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Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021

Dawson Research, Decolonization, Events, Homepage news, Well-being for all

Powerful stories bring Indigenous perspectives to higher education

Storytelling is at the heart of the oral cultures of Indigenous peoples in Canada. A unique project in Quebec led by Dawson College faculty uses storytelling to advance the inclusion and welcome of Indigenous cultures and students in higher education institutions.

“Our project is about changing the culture in academic institutions, underlining the need for Indigenous people to have leadership roles within these institutions and making sure that Indigenous perspectives are reflected and part of the educational experience for everyone,” explained Michelle Smith, a faculty member of Dawson’s Cinema | Communications Department and principal investigator.

Click Read More to go to the Homepage news story.

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#DawsonProud, Dawson Grads, Dawson Talent, Homepage news

Dawson grad a candidate to watch on Star Académie

Queenie Clément (Class of 2017, ALC- Cinema | Communications) is a candidate to watch on the upcoming season of Quebec talent show Star Académie.

Click Read More for the homepage news story with links to her performance and a self-produced video. Plus learn which teacher she remembers fondly.

Read More - Dawson grad a candidate to watch on Star Académie

Dawson Foundation, Dawson Gives, Homepage news, Student Services, Well-being for all

Over 100 students in need receive new bursary

Students have greater needs this year so Dawson College is delivering more support. One example is the Dawson College Financial Aid Bursary (DCFAB), which was set up last fall by the Dawson Student Union (DSU), the Student Services team of the College and the Dawson College Foundation. The Ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur has provided additional support.

“I am pleased to report that as of Feb. 1, we have distributed $83,250 through the DCFAB to 123 students,” said Monique Magnan, Director of Student Services.

Click Read More for the news report.

Read More - Over 100 students in need receive new bursary

Dawson Gives, Student Services

Donations needed for Food Bank

Your support is requested to help stock the Food Bank in the College’s Financial Aid Office.

Students in need can make appointments to “shop the shelves” on Fridays. Yvonne Dudley reports that our supplies are running low.

Drop off arrangements 
The Facilities Management team has arranged a drop off for your nonperishable food donations. Come to the shipping doors, 4011 de Maisonneuve (Parking entrance), from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. If you are on campus, you can also bring your donation directly to Financial Aid in 4E2.

Needs list:
Pasta, sauce, rice, dried legumes, spices, barley, quinoa, cereal, peanut butter, jelly, honey, canned beans, canned vegetables, corn, peas, green/yellow beans, beets, carrots, asparagus, potatoes, tomatoes, canned meats; turkey, chicken, ham, beef, tuna, salmon, sardines, shelf safe oat, almond, soya milk, coconut milk, tofu, Prepared soups, beans and chili. Non-food items are also needed, such as toothpaste and toothbrushes, tampons and pads, shampoo.

Donations can also be made online to the Financial Aid Fund

Campus Life, Homepage news, Student Services

Campus Life and Leadership continuing to offer activities for students

The Campus Life and Leadership team of Gianna Di Giacomo-Smith, Michelle Lee and Billi-Jo Poirier and their Blue Ring student volunteers have redefined success this semester.

Click Read More for the news story and find out what students enjoy, how the CLL team has adapted and see what's coming up.

Read More - Campus Life and Leadership continuing to offer activities for students

Academic News, Communications Office, Homepage news, Well-being for all

Turn on your camera for a better learning experience

Dawson has launched an awareness campaign, featuring a short video and social media posts, to make students aware of the importance of having their cameras activated during online classes.

Click Read More to go to our news story and see the video.

Read More - Turn on your camera for a better learning experience

#DawsonProud, Communications Office, Homepage news, Sustainability, Well-being for all

Second video of Dawson community reactions to AASHE Gold for leadership in sustainability

Click Read More to go to the news brief, which contains the second and final video compilation of Dawson community reactions to the news of being recognized at the AASHE Gold level for leadership for sustainability. You will also find links to the previous two videos and written messages from the Dawson community and to the Dawson community.

Read More - Second video of Dawson community reactions to AASHE Gold for leadership in sustainability

Communications Office, From the Director General, In the news/in social media

Statement from Dawson College

The new pavilion project of Dawson College is not an expansion of the downtown Montreal CEGEP. We reject the use of the word expansion, which is inflammatory in this context. Almost seven years ago, in the spring of 2014, Quebec’s Ministry of Education recognized that Dawson College has a significant space deficit.

Click Read More for the full statement.

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Events, Faculty Hub, Homepage news, Warren G. Flowers Art Gallery

Thirza Cuthand: Reclamations

When the pandemic first struck last March, curator and Warren G. Flowers Art Gallery administrator Rhonda Meier, began thinking of what could be done if life stayed completely online for the next six or more months. With online projects being the obvious solution, she leapt to program Thirza Cuthand, a Plains Cree/Scots artist whose work first intrigued her in Vancouver in 2003. At Indian Acts, a conference on indigenous performance art, a very young Cuthand presented a video candidly discussing her struggle with depression.

Click Read More for the news story and more information.

Read More - Thirza Cuthand: Reclamations

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

Tips from Dawson colleagues for surviving isolation

Three colleagues recently shared some great tips for surviving isolation. Here they are:

  • From Jesse Lund (Theatre): Put on a vintage Jazz record recorded at a club, pour yourself a drink and enjoy the sounds of being out. Recommendation: Money Jungle by Duke Ellington
  • From Tiawenti:non Canadian (Student Services-First Peoples' Centre): Find some great podcasts and learn new things. Recommendation: Secret Life of Canada podcast, particularly the episode entitled Crash Course on Mohawk Ironworkers.
  • From Allison Freund (Human Resources): Do breathing exercises for relaxation. Recommendation: Wim Hof Breathing Videos on YouTube 

Do you have a great recommendation to share? Email: commsoffice@dawsoncollege.qc.ca

COVID, Well-being for all

Reminder about protocols on campus

Every time you come to the College, you must fill in the COVID-19 Symptom-based Screening Questionnaire inside the Omnivox My Dawson Portal.

  • Do it at home, before coming to campus
  • Fill it out within 24 hours prior to coming to campus
  • Answer carefully, as you may be denied entry based on your answers
  • Provide your ID number, and not your phone number

If you anticipate coming to campus in the next few weeks and you know that you:

  • Have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days
  • Are waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test

Contact dawsonhealthservices@dawsoncollege.qc.ca immediately for guidance and instructions as to when you may come back to the College to avoid being blocked at the door.

Please note that you will be provided a new procedural mask at the entrance of the College. You will be required to remove any mask you are already wearing and wear the College-issued mask.

Human Resources, Perks for Dawson Employees, Sustainability, Well-being for all

The 1249 Club is back!!!

Did you know that it takes 12 female honey bees to travel 1249 kilometers together to produce 1 teaspoon of HONEY? Let’s get moving like the bees with 12 weekly wellness activities over 4 weeks including 9 live activities to connect and engage with the community!

Dawson’s Sustainability Office and Human Resources, with contributions from departments and services across the college, are excited to offer 4 weeks of wellness activities to all Dawson Employees!

  • February 15-March 12, 2021.
  • Activities hosted mostly by Dawson’s very own Faculty, Staff and Retirees!
  • Weekly Participation Prizes will be raffled 1249 swag, Dawson’s rooftop honey, gift cards to local shops and more!

Join the 1249 Employee Wellness Group on YAMMER through office 365 to participate in our weekly activities!

BEE a part of it!

Communications Office, In the news/in social media, Student Services, Sustainability, Well-being for all

Student Wellness Challenge begins Feb. 15

A Wellness Challenge for Students is being launched Feb. 15

Student Services, Sustainability and Communications have developed a peer to peer model that will encourage students to sustain healthy minds and healthy bodies through awareness and prevention.

Students will learn about how to create positive habits and find motivation from one another to combat the mental and physical burden they may be experiencing. Participants will earn entries into a draw for prizes throughout the semester.

Mental health and well-being are essential to student success. To find out more, students can follow @dawsoncollege on Instagram.

#DawsonProud, Communications Office, Events

Virtual Information Evening draws about 10,000 visitors

Last week, Dawson’s web traffic increased by about 10,000 unique visitors compared to the same period last year. The visitors were stopping by for Virtual Information Evening, which was held Feb. 3.

It is the last student recruitment event before the March 1 application deadline and a great opportunity for potential students to ask questions. In previous years, when the event was in person, it would typically draw about 800 prospective students.

The event featured web content, new social media videos for spotlight programs and chats with teachers, students, advisors and employees.

Some interesting numbers and facts from Virtual Information Evening:

  • 9,192 unique page views of the microsite since launch
  • 943 chat sessions
  • 13,000 video views by 4,500 unique viewers since launch
  • 3 most popular chats:
    • Admissions/Advising
    • Science Program
    • Medical Ultrasound Technology Program
  • Prospective students also participated from other countries: Albania, Guadalupe, Columbia, U.S., U.K., France, Haiti, Philippines.

Participant feedback:  

“I've assisted to two other chats from different subjects before you, and honestly y'all made my day. It just gives the proof that Dawson is the perfect school for me. Thank you so much! I really hope that I'll meet you next year in person.”

Book/article/video recommendation, Faculty Hub

Social Science guest lectures available on video series

Since Social Science Week is not taking place this year, Nancy Rebelo (Faculty, History) worked on a project to provide additional resources for our virtual classroom reality. She invited researchers, mostly from Montreal, to film lectures on a variety of topics.

Six videos are currently available on the Dawson Library website that are only accessible to people who have a Dawson network password. There are plans to add more in the coming weeks.

The guest speaker series includes a lecture by a Harvard professor about Roma youth and a very topical lecture about misinformation, COVID-19 and social media by a McGill graduate student.

Each video is 20-30 minutes. Intended to be used by Dawson teachers, they would be especially useful to teachers of methods courses.

A brief description is provided about the topic and the presenter when one clicks on a video from the library page.

Click Read More to see the bank of videos and to get links to watch them.

Read More - Social Science guest lectures available on video series

Academic News, Faculty Hub, Sustainability, Well-being for all

Incorporate the SDG’s into your courses: message from Sustainability Office to faculty

The Sustainability Office would like to encourage faculty members to connect course material and projects with one or more of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's).

Click Read More for a message to faculty, a link to a short video and more.

Read More - Incorporate the SDG’s into your courses: message from Sustainability Office to faculty

Academic News, Events, Faculty Hub, In the news/in social media, Peace Centre, Student Services, Sustainability

After “Rebellion” students discuss climate change at Feb. 18 panel

Five inspiring Dawson students and alumni will discuss their views and actions on the Climate Crisis at the Environmental Seminar at Dawson (virtually) on Feb. 18 at 10 a.m.

The 2019 climate march was featured in an episode of David Suzuki's The Nature of Things entitled "Rebellion". The mobilization of the College was spearheaded by the Green Earth Club. Students will discuss their involvement in the march as youth activists and present their current projects.

Presentations will be followed by a Q & A. This panel is being moderated by Brian Mader and introduced by Anna-Liisa Aunio. Please watch the episode Rebellion, which is available free on CBC Gem here:

https://gem.cbc.ca/media/the-nature-of-things/season-60/episode-1/38e815a-01356eb43e5

E-mail bpoirier@dawsoncollege.qc.ca to book your class for the panel.

Book/article/video recommendation

Black Changemakers in Quebec

CBC Quebec has created a series called Black Changemakers in Quebec to celebrate Black History Month.

Click Read More to read inspiring profiles.

Read More - Black Changemakers in Quebec

Board

Two new members join the Board of Governors

Two new members have joined the Board of Governors of Dawson College.

Émilie Richer (Faculty, Mathematics) will represent Faculty and Stéphane Beaudet from Services Québec will represent Labour Market Partners.

Senate

Senate documents now available

Senate documents for the upcoming meeting on Feb. 16 are now available on SharePoint.

To access the documents, employees must log onto SharePoint through the My Dawson Portal (Omnivox) and then select Governance, Dawson Senate. Under “Meeting Documents,” select the current year to view the list of meetings and their associated documents.

Readers must bear in mind that most of the documents that are considered by the Senate are in draft form. Program revision and development documents as well as institutional policies such as ISEP and IPEP are not final until they have been approved by the Board of Governors.

Events, Faculty Hub, Peace Centre, Well-being for all

Coming up at the Peace Centre

Starting Feb. 15, Meditation Monday's 12:30 p.m.-1 p.m. with Daniel Goldsmith. This will run throughout the semester. We will also post a pre-filmed meditation video for folks who cannot make the live session: Meditation Monday’s with Daniel Goldsmith – Peace Centre

Feb. 15: Sticky Settler Colonialism with Nisha Toomey, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. open to staff, faculty & students

March 18: Is the Sun Setting on Western Epistemologies? 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. open to Staff & Faculty

March 25: Session II Curating and Contextualizing Contentious Classroom Materials and Challenging Conversations, with David Austin and Shana Haines, moderated by Sabrina Jafralie. 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. - Open to Staff & Faculty

The Resistance & Resilience art exhibition is still up and teachers can request virtual tours from Rhonda Meier.

Faculty Hub

Over at the Faculty Hub

Teaching Quants Online

Support for faculty who teach quantitative skills - Charles-Albert Ramsey and Martin Namour have created an MS Stream channel of video tutorials:  Teaching Quants Online (login to MS365 required).

Upcoming Workshops

Article

What Students Want:  A Simple, Navigable LMS Course Design

In the news/in social media

Dawson in the news

Associate Dean Max Jones was interviewed by CBC Daybreak Feb. 8

Associate Dean Max Jones was interviewed by CTV on Feb. 5 about the gradual return of students to campus

Director General Diane Gauvin was interviewed by The Montreal Gazette Feb. 4

Coordinator of Student Services Dan Boyer was interviewed on CBC Quebec's Radio Noon Feb. 4 about support for students

Yann Brouillette (Faculty, Chemistry) was interviewed for an article published by Le Devoir Jan. 30. 

Human Resources

New insurance rates

Please note that the College has received new group insurance rates from SSQ and La Capitale for 2021.  These new rates came into effective the pay of January 21, 2021.

All pertinent information can be found on a webpage in the Read More link.  Go to that page, then choose among the employment categories available and scroll down for the rates.

Please take a moment to review the various benefit deductions on your January 21st pay statement (please keep in mind that the listed premium rates from La Capitale and SSQ do not include the mandatory 9% sales tax). If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact Soula Tsafaras at stsafaras@dawsoncollege.qc.ca or Allison Freund at afreund@dawsoncollege

Read More - New insurance rates

Student Services, Well-being for all

Please reply by Feb. 11 to participate in mentorship program

Two more days left to step forward as a volunteer mentor for our students. Click Read More for the message from Student Services with all the details.

Read More - Please reply by Feb. 11 to participate in mentorship program

DawsonITE

DawsonITE Newsletter # 499

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

• What will education look like in 20 years? Here are 4 scenarios

• Using Lessons From Visual Design to Make Better Materials for Students

• Bringing More Spontaneous Interaction to the Virtual Classroom with Proximity Chat

Read More - DawsonITE Newsletter # 499

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