Board of Governors approves new diploma program

Fleming College’s Board of Governors today approved a new two-year diploma program in Fitness and Health Promotion.With a greater awareness of the benefits of fitness and a healthy lifestyle, there has been an increasing demand for qualified fitness professionals.  The program, which begins at the Sutherland Campus in September 2008, will prepare students to perform the roles and responsibilities of a fitness and health consultant.The program focuses on three main areas of study: • Exercise Science and Health Promotion • Business Administration and Leadership• Lifestyle CoachingThroughout the program, students will develop skills and knowledge in fitness assessment and exercise prescription, injury prevention and management, nutrition, health promotion, leadership and self-development, business planning and lifestyle consulting. The program will also incorporate classroom time at the on-campus Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre.The program will offer field placement opportunities with industry leaders to ensure students receive hands-on experience. Graduates of the program will have the expertise to work as fitness programmers, personal trainers or lifestyle coaches.

Feast of Dreams Gala – Travel the World

Feast of Dreams Gala - Travel the World

Take a trip around the world in one evening with the Fleming College Foundation.This year’s Fleming College Foundation Gala will take place at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5, 2008 at the Sutherland Campus.The theme will be "Feast of Dreams: Travel the World" and guests will experience the sights, sounds and tastes of eight destinations – France, England, Brazil, India, Korea, The Canary Islands, Spain and ending back home in Canada.At each destination guests will experience the tastes of that area through gourmet samplings created by the faculty and students of Fleming’s Culinary Department. Guests will then move toward the main lobby of the college, which will feature more decadent culinary creations, entertainment and unique live and silent auction items.We are very excited about this event and the capacity it has to raise valuable dollars to support bursaries and scholarships for Fleming College students. As part of the Ontario Trust for Student Support (OTSS) all net proceeds of this event will be matched by the Ontario government, allowing us to double the impact of our contribution to the Fleming College bursary program.New this year will be the Signature Cocktail Draw. Purchase our specialty drink from the bar for $20 and receive a ticket for a fabulous mystery prize to be announced in the New Year! There will also be other chances to win big on this exciting night!Tickets are $75 each. Purchases of eight tickets or more will qualify for group discounts. For more information and to reserve tickets, contact Nicole Lytle-Grady at the Foundation, 749-5520 x 1204.Bon Voyage!!

Fleming College students to participate in Forestry exchanges

Students in Fleming College’s Forestry program will visit Italy, Hungary, and Austria in April as part of a new exchange agreement between colleges in Canada and the European Union.A group of at least nine students and one faculty member will leave for Venice, Italy on April 23. They will spend time in the Alps at a forestry research station before heading to Austria and then Hungary.Within the new exchange program students can visit Europe for as little as three weeks and as long as a semester (four months), says Gerald Guenkel, Coordinator of the Forestry program at Frost Campus. The host institutions are the University of West Hungary, Sopron, Hungary and the University of Padua, Legnaro, Italy“These exchanges will expose our students to a variety of educational and cultural experiences that are indispensable in today’s world of globalization. It really gives students an advantage in the workplace. At the same time, it allows Fleming to create valuable educational partnerships with other Canadian colleges as well as postsecondary institutions in Europe,” says Mr. Guenkel.Students from Forestry programs at the University of West Hungary and the University of Padua will be eligible to travel to Canada to attend Fleming College, Malaspina University-College in British Columbia or the University of Moncton in New Brunswick.While on exchange, students will take Forestry courses at the institution they are visiting. The first of these visits to Fleming will take place in September at the Forestry program’s annual field camp where ten students from Italy will attend.The exchange agreement is a three-year initiative and is part of the Canada-European Union Program for Partnership in Higher Education. The framework of the agreement is flexible to ensure students are not in any way restricted from taking the exchange opportunities, says Mr. Guenkel. There is federal funding for the program – while Canadian students pay $1,000 to go on the exchange, the federal government will fund an additional $2,000 for the trip. Linda Skilton, Dean of the School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, says the exchange is part of an overall effort at the campus to engage in more international opportunities.“With the increasing internationalization of the natural resources and environmental sector in which the students will be working, cross-cultural competencies are now viewed as essential. International internships are much valued by employers,” said Ms. Skilton.“From the European perspective, where international student mobility is widely promoted, there is also a growing interest in Canadian postsecondary education models especially the community college approach to technical training and applied learning." 

Ontario colleges launch Obay marketing program

‘My son started thinking for himself. OBAY put a stop to that.’  – OBAY  ‘Teaser’ AdStudents across Ontario can breathe a sigh of relief with the news that a new product, ‘Obay’, purported to stop them thinking for themselves, or about their future, isn’t for real and won’t be appearing in their parents’ medicine cabinets anytime soon. A teaser campaign, featuring fictional ads and humorous, provocative messages about parental mind control has been running across province for the past few weeks. They are part of the lead up to yesterday’s official launch of a new marketing campaign by Ontario’s colleges that is targeted primarily to parents – identified as having great influence when it comes to post-secondary education.“We have found that many people aren’t aware of the many programs available at colleges and the great career opportunities available to college graduates,” said Fleming College President Dr. Tony Tilly. “Our goal with Obay is to get parents and young people thinking about the postsecondary options available today, and what the best options are for each young person.”Based on recent research, parents favour university over college as the number one choice for their children by a margin of 3 to 1.  The Obay campaign, brought to you by the makers of ‘WhyBecauseISaidSo’ and ‘NotUnderMyRoof’, is designed to remind parents that they should explore all the options – in many cases, their children may be more likely to find rewarding and fulfilling careers through college education and training.Research has also revealed that:• 98 per cent of parents talk to their children about post-secondary education• Over 90 per cent of parents talk to other parents about how their children are doing in school• 44 per cent of parents believe other parents exaggerate their children’s academic accomplishments while only 17 per cent will admit to doing that themselves• Almost 30 per cent of the parents polled said they would be disappointed or embarrassed if their child went to college• 20 per cent believe a university education is the only real route to a successful career• Parents are more familiar with specific universities than they are with specific collegesFurther research conducted on behalf of Colleges Ontario, the advocacy organization representing the province’s 24 colleges, shows an overwhelming public perception that college is a lesser alternative to university. Only 33 per cent of high school students actually go on to university after high school yet an overwhelming majority enter high school believing they will go to university – primarily to meet their parents’ expectations. In a 2006 survey of senior high school students’ perceptions, conducted by Drs. Alan King and Wendy Warren of Queen’s University, a majority (59 per cent) of students reported their parents expected them to attend university. One-fifth of students who identified as planning on college said their parents expected them to go to university.Beginning today, the Obay campaign ads will include overlays that feature copy that delivers a clear message to parents, such as: “Your kids should be allowed to make their own decisions, especially when it comes to their post secondary education.”  Another key message: “Sure you want what’s best for your kids, but when it comes to post-secondary education, pushing them to do what you want isn’t right” and encourages parents and students to “explore all the options” by visiting the website,, which showcases the exceptional range of programs offered by Ontario’s colleges when it comes to post-secondary education.How Much Influence Do Parents Really Have?It is conventional wisdom that today’s teenagers, given the chance, would do the opposite of what their parents want. But while they may see themselves as free-thinking, independent and sometimes unconventional, there is still one area where they are heavily influenced by their parents: post-secondary education.The College OptionStudents discovering their future goals may not be met at university, may find the post-secondary education option right for them at one of the 24 Ontario colleges, and it is important that they involve their parents in the exploration process, helping them understand that a college program that best meets their aspirations will most likely be a better investment in their ongoing education. The Obay campaign is designed to foster such communication between parents and their children so that parents are more receptive to looking at all the options available, and in particular, see the benefits that come when their children are pursuing a program that engages and excites them.“This campaign will help people in Ontario to recognize that colleges and universities are both viable postsecondary options,” said Dr. Tilly. “We need to ensure that all levels of higher education are producing more graduates to meet the labour market challenges in today’s economy.”

Fleming College Board of Governors Meeting

The Fleming College Board of Governors will meet on Wednesday, February 27 at 2 p.m. in the Scholfield Boardroom, room 5920 at the Sutherland Campus of Fleming College, 599 Brealey Dr. in Peterborough.Please note that prior to the board meeting there will be a pre-meeting educational event taking place at 12:45 p.m. in Room 515 at the Sutherland Campus.“When ‘Smart’ People Fail: Emotional Intelligence and Academic Success” will be presented by Fleming professors Barbara Bond and Rose Manser. All members of the college community are welcome to attend this session.

Journey to exciting culinary destinations at Feast of Foods

Join the Haliburton Friends Network at Fleming College’s Haliburton School of The Arts on Saturday April 26, 2008 at 6 p.m. for the 11th Annual Feast of Foods.This year’s food journey will have you experiencing exciting culinary creations from across Europe in “EUROFEST” as our renowned Haliburton chefs create a tantalizing selection of appetizers, salads, hot and cold entrees and dessert specialties. Food samplings from Spain, France, Russia, Czechoslovakia, India and Morocco will be set up at our beautiful Haliburton Campus. The evening will feature spectacular silent and live auctions featuring the inspired works of Haliburton artists and Fleming College graduates. Making an appearance again this year will be our very popular Looney Auction.Tickets to this special production are $125 per person. A charitable tax receipt will be issued for a portion of the ticket price. There is only room for 112 guests and tickets sell-out quickly! All proceeds from this event will go to support bursaries, scholarships and special projects at the Haliburton campus. You will be sure to enjoy an unforgettable evening of marvelous food and celebration of our local chefs and artists. To reserve your tickets please contact Leona DeCarlo toll free at 1-866-353-6464 ext. 1204. 

Students invited to enter Wood Design Competition

Students at Fleming College are invited to enter the 2008 Wood Product Design Competition for Ontario Colleges and Universities.The competition is hosted by the Canadian Wood Council. The objective of the competition is to have students create an innovative wood product and assess its market potential.Students can enter as individuals or work in teams. Entrants must provide a real size prototype of the product or a scale model as well as a market analysis and marketing plan report.Winning entries are eligible to win cash prizes. For more information on the competition, visit:

CAWT assists in University of Waterloo research project

The Fleming College Centre for Alternative Wastewater Treatment’s (CAWT) support in initiating a research project at the University of Waterloo has helped the institution receive $4.8 million in funding from the provincial Ministry of Research and Innovation.The CAWT last year agreed to be a collaborator on the University of Waterloo’s project to set up its Centre for the Control of Emerging Contaminants (CCEC) and its proposal to receive Ontario Research Funding.The proposal was one of four research projects at the University of Waterloo to receive funding from the Ontario government, announced on February 8. The government is funding the projects in partnership with industry to support Ontario researchers in areas where the province can compete and win in the global marketplace. Ontario will invest $4.8 million to support the development of new technologies for measuring, monitoring, controlling and removing emerging contaminants in water treatment systems at the university. The CAWT, with its extensive facilities and knowledge in alternative wastewater treatment technologies, will assist in the research.The funding for this project is part of nearly $115 million invested by the government to support 19 cutting-edge research projects across Ontario. The research at universities, institutes and hospitals will receive matching funding from 107 industry and other partners.

Water Awareness Week at Frost Campus

Students at Fleming College’s Frost Campus are hosting a Water Awareness Week (Feb. 11-15) to promote water conservation, prevent water pollution and inform the public about the impact of bottled water.The schedule is:*all events will take place in the cafeteria unless otherwise noted*Monday – Water Pollution• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Cafeteria Poster Installation• 11 a.m. to noon – Alternative Abrasive Cleaner giveawayTuesday – Water Conservation • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Toilet installation/information piece • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Water conservation information to be handed to studentsWednesday – Water as a Common Resource• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Cafeteria Poster Installation• 5 to 6:30 p.m. – Two evening speakers in Room 280: Dr. Brent Wootton (5 p.m.) and Frank Smith (5:45 p.m.) to speak on Water as a Common Resource • 8 p.m. – Residence outreach and education canvassingThursday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Water Bottle Awareness• Water bottle installation and contest• Displays: “Worst to Best Receptacles”, “Why should I care about bottled water?” and “Why should I drink Tap water?”• “Water” coupons• Launch of the Filtered Water Tap, with new signage• Tasting booth: Bottled vs. Tap water • Take a pledge to refrain from the use of bottled water• Noon – Launch of initiative: the Student Office as a “Bottled Water Free Zone” in Room 321The Earthworkers Club and the Frost Sustainable Campus Initiative student group at the Frost Campus planned and organized Water Awareness Week. The week was initiated by students to familiarize fellow students with the many issues around water use.     – 30 -For more information: Brooke Erickson, FSCI Ambassador at 705-308-3006      

Grade 7 and 8 students discover college

Fleming College has once again opened its doors to Grade 7 and 8 students from area schools.Every Wednesday morning between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., until April 17, the Sutherland Campus in Peterborough will host visits from local students to help them discover college programs and career options.Activities include building a CD case using carpentry skills, trying out technologies in the college’s SMART house, and participating in a business studies exercise. The business exercise has students use their creative energy to establish their own country – deciding on its name, flag, and slogan and producing a marketing plan."The purpose of the Grade 7 and 8 visits is to acquaint students with the college as a possible and viable postsecondary option they should consider," says Manager of Liaison, Brenda Liston-Hanley. "During the visits all attempts are made to reinforce the value of their courses they are currently taking, especially in Math, Science and English."The visits also allow opportunities for Grade 7 and 8 teachers to learn more about college options. It is the fourth year the college has offered Grade 7 and 8 visits at the Sutherland Campus. Close to 700 students will visit the campus through the program.Upcoming school visits include Adam Scott CVI (February 13), Leslie Frost Public School (February 20), and St. Dominic Elementary School (March 6).