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Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2023

#DawsonProud, Faculty Hub, From the Director General, Homepage news, In the news/in social media

Four teachers honoured with Teaching Excellence Award

Four outstanding teachers at Dawson received the Director General’s Teaching Excellence Award on the occasion of Ped Day on Oct. 13:

  • Hannah Heath-Engel (Biomedical Laboratory Technology)
  • Audrey Juhasz (Mathematics)
  • Roger Machaalani (Chemistry)
  • Nicola Martino (Italian).

Please visit the link for the homepage news story.

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#DawsonProud, Communications Office, Events

Crowds of prospective students at Open House

Dawson’s Open House was Oct. 22 and thousands of prospective students and their families took us up on the invitation.

Sunday was a record crowd, according to organizer Carey-Ann Pawsey of the Communications Office and Geoff Kloos of Student Services, two staff members who have more than two decades of Dawson Open House experience.

The last time the College opened up without appointments was in 2019. That year, 14,000 Viewbooks were distributed. To be more sustainable, guests were invited to see the Viewbook online.

In the morning, guests arrived for tours and program experiences by appointment and in the afternoon, doors were open to all to come in and speak with teachers at program booths and ask questions to academic advisors. There were close to 2,000 people who went on student-guided tours, 700 at the Science info sessions and 300 at program experiences.  The Science webinar on Oct. 18 and the How to Apply webinar on Oct. 24 drew a total of 600 participants online.

“I would like to sincerely thank everyone who gave up their Sunday to welcome our future students and their parents to Dawson,” said Megan Ainscow, Head of Communications. “We have an amazing team of colleagues at Dawson who go above and beyond to make this event possible. We feel very grateful.”

The next Open House will be Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024.

Dawson Foundation, Milestones

Mitchell Rae Yang is the new Director of the Dawson Foundation

The Dawson College Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Mitchell Rae Yang as Director.  Mitchell’s first day at Dawson will be Wednesday, November 1.

For the homepage news story, visit the link.

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

Field trip to Canadore College

Jenn de Vera, Sophie La Font and Chris Adam of Dawson's Office of Sustainability were in North Bay, Ontario this week to visit Canadore College.

"Dawson is entering an exciting partnership with Canadore that will further define what it is it be a Living Campus that offers high impact practices, research and experiential learning to reconnect people, community and Nature," Chris Adam said before the team left.

More to come...

Photo: Jenn de Vera on a tour of Canadore.

Decolonization, Faculty Hub, Human Resources, Professional Development, Well-being for all

Indigenous youth share postcard series at Ped Day

One of the workshops at Dawson’s 2023 Ped Day on Oct. 13 was Indigenous Youth Perspectives: Community Care and Practical Strategies, Bettering the Student Experience.

Two young people who are part of the Indigenous Stream of the Quebec Youth Research Chair at Concordia University presented a postcard series, one of the tools they have created to express themselves and to get people thinking and discussing.

This group has been meeting online and in person for a few years. Sébastien Lamarre-Tellier, a medical student at McGill University, is Innu and a member of the network’s youth advisory committee. Sebastien told Concordia communications that they have been “coming together to share our cultures, be visible and make some noise to show that our cultures are alive and growing.”

The postcard that stood out for many at Dawson was one with an image of two people in a canoe at the centre. The centre is bright and focused on Nature with positive words emphasized. The city and negative elements are there but in the background.

Sébastien said that young Indigenous people “need to express ourselves.” He also said they are looking for a guide in a teacher, someone “to walk in the forest with them.” The image of the canoe has the elder or the teacher in the back helping to steer.

Visit the link to see all the postcards, which can lead to great conversations and rich reflections.

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Faculty Hub, Human Resources, Professional Development

Ped Day resources available

Resources that have been made available by presenters at Ped Day on Oct. 13 are available on a SharePoint site:

Ped Days - Home (

To access the files, you must sign in to Office 365.

Dawson Foundation

Call for proposals for the Student Academic Enrichment Fund

There is an open call for proposals for funding from the Student Academic Enrichment Fund of the Dawson Foundation. Staff and current students are eligible to apply. Applications for projects beginning in the Winter 2024 semester will open on Thursday, October 26 and close on Friday, November 17.

The fund has up to $40,000 available for projects commencing in the Winter 2024 semester. The objective is to fund approximately eight to ten projects. There is an option available which allows applicants to request up to three years of funding for recurring projects.

Visit the link for more info and the application form.

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From the Director General

Nominations open until Nov. 10 for Teaching Excellence Award

Nominations for the Teaching Excellence Award are now open until November 10 at 11 p.m.

To submit a nomination, go to Omnivox and look for the item Teaching Excellence Award under the My Dawson Life menu.

Faculty Hub

Over at the Faculty Hub

Upcoming Pedagogical Workshops

  • Intro to Chat GPT
  • Evaluation of Student Learning
  • Competency-based Programs: The Essentials
  • Constructive Feedback

Descriptions, dates and registration… HERE!

Events, Faculty Hub, Professional Development

Save the date for Intercollegiate Ped Days

Intercollegiate Ped Days will be online January 9-10, 2024.

The theme is Shifting Landscapes: Shared Practices in a Changing CEGEP System.

The introduction of Bill 96 (Law 14), undertaking multiple large program revisions, and witnessing a tectonic shift in teaching and learning due to a surge in generative AI - This year's theme crosses disciplinary boundaries to explore what it means to embrace and enact meaningful transformation in the English-language CEGEP system.

Keynote presenter Ollivier Dyens is full professor in the Département des littératures de langue française, de traduction et de création at McGill. He examines the impact of technology on humanity and has authored 14 books. He was previously Deputy Provost, Student Life and Learning at McGill.

Registration open.

Decolonization, S.P.A.C.E., Women’s/Gender Studies

Join us for Dawson’s Certificate Day Nov. 8

Certificates offer students from all programs the opportunity to interact in a learning community of fellow students and teachers who share a passion for thinking about and finding solutions for specific historical and contemporary issues. Students currently can take along with their DEC a certificate in Women’s/Gender Studies, Hellenic Studies, Peace Studies, Decolonization and Indigenization Studies, SPACE: Arts and Sciences, and Environment and Sustainability.

Interested in learning more about any of these certificates? Wondering about how to get more involved or the possibilities for co-teaching a certificate course with a colleague? If so, we invite you to drop by the Upper Atrium on Wednesday, November 8 between 10 AM and 3 PM

For more information, please contact Karina D’Ermo in the Office of Academic Development.

Photo: Peace Studies students celebrate with faculty at their certificate ceremony.

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

French teacher and poet launches book

Marc-André Lévesque, a college French instructor, will release his fifth book of poetry, Tricératopcanon, in October. The book will be available in stores beginning October 17. A launch event was held Oct. 19 at the Atomic Café.

The book explores the theme of an impending apocalypse caused by dinosaurs reappearing on Earth, with everyday experiences related to dinosaurs forming the basis for most of the poems. The collection is written entirely in French, and includes several neologisms and a few citations in English.

#DawsonProud, Dawson Professional Theatre, Dawson Talent, Events

Henry The V rehearsals have begun

The third-year students from the Professional Theatre Program have started practicing for Shakespeare's Henry V. This bilingual version is thrilling, featuring both English and French language texts.

The lead role of Henry, affectionately known as Hal, is portrayed by a group of five actors. Here, Henry invades France to rightfully claim his throne. Directed by Michael E. Hughes, the show will run from November 13 to November 25 at 7:30 PM. Ticket sales will begin in November.

PAY WHAT YOU CAN PREVIEWS will be held on Monday, November 13 and Tuesday, November 14.

Dawson students, staff, and faculty can attend for $5, while regular admission is $15 and students/seniors pay $1.

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#DawsonProud, Dawson Grads

Watch: alumni share Dawson memories at Homecoming 2023

Watch a short souvenir video of Dawson's inaugural Homecoming event from last September where alumni — some of whom are now valued employees — reflect on their time as Dawson students.

Visit the link to watch the video.

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Campus Life, Well-being for all

Peace Studies offering free drop-in meditation

The Peace Studies Certificate is offering free drop-in meditation sessions now through Dec. 7.

Monday: 12-12:30 PM in 3F.34
Tuesday: 1-1:30 PM in 5D.11
Wednesday: 12-12:30 PM in 3F.43
Thursday: 1-1:30 PM in 5D.11
Friday: 11:30 am-12 PM in 3F.45
until December 7, 2023


Shirley Jackson’s Textual Hauntings: A Public Lecture by Dr. Emily Banks

This is a free public lecture by visiting U.S. scholar Emily Banks on the influence of Shirley Jackson's work. The event will be at Dawson on Friday, November 10 from 4-6 PM in room 5B.16. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Montréal Monstrum Society (MMS) and CORERISC with funding support from the FRQSC. For more information, on the MMS website:

Faculty Hub, Professional Development

Next CRISPESH lunch ‘n learn is Nov. 1

Autonomisation enseignante grâce à l’élaboration et l’appropriation d’une approche réflexive et métacognitive de l’inclusion au collégial

Le mercredi 1er novembre à midi, rejoignez-nous pour une présentation des résultats d’une recherche portant sur l’adoption d’une posture réflexive et métacognitive en matière d’inclusion de la diversité en enseignement collégial. Grâce à une méthodologie basée sur la recherche-action collaborative réunissant des membres étudiants, enseignants, professionnels de quatre cégeps, l’équipe de projet a élaboré et expérimenté une démarche permettant à une personne enseignante de développer le réflexe de se questionner sur son propre rapport à la diversité et à son inclusion. Appuyée sur une vision concertée du rôle de l’enseignant ou de l’enseignante inclusive, l’équipe présentera les résultats obtenus et des avenues afin de les intégrer dans les pratiques et de les mettre à profit dans les établissements collégiaux.

  • Sous-titrage pour les personnes sourdes ou malentendantes
  • Interprétation simultanée du français vers l’anglais

Réservez votre place et inscrivez-vous.

Off campus events

QUESCREN Education and Vitality Forum 2023

This third edition of the Forum will focus on "Enhancing Quebec's English-Language Education Network Through Collaboration."

Dates: 2-3 November 2023

Time: 8:30 AM - 6 PM

LocationIn-person at Concordia University Conference Centre, 9th Floor, John Molson Building (MB), 1450 Guy St., Montreal

Visit the link for more information and to register.

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

Toward 1,000 species on campus

The Dawson Community continues to observe and log new observations into our iNaturalist community entitled Dawson College -Campus Biodiversity Network.

Everyone is welcome to join and all observations within the Dawson campus automatically count for our 1,000 Species in 1,000 Days.

The current total sits at 817 species on Dawson's downtown city block campus. In the last two weeks, we had:

  • 16 observations
  • 6 new species
  • 1 new observer

Photo: Doug Smyth (physical Education) captured this skunk visiting Dawson.


DawsonITE Newsletter # 609

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

In this issue:

  • New report: Generative Artificial Intelligence in Canadian Post-Secondary Education
  • 5 Predictions for Artificial Intelligence in the Next Decade
  • Use This Extension to Block Sponsored Ads on YouTube

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Last Modified: October 25, 2023


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