Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Douglas College BPEC grad promotes lifelong fitness

                            David Denofreo Photo
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.”


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.


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.


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
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
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
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
Learn more about the Zambia Global Leadership program. Applications open until Nov. 18. More info: Douglife website.

Thursday, Oct. 31

New Westminster campus, room 1222
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
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
The departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology present Robert Harling’s play Steel Magnolias. Runs Nov. 1-9. More info: Theatre productions.

Got an event you want listed? Submit it here.

See more upcoming Douglas College events on the Events Calendar.

And make sure to join Douglas College on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!


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.


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.


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Douglas College student explores his interests with General Studies

                                 David Denofreo Photo
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."

More information about General Studies at Douglas College is available here.


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.


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

$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.


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.


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
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
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
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
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
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
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
International students’ open house and dinner.

Friday, Oct. 25

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

Got an event you want listed? Submit it here.

See more upcoming Douglas College events on the Events Calendar.

And make sure to join Douglas College on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!


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.


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Douglas College student eyes career in child protection

                              David Denofreo Photo
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.


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

College closed—Thanksgiving Day.

Wednesday, Oct. 16

Modern Languages event
New Westminster campus, Aboriginal Gathering Place
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
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
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
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
The Douglas Students Union hosts a Halloween pub night.

Friday, Oct. 18

Ping pong tournament
New Westminster campus, Studio 1313
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.

Got an event you want listed? Submit it here.

See more upcoming Douglas College events on the Events Calendar.

And make sure to join Douglas College on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!


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. 


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.


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Marketing instructor shares worldly knowledge in the classroom

                                                                 David Denofreo Photo
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.


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."


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Video: Douglas College students cheer on Vancouver Whitecaps

Hundreds of students, staff and faculty from Douglas College joined the crowd in BC Place to cheer on the Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Oct. 6. As part of the Whitecaps Student Night ticket deal, many also picked up sharp-looking Douglas hoodies. Check out this video for a glimpse of the fun.


Sunday, October 6, 2013

This week at Douglas College: Info sessions, author reading, film screening and more!

Here’s what’s happening at Douglas Oct. 7-13

Monday, Oct. 7

Performing Arts BA info session
New Westminster campus, Room 3302
The Bachelor of Performing Arts degree—offered jointly by Capilano University, Douglas College, Langara and Vancouver Community College—has begun recruitment for the next program intake in May 2014. More info: Capilano University website.

Field school info session
Coquitlam campus, Room A1130
Study is Oaxaca as part of the Mexico field school for summer 2014. More info: Mexico Field School.

David Zieroth author reading
New Westminster campus, Room 2201
David Zieroth’s most recent book is The November Optimist (Gaspereau 2013). Almost a love story, it combines fiction, observation and anecdote as the book’s male narrator conjures a dialogue with a woman— his imagined counterpart, his willing or unwilling muse. Free admission. Open to public.

Tuesday, Oct. 8

Fall job fair
New Westminster campus, concourse
The fall jobs fairs give students an opportunity to interact directly with employers. More info: Douglife website.

Film screening
New Westminster campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Meet and greet in the gallery followed by a screening of Crude Sacrifice in the student union lounge.

Field school info session
New Westminster campus, Room 1808
Study is Oaxaca as part of the Mexico field school for summer 2014. More info: Mexico Field School.

Thursday, Oct. 10

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

Got an event you want listed? Submit it here.

See more upcoming Douglas College events on the Events Calendar.

And make sure to join Douglas College on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!


Thursday, October 3, 2013

Centre for Students with Disabilities earns praise from Douglas College student

                             David Denofreo Photo
If you’re concerned about coming to Douglas because you have special needs, Wes McGuffin's story might help ease your mind.

As a student who uses a wheelchair and whose fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination are compromised, Wes, who’s in General Studies, looks to the Centre for Students with Disabilities when he needs assistance.

“The people at the centre are phenomenal,” Wes says. “They make sure I get extra time to write my tests, and I’m allowed to type all my exams because I can’t write very well. They’ll bring in a scribe to help me take notes and make sure I get assistance doing the hands-on work in science labs.”

“There’s nobody better to help you out if you need it,” he adds. “And it’s not just for people with physical disabilities. If you have depression or ADHD or anything like that, they will help you. They are very accommodating.”

More information about the Douglas College Centre for Students with Disabilities is available here.


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Douglas College opens nominations for 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award

                    2013 recipient Frank Giustra
You can help Douglas College honour the achievements of one of its outstanding graduates.

If you know of someone who should be recognized, submit a nomination for the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award.

The award is a major step in recognizing the quality of our graduates and their contributions to the community.

It also represents the calibre of the students that come to Douglas College, and the education, training and inspiration they received here.

The 2013 award was given to entrepreneur and philanthropist Frank Giustra, who graduated from the College in 1979.

Other past recipients include Olympic gold medalist Daniel Igali and poet and creative writing instructor Elizabeth Bachinsky.

The deadline to submit nominations is March 1. The award will be presented during the graduation ceremonies in June.

For more information, contact Andrew Senjack, alumni association coordinator, at 604 777 6171 or by email. The nomination form can be downloaded here.


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Video: Strings come alive during free concert at Douglas College

Mark your calendar if you're a music lover.

On Thursdays at 1pm, the Arts at One concert series brings outstanding professional and student musicians to the Douglas College campus in New Westminster.

The concerts take place in the Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre. Admission is free and the public is welcome.

For a sample of what Arts at One is all about, check out this video of the Sept. 26 performance. It features Michael Strutt on guitar and Brian Arkell on double bass.

More information about arts events on campus is available here.