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Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021

#DawsonProud, Dawson Research, Homepage news, In the news/in social media

Life on Mars statistically probable according to Richard Soare’s research

Is there life on Mars? That question is propelling the mission of the Perseverance rover, which landed on the Red Planet Feb. 18. It has also driven the research of Dawson College Geography teacher and Mars researcher Richard Soare for over two decades.

Specifically, Richard’s research has focused on finding evidence of near-surface ice in the non-polar regions of Mars.

Click Read More for the homepage news story, which includes a Q and A with our colleague Richard Soare and a link to the CTV News interview with him last week.

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

Free & fun lunchtime activities until March 12

Make a lunch date for your own well-being and enjoyment. There are still 13 more days of free programming and activities offered exclusively to Dawson employees at lunchtime through the 1249 Club, a wellness project sponsored by Human Resources and the Sustainability Office with contributions from services and departments across the College.

Two of the events coming up later this week are Healthy Cooking with Paul Wasacz (Phys. Ed.) on Wednesday and making your own Self-Watering Containers with Jennifer de Vera (Sustainability) on Friday. There is something for everyone on the calendar.

Click Read More for more info and links to the calendar, including another cooking event with Gianna Di Giacomo-Smith (pictured), and to join Yammer.

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Dawson Grads, Events, In the news/in social media, Well-being for all

Join Montreal Kneels for Change Wednesday at 8:15 p.m.

Dawson graduate Denburk Reid (Class of 2000, Marketing and Management Technology) has organized Montreal Kneels for Change, a live event on Instagram on Feb. 24. The goals are to raise awareness of local social justice issues, honour the life of Sheffield Matthews and denounce the injustices committed against Mamadi III Fara Camara.

“As a community, we must come together and demonstrate our solidarity,” Denburk said.

We are invited to:

  • join the Instagram Live event on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 8:15 p.m.
  • take a photo standing with your hand on your heart
  • share the photo on your social media using the hashtag #kneelsforchange and tag @mtl_community_cares.


More info:

Instagram page of Montreal Community Cares:

Dawson Talent, Homepage news, Warren G. Flowers Art Gallery

Photography student’s work on display in Resistance & Resilience

If you have been in the College and wondered about the work in the display cases outside the art gallery, it may surprise you to know that it is the work of Dawson student Asia Mason.  The third-year Photography student was one of only four student artists selected for the Peace Centre/Art Gallery’s online exhibition, Resistance and Resilience.

Click Read More for the homepage news story and to see some of her work on display.

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Book/article/video recommendation, Dawson Research, Decolonization, In the news/in social media, Well-being for all

Website live for First Peoples’ Post-Secondary Storytelling Exchange

A celebration was held online Feb. 16 to launch the new website of the First Peoples' Post-Secondary Storytelling Exchange project. About 170 people attended from all over Quebec and other parts of Canada. An elder opened the event, some of the storytellers shared their experiences, a quliq was lit, a video was premiered and the new website was shown.

There is a great amount of content to read and watch on the website. Perhaps you can begin by viewing this 10-minute video, which was premiered at the event:

City TV broadcast this report on the day of the launch:

Click Read More to visit the new website.

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DawsonAI, Faculty Hub

DawsonAI has new resources for faculty!

One additional teaching portfolio, that of Dan Pomerantz, was recently published on the DawsonAI website.  Dan, who teaches in the department of Computer Science, was part of the second cohort of fellows of the AI-Themed Teaching Community of Practice. He is inviting all faculty members to explore and make use of the teaching materials he has developed during his Fellowship.

Dan’s portfolio notably includes four PowerPoint slide decks that could be interesting to those looking for engaging teaching materials about the ethical implications of Big Data, surveillance technologies, text-generating systems, and facial recognition technologies. Link:

Part of this portfolio will constitute the basis of a talk entitled “The Hazards of Using Big Data,” which Dan will deliver via Zoom April 14 at 2:30 PM. The entire Dawson community is invited to attend (no RSVP needed)!

Zoom link:

For more details, please email Carl Saucier-Bouffard at

Awards Office

Do you know any outstanding students?

The Awards Office is now accepting nominations for the following awards:

The Bruno Mital ‘B’ Positive Scholarship – 1 recipient of $ 1,000

This scholarship is named after Bruno Mital, who was a graduate of the CRLT Program at Dawson College and chairperson of the Dawson College Board of Governors for two years. It is designed to recognize a graduating student who has gone above and beyond to help their community, their fellow students, or the Dawson community, without seeking recognition.

The Paul Gallagher Award – 3 recipients of $500

This award, named after Dawson College’s first Director General, is given to up to three graduating students in recognition of their significant contribution to student life. The most important criteria are leadership, contribution to College life, and participation in student government, sports or other College activities.

Please nominate through the My Dawson College (Omnivox) portal. Nomination deadline: March 9, 2021.

If you would like to participate in one of our Awards Selection Committees please sign up here:

Dawson Professional Theatre, Dawson Talent

Professional Theatre’s upcoming shows

Second-year students of the Professional Theatre Program are performing in upcoming shows. Harper Regan will be livestreamed March 10-13, and TARTUFFO BUFFO will be livestreamed March 24-27. Links will be posted on the Facebook page entitled Dawson Theatre Productions.

In Harper Regan, a woman quits her job, leaves her husband and family, and embarks on a journey of self-discovery. At times comedic, at times shocking, Harper Regan explores grief, sex, family secrets and the lies we tell ourselves about our loved ones. Harper Regan by Simon Stephens is directed by Matt Enos and will be performed by the second-year students March 10-13.

TARTUFFO BUFFO: Tartuffe under COVID? French Neo-classical theatre is already rife with rules. So what's a few more (when Molière meets Dr. Seuss)? TARTUFFO BUFFO is directed by Stephane Zarov and will be performed by the second-year students March 24-27.

Click Read More to go to the Facebook page entitled Dawson Theatre Productions. Livestream links will be posted there on the days of each performance.

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Communications Office, Dawson Grads, Milestones

Communications Coordinator appointed

Communications professional Megan Ainscow joined Dawson College last week as Coordinator of Communications. Megan (Class of 2004, Liberal Arts) will oversee the Communications Office and guide overall strategy and decision making in order to enhance the reputation and visibility of the College.

With over 10 years of experience in communications and public relations, Megan joins Dawson after serving most recently as Head of Communications for the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, an international organization established under the North American Free Trade Agreement.


Financial Services Coordinator appointed

Ani Kotchounian joined Dawson College on Feb. 8, as the Coordinator of Financial Services. Ani comes to us from McGill University, where she served the University’s community as a Senior Finance Officer in the Controller’s office. She was in charge of the University’s operating fund management and financial reporting. Ani holds a Bachelor's degree from HEC Montréal and is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA).

Prior to joining the higher education sector, Ani spent over 10 years working in the Pharmaceutical industry.

Dawson Remembers, Milestones

In memoriam David Price

We regret to inform you that David Price passed away Jan. 18. He was one of the original members of the English Department at Dawson College.

John Lucas, a long-time Chair of the Department, wrote a tribute. Click here to open the pdf tribute to David Price: In Memoriam David Price

Faculty Hub

Over at the Faculty Hub

Check out this recorded presentation from the E-Learning Community of Practice

Synchronous or Asynchronous: Why? is the Question

Upcoming Workshop

Gamifying the Online & In-person Classrooms: Having fun while learning. Come hear about the use of games in the classroom!

All are welcome to this DALC meeting: March 5 from 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm. Join this workshop from the Faculty Hub website.


Leveraging Bloom’s Taxonomy to Elevate Discussion Boards in Online Courses

Faculty Hub

CRISPESH call for proposals

CRISPESH and UDL@Dawson invite researchers, faculty members, students, pedagogical counsellors, administrators and other higher education stakeholders to submit a proposal for their next symposium.

This symposium will be held online from June 1 to 3, 2021 and will be an opportunity to look back at 10 years of inclusive pedagogy in Quebec’s higher educational system, while advancing the ongoing reflections to help the province foster increasingly inclusive pedagogical approaches.

People interested in submitting a proposal are invited to complete the online submission form available on the event’s website by April 14, 2021. Submissions are accepted in both English and French.

For more details on the symposium and the submission process, please visit the event’s website.


Thank you from Rod Charters

I want to let all my Dawson friends, colleagues, and acquaintances, know how much I appreciate the well wishes and support I received on my recent retirement from Dawson College.

Although my retirement is now official, I struggle with mixed emotions. As anticipated, I miss many of you already. What I do not miss is the commute to and from work or the early mornings. What I do miss is the camaraderie I shared with you with the common pursuit of instructing and enlightening students.

Some of you I may never see again. Others, I hope I do when we are able to gather once again. For now, I am simply going to try and enjoy life in the current circumstances.

Your generous gifts of a MasterClass membership and a Steve's Music gift certificate will add to the enjoyment of my retirement.

Again, thank you.

Rod retired Feb. 5 after working at the College for 39 years in various roles, including the Help Desk, the Library and the Career Resource Centre. Rod is also a Dawson graduate. 

Promotional, Well-being for all

Reduced rates physiotherapy available at Dawson’s DCHC

The Dawson College Health Clinic (DCHC) is back, and ready to help you get active! After a year in COVID confinement, have you developed a sore neck or stiff back?  The staff at the DCHC are excited to help you reach your health and wellness goals of 2021.

Treatments are administered by Dawson’s own Physiotherapy Technology interns under supervision of a licensed Physiotherapist who also handles the initial evaluations. The facilities have been reconfigured to ensure physical distancing, and increased safety protocols have been implemented, such as mask-wearing and full disinfecting between patients.

Are you ready to MOVE. HEAL. LEARN? Call our office to reserve your spot today: 514-931-8731, ext. MOVE (6683).

Promotional, Student Services

Athletic Therapy Clinic open

The Athletic Therapy Clinic is open three days a week. For more information or to book an appointment, contact

Facilities Management, Sustainability

Can Dawson recycle masks?

Dawson is distributing single-use procedural masks to everyone who enters the building. These masks have been proven to provide effective protection from COVID. Requests to recycle the masks have been considered.

The Sustainability Office, in collaboration with Facilities Management, has been reviewing recycling proposals by various companies. For the moment, we, like nearly all CEGEPs involved in a discussion, have not found a proven viable method to recycle the masks.

We are confident that directing masks towards landfill with our regular garbage is the least environmentally damaging option when considering cost, risk of exposure to pathogens, travel of the masks to recyclers, traceability, as well as the energy and effort involved in the imperfect processes, which lead to storage, incineration or recycled plastic.

In the news/in social media, Milestones

Feature on retired DG in Richard Filion’s hometown newspaper

Retired Director General Richard Filion's life and career were the subject of a feature article in l'Écho de La Tuque last week.

Click Read More to go to the article.

Read More - Feature on retired DG in Richard Filion’s hometown newspaper

In the news/in social media

CBC Radio Let’s Go was at Dawson

CBC Radio reporter Shahroze Rauf was on site at Dawson College on Feb. 22 to see how in-person learning is going. He conducted live interviews during the afternoon program Let's Go.

Part 1 featuring interview with Maxwell Jones (Associate Dean, SMSE):

Part 2 featuring interviews with two students in Diagnostic Imaging:


DawsonITE Newsletter # 501

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

• COVID-19 has transformed education – here are the 5 innovations we should keep

• - Create Online Whiteboards You Can Share and Monitor

• Is it still teaching when the professor is dead?

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