New summer courses at Haliburton School of The Arts

Haliburton School of The Arts’ (HSTA) popular summer school is back this year with more than 60 new courses and workshops for all ages.With hundreds of lakes surrounded by rolling hills and breathtaking vistas, the Highlands of Haliburton are the ideal setting for an art school. The inspiring surroundings and courses within HSTA’s schedule kindle a creative vigour that can be motivating and energizing or reflective and relaxing.HSTA’s summer program spans the calendar, ages, skill levels, and the seemingly unrestrained range of techniques and media. This success and reputation for excellence are largely attributed to the remarkable instructors – instructors who are working artists and bring a unique ability to relate, yet challenge. Central to everyone’s efforts are the students. New students, returning students, second or third generation students – all become part of the creative energy that is the Haliburton School of The Arts.With an eclectic and extensive variety of courses offered at a range of skill levels, there’s something for everyone. Retreat on your own, have a getaway with friends, or bring the family.New courses include:• Chainsaw Sculpture• Belly Dance and Middle Eastern Folklore II• Glass Painting and Decorating• Quilting By Design• Mosaics• Travel Writing• Pottery – Expressions in ClayNew for youth:• Kids Toys• Kids Play with Drama• Teen’s Cuisine• Youth Movie Making• Youth Art – The Works!The schedule of courses clearly illustrates our enduring commitment to art and craft education and the enrichment of the arts community.About Haliburton School of The ArtsThe Haliburton School of The Arts is located at the Haliburton Campus of Fleming College. Weeklong adult courses are accepted as credits toward Fleming College’s Visual and Creative Arts Diploma program. There are also courses that are part of the Expressive Arts Ontario Graduate Certificate from Fleming College.Visit for the complete schedule of courses and workshops. With more than 60 new courses and more than 20 new instructors blended with favourite returns, it’s an exciting array of courses. Accommodation assistance is available.Registrations are now being accepted for summer 2008. Email or call 1-866-353-6464.     – 30 -For more information: Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 ext. 1370 or 

Two Years in Dubai

Fleming College faculty member Dr. Helene Savard, who teaches with the Ecosystem Management and Natural Resource Law Management programs at the Frost Campus, will present a narrative pictorial journey through the United Arab Emirates and Dubai where, for two years, she served as Educational Consultant for the Canadian University at Dubai, UAE."Two Years in Dubai" about Dr. Savard’s sabbatical to the Middle East, will take place Friday, May 30 at 7 p.m. at Fairview United Church, 724 Carnegie Ave., in Peterborough.Dr. Savard will present a slide show with Arabic music and speak about various topics, including:• Piracy• Luxury• Desert bashing• Wildlife research• The NEW Canadian University of Dubai• Landscapes• Culture• Skiing in the Mall of the Emirates     – 30 -For more information: Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 ext. 1370 or

College cuts energy consumption by 1,000,000 kwh

Fleming College has reduced electrical consumption by 1,000,000 kilo-watt hours (kwh) in the past year, just ahead of the first ever Energy Conservation Week in Ontario.In recognition of this, and other energy conservation accomplishments at the college, Fleming will participate in Energy Conservation Week with an event at the Frost Campus on Wednesday, May 28 at noon.A video on energy conservation in Ontario will be shown and Frost Campus Principal Blane Harvey will speak on Fleming’s continuing energy conservation efforts.To reach the 1,000,000 kwh reduction, the college took on a number of conservation measures:• Automated control of heating and cooling equipment• Replacement of outdated heating, ventilation and air conditioning units (HVAC), and building envelope improvements• Locally-produced renewable energy at the Frost Campus supplements electricity supplied by the Ontario power grid• Alternative energy – geothermal sources – is used for heating and cooling select areas of the Frost CampusConsistent with the college’s award-winning Master Energy Plan and the growing need for energy conservation, Fleming College will continue to pursue energy reduction targets in the coming year.Further efforts will include:• Targeted investments in the replacement of outdated inefficient equipment• Seeking out further operating efficiencies to assist in reducing consumption• Researching and implementing new and innovative ways to conserve energyAll are welcome to attend Fleming College’s Energy Conservation Week event. It will take place at noon in room 250 at the Frost Campus, 200 Albert St. S. in Lindsay.Energy Conservation Week will also be observed at the Sutherland Campus in Peterborough. A video on energy conservation will be screened in the foyer between noon and 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 27, and information on Fleming’s efforts around energy conservation will be available to staff and students.About Energy Conservation Week Energy conservation is vital to Ontario’s future. It is estimated, that to keep the power grid healthy, Ontarians will need to reduce their energy consumption by 6,300 Mega-watts by 2025 – equivalent to taking one in five electricity consumers off the power grid.Energy Conservation Week is about the power of collective action. By working together, we can create the culture of conservation Ontario needs to reach its short- and long-term energy conservation goals. Visit for more information.     – 30 -For more information: Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 ext. 1370 or 

Study finds college education guaranteed investment

Education is always a good investment and now, thanks to a new study on the economic impact of colleges and institutes, we know just how beneficial those investments are to our graduates and our economy.“At this time of year, when students are graduating and assessing the value of their education, we’re proud to say that a college diploma is a solid, worthwhile investment for our students, said Dr. Tony Tilly, President of Fleming College. “We hope tomorrow’s students will see a college education as a guaranteed investment in the future – something they can take to the bank along with their first pay cheque.”The study, by U.S.-based economic forecasting firm EMSI, drew data from 61 colleges and institutes in nine provinces to generate economic impact projections for the 150 colleges and institutes in Canada.The annual return college students earn on their investment of time and money is 15.1 per cent per year, according to “Economic Contribution of Canada’s Colleges and Institutes,” the report released by the Association of Canadian Community Colleges. Altogether, Canada owes about $123.2 billion of its current total income to the past and present efforts of Canada’ colleges and institutes.The study also found that investing in a college education makes good economic sense for governments and taxpayers, thanks to a rate of return of 15.9 percent on every taxpayer dollar spent. Students generate about $3.7 billion annually in higher earnings due to their college education, expanding the tax base and easing the tax burden.In 2002 Fleming College conducted its own study on its economic impact. It found:• Business sales in the Fleming College region are estimated to be $310.2 million greater, and labour income is $155.2 million greater due to past and present operations of the college.• The benefits translate into job and investment opportunities, increased business revenues, greater availability of public funds, and increased tax revenues.• For every $1 Fleming College pays in earnings, there is an additional $0.18 in earnings generated off-campus in the Fleming region economy – commonly known as the multiplier effect.• 92.7 per cent of all gross pay goes to people living in Fleming’s catchment area. • Skills from current and former students increased earnings in the Fleming College region by $94.2 million directly and by another $15.5 million indirectly.• About 50 per cent of students stay in the region after graduation and contribute to the local economy. The students who leave with a two-year diploma, on average, will earn 12 per cent more than someone with a high school diploma and 35 per cent more than someone without a high school diploma.• Student labour equaled 100,000 hours of labour offered in local labor markets each month, or about 1.3 million hours annually.• Jobs (full and part-time) by campus: Peterborough – 1,700, Lindsay – 675, Haliburton – 100.However, Dr. Tilly cautioned that this essential economic contribution could be jeopardized if governments under-fund investments in colleges.“It is important we maintain and improve on the current level of funding for colleges in Ontario and across Canada. Graduating college students are entering rewarding careers at the same time as filling vital, high-demand jobs and workforce shortages that ensure a strong, competitive economy.” said Dr. Tilly.For a copy of the full ACCC report, visit     – 30 -For more information: Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 ext. 1370 or 

Culinary students medal at Ontario Skills Competition

Fleming College culinary students came home with four medals from the Ontario Technological Skills Competition held last week in Waterloo, May 5-7.The team competed in three categories – Restaurant Service, Baking, and Culinary Arts.In the Restaurant Service category, Mandy Cox, a Culinary Management graduate, won the silver medal and Alicia Ricci, a first-year Culinary Management student, took home the bronze medal. Ms. Cox will represent Ontario in the Restaurant Service category at the Canadian Skills Competition in Calgary, Alberta, May 25 to 28.In the Baking category, Amanda Moss received a silver medal and Erin Oudyk, a first-year Culinary Management student, won bronze. Ms. Moss, a Culinary Management and Apprenticeship program graduate, previously won a gold medal in the Culinary Arts category at the Ontario Skills Competition in 2006 and placed fifth nationally that year.Other Fleming College team members included Jessica Alderton in the Culinary Arts category and Amanda Weare in the Baking category. The team was led by Chef Steve Benns, Chef David Hawey, and Chef Sylvie Provost, all faculty members within Fleming’s cluster of culinary programs.“I am very proud of all the competitors from Fleming College. Their professionalism, adaptability to change, and overall commitment to their contest of choice illustrates that they took the most out of their education here at Fleming College,” said Chef Benns. “We had six students competing in three contests with nine medals up for grabs.“Bringing home four medals in two contests proves Fleming College is a leader in the Hospitality and Tourism sectors of the market. Good luck to Mandy in Calgary going for the gold medal.”“The students performed well in a stressful environment. They showed a high level of commitment to the industry by staying positive and adapting well to every change that was thrown their way. I am very proud of both competitors for the professionalism they showed at the event. Mandy is practicing hard for the Canadian Skills Competition in Calgary next week, going for the gold,” said Chef Provost. “All of the competitors from Fleming College did an exceptional job. Working with new equipment on the floor of an ice pad, with thousands of people watching, puts the competitors to the test. Erin cannot wait to go back to the skills competition for baking again next year. Congratulations to all competitors for the valuable skills they mastered,” said Chef Hawey.Restaurant ServiceThe Restaurant Service competition evaluates the competitor’s applied skills and knowledge in the performance of restaurant service duties, and provides feedback to the competitor to increase their level of customer service. It also serves to expose the competitor to the demands of both the Front of the House (FoH) and the Back of the House (BoH) and the importance of their position within the establishment. The competitor is provided with an opportunity to develop a true appreciation for the skills necessary to be a server.Culinary ArtsThis category evaluates the professional culinary skills of competitors by having them cook hot and cold dishes in accordance with established trade rules. It also presents the visiting public with a view of the trade, and shows new culinary trends.BakingThe Baking competition evaluates each contestant’s preparation for employment and recognizes outstanding students for excellence and professionalism in commercial baking.For more information on the competition, visit     – 30 -For more information: Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 ext. 1370 or 

Haliburton Campus Convocation

The Haliburton Campus of Fleming College will host its annual Convocation ceremony on Friday, May 30 at 2 p.m.About 120 students will graduate during the ceremony, which will take place in the Great Hall of the campus.Students will graduate from programs such as:• Artist Blacksmith• Ecotourism and Adventure Tourism Management• Glassblowing• Jewellery Essentials• Photo Arts• Sustainable Building Design and Construction• Visual Arts – Drawing and Painting• Visual and Creative Arts (diploma program)     – 30 -For more information: Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 ext. 1370 or

Fleming College hosts College Dialogue

Guidance counsellors and student success teachers from secondary schools across Eastern Ontario will descend on Fleming College on Wednesday, May 21 for the Eastern Region College Dialogue.The event, hosted at Fleming’s Sutherland Campus on Brealey Drive, is an opportunity for secondary school educators to hear updates on what is happening at Ontario’s colleges – whether it’s new programs, admissions updates, or new facilities.Visitors will attend information sessions held throughout the day and interact with college representatives. Close to 100 participants are expected with 24 colleges represented.The day begins at 9 a.m. with a welcome address from Fleming College President Dr. Tony Tilly. Participants will then head into break-out sessions for the balance of the day. Throughout the day the guidance counsellors can network with various college representatives and faculty from Fleming College’s academic schools.“This is an excellent way to connect with guidance counsellors and provide them updates on what is happening right here at Fleming College as well as across Ontario’s college system,” said Brenda Liston-Hanley, Manager of Liaison. “This is all done in the spirit of collaboration with all colleges working cooperatively to advance the benefits of colleges within our secondary schools.”The College Dialogues first took place in 2004 and were modeled after a similar event held within the university system. They are run annually in four regions of Ontario.     – 30 -For more information: Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 or

Students put Paramedic skills to the test

Students put Paramedic skills to the test

Two Fleming College Paramedic teams placed in the top five at the National Paramedic Skills Competition on April 5. Competing in groups of two, the team of Elisha Kiers and Shawn Thomson placed third while the team of Caillie Clark West and Brenda Elliott placed fifth. The students placed ahead of 15 other college teams competing at the event, held in Durham Region.Faculty from the Paramedic program coached the teams and served as judges during the competition. Congratulations! 

KPIs: Student satisfaction rises

The annual student and graduate surveys that measure the performance of Ontario’s colleges show Fleming College significantly improved its ratings in several categories.Within the student satisfaction category, students give ratings on the overall quality of: programs, learning experiences, facilities/resources and services. The college scored 80 per cent overall on student satisfaction, an increase over last year and 2.1 per cent above the provincial average.Fleming’s graduate satisfaction measures improved significantly over 2007, increasing 2.7 per cent to 83.2 per cent, placing the college above the provincial average. Employers’ satisfaction with Fleming graduates also improved significantly over last year. Fleming increased its score to 93.1 per cent, up 3.2 per cent since 2007. And for the third consecutive year, more than 90 per cent of the college’s graduates were employed within six months of graduation.“The surveys show the students feel they are getting a well-rounded, high-quality educational experience here at Fleming,” said President Dr. Tony Tilly. “The results also demonstrate specific areas we are focusing on are working – putting student learning first and providing superior services and facilities. I extend my thanks to our dedicated faculty and staff, working diligently to ensure our students experience success in the classroom and beyond.”Ontario Colleges released the ratings on April 9 as part of the annual Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). The KPIs measure success rates and satisfaction levels for students and graduates and are collected by independent research firms for both the colleges and the provincial government. The KPIs have traditionally found high approval ratings among students, graduates and employers, and the trend continues in this study, collected from March 2007 to February 2008. 

Local arts council awards HSTA alumnus

Fleming College’s Haliburton School of the Arts (HSTA) was well-represented at the recent Arts Council of Haliburton Highlands Honours Gala.Chuck O’Neil, an alumnus and faculty member of HSTA, took top honours receiving the Artist of Distinction Award. The award is considered the highlight of the gala.HSTA Program Coordinators Susan Little and Shelley Schell were nominated for the Supporter/Administration Award.Former Haliburton Campus Principal was nominated for the Founder Award.A number of HSTA alumni and faculty were also nominated in many categories.In addition to the awards ceremony, the event included a reception, entertainment and performances.The gala took place on May 3 at the Haliburton Legion. More than 200 attended the sold out event.