Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Students take stage at PuSh International Performing Arts Festival



Dirty Laundry Creations, the students who make up the Bachelor of Performing Arts program, will perform at the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. 

Their show, A Presence of Monster, runs Jan. 30-Feb. 1 at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre in Vancouver.

The Bachelor of Performing Arts program is offered jointly by Douglas College, Capilano University, Langara College and Vancouver Community College. 

Support these students and come out for an evening of fun. More info on the show is here.
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Monday, January 27, 2014

This week at Douglas College: Guitar concert, marketplace, employment workshop and more!

Here’s what’s happening at Douglas Jan. 27-Feb. 2


Monday, Jan. 27


Workshop
New Westminster campus, room 2844
12:15-1:45pm
Take part in a job interview workshop presented by the Student Employment Centre.

Tuesday, Jan. 28


Marketplace
New Westminster campus
9am-7pm
Vendors will be selling pottery, African art, jewellery, clothing, South American art and crafts and much more. Proceeds from table rentals go to support the Alumni Bursary.

Info session
New Westminster campus, room 1730
4:30pm
Learn about the Australia Field School taking place in the Summer Semester. More info here.

Info session
Coquitlam campus, room A1150
5pm
Learn about the Wales Field School taking place in the Summer Semester. More info here.

Wednesday, Jan. 29


Marketplace
David Lam campus
9am-7pm
Vendors will be selling pottery, African art, jewellery, clothing, South American art and crafts and much more. Proceeds from table rentals go to support the Alumni Bursary.

Workshop
Coquitlam campus, room A1430
12:15-1:45pm
Take part in a job interview workshop presented by the Student Employment Centre.

Thursday, Jan. 30


Arts at One concert
New Westminster campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
1pm
Enjoy UBC Guitar Ensembles as part of the Arts at One concert series. Free admission. More info here.

Info session
Coquitlam campus, room A1150
4:30pm
Learn about the Australia Field School taking place in the Summer Semester. More info here.

PuSh Festival show
The Roundhouse, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
8pm
Check out A Presence of Monster at the 2014 PuSh Festival. The show was created by Dirty Laundry Creations, the second graduating class of the Bachelor of Performing Arts Program. More info here.

Friday, Jan. 31


PuSh Festival show
The Roundhouse, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
8pm
Check out A Presence of Monster at the 2014 PuSh Festival. The show was created by Dirty Laundry Creations, the second graduating class of the Bachelor of Performing Arts Program. More info here.

Saturday, Feb. 1


PuSh Festival show
The Roundhouse, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
4pm and 8pm
Check out A Presence of Monster at the 2014 PuSh Festival. The show was created by Dirty Laundry Creations, the second graduating class of the Bachelor of Performing Arts Program. More info here.




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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Video: Meet Anoop Virk, SFU-Douglas Dual Degree student



Anoop Virk is a student in the SFU-Douglas Dual Degree program. She is also a world traveller and lifelong volunteer. Hear about her plan to help improve educational opportunities in rural Zambia.

More information about the SFU-Douglas Dual Degree program is available here.


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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Douglas College Poem of the Month: January 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 "Necessity” by Brandy Major.

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.



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Sunday, January 19, 2014

This week at Douglas College: Poster sale, pub night, free concert and more!


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


Tuesday, Jan. 21


Info session
New Westminster campus, room 1730
4:30pm
Learn about the Australia Field School taking place in the Summer Semester. More info here.

Open house
New Westminster campus, DSU building (room 207)
5-6:15pm
Take part in an open house presented by Douglas Toastmasters.

Wednesday, Jan. 22


Poster sale
Coquitlam campus, atrium
9am-7pm
Check out posters featuring fine art, music, photography and more at the Imaginus Poster Sale.

Panel discussion
New Westminster campus, Aboriginal Gathering Place
12pm
Lunch’n Learn Series – CSIS and Technology. More info here.

Thursday, Jan. 23


Poster sale
New Westminster campus, concourse
9am-7pm
Check out posters featuring fine art, music, photography and more at the Imaginus Poster Sale.

Arts at One concert
New Westminster campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
1pm
Enjoy Douglas College Night Band as part of the Arts at One concert series. Free admission. More info here.

Info session
Coquitlam campus, room A1150
4:30pm
Learn about the Australia Field School taking place in the Summer Semester. More info here.

Pub night
New Westminster campus, DSU lounge
8pm-1am
More info about the Douglas Students Union is available here.

Friday, Jan. 24


Poster sale
New Westminster campus, concourse
9am-5pm
Check out posters featuring fine art, music, photography and more at the Imaginus Poster Sale.


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, January 17, 2014

Douglas College music student driven by his passion to play


                              David Denofreo photo

By Doug editor


Like everyone, Brad Pearson has his bad days. But he's discovered his love of music can help him get through those difficult times.

“If you’ve had a really bad day, you can come home, put on a piece of music and if you sink into it enough, you’re just instantly in a better mood,” he says.

Brad is a University Transfer student at Douglas College, working toward a diploma in classical double bass performance. A musician with diverse tastes, he is also the bass player in Grizzly Bones, a local rock band.

Brad’s dream is to have a successful career as a musician. He realizes it won’t be easy to get there, but he’s ready to put in the hard work.

“To make a living at it, you’ve got to teach constantly. You’ve got to be gigging as much as possible. You’re constantly getting your name out there,” he says.

“At the same time, you’ve got to be practicing all the time. Your day is just wake up, practice, teach, gig, practice, teach, gig—and that’s all you do.”

A versatile musician


Once he completes his studies at Douglas, Brad plans to transfer to Vancouver Community College to pursue a bachelor’s degree in music. After that, he might study abroad towards a master’s degree.

“I want to be as versatile as possible,” he says. “I don’t want to get stuck in being only a classical double bassist. I don’t want to be just a rock bassist. I don’t want to be just a jazz bassist.”

“I want to do as much as possible and play as many different things as possible so that every day of the week is something different.”
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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Explore the world with Douglas College field schools

                                                        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.

Virtually all field school courses are university transferable.

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 cumulative 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 
Fees

$2,100-$3,650 per student, depending on the program. Includes airport transfers overseas, use of facilities at the partner institution, tuition for course taught by partner institution, program field trips, shared accommodations, most meals (depending on the program) and travel medical insurance.

Airfare, passport application costs, fees for Douglas College courses, airport transfers in Vancouver, textbooks and personal spending are extra.

For details on all Douglas College field schools, visit Student Planet.


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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

There's no place like...the Douglas College Library



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

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

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

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

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

Research Librarians are available during all open hours so when you are ready to start your research paper or other assignments they are available to help you find useful research material using appropriate research databases. There are several ways to contact a Librarian:

  • F2F at the Research desks (both campuses) 
  • Email reference
  • Live Chat
  • texting
  • telephone
  • individualized appointments 

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

More information is available here.



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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Douglas College Counselling Services is here to help

                                                             David Denofreo Photo
Sometimes life might feel like it’s getting in the way of your academic success. Help is just around the corner – Did you know that free and confidential counselling is available on campus?

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

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

How do you make an appointment?


Simply phone or come in person to make an appointment. If you are in crisis or do not require a full hour appointment, feel free to drop-in to see a counsellor.

Locations and hours:

New Westminster campus, room 4600 (South)
604 527 5486 TTY: 604 527 5450
Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm; Wednesday from 8:30am-7:00pm

Coquitlam campus, room A1050
604 777 6168 TTY: 604 777 6179
Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm; Tuesday from 8:30am-7:00pm

You aren’t alone – Counselling Services is here for you. More information is available here.



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Sunday, January 12, 2014

This week at Douglas College: Free concert, open house, info sessions and more!


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


Monday, Jan. 13


Info session
Coquitlam campus, room B2210
10:30am
Learn about the Scotland Field School taking place in the Summer Semester. More info here.

Tuesday, Jan. 14


Info session
New Westminster campus, room 1730
4:30pm
Learn about the Australia Field School taking place in the Summer Semester. More info here.

Info session
Coquitlam campus, room A1150
4:30-5:30pm
Learn about the Mexico Field School taking place in the Summer Semester. More info here.

Wednesday, Jan.15


Info session
New Westminster campus, room 2201
4:30-5:30pm
Learn about the University of California, Riverside – Disney International Program. More info here.

Info session
New Westminster campus, room 2680
5-6pm
Learn about the Mexico Field School taking place in the Summer Semester. More info here.

Thursday, Jan.16


Arts at One concert
New Westminster campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
1pm
Enjoy Muses, Mothers, Musicians: Women in Baroque Music as part of the Arts at One concert series. Free admission. More info here.

Info session
New Westminster campus, room 6103
4:30pm
Learn about the Scotland Field School taking place in the Summer Semester. More info here.

Info session
Coquitlam campus, room A1150
4:30pm
Learn about the Australia Field School taking place in the Summer Semester. More info here.

Friday, Jan.17


Open house
New Westminster campus, room 2223
1-3pm
Check out the new Sport Science movement analysis lab during a public open house. More info here.


Got an event you want listed? Submit it here.

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Friday, January 10, 2014

Get involved and have fun outside of class with Douglife


Want to discover the other half of the college experience? Douglife is your one-stop shop for activities outside of class like Frosh, global internships and volunteer opportunities, student leadership, and intramurals. Douglife also supports student clubs and organizations, wellness programs, and overall student development. 

Complimentary fitness classes are offered at both campuses ranging from yoga and pilates, kick boxing, core strength, basic step, and Zumba. There are also two fitness centres accessible to Douglas College students and staff: one at the New Westminster Campus and one at the Pinetree Community Centre next to the Coquitlam campus. Hours of operation are listed on the Douglife website.

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

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

Why get involved?

  • Getting involved in co-curricular activities gives you the chance to meet new people with similar interests. In other words, make new friends and have fun doing it.
  • Physical activity can have a strong, positive impact on mood, and social interaction can boost cognitive performance.
  • Gain personal and professional skills that will benefit you in classroom settings and in future careers. 
So whether you want to join a sports team, attend a leadership workship, intern in Zambia or create a club, Douglife is the place you need to be. Check us out here.


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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Get tutored for free at the Douglas College Learning Centre


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

The Learning Centre (or the LC, as the cool kids call it) provides in-person and online tutoring, as well as other services. Located at both the New Westminster and Coquitlam campuses, the LC offers help to students for any course at the College. 

The LC’s student-led approach to learning can help students succeed not only in current courses, but future ones as well. All LC services are free for Douglas students.

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

If you are having trouble with a course, don’t wait until it’s too late. From the LC homepage, you can register for an account and log into WCOnline and find a time that’s right for you for a 25-minute appointment. Bookings can be done 24 hours a day, so there’s no need to hesitate.

You can also apply for a weekly, ongoing 50-minute session with a tutor. One more option is to send your written assignments to an online tutor. You can send in your written work any time, seven days a week. Getting help is as easy as going to our website and choosing the option that works best for you.

In addition to tutoring, the LC offers walk-up help for computer skills at the New Westminster campus. If you’re having trouble with a program or need a hand with formatting, ask a computer skills tutor at the computer skills desk. They’ll be happy to help.

Locations and Winter Semester hours:

New Westminster campus
Room 2105, in the Library
Monday: 9:30am-5:30pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 9:30am-7:30pm
Friday: 9:30am-4:30pm
Saturday: 10:30am-2:30pm

Coquitlam campus
Room A1040, beside the Atrium
Monday: 12:30pm-5:30pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 9:30am-5:30pm
Friday: 9:30am-3:30pm

Computer Skills Desk (at New Westminster only)
Monday-Friday: 10:30am-3:30pm
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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Safer Walk program resumes at Douglas College New Westminster campus


Want some friendly company when you walk at night between the New Westminster campus and the SkyTrain station?

For the Winter Semester, Douglas College is resuming its Safer Walk program for students and employees heading to the New Westminster SkyTrain station.

From Monday to Friday, students and employees will be offered optional escorted trips to the station by a uniformed Security Officer.

The walks will depart every 30 minutes, from 7pm to 11pm, leaving from the College’s main concourse, level 2, near the West entrance of the campus.

For more information, please contact the Security kiosk at 604 527 5405 (non-emergency), or the Director of Safety, Security and Risk Management at 604 527 5828.


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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

New Sport Science lab helps Douglas College students study movement


Sport Science students at Douglas College are getting a leg up when it comes to studying how athletes move.

A new movement analysis lab has opened at the New Westminster campus as part of an expansion of the College’s Sport Science facilities.

The lab gives students a dedicated space to explore biomechanics using high-tech equipment and to gain experience with lab-based research.

The centerpiece of the facility is the force-plate system, a tool used to measure athletic movements such as balancing, jumping or running.

When research subjects stand on or move across two force-sensitive panels embedded in the floor, data about their movements is captured by computer.

This data allows researchers to analyze, for example, how a person shifts their weight when swinging a golf club.

The findings can be used to help athletes improve their performance.

“It’s exhilarating to think about the hands-on opportunities our students will have with the equipment, for both teacher-directed and student-directed projects,” says Lara Duke, Sport Science Instructor.

“The space and equipment open a lot of doors to applied research and potentially to more partnerships involving that research with groups in the community,” Duke says.

The lab, which also features video-analysis equipment, will be used by a range of Sport Science students, from those in introductory courses to those conducting their own upper-level research.

The new facility complements the College’s existing Sport Science laboratory, which already provides students with access to equipment used to test fitness levels.

To celebrate the new lab, Douglas College is inviting the community to an open house on Friday, Jan. 17 from 1-3pm.

“We spent the fall working out the kinks with our new movement analysis lab. Now we’re ready to welcome the public for a visit,” says Brian Storey, Sport Science Chair.

As a fun activity, visitors to the open house can pick up a golf club, hockey stick, or baseball bat and have their movements measured by students using the lab’s equipment.

The open house event takes place in the lab, room 2223, at the New Westminster campus.

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