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Wednesday, Mar. 23, 2022

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

Dawson students brought petition to Quebec

Members of the Dawson Student Union were at the National Assembly on March 16 to see Member of the National Assembly for Westmount–Saint-Louis Jennifer Maccarone officially present the petition, which had garnered 19,883 signatures in only three weeks! They also gave a press conference with the Leader of the Official Opposition Dominique Anglade and Jennifer Maccarone. You can watch our articulate student leaders address the Quebec media in this short raw video of the press conference.

Director General Diane Gauvin will address the Quebec government’s decision on Dawson’s infrastructure project on Thursday in a letter to the Dawson community.

Registrar's Office

Applications up this year

Dawson received a total of 13,196 applications for Fall 2022.

Admissions is ongoing. The first offers went out March 8 to our automatic admits. A total of 3,996 offers of admission went out through automatics.

Science is still the most popular program. The greatest increases in number of applications are for Computer Science, Science (Environmental Science Profile), Social Science (Commerce Profile), Social Science (Child Studies) and Social Science (Psychology Profile).

Things are going very smoothly so far, reported Dean of Academic Systems Carmela Gumelli.

Campus Life, Decolonization, Events, Student Services, Well-being for all

Sweet return for Indigenous Peoples’ Week March 28 – April 1

IONKWATÓNHAHERE is a Kanien’kéha word that means “We are raising our Spirits.” In the wake of the last two years, Indigenous communities have been re-confronted with the realities of colonialism. For this reason, the organizers of Dawson’s Indigenous Peoples’ Week (formally First Peoples’ Week) have decided to focus on celebrating the joy within our cultures, to raise our collective spirits.

Everyone at Dawson is invited to participate. Click the Read More link to find out why it will be "sweet," for more information provided by organizer Tiawenti:non Canadian of Dawson's First Peoples Centre and a full schedule.

Read More - Sweet return for Indigenous Peoples’ Week March 28 – April 1

#DawsonProud, Communications Office

Get your new branded Dawson email signature

Dawson College has invested in a new refreshed brand for the College. The full impact of a brand is achieved through consistent and appropriate usage in line with the Brand Guidelines.

One of the ways we can all participate in the implementation of Dawson’s new brand is by adopting the new official Dawson College email signature.

Much thought has been put into its design and functionality. It was delivered to Dawson by the marketing company that did the branding project and was thoroughly tested by our in-house IT Solutions Team.

The official email signature is meant to be used as is. We ask that you do not re-arrange the elements, change the font or create your own version of the Dawson College email signature.

To make the change to your signature, go to the My Dawson Portal (Omnivox) and find the the Branded Email Signature item under Non-Academic Services. There you will instructions and templates related to the way you access Outlook.

If you experience any issues, please contact Dawson's Help Desk at

Decolonization, Events, Faculty Hub, Women’s/Gender Studies

Talk with Dr. Catherine Kinewesquao Richardson March 24

Decolonization and Indigenization Studies, Women's and Gender Studies, Resist Violence and the Creative Collective for Change present an online conversation with Dr. Catherine Kinewesquao Richardson. She will speak about Cultural safety and managing risky conversations in the classroom on March 24 at 2:45 p.m.

Click Read More for the Zoom link.

Read More - Talk with Dr. Catherine Kinewesquao Richardson March 24

#DawsonProud, Dawson Blues, Student Services

Dawson Blues Basketball teams advance to Nationals

Both the men’s and women’s Div. 1 Dawson Blues basketball teams are playing in the CCAA Nationals! They also both came in #2 in the RSEQ provincial championships.

The men’s ¼ final game in the nationals is against St. Clair College on March 25 at 3 p.m. EST and you can watch it live through this webcast:

The first women’s game is against Humber College and will take place on March 25 at 11 p.m. EST and you can watch it live through this webcast:

The final gold medal women’s game will be March 27 at 10:30 p.m. and you can watch it here: Webcast

The final gold medal men’s game will be March 27 at 7:30 p.m. and you can watch it here:

For more game links and updates, check out the Blues social media:



Faculty Hub, From the Director General

Teaching Excellence Awards are back!

In past years, nominations were held in both Fall and Winter semesters, but this year they will be held all at once. From March 21 through April 3, students and faculty may nominate a teacher who best embodies teaching excellence through their outstanding teaching performance in the classroom, lab, and/or field work.

Dawson College is proud of its teachers and the Director General wants to thank them by allowing students and faculty to recognize teachers by giving them the opportunity to win an award that highlights their devoted work.

Five teachers will be selected: two in pre-university programs, one in a career program, one in general education, and one in a continuing education program (including AEC). Results will be announced in September of the following academic year during Ped Day.

More information on the criteria and procedures can be found through the My Dawson Portal (Omnivox) in the My Dawson Life menu under Teaching Excellence Award. Please read through them carefully before you nominate a teacher. Happy voting!

Awards Office

Encourage a student to apply for the Raymond Ellis Memorial Award

The Awards Office is accepting applications for the Raymond Ellis Memorial Award (1 recipient of $500).

This award is named after Raymond Ellis who was killed in 2005 in a tragic case of mistaken identity. Raymond graduated from Social Science in 2001 and at the time of his passing was a local business man.

If you know a graduating Black Social Science student in good academic standing who aspires to have a career in business or as an entrepreneur and has a caring attitude toward others, please encourage them to apply through their My Dawson Portal (Omnivox)!

Application deadline: March 30, 2022.

For more information contact

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

#DawsonProud, Dawson Blues, Student Services

Wayne Yearwood named RSEQ Coach of the Year

Congratulations to Dawson Blues Div. 1 Men's Basketball Coach Wayne Yearwood! He was named by the RSEQ as Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year.

Campus Life, Events, Well-being for all, Women’s/Gender Studies

Women’s and Gender Studies celebrated IWD 2022

To mark International Women’s Day this year, the Women’s/Gender Studies students and faculty, as well as members of the larger college community, engaged in a re-naming/re-claiming activity whereby Montreal metro stations were renamed by participants after women they find inspiring.

The event, which took place on March 8, in Conrod’s from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., saw participants affix labels sporting the names of their chosen inspirational figures on a large blank metro map. Some inspiring figures were drawn from contemporary cultures, while others were figures from both the distant, and the recent, past, like Betty White. Some women, like Mary Two-Axe Earley, Harriet Tubman and Angela Davis, were social activists, while others are celebrities (e.g. Oprah, Zendaya, Christiane Amanpour). Participants were also invited to complete colourful cards on why they chose their particular figures.

Over $400 was raised to benefit our Financial Aid Food Bank from a bake sale in connection with the activity where faculty and students sold baked goods, fashioned by members of our W/GS community. A button-making activity where engaged students produced their own pins sporting the W/GS logo was also quite popular!

-Submitted by Johanne Rabbat, Coordinator of Women's and Gender Studies

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

Florence Yee: Sharp Tools for Unripe Fruit

Florence Yee is a visual artist, Dawson Alum, and serial collaborator based in Tkaronto/Toronto and Tiohtià:ke/Mooniyang/Montreal. Their exhibition Sharp Tools for Unripe Fruit features photographs on fabric and hand-embroidered text, now on view at the Warren G. Flowers Art Gallery until April 14. On a recent Tuesday evening, two second-year visual art students, Sabrina Schmidt and Victoria Petrecca-Berthelet, had the chance to ask Florence (they/he) a few questions.

Click Read More to go to the interview.

Read More - Florence Yee: Sharp Tools for Unripe Fruit

Campus Life, Events, Peace Centre, Sustainability, Well-being for all

Get ready for Earth Week 2022 at Dawson

The Sustainability Office, in collaboration with the Peace Centre and other departments, is excited to introduce the fast-approaching Earth Week 2022, which will take place Tuesday to Friday, April 19-22. We would like to give you an opportunity to take advantage of some of the many activities we have planned. You will note that we have a mix of in-person and virtual events available.

You can roam the Lower Atrium shopping for eco-friendly products and/or take a Living Campus tour and learn about the many student-driven sustainability initiatives that have changed the campus! While there will be more to come, certain activities are dependent on direct participation. Please review your schedules, and if interested, request a booking to join us and discover our Living Campus while connecting with others from the Dawson community.

Our Earth Week theme this year is “Well-Being for Yourself, Others, and the Environment.” Inspired by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we are happy to announce that our week’s activities and events will collectively touch on all 17 SDGs.

To request class bookings for our events, click here for our events form. If you have any questions, feel free to email

Campus Life, Dawson Grads, Decolonization, Events

Screening of Blood Quantum March 30

Kristopher Woofter, Rebecca Million and Ben Lander have organized a free event open to the public for Indigenous Peoples Week. The film Blood Quantum by local Indigenous filmmaker and Dawson graduate Jeff Barnaby will be screened and then Jeff will be there to take questions afterwards.

The event will be in the Dawson Theatre on March 30 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Communications Office, Events

Save the date for Graduation

Yes! We are planning a Graduation ceremony for the first time in person since 2019! The event will take place at Place des Arts on Wednesday, June 22. Students who have completed their CEGEP studies in the Summer or Fall of 2021 and those who are on track to graduate at the end of the Winter 2022 semester will receive invitations in early April. Faculty and employees are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Dawson Professional Theatre, Dawson Talent, Events

Second-year Theatre students star in Chaos

Second-year students of Dawson's Professional Theatre Program are presenting Chaos by Laura Lomas, directed by Stefanie Buxton.

Chaos is a series of interconnected stories, where characters search for meaning in the modern world. British playwright Laura Lomas says, "I was thinking about how I felt as a young person and how the world felt. The word "chaos" kept springing out of that. I wanted to write something in the gesture of that Chaos, as a celebration of it. ... I didn't want it to make sense, but I did want it to feel alive - all the ways I remember feeling as a teenager."

Chaos runs March 23-26 at 8 p.m. and is PWYW (pay-what-you-want) at the door. Tickets can be booked on Eventbrite; click on Read More link.

Read More - Second-year Theatre students star in Chaos

Human Resources, Milestones, Student Services

New Coordinator of Student Services

We are thrilled to welcome Caroline Blouin as the new Coordinator of Student Services. She has worked for many years at different post-secondary institutions, particularly in Ontario, in services that supported students and their academic success. We are confident that our students and staff will benefit from her experience and knowledge of college-aged students and that she will prove to be a great asset for our team and for the College.

Dawson Remembers, Milestones

Pat Powers, retired New School teacher, has passed away

We were saddened to hear of the passing earlier this month of Pat Powers, retired teacher and driving force of the New School since its inception. He was 77.

Pat’s remarkable life is told in the obituary lovingly composed by his spouse, which can be read here where you can post a message.

Click Read More for more about Pat from his former colleagues at Dawson.

Read More - Pat Powers, retired New School teacher, has passed away

Faculty Hub

Over at the Faculty Hub

Virtual Workshops with the Blended Teaching & Learning Support Team

  • Blended Teaching and Learning: The Basics

March 25, 1-2:30 p.m.

What is Blended Learning? How is it different from other computer-mediated pedagogies? Is there a right way to do it? We have summarized some evidence-based frameworks and ideas into this presentation. Join us to talk about blended teaching and learning. (This presentation is a repeat of presentations given at Career Council, Sector Meetings, and Senate)

  • Homework vs. Asynchronous: What's the Difference?

April 8, 2:30-4 p.m.

We've all asked ourselves the big questions: who am I? what is the good life? Recently, though, in your blended course, you may have been asking yourself another: what's the difference between homework and asynchronous class work? Join in to explore the differences, both in theory and in practice. We hope to arrive at some concrete answers - and to delight in the process of asking the question!

Virtual Office Hours

  • Blended Teaching Virtual Office Hours are available throughout March and April

Visit the Faculty Hub for more info or to join these events

Academic News, Well-being for all

2021 Virtual Field Trip to Cuba video

During the online learning period of the pandemic, teachers had to be very resourceful and adapt their plans.

Instead of actually going to Cuba in 2021, students in the North-South Studies Profile of Social Science took a virtual field trip to Cuba thanks to an imaginative work-around developed by North-South Studies faculty and partners in Cuba.

You can watch their virtual field trip video by clicking on the link in Read More.


Read More - 2021 Virtual Field Trip to Cuba video

Well-being for all

Miriam Group back at Dawson & ready to help you!

Many people at Dawson know the Miriam Group already, but they were away for a long period due to COVID. Miriam Group’s purpose is to promote the development of work, social and interpersonal skills in an integrated work environment for people with special needs. They are back at Dawson three days a week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. There are five members, including a special care counselor who supports the group.

You are invited to get in touch with the Miriam Group if you need help with tasks, such as small amounts of paper shredding, putting up and taking down posters, flattening boxes, and/or assembling the boxes, helping in the kitchen, helping with reception at PARC, bringing things to shipping, mailings and more.

Manon Proteau of Miriam Group hopes they will be able to help people at Dawson and increase the inclusion and integration of Miriam Group members into the Dawson community. Contact Manon to get some help from the Miriam Group at

#DawsonProud, Dawson Gives, Student Services, Well-being for all

Blood drive was “immense success”

The Blood Drive at Dawson on Feb. 22-23 was an “immense success considering the current covid context,” according to Héma-Québec.

A total of 108 members of the Dawson community gave blood. Héma-Québec wanted to thank Dawson on behalf of all the patients who will receive blood.

Give your input to Student Success Plan

Academic Dean Rob Cassidy wants to tap into the insights, ideas and experiences of the Dawson Community as work begins on the new Strategic Plan for 2023-2028.

A central component is the Student Success Plan. This is the subject of these first consultations. The first one was held on March 17 and there are two more coming up, which you are invited to attend:

  • Tuesday, March 29,  2:30-4:30 p.m. (room 3F.37)
  • Friday, March 25, 12-2 p.m. (room 3F.37)

In the context of supporting student success, here are the questions that will be considered:

  • Where do we need to be in five years?
  • If we are building on our strengths, what are they?
  • What weaknesses must we address?
  • What are the most significant challenges facing our students or what challenges will they face in five years?
  • How do we create educational contexts and practices that will help our students succeed?

Help us create an ambitious and attainable plan for student success at Dawson.

Come to one of the sessions or give your input via an email message to:

You are requested to register for the consultation session of your choice by participating in this Doodle poll:

Campus Life, Events

C’est la Francofête !

Ça commence aujourd'hui ! Cette année verra le retour en face-à-face des activités culturelles de la Francofête.

Programme complet : Francofête 2022

Événements clés : Le retour des activités culturelles de la Francofête en présentiel


DawsonITE Newsletter # 546

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

• 12 Powerful Websites That Can Replace Your Desktop Software In 2022

• Readlee - Know How Your Students Read Online Assignments

• What Makes a Class Memorable? Here’s What Students Say


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