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Wednesday, Apr. 19, 2023

#DawsonProud, Dawson Foundation, Homepage news, Student Services

Students learn leadership skills and make lasting friendships at Model UN

About 60 students were able to participate in the Dawson College Model United Nations (DCMUN) para-academic activity this year thanks in part to funding from the Student Academic Enrichment Fund of the Dawson Foundation.

Model UN has a long history at Dawson College, with the activity running on and off since the late 1990s. The current iteration of DCMUN was established in the 2010-2011 academic year and has been running ever since.

To continue reading, visit the link below.

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Dawson Talent, Events, In the news/in social media, Sustainability, Well-being for all

Last chance for early rate Artists in Bloom tickets

Don't miss out on Dawson's unique art fundraising event Artists in Bloom happening tomorrow, April 20 starting 5:30 p.m.

Today is the final day to purchase tickets at the discounted early rate of $20. You can buy the tickets using cash or card at 2E.6 or 4A.1 during working hours. After today, tickets will also be available for purchase at the door for $25, also payable in cash or card, or online.

Buy your tickets online now.

Each ticket includes:

  • entry to the event
  • live musical entertainment
  • a glass of wine or beverage of choice
  • hors d’oeuvres
  • experiential learning opportunities for students on our Living Campus

What to expect: For the first time since 2019, Artists in Bloom is back! Over two dozen talented student artists in the 3D Animation and Computer Generated Imagery, Illustration and Visual Arts Programs will create new works of art over a two-hour period, which will then be auctioned off by Montreal personality Donna Saker of The Beat 92.5.

All funds raised will go to support Dawson’s sustainability activities under the Living Campus Fund. Enjoy being with the Dawson community, watch art being created, listen to live music, vote for your favourite painting, and chat with fellow art lovers. The Kids’ Corner will also be where young, budding artists (7 years old and up; limited spots available) can paint on their own canvases.

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Communications Office, In the news/in social media

New Branded program and profile logos now available

Dawson has introduced two new logo designs specific to each of its programs and profiles as part of its new and refreshed branding initiative, which was launched in early 2022. Each program and profile will have the option of a horizontal and circular design to offer maximum flexibility for print and digital applications.

See the link below for how to download them and proper usage guidelines.

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#DawsonProud, In the news/in social media

Comp Sci Technology students shine at MariHacks

Elidjay Ross, a third-year student in Computer Science Technology, was part of the winning team in the Advanced Category at the MariHacks hackathon held from March 31 to April 1 at Marianopolis College. The team was composed of Elidjay and two students from Vanier College, along with one student from an Ontario college, and they came together in an impromptu manner. Their winning project aimed to create a simulation of our galaxy.

Additionally, a team comprising four students in the same program won the MSU's Favorite award, and another team with four more Computer Science students won the Best Visuals award.

Congratulations to all the winners!

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

Earth Weeks 2023 at Dawson

A full program of activities is happening at Dawson from April 17-28 for students and employees to celebrate Earth Week, connect with Nature and learn about ways to live more sustainably.

On Tuesday, April 18, Jonathan Egan’s Introduction to Outdoor Education Class participated in a Bioblitz in the Peace Garden with Biology teacher Brian Mader, who is leading the 1,000 Species in 1,000 Days initiative. For a few hours, the students observed life in the Peace Garden and added to Dawson’s count. One way, they observed many kinds of life was by lifting up a slab of old tree trunk in the eco circle of the Peace Garden (pictured).

All students and employees are invited to help identify 1,000 plants, animals and other kinds of life on our city block in downtown Montreal. To date, a total of 455 species have been identified. From April 10-17, the Dawson College-Campus Biodiversity Network on the free app iNaturalist had 58 new observations, 12 new species added, and four new observers.

Well-being for all

Healthy Posture Day at Dawson is April 20

Physiotherapy Technology students will be hosting Healthy Posture Day on Thursday, April 20 from 12:30 to 4 p.m. in the Lower Atrium.

The students are covering the following topics:

  • General posture information and posture analysis: Perfect posture! No more doctor!
  • Sleep positions and information: Sleep ain't cheap!
  • Backpack and lifting ergonomics: Lift smart, carry smart, and your back will thank you!
  • Computer/laptop, tablet, cellphone ergonomics: Avoid the worst, put ergonomics first!
  • Text neck and other posture-related injuries: Neck check!
  • Exercises for posture and the core: Don't worry, we got your back!
#DawsonProud, Academic News, S.P.A.C.E.

SPACEweek 2023 is on May 1-5

The second annual SPACEweek will take place during the first week of May. The SPACEweek showcase in 3C.1 will feature work by students from across the arts and sciences who participated in SPACE in 2022-23. It will include displays, demonstrations, interactive activities, student talks and presentations, readings, and competitions. Robotics demonstrations and presentations will be held throughout the week.

Visitors can participate in the showcase by creating alternate versions of famous artworks by following a series of “What if” prompts; casting their vote for the people’s choice award for the ScienceFest 2023 photo contest; joining a series of walking tours around Dawson using the AR Cité app; and writing and answering questions in response to viewing artworks by students.

On Thursday, May 4 we invite all to a reading by the winners of the fifth annual SPACE writing contest, an interactive art activity, and live performances of songs created from the ChatGPT Song Writing Contest.

Highlights from Friday will include a session of virtual talks by renowned planetary scientists— A grand tour of the solar system: from Mercury and the Moon to the outer reaches!—followed by mobile robot navigation challenge races late afternoon.

The majority of the activities will take place in 3C.1. Stay tuned for the full schedule!

Campus Life

DSU Elections are on this week

Submitted by Elections Commission | Dawson Student Union

The 2023 General Elections are on this week. All current Dawson students are eligible to vote for next year's Executive Officers and Student Council positions of the Dawson Student Union (DSU).

What is the DSU? We are an accredited union run by students for students. We are the largest college student union in the CEGEP network. That's why it's important that students are involved in the democratic process. Students are invited to vote for next year's student representatives this week!

It's easy to vote! All you need to do is show up at Conrod's (2F.4) with your student ID. The voting period is open all week. You can find us in Conrod's April 17-21 from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

All information and further details can be found on Instagram @Dawson_elections. Inquiries are also accepted via

Dawson Foundation, Dawson Gives

Call for proposals open until May 7 for Student Academic Enrichment Fund

Dawson employees and current students can apply for funding for projects beginning in the Fall 2023 semester from Wednesday, April 19 through Sunday, May 7.

Up to $40,000 is available for projects commencing in the Fall 2023 semester. The objective is to fund approximately eight to ten projects. There is a new option available which allows applicants to request up to 3 years of funding for recurring projects.

In order to be considered, projects must:

  • Demonstrate a clear benefit for Dawson students
  • Represent an activity that goes over and above core competencies for completion of a DEC
  • Staff and students are encouraged to send in their applications, which will need to include a project description and cost estimate.

To apply or donate, visit

Academic News, Well-being for all

Calling all drivers, commuters and passengers to do student survey

Two students in their final year of Mechanical Engineering Technology are hoping to get Dawson employees to think about carpooling as their capstone sustainable project. Step one is the launch of a survey this week and they hope to crunch the data in early May.

“There is still a large number of cars around campus and the parking lot is always full,” said student Vincenzo Pietracupa. “We would like to propose travel solutions that are more sustainable.”

Vincenzo and fellow Mech Tech student Sebastian Serban will take data from the survey to establish potential carpooling groups. The data is only visible to the two students. Employees who live near each other will be matched and then can explore possibilities on their own.

All employees are invited to fill out the survey, including those who use public transit, cyclists and walkers. The aim is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the number of employees who ride to work alone in their cars. The students hope to hand their project over to the Sustainability Office to continue promoting carpooling.

Please fill out the Carpooling Service Project survey.

#DawsonProud, Dawson Grads, Events, Well-being for all

North-South Soirée on April 27 in 5B.16

On Thursday evening, April 27, it is finally time to come together, celebrate solidarity and raise funds to support NSS activities, including the 2023-2024 Field Trip to Cuba. It is a North-South tradition to have a community building and fundraising event once a year. In the past, we have held the Spaghetti dinner, the Gallo Pinto dinner, and the Viva Cuba event, and now we would like to invite you to the North-South Soirée on April 27 at 5:30 p.m. in 5B.16.

The evening program includes:
• A celebration of the North-South Studies history
• Introduction to the new Social Change and Solidarity Profile
• A retirement celebration for Tio David Olesik
• Student presentation of Field Trip experience to Cuba and Q&A
• Student Art Exhibit

Tickets are $8 for students and available at

Teachers, students, alumni, and friends and family of NSS are welcome!

#DawsonProud, Dawson Grads, Dawson Talent, Events

Vernissage Season begins May 23  

The countdown is on to Vernissage Season at Dawson. Graduating students in Visual Arts, Illustration, Professional Photography, Industrial Design, Graphic Design, 3D Animation and Computer Generated Imagery and Interior Design will present their work in end-of-year exhibitions.

All events are open to all employees and the general public. For dates and details, visit

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#DawsonProud, Academic News, Decolonization, Faculty Hub, Well-being for all

Art history teachers come together to rethink discipline

For several years, Dawson Fine Arts faculty members Dr. Emma Doubt and Dr. Pohanna Pyne Feinberg have been having discussions about shifting pedagogical and curricular approaches in the art history discipline.

“These shifts in the discipline resonate with a global paradigm shift and social justice movements that call for decolonizing education (amongst other systematic social and political structures) by offering content in our classrooms that resonates with and inspires all of our students — and, in the process, also creates open, safe spaces where we can discuss reconciliation and healing in Canada through an artistic lens,” Emma and Pohanna said.

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Dawson Foundation, In the news/in social media

Dawson Golf Classic sells out: waiting list now open!

We are thrilled to announce that the 2023 Dawson Golf Classic is officially sold out! We thank all our golfers and sponsors for their contributions to this event to date.

For those who missed out on the registration, we invite you to sign up on our waiting list by contacting Fred Jansen at

While the tournament is full, it is possible to join the cocktail reception, dinner and evening activities starting at 5 p.m. To reserve your spot, visit

If you are unable to attend the event, you can still support the Foundation by making a donation to the Student Academic Enrichment Fund at

Let's make this a fantastic day and show our support for Dawson students!

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From the Director General, Well-being for all

A conversation about rebuilding the Dawson community April 4

Director General Diane Gauvin and Academic Dean Leanne Bennett held a town hall on April 4 about rebuilding the community after the pandemic. Over 50 people attended, with balanced representation from all employee groups.

As Diane and Leanne explained, the intent of the gathering was to explore how to strengthen the Dawson community and promote feelings of connectedness after the pandemic and the periods of imposed isolation. By examining what the community can do better to create a healthy, welcoming work environment, people can contribute to the well-being of students, themselves and the community itself. Given the various ways that people see the workings and benefits of community, Diane and Leanne recognized the importance of hearing different perspectives and of engaging people in discussions that will allow individuals to support each other and move forward collectively.

Participants engaged in a rich discussion during which six principal themes emerged: the positive and negative impacts of remote work; opportunities for employees to socialize and connect while participating in community activities; spaces to foster more social interactions; collaboration; communication; and ways of rebuilding community generally. To overcome isolation, rebuild community and help new employees integrate into the college, many people wanted more opportunities and spaces where they can interact socially. Interest in having both a staff lounge and dedicated time to participate in community activities was expressed a number of times. Some participants voiced frustration that remote work and online meetings make it difficult to find people in their offices, obtain immediate in-person service or have spontaneous interactions, while others found that remote work creates different opportunities to network with people and to work without distractions and interruptions that occur at the college.

To read more details about what was discussed, please visit this link.

Diane and Leanne thanked participants for sharing their valuable comments on the different ways of fostering community. They promised that there would be more town halls and, in the meantime, invited people who wanted to provide further feedback to send it to or

In the news/in social media, Learning opportunities

Dawson Science Students Visit The NRC & TSB In Ottawa

During the March break, 33 students from the Science and the Enriched Science Program spent a day visiting labs and research facilities at the National Research Council (NRC) and the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) in Ottawa.

Separated into three groups, students were given tours of 12 different facilities where they learned about world-class research and engineering in fields such as ocean & coastal research, flight research, metrology, nanotechnology, photonics, printable electronics, human therapeutics, and advanced non-linear optical imaging and spectroscopy. The trip was organized by Chris Whittaker (Physics) and students were accompanied by Carmen Leung (Chemistry) and Jean-François Brière (Physics). Funds for the trip came from students and the Student Success Action Plan fund.

Book/article/video recommendation, In the news/in social media

Former Computer Science Faculty Ken Fogel publishes Transitioning to Java

After a long career as a member of the Computer Science faculty at Dawson, Ken Fogel continues to work in his field. He has published a book entitled Transitioning to Java. The book will help non-Java developers transition from whatever language they are using now to learning Java.

Published by Packt, the book is already available on Amazon for Kindle download and the physical version will be available for purchase as of May 5, 2023. Download the book on Kindle.

Ken will also generously be donating copies of Transitioning to Java to the Dawson College library, so it will soon be available there as well.

Dawson Professional Theatre, Dawson Talent, Events

Professional Theatre Program presents The Trial 

Directed by Michael Hughes, third-year students from the Professional Theatre Department will put on a production of Steven Berkoff’s The Trial from April 24-May 6.

The dark but humourous play, which Berkoff based upon an unfinished novel of the same name written by Franz Kafka in 1914-15, centers around Josef K. A young man who has been arrested and has no idea why. While he is awaiting trial, he attempts to discover what is going on but the more Josef looks into things the deeper and deeper in trouble he finds himself.   

Performance Dates

  • Previews at 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, April 24 and 25 
  • Opening at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 26 Playing at 8 p.m. April 26 to 29 and May 3 to 6

Tickets will be available on their Box Office page starting next week.

Faculty Hub

Over at the Faculty Hub

Looking for classroom activities related to Earth Day 2023?

Check out the Climate Education Toolkit!


DawsonITE Newsletter # 588

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

  • How to Install and Run ChatGPT as a Windows App
  • Are we on the verge of having a ‘Universal Teacher’?
  • What we learned from the deep learning revolution

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