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Wednesday, Mar. 8, 2023

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

Dawson overall winner of CRC Robotics competition

Dawson’s Robotics team was the overall champion and won or placed in almost all categories at the CRC Robotics competition in mid-February. They brought home two trophies and 11 plaques.

"Our team demonstrated an incredible spirit of togetherness, creativity, ingenuity and perseverance," said Joel Trudeau, faculty mentor to the team of 30 Dawson students. "Their joy and team spirit was inspirational!"

Visit the link below to learn more.

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

Dawson reimagining the College landscape

When one thinks of college campuses, images that come to mind may include manicured lawns, park benches and perhaps an institutional shrub garden and flagpole near a main entrance.

For the homepage news story, visit the link below.

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Academic News, Dawson Foundation, Dawson Gives, Decolonization, Well-being for all

Students take on powerful experiential learning with KAIROS blanket exercise

As a Sociology teacher, Laura Shea has experienced the KAIROS Blanket Exercise six times with different classes of students and Indigenous facilitators at Dawson. “I always learn from the facilitator and students,” she said. “It is very powerful experiential learning and I gain something different each time.”

For the homepage news story, visit the link below.

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#DawsonProud, Dawson Blues

Dawson’s Div. 1 Women’s and Men’s Basketball teams off to Nationals!

It was a busy and exciting weekend for our women's and men's Div 1 basketball teams! They were both involved in the provincial playoffs after having both emerged victorious in the quarterfinals played earlier in the week.

The playoffs were held at Cegep Edward Montpetit. In the semis, the women faced the team from Champlain-St. Lambert. Dawson came out strong and led 38-29 at the half. They kept it up in the second half for a 71-62 victory. This win earned them a spot in the upcoming CCAA Nationals. The gold medal game on Sunday saw Dawson take on Saint-Jean. Despite starting off fast in the 1st quarter leading 16-7, the women eventually succumbed to the strong Saint-Jean team 70-54. We wish the women luck as they head off to Calgary, Alberta next week.

The men were up against Jean-de-Brebeuf in the semis. An early lead by Dwson became a tight game in the 4th quarter. Dawson managed to hold on for a 61-56 win. In the gold medal game, the Blues battled against rival Vanier. A back-and-forth first half turned into a dominant second half by the Blues, who won 82-68. The men win gold! they too are off to Nationals next week at Mohawk College in Ontario. Best of luck!

Watch our Blues teams' games on the CCAA live streams:

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

Maxwell Jones confirmed as Dean of Science, Medical Studies & Engineering

Maxwell Jones has been confirmed to the position of Dean in the Science, Medical Studies and Engineering sector by the Board of Governors.

Max has been at Dawson since 2009 working as a Support Staff in Human Resources, the Office of Academic Development and the Arts, Literature and Communication program. He also was a faculty member of Dawson’s Centre for Training and Development, teaching English as a Second Language.

Since 2017, he played a role in managing the two largest pre-university programs at Dawson. He then served as the Associate Dean for the Science, Medical Studies and Engineering Sector for over three years – working with more than 200 faculty from seventeen departments, and over thirty support staff. It is an understatement to say that during that time he developed an understanding of the challenges and strengths of all SMSE programs.

We wish Max every success in his new role and know that he will receive our full support and collaboration as he takes on his new responsibilities. 

Board, Dawson Foundation, In the news/in social media

Four new Board members for the Dawson Foundation

The Dawson Foundation is thrilled to welcome four new members to the Board of Directors: William Honce, Chris Martin, Jesse Mosebye and Josie Pizzuco.

Visit the link below to learn about their connections to Dawson.

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Finance, Human Resources, Milestones

New Coordinator of Finance

Angela Pomponi began her new role as Coordinator of Finance on Feb. 20. A Chartered Professional Accountant, Angela brings over two decades of experience to Dawson, including her most recent position as the Manager of Financial Resources with the CIUSSS du Centre-Ouest-de-l'ile-de-Montreal.

In her new role, Angela will be responsible for the conception, establishment and maintenance of financial procedures and schedules of activities in the areas of invoicing and student fees, accounts receivable, accounts payable, research grant reporting and treasury operations.

International Day of Mathematics is celebrated on March 10

The Mathematics Department is inviting you to celebrate the International Day of Mathematics on Friday, March 10 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Room 5B.16

We would like to invite everybody to attend these presentations.

Organizing committee: Alexander Hariton, Varuzhan Ohanyan, Andreea Panait and Shahab Shahabi

To see the full schedule, visit the link below.

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Learning opportunities

Join this year’s DawsCon Conference for Faculty and Students

The Dawson community is invited to attend the upcoming DawsCon, organized in collaboration with the Computer Science department and DawsonAI, on March 24. DawsonAI has been actively working toward implementing objectives laid out in the Three-Year Plan for AI at Dawson College with support from NovaScience and Pole IA grants.

Check out the link below for the line-up of events and presentations.

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Academic News, Learning opportunities

Learning Communities project development winter 2023

Three new projects in Social Science, Science and General Education are in full design mode this winter in the Learning Communities (LC) project. The project teams meet weekly or biweekly, supported by LC sector leads and guided by Dawson’s homegrown LC Design Toolkit. These interdisciplinary teams are creating some truly exciting curriculum design innovations, for the future benefit of Dawson programs and students.

For more information on each project, visit the link below.

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Dawson Gives, Events, Well-being for all, Women’s/Gender Studies

International Women’s Day at Dawson

Each year on March 8, International Women's Day marks the day when we are all invited to reflect on the role gender plays in our lives, work and the planet.

Have you ever wondered why March 8? Well, it all started in New York City on March 8, 1857, when female textile workers marched in protest of unfair working conditions and unequal rights for women. It was one of the first strikes organized by working women.

The theme this year is DigitALL: Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality. The goal is to highlight the need for inclusive and transformative technology and digital education.

At Dawson, there will be two events marking the day. One is a lunch and book sale co-organized by the DSSU and DTU on March 8 in 7C.5 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. The money raised via the book sale and donations will be donated to Chez Doris, a nearby shelter that offers a wide range of services and programs to meet the basic needs of vulnerable and homeless women. A light lunch will be offered for staff and faculty (in limited quantities).

The second event is organized by the Women/Gender Studies Certificate which is holding a Renaming and Reclaiming of Metro Stations activity and home-baked goods sale in Conrod's (2F.4) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The funds raised will go towards scholarships for Dawson students.

Events, Professional Development, Well-being for all

Teacher emotions in the classroom: an ever-present challenge

Mary Hlywa MA, retired faculty, will facilitate an in-person workshop in 3F.38 on teacher emotion and well-being in the classroom on March 16, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Registration is required by Friday, March 10. To sign-up, visit

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Dawson Foundation, In the news/in social media

Meet Dawson’s golf tournament’s Emcee and Honorary President

The 16th edition of the Dawson Golf Classic is shaping up to be the ultimate experience for golf enthusiasts.

Join us for a day of golf, networking, and fun as you tee off with fellow golfers and sports personalities on June 8, at the Summerlea Golf and Country Club in Vaudreuil-Dorion. Following the tournament, enjoy a cocktail reception with gourmet food while mingling with our special guests, including our Honorary President Frédérique Guay from TVA Sports, and Emcee Christine Long from CTV Montreal.

Dawson staff, faculty, retirees, and alumni can enjoy reduced enrollment fees. To register, visit

To learn more about the tournament’s Honorary President and Emcee, visit the link below.

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In the news/in social media, Learning opportunities, Workshops

Fine Arts Print Party was a huge success

The Fine Arts Department recently held a Print Party on March 4, providing Visual Arts and Studio Arts students with a fun and stress-relieving mid-semester break. The event was conducted by French Press, a Montreal-based design and screen printing studio that includes Dawson alumni. They shared insights into their journey since graduating from Dawson, which led to the formation of this creative collective.

During the event, students had the opportunity to learn about silkscreen printing and try their hand at printing French Press designs onto t-shirts and tote bags. This experience allowed students to expand their artistic skills and gain practical knowledge in the field. Overall, the Print Party was a huge success!

Academic News

Math Success Centre at Dawson

The Math Success Centre is a new initiative organized by the Science, Medical Studies, & Engineering sector in collaboration with Dawson’s Mathematics Department. The goal of this new centre is to support students in their transition from high school to CEGEP-level mathematics. The Math Success Centre is consistently evolving and finding new ways to take a targeted and individualized approach to support students enrolled in math courses and courses that use math concepts and topics.

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Events, In the news/in social media, Workshops

The Math Guru is coming to Dawson March 23

The Dawson community is invited to an online presentation by Vanessa Vakharia, also known as The Math Guru, on Thursday, March 23 at 7 p.m. This event, hosted on Teams, will provide valuable insights into strategies for overcoming obstacles and maintaining motivation in math and learning. Faculty members are encouraged to promote the event to their students.

Registration is required to attend the event. To sign up or inquire about any details, please contact Reyana Hadef, Pedagogical Counsellor at the Math Success Centre, through MIO or email at

Faculty Hub

Over at the Faculty Hub

AI and Writing: Rethinking Writing in the Age of AI (virtual event)
March 9 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

In the dawn of accessible AI-generated writing, we are forced to go back to the basics and ask ourselves: What is writing? Why do we ask our students to write? How is writing related to critical thinking?

This informal session will give participants an opportunity to reflect on their own relationships to writing and share ideas on how we might foster a love for the writing process in our students. This conversation is the first in a series on the topic of AI and writing in the college classroom.

This conversation will be hosted by the community of practice members Jeff Gandell (WID), Daniel Goldsmith (DALC), Robert Stephens (AI) & Brian Redekopp (AI).

Register Here or from the Faculty Hub.

Read more about ChatGPT on the Faculty Hub.

Campus Life, Dawson Professional Theatre, Dawson Talent, Events

Professional Theatre presents Passage

Passage by Christopher Chen follows the residents of two countries, Country X, which is occupied by Country Y, as they form unlikely friendships. The play investigates colonialism, and mysticism, and asks if friendships can be formed when there is a power imbalance or among warring factions. Inspired by the novel, “A Passage to India.” Passage is performed by second-year students and directed by Matt Enos.

Runs from March 8, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Get your tickets now at

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DawsonITE Newsletter # 582

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

  • Chatgpt: Artificial Intelligence on the Doorstep of College Institutions
  • Ludopedagogy: Design and Learning
  • How Google Tracks You Even When You’re Not Using Its Services

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