control under the microscope



Biologist Rob McGregor.
B.C. blueberry growers know all too well that aphids pose a threat to their valuable crops.

It’s a problem that can’t be solved by simply yelling "bug off!" at the insects. There’s need for effective pest-management strategies.

That's where the research of a Douglas College biologist comes in.

Rob McGregor, director of the College’s Institute of Urban Ecology, is launching a new study thanks to a $30,000 federal NSERC grant.

McGregor's research focuses on an area of agricultural pest management called biological control.

An alternative to applying chemical pesticides, this approach involves using predatory organisms to kill problem insects.

His new study will investigate the effectiveness of two species of aphid-feeding insects: a brown lacewing and a predatory midge.

Along with an NSERC-funded technician, the project will involve two student research assistants who will raise insects, conduct experiments and collect data.

As McGregor explains, it's all about helping the province’s blueberry industry tackle the aphid problem in a sustainable way.

"Ultimately," he says, "this work could help improve the quality and safety of food products in B.C. by reducing the environmental impact of pesticides."

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