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Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022

Homepage news, Sustainability, Well-being for all, Working from Home Wellness

Dawson’s Sustainable Happiness community offer tips for well-being

A round-up of simple things you can do to feel better during these strange times.

Tips are offered by six Sustainable Happiness facilitators from Dawson. Click Read More to learn what you can do to improve your well-being today.

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#DawsonProud, Academic News, Faculty Hub, Homepage news

Meet Elaine Gusella, Dawson’s new IVGD co-coordinator

Elaine Gusella is living out her professional dreams as the new co-coordinator of the Independent Video Game Design (IVGD) AEC Program at Dawson College and as a partner in Artifact 5, an independent video game studio.

Click Read More for the homepage news story.

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

New masking information and resources

Employees and students are now allowed to wear their choice of N95, K95 or procedural mask (of any colour). Julie Drolet of Dawson Health Services has curated some resources to help you be better informed and protected. Click Read More.

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Human Resources, Student Services, Well-being for all

Support available to employees and students

Support is available for free for employees and students who need it during these challenging times.

Dawson Health Services has updated the Mental Health Resources page. 

Click Read More to go to Dawson's Employee Assistance Program (EAP), which offers free and confidential support 24 hours/day seven days/week.

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

Five need-to-know facts for those who are vaccinated against COVID

  1. You can still get infected by COVID-19.
  2. You may have less severe symptoms.
  3. You can still transmit the COVID-19 virus to others even if you do not have symptoms.
  4. You can get infected by the COVID-19 virus more than once.
  5. You can reduce your risks and risks to others by complying with current vaccine recommendations, wearing a mask, keeping a 2-metre distance, sanitizing/washing your hands frequently and staying home when you have symptoms.

Have questions about COVID? Have symptoms? Dawson employees are invited to email COVIDHR@dawsoncollege.qc.ca . You will receive a prompt reply from a College Nurse.

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

Need to report COVID + tests or symptoms

Employees are asked to report positive COVID tests or COVID symptoms to covidhr@dawsoncollege.qc.ca 

Students are asked to report positive COVID tests or COVID symptoms to DawsonHealthServices@dawsoncollege.qc.ca

Dawson continues to offer support and guidance to employees and students as well as track COVID cases. The weekly COVID situation is reported every week in Omnivox. Look for the title COVID-19 Weekly Situation in the Non-Academic Services menu.

#DawsonProud, Dawson Grads, In the news/in social media

2020 Nursing grad Francesca Robinson wins major bursary from OIIQ

Perseverance and a desire to serve her community have distinguished Francesca Robinson (Dawson Class of 2020, Nursing). After dropping out at age 16, Francesca completed high school and had her first child during the same year. She went on to study Nursing at Dawson and graduated early with the rest of her Class of 2020 cohort so they could help care for Quebecers during the pandemic. Last month, Francesca was named one of the first two recipients of the bourse d'études Noëllette-Drouin of the Fondation de l'Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec (OIIQ).

Click Read More for the story.

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Academic News, Decolonization, Faculty Hub, Human Resources, Professional Development

Resources from Intercollegiate Ped Days 2022

Thanks to Dawson colleagues who contributed to the success of Intercollegiate Ped Days  2022, which took place Jan. 12-14 online. More than 50 presentations were given and over 700 participants from the English-language CEGEPs attended. The theme was Systemic Transformation: Developing Our Inclusive Practices. Resources will be available for a limited time on the Linkr site: https://app.linkreducation.com/organisation/details/news/18 . The Linkr site is free but you need to request to join using your college email account. A selection of resources will also be featured on Dawson’s Faculty Hub site.

Academic News, Book/article/video recommendation, Decolonization, Faculty Hub, Professional Development

Anti-racist videos help teachers dismantle racism and colonialism in the classroom

Our classrooms can mirror oppressive structures in our society. Those who wish to build an anti-racist future can work toward including more narratives, histories and teaching methods in their classrooms.

This was the message of Jamilah A.Y. Dei-Sharpe, who presented her Anti-Racist Pedagogy Project as a tool. Click Read More for the report and links to amazing made-in-Montreal resources.

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Academic News, Decolonization, Faculty Hub, Professional Development

Creating space for Indigenous knowledge

Dr. Kahente Horn-Miller, the inaugural Assistant Vice-President of Indigenous Initiatives at Carleton University, gave the opening keynote address at Intercollegiate Ped Days last week.

Click Read More for a report.

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Faculty Hub

Over at the Faculty Hub

Upcoming Virtual Workshops:

  • Moodle, Zoom and Lea Drop-ins
  • Turnitin

Visit the Faculty Hub for dates and times!

Milestones

Jonathon Sumner appointed new Associate Dean, SMSE

Jonathon Sumner has been appointed to the position of Associate Dean in the Science, Medical Studies and Engineering sector, following approval by the Executive of the Board of Governors. His mandate began Jan. 17, 2022. He will report to Dean Leanne Bennett and work alongside Associate Dean Max Jones. 

Click Read More for the full appointment announcement.

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Milestones

Dan Boyer retires after more than 35 years in education

Dan Boyer retired on Jan. 14 after 35 years dedicated to students.

Click Read More for this look-back on Dan's career in education.

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Campus Life, Communications Office, Events

Winter Open House now exclusively online Feb. 9

The health situation has led to a change in plans for Winter Open House. It will now take place exclusively online on Wednesday, Feb. 9.

There will be webinars about How to Apply and the Science Program as well as live chats with teachers from programs and profiles.

Click Read More to go to the Winter Open House page.

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#DawsonProud, Academic News, Faculty Hub

DALC turns 10 and Dawson will celebrate when possible

In 2022, the Dawson Active Learning Community (DALC) is celebrating their 10th anniversary of promoting active learning pedagogy. DALC has shared their knowledge with peers at Dawson College, the SALTISE Conference and network, the CEGEP network and educators interested in active learning around North America.

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Well-being for all

Relief from Digital Eye Strain and Migraines

Eva Helms (International Development) has a great tip to share about the night light computer feature.

Click Read More for more info and to find out how to use it.

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Dawson Remembers, Milestones

In memoriam Dr. Stanley Rajiva

We regret to inform you that Dr. Stanley Rajiva passed away on Nov. 29. Poet, scholar, academic, educator, musician, Dr. Rajiva was Professor of English Literature at Dawson College from 1973 to 2002.

Click Read More for his obituary.

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Human Resources

New insurance rates effective Jan. 20

Hello everyone, and Happy New Year!

Please note that the College has received new group insurance rates from SSQ and La Capitale for 2022.  These new rates will come into effect on the pay of Jan. 20, 2022.

I would like to remind everyone with coverage that all pertinent information (rates, information brochures, etc.) can be found on Dawson’s website under the Employee Insurance and Benefit tab: https://www.dawsoncollege.qc.ca/human-resources/employee-insurance-and-benefits/

Choose among the employment categories available and then scroll down for the rates.

Kindly take a moment to review the various benefit deductions on your Jan. 20 pay (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.qc.ca.

Facilities Management

Oliver’s, G & H wing washrooms completed

The dramatic transformation of Oliver's student space in the 2C clubs hallway has now been completed. The washrooms in the G and H wings are also fully operational again.

Facilities Management

Drivers must enter parking lot from west bound de Maisonneuve

De Maisonneuve Blvd. is open and the access to Dawson’s parking lot is now only from west-bound de Maisonneuve Blvd. Drivers have become accustomed to entering the parking lot via Wood Avenue in Westmount. That is no longer possible since the boulevard is a one-way street going west. To access the parking lot, drivers must turn west on to de Maisonneuve from Atwater Avenue or other cross streets east of Atwater. The de Maisonneuve doors are also now open for pedestrians. Please note that the de Maisonneuve entrance to Alexis-Nihon Mall is currently closed.

Campus Life, Student Services

Last chance for lost & found

Please check the lost and found in 2E.6 for any items you may have lost during the fall semester. The Campus Life & Leadership team will be donating or recycling all items at the end of the month.

Well-being for all

Invitation to participate in well-being research from Stats Canada

We are invited by Statistics Canada to participate in the Pilot Study on Everyday Well-being, an app-based pilot project. The Vitali-T-Stat app asks Canadians in-the-moment questions about their activities and feelings to gain a better understanding of how everyday activities contribute to a person’s overall well-being, particularly cultural activities, which is the main focus of this pilot. This initiative is a collaboration between Statistics Canada, Canada Council for the Arts, and Canadian Heritage.

Click Read More for all the details.

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DawsonITE

DawsonITE Newsletter # 537

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

  • The Best iPad Apps for 2022
  • Impacts of smartphones on student’s life
  • Try Virtual Backgrounds and Immersive Views for Virtual Events

Read More - DawsonITE Newsletter # 537

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Last Modified: January 19, 2022

 

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