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Wednesday, Sep. 7, 2022

#DawsonProud, Academic News, Living Campus, Sustainability, Well-being for all

Students tackle climate change by building wetland as part of unique Phys. Ed. course

A class of over 25 students reclaimed a concrete heat island on Dawson’s urban campus by transforming it into a wetland as part of a unique-in-Canada Physical Education course. The brand-new Eco-Landscaping course was co-developed by Dawson’s Physical Education Department and the Sustainability Office.

For the homepage news story, click Read More.

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Academic News, Campus Life, Events, Faculty Hub, In the news/in social media, Learning opportunities, Peace Centre

Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer will give Peace Week keynote Sept. 15

Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer will offer perspectives on Indigenous sciences and western science in her Peace Week keynote address, entitled Confronting Western Science Epistemology, online at Dawson at 2 p.m. on Sept. 15. In her publications and her speaking engagements, she proposes a revolutionary way to rethink how we approach the land and the natural sciences.

Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, decorated professor and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology and the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, whose mission is to create programs which draw on the wisdom of both Indigenous and scientific knowledge for our shared goals of sustainability.

Her interests in restoration include not only restoration of ecological communities, but restoration of our relationships to land. She holds a BSc in Botany from SUNY ESF, an MS and PhD in Botany from the University of Wisconsin and is the author of numerous scientific papers on plant ecology, bryophyte ecology, traditional knowledge and restoration ecology.

To register for keynote by Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer on Sept. 15 at 2 p.m.:

For the full program and registration links for Peace Week at Dawson Sept. 13-21:

Campus Life, Events, Facilities Management, PARC, Perks for Dawson Employees, Promotional, Student Services, Well-being for all

Try out campus recreation for free beginning Sept. 12

Campus Recreation is free during Open House at Dawson's PARC, which takes place for two weeks beginning Monday, Sept. 12 and running through Friday, Sept. 23.

Check out all the classes and activities offered in the Campus Recreation (PARC) Fall 2022 schedule: CAMPUS_RECREATION_FALL_2022- revised Sept 9

Academic News, Campus Life, Events, Faculty Hub

Humanities and Public Life Conference Sept. 19-23

The theme of this year's HPL Conference, taking place Monday, Sept. 19 to Friday, Sept. 29 at Dawson, is Crisis, Conflict and Resolution. How can the Humanities help us to understand and navigate the various challenges the world is facing? Join us for a week of fascinating presentations on the war in Ukraine, the pandemic's impact on the arts, how successful lawyers and real-estate developers use humanities in their workplace, and much more!

For the full program, including descriptions of talks and locations: HPL 2022 Program

Campus Life, Events, Student Services

Corn Roast this Friday 12- 4 p.m.

Campus Life and Leadership (Student Services) is hosting a Corn Roast for students this Friday, Sept. 9 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. outdoors on the Atwater side of the campus. All employees are welcome to attend during their lunch hour or break. There will be corn, hot dogs and drinks for $1 each for employees.

DAC (Dawson Activity Club) members enjoy a free lunch courtesy of DAC, which is open to all employees of Dawson. If you are interested in joining, write to Gianna Smith: 

Facilities Management

Be prepared for upcoming drill and emergencies

Make sure you know what to do in an emergency and for the upcoming evacuation drill in late October.

For what you need to know and links to emergency procedures, click read more.

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Academic News, Communications Office, Events, Faculty Hub, In the news/in social media

Save the dates: Open House 2022

Open House 2022 will blend the best of the in-person and virtual experiences of the previous years.

Sunday, Oct. 23 will be in-person by reservation only: Campus Tours and Program Experiences; times TBA

Tuesday, Oct. 25 will be online:

  • Program/Profile and Academic Advising Chats: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • How to Apply Webinar: 6 p.m. and repeated at 7 p.m.
  • Science Webinar: 8 p.m.

Program/profile coordinators and chairs will receive information soon from their associate dean.

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

What’s on at the Gallery this year?

Anna Williams: An Unquiet Mythology 

  • Sept. 15 – Oct. 22

Fine Arts Biennial 15 

  • Nov. 3 – Dec. 3

Photography Department 5th Semester Exhibition 

  • Dec. 8 – 15

AEC Photography Program Graduates 

  • Dec. 19 – 23

Andrew Ooi and Nico Williams 

  • Feb. 2 – March 11

Renee Condo: Solo 

  • March 23 – May 6

Visual Arts Graduates  

  • May 18 – June 3
Campus Life, In the news/in social media, Living Campus, Sustainability, Well-being for all

Monarch Butterfly project brings joy and builds Dawson community

In an annual tradition that never fails to awe employees and students with the beauty of Nature, the Sustainability Office distributed 100 Monarch Butterfly chrysalises to employees throughout the College, including to the staff of the First-Year Students’ Office, pictured.

“Taking care of the butterflies together helps us take care of each other and Nature,” said Jenn de Vera, project lead. “This is the most wonderful time of the year at Dawson! Our priority is to involve new people every year and spread the joy.”

At the time of publishing D News, a little more than half the chrysalises had eclosed and all were expected to eclose by the weekend. Every day at 12 p.m. this week, butterflies will be released in the Peace Garden. All are welcome.

To see a little video of the release on Sept. 6, check out Dawson's Facebook post: 

#DawsonProud, Academic News

CRLT students had full camp experience this year

For the first time since 2019, students in the Community, Recreation and Leadership Training (CRLT) Program were able to have the full experience of the annual CRLT Fall Outdoor Ed Program, including sleeping over on site, campfires and archery.

This is a key five-day experience of the program and it is different for each cohort of students. This year it took place Sept. 1-5 at the Centre de Plein Air Notre-Dame-de-Fatima. The organizers are third-year students, workshop leaders and coordinators. The first-year students are the participants. Second-year students take the Environmental Leadership Experience course during the camp, which equips them to lead a Nature-based workshop.

This year, a total of 98 students participated. It is said to be the largest camp run by students for CEGEP students.

Photo: Students Nicholas Tehona:take and Huy Tran Gia led a camp cooking activity that blended Indigenous and Vietnamese traditions to create an unforgettable outdoor meal of moose braised in tea, spring rolls and corn on the cob.

Academic News, Campus Life, Events, Peace Centre, Well-being for all

Creative Collective presents Critical Commotion Sept. 13, 19 & 21

Creative Collective for Change is asking the Dawson community to make a Critical Commotion around ideas of law enforcement.

With the help of the Dawson alumni group, Peace Week, the DSU and Humanities and Public Life Conference, they will be doing a series of events that spark conversation by asking: What is your experience with law enforcement? What do we want to see change? How can we understand the system better through our experiences with border crossings, metro police and security? How can we fight the injustices we know and hear about?

Click Read More to learn about the events and see the schedule.

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Dawson Gives, Student Services, Well-being for all

Make your appointment to donate blood Sept. 13-14

Héma-Québec will be running a blood donor clinic at Dawson on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 13-14 in 3C.1.

It will be by appointment only. You can make an appointment online: or by calling 1-800-343-7264.

The objective is to get 60 donors and they are especially in need of O- and B- blood donors. Each donor can save several lives with only one donation and their body will quickly replenish their blood supply.

For more information about the donor experience:

Campus Life, Dawson Blues, Events, Student Services

Look ahead at Dawson Blues fall season

Student athletes and the Athletics department at Dawson are looking forward to a full fall season.

For a look ahead at the Fall Blues season, click Read More.

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Dawson Research, Faculty Hub

Faculty Hub

Congratulations Entente Canada-Quebec grant recipients for 2022-2023:

  • Gisela Frias (Geography)
  • Sara Louise Kendall (Geography)
  • Catherine Fichten (Adaptech Research Network/Psychology)
  • Charles Le Guen (3D Animation and Computer Generated Imagery)

Click Read More to learn about their projects.

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

Leigh Shapiro, DALChampion

DALC (Dawson Active Learning Community) is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2022. This issue's DALChampion is Leigh Shapiro of Interior Design.

Click Read More for the mini interview with Leigh.

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Campus Life, Dawson Professional Theatre, Events

Peter and the Starcatcher Sept. 21-24

The second-year students in the Professional Theatre Department are proud to present Peter and the Starcatcher by Rick Elice, directed by Jonathan Monro. This Tony-award-winning play is an adaptation of Peter Pan, and is a thrilling adventure about love and friendship. Featuring music, singing, and a dozen actors portraying more than 100 unforgettable characters, Peter and the Starcatcher uses ingenious stagecraft and the limitless possibilities of imagination to bring the story to life.

The play is being performed Wednesday, Sept. 21 to Saturday, Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. at Dawson's Theatre. Pay What You Can: Cash donations at the door.

Read More - Peter and the Starcatcher Sept. 21-24

Campus Life, Events, Warren G. Flowers Art Gallery

Anna Williams: An Unquiet Mythology Sept. 15-Oct. 22

The Warren G. Flowers Art Gallery (near the de Maisonneuve entrance) is pleased to present the work of Ottawa-based artist Anna Williams. This is the first Montreal exhibition of Williams, who has created technically and conceptually complex prints and bronze sculptures, which reinterpret female roles, gender conformity and attitudes towards nature in classical Greek myths.

Anna Williams:  An Unquiet Mythology
Sept. 15 – Oct. 22, 2022
Vernissage, Sept. 15, 5 p.m.
Artist Talk:  TBA

#DawsonProud, Communications Office, Dawson Blues, Homepage news, Student Services

Blues logo gets refresh

The Dawson Blues logo has been proudly worn by five decades of athletes at Dawson, some of whom went on to play at the national and international level, including the Olympics. It has just been refreshed.

Click Read More for the homepage news story.

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Academic News, Communications Office

2023 Viewbook is online

Dawson's  2023 Viewbook is available online: 

Print copies will be available once the Social Science Program is updated, expected later this month.

Human Resources, In the news/in social media, Job Postings

Seeking a new DG for Dawson’s CRISPESH

You can help CRISPESH find a new Director General by sharing the job posting in the Read More link. The deadline to apply is Sept. 16.

CRISPESH is a non-profit organization, created through a partnership between Cégep du Vieux Montréal and Dawson College. It is a centre for applied research and transfer (CCTT) whose mandate is to contribute to the advancement of knowledge and the development and promotion of social practices that foster academic, social and professional inclusion for people with disabilities.

The services offered by CRISPESH are distinguished by their scientific and experiential roots. By drawing on knowledge from research and from experiential knowledge, the Centre is able to offer a range of customized services that are conducive to the development of social innovations in organizations or communities.

Click Read More to go to the job posting on Dawson's LinkedIn.

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#DawsonProud, In the news/in social media, Living Campus, Sustainability, Well-being for all

Influence of Dawson’s Living Campus

Dawson’s Living Campus concept has influenced other schools and organizations to become Living Schools, Work Places and even Churches/Places of Worship.

Rev. Neil Whitehouse of Westmount Park United Church wrote a letter to the editor in the Aug. 30 issue of the Westmount Independent to congratulate Dawson on being recognized as a leader in sustainability:

“Huge congratulations to Dawson College on recognition of their tremendous work towards sustainable living (August 23, p. 19). My church is a Living Church as Dawson is a Living Campus, and we both have special ginkgo trees.”

#DawsonProud, Dawson Blues, In the news/in social media, Milestones

Joel Tyrrell’s retirement featured by CBC News Montreal

Joel Tyrrell's retirement on Aug. 19 made the news! CBC News Montreal ran a feature story about him looking back on his 49-year career and his impact at Dawson and in the community.

To find the Aug. 28 CBC story, click on the Read More link and then search for Joel Tyrrell. (The story is live but the direct links are glitchy)

Read More - Joel Tyrrell’s retirement featured by CBC News Montreal

Awards Office, Dawson Remembers, In the news/in social media

Remembering Sept. 13, 2006

Tuesday, Sept. 13 will mark 16 years since the terrible day when first-year student Anastasia de Sousa was lost and other members of the Dawson community were wounded.

It could be a time to experience the tranquility of the Peace Garden, which was created by the Dawson community as part of the healing process.

Other legacies from the community response include the Peace Centre, which will be hosting Peace Week Sept. 13-21, and the Sustainability Office, which leads sustainability efforts to promote well-being for all.

Every year, the College and the Dawson College Foundation honour the memory of Anastasia with the awarding of the Anastasia de Sousa Memorial Award at graduation.

To read about last year’s recipient:

To make a donation:


DawsonITE Newsletter # 562

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

  • How to Translate a PDF File Into Any Language
  • 5 Great Speech to Text Apps to Transcribe Audio Recordings
  • Checklist: Is Your Campus Ready for Hybrid Learning?

Read More - DawsonITE Newsletter # 562

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Last Modified: September 7, 2022


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