May 1, 2008

CHIPOLA BIOLOGY PROF WORKING ON MALARIA VACCINE

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College biology professor Dr. Virginia Baker is working with colleagues at Florida State University and the World Health Mission to unravel the mysteries hidden in the poor efficacy of the malaria vaccine.

            Dr. Baker says, “In the field of malaria research, we are frequently confronted with the hopeful perspective that a malaria vaccine is eminent.  Unfortunately, the development of such a vaccine has remained elusive, with factors of unknown origin undermining its success.”

            Attempts to explain the ineffective immune response have been sought by Dr. Virginia Baker of Chipola College, and colleagues at FSU and World Health Mission.  While working in Nigeria, Dr. Baker uncovered an unexpected autoimmune phenomenon found in children under the age of six.  The impact of this find may lie in a novel discovery of an innate immune response never before identified in association with malaria.  This autoimmune activity against double-stranded DNA may negate effective delivery of the vaccine—which in many cases is based on a DNA adjuvant to mount an effective immune response.

            After describing the discovery to researchers at Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in July, 2007, Dr. Baker was invited to speak at The American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene Meeting in Philadelphia, November 3-8, 2007.  In heated debates, the data was critiqued by researchers involved in the Bill Gates vaccination initiative and by international malaria research team members. 

            Cytokine-Associated Neutrophil Extracellular Traps in Plasmodium Falciparum Infected Children under the Age of Six, the title of the manuscript describing the novel immune response, was submitted by Dr. Baker and colleagues to the MALARIA JOURNAL, where it has recently been accepted for publication by peer review.  The manuscript has claimed international attention and press as the long sought-after explanation for malaria vaccination failure.  Invitations for Dr. Baker to speak about the research are as far-reaching as Guangzhou, China.

            Dr. Baker acknowledges support by Chipola College to attend the international meeting in Philadelphia, as well as support to build a laboratory setting in which to engage students in the pursuit of research venues.

 

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May 1, 2008

 

CHIPOLA STUDENTS NAMED TO WHO’S WHO

 

            MARIANNA—The 2008 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges will include the names of 62 students from Chipola College who have been selected as national outstanding campus leaders.

            Chipola students named this year are:

            Alford—Burnett Jordan.

            Blountstown—Kate Atkins, Tanya Savell.

            Bonifay—Daniel Bernabe, Jr., Brandon Bryant, Nathan Hauser, Mark Hodge, Jicole Niemi, Julian Paul III.

            Campbellton—Cornelius Clark.

            Chipley—Robert Bethea, Matthew Booth, Nathan Clemmons, Amanda Foran, Amanda Jackson, Gardner Munn, Diviya Patel, Kevin Russell, Jonathan Sober, Megan Warden, Dequario White, Kristen Wilder.

            Clarksville—Brandon Dysard.

            Cottondale—Holly Scurlock, Kimberly Sloan, Jantzen Whitehead, Mitchell Whithead.

            Graceville—John Byrd, Courtney Coggins, Keith Watford.

            Greenwood—Ashley Duce, Shannon Hatcher, Catherine Lipford.

            Malone—Lindsey Baxter, Tommy Thompson, III.

            Marianna—Farren Barfield, Christopher Calton, Kristen Carlile, Ryan Chaffee, Rachel Daniel, Mario Edwards, Brittany Gardner, Heather Gibson, Clevin Hannah, Louvinia Hayes, Nicole Hoff, Danielle Hughes, Monica Kennedy, Ashley McCray, Johnathan Parker, Kyle Regnault, Kevin Shores, Richard Sims, Katharine Taylor, Nicole VanSchoick, Megan Weaver, Katie Williams.

            Ponce de Leon—Rachel Taylor.

            Sneads—Jessica Lawson, Amber Weeks.

            Out of District—Maria Kenyon, Donalsonville, Ga.; Brittany Holmes, Dothan, Ala.

            Inclusion in the directory is based on academic achievement, service to the community, leadership in extracurricular activities and potential for continued success. They join an elite group of students from more than 1,400 institutions of higher learning in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and several foreign nations.

            Outstanding students have been honored in Who’s Who since it was first published in 1966.

 

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May 1, 2008

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA

 

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

            The following Mandatory training for Child Care Facility Personnel and Family Child Care Home is scheduled: Pre-School Appropriate Practices, May 31, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Cost is $43. 

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

            A Lifeguard Training class will meet May 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14 and 15, 4 to 8 p.m.; Cost is $112. 

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

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

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

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

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May 1, 2008

CHIPOLA TO DEFEND STATE BASEBALL TITLE MAY 9

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola Indians begin their defense of the state baseball title, Friday, May 9, when they face Seminole in a noon (CST) game in the FCCAA State Tournament.

            The double-elimination tournament runs May 9-13 at Chain of Lakes Stadium in Winter Haven, FL.

            The Indians are led by ace pitcher Kyle Regnault, second on the state pitching list with a 6-0 record and a 1.78 ERA. Matt Jackson has an 8-0 record for the Indians with a 2.48 ERA. Pitcher Ben Jeffers is second on the state strikeout list with 40 strikeouts in 28 innings of work.

            Chris Berroa has a .398 batting average with 17 stolen bases. Moises Montero has 12 homeruns and 52 RBI’s.

            The Indians finished second in the Panhandle Conference race with a 14-6 conference mark and a 39-12-1 overall record. Pensacola was first in the league.

            The team will depart from the college residence hall the morning of Wednesday, May 7.

            All Chipola state tournament games will be broadcast on WJAQ-100.9 FM, and are available online at www.chipola.edu

 

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May 1, 2008

LADY INDIANS BEGIN DEFENSE OF STATE TITLE MAY 2

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola Lady Indians begin their defense of the FCCAA State Softball title Friday, May 2, with four All-State selections in the lineup.

            Chipola’s ace pitcher Brooke Muth and shortstop Carolyn Moore were recently picked for the FCCAA All-State First Team roster.

            Muth is third on the state pitching list. She chalked up a 25-4 record in 208 innings of work. She logged 134 strikeouts with an incredible 0.707 ERA.

            Lady Indian outfielder Destiny Covington and catcher Alyssa Shirey were named to the All-State Second Team. Covington leads the state in stolen bases with 59 in 61 attempts. She is seventh in the FCCAA batting rankings with a .439 average and six homeruns. Shirey has 26 RBI’s and has stolen 16 bases placing her among the top 20.

            The Lady Indians play Polk CC at 2 p.m., Friday, May 2, in the first round of Gulf District bracket of the state tournament at the Auburndale Softball Complex.

            The winner of the Gulf District bracket meets the winner of the Atlantic District in the state title game on Sunday, May 4.

            The Lady Indians are 40-9 in regular season play after capturing the 2008 Panhandle Conference Title.

            Chipola coach Belinda Hendrix was named Conference Coach of the Year. Carolyn Moore was named Conference Player of the Year, and Brooke Muth was named Pitcher of the Year in the league.

            The Lady Indians have 10 players on the Panhandle All Conference team. First Team selections are: Carolyn Moore, Destiny Covington, Kasey Henderson, Alyssa Shirey, Brooke Muth and Amber Weeks. Second Team All Conference picks are: Chasity Covington, Tera Gainer, Melody Moore and Monica Kennedy

            The Lady Indians are the defending national, state and Panhandle Conference Champions.

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

 

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May 1, 2008

CHIPOLA’S ‘ONCE UPON A TIME’ IS MAY 8

 

            MARIANNA—Tickets for the May 8 evening production of the Chipola children’s show, “Once Upon a Time,” are now on sale in the college business office.

            Tickets are $5 for the 7 p.m. evening performance of this exciting original hit. Hundreds of area elementary students will attend sold-out daytime performances during the first week of May.  

            “Once Upon a Time” tells the story of Oscar who is having trouble finding her own story, as she travels through other fairytales in search of her happy ending. Along the way she meets other favorite characters who impart their wisdom. Everyone from the Three Little Pigs to Goldilocks gets in on the action as Oscar sings and dances her way to her very own “happily ever after.”

            Chris Manasco created the original script under the direction of Charles Sirmon, Director of Theatre.

            For ticket information, call 850-718-2220.

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May 1, 2008

BLUE SPRINGS OLD TIMERS DAY IS MAY 3

 

            MARIANNA—Blue Springs Old Timers Day is set for Saturday, May 3, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Blue Springs Recreation Area.

            The Blue Springs Working Group is hosting the event. Allan Tidwell, Working Group leader, says, “The purpose is to assemble those who have known and cherished Blue Springs in order to hear their stories of the ‘old days’ at the spring. We are especially interested in stories before 1970.

            The event begins at 11 a.m. with an informal visit with friends and interviews. A fish fry and covered dish picnic begins at noon. A storytelling session kicks off at 1 p.m.

            All who want to tell stories or hear them are invited. Guests are asked to bring: a covered dish, a lawn chair, old photos of Blue Springs, and stories to share or an ear to listen.

            Tidwell says, “Blue Springs has been a magnet for the citizens of Jackson County for nearly 200 years.  It has been a special place to swim, picnic, relax and play hooky from school.  Family reunions, Fourth of July celebrations, school outings and church baptisms are all part of the springs story.  Come join us as we add to that history.”

            For information, call Tidwell at 526-2761, Ext. 3248.

 

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May 1, 2008

CHIPOLA STUDENTS NAMED TO WHO’S WHO

 

            MARIANNA—The 2008 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges will include the names of 62 students from Chipola College who have been selected as national outstanding campus leaders.

            Chipola students named this year are:

            Alford—Burnett Jordan.

            Blountstown—Kate Atkins, Tanya Savell.

            Bonifay—Daniel Bernabe, Jr., Brandon Bryant, Nathan Hauser, Mark Hodge, Jicole Niemi, Julian Paul III.

            Campbellton—Cornelius Clark.

            Chipley—Robert Bethea, Matthew Booth, Nathan Clemmons, Amanda Foran, Amanda Jackson, Gardner Munn, Diviya Patel, Kevin Russell, Jonathan Sober, Megan Warden, Dequario White, Kristen Wilder.

            Clarksville—Brandon Dysard.

            Cottondale—Holly Scurlock, Kimberly Sloan, Jantzen Whitehead, Mitchell Whithead.

            Graceville—John Byrd, Courtney Coggins, Keith Watford.

            Greenwood—Ashley Duce, Shannon Hatcher, Catherine Lipford.

            Malone—Lindsey Baxter, Tommy Thompson, III.

            Marianna—Farren Barfield, Christopher Calton, Kristen Carlile, Ryan Chaffee, Rachel Daniel, Mario Edwards, Brittany Gardner, Heather Gibson, Clevin Hannah, Louvinia Hayes, Nicole Hoff, Danielle Hughes, Monica Kennedy, Ashley McCray, Johnathan Parker, Kyle Regnault, Kevin Shores, Richard Sims, Katharine Taylor, Nicole VanSchoick, Megan Weaver, Katie Williams.

            Ponce de Leon—Rachel Taylor.

            Sneads—Jessica Lawson, Amber Weeks.

            Out of District—Maria Kenyon, Donalsonville, Ga.; Brittany Holmes, Dothan, Ala.

            Inclusion in the directory is based on academic achievement, service to the community, leadership in extracurricular activities and potential for continued success. They join an elite group of students from more than 1,400 institutions of higher learning in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and several foreign nations.

            Outstanding students have been honored in Who’s Who since it was first published in 1966.

 

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May 6, 2008

CHIPOLA’S ‘ONCE UPON A TIME’ IS MAY 8

 

            MARIANNA—Tickets for the Thursday, May 8, 7 p.m., of the Chipola children’s show, “Once Upon a Time,” are on sale in the college business office and will be available at the window 30 minutes prior to show time.

            Tickets are $5 for this exciting original hit. Hundreds of area elementary students will attend sold-out daytime performances during the first week of May.  

            “Once Upon a Time” tells the story of Oscar who is having trouble finding her own story, as she travels through other fairytales in search of her happy ending. Along the way she meets other favorite characters who impart their wisdom. Everyone from the Three Little Pigs to Goldilocks gets in on the action as Oscar sings and dances her way to her very own “happily ever after.”

            Chris Manasco created the original script under the direction of Charles Sirmon, Director of Theatre.

            For ticket information, call 850-718-2220.

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CHIPOLA’S ‘ONCE UPON A TIME’ IS MAY 8—Familiar characters from many favorite children’s stories will appear in the Chipola College production of “Once Upon a Time,” Thursday, May 8, at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale in the college business office and will be available at the window 30 minutes prior to show time. For ticket information, call 850-718-2220.

 

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May 8, 2008

CHIPOLA’S SPRING DEAN’S LIST ANNOUNCED

 

MARIANNA—Dr. Sarah Clemmons, vice president of Instructional and Student Services at Chipola College, commends the 233 students who made the Dean’s List for academic achievement during the Spring Semester 2008.

                To be placed on the Dean’s List, a student must take 12 or more semester hours of courses and make an average of 3.25 (B+) to 4.0 (A) in all courses.

Students who made perfect averages of 4.0—straight A’s—and their hometowns are:

Altha—Carla D. Allan, Andrea N. Debolt, Aaron W. Redmond, Amy C. Redmond, Jeremy R. Redmond, Bradley J. Wells, Ryan E. Wells.

Bascom—Shelley C. Allen, Matthew B. Chambliss.

Blountstown—Jonathan E. Kimbrel, Shannon P. White.

Bonifay—Brandon C. Bryant, April R. Coe, James A. Craft, Rachel D. Edminson, Mark C. Hodge, Lori N. Holland, Jicole M. Niemi, Julian L. Paul, III, Kyrie L. Strickland, Erin T. Witt.

Bristol—Carmen R. Foran.

Chipley—Robert A. Bethea, Matthew S. Booth, Amanda J. Jackson, Gardner T. Munn, Christopher T. Murray, Jenna N. Peel, Scott A. Rudd, Jonathan D. Sober, Kristen M. Wilder. 

Cottondale—Marcus L. Bellamy, Lora A. Parsons, Holly M. Scurlock, Jessica L. Sloan, Melanie R. Sloan.

Graceville —John D. Byrd, Michael G. Inscho, Ciara N. Jackson, Summer N. Thomas.

Grand Ridge—Marissa D. Chason, Amanda M. Edwards.

Malone—Tommy G. Thompson, II.

Marianna—Charles H. Brunner, Chelsea R. Carroll, Britton B. Dennis, III, Heather D. Gibson, Nicole A. Hoff, Brandy M. Hollis, Stephanie B. Mathis, Brent E. Melvin, Amanda J. Mullins, Stevey E. Pope, Jr., Richard C. Sims. 

Ponce de Leon—Rachel A. Taylor.

Sneads—Jordan D. Coley, Joseph P. McDaniel, Cassie L. Mitchell, Ashley Pavuk.

Vernon—Daniel C. Lee.

Out of District—William J. Lewis of Cottonwood, Ala., Maria L. Kenyon of Donalsonville, Ga., Tyler A. Bumgarner of Marietta, Ga., Ellen T. Manor of Wewahitchka.

Students who earned grade point averages ranging from 3.25(B+) to 3.99 (A) and their hometowns are:

Alford—Michael N. Gillikin, Stephanie E. McIntosh, Mackenzie V. Willis.

Altha—Jantzen D. Bailey, Christy N. Culpan, Alyssa C. Hansford, Karinia C. Jackson, James E. McCalvin, Angela M. Waldron. 

Bascom—Wendell E. Beall, Laura L. Day, Marie L. Spivey, Chasity N. Tucker. 

Blountstown—Kate A. Atkins, Karla M. Atkins, Dianna E. Glaze, Jessica R. Greene, Hannah R. Johnson, Tanya M. Savell.

Bonifay—Heather L. Bailey, Daniel L. Bernabe, Jr., Kimberley C. Brown, Adam C. Hahn, Allison M. Hausner, Justin R. Kulkusky, Donna J. Leavins, Aaron T. Moore, Jared S. Moseley, Chelsey M. Parker, Nina H. Patel, Joseph E. Paulk, Nicole C. Seley, Lily K. Slay, David L. Strickland, Lindsey S. Tate, Samuel T. Toole, James L. Wells, Chelsea E. Wells, David L. Whitaker, Angela M. Wiley.

Bristol—Hali J. Barfield, Eric W. Bryant, Jonetta D. Dawson, Darren D. Evans, Desirae C. Spikes.

Campbellton—Carlos T. Pittman. 

                Caryville—Damien D. Needham.

Chipley—Destiney L. Atkins, Candice A. Baxley, Jordan R. Belser, Nathan A. Clemmons, Phillip A. Draayom, Allen M. Ellis, Jeanna L. Gilbert, Angela K. Henderson, Lisa D. Jenkins, Malcolm G. Minchin, Jr., Diviya S. Patel, Justin L. Peters, Kevin L. Russell, Kevin C. Smith, Terry W. Weeks, Amanda N. Williams, Joseph B. Yon.       

Clarksville—Jason L. Holland, Anna C. Nichols.

Cottondale—Jonathan G. Keeman, Onelio M. Maus, Mary K. Ralls, Hannah K. Robbins, Brentney A. Satterfield, Kimberly D. Sloan, Tamekia L. Walton, Jessica R. Weeks, Mitchell E. Whitehead.

Graceville—Courtney K. Corbin, Nathan J. Day, Stephen T. Golden, Kara L. Jumper, Nekiesha N. McDowall, Jonathan C. Register, Ashley E. Warren.

Grand Ridge—Jonathan A. Carr, Pamela L. Cook, Jennifer N. Goodwin, April C. Jackson, Courtney J. Lewis, Bradley J. Nissley, Sara E. Riley, Christian J. Smith, Aaron T. White, MarleneYork.

Greenwood—Richard J. Barnes, Carly N. Barnes, Ashley A. Duce, Anthony D. Garrett, Alesia C. Green, Shannon A. Hatcher, India L. Hatcher, Catherine R. Lipford.

Malone—Lindsey K. Baxter.

Marianna—Derek J. Alday, Farren L. Barfield, Sarita B. Bryant, Lisa N. Cannady, Kristen L. Carlile, Kimberlynn A. Cook, Rachael M. Daniel, Chelsea L. Dixson, Robert C. Gibbons, Justin S. Goll, Shelita L. Grant, Kathleen E. Griffin, Kyle S. Gunter, Ann F. Harrison, Alan J. Herring, Sara D. Hughes, Sean P. McGann, Patricia J. Milliser, Lorelei J. Nicholson, Judy E. Odom, Jessica L. Olson, Jeremy D. Parris, Jennifer L. Rydberg, Kevin D. Shores, Tameeka R. Spates, Kristen E. Sterrett, Phillip L. Thibodeaux, Christopher E. Truette, Megan L. Weaver, Matthew B. White, Brittani R. York.

Ponce de Leon—Robert D. Rutherford, Rowdy Y. Wilbur.    

Sneads—Tressa L. Baker, Amber T. Edwards, Alicia P. Harvey, Dustin G. Hewett, Daniel E. Jones, Kevin L. Mooneyham, Charla L. O'Bryan, Brandi D. Stephens, Aaron D. Summerlin, Kalvin F. Weeks.

Vernon—Jessica M. Rodgers, Alton A. Rodgers, III. 

Westville—Kevin W. Shull, Brandi M. Smith, Savannah J. Whigham.

Out of District—Summer L. Moore of Ashford, Ala., Taylor D. Guy of Bainbridge, Ga., Jeremy S. Raines of Cottonwood, Ala., Richard A. Williams of Cowarts, Ala., Jamia T. Akins, Traterica J. Gainer of Crestview, Benjamin M. Jeffers of Danielville, Ga., Vikas P. Bhakta, Lynda F. Henderson of Donalsonville, Ga., Brittney N. Holmes, Jessica R. Post of Dothan, Ala., Kimberly S. Leeds of Ellijay, Ga., Monica S. Kennedy of Flomaton, Ala., Marc A. Bourgeois of Grauby, Canada, Krysti M. Temples of Iron City, Ga., Chasity C. Covington of Midland,  N.C., Nicole Vanschoick, Tyler K. Schwab of Panama City Beach, Angel D. Pullum of Slocomb, Ala., Lindsey J. Hughey of Tampa.

 

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May 8, 2008

Patricia Ann Coleman Memorial Scholarship Established

 

      MARIANNA—Friends and family of the late Patricia Ann Coleman of Chipley have established a Chipola College scholarship endowment in her memory.

      According to friends and family, Patricia was a bright and shining scholar destined to succeed. She was an outstanding citizen and an exceptional scholar of the community. Her life was tragically cut short in a car accident on Dec. 21, 2007.

      Coleman was born and raised in Washington County where she was awarded the United States Presidential Education Awards Program in 1997 and 2000. She was active in the Florida District 2 Future Business Leaders of America in which she won a first place award for business communication in 2002.

      For her academic work and outstanding character, she was inducted into The National Junior Honor Society of Secondary Schools at Roulhac Middle School in 2000, and was inducted into The National Honor Society of Secondary Schools at Chipley High School in 2003.

      Coleman was a devoted member of Yes Lord Church of God In Christ and was recognized for her fervent stewardship on the usher board.

      She was crowned Miss Black Washington County in 2004, and was recognized for the best dress and the prettiest smile. 

      She graduated from Chipola College in 2005 with an Associate in Arts degree, and was recognized on The Dean’s List throughout 2004 and 2005. She was scheduled to graduate from the University of South Florida in the spring of 2008 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Pathology and was to begin graduate studies.

      The scholarship will be awarded in August of 2008 to an African-American female from Washington County with a 3.0 GPA or higher. The successful applicant must be a full-time student with financial need who plans to earn a four year degree. A two page essay on the subject, “What Higher Education Means to Me,” must accompany the application.

Donations to the Patricia Ann Coleman Scholarship Endowment may be mailed to the Chipola College Foundation at 3094 Indian Circle, Marianna, FL 32446.

For information about endowment, call Julie Fuqua at the Chipola College Foundation at 850-718-2478.

 

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May 8, 2008

CHIPOLA FINAL MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP AUDITION IS MAY 27

 

            MARIANNA—The final Music Scholarship Audition date at Chipola College for the 2008-2009 academic year is Tuesday, May 27.

            The Music Scholarship Application may be obtained by phoning Chipola’s Fine and Performing Arts Department at 718-2277 or 718-2301, or from the college’s web site: www.chipola.edu by going to Departments and clicking on “Fine and Performing Arts.”

            High School graduates with acceptable academic records and music aptitude who plan to pursue studies as music majors are eligible to apply.  Specific audition times will be assigned upon receipt of the Scholarship Application.

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

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May 8, 2008

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA

 

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

            A Pre-School Appropriate Practices course will meet Saturday, May 31, from 7 to 5:00 p.m.  Cost is $43. 

            A Real Estate Sales course will meet Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 13, 14, 27, 28 & Oct. 11, 12, 26, from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Cost is $250.

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

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

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

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

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May 8, 2008

NINE INDIANS JOIN THE CLASS OF 2008

 

            MARIANNA—There was no more appropriate place to celebrate the individual academic accomplishments of the Chipola Men’s Basketball Team than the Milton H. Johnson Health Center. It was there on Thursday night that nine members of the 2008 squad joined 360 fellow classmates as candidates for graduation.

Sophomores Malik Allen, Joey Cameron, Mario Edwards, Clevin Hannah, Eddie King, Mario Little, Vernon Teel, Skyler Williams, and Decoya White found success both on and off the court during their time at Chipola.

“Chipola has laid the educational foundation for these guys and I am extremely proud of each of them,” remarked Chipola head coach Greg Heiar. “Each one represents the ideal meaning of the word student-athlete.”

In the previous four years for the men’s team, 24 of 26 student-athletes have graduated from Chipola. “Our track record of graduating athletes is a testament to the support from the administration, teachers, academic coaches, and the Academic Center for Excellence on campus,” said Heiar.

At an earlier event, Mario Edwards and Clevin Hannah were both named to the 2008 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior College for outstanding campus leadership.

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May 8, 2008 

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CHIPOLA PRESIDENT’S MEDALLION WINNERS—Eight graduates from the Chipola College Class of 2008 earned the President’s Medallion for earning a perfect 4.0 grade point average during their courses of study. They include: Gloria J. Hobbs of Black, Ala., Julian Lee Paul, III of Bonifay, Jeremy Robert Redmond of Altha, Amy Christine Redmond of Altha, Brandon Charles Bryant of Bonifay, Jantzen Wayne Whitehead of Cottondale, Holly Michelle Scurlock of Cottondale and Amanda Jean Jackson of Chipley.

 

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May 8, 2008

 

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CHIPOLA BS GRADS—Twelve students recently graduated from Chipola College with Bachelor’s degrees in education. Pictured from left, are: (front) Beverly Jackson, Bridgett Miller, Amanda Mullins, Christopher Eby, Joan Lasseter, (back) program director Dr. Lou Cleveland, Gloria Hobbs, Miriam Beasley, Dawn Arrant, Rachel Edminson and math professor Dr. Cherry Ward. Not pictured are graduates Wendell Elwin Beall, Jr., Elizabeth Sims and Jessica Sloan.

 

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May 8, 2008

 

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ELDRIDGE WINS NAPA ROLLING TOOLBOX— Delbridge Edwards was recently named Chipola College’s Automotive Technology student of the year. The Marianna NAPA store presented him with a roll around toolbox and tools valued at $1,600.  Pictured from left, are: Chipola Workforce Dean Bud Riviere, Delbridge Edwards and assistant instructor Chase Velig.

 

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May 8, 2008

 

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CHIPOLA ORAL INTERP—Chipola College Oral Interpretation students recently performed for students at Kate Smith Elementary in Chipley.  Chipola students in the program were Jelice Brown, Kyle Gunter, Alicia Harvey, Evan Moore, Brandi Stephens, Jerrai Vance, Kerry Vickery and Kristen Wilder. They are pictured here with students from Mrs. Wunderly’s third grade class.

 

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May 8, 2008

 

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GULF POWER INCREASES CHIPOLA SCHOLARSHIP FUND—Gulf Power in Chipley recently added $1,000 to the Gulf Power Endowed Scholarship Fund at Chipola College. Here Darrin Wall, Gulf Power manager (left), presents the check to Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough and Chipola Foundation director Julie Fuqua.

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May 12, 2008

 

CHIPOLA TO FACE PENSACOLA IN STATE BASEBALL TOURNAMENT

 

            WINTER HAVEN, FLORIDA—The defending state and national champion Chipola Indians face the Pensacola Pirates in a 3 p.m. (CST) game, Monday, May 12, in the FCCAA State Baseball tournament at Chain of Lakes Park in Winter Haven.

            The game is available via internet at http://www.chipola.edu/radio/index.htm by clicking on the CCTV- Live Home Games - TV link.

            The Indians are still perfect (3-0) in the tournament. Due to a new bracket system, win or lose Monday, Chipola will play in the championship round on Tuesday, May 13.    A Chipola win Monday would put the Indians in the title game Tuesday at noon. A Chipola loss Monday would put the Indians in the title game Tuesday at 4 p.m.

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May 13, 2008

 

CHIPOLA TO FACE MANATEE IN STATE BASEBALL TITLE GAME

Noon (CST), Tuesday, May 13

 

            WINTER HAVEN, FLORIDA—The defending state and national champion Chipola Indians face Manatee CC in the championship game of the  FCCAA State Baseball tournament, Tuesday, May 13, at noon (CST) at Chain of Lakes Park in Winter Haven.

            The game will be broadcast on WJAQ 100.9 FM and is available via internet at http://www.chipola.edu/radio/index.htm by clicking on the CCTV- Live Home Games - TV link.

            A Chipola win will give the Indians their second straight state title. A loss would force a winner-take-all second game between the two teams.

            The Indians kept their perfect (4-0) tournament record intact Monday, May 12, with a 10-2 win over Pensacola in seven innings.  Moises Montero was three for three on the day with a homerun. Edmond Sparks also homered in the game. Jason Townsend pitched all seven innings to earn the win for Chipola.

            Pensacola won the conference championship this season, but Chipola’s win Monday put the Indians up 3-2 in this year’s series.                         

            The Indians scored a 13-9 win over Manatee on Sunday. Pitcher Matt Jackson earned the win. Einar Atencio and Edmond Sparks both went three for four. Carlos Moncrief and Daniel Jones both went three for five.  

            Chipola scored an 8-7 win over St. Petersburg on Saturday. Marc Bourgeoius was three for three. Adam Duvall was two for five.  Ryan Chaffee was the winning pitcher.

            The Indians scored an 11-3 win over Seminole in the first round of the tournament on Friday.    

            Indians coach Jeff Johnson has made it to the state title game five times including last year’s championship.  In 12 seasons at the helm of the Chipola program, Johnson’s teams have advanced to the state tournament eight times. Chipola won the 2008 state tourney and captured the school’s first-ever national tourney last season. The Indians finished second in the state tournament in 2005, 2002 and 2001, third in 1998, and among the top four in 2006.   

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May 15, 2008

 

CHIPOLA’S YOUNG WINS KIRKLAND AWARD

           

            MARIANNA—Math professor and Brain Bowl coach Stan Young was chosen by his peers to receive the 2008 Kirkland Award for Excellence in Teaching at Chipola College.

            Young has taught a variety of math courses at Chipola since 2004. In 2007, the Chipola student body selected Young as Teacher of the Year. He also formulates questions and assists in competitions for the Chipola Math Olympiad.

            Since 2005, Young has served as head coach of the highly successful Brain Bowl team with assistant coach Dr. Robert Dunkle. The team recently won the school’s first-ever state championship and finished second in the NAQT National Tournament.    

            In three of the four years Young has been head coach, the team has advanced to the state tournament. Young also established the Chipola Invitational Brain Bowl Tournament which provides a competition for high school teams from the five-county area.

            Dunkle said, “The Brain Bowl team has been so competitive the last four years because Stan is such an extraordinary teacher.  He has a dynamic personality that holds our team member’s attention; he is always prepared when we begin practice sessions; he varies his pedagogical techniques daily, continually changing methods to efficiently coach up our players.”  

            Young’s fellow brain bowl coaches from the district selected him as the 2008 Florida Brain Bowl Coach of the Year. Gulf Coast coach Dr. Finley, says, “Stan is not only an excellent coach, but an excellent model for his team.  His teams are always professional and good sports in winning or losing.  They are models for how young men and young women should conduct themselves while representing their school.”

            Of receiving the Kirkland Award, Young said, “I am humbled by this honor, and I am proud to serve with the distinguished faculty at Chipola. We are fortunate to work with such fine students.”

            Young is a member of the Florida Association of Community Colleges and the Chipola Council of Educators.  He has served on several college committees including: Catalog and Class Schedule; Planning and Accountability; and Staff and Program Development.

            Young is a Chipola graduate who earned a bachelor’s degree from FSU and a master’s degree from FAMU.

            The Kirkland Award was established by brothers—J. R. Kirkland and David Kirkland—in honor of their parents Carolyn and the late Willis Kirkland of Marianna. The award provides $1,000 to the annual recipient. Previous winners include faculty emeriti Dr. Stephen Shimmel, Dr. Bill Brievogel, Kathryn Roberts, Brenda Alford, Donald Holley, Paul Huang, Don Adams, Peggy Register, Charlene Lord and Lonnie Keene, former instructor Jean Taylor and current instructors Dr. Robert Dunkle, JoAnn Everett, Mary McClendon, Nancy Burns, Dr. Lou Cleveland, Rose Cavin, Dr. David Hilton and John Gardner.

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YOUNG WINS KIRKLAND AWARD—Math professor and Brain Bowl coach Stan Young was chosen by his peers to receive the 2008 Kirkland Award for Excellence in Teaching at Chipola College. Here, college president Dr. Gene Prough, (right) presents the award.

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May 15, 2008

CHIPOLA’S NURSING GRADUATES 2008

 

            MARIANNA— Twenty-three students in Chipola College’s Associate Degree Nursing program were awarded degrees in a recent ceremony.  Graduates are eligible to earn state licenses as Registered Nurses.

            Graduates are: Crystal Arnold, Krista Bingham, Regina Boyce, Lisa Cannady, Christin Carrell, Yorlanda Clark, Tarol Douthit, Patricia Jackson, Bobbi James, LeAnn Jones, Rebecca Kever, Allen Kirkland, Valtina Lawson, Karen McDaniel, Ashley Maddox, Lora Parsons, Stevey Pope, Rebecca Rackley, Kayla Raffield, Marie Spivey, Kimberly Swindle, Kari Ward and Monica Watkins.

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CHIPOLA NURSING GRADS—Twenty-three students in Chipola College’s Associate Degree Nursing program were awarded degrees in a recent ceremony.  Pictured from left Marie Spivey, Rebecca Kever, Crystal Arnold, Ashley Maddox, Lora Parsons, Kimberly Swindle, Krista Bingham, Bobbi James, Yorlanda Clark, Lisa Cannady, LeAnn Jones, Regina Boyce (back) Rebecca Rackley, Stevey Pope, Monica Watkins, Karen McDaniel, Christin Carrell, Kayla Raffield and Allen Kirkland. Not pictured: Tarol Douthit, Patricia Jackson, Valtina Lawson and Kari Ward.

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May 15, 2008

CHIPOLA NOW OFFERS ON-LINE REGISTRATION

 

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College officials have made it more convenient for students to sign up for classes through online registration.

Online registration for Summer Session II is available through June 12 at 3 p.m.

Some restrictions apply to online registration. High school students in dual-enrollment courses are not eligible.

To register online, visit www.chipola.edu, click Current Students, and click On-line Registration.

For more information, contact the Admissions and Records Office at 718-2311.

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May 15, 2008

SUMMER PROGRAMS SET AT CHIPOLA

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer programs for children of all ages this summer.

Chipola Baseball Coach Jeff Johnson will offer several camps.  A Baseball Skills Camp for ages 8-12 will meet June 2-5.  Cost is $75. A Young Pitchers Camp for ages 8-12 will meet June 9-10.  Cost is $100.  A Pitching Camp for ages 13-18 will meet June 11-12.  Cost is $100.  A Young Hitters Camp for ages 8-12 will meet June 16-17.  Cost is $100.  A Hitting Camp for ages 13-18 will meet June 18-19.  Cost is $100.  All baseball camps meet from 9 a.m. to noon. Call 718-2237. 

Chipola Softball Coach Belinda Hendrix will offer several camps. Softball Skills Camps for ages 5-12 will meet June 25-26, from 9 a.m. to noon.  Cost is $100.  Softball Skills Camps for ages 13 and up will meet June 25-26, from 2 to 5 p.m.  Cost is $100.  Softball Night Camp will meet Mondays from 6 to 7:30 p.m., June 9, 16 and 23.  Cost is $20 per night. Call 718-2358.

Chipola Women’s Basketball coach David Lane will offer an Individual Girls Camp for Middle and High School Students, June 2 and 4, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.  Cost is $90.  Call 718-2423. 

Swimming lessons will be offered for ages four and up. Lessons are based on a combination of nationally-recognized methods. The following sessions are scheduled: Session 1: June 2-12; Session 2: June 16-26; Session 3: July 14-24; and Session 4: Aug. 4-14. Classes are available at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. or 7 p.m. Sessions are Monday through Thursday for two weeks of 45-minute lessons. Cost is $45 and pre-registration is required, with a $5 late registration fee. An Adult swimming class will meet June 30-July 3, 10 a.m. or 7 p.m.  Cost is $40.  Infant and Preschool Swimming lessons for children 3 and under will meet July 7-10 and July 28-31 with classes available at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Cost is $30.  For information, call pool manager Rance Massengill at 718-2473. 

 

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May 15, 2008

 

CHIPOLA TO DEFEND NATIONAL BASEBALL TITLE

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola Indians successfully defended their Florida state baseball title with a 6-0 win over Manatee CC in the championship on May 13 in Winter Haven. The Indians now turn their attention to the national tournament which they won in May of 2007.

                Chipola (44-12-1) will begin defense of their national title, Saturday, May 24, at 2 p.m. in Grand Junction, Colorado. The Indians will face the winner of the South Central District, which is being played May 17-18 at Connors State (Okla.). Crowder (Mo.) and Delgado (La.) join Connors in that tournament.

                The Indians will not face New Mexico JC, their opponent in last year’s national championship game. A bench-clearing brawl in their junior college tournament May 13 ended with umpires declaring a double forfeit that ended the season for New Mexico and Weatherford College.

                Chipola’s back-to-back state championships were the first since Central Florida CC won consecutive titles in 1997 and 1998.

                Chipola called on ace Ryan Chaffee who pitched a complete game to earn the 6-0 win over Manatee in the title game. He chalked up 18 strikeouts in nine innings. Chafee was 2-0 in the tournament with 28 strikeouts in 14 innings.

            The Indians held a slim 1-0 lead heading into the ninth when Chipola’s Carlos Moncrief swatted a three-run homer to put the Indians up 4-0. He had eight RBI’s and 11 hits in the tournament. Moises Montero followed with a two-run homer in the same inning to push the Indians to the 6-0 final.

                Chipola chalked up six runs on two hits and committed three errors. Manatee had four hits, no runs and no errors.

                The Indians won five straight games in the tournament including a 10-2 win over Pensacola in seven innings on May 12.  Montero was three for three on the day with a homerun. Edmond Sparks also homered in the game. Jason Townsend pitched all seven innings to earn the win for Chipola. Pensacola won the conference championship this season, but Chipola’s win put the Indians up 3-2 in this year’s series.

                The Indians scored a 13-9 win over Manatee on May 11. Pitcher Matt Jackson earned the win. Einar Atencio and Edmond Sparks both went three for four. Moncrief and Daniel Jones both went three for five.  

                Chipola scored an 8-7 win over St. Petersburg on May 10. Marc Bourgeoius was three for three. Adam Duvall was two for five.  Chaffee was the winning pitcher.

                The Indians scored an 11-3 win over Seminole in the first round of the tournament on May 8.   

                Coach Jeff Johnson had help from assistant coaches Nick Fletcher, Jared Harrell and Brent Shelton.     

In 12 seasons at the helm, Coach Johnson’s Indians have made it to the state tournament nine times with five appearances in the title game.  Chipola won the 2008 state tourney and captured the school’s first-ever national tourney last season. The Indians finished second in the state tournament in 2005, 2002 and 2001, third in 1998, and among the top four in 2006.           

                Chipola team members, are: Daniel Jones of Ormond Beach.; Colton McCutcheon of St. Augustine; Brett Maxwell of Douglasville, Ga.; Adam Duvall of Louisville, Ky.;  Marc Bourgeois of Montreal, Canada; Cameron Gray of Toronto, Canada; Kyle Regnault of Johnston, RI; Einar Atencio of Panama; Daniel Renfroe of Macon, Ga.; Jason Bailey of Colquitt, Ga.; Chris Berroa of Pennsauken, N.J.; Jordan Lucas of Venice, Fla.; Drew Parker of Surrey, BC; Matt Jackson of Haughton, La.; Ben Jeffers of Danielsville, Ga.; J.B. Johnson of Marianna; Tyler Bumgarner of Marietta, Ga.; Edmond Sparks of Hampton, Ga.; Ryan Chaffee of Niceville; David Buchanan  of Fayetteville, Ga.; Carlos Moncrief of Jackson, Miss.; Moises Montero of  the Dominican Republic; David Travis of  Bristol; Jason Townsend of Albany, Ga.; Skylar Smith of Bainbridge, Ga.

           

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May 15, 2008

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA

 

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

            A Pre-School Appropriate Practices course will meet Saturday, May 31, from 7 to 5:00 p.m.  Cost is $43. 

            A Real Estate Sales course will meet Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 13, 14, 27, 28 & Oct. 11, 12, 26, from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Cost is $250.

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

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

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

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

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May 21, 2008

SUMMER PROGRAMS SET AT CHIPOLA

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer programs for children of all ages this summer.

Chipola Baseball Coach Jeff Johnson will offer several camps.  A Baseball Skills Camp for ages 8-12 will meet June 2-5.  Cost is $75. A Young Pitchers Camp for ages 8-12 will meet June 9-10.  Cost is $100.  A Pitching Camp for ages 13-18 will meet June 11-12.  Cost is $100.  A Young Hitters Camp for ages 8-12 will meet June 16-17.  Cost is $100.  A Hitting Camp for ages 13-18 will meet June 18-19.  Cost is $100.  All baseball camps meet from 9 a.m. to noon. Call 718-2237. 

Chipola Softball Coach Belinda Hendrix will offer several camps. Softball Skills Camps for ages 5-12 will meet June 25-26, from 9 a.m. to noon.  Cost is $100.  Softball Skills Camps for ages 13 and up will meet June 25-26, from 2 to 5 p.m.  Cost is $100.  Softball Night Camp will meet Mondays from 6 to 7:30 p.m., June 9, 16 and 23.  Cost is $20 per night. Call 718-2358.

Chipola Women’s Basketball coach David Lane will offer an Individual Girls Camp for Middle and High School Students, June 2 and 4, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.  Cost is $90.  Call 718-2423. 

Swimming lessons will be offered for ages four and up. Lessons are based on a combination of nationally-recognized methods. The following sessions are scheduled: Session 1: June 2-12; Session 2: June 16-26; Session 3: July 14-24; and Session 4: Aug. 4-14. Classes are available at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. or 7 p.m. Sessions are Monday through Thursday for two weeks of 45-minute lessons. Cost is $45 and pre-registration is required, with a $5 late registration fee. An Adult swimming class will meet June 30-July 3, 10 a.m. or 7 p.m.  Cost is $40.  Infant and Preschool Swimming lessons for children 3 and under will meet July 7-10 and July 28-31 with classes available at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Cost is $30.  For information, call pool manager Rance Massengill at 718-2473. 

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May 22, 2008

 

CHIPOLA TO BEGIN NEW PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

 

MARIANNA—The new Chipola College Center for the Arts moved one step closer to curtain time Tuesday when the Chipola District Board of Trustees selected the construction firm of Allstate/Southland of Tallahassee to design and build the new $16 million center.

According to Joan Stadsklev, Director of Fine and Performing Arts, the project will indeed be a “center” for the arts for the college community and beyond.

The theatre within the center will seat around 650 with a balcony, and will include new dressing rooms, a scene shop and costume shop. An art gallery and reception area is planned, along with a small concession area. The most intriguing feature of the new complex is a “black box” theater especially for theater students and audiences of 100 or less.

                The project will house Chipola’s entire Fine and Performing Arts Department with teaching studios, a recital hall, recording studios and offices.

 “This inclusive project will offer strong educational opportunities, facilities, and state-of-the art equipment in theatre, music (vocal and instrumental arts), visual art, and the graphic arts,” said Stadsklev. 

 “The public will enjoy the fine and performing artistic work of our students in theatre, music, and art in the new 650-seat proscenium theatre, black box theatre, recital hall, and art galleries. The space also will provide a strong artistic venue for the annual Artist Series and visiting art exhibits. Audience members and arts patrons will truly enjoy an aesthetically pleasing and total artistic experience from the moment they enter the center grounds through the final curtain.”

                Chipola Capital Projects and Contracts Administrator Louy Harris reported that groundbreaking for the 56,000 square foot center is set for November with an estimated 600 days for completion. “This is what’s known as a “design-build” project which brings an architect and contractor together to complete the project from conception to completion within the budget.”

Chipola Theater Director Charles Sirmon says, “This is the culmination of five years of planning and dreaming. The larger theater will enable us to stage big musicals and accommodate large crowds. The size of the theater will also enhance our educational theater outreach program so that more students will be able to enjoy theater.”

“I’m very excited about the black box theater which will give students the opportunity to work on a smaller stage and produce their own work.” Sirmon says the technical side of theater also will be greatly enhanced with state-of-the-art systems for rigging, hanging, lighting and set construction facilities.

The college has enlisted the services of Theatre Consultant Robert Lorelli of New York to assist with the project. He has consulted on a number of theatre design plans. 

Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough, said, “This will be a showplace for the performing arts in the Panhandle of Florida. We want to thank Rep. Marti Coley and the rest of our legislative delegation for supporting this project for our students and community.”

The center is to be constructed on the college’s new access off of River Forest Road.  The new road is near completion and will provide a second major entrance to campus.

The new center will replace the current 350-seat theater which was constructed in 1958. The old theater is short on space and even shorter on restroom facilities. Set construction is now performed outside and is subject to the weather. Insufficient dressing room space and the absence of a costume shop are just some of the challenges in the current theater.

The Chipola Theater is a busy place with an estimated 10,000 visitors per year. In addition to three annual college theater productions, the theater also is home to four annual artist series events and other performances for thousands of area school children.

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CHIPOLA TO BEGIN NEW PERFORMING ARTS CENTER— The new Chipola College Center for the Arts moved one step closer to curtain time Tuesday when the Chipola District Board of Trustees selected the construction firm of Allstate/Southland of Tallahassee to design and build the new $16 million center.  Pictured from left, are: Chipola Capital Projects administrator Louy Harris, theater director Charles Sirmon and fine arts director Joan Stadsklev look over plans for the college’s new Center for the Performing Arts.

 

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May 22, 2008

 CHIPOLA NURSING GRADS ENJOYING SUCCESS IN HEALTH FIELD

 

MARIANNA – Chipola College nursing graduates Tracy and Michelle Mears have made a name for themselves in the local health care industry. 

After overcoming a traumatic event and meeting the challenges of education, this husband and wife nursing team is enjoying tremendous success. 

Tracy serves as RN Charge Nurse in the Emergency Room of at Jackson Hospital in Marianna. On paper, Tracy’s story looks like many other high-achievers, but his plans were complicated by a serious automobile accident in 1999. Tracy served as a Paramedic for more than 14 years before the car crash changed his plans. He suffered broken legs, a crushed ankle and associated injuries that put him in a wheel chair for several months.

“It was a lesson in humility,” said Mears who was accepted to Chipola’s nursing program after the accident. “When I met with Kathy Wheeler (Chipola’s Director of Health Science programs) I hobbled in on crutches and breathless. I told her that I wasn’t sure I would be able to enter the program because I wouldn’t be able to walk very much. She told me she would do whatever was necessary to help me finish the program.”

That encouragement was all Tracy needed. He went right to work, completing Chipola’s ADN program and earning RN certification in 2004. Tracy continued his education, earning the BSN from FSU in 2006. He is currently enrolled in the Masters program at FSU in the second year of the Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) program.

                Now Tracy is helping other health professionals with their education. He teaches Advance Life Support courses for the American Heart Association and serves as a clinical preceptor—a medical term for mentor—for students in their final year of the RN program at Chipola and the University of South Alabama BSN program.  He has also worked in the Intensive Care Unit at Jackson Hospital.

                Michelle completed her RN training at Chipola in 1999. Since then, she has served at Jackson Hospital, Calhoun-Liberty Hospital and Blountstown Health and Rehabilitation. Currently, she is a Senior RN Supervisor at Sunland Center in Marianna. 

                Michelle also taught some classes for a time in Chipola’s Certified Nursing Assistant program. She has high praise for the Chipola nursing program. “The resources were readily available and Kathy Wheeler really helped. The availability of a nearby college with clinicals in Dothan was a big plus.”

Of working together in the same field as her husband, Michelle says, “We worked together when he was an EMS captain and I was a nurse at the hospital in Blountstown. We tried to look out for each other and make recommendations about patients. It was helpful to work together. We can communicate without having to say much at all. We both enjoy interacting with people and helping people stay healthy.”

Tracy said the roles of the nurse have expanded tremendously since the couple joined the profession. The Mears’ roles have changed as well with addition of daughters, Brittany Nicole, who is four, and two year-old Heather LeAnn.

                Kathy Wheeler, Chipola’s director of Nursing, says, “Michelle and Tracy Mears are great success stories for the Chipola Nursing program.  They possess the qualities so highly desired in the profession: compassion, knowledge and advocacy.  They provide valuable services and serve as excellent role models for our community.”

                For information about Chipola’s Nursing program, call 718-2316.

                                                           

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May 22, 2008

CORRECTIONS COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNA—Application deadlines are June 3 and 5 for Chipola College's next Basic Corrections courses.

                A day class is scheduled to begin June 4. The course meets from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

                The evening class begins June 10 and will meet from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday.       

                Applicants must be at least 19 years of age, be of good moral character, possess a valid driver’s license, earn a passing score on the Florida Basic Abilities Test (FBAT) and meet FDLE requirements.           

                Students are encouraged to apply early due to the extensive application process. Application deadline is June 3 for the day class and June 5 for the night class.

                For information, call (850) 718-2394.

 

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May 22, 2008

CHIPOLA ANNOUNCES TWO SUMMER ART CLASSES

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer Introduction to Drawing (ART 1300C) as a night class, and The Purpose of Art (ARH 1000) during Summer Session II.

                Introduction to Drawing will meet Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30-9 p.m., June 24 to July 31, in the art studio of the McLendon Fine Arts Building.

                The course will provide basic drawing skills with emphasis on perspective, media, technique, and style.  No drawing experience is required.  Cost is $215 plus the cost of supplies.

                  The Purpose of Art (ARH 1000) will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 24 through July 31, from 1 to 4:30 p.m.  The three-hour course is an investigation into the origin and development of the visual arts as an expressive mode of man, individually and collectively.  Cost is $215 plus textbook.

                Both courses will be taught by adjunct art instructor Kelly Boehmer. While both are college credit courses, either may be taken by non-degree seeking students. Summer II application deadline is June 5.

                For information, call Joan Stadsklev at 850-718-2301 or email stadsklevj@chipola.edu

 

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May 22, 2008

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA

 

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

                A Pre-School Appropriate Practices course will meet Saturday, May 31, from 7 to 5:00 p.m.  Cost is $43. 

                A Real Estate Sales course will meet Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 13, 14, 27, 28 & Oct. 11, 12, 26, from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Cost is $250.

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

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

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

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

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May 22, 2008

 

CHIPOLA TO DEFEND NATIONAL BASEBALL TITLE

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola Indians begin defense of their national baseball title, Saturday, May 24, at 4 p.m. (CST) in Grand Junction, Colorado.

                The Indians will face Connors State (Okla.), the winner of the South Central District. The tournament runs May 24-31.

All Chipola games will be broadcast on WJAQ-100.9, and are available at www.chipola.edu. Tournament information is available at www.jucogj.org

                The Chipola Indians successfully defended their Florida state baseball title with a 6-0 win over Manatee CC in the 2008 championship on May 13 in Winter Haven. Chipola’s back-to-back state championships were the first since Central Florida CC won consecutive titles in 1997 and 1998.

                The Indians won five straight games in the tournament including a 10-2 win over Pensacola in seven innings on May 12, a 13-9 win over Manatee on May 11, an 8-7 win over St. Petersburg on May 10, and an 11-3 win over Seminole on May 8.   

Chipola coach Jeff Johnson was named FCCAA Coach of the Year for 2008. In 12 seasons at the helm, Coach Johnson’s Indians have made it to the state tournament nine times with five appearances in the title game.  Chipola won the 2008 state tourney and captured the school’s first-ever national tourney last season.

Seven Chipola Indians were named to the FCCAA All Tournament Team including Carlos Moncrief, who was named Most Valuable Player in the tournament. Moncrief swatted a three-run homer in the state championship game and had eight RBI’s and 11 hits in the tournament.   Chipola’s other All-Tourney selections are: Marc Bourgeois, Daniel Jones, Einar Atencio, Edmond Sparks, Ryan Chaffee and Matt Jackson.

 

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May 29, 2008

CHIPOLA STUDENTS VISIT BIG APPLE

 

            NEW YORK—Chipola College Theatre students and director Charles Sirmon recently toured New York City and Broadway.

            The Students attended Broadway hits like Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein, Disney’s Mary Poppins and four others. They also toured backstage at NBC and The New Amsterdam Theater.

            The students participated in a master’s acting class at Shelter Studios—in the heart of New York’s theater district—with Broadway performer and playwright, Michael Watson. The students also did a stage reading from a new piece if his work.

            Director Sirmon said, “Chipola students try and make the trip every other year. What these young people learn in a few days will stay with them forever.”

            Sirmon is currently reading, researching and planning his tenth season with Chipola. 

            For information regarding Chipola Theatre, call Sirmon at 850-718-2227 or visit www.chipola.edu.

 

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CHIPOLA STUDENTS VISIT BIG APPLE—Chipola College Theatre students and director Charles Sirmon recently toured New York City and Broadway. Pictured from left, are: (front) Lindsey Baxter, Jessica Lawson, Courtney Corbin, (back) Garrett Broland, Rowdy Wilbur, Aaron Summerline, Austin Simms, Aaron Moore, Michael Watson, Charles Sirmon and Kevin Russell.

 

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May 29, 2008

 

JACKIE DYKES PORTERFIELD SCHOLARSHIP ESTABLISHED AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—The Jackie Dykes Porterfield Memorial Scholarship has been established at Chipola College.

            Mrs. Porterfield, formerly of Marianna, passed away in February from complications following surgery. She was a 1954 graduate of Marianna High School and a graduate of the nursing program at Florida State Hospital.

            She was a former office nurse for Dr. Eugene McQuagge, was the first director of nurses for the Marianna Convalescent Center and subsequently served as its administrator. She then served as director of nursing at Sunland and was administrator at Jackson County Convalescent Center in Graceville, and Washington County Convalescent Center in Chipley. She also was owner and administrator of Landmark Healthcare in Blountstown until her retirement in 1998.
            Mrs. Porterfield was a caregiver to many patients and a mentor to many individuals in their health-care careers. She also was instrumental in the development of the nursing program at
Chipola College.

            The Jackie Dykes Porterfield Memorial Scholarship will be awarded for the first time in the Fall of 2009. The scholarship will be available to nursing majors from Jackson, Holmes, Calhoun, Liberty or Washington counties.

            Donations to the Jackie Dykes Porterfield Memorial Scholarship may be mailed to the Chipola College Foundation at 3094 Indian Circle, Marianna, FL 32446.

For information, call Julie Fuqua at the Chipola College Foundation at 850-718-2478.

 

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May 29, 2008

CHIPOLA NOW OFFERS ON-LINE REGISTRATION

 

MARIANNAChipola College officials have made it more convenient for students to sign up for classes through online registration.

Online registration for Summer Session II is available through June 12 at 3 p.m.

Some restrictions apply to online registration. High school students in dual-enrollment courses are not eligible.

To register online, visit www.chipola.edu, click Current Students, and click On-line Registration.

For more information, contact the Admissions and Records Office at 718-2311.

 

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May 29, 2008

CORRECTIONS COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—Application deadlines are June 3 and 5 for Chipola College's next Basic Corrections courses.

            A day class is scheduled to begin June 4. The course meets from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

            The evening class begins June 10 and will meet from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday.       

            Applicants must be at least 19 years of age, be of good moral character, possess a valid driver’s license, earn a passing score on the Florida Basic Abilities Test (FBAT) and meet FDLE requirements.        

            Students are encouraged to apply early due to the extensive application process. Application deadline is June 3 for the day class and June 5 for the night class.

            For information, call (850) 718-2394.

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May 29, 2008

 

NEW BEGINNINGS PROGRAM TO OFFER COMPUTER COURSE

 

MARIANNA—The New Beginnings Program at Chipola College has scheduled a computer class on Wednesday, June 18, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Continuing Education Building (S).

The course will provide an introduction to Microsoft Word course and will cover: creating a folder, saving a file, working with two open documents, paragraph formatting, terminology, types of files, and information on hardware/software.

Internet searching will be included with instructions on: how to locate what you really want, how to use various Web search engines, and copying from the Web to a document.

For information on this course and to apply to the New Beginnings Program, contact Rose Parramore in Student Services at 718-2208.

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May 29, 2008

SUMMER PROGRAMS SET AT CHIPOLA

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer programs for children of all ages this summer.

Chipola Baseball Coach Jeff Johnson will offer several camps.  A Baseball Skills Camp for ages 8-12 will meet June 2-5.  Cost is $75. A Young Pitchers Camp for ages 8-12 will meet June 9-10.  Cost is $100.  A Pitching Camp for ages 13-18 will meet June 11-12.  Cost is $100.  A Young Hitters Camp for ages 8-12 will meet June 16-17.  Cost is $100.  A Hitting Camp for ages 13-18 will meet June 18-19.  Cost is $100.  All baseball camps meet from 9 a.m. to noon. Call 718-2237. 

Chipola Softball Coach Belinda Hendrix will offer several camps. Softball Skills Camps for ages 5-12 will meet June 25-26, from 9 a.m. to noon.  Cost is $100.  Softball Skills Camps for ages 13 and up will meet June 25-26, from 2 to 5 p.m.  Cost is $100.  Softball Night Camp will meet Mondays from 6 to 7:30 p.m., June 9, 16 and 23.  Cost is $20 per night. Call 718-2358.

Chipola Women’s Basketball coach David Lane will offer an Individual Girls Camp for Middle and High School Students, June 2 and 4, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.  Cost is $90.  Call 718-2423. 

Swimming lessons will be offered for ages four and up. Lessons are based on a combination of nationally-recognized methods. The following sessions are scheduled: Session 1: June 2-12; Session 2: June 16-26; Session 3: July 14-24; and Session 4: Aug. 4-14. Classes are available at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. or 7 p.m. Sessions are Monday through Thursday for two weeks of 45-minute lessons. Cost is $45 and pre-registration is required, with a $5 late registration fee. An Adult swimming class will meet June 30-July 3, 10 a.m. or 7 p.m.  Cost is $40.  Infant and Preschool Swimming lessons for children 3 and under will meet July 7-10 and July 28-31 with classes available at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Cost is $30.  For information, call pool manager Rance Massengill at 718-2473. 

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May 29, 2008

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA

 

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

            A Real Estate Sales course will meet Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 13, 14, 27, 28 & Oct. 11, 12, 26, from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Cost is $250.

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

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

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

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

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May 29, 2008

CHIPOLA CHEERLEADER TRYOUTS TUESDAY

 

            MARIANNA—Tryouts for the 2008-09 Chipola cheerleader squad is Tuesday, June 3, at Milton H. Johnson Health Center. Freshmen are required to submit a high school transcript and a letter of recommendation from the most recent previous cheerleader sponsor/coach. 

            All who try out must have at least a 2.5 GPA and be full-time (12 hours) Chipola students in the Fall Semester 2008.  Scholarships are currently available for Chipola College cheerleaders.

            For information, contact Melissa Laramore at 526-1826 or Melissa.Laramore@jcsb.org or Geraldine DeFelix at 718-2322 or defelixg@chipola.edu .

 

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CHIPOLA CHEER TRYOUTS-- Tryouts for the 2008-09 Chipola cheerleader squad is Tuesday, June 3, at Milton H. Johnson Health Center.  Here, Farren Barfield of Marianna cheers for the Indians. For information, contact Melissa Laramore at 526-1826.

 

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May 29, 2008

 

CHIPOLA BASEBALL SEASON ENDS AT NATIONAL TOURNEY

 

                  GRAND JUNCTION, CO—The Chipola Indians’ dreams of a second national baseball title ended May 27 with a 10-7 loss to Hagerstown (MD) College in an elimination game in the NJCAA College World Series.

                    Adam Duvall was two for two in the game with five RBI’s.  Chipola scored two in the first, but Hagerstown answered with three. The game was close until the fourth inning when Hagerstown scored seven runs on three homeruns. They finished the day with 10 runs on 10 hits and one error. Chipola had seven runs on seven hits with one error. 
                    Pitcher Carlos Moncrief started the game for Chipola but lasted only 1.1 innings.  He was relieved by Jason Bailey, who was charged with the loss after two innings. Jason Townsend also pitched four innings.  

                Chipola suffered their post-season loss in two years on Memorial Day when they were upset 11-8 by Alvin (TX) Community College.

                Chipola actually outscored their national tourney opponents 37-23 in three games.

 Adam Duvall and Moises Montero each had two homeruns in the tourney. Einar Atencio and Carlos Moncrief were both 4 for 11.

 The Indians opened the national tourney with an amazing 22-2 win over Connors State on May 24. Tyler Bumgarner, Brett Maxwell, Montero and Chaffee all homered in the game. 

                Chipola coach Jeff Johnson had good things to say about his returning sophomores. “Our kids got us back here. To get here two years in a row is a big accomplishment. I don’t know if we’ll ever have another Chaffee, Parker, Atencio and Montero.”

                Johnson also thanked the fans. “I appreciate everbody who supported us throughout the season. We battled in the tournament; we just didn’t play very well.”

              The Indians have a lot to be proud of this season, including a 45-14 record and a second straight state title.

                                                           

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CHIPOLA BASEBALL SEASON ENDS AT NATIONAL TOURNEY—Adam Duvall gets a lead with direction from assistant coach Brent Shelton in a regular season game at Chipola this year. The Chipola Indians’ dreams of a second national baseball title ended May 27 with a 10-7 loss to Hagerstown (MD) College in an elimination game in the NJCAA College World Series.

 

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