Friday, September 30, 2016

Orange Shirt Day marks commemoration of residential school survivors

If you see someone on campus sporting an orange top today, it may be more than a bold fashion choice.

Sept. 30 is Orange Shirt Day - a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission residential school commemoration event originally held in Williams Lake in 2013.

The citrus hue has been chosen to mark the event because of Phyllis Webstad's experience at a residential school, where the then six-year-old had her orange shirt taken away upon arrival.

The date to commemorate was selected as it is the time of year in which First Nations children were taken away from their homes and into residential schools.

Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come. For more information, see here. Read more...

Monday, September 26, 2016

Launch your career with Leaders of Tomorrow - apply by Sept. 28

Could you benefit from a personal mentor in your field of interest?

Are you looking to develop a diverse network of current and future industry leaders?

Are you graduating between December 2016 and December 2017?

If so, apply now for the Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) program!

Presented by the The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, the LOT mentorship program connects final year post-secondary students with industry experts to help launch their careers. Open to Douglas College students in any area of study, this one-year program will help you develop skills in the following areas:

  • Mentorship: Develop a one-on-one relationship with a professional in your area of career interest.
  • Leadership: Learn from industry leaders and develop your personal leadership style.
  • Networking: Gain access to more than 100 networking and development events. 
  • Volunteerism: Be an agent for change in your community while growing skills to equip you for your career.

Learn more at an information/registration session:

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 11am-2pm
Coquitlam Campus, Atrium

Wednesday, Sept. 28, noon-1pm
New Westminster Campus, Room 3409

Or apply now online.

Application deadline: Sept. 28, 2016

Program cost: $319 plus GST

Access Program for Business students

A unique program developed by the Burnaby Board of Trade, the Access Student Career Development program has been enhancing Douglas students’ career skills and industry networks for a number of years. Like the Leaders of Tomorrow program, there are only a few days left to apply – Learn more on the Access Program website. Read more...

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Douglas College to host first annual Volunteer Fair on Sept. 28

If you're looking to gain volunteer experience, mark down Sept. 28 in your schedule.

The Douglas College Student Employment Centre will be hosting their first annual Volunteer Fair at the New Westminster Campus in the Concourse, from 10am to 3pm.

The fair will give students the opportunity to meet with various organizations from the Lower Mainland and learn about volunteer positions available to them. Discover an avenue to gain work experience in a field of interest, develop skills and build connections - all in one spot.

To learn more about the organizations attending the Volunteer Fair, see here. And don't forget your resume! Read more...

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Douglas College laces up to support mental health

Students are invited to lace up their running shoes and support mental-health awareness with the Douglas College Miles for Mental Health event Oct. 16.

Hosted by the Canadian Mental Health Association and Douglas College, the annual fundraiser features 2.5-km and 5-km run/walk options at Queens Park and will kick off at 9am with registration and coffee. The 5-km run will begin at 10am followed by the 2.5-km walk at 10:15am.

Douglas College grad Meredith Graham will serve as a student ambassador for the run, which is open to students, staff and faculty. Graham, a youth and family development worker in Burnaby, was given the diagnostic label of four mental illnesses – bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder. She notes that events like this are important to raise awareness.

“We need to facilitate conversations around stigma and deconstruct the stereotypes and myths that society holds of people who journey with mental health,” she said. “It is important for folks to know that we are not disordered. Change is made when we appreciate that we all join to create community, we all have something to offer and something to learn, we all have gifts and darkness is relative.”

For more information or to register, click here. To visit the Douglas College team page, see here.  

Douglas College Poem of the Month: September 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 "It Sucks to be a Demon's Delicacy (but Damn, It's Hell-a Worth It)" by Davina Price.

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...

Douglas College Sport Science student represents Canada at 2016 Summer Games in Rio

You would be hard-pressed to find someone on campus who had a better view of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio than Tory Nyhaug.

The Canadian racing cyclist and Douglas College Sport Science student represented Canada in BMX as a member of the 2016 Olympic team, finishing fifth.

“I started racing World Cups when I was 17 and I officially turned pro when I was 18,” Nyhaug said. “I love riding my bike, the extreme nature of it is fun and satisfying. But what I love most about it is how head to head it is. I’m very competitive.”

That competitive nature has served him well. Prior to this year’s Olympics, Nyhaug, who has been riding his bike since he was four years old, represented Canada at the 2012 Summer Olympics and won the silver medal at the World Championships in 2014. He followed that up with a gold medal at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.

While at the Olympics, Nyhaug made sure to take in the entire experience – not only racing against the world’s best, but making friends and enjoying other events.

Nyhaug notes one standout moment that will stay ingrained in his memory.

“Walking onto the start gate for the Olympic final, I remember looking up and just thinking, ‘man, this is so cool,’” he said. That’s something that not many people will ever get to experience and I’m thankful that I did.”

Anything can happen before the torch is lit in Tokyo four years from now, but another Olympics is definitely on Nyhaug's list. In the meantime, he is focusing on his education and planning to make his living in the sports industry.

“I want to help athletes – where it be as a coach, physiologist or physiotherapist – I’m not sure yet. But I’d like to be involved and give back, especially in BMX,” he said. Read more...

Thursday, September 15, 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.

Get 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.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Discover the resources at the Douglas College library

The Douglas College Library has a wide variety of resources designed to assist you in finding high-quality, relevant content for your coursework. Best of all, many are available online for you to access from anywhere, any time and are absolutely free.

Not sure where to start? Check out our Subject Guides, specifically developed to point you to the best search tools for specific courses. Student tested. Instructor approved.

Still need help? Librarians are ready to answer your questions about using these resources, turning your research topic into a search strategy, finding the best information sources available and citing the sources you use in completing your assignments.

You can also borrow laptops and other equipment, or book astudy room for your group work. Why not take a few minutes to explore the Library, either in person or online?

Keep in touch with us on Twitter and Facebook to get updates, alerts, reminders and more.

Twitter: @Douglas_Library

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

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 (CEIT). 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: For myAccount, myDouglas, Blackboard and Office 365, go to At the top, hover over the Login drop-down menu and select your option. To log in to the College computers, Wi-Fi, Blackboard, myAccount and myDouglas, your username/user ID is your 9-digit student number. Your password/PIN, by default, is your 6-digit birthdate (DDMMYY). Your username to access Office 365 will be sent to your myDouglas account (the password is the same used for the wired and wireless networks). For the Wi-Fi, connect to the Douglas College Internal network. Note: to protect your account, after the first login, change your password. We recommend a minimum of eight characters, with numbers, capital letters and special characters.
  • 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
  • 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: As part of Douglas College licensing agreement, we provide Office 365 software to all registered students. This Canadian cloud services gives you access to Word, PowerPoint, OneNote, Excel, 1 Terabyte of OneDrive space and a new College email account. myDouglas email will be active until 2017, when all students will be expected to have transitioned to the new Office email.
You can find more information about our IT services at GET IT – IT Services for Students. Download this guide and have it at hand. If you need support, you can call, text or email Students Helping Students. If you can’t reach them, contact the CEIT Help Desk at 604 527 5330 or Read more...

Monday, September 12, 2016

Explore the world with Douglas College's field schools

What are you doing in 2017?

We’re planning field schools in Hawaii and the Philippines in Winter 2017, and in Belize, Scotland, Switzerland and Wales in Summer 2017. Join us for an amazing experience!

Field schools are amazing opportunities to study abroad for a few days to a few weeks, depending on the program. Courses are taught by Douglas College 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’ll need to get approval from the program’s lead faculty member. 
  • A passport holder or able to obtain a passport 
  • Able to obtain a visa, as necessary, to the field school’s destination 

$2,500-$4,000 per student, depending on the program. The fee usually includes airport transfer at the destination, use of classroom facilities at the partner institution, tuition for any courses taught by a partner institution, program field trips, shared accommodations, and most meals (depending on the program).

Airfare, passport and visa applications, fees for Douglas College courses, travel medical insurance (mandatory), airport transfers in Vancouver, textbooks and personal spending are extra.

Financial Awards
Eligible students can receive up to $1,500 to cover their field school costs.

Visit Fields Schools for details.


Friday, September 9, 2016

Get an edge on the job market with SEC and Co-op

Student Employment Centre
Room S2844 on the New Westminster Campus Room A1430 on the Coquitlam Campus
Looking to get an edge on the competition when job hunting? Douglas College has the resources you need to help you stand out.

The College’s Student Employment Centre should be your first stop when beginning the job-search process. The knowledgeable staff can help students and alumni polish their resumes and cover letters and brush up on interviewing skills and effective job search techniques through weekly employment workshops.

Ready to start your search? Take advantage of an online job board specifically targeting Douglas College students. And don’t miss out on the chance to network and make connections at the three big on-campus career fairs in the fall, winter and spring.

Whether you’re looking for extra help via an individual job-coaching session or need a quick brush up with a weekly 15-minute express resume and cover letter review, Douglas College’s SEC team can help you hone the skills to land a job you love.

And now there’s more opportunity to take advantage of SEC’s resources with new daily availability and extended hours:

9:30am-12pm – Open
12-12:45pm – Lunchtime workshop
12:45-1:30pm – Post-workshop Q&A
1:30-3:30pm – Open

For more information, email

Co-operative Education

Room 2850A on the New Westminster Campus

If you have completed 18 credits of a diploma, degree or university-transfer program, you may be eligible for alternate semesters of classroom studies with semesters of paid, full-time Co-op employment.

Build the important connections and benefit from an “instant shortlist” with employers who are looking for Douglas College students to fill positions in their companies. You can event tap in to the Co-op office’s career-relevant positions and work on-campus to get ready for a successful transition after graduation.

Co-op provides the opportunity to make money while you gain hands-on experience in your field of study by combing academic studies with Co-op work terms.

For more information, attend one of two Co-op info on sessions Sept. 8, 4:30pm or Sept.12, 10:00am, at the New Westminster Campus, Room N4360.


Thursday, September 8, 2016

Douglas College Counselling services are 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 and loss
  • 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 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 to Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm

Coquitlam Campus, room A1050604 777 6185 TTY: 604 777 6179
Open Monday to 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.


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

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 Learning Centre (room 2105).

The Learning Centre is open during the following hours for the Fall 2016 semester, starting on Sept. 6th:

New Westminster
Room 2105, in the Library

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

Coquitlam Room A1040, beside the Atrium

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

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

Tuesday, September 6, 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 or surface parking lots 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...

Enter to win tickets to Kanye West

Looking to snag tickets to Kanye West?

We're here to help!

Douglas College will be giving away a pair of tickets to Kanye West's Saint Pablo tour on Oct. 17 at Roger's Arena.

All you have to do to enter your name into the draw is to download the Douglas app and sign in by Sept. 30. Only current students are eligible for this contest.

Learn more about Douglas app and all its perks here.


Friday, September 2, 2016

Douglas College BPEC grad scores coaching gig with UBC-Okanagan

A Douglas College Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching graduate has scored the title of
assistant coach for UBC-Okanagan’s women’s soccer team.

Carli Tingstad had been volunteering with the program since January when she was tapped for the position in May.

“I was absolutely honoured and delighted to be asked and brought on board for the 2017 Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) season,” Tingstad said. “With a new coach coming in, I wasn’t sure if I was able to continue volunteering, so when I was asked to stay on board, I was thrilled.”

Tingstad decided to focus her attention on coaching after suffering an injury in Grade 12. Not ready to give up soccer from her life, she turned to coaching. Once she started, she fell in love.

Knowing she wanted to take coaching to the professional level, Tingstad began researching Douglas’ BPEC program, eventually applying for the program. She notes that the College was a major stepping stone to her current career.

“The amount of practical experience that I was exposed to at Douglas through fieldwork and other classes really helped prepare me for what is needed to succeed as a coach in the real world. The BPEC faculty was nothing short of amazing and with their experiences always pushed me to be better and allowed me to grow and blossom into the person and coach I am today,” she said.

And now, in her new role, Tingstad plans to pay it forward. First and foremost, she said, is that the women enjoy the game and their time with the program. The plan is to have a team that not only grows as soccer players, but as individuals.

“I want them to show up every day willing to learn, work hard, take risks and be pushed out of their comfort zone. If they commit to that, I think the results will take care of themselves,” she said. “I don't coach to win games, I coach with the hope that I can teach players what it takes to succeed in life. Soccer is only a small portion of the players' life so if I can impact their life beyond the soccer pitch, for me, that would be a successful season.”

Tingstad isn't the only grad from the program who has scored a high-profile coaching gig. Fellow BPEC alum Steve Hanson was chosen to head SFU men's basketball team earlier this year, 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Office 365 will replace myDouglas

Glauce Fleury
Communications and Publications Specialist, CEIT

From September 2016, all Douglas College registered students will have free access to Microsoft Office 365 software in the Canadian cloud. This service will provide you with Word, PowerPoint, OneNote, Excel, 1 Terabyte of OneDrive space and a new College email account. As this solution meets the public-sector privacy laws in B.C., it will allow us to begin phasing out myDouglas email services.

If you’ve registered for the fall of 2016, you’ll be part of a transition period, so you’ll have two email accounts: myDouglas and Office 365. During this period, we’ll be ensuring that any mailing that currently goes to myDouglas accounts are being redirected or moved to Office 365.

To keep the messages you currently have in your myDouglas account, forward them to Office 365 or other personal email. The College won’t be moving the old myDouglas email messages to Office 365.

Office 365 accounts are created when you register for your first class, so it’s a slight change from the process for creating myDouglas account. Blackboard email ​​accounts will be switched over to Office 365 as of September 1.

Details about your Office account will be sent to you in the next few days. An important change relates to usernames. Instead of using your student number, the format will be last name + first name initial + number Your password is the same one used to connect to the wired and wireless networks.

To log in to Office 365, go to, hover over the Login drop-down menu and select Office 365. You can also go to the direct link: myDouglas email will be active until 2017, when all students will be expected to have transitioned to the new Office email.

If you have any questions, please contact the CEIT Help Desk at or 604 527 5330. Read more...