Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Celebrate the Summer Solstice in style at the Sol Garden

Got plans for the longest day of the year?

Join the Institute of Urban Ecology for the grand opening of the Sustainability, Outreach and Learning Garden, a new hub for learning through our UNIBUG program.

Monday, June 20, 4-6pm
Sol Garden, south side of Coquitlam Campus 
1250 Pinetree Way
  • Opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony
  • Tour of Sol garden
  • Hands-on activities for children
  • Light refreshments
This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Veronica Wahl, UNIBUG Coordinator, 604 527 5522.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Get a Jump Start on College life

New students to Douglas College are invited to get to know their school better - and possibly win an Apple iPad Mini - with Jump Start orientation.

Hosted by the Office of New Students, the orientation will be held May 26 at the New Westminster Campus and June 2 at the Coquitlam Campus. Both sessions will be held from 5-9pm.

Jump Start prepares students for course registration, provides support with financial aid and provides an opportunity to have questions answered by current students and ONS staff.

Students who attend will also be entered into a draw for an Apple iPad Mini.

For more information, see here.


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Douglas College to roll out new recycling program

Douglas College is on track to become an even greener campus.

Both the New Westminster and Coquitlam campuses will introduce paper towel recycling to washrooms for the Summer 2016 semester. With the new program, students are asked to dispose of paper towels in the marked recycling bins that will be located in the washroom, instead of throwing them in the garbage.

“We’re always looking for ways to make improvements to the College,” Facilities Manager Andrew Hodgson explained. “Through a few simple adjustments, we can reduce the impact our College has on the environment.”

The initiative is the first step in a broader project that will roll out in the coming months and will introduce a four-stream recycling system to the College that includes mixed waste, organics, paper and garbage. Read more...

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Safer Walk program available at Douglas College New Westminster campus

Want some friendly company when walking at night from campus?

Douglas College offers a Safer Walk program for students and employees heading to the New Westminster SkyTrain station.

Safer Walk trips are available Monday to Friday and will depart every 30 minutes, from 7 to 11pm. These trips will depart from the New Westminster campus’ main concourse, level 2, near the West entrance of the campus.

In addition to the Safer Walk program, both the Coquitlam and New Westminster campuses provide escorts to the parkade at any time during campus hours.

Escorted trips at the Coquitlam campus will depart from the Security Kiosk located in the main floor atrium and escorts at the New Westminster campus will depart at the same location as Safer Walk trips.

For more information, please contact the New Westminster Security Kiosk at 604 527 5405 (non-emergency), the Coquitlam Security Kiosk at 604 777 6254 or the Director of Safety, Security and Risk Management at 604 527 5828. Read more...

Seven things you need to know about CEIT services


Glauce Fleury
Communications and Publications Specialist, CEIT

As a Douglas College student, you have available a variety of services to help you thrive. One of them is the IT services provided by the Centre for Educational and Information Technology. Take a look at what you need to know to start your classes with confidence.

· Student ID card: You’ll need yours to pick up library materials and access our campuses outside regular hours. When taking transit, you must carry your student ID card with your U-Pass BC on Compass Card. If you don’t provide your student ID when asked, you might get a fine and your Compass Card could be confiscated. Check when and where to get your student ID.

· Logins: To log in to the College computers, Wi-Fi, Blackboard, myAccount and myDouglas, you’ll need a username and password. Your username/user ID is your 9-digit student number. Your password/PIN, by default, is your 6-digit birthdate (DDMMYY). For the Wi-Fi, connect to the Douglas College Internal network. For myAccount, myDouglas and Blackboard, go to www.douglascollege.ca. At the top, hover over the Login drop-down menu and select your option. Note: to protect your account, after the first login, change your password.

· Printing: You may print up to 300 pages free of charge per semester from any machine (libraries, computer labs or the New West fishbowl). If you need to print beyond that, PayPrint stations are available at both campus libraries, room N6212 (New West) and room A2270 (Coquitlam). At the beginning of each semester, your quota will be reset to 300 pages. Considering the environment, make sure you print only what’s necessary and pick up your copies, so they don’t go to waste.

· CEIT Service Counters: They provide student ID cards, password/PIN resets, and assistance with login issues and wireless connectivity. In New West, go to room N2100B (inside the library). In Coquitlam, go to room B1250.

· CEIT Help Desk: Our skilled staff is available to help you when you have difficulty with College-owned technology. You can reach them at 604 527 5330 or helpdesk@douglascollege.ca

· Blackboard: If you take online or hybrid courses, you’ll use Blackboard. In this Learning Management System, you’ll have access to course materials uploaded by your instructor and some communications tools. Take a look at the Student Resources section and watch the tutorials to become familiar with this system.

· Office 365 ProPlus: As part of the College licensing agreement, Microsoft provides Office 365 ProPlus free of charge to all active full- or part-time students. Signing up reflects a personal agreement between you and Microsoft for the duration of your time at Douglas. You’ll have access to Word, PowerPoint, OneNote, Excel and OneDrive in the cloud.

You can find more information about our IT services at GET IT – IT Services for Students. Download this guide and have it at hand. In case of doubts, please contact the CEIT Help Desk at 604 527 5330 or helpdesk@douglascollege.ca

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Get involved and have fun outside of class with Student Life

Discover the other half of the college experience!

Head to the Student Life website to learn more about how you can get oriented, healthy, involved, and gain experience! You’ll find information about new student programs, academic success, wellness, student leadership programs, employment opportunities, and campus events.

Your tuition fees include a membership to the College’s fitness centers at both the New Westminster and Coquitlam campuses. Fitness classes such as yoga and pilates, zumba, core strength, and boot camp, are offered at both campuses. Hours of operation are listed online.

The Douglas College Student Union clubs are a great way to get involved and make new friends. There’s the Business Association, the Photography Club, and the International Association to name a few. Get the complete list on the DSU website.
Why get involved?

Believe it or not, students who invest their free time in getting involved on campus are more likely to do well academically.
Get Oriented: There are a few key steps that all successful students take to get settled at the College. Visit the new Student Life blog, Life at DC, to learn about these steps from your fellow students who’ve been there, done that.
Getting involved: There are lots of college events and programs that you can join, and if you do, you’ll meet new people. We want you to find a sense of community at Douglas College.
Get Healthy: You need to be well to do well. Getting exercise, maintaining a healthy diet, and taking good care of your mental health will set you up for academic success.
Get Experience: You want to graduate with a resume that grabs attention and gets you hired; we want to help you! Getting involved on campus, being a student leader, and working in Student Life are great ways to get experience, and these things will show employers what you’re capable of.

Don’t be the last to know what’s happening at Douglas College! Follow Student Life on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the Life at DC blog.


Students helping students at Douglas College's 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”) 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 writing and college courses.

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).

The Learning Centre is open during the following hours for the Summer 2016 semester.

New Westminster Room 2105, in the Library
Monday to Friday: 9:30am-4:30pm

Coquitlam Room A1040, beside the Atrium
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10:30am-3:30pm

Computer Skills Desk (at New Westminster only) Mon-Fri: 10:30am-3:30pm Read more...

Earn while you learn at Douglas College with SEC and Co-op

Whether you’re looking to find work while you’re going to school or searching for a job related to your studies after you graduate, Douglas College has the resources you need.

Both the Student Employment Centre and Co-operative Education help students earn while they learn by placing students with job opportunities that can lead to careers related to their studies, including Douglas alum Iain McHugh, who received a permanent position with the Vancouver Whitecaps following his Co-op with the organization.

Co-operative Education (Co-op) combines academic studies with related work experience. After completing the first half of a diploma, degree or university transfer program, eligible Co-op students alternate semesters of classroom studies with semesters of paid, full-time employment.

The Co-ops provide students with the opportunity to network and make connections with members in their field of interest, opening the doors for future work. For more information, attend one of Co-ops information sessions this month.

The Student Employment Centre (SEC) provides a wealth of resources for current students and alumni who are searching for work opportunities. Established two years ago, the SEC is the on-campus office for any job-search related needs for students, including those who have graduated and are looking to transition into a career focusing on their area of study, or those who need part-time work while they’re going through school. With offices at both campuses as well as online resources available, SEC provides assistance with resumes, cover letters, interview preparation and job-search techniques, and also offers individual appointments, and weekly drop-in hours and workshops. Online services include resume and cover letter review, coaching, and a very active job board. Positions posted by employers vary from paid full-time and part-time, to seasonal and temporary, as well as volunteer opportunities.

Additionally, throughout the year the SEC is involved in organizing a variety of on-campus employer related events including career/job fairs, program specific employer speed networking sessions, as well as on-campus employer recruiting sessions. Check the SEC Events Calendar regularly for updates.

For more information about Co-op, contact Lianne Johnston at 604 527 5769 and for information on SEC, contact Barb Kojder at 604 527 5890.


Douglas College Counselling services here to help

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 or have an urgent concern, a drop-in appointment is available most afternoons.

Locations and hours

New Westminster Campus, room 4600 (South) 604 527 5486 TTY: 604 527 5450
Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm

Coquitlam Campus, room A1050
604 777 6185 TTY: 604 777 6179
Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm

You aren’t alone – Counselling Services is here for you. More information is available on the Douglas College website.


Douglas College Poem of the Month: May 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 "The woman in gingham" by Jude Goodwin.

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. Read more...