November 3, 2011

CHIPOLA GRADUATES NAMED PHI THETA KAPPA HITES SCHOLARS

 

                JACKSON, MS –Chipola College graduates Mary Beth Alderman and Caitlyn Prichard are among ten community college students from six states named recipients of the Phi Theta Kappa Hites Transfer Scholarships.

                Scholarships of $7,500 each were awarded to Alderman and Prichard, the only Florida students to receive the scholarships. The awards are intended to assist community college transfer students in the attainment of baccalaureate degrees. 

                Prichard and Alderman were both featured in USA Today newspaper for their nominations to the 2011 All-USA Community College Academic Team. Portraits of the students hang on Chipola’s Academic Wall of Honor.

                Alderman was named a Coca-Cola Gold Scholar.  Both students also were named to the All-Florida Academic Team.

                Caitlyn Prichard of Chipley is majoring in Food and Resource Economics at the University of Florida. She plans to attend law school and hopes to become an effective advocate for the agriculture industry as an agricultural lawyer. The 2009 valedictorian of Chipley High School, Prichard also maintained a perfect 4.0 college GPA at Chipola.  She was named First Team All-USA and a Guistwhite Scholar. She is the daughter of David and Caren Prichard of Chipley.

                MaryBeth Alderman also was the 2009 valedictorian of Chipley High. She was named to the All-Florida Academic team and a national Coca-Cola Gold Scholar. She is attending the University of Florida where she is a Food Science and Human Nutrition major. She plans to attend medical school and to specialize in pediatrics. She is the daughter of Jason and B.J. Alderman of Chipley.

                Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough, says, “These two young women continue to bring positive recognition to Chipola. They come from fine families and I am very proud that they chose to attend Chipola.”

                The Hites scholarship program is made possible by the Hites Community College Scholarship Foundation and the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation. Robert Hites was an executive with Ralston-Purina in St. Louis, Missouri. Upon his retirement he fulfilled a lifelong dream and became an instructor at St. Louis Community College. Phi Theta Kappa's Executive Director Dr. Rod Risley, says, "The Hites Scholarships are helping to meet a need that becomes more crucial every day - helping our students follow through on their commitment to complete by providing financial assistance to make earning a baccalaureate degree possible. We are grateful for our partnership, and we congratulate these scholarship winners."

                Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in American higher education with 1,275 chapters on two-year and community college campuses in all 50 states and around the world. More than 2.5 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 125,000 students inducted annually. 

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November 3, 2011

Chipola Fall Ensemble Concert is nov. 14

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College’s music ensembles will present a free concert, Monday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m., in the Chipola Arts Center. The concert is free and open to the public.

                The Chamber Chorus, under the direction of Leslie Heffner, will perform chorale classics.  Dr. Josh Martin will accompany the choir at the piano.

                The guitar studio under the direction of Adam Larison will present a duo student ensemble.  The guitar program has had many successes in recent years including a featured studio recital and Chipola student, Joseph Covington, who won the state music symposium competition which included a $2,000 scholarship.         

                The Rock and Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Randall Haynes, will have a few new twists this year.  Their eclectic selections will have something for everyone.  The group also will be performing at the Pecan Festival in Malone and around the Chipola district.

                Dr. Daniel Powell, Associate Dean of Fine and Performing Arts, says, “If you have a case of the ‘Mondays’ and want to add a little spice to your holiday season, then come enjoy this free concert. This is the debut concert for Leslie Heffner and Dr. Randall Haynes, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to see what new talent Chipola is showcasing.”

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

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November 3, 2011

HARVARD MEDICAL PROFESSOR AND SURGEON TO SPEAK AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNA—Dr. John Mayer, Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and a Senior Associate in the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at Children's Hospital in Boston,  will discuss his research during two meetings at Chipola College on Monday, Nov. 14.

                Dr. Mayer will speak to Chipola students, faculty and the community at 11 a.m. in the Chipola Theatre. Pam Rentz and Chipola’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society will host a reception in his honor at noon. 

                At 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 14, Dr. Mayer will speak to physicians and medical personnel at a dinner in the Continuing Education Conference Center.  Medical professionals may earn C.M.E. credit for attending the seminar. To register, contact Dr. James Clemmons in Chipley at (850) 638-0678 or Cindy Burns at Jackson Hospital at (850) 762-3645.

                Dr. Mayer grew up in Tampa. He received his BA from Yale University and his MD from Yale University Medical School.  He completed post-graduate training in General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Minnesota.

                Dr. Mayer served for three years in the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps, and then began his career at Children’s Hospital, Boston and Harvard Medical School. He has published extensively in the field of pediatric cardiac surgery and tissue engineering.  The tissue engineering research has been carried out in the Cardiac Surgery Research Laboratory at Children's Hospital, Boston.  His group developed the first tissue-engineered cardiovascular structures (pulmonary artery patch, single heart valve leaflet, complete trileaflet, heart-valved conduit) that have been implanted into animals.

                Dr. Mayer is author or co-author of more than 300 scientific papers and 30 book chapters.  He serves on the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, and is a past President for the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

                Hearts of Promise is sponsoring Dr. Mayer’s visit to Chipola. The foundation was established in honor of nine year-old Holly Turner by her family after her second open-heart surgery performed by Dr. Mayer in 2003.  Holly’s aunt, Carol Saunders, is a speech and English professor at Chipola.  Holly’s cousin, Hillary Saunders, is responsible for Dr. Mayer’s visit to Chipola as part of her Phi Theta Kappa service project.  She is also organizing a walk and pancake breakfast to be held in Chipley on Saturday, Nov. 5. The breakfast is 7-10 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Chipley. The walk will be held at Shiver’s Park (across from the church) from 8 to 9 a.m.  

                Hillary has also raised funds through awareness presentations to church and civic groups, Beanie Baby sales for children having heart surgery at CHB, and Hearts of Promise cookbook sales. All funds raised will go to research being conducted by Dr. Mayer at Children’s Hospital Boston.  The goal of this research is to grow valves and arteries from a patient’s own tissue, thus eliminating the need for multiple open-heart surgeries for thousands of children.  Proceeds from these events will be presented to Dr. Mayer during his visit to Chipola.

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November 3, 2011

CHIPOLA REGIONAL ARTS MEETING IS NOV. 15

                MARIANNA—The public is invited to attend the Chipola Regional Arts Association (CRAA) meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at Jim’s Buffet in Marianna. A Dutch-treat luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. with the program at noon.

                This month’s guest speaker is international pianist, Dr. Christine Yoshikawa, who will share exclusive details about the release of her commercial piano solo CD released under the Eroica Classical Recordings label.  She will share with sample musical selections and talk about the recording process.

                The CD will feature composers from old time favorites Rachmaninoff and Scriabin to contemporary living composers Ned Rorem, Stephen Chatman and Philip Neil Martin.  Conversational topics for this program will span from art work design, the studio recording process, and working with an audio engineer.  As the primary editor and producer of the project, Dr. Yoshikawa has gained a wealth of knowledge. This is a great opportunity to pick the brain of a renowned artist who lives right here in Marianna.

                For more information about CRAA, contact Daniel Powell at powelld@chipola.edu or (850) 718-2257.

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November 3, 2011

CHIPOLA PUMPKIN WINNERS—The Chipola College Cosmetology program recently held their annual Pumpkin Decorating contest.  Jamie Taylor (left) won first place for her Oscar the Grouch pumpkin. Juanita Sapp won second place for her Queen of Hearts creation. Cosmetology students also treated college employees to complimentary paraffin hand dips.

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November 10, 2011

HARVARD MEDICAL PROFESSOR AND SURGEON TO SPEAK AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNA—Dr. John Mayer, Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and a Senior Associate in the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at Children's Hospital in Boston,  will discuss his research during two meetings at Chipola College on Monday, Nov. 14.

                Dr. Mayer will speak to Chipola students, faculty and the community at 11 a.m. in the Chipola Theatre. Pam Rentz and Chipola’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society will host a reception in his honor at noon. 

                At 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 14, Dr. Mayer will speak to physicians and medical personnel at a dinner in the Continuing Education Conference Center.  Medical professionals may earn C.M.E. credit for attending the seminar. To register, contact Dr. James Clemmons in Chipley at (850) 638-0678 or Cindy Burns at Jackson Hospital at (850) 762-3645.

                Dr. Mayer grew up in Tampa. He received his BA from Yale University and his MD from Yale University Medical School.  He completed post-graduate training in General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Minnesota.

                Dr. Mayer served for three years in the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps, and then began his career at Children’s Hospital, Boston and Harvard Medical School. He has published extensively in the field of pediatric cardiac surgery and tissue engineering.  The tissue engineering research has been carried out in the Cardiac Surgery Research Laboratory at Children's Hospital, Boston.  His group developed the first tissue-engineered cardiovascular structures (pulmonary artery patch, single heart valve leaflet, complete trileaflet, heart-valved conduit) that have been implanted into animals.

                Dr. Mayer is author or co-author of more than 300 scientific papers and 30 book chapters.  He serves on the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, and is a past President for the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

                Hearts of Promise is sponsoring Dr. Mayer’s visit to Chipola. The foundation was established in honor of nine year-old Holly Turner by her family after her second open-heart surgery performed by Dr. Mayer in 2003.  Holly’s aunt, Carol Saunders, is a speech and English professor at Chipola.  Holly’s cousin, Hillary Saunders, is responsible for Dr. Mayer’s visit to Chipola as part of her Phi Theta Kappa service project. Hillary has also raised funds through awareness presentations to church and civic groups, Beanie Baby sales for children having heart surgery at CHB, and Hearts of Promise cookbook sales. All funds raised will go to research being conducted by Dr. Mayer at Children’s Hospital Boston.  The goal of this research is to grow valves and arteries from a patient’s own tissue, thus eliminating the need for multiple open-heart surgeries for thousands of children.  Proceeds from these events will be presented to Dr. Mayer during his visit to Chipola.

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November 10, 2011

FSU/PC ENGINEERING PROF TO DISCUSS ROBOTS AND ROCKETS AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNA—Dr. Geoffrey Brooks, professor of Engineering at the Florida State University/Panama City will speak at Chipola College, Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 10 a.m., in Jackson Lecture Hall.

                The Chipola Science Club is hosting the seminar. Dr. Brooks will discuss his students’ robotics projects and upcoming rocket competition.

                Chipola Physics professor Dr. Jeff Bodart, says, “The science seminars provide an opportunity for students to learn about different topics in the fields of science and technology that they would not normally get a chance to hear about from professionals who work in the fields they learn about in class.”

                For information, contact Dr. Bodart at 850-526-2761, Ext. 3252.

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November 10, 2011

Chipola Fall Ensemble Concert is nov. 14

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College’s music ensembles will present a free concert, Monday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m., in the Chipola Arts Center. The concert is free and open to the public.

                The Chamber Chorus, under the direction of Leslie Heffner, will perform chorale classics.  Dr. Josh Martin will accompany the choir at the piano.

                The guitar studio under the direction of Adam Larison will present a duo student ensemble.  The guitar program has had many successes in recent years including a featured studio recital and Chipola student, Joseph Covington, who won the state music symposium competition which included a $2,000 scholarship.         

                The Rock and Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Randall Haynes, will have a few new twists this year.  Their eclectic selections will have something for everyone.  The group also will be performing at the Pecan Festival in Malone and around the Chipola district. 

                Dr. Daniel Powell, Associate Dean of Fine and Performing Arts, says, “If you have a case of the ‘Mondays’ and want to add a little spice to your holiday season, then come enjoy this free concert. This is the debut concert for Leslie Heffner and Dr. Randall Haynes, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to see what new talent Chipola is showcasing.”

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

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November 10, 2011

CHIPOLA REGIONAL ARTS MEETING IS NOV. 15

 

                MARIANNA—The public is invited to attend the Chipola Regional Arts Association (CRAA) meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at Jim’s Buffet in Marianna. A Dutch-treat luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. with the program at noon.

                This month’s guest speaker is international pianist, Dr. Christine Yoshikawa, who will share exclusive details about the release of her commercial piano solo CD released under the Eroica Classical Recordings label.  She will share with sample musical selections and talk about the recording process.

                The CD will feature composers from old time favorites Rachmaninoff and Scriabin to contemporary living composers Ned Rorem, Stephen Chatman and Philip Neil Martin.  Conversational topics for this program will span from art work design, the studio recording process, and working with an audio engineer.  As the primary editor and producer of the project, Dr. Yoshikawa has gained a wealth of knowledge. This is a great opportunity to pick the brain of a renowned artist who lives right here in Marianna.

                For more information about CRAA, contact Daniel Powell at powelld@chipola.edu or (850) 718-2257.

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November 10, 2011

JAZZMATAZZ Show Choir Concert moved to january

 

                MARIANNA—The popular Chipola College Show Choir series, Jazzmatazz, has an interesting twist this year.  It is called “Stadsmatazz” to honor Joan Stadsklev, retiring Associate Dean of Chipola’s Fine and Performing Arts Department.

                The song and dance performances under the direction of Angie White and Dr. Josh Martin are scheduled for Jan. 5, 6 and 7 at 7 p.m. in the Chipola Theatre. 

                Originally slated for December, Jazzmatazz has been rescheduled in part to allow more alumni to come back to campus to be a part of this historic event.  Signature songs highlighting the history of the group are slated to be performed. 

                Dr. Daniel Powell, Associate Dean of Fine and Performing Arts, says, “Come join this ‘now and then’ experience as the Show Choir electrifies the stage to honor one of their founding directors:  Joan Stadsklev.”  Powell invites everyone to enjoy the high energy group that will feature musical selections from a wide variety of styles. Show Choir members are selected through competitive auditions and Powell indicates the talent of this year’s group is exceptionally strong. 

                Tickets go on sale Nov. 28 and are available from Show Choir members and through the Fine and Performing Arts Department at (850) 718-2277. 

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November 10, 2011

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CHIPOLA THEATRE SHOWCASE—The Chipola College Theatre Showcase is Thursday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m.  Here, student actors prepare for night of scenes, songs and humor.  Theater-goers will enjoy 18 different scenes during the one-hour show.  Tickets—$10—are available from Theatre students, in the Fine Arts Department or at the door. For information, call 850-718-2227 or visit www.chipola.edu

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November 10, 2011

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CHIPOLA MATH ED STUDENTS ATTEND FCTM CONFERENCE—Students in the mathematics education program at Chipola College along with their instructors recently attended the Florida Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference in Jacksonville. The FCTM conference provides mathematics teachers from throughout the state the opportunity to share teaching strategies for grades K–12. Participants also attended sessions to review new teaching materials and to learn about the new Florida mathematics requirements. The pre-service teacher candidates were joined by other Chipola mathematics education graduates from the college District. Pictured from left, are: Jesse Carter, Stephanie Lawson, Ashley Pavik, Dr. Lou Cleveland, Tammy Smith of Vernon Middle School, Dr. Cherry Ward, Jessica Haid, Joe Whitfield, Jordan Coley, Sam Griffin and Robbie Glawson.

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November 10, 2011

Internet Marketing SEMINAR SET AT CHIPOLA

           

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer Part 2 of a small business seminar on marketing, entitled, “Marketing on the Internet and Using Social Media,” Friday, Dec. 2.

                Participants will discover the power of a social media strategy, learn to implement new marketing techniques, unlock the secrets of the top social media sites and establish online brand presence. Other topics include: focusing marketing efforts with search engine optimization, monitoring web site effectiveness, making a web site mobile-friendly, connecting with customers and revitalizing image.

                The workshop will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  in Room M-108 of the Chipola Business and Technology building. Cost is $30. Pre-registration is required. Participants may register at http://clients.floridasbdc.org/center.aspx?center=41230&subloc=4

                For information, call (850) 718-2441 or e-mail seversone@chipola.edu

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November 17, 2011

CHIPOLA HOSTS MEDIA PREVIEW OF CENTER FOR THE ARTS

 

                MARIANNA—Local reporters got a behind-the-scenes look at the Chipola College Center for the Arts during a Media Hard Hat Tour on Wednesday, Nov. 16.

                The college enlisted the services of Theatre Consultant Robert Lorelli of New York, who has worked on a number of major theatre design plans. Lorelli led the media tour to point out the main features of the center. 

                College officials broke ground to begin construction of the $16 million project in July of 2010.  The center is being constructed on the north end of campus on new four-lane entrance off River Forest Road.

                Chipola Capital Projects and Contracts Administrator Louy Harris reported that the 56,000 square foot center is expected to be completed this summer. The Center will open in September 2012 with a one-night opening gala benefit performance featuring nationally-recognized artists and a cavalcade of local music, dance and theatrical performances. A special inaugural exhibition also will be presented in the Center's visual art gallery.

                The main theatre within the center will seat 655 patrons 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 concession area. The most intriguing feature of the new complex is a “black box” experimental theater especially for theater audiences of 100.

                Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough, said, “The new Center for the Arts is the largest building project in the history of the college. This will be a showplace for the performing arts for our students and the community.”

                Dr. Daniel Powell, Associate Dean of Fine and Performing Arts, says, “The public will enjoy the fine and performing artistic work of our students in theatre, music, and art. The space also will provide a strong artistic venue for the Chipola Artist Series and visiting art exhibits. Visitors will enjoy an aesthetically-pleasing and artistic experience from the moment they enter the center grounds through the final curtain.”

                Chipola Theater Director Charles Sirmon says, “This is the culmination of 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 center is a design-build project which brings an architect and contractor together to complete the project from conception to completion within the budget. The construction firm of Allstate/Southland Contracting of Tallahassee was selected as the Design/Build Team to provide design, permitting, and construction services for the project. Other professional firms contracted for the Center include: Architect: DAG Architects Inc., Destin; Theatrical Consultant: Robert Lorelli Associates, Inc., Speonk, New York; Acoustical Consultant: Siebein Associates, Inc., Gainesville; Electrical Engineer: Humber Garick Consulting Engineers, Fort Walton Beach; Mechanical Plumbing & Fire Protection: H2 Engineering, Inc., Tallahassee; Civil Engineer/Landscaping: David H. Melvin, Inc., Tallahassee; and Structural Engineer: Greenhorne & O'Mara, Pensacola.

                The new Center for the Arts 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 weather-permitting. 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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November 17, 2011

CHIPOLA WINS FOURTH STRAIGHT DELTA BURKE BRAIN BOWL TITLE

 

                ORLANDO—The Chipola College Brain Bowl Blue team outplayed 30 teams to win the Delta Burke Academic Tournament for the fourth year in a row, defeating Valencia 505-95 in the championship game. The tournament was held on the Valencia West campus in Orlando.  

                The Chipola Blue team of Paul Kelson, Annemarie Nichols and Travis Bontrager finished the tournament with a 13-0 record, averaging 513.1 points per game and 23.71 points per bonus, the highest averages in tournament history. Their average margin of victory was 448.1, also a tournament record.

                The Chipola Gold team finished the tournament with a 6-4 record, making it to the playoffs, before losing in the round of 16 to the University of Central Florida 225-155. Gold team members are: Caroline Peacock, Adrian Carr, Nick Ratzlaff and William Singleton.

                Chipola Brain Bowl coaches are math professor Stan Young and volunteer coach Dr. Robert Dunkle.

                Chipola points leader Paul Kelson finished as high individual scorer in the tournament, answering 142 tossups, and averaging 105.77 points per game. Caroline Peacock was 13th overall in individual scoring.

                The Delta Burke is Chipola’s second championship of the Fall season. Chipola A and B teams finished first and third, respectively, Oct. 22, at the Florida Gateway Invitational.  Chipola finished second, behind the University of Florida, at the MAGNI Mirror tournament on Oct. 15.

                Chipola’s next match is Jan. 20-21 when the team hosts the NAQT Florida Sectional on the Marianna campus.

                Team and individual stats for the Delta Burke tournament are available at: http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/157/stats/all_games/standings/

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November 17, 2011

CHIPOLA 3-D COURSE SET FOR JANUARY

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College is now accepting students for the Simulation Modeling Technician (3-D) Certificate program which begins in January, 2012. 

                Application deadline for the program is Dec. 15. Applications must be submitted to Christen Bennett in A-115.

                Students in the program will develop the technical skills necessary to produce three-dimensional content to be used in business, industry, education, state and federal government as well as the military. 

                Matt White, Chipola’s Network Coordinator and Dylan Bass will teach the course. Software used in the program will include Photoshop, 3D Studio Max, Java Script, AutoCAD and Unity gaming software. Prospective students must have proficiency in computer applications in order to successfully complete the course.

                The course begins Jan. 9, 2012 and runs through May 1. Classes are scheduled for Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5 to 10 p.m.

                Cost of the program is $1,500. Due to the length and the nature of the program, traditional Financial Aid is not available.

                The course is limited to the first 12 students. The college reserves the right to cancel the program if minimum enrollment requirements are not met.

                For information, call 850-718-2455, email bennettc@chipola.edu or visit www.chipola.edu/3d

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CHIPOLA IN 3D—Chipola College is now accepting students for the Simulation Modeling Technician (3-D) Certificate program.  Pictured from left, are: Rep. Marti Coley, SMT program graduate Courtney Sawyer, Christen Bennett, SMT Coordinator and Matt White, SMT instructor. The next course begins Jan 9. Application deadline is Dec. 15. Cost is $1,500. For information, contact Christen Bennett at 850-718-2455.

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November 17, 2011

Spanish Club PlanS Trips to St. Augustine, Antigua

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Spanish Club is planning a trips to St. Augustine and Antigua. In November, students will spend two days and nights at the historic St. George Inn in the heart of the Old Spanish Quarter.

                Chipola Spanish Club advisor, Dr. Mark Ebel, has devised a scavenger hunt for students to follow as a way of discovering St. Augustine's historic and cultural treasures. Students will obtain information for the scavenger hunt by riding the town trolley and listening to the interpretive talks by the trolley guides. Students will move from site to site on foot, collecting information as they go. An evening meal is planned at a restaurant which serves authentic Spanish and Latin American cuisines.

                Dr. Ebel noted that while most of his students know a little about American history, the part of that history that predates the Pilgrims, the early Spanish period, is often neglected. He said the purpose of this trip is to rediscover that history, while engaging in informal learning experiences that are fun.

                Chipola will offer a travel and study program in Antigua, Guatemala over Spring Break, March 25-April 1, 2012.  The program will feature 30 hours of private instruction from native speaking Spanish instructors.  The program fee of $2,160 is all-inclusive covering transportation, meals, lodging and excursions.  The study program provides three hours of credit in Latin America Travel Study (LAS 1950).

                For information, call Dr. Mark Ebel at 718-2282 or email ebelm@chipola.edu

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chipola Spanish Club PlanS Trips to St. Augustine, AntiguaThe Chipola College Spanish Club is planning trips to St. Augustine and Antigua. In November, students will spend two days at the historic St. George Inn in the heart of the Old Spanish Quarter. The Antigua trip is slated for March of 2012. Pictured from left, are Cade Guthrie, Dr. Mark Ebel, Misty Kirkland, Jason Storm, Kellie Mott, Jameson Cullifer, Cindy Phillips, Francis Hollan, Maranda Lewis, Sandra Salvaty and Ariel Savell. Not pictured are Zack Weiland and Sharreneka Jackson. For information, call Dr. Mark Ebel at 718-2282 or email ebelm@chipola.edu

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November 17, 2011

Internet Marketing SEMINAR SET AT CHIPOLA

           

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer Part 2 of a small business seminar on marketing, entitled, “Marketing on the Internet and Using Social Media,” Friday, Dec. 2.

                The workshop will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., in Room M-108 of the Chipola Business and Technology building. Cost is $30. Pre-registration is required. The first five students to register will be admitted free.

                Participants will discover the power of a social media strategy, learn to implement new marketing techniques, unlock the secrets of the top social media sites and establish online brand presence. Other topics include: focusing marketing efforts with search engine optimization, monitoring web site effectiveness, making a web site mobile-friendly, connecting with customers and revitalizing image.

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

                For information, call (850) 718-2441 or e-mail seversone@chipola.edu

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November 17, 2011

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CHIPOLA FORD HELPS CHIPOLA AUTO TECH PROGRAM—Chipola Ford recently donated a 40th Anniversary Mustang and thousands of dollars worth of automotive parts to the Chipola College Automotive Technology program. Here, Will Rogers of Chipola Ford presents the Mustang to Chipola Automotive instructors John Gardner and Chase Vlieg.

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November 17, 2011

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CHIPOLA STUDENT RAISES $20,000 FOR HEART RESEARCH Chipola College student Hillary Saunders recently raised $20,000 for the Hearts of Promise Foundation. Pictured from left, are: Wayne Saunders, Carolyn Saunders, Hillary Saunders, Dr. John Mayer, Candace Saunders-Turner and Carol Saunders.  The foundation was established in honor of Hillary’s cousin, nine year-old Holly Turner, who has a congenital heart problem.  Hillary invited heart surgeon Dr. John Mayer to Chipola as part of her Phi Theta Kappa service project. She also raised funds through a fitness walk, pancake breakfast, Beanie Baby sales for children having heart surgery, and cookbook sales. Funds will go to research being conducted by Dr. Mayer at Children’s Hospital Boston. 

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November 17, 2011

CHIPOLA AND TDC TO HOST PANHANDLE BASKETBALL CLASSIC

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College and the Jackson County Tourist Development Council will host the Panhandle Classic Dec. 1-3 in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center. 

                Six teams from the FCSAA Top 10 will be in action. Palm Beach (5-0) is the top-ranked team in the state poll. Northwest Florida State (5-0) is second.  Chipola (4-0) is ranked third.  Santa Fe (3-0) is fourth. Tallahassee (2-1) is fifth. St. Petersburg (5-1) is sixth. Pensacola (5-0) is seventh and Brevard (4-1) is eighth. 

                Action begins Thursday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m., with third-ranked Chipola taking on number eight Brevard.

                All five Panhandle Conference teams will be in action Friday, Dec. 2, with number seven Pensacola taking on top-ranked Palm Beach at noon.  Number five Tallahassee meets fourth-ranked Sante Fe at 2 p.m. Gulf Coast plays Central Florida at 4 p.m. Number two Northwest Florida takes on number eight Brevard at 6 p.m. Chipola faces Miami Dade in the 8 p.m. nightcap.

                Saturday, Dec. 3 games begin at noon with Gulf Coast and Santa Fe. Pensacola meets Brevard at 2 p.m. Tallahassee and Miami Dade face off at 4 p.m. Second-ranked Northwest Florida takes on top-ranked Palm Beach at 6 p.m. Chipola plays Central Florida in the 8 p.m. game. During pre-game of the Chipola men’s game, members of the Chipola Baseball team will be presented their 2011 State Championship rings.  

                Both Chipola teams open the Conference season Jan. 7 at Tallahassee. For the latest scores, call 718-2CJC or visit www.chipola.edu

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November 17, 2011

CHIPOLA’S COLES SIGNS WITH FSU

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College pitcher Robby Coles of Crawfordville, Florida, will be a Seminole next year.

                The right-hander signed a scholarship with Florida State at a press conference at Chipola on Nov. 9. “It’s a dream come true for me to play at Florida State,” Coles said. “Coach Martin and the Seminoles have a great tradition and I look forward to becoming a part of the program.”

                Of his time at Chipola, Coles said, “I love playing for coach (Jeff) Johnson. He has helped me improve a lot.”

                Chipola Coach Jeff Johnson said, “Robby is a great kid who has worked hard for us. We’re looking for more good things from him this season.”

                At 6 feet tall and 170 pounds, Coles amassed a 9-3 record at Chipola last season and helped lead the team to a state title.

                After sharing the Panhandle Conference title with Northwest Florida State, Coles pitched a gem to give the Indians a 6-5 win over the Raiders in the championship game of the FSCAA State Tournament.  Coles pitched 7 innings, giving up only one run with four strikeouts. It was his second win in the tournament. For his work, Coles won the Robert Purkey, Jr., Memorial Award as the Outstanding Pitcher in the state tournament. Coles also was named to the Panhandle All Conference Second Team.

                Coles helped lead the Indians to a fifth place finish in the NJCAA National Baseball Tournament. Chipola finished the 2011 season with a record of 40-22.

                Coles played his high school ball at Wakulla High where he led the 2010 War Eagles to the Elite 8 of the Regionals for the first time in 42 years. 

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CHIPOLA’S COLES SIGNS WITH FSU—Chipola College pitcher Robby Coles of Crawfordville, Florida, will be a Seminole next year. The right-hander signed a scholarship with Florida State at a press conference at Chipola on Nov. 9. Pictured from left, are: (seated) Chipola coach Jeff Johnson, Robby Coles, mom Jan Coles Forester, (standing) sister Whitney Coles, brother Chase Forester and father Tracy Forester.

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November 17, 2011

STATE ATTORNEY OFFERS SPECIAL CRIMES CLASS AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Center for Criminal Justice Training recently provided an Advanced Training Course entitled, “Sex Crimes Investigations,” in conjunction with The Office of The State Attorney, 14th Judicial Circuit Glenn Hess.

                A team of experienced professionals and practitioners encompassing the entire scope of the Judicial System were assembled to present the subject matter in both an interesting and informative format at the College Public Service Training Facility.

                The two-week class was offered to both Correctional and Law Enforcement Certified officers as a career development opportunity which could additionally satisfy mandatory training for each discipline. During the two week presentation, a team of 12 separate professionals provided both lecture and hands on instruction into the proper and legally acceptable practices of investigating sex crimes involving both children and adults.      

                The Children’s Advocacy Center, Sexual Assault Response Team (S.A.R.T.), Medical Staff, as well as numerous Professional Staff from the 14th Circuit State Attorney’s Office presented lectures, examples, methods, techniques and expertise in the proper handling and reporting of these sensitive Investigations.

                The class was well attended by approximately twenty five Certified Officers from throughout the Region. Steve Anderson, Chipola College Assessment Center Manager, said, “Comments from the attendees reflected favorably on the dynamic break down of the different topics presented, the instructors, as well as the new awareness of all of the available resources for these type investigations.”

                State Attorney Glen Hess summarized the Advanced Class as, “A team approach to criminal justice with Chipola College through cooperation of both the Law Enforcement and Corrections communities.”

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STATE ATTORNEY OFFERS SPECIAL CRIMES CLASS AT CHIPOLA— The Chipola College Center for Criminal Justice Training recently provided an Advanced Training Course entitled, “Sex Crimes Investigations,” in conjunction with The Office of The State Attorney, 14th Judicial Circuit Glenn Hess. Pictured at an organizational meeting are, from left: (front) State Attorney Glenn Hess; Dee Helton, S.A.R.T.; (back) Dave Edmondson, State Attorney’s Office; Charlie Crawford, Chipola College Director Public Service; Bob Pell, State Attorney’s Office; Dr. Valdee Sheffield, S.A.R.T. Medical Staff; Steve Anderson, Chipola Assessment Center Manager; and Kristi Fenton, S.A.R.T.

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SPECIAL CRIMES CLASS AT CHIPOLA—Pictured from left at a crime investigations class demonstration are, from left: State Attorney 14th Judicial Circuit, Glenn Hess; Assistant State Attorney, Bob Pell and Dee Helton, S.A.R.T.

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