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Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024

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Street art mural created by students brightens up hallway

Twenty-four students took part in a street art mural project in December at Dawson. Their work has added colour, beauty and a youthful feel to the 2C hallway, the location of student clubs and close to common spaces of the college.

This art project was fully funded by Equitas, a nongovernmental organization based in Montreal that works to advance human rights in Canada and around the world. The project was overseen by MU Mtl, which has a mission to beautify the city of Montreal by creating murals.

For the homepage news story, including interviews with some of the students involved, visit the link below.

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#DawsonProud, Dawson Professional Theatre, Dawson Talent, Events, Homepage news

Dawson is presenting the Canadian premiere of Leopoldstadt

Sir Tom Stoppard’s play Leopoldstadt will have its Canadian premiere at the Dawson College Theatre on Wednesday, Feb. 7. Directed by Matt Holland, the play features the 2024 graduating class of Dawson’s Professional Theatre program.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our students because Sir Tom Stoppard is a renowned, award-winning British playwright with a 60-year career in theatre,” said Professional Theatre faculty member Leah Esau.  “He is best known for his screenplay Shakespeare in Love (1998), as well as his plays Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, and Travesties.”

Visit the link to the read the homepage news story featuring interviews with the actors.

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Academic News, Campus Life, Events

Social Science Week is Feb. 12-15

There is a diverse array of speakers and topics to interest everyone at Dawson’s Social Science Week 2024, from Monday, Feb. 12 through Thursday, Feb. 15. All events are taking place in 5B.16 at Dawson and every day concludes with a Cinema Politica film screening at 6:30 PM.

Check out the schedule here:

Teachers, please register your class here:  

Campus Life, Perks for Dawson Employees, Student Services, Well-being for all

Try out Campus Rec offerings for free!

Campus recreation has a whole schedule for employees and students to get moving and feel good.

There are classes in pilates, yoga, circuit training as well as badminton, weight training, martial arts, volleyball and rock climbing.

Open House is Feb. 5-16 and everything is free!

Check out the schedule here:

For more info: email

#DawsonProud, Awards Office, Dawson Foundation, Dawson Gives, Homepage news, Well-being for all

Be inspired by the journeys of our first four Perseverance Award recipients

Noella Dorothy Beersa (Liberal Arts), Wynter Bryant (Arts and Culture), Eléonore Martin-Menga (AEC in Commercial Photography) and Judy Phuong Trinh Le (Pure & Applied Science) are the first four recipients of the new Dawson College Perseverance Award.

This award is funded through the Student Academic Enrichment Fund and is intended to encourage Dawson students from all programs and sectors to continue in their studies.

Visit the link for the homepage news story.

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Continuing Education and Community Services (CECS), Human Resources, Learning opportunities, Perks for Dawson Employees, Professional Development

Free French course registration extended to Jan. 30

Professionals and support staff members are invited to register for free French courses through Dawson’s Centre for Training and Development.  The deadline to register has been extended to Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 12 PM.

Check out the flyer for more info: French course for support staff and professionals

#DawsonProud, Homepage news, In the news/in social media

Dawson student is a Loran Scholar finalist

Out of a pool of over 5,200 applicants, Dawson General Social Science student Delice Betukumesu is one of 90 young Canadians selected as a Loran Finalist for the class of 2024.

In their press release, the Loran Scholars Foundation said these students “have demonstrated their intrinsic drive to step up in the face of challenges and positively impact their communities.”

For an interview with Delice, visit the link to go to the homepage news story.

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Human Resources, Learning opportunities, Perks for Dawson Employees, Professional Development

Performa info sessions in February for professionals & faculty

Information sessions on the Performa professional development programs for teachers and professionals are taking place throughout the month of February Training programs are offered in both English and French.

Check out the website for more info and times: Séances d'information - Performa - Université de Sherbrooke (

Dawson Foundation, Dawson Gives, Homepage news

$40,000 in grants from the Dawson Foundation for 14 projects

An interesting assortment of projects to benefit Dawson students in all programs was selected for grants by the Student Academic Enrichment Fund committee.

Visit the homepage news story for more info and a link to all the projects.

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Academic News, Homepage news

Costa Rica course: an encounter with Nature and life-changing experience

Twenty-four Dawson students travelled to Costa Rica on Dec. 30 to take a complementary course entitled Ecology & Culture. Accompanied by biology teachers Brian Mader and Tonia De Bellis, the students explored several different ecosystems, including the rare and threatened tropical dry forest.

“This experience will be with these students for the rest of their lives,” Brian said in an interview with Dawson’s Communications Office after he returned Jan. 13. He added that each student has a different answer about what they appreciated best.

To read what the students thought of the experience, visit the link for our homepage news story.

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Luc St-Germain is Coordinator of Building Maintenance

Luc St-Germain joined Dawson as Coordinator of Building Maintenance in November. He succeeds Véronique Paris on the Facilities Management team.

“I have worked for 30 years in downtown Montreal in various buildings in the private sector. I’m pleased to now bring my experience to the public education sector,” Luc said.

“Being around students and part of Dawson’s dynamic community makes me feel like I’m 18 years old again, which is great!” Luc said.

In his role at Dawson, Luc is responsible for overseeing the maintenance of  heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. He also manages and supervises the various maintenance contracts. Lastly, Luc is the point person for emergencies, such as power failure, flooding or major disruption to operations.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Relations from Université de Montréal and graduated from Cégep du Vieux-Montréal in Metallurgy Technology (Welding option).

“Luc is reliable and always ready to help,” said Samuel V. Saint-Hilaire, Interim Director of Facilities Management. “Eager to learn about Dawson’s community life, he is an asset for the department. Welcome to our team, Luc!”

Academic News

Postcard from Cuba

Students and teachers from the North-South Studies / Social Change & Solidarity profile of the Social Science program just returned from a three-week solidarity delegation to Cuba, in partnership with our amazing partner, the Centro Martin Luther King Jr.!

From youth exchanges and family homestays to visiting urban farms, art factories, community organizations and more – we're now getting ready for a semester of reflection, analysis, and sharing with our community. Stay tuned for more notes from our trip!

#DawsonProud, Awards Office, Homepage news

Meet the first recipients of the Mahsa Amini Scholarship

Tara Balador and Chloe Jung are the first two recipients of the new Mahsa Amini Scholarship, which was presented by Candice Zhong of the Dawson Student Union at the Fall Awards Night Nov. 30. The Mahsa Amini Scholarship aims to help international and refugee students at Dawson who are affected by conflict and in need of financial aid.

“Being honoured with this award presented a significant chance for me,” said Tara, a student in Pure & Applied Science, in an interview with the Communications Office. “As an international student, it helped me to pay my college tuition fees. Moreover, it instilled confidence in me and conveyed a sense of importance, indicating that the college values and supports me in the challenges I face as an international student.”

To read the homepage news story with interviews of both recipients, visit the link below.

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Dawson Blues, Dawson Foundation, Dawson Gives, Dawson Talent, Events

Beloved Dawson fundraiser Artists in Bloom will be April 18

Artists in Bloom will be back for the 26th edition on the evening of Thursday, April 18!

The beloved Dawson fundraiser invites those who appreciate art and those who love to support young people to come and enjoy appetizers and drinks while watching student artists create works of art live. Later in the evening, the art works are auctioned off. In addition, a curated selection of art prints by student artists will be available for sale.

This year, all proceeds from ticket sales, the art auction and art print sales will benefit Dawson Athletics, providing some essential funding to allow student athletes to travel to away games.

Faculty Hub

Over at the Faculty Hub

Are you a Dawson faculty member?

Check out these February workshops (open to all faculty)…

  • Competency-based Programs: The Essentials
  • Classroom Management Strategies
  • Evaluation of Student Learning
  • College Course Design Basics


  • A variety of Moodle workshops

See the complete schedule and register here or visit the Faculty Hub website

Human Resources

New group insurance rates

Please note that the College has received new group insurance rates from SSQ⁄Beneva (Professionals, Support Staff and Managers) and Beneva (Faculty) for 2024. These new rates, where applicable, will come into effect for most staff on the pay of January 18, 2024.   Please take the time to review your coverage and the premium deductions on your pay of January 18, 2024 to ensure that there are no errors.  If you do notice a discrepancy, kindly contact us as soon as possible.

Staff with group insurance coverage can find all pertinent information (rates, information brochures, etc.) on Dawson’s website under the Employee Insurance and Benefit tab: Choose among the employment categories available and then scroll down for the rates.

If you have any questions, please contact the Benefits team at

Student Services

Student Services providing support for student housing needs

Student Services is now providing support for students with housing needs. Amy Soulis of Student Services says the goal is “to inform students of all housing options and the importance of knowing their rights as tenants.”

“We visited numerous dormitory-style housing options around the school and have them listed on our webpage,” said Amy Soulis, who works in Dawson’s Student Employment Centre and has now added housing support to her portfolio. The webpage is Housing (Off Campus) – Dawson College.

Dawson has partnered with Places4students website ( - Dawson College - Montreal, QC) to offer a database of available housing options to students.

Any student who needs assistance can email Amy at:

Student Services also offered a housing rights workshop last semester. Another one is being considered for this semester. The purpose is to explain renters’ rights to students.

Communications Office

Dawson students surveyed on CEGEP perceptions

At the end of September, 900 Dawson students took part in a survey conducted by Léger Marketing for the Fédération des cégeps du Québec. Students across Quebec aged 17-24 were asked a series of questions about their perceptions of CEGEP. The results for Dawson were shared with the Communications Office before the holiday break.

Some of the things Dawson’s Head of Communications Megan Ainscow found interesting:

  • The top reason that students chose Dawson was because they have heard favourable things about it (67%)
  • 84% of students say they are satisfied with their program
  • 75% of students do not wish to have courses at night and 90% do not wish to have courses on weekends
  • 88% of students say it suits them to study in person, and 57% of students say distance learning does not suit them

Members of the Dawson community who are interested in reading all the results (and are signed in to Microsoft 365) can check out the survey data here.

#DawsonProud, Awards Office, Dawson Foundation

Celebrating extraordinary Dawson students

Last semester, Dawson College celebrated 33 students at the Fall Awards Night on Nov. 30. It was an occasion to celebrate the achievements, community involvement and perseverance of some of our extraordinary students. A big thank you to the donors, the partner organizations and of course, to the Dawson faculty and staff who help our students reach their potential.

In total, $19,800 was distributed to students who received awards last semester.

In this issue of D News, we have two features on the recipients of the new Dawson College Perseverance Award and the Mahsa Amini Scholarship.

To see all the recipients, visit the Fall Awards Celebration page:


Retiree Ken Fogel speaking at the world’s largest Java conference

Retired Computer Science faculty member Ken Fogel continues to keep quite busy. In April, he is conducting an all-day workshop at the Devnexus conference in Atlanta, the largest Java conference in the world.  Ken will be talking about RESTful web services.

Ken also has a Spotify podcast. With the release of the Payara podcast, Packt Publishing is offering discounts on Ken’s book Transitioning to Java.

Dawson Gives

Thanks to Dawson’s secret Santas!

The Dawson community once again showed its care for the well-being of all through our participation in the Batshaw Youth and Family Centres Holiday Campaign.

To read the report from our coordinator Janice Harvey, visit the link below.

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DawsonITE Newsletter # 616

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

In this issue:

  • Australia has its first framework for AI use in schools
  • Instapaper vs Pocket in 2023: The Best Read-It-Later Apps for Bookmarked Pages
  • How can online instructors enhance student performance by effectively participating in asynchronous online discussions?

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