Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Exam Jam brings study groups, tutoring, games, prizes and more to Douglas College

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Exams are stressful. But with preparation, coping skills and some fun, they don’t have to be. This semester, the Learning Centre is bringing back Exam Jam to help support students through exams. But first they are inviting students to take part in Exam Jam Kickoff.

Kickoff


Join the Learning Centre, in partnership with the Library, Campus Life, the International Department, the Office for New Students and The Other Press, for games, prizes, answers to quick questions and more on Wednesday, April 8, from 11:30am-2:30pm, in the New Westminster Campus concourse.

  • Troubleshoot your study questions with Learning Centre peer tutors
  • Play games for a chance to win prizes
  • Learn hip hop dancing
  • Try the 30 Minute Hit
  • Learn stress relief strategies
  • Test your physical endurance
  • Try art therapy
  • Visit The Other Press’ “Selfie Station”

Exam Jam


Visit the Learning Centre from April 13-16 for exam-focused services. With peer tutoring and study groups happening at both the New Westminster and Coquitlam campuses, Exam Jam will get you through exams and give you skills you can use for semesters to come.

Here’s what’s happening:


  • Peer Tutoring: The Learning Centre will be open for business at both campuses from 9:30am-5:30pm on April 13 through 16. We encourage students to book up to four 25-minute tutoring appointments per week during this time. Students can reserve a spot by booking online at douglascollege.ca/learningcentre.
  • Study Groups: Often, two heads are better than one. And multiple brains are even better! The Learning Centre is holding study groups at both campuses for ACCT 1110, BIOL 1103/1109, BIOL 1203/1209, CHEM 1110, ECON 1150, FINC 1231 and PSYC 2300. Study groups will be led by our experienced peer tutors, and students can book a spot online at douglascollege.ca/learningcentre.
  • Essay Jam: Other Press editors will be providing drop-in essay feedback in the New West Library on April 14 & 15, from 1:30pm-4:30pm.
  • Stress-Free Zone: Need a study break? The Library is hosting a stress-free zone in the Library classroom at New West during the exam period. There will be Lego, Play-Doh, puzzles and calming music.

Want more info about Exam Jam? Visit douglascollege.ca/examjam or stop by the Centre.





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Sunday, March 29, 2015

This week at Douglas College: Student Research Day, jazz concert and more!


Here’s what’s happening at Douglas March 30-April 5


Ongoing


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

Monday, March 30


Student Research Day
Coquitlam Campus, Atrium
11am
Student Research Day features more than 100 student projects on various topics across every College Faculty.

Jazz concert
New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
The Music Department presents An Evening of Jazz, featuring the Douglas College Night Band and Dues Band. Directed by Blair Fisher and John Van Deursen. General admission $10, $5 seniors, students free. Tickets at the door.

Tuesday, March 31


Forum
New Westminster Campus, Aboriginal Gathering Place
12pm
The second session in a two-part series about energy and agriculture, Sowing the Seeds of Sustainability focuses on student research and a panel discussion. Free and open to the public.

Public talk
New Westminster Campus, Room 1606
6:30pm
Lydia Amir, PhD, explores philosophical and religious ideas about humor in modern philosophy and their secular implications.

Thursday, April 2


Free concert
New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Theatre
1pm
Arts at One presents our Winter 2015 Student Showcase concert series. Come out and support our talented student musicians. Free and open to all.



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Friday, March 27, 2015

Douglas College forum on beneficial insects in urban gardens


Join UNIBUG – the User Network for Insect Biology in the Urban Garden – at a free forum where you’ll learn about agricultural biodiversity and the ecology of urban food gardens. 

Take part in a morning of informative presentations and an insect scavenger hunt where you can learn more about the beneficial insects that eat pests and pollinate our food crops.

Event details


Saturday, April 11
10am-1pm
New Westminster Campus
Room 2201

Learn more about the UNIBUG project on the Douglas College website.



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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Douglas College in the news: March 2015



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


Voters begin getting transit plebiscite ballots today
Global News

Get the most out of campus tours
24 Hours

Douglas College student to share Ebola experiences in Coquitlam
Tri-City News

Greek tragedy gets a modern retelling
New Westminster Record



You can also find our latest news releases on the Douglas College website.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Douglas College Poem of the Month: March 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 "The Button Blanket" by Michelle Sankey.

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, March 24, 2015

Video: Meet Douglas College Applied Psychology student Iloradanon Efimoff



Meet Iloradanon Efimoff, an Applied Psychology degree student. As part of her honours research, Iloradanon is studying the impact of caffeine on decision-making. Visit the Douglas College website to learn more about the Applied Psychology program.






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Monday, March 23, 2015

This week at Douglas College: Free concert, sustainable energy discussion and more!


Here’s what’s happening at Douglas March 23-29


Ongoing


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

Theatre show
New Westminster Campus, Studio Theatre
Trojan Women, adapted from Charles L. Mee's Trojan Women: A Love Story, from the original work of Euripides, is presented by the Douglas College departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology, March 20-27. For more information, including showtimes and how to buy tickets, visit Arts Events.

Thursday, March 26


Free concert
New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Theatre
1pm
Arts at One presents the first in our Winter 2015 Student Showcase concert series. Come out and support our talented student musicians. Free and open to all. More info: Arts Events.

Friday, March 27


Student discussion
New Westminster Campus, Aboriginal Gathering Place (Room 4650)
1-3:30pm
Explore sustainability and innovation in the energy sector as it relates to agriculture and the production of food. This is the first of two seminars and it focuses on a student-led discussion of what sustainable energy and its connection to food production means to you. Free and open to the public. Register to attend on Eventbrite.

Book launch
New Westminster Campus, Studio Theatre (Room 4100)
7pm
Celebrate the launch of the 2015 edition of Pearls, an anthology of works by Douglas College Creative Writing students.



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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Student Research Day returns to Douglas College


Douglas College students are ready to have their brains picked about research projects they have conducted on a variety topics.

Over 25 displays will take over the Coquitlam Campus Atrium for Student Research Day 2015 on March 30 from 11am-2pm.

Everyone is invited to check out the displays and learn about bullying in the nursing profession, the effects of exercise on stress management, flu vaccinations and more.

Student researchers will be on hand to answer questions about their projects, conducted either for a course or through independent study based on their own interests.



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Sunday, March 15, 2015

This week at Douglas College: Grad fair, theatre shows, book sale and more!

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Here’s what’s happening at Douglas March 16-22


Ongoing


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

Theatre show
New Westminster Campus, Studio Theatre
Agnes Under the Big Top, by Aditi Brennan Kapil, is presented by the Douglas College departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology, March 13-20. More info and tickets: Arts Events.

Monday, March 16


Book sale
New Westminster Campus, Concourse
10am-6pm
EVENT magazine's popular annual fundraiser book sale runs March 16-20. Stock up on books, movies and music -- and support Douglas College's award-winning literary journal at the same time.

Tuesday, March 17


Free mammogram clinic
Coquitlam Campus, room 3011
8am-5pm
The BC Cancer Agency’s Screening Mammography mobile service are offering free mammograms to Douglas College employees and students aged 40-74. Register by calling by calling 1 800 663 9203 or visiting screeningbc.ca/breast

Book sale
New Westminster Campus, Concourse
10am-6pm
EVENT magazine's popular annual fundraiser book sale runs March 16-20. Stock up on books, movies and music -- and support Douglas College's award-winning literary journal at the same time.

Wednesday, March 18


Book sale
New Westminster Campus, Concourse
10am-6pm
EVENT magazine's popular annual fundraiser book sale runs March 16-20. Stock up on books, movies and music -- and support Douglas College's award-winning literary journal at the same time.

Thursday, March 19


Book sale
New Westminster Campus, Concourse
10am-6pm
EVENT magazine's popular annual fundraiser book sale runs March 16-20. Stock up on books, movies and music -- and support Douglas College's award-winning literary journal at the same time.

Graduation Fair
Coquitlam Campus, Atrium
11am-1pm
If you are graduating in June, find out everything you need to know about convocation. For more info, contact the Alumni Office by phone at 604 777 6171 or by email. alumni@douglascollege.ca

Friday, March 20


Book sale
New Westminster Campus, Concourse
10am-6pm
EVENT magazine's popular annual fundraiser book sale runs March 16-20. Stock up on books, movies and music -- and support Douglas College's award-winning literary journal at the same time.

Public lecture
New Westminster Campus, room 1606
12:30pm
Join us for Islam, ISIS and the Media, a free lecture co-sponsored by Campus Life and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Opening performance
New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
7:30pm
Trojan Women, adapted from Charles L. Mee's Trojan Women: A Love Story, from the original work of Euripides, is presented by the Douglas College departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology, March 20-27. For more information, including showtimes and how to buy tickets, visit Arts Events.



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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Faculty voice: Strong financial oversight needed if Yes side wins transit vote

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By Kevin Ginnell
Political Science instructor
Douglas College


With voting in the Metro Vancouver transit and transportation plebiscite set to begin on March 16, the debate is heating up over whether or not sales tax in the region should be increased by 0.5 percent to fund extra and expanded transportation services.

The “Yes” side argues planned expansion and improvement are needed to meet the challenges of a growing population and increasing congestion. Meanwhile, the “No” side argues that taxes are already high and administration of the system, particularly by TransLink, has been inefficient and ineffective.

If the “Yes” side triumphs, the administration of the revenue and expenditures under the proposed plan must receive close scrutiny with complete transparency and accountability. The governance model currently used to administer the entire system also requires a complete overhaul so that those controlling the regional plans, priorities and funding of transportation are completely accountable to citizens.

The “Yes” side has suggested an oversight function for an ad hoc committee led by B.C. business mogul Jimmy Pattison to insure the efficient and effective use of the increased funding. However, this is far from sufficient. The system requires a dedicated Inspector-General-type office, similar to that of many transportation systems in the United States, that would be charged with day to day oversight, investigation and auditing. This office should have the power to examine contracts, identify best practices, and publicize any maladministration in the region’s transportation system. This new office should be created by the province through statute which would be much more legitimate than an ad hoc committee and would help inculcate confidence in how funds are spent.

There is also an absolute necessity to re-configure the current governance model at TransLink so that the organization becomes more directly accountable to the region’s citizens. Citizens have little ability to monitor the organization’s operations and to hold officials to account. When TransLink was originally created, the board of directors of the organization was selected from the then GVRD—now Metro Vancouver’s—board of directors. All of these directors were elected mayors and councillors from the region. There were unquestionably flaws in the original system, however, the province threw the baby out with the bath water in 2007 when it created the current system of an appointed corporate board alongside the mayor’s council. It is the province’s responsibility to show some leadership and create a new system that allows little distance between citizens and those in charge of the region’s transportation system.

I will probably support the “Yes” side in the plebiscite, although I will hold my nose while doing so, unfortunately. If I followed my heart, I would say not a nickel more should be given in support of the system until the issues of accountability and transparency are solved. If I follow my head, I know how important it is to fund the maintenance and expansion of the system looking to the future. Hopefully the current debate over the plebiscite issues will increase pressure to create better oversight and accountability within the region’s transportation system.

Opinions expressed in this story are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Douglas College.




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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

EVENT literary magazine holding fundraising book sale at Douglas College



Want to pick up some books, movies or music while supporting the publication of great Canadian literature?

EVENT, Douglas College's long-running literary magazine, is holding its annual fundraising book sale.

The sale takes place March 16-20 from 10am-5pm in the New Westminster Campus concourse.

Published three times per year, EVENT features fiction, poetry, non-fiction and book reviews by emerging and established writers.

Donations of books, CDs, DVDs and magazines are being accepted for the fundraising sale.

Drop off any donations at the Faculty of Language, Literature and Performing Arts Office, room 2600, on the New Westminster Campus, or at the Foundation office at the Coquitlam Campus. You can also send via inter-campus mail to the EVENT office, room 2622, New Westminster Campus.

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Sunday, March 8, 2015

This week at Douglas College: Gallery exhibit, free yoga session and more!

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Here’s what’s happening at Douglas March 9-15


Ongoing


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

Wednesday, March 11


Stress-reduction workshop
New Westminster Campus, Aboriginal Gathering Place
10:30am
This free yoga session takes place in the New Westminster Campus Aboriginal Gathering Place and is the second of two stress-reduction workshops to help you prepare for exams. 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.

Friday, March 13


Opening performance
New Westminster Campus, Studio Theatre
7:30pm
Agnes Under the Big Top, by Aditi Brennan Kapil, is presented by the Douglas College departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology, March 13-20. More info and tickets: Arts Events.

Saturday, March 14


Theatre show
New Westminster Campus, Studio Theatre
2pm and 7:30pm
Agnes Under the Big Top, by Aditi Brennan Kapil, is presented by the Douglas College departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology, March 13-20. More info and tickets: Arts Events.



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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

What can an Associate of Arts degree do for you?

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What can an Associate of Arts degree do for you? Douglas College is holding two informational events to help answer that question.

Find out about programs such as Intercultural and International Studies, Environmental Studies, Future Teachers, Future Professional Pilots and more.

Faculty and academic advising will be on hand to share information and answer questions.

The events take place Tuesday, March 17, 2:30-5pm, at the Coquitlam Campus Atrium, and Thursday, March 19, 2:30-5pm, at the New Westminster Campus Concourse.

Learn more about Associate of Arts degrees on the Douglas College website.



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Sunday, March 1, 2015

This week at Douglas College: Career Fair, mindfulness workshop and more!

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Here’s what’s happening at Douglas March 2-8


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.

Tuesday, March 3


Career Fair
New Westminster Campus, Concourse
10am-3pm
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. Free, open to public.

Wednesday, March 4


Stress-reduction workshop
New Westminster Campus, Aboriginal Gathering Place (room 4650)
10:30am to 12:10pm
During this free mindfulness workshop, discuss the experience of stress and ways to manage. 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.

Thursday, March 5


Career Fair
Coquitlam Campus, Atrium
10am-3pm
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. Free, open to public.

LinkedIn workshop
New Westminster Campus, Room 4830
4:30pm
Join the Douglas College Business Association and Douglas College Media Buyer Al Hyland for a free workshop designed to help you get noticed on LinkedIn. Free pizza and pop will be provided. Register now by visiting dcba-online.ca



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