HSTA at One of A Kind

Michael World of Gananoque ON is the lucky winner of a free five-day course at the Haliburton Campus this summer. Mr. World had entered the draw at the One of A Kind Show and Sale in Toronto on Easter weekend.The Haliburton School of The Arts (HSTA) had a strong presence at the show with a display that featured the works of four recent HSTA graduates: Darby Bayly (fibre arts and ceramics), Miranda Brittan (jewellery), Corin Forrester (photo arts), and Tracey Green (artist blacksmith).  Registration for HSTA’s 300+ summer courses has been strong with 1,041 registrations between March 1 and March 20. For more information, visit www.haliburtonschoolofthearts.ca 

Analyzing history through a modern business lens

Renowned business consultant and author Mark Kozak-Holland will visit Peterborough on Friday, April 11 to speak to Fleming College students in the post-graduate Global Supply Chain Management program.This guest lecture has been rescheduled from an earlier date of February 7, which had to be cancelled due to inclement weather.Mr. Kozak-Holland will present “Churchill’s Demand Driven Supply Chain: Beaverbrook’s story.”  Entertaining and full of intriguing historical details, the presentation focuses on how British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Canadian Lord Beaverbrook jump-started production of RAF aircraft in the wake of an invasion threat from Germany during World War II.The presentation looks at how Churchill and Beaverbrook initiated a project that moved the peacetime economy into one that could support a war. This included acting with agility, understanding the supply chain and focusing strained resources on the threat as well as how:• Churchill and Beaverbrook overcame institutionalized resistance to change• Beaverbrook selected his project team• Best practices were brought in from various industries• Preconceived notions were continuously challenged• Metrics were used to track and guide the projectThis historical analysis is done through a modern business lens, describing Beaverbrook’s actions and strategy using modern business tools and techniques.Mr. Kozak-Holland has helped numerous Fortune 500 companies leverage emerging technologies, straddling the two worlds of business and information technology. He is also a historian, seeking out the wisdom of the past to help others avoid repeating mistakes and to capture time-proven techniques. This presentation is just one in a series authored by Mr. Kozak-Holland at www.lessons-from-history.com.The presentation is free and open to the public. It will take place at the Sutherland Campus, 599 Brealey Dr. in Peterborough from 10:30 a.m. to noon on April 11.- 30 -For more information: Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, 749-5530 ext. 1370 or copeland@flemingc.on.ca

Innovation highlighted at Technology Showcase

An advanced research project to determine the ability of portable electronic devices to host and hide online criminal activity is currently underway at Fleming College.Computer Security and Investigations students Chris Rice, Mitch Hayes and David Flagler are spending their entire sixth-semester on the project as part of the Technology Applied Projects program at the college.The group is testing specific devices such as the iPod Touch and Nano, Nokia N800, the Play Station 3 and the Play Station Portable to analyze how simple – or difficult – it is to store illegal data such as child pornography on these devices instead of on a personal computer, where evidence is more easily detected.“We want to know how easy it is to do, how common it is to disguise it, and how to detect it,” said Rice. “(Computer) forensics is a big part of this project and it’s one of the reasons we joined the Computer Security and Investigations program.”  The end goal of the group is to produce a how-to guide for investigators in the computer security field and to raise awareness of the use of evolving technology for criminal purposes, said Hayes.Finding technical solutionsTheir innovative project is one of more than 20 completed by 40 students that will be featured at Fleming College’s Technology Showcase on Tuesday, April 15. The event is generously sponsored by Bell Canada.Students, working with real-world industry sponsors or on college research projects, spend their entire final semester working on the applied projects. The end results – highlighted at the Tech Showcase – feature a variety of inventive and original designs that range from new web sites to databases to robots that can automatically measure room sizes.“The applied projects give the students a tremendous opportunity to develop not only their technical skills but also to find new and innovative ways to apply them to real world problems,” says Applied Projects Coordinator Noel Briones. “For most, this is their first experience taking on a leadership role in a professional environment. This type of learning is very difficult to simulate in classroom-based courses.“At the same time, sponsors from business and industry recognize real and potential benefits from the technical solutions our project teams develop to meet their needs.”The client companies include McCloskey International Ltd., Kawartha Food Share, and the PVNC Catholic District School Board.   Wireless weatherAnother project, a new website that automatically updates weather conditions measured from antennae at the Sutherland Campus, is promising an accurate forecast for the college community.Stacey Knapp and Adam Palmer in the Computer Engineering Technology program are working on the wireless weather station they hope to have up and running by the end of April. Air pressure, humidity and dew point readings will be transmitted wirelessly from a unit located on the roof of the building to the college’s radio room. From there the readings will be automatically posted on an Internet site and would be updated instantly.In working on the project, the students have learned a lot about short wave radio – they wrote the amateur radio exam, on which they needed to achieve 80 per cent to be able to maintain and operate radio equipment. They are using much of their software and hardware course work in the project too.“We’re covering the entire spectrum of the two-and-a-half years we have been here, put together. We’re using all of our skills,” said Palmer.The Technology Showcase will take place at the Sutherland Campus, 599 Brealey Dr. in Peterborough, on Tuesday, April 15. The public is invited to attend the Showcase Open House taking place between noon and 5 p.m., and 7 and 9 p.m.The projects are judged and awards handed out at a special dinner at the college that night. For more information, contact Noel Briones, Applied Projects Coordinator at 705-749-5530 ext. 1222. 

Fleming College welcomes investments into a stronger workforce

Fleming College is welcoming the provincial government’s announcement today of budget investments to support the education, training and retraining of the workforce.“A well-educated and highly skilled workforce is essential to Ontario’s prosperity,” said Dr. Tony Tilly, President of Fleming College. “The budget investments into the education and training of our workforce will help more businesses and industries to compete, and help more people to fulfill their potential and find meaningful and well-paying jobs.”The government will invest $1.5 billion over three years in the Skills to Jobs Action Plan, which will feature training for new job opportunities. $355 million of that will be invested over three years in a Second Career Strategy. This strategy will help an estimated 20,000 unemployed workers make the transition to new careers and well-paying jobs in growing areas of the economy.The 2008 Ontario Budget announcements also include $75 million over three years to expand apprenticeship programs and $45 million over three years for state-of-the-art equipment for apprenticeships. Another $60 million over three years for equipment renewal and new funding for capital improvements translates to an estimated $2 million in funding for Fleming College. The budget also includes investments for student aid and supports, and investments to support international students and students from remote or rural areas.The budget announcements are particularly important as Ontario addresses the skills shortage. Some sectors are currently struggling to find qualified employees and this situation will intensify in the years ahead as Baby Boomers retire. The Conference Board of Canada estimates Ontario faces a shortage of more than 360,000 skilled employees by 2025. This could escalate to a shortage of more than 560,000 skilled employees by 2030.“The government has correctly identified the skills shortage as a priority in Ontario. This budget recognizes Ontario must produce greater numbers of college graduates to meet the workforce challenges throughout our economy,” said Dr. Tilly.“While it is still early to determine the direct implications these new provincial initiatives will have on Fleming College, we look forward to working with the Government of Ontario on the skills agenda and new opportunities for education and retraining.”     – 30 -For more information: Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 ext. 1370 or copeland@flemingc.on.ca

Fleming College celebrates Earth Hour

Fleming College will celebrate Earth Hour next week with a Global Warming Awareness Campaign.The event will take place on Tuesday, March 25 and Friday, March 28 between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the main foyer of the Sutherland Campus.An information display will be set up to demonstrate Fleming’s support for this cause. The display will include information on global warming and Peterborough’s Earth Hour event. Students and staff will be invited to sign a petition in support of Earth Hour at the display. Also, the movie "An Inconvenient Truth" will be shown from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in room 551 on both days.According to Fleming student Ruth Greig, Coordinator of the Global Warming Awareness Campaign, there are a few reasons for Fleming’s support of the campaign: • To bring awareness of the "Earth Hour/Hour of Darkness" campaign, occurring on March 29, 2007.  At 8 p.m. that day, people around the world will be turning off their lights for an hour in a global effort to save the environment. • Fleming College’s proactive stance on global warming and its effects on our worldThis is the second year Fleming College has participated in Earth Hour with a Global Warming Awareness Campaign.     – 30 -For more information: Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, 749-5530 ext. 1370 or copeland@flemingc.on.ca

CFUW donation will create new scholarship

CFUW donation will create new scholarship
Greg Mather, Executive Director of the Fleming College Foundation (left), and Dr. Tony Tilly, President of Fleming College, accept a cheque for $1,500 from Vivian Heinmiller, of the CFUW, Peterborough Chapter.

The Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) Peterborough Club today donated $1,500 to the Fleming College Foundation to create an endowed scholarship at the college.With the addition of today’s donation, the CFUW has donated $7700 to establish the CFUW 75th Anniversary Endowed Bursary, designated for a single mother demonstrating financial need in order to complete her studies at Fleming.Today’s donation was presented by Vivian Heinmiller, Awards Fund Chairperson for the Peterborough Chapter of the Canadian Federation of University Women.  Dr. Tony Tilly, President of Fleming College, and Greg Mather, Executive Director of The Fleming College Foundation, accepted the donationThe Ontario Trust for Student Support (OTSS) has matched the generous donation from the CFUW, bringing the total for this student bursary to over $15,383. The first bursary will be available for students in the fall of 2008.The Government of Ontario established the OTSS in November 2005 to encourage companies and individuals to contribute to permanent endowment funds to provide financial assistance for Ontario’s college and university students.Through the OTSS program, the government is making $50 million available every year to match private and corporate cash donations used by colleges and universities to establish endowment funds. The investment income generated by these funds supports the annual bursaries and scholarships awarded to students in financial need.The CFUW Peterborough Club, founded in 1937, is a member of the Canadian Federation of University Women. CFUW was established in 1919 to protect and improve the economic, legal and professional status of women. CFUW now represents over 10,000 members in 125 clubs across Canada.     – 30 -For more information: Leona DeCarlo, Events/Public Relations Officer, Fleming College Foundation at 749-5530 ext. 1204 or ldecarlo@flemingc.on.ca

Winter Learning: Outdoor Adventure Skills

Winter Learning: Outdoor Adventure Skills

By: Rick Whitteker, Faculty Member & Coordinator,Outdoor Adventure Skills Certificate ProgramStudents in Outdoor Adventure Skills, a new one year certificate program at the Frost Campus, went on their first winter field camp in Algonquin Park last month. The three night, four day camp included a diverse range of experiences including luging in Bancroft, dog sledding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, sleeping out in snow shelters, polar bear dipping and wolf howling. Most of these activities took place in the southern tip of Algonquin Park surrounded by a rushing river, snowy hillsides and mature pines and maples; a great setting for learning about winter pursuits and more.LugingThis active field camp started off with a trip to the luge club in Bancroft. Luging is Olympic-style tobogganing. The sled has two narrow steel runners and takes some talent to keep it running down the centre of the track. The mild weather slowed our speed but all could appreciate the skill it takes to subtly steer your sled around turns and down hills while lying flat on your back peering up as little as possible to see what is coming your way.Staying at the Algonquin Ecolodge Our host for our overnight stay was Algonquin Ecolodge, a 32-bed lodge located on Moffat Pond (a small lake) about a three kilometre hike from a secondary road northwest of Bancroft. Off-the-grid, simple but cozy, with a wood stove on the main floor that drew the class together for meals, tea or coffee and plenty of idle banter on the comfy couches, framing the lodge’s only heat source. Winter activitiesThe program centred around three activity rotations: cross country skiing, snowshoeing and dog sledding. The ski trails were in great shape, groomed and track set, the back country beckoned travel by snowshoe but the big hit was the dog sledding and its 2.5 hour trip along the local trails. The first two dog sled excursions came back with tales of epic crashes and heroic efforts. One such tale included the rearrangement of the guardrail on a small bridge and the unceremonious dumping of their human cargo into the river bank. The third trip was significantly less eventful on a glorious day of sun and cold, with well-behaved dogs and fun, rollicking rides down steep trails. Although there was a moment of anxiety when the lead guide’s sled took off without him, with one of the students in the basket!Demonstrating an impressive show of strength, she was able to apply the breaks with her hands slowing the sled enough for the lumbering guide to catch up.Polar Bear DipEvenings were spent learning about winter shelters, wolves, relaxing and building the courage for a polar bear dip. As a fundraiser for the World Wildlife Fund and its Polar Bear research, students raised money by dipping into the icy waters of Moffat Pond.Following the enjoyment of the embracing warmth of a wood-fired sauna, the students (and me) experienced the absolutely skin-tingling, body core plunging sensation of a full body dip into a cut out section of ice. Not recommended for the timid or the sane!Howling with the wolvesPerhaps one of the highlights for some was the solo sit and wolf howl on our last night. We were lucky to be granted a still, starry night with no artificial light for miles. The students found a private spot on the lake and drank in the absolute tranquility of this wild, soundless space. Our chorus wolf howl pierced the night and a faint response from the northeast, likely two wolves, greeted out efforts sending all of us back to the wood stove content and excited. Some students chose to stay inside that night, others slept in a quinzhee and another shelter from an ingenious device which makes an igloo from powdered snow.Lessons learnedAnd the learning you may ask? The students were able to experience a range of outdoor adventure pursuits, cooking and living cooperatively under one roof and applying learning from their trip planning, leadership, customer service and risk management courses.Furthermore, they gained an appreciation of the effort it takes to run a wilderness lodge and the incredible intrinsic value of enjoying the outdoors in a peaceful, wintry, wilderness environment. A great life lesson and, hopefully, one to be passed on during personal trips or in their future work in the outdoor industry. 

Fleming College leads schools in taking action on bottled water

Fleming College is the first institution of its kind taking action on the environmental issue of disposable water bottles.The college has officially launched a socially responsible project, F-H2O, to reduce the use of bottled water, on and off campus.Fleming College has installed a reverse osmosis water filter and introduced four new water filling stations and two new water fountains at the Sutherland Campus.These will compete against the bottled water in the vending machines, the cafeteria and from home. The new systems have proven, through research, to be equally as tasteful as bottled water but for one unique selling point – it’s free. Students no longer have to spend their money to obtain cold, refreshing, great tasting water.The manufacturing, distribution and disposal of bottled water, has been proven to have a negative impact on the environment. According to the Environment and Plastics Industry Council, 88 per cent of water bottles are not recycled and 65,000 tonnes of beverage containers ended up in landfills or incineration (2002).“Fleming is committed to the environment and practises what it teaches, emphasizing sound and sustainable environmental practices at our campuses, in our faciliities and in all our work. We are very pleased with the contribution our Water Project will make towards reducing our college’s footprint on the environment,” said Dr. Tony Tilly, President of Fleming College.A taste test event in the Sutherland Campus main foyer will kick off the launch of the project on March 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., three days before World Water Day.The new F-H2O will be introduced in an interactive and informative way by having students taste the reverse osmosis water as well as municipal and bottled water. They will be taken on a small tour showing the locations of the filling stations and reminded that it is free to use.The Fleming Applied Agency (a Marketing agency at the college run by teachers and students) is taking care of all aspects of marketing and branding with the project.It is branding these products as “F-H2O refresh, retain, refill” with “free” being the key driver targeting students to make filling stations part of their daily routine at school. The significance of the project is that it’s “a marketing solution to an environmental problem,” says Scott J. Peterson, project manager of the Fleming Applied Agency.Logos and taglines have been developed to create brand identity, as well as campus advertisements to create awareness throughout the school community. 

Fleming College welcomes visitors to Spring Open House

Fleming College welcomes visitors to its annual Spring Open House at all campuses on Saturday, April 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.Open House provides a chance for prospective students, their family and friends to visit the college and learn more about its programs and services. The event is also open to the public. It is a great opportunity, for anyone thinking of returning to school, to check out the college’s diploma and certificate programs.Faculty from Fleming’s 90 full-time programs will be on-hand to provide information and answer questions. Students will perform demonstrations such as cooking up treats in the Sutherland Campus Culinary Lab and tree-trimming with the Arboriculture program at Frost Campus. At the Haliburton Campus, student art work will be on display and students in the Esthetician program at the Cobourg Campus will give complimentary mini-manicures.Information sessions on financial aid, housing, and student life and a special session for parents are all part of Open House. The college will provide an express application and confirmation service, and tours of the campus, residences and the Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre. Bus tours of Peterborough will also be available.The college will also host free Career Exploration Workshops for visitors to the Sutherland, Frost, and Cobourg campuses. The workshops help participants determine which careers may be a match for their interests and personality. Career advisors will be available to speak with participants. Register for this free one-hour workshop by calling 705-749-5548 or 1-866-353-6464 ext. 1291.The college is holding a draw for free tuition for anyone who registers for, and attends, Open House. For more information or to register visit: www.flemingcollege.com     – 30 -For more information: Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, 749-5530 ext. 1370 or copeland@flemingc.on.ca