Kawartha Cast Iron Chef and Culympics at Fleming College

Culinary competition to raise funds for student tour of EuropeParticipate in an evening of culinary excellence as five teams of local chefs and students go head-to-head in competition to prepare a five-course meal for your enjoyment.The Kawartha Cast Iron Chef and Culympics Competition Dinner will take place Wednesday, March 4 at Fulford’s Dining Room at the Sutherland Campus, 599 Brealey Dr. in Peterborough. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner served at 6 p.m.The students will be competing in several culinary arts categories including fruit and vegetable carving, fat sculpting, hot and cold appetizer, entrée and desert preparation.The event is a fundraiser for culinary students at Fleming. The students are participating in a 12-day European culinary tour visiting Italy, Germany, and Switzerland in October 2009. Proceeds from the dinner will go toward the students’ tour participation fees.Tickets are $75 per couple and are available through Fulford’s – 705-749-5530 x 1487 or email nwood@flemingc.on.caFleming’s cluster of culinary programs features extensive hands-on learning taught by renowned chefs – experts in their field. Within Fleming’s culinary programs, students get the experience of running a fully operational restaurant through Fulford’s, which offers fine dining and cuisine right at the college.     – 30 –

City of Peterborough proclaims Fleming College Alumni Appreciation Day

February 20, 2009 is first annual Alumni Appreciation DayThe City of Peterborough has officially proclaimed February 20 Fleming College Alumni Appreciation Day.City Councillor Eric Martin today read the official written proclamation in front of Fleming College alumni and staff at a special ceremony in the Brian L. Desbiens Galleria at the Sutherland Campus.“How does a college earn its reputation? It starts with great faculty and staff. But ultimately it is also a matter of the skills, talents and contributions that alumni bring to both the workplace and the community,” said Fleming College President Dr. Tony Tilly. “This day is an opportunity for the community to recognize and celebrate the skills and services of Fleming College graduates who work and live within the Greater Peterborough Area. Our Fleming alumni are a valued part of the community.”“As a business owner, I recognize that Peterborough is very fortunate to have a resource like Fleming College in our community. Fleming provides the opportunity to support our local economy through the hiring of skilled and dedicated graduates which significantly contribute to the success of our businesses,” said Dana Merrett, Fleming alumna and general manager of Carlson Wagonlit Travel in Peterborough.“Fleming College graduates make a significant contribution to our local and regional economy. Today we can take the time to recognize and thank our Fleming alumni for the work they do in our community – whether it’s in business, health care, emergency services, community services, the arts or the environment,” said MPP Jeff Leal.Businesses and organizations that employ Fleming graduates also held meetings, coffee breaks and luncheons in honour of Fleming alumni. These included Flying Colours, Nexicom, Monkman Insurance Brokers, and Peterborough This Week.Fast Facts• Each year more than 2,000 students graduate from the college.• About 15,000 of Fleming College’s 54,000 alumni work in the Peterborough Area.• Fleming alumni have worked on all the world’s continents including Antarctica.About Fleming CollegeLocated in Central Ontario, Fleming College has campuses in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 90 full-time programs in Business, Computing and Hospitality, Continuing Education and Skilled Trades, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, Fine Arts, Health and Wellness, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Law, Justice and Community Services. Fleming College has 5,000 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and more than 54,000 alumni.     – 30 -For more information:     Michelle Osborne, Alumni/Development Officer 705-749-5530 x 1390 or mosborne@flemingc.on.ca

Red Cross Photo Exhibit Launches at Fleming College

In 2008, the Canadian Red Cross provided young Indonesians, aged 10-16 years old, with disposable cameras and an invitation to photograph what represented their world today. The result is the Pictures Talk exhibit, a story of hope and renewal four years after the tsunami. The exhibit includes a collection of 25 photographs selected from more than 1,000 photos taken by 41 Indonesian children.An official launch for this exhibit, the first of its kind in Canada, will be held at Fleming College’s Sutherland Campus on Feb. 24. Pictures Talk will remain at Fleming College in the main foyer from Feb. 24- 27. The exhibit will also be on display at Lansdowne Place mall from Feb. 24- 27.This exhibit is an opportunity for Canadians – and the Fleming College community – to see how their donations have helped children and families in Indonesia rebuild their lives. – 30 –

Alumni Appreciation Day

On February 20, 2009 the City of Peterborough will celebrate the first annual Fleming College Alumni Appreciation Day. This day is an opportunity for the community to recognize and celebrate the skills and services of Fleming College Graduates who work and live within the Greater Peterborough community. Employers and organizations are encouraged to hold a meeting, break or luncheon in honour of the Fleming Alum within their organization. Dr. Tony Tilly, Fleming College president, along with representatives from the Fleming College Alumni Association will visit local employers holding appreciation events.  Fleming alumni and staff are invited to the Galleria at the Sutherland Campus in Peterborough at 1 p.m. to hear the Mayor’s Office official reading of the Proclamation along with words from President Tilly, MPP Jeff Leal and MP Dean Del Mastro. Guests will enjoy refreshments and an opportunity to reconnect with the people and places that made their college experience memorable. "As a business owner, I recognize that Peterborough is very fortunate to have a resource like Fleming College in our community. Fleming provides the opportunity to support our local economy through the hiring of skilled and dedicated graduates, which significantly contributes to the success of our businesses."  — Dana Merrett, General Manager – Carlson Wagonlit Travel Leading up to Feb. 20, recognition of Fleming College alumni will be showcased in newspaper articles, and on-air radio interviews as well as on community information boards and banners. The Peterborough Petes will host Fleming College Appreciation Night on Thursday, February 19 at their game against the Ottawa 67’s. Contests, draws and a free gift are available to those Alumni who pay for their tickets through the Alumni Association office. An official alumni scarf is also available for purchase for those wishing to wear their pride.   For more information on this celebration, to purchase Petes tickets, or an alumni scarf, or to RSVP to the press conference in the Galleria, please contact Michelle Osborne, Alumni Officer at: Michelle Osborne mosborne@flemingc.on.ca 705.749.5530 x 1390- 30 –

Colleges applaud recommendation for improved access

The Ontario government should move forward on a recommendation from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) to create greater access to postsecondary education and particularly degrees, Ontario’s colleges said today.The HEQCO report, Degrees of Opportunity: Broadening Student Access by Increasing Institutional Differentiation in Ontario Higher Education, recommends students get improved access to degree programs and that colleges should have greater flexibility to offer degree programs. The 37-page report on institutional differentiation was released by HEQCO today.Its recommendation on access to degrees is particularly important in the GTA, where the number of qualified students seeking to enter degree programs is significantly greater than the number of postsecondary spaces available. As well, as college enrolments continue to spike upwards in the wake of difficult economic times, it is clear that more spaces and greater access will be required in many parts of the province.“Giving some colleges a greater role in baccalaureate programming may help to make access to the baccalaureate more equitable,” the report says, noting there would be improved access for people from lower socioeconomic groups.“This is a tremendous opportunity for Ontario to provide higher education to greater numbers of people,” said Dr. Rick Miner, president of Seneca College. “More people could get access to programs that would help them fulfil their potential, regardless of their socioeconomic background.” “As Ontario strives to meet the challenges of a difficult economy, the government should move on this recommendation,” said John Davies, the president of Humber College. “This would mark a significant improvement in the availability of postsecondary education in the GTA.”The colleges are pleased that the report recognized the significant accomplishments polytechnic institutions around the world have make to their educational systems. It was disappointing, however, that the researchers chose not to talk to the colleges in Ontario that are currently offering a comprehensive polytechnic education to their students before coming to the conclusions that they reached. – 30 –

Health and Wellness graduates score high marks

Alumni continue to excel on provincial and national certification examsGraduates of Fleming College’s School of Health and Wellness are excelling on their certification exams, achieving test scores above national and provincial averages.Within the health care field in Canada, to certify individuals to practice, most professions require written and/or practical exams in addition to diplomas and degrees. These exams are highly regulated on a provincial or national level.Fleming graduates’ performance on these certification exams further illustrates and reinforces the excellent reputation of the college’s programs within the School of Health and Wellness:• Within Fleming’s Massage Therapy program, 94 per cent of graduates passed the practical component of the certification exam in 2007 (2008 results not available yet) compared to a provincial pass rate of 84 per cent. • Graduates of the Health Information Management program must write a national exam administered by the Canadian College of Health Information Management to become certified. Fleming graduates had an 81 per cent pass rate in 2008 compared to a national average of 76 per cent. • Graduates of Fleming’s Practical Nursing diploma program also write a national exam that allows them to become registered as well as work in Ontario. Ninety-eight per cent of Fleming’s PN graduates in 2008 were successful in passing the exam.“All of our programs within the School of Health and Wellness prepare individuals to succeed in their chosen careers. In addition to meeting the standards set by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, graduates of these programs must also meet challenging external standards set by their respective professional organizations,” says Carol Kelsey, Dean of the School of Health and Wellness. “The graduates’ performance is a testament to their skills and knowledge, Fleming’s dedicated faculty and staff, and the program curricula, which are designed to equip students for a successful career in the health care field.”     – 30 -For more information:     Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 or copeland@flemingc.on.ca

Polar Cup Success

On Saturday, January 31 eight teams battled at the Ontario Speed Skating Oval (OSSO) for the Polar Cup – organized in part by Fleming College students in the Event Management program – as part of PolarFest weekend activities. The South Enders defeated Ashburnham Red Wings in a close final game 17 to 15.The day featured a total of fifteen games on three rinks on the OSSO front and back stretches.  Players and spectators enjoyed a barbecue organized by Fleming College culinary students and beer in the Publican House beer tent.This was the first time the event was organized and held at the Oval site in the tournament format.  Teams played on small pick up-sized rinks on the natural ice surface.  “We are pleased with the number of teams registered and ice conditions.  We had a solid event that we can build on for next year,” noted Heather Watson, Project Developer for OSSO. The event was organized in part by Fleming College Event Management students, which was a strategic partnership to allow students to develop valuable skills and knowledge while helping the OSSO project.  Students Kaila Arcand and Moniek Oudshoorn commented, “Working with the Oval on this project was a great experience.  We were able to immediately apply class lessons as we worked to plan the event.”Medals and prizes were awarded to the top three teams.  In first place, South Enders followed by Ashburhham Red Wings and Six Shooters. “Thanks to all the teams who participated and the spectators alike.  Sponsors like Sysco and Costco stepped up to help and it was a successful event overall” added Watson. We would also like to thank Wild Rock Outfitters, The Peterborough Petes, Life 100.3, Rona, Fleming College and all the volunteers for their great support."- 30 –

Fleming College launches bridging program to nursing

Personal support workers can now bridge to Fleming’s Practical Nursing programFleming College will next month launch a new program designed to allow personal support workers (PSW) to bridge into Fleming’s nursing program.After successfully completing the required part-time courses, PSWs would be eligible to enter into the second semester of Fleming College’s full-time Practical Nursing program located at the Sutherland Campus. There is room for 30 bridging students to enter the second semester of the program in January 2010.The part-time bridging program will be offered at the college’s campuses in Peterborough, Lindsay and Cobourg. The courses will start March 2 and are open to students who have a Personal Support Worker Ontario College Certificate.Individuals can apply for the bridging program through Fleming’s School of Continuing Education and Skilled Trades. Applications and course information are available on the college’s website at www.flemingcollege.com/pswbridge. Candidates may be eligible for financial support through Ontario Special Bursaries or Canada Student Loans for part-time students.If you are interested in the program and would like more information, please contact Dorothy Hopkins at 1-866-353-6464 x 2232 or dhopkins@flemingc.on.ca     – 30 –

Former Fleming College president receives education award

Former Fleming College President Charles Pascal will be honoured February 10 for his commitment to public education.Mr. Pascal, who served as Fleming’s president from 1982 until 1987 will receive the 2008 Egerton Ryerson Award from People for Education. The award, handed out annually, recognizes dedication in public education.The award ceremony will take place at Massey College in Toronto. The evening will include a celebration of Mr. Pascal’s accomplishments. In addition to his time with the college Mr. Pascal has served as chair of the Education Quality and Accountability Office and as a provincial deputy minister, and is executive director of the Atkinson Charitable Foundation.Each year at convocation Fleming College recognizes a faculty member with the Charles E. Pascal Award for Excellence in Teaching. This is Fleming College’s highest award for teaching excellence and is named for Mr. Pascal in recognition of his leadership in championing great teaching and great teachers.People for Education is an independent parent-led organization working to support public education in Ontario’s English, French and Catholic schools.Located in Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 90 full-time programs in Business, Computing and Hospitality, Continuing Education and Skilled Trades, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, Fine Arts, Health and Wellness, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Law, Justice and Community Services. Fleming College has 5,000 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and more than 54,000 alumni.     – 30 – 

University Transfer program finding success

Philosophy and English Literature are not the most typical of college credits. However, these two courses are part of Fleming’s two-semester General Arts and Science – University Transfer program that – now in its fourth year – is finding greater and greater success launching students from the certificate program to university.A large part of the success of the program is the partnership with Trent University. Students meeting the program requirements can enter directly into their second year at Trent with four university credits to their name.In what is quickly becoming tradition, students in the certificate program – located at the Sutherland Campus – make the trek to Trent each fall to hear firsthand from program alumni, staff and faculty on what to expect upon entering university. This year more than 50 students in the program travelled to Trent in November meeting at Gzowski College.Peter Lapp, Program Coordinator of the University Transfer program said the large numbers of students making the trip to Trent, "gives us a sense this is all worthwhile.""We want to make this a smooth and seamless transition (from Fleming to Trent)," said Karen Maki, Director, Distance and Continuing Education and College Partnerships at Trent. "We want you to feel like you are as much Trent students as Fleming students."Manuela LaFranc of Trent’s Registrar’s Office, told students the Fleming-Trent partnership of the program is envied throughout Ontario."My wish for you is that your urge to learn has been awakened and that you’ll continue with life-long learning," she said.Fleming University Transfer graduate Tim Lizotte shared his story with the Fleming students.Now in his second year at Trent as an English and Geography joint major, Mr. Lizotte had been away from school for a number of years, working as a full-time herd manager on an organic dairy farm. He found himself asking questions about the business on a philosophical level which inspired him to go back to school.While Mr. Lizotte at first found the University Transfer program intense, "it turned out to be really cool," he said. "It peaked my interest to get out there and learn."Mr. Lizotte assured students that the support they get from faculty and fellow students at Fleming continues at Trent. He added that the University Transfer program prepared him to go into any discipline.This is evident in the majors of other program alumni. One former Fleming now Trent student is studying Physics, another is taking Psychology, while yet another is doing a double major in French and Sociology with an emphasis in Linguistics.