Sunday, September 29, 2013

This week at Douglas College: Job fair, Arts at One concert, Whitecaps Student Night and more!


Here’s what’s happening at Douglas Sept. 30-Oct. 6


Tuesday, Oct. 1


Sisters in Spirit vigil
New Westminster campus
11:30am
A vigil honouring missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls.
More info: Other Press website.

Wednesday, Oct. 2


Student Job Fair
Coquitlam campus, atrium
10am-3pm
The Coquitlam Campus Fall Jobs Fair gives students an opportunity to interact directly with employers looking for students just like you!
More info: Douglife website.

CFA/CFP information session
New Westminster campus, lecture hall R2201
5-6:20pm
A panel discussion presented by the Douglas College Business Association.

Thursday, Oct. 3


Sisters in Spirit vigil
Coquitlam campus
Noon
A vigil honouring missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls.
More info: Other Press website.

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

Study in Belize information session
Coquitlam campus, Room C1002
4:30pm-5:30pm
Study in Belize for an experience of a lifetime! Earn nine Douglas College credits in just eight weeks. More info: Belize Field School.

Sunday, Oct. 6


Whitecaps Student Night
BC Place, Vancouver
5pm
Cheer on the Vancouver Whitecaps FC along with other Douglas College students. Discount tickets officially sold out. More info: Douglife website.

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Video: Global Leadership Program takes Douglas College students to Zambia



Are you looking for an international experience that will change your life? Check out this video about the Zambia Global Leadership Program. Through the program, Douglas College students spend three months in Zambia, in southern Africa, interning with social enterprises and community development, health care and other organizations in areas that mesh with their fields of study.

For more information, visit the Douglife website.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Sport science instructor teaches Douglas College students to look beyond textbook

                                David Denofreo Photo


What’s the benefit of smaller class sizes? Just ask Ken Anderson, a sports science instructor who taught in front of large university classes before coming to Douglas College.

“At university I might be teaching a class to 140 students. I can poke and prod and bribe, but no one is going to put their hand up in front of all those people,” says Ken, coordinator of the Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching program.

“Students come out of those classes knowing the theory, but they can’t relate it to real-world examples.”

“At Douglas,” he continues, “where my classes have between 30 and 35 students, it’s easy for people to put their hands up and say, ‘I teach gymnastics’ or ‘I coach hockey.’ These are examples that other students can learn from. And that’s what my classes are all about.”

For Ken, making the connection between what’s in the textbook and what happens in the real world is key to a good education.

“It’s easy to memorize facts or anatomy or physiology,” he says, “but if you can relate it to something then that really means that you understand the concept.”

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

New Westminster cultural map project launches at Douglas College


There’s no shortage of arts, cultural and heritage assets in New Westminster, but keeping track of it all is no easy task. 

That’s where the New Westminster Cultural Mapping Project comes in.

The project’s goal is to create an interactive, online inventory to help residents and visitors easily navigate what the Royal City has to offer.

To learn more about the project and how to contribute, you can attend a public information session at Douglas College’s New Westminster campus.

The launch event is being held in the Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre (Room 4100) on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 7pm.

Douglas College, the City of New Westminster and the Arts Council of New Westminster have partnered to produce the map.

For more information, visit the Arts Council of New Westminster website.

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

This week at Douglas: Arts at One, Cultural Mapping Project and more!


Here’s what’s happening at Douglas Sept. 23-29


Monday, Sept. 23


Present with Success – Meeting Employers
Coquitlam Campus, Room A1080
10-11:30am
Learn how to effectively communicate and present yourself to employers and leave a lasting impression. More info: Douglife website.

Thursday, Sept. 26


Arts at One concert
New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
1 pm
Enjoy Bassic Musicianship as part of the Arts at One fall concert series. More info: Arts Events.

New Westminster’s Cultural Mapping Project
New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
7 pm
Join us for an evening of discussion about the value of mapping our many cultural assets and how you can contribute to the success of the project. More info: New West Arts Council.

Friday, Sept. 27


Present with Success – Meeting Employers
New Westminster Campus, Room 0626
2-3:30pm
Learn how to effectively communicate and present yourself to employers and leave a lasting impression. More info: Douglife website.


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

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Aboriginal Truth and Reconciliation event visits Douglas College



Students gathered in the concourse of the Douglas College New Westminster campus to hear a panel of speakers discuss the impact of the residential school system in Canada.

Here are some photos from the Aboriginal Truth and Reconciliation event, which took place on Thursday, Sept. 19.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Douglas College Therapeutic Recreation students to help with mental health study



                  Colleen Reid, Douglas faculty
A Douglas College research project focused on therapeutic recreation programs for people with mental illnesses will allow students to gain practical experience.

Colleen Reid, a therapeutic recreation instructor, is working on the two-year project with the Open Door Group, a Vancouver non-profit which provides services for people with mental-health issues. The goals of the project are to identify how people with mental-health challenges experience community inclusion, health and wellbeing and then to develop indicators to evaluate the success of therapeutic recreation programs.

As part of the project, Open Door Group clients will use cameras to document their daily living experiences. They will then be interviewed about what the images mean to them. Students in Douglas College’s Bachelor in Therapeutic Recreation degree program will help the clients with the photography, in addition to other research duties.

Reid, project co-lead, said the experience will help students solidify their research skills and more.

“It’s about opening up their views and perspectives around mental illness and having them work directly with clients,” she says. “We think that’s a really important skill for them, to be ready to work with this group in the future, potentially. A lot of people graduating from Therapeutic Recreation do work in mental health.”

Reid has received a $135,000 grant from the Vancouver Foundation, a charitable funding organization, to support the project.

"There is increasing pressure on community-based services to measure the effectiveness of their programs. Unfortunately, there is also a lack of good outcome indicators," she says. "What we hope to do is to develop indicators that better reflect the experiences of clients."

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

SFU-Douglas Degree student strives to make a difference



Do you really need an education to help you reach your goals?

At the age of 19, Anoop Virk has already connected with some of the most influential movers and shakers in the world (Chelsea Clinton; Stephen Harper; William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge; plus an anticipated meeting with Ndaba Mandela).

She’s cofounded Project H.E.L.L.O, which connects Downtown Eastside residents with long-lost family members, and is founder and president of Project L.O.V.E, an initiative that promotes global gender equality.

Project L.O.V.E is currently building a school in Zambia that will be 50 percent girls. But Anoop knows that completing her education will take her even further.

A second-year student in the SFU-Douglas Degree Program, Anoop is getting her bachelor’s in international studies.

She says after visiting developing countries and seeing how little schooling many girls receive, she realized that getting an education was key to making a difference. 

“I want to help as many people as I can,” Anoop says . “And in order to become the person I want to be, I need an education. 

“If I want to be this leader, if I want to be this woman who inspires young girls, I think it’s important for me to get educated in a number of areas, learn to think more critically and get broader insight into the world.”

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Have fun, get involved with Douglife


Want to discover the other half of the college experience? Douglife is your one-stop shop for activities outside of class like beach volleyball tournies, Frosh, global internships, volunteering and more. Douglife also supports student clubs and organizations, student leadership and wellness programs.

We offer you fitness classes in yoga, kick boxing, core strength, basic step, and Zumba. The weight room is open from 8am-8pm Monday to Thursday, and 8am-4:30pm on Friday.

Volunteer opportunities exist on and off campus. On-campus opportunities include helping run International Day and other events, while off-campus opportunities exist through a variety of organizations like the Red Cross and PoCoMo Youth Services.

Some of the clubs that exist on campus are the Running Club, the Outdoors Club, the Social Justice Club, the Business Association and the International Association. Get the complete list on the Douglife website.

Why get involved?


  • Getting involved in co-curricular activities gives you the chance to meet new people with similar interests. In other words, make new friends and have fun doing it.
  • Physical activity can have a strong, positive impact on mood, and social interaction can boost cognitive performance! 

So whether you want to join a sports team, go to the big game on Friday night, intern in Zambia or create a club, Douglife is the place you need to be. Check us out at douglife.ca.


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Monday, September 16, 2013

This week at Douglas: Arts at One concert, Truth and Reconciliation panel and more!

Here’s what’s happening at Douglas Sept. 16-22


Monday, Sept. 16


Workshop: Resumes and more!
New Westminster Campus, Room 0622
10-11:30am
Give yourself the edge and get help creating or revamping your resume, cover letter and more. More info: Douglife website.

Thursday, Sept. 19


Aboriginal Truth and Reconciliation event
New Westminster Campus concourse
10:45 am-12:15pm
Join us for videos and a speaker’s panel at the New Westminster Campus concourse. More information: Aboriginal Student Services.

Arts at One concert
New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
1pm
Enjoy Standing Wave: In an Instant as part of the Arts at One fall concert series. More info: Arts Events.

Friday, Sept. 20


Workshop: Resumes and more!
Coquitlam Campus, Room A1226
2-3:30pm
Give yourself the edge and get help creating or revamping your resume, cover letter and more. More info: Douglife 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, September 13, 2013

Psychiatric Nursing grad pursues his passion for mental-health work





                                David Denofreo Photo
Trying to decide whether to get your degree at a college or university? 

Sanjin Ramovic was a second-year psychology student at Douglas when he was accepted into the honours programs at UBC and SFU. But he chose to stay at Douglas to finish his undergraduate psychology degree.

“I realized Douglas was where I wanted to be,” San says. “I loved the instructors and the program. They were awesome.”

After graduating, he decided to go on to get a degree in psychiatric nursing. Sticking with the same institution was a no-brainer.

“Douglas was my only choice,” San says. “It was the only place I applied to, and it was the only program I wanted to take.”

Now an intake nurse at Surrey Mental Health, San’s found his place: working in the community.

“It’s my passion,” he says. “It’s where I feel I fit in the best and can do the most.”

Working in mental health takes a lot of focus. But San is no stranger to activities that require a great deal of concentration.

When he’s not working, he can be found taking his motorbike out for long rides or building miniature armies from the Warhammer fantasy game.

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Douglas College students offered discount Vancouver Whitecaps tickets



Grab a Douglas hoodie with your ticket.
Douglas students who are fans of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC have something to cheer about.

For the reduced price of $20 each, students can grab tickets to the match against the Portland Timbers on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 5pm.

The student-night deal includes seating in a special Douglas College section in BC Place and a spiffy Douglas hoodie.

Staff and alumni can also get in on the offer for $25.

Don’t miss the Monday, Sept. 23 deadline to buy tickets, available in Room 1315 on the New Westminster campus. Check out the details at the Douglife website.
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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Douglas students can win $1,000 in tuition credits in Facebook photo contest

                                                                                                Alvin Lescano Photo
Are you a Douglas College student who likes to take photos? Could you use some help paying for school? If so, then you might want to check this out.

Here at Douglas we’re looking for some new cover photos for our Facebook page and we want them from you, our students.

To add some fun to the process, we're having a photo competition. The prizes are a $500 tuition-fee credit for first place, a $300 credit for second and a $200 credit for third.

Here’s how the contest works:

1. Take photos in or around the college campuses then email them to events@douglascollege.ca or tweet them to @douglascollege.

2. We will post the photos on our Facebook page in a special album. The top five with the most likes, comments and shares will be placed into a playoff vote in early November to determine the top three.

3. In early December, we will create a new album featuring those top-three photos. A final round of “voting” using the same system will determine the prize winners. First place will also be the cover in December.

To enter the contest, you must have a valid Douglas College student ID. Submit as many photos as you like. One prize per student. The deadline for submissions is Monday, Sept. 30.

We look forward to seeing what our talented student-shutterbugs come up with, so get your photos in.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

When life happens, Counselling Services is here to help

David Denofreo photo

By Angela Katsamakis

Sometimes it might feel as if life is getting in the way of your academic success. But help is just around the corner with free and confidential counselling available right on campus.

If you are dealing with a problem that is affecting your school performance, it may be useful to talk to someone who can support you. Counsellors at both the New Westminster and Coquitlam campuses are trained to provide short-term personal counselling, career counselling and student advocacy. You may want to visit Counselling Services if you are having trouble in areas such as:

  • Managing personal stressors
  • Relationship problems
  • Grief
  • Family-related concerns
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Adjustment to college
  • Setting career goals
  • Making career choices
  • Understanding your rights and responsibilities according to College policy

How do I make an appointment?

Student Service office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm. Pick up the phone or come in person to make an appointment. If you are in crisis or do not require a full hour appointment, feel free to drop in to see a counsellor.

New Westminster Campus, room 4600
604 527 5486 TTY: 604 527 5450

Coquitlam Campus, room A1050 
604 777 6168 TTY: 604 777 6179

Remember: You aren’t alone – Counselling Services is here for YOU. For more information visit our webpage


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Friday, September 6, 2013

Douglas students set educational goals for new school year

Douglas College has been buzzing with activity as students settle in for a new school year. Here’s what some of them had to say about what they’re studying and their educational goals.

Juliet D.

Commerce and Business Administration
“Well I’ve always been interested in business in terms of economics and good decision making in the workplace. I also want to be trained to deal with conflict management and problem solving.”

Andrew D.

Psychiatric Nursing
“I’m going into psychiatric nursing. I’m just doing my prerequisites right now for it. I’ll apply for it probably in springtime. This school has that program, so that’s why I’m here.”

“It’s always just been something that I enjoyed—psychology and helping people with mental illnesses.”

Sahar A.

Medical Office Assistant
“I heard that they have a really good medical office program here. Better than other schools, actually, I heard from a few friends, so that’s how I decided to come here.”

Brody W.

Computing Science and Information Systems
"It’s an expanding field, I guess. There’s lots of potential for opportunity and particularly something that I can take advantage of on my own time, so to speak. There’s a lot of potential to really practice and get experience by yourself."

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Get tutored at the Learning Centre

By Liam Britten, LC Master Tutor


Is philosophy giving you fits? Is APA absolutely agonizing? If so, you may want to check out the Douglas College Learning Centre for help with your courses.

The Learning Centre (or the “LC,” as the cool kids call it) has branches at both the Coquitlam and New Westminster campuses offering free help for any course at the college. The LC uses a student-led approach to learning that puts you in the driver’s seat to help you succeed not only in current courses, but future ones as well.

LC tutors are peer tutors; they are students just like you, taking classes at Douglas or other post-secondary institutions. In addition to help with coursework, they can help you with essay writing, math skills and computer problems. Plus they can coach you on how to study more effectively.

If you are having troubles in a course, don’t wait until it’s too late! From the LC homepage you can log into WCOnline and find a time that’s right for you for a 25-minute appointment. Bookings can be done 24 hours a day, so there’s no need to hesitate. All Learning Centre tutoring is FREE to Douglas College students.

You can also apply for a weekly, ongoing hour-long session with a tutor. One more option is to send your written assignments to an online tutor; you can send in your written work any time, seven days a week. Getting help is as easy as going to our website and choosing the option that works best for you.

The LC keeps the following hours during the Fall Semester:

New Westminster
9:30am-5:30pm, Monday
10:30am-8:30pm, Tuesday-Thursday
9:30am-4:30pm, Friday
10:30am-2:30pm, Saturday

Coquitlam

9:30am-5:30pm, Tuesday-Friday



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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Douglas College Library: Research, citations and technology…OH MY!


By Gretchen Goertz, Technical Services and Reference Librarian


Like Dorothy on the road to Oz, navigating College can be daunting! Dorothy had a few companions, but in the Library you have many different people and many types of services to help you along your path.

Not sure who or where to ask your questions? Douglas College has libraries at both the Coquitlam and New Westminster campuses. Look for the "ASK ME" service desk close to the entrances at either campus. There you will find friendly and knowledgeable library staff waiting to provide assistance. Don’t hesitate to ask your question - we answer all sorts of questions at the ASK ME desk.

In addition to F2F help, the Library website has an array of research and educational resources to help you write research essays, find scholarly resources and complete your assignments. Are you simply looking for a book or e-book? Search our Library catalogue. Looking for citation styles? The library has Citation guides to help you cite your sources correctly. Familiarize yourself with the library homepage and don’t forget to click the Resources by Subject page for your specific discipline.

Do you have required readings for a course? Check the Course Reserves link on the library homepage and try a search by course or instructor. Some readings are online and others are housed on the Reserves shelves at the circulation desks. Circulation staff can help you get the correct reading for your course. Staff can also help you sign out library material, book laptops, book study rooms, show you how to use audio visual equipment and much more. Information about the technology available for loan can be viewed on the A/V equipment webpage.

 Don’t forget: you can log in to your own library account 24/7. From your account you can place holds on library material, renew books/videos, opt in or out of your personal Reading History, create reading lists for research and monitor your account. Don’t forget to subscribe to Notices by Text Messaging so you will never have overdue materials. You will receive courtesy notices gently reminding you when your library materials are due, alerts when your holds are ready for pick-up, and other helpful text alerts.

Research Librarians are available during all open hours so when you are ready to start your research paper or other assignments they are available to help you find useful research material using appropriate research databases. There are several ways to contact a Librarian:
  • F2F at the Research desks (both campuses) 
  • Email reference
  • Live Chat
  • texting
  • telephone
  • individualized appointments 

So don’t get stranded on the yellow brick road! Stop by either campus library and get to know the people, tools and services available for you - and no flying monkeys!





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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Coquitlam Campus holds lockdown drill mid-September


What if there were a violent intruder on campus? Would you know what to do?

In mid-September we’re holding a lockdown drill at the Coquitlam Campus to show you how to stay safe in such a situation.

What will the lockdown drill be like?


On the day of the drill there will be signs at campus entry points and extra security guards on site. Prior to the drill there will be an announcement over the PA system to let you know the drill process is about to begin.

Then:

  • A lockdown alert will be announced over the PA system and sent via DC Alerts, the College’s emergency communication system. 
  • Upon hearing the lockdown alert, you will be instructed to go to the nearest room and lock the door. There will be personnel in open spaces, such as the cafeteria and concourse, to direct you. 
  • When the drill is over, you will receive an-all clear message. 

We’ll advise you of the specific date of the drill closer to the event.

What can I do to prepare?


Watch our Lockdown Instructional Video on the Douglas College website.

Check out the Lockdown Procedures posted in all classrooms and meeting rooms.

Sign up for DC Alerts.

If you have any questions, contact Nancy Constable, Director, Safety, Security & Risk Management, at 604 527 5828.

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Sunday, September 1, 2013

This week at Douglas: Welcome Week, film screening, artist's talk and more

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


Tuesday, Sept. 3


Welcome Week
New Westminster Campus concourse, Coquitlam Campus atrium
9 am-4 pm
Check out the Douglife booth and other services and clubs on campus. You’ll find all welcome week activities in the New West concourse and the Coquitlam atrium.

Wednesday, Sept. 4


Welcome Week
New Westminster Campus concourse, Coquitlam Campus atrium
9 am-4 pm
Check out the Douglife booth and other services and clubs on campus. You’ll find all welcome week activities in the New West concourse and the Coquitlam atrium.

VLAFF special screening: Nada+ (Nothing More)
New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
7 pm
The Vancouver Latin American Film Festival comes to the New Westminster campus! Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti’s Nothing More is a remarkable debut feature on Cuba’s political and social relations. Carla is a young postal worker who dreams of joining her parents in Miami even as she enlivens her own drab existence by opening and rewriting the very letters she is responsible for processing. Intermittently bursting into song and cleverly mimicking various cinematic styles, the film is hilarious as well as heartbreaking. Free event. More info: VLAFF website.

Thursday, Sept. 5


Welcome Week
New Westminster Campus concourse, Coquitlam Campus atrium
9 am-4 pm
Check out the Douglife booth and other services and clubs on campus. You’ll find all welcome week activities in the New West concourse and the Coquitlam atrium.

FROSH ’13 meet and greet
New Westminster Campus, Douglas Student Union lounge
7 pm-10 pm
Are you a new student on campus? Are you looking to meet new friends, challenge yourself, and have a lot of fun? Then FROSH ’13 is the perfect event for you. Check out the webpage to get all the details and view last year’s pictures. Registration required. Cost $10. More info: Douglife website.

Friday, Sept. 6


Artist’s talk
New Westminster Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
10 am
The Amelia Douglas Gallery presents Everyone talks about the weather, a suite of paintings by Les Linfoot. Artist’s Talk in the gallery. Free admission. More info: Arts events.

FROSH event
New Westminster Campus
3:30 pm-9:30 pm
Are you a new student on campus? Are you looking to meet new friends, challenge yourself, and have a lot of fun? Then FROSH ’13 is the perfect event for you. Check out the webpage to get all the details and view last year’s pictures. Registration required. Cost $10. More info: Douglife website.

Closing reception
New Westminster Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
4:30 pm-7:30pm
The Amelia Douglas Gallery presents Everyone talks about the weather, a suite of paintings by Les Linfoot. Closing reception. Live music by Little Mountain Trio. Free admission. More info: Arts events.

Saturday, Sept. 7


FROSH event
Coquitlam Campus
10 am-3 pm
Are you a new student on campus? Are you looking to meet new friends, challenge yourself, and have a lot of fun? Then FROSH ’13 is the perfect event for you. Check out the webpage to get all the details and view last year’s pictures. Registration required. Cost $10. More info: Douglife 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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