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Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020

#DawsonProud, Campus Life, Dawson Grads, Dawson Talent, Events, Homepage news, Peace Centre, Warren G. Flowers Art Gallery

Resistance and Resilience opens Oct. 8

Following the success of Skénn:en: Peace and Decolonization (2017) and Queer and Peace (2018), Diana Rice (Programming Coordinator, Peace Centre) prophetically conceived of a project that would provide a space for those voices traditionally unheard and often ignored: Legacy and racialized immigrant communities. Once again collaborating with Rhonda Meier of the Warren G. Flowers Art Gallery, the work began in 2018 to create a platform for artists to display their experiences of racism and systemic oppression.

This vision is brought to life in Resistance and Resilience. Click Read More for the homepage news story.

Read More - Resistance and Resilience opens Oct. 8

#DawsonProud, Academic News, Communications Office, Homepage news

46 new videos to be launched at Open House!

It was lights, camera, action all last week as the Communications Office shot 46 videos for Dawson's first ever Virtual Open House, taking place Oct. 20-25.

Special thanks go to the program and profile coordinators and all others who acted as spokespersons as well as the team of people involved in script writing and preparing. You are all part of our Open House Miracle!

Everyone did a great job. We are happy to report that every program and profile will be represented by a video. For more information about the Open House experience, click Read More to go to the homepage news article.

Read More - 46 new videos to be launched at Open House!

Human Resources, Policy on Sexual Violence

Sexual Violence Prevention Training must be completed by Nov. 6

Your sexual violence prevention training is now available. Dawson College is under legal obligation to have this policy in compliance with the Quebec Act to Prevent and Fight Sexual Violence in Higher Education Institutions. As such, all employees must have completed the 40-minute training related to the Policy on Sexual Violence by Friday, Nov. 6,…

COVID, Well-being for all

Download the new COVID app to help flatten the curve

Our College nurses encourage everyone to download the COVID Alert app. Launched in Quebec on Monday, it is available for free on the App Store or on Google Play.

The app is useful because it:

  • notifies you if you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19;
  • refers you to the relevant information concerning the steps to follow after you receive the exposure notification;
  • informs other app users when they have been close to a person who has reported testing positive to COVID-19 through the app, anonymously and without sharing personal information.

The app does not

  • access, collect or archive your  or information on your health status;
  • use the GPS on your device and cannot determine your location or any other personal information.

Read More - Download the new COVID app to help flatten the curve

Events, Faculty Hub, Human Resources, Perks for Dawson Employees, Professional Development

Registration for Ped Days is on!

Registration closes Oct. 8 (tomorrow) for Ped Days. Four days of keynote speakers and workshops to inspire our faculty members and professionals. Don't miss this opportunity! The event gets underway with Usha James' talk, which should be of interest to everyone during these hybrid times: "Seizing opportunities and meeting the challenges of assessment in online, blended and physically distanced environment."

Click Read More for more information and link to register.

Read More - Registration for Ped Days is on!

Faculty Hub, Human Resources, Professional Development

New Faculty Orientation is Oct. 13

Dawson’s New Faculty Orientation is designed to introduce new faculty to information about college services and procedures, teaching at the college level and tips for engaging students. Link to register and more information by clicking Read More. 

Read More - New Faculty Orientation is Oct. 13

#DawsonProud, Academic News, Book/article/video recommendation, Communications Office, In the news/in social media, Sustainability, Well-being for all

Digital Maclean’s articles featuring Dawson now available

Dawson College is featured in the Maclean's 2021 Canadian Colleges Guidebook, which came out across Canada in September. You can now access the two features digitally:

Dawson's extraordinary vernissage season for the graduating students in six programs in Creative and Applied Arts was featured: These Dawson College students missed out on a live gallery show. So they went virtual.  

Dawson's environmental profiles in Science and Social Science as well as our Sustainability Office were featured: In a climate-anxious world, these colleges are training students to fight back 

Academic News, Book/article/video recommendation, Dawson Research, Homepage news

Phones as teaching tools in the classroom

Just before this semester began, the Adaptech Research Network completed a one-year ECQ-funded project entitled “Smart Phones: a Neglected Pedagogical Tool.”

Click on Read More for the homepage news story and a link to the videos produced by Adaptech.

Read More - Phones as teaching tools in the classroom

#DawsonProud, Dawson Blues, Dawson Grads, Student Services

Lizanne Murphy returns to Dawson!

Lizanne Murphy is back at Dawson as an assistant coach for the Division 1 Women's Basketball Team.

"Dawson felt like home," she said. "It's such a great feeling to be back."

Lizanne was part of the first team recruited by Head Coach Trevor Williams and graduated from Health Science in 2003. She went on to play professionally, represented Canada at the Olympics and won a gold medal at the 2015 Pan Am Games.

Lizanne believes there are many young players on Dawson's team who could follow in her footsteps and she looks forward to sharing her knowledge with them.

The team is currently meeting online and training at home while they look forward to practicing and playing games again in January.

Dawson Foundation, Dawson Gives, Student Services

Financial Aid Bursary now live

The Dawson College Financial Aid Bursary (DCFAB) is now live. Dawson students may access and apply to the DCFAB by completing the form here. Students will be informed soon about the new bursary and how to apply. The new bursary aims to provide financial aid to domestic and international students who need short-term financial relief encouraging them…

Facilities Management, Sustainability, Well-being for all

Five new native trees planted

Five new trees were planted on Monday at Dawson College in front of the Peace Garden along the paved area of the driveway.

The trees are native to Quebec forests in our region and include: two sugar maples, one black walnut, one bur oak and one beech.

"The black walnut and beech tree are two new species for the Dawson grounds," said Chris Adam of the Sustainability Office. "They will increase biodiversity, add shade over paved areas in the hot summer months and colour our grounds with red, orange and yellow colours in the fall."

The trees were dug out by a large "tree spade" machine at a tree nursery in Les Cèdres on Sept. 30 and delivered by a 45-foot flatbed truck. Each tree weighed approximately 5-6 tons!

The trees will be dormant for the winter and establish news roots in the spring. More trees will be added to our grounds next year.

Faculty Hub

Over at the Faculty Hub

Calls for Proposal - Communities of Practice 

Several communities of practice will hold info-sessions next week in preparation for the upcoming calls for proposal deadlines. Visit the Faculty Hub for the info-session schedule!

Ped Days! 

Registration is open for PED DAYS 2020

CRISPESH Free Webinar 

Pour un Québec inclusif : L'évolution de l'inclusion au cours des dernièrs années 

October 7, 2020   12:00pm

Register by sending an email to: crispesh@cvm.qc.ca

MS Teams Community 

Join the Dawson Teams Community to exchange tips, techniques and practices for creating engaging learning environments for our students using MS Teams.  Administrators of this team are:  Claudio Calligaris (Photography),

Kurt Holfeld (Interior Design), Vincent Maggiore (Administration), Anne-Laure Teichet (French) and Einat Idan (OAD).

Highlighted Resources 

Are you a transparent teacher?  Cinderella Deadlines: Reconsidering Timelines for Student Work

Using the Moodle Gradebook - Check out this video produced by Rafael Scapin (IST)

Read More - Over at the Faculty Hub

#DawsonProud, Academic News, Book/article/video recommendation, In the news/in social media

Refugee Boulevard wins another major prize

Refugee Boulevard: Making Montreal Home After the Holocaust (refugeeboulevard.ca) has won the U.S. Oral History Association Mason Multi-Media Award. The SSHRC-funded project is the work of Dawson faculty members Nancy Rebelo and Stacey Zembrycki along with Anna Sheftel from St. Paul University and Eszter Andor from the Montreal Holocaust Museum.

The project was created in close collaboration with Holocaust survivors who settled in Montreal in the post-WWII period.

Over the summer, the team created a virtual component to accompany the audio for those who can’t experience the tour in the neighborhood. Here are the links to the virtual tour:

English version:  https://poly.google.com/view/bruzYDr0ZN7

French version: https://poly.google.com/view/67RN3ejtuBn

"It is our hope that listening to survivors share their stories in the tour will open up conversations that help validate the roles immigrants play in our past and current communities," Nancy said.

To access the project, go to: www.refugeeboulevard.ca

 

Facilities Management, Sustainability, Well-being for all

Bike tips for fall and winter

Riding your bike in the Fall at best is sunny cool days and colourful leaves. It is gorgeous! Unfortunately Fall can also be wet, cold and dark. Dressing for wetness on a bike is difficult. Try to have a change of dry clothes wherever you are headed.

Waterproof breathables are great as are synthetic or merino wool base layers. The trick is to have just the right number of layers to your onion. Gloves and a light toque will help you stay warm more than a thick jacket as they won't cause you to get wet from the inside.

It's important to remember that the sun goes down earlier. 5 p.m. in rainy late October can be quite dark! Be visible: be sure to be equipped to ride at night and in darkness, have blinking lights in the front and the back of your bike. Fenders will also go a long way in helping to keep you dry.

Finally, if you are thinking of extending your season into the winter, join us for a Zoom workshop on Oct. 28 at 12 p.m. Click Read More for the link to the meeting.

Read More - Bike tips for fall and winter

Human Resources

SSQ implemented a change to their group insurance

Effective September 1, 2020,  SSQ implemented a change to their group insurance contract J9999 regarding health insurance and employees that are 65 years and older.  As of this date, one of two options are available to any employee who is 65 years old and older.

The two options are:

  • Maintain your participation in the group health insurance plan with SSQ (this includes prescription drugs)
  • Opt out of the group health insurance with SSQ and enroll with RAMQ (this option is irrevocable).

For further information please see the following links:

Support Staff; https://www.dawsoncollege.qc.ca/human-resources/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/Member-65-years-old-EN-example.pdf

Professionals; https://www.dawsoncollege.qc.ca/human-resources/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/Member-65-years-old-EN-example.pdf

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Allison Freund at afreund@dawsoncollege.qc.ca

DawsonITE

DawsonITE Newsletter # 485

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

• Video Tutorials for Teachers for the Inclusive Use of Smartphones

• Cheating by Student or Faculty - What can be done?

• MoocNote - Add Quizzes to Existing Videos

Read More - DawsonITE Newsletter # 485

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