January 2, 2015

CHIPOLA THEATRE TO HOLD AUDITIONS FOR WIZARD OF OZ

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola Theatre will hold auditions for The Wizard of Oz Sunday, Jan. 4 and 5, 2015.

                Open call auditions for all actors except munchkins are Sunday, Jan. 4, at 2 p.m.  Munchkin auditions are Monday, Jan. 5, at 5 p.m., with other roles again at 6 p.m. The show will run Feb. 25 to March 1, 2015. Minimum age for cast members is six years, with one completed year of elementary school. Munchkins and some other supporting roles are open to children or anyone under 60" in height.

                Call 718-2227 or email sirmonc@chipola.edu

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January 2, 2015

SPRING REGISTRATION JAN. 5-6 AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will hold returning student registration for the Spring 2015 Semester on Monday, Jan. 5. New and returning student registration is Jan. 6. Classes begin Jan. 7.

                There are several steps to completing the application process: (1) complete the college Admission Application at www.chipola.edu; (2) request a final high school transcript be sent to Chipola Admission and Records Office; and (3) take the College Placement Test.

                Chipola offers Bachelor’s Degrees, the Associate in Arts Degree, the Associate in Science Degree and Workforce Development programs.

                Bachelor’s Degrees include: Education majors in Middle and High School Math or Science, English Education, Exceptional Student Education and Elementary Education; Business Administration degree with concentrations in Management or Accounting; and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).  Additionally, the college offers the Educator Preparation Institute, a Teacher Certification program for those with a B.S. in a non-teaching field.

                The Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree is designed for students who plan to complete their first two years of college work and then transfer to a four-year program at Chipola or another college or university.  Credits earned are transferable and are applicable toward a bachelor’s degree. Academic advising guides that outline requirements for specific majors are available from Student Affairs and are located on the college website at www.chipola.edu

                Several Associate in Science (AS) and Workforce programs are offered which provide training for high wage jobs.  Workforce programs include: Automotive Service Technology, Firefighter, Law Enforcement Officer, Correctional Officer, Cosmetology, Nursing Assistant and Welding.

                Associate in Science (AS) programs include: Business Administration, Early Childhood Education, Computer Information Technology, Fire Science Technology, Criminal Justice Technology (Crime Scene Track), Networking Systems Technology, Culinary Management, Nursing and Recreation Technology

                College Credit Certificate programs include: Child Care Center Management, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Paramedic. Computer Information Technology certificates include: Geographic Information Systems, Help Desk Support Technician and IT Support Specialist. Network Systems Technology Certificates include: Digital Forensics, Network/Cyber Security, Network Support Technician and Server Administration.

                The schedule of classes is available online at www.chipola.edu. For information, call 718-2211.

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January 5, 2015

 Chipola INVITES Area School CHOIRS TO Music Festival

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                MARIANNA—Chipola College will host an all new choral festival on Saturday, Jan. 24, to spotlight the talents of area choral programs.  

                Designed for middle school and high school choirs, the festival will give talented vocal ensembles the chance to perform on the Center for the Arts stage with other ensembles from schools across the Chipola district and beyond. The Chipola Music Festival is open to choral ensembles and show choirs. Deadline for registration is Friday, Jan. 9.

                “This is not a competition, but the up-tempo environment and positive adjudication process is sure to light the flame needed for ensembles to prepare for the upcoming competition season,” said Evelyn Ward, Chipola Director of Fine and Performing Arts. “Our goal is to spark that extra drive and determination needed at the beginning of the competition season, and to provide valuable experience in preparing for district, regional, and state festivals.  The Chipola Music Festival guarantees to offer these students an outstanding choral experience.”

                The Chipola Music Festival will be held in conjunction with the Winters School of Music at William Carey University. Specially selected adjudicators from William Carey University will provide detailed, positive feedback to all ensembles through written comments, as well as a personal feedback clinic. In addition to adjudication, students will participate in an afternoon workshop with voice and music instructors preparing for a large joint choral performance that afternoon.

                The day will culminate with an afternoon performance at 4 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Theatre.  The concert will include performances by the Chipola Show Choir, the William Carey University Chorale and show choir, Carey Company, and the middle school and high school Joint Student Choruses.

                Concert admission is $5 per person. Proceeds from this concert will be used to cover the costs of the Music Festival, including of music, royalties, and personnel expenses.

                Deadline for registration is Friday, Jan. 9. Interested schools should contact Evelyn Ward by email at warde@chipola.edu or 850-718-2277 as soon as possible. 

 

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CHIPOLA MUSIC FESTIVAL— Chipola College will host an all new choral festival on Saturday, Jan. 24, to spotlight the talents of area choral programs.  Here, Chipola Show Choir students perform in a 2012 Jazzmatazz concert. Deadline for registration is Friday, Jan. 9. Interested schools should contact Evelyn Ward by email at warde@chipola.edu or 850-718-2277 as soon as possible. 

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January 8, 2015

GERSHWIN MUSIC AT NEXT CHIPOLA ARTIST SERIES EVENT

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                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Artist Series will present Embraceable You: The Music of George Gershwin, Thursday, Jan. 22, in the Center for the Arts. 

                The show will feature American standards “They Can’t Take That Away from Me,” “I Got Rhythm,” and “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off.” The music of George and IraGershwin is musical comedy at its finest. Embraceable You features two of today’s most talented young artists singing, dancing and falling in love. It’s Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Lena Horne, with a little extra modern flair.

                Hailing from Canada, Dean Balkwill began performing professionally at the age of 14. His credits include RENT on Broadway where Dean thrilled audiences as Roger, the heartbroken romantic lead. THE LION KING then welcomed Dean as Ed the Hyena in this Broadway smash hit. Dean now makes his living in Atlanta recording vocals forcommercials, performing for hundreds each week, and writing original works for the stage.  What began as a dance partnership in TOMMY, Dean and wife, Lisa, have a lifelong partnership. 

                From Broadway to the silver screen, Lisa Balkwill also has an impressive resume.  In 2002 she was cast alongside Catherine Zeta Jones in the film CHICAGO. Broadway production of CABARET, where she understudied Teri Hatcher as the show stopping lead, Sally Bowles. Lisa was seen in the Tony-winning show, TOMMY where she performedas the show’s featured dancer in Germany and across Canada. Other shows include Broadway’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, shows abroad Europe and cruise ships for a number of years.

                “This would be a wonderful Valentine surprise for that special someone.” encourages Chipola Director of Fine and Performing Arts, Evelyn Ward, “Why not surprise them with a Broadway show at Chipola?”

                Tickets are $18 for adults, $10 for children under 18, with special pricing for Chipola students and employees.

                Online tickets are available now at www.chipola.edu/boxoffice. Tickets may be printed at home, or with an order confirmation, will-call tickets will be available at the box office the night of the show. Tickets also are available for purchase at the Center for the Arts Box Office with hours Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday, from 9 a.m. to noon. The Box Office is also open one hour prior the event.

                The Artist Series season continues April 2, 2015 with its final show of the season Unsinkable Women, Stories and Songs from the Titanic. Deborah Jean Templin stars in this one-woman play in which she portrays nine women who survived the 1912 tragedy. For more information, call 850-718-2277 or visit www.chipola.edu/boxoffice.

 

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January 8, 2015

 

Chipola INVITES Area School CHOIRS TO Music Festival

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                MARIANNA—Chipola College will host an all new choral festival on Saturday, Jan. 24, to spotlight the talents of area choral programs. 

                Designed for middle school and high school choirs, the festival will give talented vocal ensembles the chance to perform on the Center for the Arts stage with other ensembles from schools across the Chipola district and beyond. The Chipola Music Festival is open to choral ensembles and show choirs. Deadline for registration is Friday, Jan. 9.

                “This is not a competition, but the up-tempo environment and positive adjudication process is sure to light the flame needed for ensembles to prepare for the upcoming competition season,” said Evelyn Ward, Chipola Director of Fine and Performing Arts. “Our goal is to spark that extra drive and determination needed at the beginning of the competition season, and to provide valuable experience in preparing for district, regional, and state festivals.  The Chipola Music Festival guarantees to offer these students an outstanding choral experience.”

                The Chipola Music Festival will be held in conjunction with the Winters School of Music at William Carey University. Specially selected adjudicators from William Carey University will provide detailed, positive feedback to all ensembles through written comments, as well as a personal feedback clinic. In addition to adjudication, students will participate in an afternoon workshop with voice and music instructors preparing for a large joint choral performance that afternoon.

                The day will culminate with an afternoon performance at 4 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Theatre.  The concert will include performances by the Chipola Show Choir, the William Carey University Chorale and show choir, Carey Company, and the middle school and high school Joint Student Choruses.

                Concert admission is $5 per person. Proceeds from this concert will be used to cover the costs of the Music Festival, including of music, royalties, and personnel expenses.

                Deadline for registration is Friday, Jan. 9. Interested schools should contact Evelyn Ward by email at warde@chipola.edu or 850-718-2277 as soon as possible. 

 

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January 8, 2015

 

CHIPOLA TO HOST FBLA DISTRICT COMPETITION

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College's Business and Technology department will host the annual FBLA District Competition and Awards Ceremony Friday, Jan. 16. 

                The competition will begin at 8:30 a.m. in Building Z with the Awards Ceremony at noon in the Prough Center for the Arts.

                Approximately 115 area high school students will compete in qualifying events for the FBLA state competition in Orlando.  Chipola faculty and staff will serve as judges and will offer their advice and insight.

                Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is the high school version of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL), a business-centric organization that works to improve students' leadership skills and confidence, while guiding students into community service and competitions at the state and national level.   

                Chipola's PBL organization will help host the competition which will provide members with valuable experience as they prepare for state competition.  Members will serve as timekeepers and room coordinators. 

                For information, visit www.floridafbla-pbl.com/

 

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January 8, 2015

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CHIPOLA PBL MEMBERS HELP THE COMMUNITY

                

                  MARIANNA—The Chipola College Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) business fraternity is participating in many community service efforts.

                Over the past few months, members assisted the Habitat ReStore with the setup for Christmas. Members collected more than 5,000 food items for the Jackson County BackPack for Kids Feeding Program. The group also collected more than $700 worth of clothing for the Family Intervention agency. 

                PBL adviser Glenda Bethel says, “Thanks to the generosity of Chipola's employees and students, these community service projects provided much needed assistance to many individuals in our area.”

                For more information, visit: www.facebook.com/ChipolaPBL1 and www.facebook.com/BackpackForKidsFeedingProgram

 

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CHIPOLA PBL MEMBERS HELP THE COMMUNITY—The Chipola College Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) business fraternity is participating in many community service efforts including the Habitat ReStore, Jackson County BackPack for Kids and Family Intervention agency.  Here, members load items for the BackPack for Kids Feeding program. They are, from left: Dustin Graham, Deborah Graham, Alex Anderson and Brittany Brooks.

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January 8, 2015

 

TEACHER WORKSHOP SET AT CHIPOLA COLLEGE

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Future Educators Club will host its seventh Annual Teacher Workshop, Saturday, Jan. 24, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Teachers and students interested in a career in education are invited to attend. 

                Future educators currently enrolled at Chipola with the assistance of the education faculty, staff, and education graduates will present the free workshop.  The day will include various sessions for elementary, middle, and high school teachers. The students will present hands-on activities that can be used in the classroom along with samples for teachers and education majors to use in their own classrooms. Sessions will include resources and strategies in Math, Science, Reading, English, ESOL and ESE. There will also be drawings for several door prizes.

                Guest sessions will include: Whole Brain Intermediate (K-6) — Heather Bailey; Text-Based Writing Strategies (3-5) — Carmen Riviere and Tiffany Steverson; and Science You Can Eat — Heather Hall and Drew Chalker; Classroom Economics (2-6) — Anna Beth Rackley; Teach with Movies (6-12) —Mackenzie Willis; Using Children’s Lit as Model Text (K-2) — Heather Pilcher; and Comprehending Expository Text Using Graphic Organizers (K-2) – Adrienne Barnes. 

                Other session topics include: Making Sense of Math (K-6); Music With Movement (K-6); Doing “The Daily 5” (K-3); Hands On Social Studies (K-2);

                Real “Real-World” Math Problems (6-12); “Brain Breaks” That Won’t Get Boring (K-3);

                Social Studies Without the Textbook (3-6); Hands on Science Minus a Long Supply List (K-4); The Wonderful World Of Readers (5-12); How Does the Interactive Notebook Fit in the Classroom? (3-5); “Whole Brain Teaching” for Primary Grades (K-2); and “Whole Brain Teaching” for Intermediate Grades (3-6).

                The workshop will be held in the Literature/Language (Building Z) on the Chipola campus. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with the first session at 8:15 a.m.  

                To ensure that sufficient materials are available, please RSVP to FEC Sponsor Casey Bush at bushc@chipola.edu or phone 850-718-2449.

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TEACHER WORKSHOP SET AT CHIPOLA COLLEGE—The Chipola College Future Educators Club will host its seventh Annual Teacher Workshop, Saturday, Jan. 24.  Teachers and students interested in a career in education are invited to attend.  Here, Teacher Ed graduates Hannah Lamb (right) and Haley Bennett present at a previous workshop. Interested persons should RSVP to FEC Sponsor Casey Bush at bushc@chipola.edu or phone 850-718-2449.

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 January 8, 2015

 Ada Scott Chipola emp Of The Month

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SCOTT IS TOP CHIPOLA EMPLOYEE—Ada Scott is Chipola College’s Career Employee for December.  Scott serves as a Teaching Assistant in the Cosmetology Department and has worked at the college since 2011.  Pictured from left, are: Darwin Gilmore, Dean of Workforce and Economic Development; Ada Scott and Chipola president Dr. Jason Hurst.

 

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January 8, 2015

 

LAW ENFORCEMENT CLASSES NOW FORMING AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Criminal Justice Training Center will offer an evening Law Enforcement Academy and a Corrections to Law Enforcement Cross-over class beginning Jan. 26, 2015. Classes will meet weeknights from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.

                 Completion of either of these programs will prepare candidates to take the State Board Examination and become certified by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission upon becoming employed with a law enforcement agency.

                Prior to admission, all candidates must earn a passing score on the Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT) offered at the Public Service Building every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m.  The next opportunity to take this exam is Jan. 6. Cost of the test is $45.  Application deadline is Jan. 21.

                Applicants must have a standard high school diploma or its equivalent and must undergo a medical physical examination, background check and drug screening. Financial assistance is available based upon need and eligibility.

                For information regarding the application process, contact Steven Stewart, Law Enforcement Coordinator, at 718-2286.

 

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January 8, 2015

 CORRECTION CLASSES NOW FORMING AT CHIPOLA COLLEGE

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Criminal Justice Training Center will offer a daytime Corrections course beginning Jan. 22, 2015.  Classes will meet weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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

                Prior to admission, all candidates must earn a passing score on the Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT) offered at the Public Service Building every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m.  The next opportunity to take this exam will be on Jan. 6. Cost of the test is $45.  Application deadline is Jan. 16.

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

                For information regarding the application process, contact Jamie McAllister, Corrections Coordinator, at 718-2212.

 

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January 8, 2015

 

FIREFIGHTER COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA COLLEGE

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer several Firefighting classes in early 2015.  Firefighter I and II classes in day and evening formats.

                Daytime Firefighter I and II classes will begin in February. Both classes will be offered Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.   Firefighter I will run Feb. 16 through March 26.  Firefighter II will run March 30 through May 14.  Orientation for Day classes is Jan. 13.

                Evening classes for Firefighter I and II will meet Monday through Thursday, from 5 to 10 p.m. Firefighter I will run Feb. 16 through May 11.  Firefighter II will run May 12 through July 29.  Orientation for night classes is Jan. 20.

                Cost is $1,800 each for Firefighter I or Firefighter II classes.  Firefighter I price includes: 225 hour class, book, Drug and Background Test and (5) T-shirts.  Firefighter II price includes:  225 hour class, Forestry S-130/180/L-190, use of SCBA and bunker gear.      Pre-requisite for both courses is First Responder (EMT or higher certification).  A daytime First Responder class will meet Jan. 26-30, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  An evening First Responder class will meet Feb. 2-12, from 5 to 10 p.m. Cost is $150. Some financial aid is available.

                For information, contact Martin Fowler at (850) 718-2483, e-mail www.fowlerm@chipola.edu or visit www.chipola.edu.

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January 8, 2015

 

CHIPOLA COLLEGE NO LONGER PROVIDING FREE TAX RETURNS  

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will no longer provide free tax return services to the public. Retired Chipola accounting professor Lee Shook, who provided the free service for years, has decided to retire from the tax business as well.

                Area residents may still get free help with tax returns in Marianna at the Jackson County Agricultural Complex. The service is available Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. by appointment only. Call 850-482-9620 to schedule appointments.   

                Free tax help also will be available at the Altha Public Library. This walk-in service is offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., beginning Feb. 3.

 

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January 8, 2015

  Akhator Chipolas Evelyn Akhator, FCSAA Player of the week

CHIPOLA’S AKHATOR IS STATE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College’s Evelyn Akhator has been named NJCAA Region 8/FCSAA Women's Basketball Player of the Week for the third time this season. Akhator, a sophomore from Lagos, Nigeria, averaged 25.0 points, 16.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 4.2 steals and 3.4 blocks in five games – all wins – during the voting period. She recorded a double-double in each game and hit the 20-point mark in each outing.

                Included were a 26-point, 23-rebound effort against 2014 NJCAA Tournament participant South Georgia Tech on Dec. 18 and a 28-point, 23-rebound night in a 79-37 win over Pensacola in Chipola’s Panhandle Conference opener on Jan. 3.

                For the week, Akhator shot 68.4 percent (52-of-76) from the field and 61.8 percent (21-of-34) from the free throw line.

                The Lady Indians are 17-0 and ranked first in the FCSAA State and NJCAA National Polls.

 

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January 8, 2015

 

CHIPOLA TO HOST TALLAHASSEE IN JAN. 13 CONFERENCE MATCHUPS

                MARIANNA—Chipola hosts Tallahassee in a pair of Panhandle Conference games Tuesday, Jan. 13, in the Johnson Center. The women tip off at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men at 7:30 p.m.

                The Lady Indians improved to 2-0 in league play with a 75-67 win at Gulf Coast on Jan. 7. Though Chipola led 45-19 at the break, Gulf Coast mounted a comeback and pulled to within seven, 65-58, with four minutes remaining.  Kendra Martin connected a big three-pointer for the Lady Indians which sealed the deal for Chipola.

                The Lady Indians trounced Pensacola, 79-37, in the conference opener on Jan. 3. Evelyn Akhator led Chipola with 28 points, 23 rebounds, 8 blocks and 7 steals. For her performance she was named FCSAA Player of the Week for the third time this season. Sueterrica Key also scored 22 points for Chipola and pulled in 7 rebounds in the game.

                The Lady Indians are 18-0 overall, 2-0 in conference play and number one in both the state and national polls.

                The Indians improved to 1-1 in conference play with a 56-53 win at Gulf Coast on Jan. 7.  Junior Saintel led Chipola with 19. Greg King scored 14 and made big shot block late in the game.

                Chipola dropped the conference opener to Pensacola in a double-overtime thriller.  Junior Saintel led Chipola with 22 points, 4 rebounds and 4 steals. Floyd Preito scored 18. Dejuan Marrero added 11. The Indians overcame a 28-17 halftime deficit to tie the game at 57-57 at the end of regulation. Chipola played both extra periods with only five players as Ty Baker, Dejuan Marrero and Legend Robertin fouled out late in the game.  

 

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January 15, 2015

Homecoming 2015

CHIPOLA HOMECOMING JAN. 21-31

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will celebrate Homecoming 2015, Jan. 26-31. This year’s theme is “Chipola on the Warpath.”

            Candidates for the Homecoming Court will be introduced Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 10:30 a.m., in the Cafeteria. Voting will take place Jan. 21 in the following locations: Cafeteria, 10-11 a.m.; Student Activities Office (K-105), 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Lobby of Building Z, 5-6 p.m. Voting will continue Jan. 22 in the Student Activities Office (K-105) from 8 a.m. to noon.  Students must be currently enrolled to vote.

            The top two freshmen vote winners (women and men) and the top three sophomores or upper classmen vote winners will be named to the Homecoming Court. The sophomore or upper classmen winners will be crowned Homecoming Queen and Mr. Chipola at the Homecoming game on Jan. 31.

            SGA will sponsor a Building Decoration Contest among campus organizations to be judged at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 27. Buildings must be decorated on Monday, Jan. 26. Campus groups should contact Nancy Johnson about the building their club would like to decorate.

            Dress up days for the week include: Monday, Jan. 26, Pajama Day; Tuesday, Jan. 27, Sports Day; Wednesday, Jan. 28, Blue and Gold Day; Thursday, Jan. 29, Decade Day; and Friday, Jan. 30, Favorite Teacher Day.

            The Homecoming Talent show is Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 10:30 a.m. in the Chipola Cultural Center (formerly known as the Old Arts Center). The contest is open to any campus group or currently enrolled student. Cash prizes will be awarded to: Best Overall - 1st, 2nd and 3rd; Best Solo, Best Group and Best Band. Performances are limited to 4 minutes. Sign-up deadline is Jan. 26 in the SGA Office.

            The Homecoming games between Chipola and Northwest Florida are set for Saturday, Jan. 31. The women game tips off at 5:30 p.m. Chipola president Dr. Jason Hurst and his wife, Alisa, will host an Alumni Reception in the Hospitality Room beginning at 6 p.m. All alumni, college retirees and friends of the college are invited.

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

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

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January 15, 2015

 William Carey College To Preform At Chiopola Music FEstival

William Carey University to perform at Chipola Music Festival

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will host an all new choral festival on Saturday, Jan. 24, to spotlight the talents of area choral programs. 

                The Chipola Music Festival is held in conjunction with the Winters School of Music at William Carey University. The afternoon public performance is slated for 4 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Theatre.  The concert will include performances by the Chipola Show Choir and the William Carey University Chorale and show choir, Carey Company.  Concert admission is $5 per person.  The proceeds from this concert will be used to defer the costs of the festival, including the cost of music, royalties, and personnel costs.

                High school and middle school choral groups are also invited to an all-day musical event. The groups will be performing on the Chipola stage followed by a one-on-one private workshop with adjudicators.  Groups will be given expert advice on things they do well, and things that they can learn to improve on in the future.  The festival is not a competition, but an up-tempo environment and positive adjudication process sure to light the flame needed for ensembles to prepare for the upcoming competition season. 

                For more information about the Chipola Music Festival, contact Evelyn Ward by email at warde@chipola.edu or 850-718-2277. 

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January 15, 2015

 

CHIPOLA BRAIN BOWL PLACES AT GATEWAY INVITATIONAL

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Brain Bowl teams finished third and fourth respectively at the Florida Gateway Invitational in Lake City on Jan. 10.

                Both Chipola A and Chipola B finished the tournament with 7-2 records. A loss to Chipola B kept Chipola A from being in a three-way tie for first. Central FL and TCC both finished the tournament at 8-1 to share the title.

                Seven Chipola players finished in the top 20 individual scorers: Brent Patten, 4th; Ben Whiddon, 5th; Jimmy Brown, 8th; Vallen Driggers, 10th; Ashley Delameter, 11th; Chance Pender, 16th and Will Glover, 17th .

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

                Chipola will host the NAQT North FL Community College Sectional on Jan. 23. Chipola will play in the Panhandle State Regional at Gulf Coast on Feb. 13. The top two teams from Regionals advance to the state tournament where Chipola will look to defend its state title for the eighth straight year.

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January 15, 2015

 

SSS TO HOST FINANCIAL AID WORKSHOP

 

            Chipola College Student Support Services will host a Financial Aid Literacy Workshop, Wednesday, Jan. 21, from 1 to 3 p.m. in Bldg. Z, Rm. 118.

            Students will receive financial aid and scholarship information and updates from Chipola’s Offices of Financial Aid and The Foundation. SSS staff will also be available to assist students in completing the FAFSA online with the help of Reyonna Parrish, from the Office of Student Financial Assistance in the Florida Department of Education. All Chipola students are welcome to attend.

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January 15, 2015

 

GERSHWIN MUSIC AT JAN 22 ARTIST SERIES

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Artist Series will present Embraceable You: The Music of George Gershwin, Thursday, Jan. 22, in the Center for the Arts.

            The show will feature American standards “They Can’t Take That Away from Me,” “I Got Rhythm,” and “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off.” The music of George and Ira Gershwin is musical comedy at its finest. Embraceable You features two of today’s most talented young artists—Dean and Lisa Balkwill—singing, dancing and falling in love. If you like Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Lena Horne, with a little extra modern flair and pazazz, then you’ll love Embraceable You!

            Dean Balkwill’s credits include Rent on Broadway where he thrilled audiences as Roger, the heart broken romantic lead. He played Ed the Hyena in the Broadway smash hit, The Lion King. He has also starred in productions of Tommy, Westside Story, Grease and countless commercials. From Broadway to the silver screen, Lisa Balkwill also has an impressive resume.  In 2002 she was cast alongside Catherine Zeta Jones in the film Chicago. She performed in the Broadway production of Cabaret, where she understudied Teri Hatcher. Lisa was seen in the Tony-winning show, Tommy, where she performed as the show’s featured dancer in Germany and across Canada.

            “This would be a wonderful Valentine surprise for that special someone,” says Evelyn Ward, Chipola’s Director of Fine and Performing Arts. “Why not surprise them with a special night out and a Broadway show at Chipola?”

            Tickets are $18 for adults, $10 for children under 18, with special pricing for Chipola students and employees.

            Online tickets are available at www.chipola.edu/boxoffice. Tickets may be printed at home, or with an order confirmation, will-call tickets will be available at the box office the night of the show. Tickets also are available for purchase at the Center for the Arts Box Office with hours Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday, from 9 a.m. to noon. The Box Office is also open one hour prior the event.

            The Artist Series season continues April 2, 2015 with its final show of the season, Unsinkable Women, Stories and Songs from the Titanic. Deborah Jean Templin stars in this one-woman play in which she portrays nine women who survived the 1912 tragedy.

            For more information, call 850-718-2277 or visit www.chipola.edu/boxoffice.

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January 15, 2015

 

Breaking Free art exhibit opens Jan. 22 at Chipola

 

                Join visual artist Margaret Schnebly Hodge at the opening reception Jan. 22, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the Chipola College Prough Center for the Arts. 

                The opening coincides with the Chipola Artist Series event, Embraceable You: The Music of George Gershwin at 7 p.m. The exhibit of oil paintings and other media is on display through March 6.The gallery is open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Friday 9 a.m. to noon. Admission to the gallery is free.

                Hodge has enjoyed concurrent successes in both the commercial graphic and fine art fields. Long appreciated as an abstract figurative and landscape painter using a dark and rich palette and with a philosophical preoccupation with concepts of physical and emotional restraint, many works in this exhibit show Hodge’s aesthetic expansion beyond the sense of earth-bound considerations.

                Devoting most of her time to the creative process and working privately in her Ormond Beach studio, Hodge has recently exhibited this series of work selectively with exhibitions at Daytona State College and the Karpeles Manuscript Museum in Jacksonville. Her work can be found in private, public, and institutional collections.  She also produces a professional blog on art books and exhibits.

                For more, visit www.margarethodgeart.com. For full script of exhibit brochure contact mshodgeart@gmail.com

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January 15, 2015

 Mentor Month

CHIPOLA TAKE STOCK CELEBRATES MENTORS

 

                MARIANNA— January is National Mentoring month. This year Take Stock in Children is celebrating 20 years of mentoring by highlighting mentors who are serving in Calhoun, Holmes, Liberty, Jackson, and Washington Counties. Mentors meet with high school students at least twice a month and in doing so they are investing in the future.

                Mentor McKenzie Johnson works at the FSU Florida Center for Reading Research as a Graduate Research Team Leader. She is currently completing her Ph.D. at in Curriculum and Instruction. Mackenzie began mentoring a Marianna High this year. 

                Johnson says, "I mentor because I believe in young people. Through Take Stock in Children, I am given the opportunity to encourage youth to grow into their own unique person and to validate whoever that person may be. We're all created differently and all deserve to be loved." 

                Mark Sonsallas is a Senior Sales Executive for the American Business Center and is currently mentoring two young men in Altha. He says, "I mentor because it is one of the top four things I can do in my life. Being a parent is the most important job in the world and is never ending. Then you have teaching, coaching and mentoring. I have enjoyed a decade of teaching and over a decade of coaching youth. Once again I am given the honor to impact our youth in a positive manner for our community. Being able to help young men navigate high school and prepare for college and life is a rewarding experience that I recommend others to do."

                Long time Washington County mentor Milton Brown is a current Washington County School Board Member and a former Florida Highway Patrol Sergeant. He currently mentors two young men in the Take Stock program.  Brown says, "I mentor because I felt that it was a good way to give back, however I always leave feeling that I was the one who was blessed."

                Every day in communities across Florida, Take Stock in Children is helping to break the cycle of poverty through education. Take Stock has a proven history of helping over 24,000 at-risk students stay in school, graduate from high school, complete college, and become productive citizens. This success is achieved through an innovative multi-year program model of mentorship, a college success coach, student accountability, college readiness skills training and scholarships.

                For information on becoming a mentor, call 718-2428 or visit www.facebook.com/tsicchipola

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TAKE STOCK MENTORS—January is National Mentoring month. This year Take Stock in Children is celebrating 20 years of mentoring by highlighting mentors who are serving. Pictured from left, are: mentors Mentor McKenzie Johnson, Mark Sonsallas and Milton Brown.

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January 15, 2015

 

CAST ANNOUNCED FOR CHIPOLA’S ‘THE WIZARD OF OZ’

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Theater is in rehearsal for the Broadway hit, “The Wizard of Oz,” which opens a five-day run, Feb. 25.  

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

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

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

            Tickets for all Chipola Theatre productions go sale two weeks prior to the performance.

            For more information, contact Charles Sirmon, Director of Theatre, at sirmonc@chipola.edu, 850-718-2277. On the web, visit chipola.edu or Chipola Theatre on Facebook.

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OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD— The Chipola College Theater is in rehearsal for the Broadway hit, “The Wizard of Oz,” which opens a five-day run, Feb. 25.  Here, the cast gathers for the first rehearsal. For more information, contact Charles Sirmon, Director of Theatre, at sirmonc@chipola.edu, 850-718-2277. On the web, visit chipola.edu or Chipola Theatre on Facebook.

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January 15, 2015

 

TEACHER WORKSHOP SET AT CHIPOLA COLLEGE

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Future Educators Club will host its seventh Annual Teacher Workshop, Saturday, Jan. 24, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Teachers and students interested in a career in education are invited to attend. 

            Future educators currently enrolled at Chipola with the assistance of the education faculty, staff, and education graduates will present the free workshop.  The day will include various sessions for elementary, middle, and high school teachers. The students will present hands-on activities that can be used in the classroom along with samples for teachers and education majors to use in their own classrooms. Sessions will include resources and strategies in Math, Science, Reading, English, ESOL and ESE. There will also be drawings for several door prizes.

            Guest sessions will include: Whole Brain Intermediate (K-6) — Heather Bailey; Text-Based Writing Strategies (3-5) — Carmen Riviere and Tiffany Steverson; and Science You Can Eat — Heather Hall and Drew Chalker; Classroom Economics (2-6) — Anna Beth Rackley; Teach with Movies (6-12) —Mackenzie Willis; Using Children’s Lit as Model Text (K-2) — Heather Pilcher; and Comprehending Expository Text Using Graphic Organizers (K-2) – Adrienne Barnes.

            Other session topics include: Making Sense of Math (K-6); Music With Movement (K-6); Doing “The Daily 5” (K-3); Hands On Social Studies (K-2);

Real “Real-World” Math Problems (6-12); “Brain Breaks” That Won’t Get Boring (K-3);

Social Studies Without the Textbook (3-6); Hands on Science Minus a Long Supply List (K-4); The Wonderful World Of Readers (5-12); How Does the Interactive Notebook Fit in the Classroom? (3-5); “Whole Brain Teaching” for Primary Grades (K-2); and “Whole Brain Teaching” for Intermediate Grades (3-6).

            The workshop will be held in the Literature/Language (Building Z) on the Chipola campus. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with the first session at 8:15 a.m.  

            To ensure that sufficient materials are available, please RSVP to FEC Sponsor Casey Bush at bushc@chipola.edu or phone 850-718-2449.

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January 15, 2015

 

LAW ENFORCEMENT CLASSES NOW FORMING AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA— Application deadline is Jan. 21 for Chipola College’s next evening Law Enforcement Academy and a Corrections to Law Enforcement Cross-over class.

            Classes beginning Jan. 26, and meet weeknights from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.        Completion of either of these programs will prepare candidates to take the State Board Examination and become certified by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission upon becoming employed with a law enforcement agency.

            Candidates must earn a passing score on the Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT) offered at the Public Service Building every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m.  Cost of the test is $45.

            Applicants must have a standard high school diploma or its equivalent and must undergo a medical physical examination, background check and drug screening. Financial assistance is available based upon need and eligibility.

            For information regarding the application process, contact Steven Stewart, Law Enforcement Coordinator, at 718-2286.

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January 15, 2015

 

CHIPOLA’S FALL DEAN’S LIST ANNOUNCED

 

            MARIANNA—Dr. Sarah Clemmons, senior vice president of Instruction at Chipola College, commends the 270 students who made the Dean’s List for academic achievement during the Fall Semester 2014.

            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:

Alford—Mary Auger, Ashley Pelt, Mary Raines.

            Altha—William Graham, Matt Settlemire, Elizabeth Uhrick, Tristan Walden, Brianna Yon.

            Bascom—Joshua Blackburn.

            Blountstown—Andrew Bennett, Kylee Harrell, Madelynn Lytle.

            Bonifay—Trevor Bush, Koleton Forehand, Paige Lawson, Mikayla Moore, Brittany Riley, Savannah Ryken, Chelsea Walters, Dakota Ward, Chelsea Wells.

            Bristol—Jacob Shuler, Hammadah Talib.

            Chipley—Madison Carter, Kaylor Collins, Brittany Marsceill, Jaclyn Morris, Emily Nong, Tyler Pettis, Phillip Pippin, Shane Sapp, Olivia Saunders, Zane Shafer, Emily Stewart, Colby Wiggins.

            Clarksville—Melissa Newsome.

            Cottondale—Bethany Horton, David Horton, Brooke Vickery.

            Graceville—Victoria Brown, Cierra Corbitt, Camerin Dixon, Courtney Duffell, Mallory Evans, Frances Martin, Mary Miller, Meagan Sanders, Jessica Singletary, Alexus Williams, Kayla Wilson.

            Greenwood—William Glover.

            Hosford—James Brown.

            Malone—Shelby Calloway, Caroline Rogers.

            Marianna—Kayley Bryan, Vallen Driggers, Jackson Gilmore, Madison Harrell, Elizabeth Hester, Hannah Jackson, Hayley Johns, John Lane, Danielle Melvin, Katrina Milliser, Sara Newsom, Matthew Norville, Christopher Roberts, Anne Sapp.

            Sneads—Lindsey Locke.

            Vernon—Tosha Potter.

            Wausau—Shelby Clark.

            Westville—Makala Hicks, Ciara Lee.

            Out of District—Chelsea Adams of Ashford, Ala., Jody Eslinger of Cottonwood, Ala., Margaret Wiedeman of Crawfordville, Kendra Martin of Denver, Colo., Brittany McKee of Gordon, Ala., Olivia Adams of Jakin, Ga.,Summer Bush of Panama City, Benjamin Elkins of Quincy, Angila Dean of Southport, Leonardo Bonell and Ayla Register of Tallahassee, Culver Lamb of Virginia Beach, Va. and Kalyn Bidwell of Wewahitchka.

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

            Alford—Alicia Barton, Kendall Braxton, Brooke Shores, Christine Smith, Audrey Sterrett, Tracy Whitehead.

            Altha—Liam Brantley-Curl, Krista Chastain, Autumn Coleman, Deborah Graham, Heather Parrish, Ethan Peacock, Duane Rogers, Jacob Tolbert.

            Bascom—Lindsey Casey, Tawanna Dunaway, Deja McCollough, Mary Katherine Pittman, Karrie Shack, Benjamin Whiddon. 

            Blountstown—Jade Breeden, Ased Farooqi, Carson Flowers, Cassidy Gurliaccio, Marisa Melvin, Porter Smith, Jose Verduzco, Gordon Yoder.

            Bonifay—Fallon Braxton, David Carnley, Emily Champion, Madison Collins, Jordan Dixon, Grant Harris, Morgan Helms, Chelsea Herndon, Thomas Herndon, Tiara Johnson, Summer Jones, Saylor Lake, Whitney Mullins, Carlee Oldham, Courtney Reeves, Jordan Segers, Anna Smith, Seth Taylor, Daniel Ward, II, Samuel Wells.

            Bristol—Heath Cutshaw, Anthony Marotta, Eliza Nobles, Jacob Reed, Brooke Revell, Carly Sapp, Hyrum Wahlquist.

            Campbellton—Samantha Matthews, Angel Rapozo.

            Chipley—Amynah Binmahfooz, Susan Burns, Chelsea Bush, Sara Compton, Farrah Davis, Cheyenne Fenwick, Richard Finch, Tristan Hartzog, Lathan Harwell, Cody Kriser, Morgan Locke, Kyle Middlemass, Austin Miles, Braylee Pooser, Allison Rudd, Codi Smith, Haley Smothers.

            Clarksville—Aelon Dykes, Savannah Stephens.

            Cottondale—Maggie Braxton, Cheyanne Franklin, Emily Helton, Cassie Lentzsch, Tiffany McAdams, Garrett Pletcher, Kristen Reynolds, Valerie Shackelford, Bridget Vickers.

            Fountain—Amber Vanzant.

            Graceville—Erika Forehand, Robert Hawkins, Olivia Howell, Logan Justice, Addison McIntosh, Justin Miles, Hunter Potts, Kevin Potts, Jr., Teresa Willis.

            Grand Ridge—Kristal Cooley, Sheila Edwards, Courtney Fowler.

            Greenwood—Christen Ferguson, Niki Ferguson, Katherine May, Deauntrie White.

            Hosford—Taylor Lowery, Winton Lowery.

            Kinard—Krystal Yon.

            Malone—Tatum Skipper, Nikolas Speros.

            Marianna—Emily Anderson, Jamie Bodie, William Bryan, Logan Cable, Maya Capehart, Angie Carpenter, Samona Chavers, Tensia Clark, Morgan Cook, Madelyn Craven, Ashley Delameter, Brianna Godwin, Nicholas Helms, Kitana Hill-Rosario, Kathryn Huffman, Hayden Hurst, Shelbie Johnson, Wendy Joiner, Chelsea Kuhajda, Salina Lamb, Johnie Lawson, Katelynn Lewis, Sarah McIntire, Mallory Merrifield, Brandi Middleton, Jake Mitchell, Keionna Mitchell, Cameron Oliver, Marcus Pender, Zachary Perkins, Chelsey Pettis, Rachel Redfern, Brittany Scharlach, Taylor Shelton, Emoree Smith, Caleb Spurlock, Shavell Wallace, Christin Wiggins, Kate Mayo.

            Ponce de Leon—Ethan Merchant.

            Sneads—Kaitlin Dennison, Aimee Glover, David Hamilton, Bianca Hernandez, Logan Neel, Christopher Pavuk, Jenna Poole.

            Vernon—Carol Fondo.

            Westville—Kristin Eaton, Victoria Crawford.

            Out of District—Jordan Skipper of Ashford, Ala., Carolyn Stiles of Chattahoochee , Lauren Odom and Dana Still of Cowarts, Ala., Anna Atkinson of Cumming, Ga., Alex Ozbun and Presley Plummer of Dothan, Ala., Ryan McClendon of Duluth, Ga., Robert Strickland of Gainesville, Ga., Anna Williams of Havana, Jeanine Charles of Immokalee, Lindsey Hamlin of Mayo, Victoria McDaniel of Moulton, Ala., Nicholas Hess of Ocala, Jayla Hobza of Omaha, Nebr., Chelsee Bullock and Ginny Smith of Panama City, Dana Edmundson and Sarah Roberson of Panama City Beach, Jenna Reeves of Pavo, Ga., Anastasia Mote of Quincy, Keiner Colmenarez of Ribas Barquisim, VE, Alexis Macias of San Antonio, Tex., Marshall Gordon and Brent Patten of Tallahassee, David Wright of West Oneonta, N.Y. and Kevin Santa of Yabiecoa, P.R.

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January 15, 2015

 

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SEVERSON IS CHIPOLA EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH—Elissa Severson is Chipola College’s Career Employee for January.  Severson serves as a Departmental Staff Assistant in the Business and Technology Department and has worked at the college since 2008.  Pictured from left, are: Chipola president Dr. Jason Hurst, Elissa Severson and Dr. Jim Froh, Dean of the School of Business and Technology.

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January 15, 2015

 

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CHIPOLA TO HOST GULF COAST IN JAN. 24 CONFERENCE MATCHUPS

          MARIANNA—Chipola hosts Gulf Coast in a pair of Panhandle Conference games Saturday, Jan. 24, in the Johnson Center. The women tip off at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men at 7:30 p.m.

            The Lady Indians improved to 3-0 in league play with a 64-58 win over Tallahassee on Jan. 13. Auteaonna Gilmore led Chipola with 19 points. Evelyn Akhator had 17 points and 18 rebounds.  Sueterrica Key had 14 points.

            Chipola scored a 75-67 win at Gulf Coast on Jan. 7. Though Chipola led 45-19 at the break, Gulf Coast mounted a comeback and pulled to within seven (65-58) with four minutes remaining.  Kendra Martin connected a big three-pointer for the Lady Indians which sealed the deal for Chipola.

            The Lady Indians trounced Pensacola, 79-37, in the conference opener. Akhator led Chipola with 28 points, 23 rebounds, 8 blocks and 7 steals. For her performance she was named FCSAA Player of the Week for the third time this season. Key also scored 22 points for Chipola and pulled in 7 rebounds in the game.

            The Lady Indians are 19-0 overall, 3-0 in conference play and number one in both the state and national polls. TCC (3-1) is tied with Northwest (2-1) at second in the FCSAA State Poll. Gulf Coast (0-3) is sixth. Pensacola is also 0-3.

            The Indians slipped to 1-2 in conference play and 8-12 overall with a close 61-58 loss to Tallahassee on Jan. 13. Ty Baker led Chipola with 22 points. Dejuan Marrero had 11 points and 13 rebounds.

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

            Northwest (3-0) lead the league. Tallahassee (2-2) is in second. Chipola, Gulf Coast and Pensacola are all 1-2.

            Chipola dropped the conference opener to Pensacola in a double-overtime thriller.  Junior Saintel led Chipola with 22 points, 4 rebounds and 4 steals. Floyd Preito scored 18. Dejuan Marrero added 11. The Indians overcame a 28-17 halftime deficit to tie the game at 57-57 at the end of regulation. Chipola played extra periods with only five players as Ty Baker, Dejuan Marrero and Legend Robertin fouled out late in the game.  

            Both Chipola teams hit the road for games at Northwest, Jan. 17, and at Pensacola, Jan. 21. Chipola hosts Gulf Coast, Saturday, Jan. 24, and Northwest, Jan. 31, for Homecoming.

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January 23, 2015

CHIPOLA HOMECOMING JAN. 21-31

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will celebrate Homecoming 2015, Jan. 26-31. This year’s theme is “Chipola on the Warpath.”

            The Homecoming games between Chipola and Northwest Florida are set for Saturday, Jan. 31. The women game tips off at 5:30 p.m. Chipola president Dr. Jason Hurst and his wife, Alisa, will host an Alumni Reception in the Hospitality Room beginning at 6 p.m. All alumni, college retirees and friends of the college are invited.

                Special guests for Homecoming are former Chipola presidents: Dr. Gene Prough, Dr. Dale O’Daniel, Dr. Jerry Kandzer, Dr. Robert Richburg, and their Executive Assistant, Joyce Traynom.

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

                SGA will sponsor a Building Decoration Contest among campus organizations to be judged at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 27. Buildings must be decorated on Monday, Jan. 26. Dress up days for the week include: Monday, Jan. 26, Pajama Day; Tuesday, Jan. 27, Sports Day; Wednesday, Jan. 28, Blue and Gold Day; Thursday, Jan. 29, Decade Day; and Friday, Jan. 30, Favorite Teacher Day.

            The Homecoming Talent show is Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 10:30 a.m. in the Chipola Cultural Center (formerly known as the Old Arts Center). The contest is open to any campus group or currently enrolled student. Cash prizes will be awarded to: Best Overall; Best Solo, Best Group and Best Band. Performances are limited to 4 minutes.  

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

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CHIPOLA HOMECOMING COURT—The Chipola College Homecoming Court will be presented during the halftime of the Chipola vs Northwest Florida game on Saturday, Jan. 31.  Pictured from left, are: (front) freshman Shelbie Johnson of Marianna, freshman Aaliyah Raines of Sneads, sophomore Samona Chavers of Marianna, sophomore Sara Kaye Compton of Chipley, sophomore Shawna Donofro of Marianna (back) freshman Demontray Edwards of Greenwood, freshman Andrew Shouse of Marianna, sophomore Will Glover of Greenwood, sophomore Madison Harrell of Marianna and sophomore Trey White of Marianna. The Homecoming Queen and Mr. Chipola will be selected from the sophomore candidates.

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January 23, 2015

 Chipola Talent Search at FSU

CHIPOLA TALENT SEARCH STUDENTS VISIT FSU

 

                TALLAHASSEE—Chipola College Talent Search 11th graders sat spellbound as Mark Meleney, Assistant Director for Visitor Services, gave information about to Florida State University. 

                He stated that students normally take the ACT or SAT 4 or 5 times during the junior and senior year.  He also said that FSU super scores these tests, which is great news for these aspiring students. 

                When asked about Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment he said FSU views this course work the same.  He stressed the importance of keeping the grade point average as high as possible and encouraged being active in schools clubs and organizations as these are looked at strongly by admissions counselors. 

                Talent Search students toured the FSU campus and learned about the history of the college. Talent Search is a TRIO program funded by the federal government.  Students are selected for the program by their teachers and counselors for exhibiting good character and good grades. 

                For information about Chipola’s Talent Search, visit www.chipola.edu/talent_search

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January 23, 2015

 

TEACHER WORKSHOP IS SATURDAY

 

            The Chipola College Future Educators Club will host its seventh Annual Teacher Workshop, Saturday, Jan. 24, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Teachers and students interested in a career in education are invited to attend

                The workshop will be held in the Literature/Language (Building Z) on the Chipola campus. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with the first session at 8:15 a.m.  

            RSVP to FEC Sponsor Casey Bush at bushc@chipola.edu or phone 850-718-2449.

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January 23, 2015

 

CHIPOLA AUTO INSTRUCTOR LAUNCHES NATIONAL TV SHOW

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College Automotive instructor John Gardner is now nation-wide as the host of a new television show, “Tech Garage,” presented by Advance Auto Parts and airing Saturday and Sunday mornings on Discovery’s Velocity Channel.

                Tech Garage is an automotive how-to show focusing on theory, operation and diagnostics of vehicle systems. The series airs at 8 a.m. (EST) on Saturdays, and replays the same time on Sundays.  More than 52 million American households (45% of households with television) receive Velocity. The show is also available on the at www.velocity.com

                The lineup of programs includes: Jan. 3-4, Keep It Simple: Battery, Alternators and Starters; Jan. 10-11, Stopping Safe: Brakes and Wheels Bearings; Jan. 17-18, 21st Century Tune Up: Maintenance/O2 Sensors; Jan. 24-25, Dreaded Dash Lights: Computer Sensors, Inputs & Outputs/TPMS; Jan. 31- Feb. 1, Fuel Systems & Exhaust: Turbo and Supercharging; Feb. 7-8, Highway Nightmares: Cooling/No Start Diagnosis; Feb. 14-15, Driving Safe: Steering/Lighting/ Wipers; Feb. 21-22, Riding Comfortable: AC/Power Windows and Door Locks; Feb. 28-March 1, Where’s the Engine: Engines/Emerging Technologies; March 7-8, Undercarriage: Suspension/Drive Trains; March 14-15, No Catastrophic Damage: Accessory Belts/Timing Belts /Hoses/Lines; March 21-22, Stretching Fuel Dollars: Fuel and Emissions; and March 28-29, No Fear Electrical: Basics/Troubleshooting.

                Butch McCall Executive Vice President of Masters Entertainment Group led a crew that filmed the first 13 episodes in Chipola’s Automotive Technology Shop. 

                Chipola’s Gardner is no stranger to the camera. Since 2013, he and fellow automotive instructor Chase Vlieg, have been the national faces for Advance Auto Parts’ team member video training series used by thousands of employees.

                The Chipola Automotive Technology program utilizes an industry-based curriculum in partnership with local shops, and an advisory committee to provide students with the competitive edge in the ever-changing, high-tech training environment. The program has excellent job placement rates and is accredited by The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). 

                For information, visit www.velocity.com and www.chipola.edu

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January 23, 2015

 

CHIPOLA BLACK HISTORY PROGRAM SET FOR FEB. 20

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will host a Black History Month Program, Friday, Feb. 20, at 6:30 p.m., in the Chipola College Continuing Education Center. Dinner will be served. The theme for the program is “It’s a Family Affair.”

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

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January 23, 2015

 

THROSSELL LITERATURE/LANGUAGE FESTIVAL SET AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will host the 25th Annual Throssell Literature/Language Festival on Friday, Feb. 13.

                Currently enrolled juniors or seniors from high schools in the Chipola District will compete in writing, speech, oral interpretation, humanities, grammar, literature, reading and Spanish competitions.  Recognition will be given to first, second, and third places and two honorable mentions in each competition.  A monetary award will be given to the first place winner of the President’s Reading contest.

                Festival coordinator Dr. Rachel West says, “We are excited that the Festival has thrived for 25 years. Many students have competed throughout the years, and some are now returning as high school sponsors for their own students.”

         The festival will begin at 8:15 a.m. and conclude with the awards ceremony at 12:30 p.m. Lunch, compliments of the college, will be provided to the contestants and their sponsors. Participants also will see a preview of the upcoming Chipola musical The Wizard of Oz.

          Dr. Sarah Clemmons says, “We are looking forward to hosting our 25th festival.  It is always a pleasure to have area high school students on our campus for a day of academic competition.”

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January 23, 2015

 

Supervisors Of Elections Scholarship AVAILABLE

 

                MARIANNA—The Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections offers three annual scholarships to juniors enrolled in colleges or universities in Florida.

                Application deadline is March 16. To be considered, students must have a college major in Political Science/Public or Business Administration or Journalism/ Mass Communication.

                Applicants must have been a Florida resident for two years, and be enrolled or accepted as a full-time student in a college or university. Students must have completed two years of undergraduate work with at least a “C” average.

                Students should submit: two letters of recommendation: one from the college or university last attended and one from a citizen of good standing in the community; a resume of high school and/ or college activities and community service.

                Applicants should demonstrate financial need by furnishing a financial statement which shows their contribution to educational expenses.  No official documents are required; a simple statement of financial need is sufficient.

                Students must be registered to vote and be available for personal interview by the Supervisor of Elections in the county of registration.

                Applications must be received by the Supervisor of Elections in the County in which you are registered by March 16, 2015. Letters of recommendation must accompany application.

                Each County’s Supervisor will review applications received and select one finalist to be sent to the FSASE Scholarship Committee, along with a written opinion of the applicant. The FSASE scholarship Committee will select three winners ($1,200 each) from the finalists. A student who has received the scholarship award may make a second application of the following year.

                The application is available at www.myfloridaelections.org

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January 23, 2015

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CHIPOLA SCIENCE STUDENTS VISIT CAVERNS

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College environmental science students recently visited Florida Caverns State Park to observe the karst terrain of limestone ridge and cave with Billy Bailey, Park Specialist.

                Elevation differences from swamps to bluffs created winter vista of leafless trees. The students learned to identify trees (Latin and common names), using park elevation and dendrology.  A list of trees and vegetation identified, included:  American Beach, Witch Hazel, Walnut, Bass or Linden Tree, Mockernut Hickory, Red and White Oaks, Red Mulberry, White Ash, Trillium, American Hophornbeam, Magnolia, Bamboo, Swamp Chestnut, Needle and Dwarf Palms, Spruce Pine, Red Cedar; Sweet Gum. 

                The history and importance of the trees was explained at intervals along the path.  Two keystone species of Beech and Magnolia were recognized in the temperate hardwood forest; and healthy effects of prescribed fires were explained. Students also learned to distinguish among the trees using locations (low and highlands) and furrowing in the barks: diamond furrows of Ashes and Hickories; and linear furrows of Bass or Linden Trees. 

                Other student trips to the Caverns are planned for later this semester.

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January 23, 2015

 

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CHIPOLA’S RUMORS WINS SUPERIOR—Chipola College Theatre received a superior ranking for their November 2014 production of Neil Simon’s, “Rumors.” Here, Chipola Theatre Director Charles Sirmon (center) receives congratulations from Dr. Sarah Clemmons, Senior Vice President (left) and Evelyn Ward, Director of Fine and Performing Arts. In the adjudication, one FCSAA production respondent said, “Director Sirmon’s production, overall form and execution was successful and felt much more professional than other colleges. The actors literally had the audience on the edge of their seats.” The respondent also said, “Chipola Technical Theatre Director Connie Smith’s set design was a true masterpiece in and of itself.” This is Sirmon’s 16th season at Chipola and he is currently in rehearsals for The Wizard of Oz which opens Feb. 25.

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January 23, 2015

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CHIPOLA TO HOST GULF COAST IN JAN. 24 CONFERENCE MATCHUPS

           

 MARIANNA—Chipola hosts Gulf Coast in a pair of Panhandle Conference games Saturday, Jan. 24, in the Johnson Center. The women tip off at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men at 7:30 p.m.

The Lady Indians improved to 4-1 in league play with a 71-41 win at Pensacola on Jan. 21. Leading scorer for Chipola was Sueterrica Key with 21 points. Rosemarie Julienne had 17 points. Evelyn Akhator had 14 points and 13 points.

Chipola’s top-ranked women suffered their first misfire of the season with a 67-54 loss at Northwest on Jan. 17. Chipola led 30-25 at the half, but the Lady Raiders outscored Chipola 42-24 in the second half. Evelyn Akhator led Chipola with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Kendra Martin and Auteaonna Gilmore each scored 11 points.

The Lady Indians scored a 64-58 win over Tallahassee on Jan. 13. Gilmore led Chipola with 19 points. Akhator had 17 points and 18 rebounds.  Sueterrica Key had 14 points. Chipola scored a 75-67 win at Gulf Coast on Jan. 7.

The Lady Indians are 20-1 overall, 4-1 in conference play and number one in the FCSAA State Poll. Northwest (4-1) is second. TCC (3-2) is third.  Gulf Coast (1-3) is sixth. Pensacola is 0-5. 

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

The Indians slipped to 1-4 in conference play and 8-14 overall with a 50-42 loss at Pensacola on Jan. 21. Dejuan Marrero led Chipola with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Greg King scored 7 points and pulled in 3 rebounds.

Chipola lost a close 61-58 battle to Tallahassee on Jan. 13. Ty Baker led Chipola with 22 points. Marrero had 11 points and 13 rebounds.

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

In the Panhandle Conference race, Northwest (5-0) leads the league. Pensacola (3-2) is second. Tallahassee (2-3) is third. Gulf Coast is (1-3) and Chipola is (1-4).  

Chipola has a week off before hosting Northwest, Jan. 31, for Homecoming. Chipola president Dr. Jason Hurst and his wife, Alisa, invite all alumni will host an Alumni Reception in the Hospitality Room beginning at 6 p.m. All alumni, college retirees and friends of the college are invited. Special guests for Homecoming are former Chipola presidents: Dr. Gene Prough, Dr. Dale O’Daniel, Dr. Jerry Kandzer, Dr. Robert Richburg, and their Executive Assistant, Joyce Traynom.

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January 23, 2015 

CHIPOLA BASEBALL ALUMNI WEEKEND SET FOR FEB. 6-7

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                MARIANNA— Major league baseball players and dozens of other former Chipola College baseball players are expected to return to their alma mater for the annual Chipola Baseball Alumni Weekend Feb. 6-7.

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

                The Chipola Indians will play Walters State in two games: the first on Friday, Feb. 6, at 10 a.m., and again, Saturday, Feb. 7, at 11 a.m. 

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

Derby beginning at noon Saturday, Feb. 7. Honorary Chipola Alumnus Jeff Mathis will also compete.

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

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

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

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

                Baseball-Reference.Com has a complete list of all former Chipola players selected in the Major League Draft at www.baseball-reference.com/schools/index.cgi?key_school=2d5e45bb

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

 

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January 26, 2015

CHIPOLA BASEBALL COACH JEFF JOHNSON NAMED ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

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                MARIANNA—Long-time Chipola College baseball coach Jeff Johnson was recently named the college’s Athletic Director. He will continue in his role as head baseball coach.

                Johnson said, “I’m excited about the opportunity to lead Chipola’s athletic programs. The college has a great record for winning and preparing student-athletes for success at the next level. I want to build on our strong community and alumni support to continue to make our fans and alumni proud of Chipola athletics.”

                Chipola participates in five sports in the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).  The college has men’s teams in basketball and baseball, and women’s teams in basketball, softball and cross country. The college also has an active cheerleading squad. 

                In 18 seasons at the helm of the Chipola baseball program, coach Johnson has lead the Indians to an NJCAA National Championship in 2007, three FCSAA State Titles and nine Panhandle Conference Championships.

                Johnson’s Indians have made the FCSAA State Tournament 13 straight years with seven appearances in the title game.  The Indians finished second in the state four times and among the top four eight times.  Chipola has made three trips to the NJCAA National Tournament in the last seven years including a 2007 national title.

                More than 120 of Johnson’s former players have moved on to play at four-year colleges across the nation. Chipola also has been called a pro-baseball factory with more than 76 players signing professional contracts in Johnson’s 18 seasons. Most notable among the coach’s former players in the pros are Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays, a two-time MLB Homerun champion; Russell Martin, All-Star catcher for the Blue Jays who has also played for the Pirates, Yankees and Dodgers, and All-Star pitcher Patrick Corbin of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

                Johnson has coached four NJCAA All-Americans: Robby Coles, Tyler Flowers, Mat Gamel and Matt Grooms.

                As a high school athlete, Johnson was an All-State selection in baseball, football, and basketball at Liberty County High in Bristol. He set State and National high school records for career interceptions with 43.

                Johnson played college baseball at Gulf Coast State College and the University of Central Florida. He set UCF’s all-time career saves record.

                Johnson’s wife Nancy is Student Activities Director at Chipola. Their daughter, Shelbie, is an early admission freshman and a Chipola cheerleader.

 

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January 29, 2015

REX LUMBER ESTABLISHES MCRAE SCHOLARSHIPS AT CHIPOLA

                GRACEVILLE—Rex Lumber has established the Robert and Kathryn McRae scholarship fund for students entering the new Engineering Technology program at Chipola College. 

                The new scholarships will be awarded to applicants planning to pursue an Associate of Science degree in Engineering Technology specializing in Advanced Manufacturing: Pneumatics, Hydraulics and Motors Certification.

                Darwin Gilmore, Dean of Workforce Development and Economic Opportunity at Chipola, says, “The McRae family and Rex Lumber are important partners in this new program. They are making a significant investment to help students get enrolled, and they have the capacity to hire skilled workers who successfully complete the course.”

                The program will be offered in the Fall 2015 semester pending approval by the Southern Association of College and Schools (SACS) Executive Committee in early February.

                Multiple one-year scholarships for up to 30 semester hours of tuition and/or books and supplies will be awarded by the Rex Lumber Graceville plant. Priority consideration will be given to current or recent graduates from the following high schools: Graceville High, Poplar Springs High, Holmes County High, Cottondale High or Chipley High. 

                Additionally, multiple scholarships will be awarded in association with the Rex Lumber Bristol plant with priority consideration for current or recent graduates from Liberty County High, Blountstown High and Altha School. 

                In both cases, second consideration will go to applicants that are graduates of any other high school within Chipola’s five-county service district—Calhoun, Liberty, Jackson, Holmes and Washington Counties. 

                Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 high school grade point average to apply and must maintain a 2.5 each semester in order to retain the scholarship.

                The Fall 2015/Spring 2016 first-year scholarship recipients will be eligible to reapply for the scholarship for use during the second year of the program. Second year funding is subject to prevailing economic conditions and the student’s performance in the program.  Students who excel in the program may be eligible for paid internship positions within Rex Lumber.

                Scholarship applications are due May 1 at the Chipola College Foundation, 3094 Indian Circle, Marianna, FL  32446.  Application packets must include: high school and/or college transcript, a personal letter of application and two letters of recommendation.  

                For information, visit the Chipola Foundation at www.chipola.edu or phone 850-718-2404.

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January 29, 2015

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REX LUMBER ESTABLISHES MCRAE SCHOLARSHIPS AT CHIPOLA—Rex Lumber has established the Robert and Kathryn McRae scholarship fund for students entering the new Engineering Technology program at Chipola College.  Here, Rex Lumber officials are pictured with a portrait of the late Robert McRae, Sr. They are, from left: Roby Bethke, Martha Kay McRae, Finley McRae, Charles McRae, Caroline Dauzat, Kenny Sparks, General Manager Bristol, Randy Cummings, General Manager Graceville and Jared Banta, Manager Graceville.

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January 29, 2015

CHIPOLA BRAIN BOWL WINS NORTH FLORIDA SECTIONAL

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Brain Bowl A Team won the North Florida NAQT Sectional on Jan. 24 earning an automatic bid to the Community College National Championship in Atlanta on Feb. 27-28.

                The Chipola team went undefeated (9-0) in the tournament. Other competing teams were: Tallahassee, Gulf Coast, Northwest, Pensacola, Florida Gateway, Florida Jacksonville and South Georgia.

                Chipola A team members are: Brent Patten, Vallen Driggers, Jimmy Brown and Ben Whiddon. All four members of the well-balanced Chipola finished among the top 16 individual scorers. Vallen Driggers placed 6th, Brent Patten 7th, Ben Whiddon 11th and Jimmy Brown 16th.

                Chipola will next play at Gulf Coast Feb. 6-7 in the Panhandle State Regional, and then at the Community College National Championship in late February. Chipola finished as the national runner-up last year, and is the seven-time defending state champion.

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

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January 29, 2015

THROSSELL LITERATURE/LANGUAGE FESTIVAL SET AT CHIPOLA

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will host the 25th Annual Throssell Literature/Language Festival on Friday, Feb. 13.

                Currently enrolled juniors or seniors from high schools in the Chipola District will compete in writing, speech, oral interpretation, humanities, grammar, literature, reading and Spanish competitions.  Recognition will be given to first, second, and third places and two honorable mentions in each competition.  A monetary award will be given to the first place winner of the President’s Reading contest.

                Festival coordinator Dr. Rachel West says, “We are excited that the Festival has thrived for 25 years. Many students have competed throughout the years, and some are now returning as high school sponsors for their own students.”

                The festival will begin at 8:15 a.m. and conclude with the awards ceremony at 12:30 p.m. Lunch, compliments of the college, will be provided to the contestants and their sponsors. Participants also will see a preview of the upcoming Chipola musical The Wizard of Oz.

                Dr. Sarah Clemmons says, “We are looking forward to hosting our 25th festival.  It is always a pleasure to have area high school students on our campus for a day of academic competition.”

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January 29, 2015

CHIPOLA BLACK HISTORY PROGRAM SET FOR FEB. 20

                 MARIANNA—Chipola College will host a Black History Month Program, Friday, Feb. 20, at 6:30 p.m., in the Chipola College Continuing Education Center. Dinner will be served. The theme for the program is “It’s a Family Affair.”

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

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   January 29, 2015

                CHIPOLA TAKE STOCK TO HOST NIGHT-TIME 5K

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

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

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

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

                Registration forms are due by Feb. 20 to guarantee a long-sleeve race t-shirt. Cost is $20 for adults, $15 for students and free for kids under five. Registration will also be held at the race.

                For information, contact Smith at (850)718-2428 or email: smithm@chipola.edu. Visit www.chipola.edu/tsic or on Facebook at Take Stock in Children-Chipola College.

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January 29, 2015

CHIPOLA BASEBALL COACH JEFF JOHNSON NAMED ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

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                MARIANNA—Long-time Chipola College baseball coach Jeff Johnson was recently named the college’s Athletic Director. He will continue in his role as head baseball coach.

                Johnson said, “I’m excited about the opportunity to lead Chipola’s athletic programs. The college has a great record for winning and preparing student-athletes for success at the next level. I want to build on our strong community and alumni support to continue to make our fans and alumni proud of Chipola athletics.”

                Chipola participates in five sports in the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).  The college has men’s teams in basketball and baseball, and women’s teams in basketball, softball and cross country. The college also has an active cheerleading squad. 

                In 18 seasons at the helm of the Chipola baseball program, coach Johnson has lead the Indians to an NJCAA National Championship in 2007, three FCSAA State Titles and nine Panhandle Conference Championships.

                Johnson’s Indians have made the FCSAA State Tournament 13 straight years with seven appearances in the title game.  The Indians finished second in the state four times and among the top four eight times.  Chipola has made three trips to the NJCAA National Tournament in the last seven years including a 2007 national title.

                More than 120 of Johnson’s former players have moved on to play at four-year colleges across the nation. Chipola also has been called a pro-baseball factory with more than 76 players signing professional contracts in Johnson’s 18 seasons. Most notable among the coach’s former players in the pros are Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays, a two-time MLB Homerun champion; Russell Martin, All-Star catcher for the Blue Jays who has also played for the Pirates, Yankees and Dodgers, and All-Star pitcher Patrick Corbin of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

                Johnson has coached four NJCAA All-Americans: Robby Coles, Tyler Flowers, Mat Gamel and Matt Grooms.

                As a high school athlete, Johnson was an All-State selection in baseball, football, and basketball at Liberty County High in Bristol. He set State and National high school records for career interceptions with 43.

                Johnson played college baseball at Gulf Coast State College and the University of Central Florida. He set UCF’s all-time career saves record.

                Johnson’s wife Nancy is Student Activities Director at Chipola. Their daughter, Shelbie, is an early admission freshman and a Chipola cheerleader.

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January 29, 2015

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CHIPOLA TALENT SHOW—The Chipola student body enjoyed 16 different acts in the annual Homecoming Talent Show held Wednesday. Here, Aaliyah Raines performs in the show. Chipola will celebrate Homecoming with games against Northwest Florida, Saturday, Jan. 31. The women game tips off at 5:30 p.m. Chipola president Dr. Jason Hurst and his wife, Alisa, will host an Alumni Reception beginning at 6 p.m. The homecoming court will be presented during halftime of the men’s game which begins at 7:30 p.m.

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January 29, 2015

 

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THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME—Tickets go on sale Feb. 11 for the Chipola College Theatre production of “The Wizard of Oz.” The show opens a five-day run, Feb. 25.  Here, Kate Burke rehearses for her role as Dorothy.  Tickets may be purchased online at www.chipola.edu, and at the Center for the Arts Box Office, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon on Friday. For ticket information, call 718-2420.

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January 29, 2015

CHIPOLA BASEBALL ALUMNI WEEKEND SET FOR FEB. 6-7

                MARIANNA— Major league baseball players and dozens of other former Chipola College baseball players are expected to return to their alma mater for the annual Chipola Baseball Alumni Weekend Feb. 6-7.

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

                The Chipola Indians—the number five team in the NJCAA National pre-season rankings—will play Walters State in two games: the first on Friday, Feb. 6, at 10 a.m., and again, Saturday, Feb. 7, at 11 a.m.  Chipola will play two games Sunday, Feb. 8; Columbia at 12:30 p.m. and St. Johns River at 3 p.m.

                Chipola’s MLB stars Bautista and Martin will lead their fellow alumni in a Homerun Derby beginning at noon Saturday, Feb. 7. Honorary Chipola Alumnus Jeff Mathis will also compete.

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

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

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

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

                Baseball-Reference.Com has a complete list of all former Chipola players selected in the Major League Draft at www.baseball-reference.com/schools/index.cgi?key_school=2d5e45bb

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

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January 29, 2015

CHIPOLA BATTLING IN PANHANDLE CONFERENCE

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                MARIANNA—Chipola hosts Northwest for Homecoming, Saturday, Jan. 31, in the Johnson Center. The women tip off at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men at 7:30 p.m.

                The top-ranked Lady Indians will be looking to avenge their Jan. 17 (67-54) loss to Northwest. In the Chipola’s only misfire of the season, the Lady Indians led 30-25 at the half, but the Lady Raiders outscored Chipola 42-24 in the second half.

                The Lady Indians are 21-1 overall, 5-1 in conference play and number one in the FCSAA State Poll. Chipola (5-1) and Northwest (5-1) are tied for first place in the conference. TCC (4-3) is third.  Gulf Coast (2-4) is sixth. Pensacola is 0-7.  The top two teams in the conference make the state tournament.

                The Lady Indians scored a 60-49 win over Gulf Coast on Jan. 24. Evelyn Akhator led Chipola with 23 points and 14 rebounds. Sueterrica Key had 15 points. Rosemarie Julienne had 10.

                Chipola scored a 71-41 win at Pensacola on Jan. 21. Leading scorer for Chipola was Key with 21 points. Julienne had 17 points. Akhator had 14 points and 13 rebounds. 

The Lady Indians recorded a 64-58 win over Tallahassee on Jan. 13. Gilmore led Chipola with 19 points. Akhator had 17 points and 18 rebounds.  Sueterrica Key had 14 points. Chipola scored a 75-67 win at Gulf Coast on Jan. 7.

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

                The Indians fell to 1-5 in league play following a 70-53 loss to Gulf Coast on Jan. 24. Dejuan Marrero led Chipola with 12 points. Greg King scored 11, and Ty Baker had 9.

                Chipola lost a close 50-42 game at Pensacola on Jan. 21. Dejuan Marrero led Chipola with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Greg King scored 7 points and pulled in 3 rebounds.

                Chipola fell 61-58 in a battle with Tallahassee on Jan. 13. Baker led Chipola with 22 points. Marrero had 11 points and 13 rebounds.

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

                 In the Panhandle Conference race, Northwest (6-0) leads the league. Pensacola (4-3) is second. Gulf Coast (3-3) is third. Tallahassee is (2-5) and Chipola is (1-5).  

                Both Chipola teams have a week off before hosting Pensacola Saturday, Feb. 7. Chipola’s final home games of the season are set for Feb. 17 against Tallahassee.

                Chipola president Dr. Jason Hurst and his wife, Alisa, will host a Homecoming Alumni Reception, Jan. 31, in the Hospitality Room beginning at 6 p.m. All alumni, college retirees and friends of the college are invited.

                Special guests for Homecoming are former Chipola presidents: Dr. Gene Prough, Dr. Dale O’Daniel, Dr. Jerry Kandzer, Dr. Robert Richburg, and their Executive Assistant, Joyce Traynom. The homecoming court will be presented during halftime of the men’s game.

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