January 4, 2010

AUTHOR ON WATER ISSUES TO SPEAK AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—Robert Glennon, author of Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis and What To Do About It, will speak at the Chipola College Continuing Education Conference Center, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010, at 6 p.m.

            The Blue Springs Working Group and Apalachicola Riverkeeper have joined together to sponsor the presentation. Glennon’s best-known publication, Water Follies:  Groundwater Pumping and the Fate of America’s Fresh Waters, earned accolades from Scientific American, The Washington Post, and The New York Review of Books.

            Glennon is the Morris K. Udall Professor of Law and Public Policy in the Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona.  The newly-formed ACF Stakeholders, working to resolve the Tri-State Water Wars, has been supported with facilitation services of the U. S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution of the Morris K. Udall Foundation.

            Glennon is expected to address issues related to the surface and groundwater situation in the Southeast, in Florida, in the ACF and on the Apalachicola and Chipola Rivers.  

            Glennon received a J.D. from Boston College Law School and an M.A. and Ph.D. in American History from Brandeis University.  He is also a member of the bars of Arizona and Massachusetts.

            For information about the meeting, call Allen Tidwell at 526-2761, Ext. 3248.

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January 7, 2010

CHIPOLA OFFERS PUBLIC SERVICE PROGRAMS FOR HIGH SCHOOLERS

           

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Public Service Division will offer free Dual Enrollment programs beginning this semester to prepare high school students for careers in Corrections, Law Enforcement and Fire-Fighting. 

            Three courses will be offered for high school students: (CJC 1000) Introduction to Corrections, (CJE 1000) Introduction to Law Enforcement, and (FFP 1142) Medical First Responder (Fire Fighting). Upon completion of the courses, students may choose a specialization in one of the three areas of Law Enforcement, Corrections or Fire Fighting.

            Courses will be offered on the Chipola campus from 1 to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Students may earn clock-hours and/or college credits during the spring term beginning Jan. 19 and ending April 29.  Each course is three semester hour credits or 45 contact hours each with a total of 135 contact hours or nine credit hours for the semester.  Six of the credit hours may be counted toward an Associate in Arts Degree.

            There are no assessment/testing fees associated with the dual enrollment public service programs. A minimum of ten students is required to continue the program.

            Chipola’s Dean of Workforce Development, Bud Riviere, says, “This dual enrollment opportunity will enable students in our area to begin exploring a career in public service at no cost to them while earning college credit at the same time.  Chipola is pleased to offer this opportunity to our secondary students.” 

            Students interested in enrolling in this program should contact their high school guidance counselor or the Chipola Public Service Program at 850-718-2253.

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 January 7, 2010

CHIPOLA OFFICIALS CUT RIBBON FOR RENOVATED BUILDING

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College District Board of Trustees will host a Ribbon-Cutting and Open House of the college’s newly-renovated Cafeteria/Student Center on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 5 p.m. 

            The renovation project will provide a home for the Student Activities Office, recreational space, meeting rooms and a new home for the college’s Culinary Management program.

            For information about the ribbon-cutting, contact Bryan Craven at 718-2264.   

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 January 7, 2010

CHIPOLA TO HOLD AUDITIONS FOR BYE BYE BIRDIE

           

            MARIANNA—Chipola Theatre will hold auditions for the hit musical “Bye Bye Birdie,” Jan 11 and 12 at 6 p.m.

            The show will be directed by Charles Sirmon with choreography by Chris Manasco. Performance dates are March 10-14.

            Audition age is 16 and up. No preparation is needed. Those who audition will be taught a vocal number and choreography piece. Some will be asked to read for character parts.

            Bye Bye Birdie is the exuberant rock ’n roll smash hit featuring the familiar tunes “A Lot of Livin’ to Do,” “Kids,” and “Put on a Happy Face.”

            The satire centers on an Elvis-type rock superstar (Conrad Birdie) who is drafted into the army. His agent (Albert Peterson) and Albert's secretary and love interest (Rosie Alvarez) plan a farewell performance for Birdie on the Ed Sullivan show, which they hope will sell his new song "One Last Kiss" and bring Albert's company out of debt. At the conclusion of the performance, Birdie will give a real kiss to a lucky girl chosen from his fan club.

            The lucky girl is Kim MacAfee from Sweet Apple, Ohio. Albert and Rosie come to Sweet Apple to prepare for Birdie's arrival and things begin to unravel. Kim's new steady (Hugo Peabody) gets jealous of the thought of Kim kissing Birdie on national TV.

            Things continue to come undone as Birdie's charms enrage Hugo to punch him out on national television. Later, Birdie confesses that he is tired of show business and goes out on the town with the kids to show them how to party which leads to his arrest. Meanwhile, Rosie is getting tired of waiting for Albert to propose. She is also tired of Albert's domineering mother (Mae Peterson) who is constantly interfering in their relationship. Rosie goes out on the town and stumbles into a Shriners' meeting, leading to a humorous ballet sequence.

            The show ends with Albert bailing Birdie out of jail prompting Birdie to ask Albert to be his agent forever as he gets on the train to New York and his induction into the army. In the end, Hugo proposes to Kim and Albert finally proposes to Rosie to tie up the remaining romantic knot before the show's finale.

            Contact Charles Sirmon at sirmonc@chipola.edu or 850-718-2227.

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 January 7, 2010

PUBLIC INVITED TO JANUARY 14 MEETING OF BLUE SPRINGS GROUP

             

MARIANNA—The public is invited to attend a meeting of the Jackson Blue Spring Basin Working Group, Thursday, January 14, in the Continuing Education Building Conference Room at Chipola College.

            Presentations begin at 9 a.m. and will run until 1:30 p.m. Chipola science professor Allan Tidwell, Working Group Project Coordinator, will direct the meeting.

            Chuck Hatcher, Director of Jackson County Parks and Recycling, will give an update on Blue Springs Park.

            Russell Williams, Jackson County Springs Ambassador of the Chipola River, will give an update of the Springs Ambassador program.

            Edd Sorenson, Cave Adventurers will give an update on Cave System Exploration.

            Lara Colley, University of Florida School of Forest Resources and Cons, will discuss the research project involving Springs Working Groups.

            Bill Huth, Environmental Economist, University of West Florida, will discuss the diving demand for Jackson Blue Cave.

            Christy Crandall, Hydrologist, U.S. Geological Survey, will discuss project findings and future direction of the Chipola River/Floridan Aquifer groundwater/surface water interactions study.

            Kris Barrios, NW Florida Water Management Dist., will discuss Jackson Blue Spring Hydrologic Data and Measurements. Kathleen Coates, Northwest Florida Water Management Dist., Mary Jane Nelson, District Conservationist of Natural Resource Conservation Service and David Wright, Extension Specialist of University of Florida (NFL Research & Ed. Center), will discuss water demand and spring flow.

            Jackson Blue Spring Basin Working group will plan for the next meeting on March 25.

            For information, contact Allan Tidwell at 850-718-2761, Ext. 3248 or email tidwella@chipola.edu .

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January 7, 2010

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COLLINS IS TOP EMPLOYEE—Kim Collins is Chipola College’s Career Employee for January. Collins serves as a Senior Office Assistant in Registration and has worked at the college since 1989. Here, Collins is congratulated by Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough.

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January 7, 2010

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EMT’S GRADUATE FROM CHIPOLASixteen candidates recently completed the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program at Chipola College.  Pictured from left, are: (front) Andrew King, Andrew James, Charles Sherrod, Tonya Chason, Peggy Gay, Tammi Terry, Jamie Roberts, Brian Barnes, Darrius Dudley (back)  Ricky Winget (EMT Coordinator), Chris Murray (Instructor), Josh Biggs, Richard Stevens, Brent Poppell, Andy Waldroff, John Miller,  Brian Hunt, Cody Steverson, Josh Williams (Instructor), and Wayne Cherry (Instructor). For information about the program, visit www.chipola.edu, or call 718-2251.

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January 7, 2010

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DUPONT HELPS CHIPOLA COLLEGERobert E. Nedley, president of the Alfred I. duPont Foundation, Inc., (center) recently presented a check for $75,000 to Chipola College president Dr. Gene Prough (right) and Chipola Foundation Director Julie Fuqua. The donation will be used to fund scholarships and other special projects at the college. The Alfred I. duPont Foundation supports numerous educational institutions and charitable causes throughout the southeast.

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January 7, 2010

CHIPOLA HOOPSTERS BEGIN CONFERENCE RACE

           

            MARIANNA—Both Chipola teams open the Panhandle Conference race Saturday, Jan. 9, when they host Gulf Coast in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center.

            The women’s game tips off at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 7:30 p.m.

            The Indians are the defending conference and state champions ranked second in the FCCAA state poll behind top ranked Northwest Florida. Chipola is 15-1 on the year with their only misfire coming against Howard College. Gulf Coast enters the game (13-4) ranked fifth. TCC is third.

            The Indians also are ranked fifth in the NJCAA National Poll. Northwest is tenth. TCC is number 22.

            First year Chipola men’s coach Jake Headrick is pleased to have a full roster after being shorthanded with injuries for most of the pre-season. “We are almost 100% healthy and at full strength for the first time this season.  Depth and speed are the two biggest strengths of this team which is something we can really utilize in conference play,” Headrick said.     

            When asked about the matchup with Gulf Coast, the coach said, “Our players are really excited to play their first conference game in front of a home crowd. For us it's about being ready to compete for 40 minutes, executing on offense and being able to defend and rebound. Gulf Coast will be the biggest team we have faced this year as far as their size down low. That will make the rebound battle extra important for us.”

            When asked about his outlook on the conference season, Headrick sees a tough league top to bottom. “All five teams probably feel like they have a great chance at making the tournament. Tallahassee is the favorite because of experience, but you never know in this league. With every team playing every other team three times anything can happen. It's a league where you have to steal some road games and protect your home court.”               

            The Indians closed out 2009 with a 76-62 New Year’s Eve win over Albany Tech. Lashay Page and Dexter Ellington each scored 16 points for the Indians. Marvin Fitzgerald had 12. Chipola outlasted USC-Salkehatchie (80-70) on Dec. 30. Sam Grooms had 18 points. The Indians beat Northwest Mississippi (95-68) on Dec. 29 and Georgia Perimeter (80-51) on Dec. 28.

            The Chipola Lady Indians enter the Gulf Coast game as defending state champions. Chipola improved to 10-6 following an 88-78 win over Central Florida on Jan. 2.

            Lady Indians head coach David Lane is encouraged by his team’s progress during the pre-conference season. “We are starting to compete in practice on a more consistent basis,” Lane said.  “We are very young and it’s difficult to explain what Panhandle play is like without experiencing it.  We will get a baptism by fire on Saturday and just need to be prepared to respond.”

            When asked what Chipola will need to do to win, Lane said, “We need to execute well on offense and defense.  We don’t have a large margin for error in any game, but against Gulf Coast the margin gets very small.  We need to take care of the basketball, prevent a large number of offensive rebounds, and create some easy shots early to help with our confidence.”

            Lane respects the competition in the Panhandle Conference, saying, “With four teams ranked in the Top Ten nationally, our conference is once again among the toughest in the country.  We will have to make sure we are focused and prepared for every practice and every game.  We want to be one of the three teams representing the conference in the State Tournament and in order to do so we must take advantage of every opportunity we have to win games.” 

            Coach Lane thinks his Lady Indians are up to the test of conference play. “I don’t see us blowing teams out, but this is a team that can play very smart and control tempo and pace so that we have a chance to win any game in the last 3 minutes,” Lane said.

            All five Panhandle women’s teams are ranked in the FCCAA Top 10. Gulf Coast (14-0) is first. Pensacola (15-1) is second. Northwest Florida (13-0) is third and TCC (12-2) is fourth. Chipola (10-6) is eighth.

            Both Chipola teams head to Pensacola Jan. 13, before returning home to host Northwest on Saturday, Jan. 16.

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January 7, 2010

CHIPOLA HOOPSTERS BEGIN CONFERENCE RACE

           

            MARIANNA—Both Chipola teams open the Panhandle Conference race Saturday, Jan. 9, when they host Gulf Coast in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center.

            The women’s game tips off at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 7:30 p.m.

            The Indians are the defending conference and state champions ranked second in the FCCAA state poll behind top ranked Northwest Florida. Chipola is 15-1 on the year with their only misfire coming against Howard College. Gulf Coast enters the game (13-4) ranked fifth. TCC is third.

            The Indians also are ranked fifth in the NJCAA National Poll. Northwest is tenth. TCC is number 22.

            First year Chipola men’s coach Jake Headrick is pleased to have a full roster after being shorthanded with injuries for most of the pre-season. “We are almost 100% healthy and at full strength for the first time this season.  Depth and speed are the two biggest strengths of this team which is something we can really utilize in conference play,” Headrick said.     

            When asked about the matchup with Gulf Coast, the coach said, “Our players are really excited to play their first conference game in front of a home crowd. For us it's about being ready to compete for 40 minutes, executing on offense and being able to defend and rebound. Gulf Coast will be the biggest team we have faced this year as far as their size down low. That will make the rebound battle extra important for us.”

            When asked about his outlook on the conference season, Headrick sees a tough league top to bottom. “All five teams probably feel like they have a great chance at making the tournament. Tallahassee is the favorite because of experience, but you never know in this league. With every team playing every other team three times anything can happen. It's a league where you have to steal some road games and protect your home court.”               

            The Indians closed out 2009 with a 76-62 New Year’s Eve win over Albany Tech. Lashay Page and Dexter Ellington each scored 16 points for the Indians. Marvin Fitzgerald had 12. Chipola outlasted USC-Salkehatchie (80-70) on Dec. 30. Sam Grooms had 18 points. The Indians beat Northwest Mississippi (95-68) on Dec. 29 and Georgia Perimeter (80-51) on Dec. 28.

            The Chipola Lady Indians enter the Gulf Coast game as defending state champions. Chipola improved to 10-6 following an 88-78 win over Central Florida on Jan. 2.

            Lady Indians head coach David Lane is encouraged by his team’s progress during the pre-conference season. “We are starting to compete in practice on a more consistent basis,” Lane said.  “We are very young and it’s difficult to explain what Panhandle play is like without experiencing it.  We will get a baptism by fire on Saturday and just need to be prepared to respond.”

            When asked what Chipola will need to do to win, Lane said, “We need to execute well on offense and defense.  We don’t have a large margin for error in any game, but against Gulf Coast the margin gets very small.  We need to take care of the basketball, prevent a large number of offensive rebounds, and create some easy shots early to help with our confidence.”

            Lane respects the competition in the Panhandle Conference, saying, “With four teams ranked in the Top Ten nationally, our conference is once again among the toughest in the country.  We will have to make sure we are focused and prepared for every practice and every game.  We want to be one of the three teams representing the conference in the State Tournament and in order to do so we must take advantage of every opportunity we have to win games.” 

            Coach Lane thinks his Lady Indians are up to the test of conference play. “I don’t see us blowing teams out, but this is a team that can play very smart and control tempo and pace so that we have a chance to win any game in the last 3 minutes,” Lane said.

            All five Panhandle women’s teams are ranked in the FCCAA Top 10. Gulf Coast (14-0) is first. Pensacola (15-1) is second. Northwest Florida (13-0) is third and TCC (12-2) is fourth. Chipola (10-6) is eighth.

            Both Chipola teams head to Pensacola Jan. 13, before returning home to host Northwest on Saturday, Jan. 16.

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January 14, 2010 

 

CHIPOLA’S FALL DEAN’S LIST ANNOUNCED

 

MARIANNA—Dr. Sarah Clemmons, vice president of Instructional and Student Services at Chipola College, commends the 262 students who made the Dean’s List for academic achievement during the Fall Semester 2009.

                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:

AlfordStephanie E. McIntosh, Casey A. Speers, Mackenzie V. Willis.

                Altha—Jessica M. Champion, Meagan E. Wiltse.

                Bascom—Brandis L. Perkins.

                Blountstown—William H. Leonard.

                Bonifay—Anthony V. Berkley, Nichola K. Bush, Jessica L. Griffin, Contessa R. Lewis, Seanna D. Mattox, Debra J. Miles, Mallory A. Parish, Nicole C. Seley, Alisha R. Tate.

                Bristol—Samantha C. Marotta, Jody M. Parish.

                Chipley—Mary E. Alderman, Joy A. Belser, Jonathan M. Bruner, Phillip A. Draayom, Allison M. Ellis, Cora L. Hawkins, Ashley N. Jones, Charity E. Newsom, Jessica M. Sizemore, Ethan A. Solger, Deborah S. Yglesias. 

                Clarksville—Jessica D. Walden.

                Cottondale—Wendy K. Whitehead.

                Fountain—Valetta L. Bledsoe.

                Graceville—Nathan J. Day, Richard L. Elligson, Jr., Clarissa L. Greene, Ciara N. Jackson, Tiffany M. Newsome.

Grand RidgeMarissa D. Chason, Zachary S. Folks.

                Greenwood—Dwight A. Cockerham, Princess L. Cockerham, Benjamin A. Griffin, Kaylee C. Hatcher.

                Marianna—Tiffany L. Anderson, Desteni M. Barnes, Alexander N. Briggs, Adam R. Brisolara, Caitlyn A. Bruner, Kimberlynn A. Cook, Rachael M. Daniel, Megan N. Daniels, Grace E. Gochenaur, Marshall D. Hilton, Shannan L. Lowery, Margaret A. Mathis, Brent E. Melvin, Dustin S. Miller, Patricia J. Milliser, Cindy D. Mitchell, Ryan A. Neal, Michael D. Pinnella, Arianna Y. Waddell, Jessica K. Wade, Jessica L. Whittington. 

                SneadsCody S. Pickens.

                Vernon—Daniel C. Lee, Jessica M. Lee.

                Out of District—Kayla L. Todd of Chattahoochee, William K. Futch and  Karla M. McBryar of Cottonwood, Ala., Hannah M. Lovestrand and Sara E. Lovestrand of Crawfordville, Maria L. Kenyon of Donalsonville, Ga., Steven A. Ozbun of Dothan, Ala. and Patricia K. Bliss of Lafayette, La.

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

AlfordMichelle I. Hewett, Paul K. Hill, II.

                Altha—Justin D. Branton, Carla D. Daniels, Molly M. Fagen, Justin L. Godwin, Jessica L. Godwin, Ashton M. Lee, James E. McCalvin, Colton A. Moore, Meagan J. Parrish, Zachariah D. Tatum, Angela M. Waldron. 

                Bascom—Jessica A. Blount, Hallie E. Bowns. 

                Blountstown—Amelia E. Carder, Brandi N. Greene, Melissa L. Howland, Daniel J. Leonard, Erica L. Mathers, Joseph I. Phinney, Tanya M. Savell, Megan L. Shoemake, Shannon P. White.

                Bonifay—Mary L. Atwell, Kaylen R. Hatcher, Ali D. Loflin, Kari A. McConkey, Danny Trey W. McDuffie, Anna E. Parmer, Joshua W. Peronto, Meredith G. Pritchard, Summer J. Ryken, Ashley A. Sloan, Christopher A. Smith.

BristolCarmen R. Foran, Karey E. Gautier, Judson M. Rankin, Kimberly C. Story, Karen W. Taylor.

Campbellton— Quintin F. Beechum, II, Cornelius J. Clark, Ronald W. Livings. 

                Caryville—Audreanna L. Green, Lindsey M. Sutherland.

                Chipley—Candice A. Baxley, Sarah K. Bethea, Justin K. Burnham, Stephanie Y. Calix, Garratt K. Collins, Joseph A. Covington, Aja S. Finklea, Kelly S. Foran, Kristen E. Garney, Benjamin T. Grande, Jennifer R. Guettler, Angela K. Henderson, Amber N. Hilty, Lisa D. Jenkins, Alisha C. Killings, Alan C. Moss, Kylie D. Mulrain, Christopher E. Peyton, Jeffery D. Pitts, Aven J. Pitts, Kristen A. Stone, John T. Tomkiewicz.        

ClarksvilleSean M. Alday, Maegan E. Davis, Max  Herndon, Patrick J. Jones, Lindsay H. Miller, Brittany N. Stephens.

CottondaleJared W. Davis, Jessica A. Haid, Tenisha M. Henderson, Jonathan G. Keeman, Onelio M. Maus, Kimberly D. Sloan, Mary A. Trolard, Ricky L. Wade, Tamekia L. Walton.

FountainBritney K. Turner.

                Graceville—Joseph Z. Bell, Cierra M. Corbitt, Nicholas G. Dietrich, Charles S. Ivey, William L. Steverson, Matthew E. Strickland, Ashley E. Warren, Keith C. Watford, Lakisha M. Young.

                Grand Ridge—Stephanie G. Branch, Jennifer E. Carpenter, Nathan L. Hooppell, Ashleigh J. Lollie, Katherine E. McClelland, Angelica B. Rodriguez, Schellane M. Smith.

                Greenwood—Richard J. Barnes, Jessica L. Bradley, Summer N. Jannett, Andrew L. Sherman.

                Malone—Michael D. McArthur, Jr., Nikolas D. Speros, Christopher J. Williams.

                Marianna—Christine L. Andreasen, Crystal D. Arrant, Joseph L. Bailey, Farren L. Barfield, Kelsey A. Barfield, Haley B. Barfield-Phill, Adam P. Bigale, Levi J. Brockner, Austin E. Brockner, Charles H. Brunner, Vance D. Coley, Andrew C. Davis, John D. Debrauwere, Cazzie L. Folsom, Shondel M. Frear, Sylvianna C. Garrett, Zoeanna L. Gause, Meghan L. Gilliland, Stephanie M. Hamm, Emily G. Harrison, Cameron A. Hitchcock, Amy B. Johnson, Dallin J. Kelson, Janie M. Laramore, Casey M. Lawrence, Stephanie D. Lawson, Meagan E. Lingerfelt, Carolyn E. Livingston, Kristina M. Lopez, Jeffery J. McCall, Thomas H. Melvin, Lindsy S. Milton, Amy A. Nelson, Austin E. Pettis, Stephanie D. Rabon, Justine A. Seiss, Scotty L. Simmons, Tiffany T. Smith, Joyce K. Solomon, Jenifer L. Turner, James D. Tyler, Bryan J. Whitfield, David B. Whitfield, Deanna K. Wickham, Jafria G. Wooden.

Ponce de LeonBraeden R. Skinner.           

SneadsBrittiany N. Asher, Thomas T. Daniels, Sarah D. Durden, Zachary L. Johnson, Kelly R. Lanier, Zachary A. McKinnie, Annie E. Pevy, Michael W. Roberts, Joshua D. Stephens, Amber N. Weeks, Caitlin M. Wilson.

VernonTracy A. Scott. 

                Wausau—Julian W. Boan.

                Westville—Megan R. Dady, Lisa M. Ellenburg, Samuel D. Griffin, Shannon M. Griffin, James P. Lewis, Catherine J. Tinsley.

                Out of District— Lynnsey R. Prevatt of Ashford, Ala., Adrian D. Carr of Chattahoochee, Kayla K. Maricle of Defuniak Springs, Elizabeth L. Mayes and Marsha D. Stepler of Dothan Ala., Michelle L. Calano of Gordon, Ala., Lindsey K. Carr of Laconia, N.H., Marvin  Fitzgerald of Milwaukee, Wis., John R. Gale of Roswell, Ga., Joseph R. Rapp of Sarasota, Khai H. Nguyen of Tallahassee, Cody H. Martin of Toccoa, Ga., Duncan D. Midkiff of Tyrone, Ga., Rebecca L. Barnes and Kenneth G. Manor of Wewahitchka and Whitney A. Whitaker of Youngstown.

 

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January 14, 2010

CHIPOLA HOSTS NORTHWEST SATURDAY, JAN. 16

MARIANNA—Chipola hosts Northwest Florida State in a pair of big games Saturday, Jan. 16, in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center.

            Chipola Athletics has declared Saturday night a White-Out.  Official Chipola White-Out shirts will be available in the lobby of the Johnson Center. The women’s game tips off at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men at 7:30 p.m.

            The Indians are even (1-1) in conference play after a 75-70 loss at Pensacola on Jan. 13. Dexter Ellington led Chipola with 15 points. Marvin Fitzgerald had 13. Delwan Graham added 12. 

            Chipola coach Jake Headrick says, “We made a ton of mistakes and didn’t have much solid play. Our leading scorer all year, Lashay Page, was just 2 for 16.” 

            This is only the second loss of the season for the Indians who won 11 straight games after losing to Howard on Nov. 28. Coach Headrick is hopeful the loss can help his team to regain focus. “We can bounce back, but we’ve got to get tougher and play with more passion. The game with Northwest Saturday is a huge one.” Headrick said.

            The Indians opened the conference season with a narrow 71-69 win over Gulf Coast on Jan. 9. Page led Chipola with 15 points. John Taylor scored 11. Ellington and Keith Dewitt each scored 10 points. 

            The men’s conference race looks to be as tight as ever with Northwest (2-0). TCC is (2-1). Chipola (1-1) is third. PJC is (1-2) and Gulf Coast is (0-2). The Indians are the defending conference and state champions ranked second in the FCCAA state poll behind top ranked Northwest.

            The Lady Indians (10-8 overall) are still looking for their first conference win after suffering a 91-43 loss to top-ranked Gulf Coast on Jan. 9 and a 78-61 loss to Pensacola on Jan. 13. Ty O’Neil led Chipola with 12 in the Gulf Coast loss. Bianca Jarrett and Ty O’Neil each scored 19 in the loss to Pensacola.

            Head coach David Lane said, “Our young players are learning what the Panhandle Conference is all about.”

            PJC (3-0) leads the women’s conference race. Gulf Coast is (2-0). TCC is 1-2. Northwest and Chipola are both 0-2.

            The top three women’s teams in the conference earn a trip to the state tournament in March. The Lady Indians are the defending state champions.

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January 14, 2010

CHIPOLA OFFICIALS TO CUT RIBBON FOR RENOVATED BUILDING

MARIANNA—The Chipola College District Board of Trustees will host a Ribbon-Cutting and Open House of the college’s newly-renovated Cafeteria/Student Center on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 5 p.m. 

            The $2.7 million renovation project will provide a home for the Student Activities Office, recreational space for the students, LCD televisions, wi-fi connections, meeting rooms and a new home for the college’s Culinary Management program.

            The 15,000 square foot space was renovated by Sharp, Inc. of Pensacola. Palmer-Hamilton, a Wisconsin design firm, created the interior décor which features modern furniture in vibrant colors with scholarly quotes and images on the walls.

            The Sodexho Company will provide food service in the cafeteria with complete meals and ala carte choices from $3.95 and up. The food serving line also was reconfigured to improve speed of service.

            For information about the ribbon-cutting, contact Bryan Craven at 718-2264.   

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CHIPOLA TO CUT RIBBON FOR STUDENT CENTER—The Chipola College District Board of Trustees will host a Ribbon-Cutting and Open House of the college’s newly-renovated Cafeteria/Student Center on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 5 p.m.  Here, Chipola assistant softball coach Jimmy Hendrix enjoys the new surroundings in the college’s recently renovated Student Center/Cafeteria. The 15,000 square foot space was renovated by Sharp, Inc. of Pensacola. Palmer-Hamilton, a Wisconsin design firm, created the interior décor which features modern furniture in vibrant colors with scholarly quotes and images on the walls.

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 January 14, 2010

FIREARMS COURSE SET AT CHIPOLA

MARIANNA—Chipola College will hold an 8-hour Firearms Familiarization course Jan. 25 and 26, at the Reddoch Firing Range on the Blue Springs Highway.

            Successful completion of the course may be used in applying for a Concealed Weapons Permit.

            The 8-hour course will meet from 5 to 9 p.m.

            Registration and payment of the $100 fee can be paid on the first night of class.  Please call to reserve a place.  Class size is limited.

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

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January 14, 2010

CAST ANNOUNCED FOR CHIPOLA’S ‘‘Bye Bye Birdie’”

 

        MARIANNA—Chipola Theater director Charles Sirmon recently cast local actors in the following roles for the spring musical “Bye Bye Birdie”: Aven Pitts as Albert Peterson, Kyndall Covington as Rose Alvarez, Ben Grande as Conrad Birdie, Austin Pettis as Mr. Harry MacAfee, Mrs. Doris MacAfee  as Piper Williams, Sara Lovins as Mrs. Mae Peterson, Madison Wester as Gloria Rasputin, Christina Lopez as Mrs. Merkle, Darryl Thompson as Mayor, Matthew VanBuren as Mr. Johnson, Seth Basford as Charles F. Maude, Kayla Todd as Kim MacAfee, Cameron Hitchcock  as Hugo Peabody, Emily Harrison as Ursula Merkle, Joe Evans as Harvey Johnson, Brenna Kneiss as Sad Girl 1 and Grace Bailey as Sad Girl 2. Birdie Fans, Shriners, Parents, Policemen, Sweet Apple Citizens are Madison Wester, DR Forrester, Brenna Kneiss, Mark Lent, Jacob Beasley, Clayton Touchton, Tabitha Shumaker, Sara Jean Hargis, Allie Brockner, Alex Watson, Stacia Springer, Gracie Wallace and Grace Bailey.

            "Bye Bye Birdie," opens a five-day run, March 10.  For information about Chipola Theater, call 718-2227.

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January 14, 2010

CHIPOLA DULCIMERS TO PERFORM FOR CRAA

            MARIANNA—The public is invited to hear the Chipola Dulcimer Players perform at the Chipola Regional Arts Association (CRAA) meeting Tuesday, Jan. 19, at Jim’s Buffet in Marianna. 

            The Dutch-treat buffet begins at 11:30 a.m., followed by the program at noon.  Members of the Chipola Dulcimer Players are Floyd Cook, Barbara Tyre, Jan Cummings, Joyce Shores, Bill Ming, Annette Lawrence and Judy Shelton.

            For information, call 718-2301.

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DULCIMERS AT CRAA—Chipola Photo The public is invited to hear the Chipola Dulcimer Players perform at the Chipola Regional Arts Association (CRAA) meeting Tuesday, Jan. 19, at Jim’s Buffet in Marianna.  Pictured is a handcrafted dulcimer which belongs to Jan Cummings.

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January 14, 2010

CHIPOLA STUDENTS TO STUDY IN GUATEMALA

 

            MARIANNA—A group of Chipola College students will visit Antigua, Guatemala, to study Spanish during Spring Break, March 28-April 4.

            The students are currently enrolled in Latin American Studies (1950): Latin American Travel Study, a three hour course which satisfies the international diversity requirement.

            Students will conduct research and offer presentations on various aspects of life in Guatemala. During Spring Break the students will travel with Chipola foreign language professor Dr. Ebel where they will live with Guatemalan families and study Spanish with individual private tutors for six hours a day.

            Additionally the students will tour other sites such as the largest open air market in the Americas, one of the deepest lakes in the world, and observe one of the largest Holy Week celebrations in the Americas. 

            For information on this and other language study opportunities, contact Dr. Ebel at 718-2282 or ebelm@chipola.edu.

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CHIPOLA STUDENTS TO STUDY IN GUATEMALA—A group of Chipola College students will visit Antigua, Guatemala, to study Spanish during Spring Break. Pictured left to right, clockwise, are: Virginia Baker of Blountstown, Jose Yon of Chipley, Pat McGann from Marianna, Dr. Mark Ebel of Panama City and Tracy Scott of Vernon.

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January 14, 2010

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA CONSIDERING AG ED PROGRAM AT CHIPOLA

            MARIANNA—Chipola College and University of Florida officials met recently to explore the possibility of UF offering a full-time program in Agricultural Education and Communication on the Chipola campus. 

            UF officials will conduct a feasibility study to determine the need for agricultural education instruction in the area.  If sufficient need is present, UF would locate a full-time faculty member on the Chipola campus with instructional, advising and recruiting responsibilities. Potential students would obtain their Associate in Arts Degree from Chipola and enter the UF Ag Ed program on the Chipola campus. 

            Officials discussed curriculum, internships, requirements and commitment to the program.  Dr. Ed Osborne, Professor and Chair of the UF Department of Agricultural Education and Communication, said, “Ag teacher vacancies state-wide warrant continued dialogue and planning for this exciting program” said

            Discussions will continue with a possible start date of the Fall of 2011. 

            For information, contact Bud Riviere, Chipola Dean of Workforce Development, at 850-718-2268.

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UF CONSIDERING AG ED PROGRAM AT CHIPOLA—Chipola College and University of Florida officials met recently to explore the possibility of UF offering a full-time program in Agricultural Education and Communication on the Chipola campus.  Pictured from left, are: (front) University of Florida officials Dr. Ed Osborne and Dr. Brian Myers, (back) Chipola officials, Dr. Sarah Clemmons, Bud Riviere and Dr. Kitty Myers.  

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January 14, 2010

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STILL TIME TO ENROLL IN CHIPOLA CLASSES— Spring semester classes at Chipola College began Jan. 7, but there is still time to enroll in classes this semester. Several Workforce programs feature open-enrollment throughout the semester. Academic Term C begins March 3. Here, Chipola students Stephanie Calix and Ricky Dodd, both of Chipley, study on campus. For information about enrolling, call the Admission and Records office at 850-718-2311, or visit www.chipola.edu.

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January 14, 2010

CHIPOLA HOSTS NORTHWEST SATURDAY, JAN. 16

            MARIANNA—Chipola hosts Northwest Florida State in a pair of big games Saturday, Jan. 16, in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center.

            Chipola Athletics has declared Saturday night a White-Out.  Official Chipola White-Out shirts will be available in the lobby of the Johnson Center. The women’s game tips off at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men at 7:30 p.m.

            The Indians are even (1-1) in conference play after a 75-70 loss at Pensacola on Jan. 13. Dexter Ellington led Chipola with 15 points. Marvin Fitzgerald had 13. Delwan Graham added 12. 

            Chipola coach Jake Headrick says, “We made a ton of mistakes and didn’t have much solid play. Our leading scorer all year, Lashay Page, was just 2 for 16.” 

            This is only the second loss of the season for the Indians who won 11 straight games after losing to Howard on Nov. 28. Coach Headrick is hopeful the loss can help his team to regain focus. “We can bounce back, but we’ve got to get tougher and play with more passion. The game with Northwest Saturday is a huge one.” Headrick said.

            The Indians opened the conference season with a narrow 71-69 win over Gulf Coast on Jan. 9. Page led Chipola with 15 points. John Taylor scored 11. Ellington and Keith Dewitt each scored 10 points. 

            The men’s conference race looks to be as tight as ever with Northwest (2-0). TCC is (2-1). Chipola (1-1) is third. PJC is (1-2) and Gulf Coast is (0-2). The Indians are the defending conference and state champions ranked second in the FCCAA state poll behind top ranked Northwest.

            The Lady Indians (10-8 overall) are still looking for their first conference win after suffering a 91-43 loss to top-ranked Gulf Coast on Jan. 9 and a 78-61 loss to Pensacola on Jan. 13. Ty O’Neil led Chipola with 12 in the Gulf Coast loss. Bianca Jarrett and Ty O’Neil each scored 19 in the loss to Pensacola.

            Head coach David Lane said, “Our young players are learning what the Panhandle Conference is all about.”

            PJC (3-0) leads the women’s conference race. Gulf Coast is (2-0). TCC is 1-2. Northwest and Chipola are both 0-2.

            The top three women’s teams in the conference earn a trip to the state tournament in March. The Lady Indians are the defending state champions.

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January 21, 2010

DR. GENE PROUGH HIRED FOR NEW TERM AS CHIPOLA PRESIDENT

 

MARIANNA—The Chipola College District Board of Trustees on Tuesday voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Gene Prough as the new president of the college effective April 1, 2010. Dr. Prough’s retirement/separation from the college will be Feb. 28 through March 31. 

In a related action, the board voted to appoint Dr. Sarah Clemmons as interim president during Prough’s retirement period. Dr. Clemmons currently serves as Senior Vice President of Academic and Student Services. She has worked at the college since 1979.  

The terms of Prough’s and Clemmons’ contracts will be discussed by board attorney Gerald Holley and board chairman Gary Clark, who will make a recommendation to the board at the Feb. 16 meeting.

            During the meeting, Prough said, “I appreciate your vote of confidence. I love this school and the students here. I know that we would not be successful if we did not work together. I look forward to working with our faculty and staff to provide the best learning environment for our students.”

Dr. Prough has an excellent record of service to Chipola, and has earned the highest ratings in each of his annual evaluations. A 1968 graduate of Chipola, Prough became the college’s ninth president in October of 2002. He served as executive vice president of the college from 1997 to 2002. He also served as interim president in 2004-05. Prough first came to Chipola as Director of Vocational Education in 1994.

During his time as president and executive vice-president, Dr. Prough has provided leadership that enabled the college to obtain more than $30 million in building projects and more than $20 million in federal and state grants. A new Student Services building was completed in 2005. A new entrance road to the college is slated to open in the near future to provide the setting for the college’s new $16 million Center for the Arts.

            Under his leadership, the college foundation has grown from $2 million to more than $14 million. Endowments and scholarships in the foundation provide some more than $1 million annually in direct aid to students. 

During Prough’s tenure as president, the college has changed its name from Chipola Junior College to Chipola College in order to offer four-year degrees. The college now offers eight bachelor’s degrees in education, business and nursing. Chipola became one of nine community colleges designated as a state college in 2009.

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January 21, 2010

 INTERNATIONAL NOVELIST TO VISIT CHIPOLA COLLEGE

 

            MARIANNA—International novelist and journalist Masha Hamilton will visit Chipola College for two special events on Thursday, Feb. 4.

            Hamilton, the author of “Staircase of a Thousand Steps,” will conduct a free writing workshop at 10 a.m. in Jackson Lecture Hall. She will present a cultural diversity lecture at 11 a.m., followed by a book-signing in Jackson Hall at noon.   

            Hamilton is the author of four acclaimed novels, most recently 31 Hours (2009), a Washington Post selection for one of the best novels of the year. Hamilton is also the founder of two world literacy programs: the Camel Book Drive, begun in 2007 to supply a camel-borne library in northeastern Kenya, and the Afghan Women's Writing Project, to foster intellectual exchange between Afghan women writers and American women authors and teachers.
            Her previous novels include Staircase of a Thousand Steps (2001), a Booksense pick by independent booksellers; The Distance Between Us (2004), named one of the best books of the year by Library Journal; and The Camel Bookmobile (2007), also a Booksense pick. The New York Times said: "Hamilton makes us see how much is really at stake in a poverty-stricken place where every possession carries the weight of significance."
            She worked as a foreign correspondent for The Associated Press for five years in the Middle East, where she covered the peace process and the partial Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon. She spent five years in Moscow as a correspondent for the Los Angeles Times. She wrote a newspaper column, Postcard from Moscow, and reported for NBC/Mutual Radio. She wrote about Kremlin politics as well as life for average Russians under Gorbachev and Yeltsin during the coup and collapse of the Soviet Union. She reported from Afghanistan in 2004, and returned in 2008. In 2006, she traveled in Kenya to research The Camel Bookmobile and to interview street kids and drought and famine victims.
            A Brown University graduate, she has been awarded fiction fellowships from Yaddo, Blue Mountain Center, Squaw Valley Community of Writers and the Arizona Commission on the Arts. She teaches for Gotham Writers' Workshop and has also taught at the 92nd Street Y in New York City and at a number of writers' workshops around the country. She is a licensed shiatsu practitioner and lives with her family in Brooklyn.

            For information about her visit to Chipola, contact Dr. Sarah Clemmons at 850-718-2213.

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January 21, 2010

CHIPOLA HOMECOMING 2010 BEGINS JAN. 27

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will celebrate Homecoming 2010 from Jan. 27 through Feb. 6.

            This year's theme is "Homecoming 2010 a New Decade."        

            On Wednesday, Jan. 27, candidates for homecoming and Mr. Chipola will be introduced at a ceremony at 10 a.m. in the Student Center.  Voting will be Jan. 27 and 28.

            The top two freshmen vote-getters (women and men) and the top three sophomores or upper classmen will be named to the court. The sophomores or upper classmen with the most votes will be crowned Queen and Mr. Chipola.  The court will be posted by 4 p.m., Jan. 28.

            SGA will sponsor a Building Decoration Contest among the campus organizations to be judged at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 2. Buildings must be decorated on Monday, Feb. 1.

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

            The Homecoming games between Chipola and Tallahassee are set for Saturday, Feb. 6. The day’s events begin with a reception in honor of retired librarian Merle Houston at 4 p.m. in the college Library.

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

            For more information, call 718-2314.

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January 21, 2010

TEACHER WORKSHOP SET AT CHIPOLA COLLEGE

           

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Future Educators Club will host its Third Annual Teacher Workshop, Saturday, Jan. 30.

            Future educators currently enrolled at Chipola College with the assistance of the education faculty, staff, and education graduates will present the free workshop for area educators and education students. 

            The students will present hands-on activities that can be used in the classroom along with samples for teachers and education majors to take and use in their own classrooms.

            Dr. Cherry Ward, says, “A workshop that gives practicing and prospective teachers an opportunity to be creative and innovative.”

            The sessions will include presentations and strategies in Math and Science, grades K-12 and Reading, grades K-6.  Sessions will include a presentation on using poetry to teach, using Music in the classroom, ideas to teach fractions, connections in Geometry, Interwrite demonstrations, science activities, and general sessions with center ideas, Pyramath, and more.  Area teachers may earn 10 in-service points by registering for the workshop through PAEC.

            The workshop will be held in Building D on the Chipola campus from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

            Teachers and students interested in a career in education are invited to attend.  Registration will begin at 8 a.m., with the first session at 8:15 a.m. Refreshments will be served during registration.

            To ensure that sufficient materials are available, please RSVP to Dr. Cherry Ward at 850-526-2761 or wardc@chipola.edu.

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January 21, 2010

 ‘CANTUS’ ENSEMBLE TO PERFORM FOR CHIPOLA ARTIST SERIES

 

            MARIANNA— Individual tickets are now on sale for “Cantus,” the Feb. 1 Chipola Artist Series event.             

            “Cantus,” one of America’s finest professional male vocal ensembles, is known for adventurous programming spanning many periods and genres, including chant, Renaissance music, contemporary works, art song, folk, spirituals, world music and pop.

            The ensemble’s performances are met with overwhelming praise for its unique blend of youthful vitality and polished nuance. Their repertoire spans many periods and genres, including Gregorian chant, Renaissance motets, contemporary sacred works, art songs, world music, spirituals, and pop.

            Cantus maintains a vigorous schedule of national tours, subscription concerts in its home of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, as well as educational outreach programs and recording.  Cantus was founded in the fall of 1995 when a few college friends gathered on the campus of St. Olaf College in Minnesota. Since then, Cantus has performed more than 400 concerts across the nation, including appearances at AmericaFest, UCLA Live, the University of Chicago Presents, Merkin Concert Hall of New York City and Harvard University.

            Cantus made its first European appearance singing at the Polyfolia festival in Normandy, France in 2003. Cantus is a resident artist at St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN. Having worked with thousands of young people across the country, Cantus is committed to educational endeavors and encouraging singing with their motto “Live. Play. Sing.”         

            Violinist Sarah Geller will perform in the final Artist Series event of the season on March 18. Geller performs a wide variety of music from Latin American and flamenco treasures to traditional favorites and unknown gems of mainstream composers.

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

            Individual event tickets—$12 for adults and $8 for ages 18 and under—are available at the Chipola Business Office, or by phoning 850-718-2220. 

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January 21, 2010

CHIPOLA AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT LAUNCH GO RED CAMPAIGN

           

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Health Science Program is partnering with the Jackson County Public Health Unit in the “Think Red” campaign to promote awareness of heart disease in women. 

            Think Red will be launched on Thursday, Feb. 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the lobby of the Health Science Building on the Chipola campus.

            All Chipola students and staff are invited to collect educational materials about heart health and to enjoy refreshments.

            For information, contact Vickie Stephens at 718-2278.

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January 21, 2010

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CHIPOLA OFFICIALS CUT RIBBONThe Chipola College District Board of Trustees recently hosted a Ribbon-Cutting to open the college’s newly-renovated Cafeteria/Student Center.  The $2.7 million renovation project will provide a home for the Student Activities Office, recreational space for the students and wi-fi connection. Sodexho will provide food service. The public is welcome to enjoy breakfast or lunch in the facility. For information, call 526-2761, Ext. 3329.

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January 21, 2010

CHIPOLA HOSTS PENSACOLA, SATURDAY, JAN. 30

           

            MARIANNA—Chipola hosts Pensacola in a pair of big basketball games, Saturday, Jan. 30, in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center. Both squads are enjoying eight days off before traveling to Gulf Coast for games on Jan. 27.

            The Indians slipped to 1-3 in league play following a 69-49 loss to Tallahassee on Jan. 19. Chipola was without the services of leading scorer Lashay Page who is out indefinitely with a knee injury. John Taylor led Chipola with 14 points. Dexter Ellington had 10.  TCC led 38-30 at the half.

            Head coach Jake Headrick, “Our effort and energy was the best it’s been all year, but you can’t win on the road when you only score 49 points.” Headrick was pleased with his team’s effort. If we’ll play with the same energy that we played with tonight, we can win a lot of games.”

            The Indians suffered an 86-74 loss to Northwest Florida on Jan. 16.  Chipola’s newest player Keith Dewitt had a breakout performance with 17 points and 17 rebounds. Ellington scored 14 points. Page had 12 points and 7 rebounds. Aaron Davis added 10.

            After the first round of league play, Northwest (4-0) leads the conference race. Tallahassee (3-1) is in second. Chipola (1-3) is third, with Gulf Coast (0-4). The top two men’s teams make it to the state tournament.

            The Lady Indians are still in pursuit of their first conference win following a heartbreaking 69-64 loss at Tallahassee on Jan. 19. Bianca Jarrett led Chipola with 25 points. Tykiesha O’Neil had 15. Lindsey Carr added 11. Chipola was up 32-16 late in the first half, but TCC closed the gap to 40-34 at the break.  

            Head coach David Lane said, “We shot 60 percent from the field in the first half and we did a good job defensively, but we gave up 18 offensive rebounds.” The Lady Indians cut the deficit to three with 17 seconds remaining, but were forced to foul with no time outs and lost by five.

            The Lady Indians suffered a 76-63 loss to Northwest on Jan. 16. Jarrett led Chipola with 25 points and 9 rebounds. O’Neil had 10 points and 5 rebounds. Cayla Walker had 11 points and 3 rebounds.

            After the first round of league play, Gulf Coast (4-0) is in first. Pensacola (3-1) is in second. TCC (2-2) is third. NWF is (1-3) and Chipola is (0-4). The top three teams in the league earn a trip to the state tourney. 

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January 21, 2010

 CHIPOLA BASEBALL ALUMNI WEEKEND SET FOR FEB. 5-7

           

            MARIANNA—Dozens of former Chipola College baseball players—including former Yankees manager Buck Showalter—are expected to return to their alma mater, Feb. 5-7 for the third annual Chipola Baseball Alumni event.

            The weekend begins Friday, Feb., 5, with a game between Chipola and Walters State at 11 a.m. A Golf Outing for Chipola Baseball Alumni and friends tees off at noon at Indian Springs Golf Course. An Alumni Night Social will be held at the Old Ice House Restaurant from 8 p.m. to midnight.

            Saturday, Feb. 6, events begin at 12:30 p.m. with an Alumni Home Run Derby and Alumni Game. The Indians play a pair of games on Feb. 6: Middle Georgia at 4 p.m., and St. Petersburg at 7 p.m. Chipola baseball alumni are invited to an Alumni Bonfire at Coach Johnson’s home at 8 p.m.

            The weekend concludes Sunday, Feb. 7, with a noon game between Chipola and St. Petersburg. 

            The following Chipola alumni have confirmed their attendance: Buck Showalter, Michael Gibbs, Josh Storm, David Credeur, Tyler Musselwhite, Trey Manz, Andrew Gay, Kurt Lewis, Luke Johnson, Brandon Street, Clay Long, Michael Mitchell, David Oswalt, Drew Cook, Casey Owen, Greg Albrittion, Grant Conyers, Moises Feliz, Josh Lawhon, Nathan Marks, Travis Anderson, Richie Smith, Alan Horne and Michael Gibbs. Several other former players are expected to attend.

            For information, contact Brent Shelton at 850-718-2332, or email sheltonb@chipola.edu.

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January 28, 2010

CHIPOLA TO CELEBRATE HOMECOMING FEB. 2-6

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will celebrate Homecoming 2010 from Jan. 27 through Feb. 6.

            This year's theme is "Homecoming 2010 a New Decade."        

            The Chipola Homecoming Court includes: freshman female attendants Ashleigh Lollie and Kaitlin Porter and freshman male attendants Tory Brown and Taylor Reiff.  The sophomore candidates for Homecoming Queen are: Allison Ellis, Sylvianna Garrett and Anna Beth Parmer. The sophomore candidates for Mr. Chipola are: Quintin Beechum, Tommy Melvin and Tucker Nebel.

            SGA will sponsor a Building Decoration Contest among the campus organizations to be judged at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 2.

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

            The Homecoming games between Chipola and Tallahassee are set for Saturday, Feb. 6. The day’s events begin with a reception in honor of retired librarian Merle Houston at 4 p.m. in the college Library.

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

            For more information, call 718-2314.

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CHIPOLA HOMECOMING COURT—The Chipola Homecoming Court includes: (front) sophomore candidates: Sylvianna Garrett of Greenwood, Allison Ellis of Chipley, and Anna Beth Parmer of Bonifay; (second row) sophomore candidates: Quintin Beechum of Campbellton, Tommy Melvin of Marianna and Tucker Nebel of Marianna; (back) freshman attendants Tory Brown of Malone, Ashleigh Lollie of Grand Ridge, Kaitlin Porter of Chipley and Taylor Reiff of Marianna.  The homecoming court will be presented during halftime of the men’s game on Feb. 6 which begins at 7:30 p.m.

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January 28, 2010

HOUSTON READING ROOM TO BE NAMED AT CHIPOLA ON FEB. 6

           

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will honor retired college librarian Merle Houston at a reception Saturday, Feb. 6, at 4 p.m., in the college Library. 

            College officials plan to officially open the Merle Z. Houston Reading Room in the Library in her honor.

            Houston served the college in many capacities during four decades from the 1960’s to the 2000’s. She served as Director of the Library with great strength as a reference librarian with a reputation for helping students and faculty with research. She also served several Chipola presidents as Director of Community Affairs with responsibilities in public relations.

            For years, she was the Alumni liaison between the college and former students.  She also was the official hostess and historian of the college.  She coordinated graduation activities and assisted in recruiting students for the Chipola Honors Program.

            Houston has been a faithful supporter of the college’s Fine Arts and Athletic activities since the 1960’s. For many years, she has served as a team host for the state basketball tournament at Chipola.

            Since leaving the college, Houston has continued her community service activities. She is a volunteer at the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, and is active in the First United Methodist Church of Marianna.

            Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough, says, “Mrs. Houston is an important member of the Chipola family. She has worked with thousands of Chipola students over the years. She is loved and respected for the special interest she has taken in our students and their families.”

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January 28, 2010

INTERNATIONAL NOVELIST TO VISIT CHIPOLA COLLEGE

 

            MARIANNA—International novelist and journalist Masha Hamilton will visit Chipola College for two special events on Thursday, Feb. 4.

            Hamilton, the author of “Staircase of a Thousand Steps,” will conduct a free writing workshop at 10 a.m. in Jackson Lecture Hall. She will present a cultural diversity lecture at 11 a.m., followed by a book-signing in Jackson Hall at noon.   

            Hamilton is the author of four acclaimed novels, most recently 31 Hours (2009), a Washington Post selection for one of the best novels of the year. Hamilton is also the founder of two world literacy programs: the Camel Book Drive, begun in 2007 to supply a camel-borne library in northeastern Kenya, and the Afghan Women's Writing Project, to foster intellectual exchange between Afghan women writers and American women authors and teachers.
            Her previous novels include Staircase of a Thousand Steps (2001), a Booksense pick by independent booksellers; The Distance Between Us (2004), named one of the best books of the year by Library Journal; and The Camel Bookmobile (2007), also a Booksense pick. The New York Times said: "Hamilton makes us see how much is really at stake in a poverty-stricken place where every possession carries the weight of significance."
            She worked as a foreign correspondent for The Associated Press for five years in the Middle East, where she covered the peace process and the partial Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon. She spent five years in Moscow as a correspondent for the Los Angeles Times. She wrote a newspaper column, Postcard from Moscow, and reported for NBC/Mutual Radio. She wrote about Kremlin politics as well as life for average Russians under Gorbachev and Yeltsin during the coup and collapse of the Soviet Union. She reported from Afghanistan in 2004, and returned in 2008. In 2006, she traveled in Kenya to research The Camel Bookmobile and to interview street kids and drought and famine victims.
            A Brown University graduate, she has been awarded fiction fellowships from Yaddo, Blue Mountain Center, Squaw Valley Community of Writers and the Arizona Commission on the Arts. She teaches for Gotham Writers' Workshop and has also taught at the 92nd Street Y in New York City and at a number of writers' workshops around the country. She is a licensed shiatsu practitioner and lives with her family in Brooklyn.

            For information about her visit to Chipola, contact Dr. Sarah Clemmons at 850-718-2213.

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January 28, 2010

CHIPOLA HONORS PROGRAM LEADING HAITI RELIEF

            MARIANNA—The Chipola Honors Program is seeking to coordinate local fundraising for the victims of the Haiti earthquake.

            Several members of the program have volunteered in Haiti in the past and are seeking to direct funds to two orphanages, through Christian Light Foundation, in the Port-au-Prince area.

            Junior Jovin, a Haitian native who currently lives in Marianna with two of the students, worked in one of the orphanages as a teacher before coming to the United States to pursue a college degree. Jovin attended Chipola for three years before transferring to the Baptist College of Florida.

            The Honors Program has coordinated with several local schools, as well as numerous Chipola clubs, such as the Pre-Med Society, Phi Theta Kappa, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Student Government Association, to direct the money directly to the orphanages.

            The money will be used to buy food, water, clothing, and supplies for the children, in addition to helping rebuild the damaged buildings. On Jan. 27, Natasha Taylor, a volunteer working with one of the orphanages, spoke to the group about her experience during the earthquake and the enormous need for aid in Haiti.

            Anyone interested in learning about the project or making a donation, may contact faculty advisor, Bonnie Smith, 526-2761, Ext. 3247.

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CHIPOLA LEADING HAITI RELIEF—Students in the Chipola College Honors Program are coordinating a fund drive for the victims of the Haiti Earthquake. Pictured from left, are: Allison Ellis, Pre-Med Society and PTK Maggie Mathis, SGA President; Quintin Beechum, Student Ambassadors; Alicia Killings, PTK; (back) Jessica Bradley, PTK; Sam Griffin, Science Club; Brent Melvin, Haiti Project Coordinator, Science Club and PTK; and Marshall Hilton, FCA. For information about the project, call Bonnie Smith at 526-2761, Ext. 3247.

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January 28, 2010

FEB. 12 DANCE TO BENEFIT CHIPOLA HONORS PROGRAM

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Honors Dance is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 12 in the Art Center. 

            The dance is the main fundraiser for the Honors program which recruits students from its five-county district.  The Ivey Brothers have again volunteered their talent and time for the event.  Members of many local organizations attend the event, which serves as the primary student fund-raiser each year. 

            The Honors program recruits the best high school students from Chipola’s five-county district.  Students must have a 3.5 GPA and a minimum ACT of 23.   

            Honors adviser Bonnie Smith, says, “The Honors program represents the brightest and most involved students from our local high schools.  Many will return to become leaders in their own communities.”  The students are not provided scholarships to attend Chipola as part of the benefits of completing the Honors Program, but most have earned academic scholarships and are required to pay for the one-hour honors seminar each semester.

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

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

            Some examples of past trips include travel to the Exploreum in Mobile; to view the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit; a trip to Jamestown, Virginia, to view the excavation of the original colonial site; and another to New York to visit museums and attend a Broadway Play.  Last year, program graduates had the opportunity to earn college credit while they travel to Great Britain.

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

            Community service is an integral component of the Honors program.  Students lead fund-raising efforts with local schools for many good causes. Honors raised $5,000 for the tsunami victims in Asia with funds distributed through United Way.  Other service activities have included working with Habitat for Humanity, volunteering with the Red Cross in Pensacola after the hurricane, assisting the WINGS program at local middle schools and providing reading assistance to at risk kids.  The group is currently working on the Chipola Malaria Project with Dr. Virginia Baker and the Haiti Relief Effort with local schools.

            Many of the past activities have been funded in part by the college and the Chipola Foundation.  Due to the expansion of the program and increases in travel costs, the program is looking to the community for additional support.  The annual dance for the program is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 12. Donations may be made to Honors endowment through the Chipola Foundation. The endowment provides some of the funding for the cost of the seminars, travel and speaker fees, as well as support materials for student research and presentations.

            For information about the Honors program, contact Bonnie Smith or Robert Ivey at 526-1761, Ext. 3247.

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DRUMMING UP FUNDS FOR HONORS—The Chipola College Honors Dance is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 12 in the Art Center.  The dance is the main fundraiser for the Honors program which recruits students from its five-county district.  The Ivey Brothers have again volunteered their talent and time for the event.  Pictured is Chipola Honors adviser Robert Ivey, drummer for the Ivey Brothers. For information about the Honors program, contact Bonnie Smith or Robert Ivey at 526-1761, Ext. 3247.

 

 

January 28, 2010

CHIPOLA ARTS ASSOCIATION AWARDS MINI-GRANTS

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola Regional Arts Association (CRAA) recently awarded a record number of 16 mini grants of $200 each for the Improvement of Instruction in the Arts in Schools in the Chipola District.

            Chipola Regional Arts Association President Dr. Jerry Kandzer announced the following recipients: Jonathan Alford, Blountstown Middle; Norma Bean, Cottondale Elementary; Karen Bouton, Graceville Elementary; Richard Bouton, Graceville High; Amy Cloud, Victory Christian; Rebecca Dilmore, Cottondale High; Vanesa Ford, Liberty County High; Judy Griffs and Theresa Marschka, Vernon Elementary; Gayle Grissett, W.R. Tolar School  K-8; Heather M. Howell, Poplar Springs; Christine Lauen, Bonifay Elementary; Roberta Newell, Graceville Elementary; Karen Smith, Golson Elementary; Vicki Steverson, Bonifay Elementary; Wretha Webb, Altha Public School; and Julie McWaters, Vernon Elementary.  Mini-grant recipients will report at the April 20 CRAA meeting to which the public is invited.

            Funds for the mini-grants came from the association’s 2009 fund drive. The local arts organization can only continue to offer this record number of Mini-Grants each year to encourage continuation and improvement of arts programs and activities in the schools if additional financial support is raised and given by the community members and organizations. 

            CRAA also offers Chipola scholarships to talented students from the district, supports the Chipola Artist Series, and underwrites special cultural programs for area school children.  Funding for these many projects comes from public fund-raising efforts in the five-county district. 

            CRAA president Dr. Jerry Kandzer recently presented $8,500 to college president Dr. Gene Prough to support the Chipola Artist Series and spring children’s programming.  The association will begin its 2010 annual fund-raising campaign in February and sincerely hopes that businesses and individuals will include CRAA in charitable contribution plans. 

            For information, call 850-718-2277 or email adamsa@chipola.edu.

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CRAA MINI GRANTS—The Chipola Regional Arts Association (CRAA) recently awarded a record number of 16 mini grants of up to $200 each for the Improvement of Instruction in the Arts in Schools in the Chipola District. Here, CRAA president Dr. Jerry Kandzer (right) presents $8,500 to Chipola College president Dr. Gene Prough to support the Chipola Artist Series and spring children’s programming.  CRAA’s annual fund-raising campaign begins in February. For information, call 850-718-2277 or email adamsa@chipola.edu.

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January 28, 2010

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‘BYE BYE BIRDIE’ AT CHIPOLAThe Chipola College Theater is in rehearsal for the spring musical “Bye Bye Birdie,” which opens a five-day run March 10.  Here, Kyndall Covington prepares for her role as Rose Alvarez.  For information about Chipola Theater, call 718-2227.

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January 28, 2010

CHIPOLA COLLEGE OFFERS FREE TAX PREPARATION

 

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

            The free service—for individual tax returns only—is available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Wednesdays, through early April.  Other times may be scheduled by appointment. Professor Shook says, “If it is a very complicated return, we ask that you continue to use your paid professional, but if it is a fairly simple return we can help.  We will do Schedule A, itemized deductions.” 

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

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

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January 28, 2010

CHIPOLA TO HOST NATIONAL BRAIN BOWL TOURNAMENT

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College has been chosen as the host site for 2010 NAQT (National Academic Quiz Tournaments) Community College National Championship.

            The championship is set for Feb. 26-27, in the Chipola Literature/Language Building, Friday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

            As the host, Chipola will provide staff for the tournament. NAQT will provide most of the readers. The public is invited to watch the Chipola Brain Bowl Team compete for the national title.

            Beginning in 2008-09, NAQT began holding a separate national championship tournament to crown the best two-year quiz bowl team in North America. Chipola finished second in the NAQT tournament in 2009 and in 2008.

            Teams will qualify for the CCCT via Community College Sectional Championship Tournaments (CC SCTs) held nationwide in late January. The winner of each CC SCT will be invited to the championship along with additional teams based on a national comparison of their statistics, points scored, bonus conversion and other factors. Both Chipola Brain Bowl teams have qualified for the CCCT Tournament.

            The top six teams from the CCCT at Chipola will qualify for the overall Division II collegiate championship that will continue to take place as part of the 2010 Intercollegiate Championship Tournament. All two-year, junior, and community colleges are eligible to compete in NAQT's CC SCT and CCCT events.

            For information about the National Brain Bowl Tournament at Chipola College, call Brain Bowl coach Stan Young at 850-718-2336, or email youngs1@chipola.edu

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January 28, 2010

CHIPOLA HOSTS PENSACOLA IN KEY CONFERENCE BATTLES

 

            Chipola hosts Pensacola, Saturday, Jan. 30, in a pair of important conference games.

            The Indians slipped to 1-4 in conference play after a 73-61 loss to Gulf Coast on Jan. 27.  Dexter Ellington led Chipola with 19 points. John Taylor had 10 points. Steadman Short had 10 points and 11 rebounds. Kevin Powell had 10 rebounds and Sam Grooms had 9.

            Chipola coach Jake Headrick, said, “We didn’t make a lot shots in the first half and we just couldn’t finish plays. The Indians were 7 for 42 from the field in the first half with nine turnovers. “We really competed in the second half and they kept fighting. The Indians cut the lead to seven late in the second half.

            With seven games remaining in the season, Headrick is still hopeful. “We’ve dug ourselves a hole, but we’ve got to keep fighting. We’re learning from experience. We really need a win over Pensacola.”

            After the first round of men’s Panhandle play, Northwest Florida (5-0) leads the conference race. TCC (5-1) is second. PJC is (2-4). Chipola is (1-4) and Gulf Coast is (1-5). Northwest leads the FCCAA poll. TCC is second. Chipola is eighth and PJC is tenth.

            The Chipola Lady Indians (10-11) lost an 80-54 game to top-ranked Gulf Coast on Jan. 27. Bianca Jarrett led Chipola with 25 points. Tykiesha O’Neil had 17. Gulf Coast led 41-27 at half. Chipola pulled to within 10 points early in the second half.

            Head coach David Lane said, “We’re getting better every game and hopefully we’ll break the seal soon and win one.”

            Gulf Coast (6-0) leads the conference race. PJC (5-1) is second. TCC (2-4) is third. NWF is (1-4) and Chipola is (0-5).

            The Lady Indians are hanging on to the tenth spot in the state poll. Gulf Coast leads the poll. PJC is second. TCC is third. NWF is fifth.

            Both Chipola squads hit the road Feb. 3 for games at Northwest.

            Chipola hosts Tallahassee, Saturday, Feb. 6, for Homecoming. The women’s game begins at 5:30 p.m. Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough and his wife, Priscilla, will host a 6:30 p.m. reception in the Hospitality room. The 2010 Homecoming Queen and Mr. Chipola will be crowned during halftime of the men’s game which begins at 7:30 p.m.

            For the latest Chipola sports news, visit www.chipola.edu.

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January 28, 2010

CHIPOLA BASEBALL ALUMNI WEEKEND SET FOR FEB. 5-7

 

            MARIANNA—Dozens of former Chipola College baseball players—including former Yankees manager Buck Showalter—are expected to return to their alma mater, Feb. 5-7 for the third annual Chipola Baseball Alumni event.

            The weekend begins Friday, Feb., 5, with a game between Chipola and Walters State at 11 a.m. A Golf Outing for Chipola Baseball Alumni and friends tees off at noon at Indian Springs Golf Course. An Alumni Night Social will be held at the Old Ice House Restaurant from 8 p.m. to midnight.

            Saturday, Feb. 6, events begin at 12:30 p.m. with an Alumni Home Run Derby and Alumni Game. The Indians play a pair of games on Feb. 6: Middle Georgia at 4 p.m., and St. Petersburg at 7 p.m. Chipola baseball alumni are invited to an Alumni Bonfire at Coach Johnson’s home at 8 p.m.

            The weekend concludes Sunday, Feb. 7, with a noon game between Chipola and St. Petersburg. 

            The following Chipola alumni have confirmed their attendance: Buck Showalter, Michael Gibbs, Josh Storm, David Credeur, Tyler Musselwhite, Trey Manz, Andrew Gay, Kurt Lewis, Luke Johnson, Brandon Street, Clay Long, Michael Mitchell, David Oswalt, Drew Cook, Casey Owen, Greg Albrittion, Grant Conyers, Moises Feliz, Josh Lawhon, Nathan Marks, Travis Anderson, Richie Smith, Alan Horne and Michael Gibbs. Several other former players are expected to attend.

            For information, contact Brent Shelton at 850-718-2332, or email sheltonb@chipola.edu.

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January 28, 2010

CHIPOLA MAKES PRE-SEASON BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL POLLS

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College baseball and softball teams are were selected for the 2010 FCCAA Baseball and Softball Preseason Coaches’ Polls. 

            In the baseball division, the Chipola Indians were tabbed preseason #1 with six first place votes.  The Indians finished last season 27-18-1, while advancing deep into the Region VIII Tournament.  Conference foes Tallahassee is ranked #7 and Gulf Coast is #8. 

            The Indians will open their season Jan. 29-31 at Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City, FL with their first game scheduled against Young Harris on Friday at 11 a.m.  The Indians return home Thursday, Feb. 4, to host in-state foe, St. Johns River at 5 p.m. 

            The Chipola Lady Indians softball team is pre-season #7.  Chipola Softball finished third overall in the Gulf Division of the FCCAA Softball Tournament and accumulated a record of 30-19. 

            The Lady Indians will travel to Las Vegas, NV, Jan. 30, to participate in one of the premier junior college softball events of the year.  Chipola will play a total of eight games in three days.  Of Chipola’s eight opponents, seven have been to the NJCAA National Tournament, with three staking claim as former NJCAA Champions. 

            The Lady Indians’ first home game is Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. against Lakeland College. 

            For updates on Chipola sports, call the Athletics’ Hotline at 850-718-2252, or visit www.chipola.edu.

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January 29, 2010

CHIPOLA BASEBALL ALUMNI WEEKEND SET FOR FEB. 5-7

 

            MARIANNA—Dozens of former Chipola College baseball players—including former Yankees manager Buck Showalter—are expected to return to their alma mater, Feb. 5-7 for the third annual Chipola Baseball Alumni event.

            The weekend begins Friday, Feb., 5, with a game between Chipola and Walters State at 11 a.m. A Golf Outing for Chipola Baseball Alumni and friends tees off at noon at Indian Springs Golf Course. An Alumni Night Social will be held at the Old Ice House Restaurant from 8 p.m. to midnight.

            Saturday, Feb. 6, events begin at 12:30 p.m. with an Alumni Home Run Derby and Alumni Game. The Indians play a pair of games on Feb. 6: Middle Georgia at 4 p.m., and St. Petersburg at 7 p.m. Chipola baseball alumni are invited to an Alumni Bonfire at Coach Johnson’s home at 8 p.m.

            The weekend concludes Sunday, Feb. 7, with a noon game between Chipola and St. Petersburg. 

            The following Chipola alumni have confirmed their attendance: Buck Showalter, Michael Gibbs, Josh Storm, David Credeur, Tyler Musselwhite, Trey Manz, Andrew Gay, Kurt Lewis, Luke Johnson, Brandon Street, Clay Long, Michael Mitchell, David Oswalt, Drew Cook, Casey Owen, Greg Albrittion, Grant Conyers, Moises Feliz, Josh Lawhon, Nathan Marks, Travis Anderson, Richie Smith, Alan Horne and Michael Gibbs. Several other former players are expected to attend.

            For information, contact Brent Shelton at 850-718-2332, or email sheltonb@chipola.edu.

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BUCK SHOWALTER TO RETURN TO CHIPOLA—Dozens of former Chipola College baseball players—including former Yankees manager Buck Showalter—are expected to return to their alma mater, Feb. 5-7 for the third annual Chipola Baseball Alumni event. Showalter is an analyst for ESPN. For information, contact Brent Shelton at 850-718-2332, or email sheltonb@chipola.edu.

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