June 4, 2015

CASEY DOWGUL WINS KIRKLAND AWARD

 

                MARIANNA—Assistant Professor Casey Dowgul (formerly Casey Bush) has been selected by her colleagues for the Kirkland Award for Excellence in Teaching at Chipola College. 

                Dowgul also is Coordinator of the Elementary Education program and Adviser to the Future Educators Club.

                She has worked at the college since 2010 where she teaches a variety or junior and senior level education courses ranging from reading and social science to assessment.

                The faculty members who nominated her, said, “Casey’s successful experience as a K–6 classroom teacher makes her teaching of the methods classes both authentic and relevant.  She greets students with enthusiasm and is a master at using humor to get students to self-assess their weaknesses and correct them. The respect and love students have for her is evidenced by invitations to visit her students’ classrooms after they graduate.”  

                During her tenure at Chipola, graduates have had excellent passing rates on the FTCE Elementary K–6 certification exam and a 90 percent employment and re-hire rate in the Elementary Education program. 

                As adviser to the Future Educators Club, she leads the students in hosting an annual Teacher’s Workshop attended by more than 150 area teachers.  Under her leadership the FEC has expanded its activities to include orientation for incoming juniors, graduation banquet, Foster Children Day, after-school tutoring, and participation in State FEC conference and competitions.            

                In 2013, she worked cooperatively with Librarian Renee Hopkins in defining a collection of children's books for the Elementary Education and ESE students. The project was recognized as an exemplary practice at the AFC State Conference.          

                As current president of the Chipola Faculty Association, she worked with other members to help secure updates to the faculty contract that have been requested for several years.

                In 2013, Dowgul led a professional development series for Chipola employees, entitled, “Leadership 360.”  The curriculum offered career-applicable strategies for growing as a leader regardless of your position.  

                Dowgul holds membership in the International Reading Association, Association of Florida Colleges and Delta Kappa Gamma (Phi Chapter). She also serves on Chipola’s Student Retention and Instructional Resources committees.

                On the winning the award, Dowgul says, “I am truly humbled by receiving the Kirkland Award.  Through the course of the last five years, it has been a joy to come to an environment that is more family than workplace.  I appreciate the community and school districts supporting the programs within Chipola’s School of Education.  We are proud of the product that Chipola delivers.” 

                The Kirkland Award was established by brothers, J.R. Kirkland and David Kirkland, in honor of their parents, Carolyn and the late Willis Kirkland of Marianna. The award provides a $1,000 bonus to the annual recipient.

                Previous winners of the award include: current faculty Richard Hinson, Joy Ree (Georgia) Ashmore, Vikki Milton, Dr. Gina McAllister, Robert Ivey, JoAnn Everett, Dr. Rose Cavin, Dr. David Hilton, John Gardner, Stan Young; faculty emeriti Dr. Lou Cleveland, Nancy Burns, Geraldine DeFelix, Mary McClendon, Dr. Stephen Shimmel, Lee Shook, Kathryn Roberts, Brenda Alford, Paul Huang, Peggy Register, Charlene Lord, Lonnie Keene, the late Donald Holley, the late Dr. Bill Brievogel, the late Don Adams, and former faculty Dr. Cherry Ward, Jean Taylor and Dr. Robert Dunkle.

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Casey Dowgul--Kirkland Winner

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CASEY DOWGUL WINS KIRKLAND AWARD—Assistant Professor Casey Dowgul (formerly Casey Bush) has been selected by her colleagues for the Kirkland Award for Excellence in Teaching at Chipola College. Pictured from left, are: Senior Vice President Dr. Sarah Clemmons, Casey Dowgul and Chipola President Dr. Jason Hurst.

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June 4, 2015

 

LIPFORD NAMED CHIPOLA DEAN OF HEALTH SCIENCES

 

                MARIANNA—Dr. Karen Lipford has been named Dean of the School of Health Sciences at Chipola College.

                Lipford was a member of Chipola’s first nursing class in 1986. She has worked as a professor of nursing at Chipola since 2003. She also works at Florida State Hospital as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.

                Lipford says, “I’m excited about the opportunity to change my role at the college. I still love teaching and I plan to continue teaching a few classes each year.”

                Her credentials include: an Associate Degree in Nursing from Chipola; a BSN and an MSN from FSU; a Doctorate of Education from UWF; a Post-Master’s Nurse Practitioner Degree in Psychiatric Nursing from the University of South Alabama. She also is a candidate for the Doctor of Nurse Practitioner (DNP) at Troy University with an expected graduate date of May 2016.

                Dr. Lipford and her husband Roland have two grown children, Adam and Amber.

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LIPFORD NAMED CHIPOLA DEAN OF HEALTH SCIENCES—Dr. Karen Lipford has been named Dean of the School of Health Sciences at Chipola College. She is pictured here (center in light blue and white) with her latest class of nursing students.

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June 4, 2015

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CHIPOLA COSMETOLOGY CANCER SURVIVOR DAY—Students in the Chipola College Cosmetology provided complimentary services for cancer survivors at the recent Cancer Survivor Beauty and Support Day. Here, Chipola student Mary Dolan works with Tessie Poole.

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June 4, 2015

 chipola to offer theatre camp

Missoula Children’s Theatre Camp at chipola june 22-26

 

                MARIANNA—Registration and auditions for the Missoula Children's Theatre camp and production of Aladdin, are scheduled for Monday, June 22, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., at the Chipola Center for the Arts. 

                A total of 60 children, grades 1-12, will be cast from the auditions. No advance preparation is needed. In order to enroll, all children must be entering first grade or older. Those auditioning should arrive promptly at 8 a.m. and plan to stay for the full two hours. Due to the audition process, there will be no early registration or reservations. Some cast members will be asked to stay for a rehearsal immediately following the audition. Rehearsal times for the week will be announced following the audition.

                A variety of speaking and ensemble roles are offered. Assistant Directors will also be cast to aid in rehearsals throughout the week, and to take on essential backstage responsibilities.

                In just a week of morning rehearsals and workshops led by Missoula Children’s Theatre staff and Chipola students, young actors will present two full-scale musical performances of Aladdin for family and friends, Friday, June 26, at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

                Tuition for the one-week camp is $120 for the first child and $80 for any additional children (brothers and sisters only) in the same family. Full tuition is due at time of registration. Cash, checks, master card, and visa are accepted. If a child is not cast from the audition, the full registration will be returned.

                Missoula Children’s Theatre is a nationally known preeminent children’s theatre company based in Missoula, Montana that tours the country and serves 1,200 communities every year.

                For more information, contact the Chipola Fine and Performing Arts Department at 850-718-2257, email warde@chipola.edu or visit www.chipola.edu or www.mctinc.org

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June 4, 2015

 

CHIPOLA CIVIL ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY SCHOLARSHIP

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola Chapter of the Florida Surveying and Mapping Society is offering a $500 scholarship to a student entering the Chipola College Civil Engineering Technology program in the Fall 2015 semester which begins in August. 

                Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 GPA from high school and a 2.5 or better cumulative GPA in any college work. 

                Applicants must be a resident of the Chipola five county service district: Liberty, Calhoun, Jackson, Washington, or Holmes Counties.  Applications must include: high school and/or college transcript; a letter of application two letters of recommendation.

                Submit applications and required documents immediately. Absolute deadline is Aug. 3.

                Visit the Chipola Foundation website http://www.chipola.edu/foundation/ or phone 718-2445.

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June 4, 2015

 elam Stotlzfus coastal dune dunes flyer

Coastal Dune Lakes film showing june 18 at chipola

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will host a free screening of Elam Stoltzfus’ latest documentary film "Coastal Dune Lakes: Jewels of Florida's Emerald Coast," Thursday, June 18, at 6 p.m., in the Center for the Arts.

                The film is the latest project from producer and cinematographer Elam Stoltzfus who became familiar with the lakes over 30 years ago.  Elam’s son, Nic, also assisted with the project serving as scriptwriter and photographer.  Both will be on hand for a reception after the film.

                In addition to the documentary, there is a is a full color, 132-page coffee table book showcasing the 15 coastal dune lakes along the Gulf of Mexico in Northwest Florida. The father-son team takes viewers on an odyssey spanning from Scenic Highway 30A to New South Wales, Australia.  The pair interviewed scientists, businesspeople, residents, and visitors all working on conserving the lakes and living in harmony with nature. The book highlights and documents the beauty discovered during the film-making process.

                The 15 named lakes are made up of brackish water that open at intervals during the year and flood into the Gulf.  In turn, the salty water from the sea sometimes floods into the lakes.  The Coastal Dune Lakes are among the most unique ecosystems in the world found in very few places, like coastal Oregon, Madagascar and Australia. The film explores the connection to the lakes, and inhabitants of the dunes and uplands around them. 

                For information about the film, visit www.chipola.edu or call 718-2257.

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June 4, 2015

 

SUMMER CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS SET AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer programs for children of all ages this summer.

                Swimming lessons for ages four and up are scheduled on the following dates: Session 1: June 8-18 with a registration deadline of June 5; Session 2: July 6-16, with a registration deadline of July 2; Session 3: July 27-Aug. 6, with a registration deadline of July 24. Classes are available at 10 a.m. or 7 p.m. Sessions include eight 45-minute classes which meet Monday through Thursday for two weeks. Lessons are based on a combination of nationally-recognized methods. Cost of each two-week session is $55. Pre-registration is required, with a $5 late registration fee. For information, call 718-2473 or visit www.chipola.edu.

                A Parent/Infant Swimming Class for ages 3 and under may be scheduled with sufficient interest. Cost is $45.  An Adult Swimming Class for ages 15 and up may be scheduled with sufficient interest. Cost is $45.  For information, call pool manager Rance Massengill at 718-2473. 

                Chipola Baseball Coach Jeff Johnson will offer three camps for area youth. An Advanced Pitching Camp for ages 7-17 will meet June 8-9.  Cost is $100.   An Advanced Hitting Camp for ages 7-17 will meet June 10-11.  Cost is $100. A Skills Camp for ages 7-17 will meet June 15-16.  Cost is $100.  Camp instruction will come from Chipola coaching staff and players. Youngsters will learn the finer points of various skills of the game of through expert coaching drills. A Grand Slam Special rate for all three camps is $250. All baseball camps meet from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information, Ladson Montgomery, Assistant Baseball Coach, at (850) 718-2243. 

                NJCAA Coach of the Year Greg Franklin will host a Mini Indians Basketball Camp for grades K-8, June 22-25. The camp will meet from 9 a.m. to noon each day.  Players will receive instruction from NJCAA Player of the Year Evelyn Akhator and other members of the National Champion Chipola Lady Indians. Cost is $50.  Contact coach Gerica Raffington at 850-718-2423. Visit www.chipolaathletics.com to register.

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June 4, 2015

 the late jesse pate

CHIPOLA MOURNS LOSS OF ALL-TIME LEADING SCORER JESSE PATE

 

                JACKSON, MS—Chipola College’s All-Time Leading Scorer Jesse Pate died May 29 from a spinal meningitis infection. He was 41 years old.

                Pate played two seasons at Chipola (1993-1995) breaking a 30 year-old scoring record with 1,592 Points. He set the single season record his sophomore year with 1,004 points. He broke the single game record with 57 Points in 1994. His Season Average of 33 points per game also still stands at Chipola. He was an NJCAA All-American, All-Conference and All-State.

                The 6-foot-4 guard helped Murrah High in Mississippi capture MHSAA state championships in 1991 and 1992. He earned the title of Mr. Basketball in Missippi that year. After Chipola, he signed with Arkansas where he led the Razorbacks in scoring for the 1995-96 season.

                According to his former Murrah teammate Joezon Darby, Pate battled with meningitis for over 15 years and developed cancer in his legs toward the end of his life. Plans are underway to change the name of the court at Tougaloo Park to honor Pate.  “After all, Pate received the highest honor in Mississippi high school basketball 22 years ago. “Jesse is Mississippi basketball,” Darby said.

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June 4, 2015

 softball national championship

CHIPOLA’S ELLIOT IS NJCAA PITCHER OF THE YEAR

 

                COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Chipola College sophomore pitcher Jessica Elliot has been named NJCAA Division 1 Pitcher of the Year. She also was named to the 2015 NJCAA Softball All-America First Team. The 2015 Dudley® NJCAA Softball Pitchers of the Year were announced May 28.

                Following a phenomenal freshman season at Chipola (Fla.), Jessica Elliott worked hard on improving during the offseason and it paid off greatly during her sophomore campaign.

                Proving to be the best pitcher in the nation, Elliott complied a 0.80 ERA – the third-lowest in the nation. The right-hander ranked eighth in the land with 229 strikeouts, averaging 9.18 strikeouts per seven innings pitched. She pitched 174 2/3 innings in 32 appearances on the year, earning a 21-5 record with two saves. Her best outing of the year came in late February at Alabama Southern where she matched a career-high 16 strikeouts in a 2-0 win.

                At the NJCAA DI Softball Championship, Elliott pitched in all but one of Chipola’s five victories in the tournament. The Orlando, Florida, native allowed just four earned runs in 21 innings on the mound, totaling 21 strikeouts. In a 2-0 semifinal victory over Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, Elliott pitched seven scoreless innings with just three hits allowed. For her performance during the championship, she was named the tournament’s MVP and Most Outstanding Pitcher.

                Elliott guided Chipola to a 49-10 record during the regular season before ripping off five straight wins to clinch the Region 8 championship. The Indians extended their win-streak in the postseason to 10 games en route to their program’s second national title. Continuing her collegiate career next season in the Southeastern Conference, Elliott signed with South Carolina in the fall.

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June 11, 2015

Dunes Flyer

Coastal Dune Lakes film showing june 18 at chipola

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will host a free screening of Elam Stoltzfus’ latest documentary film "Coastal Dune Lakes: Jewels of Florida's Emerald Coast," Thursday, June 18, at 6 p.m., in the Center for the Arts.

                The film is the latest project from producer and cinematographer Elam Stoltzfus who became familiar with the lakes over 30 years ago.  Elam’s son, Nic, also assisted with the project serving as scriptwriter and photographer.  Both will be on hand for a reception after the film.

                In addition to the documentary, there is a is a full color, 132-page coffee table book showcasing the 15 coastal dune lakes along the Gulf of Mexico in Northwest Florida. The father-son team takes viewers on an odyssey spanning from Scenic Highway 30A to New South Wales, Australia.  The pair interviewed scientists, businesspeople, residents, and visitors all working on conserving the lakes and living in harmony with nature. The book highlights and documents the beauty discovered during the film-making process.

                The 15 named lakes are made up of brackish water that open at intervals during the year and flood into the Gulf.  In turn, the salty water from the sea sometimes floods into the lakes.  The Coastal Dune Lakes are among the most unique ecosystems in the world found in very few places, like coastal Oregon, Madagascar and Australia. The film explores the connection to the lakes, and inhabitants of the dunes and uplands around them. 

                For information about the film, visit www.chipola.edu or call 718-2257.

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June 11, 2015

 industrial engineering tech

CHIPOLA TO OFFER ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY PROGRAMS

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer two new programs in Engineering Technology beginning in the Fall 2015 semester.

                The program has two tracks: Civil Engineering Technology and Engineering Technology. Civil Engineering Technology is a construction track touching all aspects of road, bridge and structure type projects. The program will focus on Computer Assisted Drafting (CAD), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Surveying, Engineering, Contracting and Testing.  

                Engineering Technology is an industrial track focused on plant maintenance and advanced manufacturing to include: hydraulics, pneumatics, motors and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC’s).      

                Both programs require approximately two years of class work.  Scholarships available for both programs. Classes begin in August. 

                The Chipola Chapter of the Florida Surveying and Mapping Society is offering a $500 scholarship to a student entering the Civil Engineering Technology program.  Deadline is Aug. 3.

                Rex Lumber has established scholarships for Engineering Technology students specializing in Advanced Manufacturing: Pneumatics, Hydraulics and Motors Certification.

                July 29 is the Financial Aid application deadline for those who plan to use Financial to pay for Fall classes. New student college application deadline for the Fall semester is Aug. 6. Registration for returning students begins Aug. 19. New and returning student registration is Aug. 20-21. Classes begin Aug. 24.

                There are several steps in the application process: (1) complete the college Application for Admission; visit www.chipola.edu or call 718-2311 for assistance; (2) request that high school send a final transcript to the Chipola Admission and Records Office; and (3) take the College Placement Test (non-exempt students); call 718-2284 for assistance. 

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

                To learn more about either program, visit www.chipolaworkforce.com or phone 850-718-2270.

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June 11, 2015

 

CHIPOLA TO HOST RETIREMENT RECEPTION FOR LOU CLEVELAND

 

                MARIANNA—The public is invited to a retirement reception honoring Dr. Lou Cleveland, Dean of the Chipola College School of Education.

                The drop-in reception will be held Monday, June 22, between 3 and 5 p.m., in the Continuing Education Building on College Street.

                The event is hosted by the School of Education and the Division of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Dr. Cleveland has worked at Chipola for more than 32 years.

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June 11, 2015

chipola to offer theatre camp

Missoula Children’s Theatre Camp at chipola june 22-26

 

                MARIANNA—Registration and auditions for the Missoula Children's Theatre camp and production of Aladdin, are scheduled for Monday, June 22, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., at the Chipola Center for the Arts. 

                A total of 60 children, grades 1-12, will be cast from the auditions. No advance preparation is needed. In order to enroll, all children must be entering first grade or older. Those auditioning should arrive promptly at 8 a.m. and plan to stay for the full two hours. Due to the audition process, there will be no early registration or reservations. Some cast members will be asked to stay for a rehearsal immediately following the audition. Rehearsal times for the week will be announced following the audition.

                A variety of speaking and ensemble roles are offered. Assistant Directors will also be cast to aid in rehearsals throughout the week, and to take on essential backstage responsibilities.

                In just a week of morning rehearsals and workshops led by Missoula Children’s Theatre staff and Chipola students, young actors will present two full-scale musical performances of Aladdin for family and friends, Friday, June 26, at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

                Tuition for the one-week camp is $120 for the first child and $80 for any additional children (brothers and sisters only) in the same family. Full tuition is due at time of registration. Cash, checks, master card, and visa are accepted. If a child is not cast from the audition, the full registration will be returned.

                Missoula Children’s Theatre is a nationally known preeminent children’s theatre company based in Missoula, Montana that tours the country and serves 1,200 communities every year.

                For more information, contact the Chipola Fine and Performing Arts Department at 850-718-2257, email warde@chipola.edu or visit www.chipola.edu or www.mctinc.org

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June 11, 2015

 

CHIPOLA STUDENTS SHOULD APPLY NOW FOR FINANCIAL AID

 

                MARIANNA—Students planning to enroll in Fall classes at Chipola College are encouraged to apply for financial aid as soon as possible.

                The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application should be completed and all required documents must be received in the Chipola College Financial Aid Office by July 29 in order to use Federal Financial Aid to cover Fall tuition and fees.

                Students should be sure to provide a correct mailing address and to check email accounts assigned by the college. Those who miss the deadline will be required to pay tuition and fees up front, but may be reimbursed once financial aid is awarded.

                Chipola is no longer participating in the Federal Direct Loan Programs which include Federal Direct Subsidized, Federal Direct Unsubsidized and Federal Direct Plus Loans.

                For information about the FAFSA, call the Federal Student Aid Information Center 1-800-433-3243 or visit www.fafsa.ed.gov

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June 11, 2015

 

CHIPOLA ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR EMT AND PARAMEDIC PROGRAMS

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College is now accepting applications for the EMT and Paramedic programs. Application deadline for both programs is Aug. 6.

                The Paramedic Program prepares students to practice as Paramedics. Applicants must have current licensure as a State of Florida Emergency Medical Technician with documentation of a minimum of 240 hours of EMS experience.

                The program is 42 semester credit-hours and spans three semesters, approximately 11 months. Classes meet weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

                Clinical assignments are required in addition to regular class hours. Three letters of recommendation are required.

                The Emergency Medical Technician program prepares students for employment at the emergency medical technician-basic level. This course is 11 credit hours (minimum 250 clock-hours in length). Clinical assignments are required in addition to regular class hours. Classes in session August – Dec. 11, Monday – Thursday from 5-10 p.m.

                Both programs are limited-enrollment and competency-based. A high school diploma or GED is required with minimum test scores: Reading/ACT (19), CPT (83), or PERT (10). Applicants must be 18 years of age and certified in CPR for Healthcare Provider by American Heart Association. Upon acceptance, applicants must complete a background check conducted through Chipola College (fingerprinting and drug screening) and submit to Medical History/Physical Exam/Immunization requirements.

                For information, contact Tina Maloy, EMS Program Director at maloyt@chipola.edu or phone (850) 718-2403.

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June 11, 2015

 

LAW ENFORCEMENT CLASSES NOW FORMING AT CHIPOLA COLLEGE

 

                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 July 13th, 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 will be on Tuesday June 2nd.  The cost of the test is $45.  The deadline for all applications will be July 7th.

                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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June 11, 2015

 

CHIPOLA’S ENDLESS SUMMER EVENT SET FOR AUG. 22

 

                MARIANNA—Celebrate the season with the Chipola Appreciation Club’s “Endless Summer” dinner and dance, Saturday, Aug. 22, at the Marianna National Guard Armory.

                Just as the Beach Boys’ “Endless Summer” album reminds us of a simpler time with hits like “Surfin' USA” and “Be True to Your School,” this event will reunite old Chipola friends and alumni for a relaxing evening to raise money for Chipola scholarships.

                The Villagers, a popular Chipola band from the 1960’s which is also being honored, will provide the perfect musical backdrop for the occasion. The Villagers are celebrating their 50th anniversary with the release of a new album. Original Villagers -- Cliff Ellis of Chipley, Allen Myers of Malone, George Boyer of Port St. Joe, Walter Dover of Quincy and Andy Murray of Chattahoochee -- will perform their favorite tunes, including their hit song “Laugh It Off.”

                Proceeds from the event will go to the Senator Bill Montford Scholarship Endowment (Chipola Class of 1967), as well as a new endowment in honor of Ronnie Myers, a former Campbellton and Chipola basketball star (Chipola Class of 1962).

                Appreciation Club President Robert Trammell says, “Even though music has changed during Chipola’s 60-plus years, the bonds and friendships built here have remained constant.” Trammell points to the commitment of alumni and supporters as the key to the college’s success. “Without strong support from our people, Chipola would not be what it is today. Our athletic programs would be unable to perform at the national level,” he added.

                Chipola College began in 1947 and has enjoyed more than 68 great years, including numerous state and national athletic titles – with hundreds of individual success stories among its graduates.

                Tickets are $50 per person, with a social hour, dinner and dance. Summer casual attire is recommended. 

                For ticket information, call Lillie Hamil at 850-718-2375.

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June 11, 2015

 isiah Gilliam lazaro rivera

CHIPOLA BASEBALL PLAYERS NAMED ALL-AMERICANS

 

                MARIANNA—Two Chipola Indians have been named 2015 NJCAA Baseball All-Americans. Outfielder Isiah Gilliam hit .362 on the year with 52 RBI and 20 doubles. Infielder Lazaro Rivera batted .385 with 42 RBI and scored 49 runs. Both players appeared in all 52 games for Chipola. Both hit 5 homeruns on the season.

                The Indians finished the season with a 40-12 record. Chipola captured a second straight Panhandle Conference Championship winning 12 of their final 13 league games.

                The Indians made a run for another state title but lost 8-7 to Palm Beach on May 11 in the FCSAA State Tournament in Lakeland.

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June 11, 2015

 Akhator

CHIPOLA’S AKHATOR NAMED FCSAA FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

 

                MARIANNA—The honors just keep coming for Chipola All-American Evelyn Akhator. This week she was named the 2014-15 FCSAA Female Athlete of the Year.

                The 6-foot-3 forward from Lagos, Nigeria led Chipola to their first national championship in March. The NJCAA Women's Basketball Player of the Year and nation’s leading rebounder, Akhator had a double-double and at least one block in every game at the national tournament.

                She will play at the University of Kentucky next season. She also was named FCSAA Player of the Year for women’s basketball. In the State Tournament, Akhator set new rebounding records in one game (29), one tournament (64) and in a career at the state tournament (101).

                Akhator averaged 21.2 points, 16.7 rebounds, 3.1 steals and 2.9 blocks last season. She pulled in 14 rebounds in the National Championship game to finish the year with the new NJCAA Single-Season Rebounding Record of 584 rebounds. She also was named NJCAA National Tournament Most Outstanding Player, FCSAA Player of the Year and Panhandle Conference Player of the Year.

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June 11, 2015

 

SUMMER CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS SET AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer programs for children of all ages this summer.

                Chipola Baseball Coach Jeff Johnson will offer a Skills Camp for ages 7-17, June 15-16.  Cost is $100.  Camp instruction will come from Chipola coaching staff and players. Youngsters will learn the finer points of various skills of the game of through expert coaching drills. Camps meet from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information, Ladson Montgomery, Assistant Baseball Coach, at (850) 718-2243. 

                NJCAA Coach of the Year Greg Franklin will host a Mini Indians Basketball Camp for grades K-8, June 22-25. The camp will meet from 9 a.m. to noon each day.  Players will receive instruction from NJCAA Player of the Year Evelyn Akhator and other members of the National Champion Chipola Lady Indians. Cost is $50.  Contact coach Gerica Raffington at 850-718-2423. Visit www.chipolaathletics.com to register.

                Swimming lessons for ages four and up are scheduled on the following dates: Session 2: July 6-16, with a registration deadline of July 2; Session 3: July 27-Aug. 6, with a registration deadline of July 24. Classes are available at 10 a.m. or 7 p.m. Sessions include eight 45-minute classes which meet Monday through Thursday for two weeks. Lessons are based on a combination of nationally-recognized methods. Cost of each two-week session is $55. Pre-registration is required, with a $5 late registration fee. For information, call 718-2473 or visit www.chipola.edu.

                A Parent/Infant Swimming Class for ages 3 and under may be scheduled with sufficient interest. Cost is $45.  An Adult Swimming Class for ages 15 and up may be scheduled with sufficient interest. Cost is $45.  For information, call pool manager Rance Massengill at 718-2473. 

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June 18, 2015

Chipola To Offer Theatre Camp Small

Missoula Children’s Theatre Camp at chipola june 22-26

 

                MARIANNA—Registration and auditions for the Missoula Children's Theatre camp and production of Aladdin, are scheduled for Monday, June 22, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., at the Chipola Center for the Arts. 

                A total of 60 children, grades 1-12, will be cast from the auditions. No advance preparation is needed. Children must be entering first grade or older. Those auditioning should arrive promptly at 8 a.m. and plan to stay for the full two hours. Due to the audition process, there will be no early registration or reservations. Some cast members will be asked to stay for a rehearsal immediately following the audition. Rehearsal times for the week will be announced following the audition.

                A variety of speaking and ensemble roles are offered. Assistant Directors will also be cast to aid in rehearsals throughout the week, and to take on essential backstage responsibilities.

                In just a week of morning rehearsals and workshops led by Missoula Children’s Theatre staff and Chipola students, young actors will present two full-scale musical performances of Aladdin for family and friends, Friday, June 26, at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

                Tuition for the one-week camp is $120 for the first child and $80 for any additional children (brothers and sisters only) in the same family. Full tuition is due at time of registration. Cash, checks, master card, and visa are accepted. If a child is not cast from the audition, the full registration will be returned.

                Missoula Children’s Theatre is a nationally known preeminent children’s theatre company based in Missoula, Montana that tours the country and serves 1,200 communities every year.

                For information, contact the Chipola Fine and Performing Arts Department at 850-718-2257, email warde@chipola.edu, visit www.chipola.edu or www.mctinc.org

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June 18, 2015

 

CHIPOLA SUMMER II REGISTRATION IS JUNE 25

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College registration for Summer Session II classes is Thursday, June 25, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

                Classes begin Monday, June 29, with late registration continuing through noon on June 30. The schedule of classes is available online at www.chipola.edu.

                Early Fall registration for current students is July 6-9. The Fall Financial Aid Application deadline is July 29. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application should be completed and all required documents must be received in the Financial Aid Office by July 29 in order to use Federal Financial Aid to cover Fall tuition and fees. The Fall 2014 college application deadline for new students is Aug. 6.

                There are several steps in the application process: (1) complete the college Admission Application; call 718-2311 for assistance; (2) request your high school to send a final transcript to Chipola College Admission and Records Office; and (3) take the College Placement Test (non-exempt students); call 718-2284 for assistance. 

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

 

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June 18, 2015

 

CHIPOLA STUDENTS SHOULD APPLY NOW FOR FINANCIAL AID

 

                MARIANNA—Students planning to enroll in Fall classes at Chipola College are encouraged to apply for financial aid as soon as possible.

                The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application should be completed and all required documents must be received in the Chipola College Financial Aid Office by July 29 in order to use Federal Financial Aid to cover Fall tuition and fees.

                Students should be sure to provide a correct mailing address and to check email accounts assigned by the college. Those who miss the deadline will be required to pay tuition and fees up front, but may be reimbursed once financial aid is awarded.

                Chipola is no longer participating in the Federal Direct Loan Programs which include Federal Direct Subsidized, Federal Direct Unsubsidized and Federal Direct Plus Loans.

                For information about the FAFSA, call the Federal Student Aid Information Center 1-800-433-3243 or visit www.fafsa.ed.gov

 

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June 18, 2015

 

CHIPOLA TO HOST RETIREMENT RECEPTION FOR LOU CLEVELAND

 

                MARIANNA—The public is invited to a retirement reception honoring Dr. Lou Cleveland, Dean of the Chipola College School of Education.

                The drop-in reception will be held Monday, June 22, between 3 and 5 p.m., in the Continuing Education Building on College Street.

The event is hosted by the School of Education and the Division of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Dr. Cleveland has worked at Chipola for more than 32 years.

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June 18, 2015

 

SMALL BUSINESS SEMINARS SET AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer a small business seminar "Winning with Social Media, Search Engines & Customer Review Websites", Wednesday, July 15, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., in Room M-108 of the Chipola Business and Technology building (M).

                The FSBDC at UWF is presenting "Winning with Social Media, Search Engines & Customer Review Websites".  Learn practical, cost-effective strategies for marketing your small business.  Discover low-cost ways social media can bolster your current marketing efforts.  Learn which social media weapons are a good fit and where your target customers are looking.

                Cost of the seminar is $35 for the public and free for students and employees of GCSC, Chipola College or Florida State University who present a Name Tag or student ID.  Pre-registration is strongly recommended.  Participants may register online at https://clients.floridasbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=10350271 , sign up in Building M, (108).

                For information, contact Severson at 850-718-2441 or email seversone@chipola.edu

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June 18, 2015

 

LAW ENFORCEMENT CLASS SET 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 July 13.  Application deadline is July 7. Classes will meet weeknights from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.

                Completion of either 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 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 Tuesdays 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, contact Steven Stewart, Law Enforcement Coordinator, at 718-2286.

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June 18, 2015

 

CORRECTION CLASS BEGINS JULY 6

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Criminal Justice Training Center will offer a daytime Corrections class beginning July 6.  Classes will meet Monday through Thursday from 7:30–4:30 p.m. Application deadline is July 2.

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

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

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June 18, 2015

 

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CHIPOLA BUSINESS AND TECHNOLGY HOSTS STEM—The Chipola College School of Business and Technology recently hosted STEM meetings for area high school students. Here, students experience virtual reality in the Oculus Rift lab. Chipola faculty and students also led participants in GIS, Apps Programming and Computer Information Technology activities. The event was organized by the Florida Learns STEM Scholars Project, in collaboration with the Panhandle Area Educational Consortium (PAEC). STEM encourages high school students to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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June 18, 2015

 Iona Barnes Chipola EMp Of THe Month

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BARNES IS CHIPOLA EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH—Ionia Barnes is Chipola College’s Career Employee for June.  Barnes serves as a Departmental Staff Assistant in Mathematics and Natural Science department and has worked at the college more than 30 years.  Pictured from left, are: Associate Dean of Math and Natural Sciences, Dr. David Hilton, Ionia Barnes and Chipola president Dr. Jason Hurst.

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June 18, 2015

 

SUMMER CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS SET AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer programs for children of all ages this summer.

                NJCAA Coach of the Year Greg Franklin will host a Mini Indians Basketball Camp for grades K-8, June 22-25. The camp will meet from 9 a.m. to noon each day.  Players will receive instruction from NJCAA Player of the Year Evelyn Akhator and other members of the National Champion Chipola Lady Indians. Cost is $50.  Contact coach Gerica Raffington at 850-718-2423. Visit www.chipolaathletics.com to register.

                Swimming lessons for ages four and up are scheduled on the following dates: Session 2: July 6-16, with a registration deadline of July 2; Session 3: July 27-Aug. 6, with a registration deadline of July 24. Classes are available at 10 a.m. or 7 p.m. Sessions include eight 45-minute classes which meet Monday through Thursday for two weeks. Lessons are based on a combination of nationally-recognized methods. Cost of each two-week session is $55. Pre-registration is required, with a $5 late registration fee. For information, call 718-2473 or visit www.chipola.edu.

                A Parent/Infant Swimming Class for ages 3 and under may be scheduled with sufficient interest. Cost is $45.  An Adult Swimming Class for ages 15 and up may be scheduled with sufficient interest. Cost is $45.  For information, call pool manager Rance Massengill at 718-2473. 

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June 25, 2015

ALADDIN PERFORMANCES SET FOR FRIDAY, JUNE 26, AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNA—Join Aladdin as he ventures into a swirling sandstorm of famous Arabian Tales when the Missoula Children's Theatre and 30 local students perform an original musical adaptation of ALADDIN, Friday, June 26, at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., at the Chipola College Center for the Arts. 

                The local cast features Zeb Saunders as Aladdin, Victoria Kanes as Scheherazade, Kinsey Smith as Dinazade, Virginia Milton as Princess Dory, Chandler King as Sultan, Zoe Saunders as Grand Vizier, Ian Spence as Mysterious One, Carley Smith as Aladdin’s Mother, Ava Johns as Palm Tree, Taylor Arunakul as Donkey, Hunter Smith as Ali Baba, Savannah Goodman and Helen Sarah as Sailors, Landen Bernier, Jilian Pedraja and Silas Martin as Vagabonds, Lia Martin, Annie-Sarah Clements and Addyson Schouest as Penguins. Elyn Sapp and Sarah Liffick are Assistant Directors.

                Missoula Children’s Theatre staff and Chipola students, young actors will present two full-scale musical performances of Aladdin for family and friends. General admission tickets—

adults-$10 and children-$5—are available online at www.chipola.edu and at the Center for the Arts Box Office. Box Office hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and one hour prior to each show.

                For more information, contact the Chipola Fine and Performing Arts Department at 850-718-2257, email warde@chipola.edu, visit www.chipola.edu.

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June 25, 2015

 

SMALL BUSINESS SEMINAR SET AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer a small business seminar "Winning with Social Media, Search Engines & Customer Review Websites", Wednesday, July 15, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., in Room M-108 of the Chipola Business and Technology building (M).

            The FSBDC at UWF is presenting "Winning with Social Media, Search Engines & Customer Review Websites".  Learn practical, cost-effective strategies for marketing your small business.  Discover low-cost ways social media can bolster your current marketing efforts.  Learn which social media weapons are a good fit and where your target customers are looking.

            Cost of the seminar is $35 for the public and free for students and employees of GCSC, Chipola College or Florida State University who present a Name Tag or student ID.  Pre-registration is strongly recommended.  Participants may register online at https://clients.floridasbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=10350271 , sign up in Building M, (108).

            For information, contact Severson at 850-718-2441 or email seversone@chipola.edu

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June 25, 2015

 

CHIPOLA ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR EMT AND PARAMEDIC PROGRAMS

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College is now accepting applications for the EMT and Paramedic programs. Application deadline for both programs is Aug. 6.

                The Paramedic Program prepares students to practice as Paramedics. Applicants must have current licensure as a State of Florida Emergency Medical Technician with documentation of a minimum of 240 hours of EMS experience.

                The program is 42 semester credit-hours and spans three semesters, approximately 11 months. Classes meet weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

                Clinical assignments are required in addition to regular class hours. Three letters of recommendation are required.

                The Emergency Medical Technician program prepares students for employment at the emergency medical technician-basic level. This course is 11 credit hours (minimum 250 clock-hours in length). Clinical assignments are required in addition to regular class hours. Classes in session August – Dec. 11, Monday – Thursday from 5-10 p.m.

                Both programs are limited-enrollment and competency-based. A high school diploma or GED is required with minimum test scores: Reading/ACT (19), CPT (83), or PERT (10). Applicants must be 18 years of age and certified in CPR for Healthcare Provider by American Heart Association. Upon acceptance, applicants must complete a background check conducted through Chipola College (fingerprinting and drug screening) and submit to Medical History/Physical Exam/Immunization requirements.

                For information, contact Tina Maloy, EMS Program Director at maloyt@chipola.edu or phone (850) 718-2403.

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June 25, 2015

 

CHIPOLA’S ENDLESS SUMMER EVENT SET FOR AUG. 22

 

                MARIANNA—Celebrate the season with the Chipola Appreciation Club’s “Endless Summer” dinner and dance, Saturday, Aug. 22, at the Marianna National Guard Armory.

                Just as the Beach Boys’ “Endless Summer” album reminds us of a simpler time with hits like “Surfin' USA” and “Be True to Your School,” this event will reunite old Chipola friends and alumni for a relaxing evening to raise money for Chipola scholarships.

                The Villagers, a popular Chipola band from the 1960’s which is also being honored, will provide the perfect musical backdrop for the occasion. The Villagers are celebrating their 50th anniversary with the release of a new album. Original Villagers -- Cliff Ellis of Chipley, Allen Myers of Malone, George Boyer of Port St. Joe, Walter Dover of Quincy and Andy Murray of Chattahoochee -- will perform their favorite tunes, including their hit song “Laugh It Off.”

                Proceeds from the event will go to the Senator Bill Montford Scholarship Endowment (Chipola Class of 1967), as well as a new endowment in honor of Ronnie Myers, a former Campbellton and Chipola basketball star (Chipola Class of 1962).

                Appreciation Club President Robert Trammell says, “Even though music has changed during Chipola’s 60-plus years, the bonds and friendships built here have remained constant.” Trammell points to the commitment of alumni and supporters as the key to the college’s success. “Without strong support from our people, Chipola would not be what it is today. Our athletic programs would be unable to perform at the national level,” he added.

                Chipola College began in 1947 and has enjoyed more than 68 great years, including numerous state and national athletic titles – with hundreds of individual success stories among its graduates.

                Tickets are $50 per person, with a social hour, dinner and dance. Summer casual attire is recommended. 

                For ticket information, call Lillie Hamil at 850-718-2375.

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June 25, 2015

 

PEDIATRIC EMERGENCY TRAINING AT CHIPOLA JULY 16

 

                MARIANNA—Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center and Chipola College will host a “Pediatric Procedures, Practice and Playtime Pig Lab” training program, Thursday, July 16, at the Chipola Cultural Center on the corner of College Street and Indian Circle. 

                The training is sponsored by Florida Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC).  EMSC is providing $230 per attendee deferring the final cost to $20.

                Chipola Paramedic students are in the pediatric portion of their program.  This training is targeted specifically to rural EMS and other healthcare providers. 

                Chipola College would be providing a specialized pediatric training for the community healthcare providers and EMS students. The training will be available for 32 attendees.

                For information about the Chipola training, contact Tina Maloy, EMS Program Director at maloyt@chipola.edu or phone (850) 718-2403.

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June 25, 2015

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Coastal Dune Lakes film SHOWN at chipola—Chipola College recently hosted a screening of Elam Stoltzfus’ latest documentary film "Coastal Dune Lakes: Jewels of Florida's Emerald Coast.” Pictured from left, are: Nic Stoltzfus, scriptwriter and photographer; Chipola Board chair Danny Ryals and Elam Stoltzfus, producer and cinematographer. For information about the film and accompanying book and soundtrack, visit www.liveoakproductiongroup.com

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June 25, 2015

 Shelby CLark, Chipola NJCAA Superior Academic

CHIPOLA’S SHELBY CLARK WINS NJCAA ACADEMIC AWARD

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola softball player Shelby Clark has received the Superior Academic Achievement Award by the NJCAA. The award is given to student-athletes who maintain between a 3.80 to 3.99 GPA.

                Clark is among 741 qualifiers for the Superior Academic Achievement Award. A total of 58,531 student-athletes competed on 3,461 teams in 28 different sports this year. 

                Clark was named First Team All-Conference on the 2015 Lady Indians’ National Championship team which also captured the state and conference titles.

                Chipola softball coach Belinda Hendrix says, “Shelby is an amazing student-athlete with a good attitude.  It has been a pleasure to watch her grow on and off the field.  She has the respect of her coaches, teammates and other students.”

                Clark has maintained a 3.93 GPA while playing softball and being a very active member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She is a Nursing major and is considering going on to play at the Division 1 level.

                Clark has volunteered at The Miracle League of Dothan and at Sunland Center in Marianna. She also has worked closely with the Developing Club of Wausau, a local organization that gives scholarships to deserving seniors. She has served as a summer camp counselor with 4-H and enjoys working with children most especially those with special needs. 

                She also gives back to her sport by volunteering at local recreation departments, working with young softball players and umpiring league games. 

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