March 5, 2015

Brain Bowl

CHIPOLA BRAIN BOWL FINISHES SIXTH AT NATIONALS

                The Chipola Brain Bowl Team finished 6th in the nation Feb. 28 at the Community College Championship Tournament (CCCT).

                Chipola competed with 24 teams from around the nation for the national championship. The team finished first in the initial bracket of 6 teams, finishing 5-0. In the championship bracket of 8 teams, Chipola went 2-4.

                Chipola had wins over Seminole and Valencia B, but losses to Manatee, Valencia A, Broward, and Redlands kept the team from finishing higher. Manatee State College went on to win the championship, beating Valencia A in the final.

                Chipola qualified for the CCCT by winning the Northwest FL Sectional in January. Chipola team members are: Brent Patten, Vallen Driggers, Jimmy Brown, and Ben Whiddon.

                Brent Patten was the highest Chipola scorer, placing 13th in overall individual scoring.

                Chipola will next play at the FCSAA State Tournament March 12-14 at Pasco-Hernando College. Chipola will be trying to defend the state title for the eighth straight year. 

                Chipola Brain Bowl coaches are Stan Young, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, and volunteer assistant coach Dr. Robert Dunkle.

Stats are available at https://www.naqt.com/stats/tournament-teams.jsp?tournament_id=5703

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March 5, 2015

Chipola Skills USA Automobile Chipola Welding Skills Usa

CHIPOLA STUDENTS WIN AT SKILLS USA COMPETITION

                MARIANNA—Chipola College picked up six awards at the recent SkillsUSA Florida Regional competition in Pensacola.

                The Chipola Welding program won three awards. Welding Instructor Curtis Jenkins was named Rookie Advisor of the Year. Welding student James Ledbetter won First Place in Welding Sculpture and Dylan Kirk won Third Place in Welding.

                Cosmetology graduate Connor Ward won First Place in Cosmetology. Another graduate, Roneika Williams, won First in Nail Care.

                Automotive student Mark Richards won Third place in the Automotive Competition.

                The students were accompanied to the competition by Chase Vlieg, Automotive Instructor; Paige Vanderwerf, Cosmetology Instructor; and Curtis Jenkins, Welding Instructor.

                SkillsUSA is a partnership of 300,000 students, teachers and industry representatives working to ensure America has a skilled workforce. The organization serves teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations. SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions. At the national-level, nearly 6,000 students compete in 99 occupational and leadership areas.

                For information about Chipola’s Workforce programs, visit www.chipolaworkforce.com

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March 5, 2015

Jazzmatazz

CHIPOLA JAZZMATAZZ TICKETS ON SALE

 

                  MARIANNA—Tickets are now on sale for Jazzmatazz 2015 to be presented by Chipola College’s Award-Winning Show Choir, March 12 and 13, at 7 p.m. nightly in the Center for the Arts. 

                This year’s Jazzmatazz, entitled “It’s Broadway and Anything Goes” will feature high energy, song and dance favorites performed by the Show Choir and special guests under the direction of Angie White and Dr. Josh Martin.

                Tickets—$10—are available from Show Choir members, or in the Center for Arts Box Office, or online at www.chipola.edu

                For information, call 718-2420.

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March 5, 2015

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PULIDO ART ON DISPLAY AT CHIPOLA COLLEGE

 

                MARIANNA—The works of artist Janett Pulido are on display in the gallery of the McLendon Fine Arts building at Chipola College.

                The exhibition is an homage to 43 students from the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers' College of Ayotzinapa who went missing in Mexico in September of 2014. According to reports, they traveled to Iguala, Mexico, to hold a protest and have not been seen since.

                The exhibit contains 43 pieces to reflect each student and to reference current issues in Mexico. The project refers not only to this incident but also to the desensitization to the plight of oppressed people throughout the world.

                For information, visit www.janettpulido.com

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March 5, 2015

SMALL BUSINESS SEMINARS SET AT CHIPOLA

           MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer two small business seminars in March and April.  Both will meet on Fridays, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., in Room M-108 of the Chipola Business and Technology building (M).

            “Marketing Series, Using Social Media” is Friday, March 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  Participants will learn social media strategy, new marketing techniques, and unlock the secret of the top social media sites to establish an online presence. Topics include search engine optimization, website effectiveness, mobile-friendly sites, connecting with customers and revitalizing image.  Honey Nixon will teach the course. Registration deadline is March 11.

            “Steps to Starting a Business” is Friday, April 10, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  The course will focus on organizational requirements, licensing for a business, financial assessments, insurance, marketing, loans, defining customers, location and employee requirements.  The class will be taught by Johnny Branch CPA, MBA.

                Cost of each seminar is $35. Participants may register online at www.northfloridabiz.com, by clicking on Workshops.

                The first six Chipola students to sign up will receive free admission. Students should contact Elissa Severson at 718-2441 or sign up in Building M, (108). 

                For information, call 850-718-2441 or email seversone@chipola.edu

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March 5, 2015

Wizard Of Oz

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WIZARD OF OZ IS A HIT—Nearly 4,000 people attended performances of the recent Chipola Theatre production of the Wizard of Oz.  The show was performed for six sold-out audiences.  Here, Dorothy (Kate Burke) and Toto head down the Yellow Brick Road. Chipola Theatre will present the children’s show, School House Rock Live, May 13-14. For information, visit www.chipola.edu

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March 5, 2015

Chipola Evelyn Akhator

CHIPOLA LADY INDIANS WIN FIRST ROUND GAME IN STATE TOURNEY

                MARIANNA— The Chipola Lady Indians (28-1) defeated Miami-Dade, 83-61, on Wednesday, to advance to the semi-finals of the FCSAA/Region VIII State Tournament.

                Kendra Martin led Chipola with 23 points and 5 rebounds. Sueterrica Key scored 15 points. Chipola’s top player Evelyn Akhator got into foul trouble early in the second half and did not play during the final 10 minutes. She finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds in 23 minutes of play.

                Chipola coach Greg Franklin said, “I’m very proud of our team. Kendra Martin has played big in some big games. Taliah Moore hit some big threes and free throws in the second half, and showed a lot of confidence.”

                Chipola will play Central Florida, Friday, March 6, at noon, in a semi-final game. The championship game of the single-elimination tournament is set for 4 p.m. (CST) Saturday, March 7.

                The game will be broadcast live on WJAQ Radio, 100.9 FM. Tournament games are available on the web at http://www.ihigh.com/njcaaregion8/ . Chipola will also broadcast games on Chipola Television, Comcast Channel 4.

                The Lady Indians have held on to the top spot in the FCSAA State Poll all season and recently moved up to second in the NJCAA National Poll.

 

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March 5, 2015

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CHIPOLA BASEBALL BEGINS CONFERENCE PLAY AT HOME

                MARIANNA—The (17-5) Chipola Indians begin their defense of the Panhandle Conference baseball title, Friday, March 13, when they host Northwest Florida in a 5 p.m. game. 

                The Indians travel to Northwest March 14, before returning home to host the Raiders again, Monday, March 16, at 5 p.m. Chipola hosts Pensacola Wednesday, March 18, at 5 p.m.

                Chipola plays a similar three-game series with the four other conference teams each week through April 24.

                The Indians are ranked fourth in the FCSAA State Poll.

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March 5, 2015

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CHIPOLA SOFTBALL AT HOME SATURDAY

                MARIANNA—The Chipola Lady Indians host Southern Union in a double-header Saturday, March 7, at 1 and 3 p.m.  The team hits the road for four games in Niceville, Feb. 13-14.

                The Lady Indians open conference play March 18 at Northwest before returning home to host Pensacola, March 21, at 1 and 3 p.m.

                Chipola is 22-6 on the season and ranked fifth in the FCSAA Poll. ####

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March 10, 2015

MEET THE LADY INDIANS AT BEEFS FRIDAY

                MARIANNA—Chipola fans are invited to meet the two-time state champion Lady Indians, Friday, March 13, at noon, Beef O'Brady's in Marianna.                
               
Chipola Athletic Director Jeff Johnson invites everyone to drop by, meet the team for lunch and make a donation toward the team’s travel expenses to the NJCAA National Basketball Tournament set for March 16-21 in Salina, Kansas.
               
               
Chipola earned a bye in the first round and will play the winner of Coffeyville and Northeastern, Wednesday, March 18, at 1 p.m. (CST). Kansas team Hutchinson Community College is the number one seed.  Northwest Florida State, which finished second to Chipola in the state tournament, is the number nine seed. They play 24 seed Murray State on March 16.
               
               
Four wins are needed to capture the national title. The championship game of tournament is set for Saturday, March 21, at 6 p.m. (CST).  Chipola finished third in the national tournament in 2014.  
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BROADWAY VETERAN TO PERFORM TITANIC SHOW FOR CHIPOLA ARTIST SERIES

              MARIANNA— The Chipola College Artist Series finishes the season with Broadway veteran, Deborah Jean Templin in Unsinkable Women: Stories and Songs from the Titanic, Thursday, April 2, in the Center for the Arts.

                Templin began writing Unsinkable Women while touring with the stage hit Titanic: A New Musical. Wondering what it was like when survivors finally came home, the show stimulated her investigation into the tragedy which saw 1,500 people perish on April 15, 1912.

                Based on actual diaries, letters and interviews, Templin brings to life nine famous figures including Madeline Astor, the beautiful teenage bride of John Jacob Astor, one of the wealthiest men in America, and Margaret Tobin Brown- the “Unsinkable Molly Brown” - whose account of the Titanic's final moments brings the evening to its dramatic climax. 

                Characters who share their stories of tragedy and triumph include stewardess Violet Jessop who tells of the friendships and loves of the below-decks serving crew and Nora, an English music hall performer on her way to New York to appear in American vaudeville.  With musical underscoring and accompaniment created by musical director C. Colby Sachs, choreography by Broadway veteran Ron Schwinn, nine period costumes designed by Sara Jablon and direction by Nancy Robillard, Unsinkable Women offers vivid portrayals, punctuated with period songs from vaudeville numbers to Victor Herbert's "Toyland."

                Drawing wigs, costume and props from an authentic wardrobe truck while on stage, Templin transforms herself, shifting from character to character in full view of the audience. 

                Internationally-acclaimed as a remarkable tour-de-force, Unsinkable Women has been called "the most affecting and truthful version of the Titanic story today.

                Tickets are $18 for adults, $10 for children under 18, with special pricing for Chipola students and employees.

                Online tickets are available now at www.chipola.edu/boxoffice. Tickets may be printed at home, or with an order confirmation, will-call tickets will be available at the box office the night of the show. Tickets also are available for purchase at the Center for the Arts Box Office with hours Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday, from 9 a.m. to noon. The Box Office is also open one hour prior the event.

                For more information, call 850-718-2277 or visit www.chipola.edu/boxoffice.

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March 12, 2015

 Chipola Dean Dr. Vickie Stephens presenting at nursing Chipola Nursing Program Earns National Accreditation

CHIPOLA’S DR. STEPHENS PRESENTS AT INTERNATIONAL NURSING CONFERENCE

                BOSTON—Dr. Vickie Stephens, Dean of the Chipola College School of Health Sciences, recently presented a plenary session at the 15th Annual Community College Baccalaureate Association in Boston, Massachusetts. The conference was attended by international members from Australia, China, Denmark, Sweden and numerous states in the U.S.

                Dr. Stephens’ presentation, entitled, “Southern GRIT(s):  A Recipe for BSN Program Success,” highlighted the accomplishments of Chipola’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, including the history and ingredients for success.

                Dr. Stephens says, “The attainment of the BSN degree is a bridge to higher education, advances in employment, clinical teaching opportunities, and advancement of the professional nursing practice.  Florida is known as a trend-setter in academic circles for making bachelor’s degrees accessible and affordable while many states continue to struggle legislatively with the idea of community colleges offering baccalaureate degrees.” 

                Chipola’s first three BSN graduates completed the program in 2009. In 2014, there were 27 graduates. Many Chipola alumni have advanced their careers as Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Anesthetists and Nurse Educators. Enrollment has grown by 50% since 2012. 

                Chipola accepts RN-BSN students each semester with the opportunity to complete the online nursing courses in one year. Students also may choose to individualize and flex their educational plans to fit their schedules.  The Chipola RN-BSN program is now nationally accredited by (ACEN) Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. 

                For information, visit www.chipola.edu or phone 850-718-2278 or 850-718-2316 to discuss enrollment.

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March 12, 2015

 Stem Virtual Reality Stem Stem Geo Caching

CHIPOLA BUSINESS AND TECHNOLGY HOSTS STEM STUDENTS

         MARIANNA—The Chipola College School of Business and Technology recently hosted two STEM meetings for area high school students.

            Chipola faculty and students led STEM participants in Geocaching, Virtual Reality, and Computer Information Technology activities.

            The event was organized by the FloridaLearns STEM Scholars Project, in collaboration with the Panhandle Area Educational Consortium (PAEC). STEM targets gifted and talented students in grades 9-12.  The STEM campaign encourages students in Florida’s rural schools to consider a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

            STEM students also toured the Chipola School of Business and Technology which offers a variety of programs ranging from the Bachelor of Science Degree in Business to Associate in Science and Associate in Arts Degrees in Computer Information Technology, Network Systems Technology and Computer Science.

            Technology programs are focused on industry certifications including: CompTIA A+; Network+; Security+; Certified Ethical Hacker; Linux+; MCSA; Help Desk; Project+; S.P.A.C.E.; Help Desk Support Technician; IT Support Specialist; Geographic Information Systems; Network/CyberSecurity; Network Support Technician and Digital Forensics.

            Financial aid and grant funds are available for most programs. The department offers engaging courses and experiences with small classes, interactive lab sessions, computer simulations and field experiences at area businesses.

            For information, call 850-718-2441 or email seversone@chipola.edu

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March 12, 2015

 

SMALL BUSINESS SEMINARS SET AT CHIPOLA

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer two small business seminars in March and April.  Both will meet on Fridays, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., in Room M-108 of the Chipola Business and Technology building (M).

            “Marketing Series, Using Social Media” is Friday, March 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  Participants will learn social media strategy, new marketing techniques, and unlock the secret of the top social media sites to establish an online presence. Topics include search engine optimization, website effectiveness, mobile-friendly sites, connecting with customers and revitalizing image.  Honey Nixon will teach the course. Registration deadline is March 11.

            “Steps to Starting a Business” is Friday, April 10, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  The course will focus on organizational requirements, licensing for a business, financial assessments, insurance, marketing, loans, defining customers, location and employee requirements.  The class will be taught by Johnny Branch CPA, MBA.

            Cost of each seminar is $35. Participants may register online at www.northfloridabiz.com, by clicking on Workshops.

                The first six Chipola students to sign up will receive free admission. Students should contact Elissa Severson at 718-2441 or sign up in Building M, (108). 

            For information, call 850-718-2441 or email seversone@chipola.edu

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March 12, 2015

 

CORRECTIONS CLASS NOW FORMING AT CHIPOLA

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Criminal Justice Training Center will offer a daytime Corrections beginning this month.  Classes will meet weekdays Monday through Thursday, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

                Completion of this program prepares candidates to take the State Board Examination and become certified by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission upon becoming employed with a Correctional agency. The program is 420 hours long and takes about three months to complete. Starting salary is $30,000 and up.

                Prior to admission, all candidates must earn a passing score on the Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT) offered at the Public Service Building every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m.  Cost of the test is $45.  Application deadline is March 3.

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

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

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March 12, 2015

 McInnis Faculty of Month

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MCINNIS IS TOP CHIPOLA EMPLOYEE—Kurt McInnis has been selected the Chipola College Faculty/Administrator/Other Professional Award of the month for March.  McInnis is an English Instructor and has worked at the college since 2012.  Pictured from left are, Dr. Sarah Clemmons, Chipola Senior Vice President and Kurt McInnis.

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March 12, 2015

 Mu ALpha Theta Chipola

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CHIPOLA MATH HONORARY INDUCTS MEMBERS—The Chipola College chapter of Mu Alpha Theta, a national honorary mathematics club, recently held an initiation for new members.   Pictured are officers, new members and sponsors, from left (front) Chelsea Kuhajda of Marianna, Madison Carter of Chipley, Olivia Saunders of Chipley, Hannah Jackson of Marianna, Alle Christmas of Marianna, Christen Ferguson of Sneads, (back) Mu Alpha Theta sponsor JoyRee Ashmore, David Horton of Graceville, Koleton Forehand of Bonifay, Hayden Hurst of Marianna, John Lane of Marianna and Maggie Braxton of Cottondale. Mu Alpha Theta is an international mathematics society for high school and two-year colleges.  The purpose of Mu Alpha Theta is to stimulate a deeper and more effective interest in mathematics. 

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March 12, 2015

Out Of State Equivalency

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OFFICERS FROM ACROSS THE U.S. AT CHIPOLA THIS WEEK—Law Enforcement officers from across the U.S. were on the campus of Chipola College this week hoping to become certified officers in the state of Florida. Here, in the foreground, Chipola Corrections Coordinator Jamie McAllister (right), demonstrates a defensive tactic on Officer Scott Asmann of Harnett County, NC. Chipola offers one of only a few Out-of-State Equivalency programs in Florida. The 40-hour refresher gives officers from other states the opportunity to take the same exam officers must pass to work in Florida. For information, contact Steve Anderson at 850-718-2479, or email: andersons@chipola.edu.

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March 12, 2015

 Angie white Chipola Career Emp

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WHITE IS CHIPOLA EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH—Angie White is Chipola College’s Career Employee for March.  White serves as a Career Specialist in the Talent Search Department and has worked at the college since 2010.  Pictured from left, are: Chipola president Dr. Jason Hurst, Angie White and Chipola Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Jayne Roberts.

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March 12, 2015

 Akhator In State Tournament

AKHATOR NAMED FCSAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR SEVENTH TIME

                MARIANNA—The accolades keep piling up for Chipola’s Evelyn Akhator, back-to-back MVP of the NJCAA Region 8/FCSAA Women's Basketball state tournament. This week she was named Region 8/FCSAA Women's Basketball Player of the Week for a seventh time. Akhator, a sophomore from Lagos, Nigeria, averaged 21.0 points, 21.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.7 steals and 2.3 blocks in three games during the voting period.

                She rewrote the FCSAA Tournament record books while leading Chipola to its second straight state championship. Akhator finished with 27 points and a tournament record 29 rebounds against NJCAA No. 3 Northwest Florida State in the championship game. In the two previous games, she recorded 12 rebounds vs. Miami Dade and 24 vs. NJCAA No. 15 Central Florida, finishing with 65 rebounds in the tournament and 101 in six career tournament games, both new record totals.

                For the week, she shot 51.1 percent (24-of-47) from the floor, hit her only three-point attempt and made 14-of-27 (51.9 percent) free throw attempts.

She led Chipola to a third place finish in last year’s NJCAA National Tournament.

                The 2015 NJCAA National Basketball Tournament set for March 16-21 in Salina, Kansas. Chipola earned a bye in the first round this year and will play the winner of Coffeyville and Northeastern, Wednesday, March 18, at 1 p.m. (CST).

                Four wins are needed to capture the national title. The championship game is set for Saturday, March 21, at 6 p.m. (CST). 

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March 12, 2015

 

CHIPOLA BASEBALL BEGINS CONFERENCE PLAY AT HOME

                MARIANNA—The (23-5) Chipola Indians begin their defense of the Panhandle Conference baseball title, Friday, March 13, when they host Northwest Florida in a 5 p.m. game. 

                The Indians travel to Northwest March 14, before returning home to host the Raiders again, Monday, March 16, at 5 p.m. Chipola hosts Pensacola Wednesday, March 18, at 5 p.m.

                Chipola plays a similar three-game series with the four other conference teams each week through April 24.

                The Indians are ranked fourth in the FCSAA State Poll.

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March 12, 2015

 Jessica Elliot FCSAA Pitcher Of THe Week Jessica Elliot

CHIPOLA SOFTBALL OPENS LEAGUE PLAY; ELLIOT IS TOP PITCHER

                MARIANNA—The Lady Indians play four games in a pre-conference tournament in Niceville, March 13-14. Chipola opens conference play March 18 at Northwest before returning home to host Pensacola, Saturday, March 21, at 1 and 3 p.m. and Tallahassee, Friday, March 27, at 4 and 6 p.m.

                Chipola is 24-6 on the season and moved to fourth in the FCSAA State Poll.

                Chipola’s Jessica Elliott is this week’s NJCAA Region 8/FCSAA Softball Pitcher of the Week.

                Elliott, a sophomore from Orlando, was 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in two appearances during the voting period. She tossed a pair of complete-game shutouts – a two-hitter with 12 strikeouts vs. Darton State on March 3 and a one-hitter with 11 strikeouts against nationally-ranked Southern Union four days later. In 13 total innings, Elliott allowed only three hits and six walks while striking out 23.

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March 12, 2015

Lady Indians Send Off Lady Indians team shot 2015

MEET THE LADY INDIANS AT BEEFS FRIDAY

                MARIANNA—Chipola fans are invited to meet the two-time state champion Lady Indians, Friday, March 13, at noon, Beef O'Brady's in Marianna.

                Chipola Athletic Director Jeff Johnson invites everyone to drop by, meet the team for lunch and make a donation toward the team’s travel expenses to the NJCAA National Basketball Tournament set for March 16-21 in Salina, Kansas.

                Chipola earned a bye in the first round and will play the winner of Coffeyville and Northeastern, Wednesday, March 18, at 1 p.m. (CST). Kansas team Hutchinson Community College is the number one seed.  Northwest Florida State, which finished second to Chipola in the state tournament, is the number nine seed. They play 24 seed Murray State on March 16.

                Four wins are needed to capture the national title. The championship game of tournament is set for Saturday, March 21, at 6 p.m. (CST).  Chipola finished third in the national tournament in 2014.  

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March 13, 2015

Community Helps Chipola

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COMMUNITY HELPS CHIPOLA—Chipola fans gathered at Beef O’Brady’s Friday to meet the state champion Lady Indians. Chipola friends and alumni have donated thousands to help the Lady Indians make the trip to Salina, Kansas, in the quest for a national championship. To make a donation, call 718-2451. Chipola earned a bye in the first round and will play the winner of Coffeyville and Northeastern, Wednesday, March 18, at 1 p.m. (CST).

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March 16, 2015

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CHIPOLA TO INTRODUCE NEW BASKETBALL COACH AT PRESS CONFERENCE

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College Athletic Director Jeff Johnson has scheduled a press conference for Tuesday, March 17, to introduce Bret Campbell as the college’s new head men’s basketball coach.

                The press conference is set for 10 a.m. (CST) in the upstairs Conference Room of the Chipola Student Center/Cafeteria (K).

                Coach Campbell served as an Assistant Coach at Austin Peay State University from 2009 to 2014.  He also served as head men's basketball coach at the University of Tennessee at Martin from 1999 to 2009. He was named the Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year for the 2008-09 season.

                Campbell served assistant coaching stints at Austin Peay, Central Florida, Birmingham-Southern and Kennesaw State. Campbell started his coaching career in 1983 as a graduate assistant at Valdosta State University.

                A native of Anderson, Indiana, Campbell played basketball at Valdosta State, and was a three-year starter at guard. He left the school as their all-time career leader in assists.

 

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March 19, 2015

CHIPOLA BRAIN BOWL FINISHES FOURTH AT STATE 

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola Brain Bowl Team finished fourth at the 2015 FCSAA Brain Bowl State Championship held on March 13-14 at Pasco-Hernando College.

State College of Florida-Manatee won the championship, ending Chipola’s run of seven straight championships. Chipola nearly made it back to the championship game, but close losses to Broward (230-245) and Indian River (235-275) in the last two games kept Chipola from advancing to the championship. Manatee beat Indian River in the finals to claim the title.

Chipola advanced to state by winning the Panhandle Regional in February. Chipola finished 6th in the National Community College Championship Tournament (CCCT), also in February.

Chipola team members are: Brent Patten, Vallen Driggers, Jimmy Brown, and Will Glover. Brent Patten placed in the top 10 individually for Chipola, finishing 9th overall.  Chipola Brain Bowl coaches are Stan Young, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, and volunteer assistant coach Dr. Robert Dunkle.

Link to stats: https://www.naqt.com/stats/tournament-teams.jsp?tournament_id=5809&playoffs=true

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CHIPOLA BRAIN BOWL FOURTH AT STATE— The Chipola Brain Bowl Team finished fourth at the 2015 FCSAA Brain Bowl State Championship held on March 13-14 at Pasco-Hernando College. Chipola Brain Bowl team members are, from left: Brent Patten, Jimmy Brown, Vallen Driggers and Will Glover.

 

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March 19, 2015 

CHIPOLA SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK AUDITIONS SET FOR MARCH 30

 

MARIANNA—Chipola Theatre Director Charles Sirmon will hold open auditions for Schoolhouse Rock Live, Monday, March 30, at 6 p.m. in the Center for the Arts. Actors age 17 and up are invited to audition. 

Schoolhouse Rock Live follows Tom, a nerve-wracked school teacher who is anxious about his first day of teaching. He tries to relax by watching TV when various characters representing facets of his personality emerge from the set and show him how to win his students over with imagination and music, through such songs as “Just A Bill,” “Lolly, Lolly, Lolly,” and “Conjunction Junction.”

For information, call 850-718-2227 or email sirmonc@chipola.edu

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March 19, 2015 

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TITANIC SHOW SET FOR APRIL 2 CHIPOLA ARTIST SERIES

 

MARIANNA— The Chipola College Artist Series finishes the season with Broadway veteran, Deborah Jean Templin in Unsinkable Women: Stories and Songs from the Titanic, Thursday, April 2, in the Center for the Arts.  

Templin began writing Unsinkable Women while touring with the stage hit Titanic: A New Musical. Wondering what it was like when survivors finally came home, the show stimulated her investigation into the tragedy which saw 1,500 people perish on April 15, 1912.

Based on actual diaries, letters and interviews, Templin brings to life nine famous figures including Madeline Astor, the beautiful teenage bride of John Jacob Astor, one of the wealthiest men in America, and Margaret Tobin Brown- the “Unsinkable Molly Brown” - whose account of the Titanic's final moments brings the evening to its dramatic climax. 

Characters who share their stories of tragedy and triumph include stewardess Violet Jessop who tells of the friendships and loves of the below-decks serving crew and Nora, an English music hall performer on her way to New York to appear in American vaudeville.  With musical underscoring and accompaniment created by musical director C. Colby Sachs, choreography by Broadway veteran Ron Schwinn, nine period costumes designed by Sara Jablon and direction by Nancy Robillard, Unsinkable Women offers vivid portrayals, punctuated with period songs from vaudeville numbers to Victor Herbert's "Toyland."

Drawing wigs, costume and props from an authentic wardrobe truck while on stage, Templin transforms herself, shifting from character to character in full view of the audience. 

Internationally-acclaimed as a remarkable tour-de-force, Unsinkable Women has been called "the most affecting and truthful version of the Titanic story today.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $10 for children under 18, with special pricing for Chipola students and employees.

Online tickets are available now at www.chipola.edu/boxoffice. Tickets may be printed at home, or with an order confirmation, will-call tickets will be available at the box office the night of the show. Tickets also are available for purchase at the Center for the Arts Box Office with hours Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday, from 9 a.m. to noon. The Box Office is also open one hour prior the event.

For more information, call 850-718-2277 or visit www.chipola.edu/boxoffice.

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 March 19, 2015

 

STARTING A BUSINESS SEMINAR SET AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer a small business seminar, “Steps to Starting a Business,” Friday, April 10, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.   

The seminar will meet in Room M-108 of the Chipola Business and Technology building (M).

            The course will focus on organizational requirements, licensing for a business, financial assessments, insurance, marketing, loans, defining customers, location and employee requirements.  The class will be taught by Johnny Branch CPA, MBA.

            Cost is $35. Participants may register online at www.northfloridabiz.com, by clicking on Workshops.

The first six Chipola students to sign up will receive free admission. Students should contact Elissa Severson at 718-2441 or sign up in Building M, (108). 

            For information, call 850-718-2441 or email seversone@chipola.edu

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 March 19, 2015

 

 

CHIPOLA MUSIC ALUMNI RETURN

 

MARIANNA—Two Chipola alumni recently visited the Chipola Fine and Performing Arts Department. James Matthews and Daniel Kern studied piano with Dr. Josh Martin and are both current students at the University of West Florida.  The pair performed for the Chipola music students and spoke about the transfer process from Chipola to UWF.  

Matthews is scheduled to perform at Carnegie Hall for the second time in the coming weeks. He also is slated to appear on the Ellen DeGeneres Show for a second time.  In February, he played a recital at St. Luke's Episcopal Church to rave reviews.

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Pictured from left, are: Dr. Josh Martin, James Matthews and Daniel Kern.

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 March 19, 2015

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CHIPOLA AUTO STUDENTS AT GATOR NATIONALS—Students in the Chipola College Automotive Technology program recently attended the NHRA Gator National drag races in Gainesville. The students received free VIP pit passes through the college’s cooperate sponsors. Instructor John Gardner says, “This was an awesome experience to watch as they completely rebuild the engines in the pits between each race. Our students are the best, and thanks to our corporate sponsors, we can enjoy a learning experience away from the classroom, meet world class drivers and watch a national drag race event.

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 March 19, 2015

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CHIPOLA LADY INDIANS ADVANCE IN NATIONAL TOURNAMENT

(AKHATOR BREAKS NJCAA REBOUND RECORD)

 

SALINA, KS—The state champion Chipola College Lady Indians advanced to the elite 8 of the NJCAA National Basketball Tournament with an 86-52 win over Coffeyville, in the 1 p.m. game on Wednesday, March 18.

Evelyn Akhator led Chipola with 19 points and 19 rebounds. Akhator broke the NJCAA single season rebound record with 545 total. Sueterrica Key had 17. Rosemarie Julien and Auteaonna Gilmore each scored 13. 

Chipola shot 45% from the floor. The Lady Indians shot 79% from the line converting 11 of 14 free throws. The Lady Indians led by as many as 39 in the second half.

Chipola will face the winner of Wednesday’s game between the College of Southern Idaho (#7) and Tyler (#10), on Thursday, March 19, at 5 p.m. (CST).

Nine seed Northwest Florida State advanced in the first two rounds and will play number one seed Hutchinson on Thursday.   

Four wins are needed to capture the national title. The championship game is set for Saturday, March 21, at 6 p.m. (CST).  Chipola finished third in the national tournament in 2014.  

Chipola’s national tournament games will be broadcast live on WJAQ Radio, 100.9 FM. Tournament games are available on the web at http://www.ihigh.com/njcaaregion8/ . Chipola will also broadcast games on Chipola Television, Comcast Channel 4.

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 March 19, 2015

 

CAMPBELL IS NEW CHIPOLA BASKETBALL COACH

 

MARIANNA—Bret Campbell was introduced as Chipola College’s new men’s basketball coach at a March 17 press conference.

Chipola Athletic Director Jeff Johnson, said, “We’ve hit a homerun with Coach Campbell. He has a great record of leading quality programs and winning.”

Campbell served as an Assistant Coach at Austin Peay State University from 2009 to 2014.  He also served as head men's basketball coach at the University of Tennessee at Martin from 1999 to 2009. He was named the Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year for the 2008-09 season.

Campbell served assistant coaching stints at Austin Peay, Central Florida, Birmingham-Southern and Kennesaw State. He started his coaching career in 1983 as a graduate assistant at Valdosta State University.

Coach Campbell said, “Chipola is well-known across the country. It’s like the Kentucky of Junior College basketball.” He called the Panhandle Conference, “one of the best in the nation.” The new coach, who was heading out on the recruiting trail this week, said, “I’m excited about putting a quality product on the floor and bringing some fine student-athletes to our community.”

A native of Anderson, Indiana, Campbell played basketball at Valdosta State, and was a three-year starter at guard. He left the school as their all-time career leader in assists.

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CAMPBELL IS NEW CHIPOLA COACH—Bret Campbell (center) was introduced as Chipola College’s new men’s basketball coach at a March 17 press conference. He is pictured with Chipola Athletic Director Jeff Johnson (left) and college president Dr. Jason Hurst.

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 March 19, 2015

 

CHIPOLA’S COOLEY IS STATE BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

 

Chipola College’s Maurice Cooley is this week’s NJCAA Region 8/FCSAA Baseball Player of the Week. Cooley, a freshman from Jacksonville, Fla., batted .500 (11-for-22) with nine runs scored, one double, four home runs, eight RBI and two stolen bases in five games during the voting period.

Cooley had multi-hit outings in each game, scored multiple runs four times, had three two-RBI games and homered in four of five games. His final two games ushered in Panhandle Conference play and he was a combined 5-for-9 with two homers and four RBIs vs. Northwest Florida State.

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March 21, 2015

CHIPOLA LADY INDIANS WIN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

 

                SALINA, KS—The Chipola College Lady Indians (34-1) captured the college’s first ever national title in basketball with a 54-46 win over previously unbeaten the Hutchinson (Kansas) Blue Dragons (36-1) in the championship game of the NJCAA National Basketball Tournament on March 21.

                Sueterrica Key led Chipola with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Evelyn Akhator scored 10 points and pulled in 18 rebounds.

                The Lady Indians led 24-17 at the half in the defensive struggle. Chipola held Hutchinson scoreless for 7 minutes during the first half.

                Chipola pulled ahead by as many as 15 midway through the second half, but the Blue Dragons roared back to get within 6 at the six minute mark.  Kendra Martin and Rosemarie Julien both hit a pair of key threes late in the game to give the Lady Indians the edge.

                Chipola beat 3 seed Trinity Valley 62-48 on March 20 to advance to the championship.   Sueterrica Key led Chipola with 16. Evelyn Akhator and Rosemarie Julien scored 14 points apiece. Akhator also pulled down 13 rebounds.

                The Lady Indians advanced to the final four with a 76-44 win over the College of Southern Idaho on March 19. Sueterrica Key led Chipola with 32 points. Evelyn Akhator had 14 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks. CSI had 24 turnovers compared to Chipola’s 7. The Lady Indians were 14 for 16 in free throw shooting.

                Head coach Greg Franklin has led Chipola to the national tournament three times in three seasons at Chipola. The Lady Indians finished third in the national tournament in 2014, and in the elite 8 in 2013.

                Chipola scored an 86-52 first round win over Coffeyville on March 18. Akhator led Chipola with 19 points and 19 rebounds en route to breaking the NJCAA single season rebound record with 545 total. Key had 17. Rosemarie Julien and Auteaonna Gilmore each scored 13.  Chipola shot 45% from the floor. The Lady Indians shot 79% from the line converting 11 of 14 free throws.

                Chipola’s national tournament games are archived on the web at http://www.ihigh.com/njcaaregion8/

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Chipola Wins National Championship Evelyn Akhator

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Chipola’s Evelyn Akhator (#45) goes up for the opening tip of the national title game. Akhator broke the NJCAA single season rebound record with 545 in the first game of the tournament.

 

March 22, 2015

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CHIPOLA LADY INDIANS WELCOME HOME EVENT SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 8:30 P.M.

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola Athletic Director Jeff Johnson invites all Chipola fans to welcome home the National Champion Lady Indians Basketball team, Sunday, March 22, at 8:30 pm, at the Milton Johnson Center. The team is scheduled to arrive in the Pensacola Airport at approximately 6:15 p.m.

                The Lady Indians (34-1) captured the college’s first ever national title in basketball with a 54-46 win over previously the unbeaten Hutchinson Blue Dragons (36-1) in the championship game of the NJCAA National Basketball Tournament on March 21.

                A strong effort on the defensive end of the floor powered the Indians to their first national title. Sophomore Sueterrica Key posted a game-high 20 points for Chipola, knocking down 6-of-18 shots from the field – including three 3-pointers. The guard added eight rebounds and an assist in the effort.

                Adding to her NJCAA single-season rebounding record, sophomore forward Evelyn Akhator led Chipola with 14 rebounds in the victory. She finished with the new mark of 584 rebounds for the 2014-15 season. Akhator was 4-for-7 from the field, totaling 10 points to go along with two steals and two blocks on the defensive end.

                Anchored by their defense in the victory, the Indians held Hutchinson to just 46 points. The Blue Dragons tied their own total from 2014 for the third-fewest points scored in a championship game. Keying Chipola’s victory was 14 Hutchinson turnovers that the Indians converted into 25 points.

                Both defenses made their presences felt in the second-lowest scoring championship game in tournament history, ending with just four more points than the 96 totaled in the 2000 final.

                Hutchinson was led by 11 points and a game-high 18 rebounds from sophomore forward Kalani Purcell. Blue Dragons sophomore guard Alyx Bloom scored a game-high 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field, while freshman forward Clemence LeFebvre added 11 points in the effort.

                The first 10 minutes of play was a defensive struggle. With the score tied at 10-10, Chipola landed the first major blow of the game with a 10-0 run. The offensive spark was provided by two 3-pointers from Key and freshman forward Rosemarie Julien. The Blue Dragons offense came back alive with a pair of trips to the free throw line and pulled to within a 24-17 margin at the half.

                Chipola came out of the break with six unanswered points, creating a gap that the Blue Dragons were unable to overcome down the stretch. Purcell pulled Hutchinson to within six with 1:51 remaining but Key’s clutch free throw shooting in the final minute clinched the win for the Indians.

                Winning the last 15 games of the season, No. 2 seed Chipola captured the national title with a 34-1 overall record. Falling in the championship game for the second consecutive season, top-seeded Hutchinson saw its bid for a perfect season come to a halt with the defeat and dropped to 36-1 for the year.

                Chipola beat 3 seed Trinity Valley 62-48 on March 20 to advance to the championship. Sueterrica Key led Chipola with 16. Evelyn Akhator and Rosemarie Julien scored 14 points apiece. Akhator also pulled down 13 rebounds.

                The Lady Indians advanced to the final four with a 76-44 win over the College of Southern Idaho on March 19. Sueterrica Key led Chipola with 32 points. Evelyn Akhator had 14 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks. CSI had 24 turnovers compared to Chipola’s 7. The Lady Indians were 14 for 16 in free throw shooting.

                Head coach Greg Franklin has led Chipola to the national tournament three times in three seasons at Chipola. The Lady Indians finished third in the national tournament in 2014, and in the elite 8 in 2013.

                Chipola scored an 86-52 first round win over Coffeyville on March 18. Akhator led Chipola with 19 points and 19 rebounds en route to breaking the NJCAA single season rebound record with 545 total. Key had 17. Rosemarie Julien and Auteaonna Gilmore each scored 13.  Chipola shot 45% from the floor. The Lady Indians shot 79% from the line converting 11 of 14 free throws.

                Chipola’s national tournament games are archived on the web at http://www.ihigh.com/njcaaregion8/

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March 26, 2015

 

CHIPOLA PRESIDENT GETS HIGH MARKS FROM BOARD

 Dr. Jason Hurst, Chipola President

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College District Board of Trustees gave high marks to college president Dr. Jason Hurst on his annual evaluation, and on March 17, they approved a three percent raise, and an incentive for him to work through the end of his three-year contract.

                Trustees first approved a three-year contract for Hurst on April 1, 2014. The contract may be renewed or extended at the end of the term. It may be re-opened for extension or salary increases upon the board’s annual evaluation, which was completed in February.

                Dr. Hurst received the highest available ratings of Excellent or Good from every board member who participated in the evaluation. Comments include: “Dr. Hurst is an excellent communicator and has kept the board apprised of any issue, whether great or small, that may rise to the board level.” “Dr. Hurst addresses challenges with a thoughtful diligence and desire to get it right.” “Dr. Hurst’s strengths include, but are not limited to: quickly responding to issues; workforce background and being an opportunity provider; and being student and community focused.”

                With the three percent raise, the president’s base salary increased from $165,000 to $170,000. Trustees also approved an incentive plan to provide Hurst with a $35,000 bonus if he works through March 31, 2018.

                The college contributes five percent of the president’s salary to a Deferred Compensation Plan, and makes monthly contributions to the Florida Retirement System. Other benefits include the use of a college automobile and cell phone. The package also includes family health insurance with dental and vision coverage. Dr. Hurst resides in a home owned by the college.

                Dr. Hurst came to Chipola in November 2011 as Vice-President of Baccalaureate and Workforce Development and was promoted to Executive Vice President in 2013.

 

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March 30, 2015

Chipola Artist Series Unsinkable woman

CHIPOLA ARTIST SERIES TITANIC SHOW IS THURSDAY

 

                MARIANNA— The Chipola College Artist Series finishes the season with Broadway veteran, Deborah Jean Templin in Unsinkable Women: Stories and Songs from the Titanic, Thursday, April 2, in the Center for the Arts.  

                Templin began writing Unsinkable Women while touring with the stage hit Titanic: A New Musical. Wondering what it was like when survivors finally came home, the show stimulated her investigation into the tragedy which saw 1,500 people perish on April 15, 1912.

                Based on actual diaries, letters and interviews, Templin brings to life nine famous figures including Madeline Astor, the beautiful teenage bride of John Jacob Astor, one of the wealthiest men in America, and Margaret Tobin Brown- the “Unsinkable Molly Brown” - whose account of the Titanic's final moments brings the evening to its dramatic climax. 

                Internationally-acclaimed as a remarkable tour-de-force, Unsinkable Women has been called "the most affecting and truthful version of the Titanic story today.

                Tickets are $18 for adults, $10 for children under 18, with special pricing for Chipola students and employees.

                Online tickets are available now at www.chipola.edu/boxoffice. Tickets may be printed at home, or with an order confirmation, will-call tickets will be available at the box office the night of the show. Tickets also are available for purchase at the Center for the Arts Box Office with hours Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Box Office is also open one hour prior the event.

                  For more information, call 850-718-2277 or visit www.chipola.edu/boxoffice.

 

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