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Sport Science instructor creates video game for stroke rehabilitation

By Nicole Chiu, Communications Officer, Research & Innovation

While studying stroke patients’ neural control for walking, Douglas College Sport Science instructor Karine Hamm was surprised to discover there were few options for patients to continue working on their rehabilitation at home. This realization sparked her creativity and a recovery video game was invented.  

Changing the recovery process

Karine and her research team created a video game specifically to help with the recovery of “drop-foot,” a common impairment after a stroke that makes it difficult for individuals to lift their toes up during the swing phase of walking, which can cause tripping.

Karine explains that traditional rehabilitation involves lifting the toes up repeatedly against a rubber band; these strategies have been reported as repetitive, monotonous and ineffective.

“We developed a pedal that moves an object on the screen when the players lift their toes up. This encourages the motion recommended in traditional rehabilitation but has the potential to be fun, thus increasing motivation and promoting adherence to rehabilitation.”

The video game mimics the popular Brick Breaker game. She worked collaboratively with engineering instructor, Nakul Verma, as well as sport scientists, student research assistants and a neuro-rehabilitation clinic to make the video-game a reality.

This game is projected to be finished by the end of this year. Availability to the public is still to be determined.

The next phase

After intensive testing, the feedback from the rehabilitation community was that more and varied games and exercises were needed to sustain motivation in patients.

Karine and her team are partnering with the North Shore Stroke Recovery Center and Douglas College English instructor and cartoonist, Peter Wilkins, to develop a graphic novel that would address the challenges and success stories of stroke patients. Patients will navigate through panels of the graphic novel by controlling the foot pedal.

This new project along with a few others in the works will expand therapy options for patients and ensure they adhere to rehabilitation plans.

What is academic integrity and why does it matter?

By Marie Del Cid-Luque, Marketing and Communications

Every student at Douglas College is expected to adhere to the highest standards of academic integrity. But, what does academic integrity actually mean?

Read more: How not to be a word thief and know how to cite your sources properly  

What is academic integrity?

Academic integrity is ensuring you’re not being academically dishonest which includes committing academic fraud, cheating, misuse or misrepresentation of sources, plagiarism or self-plagiarism.

To ensure all students are starting at Douglas with the same understanding, all new students to Douglas (starting in Winter 2020) must complete an Academic Integrity Education online course by Feb. 24, 2020.

Moving forward, Douglas will require all new-to-Douglas students to complete this mandatory module. The great thing is that it takes no more than 30 minutes to complete and is easily accessible through Blackboard.

Read more: Learn how to ace your courses with the help from the learning centre

The resources available for students at Douglas can help you succeed with your studies. Learn to be your best self at Douglas with the help from our peer tutoring centre, available at the Learning Centre, which can assist students in skills like writing, studying, test preparation and more.

Pass your module with flying colours

Students will need to finish the module with at least 80 percent to successfully complete the course. Good news, though, you have three chances to pass.  If you’re not successful after the third attempt, additional support will be provided.  

*Please note: For new-to-Douglas students in the Winter 2020 term who do not complete the online module by Feb. 24 or fail to pass, the ability to register for future terms will be affected. For more information, contact aie@douglascollege.ca.

Campus events: Feb. 10 – 14

Don’t miss out – here’s what’s happening around campus this week!

Let’s kick off your Winter Semester with some fun, interesting and entertaining campus events taking place in and around Douglas.

Campus Events this Week:

Monday, Feb. 10

  • DSU elections: Voting week – 12-7pm in the New Westminster Campus concourse. Cast your vote for your 2020-2021 DSU Elected Student Representatives. To vote, please bring your Douglas College student ID or Government-Issued ID.
  • DSU elections: Voting week – 12-7pm in the Coquitlam Campus atrium. Cast your vote for your 2020-2021 DSU Elected Student Representatives. To vote, please bring your Douglas College student ID or Government-Issued ID.

Tuesday, Feb. 11

  • DSU elections: Voting week – 9am-4pm in the New Westminster Campus concourse. Cast your vote for your 2020-2021 DSU Elected Student Representatives. To vote, please bring your Douglas College student ID or Government-Issued ID.
  • DSU elections: Voting week – 9am-4pm in the Coquitlam Campus atrium. Cast your vote for your 2020-2021 DSU Elected Student Representatives. To vote, please bring your Douglas College student ID or Government-Issued ID.
  • DSU elections: Voting week – 2-4pm in the Anvil Office Tower. Cast your vote for your 2020-2021 DSU Elected Student Representatives. To vote, please bring your Douglas College student ID or Government-Issued ID.

Wednesday, Feb. 12

  • Black history month screening: Black experiences – 2:00 – 2:20pm in both the New Westminster (quiet study space) and Coquitlam Campus (library classroom). Watch a movie screening in honour of Black History Month. Both campus libraries will be streaming the documentary film Black Experiences, directed and produced by Aaron Floresco. Refreshments will be provided.
  • Urban challenges forum – Urban wild: Animals in the city – 6:30 – 8pm in room N2201 at the New Westminster Campus. This forum will discuss how modern urban spaces are often perceived as only for humans, and how the city was and is where many wild animals make their home. Begging the question: how can we do more to support positive human-wildlife cohabitation? Featuring SFU Assistant Prof Dr. Rosemary-Clair Collard and Wildlife Rescue Association of BC Support Centre Manager, Andrea Morgan. Free and open to the public.
  • DSU elections: Voting week – 12-7pm in the New Westminster Campus concourse. Cast your vote for your 2020-2021 DSU Elected Student Representatives. To vote, please bring your Douglas College student ID or Government-Issued ID.
  • DSU elections: Voting week – 12-7pm in the Coquitlam Campus atrium. Cast your vote for your 2020-2021 DSU Elected Student Representatives. To vote, please bring your Douglas College student ID or Government-Issued ID.
  • DSU elections: Voting week – 11am-1pm in the Anvil Office Tower. Cast your vote for your 2020-2021 DSU Elected Student Representatives. To vote, please bring your Douglas College student ID or Government-Issued ID.
  • World of dance: Hip hop/R&B – 5-6pm in the New Westminster Movement Studio. This is an upbeat, dynamic, and diverse dance session offered throughout the year. Join this dance session for rhythmic movement and cultural tastings!

Thursday, Feb. 13

  • DSU elections: Voting week – 9am-4pm in the New Westminster Campus concourse. Cast your vote for your 2020-2021 DSU Elected Student Representatives. To vote, please bring your Douglas College student ID or Government-Issued ID.
  • DSU elections: Voting week – 9am-4pm in the Coquitlam Campus atrium. Cast your vote for your 2020-2021 DSU Elected Student Representatives. To vote, please bring your Douglas College student ID or Government-Issued ID.
  • Consent and sexual health awareness booth – 10am – 2pm in the New Westminster Campus concourse. Join the Student Wellness Awareness Team (SWAT) to talk about consent on campus and to learn about safe sex.
  • Intramurals: Open gym – 4:30–6pm in the Pinetree Community Centre near the Coquitlam Campus. Intramurals are a great way to stay active, meet new friends, build campus community and try a variety of new sports. All Coquitlam Campus intramurals are offered at the Pinetree Community Centre, next to the campus, in Gym 3. Bring your Student ID card and proof of your current class registration.
  • Arts at One – 1pm at the Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre, New Westminster Campus. Listen and enjoy the musical experiment that is Rick Maddocks & Sun Belt. Free and open to the public.

Friday, Feb. 14 ~ Happy Valentine’s Day ❤︎

  • DSU elections: Voting week – 9am-12pm in the New Westminster Campus concourse. Cast your vote for your 2020-2021 DSU Elected Student Representatives. To vote, please bring your Douglas College student ID or Government-Issued ID.
  • DSU elections: Voting week – 9am-12pm in the Coquitlam Campus atrium. Cast your vote for your 2020-2021 DSU Elected Student Representatives. To vote, please bring your Douglas College student ID or Government-Issued ID.
  • First year Fridays: First year fit – 3:30 – 5pm in the New Westminster Campus concourse. Show yourself some love this Valentine’s Day by learning about your physical fitness. There will be plenty of games and healthy snacks.
  • Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls March – 10am in the New Westminster Campus, upper cafeteria. Join Indigenous Student Services, the Douglas Students’ Union and students on the march for the annual memorial march for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG).  

Ongoing Campus Events

  • Three Echoes: Hope and Transformation – From Jan. 16 – Feb. 29 at Amelia Douglas Gallery, New Westminster Campus. Enjoy the mixed-media artwork by three immigrant artists, Sidi Schaffer, Sorour Abdollahi and Devora, who take you on a journey bridging their immigrant experiences with art. Admission is always free.
  • New Westminster Campus Winter fitness classes – Monday–Thursday from 8am–8pm and Fridays from 8am–6pm, at the Fitness Centre in the New Westminster Campus. View the scheduled classes, which range from Power Yoga to Zumba. Come get fit and healthy!
  • Coquitlam Campus Winter fitness classes – Monday–Sunday from 8am–10pm, at the Pinetree Community Centre. View the scheduled classes, which range from Pilates to Belly Dancing. Come get fit and healthy!

Check back often for more fun and entertaining campus events perfect for the Winter season!

Start small, dream big: Harvard grad kicked off career at Douglas

By Carly Whetter, Foundation and Alumni Relations

When Douglas alumna Yu-Ru Liu immigrated to Canada from Taiwan in 1993, she discovered her high school transcript was not recognized by many Canadian universities. Fortunately, she found a way to bridge the gap.

“I entered Douglas College to get some college credits to help me get into university,” says Yu-Ru. “I took classes mostly in mathematics, physics and chemistry.”  

She got much more than that. Thanks to the inspiration of her instructors at Douglas, Yu-Ru discovered her passion for the subject she’d eventually teach.

Step by step

“Aubie Anisef inspired me the most,” Yu-Ru says of the long-standing Douglas College mathematics professor. “He showed me Principles of Mathematical Analysis by Walter Rudin, and I started to become interested in pure mathematics.”

In 1995 Yu-Ru transferred her credits from Douglas College to McGill University, where she completed her undergraduate degree in mathematics. From there, she went on to earn her Master’s degree from Queen’s University and then her PhD in Mathematics from Harvard University in 2003.  

Sum of its parts

Today, Yu-Ru is a professor of Pure Mathematics at the University of Waterloo, where she also researches number theory, among other topics. Her experience with her professors at Douglas inspires her to put her students first.

“I hope that I can convey the warmth and enthusiasm that I received from my teachers there to my students at Waterloo,” she says.

And she’s succeeding. Yu-Ru is working to improve the first-year curriculum in the Faculty of Mathematics. She also received the University of Waterloo Mathematics Society’s Instructor of the Year Award in 2011 and the faculty’s Award for Distinction in Teaching in 2013.

Visit the Mathematics page for more information regarding the program.

Campus events: Feb. 3 – 7

Don’t miss out – here’s what’s happening around campus this week!

Let’s kick off your Winter Semester with some fun, interesting and entertaining campus events taking place in and around Douglas.

Campus Events this Week:

Monday, Feb. 3

  • Black history month movie screening: Green Book – 12:30 – 3pm in room N4219 at the New Westminster Campus. Enjoy the screening of the Oscar-winning film, Green Book. Inspired by a true story of the Deep South following an African American classical and jazz pianist Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) and Italian American bouncer Frank “Tony Lip” Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen).

Wednesday, Feb. 5

Thursday, Feb. 6

  • Study abroad fair – 10am – 4pm in the New Westminster concourse. Get ready to take your studies global. Discover opportunities to go on an international exchange or take part in a summer program.  Students, staff and faculty are invited to come to the concourse to browse and learn more about the opportunities we offer.
  • Literature alive – 7 – 9pm in the Studio Theatre at the New Westminster Campus. The Douglas College Creative Writing Department presents Literature Alive, an evening with three distinguished guest authors: Chelene Knight, Shazia Hafiz Ramji and Ian Williams. Free and open to the public.
  • Intramurals: Soccer – 4:30–6pm in the Pinetree Community Centre near the Coquitlam Campus. Intramurals are a great way to stay active, meet new friends, build campus community and try a variety of new sports. All Coquitlam Campus intramurals are offered at the Pinetree Community Centre, next to the campus, in Gym 3. Bring your Student ID card and proof of your current class registration.
  • Arts at One – 1pm at the Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre, New Westminster Campus. Listen and enjoy Tones & Underhill. Free and open to the public.

Friday, Feb. 7

Ongoing Campus Events

  • Three Echoes: Hope and Transformation – From Jan. 16 – Feb. 29 at Amelia Douglas Gallery, New Westminster Campus. Enjoy the mixed-media artwork by three immigrant artists, Sidi Schaffer, Sorour Abdollahi and Devora, who take you on a journey bridging their immigrant experiences with art. Admission is always free.
  • New Westminster Campus Winter fitness classes – Monday–Thursday from 8am–8pm and Fridays from 8am–6pm, at the Fitness Centre in the New Westminster Campus. View the scheduled classes, which range from Power Yoga to Zumba. Come get fit and healthy!
  • Coquitlam Campus Winter fitness classes – Monday–Sunday from 8am–10pm, at the Pinetree Community Centre. View the scheduled classes, which range from Pilates to Belly Dancing. Come get fit and healthy!

Check back often for more fun and entertaining campus events perfect for the Winter season!

Taking his education to the bank with help from the Career Centre

By Lucia Green, Career Centre

Gain skills and experience. Make money while going to school. Get your dream job. You can do it all with the Career Centre, where you’ll find:

  • Work and volunteer opportunities
  • Career coaches who can get you job-ready
  • Career development workshops (resumés, cover letters and more)
  • Career fairs, speed-networking sessions and other events
  • Co-operative Education programs

Read more: Computing Studies and Information Systems student scores job thanks to Co-op

Give your career a boost

Another program available to students – specifically those pursuing a post-degree credential – is the Career Boost Program. It’s a series of six workshops on skills identification, how to use LinkedIn and more. Students get ongoing support throughout the program and after graduation until they find full-time employment. Keep reading to find out what one PBD Finance student thought of the Career Boost Program.

Neel makes bank

Neellohit looking sharp in downtown Vancouver

Neel came to Canada to further his education and gain work experience. With a degree in mathematics, economics and statistics under his belt, he decided to enhance his job opportunities with a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Finance at Douglas.

He also decided to enlist the help of the Career Centre. “I’d been with a temporary staffing agency, but almost all of the jobs were unrelated to my education,” he says. He joined the Career Boost Program, and everything changed.

Read more: Career Centre leads Hospitality Management student to job at prestigious hotel chain

“They helped me reformat my resumé and highlight key areas, polish my interview skills, and taught me about networking,” he says. “There’s even a session on updating your LinkedIn profile so that it’s free from irrelevant information and has all of your current work experience and skills. It’s also a place where you might meet people in the same field, or even future employers, so keeping it perfect is essential.”

It worked: Neel landed a job at a major bank and is working toward becoming an investment banker.

“The Career Centre helped me land a great job by bringing in individuals from different financial institutions to meet with Douglas College students,” says Neel. “Furthermore, they helped me fine-tune my skills, knowledge and resumé to make the best of the opportunities available.”

Contact the Career Centre

New Westminster Campus, room S1803
Coquitlam Campus, room A1430
cc@douglascollege.ca
604 527 5889

Stay safe and secure on campus at all times

By Nancy Constable, Safety, Security and Risk Management

Student safety on campus is a top priority at Douglas College. Read below to find out who to call and where to go in the event of an emergency.

Save Campus Security numbers in your phone

Coquitlam: 604 777 6254
New Westminster: 604 527 5405
Anvil Office Tower: 604 777 6666
Note: Call Campus Security 24/7 in the event of an emergency. In an urgent or life threatening situation, call 911 first, then also call Campus Security to notify them of the emergency on campus.

Know your closest emergency exits and assembly areas

Evacuation maps are posted in classrooms and near stairwells and elevators. Familiarize yourself with more than one way in/out of the building.

Sign up for emergency notifications

Subscribe to DC Alerts to receive important notifications regarding emergencies on campus and advisories of campus closures (for example, due to heavy snowfall).

Know the College’s emergency procedures

Review all emergency procedures, including the College’s lockdown procedure.

Speak up when you see something unsafe

Report all safety hazards and incidents to Campus Security, including concerning behaviours.

Use Safer Walk

Receive a security escort from a uniformed officer to the local SkyTrain station or to your vehicle in a campus parking lot/parkade by requesting a Safer Walk from Security.

Get first aid – stat

There are trained first aid providers on each campus. Dial 2400 from any College landline or call Campus Security if you need first aid. You can also visit them in person:
Coquitlam Campus Security – kiosk at level 1, building A/B atrium
New Westminster Campus Security – kiosk at level 2, concourse
Anvil Office Tower Security – kiosk on the sixth floor

Talk to a counsellor

Counsellors can help you manage personal challenges, career planning and figure out how to ease the pressures of college life.
Coquitlam: 604 777 6185
New Westminster: 604 527 5486

Need tech support on campus? These two can help!

By Shruti Ashok, Centre for Educational and Information Technology

Getting up to speed with technology can be a challenge, especially at the beginning of a new semester. Luckily, we have two student assistants who’ve got you covered.  

Meet Tommy and Daniel. Tommy is a Computer and Information Systems student specializing in Data Analytics. Daniel is enrolled in the Computing Studies and Information Systems program. Both are part of the Students Helping Students (SHS) program, brought to you by the Centre for Educational and Information Technology (CEIT).

Tommy and Daniel will be on campus outfitted in red vests and can help you with logins, computer functionality, printing, Wi-Fi and more.

Read more: 4 ways you can be cyber smart

Reach out to Tommy at the New West Campus

Location: Library
Call or text: 604 396 4475
Email: nwshs@douglascollege.ca
Hours: Monday–Friday, 10am–6pm

“I am really excited about this role as it gives me the opportunity to interact with the Douglas College community. I am always available to help. I am just a call or email away. You can even meet me in person at the cool, new Library at the New West Campus,” – Tommy

Reach out to Daniel at the Coquitlam Campus

Location: CEIT Office, room B1250 (adjacent to the Library)
Call or text: 604 306 4777
Email: dlshs@douglascollege.ca  
Hours: Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm

“I always enjoy helping others. This opportunity has enabled me to connect with a lot of people. I am also learning a lot about customer service. It feels great to see the excitement that students have when they learn about new technologies available to them at Douglas College. I would encourage students to go through the IT services pages on our College website to know more about the options and resources that are available to them.” – Daniel

9 IT services to simplify your digital life at Douglas

As a Douglas College student, you have a variety of services at your fingertips, including IT services provided by the Centre for Educational and Information Technology (CEIT). Here is everything you need to know as you gear up to start the Winter Semester at Douglas.

College Network Access (CNA)

To log in to the College computers, Wi-Fi, Blackboard and other CNA services, use your CNA username (nine-digit student number) and password. For first time login, your password will be generated and emailed to you after you have registered for at least one course.

Read more: 5 free tech tools all Douglas students need to know about

CNA Password Portal

Register your personal email address (not your College email address) or phone number in the Password Portal. If you forget your CNA password, use the Password Portal to reset it.

Blackboard

This is your one-stop site to access online courses and academic resources. To access Blackboard from douglascollege.ca, hover over the login drop-down menu at the top and select Blackboard-Community.

Office 365

This Canadian cloud service gives all registered students free access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, one terabyte of OneDrive storage and a new College email address. Use this email address and your CNA password to log in to Office 365. The Office 365 address is sent to the personal email address you provided to Douglas.

LinkedIn Learning

This online resource offers thousands of video courses on a variety of topics taught by industry experts. LinkedIn Learning is a subscription-based tool free for all Douglas College students with CNA credentials.

Read more: 4 ways to declutter your digital life

myAccount

Access myAccount for all essential tools, including course registration, wait lists and tuition fees. To log in, use your nine-digit student number and PIN (your six-digit date of birth) followed by “Douglas” e.g., DDMMYYDouglas. If your default PIN was generated before April 29, 2019, your default PIN is your date of birth only (DDMMYY). You will be prompted to change this pin at your first access for security reasons.

Top Hat

Make learning fun with Top Hat, an active learning tool available at Douglas College. Connect with your instructors to learn more.

Printing

Every semester you may print up to 240 pages for free from any machine (libraries, computer labs or the glassed-in area of the New Westminster Campus concourse, aka the Fishbowl). For extra copies, use the PayPrint stations at both campus libraries, room 618 (6th floor, Anvil Office Tower), room N6212 (New West) and room A2030 (Coquitlam). Your quota is reset to 240 pages at the beginning of each semester. Please consider the environment and print only what’s necessary.

Support

Our Service Desk provides assistance with passwords/PIN resets, login issues and wireless connectivity. For technical assistance on campus, contact the Service Desk at 604 527 5330 or helpdesk@douglascollege.ca. Or, get help from a fellow student. Call, text or email Students Helping Students, and a computer-savvy Douglas College student will come to you!

New Westminster: nwshs@douglascollege.ca or 604 396 4475
Coquitlam: dlshs@douglascollege.ca or 604 306 4777

Get involved, stay healthy and have fun

By Elliott Slinn, Student Engagement

The college experience is about so much more than classes, books and grades: It’s about discovering yourself through a series of meaningful interactions, experiences and memories that’ll last a lifetime.

At Student Life, we offer events, programming and practical work experience, all to help you grow and learn as an individual in the Douglas College environment. Believe it or not, students who are active participants in campus culture are more likely to do better academically; when you’re invested, you care more.

Here’s a breakdown of what Student Life is all about:

Get Oriented

The EDGE is three days in September of crazy-fun activities led by experienced students.

There are a few key steps that all successful students take to get settled at Douglas College, like New Student OrientationThe EDGE (which stands for Engage, Discover, Grow, Express, and is the annual, three-day team building, activity-based event) and First Year Fridays. Our orientation events will help you build a solid foundation and leave you feeling prepared for the challenges ahead.

Read more: This business grad’s work experience with Student Life helped him land a job as a financial planner.

Get Involved

World of Dance is a series of dynamic, diverse and upbeat dance sessions where you can learn everything from bhangra, to Afro-beat, to hip hop and more

There’s a wide variety of activities and events happening all the time at Douglas College. Student Life aims to get you involved, either as a participant or part of a team hosting a program. This is an excellent way to meet new people, make new friends and have fun doing it!

Get Healthy

We all know the phrase “health is wealth,” but this is more than just a slogan for us. We believe maintaining a healthy diet, exercising and taking good care of your mental health will help set you up for academic success. Your student activity fee includes a membership to the fitness centres at the New Westminster and Coquitlam campuses. Fitness classes, including yoga, Pilates, Zumba, core strength and boot camps are also offered.

Get Experience

If you want to graduate with a resumé that grabs employers’ attention and gets you hired, Student Life can help provide you with tangible work experience and practical skills; we want to see you succeed! By being a student leader, program assistant, orientation planner or graphic artist, you can develop your skills working in a team and take on leadership roles – all of which will help you stand out to your future employers.

As a Douglas College student, a giant Jenga may be in your future …

Don’t be the last to know what’s happening at Douglas College: Follow Student Life on Instagram and Facebook.