Students join medical brigade traveling to the Philippines

Two fourth-semester Practical Nursing students recently joined a local medical brigade that traveled to the Philippines from Feb. 25 to Mar. 13.

Kathleen Campbell and Sara Henderson visited Kalibo, in the province of Aklan as part of a team of 20 that included five doctors and three registered nurses (one of the RNs was Fleming clinical teacher Amy Doherty) to help residents there with medical issues.

The group would set up a triage each day and assist local residents with everything from gun shot wounds, removal of sebaceous cysts to diagnoses of cancer and congenital heart defects.

“We saw a lot of children with congenital heart defects. They can’t afford the (necessary) surgeries so they will probably die,” said Sara of the tough challenges the team faced.

However, she said the highlight of her trip was assisting with an ultrasound for a pregnant woman.

Kathleen said the trip helped her realize all of the material things she has in her life.

“When I came home I wanted to get rid of everything. People there can’t even afford rice for their family. Once they get money, the first thing they do is feed their family – they can’t afford medication,” she said.

Seeing such a range of physical ailments took a toll on the students. For example, one 22-year-old woman was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and would likely die because she couldn’t afford treatment, something she would have free access to in Canada.

Both Kathleen and Sara had emotionally difficult days but the women were able to support each other.

In the past, Dr. Hardy Friesen has led local medical brigades to Honduras. This is the first time he has led a medical brigade from Peterborough that has gone to the Philippines.

The team worked well together, said Kathleen.

“Dr. Friesen said it’s the best team he’s ever taken,” she said. “All the doctors were amazing and we learned a lot from them. Everybody got along… and everybody was excited and happy to be there.”

Sara says the trip has inspired her to do more medical missions in the future.

Nursing Program Coordinator Iris Gravel praised the students for taking the opportunity to go on the trip.

“What they have gained will be invaluable to them.”

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Public Sector Salary Disclosure

In compliance with the provincial government’s Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act, Fleming College has posted its salary information for 2010 on its website at:

http://flemingcollege.com/PDF/PSSD-2010.pdf

The college’s salary disclosure statement has been reported to the province. It will be posted on the government’s website today.

Located in the heart of 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 and Technology, Continuing Education and Skilled Trades, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, Visual Arts, Education, Health and Wellness, and Law, Justice and Community Services. Fleming College has more than 6,000 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 58,000 alumni.

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For more information:
Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 or copeland@flemingc.on.ca

Annual Tree Climbing Competition at Frost Campus

Arboriculture students will be demonstrating their aerial skills high above the ground at the annual Fleming Tree Climbing Competition.

Twenty-five students will compete in five events – Aerial Rescue, Speed Climb, Footlock, Throw Line, and Work Climb. The students will follow the same rules and guidelines that the International Society of Arboriculture International Tree Climbing Competition uses each year. A men’s and women’s champion will be crowned at the end of the day.

Rain or shine, the event will take place near the Outdoor Education Centre at the Frost Campus (the log cabin), 200 Albert St. S. Lindsay. Events get underway at 9 a.m. and run until about 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12.

Please note there is no parking adjacent to the competition. Spectators and visitors can park in the pay and display lots at the front of the campus.

Fleming College has a strong tradition of tree climbing champions. Fleming has taken the top spot in the men’s competition at the Ontario Tree Climbing Competition (OTCC) for the last 12 years. Most recently, Fleming alumni won in a big way at the OTCC in September 2010, nabbing the four top spots in the men’s competition. First-place winner John Ransom receives an all-expenses-paid trip to Sydney, Australia to compete in the World Tree Climbing Championship in August 2011.

Located in the heart of 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 and Technology, Continuing Education and Skilled Trades, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, Visual Arts, Education, Health and Wellness, and Law, Justice and Community Services. Fleming College has 6,000 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and more than 58,000 alumni.

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For more information:
Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 or copeland@flemingc.on.ca

Seton historical plaque unveiled at Frost Campus

An Ontario Historical Plaque honouring renowned naturalist and author Ernest Thompson Seton was officially rededicated at an event at Fleming College’s Frost Campus on March 29.

Seton spent part of his childhood in Lindsay, a period in his life that greatly influenced his later works.

Close to 100 people attended the evening event that also included a guest lecture on Seton by Trent University Professor Emeritus John Wadland.

Dr. Wadland showed slides of Seton’s work and told many stories about Seton’s life. In his view: “Seton was a central figure in the Canadian and American environmental movement and a leading advocate for the rights of First Nations peoples.”

The plaque will be installed at the Frost Campus (200 Albert St. S.) near the log cabin, along the section of the Trans Canada Trail that runs through the campus.

The event was organized by Fleming College, the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail Association, the Lindsay Gallery, the City of Kawartha Lakes, and the Victoria County Historical Society.

Located in the heart of 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 and Technology, Continuing Education and Skilled Trades, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, Visual Arts, Education, Health and Wellness, and Law, Justice and Community Services. Fleming College has 6,000 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and more than 58,000 alumni.

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For more information:
Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 or copeland@flemingc.on.ca

HSTA offers new summer arts courses in Huntsville

Create It in Huntsville this summer.

For the first time ever, Fleming College’s Haliburton School of The Arts – in partnership with Education Huntsville, Canada Summit Centre and the Town of Huntsville – will offer week-long arts courses for children and adults this July.

“The creativity and love of the arts that is evident in the Muskoka community makes for a natural partnership with Fleming College. When Haliburton School of The Arts was first approached by Education Huntsville almost two years ago, we knew this was a great opportunity to share our 40-plus years of excellence in the arts with a vibrant community,” said Sandra Dupret, Principal of the Haliburton Campus.

The courses are a great balance of media and techniques being led by renowned Haliburton School of The Arts faculty as well as new instructors from the Muskoka region. All courses will be offered at the Canada Summit Centre in Huntsville.

Courses: Photography – Travel & Landscape; Storytelling; Printmaking Sampler; Kids Eco Art; Life Drawing & Painting; Mosaics; Watercolour Painting; Acrylics & Mixed Media; Sculpting, Modelling & Mould-making Techniques; Bookbinding Sampler; Quilting; Landscape – Creative Approaches; Kids’ Creative Express; Sheep to Shawl; Bead Weaving Basics; Pen & Ink and Colour; and, Open Studio – Painting.

For more information on courses and registration, visit www.hsta.ca and click on ‘Create It in Huntsville’ or you can call 1-866-353-6464.

Located in the heart of 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 and Technology, Continuing Education and Skilled Trades, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, Visual Arts, Education, Health and Wellness, and Law, Justice and Community Services. Fleming College has 6,000 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and more than 58,000 alumni.

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For more information:
Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 or copeland@flemingc.on.ca

Out of the classroom and into South Africa

Five students from the Frost Campus will soon be embarking on the trip of a lifetime when they head to South Africa to volunteer with the Askari Wilderness Conservation program.

Leaving April 30, the students – three in the Ecosystem Management Technician program and two in the Ecosystem Management Technology program – will undertake a number of activities during their two-week stay.

Faculty members Barb Elliot and Mike Fraser will be leading the trip. Elliot says the students will be participating in herbivore identification and research (giraffes for example), as well as monitoring large mammals (elephants, rhinos), birds of prey and nocturnal mammals. The students will take part in restoration activities such as road and brush clearing and management of non-native plant species. The group will also have an overnight campout in the bush.

While the students will be studying many plants and animals they have never before encountered in the field, Elliot says it shouldn’t make a difference to the techniques the students have learned.

“It doesn’t matter who the players are – it’s the process,” she said. The students learn monitoring techniques in the classroom that can apply to all flora and fauna.

What will really make a difference for the students is the cultural experience, she said.

“It changes their perspective on everything. The international experience exposes them to so much about human culture and about what’s going on in the world. In the context of being a global citizen, nothing can compare to it.”

Fraser echoed that sentiment.

“(In the Ecosystem Management program) we focus on not only the ecological and biological, but we also focus on the cultural and economic – the big picture. We want to ensure our students become global citizens.”

Fraser and Elliot coordinated the trip to the reserve, located near Kruger National Park in the northeast of the country, through an alumni connection.

A 2009 graduate of the Ecosystem program, Veronica Bass, had volunteered at the reserve and raved about it. After more than a year of preparations, the trip has come together.

For Elliot, the experience will allow her to connect with her students on an entirely different level.

“So often the students see you in one light in front of the classroom. So it’s nice to be able to work along side the students in doing these hands-on, on-the-ground projects,” she said. “Just getting to know the students and appreciate where they’re coming from helps you do a better job in the classroom.”

Elliot added that the trip will add to her commitment to be a life-long learner, citing the skills and knowledge she will gain during the experience.

“Seeing the world in this way and developing a much-broader understanding of the world makes an individual a more well-rounded human being, and much more respectful of what we have.”

Elliot offered her thanks, on behalf of the program, to the college for its recognition and support of international activities.

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Fleming College welcomes future students to Open House

Fleming College will welcome hundreds of prospective students, their families and friends to all of its campuses at its annual spring Open House on Saturday, April 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Visitors can get an all-access pass to their future by touring the campuses and residences and meeting with faculty, students and alumni. Guests can also take in program demonstrations, explore pathways to in-demand careers and discover the on-campus services available to students. Help with applications will be available at the Registrar’s Office.

There will be a number of informative sessions throughout the day that will cover a variety of topics such as financial aid, housing, and student life as well as college education for adults, and what parents should know.

Program demonstrations include:

• Sutherland Campus (Peterborough): Culinary students will be baking treats available for tasting,
• McRae Building (Peterborough): Carpentry and welding demonstrations
• Frost Campus (Lindsay): Blasting Techniques blasting demos (every hour starting at 10 a.m.), Outdoor Adventure Skills offering Cold weather safety tips and demo of hypothermic wraps, and Arboriculture tree-climbing demos
• Haliburton Campus: Live art demonstrations in the campus studios
• Cobourg Campus: Mini-manicures by Esthetician students
• Eastern Ontario Fire Academy (Norwood, 12-2 p.m. only): Firefighting simulations and equipment displays

Register for Open House by texting FLEMING to 123411 and you’ll be entered in a draw to win a new iPad 2 (standard texting rates apply). For more information or to register online, you can visit www.flemingcollege.ca/openhouse or you can call 1-866-353-6464.

Once again, Fleming College is offering free return transportation to its Peterborough and Lindsay campuses from Bayview Village and the Oshawa Centre. Visit the website to register for this service.

Located in the heart of 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 and Technology, Continuing Education and Skilled Trades, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, Visual Arts, Education, Health and Wellness, and Law, Justice and Community Services. Fleming College has more than 6,000 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 58,000 alumni.

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For more information:
Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 or copeland@flemingc.on.ca

Community Innovation Forum: Showcase Awards

Fleming College’s School of Business, Computing and Hospitality is pleased to announce the student recipients of the 2011 Showcase Awards, sponsored by Bell as part of the Community Innovation Forum.

• Bell Project “Best of Showcase” Award
Adventures in Tourism – Kathryn Burns, Angela McDonald, Brittany Scott, sponsored by BEL Rotary ($500 team prize)

• Bell Technology Innovation Award Winner
Hydrometerological Monitor Network – Matt Fisher and Geoff Harnden, sponsored by the Ontario Region Conservation Authority ($450 team prize)

• Bell Technology Innovation Award Winner Runner-up
Network Upgrade & Improvements for Performance and Security – Dave Westby and Kyle Plazier, sponsored by Stellworks Design Inc. ($400 team prize)

• Bell Business Innovation Award
Adventures in Tourism – Kathryn Burns, Angela McDonald and Brittany Scott, sponsored by BEL Rotary ($450 team prize)

• Bell Business Innovation Award Runner-up
Peterborough Symphony Orchestra – Ben Davidson, Tyler Lancaster, Sarah-Jayne Riley and Darcy Poirier, sponsored by the PSO ($400 team prize)

Bell Presentation Award – Best Overall
Adventures in Tourism – Kathryn Burns, Angela McDonald, Brittany Scott, sponsored by BEL Rotary ($450 team prize)

• Bell Presentation Award – Technology Runner-up
Hydrometerological Monitor Network – Matt Fisher and Geoff Harnden, sponsored by the Ontario Region Conservation Authority ($400 team prize)

• Bell Presentation Award – Business Runner-up
PVNC Catholic District School Board Mentor Project – Blayne Parkin, Andres Felipe Bernandez, Meghan Alton and Sean Taylor, sponsored by PVNCCDSB ($400 team prize)

The awards dinner took place during the Community Innovation Forum at the Peterborough Golf and Country Club on March 24.

Located in the heart of 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 and Technology, Continuing Education and Skilled Trades, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, Visual Arts, Education, Health and Wellness, and Law, Justice and Community Services. Fleming College has more than 6,000 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 58,000 alumni.

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For more information:

Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 or copeland@flemingc.on.ca

Research in Costa Rica: Global Experience Promotes Local Excellence

By Joshua V. Feltham, Professor, Ecosystem Management program

Six students and two professors from Fleming College traveled to Costa Rica in 2009. They spent two weeks working and learning in the Atlantic lowland tropical rainforest.

Challenged by the climate, topography, flora and fauna, each one of them embraced adversity while contributing to valuable research on marine turtles, reptiles, and amphibians.

Their work directly established a foundation for a new research project on reptile and amphibian distribution in the area; contributed data to a short note on the ecology of a rare species of snake; and established baseline data on nest temperatures of leatherback turtles.

The group returned to Canada confident, inspired and engaged – confident in their abilities, inspired to make a difference, and engaged in a culture of positive environmental change.

The success of the first international field placement for students enrolled in the Ecosystem Management Technician (EMT) program at Frost campus was followed up by a second placement in April 2010 and a third upcoming placement in April 2011.

International opportunities are becoming the norm for the EM program because the community graduates compete in is not local, regional, or national: it is global.

Our challenge is to prepare students for their career in this global community in which international educational experience is becoming the norm. When Michael Fraser became the program coordinator of the EM Program, he set a goal to provide international experiences for EM students.

Now, the goal is to have four international opportunities available in 2012: Costa Rica, South Africa, Peru and the U.S.

Investing in experiences is a key component of successful educational programs because real world experiences provide an opportunity for growth and learning that is disproportionate to the length of the experience. More is achieved in less time. Both hard and soft skills are improved with this experience. Students apply techniques learned in class, expand the scope of their learning to include novel situations, and develop an excellent sense of how their education has prepared them for the workplace. Soft skills of effective communication, team work, and time management are also improved because of the rigorous selection process, high expectations of participating students and structure of the experience.

Students from the Ecosystem Management program compete for a position on the Costa Rica team. They write an essay, submit a resume, endure a job interview, write a test and when they think it’s all over – it’s time for the beep test!

Why the complicated process? The key to a successful experience is to have a group of dedicated students who worked hard to achieve a place on the team. The variety of assessment methods is a critical component that ensures the team is made up of a diverse group of students with a variety of strengths and experiences.

Why assess fitness? The beep test assesses the aerobic capacity of the students as a general measurement of fitness. Costa Rica is a beautiful place but working in the rainforest and on the beach is not easy. The work is physically and mentally demanding. Temperatures are warm, humidity is high, hours are long, and consequences of not being alert can be serious.

Benefits to Fleming College are also realized from these international experiences. Students and faculty meet and engage with a variety of people from diverse places and backgrounds that lead to more opportunities – more opportunities for the college to engage in international work; more opportunities for students to gain employment and work experience; more opportunities for the college to attract international students, and more opportunity to provide leadership in environmental education.

People from Canada and around the world are already spending thousands of dollars with for-profit organizations such as Operation Wallacea, Frontier and Global Vision International. Participants are from the same demographic the college draws from. They include people exploring new career possibilities, high school graduates and graduates from college and university.

The college demographic is clearly indicating a desire for this experience. Not providing international field experience is a missed opportunity to excel and set the standard for environmental and natural resource science education.

Fleming College challenges both students and faculty to “innovate with vision and implement with excellence.”  International field experience is innovative and meets the standard of excellence the School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences is known for. Graduates are competing for work globally. Establishing international programs for students is a necessity if Fleming College is to maintain a leadership role in environmental and natural resource sciences.

In a global climate, success demands global experience. Careful selection of prospective candidates, effective management and innovative instruction will ensure Fleming College establishes a standard of excellence in international field experience and education for students.

Innovate with vision and implement with excellence.

Visit: www.costarica2011.ca to read about the trip and watch video from the 2010 experience.  Students will be posting blogs regularly during their stay.

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Accounting students providing free tax clinics

Fleming College’s trained Canada Revenue Agency Volunteer Tax Preparers are helping individuals complete tax returns for free.

Students in the Accounting program at the college will complete and e-file personal tax returns on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The tax clinics will be set up in the main foyer of the college’s Sutherland Campus from now until April 20. The Sutherland Campus is located at 599 Brealey Dr. in Peterborough.

To qualify for this assistance, you must have an annual income of less than $25,000 (individual) or $35,000 (family).

No appointment is necessary, however if you are interested in booking a time, email shyork@flemingc.on.ca.

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