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Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021

#DawsonProud, Academic News, Campus Life, Communications Office, Events, Homepage news, In the news/in social media, Living Campus, Student Services, Sustainability

Thank you Team Open House 2021

Dawson’s Open House 2021 was reimagined this year to help visitors experience the best version of the College and all it has to offer. We achieved record-breaking attendance by keeping the best elements of the first online Open House in 2020 and introducing new features and in-person tours for the first time since 2019.

Gone were the one-hour waits to have questions answered and navigating a hot, loud and crowded building. This year the maximum wait time for a question was not more than 2-3 minutes during the chat sessions for Open House on Oct. 24. Team Dawson Open House 2021 made sure the event was useful, smooth and pleasant for everyone.

Director General Diane Gauvin and Academic Dean Robert Cassidy would like to thank the more than 150 faculty members, current students and deans as well as managers, professionals and support staff from the Registrar's Office, the Communications Office, the Sustainability Office, Information Systems and Technology, Student Services, the Office of Academic Development and more.

Special thanks to Carey-Ann Pawsey, Jennifer de Vera, Lucy Segal, Ivana Bonaduce, Catherine Fusk, Marien Griffin, Dianne Hawryluck, Irene Kakoulakis, Antonina Nobile, Michele Pallett, Julie Pellegrino, Madalina Radu, Jane Valihora, Diane Wong, Carmela Gumelli, Julie Brosseau, Laura Paterson, Tommy Diamantakos, Maxwell Jones, Mylène Saucier, Dana Dragomir, Donna Varrica, Christina Parsons, Jonathan Perlman, Chris Georgieff, Pat Phutthavong, Virginia Law.

Click Read More for the report about our successful Open House 2021.

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Academic News, Campus Life, Faculty Hub

Academic Dean: Opening the door to dialogue

Dawson's new Academic Dean Robert Cassidy invited faculty and staff to drop by two meet and greet sessions in October. They were informal opportunities to ask him anything or have a good one-on-one or group chat.

Photo: Robert Cassidy spoke with Fabienne Cyrius (Faculty, Business Administration) at the Oct. 13 event.

Click Read More to read Rob's reflection about the experience.

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#DawsonProud, Facilities Management, Homepage news, Sustainability, Well-being for all

Student sets up mask-recycling initiative at Dawson

You can now recycle your disposable procedural masks at Dawson thanks to Dawson Professional Theatre student Nathan McDonald, the Green Earth Club (Dawson Student Union), Facilities Management and the Sustainability Office.

Click Read More for the homepage news story that includes the locations of mask recycling boxes as well as information about the student who made this happen.

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

Student-initiated Atwater Community Pantry fills a void

The pandemic brought food insecurity to the fore after job losses, isolation and uncertainty about the future. A group of Dawson students who saw the hardship firsthand by volunteering at the soup kitchen Resilience on the corner of Ste-Catherine and Atwater seized on an idea to create another avenue for food distribution that was anonymous, non-judgmental, accessible at all hours and throughout the four seasons.

Click Read More for the homepage news story.

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Academic News, Campus Life, Events, Faculty Hub

Join us for Dawson’s first ever Certificate Day on Nov. 10

Certificates offer students from all programs the opportunities to interact in a learning community of fellow students and teachers who share a passion for thinking about and finding solutions to a specific contemporary issue. Students currently can take along with their DEC a certificate in Women/Gender Studies, Hellenic Studies, Peace Studies, Decolonization and Indigenization, and as of this year, SPACE: Arts and Sciences and Environment and Sustainability.

Interested in learning more about any of these certificates? Wondering about how to get more involved or the possibilities for co-teaching a certificate course with a colleague? If so, we invite you drop by the Lower and Upper Atriums on Wednesday, Nov. 10 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

For more information, please contact LC Certificate Lead Pat Romano at

Campus Life, Dawson Blues, Events, Student Services

Come cheer for the Dawson Blues at home games

You can come cheer for the Dawson Blues basketball teams again at home games! The first ones were Div. 2 last Friday (women won their first game against Collège Montmorency 61 to 47). The next home game is Friday, Nov. 12 for Div. 1 women at 6:45 p.m. against Champlain – St. Lawrence and men at 9 p.m. against Collège Ahuntsic.

Drop by P.A.R.C. in the Lower Atrium or email to get your tickets or for more information. Please note that you must show your vaccine passport and wear a mask to attend games.

Living Campus, Perks for Dawson Employees, Sustainability, Well-being for all, Workshops

From Hive to Honey jar: Bee workshop for employees Nov. 17

A hands-on, sticky, and sweet celebration of the beekeeping season coming to an end! Our local beekeeper from Alvéole arrives with two bursting honey frames and all the equipment necessary to extract it. Participants actively participate in uncapping honey frames, turning the manual extractor, bottling the honey and—most importantly—tasting the fruits of the bees’ labour!  Due to health restrictions, we can only welcome 30 participants. We will contact you to confirm your participation.

Wednesday Nov. 17
12 -1 p.m.
Conrod's 2F.4 near the stage

To express your interest, please email

Photo: Several employees, including Jenn de Vera, watched a beekeeper wrap up the bee hives (home to 100,000 Dawson honey bees) for winter on Dawson's 4H rooftop on Oct. 20. 

Faculty Hub, Human Resources, Professional Development

Teaching in turbulent times: topic of Ped Day Opening Plenary

Over 160 Dawsonites attended Dr. Saul Carliner’s plenary address to kick-off Dawson’s Ped Day on Oct. 15. Carliner illustrated, through an interactive and engaging virtual presentation, that COVID is but one cause of “turbulence” in higher education, which will continue to affect the day-to-day work of teachers in the 21st century.

Click Read More for a report by Allison Kurz of the Office of Academic Development

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Academic News, Decolonization, Faculty Hub, Peace Centre, Well-being for all

Kanien’kehà’ka Elder and Knowledge Keeper Niioie:ren speaks to Outdoor Ed students

Students in Jonathan Egan's Outdoor Education class had a chance to learn from Kanien’kehà’ka Elder and Knowledge Keeper Niioie:ren Patton of Kahnawà:ke.

Click Read More to read Jonathan's account.

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Faculty Hub

Over at the Faculty Hub

Excerpt:  These concerns have led us to reflect repeatedly on how we can frame these discussions in ways that can effectively engage at least a significant majority of our students in a real exploration of these divisive issues – one that may be uncomfortable and indeed take them into places where they would rather not go. In the next section you will find a brief overview of some of the conclusions we have drawn as we have discussed the difficulties and successes we have had in the classroom and mulled over the insights offered by the theory of nonviolence – its call for us to find connections across divides, its promotion of a process of social change that engages us intellectually, emotionally and creatively, and its emphasis that changes in our hearts and minds become most likely during moments where the unexpected happens.

Read more…

Read More - Over at the Faculty Hub

Campus Life, Dawson Remembers, Well-being for all

The Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Campaign at Dawson

Poppies are available on a donation basis at one of the following Dawson locations:

  • Information Booth (second floor atrium)
  • Library Circulation Desk (5C.03)
  • Campus Life & Leadership Office (2E.06)

Lest we forget.

-Submitted by Kaye Francis of Student Services 

Campus Life, Facilities Management

de Maisonneuve to re-open Nov. 8

The STM will complete its work by Nov. 8. The City of Westmount will continue working in the area to finish installing road signage. When this work is finished, De Maisonneuve Boulevard will once again be open to traffic between Atwater and Wood.

The sidewalks and bike path will open on Nov. 8.

Campus Life, Perks for Dawson Employees, Workshops

Live Model Drawing sessions every Monday evening

The Fine Arts Department is pleased to invite current students and employees to:
Live Model Drawing Sessions
(funded by the SSAP and Dean of Creative & Applied Arts)

Every Monday evening from 6-9 p.m. in studio 2G.4 until Nov. 29

Photo: artwork by Alexandra Louwagie.

  • Only current Dawson students and employees can attend
  • Maximum attendance is 30 people - first come, first served
  • You must bring your own materials
  • Masks to be worn at all times
  • No eating or drinking allowed in the studio
  • Use of phones or cameras prohibited in the studio
Promotional, Student Services, Well-being for all

Athletic Therapy Clinic open again

Our Certified Athletic Therapists Kathryn Grzelak, Wing Lee, Robert Kerr and Sonia Adhami are available for appointments.

Periods for possible appointments:

Mondays: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Tuesdays: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Wednesdays: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Thursdays: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Fridays: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Email to book an appointment.

Academic News, Well-being for all

Gustave’s visit to Dawson

Gustave (pictured) attended Dawson for a year and a half with Susan Finch (Faculty, Psychology) in his quest to be a service dog. Some of Melanie Doyle's 401 students met Gustave before the pandemic and invited him to come back on Oct. 16 as part of their service project for the course in positive psychology.

"My group was overwhelmed by the participation and shut it down two hours early after almost 100 students had visited," Melanie said. The line-up of students waiting for some one-on-one dog therapy with Gustave was down the hallway, she reported.

Policy on Sexual Violence, Sustainability, Well-being for all


Thank you to everyone who participated in this semester’s College-wide surveys!

We had a record number of employees fill out the survey regarding Dawson’s Policy on Sexual Violence and a healthy response rate for the Sustainability Office’s Transportation Survey.

Feedback from the community is crucial! For the former, survey data and responses will help develop recommendations to improve the policy. For the latter, seeing how students and employees commute to the College helps us see our common carbon footprint and take steps to decrease it.

Message from the Quality Assurance and Planning Office



Thank you from Stephanie Vonka

I feel so lucky to have you all in my life for the past 18 years at Dawson from which almost 8 years I spent working in the Library. Thank you for your generosity, well wishes and kind words which almost made me sad to leave you!

I wish you all well and hope that at least with some of you, sometime, somewhere, au revoir!

-Submitted by Stephanie Vonka 

Well-being for all

Do you know a Black Changemaker?

CBC Quebec is back with their second annual Black Changemakers series.

The project highlights Black individuals whose efforts to make a change are bringing about a meaningful impact and inspiring others in their hometowns across the province. Nominees can be artists, creators, students, healthcare workers, educators, entrepreneurs, community organizers and everyone in between. There is no minimum age for the Changemakers either.

CBC Quebec is accepting nominations until November 5, 2021. Nomination form is here.


DawsonITE Newsletter # 531

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

  • New research comparing online to in-person student engagement -- surprising results
  • 30 Insanely Useful Websites That'll Come in Handy Someday
  • 7 of the best smart thinking books to read in 2021

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