December 2, 2004




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

                A Traffic School, 4-hour Basic Driving Improvement class will meet Saturdays, Dec. 4 through December 11, from 8 a.m. to noon. Cost is $32.

                An Internship course will meet Thursdays, Jan. 6 through April 28 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Cost is $171. A Curriculum for Young Children course will meet Mondays, Jan. 10 through April 25 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Cost is $171.    An Early Care & Education Administrative Overview course will meet Tuesdays, Jan. 11 through April 26 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Cost is $171.

A 20 Hour Childcare Training class will meet Jan. 15 and 22 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $76.A 10 Hour Childcare Training Special Needs (mainstreaming) will meet Feb. 12 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $38. A 10 Hour Childcare Training (behavioral observation & screening course) will meet Mar. 19 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $38. 

                A Sign Language I class will meet Tuesdays, Feb. 1 through April 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. Cost is $81.

                A Cake I class will meet Thursdays, Feb. 3 through 24 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.  Cost is $41.  A Cake II class will meet Thursdays, March 3 through 31 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.  Cost is $41.  An Advanced Level Cake Decorating class will meet Thursdays, April 7 through 18 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $41.

                A CPR class will meet Feb. 8 and 10 from 5 to 9 p.m. Cost is $42. A  First Aid class will meet Feb. 22 and 24 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Cost is $41.

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

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

                EducationToGo offers online programs in: computers, photography, languages, writing, entertainment industry, grant writing, business, sales, accounting, test prep, finance, health, child care, parenting, art, history, psychology, literature, statistics, philosophy, engineering, law and nursing. For dates and course outlines, visit

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


December 2, 2004


The Chipola Indians host the Microtel Panhandle Classic Dec. 3 and 4 in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center.                              

                Chipola enters the tournament ranked 12th in the NJCAA Poll. The Indians host eighth-ranked Georgia Perimeter in the 8 p.m. feature game on Friday, Dec. 3.

                As of Nov. 30, conference records are: Chipola (9-1); OW (7-1); TCC (6-1); GCCC (6-1); and PJC (4-5).

                The classic opens at noon, Dec. 3, with Gulf Coast vs. ABAC. Pensacola and South Georgia Tech play at 2 p.m. Okaloosa-Walton faces Santa Fe in the 4 p.m. game. Tallahassee takes on Middle Georgia at 6 p.m. Chipola faces Georgia Perimeter in the 8 p.m. nightcap.

                Chipola hosts Middle Georgia in the 8 p.m. game on Saturday, Dec. 4. Other games on Saturday include: Gulf Coast vs. Santa Fe at noon; Pensacola vs. ABAC at 2 p.m.; Okaloosa-Walton vs. Georgia Perimeter at 4 p.m. and Tallahassee vs. South Georgia Tech at 6 p.m.

                The Indians have won seven straight contests pushing their overall record to 9-1. Chipola scored a pair of convincing wins in the Langston Classic in Port St. Joe, Nov. 26-27. Chipola trounced Lawson State, 100-47, on Nov. 26. The Indians outlasted Alabama Southern 82-72 on Nov. 27. Mario Boggan led Chipola with 42 points and 14 rebounds.

                Chipola head coach Greg Heiar said, “I’m very pleased with our improvement this year. Boggan has been playing exceptional basketball and our guards are starting to understand what we’re trying to do. Jimmy Sloss is really providing positive energy off the bench. In fact our bench is the biggest surprise to me. We just keep sending in good player after good player and they keep producing. 

Our players have really been unbelievable off the bench.”

                Ryan Hamblet will miss the classic due to a dislocated shoulder but should return later this month.

                The Lady Indians improved to 8-0 with a pair of big wins at the Langston Classic.  Chipola scored an incredible 101-27 win over Lawson State. Michelle Stocks led Chipola with 18 points. Monica King scored 16. Ashley Perry had 14. Chinata Nesbit scored 11 and Cherish Tom added 10.

                Chipola scored a 72-58 win over Palm Beach on Nov. 27. Nesbit led Chipola with 20 points. Stocks scored 14. Jackson and Perry scored 13 apiece.  

                The Chipola women play a pair of games Dec. 11-12 at the Central Florida Classic before returning home to host The Chipola Winter Showcase Dec. 16-18.  Chipola plays St. Catharine’s, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m.; Three Rivers, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. and Wallace State, Dec. 18 at 4 p.m.

                For information, call the Chipola Hotline at 718-2CJC, or visit the website at




December 2, 2004


Chipola Theatre Students Attend Seaside Festival


                MARIANNA—Chipola College Theatre students recently attended the Seaside Repertory Autumn Playwright Festival.

                Students observed stage readings and were guests at a talk back/discussion with professional actors and directors. The festival featured the stage production of “True West” and other works of Sam Shepard.

                Charles Sirmon, Director of Theatre at Chipola, has begun a theatrical friendship with Seaside. He said, “We hope to have guests from the professional theatre company visit the campus and share with the students and participate in upcoming events. This relationship gives our students a look at professional theatre and knowledge on another level.”

                Sirmon is preparing for the Chipola production of the Cole Porter musical “Anything Goes.” Auditions are Jan. 10 and 11 at 6 p.m.

                For information about Chipola Theatre, contact Sirmon at 850-718-2227.



December 2, 2004


Chipola College Theatre students recently attend the Seaside Repertory Autumn Playwright Festival. Pictured from left, are: Chris Manasco, Zack Price, Craige Hoover (Founding Artistic Director of Seaside Theater), Josh Barber, Charles Sirmon and Melody Ruano.




December 2, 2004




                MARIANNA—Chipola College was one of the most talked-about colleges at the 2004 Florida Association of Community Colleges Annual Convention in Tampa.

                Chipola garnered numerous honors, including two membership awards and a Humanitarian Service Award. The Chipola chapter accepted awards for: 50% or Better Membership and Greatest Percentage of Employees as Members (over 180 members). 

                Joyce Traynom, Chipola Executive Assistant to the President, was honored as an Unsung Hero for her outstanding work in the chapter.  Evelyn Ward, Chipola Publications Coordinator, and Alice Pendergrass, Chipola Foundation Treasurer, were both awarded LifeSaver Award for their help in chapter and regional activities.

                Sandra Harrell, Chipola Athletics Department, will serve in the state-wide position of President-Elect for 2005-2006. Harrell will serve as president of the state organization in 2006-2007. Evelyn Ward will serve as Region I Director.  Counselor Lindsay Roach will serve as the Corresponding Secretary/Membership Chair of the Student Development Commission.

                Also attending the convention from Chipola, were: Rachel Cooey, Lou Kind, Rose Paramore, Gary Cook, Dr. Gene Prough, Chipola trustees Brenda Taylor, Gina Stuart, and Danny Ryals.

                FACC is a statewide organization open to all employees, retirees and trustees of Florida's 28 public community colleges. FACC provides professional development opportunities for its members, and represents the interests of community colleges before the Florida Legislature.




December 2, 2004



Chipola Photo


CHIPOLA CORRECTIONS GRADS—Twelve candidates recently completed the Basic Corrections Academy at Chipola College. Graduates are, from left: (front) Jacqueline Joy Caine of Cottonwood, AL, Stephen Flanders Jr of Altha, Tammy Hamlin of Sneads, Charles Harper Jr of Grand Ridge, (middle) Bryan E. Hunt of Grand Ridge, Amy Jackson of Grand Ridge, Jared R. Johnson of Marianna, Bryan Sawyer of Taylor, AL, (back) Kevin F. Smith of Havana, Kennyartta Thomas of Cottonwood, AL, Jeffrey T. Ward of Tallahassee and Robert M. Weeks of Sneads. 



December 2, 2004


The Chipola chapter of Phi Beta Lambda Business fraternity recently hosted a program entitled “Creating a Great First Impression” at a recent meeting of.  Kim Bontrager, a Chipola Cosmetology student and Nail Technician at Dana’s Shear Designs, covered nail and hair care. PBL Adviser Kathryn Roberts covered body language, clothing, and appearance. Pictured from left, are: Kathryn Roberts, PBL president Rebekah Gilmore, Kim Bontrager, PBL vice president Josh Lawrence and cosmetology student Nancy Meadows.





December 2, 2004


                MARIANNA—The Chipola College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa was recognized as the Most Distinguished Chapter in the Florida Region at the recent state convention in Tampa.  Chipola PTK adviser Jody Spooner said, “With 66 chapters in our region making wonderful contributions to the colleges and communities they serve, our students were truly humbled to be acknowledged. It is Chipola’s unrelenting support and selfless contributions that allow our students to be recognized for their excellence.”