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Wednesday, May. 3, 2023

#DawsonProud, Dawson Blues

Dawson Blues celebrate a successful season at Awards Night

On April 21 at Le Nouvel Hotel in the Dorchester Room, our 17 teams brought their year to an end by celebrating all the success enjoyed during the 2022-23 season.

Organized by Gavin Sealy, Maha Haddad and Kayla Smith of the Athletics Department, the Awards Night featured two awards for each team selected by the coaches (typically MVP and Rookie of the Year). Additionally, there were a few awards handed out in which the winners were selected by the Athletics Department. These included Male and Female Athlete of the Year and Male and Female Academic Athlete of the Year.

The evening was attended by over 300 student-athletes and featured Master of Ceremony Geoff Kloos, Interim Director of Student Services, along with speeches by Sebastien Rivest, Manager, Athletics and Caroline Blouin, Coordinator, Student Services. Caroline also handed out the Academic Achievement Awards to the student-athletes who had maintained over 85 per cent and 90 per cent overall averages.

A special moment was a video featuring highlights of the six teams which did exceptionally well this season—Division 1 Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Division 2 Women’s Volleyball, Division 2 Men’s and Women’s Basketball, and Division 2 Women’s Soccer. Afterwards, the Blues then continued the celebration at Musique.

"It was an evening filled with great energy and positivity," says co-organizer Maha Haddad. "It was nice to see the athletes supporting all teams, not just their own. Was a great evening and the perfect way to end the season for the Blues. It is a sign of the good things to come for our Athletics program as we all felt like one unit."

Check out the full list of award winners.

#DawsonProud, Academic News, Awards Office, Communications Office, In the news/in social media, Student Services

Meet Dawson’s 2023 Forces AVENIR cohort

Every year, Dawson has had extraordinary students, teachers and staff who enrich our community with their projects, perseverance and passion.

This year, Dawson is recognizing individuals: student Kitenge Kayembe and faculty member Joel Trudeau for their commitment; and student Fred-Dgennie Louis for her perseverance. Dawson is also recognizing students for their great projects: Narcisse Hassan and Kaligua Rochon for the Dawson Sustainability Project in the Environment category; and students Kiana Lalavi, Shaneli Yaghoubi, Kiera Robak and Lina Adda for The Mahsa Amini Initiative in the Mutual Aid, Peace and Justice category.

The local ceremony will be Thursday, May 4 at Dawson. Both projects are moving forward for consideration at the provincial level of Forces AVENIR. Check the next D News on May 17 for a feature on our 2023 laureates.

Campus Life, Decolonization, Events, Homepage news, Warren G. Flowers Art Gallery

Students interview visual artist Renee Condo

This week, Dawson became one of the few places in Canada to host an exhibition by a nominee of the prestigious Sobey Art Award. Renee Condo is a visual artist of Mi’gmaw descent, hailing from the community of Gesgapegiag, Québec. Shifting Perspectives features her artwork constructed from wooden beads at the Warren G. Flowers Art Gallery until May 6.  On a recent Tuesday afternoon, two visual arts students, Ella Gauthier and Alessandro Ruvo, had the opportunity to ask Condo a few questions.

For the homepage interview feature, visit the link below.

Read More - Students interview visual artist Renee Condo

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

Worms to transform Dawson waste into fertilizer

A waste management team consisting of worms will begin working at Dawson this spring thanks to a grant from Colleges and Institutes Canada. Their task is simple: consume the organic waste we throw into our hallway sorting stations and transform it into nutrient-rich fertilizer for our gardens.

To read the homepage news story, visit the link below.

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Reminder: Open call for Student Academic Enrichment Fund until May 7

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

North-South Soiree brings in over $4,000 for Cuba field trip

A true community-building event, the North-South Studies Soiree brought together over 100 attendees, including profile alumni, retired and present teachers, as well as both current and admitted-for-fall-2023 students for an evening of music, friendship, and solidarity.

Fred Jones and Ovide Bastien who founded the Profile 30 years ago were in attendance, along with all former coordinators Jeffrey Barnes and David Olesik.

The event raised over $4,000 to fund the 2023-2024 field trip to Cuba.

"Thank you to all that came to the event and made it a special reunion," says Gisela Frias, Profile Coordinator.

"A big thank you to the first-year students who worked very hard prior to and during the event. During the second-year trip, students put on a wonderful performance, the auction of their artwork went well and so did their presentations," she says. "We are very proud."

Those that could not attend can still make a donation to support the Profile field trip.

Visit the link below to view photos from the event.

Read More - North-South Soiree brings in over $4,000 for Cuba field trip

#DawsonProud, Milestones

Brid NicNiocaill is new Associate Dean of SMSE

We are pleased to inform you of the appointment of Brid NicNiocaill in the position of Associate Dean of Science, Medical Studies and Engineering. Her first day in the new role was May 1. Under the supervision of Dean Maxwell Jones, Brid will be working alongside Jonathon Sumner, Associate Dean of Science, Medical Studies and Engineering.

Brid has been part of the Dawson Community as Faculty since 2010. She has taught a range of courses in different programs including science, professional medical programs and social science and was the Biology department chair and co-chair for 6 years.”

"Brid has been a dedicated member of SMSE for many years, and we’re very excited to welcome her to a new role as Associate Dean," Max said.

Communications Office, From the Director General

Communications Policy and Digital Guidelines for Dawson College now in effect

In order to ensure the reputation and logo of the College are well-represented externally, Dawson College has prepared a Communications Policy under the Office of the Director General. It comes into effect this week.

To read the main points of the policy and for a link to the full text, visit the link below.

Read More - Communications Policy and Digital Guidelines for Dawson College now in effect

#DawsonProud, Dawson Foundation, Dawson Gives, Dawson Talent, In the news/in social media, Living Campus

Artists in Bloom raises over $11,000 for Living Campus!

Thank you to everyone who came out to support the talented student artists at the 25th edition of Artists in Bloom!

Congratulations to all the talented artists who created works of art over a two-hour period, and put on a fantastic live artistry show. Special thank you to radio host Donna Saker of The Beat 92.5 for auctioning off the beautiful artwork, and Dawson students Mathew Anania and Alessia Vigna for their live musical performances.

The event has raised over $11,000 which will go to support Dawson’s sustainability activities under the Living Campus fund.

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

QWF College Writers Award application deadline is June 5

The Quebec Writers' Federation is accepting applications for the 2023 College Writer Award. The award will go to the best short story, poem, or work of nonfiction written in English by a college student at Champlain Regional, Dawson, Heritage, John Abbott, Marianopolis, or Vanier College.

The winner will receive $1,000 and publication in the Quebec Writers’ Federation's online journal.

The submission guidelines for Dawson College are posted on Omnivox.

Questions? You can join the Zoom info session on Thursday, May 4 at 3 p.m., or contact

Academic News, Campus Life, Events

Come see work of Resist Violence class May 11

In 3B.6 and in the near hallway on Thursday, May 11 between 3 and 6 p.m., you are invited to participate, witness and be moved by the innovative and important work that has been made by this year’s Resist Violence class.

Whether making a political statement with hostile architecture, spreading awareness through paintings, or inspiring us to look at things from a new angle, student artists are working with testimonials, storytelling and performance art. Addressing what it means to be human today, pieces will surely provoke you to reckon with the world the way it is and find a new way to get "Home Safe."

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

Dawson in the news for Earth Week

Dawson was in the news during Earth Week!

Watch the CTV news story on the 1,000 Species in 1,000 Days initiative, which aims to document a thousand species of plants and animals in the Montreal area within a thousand days.

Watch the CTV news story on a field trip with the International Youth Camp, which took place at Dawson in conjunction with the CI Can conference.

#DawsonProud, Academic News, Campus Life, Homepage news, IST, Student Services

Professional Photography students staff grad portrait pop-up studio

The Dawson Professional Photography students partnered again this year with Campus Life and Leadership (CLL) and members of the Dawson Web Group to offer graduation portraits to over 600 of 2023 Dawson grads. The collaboration is an excellent example of communities working together to achieve mutually beneficial goals.

To read the homepage news story, visit the link below.

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#DawsonProud, Learning opportunities, Living Campus, Perks for Dawson Employees, Sustainability, Well-being for all

Six employees complete Sustainable Happiness course

Six employees at Dawson and seven employees at John Abbott College successfully completed this semester's Employee Sustainable Happiness 24-hour certificate. Jennifer de Vera (Sustainability Office) and Azra Khan (Human Resources) facilitated the course and Dawson lent Jenn to lead the John Abbott course with Shannon Coulter-Low.

The non-credit course developed at Dawson, now being taught around the world, aims to help people live their best lives by taking care of themselves so they can in turn take care of others and Nature.

Sustainable Happiness is a major benefit to Dawson employees who are given work time with the approval of a manager to take the course. Each participant must complete a final project.

Jenn reports that this year's projects included:

  • Benefits of talking to strangers
  • Mapping where ingredients from meals come from and how to improve
  • "Reel it in" upcycling VHS tapes from the library through creative projects
  • Laminating all English Exit Exam signs for annual reuse and adding the biophilic design of live plants to the gym during the exam
  • Creating a zen area in the Campus Life and Leadership (CLL) office, and doing daily actions for happiness with CLL staff and student volunteers
#DawsonProud, Academic News, Campus Life, Dawson Foundation, Living Campus, Well-being for all

Toward 1,000 species update

More people are joining Dawson's 1,000 Species in 1,000 Days initiative every week.

The total number of species identified on Dawson's one-block campus is now at 479! For the week of April 17, Dawson's iNaturalist community, Dawson College-Campus Biodiversity Network, there were 31 new species counted, 24 new observers joining the community and 361 new observations. The week of April 24, there were 12 new species, 4 new observers, and 97 new observations.

One of the species added last week to Dawson's count is the Eastern Screech Owl. Photo by Doug Smyth (Physical Education).

Everyone is invited to join this initiative by using the free iNaturalist app.

Read More - Toward 1,000 species update

#DawsonProud, Academic News, Campus Life, 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 the full schedule, visit the link below.

Read More - Vernissage Season begins May 23

Dawson Research, DawsonAI, Events, Off campus events, Workshops

12th Annual SALTISE Conference on June 12 & 13

The Supporting Active Learning & Technological Innovation in Studies of Education (SALTISE) conference is dedicated to helping faculty discover evidence-based pedagogy that uses educational technology with the goal of leading to improved learning.

Each year it hosts national and international scholars and provides opportunities for local experts to share best practices in the exciting world of active learning pedagogy and the use of technology via its annual conference.

Educators as Designers: A Practice-Research Conversation is the umbrella under which the 2023 SALTISE Conference is operating. This year the conference will happen on June 12 and 13, 2023 at Concordia University. The conference will give attendees the opportunity to learn from a wide range of experts in their fields at talks, workshops and networking events.

Giving you a peek into what to expect, SALTISE has announced its keynote speakers and they are not to be missed! First is Diana Laurillard, who is a Professor of Learning with Digital Technology at the University College London in the U.K. Her keynote will be "Educators Collaborating to Innovate: The Roles Digital Technologies Can Play." Second, is Kelly Miller who will deliver a keynote entitled "Overcoming Challenges in Active Learning Environments." Kelly is a Senior Lecturer in Applied Physics at Harvard University.

Hosting and running the conference is a significant task that requires the support of many volunteers. You can volunteer for a few hours, and tasks may include registering attendees, directing the flow of people, preparing rooms, serving alcohol (for volunteers 18+), and cleaning up. Sign up to be a volunteer now.

Visit the link below for details and registration.

Read More - 12th Annual SALTISE Conference on June 12 & 13

Events, Faculty Hub

Call for proposals for Humanities and Public Life

Proposals to present at the 2023 Humanities and Public Life Conference are being accepted until May 31. The annual conference takes place at Dawson from Sept. 21 to 24.

The theme this year is "What's the Point? Purpose, Meaning, and Value in Challenging Time." Please see the call for papers for more details.

Read More - Call for proposals for Humanities and Public Life

Dawson Foundation, In the news/in social media

Dawson Golf Classic welcomes three new VIP guests

Excitement is building for the Dawson Golf Classic, which is set to take place on Thursday, June 8, at the Summerlea Golf & Country Club. This year's event promises to be a star-studded affair, with three new VIPs set to make an appearance. RDS personality Valérie Sardin, soccer legend Amy Walsh, and three-time Grey Cup winner Danny Desriveaux will all be in attendance.

While the tournament is full, it is possible to reserve a dinner spot to mingle with our guests during the cocktail reception, dinner and evening activities starting at 5 p.m.

Visit the link below to learn more about our invited guests.

Read More - Dawson Golf Classic welcomes three new VIP guests

#DawsonProud, Living Campus, Peace Centre, Well-being for all

About 1,000 meals served up by Dawson Dining

The Peace Centre and the Dawson Student Union (DSU) ran Dawson Dining for the full two weeks of Earth Week, from April 17-28.

Each day in Conrod's, about 100 students and staff dropped off their reusable containers so they could be filled with a satisfying and hot vegan lunch, prepared by student and employee volunteers who were supervised by chef Jamal Spence. Meals varied from pelau, a Trinidadian staple, to banana pancakes, cinnamon rice Pudding & homemade warm berry jam. Over the two weeks, diners were provided with pamphlets, prepared by the Environment and Sustainability Certificate, highlighting the connection between food security, climate change, and sustainability.

Students and employees who participated in the program generously thanked the volunteers and chef Jamal Spence, noting how delicious the meals were and the wonderful sense of community building resulting from the initiative. Many community members, students and employees, expressed their desire to see Dawson Dining all week throughout the academic year.

Diana Rice of the Peace Centre reported that for $800 in food, about 500 people ($1.60 per person) were fed during the second week of the initiative. An estimated 1,000 meals were served over the two weeks. Rice hopes to bring back Dawson Dining with the DSU for a similar run next fall during Peace Week 2023, an established tradition of Peace Week for several years.

‘Tis the Season! BIXI Group Discount

As Spring arrives and the weather gets better (It will! We promise!), getting around Montreal on a bicycle, for many, is the way to go. No traffic jams or parking concerns. A convenient way to get around is on a BIXI. The BIXI network has more than 9,600 bikes (7,270 regular BIXIs and 2,395 electric BIXIs) and almost 800 stations spread out across the areas of Montreal, Laval, Longueuil, Westmount, Ville Mont-Royal, and Montréal-Est. As a Dawson employee, you are eligible for a 10 per cent discount off the regular annual membership price.

How to benefit from the reduced rate of $89 (regular price $99)

If you are a new member:

  • Click on the URL
  • Enter your promo code: 2023 BIXI2023DawsonCollege
  • Complete the form

If you are already a member:

  • Go to your BIXI Space
  • Click on “Renew”
  • Click on “Check your eligibility” under “Group discount”
  • Select your group
  • Enter your promo code: 2023 BIXI2023DawsonCollege
  • Complete the form

For more information, visit the BIXI site.

*Discount available for groups until May 31st. The price listed doesn’t include taxes.

Campus Life, Dawson Professional Theatre, Dawson Talent, Events

Last chance to see The Trial

It's the last week to go see The Trial, presented by the Professional Theatre Program!

Joseph K has been arrested—but for what crime? Adapted from the Kafka novel, the Trial is an absurdist comedy about the bureaucracy of the legal system. Directed by Michael Hughes and performed by the third-year graduating students in their final performance at Dawson.

The ticket price for Dawson students is $5. Faculty enter for free. Use the code “teachers” at the checkout. Tickets are available on their Box Office page.

Read More - Last chance to see The Trial


DawsonITE Newsletter # 590

DawsonITE is your curated news related to IST and Education prepared by Dawson's Rafael Scapin.

In this issue:

  • What Is the Impact of ChatGPT on Education? A Rapid Review of the Literature
  • Introducing Microsoft 365 Copilot — your copilot for work
  • Study debunks the myth of the fast learner

Read More - DawsonITE Newsletter # 590

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