Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Fun with science at Douglas College

Please note: This event has been postponed and will likely be rescheduled in the fall.

Get ready for explosive chemical reactions, hair-raising electric charges and other scientific spectacles. The So You Think You Can Science? event is coming to Douglas College.

As part of the fun competition, six teams will present entertaining and educational science-themed demonstrations. Audience members will then pick the winner as part of a reality TV-style vote.

Hosted by the Faculty of Science and Technology, the contest will feature teams of students, faculty and staff from several departments.

The free, public event takes place in the Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre on the New Westminster campus on Thursday, May 15, 1-2pm. Email sawyerm@douglascollege.ca to reserve seats.


Friday, April 25, 2014

Tim Frick inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame

Tim Frick coaching during the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.
A longtime Douglas College instructor and legendary wheelchair basketball coach has received the country’s highest sporting honour. Tim Frick has been inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.

From 1990 to 2009, Frick served as head coach of the Canadian Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team. During his tenure, the team won three Paralympic gold medals and four world championship titles.

Frick has been widely celebrated for his accomplishments as a coach. Among a host of previous honours, he has been inducted into the Canadian Paralympic Hall of Fame and the Wheelchair Basketball Canada Hall of Fame.

Frick, 61, retired as an instructor of Sport Science and Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching at Douglas College in 2009. He lives on Pender Island.


Thursday, April 24, 2014

Video: Meet Britt MacDuff, Douglas College Performing Arts grad

Meet Britt MacDuff, a Douglas College Performing Arts grad. Britt talks about her time at Douglas and how it sparked her interest in writing a children's book.

More information about the Faculty of Language, Literature and Performing Arts is available on the Douglas College website.


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Student Engagement Awards honour great contributions

By Eric Wilkins

A group of Douglas College’s best and brightest gathered for the 2014 Student Engagement Awards on April 10. Held at the Executive Plaza Hotel in Coquitlam, the annual awards recognize those who make significant contributions to the college community.

Keynote speaker Jerome Bouvier’s offered words of inspiration to the promising young men and women. “You’re all just opening the tap; you’re all just starting,” said Bouvier, a college instructor and executive director of the PoCoMo Youth Services Society.

The evening had many highlights. If there was one moment that emphasized the quality of the school’s students, it was the announcement that the Student Ambassadors alone had over 3,400 hours of volunteer service. The banquet also had its share of light moments. Aboriginal Student Services Coordinator Dave Seaweed described Madison Paradis-Woodman, the Aboriginal Student Service Award winner, as “quite flighty when I first met him.” The audience was also treated to some Bhangra dancing and the room energetically clapped along.

The final award presentation, for Leader of the Year, featured a short video that introduced each of the nominees. Hailea Williams, the eventual winner, said: “Douglas College is my community; it’s my home. It’s been that way for the last two years and it feels great to be a role model for other students.”

Blaine Jensen, vice president of educational services, delivered the closing remarks, sharing some words about the importance of student contributions to the school community. “Our logo has the person in the middle—that’s the student in the middle,” he said. “There’s a reason why the student is in the middle because that’s the lifeblood of this college. Because we help people achieve their goals. Congratulations to you and thank you for making Douglas College the most engaged college in British Columbia, soon to be in Canada.”

2014 college-wide award winners

Angela Beltran
Club Excellence Award

Nicola Carter
Community Builder Award

Taranjot Kaur
Campus Engagement Award

Hailea Williams
Leader of the Year Award


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Douglas College Poem of the Month: April 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 "Delirium” by Sadie Vadnais.

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.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Evergreen Line pedestrian detours near Coquitlam campus

                                                                            TransLink Photo
To keep pedestrians moving safely, sidewalk closures and detours will be in effect as construction of the Evergreen Line takes place near the Douglas College Coquitlam campus.

Several areas will be affected along Pinetree Way between Town Centre Boulevard, next to the campus, and the transit exchange at Coquitlam Station, where Pinetree Way meets Lougheed Highway.

The EGRT Construction website has details about the pedestrian traffic changes and additional vehicle traffic changes. The sidewalk closures and detours are in effect until spring 2015.

Once in service, the Evergreen Line rapid transit route will link the Coquitlam campus and the SkyTrain station at Lougheed Mall. For more information about the project, visit the Evergreen Line website.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Video: An up-close look at Douglas College's Student Research Day

Douglas College held another successful Student Research Day on April 1 with dozens of project displays filling the New Westminster campus concourse.

Students from a variety of programs were on hand to explain their research on topics covering health, science, technology, the environment and more. For a look a what the event was all about, check out the clips below of students talking about their research.

Tamara Mayers talks about her group's project on tap water sustainability in Metro Vancouver:

Mike Tkacz talks about his project on sand dune restoration on Vancouver Island:

Jeoffrey Nacar talks about his group's project on care for the elderly:

Adrian Kanjer talks about his group's project on the Douglas concourse roof replacement:


Monday, April 7, 2014

New Douglas College website has more features and easier navigation

Douglas College's homepage has a new look.
Douglas College has launched a new website to improve your online experience.

If you’re new to Douglas, you’ll find it easy to navigate, search for programs of interest, sign up for information sessions, or apply to the college. Existing students will experience the same benefits, in addition to being able to locate resources and services more easily.

Important changes

A new filterable, searchable Program and Course Catalogue (formerly known as the Calendar) is designed to make it easier to find programs and courses of interest.
  • Once you’ve picked a program, you can use the tabs to find out more information, including the costs associated with the program, and the curriculum, which links you to the individual courses.
  • The courses tab will show details on individual courses – including the course schedule and availability, as well as transferability to other institutions.
  • You can still use the Course Scheduling Tool to help build a draft schedule for registration. You can find it in the Register page, as well as under Important Resources.
Our website is now optimized for both tablets and smart phones, to improve your mobile experience. No more pinching and pulling!

The website’s structure has been changed to make it easier to find what you’re looking for. This may mean that things have moved. Please use the megadropdown navigation list and site search to find the new location for your resources. Some common resources related to studying at Douglas are now found under Study at Douglas/Important Resources in the main navigation megadropdown list.

Please be aware

The SEARCH function in our website is tied to Google. It takes several days, and sometimes longer, for all the pages to be fully indexed by Google. Search results on the website for the first few days may be imperfect. We apologize for any inconvenience and ask for your patience.

Some links and bookmarks may break in the transition between websites. In many cases, this may mean changing your bookmarks for frequently used pages.

Over the coming weeks and months we will continue to optimize the site and improve your experience. Your feedback can help and is very important. Please report missing information and broken links to webmaster@douglascollege.ca

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

This week at Douglas College: Exam Jam, Spring concert series and more!

Here’s what’s happening at Douglas April 7-13

Monday, April 7

New Westminster campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
Enjoy An Evening of Jazz at part of the Spring 2014 Concert Series. More info here.

Thursday, April 10

Exam Jam
New Westminster campus, concourse
Check out the Exam Jam kickoff featuring Bhangra dancing, giant Jenga, video games and more. More info here.

Friday, April 11

New Westminster campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
Enjoy performances of new compositions by students. Free admission. More info here.

Saturday, April 12

New Westminster campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
The Music Department presents Current Sound Waves III, featuring students from the Music Technology Certificate Program. More info: email or phone 604 527-5723.

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See more upcoming Douglas College events on the Events Calendar.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Video: Douglas College hosts Health Fair 2014

There's always something we can do to make ourselves healthier and happier. To help inspire some of those positive changes, the Douglas College Health Fair visited the New Westminster campus on March 26. Check out this video for a look at the fair's booths and activities.


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Exam Jam returns with puppy room, giant Jenga and more

It’s that time again. Exams are upon us, and Douglas College students are gearing up for some serious study time. To help you get through it all, the Learning Centre is hosting Exam Jam, which will include a kickoff event, study groups, tutoring and more.

Exam Jam Kickoff

Exam Jam Kickoff is a fun way for students to de-stress before hitting the books. Join the Learning Centre in the New Westminster campus concourse on Thursday, April 10 from 11am-2pm for a Bhangra dance performance, giant Jenga, video games, prizes and more.

Also that day, there will also be a relaxing yoga/hypnotism class in room 2221 on the New Westminster campus from 2:30-3:30pm. To sign up for the class, please drop by the Learning Centre or send us an email at learningcentre@douglascollege.ca with your name and student number.

Exam Jam Programming

Here is what’s going on following the kickoff:

Tutoring: The Learning Centre’s New Westminster campus location (room 2105, in the library) will be open for business during regular hours on April 14-17 and 22-25, and the Coquitlam campus location (room A1040, beside the atrium) will be open from April 14-17. We encourage students to book 25-minute tutoring appointments for study skills, writing, computer skills or course content. Students can reserve a spot by booking online at the Learning Centre webpage.

Study Groups: Often, two heads are better than one. And multiple brains are even better. The Learning Centre is holding study groups at the New Westminster campus for PSYC 2300, ACCT 1110, ACCT 1210, ACCT 2320, CHEM 1110 and ECOM 1150. At the Coquitlam campus, there will be groups for FINC 1231 and CSIS 1175. Study groups will be led by our experienced peer tutors, and students can book a spot online at the Learning Centre webpage.

DSU Puppy Room: The DSU Puppy Room is back. Come by the Douglas College Student Union at their New Westminster office on April 14 and 15 from 11am-2pm and pet a pooch. The puppies are on loan from the nice folks at the Pacific Assistance Dogs Society.

Cultural Café: The international department is hosting two afternoons of coffee, tea and light snacks as a way for international and domestic students to socialize and network. Take a break from studying and visit the Cultural Café on April 15 and 22 from 1-2pm in the DSU Boardroom (Room 207).