Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Douglas College instructor takes Alzheimer's fundraising to new heights


Randy Alex, a long-time chemistry instructor at Douglas College, is combining his passion for mountain climbing with a grassroots fundraising campaign for the Alzheimer Society of B.C.

In January 2015, the Port Coquitlam resident will attempt to climb Argentina’s Mt. Aconcagua. At 6,900 metres, the mountain is the highest peak in the Americas and one of the “Seven Summits,” the highest points on each of the seven continents. In the months leading up to the climb, he will be encouraging colleagues from Douglas and others to donate to the society, and organizing community fundraising activities.

As a chemistry instructor and past scientific researcher, Randy says he would like to help increase knowledge of this disease, so an effective treatment can be developed.

“The Alzheimer Society of B.C. is a highly regarded organization that funds both research into Alzheimer’s disease and highly effective programs to support families travelling the dementia journey,” he says. “I am proud to couple my attempt to climb Mt. Aconcagua with various fundraising activities in support of the Alzheimer Society of B.C.”

Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative and fatal form of dementia in which brain cells are damaged, affecting memory, mood and thinking ability.

“Many people that I talk to have been touched in some way by Alzheimer’s disease, the root causes of which are not really understood. There is currently no effective treatment,” Randy says. “Alzheimer’s is not just a problem for those directly affected; immediate and extended family members must become long-term caregivers and are often emotionally impacted in a major way as a loved one typically withdraws and ultimately often fails to recognize them.”

Randy is also making Alzheimer’s a focus in his classroom this semester.

“In general, I like to try to excite my students about chemistry and science in the real world, in hopes of perhaps encouraging a few of them to consider a career in scientific research,” he says. “I have challenged my students to do some research into Alzheimer’s disease and will present a number of five-minute ‘the science behind Alzheimer’s’ items at the beginning of my classes.”

For Randy, Mt. Aconcagua is the next in a series of climbs he has completed over the past decade in Africa, Asia and North America. He has previously climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and Island Peak, which is close to Mt. Everest.

“As a member of the so-called Boomer generation, I’m keenly aware of how lucky I am to enjoy the good health necessary for these climbs,” the 62 year old says. “One of the most important health challenges facing my generation is Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementias.”

Randy says he will pay 100 percent of his personal expenses for the climb and all funds he raises will go directly to the Alzheimer Society of B.C.

“I would be pleased to accept any donation people might be willing to offer,” he says.

For more information about the campaign and how to donate, email Randy or call him at 604 527 5223.



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Sunday, September 28, 2014

This week at Douglas College: Literary event, job fair, free concert and more!


Here’s what’s happening at Douglas Sept. 29-Oct. 5


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, Sept. 30


Job Fair
New Westminster Campus, concourse
10am-3pm
The Douglas College Fall Jobs Fair gives students an opportunity to interact directly with employers. More information: Douglife.

Wednesday, Oct. 1


Sisters in Spirit
New Westminster Campus, Aboriginal Gathering Place
2:30pm
Join award-winning author and Sto:lo Tribal Council senior advisor Ernie Crey in for the Sisters in Spirit event, held each year to remember the 1,200 missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada. Free event. More information: Other Press.

Thursday, Oct. 2


Job Fair
Coquitlam Campus, atrium
10am-3pm
The Douglas College Fall Jobs Fair gives students an opportunity to interact directly with employers. More information: Douglife.

Free concert
New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
1pm
Everyone is invited to this free concert as part of the Arts at One concert series. More information: douglascollege.ca/artsevents

Info session
New Westminster Campus, room 2203
3:30pm
Ever wanted to study in Atlantic Canada? Find out how you can gain 11 credits in seven weeks while also taking field trips to see Atlantic Canada's many beautiful sights. More information: Field School website.

Friday, Oct. 3


Literary event
Anvil Centre Theatre, 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster
7pm
The event will feature readings by the four authors reflecting on ideas, themes and emotions inspired by the iconic Wait for Me, Daddy photograph, as well as a panel discussion and dialogue, moderated by Calvin Wharton, author and Chair of the Creative Writing Department at Douglas College. More information: doug blog.


Got an event you want listed? Submit it here.

See more upcoming Douglas College events on the Events Calendar.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Douglas College Poem of the Month: September 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 "The Simple Life" by Brendan Saltel.

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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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Photo exhibit explores life with mental illness

An image from the Imagining Inclusion exhibit.

It's impossible to ever truly see the world through another person's eyes. But we can learn a lot about someone else's point of view by studying the photographs they take.

That's the idea behind the Imagining Inclusion Photo Exhibit, a new showcase that explores the daily challenges faced by people with mental-health issues.

The exhibit is part of a Douglas College research project focused on how people with mental-health diagnoses experience community inclusion, health and wellbeing.

Funded by the Vancouver Foundation, the study is a collaboration between Douglas College and Open Door Group, a nonprofit that serves people with mental-health issues.

As part of the study, the researchers invited clients of Open Door Group to take photos related to their personal experiences and to reflect on the meaning of the images.

"The images and text in the exhibit powerfully convey experiences of rejection, exclusion, stigma, voice, inclusion, belonging, health, and community, and most fundamentally, the reality of living with a mental health diagnosis," says Colleen Reid, project co-lead and a Therapeutic Recreation instructor at Douglas.

The material collected during the study will be used to develop an evidence-based tool kit to help community mental health practitioners measure client outcomes. The findings will also be written up and presented at conferences to increase understanding of the lived experience of mental illness.

Many of the photographs from the study are featured in the Imagining Inclusion Photo Exhibit, which makes several appearances in Vancouver this Fall as part of the Project EveryBody Series.

Exhibit dates


October 5
11am-3pm
Creekside Community Centre
1 Athlete’s Way, Vancouver

October 26
1-3pm
Creekside Community Centre
1 Athlete’s Way, Vancouver

November 14
1-3pm
Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre
181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver

December 3
3-6pm
Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre
181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver

Learn more about the research project on the doug blog.



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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Wait for Me, Daddy literary event on Oct. 3


Douglas College is pleased to support a literary event taking place on the eve of the Wait for Me, Daddy war memorial unveiling. The War Stories Literary Gala will feature writers Annabel Lyon, Marilyn Norry, Kathryn Para and JJ Lee.

The event will include readings by the four authors reflecting on ideas, themes and emotions inspired by the iconic Wait for Me, Daddy photograph, as well as a panel discussion and dialogue, moderated by Calvin Wharton, author and Chair of the Creative Writing Department at Douglas College. The reception afterward will feature musicians from the Douglas College music program.

Event details


Friday, October 3
7pm
Anvil Centre Theatre
777 Columbia Street, New Westminster

Tickets
Online at newwestpcr.ca
Or call 604 521 5050
Or cash at the door


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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Video: Douglas College Applied Psychology students volunteer in the community



This summer, a group of Douglas College students gained community volunteer experience while using their academic knowledge as part of a new course in the Applied Psychology program. Check out this video to find out what they got up to. Learn more about the Applied Psychology program at douglascollege.ca/ba-applied-psych


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Sunday, September 21, 2014

This week at Douglas College: Temple Grandin, poster sale, free concert and more!


Here’s what’s happening at Douglas Sept. 22-28


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, Sept. 23


Alumni marketplace
New Westminster Campus
10am-6pm
The Alumni marketplace is back again, providing you with an opportunity to buy great gifts and support students at the same time. Vendors will be selling pottery, African art, jewellery, clothing, South American art and crafts and much more. More information: call 604 527 6171.

Free concert
New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
12:30pm
Presented by the Douglas College Music department, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra assistant conductor Gordon Gerrard joins us for a special afternoon. Free, public welcome. More information: Arts Events.

Live training session
New Westminster Campus, room 1315
2-3:15pm
As part of BC Coaches Week, strength and conditioning coach Jake Elder invites you to watch a live training session with members of the Royals women's volleyball team. Free and open to public. Seating limited. More information: Douglas College website.

Live training session
New Westminster Campus, room 1315
3:30-5pm
As part of BC Coaches Week, strength and conditioning coach Jake Elder invites you to watch a live training session with members of the Royals women's soccer team. Free and open to public. Seating limited. More information: Douglas College website.

Wednesday, Sept. 24


Alumni marketplace
Coquitlam Campus
9am-6pm
The Alumni marketplace is back again, providing you with an opportunity to buy great gifts and support students at the same time. Vendors will be selling pottery, African art, jewellery, clothing, South American art and crafts and much more. More information: call 604 527 6171.

Live training session
New Westminster Campus, room 1315
9:15-10:30am
As part of BC Coaches Week, strength and conditioning coach Jake Elder invites you to watch a live training session with members of the Royals men's baseball team. Free and open to public. Seating limited. More information: Douglas College website.

Live training session
New Westminster Campus, room 1315
12:30-1:45pm
As part of BC Coaches Week, strength and conditioning coach Jake Elder invites you to watch a live training session with members of the Royals men's volleyball team. Free and open to public. Seating limited. More information: Douglas College website.

Live training session
New Westminster Campus, room 1315
3:30-5pm
As part of BC Coaches Week, strength and conditioning coach Jake Elder invites you to watch a live training session with members of the Royals women's basketball team. Free and open to public. Seating limited. More information: Douglas College website.

Thursday, Sept. 25


Poster sale
New Westminster Campus, concourse
9am-7pm
Thousands of posters from Breaking Bad to Zelda await you at the Imaginus Poster Show.

Friday, Sept. 26


Poster sale
New Westminster Campus, concourse
9am-5pm
Thousands of posters from Breaking Bad to Zelda await you at the Imaginus Poster Show.

Sunday, Sept. 28


Temple Grandin talk
New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
7pm
Understanding animal behaviour is the topic of this talk by Dr. Temple Grandin, a distinguished professor at Colorado State University, bestselling author, autism activist and consultant to the livestock industry on animal behaviour. More information: Doug blog.


Got an event you want listed? Submit it here.

See more upcoming Douglas College events on the Events Calendar.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Douglas College pumped to celebrate BC Coaches Week

                                                              Jerald Walliser Photo
Douglas College will be pumping iron and going shoeless to mark BC Coaches Week from Sept. 20-27. Led by ViaSport British Columbia, BC Coaches Week is held annually to recognize the valuable contribution coaches make to sport across the province.

“Whether they’re volunteering with a youth team or providing guidance to collegiate athletes, coaches are the backbone of the sport system here in B.C. We want to celebrate their amazing contributions and have some fun at the same time, which is why we’ve organized some exciting activities for BC Coaches Week,” says Alison Gill, Fieldwork and Coaching Coordinator at Douglas College.

As part of the celebration, Douglas College is offering the public a behind-the-scenes look at how competitive athletes train. Throughout the sports season, strength and conditioning coach Jake Elder leads daily 75-minute workout sessions with varsity athletes at the New Westminster Campus. During BC Coaches Week, the public is invited to watch the workouts and take part in brief Q&A discussions. Information about the sessions and registration is available on the Douglas College website. Free admission, space is limited.

As well, Douglas College students and athletes are raising funds to support Right to Play, an international organization that helps to educate and empower disadvantaged children through fun programs and activities. Students in the Sport Science program have challenged varsity athletes to take part in the “Go Shoeless” fundraiser. Those who accept the challenge must take off their shoes for an entire game or class, photograph their experience and help bring in donations.








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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Video: Frosh 2014 excitement at Douglas College



At Douglas College, the start of the school year just wouldn't be complete without obstacle course races, water fights, dance offs and other fun activities. Hundreds of first-year students took part in Frosh 2014 and you can check out the highlights in this video.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Douglas College Sport Science students and faculty off to national conference


A group of Sport Science students, faculty and staff from Douglas College is getting ready to attend a national student leadership conference.

The Physical Health and Education Canada Student Leadership Conference takes place Sept. 17-21 in Bancroft, Ontario.

The conference gives post-secondary students in the physical or health education fields the opportunity to meet their peers and develop leadership skills and experience through a variety of activities.

Here's what some of the Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching students have to say about taking part in the conference:

Lisa Trulson: "I feel honoured to be attending the PHE Leadership Conference in Ontario with my peers from BPEC. I am excited about the opportunity to meet fellow students from around Canada who are interested in the same avenues of study as well as learning from the mentors' experienced in the field. I think this will be a great chance to connect and expand our comfort zones by stepping out of them."

Jessie Trottier: "I am excited to meet new people from all over the country and learn how to be the leader I know I can be. I'm looking forward to the outdoors and experiencing Ontario in the Fall."


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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Video: Douglas College student scores Vancouver Whitecaps co-op job



Ever wonder what it's like to work behind the scenes with a professional sports team? Douglas student Iain McHugh got to find out through a co-operative education placement with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Check out this video to find out what Iain got up to. More information about the Douglas College co-op program is available at douglascollege.ca/coop

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Discount BC Lions tickets on sale for Douglas College students


Join your fellow Douglas College students and roar for the BC Lions. Discount tickets are on sale for the game against the Ottawa Redblacks on Saturday, Oct. 11 at BC Place.

The deadline to buy the $20 Student Night tickets is Friday, Sept. 19. You'll also get a sharp-looking Douglas College/BC Lions hoodie as part of the deal.

For details about how to get tickets, visit douglife.ca.

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

This week at Douglas College: Gallery exhibit, concert, Frosh event and more!


Here’s what’s happening at Douglas Sept. 15-21


Ongoing

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

Tuesday, Sept. 16


Frosh event
New Westminster Campus, concourse
3:30pm
The Douglas College Business Assocation is hosting a fun networking event for students. More information: dcba-online.ca

Thursday, Sept. 18


Free concert
New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
1pm
Everyone is invited to this free concert as part of the Arts at One concert series. More information: douglascollege.ca/artsevents

Friday, Sept. 19


Ticket deadline
Sept. 19 is the deadline to buy discount tickets for BC Lions student night. The game takes place Oct. 11. More information: douglife.ca



Got an event you want listed? Submit it here.

See more upcoming Douglas College events on the Events Calendar.

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Thursday, September 11, 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?

Douglas College offers a 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 7 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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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Animal scientist Temple Grandin to deliver sold-out talk at Douglas College


Ticket Update: Due to high demand for tickets, event organizers have added a reduced-price ticket option for an overflow lecture hall room in which there will be a live webcast of the talk. While a limited number of tickets for the main theatre is expected to become available early on the week of Sept. 15, 2014, those already on the existing ticket waiting list are also encouraged to buy tickets for the overflow room to avoid disappointment. Those on the waiting list who end up with tickets for the main theatre will be refunded the cost of any overflow tickets they purchase.

Overflow room tickets are $5 and available online.

Overflow room details:
New Westminster Campus
700 Royal Ave.
Lecture Hall 2201 – Live Webcast
Sunday, Sept. 28
7pm


Temple Grandin—animal-welfare advocate, autism activist and distinguished scholar—will share her insights into animal behaviour during a sold-out talk at Douglas College.

Grandin is a best-selling author and professor of animal science at Colorado State University. Throughout her career, she has driven efforts to improve livestock handling and quality of life for animals. Diagnosed with autism at an early age, Grandin is also a prominent advocate for people with autism. Her life story was documented in the Emmy Award-winning HBO movie Temple Grandin.

“I have had the privilege of hearing Dr. Grandin speak several times, and I find both her and her work to be extremely inspiring. She has done more to bring positive change to the welfare of our domestic animals than almost anyone else internationally,” says Diane Boyle, Veterinary Technology Instructor at Douglas College.

“As an acclaimed, in-demand speaker who supports the Veterinary Technology profession, we are thrilled that Dr. Grandin has agreed to speak at Douglas College. She is a very down-to-earth and entertaining speaker, and we look forward to her presentation,” Boyle says.

The talk takes place Sunday, Sept. 28, 7pm, at the Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre, New Westminster Campus, 700 Royal Ave. A book signing will follow. Tickets for the event have sold out. However, an online waiting list is available for any tickets that become available. All proceeds go to the Douglas College Veterinary Technology Trust Fund and the BC SPCA.

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Douglas College Counselling Services is here to help

               David Denofreo Photo
College can be a stressful and confusing time for many students. Often this has an impact on school performance. It may be helpful to talk to someone who can assist you with managing personal challenges and easing the pressure of college life.

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 for free support 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 to make a 50-minute appointment. If you are in crisis, or if you do not require a full appointment, shorter, 20-30 minute drop-in appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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 6185 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 on the Douglas College website





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Tuesday, September 9, 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, zumba, core strength, and basic step. 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 Photography Club, the Social Networking 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, develop your leadership skills, intern in Zambia or create a club, Douglife is the place you need to be. Check us out our website for more information.




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Monday, September 8, 2014

Explore the world with Douglas College field schools

                                                      Andrew Ducholke Photo

What are you doing in summer 2015?

We’re planning field schools in Italy, the Phillippines, Switzerland 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.

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


$2,400-$3,700 per student, depending on the program. Includes airport transfers overseas, use of facilities at the partner institution, tuition for any courses taught by partner institutions, program field trips, shared accommodations, some 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 more information, visit the Douglas College website.



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Sunday, September 7, 2014

This week at Douglas College: Concert, resume workshop, artist’s talk and more!


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


Tuesday, Sept. 9


Workshop
Coquitlam Campus, room A1430
4-5pm
The Student Employment Centre presents an overview of the dos and don’ts of producing a killer resume. More information: douglascollge.ca/sec

Wednesday, Sept. 10


Workshop
New Westminster Campus, room 2844
4-5pm
The Student Employment Centre presents an overview of the dos and don’ts of producing a killer resume. More information: douglascollge.ca/sec

Thursday, Sept. 11


Free concert
New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
1pm
Everyone is invited to this free concert as part of the Arts at One concert series. More information: douglascollege.ca/artsevents

Pub night
New Westminster Campus, Douglas Students’ Union lounge
7:30pm-1am
The Douglas Students’ Union is hosting a pub night. 19+ and ID required. More information: dsu18.ca

Friday, Sept. 12


Artist’s talk
New Westminster Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
10am
Everyone is invited to an artist’s talk for the new exhibit Greenlinks 2014: Urban Oases. More information: douglascollege.ca/artsevents

Opening reception
New Westminster Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
4:30-7:30pm
Everyone is invited to the opening reception for the new exhibit Greenlinks 2014: Urban Oases. More information: douglascollege.ca/artsevents

Got an event you want listed? Submit it here.

See more upcoming Douglas College events on the Events Calendar.

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Douglas College student helps people overcome barriers to employment

                                                               David Denofreo Photo
Pippin Brown understands how important meaningful, paid work can be in the lives of people who face significant personal challenges. At present, she works as a senior behaviour interventionist, helping young people with autism develop life and social skills. In that role, she has helped one of her teenage clients find a job and start planning a career.

Looking to improve her skills and knowledge, Pippin is studying towards an Advanced Certificate in Employment Supports Specialty at Douglas College. The part-time program is for people who work with youth and adults who face significant barriers to employment such as mental illness or a disability. Students gain an understanding of current theories and models related to helping clients achieve success in their work lives.

“I am passionate about helping others and ensuring their success in the future,” Pippin says. “Working with families to create goals and programs to enhance children’s learning and quality of life is an area I find great pleasure in.”

“In the future I want to become a behaviour consultant and I know many of the individuals I will support will want to transition into employment,” she says. “Although I have experience in supported employment, I know I also have limitations. I want to expand my knowledge and have certification in the area of supported employment.”

The first of its kind in Canada, the Employment Supports Specialty program is two terms long and administered entirely online.

“I like that the program is online,” Pippin says. “This program has created an online community where like-minded people can discuss and share ideas. With it being online, I can continue working in the evenings and on weekends as well as be home with my daughter during the day.”

“I recommend this program to anyone who is working with people that face barriers to paid employment.”

Learn more about the Employment Supports Specialty program on the Douglas College website.



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Thursday, September 4, 2014

New bursary for mature Douglas College students

Representatives from the Douglas College Foundation
and Douglas Students' Union.
There's good news for mature students at Douglas College (Officially, that's anyone 25 years or older). The Douglas College Foundation and the Douglas Students' Union have partnered to create a new bursary.

The $1,000 annual Douglas Students’ Union Mature Student Bursary is available just in time for the start of the 2014/2015 school year. It was created with an initial $20,000 endowment from the students’ union, which was matched 50 percent by the Douglas College Foundation, for a total of $30,000.

Learn more about the award on the Douglas College news webpage.



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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Free tutoring this Fall at the Douglas College Learning Centre


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

The Learning Centre (or the “LC,” as the cool kids call it) uses a student-led approach to learning that helps you evaluate and improve your study skills to succeed in both current and future courses. The LC has branches at both the Coquitlam and New Westminster campuses, offering free help for any course at the college.

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, 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. All Learning Centre tutoring is free to Douglas College students.

Another 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.

The LC also offers computer skills help at the New Westminster campus. If you’re having trouble with a program or need a hand with formatting, ask one of our computer skills tutors. You can find them at the computer skills desk, which is located in the library, just outside the library classroom (room 2100A).

LC peer tutors are available during the following hours for the Fall 2014 semester:

New Westminster
Room 2105, in the Library

Monday: 9:30am-5:30pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 9:30am-7:30pm
Friday: 9:30am-5:30pm
Saturday: 10:30am-2:30pm

Coquitlam
Room A1040, beside the Atrium

Monday-Tuesday: 10:30am-5:30pm
Wednesday-Thursday: 10:30am-6:30pm
Friday: 10:30am-1:30pm

Computer Skills (at New Westminster only)
Monday-Friday: 10:30am-3:30pm


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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

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


By Gretchen Goertz, Reference Librarian


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 about the library is available on the Douglas College website

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