Newsroom Tue, 17 Dec 2019 21:33:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Dawson’s brightest students received $23,350 in awards Mon, 02 Dec 2019 17:12:33 +0000 Read More - Dawson’s brightest students received $23,350 in awards]]> Second and third place for S.P.A.C.E. students in McGill Physics Hackathon Tue, 26 Nov 2019 14:21:37 +0000 Read More - Second and third place for S.P.A.C.E. students in McGill Physics Hackathon]]>
The S.P.A.C.E. team with mentors and organizers during the McGill Physics Hackathon at MILA. Credit: Raffles Zhu Photography


Five Teachers Honoured with Teaching Excellence Awards Mon, 25 Nov 2019 15:35:50 +0000 Read More - Five Teachers Honoured with Teaching Excellence Awards]]> Sarah Beer, Sociology headshots_150x200_sarah_beer“Teaching is learning” for Sarah Beer, chairperson of Sociology and Political Science. “Great teaching is only possible with great students.” Sarah moved to Montreal in 2008 to complete doctoral research for their PhD in Sociology from the University of Windsor. Two years later, Sarah joined the Sociology department at Dawson College. “Dawson’s diversity is its best quality,” according to Sarah.  

Barry Muise, AEC Commercial Photography

headshots_150x200_barry_muiseAfter graduating from NSCC’s Applied Communication Arts program, Barry spent the better part of a decade working as a digital prepress and colour specialist for several companies, including Transcontinental Inc. He found himself in front of a classroom for the first time in 2008, and has since dedicated himself to the creation and instruction of digital and visual arts. “Whenever I see published work done by my current or former students, I feel a sense of pride even greater than seeing my own work,” Barry says. “It’s a really nice feeling seeing them succeed.” “The Dawson community was the first place that felt like home since I left the Maritimes,” Barry says. “I met amazing and inspiring people here, both teachers and students, and was encouraged by those same people to use my acquired knowledge to help others in their own learning process.”

Leigh Shapiro, Interior Design

headshots_150x200_leigh_shapiroLeigh Shapiro began teaching in the early 2000’s after working for a variety of architectural firms. “Just as I set up my own residential design firm,” Leigh says, “I was offered a part-time job teaching a software program. Being in the classroom with eager students was inspiring. “I changed direction in my career and devoted myself to teaching full time. When I arrived at Dawson, I found myself at home, supported by a generous community.” Leigh views her role as a “guide who opens doors to curiosity and exploration.” Leigh has been involved in many facets of Dawson life, including serving as a Fellow in the Dawson Active Learning Community. “I have challenged myself to learn new technologies and pedagogical approaches to learning. I continue to investigate how the physical classroom environment supports learning.”  

Jared Toney, Humanities

headshots_150x200_jared_toneyJared has been teaching at Dawson since 2016. Originally from the U.S., Jared moved to Toronto do his PhD in History at the University of Toronto. His research brought him to Montreal, and he fell in love with the city. “My goal as a teacher,” Jared says, “is to convey to my students the significance and relevance of education beyond the walls of the classroom, and to ignite within each of them a genuine and insatiable enthusiasm and desire for knowledge.” Compared to other academic institutions in the U.S. and Canada, Dawson stands out for Jared because he finds our students “to be absolutely exceptional in terms of their level of engagement and sincerity, and the creative and insightful perspectives they often bring to the classroom.”  

Jeffrey Zeidel, Physical Education

headshots_150x200_jeffrey_zeidelJeff has been teaching Phys. Ed. at Dawson since 2016, and volunteers with the provincial Association of Physical Educators of Quebec. “Physical education is a lifelong journey of falling down and getting right back up,” Jeff says. He appreciates the opportunity to influence the future through education and loves Dawson. “Dawson is not only an educational establishment. It’s family!” he proclaims. Every year, Jeff organizes an annual ice hockey tournament to raise funds for the Mark Bernotas Water Polo Foundation. In his free time, Jeff enjoys staying active through sports and disconnecting up in the Laurentians. ]]>
A Message from Student Services and Human Resources to all Students and Employees Mon, 18 Nov 2019 15:05:27 +0000 Read More - A Message from Student Services and Human Resources to all Students and Employees]]> Dawson College sets the record straight Dawson College wishes to share its response with the community to disturbing and inaccurate media reports last week. The College would usually not comment on such a situation. However, given the sensational media coverage, we feel that it is important to do so. Earlier this month, the College was informed that a violation of the Policy on Sexual Violence may have occurred. Immediate action was taken. After an investigation, we conclude that there is no evidence that inappropriate acts were committed and therefore no sanction was imposed on the alleged respondent(s). While this information would normally remain confidential, a bystander chose to bring this to the media making it a subject of public discussion. We have obtained permission from the respondent(s) to share the result. The media coverage has had a serious negative impact on all people involved. As a higher education institution, Dawson College is bound by confidentiality as are all members of the community, students and employees. Confidentiality is paramount to ensure that the rights of all people are protected. Members of the College community are asked once again to familiarize themselves with the Policy on Sexual Violence.

If you experience or witness an act of sexual violence:


Contact the Sexual Violence Response Team at or at ext. 1112 or come to Room 4E.2 (Student Services)


Contact the Sexual Violence Response Team at: or at ext. 1111 or come to Room 4B.7 (Human Resources) Dawson College reaffirms its commitment to maintaining a safe learning and working environment. Dawson-Sexual-Violence-Poster]]>
Get Thee To A Nunnery, And By A Nunnery I Mean The Dawson Theatre Thu, 14 Nov 2019 21:47:33 +0000 Read More - Get Thee To A Nunnery, And By A Nunnery I Mean The Dawson Theatre]]> An Interview With Cast Members Of The Bad Hamlet
By Julia Bifulco, The Plant The_Plant_logo_black
Singing, sword fighting, and more surprises: the three S’s of The Bad Hamlet . “It’s just an alternate text of the same Hamlet that everyone knows,” says Jake Cohen, who will be playing Hamlet, “but a lot crazier” than the longest tragedy written by William Shakespeare. Directed by Stéphane Zarov, The Bad Hamlet is on at Dawson from Nov. 13 - Nov. 23. Costumes and props on set are “a mix of both” Elizabethan and modern design, says Vanessa Aparicio, who is also playing Hamlet but in an all-female cast. “Hamlet’s gonna pull out his phone at some point,” says Boris Kirimidtchiev, who will be portraying Horatio, “and the king is wearing a Hugo Boss suit.” The cast members agree that “there are a lot of anachronisms” in their play, meaning that items will appear in a time period that isn’t their own; in this case, 21st century objects in an Elizabethan setting. Each year, the third-year students of the professional theatre program at Dawson put on a performance of a Shakespeare play, alternating yearly between a comedy and a tragedy. Regarding the choice of play, Elisa Belle, who will be playing Gertrude the queen, claims “they don’t let us in on the secrets.” According to the cast members, Zarov “definitely chose a challenging one,” but all agree that they are pleased with the work they are doing. “We have music, we have onstage combat—it’s never gonna be boring,” Cohen assures. Both casts are performing a shorter version of Hamlet , which runs for an hour and 40 minutes, as opposed to the original script, which has a four-hour-long runtime. “It’s all the interesting parts,” Cohen says. Belle confirms that their version is “unedited, so it’s shorter to begin with.” Aparicio, lead actress of the all-female cast, states that many scenes for both casts are “similar,” but they have “different blockings,” as well as “ways that [characters] interact with each other.” Cohen confirms that both casts rehearse separately, performing diverse versions of the play. “If you come by on one night and enjoy yourself, you know that if you come back another night, you’re getting a new thing,” he says. Casts don’t watch one another’s rehearsals: “both of our interpretations are very much our own,” says Belle. “One is a lot more comedic, and one is a lot darker,” Aparicio remarks, but cast members will not reveal which one is which. If one were to watch the play twice, they would get two very different experiences. “It’s something that kind of happened naturally,” says Aparicio of the development of the all-female cast. The program already consists of more women than men, and when the two casts were formed, originally, one had only two male actors, so Zarov decided to make it fully female. “Even to this day there are productions that are put on with all-male casts,” Belle says, just like it was in Elizabethan times, “Since this play is already turned on its head, it would be cool to inverse that idea.” Cast members agree. “Shakespeare is very hard to read when you’re just looking at it,” Belle says, “and I think seeing a show, especially this one, is very visual and is a great way to introduce yourself to Shakespeare.” She hopes that students who watch their show “end up understanding it and having a newer appreciation for it.” “I feel like it’s very accessible,” Cohen agrees, “If you aren’t into Shakespeare, a clown’s gonna come on, someone’s gonna fight someone—whatever your relationship to Shakespeare is, there’s something for everyone.” The cast members aim to “appeal to the 80 per cent,” according to Aparicio, meaning those who “understand Shakespeare a little bit more” but the other 20 per cent are definitely not neglected in this performance. Aparicio confirms that it is fast-paced and action-packed enough to hold everyone’s interest: “it’s Hamlet on running shoes—literally, we’re all in running shoes on stage.” “It opens a lot of people’s minds when it comes to Shakespeare,” Kirimidtchiev remarks of the play. Prior to joining the program, he felt a degree of separation to Shakespearian characters: “They were a bunch of aristocrats that spoke beautifully, and I was a completely different human.” Thanks to the anachronisms, Kirimidtchiev believes that they are able to draw a link between Shakespearian characters and the modern audience: “You’re not gonna feel drawn away from them,” he says. “This is the first time that this edition of the text is being performed in Montreal,” Cohen points out, “which is rare for a Shakespeare play.” If you’d like to be a part of history and see the first ever performance of this edition of Hamlet in Montreal, go to the Dawson Theatre from November 13 -23! Don’t forget your running shoes (and your skulls—alas, poor Yorick!). ]]>
Adapting to the “Phigitals” a.k.a Generation Z Mon, 04 Nov 2019 15:25:35 +0000 Read More - Adapting to the “Phigitals” a.k.a Generation Z]]> Some of the characteristics of Phigitals observed by Garceau are:
  • a spirit of entrepreneurship
  • participation in the sharing economy
  • less access to owning property
  • commitment to change
  • resilient and pragmatic
  • desire to lead a full life
  • preference for action rather than observation
  • need for personalization
  • problem solvers
  • curious, resourceful, egalitarian.
The Millennials look for someone to do something for them, compared to the Phigitals who believe they can do anything with a little help from YouTube. At school, they are there to “acquire competencies, not diplomas,” Garceau said. They also want to know how to apply concepts learnt in class right away. Garceau said that Dawson’s competition is YouTube, not other academic institutions. Phigitals are constantly connected and 80 per cent use social media. Work and personal interests are intertwined and they feel non-stop pressure and anxiety. “They are content producers so they are not used to being passive,” she said. “Sometimes they find information they need on the web so they are less motivated to show up for class.” The Phigitals are a new clientele and are different to the Millennials: “They take breaks in their education and they start and stop. They change interests and change programs. They are used to customization. They have more life goals and less career goals.”

Weaker points of Phigitals:

  • magical thinking
  • waiting is unbearable
  • a need for constant validation
  • weaker interpersonal skills.
After a half hour in class, they need a micro break, Garceau advised. Communicate with them more frequently with shorter messages. Email and voice mail does not work to reach them.

Adapting to Phigitals:

  • It's not the availability of information that's important but its immediacy
  • YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat, less Facebook
  • For them, virtual doesn't mean impersonal
  • Face-to-face always has its place
  • Being online is a way to connect with others and learn about the world

Garceau’s advice to teachers:

“I think the most important aspect is to develop a closer relationship with students by asking them what their passions are, and what skills they want to acquire to fulfill them. Depending on the subject, ask for their input to find the best way to learn or experience it. Would they rather use some technology? Go outside the classroom? Use video? Make a video? Maybe the whole class could be an experiment on how to learn this specific subject, and have students be fully part of it. “Finally, they absolutely have to learn how to learn by themselves. For them, the future will involve ongoing continuing education as the demands and needs of society will constantly change.”

Additional reading about Gen Z:

Jobena Petonoquot: The Rebellion of my Ancestors Thu, 17 Oct 2019 16:18:34 +0000 Read More - Jobena Petonoquot: The Rebellion of my Ancestors]]> By Chelsea Moore, The Plant The_Plant_logo_black The Warren G. Flowers Art Gallery recently showcased the work of renowned Fabric artist Jobena Petonoquot. She refers to this specific collection of works as an “ode to my grandfather and his resilience” which is the inspiration behind the title “The Rebellion of my Ancestors.” Her exhibit, curated by Lori Beavis, was held from August 29th to September 18th. Individuals were encouraged to interact with the physical elements along with the religious and political undertones that were weaved throughout the pieces. No corner was left untouched or wall unpainted. From the earthy colour scheme in contrast to the navy wall, to the carefully hung frames that greeted you upon your entrance, Petonoquot was meticulous in the way she presented her first exhibit. “The massiveness of other locations in comparison to my art limited me, this space really taught me how to place my art and paint the walls,” explains Petonoquot. This gallery is separated into three sections, allowing Petonoquot to organize her pieces by theme. The first section was dedicated to what the artist explained to be an “interactive art piece meant to represent the distortion of identity and the ever remaining distortion of their identity” as indigenous people. The second and third sections were dedicated to exploring colonialism and its lasting effects on Petonoquot’s Algonquin community. There was an intentional Victorian-esque aesthetic that was carried throughout these two sections.“It’s something that I encountered often, as I hold onto the stories my grandfather told me and now I am trying to tell them through my point of view,” Petonoquot stated. One example of this aesthetic was executed through the delicate beading on the hanging baptism dresses, intending to represent the weaponization of Christianity towards the indigenous communities during the Victorian period. Another example was the small decorated containers of dirt, representing the importance of land to the indigenous community and how it was taken from them. “I’m using my art in a beautiful sarcastic way,” says Petonoquot. She chose the route of Fabric art in order to show the fabricated identity thrusted upon her as an indigenous woman. “My main goal as an artist is to become a human. People are interested in a fabricated identity and selling you an idea and during my residency I had to get very real and get people to know me as a person, not just this indigenous commodity,” she elaborates. After winning the 5th Edition of the residency impressions at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Petonoquot wanted to take advantage of her newfound recognition. Currently, Petonoquot is collaborating with an artist on the board of Aborel Gallery on a project that addresses the indigenous relationship with slavery. She will continue to use her art to share her point of view and stay connected with her Algonquin community.

Upcoming exhibits at the Warren G. Flowers Art Gallery:

  • Edwin Janzen: Remotes - October 3rd
  • Reclaiming My Place: Sharon Norwood, Shannon Strauss, Cedar-Eve Peters - October 31
  • 3rd Year Photo Grad Student - December 5th
  • AEC Graduating Students - December 17
What Do We Want? Climate Justice!: Dawson students Tue, 01 Oct 2019 15:01:46 +0000 Read More - What Do We Want? Climate Justice!: Dawson students]]> By Jessica Gearey, Dawson News Team About 500 Dawson students were part of an estimated 500,000 people marching in Montreal on Sept. 27. They all had one thing in common: the desire to take action on climate change. Students started gathering at 10 a.m. in front of the Dawson Theatre. They wanted to use their voices to let politicians know that they will not back down and they will keep fighting for their future. Laura Krochenski and the Dawson Green Earth Club had a busy week. From organizing student events to taking part in a press conference, the Green Earth Club was prepared to revolutionize. “I’ve always loved to learn about the world and see what the world has to offer.” Krochenski said. “I’m hoping that governments and corporations are going to look at the signs that are laid out in front of them and take action. I hope that they will realize that we won’t stop until they do.” Many students had the same idea as Krochenski. Sheena Doyle, who is in the Enriched Health Science program, also expressed the concern with lack of action from the government. “They need to accept responsibility for their lack of action,” she said. “We need to encourage them to make changes so our future can be protected and not gravely affected by climate change.” Dawson students left the college and joined students from Concordia and McGill and then walked together to Mount Royal. The unity of students was unstoppable. “What do we want? Climate justice! When do we want it? Now!” is only one of the chants students yelled together. The chant was chilling. Goosebumps rose on arms, shivers were sent through spines, this was an experience like no other. Claudia Filiatrault, who is a part of the Cinema & Communications program was moved by the outpouring of support. “I’m just happy that so many people came and were so committed,” she said. Claudia also expressed how she wanted to support Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old climate activist who led the march. “I wanted to show that teenagers want to help change the planet for the better, by making more thoughtful decisions.” A number of students vocalized the changes they want made by the government and the general public. Marlo and her friends, who are all students at Dawson, shared what they want done to reduce the effects of climate change. “I would like to see more single use plastics banned,” one of her friends chimed in. “We need to show companies that they don’t rule over everything, and they’re not as big as they think they are,” she said with passion burning through her words. Many students were frustrated that they had to miss school in order to get their message heard by politicians. “It’s not supposed to be us students, who are out of school, missing school to do their job,” one student said. Students want to look forward to the future. Krochenski commented on that thought saying: “I have a lot of things that I want to do in my life, and I don’t like being told that I might not get to do those things.” A long day, but it was all worth it. “I’m so proud,” Krochenski said. “Just looking at the pictures and videos, it feels surreal that it even happened. Seeing all the students together and really believing that they can make a change, was one of the coolest experiences that I’ve ever been part of. It was really rewarding to see all this and I’m extremely proud of every single person,” she added. Doyle described the experience as empowering and how, as a first-year student, it showed her that Dawson is more than just school. “It showed me that the school really cares, and that it’s more than just classes. It shows that they are active in relevant issues.” The support of Dawson students is indescribable. Students are ready to take on the government and their time has run out for making excuses. The Dawson community was there to scream and yell for what they want and they are not going to give up because this is just the beginning.
Photo credit: Nicolas Khoury, Dawson News Team

Social Media Coverage

Instagram stories of the Climate March by students Sidonie Barsalou and Marie-Lou Dagenais: Check out The Dawson Green Earth Club’s Climate March photos on Facebook:]]>
Links to New Dawson video about Dawson’s climate change mobilisation and media coverage Fri, 27 Sep 2019 14:44:09 +0000 Read More - Links to New Dawson video about Dawson’s climate change mobilisation and media coverage]]>

Media coverage of Dawson College’s mobilisation for climate change:

  CTV National News Live interview with Laura Krochenski of Dawson Green Earth Club, Sept. 27:   Témoignage d'une jeune manifestante pour le climat. Radio-Canada, L'Heure de pointe, 27 sept.:   CBC Montreal web feature Sept. 25:   Open Letter from a Gen Z Climate Activist to Everything Zoomer Sept. 25:   CTV National News Live Interview with Chris Adam Sept. 27:   Canadian Press national feature about lifestyle changes Sept. 27:   APTN Sept. 26:   CBC Television Sept. 26:   AMEQ en ligne Sept. 25:   City TV Sept. 24:     Global News Montreal Sept. 24:   Laura Krochenski of Dawson Green Earth Club interviewed on Sept. 20 on CTV National News live:   CBC Daybreak Sept 19 This is all the Dawson content, you can fast forward to 9:47 to hear the interview with Laura and Chris on Sustainability and Climate Change:   City TV Montreal, Sept. 17:   La Presse Sept. 14:   City TV and Macleans magazine National Leaders Debate on Sept. 12 Live hit from Dawson College, Montreal:   6 PM City TV Montreal news cast:   ]]>
Dawson College mobilises students and staff for climate change action Tue, 24 Sep 2019 15:22:59 +0000 Read More - Dawson College mobilises students and staff for climate change action]]> MONTREAL (Sept. 24, 2019) – Dawson College students, teachers and staff will meet at the College, eat breakfast and attend environmental workshops before joining activist Greta Thunberg at the Sept. 27 Global Climate Strike march in Montreal, expected to be one of the biggest on the planet. “We will be the fearless ones here at Dawson,” said Laura Krochenski of the Dawson Green Earth Club, a student club affiliated with the Dawson Student Union. “We are starting our own movement by taking to the streets because that’s how changes have been made throughout history. We are listening to the science. It’s an alarm, and too many people are pressing the snooze button. But not us. We are students who care about our school, our community, our city, our country, and our planet. We are rising for it all, and we want our voices to be heard.” Krochenski delivered remarks at a press conference where students, faculty, staff and the administration of Dawson College showed their solidarity on climate change action. That same morning, there was a tobacco burning ceremony as a five-metre eastern white pine was planted near the Peace Garden as a symbol of peace and a gesture of reconciliation. The white pine has special significance for Indigenous peoples, and planting a tree is a way to counteract climate change. Dawson College was one of the first academic institutions in Canada to cancel classes in support of the global movement. True to its core value of well-being for all, the Board of Governors of Dawson College made the decision at their June 5 meeting. “This is the first time in our college’s 50-year history that we have changed the academic calendar to encourage our community to participate in a protest,” said Richard Filion, Director General of Dawson College. “It is time to act. The signs and impacts of global warming are speeding up. According to the World Meteorological Organization, the five-year period of 2014-2019, is the hottest on record.” Speaking on behalf of the Dawson Teachers’ Union, the Dawson Support Staff Union and the Association of Dawson Professionals, Émilie Richer delivered a joint statement from the employees. “If we hope to effect real change, we cannot act alone,” Richer said. “We have a small window of opportunity in which to mitigate the damage we are causing to our planet. Nothing short of the full backing of our elected officials – at every level – will be sufficient to address the immense challenges we face.” Over the last year, the College has pledged to be Carbon Neutral Forever, has been recognized as a leader for academic institutions in Quebec by Cégep Vert, and has already met and exceeded Canada’s 2030 greenhouse gas reduction goal. “We are actively sharing our model of how to be a Living Campus with other schools and communities across Canada and internationally,” said Filion. “Sustainability at Dawson means everything from managing our waste to living and learning the value of well-being for all in our classrooms and on our Living Campus.” On Friday, students will leave Dawson around 10:30 a.m. to join Concordia and McGill students and walk together to the departure point of the march at the Sir George-Étienne Cartier Monument in Mount Royal Park. Staff will leave for the march after the morning program ends around 11 a.m. Dawson College is a top-choice cegep that offers classes in English at its downtown campus located on a heritage site. Over 8,000 day students are enrolled in five pre-university and 21 technical programs. Students are mostly aged 16 to 20. Group shot 1
Dawson College showed its solidarity for climate change action on Sept. 24. Pictured from left to right, front row: Director General Richard Filion, Émilie Richer (DTU), Ella Noël (Green Earth Club), Louisa Hadley (DTU), Aya Chkirate (DSU), Azra Khan (ADP), Deputy Mayor of Montreal Sterling Downey, Kanien’kehá:ka Storyteller and Sub-Chief Aronhiaies Herne. Back row: John Cuffaro (DSSU), Meghan O’Grady (DSSU), John Nathaniel Gertler (Green Earth Club), Laura Krochenski (Green Earth Club), Claire Elliott (ADP).

Official statements

For further information, please contact: Christina Parsons 514-949-9183 /// ]]>