Fleming College welcomes prospective students to explore the school at Open House

On Saturday, April 14, Fleming College will open its doors to hundreds of prospective students at the Annual Spring Open House. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., visitors can tour the campus, residences and recreational facilities. They can also meet faculty and staff as well as students and alumni to find out specific details about post-secondary life.

Choosing the right post-secondary education is a big decision. For several current Fleming College students, that decision was finalized after attending the Open House event. “Every year we hear from students who decide to come to Fleming because of their experience at Open House,” said Fleming Liaison Manager Anya Rens. “Sometimes they hadn’t even considered Fleming to be their first choice, but at Open House they saw how passionate our faculty and staff are about student success.”

Urban Forestry student Kelly Mingram said Open House eased her mind of college concerns. “I attended Open House because I was still insecure about the choice I had made. It would be my first time moving out of my house,” said Mingram. “I went to Open House to get a better idea of what I was getting into, to benchmark the feel of the campus community and setting. After Open House, I knew I was making the right decision.”

Mingram said she enjoyed that Open House gave her a well-rounded understanding of the school. “The fact that I could speak to students, faculty, watch demonstrations—it was like a whole campus experience,” said Mingram.

On April 14, guests are welcome to visit each of Fleming College’s beautiful campuses, which are located in Peterborough, Lindsay, Haliburton and Cobourg. More than 100 full-time academic programs and continuing education options will be on display, and visitors are welcome to participate in applied learning activities and demonstrations.

To register for Open House, visit www.flemingcollege.com/openhouse or call 1-866-FLEMING (353-6464). By registering and attending Open House, visitors will automatically be entered in a draw to win a new iPad. And, when pre-registering online, prospective students can also sign up for free transportation from Toronto or Oshawa. Fleming will be transporting prospective students by bus to either the Peterborough or Lindsay campuses, and bus registrations will be accepted until 5 p.m. on April 13.

Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College features programs in Business and Technology, Fine Arts, Continuing Education and Skilled Trades, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, Education, Health and Wellness; and Law, Justice and Community Services. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, Fleming College has more than 6, 000 full-time and 10, 000 part-time students, and 60, 000 alumni.

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For more information: Leigh McEachran, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 or leighm@flemingc.on.ca

Fleming College professor attends World Water Forum in Marseille, France

Lindsay, ON – March 27, 2012 – Fleming College professor Gordon Balch represented the Centre for Alternative Wastewater Treatment (CAWT) in Marseille, France. From March 12 to 17, Balch was one of 35, 000 participants at the World Water Forum, which is a forum devoted to solving global water issues.

Forum organizers invited participants to submit solutions to address global water issues, with sanitation issues making high priority, as 2.5 billion people still lack adequate sanitation. On behalf of Fleming College, the CAWT submitted two solutions dealing with sanitation issues, and both solutions were profiled at the forum.

“A lot of our sanitation efforts are probably well suited to developing countries, because they are low tech, inexpensive and are an effective means of dealing with wastewater issues,” said Balch, who attended the forum for the first time this year.

Participants of the conference included heads of state, elected officials, ministers, vice-ministers and secretaries of state. Balch said his purpose for attending the conference was to introduce fellow participants to Fleming College’s involvement in wastewater treatment. “We need to collaborate because the issues are so big. I see us as having a part to play,” said Balch.

“We’ve received follow-up e-mails from fellow participants,” said Balch, after he returned to Fleming College’s Frost Campus. “So there are possible collaborations in the future.”

Balch said the forum is strategic in making connections with other water experts around the world. The connections made during this event are believed to enhance the CAWT’s ability to contribute in addressing the basic needs of those living in developing countries.

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For more information: Leigh McEachran, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 or leighm@flemingc.on.ca

Fleming College Board of Governors meeting

The Fleming College Board of Governors will meet on Wednesday, March 28 at 4:30 p.m. in Room 321 at the Cobourg Campus of Fleming College, 1005 Elgin St. W. in Cobourg.

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.

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For more information:
Leigh McEachran, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 or leighm@flemingc.on.ca

Public Sector Salary Disclosure

In compliance with the provincial government’s Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act, Fleming College has posted its salary information for 2011 on its website.

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.

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For more information: Leigh McEachran, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 or leighm@flemingc.on.ca

Fleming College welcomes Royal Conservatory of Music faculty member

Haliburton, ON – March 22, 2012 – The Haliburton School of The Arts will welcome Maureen McKay, a full-time faculty member with the Royal Conservatory of Music since 1980, to instruct beginning and experienced harp students in July. This addition to the already diverse Haliburton School of The Arts program will further enhance the unique, creative environment in the quaint lakeside village of Haliburton.

McKay has been a harp examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music since 1993 and was senior contributor for the current Harp Syllabus, which establishes grade level requirements for harp students in Canada. She was a harpist with the North York Symphony, and developed a Celtic harp program at the Gaelic College in Cape Breton, where she taught for many years.

McKay has a master’s degree in Human Physiology from the University Toronto. She uses this to bring an added dimension of ergonomic awareness to harp playing, incorporating injury prevention with skill development. McKay enjoys working with students of all ages and levels of harp playing.

In the inspiring setting of the Highlands of Haliburton, students can now learn or advance their skills on this majestic instrument. An introductory Saturday workshop will provide a glimpse, while a weeklong course provides an opportunity for immersion. Students will learn or review the fundamentals of harp technique, and play several Celtic tunes in a relaxed and inspiring environment.

This course is accepted as an elective credit toward Fleming College’s Visual & Creative Arts Diploma.

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For more information:

Program information: 705-457-1680 or 1-866-353-6464 ext. 3, createit@hsta.ca, www.hsta.ca.

Media contact: Leigh McEachran, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 or leighm@flemingc.on.ca

Fleming College hosts World Water Day event

Lindsay, ON – March 20, 2012 – Fleming College will celebrate the importance of freshwater during their World Water Day event on Thursday, March 22, 2012. From noon to 1 p.m. in room 250 of the Frost Campus, Fleming will put the spotlight on freshwater with the help of speakers, a documentary, and a MOU signing between the Frost Campus and The Ecologos Institute.

Fleming College’s World Water Day event will include a MOU signing between Frost Campus and The Ecologos Institute, which is a volunteer environmental research and action network registered by the Government of Canada. The MOU signing is related to the collaboration between Frost Campus and Ecologos’ “Water Alive!” program.

The event will feature a few words from Dr. Brent Wootton about Fleming College’s Centre for Alternative Wastewater Treatment (CAWT), and words from Frost Initiative Student Leader, Suzanne Spina, and Student Association Director of Ecology and Environment, Curtis Dunnell. Attendees will also watch “Running Dry,” a 20-minute documentary about the water crisis. Before and after the event, there will be a blind taste test of water from different sources.

International World Water Day aims to raise awareness of the importance of freshwater and advocates for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. The first World Water Day took place on March 22, 1993, after it was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater, and this year’s theme is “Water and Food Security.”

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For more information: Leigh McEachran, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 or leighm@flemingc.on.ca

Fleming College students will present donation in memory of faculty member Linda Elias

Peterborough, ON – March 19, 2012 – Fleming College Health Information Management (HIM) students will be donating a $5, 000 cheque to the Oshawa Hospital Foundation for the Cancer Centre’s Palliative Care Unit on Wednesday, March 21, 2012. The cheque will be in memory of faculty member Linda Elias, who was treated at the centre before she sadly passed away eight weeks after her cancer diagnosis was made.

At 10 a.m. in room 5907 of the Sutherland campus, HIM students will present the cheque to Ashley MacInnis, Manager of Events at the Oshawa Hospital Foundation. HIM students raised the money by selling a cookbook they titled “Our Favourite Recipes,” and fondly refer to as “The Cookbook for Cancer Project,” after Elias.

“Linda was touched that this project was being done in her honour, and she chose where she wanted this money earmarked to,” said Paula Weisflock, Coordinator of the Health Information Management program. “Linda chose the Palliative Care Unit at the Cancer Centre because her oncologist, Dr. Orit Freedman, and the entire Durham Region Palliative Care team provided her with professional and compassionate care.”

Weisflock said that Elias contributed some of her own favourite recipes, including “Linda’s Favourite Chicken Thighs” and “Mom’s Banana Bread,” before she passed away on November 5, 2011, three weeks before the book was published.

The creation and sale of “Our Favourite Recipes” was part of a Service Learning Project, where HIM students volunteer to give back to the community. The cookbook, which the students sold for $10 per copy, is a compilation of recipes and tips submitted by Fleming students, faculty and alumni. Besides submitting content, many members of the Fleming community also assisted with the production and sale of the cookbook to ensure its success.

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For more information:

Leigh McEachran, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 leighm@flemingc.on.ca

Fleming Day of Pink March 12

International Day of Pink is an initiative created by Canadian students that aims to stop bullying. The event has spread to schools across the country, and on Monday, March 12, Fleming College will be holding the Fleming Day of Pink.

On March 12, the Diversity Office encourages all students and staff to wear pink in support of a campus that is free from bullying and harassment.  A limited number of pink T-shirts, pins and buttons will be available at information tables, with proceeds going towards Jer’s Vision foundation/Day of Pink.

Public presentation

Monday, March 12

3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Sutherland campus, Lecture Hall 374

Peter Williams from Peterborough AIDS Resource Network will speak about building more inclusive campuses for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Two-Spirited and Queer (LGBTTSQ) students. All are welcome. There will be a repeat presentation at the same time and location on March 19.

Fleming College has maintained a long-term commitment to promoting an inclusive learning and working environment for students and staff of all orientations. In 2002, the college collaborated with the Fleming Association of Queer Students (FAQS²) in the establishment of the Positive Space Campaign, which challenges the culture of silence around homophobia and offers students safe spaces to find support. To celebrate the 10th anniversary, Fleming is developing a Positive Space training program. Contact the Diversity Office for more information.

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For more information, contact Debbie Harrison at 705-749-5520 ext. 1179 or debharri@flemingc.on.ca; for the Fleming Association of Queer Students, contact faqs@flemingc.on.ca; for the Frost Gay Straight Alliance, contact gsa@flemingc.on.ca.

“Fleming College believes that diversity and inclusion are the cornerstones of global citizenship, equity and success for both students and staff. Our actions demonstrate that we are committed on an ongoing basis to removing barriers and to actively evolving a culture of respect, recognition, accommodation and celebration of each others’ unique contributions to Fleming’s learning and working environment.”

Environmental Visual Communication (EVC) Virtual Open House

Fleming College welcomes prospective students of the Environmental Visual Communication program to participate in the Virtual Open House on Wednesday, March 14 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The live webcast will include an introduction to the program by Environmental Visual Communication (EVC) program developer Neil Osborne, program information and case study examples from the field.

The EVC post-graduate certificate program, which is a partnership between Fleming College and the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), teaches students how to use communication and multimedia resources to educate others about conservation issues. The six-month program begins on May 7 and is taught onsite at the ROM in Toronto, where students can interact with world-class museum research and education staff.

Participants of the webcast will have the opportunity to ask questions covering topics such as the program, the ROM learning environment, and the eight-week summer Applied Project Placement.

On March 14, visit flemingcollege.ca/evc-virtual-open-house at 7 p.m. to participate. For those unable to take part, the complete webcast will be available until April 10, 2012.

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For more information:

Leigh McEachran, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 leighm@flemingc.on.ca