March 1, 2011

SMALL BUSINESS SEMINARS SET FOR MARCH 11 AT CHIPOLA

           

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer two small business seminars on Friday, March 11. 

            The first five students to sign up for any seminar will receive free admission.  Students should contact Elissa Severson at 718-2441 or sign up in person in Building M, Office 208A.

            On Friday, March 11, a Webinar entitled, “Are You Missing Tax Deductions?” will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Participants will learn which tax deduction areas are being missed due to lack of communication with the tax preparer?  Existing business owners will determine if a change of entity can decrease their taxes.   

            Also on March 11, a seminar entitled, “Ultimate Business Plan,” will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Participants will learn to create an impressive business plan to ensure business success.

            The workshops will meet in Room M-108 of the Chipola Business and Technology building. Cost of each seminar is $30.

            Register at http://clients.floridasbdc.org/center.aspx?center=41230&subloc=4

For information, contact Dr. Jim Froh at 718-2413 or email: frohj@chipola.edu

 

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March 3, 2011

CHIPOLA WINS BRAIN BOWL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

 

PANAMA CITY—Chipola College A defeated Chipola B 405-175 in the last round of the playoffs and 445-175 in the first game of the finals to claim the National Academic Quiz Tournament (NAQT) Championship, the first national title in school history.

Both Chipola teams were undefeated until they played each other in the last round of the playoffs, and Chipola A won that match.  Chipola A was then granted a one-game advantage going into the final and won the first game to win the title.

Dallin Kelson played solo as Chipola A and finished the tournament as the top individual scorer as well. This is the first time a player has won the national championship competing as a solo team. Kelson averaged 374 points per game, the highest scoring average ever for a community college team and he broke the individual scoring record by 20 points per game.

            Chipola B consisted of: Paul Kelson, Harrison Fuqua, Ashley Adams, Zach Gilmore and Nick Ratzlaff. Paul Kelson finished the tournament as the second overall individual scorer behind his brother Dallin. 

Chipola C also had a strong showing finishing 7th overall. Chipola C team members are: Brittany Stephens, Travis Bontrager, Annemarie Nichols and Alton Stone. Stephens and Nichols finished 17th and 19th respectively in individual scoring.

Both Chipola teams (A and B) will now advance to the DII Intercollegiate Championship Tournament on April 9 in Chicago where they will compete with the top four-year college and university teams in the nation. Only six community college teams in the country were invited to the DII championship.

Chipola Brain Bowl coach Stan Young said, “We are very proud of the work that our players have done to reach this goal. Coach Dr. Robert Dunkle and I thank the college and community for their continued support.”

In the three years preceding this one, Chipola teams have placed second, second and fourth at the NAQT national tourney. This year, three Chipola teams placed first, second and seventh. Chipola also is the three-time defending state Florida Community College Activities Association (FCCAA) Brain Bowl champion.

Link to overall standings:   http://www.naqt.com/stats/tournament-teams.jsp?tournament_id=3481&playoffs=1

Link to Chipola A games:  http://www.naqt.com/stats/team-performance.jsp?team_id=30268

Link to the DII field that Chipola will compete against in Chicago:  http://www.naqt.com/ict/2011/invitations-dii.html

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CHIPOLA’S KELSON WINS NATIONAL BRAIN BOWL CHAMPIONSHIP--Dallin Kelson playing solo as the Chipola College A claimed the National Academic Quiz Tournament (NAQT) Championship, the first national title in school history. Dallin Kelson finished the tournament as the top individual scorer as well.

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March 3, 2011

 

CHIPOLA B FINISHES SECOND TO CHIPOLA A IN CHAMPIONSHIP— The Chipola College B team finished second to Chipola A in the National Academic Quiz Tournament (NAQT) Championship. Chipola B team members are, from left: Ashley Adams, Harrison Fuqua, Zach Gilmore, Nick Ratzlaff and Paul Kelson (not pictured). Paul Kelson finished the tournament as the second overall individual scorer behind his brother Dallin. 

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March 3, 2011

WRITER MARK HINSON TO SPEAK AT CHIPOLA

 

MARIANNA—Mark Hinson, senior writer and columnist for the Tallahassee Democrat, will speak at the Chipola College Honors seminar, Wednesday, March 9, at 1 p.m., in Jackson Hall in the Literature Language Building. The public is invited to attend the meeting.

Hinson is a columnist for the Democrat and Tallahassee.com, both part of the Gannett news chain. His Sunday column, “For Amusement Purposes,” is one of the most popular features in the Democrat.

He is currently at work on a novel titled “Stack of Bibles” and a memoir called “No One Said There Would Be Cats.”

Hinson is a native of Marianna. Two of his ancestors fought in the Battle of Marianna; one got shot in the buttocks and the other was taken prisoner but later escaped during a bathroom break. They were not on the winning side, by the way.

He is a graduate of Marianna High School and Chipola College, where he was editor of the yearbook and cartoonist/writer for the Papoose. Hinson studied political science, journalism and creative writing at both the University of Florida and Florida State University.

In the late ‘80s, he worked at the New Orleans Times Picayune. During his 20 years at the Democrat, Hinson has met, interviewed and written about such figures as Philip Glass, Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Kurt Vonnegut, Joseph Heller, John Waters, Mavis Staples, Randy Newman, Jonathan Demme, Fred Armisen, Anthony Bourdain, Peter Weir and many more.

He’s also covered such stories as the making of the world’s largest pizza, the 20th anniversary of Elvis’ death at Graceland, riding shotgun in the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile and flying on a private plane with The Lady Chablis.

A native of Marianna, Mark grew up in a pecan orchard with his three brothers, one of whom is Richard Hinson, a Chipola English instructor. 

Hinson is married to Amy Chason, also a Chipola alumnus, and they have two Russian Blue cats – Pinko Commie and Shuggie Pop.

 

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March 3, 2011

CHIPOLA’S ‘Little shop of horrors’ opens march 9

           

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College production of the Off-Broadway musical, "Little Shop of Horrors" opens a five-day run, March 9, with shows nightly at 7 p.m. and a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee.

            Tickets are available in the Chipola College Business Office or by phoning 850-718-2204.

             “Little Shop of Horrors” centers on flower-shop employee Seymour who discovers an exotic plant species at a flea market and brings it back to Mushnik’s Skid Row Florist, where the mysterious plant draws in curiosity seekers and customers. Mushnik is thrilled with the new business, but soon, Seymour learns the plant has an unusual appetite that must be satisfied.  The plant, named “Audrey 2,” having developed a mind and a rhythm-and-blues singing voice of its own, demands that Seymour fulfill its cravings, promising wealth and fame in exchange. Some material in the show is best suited to adult audiences.

            The stage show was re-made as a popular film starring Steve Martin as the sadistic dentist. 

Music in the show was written and composed by the team of Alan Menkene and Howard Ashman. The duo also wrote tunes for the Disney versions of “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Alladin.” Menken was nominated for an Oscar for his work in the Disney animated hit, “Tangled.”

            Chipola Theater director Charles Sirmon selected a cast of 30, including the following roles: Meghan Gilliland as Ronnette, Deanna Harrison as Chiffon, Kayla Todd as Crystal, Griffin Smith as Mushnik, Dianna Glaze as Audrey, Trey McKay as Seymour, Chris Holloway as Orin, D.R. Forrester as Audrey II (manipulation), Caleb Lovely as Audrey II (voice) and Piper Williams as Interviewer.

            The Skid Row Ensemble includes Alex Parish, Allison Bunge, Ashleigh Stowe, Austin Pettis, Tabitha Shumaker, Matthew Van Buren, Joshua Tetlow, Pipper Williams, Blake Collins, Ryan Pilcher, Clint Touchton, Elizabeth Mathis, Austin Brockner, Lee Shook, Joy Wallace, Alexus Perry, Allie Brockner, Sierra Hill, Olivia Corbin, Keith Watford and Seth Basford.

            Austin Pettis is Stage Manager and Alex Anderson is Assistant Stage Manager. Chris Manasco is directing the choreography for the show.

            For ticket information, call 718-2204.

                                   

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LITTLE SHOP TICKETS ON SALE AT CHIPOLA—Tickets are now on sale for the Chipola College production of the musical, "Little Shop of Horrors." The  show opens a five-day run, March 9, with shows nightly at 7 p.m. and a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee. Pictured from left, are: Griffin Smith as Mushnik, Trey McKay as Seymour and Dianna Glaze as Audrey. For ticket information, call 718-2204.

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March 3, 2011

 

CHIPOLA PRESENTS AT HUMAN PATIENT SIMULATION CONFERENCE

 

TAMPAStudents and faculty from the Chipola College Health Science program attended the Human Patient Simulation Network (HPSN) Conference in Tampa, Feb. 21-24. 

Chipola College Associate Degree in Nursing Program presented two sessions at the conference. Through an interactive, scenario-based simulation exercise, the group shared the benefits of utilizing advanced semester students to mentor fundamental nursing students.  The mentoring idea was born from a suggestion by Chipola student nurse, Michelle Daniels, during her first semester in the program. 

The work of nursing scholar Patricia Benner is utilized in the novice-to-expert framework. The benefits of student mentoring include:  leadership, improved communication, and self-efficacy in clinical skills for advanced students.  Fundamentals students benefit from peer-oriented learning which is less anxiety-producing and promotes cohesion among other students in the program. 

Vickie Stephens, Chipola Health Science director, says, “The new simulation mentoring program has been a win-win for all students in the nursing program.” 

Chipola students and faculty were honored at a luncheon at the conference.  The group also attended other innovative learning sessions during the week. 

Chipola was represented by nursing students:  Michelle Daniels, Jessica Tillman, Lyndsey Wainwright, and Keith Watford.  Chipola faculty and staff supporting the students were:  Amy Sampson, Patient Simulation Coordinator; Dr. Karen Lipford, Professor, and Vickie Stephens, Health Sciences Director.

More than 1,100 health science students and professionals from 35 countries attended the international conference.  Seven colleges/universities attended with 31 students presenting in the plenary sessions. 

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CHIPOLA PRESENTS AT HUMAN SIMULATION CONFERENCE—Students and faculty from the Chipola College Health Science program attended the Human Patient Simulation Network (HPSN) Conference in Tampa, Feb. 21-24. Pictured from left, are:  student Lyndsey Wainwright, professor Dr. Karen Lipford, student Jessica Tillman, Chipola Health Science director Vickie Stephens, students Michelle Daniels, Keith Watford, and Patient Simulation Coordinator Amy Sampson.

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March 3, 2011

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COLEY SCHOLARSHIP FUND GROWS—Friends of the late David Coley recently added $61,000 to the David Coley Scholarship Fund at Chipola College. Pictured from left, are: Rep. Brad Drake, Rep. Kelli Stargel, Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough, Rep. Marti Coley, Vance Coley, Kristin Coley, Sen. Bill Montford and Rep. Ed Hooper.

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MARTIN IS EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTHRobert Martin (left) accepts the March Chipola College Career Employee of the Month award from Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough. Martin has worked in the college Physical Plant since 2001. 

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March 3, 2011

FIREARMS COURSE SET AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will hold an 8-hour Firearms Familiarization course for men and women, Saturday, March 19, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Chipola Annex Firing Range on the Blue Springs Highway.

            Although this class can be used to meet requirements to obtain a concealed weapon permit, women who simply want to learn to shoot or take a refresher course are also welcome.  Students may bring personal weapon (to be left in vehicle until requested by instructors).

            Only .38 cal, 9mm, and .40 cal ammunition will be provided. College weapons will be utilized for most of the course, but students will be allowed to shoot their own weapons at some point if they bring ammunition or if it is one of the caliber mentioned above.

            Registration and payment of the $100 fee must be completed in advance. Class size is limited. Use of a weapon and ammunition are included in the cost of the course.

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

 

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March 3, 2011

SMALL BUSINESS SEMINARS SET FOR MARCH 11 AT CHIPOLA

           

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer two small business seminars on Friday, March 11. 

            The first five students to sign up for any seminar will receive free admission.  Students should contact Elissa Severson at 718-2441 or sign up in person in Building M, Office 208A.

            On Friday, March 11, a Webinar entitled, “Are You Missing Tax Deductions?” will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Participants will learn which tax deduction areas are being missed due to lack of communication with the tax preparer?  Existing business owners will determine if a change of entity can decrease their taxes.   

            Also on March 11, a seminar entitled, “Ultimate Business Plan,” will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Participants will learn to create an impressive business plan to ensure business success.

            Valerie Simmons, Certified Business Analyst, with the Small Business Development Council, leads the seminars at Chipola. She says, “The Ultimate Business Plan seminar helps new and existing businesses create a successful plan to ensure the success of their business.  This includes a marketing plan and financial projections.   The finished business plan can be taken to banks and other investors and will ensure the success of the business being worked out on paper first before costly mistakes are made.  It helps first time businesses to pick the right business to go into.  It helps existing businesses to expand and turn-around their businesses.”

     Dr. Jim Froh, Director of Chipola’s Business and Technology Department, says, “Students and business leaders can receive free individual counseling at Chipola to get answers to their specific business questions.  This will result in more businesses being started, surviving and expanding which will bring more capital into the local economy and produce more jobs.”

The workshops will meet in Room M-108 of the Chipola Business and Technology building. Cost of each seminar is $30.

            Register at http://clients.floridasbdc.org/center.aspx?center=41230&subloc=4

For information, contact Dr. Jim Froh at 718-2413 or email: frohj@chipola.edu

 

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March 3, 2011

CHIPOLA ARTS ASSOCIATION TO MEET IN CHIPLEY MARCH 15

 

CHIPLEY—The public is invited to attend a special meeting of the Chipola Regional Arts Association (CRAA), Tuesday, March 15, at the Chipley Woman’s Club.

A Dutch-treat Salad/Dessert luncheon will be served from 11:30 a.m. to noon, followed by a brief business meeting. The program will feature staff and performers from the Spanish Trail Playhouse. They will perform highlights from their upcoming production, “Some Enchanted Evening,” and share the history of Washington County’s only all-volunteer community theatre. 

Performers and speakers will include Hope Schofield, Alex May, Kevin Russell and Rachel Webb. 

Luncheon reservations—$10 per person—should be made by March 11 by phoning Anita Price at 850-718-2277 or Jeanne Lavender at 850-638-1612.

Washington County Schools and students in the arts have been the recipients of CRAA mini-grants to arts teachers in the schools since 2001. Several Washington county students have received Chipola scholarships in music, arts and theatre.

For information about the meeting, contact Jeanne Lavender at 850

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March 3, 2011

CHIPOLA ARTS SCHOLARSHIP AUDITION DATES

 

MARIANNA—Scholarship audition dates for Chipola College scholarships in music, theatre and art for 2011-12 have been announced by Joan Stadsklev, Director of the Fine and Performing Arts. 

Theater auditions are March 17 and April 21. Music auditions are March 17, April 21, and May 26.  The art portfolio deadline is April 21. 

Scholarship applications are available by phoning 850-718-2277 or 850-718-2301, or on the college web site: www.chipola.edu by clicking on Fine Arts.

High School graduates with acceptable academic records who plan to pursue studies as music, theatre or art majors are eligible to apply.

Scholarships in various amounts toward 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. 

Contact Joan Stadsklev, stadsklevj@chipola.edu or phone 850-718-2301 for more information.

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March 3, 2011

CHIPOLA OFFERING TRAVEL ABROAD TO SPAIN

 

            MARIANNA— Dr. Mark Ebel, Professor of Spanish at Chipola College will be conducting a travel study tour to Madrid, Spain this summer. 

Departing July 9, 2011, the group will travel to Madrid via Atlanta and spend nine days there.  The program includes such diverse activities as a bike tour of old Madrid, lessons in Spanish cooking at a culinary institute, an outing at a ranch where fighting bulls are raised, visits to the famous Prado and Reina Sofia art museums, and a trip to the Medieval walled city of Toledo. 

Tour cost is $3,220 including round trip airfare.  Accommodations are in three and four star hotels centrally located in the city. Two or three meals are included each day.  Information may also be obtained at the website www.acis.com , trip name Madrid Cityscapes, trip leader Dr. Ebel, group number 24474.

            The program is open to any current or former Chipola student, with or without prior knowledge of Spanish, who is eligible and willing to enroll in a three credit-hour course (SPN 1170) Spain Travel Study, during Summer II, 2011.  The course will require class meetings prior to departure, full participation in the activities and submission of a journal.

            For information, contact Dr. Ebel at ebelm@chipola.edu or 850-236-2463. 

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March 3, 2011

CHIPOLA HAS FCCAA SOFTBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK

 

MARIANNAChipola’s Brittany Black is the FCCAA Softball Pitcher of the Week. Black is a right-handed sophomore from Haymarket, Va.

She was 3-0 with a 0.67 ERA in three outings last week. She tossed consecutive complete-game four-hitters against Darton, Seminole State of Oklahoma and Wallace State-Hanceville.

In 21 innings of work, Black struck out 28 batters, including 12 against Darton and a career-high 13 against Wallace State-Hanceville.

The Lady Indians (22-6) are the third ranked team in the FCCAA State Poll.

            Chipola hosts two games on Friday, March 11; Middle Georgia at 2 p.m. and St. Pete at 6 p.m.  The Lady Indians host San Jacinto in a double-header on March 14 with games at 4 and 6 p.m.

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

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March 3, 2011

CHIPOLA BASEBALL AT HOME THIS WEEK

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College baseball team hosts a spate of home games this week. The Indians (11-10) are ranked tenth in the State FCCAA Poll.

The Indians host Gordon College, Friday, March 4 at 5 p.m., and again, Saturday, March 5, in a noon double-header.

            Chipola hosts Grand Rapids, Monday, March 7, in a 3 p.m. double-header. The Indians play two games, Tuesday, March 8; Darton at 3 p.m. and Grand Rapids at 6 p.m. Chipola hosts Grand Rapids again on Wednesday, March 9 at 3 p.m.

            The Indians open Panhandle Conference play at Gulf Coast, Saturday, March 12, at 1 p.m. Chipola returns for the home conference opener, Monday, March 14, at 5 p.m.

            Chipola scored a 4-1 win over Miami Dade on Feb. 26. Johnny Christi earned the win for Chipola. Kaleb Barlow was 2 for 3 with a homerun and two RBI’s. Michael Revell and Geno Escalante were both 1 for 3. The Indians beat LSU-Eunice, 2-1, in 10 innings on Feb. 26.

The Indians lost to Miami-Dade, 7-2, on Feb. 25.  Escalante was 2 for 2 with one RBI. Chipola lost a 6-5 decision to St. Johns River on Feb. 24. Chipola beat Wallace Dothan, 8-6, on Feb. 22. 

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March 10, 2011

 

MANHATTAN PIANO TRIO TO PERFORM MARCH 17 AT CHIPOLA

 

             MARIANNA— The Manhattan Piano Trio, the final event in the Chipola College Artist Series, is set for March 17 in the college theater. 

             Individual event tickets - $12 for adults and $8 for ages 18 and under –are on sale in the Chipola Business Office.

             The Manhattan Piano Trio has been hailed by critics as “a grand departure from the usual.” The trio has become one of the most creative, exciting, and dynamic young ensembles in the country.  The Trio uses piano, violin and cello as their individual instruments of expression and listeners will experience the passion, joy, and harmony in their playing of Classical, Romantic and Contemporary music.

              With more than 300 concerts in its first five seasons alone, MPT is one of the most active groups in the classical music scene, welcomed by enthusiastic audiences in over 30 states, Australia and South Africa, and in venues such as Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, and the Ravinia Festival.

            This season, MPT embarked on another set of exciting tours at home and overseas, returning to North Carolina Wesleyan College, Virginia Wesleyan College, Hobart and William Smith College, East Georgia College, and the Gualala Arts Center, as well as making debuts at Music in Corrales, Chipola College, and the Associazione Filarmonica di Rovereto in Italy.

             The Trio recently celebrated the release of its third album, a disc of Schumann and Chopin trios for the Marquis Classics label, in honor of the composers’ bicentennials.

            Since its formation, MPT has carved out a unique niche for itself by performing concerts in a much wider range of settings – from major concert halls around the country to venues in smaller towns.

            The Manhattan Piano Trio is an ensemble that embodies, in the deepest sense, the borough that provides its namesake. These three musicians represent starkly different backgrounds, and yet connect on a fundamental level to enjoy making music together. Wayne Lee, violinist, is originally from San Francisco; the group’s cellist, Dmitry Kouzov, grew up in St. Petersburg, Russia; and Milana Strezeva, pianist, is a native of Kishinev, Moldova and a naturalized American. Dmitry and Milana are founding members of the group; Wayne, who joined in 2008, is the most recent addition to the ensemble.

            In addition to their rigorous concert schedule, the members of MPT are soloists and recitalists who have performed internationally. They are also devoted teachers; Milana and Wayne maintain private studios in New York and Miami, and Dmitry is professor of cello at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The performers all completed graduate degrees at the Juilliard School, and the group still enjoys an active presence in Manhattan. Visit www.manhattanpianotrio.com.

            For ticket information, call 718-2204.

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March 10, 2011

FIREARMS COURSE SET AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will hold an 8-hour Firearms Familiarization course for men and women, Saturday, March 19, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Chipola Annex Firing Range on the Blue Springs Highway.

            Although this class can be used to meet requirements to obtain a concealed weapon permit, women who simply want to learn to shoot or take a refresher course are also welcome.  Students may bring personal weapon (to be left in vehicle until requested by instructors).

            Only .38 cal, 9mm, and .40 cal ammunition will be provided. College weapons will be utilized for most of the course, but students will be allowed to shoot their own weapons at some point if they bring ammunition or if it is one of the caliber mentioned above.

            Registration and payment of the $100 fee must be completed in advance. Class size is limited. Use of a weapon and ammunition are included in the cost of the course.

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

 

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March 10, 2011

COAL EXPERT TO SPEAK AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—Dr. Syd Peng, an expert on coal mining research, will discuss issues related to the clean coal industry at a seminar hosted by the Chipola College Science Club, Wednesday, March 16 at 10 a.m. in Jackson Hall.

            Dr. Peng earned his undergraduate degree in mining engineering in Taiwan and worked in production coal mines for five years. He came to the U.S. in 1965 for advanced study and received his Ph.D. in mining engineering from Stanford University in 1970.

            Retired Chipola Biology professor Paul Huang is a long-time colleague of Dr. Peng. From 1970 to 1974, Peng worked for the U.S. Bureau of Mines, Twin Cities Research Center in Minnesota as a mining engineer and then became chairman in charge of rock physics research.

            He joined West Virginia University in 1974 and in 1978 he was appointed as chairman of the Mining Engineering Department – a position he held until August 2006. In 1985 he established the Longwall Mining and Ground Control Research Center and assumed its directorship.

            Since 1974, Dr. Peng has successfully supervised 38 PhD dissertations and 47 M.S. theses. He has also supervised more than 140 research grants/contracts from private companies, and state and federal agencies totaling more than $13 million. He has authored and co-authored four textbooks, 348 journal and proceedings articles, and 277 research/investigative reports.

            His books, "Coal Mine Ground Control, 1st-3rd editions" and "Longwall Mining, 1st & 2nd editions" are widely used in the U.S. and in other coal-producing countries. His book, "Surface Subsidence Engineering," was published by SME-AIME in 1992. He published “Ground Control Failures-A Pictorial View of Case Studies” in 2007.

            Dr. Peng has performed research and/or problem investigation in more than 200 U.S. coal/potash/stone mines and 65 coal/phosphate mines in 16 other major coal-producing countries.

            He initiated the annual international conference on ground control in mining in 1981, now recognized all over the world as an annual forum for exchange of information on ground control. He is frequently invited to lecture or chair conference sessions in the U.S. and all major coal producing countries.

            For information about the seminar, contact Dr. Jeff Bodart at 526-2761, Ext. 3252, or email bodartj@chipola.edu

 

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March 10, 2011

 

CHIPOLA TO HOST MEETINGS ON BUSINESS ADMIN DEGREE

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will host two meetings about the new Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree, March 16 and 23, at 10 a.m., in Room M202.

            Prospective students can learn how to earn a B.S. degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Management or Accounting. Both concentrations prepare students for a broad range of business opportunities or the foundation to continue in an MBA program. 

            To be admitted to Chipola’s Business Administration program, students must complete certain prerequisites and 60 credit hours of upper level courses.  Applicants must have an Associate in Arts (AA) Degree or at least 60 semester-hours from a regionally-accredited institution and meet Chipola’s general education requirements.  Pre-requisite courses required for the program, are: ECO 2013, ECO 2023, MAC 2233, STA 2023 or STA 2122 or QMB 2100, CGS 1100, ACG 2012 and ACG 2071.  Students seeking admission to the Accounting Concentration must complete ACG 2021 and ACG 2071 with a grade of “B” or higher.

            Dr. Jim Froh, Director of Chipola’s Business and Technology Department, says, “We focus on being the best undergraduate business program in Northwest Florida.  We offer innovative, applied learning via traditional and virtual classes.  The school and faculty foster academic excellence, personal integrity, real world application and personal interaction to develop the leaders of tomorrow.”

            For information about Chipola’s Business Administration degree, call 850-718-2413 or email frohj@chipola.edu

 

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March 10, 2011

CHIPOLA FCA HOSTS CHRISTIAN ROCK CONCERT

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) recently hosted a free Homecoming concert featuring Christian rock bands Remedy Drive and Flying Backwards. 

            Flying Backwards is a Graceville-based band made up of five Baptist College of Florida students.  FCA sponsor Dr. David Hilton, said, “This is the third time they have performed on the Chipola campus and it was definitely their best.  As the opening act, they had the crowd of nearly 300 on their feet singing ‘Like a Lion’, ‘Our God’ and other praise songs.  It was a great start to an awesome night of worship.”

            Next, Remedy Drive hit the stage.  Remedy Drive is a Christian Rock band originally from Lincoln, Nebraska.  Their ecognizable songs include Daylight, Rescue, Heartbeat, and All Along, which went to number one on the Contemporary Christian Music chart in May of 2009.  A large group of students left their seats to go to the front of the Arts Center and enjoy the great music and exciting performance. 

            Both bands met fans, signed autographs and posed for pictures after the event.  This was Chipola FCA’s first time hosting a concert with a nationally-recognized band and they plan to make it an annual event. 

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March 10, 2011

CHIPOLA BASEBALL AT HOME THIS WEEK

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola baseball team opens Panhandle Conference play at Gulf Coast, Saturday, March 12, at 1 p.m.  Chipola returns home to host Gulf Coast, Monday, March 14, at 5 p.m. 

            On Wednesday, March 16, the Indians play at Gulf Coast.  Chipola returns home Friday, March 18, to host Northwest at 2 p.m. 

The Indians play at Northwest on Saturday, March 19.

            The Indians (16-11) are tied for ninth in the State FCCAA Poll. Chipola swept Grand Rapids in a three-game series, March 7-8. Chipola blanked Grand Rapids 12-0 on March 8.  On March 7, the Indians scored a 9-3 win over Grand Rapids in game one, and an 8-4 win in game two. 

            The Indians won two of three in a three-game series with Gordon College on March 4-6. The Indians scored 8-2 over Gordon on March 5. Chipola lost to Gordon, 4-3, in game one and beat Gordon, 6-2, in game two on March 4. 

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March 10, 2011

CHIPOLA SOFTBALL AT HOME THIS WEEK

 

MARIANNA—The Lady Indians (27-8) are ranked fourth in the FCCAA State Poll.

            Chipola hosts two games on Friday, March 11: Middle Georgia at 2 p.m. and St. Pete at 6 p.m.  The Lady Indians host San Jacinto in a double-header on Monday, March 14 with games at 4 and 6 p.m. Southeastern Iowa at noon and 2 p.m.

            The Lady Indians open conference play at Pensacola on Thursday, March 17 before returning home to host Gulf Coast Saturday, March 19, at 1 and 3 p.m. 

            Chipola shutout Chesapeake 13-0 on March 5 and suffered a 9-1 loss to Gulf Coast. 

            On March 4, the Lady Indians scored a 5-0 win over Indian Hills and an 8-2 win over San Jacinto. 

            Chipola swept a double-header from Lake Michigan College on March 2. The Lady Indians took game one, 14-2. Ariell Van Hook hit one homerun for Chipola.  In game two, the Lady Indians scored a 7-3 win. Hannah Lovestrand had one homerun for Chipola. 

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

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 March 10, 2011

CHIPOLA FINISHES SECOND IN STATE TOURNAMENT

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola Indians fell short of their quest for a thirteenth FCCAA state title with a 61-52 loss to Tallahassee Community College in the championship game of the FCCAA Men’s State Basketball Tournament on March 5.

            A crowd of more than 2,000 watched as the Eagles held off the Indians for most of the game. Elijah Pittman led Chipola with 12 points and 3 rebounds. Geron Johnson had 11 points and 7 rebounds.  The Indians played the championship without their leading rebounder Keith DeWitt who suffered a broken elbow in Chipola’s semi-final 62-52 win over Daytona on March 4.

            Chipola defeated St. Petersburg College, 71-65 in the opening round and Daytona State College, 65-52 in the semi-finals, to make it to the championship.

            The Indians captured the Panhandle Conference Championship and finished the season with a 25-6 overall record.

            Tallahassee was led in scoring by Marterrace Brock and Richard Anderson with 11 points each in the title game. Tallahassee overcame Polk State College, 62-55, and College of Central Florida, 59-49, on their way to the title.

            Tallahassee’s Leek Leek was named MVP of the Tournament with coach of the year honors going to Eagles coach Eddie Barnes.

            It was an all-Panhandle championship round with Chipola and Tallahassee in the men’s title game and Pensacola and Northwest in the women’s championship.

            The Pensacola Lady Pirates captured the women’s state title with a 69-60 win over Northwest on March 5. Pensacola defeated Daytona State, 66-61, and College of Central Florida, 96-71, on their way to the title game.

Jessica Merritt of Pensacola was named MVP of the Tournament with coach of the year honors going to Pensacola’s Shanda Rigby.

 

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March 10, 2011

 

SNEADS AND MARIANNA WIN CHIPOLA 3-POINT SHOOTOUT

           

            MARIANNA—Trevin Hall of Sneads High and Shamiqua Davies of Marianna High are the new champions of Chipola College’s Eighth Annual High School Three-Point Shootout.  

            Snead High senior Trevin Hall made 9 of 15 shots in the men’s finals. Two other men’s players made it to the championship round of the competition: Will Rogers of Blountstown and Tyler Hamilton of Altha.  The following players also participated in the men’s shootout: Kevin Potts of Graceville, Chai Baker of Malone, Austin Miles of Chipley, Chris Paris of Vernon, Skyler Gause of Marianna, Reid Hatcher of Bethlehem, Brandon White of Holmes County, Brandon Smith of Poplar Springs and Nolan Brown of Liberty County.

            Marianna High’s Shamiqua Davies connected on eight shots in the finals to take the championship in the women’s division. Sarah Bowen of Poplar Springs and Mychea Williams of Graceville also made it to the final round.  The following players also participated in the women’s shootout: Sharlynn Smith of Altha, Alex Potter of Bethlehem, Zoie Hodge of Holmes County, Khadejah Ward of Cottondale, Olivia Daniels of Malone, Breanna Freeman of Vernon and Rakea Sorey of Chipley

            All men’s and women’s high school teams from the Chipola district were invited to send their best three-point shooters to the competition. 

            The winners will 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—Trevin Hall of Sneads High School is the new Champion of Chipola College’s High School Three-Point Shootout. Pictured from left, are finalists: Will Rogers of Blountstown, Chipola Appreciation Club Vice President Colby Peel, Trevin Hall of Sneads High (champion) and Tyler Hamilton of Altha.   

 

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CHIPOLA WOMEN’S HIGH SCHOOL 3-POINT CHAMP—Shamiqua Davies of Marianna High is the new Champion of Chipola College’s High School Three-Point Shootout. Pictured from left, are finalists from the competition: Mychea Williams of Graceville, Shamiqua Davies of Marianna High (champion), State Tournament Director Ronnie Myers and Sarah Bowen of Poplar Springs.           

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March 10, 2011

 

RONNIE MYERS INDUCTED INTO FCCAA COACHES HALL OF FAME

 

            MARIANNA—Former Chipola College basketball player Ronnie Myers was inducted into the FCCAA Men’s Basketball Coaches Hall-of-Fame on March 4, 2011, exactly 50 years after he played in the state tournament in 1961.   

            Myers was a player on Chipola’s 1961 team which hosted and won the first Florida Junior College State Basketball Tournament. Myers also was instrumental in bringing the state tournament back to Chipola in 1996 where it has been played ever since.

            Myers played for one year under the late Chipola coach Jim Pavy and under the late Hall of Fame coach Milton Johnson.  As a guard for the Indians, Myers’ lightning quickness was legendary, leading his Chipola teams to a state championship in 1961 and a tournament appearance in 1962.  Myers also played for Johnson at Campbellton High School during Johnson’s incredible winning streak of over 50 games, a Florida record. 

            Myers joins his former Chipola coaches Johnson and Pavy who were inducted into the Hall of Fame in the early 1990’s.  The late Austin “Red” Robbins, another Chipola alumnus who went on to play professional basketball in the ABA, is also in the Hall of Fame. 

            After graduating from Chipola, Myers went on to play for LaGrange College in Georgia, where he earned a degree in business. After a brief stint in high school coaching, he returned to Marianna, to manage a successful tire and automotive retail business.  

            In 1966, he married the former Kitty Neel, who went on to become a Chipola math professor and eventually a Chipola vice-president. The Myers have two daughters and three grandchildren.

            During his business career, Ronnie had the opportunity to help his old coach Milton Johnson in raising money for his alma mater through the college’s booster organization, the Chipola Appreciation Club. He has served the club in various capacities as president and board member for more than 40 years during which time the club has raised more than $1 million in support of Chipola athletics.

            The Myers family regularly opens their home for special events to support the college’s athletic programs. In 2008, more than 100 of the late coach Milton Johnson’s former players and cheerleaders gathered there for a reunion. The home is also the site of annual booster club meetings and ticket sales drives.

            Myers was an officer when the Appreciation Club won the bid to host the FCCAA/Region VIII Men’s Basketball Tournament at Chipola in 1996. He was among the first to sign on to help direct the operations of the tournament. Chipola was awarded the combined men’s and women’s tournament in 1997 where it has been played ever since.  Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough says, “As tournament administrator, Ronnie is the first to welcome coaches, officials and recruiters who visit the Milton H. Johnson Health Center for the tournament. He understands the special camaraderie of coaches and athletes, and works hard to ensure that the tournament at Chipola is among the best in the nation.”   

            Myers is an avid sports fan who follows all facets of JUCO and Division 1 basketball. He knows basketball from many angles, as a player, coach, contributor, and as a leader in Florida Community College athletics.

            Chipola Athletic Director Dr. Dale O’Daniel, says, “As a successful businessman, Ronnie has been a constant financial supporter of JUCO basketball and Chipola in particular.  As an active member of the Appreciation Club, he has been a strong part of the athletic successes of the college.”

            Former FCCAA Director Charles Smith, said, “Ronnie’s ability to relate to the state coaches, athletes, athletics directors and administrators has been phenomenal. He is responsible for getting the communities to participate and make the tournament the ‘best’ tournament in the nation.”

 

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RONNIE MYERS INDUCTED INTO FCCAA COACHES HALL OF FAME— Former Chipola College basketball player Ronnie Myers was inducted into the FCCAA Men’s Basketball Coaches Hall-of-Fame on March 4, 2011, exactly 50 years after he played in the state tournament in 1961.  Pictured from left, are: Bob Zelinski, FCCAA Men’s Athletic Commissioner; Jim Keites, FCCAA Men’s State Basketball Chair; Ronnie Myers, and Jeb Blackburn, Executive Director of the FCCAA.

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March 17, 2011

CHIPOLA PHI BETA LAMBDA WINS STATE AWARDS

 

         TAMPA—The Chipola College chapter of Phi Beta Lambda celebrated a banner year capturing 10 awards at the recent PBL State Leadership Conference in Tampa.

         Chipola PBL members won the following awards in business and technology competitions with students from 28 Florida colleges and universities: Edrie Kennedy Award, Highest Parliamentary Procedure Score – James Lewis; Parliamentary Procedure 1st place – James Lewis, Katrina Messer, Tracy Scott and Barbara Wynn; Ronald W. Belscher Award for Outstanding Parliamentary Procedure Team Performance - James Lewis, Katrina Messer, Tracy Scott and Barbara Wynn; Business Decision Making 2nd place –the team of Zach Gilmore and Nick Harris; Computer Applications 4th place – Zach Gilmore; Contemporary Sports Issues 5th place– James Lewis; Financial Concepts 5th place - Devon Beachum; Business Presentation 5th place – Hollie Daniels and Management Concepts  5th place – Devon Beachum. Jordan Hatcher, April Jackson and Nacole Thomas also competed for Chipola.

         In addition to the student awards, Chipola PBL adviser, Vikki Milton, was named Florida Phi Beta Lambda Adviser of the Year for 2011. Milton, along with the top competitive event winners, will represent Florida PBL at the National Leadership Conference in Orlando in June.

         Chipola PBL member, James Lewis, was named Florida PBL Parliamentarian. He will be responsible for the orderly conduct of all state meetings and assist all local chapters with parliamentary procedure.  As a state officer, James will also serve on the Florida PBL State Executive Council.

         Chipola business faculty member Robert Foulk and Chipola PBL adviser, Vikki Milton, accompanied the students at the conference.  Students attended business and leadership workshops, participated in a business panel and met motivational speaker, Dr. Adolph Brown, author of Real Talk.

         Chipola’s PBL is a local chapter of the national business organization which strives to develop competent, aggressive business leadership to help members gain a competitive edge in today’s business world.

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CHIPOLA PHI BETA LAMBDA WINS STATE AWARDS—The Chipola College chapter of Phi Beta Lambda celebrated a banner year capturing 10 awards at the recent PBL State Leadership Conference in Tampa. Pictured from left, are: (front) Chipola PBL adviser Vikki Milton, Hollie Daniels, Barbara Wynn, Nacole Thomas, April Jackson, Katrina Messer, (back) Jordan Hatcher, Devon Beachum, Nick Harris, Zach Gilmore, James Lewis and Tracy Scott.

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CHIPOLA’S MILTON WINS PBL ADVISER OF THE YEARChipola PBL adviser, Vikki Milton, was named Florida Phi Beta Lambda Adviser of the Year for 2011. Here, Milton (right) accepts the award from Chirag Shah, a former Chipola student and current FSU student, who is now PBL District I vice-president. 

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March 17, 2011

AIRHEART AND JACKSON HOSPITAL TEACH CHIPOLA NURSING STUDENTS

        

            MARIANNA—Jackson Hospital and AIRHeart/Air Methods recently provided a training exercise for Chipola College Nursing students.

          Using a helicopter demonstration, Fundamental Nursing students learned Basic Life Support for the Healthcare provider incorporating the new American Heart Association guidelines.

          Chipola Patient Simulation Coordinator Amy Sampson, said, “The students were excited to have the opportunity to learn CPR and be shown the emergency functions that these highly trained professionals provide for the community. The motivational experience was greatly appreciated by all, especially Chipola’s Nursing faculty.”

          Kathryn Jordan Community/Staff Educator for Jackson Hospital coordinated the instruction for the class with the AIRHeart/Air Methods instructors.

         AIRHeart pilot Mike Jimison flew the helicopter in for the demonstration. Steve Hardin, AIR Flight Nurse/Paramedic, RN, BSN, NREMT-P; Dawn Whybrew, Flight Nurse/Paramedic, RN, BSN, CFRN, NREMT-P; and Marie Patterson, Flight Paramedic, EMT-P, CCEMTP, also assisted in the training.

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CHIPOLA AUTO STUDENTS ATTEND GATOR NATIONALS—Students from the Chipola College Automotive Technology program attended the Gator Nationals Drag Race in Gainesville, March 11.  Youth Educational Systems and the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) sponsored the students’ visit providing 25 free tickets to the event. Brenton Productions of the popular TV shows, Two Guys Garage and Truck Universe, provided VIP pit passes.  Students got a firsthand lesson on horsepower and car dynamics. Here, Chipola Automotive students and instructor John Gardner are pictured with Two Guys Garage and Truck Universe producer Arthur Irwin in the pits of their Pro Modified Race car.

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March 17, 2011

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WRITER MARK HINSON SPEAKS AT CHIPOLAMark Hinson, senior writer and columnist for the Tallahassee Democrat, recently addressed the Chipola College Honors seminar. Here, Harrison Fuqua presents Hinson a “Nerds Rock” t-shirt on behalf of the Honors program. Hinson’s column, “For Amusement Purposes Only,” is one of the most popular features in the Democrat.  Hinson is a graduate of Marianna High School, Chipola, the University of Florida and Florida State University.

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March 17, 2011

RECEPTION TO HONOR CHIPOLA BRAIN BOWL TEAM

 

          MARIANNA—The Chipola College Student Government Association will host a reception for the college Brain Bowl team in honor of their achievement in winning the National Tournament Championship.

         The reception will be held Tuesday, April 5, at 2 p.m., in the lobby of the Student Services/Administration building.  Everyone is invited to attend.

         Chipola Brain Bowl team members are: Dallin Kelson, Paul Kelson, Harrison Fuqua, Travis Bontrager, Alton Stone, Brittany Stephens, Annemarie Nichols, Zach Gilmore, Nick Ratzlaff and Ashley Adams.

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March 17, 2011

LADY INDIANS BEGIN CONFERENCE PLAY

 

         MARIANNA—The Chipola Lady Indians (33-8) host Gulf Coast, Saturday, March 19, at 1 and 3 p.m. Chipola travels to Tallahassee on March 24 before returning home to host Northwest on Wednesday, March 30, at 4 and 6 p.m.  

         The Lady Indians are ranked third in the FCCAA State Softball poll behind top-ranked Gulf Coast and number two Indian River. Tallahassee is fourth and Northwest is seventh.

         Chipola swept Southeastern Iowa in a pair of March 15 games. Pitcher Elizabeth Krauser led Chipola to a 10-1 win in game one. Brittany Black pitched for the Lady Indians in their 7-4 win in game two. Brooke Rackel earned the save for Chipola.

         Chipola shut out San Jacinto in both games of a March 14 double-header. Ariell van Hook and Andrea Sullivan both had homeruns in the Lady Indians’ 8-0 rout in game one. Krauser earned the win. Van Hook also homered in Chipola’s 6-0 shutout in game two. Black picked up the win.

         Chipola beat Middle Georgia 8-3 on March 11 with three homeruns by Sullivan, Samanth Rich and Devin Matthews. Krauser earned the win on the mound.

         Brittany Black threw a no-hitter in Chipola’s 8-0 win over St. Petersburg on March 11. Black threw 10 strikeouts. Sullivan homered for Chipola.

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

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March 17, 2011

CHIPOLA BASEBALL BEGINS LEAGUE PLAY

 

         MARIANNA— The Indians jumped out to a 2-1 league mark after winning two of three games with Gulf Coast in the first round of Panhandle Conference play.

         Chipola scored a 13-11 win over Gulf Coast in a March 16 slugfest. The Indians came from behind to take a 6-3 win over Gulf Coast on March 14. Travis Higgs was the winning pitcher for Chipola.  Robby Coles earned the save.  James Boddicker was 2-4. Michael Revell was 2-3 with an RBI. Kaleb Barlow was 2-4. Geno Escalante was 1-4, with 2 RBI.

         Chipola dropped the first game of the series to Gulf Coast 7-4 on March 12Revell was 1-2, with 2 RBI.

         Chipola hosts Northwest, Friday, March 18, at 2 p.m.  The Indians play at Northwest on Saturday, March 19.

         Chipola hosts Northwest, Monday, March 21, at 5 p.m., and Tallahassee, Wednesday, March 23, at 5 p.m. Chipola travels to Tallahassee March 25, before returning home to host Tallahassee on Saturday, March 26 at 2 p.m.

         Chipola swept Grand Rapids in a three-game series, March 7-8. Chipola blanked Grand Rapids 12-0 on March 8.  On March 7, the Indians scored a 9-3 win over Grand Rapids in game one, and an 8-4 win in game two.

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March 27, 2011

CHIPOLA WINS FOURTH STRAIGHT STATE BRAIN BOWL TITLE

 

         OCALA—The Chipola Brain Bowl Blue Team won the FCSAA State Championship for the fourth year in a row, defeating Northwest Florida State College 845-225 in the championship March 19.

      The tournament was played at the College of Central Florida in Ocala with a field of the top 10 community college teams in Florida: Seminole State College, Broward Blue, Valencia Red, Pasco-Hernando, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Chipola Gold, Broward White, Northwest Florida State College, and Valencia Black.

     Chipola Blue finished round robin play with a 9-0 record, which set up the championship game with Northwest Florida State College. The Chipola Blue team consisted of: Dallin Kelson, Travis Bontrager, Alton Stone and Nick Ratzlaff.

     The Chipola Gold team finished the tournament tied for fourth with a 5-4 record. Chipola Gold consisted of: Brittany Stephens, Annemarie Nichols, Harrison Fuqua, Zach Gilmore and Ashley Adams.

      Dallin Kelson won the Dave Ehlert High Point Award, averaging nearly 150 points per game, the highest in tournament history.

      Chipola coach Stan Young won the Roger Raepple Coach of the Year for the state of Florida.  Young, said, “My fellow coach Dr. Robert Dunkle and I thank you all for your continued support of our program.”

     The Chipola Brain Bowl team will play in the National Academic Quiz Tournament’s (NAQT) Intercollegiate Championship Tournament, April 9, in Chicago. The ICT is the premier quiz bowl tournament at the collegiate level and its titles are coveted by hundreds of schools and thousands of players throughout North America and the United Kingdom.  Chipola was invited to the ICT after winning the 2011 NAQT Community College Championship Tournament in February, the first national title in school history.

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CHIPOLA BLUE WINS STATE—The Chipola Brain Bowl Blue Team won the FCSAA State Championship for the fourth year in a row, defeating Northwest Florida State College 845-225 in the championship March 19. The Chipola Blue team members are, from left: Nick Ratzlaff, Alton Stone

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CHIPOLA GOLD—The Chipola Gold team finished the FCSAA State tournament tied for fourth with a 5-4 record. Chipola Gold team members are, from left: Annemarie Nichols, Ashley Adams, Brittany Stephens, Zach Gilmore and Harrison Fuqua.

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