March 8, 2008

Chipola To Meet OW In State Title Game

 

MARIANNA—Freshman Casey Mitchell scored 17 points in the first half, connecting on five 3pt field goals as the #2 Chipola Indians ran away with an 85-62 victory over Indian River on Friday night in the semi-finals of the FCCAA State Tournament.  Mitchell, who ended the night with an 8 of 11 shooting performance (6 of 9 3pt), led all scorers with a game high 22 points.  “I thought our energy and pressure created easy scoring opportunities during the opening ten minutes of the game,” said Chipola head coach Greg Heiar.  “We were able to get some open looks and Casey did a great job of knocking them in.”  Chipola, who shot just 2 of 16 from the 3pt line in the opening round of the tournament, went 37% from deep, connecting on 10 of 27 from beyond the arc.  The Indians relied on their defense, creating 14 first half turnovers by Indian River, helping Chipola jump out to an early 38-18 lead during the first 12 minutes of the game.

“We did a really good job of slowing down their guards,” said Heiar.  “We focused on keeping them out of the paint and making them shoot contested jumpers.”

The River, who entered the game averaging 79 points per contest, shot just 38% from the field while being harassed for 25 turnovers on the night.

Sophomore Malik Alvin scored 14 points and sophomore Mario Edwards added 11 points, helping Chipola improve to 31-1 on the season.

Sophomore Clevin Hannah and freshman Vernon Teel added 9 and 8 points, respectively.  Teel also finished the night with a game high 5 assists and pulled down 5 rebounds for the Indians.

With the win, Chipola moves on to the Championship game of the FCCAA State Tournament, where they will play fellow Panhandle rival #6 ranked Okaloosa-Walton (27-3).

The two teams have previously met this season three times, with each team holding serve on their home court.

The 5:00 pm CST tip can be seen live via webcast at www.chipolamenshoops.com and also on the Dish Network, channel 9418. The game is available on radio at 100.9 FM which is available via internet.

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March 10, 2008

 

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CHIPOLA’S ‘HOW TO SUCCEED’ OPENS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12— Jessica Lawson as Hedy and Aaron Moore as Bud star in the Chipola College production of “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.” Tickets for the Chipola production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical are on sale in the Chipola Business office. Performance dates are March 12-15 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 16 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available in the college Business office, or by phone at 850-718-2220. For information, visit www.chipola.edu and click arts.

 

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March 10, 2008

 

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CHIPOLA MUSIC STUDENTS ATTEND SYMPOSIUM—Chipola College music students and faculty recently attended the FCCAA Spring Music Symposium. Pictured from left, are: Joan Stadsklev, Administrator, Krysti Temples of Donalsonville, Mindy Shamblin of Donalsonville, Amy Redmond of Altha Jordan Coleman of Dothan, Lynda Henderson of Donalsonville, John Baumer of Altha, Rebecca Boggs of Cottondale, Dr. Josh Martin, professor; James Matthews of Wauchula, A. J. Herring of Marianna, Jason Sawyer of Marianna, David Worley of Chipley, Sam Toole of Chipley, Jeremy Redmond of Altha, Daniel Powell, professor.

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March 10, 2008

Graceville Lions establish Wilmer "Slim" Smith Scholarship

 

            GRACEVILLE—Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Barber recently presented a check to the Chipola College Foundation to establish the Graceville Lions Club Wilmer "Slim" Smith Memorial Scholarship Endowment.

            Mr. Smith or "Slim" as he was affectionately known was born on August 19, 1922, and lived his entire life in the Graceville-Campbellton area.

            "Slim" was married to the former Lelah Womble of Madrid, AL, for more than 50 years. He served his country courageously during the World War II European Campaign. After military service, he owned and operated a welding shop in Campbellton for over 40 years. He also taught a welding class at Chipola in the late 1960's.

            “Slim” was a member of the Graceville Lions for many years, serving the club in various capacities. His contribution to the Lions Annual Pancake Supper will be greatly remembered. This event was synonymous with Mr. Smith and was a source of great joy for him. He was a person of great character and an asset to the community and the Graceville Lions.

            He was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Graceville, where he served as deacon.  '"Slim" passed away Dec. 8, 2001.

            The Graceville Lions Club - Wilmer "Slim" Smith Scholarship will provide partial tuition and/or books to a Graceville High or Poplar Springs High graduate with a minimum 2.75 GPA. Applicants should complete the standard Chipola Foundation Application which should be mailed to Wilmer "Slim." Smith Scholarship Committee, Graceville Lions Club, P.O. Box 611, Graceville, FL, 32440, by March 31.

 

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GRACEVILLE LIONS ESTABLISH WILMER "SLIM" SMITH SCHOLARSHIPMr. and Mrs. Ronald Barber recently presented a check to the Chipola College Foundation director Julie Fuqua (left) to establish the Graceville Lions Club Wilmer "Slim" Smith Memorial Scholarship Endowment.

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March 10, 2008

PENDERGRASS NAMED TO FCCAA HALL OF FAME

 

            MARIANNA—Alice Pendergrass, Coordinator for the State Basketball Tournament, was named to the FCCAA Women’s Coaches Hall of Fame during a ceremony on March 7.

            For more than a dozen years, Alice Pendergrass has been the “go-to girl” for the FCCAA State Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament.

            In her role as Tournament Coordinator, Alice has her hands in every aspect of the event.  But her job begins long before the first tip-off and extends well past the trophy presentations. 

            She personally recruits dozens of college and community volunteers to serve on 23 tournament committees. As tournament liaison to the Chipola Appreciation Club, she coordinates community volunteers and advance ticket sales.

            Her financial responsibilities include everything from ticket sales to bill-paying. Following the event, she creates the Final Report which covers all financial, statistical and awards data.

            Though the work is demanding, Alice admits that it’s always fun. “We have a great time working with the players, coaches and state officials,” Alice said.  “All our guests say they appreciate our hospitality and hometown atmosphere. We have great crowds for all the games and many of the coaches and players tell us they’ve never been treated better.”

            Alice has worked at Chipola for 18 years and has served as Tournament Coordinator for 12 of those.  When she’s not working on the tournament, she serves as a Departmental Staff Assistant for Chipola’s Workforce Development division.

            Alice and her husband Dwain have four children and nine grandchildren.

 

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March 10, 2008

CHIPOLA ARTS SCHOLARSHIPS ANNOUNCED

 

            MARIANNA—Scholarship audition dates and deadlines for music, art, theatre, show choir and jazz band at Chipola College for 2008-2009 academic year have been announced. 

            Music and Theatre Scholarship Audition dates are March 20, and April 24. Visual Art Application and portfolio deadline is April 18. High School graduates with acceptable academic records and music, theatre, and art aptitude who plan to pursue studies as music, theatre or art majors are eligible to apply for scholarships.

            Scholarships also are available for Show Choir, Jazz Band, and Chamber Chorus. 

Show Choir auditions are Tuesday, April 22, at 4 p.m. in the Chipola Arts Center.  Students wishing to be considered for scholarship consideration in the Jazz Band and/or Chamber Chorus should contact Joan Stadsklev, Director of Fine and Performing Arts.

            Scholarships in various amounts, up to full tuition and fees, are awarded on the basis of talent and academic record.  Students with financial need may seek additional assistance through the college’s Office of Financial Aid and the Chipola Foundation.

            Applications for art, music, theatre, and Show Choir may be obtained by phoning 850-718-2277 or 850-718-2301, or stadsklevj@chipola.edu. Applications are available on the college web site: www.chipola.edu by going to Departments and clicking on “Fine and Performing Arts.”  

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March 10, 2008

 

CHIPOLA ARTS GROUP TO MEET IN CHIPLEY MARCH 18

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola Regional Arts Association (CRAA) will hold its March meeting on Tuesday, March 18, at the Chipley Women's Club on Fifth Street at beginning 11:30 a.m.

            As one of its many projects, the CRAA awards $200 mini-grants to school teachers in the Chipola District that make application to enhance their arts programming.  In past years, 7-10 mini-grants have been awarded annually.  This year, all 23 grants were funded thanks to the financial support CRAA receives through its annual fundraising campaign which takes place throughout the Chipola District.

            CRAA programs for March will feature seven of the teachers located closer to Chipley and the remainder will share at the April 15 meeting to be held at Jim’s Buffet in Marianna.   Teachers will share how they used their grant monies to further arts education in their respective schools. 

            Teachers presenting at the March 18 meeting will be Richard Davenport and Luwana Locke from Chipley High, Karen Bouton and Roberta Newell from Graceville Elementary, Heather Howell from Poplar Springs Elementary/Middle, and High School, and Christine Lauen and Vicki Steverson from Bonifay Elementary. 

            Visitors are welcome. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. catered by the Chipley Women's Club. 

            Cost of the salad luncheon is $8.  Reservations should be made by March 14, by calling either Anita Shealy at 850-718-2277 or Jeanne Lavender 850-638-1612.

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March 10, 2008

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer a variety of short courses in the coming weeks.

            The following Mandatory training for Child Care Facility Personnel and Family Child Care Home are scheduled: Pre-School Appropriate Practices, March 15, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Child Abuse & Neglect, April 11,  6 to 10 p.m.; Child Growth & Development, April 12, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Behavioral Observation and Screening, April 14 & 16, 6 to 9 p.m.; Health, Safety & Nutrition, April 19, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Rules and Regulations (center), April 21& 23, 6 to 9 p.m.; Costs range from $17 to $43 depending on length of course.

            An Introduction to Yoga for Everybody class will meet Mondays and Wednesdays, March 10 through April 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Cost is $64.

            Chipola also offers custom workshops. The following are available: Eat That Frog: Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done; Whale Done: The Power of Positive Relationships; The Pygmalion Effect: Managing the Power of Expectations; Discussing Performance; The Attitude Virus: Curing Negativity in the Workplace; Team Building: What makes a Good Team Player?; and After All, You’re the Supervisor!

            Gatlin Education Services (GES) offers, open enrollment, online courses in: health care, internet graphics/web design, business, law and travel.  Register online at www.gatlineducation.com/chipola.

            Education To Go offers online programs in: computers, photography, languages, writing, entertainment, grant writing, business, sales, accounting, test prep, finance, health, child care, parenting, art, history, psychology, literature, statistics, philosophy, engineering, law and nursing. For dates and course outlines, visit www.ed2go.com/chipola .

            For information about any of these non-credit courses, call 850-718-2395.                                                                  

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March 10, 2008

 

CHIPOLA BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL AT HOME TUESDAY

           

            MARIANNA—Chipola baseball hosts Wallace-Dothan at 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 11, in the final pre-conference game before opening league play at Tallahassee on March 14.

            The Indians return home Saturday, March 15, to host Tallahassee at 2 p.m.

            Chipola split a twin bill with Meridian, 10-6 and 4-2 on March 9. Kyle Regnault earned the win in relief of Ben Jeffers in game one.  Jason Townsend was the losing pitcher in game two.

            The defending state and national champion Indians are 23-6-1 on the year.

 

SOFTBALL

            The (20-4) Lady Indians softball team host Hartland College at 4 p.m., Tuesday, March 11.

            The defending state and national champion softball team hosts North Florida, Tuesday, March 18, at 4 p.m.

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March 10, 2008

CHIPOLA BEATS OW FOR THIRD TIME TO TAKE STATE TITLE

 

            MARIANNA—Sections of fans around the Milton Johnson Center gave a standing ovation with every move by the Chipola College men's basketball team. There was still plenty of time left, but there was no stopping the celebration.

            The fans were deafening at the buzzer when it signaled that Chipola had captured its fourth Florida junior-college championship in the last five seasons. The Indians staved off nemesis Okaloosa-Walton College 89-78 in the title game on March 8.

            For the third time in four games, the No. 2 Indians were just a little bit better than the No. 6 Raiders. 

            The Indians led 48-44 at halftime and 74-71 before outscoring the Raiders 15-7 over the final four minutes of the game. "It feels really good," fourth-year Chipola coach Greg Heiar said after the win, his third state title as the Indians head coach and fourth as a member of the staff. "To do it against such great competition in the best league in the country is just really, really good.  OW coach Bruce Stewart has a tremendous team. They made us work hard for everything we got tonight."

            Chipola defeated OW 56-52 and 90-81 in its two regular season home meetings with the Raiders and lost 68-59 in Niceville.

            The Indians were somewhat sluggish in their opening round win over Central Florida before coming back with a dominant performance in an 85-62 win over Indian River Friday night.

            Chipola saved perhaps its best game for last, shooting nearly 45 percent from the floor, making ten 3-pointers and dishing out 22 assists to only 10 turnovers, while holding the Raiders to just 33 percent shooting.

            "I told them it was stick and move today," Heiar said. "It's not about points. It's not about stats. It's not about minutes. It's about stick and move. Boxers stick and move and it's how a boxer becomes a champion. They are champions."

            The Indians played like a team that wouldn't be denied for the last 20 minutes, turning back every run that the Raiders made. But the partisan crowd knew it wasn't over even though their teams held a lead that proved insurmountable for the Raiders.

            Chipola's star sophomore Mario Little was named Tournament MVP with 24 points and seven rebounds on the night. Little said that, despite his team's great balance and depth, he knew he would have to come up with a big night for his team to prevail.  "I knew I had to assert myself offensively for us to win," he said. "I hadn't been playing that good in the tournament before tonight, but I knew I was going to have to assert myself if we were going to get it done."

            Little only scored nine of his 24 points in the second half, but the three he put in late in the game after OW's Tay Waller cut the Chipola lead to 78-74 with 2:49 to play may have been final nail in the coffin.

            "That was the biggest shot of the game, no doubt," Heiar said. After the Indians got a stop on OW's next possession, Vernon Teel made two free throws with 1:45 to play to give the Indians an 83-74 lead.  A 3-point play by Keith Ramsey with 1:34 briefly gave the Raiders life again, making it 83-77. That was as close as OW would get, as the Indians successfully navigated their way through the Raiders' full-court pressure, getting to the foul line eight times in the final 1:30, making six to seal the win.

            "This is my first title ever, so I feel great," Chipola forward Gary Flowers said after the game. Flowers didn't have his typical impact on the game offensively and on the boards, collecting just eight points and three rebounds.

            However, the long-armed, 6-foot-8-inch freshman more than made up for it by dominating the defensive end of the court, registering five steals and five blocks while altering several other OW shots in the paint.

            Flowers said he got some encouragement from Heiar at intermission. "Coach really got on me at halftime. He said I was too worried about offense and not enough about defense," he said. "That's why I came out with a defensive mindset in the second half and focused on making plays defensively. That's how you get five blocks and five steals."

            The game featured nine ties in a fast-paced first-half that featured 12 made 3-pointers combined, six from each team, as the two powerhouses traded punches for the first 20 minutes.

            Chipola slowly started to separate in the second half, extending to a nine-point advantage at 59-50 on a Casey Mitchell three at the 13 minute mark. OW kept close, converting free throws to keep contact with the Indians.  The Raiders made 8-of-9 at the charity stripe during a 2:38 stretch to pull to within four at 71-67 with 6:26 to play. Two more free throws by Josh Hunter with 3:41 to play made it a 3-point Chipola lead at 74-71.

            A tip-in by Mitchell made it 76-71, then Malik Alvin got fouled on a breakout after a Flowers block and made two free throws to make it 78-71 with 3:10 to play.

But the sharp shooting Waller put in a fading triple to bring the Raiders to within four with just under three minutes to play, for the moment making it seem as though the game was destined to come down to the last shot.

            Little's 3-point answer quashed that notion and vanquished the season of a Raiders team that lost only four times all season, three coming to Chipola on the Indians' home floor.

            Chipola improves to 32-1 on the season and next travels to Hutchinson, Kansas, March 18-22, for the national tournament.

            At least one Indian said that coming up short in Kansas would make Saturday night's celebration an afterthought.  "It wouldn't mean as much, not at all," Flowers said after the game. "It would just be one step along the way. We're focusing on going to Kansas, taking four straight games and getting us the ring, the big ring."

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March 13, 2008

‘PROTEUS 7’ TO PERFORM MARCH 25 FOR CHIPOLA ARTIST SERIES

 

            MARIANNA— Proteus 7 will perform favorites from Bach to Bacharach, Tuesday, March 25, in the final offering of the 2008 Chipola College Artist Series.

            A limited number of tickets—$12 for adults and $8 for ages 18 and under—are on sale in the Chipola Business Office.

            Proteus 7—a group of brass, winds and percussion—breathes new life into music with their dynamic, free-ranging approach with an eclectic mix of music from Bernstein’s Candide to West Side Story and the Pink Panther. 

            Members of Proteus 7 perform on Broadway and record for television and motion pictures and have been nominated for Emmy and Grammy awards. All have played with major symphony orchestras throughout the world.  Their programs are as diverse as their individual talents, balancing intricate works of Baroque masters in tandem with contemporary classical and jazz counterparts, plus everything in between.

            Trumpeter and Emmy award-winning composer Anthony DiLorenzo has performed as soloist with the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Boston Pops. Anthony has written music for movie trailers for more than 70 films including 101 Dalmatians, Forrest Gump, Toy Story, and Crimson Tide.

            Trumpeter Geoffrey Hardcastle is active as both a performer and teacher. He has performed with the Akron Symphony, the Canton Symphony, the Ohio Chamber Orchestra and the Cleveland Ballet and Opera orchestras.

            Considered one of America's finest trombonists, Scott Hartman's American solo appearances with orchestra include concerts with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. He has appeared on Today and GoodMorning, America, and was featured on the PBS documentary Sounding Brass.

            Trombonist Hans Bohn is a member of the Boston Ballet Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera, Handel and Haydn Society, Emmanuel Music and the new music ensemble, Boston Modern Orchestra Project. Hans performs regularly with the Boston Pops and the Esplanade Pops and can be heard on several Boston Pops recordings.

            Matthew Gaunt is an active performer with orchestras such as the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Boston Ballet, New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic as well as the Vermont, Springfield and Portland Symphonies.

            Multi-instrumentalist and composer Paul McCandless is credited with more than 200 albums and performances with such musicians as Wynton Marsalis, Pat Metheny, Al Jarreau, Bruce Hornsby, Tony Furtado, and the String Cheese Incident. He won a 1996 Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones.

            Percussionist Feza Zweifel is a founding member of Proteus 7 and co-founder of Burning River Brass. Both groups concertize extensively and are Dorian recording artists. Zweifel appeared frequently with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Philadelphia Opera and Concerto Soloists. Feza serves as principal percussionist of the Cleveland Opera.

            A limited number of tickets—$12 for adults and $8 for ages 18 and under—are on sale in the Chipola Business Office.

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

            For information call the Chipola business office at 718-2204.

 

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March 13, 2008

CHIPOLA TO HOST CULTURAL CELEBRATION

 

MARIANNA—The Chipola College Social and Behavioral Sciences Department will host a Cultural Celebration! event, Wednesday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in front of the Milton H. Johnson Health Center on College Street.  

Dr. Willie Spires, Director of the Social and Behavioral Sciences department, said, “The purpose of the event is to increase awareness of the many diverse cultures in our world as we become more global within the many sociological institutions.”

Students in Spires’ Contemporary Sociology course are highlighting the seven continents by selecting various cultures within their continent. There will be entertainment including music, dancing, and marital arts demonstrations to illustrate each of the cultures along with displays of various cultures. 

For the inaugural year, the Chipola students are inviting the community and the sixth grade classes from the surrounding counties.   

 “Chipola students are very enthusiastic about this event,” said, Dr. Spires. “The visiting students and other guests will gain an invaluable cultural and educational experience in a fun way. We plan to make this an annual event.”

Community members or cultural groups interested in participating, should contact Angela Paul at pitbull_charm@yahoo.com or Jonathan Sober at collegeboundjds@yahoo.com

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March 13, 2008

 

Educator’s Workshop Held On Chipola Campus

 

            MARIANNA—Some 20 area teachers and students attended a recent workshop hosted by the Chipola College Future Educator’s Club (FEC).

            Chipola’s teacher education students and faculty presented activities for teachers to use in their classrooms.  The workshop centered on mathematics and science; however, all activities displayed could be adapted to any classroom. 

            Chipola students presenting included Kari Adams, Nathan Day, Rachel Edminson, Chris Eby, Lori Holland, Stephanie McIntosh, Amanda Mullins, Danny Rutherford, Jessica Sloan and Debbie Yglesia.  FEC president, Amanda Mullins, said, “Participants surveyed enjoyed the workshops and gave many suggestions for future topics.”        

            The FEC plans to hold the workshop annually to provide in-service points for area teachers. 

            Chipola offers the following bachelor’s degrees in education: Elementary Education, Exceptional Student Education, Middle School Mathematics Education (5-9), Mathematics Education (6-12), Middle School General Science Education (5-9), Biology Education (6-12).

            Chipola education majors interested in joining the FEC, or anyone interested in earning a bachelor’s degree, may call 850-718-2492.

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March 13, 2008

 

TALLAHASSEE PHOTOGRAPHER’S WORK ON DISPLAY AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—An exhibit entitled, “Through my Looking Glass” by Tallahassee photographer Michele Beaudin will be displayed March 17 through April 28 in the gallery of the McLendon Fine Arts Building on the Chipola College campus.

            The exhibit is open weekdays, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

            Beaudin’s award-winning photography and extensive collection of published articles have a presence in three continents. While she spent many years working and living abroad, she now shares her time between Florida and Alabama.

            As a writer and photographer, Beaudin has been documenting her own adventures as well as her family and friends’ lives on camera since she was a child. While pursuing a career in international business and technology, she freelanced as a photo-journalist for various newspapers and magazines. Her recent experience in Africa, as part of the Peace Corps, served as an inspiration to dedicate her life creating and sharing beauty as a professional artist.

            A three-time mother and five-time grandmother, Michèle is an active member of the art community and of organizations, such as the League of Women Voters. She also volunteers as a Guardian ad Litem for children in dependency cases.

            Each art work is individually printed on archival paper, using waterproof, 100 year archival ink. Her work can be seen in her gallery at: www.immiges.com

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March 13, 2008

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer a variety of short courses in the coming weeks.

            The following Mandatory training for Child Care Facility Personnel and Family Child Care Home are scheduled: Child Abuse & Neglect, April 11,  6 to 10 p.m.; Child Growth & Development, April 12, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Behavioral Observation and Screening, April 14 & 16, 6 to 9 p.m.; Health, Safety & Nutrition, April 19, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Rules and Regulations (center), April 21 & 23, 6 to 9 p.m.; Costs range from $17 to $43 depending on length of course.

            Chipola also offers custom workshops. The following are available: Eat That Frog: Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done; Whale Done: The Power of Positive Relationships; The Pygmalion Effect: Managing the Power of Expectations; Discussing Performance; The Attitude Virus: Curing Negativity in the Workplace; Team Building: What makes a Good Team Player?; and After All, You’re the Supervisor!

            Gatlin Education Services (GES) offers, open enrollment, online courses in: health care, internet graphics/web design, business, law and travel.  Register online at www.gatlineducation.com/chipola.

            Education To Go offers online programs in: computers, photography, languages, writing, entertainment, grant writing, business, sales, accounting, test prep, finance, health, child care, parenting, art, history, psychology, literature, statistics, philosophy, engineering, law and nursing. For dates and course outlines, visit www.ed2go.com/chipola .

            For information about any of these non-credit courses, call 850-718-2395.                                                                  

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March 13, 2008

CHIPOLA PLAYS TUESDAY IN NJCAA NATIONAL TOURNAMENT

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College men’s basketball program has eleven national tournament appearances—more than any other Florida community college team—but the national title has eluded the Indians for 61 years.

            Chipola (29-1) has a great opportunity to finish on top this year.  The Indians play unranked Seward County (KS) in the first round of the National NJCAA Men’s Tournament, Tuesday, March 18, at 8:30 p.m. (CST). 

            Chipola will need four wins to bring home the national championship trophy. The title game is set for Saturday, March 22, at 8 p.m.

            Chipola captured its fourth Florida/Region VIII championship in the last five seasons with an 89-78 win over Okaloosa-Walton on March 8.

            The Indians are led by Panhandle Player of the Year Mario Little, who also won tournament MVP honors with 24 points in the title game. He will play at the University of Kansas next season.

            Seward captured the NJCAA Region VI championship with a 71-61 win over Cowley College. Seward is led by sophomore Darko Cohadarevic (tournament MVP) who scored 25 points on 11-of-17 shooting and 10 rebounds.

            Chipola finished runner-up in the 2007 National Tournament, matching the Indians’ other second place finish in 1975.

            Tournament information is available at http://www.njcaabbtrny.org/ All Chipola games will be broadcast on WJAQ-100.9 FM in Marianna. The broadcast may be accessed via internet through a link on www.chipola.edu

          The Indians will depart from the Milton H. Johnson Health Center, Saturday, March 15, at 10 a.m. The team will travel by bus to Atlanta for a Sunday morning flight to Witchita, KS. 

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March 13, 2008

STUDENTS TAPPED FOR CHIPOLA MATH HONORARY

 

MARIANNA—The Chipola College Chapter of Mu Alpha Theta Honorary Mathematical Society recently inducted new members.  

            New members are: Ryan Wells, Adam Hahn, Brandon Bryant, Jordan Coley, Danny Bernabe, Laura Day, Brad Wells, Trey Dennis, Alicia Hatcher, Bradley Nissley, Carla Allan, Cassie Mitchell, Ciara Jackson, Brent Melvin, Glen Thompson, John Byrd, Jicole Niemi and Lindsay Tate.

Mu Alpha Theta is a national honorary mathematics club for students who have maintained a “B” average in at least two math courses above the level of College Algebra and who have an overall “B” average in all college work.  Most of the new initiates plan to major in engineering or pre-med.

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STUDENTS TAPPED FOR CHIPOLA MATH HONORARY— The Chipola College Chapter of Mu Alpha Theta Honorary Mathematical Society recently inducted new members.  Pictured from left, are: (front) Ryan Wells, Adam Hahn, Brandon Bryant, Jordan Coley, Danny Bernabe, Laura Day, (back) Brad Wells, Trey Dennis, Alicia Hatcher, Bradley Nissley. Not pictured are Carla Allan, Cassie Mitchell, Ciara Jackson, Brent Melvin, Glen Thompson, John Byrd, Jicole Niemi and Lindsay Tate.

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March 13, 2008

 

HOLMES COUNTY’S DOCKERY REPEATS AS CHIPOLA 3-POINT CHAMP

           

            MARIANNA—Brock Dockery of Holmes County High School defended his title as Champion of Chipola College’s Fifth Annual High School Three-Point Shooting Championship.

            Joe Garner of Ponce De Leon High won second place and Pierre Speights of Cottondale took third. 

            Dockery and Garner each made 11 of 15 shots in the finals, but Dockery won the tie-breaker with 8 of 10 shots. 

            Other participants were: Cameron Dozier of Graceville, T.J. Smith of Malone, Alex Baxley of Sneads, Lexus Roulhac of Vernon, Clayton Ward of Bethlehem, Kevin Saldonia of Altha and Derick Addison of Poplar Springs.

            Kayla Walker of Graceville High won the championship in the women’s division. Jennifer Grant of Ponce De Leon won second place. Other participants were: Tara Thompson of Bethlehem, Shay Wright of Poplar Springs, Keiysa Paul of Cottondale, Latoshia Hall of Malone, Keela McKay of Marianna, Mattie Collins of Sneads and Shanida Thomas of Chipley.

            All boys and girls high school teams from the Chipola district were invited to send their best three-point shooter to the competition. 

            Travelling championship trophies for the men’s and women’s divisions will be housed in their respective school’s trophy cases during the coming year.

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DOCKERY REPEATS AS CHIPOLA 3-POINT CHAMP—Brock Dockery of Holmes County High School defended his title as Champion of Chipola College’s Fifth Annual High School Three-Point Shooting Championship. Pictured from left, are: Joe Garner of Ponce De Leon (second place), Chipola Athletic Director, Dr. Dale O’Daniel, Brock Dockery of Holmes County High (champion) and Pierre Speights of Cottondale (third place).

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GRACEVILLE’S WALKER IS CHIPOLA 3-POINT CHAMP—Kayla Walker of Graceville High was named Champion of Chipola College’s Fifth Annual High School Three-Point Shooting Championship. Pictured from left, are: Jennifer Grant of Ponce De Leon (second place), Chipola Athletic Director, Dr. Dale O’Daniel, and Kayla Walker of Graceville High (champion).

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March 13, 2008

 

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DUNCAN WINS CHIPOLA EMPLOYEE AWARD—Gayle Duncan, (right) CROP Coordinator/Student Disability Services Advisor, was named the Chipola College Faculty/Administrator/Other Professional Employee of the month for March. Duncan has worked at the college since 1990. Here, Duncan accepts the award from Dr. Joan Miller, Dean of Student Services.

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March 13, 2008

 

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SOAP WRITER JANE ATKINS SPEAKS AT CHIPOLA—Writer Jane Atkins addressed the Chipola College Honors seminar on March 7. Atkins (center), a native of Blountstown, is pictured with her cousins Karla Atkins (left) and Kate Atkins.  Atkins has written for "Santa Barbara," "Guiding Light," "General Hospital," "Sunset Beach," and "Days of our Lives." She recently wrote the script for “Apalachicola River: An American Treasure,” a documentary which aired on PBS.

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March 14, 2008

 

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CHIPOLA’S ‘HOW TO SUCCEED’ RUNS THROUGH SUNDAY, MARCH 15— Jessica Lawson as Hedy and Garrett Brolund as the big boss, J.B. Biggly star in the Chipola College production of “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.” Performance dates are Saturday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 16 at 2 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door 45 minutes prior to curtain.

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March 18, 2008

 

CHIPOLA LOOSES FIRST ROUND GAME IN NATIONAL TOURNEY

 

                HUTCHINSON, KS—The Chipola College Indians lost to the Seward County Community College Saints, 84-90, in a first round game at the National Junior College Athletics Association Basketball Tournament on Tuesday, March 18, in the Hutchinson Sports Arena.

            Vernon Teel led Chipola with 19 points. Mario Little scored 15. Casey Mitchell scored 14. Clevin Hannah scored 10.

Chipola’s overall record stands at 32 – 2.

Chipola will play Shelton State at Noon on Thursday in the consolation bracket.

Men’s games are broadcast via the internet through Chipola’s website at

http://www.chipola.edu/radio/index.htm

Men’s tournament information is available at http://www.njcaabbtrny.org/

 

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March 20, 2008

 

CHIPOLA TO HOST STATE BRAIN BOWL MARCH 27-29

 

            MARIANNA—Some of the best minds and fastest buzzers in the state will visit Chipola College March 27-29 when the college hosts the 27th Annual Florida State Brain Bowl Tournament. This is the first time that Chipola has hosted the event.

            According to Chipola brain bowl coach Stan Young, “The purpose of FCCAA Brain Bowl competition is to recognize outstanding student academic achievement, to promote community interest in academic excellence in the community colleges, and to foster relations among faculty and students.”

            Four regional tournaments were held in February to determine the participants for the 2008 State Tournament. Ten community college teams have qualified for the tournament: Brevard, Broward, Chipola, Indian River, Lake-Sumter, Manatee, Okaloosa-Walton, Pasco-Hernando, Pensacola and Valencia. The teams will compete head-to-head in a round robin format to determine the state champion.

            Defending state champion Okaloosa-Walton has won the championship three of the last four years.

            Host school Chipola is enjoying a great season with three tournaments wins and at least a semi-final finish in every junior college tournament they have entered.

            Chipola recently won the Georgia National Academic Quiz Tournament Sectional in Athens, Georgia, a qualifier for the national tournament to be held in St. Louis, Missouri, April 11-12.  Chipola will be one of only eight community colleges—including defending national champion Valencia—competing at the tournament.

            Chipola College team members are Mark Hodge, Jantzen Whitehead, Chuck Bryant, Trey Paul and Mitchell Whitehead. Chipola coaches are Stan Young and Dr. Robert Dunkle.

 

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CHIPOLA TO HOST STATE BRAIN BOWL MARCH 27-29—Some of the best minds and fastest buzzers in the state will visit Chipola College March 27-29 when the college hosts the 27th Annual Florida State Brain Bowl Tournament. Chipola Brain Bowl team members are, from left: coach Dr. Robert Dunkle, Mitchell Whitehead, Jantzen Whitehead, Chuck Bryant, Mark Hodge, coach Stan Young and Trey Paul.

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March 20, 2008

CHIPOLA SHOW CHOIR JAZZMATAZZ TICKETS ON SALE

 

            MARIANNA—Tickets for the Chipola Show Choir’s Jazzmatazz go on sale March 24.

            Three performances of the annual song and dance show will be presented April 18-20 in the Chipola Theatre. The Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7 p.m., with the Sunday, April 20, show at 2 p.m.

            Tickets—$10 for adults and $5 for 18 and under—are available from Show Choir members or in the lobby of the Fine Arts Building. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Show Choir Spring Tour.

            Chipola students and staff can get one free ticket in the Fine Arts Office.

            For more information, call Joan Stadsklev at 718-2301.

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CHIPOLA SHOW CHOIR TO PRESENT JAZZMATAZZ—The Chipola College Show Choir (pictured) will present three performances of their annual song and dance show Jazzmatazz, April 18-20 in the Chipola Theatre. Tickets—$10 for adults and $5 for 18 and under—are available from Show Choir members or in the lobby of the Fine Arts Building.

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March 20, 2008

 

Town Hall Meeting on Underage Drinking set at Chipola

 

          MARIANNA—Chipola College will host a Town Hall Meeting on Underage Drinking, Tuesday, March 25, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., in Jackson Hall (Z116).

            Chipola’s Phi Theta Kappa, Honors program, and the Pre-Med Society are joining with the Panhandle Area Health Network to sponsor the event.

          Bill Janes, Director of Drug Policy for the State of Florida is the guest speaker. A panel with representatives from the Sheriff’s Office, State’s Attorney’s Office, Jackson County School Board, CARE, and Chipola will field questions after Janes’ presentation.

            Students, faculty and community members are invited.

            For information, call Dr. Joan Miller at 718-2228.

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March 20, 2008

‘PROTEUS 7’ TO PERFORM MARCH 25 FOR CHIPOLA ARTIST SERIES

 

            MARIANNA— Proteus 7 will perform favorites from Bach to Bacharach, Tuesday, March 25, in the final offering of the 2008 Chipola College Artist Series.

            A limited number of tickets—$12 for adults and $8 for ages 18 and under—are on sale in the Chipola Business Office.

            Proteus 7—a group of brass, winds and percussion—breathes new life into music with their dynamic, free-ranging approach with an eclectic mix of music from Bernstein’s Candide to West Side Story and the Pink Panther. 

            Members of Proteus 7 perform on Broadway and record for television and motion pictures and have been nominated for Emmy and Grammy awards. All have played with major symphony orchestras throughout the world.  Their programs are as diverse as their individual talents, balancing intricate works of Baroque masters in tandem with contemporary classical and jazz counterparts, plus everything in between.

            Trumpeter and Emmy award-winning composer Anthony DiLorenzo has performed as soloist with the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Boston Pops. Anthony has written music for movie trailers for more than 70 films including 101 Dalmatians, Forrest Gump, Toy Story, and Crimson Tide.

            Trumpeter Geoffrey Hardcastle is active as both a performer and teacher. He has performed with the Akron Symphony, the Canton Symphony, the Ohio Chamber Orchestra and the Cleveland Ballet and Opera orchestras.

            Considered one of America's finest trombonists, Scott Hartman's American solo appearances with orchestra include concerts with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. He has appeared on Today and GoodMorning, America, and was featured on the PBS documentary Sounding Brass.

            Trombonist Hans Bohn is a member of the Boston Ballet Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera, Handel and Haydn Society, Emmanuel Music and the new music ensemble, Boston Modern Orchestra Project. Hans performs regularly with the Boston Pops and the Esplanade Pops and can be heard on several Boston Pops recordings.

            Matthew Gaunt is an active performer with orchestras such as the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Boston Ballet, New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic as well as the Vermont, Springfield and Portland Symphonies.

            Multi-instrumentalist and composer Paul McCandless is credited with more than 200 albums and performances with such musicians as Wynton Marsalis, Pat Metheny, Al Jarreau, Bruce Hornsby, Tony Furtado, and the String Cheese Incident. He won a 1996 Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones.

            Percussionist Feza Zweifel is a founding member of Proteus 7 and co-founder of Burning River Brass. Both groups concertize extensively and are Dorian recording artists. Zweifel appeared frequently with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Philadelphia Opera and Concerto Soloists. Feza serves as principal percussionist of the Cleveland Opera.

            A limited number of tickets—$12 for adults and $8 for ages 18 and under—are on sale in the Chipola Business Office.

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

            For information call the Chipola business office at 718-2204.

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March 20, 2008

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer a variety of short courses in the coming weeks.

            The following Mandatory training for Child Care Facility Personnel and Family Child Care Home are scheduled: Child Abuse & Neglect, April 11,  6 to 10 p.m.; Child Growth & Development, April 12, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Behavioral Observation and Screening, April 14 & 16, 6 to 9 p.m.; Health, Safety & Nutrition, April 19, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Rules and Regulations (center), April 21 & 23, 6 to 9 p.m.; Costs range from $17 to $43 depending on length of course.

            An Observing & Recording Child Behavior course will meet Monday’s and Wednesday’s, May 7 through June 16, from 6 to 9:20 p.m.  Cost is $191.

            Chipola also offers custom workshops. The following are available: Eat That Frog: Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done; Whale Done: The Power of Positive Relationships; The Pygmalion Effect: Managing the Power of Expectations; Discussing Performance; The Attitude Virus: Curing Negativity in the Workplace; Team Building: What makes a Good Team Player?; and After All, You’re the Supervisor!

            Gatlin Education Services (GES) offers, open enrollment, online courses in: health care, internet graphics/web design, business, law and travel.  Register online at www.gatlineducation.com/chipola.

            Education To Go offers online programs in: computers, photography, languages, writing, entertainment, grant writing, business, sales, accounting, test prep, finance, health, child care, parenting, art, history, psychology, literature, statistics, philosophy, engineering, law and nursing. For dates and course outlines, visit www.ed2go.com/chipola .

For information about any of these non-credit courses, call 850-718-2395.      

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March 20, 2008

 

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WILLIAMS WINS CHIPOLA EMPLOYEE AWARD—Doris Williams, Staff Assistant in Public Service, was named the Chipola College Career Employee of the month for April. Willams has worked at the college since 1986. Here, Williams accepts the award from Coordinator of Law Enforcement Byron Quivey.

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March 20, 2008

 

CHIPOLA TO HOST PAIR OF FREE CONCERTS

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will host a pair of free concerts, April 10 and April 13.

            The Chipola Chamber Chorus and Jazz Band will present a free concert, entitled “A Musical Prism,” Thursday, April 10, at 7 p.m. in the Chipola Theatre.        

            A free concert of music majors, “Classics on a Sunday Afternoon,” is April 13 at 2 p.m. The concert will feature selected music majors in recital in the McLendon Fine Arts Building.

            For information, call Joan Stadsklev at 718-2301.

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March 20, 2008

 

CHIPOLA COACH JEFF JOHNSON PICKS UP 400TH CAREER WIN

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College baseball coach Jeff Johnson celebrated his 400th career win on Friday, March 14 with a 6-4 win over Tallahassee.

Johnson is in his 12th season at the helm of the Chipola baseball program. He led the Indians to a national championship and state championship in 2007.

Under his direction, Chipola has advanced to the state tournament seven times. The Indians finished second in the state tournament in 2005, 2002 and 2001, third in 1998, and among the top four in 2006. Chipola has won the baseball Panhandle Conference pennant six times in the last seven years.

Coach Johnson has guided more than 75 players on to professional baseball or to four-year college programs.

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JOHNSON GETS 4OO CAREER WINS—Chipola College baseball coach Jeff Johnson celebrated his 400th career win on Friday, March 14. Here, Johnson receives congratulations from Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough.

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March 20, 2008

 

CHIPOLA LOSES FIRST ROUND GAME IN NATIONAL TOURNEY

  

HUTCHINSON, KS—The Chipola College Indians lost to Seward County Community College, 90-84, in overtime in the first round of the NJCAA Basketball Tournament on Tuesday, March 18, in the Hutchinson Sports Arena.
            Vernon Teel led Chipola with 19 points. Mario Little scored 15. Casey Mitchell scored 14. Clevin Hannah scored 10 including a three pointer in the last seconds of regulation to send the game into overtime.

Free throws proved to be the difference in the game. Seward scored 40 points on 49 free throw attempts. Chipola had only 23 free throws connecting on 14.  

Chipola (32–2) will play Shelton State at noon, Thursday, March 20. A win Thursday would put the Indians in a Friday game.  A Friday win would move the Indians to a Saturday game. Seventh place is the best the Indians can hope for in the consolation bracket of the double-elimination tournament.

The Indians made it to the championship game of last year’s tourney finishing as runner-up.

Tournament games are broadcast on WJAQ-FM 100.9 and via the internet through Chipola’s website at http://www.chipola.edu/radio/index.htm

Tournament information is available at http://www.njcaabbtrny.org/

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March 20, 2008

CHIPOLA FRESHMAN NAMED WBCA ALL-AMERICAN

 

            ATLANTA - Chipola College freshman Latoya Williams has been named to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) State Farm 2008 Junior College/Community College (JC/CC) All-America Basketball Team.

            Selection committees in each of the nine WBCA geographical regions select 10 of the top women's basketball players in the nation to be honored.

            According to Chipola coach David Lane, Williams is the first freshman from Chipola to win an All-American Award.  Lane says the award is even more significant because it includes hundreds of players from all three divisions of community college basketball.

            Williams led the Lady Indians and the Panhandle Conference in scoring this season with 18 points per game. She also averaged 9.5 rebounds per game.

            Williams was named First Team All-Conference, First Team All-State, and has been nominated for NJCAA All-American team.

            Coach Lane, said, “Latoya is a dynamic player who can do a lot of different things on the court. This award is important because the recognition comes from other coaches. To have two players from the same conference—(Williams from Chipola and Liles from Gulf Coast)—says a lot about the quality of basketball in the Panhandle.

            The Lady Indians finished the season 21-9 record.

            Members of the 2008 JC/CC State Farm Coaches' All-America Basketball Team are: Latoya Williams, Chipola College, Demauria (Dee) Liles, Gulf Coast CC; Danielle Adams, Jefferson College; Brittany Blackmon, South Plains College; Tegan Cunningham, Seward CC; Jazlyn Davis, Mt. San Antonio College; Darika Hill, Trinity Valley CC; Candace Rucker, Southwest Tennessee CC; Denise Scott, CC of Rhode Island; and Lauren Thomas-Johnson, Kirkwood CC.

            Mark Gibson, assistant vice president of advertising for State Farm, said, “The State Farm Coaches All-America Team represents true excellence in the sport of women’s basketball and we are extremely proud to be associated with these remarkable student-athletes.”

            The WBCA was founded in 1981 to promote women's basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game as a sport for women and girls. For information about the WBCA, visit wbca.org.

 

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March 20, 2008

 

LADY INDIANS OFF TO 2-0 START IN SOFTBALL LEAGUE

 

            MARIANNA—The defending national champion Lady Indians opened conference play with two wins over North Florida on March 18.

            Pitcher Brook Muth earned the 8-0 win for Chipola in the first game. Amber Weeks led the Lady Indians to a 6-1 win in game two.

            Chipola is 26-6 and 2-0 in league play.

            The Lady Indians host Tallahassee, Wednesday, March 26, in a 4 p.m. doubleheader.  The team travels to OW March 29, before returning home to host Gulf Coast on April 2.

            For the latest scores, call 718-2CJC, or visit www.chipola.edu

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March 20, 2008

 

CHIPOLA BASEBALL TEAM EVEN IN CONFERENCE PLAY

 

            MARIANNA—The defending national champion Chipola Indians baseball team evened their league record to 2-2 with a big 17-5 win at Pensacola on March 19.

            The Indians split a pair with TCC last week to open league play.

            Chipola hosts Gulf Coast, Friday, March 21, at 5 p.m. The Indians travel to Gulf Coast Saturday for a 1 p.m. game.

            Chipola hosts OW on Tuesday, March 25 at 5 p.m. and North Florida, Saturday, March 29 at 1 p.m.

            The Indians are 27-8 overall.

            For the latest scores, call 718-2CJC or visit www.chipola.edu

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March 20, 2008

 

CHIPOLA WINS GAME IN CONSULATION BRACKET AT NATIONAL TOURNEY

 

                 HUTCHINSON, KS—The Chipola College Indians defeated Shelton State, 76-75, in a consolation bracket quarter-final game at the National Junior College Athletics Association Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 20, in the Hutchinson Sports Arena.

                Mario Edwards led Chipola with 21 points. Mario Little scored 15. Gary Flowers scored 12.

Chipola’s overall record stands at 33 – 2.  Chipola will play Itawamba at 1pm on Friday in the consolation bracket semi-finals.

Men’s games are broadcast via the internet through Chipola’s website at

http://www.chipola.edu/radio/index.htm

Men’s tournament information is available at http://www.njcaabbtrny.org/

 

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March 21, 2008

 

CHIPOLA SPANISH PROFESSOR TO HOST LECTURE/FILM SERIES

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College Spanish professor Dr. Mark Ebel was selected as a panel member on Literary Fiction at the 41st Annual Southwest Conference of Latin American Studies in El Paso, Texas, February 20-23. 

            Dr. Ebel delivered a paper entitled, “Frontier Justice: Unexpected Consequences for Crossing the Border in The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada. Dr. Ebel was joined on the panel by Iztel Richarte of the University of Houston and Ramiro Rea of the University of Texas Pan American.

            Dr. Ebel will give his paper again for local audiences on Thursday, March 27, at 5:30 p.m. Following the lecture, Dr. Ebel will screen the 2005 film The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, directed by Tommy Lee Jones.  The film is rated R for violence, sexuality and language. 

            The presentation is the first of two Ebel will give in the Spanish Lecture Series.  On Thursday, April 10, Ebel will deliver a lecture on “The Legacy of the Spanish Conquest,” followed by a screening of the documentary film, The Last Conquistador, produced by John Valdez and Christina Ibarra. 

            Both events will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Lecture Hall (Y107) in the Chipola College Public Service Building.  The Spanish Lecture Series is free and open to the public. 

            For information, contact Dr. Ebel at 718-2282.

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March 21, 2008

 

CHIPOLA WINS GAME IN CONSULATION BRACKET SEMI-FINALS AT NATIONAL TOURNEY

 

                HUTCHINSON, KS—The Chipola College Indians defeated Itawamba, 72-53, in a consolation bracket semi-final game at the National Junior College Athletics Association Basketball Tournament on Friday, March 21, in the Hutchinson Sports Arena. They also broke a school record for most wins in a season with their overall wins at 34 and counting.

            Mario Edwards led Chipola with 17 points. Mario Little scored 13.  Chipola’s overall record stands at 34 – 2.

Chipola will play Paris at Noon on Saturday in the consolation bracket final for 7th/8th place.

Men’s games are broadcast via the internet through Chipola’s website at

http://www.chipola.edu/radio/index.htm

Men’s tournament information is available at http://www.njcaabbtrny.org/

 

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March 22, 2008

 

CHIPOLA WINS GAME IN CONSULATION BRACKET FINAL AT NATIONAL TOURNEY

  

HUTCHINSON, KS—The Chipola College Indians defeated Paris, 84-66, in a consolation bracket final game at the National Junior College Athletics Association Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 22, in the Hutchinson Sports Arena. The Indians finished the tournament in 7th place. They ended the season with a school record for most wins in a season with their overall wins at 35.

            Mario Little led Chipola with 21 points. Vernon Teel scored 18. Gary Flowers scored 14. Chipola’s overall record stands at 35 – 2.

Men’s games are broadcast via the internet through Chipola’s website at

http://www.chipola.edu/radio/index.htm

Men’s tournament information is available at http://www.njcaabbtrny.org/

 

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March 24, 2008

 

 

CHIPOLA FINISHES SEVENTH IN NATIONAL TOURNEY

LITTLE NAMED ALL-TOURNAMENT

 

            HUTCHINSON, KS—The Chipola College Indians finished seventh in the NJCAA Men’s National Basketball Tournament after a convincing 84-66 win over Paris Junior College in final day of the tournament on March 22.

            Mario Little led Chipola with 21 points. Vernon Teel scored 18. Gary Flowers added 14.

            The Indians were the odds-on favorite to win their first ever national championship this year, but suffered a 90-84 upset to Seward County CC in overtime in the first round of the tournament.

            The Indians rebounded to prove why they were top-ranked team in the nation for most of the year, scoring a 76-75 win over Shelton State on Thursday, and a big 72-53 win over Itawamba on Friday.

            Chipola’s Mario Little was named to the All-Tournament team. The future Kansas Jayhawk scored a total of 64 points during the five day tourney.

            The Indians also set a school record for most wins in a season, finishing with a 35-2 mark.

            Chipola coach Greg Heiar has led the Indians to three state titles and three national tournament appearances in four seasons as head coach, compiling a 130-13 career record. 

            Chipola has 11 state titles, more than any other Florida community college. The Indians also have advanced to the national tournament 11 times, finishing second in 1974 and 2007.

 

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March 26, 2008

 

CHIPOLA TO HOST STATE BRAIN BOWL MARCH 27-29

 

            MARIANNA—Some of the best minds and fastest buzzers in the state will visit Chipola College March 27-29 when the college hosts the 27th Annual Florida State Brain Bowl Tournament. This is the first time that Chipola has hosted the event.

            According to Chipola brain bowl coach Stan Young, “The purpose of FCCAA Brain Bowl competition is to recognize outstanding student academic achievement, to promote community interest in academic excellence in the community colleges, and to foster relations among faculty and students.”

            Four regional tournaments were held in February to determine the participants for the 2008 State Tournament. Ten community college teams have qualified for the tournament: Brevard, Broward, Chipola, Indian River, Lake-Sumter, Manatee, Okaloosa-Walton, Pasco-Hernando, Pensacola and Valencia. The teams will compete head-to-head in a round robin format to determine the state champion.

            Defending state champion Okaloosa-Walton has won the championship three of the last four years.

            Host school Chipola is enjoying a great season with three tournaments wins and at least a semi-final finish in every junior college tournament they have entered.

            Chipola recently won the Georgia National Academic Quiz Tournament Sectional in Athens, Georgia, a qualifier for the national tournament to be held in St. Louis, Missouri, April 11-12.  Chipola will be one of only eight community colleges—including defending national champion Valencia—competing at the tournament.

            Chipola College team members are Mark Hodge, Jantzen Whitehead, Chuck Bryant, Trey Paul and Mitchell Whitehead. Chipola coaches are Stan Young and Dr. Robert Dunkle.

 

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Schedule of Events for the 2008 State Brain Bowl Tournament

 

Thursday March 27, 2008

10:00 AM     Moderators and Judges Meeting                               Chipola College

                   (Question Reviewing)              2nd Floor Conference Room, Building Z

 

6:00 PM       Moderators & Judges Break for Dinner

7:00 PM       State Banquet                                                         Chipola College

                                                                             Continuing Education Building      

10:00 PM      Moderators, Judges & Scorekeepers                   Comfort Inn & Suites

                   Meeting (Question & Rules Reviewing)  

 

 

Friday March 28, 2008

8:30 AM       Coaches and Sponsors meeting                                 Chipola College

                   (Breakfast provided)                               Conference Room, Cafeteria

 

1 PM             Opening Session & Orientation                                 Chipola College

All Participants, Officials, Coaches                         Jackson Room, Building Z

 

1:30 PM       Round 1                                                                 Chipola College

2:30 PM       Round 2                                                                 Chipola College

3:30 PM       Round 3                                                                 Chipola College

4:30 PM       Round 4                                                                 Chipola College

5:30 PM       Round 5                                                                 Chipola College

6:30 PM       Dinner on Own

9:00 PM       Coaches Game & Social                                  Comfort Inn & Suites

                                                                            

Saturday March 29, 2008

9:00 AM       Round 6                                                                 Chipola College

10:00 AM     Round 7                                                                 Chipola College

10:45 -11:15 AM              Snack Break

11:30 AM     Round 8                                                                 Chipola College

12:30 PM      Round 9                                                                 Chipola College

1:30 PM       Melt-Down Party                                                     Chipola College

   All Star Award and Coach of the Year Presentation                              Art Center

  

3:00 PM       Championship Round                                              Chipola College

   Trophy Presentation                                                                        Art Center

 

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 March 29, 2008

 

CHIPOLA CAPTURES STATE BRAIN BOWL CHAMPIONSHIP

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College captured the school’s first ever state Brain Bowl championship Saturday in the 27th Annual Florida State Brain Bowl Tournament.

            Chipola defeated defending state champion Okaloosa-Walton, 545-475, in the championship round.

            In individual scoring, Chipola Chuck Bryant was fourth in the tournament and Mark Hodge was sixth.

            Chipola brain bowl coach Stan Young, said, “I’m just so proud of our kids and my fellow coach Robert Dunkle for the long hours they’ve put in. I also want to thank the many college employees who have supported our team in so many ways.”

            Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough, said, “The members of our brain bowl team are among the best students anywhere in the country.  I congratulate the team and coaches for the hard work they invested to reach this goal.”

            The purpose of FCCAA Brain Bowl competition is to recognize outstanding student academic achievement, to promote community interest in academic excellence in the community colleges, and to foster relations among faculty and students.

            Chipola was host for the event which brought the top 10 community college teams in Florida together for head-to-head competition. Chipola was among the smallest of the colleges in the tournament which included: Brevard, Broward, Chipola, Indian River, Lake-Sumter, Manatee, Okaloosa-Walton, Pasco-Hernando, Pensacola and Valencia.  

            Chipola is enjoying its best season ever with four tournaments wins and at least a semi-final finish in every junior college tournament they have entered.

            The Chipola team will play in the national college bowl tournament in St. Louis, Missouri, April 11-12.  Chipola is one of only eight community colleges—including defending national champion Valencia—invited to the tournament.

            Chipola College team members are Mark Hodge, Jantzen Whitehead, Chuck Bryant, Trey Paul and Mitchell Whitehead. Chipola coaches are Stan Young and Dr. Robert Dunkle.

 

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CHIPOLA CAPTURES STATE BRAIN BOWL CHAMPIONSHIP—Chipola College captured the school’s first ever state Brain Bowl championship Saturday in 27th Annual Florida State Brain Bowl Tournament. This win is Chipola’s first state championship in Brain Bowl competition. Chipola Brain Bowl team members are, from left: Mitchell Whitehead, coach Stan Young, Mark Hodge, Jantzen Whitehead, Trey Paul, coach Dr. Robert Dunkle and Chuck Bryant. 

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