Fleming College among the best in North America on sustainability

 

Stocking Atlantic salmon in Cobourg Creek.
Stocking Atlantic salmon in Cobourg Creek.

Peterborough ON – (December 12, 2017) – Fleming College has been named as a top performer on sustainability among community colleges in North America.

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) has ranked Fleming as fifth overall and second best in Ontario in its 2017 Sustainable Campus Index.

The index recognizes top-performing colleges and universities overall, by institution type, and in 17 sustainability impact areas such as curriculum, energy, transportation, water, investment and finance, and coordination and planning. The impact areas were measured through AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS).

“Fleming College’s feature in this report shows its significant leadership and commitment to advance sustainability,” said AASHE’s Executive Director Meghan Fay Zahniser. “We are excited to recognize Fleming for working to secure a thriving, equitable and ecologically healthy world through its comprehensive sustainability efforts.”

In addition to Fleming’s overall top-five ranking, the College was highlighted in the report for its research related to the salmon hatchery at Frost Campus. The hatchery is part of the Lake Ontario Atlantic Salmon Restoration Program, which is working to restore the species to Lake Ontario more than 100 years after it was extirpated.

“Sustainability has always been at the forefront of our aspirations at Fleming College and should be interwoven into every aspect of the College, from operations and community engagement to curriculum delivery,” said Tania Clerac, Operations Lead, Sustainability, at Fleming College. “Sustainability also needs to be embedded in our daily actions. As a college community, we should lead by example and continuously strive to improve our performance to not only meet, but exceed our targets.”

You can find the full report here: http://www.aashe.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/2017_Sustainable_Campus_Index.pdf

About STARS
STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. It was developed by AASHE with broad participation from the higher education community. STARS participants submit data to earn a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum rating, or recognition as a STARS Reporter. As of July 1, 2017, 768 STARS reports were submitted by 445 institutions in 10 countries, and there were 858 STARS participants in 34 countries. Fleming College currently holds a STARS Silver rating.

About the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) AASHE empowers higher education administrators, faculty, staff and students to be effective change agents and drivers of sustainability innovation. AASHE enables members to translate information into action by offering essential resources and professional development to a diverse, engaged community of sustainability leaders. We work with and for higher education to ensure that our world’s future leaders are motivated and equipped to solve sustainability challenges. For more information, visit www.aashe.org. Follow AASHE on Facebook and Twitter.

About Fleming College
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,200 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 74,000 alumni.

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Members of the media, for more information please contact:
Laura Copeland
Communications Officer
laura.copeland@flemingcollege.ca
705.749.5530 x 1370

 

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Fleming College seeking more off-campus housing options for students

 

Peterborough ON – (December 7, 2017) – With an expected increase in new students in January 2018, Fleming College’s housing department is appealing to the community in seeking more off-campus housing options for students.

In the short-term, the College is aiming to increase the number and variety of off-campus housing options that are available in Peterborough and Lindsay, particularly for international students.

The number of international students at Fleming has expanded rapidly in the last five years. With continued record enrolment this past September and an anticipated increase in students for January, the College is seeking safe, secure, reasonably priced accommodation in multi-person dwellings near the campuses, or on or near transit routes.

“Students contribute positively to our local economy and they add to our vibrant communities in Peterborough and Lindsay,” said Tracey McConnery, Manager of English Programs and International Student Services. “We welcome international and domestic students alike, and we greatly value the diversity that international students bring to our programs, campuses and communities.”

Fleming offers online resources for off-campus housing that are available for landlords as well as students including a dedicated listing service through places4students.com. This allows landlords to advertise directly and connect easily with students. Fleming also provides resources and support for current and new landlords.

“This is a great opportunity for community members that have rented to students in the past or have been thinking about renting. We encourage you to get in touch with us to learn more,” said Kelsey Doherty, Off-campus Housing Coordinator.

Interested individuals can contact Off-campus Housing Services by email at och@flemingcollege.ca or by phone at 705-749-5530 ext. 1125.

About Fleming College
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,200 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 74,000 alumni.

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Members of the media, for more information please contact:
Laura Copeland
Communications Officer
laura.copeland@flemingcollege.ca
705.749.5530 x 1370

More hands-on training time for Fleming College firefighter students with move to a new facility

 

Peterborough ON – (December 7, 2017) – Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training students at Fleming College will have a new home starting in September 2018.

The program is relocating to the Eastern Ontario Emergency Training Academy (EOETA) in Norwood. The 20-acre site provides the opportunity for live training situations and includes a search and rescue maze, confined space, three-storey burn tower, flashover unit, survivor unit, an education hall, four classrooms and a small cafeteria.

“This is a dedicated training facility where students will be taught all aspects of firefighting in a realistic environment,” said Carol Kelsey, Dean of the School of Justice and Community Development. “With the move to the Academy, we can increase the amount of time students spend in hands-on training and they will learn on the latest equipment, including two frontline pumper trucks.”

The hands-on training portion of the program will increase from 120 hours to 160, and live fire training will include new high-intensity propane training tools.

“To have access to a facility such as this is rare among firefighting programs in the province,” added Kelsey.

Firefighting students currently attend classes in a building next to the Peterborough Fire Services station on Clonsilla Avenue, and perform skills training part-time at the EOETA.

Fleming’s Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training is a one-year, three-semester college certificate program that offers both a September and January intake. The training content of the program has been approved and endorsed by the Ontario Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM). Graduates of the program will be prepared to challenge both the written theory and practical skills evaluation portions of the National Fire Protection Association standard, provided by the OFMEM.

About Fleming College
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,200 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 74,000 alumni.

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Media, for more information please contact:
Laura Copeland
Communications Officer
laura.copeland@flemingcollege.ca
705.749.5530 x 1370

Fleming College alumnus wins prestigious Premier’s Award

 

duane-parnhamPeterborough ON – (Nov. 29, 2017) – Fleming College alumnus Duane Parnham has received a Premier’s Award in the Business category for his achievements and significant contributions he’s made here at home and around the world.

Mr. Parnham, a 1985 graduate of Frost Campus (Mineral Engineering Technology/Geological Technician), is President and CEO of Broadway Gold Mining Ltd. He is a prominent entrepreneur who was named one of the top 100 most influential people in Africa’s mining history by The MSA Group. Since 1996, his companies have created hundreds of jobs and generated over $1.2 billion in shareholder value. In 2011, he and his family established the Parnham Foundation to support underprivileged, impoverished or otherwise disadvantaged students from Namibia to pursue a diploma at Fleming College.

In 2011, Mr. Parnham and his family made a $1 million donation to Fleming’s Frost Campus to create the Parnham Training Centre for Resources Drilling Technician students. A portion of the donation went toward new drilling equipment and created an endowed fund to provide financial assistance for students.

“I have and will continue to dedicate my life to using the skills that I have gained in my education and career to strengthen business development and, more importantly, to give back and ensure less fortunate students are afforded that same chance to access a top-notch education that our great Canadian institutions strive to deliver,” said Mr. Parnham during his acceptance speech. “It is very humbling to know that all the steps that I have made in my life – big and small, professionally and personally – really make a difference and are recognized.”

More recently, Mr. Parnham has been actively involved in the College’s campaign to raise funds for the new GeoCentre at Frost Campus. The campaign is aiming to raise $1.5 million toward the renovation project that will create new, state-of-the-art geology labs and classrooms in areas of the campus that were original to the building’s construction nearly 50 years ago. Funds raised will also go toward programs and student financial assistance.

“We are extremely proud of Duane and his achievements,” said Fleming College President Tony Tilly. “His success in business is matched by his generosity and support for the next generation of students in the natural resources sector.”

Mr. Parnham received his award at the Premier’s Awards Gala, held Nov. 27 in Toronto. Fleming College nominated five additional outstanding alumni for the Premier’s Awards. They are:

  • Community Services — Michael VanDerHerberg (Geomatics Technician, 2005)
  • Creative Arts and Design — Glenn Ogden (Museum Management and Curatorship, 2002)
  • Health Sciences — Heather Lee, RN, BScN (Nursing, 1987)
  • Recent Graduate — Thomas Wilkins (Business Administration-Marketing, 2015)
  • Technology — Al Stinson (Forestry Technician, 1977)


About the Premier’s Awards
The Premier’s Awards for College Graduates recognizes college graduates across six categories who have made significant social and economic contributions to society. Award recipients are chosen from nominations submitted by Ontario’s 24 public colleges. The recipients must demonstrate outstanding achievement related to their college experience and have made a significant contribution to their communities. On the 25th anniversary of these awards, it is more important than ever to recognize the talented and innovative leaders who are graduating from Ontario’s colleges, and whose outstanding contributions are supporting the economy and improving lives.

About Fleming College
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,200 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 74,000 alumni.

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Members of the media, for more information please contact:

Laura Copeland
Communications Officer
laura.copeland@flemingcollege.ca
705.749.5530 x 1370

New pathway to a degree at York University for two Fleming College programs

 

Peterborough ON – (November 23, 2017) – Students in two Fleming College programs have a new pathway to earn teaching degrees at York University.

Eligible graduates of Fleming’s Computer Engineering Technology and Graphic Design – Visual Communications advanced diploma programs can now enter directly into York’s B.Ed in Technological Education program.

“This exciting new pathway opportunity will address the gap in the number of educators who specialize in the ever-expanding world of technology. It will draw students with practical, real-life experience, which they can carry into their teaching career,” said Maxine Mann, Dean of Fleming College’s School of Trades and Technology and School of Business. “Further, this pathway to a degree will give an advantage to Fleming graduates through expanded career opportunities.”

“Our students will graduate from the Graphic Design – Visual Communications (GDV) program with a unique design experience that they can bring into York’s Consecutive B.Ed in Technology Education program – and they will be ready to use and share those skills in the classroom with others. Building on the advanced diploma with a degree will provide our GDV students with the option of both teaching as well as working in the design field,” said Sandra Dupret, Dean of the Haliburton School of Art + Design.

Computer Engineering Technology is a six-semester advanced diploma program that ensures students have the skills needed for the analysis and design of complex computer systems and networks. Course work includes project management as well as preparation for industry certification exams such as A+ and Cisco Networking. Graduates are recognized by the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) as meeting all academic requirements for certification in the Certified Engineering Technologists category.

Graphic Design – Visual Communication at Fleming is an advanced diploma program compressed into two years. Students attend classes year-round in the GDV Studio a unique and contemporary ‘classroom as design lab and studio.’ Students gain the skills and knowledge required to communicate ideas in digital and printed media through extensive and varied applied learning experiences.

York’s Consecutive B.Ed. in Technological Education is a full-time professional degree program that includes in-class and blended courses as well as both a school practicum and a community practicum. Students in the program can also earn advanced standing credits toward a Master of Education degree. Graduates are qualified to teach technological subjects for grades 9-12 in a range of areas – everything from communication technology to manufacturing technology to technological design and construction technology.

About Fleming College
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,200 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 74,000 alumni.

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Members of the media, for more information please contact:
Laura Copeland
Communications Officer
laura.copeland@flemingcollege.ca
705.749.5530 x 1370

Ontario students and post-secondary institutions call for new, integrated mental health strategy

 

TORONTO, Nov. 2, 2017 – Ontario’s students, colleges and universities are calling on the province to take immediate action on the growing problem of student mental health with an integrated strategy that begins in kindergarten and continues through high school, post-secondary life and adulthood.

A joint report released today calls for a ‘whole of community’ approach by government, health-care providers, community agencies, student associations and post-secondary institutions including mandatory curriculum to teach resiliency in young people, an early-warning system throughout all levels of education, counselling, and expanded use of technology – all at no cost to students whether they live on or off campus.

“Student mental health is a growing concern on post-secondary campuses across the country,” says Andrew Clubine, President of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA). “Students are calling on the province to take an integrated and comprehensive approach to improving mental wellness supports so that they can succeed both on and off campus.”

A new report called In It Together: Taking Action on Student Mental Health (LINK) was released today by four groups representing the province’s 45 colleges and universities and more than 220,000 students.

In the report, the four partners – the College Student Alliance, the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance, Colleges Ontario and the Council of Ontario Universities – say providing effective support for student mental health is one of the most pressing issues on college and university campuses today, and that post-secondary institutions have made addressing it a priority but can’t meet the challenge alone.

Other recommendations in the report include:

  • An update to Ontario’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy to recognize post-secondary students as a distinct group
  • Clearly defined roles across four Ontario government ministries to ensure no service gaps
  • Close working relationships between post-secondary institutions and local health-care and community agencies to develop and implement a plan to help students with mental health concerns
  • Free mental health care for students – on and off campus – through increased services not currently funded by OHIP
  • Government investment in transition programing for high school students as they prepare to enter post-secondary

Quick Facts:

  • 75 per cent of mental health disorders first appear among people aged 18-24
  • A National College Health Assessment survey of college and university students reported that last year:
    • 46% of students reported feeling so depressed it was difficult to function, up from 40% in 2013
    • 65% of students reported overwhelming anxiety, up from 58%
    • 14% of students had seriously considered suicide, up from 11%

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For more information, or to arrange an interview with any of the four groups, please contact:

Deborah Lam
Operations & Communications Director
Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance
416-341-9948 647-319-1692 (cell) deborah@ousa.ca
or:

Emmaline Scharbach
Communications Manager
College Student Alliance
416-340-1212 647-454-9951(cell) communications@collegestudentalliance.ca 

Knights win first cricket tournament of the season

 

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Congratulations to the Fleming Knights men’s cricket team who were crowned champions at their first tournament of the season.

On October 27, the team travelled to Humber College to participate in Humber’s extramural tournament. The Knights started the day off with a rough start, losing their first match. However, they made a quick recovery going undefeated for the rest of the day.

The Knights were victorious over Laurier University, and Humber Lakeshore before moving into the playoffs.

In the quarter finals the Knights faced off against recent adversary Laurier University. Following that, the Knights moved on to face Centennial College in the semi-finals. The Knights did not lose momentum furthering their winning streak and defeating Centennial, allowing them to move onto the finals. In the final match of the day the Knights faced off against Sheridan College. Despite being a close match, the Fleming Knights were once again victorious and earned the spot of ‘Tournament Champions.’

Although this is only the second year Fleming has participated in extramural cricket, the team is off to a strong start with the tournament win.

The next tournament for the Fleming Knights men’s cricket team will take place November 28 at Georgian College’s Barrie campus.

 

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Frost Campus to host annual Loggersports competition on Nov. 4

 

ls_team_2017City of Kawartha Lakes ON – (Oct. 26, 2017) – Sawdust will be flying at Fleming College’s Frost Campus on Saturday, Nov. 4 when the campus hosts its annual varsity Loggersports competition.

The competition will draw college and university teams from across eastern Canada – Lakehead University, University of Toronto, Algonquin College, McGill University, University of New Brunswick, and Dalhousie University.

Loggersports features 14 events, a mix of team, doubles and individual races that include everything from ax throwing to pole climbing to chainsawing. During the competition, each participant will compete in all four team events, then one of three doubles events, and one of six single events. In addition, one individual per team will compete in the pool event. (Each competition has a different pool event, and Fleming’s pool event is the Choker Race.)

Fleming has a total of 14 women and 13 men competing on two men’s and two women’s teams (each have an A and a B team).

The event starts at 8 a.m. on Nov. 4 and wraps up with an awards ceremony at 5:30 p.m. For more information on Fleming’s Loggersports team, visit: flemingknights.ca/varsity/loggersports/.

About Fleming College
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,200 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 74,000 alumni.

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Members of the media, for more information please contact:
Laura Copeland
Communications Officer
laura.copeland@flemingcollege.ca
705.749.5530 x 1370

 

Fleming College honours alumni excellence with Premier’s Award nominations

 

Peterborough, ON (October 20, 2017) – Fleming College is pleased to announce its six alumni nominees for the Colleges Ontario Premier’s Awards.

The awards recognize outstanding Ontario college graduates in business, community health services, creative arts and design, health sciences, recent graduates and technology.

Fleming College’s 2017 Premier’s Awards nominees are:

  • Business — Duane Parnham (Mineral Engineering Technology / Geological Technician, 1985)
  • Community Services — Michael VanDerHerberg (Geomatics Technician, 2005)
  • Creative Arts and Design — Glenn Ogden (Museum Management and Curatorship, 2002)
  • Health Sciences — Heather Lee, RN, BScN (Nursing, 1987)
  • Recent Graduate — Thomas Wilkins (Business Administration-Marketing, 2015)
  • Technology — Al Stinson (Forestry Technician, 1977)

Presented annually by Colleges Ontario, the Premier’s Awards honour college graduates who have attained remarkable career success. Professional accomplishments include developing and implementing unique ideas that advance their respective field and making a positive difference in their community, either socially or economically.

An award winner in each category will be announced at the Premier’s Awards Gala, hosted by Colleges Ontario, on Monday, November 27 in Toronto.

A brief profile for each Fleming College Premier’s Awards nominee is available online at flemingcollege.ca/alumni-relations/premiers-awards-nominees.

To view award nominee profiles from all 24 colleges in Ontario, visit www.co-awards.org.

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Please note: Photos of each of the nominees can be provided upon request

 

Members of the media, for more information please contact: 
Paula Walton
Alumni Officer
705-749-5530 x 1390
paula.walton@flemingcollege.ca

 

Laura Copeland
Communications Officer
705-749-5530 x 1370
laura.copeland@flemingcollege.ca

Far From the Heart: Interactive forum theatre coming to Fleming College

 

 

farfromtheheartPeterborough ON – (October 10, 2017) – A play intended to engage and educate teens about the different forms of pressure and violence in dating relationships, and the issues that lie beneath the behaviour, is coming to Fleming College on Oct. 18

Far From the Heart is interactive forum theatre inspired by Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed. Presented by the Unitarian Fellowship and community partners (Fleming College, Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre, and John Howard Society), the play and its message hopes to reach youth and their parents, guardians, and mentors.

Originally developed in 2006 as a collaboration between Grey Bruce teens and local artists, the play has since toured with Sheatre eight times in two provinces and has been adapted into an interactive film.

The show follows four teen characters on the night of a big party as they struggle with personal expectations, peer pressure and relationships. After the story plays out, key scenes are revisited and the audience is invited to intervene and change the outcome. This interactive format allows the audience to explore issues that can lead to dating abuse and sexual violence and also talk about ways that healthy relationships can be encouraged.

“I began Far From the Heart as a summer project for youth in Grey-Bruce, Ontario, in 2006 in response to a growing problem with sexual violence among youth, and a reluctance to admit that it was happening in our rural community. No surprise. Who wants to talk about rape and sexual assault? At first, no one, but then kids came forward, and the dam broke as we provided a way to explore these themes together safely, respectfully and with fun.  We created a play that doesn’t shy away from the truth.  It’s brave,” said Joan Chandler, Artistic Director for Sheatre. “Far From the Heart endures because it works.  Because the issue is universal, the problem rampant, the project provides a useful, in-demand, entertaining vehicle to combat it. We believe in the art form. I love this little play and what it does.”

“As part of our commitment and transition to consent culture, Far From the Heart offers such a unique and effective modality of addressing a very sensitive subject,” said Lisa Ducharme, Director of Health Services at Lakefield College School. “The sincerity of the actors and interactive nature of their performance create a genuine experience for young people. The resulting debate, controversy, and reflection (from exposing bias, prejudice, and truth) provided our students a formidable platform for greater understanding, empowerment, and transformation on a systemic level.”

Far From the Heart will take place from 7-9 p.m. on Oct. 18 in the Whetung Theatre (B3 100) at Fleming’s Sutherland Campus, 599 Brealey Dr., Peterborough. The play is intended for ages 13 and up with a suggested donation of $15 or pay what you can. However, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Please note: while the cast is white and the story presented in this play is heteronormative, dating violence and sexual abuse are issues for all races and cultures, gender identities and sexual preferences. Representatives from the Unitarian Fellowship and the partnering community organizations will be available for support and referral at the event. The organizers are committed to creating an open and inclusive dialogue and interactive session that recognizes that Indigenous People and People Of Colour and the LGBTQ* community (among others) are at a higher risk of violence.
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For more information, please contact:

Graham Petty
graham@jhsptbo.com
705.933.4491.

 

Laura Copeland
Communications Officer
Fleming College
laura.copeland@flemingcollege.ca
705.749.5530 x 1370