Thursday, May 25, 2017

Need help? Find support with Douglas College Counselling Services.


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.




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Seven things you need to know about CEIT services



As a Douglas College student, you have access to a variety of services to help you thrive. Some of them are 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 semester with confidence.

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

2. College Network Access: To log in to the College computers, Wi-Fi and other network-related services, use your CNA username — your 9-digit student number — and password — by default, your 6-digit birthdate (DDMMYY). For the Wi-Fi, connect to the Douglas College Internal network.
NOTE: For security, change your default password on the first login.

3. Email registration for password reset: Register your personal email address (not your College email address) at https://sspr-reg.douglascollege.ca. If you ever forget your CNA password and use the Self-Service Password Reset, a code will be sent to this address to verify your identity and allow you to create a new password.

4. Office 365: This Canadian cloud service gives to all registered students free access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, 1 Terabyte of OneDrive space and a new College email address. Use this email address and your CNA password to log in. The exact address is sent to the personal email you provided to Douglas. Check more information and the FAQs.

5. myAccount and Blackboard: myAccount provides useful information such as course registration, waitlists and tuition fees. Blackboard gives students taking online or hybrid courses access to materials uploaded by instructors — become familiar with the Student Resources section.
NOTE: For access from www.douglascollege.ca, hover over the Login drop-down menu at the top and click your option. Your myAccount credentials are your 9-digit student number and 6-digit birthdate. Blackboard requires the same credentials used for myAccount. Remember this after changing the default myAccount PIN.

6. CEIT Support: Our Service Counters provide student ID cards, and assistance with password/PIN resets, login issues and wireless connectivity. If you have difficulty with College-owned technology, you can also contact the Help Desk.

7. Printing: Every semester you may print up to 300 pages for free from any machine (libraries, computer labs or the New West glassed-in area in the concourse). For extra copies, use the PayPrint stations at both campus libraries, room N6212 (New West) and room A2270 (Coquitlam). Your quota is reset to 300 pages at the beginning of each semester. Considering the environment, print only what’s necessary.

For complete information about our IT services, check GET IT – IT Services for Students. Read more...

Get help from fellow students at the 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 at 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.

The Learning Centre is open during the following hours for the Summer 2017 semester, starting May 8.

New Westminster Room 2105, in the Library
Mon-Fri: 9:30am-4:30pm

Coquitlam Room A1040, beside the Atrium
Mon-Thurs: 10:30am-4:30pm

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Safer Walk program available at Douglas College campuses



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 and the Lafarge Lake-Douglas Station.

Safer Walk trips are available by request Monday to Friday, from 7 to 11pm. These trips will depart from the New Westminster Security Kiosks located in the Concourse. At the Coquitlam Campus, Safer Walk trips will also depart from the Security Kiosk located in the main floor atrium, building A/B.

In addition to the Safer Walk program, at both the Coquitlam and New Westminster campuses, security provides escorts to the parkades and surface parking lots at any time during campus hours.

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.



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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.

Douglas College Student Leadership and Peer Programs, as well as Student Union Clubs are a great way to get involved and include the Business Association, the Photography Club, the International Association, several dance clubs and many more. 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. While you’re at Douglas College, we want you to make new friends and have fun doing it. 
 
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 that shows 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.



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A decade of leadership: Student Ambassadors celebrate 10-year milestone





This year, the Douglas College Student Ambassadors mark a milestone with their 10-year anniversary.
Though it may be the largest and longest-running student-leadership program at Douglas, the program had humble beginnings. What started with 12 students who volunteered to assist with graduation in 2007 turned into a thriving group that now boasts 500 alumni. To mark the anniversary, Douglas College is highlighting five notable alums, including Commerce and Business Administration Diploma grad Kim Banh, who is currently a senior financial planner with Scotiabank.


What drew you to the Student Ambassador program?
My experience with the Student Ambassador program started after my first semester. As a new student, I was bored just going to class and going home right after. I wanted to meet new people and make new friends. I also wanted to gain new skills and experiences that I could bring to the workplace when I graduated.

What was your first experience with the ambassadors like?
My first major experience with the program started with New Student Orientation. I volunteered as an orientation leader. I didn't attend New Student Orientation as a student but working as an orientation leader showed me how instrumental it was in getting integrated into college life.

What did you gain from being an Ambassador?
I started off as a volunteer and became a student assistant for the Office of New Students after a couple semesters. I learned a lot in that position, from how to run workshops to presenting in front of a crowd of 150 new students. I was able to really move outside my comfort zone. All of these experiences helped me in the classroom and now in the workplace.


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Friday, May 19, 2017

A decade of leadership: Student Ambassadors celebrate 10-year milestone



This year, the Douglas College Student Ambassadors mark a milestone with their 10-year anniversary.
Though it may be the largest and longest-running student-leadership program at Douglas, the program had humble beginnings. What started with 12 students who volunteered to assist with graduation in 2007 turned into a thriving group that now boasts 500 alumni. To mark the anniversary, Douglas College is highlighting five notable alums, including Music Diploma grad Jay Schreiber, who is currently working as an account executive for Steel and Oak Brewing Company.


What drew you to the Student Ambassador program?

Being a Student Ambassador was an opportunity to get involved at the College beyond sitting in class and taking notes. It was a great chance for meeting and interacting with students of other disciplines and networking in the broader community at Douglas. Post-secondary is where you transition into being an adult, and the Ambassador program helps instill confidence and leadership in students.

What was your first experience with the ambassadors like?
The experience that really stands out is getting to know other people on a more personal level, rather than just as classmates. I learned how to create friendships and foster relationships, which have made me successful in my professional life after school. This skill was most helpful for when I transferred out of Douglas to university and needed to start over meeting new people. The best stories I have are from New Student Orientation, where we got to see students really connect and engage with the College.

What did you gain from being an Ambassador?
Being an ambassador helped me gain confidence and leadership skills that I have applied to every other aspect of my life. To know how to take control of situations and not be a passenger in adulthood is a key element to the post-secondary experience. I would encourage every student to leave their comfort zone at some time in their college career in order to truly discover who they are as people and the skills and talents they can contribute to their community.







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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Get where you need to go with Zipcar at Douglas College



Car-sharing service Zipcar is now another option to get around at Douglas College’s New Westminster Campus.

Zipcars can be conveniently picked up and dropped off at the College. Vehicles can be taken out by the hour or day, and gas and insurance is included. The service provides another transportation option to students, staff and faculty to travel around the campus or community with ease.

To get started, apply online. Once you’ve been approved, you will be sent a Zipcard to access vehicles at Douglas and worldwide. Cars can be booked online and unlocked with your Zipcard.

Find out what vehicles are available and pricing here. Read more...

Monday, May 15, 2017

Poem of the Month: May 2017

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 "These Words" by Kelsey Reid.

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...

Thursday, May 11, 2017

A decade of leadership: Student Ambassadors celebrate 10-year milestone

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This year, the Douglas College Student Ambassadors mark a milestone with their 10-year anniversary.
Though it may be the largest and longest-running student-leadership program at Douglas, the program had humble beginnings. What started with 12 students who volunteered to assist with graduation in 2007 turned into a thriving group that now boasts 500 alumni.
To mark the anniversary, Douglas College is highlighting five notable alums. First up is Iloradanon Efimoff, Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology grad. Efimoff is currently attending the University of Saskatchewan where she is completing her Masters in Psychology.

What drew you to the Student Ambassador program?
I initially joined the student ambassadors to get some volunteer experience on my resumé.

What was your first experience with the ambassadors like?
My first experience was the pre-semester phone calling to prospective students. This definitely pushed me out of my comfort zone, as I used to be quite shy. After a couple hours of calling people, my conversations went from scripted and hedging to informational and humorous. I gained so much from so little time – it was my first session and I was already gaining skills! It felt like one of those bogus miracle cure commercials – results were immediate.

What did you gain from being an Ambassador?
As mentioned above, I started the program quite shy. I remember turning bright red in the face every time a professor would ask me a question, an unfortunate reaction carried over from high school. I was uncomfortable with public speaking; I stuttered, spoke too fast, went red and shook all over. After four years in the program, I was very comfortable in front of a crowd. I was even comfortable in my last year presenting to a room of more than 100 students, with only an hour or so to prepare.

Most importantly, I created several long-lasting relationships from the program, including several diverse friendships. I have used these connections and the network built through the Student Ambassador program to get me places. For example, staff at The Office for New Students have consistently provided me with references that have gotten me jobs, which gave me the experiences I needed to get into graduate school, in my program of choice, with full funding. I won't oversell and say the Student Ambassador program is what got me into graduate school directly, but it was definitely a big part of me building the skills I needed to get accepted and to thrive in my program.




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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Want to work in the music biz? Here are five reasons Douglas should be your starting point.




1. Find your crew. Connections are important in any industry. Make friends, network or just jam out with fellow music-loving students. Who knows? You may find your future bandmates in one of your classes.





2. Get schooled. You have the passion, all you need is the training. From the fundamentals of music to professional training, explore your passion for music with help from the pros. It doesn’t hurt that many of our programs easily transfer to university.





3. Broaden your horizons. You’re trained in piano, but have always loved the look of a saxophone. Why limit yourself? Experiment and expand your skill set with music electives.





4. Get creative. Build a portfolio with original work you have produced, written or performed. With cutting-edge facilities at your fingertips, you’ll be making the next chart-topper in no time.





5. A star is born. You’ve got the skills. You have created original work. Now you have to share it with the world (how else are you going to become famous, after all?) Get on stage and share your talent with one of our amazing performing groups, at concerts or at shows hosted by our community partners. Read more...