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Tuesday, May. 18, 2021

Well-being for all

Peace Garden blooming on May 18

Even though most of us are not on campus, the Peace Garden tulips were still blooming and beautiful on May 18, when this photo was taken. Send us your best photos of spring in your area and we will share them in the June 1 issue of D News, the last one before summer holidays.

Photo credit: Carey-Ann Pawsey, Communications Office

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

Dawson students place third in college research contest

Graduating Health Science students Isabeli Pizzani Maurutto and Jennifer Robert were selected by a jury as third-place winners of a province-wide competition for the best student research projects at the college level announced by the Association pour la recherche au collégial (ARC) on May 11.

Click Read More for the homepage article, find out what they learned and where they are headed after graduation.

Read More - Dawson students place third in college research contest

Board, Human Resources, Student Services, Well-being for all

New Code of Conduct promotes safe environment for entire Dawson Community

Dawson's Board of Governors adopted a new Code of Conduct on April 14. It will apply to all employees and all students as of Aug. 1.

Click Read More for more information about the new policy that will help to promote a safe and healthy environment where everyone is treated with respect and civility.

Read More - New Code of Conduct promotes safe environment for entire Dawson Community

#DawsonProud, Faculty Hub, Homepage news, In the news/in social media, Sustainability, Well-being for all

Nursing teacher promotes environmental understanding for Quebec nurses

For more than 20 years, Fiona Hanley has been an activist and researcher studying the impact of the environment on our health. In recent years, the Dawson Nursing Program teacher has been a key mobilizer in collaborating with the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec (OIIQ) to create a climate change committee.

Click Read More for the homepage news story and a link to her recent article on the OIIQ website.

Read More - Nursing teacher promotes environmental understanding for Quebec nurses

S.P.A.C.E.

TransLuminal Project: Call for Submissions due May 25

What does it mean to go beyond the speed of light?

TransLuminal, a multilayered, illuminated 10’ x 5’ mural that explores the delineation of boundaries and the movement beyond them, was created in the spring of 2015 as a College-wide community project. It is displayed in the 4 A/B corridor at Dawson College

In March 2020, just prior to the pandemic shutdown, the lightbox was dismounted and subsequently, the electronics powering it were replaced and upgraded.

As part of the TransLuminal project relaunch, we are inviting the greater Dawson Community—students, faculty, staff, alumni, and others—to take part and to interpret through creative imagery and short reflections what it means to go beyond the speed of light. Curated images submitted by participants will be uploaded to the lightbox, adding a new layer of expression to this exploration of the intersections of the arts and sciences which is a hallmark of the SPACE initiative.

Click Read More for details and the form to submit. Deadline is May 25 and there will be prizes!

Read More - TransLuminal Project: Call for Submissions due May 25

Academic News, Faculty Hub, Personal perspectives

Highlights of HyFlex High-Tech experience

In the brief period when optional in-person learning activities were allowed this semester, three teachers tried out the HyFlex pedagogy, which blends on-site and online students together.

Selma Hamdani of the Dawson Active Learning Community (DALC) was one of them and she offers this report, which includes the perspectives of all three teachers.

Click Read More for Selma's HyFlex report.

Read More - Highlights of HyFlex High-Tech experience

Academic News, Campus Life, Facilities Management, Faculty Hub

Rethinking Dawson’s general classrooms: Classroom 2.0

Learn about Dawson's newly renovated classrooms, a project begun in 2018.

Biophilia and many other considerations were included in these renovation pilot projects.

Click Read More for the details and to see some before and after photos.

Read More - Rethinking Dawson’s general classrooms: Classroom 2.0

COVID, Well-being for all

Vaccination information from Public Health

Across Quebec, everyone turning 18 in 2021 and those who are older can now be vaccinated against COVID-19.

The Direction Régional de Santé Publique has pulled together all the basic information you need about the COVID-19 vaccination campaign.

Here is their COVID-19 vaccination infographic pdf: EN-QR_QR_Vaccination_26_avril

You can also click on the Read More link to go to the Quebec government's COVID-19 vaccination website.

Read More - Vaccination information from Public Health

#DawsonProud, Dawson Blues, In the news/in social media, Milestones, Student Services

Joel Tyrell honoured

Joel Tyrell (Athletics, Student Services) was honoured by Montréal à Coeur/Montreal Community Cares with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Here is their Facebook post, which was published on May 14:

"You are a bridge builder in every sense of the word. You have created an outlet for young boys and girls to dream big as well as a pathway to help them become influencers and role models for their community. Thank you for putting your heart and soul into helping make dreams a reality for so many!"

Click Read More to see the post on Facebook.

Read More - Joel Tyrell honoured

Events, Faculty Hub, Learning opportunities, Professional Development

An opportunity to make teaching better at SALTISE June 2-4

It’s an understatement to say that the last 12 months have been challenging, both at a global scale and at a local scale – including in our (now virtual) classrooms and for student learning. The 2021 SALTISE Conference (June 2-4) is an opportunity for teachers to engage with peers and researchers and to reflect on evidence-based pedagogical practices that can make teaching and learning better as we move forward. The conference is local (Montreal-based), free (no cost) and features fantastic keynote speakers, workshops and sessions.

Click Read More for more information and the link to register.

Read More - An opportunity to make teaching better at SALTISE June 2-4

From the Director General, Homepage news, In the news/in social media

Joint statement from DGs of English-language Montreal CEGEPs on Bill 96

Diane Gauvin, Director General of Dawson College; John Halpin, Director General of John Abbott College and John McMahon, Director General of Vanier College are issuing the following joint statement in response to the Quebec government’s tabling of Bill 96 “Loi sur la langue officielle et commune du Québec, le français” :

We, the Directors General of the English-language CEGEPs on the island of Montreal, welcome the Québec government’s initiative to protect and promote French as the common language of Quebec.  We are proud of the role our institutions play in higher education and of our contribution to Quebec society.

Click Read More for the full statement.

Read More - Joint statement from DGs of English-language Montreal CEGEPs on Bill 96

Dawson Remembers, Milestones

In memoriam Jim McGill

We regret to inform you that Jim McGill passed away on May 11. Jim worked at Dawson for over three decades until he retired in June 2008. He had served as Manager of Operations in the IST Department and also worked for the Academic Dean.

Click Read More for the obituary.

Read More - In memoriam Jim McGill

Dawson Foundation, Student Services, Well-being for all

182 students have received DCFAB bursary to date

A total of $ 127,250 has been distributed through the Dawson College Financial Aid Bursary (DCFAB) to 182 students to date. The average bursary was $699.

As a response to the economic hardships brought about by the pandemic, the DCFAB was set up last fall by the Dawson Student Union (DSU), the Student Services team of the College and the Dawson College Foundation (DCF). The Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur has provided additional support.

“We are working to ensure that Dawson students can continue their education without interruption. The creation of the DCFAB reflects our commitment to promote excellence in education, especially during difficult times," said Ursula Cabral of the DCF.

Students can continue to apply for the bursary through the DCF website.

Donations are still needed to keep helping our students in this unprecedented situation. Donate here

IST

Multi-factor authentication will help Dawson’s cyber security

If you have done online banking or filed your income tax with the Canada Revenue Agency, you have probably already experienced multi-factor authentication (MFA).

MFA is being phased in at Dawson. Click Read More to find out more about it and how you can be prepared and more secure.

Read More - Multi-factor authentication will help Dawson’s cyber security

Book/article/video recommendation, In the news/in social media

Anne-Laure Teichet published in Profweb

This week Profweb published two texts written by Anne-Laure Teichet (Faculty, French). Anne-Laure’s real-life stories describe her first-hand teaching experience in a HyFlex classroom. Here are the links to her texts:

Human Resources

Help wanted for Cont. Ed. exams

The Quality Assurance & Planning Office (QAPO) is looking for staff to invigilate Continuing Education final exams on Thursday, May 27 and Monday, May 31 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and on Saturday, May 29 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. You will be paid overtime for these shifts.  If interested, please contact Katherine McWhaw at kmcwhaw@dawsoncollege.qc.ca.  Help the College ensure a smooth and safe final exam environment for all.

Human Resources, Well-being for all, Workshops

Mentally Healthy At Work May 28 workshop

Limited spots available for Mental Health in the Workplace, a workshop by Morneau-Shepell on Friday, May 28 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Understand more about the most common mental health issues.
  • Recognize the typical symptoms associated with mental health issues and the behaviours that can be expected and exhibited at work.
  • Develop strategies for helping themselves or others (where appropriate) who are demonstrating behaviours associated with mental health issues

All employees are welcome to attend this session. Support Staff and Professionals, please seek approval from your manager.

Click Read More for link to register. 

Read More - Mentally Healthy At Work May 28 workshop

#DawsonProud, Academic News

Two students share 2021 Liberal Arts Brick Books Poetry Prize

Two students are co-winners of this year's Liberal Arts Brick Books Poetry Prize.

Click Read More to get all the details provided by Susan Elmslie (Faculty, English).

Read More - Two students share 2021 Liberal Arts Brick Books Poetry Prize

Faculty Hub, Women’s/Gender Studies

Gender Matters – Call For Guest Teachers

Gender Matters is a unique course pairing Women’s/Gender Studies students and faculty in a learning community to explore how gender shapes our individual lives, societal institutions and the systems of privilege and exploitation that mark our world. Inaugurated in Fall 2018 under the guidance of Cinema | Communications’ Dipti Gupta, and now lead by Emma Doubt of Fine Arts.

Central to the course is the participation of a diverse group of guest teachers who explore the problem of gender inequality, from a variety of disciplinary and methodological perspectives. If you are interested, please contact Pat Romano by Tuesday, June 9. You do not need to have a course listed with the W/GS Certificate, but must have some experience in the field. We are looking forward to putting together another great team!

#DawsonProud, Academic News, Events

It’s Vernissage Season next week!

Vernissage Season begins on May 26 with a series of virtual events.

Click Read More for the  dates and more information.

Read More - It’s Vernissage Season next week!

Faculty Hub

Over at the Faculty Hub

Upcoming Conferences:

  • CRISPESH - 10 years of Inclusive Pedagogy in Quebec’s Colleges and Universities, JUNE 1-3
  • SALTISE - Moving Forward Together: Opportunities and Challenges for Pedagogical Innovation, JUNE 2-4
  • AQPC - 40 ans de pédagogie: Pour des changements durables en éducation, JUNE 10-11

Strategy:

Click Read More to go to the Faculty Hub site.

Read More - Over at the Faculty Hub

IST, Learning opportunities, Professional Development

Moodle Day 2021

Our annual Moodle Day will take place on Friday, May 28 from 9 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Feel free to join us online to learn more Moodle! In order to register, please click on the Read More link.

Read More - Moodle Day 2021

Dawson Foundation, Sustainability, Well-being for all

Art sale benefitting Peace Garden

Until the end of May, you can purchase an original artwork by a Dawson student or employee. All proceeds benefit the Peace Garden.

The goal of the Peace Garden is to create a green space that is both commemorative and symbolic of life and renewal, while making a positive environmental impact.

The Peace Garden grows a variety of native flowers and shrubs, and has pathways built in the shape of infinity loops, circular and flowing, that not only beautifies the grounds, but benefit local wildlife.

Check out the art sale in the Read More link. Photo from the archives. 

Read More - Art sale benefitting Peace Garden

Sustainability, Well-being for all

Interactive website helps you identify bird songs

With many of us spending time at home, it can be a peaceful activity to observe which birds are dropping by our backyards and windows.

Perhaps you are wondering about the birds you hear as well.

There is a great website that features an illustration of many common birds in our area. You can click on a bird and hear its song as well as see its name.

Two of the birds you can hear are the Wood Thrush and the Chestnut-sided Warbler, featured in Stéphanie Aubin's Illustration class artwork, which we featured in the last D News. 

These two birds, which overwinter in Nicaragua, where Dawson is planting trees to offset our carbon footprint, are supposed to be returning to Montreal around this time of year.

Click on Read More to go to the bird song website.

Read More - Interactive website helps you identify bird songs

DawsonITE

DawsonITE Newsletter # 513

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

• Pros and cons of technology in the classroom, and which tools to use

• Seven post-pandemic trends for 2021 and beyond

• Turning virtual reality into an effective learning tool for classrooms

Read More - DawsonITE Newsletter # 513

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