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Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021

#DawsonProud, Communications Office, From the Director General, Homepage news

New Dawson brand on Holiday Gift for employees

Dawson will launch a refreshed and youthful brand in the New Year.

Employees will be the first to see merchandise with the new logo. In the coming days, Director General Diane Gauvin will invite employees via an email to All Dawson to come pick up a Holiday Gift from Dawson featuring the new refreshed logo.

Click Read More to see the new logos, learn more about the brand, the process that led to it and what comes next.

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#DawsonProud, Academic News, Awards Office, Communications Office, Dawson Foundation, Dawson Gives, Homepage news, In the news/in social media

Celebrating our Fall Awards Recipients

We are proud to celebrate our Fall 2021 Awards cohort of 35 exceptional Dawson College students. Their involvement in student life, commitment to community service and determination to succeed at CEGEP enrich the Dawson community and make us hopeful about the future. Congratulations to our students! Thank you to all the donors, teachers and employees who make the awards possible.

Pictured: Radhika Khera, one of the 2021 recipients of the Aditya Youth Trust Fund Scholarship, with Academic Dean Rob Cassidy. In lieu of an Awards Ceremony, all recipients were invited in late November to have professional photos taken with the Academic Dean and pick up their awards and a small gift.

Click Read More to meet the other award recipients on our Awards Celebration Page featuring quotes and photos of each recipient. 

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#DawsonProud, Academic News, Faculty Hub

Active Learning at Dawson is celebrating a birthday in 2022!

Ten years ago, something special took root at Dawson. Initiated and driven by a diverse group of teachers, supported by a rich foundation of evidence and research, and with the goal of developing better teaching and learning practices, a rough-around-the-edges Learning Community of a dozen or so individuals designed and oversaw the development of Dawson’s first Active Learning (AL) classroom and grew into the Dawson Active Learning Community (DALC).

Since then, we have evolved, adapted, and grown into a multi-faceted community and we have overseen the development of a variety of Active Learning classrooms.

Click Read More for a report by DALC Co-coordinator Chris Whittaker.

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#DawsonProud, Academic News, Campus Life, S.P.A.C.E.

SPACE students win the Astro Prize at the McGill Physics Hackathon

Dawson students once again took part in the McGill Physics Hackathon which took place this year on November 6-7. The goal of the friendly computer programming competition was simple: to welcome everyone into the wonderful world of scientific computing!

Over a 24-hour period, participants had the opportunity to work on projects combining the physical sciences and computing, and to meet and learn from like-minded, curious, and passionate individuals as well as with experts from both academia and industry.

A team of mainly Dawson students—Shawn Maor, Syphax Ramdani, Joey Yu—won the Astrophysics prize for their project, Star Formation, and were awarded telescopes! A write-up of their experience can be found on the SPACE website:

The students also earned credits towards the new SPACE: Arts and Sciences Certificate by competing and creating a project for the hackathon.

Campus Life, Communications Office, Dawson Foundation, Dawson Gives, Living Campus, Sustainability, Well-being for all

Volunteer for an hour or more and grow our Living Campus

Do you have an hour or more to help us fill up our volunteer shifts wrapping gifts at Alexis Nihon Mall Dec. 6 through Dec. 24? All proceeds will support community-building projects at Dawson. The Director General has shared this project with managers and we expect that managers will be able to offer some time toward this worthwhile project.

The gift wrapping service and a store space have been offered to Dawson College so we can raise funds for projects through the Foundation’s Living Campus Fund, the umbrella under which Dawson has received local, national and international recognition, but whose initiatives are not funded by the Ministry of Education.

Click Read More for more information and a link to sign up for a shift. Give an hour or more of your time to benefit well-being for all.

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DawsonAI, Faculty Hub

Updates from DawsonAI

DawsonAI has been actively working toward realizing the objectives laid out in the Three-Year Plan for AI at Dawson College.

Click Read More for some recent highlights.

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Academic News, Campus Life, Dawson Grads, Dawson Talent, Events, Warren G. Flowers Art Gallery

UNMASKED: AEC Photography exhibit

Don't miss “Unmasked,” an exhibition showcasing Dawson's AEC Commercial Photography graduates.

"Unmasked" reveals the creative results of a two-year formative process in the face of the pandemic. It is marked by resilience and captivating visuals.

The exhibition will be at the Warren G. Flowers Art Gallery from Dec. 20 to 23 and from Jan. 4-11, 2022.

The gallery is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Office Closures

Office closures over the Holiday Season

Click Read More for the list of office closure dates over the Holiday Season.

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Facilities Management, Office Closures

Holiday building operating hours

Dec. 24: Regular Hours (essential services only)

Dec. 25–31: Closed to Students & Public

Jan. 1-3: Closed to Students & Public

Jan. 4: Regular Hours

Students and public:
No access to the building is permitted during the holidays.

Faculty and staff:
College access and operating hours between Dec. 25 and Jan. 3 are limited.

ONLY faculty and staff are permitted to enter the building between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. through the parking lot entrance via the Security door (E Wing) at 4011 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W.

All other doors, Metro entrance and gate access to the College will remain locked during this period.

Faculty Hub

Intercollegiate Ped Days is Jan. 12-13-14

Registration will soon open for Intercollegiate Ped Days, happening online Jan. 12-13-14. Faculty will receive an email notifying them that registration is open and a link will also be on the Faculty Hub website.

The theme is Systemic Transformation: Developing our Inclusive Practices.

The event is jointly hosted by Champlain College-Lennoxville, Champlain College-St. Lambert, Dawson College, Heritage College, John Abbott College, St. Lawrence CEGEP Champlain, Marianopolis College, and Vanier College.

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Awards Office

Nomination deadline for Lieutenant Governor’s Youth Medal is Dec. 9

Do you know an exceptional Dawson student whose involvement, determination and constant striving has had a positive influence in their community or on the province of Quebec? You have until Dec. 9 at 4 p.m. to nominate a student to the Awards Office. 

Click Read More for all the details.

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Academic News, Decolonization, Faculty Hub, Peace Centre

Plan a Blanket Exercise for next semester

As a part of the Dawson College Peace Centre's commitment to decolonization and Indigenization, we will continue to offer organizational and financial support to faculty to host an Indigenous Elder to facilitate a Blanket Exercise in their classroom in the Winter 2022 semester. The Blanket Exercise is an interactive experiential exercise which enables students to understand Indigenous history on Turtle Island (A’nowara’ko:wa) as well as the legacy of colonization.

For more information or to host this activity (or another decolonization or Indigenization initiative) in your class, please contact Diana Rice:


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

160 employees getting their flu shot courtesy of Dawson

Dawson's Human Resources team organized a free flu vaccine at Dawson this year for employees. Initially, they booked three vaccine clinic days but the spots filled up quick so they added a fourth day. A total of 160 Dawson employees have appointments on campus for flu vaccines on Nov. 29, Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and Dec. 2. It is recommended that all Canadians over 6 months old receive a flu vaccine this year.

Faculty Hub

New Faculty Orientation is Jan. 17

Save the date for Dawson’s New Faculty Orientation: Monday, Jan. 17 from 1 p.m. to  4:30 p.m. It is a great opportunity for new faculty to receive information about College services and procedures, teaching at the college-level and tips for engaging students. 

Click Read More to see the program and to RSVP. 

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#DawsonProud, Campus Life, Student Services

Dawson College Model UN attends SSUNS

Dawson College Model United Nations sent 38 delegates to the Secondary Schools’ United Nations Symposium, which took place Nov. 11-14. Organized by McGill University, SSUNS hosts hundreds of students from across the world and allows students to address various issues relating to global stability.

Thanks to a rigorous fall training season, we wish to highlight the exceptional diplomatic performance of the entire delegation throughout the event. Our delegates distinguished themselves through their perseverance, and were recognized by the following awards: the Lester B. Pearson Award for Peacemaking, the Nellie McClung Award for Advocacy, the Pierre E. Trudeau Award for Diplomatic Finesses, Outstanding Delegate, and Honourable Mention.

-Submitted by Caroline Chochol & Julie Johnson (DCMUN Faculty Advisors)

#DawsonProud, Academic News, Faculty Hub, In the news/in social media

Selma Hamdani & Joel Trudeau receive their AQPC mention d’honneur awards

Selma Hamdani (Coordinator of the Psychology Profile) and Joel Trudeau (Coordinator of the SPACE Certificate) were celebrated by the AQPC - Association québécoise de pédagogie collégiale at a special awards ceremony on Nov. 20. Joel received a mention d’honneur for teaching and pedagogy in 2020 and Selma received the same honour in 2021.

Finally, a proper celebration was possible to highlight Selma and Joel’s high quality of work, contribution to the evolution of teaching, and daily dedication to best practices. Dawson College was proud to share this news on our social media channels last week:




Academic News, Campus Life, Dawson Talent, Events

Unfold ALC Festival Fall 2021

Unfold, the title and theme of this year’s Arts, Literature and Communication (ALC) Festival, presents creative works by students in the ALC program made in the first semester of in-person learning since March 2020. To unfold is to smooth surfaces, to disclose what is or has been hidden from view, to reveal secrets and potentials. Unfold celebrates the opening up and continuation of our lives as the pandemic starts to wane.

Some of the works in the festival reflect upon the changes undertaken in the last 18 months and speculate on changes still to come.  Others address how COVID has altered our customs of interaction with each other and the effects these transformations have had on our family life and friendships. All the works on view remind us that new ways of knowing and being are always unfolding.

Click Read More to go to the Unfold Festival landing page.

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Board, Human Resources, Policy on Sexual Violence, Student Services, Well-being for all

Sexual Violence Policy revised at Nov. 24 Board meeting

The Policy on Sexual Violence of Dawson College was revised by the Board of Governors of Dawson College at their Nov. 24 meeting.

Click Read More to see the main revisions.

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DawsonAI, Events

DawsCon is Jan. 14

Dawson College will again be hosting its free one-day software conference in Montreal. This conference is bringing speakers from around the world to speak to students and developers on a wide range of topics concerning software development. You chose to be a programmer and one of the commitments this entails is to lifelong learning. DawsCon is the ideal place to start or continue!

The event is free to attend and targeted at students, professional software developers and anyone with a general curiosity.

Click Read More to go the event page with the schedule and more information.

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Report from the Board of Governors

Click Read More for a report about the Board of Governors meeting on Nov. 24.

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Dawson Gives, Well-being for all

Still time to get Holiday gifts for Batshaw children

There is still time to make a child’s wish to Santa come true by participating in the Batshaw Youth and Family Centres annual Holiday Gift Campaign.

So far members of the Dawson community have covered 64 children! There are three teenagers still waiting to be matched for gifts. Dawson organizer Janice Harvey (Faculty, History) hopes some big departments and teams may come forward to cover the remaining children, probably about 30 still left. Many are teenagers asking for gift certificates.

Contact Janice Harvey before Dec. 10 if you would like to participate:

Click Read More for all the details of the project.

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Campus Life, Decolonization, Events, Faculty Hub, Well-being for all

Open invitation to contribute to Beyond Orange Shirt Day at Dawson

For anyone who would like to get involved in Beyond Orange Shirt Day at Dawson, First Peoples’ Centre Coordinator Tiawenti:non Canadian and other staff members will be hosting an open meeting to begin planning for First Peoples’ Week 2022.

First Peoples’ Week is an annual celebration of Indigenous knowledges and cultures on campus. This year it will take place from Monday, March 28 to Friday, April 1. The first planning meeting will be in the Rose Lounge (7C.5) at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021.


DawsonITE Newsletter # 535

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

  • Pandemic Pedagogy in Canada: Lessons from the First 18 Months
  • Everything You Need To Know About The Metaverse
  • 5 Trends in Education that continue in 2022

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Last Modified: December 1, 2021


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