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CHIPOLA TO HOST FLORIDA COUNCIL OF TEACHERS OF ENGLISH

MARIANNA—The Florida Council of Teachers of English (FCTE) professional development institute will be held at Chipola College Saturday, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CST.

Dr. Pam Rentz, Chipola Vice President of Instructional Affairs, is an FCTE board member and Executive Editor of the Florida English Journal. Chipola Literature Instructor Amie Myers serves as assistant editor of the journal. Carrie Dunkle Perry, a native of Marianna and English teacher at Prew Academy in Sarasota, is the President of the FCTE.

Dr. Rentz says, “This is the first time this statewide conference has been held in the Panhandle. We invite all area English/Language Arts teachers to attend to share in the latest and best practices in teaching.”

The theme of the meeting is “Finding Our Balance.”  Workshops will center on helping teachers find and maintain balance between: testing and teaching, work life and home life, STEM and the arts, technology and text, and classic and contemporary.

Presenters include: Dr. Troy Hicks is a professor of English and education at Central Michigan University; Elizabeth Thomas, published poet, performer, educator and advocate of the arts; Carol Jago, who taught English in middle and high school for over 30 years in California; and Mark Hinson, journalist and entertainment columnist for the Tallahassee Democrat.

Dr. Troy Hicks is a professor of English and education at Central Michigan University. His work focuses on the teaching of writing, literacy and technology. He collaborates with K– 12 colleagues and explores how they implement newer literacies in their classrooms.  

Elizabeth Thomas is a widely-published poet, performer, educator and advocate of the arts. She served as Poet-in-Residence at the United Arab Emirates University in Dubai in 2009. She has been a member of three Connecticut National Poetry Slam teams and in 1998 was a member of the U.S. team that performed in Sweden. She is an organizer with Brave New Voices: International Youth Poetry Slam Festival.  

Carol Jago has taught English in middle and high school in California for over 30 years. A past president of the National Council of Teachers of English, she serves as an associate director of the California Reading and Literature Project at UCLA.  

Chipola College alumnus Mark Hinson is a journalist and entertainment columnist for the Tallahassee Democrat. He studied in the Florida State University Creative Writing Program with noted writing professor Jerome Stern.  Hinson’s fiction has been published in literary journals and he was nominated for an O. Henry Award. Hinson has interviewed many noted figures such as Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Joseph Heller, Allen Ginsberg, Elie Weisel, Jonathan Demme and Salman Rushdie. 

For information about the conference, visit floridacouncilofteachersofenglish.wildapricot.org or phone 850-718-2305.

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The Odd Couple

CAST selected FOR Chipola’s Odd Couple (Female version)

MARIANNA—Chipola Theater Director Charles Sirmon recently cast local actors in The Odd Couple (Female Version) which opens a four-day run, Oct. 26.  

The cast includes: Ashleigh Braswell as Olive, Mary Keyton as Florence, Sarah Liffick as Mickey, Breeanna Bennett as Vera, Landry Tharp as Sylvia, Sydney Cobb as Renee, Kane Keffer as Manolo and Destin Dawson as Jesus.

The play takes place in New York City in 1985. Unger and Madison are at it again—Florence Unger and Olive Madison, that is, in Neil Simon's contemporary comic classic: the female version of 'The Odd Couple.' Instead of the poker party that begins the original version, Ms. Madison has invited the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit. The Pidgeon sisters have been replaced by the two Costazuela brothers—but the hilarity remains the same.

For information, contact Charles Sirmon at 718-2227 or email sirmonc@chipola.edu

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Chipola Cross Country Team

CHIPOLA CROSS COUNTRY COMPETES AT UF MOUNTAIN DEW RACE 

GAINESVILLE– The Chipola College women’s cross country teams competed in the Mountain Dew Invitational hosted by the University of Florida on Sept. 23.

Chipola’s Chelsea Cook-McGee ran a 20:22 in the 5K race. She finished number 112 in the field of 285 runners. Cook-McGee finished second among all community college entrants and ahead of dozens of runners from Division 1 Universities including FSU and UF.

Summer Hill ran a 26:37 in the race for Chipola. Hannah Rees, Elizabeth Fleener and Madison Daniels and also scored for Chipola.

Chipola will next compete at the Florida State Invitational Friday, Oct. 6. Chipola will host a college/high school meet Oct. 14 at Citizen’s Lodge. Chipola also will compete at the Region 8 Championship Saturday, Oct. 28, at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee.

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CHIPOLA CROSS COUNTRY COMPETES AT UF MOUNTAIN DEW RACE—The Chipola College women’s cross country teams competed in the Mountain Dew Invitational hosted by the University of Florida on Sept. 23. Team members are, from left: (front) Elizabeth Fleener of Chipley, Chelsea Cook-McGee of Blountstown, (back) Hannah Rees of Marianna, Coach Rance Massengill, Summer Hill of Blountstown and Madison Daniels of Marianna.

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SGA President

CHIPOLA STUDENTS ELECT SGA OFFICERS 

MARIANNA–The Chipola College Student Government Association recently held Fall elections.

Officers for the new school year are: SGA President, Abbi Rushing of Marianna; SGA Vice President, Ann Marie Brown of Bristol; sophomore class president, Hampton Jordan of Marianna; sophomore class vice president, Kayla McDonald of Marianna; sophomore senators: Dazhonna Dawson of Marianna, Cianna Harris of Marianna, Zack McDaniel of Sneads, Charli Robbirds of Sneads; freshman class president, Hannah Mays of Wewahitchka; freshman class vice president, Josalynne Giles of Greenwood; freshman senators: Trevor Brogdon of Marianna, Bridgit Owens of Sneads, Mary Lee Steverson of Bristol, Lana Wood of Blountstown.  Other officers include: chief justice, Hanna Donofro of Marianna; secretary, Chelsee Cook-Mcgee of Blountstown; parliamentarian, Daniela Fuentes of Blountstown; treasurer, Michael Ingram of Marinna; sergeant at arms, Sarah Deese of Marianna and chaplain, Chris Brockington of Malone

All students enrolled at Chipola are members of the SGA and have a voice in the programs of the college.  SGA has jurisdiction over all student organizations and facilitates communication between the student body and the college faculty and administration.

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Chipola College’s Student Support Services students attended the annual Fall Trojan Day at the main campus of Troy University. Students had the opportunity to learn all about academics and student life from Troy faculty and student leaders in the Trojan Arena. Trojan Ambassadors led students on a walking tour of residence halls, academic facilities and student life areas. Students also attended the Troy vs. Akron football game. 

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TENNIS ANYONE? TENNIS TUESDAYS START SEPT. 26

Chipola Students Services is sponsoring Tennis Tuesday for Chipola students and employees.   Anyone interested in playing tennis is asked to show up at the courts, Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 3:15 p.m. Play will continue to meet on Tuesdays until we name a Campus Champion. 

All levels of skill are welcome. The college also has a few rackets and free tennis balls available.

Math instructor Bunny Odom, a life-long tennis player, is helping with Tennis Tuesday along with Rance Massengill, Pool Manager. 

For more information, contact Odom in D-123 or at 718-2235 or Massengill in A105 or 718-2440.

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Bright Futures

FLORIDA LOTTERY SPONSORS CHIPOLA FALL FESTIVAL 

MARIANNA— The Florida Lottery Bright Futures program recently sponsored the Chipola College Fall Festival for the sixth straight year.

Lottery officials participated in the event to celebrate the Lottery’s 29-year history of supporting education in Florida. Lottery Secretary Jim Poppell met with several Bright Futures scholarship recipients. He presented a check representing the $9.8 million Chipola students have received in Bright Futures awards over the life of the program.

"Chipola recently won gold college status and they're number one in the state," Secretary Poppell said. "That is a signal accomplishment for any college and everybody in this area should be very proud of Chipola."

Students were excused from classes during the annual event put on by the college’s Student Government Association. In addition to Outrageous Relay Races, students enjoyed music and free food. Several university recruiters were on hand to meet with potential students. The Lottery also provided free t-shirts and a drawing for premium door prizes.    

Since Bright Futures was established in 1997, the Lottery has contributed more than $4.85 billion to send more than 725,000 students to college. To date, more than 6,800 Bright Futures scholarships have been awarded to Chipola students, totaling $9.8 million.

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CHIPOLA BRIGHT FUTURES FALL FESTIVAL— The Florida Lottery Bright Futures program recently sponsored the Chipola College Fall Festival. Here, several Bright Futures recipients accept a check from the Lottery representing the $9.8 million Chipola students have received in Bright Futures Scholarships since the program began. Pictured from left, are: Dr. Jayne Roberts, Chipola Vice-President of Student Services; Sawyer O’Bryan of Altha, Dr. Sarah Clemmons, Chipola President; Jack Craven of Marianna, Michael Young of Marianna; Lottery Secretary Jim Poppell; Citlali Gutierrez of Blountstown; Ansleigh Walters of Chipley, Anne Marie Brown of Hosford, and Randy Fox, Lottery District Manager.

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CHIPOLA AFC SCHOLARS—The Chipola College Chapter of the Association of Florida Colleges (AFC) recently awarded nine scholarships to dependents of college employees.  Scholarship recipients are seated with their sponsors standing, from left: Randi Fowler and mother Terri Fowler, Kaylee Messer and mother Kelly Lanier, Katie Everett and father Dennis Everett, Michael Young and father Steve Young, Jack Craven and father Dr. Bryan Craven, Adrian Johnson Cruz and mother Dr. Irma Cruz-White. Not pictured are Seth Gilmore and father Darwin Gilmore, Cameron Williams and mother Kristie Mosley, Sawyer O’Bryan and mother Shanda O’Bryan. Since 1993, AFC has awarded over $170,000 to students through Chipola’s AFC Scholarship Endowment. AFC members raise funds through concession sales at college sports events and with an annual silent auction.

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Dr. Randy Peel

PEEL SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED—Citlali Gutierrez of Blountstown is the first recipient of the Dr. Randy Peel Biological Scholarship to Chipola College. Dr. Peel is a veterinarian who graduated from Chipola and the University of Florida. He funded the scholarship to help college students with an interest in research.

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Dr. Anderson

BOTANIST DR. LORAN ANDERSON ADDRESSES CHIPOLA SCIENCE STUDENTS—Dr. Anderson, Professor Emeritus FSU, botanist, and curator, was guest lecturer in Chipola College classes of environmental science. He is pictured here with Chipola students. His presentation included themes of plant diversity, taxonomy, flowers, seeds, pollination. He linked his expertise on Cannabis with professional forensic experiences. He emphasized how the field of botany could impact student careers in teaching, law enforcement, agriculture, environmental engineering, and consulting. Dr. Anderson’s lecture was first in a program of study designed by Billy Bailey, Florida Caverns State Park Specialist.

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Sirmon and Prince

Chipola College Theatre Director Charles Sirmon recently met Hal Prince, recipient of 21 Tony Awards, for shows such as Pajama Game, Fiddler on the Roof and Phantom of the Opera. Sirmon was in the audience for Prince’s newest production, Prince of Broadway. Prince invited Sirmon backstage where the two discussed their careers in theatre.

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FIRST COMMERCE TALKS ID PROTECTION AT CHIPOLA—Chuck Hudson, First Commerce Credit Union County Executive, recently presented a Personal Finance Workshop for students in a Chipola College Macroeconomics class. The workshop covered identity theft, credit and budgeting. Chipola students Gavin Calloway and Mark Wilson each won $50 gift cards in a drawing during the presentation. Pictured from left, are: Chuck Hudson (left) and Gavin Calloway.

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STUART LEAVES CHIPOLA COLLEGE BOARD—Virginia “Gina” Stuart of Marianna is leaving the Chipola College District Board of Trustees after serving for 18 years. Stuart was in the real estate business for 38 years, and is a broker associate with Chipola Realty. She currently serves as a board member of the StopOver House and previously served as a member of the Florida Real Estate Commission.

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Enjoy a great meal while supporting Chipola College's Future Educators Club at Marianna Beef O’Brady’s Spirit Night, Tuesday, Oct. 10, from 5 to 9 p.m. Let your server know that you are there supporting Chipola Future Educators Club, and 10% of your bill will go to the FEC.

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CHIPOLA HYMN FESTIVAL SET FOR OCT. 15 

MARIANNA—Chipola College will host a Hymn Festival, Sunday, Oct. 15, at 5 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Marianna.  

The Chipola Community Chorus will join with area churches for a special service focused on hymns and songs of faith. These may include old favorites and newly-composed hymn arrangements, traditional and contemporary.

At least three choirs have confirmed their participation: First Baptist Marianna, Eastside Baptist, and the Chipola Community Chorus. 

For information, contact Evelyn Ward at 718- 2257.

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