Monday, February 29, 2016

This week at Douglas College: Find out how to feel your best at this week's Health Fairs

Here's what's happening at Douglas Feb. 27-March 5

Tuesday, March 1

Health Fair
Coquitlam Campus

Student groups, Douglas College departments, and external health organizations will all be a part of this event, which aims to contribute to the larger goal of creating a healthier campus of well-informed students.
This year’s event will include a “Passport to Health” where students will be required to either learn something (e.g. top 5 risks for male cancers), be assessed (e.g. BMI), or complete a quick activity (quiz on environmental impacts) by each booth to get a sticker on their passport that can be entered for prizes.

Wednesday, March 2

Health Fair
New Westminster Campus

Student groups, Douglas College departments, and external health organizations will all be a part of this event, which aims to contribute to the larger goal of creating a healthier campus of well-informed students.
This year’s event will include a “Passport to Health” where students will be required to either learn something (e.g. top 5 risks for male cancers), be assessed (e.g. BMI), or complete a quick activity (quiz on environmental impacts) by each booth to get a sticker on their passport that can be entered for prizes.

Thursday, March 3

Arts at One
New Westminster Campus
Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre

This week's show is Espana with guest Barrie Barrington on piano.


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Celebrate UNIBUG's fifth anniversary with free forum

Mikki Herbold photo

Roll up your sleeves and get those hands dirty with Douglas College’s User Network for Insect Biology in the Urban Garden (UNIBUG) on Saturday, Mar. 12.

The Institute of Urban Ecology will host the annual UNIBUG forum at the College’s New Westminster campus to celebrate urban gardens and inform the public about sustainable gardening approaches.

“We hope that people will take away a sense of the beauty of urban gardens,” Institute of Urban Ecology co-ordinator Veronica Wahl said. “This forum will provide both information about sustainable gardening and an opportunity to meet like-minded people with an interest in urban gardens.”

The event kicks off at 10am and features an informative panel with local experts providing advice on beneficial insects, including pollinators - both native wild bees and honeybees – and pest-eating biological control insects. The panel will also provide tips on how to green your yard, garden in small spaces and get involved in community gardening.

“Urban gardens provide many benefits to both people and local wildlife,” Wahl said. “Our participants know about some of these benefits, but most are keen to learn new things, ask questions, share stories and discuss strategies.”

The forum will also feature hands-on activities – including the chance to make seed paper - and will finish with a closing reception at the Amelia Douglas Gallery at 11:30am showcasing the Green Links 2016 art exhibit. Read more...

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Douglas College to host CCAA Men's Volleyball National Championships

Douglas College will play host to some of the country’s best college volleyball players Mar. 9-12 for the 2016 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Men’s Volleyball National Championship.

The hosting duties, secured in Ottawa at the CCAA’s Winter Board Meeting in January 2014, are a huge feat for the College’s Athletics Department, headed by Brian McLennon.

McLennon noted the event will provide opportunities to involve the entire college community.

"What's so special about the event is that it will serve as a platform to showcase the excellence of Douglas College: students, staff and faculty," McLennon said. "We are including all our disciplines, including, but not limited to, Douglas Students' Union, the Music Department, Hospitality Management, Sport Science and the marketing students."

The event will feature Canadian Paralympian Rick Hansen as the keynote speaker for the National Championship Banquet and, under the guidance of the College’s Aboriginal Co-ordinator, Dave Seaweed, a ceremonial welcoming dance will be performed by members of the New Westminster QayQayt First Nation.

Douglas has captured 41 national titles and 52 provincial crowns and has hosted CCAA National Championships in 2003 and 2012 (Men’s Soccer) and 2007 (Badminton). Read more...

Monday, February 22, 2016

Elevator repairs underway at Coquitlam and New Westminster campuses

Elevators at the Coquitlam and New Westminster campuses will undergo upgrades over the next six weeks.

The upgrades will take place as follows at the New Westminster Campus:

  • The North elevator will be out of service for door upgrades during the week of February 22nd to the 26th 
  • The South elevator will be out of service for door upgrades during the week of February 29th to the March 7th 
  • The Library elevator will be out of service for door upgrades on March 7th to March 9th 
  • The Library elevator will be out of service for interior upgrades on March 17th and March 18th 
  • The North elevator will be out of service for interior upgrades on March 21st to March 23rd 
  • The 0600 elevator will be out of service for interior upgrades on March 23rd and March 24th 
  • The South elevator will be out of service for interior upgrades on March 29th to March 31st
NOTE: Please be aware that dates and duration may change
Elevators at the Coquitlam Campus:

  • The B Building elevator will be out of service for door upgrades during the week of March 1st to March 4th 
  • The A Building elevator will be out of service for door upgrades during the week of March 7th to March 10th 
  • The Library elevator will be out of service for door upgrades on March 14th and 15th 

NOTE: Please be aware that dates and duration may change


This week at Douglas College: Sign up for the sixth-annual Royals Rumble

Here's what's happening at Douglas Feb. 21-26

Tuesday, Feb. 23

Royals Rumble
New Westminster Campus
Gym and studio
Join the sixth Annual Royals Rumble! This year the sports include Soccer, Dodge Ball, Basketball, Volleyball, and Ping Pong. Not only can you earn points from your winning games but also for best team costume and sportsmanship. This year's theme is Canadian Pride. Sign up to receive details, including scoring system, tournament schedule, rules, and more.

Wednesday, Feb. 24

Pink Shirt Day
New Westminster Campus/Coquitlam Campus
Join Douglas College students and staff in the New Westminster concourse and Coquitlam Atrium for activities, information, and resources regarding Pink Shirt Day and the anti-bullying message behind the pink shirt. Wear pink and support the campaign.

Thursday, Feb. 25

Arts at One: Intavolatura
New Westminster Campus
Laura C. Muir Theatre
Enjoy an hour of music with guest Guzm├ín Ramos playing classical guitar and the theorbo. 

Thursday, February 18, 2016

B.C. author John Vaillant to give reading at Douglas College Feb. 23

Award-winning B.C. author John Vaillant will visit Douglas College for a free, public reading on Feb. 23.

Vaillant's work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, National Geographic, and The Walrus, among other publications.

His first book, The Golden Spruce (Knopf, 2005), was a bestseller and won several awards, including the Governor General’s Award for Non-Fiction.

His second nonfiction book, The Tiger (Knopf, 2010), is also an award-winning bestseller.

In 2014, Vaillant won Yale University's Windham Campbell Prize for non-fiction (worldwide English).

His latest book, a novel, is The Jaguar’s Children (Knopf).

Event details

Tuesday, February 23, 6:30pm
Room 4650
New Westminster Campus
Douglas College
700 Royal Ave.
Free and open to public

Presented by the Department of Creative Writing together with the Canada Council for the Arts.

For further information, please contact the Faculty of Language, Literature and Performing Arts at 604 527 5465.


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Douglas College Business Management grad takes business idea to new heights

Flexibility is an important feature in your attire - especially when dangling off the side of a cliff without a harness or rope.

So when Douglas College Business Management grad and avid rock climber Bradley Spence saw a gap in the market for pants that combined style and the flexibility to climb in, he decided he would fill it himself.

What resulted was Boulder Denim. Created by Spence and business partner Taz Barrett, the company takes its name from bouldering – rock climbing without a harness or rope – and features a line of jeans that can be worn in a variety of activities.

“They are jeans you can adventure in,” Spence said. “You can take them anywhere and do just about anything in them.”

For Spence and Barrett, the thought of rock-climbing in regular jeans was “crazy” because the material is so restricting.

“We figured there’s a market for a jean that’s stretchy enough to climb in,” the Surrey resident said. “We couldn’t find anything like them out there to buy for ourselves. We searched endlessly and when we came up empty handed, we thought we were on to something new and exciting.”

The jeans have been designed to stretch like yoga pants or sweats. But don’t get them confused with “jeggings,” Spence said. Boulder Jeans are all denim.

“We sourced denim from around the world to find the perfect denim,” he explained. “We ended up using a manufacturer right here in Canada. The way our denim is woven is actually patented.”

The fabric is designed to be exceedingly stretchy but hold its shape. Spence noted that most stretch denim has a “stretch retainment” of 60 percent, while Boulder Denim has 92 percent.

“We also worked with a designer that works for one of Vancouver’s largest athletic apparel companies to help perfect the fit and features of our jeans. We decided to go with three cuts. Now, one year later, we have officially launched,” Spence said.

This past November, the two longtime friends began a Kickstarter campaign to get the ball rolling on manufacturing the jeans. In just over 24 hours, the $15,000 goal was reached, and has been growing ever since. Currently, the campaign is close to hitting 500 percent of the initial goal with more than $96,000 USD.

But Spence noted that the Kickstarter campaign was more than just “posting a video and hitting go.” Pre-promotion efforts were started months in advance, which he credits to reaching their goal.

“Both my business partner and I studied Business in college, so that helped out quite a bit,” Spence said, noting instructors Bill Archibald and David Moulton stood out from his time at Douglas.

“I used a lot of what Bill taught me to create our business plan and the sales knowledge that David taught really helped build some great B2B and collaboration relationships with like companies.”

The team is using that same drive to bring their products into stores like MEC and REI. Boulder Denim also has new products set to be released in the near future.

“The response has been overwhelmingly positive. We’ve had a lot of awesome news agencies and blogs reach out and share our project, which has really helped us out,” Spence said. “We have received hundreds and hundreds of Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter comments from people who can't wait to try out our jeans.”

Boulder Denim is currently accepting pre-orders on another crowdfunding platform – Indiegogo. To place an order, click here.


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Douglas College students finding success in athletics and academics

Douglas College Royals student-athletes are encouraged to make big plays on and off the field.

With a strong emphasis on balance between academics and athletics ingrained in the College’s culture, student-athletes are better placed in a position of success when transitioning to a career after
David Denofreo photo

In collaboration with the College’s Counselling department, the Athletics department initiated the Life after Athletics workshop that stresses the importance of classroom success, said athletics manager Brian McLennon.

“We discussed the struggle some student-athletes have after graduation. They’re no longer a competitive player for their team, and they may struggle with their identity,” McLennon said. “Our strategy is to close that gap and have that dialogue while they’re here and get them thinking about their careers.”

For Royals basketball player Domunique Booker, the mentoring of her coaches and members of the Athletics department have helped her combine her love of basketball with her passion for writing.

A Communications student working towards a career in sports media, Booker was offered the athletics writer and video producer job for practical work experience.

“Douglas College gives you an environment to thrive,” she said. “You get the support, the resources and the feedback, so you can do what you want to do.”

Booker’s sentiment is echoed by aspiring naturopath and volleyball player Lynnea Carr, who credits athletics with teaching her about the importance of time management.

Being a student-athlete also placed an emphasis on taking care of her body.

“You have to be aware of what goes into your body, which really ties in to my studies,” she said.

Having the skills to transition into a career is the true measure of success, McLennon said.

“It’s great that you have a championship banner, but you can’t bring that into an interview. You need to have that degree or diploma – that’s an important aspect,” he said. “And that’s why we’re working to create that balance for each student-athlete.” Read more...

Friday, February 12, 2016

Douglas College Poem of the Month: February 2016

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 "Not a Lie in Sight" by Kyle Marentic.

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.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Join Douglas College in marking Pink Shirt Day

Take a stand against bullying with Douglas College on Feb. 24 as we mark Pink Shirt Day.

Don pink attire and join fellow students and College employees at the New Westminster Campus Concourse and at the Atrium at the Coquitlam Campus from 10am to 2:30pm.

The Douglas College event will feature activities, information and resources about Pink Shirt Day and the anti-bullying message behind the pink shirt.

You can take it one step further and post a photo of a loved one on social media, sharing why that person is important to you, with the hashtag #PinkItForward. Coast Capital Savings will donate $1 for each post.

For more information about Pink Shirt Day, click here


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Meet Douglas College's valedictorians for Winter 2016

This week is a time for celebration for the many Douglas College students who will be walking across the stage as part of the Winter graduation ceremonies.

One small group of students made a lasting mark with their peers and instructors during their time at Douglas. They are the valedictorians:

Eisa Cala

“Taking Hospitality Management at Douglas helped me pick up key theories and practices of the hospitality industry and equipped me with the skills and experience needed to further my career.”

Alex Domijan
Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching

"Douglas allowed me to sample environments, subjects, and when the time came, I was giving the perfect opportunity to practice my passion through the faculty's support and effective resource management."

Kristen Gerelus

"The things that I liked about Douglas the most were the instructors and the small classes, it's just a better learning experience."

Carmen Schalles

"Douglas has helped my achieve my goals by providing me practical experience. The clinical time that I received in the Nursing program really facilitated personal growth.”

Meghan Walker

"One thing I value about Douglas College is the sense of community. Small class sizes allowed me to build relationships with the students and faculty. These relationships were a great resource for sharing knowledge and getting assistance."


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Nominations sought for Douglas College Education Council and College Board

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, starting Sept. 1, 2016 and ending Aug. 31, 2017.

The nomination period closes Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016 at 4pm.

The role of the Douglas College Board is to act on behalf of the public and oversee the affairs - including property, revenue and expenditures - of the College. The Board meets seven times annually, and holds a strategic/educational retreat each year. 

The Education Council at Douglas College is responsible for developing policies that reflect the Educational Council mandate in the College and Institute Act.

Information about the elections, as well as nomination forms, can be found at the Registrar's office at both campuses, the Douglas Students’ Union Offices and at the Douglas College elections website here and here.


Friday, February 5, 2016

Beat the line with the new self-serve Tim Horton's

Starting Feb. 9, the endless morning coffee line is a thing of the past. Douglas College is opening a self-serve Tim Hortons on the first floor, near the deli.

The new option aims to cut down on line-ups at the main Tim Hortons on the second floor and will offer an assortment of items, including:
  • Coffee and cappuccino
  • Tea
  • Hot chocolate
  • Baked goods 
The self-service Tim Hortons will be open Monday-Thursday, 8am-4pm and on Fridays from 8am-2:30pm.


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Douglas College Psychiatric Nursing instructor to present at speaker series

Students are invited to hear research from a Douglas College Psychiatric Nursing instructor that
could spur improvements in patient care for those suffering with dual diagnosis.

Kofi Bonnie will present findings from his research conducted at St. Paul’s Hospital at Douglas College’s Health Science Speaker series on Feb. 15.

Bonnie's work identifies characteristics of clients with dual diagnosis and those repeatedly admitted to acute psychiatric units. Bonnie noted that little is known about these specific clients and his aim is to provide evidence-based care that will improve outcomes for patients.

“I was drawn to this research because of my passion for caring for the marginalized population and a relentless spirit to improve patient-care outcomes,” Bonnie said. “As the saying goes, ‘to him much is given, much is required.’”

Bonnie, who was the principal investigator on this research, is currently working with the Director of Mental Health at St. Paul’s Hospital and community stakeholders to implement resource allocation based on his findings.

The College’s speaker series invites a variety of experts to discuss health issues with a regional, national and global impact. It is free and open to the public.

Bonnie’s talk will be held at 10am at Douglas College’s Coquitlam campus, 1250 Pinetree Way, in room A1470. Read more...

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Douglas College Network Shutdown Feb. 12

Douglas College will experience a full computer and network systems shutdown between 9pm on Thursday, Feb. 11 to 6am on Monday, Feb. 15 in order to relocate the College’s main server and network equipment room to a new, safer location. This will effect both the New Westminster and Coquitlam campuses.

Although some services and supports will be limited during the shutdown (see below), both campuses of the College will remain open to the public.

There is never an ideal time to schedule this; however, doing it during study break causes less disruption to classes and allows the College to meet expectations for completing the work within the timelines the Ministry set as a condition of receiving Ministry funding for the project.

During the shutdown, the following supports and services will not be available:
  • Internet access from on-campus (includes Wi-Fi) 
  • Logging-on to College computers 
  • Banner 
  • FAST Portal and Reporting 
  • Blackboard 
  • myDouglas 
  • Student ID 
  • LaserFiche 
  • Qlikview 
During the shutdown, the following College areas will be closed at both campuses:
  • Registrar’s Office
  • Cashier
  • Bookstore
  • Library, including access to all electronic library resources outside the college (i.e. journal databases, online catalogue, and ebooks)
  • Student Employment Centre
  • Douglas International
  • DSU Coquitlam 
However, the following services will still be available during the shutdown:
  • Security
  • Parking
  • Food services
  • Smartphone access to email and other services not dependent on College wireless network
  • DSU New Westminster

The outcome of this necessary move is our IT infrastructure will be housed in a safer location to protect critical services for students and employees. Additional upgrades will follow to improve connectivity and processing speed. This is a necessary first step toward improved IT services for years to come.

Thank you, in advance, for your support and cooperation.

Tracey Szirth, VP Administrative Services and CFO

Monday, February 1, 2016

Renovations coming to Douglas College's New Westminster campus

David Denofreo photo

Douglas College is getting a makeover.

The 0600/1600 area of the New Westminster Campus will undergo a renovation that will see 22 upgraded educational spaces, including new classrooms and lab spaces to keep up with the growing student population.

The 3,000-square-metre renovation will enhance your learning experience and make room for new space dedicated to the Engineering Foundations Certificate and Engineering Essentials program, as well as other programs that align with the BC Skills for Jobs Blue Print.

This will be the largest renovation at New Westminster campus since its opening in 1982. The project will include classroom upgrades such as energy efficient lighting, HVAC systems and state-of-the-art AV technology for instructors.

Construction preparation and demolition kicks off Feb. 8, with work carrying through to August. Construction will take place on the south side of the campus, along Victoria Street. As with any construction, there will be occasional noise and minor disruptions. Some classes will be moved to new rooms to ensure the expected noise does not impact students or teachers.

As well, traffic on Victoria Street will be single-lane only from February to August. The sidewalk on Victoria Street may also be closed as construction progresses for safety reasons. These areas will be blocked using construction fencing. There may be temporary closures to parkade entrances during deliveries.

To stay in the loop on the construction and renovation progress, follow us on Twitter, Facebook or visit