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Tuesday, Mar. 24, 2020

Academic News, Faculty Hub, Homepage news, IST

First online classes Monday

The first online classes are planned for this coming Monday. Dawson's Online Response Team is working hard to support our teachers and our core educational mission.

Click Read More for the homepage news article.

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From the Director General

Message from our Director General

Uncertainty is everywhere as the whole world “presses pause” to deal with the worst pandemic in over 100 years.

Each time a crisis occurs, it provides us with the opportunity to “separate the wheat from the chaff.” We are called to strip away the unessential tasks and distractions, focus on the present moment and on the truly important people and tasks in our lives.

Click Read More for the full message to employees from our Director General Richard Filion.

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Communications Office, Well-being for all

Pets of Dawson living their best lives- photo gallery

To give you a little virtual pet therapy, we have compiled a gallery of the furry "colleagues" at our home offices. Thank you to the 31 employees who submitted their photos.

Click Read More to see a photo gallery of the cats and dogs of Dawson employees living their best lives.

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Dawson Gives, Well-being for all

Seniors: we have helpers available

About a dozen employees of Dawson responded last week to let us know they are available to help the seniors in our community. If you are a Dawson employee or retiree over 70 years old, please let us know if you would like a telephone visitor or help getting groceries.

Contact Carey-Ann Pawsey or Lucy Segal to get help or offer to be a helper. 

#DawsonProud, Dawson Blues

Doubly proud of our Blues!

Two Dawson Blues Division 1 Basketball players, Taisha Exanor and Mackenzie Ash-Smith, have made history! On March 18, the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) announced that Taisha and Mackenzie are recognized as 2020 CCAA Women’s Basketball All-Canadians.

The student-athletes are selected by their conference based on performance and contribution to the sport and their team. Dawson's conference is the Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ and our players were chosen by the RSEQ league coaches.

It is the first time since 1986 that two Blues were named All-Canadians, and it is the first-time since 2008 that an RSEQ team has two.

Click Read More to read the CCAA announcement featuring a little write up of each player.

Read More - Doubly proud of our Blues!

#DawsonProud, Communications Office, In the news/in social media

Working on solutions and processing applications

Dawson College is working on solutions to salvage the semester and applications are being processed as usual.

As of March 23, the Admissions Team had sent out 4,700 offers of admission.

Dawson College shared this news with our employees first and then with select media on March 20. CJAD 800 AM interviewed Director General Richard Filion during the Andrew Carter Morning Show March 23.

Our news was also shared by:

The Montreal Gazette on March 20

The Suburban on March 23  

Sustainability, Well-being for all

Caring for Dawson’s plants and creatures

Dawson employees care for hundreds of plants in their offices and work areas. This beautiful orchid, pictured, was blooming when the Sustainability team  came by on their plant-care rounds on Friday. The team is ensuring that everyone’s plants are taken care of during the College closure. Any employee who has plants that need care at the College can fill out a Plant & Animal Care form. The first plant-care rounds were done yesterday and Friday.

Click Read More for a message from our Sustainability Team.

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Well-being for all

Dawson Homebody: walking to better health

Dawson Homebody is a shutdown initiative for our community launched by our Physical Education Department. Every week they will have fitness and well-being exercises and guidance to help you stay strong physically and mentally. If you have ideas about staying healthy, please share with:

This week’s Dawson Homebody in the Read More link is about how to make the most of your walking routine.

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DawsonAI, Faculty Hub

Dawson AI welcomes eight new fellows

Find out who's in the second cohort of DawsonAI fellows by clicking Read More.

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Perks for Dawson Employees, Well-being for all

Access the Library’s online collections from home

Head over to the Dawson College Library homepage and click on "login off campus" situated right underneath the search bar in the centre of the page. Enter your network credentials and voilà! You are in!

Use the Discovery Service search bar to find eBooks and journal articles. Click Read More for info about purchases requests and contact info.

Read More - Access the Library’s online collections from home

Awards Office

Encourage an outstanding student by nominating them

In order to give you more time to nominate and to encourage more students during this difficult time, the nomination periods for the Paul Gallagher Award and the Bruno Mital ‘B’ Positive Scholarship have been extended until March 30.

  • Please visit your Omnivox portal – Awards, Bursaries and Scholarships link to nominate a student.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Teresa Polgar at

Book/article/video recommendation

Des classiques de la littérature française

Laëtitia Desanti of our French Department offers this list of classic French literature for your reading pleasure. Many books and documents are available for free through the BANQ Library, get the link by clicking Read More

Des suggestions de classiques :

  • Les belles soeurs de M. Tremblay
  • Bonheur d’occasion de G. Roy
  • L’Avalée des avalés de R. Ducharme
  • L’Etranger de Camus
  • Les Misérables de V. Hugo
  • Vingt mille lieux sous les mers de J. Verne
  • Candide de Voltaire
  • Le Petit Prince de Saint-Exupéry
  • Les Fleurs du mal de Baudelaire
  • L’Homme rapaillé de G. Miron

Click Read More for the link to the BANQ and free books online.

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Book/article/video recommendation

100 documentaries that can change the world

Dipti Gupta of Cinema-Communications sent her students a list of 100 documentary films worth watching.

Click Read More to view a list of documentaries that can inspire a beautiful, just and sustainable world.

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Human Resources, Well-being for all

Mental Health Resources

Our lives have been chaotic over the past week, and many of us are experiencing anxiety and stress. Working from home while caring for children at home is challenging. Even getting groceries is stressful.

If you need support, here is a list of Mental Health Resources, prepared by our Counselling team in Student Services.

Pascahl Scott and her Human Resources team wish to remind you about the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), a resource offered to all employees of Dawson College. You can call the EAP for emotional and psychological support.

Call: 1-888-687-9197 (toll free)

Well-being for all

Meditation available every day at 2 p.m.

Can't go out? Then go in! The current situation provides an unparalleled opportunity to practice meditation.

With everything falling apart, we have the chance to examine hitherto neglected aspects of ourselves. Daniel Goldsmith (Humanities) is offering guided meditation every day from 2-2:30 p.m., alternating between calm centering and compassion practices.

Anyone is welcome; feel free to share!

Click Read More for the Zoom meditation meeting.

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Book/article/video recommendation, Well-being for all

Be a mental health first aider

Mental Health First Aid Canada has put together resources to help us help one another during this stressful time. Our Student Health Promotion team recommend watching this short video. We have resiliency skills. We can cope and also continue to support others.

Click Read More to view Helping Others During the COVID-19 Pandemic video.

Read More - Be a mental health first aider

#DawsonProud, Awards Office, Communications Office, In the news/in social media

Listen to CBC Interview with our Loran Scholar

Our Loran Scholar Margaux Roncière (a Dawson College student in her last year of Pure and Applied Science) was interviewed on CBC Radio's afternoon program Let's Go on March 16. The Loran is Canada's largest undergraduate scholarship.

Click Read More to listen to the interview.

Read More - Listen to CBC Interview with our Loran Scholar

Book/article/video recommendation

“I will survive” 2020 teachers’ version

Better to laugh than cry! Laurent Ruhlmann of Computer Science shares this funny video remake of Gloria Gaynor's 1978 hit "I Will Survive." Already viewed more than 1.5 million times since it was posted March 16 on YouTube, it is certainly resonating with teachers around the world.

Click Read More to view "I Will Survive, Coronavirus version for teachers going online."

Read More - “I will survive” 2020 teachers’ version


DawsonITE Newsletter # 462

DawsonITE is your weekly curated news related to IT and Education prepared by Dawson's Rafael Scapin. In this issue:

  • Zoom is now integrated inside Dawson’s Moodle
  • Special Resources during the closure
  • E-Learning response to COVID-19

Read More - DawsonITE Newsletter # 462

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Last Modified: March 24, 2020


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