February 6, 2015

Padgett Appointed TO chipola Board

PADGETT RE-APPOINTED TO CHIPOLA COLLEGE BOARD 

 

                TALLAHASSEE–Governor Rick Scott on Feb. 4 announced the re-appointment of John Padgett to the Chipola College District Board of Trustees.

                Padgett is a retired businessman, a U.S. Army veteran and a former Jackson County Commissioner.

                Nine trustees represent Chipola’s five-county district on the board. Other trustees include: Jan Page of Chipley, CEO of Community South Credit Union; Gary Clark of Chipley, vice president of West Florida Electric Cooperative; Gina Stuart of Marianna, a Realtor; Tommy Lassmann of Marianna, a commercial banker with Cadence Bank;  Kyle Hudson of Bonifay, the Holmes County Clerk of the Circuit Court; Hannah Sumner Causseaux of Bristol, the former director of appointments in the Executive Office of the Governor; and board chair Daniel Ryals, III, of Blountstown, a real estate broker.

                All appointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

 

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February 6, 2015

 

 

CHIPOLA HONORS RONNIE MYERS AT HOMECOMING

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College and Appreciation Club officials honored Ronnie Myers for outstanding service by dedicating the Ronnie Myers Appreciation Club Room in the Milton H. Johnson Center. The ceremony was held at the Homecoming game on Jan. 31.

                Myers graduated from Chipola in 1962 where he starred on the basketball team coached by Milton Johnson. He led the Indians to numerous wins from 1960 to 1962. His Chipola team also won the first State Championship in 1962.

                Chipola President Dr. Jason Hurst says, “Ronnie has been a continuous supporter of Chipola Athletics for 43 years. This is a fitting honor for his dedicated service.”

                Myers has served as Appreciation Club President in different terms totaling 10 years. He has led ticket sales, membership drives, and hosted many coaches and players in his home. 

                Myers played a key role in bringing the State Basketball Tournament to Marianna and served as a Tournament Director for 18 years. He helped organize numerous events to fund Athletic Scholarships and was inducted into the Florida College System Activities Association Hall of Fame.

                During the ceremony, Myers’ lifelong friend Robert Trammell announced that the college and the Appreciation Club are joining together to establish a scholarship in Myers’ name.

 

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CHIPOLA HONORS RONNIE MYERS AT HOMECOMING—Chipola College and Appreciation Club officials honored Ronnie Myers for outstanding service by dedicating the Ronnie Myers Appreciation Club Room in the Milton H. Johnson Center. Pictured with Chipola officials are members of the Myers family, from left: Melissa Munroe, Wallace Munroe, Madeline Munroe, Amie Myers, Taylor Munroe, Dr. Kitty Myers, Ronnie Myers, Robert Trammell, Dr. Jason Hurst and Joc Calloway.

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February 6, 2015

 Chipola Presidents Reunion 2015

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CHIPOLA PRESIDENTS RETURN FOR HOMECOMING—Chipola College celebrated Homecoming on Jan. 31. Chipola president Dr. Jason Hurst invited the four living Chipola presidents and their Executive Assistant Joyce Traynom as his special guests. Pictured from left, are: Dr. Jason Hurst, Dr. Robert Richburg, Dr. Gene Prough, Joyce Traynom, Dr. Dale O’Daniel and Dr. Jerry Kandzer. Portraits of all ten Chipola presidents were recently restored on canvas and will hang in a place of prominence on campus.

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February 6, 2015

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CHIPOLA HOMECOMING QUEEN AND MR. CHIPOLA— Sara Kaye Compton of Chipley and Trey White of Marianna were crowned Chipola Homecoming Queen and Mr. Chipola at the Homecoming game on Jan. 31.  Pictured from left, are: Madison Harrell of Marianna; Samona Chavers of Marianna; Mr. Chipola 2014, Micah Ruiz of Bascom; Homecoming Queen 2014, Tatum Skipper of Malone; 2015 Homecoming Queen, Sara Kaye Compton of Chipley; Mr. Chipola 2015, Trey White of Marianna; Aaliyah Raines of Sneads; Demontray Edwards of Greenwood; Will Gover of Greenwood, Shawna Donofro of Marianna; Andrew Shouse of Marianna and Shelbie Johnson of Marianna.

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February 6, 2015

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GROVE ADDRESSES CHIPOLA FACULTY—Jennifer Grove, Gulf Power workforce development coordinator, was the recent guest speaker for the Chipola College faculty meeting. Pictured from left, are: Dr. Sarah Clemmons, Chipola Senior Vice President; Jennifer Grove and Darwin Gilmore, Chipola Dean of Workforce and Economic Development.

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February 6, 2015

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WIZARD OF OZ TICKETS ON SALE AT CHIPOLA—Tickets for the Chipola Theatre production of The Wizard of Oz go on sale Feb. 11 in the Center for the Arts Box Office. The show runs February 25 through March 1. Shows are nightly, Wednesday through Saturday, at 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets—$8 for adults and $6 for 18 and under—are available online at www.chipola.edu. The Center for the Arts Box Office is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, and one hour before each show. For ticket information, call 850-718-2420.

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February 6, 2015

 

CHIPOLA LADY INDIANS LEAD PANHANDLE CONFERENCE

           

                MARIANNA— Both Chipola teams host Pensacola Saturday, Feb. 7, in a pair of Panhandle Conference games. The women play at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men at 7:30 p.m.  Chipola heads to Gulf Coast Wednesday, Feb. 11, before returning home to host the final home games of the season Feb. 17 against Tallahassee. Both Chipola squads finish out the regular season Feb. 21 at Northwest.

                The top-ranked Chipola Lady Indians moved one step closer to a state tournament berth with a 63-48 win over Tallahassee on Feb. 3. Leading scorer for Chipola was Evelyn Akhator with 24 points and 22 rebounds. Sueterrica Key scored 18 points and pulled in 6 rebounds.  Rosemarie Julien had 13 points. 

                Chipola broke a tie for first place in the conference with a big 64-62 win over second place Northwest Florida State on Jan. 31. Key led Chipola with 24 points. Akhator had 20 points and 20 rebounds.

                Chipola is 7-1 in the league and 23-1 overall. The Lady Indians’ only blemish on their record was a 67-54 loss to Northwest on Jan. 17. Northwest (6-2) is second in league. TCC (4-4) is third. Gulf Coast is (3-5). Pensacola is 0-8.  The top three teams in the Panhandle conference make the state tournament March 4-7 in Ocala.

                Chipola is third in the NJCAA National Poll after sitting at the top spot for two months. Hutchinson is first. Trinity Valley is second, and Northwest is fourth in the national poll.

                The Indians fell to 1-7 in league play following an 87-58 loss at Tallahassee on Feb. 3.

Chipola suffered a 91-71 loss to Northwest on Jan. 31. Junior Saintel led Chipola with 16 points. Greg King had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

                Chipola scored their only league win Jan. 7 in a 56-53 victory at Gulf Coast.  Saintel led Chipola with 19. King scored 14 and made big shot block late in the game.

            In the men’s Panhandle Conference race, Northwest (7-1) leads the league. Gulf Coast (5-3) is second. Pensacola (4-4) is third. Tallahassee is (3-5) and Chipola is (1-7).  

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February 6, 2015

 

CHIPOLA BASEBALL ALUMNI WEEKEND SET FOR FEB. 7

 

                MARIANNA— Major league baseball players and dozens of other former Chipola College baseball players are expected to return to their alma mater for the annual Chipola Baseball Alumni Weekend Feb. 7.

                The weekend will include live college baseball action, a Homerun Derby, great food and the chance to rub elbows with the pros, including two-time MLB Homerun champ Jose Bautista and his newest Toronto Blue Jays teammate, All-Star catcher Russell Martin.

                The Chipola Indians will play Walters State, Saturday, Feb. 7, at 11 a.m. 

                Chipola’s MLB stars Bautista and Martin will lead their fellow alumni in a Homerun

Derby beginning at noon. Honorary Chipola Alumnus Jeff Mathis will also compete.

                The college will officially retire MLB All-Star Patrick Corbins’s Chipola jersey before the Homerun Derby. Corbin played at Chipola in 2009 before being drafted by Anaheim in the second round.  Corbin debuted with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2012, and in 2013 earned a spot on the National League All-Star Roster after posting a 14-8 regular season record.

                An MLB Autograph session will follow the Homerun Derby. There is a $10 admission charge to the autograph session. Fans are also invited to purchase fresh Grouper Lunch plates for $10 in advance or at the event.

                Chipola alumnus Tom Kotchman, a member of the MLB Scouting Hall of Fame, is scheduled to speak at Chipola Baseball Alumni Dinner and Auction, set for Saturday, Feb. 7, at 6 p.m., at Citizen’s Lodge. Kotchman played at Chipola in the late 70’s. His son Casey Kotchman had a nine-year career in the big leagues playing beginning with Anaheim and ending in Miami in 2013. His daughter Christal played on the Chipola softball team. Visiting big-leaguers have donated thousands in memorabilia to support the Chipola program. Tickets for the Dinner/Auction are $100.

                Coach Johnson, says, “We appreciate all the fans and former players who come out to support our program. These guys are so generous with their time and resources. It means a lot to our program.”

                Other alumni-only activities are scheduled throughout the weekend. For information about alumni happenings, email Nathan Marks at nathan@marksinsurance.com, visit www.chipola.edu or phone Brent Shelton at 850-272-0014.

 

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February 12, 2015

 

WIZARD OF OZ TICKETS ON SALE AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNA—Tickets for the Chipola Theatre production of The Wizard of Oz are on sale in the Center for the Arts Box Office.

                The show runs Feb. 25 through March 1. Shows are nightly, Wednesday through Saturday, at 7 p.m., and a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.

                Tickets—$8 for adults and $6 for 18 and under—are available online at www.chipola.edu.

                A special Sunday Brunch and show is available at noon, with the show at 2 p.m. Brunch tickets are $20 which includes show admission. Cost is $15 for ACT fund ticket-holders. Brunch tickets must be purchased by Feb. 19 at the Center for the Arts Box Office by Feb. 19. There will be no additional seating available the day of the event.

                Chipola Theater director Charles Sirmon selected the cast for Wizard of Oz which includes: Kate Burke as Dorothy, Elyn Sapp as Aunt Em (Emily Gale), Austin Spears as Uncle Henry, Josiah Brooks as Zeke and Cowardly Lion, Caleb Brooks as Hickory and Tin Man, Seth Alderman as Hunk and Scarecrow, Saylor Novonglosky as Professor Chester Marvel, Gracie Wallace as Glinda the Witch of the North, Odra Chapman as Wicked Witch of the West, Colton Day as the Wizard of Oz, Patrick Mathis as Mayor of Munchkinland, Jared Standiford as Emerald City Guard and Ray White as Winkie General. 

The Ensemble includes: Brooke Anna, Lauren Canada, Victoria Taylor, Veronica Taylor, Michelle Fulford, Kimball Bass, ADajah Swilley, Libby Varnum, Alex Ozbun, Shayli Tharp and Calen Masai.

Child Munchkins include: Addie Hussey, Catherine Lewis, Marley Green, Emilyann Roulhac, Landen Bernier, Willa Wester, Danielle Livergood, Claire Medley, Kodibeth Bates, Madelin Garcia, Chandler King, Ava Johns and Aly Vinson.

                The Center for the Arts Box Office is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, and one hour before each show. For ticket information, call 850-718-2420.

 

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WIZARD OF OZ TICKETS ON SALE AT CHIPOLA—Tickets for the Chipola Theatre production of The Wizard of Oz are on sale in the Center for the Arts Box Office. Pictured from left, are: Josiah Brooks as the Cowardly Lion, Seth Alderman as the Scarecrow, Kate Burke as Dorothy and Caleb Brooks as the Tin Man. The show runs Feb. 25 through March 1. Shows are nightly, Wednesday through Saturday, at 7 p.m., and a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. A Sunday Brunch and Show is also available. Tickets—$8 for adults and $6 for 18 and under—are available online at www.chipola.edu.

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February 12, 2015

 

CHIPOLA ACE LAB PRESENTED AT BELLWETHER COMPETITION

 

                ORLANDO—The Chipola College ACE (Academic Center for Excellence) was among the top 10 finalists for a Bellwether Award in the Instructional Programs and Services category.

                A team from Chipola presented “ACE Is the Place: Providing New Pathways to Graduation,” at the 21st Community College Futures Assembly, Jan. 26 in Orlando.

                The team included Dr. Jason Hurst, President; Bonnie Smith, Director, Academic Center for Excellence (ACE); Dr. Sarah Clemmons, Vice President of Instruction; and Gail Hartzog, retired Dean of Development and Planning.

                The Instructional Programs and Services competition recognizes activities designed and successfully implemented to foster or support teaching and learning in the community college.  The field of nominations was competitive with over 300 applications. Prior to the application process, some 1,000 community college programs were nominated. The ten finalists were selected in three categories.

                “In more than 1,200 national community colleges this is one of the highest honors an institution can receive. The awards are similar to being selected by your peers for the Oscar” or Emmy Award,” said Dale F. Campbell, Professor and Director of the Community College Futures Assembly and Institute of Higher Education.

                Chipola’s tutoring center, known as the ACE (Academic Center for Excellence) has helped improved student success since its inception in 2005. Chipola’s three-year graduation rates for AA degree-seeking students increased from 24% in 2005 to 30.9% in 2013.

                Bonnie Smith, Director of the ACE lab, says, “The ACE is based on the premise that students need academic support at the course level—where grades are determined by performance on tests and assignments. Our tutors provide individual tutoring, test reviews, and group tutoring in a lounge style facility that has made it a favorite student hang-out.”

                More than 800 students visit ACE weekly. Some 900 students made 8,000 visits to the ACE during the Fall of 2013.

                Chipola’s ACE also was recognized by former Florida College System (FCS) Chancellor Randy Hanna for innovation and excellence through the Chancellor’s Best Practice Awards.  

                The Community College Futures Assembly convenes annually as an independent national policy forum for key opinion leaders to serve as a think tank in identifying critical issues facing the future of community colleges, and to recognize Bellwether Finalist colleges as trend-setting institutions. 

                For more information, visit http://education.ufl.edu/futures.

 

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CHIPOLA ACE LAB PRESENTED AT BELLWETHER COMPETITION—The Chipola College ACE (Academic Center for Excellence) was among the top 10 finalists for a Bellwether Award in the Instructional Programs and Services category. A team from Chipola presented at the 21st Community College Futures Assembly, Jan. 26 in Orlando. Pictured from left, are: Dr. Amy Fugate, President of the National Council of Instructional Administrators with the Chipola team, Gail Hartzog, retired Dean of Development and Planning; Dr. Sarah Clemmons, Vice President of Instruction; Bonnie Smith, Director, Academic Center for Excellence (ACE); and Dr. Jason Hurst, President.

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February 12, 2015

 

Chipola Champs Camp is feb. 18

 

                MARIANNA--Area youth in foster care or receiving services in their own homes will experience educational and career-focused activities at the Third Annual Chipola Champs Camp, Feb. 18, at Chipola College.

                The Department of Children and Families, (DCF), Big Bend Community Based Care, Anchorage Children’s Home and the United Way of Northwest Florida teamed up with Chipola College to host the two-day camp for children ages 11-17.

                The camp will give youth an opportunity to experience a college environment while participating in fun and educational arts, athletics and academic activities. For information, contact camp director Dr. Bryan Craven at 718-2264 or email cravenb@chipola.edu

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February 12, 2015

 

CHIPOLA COMMENCEMENT IS MAY 7 AT DOTHAN CIVIC CENTER

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College 2015 Commencement Ceremony is set for Thursday, May 7, at 7 p.m., at the Dothan Civic Center. The address is 126 St. Andrews Street, Dothan, AL, 36303.

                Counted as members of the class are all who will complete degrees or certificates from December of 2014 to May of 2015 or during the Summer 2015 terms. 

                Diplomas will be awarded for Bachelor of Science, Associate in Science, Associate in Arts and Workforce Development Certificates.

                Graduates may invite an unlimited number of family members and guests to share the event.

                For information, contact the Admissions and Records Office at 850-718-2311 or visit www.chipola.edu.

 

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February 12, 2015

 

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GARDNER IS TOP CHIPOLA EMPLOYEE—John Gardner has been selected the Chipola College Faculty/Administrator/Other Professional Award of the month for February.  Gardner is an Assistant Professor in Automotive Technology and has worked at the college since 2000.  Pictured from left are, Dr. Sarah Clemmons, Chipola Senior Vice President, John Gardner and Darwin Gilmore, Dean of Workforce and Economic Development.

 

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February 12, 2015

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CHIPOLA CAREER FAIR—The Chipola College School of Health Sciences recently held a Career Fair for students. Here, Covenant Hospice employees Jennifer Griffin (left) and Terri Glass (center) provide information to Chipola Nursing student Brett McCullers.

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February 12, 2015

 

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CHIPOLA BASEBALL ALUMNI WEEKEND IS A SUCCESS

 

                MARIANNA— Professional baseball players joined more than 50 of their former Chipola College teammates for the recent annual Baseball Alumni Weekend.

                The event included live college baseball action, a Homerun Derby, an autograph session with pros Jose Bautista and his newest Toronto Blue Jays teammate, All-Star catcher Russell Martin. Honorary Chipola Alumnus Jeff Mathis also competed.

                Jose Bautista, MLB’s two-time homerun leader, won the Homerun Derby with a total of 8 round-trippers.

                The college officially retired MLB All-Star Patrick Corbins’s Chipola jersey before the derby. Corbin played at Chipola in 2009 before being drafted by Anaheim in the second round.  Corbin debuted with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2012, and in 2013 earned a spot on the National League All-Star Roster after posting a 14-8 regular season record.

                An Alumni Dinner and Auction raised several thousand dollars to support the baseball program.

                Chipola baseball coach and AD Jeff Johnson, says, “It was a great weekend. We appreciate all the guys coming back to help our program. Not every Chipola player makes it to the pros, but so many of them say their time at Chipola helped them become successful in life. We’re already looking forward to next year.”

                Former Chipola player Nathan Marks is leading the effort to reconnect with former players. For information about alumni happenings, email Marks at nathan@marksinsurance.com, visit www.chipola.edu or phone Brent Shelton at 850-272-0014.

 

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February 12, 2015

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CHIPOLA HOSTS TALLAHASSEE TUESDAY IN FINAL HOME GAMES

           

                MARIANNA—Chipola hosts Tallahassee, Tuesday, Feb. 17, in the final home games of the season. The women play at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men at 7:30 p.m. 

                The Lady Indians clinched a berth in the FCSAA State Tournament with a 61-51 win over Gulf Coast on Feb. 11. Evelyn Akhator led Chipola with 24 points. Sueterrica Key had 15. Auteaonna Gilmore scored 13. Chipola led 31-26 at the half, but Gulf Coast tied the game with 10 minutes remaining. The Lady Indians battled back to win by 10. Chipola coach Greg Franklin said, “I’m proud of the kids. They really gutted it out,” he said. “You’re on someone else’s court and not playing particularly well, but we still found a way to win and they’re to be commended for that. It says a lot about your team and how you compete when you do that.”

                With two games remaining, the league championship and top conference seed in the women’s state tournament is still undecided.  A win over Tallahassee Tuesday would guarantee the Lady Indians at least a share of the league title.

                Chipola scored an 87-31 win over Pensacola on Feb. 7. Akhator led with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Rosemarie Julien scored 18 points. Key and Kendra Martin scored 14 points each.            

                Evelyn Akhator was named NJCAA Region 8/FCSAA Women's Basketball Player of the Week for the fifth time this season. She averaged 22 points, 16.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 5.5 blocks in two games during the voting period. Her 24-point, 22-rebound effort helped Chipola to a 63-48 win at Tallahassee on Feb. 3. Four days later, she added another double-double, 20 points and 11 rebounds, in an 87-31 victory at Pensacola. For the week, Akhator shot 48.6 percent (17-of-35) from the floor and 66.7 percent (10-of-15) from the free throw line.

Chipola is 9-1 in the league and 25-1 overall. Northwest (7-2) is second in league. TCC (5-5) is third. Gulf Coast is (3-6). Pensacola is 0-10.  The top three teams in the Panhandle conference make the state tournament March 4-7 in Ocala.

                The Lady Indians are first in the FCSAA State Poll and third in the NJCAA National Poll.

                The Indians played a bit of a spoiler role with a big 59-51 win at Gulf Coast on Feb. 11. The loss moved the Commodores to third in the league behind Pensacola in second and Northwest in first.  Both of Chipola’s league wins were recorded at Gulf Coast. 

                In the men’s Panhandle Conference race, Northwest (8-1) leads the league. Pensacola (6-4) is second. Gulf Coast (5-4) is third. Tallahassee is (3-7) and Chipola is (2-8).  

Both Chipola squads finish out the regular season Saturday, Feb. 21, at Northwest.

 

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February 12, 2015

 

FIRST COMMERCE TO HOST FREE COOKOUT AT CHIPOLA GAMES ON FRIDAY

               

                 MARIANNA—First Commerce Credit Union will host a free cookout for fans at the Chipola Softball and Baseball games on Friday, Feb. 13, from 3 to 5 p.m.

                The Lady Indians host three games in the Florida Public Utilities Classic, Friday, Feb. 13: Gordon at 11 a.m., Central Alabama at 1 p.m., and Meridian at 5 p.m.

                Chipola baseball hosts St. Petersburg College, Friday, Feb. 13, in a 3 p.m. game.

                On Saturday, Feb. 14, Chipola softball hosts Hillsborough at 4 p.m. and Miami Dade at 6 p.m. On Sunday, Feb. 15, the Lady Indians host Georgia Perimeter at 11 a.m. and Central Florida at 1 p.m.

                The Indians play St. Pete in a baseball doubleheader at noon and 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 14. The baseball team hosts Wallace Sunday, Feb. 15, at 1 p.m. Chipola hosts Gordon State for three games, Feb. 19, at 5 p.m., and Feb. 20, at 1 and 3:30 p.m. The Indians host LB Wallace Saturday, Feb. 21, at 1 p.m.

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February 20, 2015

WIZARD OF OZ OPENS WEDNESDAY AT CHIPOLA

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                MARIANNA—The Chipola Theatre production of The Wizard of Oz opens a five-day run Wednesday, Feb. 25. 

                The show runs Feb. 25 through March 1. Shows are nightly, Wednesday through Saturday, at 7 p.m., and a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.

                Tickets—$8 for adults and $6 for 18 and under—are available online at www.chipola.edu. in the Center for the Arts Box Office.

                Chipola Theater director Charles Sirmon selected the cast for the show which includes: Kate Burke as Dorothy, Elyn Sapp as Aunt Em (Emily Gale), Austin Spears as Uncle Henry, Josiah Brooks as Zeke and Cowardly Lion, Caleb Brooks as Hickory and Tin Man, Seth Alderman as Hunk and Scrarecrow, Saylor Novonglosky as Professor Chester Marvel, Gracie Wallace as Glinda the Witch of the North, Odra Chapman as Wicked Witch of the West, Colton Day as the Wizard of Oz, Patrick Mathis as Mayor of Munchkinland, Jared Standiford as Emerald City Guard and Ray White as Winkie General. 

            The Ensemble features: Brooke Anna, Lauren Canada, Victoria Taylor, Veronica Taylor, Michelle Fulford, Kimball Bass, ADajah Swilley, Libby Varnum, Alex Ozbun, Shayli Tharp and Calen Masai.

            Child Munchkins are: Addie Hussey, Catherine Lewis, Marley Green, Emilyann Roulhac, Landen Bernier, Willa Wester, Danielle Livergood, Claire Medley, Kodibeth Bates, Madelin Garcia, Chandler King, Ava Johns and Aly Vinson.

                The Center for the Arts Box Office is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, and one hour before each show. For ticket information, call 850-718-2420.

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February 20, 2015

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CHIPOLA BRAIN BOWL WINS REGIONAL, ADVANCES TO STATE

 

                The Chipola College Brain Bowl Blue team won the Panhandle Regional finishing 7-0.  Chipola Gold placed third with a 4-3 record.

                Chipola Blue (A) and Chipola Gold (B) both advance to the FCSAA State Tournament to be held at Pasco Hernando State College on March 12-14. Chipola will be vying for its 8th straight state championship.

                The top two teams from each of the four regions (Panhandle, East Central, West Central, and South) automatically advance to the state tournament. Two wildcard bids are granted based on overall stats. Chipola Blue received the automatic bid and Chipola Gold received one of the two wildcard bids.

                Chipola Blue team members are: Jimmy Brown, Vallen Driggers, Will Glover and Brent Patten. Chipola Gold team members are: Ben Whiddon, Ashley Delameter, Chance Pender, Katrina Milliser and Olivia Saunders.

                Four Chipola players finished in the top 10 in individual scoring: Jimmy Brown (3rd), Ben Whiddon (5th), Vallen Driggers (7th) and Brent Patten (10th).

                Chipola Brain Bowl coaches are Stan Young, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, and volunteer assistant coach Dr. Robert Dunkle.

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February 20, 2015

 

CORRECTIONS CLASS NOW FORMING AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Criminal Justice Training Center will offer a daytime Corrections beginning March 5.  Classes will meet weekdays Monday through Thursday, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

                Completion of this program prepares candidates to take the State Board Examination and become certified by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission upon becoming employed with a Correctional agency.

                Prior to admission, all candidates must earn a passing score on the Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT) offered at the Public Service Building every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m.  Cost of the test is $45.  Application deadline is March 3.

                Applicants must have a standard high school diploma or its equivalent and must undergo a medical physical examination, background check and drug screening.

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

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February 20, 2015

CHIPOLA TO OFFER LIVE FIRE INSTRUCTOR TRAINING

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Fire Academy will offer a Live Fire Training Instructor Refresher Course (RN3842) Thursday, March 19, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The 8-hour class is open to State Certified Live Fire Training Instructors. 

                Philip Meadows LFTI 2 Master Instructor will teach the course. Cost is $25.  The course will cover incidents that have occurred, program updates, legislative issues, practical applications, case histories and new technologies. Completion of the program will be required for renewal of the Live Fire Training Instructor certification.

                For information, contact Martin Fowler at 850-718-2483 or visit www.chipola.edu

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February 20, 2015

 

PEOPLE OF STRENGTH MEETING SET AT CHIPOLA

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Black Student Union will offer a seminar entitled, “People of Strength, Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 10:30 a.m., in Jackson Hall, Z 116, in the Literature/Language Building. 

                Joseph Ward Joseph Sexual Violence Prevention Director for the Leon County Health Department is the guest speaker. The theme of the meeting is self-respect and respecting others in order to protect, promote and improve health.

                The Florida Department of Health and the Jackson County Health Department are also sponsors of the meeting.

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

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February 20, 2015

 

CHIPOLA’S LITERATURE/LANGUAGE WINNERS

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            MARIANNA—Some 137 students from 11 area high schools competed in writing, reading, speech, oral interpretation, literature, humanities, grammar, and spanish contests at Chipola College on Feb. 13.

            The occasion was the Twenty-fifth 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—Joyelle Saun of Cottondale High School.

            Writing: first—J.P. Leonard of Blountstown High School; second—Kelsey Stewart of Bethlehem High School; third—Andrew Goff of Liberty County High School; honorable mentions—Cassidy Smith of Vernon High School and Bethany Jones of Holmes County High School.

            Speech: first—Alyssa McCardle of Altha Public School; second—Sarah Boullárd of Vernon High School; third—Cailee Heineman of Marianna High School; honorable mentions—McKaylah See of Cottondale High School and Colby Hargrove of Cottondale High School.

            Oral Interpretation: first—Ashley Wesley of Graceville High School; second—Olivia Black of Liberty County High School; third—Maxwell Williams of Marianna High School; honorable mentions—Logan Smith of Graceville High School and A’dajah Swiley of Marianna High School.

            Literature: first—Hunter Davis of Cottondale High School; second—Grey Basford of Sneads High School; third—Turner McCroan of Cottondale High School; honorable mentions—David Horton of Graceville High School and Harley Whitman of Holmes County High School.  

            Humanities: first—Kyle Silsby of Blountstown High School; second—Alex Tharpe of Cottondale High School; third—Bethany Jones of Holmes County High School; honorable mentions—Walker Strawn of Blountstown High School and Katie Everett of Marianna High School.

            Grammar: first—Brianna McCaffrey of Sneads High School; second—Katy Gramling of Cottondale High School; third—Cole Hamilton of Sneads High School; honorable mentions—Aleisa Griffin of Altha Public School and Brad Pearson of Altha Public School.

            Spanish Language Contest: first—Rosio Martinez of Chipley High School; second—Cristina Ramirez of Graceville High School; third—; honorable mentions—Elizabeth Martinez of Chipley High School and Cristina Miguel of Marianna High School.

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February 20, 2015

 

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CHIPOLA FEC WINS AT STATE—Chipola College’s Future Educators Club (FEC) picked up three awards at the Future Florida Educators of America (FFEA) Annual State Conference. The students attended workshops and competed with other post-secondary schools in state-wide competitions. Cassie Willis placed first in Essay. Jordan Skipper won second place in Speech. Kendall Braxton and Jaclyn Morris finished third in Public Service Announcement. Pictured from left, are: Jaclyn Morris of Chipley, Kendall Braxton of Alford, Cassie Willis of Marianna and Jordan Skipper of Ashford, AL.

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February 20, 2015

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GARCIA SPEAKS TO CHIPOLA HONORS GROUP—Jorge Garcia of Marianna Toyota recently addressed students in the Chipola College Honor program. Garcia discussed his career and his immigration from Cuba as a 15 year old. Pictured from left, are: Emaleigh Munn, Chance Pender, Calen Masai, Jorge Garcia, Sam Wells and Jimmy Brown.

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February 20, 2015

 

CHIPOLA SWEEPS TALLAHASSEE IN FINAL HOME GAMES

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                MARIANNA— Both Chipola squads finish out the regular season Saturday, Feb. 21, at Northwest.

                Chipola swept Tallahassee in a pair of games on Feb. 17. The Lady Indians clinched a share of the league title with a 77-42 win over Tallahassee. Evelyn Akhator led Chipola with 34 points and 20 rebounds. Rosemarie Julien had 19 points.

                With the win over Tallahassee Tuesday, the Lady Indians have at least a share of the league title. A win over Northwest on Saturday will give the Lady Indians the Conference title outright. A Feb. 21 loss to Northwest would put Chipola as co-champs in the league and give them a second place seed in the state tournament.

                Chipola is 10-1 in the league and 26-1 overall. Northwest (9-2) is second. TCC (5-7) is third. Gulf Coast is (4-7). Pensacola is 0-11.  The top three teams in the conference make the state tournament March 4-7 in Ocala. A playoff between Gulf Coast and Tallahassee is likely to be played at Chipola on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 6:30, to determine the three seed in the state tournament.

                The Lady Indians are first in the FCSAA State Poll and third in the NJCAA National Poll.

                The Indians scored a big 60-57 home win over Tallahassee on Feb. 17. Dejuan Marrero led with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Floyd Pereito had 10 points.  Chipola scored a big 59-51 win at Gulf Coast on Feb. 11.

            In the men’s Panhandle Conference race, Northwest (9-2) is league champion. Pensacola (6-5) and Gulf Coast (6-5) are tied for second in the league. Tallahassee is (4-8) and Chipola is (3-8).  Pensacola and Gulf Coast will play Feb. 21 in a winner-take-all game to determine who will go to state in the second seed. Northwest is the top seed in the league earn a spot in the state tournament, March 4-7 in Ocala.

 

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February 26, 2015

WIZARD OF OZ RUNS THROUGH SUNDAY AT CHIPOLA

                MARIANNA—The Chipola Theatre production of The Wizard of Oz is nearly sold-out, but a few tickets will be available at the door for the remaining performances.  The show runs Feb. 26 through March 1. Shows are nightly at 7 p.m., with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.

                Tickets—$8 for adults and $6 for 18 and under—are available online at www.chipola.edu

or in the Center for the Arts Box Office one hour before each show.

                For ticket information, call 850-718-2420.

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February 26, 2015

 

CHIPOLA JAZZMATAZZ TICKETS ON SALE

 

            MARIANNA—Tickets are now on sale for Jazzmatazz 2015 to be presented by Chipola College’s Award-Winning Show Choir, March 12 and 13, at 7 p.m. nightly in the Center for the Arts. 

            This year’s Jazzmatazz, entitled “It’s Broadway and Anything Goes” will feature high energy, song and dance favorites performed by the Show Choir and special guests under the direction of Angie White and Dr. Josh Martin.

            Tickets—$10—are available from Show Choir members, or in the Center for Arts Box Office, or online at www.chipola.edu

For information, call 718-2420.

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February 26, 2015

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Chipola, DCF and Local Partners Host third Annual Champs Camp

                MARIANNA - Nearly a dozen youth in foster care or youth receiving services experienced college life during the recent two-day Chipola College Champs Camp.

                Chipola, the Department of Children and Families (DCF), Big Bend Community Based Care, Anchorage Children’s Home and the United Way of Northwest Florida collaborated to host the camp for children, ages 11-17.

                Campers were recognized at a Chipola basketball game and four students participated in a Big Money Sweep which netted cash prizes. Youth also participated in education-focused, hands-on learning activities that aligned with several programs offered at Chipola. Campers and college students observed science experiments and even enjoyed homemade, liquid nitrogen ice cream during the “Weird Science” presentation by Chipola Science Club with Dr. Jeff Bodart and Dr. David Hilton.

                Later, youth joined with Cosmetology and Automotive students during the “Cars and Curls” activity, hosted by automotive instructors John Gardner, Chase Vlieg and cosmetology instructors Paige Vanderwerf and Ada Scott. Campers had the opportunity to indulge in a variety of salon services or analyze the workings of an auto wheel and tire.

                Students experienced virtual reality in an Oculus Rift activity led by Glenda Bethel, Business and Technology instructor.

                Student Activities Director Nancy Johnson and college students organized relay races for the group.

                Welding Instructor Curtis Jenkins led the students in a welding simulator competition.

                Theatre Director Charles Sirmon led a Theatrics program which included activities with the stars of the college production of the Wizard of Oz.

                 Dr. Bryan Craven, Chipola PR Director, organized the camp. He said, “We enjoy having the students on our campus to have some fun and to learn about opportunities for higher education. We appreciate our staff and students for giving their time to the camp.”

                “Champs Camp helps our youth in foster care think about their future and the possibility of going to college,” said DCF Northwest Regional Director Vicki Abrams. “For three years, Chipola and their team of dedicated students and staff have opened their doors to allow our children to immerse themselves in college life. We are so appreciative of their partnership.”

                Champs Camp partners with community organizations and businesses to provide fun and educational experiences for hundreds of children in Florida’s foster care system. This year’s community partners included: Woodall’s Total Comfort Systems, Inc., Quality Parenting Initiative, West Florida Electric Company and Beef O’ Brady’s.

 

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February 26, 2015

 

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NEAL IS CHIPOLA EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH—Tammy Neal is Chipola College’s Career Employee for February.  Neal serves as a Departmental Staff Assistant in the Public Service Department and has worked at the college since 1998.  Pictured from left, are: Steve Anderson, Director of Criminal Justice/Public Service, Tammy Neal and Darwin Gilmore, Dean of Workforce and Economic Development.

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February 26, 2015

  

CHIPOLA TAKE STOCK TO HOST NIGHT-TIME 5K

 

                MARIANNA—All runners and walkers are invited to participate in the Ignite the Night 5K Fun Run/Walk, Friday, March 6, at 6 p.m., at Citizens Lodge.

                The Jackson County Take Stock in Children Program along with the Lighting the Way for Kids Foundation of Jackson County are the co-hosts.

                Mary Helen Smith, Take Stock Program Manager, says, “Come get your glow on and help us raise dollars for scholars. The race is meant for everyone, not just avid runners. If you can run, jump, walk, skip, or even crawl, we’d love for you join us wearing your glow-in-the-dark gear.” The entire race will be run inside the Citizens Lodge Park to ensure safety. Award medals will be given for first, second and third places overall and in each age division.

                All money raised will go to Chipola scholarships to help low-income/at risk students in Jackson County.

                Registration will also be held at the race. Cost is $20 for adults, $15 for students and free for kids under five. For information, contact Smith at (850)718-2428 or email: smithm@chipola.edu. Visit www.chipola.edu/tsic or on Facebook at Take Stock in Children-Chipola College.

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February 26, 2015

 

SMALL BUSINESS SEMINARS SET AT CHIPOLA

 

           MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer two small business seminars in March and April.  Both will meet on Fridays, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., in Room M-108 of the Chipola Business and Technology building (M).

            “Marketing Series, Using Social Media” is Friday, March 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  Participants will learn social media strategy, new marketing techniques, and unlock the secret of the top social media sites to establish an online presence. Topics include search engine optimization, website effectiveness, mobile-friendly sites, connecting with customers and revitalizing image.  Honey Nixon will teach the course. Registration deadline is March 11.

            “Steps to Starting a Business” is Friday, April 10, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  The course will focus on organizational requirements, licensing for a business, financial assessments, insurance, marketing, loans, defining customers, location and employee requirements.  The class will be taught by Johnny Branch CPA, MBA.

            Cost of each seminar is $35. Participants may register online at www.northfloridabiz.com, by clicking on Workshops.

                The first six Chipola students to sign up will receive free admission. Students should contact Elissa Severson at 718-2441 or sign up in Building M, (108). 

            For information, call 850-718-2441 or email seversone@chipola.edu

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February 26, 2015

 

TALENT SEARCH STUDENTS TOUR CHIPOLA WORKFORCE PROGRAMS

 

                MARIANNA—Some 40 Talent Search juniors and seniors recently toured the Workforce Development programs at Chipola College.  Talent Search is a TRIO program funded by the federal government.  Students are selected for the program by their teachers and counselors for exhibiting good character and good grades. 

                Students visited Public Service which includes Corrections, Law Enforcement and Firefighting.  Steve Anderson gave a presentation on job benefits and how these jobs lead to promotions and awarding careers.

                Students saw a clip of “Tech Garage,” which stars Chipola automotive instructor John Gardner.  He shared some myths about the automotive industry, one being that auto service jobs are for people who can’t get into college. He stressed that today’s vehicles are highly technical and that automotive requires the brightest students.

                Ada Scott, Cosmetology educator, demonstrated some of the latest techniques in hair styling and offered information about careers.

                Welding instructor Johnny Markham discussed job opportunities in the area and the fact that welding is bringing high-skilled labor back to the U.S.

                Shanna May from the School of Nursing discussed the latest educational trends in nursing including the human patient simulators and ambulance simulators.

                Mark Panichella topped off the Workforce Development experience in the culinary program with information about jobs in the field and a chocolate pastry for the students. 

                For information about Chipola’s Workforce programs, visit www.chipola.edu or call 850-526-2761 and ask for the specific program area of interest.

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February 26, 2015

 

CHIPOLA LADY INDIANS ARE CONFERENCE CHAMPS; HEADED TO STATE

           

                MARIANNA—The Chipola Lady Indians won the Panhandle Conference title with a 70-61 win over the Lady Raiders on Feb. 21. Sueterrica Key and Auteaonna Gilmore each scored 20 points to lead Chipola. Evelyn Akhator had 15 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists. Rosemarie Julien had 15 points.

                Akhator is this week's NJCAA Region 8/FCSAA Women's Basketball Player of the Week for the sixth time this season. A sophomore from Lagos, Nigeria, she averaged 24.5 points, 18.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.5 steals and 5.0 blocks in two games during the voting period. She recorded double-doubles in wins against two nationally-ranked opponents. Against Tallahassee on Feb. 17, she shot 14-of-19 from the floor en route to a 34-point, 20-rebound effort. Four nights later, her 15 points and 16 rebounds helped Chipola to a 70-61 win at Northwest and the Indians’ second straight Conference Championship. For the week, Akhator shot 74.1 percent (20-of-27) from the floor and 64.3 percent (9-of-14) from the free throw line.

                Chipola plays Miami-Dade in the FCSAA State Tournament, Wednesday, March 4, at noon (CST).

                Chipola finished the regular season at 11-1 in the league and 27-1 overall. Northwest (9-3) is the second place team from the Panhandle in the state tournament. Gulf Coast (6-7) beat Tallahassee in a one-game playoff to earn the third place berth in the State Tournament.

                The Lady Indians have held on to the top spot in the FCSAA State Poll all season and recently moved up to second in the NJCAA National Poll.

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February 26, 2015

  

EIGHT CHIPOLA PLAYERS NAMED ALL-CONFERENCE

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Lady Indians head into the State Tournament with five All-Panhandle Conference picks led by Conference Coach of the Year Greg Franklin.

                Chipola has three First-team selections in Evelyn Akhator, Sueterrica Key and Rosemarie Julien. Second-team selections are: Auteonna Gilmore and Kendra Martin

                Akhator leads Chipola and the state in scoring and rebounding, with 22.3 points and 16.5 rebounds per game. On defense, she’s averaging 3.4 steals and 3.1 blocks.

                Sueterrica Key is averaging 16.7 points. Rosemarie Julienne is contributing 12.8 points per game. Auteonna Gilmore is averaging 7.8 points and 4.8 assists per game. Kendra Martin is adding 8.6 points a game.

                Chipola begins its defense of the Florida/Region VIII title at the FCSAA State Tournament, Wednesday, March 4, at the College of Central Florida in Ocala. The winner of the state tournament advances to the NJCAA National Tournament in Salina, KS.  

                Three Chipola Indians were named to the Men’s All Panhandle Conference team. First-team selections are DeJuan Marerro and Junior Saintel. Marrero led the Indians in scoring and rebounding with 14.4 points and 12.2 rebounds per game. Saintel scored 12.8 points and 3.4 rebounds a game. Ty Baker of Malone is a Second-team selection.  He scored 9.8 points and pulled in 3.5 rebounds per game.

 

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CHIPOLA WOMEN’S ALL CONFERENCE —The Chipola College Women’s All-Panhandle Conference selections are, from left: (top) Panhandle Coach of the Year Greg Franklin, first team picks Evelyn Akhator, Sueterrica Key, (bottom) Rosemarie Julien, and second team picks Auteonna Gilmore and Kendra Martin.

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CHIPOLA MEN’S ALL CONFERENCE—The Chipola College Men’s All-Panhandle Conference are, from left: First Team picks Junior Saintel and Dejuan Marrero, and Second team selection Ty Baker.

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