Cast Iron Chef Competition fundraiser for scholarships and bursaries

The Kawartha Culinary Association, made up of local chefs and cooks, held the area’s first Cast Iron Chef Competition in Fleming College’s Fulford’s Dining Room on Wednesday, October 24. Two teams, each comprised of two local chefs, three secondary school students from Lindsay, Haliburton and Peterborough, and four Fleming culinary students went head-to-head in a battle that raised $3,200 for culinary bursaries and scholarships at Fleming College.The team consisting of chefs Christopher Ennew, of Ste. Anne’s Inn and Spa in Grafton, and Justin Guyatt of Guyatt’s Consulting in Peterborough narrowly defeated Chefs Evan Podd of The Old Bridge Inn in Young’s Point and Brian Cassibo of Tin Mill in Uxbridge with a score of 359 to 354, giving Ennew and Guyatt the title of 2007 Kawartha Cast Iron Chef. Teams had eight hours to plan and prepare a five-course meal serving 60 guests and five judges. Judges included Francis Dineley of New Zealand Lamb, Kim Freeburn of Sysco Food Services of Central Ontario, Teresa Kaszuba of CHEX TV, and Fleming Chefs Norm Smith and Frank Delemarre. Chef Steve Benns of Fleming College and George Krohn from the Durham and Kawartha Culinary Associations served as Kitchen Judges.The 60 guests also scored each course and ‘Peoples Choice Awards’ were given to the teams based on Creativity, Taste and Presentation. A team of Culinary Management and Chef Training student volunteers lead by Professor Sylvie Provost and Natalie Wood acted as servers for the evening. Chefs David Franklin, Brand Manager of Sysco Food Services of Central Ontario, and David Hawey, Culinary Programs Coordinator at Fleming, organized the sold-out event. Sponsors included: New Zealand Lamb, King Cole Duck, Marine Harvest Seafood, Bon Chef Greenhouses, Gambles Ontario Produce, Gay Lea, Windmill Farms Mushrooms, Sysco Food Services of Central Ontario, Elco Fine Foods, Hendrix Restaurant Equipment & Supplies, Creative Kitchen Supplies, Martin’s Fruit & Vegetables, Holiday Inn Peterborough Waterfront, Passport to Prosperity, and the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program.

Why Wait? You could start college in January 08!

Why Wait? You could start college in January 08!
Go here for the list of programs available in January Find out more about semesters of study and break weeks during and between semesters when you start in January

40+ programs available to choose from You will attend classes over the first summer semester*, and by doing so, you can fast-track to complete a 2-year Ontario College Diploma program in just 16 months Or, complete a 3-year Ontario College Advanced Diploma in just over 2 years (28 months)*Arboriculture program students do not attend courses in the summer semester. Motive Power Techniques-Heavy Equipment students participate in an internship in the summer. If you start college in January you will: Enjoy smaller class sizes and more one-on-one attention  "Own" the campus in summer – no crowds, no parking waits, easier access to fitness facilities and services. Plus, in most programs, there are no classes scheduled on Mondays – so every weekend is a long one. Fast-track to a new career and higher earning power! Go here for the list of programs available in JanuaryCheck out Open House on Saturday, November 17Find out more about semesters of study and break weeks during and between semesters when start in January

Green roof installed at Frost Campus

The Frost Campus has sprouted a green roof. Green roof project organizers have stayed true to the original guiding principles and objectives of the plan – local soils, local plants and student learning. Located on a section of roof over the new Environmental Technology Wing (southeast corner), the 1,200 square-foot garden features native Ontario meadow plants such as Coreopsis, Rudbeckia, Wild Thyme and grasses. The plant species will grow in a six-inch-deep mixture of local organic matter such as peat, manure, compost, and wood shavings. Roof Greening Systems (RGS) from Cambridge, Ontario grew and installed the Fleming green roof. While the green roof is currently self-sufficient, RGS will be visiting on occasion to ensure maintenance and quality control. According to Sara Kelly, Frost Campus faculty member and the green roof project coordinator, greening roof tops is about converting dead space into living systems. Green roofs have a proven ability to absorb and filter storm water, cool and clean air, provide habitat for insect and bird life, and insulate the building below. Ms. Kelly says the opening of the green roof was, “a momentous occasion.” Since it opened on October 11, she has had a number of students and staff up on the roof to see the project firsthand.  Looking ahead, she says the college will continue greening portions of the roof and will develop curriculum pieces for integrating the green roof into Fleming’s School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences programming. Research and innovation partnership opportunities will also be explored.

Fleming Team a Finalist in Culinary Competition

A culinary team from Fleming College is heading to Guelph this week as a finalist in the Make it with Mushrooms Competition. Chef David Hawey, coordinator of Fleming’s Culinary programs, and three students – Amanda Weare and Alex Bolton of the Culinary Management program and Marsha Hutchinson of the Cook Apprentice program – were selected to participate in the Mushrooms Canada Make it with Mushrooms cook-off. Fleming’s team will prepare and offer its recipe creations to an expert panel of judges at the Atrium Restaurant at the University of Guelph on October 19. Fleming will battle Conestoga and St. Lawrence colleges for the top spot. The three students’ ideas for mushroom-based recipes won them a spot on the team.The students took their ideas to the kitchen with Chef David and started cooking. Focusing on an Asian-influence, and with guidance from Chef David, Marsha developed the Thai Style Mushroom-Coconut Soup with a tasty balance of sweet herbs – basil and mint – distinctive spices such as Thai chillies and fresh ginger, a variety of mushrooms, and coconut milk. To give the soup a unique finish a couple of drops of tasted sesame oil were added. Amanda and Alex’s creations were merged and the Mixed Mushroom Ragout with spaghetti squash and baby arugula was born. Ease of preparation and a relatively short cooking time make this dish even more appealing. Further inspiration for the dish came from the classic recipe Beef Stroganoff. Rather than traditional egg noodles, spaghetti squash with cumin seed, diced red pepper, butter, and seasoning was used. This dish contains a combination of shii take, cremini, button and portabella mushrooms. These were the only mushroom varieties allowed in the competition and the team thought it best to use all of them for diversity in taste, texture and presentation.  To enhance flavour roasted garlic, sautéed onions and fresh herbs were added. A sauce was made with vegetable stock, Marsalla wine and light sour cream. To finish the plate, the team dressed some baby arugula lettuce with mustard vinaigrette and added some crostini for taste and presentation. After three hours of development, the recipe was ready for the competition.  To win a spot as a finalist, photos were taken of each of the dishes and sent to Mushrooms Canada along with the recipes and a brief description of each.

Open House

Open House
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9am – 2pm at the Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg & Haliburton campuses.12pm – 2pm at Norwood.  Experience what Fleming College has to offer you.If you are making plans for college, there’s a lot to discover and do. Make your plan-start college in January or in September Explore emerging career trends Talk to Fleming faculty and students Tour the campus and residences (in Peterborough and Lindsay) Check out our student services Enter the Open House Draw to be eligible to win free tuition Great door prizesFree, return trip bus service will be available from the GTA. Check back for more information and to register.

Loggersports at Fleming celebrates 25 years of competition

Lindsay ON – Fleming College’s Frost Campus will be buzzing with the sounds of chain saws at the 25th annual Loggersports Competition on Saturday, November 3.Fleming’s competition, hosted annually since 1982, continues to be the largest event on the college tour. Two new colleges, from New Brunswick and Virginia, have registered for this year’s event bringing the expected number of colleges and universities to 16 with a total of 44 teams.Participating Canadian and U.S. teams include Algonquin College, Lakehead University, Nova Scotia Agricultural College, University of New Brunswick, University of West Virginia, SUNY – College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry, Pennsylvania State and College Boreal.The competition will take place all day but main events will get underway around noon. Teams consist of six competitors who participate in the following events:• Team Events – Crosscut Saw, Log Decking, Pulp Throwing, Swede Saw• Doubles Events – Quarter Split, Standing Block Chop, Underhand Chop• Singles Events – Axe Throw, Chain Saw, Pole Climb, Single Buck, Super Swede Saw and Water Boil.The Canadian Intercollegiate Lumberjacking Association (CILA), which oversees Canadian college and university loggersport competitions, was formed with the purpose of providing a venue for all loggersports members to participate in a series of competitions. Teams have the opportunity to tally points over the season with the opportunity of becoming the CILA Champions.Fleming College first participated in loggersports in 1974. Since then Fleming has competed in many events at other colleges and universities. In addition to formal competitions, the Fleming Loggersports Team performs Lumberjack demonstrations across Ontario.

Kawartha Cast Iron Chef Competition and Dinner

Two elite culinary teams will battle it out for the title of Kawartha Cast Iron Chef on Wednesday, October 24 as Fleming College’s culinary programs partner up with the Kawartha Culinary Association to host the Kawartha Cast Iron Chef Competition and Dinner.The competition, which raises funds for culinary scholarships, will feature local chefs Evan Podd of the Old Bridge Inn (Young’s Point), Brian Cassibo of the Tin Mill (Uxbridge), Christopher Ennew from Ste. Anne’s Inn and Spa (Grafton), and Justin Guyatt, a culinary consultant in Peterborough. The chefs will partner with culinary students from the college and local high schools. Each team will be made up of two secondary school students, two first semester Fleming culinary students, two third semester Fleming culinary students and two local chefs.The teams must each prepare and serve a five-course meal for 36 people. Each meal consists of soup, hot appetizer, cold appetizer, entrée, and dessert. One of each plate will be presented for public viewing and voting (people’s choice), five will be presented for the judging panel and the remaining 30 will be served to guests. The teams are judged in three categories – Kitchen (culinary skill, sanitation and safety, team work, plating skill, waste, and timing), Dining Room (taste, presentation, culinary skill, temperature, and creativity), and People’s Choice.Tickets are $60 per person, and are available at Fulford’s Dining Room at Fleming College, 749-5530 ext. 1487 and In A Nuttshell in Lakefield, 652-7814. The competition will get underway at 5:30 p.m. at Fulford’s Dining Room at Fleming’s Sutherland Campus, 599 Brealey Dr. in Peterborough.Proceeds from the competition and dinner will go toward the Kawartha Culinary Association’s scholarship fund, which assists new, returning, and graduating students in Fleming’s renowned culinary programs – Culinary Management, Cook Apprentice and Chef Training.Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campuses in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 90 full-time programs in Law and Justice, Community Development, Health and Wellness, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, Technology and Skilled Trades, Fine Arts, and Business. Fleming College has more than 5,000 full-time and 10,000 part-time students and 50,000 alumni.- 30 –

Fleming students participating in Lindsay shoreline project

Students in Fleming College’s Ecosystem Management program at the Frost Campus will take part in Kawartha Conservation’s Shoreline Naturalization Program at Rainbow Bridge Park, part of Nayaro Park in Lindsay, on Friday, October 19 from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.The students, as part of a Restoration Ecology course, will install restoration materials such as silt fencing, as well as plant wildflowers and shrubs on site.According to Kawartha Conservation, the Shoreline Naturalization Program was initiated in 2002 over growing concern around the urbanization of shoreline properties. The program is designed to encourage private and public land stewardship of natural resources and provide educational opportunities across the watershed.

Fleming College and Trent University Announce New Joint-Program in Ecological Restoration

Fleming College and Trent University Announce New Joint-Program in Ecological Restoration

Fleming College and Trent University have announced they will begin development of a brand new joint B.Sc. Honours and diploma program in Ecological Restoration. This comes in response to growing concerns globally for the environment and the resulting needs for skilled and knowledgeable employees in the environmental sector. Trent University’s Environmental and Resource Studies Program (ERS) and Fleming College’s School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences (SENRS) have been awarded $196,500 in funding from the Ontario government through the College University Consortium Council (CUCC) Change Fund Initiative in order to assist in the development of the joint program, the only one of its kind in Ontario. Ecological Restoration is an emerging discipline that helps with the recovery of damaged, degraded or destroyed ecosystems. The first intake of 30 students is expected for the fall of 2008. The Ontario government is providing funding to develop a range of innovative projects that promote greater collaboration between colleges and universities and provide a wider range of pathways for students. "This program will expand the existing pathways between Fleming College and Trent University, allowing more students to benefit from the resources of both institutions," said Dr. Tony Tilly, president of Fleming College. "Frost Campus is renowned for its environmental programming and excellent applied learning opportunities. By integrating increasingly challenging and complex applied learning and field experiences across the curriculum, students will enjoy a unique combination of college and university learning – the best of both worlds." "Greater collaboration between our colleges and universities will have significant advantages for learners, institutions, employers and the government," said Peterborough MPP Jeff Leal. "Our government is committed to increasing student access and opportunities within the postsecondary sector – and this collaboration between Trent University and Fleming College will help us meet our goal." The CUCC received a grant from the Honourable Chris Bentley, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, to be used to develop new college-university pathways for qualified students. In response to a call for proposals by the CUCC, 26 submissions were received by January 31, 2007. The proposal submitted by Trent University and Fleming College was one of five selected for funding. Robin Armstrong, executive director of the CUCC, explained that, "the review committee was impressed by the track record of cooperation already established by the two institutions, and by the timeliness and integrity of the proposal for the creation of a joint program in Ecological Restoration." "At a time when the environment is top-of-mind with individuals, governments and NGOs across the globe, the launch of the Trent-Fleming Ecological Restoration B.Sc. is both topical and meaningful," said Professor Bonnie Patterson, president and vice-chancellor of Trent University. "This program builds on the excellent reputations of both institutions in programs related to the environment – and on a relationship of trust and mutual respect that has been developed between Trent and Fleming. The funding for this is just one of the outcomes from the Rae Report on Postsecondary Education, an initiative that allows us to considerably enhance effective university-college collaborations such as this." Hailed as a timely and significant new collaboration, the new Ecological Restoration B.Sc. and diploma will set the pace for such interdisciplinary, science-based curriculum as a fully integrated model that infuses diploma and degree level outcomes across the four years of study. Students will complete years one and two at Fleming College’s Frost Campus in Lindsay, and then attend Trent for the third and fourth years of this program. Highlights of the program include: a broad-based curriculum focusing on developing student understanding of ecological principles that can be transferred to any ecosystem, and adapted to any project, regardless of scale full and immediate integration of learning and field experiences opportunities for field camps and field courses, internships, co-op or summer employment, capstone courses and international development opportunities across the four-year program opportunities for graduate studies at Trent creation of interdisciplinary content focus on student successThe CUCC was established in 1996 to facilitate, promote and coordinate joint education and training ventures in order to aid the transfer of students from sector to sector, facilitate the creation of joint programs between colleges and universities, and, further the development of a more seamless continuum of postsecondary education in Ontario.

Sharing the Caring at the 2007 Family Gala

The Early Childhood Education and Social Service Worker programs at Fleming College’s Frost Campus are once again hosting a Family Gala for the community on Saturday, October 20. Partnering with community agencies such as the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit, the Association for Community Living, Kawartha Child Care Services, the Early Years Centre, and the Children’s Aid Society, the students will work with the agencies to host fun family activities at the same time as providing information on resources and services available for children and their families in the community. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Frost Campus, 200 Albert St. S. in Lindsay. Activities include face painting, games, crafts, and indoor play as well as science exhibits and visits from the characters Franklin, Clifford and Elliot the Moose.  The schedule for the day includes: 9:15 a.m. – Marnie’s Dance ‘N Kids dance demonstration 9:45 to 11 a.m. – Musical performance by Terri and Rick 11 to 12:30 p.m. – free lunch Participants may also want to pick up some gently used children’s toys, books, and clothing at the event’s swap meet give away. Organizers are also accepting these items from donors. You can drop off donations of these items to Community Living Kawartha Lakes, 33 Lindsay St. S. by October 12.