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Thursday, Apr. 11, 2024

In the news/in social media

Dawson community’s eclipse moment

Operations may have continued as usual on April 8, but most students and employees at Dawson paused to take in a magical one minute and 25 seconds outdoors as Montreal had perfect conditions for the total solar eclipse.

Photo taken by Director General Diane Gauvin.

Visit the link for some more snaps from the Dawson community.

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#DawsonProud, Campus Life, Dawson Blues, Dawson Foundation, Dawson Gives, Events, Student Services

Get your tickets for Artists in Bloom on campus or online

The annual and very enjoyable evening of art fundraiser Artists in Bloom is happening next Thursday, April 18.

Tickets for adults are only $20 in advance and can be purchased every day until April 17, except Saturday and Sunday, on campus in the Upper Atrium from 12 PM to 2 PM or in 4A.1 and 2E.4 from 9 AM to 5 PM. They can also be purchased online here. Kids 10 years old and younger are FREE. Student ticket price is $15.

Buy your tickets ahead of the event as the price at the door is $25.

Postcard prints are also available for sale at the ticket table in the Upper Atrium. They are $5 each or 10 for $35.

Your ticket includes one complimentary drink/wine/beer and hors d’oeuvres. This is a great opportunity to enjoy an inexpensive night out while raising funds for our student athletes.

The event takes place in Room 3C.1 and doors open at 5:30 PM. Students in 3D Animation and CGI, Illustration, and Visual Arts will be creating works of art live, which will be auctioned off by Donna Saker of The Beat 92.5. Dawson students Lawrence He and Seungbi Yoo will be performing live music.

Academic News, Homepage news


Andrew Katz has made New School up on the 8th floor a home for his dynamic and creative English classes for the last six years. In the lead up to the reunion event on Saturday, April 13, New School co-coordinators Cory Legassic and Mari Heywood interviewed Andrew on how New School has impacted his teaching career and involvement at Dawson.

Visit the link for the homepage feature interview.

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#DawsonProud, Campus Life, Events, Homepage news, In the news/in social media, Learning opportunities, Living Campus, Sustainability, Well-being for all

Take part in the worldwide BioBlitz at Dawson April 29

People around the world will be participating in a four-day BioBlitz April 26-29, including students, staff, alumni, retirees, friends and neighbours of Dawson on Monday, April 29. Take a break and drop by the Peace Garden at Dawson anytime between 3 PM and 6 PM on April 29. This global BioBlitz is part of the City Nature Challenge.

Photo by Doug Smyth

Visit the link for the homepage news story and invite your friends and family to join you at Dawson on April 29!

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Faculty Hub, Off campus events

UDL Inclusion and Wellness Retreat for Teachers – Sign Up Today!

The Dawson Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is hosting an all-inclusive two-day retreat crafted for Dawson faculty dedicated to fostering inclusion and wellness in their classrooms. Taking place on June 12-13 at the serene Kio-O Center in Sainte-Lucie-des-Laurentides.

Designed to empower faculty members with essential tools and strategies, the retreat offers a four-part workshop series deeply rooted in UDL principles. With over 10 hours of professional enrichment, participants will gain practical insights into inclusive teaching methods finely tuned to address diverse student needs. Guest speakers include Effie Konstantinopoulos, founder of UDL at Dawson.

But it’s not just about professional growth. Participants will enjoy rejuvenating group wellness activities, including nature hiking, yoga and stand-up paddle board, tailored for all ability levels. Plus, nourishing vegetarian meals with vegan options available upon sign-up will be provided.

Places are limited and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Faculty members are invited to secure their spot now.

For more info, visit the link below.

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

New approach to Earth Week at Dawson

Earth Week celebrations will look a little different this year. That’s because the Office of Sustainability would like to offer the Dawson community opportunities to celebrate Earth Week throughout the academic year. In the past few weeks, the team organized a variety of activities for employees and students, including a bike prep workshop and salsa dance breaks.

From April 16-25, there are many opportunities for you to learn and reconnect with people, community and Nature!

There will be garden dig-in workshops, Living Campus Tours and much more. To see the full offering and to sign up, please use this Link.

Other events include:

  • Eco-friendly Vendors Market Monday-Friday, April 15-19 (Lower Atrium)
  • Pop-up Eco-Cafe Monday-Friday, April 22-26, will sell fair trade coffee, tea and other treats to raise funds for our Living Campus student-driven initiatives and projects (Conrod's)
  • Foodie Fest Tuesday and Wednesday, April 23 & 24 (Conrod's)
#DawsonProud, Academic News, Dawson Foundation, Dawson Gives, Events

North South Soirée April 25

Calling all 1998 to 2023 alumni, current and future students, present and retired teachers, and all friends of our profile. You are invited to this big community celebration and solidarity fundraiser! The event will take place in 5B.16 at Dawson on Thursday, April 25 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM.

This year’s program will include:

  • Celebration of the final North South Studies graduating class
  • Launch of the Social Change & Solidarity local partnerships
  • Retirement celebration for Mary Ann Farkas
  • Alumni through the decades panel
  • Student presentation of their field trip to Cuba
  • Cuban appetizers, cocktails, and mocktails
  • Art exhibit and swag (NSS and SCS tote bags!)
  • Solidarity photo booth
  • Music and dancing!!

All proceeds will go to support Social Change & Solidarity activities – including the 2024-2025 Field Trip to Cuba, and the profile’s new local social justice partnerships.

Visit the link for tickets and more information.

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#DawsonProud, Academic News, Homepage news, Personal perspectives

Founder of New School reflects on 50th

Dawson invited Greta Hofmann Nemiroff, a living legend in innovative education and women’s studies in Canada as well as a beloved retiree of Dawson, to write a personal reflection on the occasion of New School’s 50th anniversary. Greta was a founding member of Dawson’s New School in 1973 and served as its director from 1975-2015. She is also the author of a book about the New School: Reconstructing Education: Toward a Pedagogy of Critical Humanism. Toronto: OISE Press, 1992.

Visit the link for Greta's personal reflection.

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Faculty Hub, Well-being for all, Workshops

May 1 free online workshop on the psychology of a happy life

Join Dr. Marsh for this interactive and transformative session online on May 1 at 7 PM. She will speak about what it means to be happy. Learn how you change the focus of your day, build happier habits and change the way you think to live a happier life. Register here. This webinar is sponsored by The Leadership Committee for English Education in Quebec (LCEEQ). FREE.

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Dawson Foundation


Former NBA champion Joel Anthony of The Montreal Alliance and three-time Grey Cup winner Danny Desriveaux will be attending the 2024 Dawson Golf Classic at the Whitlock Golf and Country Club in Hudson on June 10th.

Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to support Dawson students' education while also improving your golf skills alongside friends and colleagues, and sports personalities!

Visit the link below for registration links and more.


#DawsonProud, Living Campus, Sustainability, Well-being for all

Celebrating Chris Adam’s Meritorious Service Medal at Dawson

Director general Diane Gauvin hosted a Dawson celebration with the Office of Sustainability team, the Community Recreation and Leadership Training family, staff and faculty who have participated in the Sustainable Happiness course and sustainability projects, management team members and the Communications Office to celebrate Chris Adam on April 4. Two weeks before he had received the Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division) from Governor General Mary Simon.

Photo by Debbie Resurreccion (CRLT)

#DawsonProud, Dawson Research

Environmental Science student receives bursary in recognition of research work

Bianca Zlotea, who is in her last semester at Dawson, received a BIRC bursary valued at $3,500 for her research internship with Dawson’s Adaptech Research Network.

The Communications Office interviewed her about this achievement. Visit the link for the interview.

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

New Canadian student enjoying unique opportunity through Hockey 4 Youth

Social Science Psychology profile student Jericho (Thelma) Meuyanui Chenui has enjoyed a unique program for young newcomers through Hockey 4 Youth. The organization welcomes new Canadians by providing free on-ice and off-ice programming. They have 11 programs in six cities across Canada and have worked with more than 500 newcomers, supporting kids from 42 different countries.

After taking part in NHL All Star week festivities in Toronto in February with 19 other Hockey 4 Youth newcomer students, Jericho was interviewed by CBC.

Dawson’s Communications Office also interviewed Jericho about her hockey experience and life at Dawson. We did a second interview with her Hockey 4 Youth coach and program coordinator Nayyara Noor Shabbir (Dawson alumna in Studio Arts).

Visit the link for the two interviews.

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Future Olympian is Dawson ALC student

Arts, Literature and Communication student Fergus Spitzley was selected from among 2,200 top athletes from across Canada as one of 30 RBC Future Olympians! In a news release, RBC stated that: “these athletes were carefully evaluated on their speed, power, endurance, strength and overall Olympic potential in front of Team Canada scouts and National Sport Organizations, and they didn’t disappoint!”

After being notified by proud teacher Susan Finch, Dawson’s Communications Office interviewed Fergus.

Visit the link for the interview.

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

“Inspiring woman in aerospace” is Dawson grad

Valentina Falci (Class of 2012, Interior Design) was featured last month as part of a series on “inspiring women in aerospace.”

Since 2017, Valentina has worked as an aircraft interior designer for Bombardier, a world leading manufacturer of business jets in Montreal. Prior to working there, she held other interior design jobs after graduating from Dawson’s three-year Interior Design program.

What does Valentina like best about her job? As a designer, she enjoys seeing creative ideas come to life, collaborating with clients or their team. Valentina’s job entails creating the interiors of Bombardier’s renowned business jets of the Challenger and Global families.

Interior Design Program Coordinator Kurt Holfeld is very proud of Dawson’s graduates and of Valentina: “Congratulations to Valentina on this recognition. This honour is no surprise given the dedication that she showed during her studies at Dawson. Our grads continue to make us proud across many industries, including aerospace!”

Visit the link to see the post by Aéro Montréal, a consortium bringing together the leaders of the Quebec aerospace sector.

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

IVGD Program Hosting Bimonthly Free Playtest Event

The Independent Video Game Design program is holding our bimonthly free indie game playtesting event on Friday, April 12 from 6 PM-9 PM in 3C.1 at Dawson.

The event will showcase games created by graduates and students from the IVGD program and by local developers.

Come play video games and learn more about the different ways to get into the local game industry. Faculty members from the IVGD program will be on site to provide information and answer questions about our classes and our unique approach to teaching independent game development!

Full details for the free event can be found at the link below.

Friday, April 12, 2024
6:00 - 9:00PM
Room 3C.1

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Communications Office, Events

Graduation is June 25

Exceptionally this year, Dawson’s graduation ceremony will be held after Saint Jean on Tuesday, June 25. The later grade deadline this semester is the reason that graduation is later this year.

Two ceremonies will take place at Salle Wilfred-Pelletier at Place des Arts. The Social Science and Business Technologies program graduates will celebrate at 2:30 PM, and all other graduates at 7:30 PM.

Learning opportunities

Upcoming CLÉO Pomodoro Workshops

CLÉO's weekly Pomodoro workshops with technician Skyler Charlie are still going! They will now be held in the afternoon.

The next one is set for Friday, April 19 from 2 PM to 3 PM and will take place in 3F.3. The rest will be on Thursdays (from April 25 to June 13) in 3F.5 from 12 PM to 1 PM.

The goal of these workshops is to work on French tasks (Skyler Charlie will be there to help you), whether it be homework and assignments for students, or conversation and writing-skill development for staff and faculty. There will be a break between two 25-minute working periods during which a small activity will take place to help participants build a sense of community and refresh their minds.

To register, email:

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Living Campus, Sustainability, Well-being for all

Tom of Dawson is species #826 identified on campus

On April 9, 1,000 Species project coordinator and Biology faculty member Brian Mader’s phone started lighting up with messages from the Dawson community.
“There’s a turkey at Dawson!” was the gist of his 30+ messages.

The turkey was seen by many staff and students and was entered into the 1,000 Species in 1,000 Days official count on iNaturalist.

Brian is not surprised that a turkey showed up on campus since many have been spotted in Westmount. “Maybe he was looking for more turkeys,” he speculated. “They nest around this time of year but in groups.”

The lone Dawson turkey was thought to be a male, also known as a tom or a gobbler. He was spotted near the theatre garden, on the roof and in one of the rooftop gardens.

“If you see the turkey, like all wildlife, give it space and respect,” Brian advised. “And please do not feed the turkey!”

Last month, the City of Westmount issued an advisory to residents saying that “wild turkeys are being spotted more regularly in Westmount,” and said that residents should not approach them or feed them.

Academic News, Campus Life, Events

Beaucoup de plaisir à la Francofête

Students and employees enjoyed three great days of programming at Dawson's Francofête just before the Easter long weekend.

Organizer and French faculty member Laetitia Desanti was very pleased with the participation and reported that the workshop and conference on maple syrup was a highlight :

"Les étudiants ont pu y apprendre des aspects très instructifs, techniques et amusants au sujet de ce sirop dont nous pensons tout connaître. Ils ont aussi eu l'occasion de déguster et de gagner des produits de l'érable. Cette activité a remporté un grand succès."

Dawson Foundation, Dawson Gives

April 29 deadline to apply for SAGE project

There is an open call for Student Academic Growth and Enrichment (SAGE) project proposals funded by the Student Academic Enrichment Fund of the Dawson Foundation. Staff and current students are eligible to apply. Applications for projects beginning in the Fall 2024 semester are currently open and will close on Monday, April 29.

Visit the link for more details.

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#DawsonProud, Living Campus, Sustainability

Insect Show a Huge Success!

On March 9, Dawson was host to the Montreal Insect Show. We had 3,000 visitors from the public visit Dawson during the day, including over 50 vendors. Families were overjoyed to be able to hold live insects and arachnids, take a walk with moths, taste test different insect-based food items and browse the various vendors. In fact, I personally have pet shrimp in my home thanks to the curiosity of my daughter. The organizers are currently in talks with the Office of Sustainability to plan for 2025. 

A very special thank you to the entire Office of Sustainability, Natalie Trepanier and FAMA as well as Dawson Security for making this happen. Also, all our student volunteers were amazing with the crowds and represented Dawson well. Student volunteers were mainly first-year, second-year and alumni Environmental Science students; Jared Brace, Jacob Davies, Flora Finch, Imane Louni, Sabina Riga, Cassiana Silva Young, Amelia Valencia Frias, Ruisi Yang, Narcisse Hassan, Tom Brunet, Alyson Meadows, Alice Liang and Chemistry teacher Adamo Petosa.


DawsonITE Newsletter # 627

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

In this issue:

  • Teacher devises an ingenious way to check if students are using ChatGPT to write essays
  • How AI Can Help Teachers Guide Students to Active Learning
  • How to learn anything using 6 simple steps

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