February 2, 2011

NOTICE OF PRESS CONFERENCES

 

Chipola College will hold two Press Conferences, Wednesday, Feb. 2, at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.  

At 10 a.m., Rep. Marti Coley, college officials, and representatives from the Chipola Workforce Board, will unveil the college’s new Simulation Modeling Technician (SMT) program.  The certification program is designed to provide students with the technical skills needed to produce three-dimensional content for use in business, industry, education, and government applications. Program instructor Matt White will demonstrate 3-D models at the meeting. Program coordinator Christen Bennett will provide registration information. 

The 10 a.m. Press Conference will be held in the Continuing Education Center on College Street near the gym and baseball complex.

At 11 a.m., members of the Chipola Appreciation Club and coaches will meet to kick off the ticket sales drive for the State Community College Basketball Tournament. Chipola will host the tournament, March 2-5. Officials will discuss the economic impact of the tournament. The 11 a.m. Press Conference will be held in the Appreciation Club Hospitality Room of the Milton H. Johnson Health Center.  

For information, call Bryan Craven at 718-2264.

                                                                                   

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February 2, 2011

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 2-5 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.”

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

            Waste Management is official host sponsor for the event. Other sponsors include: the Florida Lottery and the Florida Credit Union League.

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 women’s tournament begins Wednesday, March 2, with the men’s tournament set to tip off Thursday, March 3. 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 2-5 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 women’s basketball coach David Lane; tournament administrator Ronnie Myers; Chipola Appreciation Club president Robert Trammell; Chipola men’s basketball coach Jake Headrick and Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough. For ticket information, call 718-2220, or visit the official tourney web site at: www.chipola.edu

 

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February 2, 2011

CHIPOLA COLLEGE IN 3-D

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College has entered a Brave New World with the announcement of the Simulation Modeling Technician Certificate Program. 

            Rep. Marti Coley and college officials discussed details of the program at a Feb. 2 press conference.

            The Chipola Regional Workforce Development Board funded the startup costs of the program with an initial contribution of $135,000. Richard Williams, Director of the Workforce Development Board was on hand at the meeting.

            Courtney Sawyer, the very first student to enroll in the program also attended the press conference.

            Students in the program will develop the technical skills necessary to produce three-dimensional content to be used in business, industry, education, state and federal government as well as the military. 

            The software that will be taught in this program includes Photoshop, 3D Studio Max, ArcGIS, Java Script, AutoCAD and Unity gaming software.

            Prospective students must have proficiency in computer applications in order to successfully complete the course.

            The first course begins April 11 and runs through Aug. 4. Registration deadline is April 4. Classes are scheduled for Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 5 to 10 p.m. Cost of the program is $1,500 plus the cost of textbooks. Due to the length and the nature of the program, traditional Financial Aid is not available. The course is limited to the first 12 students.

            Matt White, Chipola’s Network Coordinator, will teach the course.

            For information, contact Christen Bennett in the Chipola Continuing Education Office at 850-718-2395 or 850-718-2455.

 

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CHIPOLA IN 3D—Chipola College has entered a Brave New World with the announcement of the Simulation Modeling Technician Certificate Program at a Feb. 2 press conference. Pictured from left, are: Richard Williams, Director of the Chipola Regional Workforce Development Board; Bud Riviere, Dean of Chipola College Workforce programs; Florida Rep. Marti Coley; Courtney Sawyer, the first student to enroll in the program;  Christen Bennett, SMT Coordinator; Matt White, SMT instructor; and Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough.  The first course begins April 11. Registration deadline is April 4. Classes are scheduled for Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 5 to 10 p.m. Cost is $1,500. For information, contact Christen Bennett at 850-718-2455.

 

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February 9, 2011

HOMECOMING 2010 BEGINS FEB. 9

 

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will celebrate Homecoming 2011 from Feb. 9 through 19.  The Indians will host Tallahassee Community College on Saturday, Feb. 19 This year’s homecoming theme is “Indians on Fire.”

            Candidates for Mr. Chipola and Homecoming Queen will be introduced at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 9 in the Cafeteria.  Voting for candidates will take place on the Feb. 9-10. The top two freshmen vote winners (women and men) and the top three sophomore or upper classman vote winners will be named to the Homecoming Court. The sophomore or upper classman winners will be crowned Homecoming Queen and Mr. Chipola.

            Later on Wednesday, Feb. 9, a Retirees Luncheon honoring all retired Chipola faculty and staff is set for 11:30 a.m. in the Faculty Dining Room of the Cafeteria. The lunch is free to retirees and their guests. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP to Bryan Craven at 718-2264.

            SGA will sponsor a Building Decoration Contest among the campus organizations to be judged at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 15. Buildings must be decorated on Monday, Feb. 14. Campus groups should contact Nancy Johnson about the building their club would like to decorate.

            The Homecoming Talent show is Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 10:05 a.m. in the Arts Center.  The contest is open to any campus group or individual currently enrolled at Chipola.  Cash prizes will be awarded to: Best Overall - 1st, 2nd and 3rd; Best Solo, Best Group and Best Band.  Performances are limited to 4 minutes. Sign-up deadline is Feb. 1 in the SGA Office in the Student Center.

            The Chipola chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is sponsoring a free concert featuring the Christian band Remedy Drive at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17, in the Chipola Arts Center.  Up-and-coming local band, Flying Backwards, is scheduled to open. Contact David Hilton, FCA Faculty Adviser at 526-2761, Ext. 3331.

            The annual Chipola Honors Dance featuring the Ivey Brothers band is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 18, from 7 to midnight in the Arts Center.  The $10-a-ticket dance is the main fundraiser for the Honors program which recruits the top students from Chipola’s five-county district. For ticket information, contact Bonnie Smith or Robert Ivey at 526-1761, Ext. 3247.

            The Homecoming games between Chipola and Tallahassee are set for Saturday, Feb. 19. The women game tips off at 5:30 p.m. Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough and his wife, Priscilla, will host an Alumni Reception in the Hospitality Room beginning at 6:30 p.m. All alumni, college retirees and friends of the college are invited. The homecoming court will be presented during halftime of the men’s game which begins at 7:30 p.m.

            For information about Homecoming, call Nancy Johnson at 718-2314.

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February 9, 2011

FEB. 18 DANCE TO BENEFIT CHIPOLA HONORS PROGRAM

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Honors Dance is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 18 in the Art Center. 

            The $10-a-ticket dance is the main fundraiser for the Honors program which recruits students from its five-county district.  The Ivey Brothers have again volunteered their talent and time for the event.

            The Honors program recruits the top high school students from Chipola’s five-county district.  Students must have a 3.5 GPA and a minimum ACT of 23. Honors adviser Bonnie Smith, says, “The Honors program represents the brightest and most involved students from our local high schools.  Many will return to become leaders in their own communities.”  The students are not provided scholarships to attend Chipola as part of the benefits of completing the Honors Program, but most have earned academic scholarships and are required to pay for the one-hour honors seminar each semester.

            Honors students work one-on-one with a faculty member to complete a research project each semester.  The projects are designed with input from the student and the instructor.  Projects range from chemistry experiments that determine an unknown substance to a differential calculus project in knot theory.  At the end of each semester, students present their findings in a research paper and through a multimedia presentation to their peers.

            The Honors Program now offers opportunities for travel with the addition of the field trips.  Smith says, “Since Chipola is viewed as the cultural and academic hub of a large rural district, this seems an appropriate way to invest in the lives of the College's most promising students. These field trips allow our Honor students more access to the arts and a chance to travel to places they have only read about.”

            Some examples of past trips include travel to the Exploreum in Mobile to view the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit; a trip to Jamestown, Virginia, to view the excavation of the original colonial site; and another to New York to visit museums and attend a Broadway play.  Honors students also have had the opportunity to earn college credit while they travel abroad.

            The Honors Program also includes a lecture series featuring experts in their field.  Guest speakers, student seminars, and community debates are part of this effort.  The primary goal of the lecture series is to provide an appealing vehicle for interdisciplinary learning, skill-building and career development.  Past lectures have included discussions on West Nile virus and other infectious diseases, religion and the war in Iraq, the role of advanced mathematics in biology, and a lecture on genetics and stem cell research.   Many of the lectures are open to all Chipola students, faculty and to the public.

            Community service is an integral component of the Honors program.  Students lead fund-raising efforts with local schools for many good causes. Honors raised $5,000 for the Tsunami victims in Asia with funds distributed through United Way.  Other service activities have included working with Habitat for Humanity, volunteering with the Red Cross after hurricanes, assisting the WINGS program at local middle schools and providing reading assistance to at risk kids.  The group has worked with local schools to fight malaria and to help with the Haiti Relief Effort.

            Many of the past activities have been funded in part by the college and the Chipola Foundation.  Due to the expansion of the program and increases in travel costs, the program is looking to the community for additional support.  Donations may be made to Honors endowment through the Chipola Foundation. The endowment provides some of the funding for the cost of the seminars, travel and speaker fees, as well as support materials for student research and presentations.

            Tickets for the Friday, Feb. 18, Honors Dance are available from students in the program, or by calling Bonnie Smith or Robert Ivey at 526-1761, Ext. 3247.

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February 9, 2011

CHIPOLA COLLEGE IN 3-D

 

             MARIANNA—Chipola College has entered a Brave New World with the announcement of the Simulation Modeling Technician Certificate Program. 

            Rep. Marti Coley and college officials discussed details of the program at a Feb. 2 press conference.

            The Chipola Regional Workforce Development Board funded the startup costs of the program with an initial contribution of $135,000. Richard Williams, Director of the Workforce Development Board was on hand at the meeting.

            Courtney Sawyer, the very first student to enroll in the program also attended the press conference.

            Students in the program will develop the technical skills necessary to produce three-dimensional content to be used in business, industry, education, state and federal government as well as the military. 

            The software that will be taught in this program includes Photoshop, 3D Studio Max, ArcGIS, Java Script, AutoCAD and Unity gaming software.

            Prospective students must have proficiency in computer applications in order to successfully complete the course.

            The first course begins April 11 and runs through Aug. 4. Registration deadline is April 4. Classes are scheduled for Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 5 to 10 p.m. Cost of the program is $1,500 plus the cost of textbooks. Due to the length and the nature of the program, traditional Financial Aid is not available. The course is limited to the first 12 students.

            Matt White, Chipola’s Network Coordinator, will teach the course.

            For information, contact Christen Bennett in the Chipola Continuing Education Office at 850-718-2395 or 850-718-2455.

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CHIPOLA IN 3D—Chipola College has entered a Brave New World with the announcement of the Simulation Modeling Technician Certificate Program at a Feb. 2 press conference. Pictured from left, are: Richard Williams, Director of the Chipola Regional Workforce Development Board; Bud Riviere, Dean of Chipola College Workforce programs; Florida Rep. Marti Coley; Courtney Sawyer, the first student to enroll in the program;  Christen Bennett, SMT Coordinator; Matt White, SMT instructor; and Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough.  The first course begins April 11. Registration deadline is April 4. Classes are scheduled for Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 5 to 10 p.m. Cost is $1,500. For information, contact Christen Bennett at 850-718-2455.

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February 9, 2011

CHIPOLA BLACK HISTORY PROGRAM SET FOR FEB. 25

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will host a Black History Month Program, Friday, Feb. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the Continuing Education building. Dinner will be served.

            The theme for the program is, “Paying homage to those who made colossal sacrifices to pave the way for generations to come.”

The public is invited to enjoy the free festivities and dinner, while learning more about Black History.

            For information about the event, contact Dr. Willie Spires at 718-2232.

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February 9, 2011

AUDITION DATES FOR CHIPOLA SCHOLARSHIPS IN THE ARTS

           

         MARIANNA—Auditions dates have been set for Music, Art, and Theatre scholarships to Chipola College for the 2011-12 school year. Music Scholarship auditions are Feb. 24, March 17 April 21, and May 26. Theatre Scholarship auditions are Feb. 24, March 17 and April 21. The Visual Art application and portfolio deadline is April 21.

         The scholarships are available to high school graduates with acceptable academic records and aptitude in music, theatre, and art. Applicants who plan to pursue studies as music, theatre or art majors are eligible to apply for scholarships.  Music or theatre students unable to meet one of the scheduled dates are asked to contact Joan Stadsklev, Director of Fine and Performing Arts, to arrange an alternative audition date.

         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.

         Scholarship applications may be obtained from the college’s web site: www.chipola.edu. Select Fine Arts and click on the discipline of interest.  Applications also are available by calling the Fine and Performing Arts Department at 850-718-2277 or 850-718-2301, or by emailing stadsklevj@chipola.edu

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February 9, 2011

THROSSELL LITERATURE/LANGUAGE FESTIVAL SET AT CHIPOLA

 

                  MARIANNA—Chipola College will host the twenty-first annual Throssell Literature/Language Festival on Friday, Feb. 11.

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. 

Festival coordinator Rachel West says, “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 Little Shop of Horrors.

Chipola senior vice-president Dr. Sarah Clemmons says, “We are looking forward to hosting our twenty-first festival.  It is always a pleasure to have area high school students on our campus for a day of academic competition.”

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February 9, 2011

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CHIPOLA’S ‘Little shop of horrors’—Chipola College Theater is in rehearsal for the long-running, Off-Broadway, hit musical “Little Shop of Horrors,” which opens a five-day run, March 9.  Pictured from left, are: Deanna Harrison (Crystal), Meghan Gilliland (Chiffon) and Kayla Todd (Ronnette).  Tickets go on sale Feb. 23 in the Chipola Business Office. For ticket information, call 718-2220.

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February 9, 2011

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 2-5 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.”

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

         Waste Management is official host sponsor for the event. Other sponsors include: the Florida Lottery and the Florida Credit Union League.

         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 women’s tournament begins Wednesday, March 2, with the men’s tournament set to tip off Thursday, March 3. 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 2-5 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 women’s basketball coach David Lane; tournament administrator Ronnie Myers; Chipola Appreciation Club president Robert Trammell; Chipola men’s basketball coach Jake Headrick and Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough. For ticket information, call 718-2220, or visit the official tourney web site at: www.chipola.edu

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February 9, 2011

CHIPOLA HOSTS PENSACOLA MONDAY, FEB. 14

           

         MARIANNA—Chipola hosts Pensacola, Monday, Feb. 14, in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center. The women’s game tips off at 5:30 p.m. followed by the men’s game at 7:30 p.m. 

         The Indians suffered their first misfire of the conference season with a 68-63 loss to Northwest Florida on Feb. 1. Geron Johnson led Chipola with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Marcos Knight had 15 points and 9 rebounds.  Elijah Pittman had 12 points and 5 rebounds.  Keith Dewitt had 10 points and 8 rebounds.  Chipola trailed 36-23 at the half, but rallied to take a three-point lead late in the final period.

          Chipola’s men still have stronghold on first place in the conference at (20-3, 6-1).  The Indians now share the top spot in the Men’s FCCAA State Poll with Palm Beach (22-2).  Tallahassee (18-7, 4-3) is fourth in the poll.   Northwest (18-5, 3-4) is tied for sixth with St. Pete. Pensacola (16-9, 4-4) is tenth.  

          The Indians scored 67-61 win over Pensacola on Jan. 29. Pittman led Chipola with 16 points. Dewitt had 13 points and 9 rebounds. Johnson had 12 points and 4 assists.

Chipola scored a big 78-57 win over Gulf Coast on Jan. 25. Marcos Knight led Chipola with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Johnson had 17 points and 5 rebounds. Pittman scored 10 points and pulled down 6 rebounds.

         The Indians beat Tallahassee 71-67 on Jan. 18. Chipola outlasted Northwest 56-55 on Jan. 15.  The Indians bested Pensacola 76-67 on Jan. 11.  Chipola opened league play with a 68-64 win over Gulf Coast on Jan. 8.

         The Lady Indians slipped to 17-8 on the year 3-4 in Panhandle conference play with a 58-56 loss to Northwest Florida on Feb. 1. Jasmine Shaw led Chipola with 14 points.  Jeniece Johnson had 13 points and 14 rebounds. Brieona Warner had 7 points and 8 rebounds.  The (3-4) Lady Indians are third in the Panhandle race. The top two teams from the conference earn a spot in the state tournament.

          The Lady Indians fell to top-ranked Pensacola 73-62 on Jan. 29.  Shaw led Chipola with 18 points. Carleeda Green had 16.

Chipola scored a second win over Gulf Coast this season with a 55-46 victory on Jan. 25. Shaw led Chipola with 18 points and 3 rebounds. Green had 12 points and 4 rebounds. Sara Djassi added 9 points and 3 rebounds.

         Chipola beat Tallahassee 55-47 on Jan. 18. Shaw led Chipola with 15.  Green had 14.  Jeniece Johnson scored 13 points. Chipola fell to Northwest, 57-49, in Niceville on Jan. 15.  Chipola lost a close 73-66 game to top-ranked Pensacola on Jan. 11.  

         The Lady Indians opened league play with a 64-59 win over the Lady Commodores on Jan. 8. 

         In the Feb. 1 FCCAA poll, Chipola (17-7, 3-4) is third. Pensacola (25-0, 8-0) is first.  Northwest Florida State (19-4, 4-3) is second. Gulf Coast (13-8, 2-5) is fourth.  Tallahassee (12-8, 1-6) is eighth.  

          Both Chipola teams travel to Tallahassee, Feb. 5, and to Gulf Coast, Feb. 12, before returning home to host Pensacola, Feb. 14.

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

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February 10, 2011

CHIPOLA HOMECOMING 2011

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will celebrate Homecoming 2011 through Feb. 19.  The Indians will host Tallahassee Community College on Saturday, Feb. 19.  This year’s homecoming theme is, “Indians on Fire.”

Dress-up days are scheduled every day of Homecoming Week. Monday, Feb. 14, students are asked to wear their favorite college colors. On Tuesday, students are encouraged to wear pajamas to class. Wednesday, students are asked to wear their high school colors. On Thursday, students are encouraged to wear blue and gold, with war paint. On Friday, students are asked to dress like their favorite Chipola Teacher.

SGA will sponsor a Building Decoration Contest among the campus organizations to be judged at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 15.

            The Homecoming Talent show is Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 10 a.m. in the Arts Center.  The contest is open to any campus group or individual currently enrolled student.  Cash prizes will be awarded to: Best Overall - 1st, 2nd and 3rd; Best Solo, Best Group and Best Band.  Performances are limited to four minutes.

On Thursday, Feb. 17, the Chipola chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is sponsoring a free concert featuring the Christian band Remedy Drive at 6 p.m., in the Chipola Arts Center.  Up-and-coming local band, Flying Backwards, is scheduled to open. Contact David Hilton, FCA Faculty Adviser at 526-2761, Ext. 3331.

         The annual Chipola Honors Dance featuring the Ivey Brothers band is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 18, from 7 to midnight in the Arts Center.  The $10-a-ticket dance is the main fundraiser for the Honors program which recruits the top students from Chipola’s five-county district. For ticket information, contact Bonnie Smith or Robert Ivey at 526-1761, Ext. 3247.

         The Homecoming games between Chipola and Tallahassee are set for Saturday, Feb. 19. The women game tips off at 5:30 p.m. Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough and his wife, Priscilla, will host an Alumni Reception in the Hospitality Room beginning at 6:30 p.m. All alumni, college retirees and friends of the college are invited. The homecoming court will be presented during halftime of the men’s game which begins at 7:30 p.m.

         For information about Homecoming, call Nancy Johnson at 718-2314.

 

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CHIPOLA HOMECOMING COURT—The Chipola College students recently elected members of the 2011 Homecoming Court. Pictured from left, are: sophomore Alex Sanchez, sophomore Piper Williams, freshman Rachel Pelt, freshman Shonyae Clark, sophomore Stephanie Calix, (back) sophomore Austin Pettis, freshman Zach Gilmore, sophomore Marcus Gowan, sophomore Cody Hughes, and freshman Daunta Bell. The winners for Homecoming Queen and Mr. Chipola will be announced during halftime of the Chipola vs. TCC men’s game which begins at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 19.

 

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 February 10, 2011

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CHIPOLA’S ‘Little shop of horrors’—Chipola College Theater is in rehearsal for the long-running, Off-Broadway, hit musical “Little Shop of Horrors,” which opens a five-day run, March 9.  Here, Dianna Glaze as Audrey and Trey McKay as Seymour rehearse a scene. Tickets go on sale Feb. 23 in the Chipola Business Office. For ticket information, call 718-2220.

 

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February 10, 2011

 

CHIPOLA HOSTS REGIONAL PHI BETA LAMBDA EVENT

 

        MARIANNA—Chipola College recently hosted the regional competition for the Phi Beta Lambda business organization.

        Students from Chipola, Florida State University and Taylor Technical Institute competed in 27 performance events and objective exams testing their business knowledge and skills. 

        Chipola College winners included: Michael McArthur, 1st place, Accounting Principles; Tracy Scott, 1st place, Accounting Analysis and Decision Making; April Jackson, 1st place, Business Communications and 1st place, Hospitality Management; Lisa Jenkins, 1st place, Business Law; Zach Gilmore and Tabatha Melzer, tie for 1st place, Computer Applications; Jordan Hatcher, 1st place, Management Concepts; Ethan Thomas, 1st place, Statistical Analysis and 1st place Word Processing; and Tabatha Melzer, 1st place, Public Speaking

         Technology professor Vikki Milton said, “We were proud to host the competition for the region.” 

         Dr. Jim Froh, Director of the Business and Technology Department, said, “It was exciting to see the students preparing case studies, doing presentations and taking test on many areas of business and technology.”

         FBLA-PBL is the premier student business association. The purpose of the group is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. 

         Chipola’s PBL group recently hosted the high school FBLA – Future Business Leaders of America competition. Ten high schools and 90 students competed in events, including business case studies, job interviewing, public speaking, parliamentary procedure, and computer skills.  FBLA members and their families will return to Chipola, Feb. 17, for an awards ceremony in the Arts Center. 

         For information on PBL, contact Chipola PBL adviser, Vikki Milton at miltonv@chipola.edu.

 

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February 10, 2011

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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 Men’s and Women’s State Community College Basketball Tournament, set for March 2-5.  Pictured from left, are: Tournament Administrator Alice Pendergrass, Waste Management Springhill Manager Jeff Massey, Waste Management Community Affairs Manager Amy Boyson, Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough and Tournament Coordinator Dr. Steve Givens.  Since opening its operations in Jackson County, Waste Management has contributed more than $150,000 to Chipola’s academic and athletic programs.

 

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February 10, 2011

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CHIPOLA CROSS COUNTRY—Members of the Chipola College women’s Cross Country team were recognized at a recent basketball game. Pictured from left, are: Chipola athletic director Dr. Dale O’Daniel, Cross Country coach Rance Massengill, MacKenzie Willis, Rebecca Wiltse and Courtney Hodges.  Chipola has participated in cross country for four seasons. For information about the program, contact coach Massengill at 850-718-2440.

 

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February 10, 2011

SHOWALTER AND BAUTISTA HEADLINE CHIPOLA BASEBALL EVENT

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College officially retired the jerseys of Orioles manager Buck Showalter and Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista in a Feb. 5 ceremony at the college.

Dozens of former Chipola baseball players also returned to their alma mater for a Homerun Derby and a Pro Baseball Celebrity Dinner. 

            Showalter worked as an ESPN analyst on Baseball Tonight before taking over as manager of the Orioles in July of 2010.  Showalter has managed the Yankees, Diamondbacks and Rangers.  He grew up in Century, FL, and played at Chipola in 1976. From there Buck moved on to baseball Mississippi State where he was an All-American who batted .459 in 1977. He was selected by the New York Yankees in the fifth round of the draft, and spent seven seasons in the Yankees’ minor league system.

            Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays was Major League Baseball’s 2010 homerun leader with 54. Bautista played at Chipola before being drafted by the Pirates in 2000. The 29 year-old has also played for the Pirates, the Orioles and the Royals. He won this year's Silver Slugger Award, the Hank Aaron Award and finished fourth in voting for the American League MVP.

             

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CHIPOLA HONORS SHOWALTER AND BAUTISTA—Chipola College officially retired the jerseys of Orioles manager Buck Showalter and Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista in a Feb. 5 ceremony at the college. Pictured from left, are: Buck Showalter, former Chipola baseball coach Ellis Dungan, Chipola coach Jeff Johnson and Jose Bautista.

 

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February 10, 2011

CHIPOLA HOSTS PENSACOLA MONDAY AND TALLAHASSEE SATURDAY

         Chipola hosts Pensacola, Monday, Feb. 14, in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center. The women’s game tips off at 5:30 p.m. followed by the men’s game at 7:30 p.m. 

          Chipola beat Tallahassee 62-47 on Feb. 5.  Chipola led 25-21at the intermission, but the Indians caught fire in the second half, hitting 6-of-10 three-pointers and shooting 52 percent.  A pair of Chipola players recorded double-doubles – Marcos Knight (14 points, 11 rebounds) and Keith Dewitt (16 points, 13 rebounds).  Two other players scored in double-figures – Shamarr Bowden with 12 and Geron Johnson with 11.

          The Indians suffered their first misfire of the conference season with a 68-63 loss to Northwest Florida on Feb. 1. Geron Johnson led Chipola with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Marcos Knight had 15 points and 9 rebounds.  Elijah Pittman had 12 points and 5 rebounds.  Keith Dewitt had 10 points and 8 rebounds.  Chipola trailed 36-23 at the half.

          Chipola’s men still have stronghold on first place in the conference at (21-3, 7-1).  The Indians are also first in the Feb. 8 Men’s FCCAA State Poll.  Northwest (19-5, 4-4) is third.  Tallahassee (18-8, 4-4) is sixth in the poll.   Pensacola (16-9, 4-4) is seventh. 

          The Lady Indians improved to 18-8 on the year 4-4 in Panhandle conference play with a 66-48 win over Tallahassee on Feb. 5. Jeniece Johnson led Chipola with 17 points and nine rebounds. Jasmine Shaw added 14 while Carleeda Green and Brieona Warner scored ten points each.

          The Lady Indians suffered a 58-56 loss to Northwest on Feb. 1. Shaw led Chipola with 14.  Johnson had 13 points and 14 rebounds. Brieona Warner had 7 points and 8 rebounds.  The (3-4) Lady Indians are third in the Panhandle race. The top two teams from the conference earn a spot in the state tournament.

          The Lady Indians fell to top-ranked Pensacola 73-62 on Jan. 29.  Chipola scored a second win over Gulf Coast this season with a 55-46 victory on Jan. 25. Shaw led Chipola with 18 points and 3 rebounds. Green had 12 points and 4 rebounds. Sara Djassi added 9 points and 3 rebounds.

         In the Feb. 8 FCCAA poll, Chipola (18-8, 4-4) is third. Pensacola (25-0, 8-0) is first.  Northwest Florida State (20-4, 5-3) is second. Gulf Coast (13-9, 2-6) is fifth.  Tallahassee (12-9, 1-7) is eighth. 

         Both Chipola teams travel to Gulf Coast, Feb. 12, before returning home to host Pensacola, Feb. 14.

         For scores and stats, visit www.chipola.edu or call 718-2CJC.          

 

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February 10, 2011

CHIPOLA BASEBALL TO HOST FIBERCARE CLASSIC

 

         MARIANNA—Chipola College baseball will host the Fibercare JUCO National Classic, Feb. 11-13, at the college baseball complex.

         Games begin Friday, Feb. 11, with Chipola taking on Walters State (TN) at 10 a.m. and Louisburg (NC) at 1 p.m. Games continue Saturday, Feb. 12, with Chipola facing San Jacinto (TX) at 10 a.m. The classic finishes up Sunday, Feb. 13, with Chipola and Middle Georgia at 1 p.m.

         The Indians hit the road next week for games at Darton, Feb. 15, and in Palatka, Feb. 18-19. Chipola returns home Tuesday, Feb. 22, for a 4 p.m. game with Wallace-Dothan.

         Chipola hosts a big tournament, Feb. 24-26, with St. Johns River, Miami-Dade and LSU-Eunice coming to play.

         The Indians open Panhandle Conference play March 12 at Gulf Coast. 

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 February 15, 2011

SMALL BUSINESS SEMINARS SET AT CHIPOLA

           

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer small business seminars in February and March. 

            The first five students to sign up for any seminar will receive free admission.  Students should contact Elissa Severson at 718-2441 or sign up in person in Building M, Office 208A.

           On Friday, Feb. 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., a Webinar on “Understanding Balance Sheets” will be offered. Participants will discover where each line of a balance sheet comes from and how to verify and compare them in this course taught by a local Certified Public Accountant.

           Also on Feb. 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., “Marketing Series, Part 2: Marketing on the Internet and Using Social Media” will be offered. Participants will discover the power of having a social media strategy. Business owners also will learn to implement new marketing techniques, unlock the secrets of social media and establish an online presence.

            On Friday, March 11, a Webinar entitled, “Are You Missing Tax Deductions?” will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Participants will learn which tax deduction areas are being missed due to lack of communication with the tax preparer?  Existing business owners will determine if a change of entity can decrease their taxes.   

            Also on March 11, a seminar entitled, “Ultimate Business Plan,” will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Participants will learn to create an impressive business plan to ensure business success.

            The workshops will meet in Room M-108 of the Chipola Business and Technology building. Cost of each seminar is $30.

            Register at http://clients.floridasbdc.org/center.aspx?center=41230&subloc=4

For information, contact Dr. Jim Froh at 718-2413 or email: frohj@chipola.edu

 

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February 17, 2011

CHIPOLA COLLEGE OFFERING 3-D COURSE

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College is now accepting students for the new Simulation Modeling Technician (3-D) Certificate program. 

            Students in the program will develop the technical skills necessary to produce three-dimensional content to be used in business, industry, education, state and federal government as well as the military. 

            The software that will be taught in this program includes Photoshop, 3D Studio Max, ArcGIS, Java Script, AutoCAD and Unity gaming software.

            Prospective students must have proficiency in computer applications in order to successfully complete the course.

            The first course begins April 11 a nd runs through Aug. 4. Registration deadline is April 4. Classes are scheduled for Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 5 to 10 p.m. Cost of the program is $1,500 plus the cost of textbooks. Due to the length and the nature of the program, traditional Financial Aid is not available. The course is limited to the first 12 students. Matt White, Chipola’s Network Coordinator, will teach the course.

            For information, contact Christen Bennett in the Chipola Continuing Education Office at 850-718-2395 or 850-718-2455.

 

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CHIPOLA IN 3D— Chipola College is now accepting students for the new Simulation Modeling Technician (3-D) Certificate program.  Here, Matt White, SMT instructor, shows a 3-D image of the human skull. The first course begins April 11. Registration deadline is April 4. Cost is $1,500. For information, contact Christen Bennett at 850-718-2455.

 

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February 17, 2011

 

REGISTER NOW FOR TERM ‘C’ CLASSES AT CHIPOLA

 

       MARIANNA—Registration for Spring Term ‘C’ classes at Chipola College is Wednesday, March 2, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Term C classes meet March 3 through May 2. Late registration is Thursday, March 3, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

            Term C courses include: (AMH 2010) American History to 1865 (online); (BSC 1005) Introduction to Biological Sciences, 1:00-2:50, MWR; (ENC 0004) College Prep Writing, 9:00-12:50, MW; (ENC 1102) Comm Skills II (online); (FFP 2740) Fire Science Course Delivery, March 3-17, 5-10 p.m., MTWR; (GEA 2002) World Geography II (online); (HUM 2233) Humanities w/Writing (online); (NUR 2960M) Nursing Review I (modified online); (REA 1205) Advanced Reading 1-5 p.m., F; (SLS 1101) Orientation, (online); (STA 2023) Intro to Statistics, 12:00-1:50, MWR. 

            Chipola's open-door policy guarantees acceptance to any student with a standard high school diploma or its equivalent.  Prospective students should complete a college application which is available in the Office of Admissions, or online at www.chipola.edu. Students also must provide an official high school and college transcript. Students should visit an academic advisor in the Student Services building to register. 

            Chipola has expanded its offerings to include more than 40 individual programs, including BS, AA, AS, AAS, Workforce Certificates and Continuing Education programs.

           Chipola offers the Associate in Arts (AA) Degree program for students who plan to complete their first two years of college work and then transfer to a four year program at Chipola or another college. Academic plans for specific majors are available on the college website at www.chipola.edu.

             The college offers 10 different Bachelor of Science (BS) degree programs, including: Business Administration with Concentrations in Accounting and Management, English Education, Elementary Education, Exceptional Student Education, Mathematics Education (5-9 or 6-12), Science Education (5-9 or 6-12), and an RN to BSN in Nursing.  The Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) offers Teacher Certification for those with a bachelor’s degree in a non-teaching field. 

            Other college programs include: Nursing RN, Practical Nursing, Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic, Nursing Assistant, Patient Care Assistant, Early Childhood Education, Child Care Center Management, Business Administration, Networking Services Technology, Information Technology Management, Computer Information Technology, Computer Systems Technology, Computer Engineering Technology, Office Support, Office Specialist, Cosmetology, Culinary Management, Automotive Service Technology, Recreation Technology, Correctional Officer, Law Enforcement Officer, Crossover from Law Enforcement to Corrections, Crossover from Corrections to Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice Technology, Fire Science Technology and Fire Fighter.

            For information about enrolling at Chipola, call the Admission and Records office at 850-718-2311, or visit www.chipola.edu

                                                             

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CHIPOLA COLLEGE TERM C—Chipola students enjoy a break between classes in the college Student Center. Registration for Spring Term ‘C’ classes at Chipola College is Wednesday, March 2, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Term C classes meet March 3 through May 2. Late registration is Thursday, March 3, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information, call 850-718-2311, or visit www.chipola.edu

                                                             

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February 17, 2011

TICKETS ON SALE FOR CHIPOLA’S ‘‘Little shop of horrors’”

           

            MARIANNA—Tickets go on sale Feb. 23 for the Chipola College production of the Off-Broadway musical, "Little Shop of Horrors."

            The  opens a five-day run, March 9, with shows nightly at 7:30 p.m. and a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee. Some material in the show is best suited to adult audiences.

            Music in the Off-Broadway show was written and composed by the talented team of Alan Menkene and Howard Ashman. The Menkene/Ashman duo also wrote tunes for the Disney versions of “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Alladin.” Menken is nominated for an Oscar for his work in the current Disney animated hit, “Tangled.”

            Chipola Theater director Charles Sirmon selected a cast of 30, including the following roles: Meghan Gilliland as Ronnette, Deanna Harrison as Chiffon, Kayla Todd as Crystal, Griffin Smith as Mushnik, Dianna Glaze as Audrey, Trey McKay as Seymour, Chris Holloway as Orin, D.R. Forrester as Audrey II (manipulation), Caleb Lovely as Audrey II (voice) and Piper Williams as Interviewer.

            The Skid Row Ensemble includes Alex Parish, Allison Bunge, Ashleigh Stowe, Austin Pettis, Tabitha Shumaker, Matthew Van Buren, Joshua Tetlow, Pipper Williams, Blake Collins, Ryan Pilcher, Clint Touchton, Elizabeth Mathis, Austin Brockner, Lee Shook, Joy Wallace, Alexus Perry, Allie Brockner, Sierra Hill, Olivia Corbin, Keith Watford and Seth Basford.

            Austin Pettis is Stage Manager and Alex Anderson is Assistant Stage Manager. Chris Manasco is directing the choreography for the show.

            “Little Shop of Horrors” centers on flower-shop employee Seymour who discovers an exotic plant species at a flea market and brings it back to Mushnik’s Skid Row Florist, where the mysterious plant draws in curiosity seekers and customers. Mushnik is thrilled with the new business, but soon, Seymour learns the plant has an unusual appetite that must be satisfied.  The plant, named “Audrey 2,” having developed a mind and a rhythm-and-blues singing voice of its own, demands that Seymour fulfill its cravings, promising wealth and fame in exchange.

            The stage show was re-made as a popular film starring Steve Martin as the sadistic dentist. 

      For ticket information, call 718-2204.

                                   

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LITTLE SHOP TICKETS ON SALE AT CHIPOLA—Tickets go on sale Feb. 23 for the Chipola College production of the Off-Broadway musical, "Little Shop of Horrors." The  opens a five-day run, March 9, with shows nightly at 7:30 p.m. and a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee. Some material in the show is best suited to adult audiences. Pictured from left, are: (front) Kayla Todd, (back) Meghan Gilliland, Diana Glaze, Griffin Smith, Trey McKay and Deanna Harrison.  For ticket information, call 718-2204.

 

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February 17, 2011

CHIPOLA BLACK HISTORY PROGRAM SET FOR FEB. 25

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will host a Black History Month Program, Friday, Feb. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the Continuing Education building. Dinner will be served.

            The theme for the program is, “Paying homage to those who made colossal sacrifices to pave the way for generations to come.”

The public is invited to enjoy the free festivities and dinner, while learning more about Black History.

            For information about the event, contact Dr. Willie Spires at 718-2232.

 

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February 17, 2011

AUDITION DATES FOR CHIPOLA SCHOLARSHIPS IN THE ARTS

           

           MARIANNA—Auditions dates have been set for Music, Art, and Theatre scholarships to Chipola College for the 2011-12 school year.  

            Music Scholarship auditions are Feb. 24, March 17 April 21, and May 26.

Theatre Scholarship auditions are Feb. 24, March 17 and April 21. The Visual Art application and portfolio deadline is April 21.

            The scholarships are available to high school graduates with acceptable academic records and aptitude in music, theatre, and art. Applicants who plan to pursue studies as music, theatre or art majors are eligible to apply for scholarships.  Music or theatre students unable to meet one of the scheduled dates are asked to contact Joan Stadsklev, Director of Fine and Performing Arts, to arrange an alternative audition date.

            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.

            Scholarship applications may be obtained from the college’s web site: www.chipola.edu. Select Fine Arts and click on the discipline of interest.

            Applications also are available by calling the Fine and Performing Arts Department at 850-718-2277 or 850-718-2301, or by emailing stadsklevj@chipola.edu

 

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February 17, 2011

SMALL BUSINESS SEMINARS SET AT CHIPOLA

           

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer small business seminars in February and March. 

The first five students to sign up for any seminar will receive free admission.  Students should contact Elissa Severson at 718-2441 or sign up in person in Building M, Office 208A.

            On Friday, Feb. 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., a Webinar on “Understanding Balance Sheets” will be offered. Participants will discover where each line of a balance sheet comes from and how to verify and compare them in this course taught by a local Certified Public Accountant.

            Also on Feb. 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., “Marketing Series, Part 2: Marketing on the Internet and Using Social Media” will be offered. Participants will discover the power of having a social media strategy. Business owners also will learn to implement new marketing techniques, unlock the secrets of social media and establish an online presence.

           On Friday, March 11, a Webinar entitled, “Are You Missing Tax Deductions?” will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Participants will learn which tax deduction areas are being missed due to lack of communication with the tax preparer?  Existing business owners will determine if a change of entity can decrease their taxes.   

            Also on March 11, a seminar entitled, “Ultimate Business Plan,” will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Participants will learn to create an impressive business plan to ensure business success.

            The workshops will meet in Room M-108 of the Chipola Business and Technology building. Cost of each seminar is $30.

           Register at http://clients.floridasbdc.org/center.aspx?center=41230&subloc=4

For information, contact Dr. Jim Froh at 718-2413 or email: frohj@chipola.edu

 

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February 17, 2011

FIREARMS COURSE SET AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will hold an 8-hour Firearms Familiarization course, Saturday, March 19, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Chipola Annex Firing Range on the Blue Springs Highway.

            Although this class can be used to meet requirements to obtain a concealed weapon permit, those who simply want to learn to shoot or take a refresher course are welcome.         

            Only .38 cal, 9mm, and .40 cal ammunition will be provided. College weapons will be utilized for most of the course, but students will be allowed to shoot their own weapons at some point. Personal weapons must be left in the vehicle until requested by instructors.

            Registration and payment of the $100 fee must be completed in advance. Class size is limited. Use of a weapon and ammunition are included in the cost of the course.

            For information, call Doris Williams at (850) 718-2394 or e-mail williamsd@chipola.edu.

 

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February 17, 2011

CHIPOLA MUSIC STUDENTS ATTEND SYMPOSIUM

 

             BOCA RATON—Chipola College music students recently attended the Florida Community College Activities Association Winter Music Symposium hosted by Florida Atlantic University’s Department of Music in Boca Raton.

            Joseph Covington, a student of Chipola guitar teacher Adam Larison, won the statewide Student Artist Competition in the guitar category.  Kari McConkey (trumpet) and Trey Holmes (trombone), students of Dr. Daniel Powell, and Steve Ozbun (guitar), student of Adam Larison, also competed in the Student Artist Competition. 

            Chipola students also rehearsed and performed in music ensembles made up of members from several Florida colleges and universities.  Wade Boan (percussion) and Trey Holmes (trombone) performed in the Jazz Ensemble.  Joseph Covington and Steve Ozbun were first and second chair in the Classical Guitar Ensemble.  Kari McConkey (trumpet) performed with the Wind Ensemble, and Adam Smith (percussion) performed in the Wind and Percussion Ensembles. 

         Chipola music faculty Dr. Josh Martin and Dr. Daniel Powell accompanied the students at the symposium.

 

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CHIPOLA MUSIC STUDENTS ATTEND MUSIC SYMPOSIUM—Chipola College music students recently attended the Florida Community College Activities Association Winter Music Symposium hosted by Florida Atlantic University’s Department of Music in Boca Raton. Pictured from left, are:  Trey Holmes (trombone) of Marianna, Adam Smith (percussion) of Bonifay, Steve Ozbun (guitar) of Dothan, Wade Boan (percussion) of Wausau, Kari McKonkey (trumpet) of Bonifay, Joseph Covington (guitar) of Marianna, Dr. Daniel Powell, Chipola music faculty and Dr. josh Martin, Chipola music faculty.

 

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February 17, 2011

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JACKSON HOSPITAL PRESENTS CHIPOLA HONORS PROGRAM—Jackson Hospital recently presented a program for students in the Chipola College Honors program. Pictured from left, are: (front)  Mary Beth Alderman, FSU Med students Amanda Pearcy and Gina Obmana , Megan Dady; (back) Chipola Honors advisers Robert Ivey and Bonnie Smith, Rosie Smith, Jackson Hospital PR director, Dr. Stephen Spence, FSU College of Medicine Rural Site Director, Joy Belser and Alisha Tate.

 

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February 17, 2011

CHIPOLA INDIANS WIN CONFERENCE TITLE

            The Chipola Indians clinched the Panhandle Conference Championship and spot in the state tournament with a 69-62 win over Pensacola on Feb. 14. Marcos Knight led Chipola with 28 points and 12 rebounds. Shamarr Bowden had 11 points.

            The Indians are scheduled to host Tallahassee Feb. 19 for Homecoming and the final game of the conference season.

Chipola suffered a 67-65 loss to Northwest Florida Feb. 16 in Niceville. Chipola led 29-27 at half, but gave up 40 points in the second half. Marcos Knight led Chipola with 16 points. Sam Grooms scored 11 points. Geron Johnson and Keith Dewitt scored 10 points apiece

The Indians scored a 73-59 win at Gulf Coast on Feb. 12.  Bowden led with 20 points on six three-pointers. Elijah Pittman scored 17. Marcos Knight scored 11 points. Keith Dewitt had 10. Chipola is 23-3 overall and 9-1 in conference play.

Chipola’s men (23-4, 9-2) are conference champs and first in the Men’s FCCAA State Poll.  Palm Beach (25-4) is second.  Central Florida is third. Northwest Florida (21-6, 6-5) is fourth.  Tallahassee (21-8, 7-4) is fifth in the poll.    

            Chipola scored a 62-47 win over Tallahassee on Feb. 5.  A pair of Chipola players recorded double-doubles – Marcos Knight (14 points, 11 rebounds) and Keith Dewitt (16 points, 13 rebounds).  Shamarr Bowden scored 12 and Geron Johnson added 11.

The Lady Indians slipped to 4-7 in conference play with a 78-67 loss to Northwest on Feb. 16.  Jasmine Shaw led Chipola with 33 points.

             Chipola lost to top-ranked Pensacola 60-44 on Feb. 14.  Brieona Warner led Chipola with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Sara Djassi scored 10.

Chipola suffered their only loss of the season to Gulf Coast in an 82-64 game on Feb. 12.  Jasmine Shaw led Chipola with 19 points.  Jeniece Johnson had 18 points. Sara Djassi added 10.

Chipola scored a 66-48 win over Tallahassee on Feb. 5. Jeniece Johnson led Chipola with 17 points and nine rebounds. Jasmine Shaw added 14 while Carleeda Green and Brieona Warner scored ten points each.

                Pensacola (29-0, 12-0) is the Panhandle Conference champion and ranked first in the FCCAA State Women’s Poll. Northwest (22-5, 7-4) is second. Chipola (18-11, 4-7) is third and Gulf Coast is (14-11, 3-8) is sixth. TCC is (13-11, 2-9) is tenth.

The homecoming court will be presented during halftime of the men’s game this evening which begins at 7:30 p.m.

Chipola will host the FCCAA Men’s and Women’s State Tournament, March 2-5, in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center.

For scores and stats, visit www.chipola.edu or call 718-2CJC.          

 

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February 17, 2011

CHIPOLA BASEBALL AT HOME THIS WEEK

 

             MARIANNA—Chipola College baseball will host Wallace-Dothan, Tuesday, Feb. 22, for a 4 p.m. game.

             The Indians host several teams in a Feb. 24-26 tournament with St. Johns River, Miami-Dade and LSU-Eunice coming to play.

             The Indians play St. Johns River, Thursday, Feb. 24, at 5 p.m.  On Friday, Feb. 25, Chipola plays Miami-Dade at 10 a.m. and LSU-Eunice at 7 p.m. Chipola plays Miami-Dade, Saturday, Feb. 26, at 2 p.m.

             Chipola’s Johnny Cristi threw a no-hitter as the #9 Indians defeated #4 Walters State (TN) by the final 6-0 in the 2011 Chipola / Fibercare JUCO  National Classic on Feb. 11. Cristi struck out seven batters and allowed only two walks in the seven inning contest, as the Indians provided run support by plating six runs on seven hits. 

            The Indians open Panhandle Conference play March 12 at Gulf Coast. 

 

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February 17, 2011

FORMER INDIAN, BAUTISTA, CLOSE TO $65 MILLION CONTRACT EXTENSION

             The Toronto Blue Jays and third baseman Jose Bautista are close to agreeing to a five-year contract extension worth close to $65 million, a source told ESPNdeportes.com.

Bautista is a former Chipola College baseball player whose Indians jersey was retired earlier this month.

             The agreement, which would include financial support for Bautista's charitable activities in Toronto and the Dominican Republic, is missing some details including the player passing a physical.

             If an agreement is reached, the Canadian franchise would avoid salary arbitration with the 2010 major league home run leader.

             Bautista, 30, requested a salary of $10.5 million for 2011, while the club offered $7.6 million. He would be eligible for free agency after next season if a multiyear deal isn't reached.

             Bautista has a .244 career batting average with five teams in his seven-year MLB career but is coming off a dream season in which he led the majors with 54 homers and was selected to his first All-Star team.

             In his third year with Blue Jays, Bautista hit .260 with 124 RBIs and 109 runs scored.

             He was fourth in AL MVP voting and was the recipient of the Hank Aaron Award, awarded to the most complete batter in each league.

 

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 February 24, 2011

STATE JUCO BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT BEGINS MARCH 3 AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—The top 16 community college basketball teams in Florida will begin arriving in Marianna Tuesday for the Florida Junior College Men's and Women’s State Basketball Tournament set for March 2-5 in Chipola College’s Milton H. Johnson Health Center.

            Some 400 basketball players along with coaches, cheerleaders and fans will fill nearly 200 hotel rooms during the tourney. Teams will begin practice Tuesday in the Johnson Center and in local high school gyms. Each team is assigned a local host family to help with any need that may arise during the tournament.

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.  

            Women’s action begins Wednesday, March 2, at 1 p.m., as Indian River takes on Central Florida. At 3 p.m., Pensacola meets Daytona. The 6 p.m. game features Northwest and St. Petersburg.   Santa Fe and Miami Dade play in the 8 p.m. nightcap on Wednesday.

            The men’s tournament tips off Thursday, March 3, at 1 p.m. as Central Florida takes on Brevard.  At 3 p.m., Tallahassee takes on Polk. Chipola faces St. Petersburg in the 6 p.m. game.  Palm Beach and Daytona meet in the 8 p.m. nightcap on Thursday.                  

            Men’s and women’s semi-finals are set for Friday, March 4, with women’s games at 1 and 6 p.m. and men’s contests at 3 and 8 p.m. The State Championship title games are set for Saturday, March 5, with the women at 5 p.m., and the men at 7:30 p.m.

            Waste Management is official host sponsor for the event. The Jackson County Tourist Development Council awarded a grant to help promote the tournament.  The Florida Lottery is also a major sponsor of the event. 

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. 

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

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February 24, 2011

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TOURNAMENT TEAM HOSTS—Several local sports fans have volunteered to serve as hosts for the 16 teams which will be in town, March 2-5, for the State Junior College Basketball Tournament at Chipola College. Pictured from left, are: (front) Vickie Curry, Tracy Dudley, Caretha Everett, Eulice Bryant, Janet Wise, Natalie Hardy, Merle Houston, (back) Patrick Bryan, Leroy Boone, Ryan Shipp, Mark Flack, John Ellerbee, Jay Mitchell and Willie Spires. Not pictured are JoAnn Everett and Ralph Harrison. ####

 

February 24, 2011

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CHIPOLA HOMECOMING COURT— Alexa Sanchez was crowned Chipola College’s 2011 Homecoming Queen and Cody Hughes was crowned Mr. Chipola at the homecoming game on Feb. 19. Members of the court are, from left: Rachel Pelt of Sneads, Zach Gilmore of Marianna, Shonyae Clark of Campbellton, Daunta Bell of Marianna, Alexa Sanchez of Marianna, Cody Hughes of Malone, 2010 Queen Sylvianna Garrett of Greenwood, Piper Williams of Bonifay,  Austin Pettis of Vernon, Marcus Gowan of Telogia and Stephanie Calix of Chipley.

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February 24, 2011

REGISTER NOW FOR TERM ‘C’ CLASSES AT CHIPOLA

            MARIANNA—Registration for Spring Term ‘C’ classes at Chipola College is Wednesday, March 2, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Term C classes meet March 3 through May 2. Late registration is Thursday, March 3, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

            Term C courses include: (AMH 2010) American History to 1865 (online); (BSC 1005) Introduction to Biological Sciences, 1:00-2:50, MWR; (ENC 0004) College Prep Writing, 9:00-12:50, MW; (ENC 1102) Comm Skills II (online); (FFP 2740) Fire Science Course Delivery, March 3-17, 5-10 p.m., MTWR; (GEA 2002) World Geography II (online); (HUM 2233) Humanities w/Writing (online); (NUR 2960M) Nursing Review I (modified online); (REA 1205) Advanced Reading 1-5 p.m., F; (SLS 1101) Orientation, (online); (STA 2023) Intro to Statistics, 12:00-1:50, MWR. 

            Chipola's open-door policy guarantees acceptance to any student with a standard high school diploma or its equivalent.  Prospective students should complete a college application which is available in the Office of Admissions, or online at www.chipola.edu. Students also must provide an official high school and college transcript. Students should visit an academic advisor in the Student Services building to register. 

            Chipola has expanded its offerings to include more than 40 individual programs, including BS, AA, AS, AAS, Workforce Certificates and Continuing Education programs. 

            Chipola offers the Associate in Arts (AA) Degree program for students who plan to complete their first two years of college work and then transfer to a four year program at Chipola or another college. Academic plans for specific majors are available on the college website at www.chipola.edu.

            The college offers 10 different Bachelor of Science (BS) degree programs, including: Business Administration with Concentrations in Accounting and Management, English Education, Elementary Education, Exceptional Student Education, Mathematics Education (5-9 or 6-12), Science Education (5-9 or 6-12), and an RN to BSN in Nursing.  The Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) offers Teacher Certification for those with a bachelor’s degree in a non-teaching field. 

           Other college programs include: Nursing RN, Practical Nursing, Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic, Nursing Assistant, Patient Care Assistant, Early Childhood Education, Child Care Center Management, Business Administration, Networking Services Technology, Information Technology Management, Computer Information Technology, Computer Systems Technology, Computer Engineering Technology, Cosmetology, Culinary Management, Automotive Service Technology, Recreation Technology, Correctional Officer, Law Enforcement Officer, Crossover from Law Enforcement to Corrections, Crossover from Corrections to Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice Technology, Fire Science Technology and Fire Fighter.

            For information about enrolling at Chipola, call the Admission and Records office at 850-718-2311, or visit www.chipola.edu

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February 24, 2011

CHIPOLA HOSTS FBLA DISTRICT AWARDS CEREMONY

 

             MARIANNA—Chipola College hosted the 2011 Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) District II Awards ceremony, Feb. 17, in the college Arts Center. 

Chipola executive vice president Dr. Sarah Clemmons welcomed the group of middle and high school students from 11 area schools along with their advisers and parents. District 2 FBLA advisers are Melissa Baxley and Patricia Bearden.

             The Chipola Theatre department entertained the crowd with scenes and songs from the upcoming musical “Little Shop of Horrors.”  Following the entertainment, district officer candidates presented campaign speeches and elections were held. 

             Awards were then presented in over 50 competitive and skills events from the areas of technology, public speaking, business, finance and management.  First place winners in the various events qualify to compete in the state FBLA Leadership Conference in Orlando in April.

             FBLA-PBL is an organization dedicated to helping business students prepare for their future careers.  Middle and high school FBLA students build portfolios of documented accomplishments to complement academic experience and also participate in business and leadership programs to enhance leadership skills.

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FBLA AWARDS AT CHIPOLA—Chipola College hosted the 2011 Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) District II Awards ceremony, Feb. 17, in the college Arts Center.  Pictured are first place winners from Grand Ridge Middle School.

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February 24, 2011

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FORAN IS TOP EMPLOYEE—Laurel Foran is Chipola College’s Career Employee for February. Foran serves as a Staff Assistant in Accounts Payable in the Business Office and has worked at the college since 1996. Here, (left) Foran is congratulated by Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough.

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February 24, 2011

TICKETS ON SALE FOR CHIPOLA’S ‘‘Little shop of horrors”

           

            MARIANNA—Tickets are now on sale for the Chipola College production of the Off-Broadway musical, "Little Shop of Horrors."

            The show opens a five-day run, March 9, with shows nightly at 7 p.m. and a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee. Some material in the show is best suited to adult audiences.

            Music in the Off-Broadway show was written and composed by the talented team of Alan Menkene and Howard Ashman. The Menkene/Ashman duo also wrote tunes for the Disney versions of “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Alladin.” Menken is nominated for an Oscar for his work in the current Disney animated hit, “Tangled.”

            Chipola Theater director Charles Sirmon selected a cast of 30, including the following roles: Meghan Gilliland as Ronnette, Deanna Harrison as Chiffon, Kayla Todd as Crystal, Griffin Smith as Mushnik, Dianna Glaze as Audrey, Trey McKay as Seymour, Chris Holloway as Orin, D.R. Forrester as Audrey II (manipulation), Caleb Lovely as Audrey II (voice) and Piper Williams as Interviewer.

            The Skid Row Ensemble includes Alex Parish, Allison Bunge, Ashleigh Stowe, Austin Pettis, Tabitha Shumaker, Matthew Van Buren, Joshua Tetlow, Pipper Williams, Blake Collins, Ryan Pilcher, Clint Touchton, Elizabeth Mathis, Austin Brockner, Lee Shook, Joy Wallace, Alexus Perry, Allie Brockner, Sierra Hill, Olivia Corbin, Keith Watford and Seth Basford.

            Austin Pettis is Stage Manager and Alex Anderson is Assistant Stage Manager. Chris Manasco is directing the choreography for the show.

            “Little Shop of Horrors” centers on flower-shop employee Seymour who discovers an exotic plant species at a flea market and brings it back to Mushnik’s Skid Row Florist, where the mysterious plant draws in curiosity seekers and customers. Mushnik is thrilled with the new business, but soon, Seymour learns the plant has an unusual appetite that must be satisfied.  The plant, named “Audrey 2,” having developed a mind and a rhythm-and-blues singing voice of its own, demands that Seymour fulfill its cravings, promising wealth and fame in exchange.

            The stage show was re-made as a popular film starring Steve Martin as the sadistic dentist. 

            For ticket information, call 718-2204.

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LITTLE SHOP TICKETS ON SALE AT CHIPOLA—Tickets are now on sale for the Chipola College production of the musical, "Little Shop of Horrors." The  show opens a five-day run, March 9, with shows nightly at 7 p.m. and a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee. Cast and crew are, from left: (front) Haylie McLane, Ryan Pilcher, Elizabeth Mathis, Allie Brockner, Sierra Hill, Piper Williams, Alex Parish, Jow Wallace, Olivia Corbin, Ashleigh Stowe, Tabitha Shuemaker, Alexus Perry, Christine Lauen, (second row) Kassi Starrine, Darren Blake Collins, Clint Touchton, Joshua Tetlow, Matthew Van Buren, Seth Basford, Keith Watford, Austin Brockner, Lee Shook, Austin Pettis, (third row) David Reeves Forrester, Kayla Todd, Mehgan Gilliland, Deanna Harrison, Dianna Glaze, Trey McKay, Griffin Smith, Chris Holloway, Steven Ozbun, (back row) Adam Smith, choreographer Chris Manasco, director Charles Sirmon, Pete Smith, Alex Anderson, Josh Martin, Caleb Lovely.  For ticket information, call 718-2204.

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February 24, 2011

CHIPOLA’S LITERATURE/LANGUAGE WINNERS

 

            MARIANNA—Some 130 students from 13 area high schools competed in writing, reading, speech, oral interpretation, literature, humanities, grammar, and spanish contests at Chipola College on Feb. 11.

            The occasion was the Twenty-first 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—Harlea Perdue of Blountstown High School. 

            Writing: first—Cheyenne Griffin of Liberty County High School; second—David Leonard of Blountstown High School; third—Jessica Bean of Holmes County School; honorable mentions—Paul Kelson of Marianna High School and Katelynn Ballard of Altha School.

            Speech: first—Addison McIntosh of Poplar Springs High School; second—Johnney Parrish of Cottondale High School; third—Karissa Flowers of Blountstown High School; honorable mentions—Shelby Calloway of Malone High School and Tatum Skipper of Malone High School.

            Oral Interpretation: first—Darien Pollock of Cottondale High School; second—Leah Page of Chipley High School; third—Ian Griffin of Sneads High School; honorable mentions—Trent Wise of Blountstown High School and Allie Brockner of Marianna High School.

            Literature: first—Paul Kelson of Marianna High School; second—Kimi Wiltse of Altha High School; third—Brandon Alford of Blountstown High School; honorable mentions—Keion Woulard of Graceville High School and Timothy Rainey of Bethlehem High School.  

            Humanities: first—Ian Griffin of Sneads High School; second—Anne Marie Nichols of Graceville High School; third—Matt McGraw of Blountstown High School; honorable mentions—Zach Yarbrough of Vernon High School and DeAnna Grimes of Blountstown High School.

            Grammar: first—Harlea Perdue of Blountstown High School; second—David Leonard of Blountstown School; third—Ellie Boeckman of Sneads High School; honorable mentions—Cheyenne Raines of Marianna High School and Ford Leavins of Bethlehem High School.

            Spanish Language Contest: first—Araceli Galvan of Chipley High School; second—William Soto of Marianna High School; third—Leticia Rodriguez of Sneads High School; honorable mentions—José Hernández of Sneads High School and Jennifer Ruiz of Cottondale High School.

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February 24, 2011

UF AG ED PROGRAM AT CHIPOLA ON HOLD

 

             MARIANNA—Dr. Mark Rieger, interim dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Florida, has informed Chipola College officials that the Agricultural Education program proposed for the Chipola campus is only in the discussion phase and may require years to implement, if it is to be implemented at all. 

             Citing pending budgetary concerns faced by UF, Dr. Rieger, said, “More work needs to be done and a far more favorable environment for new program development needs to arise.” He cited the need for the program to be fully self-funded and a lack of good data on student interest as the main reasons for the shift in priority for the program. 

             Chipola officials have championed the program based on an initial interest survey indicating “a very positive response for both program interest and perceived need for the program in this region,” according to Bud Riviere, Workforce Development dean at Chipola. “We regret the change in direction regarding the program,” Riviere said. 

             For information about the future of the program, contact Dr. Reiger at (352)-392-1961.

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February 24, 2011

CHIPOLA INDIANS WIN CONFERENCE TITLE

 

                MARIANNA— The Chipola Indians captured the Panhandle Conference title and will play St. Petersburg in the first round of the State JUCO Tournament, Thursday, March 3, at 6 p.m., in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center.

Chipola finished the regular season with a 64-56 loss to Tallahassee on Feb. 19.  Keith Dewitt led Chipola in the loss with 21 points and 8 rebounds.  Geron Johnson had 11 points.  Elijah Pittman had 11 points and 4 rebounds.

                The Indians clinched the Conference Championship with a 69-62 win over Pensacola on Feb. 14. Marcos Knight led Chipola with 28 points and 12 rebounds. Shamarr Bowden had 11 points.

                Chipola’s men (23-5, 9-3) are first in the FCCAA State Poll.  Tallahassee (28-8, 8-4) is fifth in the poll and will face Polk in the first round of the state tournament, Thursday, March 3, at 3 p.m. Palm Beach (25-5) is second in the poll.  Central Florida is (24-6) third. Northwest Florida (22-6, 7-5) is fourth. 

                The Lady Indians finished the 2011 season with a 76-45 win over Tallahassee on Feb. 19.  Cayla Walker led Chipola with 18 points and 3 rebounds. Jasmine Shaw had 17 points and 3 rebounds. 

Pensacola (29-0, 12-0) is the Panhandle Conference champion and ranked first in the FCCAA State Women’s Poll. Pensacola and Northwest (22-6, 7-5) will represent the     Panhandle in the Women’s State Tournament. Chipola (19-11, 5-7) finished third in the state poll with Gulf Coast is (15-11, 4-8) at sixth. TCC is (13-12, 2-10) is tenth.

                Chipola will host the FCCAA Men’s and Women’s State Tournament, March 2-5, in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center. For scores and stats, visit www.chipola.edu or call 718-2CJC.          

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February 24, 2011

CHIPOLA PLAYERS AND COACH NAMED ALL-CONFERENCE

 

            MARIANNA—Six Chipola basketball players have earned All-Panhandle Conference honors for the 2010-11 regular season. Chipola also boasts the men’s coach of the year.

            Four Chipola players were named on the First Team All-Conference list: Marcos Knight, Keith Dewitt, Sam Grooms and Geron Johnson.

            Two Indians were named Second Team All-Conference: Shamar Bowden and Elijah Pittman. 

            Chipola men’s coach Jake Headrick 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 St. Petersburg, Thursday, March 3, at 6 p.m., in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center.

            Six Chipola Lady Indians garnered All-Conference Honors. Chipola’s Jasmine Shaw was named First Team All-Conference and was one of four All-State selections.

            Second Team All-Conference picks from Chipola are Carleeda Green, Jeniece Johnson, Brieona Warner and Ance Celmina. Sara Djassi was an Honorable Mention pick on the All Conference team. 

            The Lady Indians ended the season ranked third in the FCCAA state poll, and third in the Panhandle Conference race.  

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CHIPOLA MEN’S ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM PICKS—Chipola College Men’s All Conference Team picks are, from left: (top) Marcos Knight, Keith Dewitt, Sam Grooms (bottom) Geron Johnson, Shamarr Bowden, Elijah Pittman.

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CHIPOLA WOMEN’S ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM PICKS—Chipola College Women’s All Conference Team picks are, from left: (top) Jasmine Shaw, Carleeda Green, Jeniece Johnson (bottom) Brieona Warner, Ance Celmina, Sara Djassi.

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February 24, 2011

CHIPOLA’S RICH IS FCCAA SOFTBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

 

         Chipola sophomore Samantha Rich of Wewahitchka, FL, is this week’s FCCAA Softball Player of the Week.  Rich—a freshman outfielder—batted .786 (11-for-14) with two home runs and five RBI’s in five games at the Aiken Tech Tournament, Feb. 18-19.

         She hit safely in all five games and collected at least two hits in each outing. On day one, she was 6-for-8, which included a home run and three RBI’s against Florence-Darlington Tech. On day two, she was 5-for-6 and scored three runs in wins over Middle Georgia and Walters State.

         The Lady Indian Softball Team won the Aiken (SC) Tech Classic Fastpitch Tournament, Feb. 18-19.  Chipola won the first three games by the mercy rule, ahead by 8 runs after 5 innings.  On the Championship day, Chipola beat Middle Georgia 8-0, then defeated Walters State in the Championship Game.  Walters State is a national contender and that made the championship game a shoot out between former National Champions. 

         The Lady Indians (15-6) are the fourth-ranked team in the FCCAA State poll. Chipola is on the road this week, but the team returns home March 2, for games with Lake Michigan at 2 and 4 p.m.

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