Thursday, December 12, 2013

Douglas College Poem of the Month: December 2013

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

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

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

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

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

More information about the Creative Writing Department is available here.


Monday, December 9, 2013

Douglas College helps psychology student transition to university

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Thursday, December 5, 2013

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

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

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

We reached Minden for an interview about her work:

Where do you find your objects for the assemblages?

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

Which types of materials are you most drawn to?

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

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

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

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

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

Do you plan and diagram the works?

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

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

Follow Amelia Douglas Gallery on Facebook and Twitter.


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

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

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

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

Here’s what’s happening:

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

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

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

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

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

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


Monday, December 2, 2013

Final voting open in Douglas College Facebook photo contest

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

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

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

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


Sunday, December 1, 2013

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

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

Monday, Dec. 2

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

Wednesday, Dec. 4

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

Coquitlam Campus, library lab
As part of Exam Jam, take part in the “Overcoming Procrastination Station” workshop. More info here.

Thursday, Dec. 5

Exam period starts. Runs Dec. 5-16.

Coquitlam Campus, library lab
As part of Exam Jam, take part in the “Stress Busters” workshop. More info here.

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

New Westminster campus, library lab
As part of Exam Jam, take part in the “Got Exam Jitters?” workshop. More info here.

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!