April 6, 2017

NOTICE OF PRESS CONFERENCE

WHO: Chipola students named Academic All-Americans

WHAT: Press Conference to recognize students and unveil portraits for Wall of Honor

WHEN: Tuesday, April 11, 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: Atrium of Chipola College Literature/Language Building Z 

Chipola College students—Jayde Smelcer and Elizabeth Varnum—will be recognized at a press conference, Tuesday, April 11, at 10:30 a.m., in the Atrium of the Chipola Literature/Language Building.

 The students were recently named Coca-Cola Scholars which places them among the top community college students of the more than 11 million in the country. The students also were named to the All-Florida Academic Team.

 The students and their Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society adviser Pam Rentz will be on hand for the press conference. Portraits of the students will be unveiled for hanging on Chipola’s Academic Wall of Honor.

 

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April 6, 2017

CHIPOLA TO HOST MENTAL HEALTH SYMPOSIUM APRIL 12

 

MARIANNA—A free Mental Health Awareness Symposium will be held at Chipola College on Wednesday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to noon, in the Chipola Cultural Center. 

Several Chipola psychology students will give talks on various kinds of mental health issues. Representatives of two area mental health agencies will speak. There will be information booths on various mental health programs available from others as well.

Sponsored by the Chipola College Black Student Union, the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department at Chipola and the Jackson County Health Department. Other participants include the Chemical Addition Recovery Effort (CARE), Chipola Healthy Start, and the Gulf Coast Sexual Assault Program, Salvation Army and 90 Works.

Attendees will be able to access resources for help with depression and anxiety, smoking, drug and alcohol addiction and life management. 

For information, contact Dr. Willie Spires, Associate Dean of Chipola’s Social and Behavioral Sciences Department at 718-2319 or email spiresw@chipola.edu

 

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April 6, 2017

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CHIPOLA SPRING ENSEMBLE CONCERT IS APRIL 11

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College will present its Spring Ensemble Concert Tuesday, April 11, at 7 p.m., in the Center for the Arts.

The free concert will feature the Chipola Chamber Chorus and Community Chorus. The Rock and Jazz Band will close the concert with music in the funk, swing, rock, Latin, and popular styles.

This will be the final Chipola performance for many of the students who will be graduating this semester. 

For more information on the free concert, call Anita Price at (850) 718-2277 or pricea@chipola.edu

 

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April 6, 2017

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CHIPOLA TO OFFER LIFEGUARD COURSE

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training course beginning May 9.

A pre-requisite swim test must be taken prior to the course, on Friday, May 5, between 1 and 4 p.m. There is no charge to take the test. Class meetings will be held from 4 to 8 p.m., May 9-11 and May 16-18, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 20. The course test is Monday, May 22, at 4 p.m.  

Participants must be 15 years of age on or before the first day of class.  The course requires a minimum of 32 hours of training in water rescue, CPR and First Aid. Attendance is required for all class meetings.

Students must be in good physical condition, able to swim 500 yards without stopping, able to swim freestyle, breast-stroke and side-stroke. Students also must be able to retrieve a 10 pound brick from a seven foot depth, and to tread water without hands for two minutes.

Cost of the course is $200. Students must register and pay the fee prior to the first meeting. Register in person in A-105 or on the day of the swim test.

For information about the course, call Rance Massengill at 850-718-2240 or email massengillr@chipola.edu

 

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April 6, 2017

CORRECTIONS CLASSES NOW FORMING AT CHIPOLA

MARIANNA—The Chipola College Criminal Justice Training Center is offering daytime Corrections Academy classes. 

Classes are expected to begin in April. The daytime classes will meet from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

Prior to admission, all candidates must earn a passing score on the Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT).  It is offered at the Chipola Public Service Building Tuesdays at 8 a.m. Cost of the test is $45. 

Applicants must have a standard high school diploma or its equivalent and must undergo a medical physical examination, background check and drug screening. Financial assistance is available based upon need and eligibility.

Classes are forming now.  If interested please contact Morgan Daniels, Corrections Coordinator, at 850-718-2212.

 

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April 6, 2017

CHIPOLA COMMENCEMENT MAY 3 IN DOTHAN

 

MARIANNA—The Chipola College 2017 Commencement Ceremony is set for Wednesday, May 3, at 7 p.m., at the Dothan Civic Center. The address is 126 St. Andrews Street, Dothan, AL, 36303.

Counted as members of the class are all who will complete degrees or certificates from December of 2016 to May of 2017 or during the Summer 2017 terms. Diplomas will be awarded for Bachelor of Science, Associate in Science, Associate in Arts and Workforce Development Certificates. Chipola graduates may invite an unlimited number of family members and guests to share the event. The ceremony will be broadcast live on YouTube available at this link:   https://www.youtube.com/user/ChipolaCollege

Madeline Pumariega, Chancellor of the Florida College System (FCS), will deliver the Commencement Address. She became Chancellor in August of 2015. Pumariega most recently served as president of the statewide non-profit Take Stock in Children. Prior to joining Take Stock, she spent 20 years at Miami Dade College (MDC), serving as President of the Wolfson Campus. She is regarded for her work in developing innovative approaches to support academic progress and student success. She has been instrumental in supporting workforce programs by leveraging partnerships in the community, such as the Hospitality Institute at Miami-Dade which provides culinary certification while creating employment opportunities.

Pumariega is a member of Leadership Florida Class 33 and was a Kellogg Fellow for the League for Innovation’s Expanding Leadership Diversity in Community Colleges. Her volunteer activities include serving on the board of The Center for Postsecondary Success, City Year Miami, serving on the steering committee for The Miami Foundation, and membership in the International Women’s Forum.

Pumariega is an alumna of Miami Dade College, a doctoral candidate at Barry University and a graduate of St. Thomas University and The Florida Atlantic University College of Education.

For information, contact the Admissions and Records Office at 850-718-2311 or visit www.chipola.edu.

 

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April 6, 2017

Military Officer Training US Marine Corps and Chipola College

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College students may soon have the opportunity to enroll in a bachelor's program at Chipola and complete a program of study while working to become a commissioned officer in the Marines after graduation.  

An initial meeting with the Marines is set for Wednesday, April 19, from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Jackson Hall of Chipola Building Z.

Information is available at this link

https://www.thebalance.com/united-states-marine-corps-platoon-leaders-course-3332801

For additional information, contact Dr. Bouvin at (850) 718-2380 or bouvind@chipola.edu

 

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April 6, 2017

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CHIPOLA SPRING FROLICS WINNERS--Chipola College student Natera Sims won $50 cash and Kristie Mosley won the $100 grand prize at the recent Chipola Spring Frolics.  Nancy Johnson, Student Activities Director; Kristie Mosely, SSS Coordinator; Natera Sims and Maddy Christmas, SGA president.

 

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April 6, 2017

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CHIPOLA SSS/TRIO HELPS WITH AUTISM RUN—Chipola College Student Support Services and TRiO Society recently volunteered at the inaugural Colors of Autism 5k and Fun Run. April is National Autism Awareness Month. Chipola SSS Program Director Kristie Mosley, said, “Participating in events such as this helps our students learn about issues facing their classmates and to employ problem-solving skills to help their community.”

 

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April 6, 2017

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RENTZ IS TOP CHIPOLA EMPLOYEE—Dr. Pam Rentz has been selected the Chipola College Faculty/Administrator/Other Professional Award of the month for March.  Rentz is the Dean for the School of Education and has worked at the college since 2005.  Pictured from left are, Dr. Pam Rentz and Chipola president Dr. Sarah Clemmons.

 

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WIX PRESENTS AT CHIPOLA—Wix Filtration Technology recently presented a free class for students in the Chipola College Automotive Technology program. The event was sponsored by the Auto Value outlets. Pictured from left, are: John Gardner, Chipola Auto Tech instructor; Jay Anderson, Wix National Trainer; Jerry Barker, Wix District Sales Manager; Chipola Auto Tech instructor Chase Vlieg; Darwin Gilmore, Chipola Dean of Workforce Education; and Roy Scheffer, Auto Value.

 

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April 6, 2017

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ANDERSON LECTURES AT CHIPOLA—Dr. Anderson, Professor Emeritus FSU, botanist, and curator, was a recent guest lecturer in Chipola College classes of environmental science. Here, student Janice Brooks, talks with Anderson about his presentation on botanical biodiversity. Dr. Anderson used examples of plant structure to underscore biodiversity, and how the field of botany could impact student careers (teacher, law enforcement, agriculture, environmental engineering, consulting, forensics and plant exploration).   He also connected botany with careers in forensic science, surveys, pharmacy, engineering, environmental consulting and agriculture. 

 

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April 6, 2017

CHIPOLA SOFTBALL LEADS PANHANDLE CONFERENCE

 

 MARIANNA—The Chipola Lady Indians softball team is 13-1 in Panhandle Conference play and 48-3 overall. Chipola hosts Gulf Coast in a double-header Thursday, April 13, at 5 and 7 p.m.

Chipola is first in the FCSAA State Poll and second in the NJCAA National Poll behind Butler.

The Lady Indians split a double-header with Northwest on April 4. Chipola lost game one, 4-3 and won game two, 2-1.

On April 1, Chipola swept Tallahassee in a double-header, 10-2 and 8-6. In game one, Morgan Goree earned the win in 5 innings of work. Debora Riberio was 3 for 3. Kyaira Brown and Barbara Woll were both 2 for 3.

In game two, Krystal Goodman earned the win with 9 strikeouts in 6 innings. Woll was 3 for 4. Bobbie Morris and Brown were both 2 for 3.

Chipola swept Pensacola in a March 25 double-header, 3-0 and 3-0. Morgan Goree was the winning pitcher in game one. Krystal Goodman earned the win in game two, 3-0. Jordenne Gaten was 1 for 2. Bobbie Morris was 1 for 2. Marta Gasparotto and Melanie Sheldon were both 1 for 1.

 

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April 6, 2017

CHIPOLA LEADS PANHANDLE CONFERENCE

 

MARIANNA— The top-ranked Chipola College Indians are 13-3 in Panhandle Conference play and 33-7 overall. Chipola sits atop the state poll, and is second in the national poll. Chipola hosts Tallahassee, Wednesday, April 12, at 5 p.m., and Pensacola, Friday, April 14, at 3 p.m.

On April 4, Chipola beat Wallace-Dothan, 7-0. Bowden Francis (8-2) was the winning pitcher with 4 strikeouts in 4 innings. Rivera was 2 for 3. Caballero and Americaan were both 2 for 4.

The Indians swept Gulf Coast in a double-header, April 1, 11-8 and 10-3. In game one, Ryan Shauger (5-2) earned the win. Edmond Americaan and Jose Caballero were both 2 for 3. Caballero and Trey Dawson each hit doubles in the game. In game two, Chipola won 10-3 behind the pitching of Robbie Knox (4-0) with 6 strikeouts in 4 innings. Andrew Bechtold was 2 for 3. Americaan was 2 for 3. Reynaldo Rivera was 2 for 2. Trey Dawson was 1 for 2 with a homerun.

Chipola beat Gulf Coast 15-5 on March 31. Riley Cabral (8-0) earned the win with 11 strikeouts in 7 innings. Caballero was 3 for 4 with a homerun. Jacob Silverstein was 3 for 4. Tekwaan Whyte was 2 for 3 with a homerun. Brody Wofford was 2 for 3.

The Panhandle Conference standings as of April 6 are: Chipola (13-3), Northwest (9-4), Tallahassee (6-7), Gulf Coast (4-9) and Pensacola (2-11).

For the latest news visit, www.chipolaathletics.com

 

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April 6, 2017

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FORMER CHIPOLA PLAYERS IN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

 

MARIANNA—Six former Chipola College baseball players appeared on opening day rosters in Major League Baseball this year. They include: Jose Bautista, Russell Martin, Andrew Toles, Patrick Corbin, Tyler Flowers and Adam Duvall.  Former Chipola player Buck Showalter also is the manager of the Baltimore Orioles.

Chipola baseball coach Jeff Johnson says, “We are so proud of these guys for their success and for representing Chipola in such a positive way.”

Jose Bautista and Russell Martin played together at Chipola in 2000-01, leading the Indians to a Panhandle Conference title and a second place finish in the state tournament. Bautista is a six-time All-Star. In 2010, he became the 26th member of the 50 home run club which includes Babe Ruth, David Ortiz and Mickey Mantle. Bautista led the majors in homeruns in 2010 (54) and 2011 (43). He has played for the Pirates, the Orioles and the Royals. He was drafted by the Pirates in the 20th round of the 2000 draft. 

Martin, a Canadian native, is the Jays starting catcher. The four-time All-Star (2015, 2011, 2008 and 2007) was drafted by the Dodgers in 2002 and made his MLB debut in 2006. He spent five years with the Dodgers before moving on to the Yankees. In 2012, he led the Pirates to their first post-season appearance in 21 years. In 2014, the 32 year-old signed a five-year, $82 million contract with the Jays, the biggest free agent contract in team history.  

Patrick Corbin is the Arizona Diamondbacks’ number two pitcher behind ace Zack Greinke. The 27-year-old lefty earned the second spot in the rotation with a great Spring training with only four earned runs in 21 innings with a 1.71 ERA. Corbin played at Chipola in 2009. He was drafted by the Angels and debuted in the MLB for the Diamondbacks in 2012. He was an All-Star selection in 2013 and pitched for the National League in the MLB All-Star game.

Tyler Flowers, starting catcher for the Atlanta Braves, played at Chipola in 2004-05. He was drafted by the Braves in 2005, traded to the White Sox in 2008 where he played until 2015. He signed as a free agent with the Braves in late 2015. In the 2016 season, he hit for a career-best .270 batting average while posting a .357 OBP and .777 OPS in 83 games.  When asked how Chipola helped prepare him for the big leagues, Flowers said, “Coach Johnson laid the foundation with work ethic and mental toughness, and all in all making us better people as well as players. The Chipola baseball program is very well known and is second to none.”

Adam Duvall is the left-fielder for the Cincinnati Reds. In 2016, he represented the National league in the All-Star Game and the MLB Homerun Derby where he advanced to the semi-final round hitting a total of 26 dingers. In his first full big league season, he hit 33 homeruns to finish among the top 20 in the MLB. Duvall played at Chipola in 2008 where he led the Indians to a state championship and an appearance in the JUCO World Series. He was an 11th-round pick of the Giants in 2010.

Andrew Toles begins his second season for the Dodgers.  He was drafted out of Chipola by the Tampa in 2012 and was the Rays’ Minor League Player of the Year in 2013. He left the Rays and baseball for a year in 2014. The Dodgers signed him in October 2015, and he was in the big leagues by July 2016. He can play all three outfield positions, but his Aug. 30, 2016, grand slam against the Rockies, got everyone’s attention for his work at the plate. He hit .314 in his first major league season. 

For the latest news about Chipola Athletics, visit www.chipolaathletics.com.

 

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April 13, 2017

CHIPOLA STUDENTS RECOGNIZED FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College officials recognized the accomplishments of two students—Elizabeth Varnum and Jayde Smelcer—at a press conference at the college Tuesday.

The Chipola students are two of only three Coca-Cola Academic Team Gold Scholars from the state of Florida. Both are listed among the 127 members of the All-Florida Academic Team for their outstanding academic achievement, leadership and service to their communities. The All-Florida team is sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa and USA Today. Portraits of the students will hang on Chipola’s Academic Wall of Honor.

Elizabeth Varnum coordinated the Christmas in May event which provided 170 health care packages to residents of the Marianna Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was part of the first annual Science Day at Chipola for local high students who were invited to learn fun aspects of science while exploring careers in science.  She also was part of a group of students who visited children in Shands Hospital. She also served as a volunteer note-taker for students with disabilities.

Varnum has served as a tutor in Chipola’s ACE Lab, and has worked as a student assistant in the Chipola Public Relations Office.  She is secretary of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and is a member of Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honorary, the Chipola Pre-Med Society, the Science Club and the Chipola Honors Program. She won Chipola’s Biology for Science Majors award in 2016.

Varnum was Valedictorian of Marianna High School in 2015. She is the daughter of Keith and Melissa Varnum of Marianna. Her major is currently Exercise Science. She has been accepted to Huntingdon College where she will study Religion. She hopes to go on to seminary at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University.

Jayde Smelcer was a two-year member of the Chipola women’s cross country team and was named a Scholar All-American athlete by the NJCAA and the FCSAA All-Academic Team for maintaining a 4.0 GPA.

She served as President of the Chipola chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Vice-President of the Pre-Med Society, and Treasurer of the Science Club. She was a member of the Chipola Honors program, Mu Alpha Theta, Student Government Association and Student Ambassadors.

Smelcer led a project to raise money for Louisiana flood victims. She conducted and led experiments for area high school students at the first annual Chipola Science Day. She collected care packages for the Christmas in May project for senior citizens. She also served as a volunteer for the Partners for Pets Fall Festival.

Smelcer has served as an assistant teacher of a Kindergarten Sunday School class and the AWANA children’s program at First Baptist Church of Chipley. She is a certified Pharmacy Technician and works as CVS Pharmacy an average of 25 hours per week.

Smelcer is the daughter of Gary and Connie Smelcer of Chipley. She is part of the Smelcer Family’s Big Sister program in which she plays a major role in helping her parents transport her two younger brothers to school and sports activities, as well as cooking and cleaning at home.

She was a 2015 graduate of Chipley High School and a National Merit Scholar. She was accepted to the University of Florida Pharmacy School, but now plans to attend Florida State University to study Exercise Science and continue on to medical school.

Chipola president Dr. Sarah Clemmons, says, “We congratulate Elizabeth and Jayde for their outstanding academic records and for their leadership in community service. We are so pleased they chose to attend Chipola, and we know they will continue to make us proud to call them alumni.”

Both students are active in the college chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the largest honor society in American higher education with 1,275 chapters on two-year and community college campuses in all 50 states and around the world. Dr. Pam Rentz, Dean of the Chipola School of Education, is the faculty adviser to PTK.

 

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CHIPOLA STUDENTS RECOGNIZED FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE—Chipola College officials recognized the accomplishments of two students—Elizabeth Varnum and Jayde Smelcer—at a press conference Tuesday. Both students recently were named Coca-Cola Academic Team Gold Scholars. Both are members of the All-Florida Academic Team sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa and USA Today. Portraits of the students will hang on Chipola’s Academic Wall of Honor. Pictured from left, are: Charity Sikora, PTK co-adviser; Dr. Pam Rentz, PTK adviser; Jayde Smelcer; Elizabeth Varnum; and Dr. Sarah Clemmons, Chipola President.

 

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April 13, 2017

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CHIPOLA PRESENTS AN EVENING OF CABARET

 

MARIANNA—The Chipola College sophomore music students will present, “An Evening of Cabaret” on Friday, April 21, at 6 p.m. in the Center for the Arts, Experimental Theatre.

The public is invited to come enjoy the taste of a sweet dessert and the sounds of selected Chipola voice, piano and instrumental majors as they perform their sophomore recitals. 

Limited seating is available by reservation only.  Tickets—$5—are on sale online at www.chipola.edu/boxoffice or at the Center for the Arts Box Office.  Box office hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. to noon.

For more information, contact the Chipola Box Office at 850-718-2420.

 

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April 13, 2017

CHIPOLA BSU ATTENDS STATE FAASA MEETING

 

JACKSONVILLE—Chipola College Black Student Union attended the Florida African American Student Association (FAASA) meeting in Jacksonville April 6-9. 

Jasmine Sorey won the Talent Competition and Michael Dargan won Best Dressed Male.

The Chipola BSU created a Political Activism, Academic Excellence, Cultural Awareness and Economic Empowerment PACE Plan for the year which was evaluated by Regional Elders of five regions.  Students worked throughout the school year to fulfill the requirements of the plan. 

Chipola had its first Region 1 Director for the 2016-17 school year: Jacqueline Dudley. She is the first Chipola student to serve in the State Student Executive Office Staff.  Jasmine Sorey will serve as Region 1 Coordinator for the 2017-18 which is also part of the State Student Executive Office Staff.

 

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CHIPOLA BSU ATTENDS STATE FAASA MEETING—Chipola College Black Student Union attended the Florida African American Student Association (FAASA) meeting in Jacksonville April 6-9.  Pictured in first photo are, from left: Jasmine Sorey, Michael Dargan, Jackie Dudley, Alliyah Baker, Marquis Baker and Charmaine Baker. In photo two are, from left: Edward Arroyo, Alliyah Baker, Dr. Willie Spires, Charmaine Baker, Marquis Baker and Michael Dargan.

 

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April 13, 2017

Chipola hosts Engineering Technology Forum

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College recently hosted an Engineering Technology Forum which brought representatives from colleges, industry, workforce and economic development to the college campus.

Participants included more than 40 deans, program directors, department chairs and faculty from 17 state and community colleges representing leadership in Engineering Technology in the state of Florida. Eight vendors sponsored the forum and provided a showcase to display products used in engineering technology education.

Bradley Jenkins, Chair of the Florida Engineering Technology Forum, said, “Chipola’s Engineering Technology labs and facilities are outstanding and serve as a model for other colleges to follow. I can appreciate the work that Chipola Dean Darwin Gilmore and Engineering Technology Instructor Aubri Hanson have accomplished.”

Speakers at the forum included: Sam Ajlani, Central Florida; and Brad Jenkins, Florida Advance Technological Education Center. A Vendor Panel featured Steve Cerone–Bluegrass Educational Technologies; Martin Garcia–National Instruments; Richard Hyatt–Southern Education Systems; Clark Hortman–Learning Labs; Rod Jaeger–Jaeger Corporation and Larry Shemetulskis-Tektronix and Ted Norman, FLDOE.

Participants in Industrial/Economic, Workforce Roundtable included Aubri Hanson, Chipola ET Instructor; Mori Toosi, Polk; Danielly Orozco, FLATE and Chris Scott, Intelligrated. Other participants were: Phil Centonze, FloridaMakes Partnerships Programs; Ron Eaglin, Daytona; Alex Anzalone, HCC; Stephan Girard, PMMI; and Marilyn Barger, FLATE.

 For more information about Chipola’s Engineering Technology program, contact Darwin Gilmore at 850-718-2270 or email gilmored@chipola.edu  A Chipola video about the forum is available at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcjSp4OYep8

 

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Chipola hosts Engineering Technology Forum—Chipola College recently hosted an Engineering Technology Forum which brought representatives from colleges, industry, workforce and economic development to the college campus. Here, participants tour the Chipola Engineering Technology lab. For more information about Chipola’s Engineering Technology program, contact Darwin Gilmore at 850-718-2270 or email gilmored@chipola.edu  A Chipola video about the forum is available at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcjSp4OYep8

 

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April 13, 2017

CHIPOLA COMMENCEMENT MAY 3 IN DOTHAN

 

MARIANNA—The Chipola College 2017 Commencement Ceremony is set for Wednesday, May 3, at 7 p.m., at the Dothan Civic Center. The address is 126 St. Andrews Street, Dothan, AL, 36303.

Counted as members of the class are all who will complete degrees or certificates from December of 2016 to May of 2017 or during the Summer 2017 terms. Diplomas will be awarded for Bachelor of Science, Associate in Science, Associate in Arts and Workforce Development Certificates. Chipola graduates may invite an unlimited number of family members and guests to share the event. The ceremony will be broadcast live on YouTube available at this link:   https://www.youtube.com/user/ChipolaCollege

Madeline Pumariega, Chancellor of the Florida College System (FCS), will deliver the Commencement Address. She most recently served as president of the statewide non-profit Take Stock in Children. Prior to joining Take Stock, she spent 20 years at Miami Dade College (MDC), serving as President of the Wolfson Campus.

Pumariega is a member of Leadership Florida Class 33 and was a Kellogg Fellow for the League for Innovation’s Expanding Leadership Diversity in Community Colleges. Her volunteer activities include serving on the board of The Center for Postsecondary Success, City Year Miami, serving on the steering committee for The Miami Foundation, and membership in the International Women’s Forum.

Pumariega is an alumna of Miami Dade College, a doctoral candidate at Barry University and a graduate of St. Thomas University and The Florida Atlantic University College of Education.

For information, contact the Admissions and Records Office at 850-718-2311 or visit www.chipola.edu.

 

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April 13, 2017

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GREAT CATTLE DRIVE film showing MAY 18 at chipola

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College will host a free screening of the PBS documentary film, “The Great Florida Cattle Drive: Unbroken Circles," Thursday, May 18, at 6 p.m., in the Center for the Arts.

The documentary was filmed and produced by Blountstown residents Elam Stoltzfus and his son, Nic. The film tells the story of the Great Florida Cattle Drive 2016, the history of Florida’s heritage cattle breed, and how Florida’s cow culture is being preserved for future generations. “The story of the Cracker cattle and horses is one of the richest historical accounts,” said filmmaker and producer Elam Stoltzfus. “We really believe people will want to hear more about this, and we have a chance to educate people, entertain them, and bring some information to people here in Florida, and across the country.”

“One thing that excited me as a writer about the Great Florida Cattle Drive project is that it tells the story of this hidden history,” said screenwriter and co-producer Nic Stoltzfus. “It’s one thing to read about a cattle drive from Kissimmee to Kenansville, but to actually go on the drive and interact with the people, and feel it, and smell it... that brought history to life for me.”

Elam and Nic Stoltzfus will be present at the screening to sign DVDs, CDs, the accompanying coffee table book, movie posters and more. Fans of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will enjoy Grammy Award-winning John McEuen’s presence on the film’s soundtrack.

The documentary, narrated by America’s most beloved cowboy poet, Baxter Black, recently aired on all of Florida’s PBS stations. “WFSU Public Media is proud to partner with Live Oak Productions to bring this documentary to our audience throughout the Big Bend region,” said David Mullins, General Manager of WFSU.”

The film and accompanying events are sponsored by the Florida Cattlemen’s Association and Foundation; Blackbeard’s Ranch; Arrowhead Beef; Vina & Sons; the Yoder Family and Lefty’s Dirt Road Club. To order copies of the book, CD and DVD, visit Live Oak Productions at www.liveoakproductiongroup.com/store. See a film trailer at https://youtu.be/uNph6e9Bh0w

            For information about the showing at Chipola College, visit www.chipola.edu or call 718-2257.

 

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April 13, 2017

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CHIPOLA HOSTS MENTAL HEALTH SYMPOSIUM—Chipola College was the site of a recent Mental Health Awareness Symposium. Pictured from left, are: Cassidy Odom, Chloe Gilbert, Jessica Thomas, Dr. Willie Spires, Shanna Carpenter, Amanda Harris, Crystal Bennett, Trisha Pearce (Life Management). Chipola psychology students gave talks on various kinds of mental health issues. Information was shared about various mental health programs available. The event was sponsored by the Chipola Black Student Union, Social and Behavioral Sciences Department, Jackson County Health Department, Chemical Addition Recovery Effort (CARE), Chipola Healthy Start, Gulf Coast Sexual Assault Program, Salvation Army and 90 Works.

 

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CHIPOLA STUDENTS LEARN ZOOLOGY—Billy Bailey, Florida Caverns State Park Specialist and Dianna Sue Bryant, Wildlife Rehabilitator, recently lectured to Chipola College environmental science students on the protection and preservation of Florida wildlife, and its importance to biodiversity and ecosystems. The zoological presentations featured fossils of Loggerhead, Eastern Box and Aquatic turtles, and the Gopher Tortoise. Bird nests, live mudpuppy and musk turtles were brought from the Park. Bryant’s Wildlife Sanctuary residents: Red Tailed Hawk; Great Horned Owl; Bard and Screech Owls all came to interact with students.

 

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April 13, 2017

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MILLER AWARDED HASTY MUSIC AWARD—Chipola College music student Lindsay Miller of Chipley has been awarded the Winford E. Hasty Memorial Music Award for Outstanding Musicianship. The award is presented to an outstanding sophomore student with accomplishments in academics, performance, talent improvement, attitude, and involvement in Fine Arts programs. Miller is a music education major, and a member of the College Chorus, Rock and Jazz Band, Show Choir, and the President’s Ensemble.  Here, Miller (center) is congratulated by Chipola Fine Arts faculty and administration Evelyn Ward (left) and Dr. Josh Martin.

 

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April 13, 2017

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MASON IS CHIPOLA EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH—Chase Mason is Chipola College’s Career Employee for March.  Mason serves as a I.T. Support Associate in the Information Systems Department and has worked at the college since 2015.  Pictured from left, are: Chipola Associate Vice President of Information Systems, Dennis Everett, Chase Mason, Director of Distributed Systems, Matthew White and Chipola president, Dr. Sarah Clemmons.

 

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April 13, 2017

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DOWGUL IS TOP CHIPOLA EMPLOYEE—Casey Dowgul has been selected the Chipola College Faculty/Administrator/Other Professional Award of the month for April.  Dowgul serves an Assistant Professor in Teacher Education and has worked at the college since 2010.  Pictured from left are, Chipola president Dr. Sarah Clemmons, Casey Dowgul and Dr. Pam Rentz, Dean for the School of Education

 

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April 13, 2017

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FHP OFFERS BREATHALYZER TRAINING AT CHIPOLA— Susan Barge, a Drug Regulation Expert with the Florida Highway Patrol, recently offered training on the Intoxilyzer 8000 breathalyzer system for candidates in the Chipola College Criminal Justice Training Academy.

 

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April 13, 2017

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CHIPOLA LEADS PANHANDLE CONFERENCE

 

MARIANNA— The top-ranked Chipola College Indians have clinched a playoff berth in the FCSAA State Tournament, set for May 5-10 at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland.

Chipola hosts Pensacola, Friday, April 14, at 3 p.m. The Indians host Northwest, Monday, April 15, at 5 p.m., and Gulf Coast, Saturday, April 22, at 1 p.m.

As of April 13, the Indians are 15-3 in Panhandle Conference play and 35-7 overall. Chipola sits atop both the state and national baseball polls.

Chipola blanked Tallahassee 11-0 in five innings on April 12. Bowden Francis (9-2) earned the win for Chipola with 3 strikeouts in four innings. Roberto Negron pitched in the fifth.

Reynaldo Rivera was 3 for 3 with two homeruns and 4 RBI. Max Guzman, Brody Wofford and Trey Dawson also hit homeruns.

Chipola beat Tallahassee 16-6 on April 10. Riley Cabral (9-0) earned the win with 6 strikeouts in 5 innings. Andrew Bechtold was 3 for 3 with 2 homeruns. Guzman had one homerun. Rivera was 4 for 5. Tekwaan Whyte was 2 for 2.

On April 4, Chipola beat Wallace-Dothan, 7-0. Bowden Francis (8-2) was the winning pitcher with 4 strikeouts in 4 innings. Rivera was 2 for 3. Caballero and Americaan were both 2 for 4.

The Indians swept Gulf Coast in a double-header, April 1, 11-8 and 10-3. In game one, Ryan Shauger (5-2) earned the win. Edmond Americaan and Jose Caballero were both 2 for 3. Caballero and Trey Dawson each hit doubles in the game. In game two, Chipola won 10-3 behind the pitching of Robbie Knox (4-0) with 6 strikeouts in 4 innings. Andrew Bechtold was 2 for 3. Americaan was 2 for 3. Reynaldo Rivera was 2 for 2. Trey Dawson was 1 for 2 with a homerun.

Chipola beat Gulf Coast 15-5 on March 31. Riley Cabral (8-0) earned the win with 11 strikeouts in 7 innings. Caballero was 3 for 4 with a homerun. Jacob Silverstein was 3 for 4. Tekwaan Whyte was 2 for 3 with a homerun. Brody Wofford was 2 for 3.

The Panhandle Conference standings as of April 6 are: Chipola (13-3), Northwest (9-4), Tallahassee (6-7), Gulf Coast (4-9) and Pensacola (2-11).

For the latest news visit, www.chipolaathletics.com

 

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April 13, 2017

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CHIPOLA SOFTBALL WINS PANHANDLE CONFERENCE

 

MARIANNA—The Chipola Lady Indians softball team (16-2, 51-4) captured the Panhandle Conference Championship with a two-game sweep of Pensacola on April 11, 13-2 and 3-0. 

Chipola earns a berth to the FCSAA State Tournament, April 28-30 in Vero Beach. Tourney information is at: http://thefcsaasports.com/championships/fcsaa_softball_tournament

Thursday, April 13, is the last chance to see the Lady Indians in action at home when they host Gulf Coast at 4 and 6 p.m.

Chipola is first in the FCSAA State Poll and third in the NJCAA National Poll behind Butler (1) and Salt Lake (2).

On April 8, Chipola beat Gulf Coast 2-0 behind the pitching of Krystal Goodman with six strikeouts in five innings. Morgan Goree earned the save with two innings of work. Debora Ribeiro and Barbara Woll were both 1 for 2. 

The Lady Indians dropped a 7-1 game to Northwest, also on April 8. Devyn Terry got the loss for Chipola with three strikeouts in five innings. Ashley Morris, Alexis Grampp and Woll each had one hit in the game.

The Lady Indians split a double-header with Northwest on April 4. Chipola lost game one, 4-3 and won game two, 2-1.

On April 1, Chipola swept Tallahassee in a double-header, 10-2 and 8-6. In game one, Goree earned the win in 5 innings of work. Ribeiro was 3 for 3. Kyaira Brown and Woll were both 2 for 3. In game two, Krystal Goodman earned the win with 9 strikeouts in 6 innings. Woll was 3 for 4. Bobbie Morris and Brown were both 2 for 3.

 The Lady Indians finished the 2015-16 season with a (50-15) record. They nearly won a second straight NJCAA National Championship which they won in 2015. Coach Belinda Hendrix was named state coach of the year for the fifth time in 12 years. She also picked up her 500th win this season. Hendrix and her Associate Head Coach and husband Jimmy Hendrix lead the team along with Assistant Coach Kelly Brookins. 

 

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April 13, 2017

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FORMER CHIPOLA PLAYER IS CO-MVP AT FLORIDA GULF COAST

Florida Gulf Coast University rising senior forward Rosemarie Julien, a transfer from Chipola College, had a standout season.

Julien not only led FGCU in scoring with 11 points per game, but was honored as the team's best defender.

She was the ASUN Newcomer of the Year, an All-ASUN first-teamer, and the Defensive Player of the Year. FGCU went 26-9 and into the NCAA tournament after winning the ASUN tourney at regular-season champion Stetson. The 13th-seeded Eagles then played within 62-60 at fourth-seeded Miami in an NCAA first-round game that ended with two possible Hurricanes fouls not being called in the final seconds.

Julien and Jordin Alexander were named co-team Most Valuable Players. “I thought Rosemarie and Jordi definitely allowed us to do some things by having two guards out there who could really guard and stay in front of the ball,” head coach Karl Smesko said. “Rose had a pretty consistent season and was somebody who helped create some good offensive production.”

 

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April 20, 2017

CHIPOLA COMMENCEMENT MAY 3 IN DOTHAN

 

MARIANNA—The Chipola College 2017 Commencement Ceremony is set for Wednesday, May 3, at 7 p.m., at the Dothan Civic Center. The address is 126 St. Andrews Street, Dothan, AL, 36303.

Counted as members of the class are all who will complete degrees or certificates from December of 2016 to May of 2017 or during the Summer 2017 terms. Diplomas will be awarded for Bachelor of Science, Associate in Science, Associate in Arts and Workforce Development Certificates. Chipola graduates may invite an unlimited number of family members and guests to share the event. The ceremony will be broadcast live on YouTube available at this link:   https://www.youtube.com/user/ChipolaCollege

Madeline Pumariega, Chancellor of the Florida College System (FCS), will deliver the Commencement Address. She most recently served as president of the statewide non-profit Take Stock in Children. Prior to joining Take Stock, she spent 20 years at Miami Dade College (MDC), serving as President of the Wolfson Campus.

Pumariega is a member of Leadership Florida Class 33 and was a Kellogg Fellow for the League for Innovation’s Expanding Leadership Diversity in Community Colleges. Her volunteer activities include serving on the board of The Center for Postsecondary Success, City Year Miami, serving on the steering committee for The Miami Foundation, and membership in the International Women’s Forum.

Pumariega is an alumna of Miami Dade College, a doctoral candidate at Barry University and a graduate of St. Thomas University and The Florida Atlantic University College of Education.

For information, contact the Admissions and Records Office at 850-718-2311 or visit www.chipola.edu.

 

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April 20, 2017

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CHIPOLA BRAIN BOWL FINISHES SECOND IN STATE TOURNAMENT

PANAMA CITY—Chipola College Blue finished runner-up at the Florida College System Activities Association State Brain Bowl Tournament at Gulf Coast College, March 30–April 1. 

Chipola lost to long-time rival Valencia College in the finals 605-320. Chipola held a 190-125 lead through 12 questions, but was unable to hold on for the win. Chipola finished the tournament with an 8-2 record, also losing to Valencia in the prelims by 5 points.

Chipola Blue team members were: Hunter Davis, Donavan Ebersole, Alex Tharp and Turner McCroan.

Chipola Gold also played well finishing 5th out of the 10-team field. Chipola Gold finished 4-5 in the round robin format. Chipola was the only school that qualified two teams into the state tournament field.

Chipola Gold team members were:  Katie Everett, Michael Young, Madelyn Lytle, and Trey Rollins.

Two Chipola players made the all-tournament team. Hunter Davis won the Dave Ehlert High Point Award as the top individual. Hunter is the fourth Chipola player to win this award. It was previously won by Dallin Kelson, Paul Kelson (twice), and Jacob Leff. Katie Everett also made the all-tournament team by finishing 3rd overall.

Chipola has played in 8 state final matches overall, winning 7 of them. Chipola is tied with Broward and Valencia for the most state championships with 7. Chipola won 7 straight championships from 2008-2014.

 

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April 20, 2017

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CHIPOLA PRESENTS AN EVENING OF CABARET

 

MARIANNA—The Chipola College sophomore music students will present, “An Evening of Cabaret” on Friday, April 21, at 6 p.m. in the Center for the Arts, Experimental Theatre.

The public is invited to come enjoy the taste of a sweet dessert and the sounds of selected Chipola voice, piano and instrumental majors as they perform their sophomore recitals. 

Limited seating is available by reservation only.  Tickets—$5—are on sale online at www.chipola.edu/boxoffice or at the Center for the Arts Box Office.  Box office hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. to noon.

For more information, contact the Chipola Box Office at 850-718-2420.

 

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April 20, 2017

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CHIPOLA TO OFFER LIFEGUARD COURSE

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training course beginning May 9.

A pre-requisite swim test must be taken prior to the course, on Friday, May 5, between 1 and 4 p.m. There is no charge to take the test. Class meetings will be held from 4 to 8 p.m., May 9-11 and May 16-18, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 20. The course test is Monday, May 22, at 4 p.m.  

Participants must be 15 years of age on or before the first day of class.  The course requires a minimum of 32 hours of training in water rescue, CPR and First Aid. Attendance is required for all class meetings.

Students must be in good physical condition, able to swim 500 yards without stopping, able to swim freestyle, breast-stroke and side-stroke. Students also must be able to retrieve a 10 pound brick from a seven foot depth, and to tread water without hands for two minutes.

Cost of the course is $200. Students must register and pay the fee prior to the first meeting. Register in person in A-105 or on the day of the swim test.

For information about the course, call Rance Massengill at 850-718-2240 or email massengillr@chipola.edu

 

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April 20, 2017

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GREAT CATTLE DRIVE film showing MAY 18 at chipola

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College will host a free screening of the PBS documentary film, “The Great Florida Cattle Drive: Unbroken Circles," Thursday, May 18, at 6 p.m., in the Center for the Arts.

Danny Ryals Real Estate and the Jackson County Cattlemen’s are sponsoring the screening at Chipola.

The documentary was filmed and produced by Blountstown residents Elam Stoltzfus and his son, Nic. The film tells the story of the Great Florida Cattle Drive 2016, the history of Florida’s heritage cattle breed, and how Florida’s cow culture is being preserved for future generations. “The story of the Cracker cattle and horses is one of the richest historical accounts,” said filmmaker and producer Elam Stoltzfus. “We really believe people will want to hear more about this, and we have a chance to educate people, entertain them, and bring some information to people here in Florida, and across the country.”

“One thing that excited me as a writer about the Great Florida Cattle Drive project is that it tells the story of this hidden history,” said screenwriter and co-producer Nic Stoltzfus. “It’s one thing to read about a cattle drive from Kissimmee to Kenansville, but to actually go on the drive and interact with the people, and feel it, and smell it... that brought history to life for me.”

Elam and Nic Stoltzfus will be present at the screening to sign DVDs, CDs, the accompanying coffee table book, movie posters and more. Fans of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will enjoy Grammy Award-winning John McEuen’s presence on the film’s soundtrack.

The documentary, narrated by America’s most beloved cowboy poet, Baxter Black, recently aired on all of Florida’s PBS stations. “WFSU Public Media is proud to partner with Live Oak Productions to bring this documentary to our audience throughout the Big Bend region,” said David Mullins, General Manager of WFSU.”

The film and accompanying events are sponsored by the Florida Cattlemen’s Association and Foundation; Blackbeard’s Ranch; Arrowhead Beef; Vina & Sons; the Yoder Family and Lefty’s Dirt Road Club. To order copies of the book, CD and DVD, visit Live Oak Productions at www.liveoakproductiongroup.com/store. See a film trailer at https://youtu.be/uNph6e9Bh0w

For information about the showing at Chipola College, visit www.chipola.edu or call 718-2257.

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April 20, 2017

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BRADLEY IS CHIPOLA EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH—Karen Bradley is Chipola College’s Career Employee for April.  Bradley serves as a Testing Assistant in the Student Affairs Department and has worked at the college since 2010.  Pictured from left, are: Chipola Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Jayne Roberts, Karen Bradley and Chipola president, Dr. Sarah Clemmons.

 

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April 20, 2017

BSU SPONSORING SMOKING CESSATION

 

The Chipola College Black Student Union in conjunction with the Jackson County Health Department is sponsoring a Smoking Cessation campaign. 

There are three easy and free ways to quit:

1. Call a toll-free quit-line for adults and youth (1-877-U-CAN-NOW) or visit www.quitnow.net/florida;

2. Schedule face to face meetings, at www.ahectobacco.com;

3. Attend pro-active counseling sessions for adults; for 18 years old and older and pregnant women; and for youths 11-17 years old.

Counseling and material in English and Spanish, and TDD services for the hearing impaired. Priority audiences include parents who smoke who have children under 18; youth, and county health department clients and employees.

Any person living in Florida who is ready to make a quit attempt can use the quit-line or call the Jackson County Health Department at 526-2412.

 

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April 20, 2017

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CHIPOLA SOFTBALL SWEEPS CONFERENCE AWARDS

 

MARIANNA—The Chipola College Lady Indians Softball team has 11 players and two coaches on the Panhandle All-Conference team.

Outfielder Barbara Woll is Conference Player of the Year. She has a .387 batting average with 45 RBI, 41 stolen bases and 7 homeruns on the year.

Right-hander Krystal Goodman (24-0) is the Conference Pitcher of the Year. She leads the state in strikeouts with 182. She is third in wins with 24, and is second in ERA with a .65.

Chipola coaches Belinda and Jimmy Hendrix also were named Conference Coaches of the Year.

Six Lady Indians were named First Team All-Conference: Debora Ribeiro, Barbara Woll, Jordenne Gaten, Krystal Goodman, Morgan Goree and Alexis Grampp.

Five Chipola players were named Second Team All-Conference: Ashley Morris, Bobbie Morris, Kyaira Brown, Marta Gasporotto and Lexie Basford.

The Lady Indians have earned a berth to the NJCAA Region 8 Tournament in Vero Beach, April 28-30. Visit: http://thefcsaasports.com/championships/fcsaa_softball_tournament

Chipola is first in the FCSAA State Poll and third in the NJCAA National Poll behind Butler (1) and Salt Lake (2).

The Lady Indians finished the 2015-16 season with a (50-15) record. They nearly won a second straight NJCAA National Championship which they won in 2015. Coach Belinda Hendrix was named state coach of the year for the fifth time in 12 years. She also picked up her 500th win this season. Hendrix and her Associate Head Coach and husband Jimmy Hendrix lead the team along with Assistant Coach Kelly Brookins. 

Local fans will have one more chance to the Lady Indians on their home field, Thursday, April 2o at 5 and 7 p.m. when they host a local travel team. Sophomores will be honored during the game.

 

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April 20, 2017

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CHIPOLA HOSTS GULF COAST SATURDAY

INDIANS HAVE STATE AND NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

 

MARIANNA--Chipola College baseball fans have one more chance to see the Panhandle Conference Champion Indians on the field, Saturday, April 22, at 1 p.m., when they host Gulf Coast. There is no admission charge to the game.

Chipola first baseman Reynaldo Rivera is both the NJCAA National Player of the Week and the FCSAA Florida Player of the Week. The sophomore from Toa Alta, Puerto Rico, batted .867 (13-for-15) with nine runs scored, two doubles, two home runs and nine RBIs in four games during the voting period. He led the Indians to a perfect 4-0 week as they wrapped up the Panhandle Conference Championship.

Rivera had multiple hits in each game, including four-hit games to bookend the week. He was 4-for-5 and scored three runs vs. Tallahassee; finished the week going 4-for-4 with four RBIs vs. Pensacola. In between, had a 3-for-3, two-homer, four-RBI outing vs. Tallahassee.

The top-ranked Chipola College Indians have clinched a playoff berth in the FCSAA State Tournament, set for May 5-10 at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland.

The Panhandle Conference standings as of April 19 are: Chipola (18-3), Northwest (10-9), Tallahassee (10-11), Gulf Coast (9-11) and Pensacola (3-16).

For the latest news visit, www.chipolaathletics.com

 

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April 20, 2017

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FORMER CHIPOLA PLAYER DRAFTED BY WNBA

 

MARIANNA—Former Chipola College basketball player Evelyn Akhator was the third overall pick in the WNBA Draft April 13 by the Dallas Wings.

She averaged 15.9 points and 10.8 rebounds a game at Kentucky this season and led the Wildcats in blocks, collecting 29 over her final year. In just two seasons playing for the Wildcats, she ascended to second all-time in rebounding averaging (10.1) in program history.

Chipola Coach Greg Franklin said, “This couldn’t happen to a better person than Evelyn. It came down to her character which got her drafted so high. People are investing in her character as much as her ability.” This is Coach Franklin’s fourth player to be drafted by the WNBA and his highest pick in his 11 years as a junior college head coach.

At Chipola, Akahator was named NJCAA Women's Basketball Player of the Year and the FCSAA Female Athlete of the Year after leading Chipola to their first national championship in 2015. She recorded a double-double and at least one block in every game at the NJCAA national tournament. In the 2015 State Tournament, Akhator set new rebounding records in one game (29), one tournament (64) and in a career at the state tournament (101).

Akhator averaged 21.2 points, 16.7 rebounds, 3.1 steals and 2.9 blocks in her sophomore year at Chipola. She pulled in 14 rebounds in the National Championship game to finish the year with the new NJCAA Single-Season Rebounding Record of 584 rebounds and was the nation’s leading rebounder in 2015. She also was named NJCAA National Tournament Most Outstanding Player, FCSAA Player of the Year and Panhandle Conference Player of the Year.

 

 

 

April 27, 2017

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CHIPOLA STUDENTS HONORED AT AWARDS CEREMONY

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College recognized the outstanding achievements of its students at the recent annual Awards Ceremony. Awards were presented for academics, athletics and extracurricular activities.

The following students received academic awards: Hunter Potts of Graceville, National Leadership in Business; Jody Eslinger of Cottonwood, Ala., Accounting-BSBA; Dwight Rich of Bonifay, General Management-BSBA; Wendy Sheffield of Cottondale., Accounting-AA/AS; Cedric Wooden, Sr. of Marianna, Information Technology; Jeremiah Gross of Chipley, Networking Systems Technology; Benjamin Bridges of Chipley, Computer Science-AA/AS; Joel Owen of Chipley and Hunter Potts of Graceville, Global Business Strategy-BSBA, Ann Marie Brown of Hosford, Biology for Science Majors; Natasha Smith of Marianna, Health Sciences; Allison Moore of Hosford, Freshman Chemistry; Elizabeth Varnum of Marianna, Sophomore Chemistry; Ann Marie Brown of Hosford, Calculus I; Caroline Howell of Blountstown, Calculus II; Caroline Howell of Blountstown, Calculus III; Jack Craven of Marianna, Freshman English; Cassidy Trammell of Westville, Sophomore English; Kaylin Weiler of Blountstown, Dr. Robert E. Ringer Award; Jackson Basford of Marianna and Kayte Whitehead of Cottonwood, Ala., Will and Betty Stabler Library Award; and Nana Sule of Nigeria, Social and Behavioral Science.          

The following students received scholarship awards: Donavan Ebersole of Blountstown, Lydia Weideman of Wakulla, Anthony Wyrick of Blountstown, Phi Theta Kappa FSU /PC Scholarship; Tykajah Jackson of Malone and Leslie Myrick of Marianna, NW Florida FAMU Alumni Association TRiO Scholarship; Edward Arroyo of Marianna, Mikayla Brooks of Marianna, Angerita Hayes of Greenwood, Tykajah Jackson of Malone, Cason Moore of Bonifay, Eddie Myrick of Graceville, Leslie Myrick of Marianna, Deja Preston of Malone and Christina Proctor of Malone, FAMU Transfer Scholarships.

Students in Workforce Development programs received the following awards: Nicholas Lee of Blountstown, Automotive Technology; Bryan Godwin of Bristol, Corrections; Blaine Barfield of Greenwood, Firefighting; Christina White of Cottondale, Cosmetology; Kyle Edwards of Marianna, Law Enforcement; Cody Baxter of Marianna, Applied Welding Technologies; Kaitlyn Kosciw of Marianna and Gregory Skinner of Blountstown, Engineering Technology and Bradly Pearson of Clarksville, Civil Engineering Technology.

Two students received awards for athletics: Jayde Smelcer of Chipley, Charlton Keen Scholar Athlete Award and Lexie Basford of Marianna, Neal Sportsmanship Award.

The following students received awards for extracurricular activities: Jackie Dudley of Grand Ridge, Black Student Union; Donavan Ebersole of Blountstown, Science Club; Maddie Christmas of Bascom and Abbi Rushing of Marianna, Student Government Association; Natasha Smith of Marianna, Citizen Scholar Award, Jayde Smelcer of Chipley and Elizabeth Varnum of Marianna, All-Florida Academic Team and National Coca-Cola Scholars.

Three awards were given to non-students. The student body selected Assistant Professor in Mathematics, Stan Young for the Distinguished Service Faculty Award; Director of Academic Center for Excellence, Bonnie Smith, for the Distinguished Service Administrator Award and Coordinator of Academic Center for Excellence, Charity Sikora, for the Distinguished Service Career Award. 

 

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April 27, 2017

 

CHIPOLA CLASS OF 2017 GRADUATES

 

MARIANNA—Some 450 students were eligible for graduation at Chipola College at the end of the spring semester.  Graduation exercises are scheduled for Wednesday, May 3 at 7 p.m. in the Dothan Civic Center.

Counted as members of the class are all who completed their degrees or vocational certificates from December of ‘16 to May of ‘17 or who will complete work at Chipola during the summer of ‘17.

The class includes the following, listed according to type of degree and hometown:

 

Bachelor of Science Degrees

Alford—Sunshine Speers.

Altha—Rena O'Bryan.

Bascom—Shelby Bryan.

Blountstown—Jennifer Palmberg, Kelly Ramsey, Le'Tonya Reed, Ashley Van Lierop.

Bonifay—Johnie Lawson, Ashleigh McWaters, Dwight Rich, Jr., Marietta Thompson.

Bristol—Haley Brady, Emily Whittaker.

Chipley—Salem Acuff, Nancy Cook, Brenda Killings, Joel Owen, Allison Pettis, Monica Roberts, Kevin Rollins, Latrelle Williams.

Cottondale—Katherine Waller.

Graceville—Olivia Howell, Jonathan Owens, Hunter Potts.

Grand Ridge—Carlon Dilmore, Shareem Goodlet.

Greenwood—Tania Harvey, Patrick Spires, Niki White.

Malone—Shandrell Mount.

Marianna—Veronica Bell, Patricia Bellamy, Tiffany Brown, Amber Caputo, John Garrett, IV, Shelita Grant, Rachel Holloway, Michelle Jeter, Faith Kpandee, Christopher Lambe, Trevor Mayo, Jay Rees, Justine Seiss, Adam Weiland, Khrystal Whitfield, Jacqueline Young.

Sneads—Jack Glover, Emily Goodwin, Lauren Locke, Brittany McClamma.

Out-of District—Calvin Gilbert, Greencove Springs; Heather Johnson, Lynn Haven; Michael Smith, Ocala; Bonnie Broersma, Julia Hales, Sylvia Hilton and Kendall Turnmire, Panama City; Cora Fageaux, LaShinda Flagg, Ashley Giraldo, Erika Mobley and Lana Skipper, Tallahassee; Christopher Herrell, Whitney Reeves and Charity Sikora, Dothan, Ala.; and Olivia Adams, Jakin, Ga.

 

Associate in Arts Degrees

Alford—Nikita Hill, Sherry O'Connor, Mary Raines, Samarah Wilson.

Altha—Gloria Dedios, Trista Dees, Julie Montroy, Albert Varnum.

Bascom—Madison Christmas, Victoria Duraso, Shawna Larry, Jessica Lester, Emily Stephens

Blountstown—Sha'Meyah Bell, Andrew Bryant, John Bryant, Donavan Ebersole, MacKenzie Eubanks, Chessa Goodman, Jessica Metcalf, Hannah Register, Audrey Ryals, Savannah Taylor, Bertis Taylor, III, Anthony Wyrick.

Bonifay—Brionna Arrant, MaKayla Clemmons, Candace Donaldson, Melanie Edmondson, Sierra Ennis, Michelle Gilbert, Sanearia James, Melea Kirk, Savannah Messer, Cason Moore, Taylor Purvee, Anita Sorensen, Callie Sorensen, Joseph Young, IV.

Bristol—Amber Finch, Carey Golden, Brittany Griffin, Jonathan Hall, Michael Marotta, Allison Morrison, Matthew Morrison, Monte Revell, Kaylene Sherrod.

Campbellton—Anonionetta Dunlap, George Russ.

Caryville—Hunter Dobbs, Brandon Jenkins, Tyrell Peterson.

Chipley—Justin Adkins, Austin Adkison, Basia Alderman, Kari Barfield, Benjamin Bridges, Susan Burns, Hannah Coleman, Cassie Drummond, Carrington Estes, Alyssa Gaine, Kacy Lawson, Morgan McKenzie, Kyle Middlemass, Briar Morris, Celina Ochoa, Tyler Oliver, Sagar Patel, Felicia Patterson, Paige Pope, Micheala Poppell, Justyce Potter, Kayla Rudd, Savannah Schaubhut, Jayde Smelcer, Denise Spracklen, Cole Western, Cheyanna Clark.

Clarksville—Sarah Hall, Amber Raisbeck, Jordan Willis.

Cottondale—Breanna Athey, Justin Beavers, Kendriece Gardner, Hunter Harden, Cianna Harris, Sage Hutto, Kayla Lathan, Machall Maybon, Glen Mayo, Tyler McAllister, Katelyn McBride, Lisa Nixon, Taajwar Pope, Wendy Sheffield, Danny Tate, Sabrina Trino, Alana White, Erika Wilsie, Joyelle Saun.

Fontain—Kiley Bullock.

Graceville—Cameron Coates, Jasmine Gurin, Trevor Haser, Kaitlyn Jeffries, Blake Joiner, Eli Miller, Eddie Myrick, Jr., Brady Powell, Diana Ramirez, Kavner Williams.

Grand Ridge—Allison Brown, Katherine Campbell, Caitlin Chason, Jacqueline Dudley, Miriam Estok, Courtney Fowler, Kylee Harrell, Alyssa Klotz, Jonathan Toole.

Greenwood—Kayla Dunaway, Laurence Glover, Angerita Hayes, Elizabeth Jones, Teon Long, Rebecca Quattlebaum, Tiffany Smith.

Hosford—Cheyenne Miranda.

Malone—Destiny Croft, Tykajah Jackson, Angelica Livingston, Christina Proctor, Brittany Woods.

Marianna—Carley Allen, Forrest Allen, Jose Alvarez, Amanda Applewhite, Edward Arroyo, Samuel Barnes, Lexie Basford, Drew Bennett, William Braxton, MiKayla Brooks, Tierra Brooks, Christchan Chaney, Monica Cortes, Justin Cutchin, Reece Dew, Tamara Dourney, Megan Estrella, Tyler Hampton, Layton Hanlon, Gerri Hardin, Sydney Holland, Brett Holloway, Pamela Jennings, Jennifer Jones, Daniel Douglas Lewis, Sherri Lipford, Megan Marley, Ariana Martin, Destinee McDaniel, Eron Milton, Anastasia Mitchell, Mark Mooney, Dietrich Myers, Lesley Myrick, Matthew Overloop, Tabitha Peterson, Elaine Pfister, Chase Roberts, Kara Roberts, Lacey Roberts, Melissa Saggars, Deza Smith, Natasha Smith, Amy Snell, Sandra Stewart, Matthew Suggs, Darbey Sweeney, Dustyn Sweeney, Lyndsey Sykes, Elizabeth Varnum, Kayce Ward, Elizabeth Watson, Shawn Wells.

Ponce De Leon—Ernest Zorn.

Sneads—Elilzabeth English, Logan Gilley, David Hamilton, Keely Johnson, Sierra Kinsinger, Hannah Murray.

Westville—Delilah Bass, Victoria Benton, Erin Dady, Dusty Griffin, Elisabeth Jackson, Jacob Sumner.

Out-of-District—Aaliyah Raines, Chattahoochee; Heather Mercer and Lydia Wiedeman, Crawfordville; Ashlyn Perry, Mayo; Joseph Edwards, II, Justin Eubanks and Anastasia Mote, Quincy; Nicholas Jensen, Southport; Courtney Davis, Tommy Fitzgerald, Jr., Tallahassee; Taunya James and Phyllis Reddick, Wewahitchka; Megan Morgan, Wimermere; Danielle Garven, Ajaz, CN; Taylor Harper, Ashford, Ala.; Sydney Borener and Kisha Strickland, Black, Ala.; Yasmin Adderson,and Bay-Leigh Sawyers, Dothan, Ala.; Devyn Terry, Eberton, Ga.; Andrew Downs and Lacy Mooneyham, Gordon, Ala.; Ashley Morris, Leesburg, Ga.; Raven Northcross-Baker Malvern, Ark.; Ama Arkorful, Memphis, Tenn.; Deja Preston, Perry Hall, Md.; Delanie Dixon, Rehobeth, Ala.; Tiaera Phillips, Valdosta, Ga. and Robert Knox, Woodstock, Ga.

 

Associate in Science Degrees

Altha—Holly Byler, Kimberly Clemmons, Caitlyn Ellis, Deana Griswold, Tammie Peddie.

Bascom—Tawanna Dunaway, Dustin Everitt.

Blountstown—Lauren Baber, Carolyn Bailey, Gregory-Wayne Jordan, Jessica Metcalf, Katie Smith, Lynette Williams.

Bonifay—Taylor Clark, Jay Jordan, Charley Wilson.

Bristol—Lindsay Anders, Schelbie Anders, Jordan Johnson, Samantha Sansom.

Campbellton—Allison Romero.

Caryville—Sara English.

Chipley—Amynah Binmahfooz, Sufyan Binmahfooz, Jeremiah Gross, George Hoffman, Angela Joyner, Morgan McKenzie, Kayla Register, Alexandra Rodriguez, Kayla Rudd, Joshua Steverson, Brent Whittington.

Clarksville—Kala Lambe, Bradley Pearson.

Cottondale—Valerie Shackelford.

Graceville—Alexus Williams, Dustin Womble.

Grand Ridge—Jerred Glisson, Kylee Harrell, Sarah Johnson, Bonnie Jones, James Leavins, Louis Miranda.

Greenwood—Christy Peeler.

Marianna—Julie Anderson, Angie Carpenter, Jennifer Fortner, Wendy Gavin, Shelbie Johnson, Kaitlyn Kosciw, Sherri Lipford, Eron Milton, Christopher Mock, Tim Paulk, Bryan Penello, Logan Stone, Kegiera Thigpen, Cora Ann Thomas, Christopher Woods, Brandi Wright .

Sneads—Jessica Bradley, Michelle Brown, David Hamilton, Roxanne Hill, Rhonda Owens, Saundra Porter.

Wausau—Shelby Clark.

Westville—Marcus Jackson.

Out-of-District—Carolyn Stiles, Chattahoochee; Cedric Wright, Jr., Ft Lauderdale; Eric Turner, Gainesville; Taevon Ashmeade, Jacksonville; Mary Stefanelli, Lamont; Candice Hunt, Midway; Brittany Smen, Monticello; Jacolbia Bush, Summer Bush, Shericka Davis, Lyndsay Griner, Shiree Grinrod, Courtney Howell, Robert Platt, Colleen Seigler, and Laletta Stewart, Panama City; Charlene Miles and Michael O'Neill, Panama City Beach; Brooklynn Sessions, Quincy; Nicholes Jensen, Southport; Mitzi Le, Matthew Rentz and Megan Walker, Tallahassee; Megan Walker, Clio, Ala.; Rhonda Bass, Cottondwood, Ala.; Jenny Godwin, Dothan, Ala.; Jahshire Hardnett, Gulfport, Miss.; Stephanie Howell, Headland, Ala.; Eric Cobb and Deyshawn Martin, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Jamall Gregory, Washington, D.C.

 

Workforce Development Certificates

Altha—Brittney Johnson, Bryan Wiggins.

Blountstown—Acey Abbott, Audrey Eubanks, Nicholas Lee, Emily Sewell.

Bonifay—Leslie Goodson

Bristol—Micki Price, Kallie Williams.

Chipley—Sarah Joyner.

Cotttondale—Jaime Lentzsch, Zachary Paille.

Fountain—Brandon King.

Grand Ridge—Tyler Cloud, Zoey Durden.

Greenwood—Korey Hatcher, John Lawrence, Garrett Speights.

Hosford—Brockton Yore.

Marianna—Cody Baxter, Taylor Braxton, Christopher Coulliette, Cailyn Haight, Christian King, Joseph Macaluso, Trenton Moats, James Noblin, Ronald Oliver, Taquavius Perry, Lyle Phelps, Stanley Swearingen, Asher Williams.

Out-of-District—Jacob Johnson, Pansey, Ala. and Ricky Ricardo, Slocomb, Ala.

 

College Credit Certificates

Bascom—Elijah Conrad.

Blountstown—Gregory Skinner, Lynette Williams.

Bonifay—Taylor Clark, Jay Jordan.

Bristol—Hannelore Green.

Chipley—Joshua Steverson, Brent Whittington.

Cotttondale—Jonathan Dilmore.

Graceville—William Janas, Chance Jowers.

Greenwood—Ashley Hunter.

Marianna—Kaitlyn Kosciw, Christopher Mock, Logan Stone, Rhonda Sylvester, Cedric Wooden, Sr.

Sneads—Michelle Brown, Victoria Jackson, Wade Robinson.

Sunny Hills—Dylan Kirk.

Vernon—Justin McKinney.

Westville—Marcus Jackson.

Out-of-District—Matthew Rentz, Tallahassee.

 

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April 27, 2017

 

CHIPOLA COMMENCEMENT MAY 3 IN DOTHAN

 

MARIANNA—The Chipola College 2017 Commencement Ceremony is set for Wednesday, May 3, at 7 p.m., at the Dothan Civic Center. The address is 126 St. Andrews Street, Dothan, AL, 36303.

Counted as members of the class are all who will complete degrees or certificates from December of 2016 to May of 2017 or during the Summer 2017 terms. Diplomas will be awarded for Bachelor of Science, Associate in Science, Associate in Arts and Workforce Development Certificates. Chipola graduates may invite an unlimited number of family members and guests to share the event. The ceremony will be broadcast live on YouTube available at this link:   https://www.youtube.com/user/ChipolaCollege

Madeline Pumariega, Chancellor of the Florida College System (FCS), will deliver the Commencement Address. She most recently served as president of the statewide non-profit Take Stock in Children. Prior to joining Take Stock, she spent 20 years at Miami Dade College (MDC), serving as President of the Wolfson Campus.

Pumariega is a member of Leadership Florida Class 33 and was a Kellogg Fellow for the League for Innovation’s Expanding Leadership Diversity in Community Colleges. Her volunteer activities include serving on the board of The Center for Postsecondary Success, City Year Miami, serving on the steering committee for The Miami Foundation, and membership in the International Women’s Forum.

Pumariega is an alumna of Miami Dade College, a doctoral candidate at Barry University and a graduate of St. Thomas University and The Florida Atlantic University College of Education.

For information, contact the Admissions and Records Office at 850-718-2311 or visit www.chipola.edu.

 

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April 27, 2017

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CHIPOLA THEATRE PRESENTS MAGIC SCHOOLBUS MAY 11

 

MARIANNA—The Chipola College Children’s Theatre Production of The Magic Schoolbus is set for Thursday, May 11, at 7 p.m., in the Center for the Arts.

The show tells the story of an eccentric school teacher who takes her class on wonderful educational field trips with the help of a magical school bus.  This exciting family-friendly adventure is fun for all ages.

The cast includes: Sarah Liffick as Mrs. Fizzle, Gracie Wallace as the Narrator, Saylor Novonglosky as Ralphie, Darby Benjamin as Keesha, Jaylan Palmer as DA, Kane McKeefer as Arnold, Ashley Braswell as Phoebe, Anthony Severson as Tim, Destin Dawson as Carlos, Elizabeth Bennett as Liz, and Jayriah McGriff as Wanda.

Tickets—$8 for adults and $6 for ages 18 and under—may be purchased at the Box Office or online at www.chipola.edu/boxoffice.

Contact the Box Office at 850-718-2420.

 

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April 27, 2017

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CHIPOLA TO OFFER LIFEGUARD COURSE

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training course beginning May 9.

A pre-requisite swim test must be taken prior to the course, on Friday, May 5, between 1 and 4 p.m. There is no charge to take the test. Class meetings will be held from 4 to 8 p.m., May 9-11 and May 16-18, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 20. The course test is Monday, May 22, at 4 p.m.  

Participants must be 15 years of age on or before the first day of class.  The course requires a minimum of 32 hours of training in water rescue, CPR and First Aid. Attendance is required for all class meetings.

Students must be in good physical condition, able to swim 500 yards without stopping, able to swim freestyle, breast-stroke and side-stroke. Students also must be able to retrieve a 10 pound brick from a seven foot depth, and to tread water without hands for two minutes.

Cost of the course is $200. Students must register and pay the fee prior to the first meeting. Register in person in A-105 or on the day of the swim test.

For information about the course, call Rance Massengill at 850-718-2240 or email massengillr@chipola.edu

 

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April 27, 2017

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GREAT CATTLE DRIVE film showing MAY 18 at chipola

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College will host a free screening of the PBS documentary film, “The Great Florida Cattle Drive: Unbroken Circles," Thursday, May 18, at 6 p.m., in the Center for the Arts.

Danny Ryals Real Estate and the Jackson County Cattlemen’s are sponsoring the screening at Chipola.

The documentary was filmed and produced by Blountstown residents Elam Stoltzfus and his son, Nic. The film tells the story of the Great Florida Cattle Drive 2016, the history of Florida’s heritage cattle breed, and how Florida’s cow culture is being preserved for future generations. “The story of the Cracker cattle and horses is one of the richest historical accounts,” said filmmaker and producer Elam Stoltzfus. “We really believe people will want to hear more about this, and we have a chance to educate people, entertain them, and bring some information to people here in Florida, and across the country.”

“One thing that excited me as a writer about the Great Florida Cattle Drive project is that it tells the story of this hidden history,” said screenwriter and co-producer Nic Stoltzfus. “It’s one thing to read about a cattle drive from Kissimmee to Kenansville, but to actually go on the drive and interact with the people, and feel it, and smell it... that brought history to life for me.”

Elam and Nic Stoltzfus will be present at the screening to sign DVDs, CDs, the accompanying coffee table book, movie posters and more. Fans of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will enjoy Grammy Award-winning John McEuen’s presence on the film’s soundtrack.

The documentary, narrated by America’s most beloved cowboy poet, Baxter Black, recently aired on all of Florida’s PBS stations. “WFSU Public Media is proud to partner with Live Oak Productions to bring this documentary to our audience throughout the Big Bend region,” said David Mullins, General Manager of WFSU.”

The film and accompanying events are sponsored by the Florida Cattlemen’s Association and Foundation; Blackbeard’s Ranch; Arrowhead Beef; Vina & Sons; the Yoder Family and Lefty’s Dirt Road Club. To order copies of the book, CD and DVD, visit Live Oak Productions at www.liveoakproductiongroup.com/store. See a film trailer at https://youtu.be/uNph6e9Bh0w

For information about the showing at Chipola College, visit www.chipola.edu or call 718-2257.

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April 27, 2017

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FAMU ALUMNI CHAPTER AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS—The Northwest Florida Chapter of the FAMU Alumni Association recently awarded $1,000 scholarships to two Chipola TRiO/SSS students. Pictured from left, are: Travis Ephriam, FAMU Alumni representative, Leslie Myrick and Tykajah Jackson.

 

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April 27, 2017

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CHIPOLA STUDENTS AWARDED FAMU SCHOLARSHIPS—Dr. William Hudson, Jr., Vice President of Student Affairs at Florida A & M University recently presented scholarships totaling $48,000 to Chipola College Students.  The scholarship program was established to assist high achieving Florida community college graduates.  Pictured from left, are: Leslie Myrick, Christina Proctor, Edward Arroyo, Deja Preston, Dr. William Hudson, Tykajah Jackson, Eddie Myrick, Angerita Hayes, Mikayla Brooks and Cason Moore. 

 

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April 27, 2017

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CHIPOLA SPRING NURSING GRADUATES--Chipola celebrates the accomplishments of students who completed the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program in the Spring semester. Pictured from left, are: (front) Colleen Seigler, Caitlyn Carpenter, Schelbie Anders, Kegiera Thigpen, Rhonda Bass, Megan E. Walker, Tina Paulk, Eron Milton, Morgan McKenzie, Courtney Howell, Dustin Womble, (back) Alexus Williams, Shiree Grinrod, Sara English, Lauren Baber, Candice Hunt, Sufyan Binmahfooz, Brittany Smen, Julie Anderson, Cindy Whitfield, Joshua Jablonski, Kimberly Moye, Robert Platt, Mendeline Steverson, Shelbie Johnson, Kayla Register and Savannah Gosnell. Not pictured are: Megan M. Walker and Mitzi Le.

 

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April 27, 2017

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THEATER MAJORS VISIT ATLANTA—Chipola Theater Director Charles Sirmon led theater majors on a recent trip to the Broadway National tour of The Tony award winning Matilda in Atlanta. Students saw a live performance at the historic Fox Theater where “Gone with the Wind” had its world premiere. Students also stayed a night in the famed Georgian Terrace Hotel and had a chance to see a small touch of Broadway, some for the first time. Pictured from left, are: Layton Hanlon, Destin Dawson, Anthony Severson, Charles Sirmon, Sarah Liffick and Ashleigh Braswell.

 

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April 27, 2017

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CHIPOLA QEP SLOGAN CONTEST WINNERS—Chipola College recently held a slogan contest for the Quality Enhancement Plan.  The contest had over 50 entries. More than 500 students voted on the top six entries. The winners are, from left: Colby Hargrove, 2nd place ($50); Hayden Church, 3rd place ($25); and Marrah McLain, 1st place ($100).

 

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April 27, 2017

 

CHIPOLA SOFTBALL PLAYING IN STATE TOURNAMENT

 

MARIANNA—The Chipola College Lady Indians softball team will face Hillsborough, Friday, April 28, at 10 a.m. (CST) in the first round of the FCSAA/NJCAA Region 8 Tournament in Vero Beach.

A win would move the Indians to a 3 p.m. game against the winner of a game between Miami-Dade and Central Florida. A loss would put the Lady Indians in a 3 p.m. game against the loser of the same two teams. Chipola needs five wins in the winner’s bracket to win the double-elimination tournament. If they move to the loser’s bracket, they may need as many as six games to win the title.

The tournament continues, Saturday, April 29 and concludes with the championship on Sunday, April 30. Visit: http://thefcsaasports.com/championships/fcsaa_softball_tournament

Chipola is first in the FCSAA State Poll and third in the NJCAA National Poll behind Butler (1) and Salt Lake (2).

The Lady Indians (52-5) won the Panhandle Conference title with a 17-3 league record.

Chipola enters the state tournament with 11 players and two coaches on the Panhandle All-Conference team.

Outfielder Barbara Woll is Conference Player of the Year. She has a .387 batting average with 45 RBI, 41 stolen bases and 7 homeruns on the year.

Right-hander Krystal Goodman (24-0) is the Conference Pitcher of the Year. She leads the state in strikeouts with 182. She is third in wins with 24, and is second in ERA with a .65.

Chipola coaches Belinda and Jimmy Hendrix also were named Conference Coaches of the Year.

Six Lady Indians were named First Team All-Conference: Debora Ribeiro, Barbara Woll, Jordenne Gaten, Krystal Goodman, Morgan Goree and Alexis Grampp.

Five Chipola players were named Second Team All-Conference: Ashley Morris, Bobbie Morris, Kyaira Brown, Marta Gasporotto and Lexie Basford.

The Lady Indians finished the 2015-16 season with a (50-15) record. They nearly won a second straight NJCAA National Championship which they won in 2015. Coach Belinda Hendrix was named state coach of the year for the fifth time in 12 years. She also picked up her 500th win this season. Hendrix and her Associate Head Coach and husband Jimmy Hendrix lead the team along with Assistant Coach Kelly Brookins. 

 

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April 27, 2017

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CHIPOLA BASEBALL HEADED TO STATE TOURNAMENT

 

MARIANNA—The Chipola College Indians will play St. Johns River, Friday, May 5, at 9 a.m. (CST) in the first round of the FCSAA State Tournament at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland.

A win would move the Indians to a 6 p.m., Sunday, May 7, game. A loss would put the Indians in a Saturday, May 6 game at 3 p.m. Chipola needs five wins to take the title in the double-elimination tournament. The championship game is set for Wednesday, May 10, at 10 a.m. Games will be broadcast on WJAQ-100.9 FM and streamed online at http://thefcsaasports.com/championships/fcsaa_baseball_tournament

The final Panhandle Conference standings are: Chipola (20-4), Northwest (14-9), Tallahassee (11-12), Gulf Coast (10-13) and Pensacola (3-20).  Chipola is the top-ranked team in the FCSAA State Poll and third in the NJCAA National Poll.

Chipola swamped Gulf Coast 12-2 on April 22. Evan Steele (2-0) earned the win in four innings of work. Junior Harding also pitched two innings. Reynaldo Rivera was 3 for 4 with one homerun. Jacob Silverstein was 2 for 3. Brody Wofford was 2 for 4.

The Indians outlasted Gulf Coast 7-4 on April 21. Bowden Francis (11-2) was the winning pitcher. He threw five innings with four strikeouts. Ryan Shauger pitched 1.2 innings. Andrew Grogan pitched 1 inning. Reynaldo Rivera, Max Guzman and Brody Wofford all homered in the game. Jose Caballero, Andrew Bechtold and Rivera each went 2 for 5.

Chipola first baseman Reynaldo Rivera was the NJCAA National Player of the Week and the FCSAA Florida Player of the Week for April 20. The sophomore from Toa Alta, Puerto Rico, batted .867 (13-for-15) with nine runs scored, two doubles, two home runs and nine RBIs in four games during the voting period. He led the Indians to a perfect 4-0 week as they wrapped up the Panhandle Conference Championship. 

For the latest news visit, www.chipolaathletics.com

 

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April 27, 2017

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CHIPOLA ATHLETES GO NEXT LEVEL—Eight Chipola College athletes recently signed scholarships to play at four-year universities next year.   Pictured from left, are: (front) women’s basketball: Tiaera Phillips (University of Dayton), Barbara Johnson (University of Mississippi), Danielle Garven (University of Pittsburgh), Sydnee McDonald (University of Central Florida) (back) baseball players Roberto Negron (North Carolina A & T), Andrew Bechtold (Louisiana State University), basketball player Eric Cobb (University of Connecticut) and baseball player Junior Harding (University of Missouri).

 

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