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Wednesday, May. 4, 2022

#DawsonProud, Academic News, Awards Office, Decolonization, Homepage news, In the news/in social media, Student Services, Well-being for all

Students who founded IndigeSTEM peer tutoring project recognized by Forces Avenir

Currently, Rotshennón:ni Two-Axe and Kayla Spencer-Young are two of a handful of Indigenous students in Dawson’s Science Program.

Rotshennón:ni and Kayla wanted to encourage and support their fellow Indigenous students who may be interested in Science. They came up with an idea last semester that has won them the local Forces Avenir award and put them in the running for the provincial award, which will be announced at an event in Quebec City in September.

Click Read More for the homepage news story.

Read More - Students who founded IndigeSTEM peer tutoring project recognized by Forces Avenir

#DawsonProud, Academic News, Campus Life, Events, In the news/in social media, S.P.A.C.E.

It’s the first-ever SPACE Week at Dawson

It’s the first-ever SPACE (Sciences Participating with Arts and Culture in Education) Week at Dawson!

From robotics demos to a collective drawing activity, the entire Dawson community is invited to experience exhibitions, project displays, interactive activities and more presented by the student enrichment initiative SPACE, which promotes exploration, discussion, and collaboration beyond the classroom and across disciplines.

As part of this week, Dawson Science student Michael Bomba unveiled an electric guitar he built from scratch in tribute to the Fender Broadcaster, or "The Blackguard", which was the prototype for the first mass-produced solid-body electric guitars in the late '40s.

Pictured from left to right: SPACE Coordinator and Physics teacher Joel Trudeau, student Michael, IST team member and musician Kirk Fontaine and Academic Development officer and SPACE assistant Ursula Sommerer.

Discover more of what SPACE week has to offer on Dawson's Events Calendar at

All events take place in 3C.1 unless indicated otherwise.

#DawsonProud, Awards Office, Communications Office, Events, Student Services, Well-being for all

Dawson students and teacher shine in the Forces Avenir recognition program

The provincial Forces Avenir recognition program is back at Dawson after several years’ absence. Colleges and CEGEPs in Québec, as a group, chose not to participate until the process of nomination and selection was streamlined. For the first time in a long time, the program is back at the CEGEP level.

Click Read More to find out who is being honoured at Dawson on May 4.

Read More - Dawson students and teacher shine in the Forces Avenir recognition program

In the news/in social media

The many faces of Bill 96

The provisions contained in Bill 96’s proposed legislation are wide-ranging and have many consequences for all Quebecers according to a document released by the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN). It states that the bill is “an unprecedented attempt to override the fundamental freedoms, equality, and legal rights of Quebecers."

Click Read More to find out about the Bill 96 protest rally on May 14 and for a link to an interview with Director General Diane Gauvin, in which she speaks about how she is trying to work on solutions.

Read More - The many faces of Bill 96

#DawsonProud, Academic News, DawsonAI

Students unveil AI work during academic research partnership with Ciena

Eight Dawson students have presented the work they have been doing at ScienceFest 2022 as interns as part of DawsonAI’s collaboration with industry partner Ciena, a postdoctoral researcher and university partners from Concordia and ÉTS to promote the study of innovative AI-enabled applications for the future of 5G in Canada.

Learn more of this one-of-a-kind opportunity for college-level students and their participation in top-tier research projects.

Read More - Students unveil AI work during academic research partnership with Ciena

Peace Centre, Sustainability, Well-being for all, Women’s/Gender Studies

Award-winning women’s rights advocate Dr. Alaa Murabit on SDGs and global health

The award-winning global security strategist, women's rights advocate, and medical doctor, Dr. Alaa Murabit, is one of the leading global health and inclusive security experts of her generation. Her work has helped develop policies in 193 countries and impacted the lives of billions, and yet, she never intended to become an advocate.

On April 27, she came to Dawson as an Earth Week keynote speaker to share how her career came about, and her pivotal work on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Read about her talk's key takeaways.

Read More - Award-winning women’s rights advocate Dr. Alaa Murabit on SDGs and global health

Campus Life, Dawson Gives, Decolonization, Events, Well-being for all

Red Dresses needed for May 5 MMIWG2S Day

On May 5, the First Peoples’ Centre will be commemorating the National Day of Awareness and Action for MMIWG2S. They are asking for your help in gathering red dresses (all sizes – child and adult) for an exhibit. If you have any dresses to donate, please bring them to the First Peoples’ Centre (3E.15) before 12 p.m. on Thursday. If you’d like to participate or help in other ways, please contact Billi-Jo Poirier or Jessica Quijano through MIO.

Communications Office, Dawson Foundation, Dawson Gives, Events, Student Services, Well-being for all

Register for golf tournament at friendly Dawson rates

Registration is now open for the 15th Edition of the Dawson Golf Classic taking place on Tuesday, June 7. Proceeds will go to the Financial Aid Office to help reduce the financial burden on students as the cost of living increases.

Dawson employees, retirees and alumni benefit from friendly prices. Single tickets cost $210, foursomes are $800 and a dinner-only ticket is $100. The day includes a brunch, driving range practice, golf, a cocktail reception and dinner at Summerlea Golf & Country Club in Vaudreuil-Dorion.

Click Read More to register and reserve your spot, foursome or dinner. 

Read More - Register for golf tournament at friendly Dawson rates

Communications Office

D Announcements coming May 11

Dawson's Communications Office is aiming to launch a new communications tool called D Announcements on May 11. This will be an email that comes out on Wednesdays in between issues of D News. Like a virtual bulletin board, it will be very brief and point form and include news briefs, announcements and links to the Dawson Events Calendar. The plan is that it will be distributed by email and live on the Dawson website. This is the pilot phase of the project. You can submit your information in point form to

Campus Life, Living Campus, Sustainability, Well-being for all

Birdwatchers wanted early mornings of May 11 & 18!

More than 50 species of birds have been spotted on Dawson grounds and we would like to invite new and experienced birdwatchers to come and help identify migrating and resident species that have stopped to eat or rest on Dawson’s green city block. With your help, we can add more birds to our list!

Wednesday, May 11, 2022:   6:30 a.m.- 8:30 a.m.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022:   6:30 a.m.- 8:30 a.m.

Binoculars can be supplied- please contact the Sustainability Office to reserve: 

Meeting place: Dawson's Peace Garden (near northwestern corner of campus: Wood Avenue and Sherbrooke Street)

Photo: Common Yellowthroat by Doug Smyth (Physical Education)

#DawsonProud, Academic News, Campus Life, Dawson Talent, Events

Vernissage Season is May 19-June 2!

Vernissage Season is back in person at Dawson and begins on May 19 with the Visual Arts Vernissage. Graduating students from our arts programs will be presenting their work.

Click Read More to go to the Vernissage Season page with all the dates, times and locations.

Read More - Vernissage Season is May 19-June 2!

#DawsonProud, Academic News, Faculty Hub

Learning Communities winter semester update

Three new Learning Community projects are in development this Winter 2022 semester.  Two projects, Physics for Physiotherapy and Inter-professional Education, illustrate the continued expansion of LC curriculum development to career programs, specifically in the medical technologies, where collaboration between program and contributing discipline faculty aims to optimize student learning.  A third project, LCs for Small Social Science Disciplines, is developing a new model for pairing courses by way of a common time-block, a complementary theme, and integrative learning activities.

Click Read More for the full report.

Read More - Learning Communities winter semester update

Academic News, Well-being for all

A new local stream is underway for North-South Studies

The North-South Studies Profile, which until now was centred around a trip to a Global South community, is working on a new local pilot stream that will provide students with the possibility to deepen their knowledge and involvement in social justice issues in Montreal.

Discover how the pilot local stream aims to explore new methods of teaching that foster meaningful relationships with local community organizations.

Read More - A new local stream is underway for North-South Studies

#DawsonProud, AccessAbility, Campus Life, Communications Office, Dawson Foundation, Dawson Gives, Dawson Talent, Events, Student Services, Well-being for all

Record-breaking year for Artists in Bloom thanks to Dawson community

Dawson’s beloved Artists in Bloom event was back for the first time this year since 2019 and thanks to the extraordinary Dawson community of employees and retirees, we broke the art sales record at the conclusion of the 24th edition on April 27.

Click Read More to find out how much was raised and to see who helped pull off this successful online edition.

Read More - Record-breaking year for Artists in Bloom thanks to Dawson community

#DawsonProud, Academic News, Faculty Hub

Catherine Payne nominated as DALChampion

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the Dawson Active Learning Community (DALC) has named 10 of its faculty members “DALChampions” in honour of their extraordinary contributions to innovating the classroom experience.

DALC is a group of teachers from various disciplines that strives to improve teaching and learning through Active Learning (AL) pedagogical practices, and the development, design, and effective use of complementary educational technologies.

Here is what DALChampion Catherine Payne (English Department) had to say about the community of practice.

Read More - Catherine Payne nominated as DALChampion

#DawsonProud, Sustainability, Well-being for all

Dawson earns silver for excellence in sustainable development

Less than a year after receiving the international gold nomination by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), Dawson College has won the Silver Excellence in Sustainable Development Award at the annual Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) Conference.

Find out more about how Dawson is trailblazing campus sustainability.

Read More - Dawson earns silver for excellence in sustainable development

Faculty Hub

Over at the Faculty Hub

Recommended Video:

Homework vs. Asynchronous Work: What’s the Difference?

Presented by: Daniel Goldsmith (Humanities) and other members of the Dawson Blended Teaching and Learning Support Team

Dawson Remembers, Milestones

In memoriam Lyle Cruickshank

We regret to inform you that Lyle Cruickshank passed away recently. He was on Faculty in the Cinema | Communications Department.

On Saturday, May 7 at 2:30 pm., family and friends will be hosting a Celebration of life service at Beaurepaire United Church. All are welcome.

Click Read More for a link to the obituary as well as links to Zoom or YouTube to attend the service online.

Read More - In memoriam Lyle Cruickshank

Student Services

Academic Skills Centre pivots towards hybrid learning

As Dawson transitions to increased in-person activities, the Academic Skills Centre continues to demonstrate its flexibility and resilience by expanding the hybrid services that they offer. Among the first services at Dawson to adapt to online learning in March 2020, the ASC offers in-person and online professional and peer tutoring services for students through its WC Online appointment scheduling software.

Click Read More for more details.

Read More - Academic Skills Centre pivots towards hybrid learning

Academic News, Campus Life, Events, Faculty Hub, Learning opportunities

Humanities and Public Life Conference 2022: Crisis, conflict and resolution

The Dawson College Humanities & Public Life Conference is an annual conference that introduces CEGEP students to the ambiance, culture, and discovery of academic conferences.  We aim to provide a bridge between great ideas, new research, and exciting debates, as well as showcasing how the questions we tackle in the Humanities are relevant to concrete, real-world situations. We invite presentations from all disciplines and are accepting applications before May 31.

This year, the conference will take place from September 19-23, 2022, and the theme will be Crisis, Conflict and Resolution. How can the Humanities help us to understand and navigate the various challenges the world is facing?

Click Read More for all the details.

Read More - Humanities and Public Life Conference 2022: Crisis, conflict and resolution

Academic News, Faculty Hub

Team-teaching information session and workshop for Dawson certificates invitation

Have you ever thought it would be interesting to work with another teacher in your classroom?

  • To bring different perspectives into both of your classes
  • To create interesting class-based projects that allow students from different courses, or even programs, to work together
  • To combine your respective expertise and time to design learning opportunities that enable your students to interact with the wider Montreal community

We invite all faculty who are participating in, or interested in working with, one of Dawson’s Certificates to attend:

A Learning Communities “Lite” Team-Teaching Information Session and Workshop for Dawson Certificates

Friday, May 20 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. in the Co-Lab (3F.43)

Click Read More for details

Read More - Team-teaching information session and workshop for Dawson certificates invitation

Academic News, Faculty Hub, Women’s/Gender Studies

Women’s/Gender Studies Certificate

In Fall 2022, the Women’s/Gender Studies Certificate will once again be offering its foundational Learning Communities course GENDER MATTERS (see description and course competency in the Read More link). Kim Simard from Cinema-Communications will be leading a group of faculty volunteers from across different disciplines. The goal is to offer a Learning Communities experience to W/GS students that deepens their appreciation of the rich interdisciplinary nature of this field, while creating an academic hub for the certificate that brings diverse students and teachers together.

For more details, click Read More.

Read More - Women’s/Gender Studies Certificate

Dawson Professional Theatre, Dawson Talent, Events

After Fuenteovejuna

The Professional Theatre Department at Dawson College is proud to present After Fuenteovejuna, adapted by the third-year students with writer Sarah Lotfi and directed by Stéphane Zarov with Movement Direction by Mila Thé. Originally performed in 17th-century Spain, this classic theatre includes clowning, music, dance and storytelling. When the small town of Fuenteovejuna is terrorized by a military commander, the women of the town band together to seek revenge. This modern retelling includes music composted by third year students Reagan Prum, Brianna Rodrigues,  Noah Moorcroft and Andréas Sandoval Chaidoullina

Content warnings: sexual assault, sexual violence, swearing. Wed May 4-Saturday May 7.

Entry fee for Dawson employees and students = $5.

Photography and filming is not allowed.

Click Read More to buy your ticket.

Read More - After Fuenteovejuna

#DawsonProud, Academic News, Dawson Talent

2022 Winner of the Liberal Arts Brick Books Poetry Prize

The Liberal Arts Brick Books Poetry Prize is awarded this year to Catherine Salkeld for showing promise in poetry writing.

Catherine’s winning sonnet, “Hallowed Ground’’ will be published in the 2022 Liberal Arts Anthology. The prize, sponsored for the past eight years by Canadian poetry publisher Brick Books, will be awarded at the launch of the Anthology on May 12.

Kudos to Catherine and to the following poets whose work earns honourable mention:

Beatriz Artmann Sherren, “Holding onto my faith,” “Things that sing”

Harriette Bambrough, ‘’This is for You,” “Harriette,” “Poor Investments”

Tess Harty, “For the Girl, at the Crux of Her Womanhood,” “Things I am Grateful for”

Greta Rotzetter, “Poem to my brother and sister”

Elliott Trembecka, “burning, burning.”

Faculty Hub, Learning opportunities, Off campus events

Imago Theatre information for the upcoming 2022/2023 season

Imago Theatre shared their upcoming 2022-2023 productions thinking they might be of interest to Dawson faculty and staff as you plan for the upcoming academic year. Themes include human psychology, climate change, the polemics of race, systemic power and privilege, among many other topics.

Click Read More to see the productions, descriptions and dates.

Read More - Imago Theatre information for the upcoming 2022/2023 season


DawsonITE Newsletter # 552

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

  • AI and the Future of Teaching and Learning: Engaging Educators
  • A Master List of 1,700 Free Courses From Top Universities: A Lifetime of Learning on One Page
  • 15 Windows Diagnostics Tools to Check Your PC's Healt

Read More - DawsonITE Newsletter # 552

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