August 1, 2013

CHIPOLA THEATRE EARNS SUPERIORS FOR SEASON IN NEW CENTER

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Theatre department celebrated an outstanding inaugural season in the new $16 million Center for the Arts with record numbers of tickets sold and Superior rankings from Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) adjudicators.

                Chipola director of Theatre Charles Sirmon said more than 8,000 theatre patrons attended three major student productions, the largest attendance in school history.

                The 2012-13 season included the comedy “Noises Off” and Broadway musical “Hairspray” both of which earned Superior ratings from the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA).

                Chipola theatre majors also presented the annual Theatre Showcase, a fundraiser which featured a night of skits, songs and dance. The season closed with the children’s show “Alice in Wonderland” which was performed for hundreds of local elementary students, many of whom were experiencing live theatre for the first time.

                About “Noises Off,” FCSAA adjudicator Dee Selmore said, “It was the perfect choice and the new space was fully capable of housing the two-story revolving set expertly constructed by the students and Constance Smith, Chipola Director of technical Theatre.  These young actors took the direction and concept devised by director Sirmon and ran with it all the way to greatness. All areas of the production—direction, choreography, sound, lighting, set, costuming and performers—melded together into a work that each individual involved could be proud of.  The size of the Chipola theatre program is deceptive.  This department put on a production that rivaled the work of larger institutions.  These students and faculty have a dedication to their program and to the art of Theatre that is enviable.  They put their hearts into the production. They made it work, and they made us laugh.”

                Next up was the Broadway musical “Hairspray” which was a sellout for five shows. FCSAA adjudicator, Robert Gandrup wrote, “The audience packed the new theatre and gave a standing ovation at the end of the production, and was well deserved. I was quite impressed by the mastery of the shows material by the cast and crew and how professional the demeanor of the whole organization was as they presented their production to a large audience. In my opinion, Chipola has a Superior rank.  I feel the entire cast had moments on stage that were professional, sharp and stunning without up-staging or completely stealing a scene or the whole show. It was a great ensemble production.”

                Sirmon is in the process of finalizing the 2013-14 season and says to expect another superior season for Chipola Theatre department. For more about Chipola Theatre, contact sirmonc@chipola.edu or phone 850-718-2227.

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CHIPOLA THEARE EARNS SUPERIORS-- The Chipola College Theatre department celebrated an outstanding inaugural season in the new $16 million Center for the Arts with record numbers of tickets sold and Superior rankings from Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) adjudicators for “Noises Off” and “Hairspray.” Here, Charles Sirmon, Chipola Director of Theatre (left) and Evelyn Ward, Director of Fine and Performing Arts, show off plaques for the Superior rankings.

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August 1, 2013

CHIPOLA WORKING WITH FSU AND TCC ON NSF PROJECT

                MARIANNA—Chipola College is collaborating with Florida State University and Tallahassee Community College in a National Science Foundation project to improve Information Technology education and employment.

                NSF awarded Florida State University a $844,825 grant to support a four year project, Assessing Information Technology Educational Pathways that Promote Deployment and Use of Rural Broadband.

                The project is one of a number of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) initiatives underway at the FSU College of Communication and Information. Dr. Charles R. McClure, the Francis Eppes Professor and director of the Information Institute will lead the project at the Principal Investigator. Dr. Marcia Mardis, Ed.D, Associate professor, and Ebrahim Randeree, Assistant Dean at CCI are Co-Principal Investigators as are Dr. Jim Froh, Dean of the School of Business and Technology at Chipola College and Kathryn M. Stewart, Dean, Technology and Professional Development at Tallahassee Community College.

                The goals of the project are to strengthen the employee pool of IT technicians, and to improve broadband, telecommunications, and networks education for current and future IT employees in rural Northwest Florida.

                The project will analyze current curricula at Tallahassee Community College and Chipola College and solicit faculty and employer feedback. Findings will include recommendations for improvement in IT training and economic development.

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 Chipola participating in NSF

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CHIPOLA WORKING WITH FSU AND TCC ON NSF PROJECT—Chipola College is collaborating with Florida State University and Tallahassee Community College in a National Science Foundation project to improve Information Technology education and employment. Pictured from left, are: Vicki Mathis, Chipola Grants Operations Coordinator; Dr. Marcia Mardis, FSU Associate professor; Dr. Jim Froh, Chipola Dean of the School of Business and Technology; and Laura Spears, FSU doctoral candidate and Research Coordinator for the project. Not pictured is Dr. Charles McClure, Principal Investigator and Francis Eppes Professor at FSU.

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August 1, 2013

Artist Series 2013-2014

CHIPOLA ARTIST SERIES SEASON TICKETS ON SALE

                MARIANNA—Chipola Artist Series season tickets are now on sale, online at www.chipola.edu and at the Center for the Arts Box Office through August 28. The Box Office is open Monday through Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

        Online tickets may be printed at home or with an order confirmation. Will-call tickets will be available at the box office the night of the show. 

        Director of Fine and Performing Arts, Evelyn Ward, says, “Season ticket are expected to go quickly, so don’t miss out.” 

        This year’s lineup includes Sweet Potato Pie, sharing a classy blend of Americana, Bluegrass, Country and Gospel music, on Aug. 29.

        Voices of Lee, a 16-member a cappella vocal ensemble from Lee University in Cleveland, TN, will perform Oct. 4.

        On Jan. 16, 2014, concert harpist Anna Maria Medieta will present the passionate and sensuous music of the Argentine Tango and Spanish Flemenco complete with Latin instruments and flamenco dancers.

        The Golden Dragon Acrobats will amaze audiences with their breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty on April 1, 2014.

        Season tickets are $48 and include VIP Meet the Artist receptions and early renewal privileges for the next season. Meet the Artist reception hosts this year include: First Commerce Credit Union, First Federal Bank of Florida, Regions Bank and Wells Fargo.

        Single event tickets are $14 for adults, $10 for children under 18, with special pricing for Chipola students and employees.  Individual tickets for the first event go on sale Aug. 26.

        Call 850-718-2277 or visit www.chipola.edu/fine-and-performing-arts.

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August 1, 2013

APPRECIATION CLUB MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

                MARIANNA—The Chipola Appreciation Club has kicked off its annual membership drive.

            The Appreciation Club is a tax-deductible organization governed by local supporters. The group helps the college and its students by promoting athletics and underwriting scholarships and functions not supported from public funds.

            The standard $250 membership provides access to Chipola Appreciation Club general seating and Hospitality Room for four guests at all Chipola home men’s and women’s basketball games and admission to all Chipola baseball and softball games.

            The Gold $1,000 Membership provides Chipola Appreciation Club reserved seating for four guests and Appreciation Club general seating for two more guests, and admittance to the Chipola Club Hospitality Room. Corporate Sponsorships also are available. A portion of membership dues are tax-deductible.

            For information about the Appreciation Club, call 850-718-2451.

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August 1, 2013

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GULF POWER INCREASES CHIPOLA SCHOLARSHIP FUND—Gulf Power in Chipley recently added $1,000 to the Gulf Power Endowed Scholarship Fund at Chipola College. Here Darrin Wall, Gulf Power manager (right), presents the check to Chipola executive vice president Dr. Jason Hurst.

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August 1, 2013

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CHIPOLA NURSING GRADUATES—Twenty-nine 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: (seated) Hannah Shouppe, Hannah Moore, Emily Warner, J.D. Sellers, Myles Taylor, Justin Neel, Calvin Gilbert, Valerie Gonzalez, Tania Harvey, Sarah Durden, (standing) Kristie Bard, Sheena Davis, Mary McClellan, Ammita Daniels, Renee Gilbert, Stacia Spencer, Yolanda Hamilton,Chelsea Dalton, Rocio Lopez, Auslinn Shuler, Tiffany Burdeshaw, Janie Laramore, Alisa Kronberger, Amy Pierce, Corynn Walker, Melinda Dampier, Chelsea Wells, Monica Greubel and Jennifer Reeves.

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August 1, 2013

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CHIPOLA HOSTS FWC HUNTER SAFETY COURSE—Chipola College hosted the range portion of the Florida Wildlife Commission’s Hunter Safety Course July 27 at the Reddoch Firing Range. Persons born on or after June 1, 1975, and 16 years or older, must pass a hunter safety course before purchasing a hunting license. Instructors are, from left: George Warthen, FWC NW Regional Coordinator for Hunter Safety; Alton Ranew, Instructor;  Steven Stewart, Chipola Law Enforcement Coordinator and Rangemaster;  David Arnette, Instructor; Leah McAllister, Instructor; and Jamie McAllister, Chipola Corrections Coordinator. This was the first such class hosted by Chipola, and college officials plan to offer more courses in the future.

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August 11, 2013

CHIPOLA COLLEGE FALL REGISTRATION BEGINS WEDNESDAY

                MARIANNA——Chipola College will hold registration for returning students is Wednesday, Aug. 14, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. New and returning student registration is Aug. 15 and 16. Classes begin Aug. 19. Late registration continues through noon on Aug. 20.

            There are several steps in the application process: (1) complete the college Admission Application; call 718-2311 for assistance; (2) request your high school to send a final transcript to Chipola College Admission and Records Office; and (3) take the College Placement Test; call 718-2284 for assistance. Students should report to Room 156 in the Student Services Building and sign in to see an academic advisor.

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

            Bachelor’s Degrees include: Science Education Middle Grades (5-9); Biology Education Secondary Grades (6-12); Mathematics Education Middle Grades (5-9); Mathematics Education Secondary Grades (6-12); English Education, Exceptional Student Education and Elementary Education; Business Administration with concentrations in Management or Accounting; and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). 

Additionally, the college offers the Educator Preparation Institute, a Teacher Certification program for those with a B.S. in a non-teaching field.

            The Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree is designed for students who plan to complete their first two years of college work and then transfer to a four-year program at Chipola or another college or university.  Credits earned are transferable and are applicable toward a bachelor’s degree. Academic advising guides that outline requirements for specific majors are available from Student Affairs and are located on the college website at www.chipola.edu. 

Several Associate in Science (AS) and Workforce programs are offered which provide training for high wage jobs.  Workforce programs include: Automotive Service Technology, Firefighter, Law Enforcement Officer, Correctional Officer, Cosmetology, Cross-Over Corrections to Law Enforcement, Cross-Over Law Enforcement to Corrections, Nursing Assistant and Welding.

            Associate in Science (AS) programs include: Business Administration, Early Childhood Education, Computer Information Technology, Fire Science Technology, Criminal Justice Technology (Crime Scene Track), Networking Services Technology, Culinary Management, Nursing (RN and LPN), Nursing LPN to RN, Paramedic to RN, and Recreation Technology.

            College Credit Certificate programs include: Child Care Center Management, Information Technology Management, CISCO Certified Network Associate, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Paramedic.

            The schedule of classes is available online at www.chipola.edu. For information, call 718-2211.

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August 15, 2013

CHIPOLA COLLEGE CLASSES BEGIN; LATE REGISTRATION CONTINUES

                MARIANNA——Chipola College Fall classes begin Monday, Aug. 19.

Late registration is Monday, Aug. 19, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and continues through noon on Aug. 20.  The drop/add period continues through noon, Friday, Aug. 23.

            The college also offers several classes during Term C which begins Oct. 11.

            There are several steps in the application process: (1) complete the college Admission Application; call 718-2311 for assistance; (2) request your high school to send a final transcript to Chipola College Admission and Records Office; and (3) take the College Placement Test; call 718-2284 for assistance. Students should report to Room 156 in the Student Services Building and sign in to see an academic advisor.

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

            Bachelor’s Degrees include: Science Education Middle Grades (5-9); Biology Education Secondary Grades (6-12); Mathematics Education Middle Grades (5-9); Mathematics Education Secondary Grades (6-12); English Education, Exceptional Student Education and Elementary Education; Business Administration with concentrations in Management or Accounting; and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). 

                Additionally, the college offers the Educator Preparation Institute, a Teacher Certification program for those with a B.S. in a non-teaching field.

            The Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree is designed for students who plan to complete their first two years of college work and then transfer to a four-year program at Chipola or another college or university.  Credits earned are transferable and are applicable toward a bachelor’s degree. Academic advising guides that outline requirements for specific majors are available from Student Affairs and are located on the college website at www.chipola.edu

                Several Associate in Science (AS) and Workforce programs are offered which provide training for high wage jobs.  Workforce programs include: Automotive Service Technology, Firefighter, Law Enforcement Officer, Correctional Officer, Cosmetology, Cross-Over Corrections to Law Enforcement, Cross-Over Law Enforcement to Corrections, Nursing Assistant and Welding.

            Associate in Science (AS) programs include: Business Administration, Early Childhood Education, Computer Information Technology, Fire Science Technology, Criminal Justice Technology (Crime Scene Track), Networking Services Technology, Culinary Management, Nursing (RN and LPN), Nursing LPN to RN, Paramedic to RN, and Recreation Technology.

            College Credit Certificate programs include: Child Care Center Management, Information Technology Management, CISCO Certified Network Associate, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Paramedic.

            The schedule of classes is available online at www.chipola.edu. For information, call 718-2211.

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CHIPOLA FALL CLASSES BEGIN—Here, Chipola sophomore Albert Shuler of Bristol and recent Chipola graduate Cherie Baggett of Blountstown look over their schedules. Chipola College Fall classes begin Monday, Aug. 19. Late registration is Monday, Aug. 19, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and continues through noon on Aug. 20.  The college also offers several classes during Term C which begins Oct. 11. The schedule of classes is available online at www.chipola.edu. For information, call 718-2211.

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August 15, 2013

RAHAL-MILLER DONATES THREE CARS TO CHIPOLA

                MARIANNA—Rahal-Miller recently donated three vehicles to the Chipola College Automotive technology program. The vehicles include a 2002 Nissan Maxima, a 2006 Infinity M45 and a 2007 Nissan Quest.          

                Nissan North America and Rahal-Miller made the donation possible. In addition to the donation, Ricky Miller and Jimmy Parris of Rahal-Miller, coordinated and paid for towing the vehicles from Miramar, Florida.

                Automotive instructor John Gardner says, “These vehicles will benefit our program and students in their training. They are equipped with some of the latest and greatest technology. We depend on our great partners like Rahal-Miller to keep our program up to date.”

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RAHAL-MILLER HELPS CHIPOLA—Rahal-Miller recently donated three vehicles to the Chipola College Automotive technology program. Pictured from left, are: Chuck Anderson and Jimmy Parris of Rahal-Miller, John Gardner and Chase Vlieg, Chipola Automotive instructors; Dr. Jason Hurst, Chipola executive vice-president; and Dr. Gene Prough, Chipola president.

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August 15, 2013

Sweet Potato Pie

CHIPOLA ARTIST SERIES SEASON TICKETS ON SALE

                MARIANNA—Chipola Artist Series season tickets are on sale online at www.chipola.edu and at the Center for the Arts Box Office through August 28. The Box Office is open Monday through Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

            Online tickets may be printed at home or with an order confirmation. Will-call tickets will be available at the box office the night of the show. 

            This year’s lineup opens Thursday, Aug. 29, with Sweet Potato Pie, sharing a classy blend of Americana, Bluegrass, Country and Gospel music. The group has created a new musical style called "sweetgrass," which includes elements of country, classical, blues and bluegrass.

            Voices of Lee, a 16-member a cappella vocal ensemble from Lee University in Cleveland, TN, will perform Oct. 4.

            On Jan. 16, 2014, concert harpist Anna Maria Medieta will present the passionate and sensuous music of the Argentine Tango and Spanish Flemenco complete with Latin instruments and flamenco dancers.

            The Golden Dragon Acrobats will amaze audiences with their breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty on April 1, 2014.

            Season tickets are $48 and include VIP Meet the Artist receptions and early renewal privileges for the next season. Meet the Artist reception hosts this year include: First Commerce Credit Union, First Federal Bank of Florida, Regions Bank and Wells Fargo.

            Single event tickets are $14 for adults, $10 for children under 18, with special pricing for Chipola students and employees.  Individual tickets for the first event go on sale Aug. 26.

            Call 850-718-2277 or visit www.chipola.edu/fine-and-performing-arts.

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August 15, 2013

Romanenko-Yoshikawa Duo

PIANO AND CELLO DUO TO PEFRORM AT CHIPOLA AUG. 25

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Department of Fine and Performing Arts will host Russian-born cellist Alexei Romanenko and Canadian pianist Christine Yoshikawa in a dynamic musical duo, Sunday, Aug. 25, at 2 p.m. in the Arts Center.

                Romanenko and Yoshikawa delight audiences around the world with their highly vibrant musicality and technical brilliance. Equally in demand as concert soloists, the Romanenko-Yoshikawa Duo has distinguished itself as a dynamic team with an impressive list of awards and personal achievements.  The duo has enjoyed debuts on many of the world’s prominent concert stages.

                The public is invited to enjoy the duo as they feature cello and piano works by Pärt, Scarlatti, Bloch, Beethoven, Reger, Schnittke and Faure. Admission is by donation.

                Evelyn Ward, Chipola Director of Fine and Performing Arts, says, “The primary mission of the Spring into Summer series is to present our finest local chamber music ensembles and soloists to audiences in a Sunday Matinée during our spring and summer months.”

                For more information, contact the Chipola Fine and Performing Arts Department at (850) 718-2277.

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August 15, 2013

Dale Heidebrecht

AREA SINGERS INVITED TO JOIN CHIPOLA COMMUNITY CHORUS

                MARIANNA—Area singers are invited to be among the first to sing in the Chipola College Community Chorus in the new Center for the Arts with rehearsals beginning Aug. 20.

                Rehearsals are scheduled on Tuesdays, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Aug. 20 – Oct. 29, in the Center for the Arts Experimental Theatre. The Fall performance is slated for Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m., in the Center for the Arts.  The choir is under the direction of Chipola vocal instructor, Dale Heidebrecht.

                No experience is necessary, just a willing spirit and enthusiasm for music.

                Interested singers are asked to contact Heidebrecht at (850) 718-2376 or email:

heidebrechtd@chipola.edu

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August 15, 2013

SMALL BUSINESS SEMINARS SET AT CHIPOLA

                MARIANNAChipola College will offer a series of small business seminars in the coming months.  All seminars meet Fridays, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., in Room M-108 of the Chipola Business and Technology building.

                How to Grow Your Business” is Aug. 23.  The seminar will highlight important considerations to develop or grow a business. Topics will include markets to enter, cost controls, management considerations and organizational structure.

                “Social Media Beyond Facebook” is Sept. 20. This class provides an overview of new, emerging, and audience specific Social Media Channels. Learn how to know which are right for which businesses in order to engage in to gain clients and build client relationships.         

                “Market Research and Feasibility Analysis” is Oct. 18.  Participants will learn to research the feasibility of starting a business, adding products and services to an existing business, and the feasibility of expanding into new market segments.

                “Restaurant Fundamentals” will meet Nov. 15.  Participants will learn to analyze food costs, develop a winning menu, incorporate cost-saving strategies, and loss prevention. These are tools specific to the food industry and are used by most business owners on a daily basis.  

                Cost of each seminar is $15. The first six Chipola students to sign up will receive free admission.  Students should contact Elissa Severson at 718-2441 or sign up in person in Building M, Office 108.

                Participants may register online at www.northfloridabiz.comFor more information, contact Elissa Severson at 850-718-2441 or email seversone@chipola.edu

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August 15, 2013

APPRECIATION CLUB MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

                MARIANNA—Local sports fans are invited to join the Chipola Appreciation Club during its annual membership drive.

            The Appreciation Club is a tax-deductible organization governed by local supporters. The group helps Chipola and its students by promoting athletics and underwriting scholarships and functions not supported from public funds.

            The standard $250 membership provides access to Chipola Appreciation Club general seating and Hospitality Room for four guests at all Chipola home men’s and women’s basketball games and admission to all Chipola baseball and softball games.

            The Gold $1,000 Membership provides Chipola Appreciation Club reserved seating for four guests and Appreciation Club general seating for two more guests, and admittance to the Chipola Club Hospitality Room. Corporate Sponsorships also are available. A portion of membership dues are tax-deductible.

            For information about the Appreciation Club, call 850-718-2451.

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August 18, 2013

                Chipola College will be open Monday, Aug. 19, for the first day of classes. Late registration is also Monday, Aug. 19, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and continues through noon on Aug. 20.  The drop/add period continues through noon, Friday, Aug. 23.

                Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough, says, “We are open for business Monday, but we want our students to use good judgment in deciding whether to travel in hazardous conditions. We encourage our faculty to be understanding with students who do not feel safe driving to the college.”

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August 22, 2013                

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ART SHOW OF RE-PURPOSED THEATRE SETS TO OPEN AT CHIPOLA

MARIANNA—Artist and woodworker Ethan Sawyer is taking used scenery material from Chipola College’s last theatre season and creating an inspired art collection. 

        The opening for Ethan Sawyer’s “After the Fly Loft,” is Thursday, Aug. 29, at 6 p.m., in the Chipola Center for the Arts Gallery.  The opening is planned in conjunction with the first Chipola Artist Series event, Sweet Potato Pie, the same night at 7 p.m. Artist Series tickets are available for purchase at 850-718-2277 or online at www.chipola.edu/fine-and-performing-arts.

Sawyer’s project is a collaboration of the Center for the Arts Gallery and Chipola Theatre.  He is creating his art from used materials while working with Chipola students and Technical Theatre Director Connie Smith in the technical theatre shop. Together, they recently removed the last set pieces that had been suspended in the theatre fly loft since the season ended in May.

Sawyer learned cabinetry and furniture-making at Wallace College in Dothan. He studied Industrial Design at Auburn University and earned a BA in Environmental Studies from Maryville College in Tennessee. Sawyer operates a production/fabrication shop in Montgomery specializing in custom woodwork and the creative reuse of recycled materials.

In addition to other projects, Sawyer has created a shelter and various sculptures for EAT South’s downtown Montgomery urban farm. The project includes recycled barn tin for the roof, a structure designed to catch rainwater to water an orchard, and a partially timber-framed, partially traditionally-framed pergola.

Evelyn Ward, Chipola Director of Fine and Performing Arts, says, “This project is especially important in our quest for ‘green’ uses of resources. Many parts of a theatre set are often discarded.  Ethan is showing our students a way to take what would have been waste and repurposing the materials into beautiful pieces of art to be enjoyed by all.”

The exhibit will be on display through Oct. 31. The gallery is open weekdays, by appointment. Call 850-718-2277. Information about Sawyer’s work is available at www.forestfromatree.tumblr.com

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ART SHOW OF RE-PURPOSED THEATRE SETS TO OPEN AT CHIPOLA

Artist and woodworker Ethan Sawyer (left) is taking used scenery material from Chipola College’s last theatre season and creating an inspired art collection opening Aug. 29.  He is pictured here with Chipola Technical Theatre student Aaron Black of Hosford.

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August 22, 2013

Sweet Potato Pie

SWEET POTATO PIE TO OPEN CHIPOLA ARTIST SERIES

                MARIANNA— The Chipola College Artist Series opens Thursday, Aug. 29, with Sweet Potato Pie, performing Americana, Bluegrass, Country and Gospel music.

        The group has created a new musical style called "sweetgrass," which includes elements of country, classical, blues and bluegrass.

        Single event tickets are $14 for adults, $10 for children under 18, with special pricing for Chipola students and employees.  Individual tickets for the first event go on sale Aug. 26.

        Artist Series season tickets are on sale online at www.chipola.edu and at the Center for the Arts Box Office through August 28. The Box Office is open Monday through Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Online tickets may be printed at home or with an order confirmation. Will-call tickets will be available at the box office the night of the show. 

        The series continues with Voices of Lee, a 16-member a cappella vocal ensemble from Lee University in Cleveland, TN, on Oct. 4.

        On Jan. 16, 2014, concert harpist Anna Maria Medieta will present the passionate and sensuous music of the Argentine Tango and Spanish Flemenco complete with Latin instruments and flamenco dancers.

        The Golden Dragon Acrobats will amaze audiences with their breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty on April 1, 2014.

        Season tickets are $48 and include VIP Meet the Artist receptions and early renewal privileges for the next season. Meet the Artist reception hosts this year include: First Commerce Credit Union, First Federal Bank of Florida, Regions Bank and Wells Fargo.

        Call 850-718-2277 or visit www.chipola.edu/fine-and-performing-arts.

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August 22, 2013

CHIPOLA EMPLOYEES AWARDED FOR SERVICE

                Marianna-Employees of Chipola College were recognized for years of service during the first staff meeting of the school year on August 12.

            Employees were awarded certificates in five-year increments.  The following were recognized:

            Five years: Darrell Brooks, Donna Chandler, Dr. Steve Givens, Louy Harris, Stacey Hinson, Shawn Keihn, Kelly Lanier, Elissa Severson, Richard Vann.

            Ten years: Dr. Irma Cruz-White, Dr. Santine Cuccio, Rebecca Davis, Dr. Chastity Duke, Stacey Gainer, Dr. Karen Lipford, Kristie Mosley, Bobbie Peace, Wendy Pippen. 

            Fifteen years: Dennis Kosciw, Dr. Gina McAllister, Tammy Neal.

            Twenty years: Vikki Milton.

            Twenty-five years: Lucinda Baker, Dr. Bryan Craven, Jan Cummings, Janice Holley, Johnny Meredith, Carol Saunders and Anita Price.

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FIVE YEARS AT CHIPOLA— Employees of Chipola College were recognized for years of service on August 12. Employees were awarded certificates in five-year increments. Five year employees are, from left: Darrell Brooks, Stacey Hinson, Donna Chandler, Dr. Steve Givens, Elissa Severson, Louy Harris, Kelly Lanier and Richard Vann.  Not pictured is Shawn Keihn.

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10 YEARS AT CHIPOLA—Employees of Chipola College were recognized for years of service on August 12. Employees were awarded certificates in five-year increments. Ten year employees are, from left: Dr. Irma Cruz-White, Dr. Santine Cuccio, Rebecca Davis, Dr. Chastity Duke, Kristie Mosley, Stacey Gainer, Dr. Karen Lipford, Bobbie Peace and Wendy Pippen.

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15 YEARS AT CHIPOLA—Employees of Chipola College were recognized for years of service on August 12. Employees were awarded certificates in five-year increments. Fifteen year employees are, from left: Dr. Gina McAllister, Dennis Kosciw and Tammy Neal.

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20 YEARS AT CHIPOLA—Employees of Chipola College were recognized for years of service on August 12. Employees were awarded certificates in five-year increments. Twenty year employee is Vikki Milton.

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25 YEARS AT CHIPOLA—Employees of Chipola College were recognized for years of service on August 12. Employees were awarded certificates in five-year increments. Twenty-five year employees are, from left: Dr. Bryan Craven, Lucinda Baker, Jan Cummings, Johnny Meredith and Anita Price.  Not pictured are Carol Saunders and Janice Holley.

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August 22, 2013

WARD IS CHIPOLA’S CAREER EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR

                MARIANNA—Evelyn Ward, Chipola College’s Director of Fine and Performing Arts, has been named the college’s Career Employee of the Year for 2013.

            Ward served for 17 years as Publications Coordinator for the college prior to her move to Fine Arts in July.

            Ward has been very active in the Association of Florida Colleges serving as state president in 2011. She was awarded the Honorary Life Membership Award, the highest honor the Association bestows.  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 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 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. 

            For her publication design work, Ward has won numerous Exemplary Practice Awards from AFC’s Communications and Marketing Commission.  This year, she won 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.  She also won a Second Place award for the redesign of the Chipola Workforce Development brochure.

            Her former supervisor Dr. Bryan Craven, Director of Public Relations, says, “Evelyn is one of the most valuable employees on campus. She does an incredible amount of work to support all college programs and organizations. She has earned the respect of her colleagues and those at other colleges throughout the state.”

            Ward and her husband Randy both graduated from Chipola. Their children, Andy and Kendyl, also are alumni of the college. The family is active in the First Baptist Church of Marianna. Ward also directs the handbell choir at the First United Methodist Church in Sneads.

The Employee of the Year award recognizes the exceptional work of Chipola's career service employees. Candidates are nominated by fellow employees for exhibiting courtesy, motivation and professionalism. Annual winners receive a $1,000 bonus, reserved parking for a year, a one-year membership in AFC, and a $100 gift certificate from the college Book Store.

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WARD IS CHIPOLA EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR—Here Evelyn Ward accepts the Chipola College Career Employee of the Year award from Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough.

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August 22, 2013

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CHIPOLA COACH BLAKE ATTENDS UF CLINIC—Chipola men’s basketball coach Patrick Blake was invited to coach Billy Donovan’s two-day coaching clinic held recently at the University of Florida.  More than 100 coaches from JUCO to NBA participated including Eric Spoelstra coach of the World Champion Miami Heat. Pictured from left, are: Cliff Ellis, Coastal Carolina University; Patrick Blake, Chipola and Billy Donovan, University of Florida.

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August 29, 2013

CHIPOLA COLLEGE RANKS 14TH BEST IN NATION

                 Tallahassee, Fla., August 26, 2013 – Today Washington Monthly ranked Chipola College number 14 among national community colleges in its ninth annual college rankings survey. Four other Florida College System (FCS) institutions made the list: North Florida Community College, Miami Dade College, Valencia College and South Florida State College.

                “On behalf of the faculty and staff of Chipola College, we are pleased to be recognized for offering quality instruction,” said Chipola President Dr. Gene Prough. “I am very proud of our faculty and support personnel who provide a quality learning environment for our students."

                “This honor recognizes the Florida College System’s commitment to both access and high-quality education,” said FCS Chancellor Randy Hanna. “I commend our colleges for their ongoing efforts to serve the needs of our state.”

                Using data from the Community College Survey of Student Engagement and U.S. Department of Education, Washington Monthly rates community colleges in a number of areas, including collaborative learning, student effort, academic rigor, student-faculty interaction and support for learning. Retention, graduation and completion rates are also factored into the rankings.

                Chipola had a first-year retention rate of 65.9 which was fifth among the top 50 colleges. Chipola was eleventh in the Three-year graduation/transfer rate at 57.9 percent. This number indicates the percentage of students who graduate or transfer to another college within three years of first enrolling.

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

                According to Washington Monthly’s editors, “We designed the Washington Monthly college rankings to embody the American higher education compact at the institutional level. Instead of lauding colleges for closing their doors to all but an elite few, we give high marks to institutions that enroll low-income students, help them graduate and don’t charge them an arm and a leg to attend.”

                “These rankings are especially important because they highlight the system’s mission of providing access to low-cost, high-quality education and job training,” said Chancellor Hanna. “I am extremely proud of all of our colleges for helping prepare Floridians for high-skill, high-wage jobs.”

                For more information, view Washington Monthly’s rankings.

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CHIPOLA COLLEGE RANKS 14TH BEST IN NATIONWashington Monthly has ranked Chipola College number 14 among national community colleges in its ninth annual college rankings survey. Pictured are four of Chipola’s recent top grads, from left: Jackson Cagle, Meghan Wilder, Rachel Pelt and Jaren Bannerman. For more information, view Washington Monthly’s rankings.

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August 29, 2013

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CHIPOLA THEATRE ANNOUNCES SEASON

            MARIANNA—Charles Sirmon, Director of Theatre at Chipola College recently announced the lineup for his fourteenth season which includes: The Chipola Theatre Showcase, “The 1940’s Radio Hour,” “The Sound of Music,” and “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Revised).” 

            This season kicks off with the Chipola Theatre Showcase, Thursday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m.  The night of scenes and songs is billed as “Saturday Night Live on a Thursday.”

The annual fundraiser helps theatre majors take an educational trip to New York in the Spring.  

            Next up is “The 1940’s Radio Hour,” which runs Dec. 5–8.  Auditions are Sept. 30, and Oct. 1, at 6 p.m. With music by Walton Jones, the show is full of 1940’s music, dancing and old-time sound effects. Hits include: "That Old Black Magic," "Ain't She Sweet," "Blue Moon," "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." The play portrays the final holiday broadcast of the Manhattan Variety Cavalcade on a New York radio station in December 1942. 

            “The Sound of Music,” is set for Feb. 26-March 2. Mar. 1 at 7 p.m. This all-time favorite with music by Rodgers and Hammerstein won 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Book and Score.  The world's most beloved musical tells the story of a nun who is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval Captain on the eve of World War II. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain. Auditions are Jan. 6–7 at 6 p.m.

            “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Revised),” is set for May 7–8, at 7 p.m. The show will also play for hundreds of school children the same week. Charlie Brown opened on Broadway in 1999 with a fresh approach to the all-time 1967 classic. Sally Brown joins Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder and Snoopy in this version.  Musical numbers include: “My Blanket and Me,” “The Kite,” “The Baseball Game,” “Little Known Facts,” “Suppertime” and “Happiness.”  Auditions are March 17–18 at 6 p.m.

            Tickets for all Chipola Theatre productions 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 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. For more information visit chipola.edu and like Chipola Theatre on Facebook.

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August 29, 2013

CHIPOLA SUMMER DEAN’S LIST ANNOUNCED

                MARIANNA—Dr. Sarah Clemmons, senior vice president of Instruction at Chipola College, commends some 200 students who made the Dean’s List for academic achievement during the Summer I and II Terms 2013.

            To be placed on the Dean’s List, a student must take 6 or more semester hours of courses and make an average of 3.25 (B+) to 4.0 (A) in all courses.

            Students who made perfect averages of 4.0—straight A’s—and their hometowns are:

                Alford—Audrey Sterrett.

                Altha—Caleb Chew, Deborah Graham, William Graham, Meshae Hall, Adam Preston, Linda Young.

                Bascom—Patrick Collins, Miranda Jordan, Deja McCollough, Breanna Moore,.

                Blountstown—Robert Deason, Geraldine Gutierrez, Kylee Harrell, Thomas Howell, Santana Lee, Shannie Lockhart, Jessica Stallworth.

                Bonifay—Brianna Belcher, Aaron Godwin, Misty Kirkland, Anne Mary Nichols, Troy Rackley, Savannah Ryken, Shana Sloan, April Yates.

                Bristol—Carla Bramblett, Paul Gautier, Tammy Stephens, Brittney Willis.

                Campbellton—Scheneka Johnson.

                Chipley—Rebecca Day, James Dilmore, Tanner Gilbert, Glenna Padgett, Meghan Pettis, Meghan Salter, Noah Smothers, John Thompson, Savannah Waddell.

                Clarksville—Joshua Jeffery, Melissa Newsome, Hannah Plazarin, Ashley Sims, Lyndsey Wainwright, Timothy Waldroff.

                Cottondale—Kyle Griffin, Hannah Wilkes.

                Graceville—Victoria Brown, Cierra Corbitt, Camerin Dixon, Frances Martin, Indigo Pierce, Meagan Sanders, Jinhee So.

                Grand Ridge—Katherine Campbell, Barbara Toole, Joshua Toole.

                Greenwood— Nicole Bradley, Mary Culpepper, Jennifer Neto, Robert Neto.

                Hosford—Krista Black.

                 Marianna—Kristie Bard, Adam Bigale, Douglas Davidson, Dustin Dryden, Robert Gause, Stephen Greene, Gavin Hall, Sierra Hill, Joshua Holmes, Anastasia Horne, Priscilla Jones, Trevor Mayo, Tracy McCracken, Matthew McFarland, Ashley McLean, Danielle Melvin, Brandi Middleton, Jasmine Mount, Aaron Parks, Quatarious Pope, Dakota Raines, Ashton Stephens, Brandi Wright.

            Sneads—Kelly Lanier, Amanda Locke, Trenton McDaniel.

            Vernon—Emily Adams, Dante Brown, Susie Sewell.

            Westville—Whitney Ellenburg, Carrie Hayford, Andrew Stafford.

            Out of District—Alissa Commerford of Ashford, Ala., Christopher Johnson of Chattahoochee, Rebecca Stewart of Crawfordville, Ciara Folsom and Alisa Kronberger of Dothan, Ala., Richard Houghton of Jacksonville, Kerry Bryant of Panama City, April McGrotha and Alexander Poole of Tallahassee, Samantha Layfield of Wewahitchka.

                Students who earned grade point averages ranging from 3.25(B+) to 3.99 (A) and their hometowns are:

            Alford—Audrey Sterrett.

            Altha—Katelynn Ballard, Deborah Graham, Katrina Messer, Heather Parrish, James Sellers, Justin Terry, Selena Williams, Steve Yoder, Jr.

            Blountstown—Cierra Brown, Cardrico Mosley, Mark Shuler.

            Bonifay—Monica Greubel, Theresa Wilson, April Yates.

                Bristol—Jeri Anderson, Bettina Tharpe.

            Chipley—Farrah Davis, Angeleigh Donaldson, Cheyenne Fenwick, Ashley Foshee, Holley Hinson, Monica Roberts, Ryan Smith, Tori Taylor, John Thompson.

            Clarksville—Robert Johns, Adam McCullen.

            Cottondale—Alida Capps, Kody Sims.

            Graceville—Anna Catheri Payne, Jessica Singletary, Carly Wilson.

            Grand Ridge—Joseph Harrison, Joseph Taylor, Joshua Toole.

                Greenwood—Yessica Betancur, Lydia Degroot, Jessica McCalister, Tiffany Smith, Erik Utter.

            Hosford—Hannah Moore, Tristen Parrish.

            Malone—Dezmond Baker, Brittany Woods.

            Marianna—Shayn Baggett, Veronica Bell, Nicole Blanchard, Kristi Folds, Stuart Gamble, Stephen Greene, Priscilla Jones, Janie Laramore, Hannah Lowenthal, Tabatha Melzer, Irene Muniz, Akta Patel, Jameka Robinson, Tasha Scott, Latonya Smith, Adrian Staley, Christopher Swindle, Andrew Williams.

            Sneads—Erin McKeown, Alicia Seaton.

            Vernon—Dylan Schweinsberg.

            Westville—Kristin Eaton.

            Out of District—Lydia Hancock of Cottonwood, Ala., Arianna Dillard of Defuniak Springs, Andrew Downs, Kinnyatar Melton and Christopher Randall, Jr. of Dothan, Ala., Amy Cannon of Jakin, Ga., Carneisha Nash of Kinsey, Ala., Donte' Reynolds of Kinston N.C., Jamaar McKay of Milwaukee, Wis., Alpha Ndaw of Orange, Calif., Clifton Clark and Casie Phillips of Panama City, Treyvonna Brooks of San Ramon, Calif., Jose Aranguren-Jim of San Vincente, VE,

Cora Fageaux, Calvin Gilbert, Laura Grant and Kelly Sunshine of Tallahassee, Kalyn Bidwell of Wewahitchka.

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August 29, 2013

BASIC CORRECTIONS CLASSES SET AT CHIPOLA

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer two classes of the Basic Corrections Academy beginning Sept. 10 and Oct. 22.  Classes meet weekdays, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

                Completion of the program prepares candidates to take the State Board Examination for entry into the Corrections field and certification by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission.

                At a minimum, successful applicants must meet the following qualifications: 19 years of age; U.S. Citizen; high school diploma or equivalent and a valid driver’s license.

                Candidates must pass a drug test and physical examination and are subject to fingerprinting and a background investigation which includes: no felony convictions; no misdemeanor involving perjury or false statement; no misdemeanor conviction of domestic violence; and no dishonorable discharge from the Armed Forces.

                Applicants must earn a passing score on the Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT) offered at the Chipola Public Service Building Tuesdays at 12:30.  Cost of the test is $45.

                For information, contact Jamie McAllister, Corrections Coordinator, at 718-2212.

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August 29, 2013

SOCIAL MEDIA SEMINAR SET AT CHIPOLA

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer a small business seminar “Social Media Beyond Facebook” on Friday, Sept. 20.  The seminar meets from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., in Room M-108 of the Chipola Business and Technology building.

                This class provides an overview of new, emerging, and audience specific Social Media Channels. Learn how to know which are right for which businesses in order to engage in to gain clients and build client relationships.  

“Market Research and Feasibility Analysis” is Oct. 18“Restaurant Fundamentals” will meet Nov. 15

                Cost of each seminar is $15. The first six Chipola students to sign up receive free admission.  Students should contact Elissa Severson at 718-2441 or sign up in person in Building M, Office 108.

                Participants may register online at www.northfloridabiz.com

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FLORIDA COLLEGE SYSTEM HELPS CHIPOLA STUDENTS—The Florida College System Foundation recently presented checks to Chipola College to provide scholarships. Pictured from left, are: John Holdnak, Executive Vice-Chancellor of the Florida College System; Judy Green, Executive Director of the Florida College System Foundation; Julie Fuqua, Director of the Chipola College Foundation; and Dr. Gene Prough, President of Chipola College. The donations included $1,770 for the Helios Education Foundation First Generation Scholarship and $4,159 for the Bank of America “Dream Makers” Scholarship.  Recipients of both scholarships are attending Chipola this Fall. 

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CHIPOLA TO HOST HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL SHOWCASE

                MARIANNA—Chipola College’s annual Select Baseball Showcase, is set for Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Chipola field.

                The event is open to all high school juniors or seniors who are current members of a varsity baseball team.

            Chipola head coach Jeff Johnson says, “This is a great opportunity for players to showcase their skills and to gain national exposure while being evaluated by JUCO and Division 1 coaches, as well as professional scouts.”  Johnson says he is expecting from 50 to 100 pro and college scouts to attend.

                The Showcase will be in a pro-style setup with two different time slots players can choose to attend.

                The showcase is by invitation only by high school coaches, summer league coaches, Chipola coaches, other college coaches and/or professional scouts.

                Registration deadline is Sept. 11. Participants must provide proof of insurance and sign a waiver of liability. Cost is $125.

                Check-in opens at 8 a.m. on Sept. 21. The event will continue rain or shine with indoor facilities available. Players should wear baseball pants and bring their own bats, spikes, gloves, hats and protective cups.

                Chipola College in located in Marianna, Florida, 70 miles west of Tallahassee and 30 minutes south of Dothan. The physical address of the baseball complex is 4500 Longhouse Court, Marianna, FL. 

                For information, call coach Jeff Johnson at 850-718-2332, or visit www.chipola.edu.   

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