Friday, February 28, 2014

A Dream Play comes to Douglas College stage


Audience members can expect a lively performance from the theatre students staging the upcoming production of A Dream Play.

"To prepare for this production, our actors have put in a lot of hard physical work," director Deborah Neville says. "It's a visually dynamic play and we want to bring it to life with expressive movement like tumbling and dancing. I think our audience can expect an exciting performance."

An adaptation of August Strindberg's drama by Caryl Churchill, the play is being presented by the Douglas College departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology March 14-21.

Agnes, a daughter of the Vedic god Indra, is the play's central character. Having assumed human form, Agnes visits Earth and encounters a group of people whose lives are filled with hardship and disappointment. As she bears witness to their problems, the story shifts and jumps between a multitude of characters and settings.

"At its essence, this play takes a deep look at what it is to be human," Neville says. "It's about the search for meaning in a world filled with a great deal of suffering and conflict. I think that universal theme is why Strindberg's work has endured for over a century."

A Dream Play runs March 14-21 at the Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre, Douglas College, 700 Royal Ave., New Westminster. Tickets ($10-$12) are available through Massey Theatre, 604 521 5050.



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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Douglas College students to stage The Importance of Being Earnest

A sketch of the set design for The Importance of Being Earnest.
A group of theatre students is getting ready to bring an Oscar Wilde classic to the stage.

The Importance of Being Earnest is being presented by the Douglas College departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology March 7-14.

Wilde's comedy, first performed in the 1890s and set in the Victorian era, tells the story of stylish Algernon Moncrieff and gentlemanly John Worthing, close friends who each encounter romantic conflict while masquerading under the name of Ernest.

"For beginning actors, this can be a challenging play to take on," director Thrasso Petras says. "The world of the Victorian era can be unfamiliar and difficult to connect with.”

“Our theatre students had to immerse themselves in the period's culture, aesthetics and even etiquette, until it became second nature."

The Importance of Being Earnest runs March 7-14 at the Studio Theatre, Douglas College, 700 Royal Ave., New Westminster. Tickets ($10-$12) are available through Massey Theatre, 604 521 5050.



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Sunday, February 23, 2014

This week at Douglas College: Basketball tournament, speaker event, free concert and more!


Here’s what’s happening at Douglas Feb. 24-March 2


Monday, Feb. 24


Open House
New Westminster campus, room 1020
12-4pm
Learn more about the Other Press student newspaper during an open house.

Tuesday, Feb. 25


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

Speaker event
New Westminster campus, Aboriginal Gathering Place
4:30pm
The Douglas Students’ Union presents a discussion with environmental activist Ta’kaiya Blaney.

Wednesday, Feb. 26


Pink Shirt Day
Wear something pink and take a stand against bullying. More info here.

Workshop
New Westminster campus, room 1715
10:30am-12:30pm
Counselling Services hosts a workshop on exploring career options.

Public talk
New Westminster campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
12:30-2pm
Thierry Vrain, a former federal research scientist, delivers a talk about genetically modified food as part of Douglas College’s Students’ Choice Speaker Series. More info here.

Dodgeball Tournament
Pinetree Community Centre Gymnasium, Coquitlam
4:30-6:30pm
Teams will go head-to-head in the annual intramural dodgeball tournament. More info here.

Thursday, Feb. 27


Basketball tournament
New Westminster campus, gymnasium
Douglas College hosts the PACWEST basketball championships Feb. 27-March 1. More info here.

Workshop
Coquitlam campus, room A1250
12:15-1:45pm
Take part in a job interview workshop presented by the Student Employment Centre.

Arts at One concert
New Westminster campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
1pm
Everyone is invited to this free concert titled Of Things Italian as part of the Arts at One concert series. More info here.

Pub night
New Westminster campus, DSU lounge
7:30pm-1am
The Urban Cowboy Pub Night takes place in the DSU lounge.

Friday, Feb. 28


Basketball tournament
New Westminster campus, gymnasium
Douglas College hosts the PACWEST basketball championships Feb. 27-March 1. More info here.

Saturday, March 1


Basketball tournament
New Westminster campus, gymnasium
Douglas College hosts the PACWEST basketball championships Feb. 27-March 1. More info here.

Contest event
Coquitlam campus, Building A Atrium
10:30am-4pm
Check out the second-annual Popsicle Stick Bridge Building Contest at Douglas College. More info here.



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Friday, February 21, 2014

Video: Douglas College to host PACWEST basketball championships


Get ready to cheer! Douglas College is hosting the Pacific Western Athletics Association provincial championships from Feb. 27 to March 1.

The tournament will see top men's and women's teams from B.C. vying to qualify for the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association national championships.

Check out this video for a preview of the action coming to the Douglas College New Westminster campus:

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Douglas College talk to cover dangers of genetically modified crops


The danger of using genetically modified crops in agriculture is the focus of an upcoming public talk at Douglas College.

Thierry Vrain, a former federal research scientist, will deliver the second talk as part of the College's new Students’ Choice Speaker Series. Vrain was selected by students in the Faculty of Science and Technology.

The free talk, titled "The Gene Revolution: The Future of Agriculture," takes place on Wednesday, Feb. 26 from 12:30-2pm in the Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre on Douglas College's New Westminster campus.

The Students' Choice Speaker Series is sponsored by Knowledge First Financial.



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Monday, February 17, 2014

Douglas College Poem of the Month: February 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 "Something's Down There” by Cole Klassen.

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, February 16, 2014

This week at Douglas College: Public talk, free concert, gallery opening and more!


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


Wednesday, Feb. 19


Workshop
New Westminster campus, room 1715
10:30am-12:30pm
Counselling Services hosts a workshop on exploring career options.

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

Public talk
New Westminster campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
2:30-3:30pm
Everyone is invited to a free talk titled “How bad boys get the girls,” featuring Peter Jonason, an expert on personality psychology. More info here.

Thursday, Feb. 20


Workshop
Coquitlam campus, room A1250
12:15-1:45pm
Take part in a job search essentials workshop presented by the Student Employment Centre. More info: Student Employment Centre.

Arts at One concert
New Westminster campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
1pm
Everyone is invited to this free concert titled Musical Gems from the Czech Republic. More info here.

Friday, Feb. 21


Artist’s talk
New Westminster campus, Amelia Douglas gallery
10am
Everyone is invited to an artist’s talk for the new Art as Therapy exhibit featuring works by P. Thomas Wood. More info here.

Info session
New Westminster campus, room 1715
3:30-5pm
Learn about the Italy Field School taking place in the Summer Semester. More info here.

Opening reception
New Westminster campus, Amelia Douglas gallery
4:30-7:30pm
Everyone is invited to the opening reception for the new Art as Therapy exhibit featuring works by P. Thomas Wood. More info here.


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Friday, February 14, 2014

Student stories: Douglas College valedictorians for Winter 2014




Graduation is an important milestone in a student’s life. This week, many Douglas College students took part in the Winter graduation ceremonies.

Here are the stories of some outstanding students who are celebrating graduation: the valedictorians.

Corey Forrieter
Diploma in Computing Science and Information Systems



Corey Forrieter has a reputation for being a quiet student in class, but he stood out to his instructors as a hard worker who earned exceptional marks.

“An education at Douglas has enabled me to take one step further along the path to my ultimate goal: a career in computer programming,” says Corey, who graduates this week with a Diploma in Computing Science and Information Systems.

Simon Li, a Computing Science and Information Systems instructor, pointed out Corey was interested in getting more than just good grades out of his college experience.

“Corey is a humble student who is keen to learn and always willing to help others,” Simon says.

Now Corey looks forward to advancing his education at university and building his career.

“During my time at Douglas I was really able to narrow down what it is that I love and where I see myself after I complete my education,” Corey says.

Chantal Gougen
Graduate Diploma in Physical Education


Chantal Gougen is an elementary school teacher in Surrey who knows it’s important to make physical education fun for her students.

“In the end, the purpose of physical education is to promote lifelong physical activity,” says Chantal, who graduate this week with a Graduate Diploma in Physical Education.

Chantal came to Douglas College to upgrade her skills and discover new ideas she could take back to her own classroom.

“After being in the workforce for 15 years, I wanted to see what new innovations existed in the field,” Chantal says. “I feel more enthusiastic to try new things in my PE program and have a renewed passion for my teaching.”

Brian Storey, Chair of the Sport Science Department, praised Chantal for her work ethic.

“Chantal is a walking example of the adage, ‘If you want something done, ask a busy person.’”

Faedra Mirhashemy
Associate of Arts Degree


The idea of quitting her full-time job to return to school was scary for Faedra Mirhashemy. But the pull of finally pursuing her dream of becoming an actor was too great to resist.

“Being on stage in front of a live audience was something I dreamed of doing since I was a little girl,” says Faedra, who graduates this week with an Associate of Arts Degree.

Allan Lysell, head of the Theatre Department at Douglas College, says Faedra entered the program with an abundance of energy, though she lacked practical experience. Allan says Faedra never let this deter her.

“Faedra was challenged with insecurities and the feeling she was behind her colleagues. But she worked tirelessly and found ways to learn more and more about acting and, more importantly, about herself and others. She is an example to her fellow students in fighting negative thoughts and emerging as a stronger, happier person.”

Faedra will also receive her diploma in Theatre in June. From there, she plans to complete a BA in fine arts.

“I then want to further my education to become a drama therapist to promote physical, spiritual, emotional and mental health through theatre techniques and art of expression,” she says.

Santana Speer
Bachelor of Science in Nursing


When Santana Speer was younger, she wanted to be a doctor when she grew up. But she changed gears when she realized nursing was a better fit.

“I enjoy connecting with my patients at the bedside and having a chance to make a difference in their lives,” says Santana, who graduates this week from the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

Santana chose the BSN program at Douglas College because of the small class sizes and personalized teaching style, which she says gave her the opportunity to learn in a friendly and supportive learning environment.

“The last four years of nursing have been full of great memories that I will never forget,” she says. “My best memory is when a group of my peers and I created lyrics for a song for one of our group presentations – it was a fun and interactive way to learn.”

A self-described “life-long learner,” Santana plans to get a master’s degree in nursing in the near future – the next step in a career she describes as “a dream come true.”

“I believe in following your passions, finding a career you love and working hard to pursue your dreams,” she says.



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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Talk at Douglas College will explore the dark side of human nature


A public talk at Douglas College will explore the role darker personality traits such as narcissism and psychopathy play in the mating success of some men.

Students in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences selected Peter Jonason, an expert on personality psychology, to take part in the College's new Students’ Choice Speaker Series.

“Dr. Jonason’s talk should be fun, informative and a bit provocative,” says Laura Dane, Coordinator of the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology program at Douglas College. 

“He offers a new perspective on the dark side of human nature, suggesting traits our society deems undesirable may actually benefit individuals in work or social situations.”

The free talk, “How bad boys get the girls,” takes place on Feb. 19 from 2:30-3:30pm in the Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre on Douglas College’s New Westminster campus.

The Students’ Choice Speaker Series is sponsored by Knowledge First Financial.



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Sunday, February 9, 2014

This week at Douglas College: Winter graduation ceremonies and more!


Here’s what’s happening at Douglas Feb. 10-16


Monday, Feb. 10


Family Day – College closed

Tuesday, Feb. 11


Study break – classes cancelled

Wednesday, Feb. 12


Study break – classes cancelled

Winter grad ceremony
New Westminster campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
2:30pm
The grad ceremony for Commerce and Business, and Continuing Education. More info here.

Winter grad ceremony
New Westminster campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
6:30pm
The grad ceremony for Child, Family, and Community Studies, Continuing Education, Science and Technology, and the Training Group. More info here.

Thursday, Feb. 13


Study break – classes cancelled

Winter grad ceremony
New Westminster campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
2:30pm
The grad ceremony for Humanities and Social Sciences, and Language, Literature and Performing Arts. More info here.

Winter grad ceremony
New Westminster campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
6:30pm
The grad ceremony for Health Sciences. More info here.

Friday, Feb. 14


Study break – classes cancelled


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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Video: Meet Sanjin Ramovic, Douglas College Psychiatric Nursing grad



Meet Sanjin Ramovic, a graduate of the Douglas College Psychiatric Nursing program. Learn how Sanjin discovered the program and how he approaches his challenging job in mental health.

More information about the Psychiatric Nursing program is available here.



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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Popsicle stick bridge-building contest returns to Douglas College



Elementary and middle-school students will be putting their scientific know-how and creativity to the test.

Douglas College and the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of B.C. (APEGBC) Tri-City Branch are hosting their second-annual Popsicle stick bridge-building contest.

The event takes place Saturday, March 1 at the Douglas College Coquitlam campus, 1250 Pinetree Way, in the Building A Atrium.

The contest is being held to mark National Engineering and Geoscience Month. For more information about the event, visit the APEGBC website, phone 604 612 2564 or email tc@apeg.bc.ca.



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Sunday, February 2, 2014

This week at Douglas College: Employment workshops, info sessions and more!

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


Tuesday, Feb. 4


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

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

Wednesday, Feb. 5


Workshop
Coquitlam campus, room D1024
12:30-2:30pm
Counselling Services is once again offering part one of a free career exploration workshop for registered Douglas students. Part two is Feb. 19.

Thursday, Feb. 6


Workshop
Coquitlam campus, room A1250
12:15-1:45pm
Take part in a resume and cover letter workshop presented by the Student Employment Centre.

Arts at One concert
New Westminster campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
1pm
Enjoy Faculty Recital 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.

Info session
New Westminster campus, room 1715
4:30pm
Learn about the Italy Field School taking place in the Summer Semester. More info here.



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