April 2, 2015

 

CHIPOLA MATH OLYMPIC WINNERS

           

 MARIANNASome 200 students representing 11 area high schools participated in the 31st annual Chipola College Math Olympiad on March 20.

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.  The students earned medals and trophies, and were treated to lunch.  The event concluded with an awards ceremony in the Center for the Arts.

                Overall team winners are: first, Graceville High, team members: Clark Dohrenwend, Kwanchanok Sathidrakwong, Qian Liu; second, Marianna High, team members: Riley Torbett, Ronock Gocool and Walter Caldwell.

                Ciphering team winners are:

                Algebra I—first, Bonifay Middle, team members: Bailey Rich, Zion Glass and Parker James Hooper; second, Vernon Middle, team members: Lana Bush, River Basinger and Kayla Brock.

                Algebra IIfirst, Graceville High, team members: Savannah Chorn, Sierra Ennis and Qian Liu; second, Chipley High, team members: Taylor Munroe, Nathan Glover and Cynthia Smith.

                Geometry—first, Malone High, team members: Noah Roberts, Kyle Tillman and Dellon Barber; second, Vernon High, team members: Olivia Cotton and Payton Poppell.

                Individual award winners by category are:

                Algebra Ifirst, Graceville High, Kwan Sathidrakwong; second, Holmes County High, Baily Rich; third, Marianna High, Ronock Gocool; fourth, Vernon High, River Basinger; fifth, Marianna High, Justin Carlisle; sixth, Chipley High, Nathaniel Bowen; seventh, Blountstown High, Emily Holloway; eighth, Cottondale High, Carl Young; ninth, Blountstown High, Courtney Payne and tenth, Malone High, Baylie Calloway.

                Algebra IIfirst, Graceville High, Qian Liu; second, Blountstown High, Caroline Howell; third, Chipley High, Taylor Munroe; fourth, Chipley High, Nathan Glover; fifth, Marianna High, Walter Caldwell; sixth, Holmes County High, Lucy Jiang; seventh, Liberty County High, Emily Kern; eighth, Marianna High, Valerie Sims; ninth, Altha Public, Sawyer O’Bryan and tenth, Blountstown High, Emily Shuler.

                Geometryfirst, Marianna High, Riley Torbett; second, Cottondale High, Laramie Pooser; third, Vernon High, Payton Poppell; fourth, Blountstown High, Holley Bailey; fifth, Marianna High, Laura Lee Gause; sixth, Blountstown High, Brian Gay; seventh, Chipley High, Lila Chan; eighth, Cottondale High, Caleb Reed; ninth, Malone High, Dellon Barber and tenth, Sneads High, Garrett McDaniel.

                Trigonometryfirst, Marianna High, Binny Gocool; second, Vernon High, Michaela Poppell; third, Holmes County High, Jessica Zhao; fourth, Chipley High, Shelby Savell; fifth, Chipley High, Whitley Pettis; sixth, Vernon High, Rainey Basinger; seventh, Chipley High, Megan Mosley; eighth, Chipley High, Sara Smith; ninth, Blountstown High, Santana Lee; tenth, Chipley High, Dalton Canipe.

                Calculusfirst, Blountstown High, Donavan Ebersol; second, Holmes County High, Chase Forehand; third, Chipley High, Noah Smothers; fourth, Chipley High, Cheyanna Clark and fifth, Marianna High, Noah Green.

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April 2, 2015

 

CHIPOLA WINS AT STATE PHI BETA LAMBDA CONFERENCE

 

                ORLANDO—The Chipola College chapter of Phi Beta Lambda members brought home a total of 16 Top-Five awards from the recent PBL State Leadership Conference and Competition in Orlando. 

                Students from more than 25 colleges and universities competed in numerous written and performance events that focus on business, technology and leadership.

                Qualifying students will compete at the PBL National Leadership Conference in Chicago in June.

                Chipola winners include: Susan Burns, Help Desk, 1st place, Computer Concepts, 2nd place and Networking Concepts, 3rd place; Alicia Bednar, Entrepreneurship Concepts, 1st place; Dustin Graham, Financial Services, 1st place; Shareem Goodlet, Sports Management, 2nd place, Integrated Marketing Campaign, 4th place; Calen Masai, Public Speaking, 2nd place; Victoria Brown, Cost Accounting, 3rd place; Bethany Horton, Impromptu Speaking, 3rd place, Word Processing, 4th place; Joshua Myers, Sports Management, 3rd place; Deborah Graham, Community Service Project, 4th place; Bonnie NeSmith, Justice Administration, 5th place.

                In team events, Alex Anderson and Alicia Bednar, won 2nd place in Forensic Accounting. Alicia Barton and Kathryn Meadows, won 3rd place in Hospitality Management.

                Chipola PBL adviser Glenda Bethel said, “These students worked hard to prepare for this competition while they continued their school work and their PBL fundraising and community service projects.  They exemplify the proud Chipola spirit and our tradition of excellence.”

                PBL is the college level division of FBLA-PBL, the largest business career student organization in the world.

 

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April 2, 2015

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CHIPOLA PBL WINS AT STATE—The Chipola College chapter of Phi Beta Lambda members brought home a total of 16 Top-Five awards from the recent PBL State Leadership Conference and Competition in Orlando.  Pictured from left, are: (front) Alex Anderson; (second row) Calen Masai, Susan Burns, Angel Rapozo, Alicia Barton, Deborah Graham, Victoria Brown, Alicia Bednar, Waverly Jones; (back row) Johnie Lawson, Shareem Goodlet, Bonnie NeSmith, Kathryn Meadows, Joshua Myers, Dustin Graham and Bethany Horton.

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April 2, 2015

 

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                MARIANNA—Billy Bailey, Florida Caverns State Park Specialist, recently directed Chipola College Environmental Science students in the restoration of the Florida ecosystem on the college campus with classroom and field training. 

                This project was initiated by Dr. David Hilton, Associate Dean of Math and Natural Science, over several past years in conservation biology classes.  Dr. Steve Shimmel, Professor Emeritus of biology, advocated the preservation and protection of the campus ecology.

                The purpose of the workday was threefold:  to enable students to define and identify exotic seed producers; to answer the question, what can they do to help; and to encourage learning through volunteerism. 

                Following classroom instruction, students donned gloves, glasses, loppers, and Garlon herbicide, proceeded to remove tagged exotic plants, also known as invasive, non-natives which are seed producers.  These plants belong to category 1 for the greatest potential to spread.  They are:  Silver thorn (Elaeagnus pungens), often grown as an evergreen hedge and planted along highways; Nandina domestica, (sold as heavely bamboo); Chinese privet (Ligustrum sinense); and Glossy privet (Ligustrum lucidum), both ornamental shrubs.

                The encroachment of invasive plants may be one reason why the South Florida landscape is first on the list of 15 most endangered ecosystems in the U.S.  Many of these plants are sold locally.  The students were given a brochure from Caverns Park which describes, with invasive species found in this part of Florida.  Approximately 75% of the Chipola campus is inhabited by invasive plants.

 

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chipola students work on invasive species—Chipola College Environmental Science students helped to remove tagged exotic plants, also known as invasive, non-natives from the college campus. Pictured from left, are: Ashley Delameter, Maddie Craven and Peter Ratzlaff.

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April 2, 2015

 

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CHIPOLA EVENING OF CABARET SET FOR APRIL 24

               

An Evening of Cabaret, featuring Chipola College music majors, is set for Friday, April 24. Guests may choose from two shows—at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.—in the Center for the Arts, Experimental Theatre.

                Both shows will feature the sounds of selected Chipola voice, piano and instrumental majors as they perform their sophomore recitals. Guests will also enjoy dessert during the show.

                The public is invited to this ticketed event. Limited seating is available by reservation only. Tickets$12—go on sale in the Center for the Arts Box Office on April 8. No online tickets are available for this event.

                For more information, contact Dale Heidebrecht at 850-718-2376.

 

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April 2, 2015

 

CHIPOLA SPRING CHORAL CONCERT

               

MARIANNA—Chipola College will present a Spring Into the Arts Choral Concert, Monday, April 13, at 7 p.m., in the Center for the Arts. The public is invited to this free event.

                The event will feature the new Chipola President’s Ensemble, College Chorus, and Community Chorus.  Chipola vocal instructor Dale Heidebrecht directs all three groups, which play and sings a variety of music styles.

                The President’s Ensemble is an auditioned group which has performed at numerous events during this, its inaugural year. Four music students majoring in various instruments and voice make up the group. They are: Alexander Layton of Bascom, Kiara Sampson of Keene, NH, Daniel Clubb of Greenwood and Deborah Graham of Altha.  Anna E. Wescoat of Cottondale is the accompanist. All members sing and play multiple instruments, often changing instruments during a performance. 

                For information about the concert, visit www.chipola.edu

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CHIPOLA SPRING CONCERT FEATURES PRESIDENT’S ENSEMBLE—The Chipola College President’s Ensemble members are, from left: Alexander Layton, Kiara Sampson, Anna E. Wescoat, Daniel Clubb and Deborah Graham.

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April 2, 2015

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REGISTER SPEAKS AT CHIPOLA—Attorney Russell Register was the guest speaker at a recent meeting of the Chipola College Honors program. Pictured from left, are: Emmaleigh Munn, Mary Katherine Pittman, Bonnie Smith, Chelsea Kuhajda, Russell Register, Tyler Pettis, Madison Carter and Jimmy Brown.

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April 2, 2015

 Players Club Wins Chipola Spring Relay

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CHIPOLA THEATRE WINS SPRING RELAY—The Chipola Theatre group, The Players Club, won the relay race at the annual Chipola College Fall Festival. Pictured from left, are: Kate Burke, Patrick Mathis, Ray White, Veronica Taylor and Saylor Novonglosky.

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April 2, 2015

 

STARTING A BUSINESS SEMINAR SET AT CHIPOLA

MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer a small business seminar, “Steps to Starting a Business,” Friday, April 10, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.   

The seminar will meet in Room M-108 of the Chipola Business and Technology building (M).

The course will focus on organizational requirements, licensing for a business, financial assessments, insurance, marketing, loans, defining customers, location and employee requirements.  The class will be taught by Johnny Branch CPA, MBA.

Cost is $35. Participants may register online at www.northfloridabiz.com, by clicking on Workshops.

The first six Chipola students to sign up will receive free admission. Students should contact Elissa Severson at 718-2441 or sign up in Building M, (108). 

For information, call 850-718-2441 or email seversone@chipola.edu

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April 2, 2015

 

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CHIPOLA PLAYERS NAMED ALL-AMERICANS

 

                MARIANNA—The accolades keep coming for Chipola College sophomore Evelyn Akhator who led the Lady Indians to the NJCAA National Championship in Women’s Basketball on March 21.

                This week, Akhator was named an NJCAA All-American First Team member, along with her teammate, sophomore Sueterrica Key, who was named to the All-American Second Team.

                Akhator pulled in 14 rebounds in the National Championship game to finish the year with the new NJCAA Single-Season Rebounding Record of 584 rebounds. She also was named NJCAA National Tournament Most Outstanding Player, FCSAA Player of the Year and Panhandle Conference Player of the Year.

                Sophomore Sueterrica Key played a key role in the National Championship game with a game-high 20 points for Chipola, knocking down 6-of-18 shots from the field – including three 3-pointers. The guard added eight rebounds and an assist in the effort.

                The Lady Indians (34-1) captured the college’s first ever national title in basketball with a 54-46 win over the previously unbeaten Hutchinson Blue Dragons (36-1) in the championship game of the National Tournament on March 21.

 

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April 2, 2015

 

CHIPOLA’S ELLIOTT IS FCSAA PITCHER OF THE WEEK

 

                MARIANNA— The Chipola Lady Indians lead the Panhandle Conference Softball race with a 7-1 league record and a 33-8 overall mark as of April 2. Pensacola (3-3) is in second. Tallahassee (3-4-1) is in third. Gulf Coast is (2-4), and Northwest is (2-5-1). Chipola is fourth in the FCSAA State Poll and number 11 in the NJCAA National Poll.

                Chipola hosts Northwest in a double-header Friday, April 3, beginning at 4 p.m.  The Lady Indians’ final home game of the season is set for Saturday, April 11, when the team hosts Gulf Coast at 1 p.m. In between, Chipola plays at Pensacola April 7. The team closes out the conference season at Tallahassee April 14.

                The Lady Indians are riding a five game win streak thanks in part to right-hander Jessica Elliott, who has been named NJCAA Region 8/FCSAA Softball Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season.  Elliott, a sophomore from Orlando, went 2-0 with one save and a 0.00 ERA in three appearances during the voting period.

                Elliott enjoyed two solid bookend outings – a complete-game, 12-strikeout effort vs. Gulf Coast State on March 24 and a two-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts against nationally-ranked Tallahassee three days later. In between, she picked up the save in game two vs. Gulf Coast State.

                For the week, Elliott tallied 14.2 innings in the circle and allowed only three hits and one unearned run while walking only two and striking out 27.

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April 2, 2015

CHIPOLA LEADS BASEBALL CONFERENCE RACE

 

                MARIANNA—The (33-6) Chipola Indians lead the Panhandle Conference with a 6-3 league record as of April 2. Northwest (7-5) is in second place. Gulf Coast (5-4) is in third. Tallahassee is 4-5. Pensacola is 2-7.

                Chipola is eighth in the NJCAA National Poll and moved up to second place in the FCSAA State Poll after winning five of their last six conference games, including a 7-4 win over Gulf Coast on March 27. Adonis Hernandez (4-2) earned the win for Chipola. He struck out 10 batters and gave up 5 hits and 1 run in 6.2 innings. Four Indians launched homeruns in the game: Lazaro Rivera, Jay Estes, Gunnar McNeill and Maurice Cooley. McNeil was 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored. Cooley was 1 for 3 with 4 RBI.

                The Indians scored a 7-2 win over Gulf Coast on March 25. Right-hander Jeffrey Harding earned the win for Chipola in six innings of work. He is fifth in the state in ERA with a 1.36 average, and a 3-0 record in 8 starts. Outfielder Maurice Cooley was 2 for 4 with a homerun. He is batting .274 with 6 homeruns.

                Chipola heads to Tallahassee, Friday, April 3, before returning home to host Tallahassee, Saturday, April 4, at 1 p.m.  The Indians play at home four more times this month when they host: Northwest, April 10, at 5 p.m.; Pensacola, April 13, at 5 p.m.; Gulf Coast, April 15, at 5 p.m.; and Tallahassee, April 22, at 5 p.m.

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April 9, 2015

CHIPOLA’S CARTER NAMED TO ALL-FLORIDA ACADEMIC TEAM

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                TALLAHASSEE Chipola College sophomore Madison Carter of Chipley has been named to the 2015 All-Florida Academic First Team for her outstanding record of scholarship and community service. She was recognized with other outstanding Florida College System students at an awards ceremony April 9 in Tallahassee.

                The All-Florida Academic Team recognizes outstanding students for their scholastic achievement, leadership and service to their communities. Students are nominated by their respective colleges to the All-USA Community College Academic Team competition sponsored by USA Today and the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society. PTK distinguishes the top 30 students of each class by selecting them to the All-Florida First Team.

                Carter was the 2014 Valedictorian of Chipley High School, and is attending Chipola on a Florida Academic Bright Futures Scholarship. She also was awarded both the Community South Scholarship and the Williams’ Family Scholarship. At Chipola, she serves as a tutor in the college Academic Center for Excellence (ACE). She is a College Reading and Learning Association Level 1 Certified Tutor.  She is a member of the Chipola Honors program, Mu Alpha Theta Math Society, Pre-Medical Society, Science Club, and is an officer in the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

                Carter has worked on a variety of service projects. She coordinated a toy drive for area hospitals, volunteered at the Bay County Rescue Mission, visited the Shriners Hospital in Tampa, and participated in a food drive.  

                Pam Rentz, Chipola English professor and Phi Theta Kappa adviser, says, “We are so proud of Madison’s accomplishments. She has helped so many people while maintaining excellent grades. We are very proud of her service to the college and to the community.”

                Carter said, “I am so thankful for the opportunities Chipola has provided for me to travel and to participate in community service activities through Phi Theta Kappa.” 

                Carter will graduate from Chipola in May and plans to transfer to the Bachelor of Health Science program at the University of Florida. She hopes to earn a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. She is the daughter of Gil and Gina Carter of Chipley.

                “I’m pleased to recognize this group of outstanding scholars for excelling in their studies while providing leadership and service to their schools and communities,” said Florida Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart. “Our colleges have done an excellent job preparing these students for success now and in the future. I’m confident these are among the next generation of leaders in the Sunshine State.”

                For more information, visit All-Florida Academic Team.

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April 9, 2015

 

            CAST ANNOUNCED FOR CHIPOLA’S ‘SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK LIVE’

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Theater is in full rehearsal for the children’s musical, "School House Rock Live," which will be presented to hundreds of elementary school children in May. A public performance is set for May 13 and 14 at 7 p.m., in the Center for the Arts.  

            Chipola Theater director Charles Sirmon recently selected the cast which includes: Seth Alderman as Tom, Caleb Brooks as George, Kate Burke as Dori, Shayli Tharp as Shulie, Joseph Brooks as Joe and Odra Chapman as Dina.

            The School House Rock Junior Ensemble includes JayRiah McGriff, Veronica Taylor, Kimball Bass, Jared Standiford, Austin Spears, Ray White, Saylor Novonglosky, Patrick Mathis and Victoria Taylor. 

            The technical crew includes: Connie Smith, Technical Director; Ryan Ponsell, Assistant Technical Director; Elyn Sapp, Stage Manager; and Chris Manasco, Choreographer.

            Schoolhouse Rock Live is based on the Emmy Award-winning 1970’s cartoon series that taught history, grammar, math, science and politics through clever songs. The stage show is lighting up theatres everywhere, instructing a whole new generation to “Unpack Your Adjectives” and “Do The Circulations,” along with other well-known tunes “Just A Bill,” “Lolly, Lolly, Lolly” and “Conjunction Junction.”

            Tickets for all Chipola Theatre productions go on sale two weeks prior to the performance.  Tickets—$8 for adults and $6 for 18 and under—are available online at www.chipola.edu and at the Center for the Arts Box Office.

            For information contact Charles Sirmon at sirmonc@chipola.edu 850-718-2277.

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April 9, 2015

 

LAW ENFORCEMENT CLASSES NOW FORMING AT CHIPOLA

 

                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 11th, 2015.  Classes will meet weeknights from 5:30 – 9:30 P.M.

                Completion of either of these programs will prepare candidates to take the State Board Examination, and become certified by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission, upon becoming employed with a law enforcement agency.

                Prior to admission, all candidates must earn a passing score on the Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT) offered at the Public Service Building every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m.  The next opportunity to take this exam will be on April 14th.  The cost of the test is $45.  The deadline for all applications will be May 6th.

                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.

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

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April 9, 2015

 

CHIPOLA STUDENTS VISIT TORREYA AND BLUFFS AND RAVINES

 

                MARIANNA—Students in Chipola College Environmental Science and Integrated Principles of Biology II classes have participated in two guided field trips in March and April. 

                On March 13, students traveled to Torreya State Park to see the Florida Yew and the Torreya tree – two endangered species of plants found only in this region of Northwest Florida.  The group was joined by Mark Ludlow, Biologist for Torreya and Florida Caverns State Parks.  Ludlow took students to managed areas and to areas undergoing restoration.  Torreya is reclaiming 200 acres per year - removing planted sand pines and replacing them with native longleaf pine and wiregrass to create natural upland areas.

                Students also traveled to the Nature Conservancy’s Bluffs and Ravines Preserve to hike the Garden of Eden Trail on April 3.  The trail was hit by a tornado earlier this year and was recently re-opened.  Students were able to appreciate the view from the rim of the Kelly Branch ravine which had extensive damage to the landscape.  The trail ends at Alum Bluff which is 135 feet above the Apalachicola River. 

                The final field trip is scheduled for April 17 to St. Joseph’s Peninsula State Park near Port St. Joe. The students will do litter pick-up and removal and see a Scrub community.  The state park functions as a typical barrier island with sea oats and towering dunes over 50 feet in height.

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CHIPOLA SCIENCE STUDENTS VISIT TORREYA AND BLUFFS AND RAVINES--Students in Chipola College Environmental Science and Integrated Principles of Biology II classes have participated in two guided field trips in March and April.  Students at the Bluffs and Ravines are, from left: Grant Harris, Seth Taylor, Michael Ralls, Caroline Rogers, Maddie Craven, Olivia Saunders and Rebecca Quattlebaum.

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April 9, 2015

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BERRY IS CHIPOLA EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH—Laurie Berry is Chipola College’s Career Employee for April.  Berry serves as a Department Associate in the Financial Aid Department and has worked at the college since 2000.  Pictured from left, are: Chipola president Dr. Jason Hurst, Laurie Berry, Beverly Hambright, Director of Financial Aid and Dr. Jayne Roberts, Chipola Vice President of Student Affairs.

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April 9, 2015

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WHITE IS TOP CHIPOLA EMPLOYEE—Matthew White has been selected the Chipola College Faculty/Administrator/Other Professional Award of the month for April.  White is a Director of Distributed Systems in Information Systems Department and has worked at the college since 2004.  Pictured from left are, Chipola president Dr. Jason Hurst, Matthew White and Dennis Everett, Associate Vice President of Information Systems.

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April 9, 2015

 

CHIPOLA SOFTBALL WINS CONFERENCE TITLE

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola Lady Indians captured the Panhandle Conference title with a sweep of Pensacola on April 7.                

                Chipola is riding a nine-game win streak heading into their final home game of the season, Saturday, April 11, when they host Gulf Coast at 1 p.m. The team closes out the conference season at Tallahassee April 14.

                Chipola will represent the Panhandle as the top seed in the FCSAA State Tournament which begins May 1 in Vero Beach.

                Chipola is third in the FCSAA State Poll and number 11 in the NJCAA National Poll with a 37-8 record.

                As of April 9, Pensacola (6-6) is in second place in the league race. Tallahassee (5-7) is in third. Gulf Coast and Northwest are both 3-7.

                Chipola beat Pensacola 9-2 in game one on April 7 behind the pitching of Jessica Elliot (16-4) who struck out 8 batters in seven innings. She surrendered two hits and five walks in the win. On offense, Tori McDaniel was 3 for 4 with an RBI. Gabriela Santos was 2 for 3 and scored twice. Madison Ragan was 2 for 4 with a triple. Ciara Jones was 1 for 4 with two RBI.

                Chipola recorded 12 hits in game two of the April 7 double-header, to beat Pensacola 10-4.  Savannah Ryken was 2 for 3 with a homerun and 2 RBI. Madison Ragan was 2 for 2 with a homerun and 2 RBI. Ciara Jones was 1 for 2 with 2 stolen bases. Gabriela Santos was 2 for 2 with a triple.

                Ilona Andringa and Madison Ragan shared pitching duties in the win for Chipola. Andringa surrendered 6 hits and 3 earned runs facing 18 batters in 3 innings. Ragan gave up only one unearned run against 12 batters in 3 innings.

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April 9, 2015

 

CHIPOLA BASEBALL LEADS CONFERNCE RACE

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola Indians lead the Panhandle Conference race with a 9-4 record as of April 9. Northwest (8-5) is in second. Gulf Coast (6-6) is third. Tallahassee is 5-8 and Pensacola is 4-9. The Indians are third in the FCSAA State Poll and eighth in the NJCAA National Poll.

                The Indians play at home four more times this month when they host: Northwest, Friday, April 10, at 5 p.m.; Pensacola, April 13, at 5 p.m.; Gulf Coast, April 15, at 5 p.m.; and Tallahassee, April 22, at 5 p.m.

                Chipola dropped an 8-4 game to second place Northwest on April 8. Chipola swept Tallahassee in a three-game series April 3, 4 and 6. In a back-and-forth contest on April 6 that featured a furious ninth-inning rally by the Eagles, Chipola pulled out a 10-7 win in 10 innings to complete a three-game sweep.  Chipola beat Tallahassee 2-1 on April 4 and 8-6 on April 3.

                Isiah Gilliam and Gunnar McNeill are the Indians’ leading sluggers. Gilliam is batting .354 with 51 hits, 42 RBI and 4 homeruns.  McNeill has a .357 average with 51 hits, 38 RBI and 4 homeruns. Lazaro Rivera has the team’s highest batting average at .415. He has collected 59 hits and stolen 9 bases.

                Culver Lamb and Jeffrey Harding lead Chipola’s pitchers. Lamb has a 6-1 record in 50 innings pitched. Harding has a 3-0 record in 44 innings with a 1.81 ERA.  Other pitching leaders include: Adonis Hernandez (4-2), Anthony Burke (4-1), Gunnar McNeill (3-0), Mac Marshall (5-2) and Addison Reed (3-1).

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April 9, 2015

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CHIPOLA’S GREG FRANKLIN NAMED NJCAA Coach of the Year

            COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Chipola College Women’s Basketball Coach Greg Franklin has been named the 2014-15 Spalding® NJCAA Women’s Basketball Coaches of the Year for NJCAA Division 1 Junior College.

            Ever since Greg Franklin’s arrival in Marianna in 2011, Chipola has been one of the nation’s elite programs. The Indians made a run to the quarterfinals of the 2013 NJCAA DI Women’s Basketball Championship and claimed a third-place finish the following year. After three years of building the program up, the hard work paid off in 2014-15 as Chipola won the program’s first national championship. 

            Following a 34-1 run to the title, Franklin now boasts a 96-11 record with Chipola. Adding in his victories from Southeastern Illinois – where he coached from 2002-07 – Franklin now has a career record of 250-36.

            This year’s Chipola team was loaded with talent, including two game changers that Franklin has developed over the past two seasons. Earning NJCAA All-America honors in back-to-back seasons, sophomore forward Evelyn Akhator was selected as a first team All-American in 2014-15 and was named the Spalding® NJCAA DI Women’s Basketball Player of the Year. Receiving second team All-America accolades was sophomore guard Sueterrica Key.

            Between his stints at Chipola and Southeastern Illinois, Franklin spent five seasons as an assistant at Mississippi State where he played a major role in the Bulldogs making their first NCAA Sweet 16 appearance. A graduate of Austin Peay, Franklin played for the Governors from 1989-93 where he was a two-time All-Ohio Valley Conference selection.

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April 16, 2015

CHIPOLA COMMENCEMENT IS MAY 7 AT DOTHAN CIVIC CENTER

               

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College 2015 Commencement Ceremony is set for Thursday, May 7, at 7 p.m., at the Dothan Civic Center. The address is 126 St. Andrews Street, Dothan, AL, 36303.

                Counted as members of the class are all who will complete degrees or certificates from December of 2014 to May of 2015 or during the Summer 2015 terms. 

                Diplomas will be awarded for Bachelor of Science, Associate in Science, Associate in Arts and Workforce Development Certificates.

Graduates may invite an unlimited number of family members and guests to share the event. The ceremony will be broadcast live via internet on USTREAM available at this link:  http://www.Ustream.tv/channel/chipolacollege

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

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April 16, 2015

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James Matthews in Concert at CHIPOLA

               

                MARIANNA—Pianist James Matthews will be in concert at the Chipola Center for the Art, Saturday, May 16, at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $10.

                Matthews will present a show entitled, “From Chipola to Carnegie Hall.” Matthews earned his chance to play the famous venue with a video entry in the 2014 American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition. His performance of Sergei Prokofiev's "Piano Sonata No. 7" won him an honorable mention and thus a spot to perform April 20, 2014, at the New York City landmark. After Carnegie Hall, the soon-to-be UWF college graduate, also appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres show. Matthews is scheduled for another performance at Carnegie Hall on May 2.

                The musician says, "It all started from me being homeless my first year of college in Lakeland, Florida, struggling to find a safe place to sleep and stay in school studying piano to achieve my dreams. I chose to persevere and stay diligent to never back down, despite how tough it was living on the streets. It all led to God saving me by sending me to Marianna to attend Chipola College."

                Tickets for Matthew’s Chipola show go on sale April 20. For information, contact the Center for the Arts Box Office at 850-718-2420.

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April 16, 2015

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CHIPOLA EVENING OF CABARET SET FOR APRIL 24

               

                An Evening of Cabaret, featuring Chipola College music majors, is set for Friday, April 24. Guests may choose from two shows—at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.—in the Center for the Arts, Experimental Theatre.

                Both shows will feature the sounds of selected Chipola voice, piano and instrumental majors as they perform their sophomore recitals. Guests will also enjoy dessert during the show.

                The public is invited to this ticketed event. Limited seating is available by reservation only. Tickets $ 12.00—go on sale in the Center for the Arts Box Office on April 8. No online tickets are available for this event.

                For more information, contact Dale Heidebrecht at 850-718-2376.

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April 16, 2015

LAW ENFORCEMENT CLASSES NOW FORMING AT CHIPOLA

               

                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 11. Application deadline is May 6. Classes meet weeknights from 5:30–9:30 p.m.

                Completion of either of these programs will prepare candidates to take the State Board Examination, and become certified by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission, upon becoming employed with a law enforcement agency.

                Prior to admission, all candidates must earn a passing score on the Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT) offered at the Public Service Building every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m.  Cost of the test is $45.  

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

                For information, contact Steven Stewart, Law Enforcement Coordinator, at 718-2286.

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April 16, 2015

Madison Carter All State Chipola College

 

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CARTER RECOGNIZED IN TALLAHASSEE—Chipola College sophomore Madison Carter of Chipley was recognized at an April 9 ceremony at the Tallahassee Civic Center. She was named to the 2015 All-Florida Academic First Team for academics and community service. She is pictured here with Chipola president Dr. Jason Hurst.

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April 16, 2015

Clemmons

CHIPOLA’S DR. CLEMMONS IS CITIZEN OF YEAR

               

                MARIANNA—Dr. Sarah Clemmons, Senior Vice President of Instruction at Chipola College, was named Jackson County Citizen of the Year at the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Banquet on April 9.

                Dr. Clemmons is the chief academic officer for the college with responsibility over all academic and workforce instructional programs. She also oversees the college’s accreditation, grants, assessment and academic support programs. She serves as chair of the college’s Curriculum and Courses of Study Committee. She is a member of the State Community College Council of Instructional Affairs, and the Association of Florida Colleges.

                Dr. Clemmons is the current chair of the Jackson Hospital Board of Trustees, and was Finance Chair of the Board in 2011-13. She is a member of the Jackson Hospital Foundation Board, and a member of the Baptist College of Florida Board of Trustees. She is past chair of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Board. She has also been an active supporter of the Jackson County Chamber Leadership program.

She is current vice-president of Delta Kappa Gamma, a regional Education Sorority. She is a member of the PAEC State Advisory Board for STEM.

                Dr. Clemmons came to Chipola in 1979. She was co-founder of the Honors Program as it exists today and under her leadership the Phi Theta Kappa and Brain Bowl programs were revived.  She originated the Literature/Language Festival and secured an endowment in the Foundation to fund the competition. She helped to start the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE), a free tutoring program for all students, which has been recognized nationally as an exemplary practice among community colleges. The ACE has been recognized by the Florida College System Chancellor and the national Bellwether Awards Program.

                She also was instrumental in establishing Bachelor’s Degree programs at Chipola beginning in 2003. Chipola now offers 10 B.S. degrees in Business, Nursing and Education.

                Dr. Clemmons was one of 30 Community College leaders selected for the 2002 Florida College System Chancellor’s Leadership Seminar.

                Dr. Clemmons is a native of Marianna, and is an alumnus of Marianna High School, Chipola College, University of West Florida, Troy University and Florida State University.  

                She is married to Dr. Tracy Clemmons, an Operations Management Consultant, with the Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities.  Their son, Dr. Martin Clemmons, is an internal medicine physician at Archbold Medical Center in Thomasville, Georgia. Their daughter, Sarah Kathryn Dugan, is a prosecuting assistant state’s attorney in Tallahassee. The family is active in the First Baptist Church of Marianna. 

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April 16, 2015

CHIPOLA TO OFFER LIFEGUARD COURSE

               

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training course beginning May 11.

                A prerequisite swim test must be taken prior to the course. The prerequisite test is schedule for Friday, May 8, between 1 and 5 p.m. There is no charge to take the test. 

                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.

                Most course meetings will be held from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., May 11-14 and May 18-22. One Saturday class is set for May 16, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

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

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

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April 16, 2015

Schoolhouse Rock

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CHIPOLA’S ‘SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK LIVE’ IS MAY 13-14—Chipola College Theater will present the children’s musical, "School House Rock Live," to hundreds of elementary school children in May.  Some of the cast members are, from left: Saylor Novonglonsky, Kate Burke, Seth alderman, Shaylie Tharp and Caleb Brooks. Two public performances are set for May 13 and 14 at 7 p.m., in the Center for the Arts.  Schoolhouse Rock Live is based on the Emmy Award-winning 1970’s cartoon series that taught history, grammar, math and politics through clever songs. Tickets—$8 for adults and $6 for 18 and under—are available online at www.chipola.edu and at the Center for the Arts Box Office. For information contact Charles Sirmon at sirmonc@chipola.edu 850-718-2277.

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April 16, 2015

Layton wins Hasty Award

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LAYTON AWARDED HASTY MUSIC AWARDChipola College music student Alexander Layton of Malone has been awarded the Winford E. Hasty Memorial Music Award for Outstanding Musicianship. Layton is a graduating sophomore majoring in guitar performance. He is a member of the College Chorus, Rock and Jazz Band, and the President’s Ensemble.  Here, Layton is congratulated by Chipola Fine Arts faculty and administration (from left) Dr. Dale Heidebrecht, Evelyn Ward, Layton, and Dr. Josh Martin. The Hasty Award is awarded to a sophomore music student who shows accomplishment in academics, performance, talent improvement and ability, and involvement in Fine Arts Programs.

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April 16, 2015

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Cirque du Soleil TECHNICIAN SPEAKS AT CHIPOLA—David Mims, Assistant Head of Automation for Cirque du Soleil’s Zarkana show at MGM Resorts in Las Vegas, recently visited the Chipola College Theatre program.  Mims is a former student of Chipola Technical Theatre Director Connie Smith.  For three days, Mims worked with theatre students in the Center for the Arts. During a Technical Theatre class, he told students about his path to Cirque, how the company hires technicians, and the behind-the-scenes workings of Theatrical Automation. Pictured from left, are: Connie Smith, Chipola Director of Technical Theatre; David Mims; Charles Sirmon, Chipola Director of Theatre; and Evelyn Ward, Chipola Director of Fine and Performing Arts. 

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April 16, 2015

Jeffrey Harding

CHIPOLA BASEBALL LEADS CONFERNCE RACE

                MARIANNA—The Chipola Indians lead the Panhandle Conference race with an 11-4 record, 1 ½ games ahead of Northwest as of April 16.

                On Wednesday, April 15, Chipola was leading Gulf Coast 6-1 in the eighth inning when the game was postponed by rain. The remainder of the game will be played at Gulf Coast, Friday, April 17, at 2 p.m., with a regularly scheduled game immediately following.

                Chipola returns home to host Pensacola, Sunday, April 19, at 1 p.m., in a makeup of the April 14 rainout. The Indians host Tallahassee, Wednesday, April 22, at 5 p.m., in the final home game of the regular season.

                In the league race as of April 16, Chipola Indians (11-4) is first. Northwest (10-6) is second. Gulf Coast (6-8) is third. Tallahassee is 5-9 and Pensacola is 5-10. The Indians are third in the FCSAA State Poll and eighth in the NJCAA National Poll.

                The Indians lost to Northwest (13-11) on March 14. Cooley was 3 for 5 with a homerun. Lazaro Rivera, Isiah Gilliam, Andrew DiLacqua and Tyler Biggs all hit doubles. Tevelle Clark (1-1) took the loss for Chipola giving up 2 runs on 1 hit. Culver Lamb started the game giving up 7 runs in 2.1 innings. David Wright and Gunnar McNeill also gave up two runs apiece.

                Chipola beat Pensacola 12-2 in 8 innings on April 11. The Indians scored a 7-4 win over Northwest on April 10.

                The FCSAA State Tournament is May 8-12 at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland.

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April 16, 2015

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CHIPOLA SOFTBALL WINS CONFERENCE TITLE

               

                MARIANNA—The Chipola Lady Indians are the 2015 Panhandle Conference Champions and will represent the Panhandle as the top seed in the FCSAA State Tournament which begins May 1 in Vero Beach.

                Chipola is fourth in the FCSAA State Poll and number 11 in the NJCAA National Poll with a 39-10 record. As of April 16, Chipola (13-3) is Panhandle Champion. Pensacola (6-6) is in second place in the league race. Tallahassee (6-8) is third. Northwest is 4-7. Gulf Coast is 4-9.

                The Lady Indians split their final two series of the conference season. On April 14, Chipola beat Tallahassee 8-2 in game 1. Ilona Andringa earned the win for the Lady Indians. Madison Ragan got the save. Ragan also hit a homerun in the game. Ciara Jones, Gabriela Santos, Dana Edmundson all hit triples in the win.

                Chipola lost to Tallahassee 2-1 in game 2. On April 10, Chipola lost to Gulf Coast 5-3 in game one and beat Gulf Coast 4-2 in the second game.

 

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April 23, 2015

Coach Cliff Ellis, Chipola Graduation Speaker

CLIFF ELLIS TO DELIVER CHIPOLA COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS

 

                MARIANNA—Cliff Ellis, head basketball coach at Coastal Carolina University, will deliver the commencement address at the Chipola College graduation ceremony, May 7, at the Dothan Civic Center.

                An alumnus of Chipola, Ellis was born in Marianna and played on the Chipola golf team in the 1960’s. He is a musician, an author and a gourmet cook. He and his music group, the Villagers, were one of the Southeast's hottest acts in the mid-1960s, and still perform today. He has published three books - "Zone Press Variations for Winning Basketball," "The Complete Book of Fast Break Basketball" and "Cliff Ellis: The Winning Edge," released in 2000.

                Following the 2014-15 season, Ellis' 692 victories rank him 20th on the list of all-time career coaching victories in the history of Division I basketball. While at Coastal Carolina, Ellis has won a pair of Big South regular season championships and two conference tournament titles, making him one of only 12 coaches in Division I history to lead four different institutions to the NCAA Tournament. He is also one of two coaches to win championships in both the Atlantic Coast Conference and Southeastern Conference.

                Ellis is a member of three halls of fame after entering Clemson's in 2013. He was already part of the Mobile (Ala.) Area Sports and Cumberland College halls of fame. He was also named the recipient of the 2014 Gene Bartow Award, which recognizes those who have made outstanding contributions to the game, on and off the floor.

                Ellis has compiled a Division I record of 692-435 (.614) and 770-447 (.632) overall and ranks ninth in NCAA Division I wins among active coaches. He is also just one of four coaches in NCAA Division I history to make multiple NCAA Tournament appearances with four separate schools and has been named conference Coach of the Year six times in his career.

                Over his 40-year coaching career, Ellis has guided his squads to 10 NCAA Tournaments and earned 13 National Invitation Tournament bids. Ellis' teams have advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament three times: once with Clemson in 1990 and twice with Auburn (1999 and 2003).  

                Ellis is married to the former Carolyn Ratzlaff and they have three children, Chryssa Rutland, Clay and Anna Catherine Moore, and four grandchildren, Hannah Grace and Ellis Rutland and Sarah and Abbey Moore.

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April 23, 2015

 CHIPOLA CLASS OF 2015 GRADUATES

 

            MARIANNA—Some 420 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 Dothan Civic Center.

            Counted as members of the class are all who completed their degrees or vocational certificates from December of ‘14 to May of ‘15 or who will complete work at Chipola during the summer of ’15.

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

Bachelor of Science Degrees

            Alford—Ashley Pelt, Tracy Whitehead.

            Altha—Chuck Layfield, Taylor Shelton, Elizabeth Uhrick.

            Bloutstown—Ashley Whitfield.

            Bonifay—Allison Brock, Chelsea Herndon, Erica Palmer, Hannah Peters, Brittany Riley, Anna Whitaker.

            Bristol—Jeri Anderson, Carla Bramblett.

            Campbellton—Samantha Matthews.

            Chipley—Chelsea Bush, Kaylor Collins, Erica Klassen, Elijah McKinnie, Glenna Padgett, Jeffery Pitts, Haley Smothers, Paula Stanley, Emily Stewart.

            Cottondale—Rebecca Dominguez, Stephanie Green, Kristen Reynolds, Brooke Vickery.

            Fountain—Kasey Ivey.

            Graceville—Cierra Corbitt, Frances Hawkins, Robert Hawkins, Frances Martin, Kevin Potts, Jr.

            Marianna—Alexander Anderson, Julie Arroyo, Kristie Bard, Kayley Bryan, Maya' Capehart, Brian Chalker, Kelsey Davis, Jordan Exum-Moore, Amory Harris, Kathryn Huffman, Wendy Joiner, Stacy Martin, Haylie McLane, Brandi Middleton, Christin Wiggins.

            Sneads—Aimee Glover.

            Vernon—Tosha Potter.

            Westville—Victoria Baxley, Victoria Crawford, Makala Hicks, Kristin Peak.

            Out-of District—Barbara Fellows, Alachua; Chelsea Adams, Ashford, Ala.; Kimberly McWilliams, Jacksonville; Jeffrey Grant, Maitland; Lindsey Hamlin, Mayo; James DeBow, III, Orlando; Jonathan Jansenius and Sara Wade, Panama City; Amy Hayes, Panama City Beach; Ashley Barrentine, Santa Rosa Beach; Angila Dean, Southport; Nathalie Esellem, Tallahassee and Kalyn Bidwell, Wewahitchka.

Associate in Arts Degrees

            Alford—Mary Auger, Carla McCormick.

            Altha—Seth Alderman, Candy Crenshaw, Tyler Meyer, Rena O'Bryan.

            Bascom—Lindsey Casey, Olivia Daniels, Alexander Layton, Mary Katherine Pittman, Karrie Shack, Benjamin Whiddon.

            Blountstown—Cayla Davis, Matthew Digsby, Kelly Dunn, Carson Flowers, DeeAnna Grimes, Cassidy Gurliaccio, Patrice Jackson, Caroline Johnson, Marisa Melvin, Richard Pilcher, Michael Pitts, Nicholas Posey-Cessna, Candace Proios, Brandon Purvis, Joshua Williams, Gordon Yoder.

            Bonifay—Fallon Braxton, Bailey Burch, Kuila Cannon, Shelby Clark, Holly Corne, Jordan Dixon, Melanie Edmondson, Koleton Forehand, Natalie Jones, Johnie Lawson, Leo McCann, Ashleigh McWaters, Whitney Mullins, Carlee Oldham, Danielle Payne, Jarrett Segers, Daniel Ward, II.

            Bristol—Heath Cutshaw, Jeremiah House, Eliza Nobles, Carly Sapp, Lilly Schmarje, Hammadah Talib, Hyrum Wahlquist, Emily Whittaker.

            Campbellton—Patrea' Clark, Angel Rapozo, Tiara Sorey, Kiara Walker.

            Chipley—Brittany Brooks, Madison Carter, Sara Compton, Garrett Enfinger, Cheyenne Fenwick, China Griffin, Macie Horton, Loretta Latham, Christopher Lawson, Morgan Locke, Rachel McKinnie, Austin Miles, Alexandria Nong, Joel Owen, Allison Pettis, Tyler Pettis, Braylee Pooser, Allison Rudd, Senteria Steele, Timothy Steele, Corrie Wilkins, Taylor Williams.

            Clarksville—Jake Hall, Jesse Hall, Melissa Newsome, Kala Sewell.

            Cottondale—Ciara Baxley, Maggie Braxton, Randall Davis, Brianna Morris, Garrett Pletcher, Bridget Vickers, Katherine Waller.

            Graceville—Jana Barfield, Trieniety Boston, Camerin Dixon, Mallory Evans, William Forehand, Olivia Howell, Mary-Roselyn Jernigan, Jacky Miles, Jr., Hunter Potts, Destiny Robinson, Christina Shirah, Rachel Ward, Zia White.

            Grand Ridge—Alston Burch, Winter Caldwell, Ashley Carr, Ryne Danford, Sheila Edwards, Courtney Fowler, Shareem Goodlet, Savannah Gosnell, Victoria Harrell, Roderick Hewett, Christin Suber.

            Greenwood—Kiara Bell, Derrell Cockerham, LaQueesha Davis, Christen Ferguson, Niki Ferguson, William Glover, Ugreenal Ivey, Katherine MayLaTasha Scott, Riby Stephens, Tracy Swint, DeAuntrie White.

            Hosford—James Brown Melvin Durden, III, Taylor Lowery.

            Kinard—Chloey McLeod, April Rich.

            Malone—Shelby Calloway, Caroline Rogers, Brittany Woods.

            Marianna—Emily Anderson, Kaitlin Beddouk, Logan Cable, Tierra Campbell, Shelley Candelaria, Samona Chavers, Amy Christmas, Alanna Clayton, Morgan Cook, Madelyn Craven, Juli Donofro, Shawna Donofro, Taylor Downs, Vallen Driggers, James Folds, Jackson Gilmore, Brianna Godwin, Madison Harrell, Anjelica Harrison, Jason Helms, Tezlyn Henry, Nicholas Hess, Elizabeth Hester, Megan Holloway, Hannah Isler, Shelbie Johnson, Sicily Jones, John Lane, Jerrell Long, Kevin Meadows, Bradly Middleton, Katrina Milliser, Jake Mitchell, Franklin Murrell, Sara Newsom, Brent Patten, Zachary Perkins, Stephanie Rabon, Anhar Rambe, Rachel Redfern, Charlie Reiff, Christopher Roberts, Erin Roberts, Eddie Rory, Brittany Scharlach, Blair Sherrill, Brittany Smith, Tameeka Spates, Caleb Spurlock, Adrian Staley, Megan Trotman, Shavell Wallace, Matthew Weisensale, Heather Wilson, Vanessa Wynn.

            Sneads—Caleb Alexander, Jordana Baxley, Kaitlin Dennison, Corrie Edge, Savanna Gilley, Tara Hanley-Owens, Lindsey Locke, Jenna Poole, Marcella Smoker, Jenna Sneads.

            Vernon—Scessalie Austin Dilmore, Kaitlin Burke, Dylan Schweinsberg.

            Westville—Dustin Landers.

            Out-of-District—Jacea McWaters, Ashford, Ala.; Tyler Biggs, Bradenton; Todd Brown, Brandi Jackson and Christopher Johnson, Chattahoochee; Jody Eslinger, Cottonwood, Ala.; Lauren Odom and Dana Still, Cowarts, Ala.; Taliah Moore, DeFuniak Springs; Kendra Martin, Denver, Col.; Veronica Taylor, and Victoria Taylor, Dothan, Ala.; Janisha Lindsey, Evansville, Ind.; Brashante' Dareus, Freeport, Bahamas; Robert Strickland, Gainesville, Ga.; Madison Dillard and Payton Dillard, Gordon, Ala.; Naomi Moore, Greeleyville, S.C.; Olivia Adams, Jakin, Ga.; Lazaro Rivera, Miami; Victoria McDaniel, Moulton, Ala.; Jayla Hobza, Omaha, Nebr.; Jessica Elliott, Orlando; Jenna Reeves, Pavo, Ga.; Nalleli Lopez, Saltillo, MX; Luana Imamura, Sao Paulo, Brazil; Evelyn Akhator, Satellite Town, Nigeria; Carissa Watford, Slocomb, Ala.; Jordan Pippin, St. Petersburg; Kiara Sampson, Tallahassee; David Wright, West Oneonta, N.Y. and Gunnar McNeil, Windermore.

Associate in Science Degrees

            Alford—Brittany Shores.

            Altha—Tracey Barfield, Andrew Hall, Jr., Ivy Martin, Kaylee McCalvin, Jeffery Waldroff.

            Bascom—Patrick Collins, Deja McCollough.

            Blountstown—Jessica Coleman, Travis Pittman, Hayley Sumner-Lee, Jose Verduzco.

            Bonifay—Jessica Bean, Danielle Payne, Anella Shouse, Pasley Whitfield.

            Bristol—Kristen Whitfield.

            Chipley—Salem Acuff, Susan Burns, Christopher McLeroy, Chelsea Richard, Melanie Sewell, Latrelle Williams.

            Clarksville—Morgan Clark.

            Cottondale—Brittney Dilmore, Tiffany Lawrence, Robert Smith, Mary Williams, Chandler Braxton.

            Grand Ridge—Tabitha Allen, Amanda Fellows, Leigh Hall, Taylor Johnson, Amanda Standland.

            Greenwood—Curtis Stephens.

            Malone—Dezmond Baker, Shandrell Mount.

            Marianna—Veronica Bell, Deloris Brockner, Rachel Callahan, Jacqueline Carr, Gladys Cassady, John DeBrauwere, Desiray DeClouet, Jonathan Farkash, Angela Heafner-Boggs, Adam Maloy, Steven Manbeck, Chase Mason, Brett McCullers, Kristen Paul, Zachary Perkins, Cameron Robbins, Tasha Scott, Autumn Speigner, Kimberly Strader, Jordan Thigpen, Dustin Whitehead, Jacqueline Young.

            Sneads—Tamela Johnson, Lauren Locke, Lauri McIntosh, Courtney Rogers.

            Westville—Katelyn Miller.

            Out-of-District—Kailee Adkins, Ashford, Ala.; Legend Clifford-Robertin, Barking Essex, UK; Kristen Whitfield, Bristol; Ronald Dickens, Chattahoochee; Michael Shelley, Cottonwood, Ala.; Buffy Gartman, Dothan, Ala.; Sueterrica Key, Dubach, LA; Justin Bagomolny, Fountain; DeJuan Marrero, Gary, Ind.; Jessica Porter, Haskel, Tex.; Adonis Hernandez, Keasbey, N.J.; Sylvia Hilton and Brianna Johnson, Lynn Haven; Kaitlin Pfeiffer, Niceville; Nicholas Cummings, Ozark, Ala.; Danielle Cessna, Tallhassee; Donia Lanier, Wewahitchika and Kevin Santa, Yabiecoa, P.R.

Workforce Development Certificates

            Alford—Trenton Jackson, Elizabeth Jannett.

            Altha—Larry Atkinson, Trisha Foster, Sarah Shiver, Anisha Smiley.          

            Bascom—Joseph Conrad.

            Blountstown—Austin Lee, Randa McCroan.

            Chipley—Allie Brock.

            Clarksville—Travis Hays.

            Cotttondale—Shaun Herrington, Amber Pate, Elynora Sapp, Brent Turner.

            Grand Ridge—John Michael, Byran Segers.

            Marianna—Lindsey Hall, Billy Harrison, Thomas Harvey, George McBride, Nathaniel Prietz, Hilary Shumaker, Elexander Speights, Shayli Tharp, Connor Ward, Brittany Watson, Melvin Weeks.

            Sneads—Michael Bramblett, Mark Hirt, Joseph Mejia, Taylor Potter.

            Westville—Kevin Hitzing.

            Out-of-District—Brandon Henderson, Dothan, Ala.; Rickie Marlowe, Chattahoochee and Kaily Williams, Jacksonville.

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April 23, 2015

CORRECTION CLASSES NOW FORMING AT CHIPOLA COLLEGE

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Criminal Justice Training Center will offer a daytime Corrections class beginning in May.  Classes will meet weekdays from 7:30–4:30 p.m.

                Completion of this program prepares candidates to take the State Board Examination and become certified by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission upon becoming employed with a Correctional agency.

                Prior to admission, all candidates must earn a passing score on the Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT) offered at the Public Service Building every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m.  Applicants must have a standard high school diploma or its equivalent and must undergo a medical physical examination, background check and drug screening.

                For information regarding the application process, contact Jamie McAllister, Corrections Coordinator, at 718-2212.

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April 23, 2015

CHIPOLA COMMENCEMENT IS MAY 7 AT DOTHAN CIVIC CENTER

 

MARIANNA—The Chipola College 2015 Commencement Ceremony is set for Thursday, May 7, at 7 p.m., at the Dothan Civic Center. The address is 126 St. Andrews Street, Dothan, AL, 36303.

Counted as members of the class are all who will complete degrees or certificates from December of 2014 to May of 2015 or during the Summer 2015 terms. 
                Diplomas will be awarded for Bachelor of Science, Associate in Science, Associate in Arts and Workforce Development Certificates.

                Graduates may invite an unlimited number of family members and guests to share the event. The ceremony will be broadcast live via internet on USTREAM available at this link: 
http://www.Ustream.tv/channel/chipolacollege

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

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April 23, 2015

 James MAtthews Pianist James Matthews

James Matthews in Concert at CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNA—Pianist James Matthews will be in concert at the Chipola Center for the Art, Saturday, May 16, at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $10.

                Matthews will present a show entitled, “From Chipola to Carnegie Hall.” Matthews earned his chance to play the famous venue with a video entry in the 2014 American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition. His performance of Sergei Prokofiev's "Piano Sonata No. 7" won him an honorable mention and thus a spot to perform April 20, 2014, at the New York City landmark. After Carnegie Hall, the soon-to-be UWF college graduate, also appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres show. Matthews is scheduled for another performance at Carnegie Hall on May 2.

                The musician says, "It all started from me being homeless my first year of college in Lakeland, Florida, struggling to find a safe place to sleep and stay in school studying piano to achieve my dreams. I chose to persevere and stay diligent to never back down, despite how tough it was living on the streets. It all led to God saving me by sending me to Marianna to attend Chipola College."

                Tickets for Matthew’s Chipola show go on sale April 20. For information, contact the Center for the Arts Box Office at 850-718-2420.

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April 23, 2015

 LAW ENFORCEMENT CLASSES NOW FORMING AT CHIPOLA

 

                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 11. Application deadline is May 6. Classes meet weeknights from 5:30–9:30 p.m.

                Completion of either of these programs will prepare candidates to take the State Board Examination, and become certified by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission, upon becoming employed with a law enforcement agency.

                Prior to admission, all candidates must earn a passing score on the Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT) offered at the Public Service Building every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m.  Cost of the test is $45.  

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

                For information, contact Steven Stewart, Law Enforcement Coordinator, at 718-2286.

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April 23, 2015

 

CHIPOLA TO OFFER LIFEGUARD COURSE

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training course beginning May 11.

                A prerequisite swim test must be taken prior to the course. The prerequisite test is schedule for Friday, May 8, between 1 and 5 p.m. There is no charge to take the test. 

                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.

                Most course meetings will be held from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., May 11-14 and May 18-22. One Saturday class is set for May 16, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

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

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

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April 23, 2015

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BAILEY AND BRYANT DISCUSS ANIMAL PROTECTION AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNA—Ecosystems, biodiversity, endangered species, protection and preservation were themes of two recent interactive zoological presentations for Chipola College Environmental Science.

                Billy Bailey, Florida Caverns State Park Specialist, presented zoological remains (skulls from beaver, bobcat, possum, raccoon, alligator; turtle shells, owl feathers, hornet nests; insect exoskeletons, snake skins, rattlesnake rattles) ecological concepts of keystone species, niches, adaption, parasitism, habitat destruction. 

                For each artifact Bailey stressed the importance, and in some cases the perturbation of the organism to the ecosystem.  Examples include:  beaver keystone species, found in Caverns Park, creating ponds from creeks, thereby increasing the biodiversity; the armadillo, an exotic invasive species, pushing the skunk out of the ecosystem; the Suwanee River Cooter, consumed to near extinction, hunting crustaceans in the ecosystem.

                Dianna Sue Bryant, Wildlife Rehabilitator and Big Bend Wildlife Sanctuary Volunteer for “Sacred Earth Wildlife Refuge,” also presented information to the students. Bryant exemplifies a U.S. Fish and Wildlife mandate to get animals back into the wild (preservation); and only those animals with permanent disabilities are protected on her property.  They become part of the educational program, visiting schools and public events. 

                Bryant brought an Eastern Screech Owl, a Great Horned Owl and a Red-Tailed Hawk (Ceytan Magi, meaning Spirit of the Hawk), holding the animals on her arm, and teaching the students about their behavior and care.  The animals were hit by vehicles, and now partially blind, which prohibits a return to the wild. 

                Dianna encourages hunters not to use lead bullets, encountering Bald Eagles near death after ingestion.  She recommends contacting local veterinarians who will refer you to her in the case of wild animal injury. She urges people not to attempt to care for injured, wild animals at home.

                Dianna is a protégé of Betsy Knight (founder of the Big Bend Wildlife Sanctuary in 1988). She was known for holding funerals for birds killed in the wild. Dianna is one of five rehabilitators in Florida, and among 1,500 nationwide. 

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April 23, 2015

 STUDENT ART ON DISPLAY AT CHIPOLA COLLEGE

 

                MARIANNA—Original works of art by Chipola College students are on display in the gallery of the Violet McLendon Fine Arts Building through April 30.

                The exhibit will be open Mondays and Wednesdays, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Artists are students from Kelly Boehmer’s and Chuck Carbia’s art classes. The show depicts a wide variety of subjects in various media. For information, call 850-718-2277.

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(photo) Drawing by Chipola art student Brandy McDonald.

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April 23, 2015

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CHIPOLA’S ‘SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK LIVE’ IS MAY 13-14—Chipola College Theater will present the children’s musical, "School House Rock Live," to hundreds of elementary school children in May.  Some of the cast members are, from left: Saylor Novonglonsky, Kate Burke, Seth alderman, Shaylie Tharp and Caleb Brooks. Two public performances are set for May 13 and 14 at 7 p.m., in the Center for the Arts.  Schoolhouse Rock Live is based on the Emmy Award-winning 1970’s cartoon series that taught history, grammar, math and politics through clever songs. Tickets—$8 for adults and $6 for 18 and under—are available online at www.chipola.edu and at the Center for the Arts Box Office. For information contact Charles Sirmon at sirmonc@chipola.edu 850-718-2277.

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April 23, 2015

CHIPOLA SOFTBALL PLAYERS NAMED ALL-CONFERENCE

 

                MARIANNA—Ten members of the Chipola College softball team have been named to the Panhandle All-Conference team. 

                Chipola coach Belinda Hendrix also was named Panhandle Coach of the Year. In eleven seasons at Chipola, Coach Hendrix has been named conference coach of the year seven times. She has led the Lady Indians to a National Championship in 2007 and three State Titles in 2007, 2010 and 2013.

                Chipola’s Jessica Elliot was selected as the Conference Pitcher of the Year. She has a 16-5 record and one save in 23 outings. She has 197 strikeouts in 140 innings of work with a 0.80 ERA.

                Chipola’s first team All-Conference selections include: PitcherJessica Elliott; Infielders—Ciara Jones and Courtney Davis; OutfielderShelby Clark; CatcherSavannah Ryken; and At-Large selectionMadison Ragan.

                Second team All-Conference picks from the Lady Indians are: InfieldersBrashante Dareus and Jenna Reeves; OutfielderTori McDaniel; and PitcherIlona Andringa.

                The Lady Indians are the Panhandle Conference champions with a current league record of 13-3 and a 39-10 overall mark. They are ranked third in the FCSAA State Poll and ninth in the NJCAA National Poll.

                Chipola plays St. John’s River in the opening round the FCSAA/Region VIII State Tournament at 11 a.m. (CST) on Friday, May 1. A win would move the Lady Indians to the 4 p.m. game later that day to play the winner of Indian River and Hillsborough.  A loss would put Chipola in the 6 p.m. game.

The tournament continues May 2 and 3. The top two Florida teams from the FCSAA Tournament advance to the NJCAA National Tournament May 13-16 in St. George, Utah. 

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 Chipola All Conference 2015

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CHIPOLA ALL-CONFERENCE PICKS—Ten Chipola softball players were named to the Panhandle All-Conference team, and Lady Indians coach Belinda Hendrix was named Conference Coach of the Year.  Pictured from left, are: (top) Ciara Jones, Courtney Davis, Shelby Clark, (middle) Savannah Ryken, Madsion Ragan, Jessica Elliott, Brashante Dareus, (bottom) Jenna Reeves, Tori McDaniel, Ilona Andringa and coach Belinda Hendrix.

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April 23, 2015

CHIPOLA INDIANS ARE CONFERENCE CHAMPS

 

                MARIANNA–The Chipola Indians captured their second straight Panhandle Conference Championship winning 11 of their last 12 league games. The Indians are second in the FCSAA State Poll and fifth in the NJCAA National poll.

                The Indians improved to 15-4 in conference play and 38-9 overall with a 10-6 win over Tallahassee in the final home game of the season on April 22.   The Indians jumped out to a 6-0 lead, scoring a run in the first and third innings and four more in the fourth.  The Eagles pulled to within a run at 6-5 in the seventh and tied the game 6-6 in the eighth. In the bottom of the eighth, Chipola scored the go-ahead run on a bases-loaded walk then added three more for a 10-6 final.  

                Chipola travels to Tallahassee Friday, April 24, for the final regular season game at 4 p.m.

                The Indians play in the FCSAA State Tournament May 8-13, at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland. Chipola’s first game is Saturday, May 9, at 9 a.m. (CST) against a yet-to-be-determined opponent.

                Chipola coach Jeff Johnson’s Indians have made the FCSAA State Tournament 14 straight years with seven appearances in the title game.  The Indians finished second in the state four times and among the top four eight times.  Chipola has made three trips to the NJCAA National Tournament in the last seven years including a 2007 national title.

                As of April 23, Chipola (15-4) is the Panhandle Champion. Northwest (11-7) is second in the league race. Gulf Coast (8-10) is third. Tallahassee is 6-11 and Pensacola is 5-13. The top three teams earn a berth to the state tournament. 

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April 30, 2015

CHIPOLA STUDENTS HONORED AT AWARDS CEREMONY

 

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

            The following students received academic awards: Erica Palmer of Bonifay, National Leadership in Business; Alicia Bednar of Chipley, Accounting-BSBA; Erica Palmer or Bonifay, General Management-BSBA; Vallen Driggers of Marianna, Accounting-AA/AS; Susan Burns of Chipley, Information Technology; Alex Anderson of Marianna and Emily Stewart of Chipley, Global Business Strategy-BSBA; Emily Nong of Chipley, Biology for Science Majors; John Lane of Marianna, Health Sciences; Emily Nong of Chipley, Freshman Chemistry; John Lane of Marianna, Sophomore Chemistry; Colby Wiggins of Chipley, Calculus I; Brent Patten of Marianna, Calculus II; Katrina Milliser of Marianna, Calculus III; Rayanne Phelps of Bonifay, Freshman English; Vallen Driggers of Marianna, Sophomore English; Katrina Milliser of Marianna, Dr. Robert E. Ringer Award; Sheila Edwards of Grand Ridge, Social and Behavioral Science; Madison Harrell of Marianna, Phi Theta Kappa FSU /PC Scholarship; Trienietiy Boston of Graceville, Bailey Burch of Bonifay, Christen Ferguson of Greenwood, Jesse Hall of Clarksville, Sara Newsom of Marianna, Braylee Pooser of Chipley, Tiara Sorey of Campbellton, FAMU Transfer Scholarship and Gray Gilmore of Marianna, Christopher Lawson of Chipley, Troy Transfer Scholarship.

            Students in Workforce Development programs received the following awards: Trent Jackson of Alford, Automotive Technology; Louis Lyons of Malone, Corrections; Megan Crutchfield of Graceville, Firefighting; Latoya Terry of Sneads, Cosmetology; Caymon Griffin of Dothan, Ala., Law Enforcement; Dylan Kirk of Sunny Hills, Welding and Sylvia Bryant of Marianna, Culinary.

            Two student received awards for athletics: Savannah Ryken of Bonifay, Charlton Keen Scholar Athlete Award; Evelyn Akhator of Nigeria, Neal Sportsmanship Award.

            The following students received awards for extracurricular activities: Quineisha Condry of Malone, Black Student Union; Christen Ferguson of Greenwood and Amy Christmas of Marianna, Mu Alpha Theta; Megan Trotman of Marianna, Science Club; Tatum Skipper of Marianna, Student Ambassadors; Shawna Donofro and Caitlyn Carpenter of Marianna, Student Government Association; Madison Carter of Chipley, All-Florida Academic First Team. Phi Theta Kappa Business awards were presented to Alex Anderson of Marianna, Alicia Barton of Alford, Alicia Bednar of Chipley, Victoria Brown of Graceville, Susan Burns of Chipley, Shareem Goodlet of Grand Ridge, Deborah Graham of Altha, Dustin Graham of Altha, Bethany Horton of Cottondale, Bonnie NeSmith of Marianna, Calen Masai of Blountstown, Kathryn Meadows of Marianna and Joshua Myers of Chipley.

            Three awards were given to non-students. The student body selected Rachel West, Professor of English, for the Distinguished Service Faculty Award; Bonnie Smith, Director of ACE, for the Distinguished Service Administrator Award and Katy Flowers, Staff Assistant in Enrollment Services, for the Distinguished Service Career Employee Award. 

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April 30, 2015

 

CHIPOLA COMMENCEMENT MAY 7 IN DOTHAN

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College 2015 Commencement Ceremony is set for Thursday, May 7, at 7 p.m., at the Dothan Civic Center. The address is 126 St. Andrews Street, Dothan, AL, 36303.

                Counted as members of the class are all who will complete degrees or certificates from December of 2014 to May of 2015 or during the Summer 2015 terms. 

                Diplomas will be awarded for Bachelor of Science, Associate in Science, Associate in Arts and Workforce Development Certificates.

                Graduates may invite an unlimited number of family members and guests to share the event. The ceremony will be broadcast live via internet on USTREAM available at this link:  http://www.Ustream.tv/channel/chipolacollege

                Chipola alumnus Cliff Ellis, head basketball coach at Coastal Carolina University, will deliver the commencement address. Ellis' 692 victories rank him 20th on the list of all-time career coaching victories in the history of Division I basketball. While at Coastal Carolina, Ellis has won a pair of Big South regular season championships and two conference tournament titles. Over his 40-year career, Ellis has guided his squads to 10 NCAA Tournaments and earned 13 National Invitation Tournament bids. Ellis' teams have advanced to the Sweet 16 three times: once with Clemson in 1990 and twice with Auburn (1999 and 2003).  

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

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April 30, 2015

 

CHIPOLA SUMMER I REGISTRATION IS MAY 11

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will hold Summer Session I 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 noon on May 13.

                Application deadline for Summer Session II is May 28. Registration is June 25 and classes begin June 29. 

                Application deadline for the Fall Semester is Aug. 6. New students who have been cleared for admission for the Fall Term by June 26 may register for Fall classes July 7-10. New students who register during July will be required to attend orientation classes July 15, 16, 17, 18, and 22.  Day and evening orientation classes will be offered.

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

                Chipola offers the Associate in Arts Degree, the Associate in Science Degree, Workforce Development programs and 10 Bachelor’s degrees.

For information, call 850-718-2211 or visit www.chipola.edu

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April 30, 2015

 Chipola Engineering Tech

ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College is now accepting scholarship applications for the new Engineering Technology program at Chipola College. Application deadline is June 4.

                Rex Lumber has established the Robert and Kathryn McRae scholarship fund to help students planning to pursue an Associate of Science degree in Engineering Technology specializing in Advanced Manufacturing: Pneumatics, Hydraulics and Motors Certification.

                Darwin Gilmore, Dean of Workforce Development and Economic Opportunity at Chipola, says, “The McRae family and Rex Lumber are important partners in this new program. They are making a significant investment to help students get enrolled, and they have the capacity to hire skilled workers who successfully complete the course.”

                The new program will be offered in the Fall 2015 semester. Multiple one-year scholarships for up to 30 semester hours of tuition and/or books and supplies will be awarded by the Rex Lumber Graceville plant. Priority consideration will be given to current or recent graduates from the following high schools: Graceville High, Poplar Springs High, Holmes County High, Cottondale High or Chipley High. 

Additionally, multiple scholarships will be awarded in association with the Rex Lumber Bristol plant with priority consideration for current or recent graduates from Liberty County High, Blountstown High and Altha School. 

                In both cases, second consideration will go to applicants that are graduates of any other high school within Chipola’s five-county district—Calhoun, Liberty, Jackson, Holmes and Washington Counties. 

Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 high school GPA to apply and must maintain a 2.5 each semester in order to retain the scholarship.

                First-year scholarship recipients will be eligible to reapply during the second year of the program. Second year funding is subject to prevailing economic conditions and the student’s performance in the program.  Students who excel in the program may be eligible for paid internship positions within Rex Lumber.

                Scholarship applications are due June 4 at the Chipola College Foundation, 3094 Indian Circle, Marianna, FL  32446.  Application packets must include: high school and/or college transcript, a personal letter of application and two letters of recommendation.  

                For information, visit the Chipola Foundation at www.chipola.edu or phone 850-718-2404.

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April 30, 2015

 

Roberts scholarship available at chipola

 

                MARIANNA—The Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Inc., from the Edward K. Roberts Community College Fund established a scholarship at Chipola College for Fall 2015.

                The scholarship fund was created with a $40,000 donation from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County with funds from the estate of the late Edward K. Roberts.

                The scholarships will be available for the Fall 2015 semester and the application deadline is June 4.

                Preference will be given to part-time students who may not qualify for other financial aid. Applicants must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA each semester at Chipola, must have a minimum 2.0 high school GPA, and must follow standard college requirements.   A description of the scholarship and application are available online at www.chipola.edu/foundation

To contact the Chipola Foundation, call 850-718-2445.

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April 30, 2015

 

 

James Matthews in Concert at CHIPOLA

 

 

                MARIANNA—Pianist James Matthews will be in concert at the Chipola Center for the Art, Saturday, May 16, at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $10.

                Matthews will present a show entitled, “From Chipola to Carnegie Hall.” Matthews earned his chance to play the famous venue with a video entry in the 2014 American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition. His performance of Sergei Prokofiev's "Piano Sonata No. 7" won him an honorable mention and thus a spot to perform April 20, 2014, at the New York City landmark. After Carnegie Hall, the soon-to-be UWF college graduate, also appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres show. Matthews is scheduled for another performance at Carnegie Hall on May 2.

                The musician says, "It all started from me being homeless my first year of college in Lakeland, Florida, struggling to find a safe place to sleep and stay in school studying piano to achieve my dreams. I chose to persevere and stay diligent to never back down, despite how tough it was living on the streets. It all led to God saving me by sending me to Marianna to attend Chipola College."

                Tickets for Matthew’s Chipola show go on sale April 20. For information, contact the Center for the Arts Box Office at 850-718-2420.

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April 30, 2015

 

LAW ENFORCEMENT CLASSES NOW FORMING AT CHIPOLA

 

                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 11. Application deadline is May 6. Classes meet weeknights from 5:30–9:30 p.m.

                Completion of either of these programs will prepare candidates to take the State Board Examination, and become certified by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission, upon becoming employed with a law enforcement agency.

                Prior to admission, all candidates must earn a passing score on the Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT) offered at the Public Service Building every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m.  Cost of the test is $45.  

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

                For information, contact Steven Stewart, Law Enforcement Coordinator, at 718-2286.

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April 30, 2015

Feather Fest

CHIPOLA STUDENTS HELP WITH FEATHER FEST

 

                MARIANNA—Environmental science students participated in Jackson County’s first annual Chipola Feather Fest on April 25.  The students joined an eclectic group of professionals which contributed to 11 field trips, 8 workshops, and a keynote speaker.

                One purpose of the fieldtrips was to enumerate birds in the Jackson County area this time of year.  Almost 2,000 were cited from among the following locations: Florida Caverns State Park; Falling Waters State Park; Apalachicola National Forest, Sam Atkins Park: Blountstown Greenway; Apalachee Wildlife Management Area; and Chipola River Greenway: Hinson Conservation Area. 

                More than 50 participants from all walks of life from medicine to law from various states participated. The second annual Feather Fest is set for April 2016. 

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April 30, 2015

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CHIPOLA NURSING GRADUATES—Twenty students recently completed the Associate Degree Nursing program at Chipola College. Graduates are now qualified to take the state certification examination to become Registered Nurses. Pictured from left, are: (front) Amanda Standland of Dellwood, Kailee Adkins of Ashford AL, Kaitlin Pfeiffer of Niceville, Melanie Sewell of Chipley, Gladys Cassady of Marianna, Jordan Thigpen of Marianna, Autumn Speigner of Malone, Courtney Rogers of Sneads, Haylee Sumner-Lee of Blountstown, (back) Angela Heafner-Boggs of Marianna, Mary Williams of Cottondale, Pasley Whitfield of Bonifay, Jonathan Farkash of Panama City, Steven Manbeck of Philadelphia, PA, Ronald Dickens of Chattahoochee, Zachary Perkins of Marianna, Travis Pittman of Blountstown, Salem Acuff of Chipley, Katelyn Miller of Marianna and Shandrell Mount of Malone.

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April 30, 2015

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CHIPOLA’S ‘SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK LIVE’ IS MAY 13-14—Chipola College Theater will present the children’s musical, "School House Rock Live," May 13 and 14 at 7 p.m., in the Center for the Arts. Cast members are, from left: (front) JayRiah McGriff, Veronica Taylor, Saylor Novonglosky, Kate Burke, Seth Alderman, Shayli Tharp, Caleb Brooks, Victoria Taylor, (back) Kimball Bass, Josiah Brooks, Ray White, Jared Standiford and Patrick Mathis. Schoolhouse Rock Live is based on the Emmy Award-winning 1970’s cartoon series that taught history, grammar, math and politics through clever songs. Tickets—$8 for adults and $6 for 18 and under—are available online at www.chipola.edu and at the Center for the Arts Box Office. For information, call 718-2420.

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April 30, 2015

Gary Clark Leaves Chipola Board

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CLARK LEAVES CHIPOLA BOARD—Gary Clark is leaving the Chipola College District Board of Trustees after 17 years of service. Here, Clark (left) is congratulated by Board Chair Danny Ryals. Clark was required to leave the board after being appointed Deputy Secretary of Land and Recreation for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

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April 30, 2015

 

CHIPOLA SOFTBALL TEAM IN STATE TOURNAMENT  

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Lady Indians softball team plays St. John’s River in the opening round the FCSAA/Region VIII State Tournament at 11 a.m. (CST) on Friday, May 1.

                A win would move the Lady Indians to the 4 p.m. game later that day to play the winner of Indian River and Hillsborough.  A loss would put Chipola in the 6 p.m. game.

                The tournament continues May 2 and 3. The top two Florida teams from the FCSAA Tournament advance to the NJCAA National Tournament May 13-16 in St. George, Utah. 

                Chipola won the Panhandle Conference championship with a current league record of 13-3 and a 39-10 overall mark. They are ranked third in the FCSAA State Poll and ninth in the NJCAA National Poll.

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April 30, 2015

 

CHIPOLA INDIANS PLAY MAY 9 IN STATE TOURNAMENT

 

                MARIANNA– The Chipola Indians play in the FCSAA State Tournament May 8-13, at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland. Chipola’s first game is Saturday, May 9, at 9 a.m. (CST) against a yet-to-be-determined opponent.

                The Chipola Indians captured their second straight Panhandle Conference Championship winning 12 of their final 13 league games. The Indians are second in the FCSAA State Poll and fourth in the NJCAA National poll.

                The Indians improved to 16-4 in conference play and 39-9 overall by sweeping Tallahassee in the final three games of the season.

                Chipola coach Jeff Johnson’s Indians have made the FCSAA State Tournament 14 straight years with seven appearances in the title game.  The Indians finished second in the state four times and among the top four eight times.  Chipola has made three trips to the NJCAA National Tournament in the last seven years including a 2007 national title.

                As of April 23, Chipola (15-4) is the Panhandle Champion. Northwest (11-7) is second in the league race. Gulf Coast (8-10) is third. Tallahassee is 6-11 and Pensacola is 5-13. The top three teams earn a berth to the state tournament.

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April 30, 2015

 

WIEDEMAN JOINS SISTER ON CHIPOLA CROSS COUNTRY TEAM

 

                WAKULLA—Lydia Wiedeman of Wakulla High School has signed a Cross Country Scholarship with Chipola College.

                At Chipola, she will join her sister Margaret Wiedeman, who was the top runner for Chipola this season.

                Lydia Wiedeman is the daughter of Lewis and Amy Wiedeman of Wakulla. She was captain of the Wakulla Cross Country Team which advanced to the 2014 Florida State Finals. In the 2015 FHSAA Regionals, she placed fourth in the 800 Meter race with a time of 2:23. Paul Hoover is the head Girls Track Coach and Cross Country Coach at Wakulla.

                She also led the Wakulla Soccer team to an Elite 8 finish in Regionals.

                Wiedeman is ranked ninth on the Wakulla High School Senior Class Honor Court. She is secretary of the Wakulla chapter of the National Honor Society and a member of the Engineering Academy. After Chipola, she plans transfer to a university to earn an engineering degree.

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WIEDEMAN JOINS SISTER ON CHIPOLA CROSS COUNTRY TEAM—Lydia Wiedeman of Wakulla High School has signed a Cross Country Scholarship with Chipola College. From left: (front) Lewis Wiedeman, Lydia Wiedeman, Amy Wiedeman, (back) Mike Barwick, Principal of WHS; Mike Smith, Athletic Director; Rance Massengill, Chipola Cross Country Coach; Paul Hoover, WHS Head Cross Country Coach; Coach Polar Griffen, Assistant Cross Country Coach.

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