Partnership with Emily Carr University of Art and Design

Fleming College has officially partnered with British Columbia’s Emily Carr University of Art and Design (ECUAD) to provide pathways for Fleming students to obtain both a diploma and degree in the arts.A new articulation agreement allows students in Fleming’s Haliburton School of The Arts – upon completion of the Visual and Creative Arts diploma program – to directly enter the third year of ECUAD Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program.“This is an incredible opportunity for our students! Fleming College and the Emily Carr University of Art and Design are both intent on providing the highest level of arts education to their students. This partnership will afford the students with the opportunity to continue their growth and development in the visual arts,” says Sandra Dupret, Principal of the Haliburton Campus.“With a Visual and Creative Arts diploma from Fleming College and Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from ECUAD, students can consider pursing a Masters Degree in Fine Arts. As an added bonus, it is possible for a student to attain their Visual and Creative Arts diploma within one year of compressed study. That means that students can achieve both their diploma and bachelor’s degree within three years and begin their professional arts careers.”BackgroundThe Emily Carr University of Art and Design is located in Vancouver, BC. Named for renowned Canadian artist Emily Carr, the university is a learning community devoted to excellence and innovation in the Visual Arts, Media Arts and Design. It is one of the world’s leading art institutions and is committed to sustainable practices at every level. The institution, formerly known as the Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design, recently received university status from the BC government. For more information: www.eciad.ca     – 30 -For more information: Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 or copeland@flemingc.on.ca

Sustainable Building program seeks partners

The Sustainable Building Design and Construction program (SBDC) at Fleming College is seeking partners for its fifth year of designing and building award-winning and unique sustainable structures.The program works with community organizations and/or local governments to fulfill their building needs while offering students the opportunity to construct a state-of-the-art sustainable facility.Under these partnerships the client organization receives subsidized design costs and virtually no labour costs for a building that will function with extreme efficiency and attract a great deal of public attention and funding opportunities.Past partnerships include:• The Municipality of Dysart et al (Haliburton): to build the 4Cs Food Bank and Lily Ann Thrift Store in downtown Haliburton.• Kinark: to build the Kinark Outdoor Centre, a sustainable learning centre at Kinark’s 250-hectare education facility north of Minden.• The Municipality of Minden Hills: to build R.D. Lawrence Place, a museum located at the Minden Cultural Centre.• The Municipality of Centre Hastings: to build a performing arts centre for the community.In order to meet the needs of both the students and the client, the college has established the following criteria to allow potential clients to determine their compatibility with the program, and for the college to judge the suitability of the project.• Property for the project must be presently owned by the client• Property must be zoned appropriately• Preliminary exploration of permits must be complete• Budget must be secured for all building materials, sub trades, permits and any equipment rentals that may be required• The building must incorporate a wide range of sustainable features • Property location• Building size must not exceed 1,500 square feet.If you or your organization is interested in having a sustainable building constructed as part of the 2009 SBDC program, please provide a letter of interest to:Ted Brandon, Training OfficerFleming CollegeP.O. Box 839Haliburton ON  K0M 1S0Your letter of interest should address each of the criteria and the deadline for letters is August 29, 2008. For more information, contact Ted Brandon at tbrandon@flemingc.on.ca

Art Auction Fever set to sweep Fleming College

Please join us on Thursday, August 7, 2008 for the Annual Haliburton School of The Arts Faculty Art Auction. The auction will again be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Delta Pinestone Resort in Haliburton. Admission is free and open to the public.The Item Preview begins at 5 p.m. with the Live Auction taking place at 7 p.m.  A number of Silent Auction items will also be available for your bidding pleasure.There will be many unique works of art, all created and generously donated by Artists that are or have been members of the faculty at the Haliburton School of The Arts. Guests will find works by: Wendy Bateman, Sophia Tink,  Rick Fines, Sandy Cline, and Ross Monk…just to name a few. Guests are encouraged to arrive early in order to have enough time to browse through the items and to find a seat at the auction. As in previous years, the organizers anticipate it will be standing room only.All proceeds from the Art Auction are directed to bursaries and scholarships for students attending arts programs at the Haliburton Campus.  – 30 -For more information, contact:Leona DeCarloEvents/Public Relations OfficerFleming College Foundation(705) 749-5520, ext. 1204

Alumni Association announces call for nominations: Premier’s Awards

Do you know a Fleming College graduate who has achieved success in his or her field of study and that has made a difference in their community? If you do, the Fleming College Alumni Association is now accepting nominations for the 2008 Premier’s Awards. The Premier’s Awards for Graduates of Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology honour the positive social and economic impact college graduates have on their communities. The Awards were launched in 1992 to mark the 25th anniversary of Ontario’s colleges. This year’s awards ceremony will take place on February 23, 2009 at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto, Ontario. The Premier’s Awards acknowledge outstanding graduates from six categories: Creative Arts and Design, Community Services, Business, Health Sciences, Technology and a Recent Graduate. Chosen from nominations submitted by Ontario’s 25 colleges, nominees must demonstrate career success related to their college experience and must have made a significant contribution to their community. All provincial nominees will receive a framed certificate signed by the Premier of Ontario and each of the six recipients will receive a bronze medal as well as a $5,000 donation directed to the recipient’s college. Fleming College last had a provincial winner in 1995 when Cindy Pettersen-Rugsten won the honour in the Heath Sciences category for her international nursing career. Cindy donated her $5,000 prize to help two students from Africa attend Fleming College. “A Premier’s Award nomination brought unexpected rewards. Representing Fleming College was a thrill at the Premier’s Awards Banquet. Having the opportunity to meet many inspiring people was very enriching. It was not about winning, but about participating. I left the event never having been so proud of being a college graduate,” says 2005 Business category nominee Lynn Price.  “The nomination provided opportunities to meet faculty and re-connect with the college. I credit Fleming College for helping me build the confidence to start my career. The intimate size of the institution and communication between faculty and students was outstanding and I continue to carry an inner confidence instilled by caring, dedicated and experienced teachers. My Fleming experience was truly a success.” To obtain a nomination package, drop by the Fleming College Alumni Association office at 500 Dobbin Rd. in Peterborough, call 749-5509, or email us at alumni@flemingc.on.ca. All nomination forms are due to the Alumni Association Office by 5 p.m. on Monday, September 8, 2008.  – 30 – For more information, contact: Nicole Lytle-Grady                         &nbs p;                         &nbsp ;                                            Development/Alumni Officer                         &nbs p;                         &nbsp ;                          Fleming College Foundation                          &nbs p;                         &nbsp ;                      (705) 749-5530 x 1390                          &nbs p;                         &nbsp ;                                 

Alumni Association announces call for nominations: Premier’s Awards

Do you know a Fleming College graduate who has achieved success in his or her field of study and that has made a difference in their community? If you do, the Fleming College Alumni Association is now accepting nominations for the 2008 Premier’s Awards. The Premier’s Awards for Graduates of Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology honour the positive social and economic impact college graduates have on their communities. The Awards were launched in 1992 to mark the 25th anniversary of Ontario’s colleges. This year’s awards ceremony will take place on February 23, 2009 at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto, Ontario. The Premier’s Awards acknowledge outstanding graduates from six categories: Creative Arts and Design, Community Services, Business, Health Sciences, Technology and a Recent Graduate. Chosen from nominations submitted by Ontario’s 25 colleges, nominees must demonstrate career success related to their college experience and must have made a significant contribution to their community. All provincial nominees will receive a framed certificate signed by the Premier of Ontario and each of the six recipients will receive a bronze medal as well as a $5,000 donation directed to the recipient’s college. Fleming College last had a provincial winner in 1995 when Cindy Pettersen-Rugsten won the honour in the Heath Sciences category for her international nursing career. Cindy donated her $5,000 prize to help two students from Africa attend Fleming College. “A Premier’s Award nomination brought unexpected rewards. Representing Fleming College was a thrill at the Premier’s Awards Banquet. Having the opportunity to meet many inspiring people was very enriching. It was not about winning, but about participating. I left the event never having been so proud of being a college graduate,” says 2005 Business category nominee Lynn Price.  “The nomination provided opportunities to meet faculty and re-connect with the college. I credit Fleming College for helping me build the confidence to start my career. The intimate size of the institution and communication between faculty and students was outstanding and I continue to carry an inner confidence instilled by caring, dedicated and experienced teachers. My Fleming experience was truly a success.” To obtain a nomination package, drop by the Fleming College Alumni Association office at 500 Dobbin Rd. in Peterborough, call 749-5509, or email us at alumni@flemingc.on.ca. All nomination forms are due to the Alumni Association Office by 5 p.m. on Monday, September 8, 2008.  – 30 – For more information, contact: Nicole Lytle-Grady                         &nbs p;                         &nbsp ;                                            Development/Alumni Officer                         &nbs p;                         &nbsp ;                          Fleming College Foundation                          &nbs p;                         &nbsp ;                      (705) 749-5530 x 1390                          &nbs p;                         &nbsp ;                                 

Building Green

In the quaint Village of Madoc, 25 Fleming College students are hard at work building a performing arts centre in a community park.On a sunny and hot summer day the students are laying floors, plastering the exterior, and stacking stones. The students aren’t just creating a theatre here, they are erecting one of the most sustainable buildings in Canada as part of their 20-week Sustainable Building Design and Construction certificate program. “There’s nothing like this in the world – it’s unique,” says Program Coordinator Chris Magwood, on site in work boots and a hard hat. Taking the hands-on approach literally, the students spend most of their time in the program building the facility.Guiding the students through the process, Magwood, a renowned sustainable builder and author, is leading the program’s fourth project. Previous projects include the 4Cs Food Bank in Haliburton, the Kinark Outdoor Centre near Minden and R.D. Lawrence Place in Minden.Branching out further south to Madoc, part of the Municipality of Centre Hastings, the students are providing the community with a new venue to highlight local culture. The Madoc Peforming Arts Centre is located at the corner of Seymour and Durham streets, adjacent to a skate park and soon-to-be-finished splash pad.While work continues on the structure, children climb and swing on a playground nearby, illustrating the benefits the centre will have for the community.The BuildingThe facility uses completely sustainable or recyclable materials. Once finished it will emit no pollution and will use no fossil fuels – significant considering the rapidity of climate change and the exponential growth in oil prices over the last few months.The centre will include an outdoor stage at the front of the building as well as an indoor stage and seating for 90. The building also includes a canteen, washrooms, a green room and a storage/utility room.The performing arts centre is a hexagon shape. Supporting the structure at each corner are round bale columns – round bales flipped on their side and stacked on top of each other.This is the first time Magwood has used round bales in construction, something he has been hoping to do for a while now, he says.Sustainable MaterialsThe round bales and straw square bales make up the walls of the theatre. The walls are then covered with a plaster mix of mud/clay, sand and straw.Insulation comes from a few different sources – wool, as well as denim scraps – cast-offs from a denim factory.Magwood said he likes to use a variety of materials so the students get used to working with as many different substances as possible.The roof trusses come from local mills and are Forestry Standard Council certified ensuring they come from a sustainable source. The roof is made of galvanized steel, durable and completely recyclable.The building uses a geothermal heating and cooling system and a photovoltaic power system – energy is collected through solar panels and stored in batteries for future use.The StudentsAnd as for the busy hive of workers on site?“The students are great,” says Magwood. “We always have 25 pleasant, hard-working individuals.”The students range in age from their 20s to late 50s and come from a variety of backgrounds and careers. There are house painters, mining engineers, artists and biologists that make up the mix.The students form teams within three categories – administration, construction, and mechanical systems. Each student leads one team and assists on two others.Student Kayla Wilkins, 26, said she is enjoying the program.“It’s great – I’m learning a lot and it’s definitely fun,” she said.Wilkins is heading up the electrical team and is working with an electrician to install the wiring. She has been assisting on the flooring team as well. The day we visit, she hard at work plastering the floor with a mixture of clay, sand, water, hemp and rice paste.The building is on schedule to be completed on August 22.The Sustainable Building Design and Construction program is based out of the Haliburton Campus of Fleming College. Next year the program hopes to open two sections of the program and complete two projects.   – 30 –

Free Art Talks and Walk-Abouts in Haliburton

Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in free art talks and walk-abouts hosted by the Haliburton School of The Arts at the Haliburton Campus of Fleming College.The art talks take place every Wednesday from 4:45 to 6 p.m. throughout the summer. This free presentation is open to students, staff and the public and takes place in the Great Hall.Upcoming talks include: Perspectives from a Roundtable, July 16: hosted by Joanna Nash, Thom Lambert, Brian Smith, Michael Letki, and Annette Blady VanMil, the roundtable will explore perspective in art such as the art of picturing objects so as to show relative distance or depth; Working from the Light Side of the Brain, July 23: hosted by Rod Prouse this presentation will look at events that inspire creativity in the Canadian landscape… a look at the artist as a multi-media inventor; The Artist/Teacher as a Full-Time Student, July 30: hosted by Steve Hudak this session looks at the journey of returning to university to study art; What Brand of Artist Are You? August 6: hosted by Paul Portelli this presentation shows participants how to determine what kind of artist they are and how to nurture it; Photographic Reality, August 13: hosted by Guy McCrum this session explores the debate of realism vs. digital manipulation in photography.The walk-abouts take place on Thursdays from 4 to 5:45 p.m. throughout the summer. Students, family, friends and community members are invited to visit classrooms at the campus, see the work in progress and speak with instructors. Instructor work will also be on display on televisions in the common areas.For more information on these and all of HSTA’s summer programs, visit www.HaliburtonSchoolofTheArts.ca- 30 – 

Helping youth find employment

Youth looking for employment can find help through the Job Connect and Summer Jobs Service program at Fleming College.The Summer Jobs Service program, hosted by Job Connect Fleming College, helps students between the ages of 15 and 24 find summer jobs. The program works with more than 60 employers throughout the City of Kawartha Lakes.Job Connect Fleming also serves clients at the Peterborough, Cobourg and Haliburton campuses.Year round the Job Connect program assists unemployed youth between the ages of 16 and 24, who are not returning to school, with job search, resume and interview skills, and on-the-job training.There are many jobs currently available including sales associates, prep cooks, and servers. Youth can check out new job postings on the Job Connect web site at www.jobconnectfleming.caYouth can access a variety of resources through the Summer Jobs Service program and Job Connect. There are computers with Internet access for job searches and workshops on resumes and interview preparation.  Apprenticeship information is also available.     – 30 -For more information: Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 copeland@flemingc.on.ca

Local scholarship recipient announced

The first of the 2008 Board of Governors Scholarships for Academic Excellence has been awarded to a Lindsay high school student.Matthew Mercieca, a graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School, received acknowledgement of the scholarship from Fleming Governor and faculty member Dr. Joe Mior on Thursday, June 26.Mr. Mercieca has the highest academic average of any student from St. Thomas Aquinas who is attending Fleming College.The Board of Governors awards similar scholarships to the top students at all local high schools who are attending the college.Matthew will be taking Police Foundations at the Sutherland Campus starting in September 2008. He will receive $2,000 toward his tuition for the upcoming year. 

Varsity Basketball at Fleming

The Fleming Knights varsity men’s basketball team will hold a pre-selection camp on Sunday, July 13 from noon until 5 p.m. at the Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre.The camp will take place in Gym B and C. The Wellness Centre is located at 775 Brealey Dr. in Peterborough.For more information, please contact Bill Crowdis, Head Coach at bcrowdis@hotmail.com