March 4, 2010

EXECUTIVE COACH TO ADRESS CHIPOLA HONORS GROUP

 

            MARIANNA—Executive coach Lori Day, of New Day Solutions, Inc., will address the Chipola College Honors Program, Wednesday, March 17, at 1 p.m., in Jackson Lecture Hall. The public is invited to attend.

            Her presentation is entitled, “Take Your Choice.” Lori says, “Face it - life is not perfect, predictable or easy.  You have a choice.  Ride in the passenger seat or grip the wheel, hold on and cross the finish line with a trail of victory smoke.” The executive coach explains, “Where you are right now is a result of choices you have already made.  And through life, the stakes, consequences and rewards of those choices get greater and greater.   What choices will you take to write your story?  Will it be the safe route or the wildest ride of your life?”

            Day will talk about the difference between making and taking choices, the emotional importance of that difference, and the substantial impact these choices have on the future.

            Day is a 25-year financial services leader turned executive coach.   She brings a diverse level of experience in sales, operations, risk management, organizational design, strategic planning and leadership development to her clients.  During her corporate career, she enjoyed many successes coaching individuals and developing teams across multiple cultures, time zones, and disciplines. 

Day served as Senior Vice President for Bank of America. She was Assistant Vice-President for Merrill Lynch. After years as an executive, Day created her own company, New Day Solutions, Inc., to inspire others to have a better work and family life.   Lori is a wife and mother to four children and knows what it’s like to climb the corporate ladder in a skirt. 

            She is the wife of Chipola alumnus David Vaughn, a native of Marianna.

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March 4, 2010

KEN YATES TO SPEAK TO CRAA IN BONIFAY

 

            BONIFAY—Ken Yates, organist and educator, will be the featured speaker at the monthly meeting of the Chipola Regional Arts Association (CRAA) on Tuesday, March 16, at noon at the First Baptist Church of Bonifay, located at 311 N. Waukesha Street.    Yates will be speaking on the “History of the Organ.”  In addition, members of the Holmes County High Chorus will be performing.  CRAA members, guests and community members are invited to attend a Dutch-treat luncheon buffet at Simbo’s Restaurant at 2005 Waukesha St. prior to the noon meeting.

            Persons wishing to eat lunch are asked to meet at the restaurant between 11:15-11:30 for a fellowship lunch followed by the program at the church.

            Yates has served as organist at First Baptist, Bonifay, for over 55 years having begun playing at the age of 14.  He is retired from the Holmes County School District having served as principal of Poplar Springs High School and principal of Bonifay Elementary School.

            The public is invited and encouraged to attend.  For more information, contact Kathryn Treadwell, 850-547-3526

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March 4, 2010

CHIPOLA BRAIN BOWLERS HOST NATIONAL TOURNEY

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola Brain Bowl A Team tied for fourth in the Community College National Championship held at Chipola College Feb. 26-27.  The Chipola B Team finished tied for tenth.

            The field consisted of 24 teams from around the nation. Chipola A now advances to the DII National Championship held in Chicago on April 10. The top six community college teams advance for the chance to win the DII championship.            

            Chipola will also compete for the FCCAA State Championship on March 18-20 at Brevard Community College in Cocoa Beach. Chipola is the two-time defending state champions.

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CHIPOLA BRAIN BOWL WINS FOURTH AT NATIONALS— The Chipola Brain Bowl A Team tied for fourth in the Community College National Championship held at Chipola College Feb. 26-27.  The Chipola B Team finished tied for tenth. Chipola Blue and Gold Team members are, from left: Dallin Kelson, Cody Pickens, Brittany Stephens, Ethan Hewett, Nathan Hooppell and Drew Padgett.

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TICKET ON SALE FOR CHIPOLA’S ‘‘Bye Bye Birdie’Tickets are now on sale for the Chipola College production of “Bye Bye Birdie,” set for March 10-14. The show runs nightly at 7:30 p.m., and a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets—$7 for adults and $5 for 18 and under—are available in the Business Office. Pictured are Aven Pitts as Albert Peterson and Kyndall Covington as Rose Alvarez. For ticket information, call 718-2220.

                                   

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SHOOK IS TOP CHIPOLA EMPLOYEE—Lee B. Shook has been selected the Chipola College Faculty/Administrator of the month for March. Shook has served as Professor of Accounting since 1993.  Here, Shook (left) accepts the award from Dr. Adair Gilbert, Chipola Director of Business and Technology.

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COLEY SCHOLARSHIP FUND GROWS—Friends of the late David Coley recently added $51,000 to the David Coley Scholarship Fund at Chipola College. Pictured from left, are: Rep. Kevin Ambler, Rep. Brad Drake, David’s son Vance, Rep. Marti Coley, Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough, Kris Money and Rep. Jimmy Patronis.

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CHIPOLA MATH HONORARY INDUCTS MEMBERS—Chipola College chapter of Mu Alpha Theta, a national honorary mathematics club, recently held an initiation for new members.   Pictured are officers, new members and sponsors, from left: JoAnn Parish (sponsor), Amy Johnson, Kevin Futch, Nicholas Dietrich, Marshall Hilton, Hannah Lovestrand, Cody Pickens, Stephanie Lawson, Kaci Johnson, Dr. Rose Cavin (sponsor). Not pictured are new members Samuel Griffin, Caitlyn Bruner and Stephanie Calix.

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March 4, 2010

CHIPOLA BUSINESS STUDENTS LEAD FINANCIAL WORKSHOP—The Chipola College SIFE Team (Students in Free Enterprise) recently presented a financial workshop for the staff of the Jackson County Health Department. The session was lead by Dr. Jim Goodpasture, assistant professor of business and business student Paige White. Content included budgeting and paying down debt.  Over 90 employees from the Jackson County Health Department attended the session.  Pictured from left, are: student Jerry Baker, Dr. Jim Goodpasture, Health Department Administrator William Long, student Paige White and student Devon Beachum.

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March 4, 2010

CHIPOLA’S JARRETT IS FCCAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College sophomore guard Bianca Jarrett earned FCCAA Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honors for the final week of the season, Feb.26.

            A native of Kenosho, Wisc., Jarrett averaged 34 points in her final three games of the season. In a span of six days, the second-year guard scored 39 points against Pensacola on Feb. 15, 31 points against Northwest Florida on Feb. 17 and 32 points against Tallahassee on Feb. 20.

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March 4, 2010

BETHLEHEM AND POPLAR SPRINGS WIN CHIPOLA 3-POINT SHOOTOUT

           

            MARIANNA—Brandon Donaldson of Bethlehem High and Rachel Ward of Poplar Springs High are the new champions of Chipola College’s Seventh Annual High School Three-Point Shootout.  

            Donaldson made 9 of 15 shots in the men’s finals. Two other men’s players made it to the finals of the annual competition: Josh Rogers of Sneads and RJ Bowers of Marianna.

            Rachel Ward connected on eight shots in the finals to take the championship in the women’s division. Sharlyn Marie Smith of Altha, Mychea Williams of Graceville and Autumn Speigner of Malone also made it to the final round.

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

            The winners have their names engraved on a trophy in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center and on a traveling championship trophy which will be housed in their respective school’s trophy cases during the coming year.

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CHIPOLA MEN’S HIGH SCHOOL 3-POINT CHAMP—Brandon Donaldson of Bethlehem High School is the news Champion of Chipola College’s High School Three-Point Shootout. Pictured from left, are finalists: RJ Bowers of Marianna, Chipola Appreciation Club President Bill Davis, Brandon Donaldson of Bethlehem (champion) and Josh Rogers of Sneads.   

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CHIPOLA WOMEN’S HIGH SCHOOL 3-POINT CHAMP—Rachel Ward of Poplar Springs High is the new Champion of Chipola College’s High School Three-Point Shootout. Pictured from left, are finalists from the competition: Sharlyn Marie Smith of Altha, Chipola Appreciation Club President Bill Davis, Rachel Ward of Poplar Springs (champion), Autumn Speigner of Malone and Mychea Williams of Graceville.           

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March 5, 2010

CHIPOLA’S JARRETT IS FCCAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College sophomore guard Bianca Jarrett earned FCCAA Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honors for the final week of the season, Feb.26.

            A native of Kenosho, Wisc., Jarrett averaged 34 points in her final three games of the season. In a span of six days, the second-year guard scored 39 points against Pensacola on Feb. 15, 31 points against Northwest Florida on Feb. 17 and 32 points against Tallahassee on Feb. 20.

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March 5, 2010

BETHLEHEM AND POPLAR SPRINGS WIN CHIPOLA 3-POINT SHOOTOUT

           

            MARIANNA—Brandon Donaldson of Bethlehem High and Rachel Ward of Poplar Springs High are the new champions of Chipola College’s Seventh Annual High School Three-Point Shootout.  

            Donaldson made 9 of 15 shots in the men’s finals. Two other men’s players made it to the finals of the annual competition: Josh Rogers of Sneads and RJ Bowers of Marianna.

            Rachel Ward connected on eight shots in the finals to take the championship in the women’s division. Sharlyn Marie Smith of Altha, Mychea Williams of Graceville and Autumn Speigner of Malone also made it to the final round.

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

            The winners have their names engraved on a trophy in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center and on a traveling championship trophy which will be housed in their respective school’s trophy cases during the coming year.

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CHIPOLA MEN’S HIGH SCHOOL 3-POINT CHAMP—Brandon Donaldson of Bethlehem High School is the news Champion of Chipola College’s High School Three-Point Shootout. Pictured from left, are finalists: RJ Bowers of Marianna, Chipola Appreciation Club President Bill Davis, Brandon Donaldson of Bethlehem (champion) and Josh Rogers of Sneads.   

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CHIPOLA WOMEN’S HIGH SCHOOL 3-POINT CHAMP—Rachel Ward of Poplar Springs High is the new Champion of Chipola College’s High School Three-Point Shootout. Pictured from left, are finalists from the competition: Sharlyn Marie Smith of Altha, Chipola Appreciation Club President Bill Davis, Rachel Ward of Poplar Springs (champion), Autumn Speigner of Malone and Mychea Williams of Graceville.           

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March 11, 2010

CHIPOLA’S TEAM KELSON WINS BRAIN BOWL TOURNEY

 

            ORLANDO—The Chipola College Brain Bowl team, represented solely by Dallin Kelson, won the Minnesota Undergrad Mirror held at Valencia CC, March 5-6.      Kelson beat FSU 260-60 in the final. He had only one loss in the tourney, to the University of South Florida. FSU had two losses, both to Chipola’s Kelson.

            On his way to the championship, Kelson won games against UF, UCF, and New College. He was the top scorer with 1,180 points. David Flowers of FSU was second, and Patrice Newkirk of New College was third.

            Kelson not only was the top scorer, but he averaged more points per game and more points per bonus than any team in the tournament. Tournament stats are available at http://aragab.myweb.usf.edu/MUT2010_standings.html.

            Chipola Brain Bowl coach Stan Young, says, “This was the single most impressive performance that I have ever witnessed by a community college player.” Kelson is a freshman on the Chipola team.

            Kelson and the rest of the Chipola team will compete for the FCCAA State Championship on March 18-20 at Brevard Community College in Cocoa Beach. Chipola is the two-time defending state champion.

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March 11, 2010

EXECUTIVE COACH TO ADDRESS CHIPOLA HONORS GROUP

 

            MARIANNA—Executive coach Lori Day, of New Day Solutions, Inc., will address the Chipola College Honors Program, Wednesday, March 17, at 1 p.m., in Jackson Lecture Hall. The public is invited to attend.

            Her presentation is entitled, “Take Your Choice.” Lori says, “Face it - life is not perfect, predictable or easy.  You have a choice.  Ride in the passenger seat or grip the wheel, hold on and cross the finish line with a trail of victory smoke.” The executive coach explains, “Where you are right now is a result of choices you have already made.  And through life, the stakes, consequences and rewards of those choices get greater and greater.   What choices will you take to write your story?  Will it be the safe route or the wildest ride of your life?”

            Day will talk about the difference between making and taking choices, the emotional importance of that difference, and the substantial impact these choices have on the future.

            Day is a 25-year financial services leader turned executive coach.   She brings a diverse level of experience in sales, operations, risk management, organizational design, strategic planning and leadership development to her clients.  During her corporate career, she enjoyed many successes coaching individuals and developing teams across multiple cultures, time zones, and disciplines. 

Day served as Senior Vice President for Bank of America. She was Assistant Vice-President for Merrill Lynch. After years as an executive, Day created her own company, New Day Solutions, Inc., to inspire others to have a better work and family life.   Lori is a wife and mother to four children and knows what it’s like to climb the corporate ladder in a skirt. 

            She is the wife of Chipola alumnus David Vaughn, a native of Marianna.

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March 11, 2010

CHIPOLA DEAN OF STUDENTS DR. JOAN MILLER RETIRES

 

            MARIANNA—Dr. Joan Miller, Chipola College Dean of Student Services, was honored at a retirement party in February.

            She served as Dean of Student Services since 2001 and as an administrator, academic advisor and faculty member at Chipola since 1982. 

            Dr. Miller represented the college by serving on many statewide committees for the Articulation Coordinating Committee and the Florida Academic Counseling & Tracking for Students System (FACTS.org). She also served as State Chair of the Student Life Skills Committee for the Florida Statewide Common Course Numbering System.

            She was Chair of the Educational Programs Committee; as the Governance Council Liaison to the Educational Support Services Committee; as a member of the Substantive Change Committee; and as a member of the Compliance Certification Team, achieving the College’s most recent Southern Association of Colleges & Schools (SACS) reaffirmation in 2008. 

            Dr. Miller was nominated by her peers to receive the Faculty/Administrator of the Year Award in 1999 and by the students to receive the 2000 Distinguished Service Award.

            She had three exemplary student development practices—Chipola Advising Manual, Chipola Senior Day Program, and Chipola Partners Program—accepted as finalists for the FACC Student Development Commission.  Dr. Miller presented the Chipola Advising Manual as an exemplary practice at the National Academic Advising Association Southeast Regional Conference and at the 24th Annual National Conference, and was a finalist for the League for Innovation Terry O’Banion Shared Journey Award.

            Dr. Miller served as a Chipola Partner with several district high schools and developed and taught Orientation and Career/Life Planning classes. She also served as the faculty sponsor for the Chipola Baptist Collegiate Ministry from 1982 to 1988.

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JOAN MILLER RETIRES FROM CHIPOLA—Dr. Joan Miller, Chipola College Dean of Student Services, was honored at a retirement party in February. She served as Dean of Student Services since 2001 and as an administrator, academic advisor and faculty member at Chipola since 1982. Here, Dr. Miller, surrounded by family, accepts an engraved silver tray from Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough

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March 11, 2010

CHIPOLA HEALTH SCIENCE PROS PRESENT AT SIMULATOR CONFERENCE

 

            TAMPA—A team of professionals from the Chipola College Health Science department including nursing faculty, patient simulation coordinator, paramedic instructors and the director, attended the Human Patient Simulation Network (HPSN) conference in Tampa.

            Some 1,000 health professionals attended the international conference which included numerous training sessions on the application and learning environment related to human patient simulators.

            The Chipola team presented a scenario using an interdisciplinary approach to learning.  The scene began with a video clip from the Sandra Bullock movie “28 Days.” The character was drinking and driving with cocaine use. A motor vehicle accident ensued and paramedics emerged as the first responders.  Audience volunteers were recruited to serve in the paramedic student role.  Another volunteer served as a student nurse who assisted as the nursing staff corresponded and worked in unison with the paramedics. 

            Vickie Stephens, Chipola Director of Health Science programs, says, “The purpose of the training session was to heighten the awareness of the various roles and responsibilities of each discipline and develop a deeper appreciation of the teamwork necessary to create the most favorable outcome for the patient.”  The use of the human patient simulator creates a realistic model that breathes and speaks, with pulse and blood pressure which can be monitored.  The use of moulage (the dressings, drainage, wigs, clothing, etc.) adds to the realism of the scene.

            A second video clip revealed a mock trial for the crash victim played by Chipola nursing student Shawna Philips. She was sentenced to 28 days of inpatient treatment as this was not her first offense.  Stephens, says, “This scenario provided a combination of psychiatric and medical issues that required treatment.  Often the entanglement with law enforcement is the very first entry into intensive mental health treatment.  People are holistic beings and issues of both the mind and body should be addressed.”

            The final video clip was created and compiled by Amy Sampson, Chipola Patient Skills Lab Coordinator, depicting survival clinical skills labs to the tune of “I Will Survive” with nursing-related lyrics sung by Chipola student Kylee Shores. Phil Crawford performed the sound editing for the video.

            Stephens indicated that the presentation was a success with positive feedback during the question and answer session.  “With the interdisciplinary approach to learning by pairing EMS personnel and nurses, it reveals that teamwork does make the dream work,” Stephens said.

            Several people from the Marianna area participated in the project, including: Judge Woodrow Hatcher, Prosecuting Attorney Shad Redmon, Defense Attorney Derrick Blount, and Probation Officer Stacey Goodson.  Many Chipola students from nursing, paramedic and EMT, collaborated on the project.

            The following employees represented the college at the conference: Keith Maddox, Paramedic Coordinator; Dr. Karen Lipford, nursing professor; Kathy Leigh, nursing professor; Ricky Winget, EMT Coordinator; Amy Sampson, SIMS Lab Coordinator and Vickie Stephens, Director of Health Sciences.

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CHIPOLA HEALTH SCIENCE PROS PRESENT AT SIMULATOR CONFERENCEA team of professionals from the Chipola College Health Science department attended the Human Patient Simulation Network (HPSN) conference in Tampa. Pictured from left, are: Keith Maddox, Paramedic Coordinator; Dr. Karen Lipford, nursing professor; Kathy Leigh, nursing professor; Ricky Winget, EMT Coordinator; Amy Sampson, SIMS Lab Coordinator and Vickie Stephens, Director of Health Sciences.

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‘WILL JESUS BUY ME A DOUBLE-WIDE?’ AUTHOR VISITS CHIPOLAKaren Spears Zacharias, author of “Will Jesus Buy Me a Double-Wide? ('Cause I Need More Room for My Plasma TV), visited the campus of Chipola College, March 1, for a book-signing. The author led a discussion on “God and Money.” She is pictured (right) with Chipola student Alicia Killings. Zacharias’ Chipola appearance coincided with the release of her long-awaited about money and religion. Information about the author is available at www.karenzach.com.

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March 11, 2010

PUBLIC INVITED TO MARCH 25 MEETING OF BLUE SPRINGS GROUP

 

             MARIANNA—The public is invited to attend a meeting of the Jackson Blue Spring Basin Working Group, Thursday, March 25, in the Continuing Education Building Conference Room at Chipola College.

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

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

            Russell Williams, Jackson County Springs Ambassador, will give an update of the Sinkhole Clean-up Project.

            Edd Sorenson will give an update on Cave System Exploration.

            The documentary, “Gimme Green: America’s Obsession with Lawns,” will be presented.

            Tom Daniels, retired educator and Millpond resident, will discuss fishing in the Millpond.

            Tom Daniels, and John and Becky Trott will discuss the history of the Millpond.

            Darrell Smith will discuss the Suwannee River Partnership.

            David Wright, moderator-IFAS will lead a panel discussion with farmers Craig Bishop, Larry Ford, Jeff Pittman, regarding farming in the Blue Springs Basin.

            Attendees are invited to take a Basin Field Trip to the A.W. Hatcher Farm.

            Old Timer’s Day at Blue Springs is set for May 8.

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

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March 11, 2010

CHIPOLA BASEBALL EVEN IN FIRST CONFERENCE GAMES

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College baseball team split their first two Panhandle Conference games with Pensacola Junior College.

            The Indians’ Michael Revell, Joey Rapp and Cody Martin all hit homers to lead Chipola to a 9-3 win over Pensacola on March 10. Garrett Baker earned the win on the mound for Chipola. Duncan Midkiff picked up the save.  

            Pensacola held the Indians scoreless (6-0) in the conference opener on March 8. The Indians had three hits on the day from LeVon Washington, Michael Revell and Aaron Etchison. Pitcher Austin Wright was charged with the loss for Chipola.

            The Indians play at Pensacola March 12 before returning home to host Tallahassee March 13 at 1 p.m. Chipola travels to TCC March 15 and hosts TCC again, March 17 at 5 p.m.  Chipola begins a three game series at Gulf Coast March 19. The Indians host Gulf Coast at 1 p.m. on March 20.

            Chipola (13-12) is tied for eighth with Palm Beach in the FCCAA State poll.

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

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March 11, 2010

CHIPOLA HOSTS GULF COAST IN SOFTBALL CONFERENCE OPENER

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola Lady Indians open the conference race Wednesday, March 17, in a 4 p.m. double-header with Gulf Coast.

            The Lady Indians team improved to 26-6 after sweeping Heartland College in a double-header on March 10.

            Brittany Black threw 10 strikeouts to lead Chipola to an 11-2 win in game one. Emma Stevenson picked up the win in game two.

            Chipola swept Darton College in a March 6 double-header. Black was the winning pitcher in Chipola’s 3-2 win in game one. Stevenson picked up in the win for the Lady Indians in the 11-2 game two.

            The Lady Indians are ranked third in the FCCAA State Poll begin top-ranked Miami-Dade and number two Santa Fe. Northwest is fourth. TCC is fifth and Gulf Coast is eighth.

            Chipola heads to Jacksonville March 12-13 for games with St. Johns, St. Pete, FCCJ and Seminole (OK).

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March 11, 2010

CHIPOLA BASEBALL EVEN IN FIRST CONFERENCE GAMES

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College baseball team split their first two Panhandle Conference games with Pensacola Junior College.

            The Indians’ Michael Revell, Joey Rapp and Cody Martin all hit homers to lead Chipola to a 9-3 win over Pensacola on March 10. Garrett Baker earned the win on the mound for Chipola. Duncan Midkiff picked up the save.  

            Pensacola held the Indians scoreless (6-0) in the conference opener on March 8. The Indians had three hits on the day from LeVon Washington, Michael Revell and Aaron Etchison. Pitcher Austin Wright was charged with the loss for Chipola.

            The Indians play at Pensacola March 12 before returning home to host Tallahassee March 13 at 1 p.m. Chipola travels to TCC March 15 and hosts TCC again, March 17 at 5 p.m.  Chipola begins a three game series at Gulf Coast March 19. The Indians host Gulf Coast at 1 p.m. on March 20.

            Chipola (13-12) is tied for eighth with Palm Beach in the FCCAA State poll.

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

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Michael Revell hit a homerun to lead Chipola to a 9-3 win over Pensacola on March 10.

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March 11, 2010

CHIPOLA HOSTS GULF COAST IN SOFTBALL CONFERENCE OPENER

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola Lady Indians open the conference race Wednesday, March 17, in a 4 p.m. double-header with Gulf Coast.

            The Lady Indians team improved to 26-6 after sweeping Heartland College in a double-header on March 10.

            Brittany Black threw 10 strikeouts to lead Chipola to an 11-2 win in game one. Emma Stevenson picked up the win in game two.

            Chipola swept Darton College in a March 6 double-header. Black was the winning pitcher in Chipola’s 3-2 win in game one. Stevenson picked up in the win for the Lady Indians in the 11-2 game two.

            The Lady Indians are ranked third in the FCCAA State Poll begin top-ranked Miami-Dade and number two Santa Fe. Northwest is fourth. TCC is fifth and Gulf Coast is eighth.

            Chipola heads to Jacksonville March 12-13 for games with St. Johns, St. Pete, FCCJ and Seminole (OK).

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Emma Stevenson was the winning pitcher in two of the Lady Indians last four wins.

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March 18, 2010

CHIPOLA THEATER TO HOLD AUDITIONS FOR CHILDREN’S SHOW

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College Theater will hold auditions for the children’s show, “The Three Little . . .,” March 22-23, at 6 p.m. 
            Three Little Pigs, Three Blind Mice and others find that three is a magic number in this high energy original adaptation by Chipola director Charles Sirmon and choreographer Chris Manasco.

            The show will be performed for hundreds of local elementary students with a public performance set for Thursday, May 13, at 7 p.m.

            For information, call Charles Sirmon at 718-2227, or email: sirmonc@chipola.edu.  

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March 18, 2010

CHIPOLA COLLEGE OFFERS FREE TAX PREPARATION

 

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

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

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

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

           

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March 18, 2010

PUBLIC INVITED TO MARCH 25 MEETING OF BLUE SPRINGS GROUP

 

             MARIANNA—The public is invited to attend a meeting of the Jackson Blue Spring Basin Working Group, Thursday, March 25, in the Continuing Education Building Conference Room at Chipola College.

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

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

            Russell Williams, Jackson County Springs Ambassador, will give an update of the Sinkhole Clean-up Project.

            Edd Sorenson will give an update on Cave System Exploration.

            The documentary, “Gimme Green: America’s Obsession with Lawns,” will be presented.

            Tom Daniels, retired educator and Millpond resident, will discuss fishing in the Millpond.

            Tom Daniels, and John and Becky Trott will discuss the history of the Millpond.

            Darrell Smith will discuss the Suwannee River Partnership.

            David Wright, moderator-IFAS will lead a panel discussion with farmers Craig Bishop, Larry Ford, Jeff Pittman, regarding farming in the Blue Springs Basin.

            Attendees are invited to take a Basin Field Trip to the A.W. Hatcher Farm.

            Old Timer’s Day at Blue Springs is set for May 8.

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

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March 18, 2010

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MOUNT IS TOP EMPLOYEE—Edward Mount is Chipola College’s Career Employee for April. Mount serves as the Custodial Supervisor and has worked at the college since 2006. Pictured from left, are: interim college president Dr. Sarah Clemmons, Edward Mount and Physical Plant director Harry Fleener.

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March 18, 2010

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EXECUTIVE COACH SPEAKS AT CHIPOLA HONORSExecutive coach Lori Day, of New Day Solutions, Inc., recently addressed students in the Chipola College Honors Program. Here, Day (left) receives a Chipola shirt from Honors student Aja Finkley of Chipola. Lori Day is the wife of Chipola alumnus David Vaughn, a native of Marianna.

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March 18, 2010

LADY INDIANS HOST TCC TUESDAY

            MARIANNA—The Lady Indians jumped out to a 2-0 record in the Panhandle Conference race after sweeping a March 17 double-header with Gulf Coast.

            Chipola won the first game 7-0 and game two, 3-1.

            Chipola split a pair with Middle Georgia on March 15. The Lady Indians scored an 11-1 win in game one behind the pitching of Emma Stevenson. It took Middle Georgia eight innings to beat Chipola 4-3 in the second game.

            The Lady Indians lost a 2-1 battle with Florida State College on March 13. Stevenson took the loss for Chipola. Nikki Roddy was two for three at the plate.

            Chipola scored a big 11-1 win over St. Petersburg on March 12. Brittany Black was the winning pitcher for the Lady Indians.

            The Lady Indians travel to Pensacola for a double-header on March 20. Chipola returns home to host Tallahassee in a double-header on Tuesday, March 23, at 3 p.m.

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

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March 18, 2010

CHIPOLA BASEBALL HOSTS THREE AT HOME

           

            MARIANNA— The Chipola Indians improved to 3-2 in the Panhandle Conference after splitting a pair of games with Tallahassee.

            Tallahassee came out on top 7-1 in the March 15 game. Chipola scored a 5-3 win over TCC on March 13. Austin Wright picked up the win on the mound for Chipola. Levon Washington was two for three with a homerun, three RBI’s and three runs scored. 

            The Indians’ March 17 game with Tallahassee was postponed until 2:30 p.m. on March 18.

            Chipola outlasted Pensacola 12-11 in a March 12 battle.

            Chipola plays a three game series with Gulf Coast, March 19-22. The Indians play at Gulf Coast, Friday, March 19 at 2 p.m., before returning home to host Gulf Coast, Saturday, March 20, in a 1 p.m. game.  Chipola returns to Gulf Coast for a 5 p.m. game on March 22.

            Chipola hosts L.B. Wallace, Thursday, March 25, at 3 p.m.

            The conference standing as of March 18 are: Gulf Coast (2-1), Chipola (3-2), Tallahassee (3-2), Pensacola (1-2) and Northwest (2-4).

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March 25, 2010

 

CHIPOLA BRAIN BOWLERS WIN THIRD STRAIGHT STATE TITLE

 

 COCOA, FL—The Chipola Brain Bowl Team on March 20 won the FCCAA State Championship for the third year in a row.            

             Chipola defeated Valencia CC 730-350 in the final to claim the title. The team finished the initial round robin with a perfect 9-0 record on their way to the championship game, which pitted Chipola against Valencia in the championship for the second straight.           

             Three Chipola team members were among the top 10 individuals in the tourney. Dallin Kelson was fifth overall with 750 points. Cody Pickens was sixth with 495 points. Ethan Hewett scored 440 points to take tenth place overall.  Nathan Hooppell and Drew Padgett also scored among the top 40 players in the tournament.            

             Chipola head coach Stan Young, said, “Assistant coach Robert Dunkle and I thank everyone for the support we have received this year. We all should be proud.”                     

             The championship and other tournament games can be viewed at:http://www.psblive.com/index.php?option=com_broadcasts&Itemid=84.         

             The Chipola Brain Bowl A Team also tied for fourth in the Community College National Championship held at Chipola Feb. 26-27.  The Chipola B Team tied for tenth.           

             Chipola A will finish the season with an appearance at the Division II National Championship in Chicago on April 10.            

             Chipola Brain Bowl coaches are Stan Young and Dr. Robert Dunkle.     

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CHIPOLA BRAIN BOWLERS WIN THIRD STRAIGHT STATE TITLE—The Chipola Brain Bowl Team on March 20 won the FCCAA State Championship for the third year in a row. Pictured from left are team members: Cody Pickens, Dallin Kelson, coach Dr. Robert Dunkle, Nathan Hooppell, coach Stan Young, Ethan Hewett and Drew Padgett. 

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March 25, 2010

CHIPOLA BUSINESS GROUP WINS STATE AWARDS

           

            TAMPA—Chipola College Phi Beta Lambda members took top honors at the recent Florida PBL State Leadership Conference in Tampa. 

            Chipola students competed against 380 students from colleges and universities throughout the state in performance events and exams. Four Chipola students placed among the top five in the following contests: Jordan Hatcher – 3rd place in Justice Administration;  Tracy Scott – 4th place in Accounting Principles; Paige White – 5th place in Client Service; and Michael Ingram – 5th place Financial Analysis and Decision Making.

            Qualifying students will advance to the National PBL Leadership Conference set for July in Nashville. The Chipola students will also participate in numerous leadership and career development workshops to acquire cutting-edge skills for today’s competitive business environment.

            PBL is the college level division of FBLA-PBL, the largest business career student organization in the world.  Chipola Associate Professor, Vikki Milton, serves as the PBL adviser, and as the Florida District I PBL State Adviser.

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CHIPOLA BUSINESS GROUP WINS STATE AWARDS—Chipola College Phi Beta Lambda members took top honors at the recent Florida PBL State Leadership Conference in Tampa. Pictured from left, are: Jordan Hatcher, Tracy Scott, Paige White, Michael Ingram and Devon Beechum.

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March 25, 2010

 

EARLY REGISTRATION FOR CHIPOLA FALL TERM SET FOR APRIL

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer two weeks of early registration in April for the Fall 2010 term.

            Early registration dates for current students are based on the number of hours completed. The following dates are scheduled: April 19, students with 45 or more hours; April 20, students with 15 or more hours; April 21-22 and April 26-30, students with at least one hour.

            All current students with one or more hours also will be eligible to register for Fall classes June 14-17.

            For information, visit www.chipola.edu, or call the Registration Office at 718-2311.

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CHIPOLA EARLY REGISTRATION FOR FALL—Chipola College will offer two weeks of early registration in April for the Fall 2010 term. Chipola students Dustin Dryden and Madison Wester discuss their classes. For information, visit www.chipola.edu, or call the Registration Office at 718-2311.

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March 25, 2010

 

CHIPOLA MUSIC, ART AND THEATRE AUDITION DATES SET

 

            Scholarship Audition dates for Music and Theatre scholarships at Chipola College for 2010-11 have been set for April 15.  Show Choir auditions are set for April 19.

            Students majoring in art should submit their application, letters of recommendation, and portfolio no later than April 22 to the Office of Fine and Performing Arts. 

            Applications in all areas may be obtained by phoning Chipola College’s Fine and Performing Arts Department, 718-2277 or 718-2301, or they may be obtained from the college’s web site: www.chipola.edu clicking on Fine Arts and then scholarships.

            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. Show Choir auditions are open to all students in all majors.  Rock and Jazz scholarships tuition scholarships are available upon audition for instrumentalists who are non- music majors.

            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 through the Chipola Foundation.

            For information, contact Joan Stadsklev, Director of the Fine and Performing Arts, at 718-2301 or stadsklevj@chipola.edu

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March 25, 2010

 

ACE IS THE PLACE FOR CHIPOLA STUDENTS

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College students are providing feedback about the Academic Center of Excellence (ACE) and its positive impact on learning at the college.

            The ACE provides free peer tutoring, scheduled reviews for specific courses, access to computers for class assignments, supplemental instruction for high risk courses, and academic advising.

            “We’ve tried to create an academically rigorous environment where students can work on a variety of courses, ranging from Earth Science to Differential Equations and from Developmental Reading to Humanities,” said ACE Coordinator Bonnie Smith. “Of course, we support formation of study groups for any class at Chipola, but most of our requests for assistance still come from math and science students.”

            Attendance was up to more than 200 student visits per day during Fall 2009 compared to only 25 a day when the center opened in Spring 2007.  Nearly 900 different students made some 8,000 visits to the ACE during the Fall 2009 semester. “Student enthusiasm for the ACE continues to be greater than we expected,” said Smith. “In fact, one student logged in 94 times last semester,” said Smith, “and dozens made 75 or more visits.”

            Student tutors are among the most important components of the ACE program. The ACE has 19 students employed this semester. To be considered for a tutor position, a student must have a GPA of 3.0, have received an A or B in the course(s) for which they wish to tutor, or be in a more advanced course in the same academic discipline. They must also receive an excellent recommendation by a college faculty member. Tutors must re-apply each semester and only those with satisfactory evaluations are re-hired.

            “I think we all expected the ACE to help students who used the services to be more successful in their classes, but we didn’t realize how much difference it would make for the tutors themselves.” She said several of our best tutors have decided to become teachers as a result of their work in the ACE. “I’ve also noticed that many have given up their off-campus jobs so they can work more hours helping other students learn.” According to Smith, having the right tutors has been the most important element in the success of the ACE.

            The ACE also offers Chipola Supplemental Instruction (CSI) sessions for students in high risk math and science courses which have traditionally had a high rate of D’s, F’s, or W’s. CSI is Chipola’s version of Supplemental Instruction on the model developed by the University of Missouri—Kansas City. “I think we can safely say we have increased the number of students participating, the number of times students attend, and improved the grades of those who participate,” said Smith.

            Since the ACE assumed CSI, Smith said she’s learned to modify CSI and tutoring sessions to accommodate the 4-Day/1-Day class schedule, the shortened Terms B and C (8-week terms), the scheduling of rigorous academic classes like Chemistry only at night in 3-hour time blocks, and the totally and partially on-line courses “We’ve tried to respond to all these schedule changes and new course formats so we can provide assistance when students need it most,” said Smith.

            The ACE is part of a $1.85 million Title III—Strengthening Institutions Program project which is in its fourth year of implementation. ACE opened in March 2007 as the first Title III component.

            Chipola’s interim president Dr. Sarah Clemmons said, “The ACE has brought a learning renaissance across campus as students and faculty benefit from the investment of federal funds in the institution.” She said Title III grants are approved only if they show a plan to help an institution become stronger as it develops more capacity to fulfill its mission. “Chipola has certainly increased its capacity during the last four years. With the investment of federal funds into campus facilities, students, personnel, technology, and learning resources, the college is becoming stronger and more able to serve students,” said Clemmons.

New Building and Improved Technology

            The ACE originally occupied four classrooms in an existing building. After its remarkable success, the college received over $1.5 million in state funds to renovate and expand the building to include two additional classrooms, a spacious foyer, restrooms, and a staff kitchen. The center has state-of-the-art instructional technology. In addition to the 13 computers, two multi-media presentation systems, a flat-screen TV, and a “Smart Board” which have been part of the ACE from the beginning, the ACE is now wireless-enabled and has log-in stations with tracking software. Smith said these new additions have probably doubled the capacity of the center. Since February 2008, student use of the ACE has been monitored by Accutrack, a student tracking system which allows students to log in at the door. Daily, weekly, term, and annual reports can be produced. “We now have more accurate attendance data for assessment and planning,” said Smith.

Plans for the Future of the ACE

            The Title III Team and ACE staff are considering several possibilities for the future of the ACE, the first of which is to increase the number of instructors who spend time helping students in the ACE. “We’ve had great faculty participation, especially this semester,” said Smith, “but I hope to involve instructors even more.” Smith also hopes to develop periodic seminars on critical thinking, leadership, basic skills, and other topics. “I also envision the creation of mini-seminars on some topics which will help students make better decisions, study harder, and remain in college until they graduate. “And, of course, I always want more computers.” added Smith. “The possibilities are endless.”

            Anonymous student comments about ACE are nearly all positive. One student said, “I love the ACE lab! It is a great source for students to seek additional help outside the classroom. The ACE Lab is literally the Key to success in college.” Another said, “The staff and the tutors are extremely helpful. The ACE program is incredible and sets Chipola apart from all other colleges in Florida.”

            To learn more about ACE, contact Bonnie Smith at 850-526-2761, Ext. 3247.

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ACE IS THE PLACE AT CHIPOLA—Chipola College students are providing feedback about the Academic Center of Excellence (ACE) and its positive impact on learning at the college. Here, ACE coordinator Bonnie Smith (left) works out a math problem with Stephanie Calix of Chipley. 

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March 25, 2010

 

CHIPOLA PITCHER IS NJCAA PITCHER OF THE WEEK

 

            COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Chipola College softball player Emma Stevenson has been named the NJCAA Softball Pitcher of the Week for Division 1community colleges.

            Stevenson picked up three more wins for Chipola in the last week of play.  On March 15, in a 9-1 win over Middle Georgia, Stevenson gave up one run on three hits with two walks and seven strikeouts through seven innings. 

            On March 17, in a 3-1 win over Gulf Coast, the 5'3" freshman, again, gave up just one run on five hits with two walks and eight strikeouts through seven innings of work. 

            On March 20, against Pensacola, Stevenson threw seven innings giving up one unearned run on five hits with two walks and eight strikeouts. 

            For the week, she threw 21 innings giving up 13 hits, three runs, five walks, and had 23 strikeouts.  Stevenson currently holds a .67 ERA.

            Chipola leads the conference race with a 5-1 mark. The Lady Indians finish the conference season with three home doubleheaders: Pensacola on April 7 at 4 p.m.; TCC on April 10 at 1 p.m. and Northwest on April 16 at 4 p.m.

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March 25, 2010

 

LADY INDIANS LEAD PANHANDLE CONFERENCE

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola Lady Indians softball team plays at Northwest on March 30 and at Gulf Coast on April 1.

            The Lady Indians finish up the conference season with three home doubleheaders: Pensacola on April 7 at 4 p.m.; TCC on April 10 at 1 p.m. and Northwest on April 16 at 4 p.m.

            Chipola leads the Panhandle Conference with a 5-1 record. Northwest is 3-1. Pensacola is 3-3. Gulf Coast is 1-3 and TCC is 0-4.

            Chipola is third in the FCCAA poll behind top-ranked Miami Dade and second place Santa Fe. Northwest is fourth. TCC is seventh and Gulf Coast is ninth.

            Chipola (31-10) swept a pair of games from number seven Tallahassee, winning 4-0 and 7-4 on March 23 in Tallahassee.

            Brittany Black tossed a four-hit shutout in the opener to lead the Indians (33-10, 5-1 PC) to the 4-0 victory.

            Chipola logged only four hits off TCC's Sara Scott and Paige Martin but the Indians took advantage of a pair of TCC errors to plate their four runs.

            Chipola got on the board with an unearned run in the first. A fifth-inning error by the Eagles started what would become a three-run inning for Chipola. With one run already in, Ariell van Hook singled up the middle to score two more runs and give the Indians a 4-0 advantage.

            In the second game, Chipola forced eight errors in a 7-4 win against the Lady Eagles. Chipola took advantage of the Eagles' miscues to build a 5-0 lead entering the bottom of the fourth.

            Chelsea Good put TCC on the board with a two-run homer to cut the deficit to 5-2. Chipola scored two runs in its half of the fifth to regain a five-run lead, 7-2. Jennifer Elmore hit a solo home run in the sixth to bring the Eagles within four, 7-3.

            In their final at-bat, the Lady Eagles brought the winning run to the plate against Chipola starter Emma Stevenson. Good drew a two-out, bases-loaded walk to score Scott, but Rochelle Mills grounded out to second base to end the game.

            Stevenson picked up the win for Chipola while Morgan Grove was tagged with the loss for TCC. Chipola’s van Hook went 2-for-7 with a home run and four RBI’s in the doubleheader to lead Chipola.

            The FCCAA state softball tournament is set for April 30 in Auburndale.

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March 25, 2010

 CHIPOLA BASEBALL HOSTS NORTHWEST

            MARIANNA—The Chipola Indians baseball team hosts Northwest College Monday, March 29, at 5 p.m. and again Friday, April 2, at 2 p.m.  Chipola plays at Northwest on March 31.

            Chipola hosts Pensacola Saturday, April 3, at 1 p.m. and again Wednesday, April 7, at 5 p.m. The Indians play at PJC on April 5.

            Chipola hosts Tallahassee Saturday, April 10, at 1 p.m.

            With 13 games remaining in the Panhandle Conference race, the Indians are 3-6 in league play. Gulf Coast (5-1) leads the league. TCC is 5-4. PJC is 3-3. Northwest is 2-6.

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

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