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Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023

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

SPACE students attend NASA workshop at Dawson

The first workshop on Ices in the Solar System: A Volatile-Excursion from Mercury and the Moon to the Kuiper Belt and Beyond, took place at Dawson College from Jan. 9 to 11. The workshop, the only NASA sanctioned event held outside of the United States, was co-convened by Dawson’s Richard Soare (faculty, Geography) and Jim Garvin, formerly NASA’s Chief Mars Scientist and currently the Principal Investigator of the DAVINCI Mission to Venus.

Dawson SPACE students also got to participate!

Click Read More for the homepage news story by Ursula Sommerer

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

Hélène Nadeau receives excellence in teaching physics award for Quebec and Nunavut

Dawson’s Hélène Nadeau has been selected by the Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) for the 2022 CAP Award for Excellence in Teaching High School/CEGEP Physics (Quebec and Nunavut). This is “recognition of her dedication to teaching physics and the development of students’ experimental and research skills,” stated the CAP in a news release dated Jan. 17.

Click Read More for the homepage news story.

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Communications Office, IST

Give your feedback on Dawson’s website by Jan. 31

In light of the recently refreshed branding guidelines for the College as well as a growing desire to offer some of our content in both French and English, the Communications Office and Information and Systems Technology Office are redesigning Dawson’s website and would like to gather feedback from the internal community.

Please fill out our internal user feedback survey by Jan. 31.

Learn more about the redesigning project in the Read More link. 

Read More - Give your feedback on Dawson’s website by Jan. 31

#DawsonProud, Milestones, Quality Assurance & Planning

Sameer Bhatnagar is new QAPO Coordinator

Sameer Bhatnagar has been appointed the new coordinator of the Quality Assurance and Planning Office (QAPO) effective Jan. 30.

Click Read More to learn about his background and the office.

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

Rob Stephens on ChatGPT opportunities and challenges

On Jan. 20, CTV Montreal News interviewed Humanities faculty member and Dawson AI executive member Rob Stephens about ChatGPT, which is making waves in the classroom. The week before Rob had given a talk at Intercollegiate Ped Days on the same topic.

CTV news report: 

#DawsonProud, Academic News, Dawson Foundation, Dawson Gives, Living Campus, Well-being for all

Discover 12 projects funded by Foundation

A dozen projects proposed by Dawson students, faculty and staff have been approved for funding through the Dawson Foundation’s new Student Academic Enrichment Fund.

A website page showcases the projects and allows others to invest in a particular project through a donate button.

The Student Academic Enrichment Fund is supported by students each semester and is meant to be a source of funds for projects that demonstrate a clear benefit for Dawson students and represent an activity that goes over and above core competencies for completion of a program. The selection committee, including representatives from the Dawson Student Union, Academics and Student Services, meets twice a year to review and approve project proposals.

The next round of project applications will open later this semester and will be announced in D News and the Omnivox student news feed.

Read More - Discover 12 projects funded by Foundation

Dawson Remembers, Milestones

In memoriam: Mike Dellar

We regret to inform you that Civil Engineering Department faculty member Mike Dellar passed away at his residence on Jan. 12. He had been a member of the Dawson community since 2010. 

Stephen Hinton wrote: "Mike was a huge part of the Civil Engineering department and the college as a whole. His dedication to student success, as well as the health and future of his department, were inspiring and will leave a lasting impression."

Click Read More to go to the obituary.

Read More - In memoriam: Mike Dellar

Communications Office, Events

Winter Open House is Wednesday, Feb. 8

Winter Open House will be much like it used to be before the pandemic. It will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 8 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Visitors will be able to come in without appointments to speak to faculty and students from programs/profiles, as well as advising/admissions and select services from student services.

The venues for Open House will be Lower and Upper Atrium, Conrod's, Oliver's, 3C.1. 

#DawsonProud, Academic News, Campus Life, Events, In the news/in social media, Learning opportunities

Social Science Week is Feb. 6-10

For Social Science Week 2023, we’ve got an exciting line-up of speakers with fascinating topics that touch on all of the Social Science disciplines taught at the College.

Click Read More for some of the highlights as well as links to see the program and to reserve your class.

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#DawsonProud, Campus Life, Dawson Talent, Events, In the news/in social media, Student Services

Dawson will be a “Cégep en spectacle” Feb. 2

Cégeps en spectacle is coming to Dawson for the first time on Thursday, Feb. 2. It will feature 20 acts and 100 per cent Dawson student talent. Of these, eight will go on to represent Dawson at the Cégeps en Spectacle Regional show on March 24 at Cégep du Vieux Montreal.

Organizer Trudy Ste-Croix of Campus Life and Leadership says “the acts are predominantly singers, a few musicians and a few dancers.”
The event is open to everyone. Tickets are $10 or $5 for those who donate nonperishable food or personal hygiene items. All proceeds and donated items will go to a local food bank.

Show time is 7 p.m. and the venue is Dawson’s 5B.16.

Tickets can be bought now through Feb. 2 in CLL 2E. 6 or at a tabling event on Tuesday, Jan. 31 in the Upper Atrium.

Faculty Hub, Human Resources, Professional Development

How to teach with purpose- highlights from Ped Day keynote address

Karen Gazith’s keynote address at Intercollegiate Ped Days on Jan. 10 served as a crash course in how to be an effective teacher. Entitled Teaching with Purpose, her address had the same name as the book she published in 2020.

“How well we teach is the most critical factor” in a student’s success, she said.

Click Read More for the key points of her talk, including many examples of formative assessment.

Read More - How to teach with purpose- highlights from Ped Day keynote address

Learning opportunities, Professional Development

CTD Winter 2023 course offerings

There are some exciting new courses open for registration this winter/spring at Dawson's Centre for Training and Development! Courses at CTD are free for Dawson employees, conditions apply. Click on the link below to view their available courses.

CTD courses 

Campus Life, Dawson Professional Theatre, Dawson Talent, Events

Professional Theatre presents The Oresteia

From Feb. 1 to 11, the third-year students of the Professional Theatre Department at Dawson College will perform a contemporary adaptation of The Oresteia directed by Leslie Baker.

The Oresteia is one of our oldest surviving theatrical texts, first performed nearly 2,500 years ago in ancient Greece. It is composed of three plays which American playwright Ellen McLaughlin has adapted into a single, three-act play, rich with challenging roles for actors. The Oresteia focuses on a family trapped by a cycle of violence, as they seek revenge for their murdered loved ones. The myth of the House of Atreus continues to fascinate audiences, as it investigates the human compulsion toward violence, and the subsequent human desire for revenge. Matinees available Feb. 1, 3 and 9.

Read More - Professional Theatre presents The Oresteia

Events, Warren G. Flowers Art Gallery

The Warren G. flowers Gallery presents Nadia Myre and Nico Williams: Filiations

A duo exhibition featuring new work by Anishnaabe artists Nadia Myre (Kitigan Zibi Anishnabeg) and Nico Williams of Aamjiwnaang. It will draw out links of pedagogy and exchange between student and teacher— two generations of artists staking out common ground.

The exhibition takes place from Feb. 2 Mar. 11, the vernissage will be held on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 5 p.m.

Faculty Hub

Over at the Faculty Hub

Upcoming Ed Tech Workshops 

  • Lea vs. Moodle 
  • Intro to Moodle 
  • Intro to Lea 
  • Intermediate Moodle 

Visit the Faculty Hub for dates and time! 

Student Services, Well-being for all

Student Mental Health Support – Dawson Partners with keep.meSAFE

Student Services has launched its new partnership with a more comprehensive student assistance program. Beginning immediately, the Counselling department will be referring students, when appropriate, to the keep.meSAFE service by Lifeworks. Lifeworks (formerly Morneau Shepell) is the same provider as Dawson’s Employee Assistance Plan for faculty and staff.

For more information, please click Read More for an article by Student Services Coordinator Geoff Kloos.

Read More - Student Mental Health Support – Dawson Partners with keep.meSAFE

#DawsonProud, Student Services

Applications & nominations open for Forces AVENIR awards until Feb. 27

Up to $100,000 will be given out this year in the form of grants and project funding through Forces AVENIR awards. Find out more about the awards and how to apply or nominate a student or staff member in the Read More link.

Read More - Applications & nominations open for Forces AVENIR awards until Feb. 27

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

Minister of Families, Children and Social Development on SH

On Jan. 16, Karina Gould, Canada’s Federal Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, visited Dawson to learn more about our Sustainable Happiness Course.

This is what she tweeted about it after her visit:

“A #sustainable future includes having a healthy, happy and sustainable lifestyle. Through the Sustainable Happiness Certificate, students at @college_dawson develop strategies to integrate positive psychology, well-being and happiness in our everyday lives.”

#DawsonProud, Academic News, In the news/in social media, Well-being for all

First trip to Cuba in 3 years!

The heart of the North-South Studies Profile of Social Science is the field trip. For the first time since 2019-‘20, the profile students and faculty were able to go to Cuba.

Here is what Profile Coordinator Gisela Frias wrote from Cuba in December as a caption to this photo: “Our first trip since the pandemic. Our first stop, Plaza de la Revolución. We are being hosted by the Martin Luther King Center. Let the learning begin. Thank you to all of you who have supported this trip. Thank you to Dawson staff and teachers, to alumni and to the greater community. Also thank you to members of Place de la Dignité who mobilized to support the donation drive we carried out.”

#DawsonProud, Dawson Foundation, Dawson Gives, Living Campus, Sustainability, Well-being for all

Holiday gift-wrapping yields $9,900 for our Living Campus

The Dawson Foundation and the Sustainability Office would like to thank the 33 volunteers who gave their time in December and all those who donated at the Dawson gift-wrapping station in Alexis-Nihon Mall.

Over 21 days of holiday gift-wrapping, a total of $9,900 was raised. These funds will be used by the Sustainability Office for learning activities and projects that contribute to well-being for all on our Living Campus. While getting their gifts wrapped, visitors and donors learned about Dawson’s Living Campus projects, including the gardens, the beehives, the Monarch Butterflies and more.

Communications Office

Snow and adverse weather communications

If there is severe weather and Dawson needs to close, an email message will first go to all employees from the Communications Office via All Dawson email. Students will be sent the same message via Omnivox mandatory document and the website homepage will include an alert for the general public.

Facilities Management

What to do in armed threat situation

The Facilities Management team would like to remind you what to do in case of an armed threat.

  1. Run if you can
  2. Hide if you cannot escape
  3. Fight as a last resort to defend yourself

See more info in the Read More link.

Read More - What to do in armed threat situation

Student Services, Well-being for all

Free condom distribution

On the first days of class, free condom distributors were placed throughout the College in high-traffic bathrooms and in Student Health Services offices.

The free condom distribution is part of a Santé Publique initiative to reduce sexually transmitted infections and diseases (STIs and STDs). A total of 60,000 condoms were provided to Dawson College.

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

Basketball homecoming Jan. 13

Athletics Manager Sébastien Rivest posted photos and an appreciation post on Facebook following the homecoming games on Jan. 13:

"Thank you to everyone who was on hand for the Basketball Homecoming, despite the not-so-friendly weather conditions.

Alumni from the 70's to the 2020's came out and it was great seeing everyone interacting with the actual members of the Division 1 Blues teams following their respective games.

One thing is for sure, there will be a 2023-2024 Basketball Homecoming Event."

Student Services, Well-being for all

Invitation from the Miriam on Campus Program

Melicha Dorset of the Miriam on Campus Program has an invitation to staff who would like help with all kinds of tasks and to help their members integrate into the Dawson community.

Click Read More for Melicha's message.

Read More - Invitation from the Miriam on Campus Program

Facilities Management

3040 Sherbrooke entrance closed

Due to a hardware failure, the 3040 Sherbrooke Street entrance will be closed for an indeterminate period.

Human Resources

New group insurance rates

Please note that the College has received new group insurance rates from SSQ and Beneva for 2023. These new rates came into into effect on the pay of January 19, 2023.  Please take the time to review your coverage and the premium deductions on your pay of January 19, 2023 to ensure that there are no errors.  

Staff with group insurance coverage can find all pertinent information (rates, information brochures, etc.) on Dawson’s website under the Employee Insurance and Benefit tab: Choose among the employment categories available and then scroll down for the rates. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Benefits team at 


DawsonITE Newsletter # 576

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

  • The Future of Education is Personal
  • Is Google Tracking You? Here's How to Check and Stop It
  • The AI future for lesson plans is already here

Read More - DawsonITE Newsletter # 576

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Last Modified: January 25, 2023


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