February 7, 2008

 

OFFICERS FROM ACROSS THE U.S. AT CHIPOLA THIS WEEK

           

MARIANNA—Law Enforcement officers from as far west as Colorado and as far north as New York are on the campus of Chipola College this week hoping to become certified officers in the state of Florida.

            Chipola’s Public Service program offers one of only a few Out-of-State Equivalency programs in Florida. The 40-hour refresher course gives officers from other states the opportunity to take the same exam that officers must pass to work in Florida.

            Steve Anderson, who oversees the Chipola program, says, “Because of our high passing rates and low cost, FDLE has been referring lots of officers from states like New York and Utah.”

            Raleigh, NC, police officer Alexander Morton is taking the course hoping to land a job as Miami South Beach police officer. He said, “This program is streamlined, fantastic and cost effective.” Morton said he found similar programs with tuition as high as $1,500 compared to Chipola’s $200 fee.

            John Oreolt, a ten-year veteran of the Colorado State Troopers heard about the program through a Florida Highway Patrol recruiter. He says, “The program is about proving your proficiency in high-liability areas. The instructors have been phenomenal. This is a great facility.” Oreolt was hired as a Colorado Trooper after completing the state’s 22-week academy and later served as an instructor for the same academy. 

            New York City policeman Mike Bauta is in familiar surroundings at Chipola this week. Bauta played baseball for Chipola in 1994 and even served as the school’s mascot at basketball games. He has worked for the NYPD for three years and is looking to relocate to Miami. He learned about the class on Chipola’s website. He said, “It’s great to be back at Chipola. The class is awesome; I love it.”

            Chipola’s next Out-of-State Equivalency class will be offered March 17-21. 

            For information contact, Steve Anderson at 850-718-2479, or email: andersons@chipola.edu.

 

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OFFICERS FROM ACROSS THE U.S. AT CHIPOLA THIS WEEK—Law Enforcement officers from as far west as Colorado and as far north as New York are on the campus of Chipola College this week hoping to become certified officers in the state of Florida. Pictured from left, are: Chipola Assessment Center Director, Steve Anderson; Raleigh, NC, Police Officer Alexander Morton; Colorado State Trooper John Oreolt; and New York City Policeman Mike Bauta. Chipola’s next Out-of-State Equivalency class will be offered March 17-21.  For information, contact Steve Anderson at 850-718-2479, or email: andersons@chipola.edu.

 

 

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February 7, 2008

 

CHIPOLA MATH PROF RECOGNIZED BY ‘SITE’ SOCIETY

 

            MARIANNA—A paper scheduled for presentation at the annual conference of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) by Chipola College math professor Dr. Rose Cavin won an Outstanding Paper award from the Society. 

            Some 700 papers are presented each year, and an average of eight are selected to receive this recognition.       

            The paper summarized a research project which was part of Dr. Cavin’s doctoral dissertation, and explored the development of technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPCK) in pre-service teachers participating in microteaching lesson study (MLS). The research focused on future teachers’ decisions to incorporate technological tools into a mathematics lesson.

            Small groups of students in Chipola’s teacher education program, enrolled in Dr. Cavin’s technology class, worked in repetitive cycles of microteaching, reflecting, and modifying a group lesson. Findings indicate that the pre-service teachers developed an awareness of the nuances of teaching with technology in a student-centered learning environment. The teachers-in-training also recognized that traditional methods of teaching take on special characteristics when technology is involved. Moreover, subject teachers experienced a shift in mathematical knowledge from a procedural to a more conceptual view of technology-enhanced mathematics.

            Students participating in the study also gained experience in working with peers which may be useful in future school-based instruction.

            Cavin has served at Chipola since 1996. She teaches a variety of freshman and sophomore level math courses and upper level courses in the college’s Secondary Education program in Mathematics.

            SITE is an international association dedicated to the integration of instructional technology into teacher education programs.

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February 7, 2008

 

FLORIDA SURVEYING SOCIETY HELPS CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—Buddy Bannerman of Bannerman Surveying recently presented five surveying calculators to the Chipola College Surveying and Mapping program.

             The calculators were donated by the Northwest Florida (Tallahassee) Chapter of the Florida Surveying and Mapping Society, an organization representing professional land surveyors in Florida. 

             “This donation will enable our students to train on state-of-the-art equipment while enhancing their competencies in this profession,” said Bud Riviere, Dean of Workforce Development programs.

            For more information on Chipola’s new Surveying and Mapping program, call instructor Sam Bruner at 850-718-2399.

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FLORIDA SURVEYING SOCIETY HELPS CHIPOLA—Buddy Bannerman (left) of Bannerman Surveying recently presented five surveying calculators to Chipola College Surveying and Mapping instructor Sam Bruner (right) and Bud Riviere, Chipola Dean of Workforce Development. The calculators were donated by the Northwest Florida (Tallahassee) Chapter of the Florida Surveying and Mapping Society.

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February 7, 2008

 

CHIPOLA SHOW CHOIR PERFORMS AT DISNEY

 

            ORLANDO—The Chipola College Show Choir recently performed in the Galaxy Palace Theatre in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.  

            The 18-member Show Choir is includes: Audrey Brown of Altha, Dianna Glaze of Blountstown, Shannon Griffin of Ponce de Leon, Brittney Holmes of Dothan, AL, Nick Melvin of Grand Ridge, Danielle Richardson of Panama City, Mindy Shamblin of Donalsonville, GA; Kara Jumper, JaJuan Clark, Mountrez Bullock, Keith Watford, all of Graceville; and Ann Harrison, Jonathan Keeman, Cassie Mitchell, Geoffrey Poole, Kris Sampson, Kevin Shores and Bruce Thompson of Marianna.

            Directors are Joy Buczek, Angie White, and Joan Stadsklev. Jazzmatazz, Show Choir’s annual high energy song and dance show, is scheduled for April 18-20.

 

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CHIPOLA SHOW CHOIR PERFORMS AT DISNEY—Chipola College’s Show Choir recently performed in the Galaxy Palace Theatre in Tomorrowland of Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.  Here, Chipola Student Choreographer Brittney Holmes (right) of Dothan accepts a performance award from a Disney representative.

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February 7, 2008

 

‘STRATA’ TO PERFORM CLASSICS FOR CHIPOLA ARTIST SERIES

 

            MARIANNA—Classical music ensemble “Strata” will perform Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m., as part of the Chipola College Artist Series.

            A limited number of tickets—$12 for adults and $8 for ages 18 and under—are on sale in the Chipola Business Office.

            “Strata” is three musicians, three instruments, and one unique sound performing exhilarating Classical and Modern repertoire in trio and duo combinations for violin/viola, clarinet, and piano. 

            The musicians of Strata—Nathan Williams, clarinet; James Stern, violin/viola; and Audrey Andrist, piano—all hold the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Juilliard School.

            The group has been performing together since 1988. Praised by The Washington Post for program building as artful as their performances, Strata has appeared in concert throughout North America. On San Francisco's Composers Inc. series, they presented world premiere performances of five works composed especially for them. As resident artists at the Banff Festival of the Arts, they were presented in a wide array of concerts. Strata also appeared as the featured ensemble at the Music Teachers' Association of California annual convention, and recorded live for CBC Radio in Canada.

            The final offering of the Chipola Artist series—Proteus 7, Brass Ensemble—is March 25. 

            The Artist Series is funded through Chipola's Performing Arts Fund, with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Southern Arts Federation, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, the Chipola Regional Arts Association and corporate donors.

            For information call the Chipola business office at 718-2204.

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February 7, 2008

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA

 

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

            The following Mandatory training for Child Care Facility Personnel and Family Child Care Home are scheduled: Rules and Regulations (center), Feb. 11& 13, 6 to 9 p.m.; Pre-School Appropriate Practices, March 1, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Special Needs Appropriate Practices, March 8, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Child Abuse & Neglect, April 11,  6 to 10 p.m.; Child Growth & Development, April 12, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Behavioral Observation and Screening, April 14 & 16, 6 to 9 p.m.; Health, Safety & Nutrition, Feb. 19, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Costs range from $17 to $43 depending on length of course.

            An Introduction to Yoga for Everybody class will meet Mondays and Wednesdays, March 10 through April 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Cost is $64.

            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 7, 2008

 

THROSSELL LITERATURE/LANGUAGE FESTIVAL SET AT CHIPOLA

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College will host the Eighteenth Annual Throssell Literature/Language Festival on Friday, Feb. 15.

Currently enrolled juniors or seniors from high schools in the Chipola District will 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. Participants also will see a preview of the upcoming Chipola musical, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”

      Dr. Sarah Clemmons, Vice President of Instruction and Student Services, said, “We are looking forward to hosting our eighteenth 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 7, 2008

 

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CHIPOLA THEATER TO PRESENT CRAA PROGRAM—Students from Chipola’s up-coming spring musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” will present the program at the monthly meeting of the Chipola Regional Arts Association, Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Jim’s Buffet and Grill.  Pictured are Kevin Russell as J. Pierrepoint Finch and Lindsey Baxter as Rosemary Pilkington. The public is invited to attend the 11:30 a.m. Dutch treat luncheon and noon program.

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February 7, 2008

 

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FLEENER IS CHIPOLA EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH—Harry Fleener (right) of Chipley accepts Chipola College’s February Faculty/Administrator of the Month award from his supervisor Dr. Dale O’Daniel. Fleener is Director of Physical Plant and has worked at the college since 1996.

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February 7, 2008

 

CHIPOLA BSU TO HOST BLACK HISTORY PROGRAM

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Black Student Union will host a Black History Month program, Friday, Feb. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the Chipola Arts Center.

            BSU members invite the public to enjoy the festivities and learn more about Black History.

            For information, call 850-718-2319.

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February 7, 2008

CHIPOLA BASEBALL TO HOST RAHAL-MILLER CLASSIC

                       

MARIANNA—Some of the nation’s top JUCO baseball teams and several major league ball players are expected for Chipola College’s first annual Baseball Alumni Weekend and Rahal-Miller JUCO National Classic Feb. 8-10.

            A Chipola Alumni Baseball Golf Outing at Indian Springs Golf Course is set for 12:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8, followed by a 6:30 p.m. Night Social.

            Defending national champion Chipola College is ranked third in the pre-season NJCAA National poll. The Indians return just four starters from last year's club, but have one of the best pitching staffs in the country with JUCO World Series Most Outstanding Pitcher Ryan Chaffee (6'1"/200 lbs; 8-2, 3.30 ERA) and JUCO World Series MVP Drew Parker (6'2"/165 lbs; 8-2, 3.21 ERA). Kyle Regnault (4-2, 3.25 ERA) and Daniel Jones (7-2, 4.20 ERA) round out a staff that helped lead Chipola to a state and national championship last year.       

            The Rahal-Miller JUCO National Classic begins Friday, Feb. 8, at 10 a.m. with third-ranked Chipola vs. number nine Walters State. At 1 p.m., the fourth-ranked College of Southern Nevada takes on Walters State. Number 20 St. Petersburg College and the College of Southern Nevada meet at 4 p.m.

            The action heats up Saturday, Feb. 9, with a 9 a.m. game featuring Chipola and Walters State.

            An MLB Autograph session is set for Saturday, from 10 a.m. to noon, with an Alumni Softball Game and Home Run Derby following at the Chipola field. Major league players scheduled to appear, include: Russell Martin (Dodgers), Adam Loewen (Orioles), Jose Bautista (Pirates) and Jeff Mathis (Angels). Other professionals expected include: Alan Horne (Yankees), Cole Armstrong (White Sox), Mat Gamel (Brewers), Tyler Flowers (Braves), Rene Tosoni (Twins) and many others.

            Walters State CC and St. Petersburg play at noon at the Marianna High School field. Chipola plays the College of Southern Nevada at 3 p.m. Saturday.   

            Sunday, Feb. 10, games include a 9 a.m. match between the College of Southern Nevada and St. Petersburg. Chipola hosts St. Pete in the final game at noon on Sunday. 

            For information, call Chipola Baseball at (850) 718-2332.

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February 7, 2008

 

CHIPOLA HOSTS NORTH FLORIDA TUESDAY AND OW SATURDAY

 

            MARIANNA— The Chipola Lady Indians host North Florida, Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 5:30 p.m., in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center.

            Both Chipola teams host Okaloosa-Walton in a pair of big conference games, Saturday, Feb. 16. The women’s game tips off at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 7:30 p.m.

            Both Chipola teams travel to Tallahassee on Feb. 9.

            The Lady Indians improved to 5-5 in league play and 19-6 overall with a 70-66 win over Pensacola on Feb. 5. Lesheria Stevens led Chipola with 20 points. Gekeela Clemmons and Latoya Williams scored 13 apiece. Ashley McCray added 10.

            Chipola scored a 56-48 win at OW on Saturday. McCray led with 12. Williams scored 11. Stevens added 10. Kikwiki Mamuku pulled down 10 rebounds and scored 7.

            The Lady Indians are sixth in the FCCAA state rankings. GCCC is first. OW is fourth and TCC is fifth.

            With five games remaining in league play, Gulf Coast (9-0) leads the conference. TCC (7-3) is second. Chipola and OW are tied for third at (5-5). PJC is (4-7). NFL is (0-10). The top two women’s finishers in the conference earn a berth to the state tournament.

            THE INDIANS

            The Chipola Indians got back on track Feb. 5, with a 73-70 come-from-behind win over Pensacola.

            PJC led 36-35 at the break and Chipola still trailed by 10 points at the 5 minute mark. But the Indians bounced back to outscore the Pirates, 38-34, in the second half.

            Clevin Hannah led Chipola with 14 points. Casey Mitchell had 12. Mario Little scored 11 and Gary Flowers scored 10.

            The Indians’ longest win-streak in school history (24 games) came to an end Feb. 2 with a 68-59 loss at OW. Four Indians scored in double figures, with Mitchell leading with 13 points.  Little chipped in 11 points and hauled in 6 rebounds. Gary Flowers and Clevin Hannah each scored 10.  Jon Kreft added 7 points and 8 rebounds.  Sophomore Malik Alvin dished out a team high 6 assists.

            “It never feels good to lose,” said Chipola coach Greg Heiar.  “The last time we were over here we lost by one on a 35 foot buzzer beater.  After that night, we rebounded and came together as a team and road that unity all the way to the National Championship game.”

            The final four conference games are crucial to the Indians post-season hopes.  Chipola and OW split the first two meetings of the three game set, each going unbeaten against the rest of the conference.

            The men’s conference race is a two-team battle with Chipola and OW knotted at 7-1. Tallahassee (3-5) is third. Gulf Coast is 3-5 and PJC is 0-8. The top two teams in the league make it to the state tournament, set for March 5-8 at Chipola.

 

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February 7, 2008

 

CHIPOLA TO HOST REUNION OF COACH JOHNSON’S TEAMS

FROM CHIPOLA AND CAMPBELLTON HIGH

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College is hosting a reunion of Coach Milton Johnson’s Chipola and Campbellton High School teams, Saturday, Feb. 16, at the college.

            All of Johnson’s former players, assistant coaches, managers, and their guests are invited to a luncheon with on Saturday, Feb. 16, at from noon to 2 p.m. (CST) in the old college gym, now known as the Arts Center.  The luncheon will feature a program highlighting Johnson’s legendary career, followed by a time to visit with old friends.

            Event organizer Robert Trammell, said, “Not many people earn the title of legend during their lifetime, but Coach Milton Johnson has done just that. In addition to his phenomenal records on the court, the contributions he made to the lives of so many young people are tremendous.”

            Trammell says he expects some 75 former team members to attend the reunion, including two father and son sets who played for Johnson: Cody and Zack Taylor from Bonifay and Sydney and Greg Granger from Blountstown.

            ABA star Red Robbins is expected to return along with many of his 1965 teammates. The Hines brothers—Kevin, Keith and Sammy—who played for Johnson in the early 1990’s are also expected to attend. 

            Former Chipola player Ronnie Myers and his wife Kitty will host a 4 p.m. reception and 5:30 p.m. dinner at their home in Marianna on Saturday. 

            All returning players and their guests will sit in a special section during Chipola’s men’s game with Okaloosa-Walton at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 16. During halftime, Coach Johnson and former team members will be recognized.

            For information, call 850-510-2187 or email kaytram@yahoo.com

 

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 February 14, 2008

 

CHIPOLA BRAIN BOWL TEAM WINS GEORGIA TOURNAMENT

           

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Brain Bowl Blue Team won the Georgia Sectional NAQT (National Academic Quiz Tournaments), one of five qualifying sectionals held in the nation. The tournament was held in Athens, Georgia, on Feb. 9. 

            Chipola finished the tournament with 11 wins and 1 loss. Statistically, Chipola had the best overall numbers in the nation, with a 278 point-per-game average and the highest bonus conversion rate for all the sectionals. NAQT is the national version of the Florida FCCAA state brain bowl competition. 

            Chipola will now automatically advance to the NAQT National Championship Tournament in St. Louis, Missouri, April 11-12. This is the second year in a row that Chipola has qualified for the national championship. Chipola will be one of eight junior colleges in the nation represented at the tournament.

            The Chipola Gold Team finished the tournament with 5 wins and 7 losses. All members of the Gold Team are freshmen this year.

            In addition to the team results, three Chipola students placed in the top five in individual scoring at the tournament.  Mark Hodge (Blue Team) finished as the tournament MVP, averaging an incredible 55.45 points per game. Jantzen Whitehead (Blue Team) finished third overall, averaging 32.72 points per game. Anthony Garrett (Gold Team) finished fourth overall, averaging 32.50 points per game. Anthony is now the fourth Chipola player this year to place among the top five in individual scoring.

            Chipola Blue Team members are: Mark Hodge, Jantzen Whitehead, Chuck Bryant, Trey Paul and Mitchell Whitehead.

            Chipola Gold Team members are: Anthony Garrett, Adam Hahn, Ryan Wells and Brad Wells.

            Math professor Stan Young and Humanities professor Robert Dunkle coach the Chipola Brain Bowl team.

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CHIPOLA BRAIN BOWLERS WIN GEORGIA TOURNAMENT—The Chipola College Brain Bowl Blue Team won the Georgia Sectional NAQT (National Academic Quiz Tournaments), one of five qualifying sectionals held in the nation. Pictured from left, are: Mark Hodge, who finished as the tournament MVP, averaging an incredible 55.45 points per game; Jantzen Whitehead, who finished third overall, averaging 32.72 points per game; and Anthony Garrett, who finished fourth overall, averaging 32.50 points per game.

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February 14, 2008

‘STRATA’ TO PERFORM CLASSICS FOR CHIPOLA ARTIST SERIES

 

            MARIANNA—Classical music ensemble “Strata” will perform Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m., as part of the Chipola College Artist Series.

            A limited number of tickets—$12 for adults and $8 for ages 18 and under—are on sale in the Chipola Business Office.

            “Strata” is three musicians, three instruments, and one unique sound performing exhilarating Classical and Modern repertoire in trio and duo combinations for violin/viola, clarinet, and piano. 

            The musicians of Strata—Nathan Williams, clarinet; James Stern, violin/viola; and Audrey Andrist, piano—all hold the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Julliard School.

            The group has been performing together since 1988. Praised by The Washington Post for program building as artful as their performances, Strata has appeared in concert throughout North America. On San Francisco's Composers Inc. series, they presented world premiere performances of five works composed especially for them. As resident artists at the Banff Festival of the Arts, they were presented in a wide array of concerts. Strata also appeared as the featured ensemble at the Music Teachers' Association of California annual convention, and recorded live for CBC Radio in Canada.

            The final offering of the Chipola Artist series—Proteus 7, Brass Ensemble—is March 25. 

            The Artist Series is funded through Chipola's Performing Arts Fund, with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Southern Arts Federation, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, the Chipola Regional Arts Association and corporate donors.

            For information call the Chipola business office at 718-2204.

 

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February 14, 2008

 

CHIPOLA BSU TO HOST BLACK HISTORY PROGRAM

          

  MARIANNA—The Chipola College Black Student Union will host a Black History Month program, Friday, Feb. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the Chipola Arts Center.

            BSU members invite the public to enjoy the festivities and learn more about Black History.

            For information, call 850-718-2319.

 

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February 14, 2008

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA

 

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

            The following Mandatory training for Child Care Facility Personnel and Family Child Care Home are scheduled: Pre-School Appropriate Practices, March 1, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Special Needs Appropriate Practices, March 8, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Child Abuse & Neglect, April 11,  6 to 10 p.m.; Child Growth & Development, April 12, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Behavioral Observation and Screening, April 14 & 16, 6 to 9 p.m.; Health, Safety & Nutrition, April 19, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Rules and Regulations (center), April 21& 23, 6 to 9 p.m.; Costs range from $17 to $43 depending on length of course.

            An Introduction to Yoga for Everybody class will meet Mondays and Wednesdays, March 10 through April 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Cost is $64.

            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 14, 2008

 

CHIPOLA ARTS SCHOLARSHIPS ANNOUNCED

 

            MARIANNA—Scholarship audition dates and deadlines for music, art, theatre, show choir and jazz band at Chipola College for 2008-2009 academic year have been announced. 

            Music and Theatre Scholarship Audition dates are Feb. 28, March 20, and April 24. Visual Art Application and portfolio deadline is April 18. 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 for scholarships.

            Scholarships also are available for Show Choir, Jazz Band, and Chamber Chorus. 

Show Choir auditions are Tuesday, April 22, at 4 p.m. in the Chipola Arts Center.  Students wishing to be considered for scholarship consideration in the Jazz Band and/or Chamber Chorus should contact Joan Stadsklev, Director of Fine and Performing Arts.

            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.

            Applications for art, music, theatre, and Show Choir may be obtained by phoning 850-718-2277 or 850-718-2301, or stadsklevj@chipola.edu. Applications are available on the college web site: www.chipola.edu by going to Departments and clicking on “Fine and Performing Arts.”  

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February 14, 2008

 

CHIPOLA CHEERLEADER EXTRAVAGANZA DRAWS GIANT CROWD

 

            MARIANNA—Thousands of fans turned out to cheer for the cheerleaders at the Chipola College Cheerleader Extravaganza on Feb. 10.

            Twenty-two squads ranging, from mini-all stars to co-ed varsity, performed in exhibitions and competitions Former Chipola and FSU cheerleader captain, Ben Odom, was the MC for the event.  Other former Chipola cheerleaders, April (Odom) Alday and Sandra Toole Smith, also assisted.

In the varsity squad competition, Holmes County High won first place; Chipley High finished second; Ashford (AL) High finished third; Wicksburg (AL) High finished fourth; Northview (AL) High finished fifth and Blountstown High finished sixth. Marianna High won the co-ed varsity competition.

In the small junior varsity squad competition, Marianna High Junior Varsity won first place. In the large junior varsity squad competition, Holmes County High Junior Varsity won first place and Northview High Junior Varsity finished second. 

In the middle school division, Marianna Middle won first place; Ashford finished second and the Blountstown Middle finished third.

Squads receiving the most points in the overall competition were named Extravaganza Grand Champions.  Marianna High Varsity was named first place. Marianna Middle finished second and Holmes County High Varsity finished third.

Ashford Jr. High won the Middle School Spirit trophy. Holmes County and Marianna were both awarded Junior Varsity Spirit trophies.

Exhibition squads included: JAGS All Star Youth Team, JAGS All Star Mini Team and Junior MEGA All Stars.

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 February 14, 2008

 

CHIPOLA DIRECTOR MEETS KNOTS LANDING’S MICHELE LEE

 

            MARIANNA—Director of Chipola College’s spring musical, Charles Sirmon, is pictured with Broadway’s Tony and Emmy-nominated star Michele Lee.

            Lee stared in the 1967 film version of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying which Chipola is presenting in March.

            Sirmon said he was thrilled to meet and chat with such a legend. After her success with How To Succeed, Lee became known for her roles in films The Love Bug and The Comic.  Most remember her Emmy-winning performance on Knots Landing. She appeared in all 344 episodes—a record not been broken by any other actress in primetime drama.

            Chipola’s How to Succeed in Business will be staged March 12-15 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 16 at 2 p.m.

            Tickets go on sale Feb. 27, in the Chipola business office. Call 850-718-2220.

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February 14, 2008

 

CHIPOLA HOMECOMING WEEK IS FEB. 18-23

 

            MARIANNA–Chipola College will celebrate Homecoming 2008, the week of Feb. 18-23. 

            This year’s theme is “On Top of Our Game: as the Indians hope to exceed the performance of the Commodores of Gulf Coast.

Student Activities for the week include: Monday, Feb. 18: Camouflage Day; Tuesday, Feb. 19:  Hawaiian Day; Wednesday, Feb. 20: Pajamas Day; Thursday, Feb. 21:  Favorite College Day; and Friday, Feb. 22:  Chipola Blue and Gold Day. A campus building decoration contest will be judged Tuesday, Feb.19 at 1 p.m.

The Homecoming Talent Show is Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 10:05 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.18.

            Homecoming Night, Saturday, Feb. 23, begins with the Lady Indians game against Gulf Coast 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 Commodores in the men’s game at 7:30 p.m. Chipola’s 2008 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 14, 2008

 

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CHIPOLA HONORS DANCE—The Ivey Brothers band will perform at the annual Chipola College Honors Dance, set for Saturday, March 1. The theme is “Winter in Paris.” Pictured are, from left: Honors students Kara Jumper of Graceville, Cassie Mitchell of Marianna, Alicia Hatcher of Graceville and Heather Gibson of Marianna.

 

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February 14, 2008

CHIPOLA BASEBALL FIBERCARE CLASSIC BEGINS FRIDAY

           

MARIANNA—The Chipola College baseball team will host the Fibercare Classic, Feb. 15-17, at the Chipola baseball stadium.

            The Indians meet Alabama Southern at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15. Chipola plays two games on Saturday, Feb. 16: Darton at 10 a.m. and Middle Georgia at 4 p.m.

            The Indians finish out the classic at 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 17, with Wallace-Dothan.

            Other games in the classic on Friday, include Alabama Southern and Darton

at 11 a.m.; Darton and Wallace at 5 p.m.

            Saturday, Feb. 16, games include:  Darton and AL Southern at 1 p.m.; and Wallace and Middle GA at 7 p.m.

            Sunday, Feb. 17, games are: Alabama Southern and Middle Georgia at 10 a.m.; Middle Georgia and Wallace at 1 p.m.

            Justin Dalles had a 2-out double to push St. Petersburg past Chipola, 3-2, Sunday afternoon in the final game of the Rahal-Miller JUCO National Classic.  Chipola (7-4-1) scored in the first inning a sacifice fly by Marc Bourgeois which plated Chris Berroa.  The Indians also added a single run on a Ryan Chaffee solo home run.  The Indians were lead at the plate by (Chaffee 1-2, HR, Daniel Jones 1-2) 

            Chipola reliever Cameron Gray took the loss for the Indians, his first of the season.  Chipola starting pitcher Drew Parker pitched five innings, giving up two runs and striking out three.  The Indians are on the road, Wednesday, February 13 at Lake City.

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February 14, 2008

PINK AND WHITE NIGHT AT CHIPOLA SATURDAY

           

 MARIANNA—Pink and white are the colors of the night on Saturday, Feb. 16, when Chipola hosts Okaloosa-Walton in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center.

            Chipola is one of 900 schools in the Women’s College Basketball Association participating in “Think Pink” Week for breast cancer awareness.  On Saturday, the Lady Indians will wear pink shooting shirts and pass out pink t-shirts to fans.  Chipola coach David Lane says, “We ask all fans—women and men—to show their support by wearing pink to the game.”

            Chipola’s Latoya Williams scored a season-high 39 points in the Lady Indians 91-40 win over North Florida on Tuesday. Gekela Clemmons had 16 points and Mamuki had 13 rebounds and 12 points.

            The Lady Indians (6-6) are third in the conference race, but only the top two women’s teams in the league make the state tournament this year. Gulf Coast (11-1) has clinched, but lost to TCC on Wednesday. TCC (9-3) is second. OW and Pensacola are both (5-7). North FL is 0-12.

            Chipola men’s basketball fans are asked to wear white for the Indian’s game against conference rival Okaloosa-Walton in an effort to “White Out” the Johnson Health Center. The showdown features two of the nation’s highest ranked teams, with Chipola occupying the #3 spot in the national poll and Okaloosa-Walton holding #6.

            “With the Panhandle Conference up for grabs, we are expecting a great atmosphere,” said Coach Greg Heiar. “This will be the first white-out in Panhandle Conference history and it’s a fun way for everyone to get involved in the game. We want our fans to know they are truly the 6th man on the court.”

            Both men’s have clinched a spot in the state tournament, but the winner will likely win the conference championship and a favorable seed in the tourney.

            Chipola (8-1) and OW (9-1) split their two prior meetings.  Chipola won 56-52 at home on Jan. 12.  Okaloosa-Walton won in Niceville on Feb. 2, 68-59.  The winner of game three will hold a one game advantage heading into the final week of the regular season, while also owning the tie breaker for seeding purposes. 

            The Indians never trailed on Feb. 9, jumping out to a quick 7-0 lead, before eventually beating Tallahassee 93-77 on the Eagle’s home court.

            The win ensured that the Indians would be playing in the state tournament on March 5-8, giving Chipola an opportunity to defend their 2007 state title. 

            The win marked the first season sweep of Tallahassee since 2005. Four Indians reached double figures, led by sophomore Malik Alvin’s 19 points.  Torye Pelham had his best game of the season, with 14 points on a perfect 6 of 6 from the floor and 2 of 2 at the charity stripe.  Freshman Gary Flowers added 14 points and 7 rebounds.  Mario Edwards had 12 points while dishing out a team high 8 assists.  Freshman Casey Mitchell added 9 points to the Indian cause.

            The state men’s and women’s basketball tournament is March 5-8 at Chipola.

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February 19, 2008

CHIPOLA ADDS THREE NEW BACHELOR’S DEGREES

           

            TALLAHASSEE—Chipola College received approval today from the Florida State Board of Education to offer three Bachelor of Science degrees: Elementary Education, Exceptional Student Education and Nursing.  

            Chipola vice-president Dr. Kitty Myers, said, “This is a great day for the college, but more importantly for our students. Having these programs on campus will provide wonderful opportunities for the people that we serve.”  

            The three new programs will begin in August of this year.  The Chipola Enrollment Services Department will accept applications from April 7 through Aug. 5

            Applicants for the BS in Elementary Education and Exception Education programs must have an Associate in Arts (AA) degree and have completed the three state-mandated prerequisite education courses.  Applicants for the BS in Nursing must have earned the AS degree in Nursing, be licensed Registered Nurses, and have completed all required prerequisite courses.

            The addition of the three new programs brings to eight the total number bachelor’s degrees offered at Chipola. The college began offering four-year education degrees in Math and Science in 2004. Several dozen Chipola B.S. graduates are now teaching math and science in area middle and high schools.  

            Some 50 students enrolled in classes in the Bachelor’s of Applied Science degree in Business which began in January. Three business majors are offered— Supervision and Management, Accounting, and General Management.  Students must see and academic advisor to determine which major is most appropriate for them.

            “There is tremendous interest in all of the four-year programs. These new degrees will help so many people who cannot commute or relocate to a university,” Dr. Myers said.  

            With the addition of bachelor’s level programs, Chipola also was designated as an Educator Preparation Institute. The program helps those with a bachelor’s degree in a non-teaching field take classes to earn a teaching certificate.

            College president Dr. Gene Prough said, “Chipola opened its doors in the Fall of 1947 to provide opportunity for the people in this area. I am so proud that, 61 years later, we are still creating the opportunities for our students.” 

            For information about Chipola’s four-year programs call the New Baccalaureate Hotline (850) 718-2492 beginning Monday, February 25, or visit: www.chipola.edu

 

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February 21, 2008

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. 15.

            The occasion was the Eighteenth 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—Mary Howes of Ponce de Leon High School. 

Writing: first—David Williams of Sneads High School; second—Caitlyn Bruner of Altha High School; third—Daniel Leonard of Blountstown High School; honorable mentions—Jackie Bradwell of Liberty County High School and Brock Burch of Vernon High School.

Speech: first—Amber Eby of Blountstown High School; second—Shaneekqua McCutcheon of Malone High School; third—Will Leonard of Blountstown High School; honorable mentions—Dwayne Skipper of Chipley High School and Kenneth Pittman of Cottondale High School.

Oral Interpretation: first—Aven Pitts of Chipley High School; second—Nic Stoltzfus of Blountstown High School; third—Ashley Pitts of Bethlehem High School; honorable mentions—Samantha Hott of Poplar Springs School and Austin Pettis of Vernon High School.

Literature: first—Meagan Wiltse of Altha High School; second—Lainey Powell of Graceville High School; third—Jackie Birdwell of Liberty County High School; honorable mentions—Ethan Hewett of Sneads High School and Michael Adkins of Graceville High School.  

Humanities: first—Morgan Stumpff of Vernon High School; second—Brock Burch of Vernon High School; third—Beccy Herb of Cottondale High School; honorable mentions—Joshua Stephens of Sneads High School and Nic Stoltzfus of Blountstown High School.

Grammar: first—Brittany Stephens of Altha High School; second—Zack Folks of Sneads High School; third—Cody Smith of Chipley High School; honorable mentions—Alisha Killings of Chipley High School and Joseph Maxwell of Blountstown High School.

Foreign Language Contest: first—Richard Elligson of Graceville School; second—Kyler Ward of Marianna High School; third—Alan Moss of Chipley High School; honorable mentions—Holly Delgado of Graceville High School and Ian Smith of Vernon High School.

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February 21, 2008

TICKETS FOR CHIPOLA’S ‘HOW TO SUCCEED’ ON SALE FEB. 27

 

            MARIANNA—Tickets for the Chipola College production of “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying,” go on sale Feb. 27.      

            Charles Sirmon, Chipola Theatre director, is busy with rehearsal for the Pulitzer award-winning musical which opens a five-day run, March 12.

            Cast and Crew are as follows: Kevin Russell as J. Pierrepoint Finch; Lindsey Baxter as Rosemary Pilkington; Garrett Brolund as J.B. Biggley; Aaron Moore as Bud Frump; Jessica Lawson as Hedy La Rue; Brittney Holmes as Miss Jones; Dianna Glaze as Smitty; Nathan Hauser as Bert Bratt; Jonathan Keeman as Mr. Twimble; Keith Watford as Mr. Gatch; Austin Sims as Benjamin Burton Daniel Ovington; Chris Manasco as Mr. Jenkins; Kevin Shores as Mr. Johnson; Richie Cooper as Mr. Matthews; Kris Sampson as Mr. Peterson; Rowdy Wilbur as Mr. Tackaberry; Audrey Brown as Miss Krumholtz; Courtney Corbin as Mrs. Toynbee; Keith Watford as Company Policeman; Courtney Haile as Scrubwoman; Felicia Gibson Walters as Scrubwoman; Wickets are Kristina Lopez, Kara Jumper; Shannon Griffin, Wickettes; Cassie Mitchell; Wickettes are Courtney Haile, Felicia Gibson Walters, Charles Sirmon and Wally Womper.

            The behind-the-scenes crew includes: Choreographer, Chris Manasco; Choral, Joan Stadsklev and Angie White; Pianist, Dr. Josh Martin; Conductor, Daniel Powell; Set Designer, Keith Pugh and Stage Manager, Rick Sims.

            Performance dates for the musical comedy are March 12-15 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 16 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available in the college Business office, or by phone at 850-718-2220. For information, visit www.chipola.edu and click arts.

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‘HOW TO SUCCEED’ TICKETS ON SALE AT CHIPOLA—Tickets for the Chipola College production of “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying,” go on sale Feb. 27. The cast is pictured here. Performance dates for the musical comedy are March 12-15 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 16 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available in the college Business office, or by phone at 850-718-2220. For information, visit www.chipola.edu and click arts.

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February 21, 2008

STATE JUCO TOURNEY BRINGS THOUSAND$ TO MARIANNA

 

MARIANNA—More than 2,000 visitors are expected to converge on Marianna for the Florida Junior College Men's and Women’s State Basketball Tournament set for March 5-8 at Chipola College.  Advance tickets are now on sale 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, Envision Credit Union, Jackson County Teachers Credit Union, Tyndall Federal Credit Union and United Solutions.

            The Jackson County Tourist Development Council awarded a $10,000 grant to the Chipola Appreciation Club to help promote and operate the tournament.  

Robert Trammell, Chipola Appreciation Club president, said, “Chipola has one of the finest junior college athletic programs in the country and our people put on one of the best 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 men’s tournament begins Wednesday, March 5, with the women’s tournament set to tip off Thursday, March 6. Games times are 1, 3, 6 and 8, on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The men’s championship is Saturday at 5 p.m., with the women’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 21, 2008

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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 5-8 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: Tournament Administrator Ronnie Myers, retired Chipola coach Milton H. Johnson; Chipola Appreciation Club president Robert Trammell and Chipola men’s basketball coach Greg Heiar. For ticket information, call 718-2220, or visit the official tourney web site at: www.chipola.edu

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February 21, 2008

IVEY BROTHERS TO HEADLINE CHIPOLA HONORS DANCE

 

MARIANNA—The Ivey Brothers band returns to Chipola College for the third straight year to play a benefit dance for the Chipola Honors Program, Saturday, March 1.

The theme for the dance is “Winter in Paris,” and will be held in the 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.

The band first performed at a high school dance in 1965, and quickly progressed to college 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. Proceeds from the dance go toward an endowment which provides resources for the many annual projects of the Honors Program. We invite all who value academics to support the program.” Some 70 of the brightest students from the five-county area are enrolled in Chipola’s Honors program which brings thought-provoking speakers to campus and allows 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 may be mailed to the Chipola College Foundation at 3094 Indian Circle, Marianna, FL  32446.                                                 

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February 21, 2008

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CHIPOLA HONORS DANCE—The Ivey Brothers band (pictured) will perform at the annual Chipola College Honors Dance, set for Saturday, March 1. This year’s theme is “Winter in Paris.”  Tickets—$10—benefit the Honors program. Contact Bonnie Smith or Robert Ivey at 526-2761.

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February 21, 2008

LANGSTON YOUTH FOUNDATION HELPS CHIPOLA

           

            MARIANNA—The Norris D. Langston Youth Foundation recently donated $18,000 to the Chipola College Foundation.

            The Langston Youth Foundation serves students in ten after-school programs in seven counties—Bonifay Elementary, Gretna Elementary, Havana Elementary, Hosford School, Port St. Joe Elementary and Middle/High School, St. John Elementary, Vernon Elementary and High School, and W.R. Tolar School. 

            CEO Dr. David Langston says, “I would like to personally thank the Chipola family, our staff in the schools, and the superintendents, principals, teachers, and everyone that plays a role in the success of these programs.”

            The Norris D. Langston Youth Endowment in the Chipola Foundation provides scholarships for students to attend Chipola College.

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LANGSTON YOUTH FOUNDATION HELPS CHIPOLA—The Norris D. Langston Youth Foundation recently presented a check for $18,000 to the Chipola College Foundation. Here, Langston Youth Foundation area coordinator Aaron Peterson (right) and CEO Dr. David Langston (center) present a check to Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough.

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February 21, 2008

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COACH JOHNSON HONORED AT CHIPOLA—More than 125 of Coach Milton H. Johnson’s players, assistant coaches, managers and cheerleaders from Chipola and Campbellton High attended a reunion in the coach’s honor on Feb. 16. Johnson coached hundreds of players during his 40 year career, including at least two father-son sets. Pictured from left, are: Cody Taylor of Bonifay (1969), Zack Taylor of Panama City (1992), Coach Milton H. Johnson, Sydney Granger of Blountstown (1968) and Greg Granger of Blountstown (1992).

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February 21, 2008

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Chipola Auto Students visit Tallahassee Recycling Center—Chipola College Automotive Technology students recently visited Pick-n-Pull recycling center in Tallahassee. Pick-n-Pull was established in Stockton California in 1985, and provides a cost effective resource for original equipment recycled auto parts. The Chipola students got a behind the scenes look at the recycling operation from vehicle purchases through their complete journey to scrap metal.  Students pulled $1,200 worth of parts for Chipola program vehicles which were donated by Pick-n-Pull.

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February 21, 2008

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA

 

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

            The following Mandatory training for Child Care Facility Personnel and Family Child Care Home are scheduled: Pre-School Appropriate Practices, March 1, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Special Needs Appropriate Practices, March 8, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Child Abuse & Neglect, April 11,  6 to 10 p.m.; Child Growth & Development, April 12, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Behavioral Observation and Screening, April 14 & 16, 6 to 9 p.m.; Health, Safety & Nutrition, April 19, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Rules and Regulations (center), April 21& 23, 6 to 9 p.m.; Costs range from $17 to $43 depending on length of course.

            An Introduction to Yoga for Everybody class will meet Mondays and Wednesdays, March 10 through April 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Cost is $64.

            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 21, 2008

CHIPOLA HOSTS GULF COAST FOR HOMECOMING SATURDAY

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College men’s and women’s teams host Gulf Coast Community College for Homecoming, Saturday, Feb. 23, in the final game of regular season. The women’s game begins at 5:30 p.m. and the men tip off at 7:30 p.m. in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center.

            A win over Gulf Coast would give Chipola the Panhandle Conference title. A loss could make the Indians co-champions with OW. Regardless of Saturday’s outcome, Chipola has earned the favorable Panhandle seed in the state tournament due to a 2-1 head-to-head record over OW. 

            The Indians improved to 11-1 in league play and 28-1 overall with a 89-72 win at Pensacola on Feb. 20. Mario Little led Chipola with 27 points. Malik Alvin scored 18, with four assists and three steals.  Gary Flowers had 13. Vernon Teel scored 12 and pulled in 7 rebounds. Casey Mitchell added 10.

            Chipola (11-1) leads the conference race. OW is second at (10-2). GCC is (4-7), TCC is (3-8) and PJC is (1-10).

            Chipola still leads the FCCAA state poll. OW is second. TCC is eighth and Gulf Coast is tenth. Chipola is third in the NJCAA national poll. OW is seventh.  

            Chipola, sparked by a career high five three-point field goals from Mario Little, beat OW 90-81 in front of a sold out crowd on Feb. 16. Chipola connected on ten three-pointers while OW hit a dozen.

            Little had a team high 23 points and 7 rebounds for the Indians. Flowers scored 15, pulled in 10 rebounds, and made 7 assists. Teel added 13 points and 4 rebounds. Freshman Jon Keft had 9 points. 

            The Lady Indians will conclude their season against Gulf Coast on Feb. 23.

            Chipola improved to 7-7 in league play and 21-8 overall with a 48-42 win over Pensacola on Feb. 20. Latoya Williams led Chipola with 16 points.

            Chipola suffered a 60-54 loss to OW on Feb. 16. Williams led with 14 points. Ashley McCray scored 12. Kikwiki Mamuku scored 11 and pulled down 11 rebounds.

            Chipola’s Latoya Williams scored a season-high 39 points in a 91-40 win over North Florida on Feb. 12. Gekela Clemmons had 16 points and Mamuki had 13 rebounds and 12 points.

            The Lady Indians (7-7) are third in the conference race, but only the top two women’s teams in the league make the state tournament this year. Gulf Coast (13-1) and TCC (10-4) will play in the tournament. Chipola and OW are (7-7). Pensacola is (5-9) and North FL is 0-14.

Chipola hosts the State JUCO Tournament March 5-8 in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center. The men’s tournament begins Wednesday, with the women’s set to tip off Thursday. Games times are 1, 3, 6 and 8, on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Championship games are Saturday, March 8 with the men at 5 p.m., and the women at 7:30 p.m.

Tournament passes—$25 for adults and $15 for students—will get fans into all 14 tournament games.  Single session tickets—two games—are $10 each. 

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

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February 21, 2008

CHIPOLA SOFTBALL AT HOME THIS WEEK

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola Lady Indians improved to 11-2 after sweeping Darton College (8-5) and (10-1) in a double-header on Feb. 12. Brooke Muth was the winning pitcher in both games.

            The Lady Indians are ranked third in the state FCCAA poll behind Santa Fe and Indian River.

            Chipola hosts Lake City Community College, Friday, Feb. 22, in a 2 p.m. double-header, and Darton College, Tuesday, Feb. 26, in a 4 p.m. double-header.

            Chipola hosts Pitt Community College in a double-header, Saturday, March 1, at 1 p.m., and Columbia State CC, Tuesday, March 4, in a 2 p.m. double-header.

            Chipola plays four games in Panama City, March 7-9, before returning home to host Hartland College in a 4 p.m. double-header on Tuesday, March 11.

            The Lady Indians begin their defense of the Panhandle Conference title when they host North Florida, Tuesday, March 18, at 4 p.m.

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February 21, 2008

CHIPOLA BASEBALL TEAM AT HOME THIS WEEK

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola Indians baseball team improved to 12-4-1 with a 6-2 win over Darton College on Feb. 20.

            Jason Townsend pitched four innings to earn the win for Chipola. A total of eight pitchers saw action on the mound for the Indians. Jordan Lucas led Chipola on offense with two hits and three RBI’s.  

            Chipola is ranked fifth in the state FCCAA poll behind Miami, St. Pete, Pensacola and Daytona Beach. The Indians are ranked third in the NJCAA pre-season poll behind Central Arizona and Grayson County.

            The Indians host Lake City Community College, Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 2 p.m., at the Chipola stadium.

            Chipola hosts St. Petersburg, in a four-game set, beginning with a single game Friday, Feb. 29, at 6 p.m., a doubleheader, Saturday, March 1, at noon, and a single game Sunday, March 2, at noon.

            The Indians’ home-stand continues Tuesday, March 4, with a 2 p.m. double-header with Grand Rapids.

            Chipola hosts Meridian College in back-to-back doubleheaders, Friday, March 7, at 3 p.m., and Saturday, March 8, at noon.

            The Indians’ host Wallace-Dothan at 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 11, in the final pre-conference game before opening league play, Friday, March 14 at Tallahassee at 4 p.m.

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

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February 28, 2008

STATE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT BEGINS WEDNESDAY AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA–The local motels and restaurants will be filled with some very tall people as Florida’s best junior college teams invade Marianna for the Men’s and Women’s FCCAA/Region VIII state Basketball Tournament which begins Wednesday, March 5, at Chipola’s Johnson Health Center.

            Teams will begin arriving on Tuesday to settle into their hotel rooms at the I-10/Hwy.71 Exit. Teams will practice in the Johnson Center and in local high school gyms throughout the week. Each team is assigned a local host family to help with any need that may arise during the tournament.

            The men’s tournament tips off Wednesday at 1 p.m. (CST) with Polk and Broward.  At 3 p.m., Okaloosa-Walton takes on Santa Fe. Indian River plays Manatee at 6 p.m. Chipola plays Central Florida in the 8 p.m. nightcap on Wednesday.                

            Women’s action begins Thursday at 1 p.m. as Miami Dade takes on Central Florida. At 3 p.m., Tallahassee meets Santa Fe. Gulf Coast plays Hillsborough at 6:00 p.m. Seminole and Broward play in the 8 p.m. nightcap on Thursday.

            Men’s and women’s semi-finals are set for Friday, March 7, with women’s games at 3 and 8 p.m. and men’s contests at 1 and 6 p.m.

The State Championship title games are set for Saturday, March 8, with the men

at  5 p.m., and the women at 7:30 p.m. Champions advance to the NJCAA National Tournaments, in Hutchinson, KS, and Salina, KS.

            More than 2,000 visitors are expected to contribute more than $250,000 into the local economy during the four-day event.  Chipola’s Karan Davis, who coordinates motel rooms for the tournament, reports that more than 175 rooms will be reserved for teams and game officials.  

            Waste Management, Inc., long-time corporate sponsor of the event, recently donated $10,000 to sponsor the tournament. The Florida Credit Union League and local credit unions—Community South CU, Jackson County Teachers CU, Tyndall Federal CU, Envision CU, United Solutions—contributed a total of $10,000 in corporate sponsorships.

            The Jackson County Tourist Development Council awarded a $10,000 grant to help promote the tournament. Tournament administrator Ronnie Myers, a former Chipola player, said, “The tournament is a huge undertaking which requires many volunteers and financial support. We could not host this event without the generous support of our corporate sponsors and the TDC.” 

Robert Trammell, 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.”

Tournament passes—good for all 14 games—are $25 for adults and $15 for students.  Session tickets (two games) are $10 for adults and $6 for students.  Tournament passes are the only guarantee for a seat for the championship game.

Men’s and Women’s Championship games will be available to millions of DISH Network 61.5 subscribers on Channel #9418 and on PAEC’s Florida Education Channel on local cable systems. Jackson County Comcast subscribers also will be able to view all evening session games—Wednesday through Saturday—on Chipola College Television. Fans with Internet access, can watch a live video web-cast of all tournament games on www.chipola.edu and www.cybersportsusa.com. Chipola’s games will be broadcast on radio station WJAQ, 100.9 FM.

            For information, call Tournament Coordinator Alice Pendergrass at (850) 718-2370, or visit the official website at www.chipola.edu         

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WASTE MANAGEMENT SPONSORS STATE TOURNEY— Waste Management is continuing its long-standing partnership with Chipola College by once again sponsoring the Florida Junior College State Basketball Tournament.  Here, Waste Management and Chipola Appreciation Club officials pose with the $10,000 check. Since opening its operations in Jackson County, Waste Management has contributed more than $130,000 to Chipola’s academic and athletic programs.

 

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February 28, 2008

 

Mullins named Chipola’s Teacher Ed Student of the Month

 

            Amanda Mullins has been named Chipola College’s Teacher Education Student of the month.

            The Marianna High and Chipola graduate enrolled in Chipola’s B.S. program in Secondary Mathematics Education in 2006, and is currently a second semester senior interning at Chipley High School.

            Mullins is the first president of the Future Educators Club which has 20 members.  She helped to establish the Teacher Education Commons by designing and organizing the space. 

            She recently led FEC members in hosting the group’s first annual workshop for local teachers and teacher candidates.  Mullins and other teacher candidates also presented at the Florida Conference of Teachers of Mathematics in October.         

            Mullins works in Chipola’s Mathematics, Science and Education Department as the Educator Preparation Institute liaison and serves as a tutor for an 8th grader at Marianna Middle.

            Of her experience at Chipola, Mullins says, “I have had the best training available.  I have received support, encouragement, and constructive criticism.  Because I learned from the best, I have been given the tools and knowledge to be the best.  Most importantly, I have a relationship with the Chipola faculty.  I know that after I graduate, I can call on any of my instructors for help and guidance.  I would encourage anyone considering a career in education to take a close look at this wonderful campus and its amazing faculty.”

            When asked what kind of teacher she hopes to be, Mullins offered Chipola teachers as examples. “I want the heart of Cherry Ward, the sense of direction and organization of Dr. Cavin and the sheer drive, diligence, and untiring love of her craft of Dr. Lou Cleveland. I’d also like to thank Dr. Kitty Myers and tell her that she changed my life,” Mullins said.

            Dr. Lou Cleveland, Director of Teacher Education, said, “I am sure that Amanda struggled with the decision to leave the work force to return to school. However, all her instructors agree that she has a special gift for teaching and learning. As a teacher candidate, she has set a standard of excellence in and out of the classroom.  As a graduate of Chipola’s teacher education program, she will positively impact the mathematical preparedness as well as the lives of many students.”

            Mullins will graduate from Chipola in May with a BS in Middle School Mathematics Education. 

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February 28, 2008

CHIPOLA PLAYERS AND COACH NAMED ALL-CONFERENCE

 

            MARIANNA—Nine Chipola basketball players have earned All-Panhandle Conference honors for the 2007-08 regular season. Chipola also boasts the men’s coach of the year and men’s player of the year.

            Chipola’s Mario Little is the Panhandle Men’s Player of the Year. He is averaging 15.7 points per game. Little joins three other Chipola players on the First Team All-Conference list: Gary Flowers (Newcomer of the Year), Mario Edwards and Jon Kreft.

            Three Indians were named Second Team All-Conference: Brian Mitchell, Clevin Hannah and Malik Alvin. Chipola’s Honorable Mention Selections are: Vernon Teel and Torye Pelham.

Chipola coach Greg Heiar was named Panhandle Conference Coach of the Year after his Indians captured the Conference Championship. The Indians will defend their state title in a first round tournament game with Central Florida, Wednesday, March 5, at 8 p.m., in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center.

Five Chipola Lady Indians garnered All-Conference Honors and Latoya Williams was named to the women’s All–State team.  First Team selections are Latoya Williams, Lesheria Stevens and Ashley McCray.

Second Team All-Conference picks from Chipola are Gekeela Clemmons and Lulu Hayes.

The Lady Indians ended the season ranked sixth in the FCCAA state poll, but finished fourth in the league.

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CHIPOLA’S FIRST TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE PICKS—Chipola College’s First Team All Conference picks are, from left: (top) Mario Little (Panhandle Player of the Year), Gary Flowers, Mario Edwards and Jon Kreft, (bottom) Coach Greg Heiar (Panhandle Coach of the Year), Latoya Williams (All-State), Lesheria Stevens and Ashley McCray.

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February 28, 2008

 

CHIPOLA COLLEGE TO OFFER FREE TAX PREPARATION

 

            MARIANNA—In order to help more local citizens get the most refund due them, Chipola College business instructor Lee Shook and his student volunteers are providing free tax preparation and free electronic filing. 

            The free service—for individual tax returns only—is available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Fridays, through April 11.  Other times may be scheduled by appointment.

            The free service usually takes no longer than 30 minutes. For faster refunds, taxpayers are asked to bring a personal check which has routing information needed for electronic refunds. 

            To make an appointment for free tax assistance, call Lee Shook at (850) 718 2368.

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February 28, 2008

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA

 

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

            The following Mandatory training for Child Care Facility Personnel and Family Child Care Home are scheduled: Special Needs Appropriate Practices, March 8, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Pre-School Appropriate Practices, March 15, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Child Abuse & Neglect, April 11,  6 to 10 p.m.; Child Growth & Development, April 12, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Behavioral Observation and Screening, April 14 & 16, 6 to 9 p.m.; Health, Safety & Nutrition, April 19, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Rules and Regulations (center), April 21& 23, 6 to 9 p.m.; Costs range from $17 to $43 depending on length of course.

            An Introduction to Yoga for Everybody class will meet Mondays and Wednesdays, March 10 through April 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Cost is $64.

            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 28, 2008

 

TOP-RANKED CHIPOLA BEGINS STATE TITLE DEFENSE WEDNESDAY

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Indians begin their defense of the Florida state title Wednesday, March 5, at 8 p.m. (CST) when they play Central Florida in the FCCAA/Region VIII Tournament in Chipola’s Milton H. Johnson Health Center.

            Chipola is the top-ranked team in the FCCAA state poll and second in the NJCAA national poll. The Indians spent most of the season ranked first in the national poll before suffering their only loss of the season at Okaloosa-Walton on Feb. 2. Chipola and Okaloosa-Walton are the heavy favorites to meet in the championship game of the tournament, Saturday, March 8, at 5 p.m.

            OW enters the tournament at 25-3 with two of those losses at the hands of Chipola. The Raiders are second in the state poll and sixth in the national poll.
            The Indians won their fifth-consecutive Panhandle Conference title on Feb. 23 with an 87-77 win over Gulf
Coast. The Indians wrapped up their regular season with an impressive 29-1 overall record.

            Future Kansas Jayhawk Mario Little leads Chipola’s offense averaging 15.7 points per game.  Jon Kreft leads the state in field goal percentage, shooting 80 percent from the floor.

            In national news, the College of Southern Idaho suffered a 90-78 loss to fourth-ranked Salt Lake CC (Utah) on Feb. 22, which moved Wallace State CC - Hanceville (Ala.) to the top of the national poll. Southern Idaho's loss also gave way to Chipola College moving up to No. 2, while the Golden Eagles fell to No. 3.         

            A total of 220 two-year college men’s basketball programs began the season with their sights set on a trip to Hutchinson, KS, for the 2008 National Tournament.
            Chipola finished 33-3 last season and champions of Region 8. At the 2007 NJCAA Division I Basketball Tournament they advanced to the title game, falling to Midland College (
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LITTLE IS BIG FOR CHIPOLA—Chipola’s Mario Little is expected to be a major factor in the Indians’ state championship bid. The tournament begins Wednesday. Chipola plays Central Florida CC at 8 p.m.

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February 28, 2008

 

CHIPOLA’S ‘HOW TO SUCCEED’ OPENS MARCH 12—The big boss, J.B. Biggly (Garrett Brolund) thinks about Finch's (Kevin Russell) crazy ideas for “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.” Tickets for the Chipola production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical are on sale in the Chipola Business office. Performance dates are March 12-15 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 16 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available in the college Business office, or by phone at 850-718-2220. For information, visit www.chipola.edu and click arts.

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BARNES IS CHIPOLA EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH—Ionia Barnes of Marianna is Chipola College’s Career Employee of the Month for March. Barnes serves as Departmental Staff Assistant in the Mathematics, Natural Science and Education department. She has worked at the college since 1976.

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