Jan. 3, 2003

SPRING 2003 REGISTRATION CONTINUES AT CHIPOLA

 

 

MARIANNA—Late registration for the Spring Semester at Chipola Junior College continues through noon on Thursday, Jan. 9.

Chipola’s open-door policy allows any student with a high school diploma to enroll after completing an application and providing high school or college transcripts.

Chipola offers hundreds of college credit courses during the day and evening, and also online and through independent study. Some two-dozen independent study courses on videotape are available in most academic areas. Students are required to visit campus for an orientation session, examinations and to borrow videotapes. Three online courses also are available this semester: ENC 1102 (Communications Skills II), EME 2040 (Introduction to Educational Technology), CGS 1100 (Microcomputer Applications) and CGS 1060 (Introduction to Microcomputer Use).

Chipola offers the Associate in Arts (AA) degree that guarantees acceptance to Florida’s public universities. CJC also offers several Associate in Science (AS) programs, as well as a number of Workforce Development programs which provide training for high wage jobs.

The University Center @ Chipola provides opportunities for students to pursue a number of bachelor’s and graduate degrees on the CJC campus.

Persons employed with the State of Florida can apply for a special tuition waiver which pays for up to six semester hours per term. Employees wishing to take advantage of the waiver must register on Jan. 9. A Tuition Waiver Application is available in the CJC Registrar’s Office.

Alabama and Georgia students will enjoy a reduction in tuition at CJC beginning this semester. Students from the two states will now pay $53.50 per semester hour for academic courses and only 90 cents extra for workforce fees.  Students should complete a residency affidavit, available in the Admissions and Registration Office, prior to registration.

For more information, call the CJC Registration Office at 718-2211, or visit Chipola on

 

the web at www.chipola.edu.                                            

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Jan. 3, 2003

 

CHIPOLA OPENS CONFERENCE SEASON WEDNESDAY

 

MARIANNA—Both Chipola basketball squads open the conference season at home on

Wednesday, Jan. 8, when they host Tallahassee. The women’s game tips off at 5:30 p.m. The men play at 7:30 p.m.

The Indians improved to 13-3 with a 74-58 win over Cincinnati State on Dec. 14.

BrandonFreeman led Chipola with 21 points. Michael Wilds scored 18. JueMichael Young added 10. 

CJC was scheduled to play non-conference opponents Seminole and Broward in the Florida Junior College Shootout in Ocala, Jan. 3 and 4.

The Indians have played their last 12 games without the help of starting point guard Nick Williams, a pre-season All American transfer from Kansas State. Coach Cross, said, “We’re hoping to only have to play these next two without him. Most likely we’ll have him back for conference play. I think Nick will give us a little bit of a boost and get us back to playing the way we need to play.”

                The Lady Indians improved to 9-6 with a 78-63 win over Atlanta Metro on Dec. 15. Reginette Maddox led CJC with 16 points. Rebecca Montz scored 14. Andrea Martin had 12. Lanita Carter and Kayla Ard scored 10 apiece.

For the latest scores, call the CJC Hotline at 718-2CJC.

 

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Jan. 3, 2003

 

Chipola Theatre announces Auditions for BIG RIVER

 

               

                MARIANNA—The Chipola Junior College Theater will hold open auditions for the stage musical Big River, Monday, Jan. 6 and Tuesday, Jan. 7, at 6 p.m.

                Director Charles Sirmon is on the lookout for talented men and women in the local area. “Voices and characters are very important in this show, but it does not rely on heavy choreography as have my past few musicals at CJC,” said Sirmon.

Twain’s timeless classic sweeps the audience down the mighty Mississippi as the irrepressible Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom at the mouth of the Ohio River. Their adventures along the way are hilarious, suspenseful and heartwarming, bringing to life favorite characters from the novel.

Propelled by an award winning score from Roger Miller, the king of country music, this jaunting journey provides a brilliantly theatrical celebration of pure Americana. Big River won seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, Score and Book.

For more information, contact Sirmon at 850-718-2227. 

                                                                                               

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Jan. 3, 2003

CJC SHOW CHOIR JAZZMATAZZ IS JAN. 16-17

 

                MARIANNA--The Chipola Junior College Show Choir will present the 5th anniversary edition of Jazzmatazz, Jan. 16 and 17, at 7:30 p.m., in the newly-renovated CJC Theatre.

                This year's show will feature the 16-voice CJC Show Choir directed by Dr. Ed Lyon; Angie White, Assistant Director and Rebecca Parmer, Choreographer. The show will feature hits from recent popular movies: "I'm a Believer" and "The Best Years of Our Lives" from "Shrek;" "Flip, Flop, Fly" from "Chicken Run;" and "Greased Lightning" from "Grease."

                CJC Theatre's new Steinway grand piano will be featured in an arrangement of Irving Berlin's "I Love a Piano."

                The CJC Show Choir has invited the Marianna High Show Choir for a guest appearance. The first half will conclude with both show choirs on the CJC stage.

                The second half of the show will be a rollicking tribute to the South, "Made in the South and Proud of It!"

                Tickets--$10 for general admission and $4 for students--are available from any Show Choir member or from the main office in the McLendon Fine Arts Building. CJC students and employees are entitled to one comp ticket. Sellout performances are expected.

                For information, contact Dr. Ed Lyon at 850-718-2221.

 

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Jan. 3, 2003

 

 

 

SOPRANO ALISON ENGLAND TO PERFORM AT CJC

 

                MARIANNA--Soprano Alison England hits the Chipola Junior College stage Tuesday, Jan. 21, to open the 2003 portion of the Chipola Artist Series.

                Tickets--$12 for adults, $8 for ages 18 and under, and $4 for current CJC students—go on sale in the CJC Business Office, Jan. 7.   

                England’s one woman show Opera, B'Way & Beyond includes selections from Romeo & Juliet, Carmen, South Pacific, Carousel, The King and I, My Fair Lady, Phantom of the Opera, Easter Parade and many others.

                England recently finished her second season as a featured operatic artist on ABC's Dharma & Greg.  She can be seen in Sky-Tel's national commercial as "Brunnehilde," and is sought after as a recitalist and artist-in-residence around the country. Her debut album Harp & Soul is due for release this year.

                The stellar singer/actress/comedienne has starred at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Orange County Performing Arts Center and Ambassador Auditorium.  She has appeared with the Los Angeles, Miami, Honolulu, Miami and Redlands Symphonies and has sung leading roles with the Seattle, Miami, St. Louis, Long Beach and Kansas City Operas.  She has starred in “The Sound of Music,” “The King & I,” “Hello Dolly.”

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

                For ticket information, call the CJC Business Office at 718-2220.                                

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Jan. 3, 2003

CHIPOLA TO OFFER SHORT COURSES

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola Junior College will offer a variety of short courses in 2003.

                Several Child Care courses will be offered. Curriculum for Young Children, Jan. 7 through April 22.  Cost is $98.  An Internship will be offered Jan. 9 through April 24.  Cost is $98.  Early Care and Education Administrative Overview for directors of early care and education programs will be meet Thursdays, Jan. 9 through April 24, from 6 to 9 p.m.  Cost is $98. A 10-Hour Childcare Training (Behavior Observation) will be offered Jan.18 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Cost is $31.  A 10-Hour Childcare Training course will begin Feb. 22.  Cost is $31.  A 20 Childcare Training course will begin March 8.  Cost is $62. A 10 Hour Childcare Training (Mainstreaming) will meet April 5 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Cost is $31.

                Several computer classes will be offered.  Introduction to Computers will meet Jan. 14 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Word I will meet Jan. 22 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Excel I will meet Jan. 28 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Cost of each computer class is $45. Office XP class times will be announced at a later date.

                Sign Language I and II classes will meet Monday evenings, Jan. 27 through April 7.  Sign I will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sign II will meet from 5 to 7 p.m.  Cost is $33 for each course.

                Cake Decorating I will be offered Mondays, Feb. 3 through Feb. 24 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.  Cake Decorating II will meet Mondays, March 3 through March 31 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.  Cake Decorating III will begin June 9.  Cost is $28 for each class.

                Two Real Estate sales courses required to attain a license in Florida will be offered.  A weekend class will meet Saturdays, Feb. 1 through March 11, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  An evening class will begin March 11. Cost is $195.

                Several Health Care courses will be offered. A CPR class will meet Feb. 4 and 6 from 5 to 9 p.m.  Cost is $34.  First Aid will meet Feb. 18 and 20 from 5 to 9:30 p.m.  Cost is $40. 

                EducationToGo offers online programs in a number of areas, including: Internet, Computers, Certification Prep, Writing, Personal Enrichment, Test Prep, Business, Legal, Nursing, Large Business/Management, and Design and Media Certification Programs. Visit www.ed2go.com/chipola.  Online courses on a variety of subjects also are available at www.elementk.com

                For information about any of these non-credit courses, call the Office of Continuing Education at 718-2395.                                                                   ####

Jan. 9, 2003

CHIPOLA ENJOYING RECORD ENROLLMENT

 

MARIANNA—Chipola Junior College is experiencing the greatest Spring enrollment increase in recent history.

A total of 1,815 students were enrolled through Thursday, Jan. 9, the final day of late registration, up 19 percent over last Spring’s 1,524 figure. Full-time Equivalency (FTE), an average calculation of the number of hours students take, also is up more than 15 percent to 450, compared to 390 last Spring. 

“We are excited that so many students have chosen to attend Chipola,” said CJC president Dr. Gene Prough. “Chipola offers a quality education and we have worked to make our programs more accessible to the people in our area.”

The president cites three factors that may have affected enrollment: a new program for local school paraprofessionals, expanded university offerings on campus and the college’s retention program.  The new paraprofessional program began this Fall with more than 80 paraprofessionals (teachers’ aides) from three county school districts--Holmes, Jackson and Washington—enrolled. CJC officials designed an afternoon program just for the paraprofessionals who must meet educational requirements of the Federal No Child Left Behind Act.

Prough said a greater emphasis on retention may also account for part of the increase. “Our faculty and staff work hard to help students overcome obstacles and stay in college. I believe we are just beginning to see the results of these retention efforts,” Prough said.

The presence of four- year and advanced degree programs at Chipola also has positively affected enrollment. Dr. Kitty Myers, Dean of University programs, said, “Many students are enrolling in our AA program because they know that they can finish here without having to travel or re-locate.”  An estimated 300 students are currently enrolled in university programs offered by FSU and UWF on the CJC campus. Enrollment in the University Center is expected to grow with the  addition of FSU’s Business Administration degree and Chipola’s own four-year degree both of which may begin in Fall 2003.

Dean of Student Services Dr. Joan Miller said, "The college's expanded nursing program, a recent reduction in tuition for Alabama and Georgia residents and the national economy are some of the variables which I believe have led to an increase in enrollment." 

Students may continue to register for many of Chipola's Workforce Development programs and Continuing Education courses throughout the semester.

For more information, call the CJC Registration Office at 718-2211.

 

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Jan. 9, 2003

 

MELVIN IS CJC ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR

 

MARIANNA—Engineer David H. Melvin has been named the Chipola Junior College Alumnus of the Year.

The 1981 Chipola graduate is an engineer by profession, but he is on a mission to bring character education to the forefront in his community.  

Melvin owns a successful engineering firm with 40 employees in two cities. He is also the father of seven. David and his wife Patty were looking for some positive ways to teach their children about good character when they first learned about Character First. The program describes 49 character traits through a series of writings, posters, videos, and a monthly newsletter. The family studied concepts like obedience, tolerance, generosity and creativity. Melvin said the results were nothing short of amazing.

The program had such a positive effect on his family that he decided to take it to his office. He introduces a new character trait at monthly staff meetings along with a review of the previous month's focus. When employees are recognized on the anniversary of their hiring, Melvin praises them in the meeting for exemplifying a particular character trait.

His employees embraced the program and many have introduced character training to their own families.  But Melvin didn't stop at the office.  He continued to spread the word about character training. In 2001, he introduced the idea at a countywide meeting, and local officials signed resolutions designating Marianna and Jackson County as Communities of Character. 

Melvin says, "Good character transcends age, position, financial status, race, religion, education, gender and personality. It enables people to see the wise decision in every situation and provides the courage to choose that route."

The 43-year-old is quick to point out that character training made a difference in his life. "My office was a mess, until I learned the trait of orderliness. We would leave things undone after a big project, until we began to understand thoroughness," said Melvin.

                He recently established the non-profit Character Council of Northwest Florida, Inc., to promote character awareness and to obtain funding to boost character development initiatives in local communities. Participating groups and individuals pledge to promote the Character Quality of the Month, to implement a character program and to encourage other organizations to consider a character focus.

Melvin's character was evident during his years at Chipola. He was elected Student Government President of Florida's 28 community colleges. He was awarded the Chipola Board of Trustees Scholarship and the University of Florida Community College Scholarship.  He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Chipola then transferred to the University of Florida where he was a member of Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honor Society. 

The Marianna native has high praise for Chipola.  "I appreciated and enjoyed my Chipola experience. When I began classes at the University of Florida, I felt I was better prepared than the students who took their first two years at the university." He graduated from UF with honors in civil engineering, and went on to earn an MBA from Florida State University. He established his engineering/consulting business in 1989. The firm has become known not only for its quality and commitment to clients, but also for its company philosophy of integrity, trust and character. 

Melvin is a registered engineer in four states and is a member of several professional engineering societies.  He has worked on a number of projects in his hometown of Marianna, including the Jackson County Water and Sewer System, the Historic Russ House and Commons, the City of Marianna Street Paving, the Jackson County Countywide Resurfacing Program and an addition to Chipola's new Literature/Language Building. 

                Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough says, "David represents the best of our alumni. He has achieved great success in the field of engineering, and now he is making a positive impact on his community."

 

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Jan. 9, 2003

 

CHIPOLA HOOPSTERS OPEN CONFERENCE WITH WINS OVER TALLAHASSEE

 

MARIANNA—Both Chipola basketball squads opened the conference season with wins over Tallahassee on Wednesday, Jan. 8.

                The Indians improved to 14-5 and 1-0 in the conference with 70-69 win over the Eagles.

Head coach Ryan Cross said, “We had some chances to build our lead and put the game away at times, but they hung around and actually had the lead late in the game.” Brandon Freeman made a big three to give the Indians the lead late in the game.

JueMichael Young led Chipola with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Freeman scored 19 points. Michael Wilds added 10.

The Indians travel to Okaloosa-Walton on Saturday, Jan. 11. OW is ranked first in the country, but they defeated Gulf Coast by only one point on Wednesday.  Cross said, “They haven’t lost at home in four or five years, so it will be a big test for us Saturday night.” 

Cross is optimistic about his team’s chances this season. “This is the best team we’ve had in my three years. And we’re finally at full strength with everybody healthy. Wednesday was the first time in a while that we’ve had our whole team together. I think we should start playing our best basketball.”

                Starting point guard Nick Williams, a pre-season All American transfer from Kansas State, returned to the CJC lineup this week.

The Lady Indians improved to 10-6 and 1-0 in the conference with a 63-53 win over the Lady Eagles on Wednesday.

Kayla Ard led Chipola with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Lanita Carter scored 12 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Reginette Maddox scored 9 points with six rebounds and five assists. Rebecca Montz scored 9. Chipola led 31-26 at the half. Both teams travel to Okaloosa-Walton on Saturday, Jan. 11. TCC was ranked 17th in the nation. Head coach Jason Keene said, “It was a good win for us to start the conference with a win at home. The girls did a good job.”

                Maddox leads the squad in scoring, averaging 15.5 points per game. She is also tenth in state in scoring. Montz is averaging 11.8 points a game, putting her at number 22 on the state scoring list.

The Lady Indians welcomed back Amber Bryant on Wednesday, who returned following ACL surgery.

For the latest scores, call the CJC Hotline at 718-2CJC.

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Jan. 9, 2003

 

 

CJC SHOW CHOIR JAZZMATAZZ IS JAN. 16-17

 

                MARIANNA--The Chipola Junior College Show Choir will present the 5th anniversary edition of Jazzmatazz, Jan. 16 and 17, at 7:30 p.m., in the newly renovated CJC Theatre.

                This year's show will feature the 16-voice CJC Show Choir directed by Dr. Ed Lyon; Angie White, Assistant Director and Rebecca Parmer, Choreographer. The show will feature hits from recent popular movies: "I'm a Believer" and "The Best Years of Our Lives" from "Shrek;" "Flip, Flop, Fly" from "Chicken Run;" and "Greased Lightning" from "Grease."

                CJC Theatre's new Steinway grand piano will be featured in an arrangement of Irving Berlin's "I Love a Piano."

                The CJC Show Choir has invited the Marianna High Show Choir for a guest appearance. The first half will conclude with both show choirs on the CJC stage.

                The second half of the show will be a rollicking tribute to the South, "Made in the South and Proud of It!"

                Tickets--$10 for general admission and $4 for students--are available from any Show Choir member or from the main office in the McLendon Fine Arts Building. CJC students and employees are entitled to one comp ticket. Sellout performances are expected.

                For information, contact Dr. Ed Lyon at 850-718-2221.

 

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Jan. 9, 2003

 

 

SOPRANO ALISON ENGLAND TO PERFORM AT CJC

 

                MARIANNA--Soprano Alison England hits the Chipola Junior College stage Tuesday, Jan. 21, to open the 2003 portion of the Chipola Artist Series.

                Tickets--$12 for adults, $8 for ages 18 and under, and $4 for current CJC students—are on sale in the CJC Business Office.   

                England’s one woman show Opera, Broadway & Beyond includes selections from Romeo & Juliet, Carmen, South Pacific, Carousel, The King and I, My Fair Lady, Phantom of the Opera, Easter Parade and many others.

                England recently finished her second season as a featured operatic artist on ABC's Dharma & Greg.  She can be seen in Sky-Tel's national commercial as "Brunnehilde," and is sought after as a recitalist and artist-in-residence around the country. Her debut album Harp & Soul is due for release this year.

                The stellar singer/actress/comedienne has starred at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Orange County Performing Arts Center and Ambassador Auditorium.  She has appeared with the Los Angeles, Miami, Honolulu, Miami and Redlands Symphonies and has sung leading roles with the Seattle, Miami, St. Louis, Long Beach and Kansas City Operas.  She has starred in “The Sound of Music,” “The King & I,” “Hello Dolly.”

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

                For ticket information, call the CJC Business Office at 718-2220.                                

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Jan. 9, 2003

 

CJC WORKFORCE PROGRAMS HAVE OPENINGS

 

                MARIANNA—Registration is ongoing for a number of Workforce Development programs at Chipola Junior College.

                Most programs feature open enrollment, which allows students to enroll at any time and complete programs at their own pace. All programs offer excellent job placement potential. Financial aid is available, and remedial assistance is provided for most programs. Several programs have reached capacity for the semester, but have established waiting lists.  

Certificate Programs include: Accounting Applications, Applied Welding Technologies, Automotive Service Technology, Commercial Food and Culinary Arts, Correctional Officer, Computer Electronics Technology, Electronics Technology, Emergency Medical Technician, Grooming & Salon Services (formerly Cosmetology), Law Enforcement, Combination Law Enforcement & Corrections, Office Specialist and Telecommunications.

                                                                                                 Associate in Science Degree Programs include: Business Administration & Management, Child Development & Education, Computer Information Technology, Networking Services Technology, Criminal Justice Technology, Culinary Management, Dental Hygiene, Electronic Engineering Technology, Fire Science Technology, Recreation Technology, Telecommunications Technology, and Office Technology with a choice of four specializations:  Medical Secretarial, Legal Secretarial, Office Management and Word Processing.                                

                The CJC Success Center has openings for students who need help with testing skills, GED Prep, academic confidence or a refresher in Reading, Language, Math and Pre-algebra in order to continue their education in Academics or Work Force Development Programs. 

                For information about CJC Workforce programs, call 718-2270.

 

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Jan. 9, 2003

 

CHIPOLA TO OFFER SHORT COURSES

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola Junior College will offer a variety of short courses in 2003.

                Several computer classes will be offered.  Introduction to Computers will meet Jan. 14 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Word I will meet Jan. 22 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Excel I will meet Jan. 28 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Cost of each computer class is $45. Office XP class times will be announced at a later date. 

                Computer classes for senior citizens will begin with Introduction to Computers on Jan. 23 and Feb. 11.  Cost is $20.

                Several Child Care courses will be offered. A 10-Hour Childcare Training (Behavior Observation) will be offered Jan.18 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Cost is $31.  A 10-Hour Childcare Training course will begin Feb. 22.  Cost is $31.  A 20 Childcare Training course will begin March 8.  Cost is $62. A 10 Hour Childcare Training (Mainstreaming) will meet April 5 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Cost is $31.

                Sign Language I and II classes will meet Monday evenings, Jan. 27 through April 7.  Sign I will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Sign II will meet from 5 to 7 p.m.  Cost is $33 for each course.

                Cake Decorating I will be offered Mondays, Feb. 3 through Feb. 24, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.  Cake Decorating II will meet Mondays, March 3 through March 31 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.  Cake Decorating III will begin June 9.  Cost is $28 for each class.

                Two Real Estate sales courses required to attain a license in Florida will be offered.  A weekend class will meet Saturdays, Feb. 1 through March 11, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  An evening class will begin March 11. Cost is $195.

                A CPR class will meet Feb. 4 and 6 from 5 to 9 p.m.  Cost is $34.  First Aid will meet Feb. 18 and 20 from 5 to 9:30 p.m.  Cost is $40. 

                EducationToGo offers online programs in a number of areas, including: Internet, Computers, Certification Prep, Writing, Personal Enrichment, Test Prep, Business, Legal, Nursing, Large Business/Management, and Design and Media Certification Programs. Visit www.ed2go.com/chipola.  Online courses on a variety of subjects also are available at www.elementk.com

                For information about any of these non-credit courses, call the Office of Continuing Education at 718-2395.                                                                   ####

Jan. 9, 2003

 

CORRECTIONS COURSE SET AT CJC

 

                MARIANNA—Application deadline for Chipola Junior College's next evening course in Basic Corrections is Feb. 10.

                The class will begin Feb. 18, and will meet weeknights from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Applicants must be at least 19 years of age, be of good moral character, possess a valid driver’s license, earn a passing score on the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) and meet FDLE requirements. Students are encouraged to apply early due the extensive application process.

                For information, call (850) 718-2394.

 

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Jan. 16, 2003

Chipola leads Florida in retention EFFORTS

 

MARIANNA—The Florida Department of Education announced recently that a new study ranks Florida's community colleges No. 1 in retaining and graduating students, and Chipola Junior College leads Florida in its retention efforts. 

Combining data from all 28 Florida community colleges, the report by the Southern Regional Education Board, indicates that statewide 76 percent of full-time first-time-in-college students are still enrolled or have transferred to other institutions within two years. Chipola boasts a retention rate of 83.1 percent for the period, second only to Santa Fe CC with 86.5 percent.

The survey also found that 44 percent of Chipola students have graduated within three years of initial enrollment compared to the state average of 30 percent.

Chipola beefed up its retention efforts in the Fall of 1996 when counselor Mary Lu Andreu took on the task of tracking and contacting students with excessive absences. Since that time, CJC has received regional attention for its common sense approach to retention. Andreu’s work has been published in The Journal for Community College Research.

“Faculty members have played a major role in Chipola's retention efforts by reporting excessive absences,” Andreu said. "Their participation indicates that faculty are seeing themselves as part of a larger effort to retain students.”

Student Services personnel follow up each absence report by attempting to contact the student by phone and mail. "We want to intervene in time to keep students from getting into academic trouble and then dropping out because they can't catch up," said Andreu, who reported making as many as 100 phone calls in a single month. 

She says students' stress factors range from poor study skills and lack of career direction to major health issues and crises in their personal lives. "Many of our students are dealing with very stressful situations in addition to their academic work," said Andreu who sometimes schedules a conference after a phone conversation.

Andreu said she learns all kinds of things on the phone. "Sometimes students just need connecting to a tutor or instructional lab.  Other times they just need to get over their fear of talking

with a teacher.  But sometimes they need help in laying out a plan for the future.  That plan might even involve withdrawing from a class or from college entirely." 

Andreu says when indications are that a student must withdraw, she tries to communicate that they're not "dropping-out."  They're simply "stopping-out" to get more control over their lives and then come back.

Dean of Student Services Dr. Joan Miller said, "We are seeing an increase in the faculty's willingness to participate in college-wide retention efforts.  Faculty have always helped give students a good start as academic advisors, but they are now seeing new ways to help students successfully complete their courses."

Andreu says the strategy of tracking excessive absences is based on retention research that shows grade performance as the single most important factor in predicting persistence in college. "Students are less likely to pass if they aren't in class. That's why it helps so much when a teacher notices and takes time to report that a student is absent and in danger of getting behind in class," concluded Andreu.

Andreu, a 29-year Chipola veteran, reported that retention has become a college-wide effort. “Each person at the college is interested in taking down barriers. We don’t mind looking at what we’re doing and questioning administrative procedures that may inhibit the progress of the student. We never compromise the academic integrity of the college, but we are willing to help each student succeed in getting through the maze of institutional procedures,” said Andreu.        

David Armstrong, Chancellor of Florida’s Community College Chancellor said this latest data is important news for Florida. "The retention and graduation rankings show that Florida's colleges are doing an outstanding job of helping students succeed and reach their educational goals," said Armstrong.

The Southern Regional Education Board report was based on a U.S. Department of Education Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data Systems survey, and a two-year retention study. The report tracked the progression rates, since 1998, of community college students who are still enrolled and those who graduated and transferred to a university.

 

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Jan. 16, 2003                                                         

 

CHIPOLA STUDENTS ATHLETES SCORE HIGH GPA’S

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola Junior College’s student-athletes performed well in the classroom during the Fall 2002 semester.

                The overall team Fall grade point averages for CJC’s four sports, are: Women’s Softball, 3.17; Men’s Baseball, 2.91; Women's Basketball, 2.84 and Men's Basketball, 2.81.

                Nineteen student athletes earned a GPA of 3.25 or higher and qualified for the Dean's List for Fall 2002.

                Chipola graduated 26 of its 32 sophomore student-athletes last season, giving CJC a graduation rate of 81 percent, up 2.5 percent from last year. A total of 27 CJC sophomores transferred to four-year colleges and 26 went on to earn athletic scholarships. Three players signed professional contracts.

CJC president Dr. Gene Prough said, “We are proud of the work that our student-athletes are doing in the classroom. These numbers indicate that our faculty and staff are dedicated to the success of our students.”

Chipola has a number of programs in place to help student-athletes, including academic monitoring, study halls and tutoring. CJC science instructor David Hilton serves as academic advisor for student athletes.

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Jan. 16, 2003

 

CAST PICKED FOR CHIPOLA’S “BIG RIVER”

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola Junior College theater coordinator Charles Sirmon recently announced the cast of “Big River,” which opens a five-day run, March 12.

Players include: Mike Milton as Huck Finn, Gerald Goins as Jim, Josh Barber as Tom Sawyer, Jill White as Mary Jane Wilkes, David Culpepper as Pap, Lee Shook as Duke, Charles Sirmon as King, Chris Manasco as Silas Phelps, Joan Stadsklev as Miss Watson, Michele Williams as Widow Douglas, Gayle DiBenedetto as Strange Woman, Erin Davis as Susan Wilkes, Sylvia Grace as Joanna Wilkes/Sally, Felicia Gibson as Scarlet Wilkes, John Gray as Judge/Doctor, Mavis Flowers as Crossing Slave, James Spooner as Young Fool/Ben/Hank, Jonathan Basford as Simon/Counselor, Adam Moxley as Jo/Lafe, Laura Trejo as How Blest We Are Girl, Charles Kimrey as Dick/Andy, Darrold Franklin, Norissa Grant, Nathaniel Williams and Ashley Harvey as Slaves/Townspeople and Mary Kathryn Farmer, Lacy Purvis, Kassandra Joyner, Candace Holloway, Courtney Haile, Tiffany Nichols, and Deanna Wickham as Townladies.

Twain’s timeless classic sweeps the audience down the mighty Mississippi as the irrepressible Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom at the mouth of the Ohio River.  Propelled by an award winning score from Roger Miller, the king of country music, this jaunting journey provides a brilliantly theatrical celebration of pure Americana.  Big River won seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, Score and Book.

For information about Chipola Theater, contact Sirmon at (850) 718-2227.

 

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Jan. 16, 2003

 

CHIPOLA TO OFFER SHORT COURSES

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola Junior College has scheduled a variety of short courses.

                Computer classes will be offered, including:  Word I, Jan. 22, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for Office 97 and Feb. 13, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., for Office XP; Excel I, Jan. 28, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for Office 97 and March 13, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. for Office XP; Introduction to Computers, Jan. 29, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Office XP and Feb. 12, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for Office 97. Office 97 classes are $45. XP classes are $30. 

                Introduction to Computers for Seniors will meet Jan. 23 and Feb. 11.  Word & Excel for Seniors will meet Feb. 4 and 13.  Internet for Seniors will meet Feb. 6 and March 11.  Classes are from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost for each course is $20.

                Sign Language I and II classes will meet Monday evenings, Jan. 27 through April 7.  Sign I will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Sign II will meet from 5 to 7 p.m.  Cost is $33 for each course.

                Two Real Estate sales courses required to attain a license in Florida will be offered.  A weekend class will meet Saturdays, Feb. 1 through March 11, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  An evening class will begin March 11. Cost is $195.

                Cake Decorating I will be offered Feb. 3 through Feb. 24. Cake Decorating II is March 3 through March 31. Both courses will meet Mondays, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.  Cake Decorating III will begin June 9.  Cost is $28 for each class.

                Several Health Care courses will be offered. A CPR class will meet Feb. 4 and 6 from 5 to 9 p.m.  Cost is $34.  First Aid will meet Feb. 18 and 20 from 5 to 9:30 p.m.  Cost is $40. 

                Ballroom Dancing will be offered Feb. 6 from 6 to 7 p.m. for nine weeks.  Cost is $5 per person per class.

                Several Child Care courses will be offered. A 10-Hour Childcare Training course will begin Feb. 22.  Cost is $31.  A 20 Childcare Training course will begin March 8.  Cost is $62. A 10 Hour Childcare Training (Mainstreaming) will meet April 5 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. A 10-Hour Childcare Training (Behavior Observation) will be offered April 26 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Cost is $31.

                EducationToGo offers online programs in a number of areas, including: Internet, Computers, Certification Prep, Writing, Personal Enrichment, Test Prep, Business, Legal, Nursing, Large Business/Management, and Design and Media Certification Programs. Visit www.ed2go.com/chipola.  Online courses on a variety of subjects also are available at www.elementk.com

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Jan. 16, 2003

 CHIPOLA’S FALL DEAN’S LIST ANNOUNCED

MARIANNA—Charlton Keen, vice president of Instructional and Student Services at Chipola Junior College, commends the 189 students who made the Dean’s List for academic achievement during the Fall Semester 2002.

                To be placed on the Dean’s List, a student must take 12 or more semester hours of courses and make an average of 3.25 (B+) to 4.0 (A) in all courses.

                Students who made perfect averages of 4.0—straight A’s—and their hometowns are:

Altha—Joni S. Goodman, Lora A. Shelton.

Bascom—Kelly R. Messer.

Blountstown—Laura E. Davis, Nathan J. Ebersole, Kimberly B. Rogers.

Bonifay—Alra R. Brooks, Justin R. Carrell, Selina A. Fish, Jill A. Snaidman.

Bristol—Heather L. Grover, William A. Potter.

Campbellton—Dashoan D. Olds.

Chattahoochee—Charles R. Kimrey.

Chipley— Lance E. Berry, Chelsea S. Diaz, Courtney D. Jolley, Chelsea D. Laney, Christiana   D. Prichard, Joshua N. Riley.

Clarksville—Tiffany A. McClellan.

Cottondale—Tracy D. Brock, Stacey M. Sapp, Michael S. Scurlock. 

Graceville— Rhonda M. Brooks, Francis R. Waters.

Grand Ridge—Jacqueline M. Joyner, Krissy G. Lee.

Greenwood—Shawna C. Ferguson, Phyllings D. Lerisson.

                Marianna—Amy E. Bates, Adam R. Bigale, Candace M. Cartwright, Matthew A. Magruder, Rene L. Parton, Matthew B. White, Laneise M. Leslie, Kari A. Anderson, Nicole R. Engebretsen, Stephanie A. Wilson.

Sneads— Aimee L. Douglas.

Students who earned grade point averages ranging from 3.25(B+) to 3.99 (A) and their hometowns are:

                Alford— Stephanie B. Waters, Mary M. Jones, Christopher N. Shores.

                Altha—Joshua C. Barton, Kelly N. Lord, Georgia A. White, Heather M. O'Bryan, Melissa     

M. Worrell, Heidi E. Barth, Jeremy S. Flanders, Paula L. Van Lierop, Nicholas J. Barth.

Bascom—Marcus L. Ditty, Mark A. Lawrence, Jesse D. Rich, Rafael T. Savory, Clark W.   Hasty, Christina M. Walker, Lashara T. Johnson.

                Blountstown—Blair D. Mercer, Thomas R. Cherry, Misty R. Segers, Patricia A. Harrell, David R. Cherry, Joanna L. Bridges, Laura S. Guilford, Kathy L. Lafontaine, Cristina L. Buchanan Jessica L. Buchanan, Stephen T. Mears, Heather S. Coxwell.

                Bonifay— Ashlie P. Taylor, Tamara L. Hutchinson, Amanda M. Brown, Jessica M. Reddick, Kristi P. Sanders, Maggie M. Nesbitt, Jennifer E. Keen, Ravi H. Patel, Delena A. Sanders, Andrew       V. Garske, Mary E. Cook, Leigh A. Ponds, Brian J. Devilling, Kellie L. Rhodes.

                Bristol—Nikki K. Brown, Bess L. Nobles, Brooke A. Green, Jennifer L. Shuler, Jenny L.   Harrell.

                Campbellton—Sofia D. Pelt.

                Caryville— Karen M. Parsley, Jill N. White.

                Chattahoochee—Joshua T. James, Nicholas A. Brown.

                Chipley—Amanda L. Holland, Lucinda J. Sasser, Richard C. Miller Jr., Lyndsay N. Garrett,     Heather E. Driver, Alexander R. Norman, Connie R. Leavins, Jared M. Grantham, Sheresa N. Howell            Patrick J. Reeves, Kayla R. Laster, Susie A. Morris.

                Cottondale—Wilanne G. Braxton, Lindsay L. Sloan, Lonnie D. Barber Jr., Jody B. Pippin, Mary C. Miles, Heather A. Scurlock, Cynthia R. Paige, Adam J. Scurlock, Reba K. Deese, Tammy        R. Shouppe, Brittany M. Leavins, Nina D. Green, Jonathan G. Shores.

                Graceville—Jessica R. Register, James D. Wright, Elizabeth M. Harris, Jonathan E. Prescott, James S. Price, Melissa Mann, Jason M. Byrd, Kevin A. Taylor, Donald C. Johnson, Krystal L. Hartzog, Charles B. Martin, Sarah A. Bollinger, Jordan K. Girton, Meghan L. Smith.

Grand Ridge-- Pierre C. Wesselhoeft, Kristen N. Gilley, George D. Johnson, Justin E. Vickery        Keesha L. Childs, Jonathan C. Basford, Brenda G. Davis.

Greenwood—Sherice J. Curry, Mary E. Maldonado, Alesia C. Green, Robin K. O'Bryan.

                Malone— Autumn D. Beard, Emily R. Conrad.

                Marianna— Eileen J. Aristizabal, Catherine E. Marsh, Kristy M. Edwards, Miranda D. Ellis,

    Karen M. Chipman, Sarah E. Mock, Kelly B. Slichter, Sylvia G. Stanton, Alex T. Coady, Michael S.   Halstead, Kimberly A. Pfeiffer, Ashley S. Barber, Jeffery N. Bosse, Melissa D. McRoy, Tammy E. Potter, Mario E. Collings, Richard M. Bush, Cy D. Sims, Deza R. Bryan, Joseph  S. Edwards, Cherish      E. Potter, Salena A. Grace, Mary D. Neel, Jessica L. Ward, Stephen A. Amos, Kelly N. Nowell, Lori A. Tyler, Jessica M. Harris, Jaquelyn M. Bard, Rena J. Gibson, Theodore R. Holden, Shanon C. Wooden, Tiffany L. Anderson, Lacy L. Purvis, Amanda L. Chesteen, Tracey Y. Oliver, Theresa L. Martinez, Stephanie S. Black, Adam L. Moxley, Kristina L. Scott, Richard D. Swails, Jesse A. Snelgrove, Whitney E. Sims.

Ponce De Leon-- Kelly M. Scott, Ashley C. Kolmetz.

                Sneads— Jamee M. McAlpin, Joshua A. Glass, Charyl E. Tyus, Tessa M. Shirey, Barbara J.   Nelson, Amanda N. Medley, Dawndrell M. Martin.

Wausau--Rebecca M. Purvis.           

Westville--Jason W. Mims, Kisha E. Stafford.

                Out of District – (All A’s) Sarah S. Bryant of Quincy; Katrina N. Broome of Panama City;     Amber N. Kavehkar of Webster, TX.  (A’s and B’s) Thomas T. Stoutamire of Hosford; Hannah N. Sumner of Hosford; Lydia B. Johnson of Kinard; Stephanie A. Hayes of Century; Megan L. Chaffee of Niceville; Heather S. Ebersole of Rock Island, IL; Rebecca L.  Montz of Erath, LA; John Jay A. Mattox  Jr. of Conway, AR; Julie Robitaille of Mississauga, CN; Jeni K. Paquette of London, England; Jessica L. Mathis of Snellville, GA; Stephanie M. Eggers of Snellville, GA; Amy R. Maddox of Tallahassee, FL.

 

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CHIPOLA HOSTS PENSACOLA ON SATURDAY

 

MARIANNA—Both Chipola basketball squads host Pensacola on Saturday, Jan. 18, in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center. The Lady Indians play at 5:30 p.m. The Indians play at 7:30 p.m.

The Lady Indians improved to 12-6 overall and 2-1 in the conference, with a 66-20 win at North Florida on Wednesday.  Head coach Jason Keene, said, "We did a good job of guarding them.  We did not shoot very well.  But it was a good win. Reginette Maddox was out with a sprained ankle, but is hopeful for the Pensacola game on Saturday.

The Lady Indians lost to OW, 74-59 on Saturday, Jan. 11. Gulf Coast is 3-0 in the league. CJC and OW are 2-1. TCC is 1-2. PJC and NFL are 0-2.  

The Indians had a 23-point lead at the half, but were outscored 56-30 in the final 20 minutes to lose 92-89 to top-ranked OW on Saturday, Jan. 11. Chipola was 11 of 13 from the 3-point line and 73.3 percent from the field in the opening half, but with 37.5 seconds left and Chipola leading 89-88, OW's Derek Thomas intercepted Nick Williams' pass and was fouled. Thomas made both attempts and gave OWCC its first lead, 90-89.

Brandon Freeman and Tom Frericks each scored 18. Michael Wilds had 17. JueMichael Young scored 13. The loss put Chipola at 1-1 in the league and 14-6 overall. CJC head coach Ryan Cross said, “I thought we played really well. They cut the lead right after the half and hit some big threes. It was a game that we had in control, but no lead is safe with the shot clock and the three-point play. We just need to move on and get ready for Pensacola.”

Cross said, “The Pensacola game is really important for us. With a win, we’ll be right back where we need to be. Paul’s a good coach, so they’ll be ready to play.”

The Indians are ranked sixth in the state poll. OW is first in the state and leads the league at 3-0. CJC, PJC and TCC are all tied at 1-1. Gulf Coast is 0-3.

Both Chipola squads opened the conference season with wins over Tallahassee on Wednesday, Jan. 8. The Indians logged a 70-69 win. The Lady Indians scored a 63-53 win.

For the latest scores, call the CJC Hotline at 718-2CJC.

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Jan. 23, 2003

THE LATE “MR. ROY” BEALL RECOGNIZED FOR PHILANTHROPY

 

        MARIANNA—The late Roy B. Beall, a founding father of Chipola Junior College, has been recognized for his outstanding philanthropy by The Council for Resource Development, a national organization.

         CRD presented Regional and State Benefactor Awards to Mr. Roy in recognition of his contributions and commitment to Chipola and the establishment of the Roy B. Beall Scholarship Endowment offered through the Chipola Junior College Foundation.

                The purpose of the CRD Benefactor Award is to recognize outstanding contributions to community colleges.  The award embodies the ideals of philanthropy, leadership and volunteerism in the service of community, technical and junior colleges.

        The family of Roy B. Beall attended the recent Benefactor Banquet in Washington, DC.  In attendance were:  Jean Beall Neel, daughter; grandchildren Dana Neel Cobb, Kitty Neel Myers, Sharon Beall Mason, and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Burns Beall, III; great-grandchildren Jenny Cobb Steever, Kitty Cobb and Roseann Mason.

        At the ceremony a representative of the family said: “Our grandfather’s life passion and commitment was educational excellence and access for everyone.  It is especially gratifying, many years after he passed away, that he is being honored for that passion and commitment today.”

        Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough, said, “During his lifetime, Beall exemplified all of the traits of an outstanding benefactor. He gave not only his financial support to Chipola, but he also was a steadfast leader and long-time volunteer.”

        Beall’s relationship with Chipola began in 1946 when a group of business leaders met to discuss the possibility of opening a private college for students in the area.  In the summer of 1947, Chipola opened its doors on the campus of the old Marianna Army Base. Beall was one of the founders and also served as Chairman of the Board for many years.  During his 23 years of continuous service to Chipola, he never missed a single meeting of any board or agency on which he served.  His early leadership at Chipola was instrumental in developing the college into the successful institution it is today from its humble beginnings as a small private college with barely enough funds to exist. 

        In 1983, Beall approached Chipola officials about sponsoring a scholarship drive that would support the top two academic students and top academic athlete from each of Jackson County’s six

high schools.  His idea was to award each with a one-year scholarship to begin their pursuit of higher education.  He raised the money single-handedly and expanded the program the next year to include all five of the counties within the college’s district.  This initial fundraising effort has grown into a scholarship endowment bearing his name with an account balance of over $122,000.

For information on scholarships offered through the Chipola Foundation, call (850) 718-2478.           

 

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Jan. 23, 2003                                                         

CHIPOLA AUTOMOTIVE STUDENTS EARN ASE CERTIFICATION

 

                MARIANNA— Eight students from Chipola Junior College's Automotive Technology program recently passed the national Automotive Service Excellence Test (ASE). 

                The students are: Robert Vargo of Alford, James Begor of Marianna, Royce Walsingham of Marianna, Michael Lamb of Marianna, B.J. Dillard of Sneads, Harry Kern of Sneads, Joey Jeter of Sneads, Jeff Guadiana of Chipley. 

                The ASE exam is the nationally recognized industry standard for automotive technicians.  Most repair facilities prefer ASE Certified Technicians and pay more for their services. 

                According to John Gardner, CJC Automotive Technology instructor, "The ASE test is a benchmark for automotive technicians and is an outstanding achievement for our students. Most technicians do not attempt the ASE test before working in the automotive field and completing extensive education." 

                Chipola's Auto Tech program became an ASE Certified Program in 2002. This designation assures employers that rigorous standards and guidelines set by the industry are being taught within a program.

                Gardner says, "I am very proud of the hard work that our students perform daily which affords them the opportunity of passing the ASE exam. With excellent students and the support of our college administration, the Chipola Automotive Technology program is second to none." 

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CJC AUTO STUDENTS EARN ASE CERTIFICATION--Eight students from Chipola Junior College's Automotive Technology program recently passed the national Automotive Service Excellence Test (ASE). Pictured from left, are: Robert Vargo of Alford, James Begor of Marianna, Royce Walsingham of Marianna, Michael Lamb of Marianna, B.J. Dillard of Sneads, Harry Kern of Sneads, Joey Jeter of Sneads, Jeff Guadiana of Chipley. 

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Jan. 23, 2003

CHIPOLA HOSTS OKALOOSA-WALTON ON TUESDAY

 

MARIANNA—Both Chipola basketball squads host Okaloosa-Walton on Tuesday, Jan. 28, in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center. The Lady Indians play at 5:30 p.m. The Indians play at 7:30 p.m.

Both Chipola teams are on the road at Tallahassee on Saturday, Jan. 25.

The Indians improved to 16-6 and 3-1 in the conference with an 86-81 win at Gulf Coast on Wednesday, Jan. 22.  The Indians never let go of the lead, with four players scoring in double figures.  Nick Williams led the CJC with 22 points, his best performance yet. Michael Wilds scored 19. Brandon Freeman had 15 and Tom Frericks added 12.  Walker Russell also made a big contribution with 17 assists.  Head coach Cross said, “I thought this was a good road win.  Anytime you win on the road in this league it is a good win.”

Chipola’s win over Gulf Coast creates a three-way tie for first place in the Panhandle Conference with Chipola, Okaloosa-Walton and Tallahassee all at 3-1, as of Jan. 23.

 Cross said, “This Saturday’s game with TCC is a key game for us.”  A win over the Eagles would keep Chipola and Okaloosa-Walton tied for first in the league and bump Tallahassee to second.

                The Lady Indians fell top ranked Gulf Coast, 91-49, on Jan. 22. Chipola’s defense held Gulf Coast’s All American candidate guard, Denise Thompson, to 6 points.  Rebecca Montz was Chipola’s top scorer with 14 points.

                CJC is third in the league at 3-2 and 13-7 overall. Gulf Coast is first at 5-0. Okaloosa-Walton is second at 4-1. Due to a special bye this year, the top three women’s teams in the Panhandle Conference will advance to the FCCAA State Basketball Tournament to be held at Chipola, March 5–8.

                The Lady Indians also face Tallahassee this weekend.  A win against the Lady Eagles would put Chipola in a tie for the second place.     

                The Indians scored a 77-60 win over Pensacola on Jan. 18. JueMichael Young led CJC with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Michael Wilds and Brandon Freeman each had 14. Walter Harris added 10. 

                The Lady Indians also scored a 71-63 win over Pensacola. Rebecca Montz led Chipola with 15 points. Heidi Fowler followed with 14. Lanita Carter and Andrea Martin scored 12 apiece.

For the latest scores, call the CJC Hotline at 718-2CJC.

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Jan. 23, 2003

 

CJC HOSTS CHEERLEADER EXTRAVAGANZA 

 

MARIANNA--Hundreds of fans turned out to cheer for the cheerleaders at the recent Chipola Junior College Cheerleader Extravaganza.

Cheerleaders from Chipley, Cottondale, Graceville, Sneads and Marianna competed.

In the varsity squad competition, Graceville won first place; Marianna finished second; Cottondale was third and also won the Spirit Trophy.

In the junior varsity squad competition, Marianna placed first, and Sneads was second.  There was a tie for the Spirit Trophy between Marianna and Sneads.  Both squads received a trophy.

In the varsity jumps competition Andrea Spatero of Marianna placed first; Brittni Spires of Marianna placed second; and Yorlanda Clark of Graceville placed third.

In the varsity tumbling competition, Andrea Spatero of Marianna placed first; Ashley Ellis of Chipley placed second; and Tonya Lynn Blocker of Marianna placed third.

In the junior varsity jumps competition, Ashley Barnes of Marianna placed first, Megan McCall of Marianna placed second; and Caty Spatero of Marianna placed third. 

In the junior varsity tumbling competition, Ashley Barnes of Marianna placed first; Megan McCall of Marianna placed second; and Caty Spatero of Marianna placed third.

                The CJC Cheerleader squad is open to male and female CJC or high school students who are physically fit, energetic, and committed to cheering.  Applicants must have a 2.0 GPA and must be full-time CJC students as of Fall 2003. Cheering experience is preferred. High school seniors must submit an official high school transcript and a letter of recommendation from their cheerleader coach.

For information, contact Geraldine DeFelix at 718-2322, or e-mail:  defelixg@chipola.edu

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Jan. 23, 2003

CJC WORKFORCE PROGRAMS HAVE OPENINGS

 

                MARIANNA—Registration is ongoing for a number of Workforce Development programs at Chipola Junior College.

                Most programs feature open enrollment, which allows students to enroll at any time and complete programs at their own pace. All programs offer excellent job placement potential. Financial aid is available, and remedial assistance is provided for most programs. Several programs have reached capacity for the semester, but have established waiting lists.  

Certificate Programs include: Accounting Applications, Applied Welding Technologies, Automotive Service Technology, Commercial Food and Culinary Arts, Correctional Officer, Computer Electronics Technology, Electronics Technology, Emergency Medical Technician, Grooming & Salon Services (formerly Cosmetology), Law Enforcement, Combination Law Enforcement & Corrections, Office Specialist and Telecommunications.

                Associate in Science Degree Programs include: Business Administration & Management, Child Development & Education, Computer Information Technology, Networking Services Technology, Criminal Justice Technology, Culinary Management, Dental Hygiene, Electronic Engineering Technology, Fire Science Technology, Recreation Technology, Telecommunications Technology, and Office Technology with a choice of four specializations:  Medical Secretarial, Legal Secretarial, Office Management and Word Processing.        

                The CJC Success Center has openings for students who need help with testing skills, GED Prep, academic confidence or a refresher in Reading, Language, Math and Pre-algebra in order to continue their education in Academics or Work Force Development Programs. 

                For information about CJC Workforce programs, call 718-2270.

Jan. 23, 2003

 

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CHIPOLA TO OFFER SHORT COURSES

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola Junior College will offer a variety of short courses this month.

                Sign Language I and II classes will meet Monday evenings, Jan. 27 through April 7.  Sign I will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sign II will meet from 5 to 7 p.m.  Cost is $33 for each course.

                Computer classes scheduled, include:  Excel I, Jan. 28, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for Office 97 and March 13, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. for Office XP; Introduction to Computers, Jan. 29, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. for Office XP and Feb. 12, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for Office 97; Word I, Feb. 13, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. for Office XP and Feb. 18, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for Office 97. Office 97 classes are $45.  XP classes are $30.

                Two Real Estate sales courses required to attain a license in Florida will be offered.  A weekend class will meet Saturdays, Feb. 1 through March 8, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  An evening class will begin March 11. Cost is $195.

                Cake Decorating I will be offered Feb. 3 through Feb. 24.  Cake Decorating II is March 3 through March 31. Cake Decorating III is June 9 through June 30.  Classes meet Mondays, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $28.

                Word & Excel for Seniors will meet Feb. 4 and 13.  Internet for Seniors will meet Feb. 6 and March 11.  Introduction to Computers for Seniors will meet Feb. 11.  All classes meet from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $20.           

                Two Health Care courses will be offered. CPR, meeting Feb. 4 and 6 from 5 to 9 p.m. cost $34 and First Aid, meeting Feb. 18 and 20 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. cost $40. 

                Ballroom Dancing will begin Feb. 6 from 6 to 7 p.m. Cost of the nine-week class is $5 per person, per class.

                The following Child Care courses are scheduled: a 10-Hour Childcare Training course, Feb. 22. Cost is $31.  A 20 Childcare Training course, March 8 and 15.  Cost is $62. A 10 Hour Childcare Training (Mainstreaming) course, April 5.  Cost is $31.

nd a 10-Hour Childcare Training (Behavior Observation), April 26. Cost is $31.  Each class will meet from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

                EducationToGo offers online programs in a number of areas, including: Internet, Computers, Certification Prep, Writing, Personal Enrichment, Test Prep, Business, Legal, Nursing, Large Business/Management, and Design and Media Certification Programs. Visit www.ed2go.com/chipola.  Online courses on a variety of subjects also are available at www.elementk.com

                For information about any of these non-credit courses, call the Office of Continuing Education at 718-2395.                                                                   ####

 

Jan. 30, 2003

HOMECOMING WEEK AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA - Chipola Junior College will celebrate Homecoming 2003, the week of Feb. 3-8. 

            “Ship Out of Luck,” this year’s Homecoming theme, describes every Chipola fan’s wish for the archrival Gulf Coast Commodores in the big Homecoming games on Feb. 8.

            Student activities for the week include:

            Dress up Days:  Monday, Feb. 3: High School Spirit Day - Students are asked to wear high school colors.  Tuesday, Feb. 4: Camouflage Day -- Students are asked to wear camo gear.  Wednesday, Feb. 5: Red, White and Blue Day - Students are asked to show their patriotism.  Thursday, Feb. 6:  Hat Day - Students are asked to wear a favorite hat.  Friday, Feb. 7:  Blue & Gold Day - Students are asked to show spirit by wearing CJC school colors.

            A building decoration contest between the CJC clubs begins Monday, Feb. 3 and will be judged on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 1 p.m. 

            The Homecoming Talent Show will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 10 a.m. in the Arts Center.  All CJC students are invited to share their talents of four minutes or less.  Cash prizes will be awarded for Best Overall and first, second and third places. Category Winners will include Best Solo, Best Group and Best Band. 

            A Student vs. Faculty Basketball game is set for 10 a.m., Friday, Feb. 7 in the Johnson Health Center.  Students should sign up in the Student Activities office.

        Homecoming Night, Saturday, Feb. 8, begins with the Lady Indians game against top-ranked Gulf Coast at 5:30 p.m. An Alumni Reception hosted by CJC President Dr. Gene Prough and his wife Priscilla, begins at 6 p.m. in the Chipola Appreciation Club Room.  All alumni and friends are invited to attend the reception. 

        The top-ranked Indians take on Gulf Coast in the men’s game at 7:30 p.m.  CJC’s 2003 Homecoming Queen and Mr. Chipola will be crowned during halftime. 

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

 

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CJC HOMECOMING COURT--Chipola's 2003 Homecoming Court attendants are, from left: (front) sophomores-Chrissie Prichard of Chipley, Arin Register of Marianna, Chelsea Suggs of Chipley, (middle) freshmen-Scotty Scurlock of Cottondale, Joni Goodman of Altha, Lindsay Sloan of Cottondale, Caleb Corbin of Bonifay, (back) Brian Mitchell of Marianna, Josh Barton of Altha and Jerome Smith of Sneads. Chipola's 2003 Homecoming Queen and Mr. Chipola will be selected from the sophomores and crowned at halftime of the Homecoming game on Feb. 8.

         

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“BIG RIVER” TICKETS ON SALE SOON AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA-Tickets for the Chipola Junior College production of the hit musical “Big River,” go on sale Feb. 26 in the CJC Business Office.

The Broadway tale of Huck Finn opens a five-day run, March 12 with evening shows at 7:30 p.m. and a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee. The Tony Award-winning score of the show was composed by King of the Road, Roger Miller.

CJC theater coordinator Charles Sirmon is expecting an early sellout.  Phone orders will be taken March 3 for any remaining tickets at 850-718-2220. VIP/ACT Fund members should call 850-718-2227 to reserve their tickets. 

The cast is led by Mike Milton of Marianna as Huck Finn and Gerald Goins of Gordon, AL, as Jim.

Other players include: Josh Barber as Tom Sawyer, Jill White as Mary Jane Wilkes, David Culpepper as Pap, Lee Shook as Duke, Charles Sirmon as King, Chris Manasco as Silas Phelps, Joan Stadsklev as Miss Watson, Michele Williams as Widow Douglas, Gayle DiBenedetto as Strange Woman, Erin Davis as Susan Wilkes, Sylvia Grace as Joanna Wilkes/Sally, Felicia Gibson as Scarlet Wilkes, John Gray as Judge/Doctor, Mavis Flowers as Crossing Slave, James Spooner as Young Fool/Ben/Hank, Jonathan Basford as Simon/Counselor, Adam Moxley as Jo/Lafe, Laura Trejo as How Blest We Are Girl, Charles Kimrey as Dick/Andy, Darrold Franklin, Norissa Grant, Nathaniel Williams and Ashley Harvey as Slaves/Townspeople and Mary Kathryn Farmer, Lacy Purvis, Kassandra Joyner, Candace Holloway, Courtney Haile, Tiffany Nichols, and Deanna Wickham as Townladies.

For information about Chipola Theater, contact Sirmon at (850) 718-2227.

 

Jan. 30, 2003

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ARTS ASSOCIATION AWARDS MINI-GRANTS

 

            MARIANNA--The Chipola Regional Arts Association recently awarded ten mini-grants of $200 each for the Improvement of Instruction in the Arts in Schools in the Chipola District which includes Calhoun, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty and Washington counties.

            CRAA President Ann Hinson announced the following recipients: Bethlehem School for music and art supplies; Blountstown Middle for choral music; Bonifay Elementary for materials used for African musical folk tale; Chipley High for drama used by county elementary students; Golson Elementary for puppets used to dramatize with music; Graceville Elementary for music kits; Kate Smith Elementary for 25-note resonator bell set; Ponce de Leon Elementary for multi-cultural art supplies; Riverside Elementary for music & CD's; and Vernon Elementary for 6 simplicity dulcimer kits.

            According to president Hinson and the grant committee, all requests were excellent and the selection of only ten was extremely difficult.  This marks the first year that the organization has had the funding for ten mini-grants rather than the five usually funded.

            CRAA members hope to offer these Mini-Grants each year to encourage continuation and improvement of arts programs and activities in the schools.  CRAA is made up of volunteers who support and encourage arts education and provide CJC scholarships to talented students. Through various fund-raising efforts, CRAA also supports the Chipola Artist Series and underwrites special cultural programs for area school children. 

            CRAA will begin its annual fund-raising campaign in February. President Hinson said, “We sincerely hope that everyone will consider including CRAA in their charitable contribution plans.” 

            For more information, phone 850-718-2301. 

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Jan. 30, 2003

CHIPOLA TO OFFER SHORT COURSES

 

            MARIANNA-Chipola Junior College will offer a variety of short courses in February.

            Cake Decorating I will be offered Feb. 3 through Feb. 24.  Cake Decorating II is March 3 through March 31. Cake Decorating III is June 9 through June 30.  Classes meet Mondays, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Cost of each class is $28.

            Word & Excel for Seniors will meet Feb. 4 and 13.  Internet for Seniors will meet Feb. 6 and March 11.  Introduction to Computers for Seniors will meet Feb. 11.  Classes meet from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost for each course is $20.    

            A CPR course is set for Feb. 4 and 6 from 5 to 9 p.m. Cost is $34.  First Aid is Feb. 18 and 20 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Cost is $40. 

            Ballroom Dancing will be offered from 6 to 7 p.m., beginning Feb. 6. This nine-week class is $5 per person, per class.

            Several computer classes will be offered, including:  Introduction to Computers (Office 97), Feb. 12, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Word I (Office XP), Feb. 13, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.; Word I (Office 97), Feb. 18, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Excel I (Office 97), Feb. 25, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Excel I (Office XP), March 13, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Office 97 classes are $45.  XP classes are $30.

            Several Childcare Training courses will be offered. A 10-Hour Childcare Training course is Feb. 22. Cost is $31.  A 20-Childcare Training course is March 8 and 15.  Cost is $62. A 10-Hour Childcare (Mainstreaming) course is April 5.  Cost is $31. A 10-Hour Childcare (Behavior Observation) course is April 26. Cost is $31.  Classes are from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

            EducationToGo offers online programs in a number of areas, including: Internet, Computers, Certification Prep, Writing, Personal Enrichment, Test Prep, Business, Legal, Nursing, Large Business/Management, and Design and Media Certification Programs. Visit www.ed2go.com/chipola <http://www.ed2go.com/chipola>.  Online courses on a variety of subjects also are available at www.elementk.com

            For information about any of these non-credit courses, call the Office of Continuing Education at 718-2395.                                                     

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Jan. 30, 2003

PRESS CONFERENCE SET FOR WEDNESDAY AT CJC

 

           

Who:   Media, Local Officials, Chipola Appreciation Club Members and Chipola Fans

 

What: Press Conference and Pizza Party to celebrate the State JUCO Tourney

 

When: Wednesday, Feb. 5, noon

 

Where: Chipola’s new locker room addition on the East side of the Johnson Health Center

 

Why:   To Kick-off the Ticket Sales Drive

 

 Jan. 30, 2003

 

STATE TOURNEY SET FOR MARCH 5-8 AT CJC

 

MARIANNA--More than 2,000 visitors are expected to converge on Marianna March 5-8, when Chipola Junior College hosts the Florida Junior College Men's and Women’s State Basketball Tournament. 

The top men's and women's teams in the state will compete in 14 exciting games. Sixteen teams, with coaches, cheerleaders and hundreds of fans will visit Jackson County and contribute an estimated $250,000 to the local economy.

            The Jackson County Tourist Development Council has awarded a grant in the amount of $10,000 to assist in hosting the tournament.

            Dozens of key supporters are working with the Appreciation Club to sell advance tickets.  Tournament passes--$25 for adults and $15 for students--will get fans into all 14 exciting tournament games.  Single session tickets are $10 each. 

For ticket information, call the Chipola Business Office at 718-2341, or visit the official tourney web site at: www.chipola.edu                     

 

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 Jan. 30, 2003

CHIPOLA LEADS PANHANDLE CONFERENCE

 MARIANNA--The Chipola Indians took sole possession of first place in the Panhandle Conference with a 93-74 win over top-ranked Okaloosa-Walton on Tuesday, Jan. 28.

            The Indians jumped out to a 40-26 lead at the half and never looked back. CJC increased the lead to as many as 23 in the second half. OW made one late run to pull within 9 points midway through the second half but CJC held on for the win. 

            Brandon Freeman led Chipola with 27 points. JueMichael Young scored 19. Nick Williams and Michael Wilds scored 10 apiece.

            Head coach Ryan Cross said, “It was a great win for our guys. They did a great job of maintaining their composure.”

Coach Cross said the win was very important to the team. “It was a key game for us because we were playing for first place. But more than that I thought it was a key game for our guys to make a statement. The last time we played OW, we dominated for 20 minutes and then we gave it to them. Last night was a huge confidence builder for us. If we come out and play hard our next six games and stay focused, we’ll be in a great position to win the league.”

Cross said he was especially impressed with the performance of JueMichael Young. “I think the job that JueMichael did in defending against OW’s Donnell Taylor was a big part of our success. JueMichael held him to only 7 points. A Division 1  recruiter said it was one of the most impressive defenses he’d ever seen. It was unbelievable the way he guarded.” Taylor was the OW player who scored several key baskets in OW’s comeback 92-89 win over CJC on Jan. 11.

 

Cross also touted the work of Chipola guard Walker Russell for his performance in leading the Indians after Nick Williams got into foul trouble.

Free throws also were a big part of Chipola’s success. The Indians were 22 of 25 from the line.

Chipola leads the league at 5-1. OW is second at 4-2. TCC is in third at 3-2. PJC is 1-3 and Gulf Coast is 0-5. OW and TCC meet twice again. Chipola has one more meeting with OW and TCC and two games each against GCCC and OW. The top two men’s teams advance to the state tournament set for March 5-8 at CJC.

The Indians will get to enjoy first place for at least a week before their next game at Pensacola on Feb. 5. CJC hosts Gulf Coast for Homecoming on Feb. 8.

            The Lady Indians suffered a narrow 74-68, overtime loss to the Lady Raiders on Tuesday, Jan. 28. CJC falls to 3-4 and 13-9 overall.

Head coach Jason Keene, said, “We played a real good ball game just couldn’t pull out the win.” 

Kayla Ard led Chipola with 17 points, but she may be out for the season after suffering a knee injury in the game. The Lady Indians will certainly miss Ard as they try to claw their way back into the conference race.

The Lady Indians game with North Florida scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 1, has been cancelled. NFL was forced to forfeit the game because of numerous injuries.

The top three women’s teams from the Panhandle Conference will advance to the FCCAA State Basketball Tournament due to a special bye this year.

For the latest scores, call the CJC Hotline at 718-2CJC.

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