April 4, 2013

CHIPOLA SHINES AT STATE AFC CONVENTION

               

            MARIANNA—Chipola College was one of the most talked-about colleges at the Association of Florida Colleges Annual Convention in Palm Harbor.

            Chipola garnered numerous honors, including chapter recognition, membership awards and leadership awards.

            The Chipola Chapter was named a Platinum Chapter, the highest recognition a chapter can receive for chapter activities and leadership. The Chipola Chapter also won a membership award for having one of the highest percentages of full time employees as AFC members. 

            Chipola’s Automotive Technology program was awarded the Occupational and Workforce Education Commission’s Exemplary Practice Award.  Chipola Instructors John Gardner and Chase Vlieg and Executive Vice President Dr. Jason Hurst presented the practice, “Time to Reinvent the Wheel” at the conference.  The practice emphasized today’s evolving student and how workforce training and programs must also change.

            Chipola’s Public Relations Office also won three Exemplary Practice Awards from the Communications and Marketing Commission.  The group was awarded a First Place Award for Specialty Advertising/Promotion Items for the Center for the Arts Grand Opening bookmark souvenir and Best Bang for the Buck Award for the 2011 Chipola Yearbook.  The PR Office also won a Second Place award for the redesign of the Chipola Workforce Development brochure. Dr. Bryan Craven is the Director of the Chipola Public Relations Office.  Evelyn Ward is the Publications Coordinator.

            Several Chipola employees presented Educational Sessions at the conference.  Chipola English professor Dr. Rachel West presented, “Employees as Donors: Who Are They and Why Do They Contribute.”  West’s presentation highlighted her doctoral research on the giving patterns of state college foundation donors.  Her research at three Florida state colleges showed that 40% of individual donors were past and present employees.

            Dr. James Froh, Dean of the School of Business and Technology at Chipola, presented a session, “Faculty Teaching Online.”  Froh discussed different avenues for offering coursework online and guidelines to help faculty be better prepared for the online classroom.

            Publications Coordinator Evelyn Ward presented a session on “Creating Your Leadership Growth Plan.”  The session included a study of leadership styles and the traits most used in them, to help aspiring leaders decide which approach was best for their personal growth.

            Pat Barfield was honored with the Distinguished Service Member Award.  The award was given for her exceptional leadership and achievements at the chapter, region and state level. Barfield, Departmental Staff Assistant for Institutional Development and Planning, also serves as the Vice President-Elect for Regions and Chapters and sits on the state Board of Directors.

            During the convention, Immediate Past President Evelyn Ward was awarded the highest honor the Association bestows, the Honorary Life Membership Award.  The award recognizes significant, long-term contribution to AFC and the state college system.  Ward also was acknowledged by the Chipola Chapter as their Un-sung Hero for her service behind the scenes.

            Ward was also recognized as a member of the first class earning the new AFC Certified College Professional certification.  The leadership program which began in February 2012 provides AFC members with the opportunity to earn a designation related to their work as a college professional, and exposes them to content and leadership experiences they may not be able to obtain elsewhere.  The designation will be recognized not only by their college, but by the entire Florida State College system. 

            Several Chipola employees will serve in state leadership roles next year.  Evelyn Ward will serve as the Awards Chair and Alice Pendergrass will serve as chair of the Credentials Committee.  Both will sit on the state Board of Directors.  Dr. Jim Froh is Chair-Elect of the Communications and Marketing Commission.

            Also attending the convention from Chipola, were: Angie Tyler, Katy Flowers, Kim Collins and Becky Davis.

            AFC is a statewide organization open to all employees, retirees and trustees of Florida's 28 state colleges.  AFC provides professional development opportunities for its members, and represents the interests of community colleges before the Florida Legislature.  Today, all 28 of the state's public colleges support the work of the Association as do nearly 9,000 individual employee and retiree members.                         

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CHIPOLA SHINES AT AFC—Chipola College was one of the most talked-about colleges at the Association of Florida Colleges Annual Convention in Palm Harbor.  Pictured from left, are: Pat Barfield, who won the Distinguished Service Member Award; Chipola chapter president Angie Tyler with the Platinum Chapter Award, the highest recognition a chapter can receive; and Evelyn Ward, Chipola Publications Coordinator, who won three Exemplary Practice Awards and the Honorary Life Membership Award.

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April 4, 2013

THREE ON A STRING TO PERFORM FOR CHIPOLA ARTIST SERIES

 

         MARIANNA—Three on a String, a popular bluegrass, country and comedy group will perform at the Chipola Center for the Arts, Thursday, April 11, at 7 p.m. This is the final event in the Chipola College Artist Series.

         Three on a String performs all kinds of music - classic old standards, country, bluegrass, and folk mixed with comedy and humor suitable for the entire family. Jerry Ryan, Bobby Horton and Brad Ryan have been having a good time right along with their audiences all over the country for over 40 years. The group has gained a wide following on the convention, music festival, or a symphony pops concert circuit.

         Three on a String’s show has evolved into a well-timed, musically interesting and funny presentation. Their three-part harmony has a unique and pleasing blend, from a heart-rending country song to an unexpected a cappella rendition.

         Tickets are available online at www.chipola.edu. Online tickets may be printed at home, or with an order con¬firmation, will-call tickets will be available at the box office the night of the show. The Center for the Arts Box Office will be open from 2 to 5 p.m., April 4, April 8-10, and from 6 to 7 p.m. on April 11. 

          Tickets are $14 for adults and $10 for children under 18. Tickets for Chipola students and employees are $5 the day of the show.

For information, visit www.chipola.edu or phone 718-2257.

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April 4, 2013

CAST ANNOUNCED FOR CHIPOLA’S ‘ALICE IN WONDERLAND’

           

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Theater is in rehearsal for the children’s musical, "Alice in Wonderland," which will be presented to hundreds of elementary school children in May.  A public performance is set for Thursday, May 9, at 7 p.m.   

            Chipola Theater director Charles Sirmon recently cast actors in the following roles:  Colton Day and Trey McKay as Chesire Cats, Christin Wiggins as Mathilda, Gracie Wallace as Alice, Diane Glaze as White Rabbit, Austin Pettis as Doorknob, Patrea Clark as Dodo Bird, Terrence Shanks as Tweedle Dum, Shayli Tharp as Tweedle Dee, Brienne Beechum as Rose, Kayla Todd as Petunia, Melanie Henderson as Lily, Jae House as Caterpillar, Dylan Bass as Mad Hatter, Dante Tyler as March Hare, Odra Chapman as Queen of Hearts, Nick Cessna as King of Hearts. Royal Cardsman and Tea Partiers include: Alex Anderson, Deanna Bailey, Amberly Corbin, Maddie Craven, Elyn Sapp and Julie Wells.    

            Tickets go sale two weeks prior to the performance.  Tickets are available online with box office hours Monday through Thursday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and one hour prior to curtain at the Center for the Arts box office.

            Theatre fans also are invited to join the Applauding Chipola Theatre (ACT) VIP fund, which guarantees the best seats for all shows.  The ACT Fund offers five levels of membership including Sponsor, Patron, Benefactor, Angel and Corporate Angel with VIP seating available at all levels.  A portion of ACT memberships is tax-deductible.

            For more information contact Charles Sirmon, Director of Theatre sirmonc@chipola.edu 850-718-2277.

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CHIPOLA MATH HONORARY INDUCTS MEMBERS—The Chipola College chapter of Mu Alpha Theta, a national honorary mathematics club, recently held an initiation for new members.   Pictured are officers, new members and sponsors, from left (front) Jaren Bannerman, Jae Jung Hyun, Wesley Chevillot, Allen Campbell, John Whittington, Jackson Nathanael Cagle (back) Annie Braxton, Rachel Pelt, Linsey Basford, Brandi Brubaker, Meghan Delang, Meghan Wilder, Joy Ree Ashmore (sponsor).  Mu Alpha Theta is an international mathematics society for high school and two-year colleges.  The purpose of Mu Alpha Theta is to stimulate a deeper and more effective interest in mathematics. 

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MOUNT IS TOP EMPLOYEE—Edward Mount is Chipola College’s Career Employee for March. Mount serves as a Custodial Supervisor in the College Physical Plant and has worked at the college since 2006.  Here, Mount (left) is congratulated by Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough.

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ROBERTS IS TOP CHIPOLA EMPLOYEE—Dr. Jayne Roberts has been selected the Chipola College Faculty/Administrator/Other Professional Award of the month for April.  Roberts has served as a Vice President of Student Affairs since 1986.  Here, Roberts (right) is congratulated by Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough.

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April 4, 2013

CHIPOLA BASEBALL IN THE THICK OF CONFERENCE RACE

 

          MARIANNA—The Chipola Indians picked up a big 5-4 win over Pensacola April 1.

          Freshman pitcher Michael Mader went seven innings and allowed just one earned run on six hits, one walk, and six strikeouts.

          The Indians led 5-1 when Mader exited the game before the eighth, but the Pirates fought back with three runs in the top of the eighth, taking advantage of an error, a walk, and a wild pitch by reliever Mikel Belcher, and getting a two-RBI double by Jake Swearingen to make it 5-4.

          Taylor Lewis came in for Belcher and eventually ended the inning by striking out Toby Thomas with runners on the corners to preserve the lead for Chipola. Lewis came back on in the ninth and retired the side in order to earn the save.

          The Indians got their first run of the game in the fourth when Ian Rice walked and scored on a passed ball to make it 1-0. A solo home run by Taylor Eads in the top of the fifth tied the game for Pensacola, but the Indians answered in the bottom of the inning with a three-run shot by Luis Tunon off of reliever Matt Muench to make it 4-1. Tunon struck again in the seventh inning with an RBI single to score Cameron Gibson to give Chipola a four-run cushion.

          Tunon finished 2-for-3 with four RBI and a run, while Gibson was 2-for-4 with a run, while Daniel Mars was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run, and Rice walked four times and scored twice.

          With the win, Chipola moved to 4-5 in the Panhandle Conference and stayed within a game of second-place Gulf Coast State (5-4) in the standings.

          The Indians will face the Commodores in a three-game series with postseason implications, with the first game slated for Wednesday, April 3, in Panama City at 5 p.m. Chipola hosts Gulf Coast Friday, April 5, at 5 p.m., before finishing the series at Gulf Coast on Saturday, April 6. The Indians travel to Darton April 8, and to Alabama Southern April 9 before returning home to host Tallahassee Friday, April 12, at 4 p.m.

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April 4, 2013

CHIPOLA SOFTBALL TIED FOR SECOND IN CONFERENCE

 

             MARIANNA—Chipola split a double-header with Tallahassee on April 2 to put the Lady Indians in a tie with Gulf Coast for second place midway through the conference season. Chipola scored a 7-3 win in the opener, but the Eagles won game two, 9-1. 

             As of April 3, Northwest (6-2) leads the league. Chipola (5-3) and Gulf Coast (5-3) are knotted at second. Pensacola is (2-6) and Tallahassee is (2-6).

             Chipola’s Mya Anderson is the NJCAA Region 8/FCSAA Softball Player of the Week.  Anderson, a sophomore from Tampa, batted .700 (7-for-10) with four runs scored, one home run and seven RBI in four games during the voting period. Anderson hit safely in both games of double-headers against Gulf Coast and Pensacola. She was a combined 2-for-5 with a run scored and two RBI in the March 26 games against Gulf Coast. She went 5-for-5, scored three runs, homered and drove in five in a pair of games against Pensacola. Anderson was also a perfect 3-for-3 in stolen bases last week.

            Chipola is third in the FCSAA State Rankings. Gulf Coast is second. Northwest is fourth.

            The Lady Indians host Darton in a non-conference double-header, Saturday, April 6, at 2 p.m. Chipola hits the road for three conference double-headers at Northwest April 11, at Gulf Coast April 13 and at Pensacola April 16. Chipola finishes the conference season at home Thursday, April 18, with a 4 p.m. double-header against Tallahassee.

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April 4, 2013

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING SEMINAR SET AT CHIPOLA

 

             MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer a seminar, on “Government Contracting,” Friday, April 19, from 9:30 to 12:30 p.m., in Room M-108 of the Chipola Business and Technology building.

             Participants will learn to identify government agencies and target marketing efforts to save both time and money. Cost is $30.  The first six Chipola students to sign up will receive free admission. 

             Participants may register for seminars online at www.northfloridabiz.com. At Chipola, contact Elissa Severson 850-718-2441 or email seversone@chipola.edu. Participants may register in person in Building M, Office 208.

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April 8, 2013

CHIPOLA SPRING ENSEMBLE CONCERT IS APRIL 16

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will present its Spring Ensemble Concert Tuesday, April 16, at 7 p.m., in the Center for the Arts.

                The free concert will feature the Chipola Rock and Jazz Band directed by Dr. Daniel Powell, and the Chipola Chamber Chorus and Community Chorus directed by Dale Heidebrecht.

                The Community Chorus will again join the Chamber Chorus singing in Russian, German, Latin, and a little bit of English.  One piece has no word, but will feature Indian sounds. Another piece will be in the original Bebma (Chibemba) language spoken in Zambia. 

                The Jazz Band will close the concert with music in the funk, swing, rock, Latin, and popular styles.  Director Dr. Daniel Powell says, “These professional that have worked hard all semester to raise the bar on this knock out concert.  These students have been stretched and pulled to reach the height of their talent and will leave you wondering why you should ever travel out of your back yard to find such master performances.”

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

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

 

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April 11, 2013

 

CHIPOLA TO HOST RIBBON-CUTTING FOR NEW SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College officials will host a Ribbon-Cutting and Open House, Tuesday, April 16, at 4 p.m., to celebrate the opening of the new School of Education Building.

                Current and former teacher education students are expected to attend. The public is invited.

                Chipola Teacher Education graduates are serving in the K–12 schools throughout the five-county district and in neighboring counties.   Several have won awards for teaching excellence in their respective schools.

                All 2012 graduates from Chipola’s Elementary Education, Science Education and Mathematics Education programs who sought positions were hired by the beginning of the 2012–13 school year. This continues a hiring trend that has been consistent since Chipola graduated its first mathematics and science teacher candidates in 2005. 

                In 2008, Chipola added new programs in Elementary Education and Exceptional Student Education, followed by English Education in 2011.  In May, Chipola will graduate its first class of English Education teachers. 

 

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April 11, 2013

CHIPOLA MATH OLYMPIC WINNERS

 

                MARIANNA--Some 200 students representing 11 area high schools participated in the 29th annual Chipola College Math Olympiad on April 5.

                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, team members: Colby Tanner, Donavan Ebersole and Heather Yoder; second, Marianna High, team members: Mali Nichols-Byll, Jared Standiford and Lea Marlowe.

                Ciphering team winners are:

                Algebra I—first, Holmes County High, team members: Lucy Jiang, Jennifer Holland and Chandra Cooper; second, Blountstown High, team members: Trent Woodman, Colby Tanner and Will McClellan.

                Algebra II—first, Blountstown High, team members: Jalissia Ruiz, Donavan Ebersole and Blayne Cherry; second, Holmes County High, team members: Brandon Jenkins, Chase Forehand and Clayton Cooley.

                Geometry—first, Chipley High, team members: Austin Wyatt, Whitney Pettis and Jesse Deese; second, Marianna High, team members: Kayleigh Temples, Binny Gocool and Katie Everett.

                Individual award winners by category are:

                Algebra I—first, Holmes County High, Jennifer Holland; second, Holmes County High, Lucy Jiang; third, Chipley High, Taylor Munroe; fourth (tie), Blountstown High, Trent Woodman; Marianna High, Mali Nichols-Byll; Holmes County High, Chandra Cooper; fifth (tie), Blountstown High, Colby Tanner; Altha Public School, Johnny Aaron; sixth, Chipley High, Nathan Glover; seventh, Altha Public School, Cody Mercer; eighth, Blountstown High, Will McClellan; ninth (tie), Graceville High, Dylan Watkins; Poplar Springs, Brooke McIntosh and tenth, Sneads High, Crystal Hernandez.

             Algebra II—first, Blountstown High, Donavan Ebersole; second, Blountstown High, Jalissia Ruiz; third, Holmes County High, Chase Forehand; fourth, Marianna High, Jared Standiford; fifth, Holmes County High, Brandon Jenkins; sixth (tie), Marianna High, Darby Sweeney; Sneads High, Brianna McCaffrey; Graceville High, David Horton; seventh, Sneads High, Cole Hamilton; eighth (tie), Chipley High, Carley Mead; Ponce de Leon High, Crete Zorn; ninth, Holmes County High, Moneeba Anees; and tenth, Altha Public School, Porter Smith.

            Geometry—first, Marianna High, Lea Marlowe; second, Chipley High, Whitney Pettis; third, Chipley High, Jesse Deese; fourth (tie), Blountstown High, Heather Yoder; Marianna High, Alexis Pueschel; fifth, Marianna High, Binny Gocool; sixth, Sneads High, Logan McCord; seventh (tie), Vernon High, Joseph Smith; Holmes County High, Paxton Jensen; eighth, Ponce de Leon High, Tyler Smith; ninth, Graceville High, Brady Powell; tenth, Poplar Springs High, Levi Collins.

                Trigonometry—first, Chipley High, Cary Laird; second, Chipley High, Olivia Saunders; third, Sneads High, Ryne Danford; fourth (tie), Chipley High, Colby Wiggins; Blountstown High, Brandon Purvis and Casey Johnson; fifth, Holmes County High, Mariah Bashnick; sixth, Chipley High, Tyler Daniels; seventh, Sneads High, Taylor Reed; eighth, Poplar Springs High, Courtney Duffell; ninth, Altha Public School, Christina Watson; and tenth, Ponce de Leon High, Stephanie Moore.

                Calculus—first, Chipley High, Zackary Butler; second, Graceville High, Han Tran; third, Marianna High, Ben Whiddon; fourth, Chipley High, Julia Veit; fifth, Holmes County High, Shelby Clark; sixth, Holmes County High, Zach Cooley; seventh, Holmes County High, Dustin Janas; eighth, Holmes County High, Adam Faulkner; ninth, Graceville High, Hunter Potts; and tenth, Holmes County High, Grant Harris.

 

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April 11, 2013

LAMAR POLSTON TO DELIVER CHIPOLA COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola alumnus Lamar Polston will deliver the commencement address at the Chipola College graduation ceremony on Thursday, May 2. The ceremony begins at 7 p.m. (CST), in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center.  Parents, relatives and friends are invited to a reception immediately following the ceremony.

                More than 400 graduates make up the Chipola class of 2013.  They will join the ranks of more than 12,000 Chipola alumni.  Counted as members of the class are all who completed their degrees or certificates from December of 2012 to May of 2013 or who will complete work during the summer 2013 terms.

                Lamar Polston grew up in Graceville, where he graduated high school in 1970.  He graduated from Chipola College in 1972 and transferred to Florida State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, with a degree in Risk Management and Insurance. 

                 Polston began his career in 1974 in Tallahassee with Alexander & Alexander, which was the world's second largest insurance broker.  For the next 14 years, Polston held various sales and management positions, rapidly rising through the ranks to become one of the firm's youngest branch managers.  He was selected to start the firm's first ever branch office from scratch. 

                 Polston was hired by First Union National Bank in 1988.  While at First Union, he built an insurance brokerage operation, then transferred to its Capital Management Division, where he managed securities and personal trust sales forces.  In 1995, Polston joined Factory Mutual Insurance as a Division Sales Manager, where he worked until retiring in 2007.  

                During his career, Polston obtained the CPCU designation, was a lecturer at FSU's College of Business, and taught numerous Sales and Sales Management classes at the firms he worked for.

                 Lamar Polston and his brother Ricky Polston, Justice of the Florida Supreme Court, addressed the Chipola College Honors seminar in 2010.

                Polston lives in Tallahassee with his wife, Leslie, also of Graceville.  Lamar and Leslie have three children.  Kathryn is a nurse in Atlanta, where she resides with her husband and 3 year old son.  John works for Frito-Lay in Tallahassee, where he resides with his wife, 4 year old daughter and 2 year old son.  Brian is an insurance broker for RT Specialty in West Palm Beach, and is engaged. 

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April 11, 2013

CHIPOLA SPRING ENSEMBLE CONCERT IS APRIL 16

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will present its Spring Ensemble Concert Tuesday, April 16, at 7 p.m., in the Center for the Arts.

                The free concert will feature the Chipola Rock and Jazz Band directed by Dr. Daniel Powell, and the Chipola Chamber Chorus and Community Chorus directed by Dale Heidebrecht.

                The Community Chorus will again join the Chamber Chorus singing in Russian, German, Latin, and a little bit of English.  One piece has no word, but will feature Indian sounds.  Another piece will be in the original Bebma (Chibemba) language spoken in Zambia. 

                The Jazz Band will close the concert with music in the funk, swing, rock, Latin, and popular styles.  Director Dr. Daniel Powell says, “These professional that have worked hard all semester to raise the bar on this knock out concert.  These students have been stretched and pulled to reach the height of their talent and will leave you wondering why you should ever travel out of your back yard to find such master performances.”

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

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

 

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CHIPOLA SPRING ENSEMBLE CONCERT IS APRIL 16—Chipola College will present its Spring Ensemble Concert Tuesday, April 16, at 7 p.m., in the Center for the Arts. The free concert will feature the Chipola Rock and Jazz Band and the Chipola Chamber Chorus.

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April 11, 2013

CRAA TO MEET THURSDAY, APRIL 16

           

                MARIANNA—The Chipola Regional Arts Association (CRAA) will host its monthly meeting Tuesday, April 16, at Jim’s Buffet in Marianna.

                The public is invited to attend the Dutch-treat buffet luncheon which begins at 11:30 a.m. and the program at noon.

                The meeting will feature presentations by area arts educators who have received mini-grants. Dr. Daniel Powell, Executive Director of CRAA, says, “This is a powerful testament to what a donation to CRAA can do for the community.  All funds received directly support local arts programs.  To continue and expand these programs, we need your help.” 

                CRAA is in the middle of their fundraising campaign to fund next year’s programs and hopes to increase their impact on the community.

                Because of the number of mini-grant awards, presentations will be divided between the April 16 and May 21 meetings. 

                For information on CRAA, contact Dr. Daniel Powell at powelld@chipola.edu or (850) 718-2257.

 

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April 11, 2013

CHIPOLA TO OFFER LIFEGUARD COURSE

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training course beginning May 3.

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

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

                 A prerequisite swim test must be taken prior to the course on May 3. There is no charge to take the test. 

                Course meetings will be held from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., May 6-9 and May 13-16, with the final test on May 17.

                 Cost of the course is $200. Students must register and pay the fee prior to the first meeting. 

                For information about the course, call Rance Massengill at 850-718-2240. To register, call 718-2405 or visit www.chipola.edu/ContinuingEd

 

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April 11, 2013

YOUNG ARTIST SHOWCASE APRIL 21 AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Department of Fine and Performing Arts will host a Young Artist Showcase Sunday, April 21, at 2 p.m., in the Experimental Theatre of the new Center for the Arts.

                The concert will feature Aaron Smith, piano; Anna E. Williams, piano; Daniel Kern, piano; Michael Lingerfelt, piano; and Anthony John Marotta, saxophone.

                The students are enrolled in music courses at Chipola and Gulf Coast. These award-winning artists open the 2013 Spring into Summer Concert season with works by Barber, Beethoven, Chopin, Haydn, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, and more.

                The primary mission of the Spring Into Summer series is to present the area’s finest local chamber music ensembles and soloists on a Sunday Matinée during the spring and summer months.

                Concerts in this series may range from classical offerings to modern. All concerts begin at 2 p.m., and admission is by donation.

                For information, contact Dr. Christine Yoshikawa at yoshikawac@chipola.edu or call Chipola Fine and Performing Arts at (850) 718-2277.

 

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OLIVER—Gwen Oliver is Chipola College’s Career Employee for April. Gwen serves as an Office Assistant in the Foundation department and has worked at the college since 2002. Here, Oliver (left) is congratulated by Director of Foundation Julie Fuqua.

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April 11, 2013

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING SEMINAR SET AT CHIPOLA

 

                 MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer a seminar, on “Government Contracting,” Friday, April 19, from 9:30 to 12:30 p.m., in Room M-108 of the Chipola Business and Technology building.

                Participants will learn to identify government agencies and target marketing efforts to save both time and money.  Cost is $30.  The first six Chipola students to sign up will receive free admission. 

                Participants may register for seminars online at www.northfloridabiz.com.  At Chipola, contact Elissa Severson 850-718-2441 or email seversone@chipola.edu. Participants may register in person in Building M, Office 208.

 

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April 11, 2013

CHIPOLA SOFTBALL THIRD IN CONFERENCE

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola split a double-header with Tallahassee on April 2. Chipola scored a 7-3 win in the opener, but the Eagles won game two, 9-1. 

                As of April 10, Gulf Coast (7-3) leads the league. Northwest (6-4) is second. Chipola (5-3) is third. Pensacola is (3-7) and Tallahassee is (3-7).

                Chipola is third in the FCSAA State Poll. Gulf Coast is first. Northwest is tied for fifth.

                 Chipola hits the road for three conference double-headers at Northwest, April 11, at Gulf Coast, April 13, and at Pensacola, April 16.

                Chipola finishes the conference season at home Thursday, April 18, with a 4 p.m. double-header against Tallahassee.

 

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April 11, 2013

CHIPOLA BASEBALL THIRD IN CONFERENCE

 

                MARIANNA—As of April 10, Chipola (5-7) is third in the Panhandle Conference standings. Gulf Coast (8-5) is second.  Tallahassee (12-1) leads the league.      The Indians have four home games remaining in the conference schedule.  They host Tallahassee on Friday, April 12, at 4 p.m.; Northwest, April 17 at 5 p.m.; Pensacola, April 20 at 1 p.m. and Gulf Coast, April 22 at 5 p.m.  Chipola closes out the conference season on the road at Gulf Coast on April 24.  Chipola beat Alabama Southern 8-5 on April 9.

                The Indians scored a big 4-2 win over Gulf Coast on April 6 in 10 innings. Chipola picked up a big 5-4 win over Pensacola April 1.  Freshman pitcher Michael Mader went seven innings and allowed just one earned run on six hits, one walk, and six strikeouts.  Luis Tunon hit 2-for-3 with four RBI and a run. Gibson was 2-for-4 with a run.

 

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April 18, 2013

CHIPOLA SCHOOL OF EDUCATION GETS NEW HOME

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College officials cut the ribbon to formally open the new School of Education on Tuesday.

                The new building is home to the college’s five teacher education programs: Elementary Education, Exceptional Student Education, Math Education (5-9 and 6-12), Science and Biology Education (5-9 and 6-12) and English Education.

                Dr. Gene Prough, president of Chipola College, says, “We are very proud of our Teacher Education program. I am happy that our students and faculty have a new place to learn so that they can go out and teach the next generation of students.”

                Chipola’s old teacher education building was one of the oldest buildings on campus and was short on space. The new School of Education features five classrooms, an ample conference room, a computer lab, and a large gathering area for students. Space in the common areas where students can work together has more than tripled in the new building.

                Chipola’s School of Education has been successful since the college first began offering bachelor’s degrees in 2003. Since that time, more than 176 teacher education graduates have earned bachelor’s degrees. Most of those graduates are teaching in the K–12 schools throughout the college’s five-county district and in neighboring counties.  

                All 2012 graduates from Chipola’s Elementary Education, Science Education and Mathematics Education programs who sought positions were hired for the 2012–13 school year. This continues a hiring trend that has been consistent since Chipola graduated its first mathematics and science teacher candidates in 2005. 

                Dr. Lou Cleveland, Dean of the Chipola School of Education, says, “Because of rigorous course requirements, Chipola teachers are classified as ‘highly qualified’ with many of them having both reading and ESOL endorsements upon graduation. Our curriculum provides teachers with a strong foundation which makes them valuable employees.”   

                Chipola Executive Vice President, Dr. Jason Hurst, says, “Chipola’s School of Education is one of our very best programs. Our teacher education graduates are highly qualified and effective. This is evidenced by the fact that many of our graduates have been recognized as teachers of the year at the school and district level.”  

                From seven students in 2004, the program has experienced tremendous growth.  By May, a total of 176 teacher candidates will have graduated from Chipola.  The majority of these have been employed in the five county district; others have earned teaching certificates and positions in Alabama, Georgia and Louisiana.   There are 33 traditional K – 12 schools in Chipola’s district.   Thirty-one of these schools employ Chipola graduates. The number is even higher when EPI participants are included.  Vernon High School’s entire math department is comprised of Chipola math education graduates.  

                Chipola first began offering courses in Secondary Mathematics and Biology in 2004 with seven students. In 2006, added Middle School Science and Middle School Math.   The Educator Preparation Institute was also approved that year to serve non-education majors who were seeking teaching certificates.  

                In Fall 2008, Chipola began programs in Elementary Education and Exceptional Student Education.   The Early Childhood Certificate and Associate in Science program also were moved under the newly named School of Education this year.  In 2011, English Education was added. Chipola’s first English Education teachers will graduate in May. 

                Chipola offers the Bachelor of Science Degree, the Associate in Arts Degree, the Associate in Science Degree and Workforce Development programs.

                For information, visit www.chipola.edu or call 850-718-2492.

 

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 April 18, 2013

 

CHIPOLA BRAIN BOWL FINISHES AS TOP COMMUNITY COLLEGE IN ICT

 

                CHICAGO—With a 290-245 win over MIT in the last round of the preliminaries, the Chipola College Brain Bowl team advanced to the championship bracket of the DII ICT (Intercollegiate Championship Tournament) on April 13. 

                After finishing the initial round robin with a 6-1 record, Chipola became only the second community college in history to make the championship round.  The teams qualifying for the championship bracket were: Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Chicago, Illinois, Williams, MIT and Chipola.

                Only the teams in the championship bracket were eligible to win the tournament. Chipola coach Stan Young, said, “The Chipola team finished the tournament seventh overall, but played valiantly in the bracket.”

                Chipola lost to Yale 350-315, losing on the last question of the match. Yale finished second overall in the tournament. The Chipola team also held their own against Harvard, losing 385-310. With two questions remaining, Chipola had a chance to win the match, but lost a couple of buzzer races to the Harvard team which finished fourth overall. Stanford went undefeated to win the championship.

                The Chipola team was awarded the Top Community College for the third year in a row. Chipola team members are:  Paul Kelson, Katelyn Miller, William Singleton, and Becca Delgado.

                Paul Kelson was the top individual scorer in the entire tournament. He averaged 114.55 per 20 tossups heard. Kelson is only the third person in DII tournament history to average more than 100 point per 20 tossups heard. The other two individuals were Matt Jackson (Yale), and Neil Gurram (MIT).  Young said, “Paul Kelson will finish his career at Chipola as arguably the best community college player in the history of the game.”

                Young thanked his Chipola colleagues and the community for the support of the Brain Bowl team. “I would just like to thank everyone for your continued support of the Chipola team. So many of you have been so supportive, and I really appreciate the interest you have shown.”

                Earlier this month, Chipola broke a state record with six consecutive state championships. The Brain Bowl team will be recognized at their own high school tournament on Thursday, May 2, at 1:30 p.m. in Chipola’s Building Z.

Link to overall standings:  http://www.naqt.com/stats/tournament-teams.jsp?tournament_id=4301

Link to Chipola Games:  http://www.naqt.com/stats/team-performance.jsp?team_id=50847

Link to individual stats:  http://www.naqt.com/stats/tournament-individuals.jsp?tournament_id=4301

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CHIPOLA BRAIN BOWL FINISHES AS TOP COMMUNITY COLLEGE IN ICT—With a 290-245 win over MIT in the last round of the preliminaries, the Chipola College Brain Bowl team advanced to the championship bracket of the DII ICT (Intercollegiate Championship Tournament) on April 13. The team finished seventh in the nation in the championship round which included Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Chicago, Illinois, Williams, MIT Team members are, from left: Becca Delgado, Katelyn Miller, Tournament MVP Paul Kelson and William Singleton.

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April 18, 2013

CHIPOLA WINS AT STATE PHI BETA LAMBDA BUSINESS CONFERENCE

 

                ORLANDO—The Chipola College chapter of Phi Beta Lambda business association took top honors at the recent Florida PBL State Leadership Conference in Orlando.  

                Katrina Messer and Cathy Riddle won first place in the Small Business Management Plan team event. Jeff Pitts, Sheetal Patel and Jessica Taylor were the second place team in Hospitality Management. Nacole Thomas and Barbara Wynn won third place in the Human Resource Management team event.

                In individual competitions, Jeff Pitts won second place in Business Law and fourth place in Management Concepts. April Harrison was third in Computer Concepts. Barbara Wynn was fifth in Networking Concepts.

                Chipola students competed with more than 400 students from colleges and universities throughout the state in performance events, skill events and exams. 

                Chipola members also enjoyed VIP status and were recognized at all events for their top participation and fund-raising efforts at last year’s competition, earning them the coveted “Gold Membership Status.”

                Qualifying students will compete at the national level this summer in Anaheim, CA. Students attending the national conference will also participate in numerous leadership and career development workshops to acquire cutting-edge skills for today’s competitive business environment.

                PBL is the college level division of FBLA-PBL, the largest business career student organization in the world.  Chipola Professor, Vikki Milton, serves as the local chapter PBL adviser, Florida District I State Adviser, and on the Florida FBLA-PBL Executive Board. 

                For information about the Chipola College PBL, phone 850-526-2761, Ext. 3371 or email miltonv@chipola.edu

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CHIPOLA WINS AT STATE PHI BETA LAMBDA BUSINESS CONFERENCE—The Chipola College chapter of Phi Beta Lambda business association took top honors at the recent Florida PBL State Leadership Conference in Orlando.  Pictured from left, are: (front) Jasmine Reed, Cathy Riddle, Katrina Messer, Sheetal Patel, Jessica Taylor, (back) faculty adviser Vikki Milton, April Harrison, Barbara Wynn, Jeff Pitts, Nacole Thomas and Keontre Simpson.

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 April 18, 2013

CHIPOLA PRESS CONFERENCE SET FOR THURSDAY

                Chipola College will host a press conference to honor Academic All-American Kaylee Toole and All-State Academic Team member John Whittington, Thursday, April 25, at 1 p.m., in the atrium of the Literature/Language Building.

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April 18, 2013

CHIPOLA COLLEGE CLASS OF 2013 GRADUATES

MARIANNA—Some 453 students were eligible for graduation at Chipola College at the end of the spring semester.  Graduation exercises are scheduled for Thursday, May 2 at 7 p.m. in the Milton Johnson Health Center. Chipola alumnus Lamar Polston will deliver the commencement address.

            Counted as members of the class are all who completed their degrees or vocational certificates from December of ‘12 to May of ‘13 or who will complete work at Chipola during the summer of ’13.

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

Bachelor of Science Degrees

            Altha—Britney Collings, Jessica Godwin, Justin Godwin, Stephanie Shelton.

            Bloutstown—Kimberley Daniels, Robert Deason, Kenneth Edwards, Hailey Moravek, Jeffrey Stewart.

            Bonifay—Donna Acosta, Angela Gluck, Ashley Holley, George Hutton, III, Cathy Riddle.

            Bristol—Joseph Williams.

            Chipley—Jennifer Adkison, Lance Bush, Stacy Collins, Melissa Finch, Allison Hayes, Marshal Malloy, Kevin Russell, Katherine Stone.

            Clarksville—Jason Holland, Robert Johns, Monica Jones.

            Cottondale—Erica Barnes, Dorothy Cash, Jessica Haid, Gina Sheffield.

            Cypress—Alayna Tharp.

            Graceville—Sarah Biddle, Kayla Hyatt, Kacy Miles, Kimberly Williams, Barbara Wynn.

            Grand Ridge—Sara Bien, Jessica Harrell, Rebecca Hart, Jessica Tillman.

            Greenwood—Benjamin Griffin.

            Hosford—Kerstin Peddie.

            Kinard—Amy McLeod.

            Malone—William Herring.

            Marianna—Megan Blount, Casey Caynor, Jessica Chaddock, Shondel Frear, Zoeanna Gause, William Glawson, Kimberly Grant, Tiffany Grimsley, Heather Hall, William Larkin, Christopher Newton, Thuy-Trang Nguyen, Cynthia Phillips, Sandy Sims, Nacole Thomas.

            Sneads—Haley Bennett, Travis Moore, Ashley Pavuk.

            Vernon—Elizabeth Sewell, Lindsey Sutherland.

            Westville—Samuel Griffin, Carrie Hayford, Jonathan McKinney.

            Out-of District—Summer Moore and Lynnsey Russell, Ashford, Ala., Nancy Messer, Bucklin, Kans., Rebecca Stewart, Crawfordville; Stefani Jackson, Creedmore, N.C.; Ciara Folsom and Sarah Moore, Dothan, Ala.;Wendy Young, Enterprise, Ala.; Michelle Calano, Gordon, Ala., Amy Cannon, Jakin, Ga.; Elaine Greig, Lynn Haven; Kair Jackson, New Orleans, La.; Kerry Bryant and Monica Davila, Panama City and Angela Smith, Tallahassee.

Bachelor of Applied Science Degrees

            Blountstown—Dana Cooper.

            Marianna—Dakota Partin.   

Associate in Arts Degrees

            Alford—Angela Bowers, Tessa Jurgonski, Teresa Magnus, Kaylee Toole.

            Altha—Taylor Brantley-Curl, Sierra Chason, Ashley Childs, Tiffany Hill, Ivy Martin, Cason Neel, Taylor Shelton, Emily Williams, Katelyn Williams.

            Bascom—Dayvon Larry, Deja McCollough.

            Blountstown—Junicia Baker, Virginia Baker, Tasheana Brown, Lance Clemons, Jesse Griffin, Rachael King, Tyler McClellan, Makynzie O'Bryan, Travis Pittman, Ariel Savell, Sharlyn Smith.

            Bonifay—Tayler Amerson, Anna Bailey, Jessica Bean, Justin Brock, Brenton Burch, Amber Champion, Ryan Corne, Jade Cunningham, Charles Dinkins, Chelsea Godwin, Chelsea Herndon, Mary Hewett, Coty Long, Justin Miles, Macy Miles, Joshua Norman, Brittany Riley, William Steverson, Marli Sullivan, Rachel Toro, Ashley Vallejos, Cassie White, Dara Wilkerson,.

            Bristol—Veldina Dawson, Daniel Kern, Anthony Marotta, Phyllis Reddick, Kasey Revell, John Steverson.

            Campbellton—Scheneka Johnson, Kayla Whitehead, Keion Woulard.

            Caryville—Amber Boatner, Sharraneka Jackson.

            Chipley—Lindsey Albritton, Blake Anderson, Ashley Ayers, Derick Balkcom, Brandi Brubaker, Michaela Bruner, Jackson Cagle, Crystal Carter, Kaylor Collins, Cierra Corbin, Chelsea Dalton, Jacqueline Funderburk, Dustin Garner, Megan Goodman, Alyssa Grimes, Lathan Harwell, Yvonne Hassett, Brittany Jernigan, Kimberly Knight, Glen Mayo, Ragen McDaniel, Christopher Murray, Casey Parker, JoAnna Peters, Alicia Rhodes, Paul Rhodes, Monica Roberts, Lana Skipper, Stephanie Smalley, Ryan Smith, Haley Smothers, Erin Solger, Emily Stewart, Faith Tice, Zachery Weiland, Meghan Wilder, Crystal Zuraff.

            Clarksville—Morgan Davis, Stewart Herndon, Joshua Jeffery.

            Cottondale—Dennis Allen, Kaitlyn Baxley, Brittney Dilmore, Kristen Reynolds, Brandon Slesser, Duante' Smith, Amy Thompson, Thomas Thornton, Brooke Vickery.

            Graceville—Jared Byrd, Katie Collins, Megan Crutchfield, Brittany Flournoy, Kristine Fravezzi, Robert Hawkins, Paris Hill, Jeffrey Register, Cayla Walker, Christopher Willis, Carly Wilson.

            Grand Ridge—Heidi Folks, Sandra Franklin, Leigh Hall, Jolie Johnson, Christina Kerlee, Haylie McLane, Cameron Smith, Karis Smith,.

            Greenwood—Robert Baxley, II, Amie Calvert, Casie Carroll, Leann Frestick, Jessica McCalister.

            Hosford—Hannah Moore.

            Malone—Jordan Exum.

            Marianna—Cherie Baggett, Shayn Baggett, Sharnesia Baker, Jaren Bannerman, Jeremy Barnes, Pamela Barnes, Ravan Barnes, Samantha Barnes, Shelby Basford, Penny Berbert, Alexander Bigale, Tiffany Brown, Michael Browning, Kayley Bryan, Tammy Bush, Lauren Byrd, Stephen Clark, Sandra Coisman, Hannah Colbert, Heather Conley, Austin Cox, Robert Davis, Meghan DeLang, Katelyn DeRosier, Aerial Folsom, Robert Gause, Deborah Giles, Meghan Gilliland, Christopher Gilmore, Paul Gochenaur, Jonathan Green, Cayce Griffin, Jessica Hatcher, Dalton Hendrix, Paul Hoff, Michael Holloway, Kathryn Huffman, Ryan Hughes, Kasey Ivey, Bre'Anna Knight, Kelly Lichtfuss, Nadine Long, Brandon Massengill, Jamie McCoy, Ashley McLean, Kathryn Meadows, Jimmy Melvin, Stephanie Milliser, Eron Milton, Mallory Mock, Herlinda Morales, Kendra Myrick, Taylor Myrick, Kendall Norman Partrick, Cameron Oliver, Aaron Parks, Kathy Patterson, Brittany Peacock, Zachary Perkins, Amber Perry, Kevin Potts, Jr., Clayton Rooks, IV, Marylu Sanchez, Meagan Seay, Jonathan Sims, Latonya Smith, Scott Smith, William Smith, II, Autumn Speigner, Tiffany Stephens, Ashley Stewart, Jordan Thigpen, Clayton Touchton, Clint Touchton, Carmen Walker, John Whittington, Christin Wiggins, Ashley Wilson, Lakeshia Worlds, Shelli Williams.

            Ponce De Leon—Joshua Tetlow.

            Sneads—Casey Adams, Kara Alford, Brittany Arnold, Emily Cain, Karissa Childs, Cassandra Coley, Aimee Glover, Ian Griffin, Tania Harvey, Dexter Herndon, Sylvia Hilton, Rachel Pelt, Joseph Raley, Kayla Sheffield, Jerri Stone, Sydney Stone, Ashton Wester, Daniel Williams.

            Westville—Makala Hicks, Katelyn Miller.

            Out-of-District—Chelsea Adams,  Anna Marshall and  Brett Moore, Ashford, Ala.; Jasmin Reed, Atlanta, Ga.; Heather Ausburn, Calvary, Ga.; Kristen Allen, Chattahoochee; Christian Correa, Coconut Creek; Cole Evans, Collierville, Tenn.; LaShonda Littleton and Sharonda Littleton, Dallas, Tex.; Hannah Parrish and Marlena Paulk, Dothan, Ala.; Michael Lingerfelt, Gastonia, N.C.; Jannetta Peters, Gordon, Ala.; Erin Roberts, Grayson, Ga.; Carneisha Nash, Kinsey, Ala.; Stephanie Garrels, Magnolia, Tex.; Latoya Robinson and Brianna Shaw Minneapolis, Minn.; Venus Cooks, Montgomery, Ala.; Hayley Parker, Nettleton, Miss.; Marc Frazier, Newnan, Ga.; Miryah Knighton, O'Brien; Muriel Merritt, Pensacola; Tyrone Dawson and Rodney Besore, Port St Joe; Shawnika Hughes, Quincy; Kristine Brance, Riga, Latvia; Jasmine Crawford, St Louis, Mo.; Cassandra Kelley, Sumatra; Preston Johnson, Suwanee, Ga.; Emily Streukens, Tallahassee; Jade Givens, Wesley Chapel; Cara McCormic, Wildwood.

Associate in Science Degrees

            Alford—Jennifer Ward.

            Altha—Christian Blankenship.

            Blountstown—William Johnson, Brannon Evans.

            Bonifay—Melinda Dampier, Jamie Owen, Ashley Pitts, Katelyn Strickland.

            Bristol—Whitney Edwards, Timothy Pittman, Auslinn Shuler.

            Campbellton—VaQuita Clark.

            Chipley—Ronyon Campbell, Jr., Chelsea Dalton, Meghan Pettis, Lana Skipper.

            Cottondale—Brooke Vickery.

            Graceville—Eric Bellamy.

            Grand Ridge—Tiffany Burdeshaw, Yolanda Hamilton, Hope Mooneyham, Joanne Player, Angelica Rodriguez, Michelle Schouest.

            Greenwood—Brittany Gardner.

            Hosford—Hannah Moore.

            Malone—Marina Speros.

            Marianna—Harrel Anderson, Jr., Julie Arroyo, Kristie Bard, Cindy Brogdon, Clover Byford, Keara Conrad, Ashley Craven, Sheena Davis, Benjamin Durham, Megan Gardner, Rocio Lopez, Sarah Mathis, Kruize Pinkins, Richard Register, Hannah Shouppe, James Walker.

            Sneads—Sarah Durden, Tania Harvey, Joel McKeown, Jason Moore, Courtney Wall.

            Out-of-District—Bridgette King, Chattahoochee; Terel Hall, Dawson, Ga.; Mistor Thomas, Denver, Colo.; William Jones, Donalsonville, Ga.; Amanda Daniels, Shyann Jackson, Alisa Kronberger, Sunny Neve and Christopher Peters, Dothan, Ala.; Joseph Uchebo, Enugo, Nigeria; Earl Watson, Fort Pierce; Calvin Gilbert, Green Cove Springs; Troy Black, Headland, Ala.; David Bush and Gary Goodson, Panama City; Melissa Sims and James Ward, Jr., Quincy; Amy Pierce, Erica Pruschen, Emily Streukens, Corynn Walker and Erik Wickstrum, Tallahassee; and Brittany Burdock, Vero Beach.

Workforce Development Certificates

            Altha—Marianne Debolt, Daniel Shivers.    

            Blountstown—Joshua Kirkbride, Jody Vowell.

            Bonifay—Kacy Huddleston, Leslie Mollet.

            Bristol—Jacqueline Lee.

            Chipley—Sara Easterling, Mary Marcoguiseppe.

            Greenwood—Dillon Chambliss, Clinton Seymour.

            Marianna—Ja'Corian Borders, Tymetra Brannon, Michael Forward, Vickie Gibson, Marvin Howerin, Daniel Johns, Brandon Johnson, Nicholas Prather, Wayne Sawyer, Jr., Joshua Weakland, Tiffany Wright.

            Sunny Hills—Kristina Collins.

            Out-of-District—Devontaye Bailey, Terrell Loper and Trina Velarde, Chattahoochee; Marc Haviland and Donald Tucker, Donalsonville, Ga.

 

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April 18, 2013

CHIPOLA TO OFFER LAW ENFORCEMENT AND CORRECTIONS CLASSES

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Criminal Justice Training Center will offer an evening Law Enforcement Academy and a Corrections to Law Enforcement Cross-over class  beginning May 20. Qualification deadline for all materials is May 15.

                The program will meet weeknights from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. The course is 770 clock hours in length.

                Chipola also offers an ongoing Basic Corrections academy with open enrollment. Students may start within a week of qualification. Classes are weekdays, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

                Candidates must be at least 19 years of age and earn a passing score on the Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT). Applicants must have a standard high school diploma or its equivalent and must undergo a medical physical examination, background check and drug screening. Financial Assistance is available based upon need and eligibility.

                The Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT) is offered at the Public Service Building on Chipola Campus every Tuesday at 12:30.  Cost of the test is $45.

                For information regarding the application process, contact Steven Stewart, Law Enforcement Coordinator, at 718-2286.

 

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April 18, 2013

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CHIPOLA NURSING GRADUATES—Thirty-four students recently completed the Associate Degree Nursing program at Chipola College. The graduates are, from left: (front) Chris Peters, Troy Black, David Bush, Gary Goodson, Erik Wickstrum, Jim Walker, Ben Durham, Chase Johnson, Jason Moore, Tim Pittman, Ron Campbell, James Ward, (back) Katelyn Strickland, Julie Arroyo, Brooke Vickery, Lana Skipper, Megan Gardner, Ashley Craven, Brittany Burdock, Keara Conrad, Cindy Brogdon, Joanne Player, Jamie Owen, Ashley Pitts, Melissa Sims, Brannon Evans, Sarah Mathis, Michelle Schouest, Courtney Wall, Emily Streukens, Brittany Gardner, Whitney Edwards and Amanda Daniels. Erica Pruschen is not pictured. Graduates are now qualified to take the state certification examination to become Registered Nurses. The pinning ceremony for the class is scheduled for Thursday, April 25, at 3 p.m., in the new Chipola Center for the Arts.

 

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April 18, 2013

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CHIPOLA STUDENTS PERFORM AT KIWANIS—Students from Carol Saunders’ Oral Interpretation class at Chipola College recently presented the program at the Chipley Kiwanis Club. Students shared selections by Fanny Flag, Louis Grizzard, Mother Teresa and Presidents Reagan, Clinton and Obama. Pictured from left, are: (front) Brandi Strickland, Karissa Chiles, Macy Miles, Heather Ausburn, (back) professor Carolyn Saunders, Travis Scorza, Julie Wells, Beth Jannett, Anna Bailey and Cody Hampton.

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CHIPOLA’S “RIVER TALKS” HOSTS EPA OFFICIALS—Gary Latham, host of the Chipola College Television program, “River Talks,” recently interviewed representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Pictured from left, are: EPA Florida Watershed Coordinator Paul Gagliano, EPA Southeastern U.S. Watershed Coordinator Frank Baker, Chipola TV director Royce Reagan and host Gary Latham. “River Talks” is a program about waterways around the Jackson County area. Latham has aired more than 85 shows in the past ten years.

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April 18, 2013

 

CHIPOLA BASEBALL IN SECOND PLACE

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola moved into a tie for second place in the Conference with a 6-5 win over Northwest on Wednesday, April 17.

                The win puts Chipola at 8-8 in league play. The top two teams in the conference move on to the state tournament May 10-14 in Lakeland. Tallahassee has already captured the Panhandle Conference title.

                Freshman pitcher Michael Mader got the win for the Indians and his fifth straight league victory. He pitched a thrifty 78 pitches in seven shutout innings, giving up only three hits and two walks while striking out three.

                The Indians scored four in the first with a two-RBI single by Chase Nyman, and RBI doubles by Chase Scott and Josh Barber. Chipola added another run in the fifth when Nyman singled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Barber, and scored again in the sixth on an RBI single by Bert Givens to plate Cameron Gibson.

                Chipola led 6-0 late the game, but the Raiders scored five in the eighth. Preston Johnson came on for the Indians in the eighth giving up a one-out single to Ben Craft, who moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on another for Northwest’s first run. After a single by Vann Pitts, Kevin Knapp was hit by a pitch and Chris Madera walked to load the bases.

                Cole Evans came in to replace Johnson, but Northwest’s Nick Masonia hit a grand slam to cut Chipola’s lead to one.

                A single by Steven Jernigan and a walk to Scottie Peavey gave the Raiders a chance to take the lead, but Evans got Brandon Harigel to ground into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning. Evans retired the side in the ninth to end the game.

                Daniel Mars led Chipola offensively with three hits, while Nyman was 2-for-4 with a walk, two RBI, and two runs, Barber was 2-for-3 with two RBI, and Gibson was 2-for-5 with two runs. Givens and Scott also had two hits each for the Indians, who had 14 as a team.

                The Indians scored a 6-1 win over Northwest on April 15. Chipola scored a 6-4 win over Tallahassee on April 12. 

                Chipola heads to Pensacola Friday, April 19.  The Indians have two home games remaining in the conference schedule. They host Tallahassee Pensacola, April 20 at 1 p.m. and Gulf Coast, April 22 at 5 p.m.

                Chipola closes out the conference season on the road at Gulf Coast on April 24.

 

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April 18, 2013

CHIPOLA SOFTBALL MAKES STATE TOURNEY

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College (35-8) has clinched a spot in the FCSAA State Softball Tournament set for May 2-5 in Pensacola.

                The Lady Indians are ranked fourth in the FCSAA State Poll. Gulf Coast is first. Northwest is fifth.

                As of April 17, Gulf Coast (10-4) leads the league. Northwest (10-6) is second. Chipola (9-5) is third. Tallahassee is (4-10). Pensacola is (3-11). 

                Chipola’s Eva Voortman is this week’s NJCAA Region 8/FCSAA Softball Pitcher of the Week. A sophomore from the Netherlands, she was 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA in two appearances during the voting period.

                On consecutive days, Voortman delivered complete-game wins against nationally-ranked opponents. She beat NJCAA No. 16 Northwest Florida State 6-3 on April 12. On April 13, she tossed a 2-0 three-hit shutout against No. 4 Gulf Coast State. For the week, Voortman tallied 14 innings in the circle and allowed eight hits while striking out ten.

                Voortman continued her dominance with a 13-2 win over Pensacola on April 16. Rosanne DeVries picked up the 10-2 win for Chipola in game two.

                Chipola finishes the conference season at home Thursday, April 18, with a 4 p.m. double-header against Tallahassee.

 

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April 25, 2013

CHIPOLA RECOGNIZES OUTSTANDNING STUDENTS

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College officials recognized the accomplishments of three of the college’s most outstanding students at a press conference Thursday, April 25.

                Chipola sophomore Kaylee Toole was recently featured in USA Today for her nomination to the 2013 All-USA Community College Academic Team. John Whittington was named to the All-Florida Academic team. Chipola graduate Jessica O’Keefe received the Hites Scholarship from Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

                Portraits of Toole and Hites were unveiled at the press conference and will be added to Chipola’s Academic Wall of Honor.

                Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough, says, “These three young people are not only some of Chipola’s best students, but they are three of the best in the country. They have excellent academic records and outstanding records of serving others. I am very proud that they chose to attend Chipola.”

                Pam Rentz, Chipola English professor and Phi Theta Kappa adviser, says, “We are so proud of the accomplishments of these students. Kaylee, Jessica and John have helped so many people while maintaining excellent grades. We are very proud of their service to the college and to the community.”

                Kaylee Toole was named First Team All-USA Academic Team in USA Today. The team consists of 20 members nationwide from 1,800 applicants from 800 community colleges.

                Toole began dual-enrollment classes at Chipola the summer before her junior year at Marianna High School.  She graduated from Marianna in 2011 as an honor graduate and top 10 in her class. At Chipola, she has been active in Phi Theta Kappa, Honors Program, Pre-Med Society, Show Choir and Science Club.

                During her time at Chipola she has been a part of two mission trips to Nicaragua to help improve medical care and assist in building homes. On her first trip, she noticed that most of the people she met did not have shoes. When she returned to the U.S., she collected 300 pairs of shoes which delivered to Nicaragua last summer. She has since collected more shoes which she will take to Nicaragua on her third trip this summer. She also has served as a counselor at Joni and Friends Family Retreat, watching over a special needs child.

                Toole will graduate from Chipola this semester with an Associate in Arts degree in pre-pharmacy. Toole said, “I decided I wanted to pursue a degree in pharmacy after I fell in love with my job at Kelson Drugs, where I have been employed for two years.” She plans to continue her studies at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine’s School of Pharmacy. Toole also serves as a tutor in the Chipola ACE Lab. Toole is the daughter of Steve and Melody Toole of Marianna.

                Jessica O’Keefe, a 2012 graduate of Chipola College, is the recipient of the Hites Scholarship awarded by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. The scholarship includes a $7,500 monetary award. In her PTK service project, she helped raised funds, prepare and serve meals to 250 people at the Panama City Rescue Mission.

                O’Keefe graduated from Chipley High in 2010. She is the daughter of Connie Odom and the late Ron O’Keefe.  She is currently enrolled at the University of Florida majoring in Chemical Engineering.

                John Whittington is a 2011 graduate of Sneads High School where he graduated with honors. While at Chipola, he has been a two-time nominee to Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges. He recently was awarded a transfer scholarship to Florida State University in Panama City.

                Whittington also was involved in the Chipola Science Club, Mu Alpha Theta, Honors Club, and Phi Theta Kappa.

                Through PTK John led a service project to renovate the historic Hard Labor Creek Church in Washington County. Through a fund drive and golf tournament, he raised $12,000 for the project. He also convinced area contractors to donate time and labor for the renovation. To date, a new metal roof has been installed, and windows and doors have been repaired. New pews and a new podium were also installed. The exterior of the church has been painted and new has been landscaping planted. A wheelchair ramp also has been installed. A historical sign describing the history of the church is also in place. A dedication ceremony was held last year at which donors celebrated the restoration. This project helped him achieve the recognition of Second Team All Florida for the Nu Chi chapter of PTK.

                Whittington is the son of Steve Whittington and Stephanie Gleason. After graduating from Chipola, he plans to continue his goal of becoming a civil engineer at FSU/PC.

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CHIPOLA RECOGNIZES OUTSTANDNING STUDENTSPictured from left, are: Jessica O’Keefe, Chipola Senior Vice President of Instruction Dr. Sarah Clemmons, John Whitting­ton, PTK Sponsor Alicia Hatcher and Kaylee Toole.

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 April 25, 2013

CHIPOLA GRADUATION IS THURSDAY, MAY 2

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College graduation ceremony is Thursday, May 2, at 7 p.m. (CST), in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center. Parents, relatives and friends are invited to a reception immediately following the ceremony.

                More than 400 graduates make up the Chipola class of 2013. They will join the ranks of more than 12,000 Chipola alumni.

                Chipola alumnus Lamar Polston will deliver the commencement address. Polston grew up in Graceville, and graduated from Chipola in 1972. He went on to a distinguished career in the Insurance industry until his retirement in 2007.

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April 25, 2013

 ‘ALICE IN WONDERLAND’ TICKETS ON SALE AT CHIPOLA

           

                MARIANNA—Tickets are now on sale for the Chipola College Theatre children’s musical, "Alice in Wonderland," set for Thursday, May 9, at 7 p.m.    

                The show also will be presented to hundreds of elementary school children during several sold-out daytime performances.

                Chipola Theater director Charles Sirmon cast actors in the following roles:  Colton Day and Trey McKay as Chesire Cats, Christin Wiggins as Mathilda, Gracie Wallace as Alice, Diane Glaze as White Rabbit, Austin Pettis as Doorknob, Patrea Clark as Dodo Bird, Terrence Shanks as Tweedle Dum, Shayli Tharp as Tweedle Dee, Brienne Beechum as Rose, Kayla Todd as Petunia, Melanie Henderson as Lily, Jae House as Caterpillar, Dylan Bass as Mad Hatter, Dante Tyler as March Hare, Odra Chapman as Queen of Hearts, Nick Cessna as King of Hearts. Royal Cardsman and Tea Partiers include: Alex Anderson, Deanna Bailey, Amberly Corbin, Maddie Craven, Elyn Sapp and Julie Wells.          

                General admission tickets are available online at www.chipola.edu. Center for the Arts box office hours are 2 to 5 p.m., May 6, 7, 8, and from 6 to 7 p.m., May 9.

                For more information contact Charles Sirmon, Director of Theatre sirmonc@chipola.edu 850-718-2277.

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April 25, 2013

CHIPOLA TO OFFER LAW ENFORCEMENT AND CORRECTIONS CLASSES

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Criminal Justice Training Center will offer an evening Law Enforcement Academy and a Corrections to Law Enforcement Cross-over class  beginning May 20. Qualification deadline for all materials is May 15.

                The program will meet weeknights from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. The course is 770 clock hours in length.

                Chipola also offers an ongoing Basic Corrections academy with open enrollment. Students may start within a week of qualification. Classes are weekdays, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

                Candidates must be at least 19 years of age and earn a passing score on the Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT). Applicants must have a standard high school diploma or its equivalent and must undergo a medical physical examination, background check and drug screening. Financial Assistance is available based upon need and eligibility.

                The Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT) is offered at the Public Service Building on Chipola Campus every Tuesday at 12:30.  Cost of the test is $45.

                For information regarding the application process, contact Steven Stewart, Law Enforcement Coordinator, at 718-2286.

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April 25, 2013

CHIPOLA TO OFFER LIFEGUARD COURSE

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training course beginning April 30.

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

                Cost of the course is $200. A prerequisite swim test must be taken prior to the course. There is no charge to take the test. To schedule a test, call 718-2440.  Course meetings will be held from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., April 30, May 1, May 7-10, with the final test on May 11.

                For information, call Rance Massengill at 850-718-2240.

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April 25, 2013

CHIPOLA COLLEGE BRAIN BOWL RECOGNITION AND HIGH SCHOOL BRAIN BOWL CHAMPIONSHIP

 

                Chipola will host a high school Brain Bowl Tournament, Thursday, May 2, in the college Literature/Language Building. The public is invited to watch the (20 minute) Championship round at 1:30 p.m. At 1:50 p.m., high school awards will be handed out, followed by recognition of Chipola’s Six-Time State Championship Brain Bowl Team. 

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April 25, 2013

CHIPOLA’S PINKINS AND HALL MOVING UP TO NEXT LEVEL

 

                MARIANNA—Two Chipola College men’s basketball players are moving on the next level.

                Marianna native Kruize Pinkins has signed with the University of San Francisco. Pinkins averaged 11.4 points and 7 rebounds per game. He shot 58% from the floor and 49% from three-point range.  Pinkins also was recruited by Murray State and Florida Gulf Coast.

                The 6-foot-7 Pinkins will find a familiar face in San Francisco, as former Chipola assistant Brent Crews now coaches there. USF competes in NCAA's Division I and is a member of the West Coast Conference.

                Terel Hall, a 6’0 guard out of Dawson, Georgia, has signed with Savannah State University. Hall averaged 6 points, 5 assists and 3 rebounds per game and was considered a team leader. Hall was also recruited by North Carolina Central and North Carolina A & T.

                Savannah State is an NCAA Division I school in the MEAC Conference.

                The Chipola Indians made it the first round of the FCSAA State Tournament this season where they lost Central Florida who went on to win both the state and national championships. Chipola finished the season as runner-up in the Panhandle Conference with a 23-7 record.

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CHIPOLA PLAYERS MOVING UP TO NEXT LEVEL—Two Chipola College men’s basketball players are moving on the next level. Terel Hall of Dawson, Georgia, (seated right) has signed with Savannah State University. Marianna native Kruize Pinkins (seated right) has signed with the University of San Francisco. Also pictured are family members, coaches and Chipola teammates.

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April 25, 2013

CHIPOLA BASEBALL HEADED TO STATE

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola Indians captured second place in the Panhandle Conference and earned a spot in the FCSAA State Tournament with a big 7-3 win over Gulf Coast on April 22. 

Michael Mader was the winning pitcher.

                The Indians won seven of their last eight outings including: a 7-6 win over Gulf Coast on April 24; a 7-4 win over Pensacola on April 21; a 4-0 shutout over Pensacola on April 18; a 6-5 win over Northwest on April 17; and a 6-1 win over Northwest on April 15.

                The top two teams in the conference move on to the state tournament, May 10-14, in Lakeland. Chipola will represent the Panhandle along with Conference Champion Tallahassee.

                Chipola (35-19) will face Miami Dade (35-8) in the first round of the FCSAA State Tournament, Friday, May 10, at 7 p.m. (EST).  A win would put the Indians in a second round game, Saturday at 7 p.m., with the winner of State College of Florida and Seminole. A loss in the double-elimination tournament would move Chipola to the 1 p.m. game on Saturday.

                The regular season league standings are: Tallahassee (16-4), Chipola (12-8), Gulf Coast (9-11), Pensacola (7-13) and Northwest (6-14).

                Chipola is ranked seventh in the FCSAA State Coaches Poll. Tallahassee is first. Gulf Coast is eighth.

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April 25, 2013

CHIPOLA SOFTBALL MAKES STATE TOURNEY

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College (35-8) has clinched a spot in the FCSAA State Softball Tournament set for May 2-5 in Pensacola.

                Chipola will play State College of Florida, Friday, May 3, at noon (CST), in the first round of the tournament. Win or lose, the Lady Indians will play at 5 p.m. May 3 against either Hillsborough or Tallahassee.

                The Lady Indians are ranked fourth in the FCSAA State Poll. Gulf Coast is first. Northwest is sixth.

                In the final league standings, Gulf Coast (12-4) leads the league. Chipola (11-5) is second. Northwest (10-6) is third. Tallahassee is (4-12). Pensacola is (3-13).  

                Chipola finished the conference season at home April 18, by sweeping Tallahassee in a double-header. Chipola won game one, 4-3 and game two, 8-5.

                Chipola swept Pensacola, 13-2 and 10-2, on April 16. Eva Voortman was the winning pitcher in game one. Rosanne DeVries was the winning pitcher in game two.

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