Oct. 2, 2008

CHIPOLA FOUNDATION AWARDS RECORD NUMBER OF SCHOLARSHIPS

           

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Foundation awarded a record number of 1,112 scholarships for the Fall 2008 semester totaling $1,136,123. 

            The Foundation received 2,576 applications for various scholarships and 389 McLendon Educational Trust Scholarship applications for Fall 2008 semester funding.  The Foundation also processed 918 applications that are forwarded to off-campus scholarship committees for review. 

            The increased activity represents a 30 percent surge in scholarship applications and a 20 percent boost in total awards over Fall of 2007. Aid from the foundation has more than doubled since 2006 when only 690 awards were made totaling $666,075.

            The Foundation has current assets totaling $14.4 million. The majority of funds are secured in endowments with only the interest used to fund scholarships.

            Chipola Foundation president Chuck Hudson, says, “The Foundation board members are proud that so many students are benefiting from the generosity of the many donors in our community.”

            Application deadline is Oct. 16 for spring semester awards from the McLendon Educational Trust Scholarship.  The extensive list of all scholarships offered through the Chipola Foundation for the 2009-2010 school year will be available in early March.    

            The Chipola Foundation welcomes tax-deductible contributions to existing funds and programs and the creation of new scholarships.

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

 

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CHIPOLA FOUNDATION AWARDS RECORD NUMBER OF SCHOLARSHIPS—Chipola College students Rachel Hodge, Aaron Moore, Heather Bailey of Bonifay take a break between classes. The Chipola College Foundation awarded a record number of 1,112 scholarships for the Fall 2008 semester totaling $1,136,123. 

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Oct. 2, 2008

CHIPOLA’S DR. CRUZ-WHITE PROMOTED TO ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

           

            MARIANNA—Dr. Irma Cruz-White was recently promoted to the position of Associate Professor of Mathematics in the Chipola College Mathematics and Natural Science division where she has taught for the past five years.

            Dr. Cruz-White incorporates technology in the classroom to help students to visualize concepts that are difficult to explain in a traditional classroom. She uses computer software such as MAPLE and Geometer’s Sketchpad that facilitate graphical concepts in two and three dimensions.

            Dr. Cruz-White directs Chipola Honors students on special projects. She says, “When I meet with honors students I ask them to think about something they really like and I guarantee that they can find mathematics behind it. From this meeting we work on a project involving their interest.” Some of the Honors projects she has directed include: A Levee: A Mathematical Protection, Space Shuttle Landing, The Degrees of Racing, Spiral and Scroll Waves in Excitable Media: Cardiological Applications, White – Tailed Deer: History and Population Research

            Dr. Cruz-White recently developed two new courses: MAT 4905-Supervised Research in Mathematics and MAS 4301- Introduction to Abstract Algebra.

            She was selected to participate in a workshop on RNA in Biology, Bioengineering and Nanotechnology at the 2007 Institute for Mathematics and Its Applications Minneaopolis, and the Reconnect Program from the Center for Dynamic Data Analysis (DyDAn) at Rutgers University in 2007.  In 2005, she attended NCTM training to become NCATE Program Reviewer.

            She presented Topology of Spiral Waves in Excitable Media at the Sumners Fest in Tallahassee in 2007. She was co-organizer of the session: Calculus Tricks of the Trade at the Project NexT Workshops Albuquerque in 2005, and a poster session on the same project at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Atlanta in 2005.

            She was selected as a Project NExT Fellow in 2004, a MAA (Mathematical Association of America) program for New Experiences in Teaching.  She is a member of the National Council of Teacher of Mathematics (NCTM) and trained NCATE Program Reviewer NCATE - National Council for Accreditation in Teacher Education.   Since 2006, she has reviewed more than a dozen Mathematics Education Programs from all over the United States for National Accreditation.

           She served as a judge for the Undergraduate Student Poster Session at Joint Mathematics Meetings in 2005. She served on the Teacher Advisory Panel for the Mathematics Teacher Journal during 2004-05.

            She has served as a Courtesy Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Florida State University offering graduate credit courses in Number Theory and Modern Geometry for in-service teachers in Jackson County Area through Chipola College. 

            In addition to traditional math courses at the freshmen and sophomore level, Chipola also offers bachelor’s degrees in Secondary Mathematics Education and Middle Grades Math Education.

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Oct. 2, 2008

CHIPOLA TO OFFER PARAMEDIC PROGRAM

           

            MARIANNA—Chipola College now offers a Paramedic training program.

Application process must be completed by Dec. 3. Classes begin in January.

            Applicants must possess a current EMT Basic Certificate and have successfully completed EMS 1159C, Emergency Medical Technician. Course descriptions are available at www.chipola.edu.

            Due to the unique responsibilities involved in the delivery of health care services, students seeking admission must meet certain selection and admission criteria. Applicants with the best qualifications will be selected for this limited access program.  The program also has special attendance requirements, grading policies, dress codes and fees.

            Licensure to practice is dependent upon passing a state licensing or certification examination. Acceptance may be denied based on background check.

            For information, contact Keith Maddox at (850) 718-2403. 

 

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 Oct. 2, 2008

CHIPOLA TO HOST SEMINAR ON AQUATIC PRESERVES

           

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Science Club will host an Aquatic Preserves seminar in conjunction with the Living Waters Exhibit on display in the college Arts Center, Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 6 p.m.

            The speaker is Kim Wren, Aquatic Preserve Manager with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The seminar will focus on the preserve’s efforts to protect and enhance the ecological integrity of each preserve through research and monitoring efforts, resource management, education and outreach, and partnerships.

            Wren is a Florida native who has worked with DEP for eight years. She has worked on sea turtle tagging projects at Cape San Blas with the University of Florida. She currently is conducting research and monitoring activities related to seagrass habitat, salt marsh ecosystems, sea turtle nesting/hatch success, fish distribution and abundance, scallop spat recruitment and water quality.

            With close to two million acres of submerged lands to manage, effective and efficient management is critical for the long-term protection of Florida’s most valuable rivers and coastal resources. Florida’s submerged lands play important roles in maintaining good water quality, providing diversity of marine wildlife including valued nursery areas, and supporting a valued quality of life for millionsof residents and visitors.

            The Central Panhandle Aquatic Preserve includes Alligator Harbor and Apalachicola Bay in Franklin County and St. Joseph Bay in Gulf County.

            For information about the seminar, contact Dr. Jeff Bodart at 850-526-2761, Ext. 3252.

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Oct. 2, 2008

PUBLIC INVITED TO OCTOBER 7 MEETING OF BLUE SPRINGS GROUP

 

            MARIANNA—The public is invited to attend a meeting of the Jackson Blue Spring Basin Working Group, Tuesday, Oct. 7, in the Continuing Education Building Conference Room at Chipola College. Presentations begin at 9 a.m. and will run until 1:15 p.m.

            Chipola science professor Allan Tidwell, Working Group Leader will direct the meeting.

            Chuck Hatcher, Director of Jackson County Parks and Recycling will provide an update of Blue Springs Park.

            Russell Williams, Jackson County Springs Ambassador, will be introduced. Edd Sorenson will give an update on Cave System Exploration.

            Allan Tidwell, JBSBWG Project Coordinator will present the Springs Champion Award.

            Christy Crandall, Hydrologist-U.S. Geological Survey will provide update on the Chipola River/Floridan Aquifer ground water/surface water interaction study.

            Jeff Norville, Area Conservationist U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service will provide update on EQIP (Environmental Quality Incentive Program).

            Matt Phillips, Regional Biologist FL Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission will provide an update on Invasive Plant Management.

            Clyde Smith, Regional Extension IPM Agent II IFAS/Jackson County will provide an update on the Jackson County Spring/Sinkhole Cleanup Amnesty Project.

            Chipola science professors Dr. Santine Cuccio and Dr. David Hilton will provide an update on Chipola Area Groundwater Outreach Project

            For information, contact Allan Tidwell at 850-718-2761, Ext. 3248 or email tidwella@chipola.edu .

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Oct. 2, 2008

Temporary Closure of River Forest Road

 

            MARIANNA—River Forest Road will be closed to through traffic Monday, Oct. 13 through Oct. 23, for construction of drainage culverts.

            A marked detour route has been established for those who normally travel on River Forest Road.

            Eastbound traffic on River Forest will detour south on College Street to Watson Drive, turn East on Watson Drive to Woodbrook Drive and turn on Woodbrook Drive to SR 167 (Jefferson Street).

            Westbound traffic on River Forest Road will detour south on SR 167 (Jefferson Street) to Woodbrook Drive, turn West on Woodbrook Drive to Watson Drive, left on Watson Drive to College Street and North on College Street to River Forest Road.

            The project includes replacement of cross drains and the addition of a westbound left turn lane on River Forest Road at the intersection of the new Chipola College entrance road which is currently under construction. The overall road project is scheduled to be completed in December.

            For additional information, contact Louy Harris at Chipola College at (850) 718-2456 or harrisl@chipola.edu

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Oct. 2, 2008

CHIPOLA ALUMNI PART OF SUNDAY WITH THE ARTS EVENT

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College alumnus Beverly Ann Cox of Headland, Alabama, is one of the artists whose works will be displayed during Sunday Afternoon with the Arts, Nov. 2, from 1 to 5 p.m.

            This year's event features two and three dimensional art by several Chipola alumni as well as other regional artists, an opportunity to meet the artists, live music, refreshments, art demonstrations and door prizes. The event is sponsored by the Chipola Regional Arts Association in partnership with The Artists Guild of Northwest Florida, and the Fine and Performing Arts Department at Chipola College.   

            Cox says, "As an artist I enjoy exploring the versatility of any and all mediums in an effort to visually express the intricate handiwork of the Lord and the frailty of man's attempts to put substance to this world.”

            Cox was encouraged to explore art early in life when her parents provided colored pencils, clay, cloth, water colors, crayons and lots of paper for her and her siblings. “We had diverse subject matter to inspire us and my parents taught us to appreciate the beauty
around us and never take it for granted." she said.
            In 1963, she studied art under Chipola art instructor Donald A. Murray.  In 1965, she took time off to raise a family and did not resume her artistic endeavors until 1978. 
            She has managed an arts and crafts store in Dothan and has taught art classes for Wallace College, as well as private classes and has established a private studio in southern Alabama. 

            For information about Sunday Afternoon in the Arts, contact Nancy Zurenda at 526-5977.

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Oct. 2, 2008

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA

 

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

             The following Mandatory training for Child Care Facility Personnel and Family Child Care Home are scheduled:  Special Needs Appropriate Practices, Nov. 1, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Child Abuse and Neglect, Feb. 6, 6 to 10 p.m.; Child Growth and Development, Feb. 7, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Behavioral Observation and Screening, Feb. 9 & 11, 6 to 9 p.m.; Rules and Regulations (center), Feb. 16 & 18, 6 to 9 p.m.; Health, Safety and Nutrition, Feb. 21, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Pre-School Appropriate Practices, March 7, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Costs range from $17 to $43 depending on length of course.

            An Internship course will meet Thursdays, Jan. 8 through April 30 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Cost is $191.  A Curriculum for Young Children course will meet Mondays, Jan. 12 through April 27 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Cost is $191.  An Early Care & Education Administrative Overview course will meet Tuesdays, Jan. 13 through April 28 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Cost is $191. 

            A Real Estate Sales course will meet Saturdays and Sundays, Jan. 31, Feb. 1, 14, 15, 28 & March 1, 14, from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $250.

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

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

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

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

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Oct. 2, 2008

CHIPOLA THEATER MAJORS PERFORM IN PAEC TV SERIES

            MARIANNA—Chipola College Theatre majors recently performed in a television series for the Panhandle Area Educational Consortium for broadcast on the Florida Education TV Channel and website.

            Students will appear in the “Learning in Safe Schools,” which is part of the Tuesday Teacher Training professional development series. The students acted in dramatized vignettes related to ethics, depicting situations that represent questionable behavior of educators.

            Chipola theater director Charles Sirmon says “The students were thrilled to get some camera experience as well as the program exposure.”

            Chipola actors who participated in the shoot, are: Kyndall Covington, Aaron Moore, Brenna Kneiss, Stephanie Lawson, Ben Grande, Nathan Hauser, Kristina Lopez, Keith Watford, John Brolund, Dianna Glaze, Austin Pettis, Sarah Martinez, Haley Barfield-Phillips, Kylee Shores, Aven Pitts and Sarah Lovins.

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CHIPOLA THEATER MAJORS PERFORM IN PAEC TV SERIES— Chipola College Theatre majors recently performed in a television series for the Panhandle Area Educational Consortium for broadcast on the Florida Education TV Channel and website.

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Oct. 2, 2008

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FUQUA IS TOP CHIPOLA EMPLOYEE—Julie Fuqua has been selected the Chipola College Faculty/Administrator of the month for October. Fuqua has served as director of the Chipola College Foundation since 1994.  Here, Fuqua accepts the award from Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough.

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Oct. 2, 2008

CHIPOLA MEN’S BASKETBALL BEGINS PRACTICE

            MARIANNA—Chipola College Men’s Basketball team held their first official practice of the 2008-09 season on Oct. 1.  

            The Indians are ranked second in the nation in the NJCAA pre-season poll. Chipola opens the season on the road in Poplar Bluff, Missouri on Oct. 31, facing Mineral Area College and nationally-ranked Three Rivers.  From there, the Indians will travel to Ottumwa, Iowa to face top-ranked Indian Hills on Nov. 3.

            “We will start the season on the road playing three traditional powerhouses in JUCO basketball,” said coach Heiar.  “After the first weekend, we will definitely know where our team stands against others in the country.”

            The men’s first home game is Nov. 20 with a 7 p.m. game with Cape Fear College from North Carolina.  The Indians will return to action at home Dec. 4 as they open the Milton H. Johnson Panhandle Classic.  The Classic will include 12 games over from Dec. 4 – 6. 

            Coach Heiar said, “The Milton H. Johnson Panhandle Classic will be a great opportunity for the fans to see our team as well as the other Panhandle Conference teams.  At that point in the season, there is a possibility that 8 to 10 of the teams at the classic will be ranked in the national NJCAA poll.”

            With only five non-conference games scheduled to be played in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center, Chipola will look to build experience as they accumulate road miles with trips to Atlanta, GA (Nov. 14-15), St. Petersburg (Nov. 22), Winter Haven (Dec. 15-16) and Pensacola’s New Year’s Eve Tournament (Dec. 30-31).

            Chipola will begin defense of their sixth consecutive conference title as they open Panhandle Conference action at home against Tallahassee Community College on January 3, 2009.

            All home games can be seen live at http://www.chipola.edu/radio/index.htm.  For the complete schedule, along with individual tournament schedule, log on to http://chipola.edu/extrac/athl/basketball/index.htm.

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Oct. 9, 2008

CHIPOLA OFFERS FREE TUITION FOR FOUR-YEAR NURSING DEGREE

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College is offering free tuition to the first 20 Registered Nurses admitted to the college’s new Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.     

            Known in health profession as the RN to BSN, the program is open to Registered Nurses (RN) with licensure in Florida, Alabama, or Georgia.

            The Beall Tuition Scholarship Fund in the Chipola Foundation is guaranteeing free tuition to the first 20 RN’s admitted at the junior level for the Spring semester which begins in January.  The Beall Fund pays for tuition, but does not cover the cost of textbooks. 

            Applicants must be licensed RN’s, with an AA degree and have completed all prerequisites before being admitted. Applicants must apply for federal financial aid by completing the FAFSA at www.chipola.edu/financialaid/index.htm or by visiting Chipola’s Financial Aid Office. The process takes a few weeks.

            RN to BSN classes are offered in the evening and online. Application deadline for the Spring 2009 semester is Dec. 3.

            Chipola’s BSN curriculum also has an emphasis in community health that is not included in the Associate Degree Nursing program of study. Graduates of Chipola’s Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program have an advantage over graduates of other programs. Chipola graduates must complete only 30 upper-level semester hours to earn the BSN degree.      

            Admission requirements to the BSN program include: RN licensure in the state of Florida, Alabama, or Georgia; an AA degree from a Florida public institution; a cumulative grade point average of 2.5; and completion of all prerequisite courses.

            For information about Chipola’s RN to BSN program, call Dr. Kitty Myers at 850-718-2260.

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CHIPOLA OFFERING FREE TUITION FOR RN TO BSN PROGRAM Chipola College is now offering free tuition to the first 20 Registered Nurses admitted to the college’s new Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. Here, former nursing students Marie Spivey (right) of Bascom, checks the blood pressure of Precious Dixon as nursing instructor Kathy Wheeler looks on. For information about Chipola’s RN to BSN program, call 850-718-2260.

 

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Oct. 9, 2008

CHIPOLA BRAIN BOWL TEAMS PERFORM WELL AT FSU AND FAULKNER

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola Brain Bowl team scored big wins in a pair of recent tournaments at Faulkner State and Florida State University.

            The Chipola Gold Team finished third in the Faulkner State ACBL Tournament on Oct. 3. Chipola Gold lost to the eventual champion Northeast Alabama (240-225) in the semi-finals, but it won the consolation game over Bevill State CC. Anthony Garrett and Brad Wells finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in individual scoring. Gold Team members are: Anthony Garrett, Brad Wells, Jordan Belser and Ryan Wells (captain).  

            The Chipola Blue Team finished with a 3-3 record in round-robin play and made the eight-team playoff round, where they lost in the quarterfinals. Blue Team members are: Drew Padgett, Cody Pickens, Nathan Hooppell and Anthony Berkeley.  Of 64 participants in the tournament, all eight Chipola players finished in the top 32 in individual scoring.

            The Chipola Gold Team competed with four-year and community colleges in the FSU Early Fall Tournament on Oct. 4. Chipola finished with a 6-2 record with highlight wins over Georgia Tech (205-200) and defending national champion Valencia Community College (215-80). Chipola Gold won all of its junior college matches with its only losses against eventual champion, University of Georgia, and runner-up, University of South Florida.  

            Anthony Garrett finished the tournament as the tenth overall individual and second overall among junior college players.

            Chipola Brain Bowl coaches are Stan Young and Dr. Robert Dunkle.

                       

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CHIPOLA BRAIN BOWL GOLD—The Chipola Brain Bowl Gold Team finished third in the Faulkner State Tourney on Oct. 3 and compiled a 6-2 record at the FSU Early Fall Tourney on Oct. 4. Gold Team members are, from left: Anthony Garrett, Brad Wells, Jordan Belser and Ryan Wells (captain).

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Oct. 9, 2008

certified IT Tech program offered at chipola

 

            MARIANNA—If you can install a printer or DVD burner, or if you know how install a new operating system after a crash or use free software to remove a computer virus, you may be able to turn those skills into a career in Information Technology.

            The Chipola College Computer Systems Technology Program prepares students for jobs in the information technology field. Program curriculum prepares students for industry certifications with world wide recognition. Students can earn CompTia A+ certification, recognized as the industry standard for PC support technicians, or the CompTia Network+ certification in network support. Students may also earn certification as a Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA).
            Students may begin the program any time classes are in session and complete the degree in less than two years. Tuition costs run approximately $1,000 per semester. Financial aid is available. 

            In addition to technology courses, students must meet math and language proficiency levels by graduation.         

            Full-time classes meet Monday through Thursday and schedules can be adjusted to accommodate work schedules.

            For information, contact instructor Dean Giles at 718-2392.

 

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CHIPOLA COMPUTER TECH PROGRAM—The Chipola College Computer Systems Technology Program prepares students for jobs in the information technology field. Pictured from left, are: Chipola student Jeremy Lewis of Cottonwood, instructor Dean Giles and student Eric Holmes of Greenwood.  For information, contact Giles at 850-718-2392. ####

 

 

Oct. 9, 2008

CHIPOLA’S ‘BUS STOP’ OPENS NOV. 6

           

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Theater is in full rehearsal for the dramatic comedy, "Bus Stop," which opens a four-day run, Nov. 6.  

            Chipola Theater director Charles Sirmon recently cast local actors in the following roles: Brenna Kneiss as Elma, Dianna Glaze as Grace, Aven Pitts as Will, Kyndall Covington as Cherie, Nathan Houser as Dr. Lyman, Aaron Moore as Carl, Garrett Brolund as Virgil and Ben Grande as Bo. Keith Watford and Sarah Martinez are the Stage Managers.  The behind the scenes crew includes Haley Barfield, Stephanie Lawson, Courtney Corbin, Kylee Shores, Sarah Lovins, Austin Pettis and Kristina Lopez.

            “Bus Stop” is set in a howling snowstorm with a busload of weary travelers holed up at a roadside diner. A nightclub singer named Cherie (played by Marilyn Monroe in the movie adaptation) has been kidnapped by a young cowboy who is ready to sling her over his shoulder and carry her, kicking and screaming, down the aisle. As a counterpoint to the romance, the cafe owner and the bus driver at last find time to develop a friendship of their own; a middle age scholar comes to terms with himself; and a young waitress also gets her first taste of romance.

            Tickets go on sale Oct 23. For ticket information, call 850-718-2220.

                                   

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CHIPOLA’S ‘BUS STOP’ OPENS NOV. 6—The Chipola College Theater is in full rehearsal for the dramatic comedy, "Bus Stop," which opens a four-day run, Nov. 6.  Here, Kyndall Covington (Cherie) and Ben Grande (Bo) rehearse a scene.   Tickets go on sale Oct 23. For ticket information, call 850-718-2220.

                                                                                                                       

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Oct. 9, 2008

CHIPOLA INVITES SINGERS TO JOIN CHAMBER CHORUS

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Chamber Chorus invites all area singers to join with the chorus in singing a portion of their Fall Concert on Monday, Nov. 24. 

            Rehearsals will be held Monday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Nov. 3, 10, and 17.  An extra rehearsal may be scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 22, at 9 a.m.

            Literature will include some Thanksgiving octavos, a Jewish folksong about peace and Christmas Cantata by Daniel Pinkham. 

            The Chamber Chorus is under the direction of Lenore Hample and accompanied by Dr. Joshua Martin.

            According to Joan Stadsklev, Director of Fine and Performing Arts, “It is always such a pleasure to have community members participate with us.”

            Music, rehearsal CD’s, pronunciation guide for Christmas Cantata and other information is available in the Music Office in the Fine Arts Building. Material may be mailed by contacting Joan Stadsklev at stadsklevj@chipola.edu or phone her at 850-718-2301.

 

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COSMETOLOGY OPEN HOUSE—The Chipola College Cosmetology program will host an open house, Thursday, Oct. 16, from 8 a.m. to noon.  The public is invited to enjoy complimentary hand massages, paraffin wax treatments, aromatherapy hand towels, refreshments and door prizes. Students in the program offer a full lineup of services for the cost of materials. Services include: shampoo, blow dry styles, haircuts, color, highlights, waxing, manicures, pedicures, relaxers, perms and up–styles. Here, student Heather Comerford (left) and instructor Paige Vanderwerf style Amanda Chesteen’s hair. For information, call 718-2439.

 

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Oct. 9, 2008

FIREARMS COURSE SET AT CHIPOLA

           

            MARIANNA—Chipola College Public Service will hold a 16-hour Firearms Familiarization course Oct. 27-30 at the Reddoch Firing Range on the Blue Springs Highway.

            Successful completion of the course may be used in applying for a Concealed Weapons Permit.

            The 16-hour course will meet from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

            Pre-registration and payment of the $60 fee is due prior to the first class meeting.  Registration forms are available at the front desk of the Public Service Building.

            For information, call Doris Williams at (850) 718-2394 or e-mail williamsd@chipola.edu.

 

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Oct. 9, 2008

CHIPOLA SEEKING DONORS FOR FIRST GENERATION SCHOLARSHIP

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Foundation is seeking donations for the First Generation in College Scholarship for the 2009 Spring Semester.

            The Florida Legislature created the scholarship program and appropriated funds for each community college to match dollar for dollar with private contributions.  These new scholarships, which will be funded for the upcoming Spring 2009 semester if the local matching dollars are raised, will be awarded to students whose parents did not complete a bachelor’s degree. 

            Foundation Director Julie Fuqua, says, “Chipola serves many first generation college students and the potential impact this scholarship program can have on their lives, as well as their families, is tremendous.   Last year through the generosity of donors and state matching funds, Chipola was able to award 25 students with First Generation scholarships.”

            Chipola is eligible to receive up to $12,597 in First Generation in College Scholarship state matching funds this year. Donations will be matched dollar for dollar to enable Chipola to award over $25,000 to first generation in college students during this school year. 

            First Generation in College Scholarship donations must be received by Nov. 14 to qualify for the dollar for dollar match.  Donations may be mailed to: Chipola College Foundation, 3094 Indian Circle, Marianna, FL  32446.

            For information, call the Foundation Office at (850) 718-2478.

 

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Oct. 9, 2008

DR. MYERS WORK PART OF SUNDAY IN THE ARTS PROGRAM

            Dr. Kitty Myers, vice-president for the baccalaureate programs at Chipola College, is one of the artists participating in the 4th Annual Sunday Afternoon with the Arts on Nov. 2, from 1 to 5 p.m.

            The primary medium she uses is oils but she also paints in acrylics as they dry more quickly than oils. "My favorite subjects have been my children/grandchildren and still lifes, but recently I have begun to do more landscapes," she explains. She paints on canvas and large tiles. "I also love to draw and to use watercolor pencils for some subjects", she stated.  Three of her oil paintings will be on display at the Chipola Arts Center Nov. 2- 13 with a variety of works by other local and regional artists.   

            In its fourth year, the afternoon artists’ reception features artists demonstrating their art styles, live music by professional musicians, door prizes, refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

            The event is sponsored by the Chipola Regional Arts Association in partnership with the Artists Guild of Northwest Florida and the Chipola Fine and Performing Arts Department.

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Oct. 9, 2008

CHIPOLA TO OFFER PUBLIC SERVICE ACADEMIES IN AREA SCHOOLS

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer Secondary Public Service Academies at four area high schools beginning in January.

            Corrections academies will be offered at Malone and Cottondale.  Law enforcement and corrections academies will be offered at Altha and Blountstown.

            Courses will be taught for two periods each weekday during the Spring semester. Students will be dual-enrolled through Chipola’s post secondary adult vocational program.  Students in the program will complete a significant portion of the requirements for certification as correctional or law enforcement officers.

            A minimum of ten students is required to offer an academy in a district high school.

            For information, call Bud Riviere, Chipola Dean of Workforce Development, at 850-718-2268.

 

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Oct. 9, 2008

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA

 

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

             The following Mandatory training for Child Care Facility Personnel and Family Child Care Home are scheduled:  Special Needs Appropriate Practices, Nov. 1, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Child Abuse and Neglect, Feb. 6, 6 to 10 p.m.; Child Growth and Development, Feb. 7, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Behavioral Observation and Screening, Feb. 9 & 11, 6 to 9 p.m.; Rules and Regulations (center), Feb. 16 & 18, 6 to 9 p.m.; Health, Safety and Nutrition, Feb. 21, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Pre-School Appropriate Practices, March 7, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Costs range from $17 to $43 depending on length of course.

            An Internship course will meet Thursdays, Jan. 8 through April 30 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Cost is $191.  A Curriculum for Young Children course will meet Mondays, Jan. 12 through April 27 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Cost is $191.  An Early Care & Education Administrative Overview course will meet Tuesdays, Jan. 13 through April 28 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Cost is $191. 

            A Real Estate Sales course will meet Saturdays and Sundays, Jan. 31, Feb. 1, 14, 15, 28 & March 1, 14, from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $250.

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

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

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

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

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Oct 16, 2008

CHIPOLA COLLEGE ACCREDITATION REAFFIRMED

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College president Dr. Gene Prough has been notified that the college’s accreditation has been reaffirmed by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). 

            No additional follow-up report was requested. “This means we are reaffirmed through 2018,” said Dr. Prough. “Our hard work has paid off. I very much appreciate the effort of every employee in accomplishing this task. Now we can focus on our Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) and increasing student persistence and success at Chipola.”

            The letter from SACS President Dr. Belle Wheelan asked that the college submit a one-page summary of its QEP to be posted as an example on the SACS website. This summary was submitted in August. The QEP, a five-year plan addressing an issue at the college, is now required as part of the reaffirmation process.

            Dr. Sarah Clemmons, Executive Vice-President for Instruction and Student Services, said, “We are elated that no follow-up reports are required, and that SACS officials are pleased with our QEP.”

            Chipola's QEP Learning to Persist will be featured at the SACS Annual Meeting in San Antonio in December.  Dr. Cherry Ward, Faculty QEP Chair, and Gail Hartzog, Associate Dean of Development and Planning, will make presentations about Chipola's reaffirmation process and explain the development of the QEP.

            Clemmons said Chipola's Title III project has already allowed the college to make a good start on achieving the QEP goals of helping students persist in college and remaining continuously enrolled until they graduate. She said one important component of Chipola's QEP is providing professional development activities to help faculty and staff deal with today's students. Other components teach students to make better decisions and help them take advantage of tutoring and academic support so they will achieve their academic and career goals. 

            Chipola College was founded in 1947 to provide the first two years of college and workforce programs for residents of its five-county district. The college has maintained continuous accreditation with SACS since 1957.

            Chipola is now accredited as a Level II institution because it has been authorized to offer several Bachelor’s degrees, including six Bachelor of Science in Education degrees, a Bachelor Business Management degree with three majors, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN).  

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Pictured are recent Chipola graduates Ann Harrison and Nicole Hoff.

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Oct 16, 2008

 

CHIPOLA COLLEGE SHOW CHOIR 2008-09

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Show Choir has selected 27 members for its 2008-09 group.

            Show Choir performs in local venues throughout the Southeast, as well as Disney World and on luxury cruise lines. The group recently performed for 1,000 area high schoolers at the college’s Senior Day. 

            Show Choir’s annual extravaganza Jazzmatazz is set for Jan. 7-10, 2009.  Tickets go on sale before Thanksgiving and are available from Show Choir members and in the Fine Arts Department office.

            Show Choir is under the direction of Angie White and Dr. Josh Martin.

            Student members, are: Courtney Corbin, Marianna; Kaleigh Owens, Sneads; Cassie Mitchell, Marianna; Kylee Shores, Marianna; Mindy Shamblin, Donalsonville, GA; Kara Jumper, Graceville; Brenna Kneiss, Chipley, Josh Johnson, Marianna; Audrey Brown, Altha; Caroline Segers, Bonifay; Rachael Daniel, Marianna; Ashely Bruce, Greenwood; Emily Harrison, Marianna; Madison Wester, Grand Ridge; Kyndall Covington,  Arlington, TN, Kris Sampson, Marianna; Cam Hitchcock; Garrett Brolund, Dothan, AL; Cuyler Engram, Blountstown;  Keith Watford, Graceville; Quintin Beachum, Campbellton; Kevin Shores, Marianna;  JuJuan Clark, Campbellton;  Aaron Moore, Bonifay; Nathan Hauser, Bonifay; Atrayu Adkins, Marianna; and Geoffrey Poole, Marianna.

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Chipola College Show Choir The Chipola College Show Choir has selected 27 members for its 2008-09 group. Pictured from left, (front) Courtney Corbin, Marianna; Kaleigh Owens, Sneads; Cassie Mitchell, Marianna; Kylee Shores, Marianna; Mindy Shamblin, Donalsonville, GA; Kara Jumper, Graceville; Brenna Kneiss, Chipley; (second row)Josh Johnson, Marianna; Audrey Brown, Altha; Caroline Segers, Bonifay; Rachael Daniel, Marianna; Ashely Bruce, Greenwood; Emily Harrison, Marianna; Madison Wester, Grand Ridge; Kyndall Covington,  Arlington, TN; (back row) Kris Sampson, Marianna; Cam Hitchcock; Garrett Brolund, Dothan, AL; Cuyler Engram, Blountstown;  Keith Watford, Graceville; Quintin Beachum, Campbellton; Kevin Shores, Marianna;  JuJuan Clark, Campbellton;  Aaron Moore, Bonifay; Nathan Hauser, Bonifay; Atrayu Adkins, Marianna; and Geoffrey Poole, Marianna.

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Oct 16, 2008

CHIPOLA EMT AND PARAMEDIC PROGRAM

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College EMT and Paramedic programs are currently accepting applications for upcoming courses.

            The next EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) program begins Nov 17. Classes meet weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

            The next Paramedic program begins Jan. 12, 2009. Classes meet weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

            Acceptance is limited in both programs. Applicants with extenuating circumstances, such as military duty, may apply up to the day classes begin.

            The EMT program is an 11 credit-hour course that is 260 hours in length. EVOC (Emergency Vehicle Operator Course) is included in the EMT curriculum. Clinical assignments are required in addition to regular class hours. Students must complete 20 hours of emergency room work in either Jackson ER and/or Northwest Florida Community Hospital) and 80 hours of ambulance ride time.

            Prerequisites for the EMT Program include: high school diploma or GED and AHA healthcare provider CPR, FDLE background check and satisfactory score on the college placement test.

The EMT program prepares students for employment as ambulance drivers/ambulance attendants, or emergency medical technicians and to treat various medical/trauma conditions.

            Both EMT and Paramedic programs are intensive courses designed to prepare the student to function in both rural and urban environments. Both courses require high standards to prepare the student to function successfully in the diverse field of emergency medical services.

            For information, contact Keith D. Maddox AS, EMT-P, Paramedic Program Supervisor at (850) 718-2403.

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Oct 16, 2008

FIREARMS COURSE SET AT CHIPOLA

           

            MARIANNA—Chipola College Public Service will hold a 16-hour Firearms Familiarization course Oct. 27-30 at the Reddoch Firing Range on the Blue Springs Highway.

            Successful completion of the course may be used in Public Service Building.

            For information, call Doris applying for a Concealed Weapons Permit.

            The 16-hour course will meet from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

            Registration and payment of the $60 fee is due by the first class meeting.  Registration forms are available at the front desk of the

 Williams at (850) 718-2394 or e-mail williamsd@chipola.edu.

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Oct 16, 2008

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA

 

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

             The following Mandatory training for Child Care Facility Personnel and Family Child Care Home are scheduled:  Special Needs Appropriate Practices, Nov. 1, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Child Abuse and Neglect, Feb. 6, 6 to 10 p.m.; Child Growth and Development, Feb. 7, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Behavioral Observation and Screening, Feb. 9 & 11, 6 to 9 p.m.; Rules and Regulations (center), Feb. 16 & 18, 6 to 9 p.m.; Health, Safety and Nutrition, Feb. 21, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Pre-School Appropriate Practices, March 7, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Costs range from $17 to $43 depending on length of course.

            An Internship course will meet Thursdays, Jan. 8 through April 30 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Cost is $191.  A Curriculum for Young Children course will meet Mondays, Jan. 12 through April 27 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Cost is $191.  An Early Care & Education Administrative Overview course will meet Tuesdays, Jan. 13 through April 28 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Cost is $191. 

            A Real Estate Sales course will meet Saturdays and Sundays, Jan. 31, Feb. 1, 14, 15, 28 & March 1, 14, from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $250.

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

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

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

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Oct 16, 2008

CHIPOLA CHEER FEST RESCHEDULED

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Cheer Fest set for Oct. 26 has been rescheduled to Feb. 8, 2009.

            Entry forms are available at www.chipola.edu under “Athletics,” “Cheerleaders” and “Cheer Fest.”       

            Interested coaches should contact DeFelix at 850-718-2322 or e-mail:  defelixg@chipola.edu.  

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Oct 16, 2008

Mario Little Selected as Big 12 Preseason Newcomer of the Year

            IRVING, Texas – Former Chipola Indian and University of Kansas junior Mario Little was selected as the Big 12 Preseason Newcomer of the Year, the league office announced Tuesday. Little was picked in a vote by the league head coaches, who are not permitted to vote for their own student-athletes.

            Chipola Head Coach Greg Heiar said, “Mario worked extremely hard during his two years at Chipola and I have no doubts he will continue this mentality for Coach Self at Kansas.”  

            Little arrives in Lawrence after leading Chipola (Fla.) College to a 68-5 record over the last two seasons. He averaged 15.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists a year ago for Chipola and shot 55 percent from the floor, including 40.3 percent from three-point range. Little was rated as the No. 1 JUCO player in the country by Rivals.com.

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Oct 16, 2008

CHIPOLA’S ‘BUS STOP’ OPENS NOV. 6

           

            MARIANNA— Tickets go on sale Oct 23 for the Chipola College Theater dramatic comedy, "Bus Stop," which opens a four-day run, Nov. 6.  

            Chipola Theater director Charles Sirmon recently cast local actors in the following roles: Brenna Kneiss as Elma, Dianna Glaze as Grace, Aven Pitts as Will, Kyndall Covington as Cherie, Nathan Houser as Dr. Lyman, Aaron Moore as Carl, Garrett Brolund as Virgil and Ben Grande as Bo. Keith Watford and Sarah Martinez are the Stage Managers.  The behind the scenes crew includes Haley Barfield, Stephanie Lawson, Courtney Corbin, Kylee Shores, Sarah Lovins, Austin Pettis and Kristina Lopez.

            “Bus Stop” is set in a howling snowstorm with a busload of weary travelers holed up at a roadside diner. A nightclub singer named Cherie (played by Marilyn Monroe in the movie adaptation) has been kidnapped by a young cowboy who is ready to sling her over his shoulder and carry her, kicking and screaming, down the aisle. As a counterpoint to the romance, the cafe owner and the bus driver at last find time to develop a friendship of their own; a middle age scholar comes to terms with himself; and a young waitress also gets her first taste of romance.

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CHIPOLA’S ‘BUS STOP’ TICKETS ON SALE OCT. 23— Tickets go on sale Oct 23 for the Chipola College Theater dramatic comedy, "Bus Stop," which opens a four-day run, Nov. 6.  Pictured from left, are: (front) Kyndall Covington, Ben Grande (back) Aaron Moore, Dianna Glaze, Aven Pitts, Brenna Kneiss, Garrett Brolund and Nathan Hauser. For ticket information, call 850-718-2220.

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Oct 16, 2008

CHIPOLA CROSS COUNTRY PLACES THIRD IN ATLANTA MEET

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Women’s Cross Country team finished third in the recent Southern Cross Country Challenge hosted by Chattahoochee Technical College near Atlanta. 

            Seven teams competed in the JUCO division with five eligible for scoring.  Chipola finished third behind first place Darton College and second place Gordon College. Head coach Rance Massengill says, “While no Chipola runners recorded a personal best, the team recorded its first team place finish on a very tough and hilly course.”

            The Chipola team also has competed in larger meets in Pensacola and Titusville.  This is Chipola’s second season of women’s cross country. Returning members include sophomores: Taylor Guy, Taylor Dover, Ellen Manor and Laura Day. India Hatcher is the only freshman. 

            The team finishes the season Oct. 18 in the Coach “O” invitational at Troy University. Coach Massengill encourages Chipola and local high school students to try out for the team.

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CHIPOLA CROSS COUNTRY— The Chipola College Women’s Cross Country team finished third in the recent Southern Cross Country Challenge hosted by Chattahoochee Technical College near Atlanta.  Members are, from left: (front) Taylor Dover, India Hatcher, Taylor Guy, Laura Day, Ellen Manor, and (back) coach Rance Massengill.

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Oct 16, 2008

CHAD TAYLOR NAMED 2008 SPRINGS CHAMPION

 

            MARIANNA—Chad Taylor, a Jackson County land manager and forester, has been named Springs Champion 2008 by the Blue Springs Working Group.

            According to BSWG coordinator Allen Tidwell, “Chad is an invaluable resource for the knowledge he possesses about water resource issues and his many contacts with key environmental people. He is my ‘go to’ person for the working group and he has been a tremendous help to me since I assumed the responsibility of project coordinator.” 

            Taylor was the initial project coordinator for the group before Chipola College took responsibility for the program. In addition to his active role in the BSWG, he is an active member of the Apalachicola River Keepers, River Way South, and the Riparian County Stakeholder Coalition for the Apalachicola River. 

            Taylor is the organizer of the annual Blue Springs “Old Timer’s Day” the first Saturday in May where he provides and cooks fish for the guests. 

            Taylor is a land manager and forester who has worked with springs and growth management issues for many years.

            “Chad’s passion about preserving and protecting the environment; specifically our water resources is genuine. With regards to groundwater and springs protection, he practices what he preaches in every facet of his personal, business, and political life. Without a doubt, Chad Taylor is truly a Champion for Jackson Blue Springs,” Tidwell said.

            The BSWG meets quarterly. For information, contact Allen Tidwell at 526-2761, Ext. 3248.

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TAYLOR NAMED 2008 SPRINGS CHAMPION—Chad Taylor (left), a Jackson County land manager and forester, has been named Springs Champion 2008 by the Blue Springs Working Group. He is pictured with BSWG coordinator Allen Tidwell.

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October 23, 2008

CHIPOLA HOSTS ‘BEHIND THE SCENES’ FOR MIDDLE SCHOOLERS

 

      MARIANNA—The Chipola College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa recently hosted its annual “Behind the Scenes” competition for area middle school students.

            The project brought together middle schoolers to exhibit scenes from novels they had read in school.  Students created backdrops and costumes for their scenes which were judged by volunteers.      

            Blountstown Middle School won first place for their scene from “The Spiderwick Chronicles,” with students Caroline Tomlinson, Chase Harris, Bryson Wood, David Benitt and William Brehm.

            Marianna Middle School won second place for their scene from “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” with students Lori Tucker, Cassandra Pereda, Rachel Redfern and Riby Stephens.

            Another Marianna Middle School team won third for their scene from “H.I.V.E” with students Will Glover, Megan Trotman, Jamie McCoy, Tucker Gay and Brian Barnes.

            Phi Theta Kappa advisor Pam Rentz awarded prizes to the winners. PTK leader Cassie Mitchell directed the program.

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BEHIND THE SCENES—The Chipola College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa recently hosted its annual “Behind the Scenes” competition for area middle school students.

Blountstown Middle School won first place for their scene from “The Spiderwick Chronicles,” with students (not in order) Caroline Tomlinson, Chase Harris, Bryson Wood, David Benitt and William Brehm.

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October 23, 2008

SUNDAY IN THE ARTS EVENT IS NOV. 2

 

            MARIANNA—If you ever wondered what Norwegian Rosemaling looks like or how to plein air paint you can find the answers at the fourth annual Sunday Afternoon with the Arts at Chipola College, Nov. 2 from 1 to 5 p.m.  

            Norwegian rosemaling by Berit Jackson, pine needle baskets by Lynn Crain, needle art/embroidery by Carol Schoepf, and carved shells by Grady Smith, will be on display as well as the more traditional art forms such as acrylic, pastel, watercolor, and oil paintings, pottery and sculpture; pencil, pen and ink and charcoal drawings, photography, and the written word.

“More than 58 area artists will display more than 131 pieces of original art including for the first time a short story by author, Darlene Earhart of Blountstown,” said Nancy Zurenda, Event Chairperson.

Artists include:  Jean Battuello, Tavis Bellamy, Sam Carnley, Jacqueline Carroll, Beverly Cox, Robbie Crowther, Mary Beth Crutchfield, Maryann DeVuyst, Wanda Ellis, Darren Ellsworth, Eddie Griggs, Toollie Harkins, Lois Jones, Ellen Kimball, Anna Gitana Layton, Debra Pelc Menacof, Cindi Milton, Kitty Myers, Roberta Newell, Sherry O’Connor, Marian Oswald, Tiffany Pippin, Jack Porterfield, Dawn Prietz, Sharon Ray, Barbara Revell, Karen Roland, Starr Shumaker, Gina Mia Donofro Sims,  Nora Sloan, Sam Sloan, Sandra Sullivan, Michele Tabor Kimbrough, Jerry Whitson, Marsha Wyatt, Helene Wyckoff, Carol Yoder, Nancy Zurenda and Whitney Zurenda.  

Many of the exhibiting artists will be demonstrating their work or guiding the public in hands on art experiences during the Nov. 2 event. Some of the individuals who will  participate in the interactive art opportunities include: author and historian, Dale Cox,  Jerry Whitson- plein air watercolor, Anna Gitana Layton, fiber art, Debra Pelc Menacof, papermaking, Dawn Prietz, pottery, Elam Stolzfus, film, Lesli Longbottom, jewelry-making, Karen Roland, drawing and Grady Smith, shell carving.   

            Professional musicians Anita Pizza and Bob Snyder will entertain exhibit guests during the afternoon reception.  Pizza has given personal recitals to distinguished persons such as the President of the United States, the King of Saudi Arabia and various celebrities and dignitaries.  Bob Snyder has served as Music Director of the Grand Hotel, a summer resort on Mackinac Island, Michigan. He retired from that position in 2004 and currently travels around the country doing concerts.

            The Chipola Regional Arts Association in partnership with The Artists Guild of Northwest Florida, Inc. and the Chipola Fine and Performing Arts Department will host refreshments, information tables and door prizes.

            The free event is from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Chipola Arts Center. 

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SUNDAY IN THE ARTS—The fourth annual Sunday Afternoon with the Arts at Chipola College, is Nov. 2 from 1 to 5 p.m.  Professional musicians Anita Pizza and Bob Snyder (pictured) will entertain exhibit guests during the afternoon reception. 

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October 23, 2008

 

CHIPOLA’S ‘BUS STOP’ TICKETS ON SALE NOW

           

            MARIANNA— Tickets are now on sale for the Chipola College Theater dramatic comedy, "Bus Stop," which opens a four-day run, Nov. 6.  

            Chipola Theater director Charles Sirmon recently cast local actors in the following roles: Brenna Kneiss as Elma, Dianna Glaze as Grace, Aven Pitts as Will, Kyndall Covington as Cherie, Nathan Houser as Dr. Lyman, Aaron Moore as Carl, Garrett Brolund as Virgil and Ben Grande as Bo. Keith Watford and Sarah Martinez are the Stage Managers.  The behind the scenes crew includes Haley Barfield, Stephanie Lawson, Courtney Corbin, Kylee Shores, Sarah Lovins, Austin Pettis and Kristina Lopez.

            “Bus Stop” is set in a howling snowstorm with a busload of weary travelers holed up at a roadside diner. A nightclub singer named Cherie (played by Marilyn Monroe in the movie adaptation) has been kidnapped by a young cowboy who is ready to sling her over his shoulder and carry her, kicking and screaming, down the aisle. As a counterpoint to the romance, the cafe owner and the bus driver at last find time to develop a friendship of their own; a middle age scholar comes to terms with himself; and a young waitress also gets her first taste of romance.

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CHIPOLA’S ‘BUS STOP’ TICKETS ON SALE— Tickets are now on sale for the Chipola College Theater dramatic comedy, "Bus Stop," which opens a four-day run, Nov. 6.  Here Nathan Hauser and Brenna Kneiss rehearse a scence. For ticket information, call 850-718-2220.

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CHIPOLA FACC SCHOLARS—The Chipola College Chapter of the Florida Association of Community Colleges recently awarded seven scholarships to children of college employees. Scholarship recipients and their parents are, from left: Evelyn Ward, Kendyl Ward, David Hilton, Marshall Hilton, Mikey Smith, Bonnie Smith, Kylee Shores, Lisa Shores, Kevin Shores, Cassie Mitchell, Joyce Mitchell and Debbie Goines.  Not pictured is Matthew Goines. Since 1993, FACC has paid tuition for nearly 100 students through the FACC Scholarship Endowment funded through concession sales at college sports events.

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October 23, 2008

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CHIPOLA SENIOR DAY—Nearly 1,000 high school seniors from Calhoun, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty, and Washington counties attended Chipola College’s recent Senior Day hosted by Chipola’s Student Ambassadors. The seniors toured campus and enjoyed performances by the cheerleaders, men’s and women’s basketball teams, show choir, jazz band and theater.  Here, Student Ambassadors Katie Williams (left) and Russell Register (right) lead Marianna High seniors on a campus tour.

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October 23, 2008

 

CHIPOLA ALZHEIMER’S CLASSIC BRINGS NATIONAL TALENT TO MARIANNA

           

MARIANNA—The Third Annual Chipola College Alzheimer’s Classic will be held Nov. 13-15 in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center. 

            Chipola women’s basketball coach David Lane, says, “This year’s Classic will have no shortage of talented teams and players.  The eight team field includes five teams who qualified for the National Tournament last year, including National Champions Gulf Cast Community College.  Throw in three more teams from the Florida Panhandle Conference—arguably the toughest junior college conference in the country—and this year’s Classic looks to be the best yet.” 

            Along with the team talent, there will be plenty of individual talent as well.  The teams will feature 22 of the top 60 junior college sophomores and 12 of the top 34 junior college freshmen according to Dan Olson’s Collegiate Girls’ Basketball Report. 

            “The Alzheimer’s Classic at Chipola College has become the junior college tournament of the year.  It has as much talent as the National Tournament.  It is a tremendous early opportunity to see the best teams and players in junior college basketball,” Dan Olson- Dan Olson’s Collegiate Girls’ Basketball Report.

            The three-day event will feature several Top Ten matchups.  On Thursday, Nov. 13, a rematch from the National Tournament kicks off the evening at 5 p.m. as number two Trinity Valley (TX) takes on number 23 Georgia Perimeter.  The nightcap will feature ninth-ranked Chipola against number 19 Monroe (NY). 

            The first full day of games begins Friday Nov. 14 at 1 p.m.  Key matchups include defending National Champions Gulf Coast (number 5) versus number 19 Monroe (NY) at 3 p.m.  The final game of the night will be between potential ninth-ranked Chipola and second ranked Trinity Valley. 

            The third and final day of the Classic should easily be the most entertaining.  Games start at noon.  At 2 p.m. Trinity Valley will be looking to avenge last year’s lost to Gulf Coast.  At 4 p.m., upstart Pensacola will look to make a splash against Monroe.  The Classic’s final game at 6 p.m. will be the most anticipated as ninth ranked Chipola meets top ranked Jefferson College (MO).          

            The games take on more intrigue as State Farm All-Americans Latoya Williams (Chipola) and Danielle Adams (Jefferson) battle to see who becomes the front runner for JC/CC National Player of the Year.

            Lane said, “This year’s field is very talented.  I would recommend this tournament to any four year coach who is looking for a junior college player.  You will not be disappointed!” 

Thursday Nov. 13th

            5:00pm-           #2 Trinity Valley vs. #23  Georgia Perimeter

            7:00pm-           #9 Chipola vs. #18 Monroe

Friday Nov. 14th

            1:00pm-           Pensacola vs. #23 Georgia Perimeter

            3:00pm-           #5 Gulf Coast vs. #18 Monroe

            5:00pm-           Tallahassee vs. #1 Jefferson College

            7:00pm-           #9 Chipola vs. #2 Trinity Valley           

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            12:00pm-         #23 Georgia Perimeter vs. Tallahassee

            2:00pm-           #2 Trinity Valley vs. #5 Gulf Coast

            4:00pm-           #18 Monroe vs. Pensacola

            6:00pm-           #9 Chipola vs. #1 Jefferson College

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Oct. 30, 2008

CHIPOLA PRESIDENT GETS EXCELLENT RATING ON ANNUAL EVALUATION

 

MARIANNA—The Chipola College District Board of Trustees gave college president Dr. Gene Prough an excellent rating on his annual performance evaluation which was presented during the board’s regular monthly meeting on Oct. 28.

All nine board members rated the president’s performance as excellent, the highest rating available on the evaluation. In a summary of the trustees’ comments, board attorney Gerald Holley stated, “President Prough received an excellent evaluation, and should be commended for his leadership and service to Chipola College.”

Each of the nine trustees agreed that the president has met all objectives that could be reasonably attained within the time frame and with the available resources.

Board members listed several areas of the president’s strengths, including: vision for the college; ability to meet problems head-on; dedication to students; personnel selection; problem-solving; leadership; fairness; putting the interest of students first; ability to recognize and promote needed changes; excellent communicator; works well with legislators on budget matters; and continues to move the college forward to provide educational opportunities for our five county area.

 In the improvements section, one trustee suggested that the president could “improve involvement with the Board of Trustees in the formation of College policy.” Another trustee recommended that the President “should get a little more rest.”

Seven trustees made general comments, including: the President makes it easy for a Board member to do his or her job; always seeks to make Chipola a better college; is a hard worker; is very creative and innovative; trustworthy; works to make the college survive in hard times; works well with supporters to receive donations; exercises great leadership and tireless effort; is considerate of his faculty and students; gives praise to those who accomplish good things, and rarely accepts praise for his own accomplishments; and is the right leader at the right time for the college.

            Following the meeting, Prough said, “I consider it a privilege to serve as president of Chipola College. I appreciate the work of our board of trustees, faculty and staff as we continue to provide a quality educational program for the people of this area.”

During the Tuesday meeting, Prough was granted a one-year extension of his previous contract. The president requested no increase in salary, saying, “I will not ask for a raise until we can increase the salaries of our employees.”

Board Vice-Chair Jeff Crawford commended Prough for his decision in not requesting a raise during these difficult times, stating, “Not many leaders would make this decision.”  Several trustees expressed their appreciation to Dr. Prough for his commitment to the college, students, faculty and staff and to the community.

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 2004-05. 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. A new Student Services building was completed in 2005. A new entrance road to the college is slated to open in the near future to provide the setting for the college’s new $16 million Center for the Arts.

Under his leadership, the college foundation has grown from $2 million to more than $14 million. Endowments and scholarships in the foundation provide some more than $1 million annually in direct aid to students. 

During Prough’s tenure as president, the college has changed its name from Chipola Junior College to Chipola College in order to offer bachelor’s degrees. The college now offers eight bachelor’s degrees in education, business and nursing. Chipola became one of nine community colleges designated as a state college in June of this year.

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Oct. 30, 2008

CHIPOLA’S ‘BUS STOP’ TICKETS ON SALE NOW

           

            MARIANNA— Tickets are now on sale for the Chipola College Theater dramatic comedy, "Bus Stop," which opens a four-day run, Nov. 6.  

            The show opens at 7:30 p.m. nightly, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee.

            “Bus Stop” is set in a howling snowstorm with a busload of weary travelers holed up at a roadside diner. A nightclub singer named Cherie (played by Marilyn Monroe in the movie adaptation) has been kidnapped by a young cowboy who is ready to sling her over his shoulder and carry her, kicking and screaming, down the aisle. As a counterpoint to the romance, the cafe owner and the bus driver at last find time to develop a friendship of their own; a middle age scholar comes to terms with himself; and a young waitress also gets her first taste of romance.

            Chipola Theater director Charles Sirmon cast several local actors in the following roles: Brenna Kneiss as Elma, Dianna Glaze as Grace, Aven Pitts as Will, Kyndall Covington as Cherie, Nathan Houser as Dr. Lyman, Aaron Moore as Carl, Garrett Brolund as Virgil and Ben Grande as Bo. Keith Watford and Sarah Martinez are the Stage Managers.  The behind the scenes crew includes Haley Barfield, Stephanie Lawson, Courtney Corbin, Kylee Shores, Sarah Lovins, Austin Pettis and Kristina Lopez.

            For ticket information, call 850-718-2220.

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CHIPOLA’S ‘BUS STOP’ TICKETS ON SALE— Tickets are now on sale for the Chipola College Theater dramatic comedy, "Bus Stop," which opens a four-day run, Nov. 6.  Here Garrett Brolund (front) and Aven Pitts rehearse a scence. For ticket information, call 850-718-2220.

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Oct. 30, 2008

CHIPOLA BRAIN BOWLERS WIN VALENCIA TOURNEY

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola Brain Bowl Gold Team won the Valencia Community College “Delta Burke” Tournament Oct. 24-25 in Orlando.

            The Gold team defeated defending national champion Valencia 185-180 in the final round to claim the win. Chipola outlasted 30 community college teams to claim the title, finishing with a perfect 12-0 mark in the tournament.

            This is Chipola’s first championship in the annual event, after making it to the semi-finals last year. Chipola Gold team members are: Jordan Belser, Anthony Garrett, Brad Wells, and Ryan Wells.

            The Chipola Blue Team also performed well making it to the 16-team playoff round, where they lost to South Florida Community College in a close match. Blue Team members are all freshmen, including:  Anthony Berkeley, Nathan Hooppell, Drew Padgett, Cody Pickens and Morgan Stumpff.  Padgett averaged 33 points in the tournament for the Blue Team.

            The Chipola Gold team had an outstanding run in the final rounds of the tourney, with a 335-65 win over Lake Sumter in the octo-finals; a 370-55 win over South Georgia in the quarter-finals; a 235-195 win over Broward in the semi-finals and a 185-180 win over Valencia in the finals.

            Chipola Gold team members answered an amazing 115 tossup questions of the 180 they heard. The Gold team had a balanced scoring attack with each of the four members averaging at least two tossups per game. For the tournament, Anthony Garrett averaged 44 points per game with 41 tossup questions. Brad Wells scored 28 points per game with 29 tossups. Ryan Wells averaged 25 points per game with 26 tossups. Jordan Belser scored 20 points per game with 19 tossups.

            Chipola is the defending FCCAA Florida State Champion. Brain Bowl coaches are Stan Young and Dr. Robert Dunkle.

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Oct. 30, 2008

CHIPOLA NURSES SCORE WELL ON NATIONAL BOARDS

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College nursing students performed well on the latest National Council Licensure Exam NCLEX exam.

            Chipola’s third quarter NCLEX-RN passing rate is 96 percent and the NCLEX-PN passing rate is 80 percent.  The year-to-date passing rate is 94.4 percent for NCLEX-RN and 88.89 percent for NCLEX-PN.

Mil Cox, MSN, interim Director of Chipola’s Health Science programs, says, “These results prove that our nursing students are well-prepared to work in the health care field. It also speaks highly of a faculty who are committed to having a successful program.” 

            The Chipola Nursing program trains some 80 nurses a year for promising careers in the health care field.

            Chipola’s nursing program is approved by the Florida Department of Education and the Florida Board of Nursing through 2010. All of Chipola’s educational programs are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

            The Florida Board of Nursing approves Chipola’s nursing curriculum which is approved to accept 80 students per year.  Students may begin in either the Fall or Spring semester. The Spring application deadline was in September; however, students may continue to apply until all seats have been filled by qualified applicants.

Chipola’s Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program is a 1+1 LPN to RN curriculum. After completing the first year of coursework, students are eligible to take the LPN state licensure exam. Students are eligible to take the RN exam after completing the second year of the program.  Major pre-requisites for acceptance include: psychology, intermediate or college algebra, English 1101, Biology and orientation.

Chipola’s LPN to RN transition program accepts current LPN’s into the third semester of the ADN program during the Summer terms. Chipola also offers a Bachelor’s of Science degree in nursing (BSN), Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic and Certified Nursing Assistant programs.

For information about Chipola’s Health Science programs, call Mil Cox at 850-718-2278, or visit www.chipola.edu

 

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CHIPOLA NURSES SCORE WELL ON NATIONAL BOARDS--Chipola College nursing students performed well on the latest National Council Licensure Exam NCLEX exam. Here, Chipola nursing students work with instructor Kathy Wheeler.

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Oct. 30, 2008

CHIPOLA’S MATHIS EARNS GRANTS PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIAL

 

MARIANNA—Vicki Mathis, Grants Operations Coordinator for Chipola College, has earned a nationally recognized credential in the grants field and is among the first-year awardees for this distinction.

The recognition is by the Grant Professionals Certification Institute, Inc. (GPCI), an affiliate of the American Association of Grant Professionals (AAGP). Mathis is among the first 200 certified grant designers and managers who were conferred the "GPC" title as Grant Professional Certified indicating proficiency in standards that include tenure in the profession, education, demonstrated achievement and a commitment to service for public and private philanthropy.

"The past decade of activity by the American Association of Grant Professionals shows this field now requires skills far beyond just the staff-level 'writer' role," said GPCI President Marcia Ford. "Today, grant professionals are held accountable not just by their employers, but especially by charitable and corporate foundations and governments. They are called upon to negotiate elaborate collaborations between groups that can leverage more productivity than a single agency or advocacy group could manage on its own."

Beyond meeting eligibility requirements, GPCs have mastered nationally standardized competencies that are defined by nine skill sets. In partnership with the University of South Florida's Tampa-based Institute for Instructional Research and Practice, the GPC exam was established within the strict rigors of psychometric testing, and is subject to accreditation.

Mathis is a 17-year employee of the Florida educational system having served at Chipola and Washington Holmes Area Vocational Technical Center. She earned an Associate in Arts degree at Chipola.

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Oct. 30, 2008

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA

 

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

            A Real Estate Sales course will meet Saturdays and Sundays, Jan. 31, Feb. 1, 14, 15, 28 and March 1, 14, from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $250.

             The following Mandatory training for Child Care Facility Personnel and Family Child Care Home are scheduled:  Child Abuse and Neglect, Feb. 6, 6 to 10 p.m.; Child Growth and Development, Feb. 7, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Behavioral Observation and Screening, Feb. 9 and 11, 6 to 9 p.m.; Rules and Regulations (center), Feb. 16 and 18, 6 to 9 p.m.; Health, Safety and Nutrition, Feb. 21, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Pre-School Appropriate Practices, March 7, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Special Needs Appropriate Practices, April 11, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Costs range from $17 to $43 depending on length of course.

            An Internship course will meet Thursdays, Jan. 8 through April 30 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Cost is $191.  A Curriculum for Young Children course will meet Mondays, Jan. 12 through April 27 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Cost is $191.  An Early Care and Education Administrative Overview course will meet Tuesdays, Jan. 13 through April 28 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Cost is $191. 

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

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

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

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

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POPE IS EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH—Wanda Pope (left) accepts the Chipola College October Career Employee of the Month award from college president Dr. Gene Prough. Pope has worked in the college’s Physical Plant since 2002.

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Oct. 30, 2008

CHIPOLA INDIANS LEAD STATE HOOPS POLL, LADY INDIANS SECOND

 

            TALLAHASSEE—The Chipola College men’s basketball team is ranked first in the Florida Community College Activities Association (FCCAA) Preseason Coaches’ Polls and the Chipola Lady Indians are ranked second.

            Chipola’s men are the defending Florida/Region VIII champion. The Indians finished with a 35-2 record last season with one loss to conference rival Okaloosa-Walton (now Northwest Florida) and one loss to Midland in the NJCAA national tournament.

            The poll includes: (1) Chipola, (2) Miami Dade, (3) NW Florida (OW), (4) Tallahassee, (5) Santa Fe, (6) Polk, (7) Gulf Coast, (8) Central Florida, (9) Hillsborough, and (10) Indian River.

            The Panhandle Conference Men’s Basketball coaches gathered recently at Tallahassee Community College to discuss the upcoming season. Chipola was predicted to capture a sixth consecutive conference championship on the men’s side while the Gulf Coast women were picked to win an unprecedented twelfth straight league title in voting by the conference’s head coaches.

            Chipola has won the last two FCCAA/NJCAA Region VIII men’s championships and finished seventh in the 2008 NJCAA Tournament. Chipola also has garnered a number two preseason ranking from both the NJCAA and The Sporting News.  The Indians return 6-foot-8-inch All-Conference sophomore Gary Flowers. 

            The Indians open play in Poplar Bluffs, Mo., on Nov. 1 and 2 at the Three Rivers Tip-Off Classic. Chipola will travel to Ottumwa, Iowa, for a clash with preseason number one Indian Hills on Nov. 3.

            Northwest Florida State College (formerly OW) finished second in the conference men’s voting with 16 points, narrowly edging out Tallahassee CC (15 points) and Gulf Coast (14 points).

CHIPOLA LADY INDIANS

            The Chipola Lady Indians begin the season at second in the pre-season women’s state poll behind top-ranked Gulf Coast. The women’s poll includes: (1) Gulf Coast, (2) Chipola, (3) Santa Fe, (4) Pensacola, (5) Seminole, (6) Central Florida, (7) Tallahassee, (8) NW Florida (OW), (9) Daytona, and (10) Miami Dade.

            The reigning NJCAA Champion Lady Commodores enter the 2008-09 season as the team to beat in the PC, despite receiving only two of the five possible first-place votes. Gulf Coast, with 22 points in the voting, beat out Chipola, who, with three first-place votes, collected 21 points. Pensacola (15 points), Tallahassee (10 points) and Northwest Florida (seven points) round out the voting. Chipola returns 2008 All American Latoya Williams.

            The Lady Commodores are ranked fifth in the NJCAA’s preseason poll. The Tallahassee women are ineligible for the 2009 FCCAA Tournament, thus leaving the four remaining PC teams to compete for three postseason berths. Tallahassee’s games will count in the conference standings making them eligible for the PC’s regular season championship. 

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Oct. 30, 2008

CHIPOLA BASKETBALL TEAM TO HOST PARTY FOR GOLSON READERS

           

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College men’s basketball team will host an Accelerated Reading Awards Party for hundreds of Golson Elementary students Friday, Nov. 7, at 9 a.m., in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center.

            The party is a reward for the more than 650 students who met their AR goal during the previous nine weeks.  

            The nationally-ranked Chipola Indian basketball team will perform slam dunks and Globe-trotter style drills for the children. The team also will play an inter-squad game with Golson second grade teacher Reid Brockett, a professional referee, calling the game.  Students will be treated to popcorn and a drink, and the big time light show, smoke machine and big screen experience of Chipola basketball. The Chipola players also will emphasize the importance of reading and staying in school. 

            Golson principla Lee Miller, principal, is rumored to be dusting off his old basketball shoes to shoot some hoops. 

            Janie Nolen, Curriculum Specialist, says, “We really feel like this is an excellent way to promote reading and also to show how Chipola College works with us as a partner.”   

            For information, call Nolen at 850-482-9607, ext. 233, or Chipola coach Greg Heiar at 850-718-2364.

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