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Wednesday, Sep. 27, 2023

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Good times and happy reunions at first Homecoming

“I met my best friend at Dawson and we came together.”

“Dawson made such an impact on me during my first years in Canada; I had to come.”

“There is just something special about the Dawson community and I had to come back and be part of it again.”

These were the sorts of comments we heard from graduates, retirees, employees and even current students who attended Dawson’s first-ever Homecoming on Sept. 23.

Special thanks to the Homecoming Organizing Committee, the staff who worked on a Saturday to make it happen, the teachers who hosted reunions and our event sponsors: the Burgundy Lion Group, Shaughnessy Café and Chartwells Canada.

Visit the link below for the homepage news story and more photos.

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#DawsonProud, Campus Life, Communications Office, Events, Homepage news, In the news/in social media

All are welcome at Dawson Open House 2023

For the first time in four years, Dawson is opening our doors to welcome everyone on the afternoon of Sunday, Oct. 22 from 1 PM to 4 PM. No reservations required; just come!

It is important to note that everyone is welcome to visit Open House, apply for programs and attend Dawson, whether or not you hold an English eligibility certificate.

Visit the link for the homepage story with all the details.

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Awards Office

Do you know any outstanding students?

The nomination and application period for Dawson's Fall Awards opens today, Wednesday, Sept. 27.

We are also seeking employees to serve on the Awards Selection Committees.

Please visit the link for all the details about which awards are being offered this fall. Nominate a deserving student and encourage suitable students to apply for the application-based awards.

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Human Resources, Professional Development, Workshops

Faculty and professionals invited to Ped Day Oct. 13 

Join your colleagues at the Dawson College Pedagogical Day Friday, Oct. 13. It begins at 8:30 AM with a light breakfast in 5B.16.  At 9 AM, Erin Barker will give the keynote talk entitled “Transition and Resilience Building in Emerging Adulthood.”  

Erin Barker is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and member of the Centre for Research in Human Development at Concordia University, where she directs the Lifespan Well-Being Laboratory. 

Workshops will take place starting at 10:30 AM and at 2 PM.

Registration for workshops will close Oct. 10 at 12 PM to provide participant lists to presenters. Some sessions have attendance limits so register early! 

Visit the link to register.

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#DawsonProud, Academic News, Campus Life, Events

Invitation to Neuroscience poster session Sept. 29

Students from the Dawson Research in Neuroscience Group will present their work as interns in several Montreal labs.  The design of their experiments, obstacles they have encountered and interim results will be shared from a number of projects in the area of Neuroscience.

This session will take place on Sept. 29 from 3 PM to 5 PM in room 3H.10. Everybody is welcome!

Light refreshments will be provided.

Campus Life, Student Services

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (Sept. 30) is being marked at Dawson again this week.

Organized by Campus Life, posters and pins will be made on Friday in the Upper Atrium for Saturday’s March for Truth and Reconciliation leaving from Mount Royal Park (near the George-Étienne Cartier monument)  at 1 PM.

For the month of September on the second floor of the library (6C), at the top of the stairs, there is a themed book display and bookmarks are being given out.

#DawsonProud, Academic News, Homepage news

A College Course at Camp?

When we share with colleagues that the Community Recreation and Leadership Training (CRLT) program is taking students from all three years to camp for their Fall Outdoor Experience, we get a lot of varied responses and encounter a spectrum of reactions, from envy to curiosity.

Most people, even those who live for outdoor activities and immersion in Nature, are not aware of the benefits and learnings which take place when the whole CRLT department, students and faculty, pack up for a five-day intensive at a sleep away camp over Labour Day weekend.

Visit the link to read Heather Martin's homepage news feature.

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#DawsonProud, Campus Life, Events

CC4C Changemakers recognized

On Sept. 21, four students were recognized as CC4C Creative Changemakers at a gala at the Warren G. Flowers Art Gallery at Dawson.

The four CC4C Creative Changemakers are: Kessy Ininahazwe  (General Social Science), Elishah Alphonse (General Social Science), Kylie Brown (Cinema | Communications) and Sarah Browne (Graphic Design).

Changemakers Kessy Ininahazwe and Elishah Alphonse made a song entitled “Can't bare no more” about a poem that was written in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. They produced the “song so it can serve as a powerful reminder of the ongoing struggle for racial justice and the need to celebrate and support black culture,” Kessy said.

The students learned how to produce a song, which was a really long process. “We can also say that we learned how to use our voice and creativity in the struggle for a better world,” Kessy said.

The award “feels really great because we worked so hard for this project and the fact that other people really enjoyed the song feels amazing to me,” she said.

“It is such a pleasure to reward students who have such a dedication for positive change in this world,” said Kim Simard (Faculty, Cinema | Communications) of the Creative Collective for Change (CC4C).

“We are lucky to have incredible students in our midst: curious, critical and creative. May we consistently value their important contributions,” she said.

Kim said that it was a beautiful evening, and that they hope to see more like it in the future. Thanks again to Living Campus and the Warren G. Flowers Gallery for their unwavering support.

#DawsonProud, Dawson Grads, Events, Homepage news

Humanities courses helped Dawson grad find his way and his why

What’s the point? was the theme of the Humanities and Public Life Conference the week of Sept. 18 at Dawson and a graduate returned to answer this question in a most convincing way.

Andreas Nicolaidis-Gagnon (Class of 2022, Social Service) only met teacher Daniel Goldsmith after he took his Humanities course online during the pandemic. They continue to enjoy a lively discussion on What’s App about the themes in the Enlightened Consciousness course. It was through this ongoing conversation that Daniel had the idea to invite Andreas back to Dawson to speak to students about the value of Humanities courses.

Visit the link below for the homepage news story.

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Campus Life, Events

Author Dimitri Nasrallah & grad Eden Andrews at Dawson Reads

Students in two English classes were lucky enough to be at the first Dawson Reads event for this school year on Sept. 27 with author Dimitri Nasrallah and graduate Eden Andrews (Class of 2023, Arts, Literature and Communication -Literature).

Eden, who won the QWF College Writers Award last year, read two excerpts from her short story and Dimitri read from his acclaimed fourth novel, Hotline, an autobiographical work of fiction written during the pandemic and set in Montreal in the 1980s.

Dimitri had come to a time in his life where he could face this part of his story and have empathy for his mother's perspective. After reading the excerpt about a meeting between the main character and her son's teacher, Dimitri shared his own journey through education, which began in business ending up with a MA in Literature from Concordia where he teaches. He says he still has some more books to write and is currently writing his fifth novel.

Photo: Liam Lachance (English), Eden Andrews, Dimitri Nasrallah and Sarah Gilbert (English).

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

Dawson an “excellent” Cégep Vert

ENvironnement JEUnesse (ENJEU) has certified that Dawson College has met the criteria for the excellence level of its Cégep Vert program. This means that Dawson is at the highest level of CEGEPs that are committed to environmental education and action.

“They gave special mention to our Dawson Wetlands Project, completed in Paul Wasacz’s Eco-Landscaping Physical Education course,” said Chris Adam of Dawson’s Office of Sustainability.

Faculty interested in designing projects that reconnect people, community and Nature like the Dawson Wetlands project should contact the Office of Sustainability to learn how they can support you and your students.

Photo: Chris Adam and students check out the brand new worm composting system.

Visit the link for the homepage news story.

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Dawson Professional Theatre, Events

The Professional Theatre Department presents Clue

Up for a murder mystery? The second-year students of the Professional Theatre Program at Dawson College will be performing the hit play "CLUE", written by Sandy Rustin, based on the screenplay by Jonathan Lynn and directed by Jonathan Monro.

"CLUE" is a 1950s murder mystery/comedy play based off the movie, which was based off the board game. The movie first came out in 1985 and took inspiration from the original "CLUE" (named "Cluedo") board game created by the Parker Brothers and released in 1949. The play follows six guests who spend the evening at Boddy Manor after being sent an invitation from an anonymous sender. When the sender is revealed to be the guests' blackmailer, a series of murders takes place. The guests must find out who the murderer is and discover the secrets inside Boddy Manor before the police arrive.

When: Oct. 4 to 7
Time: 7:30 PM
Where: Dawson College
Cost: Pay What You Can

Reserve tickets here:

Faculty Hub

Over at the Faculty Hub

Curious about ChatGPT?

Join in on this introduction to ChatGPT, where we will discuss implications on the practice of teaching, and look at uses in the classroom. We will also discuss ethical and legal considerations and review how ChatGPT is already being used.

Presented by: Rafael Scapin (Pedagogical Counsellor, IST) and Cameron Campbell (Pedagogical Counsellor, IST)

Visit the Faculty Hub

#DawsonProud, Academic News, Campus Life, Events

Over 2,000 students attended Humanities conference

The Humanities and Public Life Conference took place from Sept. 18-21. The theme this year was What's the Point? Purpose, Meaning, and Value in Challenging Times. Over the span of four days, over 2,000 students attended 20 different presentations.

Our presenters explored how humanities education can help us to ask the bigger questions that guide our everyday actions, helping us to understand what to value and why. Some highlights included two former Dawson students, Silvia Ortan and Andreas Nicolaidis-Gagnon, who shared how they use what they learned in humanities in their careers (law and social work). Overall, we were reminded once again of the impact that humanities can have in helping us navigate a complex and often bewildering world.  From the rise of white power terrorism to the role that AI will play in creativity, our presenters helped students understand how what they are learning in their humanities courses factors into real-world situations.

We would also like to express our thanks to the Dawson administration, FAMA, the theatre department, and David Bannout.  Special thanks to Diana Rice for coordinating three peace week talks during the conference.  Without your help, we would not have been able to offer our students such an enriching week!

#DawsonProud, Events, Off campus events

Simon Davies’ exhibit Something’s a Jar

Simon Davies (retired faculty, Cinema | Communications) has co-curated an art exhibition, along with his wife, Carmen, which is currently running (Sept. 15-Nov. 4, 2023) at the Maison de la culture Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (3755 Botrel Ave.), corner of Côte-Saint-Antoine.

Simon described the project:

I made an open call to a number of friends and associates, with the idea being that we could gather, around an art exhibit, to reunite the community after Covid restrictions were lifted. That was awhile ago, as you can see, but finally we have opened.

Participants were asked to find a jar, remove the labels, and install something in the jar that had a reference to their 'memories, dreams and reflections'.

The only rules were; no liquids, nothing outside the jar, and it had to be presented lid down. This last rule was important since, by making this intervention, it transformed the jar into a vessel. I also wanted to make a reference and homage to the Dada movement, that took 'ready mades', mass manufactured items, that could be transformed by interventions. The most famous of these would probably be "The Fountain" (1917) by Marcel Duchamp. As you probably know, it was a urinal that he turned on its back and signed it R. Mutt. It was scandalous, but made history.

We ended up with 66 jars, a number of them made by former Dawson personnel.

Campus Life, Living Campus, Sustainability, Well-being for all

Toward 1,000 Species on Campus

Our pursuit of identifying 1,000 Species in 1,000 Days continues!

Over the last two weeks, there have been:

  • 287 observations
  • 21 new species
  • 14 new observers

Dawson’s Campus Biodiversity Network count on iNaturalist is now at a total of 788 species.

Thanks to Doug Smyth (Physical Education) for the great shot of a Bold Jumping Spider.

Professional Development, Workshops

CRISPESH offers Lunch ‘n Learn series

Dawson’s CCTT CRISPESH is holding its first event in a lunch ‘n learn series on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 12  PM. Here is the link to register:

Autisme et aménagement intérieur, un cas à succès ! Billets, mer, 4 oct. 2023 à 12:00 | Eventbrite

To see the whole line-up for this year: CRISPESH_midi-conferences_2023-2024

CRISPESH is a College Centre for Transfer (CCTT) in innovative social practices affiliated with Cégep du Vieux Montréal and Dawson College. The focus of its mission is to promote the inclusion of people living with disabilities in Quebec society.


DawsonITE Newsletter # 605

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

In this issue:

    •  What could the school of 2050 look like?
    •  46 ChatGPT alternatives and AI tools for teachers
    • How to Use PowerPoint's Designer Feature to Take the Pain Out of Presentations

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