March 1, 2012

CHIPOLA WINS BRAIN BOWL NATIONAL TOURNAMENT

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola Brain Bowl team defeated Valencia 475-205 in the finals to win the 2012 NAQT Community College National Championship Tournament for the second year in a row.

                The Chipola team finished the tournament with a 12-0 record, averaging 437.7 points per 20 questions, and 20.89 points per bonus, both the highest averages in tournament history. The team also recorded 103 power (early) buzzes, besting last year’s record by 27 set by former Chipola player Dallin Kelson.

                Chipola’s Paul Kelson was the individual high scorer in the tournament and was a tournament all-star.

                The team will now advance to the ICT (International Collegiate Tournament) to be held in Chicago on March 28-April 1. Chipola will compete in Division II (undergraduate division), against the other four-year schools who have qualified. Chipola will be one of six community colleges competing for the DII title. Chipola will enter the tournament as the number 13 seed, behind such schools as Harvard, Yale, Michigan State and MIT. Chipola finished 10th overall in last year’s ICT.

                Chipola team members are: Paul Kelson, Annemarie Nichols and Travis Bontrager. 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 the continued support.”

                Chipola also is the four-time defending state Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) Brain Bowl champion.

                Stats for the ink to the Community College National Championship stats: http://www.naqt.com/stats/tournament-teams.jsp?tournament_id=3891

                Link to the field for the ICT and the seedings: http://www.naqt.com/stats/rating-values.jsp?rating_group_id=1026

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CHIPOLA WINS BRAIN BOWL NATIONAL TOURNAMENT— The Chipola Brain Bowl team defeated Valencia 475-205 in the finals to win the 2012 NAQT Community College National Championship Tournament for the second year in a row.

Chipola team members are, from left: Paul Kelson, Annemarie Nichols and Travis Bontrager.

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March 1, 2012

INTERNATIONAL TRADE SEMINAR SET AT CHIPOLA

          

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer a small business seminar entitled, “International Import/Export Trade Basics” on Friday, March 9. The first five Chipola students to register get free admission. The seminar will meet from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

                This class provides an overview of import and export opportunities for Florida businesses. Participants will learn about global businesses and trade investments. The seminar will discuss ways to develop a trade plan and provide resources for starting a trade business.

                The seminar will meet in Room M-108 of the Chipola Business and Technology building. Pre-registration is required. Cost of each seminar is $30. Students should contact Elissa Severson at 718-2441 to register, or sign up in person in Building M, Office 208A.

                Additional seminars scheduled, include: April 6, “Steps to Starting a Small Business”; and April 13, “Ultimate Business Plan.”

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

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March 1, 2012

DECEMBERADIO AND FLYING BACKWARDS IN CONCERT AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Huddle of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes will host a Spring Concert on Saturday, April 21, featuring Christian recording artists Decemberadio and local favorite Flying Backwards.

                The Spring Concert is the second event featuring outstanding nationally-known performers following the Remedy Drive Concert last Spring.

                The free concert starts at 7 p.m. and is being promoted by Shane Corbin with One Shot Entertainment, and financed by the Ministry Partners of the Chipola College Huddle of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

                For information, contact Chipola FCA sponsor Dr. David Hilton at 526-2761, Ext. 3331.

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DAVIS TOP CHIPOLA EMPLOYEE—Karan Davis has been selected the Chipola College Faculty/Administrator/Other Professional Award of the month for March.  Davis has served as an Associate Vice President of Human Resources and Equity Officer since 1986.  Here, congratulated by (left) Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough, Karan Davis.

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THREE RIVERS VISITS CHIPOLA—Faculty from Three Rivers College in Missouri recently visited the Chipola College Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) Lab. Three Rivers has received a Title III grant to centralize academic support and redesign the college curriculum.  Chipola's ACE Lab has hosted many such visitors because it is recognized as a model program for academic support. 

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CHIPOLA HOMECOMING COURT—The 2012 Chipola College Homecoming Court was presented on Feb. 25. Pictured from left, are: (front) Shicola Weston, Charles (PJ) Buggs, Jr., Lindsay West, Jonathan Carrell, 2011 Queen Alexa Sanchez, 2012 Queen Ashton Williams, 2012 Mr. Chipola Daunta Bell, 2011 Mr. Chipola Cody Hughes, Travis Bontrager, Rachel Pelt, John Whittington and Kaylee Toole.

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March 1, 2012

CHIPOLA UNVEILS JOHNSON STATUE

 

                MARIANNA –A life-size bronze statue of legendary Chipola College basketball coach Milton H. Johnson was unveiled during Chipola’s homecoming game on Saturday, Feb. 25.  

                Friends and former players raised the funds for the bronze likeness of Coach Johnson that will be erected at the entrance to the gymnasium that bears his name on the Chipola campus.

                During four decades of coaching basketball at Chipola and Campbellton High School, Johnson’s teams won over 800 games.  Between 1955 and 1961, his Campbellton teams won three state championships including a 55-game winning streak.  His Chipola teams won 628 games from 1961 to 1993 and played in seven national tournaments.  He was named Division Coach of the Year nine times, Region VIII Coach of the Year six times and Florida community college Coach of the Year four times.

                Following Johnson’s death in 2009, many of his former players and friends expressed interest in finding a way to preserve his legacy.  Former Chipola player Robert Trammell coordinated the project for the Chipola Appreciation Club.  “The statue of Coach Johnson is being funded entirely by private donations,” Trammell said.  “The donors wanted to recognize Coach Johnson for the contributions he made to their lives by establishing a lasting memorial to this great man.”

                The bronze statue of Johnson was created by sculptor Bradley Cooley, of Lamont, Florida, who also has molded images of coach Bobby Bowden, entertainers Ray Charles and Otis Redding.

                The inscription on the statue reads: “Milton H. Johnson—A loved and respected champion, both on the court and in the game of life. He was a quiet, humble teacher and friend to all, who led by example and positively influenced the lives of thousands of people. His legacy endures…making the world a better place for all.”

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JOHNSON’S GENERATIONS— A life-size bronze statue of legendary Chipola basketball coach Milton H. Johnson was unveiled during Chipola’s homecoming game on Saturday, Feb. 25.   Here, Johnson’s son David and grandson Lane get a first look at the statue.

 

JOHNSON’S TEAMMATES—A life-size bronze statue of legendary Chipola coach Milton H. Johnson was unveiled during Chipola’s homecoming game on Saturday, Feb. 25. Here, three of Johnson’s teammates on the 1947 Chipola basketball team pose with the statue. They are, from left: Brantley Ditty, David West and Tom Kelley. 

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March 1, 2012

CHIPOLA TO PLAY CENTRAL FLORIDA IN STATE TOURNEY WEDNESDAY

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola Indians face Central Florida in the first round of the FCSAA State Tournament, Wednesday, March 7, at 6 p.m. (CST), in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center.

                A win would move Chipola to the semi-final game on Friday, March 9, at 6 p.m., to take on the winner of the Palm Beach vs. Polk game set for 8 p.m. on March 7.

                Chipola head coach Jake Headrick says, “We’re excited about being in the state tournament. It’s an advantage to get to play on our home floor.  After the Panhandle race, I think we’re prepared for this kind of environment. Our guys have played with pressure and I think they’re focused on the opportunity they’ve got to play for a state title.”

                The Indians beat Central Florida earlier this season 80-60 in the Panhandle Classic, but coach Headrick said he’s not taking the Patriots lightly. “When we played them earlier, they had a couple of guys out. We’re both different teams and right now everybody’s 0-0,” Headrick said. The Chipola coach has great respect for his first coaching opponent in the tourney. “Central’s coach Tim Ryan is always here in the tournament, and he does a great job of having his team ready for post season play,” Headrick said.

                The Indians will have a total of 10 days off before their first game to rest up and heal some wounds. Headrick said, “If you make it to the championship, you play three games in four days, so we need to be rested.”

                Chipola will look to return to the FCSAA championship game after losing to Tallahassee in the 2011 title game. From 2004 to 2011, the Indians have played in seven state championship games, winning five titles. Chipola leads all Florida colleges with a total of 12 state championships since 1961. 

                Central Florida is the 2012 Mid-Florida Conference co-champion with Santa Fe. The Patriots are 23-7 and 10-2 in league play. Chipola eliminated Central Florida from the tournament in 2007, 2008 and 2009. The Patriots made it to the semi-final round in the 2011 tournament before losing to eventual champion Tallahassee.

                The Indians finished second in the Panhandle Conference after beating Gulf Coast 67-47 on Feb. 25. Marianna freshman Kruize Pinkins led Chipola with 13 points. Joseph Uchebo had 12. Chipola finished 7-5 in conference play and 23-6 overall.

                Chipola scored a 59-56 win over Pensacola on Feb. 22. JT Thomas led Chipola with 17 points, including five three-pointers and the game-winning three with 6 seconds remaining.

                Northwest Florida State is the Panhandle Champion. The Raiders take on Indian River in a first round game in the state tournament at 3 p.m. game on Wednesday, March 7. 

                The final Panhandle Conference standings are: Northwest (11-1), Chipola (7-5), Pensacola (6-6), Gulf Coast (3-9), and Tallahassee (3-9).

                In the Feb. 28 FCSAA poll, Chipola’s men were ranked sixth. Northwest is first. Pensacola is seventh.

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

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 March 1, 2012

STATE JUCO BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT BEGINS MARCH 7 AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNA—The top 16 community college basketball teams in Florida will begin arriving in Marianna Tuesday for the Florida Junior College Men's and Women’s State Basketball Tournament set for March 7-10 in Chipola College’s Milton H. Johnson Health Center.

                Some 400 basketball players along with coaches, cheerleaders and fans will fill nearly 200 hotel rooms during the tourney. Teams will begin practice Tuesday in the Johnson Center and in local high school gyms. Each team is assigned a local host family to help with any need that may arise during the tournament.

                Numerous Division I College coaches and recruiters also are expected to scout the talent in the competition. Tournament officials estimate that more than $250,000 will flow into the area during the tournament from food, lodging, recreation and incidental expenses.  

                The men’s tournament tips off Wednesday, March 7, at 1 p.m. as St. Petersburg takes on Santa Fe.  At 3 p.m., Northwest Florida takes on Indian River. Chipola faces Central Florida in the 6 p.m. game.  Palm Beach and Polk meet in the 8 p.m. nightcap on Wednesday.                 

                Women’s action begins Thursday, March 8, at 1 p.m., as Palm Beach takes on Northwest Florida. At 3 p.m., Hillsborough meets Pensacola. The 6 p.m. game features Gulf Coast and Broward.   Daytona and St. Petersburg play in the 8 p.m. nightcap on Thursday.

                Men’s and women’s semi-finals are set for Friday, March 9, with men’s games at 1 and 6 p.m. and women’s contests at 3 and 8 p.m. The State Championship title games are set for Saturday, March 10, with the men at 5 p.m., and the women at 7:30 p.m.

                Waste Management is official host sponsor for the event. The Jackson County Tourist Development Council awarded a grant to help promote the tournament.  The Florida Lottery is also a major sponsor of the event. 

                Tournament passes—$25 for adults and $15 for students—will get fans into all 14 exciting tournament games.  Single session tickets—two games—are $10 each. 

                For ticket information, call 718-2220, or visit the official tourney web site at: www.chipola.edu

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TOURNAMENT TEAM HOSTS—Several local sports fans have volunteered to serve as hosts for the 16 teams which will be in town, March 7-10, for the State Junior College Basketball Tournament at Chipola College. Pictured from left, are: (front) Eulice Bryant, Merle Houston, Caretha Everett, Janet Wise, (back) Willie Spires, Ralph Harrison, Coyle Mayo, Jay Mitchell, Dean McCoury and John Ellerbee. Not pictured are Vickie Curry, Tracy Dudley, Natalie Hardy, JoAnn Everett, Patrick Bryan and Leroy Boone.

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March 8, 2012

CHIPOLA NURSING PRESENTS AT SIMULATION CONFERENCE

 

                TAMPA—Students and faculty from the Chipola College Health Science program recently presented programs at the Human Patient Simulation Network (HPSN) Conference in Tampa.  

                Chipola’s Associate Degree Nursing Program presented two sessions at the conference. Through an interactive, scenario-based simulation session, the group shared information on reducing catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) and decreasing delirium in the acute care hospital.

                Chipola nursing students Robin Simpkins and Rhonda Johns participated in the presentations and also entered the Medical Technologies (METI) Cup challenge, a rigorous competition to perform assessment skills and provide treatment in a staged simulation scenario.

                Chipola Skills Lab Coordinator, Amy Sampson, and Dean of the Chipola School of Health Sciences, Vickie Stephens, presented the “Project Plan Proposal to Reduce/Prevent Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI) and Implement a Delirium Assessment in a Rural Acute Care Hospital.”  Jackson Hospital is a partner with Chipola and serves as the practice site to implement the project plan proposal.  The reduction of catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) is one of the National Patient Safety Goals for 2012 as issued by Joint Commission.

                Five colleges and universities attended with 42 students presenting in the plenary sessions. The Chipola group also attended other innovative learning sessions during the week.

                For information about Chipola’s Health Science programs, call 850-718-2316. 

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CHIPOLA PRESENTS AT SIMULATION CONFERENCE--Students and faculty from the Chipola College Health Science program recently presented programs at the Human Patient Simulation Network (HPSN) Conference in Tampa. Pictured from left, are: Amy Sampson, Chipola Skills Lab Coordinator, Robin Simpkins, senior nursing student, Rhonda Johns, senior nursing student, and Vickie Stephens, Dean of the Chipola School of Health Sciences.

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March 8, 2012

DANCE ALIVE TO PERFORM AT CHIPOLA COLLEGE

 

                MARIANNA—Dance Alive National Ballet Company will fill the Chipola College stage Sunday, March 18, at 2 p.m., as part of the Chipola Artist Series.

                From classical ballet to physically outrageous contemporary dance, ranging from Bach to African music, the program starts with a roar and never slows down.  The show is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

                From eloquent Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty to the riveting, energetic Fesitvo celebration of Latin song and dance, Dance Alive National Ballet has been the official State Touring Company of Florida for a record 35 years.

                The company features an international roster of award winning dancers who have a non-stop energy and love for dance that is at the source of the company’s undeniable success. Dance Alive has toured the U.S. and Costa Rica under the auspices of the National Endowment for the Arts, South Arts, Allied Concert Services, Conciertos Internacionales and the Florida Department of State. 

                Tickets—$12 for adults, $8 for ages 18 and under, and $4 for Chipola students—are on sale in the Chipola Business Office.  For information, call (850) 718-2220. 

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 March 8, 2012

CHIPOLA THEATRE TO HOLD AUDITIONS FOR ‘FINALE’

           

                Auditions for Chipola College Theater’s children show, “Finale,” are Monday, March 12 at 5 p.m.

                All actors ages 17 and up are invited to audition. Actors should be ready to act and sing with lots of movement. No audition packets are needed.

                Join the cast for the last show in the "old theatre” which is centered on the move to the new theatre. Changes are coming, but someone forgot to tell the zany characters from the all of the past children's show. Come along with the cast as they assemble scenes and musical number from past seasons. Don't be surprised to see Snoopy, the three little pigs, or even Alice in Wonderland. Hold on as this roller coaster of an adventure weaves storylines and characters together in exciting and unexpected ways, reintroducing some of Chipola's theatre most memorable characters.

                For more information contact Charles Sirmon, Director of Theatre at 850-718-2227 or sirmonc@chipola.edu.

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March 8, 2012

CRAA MEETS MARCH 20 AT BLOUNTSTOWN PIONEER SETTLEMENT

 

                MARIANNA—The public is invited to attend the Chipola Regional Arts Association (CRAA) meeting on Tuesday, March 20, at the Panhandle Pioneer Settlement in Blountstown, with a Dutch-treat luncheon at 11:30 a.m., with the program beginning at noon.

                The program will include a tour of the Pioneer Museum to offer guests a firsthand feel for the culture and history of our region.

                Dr. Daniel Powell, Executive Director of CRAA, says, “In an effort to involve more people, CRAA has moved its monthly meeting to Calhoun County.  We invite all who want to be transported back in time to sample the pioneer lifestyle of the panhandle.”

                The Pioneer Settlement is a collection of historical and recreated buildings arranged to simulate an early agricultural community.  Cost of this special, exclusive event is $10 and will include a lunch and the program.

                CRAA serves five counties in the Chipola district with a rotating scholarship that is offered to potential music, art, and theatre students.  Deadline for Liberty County high school seniors to apply is March 16.

                For more information regarding the March 20 meeting, contact Dr. Daniel Powell at powelld@chipola.edu or (850) 718-2257.

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March 8, 2012

SMALL BUSINESS SEMINARS SET AT CHIPOLA

          

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer two small business seminars in April.

                “Steps to Starting a Business,” is Friday, April 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Participants will learn about organizational requirements and licensing for a small business in Florida. Topics will include personal financial assessments, credit checks, defining customers, location considerations and employee requirements.

                An “Ultimate Business Plan” seminar is set for Friday, April 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Participants will learn to create an impressive, professional business plan to ensure success. The seminar also will include review of a business software program and a walk-through of the business plan process.

                Cost of each seminar is $30. Pre-registration is required. The first five Chipola students to register for either seminar get free admission.

                Seminars meet in Room M-108 of the Chipola Business and Technology building.  To register, contact Elissa Severson at 718-2441, visit Building M, Office 208A, or register online at http://clients.floridasbdc.org/center.aspx?center=41230&subloc=4

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March 8, 2012

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PIPPEN IS TOP EMPLOYEE—Wendy Pippen is Chipola College’s Career Employee for March. Pippen serves as a Human Resources Coordinator and has worked at the college since 2003. Here, Pippen is congratulated by Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough.

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March 8, 2012

CHIPOLA BASEBALL OPENS CONFERENCE PLAY

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola Indians open the conference season Wednesday, March 14, when they host play Gulf Coast at 5 p.m.  Chipola travels to Gulf Coast Friday, March 16 for a 2 p.m. game.  The Indians host Gulf Coast again on Saturday, March 17, at 1 p.m. 

                Chipola heads to Northwest Florida State on Monday, March 19, for a 5 p.m. game.  The Indians return home Wednesday, March 21, to host Northwest at 5 p.m. 

                The 2011 season was an undisputed success for the Chipola Indians and coach Jeff Johnson, who won Panhandle Conference and state titles, and made a return trip to the Junior College World Series in Grand Junction, Colo.

                To get back to Grand Junction in 2012, the Indians will rely on a solid nucleus of returning players – including three sophomore pitchers – and an unusual amount of experience thanks to a large crop of Division-I transfers.

                To learn more about the Indians’ upcoming season and to meet the new faces of Chipola Baseball, visit www.chipolaathletics.com.

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March 8, 2012

LADY INDIANS OPEN CONFERENCE PLAY

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola Lady Indians softball team hosts Southeastern Iowa in a double header, Tuesday, March 13, at 2 and 4 p.m. 

                Chipola opens Panhandle Conference play travel at Tallahassee Community College Thursday, March 15 at 3 p.m.  The Lady Indians continue on the road with a double header at Northwest Florida State on Tuesday, March 21 at 4 p.m. Chipola returns home Saturday, March 24, to host Gulf Coast at 1 and 3 p.m.

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 March 8, 2012

CHIPOLA AUTOMOTIVE PROGRAM PRESS CONFERENCE MARCH 16

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Automotive Technology program will host a press conference Friday, March 16, at 11:30 a.m., in the college’s training shop in Building N. 

                The purpose of the press conference is to showcase the college’s involvement in a new video training series being developed in conjunction with BBB Industries, the leading remanufacturer of automotive rotating electrical equipment (alternators and starters).

                BBB representatives will visit the Chipola Automotive Technology program March 15-16 to shoot three programs in a training video series.

                Chipola Automotive instructor John Gardner and assistant instructor Chase Vlieg wrote, scripted and are the on screen talent for these segments which will be produced by a professional production company.   Training films on Electrical Fundamentals, Meters and Test Equipment, and Magnetism will be produced during the Chipola shoot.

                BBB is also donating 20 alternators and 20 starters valued at $5,000 to be utilized in our program as educational tools for our students. BBB is a major supplier to Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper, Carquest, O’Reilly’s, Parts Plus and NAPA which all have representatives on the Chipola Automotive Technology Advisory Committee. The videos will be available to parts stores, shops, technicians and the do it yourselfers.

                Chipola and other NATEF certified institutions also will have free access to these training films.

                Tri-States Automotive representatives Walter Spence, Bill Stevens and Ronnie Stevens are assisting with the program. Ricky Miller of Rahal-Miller Chevrolet, Cadillac, representing General Motors, will provide a new Electric Chevy Volt for the production. 

                Gardner says, “In workforce education these industry partnerships are crucial to a program’s success.”

                For information about the press conference contact Bryan Craven at 850-718-2264.

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CHIPOLA AUTO INSTRUCTORS TO STAR IN TRAINING VIDEOS—Chipola Automotive instructor John Gardner (left) and assistant instructor Chase Vlieg wrote, scripted and are the on screen talent for an automotive training video series to be filmed at the college on March 16. The college will host a press conference segments which will be produced by a professional production company. Friday, March 16, at 11:30 a.m., in the college’s training shop in Building N. 

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March 15, 2012

CHIPOLA MATH PROF NAMED TO NCTM ACCREDITATION TEAM

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College Associate Professor of Mathematics Dr. Irma Cruz-White has been selected by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) to serve as a member of the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education Audit Team.

                The Audit Team serves a vital function in the NCATE Program Review Process ensuring consistency in the decision to grant mathematics teacher education programs national recognition. The Audit Team evaluates the reviews submitted by the teams and works with the NCTM Specialized Professional Association to make sure that the review criteria are consistently applied and the final ratings are consistent across programs.  The expertise that Dr. Cruz-White will gain by participating as an Auditor for the National Council of Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE) will assist Chipola’s School of Education in seeking and attaining national certification.   

                In 2010, Dr. Cruz-White served on a panel to review proposals submitted to the National Science Foundation Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program.  In 2009, Dr. Cruz-White and researchers from other

institutions published a paper on Applications of Computational Homology to Prediction of Treatment Response in Breast Cancer Patients (Topology and Its Applications. 2009; 157 (1); 165-172).

                Dr. Cruz-White has worked at Chipola College since 2003, teaching mathematics in both the Associate in Arts program and the Bachelor of Science program in Secondary Math Education and Middle School Mathematics.  She also directs Chipola Honors students on special projects, and has been instrumental in the development of the curriculum for the Secondary Math Education program. 

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   March 15, 2012

WASTE MANAGEMENT SPONSORS STATE TOURNAMENT

 

                MARIANNA—Waste Management was recently recognized as official corporate sponsor the Florida Junior College State Basketball Tournament played at Chipola College March 7-10.  The company has served as official corporate sponsor of the tournament since 1996.

                Chipola College president Dr. Gene Prough, says, “This tournament brings more than 2,000 visitors to Marianna with an economic impact of more than $250,000.  The tournament would not be possible without the generous support of Waste Management.”

                In addition to sponsoring the college’s premier athletic event, Waste Management also invests in the academic programs of the college. The company has supported scholarships for first-generation college students, science majors and future teachers.

                Since opening its operations in Jackson County, Waste Management has contributed more than $160,000 to college programs.

                Jeff Massey, District Manager for Waste Management, was presented a plaque for his company’s support of the tournament.

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WASTE MANAGEMENT SPONSORS TOURNEY—Waste Management was recently recognized as official corporate sponsor the Florida Junior College State Basketball Tournament played at Chipola College March 7-10. The company has served as official corporate sponsor of the tournament since 1996. Pictured from left, are: Ronnie Myers, Tournament Administrator; Jeff Massey, District Manager for Waste Management; Alice Pendergrass, Tournament Administrator and Dr. Gene Prough, Chipola College president.

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March 15, 2012

CRAA MEETING IS MARCH 20 AT PIONEER SETTLEMENT

 

                MARIANNA—The public is invited to attend the Chipola Regional Arts Association (CRAA) meeting on Tuesday, March 20, at the Panhandle Pioneer Settlement in Blountstown, with a Dutch-treat luncheon at 11:30 a.m., with the program beginning at noon.

                The program will include a tour of the Pioneer Museum to offer guests a firsthand feel for the culture and history of our region.

                Dr. Daniel Powell, Executive Director of CRAA, says, “In an effort to involve more people, CRAA has moved its monthly meeting to Calhoun County.  We invite all who want to be transported back in time to sample the pioneer lifestyle of the panhandle.”

                The Pioneer Settlement is a collection of historical and recreated buildings arranged to simulate an early agricultural community.  Cost of this special, exclusive event is $10 and will include a lunch and the program.

                CRAA serves five counties in the Chipola district with a rotating scholarship that is offered to potential music, art, and theatre students.  Deadline for Liberty County high school seniors to apply is March 16.

                For more information regarding the March 20 meeting, contact Dr. Daniel Powell at powelld@chipola.edu or (850) 718-2257.

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March 15, 2012

DANCE ALIVE AT CHIPOLA SUNDAY, MARCH 18

 

                MARIANNA—Dance Alive National Ballet Company will fill the Chipola College stage Sunday, March 18, at 2 p.m., as part of the Chipola Artist Series. A limited number of tickets will be available at the theatre box office beginning at 1:30 p.m.

                From classical ballet to physically outrageous contemporary dance, ranging from Bach to African music, the program starts with a roar and never slows down.  Selections include the eloquent Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty to the riveting, energetic Fesitvo celebration of Latin song and dance.

                The show is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Dance Alive National Ballet has been the official State Touring Company of Florida for a record 35 years.

                The company features an international roster of award winning dancers who have a non-stop energy and love for dance that is at the source of the company’s undeniable success. Dance Alive has toured the U.S. and Costa Rica under the auspices of the National Endowment for the Arts, South Arts, Allied Concert Services, Conciertos Internacionales and the Florida Department of State. 

                Tickets—$12 for adults, $8 for ages 18 and under, and $4 for Chipola students—are on sale in the Chipola Business Office and will be available at the door 30 minutes before the show.  For information, call (850) 718-2220. 

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March 15, 2012

TROY UNIVERSITY GUITAR PROF IN CONCERT AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNA—Troy University guitar professor Dr. Robby Gibson will appear in concert at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 22, at the Chipola College Theatre. 

                Dr. Gibson will also speak to students at 2 p.m. on the same day.  Chipola music majors will have the opportunity to play for Dr. Gibson and receive feedback.

                During the evening recital, Dr. Gibson will perform some of the most treasured and respected literature in the guitar repertory. 

                Dr. Gibson has won prizes in several competitions, including the Appalachian Guitar Festival Competition, the U.T.S.A Concerto Competition, the Etude Music Club Competition and the M.T.N.A. National Competition. This seasoned professional has given performances in the United States, Mexico, Spain, and Italy.  

                Dr. Gibson earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Texas and has studied with some of the most respected teachers in the world. He began his musical studies at age 11. 

                In 2000 he earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Guitar Performance from the University of Texas at San Antonio under the direction of Dr. Matthew Dunne.  He completed a Master’s of Music degree in 2002 and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 2007 with Adam Holzman at the University of Texas at Austin. 

                In 2006, he completed his fourth year of studies with the legendary guitarist Oscar Ghiglia at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena Italy.  Dr. Gibson has also studied with Pepe Romero, David Russell, Eliot Fisk, Sharon Isbin, Aaron Shearer, Leo Brouwer, Ricardo Cobo, Bruce Holzman and others in master class settings.

                For additional information contact Dr. Daniel Powell at powelld@chipola.edu or (850) 718-2257.

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March 15, 2012

CAST ANNOUNCED FOR CHIPOLA’S “FINALE”

           

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Theater is in full rehearsal for the children’s play, “Finale,” which will be presented to hundreds of elementary school children in May.  A public performance is set for Thursday, May 17 at 7 p.m.  

                Chipola Theater director Charles Sirmon recently selected the following actors: Atrayu Adkins, Dylan Bass, Dante Brown, Joni Barfield, Darren Blake Collins, Brett Floyd, Meghan Gilliland, Cade Guthrie, Dianna Glaze, Sierra Hill, Jae House, Elizabeth Mathis, Trey McKay, Taylor Myrick, Leah Page, Austin Pettis, Jamal Robinson, Ashleigh Stowe, Kayla Todd, Christin Wiggins and Gracie Wallace.

                The show was written by Chipola guest choreographer Chris Manasco.  The show will be the last one in the “old theatre.”  It’s time to move to the new theatre and there is going to be a lot of change. But someone forgot to tell the zany characters from past children’s shows.  Don’t be surprised to see Snoopy, the Three Little Pigs, or even Alice in Wonderland make an appearance.  

                Come along as this roller coaster of an adventure weaves storylines and characters together in exciting and unexpected ways, reintroducing the audience to some of Chipola Theatre’s most memorable characters.

                For information about Chipola Theater, call 718-2227.

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March 15, 2012

SMALL BUSINESS SEMINARS SET AT CHIPOLA

          

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer two small business seminars in April.

                “Steps to Starting a Business,” is Friday, April 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Participants will learn about organizational requirements and licensing for a small business in Florida. Topics will include personal financial assessments, credit checks, defining customers, location considerations and employee requirements.

                An “Ultimate Business Plan” seminar is set for Friday, April 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Participants will learn to create an impressive, professional business plan to ensure success. The seminar also will include review of a business software program and a walk-through of the business plan process.

                Cost of each seminar is $30. Pre-registration is required. The first five Chipola students to register for either seminar get free admission.

                Seminars meet in Room M-108 of the Chipola Business and Technology building.  To register, contact Elissa Severson at 718-2441, visit Building M, Office 208A, or register online at http://clients.floridasbdc.org/center.aspx?center=41230&subloc=4

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March 15, 2012

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FOUNDATION BOARD TOURS CHIPOLA CENTER FOR THE ARTS—Members of the Chipola College Foundation board recently toured the new Chipola Center for the Arts. Pictured from left, are: Chipola Foundation president Byron Ward; board member Shelia Shelton; board member Carol Jean Crawford; Chipola theater director Charles Sirmon; and board member Margie Williams. The Center for the Arts is expected to open in September.  Interested persons may purchase stars or seat plaques in the new center. For information, visit www.chipola.edu

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March 15, 2012

CHIPOLA FALLS TO CENTRAL FLORIDA IN STATE TOURNEY

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola Indians lost to Central Florida 52-49 in the first round of the FCSAA State Tournament on March 7. Kruize Pinkins led Chipola with 10 points.

                Three-pointers were the difference in the game with Central Florida connecting on seven of 16 three-point attempts. The Indians were just two of 11 from behind the arc.

                Chipola finished the season as runner-up in the Panhandle Conference with a 23-7 record.

                Central Florida went on to beat Palm Beach 81-77 in the semi-finals before losing to Northwest Florida in the championship game.

                Chipola made it to the championship game of the 2011 tournament losing to Tallahassee. From 2004 to 2011, the Indians played in seven state championship games, winning five titles. Chipola leads all Florida colleges with a total of 12 state championships since 1961. 

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

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March 15, 2012

MARIANNA AND HOLMES COUNTY WIN CHIPOLA 3-POINT SHOOTOUT

           

                MARIANNA—Trae’ Pringley of Marianna High and Mikayla Moore of Holmes County High are the new champions of Chipola College’s Ninth Annual High School Three-Point Shootout.  

                Marianna High senior Trae’ Pringley made10 of 15 shots in the men’s finals. Four other  men’s players made it to the championship round of the competition: Chai Baker of Malone, Jeremy Wert of Sneads, Devin Miller of Bethlehem and Will Rogers of Altha.  The following players also participated in the men’s shootout: Diquan Johnson of Graceville, Alex Brown of Vernon, Jerodd Blount of Cottondale, Saad Farooqi of Blountstown, Jordan McAllister of Holmes County, Dan Wells of Poplar Springs, Steven Koyle of Liberty County.

                Holmes County High’s Mikayla Moore connected on nine shots in the finals to take the championship in the women’s division. La’Tilya Baker of Sneads, Savannah Ryken of Poplar Springs, Xaviera (Zay) Henderson of Graceville and Khadejah Ward of Cottondale also made it to the final round.  The following players also participated in the women’s shootout: Olivia Daniels of Malone, Laqueesha Davis of Marianna, Jasmine Flock of Ponce De Leon, Kaylin Griffin of Bethlehem.

                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—Trae’ Pringley of Marianna High  is the new Champion of Chipola College’s High School Three-Point Shootout. Pictured from left, are finalists: Chai Baker of Malone, Jeremy Wert of Sneads, Trae’Pringley of Marianna (champion), Chipola Appreciation Club President Colby Peel, Devin Miller of Bethlehem and Will Rogers of Altha.

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CHIPOLA WOMEN’S HIGH SCHOOL 3-POINT CHAMP—Mikayla Moore of Holmes County High is the new Champion of Chipola College’s High School Three-Point Shootout. Pictured from left, are finalists from the competition: La’Tilya Baker of Sneads, Savannah Ryken of Poplar Springs, Chipola Appreciation Vice President Bill Davis, Mikayla Moore of Holmes County High (champion) , Xaviera (Zay) Henderson of Graceville and Khadejah Ward of Cottondale.         

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O’DANIEL HONORED—Chipola College Athletic Director Dr. Dale O’Daniel was honored by the Chipola Appreciation Club and the Chipola Cheerleaders for his service to the college. He plans to retire this month. O’Daniel has worked in the Florida Community College system for 45 years serving as a faculty member, president and athletic director. 

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March 15, 2012

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DEONTE WILLIAMS WINS DVD PLAYER AT CHIPOLA—Deonte Williams, a point guard on the Blountstown Middle School team, won a DVD player in a shootout at the State Tournament at Chipola College. Pictured from left, are: Ken Speights, Calhoun County School Board member; Deonte Williams; Danny Ryals, Calhoun County School Board and Chipola Board member; and Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough.

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March 15, 2012

CHIPOLA OPENS LEAGUE PLAY WITH WIN OVER GULF COAST

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola Indians opened the conference season March 14 with an incredible 11-10 comeback win over Gulf Coast.

                Chipola’s Marc Frazier hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to give the Indians an 11-10 edge.

                The Indians trailed 7-2 in the bottom of the sixth and 9-4 in the seventh, but Chipola scored seven straight runs to take an 11-9 lead, including four runs in the eighth.

                The win extended Chipola’s streak to 10 in a row. Chipola heads to Gulf Coast for a Friday, 2 p.m., game, before returning home to host the Commodores at home on Saturday at 1 p.m.

                Chipola plays at Northwest Florida State on Monday, March 19, at 5 p.m.  The Indians return home Wednesday, March 21, to host Northwest at 5 p.m. 

                The Indians travel to Northwest for a 2 p.m. game on March 23 before returning home to host Tallahassee Saturday, March 24 at 1 p.m.  Chipola plays at Tallahassee on March 26 before hosting Tallahassee Wednesday, March 28 at 5 p.m.

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March 15, 2012

LADY INDIANS OPEN CONFERENCE PLAY

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola Lady Indians softball team opens Panhandle Conference play travel at Tallahassee Community College Thursday, March 15 at 3 p.m. 

                The Lady Indians continue on the road with a double header at Northwest Florida State on Tuesday, March 21 at 4 p.m. Chipola returns home Saturday, March 24, to host Gulf Coast at 1 and 3 p.m.

                During the 2011 campaign, Chipola coach Belinda Hendrix’s team won their fourth Panhandle Conference Championship (13-3) while earning her fifth Conference Coach of the Year award. In seven seasons at the helm, Hendrix has posted an overall record of 331-89. Hendrix’s most successful season occurred in 2007 when the Lady Indians, under her direction, captured the school’s first team national title.

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March 22, 2012

CHIPOLA PRESIDENT RECEIVES EXCELLENT EVALUATION

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College District Board of Trustees gave college president Dr. Gene Prough an excellent rating on his annual performance evaluation which was presented during the board’s regular monthly meeting on March 20.

                All board members who completed the evaluation rated the president’s performance as excellent, the highest rating available. In a summary of the trustees’ comments, board attorney Gerald Holley stated, “The Board of Trustees has the utmost admiration for the job President Prough is doing at Chipola and give him a superior evaluation.”

                Board members listed several areas of the president’s strengths, including: strong executive leadership; good administrative and people skills; and a capable, professional and innovative leader.

                One trustee commented, “The college has continued to thrive under his leadership. He has the ability to lead and that he puts students up front.” Another stated, “Dr. Prough is an excellent leader who motivates and promotes the advancement of education and places the interests of the students first.

                One trustee commended the president for his leadership during lean budget years, saying, “He gives his personal attention to every issue that presents itself, and continues to lead the college in the right direction. I am very satisfied with Dr. Prough’s ability to accomplish so much with the significant decrease in funding we have received in recent years.” Another trustee also commended Dr. Prough for his work with the legislature, saying, “He spends many hours in Tallahassee to be sure Chipola gets its fair share of the money that is distributed.”

                Following the meeting, Prough said, “I consider it a privilege to serve as president of Chipola College. I appreciate the work of our board of trustees, faculty and staff as we continue to provide quality educational programs for the people of this area.”

                Prough, a 1968 graduate of Chipola, became the college’s ninth president in October of 2002. He served as executive vice president of the college from 1997 to 2002. He also served as interim president in 2004-05. Prough first came to Chipola as Director of Vocational Education in 1994.

                During his time as president and executive vice-president, Dr. Prough has provided leadership that enabled the college to obtain more than $30 million in building projects and more than $20 million in federal and state grants. A new Student Services building was completed in 2005. A new entrance road to the college opened in 2011 which leads to the college’s new $16 million Center for the Arts which opens in September, 2012.

                Under his leadership, the college foundation has grown from $2 million to more than $16 million. Endowments and scholarships in the foundation provide as much as $1 million annually in direct aid to students. 

                During Prough’s tenure as president, the college has changed its name from Chipola Junior College to Chipola College in order to offer bachelor’s degrees. Chipola offers the Associate in Arts (AA) Degree, the Associate in Science (AS) Degree and Workforce Education programs, and ten bachelor’s degrees in education, business and nursing.

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March 22, 2012

CHIPOLA CENTER FOR THE ARTS APPLAUSE! CAMPAIGN

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola Center for the Arts, located on the campus of Chipola College in Marianna, will be one of Florida’s finest new performing, visual and educational arts centers when it opens in September 2012.

                To encourage community involvement in the Center, the college has launched a $3 million Applause! fundraising campaign to enrich performances, programs, exhibitions and special events; enhance educational experiences for Chipola students and those in the Chipola District; underwrite annual educational programs that serve more than 6,000 K-12 schoolchildren in the Chipola District; and support facility operations and enhancements.

                The campaign is being chaired by Harold Donaldson, a Chipola alumnus and retired banker and Joan Stadsklev, retired Associate Dean of the Chipola Fine and Performing Arts Department. Volunteers from across the Chipola district have been selected to lead the Applause campaign which has three major areas: Be Seated, Be a Star and Legacy Initiatives. 

                In the “Be Seated” program, anyone can establish a permanent presence in the theater by purchasing a plaque on a seat that bears the name of a family member, a friend, someone special, a company or community organization. This is an ideal gift for a birthday, anniversary, graduation and special occasion, as well as a distinctive way to celebrate achievement and honor the memory of a loved one. Orchestra (main floor) seat plaques are $250, with Balcony Seat Plaques available for $150.

                In the “Be A Star” program, patrons may purchase a star that bears the name of a family member, a friend, someone special, a company or community organization. Stars are a memorable, long-lasting gift for those who have everything. They can also be used to celebrate achievement, to honor the memory of a loved one or to welcome new children and grandchildren. Stars will be mounted on the prominent wall in the lobby of the Main Theater. Gold Stars are $2,500, with Silver Stars for $1,000 and Bronze Stars for $500.

                Information about the Be Seated and Be a Star programs may be found at www.chipola.edu or by calling 850-718-2277.

                For those seeking a distinctive long-term association with the Center for the Arts, there are “Legacy” naming opportunities throughout the Center.  For gifts ranging from $10,000 to $1 million, an individual, business, foundation or a community organization can have a part of the Center named for a person or group. Legacy gifts may be made in the form of a direct gift, securities, a matching gift, a deferred gift, a multi-year pledge or a combination of these resources.

                For information about specific Legacy Initiatives, contact Chipola president, Dr. Gene Prough at 850-718-2288 or email proughg@chipola.edu

                The construction cost of the 45,000 square-foot facility was fully funded with a $16 million state appropriation. The Center is designed to fulfill the current and future cultural needs of members of the college community.

                The Center features a 655-seat state-of-the-art proscenium theater ideal for plays, musicals, and dance and music performances. A special feature is a 150-seat experimental theater for the presentation of intimate works, recitals and cutting-edge programs.

                An Art Gallery in the Center will provide a beautiful space for exhibitions of works by Chipola students and faculty, as well as local, national and international artists.

                A Dance Studio is included and provides space for classes and performances in a broad range of dance styles.

                The Center also includes teaching spaces, conference room, scenery, and costume and paint shops all designed to enrich the educational experiences of Chipola students and more than 6,000 K-12 schoolchildren in the Chipola District.

                Checks or credit cards are accepted for all gifts. For information about the Chipola Center for the Arts Applause! campaign, visit www.chipola.edu or phone 850-718-2277.

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March 22, 2012

CHIPOLA TECHNICAL THEATRE DIRECTOR SERVES SETC

 

                MARIANNA—Connie Smith, Director of Technical Theatre Center for the Arts at Chipola College, recently served as lead, on-site convention Operations Team volunteer for the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC). 

                Since the first convention in 1949, SETC now hosts over 4,000 actors, professional company representatives, design and technical professionals, theatre educators, students from high schools and universities, commercial exhibitors and community theatre producers. SETC is the largest theatre convention in the nation and is held annually in the first week of March.

                Since 2002, Smith has served as part of the “local arrangements” committee for the SETC Convention. At that time, Smith worked for the University of South Alabama, and was assigned to assist with Job Contact – the technical hiring arm of SETC. April J’Callahan Marshall joined SETC that year as director of the Professional Theatre Services Division. Since 2002, Smith has served as the on-site Manager of Job Contact. Callahan says, “With her expertise in technical theatre, and her love of teaching students, Connie has made significant contributions to the growth of SETC’s technical side. She can work with the students, the company representatives and handle other concerns as they arise. Her leadership and management continually push me to find better ways to serve our constituents – both those looking for jobs, as well as those hiring. SETC owes a great debt to Connie for her immense contributions.”

                Although not a paid staff member of SETC, Smith’s input is valued in the development of services to persons who work off-stage in theatre. Her leadership has built the Production Resume Review workshop into an annual program. The day before job hiring begins at SETC, Smith leads a team of professional company representatives in sharing of information on resume and portfolio styles – as well as individual reviewing of attendees’ materials. Often those suggestions are incorporated and evident in the enhanced presentations to hiring theatres throughout the week. This year it was noted that the 750+ individuals who interviewed through Job Contact were among the strongest and best prepared group of candidates yet. Callahan says, “Connie’s deep concern for the betterment of students and individuals who interview with the SETC theatres is strongly evident.”

                Smith also serves as the authority for distribution of Actor/Tech audition numbers at SETC. These are persons who are looking to be hired for off-stage jobs, but are willing to appear onstage as needed. She reviews resumes presented by each person and determines if they have the tech skills necessary to interview. She then coaches them on how to handle the 10-second “audition” they will have in front of the hiring theatres.

                Smith also coordinates decorations for the SETC Awards Gala at the close of the convention. Using her talent as a scenic designer she conceives and brings to life table decorations for this large banquet with only a minimal budget. Smith and her crew successfully decorate 850 to 100 tables within the two-hour changeover time allotted.

                Next year, Smith hopes to bring Chipola College students to begin serving in Job Contact. It is a testament to her abilities that volunteers come back year after year to serve and to vie for any possible openings on the Job Squad.

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March 22, 2012

Rural Development Forum SET FOR April 20 AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College is the site of an Interagency Rural Development Forum set for Friday, April 20.

                The free forum is hosted by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC).

                Topics on the agenda include: Asset Building in Rural Florida, Housing and Community Development Resources, Resources for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs, Rural Economic Development Opportunities and Update on the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA)

                The forum begins at 9:30 a.m. and runs through 3:30 pm (CST) in the Chipola College Continuing Education Building (3158 College Street) Marianna, FL  32446.

                Free continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. This event is free, but space is limited.

                To register, send name, organization and email address to aatkins@fdic.gov by Monday, April 9. The Chipola College contact for the Forum is Dr. Jim Froh at (850) 718-2413.

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March 22, 2012

SMALL BUSINESS SEMINARS SET AT CHIPOLA

          

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer two small business seminars in April.

                “Steps to Starting a Business,” is Friday, April 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Participants will learn about organizational requirements and licensing for a small business in Florida. Topics will include personal financial assessments, credit checks, defining customers, location considerations and employee requirements.

                An “Ultimate Business Plan” seminar is set for Friday, April 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Participants will learn to create an impressive, professional business plan to ensure success. The seminar also will include review of a business software program and a walk-through of the business plan process.

                Cost of each seminar is $30. Pre-registration is required. The first five Chipola students to register for either seminar get free admission.

                Seminars meet in Room M-108 of the Chipola Business and Technology building.  To register, contact Elissa Severson at 718-2441, visit Building M, Office 208A, or register online at http://clients.floridasbdc.org/center.aspx?center=41230&subloc=4

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March 22, 2012

CHIPOLA AUTOMOTIVE INSTRUCTORS FEATURED IN VIDEO SERIES

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Automotive Technology program held a press conference on March 16 to showcase the college’s involvement in a new video training series being developed in conjunction with BBB Industries, the leading remanufacturer of automotive rotating electrical equipment (alternators and starters).

                BBB representatives visited the Chipola Automotive Technology program March 15-16 to shoot three programs in a training video series.

                Chipola Automotive instructor John Gardner and assistant instructor Chase Vlieg wrote and scripted, and are the on screen talent for the segments which will be produced by a professional production company.   Training films on Electrical Fundamentals, Meters and Test Equipment, and Magnetism will be produced during the Chipola shoot.

                BBB also donated 20 alternators and 20 starters valued at $5,000 to be utilized in our program as educational tools for our students. BBB is a major supplier to Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper, Carquest, O’Reilly’s, Parts Plus and NAPA which all have representatives on the Chipola Automotive Technology Advisory Committee. The videos will be available to parts stores, shops, technicians and the do it yourselfers.

                Chipola and other NATEF certified institutions also will have free access to these training films.

                Tri-States Automotive representatives Walter Spence, Bill Stevens and Ronnie Stevens are assisting with the program. Ricky Miller of Rahal-Miller Chevrolet, Cadillac, representing General Motors, will provide a new Electric Chevy Volt for the production. 

                Gardner says, “In workforce education these industry partnerships are crucial to a program’s success.”

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CHIPOLA AUTO VIDEO STARS—The Chipola College Automotive Technology program held a press conference on March 16 to showcase the college’s involvement in a new video training series being developed in conjunction with BBB Industries, the leading remanufacturer of automotive rotating electrical equipment (alternators and starters). Pictured from left, are:  Dr. Jason Hurst, Chipola Vice President Baccalaureate & Occupational Education; Chase Vlieg, Chipola Assistant Automotive instructor; John Gardner, Chipola Automotive Instructor; Bill Stephens and Ronnie Stephens of Tri-States Automotive Warehouse; Chuck Anderson and Jimmy Parish of Rahal-Miller Chevrolet, Cadillac, Nissan; and Greg Owens, Marketing Manager for BBB, Industries.

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March 22, 2012

DECEMBERADIO AND FLYING BACKWARDS IN CONCERT AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Huddle of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes will host a Spring Concert on Saturday, April 21, featuring Christian recording artists Decemberadio and local favorite Flying Backwards.

                The Spring Concert is the second event featuring outstanding nationally-known performers following the Remedy Drive Concert last Spring.

                The free concert starts at 7 p.m. in the Chipola Arts Center and is being promoted by Shane Corbin with One Shot Entertainment, and financed by the Ministry Partners of the Chipola College Huddle of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

                For information, contact Chipola FCA sponsor Dr. David Hilton at 526-2761, Ext. 3331.

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March 22, 2012

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CONGRESSMAN SOUTHERLAND SPEAKS AT CHIPOLA—U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland (Florida 2nd District) recently addressed students in an American Federal Government class at Chipola College.  Here, Congressman Southerland is presented a Chipola shirt by Chipola Social Science professor Melissa Cauley (left) and Chipola Senior Vice President Dr. Sarah Clemmons (right). Professor Cauley arranged Southerland’s visit which included a reception hosted by the college chapter of the Association of Florida Colleges.

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March 22, 2012

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WANDA HENDERSON SCHOLARSHIP—Guidance counselors from Jackson County recently donated funds to the Wanda B. Henderson Memorial Education Scholarship at Chipola College. The late Wanda Henderson was employed for a number of years with the Jackson County and retired as the Graceville High School Guidance Counselor. Wanda’s daughter Leticia Baker was on hand for the donation which was presented by Graceville High School principal Chris Franklin. The Henderson scholarship will be awarded to a junior or senior education major at Chipola in August. Those wishing to donate to the scholarship, may send a check to the Chipola College Foundation, 3094 Indian Circle, Marianna, FL 32446. For information, call 850-718-2478.

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March 22, 2012

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PIPPEN IS TOP EMPLOYEE—Wendy Pippen is Chipola College’s Career Employee for March. Pippen serves as the Human Resources Coordinator and has worked at the college since 2003. Here, Pippen (right) is congratulated by Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough.

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March 22, 2012

CHIPOLA BASEBALL BEGINS LEAGUE PLAY

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola Indians improved to a 3-2 in conference play with a record with a 12-4 win over Northwest on March 21.

                Jordan Poole hit two homeruns for Chipola including a grand slam in the bottom of the sixth. LJ Hollins earned the pitching win for Chipola in six innings of work.

                Chipola lost a close 10-9 decision to Northwest on March 19. 
                Chipola won two of three against Gulf Coast in the opening series of conference play. Chipola lost to Gulf Coast, 5-1, on March 17 after beating Gulf Coast, 11-3, on March 16.

                The Indians opened the conference season March 14 with an incredible 11-10 comeback win over Gulf Coast. Chipola’s Marc Frazier hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to give the Indians an 11-10 edge.

                The Indians travel to Northwest for a 2 p.m. game on March 23. Chipola hosts Tallahassee Saturday, March 24 at 1 p.m.  Chipola plays at Tallahassee on March 26 before hosting Tallahassee again on Wednesday, March 28 at 5 p.m.

                In the March 20 FCSAA Poll, Chipola is ranked seventh. For the latest scores, visit www.chipola.edu 

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March 22, 2012

LADY INDIANS BEGIN LEAGUE PLAY

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola Lady Indians jumped out to a 3-1 record after four games in league play. Chipola swept Northwest in a doubleheader on March 21 winning 13-6 game one and winning 10-9 in game two.

                Chipola split a doubleheader with Tallahassee on March 15, winning game one, 4-1, and dropping game two, 3-0.

                Chipola hosts Gulf Coast, Saturday, March 24, at 1 and 3 p.m. The Lady Indians play at Pensacola, March 27, before returning home to host Tallahassee, March 29, at 4 and 6 p.m. Chipola hosts Northwest, Thursday, April 5, at 4 and 6 p.m.

                The Lady Indians are fifth in the FCSAA Poll for March 20. For the latest scores, visit www.chipola.edu

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