October 4, 2012

REGISTER FOR CHIPOLA TERM “C” OCT. 11

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will hold new and returning student registration for Fall term C, Thursday, Oct. 11, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Term C classes begin Friday, Oct. 12. Late registration continues through 3 p.m. Oct. 12. 

                Term C courses include: (AMH 2020) American History since 1865 (online); (CLP 2140) Abnormal Psychology (online); (ENC 1101) Comm Skills I (online); (DEP 2102) Child Psychology; (DEP 2004) Human Growth and Development; (PSY 2012) General Psychology and (SLS 1101) Orientation, (online).    

                Chipola's open-door policy guarantees acceptance to any student with a standard high school diploma or its equivalent.  Prospective students should complete a college application which is available in the Office of Admissions, or online at www.chipola.edu. Students also must provide an official high school and college transcript. Students should visit an academic advisor in the Student Services building to register. 

                For information about enrolling at Chipola, call the Admission and Records office at 850-718-2311, or visit www.chipola.edu

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CHIPOLA TERM C—Chipola College will hold new and returning student registration for Fall term C, Thursday, Oct. 11, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Term C classes begin Friday, Oct. 12.Here, computer science professor Vikki Milton works with student Taylor Spikes. For information about enrolling at Chipola, call the Admission and Records office at 850-718-2311, or visit www.chipola.edu

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October 4, 2012

BUSINESS PLAN SEMINAR SET AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNAChipola College will offer a small business seminar, “Business Plan Basics,” Oct. 12.  Participants will learn which business type is suited to their personality and to create an impressive, professional business plan. The seminar also will include a walk-through of the business plan process in order to obtain financing and to create a successful business.  

                Chipola will offer several more small business seminars this year.  All seminars meet Fridays, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., in Room M-108 of the Chipola Business and Technology building.

                “International Trade, Part 2” will meet Oct. 26.  Participants will learn about market penetration strategies, market presence, collections, getting paid, export finance, and exporting for the service industry.

                “Marketing Series, Part 1:  Introduction to 21st Century Marketing” is Nov. 9.  “Marketing Series, Part 2:   Marketing on the Internet and Using Social Media” is Nov. 16. “Credit Basics” is set for Dec. 7.

                Cost of each seminar is $30. The first five Chipola students to sign up for any seminar will receive free admission. 

                Participants may register online at www.northfloridabiz.comFor more information, contact Elissa Severson at Chipola College at 850-718-2441 or email seversone@chipola.edu

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‘NOISES’ AT CHIPOLA—Chipola College Theatre is in rehearsal for the comedy “Noises Off,” which runs Nov. 1-4. Pictured from left, are: (front) Colton Day, Haley Harris, Leah Page, (back) Dante Brown, Kati Lane, Dylan Bass, Nick Cessna, Trey McKay and Christin Wiggins. Called the funniest farce ever written, this classically comic play features a two-story revolving set. Show tickets may be purchased on-line or at the Center for the Arts Box Office beginning Oct. 18.   A Sneak Peek Dinner Theatre featuring a dress-rehearsal view of the production is set for Monday, Oct. 29. For Sneak Peek tickets, call Lillie Hamil at 850-718-2375.  To become a season contributor with the Applauding Chipola Theatre (ACT) Fund, call Charles Sirmon at 850-718-2227 or email sirmonc@chipola.edu.

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APPRECIATING COUNSELORS—School counselors from five counties recently attended Chipola College’s annual Counselor Appreciation Day. Pictured from left, are: Heather Miller, Chipley High counselor; Lindsey Smith, Poplar Springs counselor; Julie Fuqua, Chipola Foundation Director; Tiffany McKinney, Chipley High counselor; and Sarah Strickland, Vernon High counselor. The meeting included discussions of transfer requirements, testing, dual enrollment and financial aid.  Counselors toured the college’s new Center for the Arts and were treated to a performance by the Chipola Show Choir. The day concluded with lunch.

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CHECKS FROM THE CHANCELLOR—Randy Hanna, Chancellor of the Florida College System, recently presented checks to Chipola College on behalf of the Florida College System Foundation. Pictured from left, are: Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough; Chipola Foundation director Julie Fuqua; and Chancellor Randy Hanna. The donations included $1,668 for the Helios Education Foundation First Generation Scholarship and $3,778 for the Bank of America “Dream Makers” Scholarship.  Recipients of both scholarships are attending Chipola this Fall. 

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BURNS TOP CHIPOLA EMPLOYEE—Nancy Burns has been selected the Chipola College Faculty/Administrator/Other Professional Award of the month for October.  Burns has served as a computer science professor at the college since 1986.  Here, Burns is congratulated by Dr. Jim Froh, Dean of the School of Business and Technology.

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ALTRUSA VISITS CHIPOLA CENTER FOR THE ARTS—Beverly Hardy, District Three Governor of Altrusa International, recently toured the Chipola Center for the Arts with Marianna Altrusa members. Pictured from left, are:  Dr. Rose Cavin, Altrusa Member-Past President; Chipola College president Dr. Gene Prough; Altrusa District Three Governor, Beverly Hardy of St. Augustine; Kathy Sloan, Altrusa Executive Board Member; and Carolyn Glass, Altrusa President. Altrusa of Marianna recently donated $2,500 to Chipola’s Applause! campaign.

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FIGHT LIKE A GIRL WREATH—Martha DeWitt, owner of Decorated Doors, recently donated a “Fight Like a Girl” wreath to the Chipola College Nursing program to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness month. Pictured from left, are: Dr. Chastity Duke, Dr. Karen Lipford, Dr. Vickie Stephens, Martha DeWitt, Amy Sampson, Amber Bruner and Jennifer Ham.  Dewitt’s wreaths are available locally at Delight.

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October 4, 2012

CHIPOLA CROSS COUNTRY TEAM FINISHES THIRD IN DARTON MEET

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Women’s Cross Country team finished third in the recent Darton College Skyles Farm Run in Albany, Georgia. 

                In the women’s 5K race, Natalya Miller of Wewahitchka was second overall in the field of 30 runners. Miller finished with a time of 20:45. She was 22nd overall in both of the team’s two previous meet in Macon, Georgia and Pensacola. She holds the record time for the Chipola program with a 20:16.

                Chipola’s Donia Lanier of Wewahitchka finished 14th overall and improved on her last performance with a time of 23:10. Kimi Wiltse of Altha ran a 24:30. Other Chipola team members include Sharlyn Smith of Altha, Katheryn Huffman of Marianna, Lauren Pettis of Marianna and Karlee Floyd of Malone.

                The Chipola team will travel to Troy University for a meet on Oct. 13. 

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CHIPOLA CROSS COUNTRY TEAM—The Chipola College Women’s Cross Country team finished third in the recent Darton College Skyles Farm Run in Albany, Georgia.  Team members are, from left: Karlee Floyd of Malone, Katheryn Huffman of Marianna, Kimi Wiltse of Altha, Natalya Miller of Wewahitchka, Sharlyn Smith of Altha, Donia Lanier of Wewahitchka, coach Rance Massengill and Lauren Pettis of Marianna. 

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October 11, 2012

SNEAK PEEK DINNER THEATRE SET AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNA—Theatre fans are invited to enjoy a unique behind-the-scenes look at Chipola Theatre at a “Sneak Peek Dinner Theatre,” Monday, Oct. 29, in the new Chipola Center for the Arts.  The event will include dinner and a dress-rehearsal view of Chipola’s Fall theatre production of “Noises Off,” which runs Nov. 1- 4. Tickets for all other performances may be purchased on-line or at the Center for the Arts Box Office beginning Oct. 18. 

                Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and will feature a pre-performance chat with Director Charles Sirmon.  Tickets are $25 per person which includes a smoked steak dinner and theatre admission. Tables of eight are available for $200. Deadline for reservations is Oct. 19.  There will be no additional seating available the night of the event.  Content may not be suitable for children under 10 years of age.

                After dinner, guests will move to the theatre for a sneak peek dress rehearsal performance of “Noises Off.” Written by Michael Fryan, “Noises Off” has been called the funniest farce ever written. The show presents a manic menagerie of a cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called, “Nothing’s On.” Doors slamming, onstage and backstage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this classically comic play. The show also will feature an elaborate two-story revolving set designed by Chipola Technical Theatre director Connie Smith.

                The “Noises Off” cast includes: Leah Page as Dotty Otley, Dylan Bass as Loyd Dallas, Trey McKay as Garry Lejeune, Haylee Harris as Brooke Ashton, Kati Lane as Poppy Norton-Taylor, Colton Day as Frederick Fellowes, Christin Wiggins as Belinda Blair, Dante Brown as Tim Allgood and Nick Cessna as Selsdon  Mowbrary.

                The event is sponsored by the Chipola Chapter of the Association of Florida Colleges (AFC).  AFC is the professional association for Florida's 28 state colleges, their boards, employees, retirees and associates.

                For dinner ticket information, call Lillie Hamil at 850-718-2375 or Evelyn Ward at 850-718-2265. 

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SNEAK PEEK DINNER THEATRE SET AT CHIPOLA—Theatre fans are invited to enjoy a unique behind-the-scenes look at Chipola Theatre at a “Sneak Peek Dinner Theatre,” Monday, Oct. 29, in the new Chipola Center for the Arts.  Pictured from left, are cast members Christin Wiggins, Colton Day and Leah Page. For ticket information, call Lillie Hamil at 850-718-2375 or Evelyn Ward at 850-718-2265. 

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October 11, 2012

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read

 

                The Chipola College Library marked Banned Books Week, Sept. 30-Oct. 6. The annual event celebrates the freedom to read. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community–librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types–in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

                The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.

                The American Library Association (ALA) compiles lists of challenged books in order to inform the public about censorship efforts that affect libraries and schools. The ALA condemns censorship and works to ensure free access to information.

                A few titles that have been challenged or banned are “To Kill a Mockingbird,” the “Hunger Games,” “Twilight,” “Harry Potter,” “The Kite Runner,” “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and “Beloved.”

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 BANNED BOOKS WEEK—The Chipola College Library marked Banned Books Week, Sept. 30-Oct. 6. Here, Chipola Librarian Jane Stephens is pictured with a display she created to bring attention to the issue of book-banning.

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CHIPOLA AFC SCHOLARS—The Chipola College Chapter of the Association of Florida Colleges (AFC) recently awarded seven scholarships to children and grandchildren of college employees. Scholarship recipients are seated with their sponsors standing, from left: Courtney Massengill and father Rance Massengill, Coleton Barberree and grandmother Kim Collins, Ryan Smith and mother Bonnie Smith, John Whittington and grandfather Gene Prough, Sicily Sapp and mother Stacey Hinson. Not pictured are Bert Givens and father Steve Givens. Since 1993, AFC has awarded over $113,000 to more than 100 students through Chipola’s AFC Scholarship Endowment. AFC members raise funds through concession sales at college sports events and with an annual silent auction. 

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October 11, 2012

AREA SINGERS INVITED TO JOIN CHIPOLA COMMUNITY CHORUS

 

                MARIANNA—Area singers are invited to be the first to sing in the Chipola College Community Chorus in the new Center for the Arts. Rehearsals are scheduled on Tuesdays, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Oct. 16 – Nov. 6, in the Center for the Arts Experimental Theatre. The final rehearsal is Nov. 8 in the main theatre with the performance slated for Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. This historic event is also the premiere of Chipola’s new vocal instructor, Dale Heidebrecht.

                Contemporary works will be selected to highlight the new facility.  An antiphonal a cappella choir and an Aaron Copland piece are among the music to be selected.

                No experience is necessary, just a willing spirit and enthusiasm for this historic first choir concert in the new Center for the Arts.

                Interested singers are asked to contact Dale Heidebrecht at (850) 718-2376 or email:

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October 11, 2012

ARTS EDUCATOR TO SPEAK AT CRAA

 

                MARIANNA—The public is invited to attend the Chipola Regional Arts Association (CRAA) meeting Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Jim’s Buffet, with a Dutch-treat luncheon at 11:30 a.m. and program beginning at noon.

                The program will feature clarinetist Dr. Amanda Morrison who will give a behind the scenes tour of a professional musician’s life and an inside look on stylistic interpretation of music.  Dr. Daniel Powell, Executive Director of CRAA, says, “Amanda and I were in graduate school together and I can’t think of a better performer/presenter to come into our community to give such insights.”

                CRAA has just initiated their annual endowment campaign to build a lifetime of resources for the arts in the Chipola District.  Their recently approved budget for this year will once again feature popular programs including: mini-grant awards, children’s programming , Chipola Artist Series, Sunday Afternoon with the Arts and Music/Art/Theatre scholarships rotating through the five county district.  This year’s rotating CRAA Scholarship will be presented to a Washington County student.

                More than 3,000 area K-12 students were recently treated to a special music program sponsored by CRAA and a state matching grant. 

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

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  October 11, 2012

chipola to host meeting of FLORIDA PROSPERITY PARTNERSHIP

 

                MARIANNA, FL – The Florida Prosperity Partnership (FPP) will host a regional meeting at Chipola College on Wednesday, Oct. 17 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in M-108.

                The Florida Prosperity Partnership grew from efforts to unify the nonprofit community that provides free services to low and moderate income Floridians.  Efforts began with free income tax preparation to ensure that Floridians claim the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). FPP members also teach free financial classes. The group recently launched Bank On Florida, an initiative to help low income Floridians reap the financial benefits of mainstream banking.

                A nine-person delegation from South Korea, led by Professor Dong-Ho Jang (Ph.D.), Department of Social Welfare at Namseoul University, will be guests for the meeting. Dr. Jang analyzes the relationship between household debt and social welfare policies in Korea. Dr. Jang, says, “I searched for an effective micro-level program that promotes financial stability for low-income families.  I found the FPP, an innovative and impressive collaborative organization.”

                Kaye Schmitz, President of the FPP said, “We are honored to be chosen by Dr. Jang and his group as the focus of their trip to America. We have many great programs to share with them and, in conjunction with United Way of Northwest Florida, will provide opportunities for them to meet with affiliated agencies, like Habitat for Humanity in Marianna.” 

                Ron Sharpe, Director for Resource Development at United Way of Northwest Florida, will also introduce the group to the Northwest Florida Dollar $mart Coalition, a regional collaborative organization focused on integrated service delivery to the Florida panhandle’s most vulnerable citizens. Other sponsors of the event include: Regions Bank, Hancock Bank and Suntrust.

                For more information, please visit www.floridaprosperitypartnership.org.

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October 11, 2012

INTERNATIONAL TRADE SEMINAR SET AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer a small business seminar, “International Trade, Part 2” on Oct. 26.  Participants will learn about market penetration strategies, market presence, collections, getting paid, export finance, and exporting for the service industry.

                Chipola will offer several more small business seminars this year.  All seminars meet Fridays, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., in Room M-108 of the Chipola Business and Technology building.

                “Marketing Series, Part 1:  Introduction to 21st Century Marketing” is Nov. 9.  “Marketing Series, Part 2:   Marketing on the Internet and Using Social Media” is Nov. 16. “Credit Basics” is set for Dec. 7.

                Cost of each seminar is $30. The first five Chipola students to sign up for any seminar will receive free admission. 

                Participants may register online at www.northfloridabiz.com For more information, contact Elissa Severson at Chipola College at 850-718-2441 or email seversone@chipola.edu

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October 11, 2012

CHIPOLA COLLEGE ATHLETICS GOLF TOURNAMENT

           

                MARIANNA— The Chipola College Athletics program will host a golf tournament at Indian Springs Golf Course Friday, Oct. 26, at 12:30 p.m.  Entry and sponsorship deadline is Friday, Oct. 19.

                Entry fee is $200 per team for a Four Person Scramble which covers greens fees, cart, lunch, and the chance to win door prizes.  Mulligans are $5.

                Tournament prizes will be awarded for: Longest drive, Closest to the Pin and Hole-in-one. Two sponsorships are available. Corportate Sponsor ($300) includes entry for one team and a club house sign. Hole sponsorships are $50. 

                All Chipola fans are invited to show support by playing, sponsoring a team, purchasing a sponsorship or making a monetary donation.   All proceeds will benefit the Chipola Athletic Department.

                For more information, call Terry Allen at (850) 849-0462 or Joc Calloway at (850) 718-2451.

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October 18, 2012

CHIPOLA AUTO TECH IS FINALIST FOR SCHOOL OF YEAR COMPETITION

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Automotive Technology program is among four finalists in Tomorrow’s Technician School of the Year competition, sponsored by O’Reilly Auto Parts and WIX Filters. 

                All finalists in Tomorrow’s Technician School of the Year competition include: Region One: San Diego Continuing Education in San Diego, Cal. Region Two: Chipola College in Marianna, Fla.; Region Three: Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood, Wash; and Region Four: Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, Pa. These four schools will vie for the title of School of the Year, as well as prizes and donations from the sponsors of the annual program. The winning school will be announced later in October.

                Judges have reviewed binders and/or videos submitted by the Top 25 schools. The judges include representatives from Tomorrow’s Technician, WIX Filters and O’Reilly Auto Parts.

An article in the November issue of Tomorrow’s Technician magazine will highlight the winning school’s automotive program. Video submissions from many of the Top 25 Schools, including the four finalists, may be viewed on the Tomorrow’s Technician YouTube channel at: http://bit.ly/RPEzOg.

                The Chipola Automotive program utilizes an industry-based curriculum in partnership with local dealerships, shops, and an advisory committee to provide students with the competitive edge in the ever-changing, high-tech training environment. The program has excellent job placement rates and students earn valuable industry credentials including ASE certifications.

                The Chipola program was nominated for an Exemplary Practice Award by the Association of Florida Colleges Occupational and Workforce Education Commission. The project, “Time to Reinvent the Wheel,” was presented by John Gardner, Chipola Automotive instructor; Chase Vlieg, Automotive teaching assistant and Dr. Jason Hurst, Chipola vice-president of Baccalaureate and Occupational Education. The project will be presented at the AFC State Convention in November. 

                Chipola also was selected as a runner-up for a 2012 Bellwether Award in the Workforce Development division. The program was a Bellwether runner-up in 2006 and won Florida’s Best Business and Education partnership in 2004.

                For information about Chipola’s Automotive Technology program, phone 718-2306 or visit www.chipola.edu

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October 18, 2012

CHIPOLA WINS BRAIN BOWL NOVICE TOURNAMENT

 

                LAKE CITY—The Chipola College Brain Bowl Team won the Third Annual Collegiate Novice Mirror held at Florida Gateway College on Oct. 13.

                Chipola defeated the University of Florida 295-265 in the final game to claim the title.

                The novice format is designed for newer players. Those who had averaged over 30 points per game in any previous tournaments were not eligible. Chipola’s leading scorer, Paul Kelson, was not eligible to compete as a novice.

                The Chipola team of Katelyn Miller, William Singleton, and Wesley Chevilott went 7-0 against the field. Miller was MVP of the tournament as the leading scorer in the preliminary rounds. Playoffs rounds do not count for individual scoring.

                Other schools in the tournament were: Valencia, Central Florida, Manatee, Lake City, South Florida, University of Florida and Florida State College at Jacksonville. Statistics are available at:  http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/1110/stats/all_games/standings/

                The Chipola Brain Bowl team has won Florida College System Activities Association for five straight years, and finished as the top two-year college at the NAQT Four-Year College Tournament two years in a row.

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October 18, 2012

 ‘NOISES OFF’ TICKETS ON SALE AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNA—Theatre fans are invited to see the first-ever Chipola College production in the new Chipola Center for the Arts.  The hilarious comedy “Noises Off” runs Nov. 1-4, with performances at 7 p.m. nightly, and a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, Nov. 4.

                Written by Michael Fryan, “Noises Off” has been called the funniest farce ever written. The show presents a manic menagerie of a cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called, “Nothing’s On.” Doors slamming, onstage and backstage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this classically comic play. The show also will feature an elaborate two-story revolving set designed by Chipola Technical Theatre director Connie Smith.

                Content may not be suitable for children under 10 years of age.

                The cast includes: Leah Page as Dotty Otley, Dylan Bass as Loyd Dallas, Trey McKay as Garry Lejeune, Haylee Harris as Brooke Ashton, Kati Lane as Poppy Norton-Taylor, Colton Day as Frederick Fellowes, Christin Wiggins as Belinda Blair, Dante Brown as Tim Allgood and Nick Cessna as Selsdon Mowbrary.

                Tickets may be purchased on-line at www.chipola.edu or at the Center for the Arts Box Office, Oct. 22-25 and 29-31, from 2 to 5 p.m., and one hour prior to each show.  For ticket information, phone 718-2277.

                To become a season contributor with the Applauding Chipola Theatre (ACT) Fund, call Charles Sirmon at 850-718-2227 or email sirmonc@chipola.edu.

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October 18, 2012

FLORIDA TEACHER OF THE YEAR TO SPEAK AT CHIPOLA OCT. 29

 

                MARIANNAFlorida’s teacher of the year will speak on the Chipola College campus, Monday, Oct. 29, at 2 p.m., in Jackson Lecture Hall of Building Z.

                Alexandre Lopes, a Pre-Kindergarten teacher at Carol City Elementary School in Miami-Dade County, was chosen as Florida Department of Education/Macy's Teacher of the Year 2013.

                Lopes teaches students with autism who are expected to participate and make progress in the Learning Experiences - An Alternative Program for Preschoolers and Parents (LEAP). "My goal is to create a structured environment conducive to independent experimentation in order to ensure the consistent and systematic learning of all of my students." To achieve that goal, Lopes makes ample use of voice output communication devices, communication boards, reachable and labeled materials, picture schedules, task analysis, smart technology, and the Internet.

                Lopes has achieved outstanding results with his special needs students. "I am committed to inspire my students to become successful and productive global citizens," said Alex. His holistic approach to teaching transforms his students into socially, emotionally, and academically strong individuals.

                Lopes uses music, dance, technology, and gentle guidance to provide his students with the phonological skills needed for reading. Through the use of toys, he encourages students to use numbers and the quantities they represent, to comprehend and expand patterns. Using chalk, crayons and paintbrushes, Lopes guides his students into developing the fine-motor skills that will allow them to become writers.

                As a National Board Certified Teacher, Lopes was invited to join Project Rewards and Incentives for School Educators (RISE). As a RISE teacher-leader, Lopes conducts professional development workshops at national conferences, where he shares research-based practices and best practices with other educators.

                Born and raised in Brazil, Lopes is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish. As an English language learner, he is aware of the challenges faced by his students from diverse backgrounds. Lopes earned a master's degree in Early Childhood Intervention from the University of Miami. He is currently seeking a doctoral degree in Special Education at Florida International University.

                For information about Lopes’ presentation, contact Chipola Teacher Education instructor Casey Bush at 718-2449 or email bushc@chipola.edu

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 October 18, 2012

MARKETING AND INTERNATIONAL TRADE SEMINARS SET AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer two small business seminars on

Friday, Nov. 9. “Marketing Series, Part 1:  Introduction to 21st Century Marketing” will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. “International Trade, Part 2” will meet at noon. 

                The Marketing seminar will cover the methods for marketing a business, targeting a market audience, creating a free web site, using social media, and optimizing internet presence.

                In the Trade seminar, participants will learn about market penetration strategies, market presence, collections, getting paid, export finance, and exporting for the service industry.

                Chipola will offer several more small business seminars this year.  All seminars meet Fridays in Room M-108 of the Chipola Business and Technology building.

                “Marketing Series, Part 2:   Marketing on the Internet and Using Social Media” is Nov. 16. “Credit Basics” is set for Dec. 7.

                Cost of each seminar is $30. The first five Chipola students to sign up for any seminar will receive free admission. 

                Participants may register online at www.northfloridabiz.com For information, contact Elissa Severson at Chipola at 850-718-2441 or email seversone@chipola.edu

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October 18, 2012

CHIPOLA OFFERS HELP FOR HEALTH AND I.T. STUDENTS

 

                MARIANNAChipola College may be able to provide assistance for certain students who enroll in Information Technology or Health related programs.

                Chipola was a co-recipient of a Florida HIRE Ed grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The partnership includes the University of West Florida and Washington Holmes Technical Center.

                The grant will not pay for tuition, but can support other costs. HIRE Ed at Chipola College will focus on the following programs: Health Sciences: nursing assistant, emergency medical technician, BRIDGE to RN, and BSN. Information Technology programs include: A+, Network +, Windows 7 (or the next version), Server 2008 (or the next version), Security +, and Ethical Hacking.

                Students must complete online inquiry and eligibility forms. The Chipola Regional Workforce Board will provide screening for participant enrollment and related services. Criteria for financial assistance from the One Stop are: Prospective students must meet one of the following criteria: unemployed, underemployed, part-time, education commensurate with pay issues, Veteran or spouse of a veteran, stopped seeking employment or long term unemployed.

                Students must provide supporting documentation to the One Stop staff in order to verify eligibility. Students cannot be in prerequisite or remedial courses and must be ready to enroll in the program of study. The project focus is primarily on completion for exam certification in the IT field or a health sciences licensure exam, and transportable through college credit to complete a degree or transfer.

                Program contacts include: Chipola College—Vicki Mathis (eligibility) 718-2289, Nancy Burns—advising for IT students, 526-2761, Ext. 3210, and Dr. Vickie Stephens—advising for health sciences, Ext. 2278.  One Stop contacts are: Lori York, 718-0326; Lisa Hayes, 638-6089, Ext. 131.

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 October 18, 2012

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CHIPOLA HOSTS SENIOR DAY—More than 1,000 area high school seniors attended Chipola College’s annual Senior Day hosted by the Student Ambassadors. Pictured are Marianna High Seniors. Students from Calhoun, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty and Washington counties enjoyed performances by the Chipola cheerleaders, men’s and women’s basketball teams, show choir and theater. Seniors were treated to lunch after touring the campus.

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KEIHN IS TOP EMPLOYEE—Shawn Keihn is Chipola College’s Career Employee for October. Keihn serves as Departmental Staff Assistant in the Teacher Education Department. She has worked at the college since 2008. Here, Keihn (right) is congratulated by Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough.

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 October 18, 2012

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chipola hosts FLORIDA PROSPERITY MEETINGThe Florida Prosperity Partnership (FPP) hosted a regional meeting at Chipola College on Oct. 17. A nine-member delegation from the Department of Social Welfare at Namseoul University in South Korea were special guests for the meeting. Sponsors for the event were United Way of Northwest Florida, Northwest Florida Dollar $mart Coalition, Regions Bank, Hancock Bank and Suntrust. For information, visit www.floridaprosperitypartnership.org.

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October 18, 2012

CHIPOLA COLLEGE ATHLETICS GOLF TOURNAMENT

 

                MARIANNA— The Chipola College Athletics program will host a golf tournament at Indian Springs Golf Course Friday, Oct. 26, at 12:30 p.m.

                Entry fee is $200 per team for a Four-Person Scramble which covers greens fees, cart, lunch, and the chance to win door prizes. Mulligans are $5.

                Tournament prizes will be awarded for: Longest drive, Closest to the Pin and Hole-in-one. 

                All Chipola fans are invited to show support by playing, sponsoring a team, or making a monetary donation.   All proceeds will benefit the Chipola Athletic Department.

                For more information, call Terry Allen at (850) 849-0462 or Joc Calloway at (850) 718-2451.

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October 25, 2012

'NOISES OFF' TICKETS ON SALE AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNA—Theatre fans are invited to see the first-ever Chipola College production in the new Chipola Center for the Arts.  The hilarious comedy “Noises Off” runs Nov. 1-4, with performances at 7 p.m. nightly, and a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, Nov. 4.

                Written by Michael Fryan, “Noises Off” has been called the funniest farce ever written. The plot plays on the concept of a play within a play, in this case a dreadful comedy titled “Nothing On,” the type of play in which young girls run about in their underwear, old men drop their trousers, and doors continually open and shut. “Nothing On” is set in a boarding house and the fictional playwright is appropriately named Robin Housemonger. Each of the three acts of “Noises Off” contains a performance of the first act of “Nothing On.” Content may not be suitable for children under 10 years of age.

                The show also features an elaborate two-story revolving set designed by Chipola Technical Theatre director Connie Smith.

                Director Charles Sirmon has cast a talented group of student actors including: Leah Page as Dotty Otley, Dylan Bass as Loyd Dallas, Trey McKay as Garry Lejeune, Haylee Harris as Brooke Ashton, Kati Lane as Poppy Norton-Taylor, Colton Day as Frederick Fellowes, Christin Wiggins as Belinda Blair, Dante Brown as Tim Allgood and Nick Cessna as Selsdon Mowbrary.

                Tickets may be purchased on-line at www.chipola.edu or at the Center for the Arts Box Office, Oct. 29-31, from 2 to 5 p.m., and one hour prior to each show.  For ticket information, phone 718-2277 or 718-2420.

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October 25, 2012

WORKFORCE ADVISORY COMMITTEES MEET AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College recently hosted a luncheon meeting for members of the Workforce Development Advisory Council.

                More than 100 area professionals and business leaders serve on 11 separate advisory committees for each of the college’s technical programs.

                Advisory committee members advise Chipola faculty on the development, evaluation, and revision of educational programs. Advisors help ensure that curriculum meets the needs of business, industry and the community and that program graduates are capable of performing entry level skills in the occupation in which they are trained.

Members also help recruit students for career and technical education training programs and aid students in locating occupationally related jobs.

                Dr. Jason Hurst, Chipola Vice President of Baccalaureate and Workforce Education, says, “We depend on the expertise of these professionals to provide real-world advice about the training we need to provide to our students. Their involvement insures that our students are well-prepared to enter the workforce.”

                Chipola advisory committees and members are:

                Automotive—Don Davis, Travel Center of America; Neil Glover, Glover’s Automotive; Ray Lawrence, Ray’s Garage; J.P. Picket, Chipola Ford; Michael Kriser, Auto Clinic; Jamie Cozart, Hopkins; Chuck  Anderson and Ricky Miller, Rahal Chevrolet; Mike Bower, Washington Holmes Technical Vocational School; Ronnie Stevens, Marianna Auto Parts; John Pforte and Jeff Eiler, Bob Pforte Motors; Philip Deshazo, Deshazo Automotive; Tony Tye, Carquest; John Merrifield, Barnes Tire; Ken Helton, Firestone; Dave Collings, Cardinal Points Engineering; Luke Shores, Cobb’s Front End; Billy Baxley, City of Marianna; Johnny Barfoot, Auto Zone; Roy Scheffer, Auto Value; Dr. Jason Hurst and John Gardner, Chipola College.

                Child Care—Kala Dean and Donna Doelman, Chipola College.

                Cosmetology—Treva Cravatt, Beauty Systems Group; Brian Davis and Catherine Davis, Supercuts; Troy Golden, Sarabeth McBride and Christy Tidwell, Dream State Salon Spa; Alice Rabion, Permanent Beauty by Alice; Kaphui Malphurs, KK’s Haircare.

                Culinary Management—John Milton, Daffin Food Service; Edwin Blitch, Jackson Hospital; Jack Noonan, Sodexo Food Service; John Mayo, Ruby Tuesday’s; Scott Jackson, U.S. Foods; Vickey Baker, Sweet Stuff Bakery; Claire Grigsby, Zaxby’s.

                Law Enforcement—Lou Roberts, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office; David Tatum, Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office; R. W. Smith, Blountstown Police Department; Hayes Baggett, Marianna Police Department; Elton Horton, Graceville Police Department; William Watford, Cottondale Police Department; Burt McAlpin, Sneads Police Department; Mark Mallory, Calhoun Sheriff’s Office; Glenn Hess, Office of State Attorney; David Edmondson, Office of State Attorney.

                Corrections—Jason Ellis, Angela Geisinger-Kelly and Lisa Johnson, Graceville Correctional Facility; Wayne Lipford and Steven White, Jackson County Correctional Facility; Randall Bryant and Ricky Cloud, Jackson Correctional Institute; Kristine Fravezzi and Lisa Hayes, One-Stop Career Center; Ronald Mathis and James Perdue, Correctional and Probation.

                Firefighting—Tony Wesley, Jackson County Fire Rescue; Nakeya Lovett, Marianna Fire Rescue; Floyd Aycock, Chipley Fire Rescue; Ben Hall, Blountstown Fire Rescue; Shay McCormick, Bonifay Fire Department; Don MacLaren, President Jackson County Fire Chiefs Association; Chuck Sawyer, Jackson County Fire Rescue; Scott Birge, Marianna Fire Rescue.

                Business—Kenny Griffin, Chipola Regional Workforce Board; Sara Applewhite, Carr, Riggs and Ingram, LLC; Nina Adams, Community South Credit Union; Terry Mullen, West Florida Electric Cooperative; Rosie Smith, Jackson Hospital; David Melvin, Melvin Engineering; William Long, Jackson County Health Department.

                Information Technology—Dennis Everett, Chipola College; Byron Ward and Dave Grossnickle, Bonifay Computers; Jamie Hussey, Jackson Hospital; Michael Pinnella, Holmes County School District; Kevin King, Department of Transportation; April Alday, Department of Revenue.

                Nursing—Gene Grantham, Blountstown Health and Rehab; Becky Galloway, Bonifay Nursing and Rehab Center; Ann Smith, Capital Regional Medical Center; Joyce Roland and Angie Edenfield, Chipola Nursing Pavilion; Merian Milton, Covenant Hospice; Jonathan Paul, Doctors Memorial Hospital; Pam Lanier, Florida State Hospital; Marilyn McKissick, Flowers Hospital; Christy Bloechl, Gentiva; Christianna Orvis, Gulf Coast Medical Center; Diane Tipps, Jackson County Health Department; Robbin Catt, Jackson Hospital; Pam Moss, Marianna Health and Rehab; Karla Nichols, Rivervalley Rehab Center; Dianne Buntyn and Gwen MacGilberry, Southeast Alabama Medical Center; Donna Franklin and Darlene See, Sunland; Barbara Alford, Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.

                EMT—Tony Wesley and Chuck Sawyer, Jackson County Fire Rescue; Phillip Hill, Calhoun County EMS; Stan Whittaker, Liberty County EMS; Greg Barton, Holmes County EMS; Randy Truette, Washington County EMS.

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CHIPOLA ADVISORY COUNCIL— Chipola College recently hosted a luncheon meeting for members of the Workforce Development Advisory Council. More than 100 area professionals and business leaders serve on 11 separate advisory committees for each of the college’s technical programs. Members of the Cosmetology Advisory Committee are, from left: Treva Cravatt, Beauty Systems; Ada Scott, Chipola College; Shanda Bruner, Chipola College; Paige Vanderwerf, Chipola College; Troy Golden and Sarabeth McBride, Dream State.  Not pictured are Alice Rabion, Permanent Makeup Beauty by Alice; Brian and Catherine Davis, Super Cuts; Kaphui Malphurs, KK’s Haircare; and Christy Tidwell, Dream State.

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October 25, 2012

FLORIDA TEACHER OF THE YEAR TO SPEAK AT CHIPOLA OCT. 29

 

                MARIANNA—Florida’s teacher of the year will speak on the Chipola College campus, Monday, Oct. 29, at 2 p.m., in Jackson Lecture Hall of Building Z.

                Alexandre Lopes, a Pre-Kindergarten teacher at Carol City Elementary School in Miami-Dade County, was chosen as Florida Department of Education/Macy's Teacher of the Year 2013.

                Lopes teaches students with autism who are expected to participate and make progress in the Learning Experiences - An Alternative Program for Preschoolers and Parents (LEAP). "My goal is to create a structured environment conducive to independent experimentation in order to ensure the consistent and systematic learning of all of my students." To achieve that goal, Lopes makes ample use of voice output communication devices, communication boards, reachable and labeled materials, picture schedules, task analysis, smart technology, and the Internet.

                Lopes uses music, dance, technology, and gentle guidance to provide his students with the phonological skills needed for reading. Through the use of toys, he encourages students to use numbers and the quantities they represent, to comprehend and expand patterns.

                As a National Board Certified Teacher, Lopes conducts professional development workshops at national conferences, where he shares research-based practices and best practices with other educators.

                Born and raised in Brazil, Lopes is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish. As an English language learner, he is aware of the challenges faced by his students from diverse backgrounds. Lopes earned a master's degree in Early Childhood Intervention from the University of Miami. He is seeking a doctoral degree in Special Education at Florida International University.

                For information about Lopes’ presentation, contact Chipola Teacher Education instructor Casey Bush at 718-2449 or email bushc@chipola.edu

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October 25, 2012

CHIPOLA SSS STUDENTS TOUR UNIVERSITIES

 

                MARIANNAThe Chipola College Student Support Services (SSS) program recently has been busy touring universities, giving its students a chance to research future education opportunities.

                SSS is a TRIO program funded by the U.S. Department of Education to assist first generation and/or low-income students and/or students with disabilities to succeed academically in college. The Chipola SSS program is funded to serve 140 students.

                Chipola SSS advisers Kristie Mosley, Christen Bennett, and their group of students visited Florida State University on Oct. 13 for a tour and a football game, a true ‘Nole experience. On Oct. 19, the group headed to Auburn University for a tour of the campus. Next semester, SSS will be visit the University of Florida and Troy University.

                High school or Chipola students interested in the SSS program should contact Kristie Mosley in (A-117) or Christen Bennett in (A-115), or call 850-718-2417.

                For more information, visit the Chipola SSS website at chipola.edu/SSS/index.htm on Facebook at ‘Chipola Trio-Programs’ and on Twitter at ‘Chipola Trio.’

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SSS PROGRAM UNIVERSITY TOUR—The Chipola College Student Support Services (SSS) program recently has been busy touring universities, giving its students a chance to research future education opportunities. Here, the group is pictured at the FSU fountain.

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October 25, 2012

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STEPHENS TOP CHIPOLA EMPLOYEE—Dr. Vickie Stephens has been selected the Chipola College Faculty/Administrator/Other Professional Award of the month for November.  Stephens has served as Dean of School of Health Sciences since 2009.  Here, Dr. Stephens is congratulated by Dr. Jason Hurst, vice president of Baccalaureate and Occupational Education.

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October 25, 2012

MARKETING AND INTERNATIONAL TRADE SEMINARS SET AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer two small business seminars on

Friday, Nov. 9. “Marketing Series, Part 1:  Introduction to 21st Century Marketing” will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. “International Trade, Part 2” will meet at noon. 

                The Marketing seminar will cover the methods for marketing a business, targeting a market audience, creating a free web site, using social media, and optimizing internet presence.

                In the Trade seminar, participants will learn about market penetration strategies, market presence, collections, getting paid, export finance, and exporting for the service industry.

                Chipola will offer several more small business seminars this year.  All seminars meet Fridays in Room M-108 of the Chipola Business and Technology building.

                “Marketing Series, Part 2:   Marketing on the Internet and Using Social Media” is Nov. 16. “Credit Basics” is set for Dec. 7.

                Cost of each seminar is $30. The first five Chipola students to sign up for any seminar will receive free admission. 

                Participants may register online at www.northfloridabiz.com For information, contact Elissa Severson at Chipola at 850-718-2441 or email seversone@chipola.edu

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October 25, 2012

CHIPOLA LADY INDIANS TO HOST TOURNAMENT

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola Lady Indians will host the Collegiate Girl’s Report Basketball Classic Nov. 8-10 in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center.

                Action begins Thursday, Nov. 8, with Northwest Florida taking on Roxbury (MA) at 3 p.m. Tallahassee meets Santa Fe in the 5 p.m. game. The Lady Indians take on Monroe (NY) in the 7 p.m. nightcap.

                Friday’s games include Gulf Coast and Roxbury at 3 p.m. St. Petersburg plays Monroe at 5 p.m. Chipola faces Monroe at 7 p.m.

                Four games are set for Saturday with Northwest and Santa Fe at 1 p.m.; Gulf Coast and Monroe at 3 p.m.; Tallahassee and St. Pete at 5 p.m. and Chipola and Roxbury at 7 p.m.

                For information, visit www.chipola.edu.

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Thursday, November 8

3:00 pm NW Florida vs. Roxbury

5:00 pm Tallahassee vs. Santa Fe

7:00 pm Chipola vs. Monroe

 

Friday, November 9

3:00 pm Gulf Coast vs. Roxbury

5:00 pm St. Petersburg vs. Monroe

7:00 pm Chipola vs. Santa Fe

 

Saturday, November 10

1:00 pm NW Florida vs. Santa Fe

3:00 pm Gulf Coast vs. Monroe

5:00 pm Tallahassee vs. St. Petersburg

7:00 pm Chipola vs. Roxbury

                          

 

October 25, 2012

CHIPOLA SOFTBALL 5K IS NOV. 10

 

                MARIANNA—The first annual Show Your Indian Spirit 5K Run/Walk and Kid’s Fun Run is Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Chipola Softball Complex.

                This fundraiser for the Chipola Softball team is to help pay for new uniforms and the team’s trip to Las Vegas where they open the spring season against top teams like Pima, Yavapai and Central Arizona.

                All runners receive a t-shirt. Medals will be awarded to first, second and third place male and female runners in each age division. Pre-registration for the 5K is $20. Registration the day of the run is $25 for the 5K, and $15 for the Kid’s Fun Run.  Registration opens at 7 a.m. The 5K begins at 8 a.m., with the Fun Run at 9 a.m.

                For more information and entry form, visit www.chipolaathletics.com or call assistant coach Kelly Brookins at 718-2468.

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October 29, 2012

Chipola Astronomy Night set for Nov. 4

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Science Club will host Astronomy Night, Sunday, Nov. 4, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Citizens Lodge in Marianna.

                 Lights will be out at the park for this event. Star-gazers should be able to see Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune and several constellations. Telescopes, hot drinks and snacks will be available.

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

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