February 1, 2007

 

HART NAMED CHIPOLA COLLEGE ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR

 

James W. (Jim) Hart, Jr., a retired public relations executive and Air Force Reserve Brigadier General, has been named the Chipola College Alumnus of the Year for 2007.

Hart received an Associate in Arts Degree from then Chipola in 1956, and nearly four decades later he returned to his alma mater to give a little something back to the college that he credits with providing a solid foundation for a successful career. In 1998, Jim and his wife Patricia, pledged $100,000 to establish an unrestricted endowment in the Chipola Foundation. Patricia did not attend Chipola, but was employed for a time in the Office of the College Registrar Dean Webb Allen. The Harts’ promise was fulfilled in 2007. Thus far, interest from the Hart fund has been used to publish alumni newsletters, and to conduct nationwide searches to locate alumni.

Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough said, “The Harts’ contribution is one of the most unique gifts the foundation has ever received, and the college’s largest unrestricted donation.  Jim loves Chipola as much as anyone I’ve ever known and he wanted to insure that we spend the money to help students like him and to keep in touch with our 10,000-plus alumni.” Since returning to Jackson County in 1998, Hart also has served as president of the Chipola Foundation Board, and as a guest speaker for students in business and communication courses.

As a student at Chipola in the mid-fifties, Hart was a member of the Chipola Radio Club which hosted a weekly show featuring campus news. This first experience “on the air” served him well when he went on to work as a TV anchor and news director for WSFA-TV, the NBC affiliate in Montgomery, Alabama.

Hart landed a maintenance job at Chipola during his senior year at Greenwood High School. Later, as a Chipola freshman, he moved furniture from the college’s original location at Graham Air Base, and even helped clear the land when Chipola moved to its current location in 1953. “Hart said, “Without Chipola I could not have attended college. Being able to live at home made higher education affordable, and my two years there were the most important in my life. They laid the foundation for my future success; so I an awful lot to Chipola College.” 

Hart retired in 1998 as vice president of public affairs, for Duke Energy Corporation, the global energy company created by the 1997 merger of Duke Power Company of Charlotte, North Carolina, and PanEnergy Corp of Houston.

Prior to the merger, Hart was vice president of public affairs, for PanEnergy where his responsibilities included internal and external communications, media relations, public relations, advertising, employee and financial publications, design graphics and printing, community relations, and corporate contributions.

Previously, Hart was senior vice president and general manager of the Denver office of Hill & Knowlton, Inc., one of the nation’s largest public relations firms. He served Gulf Oil Corporation as senior director of public affairs for 10 years and was responsible for all U.S. operations until 1985 when the company was acquired by Chevron. Prior to his service with Gulf; Hart was executive director of the American Petroleum Institute (API) in Alabama for 13 years.  He also served as TV anchor and news director for WSFA-TV, the NBC affiliate in Montgomery, before joining API.

While vice president of PanEnergy Corp and Duke Energy he was a member of the American Gas Association’s Industry Communications and Public Relations committee and the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America’s Public Affairs Committee. He was a director and chairman in 1997 of the Public Affairs Council and served as a director and as president of the Texas Public Relations Association (TPRA) in 1996.  He also served as a director and 1998 program chairman of the Houston Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).  In addition, he served on the Texas Research League and the Texas Council on Economic Education. Hart has served on the boards of the Sam Houston Area Council Boy Scouts of America, where he was presented the Silver Beaver Award, the highest award that a Council can confer upon an adult volunteer.

Hart was named Outstanding Texas Public Relations Practitioner by TPRA for 1991 and National PR Practitioner of the Year in 1997 by a vote of his peers and he is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in Public Relations.  He also received the TPRA Golden Spur Award in 1999 and was the first recipient of the Houston Chapter, PRSA Excalibur Legacy Award.  TPRA named their Intern of the Year Award after him, and the Houston Chapter, PRSA, created the James W. Hart Academic Scholarship in his honor.  Both awards are presented annually to an outstanding student who is pursuing a degree in communications or journalism.

Hart retired from the U.S. Air Force Reserve in 1995, as a Brigadier General. He served for seven years as reserve director of public affairs for the Secretary of the Air Force at the Pentagon. He is a Certified Flight Instructor with single engine, multi-engine and instrument ratings.  He has more than 5,000 flying hours in over 25 military and civilian aircraft.

He has received numerous Air Force commendations, including the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal.

He earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Alabama’s Jones School of Law in 1973. Hart also completed the Senior Executive Management Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1982. 

He is a member of the American Bar Association, Marianna Rotary Club, Elk’s Club and the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, as well as a life member of the Air Force Association and the Retired Officers Association.

Hart was born in Greenwood, Florida, in 1935. He and his wife, Patty, have two children and six grandchildren and they reside today at his grandfather’s old homestead in Bascom, Florida.

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February 1, 2007

 

THERESA LARSEN HIRT SCHOLARSHIP ESTABLISHED AT CHIPOLA

 

MARIANNA—The family of the late Theresa Larsen Hirt has established a scholarship endowment in her memory through the Chipola College Foundation.

Theresa was a long-time elementary school teacher in Jackson County. The Theresa Larsen Hirt Scholarship was created to help other education majors.

The first scholarship will be awarded in the Fall Semester of 2007. Applicants from Jackson County will receive first preference, followed by those from the college’s five-county district.  A high school GPA of 3.0 is required with a 2.5 college GPA to maintain the award. Application deadline is June 15.

Additional contributions to the Theresa Larsen Hirt Scholarship may be mailed to the Chipola College Foundation, 3094 Indian Circle, Marianna, FL, 32446.

            For information, call Foundation Director Julie Fuqua at 718-2478.

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THERESA HIRT SCHOLARSHIP ESTABLISHED AT CHIPOLA—The family of the late Theresa Larsen Hirt has established a scholarship endowment in her memory through the Chipola College Foundation. Pictured from left, are: Theresa’s husband, Homer Hirt, daughter, Meredith Tharpe, and Foundation Director Julie Fuqua.

 

 

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February 1, 2007

 

BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO EXHIBIT ON DISPLAY AT CHIPOLA

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College will host an art exhibit entitled, “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do,” Feb. 5 through Feb. 23, in the gallery of the McLendon Fine Arts Building.

The exhibit is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

In “Breaking Up is Hard to Do,” a group of eight artists tell the world about divorce – each in her own way.  The various stages of grief and healing present themselves: mourning, anguish, desolation, regret, anger, depression, ambivalence, acceptance, recovery, and renewal.  Some artists depict the process with intensity, others with a cool distance.  In this exhibition, the story of divorce is rendered through a wide range of media. 

Artist Mariann Berenice Kearsly, says, “Half of all marriages in the U.S. end in divorce.  The phenomenon touches everyone in our culture – as husbands and wives, as children, as parents, as friends and colleagues, as citizens.  Contemporary exhibitions deal with nearly every issue of the times in which we live, yet it is difficult to find artwork that deals with this prevalent and modern event.  This exhibition begins to fill that void.” 

Contributing artists include: Chipola adjunct art instructor, Jacquelin Boulanger; Mariann Berenice Kearsly; Lynn Priestley; Susan Peacock; Barbara Edwards; Leslie Puckett; Joan Matey and Mary Donahue.

For information, contact Joan Stadsklev at 718-2301.

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February 1, 2007

 

CHIPOLA BSU TO HOST VALENTINE'S BALL

 

            MARIANNA--The Chipola College Black Student Union will host a Valentine's Ball, Friday, Feb. 9, from 7 to 11 p.m., at the American Legion Hall on Highway 90 in Marianna.

            Ticket are $10, and photos will be available from 8 to 10 p.m. for a small fee. Semi-formal, sacred heart attire is requested.        No smoking or alcohol is permitted on the premises. Tickets will also be available at the door. Refreshments will be provided. 

            For advance tickets, contact a BSU Member or call (850) 718-2319.

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February 1, 2007

CHIPOLA BLACK HISTORY PROGRAM IS FEB. 23

 

MARIANNA—The Chipola College Black Student Union invites the public to attend a Black History Program, Friday, Feb. 23, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the Continuing Education Conference Center on College Street. 

BSU president Sylvianna Garrett, says, “We have worked diligently to prepare a program that will be educational, informative and entertaining for the young and the young at heart.  We are preparing for 100 community members who wish to show their desire to go back in time and commemorate through reminiscing about the historical greatness to the African American Culture.” 

For information, contact Dr. Willie Spires, Sponsor, at (850) 718-2232.

           

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February 1, 2007

 

THROSSELL -LITERATURE/LANGUAGE FESTIVAL IS FEB. 16

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College is pleased to announce its Seventeenth Annual Throssell Literature/Language Festival on Friday, February 16th.

Currently enrolled juniors or seniors from high schools in the Chipola district will be compete in writing, speech, oral interpretation, humanities, grammar/mechanics/usage, literature, reading and Spanish competitions.  Recognition will be given to first, second, and third places and two honorable mentions in each competition.  A monetary award will be given to the first place winner of the President’s Reading contest.

The festival will begin at 8:15 a.m. and conclude with the awards ceremony at 12:30 p.m.  Lunch, compliments of the college, will be provided to the contestants and their sponsors. Many of the participants will also see a preview of Chipola’s upcoming production of Oklahoma! Dr. Sarah Clemmons, Vice President of Instruction and Student Services, said, “We are looking forward to hosting our seventeenth festival.  It is always a pleasure to have area high school students on our campus for a day of rigorous academic competition.”

                                                                                                                                                               

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February 1, 2007

 

FLORIDA TEACHER’S CERTIFICATION EXAM OFFERED AT CHIPOLA

 

MARIANNA—The Chipola College Testing Center now offers the computer based/online version of the Florida Teacher’s Certification Exam on Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to noon. 

Students must register in advance online at www.cefe.usf.edu. The Testing Center is located in the new Student Services Building on Indian Circle.

For information, call Angie Tyler at 718-2284.

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 February 1, 2007

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer a variety of short courses in the coming weeks.        Sign Language I will meet Tuesdays, Feb. 6 through April 17, from 5 to 7 p.m.  Cost is $81.  

            An Introduction to Computers with Internet for Seniors class will meet Feb. 8 from 9 a.m. to noon.  Cost is $24.    

            Cake Decorating II begins March 1. Advanced Level Cake Decorating III begins April 5. All classes meet Thursdays, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Cost of each course is $41.

            A Real Estate Sales course will meet March 3, 4, 17, 18, 31, April 1 and 14 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Cost is $250.

            The following Mandatory training for Child Care Facility Personnel and Family Child Care Home are scheduled:  Behavioral Observation and Screening, Feb. 5 and 7, 6 to 9 p.m.; Health, Safety and Nutrition, Feb. 10, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Rules and Regulations (center), Feb. 12 and 14, 6 to 9 p.m.; Rules and Regulations (family), Feb. 24, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Special Needs Appropriate Practices, March 10, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Pre-School Appropriate Practices, March 31, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Child Abuse and Neglect, April 13, 6 to 10 p.m.; Child Growth and Development, April 14, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Costs range from $17 to $43 depending on length of course.

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

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

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

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

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February 1, 2007

 

CHIPOLA INDIANS LEAD PANHANDLE CONFERENCE

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College hosts The Chipola Indians improved to 6-1 in the Panhandle Conference and 23-1 overall with a 74-63 win over OW on Jan. 30. Jamarcus Ellis led Chipola with 23 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists. Victor Dubovitsky had 13 points and 4 rebounds. Skyler Williams had 10 points and 3 rebounds. DeAndre Thomas had 10 points and 2 rebounds.

As of Feb. 2, Chipola (6-1) is in first place in the conference, just a half game ahead of Tallahassee (5-1). OW is third at 3-3. Gulf Coast is 1-5 and PJC is 1-6.

The Indians are first in the FCCAA State Poll, ahead of number two Tallahassee and third place OW. Chipola is third in the NJCAA National Poll. OW is ranked sixth and TCC is number 13.

 

Chipola scored an 89-78 win at Pensacola on Jan. 27. Mario Little led Chipola with 17 points. PJC jumped out to a 12-2 advantage in the first minutes of the game. Chipola led 45-28 at the half, but PJC made 14 three-pointers in the second half to keep the game close.

The Indians’ only misfire of the season was a 97-92 double overtime loss to Tallahassee on Jan. 20.

Chipola scored a big 77-57 win over Gulf Coast on Jan. 23. Michael Vogler led the Indians with 13 points, 4 rebounds and 5 steals. Jamarcus Ellis had 12 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists.  DeAndre Thomas had 11 points and 7 rebounds. Victor Dubovitsky had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

The Chipola Lady Indians were scheduled to host North Florida on Saturday, Feb. 3.

As of Feb. 2, The Lady Indians are locked in a three-way tie for first place in the league with Gulf Coast and TCC, all at 6-2. OW is one game back at 5-3. PJC is 2-7 and NFL is 0-9. The top three teams in the Panhandle Conference earn a berth to the state tournament.

Chipola picked up a big 68-48 win over OW on January 30. Shawnta Pope had 14 points and 10 rebounds off the bench. CJ Pace had 12 points. Gekeela Clemmons also scored 12.

The OW Lady Raiders played the Jan. 30 game without the benefit of a full roster following a bench-clearing brawl at TCC on Jan. 27. Several OW and TCC players were hit with suspensions ranging from one to three games. OW was without at least one starter and a couple of key subs for the Chipola game.

The Lady Indians scored a 70-65 win over Pensacola on Jan. 27. Crystal Campbell led Chipola with 22 points. Lesheria Stevens had 16 points. Gekeela Clemmons added 11.

Chipola scored a big 66-49 win over Gulf Coast on Jan. 23.  CJ Pace led Chipola with 18 points. Lesheria Stevens had 16. Crystal Campbell scored 11 points and RaShawna Sippio added 10. Chipola whipped Tallahassee, 65-48, on Jan. 20. Sippio led Chipola with 13 points. Gekeela Clemmons had 11. Latoya Brown added 10.

Chipola men’s and women’s basketball games are broadcast by Deep South Sports on WJAQ (100.9). The Feb. 21 game will be broadcast on WTOT (101.7). Live video web-cast and radio-simulcast are available at www.chipola.edu

For the latest scores, call 718-2CJC.

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 February 1, 2007

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CHIPOLA ALUMNUS TOM GOULD RECOGNIZED—Chipola College alumnus Tom Gould was honored at a recent Chipola basketball game. Gould has established a scholarship endowment in honor of retired business professor Fred Peters. Gould—whose career in retail clothing included terms on the board of directors of Proffit’s, Inc., now Saks, Inc.—credits his Peters for inspiring his success in business. The Frederick B. Peters Scholarship Endowment will provide two annual scholarships to business majors who work while attending college. Gould has committed $175,000 to the endowment. Pictured from left, are: Fred Peters and his wife Dorothy, Tom Gould and Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough.

 

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 February 1, 2007

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HOUSE SPEAKER SPEAKS AT CHIPOLARep. Marco A. Rubio, Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, recently spoke to students and citizens as part of the Chipola College Honors Lecture Series. Rubio presented the Chipola Library a signed copy of his book “100 Innovative Ideas for Florida's Future.” The book is a compilation of ideas gathered from Florida citizens. Pictured from left, are: Chipola vice-president Dr. Sarah Clemmons, Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough, Speaker Marco Rubio and Rep. Marti Coley.

                                                                            

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STONE IS EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH—Michelle Stone accepts the February Chipola College Career Employee of the Month award from college president Dr. Gene Prough. Stone is a Senior Programmer Analyst. She has worked in the college’s Information Systems department since 1986.

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February 8, 2007

HOMECOMING WEEK AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA – Chipola College will celebrate Homecoming 2007, the week of Feb. 19-24. 

This year’s theme is “Chipola: Celebrating 60 Years of Excellence,” as the Indians hope to exceed the performance of the Eagles of Tallahassee.

Student Activities for the week include: Monday, Feb. 19: Camouflage Day; Tuesday, Feb. 20:  Hawaiian Day; Wednesday, Feb. 21: Pajamas Day; Thursday, Feb. 22:  Favorite College Day; and Friday, Feb. 23:  Chipola Blue and Gold Day.

A building decoration contest begins Monday, Feb.19 and will be judged Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 1 p.m.

The Homecoming Talent Show is Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 10 a.m., in the Arts Center.  Current students or groups are invited to perform. Time limit is four minutes. Cash prizes will be awarded to best overall and top places in solo, group and band categories. Performers must register in the Student Activities by Monday, Feb.19.

Chipola Alumnus of the Year Jim Hart, a retired public relations executive, will address the Chipola Honors Seminar on Friday, Feb. 23, at 10 a.m., in Jackson Lecture Hall. The public is invited to attend.

             “The 60 Rockin’ Years Party,” a benefit dance for the Chipola Honors Program, is set for Friday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m., in the college Arts Center. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased from any Honors student or by phoning Bonnie Smith or Robert Ivey at 526-2761. 

            Homecoming Night, Saturday, Feb. 24, begins with the Lady Indians game against Tallahassee Community College at 5:30 p.m. An Alumni Reception hosted by Chipola President Dr. Gene Prough and his wife Priscilla, begins at 6 p.m. in the Chipola Appreciation Club Room. All alumni and friends are invited to attend the reception.  

            The Indians take on the Eagles in the men’s game at 7:30 p.m. Chipola’s 2007 Homecoming Queen and Mr. Chipola will be crowned during halftime.             

        For more information on Homecoming events, call the SGA office at 718-2308 or 718-2314.

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February 8, 2007

TICKETS FOR CHIPOLA’S ‘OKLAHOMA’ ON SALE FEB. 21

 

            MARIANNA—Tickets for the Chipola College Theater production of “Oklahoma” go on sale Wednesday, Feb. 21, in the Chipola Business Office.

            The award-winning musical opens a five-day run, March 7.  

            Chipola director Charles Sirmon cast the following roles: Mike Milton as Curly, Felecia Gibson as Laurey Williams, Katie Brown as Aunt Eller, Kevin Russell as Will Parker, Jessica Lawson as Ado Annie Carnes, Alex May as Jud Fry, Justin McCoy as Ali Hakim, Charles Sirmon as Andrew Carnes, Shannon Grice as Gertie Cummings, Rowdy Wilbur as Cord Elam and Seth Basford as Ike Skidmore. 

            Farmers, Cowmen, Farmers’ Daughters and Wives include:  Spring Taylor, Lee Shook, Aaron Summerlin, Mary-Kathryn Tanner, Charlene Wiggins, Britney Holmes, Julia Martin, Justin Curr, Arthur Obar, Ashley Bruce, Marilee Dalbey, Kristinia Lopez, Chelsea Carroll, Josh Peterson and Chris Manasco.

The production staff includes: Charles Sirmon, director; Joan Stadsklev and Angie White, musical directors; Chris Manasco, choreographer; Chris Lauen and Dr. Josh Martin, pianists; and Daniel Powell, conductor.

            ‘Oklahoma’ is set in a Western Indian Territory just after the turn of the century.  The high-spirited rivalry between local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story.  Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love’s journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road.   

            For information about Chipola Theater, call 718-2227.

                                   

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‘OKLAHOMA’ SET AT CHIPOLA—Tickets for the Chipola College Theater production of “Okalahoma” go on sale Feb. 21 in the Chipola Business Office.

The award-winning musical opens a five-day run, March 7.  Pictured from left, are: (front) Mike Milton as Curly, Katie Brown as Aunt Eller, Alex May as Jud, Justin McCoy as Ali Hakim, Jessica Lawson as Ado Annie and Kevin Russell as Will. Tickets go on sale Feb. 21 in the Chipola Business Office.

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February 8, 2007

 

CHIPOLA BRAIN BOWL TEAM TO COMPETE IN STATE TOURNAMENT

 

MARIANNA— The Chipola College Brain Bowl Blue Team finished second in the Panhandle Regional Tournament held Feb. 3 at Pensacola Junior College.

Chipola lost a close match to Okaloosa Walton (510-475) in the final round. The runner-up finish qualifies Chipola for the state tournament to be held on the Gulf Coast CC campus on March 29-31.

Chipola Blue Team members include Mark Hodge (captain), Anthony Bennett, Tyler Land and Chuck Bryant.  Four Chipola team members placed among the top 10 individual performers: Janzten Whitehead (5th), Chuck Bryant (6th), Anthony Bennett (8th), and Mark Hodge (10th).

Participating teams in the State Tournament will include: Panhandle Region: Okaloosa Walton College (Champion) and Chipola College- Blue Team (Runner-up);

East Central Region: Florida Community College at Jacksonville (Champion) and Lake-Sumter Community College (Runner-up); West Central Region: South Florida Community College (Champion) and Valencia Community College (Runner-up); Southern Region: Indian River Community College (Champion) and Broward Community College White Team (Runner-up). Wild Card entries are Gulf Coast Community College and Pensacola Junior College.

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February 8, 2007

 

CHIPOLA MUSIC STUDENTS ATTEND SYMPOSIUM

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College music majors and faculty recently attended the Florida Community College Winter Music Symposium hosted by Stetson University. 

Chipola students—Amy Redmond of Altha, Tina Smothers of Tallahassee, Rebecca Boggs of Cottondale, Noelle Carr of Bonifay, John Baumer of Altha and Daniel Carter of Chipley—participated in the mass choir, symphonic band, piano master classes, and voice master classes directed by Stetson faculty.

Amy Redmond and Tina Smothers participated in the Student Artist Competition.  Smothers was selected to perform in the Voice Master Class and Redmond performed solo piano in the final concert.

Chipola faculty Dr. Josh Martin, Daniel Powell, and Fine Arts Director Joan Stadsklev participated in directors meetings, master-classes, rehearsals, and concerts.

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CHIPOLA MUSIC STUDENTS ATTEND SYMPOSIUM—Chipola College Music Majors and faculty recently attended the Florida Community College Winter Music Symposium hosted by Stetson University.  Pictured from left, are: Dr. Josh Martin, Daniel Powell, Noelle Carter of Bonifay, Rebecca Boggs of Cottondale, Amy Redmond of Altha, John Baumer of Altha, Joan Stadsklev and Noelle Carr of Bonifay. Not pictured is Tina Smothers.

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February 8, 2007

 

THROSSELL -LITERATURE/LANGUAGE FESTIVAL IS FEB. 16

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College is pleased to announce its Seventeenth Annual Throssell Literature/Language Festival on Friday, February 16.

Currently enrolled juniors or seniors from high schools in the Chipola district will be compete in writing, speech, oral interpretation, humanities, grammar/mechanics/usage, literature, reading and Spanish competitions.  Recognition will be given to first, second, and third places and two honorable mentions in each competition.  A monetary award will be given to the first place winner of the President’s Reading contest.

The festival will begin at 8:15 a.m. and conclude with the awards ceremony at 12:30 p.m.  Lunch, compliments of the college, will be provided to the contestants and their sponsors. Many of the participants will also see a preview of Chipola’s upcoming production of Oklahoma!


 

Dr. Sarah Clemmons, Vice President of Instruction and Student Services, said, “We are looking forward to hosting our seventeenth festival.  It is always a pleasure to have area high school students on our campus for a day of rigorous academic competition.”

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February 8, 2007

COLLEGE GOAL SUNDAY SET AT CHIPOLA COLLEGE

 

MARIANNA – Students who hope to attend college will be given a clear path to federal cash assistance during a free statewide event known as Florida College Goal Sunday on Feb. 25.

The event will begin promptly at 2:00 p.m. and will last until 4:00 p.m., in the Chipola Continuing Education Building located near the gym on College Street.

College Goal Sunday is free and open to the public. A drawing for door prizes and a $500 scholarship will be held for students who attend the event Financial aid experts will help college-bound students and their families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To complete the FAFSA, students must bring:

* 2006 IRS tax returns, W-2 statements, and Form 1099 (parents and students)

* Social Security number and Driver’s license (parents and students)

* Untaxed income records for the previous year (parents and students) which may

include Social Security benefits; Temporary Assistance to Needy Families; Welfare and/or Veteran’s benefits

 

The FAFSA helps students access billions in federal funds available for college.

College Goal Sunday was designed to help dispel the idea that higher education is too expensive. Research shows that many families see the high cost of college as the main barrier between them and a degree, even though tens of millions of dollars in various forms of financial aid are available. The simple fact is many families—especially minority, low income, and first generation college students—are not applying for those funds. The event is designed to offer information about the availability of financial aid, and expert assistance in filling out the required paperwork.

Dr. Jayne Roberts, Chipola’s Dean of Enrollment Services, said, “Many students fall through the cracks in the financial aid process because they’re intimidated by the forms and have not been exposed to the financial aid system. This event will help break down some of the barriers that prevent students from accessing funds they need to pursue higher education.”

For information about the Chipola event, contact Dr. Jayne Roberts at 850-718-2209, or visit www.floridacollegegoal.com

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February 8, 2007

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNAChipola College will offer a variety of short courses in the coming weeks.        A Real Estate Sales course will meet March 3, 4, 17, 18, 31, April 1 and 14 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Cost is $250.

            An Introduction to Computers with Internet for Seniors class will meet March 27 from 9 a.m. to noon.  Cost is $24.

            The following Mandatory training for Child Care Facility Personnel and Family Child Care Home are scheduled:  Rules and Regulations (center), Feb. 12 and 14, 6 to 9 p.m.; Rules and Regulations (family), Feb. 24, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Special Needs Appropriate Practices, March 10, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Pre-School Appropriate Practices, March 31, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Child Abuse and Neglect, April 13, 6 to 10 p.m.; Child Growth and Development, April 14, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Behavioral Observation and Screening, April 16 and 18, 6 to 9 p.m.; Health, Safety and Nutrition, April 21, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Costs range from $17 to $43 depending on length of course.

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

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

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

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

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February 8, 2007

 

TOP-RANKED CHIPOLA HOSTS PENSACOLA SATURDAY

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College hosts Pensacola in an important pair of conference games Saturday, Feb. 10, in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center. The women’s game begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 7:30 p.m. 

The Chipola Indians are in sole possession of first place in the Panhandle Conference following a 65-58 win over Tallahassee on Feb. 6.

Chipola’s Jamarcus Ellis was they key to the Indians’ victory with 20 points, 12 rebounds, and 4 assists.  Ellis got into foul trouble early, but scored 10 in the closing minutes. DeAndre Thomas had 11 points and 5 rebounds.  Ed Berrios had 9 points, 2 rebounds, and 5 assists. Johnnie Harris added 7 points and 5 rebounds.

Chipola (7-1) leads the men’s conference race. TCC (6-2) is one game back in second place.  OW (5-3) is third, followed by Pensacola (1-7) and Gulf Coast (1-7).

            The Indians are the top-ranked team in the FCCAA state poll, followed by TCC in second and OW in third place.  Chipola is third in the NJCAA National poll behind number one, Redlands (OK), and number two, Indian Hills (IA).

The Chipola Lady Indians are tied with Gulf Coast for first place in the Panhandle Conference, both teams knotted at (8-2). TCC and OW are also tied at 6-4. 

The top four spots in the FCCAA state poll are held by Panhandle teams. Gulf Coast is first, followed by Chipola in second, TCC in third and OW in fourth place.

The Lady Indians scored a big 56-53 win over TCC on Feb. 6. RaShawna Sippio

led Chipola with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Crystal Campbell had 11 points. Gekeela Clemmons added 10.

            Chipola scored a 79-43 win over North Florida Feb. 3. Campbell led the Lady Indians with 32 points. CJ Pace scored 18.

Lady Indians coach David Lane celebrated his 100th career win with a 68-48 win over Okaloosa-Walton on Jan. 30. Pope led Chipola with 14. Clemmons and Pace each scored 12.

Chipola hosts TCC for Homecoming on Feb. 24.

All men’s and women’s games are broadcast by Deep South Sports on WJAQ (100.9). The Feb. 21 game will be broadcast on WTOT (101.7). Live video web-cast and radio-simulcast are available at www.chipola.edu

For the latest scores, call 718-2CJC.

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February 8, 2007

 

CHIPOLA’S LASSITER IS FCCAA PITCHER OF THE WEEK

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College sophomore Cassie Lassiter was named Softball Pitcher of the Week of Feb. 6 by the Florida Community College Activities Association.

Lassiter, from Flomaton, AL, was 4-0 with a 0.00 earned run average last week, helping the Lady Indians to six wins in their first eight games.

Lassiter allowed no earned runs in 21 innings of work and struck out 14. Her best performance came against Mesa in the Great Western Shootout in Yuma, AZ, when she tossed a complete-game, seven-hit shutout.

The Lady Indians are 8-1-1 on the season. The squad has eight road games before returning home to host FJJC on Saturday, Feb. 24, in a 1 p.m. double-header, and Muskegon CC, Monday, Feb. 26.

The Lady Indians host the Chipola Invitational, March 3-4.

For the latest scores, call 718-2CJC, or visit www.chipola.edu

 

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February 8, 2007

 

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BREAKING UP EXHIBIT AT CHIPOLA DEALS WITH DIVORCE— Chipola College will host an art exhibit entitled, “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do,” Feb. 5 through Feb. 23, in the gallery of the McLendon Fine Arts Building. Adjunct art instructor Jacquelin Boulanger created this sculpture “When We Lay” (pictured) to depict the negatively charged space between individuals. For information, contact Joan Stadsklev at 718-2301.

 

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February 8, 2007

 

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BLUE SPRINGS GROUP MEETS AT CHIPOLA—The Blue Springs Working Group recently met at Chipola College.  Pictured from left, are: Dr. Stephen Shimmel, Brian Katz, Christy Crandall, Richard Dedman, Bill Bartnick and Charlie Rosborough.  All interested citizens are encouraged to get involved with the group which seeks to educate stakeholders about the spring basin. This was the second of three quarterly meetings, with the fourth to be held on site at Blue Springs during Old Timer’s Day. For information, call Vicki Mathis at 850-718-2289.

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February 8, 2007

 

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NAIL TECH PROGRAM AT CHIPOLA—The Chipola College Cosmetology program now offers a Nail Technology course. Pictured from left, are: Jennifer Devuyst of Altha, instructor Heather Cain of Bristol, Katelyn Herbert of Marianna, Laurinda Smith of Clarksville, and Brittany Gardner of Marianna. Students in the program need patrons from the public on which to practice their skills.  Haircuts, color, perms, facials, manicures and pedicures are available at reasonable prices. To schedule an appointment, call 718-2439. 

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February 8, 2007

 

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FSU MATH PROF SPEAKS TO CHIPOLA HONORS GROUP—Dr. DeWitt Sumners, the Robert O. Lawton Professor, in the Florida State University Department of Mathematics recently presented a lecture, entitled, “Calculating the Secrets of Life: Mathematics in Biology and Medicine,” for the Chipola College Honors program. Pictured from left, are: Chipola math professor Dr. Irma Cruz-White, Dr. DeWitt Sumners, and Chipola Honors advisers Bonnie Smith and Robert Ivey.

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February 15, 2007

CHIPOLA HOMECOMING WEEK IS FEB. 19-24

 

            MARIANNA – Chipola College will celebrate Homecoming 2007, the week of Feb. 19-24. 

This year’s theme is “Chipola: Celebrating 60 Years of Excellence,” as the Indians hope to exceed the performance of the Eagles of Tallahassee.

Student Activities for the week include: Monday, Feb. 19: Camouflage Day; Tuesday, Feb. 20:  Hawaiian Day; Wednesday, Feb. 21: Pajamas Day; Thursday, Feb. 22:  Favorite College Day; and Friday, Feb. 23:  Chipola Blue and Gold Day. A campus building decoration contest will be judged Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 1 p.m.

The Homecoming Talent Show is Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 10 a.m., in the Arts Center.  Current students or groups are invited to perform. Cash prizes will be awarded to best overall and top places in solo, group and band categories. Performers must register by Monday, Feb.19.

Chipola Alumnus of the Year Jim Hart, a retired public relations executive, will address the Chipola Honors Seminar on Friday, Feb. 23, at 10 a.m., in Jackson Lecture Hall. The public is invited to attend.

             “The 60 Rockin’ Years Party,” a benefit dance for the Chipola Honors Program, is set for Friday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m., in the college Arts Center. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased from any Honors student or by phoning Bonnie Smith or Robert Ivey at 526-2761. 

            Homecoming Night, Saturday, Feb. 24, begins with the Lady Indians game against Tallahassee at 5:30 p.m. An Alumni Reception hosted by Chipola President Dr. Gene Prough and his wife Priscilla, begins at 6 p.m. All alumni and friends are invited to attend the reception.  

The Indians take on the Eagles in the men’s game at 7:30 p.m. Chipola’s 2007 Homecoming Queen and Mr. Chipola will be crowned during halftime.  The 2007 Homecoming Court includes: freshman female attendants: Kristin Coley and Destinie Sanders; freshman male attendants: Matt Amos and Erik Blount; sophomore female candidates: Janna Ellis, Sylvianna Garrett and Rachel Taylor, and sophomore candidates for Mr. Chipola: John Brunner, Lenoris Dixon and Robert Jones.

        For more information on Homecoming events, call the SGA office at 718-2308 or 718-2314.

 

 

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CHIPOLA HOMECOMING COURT—Members of the Chipola College Homecoming Court are, from left: (front) Kristin Coley of Marianna, Janna Ellis of Marianna, Rachel Taylor of Sneads, Sylvianna Garrett of Greenwood and Destinie Sanders of Malone (back) Erik Blount of Malone, Matt Amos of Marianna, Robert Jones of Cottondale, Lenoris Dixon of Malone and John Brunner of Marianna. Chipola’s 2007 Homecoming Queen and Mr. Chipola will be crowned during halftime of the Chipola vs. TCC men’s game on Saturday, Feb. 24.

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February 15, 2007

CHIPOLA HONORS DANCE IS FRIDAY

 

MARIANNA—The Ivey Brothers band will return to Chipola College for the second straight year to play “The 60 Rockin’ Years Party,” a benefit dance for the Chipola Honors Program on Friday, Feb. 23.

The dance will be held in the college Arts Center—known to locals as the old field house—the same venue where the Iveys played in 1968.  Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and guests can dance the night away or just reminisce with some great music. 

Three brothers—Robert Ivey, Richard Ivey and Wilson Ivey—have made up the core of the group since the mid-60’s. Wilson’s son, Chase Ivey, joined the group in 2004.

Local guitarist Dennis Guy will join the band for the Chipola gig.

The Ivey Brothers first performed at a high school dance in 1965, and quickly progressed to dances at Chipola, FSU, UWF and UF.  Their ability to entertain with their versatile repertoire became well known in the Dothan club scene in the 70's and 80's.  A European tour in 1977 and release of a local hit "It's Not Worth The Pain" in 1978 made the group's fame complete.

The Iveys have played with and backed "The Pointer Sisters," "The Coasters," "Jeannie Pruitt," "Billy Crash Craddock," and "The Platters."

Drummer Robert Ivey is a Chipola history professor who serves as adviser to the Freshman Honors program. Math professor Bonnie Smith, who directs the program with Ivey, says, “The goal of Honors is to equip our local leaders of tomorrow with awareness and understanding which will improve the lives of our citizens. This endowment will provide resources for the many annual projects of the Honors Program.” Some 70 of the brightest students from the five-county area are enrolled in Chipola’s Honors program.

            Smith said the Honors program needs support from citizens who value academics. The program brings thought-provoking speakers to campus and provides opportunities for students to visit educational sites in other cities.

Dance tickets are $10 and may be purchased from any Honors student or by phoning Smith or Ivey at 526-2761.  Tax-deductible gifts for the Honors Endowment also may be mailed to the Chipola College Foundation at 3094 Indian Circle, Marianna, FL  32446.                                                  

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HONORS DANCE SET AT CHIPOLA—The Ivey Brothers Band (pictured) will return to Chipola College for the second straight year to play “The 60 Rockin’ Years Party,” a benefit dance for the Chipola Honors Program on Friday, Feb. 23. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased from any Honors student or by phoning Bonnie Smith at 526-2761.                                                            

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February 15, 2007

TICKETS FOR CHIPOLA’S ‘OKLAHOMA’ ON SALE FEB. 21

 

            MARIANNA—Tickets for the Chipola College Theater production of “Oklahoma” go on sale Wednesday, Feb. 21, in the Chipola Business Office.

            The award-winning musical opens a five-day run, Wednesday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. Additional evening shows are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee.   

            Chipola director Charles Sirmon cast the following roles: Mike Milton as Curly, Felecia Gibson as Laurey Williams, Katie Brown as Aunt Eller, Kevin Russell as Will Parker, Jessica Lawson as Ado Annie Carnes, Alex May as Jud Fry, Justin McCoy as Ali Hakim, Charles Sirmon as Andrew Carnes, Shannon Grice as Gertie Cummings, Rowdy Wilbur as Cord Elam and Seth Basford as Ike Skidmore. 

            Farmers, Cowmen, Farmers’ Daughters and Wives include:  Spring Taylor, Lee Shook, Aaron Summerlin, Mary-Kathryn Tanner, Charlene Wiggins, Britney Holmes, Julia Martin, Justin Curr, Arthur Obar, Ashley Bruce, Marilee Dalbey, Kristinia Lopez, Chelsea Carroll, Josh Peterson and Chris Manasco.

The production staff includes: Charles Sirmon, director; Joan Stadsklev and Angie White, musical directors; Chris Manasco, choreographer; Chris Lauen and Dr. Josh Martin, pianists; and Daniel Powell, conductor.

            ‘Oklahoma’ is set in a Western Indian Territory just after the turn of the century.  The high-spirited rivalry between local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story.  Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love’s journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road.   

            For information about Chipola Theater, call 718-2227.             

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‘OKLAHOMA’ SET AT CHIPOLA—Tickets for the Chipola College Theater production of “Okalahoma” go on sale Feb. 21 in the Chipola Business Office.

The award-winning musical opens a five-day run, March 7.  Pictured from left, are: Kevin Russell as Will, Jessica Lawson as Ado Annie, and Justin McCoy as Ali Hakim. Tickets go on sale Feb. 21 in the Chipola Business Office.

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February 15, 2007

STATE JUCO TOURNEY BRINGS THOUSAND$ TO MARIANNA

 

MARIANNA—Advance tickets are now on sale for the Florida Junior College Men's and Women’s State Basketball Tournament set for March 7-10 at Chipola College. 

            More than 2,000 visitors are expected to converge on Marianna for the four-day event.  Some 400 basketball players from 16 teams, along with coaches, cheerleaders and fans will fill nearly 200 hotel rooms during the tourney. Numerous Division I College coaches and recruiters also are expected to scout the talent in the competition. Tournament officials estimate that more than $250,000 will flow into the area during the tournament from food, lodging, recreation and incidental expenses. 

            Tournament administrator Ronnie Myers, a former Chipola player, said, “The tournament is a huge undertaking which requires many volunteers and tremendous financial support. We could not host this event without the generous support of our fans, sponsors and advertisers.” Waste Management is official host sponsor for the event. Other sponsors include: the Florida Lottery, Florida Credit Union League, Community South Credit Union, Jackson County Teachers Credit Union and the Jackson County Tourist Development Council.  

Bill Davis, Chipola Appreciation Club president, said, “Chipola has one of the best junior college athletic programs in the country and our people put on one of the finest tournaments anywhere.  The great traditions established here by coaching legend Milton Johnson are evident today in the quality of this tournament.”

Key supporters of Chipola athletics are selling advance tickets. Tournament passes—$25 for adults and $15 for students—will get fans into all 14 exciting tournament games.  Single session tickets—two games—are $10 each. 

The women’s tournament begins Wednesday, March 7, with the men’s tournament set to tip off Thursday, March 8. Games times are 1, 3, 6 and 8, on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The women’s championship is Saturday at 5 p.m., with the men’s championship at 7:30 p.m.

For ticket information, call 718-2220, or visit the official tourney web site at: www.chipola.edu

 

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TICKETS ON SALE FOR STATE TOURNEY AT CHIPOLA— Key supporters of Chipola athletics are selling advance tickets for the Florida Junior College Men's and Women’s State Basketball Tournament set for March 7-10 at Chipola College.  Tournament passes—$25 for adults and $15 for students—will get fans into all 14 exciting tournament games. Pictured from left, are: Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough; Cody Taylor, Robert Trammell and Joe Ray Durham. For ticket information, call 718-2220, or visit the official tourney web site at: www.chipola.edu

 

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 February 15, 2007

 COLLEGE GOAL SUNDAY SET AT CHIPOLA COLLEGE

 

MARIANNA–Chipola College will give away a $500 scholarship and other door prizes during a financial aid event known as College Goal Sunday on Feb. 25.

The free event will be held on college campuses across the country during the same time. Students who hope to attend college will be given a clear path to federal cash assistance during the two-hour program which begins promptly at 2 p.m. and ends at 4 p.m., in the Chipola Continuing Education Building located near the gym on College Street.

College Goal Sunday is free and open to the public and features a drawing for door prizes and a $500 scholarship for students who attend.

Financial aid experts will help college-bound students and their families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To complete the FAFSA, students must bring:

* 2006 IRS tax returns, W-2 statements, and Form 1099 (parents and students)

* Social Security number and Driver’s license (parents and students)

* Untaxed income records for the previous year (parents and students) which may

include Social Security benefits; Temporary Assistance to Needy Families; Welfare and/or Veteran’s benefits

College Goal Sunday is designed to dispel the idea that higher education is too expensive. Research shows that many families see the high cost of college as the main barrier between them and a degree, even though millions of dollars in various forms of financial aid are available. The event is designed to offer information about the availability of financial aid, and expert assistance in filling out the required paperwork.

Dr. Jayne Roberts, Chipola’s Dean of Enrollment Services, said, “Many students fall through the cracks in the financial aid process because they’re intimidated by the forms and have not been exposed to the financial aid system. This event will help break down some of the barriers that prevent students from accessing funds they need to pursue higher education.”

For information, contact Dr. Jayne Roberts at 850-718-2209, or visit www.fldoe.org/collegegoalsunday

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February 15, 2007

CHIPOLA ANNOUNCES ART, MUSIC AND THEATRE SCHOLARSHIPS

 

MARIANNA—Scholarship Audition dates for Music and Theatre scholarships at Chipola College for 2007-08 are set for March 8, April 12, and May 10. 

Show Choir auditions are set for April 26. Students majoring in art should submit their application, letters of recommendation, and portfolio no later than April 20 to the Office of Fine and Performing Arts. 

Applications in all areas may be obtained by phoning Chipola’s Fine and Performing Arts Department at 718-2277 or 718-2301. Applications are available online at www.chipola.edu by going to Departments and clicking on “Fine and Performing Arts.”

High School graduates with acceptable academic records and music, theatre, and art aptitude who plan to pursue studies as music, theatre or art majors are eligible to apply. Show Choir auditions are open to all students in all majors.  Rock and Jazz scholarships are available upon audition for instrumentalists who are not music majors.

Scholarships in various amounts, up to full tuition and fees, are awarded on the basis of talent and academic record.  Students with financial need may seek additional assistance through the college’s Office of Financial Aid and the Chipola Foundation.

For information, call 850-718-2277 or 850-718-2301.

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February 15, 2007

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer a variety of short courses in the coming weeks.        A Real Estate Sales course will meet March 3, 4, 17, 18, 31, April 1 and 14 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Cost is $250.

            An Introduction to Computers with Internet for Seniors class will meet March 27 from 9 a.m. to noon.  Cost is $24.

            The following Mandatory training for Child Care Facility Personnel and Family Child Care Home are scheduled:  Rules and Regulations (family), Feb. 24, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Special Needs Appropriate Practices, March 10, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Pre-School Appropriate Practices, March 31, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Child Abuse and Neglect, April 13, 6 to 10 p.m.; Child Growth and Development, April 14, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Behavioral Observation and Screening, April 16 and 18, 6 to 9 p.m.; Health, Safety and Nutrition, April 21, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Rules and Regulations (center), April 23 and 25, 6 to 9 p.m.; Costs range from $17 to $43 depending on length of course.

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

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

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

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

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February 15, 2007

Troy University Registration AT CHIPOLA

 

MARIANNA–Troy University offers classes in the field of Counseling and Psychology at Chipola College in Marianna. 

Registration for Troy’s Term 4 continues through March 9.  Classes begin March 12.  Students may register with an advisor at the Troy office in the Chipola University Center, Mondays or Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., or online at www.troy.edu

Florida residents qualify for in-state tuition. 

For information, call (850) 718-2352, or contact Lisa Kitto at 850-283-4449, or email lkitto@troy.edu

                                                      

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February 15, 2007

CHIPOLA TEAMS HEADED FOR STATE TOURNAMENT

 

MARIANNA—The Chipola College men’s and women’s basketball teams both are expected to earn spots in the state basketball tournament set for March 7-10.

The Chipola Indians held on to sole possession of first place in the Panhandle Conference with a 68-56 win over Gulf Coast on Feb. 14. Jamarcus Ellis led Chipola with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Mario Little had 12 points and  9 rebounds. Chipola (9-1) leads the league. TCC (8-2) is in second. OW (5-4) is in third.

The Indians (26-1) are the top-ranked team in the FCCAA poll ahead of number two Tallahassee. Santa Fe and OW are tied for third.

Chipola scored an 84-72 win over Pensacola on Feb. 10. Victor Dubovitsky had 15 points and 5 rebounds. Jamarcus Ellis had 11 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. Ed Berrios had 10 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists.

The top two men’s teams from the Panhandle Conference earn a berth to the state tournament.

The Lady Indians (9-3) held on to second place in the league despite a 65-46 loss to top-ranked Gulf Coast (10-2) on Feb. 14.

Chipola scored a big 74-47 win over PJC on Feb. 10. Shawnta Pope had 14 points and 7 rebounds. CJ Pace had 8 points. Lesheria Stevens and  Gekeela Clemmons scored 8 apiece.

TCC (8-4) is third in the league, followed by fourth place OW (7-5).

The top three women’s teams from the Panhandle represent the conference at the state tournament.

Chipola hosts TCC for Homecoming in the final game of the regular season on Feb. 24.

All men’s and women’s games are broadcast by Deep South Sports on WJAQ (100.9). The Feb. 21 game will be broadcast on WTOT (101.7). Live video web-cast and radio-simulcast are available at www.chipola.edu

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February 15, 2007

CHIPOLA HAS TWO FCCAA PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

 

MARIANNA—Two Chipola College athletes were named FCCAA players of the week in their respective sports.

Chipola College’s Jamarcus Ellis is this week’s FCCAA Men’s Basketball Player of the Week.

Ellis, a sophomore combo guard from Chicago, helped the Indians stay on course for another trip to the postseason by keying two big victories last week.

In No. 1 Chipola’s biggest win to date, Ellis posted 20 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 1 steal in a 65-58 win at No. 2 Tallahassee.

With his team trailing by four with 6:30 left, Ellis scored Chipola’s next 12 points during a decisive 12-2 run. He followed that with an 11-point, 4-rebound, 4-assist, 1-steal night against Pensacola on Saturday.

For the week, Ellis averaged 15.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.0 steal per game while shooting 48 percent from the floor and a perfect 9-of-9 from the foul line.

Chipola College’s Melody Moore is this week’s FCCAA Softball Player of the Week.

Moore, a freshman infielder from Cameron, N.C., batted .560 (14-of-25) with 14 RBI as the Indians posted a 6-1 record last week. Of her 14 hits, eight were for extra bases – six doubles, one triple and a home run – which resulted in a 1.000 slugging percentage.

Moore’s top performance came against Andrew on February 8 when she was 4-4 with a double, triple, three runs scored and four RBI in game one of the doubleheader.

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Former Chipola College All Star Mario Boggan, now at Oklahoma State, was chosen as Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Players and Rookie of the Week for games of Feb. 5 - 12 in voting by a panel of media covering the conference. Boggan earns his fourth honor of 2006-07. Boggan, 6-7, 235, is a senior at Oklahoma State. He averaged 27.5 points and 12.5 rebounds as OKS split two games last week. The senior forward started with 20 points and 11 boards in a 67-60 loss at Oklahoma. He followed with his fourth 30-point effort of the season, finishing with 35 points and 14 rebounds in a 93-91 double-overtime win over Texas Tech. He was 11-of-18 in the game, including a conventional 3-point play with 4.1 seconds remaining for the win. He shot 57.1 percent (20-of-35) from the floor in two games, while hitting 12-of-16 (.750) from the free throw line.

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BANKER SPEAKS TO CHIPOLA HONORS GROUP—Tom Wilder, IV, CEO of the Bank of Jackson County, was the recent guest speaker for the Chipola College Honors program. Pictured from left, are: Honors student Jenny Kelley, Tom Wilder, and Honors student Megan Stewart.

 

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February 22, 2007

CHIPOLA HOMECOMING WEEK IS FEB. 19-24

 

            MARIANNA – Chipola Alumnus of the Year Jim Hart, a retired public relations executive, will address the Chipola Honors Seminar on Friday, Feb. 23, at 10 a.m., in Jackson Lecture Hall. The public is invited to attend.

             “The 60 Rockin’ Years Party,” a benefit dance for the Chipola Honors Program, is set for Friday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m., in the college Arts Center. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased from any Honors student or by phoning Bonnie Smith or Robert Ivey at 526-2761. 

            Homecoming Night, Saturday, Feb. 24, begins with the Lady Indians game against Tallahassee at 5:30 p.m. An Alumni Reception hosted by Chipola President Dr. Gene Prough and his wife Priscilla, begins at 6 p.m. All alumni and friends are invited to attend the reception.   

The Indians take on the Eagles in the men’s game at 7:30 p.m. Chipola’s 2007 Homecoming Queen and Mr. Chipola will be crowned during halftime.  The 2007 Homecoming Court includes: freshman female attendants: Kristin Coley and Destinie Sanders; freshman male attendants: Matt Amos and Erik Blount; sophomore female candidates: Janna Ellis, Sylvianna Garrett and Rachel Taylor, and sophomore candidates for Mr. Chipola: John Brunner, Lenoris Dixon and Robert Jones.

        For more information on Homecoming events, call the SGA office at 718-2308 or 718-2314.

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February 22, 2007

CHIPOLA TO OFFER BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN BUSINESS

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer a Bachelor’s of Applied Science degree in Business Management beginning in January of 2008.

The State Board of Community Colleges on Tuesday authorized Chipola to add the business degree to its other four-year programs in secondary education.

Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough said in a written statement, “This is an important day in the history of Chipola College. I am very proud that our students will now have access to a very valuable business degree on our campus. This program has the potential to change the lives of so many of our citizens.”

The announcement comes as Chipola is celebrating its 60th anniversary. The college was founded in 1947 to provide the first two years of college and workforce programs for residents of the five-county district. In 2003, the Florida Board of Education authorized Chipola to offer bachelor’s degrees in Secondary Education with majors in math and science. Since that time, dozens of math and science teachers have graduated from Chipola to begin teaching careers in area middle and high schools.

Dr. Kitty Myers, Vice President of Instruction and Baccalaureate Program Development, says, “More than 200 potential students who have indicated strong interest in the business program. This degree appeals to a wide range of students, including: those who have earned an AS or AA degree, those who have started successful businesses, as well as those who need a degree to advance their careers.”

Chipola Executive Vice President Dr. Sarah Clemmons, "This program will meet the needs of students who cannot commute or relocate to a university." While the program is set to begin in the January of 2008, students should begin preparing now. Clemmons said any student from Chipola's AS programs or AA degree programs will be able to pursue the new degree.

Chipola will offer free tuition to the first 20 junior or senior students admitted into the program. Students must first apply for federal financial aid to qualify.

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CHIPOLA TO OFFER BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN BUSINESS—Chipola College will offer a Bachelor’s of Applied Science degree in Business Management beginning in January of 2008. College officials made the announcement at a press conference on Thursday. Pictured from left, are: Executive Vice President Dr. Sarah Clemmons; Board chairman John Padgett, vice president Dr. Kitty Myers and board member Gina Stuart. Chipola will offer free tuition to the first 20 junior or senior students admitted into the program. Students must first apply for federal financial aid to qualify. For information, call 850-718-2276.          

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February 22, 2007

CHIPOLA AUTOMOTIVE TO OFFER THURSDAY EVENING SERIES

 

 

MARIANNA—The Chipola College Automotive Technology will present a Thursday night series entitled, “Automotive Training at its Best,” March 8 through April 26.  All classes will meet from 6 to 9 p.m.

Registration and orientation is set for Thursday, March 8 at 6 p.m., in the Automotive Building (P). An agenda and full outline of classes will be available at registration.

The series will include: John Gardner—Strategy Based Diagnostics, CAN Data Bussing with Multiplexing Computerized Scan Tool Data Diagnostics; Jamie Streetman—Electrical Diagnosis, Fuel Controls; and Gladdin Summerland—Tire Pressure Monitor Systems.

Video Presentations will include: Jim Linder—Fuel System tips with proven test procedures and service techniques (accompanied with workbook); and David Hobbs—How Electronic Modules Communicate (accompanied with workbook).

                For information, contact John Gardner at 850-718-2306.

 

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February 22, 2007

 

CHIPOLA TO BEGIN MASONRY APPRENTICE PROGRAM

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College will begin a Masonry Apprentice Training Program on April 7.

Related instruction will take place on the Chipola campus in Building N and will consist of both classroom/text book instruction as well as hands-on practice in a real-time setting. Classroom instruction is scheduled again on April 21 and every other Saturday.

Melvin Dawson, a licensed masonry contractor experienced in apprentice training, will serve as the instructor. 

Individuals interested in the training program must be employed by a licensed masonry contractor. Contractors must also agree to sponsor their apprentice employees throughout the length of the program

The instructional program is sponsored by the Florida Masonry Apprentice Foundation and the Florida Bureau of Apprenticeship Training.

Chipola dean of Workforce Bud Riviere, says, “Students enrolled in the program will experience a structured program of on-the-job training with full pay and advancements as well as related classroom instruction designed to increase their level of expertise as a mason apprentice. Employment opportunities, salary and benefits are excellent in this career.”

Riviere reports that the Chipola program will be the only one of its kind between Tallahassee and Milton.

Masonry contractors and their employees interested in enrolling in the program should contact the Workforce Development Office at Chipola College at 850-718-2270 in order to secure a spot in the first class. 

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February 22, 2007

CHIPOLA’S  LITERATURE/LANGUAGE WINNERS

 

            MARIANNA—Some 100 students from 13 area high schools competed in writing, reading, speech, oral interpretation, literature, humanities, grammar, and foreign language contests at Chipola College on Feb. 16.

            The occasion was the Seventeenth Annual Throssell Literature/Language Festival hosted by Chipola’s Letters Department.  The purpose of the festival is to recognize and encourage academic excellence.

Prizes were awarded to first, second and third places, as well as two honorable mentions, in each category.  The winner of the President’s Reading Contest received a special medallion as well as a cash award.

Contest winners from participating schools are listed below.

President’s Reading Award—Kaitlyn Penney of Altha School.  

Writing: first—Tabinda Syed of Blountstown High; second—Jackie Bradwell of Liberty County High; third—Stephanie Lawson of Marianna High; honorable mentions—Chelsey Killingsworth of Bethlehem High and Travis Hetzel of Vernon High.

Speech: first—Thomas Finan of Sneads High; second—Lindsey Baxter of Malone High; third—Nic Stoltzfus of Blountstown High; honorable mentions—Alicia Hatcher of Graceville High and Nathan Hauser of Bethlehem High.

Oral Interpretation: first—Ryan Raven of Vernon High; second—Arielle Batema of Marianna High; third—Caitlin Sanders of Blountstown High; honorable mentions—Amber Hilty of Poplar Springs School and Samantha Hott of Poplar Springs School.

Literature: first—Caleb Skipper of Blountstown High; second—India Hatcher of Graceville High; third—Hadassah Jones of Vernon High; honorable mentions—Trey Dennis of Marianna High and Nathan Hauser of Bethlehem High.  

Humanities: first—Nic Stoltzfus of Blountstown High; second—Matthew Henry of Marianna High; third—Kyle Coley of Graceville High; honorable mentions—Josh Stephens of Sneads High and Shelley Allen of Malone High.

Grammar: first—Alicia Hatcher of Graceville High; second—Kara Jumper of Graceville High; third—Cassie Mitchell of Sneads High; honorable mentions—Tabinda Syed of Blountstown High and Hannah Robbins of Cottondale High.

Foreign Language Contest: first—Samantha Wadell of Poplar Springs School; second—Quiana Cobb of Marianna High; third—Chavonte Baker of Blountstown High; honorable mentions—Sherisa Forward of Cottondale High and Crystal Shaw of Vernon High.

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Chipola’s Sarah Clemmons presents the President’s Reading Award to Kaitlyn Penney of Altha School.

 

Writing award winners are, from left, honorable mentions, Travis Hetzel of Vernon HS and Chelsey Killingsworth of Bethlehem HS; third place, Stephanie Lawson of Marianna HS; second place, Jackie Bradwell of Liberty County HS; first place, Tabinda Syed of Blountstown HS.  

 

Speech award winners are, from left, honorable mentions, Nathan Hauser of Bethlehem HS and Alicia Hatcher of Graceville HS; third, Nic Stoltzfus of Blountstown HS; second, Lindsey Baxter of Malone HS; first, Thomas Finan of Sneads HS.

 

Oral Interpretation winners are, from left, honorable mentions, Samantha Hott and Amber Hilty of Poplar Springs School; third, Caitlin Sanders of Blountstown HS; second, Arielle Batema of Marianna HS; first, Ryan Raven of Vernon HS.

 

Literature winners are, from left, honorable mentions, Nathan Hauser of Bethlehem HS and Trey Dennis of Marianna HS; third, Hadassah Jones of Vernon HS; second, India Hatcher of Graceville HS; first, Caleb Skipper of Blountstown HS.  

 

Humanities winners are, from left, honorable mentions, Shelley Allen of Malone HS and Josh Stephens of Sneads; third, Kyle Coley of Graceville HS; second, Matthew Henry of Marianna HS; first, Nic Stoltzfus of Blountstown HS.

 

Grammar winners are, from left, honorable mentions, Hannah Robbins of Cottondale HS and Tabinda Syed of Blountstown HS; third, Cassie Mitchell of Sneads HS; second, Kara Jumper of Graceville HS; first, Alicia Hatcher of Graceville HS.

 

Foreign Language winners are, from left, honorable mentions, Crystal Shaw of Vernon HS  and Sherisa Forward of Cottondale HS; third, Chavonte Baker of Blountstown HS; second, Quiana Cobb of Marianna HS; first, Samantha Wadell of Poplar Springs School.

 

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February 22, 2007

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNAChipola College will offer a variety of short courses in the coming weeks.   

A Real Estate Sales course will meet March 3, 4, 17, 18, 31, April 1 and 14 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Cost is $250.

                An Introduction to Computers with Internet for Seniors class will meet March 27 from 9 a.m. to noon.  Cost is $24.

                The following Mandatory training for Child Care Facility Personnel and Family Child Care Home are scheduled:  Special Needs Appropriate Practices, March 10, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Pre-School Appropriate Practices, March 31, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Child Abuse and Neglect, April 13, 6 to 10 p.m.; Child Growth and Development, April 14, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Behavioral Observation and Screening, April 16 and 18, 6 to 9 p.m.; Health, Safety and Nutrition, April 21, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Rules and Regulations (center), April 23 and 25, 6 to 9 p.m.; Rules and Regulations (family), April 28, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Costs range from $17 to $43 depending on length of course.

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

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

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

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

 

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February 22, 2007

 

CHIPOLA BATTLES TALLAHASSEE FOR HOMECOMING

 

 

MARIANNA—Chipola hosts Tallahassee Saturday, Feb. 24, in the final games of the regular season.  The women play at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men at 7:30 p.m.

The men’s game is for all the marbles as TCC and Chipola are knotted at 9-2 in league play entering tonight’s game. While both teams have already clinched spots in the state tournament, the winner of tonight’s contest will face the Southern Conference runner-up while the loser will face a tougher Suncoast champ in the first round.

Chipola and TCC split in their first two meetings this season, both losing on their home court.  Both teams also have lost one to OW. The Indians are still looking to avenge their double-overtime loss to TCC in the 2006 State Championship game.

The Indians lost a 67-66 heartbreaker to OW on Feb. 21.  Ed Berrios led Chipola with 20 points and 4 rebounds. DeAndre Thomas and Jamarcus Ellis scored 14 apiece. Chipola coach Greg Heiar said, “We got beat on a 40-footer at the buzzer. That’s a tough way to lose but it was a hard fought game both ways.”

The Indians are still the top-ranked team in the state poll and third in the NJCAA poll heading into tonight’s game.

The Lady Indians clinched a spot in the state tournament with a 72-65 win over OW on Feb. 21. Crystal Campbell led with 14 points. Ra’Shawna Sippio scored 11. Lesheria Stevens had 9 points, 9 rebounds and 4 steals. CJ Pace and Gekeela Clemmons scored 9 points apiece.

The Lady Indians (11-3) are second in the conference behind first place Gulf Coast (12-2). TCC (9-5) leads OW (8-6) by one game. The top three teams in the league earn a berth in the state tournament.  OW plays Gulf Coast on Feb. 24.

The Florida Junior College Men's and Women’s State Basketball Tournament is set for March 7-10 at Chipola.  Tournament passes—$25 for adults and $15 for students—will get fans into all 14 exciting tournament games. 

The women’s tournament begins Wednesday, March 7, with the men’s tournament set to tip off Thursday, March 8. Games times are 1, 3, 6 and 8, on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The women’s championship is Saturday, March 10, at 5 p.m., with the men’s championship at 7:30 p.m.

For ticket information, call 718-2220, or visit the official tourney web site at: www.chipola.edu

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February 22, 2007

 

YOU’RE INVITED

to a

PRESS CONFERENCE/Pizza Party

 

 

 

Who:           Media, Ticket Sales Captains, Tournament Officials, Jackson County Tourist Development Council Members, Waste Management and FCUL Officials

 

What: Press Conference to kick off preparations for the State JUCO Tourney at Chipola College

 

When: Tuesday, Feb. 27, 12 Noon

 

Where:  Milton H. Johnson Health Center on the campus of Chipola

 

Why:  Enjoy lunch on us and learn some exciting details about the

up-coming tournament.

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February 26, 2007

 

YOU’RE INVITED

 

to a

 

PRESS CONFERENCE/Pizza Party

 

Tuesday, Feb. 27, 12 Noon

 

 

Who:           Media, Ticket Sales Captains, Tournament Officials, Jackson County Tourist Development Council Members, Waste Management and FCUL Officials

 

What: Press Conference to kick off preparations for the State JUCO Tourney set for March 7-10 at Chipola College

 

When: Tuesday, Feb. 27, 12 Noon

 

Where:  Milton H. Johnson Health Center on the campus of Chipola

 

Why:  Enjoy lunch on us and learn some exciting details about the

upcoming tournament.

 

 

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