Friday, December 19, 2014

Therapist Michael Pond to talk addiction at Douglas College





Michael Pond has experienced the darkness of addiction and, through recovery, emerged back into the light.

Once a successful B.C. psychotherapist, Pond lost his career, his home and his family as he struggled with alcoholism.

During his return to sobriety, he learned what it's like to live in an unlicensed recovery home and encountered what he argues is a broken system.

Now sober for five years and running an addiction-focused practice in Vancouver, Pond is sharing his story and calling for change.

In May, he published his memoir, The Couch of Willingness, co-written with Maureen Palmer, his partner and a documentary filmmaker.

On January 19, Pond will visit Douglas College to talk about his journey from professional, to alcoholic and back to professional.

The talk is part of the Douglas College Health Sciences Speaker Series, presented by the Health Sciences Department.

Event details

Monday
January 19th
10:30-11:30am
Coquitlam Campus
1250 Pinetree Way
Coquitlam
Room A1470
Free and open to public


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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Douglas College in the news: December 2014


Want to find out what's making news at Douglas College? Then check out this roundup of recent headlines:


Douglas student helps launch cab-sharing app
BC Business

Former Douglas student a Forty Under 40 winner
Business in Vancouver

Chevron helps Douglas students gas up
Royal City Record

Douglas training mental-health practitioners
Metro



You can also find the latest news releases on the Douglas College website.


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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Douglas College lecture looks at life in the asylum


Join Conway Davies, a professor at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, as he examines how disruptive behaviour was contained in Wales during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Using patient case notes, Conway will explore life in an asylum and the way ordinary people understood and experienced mental illness, its diagnosis and treatment.

Event details


Friday, January 9
4 pm
Aboriginal Gathering Place
New Westminster Campus, 4th floor
Free and open to public

Presented by the Office of the Vice President Academic and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.



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Friday, December 12, 2014

Top five Douglas College YouTube videos of 2014




Did you know Douglas College is on YouTube?

The college channel has plenty of videos about interesting students, fun campus events and much more.

If you haven't checked it out yet, get started with this list of the five most-watched videos of 2014:

Students celebrate Canadian women's Olympic hockey gold.



Basketball player Simran Bir talks about being a team player.



Psychiatric Nursing grad Sanjin Ramovic gives back to the community.



An up-close look at students learning to care for animals.



The college community takes on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.





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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Douglas College Poem of the Month: December 2014


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 "Inside the Mind of Leanan Sidhe" by Laura Deheer.

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 on the Douglas College website.



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Monday, December 8, 2014

This week at Douglas College: Info session and gallery exhibit!


Here’s what’s happening at Douglas Dec. 8-14


Ongoing


Exam period—Dec. 4-15

Gallery exhibit
New Westminster Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Check out Under the Same Roof: Collaborative and individual collage and sculptural work by Jessie and Ewan McNeil. October 23-December 12. More information and gallery hours: douglascollege.ca/artsevents

Tuesday, Dec. 9


Info session
New Westminster Campus, room 3225
5:30pm
Presented by the Douglas College Community Music School, the audio engineering program is holding two free information sessions. Call 604-527-5469 or email us to RSVP your attendance. For more information, visit the Community Music School website.


Got an event you want listed? Submit it here.

See more upcoming Douglas College events on the Events Calendar.

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Friday, December 5, 2014

How to stay informed if winter weather closes Douglas College


It's that time of year again. You might find falling snow and chilly temperatures in the forecast.

For some, the wintry weather is a welcome sign that ski and snowboard season is getting started.

For others, it's an unpleasant reminder of how annoying it is to shovel the sidewalk.

However you feel about winter weather, it's arrival means it's time to be prepared in the event of a campus closure.

If the weather takes a turn for the worse and a closure seems likely, Douglas will do its part to keep you informed.

To find out what's going on, you can call the College information line toll free at 1 877 679 0823 or check the Douglas College homepage for the latest information.

Updates will also be sent out to the college community through Facebook, Twitter, and email.

Another convenient option is to sign up for DC Alerts. Subscribers get immediate campus closure updates sent via text, email and phone messages.

If the campuses are closed due to weather conditions, the doors will remain open and security will be present because of safety considerations. However, no services will be available and it is not advised to travel to campus.

So make sure you stay informed and stay warm!


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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Video: Douglas College nursing students take part in mock emergency




A police shootout results in multiple casualties. Paramedics have the victims and are bringing them in for further treatment.

That's the high-stress scenario some Douglas Nursing and Psychiatric Nursing students faced during a recent emergency simulation day.

Check out this video to see what it was like:


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Sunday, November 30, 2014

This week at Douglas College: Concert, gallery exhibit and more!

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Here’s what’s happening at Douglas Dec. 1-7


Ongoing


Gallery exhibit
New Westminster Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Check out Under the Same Roof: Collaborative and individual collage and sculptural work by Jessie and Ewan McNeil. October 23-December 12. More information and gallery hours: douglascollege.ca/artsevents

Monday, Dec. 1


Concert
New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
7:30pm
The Music Department presents An Evening of Jazz, featuring the Douglas College Night Band, led by Blair Fisher, and the Douglas College Dues Band, led by John van Deursen. Part of the Fall Concert Series at Douglas College. Admission is free. More information:douglascollege.ca/artsevents

Tuesday, Dec. 2


Last day of classes

Thursday, Dec. 4


Exam period starts. Runs until Dec. 15.


Got an event you want listed? Submit it here.

See more upcoming Douglas College events on the Events Calendar.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Connecting to wireless Internet at Douglas College just got easier


Douglas College is making wireless access easier and even more secure. The College has introduced a new Douglas College Internal wireless network, available to all staff and students.

The Douglas College Internal network will allow users to set their login credentials once. After that, the network will remember your credentials and all of your devices and connect you automatically any time you are within range of a College access point. That means repeated logins will not be needed.

If you are already using the Douglas College Internal wireless connection, you don’t have to do anything different. You will automatically be connected to the new service because it is the same name as the old one. Students will need to move their wireless devices to the new public network from the current public connection.

Visit the Douglas College website for instructions on how to join the wireless network: Instructions for students are available here. Instructions for staff are available here.



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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Exam Jam is back at Douglas College


Exams are stressful. But with preparation, coping skills and some fun, they don’t have to be. This semester, the Learning Centre is bringing back Exam Jam to help support students through exams. But first they are inviting students to take part in their second-ever Exam Jam Kickoff.

Kickoff


Join other students for games, prizes and a dance performance on Monday, December 1, 11am-2pm, in the New Westminster Campus concourse. Test your knowledge with Jeopardy, give the prize wheel a spin, try your hand at plinko or giant Jenga, challenge your friends to Wii or PS3 games, build a stress ball, or learn real stress management strategies that work. The kickoff is a fun way to relax and de-stress before you hunker down for some serious study time.

Exam Jam


Visit the Learning Centre from December 3-10 for exam-focused services. With peer tutoring and study groups happening 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 Learning Centre will be open for business at both campuses during regular hours on Dec. 3-5 and 8-10. We encourage students to book up to four 25-minute tutoring appointments per week during this time. Students can reserve a spot by booking online at douglascollege.ca/learningcentre.
  • 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 ACCT 1210, BIOL 1103/1109, BIOL 1203/1209, CHEM 1100, ECON 1150, ECON 1250, FINC 1231 and PSYC 2300. Study groups will be led by our experienced peer tutors, and students can book a spot online at douglascollege.ca/learningcentre.
  • Citation Station: There will be a designated area in the New Westminster Campus library where students can get answers to citation questions. It will be located across from the “returns” counter.
  • Stress Free Zone: Need a study break? The library is hosting a stress free zone in the library classroom at the New Westminster Campus during the exam period. There will be Lego, Playdoh, puzzles and calming music.

For more info about Exam Jam, visit douglascollege.ca/examjam or stop by the Learning Centre.


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Sunday, November 23, 2014

This week at Douglas College: Field school info session, student concerts and more!


Here’s what’s happening at Douglas Nov. 24-30


Ongoing


Gallery exhibit
New Westminster Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Check out Under the Same Roof: Collaborative and individual collage and sculptural work by Jessie and Ewan McNeil. October 23-December 12. More information and gallery hours: douglascollege.ca/artsevents


Wednesday, Nov. 26


Concert
New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
7:30pm
The Music Department presents Music for Winds, Brass and Percussion, featuring the Douglas College Concert Band, led by John van Deursen and Percussion Ensemble, led by Robert Caldwell. Part of the Fall Concert Series at Douglas College. Admission is free. More information: douglascollege.ca/artsevents

Thursday, Nov. 27


Info session
New Westminster Campus, concourse
11:30am
Learn about the Douglas College field school in Florence, Italy. Earn 9 university-transferable Douglas College credits in just seven weeks. More information: Italy Field School page.

Concert
New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
1pm
Arts at One presents the second of two Student Showcase Concerts. Come out to hear some of the best work from the Music Department's talented students. Free admission. More information: douglascollege.ca/artsevents

Friday, Nov. 28


Concert
New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
7:30pm
The Music Department presents Choirs in Concert, featuring the Douglas College Choral Society, Chorus and Chorale, led by Eric Hannan. Tickets at the door: $15 general admission, $10 seniors, students free. More information: douglascollege.ca/artsevents

Saturday, Nov. 29


Concert
New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
7:30pm
The Music Department presents the Student Composition Concert, directed by Doug Smith. Hear exciting new works composed by Douglas Music students. Part of the Fall Concert Series at Douglas College. Admission is free. More information: douglascollege.ca/artsevents


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Thursday, November 20, 2014

10 study tips for Fall 2014 at Douglas College


Exam time is fast approaching at Douglas College. To help students get ready, the Learning Centre has put together this top-10 list of study tips:

1. Do a practice exam. Try and predict the questions you will be asked, and answer them.

2. When you begin studying, highlight everything you already know. You'll be encouraged at seeing how much you've already accomplished.

3. Don’t stay up too late to study. It’s OK to pull an all-nighter for a paper, but with a test, you need the energy the next day to actually take the test.

4. Study the easy stuff first. That way you don’t waste all of your study time on one difficult concept and run out of time for the rest.

5. Make your study time fun, short and interactive. Use flashcards with pictures, colours and highlighters.

6. Turn off the Internet. Facebook will still be there when your study session's over.

7. Look over your in-class notes to see what information the instructor spent time on and what might be more important to study.

8. Snack smart: eating foods such as bananas and nuts while studying can actually help you retain information.

9. Drink water before your exam. Research has shown that downing the wet stuff before a test can improve your performance by up to a third.

10. Visit the Learning Centre to work with a one-on-one peer tutor. It's free. Look for details on the centre's website.





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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Food drive at Douglas College Nov. 19-26


More than 97,000 people in British Columbia use the food bank each month, according to Food Banks Canada. Nearly one third of those people are children.

To help address this hunger problem, Douglas College is holding a week-long food drive on the New Westminster Campus.

From November 19-26, organizers will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items in the concourse area. Look for them near the big "DO."

“Hunger affects people from all walks of life, from children to seniors. We encourage everyone to come out and support the important work of our local food banks,” says Samantha Berbeck, student development coordinator at Douglas College.

The donations will go to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank and the Douglas Students' Union Food Banks.


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Sunday, November 16, 2014

This week at Douglas College: Student concert, info session and more!


Here’s what’s happening at Douglas Nov. 17-23


Ongoing


Gallery exhibit
New Westminster Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Check out Under the Same Roof: Collaborative and individual collage and sculptural work by Jessie and Ewan McNeil. October 23-December 12. More information and gallery hours: douglascollege.ca/artsevents

Wednesday, Nov. 19


Info session
New Westminster Campus, concourse
12pm
learn about opportunities in the teaching profession and how to become a certified teacher in 12 months in the UBC BEd program! Find out about the many Bachelor of Education (BEd) program options, application requirements and more.

Thursday, Nov. 20


Recruiter visit
New Westminster Campus, room 2690B
12-12:30pm
A recruiter from the University of Alberta and advisors from the Faculty of Science, Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Business -- Augustana Campus & Faculty of Physical Education Recreation will deliver a presentation about the school.

Free concert
New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
1pm
Come out to hear some of the best work from the Music Department's talented students. More information: Arts Events.

Got an event you want listed? Submit it here.

See more upcoming Douglas College events on the Events Calendar.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Remembrance Day poetry contest winners


To mark Remembrance Day this year, Douglas College held a poetry contest. Students were invited to submit original and unpublished poems in English, on the themes of war and peace.

The three winning entries, below, were selected by a panel of instructors from the Creative Writing Department.


Dear Grandfather
By John White


Our thumbs salute you,
sending tribute through simulated games of war.
Oh how glorious, the bravery, how honorable
it must have been,
blistered, crouched, swollen
in sour moistened green.

Thus you marvel, traditional remembrance -
Synthetic floral reds, silenced seconds, and stunning volleys.

But what is your story?
What struck your mind?
Hunkered at the fallen cedar,
in boots belonging to a man whose feet did not walk him home.

Teach me to speak
to the ignorance, the narcissism.
Quick to embellish all you
ever-desperately lived to mitigate.

Pray tell, the secret to peace
in all its abstraction and
walk me back to the root of remembrance,
so that it's all I'll ever have to do.


Red Road
By Eric Milligan


A red road, over the line goes
to promised pastures rich and green
But wired barbs and trenched scars
are all that lie in-between
Fight for your country, they said
for freedom be brave, be bold
Artillery shells we ride to heaven
as bodies pile upon the road

Dinner is served on the chess board
where imperialist games we play
On shattered minds and scattered limbs
we feast, and throw the bones away
A red tablecloth props up our meal
of mustard and mud-caked weapons
But no matter how bitter our main course
we are eager to ask for seconds


War Poetry
By Jesse Pipe

I am in my 30’s and
the most abstract thought now is an attempt to comprehend
how your exposure as human explains my humanity, 
how your young blood begat mine,
how your lack of a choice ensured mine, and
how your lack of recourse saved my right 
to make poor decisions and walk away,
laughing.
I can cuss, I can deride, I can steal flowers
from a lonely cenotaph without a second thought -
you can’t do a thing about it.

Is this what you gave it up for?
Is this what you gave everything up for?
Did you welcome these visions of blood out of man,
waking horror and sleep irretrievable for the 
stolid indifference of me and mine?
I feel no shame,
and empathy’s a closed valve for someone
who has never seen their brothers drowning in gas,
their hearts rending under starved flesh, 
hemorrhaging. 
Is this what you inherited madness for?
I don’t think I understand.

I am in my 30’s and I can’t read 
Owen, Rosenberg, Sassoon, or the rest
without anxious tears that fall somewhere 
between dodged bullets and feet yet to drop.
This is all the legacy I take
from you.


















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Video: Training mental health workers to help people find jobs




Finding meaningful work can change the lives of people with serious mental illness or a substance use problem.

That's the key issue behind a new Douglas College initiative that will provide training to mental health and employment practitioners.

Funded by $75,000 from the B.C. Ministry of Advanced Education, the pilot project offers education sessions to practitioners with Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health.

Read more about the initiative on the Douglas College website and check out the video below for a closer look at the issue of employment support.





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Sunday, November 9, 2014

This week at Douglas College: Working for the Canucks, cover letter workshop, Royals basketball and more!


Here’s what’s happening at Douglas Nov. 10-16:


Ongoing

Student play
Unity (1918), by Victoria, BC-based playwright Kevin Kerr, is presented by the Douglas College departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology, November 7-14, in Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre at New Westminster Campus. Directed by Thrasso Petras. For more information, including showtimes and how to buy tickets, visit Arts Events.

Gallery exhibit
New Westminster Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Check out Under the Same Roof: Collaborative and individual collage and sculptural work by Jessie and Ewan McNeil. October 23-December 12. More information and gallery hours: douglascollege.ca/artsevents

Monday, Nov. 10


Cover letter writing workshop
Coquitlam Campus, Room A1430
4pm
This free workshop will show you how to create attention-grabbing cover letters. For more information or to register, visit the Student Employment Centre.

Tuesday, Nov. 11


Remembrance Day -- College closed

Wednesday, Nov. 12


Cover letter writing workshop
New Westminster Campus, Student Employment Centre (Room 2844)
4pm
Much like the Monday workshop at Coquitlam Campus, this session will help you craft cover letters that get you noticed by top employers. For more information or to register, visit the Student Employment Centre.

Thursday, Nov. 13


Career Q&A event
New Westminster Campus, Room 4920
noon
Canucks Sports and Entertainment and the City of New Westminster are among the attendees for this interactive Q&A event directed at students who are looking to find out which career options are open to them now that they have a degree or diploma from Douglas. RSVP to co-op@douglascollege.ca by 9am Nov. 12 to avoid disappointment.

SFU recruiter at New Westminster Campus
New Westminster Campus Concourse
1:30pm
Interested in transferring to SFU? A recruiter will be on campus Nov. 13 to discuss the entrance requirements for transferring Douglas students. For more information about transferring to SFU, visit their transfer credits page.

Friday, Nov. 14


Basketball - Royals vs. Columbia Bible College
New Westminster Campus Gym
6pm
Join us to watch the Douglas College Royals take on the Columbia Bible College Bearcats for a double-header on the hardwood. The women's game tips off at 6pm, followed by the men at 8.

Got an event you want listed? Submit it here.

See more upcoming Douglas College events on the Events Calendar.

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

The limitations of consent: Jian Ghomeshi, sex and sexual assault

By Darin Nesbitt, Political Science Instructor, Douglas College

Darin Nesbitt

The CBC’s dismissal of Q host Jian Ghomeshi, one of its most recognizable on-air personalities, was swift and surprising. The reason for the decision was initially unclear, but subsequent events revealed why: an increasing number of women and one man - including actor Lucy DeCoutere, lawyer Reva Seth, and a former unnamed CBC employee at Q - have made allegations of assault and sexual harassment.

Ghomeshi revealed on his Facebook page that he participates in BDSM (bondage, dominance, sadism, and masochism). He asserts, “it is truly not anyone's business what two consenting adults do. Sexual preferences are a human right.” The effort to frame this entire affair around consent was purposive. From a legal perspective, consent separates the act of sex from sexual assault, and whether it was expressed is frequently at the heart of sexual assault prosecutions.

Is what two consenting adults do in their bedrooms purely a private matter? Former prime minister Pierre Trudeau, in his then capacity as minister of justice in 1968, famously stated, “there's no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation,” and that “what's done in private between adults doesn't concern the Criminal Code.” While such sentiments on consensual sex have deeply penetrated mainstream Canadian attitudes, they are disconnected from both consent theory and law.

Even the most passionate defenders of personal autonomy, such as liberal philosopher John Stuart Mill, recognize individual consent has limitations. One cannot consent to become a slave, for example, since the practice of slavery is incompatible with the possession and exercise of individual, political, and legal rights. A person cannot forsake rights that inherently attach to her as a human being and a citizen. Consent therefore has boundaries or limits.

Whether in matters of politics or of sex, theorists grapple with the meaning and application of consent. We can use the act of voting to illustrate its complexity. Many believe voting is a form of consent that authorizes the winning political party and its leader to govern so long as the election process in general was competitive and fair. This view assumes too much.

What we consent to when we vote is in fact unclear. Are we expressing support for the local candidate, the political party, or the leader of the party? Are we consenting only to what candidates pledged during a campaign, or for elected officials to exercise their judgment afterwards? Even if we grant that voting authorizes governments, how long does this consent to do so last? A day? A year? The meaning of consent raises more questions than answers.

The Supreme Court of Canada established the legal principle that a person cannot consent to an assault that causes bodily harm, and other courts have held that a person cannot consent to sexual activity that causes harm. Should Ghomeshi face sexual assault charges as a result of his particular “sexual preferences,” his appeal to the principle of consent will likely be as unsuccessful as Winston Blackmore’s use of religious freedom to justify his exploitative, harmful, and abusive polygamous practices at Bountiful, B.C.

Opinions expressed in this story are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Douglas College.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Discover your career path: Q+A with the Canucks and more


What can you do with your degree or diploma?

Do you want to know what opportunities are available to you when you graduate? Join us for a Q+A session with Canucks Sports & Entertainment, the City of New Westminster, Benefits by Design and other employers and find out what career paths are open to you.

Thursday, Nov. 13, noon
Room 4920
RSVP: co-op@douglascollege.ca by Nov. 12, 9am

This is the second Q+A session in the Discover your career path: employer panel discussions series. Every other month the Alumni Association, Co-operative Education and Student Employment departments host employers from different sectors and Douglas College alumni to discuss career pathways and answer your questions.
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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Douglas College Poem of the Month: November 2014


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 "Beauty Parlour" by Tanzil Mulji.

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 on the Douglas College website.


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Sunday, November 2, 2014

This week at Douglas College: Theatre shows, candidate forum and more!

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Here’s what’s happening at Douglas Nov. 3-9


Ongoing


Student play
Subsequent Conversations, a series of one-act plays by renowned American playwright Neil LaBute, is presented by the Douglas College departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology October 31-November 7 in the Studio Theatre at New Westminster Campus. Directed by Cheryl Swan. For more information, including showtimes and how to buy tickets, visit Arts Events.

Student play
Unity (1918), by Victoria, BC-based playwright Kevin Kerr, is presented by the Douglas College departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology, November 7-14, in Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre at New Westminster Campus. Directed by Thrasso Petras. For more information, including showtimes and how to buy tickets, visit Arts Events.

Gallery exhibit
New Westminster Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Check out Under the Same Roof: Collaborative and individual collage and sculptural work by Jessie and Ewan McNeil. October 23-December 12. More information and gallery hours: douglascollege.ca/artsevents

Friday, Nov. 7


Candidates event
Coquitlam Campus, cafeteria
6:30pm
Douglas College is hosting an all-candidates meeting for the Coquitlam civic elections. Find out what the candidates feel they can do to make Coquitlam a more prosperous community. Register to attend the meeting today.


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!


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Friday, October 31, 2014

Douglas College play Unity (1918) runs Nov. 7-14


As soldiers return home from the First World War, a rural Saskatchewan town is exposed to a threat that is perhaps as terrifying and deadly as those encountered on the battlefield—the Spanish Flu. 

The Douglas College departments of Theatre, and Stagecraft and Event Technology present Unity (1918) November 7-14.

Written by B.C. playwright Kevin Kerr, the Governor General’s award-wining play focuses on Beatrice, a young woman from a farming family who narrates the tale through her diary. 

As the town of Unity takes increasingly drastic steps to control the virus, Beatrice and fellow residents also struggle with the feelings of fear, paranoia and loss that are spreading through their lives.

Unity (1918) runs November 7-14 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.


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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Enter the Douglas College Remembrance Day poetry contest


On November 11, people across Canada will commemorate the many members of the armed forces who have served our country.

To mark the occassion this year, Douglas College is holding a Remembrance Day poetry contest, open to students.

Contest rules

  • We will accept original and unpublished poems in English, on the themes of war and peace.
  • Poems should be typed and no longer than 30 lines.
  • Include name, student number, email and telephone number on a separate title page paperclipped to your poem. Only your student number should appear on the poem itself.
  • Submit your poem to the drop box in the LLPA office, or by email to Leah Hjalte.
  • Judging will be done by instructors from the Creative Writing Department.
  • Winners will be announced on Remembrance Day, November 11, 2014. Winning entries may appear on the Doug Blog.
  • The deadline for submission is November 1, 2014.

To learn more about Remembrance Day in Canada, visit the Veterans Affairs Canada website.


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Douglas College hosts Tri-Cities candidate event Nov. 7

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With local elections taking place on Nov. 15, Douglas College is doing its part to help voters get up to speed on the issues in their communities.

The public is invited to attend an interactive dialogue event with candidates running for election in the Tri-Cities.

The format will involve candidates and attendees gathering in small groups to discuss issues such as transportation, housing, local business and safety.

Douglas College students and the Douglas Students’ Union Engage! Club are helping to organize the event and will be involved in facilitating the group discussions.

At least 18 municipal candidates have agreed to participate in the event. They include mayoral, councillor and school trustee candidates seeking election in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody.

Event details


Friday, Nov. 7
6:30-9:30pm
Coquitlam Campus, cafeteria
1250 Pinetree Way
Free, public event
Register at bit.ly/1wp113b


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Douglas College theatre students staging Subsequent Conversations


A group of Douglas College theatre students is putting on a production that delves into the relationships of men and women living in urban North America.

Subsequent Conversations, a series of one-act plays, is being presented by the Douglas College departments of Theatre, and Stagecraft and Event Technology October 31-November 7.

The production features five works written by Neil LaBute, a multiple-award-winning U.S. playwright, including Bench Seat, Land of the Dead, A Guy Walks Into a Bar, Merge and The Shape of Things.

"We are excited to present this unique collection of Neil LaBute’s one-act plays," Director Cheryl Swan says. 

"I carefully selected works from his repertoire that I hope will challenge our theatre students and engage our audience. With this production you can expect complex characters, a darkly comedic sensibility and definitely some surprises."

Subsequent Conversations runs October 31-November 7 at the Studio Theatre, Douglas College, 700 Royal Ave., New Westminster. Tickets ($8-$12) are available through Massey Theatre, 604 521 5050.

For more information, visit the Arts Events webpage.


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Sunday, October 26, 2014

This week at Douglas College: Quiz night, gallery exhibit and more!

                                                               David Denofreo Photo

Here’s what’s happening at Douglas Oct. 27-Nov. 2


Ongoing


Gallery exhibit
New Westminster Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Check out Under the Same Roof: Collaborative and individual collage and sculptural work by Jessie and Ewan McNeil. October 23-December 12. More information and gallery hours: douglascollege.ca/artsevents

Tuesday, Oct. 28


Quiz night
Coquitlam Campus, cafeteria
7-10pm
Come and test your grey matter and have some fun while helping to support literacy projects in Uganda and locally. More information: doug blog.

Wednesday, Oct. 29


Workshop
New Westminster Campus, room 1715
10:30am
This three-part workshop (you must register for all three parts) is designed to help you with career planning. You will learn about yourself and the career decision-making process in a supportive and friendly environment. More information: Counselling website.


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Friday, October 24, 2014

Douglas College welcomes young entrepreneurs from Zambia


Douglas College is hosting some special guests over the coming weeks.

A group of young entrepreneurs from Zambia is visting as part of the new Zambia Youth Exchange Program. From October 20 to November 14, the group will take part in business-focused workshops and visits to local companies.

It's all part of the focus on giving them an opportunity to increase their knowledge and experience in business so they can better contribute to their country's prosperity.

“Douglas College is honoured to have these young Zambian entrepreneurs come to our college and for us to assist them in building their dreams and living their passions,” says Blaine Jensen, Vice President, Educational Services at Douglas College.

The exchange program was created through a partnership between Douglas College and the Zambian Ministry of Youth and Sport and the National Youth Development Council of Zambia.

It is a new component of Douglas College’s existing Zambia Global Leadership Program, which gives Douglas students the opportunity to travel to the country, in Southern Africa, to complete three-month practicums that support community development.


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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Uganda quiz night returns to Douglas College Oct. 28


Come and test your grey matter and have some fun while helping to support literacy projects in Uganda and locally.

Douglas College's Uganda quiz night is back and everyone--whether you're a brianiac or not--is invited to test their trivia knowledge.

Event details


Tuesday, October 28
7pm to 10pm
Douglas College
Coquitlam Campus
1250 Pinetree Way
In the cafeteria

Preregister your team now and make your payment at the event. Teams can be between 4 and 6 people.

Don't have enough people to make a team? That's ok, we'll hook you up with others at the event.

Register online. The cost is $20 per person. For more information, email Wendy Parry at Douglas College.




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Monday, October 20, 2014

Photos: Douglas College Nursing students take part in emergency simulation

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A group of Health Sciences students from Douglas College got a unique chance to experience what it's like to be part of a multi-agency response to a serious emergency.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Psychiatric Nursing students took part in a training simulation at the Justice Institute of British Columbia campus in New Westminster on October 17.

Working as part of a public safety team, the Douglas students treated actors who posed as victims suffering from a range of injuries that resulted from a shooting incident scenario.

The training simulation, organized by the Provincial Health Services Authority Mobile Medical Unit, also involved paramedic and law enforcement students from the Justice Institute and resident physicians from UBC.

Here are photos from the training simulation, courtesy of the Justice Institute:













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This week at Douglas College: Gallery exhibit, free concert, workshop and more!


Here’s what’s happening at Douglas Oct. 20-26


Tuesday, Oct. 21


Info session
Coquitlam Campus, room A1430
4pm
Improve your interview skills. Learn how to get the job you want in this free information session. To register: Student Employment Centre.

Wednesday, Oct. 22


Info session
New Westminster Campus, room 2844
Improve your interview skills. Learn how to get the job you want in this free information session. To register: Student Employment Centre.

Workshop
New Westminster Campus, room 1715
10:30am
This three-part workshop (you must register for all three parts) is designed to help you with career planning. You will learn about yourself and the career decision-making process in a supportive and friendly environment. More information: Counselling website.

Thursday, Oct. 23


Technology fair
New Westminster Campus, concourse
10am-3pm
Join us for the Educational Technology Fair, where you can find out about the various exciting technologies available to students on your campuses and explore how it can make your life as a student easier. The event is free. Students, staff and faculty are welcome.

Free concert
New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
1pm
Arts at One presents the Fall 2014 Music Technologies Concert, directed by Blair Fisher and Robert Caldwell of the Music Technology Certificate program. Free. Public welcome. More information: Arts Events.

Info session
New Westminster Campus, room 2201
4pm
Are you interested in furthering your business education by attending the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia? Check out this free information session. More information: Sauder School.

Friday, Oct. 24


Artist’s talk
New Westminster Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
10am
Amelia Douglas Gallery presents Under the Same Roof: Collaborative and individual collage and sculptural work by Jessie and Ewan McNeil. October 23-December 12. Free and open to all. More information: Amelia Douglas Gallery.

Opening reception
New Westminster Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
4:30-7:30pm
Amelia Douglas Gallery presents Under the Same Roof: Collaborative and individual collage and sculptural work by Jessie and Ewan McNeil. October 23-December 12. Free and open to all. More information: Amelia Douglas Gallery.


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Thursday, October 16, 2014

RBC donates $12,000 to Douglas College Institute of Urban Ecology

Rob McGregor, IUE Executive Director.
Douglas College has received a $12,000 donation from RBC that will support educational programming for youth and community members around ecological and environmental issues.

The RBC Foundation funds will go towards two major programs run by Douglas College’s Institute of Urban Ecology: the Environmental Education Workshops and the User Network for Insect Biology in the Urban Garden (UNIBUG).

“We are very grateful to receive this generous donation and continued support from RBC. This donation will be instrumental in allowing us to continue our work educating youth about ecological and environmental issues and the larger community about ecological approaches to food production,” says Rob McGregor, Executive Director of the Institute of Urban Ecology.

“At RBC, we believe interactive education programs help bring excitement into learning and compliment school programming. RBC is long-time supporter of Douglas College’s Institute of Urban Ecology and its educational initiatives. We are proud to support these unique programs that take kids on an adventure in learning, and enlighten and engage the broader public,” says Jennifer Cabeldu, RBC Manager, Donations, Brand and Communications, B.C. Region.

Founded in 1984, the Institute of Urban Ecology conducts research, organizes community projects and delivers educational workshops on issues related to ecology in urban areas. Its newest project is the UNIBUG program, which has been educating the public about beneficial insects in urban gardens. For many years, the institute has also been presenting educational workshops to school and community groups across Metro Vancouver, highlighting the value of nature in the city.


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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

2014 Entrepreneur of the Year Awards finalists


It's that time of year again! The finalists have been announced for the 2014 Douglas College Self Employment Program Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

Held each year, the awards recognize the accomplishments of entrepreneurs who have graduated from Douglas College’s Self Employment Program.

They are vying for awards in eight categories and for an overall Entrepreneur of the Year Award, which will be presented during an event on October 21.

Here are this year's finalists, listed by category:

Construction and Manufacturing

  • Colin Dion, Transition Construction, Maple Ridge
  • Sohrab Pakseresht Esmaeil, Labyrinth Art Interiors, Port Moody
  • Zahra Majzoubi, Zara Custom Curtains Ltd., Coquitlam

High-Tech

  • Jim Anderson, Anderson Prototypes, Port Moody
  • Don Lekei, Help-My-Tech, Maple Ridge
  • Douglas Beech, HiretheWorld, Burnaby

Home Based

  • Stacey Allward, ABS Consulting Services, Vancouver
  • Leann Fox, BackPAC Fundraising, Port Moody
  • Anne James, A Place For Everything, New Westminster

Perseverance

  • Manmeet Nina Kaur, Ethical Financial, Surrey
  • Pamela Baxter, Cascadia Gluten-Free Foods, North Vancouver
  • TamAirah Pedersen Campbell, The Style Chamber, Pemberton

Retail

  • Carrie Tang, Bronco Belle Texas BBQ & Grill, Coquitlam
  • Dale Breedveld, Over The Top Turkey, Surrey
  • Brenda Fraser, Brenda’s Bangles & Baubles, Coquitlam

Service

  • Mike Oakley, Home James Services for Seniors, Port Coquitlam
  • Raj Aujla, Path to Sobriety, New Westminster
  • Antoaneta Eneva, A1 Design Studio Inc., Port Moody

Smartest Start

  • Rebecca Wood Barrett, Buzzworks Creative, Whistler
  • Timothy Danielson, Character Industry, Surrey
  • Christopher Szewczyk, Antipasti Catering, Whistler

Youth

  • Dewan Bayney, Kontakt Records, Port Moody
  • Angela Ripolo, Heart & Soul Fitness, New Westminster
  • Mehrnaz Jackie Bassiri, MyGradeBooster, North Vancouver


For more information about the awards, visit the Entrepreneur of the Year Awards website.


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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Faculty voice: Get prepared in case ‘the big one’ strikes

By Susan Smythe
Chair of Geography
Geography Chair Susan Smythe.

Douglas College

“The big one” might or might not strike the West Coast in our lifetime, so it’s important to be prepared.

The B.C. coast periodically produces major earthquakes and tsunamis created by interacting tectonic plates, chunks of Earth’s crust that move past each other horizontally or vertically. These plates move at about the speed your fingernails grow.

They may “stick” for hundreds of years, storing up energy that is released when the rock finally ruptures and slips to a new position. This creates an earthquake with seismic waves radiating out like ripples from a stone dropped in a puddle.

The greater the rock movement and the longer the fault over which it occurs, the greater the magnitude of the earthquake. The amount of ground shaking depends on our distance from the site of rupture, and the underlying material. Essentially, loose sediment equals more shaking; hard rock equals less shaking.

We live on the North American plate. It’s colliding with little plates to the west like the Juan de Fuca. The thinner, more dense Juan de Fuca plate descends, or subducts, into Earth’s interior beneath the thicker, less dense North American plate.

The North American plate is locked, or is “sticking,” to the Juan de Fuca plate. As collision continues it is slowly buckling. Geoscientists are measuring its leading edge as it shortens and elevates, just like in Indonesia and Japan before their devastating earthquakes.

One day the North American plate will “snap out” and produce a great earthquake. It may form tsunami waves as it “kicks out” at the bottom of the ocean.

Studies have shown magnitude 9 earthquakes with tsunamis in our coast’s past, most recently on January 26, 1700. We can calculate an average recurrence interval, but can’t predict when the next one will hit because those events weren’t evenly spaced in time.

Geoscientists guarantee that we will have a “megathrust” earthquake one day, but we have no way of knowing whether it will be next week or in 700 years.

The Great British Columbia ShakeOut drill, taking place Oct 16, is a great reminder to prepare our families and homes for a large earthquake. Douglas College has made plans to protect us in an emergency. Now it’s your turn to prepare, and happily, there are many wonderful resources to help you.

The getprepared.gc.ca website will guide you through an emergency plan for your family, as well as emergency kits for your home and vehicle. Use the PEPBC emergency contact form to type in the name of your out-of-province contact and print off six business cards with contact information for your family members to carry in their wallets. The New Zealand government has created a brilliant video of what to do in an earthquake.

Sometime in the next week, take one step to begin or add to your emergency plans with your family. If we take no precautions and a significant earthquake strikes in our lifetimes, we will regret our inactivity. If we plan ahead, we may reduce hardship and possibly save lives of people we love.




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Sunday, October 12, 2014

This week at Douglas College: A Class Act, career workshop, free concert and more!


Here’s what’s happening at Douglas Oct. 13-19


Ongoing


Gallery exhibit
New Westminster Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Check out the Greenlinks 2014: Urban Oases exhibit. Exhibit ends October 17. More information and gallery hours: douglascollege.ca/artsevents

Monday, Oct. 13


Thanksgiving Day—College closed

Tuesday, Oct. 14


Workshop
Coquitlam Campus, room A1430
4pm
Put on by the Student Employment Centre, this one-hour cover letters workshop will help you grab the attention of potential employers with helpful tips on how to get your cover letters read. More information: Student Employment Centre.

Wednesday, Oct. 15


Workshop
New Westminster Campus, room 1715
10:30am
This three-part workshop (you must register for all three parts) is designed to help you with career planning. You will learn about yourself and the career decision-making process in a supportive and friendly environment. More information: Counselling website.

Thursday, Oct. 16


Free concert
New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
1pm
Another free concert in the Arts at One series, Winter Harp: Troubadours and Minstrelsfeatures flutes, medieval instruments and percussion, and a repertoire of neo-medieval, Celtic, flamenco and a touch of Yule. Free, public welcome. More information: Arts Events.

Friday, Oct. 17


A Class Act
Coquitlam Campus
7-10pm
Join us at the 17th annual A Class Act when the 1920s comes to Douglas College and the focus is on wine, beer, chocolate and jazz. For more information or to buy tickets, call 604 777 6176 or email foundation@douglascollege.ca.


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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Get career planning help at Douglas College


Thinking about your future? Having trouble deciding on career options? Douglas College is offering a free career planning workshop this semester that might be just what you’re looking for.

The workshop is designed to help Douglas College students with the career planning process. You will participate in discussions and activities aimed at helping you learn about yourself and the career decision-making process in a supportive and friendly environment.

You will also complete a career interest assessment for free, which includes a professional interpretation of your results.

The three-session workshop is being offered at both the New Westminster Campus and at the Coquitlam Campus.

Agenda


Session 1
– Assessing our skills, interests, and values
Session 2 – But what does it mean? – interpreting the assessments
Session 3 – Researching careers and decision-making

Times and locations


New Westminster Campus

Sessions held on Wednesdays
October 15, 22 and 29
10:30am to 12:20pm
Room 1715

Coquitlam Campus
Sessions held on Tuesdays
October 21, 28 and November 4
12:30pm to 2:20pm
Room C1012, C1009, C1012

Registration


Please register with the receptionist in Student Services:

New Westminster Campus
Room 4600 (south)
604 527 5450

Coquitlam Campus
Room A1050
604 777 6185

More information about Students Services is available at douglascollege.ca/student-services.




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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Douglas College Poem of the Month: October 2014



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 "Grand World" by Louise Brecht.

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 on the Douglas College website.


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Sunday, October 5, 2014

This week at Douglas College: BC Lions student night, Mark Brand talk, free concert and more!


Here’s what’s happening at Douglas Oct. 6-12


Ongoing


Gallery exhibit
New Westminster Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Check out the Greenlinks 2014: Urban Oases exhibit. More information and gallery hours: douglascollege.ca/artsevents

Tuesday, Oct. 7


Info session
New Westminster Campus, room 3302
9:30am
Do you live on the stage? Would you like to manage an arts organization? The Bachelor of Performing Arts degree will prepare you for a rewarding career working in the arts. More information: program website.

Info session
New Westminster Campus, lower cafeteria
2:45-4pm
Interested in studying in Japan, Korea, China, Switzerland, Finland, Sweden or France? Find out more about Douglas College international exchange programs and where they can take you. Doughnuts provided; door prizes to be won! More information: Douglas College website.

Thursday, Oct. 9


Free concert
New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
1pm
Another free concert in the Arts at One series, Piano Trio features pianist Bernard Duerksen, cellist Sue Round and violinist Angela Cavadas creating sweet harmonies to lift your spirit and carry your mind to a place of aural delights. Free, everyone welcome. More information: Arts events.

Friday, Oct. 10


Talk
New Westminster Campus, room 1630/1640
5pm
The Douglas College Business Association presents its Annual Speaker Series ft. Mark Brand. Mark is a social entrepreneur, a restaurateur who own multiple diverse businesses and a former speaker at Vancouver’s own TedTalk. Mark will be speaking about unconventional solutions with a focus on leadership and what young people can do to be active in the business world and in the community. More information: DCBA website.

Saturday, Oct. 11


Student night
BC Place, Vancouver
7pm
Douglas students will be in the stands cheering as the BC Lions take on the newly formed Ottawa Redblacks in what is sure to be a tightly contested affair. More information: Douglife website.


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Friday, October 3, 2014

Douglas College to hold Oct. 16 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?

Later this month, 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 10:18am on Thursday, Oct. 16, 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.

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Douglas student keeps audiences smiling with magic tricks



For Billy Hsueh, life is all about making people smile. As a Hospitality Management student and a budding magician, he’s found two areas where his talent as a crowd-pleaser can shine.

“I think hospitality is a good fit for me because I’m very people-orientated. It also fits with magic and having an outgoing personality,” he says.

Billy discovered his interest in magic around eight years ago. It started out as a hobby, but after many hours honing his craft he now considers himself semi-professional. He performs for hire at local events and regularly appears at magic competitions.

And his skills have not gone unnoticed. Billy has earned several prizes including a recent award from the Pacific Coast Association of Magicians. He is also an active member in the magic community as a member of the Vancouver Magic Circle, Canada’s largest magic club, and the International Brotherhood of Magicians.

Billy describes his style of magic as close-up or sleight-of-hand. His shows often involve smaller audiences, gathered around closely to witness dazzling illusions that involve playing cards, coins, rings and other props. But Billy also takes to the big stage to perform for larger audiences, whom he delights with a blend of stand-up comedy and magic.

“I know exactly what’s keeping my interest in magic. It’s making people smile. It’s the look of amazement that I can give people, just letting them step out of reality and into my world of weirdness,” he says.

As a Hospitality Management student at Douglas College, Billy is learning about marketing, leadership, business analysis and food service. Its knowledge he can put to good use as he pursues his long-term goal—opening a restaurant that features live magic.

“It would be like a dinner theatre,” he explains. “It would include magic shows twice a week. There would be close-up magicians coming from table to table. I want to mix both of my passions.”

Learn more about the Hospitality Management program on the Douglas College website and about Billy at magicofbilly.com.


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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Douglas College Veterinary Technology students help with feline health study


For Veterinary Technology students at Douglas College, an important part of their program involves learning how to provide the kind of hands-on care that keeps pet cats purring happily.

Thanks to a new clinical research project, students in the program will also get to help advance scientific understanding around a major feline health issue.

The three-year study, led by instructor Jennifer Wakeling, will look into the veterinary care and health of cats that have been treated for hyperthyroidism, a common disease of the neck glands.

The study will involve collecting data on over 100 cats and research will take place at the Douglas College Coquitlam Campus and local veterinary clinics.

Over the course of the project, as many as 18 Veterinary Technology students will take part as research assistants, or through practicum or co-operative education placements.

The study will focus exclusively on pet cats in the Lower Mainland that have been treated for hyperthyroidism using radioactive iodine, a treatment often recommend by veterinarians.

The study will evaluate the reliability of various tests used to assess the health of cats after they have received such treatment and track longer-term health outcomes.

“This research will provide data that will help optimize the diagnosis and treatment of common healthcare problems in any cat that has been treated for hyperthyroidism, irrespective of treatment type," says Wakeling, a practicing veterinarian.

"My ultimate goal is to help veterinarians and owners work together to provide the best possible quality of life for their senior pets."

To conduct the study, Wakeling has received a $67,000 grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada through its College and Community Innovation Program.

Also providing support are IDEXX Laboratories Canada Inc., which will provide complimentary laboratory testing, and by North West Nuclear Medicine for Animals, a Vancouver veterinary facility dedicated to treating hyperthyroid cats.

Learn more about the Veterinary Technology program on the Douglas College website.

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