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Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023

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

Doug Smyth’s photo in Birds Canada calendar

Physical Education faculty member and Nature photographer Doug Smyth’s photo is featured in the Birds Canada 2024 Calendar, which is mailed out to 15,000 people across Canada.

Visit the link to read about how Doug captured this shot and his reflections on bird watching and photography as paths to greater well-being.

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#DawsonProud, Academic News, Campus Life, Dawson Research, Homepage news

Students share summer neuroscience research projects at Montreal labs

Thirteen Dawson students spent their summer working on real research projects in various fields of neuroscience.

There were eight projects in partnership with Polytechnique/Ste-Justine, MNI, Douglas Institute, McGill departments of Physiology and of Pharmacology and Therapeutics. According to Neuroscience Research Group coordinator Hélène Nadeau: “some projects used images from dMRI, EEG, MRI, fMRI, MR spectroscopy, or PET modalities to probe questions related to the health of neonates, to audition in the normal population, or to pathologies such as schizophrenia, multiple sclerosis, or Alzheimer’s disease.

“Other projects relied on experiments on mice or rats, to better understand physiological mechanisms related to pathologies. In the course of the academic year, several teams worked on a large array of projects combining behavioural and EEG data.”

Three of the students shared their projects in interviews with the Communications Office. Visit the Read More link to see their projects and interviews.

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Academic News, Homepage news

New science program for those interested in computer science and math

Students applying for admission to CEGEP in the Fall of 2024 have a new option at Dawson in science.

The College plans to offer 70 seats in a new-to-Dawson pre-university program entitled Science, Computer Science and Mathematics (program code 200.C1).

Visit the link to learn more about the program and the differences between existing programs at Dawson.

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

Dawson moose activity made the news

The First Peoples’ Centre hosted a traditional moose field dressing and cookout on the west grounds of the College on Oct. 24. Under the guidance of elders and knowledge holders, Cree, Inuit and Kanienʼkehá꞉ka students participated in the preparation, while welcoming other members of the Dawson community to participate as well. Over the course of the day, students from many communities were able to reconnect with customs not commonly practiced in our urban setting.

Tiawentí:non Canadian of the First Peoples’ Centre oversaw the planning of the successful event that will generate other learning opportunities over semesters to come. This winter, students will tan the moose hide during an outdoor activity, and Brian Mader of the Environmental Science program will use the moose skull for a biology course activity. The food prepared during this initiative will feed students at the First Peoples’ Centre well into the winter semester.

The First Peoples’ Centre thanks Living Campus and the Dawson Foundation for providing a chest freezer for food storage following the event.

CBC News was on campus to report on the activity. See their coverage of the story here:

Photo credit: Tristan Beauregard 

Communications Office, Events, Perks for Dawson Employees

You’re invited to Dawson’s Holiday Party!

All employees, faculty and staff are cordially invited to Dawson’s Annual Holiday Party on Friday, Dec. 8 in 3C.1.

Doors will open at 4:30 PM. Dinner will be provided and DJ Paul Cargnello will keep the party lively.

A cash bar will be available. Come as you are and don’t miss the fun!

An All Dawson e-mail will be sent next week with a RSVP form. For planning purposes, we will ask you to confirm your attendance.

Academic News, Faculty Hub, Well-being for all, Women’s/Gender Studies

An Open Call to the Dawson Community from the W/GS Certificate

Gender Matters is a unique W24 course that brings W/GS students and faculty into a learning community (LC) to explore how gender shapes our individual lives, societal institutions and the systems of privilege and exploitation that mark our world.

The course will be led next semester by Cinema | Communications teacher Kim Simard, but once again we are planning to bring together a diverse team of guest teachers to join her. The goal is to offer a real LC experience to W/GS students to deepen their appreciation of the value of exploring gender inequality and its seeming intractability from a diversity of disciplines and methodologies.

Please note that to participate you need not currently have a course listed with the women’s/gender studies certificate but must have some experience with the field. For those who have already participated and would like to do the same or similar this year, please send a short email confirming your interest.

If you are interested, please take a look at the read more link, which includes the complete call for lecturers, and send your proposals to Pat Romano ( by Wednesday, December 6.

Photo:  'The Gender Monologues' journal launch, December 2022. An event celebrating the publication of works made in the Gender Matters class.

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Dawson Gives, Well-being for all

Make a child’s wish for Santa come true

The Dawson community is invited to once again make a child’s wish for Santa come true by participating in the Batshaw Youth and Family Centres annual Holiday Gift Campaign. The goal is to provide gifts and needed items for approximately 1,500 children aged 0-17 who are under Youth Protection in the Montreal region, including children in foster care and group homes.

You can do it alone or as a team. Deadline is Dec. 8. All the details are in the link below.

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

Ped Day keynote was about building resilience in emerging adulthood

Erin Barker’s talk at Ped Day on Oct. 13 helped the audience understand the psychological stage that most of our students are in: emerging adulthood, which is from 18 years old to the late 20s.

At this age, young adults are “not fully independent, but they are less dependent. It is an age of feeling in between, of instability,” developmental psychologist Erin Barker said.

For the report on her talk and some thoughts from two colleagues about it, visit the link.

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Faculty Hub

Over at the Faculty Hub

Enrich your teaching practice by participating in a workshop developed for Dawson faculty!

Coming up:

  • Competency-based Programs: The Essentials - November 10
  • Constructive Feedback - November 29

Register Here or visit the Faculty Hub!

Living Campus, Sustainability, Well-being for all

Join the Dawson Community Bulb Planting Nov. 14

Come help out the Office of Sustainability and their Sustainabili-team student volunteers plant tulips and other bulbs in the Peace Garden and other gardens on campus.

All are invited to drop by any time between 10 AM-12 PM on Tuesday, November 14 to get your hands dirty and help beautify our grounds. No gardening experience necessary; gloves and tools will be provided. We look forward to Spring when we will see all the bulbs in bloom!

On behalf of the Dawson foundation and Office of Sustainability, we would like to thank the Dawson Community and friends for purchasing bulbs benefitting our student-run Living Campus projects and initiatives.

Bulb planting blitz

Date: Tuesday, Nov 14

Time: Drop-in 10 AM-12 PM

Location: Peace Garden (Meet near Peace Pole)

Faculty Hub, Human Resources, Living Campus, Professional Development, Sustainability, Well-being for all

Faculty are invited to sign up for Sustainable Happiness course

“Happiness that contributes to individual, community or global well-being and does not exploit other people, the environment, or future generations," is how Dr. Catherine O’Brien defines the concept of Sustainable Happiness.

The Office of Sustainability is pleased to announce that a 20-hour Sustainable Happiness certificate will be offered to faculty during the winter 2024 semester.

For more information and the sign-up form, visit the link below.

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#DawsonProud, Dawson Talent

Book By Dawson English Teacher Shortlisted For Prize

English teacher Michelle Syba’s book of stories, End Times, is up for the Quebec Writers’ Federation Concordia University First Book Prize. End Times (Freehand Books, 2023 [link below]) is a collection of stories about people variously entangled with evangelical culture.

Michelle was raised evangelical but left the faith in university, going on to complete a PhD in English at Harvard. She remains fascinated by the culture and more generally by people of faith. “There’s a lot that secular folks don’t get about people of faith and vice versa,” she reflects. “In many ways the stories are about the human impulse to feel you're right. What’s great about fiction is that it’s a space where I can experience uncertainty about my judgments in a highly pleasurable way.”

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#DawsonProud, Faculty Hub

Dawson teacher on Parliament Hill for Medical Radiation Technology Week

To celebrate #mrtweek2023, members from the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) were in Ottawa this week to speak with MPs, senators and their staff about the MRT profession and the need for federal investments and leadership to help address the MRT workforce challenges throughout Canada at CAMRT's Hill Day.

Dawson's Kathleen Mailly (Faculty, Diagnostic Imaging) was part of the delegation.

#DawsonProud, Dawson Grads, Homepage news

Dawson grad wins major bursary

In October, Blain Haile (Dawson Class of 2023- Social Science (Law, Society and Justice) won a $5,000 TELUS Student Bursary.

Blain is pursuing a Bachelor of Civil Law and a Juris Doctor with a minor in Gender, Sexuality, Feminist, & Social Justice Studies.

Visit the link to read about her favourite teachers at Dawson, her commitment to volunteer and advocacy projects and what's next for her.

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Dawson Professional Theatre, Dawson Talent, Events

Tickets on sale now for Henry V

The Professional Theatre Department proudly presents Henry V by William Shakespeare, performed by the graduating actors. This bilingual production, directed by Michael E. Hughes, features dialogue in both French and English.

Admission is $5 for Dawson staff, faculty, researchers, and students. Free previews are available on Monday, November 13 and Tuesday, November 14. All shows start at 7:30 PM.

Don't miss out on the opportunity to see this play! Visit the link to secure your tickets.

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Campus Life, Dawson Talent, In the news/in social media, Student Services

Dawson K-Pop team was front page news

Dawson’s K-Pop dance team, IntenCITY, under Campus Life, was featured on the front page of The Montreal Gazette on Nov. 1. The dancers hosted a Random Dance Play activity where snippets of K-Pop songs are played. If you know the choreography of the dance, you jump onto the dance floor and dance in unison. The activity always brings a lot of spectators and of course, K-Pop dance fanatics.

“Dawson has competed in the Intercollegiate Triple Crown K-Pop Dance competition the last four years,” said Michelle Lee of the Campus Life team in Student Services. “We brought home the trophy the last two years. We compete against Vanier, Marianopolis, Champlain, John Abbott, and last year, Brébeuf was included. Each school performs three dances. Dawson’s team, IntenCITY, is strong again this year and is working hard to hold onto the trophy at the 2024 competition.”

People of all ethnic backgrounds are part of this community, not only Koreans, Michelle says.


#DawsonProud, Dawson Grads, Dawson Talent, In the news/in social media

Dawson grad and student are finalists for College Writers Award

Charles Brisson (third-year student in 3D Animation and Computer Generated Imagery) and Nemesis Jarry (Class of 2023- Arts, Literature and Communication – Literature) are two of three finalists for the Quebec Writers Federation College Writers Award.

The winner will be announced at a gala on Nov. 13.

To read their writing entered in this competition and for interviews with them, go to the homepage news story:

To read the QWF press release, visit the link below.

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Continuing Education and Community Services (CECS)

New Dawson ads running in the metro

Have you noticed the new Dawson advertisements from Continuing Education and Community Services in the metro?

You can check them out here:

Dawson Research

Research Ethics Board: Call for members 2024

Dawson College’s Research Ethics Board (REB) is currently recruiting new members.

Please visit the link for all the information.

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Communications Office

About the next issue of D News

Due to the upcoming strike planned for Nov. 21-22-23, the next issue of D News that was originally scheduled for Nov. 22 is postponed. Currently, the Communications Office plans for a Nov. 30 release. This would be the last issue for the fall 2023 semester.

D News is your news. You can send your news or information via the contribution form or by emailing

Dawson Gives, Student Services, Women’s/Gender Studies

Buy handmade earrings and support our Food Bank

Sonia Zylberberg (Faculty, Religion) is crocheting earrings to raise money for Dawson’s Financial Aid Food Bank.

This initiative began in the Women's/Gender Studies community, and they would like to invite the Dawson Community to participate as well.

“With rises in the cost of groceries, the need is greater now than ever. Order these earrings in the colour of your choice and help students in need,” wrote Johanne Rabbat, Coordinator of Women’s/Gender Studies and Chair of the Religion Department.

The suggested price is $5 per earring or $10 for a pair. If you can afford to pay more, please do because all money collected will go to the Food Bank.

To order one handmade original earring or a pair, email Sonia at and indicate your first and second choice of colour.

Dawson Gives, Well-being for all

Donate winter clothing for newcomers to Montreal until Nov. 28

Third-year Social Service students are organizing a winter clothing drive for Welcome Collective, an organization that supports newcomers to Montreal.

You can drop off your winter clothes until Tuesday, Nov. 28 at the Social Service Department Lounge (4H.1). Special thanks to the students who organized this: Greg Nathan Carpel-Souvenir, Tomas Mata Davila, Uwase Jessica Izere and Bhavana Taveras.

Academic News, Campus Life, Events

Appreciating math from another perspective

Students in Garry Ka Lok Chu’s course Language of Math and Computer Science: Introduction to Mathematics will be sharing their math inspired art at a special exhibit the morning of Nov. 28 from 10 AM to 12 PM. The student artwork will be exhibited in Conrod’s (2F.4).

Garry “would like the community to understand Math-related Art and appreciate Math from another perspective.”

All are welcome to drop by.

Perks for Dawson Employees

Bookstore sale on now until Dec. 14

The Bookstore’s Winter Clothing Sale is on now until Dec. 14. The store will be closed Nov. 28-30.


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

Join us for a free public lecture by Dr. Emily Banks (Franklin College, USA) on Friday, November 10, from 4-6 PM in 5B.16.

Scholars of Shirley Jackson are quick to note her influence on contemporary horror and gothic literature. From overt references to subtle nods and barely visible traces, Jackson's oeuvre continues to resurface with a haunting persistence. This is fitting in that Jackson's own work is full of allusions that tempt her readers to pursue tangled webs of association and signification. This talk will consider Jackson's intertextuality from both of these angles and introduce Monstrum 6.2 (December 2023), Shirley Jackson: Intertexts and Afterlives.

Presented by the Montréal Monstrum Society and CORÉRISC with the support of the FRQSC.

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DawsonITE Newsletter #611

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

In this issue:

  • AI in the Classroom — Not Just Sci-Fi Anymore
  • ChatGPT vs. Grammarly: Choosing the Ideal Option
  • Video Lessons and Quizzes Using


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Last Modified: November 8, 2023


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