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Wednesday, Apr. 5, 2023

Campus Life, Dawson Foundation, Homepage news, In the news/in social media, Living Campus, Sustainability, Well-being for all

Dawson community mobilizing to identify 1,000 species in 1,000 days

All students and employees at Dawson College are invited to join an initiative to identify 1,000 species in 1,000 days on Dawson’s downtown Montreal campus.

“We believe that identifying 1,000 species is possible but does pose a significant challenge,” said Brian Mader, project lead and a biology teacher at Dawson. “We invite all students and employees to join iNaturalist. The more people from our community who participate, the higher the chances of reaching our goal. This project will also nurture our Dawson community and encourage people to go outside and enjoy Nature.”

To find out how to participate and read the homepage news story, visit the link below.

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Dawson Foundation, Events, In the news/in social media, Living Campus, Sustainability

Tickets now on sale for Artists in Bloom!

The 25th annual Artists in Bloom art auction will be taking place on Thursday, April 20 in 3C.1 with the doors opening at 5:30 p.m. and painting beginning at 6 p.m. The money raised this year will be going to Dawson’s Living Campus/Sustainability.

We are returning to the live event that you all have come to know and love. There will also be an online component (link to be available starting April 11) where you can purchase your ticket for the event as well as prints designed by Illustration students.

Printed tickets can now be purchased in the following locations: 4A.1 (cash only) and 2E.6 (cash or card).

We will also be in the Upper Atrium (in front of escalators) from April 11-14 and 17-19 for tickets and/or prints.

Adults $20 in advance
$25 at the door/online
Students of any institution (with ID) $15
12 and under Free


Academic News, Decolonization, Well-being for all

Still in the truth phase

As part of Indigenous Peoples’ Week, on March 28 Dawson pedagogical counsellor Kanerahtiio (Tiio) Hemlock gave a talk entitled Canadian Colonialism in Perspective.

Tiio’s position as Indigenous pedagogical consultant at Dawson is new and he has been developing his presentation as a way to share his perspective on truth and reconciliation, decolonization and Indigenization.

“Truth and reconciliation are why I am here now in this new position…since the apology and the mass graves were found, funding has become available,” he said.

“Reconciliation implies we were together at one point. How can we come back together? When were we together? We are still in the truth phase. The focus has been on the harm done in these schools. There has not been a big focus on why these schools were made in the first place.”

Tiio then gave an overview of history from an Indigenous perspective sharing facts that are not usually part of Canadian history. He decided to make his beginning point July 1, 1867, the date Canada became a country. In 1867, there was still “an Indian problem,” he said. “There were still people who have a legitimate claim to the land. We shouldn’t have still been here. These people were destined for extinction. How do we address the Indian problem?”

Tiio then explained how schools are just the tip of the iceberg. Tiio went over major historical events, including the building of the St. Lawrence Seaway all the way to the unjust application of Bill 96. He told stories about how these events impacted members of his family as well as the community of Kahnawake. Colonialism still exists today, he said.

Tiio is available to give this presentation to classes and departments at Dawson. Contact him to make a request:

Campus Life, Events, In the news/in social media, Living Campus, Sustainability

Earth Week begins April 17

Dawson's Sustainability Office and other departments are excited to host a two-week Earth Week event. Students and employees can participate in multiple events from April 17-April 28.

Check out all the Earth Week events listed on the Dawson Events Calendar. Check the calendar often as new events are expected to be added. Earth Week 2023 touches on all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Here is a sample of the Earth Week events to date and more are being added:

  • Eco-Friendly Market April 17-21
  • Eco-Cafe in Oliver's 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day April 17-28
  • Garden-Dig-Ins
  • Living Campus tours
  • Bike and Clothing repair workshops
  • Meet the Honeybees
  • Panel discussion with the Kahnawà:ke Youth Climate Collective: Iakwatonhontsanónsta'ts

Sign up: individuals and classes can participate by filling out this form!

Communications Office, From the Director General

Dawson is developing a new French Language Policy to adhere to Law 14

In order to adhere to new requirements under the Quebec Charter of the French Language enacted in 2022, Dawson College is in the process of revising its French Language Policy originally adopted in 2003. The Ministry of Higher Education has given all CEGEPs in Quebec until June 1, 2023 to submit their new policy for review.

Visit the link below for more information.

Read More - Dawson is developing a new French Language Policy to adhere to Law 14

Campus Life, Events, Warren G. Flowers Art Gallery

Renée Condo: Shifting Perspectives at the Gallery until May 6

“My work explores a connecting thread between Mi’gmaw and Eurocentric worldviews, using a visual language that is both symbolic and literal. It is enriched by the history of the bead to carry knowledge, communicate, evoke, and express Spirit. I embrace the bead as infinite potentiality, appearing divided, as part, and at once whole and all-encompassing.” - Renee Condo

For more about Renee Condo, visit the link below.

Read More - Renée Condo: Shifting Perspectives at the Gallery until May 6

#DawsonProud, Campus Life, DawsonAI, Events

Students respond to Data Journalism Challenge

All students were invited to participate in a Data Journalism Challenge March 25-26. The objective was to introduce students to the broad field of Data Journalism, wherein large datasets from various sources are compiled into a visual aid at the centre of a story meant to inform the general public.  Inspired by the work of Our World in Data, students were provided publicly available C02 emissions data for Canada and ideas for exploring other climate-themed data sets to create their own data journalism project.

The attendance was better than expected with about 80 students attending a Saturday morning workshop session run by Sameer Bhatnagar and Vanessa Gordon and 45 students completed the challenge during the weekend. Mentors and judges volunteered their time to support this event and expressed excitement about doing it again.

#DawsonProud, Awards Office, Communications Office, Events

Graduation will be June 20

This year, graduation will take place on Tuesday, June 20 at Theatre Maisonneuve at Place des Arts. All staff are most welcome to attend but will need a ticket.

The information and invite will go out to Dawson students who graduated in the Summer and Fall 2022 semesters and this semester’s potential grads this week. More details will be communicated to the community in June, including how to get a ticket. It is expected that there will be a ceremony in the afternoon and another one in the evening.

Campus Life, Events

An evening with Filmmaker Jorge Camarotti April 12

The Professional Photography Department will be presenting an evening with Filmmaker Jorge Camarotti on April 12 at 6:30 p.m. in 5B 16.

Jorge will be presenting his award-winning short film "Ousmane" as well as discussing his process, and his journey. There will also be a question-and-answer period. This event is open to the Dawson community.

To read more on Jorge Camarotti, visit the link below.

Read More - An evening with Filmmaker Jorge Camarotti April 12

#DawsonProud, From the Director General

Deadline extended to April 14 for Teaching Excellence nominations

All students and employees are invited to nominate outstanding teachers for the Director General’s Teaching Excellence Award from now through Friday, April 14 at 11 p.m.

To nominate an outstanding teacher, go to Omnivox and find the link entitled Teaching Excellence Award under the My Dawson Life menu.

To go to Omnivox, visit the link below.

Read More - Deadline extended to April 14 for Teaching Excellence nominations

Faculty Hub

Over at the Faculty Hub

What Does Community Mean in the Classroom? Sharing Stories, Swift Trust, and a Sense of Togetherness

This podcast from Faculty Focus talks about ideas for fostering a sense of community, how swift trust can be applied in an educational setting, and how a storytelling activity can inspire students to share their own stories.



Campus Life, DawsonAI, Events

Google Brain team lead was keynote at DawsCon 2023

DawsCon was a one-day conference March 24 on a wide range of topics in artificial intelligence hosted by Dawson AI and the Computer Science Department at Dawson. Dawson’s reception room in 5B.16 was packed with students for keynote speaker Hugo Larochelle, Montreal Team Lead at Google Brain. Hugo is also a member of Yoshua Bengio's Mila and an Adjunct Professor at the Université de Montréal. His talk about the Deep Learning revolution in AI gave the audience an overview of the development of AI from the early 2000s to today, including some of the major developments that occurred in Canada.

#DawsonProud, Campus Life, DawsonAI, Events

ChatGPT and student intern talks featured at DawsCon

Students were given the opportunity to push ChatGPT to its limits in an AI jailbreak competition on March 24 and ChatGPT was also the focus of a popular workshop led by Robert Stephens Notably, DawsCon was designed to be a truly student-centered event with more than 30 students presenting work in progress on projects related to a wide range of AI topics in conjunction with internships being undertaken with the Applied AI Institute. Next year, organizers DawsonAI and the Computer Science Department plan even more student presentations for what is hoped will be an annual event.

#DawsonProud, Academic News, Campus Life, Events, Faculty Hub

Dawson AI Update at DawsCon

At the opening of DawsCon on March 24, Dawson AI lead Joel Trudeau gave some updates about the last three years of the Dawson AI initiative.

Visit the link below to read the updates.

Read More - Dawson AI Update at DawsCon

Campus Life, Events, Well-being for all

Don’t miss any fun Dawson events- add them to your calendar!

There are so many events happening at Dawson- art vernissages and exhibits, theatre shows, themed weeks, community activities, lectures and more. Attending them is a way to encourage students and colleagues and feel like you are part of the Dawson community.

You can check out the events for the day, the week or the month in Dawson's Events Calendar, featured on the Dawson homepage.

When you open a particular event in the calendar, you get all the relevant details and you can choose to add it to your Outlook calendar by clicking on the button called +Ical Export. You can also customize the reminder alert to be 15 minutes, two hours or other times. This will work best when using the Outlook desktop app not the web version. 

This month: Earth Week is April 17-28, there is a new exhibit at the Warren G. Flowers Art Gallery and more. Check out the events and add them to your Outlook calendar. Visit the Dawson Events Calendar by visiting the link below.

Read More - Don’t miss any fun Dawson events- add them to your calendar!

Campus Life, Well-being for all

Join the Dawson Activity Club & enjoy Indian lunch April 18

The Dawson Activity Club (DAC) is a great way to have fun at work, meet colleagues and feel part of the Dawson community. Often DAC members meet for lunch.

All employees are welcome to join. If you are interested, visit Gianna Smith in 2E.6 to fill out a form so payroll can take $1 off each pay to cover your membership fee. The last event was a St. Patrick's Day celebration with afternoon tea and scones and the next event is Tuesday, April 18. DAC members will enjoy a vegetarian Indian thali meal at lunchtime. All DAC members will receive an email with more info soon. Photo is representational. 

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

Annie Larouche and Joel Anthony Join Dawson Golf Classic

Annie Larouche and Joel Anthony from the professional basketball team The Montreal Alliance are set to join the list of our esteemed guests for the 2023 Dawson Golf Classic, which will take place at the Summerlea Golf Club in Vaudreuil-Dorion on Thursday, June 8.

Hosted by CTV Montreal's Christine Long and chaired by Honorary President Frédérique Guay, this year's event promises to be bigger and better than ever before. And don't forget about the amazing prizes and silent auction items up for grabs, including Larry Robinson signed Montreal Canadiens jerseys, hockey tickets, Formula 1 tickets, and much more.

As a tradition, Dawson staff, alumni, and retirees can enjoy a reduced ticket price.

Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to raise funds for enhancing the education of Dawson students and elevate your golf game along with friends and colleagues.

Register for the event.

For more info about Annie and Joel, visit the link below.

Read More - Annie Larouche and Joel Anthony Join Dawson Golf Classic

Professional Development

Graduate Level Microprogram in Public Administration

The Consortium of English-language CEGEPs, Colleges and Universities of Quebec has partnered with the École nationale d’administration publique (l’ÉNAP) to develop a new, part-time graduate-level microprogram in public administration tailored to English-speaking university graduates in Quebec.

For all the details, visit the link below.

Read More - Graduate Level Microprogram in Public Administration

Professional Development

LinkedIn Learning Access

The BaNQ (Bibliothèque et Archives Nationale du Québec) provides all Quebec residents access to free online learning with LinkedIn learning. All a resident would need to do is create an account:

Once their account is created, and they have received their enrollment letter from the BaNQ, they can access LinkedIn learning :

Academic News, Campus Life, Events

Contes et causerie à Dawson pour la Francofête

Le conteur et nomade contemporain François Lavallée a fait escale à Dawson le 30 mars pour un événement dans le cadre de la semaine de la Francofête.

«Je pratique un des plus vieux métiers dans le monde, dit François au début de la soirée. Les histoires nous aident à collaborer pour le meilleur et pour le pire. Dans l'ancien temps, le troubadour était le premier à franchir la ligne de l’ennemie.»

«Quand on entend une bonne histoire, on s’accroche. Souvent, on raconte les souvenirs. Quand on raconte nos souvenirs, c’est différent de notre vécu.»

François a partagé un souvenir d'enfance datant de 1986. Après 37 ans, il dit que c'est sa mémoire et son imagination qui lui permettent de faire revivre l'histoire. Il a terminé sa visite avec «Le ruisseau», un extrait de son dernier spectacle

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

Rocking out at Dawson VIB event March 29

A lively event stopped by Dawson on March 29 to move and inspire students and staff. The VIB event is touring campuses across Quebec to promote well-being and health. The event featured a Pound also known as “rocking out” workout, pictured; photo courtesy of RSEQ.

One of College Nurse Julie Gosselin’s student health ambassadors reported: “The participants really enjoyed the event and they liked their free merch. People seemed to really enjoy the Pound session as well since most of them had never done it before

“I think the event was really cool! It was a great way to promote physical activity during a time period when students are stressed and tend to forget the little things we should do to stay healthy.”

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

Sustainable Happiness in Mexico

Jennifer de Vera and Chris Adam of the Sustainability Office were in Mexico in late March to see the final projects of students in the Dawson-developed Sustainable Happiness Course at Preparatoria Comunitaria Tres Marías, a senior high school located in the mountains near the city of Cuernavaca. Jenn and Chris were also on hand to give the students their SH certificates at the school's 25th anniversary.

Many students gave things away as part of their SH final project, Jenn said. Noteworthy projects included a grandfather-granddaughter intergenerational gardening project with a garden herb give-away, a succulent plant give-away with pots that were painted with positive quotes, and a mushroom identification project on campus. "They use what they have and the resources of the land," Jenn said. She came home inspired by the Mexicans' warmth and authentic community and reported that the Mexican partners are eager to continue their projects and their partnership with Dawson.


DawsonITE Newsletter # 586

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

  • How Gamification is Revolutionizing Education: Case Studies from Around the World
  • The new Microsoft Teams is here with big performance improvements and UI changes
  • 25 Stupid Uses of Educational Technology, According to Educators

Read More - DawsonITE Newsletter # 586

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