Sunday, March 31, 2013

This week at Douglas: Give blood, shop for a good cause, hear music and more!

Here's what's happening at Douglas College April 1-7: 


Tuesday, April 2


Alumni Marketplace
Coquitlam Campus, atrium
9am-7pm
Vendors will be selling kitchen items, Tupperware, jewellery, cosmetics, candles, clothing, South American art and crafts and much more. Proceeds from table rentals go to support the Alumni Bursary.

Wednesday, April 3


Alumni Marketplace
New West Campus, concourse
9am-7pm
Vendors will be selling kitchen items, Tupperware, jewellery, cosmetics, candles, clothing, South American art and crafts and much more. Proceeds from table rentals go to support the Alumni Bursary.

Thursday, April 4


CBS Bloodmobile
New Westminster Campus (Royal Avenue)
10am-4pm
Help Douglas reach its goal in the Partners for Life program! Donate blood as part of the Douglas College team. The Canadian Blood Services Bloodmobile will be on campus today to take your donations. Find out about eligibility and book your appointment by calling 1-888-2DONATE.

Student Showcase Concert
New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
1pm
The Arts at One presents a showcase of the best performing musicians in the Douglas College Music program. More info: Arts Events

Audio Engineering info session
New West Campus, room 3220
5:30-6pm
Free information session about the Audio Engineering Program at the Douglas College Community Music School. More info: call 604 527 5469, email or visit our website.

Friday, April 5


Awards Benefit Concert
New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
7:30-9:30pm
The Music Department presents a concert to benefit the Douglas College Award Fund for Music students Tickets ($10 general, $5 seniors, students free) available at the door. More info: 604 527 5723

Saturday, April 6


Current Sound Waves II
New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
7:30-9:30pm
Featuring students from the Music Technology Certificate Program and the Douglas College Midi Ensemble, directed by Robert Caldwell. Free. More info: 604 527 5723

Sunday, April 7


Royals Baseball 
Whalley Stadium, Surrey (map)
1-5pm
The Royals take on Bellevue. More info: Royals Athletics

Ongoing


Formed Earth, Earth Formed: works by Judy Weeden and Ronald T. Crawford
New West Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Till April 12
Judy Weeden explores form through clay, producing works which are both functional and decorative. Ronald T. Crawford creates fictional landscapes inspired by the ocean and aerial views of earth. 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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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Environmental Science student scores with co-op placement at BC Hydro



Smart move: Graeme Lees, a student in the Environmental Science program, has been working the past three months for BC Hydro in a placement through Douglas College's Co-operative Education program.

After completing the first half of a diploma or university transfer program, co-op students alternate semesters of classroom studies with semesters of paid, full-time employment. To find out more about Co-op, visit our website.

And don't forget to watch the video!

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Have your say about the Douglas College 2013-14 budget

On April 12, we'll be holding a forum to present our draft 2013/14 College budget to you, our students. Your feedback is important, and we encourage you to attend!

Friday, April 12, 1:30-3pm
New West Campus, room 4920 
Coquitlam Campus, room B3011 (video conference)

Highlights of the proposed 2013/14 budget include the following:

  • Program growth in the Sport Science and University Transfer programs
  • New post-degree diplomas and other programs
  • Hiring more faculty and staff
  • Increasing student aid
  • And much more!
The forum will begin with a presentation by Karen Maynes, Vice President, Finance and Administration, followed by questions and comments.

For a more detailed look at the budget, visit the President's blog.


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Monday, March 25, 2013

Become a professional pilot with Douglas College

David Denofreo photo
Want to fly the friendly skies - in the cockpit?

If you have a passion for aviation and want to fly for a commercial airline, Douglas College's new Associate of Arts Degree for Future Professional Pilots is for you. A partnership between Douglas and Professional Flight Centre, in Delta, this degree will give you the academic background and flying and ground instruction you need to enter a career in aviation.

You'll earn 60 credits of university transferable courses relevant to the aviation industry in subjects such as weather and climate, and business. You'll get enough flight experience to obtain your Commercial Pilot License and Multi-engine Instrument Rating in two years.

You’ll spend the first part of the program taking academics at Douglas before receiving your flight training from Professional Flight Centre, which usually takes place in the summers and on weekends.

Program details 

  • Study full-time or part-time 
  • Complete the program in as little as two years 
  • Earn 60 university transferable credits

Advantages 

  • Commercial airlines have a policy of hiring pilots with degrees. With this Associate of Arts Degree you can get a job with an airline and have the option of finishing a bachelor of arts degree while you are working. All courses are transferable to programs at UBC, SFU and other B.C. and Canadian universities. 
  • With the sharp rise in commercial air travel and with many older pilots retiring, there is a strong demand for both professional pilots and other air and ground crew. 
  • You’ll increase your employability and learn transferable skills such as critical thinking and communications.
You'll study at our New West Campus and can start in January, May or September. For more info see our website or email Heather Tobe, Program Coordinator. 


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Sunday, March 24, 2013

This week at Douglas: Student Research Day, Uganda Project fundraiser and more!

Here's what's happening at Douglas College March 25-31:


Monday, March 25


Student Research Day
New West Campus, concourse
11:15am-3:30pm
Pick Douglas students' brains as they present their research on everything from vaccinations to marine benthic diatoms(!) More info: doug: the community blog

Tuesday, March 26


Royals softball
Softball City, Surrey (map)
1-7pm
The Royals take on Shoreline. More info: Royals Athletics

Thursday, March 28


Student Showcase Concert
New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
1pm
The Arts at One presents a a showcase of the best performers from the Douglas Music program. Free. More info: Arts Events

Steve Sale's retirement  party
New West Campus, Aboriginal Gathering Place
3-5pm
After over 32 years of service, Steve Sale is retiring. Please join us in the Gathering Room to wish Steve well as he embarks on the next chapter of his life.

Uganda Project fundraiser
Lafflines, 530 Columbia St., New West
Doors 7pm; show 8pm
Laugh your head off while supporting Douglas students who are travelling to Uganda next month as part of the College's Uganda Project. Tickets ($20) and can be ordered by email  or by contacting Janice Spencer, Wendy Parry or Diana Stewart, faculty in CFCS.

Ongoing


Formed Earth, Earth Formed: works by Judy Weeden and Ronald T. Crawford
New West Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Till April 12
Judy Weeden explores form through clay, producing works which are both functional and decorative. Ronald T. Crawford creates fictional landscapes inspired by the ocean and aerial views of earth. 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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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Health Sciences students head to Dubai for international conference


By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor


Three Health Sciences students are packing their bags and heading to Dubai next week where they'll represent Douglas College at the 2013 Education Without Borders Conference, March 25-28.

Psychiatric Nursing degree student Sanjin Ramovic (centre) and Bachelor of Science in Nursing students Bonn Tien Mark (left) and Tanya Peever were chosen out of 13 applicants from Douglas to attend the conference, where they'll engage in dialogue with other students on some of the world's greatest challenges. Notable past speakers at EWA include Tony Blair, Cherie Blair, Bill Clinton and a number of Nobel Prize winners.

Education Without Borders is a biennial international student conference representing top students from 200 individual nations. Three thousand students applied, with 600 students chosen as delegates, and 100 students chosen as paper presenters.

doug tracked down Tanya, Bonn Tien and Sanjin and asked them what going to the conference means to them:

Tanya: "I hope to be able to make meaningful connections with delegates from all over the world. I hope that I have an opportunity to learn about the educational struggles, incentives and initiatives that are occurring in other countries. Being able to learn about these types of things will help provide me with a better understanding of educational needs not only here in Canada, but also of what can be done to help in other places."

Bonn Tien: "I believe access to healthcare is a human right. I have volunteered abroad on several health-related projects in developing countries. The surreal experiences I have been exposed to continue to inspire me each and every day to advocate through knowledge and awareness for this human right. Most importantly, I discovered the impact of how sharing sustainable basic health education has saved and improved the quality of many lives. Attending EWB 2013 will provide me an opportunity to enrich my knowledge and empower and enable me to collaborate with others, not just globally, but also within my community."

Sanjin: "First and foremost, I want to take in the wealth of knowledge that various student presenters and conference speakers have to offer. I also hope to meet like-minded individuals who are passionate about making education accessible for all. The conference will give me a chance to interact with students from around the world, with unique ideas about solving social issues. A number of people that have attended the Education Without Borders conferences in the past have had a positive impact on their community because they were inspired by ideas at EWB - I hope to take away some of that same inspiration."

The conference will be combined with Higher Colleges of Technology’s biennial Festival of Thinkers conference. 

"That week will result in a synergistic combination of some of the world’s brightest and most talented students collaborating with world leaders, thinkers and Nobel Laureates to discuss and propose solutions to the issue of education and educational technology in the 21st century," says Pamela Cawley, Dean of Health Sciences at Douglas College, who will also be heading to Dubai.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Chinese exchange student curls in championships with Royals


By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor


When Yina Chen, an exchange student from the Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade, came to Canada and Douglas College, she wanted to know where she could continue her training in curling. This led her to the Royal City Curling Club.

Just one year after she first set foot on the ice, back in China, Yina is in Edmonton this week competing in the CCAA Curling National Championships as a Douglas College Royal.

"I think it is a great honour to represent Douglas in this competition," she says. "It is the first time my school, SIFT, has ever sent curling students to Douglas. I am so glad that I can join the school team and go for the CCAA championships."

The only team representing B.C., the Douglas College Royals women's curling team was put together by coach Gert van Niekerk.

Yina says she first became interested in curling when she saw a competition on TV when she was in high school. She thought it was interesting but never dreamed she would one day be doing it. When SIFT created a team in February of last year, she jumped at the chance to play.

"After I learned the curling rules and had real experience in curling, I found it really interesting and charming," she says. "It combines strength, wisdom and the skill of teamwork. The greatest part is when you work with your teammates and go through all the happiness and sweat together."

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Douglas students step up to new challenges in REAL Leadership Program


By Eliot Dix James


Imagine a room full of rambunctious elementary school students. They just got out of class and have energy to burn. You are their leader. Your job is to guide them through after-school activities, making sure they have fun, get along and learn. And if something goes wrong, you have to fix it. Because you designed the program.

This was the experience of 19 Douglas students in Douglife’s REAL Leadership Program, which wrapped up last Friday. The program, in its second year, is unique in that students are now responsible for not only implementing, but also planning in teams, five-week programs for kids in the community.

Student leaders are immersed in two days of workshops on child development and program planning. They’re then broken into small groups where they design programs involving educational games, sports, and arts and crafts. Once the students’ plans are approved, their next job is to make them work.

“We really throw them in the deep end,” says Ashley Currie, a coordinator with the New Westminster School District, who helps run the program. “We’ve given them a life raft, but that’s about it.”

The students get weekly mentoring and a full evaluation when the program ends.

 “So far it’s been a great experience,” say Gaby Garcia, a first year Political Science student who is considering a career in business. “It’s a little different than what I envision doing in the future. It’s with children, which is a great challenge. It’s taught me a lot about taking the initiative with a group of people.”

Currie says the Douglas students rose to the challenge, and the program has had rave reviews. Most importantly, it has made after-school programming accessible to families who might not typically be able to afford it. The program is kept low-cost, in part, because of student volunteers.

Along with teaching volunteers teamwork, planning, communication, and some quick thinking, the REAL Leadership Program has proven to be a fruitful chance to network. The city hired three of nine volunteers last year. Students are also placed at the top of a list for community volunteering, because they have already been screened and trained.

Ravi Lochan, a second-year teaching student, says he would recommend it to anyone pursuing a career in education. “Even if you’re planning to teach high school like I am, it’s good to see where the kids come from.”

Garcia says the program helps develop skills useful in any career. “I think that for anyone who wants to work in a team environment or engage with people of any age level, this is a perfect opportunity.”

Learn more about the REAL Leadership Program on Douglife.

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Psychosocial Rehabilitation grad illuminates inner strengths

David Denofreo photo

By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

By day he works to enrich the lives of adults living with severe mental illness. By night he plays rootsy Canadiana music with a band called Factories and Alleyways. But the two sides of Matt Laing couldn’t be more in tune.

Matt holds a Graduate Diploma in Psychosocial Rehabilitation from Douglas College. Psychosocial rehabilitation (PSR) is a system of supports and services that helps people with a variety of mental health challenges live, work and thrive in their communities, and ultimately, as Matt describes it, “work toward acceptance as truly valued citizens.”

“I love PSR because it is grounded in common sense and real life,” he says, “which makes it both relatable and empirically sound. It's so much more than a model of support for those living with mental illness. It's a guiding set of principles and philosophies by which we could all enrich and improve our lives.”

Matt, who also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree from UBC, says his work and his music – he is assistant program manager for two rehabilitation programs for adults living with mental illness – overlap in many ways.

“The same principles and philosophies that drive me to rehab and recovery work also inspire the way I write and perform. Namely, those which underpin our common human experiences of pain, loss, confusion and desperation, but also those of love, passion, triumph and even sometimes a healthy dose of anger.”

He says an added bonus is being able to share the experience of music with his clients, through both teaching them and learning from them.

“Music is a fundamentally human experience and, for many, an integral part of the recovery process. I know it has had profound healing effects in my own life, so to be a part of helping others discover its power is absolutely humbling.”

Learn more about our Psychosocial Rehabilitation program on our website or come to an information session June 19, 2014. 

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

This week at Douglas: EVENT's used book sale, Pearls book launch and more!

Here's what's happening at Douglas College March 18-24:

Monday, March 18


EVENT used book sale
New West Campus, concourse
10am-5pm
Stock up on used books, movies and music from a huge selection at low prices while supporting EVENT, Douglas College's award-winning literary journal, at the same time. New items will be put out each day. More info: doug: the community blog

Blue Window
New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
7:30pm
The departments of Theatre and Stagecraft present a play by Craig Lucas that examines our shared sense of loneliness in an increasingly crowded world. Directed by Deborah Neville. General admission $12, students and seniors $8 Showtimes and tickets: Massey Theatre, 604 521 5050. More info: doug: the community blog

Tuesday, March 19


EVENT used book sale
New West Campus, concourse
10am-5pm
Stock up on used books, movies and music from a huge selection at low prices while supporting EVENT, Douglas College's award-winning literary journal, at the same time. New items will be put out each day. More info: doug: the community blog

Blue Window
New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
7:30pm
The departments of Theatre and Stagecraft present a play by Craig Lucas that examines our shared sense of loneliness in an increasingly crowded world. Directed by Deborah Neville. General admission $12, students and seniors $8 Showtimes and tickets: Massey Theatre, 604 521 5050. More info: doug: the community blog

Wednesday, March 20


EVENT used book sale
New West Campus, concourse
10am-5pm
Stock up on used books, movies and music from a huge selection at low prices while supporting EVENT, Douglas College's award-winning literary journal, at the same time. New items will be put out each day. More info: doug: the community blog

Blue Window
New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
7:30pm
The departments of Theatre and Stagecraft present a play by Craig Lucas that examines our shared sense of loneliness in an increasingly crowded world. Directed by Deborah Neville. General admission $12, students and seniors $8 Showtimes and tickets: Massey Theatre, 604 521 5050. More info: doug: the community blog

Friday, March 22


Pearls 32 Book Launch
New West Campus, Studio Theatre (room 4100)
7pm
Readings by students in the Douglas College Creative Writing Program from Pearls 32, a print anthology of student poetry and prose. Music by Jesse Dramer. Light refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public. 

Blue Window
New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
7:30pm
The departments of Theatre and Stagecraft present a play by Craig Lucas that examines our shared sense of loneliness in an increasingly crowded world. Directed by Deborah Neville. General admission $12, students and seniors $8 Showtimes and tickets: Massey Theatre, 604 521 5050. More info: doug: the community blog

Saturday, March 23


Choirs in Concert
Queens Avenue United Church (map)
7:30-9:30pm
The Douglas College Music Department presents Choirs in Concert, featuring the Douglas College Choral Society, Chorus and Chorale, led by Eric Hannan. General admission $15, seniors $10, students free. Tickets available at the door. More info: 604 527 5723

Blue Window
New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
2pm; 7:30pm
The departments of Theatre and Stagecraft present a play by Craig Lucas that examines our shared sense of loneliness in an increasingly crowded world. Directed by Deborah Neville. General admission $12, students and seniors $8 Showtimes and tickets: Massey Theatre, 604 521 5050. More info: doug: the community blog

Ongoing


Formed Earth, Earth Formed: works by Judy Weeden and Ronald T. Crawford
New West Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Till April 12
Judy Weeden explores form through clay, producing works which are both functional and decorative. Ronald T. Crawford creates fictional landscapes inspired by the ocean and aerial views of earth. 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, March 15, 2013

See our latest video + vote for the Hip Hop Club!



Check out our new YouTube video by Bill Wu of Bryan Aquino, founder and leader of the Douglas College Hip Hop Club and Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching student.

Like what you see? Vote for Bryan and the Hip Hop Club in the Crush Exam and Just Dance contest, where they're in the running for the world's largest dance class April 6. The voting deadline is March 17 - so vote now and spread the word!

Get more info on the Just Dance website.


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Thursday, March 14, 2013

BPEC grad lands teaching job in Tri-Cities



David Grender graduated from the Douglas College Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching program, went on to get his education degree at UBC and landed a teaching job in Coquitlam shortly after he finished school. That’s no mean feat in the Tri-Cities, where new teachers can have a tough time finding work. What’s more, Dave is just one of several Douglas BPEC grads to recently find jobs in the Coquitlam School District. What’s the deal? Read on to meet Dave and find out how he reached his goal.

Education
Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching (BPEC), Douglas College, 2010
Bachelor of Education, University of British Columbia, 2012

Currently
Teacher on call, Coquitlam School District

The Douglas advantage
“The instructors were phenomenal. I think I was really lucky to have instructors who taught not only the subjects, but taught them in a way that was easy for everyone to understand. The program design and the teaching allowed us to feel comfortable in our practicums and made us better teachers. The lessons they taught were amazing.”

The value of field work
“With the BPEC degree you have to teach in a classroom and in a gym. It really prepares you for creating lesson plans and helps you understand a little bit more about teaching environments and how things are done and what is expected of you. So when I went from Douglas to UBC and all of a sudden I had to create these lesson plans and other things, for me it wasn’t a huge step because I had already done it.”

The secret to my success
“Not assuming that my degree from Douglas and my degree from UBC were enough to get me into a teaching position. I coached soccer for 10 years. And having a background in volunteering really helped. I’ve also created a network of teachers I met through my UBC practicum as well as from my Douglas days. When I finished my practicum at UBC, I applied to the school district, but didn’t hear back, so I volunteered some more with teachers, got more references and then there were more people saying, ‘Let’s get Dave in the door.’ So that seemed to work.”

I do what I love
“I love being around individuals I can teach things to, and I love showing them how to become model citizens and how to live up to people’s expectations, and just how to become an overall good person.”

Interested in taking the Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching Program at Douglas? For more information visit our website or come to an info session March 19 (Coquitlam) or March 21 (New West).

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Stock up on books and music at EVENT's annual sale March 18-21

Some of us swear by our Kindles and iPods; others of us love the heft of a book in our hand, turning the pages of a favourite magazine or reading the liner notes of a newly acquired CD or record.

If you’re of the latter ilk, don’t miss EVENT Magazine’s annual fundraising book sale March 18-21, 10am-5pm, in the concourse of the New Westminster Campus. It’s an excellent chance to stock up on books, movies and music – and support Douglas College’s award-winning literary journal at the same time.

See you there!

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

This week at Douglas: Poetry readings, plays and more!

Here's what's happening at Douglas College March 11-17:


Monday, March 11


Billeh Nickerson
New West Campus, room 1808
2:30pm
Literature Alive presents a reading by poet Billeh Nickerson. Free and open to the public. More info: Arts Events

Wednesday, March 13


Bran Cran
New West Campus, room 1808
6:30pm
Literature Alive presents a reading by poet, essayist and photographer Brad Cran. Free and open to the public. More info: Arts Events

Ongoing


Blue Window
New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
March 15-23
The departments of Theatre and Stagecraft present a play by Craig Lucas that examines our shared sense of loneliness in an increasingly crowded world. Directed by Deborah Neville. General admission $12, students and seniors $8 Showtimes and tickets: Massey Theatre, 604 521 5050. More info: doug: the community blog

Top Girls
New West Campus, Studio Theatre
Till March 16
The departments of Theatre and Stagecraft present a play by Caryl Churchill about a tough career woman who is forced to acknowledge the dark side of success. Directed by Claire Fogal. General admission $12, students and seniors $8 Showtimes and tickets: Massey Theatre, 604 521 5050. More info: doug: the community blog

Formed Earth, Earth Formed: works by Judy Weeden and Ronald T. Crawford
New West Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Till April 12
Judy Weeden explores Form through clay, producing works which are both functional and decorative. Ronald T. Crawford creates fictional landscapes inspired by the ocean and aerial views of earth. 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, March 8, 2013

Check out our Pink Shirt Day video!

On Feb. 27 Douglas students and employees showed their pink stripes when they proclaimed, "bullying stops here." See what pink-shirted Douglas peeps had say about bullying in this video, by Bill Wu. Read more...

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Top Girls a perfect fit for International Women's Day

Tomorrow is International Women's Day. It is also opening night of the Douglas College production of Top Girls. As Caryl Churchill's play revolves around a tough career woman living in a "man's world" who is forced to acknowledge the hidden costs of success, the timing couldn't be better. In honour of International Women's Day, Claire Fogal, director, gives us insight into her production of Top Girls.

By Claire Fogal


Though many elements of Top Girls are tragic, I don’t find the play depressing, but actually wildly enlivening. I believe the characters are not just falling apart, but breaking open as they realize how they have internalized oppression, and begin to discover the roots of their own freedom and power.

Deepak Chopra says, “All great changes are preceded by chaos.” With Top Girls I feel Caryl Churchill aims to give us the brutal birth pangs that could lead to a whole new level of human society. Top Girls has been hailed as “the best British play ever from a woman dramatist.” (The Guardian, 1983) The play takes place in 1982 in Maggie Thatcher’s England, but my concern was that too much focus on '80s British historical realism might actually distance us from the play’s contemporary relevance. 

Even in Canada, women still earn 83 cents to every dollar earned by men (and it took 20 years to increase eight cents), and in the U.S., “secretary” remains the number one job for women. North American women continue the battle to balance childcare and careers. My lawyer friend tells her clients that she has a “meeting” rather than reveal her need to pick up her son from preschool. 

As a culture we are still struggling to value caregivers, and still widening the gap between rich and poor, many of whom are mothers and their children. Caryl Churchill unflinchingly examines the hidden costs of capitalistic success and the dark side of sisterhood when individual power, rather than collective power, is the goal. 

Our secret agenda with this production is to envelop you in the play, and to include you in the full experience of true human collaboration that live theatre always comes from. Churchill wrote that she intended for “that which is absent in the play, to have a presence.” Cooperation, equality, compassion and patience are all qualities missing from the characters’ lives; in our staging we’ve worked to reveal the extensive collaboration of our entire production team required to share Churchill’s moving story and revolutionary message. 

We are eager to hear if our experiment succeeds in making this play personally relevant to you, and would greatly appreciate your thoughts in our comments book in the lobby after the show.

Top Girls runs March 8-16 at the Studio Theatre, Douglas College, 700 Royal Ave., New Westminster. Tickets ($8-$12) available through the Massey Theatre, 604 521 5050.


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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Blue Window explores human desire for connection


By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor


When yuppie friends converge at a dinner party in 1990s Manhattan, their conversational bravado gradually reveals a shared sense of loneliness in an increasingly crowded world.

Craig Lucas's Blue Window, the latest production (March 15-23) by the Douglas College departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology, explores our very human desire for - and simultaneous fear of - intimacy.

Set in the cloistering highrises of Manhattan, the play introduces the characters in their respective apartments as they get ready to attend a dinner party at the home of Libby, the main character. The guests include a famous writer, a composer, a skydiving instructor and a lesbian couple planning a trip to Italy.

Through their conversations, we learn that each of them is searching for something - though they may not have the courage to take the final step to get it.

"They are longing for that spark that happens when the right two people come together," says Deborah Neville, director. "Each character is at a different stage in approaching this, their ‘blue window,' their portal to finding the thing they both desire and fear."

Neville says it isn't important that the characters are middle-class New Yorkers from a different era. What matters is that underneath they are human like everyone else.

"There is a fragility I think many folk will relate to: people living in close proximity and moving through hundreds of other people all day long, yet feeling alone, not heard, not seen. I believe most city dwellers will know this feeling. Like the characters in this play, we share a commonality: the desire for connection."

Blue Window runs March 15-23 at the 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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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Get smarter at Student Research Day March 25

Ever wonder what your fellow students are thinking? 

Next week you’ll have a unique chance to get into their heads at the Fifth Annual Student Research Day, an opportunity for students to share their research activities with their College peers and members of the community.

Student Research Day take place MondayMarch 25, 11:15am-3:30pm at the New Westminster Campus (concourse).

Research presented this year will examine issues such as:

  • Euthanasia: a Canadian perspective 
  • ADHD medication: helpful or harmful?
  • The pros and cons of vaccination
  • Marine benthic diatoms: Comparing biodiversity between urban and pristine environments
  • The effects of reactive co-sleeping
  • Punishment vs rehabilitation in Canadian prisons
  • Food borne illness in community-dwelling seniors

And many, many more!

To learn more about Student Research Day, visit the web page.

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Sunday, March 3, 2013

This week at Douglas: shop for shoes, attend a career fair, see Top Girls and more!

Here's what's happening at Douglas College March 4-10:


Monday, March 4


Career Fair
New West Campus, concourse
10am-3pm
Thinking of a new career, from hospitality, to computing, to criminal justice? Explore your options at the 23rd Annual Douglas College Career Exploration Fair.

Tuesday, March 5


Women's Self-Defense Workshop
New West Campus, room 2803 
2:30-4:30pm Presented in honour of International Women's Day. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, March 6


Career Fair
Coquitlam Campus, atrium
10am-3pm
Thinking of a new career, from hospitality, to computing, to criminal justice? Explore your options at the 23rd Annual Douglas College Career Exploration Fair.

Thursday, March 7


Human Trafficking & the Sex Industry Workshop
New West Campus, room 3343
9:30-11:30am
Presented in honour of International Women's Day. Free and open to the public. More info: doug: the community blog

Friday, March 8


Career Planning Workshop
Coquitlam Campus, room A2050
3-5pm
This is the second part of a workshop for students who are interested in exploring their career options. You must have attended part 1 on Friday March 1.

Walk a Mile in a Woman's Shoes Shoe Sale 
New West Campus, concourse
11am-4pm 
In honour of International Women's Day, the Douglas College Women's Centre is holding a shoe sale of gently used footwear to raise money for bursaries to support women in their studies. Starting from $2/pair! More info: doug: the community blog

HPV Clinic
New West Campus, room 2212
9am-4pm
Are you a woman born 1991-1993? If so, you are eligible for a limited, one-time free HPV vaccine. Presented by the Douglas Students' Union. Administered by Safeway pharmacists. Please bring your BC Care Card. (Second and third clinics will be held as the HPV vaccine has three doses.) Interested in attending? Email Deepa at the DSU.

Ongoing


Women Who Inspire Us Poster Exhibition
Coquitlam Campus (atrium); New West Campus (concourse)
March 4- 8
Presented as part of International Women's Day. Free and open to the public. More info: doug: the community blog 

Top Girls
New West Campus, Studio Theatre
March 8-16
The departments of Theatre and Stagecraft present a play by Caryl Churchill about a tough career woman who is forced to acknowledge the dark side of success. Directed by Claire Fogal. General admission $12, students and seniors $8 Showtimes and tickets: Massey Theatre, 604 521 5050. More info: doug: the community blog

Formed Earth, Earth Formed: works by Judy Weeden and Ronald T. Crawford
New West Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Till April 12
Judy Weeden explores Form through clay, producing works which are both functional and decorative. Ronald T. Crawford creates fictional landscapes inspired by the ocean and aerial views of earth. More info: gallery website

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Friday, March 1, 2013

TESL grad lands job right after graduation

David Denofreo photo
It’s not every grad that can boast finding his dream job a mere two or three days after finishing school. But that’s exactly what happened to Justin Majta, who recently received his Teaching English as a Second Language certificate from Douglas College.

“I went out and applied to an ESL school the next day and got hired,” he says. “I had my interview on a Tuesday, did my observation on a Wednesday and took over a class on Thursday.”

An ESL instructor at inlingua, an international language school with two campuses in Vancouver, Justin says his job is about a lot more than just teaching grammar and vocabulary.

“You teach language, but you also teach Canadian culture. It’s providing that language-culture connection that’s so rewarding.”

Justin says Douglas was “awesome” in providing him with the tools, skills and confidence to walk into an ESL classroom and begin teaching.

“The TESL program more than exceeded my expectations. I didn’t know what to expect coming in - I was actually a little afraid of public speaking - but the activities give you the confidence to speak in front of a class and teach you how to manage your classroom. Those things are really important.”

Justin points out that one of the reasons he chose the Douglas TESL program over those from other institutions is because it offered a quick turnaround.

“The program is only one semester. You go in, get the skills, and then you’re working in a relatively short period of time.”

Thinking of becoming an ESL teacher? Find out more about out Teaching English as a Second Language program on our website. 

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