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Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024

Living Campus

Eastern Screech Owl spotted at Dawson Feb. 19

Physical education teacher and photographer Doug Smyth spotted an Eastern Screech Owl at Dawson on Monday, Feb. 19.

“This is the second time a screech owl has been seen on campus,” said Brian Mader, project lead for the 1,000 Species in 1,000 Days initiative and a biology teacher. “One was spotted mid-April last year by the Living Campus office and photographed by Environmental Science students during their physics class.”

Visit the link for more about the Dawson's Screech Owl, the latest updated numbers of the 1,000 Species in 1,000 Days initiative and more photos. 

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Samuel Valléry Saint-Hilaire is new Director of Facilities Management

After serving as Interim Director of Facilities Management from Dec. 15, 2023, Samuel Valléry Saint-Hilaire was selected as the new Director of Facilities Management. His new role officially began Feb. 8.

Samuel began working at Dawson in October 2022 as Coordinator, Renovations and Infrastructure. Prior to Dawson, Samuel worked as a project manager at Bombardier for more than a decade and in the pharmaceutical/nutraceutical packaging industry. He also worked as a director at Effenco Development, a company that overhauls fleets of commercial diesel vehicles to incorporate hybrid technology.

Samuel holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s in heat transfer. While volunteering at a heritage church restoration project as director of building management, Samuel discovered his passion at work and decided to focus on construction and renovation.

In fact, this particular church was built in the same decade that the Congregation de Notre-Dame sisters built Dawson. As a result, Samuel is quite familiar with the challenges of a heritage property.

Apart from work, Samuel enjoys staying healthy and is a cross-fit coach. You may run into him at the Dawson gym.

Samuel is delighted to work at Dawson with the Facilities Management team and is motivated to improve the physical environment for the benefit of the Dawson community.

Photo by Zachary Mercier, a Dawson student in Professional Photography

Visit the link for a brief Q & A with Samuel.

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Max Jones is new Director of Student Services

Max Jones will succeed Monique Magnan as Director of Student Services on March 1.

Max knows Dawson very well having started at the College in 2012 serving in a variety of roles over that time. Max has worked in support staff roles in Human Resources, the Office of Academic Development and Academic Administration. Early on in his time at Dawson, he also taught English as a second language.

Since 2017, Max has been in various management positions including Associate Dean of both Social Science and Business Technologies, and Science, Medical Studies and Engineering (SMSE). Currently, Max is Dean of SMSE.

Max holds a B.A. (Honours) in English Language and Literature from Bishop’s University as well as a Graduate Diploma in Communication and Media Studies and a Master of Arts in Public Policy and Public Administration, both from Concordia University.

Photo by Zachary Mercier, a Dawson student in Professional Photography

Please visit the link for a brief Q & A with Max.

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Pierre Lefebvre is new Coordinator of Auxiliary Services

Pierre Lefebvre joined Dawson Feb. 12 as the new Coordinator of Auxiliary Services. He is responsible for several departments: the Bookstore, the Print Shop, Security, Parking, P.A.R.C. (Physical Education and Recreational Centre), and, last but not least, Purchasing.

“Pierre is a great asset to the department,” said Samuel V. Saint-Hilaire, Director of Facilities Management. “During our brainstorming sessions, Pierre contributes by sharing his experience and suggesting proven solutions. We are all eager to learn more from Pierre and to collaborate with him. Welcome, Pierre!”

Pierre has nearly 35 years of management experience in various sectors. A member of the Ordre des Administrateurs Agrées du Québec, he holds a number of national certifications and a Canadian Armed Forces Naval Officer's Certificate. Over the years, he has received various civilian and military awards, including the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation and the Queen's Medal for Volunteers. He is a member of the Venerable Order of St. John.

Over the course of his career, Pierre has held various management positions in educational institutions such as Collège de Maisonneuve, Cégep du Vieux-Montréal and the Université de Sherbrooke Longueuil campus, as well as in the healthcare network and in the private and municipal sectors. He also specializes in the organization of ceremonial events.

He is very involved in his community and with young people, serving on boards of directors and lecturing on military and naval history. An artist at heart, his hobbies include painting and making architectural and ship models.

Dawson Foundation, Dawson Gives, Dawson Grads, Homepage news, Milestones

Change at the helm of the Dawson Foundation

Earlier in February, Steve Hatajlo (Class of 1981, Computer Science) handed over the presidency of the Dawson College Foundation to Sean Smith (Class of 2001, Pure and Applied Science). Steve has served as a volunteer on both the Dawson Foundation Board of Directors and Dawson’s Board of Governors for many years. He remains a member of both boards.

Dawson’s Communications Office interviewed the outgoing and incoming president. Visit the link for the Q & A.

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Faculty Hub

Over at the Faculty Hub

The next orientation for new faculty will be held on March 21, from 9:00 AM-12:30 PM.

Dawson’s New Faculty Orientation is designed to introduce new faculty to information about college services and procedures, teaching at the college-level, and tips for engaging students.

The orientation includes asynchronous and synchronous components:

  • Welcome from the Deans and Directors of Dawson
  • Competency based education and the program approach
  • Academic integrity at Dawson
  • Faculty deadlines
  • Faculty roles and responsibilities
  • Classroom scenarios and discussion
  • Professional development opportunities

This event is open to all new Day and Continuing Education faculty with a Winter 2024 workload.

Register Here

#DawsonProud, In the news/in social media

CRLT’s Simeon Pompey wins national golf honour

Simeon Pompey (Faculty, Community, Recreation and Leadership Training) has received national recognition for using the game of golf in a way to inspire and contribute to his community!

On Feb. 21, Simeon was named one of two recipients of the 2023 Lorie Kane Community Spirit Awards given by Golf Canada:

"Pompey earned the 2023 Lorie Kane Community Leader Award for his continuous devotion to helping others in his community through the sport of golf. Pompey has been a long-time supporter of First Tee which led him to be at the heart of the program’s success in Montréal since the launch of First Tee – Premier départ Quebec in 2021. He has also played a key role in the launch of golf programming in the Indigenous community of Kahnawake, on the south shore of Montréal."

Visit the link for the full story on the Golf Canada website.

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Human Resources, Learning opportunities

Performa summer 2024 offerings

Dawson College offers support for current teachers and educational professionals to engage in the accredited professional development program for college teachers from University of Sherbrooke. The Performa program encourages continuous learning directly relevant to teachers and professionals roles, taught by Cégep teachers and professionals.

View the Summer 2024 course offering in English that includes

  • College Teaching and Course Design (PED601)
  • How Students Learn (PED603)
  • Fostering Creativity in Teaching and Learning (PRF-751)

The courses are held online and in blended learning format.

The deadline to register if you are new to Performa programs, program or independent study admission will be March 15. Contact Azra Khan, Pedagogical Counsellor, HR for more information.

Campus Life, Policy on Sexual Violence

Julie S. Lalonde on building a consent culture

Internationally recognized women’s rights advocate and public educator Julie S. Lalonde gave two talks at Dawson on Feb. 21, sponsored by the Human Resources department.

At the beginning of her interactive talk entitled “Creating a Consent Culture: Understand the Links between Sexual Violence and Stalking,” Julie said she is attempting to keep a conversation going that will create a different world and she thanked the Dawson community for being part of this conversation. About 80 people attended her talk.

Visit the link for a report on her talk as well as links to resources.

Read More - Julie S. Lalonde on building a consent culture

#DawsonProud, Academic News

Student wins Silver for Quebec in Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge

It is a pleasure to announce that Sohon Ye, first-year student in Enriched Science obtained the Silver Award - Quebec – Championship, Silver Award - Quebec - Grade 12 or CEGEP in the Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge organized by the Canadian Mathematical Society.

The Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge (COMC) is Canada’s premier national mathematics competition open to any student with an interest in, and grasp of, high school math. It is the most prestigious math competition in Canada, and one of the most prestigious in the Americas. The COMC is the only way to be invited to the CMS’ free, exclusive training camps and compete internationally as part of Math Team Canada!

Sohon was invited to write the Canadian Math Olympiad this year on March 7. Andreea Panait, math teacher and Coordinator of external math competitions at Dawson since 2007, said: "It is an excellent result which is hard to obtain. In my experience of almost 20 years, we have had only one student with a similar result. We are very proud to have Sohon as one of our students in the Science program. In the coming weeks we will be preparing for the Canadian Math Olympiad."

-Thanks to Andreea Panait, Co-Chair of the Mathematics Department

In the news/in social media, Warren G. Flowers Art Gallery

Artist Craig Commanda interviewed on CBC

In early February, Anishinaabe multi-disciplinary artist Craig Commanda, whose work is being exhibited at Dawson's Warren G. Flowers Art Gallery until March 16,  was interviewed by Sabrina Marandola on CBC Radio's Homerun.

The exhibit, entitled Wìdjideyamawowin, brings together Craig's work in film, video, beadwork, and other media. Also known as a poet and musician, this artist from Kitigan Zibi territory (near Maniwaki, Quebec) presents work which is a meditation on being, identity, and culture. The exhibit was curated by Rhonda Meier.

Visit the link to listen to the interview.

Read More - Artist Craig Commanda interviewed on CBC

Campus Life, Events, Well-being for all

Still time to register for Winter Wellness activity Feb. 27

The Peace and Sustainability Winter Wellness Series will launch on Tuesday, Feb. 27 with a Living Campus biophilic tour and a hands-on indoor gardening workshop. All participants will receive a house plant!

The plan is to offer a wellness workshop/event each month of the semester.

To participate in the Feb. 27 workshop, which will take place from 12 PM to 1 PM, you must register. Register here

#DawsonProud, Academic News, S.P.A.C.E.

6th annual SPACE writing competition: winners and honourable mentions

In 2023-2024, SPACE held its sixth annual writing competition. Students from all disciplines across Dawson College were invited to submit writing that offered a personal interpretation of this year’s theme, Uncertainty. The submissions were divided into three categories—prose (fiction and creative non-fiction), poetry and essay—and were judged in a blind fashion by Lois Valliant (retired Faculty, Fine Arts) and Hannah Rahimi (Faculty, English).

Entries were evaluated according to originality and depth of thought, style, arts-sciences connections and relation to the theme. The winners received gift certificates from Argo Bookstore, and the winners and honourable mentions have been published and highlighted on the SPACE website. You can read and comment on their thought-provoking work here.

Stay tuned as well for the announcement of a public reading by the winners and honourable mentions during the first week of May for SPACE Week.

Illustration by Léa Crépeau

Campus Life, Continuing Education and Community Services (CECS), Events

Students and local developers host playtesting event Feb. 23

The Independent Video Game Design program is presenting its bimonthly independent game playtesting event in room 3C.1 of Dawson College on Friday, Feb. 23 from 6 PM to 9 PM.

The Playtest @ IVGD event will showcase over a dozen new independent video games created by local developers including current Dawson students, graduates, IVGD faculty, and several Montreal-based indie studios.

Come celebrate the emerging talent in Montreal's continually growing game development scene by trying out the games, chatting with developers and enjoying a few snacks.

The event is free and open to all ages. Full details available in the link below.

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Awards Office

Less than a week to get in nominations/applications for Forces Avenir

Up to $60,000 will be given out this year through the Forces AVENIR awards.

Forces AVENIR awards recognize, honour and promote the commitment of students and staff in projects that contribute to the development of socially conscious, responsible, active and persevering citizens who are both dedicated to their community and open to the world.

Nominate or apply before Feb. 28. Visit the link for all the details.

Read More - Less than a week to get in nominations/applications for Forces Avenir

Campus Life, Events, Promotional

Montreal Insect Show coming to Dawson March 9

The Salon des Insectes de Montréal (Montreal Insect Show) will be at Dawson on Saturday, March 9. It is the first time the show is being put on since the pandemic.

Organized by insect lovers, including Dawson's Brian Mader (Biology), the goal of the fair is to promote the many interesting aspects of insects. It will be in 3C.1 from 9 AM on 5 PM on March 9.

Dawson's Living Campus will be featured and the show will offer opportunities to

  • See almost 150,000 insects and creatures from around the world
  • Touch and hold live arthropods and butterflies
  • Taste insects

Visit the link for more details.

Read More - Montreal Insect Show coming to Dawson March 9


DawsonITE Newsletter # 620

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

In this issue:

  • What Is the Best Free Plagiarism Checker?
  • Passkeys might really kill passwords
  • How to Help Students Develop the Skills for a Future With AI

Read More - DawsonITE Newsletter # 620

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Last Modified: February 21, 2024


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