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Thursday, Mar. 7, 2024

#DawsonProud, Academic News, Campus Life, Homepage news, S.P.A.C.E.

SPACE students mastering physics by designing video game

Eight Dawson students working in two teams have won an independent video game design competition in an extracurricular competition organized by Physics faculty member Nadim Boukhira.

The students are all in the SPACE student enrichment initiative.

Visit the link for the homepage news story, which includes more photos and feedback from students.

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#DawsonProud, Dawson Foundation, Student Services

Honourable mentions for Dawson students at Harvard’s Model UN

Thirty-six Dawson College students travelled to Boston in mid-February to participate in Harvard National Model United Nations. The conference, one of the world's longest-running and most prestigious UN simulations, brought together over 1,200 college and university students from over 30 countries.

Visit the link for the homepage news story by Julian Nemeth (Faculty, History and Humanities).

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Academic News, Campus Life, Homepage news, Warren G. Flowers Art Gallery

Students interview multidisciplinary artist Craig Commanda

Craig Commanda is a multidisciplinary artist from the Algonquin nation at Kitigan Zibi. His current exhibition, WÌDJIDEYAMAWOWIN / INTERCONNECTION, features prints, videos, and complex sculptural beadwork at the Warren G. Flowers Art Gallery until March 16. On a recent Friday afternoon, two visual arts students, Katya Kieran & Lisseth Llorente Ruiz, had the chance to ask Craig a few questions about his artistic practice and this exhibition.

Visit the link for the homepage interview feature.

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Campus Life, Events

Book sale for Chez Doris & Women’s Day celebration for employees

The DSSU, DTU and ADP will be hosting a celebration on International Women’s Day.

On Friday, March 8, from 12 PM-2 PM in the Rose Lounge (7C.5): there will be a book sale of new and used books and a collection of cash donations in which all monies raised will be donated on behalf of the three unions to Chez Doris.

The book sale will be cash only. If you would like to donate books for the sale, they will be collecting books at the Library’s Circulation Desk until 6 PM on Thursday.

Pizza and refreshments will be available while supplies last. We ask that you please bring your own mug if having coffee.

While students are welcome to buy books, the event is intended for employees only.

Academic News, Campus Life, Dawson Gives, Events, Well-being for all

W/GS Women’s Day fundraiser and button making activity

The Women’s/Gender Studies Certificate faculty and students organized a number of events during the week leading up to Women’s Day and the events continue.

On Friday, March 8 at 10 AM, there will be a Bake Sale fundraiser & Button-making Activity in Conrod’s (2F.4). Proceeds will benefit the Financial Aid Food Bank.

Looking for volunteers to bake and sell goods; sign up here:

Please feel free to bring a class!

#DawsonProud, Dawson Blues, In the news/in social media

Athletics’ Trevor Williams and Wayne Yearwood named RSEQ Coaches of the Year

We're thrilled to share that our Blues D1 women's basketball coach, Trevor Williams, and D1 men’s basketball coach Wayne Yearwood have been recognized as the RSEQ Coaches of the Year!
Congratulations to both!
Academic News, Campus Life, Events, In the news/in social media

Brain Awareness Week March 11 – 17 at Dawson

Dawson College is celebrating Brain Awareness Week March 11 to March 17.

Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is a worldwide initiative aimed at igniting public interest and advocacy for brain sciences. Each March, institutions across the globe organize a variety of creative events within their communities.

Visit the link to learn about the inaugural Women in Neuroscience guest speaker series, which will be open to the entire Dawson College community.

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Campus Life, Dawson Professional Theatre, Events

Shakespeare’s “As you like it” on until March 9

Second-year students in Dawson's Professional Theatre (Acting) program are performing in William Shakespeare's As You Like It every evening at 7:30 PM now through Saturday, March 9.

To get your tickets, visit the link. Tickets are free; a donation of $5 is suggested at the door.

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Campus Life, Events

C’est la Francofête à Dawson !

The entire Dawson community is invited to enjoy the French language and culture at Dawson’s annual Francofête, which is taking place over three days and two evenings, Tuesday, March 26 to Thursday, March 28.

The organizers have put together a diverse program, including film screenings, a poetry reading with three poets, a maple syrup experience, an evening with the Théâtre de la Ligue Nationale d’Improvisation, and a field trip to the Monument-National in partnership with the École nationale de théâtre.

All events at Dawson will be in 5B.16 and are open to the Dawson community and the public. To reserve a class, email Laetitia Desanti.

Visit the link to view the program.

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Campus Life, Decolonization, Events, Student Services

Indigenous Peoples Week 2024

WHAT: Ionkwatónhahere – we are celebrating – Indigenous Peoples Week 2024

WHEN: Monday, March 25 to Thursday, March 28

WHERE: Conrods, Three Sisters Garden, and other locations at Dawson College

WHO: All events are open to the entire Dawson community and to the public

Save the dates! Indigenous Peoples Week 2024 will feature a mini Pow Wow, Indigenous craft vendors, soap stone carving, maple sap boiling and so much more. A detailed schedule will be published soon on the Dawson website, accessible from the homepage.

#DawsonProud, Academic News

Nursing students put on their first Health Exposition event

Third-year nursing students recently hosted their first Health Exposition, showcasing their healthcare skills and commitment. The event, held on March 1, featured 10 kiosks addressing various community health needs relevant to the college population, set up in the Lower Atrium.

The students' displays were interactive and informative, covering topics such as safe drug practices, nutrition education, sex education, and student issues. Visitors praised the students' professionalism and dedication to promoting health.

The success of the Health Exposition was attributed to the students' hard work and dedication, providing valuable information and showcasing their nursing abilities and passion. The event highlighted the students' talents and commitment to community health and wellness.

The judges included various faculty members as well as Isabelle Carrier, Interim Dean of Academic Development, and Brid Nic Niocaill, Associate Dean of Science, Medical Studies and Engineering.

They were impressed by the students' innovations and dedication. The event's success has led to its inclusion in the nursing curriculum for future years.

-Submitted by Alfi Mahbub

Campus Life, Dawson Professional Theatre, Events

Second-year Theatre students perform in comedy March 13-16

Second-year students perform in a comedy every evening at 7:30 PM from Wednesday, March 13 through Saturday, March 16 at the Dawson Theatre, 2000 Atwater Avenue.

The name of the play is: A Most Pleasant Comedy of Mucedorus the King’s Son of Valencia, and Amandine, the King’s Daughter of Aragon, with the Merry Conceits of Mouse.

To reserve your ticket, visit the link. Tickets are free; a donation of $5 is suggested at the door.

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Dawson Foundation, Events, In the news/in social media

Save the date: Dawson’s Golf Classic returns June 10

The Dawson Golf Classic is back for its 17th edition, taking place on Monday, June 10, 2024, at the scenic Whitlock Golf and Country Club in Hudson.

Anticipate an exciting lineup of prizes and special guests, with announcements coming in the weeks ahead. Stay tuned for registration details and event updates on the Dawson Golf Classic page at

Dawson alumni, employees, and faculty enjoy reduced entry fees. Save the date for another memorable golfing experience!

Events, Sustainability, Well-being for all

Active Alternative Transportation working group

Submitted by Jennifer de Vera.

Adam Kingsland, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Jennifer de Vera, Office of Sustainability, biked to Vanier College to attend an intercollegiate meeting on active transportation in February.

Representatives from 8 colleges met to discuss both best practices and challenges they have had in increasing campus community use of alternative transportation.

At Dawson, we are recruiting employees and students from the community to form an Active Alternative Transportation working group. We will meet once a month to discuss bike workshops and how to help people find alternative walking and/or biking routes to Dawson. All those interested can fill out this form.

We are having our first event on Tuesday, March 19, 2024, by the Gazebos beside Parking Lot #1. It is titled "Getting your bike ready for Spring", led by Adam. In case of heavy rain, it will be postponed to Wednesday, March 20.

Bring your bikes or simply attend to learn! Adam will teach you how to do basic tune-ups, making sure you are riding safely this upcoming season. Sign up here to reserve your workshop spot!

For further information, please email If you have any questions about bike maintenance, or if you need to fix something in particular on your bike, feel free to email Adam at

#DawsonProud, Campus Life, Continuing Education and Community Services (CECS)

Great attendance at IVGD playtesting event

The Independent Video Game Design program held its bimonthly indie game playtesting event on Feb. 23.

Over 100 attendees and students visited throughout the evening to playtest and provide valuable feedback on a variety of games from local developers, while getting the chance to network with the gaming community.

14 teams showcased new games in various stages of development, including IVGD alumni Étienne Robichaud Morinville, Julien Escobar Hellou, Steven Steffen, Yan-Simon Martel Lussier, as well as IVGD co-founder and teacher Osama Dorias.

The event also included games by Baobab Games, DarZal Games, Félix Gagné, Foolbox Studio, Queensguard Games, Studio Moka, Tales Mariano, Vitam Aeternam Studio, Carbon-Based Games and Kidney Bean Studio.

The next playtesting event will be Friday, April 12, from 6 - 9 PM, in 3C.1.

Campus Life, Facilities Management, Living Campus, Sustainability

Some of our treasured trees must be cut

After an extensive review of all trees on the Dawson grounds by forestry consultants, the College is presently securing permits from the City of Westmount to cut some of them.

“Many of our trees have suffered injuries and disease that have weakened them to the point where they are at a high risk of breaking. Others, like our large silver maples are reaching their age limit,” explained Luc St-Germain of Facilities Management.

About a dozen trees will have to be cut immediately, with another 30-35 being monitored during the next 12-24 months.

All trees have been thinned in the past to allow severe wind to pass through them. Chris Adam, of the Office of Sustainability, says that wind and ice related storms are more common now and causing damage.

The Facilities Management Team and the Office of Sustainability are cooperating to establish Dawson’s first tree management program. Every tree will have a health card that identifies their species, age and diseases as well as any maintenance procedures taken. Each tree will be followed by forest management consultants.

Stay tuned for more news about the trees of our Living Campus.

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

25 participants at first monthly wellness activity

On Feb. 28, 25 members of the Dawson community, mostly students, responded to the invitation of the Office of Sustainability to take part in the first monthly wellness event.

It was beautiful weather, so they went outdoors for part of the Biophilic Tour of Dawson. “Jenn de Vera gave a tour of some of the many wonderful student driven projects that are a part of our Living Campus,” Sophie La Font reported.

The indoor portion showcased the many ways we have incorporated the theory of Biophilia* at Dawson College. The activity concluded with planting a baby spider plant that participants could take with them as a gift.

The March wellness activity took place on March 7 and was a panel discussion with Elder and Knowledge Keeper, Niioie:ren Patton & Concordia's Sustainability Living Lab Coordinator, Sandra Mouafo Nouadje.

*The biophilia hypothesis is the belief that humans are genetically predisposed to be attracted to Nature. It states that all humans inherently love the natural world. This idea that we are drawn to and need Nature was first put forth by a man named Edward O. Wilson in his book, Biophilia, published in 1984.

#DawsonProud, Dawson Grads, Dawson Professional Theatre, Dawson Talent

Dawson Theatre grad featured in CTV report

Dawson graduate Véronique Pierre was featured in a report by CTV Montreal last month. Véronique (Class of 1997, Professional Theatre) had been working as a yoga instructor after being disappointed by a lack of work in the entertainment industry.

During the pandemic, Véronique decided to pursue an acting career again with her friend’s encouragement. She is now quite busy and even considering writing and producing.

“I remember Véro well, great student, excellent actress,” said Kimberley Barfuss, Co-Chair of the Professional Theatre Program at Dawson.

For the full CTV story, visit the link.

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Faculty Hub, Human Resources, Learning opportunities, Professional Development

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.

Off campus events, Promotional

The Chemical Valley Project delves into difficult conversations

Dipti Gupta (Faculty, Cinema | Communications) invites the Dawson community to a play presented by the Teesri Duniya Theatre, which is dedicated to producing politically relevant plays that explore life-affecting issues faced by people today. Dipti serves on the board of this company. “Our aim is to focus on social justice through the work we do,” she said.

Their upcoming play The Chemical Valley Project will be performed Thursday, March 14 through Sunday, March 24. “This urgent production delves gracefully into difficult conversations on Indigenous treaty rights, the nature of contemporary Canadian identity and values, and Canada’s notorious “Chemical Valley,” according to the company’s website.

Visit the link for more information and to buy tickets.

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#DawsonProud, Human Resources, Student Services, Well-being for all

Dawson community achieved Push-Up Challenge goal

This winter the Dawson Community stepped up to the challenge of being active and supporting mental health initiatives! After 23 days, the Push-Up Challenge has concluded with the achievement of our modest community goal of 2,000 repetitions from all participants. In fact, we reached over 31 times that amount with 62,729 repetitions! We couldn’t have done it without two very dedicated teams: Sigma Nation (20,666 reps) and the Dawson Phys. Ed. Team (13,976 reps)! In addition, Dawson College raised $705 for the Canadian Mental Health Association.

Student Services and Human Resources worked together to offer participation prizes to students and staff. Prizes included gift certificates for IGA, Sports Experts, Lulu Lemon, Cage aux Sports and more! The winners are currently being contacted.

Many thanks to all the participants and organizers, especially Rhea Gurnagul who was present at the Push-Up Challenge Station almost every lunch time!

Our hope is that the Dawson community will continue to stay active and build a habit of working out regularly.

-Submitted by Caroline Blouin


DawsonITE Newsletter # 622

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

In this issue:

  • A Practical ChatGPT Toolkit for Teachers
  • Windows 11 Has a Free Video Editor Again (and It's Pretty Good)
  • PowerNotes Launches Composer, an AI-Enriched, Semi-Proctored Writing Tool

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