Sutherland Campus Convocation

The Sutherland Campus of Fleming College will celebrate convocation over three days, June 7-9.

Convocation ceremonies for 2,225 graduating students will be held at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day at the Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre.

The full schedule is:

Tuesday, June 7 at 10 a.m.
School of Law, Justice and Community Services

Tuesday, June 7 at 2 p.m.
School of Law, Justice and Community Services

Wednesday, June 8, at 10 a.m.
School of Continuing Education and Skilled Trades
School of Business, Computing and Hospitality

Wednesday, June 8 at 2 p.m.
School of Business, Computing and Hospitality

Thursday, June 9 at 10 a.m.
School of Education, Health and Wellness
School of General Arts and Sciences

Thursday, June 9 at 2 p.m.
School of Education, Health and Wellness

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

Alumni Relations announces 2011 Alumnus of Distinction Award Recipient

The Fleming College Alumnus of Distinction Award is given to an alumnus who has achieved great career success and has maintained a connection with the college. This year Fleming College is thrilled to announce that the award will be presented to Phil White as part of the college’s convocation program.

A graduate of the Art Conservation Techniques program, class of 1988, Phil is the fifth Official Dominion Sculptor since the creation of the position in 1936. This highly competitive and prestigious position is responsible for creating all of the internal and external stone, wood carving and sculpture on Parliament Hill as well as the care and conservation of all federally commissioned sculptures. One of only three Canadian Artist positions within the federal government, he is Canada’s official sculptor.

Much of Phil’s time is spent carving in the Centre Block. Rebuilt in 1916 after a fire, the architect left thousands of uncarved blocks to be completed by his successors, a tradition in medieval style architecture. He has also worked on a series of stone portrait sculptures of key figures in Canada’s railway history including of course, Sir Sandford Fleming. His most prestigious project to date is a stone portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, which was unveiled in the House of Commons when she visited Canada in June 2010.

He has also completed two busts of Sir Sandford Fleming for Fleming College in an effort to bring students closer to the college’s namesake and inspire the students through Fleming’s passion. He was motivated by photographs of a young Sandford Fleming who was passionate about engineering and surveying. The sculptures are located at the Sutherland and Frost campuses, with the plaster casting on display at the Haliburton campus.

The Alumni of Distinction Award will be presented to Phil by Fleming College President Tony Tilly during the School of Law, Justice and Community Services convocation ceremony at the Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre on Tuesday, June 7 at 10 a.m.

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

GIS graduate wins prestigious map design award

A Geographic Information Systems (GIS) graduate recently took top honours at a prestigious mapping competition.

Adam Thom, GIS-Cartographic Specialist alumnus (2010), won the student award – the Arthur Robinson Award for Best Printed Map – at the 2011 Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS) Map Design Competition. The award is sponsored by the National Geographic Society and Avenza-MAPublisher.

In addition to receiving an award certificate, Adam won $500, a National Geographic atlas, and a student license of MAPublisher. His map will also become part of the permanent collection of the United States Library of Congress.

“We are so proud of Adam and his achievement,” said GIS programs coordinator Lawrie Keillor-Faulkner. “It is truly wonderful to repeat the past successes of the college’s former Carthography program and the large number of student awards won at past American Congress of Surveying and Mapping conventions.”

Adam’s winning design, Population and Recreation in Eastern California, is currently on display at the Frost Campus.

The annual CaGIS Map Design Competition is open to students in Canada and the U.S. The purpose of the competition is to promote interest in map design and to recognize significant advances in cartography. The focus of the competition is design, and judging is based on creativity, text, balance, unity, clarity, use of colour, and subject matter.

Sir Sandford Fleming, the college’s namesake, was also a cartographer and surveyor. If he were alive today, his discipline would involve the areas of GIS and Geomatics, currently taught at the college.

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

New collaborative program in Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurship

Haliburton School of The Arts (Fleming College), Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre, and the Aboriginal Research Institute are pleased to announce the upcoming collaborative program in Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurship.

The Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurship Program centres on developing young Aboriginal entrepreneurs in the arts, crafts and music sectors. It also focuses on developing or expanding a micro-enterprise, and enhancing participants’ understandings of the arts, crafts and music businesses and supply chain elements.

This innovative program is offered as a partnership between Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre, Haliburton School of The Arts, and the Aboriginal Research Institute. It provides opportunities for Aboriginal youth to develop and expand their business plans, refine their products, participate in mentoring by local Aboriginal artists, develop understanding of the value chain in support of the arts, crafts and music markets, and get hands on experience visiting local arts and crafts suppliers and retailers, the School of The Arts, and business support centres.

Haliburton School of The Arts is pleased to be a partner on this initiative that focuses on developing the skills and careers of young Aboriginal artists and crafts persons.

“The project partners are excited to join together in providing an educational opportunity that will serve as the foundation for the young Aboriginal artists to begin their careers as professional artisans. The Haliburton campus looks forward to welcoming the participants this fall,” said Sandra Dupret, Principal of Haliburton School of The Arts.

The Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Trade has generously provided support and sponsorship for this program. For more information, contact: Wendy Phillips, Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre, 304-306 George Street North Suite 202, Peterborough ON (705) 775-0387.

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 58,000 alumni.

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

Frost Campus Convocation

The Frost Campus of Fleming College will celebrate convocation on Friday, June 3 at 2 p.m.

More than 1,000 students will graduate that day at a ceremony held at the Lindsay Recreation Complex.

Students will be graduating from more than 25 certificate and diploma programs from the School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, the School of Education, Health and Wellness, the School of Law, Justice and Community Services and the School of General Arts and Sciences.

At convocation, faculty member Josh Feltham will be awarded the Vice-President Academic’s Contract Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. Mr. Feltham teaches in the Ecosystem Management program and recently led a group of students on a research/field trip to Costa Rica.

Fleming College will host convocation ceremonies at the Sutherland Campus June 7-9.

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

New CAWT lake and watershed research project in Quebec

Fleming College’s Centre for Alternative Wastewater Treatment (CAWT) will participate in a federally-funded watershed and lake rehabilitation program in Quebec.

BlueLeaf Inc. of Drummondville (Québec) and Conseil de gouvernance de l’eau des bassins versants de la rivière Saint-François (COGESAF), made the announcement this week.

The CAWT project, one of two for Petit-lac-Saint-Francois, is funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). The lake and watershed is situated in Saint-Francois-Xavier-de-Brompton. The funded projects will be incorporated into a larger, integrated watershed rehabilitation program begun in 2008 by BlueLeaf.

The CAWT’s project, “Development of Innovative Water and Wastewater Treatment Technologies,” is funded through the NSERC College and Community Innovation (CCI) program’s Innovation Enhancement Grants. Additional scientific collaboration is supplied by faculty and students of the Civil Engineering department of Queen’s University of Kingston, Ontario.

The project will focus on the capture of contaminants in water through the use of a variety of materials, as well as the use of biochar in improving agricultural water quality. Biochar is produced through the pyrolysis of organic material which is then incorporated into soil.

For Fleming College, participation in this project is part of a broader NSERC-financed research program involving other partners and encompassing several aspects of water quality. The NSERC contribution to this project at Petit-lac-Saint-François will be a portion of the total of $2.3 million attributed to Fleming College’s larger research program. BlueLeaf will contribute a total of $55,000 to this project over five years.

“The CCI Program supports innovation at a community level by fostering collaboration between industry and post-secondary institutions,” said Suzanne Fortier, President of NSERC. “When companies and colleges collaborate, everyone benefits. New jobs are created, industry expands and the community prospers.”

The second NSERC-funded research project is in partnership with McGill University and their Plant Science Department. It is entitled “Biochar for Management of Phosphorus in Crop Production Systems.”

Within this project the use of biochar as an agricultural soil amendment will be examined for both its environmental and agricultural benefits, in particular its ability to reduce the impact of phosphorus on the environment.

The two projects bring together community partners such as the COGESAF, the local lake association (Association pour la protection du lac St-François-Xavier-de-Brompton [Tomcod] Inc.), the municipality of St-François-Xavier-de-Brompton, the regional municipal council, as well local farm producers and agricultural groups.

Many of the field trials will be conducted within the lake watershed at the Ridelo farm, owned and operated by the Rivard family.

Barry Husk, President of BlueLeaf, stated: “In addition to employing and training students in this important field of research, we hope that these projects will lead to a better understanding of water quality improvement methods and the development of new and better tools for water quality managers. In addition, our hope is that this type of concentrated research effort in applied watershed science will eventually lead to the establishment of a watershed rehabilitation research centre.”

“We are confident that the efforts put into the Petit-lac-Saint-François watershed will contribute to the rehabilitation of the lake,” said Jean-Paul Raîche, President of COGESAF. “We are hoping for a progressive return to use of the lake for recreational activities, such as fishing and boating. Also, the rehabilitation methods developed and applied in this watershed will be applicable to many other watersheds dealing with the problems of surplus phosphorus and blue-green algae.”

BlueLeaf is a social purpose, private corporation, active in environmental issues related to water and agriculture.

NSERC is a federal agency that helps make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for all Canadians. The agency supports some 30,000 post-secondary students and postdoctoral fellows in their advanced studies. NSERC promotes discovery by funding more than 12,000 professors every year and fosters innovation by encouraging more than 1,500 Canadian companies to participate and invest in post-secondary research projects.

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 has 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

GIS Open House at Frost Campus

Graduates of the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) programs at Fleming College’s Frost Campus will have their cooperative projects displayed at the GIS Open House on Tuesday, June 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The GIS-Cartographic Specialist and GIS-Application Specialist projects include:

o Analyzing Environmental Conditions that Underlay Tallgrass Community
o Kawartha Bioregion Significant Woodland Models
o Crowe Bridge Conservation Park Trail Map/Web Site/Brochure
o Map of Altona Forest Physical Features
o Explore Ontario Conservation Areas
o Protected Areas System Expansion through GIS Analysis
o Dorset Environmental Science Center Hydrologic Catchment Topographic/Delineation Mapping
o Rapid Cartographic Development of Emergency Resource Availability
o Operationalizing the Production of National Watershed Mapping for Sierra Leone
o Village of Sturgeon Point Interactive Map
o Source Protection Threats Analysis: Certificate of Approval Relationships
o Mapping Ontario’s Headwater Areas
o Heritage GIS Project – South Lake Simcoe
o Necrogeography and Lakeview Cemetery – GIS Applications for an Historic Ontario
o City of Barrie Web-based Emergency Operations Center
o Available Disease mapping and database development for Public Health
o East Gwillimbury Heritage Conservation Web Portal

The Frost Campus is located at 200 Albert St. S. in Lindsay. To RSVP for this event, please contact Cornel Van Zyl, GIS – Cartographic Specialist Candidate at cornel@cvanz.net. Complimentary parking will be provided.

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

Haliburton Campus Convocation

Haliburton ON – (May 10, 2011) – The Haliburton Campus of Fleming College will celebrate convocation on Friday, May 27 at 2 p.m.

One hundred fifty students will graduate that day at a ceremony held at the campus.

Students will be graduating from 12 certificate and diploma programs: Artist Blacksmith; Ceramics; Digital Image Design; Expressive Arts; Fibre Arts; Glassblowing; Jewellery Essentials; Photo Arts; Visual and Creative Arts Diploma; Visual Arts Fundamentals – Drawing and Painting; Sustainable Building Design and Construction; and, Sustainable Renovations.

This the first graduating class for two new programs – Digital Image Design and Sustainable Renovations.

At convocation, Expressive Arts Program Coordinator and community volunteer Fay Wilkinson will receive the Fellowship in Applied Education award from the college.

Fleming College will host convocation ceremonies at Frost Campus on June 3 and at Sutherland Campus June 7-9.

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

Travel and Tourism students volunteer in Jamaica

It was a life-changing week for seven Travel and Tourism students who recently visited Jamaica to volunteer with local residents and apply the knowledge learned during two years of study of the travel industry.

The fourth-semester students, led by Program Coordinator Patti Watson, spent two days of their April 23-30 trip working with charities.

At the Village of Lucea, the group volunteered at the Hanover Charity and Hanover Ministers’ Fraternal Kitchen of Love. Working with local citizens, RESIDENTS?  the students prepared 500 meals for the homeless and elderly.

The students donated aprons and cleaning and serving utensils to the soup kitchen, which they received from Fleming culinary students. They also delivered a cheque for $700 to the charity, money they had collected through various fundraisers. The funds will go toward building a new soup kitchen that will be open in 2012.

“I thought I was going to have a really hard time with the soup kitchen, but all it did was inspire me,” said one of the students about her volunteer experience.

“Our society has so much yet we’re never happy with what we have. We always want more, we always need the newest and coolest gadgets, and we can’t keep something for too long. It makes you realize that this is not the way to spend your life, worrying about these things. Talking to the young girl at the soup kitchen gave me an idea of what it’s like to be a thirteen-year- old girl in Jamaica, and how very different my childhood was compared to hers. When we left the soup kitchen I felt really good about myself, it was so rewarding to help both the people running the kitchen and the people eating the food.”

The next day the students traveled to the West Haven Children’s Home in the Village of Copse.

Home to 80 special needs children, the Fleming students arrived in time to feed the children and play with them for the afternoon. Their time there included dancing with the children, playing ball and painting fingernails.

“It was a life changing experience for each of us,” said Watson.

For this portion of the trip, the students had collected shorts and t-shirts as well as soft balls to donate to the home. In total, the group took about 150 pounds of donated supplies with them.
Gaining practical experience outside the classroom

While the volunteer work was an essential component of the trip, the students also gained valuable practical experience toward their study of the tourism industry.

Staying at the Iberostar Rose Hall Beach Resort in Montego Bay, the students received a briefing from an Air Transat Destination Representative, who spoke to the students about her career and her start in the industry.

All of the students participated in hotel site inspections of three Iberostar Resort properties. Restaurants, lobbies, entertainment facilities, spas and rooms were inspected during the tour. The trip also included a tour and site inspection of Round Hill, an exclusive resort with private villas.

The remainder of the week was dedicated to time for the required excursions from the resort. The students tried horseback riding, zip lining adventures, swimming with dolphins, or visited Dunn’s River Falls.  A few students went parasailing and all of them tried sailing a Hobby Cat. The students are encouraged to participate in all aspects of the resort experience in order to make informed recommendations to future clients.

The group also had some free time to enjoy the resort amenities.

In preparing for the trip, the students attended weekly meetings that educated them on the destination, safety, and emotional preparedness. All of the students paid their own travel expenses.

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Opportunity – Fleming College Board of Governors

The Fleming College Board of Governors is currently seeking nominations for three upcoming vacancies.

These are volunteer positions requiring regular attendance at daytime or evening meetings and serving on one Board committee.

Fleming College serves the communities of Peterborough, City of Kawartha Lakes, Cobourg and Haliburton. Interested individuals should have experience in effective governance and possess relevant experience/expertise in community development/community relations; accounting/audit; tourism/hospitality; manufacturing/industry; skilled trades; environment/renewable energy; and health care/social services.

Governors serve a three-year term with eligibility for a second term.

Members of the public interested in contributing to the governance of Fleming College are encouraged to submit an application by May 27, 2011.

Visit http://flemingcollege.ca/pdf/2011application-package.pdf to download the application form.  An application package may also be obtained at any campus info booth. Contact the Board Office at 705-749-5558 or email mimcfadd@flemingc.on.ca for more information.

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