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Douglas College nursing student helped to fight Ebola in West Africa

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After fighting Ebola on the front lines in West Africa, Ian MacKay says he feels lucky to be home safe but he wouldn’t hesitate to return if asked.

The Douglas College Bachelor of Science in Nursing student spent three weeks last year in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia, providing treatment to patients with the deadly disease.

He was there with Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian humanitarian group, working 16-hour days in a clinic based in a missionary hospital.

“Through my own eyes I saw tragedy and suffering on a scale unimaginable,” he says.

“Ebola robs its victims of absolutely everything. Many victims die a lonely painful death.”

At one point, two of Ian’s colleagues contracted the virus. He decided to delay his return home so he could stay to help with their care and evacuation, even donating blood to one of them.

“The anxiety of having both my colleagues positive with the virus, and not knowing whether or not I had been exposed to the virus, caused severe anxiety for many of us,” he says.

Ian is no stranger to international relief work, having previously volunteered in Haiti, the Philippines and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

However, he said nothing could have prepared him for what he encountered in West Africa.

“The death tolls and news headlines don’t do justice to the severity of this virus,” he says.

When he returned home to Canada he was quarantined but he had not contracted the virus.

Despite the ongoing struggle to stop Ebola, Ian is optimistic.

“I am very confident West Africa will overcome Ebola,” he says. “This crisis has woken up the global community to the risk Ebola poses on global health.”

And what if he was asked to return to West Africa to continue fighting Ebola?

“I wouldn’t hesitate,” he says.

Read about Ian’s previous international relief work on the Doug Blog. And learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program on the Douglas College website.

Douglas College in the news: January 2015

Want to find out what’s making news at Douglas College? Then check out this roundup of recent headlines:

Kathy Denton named Douglas College president

Georgia Straight

Vancouver Sun
Burnaby Now
Burnaby Now
You can also find our latest news releases on the Douglas College website.

Douglas College Poem of the Month: January 2015

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 “Let it be” by John White.

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.

This week at Douglas College: Free opera show, job search help and more!

Here’s what’s happening at Douglas Jan. 19-25

Monday, Jan. 19

The Journey Through Addiction: A public talk
Coquitlam Campus, Room A1470
10:30am
In the first leg of the Healthcare Speakers Series, therapist Michael Pond visits Coquitlam Campus for a free lecture about addiction, including his own struggles as an alcoholic who achieved sobriety. For more information, check out this preview article about the talk.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Job Search Boot Camp
New Westminster Campus, Room 2844
10am
The first day in a three-day seminar to give you one more push toward your dream job. This session focuses on resumes and cover letters, with Thursday and Friday sessions dealing with job hunting strategies and nailing the interview. For more information and to register, visit the Student Employment Centre.

Thursday, Jan. 22

Arts at One: UBC Opera Ensemble
New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
1pm
This week’s Arts at One show is the UBC Opera Ensemble, performing Le Nozze di Figaro, directed by Nancy Hermiston. Arts at One shows are always free, so be sure to check one out. Arts at One Winter 2015 Schedule

Ongoing

Gallery exhibit
New Westminster Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Essence: A Collaboration
A series of photographs by Kathryn Gibson O’Regan and ceramics by Robert Shiozaki. January 15 – February 14. More information and gallery hours: douglascollege.ca/artsevents

Got an event you want listed? Submit it here.

See more upcoming Douglas College events on the Events Calendar.

And make sure to join Douglas College on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

There’s no place like…the Douglas College Library

By Gretchen Goertz, Reference Librarian

Like Dorothy on the road to Oz, navigating College can be daunting! Dorothy had a few companions, but in the Library you have many different people and many types of services to help you along your path.

Not sure who or where to ask your questions? Douglas College has libraries at both the Coquitlam and New Westminster campuses. Look for the “ASK ME” service desk close to the entrances at either campus. There you will find friendly and knowledgeable library staff waiting to provide assistance. Don’t hesitate to ask your question – we answer all sorts of questions at the ASK ME desk.

In addition to F2F help, the Library website has an array of research and educational resources to help you write research essays, find scholarly resources and complete your assignments. Are you simply looking for a book or e-book? Search our Library catalogue. Looking for citation styles? The library has Citation guides to help you cite your sources correctly. Familiarize yourself with the library homepage and don’t forget to click the Resources by Subject page for your specific discipline.

Do you have required readings for a course? Check the Course Reserves link on the library homepage and try a search by course or instructor. Some readings are online and others are housed on the Reserves shelves at the circulation desks. Circulation staff can help you get the correct reading for your course. Staff can also help you sign out library material, book laptops, book study rooms, show you how to use audio visual equipment and much more. Information about the technology available for loan can be viewed on the A/V equipment webpage.

Don’t forget: you can log in to your own library account 24/7. From your account you can place holds on library material, renew books/videos, opt in or out of your personal Reading History, create reading lists for research and monitor your account. Don’t forget to subscribe to Notices by Text Messaging so you will never have overdue materials. You will receive courtesy notices gently reminding you when your library materials are due, alerts when your holds are ready for pick-up, and other helpful text alerts.

Research Librarians are available during all open hours so when you are ready to start your research paper or other assignments they are available to help you find useful research material using appropriate research databases. There are several ways to contact a Librarian:

  • F2F at the Research desks (both campuses) 
  • Email reference 
  • Live Chat 
  • texting 
  • telephone 
  • individualized appointments 

So don’t get stranded on the yellow brick road! Stop by either campus library and get to know the people, tools and services available for you – and no flying monkeys!

More information about the library is available on the Douglas College website.

Douglas College researcher launches book on the history of tennis in Britain

Join Sport Science instructor Robert Lake to celebrate the launch of his recently published book, A Social History of Tennis in Britain.

In the first comprehensive and critical account of the history of tennis in Britain, Lake explains how the game’s historical roots have shaped its contemporary structure, and how the history of tennis can tell us much about the history of wider British society.

Meet Robert and learn more during an upcoming book launch event.

Details

Monday, January 26, 10am
Aboriginal Gathering Place, Room 4650
New Westminster Campus, 700 Royal Ave.
Light refreshments will be served
Free and open to public

Visit the Douglas College website for more information about the Sport Science program.

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This week at Douglas College: Gallery opening, free concert and more!

Here’s what’s happening at Douglas Jan. 12-18

Thursday, Jan. 15

Free concert
New Westminster Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
1pm
Arts at One presents Song of the East, featuring celebrated sitarist Mohamed Assani and Sunny Matharu on tabla. Free and open to all. More info: Arts events website.

Gallery opening
New Westminster Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
4:30-7:30pm
Essence: A Collaboration features photographs by Kathryn Gibson O’Regan and ceramics by Robert Shiozaki. Exhibit runs January 15-February 14, 2015. Everyone invited. More info: Arts events website.

Friday, Jan. 16

Artist’s talk
New Westminster Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
10am
Essence: A Collaboration features photographs by Kathryn Gibson O’Regan and ceramics by Robert Shiozaki. Exhibit runs January 15-February 14, 2015. Everyone invited. More info: Arts events website.

Got an event you want listed? Submit it here.

See more upcoming Douglas College events on the Events Calendar.

And make sure to join Douglas College on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

Future Teachers grad prepares for career in the classroom

Imagine having a job where you’re surrounded every day by people who make you smile.

That’s what appeals to Terralynn Price about becoming an elementary school teacher. “I love working with kids,” she says. “They have such a positive outlook on the world and are so eager to learn.”

To prepare for a teaching career, Terralynn has completed the Associate of Arts – Future Teachers program. She picked the program because it provides a clear path to the teacher training program at SFU. That’s where she plans to head after graduating from Douglas.

But first she’s finishing up a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology. As part of the Applied Psychology program, she’s doing a specialization in Disability and Applied Behaviour Analysis. The knowledge and practical experience she gains will help her support students with autism and other challenges.

“I think the training will help me turn my classroom into a better learning environment for every student,” she says.

Want to do what Terralynn’s doing? Come to an info session to find out more about our Associate of Arts – Future Teachers and BA Applied Psychology programs. 

Explore the world with Douglas College field schools

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What are you doing in summer 2015?

We’re planning field schools in Italy, the Philippines, Switzerland and Wales, and you’re invited!

Field schools are seven weeks with the last two to three weeks spent abroad. Programs usually take place from April to July. Courses are taught by Douglas instructors.

Virtually all field school courses are university transferable.

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 can only attend a field school with the approval of the program’s lead faculty member. 
  • a passport holder or able to obtain a passport 

Fees

$2,400-$3,800 per student, depending on the program. Includes airport transfers overseas, use of facilities at the partner institution, tuition for any courses taught by partner institutions, program field trips, shared accommodations, and some meals (depending on the program).

Airfare, passport application costs, fees for Douglas College courses, travel medical insurance, airport transfers in Vancouver, textbooks and personal spending are extra.

For more information, visit the Douglas College website.

Win a $1500 tuition credit with the #IChoseDouglas campaign

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Have you ever wondered why someone chose Douglas?

We were curious, so we decided to find out.

Starting on January 6, we’ll be running a hashtag campaign encouraging people to tell us why they chose Douglas.

All they have to do is tell us why on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, and include the hashtag #IChoseDouglas.

At the end of March, we’ll do a random draw from all of the entrants. The lucky winner will receive a $1,500 tuition credit.

Spread the word! Full details, including rules and regulations, can be found at douglascollege.ca/IChoseDouglas