April 6, 2009

Chipola to host “Strikeout” Cancer Game

 

The Chipola Lady Indians will host the first Annual “Strikeout” Cancer game on Thursday, April 9, at the Chipola Softball Field.  The Lady Indians will take on Pensacola in a double header that will be played at 4 and 6 p.m. 

The Lady Indians will be attired in pink to pay tribute to those affected by breast cancer.  Commemorative shirts and bracelets will be on sale with proceeds donated to the American Cancer Society. The first pitch of the game will be thrown out by a breast cancer survivor. 

Chipola coach Belinda Hendrix says, “The Lady Indians hope to bring a greater sense of awareness to breast cancer and to celebrate the brave individuals who have battled and continue to battle this dreadful disease. We are asking for the support of the community, the families of breast cancer victims, as well as breast cancer survivors to participate in our endeavor to ‘Strikeout’ Cancer.” 

For more information on this event, contact Belinda Hendrix at 850-718-2358.

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April 8, 2009

 

MARIANNA ARTS FESTIVAL AND BBQ COOKOFF STILL ON AT CITIZEN’S LODGE PARK

 

            MARIANNA—The MARIANNA ARTS FESTIVAL AND BBQ COOKOFF will proceed as scheduled at Citizens Lodge Park on Friday and Saturday April 17 & 18.

The pre-view dinner will be held on Thursday evening April 16th from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and will also be held as planned. The band Second Time Around will be playing and tickets must be purchased in advance - $20 each. Contact Richard Kunde at 209-2959 for your tickets.

                Given the flooding at Citizens Lodge, many people have been questioning whether the park will be dry enough to handle the event. The committee wants to reassure everyone that based on the best information available, the water level at Citizens Lodge Park will recede quickly and have plenty of time to dry out before the start of activities. Extended weather forecasts call for sunny, dry conditions between now and the start of the festival.

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April 9, 2009

CHIPOLA WINS SECOND STRAIGHT STATE BRAIN BOWL TITLE

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Brain Bowl Gold Team won Florida’s State Brain Bowl Tournament on March 28.

            Chipola successfully defended its 2008 state championship, the first in school history, by defeating perennial favorite Valencia Community College (515-200) in the championship round.  Chipola Gold was unbeaten (10-0) in the tournament. The Chipola Blue team also participated in the state tournament with a seventh place finish.

            Several Chipola players scored among the top 20 individuals in the tournament, including: Brad Wells (seventh), Cody Pickens (eighth), Ryan Wells (tenth), Anthony Garrett (seventeenth) and Nathan Hooppell (twentieth).

            Chipola Gold team members are: Jordan Belser, Anthony Garrett, Brad Wells and Ryan Wells. Chipola Blue team members are: Nathan Hooppell, Ethan Hewett, Drew Padgett, Cody Pickens and Anthony Berkeley.

            Chipola coaches are Stan Young and Dr. Robert Dunkle. Coach Young, said, “Our players and my fellow coach Robert Dunkle put in many hours of hard work to defend the state title. A lot of credit also goes to the many college employees who have supported our team.”

            Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough, said, “The Brain Bowl team represents the best of the best in the state of Florida.  I congratulate the team and coaches for the hard work they invested to reach this goal.”

            The purpose of FCCAA Brain Bowl competition is to recognize outstanding student academic achievement, to promote community interest in academic excellence in the community colleges, and to foster relations among faculty and students.

            Chipola is enjoying its best season ever with five tournaments wins and many outstanding individual performances.  The team recently finished second in the National NAQT Tournament.  

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CHIPOLA WINS SECOND STRAIGHT STATE BRAIN BOWL TITLE—The Chipola College Brain Team won Florida’s State Brain Bowl Tournament on March 28. Chipola Gold team members are:  (from left) Brad Wells, Anthony Garrett, Jordan Belser and Ryan Wells.

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April 9, 2009

NOTICE OF PRESS CONFERENCE

 

WHO: Chipola College Academic All-Americans and State Brain Bowl Champions

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

WHEN: Tuesday, April 14, 10 a.m.

WHERE: Atrium of Chipola College Literature/Language Building

Chipola College Academic All-American nominees Cassie Mitchell and Russell Register and Chipola Brain Bowl State Champs will be recognized along with their faculty advisers.

The All-American students were nominated for USA Today Academic All-American edition. Russell Register was named a bronze team member.

The Chipola Brain Bowl Blue Team recently captured the school’s second state championship.

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April 9, 2009

YANKEE DOODLE COMING TO RIVERSIDE APRIL 13 AND 14

 

            MARIANNA—Yankee Doodle will come to town, Monday and Tuesday, April 13 and 14, for a hands-on program for 5th grade students at Riverside Elementary School.   Professional musicians Donna Wissinger and Joy Myers will help students understand the role which music and musicians played in the American Revolutionary War.  The program will cover the insights, causes, and attitudes of the various participants in the conflict.   

            “The World Turned Upside Down:  Music of the American Revolution” is sponsored by the Chipola Regional Arts Association, the Opportunity Fund, and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs.

            For more information contact Joan Stadsklev at stadsklevj@chipola.edu,

or call 850-718-2301.

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YANKEE DOODLE COMING TO TOWN—Yankee Doodle will come to town, Monday and Tuesday, April 13 and 14, for a hands-on program for 5th grade students at Riverside Elementary School. Professional musicians Donna Wissinger (left) and Joy Myers help students understand the role which music and musicians played in this conflict.

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April 9, 2009

CHIPOLA OFFICIALS TO CUT RIBBON FOR RENOVATED BUILDING

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College District Board of Trustees will host a Ribbon-Cutting and Open House of the newly renovated Building ‘L’, Tuesday, April 21, at 4:30 p.m. 

            The renovation project will provide additional classroom space and a new home for the college’s ACE (Academic Center for Excellence). 

            Whiterock & Associates, Inc., completed the renovation at a cost of $1.7 million. 

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April 9, 2009

PUBLIC INVITED TO APRIL 16 MEETING OF BLUE SPRINGS GROUP

 

             MARIANNA—The public is invited to attend a meeting of the Blue Springs Working Group, Thursday, April 16, in the Continuing Education Building Conference Room at Chipola College.

            Presentations begin at 9 a.m. and run until 1 p.m. Chipola science professor Allan Tidwell, Working Group Leader, will direct the meeting.

            Speakers will include: Kenneth Stephens, District 5 County Commissioner; Chuck Hatcher, Director of Jackson County Parks and Recycling; Craig Bishop, farmer; Russell Williams, Springs Ambassador; Edd Sorenson, cave diver; Connie Bersok, Springs Coordinator, DEP; Greg Nolin, Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA;

            Topics for discussion will include: Case Study of the Shangri-La Sinkhole Cleanup and planning for Old Timer’s Day which is set for May 2 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

            Vicki B. Fuqua will discuss the reorganization of Millpond Homeowners Association.

            John Trott, Vicki Fuqua and Edd Sorenson will provide party barges for tours of the Mill Pond to include all of the springs, weather permitting.

            For information, contact Allan Tidwell at 850-718-2761, Ext. 3248 or email tidwella@chipola.edu .

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April 9, 2009

CHIPOLA TO OFFER LIFEGUARD TRAINING

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer a Red Cross Lifeguard Training course beginning Monday, May 4. A pre-requisite swim test is scheduled for 4 p.m., Thursday, April 30.

            The course will meet from 4 to 8 p.m. on May 4-7 and May 11-16.  

            Students must be must be at least age 15 by the first day of class. Participants must be able to swim 500 yards continuously, perform a variety of water safety skills and pass a written test.  Completion of the course does not guarantee summer employment.

            Cost is $175.  Pre-registration is required in the Continuing Education Office at 718-2473.

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April 9, 2009

 

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ROACH IS TOP CHIPOLA EMPLOYEE—Chipola College advisor Lindsay Roach has been selected the Faculty/Administrator/Professional Employee for the month of April. Roach has worked at Chipola since 1991 and serves as the college’s Articulation Officer.  Here, Roach (right) accepts the award from Dr. Joan Miller, Dean of Student Services.

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April 9, 2009

CHIPOLA OFFICIALS TO CUT RIBBON FOR RENOVATED BUILDING

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College District Board of Trustees will host a Ribbon-Cutting and Open House of the newly renovated Building ‘L’, Tuesday, April 21, at 4:30 p.m. 

            The renovation project will provide additional classroom space and a new home for the college’s ACE (Academic Center for Excellence). 

            Whiterock & Associates, Inc., completed the renovation at a cost of $1.7 million. 

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April 15, 2009

PUBLIC INVITED TO APRIL 16 MEETING OF BLUE SPRINGS GROUP

 

             MARIANNA—The public is invited to attend a meeting of the Blue Springs Working Group, Thursday, April 16, in the Continuing Education Building Conference Room at Chipola College.

            Presentations begin at 9 a.m. and run until 1 p.m. Chipola science professor Allan Tidwell, Working Group Leader, will direct the meeting.

            Speakers will include: Kenneth Stephens, District 5 County Commissioner; Chuck Hatcher, Director of Jackson County Parks and Recycling; Craig Bishop, farmer; Russell Williams, Springs Ambassador; Edd Sorenson, cave diver; Connie Bersok, Springs Coordinator, DEP; Greg Nolin, Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA;

            Topics for discussion will include: Case Study of the Shangri-La Sinkhole Cleanup and planning for Old Timer’s Day which is set for May 2 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

            Vicki B. Fuqua will discuss the reorganization of Millpond Homeowners Association.

            John Trott, Vicki Fuqua and Edd Sorenson will provide party barges for tours of the Mill Pond to include all of the springs, weather permitting.

            For information, contact Allan Tidwell at 850-718-2761, Ext. 3248 or email tidwella@chipola.edu .

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April 17, 2009

CHIPOLA OFFICIALS TO CUT RIBBON FOR RENOVATED BUILDING

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College District Board of Trustees will host a Ribbon-Cutting and Open House of the newly renovated Building ‘L’, Tuesday, April 21, at 4:30 p.m. 

            The renovation project will provide additional classroom space and a new home for the college’s ACE (Academic Center for Excellence). 

            Whiterock & Associates, Inc., completed the renovation at a cost of $1.7 million. 

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April 17, 2009

CHIPOLA STUDENTS RECOGNIZED BY USA TODAY ACADEMIC PROGRAM

           

            MARIANNA—Chipola College students Russell Register and Cassie Mitchell have earned high honors from USA Today Academic Team program. The program is associated with Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges.  

            Register was named a member of the All-USA Today Coca-Cola Bronze Team. He will receive a medallion and $1,000, and was highlighted in the April 6 edition of USA Today

            Mitchell was named a Coca-Cola Finalist in the All-USA Academic Team competition and also will receive $1,000. Both students were named to the All-Florida First Team. Mitchell also has earned a $3,000 award from FSU. 

            Russell Register is an active member of Chipola’s Phi Theta Kappa honor society. PTK adviser Pam Rentz, says, “His compassion for others, his undeniable leadership, and his academic achievement distinguish him from other students.”

            Russell became active in PTK as a Marianna High School senior while dually enrolled at Chipola.  He quickly shared his passion for working with medical organizations to provide support in finding cures for serious illnesses that affected members of his family, as well as members of our community.  He implemented “Project Patients,” an avenue to work with various charitable organizations.

            Having a maternal aunt who died of brain cancer, Russell has been passionate about the American Cancer Society.  He served as captain of a Relay for Life team which raised $900 in the Relay Walk and he helped to sponsor a Breast Cancer Awareness Seminar on campus.  As a result of this event, students began to share their experiences with the disease, and a community of support was born. 

            Russell led chapter members in a partnership with the Chipola women’s basketball team for “Think Pink Night” to raise awareness of breast cancer. Rentz says, “Russell has taken a prominent leadership role with the American Cancer Society on our campus.”

            Russell also helped with the March of Dimes, heading a fundraising drive and coordinating a team to participate in the March of Dimes Walk.  He helped to raise $200 with a cake auction with a local elementary school. He also organized a team for the first Jackson County Multiple Sclerosis Society Walk.

            Russell also conducted a toy drive and organized a trip to the Shriners’ Hospital in Tampa, delivering toys and books to be used for birthday and Christmas gifts for pediatric patients.  He created craft projects for members to use during one-on-one time with the patients. Under Russell’s leadership, many Chipola students and local citizens donated their time and money to these worthwhile organizations.

            Russell helped to lead all these projects while maintaining a 4.0 grade point average to become valedictorian of his Marianna High School class. Rentz, says, “Even as a dual enrollment student, Russell led with humor, dedication, and generosity, making him so important to our chapter, campus and community, and truly, he is worthy of this award.” 

            Register said, “I have great pride in my community and pride for Chipola College.  Both of my parents are Chipola alumni, as are many family members and friends.  The Chipola legacy is one I value because of the advantages that I have received by attending this outstanding institution.”

            Register is the son of Russell and Jill Register of Marianna. He plans to transfer to the University of West Florida to major in history.

 

Chipola sophomore Cassie Mitchell of Sneads was named a finalist in the in the USA Today All-American competition. She also was awarded a scholarship from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation in 2008. 

            In addition to many service activities, Mitchell is a member of the Honors Program, Show Choir and the New Friends Program. She was involved in numerous Phi Theta Kappa projects. She also is a Chipola Student Ambassador and a member of the Student Government Association.

            According to Chipola English professor Pam Rentz, “Cassie is big energy disguised in a tiny package. She brings enthusiasm to every project.  Her compassion for others, along with her deep desire to serve, makes her an asset to both our campus and community.”

            Cassie’s goal of promoting reading and learning at every grade level from preschool to college through the “Leaps for Literacy” program featured many projects, including “Pajama Night” at the Jackson County Public Library.  Cassie recruited Phi Theta Kappa chapter members to read to children of all ages who showed up at the library in pajamas and carrying pillows and blankets. 

            Cassie also provided leadership for the “Characters with Class,” project in which she accompanied children’s author Paula Stark to 20 area elementary schools.  While Stark read her book Abraham the Alligator to over 5,000 students, Cassie and other chapter members dressed as characters and interacted with the children.

            For middle school students, Cassie organized the “Behind the Scenes” a competition in which student teams read a novel and created a life-size scene for the competition on the Chipola campus.  The middle school teachers praised the project for helping to get their students excited about reading. 

            For high school and college students, Cassie organized a free ACT Prep course.  Cassie recruited college faculty to teach the Saturday sessions.  Some 150 students participants reported score increases with 70 percent improving in at least one subtest and some by as many as 10 points.

            Cassie also volunteers in the Chipola Academic Center for Excellence, a free tutorial service on campus, where she works individually with students. “Throughout my community college career I have been exposed to many wonderful English professors who have stressed the importance of literacy, as well as the enjoyment one can derive from reading. The academic program and the leadership opportunities provided to me at Chipola have given me a passion for literacy in Chipola’s five-county district and beyond.”

            Mitchell is the daughter of Lonnie and Joyce Mitchell of Sneads. She plans to transfer to Florida State University to major in Public Relations.

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TOP ACADEMICS RECOGNIZED AT CHIPOLA—Chipola College students Russell Register and Cassie Mitchell have earned high honors from USA Today Academic Team program. The students were recognized at a recent press conference at the college. Register was named a member of the All-USA Today Coca-Cola Bronze Team. Mitchell of Sneads was named a finalist in the in the USA Today All-American competition.

Pictured from left, are: Phi Theta Kappa adviser Pam Rentz, Russell Register, Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough, Cassie Mitchell and Chipola vice president Dr. Sarah Clemmons.

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April 17, 2009

CHIPOLA MATH OLYMPIC WINNERS

 

 

            MARIANNA--Some 200 students representing 14 area high schools participated in the 25th annual Chipola College Math Olympiad on April 10.

Students competed individually on written exams in Algebra I and II, Geometry, Trigonometry and Calculus.  Teams competed in three Ciphering competitions and for Team Awards that are earned through highest combined scores on the written exams.  For their hard work, the students earned certificates of participation and were treated to lunch.  The event concluded with an awards ceremony in the college Arts Center.

            Overall team winners are: first, Blountstown High School, team members: Harlea Perdue, Caitlyn Steward, Ashley Adams; second, Vernon High School, team members: Aidos Utebayev, Thomas Capps, Caitlin Smith.

                Ciphering team winners are:

            Algebra I—first, Blountstown High School, team members: Caitlyn Stewart, Saad Farooqi, P.J. Buggs; second, Chipley High School, team members: Zack Butler, Julia Veit, Tyler Pettis.

            Algebra II—first, Marianna High School, team members: Paul Gochenaur, Zach Gilmore, Alex Bigale; second, Vernon High School, team members: Caitlin Smith, Victoria Tanaka, Alex Anderson.

            Geometry—first, Vernon High School, team members: Aidos Utebayev, Autumn Basinger, Chris Beard; second, Blountstown High School, team members: Harlea Perdue, Travis Pittman, Stewart Herndon.

            Individual award winners by category are:

            Algebra Ifirst, Chipley High School, Zack Butler; second, Blountstown High School, Caitlyn Stewart; third(tie), Blountstown High School, Saad Farooqi; Holmes County High School, Alex Meintel; fourth, Holmes County High School, Zach Cooley; fifth, Holmes County High School, Madison Simmons; sixth (tie), Altha Public School, Tyler McClellan; Bethlehem High School, Summer Potter; seventh (tie), Chipley High School, Tyler Pettis; Graceville High School, Jen He So; eighth (tie), Marianna High School, Will Glover; Chipley High School, Julia Veit; ninth, Marianna High School, Jamie McCoy; tenth (tie), Vernon High School, Thomas Capps; Sneads High School, Alan Toole.

            Algebra IIfirst, Liberty County High School, Jing Jing Dai; second, Marianna High School, Zach Gilmore; third, Blountstown High School, Aubrey Tharpe; fourth, Blountstown High School, Ashley Adams; fifth, Marianna High School, Alex Bigale; sixth, Vernon High School, Victoria Tanaka; seventh, Vernon High School, Alex Anderson; eighth (tie), Marianna High School, Paul Gochenaur; Altha Public School, Lucas Basford; ninth, Sneads High School, Justin Edge; tenth (tie), Bethlehem High School, Whitley Albury; Blountstown High School, Tarak Amin; Graceville High School, Garrett Steverson.

            Geometryfirst, Vernon High School, Aidos Utebayev; second, Blountstown High School, Travis Pittman; third (tie), Blountstown High School, Harlea Perdue and Stewart Herndon; fourth, Holmes County High School, Jon Pendoley; fifth (tie), Marianna High School,Clayton Rooks; Poplar Springs High School, Sarah Bowen; sixth (tie), Marianna High School, Ashley Laramore; Chipley High School, Michael Pritchard; seventh (tie), Marianna High School, Kristi Folds; Altha Public School, Kala Sewell; eighth, Sneads High School, Chris Justiss; ninth (tie), Chipley High School, Luke Hinson; Bethlehem High School, Brittany Riley; tenth (tie), Bethlehem High School, Brittany May; Liberty County High School, Shawn Arrant.

            Trigonometryfirst, Marianna High School, Travis Bontrager; second, Chipley High School, Jessica O’Keefe; third, Vernon High School, Sakib Rahman; fourth (tie), Holmes County High School, Haley Granger; Marianna High School, Maria Anna Osiecka; fifth, Bethlehem High School, Ethan Thomas; sixth, Holmes County High School, Christy Bess; seventh, Holmes County High School, Cody Brentner; eighth, Vernon High School, Belton Snider; ninth (tie), Chipley High School, Hillary Saunder and Adriane Guettler; tenth, Bethlehem High School, Heidi Kriser.

           Calculusfirst, Bethlehem High School, Megan Dady; second, Marianna High School, Sai Chin; third, Marianna High School, Chris Sawyer; fourth, Chipley High School, John Tomkiewicz; fifth, Chipley High School, Miranda Shaw; sixth, Chipley High School, Marybeth Alderman; seventh, Marianna High School, Alex Nowell; eighth, Bethlehem High School, Mindy Dampier; ninth, Holmes County High School, Ashlee Eaton; and tenth (tie), Chipley High School, Charity Newsom; Holmes County High School, Gary Moore.    

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April 17, 2009

CHIPOLA PRESENTS JUST A SINGIN’ AND SWINGIN’ CONCERT

           

            MARIANNA—“Just a Singin’ and Swingin’” a free concert featuring the Chipola College’s Chamber Chorus and Jazz Band is set for Thursday, April 23, at 7:00 p.m. in the Chipola Arts Center.

            Jazz Band director Daniel Powell says, “The Jazz Band will play more consecutive notes in a single piece than it ever has before under my direction.  It will continue its tradition of excellent performing with an eclectic program including Latin, fun, rock, ballad, and swing styles.  Whatever you desire, the CC Jazz Band offers you ‘a bailout’ from your hectic life and will deliver an evening of enjoyment and excitement.”

            The Chipola Chamber Chorus’ eclectic program under the direction of Bethany Kiral and accompanied by Dr. Josh Martin will include Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “People Will Say We’re in Love,”  Stephen Foster’s “Come Where My Love Lies Dreaming,” “Deep Purple,” by Peter de Rose,  Mendelssohn’s  “He, Watching Over Israel,” from Elijah and more.

            The concert is free and only requires the public to come ready to tap their toes, expect to have fun, and enjoy a wide variety of good music. 

            For information contact Joan Stadsklev, Director of Fine and Performing Arts at stadsklevj@chipola.edu or by phoning 850-718-2301.

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April 17, 2009

CHIPOLA SCIENCE CLUB TO HOST STAR-GAZING EVENT

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Science Club will host a Star Gazing event, Tuesday, April 21, around 7:30 p.m., on the lawn of the Milton H. Johnson Health Center.

            Star gazers will be able to use the LX 200 12 inch Reflecting Telescope to see Jupiter and some constellations.

            For information, contact Dr. Jeff Bodart at 526-2761, Ext. 3252.

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April 17, 2009

Chipola Student Art on Display

 

            MARIANNA—An art exhibit featuring the work of Chipola College students is now on display in the gallery of the McLendon Fine Arts building.

            The original works were created in Drawing I and II, Sculpture, Three-Dimensional Art, and Ceramics classes taught by art instructors Kelly Boehmer and Chuck Carbia.

            The public is invited to enjoy the exhibit weekdays from 7:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. through April 28.

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April 17, 2009

FREE PIANO CONCERT WEDNESDAY AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Department of Fine and Performing Arts presents a guest artist concert by pianist Andrew O'Brien, Wednesday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m.

            The concert will be held in the Violet H. McLendon Fine Arts Building, Room H108. This event is free and open to the public.

            Works by Haydn, Schumann, Szymanowski, Debussy, and Chopin will be performed by O'Brien.

            O’Brien is a doctoral candidate in piano performance at Arizona State University. He holds degrees in piano performance from Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University and New England Conservatory.    He is an adjunct faculty member in piano and music theory at Scottsdale Community College and is a member of the College of Examiners of the Royal Conservatory of Music.

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April 17, 2009

CHIPOLA SHOW CHOIR, MUSIC AND THEATER SCHOLARSHIP DATES

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College scholarship audition dates are scheduled for Music and Theatre for the 2009-10 academic year.            

            Show Choir auditions are set for April 21 at 4 p.m. Theatre/Musical Theatre audition dates are April 23 and May 21.      

            High school graduates with acceptable academic records and aptitude planning to major in music or theatre are eligible to apply for scholarships. Show Choir auditions are open to all students in all majors.  Rock and Jazz scholarships are available upon audition for instrumentalists of any major.

                The Show Choir is open to all full-time Chipola students. Students should wear comfortable clothes and shoes for the dance audition and bring an accompanied vocal solo with sheet music or an accompaniment track. Students also must bring a completed Show Choir Application, available in the Fine Arts Office or at www.chipola.edu,

            Individual auditions begin at 4 p.m. with solo vocal auditions followed by a group dance routine.

            The Show Choir is directed by Angie White and Dr. Josh Martin and performs throughout the southeast for various events, schools and civic organizations.  The group has won awards at Invitational Show Choir Workshops, participated in the Florida Community College Show Choir Festivals, and has been guest performer on Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise lines.  The annual Show Choir Jazzmatazz show is always a sell-out.

            For information, contact the Fine and Performing Arts office at 850-718-2227 or Joan Stadsklev at 718-2301 or stadsklevj@chipola.edu

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April 17, 2009

YANKEE DOODLE COMING TO TOWN FOR LOCAL STUDENTS

 

            MARIANNA—Yankee Doodle will come to town for hundreds of public school students this week.

            Professional musicians Donna Wissinger and Joy Myers will help students understand the role which music and musicians played in the American Revolutionary War.  The hands-on program for students will be presented at Altha School April 22, and at Ponce de Leon Elementary on April 23.

            The program will cover the insights, causes, and attitudes of the various participants in the conflict.         

            “The World Turned Upside Down:  Music of the American Revolution” is sponsored by the Chipola Regional Arts Association, the Opportunity Fund, and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs.

            For more information contact Joan Stadsklev at stadsklevj@chipola.edu,

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YANKEE DOODLE COMING TO TOWN— Yankee Doodle will come to town for hundreds of public school students this week. Professional musicians Donna Wissinger (left) and Joy Myers will help students understand the role which music and musicians played in the American Revolutionary War.  The hands-on program for students will be presented at Altha School April 22, and at Ponce de Leon Elementary on April 23.

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April 17, 2009

BEOWULF TO BE PRESENTED AT GRACEVILLE ELEMENTARY

 

            GRACEVILLE—Hear ye!  Hear ye!  The minstrels have come to town. Award-winning educators and internationally-acclaimed musicians Donna Wissinger and Joy Myers collaborate to bring the epic tale Beowulf to life at Graceville Elementary School on April 22.  

            Dancing and playing Renaissance music on period instruments, Donna and Joy engage the minds and hearts of students by enacting the oldest story in the English language in the Renaissance style of audience participation and humor. 

            The presentation covers Sunshine State Standards and core curriculum benchmarks in world history, literature and the musical and dramatic arts. 

            Students will experience Shakespeare’s wit and wisdom and the art of alliteration and see in their imaginations heroic knights sailing the sea and tales of courage and honor.  Language arts, theatre, music, history and culture are woven together into this fun-filled educational experience.

            Beowulf:  A Tale of Courage and Honor is sponsored by the Chipola Regional Arts Association, the Opportunity Fund and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs.

            For more information, contact Joan Stadsklev at stadsklevj@chipola.edu or 850-718-2301.

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April 17, 2009

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer a variety of short courses in the coming weeks.

            An Observing & Recording Child Behavior course will meet Monday & Wednesday, May 13 through June 22 from 6 to 9:20 p.m.  Cost is $191. 

            A Lifeguard Training class will meet May 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13 and 14, 4 to 8 p.m.; Cost is $175. (Pre-Requisite Swim – April 30 @ 4p.m. – No Charge To Qualify)

            Chipola also offers custom workshops. The following are available: Eat That Frog: Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done; Whale Done: The Power of Positive Relationships; The Pygmalion Effect: Managing the Power of Expectations; Discussing Performance; The Attitude Virus: Curing Negativity in the Workplace; Team Building: What makes a Good Team Player?; and After All, You’re the Supervisor!

            Gatlin Education Services (GES) offers, open enrollment, online courses in: health care, internet graphics/web design, business, law and travel.  Register online at www.gatlineducation.com/chipola.

            Education To Go offers online programs in: computers, photography, languages, writing, entertainment, grant writing, business, sales, accounting, test prep, finance, health, child care, parenting, art, history, psychology, literature, statistics, philosophy, engineering, law and nursing. For dates and course outlines, visit www.ed2go.com/chipola .

For information about any of these non-credit courses, call 850-718-2395.                                          

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April 17, 2009

CHIPOLA TO OFFER LIFEGUARD TRAINING

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer a Red Cross Lifeguard Training course beginning Monday, May 4. A pre-requisite swim test is scheduled for 4 p.m., Thursday, April 30.

            The course will meet from 4 to 8 p.m. on May 4-7 and May 11-16.  

            Students must be must be at least age 15 by the first day of class. Participants must be able to swim 500 yards continuously, perform a variety of water safety skills and pass a written test.  Completion of the course does not guarantee summer employment.

            Cost is $175.  Pre-registration is required in the Continuing Education Office at 718-2473.

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April 17, 2009

CHIPOLA OFFICIALS TO CUT RIBBON FOR RENOVATED BUILDING

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College District Board of Trustees will host a Ribbon-Cutting and Open House of the newly renovated Building ‘L’, Tuesday, April 21, at 4:30 p.m. 

            The renovation project will provide additional classroom space and a new home for the college’s ACE (Academic Center for Excellence). 

            Whiterock & Associates, Inc., completed the renovation at a cost of $1.7 million. 

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April 23, 2009

CHIPOLA OFFICIALS CUT RIBBON FOR RENOVATED BUILDING

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College District Board of Trustees hosted a Ribbon-Cutting and Open House for the college’s newly renovated Building ‘L’ on April 21. 

            The renovation project provides additional classroom space and a new home for the college’s ACE (Academic Center for Excellence). 

            Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough thanked the college’s Board of Trustees for their leadership on the project which includes the Dean Allen Atrium, named for the late Webb Allen, the first dean of the college and one of the most influential leaders in the school’s history.  In addition to teaching, Dean Allen was practically the president of Chipola handling many of the day-to-day operations of the college from 1948 to 1978. Prough, who was a Chipola student during Allen’s tenure, said, “Dean Allen loved students and a genuine concern for them to succeed. We are proud to name the Dean Allen Atrium in his honor.”

            The renovation project also provides space for the college ACE (Academic Center for Excellence). Bonnie Smith, ACE Coordinator, said, “We appreciate the board and administration for providing this new space. We especially appreciate the faculty for supporting the ACE and our students.” ACE offers free peer tutoring for Chipola students.     

            Dr. Prough said, “To borrow a popular slogan, ACE is the place. This is the place where students can find help, find a friend, and find success in their college classes.”

            Whiterock & Associates, Inc., completed the renovation project at a cost of $1.7 million. 

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CHIPOLA OFFICIALS CUT RIBBON FOR RENOVATED BUILDING—The Chipola College District Board of Trustees hosted a Ribbon-Cutting and Open House for the college’s newly renovated Building ‘L’ on April 21. The renovation project provides additional classroom space and a new home for the college’s ACE (Academic Center for Excellence). 

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 April 23, 2009

CHIPOLA CLASS OF 2009 GRADUATES

           

            MARIANNA—Some 371 students were eligible for graduation at Chipola College at the end of the spring semester. Graduation exercises are scheduled for Thursday, May 7 at 7 p.m. in the Milton Johnson Health Center.

            Counted as members of the class are all who completed their degrees or vocational certificates from December of ‘08 to May of ‘09 or who will complete work at Chipola during the summer of ’09.

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

Bachelor of Science Degrees

            Bonifay— Carole Elizabeth Chandler, Lori Nicole Holland.

            Graceville—Nathan Day.

            Marianna—James Charles Krieger, II, Lorelei Jean Nicholson.

            Westville—Kevin William Shull.

            Out-of District—Kari L. Kind-Adams, Orlando.

Bachelor of Applied Science Degrees

            Bonifay—David Lee Whitaker.

            Chipley—Jenna Nicole Peel.

            Graceville—Shelley Dean Jurgonski.

            Grand Ridge—Jennifer Nicole Goodwin.

            Marianna—Dustin Alan Ballard, Michael Jason Barber, Brittni Jasmon Spires, Matthew Benjamin White.

            Sneads—Terri Leah Johnson.

            Out-of District—Monica Shakeva Kennedy, Flomaton, Ala.

Associate in Arts Degrees

            Alford—Angelia Renae Martin, Matthew McIntosh, Dawn Michelle Williams.

            Altha—Jantzen Daniel Bailey, Andrea Nichole DeBolt, Ashton Maree Lee, James Edward McCalvin, Joy R. Miles, Bradford Eugene Neel, Kasey D. Roberts, Katie Jo Robinson, Amanda Elyse Senterfitt, Bradley James Wells, Ryan Edward Wells.

            Bascom—Laura Lee Day, Miranda Kelli Jordan, Shyera Marquise McCollough, Jillian Joan Stephens.

            Blountstown—Karla Marie Atkins, Kristen Bracewell, Breanna Daniels, Melissa A. Ellis, Jessica Amber Goodman, Brandi N. Greene, Sarah E. Hatcher, Hannah Ruth Johnson, Joshua Marshal Lilly, Jimmy Dale Marshall, Jr., Candice Nicole Nealy, Noelle Christine Smith, Christina Ann Thomas, Nicholas Nance Tomlinson, Mary LaTosha Webb.

            Bonifay—Lindsey Shea Tate, Mary Ann Alexander, Stephen O'Brian Andrews, Corey Wayne Bailes, Kimberley Cassia Brown, Jessica Leigh Cline, James A. Craft, Jacqueline Don, Grant Lamar Gavin, Jessica Lynn Griffin, Adam Charles Hahn, Rachael Elizabeth Hodge, Ryan Scott Hodge, Jamarious Da Rae Johns, Kimberly Suzanne Leeds, Seanna Henderson Mattox, Aaron Thomas Moore, Chelsey Marie Parker, April Lynn Steverson, David Luke Strickland, Kyrie Strickland, Samuel Taylor Toole, Holly Nicole Langford Watkins, Victoria Elizabeth Wells, Angela Marie Wiley, Elizabeth Nicole Williams, Angie Michelle Womble, Derek Daran Worley.

            Bristol—Darren Deon Evans, Desirae Chatham Johnson.

            Campbellton—Latosha Burgess, Keona Jenae Daniels, David Aaron Hitchcock, Crystal Lynn Lane, Carlos Terrell Pittman, Phylicia Russ.

            Caryville—Damien Dimitri Colgate Needham.

            Chipley—Laci Gail Abbott, Sandra Marie Baguzis, Candice April Baxley, Jordan R. Belser, Danielle Nicole Brantley, Vicki Lynn Burger, Tamarette Claiborne, Phillip Augustus Draayom, Danielle Helen Guettler, Matthew Dale Minchin, Alex Nelson, Gina L. Page, Casey Lee Parish, Matthew Ryan Park, Justin Lyntz Peters, Scott A. Rudd, Terry Wayne Weeks, Tiffany Janae Williams, Katherine A. Yglesias.

            Clarksville—Maegan Elizabeth Davis, Jason Holland, Bart Walter Nichols.

            Cottondale—Kelly Alexis Bellamy, Marcus L. Bellamy, Kendall Boggs, David Ralph Len Hamm, Leah Hanchard, Kayla Sue Jones, Onelio Miguel Maus, Caitlin W. Miller, Jamie M. Neff, Hannah Kristene Robbins, Candace Roulhac, Miranda Paige Scurlock, Tiffany M. Tate, Mary Allison Trolard, Anthony Edward Vitale, Tamekia Lasha Walton, Jessica Renee Weeks.

            Fountain—Karinia Carlene Jackson.

            Graceville—Kimberly Ann Broxton, Jessica Lynn Collins, Courtney Kate Corbin, Jeremy Daniel Cox, Stephen Troy Golden, Michael Inscho, Ciara Nicole Jackson, James Tyler Johnson, Nekiesha Nelcia McDowall, Evan Messer, Lindsey Lina Miller, Danielle Marie Moreno, Jamie Leigh Skinner, Keith Curtis Watford.

            Grand Ridge—Ricky Jerel Baker, Richard Christian Curlee Joyner, Bradley J. Nissley, Malisa Lyn Owens, Ramon Marlin Elias Perez, Sara Riley, Aaron Thomas White, Marlene York.

            Greenwood—Cherish Lynn Basford, Jessica Lynne Bradley, Princess Lauren Cockerham, Anthony Deion Garrett, Sarranda Tamika Hall, India Lorene Hatcher, Shannon Alicia Hatcher, Jeromy Todd Maddox, Tamika Manning, Donyea' D. Morgan, Russell Baker Register, Heather C. Robbirds, Ismail Bilal Rushdan.

            Malone—Adam Herring, William Lee Herring, Wendy Wathasia Miley.

            Marianna—Mary Sue Adams, Derek Joseph Alday, Matthew Amos, Shakela Latrice Baker, Braytez Jalita Barnes, Desmund J. Barnes, Janie R. Barnes, Jarrod M. Barnes, Ashley Taylor Baxter, Sonal Bhakta, Joseph Alan Blechinger, Megan Daniele Blount, William Russell Booth, II, Asia M. Brown, Dewanda Latrell Bryant, Sarita Bianca Bryant, Ryann Leigh Cantrell, Chelsea Renee Carroll, Lori Ann Cherry, Chasma Chimera Crawford, Seaddh S. Dalal, Jessica Kathleen Davis, Britton Brooks Dennis, III, Charli Amanda Dickson, Chelsea Leigh Dixson, Taylor D. Dover, John Tyler Ellerbee, Lauren Nicole Ellis, John Henry Flagg, III, Traterica J. Gainer, Sylvianna C. Garrett, Vickie Nichole Gibson, Jessica Jenice Godwin, Robert Arthur Hoff, III, Trevor Dewayne Johnson, Stephen Michael Johnson, Jr., Priscilla Jones, Jennifer Lynn Lancette, Casey Michelle Lawrence, Stacy Ann Martin, Lucas Jeremy Mayo, Jason Merrifield, Matthew B. Mitchell, Veronica Yvette Oliver, Kristen Ashley Paul, Stephanie Kimberly Pettis, Henry Petty, Jordan Brooke Pippin, Portia Shontia Pollock, Geoffrey Brannon Poole, Tanisha L. Pope , Victoria Rena Rhynes, Roderick La'Keith Robinson, Sharon Lynette Roulhac, Chirag Pravinchandra Shah, Kevin Dirk Shores, Kimberly Danielle Shuler, Kathryn Elizabeth Simpson, Crystal Lee Spurlock, Lameisha Latrell Staley, Rhonda L. Stone, Amanda Jean Sugars, John Henry Taylor, III, Melanie Beth Tuta, Orean Thomas Waddell, Holly Walters, Teresa Kendyl Ward, Aryca Nicole Westfall, Matthew Benjamin White, Katie Dee Williams.

            Ponce De Leon—Elizabeth Adele McCombs, Larry Ned Dylan Skinner.

            Sneads—Amy Scipper Allen, Tressa Luvon Baker, Jacob Lamar Boone, Jordan Danielle Coley, Alicia Harvey, Westanna Marie Harvey, Dustin Glenn Hewett, Paris Sherrell Holmes, Terri Leah Johnson, Jessica Elizabeth Lawson, Cassie Lynn Mitchell, Joyce A. Mitchell, Kalvin Weeks.

            Vernon—Danielle Joy Adkison, Alton A. Rodgers, III, Elizabeth Kay Sewell.

            Westville—Rhonda Jean Best, Shannon Michelle Griffin, Samantha Hudson, Judy Odom Montes, Catherine Tinsley, Savannah Whigham.

            Out-of-District—Jason Nicholas Townsend, Albany, Ga.; Christopher Roach, Andover, N.J.; Jessica Renea Smith, Ashford, Ala.; Dustin Spruill, Auburn, Ala.; Tina Louise Jones, Blakely, Ga.; Brittany Mayers, Burnaby, CN; Stanislas S. James, Chattahoochee; Jason L. Bailey, Colquitt, Ga.; Rayna McClinton, Columbia, S.C.; Jonathan Bruce Kreft, Coral Springs; Jamia Toranika Akins, Crestview; Gary L Flowers, Dallas, Tex.; Marsha M. Stepler, Dothan, Ala.; Brooke Ashley Muth, Fallsington, Pa.; David Andrew Buchanan, Fayetteville, Ga.; Edmund Sparks, Hampton, Ga.; Lenita Sanford, Inglewood, Calif.; Kyle Adam Regnault, Johnston, RI; Daniel B. Renfroe, Lizella, Ga; Mark Ellis, Maple Ridge, CN; Marc Bourgeois, Montreal, CN; Kerry L. Vickery and Melissa Walker, Panama City; Jordan S. Lucas, Port Charlotte; Rebekah A. Lewis, S. Pittsburgh, Tenn.; Allison Anne Bass, Haley Ann Brady, Kami Victoria Fannin, Jacob Pooser and Joshua Andrew Rogers, Tallhassee; Ellen Theresa Manor, Wewahitchka and Makayla Marie Hollis, Youngstown.

 

Associate in Science Degrees

            Altha—Joanna Sellars Chamberlain, Kristy Dawn DesRosier, Sharonne Marie Jemison, Tonya Loray Rowe.

            Blountstown—Janna Laura Grantham.

            Bonifay—Leah Michelle Epley, Brittany Pickwick, Clinton Wesley Smith.

            Chipley—Haley Justine Hinson, Adriene La Shan Reed.

            Cottondale—Michael Kent.

            Graceville—Jessica D. Sorey.

            Grand Ridge—Tiffany Elaine Adams, Karen Lynn Clark, Courtney Jeanette Lewis, Mary Ann May.

            Greenwood—Jennifer C. Neto.

            Marianna—Angela Michelle Baxter, Jacqueline C. Bennett, Christina Ruth Delameter, Terry Josh Dudley, John Tyler Ellerbee, Shannon Marie Forlong, Sherri Lynn Johnson, Jesika L. Lipford, Florence L. Martinez, Jennifer Rydberg, Cy Sims, Deena Michelle Zimmerman.

            Sneads—Jonita Martin, Jessica Maria Patterson.

            Out-of-District—Jeremy Jacob, Baton Rouge, La.; Brandy Nicole Padgett, Black, Ala.; Kerry Elizabeth Bryant and Brittany Nicole Rogers, Chattahoochee; Patrick Alan Corbin, Clay, N.Y.; Sequoyah Griffin, Columbus, Ga.; William Jeremy Lewis and Myra Gail Monk, Cottonwood, Ala.; Amber Dale Christie, Crawfordville; Latoya Williams, Gainesville; Joshua Rashun Sain, Jackson, Tenn.; Carolyn Mills, Lebanon, Tenn.; Trevor Deloach, Lexington, S.C.; Torye Pelham, Nashville, Tenn.; Georgien Williams, New York, N.Y.; Michelle L. Snow, Panama City; Shanna Carnes, Port St Joe; Tosha Ervin, Quincy; Marnesha Zsanee' Hall, San Diego, Calif.; Brian Casey Mitchell, Savannah ,Ga.; Ashlie Lauren Billingslea, Stone Mountain, Ga.; Roc-Roza O. Hilton, Hiyas Minh Minoza Jackson, Xiuyan Lin and Khai H. Nguyen, Tallahassee; Jennifer Marie Leahy, Tequesta; and Justin Brownlee, Tifton, Ga.

Workforce Development Certificates

            Altha—Whitney Claire Stevens, Brigette Rene' Utley.  

            Blountstown—Tracy LaVon Miller.

            Campbellton—Raphael E. Britt.

            Cottondale—Kevin L. Donaldson.

            Grand Ridge—Megan Amber Doyle.

            Greenwood—Tiffany Allyse Shaw.

            Malone—Noah C. Mercer.

            Marianna—James E. Blake, Timothy L. Cobb, Heather Dawn Comerford, Michael James Craig, Elizabeth Quinn Fuller, Erika Denise Hunter, Christina Lin McAlpin, Stefanie Ann Miller, Rene Alison Pippin, Steven Wayne Rhodes, Jr., Crystal Lee Spurlock.

            Out-of-District—Leigh A. Caldwell, Delbridge G. Edwards and Kalisha M. Smith, Chattahoochee.

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April 23, 2009

community college chancellor to address CHIPOLA grads

            MARIANNA— Dr. Will Holcombe, Chancellor for Florida’s Community College System, will deliver the address to the Class of 2009 at Chipola College’s Commencement on Thursday, May 7.

             Dr. Holcombe has more than 30 years of experience in educational leadership and collegiate administration. Holcombe, who completed his undergraduate studies at Baldwin-Wallace College, earned both his Master’s in Education and Ph.D. in College Administration from the University of Florida. A former U.S. Marine Corps Captain, Dr. Holcombe began his teaching career at Ford Junior High School in Brook Park, Ohio. He later joined Florida's Community College System, serving as an English professor at Santa Fe and Broward Community College, where he eventually became president in 1987. Holcombe has also served as Vice President of Brevard CC, provost and academic dean for Broward's Central Campus and assistant to the President for Broward CC.

            Since Florida’s Community Colleges are the primary access point to higher education in the state for more than 800,000 students, one of Chancellor Holcombe’s highest priorities is facilitating and maintaining postsecondary opportunities for students. He says, “Community colleges provide the state’s broadest range of educational options, including adult continuing education, recreation and leisure programs, certificate training, Associate’s degrees which provide university parallel and/or career technical preparation, and Baccalaureate degrees in areas of critical workforce need.”

            Dr. Holcombe continues to be a strong advocate for student success, seamless articulation and economic development. As Chancellor, Holcombe works to build consensus with other stakeholders in higher education including K-12, workforce development entities, and public and private four-year institutions.

            A highly sought after speaker and presenter, Dr. Holcombe has represented Florida's Community Colleges at various state and national conventions. He has also provided consulting services to colleges throughout the country.

            Some 371 Chipola graduates make up the class of 2009. They will join the ranks of more than 10,000 Chipola alumni. Counted as members of the class are all who completed their degrees or certificates from December of 2008 to May of 2009 or who will complete work during the summer of 2009. Chipola’s fifth class of bachelor’s degree graduates in Secondary Education also will receive degrees during the ceremony. 

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April 23, 2009

Chipola prof and sister Visit Oxford U.

           

             OXFORD, ENGLAND—Chipola College alumni and sisters, Geraldine Paulk DeFelix and Marilyn Paulk Davis, recently spent a week living the Oxford University experience in England.     

            As an English/reading professor at Chipola, DeFelix was invited to join 34 worldwide participants for the Oxford Round Table Symposium on Early Childhood Literacy and was encouraged to take a guest.  Her sister Marilyn Davis accompanied her thus beginning the fulfillment of a lifelong dream as a result of their initial association with Chipola in the late sixties. 

            During the symposium DeFelix was asked to lead a discussion addressing issues related to preparing and certifying effective reading teachers.  She emphasized the fact that community colleges that have an open door admission policy face challenges similar to those of early childhood teachers when struggling readers are trying to read and write at the college level.  All agreed that effective early intervention training for those who teach the at-risk students must be a top priority at all levels of teacher preparation. The papers presented at the conference offered many ideas that can enhance the reading and English programs at Chipola and at the Baptist College of Florida, where DeFelix also serves as the Writing Center Director.  She is also anxious to share what she learned at the symposium with area public school teachers.

The sisters spent a week living in actual dorm rooms of Lincoln College, one of the 38 colleges that make up the Oxford University system.  Their week of stimulating presentations and discussions was highlighted with a tour of Blenheim Palace, the ancestral home of the families of Winston Churchill and Princess Diana. 

            Both DeFelix and Davis graduated from Chipola and earned their bachelor’s degrees from the University of West Florida and master’s degrees from Troy State University.  As a Chipola student, DeFelix worked in the library under the direction of Mrs. Merle Houston, who proved to be an exemplary mentor and role model.  DeFelix also worked on the Chipola yearbook staff with Professor Donnie Adams, who would later be one of her mentors when she became a new faculty member in the English Department. Davis enjoyed acting in the Chipola Theater Department, playing a supporting role in The Dark of the Moon, directed by Larry Alford.  She also participated in other productions and was a member of SGA.

            The sisters have always been grateful for the positive influence their Chipola experience had on them.  Their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Paulk, sacrificed much financially to ensure that their daughters received the education they needed to become successful in their chosen fields.  DeFelix said, “Without the opportunities Chipola afforded our farm family, earning a college degree would have been virtually impossible for both of us.” 

            Having traveled to Europe several times since their Chipola days, both DeFelix and Davis credit their humanities professors with instilling in them an appreciation for and the desire to experience first-hand the best of what the world’s greatest artists have left for others to enjoy.  They never dreamed that they would travel from their family farm near Campbellton to such places as England, Ireland, France, Italy and Germany.  Some of their travel experiences were provided by fellow alum and Chipola history professor, Robert Ivey, who organizes summer tours abroad.

            While Professor DeFelix is a 34 year veteran in the field of education, Mrs. Davis also has experience in educating others in the business world.  Through the Private Industry Council, Pensacola Junior College, and the Florida Unemployment Agency, she used her communication background to conduct workshops to improve job search skills of the participants.  Later she worked with Resource Consultants, Inc., a contractor for the U.S. Army, at Vilseck, Germany.  She managed the facility that provided computer-based networking to companies stateside in addition to coordinating interviews with U.S. companies for soldiers returning to civilian life.  Currently, Mrs. Davis is employed by Money Management, LLC, a CPA firm in Dothan, where she and her husband Glen reside.

            Chipola has become a family tradition now that both of DeFelix’s sons, Dave and Matt, are alumni, and her husband David is currently enrolled in computer courses.  She and her husband are dedicated fans of the athletic teams, including the cheerleaders that they have coached and driven countless miles for the past 12 years.  David also enjoys driving for other college groups, such as the Show Choir, Phi Theta Kappa, and the Spanish Club.  Through the years Professor DeFelix and Mrs. Davis have also supported the Fine Arts Department.

The sisters are passionate about the mission of Chipola because they know the value of having an institution of higher learning available to those who might not otherwise have the opportunity to attend college. DeFelix said, “The doors that Chipola opened for us are still making dreams come true, and we wish the same for each student, regardless of whether their dreams involve great performances in athletics, fine arts, or the halls of justice or medicine.  Wherever a student wants to go, he or she can get there from Chipola thanks to the wise decisions of the Chipola Board of Trustees, the diligent vision of all of the administrators, the dedication of the faculty and support staff, and the continued support of the Chipola District,” said DeFelix.

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CHIPOLA PROF AND SISTER VISIT OXFORD—Chipola College alumni and sisters, Geraldine Paulk DeFelix (right) and Marilyn Paulk Davis, recently spent a week at Oxford University in England.  DeFelix was invited to join 34 worldwide participants for the Oxford Round Table Symposium on Early Childhood Literacy.

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April 23, 2009

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer a variety of short courses in the coming weeks.

            A Lifeguard Training class will meet May 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, testing May 15 and 16 from 4 to 8 p.m.; Cost is $175. (Pre-Requisite Swim – April 30 @ 4p.m. – No Charge To Qualify)

            An Observing & Recording Child Behavior course will meet Monday & Wednesday, May 13 through June 22 from 6 to 9:20 p.m.  Cost is $191. 

                        Chipola also offers custom workshops. The following are available: Eat That Frog: Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done; Whale Done: The Power of Positive Relationships; The Pygmalion Effect: Managing the Power of Expectations; Discussing Performance; The Attitude Virus: Curing Negativity in the Workplace; Team Building: What makes a Good Team Player?; and After All, You’re the Supervisor!

            Gatlin Education Services (GES) offers, open enrollment, online courses in: health care, internet graphics/web design, business, law and travel.  Register online at www.gatlineducation.com/chipola.

            Education To Go offers online programs in: computers, photography, languages, writing, entertainment, grant writing, business, sales, accounting, test prep, finance, health, child care, parenting, art, history, psychology, literature, statistics, philosophy, engineering, law and nursing. For dates and course outlines, visit www.ed2go.com/chipola .

For information about any of these non-credit courses, call 850-718-2395.                  

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April 23, 2009

BLUE SPRINGS OLD TIMERS DAY IS MAY 2

           

             MARIANNA—Blue Springs Old Timers Day is set for Saturday, May 2, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Blue Springs Recreation Area.    

            The Blue Springs Working Group is hosting the event. Allan Tidwell, Working Group leader, says, “The purpose of Old Timer’s Day is to assemble those who have known and cherished Blue Springs in order to hear their stories of the ‘old days’ at the spring. We are especially interested in stories before 1970.

            The event begins at 11 a.m. with an informal visit with friends and interviews. A fish fry and covered dish picnic begins at noon. A storytelling session kicks off at 1 p.m.

            All who want to tell stories or hear them are invited. Guests are asked to bring: a covered dish, a lawn chair, old photos of Blue Springs, and stories to share or an ear to listen.

            Tidwell says, “Blue Springs has been a magnet for the citizens of Jackson County for nearly 200 years.  It has been a special place to swim, picnic, relax and play hooky from school.  Family reunions, Fourth of July celebrations, school outings and church baptisms are all part of the springs story.  Come join us as we add to that history.”

            For information, call Tidwell at 526-2761, Ext. 3248.

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 April 23, 2009

 

CHIPOLA PIANO STUDENT TO GIVE CONCERT MAY 5

 

            MARIANNA – Chipola College sophomore Piano Major James Matthews will present his debut recital “Music under the Moonlight,” Tuesday, May 5, at 6 p.m. in the Chipola Fine Arts Recital Hall H108.

            Matthews will perform works by Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Liszt and Evanescence with special duo performances by Chipola Voice Major Jonathan Keeman, piano professor Dr. Josh Martin, and The Mathis Quartet. This event is free and open to the public. Donations for the artist will be accepted following the concert.

            Matthews studies piano under Chipola professor Dr. Josh Martin and sings bass in the Chamber Chorus. A winner of several piano competitions, Matthews has performed throughout the East Coast in North Carolina, Michigan, Ohio, Boston and New York. He attended the summer programs at the Juilliard School in New York where he participated in Master classes by Murray Perahia and Emmanuel Ax. He has collaborated and toured with pop rock bands The Fray and Avril Lavinge. This summer, he will participate in Rocky Ridge Music Center’s Young Artists Seminar. Matthews is one of only 25 piano students selected nationwide to attend the seminar.

            For information, contact Joan Stadsklev at (850) 718-2277.

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April 23, 2009

CHIPOLA ADJUNCT INSTRUCTOR INVITED TO GUITAR COMPETITION

 

            Andrew Stroud, adjunct guitar instructor at Chipola College, has been named as one of 15 competitors in the Parkening International Guitar Competition, the preeminent classical guitar competition in the world held every three years. 

            Cash prizes in excess of $65,000 will be awarded, representing the largest prize purse of any classical guitar competition.  The Gold Medalist will receive a professionally managed performance tour of recitals and concerts with orchestra.

            The other 14 competitors come from Russia, Italy, Romania, France, Germany, Spain, Finland, Australia, Scotland, and the USA.  The competition will take place May 28-30, on the Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.

            Stroud is presently in the doctoral program in guitar performance at Florida State University and teaches weekly at Chipola College in the Fine and Performing Arts Department.  He was born in 1981 in the United Kingdom and began studying classical guitar with his father in Corsham, England.  By the age of 10 he had already passed his Royal Conservatory Exam with honors.  Soon afterwards he left for the USA and went on to receive his Bachelor of Music degree from Stetson University and his Master’s degree from Florida State University.  He was a medalist at the 2007, 2002, and 2001 Columbus State Guitar Symposium, the 2008 Schadt Strong Competition, and a competitor in the first Parkening International Guitar Competition.  Stroud is a founding member of the guitar duo called Duo 220 with a debut CD called Equal Parts.  He has performed across the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, and Italy.  For more information contact Joan Stadsklev, Director, Fine and Performing Arts, Chipola College at stadsklevj@chipola.edu or 850-718-2301

            Stroud may be heard in concert on May 16 at 7 p.m. EST at the Veterans Memorial Civic Center in Bristol, Florida, hosted by the Liberty County Arts Council.  For more information contact Babs Moran at bmoran@gtcom.net.

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April 23, 2009

MATHIS ELECTED CHIPOLA SGA PREZ

 

            MARIANNA—Maggie Mathis of Marianna was elected president of the Chipola College Student Government Association in the Spring Elections.

            Other officers elected in­clude: sophomore class president, Jamila Holmes of Marianna and chief justice, Meredith Pritchard, of Bonifay. Sophomore senators are: Jessica McCalister of Greenwood, Lainey Powell of Graceville, Tay­lor Shelton of Altha, Casey Speers of Cottondale, Cora Ann Thomas of Marianna and Ashley Whitfield of Blountstown. SGA sponsors the Fall Festi­val and the Spring Frolics as well as other student activities. (Photo of SGA president Maggie Mathis attached)

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CHIPOLA’S “BEANIE AND THE BOOK MACHINE”The children’s play, “Beanie and the Bamboozling Book Machine,” will be presented to hundreds of elementary school children in May.  A public performance is set for Thursday, May 14, at 7 p.m.  The children’s show tells the story of Beanie, a science wiz who has designed a reading machine which can read three books at once. When Beanie turns it on out pop the witches from Snow White, Hansel and Gretel, and the Wizard of Oz. Beanie must get them back into the books with help from the good guys. For information about Chipola Theater, call 718-2227.                                   

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CRAA HELPS CHIPOLA ACT FUND—Charles Sirmon, Director of Chipola College Theatre, (left) receives check from Chipola Regional Arts Association President Jo-Ann Anderson in support of the Theatre ACT fund.  

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THEATER STUDENTS PERFORM AT CRAA—Chipola College theater students (pictured) presented the program at the April meeting of the Chipola Regional Arts Association.

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April 23, 2009

CHIPOLA LADY INDIANS HEADED TO STATE TOURNEY

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola Lady Indians softball team will take on Polk Community College at noon (EST) Friday, May 1, in the first round of the FCCAA State/NJCAA Region VIII Tournament in Auburndale, Florida.

            Six Lady Indians recently were named to the Panhandle All-Conference team. First Team picks are: Tera Gainer, Meredith Heath, Kellie Todd and Rayna McClinton

Second Team selections are: Kara Gordon and Michelle Hewett.

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 April 23, 2009

 

CHIPOLA CLASS OF 2009 GRADUATES

           

            MARIANNA—Some 371 students were eligible for graduation at Chipola College at the end of the spring semester. Graduation exercises are scheduled for Thursday, May 7 at 7 p.m. in the Milton Johnson Health Center.

            Counted as members of the class are all who completed their degrees or vocational certificates from December of ‘08 to May of ‘09 or who will complete work at Chipola during the summer of ’09.

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

Bachelor of Science Degrees

            Bonifay— Carole Elizabeth Chandler, Lori Nicole Holland.

            Graceville—Nathan Day.

            Marianna—James Charles Krieger, II, Lorelei Jean Nicholson.

            Westville—Kevin William Shull.

            Out-of District—Kari L. Kind-Adams, Orlando.

Bachelor of Applied Science Degrees

            Bonifay—David Lee Whitaker.

            Chipley—Jenna Nicole Peel.

            Graceville—Shelley Dean Jurgonski.

            Grand Ridge—Jennifer Nicole Goodwin.

            Marianna—Dustin Alan Ballard, Michael Jason Barber, Brittni Jasmon Spires, Matthew Benjamin White.

            Sneads—Terri Leah Johnson.

            Out-of District—Monica Shakeva Kennedy, Flomaton, Ala.

Associate in Arts Degrees

            Alford—Angelia Renae Martin, Matthew McIntosh, Dawn Michelle Williams.

            Altha—Jantzen Daniel Bailey, Andrea Nichole DeBolt, Ashton Maree Lee, James Edward McCalvin, Joy R. Miles, Bradford Eugene Neel, Kasey D. Roberts, Katie Jo Robinson, Amanda Elyse Senterfitt, Bradley James Wells, Ryan Edward Wells.

            Bascom—Laura Lee Day, Miranda Kelli Jordan, Shyera Marquise McCollough, Jillian Joan Stephens.

            Blountstown—Karla Marie Atkins, Kristen Bracewell, Breanna Daniels, Melissa A. Ellis, Jessica Amber Goodman, Brandi N. Greene, Sarah E. Hatcher, Hannah Ruth Johnson, Joshua Marshal Lilly, Jimmy Dale Marshall, Jr., Candice Nicole Nealy, Noelle Christine Smith, Christina Ann Thomas, Nicholas Nance Tomlinson, Mary LaTosha Webb.

            Bonifay—Lindsey Shea Tate, Mary Ann Alexander, Stephen O'Brian Andrews, Corey Wayne Bailes, Kimberley Cassia Brown, Jessica Leigh Cline, James A. Craft, Jacqueline Don, Grant Lamar Gavin, Jessica Lynn Griffin, Adam Charles Hahn, Rachael Elizabeth Hodge, Ryan Scott Hodge, Jamarious Da Rae Johns, Kimberly Suzanne Leeds, Seanna Henderson Mattox, Aaron Thomas Moore, Chelsey Marie Parker, April Lynn Steverson, David Luke Strickland, Kyrie Strickland, Samuel Taylor Toole, Holly Nicole Langford Watkins, Victoria Elizabeth Wells, Angela Marie Wiley, Elizabeth Nicole Williams, Angie Michelle Womble, Derek Daran Worley.

            Bristol—Darren Deon Evans, Desirae Chatham Johnson.

            Campbellton—Latosha Burgess, Keona Jenae Daniels, David Aaron Hitchcock, Crystal Lynn Lane, Carlos Terrell Pittman, Phylicia Russ.

            Caryville—Damien Dimitri Colgate Needham.

            Chipley—Laci Gail Abbott, Sandra Marie Baguzis, Candice April Baxley, Jordan R. Belser, Danielle Nicole Brantley, Vicki Lynn Burger, Tamarette Claiborne, Phillip Augustus Draayom, Danielle Helen Guettler, Matthew Dale Minchin, Alex Nelson, Gina L. Page, Casey Lee Parish, Matthew Ryan Park, Justin Lyntz Peters, Scott A. Rudd, Terry Wayne Weeks, Tiffany Janae Williams, Katherine A. Yglesias.

            Clarksville—Maegan Elizabeth Davis, Jason Holland, Bart Walter Nichols.

            Cottondale—Kelly Alexis Bellamy, Marcus L. Bellamy, Kendall Boggs, David Ralph Len Hamm, Leah Hanchard, Kayla Sue Jones, Onelio Miguel Maus, Caitlin W. Miller, Jamie M. Neff, Hannah Kristene Robbins, Candace Roulhac, Miranda Paige Scurlock, Tiffany M. Tate, Mary Allison Trolard, Anthony Edward Vitale, Tamekia Lasha Walton, Jessica Renee Weeks.

            Fountain—Karinia Carlene Jackson.

            Graceville—Kimberly Ann Broxton, Jessica Lynn Collins, Courtney Kate Corbin, Jeremy Daniel Cox, Stephen Troy Golden, Michael Inscho, Ciara Nicole Jackson, James Tyler Johnson, Nekiesha Nelcia McDowall, Evan Messer, Lindsey Lina Miller, Danielle Marie Moreno, Jamie Leigh Skinner, Keith Curtis Watford.

            Grand Ridge—Ricky Jerel Baker, Richard Christian Curlee Joyner, Bradley J. Nissley, Malisa Lyn Owens, Ramon Marlin Elias Perez, Sara Riley, Aaron Thomas White, Marlene York.

            Greenwood—Cherish Lynn Basford, Jessica Lynne Bradley, Princess Lauren Cockerham, Anthony Deion Garrett, Sarranda Tamika Hall, India Lorene Hatcher, Shannon Alicia Hatcher, Jeromy Todd Maddox, Tamika Manning, Donyea' D. Morgan, Russell Baker Register, Heather C. Robbirds, Ismail Bilal Rushdan.

            Malone—Adam Herring, William Lee Herring, Wendy Wathasia Miley.

            Marianna—Mary Sue Adams, Derek Joseph Alday, Matthew Amos, Shakela Latrice Baker, Braytez Jalita Barnes, Desmund J. Barnes, Janie R. Barnes, Jarrod M. Barnes, Ashley Taylor Baxter, Sonal Bhakta, Joseph Alan Blechinger, Megan Daniele Blount, William Russell Booth, II, Asia M. Brown, Dewanda Latrell Bryant, Sarita Bianca Bryant, Ryann Leigh Cantrell, Chelsea Renee Carroll, Lori Ann Cherry, Chasma Chimera Crawford, Seaddh S. Dalal, Jessica Kathleen Davis, Britton Brooks Dennis, III, Charli Amanda Dickson, Chelsea Leigh Dixson, Taylor D. Dover, John Tyler Ellerbee, Lauren Nicole Ellis, John Henry Flagg, III, Traterica J. Gainer, Sylvianna C. Garrett, Vickie Nichole Gibson, Jessica Jenice Godwin, Robert Arthur Hoff, III, Trevor Dewayne Johnson, Stephen Michael Johnson, Jr., Priscilla Jones, Jennifer Lynn Lancette, Casey Michelle Lawrence, Stacy Ann Martin, Lucas Jeremy Mayo, Jason Merrifield, Matthew B. Mitchell, Veronica Yvette Oliver, Kristen Ashley Paul, Stephanie Kimberly Pettis, Henry Petty, Jordan Brooke Pippin, Portia Shontia Pollock, Geoffrey Brannon Poole, Tanisha L. Pope , Victoria Rena Rhynes, Roderick La'Keith Robinson, Sharon Lynette Roulhac, Chirag Pravinchandra Shah, Kevin Dirk Shores, Kimberly Danielle Shuler, Kathryn Elizabeth Simpson, Crystal Lee Spurlock, Lameisha Latrell Staley, Rhonda L. Stone, Amanda Jean Sugars, John Henry Taylor, III, Melanie Beth Tuta, Orean Thomas Waddell, Holly Walters, Teresa Kendyl Ward, Aryca Nicole Westfall, Matthew Benjamin White, Katie Dee Williams.

            Ponce De Leon—Elizabeth Adele McCombs, Larry Ned Dylan Skinner.

            Sneads—Amy Scipper Allen, Tressa Luvon Baker, Jacob Lamar Boone, Jordan Danielle Coley, Alicia Harvey, Westanna Marie Harvey, Dustin Glenn Hewett, Paris Sherrell Holmes, Terri Leah Johnson, Jessica Elizabeth Lawson, Cassie Lynn Mitchell, Joyce A. Mitchell, Kalvin Weeks.

            Vernon—Danielle Joy Adkison, Alton A. Rodgers, III, Elizabeth Kay Sewell.

            Westville—Rhonda Jean Best, Shannon Michelle Griffin, Samantha Hudson, Judy Odom Montes, Catherine Tinsley, Savannah Whigham.

            Out-of-District—Jason Nicholas Townsend, Albany, Ga.; Christopher Roach, Andover, N.J.; Jessica Renea Smith, Ashford, Ala.; Dustin Spruill, Auburn, Ala.; Tina Louise Jones, Blakely, Ga.; Brittany Mayers, Burnaby, CN; Stanislas S. James, Chattahoochee; Jason L. Bailey, Colquitt, Ga.; Rayna McClinton, Columbia, S.C.; Jonathan Bruce Kreft, Coral Springs; Jamia Toranika Akins, Crestview; Gary L Flowers, Dallas, Tex.; Marsha M. Stepler, Dothan, Ala.; Brooke Ashley Muth, Fallsington, Pa.; David Andrew Buchanan, Fayetteville, Ga.; Edmund Sparks, Hampton, Ga.; Lenita Sanford, Inglewood, Calif.; Kyle Adam Regnault, Johnston, RI; Daniel B. Renfroe, Lizella, Ga; Mark Ellis, Maple Ridge, CN; Marc Bourgeois, Montreal, CN; Kerry L. Vickery and Melissa Walker, Panama City; Jordan S. Lucas, Port Charlotte; Rebekah A. Lewis, S. Pittsburgh, Tenn.; Allison Anne Bass, Haley Ann Brady, Kami Victoria Fannin, Jacob Pooser and Joshua Andrew Rogers, Tallhassee; Ellen Theresa Manor, Wewahitchka and Makayla Marie Hollis, Youngstown.

 

Associate in Science Degrees

            Altha—Joanna Sellars Chamberlain, Kristy Dawn DesRosier, Sharonne Marie Jemison, Tonya Loray Rowe.

            Blountstown—Janna Laura Grantham.

            Bonifay—Leah Michelle Epley, Brittany Pickwick, Clinton Wesley Smith.

            Chipley—Haley Justine Hinson, Adriene La Shan Reed.

            Cottondale—Michael Kent.

            Graceville—Jessica D. Sorey.

            Grand Ridge—Tiffany Elaine Adams, Karen Lynn Clark, Courtney Jeanette Lewis, Mary Ann May.

            Greenwood—Jennifer C. Neto.

            Marianna—Angela Michelle Baxter, Jacqueline C. Bennett, Christina Ruth Delameter, Terry Josh Dudley, John Tyler Ellerbee, Shannon Marie Forlong, Sherri Lynn Johnson, Jesika L. Lipford, Florence L. Martinez, Jennifer Rydberg, Cy Sims, Deena Michelle Zimmerman.

            Sneads—Jonita Martin, Jessica Maria Patterson.

            Out-of-District—Jeremy Jacob, Baton Rouge, La.; Brandy Nicole Padgett, Black, Ala.; Kerry Elizabeth Bryant and Brittany Nicole Rogers, Chattahoochee; Patrick Alan Corbin, Clay, N.Y.; Sequoyah Griffin, Columbus, Ga.; William Jeremy Lewis and Myra Gail Monk, Cottonwood, Ala.; Amber Dale Christie, Crawfordville; Latoya Williams, Gainesville; Joshua Rashun Sain, Jackson, Tenn.; Carolyn Mills, Lebanon, Tenn.; Trevor Deloach, Lexington, S.C.; Torye Pelham, Nashville, Tenn.; Georgien Williams, New York, N.Y.; Michelle L. Snow, Panama City; Shanna Carnes, Port St Joe; Tosha Ervin, Quincy; Marnesha Zsanee' Hall, San Diego, Calif.; Brian Casey Mitchell, Savannah ,Ga.; Ashlie Lauren Billingslea, Stone Mountain, Ga.; Roc-Roza O. Hilton, Hiyas Minh Minoza Jackson, Xiuyan Lin and Khai H. Nguyen, Tallahassee; Jennifer Marie Leahy, Tequesta; and Justin Brownlee, Tifton, Ga.

Workforce Development Certificates

            Altha—Whitney Claire Stevens, Brigette Rene' Utley.  

            Blountstown—Tracy LaVon Miller.

            Campbellton—Raphael E. Britt.

            Cottondale—Kevin L. Donaldson.

            Grand Ridge—Megan Amber Doyle.

            Greenwood—Tiffany Allyse Shaw.

            Malone—Noah C. Mercer.

            Marianna—James E. Blake, Timothy L. Cobb, Heather Dawn Comerford, Michael James Craig, Elizabeth Quinn Fuller, Erika Denise Hunter, Christina Lin McAlpin, Stefanie Ann Miller, Rene Alison Pippin, Steven Wayne Rhodes, Jr., Crystal Lee Spurlock.

            Out-of-District—Leigh A. Caldwell, Delbridge G. Edwards and Kalisha M. Smith, Chattahoochee.

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 April 24, 2009

 

CHIPOLA LADY INDIANS HEADED TO STATE TOURNEY

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola Lady Indians softball team will take on Polk Community College at noon (EST) Friday, May 1, in the first round of the FCCAA State/NJCAA Region VIII Tournament in Auburndale, Florida.

            Six Lady Indians recently were named to the Panhandle All-Conference team. First Team picks are: Tera Gainer, Meredith Heath, Kellie Todd and Rayna McClinton

Second Team selections are: Kara Gordon and Michelle Hewett.

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Pictured L to R: Tera Gainer, Meredith Heath, Kellie Todd, Kara Gordon and Michelle Hewett.  Not pictured Rayna McClinton.

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April 30, 2009

EARLY REGISTRATION FOR SUMMER CLASSES AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will hold summer registration for new and returning students, Monday, May 11, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Summer I classes begin May 12. Late registration continues through May 13.    Summer II classes begin June 29. Many evening and distance learning courses are available during the two six-week summer sessions. Some classes have been extended to run for 12 weeks rather than 6. 

Online registration also is available for students who qualify.

Fees for early registration must be paid on the day of registration. Scholarship recipients should contact the Business Office to declare fee payment method. Students from Georgia and Alabama pay in-state tuition.

Graduating high school seniors who take at least one class during either summer term may register early for Fall 2009 classes.

Applications for Admission are available in the Admissions Office located in the Student Service Building or on-line at www.chipola.edu.  

Chipola offers the Associate in Arts Degree, the Associate in Science Degree, Workforce Development programs. The college also offers Bachelor’s Degrees in Secondary and Middle School Education with majors in Math and Science, Business, Nursing, Special Education and Elementary Education.

The new Summer Schedule is available online at www.chipola.edu.

For information, call 850- 718-2211.

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April 30, 2009

community college chancellor to address CHIPOLA grads

 

            MARIANNA— Dr. Will Holcombe, Chancellor for Florida’s Community College System, will deliver the address to the Class of 2009 at Chipola College’s Commencement on Thursday, May 7.

             Dr. Holcombe has more than 30 years of experience in educational leadership and collegiate administration. Holcombe, who completed his undergraduate studies at Baldwin-Wallace College, earned both his Master’s in Education and Ph.D. in College Administration from the University of Florida. A former U.S. Marine Corps Captain, Dr. Holcombe began his teaching career at Ford Junior High School in Brook Park, Ohio. He later joined Florida's Community College System, serving as an English professor at Santa Fe and Broward Community College, where he eventually became president in 1987. Holcombe has also served as Vice President of Brevard CC, provost and academic dean for Broward's Central Campus and assistant to the President for Broward CC.

            Since Florida’s Community Colleges are the primary access point to higher education in the state for more than 800,000 students, one of Chancellor Holcombe’s highest priorities is facilitating and maintaining postsecondary opportunities for our students. Community colleges provide the state’s broadest range of educational options, including adult continuing education, recreation and leisure programs, certificate training, Associate’s degrees which provide university parallel and/or career technical preparation, and Baccalaureate degrees in areas of critical workforce need.

            Dr. Holcombe continues to be a strong advocate for student success, seamless articulation and economic development. As Chancellor, Holcombe works to build consensus with other stakeholders in higher education including K-12, workforce development entities, and public and private four-year institutions.

            A highly sought after speaker and presenter, Dr. Holcombe has represented Florida's Community Colleges at various state and national conventions. He has also provided consulting services to colleges throughout the country.

            Some 371 Chipola graduates make up the class of 2009. They will join the ranks of more than 10,000 Chipola alumni. Counted as members of the class are all who completed their degrees or certificates from December of 2008 to May of 2009 or who will complete work during the summer of 2009. Chipola’s fifth class of bachelor’s degree graduates in Secondary Education will receive degrees during the ceremony. 

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April 30, 2009

CHIPOLA STUDENT BUILDS DEMO ENGINE

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College automotive technology student Justin Stephens recently completed a 350 Chevrolet Demonstrator engine to be used by his fellow students.

            Stephens, a dual-enrolled high school student from Altha constructed the working engine with help from instructor Chase Vlieg.

            The demonstrator is a real engine on which students can test more than 50 operations from fuel system to cooling and electrical systems.

            Auto professor John Gardner said the engine would have cost over $30,000 to purchase, but Stephens built it for around $3,000.

            Stephens has one more year in the Chipola Auto program. He plans to move on to diesel mechanics.

            For information about the Chipola automotive program, call 718-2306.

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CHIPOLA STUDENT BUILDS DEMO ENGINE—Chipola College automotive technology student Justin Stephens (left) recently completed a 350 Chevrolet Demonstrator engine to be used by his fellow students Stephens, a dual-enrolled high school student from Altha constructed the working engine with help from instructor Chase Vlieg (right).

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April 30, 2009

CHIPOLA PIANO STUDENT TO GIVE CONCERT MAY 5

 

            MARIANNA – Chipola College sophomore Piano Major James Matthews will present his debut recital “Music under the Moonlight,” Tuesday, May 5, at 6 p.m., in the Chipola Fine Arts Recital Hall H108.

            Matthews will perform works by Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Liszt and Evanescence with special duo performances by Chipola Voice Major Jonathan Keeman, piano professor Dr. Josh Martin, and The Mathis Quartet. This event is free and open to the public. Donations for the artist will be accepted following the concert.

            Matthews studies piano under Chipola professor Dr. Josh Martin and sings bass in the Chamber Chorus. A winner of several piano competitions, Matthews has performed throughout the East Coast in North Carolina, Michigan, Ohio, Boston and New York. He attended the summer programs at the Juilliard School in New York where he participated in Master classes by Murray Perahia and Emmanuel Ax. He has collaborated and toured with pop rock bands The Fray and Avril Lavinge. This summer, he will participate in Rocky Ridge Music Center’s Young Artists Seminar. Matthews is one of only 25 piano students selected nationwide to attend the seminar.

            For information, contact Joan Stadsklev at (850) 718-2277.

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 April 30, 2009

CHIPOLA LADY INDIANS HEADED TO STATE TOURNEY

           

MARIANNA—The Chipola Lady Indians softball team will take on Polk Community College at noon (EST) Friday, May 1, in the first round of the FCCAA State/NJCAA Region VIII Tournament in Auburndale, Florida.

            Six Lady Indians recently were named to the Panhandle All-Conference team. First Team picks are: Tera Gainer, Meredith Heath, Kellie Todd and Rayna McClinton

Second Team selections are: Kara Gordon and Michelle Hewett.

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April 30, 2009

CHIPOLA BASEBALL PLAYERS NAMED ALL CONFERENCE

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola Indians have several players on the 2009 Coaches’ All-Panhandle Conference Baseball Team.

            First-team selections include: infielders Mark Ellis and Jake Rogers; outfielder Marc Bourgeois; catcher Edmond Sparks; and pitcher Patrick Corbin. Marc Bourgeois also won the Buddy Kisner Award for academics.

            Second-team selections from Chipola include: infielder Andy Fermin, outfielder Joey Rapp, and pitcher J.B. Johnson. Johnson also was named Fireman of the Year.

            Four Indians made the Honorable Mention list: Blake Newalu, Daniel Renfroe, Dayne Read and Jason Townsend.

            In the vote for the league’s top 10 players, Corbin finished fourth, Bourgeois sixth and Ellis eighth. Voting was done by the conference’s five head coaches.

The Indians will defend their 2008 State Title in the FCCAA State Tournament starting May 8-12 in Winter Haven.

            Chipola will take on Manatee Friday, May 8, at 7 p.m. A Chipola win will pit the Indians against the winner of Miami Dade and Central Florida Saturday.

            The state championship game is set for May 12.

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April 30, 2009

Chipola FCA hosts Chariot Races

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Fellowship of Christian Athletes recently held their first Annual Chariot Races for area high school FCA chapters. 

            Five-member teams race bearing one member in the “chariot,” which is a bed sheet, with four other members at each corner.   

            This year’s winner was “Team Awesome” from Cottondale High School with team members Kaylie Scott, Megan Scott, Amanda Ostrum, Kristen Reynolds and Coty Drew.  They received the “traveling” trophy to keep until next year and Chipola tomahawks.

            Following the chariot races, local Christian band “Seeking Solace” played their original songs.  Praise and worship time was led by BCF student Daniel Lloyd.  The night’s speaker was Florida A & M University Strength and Conditioning Coach Antonio Wallace. 

            Chipola FCA adviser Dr. David Hilton said, “The night was a real success and everyone received a true blessing. Our speaker gave an awesome testimony and inspirational message. Plans are already under way for repeating the event next year.”

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April 30, 2009

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer a variety of short courses in the coming weeks.

            An Observing and Recording Child Behavior course will meet Monday and Wednesday, May 13 through June 22 from 6 to 9:20 p.m.  Cost is $191. 

            Chipola also offers custom workshops. The following are available: Eat That Frog: Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done; Whale Done: The Power of Positive Relationships; The Pygmalion Effect: Managing the Power of Expectations; Discussing Performance; The Attitude Virus: Curing Negativity in the Workplace; Team Building: What makes a Good Team Player?; and After All, You’re the Supervisor!

            Gatlin Education Services (GES) offers, open enrollment, online courses in: health care, internet graphics/web design, business, law and travel.  Register online at www.gatlineducation.com/chipola.

            Education To Go offers online programs in: computers, photography, languages, writing, entertainment, grant writing, business, sales, accounting, test prep, finance, health, child care, parenting, art, history, psychology, literature, statistics, philosophy, engineering, law and nursing. For dates and course outlines, visit www.ed2go.com/chipola .

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April 30, 2009

CHIPOLA OFFERS officer equivalency Training

 

            MARIANNA—Law enforcement officers from as far away as California and Virginia recently completed Chipola College’s Equivalency of Training (EOT) course.

            The Chipola Criminal Justice Training Center offers (EOT) for formerly certified Florida law enforcement officers or those certified in other states.   

            Upcoming classes will meet June 22-26, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Florida Law Enforcement Officers whose certification has expired, or Out-of-State officers who would like to become Florida certified, must complete assessment procedures, complete a 40-hour High Liability Proficiency Review Course and a pass the Florida Law Enforcement Officer Certification State Exam. Cost is $300.

            Those previously certified as a Florida Correctional Officer or an Out-of State Correctional Officer who would like to become Florida certified will be required to complete the assessment procedure, the 32-hour High Liability Proficiency Review Course and earn a passing score on the Florida Correctional Officer Certification State Exam. Cost is $240.

            Employment recruiting information is available by on-site recruiters and advertisements posted in the training facility. EOT classes are offered throughout the school year and are limited in class size in order to promote individualized instruction. Classes are presented in a manner to confirm High Liability Proficiencies as well as to prepare the student for readiness to take Florida Certification Exams. 

            For information, contact Steve Anderson, 850-718-2479, e-mail andersons@chipola.edu, or fax requests to 850-718-2497.

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In and Out-of-state officer equivalency Training—Law enforcement officers from as far away as California and Virginia recently completed Chipola College’s Equivalency of Training (EOT) course. Pictured from left, are: (front) Eric Scott Aden of Florida, Jasen Paul Bethlehem of California, Michael Alan Eidenberg of Florida, Christian Machel Eriksen of Nevada, Michael Guenter Goldsworthy of Mississippi, Sanford Rogers Harris of Mississippi, Adam Michael Heckman of Florida; (middle) Edwin M. Kent of Florida, Jackie Jones King of Florida, Scott Andrew Lutz of Ohio, Angela Ana Negrin of Tennessee, Jose Antonio Negrin of Tennessee, Adrian J. Richardson of Kentucky, David Wayne Slusser of Florida; (back) Christopher Scott Teeple of Georgia, Glenda Faye Towner of Florida, William Geoffrey Warmington of Florida,  Mark Andrew Wendel of Virginia, Cathy Elizabeth Collier of Florida, Randy Steven Vickers of Florida and Joshua Dewey Whittenberg of Florida.

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April 30, 2009

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CHIPOLA’S “BEANIE AND THE BOOK MACHINE”Aaron Moore plays the role of Beanie in the Chipola College children’s play, “Beanie and the Bamboozling Book Machine.” The show will be presented to hundreds of elementary school children in May.  A public performance is set for Thursday, May 14, at 7 p.m.  General admission tickets—$5—are on sale now. The show tells the story of Beanie, a science wiz who has designed a reading machine which can read three books at once. When Beanie turns it on out pop the witches from Snow White, Hansel and Gretel, and the Wizard of Oz. Beanie must get them back into the books with help from the good guys. For information about Chipola Theater, call 718-2227.

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April 30, 2009

CHIPOLA BASEBALL PLAYERS NAMED ALL CONFERENCE

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola Indians have several players on the 2009 Coaches’ All-Panhandle Conference Baseball Team.

            First-team selections include: infielders Mark Ellis and Jake Rogers; outfielder Marc Bourgeois; catcher Edmond Sparks; and pitcher Patrick Corbin. Marc Bourgeois also won the Buddy Kisner Award for academics.

            Second-team selections from Chipola include: infielder Andy Fermin, outfielder Joey Rapp, and pitcher J.B. Johnson. Johnson also was named Fireman of the Year.

            Four Indians made the Honorable Mention list: Blake Newalu, Daniel Renfroe, Dayne Read and Jason Townsend.

            In the vote for the league’s top 10 players, Corbin finished fourth, Bourgeois sixth and Ellis eighth. Voting was done by the conference’s five head coaches.

The Indians will defend their 2008 State Title in the FCCAA State Tournament starting May 8-12 in Winter Haven.

            Chipola will take on Manatee Friday, May 8, at 7 p.m. A Chipola win will pit the Indians against the winner of Miami Dade and Central Florida Saturday.

            The state championship game is set for May 12.

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