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Thank you Team Open House 2021

November 3rd, 2021

Dawson’s Open House 2021 was reimagined this year to help visitors experience the best version of the College and all it has to offer. We achieved record-breaking attendance by keeping the best elements of the first online Open House in 2020 and introducing new features and in-person tours for the first time since 2019.

Gone were the one-hour waits to have questions answered and navigating a hot, loud and crowded building. This year the maximum wait time for a question was not more than 2-3 minutes during the chat sessions for Open House on Oct. 24. Team Dawson Open House 2021 made sure the event was useful, smooth and pleasant for everyone.

Director General Diane Gauvin and Academic Dean Robert Cassidy would like to thank the more than 150 faculty members, current students and deans as well as managers, professionals and support staff from the Registrar's Office, the Communications Office, the Sustainability Office, Information Systems and Technology, Student Services, the Office of Academic Development and more.

Special thanks to Carey-Ann Pawsey, Jennifer de Vera, Lucy Segal, Ivana Bonaduce, Catherine Fusk, Marien Griffin, Dianne Hawryluck, Irene Kakoulakis, Antonina Nobile, Michele Pallett, Julie Pellegrino, Madalina Radu, Jane Valihora, Diane Wong, Carmela Gumelli, Julie Brosseau, Laura Paterson, Tommy Diamantakos, Maxwell Jones, Mylène Saucier, Dana Dragomir, Donna Varrica, Christina Parsons, Jonathan Perlman, Chris Georgieff, Pat Phutthavong, Virginia Law.

Click Read More for the report about our successful Open House 2021.

Live Model Drawing sessions every Monday evening

November 3rd, 2021

The Fine Arts Department is pleased to invite current students and employees to:
Live Model Drawing Sessions
(funded by the SSAP and Dean of Creative & Applied Arts)

Every Monday evening from 6-9 p.m. in studio 2G.4 until Nov. 29

Photo: artwork by Alexandra Louwagie.

  • Only current Dawson students and employees can attend
  • Maximum attendance is 30 people - first come, first served
  • You must bring your own materials
  • Masks to be worn at all times
  • No eating or drinking allowed in the studio
  • Use of phones or cameras prohibited in the studio

Dawson Blues update

October 13th, 2021

Student athletes have been enjoying a full fall athletics season at Dawson.

“Each additional day that we can play sports is a good thing,” said Sébastien Rivest, the Manager of Athletics at Dawson. “The students are very excited to be back and so are the coaches.”

Click Read More for the homepage news story, which includes the incredible results of a brand new sport at Dawson.

Reactivating student life at Dawson

October 13th, 2021

Dawson students are very enthusiastic about participating in campus life after having gone without for the past three semesters, according to the Campus Life and Leadership team (CLL) and the Dawson Student Union (DSU).

Click Read More for the homepage news story.

Photo credit: Michelle Lee (CLL)

Anahita Norouzi: Other Landscapes opens Oct. 14

October 13th, 2021

Other Landscapes is a new exhibit at the Warren G. Flowers Art Gallery of Dawson (just off the Upper Atrium cafeteria on the 2nd floor). Open from Oct. 14- Nov. 25, it presents several multimedia works from Montreal-based Iranian artist Anahita Norouzi. It stems from her long-term research interest in the cross sections of botany and colonial politics, experiences of immigration and displacement, as well as issues of identity and memory.

Taking the form of a multimedia installation, the project results from a collaboration between the artist and eight refugees from the Middle East and Africa.

Click Read More for the exhibition web page.

CRLT taking classes outside and learning from Nature

September 15th, 2021

The students are back and enjoying many elements of college life that were not possible last year. Students in the Community, Recreation and Leadership Training Program have had regular opportunities to enjoy our Living Campus and to do learning activities both on campus at Dawson and off-campus at the Centre de Plein Air Notre Dame de Fatima on Île-Perrot.

Faculty member Myka Taylor said that CRLT faculty “worked hard to still provide the whole program experience to all students.” Their goal was to provide a positive outdoor social experience for all years of the program.

CRLT students have been often spotted outdoors in recent weeks as the teachers make full use of the College’s natural outdoor setting. “CRLT teachers have used our urban Nature as a catalyst in promoting personal and group growth,” Myka said.

Photo: Debbie Resurreccion

Students discover Sustainable Happiness on Living Campus tour

September 15th, 2021

Students in Melanie Doyle's Peace and Sustainable Happiness Advanced Studies in Psychology class were the first people to take a Living Campus Tour with a Sustainable Happiness theme on Sept. 13.

Led by Jennifer De Vera of the Sustainability Office and Azra Khan of Human Resources, both trained Sustainable Happiness facilitators, the tour began at the vegetable garden near the Upper Atrium, known as the Theatre Garden. It was offered as part of Dawson's Peace Week 2021 Program.

The students were taken on an outdoor tour that included about 10 stops, including the Peace Garden, the White Pine tree and the rooftop gardens.

In this photo, students Cassandra (left) and Thitrinh participate in an activity on the steps just outside the Upper Atrium. Jennifer and Azra distributed colourful chalks and invited the students to write a few words that make them happy on the steps. At the end of the exercise, the steps were full of colourful happy words. Cassandra's and Thitrinh's words were: coffee, music, animals and family, books, painting.

Employees and students who would like a tour are invited to contact the Sustainability Office to register: 

Employees and students welcome to join the Dawson Blues Band

September 15th, 2021

Employees and students are welcome to join the Dawson Blues Band, formed during the working from home phase of the pandemic to bring cheer to the Dawson community. The musical group includes several faculty members and employees under the leadership of Vince Maggiore (Faculty, Business Administration). Practices will continue online.

This link takes you to their third release:

More info here:

If you are interested, email Vincent

Read more about: Orange Shirt Day is Sept. 30

Orange Shirt Day is Sept. 30

September 15th, 2021

All events and resources about Orange Shirt Day are updated and housed here: Community Artwork: :Using the design of alumnae Wakenhnhiióhstha Montour, Dawson College students will be invited to contribute to a collective community artwork honouring the survivors and victims of the residential school system. Students will be able to add their tile throughout…

Counterpart: students photograph students

September 15th, 2021

The project Counterpart: Students Photograph Students opened last week at the Warren G. Flowers Art Gallery.  Rhonda Meier, gallery administrator, asked one of the project organizers, Peter Berra, 7 questions about it.

Click Read More to go the homepage story.

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Last Modified: November 3, 2021


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