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Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020

Board, Homepage news, In the news/in social media, Milestones

Diane Gauvin will be our new Director General

Diane Gauvin will be the new Director General of Dawson College. On Nov. 18, following a recommendation from the Selection Committee and unanimous support from Senate, the Board of Governors appointed her to a five-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2021.

Diane has strong assets to lead a vision for Dawson College and to rally and engage the community to move forward on that vision, according to the Board of Governors.

Click Read More for the full appointment notice on our homepage.

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Communications Office, Homepage news, IST

First anniversary of your D News

Up to 1,300 people read every issue and many contribute. Thank you to everyone who makes it a reflection of a great community.

Click Read More for the homepage news story.

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

Practice your French with The CLÉO Podcast

Dawson’s French-language tutoring centre, CLÉO, is offering a new way to practice French and share québécois culture: The CLÉO Podcast.

The podcast (balado en français) episodes are between five to 10 minutes and are offered on an array of interesting topics, including author Gabrielle Roy, filmmaker Denis Villeneuve and Expo 67. The first one was about the classic québécois snack poutine!

Click Read More for the homepage news story and to find out how to listen.

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#DawsonProud, Events, Homepage news

DAWSCON is on!

DAWSCON, the free software conference at Dawson College, is on as usual this year. The fifth annual conference for students and developers will be taking place virtually on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021.

“This year, we’re going international because we can,” said organizer and Computer Science faculty member Ken Fogel. “It is really exciting having a lot of speakers. Programmers make a commitment to lifelong learning and DAWSCON is a great opportunity to continue learning.”

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Academic News, Events, Sustainability

Today @10: Discover the world of bees

Bees are behind a third of all the food we eat, including fruit, veggies, chocolate, nuts, and coffee. In this immersive, conference-style online workshop happening today Nov. 19 at 10 a.m., you’ll learn more about urban beekeeping and the microcosm that is the hive. We’ll follow a bee’s life’s journey from when she first emerges from her cell to her final flight.

There is a Q&A period at the end of the workshop to answer any questions you might have about the awe-inspiring world of honey bees!

Click Read More for the Zoom link to join.

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Dawson Foundation, Dawson Gives

Start the Holiday Season with Giving Tuesday on Dec. 1

Giving Tuesday is the annual kick-off to the giving season leading up to the Holidays. It is a worldwide movement to counter the consumer madness of Black Friday.

The Dawson College Foundation once again invites the Dawson community to celebrate Giving Tuesday:

  1. Commit to being a secret Santa Claus for a child in care of Batshaw Youth and Family Centres (Click here for how to participate)
  2. Support the efforts of our North-South students, faculty and alumni to raise emergency funds for Tuapi, Nicaragua, which was struck by a category 4 hurricane (Donate here)
  3. Make a donation to the Support for Educational Assessment Services Fund (SEAS) to provide Dawson students the support they need in order to succeed in higher education and pursue their dreams. These assessments are required for students to receive services they need from the Student AccessAbility Centre.(Donate here)

New role for Janet Pakulis

Following an evaluation of the position, the Executive Committee of the Board approved a change in classification of the role of Janet Pakulis as Executive Assistant to the Director General at their Oct. 14 meeting. She is now a member of the management team.

Janet joined Dawson College in 2010 after a long career in the private sector as an executive assistant. Her first job at Dawson was in the Administrative Services Department, now divided into Human Resources and Finance.

About a year after arriving at Dawson, Janet began working for Director General Richard Filion as his Executive Assistant. It has been almost a decade that she has been serving in this important role. “I have loved working with Richard!” she said. “It has been a rewarding and absolutely wonderful experience.”

Janet’s job is to be the right-hand person of the Director General. She helps him keep things running well, including providing support to the Directors Group and acting as Secretary for Board meetings. Janet is looking forward to supporting the new Director General and helping in a smooth transition.


Cathy Giulietti’s new role

Following an evaluation of the position, the Executive Committee of the Board approved a change in classification of Cathy Giulietti's role as Assistant to the Academic Dean at their Oct. 14 meeting. She is now a member of the management team.

Cathy joined the College in 2015 and began her current role in 2017. “I value being a part of Dawson’s educational mission and am very enthusiastic about serving the College in this new capacity,” she said.

As Assistant, Cathy provides support to the Academic Dean for overseeing 26 programs, 950 teachers and the general quality of education at the College.

Cathy holds a Bachelor’s of Education from McGill University and is an experienced educator. In addition, she brings more than five years of management experience from the education nonprofit sector.

Academic News, Faculty Hub, Milestones, Peace Centre

Peace Centre update

Diana Rice, Coordinator of the Dawson College Peace Centre, is back on duty after 11 months of maternity leave.

“I am excited to get back to work, dream big and continue to collaborate across the College with faculty, staff, professionals and management,” Diana said. “I will begin to plan online Peace Centre activities for the Winter Semester. As always, I welcome the whole community to contact me with your ideas or requests for support.”

Dean of Academic Development Catherine LeBel has also assigned Diana a supporting role as a pedagogical counsellor to faculty involved in certificates.

“We are happy to have Diana back and grateful for the service of Ildikó Glaser-Hille,” said Catherine. “Ildikó ​ did a great job as the interim programming coordinator of Dawson’s Peace Centre. She followed through on Diana’s plans and also made her own unique contribution to the mandate of the Peace Centre. It was a smooth and fruitful collaboration.”

Dawson Gives

Be a secret Santa for a child in care of Batshaw

This year will be the fourth year that the Dawson community participates in the Holiday Gift Campaign for children in care of Batshaw.

This year is especially difficult for many. This is a great opportunity to spread joy.

Click Read More for details to participate.

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Dawson Remembers, Milestones

In memory of Myron Galan

We regret to inform you that Myron Galan passed away on Monday, Nov. 9. Myron taught Humanities at Dawson from 1973 until his retirement in 2015.

Click Read More to read a remembrance by retired Dawson teacher Ovide Bastien, a longtime colleague.

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From the Director General

Thank you to Dawson’s professionals

On the occasion of CEGEP Professionals Week, Director General Richard Filion would like to thank all the professionals who contribute to the mission of Dawson College.

#DawsonProud, Dawson Grads, In the news/in social media, Sustainability, Well-being for all

Three Dawson students featured as inspiring young Canadians

Dawson students Kahenientha Cross and John Nathaniel Gertler and Dawson graduate Ella Noel were featured in a CBC news report in the lead up to The Nature of Things documentary, Rebellion. Scenes of students preparing for the climate march were filmed at Dawson last year.

Nov. 4 CBC News Report

Nov. 6 The Nature of Things – Rebellion

In the news/in social media

Dawson friends of the Vice-President Elect

Trevor Williams, Head Coach of the Dawson Blues Div. 1 Women's Basketball Team, and Wanda Kagan, Manager of the Dawson Blues Div. 2 Women's Basketball Team, both knew Kamala Harris when she lived in Montreal as a teenager.

They have been interviewed about the Vice-President Elect of the United States, who will take up her new duties Jan. 20.

CTV News report Nov. 7

Nov. 9 interview on Breakfast Television

Academic News, Events

ALC University/Careers Fair – Fall 2020

The ALC University/Jobs Fair is on this week through Friday. Faculty from local universities are invited to discuss studies in ALC related fields. This year’s Fair will take place across different days and terms. For this term, we have presentations next week from Concordia faculty: Communication Studies, Design + Computational Arts, Film Production, Film Studies, Journalism, Studio Arts and Translation.

Next term we will invite guests from Art History, Creative Writing and English. Stay tuned! For more information, contact Cheryl Simon at

Faculty Hub

Over at the Faculty Hub

A DALC Meeting, Decolonization Webinar Wednesday and more!

Check out the Read More link to get all the details.

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Bookstore clothing sale until Nov. 20

The Bookstore is having a clothing sale until Nov. 20. Buy one item and get 20% off or buy one item and get another item at 50% off.


DawsonITE Newsletter # 491

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

• 4 Reasons Why Every Course Should Be Designed as an Online Course

• 'Unfair surveillance'? Online exam software sparks global student revolt

• Teacher's New Assistant: Artificial Intelligence

Read More - DawsonITE Newsletter # 491

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