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

Large Peace Garden photo collage celebrates 1,000 Species project

During this final push to get 1,000 Species in 1,000 Days identified on Dawson’s downtown Montreal campus, a gorgeous photo collage celebrating the project has been printed and posted around the college.

It was created by Doug Smyth, a faculty member in Physical Education. Doug has photographed hundreds of species and taken thousands of photos since the project was launched in the spring of 2023. Over countless hours, he painstakingly curated photos and assembled them over a backdrop of the Peace Garden at Dawson.

Photo credit: Celebration of 1,000 Species at Dawson photo collage by Doug Smyth, 2024.

To read more about the project and Doug's thoughts on his creation, visit the link.

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

Antonietta Grassi is a 2024 Guggenheim Fellow

On April 11, the Board of Trustees of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation announced the appointment of 188 Guggenheim Fellowships, including Dawson’s own Fine Arts faculty member Antonietta Grassi!

“I am thrilled and incredibly honoured to have received a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2024,” Antonietta said. “Many thanks and appreciation to the Guggenheim Foundation for their recognition and support and to those who have supported me in this process.”

Visit the link for the homepage news story.

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#DawsonProud, Continuing Education and Community Services (CECS), Milestones

Celebrating Lola’s 46 years of service in Cont. Ed.

We are very happy to announce that our wonderful colleague Margaret Ronald, who we all know and love as Lola, is retiring on July 5, 2024, after an incredible 46 years of service to our College. Lola has been an integral part of our Dawson family, and all her years were spent in the Continuing Education and Community Services (CECS) sector. Her contributions have left an incredible mark on the lives of countless faculty, students, and staff.

For more information about Lola’s retirement and to participate in the celebration, please visit the link.

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#DawsonProud, Academic News, Dawson Grads

Grads & retirees join students & faculty for New School’s 50th

More than 125 alumni, faculty, both active and retired, as well as current students came together on April 13 to celebrate 50 years of New School at Dawson.

One of the founders, Greta Hofmann Nemiroff, gave the keynote address and many people shared "Because of New School" impacts on their life, such as:

"I learned that I had a voice and it mattered what I said."

"I made friendships that have lasted for decades."

"I learned how to have productive conversations on difficult subjects while staying respectful..."

"I am still alive!!!!"

There will be more coverage of New School's 50th in the next D News.

Events, S.P.A.C.E.

SPACEweek 2024 is May 6 – 10

The third annual SPACEweek will occur during the first week of May, from Monday, May 6 – Friday, May 10. The SPACEweek showcase will take place in 3C.1 (with some activities in 5B.16) and will feature work by students from across the arts and sciences who participated in SPACE in 2023-24. It will include displays, demonstrations, interactive activities, student talks and presentations, readings, and competitions. Robotics demonstrations and presentations will be held throughout the week.

For more information, please visit the link.

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#DawsonProud, Dawson Professional Theatre

$5 Tickets to Lysistrata

From May 1-11 the third-year graduating students of the Professional Theatre program will present an adaptation of Lysistrata.

In this ancient Greek comedy, the women on both sides of a war band together and withhold sex until their husbands agree to peace.

Playwright Ellen McLaughlin has updated the script for the Dawson production, as we perform in the wake of the ongoing crisis in the Middle East. Free previews on Monday and Tuesday, April 29 and 30. All other shows are $5 for Dawson faculty, students and staff.

Visit the link for the Box Office.

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#DawsonProud, Academic News, Dawson Grads

CRLT hosted provincial recreation professionals event

The Community, Recreation, and Leadership Training Alumni Committee hosted the 11th edition of the National Day of Leisure Professionals of Quebec on April 20. This day is dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the dedicated work of leisure technicians.

Visit the link for a report by proud CRLT grad and faculty, Myka Taylor.

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From the Director General, Milestones

Dawson retirees and silver anniversaries will be honoured at Recognition of Service

Earlier this month, the invitations were sent out for the Recognition of Service cocktail and dinner, which will be hosted by Director General Diane Gauvin on Friday, May 24.

This cocktail and dinner reception is in appreciation of employees marking 25 years of service to Dawson as well as to thank recent retirees and those who are soon retiring.

“We are looking forward to celebrating our colleagues’ milestones,” said organizer Janet Pakulis, who is also the assistant to the Director General. “We take a lot of care to plan something truly special and memorable for them and we will celebrate them in style.”

Faculty Hub, Well-being for all

Limited spots for Faculty Retreat!

Attention Dawson faculty!

There are still spots available for the UDL’s upcoming all-inclusive two-day retreat at the Kio-O Center in Sainte-Lucie-des-Laurentides on June 12-13.

Join a transformative experience dedicated to fostering inclusion and wellness in your classrooms, all while benefitting from rejuvenating group wellness activities, including nature hiking, yoga and stand-up paddle board.

Details and registration via the link below.

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Dawson Foundation, In the news/in social media, Off campus events

Exclusive offer for Dawson community members! 

You are cordially invited to join us on June 10 for the Golf Classic 2024 at an exclusive reduced rate of $300. This year's tournament promises to be our grandest yet, as we move to a new and larger course at the prestigious Whitlock Golf & Country Club in Hudson.

Your ticket includes:

  • Brunch
  • Access to the driving range
  • 18 holes of golf
  • A cocktail reception
  • Dinner

As if that weren't enough, there will also be exciting prizes and raffles for you to participate in.

Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to enjoy a day in the sun, mingle with special guests from the world of sports, and, most importantly, support Dawson students.

This offer is only available to Dawson staff, faculty, retirees, students and alumni. There is a limited supply of tickets at this rate.

Get your ticket now at the link below.

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Campus Life, Learning opportunities

Encourage your students to enter QWF College Writers Award competition

The 2024 Quebec Writers’ Federation (QWF) College Writers Award seeking submissions from Quebec-based students enrolled at one of the sponsoring colleges (Champlain Regional College, Dawson, Heritage, John Abbott, Marianopolis, and Vanier Colleges). This is a great opportunity for a student to get published and win a nice cash prize!

The prize will go to the best short story, poem, or work of non-fiction written in English between August 14, 2023 and June 3, 2024. The winner will be announced at the QWF Awards Gala in Montreal on Tuesday, November 12, 2024, and receive a $1,000 cash prize.

Talk to your students!

Visit the link for all the details.

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Student Services, Well-being for all

New Student Mental Health resources

In time for Mental Health Week, May 6 to 12, there is a new resource for student mental health.

The MHE Station (Station SME in French) is the place to go to support the mental health of college and university students. It provides access to a wealth of credible information and practical tools. There’s advice on managing stress, information on mental health, tips on maintaining healthy relationships, and more. Station SME also offers resources to strengthen your expertise and create study environments conducive to student well-being.

There is a video overview of the Station SME and you can explore staff resources here: Exploring themes - Station SME

#DawsonProud, Dawson Foundation, Dawson Gives, Dawson Talent, Events

Artists in Bloom raised over $12,000 for student athletes

Organizers Neal Armstrong, Michelle Lee and Carey-Ann Pawsey worked hard but are very pleased with the results from the 26th annual Artists in Bloom fundraiser on April 18. An estimated 200 people attended the evening event, which raised over $12,000 for Dawson student athletes.

Visit the link to find out what the highest winning bid was and read an event report.

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Dawson Remembers, Living Campus, Well-being for all

Story behind the beautiful scilla blooms

A photo of the scilla bulbs blooming on the Sherbrooke Street West side of the Dawson campus, published in the April 18 D Announcements, brought back memories for Eleftheria Styliaras, a technician in the biology department.

Visit the link for the story.

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

Dawson in the news

CBC Montreal's Evening News Anchor Debra Arbec visited Dawson on April 22 for an Earth Day feature interview with Chris Adam, Head of Sustainability at Dawson.

Visit the link for the six-minute video feature.

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Living Campus, Perks for Dawson Employees, Sustainability, Well-being for all

Earth Weeks at Dawson 2024

This year's Earth Weeks once again promoted well-being for our students and employees and brought back some favourite activities and events while introducing new ones.

On April 23, Kaye Francis led a cooking workshop, which was the crowd favourite.

"I wanted to inspire participants to bring out their inner chef," she said. Kaye, a trained French chef who likes to inject Caribbean influences into her cooking, presented couscous and suggested many different ways to use it or other grains as a base to create flavourful, healthy and satisfying meals. "People get stuck on recipes, I wanted to focus on methods," she said.

Couscous is a blank canvas and you can create different meals by adding vegetables, protein, and dressing/sauce. Here is Kaye's recipe for Italian or Greek couscous.

Photo credit: Christine Layne


Cacti & succulents sale and chair raffle April 30

Interior Design students invite you to their cacti and succulents plant sale and chair raffle on Tuesday, April 30. Happening in Conrod's from 9 AM to 4 PM. The raffle is for an ergonomic office chair. Tickets are one for $10 and 3 for $25. Debit and credit cards accepted. The plants sale is all day but the chair raffle draw is at 1 PM. All proceeds are to fund the graduating students' Vernissage this spring.

#DawsonProud, Academic News

Another successful playtest event by IVGD

The Independent Video Game Design program held another public indie game playtesting event on Friday, April 12 in room 3C.1.

The event gathered teams of students, graduates and local independent game developers to showcase their games to the public. Some of the teams present included Superset Games (Carl Boisvert, Émeric Coude, Juan Osorio, Charles-Antoine Solis), a team composed of former graduates of the IVGD program who were showing Project Containment, their new multiplayer-focused survival game, as well as Obesquito (Shane Barnard, Sooah Kim, Vlad Sebastian Raducan), a team of current students who were showing Mark of the Knights, a classic action adventure game.

The IVGD hosts free public playtest events every two months for all students, graduates and local developers.


DawsonITE Newsletter # 629

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

In this issue:

  • Google & MIT Offer a Free Course on Generative AI for Teachers and Educators
  • A framework for inclusive AI learning design for diverse learners
  • How Mark Zuckerberg is reimagining the classroom

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