Friday, February 27, 2015

Douglas College in the news: February 2015


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


What lures at-risk males to gang life?
Global News

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Role in Les Miserables a dream come true for Douglas College grad



Cathy Wilmot has performed in dozens of theatrical productions during her career. But her role in an upcoming production of Les Miserables stands apart.

Les Miserables is my favorite musical and a show that has been on my bucket list to perform in so I am very excited,” she says.

The musical, based on a Victor Hugo novel, follows the story of Jean Valjean, a French peasant and prisoner who is drawn into the revolutionary events of the 19th century.

Cathy graduated from Douglas College’s theatre program in the late 1990s and quickly landed work in theatre.

She spent years honing her singing, dancing, acting and comedy skills, while performing in productions of Rent, Legally Blonde, Jesus Christ Superstar and more.

Interested in upgrading to a degree, she entered the Bachelor of Performing Arts program, offered jointly by Douglas College, Capilano University, Langara College and Vancouver Community College.

The program gave her an opportunity to learn more about the creative process, how to market herself and culminated in a group project that was performed at the 2015 Push Festival.

“I liked the performing arts aspect of the program that I hadn't done previously but was interested in exploring,” she says.

As an ensemble member in the Arts Club production of Les Miserables, which runs July 2-August 16, Cathy will play a variety of parts. She said the Performing Arts program has prepared her well.

“What I learned is to be open to new ways of thinking about art and how it's created. I think more about the process and all elements that go into making a production now than I did before.”

Learn more about the Bachelor of Performing Arts program on the Douglas College website. And check out Cathy’s website.



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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Douglas College Poem of the Month: February 2015




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 "write a poem" by Gillian Clark.

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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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Douglas College theatre student breathes life into his characters

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When Jackson Boudreau first came to Douglas College to study theatre, he didn’t have any experience as a stage actor.

But through the program, he has had the opportunity to perform before live audiences and discover a passion for bringing the characters he plays to life.

“Being able to do that has been so rewarding. It’s a lot of fun to be able to step into another world as someone else,” he says.

Jackson has honed his craft while taking courses in movement, voice, and theatre history. He credits his progress to the inspiration he’s received from fellow students and guidance from instructors.

Last semester, Jackson had a role in the Douglas College production of Subsequent Conversations, a series of one-act plays set in the modern, urban landscape.

This semester, his focus had shifted to the battlefields of ancient Greece. As a cast member in Trojan Women, he plays a messenger who must deliver bad news to survivors of the mythological Trojan War.

Gloomy subject matter aside, Jackson says he is enjoying building his latest character, exploring possible motivations and experimenting with different approaches to the script.

“The process of has been opened up to me since I entered the program. I don’t think everyone understands how much goes into acting,” he says.

Jackson’s love of movies is what first drew him to acting. And while he wants to pursue film acting in the future, he says he can’t imagine leaving behind the thrill of live audiences.

“It’s really been an eye-opener for me, getting to know this is what I want to do.”

Visit the Douglas College website to learn more about the Theatre Diploma and Associate of Arts in Theatre programs.






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Monday, February 23, 2015

Video: Meet Lucas DeCoste, Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching at Douglas College




Meet Lucas DeCoste, a student in the Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching program at Douglas College. Lucas is gaining the knowledge and experience he needs to become a teacher. Check out this video to learn more and visit douglascollege.ca/bpec






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Sunday, February 22, 2015

This week at Douglas College: International Day, Pink Shirt Day, film screening and more!


Here’s what’s happening at Douglas Feb. 23-Mar. 1


Ongoing


Gallery exhibit
Journey features whimsical mixed-media works by Paul Burgoyne. February 19-April 10, 2015. Free and open to public. More info: Gallery webpage.

Monday, Feb. 23


Documentary screening
New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
7:15pm
Endless Abilities is a documentary film about our ability to adapt and our ability to live. Prior to the screening, from 6-7pm, you can check out the Imagining Inclusion Photovoice Exhibit in the theatre foyer. Free, public event. Please register to attend at www.endless-abilities-screening.eventbrite.ca

Tuesday, Feb. 24


International Day
New Westminster Campus
Every year Douglas College proudly celebrates the tremendous diversity of our students, faculty and staff on International Day. This event engages more than 100 student leaders, volunteers and thousands of participants, while supporting the internationalization of Douglas College. For more information, visit Douglife.

Wednesday, Feb. 25


Pink Shirt Day
New Westminster and Coquitlam campuses
Join us in taking a stand against bullying by wearing pink all day. Events are on at both campuses - everything happens in the New Westminster Concourse and Coquitlam Campus Atrium, respectively - and we're giving out free chocolate to students decked-out in pink who post a nice message on our board.



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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Need to de-stress? Free workshops for Douglas College students


Douglas College Student Services is pleased to offer two free stress-reduction workshops for students. The workshops will engage students in concepts and practices relating to stress management. Students will receive peer support and a safe space to connect with each other through group discussions.

Event details


Mindfulness Workshop:
Discuss the experience of stress and ways to manage 
Wednesday, March 4th
10:30am to 12:10pm
New Westminster Campus
Aboriginal Gathering Place, Room 4650

Yoga Workshop: 
Engage in stress-reduction practices (mats provided) 
Wednesday, March 11th
10:30am to 12:10pm
New Westminster Campus
Aboriginal Gathering Place, Room 4650

Come to one or both workshops. To sign up, visit the reception desk at Student Services, New Westminster Campus, Room 2600. Reach the student Services Reception desk by phone at 604 527 5486.





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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Douglas College Career Fair returns for 2015


Get a head start on your career.

The 2015 Career Fair at Douglas College is an opportunity for students, alumni and members of the community to explore career options, and find out what kinds of skills and knowledge they need for the workplace.

Meet employers one-on-one, get job-search advice, gain interview experience, learn about job openings, submit your resume to company recruiters and more.

Event details


Tuesday, March 3 
New Westminster Campus 
Concourse
10am-3pm

Thursday, March 5 
Coquitlam Campus 
Atrium
10am-3pm

Free and open to the public

The Career Fair is hosted by the Douglas College Alumni Association and the Student Employment Centre. For more information contact the Douglas College Alumni Association at 604 777 6171 or email alumni@douglascollege.ca. Read more...

Meet the Douglas College valedictorians for Winter 2015


This month has been a time for celebration for the many Douglas College students who walked across the stage as part of the Winter graduation ceremonies.

Among them was a group of students who made their mark during their time at Douglas as outstanding students. They are the valedictorians:

Linda Cunningham
Advanced Certificate in Employment Supports Specialty 



"Graduating feels surreal. The course completely absorbed me for months. The unique virtual learning environment was what I most enjoyed. My experience at Douglas College was positive and helpful from start to end. Next for me? I am going to pursue my Vocational Rehabilitation Association designations."


"I have big dreams and the Douglas College Hospitality program has opened multiple doors of opportunities for me to get closer to it. After graduation, I plan on working my way up the ladder to becoming a general manager of a hotel while, of course, travelling the world. I plan on getting my Hospitality degree in the next few years as well."



"I left a career in research in order pursue a lifelong dream of working in health care. Having graduated from the Mental Health Worker Program in 2010, returning to Douglas for the Psychiatric Nursing Degree Program was an easy decision. I have started working at the BC Psychosis Program at UBC Hospital, and am looking forward to a diverse and challenging career"




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Monday, February 16, 2015

Douglas College business students invited to network with B.C.’s top employers


You’ve honed your resume. You’ve perfected your LinkedIn profile. You’ve even created your own business cards.

Now it’s time to take the next big step to advance your career: Get out there and network, network, network.

That’s where the Fab 40 networking night comes in. The April 30 event is an opportunity for business students to meet and mingle with some of B.C.’s top employers.

Douglas College business students who want to attend are now being invited to apply for 10 available spots.

Those selected from Douglas will join 30 of their peers from Langara College, Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Vancouver Island University.

How to apply

  • Create a two-minute YouTube video which will convince the judging panel as to why you should be a student ambassador representing Douglas College at the Fab 40 networking event. Incorporate some or all of the following into your video clip: Why you chose Douglas. Why you want to be involved in this networking event. What you want to do when you graduate.
  • Email your full name, student number and program name to co-op@douglascollege.ca. Organizers will confirm you have met competition requirements and provide you with a username and password to upload your YouTube video.
  • Open to students in the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration who are in their final semester and will meet graduation requirements by April 24.

Important dates

  • YouTube video submission deadline is Friday, March 13 at 4:30pm.
  • Judging of submissions to be completed by Wednesday, March 25 at 4:30 pm.
  • Celebration of the 10 winning participants will take place at Douglas College’s Aboriginal Gathering Place, New Westminster Campus, on Thursday, March 26 at 4pm.
  • The Fab 40 networking night takes place Thursday, April 30 from 5-7pm at Steamworks brew pub in Vancouver. You can visit the event website at http://fab40.weebly.com/
For more information, contact Barb Kojder at the Student Employment Centre by email or phone, 604 527 5890.


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Sunday, February 15, 2015

This week at Douglas College: Judy Graves talk, battle of the bands and more!


Here’s what’s happening at Douglas Feb. 16-22


Monday, Feb. 16


Judy Graves talk
Coquitlam Campus, Room A1470
10:30 am
Judy Graves, Vancouver's former homeless advocate, shares her stories of working with homeless people and low-income tenants from the Downtown Eastside, and outlines solutions for getting people off the street and into safe and secure housing. Free and open to public. More info: Douglas College News.

Thursday, Feb. 19


Free concert
New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Theatre
1pm
Arts at One presents a performance by graduate students of the UBC Piano Program, directed by Corey Hamm. Free and open to public. More info: Arts Events.

Opening reception
New Westminster Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
4:30-7:30pm
Journey features whimsical mixed-media works by Paul Burgoyne. February 19-April 10, 2015. Free and open to public. More info: Gallery webpage.

Friday, Feb. 20


Artist's talk
New Westminster Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
10am
Journey features whimsical mixed-media works by Paul Burgoyne. February 19-April 10, 2015. Free and open to public. More info: Gallery webpage.

Battle of the bands
New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Theatre
7:30pm
Join us for a loud and fun evening of music at the Community Music School Battle of the Bands. Tickets for the show - which can be purchased at the door or by calling 604-527-5469 - are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors.



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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Douglas College screening film about disability and sport on Feb. 23


In 2012, four friends drove across the country in search of adaptive sports for people with physical disabilities. They went rock climbing with people who were blind, played soccer with people who were quadriplegic and swam with people who had muscular dystrophy. The result of their journey is Endless Abilities, a documentary film that shows sport as the great equalizer, unifying people of all abilities on a level playing field.

Everyone is invited to attend a screening of the film followed by a Q&A session with the filmmakers.

Event details


Monday, February 23
7:15-9:30pm
Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
Douglas College
New Westminster Campus
700 Royal Ave.
New Westminster

Prior to the screening, from 6-7pm, you can check out the Imagining Inclusion Photovoice Exhibit in the theatre foyer. A partnership between the Therapeutic Recreation Department and the thrive program at Open Door Group Services Society, Imagining Inclusion examines community inclusion, health and wellbeing for individuals with lived experience of mental illness.

This free, public event is part of the Douglas College Students’ Choice Speaker Series. Please register to attend at www.endless-abilities-screening.eventbrite.ca


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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Nominations open for student spots on College Board and Education Council

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Nominations are now being sought for candidates to fill student representative positions on the College Board and Education Council.

The positions—two on the board and four on the council—each have a one-year term, commencing on Sept. 1.

Visit the Douglas College website for more information about the College Board elections and the Education Council elections, including nomination forms.

Nomination forms are also available at the front counter of the Registrar's office at both the New Westminster and Coquitlam campuses, and at the Douglas Students’ Union offices at both campuses.

The nomination period closes on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 4pm. Elections take place in March.

For more information regarding the election process please contact Mary Hodder, Registrar at 604-527-5321.





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Douglas College Applied Psychology student studying the perks of caffeine

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While many people get a buzz from their morning shot of espresso, Iloradanon Efimoff gets one from designing and running her own psychological experiments.

A student at Douglas College, Iloradanon is investigating whether or not caffeine can improve decision-making in college students. The faculty-supervised honours research is part of the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology degree program.

During the experiments, participants consume either a dose of caffeine or a placebo—an inactive substance—but they aren’t told which. Next, they play games in which they must use their wits to win money. Once Iloradanon has the results of the experiments, she will analyze the findings to determine if consuming caffeine gave the participants an edge.

“I love getting the hands-on experience that comes with planning and carrying out an experiment. There are so many twists and turns along the way,” she says.

Studying psychology hasn’t always been Iloradanon’s focus. When she first came to Douglas after high school, she was interested in nursing but she soon realized it wasn’t the right fit. In a twist of good timing, Douglas College launched the Applied Psychology program and she decided to give it shot.

“I’m super excited there is an honours program for psychology and I talk about it all the time. I think I've even convinced a couple of my friends to apply,” she says.

After Douglas, Iloradanon’s plan is to pursue a graduate degree and PhD and eventually become a post-secondary instructor. With her experience in the Applied Psychology program, she is one step closer to achieving those goals.

“I have learned a ton about how to do research, and the types of challenges researchers commonly face. I have also learned how to overcome these challenges. Resourcefulness is another skill I have honed, which I'm sure will be very useful for my future research in academia.”

For more information about the Applied Psychology degree program, visit the Douglas College website.




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Sunday, February 8, 2015

This week at Douglas College: Grad ceremonies and gallery exhibit!


Here’s what’s happening at Douglas Feb. 9-15


Ongoing


Gallery exhibit
New Westminster Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Essence: A Collaboration
A series of photographs by Kathryn Gibson O'Regan and ceramics by Robert Shiozaki. January 15 - February 14. More information and gallery hours: douglascollege.ca/artsevents

Monday, Feb. 9


College closed – Family Day holiday

Wednesday, Feb. 11


Winter graduation
Two graduation ceremonies will be held on Feb. 11: 2:30pm and 6:30pm. More info: Graduation Office.

Thursday, Feb. 12


Winter graduation
Three graduation ceremonies will be held on Feb. 12: 10:30am, 2:30pm and 6:30pm. More info: Graduation Office.


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Friday, February 6, 2015

Student journalist covers the Douglas College beat


Few people know more about what’s going on at Douglas College than Angela Espinoza. As news editor of the Other Press, the college’s student newspaper, that’s her job.

When she isn’t writing about campus events and student issues, Angela is busy finishing an Associate of Arts degree. She plans to transfer to SFU after she’s done at Douglas.

Normally, Angela’s the one asking the questions. But she was happy to let us interview her about what it’s like being news editor:

What do you do at the paper?

I’m the news editor. I mainly write and edit stories about Douglas and cover New Westminster and Coquitlam news. Interviews play a major role in news articles, so I often speak with college staff or other figures throughout New West and Coquitlam. College sports are also covered in the section.

How did you get started at the paper?

During a fall orientation in 2009, I passed by the Other Press’ booth and met then Editor-in-Chief Liam Britten. He encouraged me to come to the meetings and eventually I started writing. I became Arts Editor, from 2011 to 2013, before taking a break and moving onto News last March.

What do you like most about the job?

With editing, I love to try and bring a piece to its fullest potential. Communication is another aspect I enjoy, as interviews are always an opportunity to learn something new.

What was a particularly interesting or memorable assignment you’ve had?

Last October I wrote a story about Douglas’ Women’s Centres. At the time, the centres had been without student staffing for 10 months. As the centres are safe spaces, I felt the topic was important for students. I spent three weeks conducting interviews, researching, and eventually learned what happened.

How can students get involved with the paper?

We meet every Monday at 6pm in room 1020 at the New West campus. There you can meet with volunteers and staff, and contributing is a great way to get writing and paid volunteer experience. We’re hiring right now, so you could also get a job out of it.

You can read Angela’s stories and more on the Other Press website.


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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Douglas College Dispensing Optician grad a rising star in his industry


Thanks to the Dispensing Optician diploma program, Scott Kling is now a rising star in a company that’s been called one of the world’s most innovative by Forbes magazine.

Scott, who graduated in 2004, was recently promoted to the role of senior sales consultant at Essilor Canada, a corrective lens provider that does business around the world.

Over the past decade, Scott has worked his way up the ranks at the company. He started as a customer service representative and has since received several promotions.

He’s found a job he loves at a company he’s proud to work for.

“The constant innovation at Essilor Canada is always mentally stimulating and I love the challenge and reward associated with introducing innovations to the industry, strengthening the market and the consumer satisfaction. I also cherish each interaction and relationship that I have developed with my customers and partners,” he says.

As a senior sales consultant, his work involves developing and maintaining business relationships and helping the company grow. But he also spends much of his time mentoring, coaching and supporting his fellow sales representatives.

Scott chose the program because he wanted to find a career with stable hours and solid employment opportunities. He also grew up in Coquitlam and says studying at the campus there was a perfect fit.

“The caliber of content provided in the Dispensing Optician program is among the best I have encountered. The instructors were so kind, genuine and enthusiastic about the field that it rubbed off on me and propelled me and inspired me to pursue a long-term career in the field of optics,” he says.

“I also am very proud to say that I enrolled in the first year over 12 years ago and I still have very close ties with the college and the instructors and dispensary staff.”

For more on the Dispensing Optician diploma program, visit the Douglas College website.



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Monday, February 2, 2015

Speaker series brings homeless advocate Judy Graves to Douglas College


Judy Graves, a pioneer in the campaign to end homelessness in Vancouver, will share stories of her work during a talk at the Douglas College Coquitlam Campus on February 16. The talk, titled Fighting for Solutions, is part of the college’s Health Sciences Speaker Series, which invites a variety of experts to discuss health issues with a regional, national and global impact.

Graves retired as the City of Vancouver’s official advocate for the homeless in 2013 after decades spent working to improve the lives of people living on the streets and in shelters around Vancouver. The driving force behind the creation of the Vancouver Homeless Outreach Project, Graves has been recognized for her work with the Freedom of the City award, Vancouver’s highest honour, and an honorary doctorate from UBC, among other honours.

Event details


Monday, February 16
10:30am
Room A1470
Coquitlam Campus
1250 Pinetree Way
Coquitlam
Free and open to public

The event is presented by the Douglas College Health Science Department. Additional events for 2015 Health Sciences Speaker Series will be announced.

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

This week at Douglas College: Gallery exhibit and concert!

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Here’s what’s happening at Douglas Feb. 2-8


Ongoing


Gallery exhibit
New Westminster Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Essence: A Collaboration
A series of photographs by Kathryn Gibson O'Regan and ceramics by Robert Shiozaki. January 15 - February 14. More information and gallery hours:douglascollege.ca/artsevents

Thursday, Feb. 5


Free concert
New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Theatre
1pm
Arts at One presents the Winter 2014 Faculty Recital. Come out to enjoy performances by our talented Music instructors. Free and open to all. More info: douglascollege.ca/artsevents


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