November 5, 2015

CHIPOLA’S ‘‘CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF” OPENS NOV. 5

 

MARIANNA—Tickets are on sale for the Chipola College Theater production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof which runs Nov. 5-8.  The show plays nightly, Nov. 5-7, at 7 p.m., with a 2 p.m., Sunday matinee on Nov. 8.

Tickets are available online or in person at the CFA Box Office, Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Fridays, 9 a.m. to noon.  Tickets will also be available at the Box Office one hour before each show.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for 18 and under. Chipola students and employees get one free ticket in advance with a college ID.

Chipola Director Charles Sirmon cast actors in the following roles: Tra’Varous Boyd as Lacey, Sarah Liffick as Sookey, Shayli Tharp as Margaret, Jared Standiford as Brick, Odra Chapaman as Mae, Chris Manasco as Gooper, Elyn Sapp as Big Mama, Catherine Lewis as Dixie, Conner Bush as Buster, Kodibeth Bates as Trixie, Josiah Brooks as Big Daddy, Austin Spears as Rev. Tooker and Patrick Mathis as Dr. Baugh. Party Guests and Domestic Help include: Saylor Novonlosky, Lindsay Miller, Chloe Gilbert and Katelyn Cannady.

Set in a Mississippi Delta plantation home, the Tennessee Williams play examines the relationships among members of Big Daddy Pollitt’s family. Brick, an alcoholic ex-football player, drinks his days away and resists the affections of his wife, Maggie “the Cat.”  His reunion with his father, Big Daddy, who is dying of cancer, jogs a host of memories and revelations for both father and son. The Pulitzer Prize-winning drama examines greed, superficiality, deception, desire, repression and death. The production contains mature content and is not recommended for children under 12.

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

 

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Cat On A Hot Tin Roof Runs Nov 5-8 11-5-15

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CHIPOLA’S ‘‘CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF” NOV. 5-8— Shayli Tharp as Margaret and Jared Standiford as Brick perform a scene in the Chipola College Theater production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. The show plays nightly, Nov. 5-7, at 7 p.m., with a 2 p.m., Sunday matinee, Nov. 8. Tickets are available online or in person at the CFA Box Office, and one hour before each show. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for 18 and under. Chipola students and employees get one free ticket in advance with a college ID. For information, call 850-718-2277 or visit www.chipola.edu/boxoffice.

 

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November 5, 2015

Stan Young 11-5-15

CHIPOLA’S Stan Young TO JOIN FCSAA Hall of Fame

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College Brain Bowl Coach Stan Young will be inducted into the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) Hall of Fame on Nov. 13 in Orlando.

Young is an associate professor of mathematics at Chipola in Marianna, Florida. After teaching for 10 years in high school, Young joined the Chipola faculty in 2004, where he took over the duties as head Brain Bowl Coach. 

Under Young’s direction, the Chipola brain bowl teams won an unprecedented seven consecutive state championships from 2008-2014. The team won three consecutive NAQT community college national championships from 2011-2013 and were national runner-up three times. Young’s teams also have qualified for the NAQT Division II National Four-Year College championship six times. With notable wins over Harvard, MIT, University of Chicago, and Michigan, his Chipola teams finished 10th, 9th, and 7th in consecutive years at the four-year tournament. The 7th place finish was the second highest finish ever for a community college team.

Former Chipola student Mark Hodge, captain of the first state championship team in 2008, said, “The thing you have to realize about Mr. Young is that he completely revolutionized the way brain bowl is approached across the state.  Looking at matches strategically and focusing on player development, as opposed to just fielding a team made up of the highest GPAs you can find. These are the things that allow Chipola to not only compete with, but to dominate much larger schools from around the nation.  That all started with Mr. Young.”

Young said, “This is a great honor, but it is the people around me that made this possible. To be successful, you have to surround yourself with great people. I have the best assistant coach in the country in Dr. Robert Dunkle, and have been able to coach some of the finest students in our area.”

Young also has been selected by the student body to receive The Distinguished Service Award for Faculty in 2006-2007. His peers nominated him for the Kirkland Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2008, and for the Chipola College Faculty/Administrator Professional of the Year in 2014. Florida’s state brain bowl coaches selected Young as the FCSAA Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2011.

This year’s FCSAA Hall of Fame class includes: Dr. Marge Banocy-Payne, Forensics Division, Tallahassee Community College; Dr. Chuck Hall, Council of Presidents, Florida Gateway College; Rob Marino, Publications Division, College of Central Florida; Alex Mullineaux, Student Government Division (former student), Seminole State College; Clashous Witherspoon, Student Government Division, Florida State College at Jacksonville and Stan Young, Brain Bowl Division, Chipola College.

 

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November 5, 2015

CHIPOLA ENSEMBLES CONCERT IS NOV. 17

 

MARIANNA—The Chipola College music ensembles will present, “A Fall Celebration of Music Through the Ages” on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Center for the Arts.

The concert will feature a jazz ensemble, an antiphonal choir, vocal ensembles, and voices from throughout the community as they present a variety of music styles and eras.  

The Chipola Chorus will be joined by the Community Chorus featuring local voices from the area.  The choral ensembles are directed by vocal instructor, Dr. Christina Villaverde-Camara, who joined the Chipola faculty this fall.  Dr. Villaverde has an extensive career as a lyric soprano having performed with the Florida Grand Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera Birmingham and the National Opera of Costa Rica, among others.  She also has served on the faculties of Florida State University and Samford University. 

The Rock and Jazz Ensemble will perform a variety of jazz, swing, and popular music styles.  Improvisation is heavily featured and the element of uncertainty will keep the audience listening for what will happen next.  The Rock and Jazz Ensemble is under the direction of Richard DelaFuente.

This eclectic evening of music is free. For information, contact the Fine and Performing Arts Department at Chipola College at 850-718-2277.

 

 

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 Chorus 2 11-5-15

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CHIPOLA ENSEMBLES CONCERT IS NOV. 17—The Chipola College music ensembles will present, “A Fall Celebration of Music Through the Ages” on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Center for the Arts. Here, members of the Chamber Chorus rehearse a number. Pictured from left, are: Dr. Christina Villaverde-Camara, Dr. Josh Martin, Debb Graham, Angela Jackson, Daniel Clubb, Kaitlyn Miller and Emily Childress.

 

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November 5, 2015

CHIPOLA ARTIST SERIES GOES BLUEGRASS WITH BAREFOOT MOVEMENT

 

MARIANNA— The Chipola College Artist Series will present, “Barefoot Movement,” one of the most promising bands on the bluegrass scene, Thursday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m., in the Center for the Arts.

The music of the Nashville-based group is as down to earth as their intention for their audience: sit back, relax, take your shoes off, and stay a while. All the worries and frustrations of the world melt away as the charming four-piece acoustic band takes listeners back to a simpler place and time.

Barefoot Movement presents a variety of bluegrass from emotional ballads to rip-roaring barn-burners. Audiences can expect a collection of music that offers something for everyone. Learn more at www.barefoot-movement.com.

Season tickets—$60—are still available for the final three events in the series.  Season ticket holders also get a VIP pass to Meet the Artist receptions and early renewal privileges for next season.

Barefoot Movement tickets—$18 for adults and $10 for 18 and under—go on sale Nov. 2. Online tickets may be printed at home, or with an order confirmation, will-call tickets will be available at the box office the night of the show.  Box Office hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Fridays, 9 a.m. to noon.  The Box Office will be closed on all college holidays.

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

 

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November 5, 2015

ART AND SOUL EXHIBIT OPENS NOV. 19 AT CHIPOLA

 

MARIANNA—A Gallery Opening featuring the works of Marianna native Sharon Register is set for Thursday, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m., in the Chipola College Center for the Arts Gallery. The opening coincides with the Chipola Artist Series event, Barefoot Movement.

 At first encounter Sharon Register's exhibit, “Art and Soul,” undeniably evokes emotion. These are not hollow or fragile emotions she summons, but rather durable and rich emotions that have been tempered throughout a life fully lived.

Register was born with a rare eye condition that left her unable to see out of one eye. Thus her work is a grateful celebration of the visual spectrum that she never had the possibility to take for granted. She feels the power of the visual world as much as she sees it.

At its best Register's work graciously interrupts the frenzy of daily life with a furious stillness, a present and pervasive hush that demands calm amidst the hustle and bustle.

If her painting is the fruit of her soul, then the soil of that fruit is the American South.  Rust red Alabama clay and a good ole hometown gospel service play an equal part as artistic inspirations.

Indeed, Register not only sees in those buds of cotton that she paints the intrinsic beauty of that great Southern flower, but she also bears witness to a fundamental thread in the divine garment God has used in clothing the world.

Register lives in Franklin, Tennessee and in her studio there mines life’s most valuable experiences to produce artwork that in an artistic practice that is no less than prayer. Her studio is her spiritual haven and her painting a textured and visual history of her own faith.

The exhibit also will be available for viewing after the opening, Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., through Nov. 30.

For information about Register and her art, visit www.sharondavisregister.com.  For more information about the Center for the Arts Gallery exhibit and hours, call 718-2277.

 

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 Register Art Exhibit 11-5-15

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REGISTER’S ART AND SOUL EXHIBIT OPENS NOV. 19 AT CHIPOLA—A Gallery Opening featuring the works of the Marianna native Sharon Register is set for Thursday, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m., in the Chipola College Center for the Arts Gallery.  Register's exhibit, “Art and Soul,” graciously interrupts the frenzy of daily life with a furious stillness, a present and pervasive hush that demands calm amidst the hustle and bustle. The exhibit is open for viewing Monday-Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., through Nov. 30. Visit www.sharondavisregister.com or call 718-2277.

 

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November 5, 2015

First Commerce Flyer Nov 10 11-5-15

MONEY FOR PIZZA PERSONAL FINANCE SEMINAR IS NOV. 10

 

MARIANNA—Money for Pizza, a personal finance workshop for college students, is set for Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 1:30 p.m. (CST), in Jackson Hall of the Literature/Language Building Z.

The workshop is sponsored by First Commerce Credit Union and will be presented to Chipola TRiO Society students; however, all students, employees and interested persons are invited to attend.

The seminar will cover: managing money to make ends meet, budgeting, getting out of debt, understanding credit and paying for college. Everyone is welcome to attend the seminar. Refreshments will be served.

 

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November 5, 2015

REGIONAL CAREER FAIR IS NOV. 10

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College and Florida Panhandle Technical College, and the public school systems in Calhoun, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty and Washington Counties will sponsor the Annual Regional Career Fair, Tuesday, Nov. 10.

The one-day event, for grades 9-12 and local private school students, will be held in Marianna at Eastside Baptist Church on Highway 90 East.

The church will be open Monday, Nov. 9, from 1 to 4 p.m. CST for vendor registration and set-up. The church will reopen on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 7 a.m.

Students groups will tour the fair from 8 a.m. to noon. The Career Fair provides opportunities for students to interact with representatives from various career fields to gain a better understanding of career and educational choices.

For information, contact Janice Holley, by November 4, 2015, by phone 850-718-2484 or email holleyj@chipola.edu

 

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 November 5, 2015

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING SEMINAR SET AT CHIPOLA

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer a small business Seminar "Introduction to Federal Government Contracting," Friday, Nov. 20, from 9 to 11:30 a.m., in Room M-108 of the Chipola Business and Technology building (M).

Bob Reyes, Government Contracting Specialist, will offer valuable tips for those who would like to do business with the government. The seminar will offer strategies to grow sales by offering goods and services as a government contractor. 

The free seminar is sponsored by the Florida SBDC at UWF in Panama City. Pre-registration is recommended online at www.sbdc.uwf.edu by clicking Training Opportunities in Panama City.

For information, contact Katrina Griffin at 850-718-2441 or email griffink@chipola.edu.

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November 5, 2015

 Zombie Crawl 11-5-15

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CHIPOLA PBL ZOMBIE CRAWL—The Chipola College Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda business fraternity collected a large box of canned and boxed food for the Jackson County Back Pack for Kids at a recent Zombie Crawl.  PBL, along with the Science Club and the Black Student Union, provided zombie makeup, games, and photo opportunities to students who attended.  Cash prizes of $40, $30, and $20 were awarded to students sporting the best zombie faces/costumes. A Chipola Indian head carved by student Tamara Dourney won first prize in the jack-o-lantern contest.

 

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November 5, 2015

Chipola Men's Hoops 11-5-15

CHIPOLA TO HOST MILTON JOHNSON CLASSIC

 

MARIANNA— Both Chipola teams host the Milton Johnson Classic, Nov. 6-7. The classic is named for beloved Coach Milton Johnson. From 1961 to 1993, the late coach won 628 games and led the Indians to seven national tournaments. He retired with more than 800 wins. The Chipola gym is named for him and features a bronze statue of his likeness. The Panhandle Conference trophy also bears his name.

The Classic opens Friday, Nov. 6, with the Lady Indians vs. Georgia Highlands at 5 p.m., followed by the Indians vs. IMG Academy at 7 p.m. Northwest’s women play Florida State (Jax) at 1 p.m. Northwest’s men play Cape Fear at 3 p.m.

On Saturday, Nov. 7, the Lady Indians play Florida State (Jax) at 5 p.m., followed by the Indians vs. Cape Fear at 7 p.m. Northwest’s women play GA Highlands at 1:00 p.m. Northwest’s men play IMG at 3 p.m.  

The Chipola Indians are ranked sixth in the pre-season poll under new head coach Bret Campbell. “We are looking forward to hosting the Milton Johnson Classic this weekend,” says Campbell. “Fans will a have an opportunity to see four very talented teams. IMG has FSU commit (6’10) Jonathan Isaac, along with several other Division 1 prospects. Cape Fear returns 3 starters from last year’s National Tournament team. We also want to welcome reigning National Champions and preseason #1, Northwest Florida State, to Marianna.”

The Indians split a pair of road games on Oct. 30-31. Chipola scored a 79-76 win over Indian River on Oct. 30. Eric Turner led Chipola with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Cletrell Pope had 16 points and 8 rebounds. Junior Saintel scored 14 points. Patrick Rooks had 11.

Chipola fell to Broward 89-79 on Oct. 31. Rooks again led Chipola with 22 points. Cletrell Pope scored 13 and pulled down 11 rebounds. Antwain Johnson scored 13 points.  Mehdy Nqouama added 11 points.

The defending national champion Chipola Lady Indians proved why they are still the top-ranked team in the state and nation with a pair of convincing wins in the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Classic, Oct. 30-31.

Chipola trounced Pinellas County Job Corps 145-17 on Oct. 30. Chipola had 8 players in double figures led by transfer Cynthia Petke with 25 points and 14 rebounds.  Aisha Edwards had 20 points with 4 steals and 8 assists. Shaliaya Fluker had 17 points and 5 steals. Micah Norris had 15 points. Auteonna Gilmore had 14 points. Rosemarie Julien had 12 points and 6 steals. Raven Baker and Demi Skinner each scored 10. 

Chipola whipped Central Georgia Tech 93-48 on Oct. 31. Julien led the Lady Indians with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Petke had 13 points and 18 rebounds. Barbara Johnson scored 12. Gilmore had 11. Skinner and Norris both scored 10.

The Lady Indians finished the 2015-16 campaign by capturing the NJCAA National Championship. They also won back-to-back state and conference titles (2015 and 2014).

Chipola returns two starters from the national championship team—Auteonna Gilmore and Rosemarie Julien. Redshirt sophomore Micah Norris (5’11) will bring some much needed experience to the team. The Lady Indians also picked up sophomore Cynthia Petke, a (6’1) transfer from Hutchinson. She averaged 16 points and 11 rebounds for Hutch and has verbally committed to play at Georgetown next year.

For information, visit www.chipolaathletics.com.

 

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November 5,2015

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FSU’S HAMILTON VISITS CHIPOLA—FSU basketball coach Leonard Hamilton visited Marianna, Oct. 29, at an event co-hosted by the Chipola Appreciation Club and the Panhandle Seminole Club. Hamilton shared his outlook on the Seminoles’ upcoming 2016 Basketball Season.  Pictured from left, are: Chipola men’s basketball coach Bret Campbell, Chipola president Dr. Jason Hurst, Chipola athletic director Jeff Johnson, FSU coach Leonard Hamilton and Chipola women’s basketball coach Greg Franklin.

 

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November 10, 2015

Barefoot Movement Chipola Artist Series 10-12-15

 

BLUEGRASS BAND TO PERFORM FOR CHIPOLA ARTIST SERIES

 

MARIANNA— The Chipola College Artist Series will present, “Barefoot Movement,” one of the most promising bands on the bluegrass scene, Thursday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m., in the Center for the Arts.

The music of the Nashville-based group is as down to earth as their intention for their audience: sit back, relax, take your shoes off, and stay a while. All the worries and frustrations of the world melt away as the charming four-piece acoustic band takes listeners back to a simpler place and time.

Barefoot Movement presents a variety of bluegrass from emotional ballads to rip-roaring barn-burners. Audiences can expect a collection of music that offers something for everyone. Learn more at www.barefoot-movement.com.

Season tickets—$60—are still available for the final three events in the series.  Season ticket holders also get a VIP pass to Meet the Artist receptions and early renewal privileges for next season.

Barefoot Movement tickets—$18 for adults and $10 for 18 and under—go on sale Nov. 2. Online tickets may be printed at home, or with an order confirmation, will-call tickets will be available at the box office the night of the show.  Box Office hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Fridays, 9 a.m. to noon.  The Box Office will be closed on all college holidays.

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

 

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November 10, 2015

CHIPOLA SHOW CHOIR CHRISTMAS JAZZMATAZZ

 

MARIANNA—Tickets are now on sale for A Christmas Jazzmatazz. The show will be presented Thursday, Dec. 10 and Friday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m.

Chipola’s award-winning Show Choir will perform their annual concert in a beautiful holiday setting in the Center for the Arts.

Tickets—$10—may be purchased at the Chipola Box Office or online at www.chipola.edu/boxoffice beginning Nov. 16.

For information, contact the Box Office at 850-718-2420, or phone Show Choir Director Angie White at 850-718-2354.

 

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November 10, 2015

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING SEMINAR SET AT CHIPOLA

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer a small business Seminar "Introduction to Federal Government Contracting," Friday, Nov. 20, from 9 to 11:30 a.m., in Room M-108 of the Chipola Business and Technology building (M).

Bob Reyes, Government Contracting Specialist, will offer valuable tips for those who would like to do business with the government. The seminar will offer strategies to grow sales by offering goods and services as a government contractor. 

The free seminar is sponsored by the Florida SBDC at UWF in Panama City. Pre-registration is recommended online at www.sbdc.uwf.edu by clicking Training Opportunities in Panama City.

 For information, contact Katrina Griffin at 850-718-2441 or email griffink@chipola.edu.

 

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November 10, 2015

 

CHIPOLA ENSEMBLES CONCERT IS NOV. 17

 

MARIANNA—The Chipola College music ensembles will present, “A Fall Celebration of Music Through the Ages” on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Center for the Arts.

The concert will feature a jazz ensemble, an antiphonal choir, vocal ensembles, and voices from throughout the community as they present a variety of music styles and eras.  

The Chipola Chorus will be joined by the Community Chorus featuring local voices from the area.  The choral ensembles are directed by vocal instructor, Dr. Christina Villaverde-Camara, who joined the Chipola faculty this fall.  Dr. Villaverde has an extensive career as a lyric soprano having performed with the Florida Grand Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera Birmingham and the National Opera of Costa Rica, among others.  She also has served on the faculties of Florida State University and Samford University. 

The Rock and Jazz Ensemble will perform a variety of jazz, swing, and popular music styles.  Improvisation is heavily featured and the element of uncertainty will keep the audience listening for what will happen next.  The Rock and Jazz Ensemble is under the direction of Richard DelaFuente.

This eclectic evening of music is free. For information, contact the Fine and Performing Arts Department at Chipola College at 850-718-2277.

 

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November 10, 2015

 Chipola CNA Class 2 11-10-15

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CHIPOLA CNA GRADS—Nine students recently completed the Chipola College Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program.  Pictured from left, are: Juli Donofro, Ashley Locklear, H. Peach Winkler-Pierce, (back) Carolyn Fed, Misty Chambliss, Cameron Pringley, Dallas Hogans, Tabitha Worthington, Jewel Lyons and Tracy Speights-CNA Instructor.

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November 10, 2015

 Chipola Sneads Eng Tech Donation 11-10-15

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CHIPOLA HELPS SNEADS HIGH TECH PROGRAM—The Chipola College Engineering Technology program recently donated equipment to the Sneads High School Agriculture Operations Technology program. Chipola provided oscilloscopes, related electronic trainers and curriculum. Pictured from left, are: Darwin Gilmore, Chipola Dean of Workforce Development; Aubri Hanson, Chipola Engineering Technology instructor; John Shouse, Sneads High School principal; Zane Walden, Sneads High Agriculture Operations instructor; and Phyllis Daniels, Jackson County Director of Career and Technical Education. Through the Chipola Engineering Tech AS Degree program, college officials hope to provide pathways for high school students to achieve their career and technical goals.

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November 10, 2015

 Jacobs 11-10-15

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CHIPOLA TEACHER ED STUDENT ATTENDS FATE CONFERENCE—Jacob Reed of Bristol, a teacher candidate in the Secondary Mathematics Education program at Chipola College, recently attended the Florida Association of Teacher Educators conference in Gainesville. He is pictured here with Alvin Davis, 2012 Florida teacher of the year, who was one of the speakers. Reed is a senior and will be interning in a secondary mathematics classroom in the spring. He serves as a tutor in Chipola’s ACE lab and volunteers at Liberty County High. He also tutors outside the classroom in Liberty and Calhoun counties. The FATE conference provides teacher candidates opportunities to learn about teaching innovations and to collaborate with their future colleagues.

 

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November 10, 2015

 Presidents Ensemble 11-10-15

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CHIPOLA ENSEMBLE PERFORMS—The Chipola College President’s Ensemble presented the national anthem at a recent Veterans Day celebration attended by Congresswoman Gwen Graham.

 

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November 10, 2015

 Chipola Science Prescribed Burn 11-10-15

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CHIPOLA STUDENTS STUDY FIRE—Chipola College students enrolled in Environmental Science (EVR 1001) were introduced to several aspects of prescribed burning through an interactive lesson developed by Florida Caverns State Park Services Specialist Billy Bailey. Students observed the process of initiating a live fire for a controlled burn. 

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November 10, 2015

 SSS UF 11-10-15

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CHIPOLA SSS VISITS UF—Students in the Chipola College Student Support Services (SSS) program recently toured the University of Florida. In 2016, SSS students will visit Florida State University – Panama City and FAMU. In addition to campus tours, SSS provides workshops on transfer requirements and financial aid. SSS is a TRiO program funded by the U.S. Department of Education to assist first generation college students and others succeed academically in college. The SSS program is funded to serve 140 students.  Interested high school or Chipola students, should call 850-718-2417, or visit www.chipola.edu/SSS.

 

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November 10, 2015

 Womens Hoops 11-10-15

CHIPOLA TO HOST SOUTH GA TECH NOV. 18

 

MARIANNA— The Chipola Indians host South Georgia Tech in a pre-conference game Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m., in the Milton Johnson Center.

The Indians’ record stands at 2-2 after defeating Cape Fear 90-86 on Nov. 7. Antwain Johnson led Chipola with 29 points. Cletrell Pope had 16 points. Junior Saintel and Patrick Rooks scored 14 apiece. Eric Lockett added 11.

Chipola lost a close 84-78 game to IMG Academy on Nov. 6.  Pope led the Indians with 16 points. Johnson scored 13. Eric Turner added 11.

The Indians scored a 79-76 win over Indian River on Oct. 30. Chipola fell to Broward 89-79 on Oct. 31.

The defending national champion Chipola Lady Indians defeated Georgia Highlands 88-60 on Nov. 6.  The Lady Indians narrowly defeated Florida State (Jax) 59-58 on Nov. 7. Aisha Edwards led Chipola with 14. Sydnee McDonald had 12. Rosemarie Julien scored 11.

Chipola trounced Pinellas County Job Corps 145-17 on Oct. 30. Chipola had 8 players in double figures led by transfer Cynthia Petke with 25 points and 14 rebounds. 

Chipola whipped Central Georgia Tech 93-48 on Oct. 31. Julien led the Lady Indians with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Petke had 13 points and 18 rebounds.

The Lady Indians finished the 2015-16 campaign by capturing the NJCAA National Championship. They also won back-to-back state and conference titles (2015 and 2014).

For information, visit www.chipolaathletics.com.

 

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November 10, 2015

 

CHIPOLA ATHLETICS SIGNING CEREMONY WED., NOV. 11

 

Chipola College Athletics will hold a signing ceremony, Wednesday, Nov. 11, at noon, in the Milton Johnson Center Hospitality Room. Wednesday is National Signing Day.

The following Chipola players are expected to sign scholarships:

Women’s Basketball—Cynthia Petke, Georgetown University;

Men’s Basketball—Antwain Johnson, Middle Tennessee State University;

Men’s Baseball—Jay Estes, Auburn University; Landon Faulkner, University of Georgia; Reese Cooley, University of Miami.

For information, call 718-2398.

 

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November 19, 2015

Gardner Wins Faculty Of The Year11-19-15

CHIPOLA’S JOHN GARDNER IS FLORIDA PROFESSOR OF THE YEAR

 

LAKE BUENA VISTA—John Gardner, Chipola College Automotive Technology Instructor, was recently named Professor of the Year by the Association of Florida Colleges.

Thousands of teachers from all 28 colleges in the Florida College System were eligible to enter the competition. Gardner competed with two other finalists who each presented a lesson at the recent AFC Conference. Darwin Gilmore, Chipola Dean of Workforce Development, said, “John went head-to-head with two other excellent teachers. It was so impressive to see him practice his craft and earn this honor.”

When Gardner began teaching at Chipola, he had seven students. Some 16 years later, his classes are full and his automotive lessons reach millions of people each week.  Gardner says his “edutainment” teaching philosophy is the key to the success of his program. Edutainment includes content that is primarily educational but also has entertainment value. Gardner says edutainment helps engage learners, keep interest high, and deliver technical and complex information through multimedia techniques used in television. He incorporates learning modules, videos, and hands-on practice in all lesson plans to appeal to various learning styles.

After more than a decade in the Chipola classroom, Gardner shared some of his teaching videos on the web. This led to a partnership with Advance Auto Parts as co-star of the company’s Automotive Training Series along with fellow Chipola automotive instructor Chase Vlieg.  The short educational videos are viewed by thousands of Advance employees across the country.

Gardner says, “I want to thank everyone at the college and our Advisory committee for supporting our program.  I am very lucky to have so many friends who have helped me. Chase Vlieg has been my right hand man throughout this whole process.”

Exposure from the Advance deal led Gardner to a starring role in the new automotive how-to show, “Tech Garage,” on Discovery’s Velocity Channel. All episodes of the program have been filmed in the Chipola Automotive shop. Season 2 is scheduled to air beginning in January, 2016.  

As a stipulation of his agreement with Discovery, Gardner asked that all technical schools in the country have access to each episode of Tech Garage within two days of airing.  Gardner says the growth and success of these videos demonstrate the educational community’s approval of this innovative teaching method in the ever-changing automotive field.

Gardner says, “As an instructor, I believe it is my responsibility to not only teach technologically-sophisticated material, but also to promote moral development, coach and mentor, honor differences, and adapt to meet students’ needs in innovative and effective ways.”

The Chipola Automotive Technology program utilizes an industry-based curriculum in partnership with local dealerships, shops, and an advisory committee to provide students with the competitive edge in an ever changing high-tech training environment.

As evidence of the program’s success, Chipola graduates have a 98% placement rate in the industry. Students also have an 85% pass rate on first attempts on (ASE) Automotive Service Excellence exams. Chipola’s Automotive program has earned Master Accreditation from ASE and (NATEF) the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation.

Gardner says, “The feeling I get when a successful student returns years after graduation and says, ‘thank you,’ is reward enough to keep me working to improve for many years to come. I can hardly believe that it’s brought me so many opportunities to share my knowledge and love of automotive technology with so many people.  I have the most rewarding job in the world.”

The Chipola Automotive program also was a two-time finalist for Tomorrow’s Technician School of the Year and was selected as a 2012 finalist for a Bellwether Award. 

 

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November 19, 2015

CHIPOLA COLLEGE SHINES AT AFC CONFERENCE

 

LAKE BUENA VISTA—Chipola College was one of the most talked about colleges at the recent Association of Florida Colleges (AFC) Conference in Orlando.

Automotive instructor John Gardner was named AFC Professor of the Year after competing with the best college instructors from across the state.

The Chipola College Academic Center for Excellence was recognized by Florida College System (FCS) Chancellor Madeline Pumariega for innovation and excellence through the Chancellor’s Best Practice Awards.

Math Professor Stan Young was inducted into the FCSAA Hall of Fame for his work as Coach of Chipola’s Seven-Time State Champion Brain Bowl team.

Chipola alumnus Russell Martin, Catcher for the Toronto Blue Jays, was nominated for the Leroy Collins Distinguished Alumnus Award.

The Chipola Chapter of AFC was named a Gold Level Chapter, and was one of only two chapters with more than 50 percent membership. Chipola Chapter President Matt White won an award as outgoing Region 1 Director.

Alice Pendergrass and Evelyn Ward served on the Credentials Committee.  Dr. Jim Froh is chair of the Service Project Committee. Lillie Hamil won the Unsung Hero Award. Brooke Mathis won the Lifesaver Award. Also attending the conference from Chipola, were: Joyce Traynom, Angie White, Bonnie Smith, Joc Calloway, Darwin Gilmore, Dr. Sarah Clemmons, Dr. Rachel West and Joy Ree Ashmore.

Chipola President Dr. Jason Hurst, says, “These awards represent the excellent work of so many students and employees. My thanks and congratulations to everyone who played a part in earning these recognitions.”

AFC is a statewide organization open to all employees, retirees and trustees of the 28 colleges in the Florida College System. AFC provides professional development opportunities for its members, and represents the interests of colleges before the Florida Legislature. The Association has nearly 9,000 individual employee and retiree members.

 

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 Chipola Attends AFC Conference 11-19-15

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CHIPOLA SHINES AT AFC CONFERENCE—Chipola College was one of the most talked-about colleges at the recent Association of Florida Colleges (AFC) Conference in Orlando winning major awards in several categories. Those attending from Chipola are, from left: Joyce Traynom, Joc Calloway, Alice Pendergrass, Darwin Gilmore, Dr. Sarah Clemmons, John Gardner, Dr. Jason Hurst, Dr. Jim Froh, Brooke Mathis, Matt White, Dr. Rachel West and Evelyn Ward.

 

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November 19, 2015

CHIPOLA ACE WINS CHANCELLOR’S BEST PRACTICE AWARD

 

ORLANDO–The Chipola College Academic Center for Excellence was recognized by Florida College System (FCS) Chancellor Madeline Pumariega for innovation and excellence through the Chancellor’s Best Practice Awards.

Four colleges—Chipola College, Lake-Sumter State College, Seminole State College of Florida and Florida State College at Jacksonville were honored at the Association of Florida Colleges’ 66th Annual Convention in Lake Buena Vista.

“The Chancellor’s Best Practice Awards is an opportunity for our colleges to showcase pioneering program strategies that have proven successful at their colleges and in their communities,” said Chancellor Pumariega. “This program recognizes these colleges for creating and sustaining successful, innovative programs and then shares those best practices with all institutions in the Florida College System.”

Chipola College was recognized for its Creating a Pathway to Graduation through Academic Support program which established the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) to provide on-demand tutoring as the first line of defense against attrition. Chipola established the ACE seven years ago to provide free peer tutoring. Thanks to the ACE, students who enroll at Chipola this year are at least 28% more likely to graduate in three years than students who enrolled six years ago.

In 2005, many of Chipola's AA degree-seeking students failed to graduate. This led to the establishment of the ACE, which is based on the premise that students need academic support at the course level—where grades are determined by performance on tests and assignments. ACE offers individual tutoring, test reviews, and group tutoring in a lounge-style facility that has made it a favorite student hang-out. More than 800 students visit ACE weekly. Some 900 students made 8,000 visits to the ACE during the Fall of 2013.

Student performance in eight high risk courses also has greatly improved since the ACE began offering tutoring in these courses where 30% of students traditionally made failing grades. These courses are no longer barriers to graduation for many students who seek tutoring in the ACE.  

Dr. Sarah Clemmons, Chipola Senior Vice President for Instruction, says, “What began as a simple concept to promote student persistence has blossomed into much more than a tutoring center. It has created a campus climate that is inclusive rather than exclusive. This transformation has taken place under the guidance of ACE Director Bonnie Smith. She has helped prove that an institution can create a culture of student success—a culture in which members of the National Championship Brain Bowl team tutor members of the state championship baseball team.”

Bonnie Smith, Director of the ACE, says, “The ACE has revolutionized Chipola’s learning environment and created a culture that accepts students where they are—accomplished and capable or inexperienced and underprepared.”

Chipola’s (ACE) also was named a finalist for a 2015 Bellwether Award.

 

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 ACE Recognized By Chancellor 11-19-15

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CHIPOLA ACE WINS CHANCELLOR’S BEST PRACTICE AWARD—The Chipola College Academic Center for Excellence was recognized by Florida College System (FCS) Chancellor Madeline Pumariega for innovation and excellence through the Chancellor’s Best Practice Awards. Chipola Senior Vice-President, Dr. Sarah Clemmons; ACE Director Bonnie Smith; Chipola President Dr. Jason Hurst; Florida College System (FCS) Chancellor Madeline Pumariega and Lottery Secretary Tom Delacenserie.

 

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November 19, 2015

 

CHIPOLA BRAIN BOWL TAKES FOURTH AT DELTA BURKE

 

ORLANDO—The Chipola College Brain Bowl Team A finished fourth overall at the 32-team Delta Burke Tournament held Nov. 14 at Valencia College.

The Chipola team finished second among community college teams, losing only to Manatee State College in the championship bracket.

Chipola B also had a strong showing, with a ninth place finish. Both Chipola A and Chipola B finished with an overall record of 7-3.

After the preliminary rounds, Chipola’s Hunter Davis finished as 11th overall in individual scoring, but finished 16th after the playoff rounds. Other Chipola players in the top 40 included: Katie Everett (19), Haileigh Pippin (20), and Chance Pender (38) in the field of 119 players.

Stats are at: http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/3420/stats/delta_burke_2015/

The Chipola team will play next Jan. 8-9 in Lake City and will host the NAQT Florida Sectional on Jan. 22 -23.

Earlier last week, Chipola Brain Bowl Coach Stan Young, was inducted into the FCSAA Hall of Fame.

 

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November 19, 2015

 Jazzmatazz 11-19-15

CHIPOLA CHRISTMAS JAZZMATAZZ TICKETS ON SALE

 

 MARIANNA—Tickets are now on sale for a Christmas Jazzmatazz to be presented by Chipola College’s award-winning Show Choir, Dec. 10, 11 and 13, in the Center for the Arts. 

The show plays nightly at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 and 11 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13.

 The Show Choir will perform their annual concert in a beautiful holiday setting, and under the direction of Angie White and Dr. Josh Martin.

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

For information, contact the Box Office at 850-718-2420.

 

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November 19, 2015

 

FIRST GENERATION SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE AT CHIPOLA

 

MARIANNA—The Chipola College Foundation is accepting applications for the First Generation in College Scholarship for the Spring 2016 semester.  Several partial $1,000 scholarships will be awarded.

Completed applications must be received in the Foundation office by 4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10.

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.  Current Chipola students must have a 2.0 college GPA. New students must have a 2.0 high school GPA.

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 a personal letter and an application—available in the Foundation Office—with all required items outlined on the application by Dec. 10. 

For information, call 850-718-2404.

 

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November 19, 2015

 Science Caverns Trees 11-19-15

CHIPOLA SCIENCE STUDENTS STUDY CHAMPION TREES

 

Barry Stafford, Florida Forest Service Jackson County Forester, recently introduced the National Champion Tree Program (which includes Jackson County) to 30 Chipola College Environmental Science students.

As a Forester, Stafford assists landowners with the health of their trees and manages forests. This interactive lesson was sixth in a series directed by Billy Bailey, Park Services Specialist at Florida Caverns State Park.

Students selected and measured trees on the Chipola campus, estimating tree age. The Champion Tree is an American forest program started in 1940 which serves to collect data on the largest trees within a species. Trees which are eligible must be native or naturalized, have at least a 9.5 foot circumference and be at least 13 feet tall.

 

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November 19, 2015

 Glenda Bethel Emp Of Month 11-19-15

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BETHEL IS TOP CHIPOLA EMPLOYEE—Glenda Bethel has been selected the Chipola College Faculty/Administrator/Other Professional of the month for November.  Bethel is a Computer Science Instructor and has worked at the college since 2004.  Pictured from left are, Dr. Sarah Clemmons, Chipola Senior Vice President, Glenda Bethel and Dr. James Froh, Dean of School of Business and Technology.

 

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November 19, 2015

 Career Fair 11-19-15

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REGIONAL CAREER FAIR –Chipola College, Florida Panhandle Technical College, and the public school systems in Calhoun, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty and Washington Counties recently hosted the Annual Regional Career Fair. The event provided an opportunity for students to interact with representatives from various career fields to gain a better understanding of career and educational choices. Here, high school students pose for a photo.

 

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November 19, 2015

 Shakespeare 11-19-15

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SHAKESPEARE AT CHIPOLA—Steve Adams from Capital City Shakespeare in Tallahassee recently visited Chipola instructor Kurt McInnis’s ENL 4333 Shakespeare class. Using Chipola students, Adams staged parts of Act III, scene ii, of Julius Caesar containing the famous “Friends, Romans, countrymen… “ speech. Here, Adams works with a student.

 

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