November 8, 2013

KEITH WILLIAMS AND STATE FARM DONATE $1OK TO CHIPOLA

                MARIANNA—Keith Williams, a Marianna State Farm agent, presented a check for $10,000 to the Chipola College Appreciation Club during a press conference on Friday.

                The donation will be used to support the college’s athletics programs. Williams is a long-time supporter of the college who has made significant donations in the past. He donated several thousand dollars for a giant blimp which was used for years at Chipola basketball games. He also paid thousands for a radar system which projects the speed of pitches at Chipola baseball games.

                Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough said, “Keith is a great friend to the college. His support over the years has been nothing short of amazing. He has helped many student-athletes realize their dreams of playing on a big stage while earning a college education.”

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STATE FARM DONATES $10,000 TO CHIPOLA COLLEGE— Keith Williams, a Marianna State Farm agent donated $10,000 to the Chipola College Appreciation Club during a press conference Nov. 8. Pictured from left, are: Greg Gaines, State Farm Financial Services Specialist; Chris Cummings, State Farm Zone Manager for Financial Services; Keith Williams, Marianna State Farm agent; Linda Pforte, Marianna State Farm agent; Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough; Chipola athletic director Dr. Steve Givens; and Dave Williams, State Farm Area Executive for North and Central Florida;

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November 8, 2013

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ALANA HEARN NAMED FLORIDA COLLEGE SYSTEM STUDENT OF THE MONTH

                MARIANNA—Chipola College freshman Alana Hearn of Vernon has been named the Florida College System Student of the Month by Chancellor Randy Hannah.

                Well-rounded is the best word to describe Hearn. At Vernon High School, she was the 2013 valedictorian, a Sunshine State Scholar, captain of the volleyball team and a top performer in the JROTC.

                Hearn was selected for the Chipola Honors program. She is majoring in Microbiology/Cell Science and recently joined the college’s award-winning Brain Bowl team. She also has maintained her connection to athletics by serving as a volunteer assistant coach for her old high school team.

                Chipola Honors adviser Bonnie Smith says, “Alana drives 45 minutes to classes every day because she felt Chipola would better prepare her for medical school. She also works in the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) as a tutor for advanced mathematics and chemistry.  She is working on service projects for the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and is a member of Pre- Med Society and the Science Club.  She is quite remarkable.”

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November 8, 2013

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CHIPOLA ASTRONOMY NIGHT SUNDAY AT CITIZENS LODGE

                MARIANNA—The Chipola Science Club will host Astronomy Night, Saturday, Nov. 16, from 6 to 10 p.m., at Citizens Lodge in Marianna.

                Star-gazers should be able to see Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune and several constellations. The Leonid Meteor Shower should also be visible with more than 60-75 meteors per hour expected. Telescopes, hot drinks and snacks will be available.

                For information, call Dr. Jeff Bodart at 850-526-2761 or email bodartj@chipola.edu

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November 8, 2013

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CRAA MEETING TO FEATURE HOLIDAY DESIGNS BY LOCAL FLORIST

                MARIANNA— Michael Smith of Artistic Designs Unlimited in Marianna, will be the guest speaker at the Nov. 19 meeting of the Chipola Regional Arts Association (CRAA).

                CRAA meets at Jim’s Buffet, with a Dutch-treat luncheon at 11:30 a.m. and program beginning at noon.

                With 14 years in retail design experience, Michael Smith is committed to offering the finest floral arrangements and gifts. Smith’s presentation of holiday arrangements is guaranteed to inspire CRAA attendees just in time for the holidays.

                The shop on Jefferson Street serves all of Jackson County and specializes in contemporary and traditional arrangements, fresh flowers, tropicals and live plants, silk arrangements, gifts and gourmet and fruit baskets.

                For information about CRAA, contact Anita Price at pricea@chipola.edu or (850) 718-2277.

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November 8, 2013

RESTAURANT SEMINAR SET AT CHIPOLA

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer a small business seminar “Restaurant Fundamentals” on Friday, Nov. 15

                Participants will learn to how to start and grow a successful restaurant.  Presenter Johnny Branch has been in restaurant business for decades. He is a CPA and an experienced business consultant.

                Topics in the seminar include: analyzing food costs, develop a winning menu, incorporate cost-saving strategies, and loss prevention. These are tools specific to the food industry by are used by most business owners on a daily basis.

                The seminar meets from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., in Room M-108 of the Chipola Business and Technology building.

                Cost is $15. The first six Chipola students to sign up receive free admission.  Students should contact Elissa Severson at 718-2441 or sign up in person in Building M, Office 108.

                Participants may register online at www.northfloridabiz.com

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November 8, 2013

REGIONAL CAREER FAIR IS TUESDAY, NOV. 19

                MARIANNA—Thousands of area high school students are expected to attend the Annual Regional Career Fair Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., at Eastside Baptist Church located at 4785 Highway 90 in Marianna.

                The Career Fair is a one-day event for 9th, 11th, and 12th grade and local private school students. The Fair is sponsored by Washington-Holmes Technical Center, Chipola College and the counties of Calhoun, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty, and Washington Counties 

                The Career Fair provides opportunities for students to interact with representatives from different career fields to explore career and educational opportunities beyond high school.

                For information, contact Alice Pendergrass at 850-718-2270 or email pendergrassa@chipola.edu

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November 8, 2013

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CLEVELAND IS TOP CHIPOLA EMPLOYEE—Dr. Lou Cleveland has been named the Chipola College Faculty/Administrator/Other Professional of the month for November.  Dr. Cleveland serves as the Dean of the School of Education.  Here, senior vice president Dr. Sarah Clemmons (left) presents the award to Dr. Cleveland.

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November 8, 2013

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CHIPOLA ATHLETES PLAY MIRACLE DOUBLE-HEADER--More than two dozen Chipola College student-athletes participated in a Miracle League double-header at the Rotary Miracle Field at Westgate Park in Dothan on Nov. 4. Chipola baseball and softball players and cheerleaders partnered with special kids for the two games. Chipola Athletic Director Dr. Steve Givens and Assistant Athletic Director Joc Calloway also attended. The Rotary Miracle Field Foundation was formed to provide assistance to children and adults with disabilities, primarily through the development and maintenance of the Miracle Field and Miracle League. 

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November 8, 2013

CHIPOLA SOFTBALL 5K AND FUN RUN IS NOV. 16

                MARIANNA—Chipola Softball will host their second annual Show Your Indian Spirit 5K and One-Mile Kids Fun Run, Saturday, Nov. 16.

                Registration begins at 7 a.m. at the Chipola Softball Complex. The 5K race starts at 8 a.m. with the one mile Fun Run at 9 a.m.

                Entry fee for the 5K is $20 for pre-registration by Nov. 15 and $25 on race day. The Kids run is $10 in advance or $15 on site.

                For information, contact Kelly Brookins, Chipola Assistant Softball Coach, at (850)718-2468. Information is available on Facebook at Chipola College Softball 5K/ Fun Run.

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November 8, 2013

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INDIANS WIN SEASON OPENER; HOST TWO NOV. 15-16

                MARIANNA—The Chipola Indians opened the season with 92-89 win over East Georgia State College Nov. 1 in the Johnson Center.

                The Indians fell behind 20 points early in the first half, but pulled to with four at the break (45-41).  Torian Graham led Chipola with 34 points. Carlos Morris had 21. Sam Cassell, Jr., scored 18 with 5 assists and 5 steals. Jamaar McKay added 10.

                “It was just a good, hard-fought win,” Indians coach Patrick Blake said after the game. “We kind of struggled finding a rhythm and finding our identity early, but we switched things up and went to a full court press and were able to get some easy buckets in transition and cut into their lead and that gave us some momentum.”

           “It was a big win, but we’re still growing as a team and still figuring out who we are,” Blake said. “But I was really happy with our energy and our effort and our ability to overcome such a large deficit in the first half.”

                The Chipola men’s next home games are Nov. 15, when they host Snead State at 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 16, against Darton at 6 p.m.

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November 14, 2013

TICKES ON SALE FOR CHIPOLA’S ‘1940’S RADIO HOUR’

            MARIANNA—Tickets go on sale Nov. 21 for the Chipola College Theatre production of “The 1940’s Radio Hour,” which runs Dec. 5-8.  

                Tickets—$8 for adults and $6 for 18 and under—are available online at www.chipola.edu Tickets also are available at the Center for the Arts Box Office 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to noon on Friday.

            “The 1940’s Radio Hour” depicts the final holiday broadcast of the Manhattan Variety Cavalcade on a New York radio station in December 1942. The show is full of 1940’s music, dancing and old-time sound effects. Hits include: "That Old Black Magic," "Ain't She Sweet," "Blue Moon," "Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy," and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.

                Chipola Theater director Charles Sirmon cast local actors in the show, including: Dakota Ball as Clifton Feddington, Dale Heidebrecht as Zoot Doubleman, Chris Manasco as Pops Baily, Deondre Davis as Wally Fergusson, Nick Cessna as Lou Cohn, Colton Day as Johnny Cantone, Lindsey Whatley as Ginger Brooks, Kate Burke as Connie Miller, Seth Alderman as B.J. Gibson, Odra Chapman as Ann Collier, Patria Clark as Geneva Lee Browne, Dylan Bass as Biff Baker and Elyn Sapp as Rosie. Shayli Tharp, Meredith Saunders and Victoria Taylor will play the WOV girls.

            The show runs Dec. 4, 5, 6, 7 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m.

            A “Sneak Peek Dinner Theatre,” preview is set for Tuesday, Dec. 3.  The event will include a steak dinner and dress-rehearsal preview of the show. Tickets are $25 per person. For Sneak Peek tickets, call Evelyn Ward at 718-2257 or Lillie Hamil at 718-2375. 

            Theatre fans also are invited to join the Applauding Chipola Theatre (ACT) VIP fund, which guarantees the best seats for all shows. The ACT Fund offers five levels of membership including Sponsor, Patron, Benefactor, Angel and Corporate Angel with VIP seating available at all levels. A portion of ACT memberships is tax-deductible.

            Tickets may be purchased online at www.chipola.edu or by calling 850-718-2420.

 

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TICKES ON SALE FOR CHIPOLA’S ‘1940’S RADIO HOUR’—Tickets go on sale Nov. 21 for the Chipola College Theatre production of “The 1940’s Radio Hour,” which runs Dec. 5-8.  Cast members are, from left, are: (front) Victoria Taylor, Shayli Tharp, Meredith Saunders (middle row) Lindsey Wheatley, Odra Chapman, Deondre Davis, Patrea Clark, Kate Burke, (back) Seth Alderman, Dylan Bass, Kody Ball, Chris Manasco, Elyn Sapp, Nick Cessna and Colton Day.

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November 14, 2013

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CHIPOLA LAUNCHES NEW WELDING PROGRAM

                MARIANNA— Chipola College is now accepting students for a new welding program which begins in Jan. 7, 2014.

                The program is 1,170 clock-hours which can be completed in approximately one year.  Classes will meet Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Financial aid is available for those who qualify with special consideration for veterans. Prospective welding students must earn a minimum score on the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE).

                New Chipola welding instructor Patrick Kennedy, says, “The job outlook is very good in the area and especially for those willing to travel or relocate.  Starting pay for pipe welders in ship-building is $20 per hour and higher. Local manufacturing plants offer $14-$18 per hour. Pay goes up substantially for construction welders who are willing to travel.”

                Eastern Ship Builders in Panama City hires numerous welders and is expected to expand their operation in the near future. Other local employers include Rolls Right Trailers and Anderson Columbia in Marianna. Welding jobs also are available in Tallahassee, Panama City, Jacksonville, Dothan and Mobile, Alabama.

                Instructor Kennedy holds multiple certifications as a Pipe Welder and is a Certified Welding Inspector. He has worked in the nuclear power and gas pipeline industry as a welder and inspector for more than 20 years. A native of Montgomery, Alabama, Kennedy has called Panama City home since 2000. He also has taught welding at Trenholm State Technical College in Montgomery.

                Kennedy said, “While taking welding in high school, my instructor told me that a good welder would never be out of work unless he wanted to be. So far this has been true and that is my firsthand experience.”

                Chipola’s welding program is made possible through a grant awarded to the Alabama/Florida Technical Employment Network (AF-TEN). Chipola, L. B. Wallace, Northwest Florida State, Pensacola State, and Wallace Community College formed the consortium that was awarded $10 million in a Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant. The purpose of the grant is to support colleges that provide training for advanced manufacturing jobs. Each college shares a portion of the grant to implement a mobile welding technology program on their campus.

                "We are excited about the opportunities this new welding program will provide for the citizens in our district,” said Dr. Jason Hurst, Executive Vice-President of Chipola College. “Welding is a targeted occupation that offers high wages and excellent benefits for trained welders."

                The Chipola project will utilize state-of-the-art welding equipment, hybrid learning, mobile welding units, simulation technologies, and open education resources to expand learning opportunities, especially in rural areas.

                Byron Ward, Chipola Welding Career Coach, says, “Workforce Florida projects annual growth of 13,500 jobs in advanced manufacturing and construction, with 75% requiring postsecondary training. The Alabama Department of Industrial Relations (ADIR) lists welding among Alabama’s “Hot 40 Jobs” with expected annual growth of more than 2% through 2018.”

                For information about Chipola’s Welding program, call 850-718-2270, or visit www.chipola.edu

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November 14, 2013

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CHIPOLA BRAIN BOWL WINS SIXTH STRAIGHT DELTA BURKE TOURNAMENT

                ORLANDO—The Chipola Brain Bowl team finished the Fall season by winning the 2013 Delta Burke Invitational at Valencia College in Orlando, Nov. 9. Chipola has won the Delta Burke Invitational six years in a row.

                The tournament included 30 teams, including most of the community colleges in Florida, along with the University of Central Florida and Mercer College.

                Chipola defeated Broward College 380-145 in the final match to claim the title. Broward upset Valencia in the finals, 300-225.  

                The Chipola team finished the tournament undefeated, winning all 12 matches, averaging 465 points per games, with an average margin of victory of 406.7 points.

                Chipola Blue team members are:  William Singleton, Wesley Chevillot, Jacob Leff and Rebecca Delgado. Leff finished second in overall scoring. Singleton finished 12th overall.

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

                The Chipola team also had an impressive showing ago at ACF Fall held recently at Georgia Tech. Competing as the only community college in the field, Chipola finished with a 6-4 record, with wins over South Carolina, Auburn A, Auburn B, College of Charleston and Dunwoody. Chipola’s losses came against Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt and Georgia.  Chipola finished 9th overall at ACF Fall.

                The team’s next match is in late January in the NAQT Florida Sectionals.

                Team and individual statistics for both tournaments are available at: http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/1911/stats/combined/standings/ and http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/1662/stats/combined/

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November 14, 2013

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CHIPOLA NURSING AT CANCER SYMPOSIUM—Chipola College Nursing students and faculty participated in the 10th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Symposium on Oct. 17.  Pictured from left, are: Shanna May, Patient Simulation Coordinator; Courtney Rogers, Donia Lanier, Anna Acuff, Gladys Pratt, Brenda Killings, Taylor Johnson, Tanya Green, Amy Sampson, Nursing Faculty; Cheri Webb, Salem Acuff, Brianna Johnson, Pasley Whitfield, Justin Bagomolny and Kaley Register.

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November 14, 2013

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                MARIANNA—Original works by Chipola College art students is now on display at Chipola College in the Art Gallery of the Violet McLendon Fine Arts Building located on Indian Circle.

            The exhibit is open to the public for viewing on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Nov. 18 through Dec. 2.

            The student show represents the work of students in instructor Chuck Carbia’s Drawing I course with an emphasis in Collage Drawings and Tonal Studies. The exhibit also features work created in instructor Kelly Boehmer’s courses in Crafts I, Color Pictorial Composition and Introduction to Two-Dimensional Design.

            For information, call 718-2277.

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Student Art work on display at chipolaOriginal works by Chipola College art students is now on display at Chipola College in the Art Gallery of the Violet McLendon Fine Arts Building located on Indian Circle. Art students Morgan Cook of Marianna and Chris Rockwell of Bonifay. For information, call 718-2277. ####

 

November 14, 2013

FIRST GENERATION SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE AT CHIPOLA

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Foundation is accepting applications for the First Generation in College Scholarship for the Spring 2014 semester.  Approximately six partial scholarships will be awarded.

                Completed applications must be received in the Foundation office by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4.

                Students must have applied for Federal Pell Grant (FAFSA) and have been determined to be Pell eligible and still have an unmet financial need in order to apply for the First Generation Scholarship.   

                The need-based scholarship is available to Florida residents who enroll as undergraduate, degree-seeking students for a minimum of six hours per term.  Students must meet the eligibility requirements for demonstrated financial need and must come from a family where neither parent has completed a bachelor’s degree.  If the student regularly resides with only one parent who provides support, that one parent must not have completed a bachelor’s degree for the student to be eligible. 

                Students must submit an application—available in the Foundation Office—with all required items outlined on the application by Dec. 4. 

                For information, call 850-718-2404.

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November 14, 2013

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CHIPOLA STUDENT-ATHLETES SIGN WITH MAJOR UNIVERSITIES

                MARIANNA—Chipola College Athletics hosted a signing ceremony for several student-athletes, on Wednesday.

                The following Men’s Basketball players signed with these colleges:

Cinmeon Bowers – Florida State University

Sam Cassell, Jr. – University of Connecticut

Carlos Morris – University of Minnesota

Demetrious Floyd – Stephen F. Austin

                The following men’s Baseball players signed with the following colleges:

Michael Mader – Florida State University

Taylor Lewis – University of Florida

Ian Rice – University of Houston

                Chipola has a great tradition in athletics and academic success. Most players move on to four year colleges and several sign professional contracts.

                The Chipola baseball team finished third in the 2013 State Tournament.  The Indians have played in the national tourney three times in the last six years including a National Championship in 2007. In 17 seasons at the helm, Chipola head coach Jeff Johnson has lead the Indians to the state tournament 14 times with seven appearances in the title game.  Johnson has had over 150 players move on to four year universities and professional baseball.

                Head men’s coach Patrick Blake is entering into his second season, coming off a 26-5 record. Blake’s first recruiting class last year, produced 3 Panhandle All-Conference selections, and now boasts 5 of the Nation’s Top 40 players, with the #1 and #4 ranked players overall. With 4 starters returning and the addition of another stellar recruiting class, the Indians are poised to compete for a Panhandle Championship.

Blake’s proudest accomplishment, since taking over as Head Coach, is the Indians’ improved performance in the classroom and in the community. The Indians’ have a team GPA of over 3.0, and this summer, saw the largest turnout for Chipola’s Basketball Camp, with over 40 campers in attendance.

                In the last two years, more than 31 student-athletes from all five sports and cheerleaders made the State Academic Team.  Five were recognized nationally for academic achievement.

                Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough says, “We have a rich tradition of success in athletics. But I am even more proud of the success that our coaches have had in preparing student-athletes to move on to the next level.”

                Chipola competes in five intercollegiate sports—baseball, men’s and women’s basketball and women’s cross country.

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November 14, 2013

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TOP-RANKED INDIANS HOST CHIPOLA CLASSIC NOV. 15-16

                MARIANNA—The top-ranked Chipola Indians host the Chipola Classic Nov. 15-16. Games begin Friday with Atlanta Metro vs. Darton (GA) at 5:30 p.m. Chipola plays Snead State (AL) in the 7:30 p.m. game.

                On Saturday, Snead State plays Atlanta Metro at 4 p.m. Chipola plays Darton at 6 p.m.

Both Chipola basketball teams are ranked first in the latest FCSAA polls. The Indians, ranked No. 7 in the NJCAA national poll, moved up from second to the top spot in state poll after previous No. 1 and defending state and national champion Central Florida lost to USC-Salkehatchie 92-89 on Nov. 9. Northwest (4-0) is No. 2, with Panhandle teams Tallahassee (4-0), Pensacola State (2-1), and Gulf Coast State (3-1) coming in at No. 4, 6, and 10 in the poll.

                Chipola moved to 3-0 over the weekend with road wins over Atlanta Metro 83-57 and Georgia Perimeter 88-81. The Indians opened the season with hard-fought 92-89 win over East Georgia State College Nov. 1. Torian Graham led Chipola with 34 points. Carlos Morris had 21. Sam Cassell, Jr., scored 18 with 5 assists and 5 steals. Jamaar McKay added 10. The Indians fell behind 20 points early in the first half, but pulled to with four at the break (45-41).  Indians coach Patrick Blake said, “It was a big win, but we’re still growing as a team and still figuring out who we are. I was really happy with our energy and our effort and our ability to overcome such a large deficit in the first half.”

                Three Indians signed with major universities at an early-signing ceremony Nov. 13 at the college. Cinmeon Bowers signed with Florida State University. Sam Cassell, Jr. will join the University of Connecticut (UCONN). Carlos Morris will play at the University of Minnesota, and Demetrious Floyd signed with Stephen F. Austin State University (TX).

 

                The Lady Indians opened the season atop the FCSAA poll and stayed there thanks to three straight wins in the Girls Basketball Report Classic, Nov. 7-9. Chipola knocked off Eastern Florida State 93-34, South Georgia Tech 68-45, and Broward 86-40 to move to 3-0 on the year.

                Chipola hosts the Panhandle Classic Dec. 6-7. Gulf Coast, Northwest and Tallahassee will be in action with games at noon, 2, 4, 6 and 8. The Indians play at 8 p.m. both nights.

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November 14, 2013

CHIPOLA TO HOST THREE MARIANNA VS. MALONE GAMES

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will host three Marianna vs. Malone basketball games, Tuesday, Nov. 26, in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center. The lineup includes: 4 p.m., JV Boys; 5:30 p.m., Girls Varsity and 7 p.m. Boys Varsity. Admission is $5. Doors open at 3 p.m.

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November 18, 2013

REGIONAL CAREER FAIR IS TUESDAY, NOV. 19

MARIANNA—Thousands of area high school students are expected to attend the Annual Regional Career Fair Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., at Eastside Baptist Church located at 4785 Highway 90 in Marianna.

The Career Fair is a one-day event for 9th, 11th, and 12th grade and local private school students. The Fair is sponsored by Washington-Holmes Technical Center, Chipola College and the counties of Calhoun, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty, and Washington Counties 

The Career Fair provides opportunities for students to interact with representatives from different career fields to explore career and educational opportunities beyond high school.

For information, contact Alice Pendergrass at 850-718-2270 or email pendergrassa@chipola.edu. 

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November 21, 2013

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CHIPOLA COLLEGE PRESIDENT TO RETIRE IN MARCH

                MARIANNA—After 42 years in education, Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough has decided to retire. He presented his retirement letter to the college District Board of Trustees at the Nov. 19 board meeting. 

                In a letter to the board, Prough said, “It is with great excitement and sadness that I announce my retirement effective March 31, 2014.  Thank you for helping me in making a difference in the lives of our people through education.  What a privilege and honor it has been to work with such a special group of folks; faculty, staff, board members, and students. I feel like it is now time to see my grandchildren grow and to be with my wife and children, catch some fish, enjoy the woods, hunting, and traveling around some.  Chipola College has been my life for the past two decades. I will forever be an ambassador for Chipola and will always be willing to do anything I can to help the college.”

                During his tenure at the college, Prough led several changes, including the college’s name from Chipola Junior College to Chipola College in order to begin offering bachelor’s degrees in 2002. Chipola and Miami Dade were the second and third Florida community colleges authorized to offer bachelor’s degrees; St. Pete College was the first. Chipola offered the first Bachelor's degree classes in 2004 with degrees in Secondary Education with majors in Mathematics and Science. Elementary Education, Exceptional Student Education and English Education are now part of the curriculum.

                Since 2006, dozens teachers have graduated from Chipola to begin careers in area schools. The Education program has nearly a 100% placement rate. Chipola offers the Associate in Arts (AA) Degree, the Associate in Science (AS) Degree and Workforce Education programs, and ten bachelor’s degrees in education, business and nursing.

                Prough, a 1968 graduate of Chipola, became the college’s ninth president in October of 2002. He served as executive vice president of the college from 1997 to 2002. He also served as interim president in 1994-95. Prough first came to Chipola as Director of Vocational Education in 1994.

                During his time as president and executive vice-president, Dr. Prough has provided leadership that enabled the college to obtain more than $30 million in building projects and more than $20 million in federal and state grants. The college’s $16 million Center for the Arts which opened in September, 2012, was the largest building project in the history of the college. A special Box section in the Center is designated the President’s Box in honor of Dr. Prough’s support of the project. A new Student Services building was completed in 2005. A new entrance road to the college—Prough Drive—opened in 2011.

                Under Prough’s leadership, the Chipola College Foundation has grown from $2 million to more than $16 million. Endowments and scholarships in the foundation provide as much as $1 million annually in direct aid to students. 

 Prough and his wife, Priscilla, also a Chipola graduate, live in Chipley. Both of their children and two of their grandchildren are Chipola alumni.

 Prough said he will work until March of 2014 in order to give the board and college officials time to prepare for the transition.  The board has the responsibility of hiring a new president.   Four board members—chair Gary Clark, Gina Stuart, Danny Ryals and Tommy Lassman— volunteered to serve on an internal search committee. They will meet to evaluate internal candidates Monday, Dec. 9, at noon, at the college Administration Building (A-192). A special called meeting of the full Board of Trustees is set for Dec. 12, at 5:30 p.m., in the Public Service Building Board room.  According to board attorney Jeff Goodman, the board has three options: name a president; name an acting president; or form a larger search committee to solicit applications from outside the college.

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November 21,2013

TICKES ON SALE FOR CHIPOLA’S ‘1940’S RADIO HOUR’

                MARIANNA—Tickets are now on sale for the Chipola College Theatre production of “The 1940’s Radio Hour,” which runs Dec. 5-8.  

                Tickets—$8 for adults and $6 for 18 and under—are available online at www.chipola.edu Tickets also are available at the Center for the Arts Box Office 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to noon on Friday.

                “The 1940’s Radio Hour” depicts the final holiday broadcast of the Manhattan Variety Cavalcade on a New York radio station in December 1942. The show is full of 1940’s music, dancing and old-time sound effects. Hits include: "That Old Black Magic," "Ain't She Sweet," "Blue Moon," "Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy," and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.

                Chipola Theater director Charles Sirmon cast local actors in the show, including: Dakota Ball as Clifton Feddington, Dale Heidebrecht as Zoot Doubleman, Chris Manasco as Pops Baily, Deondre Davis as Wally Fergusson, Nick Cessna as Lou Cohn, Colton Day as Johnny Cantone, Lindsey Whatley as Ginger Brooks, Kate Burke as Connie Miller, Seth Alderman as B.J. Gibson, Odra Chapman as Ann Collier, Patria Clark as Geneva Lee Browne, Dylan Bass as Biff Baker and Elyn Sapp as Rosie. Shayli Tharp, Meredith Saunders and Victoria Taylor will play the WOV girls.

                The show runs Dec. 5, 6, 7 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m.

                A “Sneak Peek Dinner Theatre,” preview is set for Tuesday, Dec. 3.  The event will include a steak dinner and dress-rehearsal preview of the show. Tickets are $25 per person. For Sneak Peek tickets, call Evelyn Ward at 718-2257 or Lillie Hamil at 718-2375. 

                Theatre fans also are invited to join the Applauding Chipola Theatre (ACT) VIP fund, which guarantees the best seats for all shows. The ACT Fund offers five levels of membership including Sponsor, Patron, Benefactor, Angel and Corporate Angel with VIP seating available at all levels. A portion of ACT memberships is tax-deductible.

                Tickets may be purchased online at www.chipola.edu or by calling 850-718-2420.

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TICKES ON SALE FOR CHIPOLA’S ‘1940’S RADIO HOUR’—Tickets are now on sale for the Chipola College Theatre production of “The 1940’s Radio Hour,” which runs Dec. 5-8.  Pictured from left, are:  Lindsey Wheatley, Deondre Davis, Seth Alderman and Kate Burke,

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November 21, 2013

 Take Stock In Children Awards nine Scholarship Contracts

                CHIPLEY—The Take Stock In Children (TSIC) college tuition scholarship program presented contracts to 9 new recipients in grades 8, 9 and 10 for a scholarship when they graduate from high school. 

                Presentations were made during the annual Washington County TSIC Mentor Appreciation Dinner that also included an introduction to the new regional TSIC organization, which will directly support and coordinate five counties through Chipola College.

                Students recognized along with their mentor and the scholarship sponsors were: Maylin Brock, 8th Grader Vernon MS; Mentor: Elizabeth English, Scholarship Sponsor: Sybil and Bill Webb. Kallee Chamberlain, 9th Grade Chipley HS; Mentor: Tracy Sullivan; Scholarship Sponsor: Jeanne and Fred Lavender. Selena Davis, 10th Grade Chipley HS; Mentor: Cindy Brown; Scholarship Sponsor: PeoplesSouth Bank. Colby James, 9th Grade Chipley HS; Mentor: Curtis Carter; Scholarship Sponsor: Capital City Bank. Aleya Louderback, 8th Grade Roulhac MS; Mentor: Laura Joiner; Scholarship Sponsor: OneSouth Bank. Jamar Massaline, 8th Grade Vernon MS; Mentor: Mitchell Brown; Scholarship Sponsor: Bingo King. Darrius Peterson, 10th Grade Vernon HS; Mentor: Milton Brown; Scholarship Sponsor: Florida TSIC. Ina Robinson, 9th Grade Chipley HS; Mentor: Arion DeForge; Scholarship Sponsor: Townsend Building Supply. Dalton Webb, 8th Grade Vernon MS; Mentor: Jerry Tyre; Scholarship Sponsor: Judy and David Solger.

                To obtain the TSIC scholarship, a student must be in grades 8 – 10, sign a contract to meet certain standards until high school graduation, and have family support. Parents/guardians also sign a contract to support their student.  Family income must meet certain requirements at the time of qualification.  TSIC allocates more scholarships to grades 8 – 10 so the students will have more years in the program prior to high school graduation. 

                Several factors of the TSIC program set it apart from other scholarship programs. The age range for qualification and the appointment of an adult mentor to coordinate with the student on a frequent basis throughout the school year offer long range support for the recipients.   Additionally, a written contract requiring the student to maintain average or above grades, stay away from drugs and alcohol, and generally be a good citizen and active in school and community events outside the classroom helps guide the student down a path for success.

                Special honoree of the evening was Jeanne Lavender as Washington County “Mentor of the Year,” a new award created this year.  She and her husband, the late Dr. Fred Lavender, have supported the TSIC program since it started in Washington County, both as scholarship donors and mentors.  Over the years, Mrs. Lavender has mentored 5 students, including one of the first four in the program.  She is currently mentoring a student at CHS and is a source of inspiration to other mentors throughout the county.   The award and recognition recognizes the contributions of Jeanne and Fred Lavender to the TSIC program in Washington County.  Mrs. Lavender was accompanied to the dinner by daughters Jane and Mary.

                The number of scholarship contracts to be awarded varies from year-to-year based upon the donations from Washington County businesses and individuals, as well as from matching state dollars. Since starting in 2004, the Washington TSIC has raised over $450,000, which excludes the state-level match and brings the total value of scholarships to approximately $900,000.   Since starting, the Washington County TSIC celebrates 9 College graduates with some pursuing advanced degrees, 51 students in college or technical programs and 36 students working towards high school graduation and a scholarship.             

                The generosity of Washington County residents and businesses has had a significant impact on 96 young lives helping them to become productive adult citizens.

                As part of a state-wide restructuring effort, the TSIC program is now organized regionally.  Chipola College is the regional coordinator for Washington, Jackson, Holmes, Calhoun, and Liberty counties, and Mary Helen Smith at Chipola is the TSIC Program Manager who works directly with the county sponsored organizations and school boards.  In all regional counties except Washington, the sponsor entity is the school board, but the TSIC program here is operated by the Washington County Scholarship Foundation, Inc. (WCSF), a private foundation that holds federal and state income tax exemption with charitable organization registration. 

                Smith explained how the contracts set standards with the goal of TSIC to help students achieve a 4-year or technical degree and future career. When students enroll at Chipola for their initial 2-years at college, TSIC is on the campus and will continue to support the students.

                Also making a presentation at the dinner was State Rep. Marti Coley speaking in her role as an employee and representative of Chipola. She discussed the responsibilities of Chipola and WCSF and how those functions will be integrated into the regional program.  Coley complimented WCSF on its remarkable achievements with the TSIC program and noted that changes in the program to increase support with fulltime staffing would not change the function of the local organization.

                All Washington County schools with TSIC students were represented at the dinner by principals and guidance counselors.  Washington County School Superintendent Joe Taylor and School Board Members Susan Roberts and Milton Brown also attended.  WCSF has had a great relationship with the School District over the years and is certain the team effort that is already in-place with WCSF, the School District, and Chipola College will continue to expand the program in Washington County.

                For more information about the program to volunteer or to make a donation, contact David Solger, at 638-1276 or Mary Helen Smith at (850) 718-2428. You can also visit www.takestockinchildren.org or find us on Facebook, Take Stock in Children-Chipola College. 

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Jamar Massaline

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Jamar Massaline

From left: Laura Joiner (WCEF Secretary) , Katrena Randolph (mother), Jamar Massaline (student), Mitchell Brown (mentor), Mary Helen Smith, TSIC program manager. 

 

Darrius Peterson

Darrius Peterson

From left: Laura Joiner (WCEF Secretary) Darrius Peterson (student), Milton Brown (Mentor and School Board Member), Mary Helen Smith, TSIC program manager. 

 

Gary Hartman

Jeanne Lavender

From left: Jeanne Lavender receives Mentor of the Year award from Gary Hartman (Mentor Coordinator for Washington County.

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November 21, 2013

Career fair Mackenzie

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CAREER FAIR—MacKenzie May (right) a Sneads High senior visits with Cosmetology instructor Paige Vanderwerf (left) at the Regional Career Fair Nov. 19 at Eastside Baptist Church Thousands of area high school interacted with representatives from different career fields to explore career and educational opportunities beyond high school. The Fair is sponsored by Chipola College, Washington-Holmes Technical Center and the counties of Calhoun, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty and Washington.

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November 21, 2013

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INDIANS TO HOST PANHANDLE CLASSIC

                MARIANNA—Chipola hosts the Panhandle Classic Dec. 6-7. The event is sponsored by the Jackson County Tourist Development Council.

                Friday, Dec. 6, games include: noon, Gulf Coast vs. Baton Rouge; 2 p.m., Tallahassee vs. State College Florida; 4 p.m. NW Florida vs. Brunswick and 6 p.m., Chipola vs. Santa Fe. Saturday games are: noon, Tallahassee vs. Baton Rouge; 2 p.m. Gulf Coast vs. Santa Fe; 4 p.m., NW Florida vs. State College Florida; and 6 p.m. Chipola vs. Brunswick.

                Chipola improved to 5-0 the weekend of Nov. 15-16 with wins over Snead State and Darton. The Indians had it on cruise control in a 77-37 victory over Snead State.   Jose Jimenez made four triples on the night and led the Indians with 16 points, while Cinmeon Bowers scored 13 of his 14 points in the second half. Four other Chipola players were in double figures: Malone’s Ty Baker, Demetrious Floyd, and Dont’e Reynolds all scoring 11 points, and Jamaar McKay adding 10.

                Chipola trounced Darton 107-66 on Nov. 16. Sam Cassell, Jr., led the Indians with 19 and 5 assists. Carlos Morris had 16. Alpha Ndaw had 15. Donte Reynolds and Jose Jiminez scored 11 each.

                The Indians scored wins over Atlanta Metro 83-57 and Georgia Perimeter 88-81, Nov. 8-9.

                Chipola opened the season with hard-fought 92-89 win over defending Georgia State Champion East Georgia State College on Nov. 1. Torian Graham led Chipola with 34 points. Carlos Morris had 21. Sam Cassell, Jr., scored 18 with 5 assists and 5 steals. Jamaar McKay added 10. 

                Both Chipola basketball teams were ranked first in the Florida FCSAA polls in November. The Indians were ranked No. 7 in the NJCAA national poll, while the Lady Indians were ranked No. 4. The Lady Indians, (5-0) as of Nov. 21, are on the road until conference season in January.

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