Year-end financial statements approved

Fleming College’s Board of Governors approved financial statements for the college for the year ended March 31, 2008 at a meeting at the Haliburton Campus yesterday.  While the college had planned for a deficit in 2007-08, cost-saving actions taken across the college, combined with higher than expected operating grants, saw the college finish the year with a small ($6,917) surplus.“We are pleased to be able to finish this financial year with a balanced budget,” said Fleming College President Dr. Tony Tilly. “With a substantial increase in first-year enrolment and a concerted effort to control expenditures we were able to improve on our anticipated budget results.”Revenues for the year ended March 31, 2008 totaled $79 million, an increase of $1.1 million over the prior year.  Expenditures, also $79 million for the year, decreased from $80.3 million in the prior year.     – 30 -For more information: Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 or 

Varsity sports at Fleming

For students interested in Fleming Knights varsity soccer, there are upcoming selection and tryout dates.Fleming Knights Men’s and Women’s Soccer  pre-season tryout camp:Saturday, August 23, 2008 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.Sunday, August 24, 20081 to 3 p.m.Meet at the Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre at 10:30 a.m. on August 23. The tryout will take place on Bowers and Fleming fields.For more information contact: 

Guest lecture: Dr. Janine Krieber

Students in the School of Law, Justice and Community Services learned about terrorism during a lecture by a leading expert in the field.In her presentation “Terrorism and the State: The New Battlefield,” Dr. Janine Krieber provided a general overview of terrorism – its definition, history, strategy and how it is used in conflicts.Dr. Krieber teaches Military Strategy at the Royal Military College in Saint-Jean, Quebec. She has studied terrorism for 30 years.Dr. Krieber said that when she started her studies in terrorism, most terrorists were European – located in France, Greece and Italy. They were mostly middle class and well-educated.“I wanted to know ‘Why them and not me?’” she said. “Why would they take up weapons and kill for political reasons?”The answer lies in communication, she said. “The way people understand the world around them.”The definition of terrorism is any action that brings terror into society and can be used by the state or society. More often terrorism is used by society against the state, she said.“When there is a rebellion, society has to find ways to indirectly attack these organization’s that are very structured…Terrorism is a hit and run strategy.“The media plays the role of social amplificatory – they amplify terrorism’s effect,” she added.Terrorism dates back to the Roman Empire but the word originated during the French Revolution, she said.Terrorism uses propaganda, subversion, and destabilization in its attacks. Using the traditional Western method of military strategy – decisive battle – does not work against terrorists, said Dr. Krieber.Antiterrorism is a method used to fight terrorism, she said. To fight under this strategy, antiterrorists must use intelligence, infrastructure protection, emergency preparedness, and have the ability for reconstruction – both material and psychological.Following her 45-minute presentation, Dr. Krieber took questions from students on terrorist threats in Canada, the war in Afghanistan, and the ethics of terrorist activities.Dr. Krieber is the wife of Liberal Oppostion Leader Stephane Dion. She was touring Peterborough to learn more about the area. 

Second Career Strategy

Representatives from community agencies gathered with Fleming College staff on June 17 to learn more about the new Second Career Strategy initiative.“It is important for us to bring all of you together and talk about how we as a college can work with you to help individuals realize their second careers,” said Vice President Academic Dr. Rachael Donovan.Fleming College staff members provided information on the process of applying to college, fees, learning supports, as well as which programs are eligible under the program at the breakfast event, held at the Sutherland Campus.Students participating in the Second Career Strategy at Fleming College will be fast-tracked through the application process, have access to integrated services, and will be provided with an advisor.Under the Second Career Strategy, which launched June 5, workers who have been laid off within the last year are eligible to receive up to $28,000 in funding to return to school for further training and education.With job shortages emerging in certain sectors of the labour market, there are growing demands for skilled workers in a variety of industries – construction, hospitality and health care.Fleming College offers a number of programs in these career fields that range from a few weeks to two years.These certificate and diploma programs are available at all of the college’s campuses in Lindsay, Peterborough, Haliburton and Cobourg.Short-term certificate programs include:• Electrical Techniques• Welding Techniques• Chef Training • Construction Skills• Personal Support Worker• Gas and Oil Burner Technician• Office AdministrationDiploma Programs include:• Culinary Management• Esthetician• Tourism and Travel• Computer Engineering Technician• Powered Lift Technician• Paralegal• Early Childhood EducationThis is your opportunity to discover a satisfying, well-paying career. Visit or call 1-866-353-6464 for more information.

Frost Campus hosts trail launch

Fleming College’s Frost Campus will host a Sod Turning Celebration to officially launch the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail on Monday, June 23.The event will get underway at 4 p.m. at the campus Outdoor Education Centre at the campus, 200 Albert St. S. in Lindsay (rain location is Auk’s Lodge).The Kawartha Trans Canada Trail forms a 44 km portion of our 21,000 km national trail system that will traverse Canada coast to coast. Running east-west from Peterborough County to Durham Region, the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail will connect communities while providing opportunities for nature appreciation, hiking, walking, cycling, horseback riding, and snowmobiling for present and future generations.The college has been a partner in the development of the trail, which will run through the campus.For more information visit 

New summer course: Critiquing Visual Arts

Spend six days experiencing the richness of the arts in the Minden, Haliburton, and Peterborough areas while developing more confidence in your own taste through a new summer course at Fleming College’s Haliburton School of The Arts.Within the exciting new Critiquing Visual Arts course, for the first time students will visit local galleries, studios and artists.Join Paula Letki, an instructor at Haliburton for more than 30 years, as you discover the words and language that express what appeals to you in art. Learn to see more and enjoy more. Dabble with your own creativity in a simple printmaking project in which you will push the limits, playing with colour, composition, texture and paper.Absolutely no experience necessary! This course is for those who desire to enjoy art and life more fully.What: New summer course Critiquing Visual Arts at the Haliburton School of The ArtsWhere: Haliburton Campus, Fleming CollegeWhen: Monday to Saturday, July 14 to 19; 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each dayFee: $287.28For more information on this, or the more than 300 other summer courses available at the Haliburton Campus, contact the Haliburton School of The Arts at 705-457-1680 or visit:     – 30 -For more information: Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 or

Faculty recognized for teaching excellence

As Convocation ceremonies at Fleming College’s Sutherland Campus get underway, the college will recognize two special faculty members for excellence in teaching.Deborah Scott will receive the 2008 Charles E. Pascal Award for Excellence in Teaching and LeeAnn Cormier will receive the inaugural Contract Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching.Ms. Scott is a professor within the Museum Management and Curatorship program and the Collections Conservation and Management program. Her nomination for the Pascal Award was supported by 34 students in the Museum Management and Curatorship program.Ms. Scott embraces the college’s values by connecting her students with community partners through meetings and projects, and by providing encouragement to help her students overcome all obstacles. She stays current in her field and ensures her students are well-informed on the latest trends in the field.Ms. Cormier teaches within the Drug and Alcohol Counsellor and Social Service Worker programs. As the first recipient of the Contract Faculty Award, Ms. Cormier sets high expectations of her students and supports student success.“She teaches us the gritty reality of it all, and the down-to-earth methods we need to use,” said one nominating student.“She challenged me on several occasions to look inside myself for the answers, she then supported me with my decisions,” said another nominating student.The awards will be presented at the 11 a.m. convocation ceremony for the School of Law, Justice and Community Services at the Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre on Thursday, June 12.     – 30 -For more information: Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 or

Fleming College awards Fellowship in Applied Education

Beth McMaster, the Founding Chair of Showplace Peterborough and a 30-year volunteer with the Peterborough Theatre Guild will receive the Fleming College Fellowship in Applied Education at Convocation on Tuesday, June 10.Ms. McMaster will receive the award at the School of Health and Wellness Convocation at 11 a.m. at the Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre, 775 Brealey Dr.Ms. McMaster’s talents and energies have ranged from professional to volunteer. She is a successful, internationally-produced playwright and volunteers with the local Theatre Guild and Theatre Ontario. As a Past President of the Peterborough Theatre Guild, Beth also served as co-editor of the Peterborough Theatre Guild’s history, published in 1995.Serving as Founding Chair of Showplace Peterborough, Ms. McMaster has brought many years of fundraising and leadership to the organization, helping to create a state-of-the-art performance facility that has restored life to one of the city’s downtown cinema facilities. Showcasing local acts as well as international performers, Showplace has added immensely to Peterborough’s vibrant cultural scene.She is also a past board member of the United Way and FourCast.As a member of the Playwrights Union of Canada, her plays for young audiences have seen over 500 productions across Ontario, the United Sates, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. In 1985, Beth helped establish the Eastern Ontario Drama League and has served in a variety of leadership positions with the EODL ever since. The EODL is an umbrella organization representing community theatres from Haliburton to Cornwall to Cobourg.     – 30 -For more information: Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 or

Second Career retraining at Fleming College

A new campaign has been launched urging laid-off workers to consider retraining programs at Fleming College, where applicants may be eligible for funding to help with costs under the Ontario government’s new Second Career program.“Fleming College delivers high-quality, credentialed programs that prepare people for lifelong employment in meaningful careers,” said College President Dr. Tony Tilly. “Laid-off workers who need to retrain for new careers should take a look at the many high-quality programs available at Fleming.”There are more than 25 eligible programs at Fleming College within the Second Career strategy. These range from Early Childhood Education, Paralegal, and Chef Training to Urban Forestry, Electrical Techniques, and Welding Techniques.Fleming College has launched a public awareness campaign around the Second Career program that includes a web site and a phone line: 705-749-5503.Ontario’s public colleges currently educate and train more than 200,000 full-time students and more than 250,000 part-time students. More than 90 per cent of Fleming graduates find employment within six months, and more than 93 per cent of employers were satisfied with the quality of Fleming’s graduates.Ontario’s 24 public colleges deliver quality programs that are subject to strict and consistent quality assurance and reporting requirements.It is particularly important for laid-off workers to consider these quality programs now, as many applicants to Ontario’s public colleges will be eligible for funding that can help with costs of tuition, books, living expenses and other costs under the province’s new Second Career strategy.Ontario’s colleges applaud the McGuinty government for providing support to help laid-off workers. The financial support will give people the flexibility they need to pursue education and training programs that best support their new career goals.“The programs available at the public colleges are the best option for so many of the people seeking retraining,” said Dr. Tilly. “The people who enter our programs will get the training they need to find a new career for life.”     – 30 -For more information: Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 or