Thursday, January 31, 2013

Check out Douglas College's awesome videos!

You know we publish written stories on this blog about our students, faculty and programs, but did you know that we also post video stories on YouTube? Check out our offerings on the Douglas College YouTube channel.

Here's a taste of what's up there now (with much more to come):

Two Music Technology grads give their awesome rendition of Pink Floyd's "Time."



Health Sciences students team up with paramedic students for real-world simulations.



Hospitality Management grads fly high in Whistler.





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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A bloody good haul: Douglas more than doubles pledge

We asked, you opened your veins.

The numbers are in, and thanks to the participation of Douglas College students and employees, we  donated 224 pints of blood to the Canadian Blood Services' Partners for Life program last year.

That's more than double of what we pledged!

The next time the Bloodmobile heads to the New West Campus is Thursday, Feb. 7Book your appointment at 1-888-2DONATE. Walk-ins will be accommodated wherever possible. The sign-in desk will be on the 4th floor, near the Royal Avenue exit/Studio Theatre, and the Bloodmobile itself will be up on Royal near Seventh Avenue.

We encourage you to go online to register as a Douglas College member in the Partners for Life "team," so that whenever and wherever you donate, your pints count towards our group total.

Online registration is easy:  go here and click on the red puzzle piece that says "Member," follow the links and fill in your information. When you are asked for Partner ID, enter DOUG002414 (those are two zeroes, not Os).


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Monday, January 28, 2013

Opinion: Notion of hazing as part of team bonding antiquated

By Kyle Baillie


The word “hazing” often makes people think the worst (their imaginations usually aided by Hollywood storylines), and commenting on situations like that of the Dalhousie University Women’s Hockey team is not to be taken lightly. Hazing situations like this are often layered with complexities, veils of misinformation and perceived issues of loyalty that evoke strong emotional responses from both the people involved and the public.

One thing we can all agree on is that hazing is not a healthy or positive experience for any team or individual. Along with bullying, hazing has become a topic of hot discussion. However, what is not being discussed is how to prevent hazing in the first place.

One of the problems is that as Canadians, we have generally taken a laissez-faire approach to institutionalized hazing. In contrast, many American states have made hazing a criminal offense – a significant deterrent in and of itself. Additionally, intercollegiate sports agencies in the U.S., notably the NCAA, have reacted strongly against hazing, going as far as creating policies and educational programs to prevent it. We have yet to take such steps in Canada, and so the issue of hazing prevention is often left to individual organizations or institutions.

But while it is easy to adopt a zero-tolerance policy on hazing, enforcement without education and an examination of organizational culture and values is half-hearted at best. We need to start asking ourselves: Why do teams haze new members? How can we appropriately socialize the next generation of student athletes? Can’t we do better?

The answer is we can do better, and we must. It needs to start with the administration and be a constant and consistent message from coaches to players. Hazing prevention starts with culture and values. Hazing is only acceptable if the culture allows it.

At Douglas College we value new members and treat them the way we want to be treated. We don’t accept the antiquated notion that hazing is a form of team bonding or development. Our Royals rites of passage include volunteering at college and community functions, running youth clinics in the local community, spending countless hours in study hall and on the team bus, team lunches and dinners, hard practices and games where we give everything we have and a little more.

Our values include honouring each other and what we each bring to the team to make it unique. We value sacrificing ourselves for our teammates. We hold each other accountable, and when we accomplish great things together, we celebrate.

Hazing is what happens in the absence of true team development and growth. It is the product of a lack of culture and values that would provide something more substantial to student athletes. By setting clear expectations, creating a culture that reinforces positive behaviour and development, and sharing values, we can eliminate the circumstances that tacitly permit and encourage hazing.

Kyle Baillie is the Director of the Centre for Campus Life and Athletics at Douglas College.

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 writer's guidelines.


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Sunday, January 27, 2013

This week at Douglas: experience International Day, vote in the U-Pass referendum and more!

Here's what's happening at Douglas Jan. 28-Feb. 3:

Monday, Jan. 28


U-Pass Vote
Coquitlam Campus, atrium; New West Campus, concourse
10am-5pm
Don't miss your chance to vote on the continuation of the U-Pass BC program. The current agreement expires in March. In order for the U-PASS program to continue, students must approve the new fees for 2013, 2014 and 2015. More info

Tuesday, Jan. 29


U-Pass Vote
Coquitlam Campus, atrium; New West Campus, outside library
10am-7pm
Don't miss your chance to vote on the continuation of the U-Pass BC program. The current agreement expires in March. In order for the U-PASS program to continue, students must approve the new fees for 2013, 2014 and 2015. More info

International Day
New West Campus, concourse
10am-4pm
Take a journey around the world without stepping off campus. Cultural performances, booths, tea and coffee tastings and more. More info: Douglife

Wednesday, Jan. 30


U-Pass Vote
Coquitlam Campus, atrium; New West Campus, concourse
10am-7pm
Don't miss your chance to vote on the continuation of the U-Pass BC program. The current agreement expires in March. In order for the U-PASS program to continue, students must approve the new fees for 2013, 2014 and 2015. More info

Learning Centre Open House
New West Campus, library
11:30am-7:30pm
Come celebrate the Learning Centre's new space in the library and learn about peer-tutoring services - Tutoring, Weekly Tutoring, Online Writing Tutoring and Tech Tutoring - and pick up a handout or two to help with your courses. 

Thursday, Jan. 31


International Day
Coquitlam Campus, atrium
10am-4pm
Take a journey around the world without stepping off campus. Cultural performances, booths, tea and coffee tastings and more. More info: Douglife

Faculty recital
New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
1pm
The Arts at One presents a recital by Douglas College Music faculty. Free. More info: Arts Events

Dinner with the President
Coquitlam Campus, room 3011
5-7pm
Do you feel engaged — academically and intellectually? Is Douglas helping you reach your academic and career goals? Join your fellow students and Douglas prez Scott McAlpine for a heaping plate of FREE lasagne and other goodies to talk about student engagement and what it means to you. More info: doug: the community blogRSVP now!

Friday, Feb. 1


Royals Basketball
New West Campus, gym
Start time: Women 6pm, Men 8pm
Douglas takes on Vancouver Island! More info: Royals Athletics

Saturday, Feb. 2


Royals Basketball
New West Campus, gym
Start time: Women 1pm, Men 3pm
Douglas takes on Camosun! More info: Royals Athletics

Ongoing


Greenlinks 2013: UNIBUG
New West Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Till Feb. 22
Photos by Mikki Herbold and drawings by Ewan McNeil. UNIBUG is the the citizen science project on biological control of insects in urban gardens initiated by the Institute of Urban Ecology at Douglas College: More info:gallery website

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

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

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Psychology and the invisible gorilla

David Denofreo photo
If a gorilla walked into the room, you'd notice, right? No matter what you were doing? No matter how busy you were? But research shows that about half of us would not notice the gorilla. Don't believe it? Read on to learn more about one of psychology's more famous experiments.

By Graham Rodwell, Chair, Psychology Department


The Invisible Gorilla has become one of the most well-known experiments in modern psychology. First conducted by Chris Chabris and Dan Simons at Harvard in 1998, the experiment was originally designed to show that when we pay really close attention to something we are often blind to other events.

In this research Chabris and Simons made a short film of two teams of people (a white team and a black team) moving around and passing basketballs. Halfway through the video a female student wearing a gorilla suit walks through the scene for nine seconds, including a period when she stops, faces the camera and thumps her chest. The participants who watched the film were told to count and report the passes made by the white team and to ignore the passes made by the black team. At the end they were asked whether they had noticed anything unusual. Roughly half of them did not notice the gorilla.

One of the most important findings of this and subsequent research was that almost all participants shared the false belief that everyone would normally notice an event as unexpected and striking as a gorilla. Participants who did see it found it hard to believe that other participants had missed it. Participants who hadn’t seen it found it very hard to accept that they had missed it until shown the evidence, and even then they often expressed surprise and disbelief.


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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Creative Writing grad named first-ever youth poet laureate in Canada


By Aysia Law


When they called me to offer the job of Youth Poet Laureate for Victoria, the first thing that crossed my mind was “April Fools!” Even after I accepted and they said they’d be in touch, and even once the interviews began, I kept waiting for someone to tap me on the shoulder and say, “Oops, there was a typographical error and actually we picked someone else. Sorry!”

But last night I had my "official" introduction to city council, and I don’t think they can retract the offer now. I’m on record.

Now, mostly, I’m simultaneously exultant and terrified. Being the first Youth Poet Laureate appointed in Canada is a pretty big deal, but it’s also a huge responsibility. I have some really great ideas for events that I’d like to put on this year for youth in Victoria, but it’s going to take a lot of work.

I suppose the good thing about being the first is that, without a previous model to adhere to, I can’t mess it up too badly. Fingers crossed.

I’d like to say a big thank-you to Douglas instructors Calvin Wharton, Elizabeth Bachinsky and Glenda Leznoff for coaching me through post-secondary creative writing, and for being so wonderful and supportive during my time at Douglas. I wouldn’t be here without their help.

Read more about Aysia and her appointment in the Times Colonist and hear her interviewed on CBS's All Points West!

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Celebrate International Day at Douglas Jan. 29 and 31


Want to see the world without ever stepping off campus? Then get ready to experience International Day Jan. 29 (New West) and Jan. 31 (Coquitlam), 10-4pm!

See performances of Bhangra dance, the Chinese lion dance, djembe drumming and others. Taste coffees and teas from around the world and visit booths representing different cultures of Douglas students. Learn more about France, Iran, Kazakhstan, Brazil and other countries.

The theme for International Day 2013 is Around the World in 80 Steps, which highlights the opportunity for us to celebrate, share and learn more about many of the world’s cultures without even hopping on a plane. This International Day, we challenge you to take that first step, and embark on your own journey around the world by engaging with the wealth of cultures we have right here in our community.

Want to see your culture represented at International Day? Want to volunteer? Get this info and more at Douglife

Check out the photos of last year's event!




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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Hospitality Management grad lands dream job

David Denofreo photo

By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor


Anna Rowinska is sitting on top of the world. Or at least, a good thousand metres above sea level.

For the past five years, Anna’s been the Marketing and Events Coordinator at Mt Seymour. It’s a dream job for the avid snowboarder, who graduated from the Douglas College Hospitality Management program in 2005.

“I love it,” she says. “I’ve been growing every single year, every single season with this job. I’m able to explore more options, do more marketing, do more events. And the company has really allowed me to do my own thing.”

After graduating from Douglas she studied event marketing at BCIT and is now in her final semester at Capilano University, where she’s getting a degree in tourism management.

If Anna’s got one piece of advice for people considering a career in hospitality management, it’s this: work while you study.

“Working and going to school at the same time is a bonus. They have a positive effect on each other. What I learn in school I can implement in my work, and what I do at work helps me with school projects. You get that learning curve and you get that industry experience. That’s invaluable.”

Want a cool career like Anna's? Learn more about the Douglas College Hospitality Management program on our website or come to an info session Feb. 19 or 21.


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Monday, January 21, 2013

This week at Douglas: study in Wales, shop and give back, and more!

Here's what's happening at Douglas Jan. 21-27:

Tuesday, Jan. 22


Study in Wales: info session
New West Campus, concourse
10am-4pm
Want information about studying abroad this summer in Wales? Wales Field School 2013 instructors will be on hand to answer all your questions. More info: email Brenna Clarke Grey

Alumni Marketplace
Coquitlam Campus, atrium
9am-7pm
Vendors will be selling South American art, jewellery, clothing, native art and crafts and much more. Money raised from table rentals goes to support the alumni bursary.

Wednesday, Jan. 23


Alumni Marketplace
New West Campus, concourse
9am-7pm
Vendors will be selling South American art, jewellery, clothing, native art and crafts and much more. Money raised from table rentals goes to support the alumni bursary.

Thursday, Jan. 24


Faculty Recital
New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
1pm
The Arts at One presents a recital by Douglas College faculty members. Free. More info: Arts Events

The Ting Forum on Justice Policy Lecture and Dialogue: Key issues for Aboriginal corrections
New West Campus, lecture theatre 2201
4pm
Keynote speaker: Howard Sapers, Correctional Investigator for Canada
Respondents: Rob Harrison, Regional Administrator: Aboriginal Initiatives
Patricia Shea, Community Parole Officer
Thomas Cunningham, Client
Admission is free and refreshments will be provided. Registration is required. Contact Lynda Fletcher.

Saturday, Jan. 26


Royals Basketball
Capilano University
Start time: Women 6pm, Men 8pm
The Royals take on Cap! More info: Royals Athletics

Ongoing


Greenlinks 2013: UNIBUG
New West Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Till Feb. 22
Photos by Mikki Herbold and drawings by Ewan McNeil. UNIBUG is the the citizen science project on biological control of insects in urban gardens initiated by the Institute of Urban Ecology at Douglas College: More info:gallery website

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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Monday, January 14, 2013

What is student engagement? A Douglas Vice President's take

You're invited to chow down on lasagne (free!) with the President of Douglas College Thursday, Jan. 17 and talk about student engagement! Read on to discover what Blaine Jensen, VP Educational Services at Douglas, thinks about student engagement.


By Blaine Jensen


When I think of engaged students I think of people who perceive themselves as active participants in learning and discovering: they feel emotionally invested in their learning and activities. When someone is actively seeking learning opportunities they are usually excited about their new knowledge, and that shows through meaningful interaction with faculty, staff, friends and peers.
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Sunday, January 13, 2013

This week at Douglas: Free dinner with the President!

Here's what's happening at Douglas College Jan. 14-20:


Thursday, Jan. 17


Enchanted Music of Grace Jong Eun Lee
New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
1pm
The Arts at One presents a free concert with Grace Jong Eun Lee, composer and Kayagum soloist. More info: Arts Events

Dinner with the President
New West Campus, Aboriginal Gathering Place
4:30-7pm
Do you feel engaged — academically and intellectually? Is Douglas helping you reach your academic and career goals? Join your fellow students and Douglas prez Scott McAlpine for a heaping plate of FREE lasagne and other goodies to talk about student engagement and what it means to you. More info: doug: the community blog. RSVP now!

Friday, Jan. 18


Royals basketballNew West Campus, gym
Women 6pm, Men 8pm
The Royals take on Columbia Bible College. More info: Royals Athletics

Saturday, Jan. 19


PACWEST Badminton Tournament
Pinetree Community Centre, 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
Hosted by Douglas College. More info: Royals Athletics

Royals basketballNew West Campus, gym
Women 6pm, Men 8pm
The Royals take on Kwantlen. More info: Royals Athletics

Sunday, Jan. 20


PACWEST Badminton Tournament
Pinetree Community Centre, 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
Hosted by Douglas College. More info: Royals Athletics

Ongoing


Greenlinks 2013: UNIBUG
New West Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Till Feb. 22
Photos by Mikki Herbold and drawings by Ewan McNeil. UNIBUG is the the citizen science project on biological control of insects in urban gardens initiated by the Institute of Urban Ecology at Douglas College: More info: gallery website

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

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

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Friday, January 11, 2013

What is student engagement? The Douglas Students’ Union perspective



You're invited to chow down on lasagne with the President of Douglas College Thursday, Jan. 17 and talk about student engagement! The dinner (free!) and discussion is brought to you by Douglas College and the Douglas College Students' Union. To find out how the DSU defines student engagement, read on.

Post-secondary institutions are places of higher learning, but the whole student experience does not happen in just the labs and lecture halls. A post-secondary institution is a place where many students discover their passion, sometimes from their studies, but mostly, it happens outside the classroom.

The Students’ Union is a unique place on campus to discover those extracurricular interests, have your voice heard and make long-lasting friendships. The elected representatives provide a voice for their constituents, the student body, while also listening to their needs and concerns.
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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

You're invited to dinner with the President next week!


Do you feel engaged — academically and intellectually? Is Douglas helping you reach your academic and career goals? Is the College offering enough opportunities for you to apply classroom learning to realistic scenarios?

You're invited to come chat with Scott McAlpine, President of Douglas, about what you love about Douglas, and what you think the College could be doing better. And while you're giving him some ideas to chew on, you can enjoy some delicious food prepared by the College’s finest chefs.

Thursday, Jan. 17, 4:30-7pm
New Westminster Campus
Aboriginal Gathering Place (room 4650)
Max. 50 participants - RSVP now!

OR

Thursday, Jan. 31, 4:30-7pm
Coquitlam Campus
Boardroom (room 3011)
Max. 40 participants - RSVP now!

Event format


Following dinner, there will be a few short presentations to help everyone think about the key questions. After the presentations, the rest of the time is for you to share your experiences and your ideas, and for the President to listen.

Agenda


4:30pm - Doors open

5pm - Dinner

5:15pm - 3-4 short (5-min.) presentations

5:30-6:15pm - Small group discussion

6:15-6:45pm - Large group report back and discussion

6:45-7pm - Wrap-up

Read about last year's Dinner with the President event on this blog.

Read President Scott McAlpine's bio.

This event is co-sponsored by Douglas College and the Douglas Students' Union.
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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Represent your fellow students on Education Council!


Would you like to get involved in the governance process at Douglas and represent your fellow students on Education Council? Or maybe you know someone who would be a good representative.

Douglas is calling for nominations for a by-election that will take place to fill one student position on Education Council at the New Westminster Campus. The term for the position ends Aug. 31, 2013.

What is the Education Council?
The Education Council is charged with setting the curriculum and academic standards of Douglas College; essentially the programs and courses we offer. It is an important governance body that play a key role in shaping the direction and policy of Douglas.

How and when do I apply?

The Registrar is accepting nominations until Jan. 23, 4pm, so be sure to get your name in ASAP.

How are the students selected?
After the nominations are received, all students will be asked to vote online to elect their Council representative. If you have any questions, contact the Registrar’s Office at 604 527 5321.

Click here for nomination forms and election information. (Scroll down to the "Student" section)


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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Get a $5,000 Ike Barber Transfer Scholarship!


Are you transferring to a degree program at another school in B.C.? You might just be eligible for a $5,000 scholarship.

 The Ike Barber Transfer Scholarship is available if you have:
  • completed two years at Douglas or another eligible post-secondary institution 
and
  • are transferring your credits into full-time degree studies at another school in B.C.
You must demonstrate academic merit as well as significant involvement in your community and/or school.

Approximately 125 scholarships worth $5,000 each will be awarded in 2013 under the Ike Barber Transfer Scholarship program.

The program is administered by the Irving K. Barber BC Scholarship Society in partnership with the Victoria Foundation. Find out about eligibility criteria, application procedures and more at their Transfer Scholarships page.

Apply now! The deadline is Feb. 1.  Read more...