October 1,2015

FLORIDA LOTTERY SPONSORS CHIPOLA FALL FESTIVAL

 

MARIANNA— The Florida Lottery sponsored the Chipola College Fall Festival on Oct. 1 to welcome Bright Futures scholarship recipients and to celebrate the Lottery’s 27-year history of supporting education in Florida.

Chipola’s Student Government Association puts on the annual event for the student body. In addition to Outrageous Relay Races, students enjoyed music, free food and giant inflatable games at the Chipola Pool. Several universities and armed forces brought recruiters to meet with potential students.

The Florida Lottery Bright Futures program provided free t-shirts and a drawing for premium door prizes, including Fit Bits and Beats Headphones.

Interim Lottery Secretary Tom Delacenserie was on hand to meet with Bright Futures students. Madeline Pumariega, the Chancellor of the Florida College System also addressed the students.

The Bright Futures Scholarship Program, which is funded primarily by the Florida Lottery, was created in 1997 by the Florida Legislature. Since the program's inception, the Florida Lottery has contributed more than $3.9 billion to send more than 600,000 students to college. To date, more than 5,000 Bright Futures scholarships have been awarded to Chipola College students, totaling $9.2 million.

For Bright Futures information, visit www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org/SSFAD/bf 

 

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Bright Futures Event At Chipola 10-1-15

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THE FUTURE’S SO BRIGHT—The Florida Lottery Bright Futures program sponsored the Chipola College Fall Festival on Oct. 1 to welcome students and to celebrate the Lottery’s 27-year history of supporting education in Florida. To date, more than 5,000 Bright Futures scholarships have been awarded to Chipola College students, totaling $9.2 million. Pictured from left, are: (front) Chipola Bright Futures students Winton Lowery of Liberty County, Brianna Yon of Calhoun County, Natasha Smith of Jackson County, Caitlyn Carpenter of Jackson County, Erin Dady of Holmes County and Olivia Saunders of Washington County, (back) Rep. Brad Drake, Interim Lottery Secretary Tom Delacenserie, Lottery District Manager Randy Fox, Madeline Pumariega, Chancellor of the Florida College System and Dr. Jason Hurst, president of Chipola College

 

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 October 2, 2015

FLORIDA LOTTERY SPONSORS CHIPOLA FALL FESTIVAL 

 

MARIANNA— The Florida Lottery sponsored the Chipola College Fall Festival on Oct. 1 to welcome Bright Futures scholarship recipients and to celebrate the Lottery’s 27-year history of supporting education in Florida.

Chipola’s Student Government Association puts on the annual event for the student body. In addition to Outrageous Relay Races, students enjoyed music, free food and giant inflatable games at the Chipola Pool. Several universities and armed forces brought recruiters to meet with potential students.

The Florida Lottery Bright Futures program provided free t-shirts and a drawing for premium door prizes, including Fit Bits and Beats Headphones.

Interim Lottery Secretary Tom Delacenserie was on hand to meet with Bright Futures students. Madeline Pumariega, the Chancellor of the Florida College System also addressed the students.

The Bright Futures Scholarship Program, which is funded primarily by the Florida Lottery, was created in 1997 by the Florida Legislature. Since the program's inception, the Florida Lottery has contributed more than $3.9 billion to send more than 600,000 students to college. To date, more than 5,000 Bright Futures scholarships have been awarded to Chipola College students, totaling $9.2 million.

For Bright Futures information, visit www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org/SSFAD/bf 

 

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Bright Futures Event At Chipola 10-2-15

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THE FUTURE’S SO BRIGHT—The Florida Lottery Bright Futures program sponsored the Chipola College Fall Festival on Oct. 1. To date, more than 5,000 Bright Futures scholarships have been awarded to Chipola College students, totaling $9.2 million. Pictured from left, are: (front) Chipola Bright Futures students Winton Lowery of Liberty County, Brianna Yon of Calhoun County, Natasha Smith of Jackson County, Caitlyn Carpenter of Jackson County, Erin Dady of Holmes County and Olivia Saunders of Washington County, (back) Rep. Brad Drake, Interim Lottery Secretary Tom Delacenserie, Lottery District Manager Randy Fox, Madeline Pumariega, Chancellor of the Florida College System and Dr. Jason Hurst, president of Chipola College

 

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October 2, 2015

CHIPOLA TO HOST STEM EVENT OCT. 9

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College will host a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine/Mathematics) event for area high school students, Friday, Oct. 9.

The event is entitled, “The Human Machine,” and will include activities in Anatomy and Physiology, Manufacturing, Designing Body Parts, Patient Simulators and Prosthetics.

Faculty and students from four Chipola programs—Engineering Technology, Natural Sciences, Nursing, and Business and Technology—will lead the workshops. Students will meet from 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. in M-108, O-107, Q-111 and WD-121. 

For information, call 718-2305. 

 

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October 2, 2015

CAST ANNOUNCED FOR CHIPOLA’S ‘‘CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF”

 

MARIANNA—The Chipola College Theater is in rehearsal for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof which opens a four-day run, Nov. 5.

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

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

Chipola Theatre’s Spring musical is “The Addams Family,” set for Feb. 24-28, 2015.  The Summer Children’s Show is “Superhero,” May 12.

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

For information contact Charles Sirmon, Director of Theatre, at sirmonc@chipola.edu or 850-718-2277.  Visit the Chipola Theatre page at www.facebook.com or www.chipola.edu/theatre

 

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October 2, 2015

COLLEGE FINANCING 101 SET FOR OCT. 21 AT CHIPOLA

 

MARIANNA—College Financing 101, a personal finance workshop for college students, is set for Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 1 p.m. (CST) in Jackson Hall of the Chipola Literature/Language Building. 

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

The seminar will cover all aspects of paying for college from financial aid to loans and savings plans. College costs are rising rapidly, and not every parent can afford to subsidize tuition, much less room, board, and books for four or more years (not to mention dorm furnishings, clothing, and spending money).

Everyone is welcome to attend this seminar to learn more about the options of paying for college.

 

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October 2, 2015

LAW ENFORCEMENT CLASSES SET AT CHIPOLA COLLEGE

MARIANNA—The Chipola College Criminal Justice Training Center will offer an evening Law Enforcement Academy and a Corrections to Law Enforcement Cross-over class  beginning Nov. 3.  Classes will meet weeknights from 5:30 – 9:30 P.M.

Completion of either of these programs will prepare candidates to take the State Board Examination and become certified by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission upon becoming employed with a law enforcement agency.

Prior to admission, all candidates must earn a passing score on the Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT) offered at the Public Service Building every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. The cost of the test is $45.  The deadline for all applications will be October 23rd.

Applicants must have a standard high school diploma or its equivalent and must undergo a medical physical examination, background check and drug screening. Financial assistance is available based upon need and eligibility.

For information regarding the application process, contact Steven Stewart, Law Enforcement Coordinator, at 718-2286.

 

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October 2, 2015

STARTING A BUSINESS SEMINAR SET AT CHIPOLA

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer a small business Seminar "Steps to Starting a Business in Florida," Friday, Oct. 16, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., in Room M-108 of the Chipola Business and Technology building (M).

CPA Johnny Branch, Growth Business Specialist, will lead the course which will focus on organizational requirements, location, licensing, financial assessments, insurance, marketing, loans, defining customers and employee requirements. 

The seminar is sponsored by the Small Business Development Council (SBDC) at UWF in Panama City. Cost of the seminar is $35 for the public and free for students and employees of Chipola, Gulf Coast State and UWF, who present a name tag or student ID.  Pre-registration is strongly recommended.  Participants may register online at www.sbdc.uwf.edu by clicking on Training Opportunities (Panama City). Phone 8508180570.

At Chipola, contact Katrina Griffin in Building M (108), phone 850-718-2441 or email griffink@chipola.edu.

 

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October 2, 2015

WASHINGTON COUNTY TAKE STOCK RECOGNIZES STUDENTS AND MENTORS

 

CHIPLEY—The Washington County Take Stock in Children Program and Chipola College recently hosted a Scholarship Signing and reception.

The following six students signed Take Stock in Children Scholarship contracts: Mackecia Cadogan, Brian Heward, and Carolynn Lynn of Chipley High School; and McKenzie Hunter, Joshua Lunsford, and Caitlyn Smith of Vernon High School. 

Students who sign the Take Stock contract will earn two-year scholarships to Chipola College once they graduate high school if they maintain above a “C” average, remain drug/crime free, have good behavior, and maintain respectable attendance throughout high school.

Funds for the scholarships were raised in Washington County by local businesses and families. Donors who provide support for Take Stock in Children, include: Gulf Power Foundation, Sybil and Bill Webb, Mrs. Josephine Robinson Floyd, Townsend Building Supply, The Lewis Bear Company c/o Cindy Bear Bonner, Jeanne Lavender, One South Bank, Peoples South Bank, Lisa Jones & Thelma De Vita of The Bingo King, Charles Dunn Engineering Inc., Capital City Bank c/o Wayland Fulford. 

Several individuals volunteer their time each month to serve as mentors to Take Stock Students, including: Jeff Goodman, Rhonda Dickinson, Lucinda Simonson, Susan Roberts, Denise Brock, Mary Dennis, Mitchell Brown, Caren Prichard, Tracy Sullivan, Jerry Tyre, Mishelle Hidle, Matt Orwatt, Ruth McCrary, Jeanne Lavender, Patsy Justice, Priscilla Brown, John “Troy” Lewis, Robert Knight, Pat Dickson, Forrest Smith, Milton Brown, Tracie Herbert, Polly Kneiss, Alysa Locke and Sandy Solger.

Also in attendance at the meeting, were: Tiffany McKinney, WCSD Guidance Counselor & TSIC Leadership Council; Gail Riley, WCSD Director of Curriculum and Instruction & TSIC Committee; David Solger, TSIC Committee Member and Former TSIC Director; Mary Helen Smith, TSIC Program Manager; Chipola president Dr. Jason Hurst; Kyle Newsom, Principal of Chipley High School; and Brian Riviere, Principal of Vernon High School.

 

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 Take Stock Washington County 10-2-15

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TAKE STOCK IN CHILDREN—The Washington County Take Stock in Children Program and Chipola College recently hosted Scholarship Signing and reception. Six students signed Take Stock in Children Scholarship contracts. Pictured from left, are: (front) Kyle Newsom, Principal of Chipley High School; Brian Riviere, Principal of Vernon High School; Carolynn Lynn of Chipley High School; Joshua Lunsford of Vernon High School; Caitlyn Smith of Vernon High School; Mckenzie Hunter of Vernon High School; Mackecia Cadogan of Chipley High School; and Dr. Jason Hurst, President of Chipola College.  Student Brian Heward of Chipley High School is not pictured.

 

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QEP Committee 10-2-15

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CHIPOLA QEP COMMITTEE—Chipola College is working toward reaffirmation of its accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).  As part of the process, Chipola must assess programs and operations and develop a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) to address a data-documented area for improvement.   Members of the QEP committee are, from left: (front) Dr. Irma Cruz-White, Vice-Chair Glenda Bethel, Chair Dr. Terolyn Lay, SGA president Caitlyn Carpenter, (back) John Gardner, Dr. Josh Martin, Casey Dowgul, Kurt McInnis, Amy Sampson and Robert Ivey.

 

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October 2, 2015

CHIPOLA CROSS COUNTRY RACES AT MOUNTAIN DEW RUN

 

GAINESVILLE—The Chipola College women’s cross country team opened its season at the Mountain Dew Invitational hosted by the University of Florida on Sept. 19.  The meet was open to all university and college teams. 

The Indians were led by returning sophomore Margaret Wiedeman with a time of 22:07. Freshman Lydia Wiedeman was close behind at 22:15. The sisters finished in middle of the pack of 200 runners.  Freshman Jayde Smelcer ran a 27:42. Conner Melvin posted a time of 27:44. Freshman Amber Raisebeck also participated in her first race. 

Chipola will compete Oct. 3 at South Florida State College in Avon Park.

 

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Cross Country Gainesville 10-2-15

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CHIPOLA CROSS COUNTRY RACES AT MOUNTAIN DEW RUN--The Chipola College women’s cross country team opened its season at the Mountain Dew Invitational hosted by the University of Florida on Sept. 19.  Pictured from left, are: Jayde Smelcer of Chipley, Conner Melvin of Cottondale, Lydia Wiedeman of Wakulla, Margaret Wiedeman of Wakulla, coach Rance Massengill and Amber Raisebeck of Blountstown. 

 

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Cliff Ellis with coach Brett Campbell 10-2-15

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COACH CLIFF ELLIS VISITS CHIPOLA—Coastal Carolina men’s head basketball coach Cliff Ellis (right) recently visited his alma mater Chipola College to watch the Indians’ men's basketball practice and meet with new Chipola coach Bret Campbell. Ellis, a former golf star at Chipola, is 20th all-time in Division I victories with 692 heading into this season. Ellis is the only coach in NCAA Division I history to win 150-plus games at four institutions.

 

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October 6, 2015

CHIPOLA MOURNS THE LOSS OF ALUMNUS MALCOLM GILLIS

 

HOUSTON, TX—Chipola College alumnus Malcolm Gillis, the sixth president of Rice University, died Oct. 4 at age 74.

Gillis is a native of Marianna who graduated from then Chipola Junior College in 1960.   Gillis received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. For the first 25 years of his professional life, he taught economics and helped some 20 countries apply economic analysis to public policy. His first faculty post, as an assistant professor of economics at Duke University, was followed by a 15-year stint at Harvard University. He returned to Duke, where he served as dean of the graduate school, vice provost for academic affairs and then dean of arts and sciences before coming to Rice in 1993.

Gillis served as a president of Chipola’s student government in 1960. Friends recall him as an extraordinary student who entered the college at the age of 17 and worked 35 hours a week while maintaining outstanding grades.

He was named Chipola’s 1992 Alumnus of the Year. In an interview that year, Gillis said, “I am very much in debt for the educational opportunity provided me by Chipola. Without that opportunity, higher education would probably not have been an option for me.” Gillis returned to Marianna in 2008 to deliver the commencement address at the Chipola graduation ceremony. 

A University Professor, the Ervin Kenneth Zingler Professor of Economics and a professor of management, Gillis served as president of Rice from 1993 to 2004, one of the university’s most active periods. He was a well-known economist who consulted with numerous countries on economic public policy.

“Malcolm served Rice as its president for 11 years with extraordinary distinction and dedication, raising the university to new heights,” President David Leebron said. “His efforts bettered not only the university, but the city of Houston, the state of Texas, the nation and the world. He continued to serve Rice in many capacities in the 11 years since his presidency, including as teacher, scholar and global ambassador.”

Rice Provost Marie Lynn Miranda, says, “Malcolm was an energetic, gregarious and impassioned advocate for higher education. He was a global citizen who served the world in so many ways. I was always struck by Malcolm’s ability to do so much professionally while still making his family the center of his life. He was a great fisherman and a captivating storyteller.”

Under Malcolm’s leadership the university has taken great strides forward in facilities, faculty and finances. The Gillis era will be recorded in history as one in which Rice made significant advances, especially in research and scholarship, international reputation and aspiration.”After his presidency, Gillis resumed his teaching career under the title University Professor, Rice’s highest faculty designation. His research interests included fiscal theory and policy, economic development, environmental policy and natural resources (theory and policy). He co-authored the popular textbook Economics of Development and served as co-editor for the Quarterly Journal of Economics. He published in the leading journals of his fields, including Quarterly Journal of Economics, American Economic Review and Journal of Development Economics.

In 2008 Texas Gov. Rick Perry appointed Gillis to an oversight committee for the new Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). Gillis was elected vice chair of CPRIT, which is charged with issuing $3 billion in general obligation bonds over 10 years to fund grants for cancer research and prevention.

Two university professorships are named in Gillis’s honor: the Malcolm Gillis University Professor at Rice and the S. Malcolm Gillis Professorship of Public Policy at Duke.Last week the ARA named Gillis an honorary alumnus — a title that the association has awarded to only 10 others.

Gillis is survived by Elizabeth, three children – Nora, Heather and Stephen – and grandchildren. Details about a memorial service are pending.

 

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 The Late Dr. Malcolm Gillis At 2008 Chipola Commencement 10-8-15

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The late Dr. Malcolm Gillis pictured as guest speaker at the 2008 Chipola College Commencement ceremony.

 

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October 8, 2015

Chipola Senior Day is Oct. 14

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College’s Student Ambassadors have invited some 1,000 area high school seniors from Calhoun, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty, and Washington counties to visit the Chipola campus on Wednesday, Oct. 14.

The day will begin at 9 a.m. in the Milton Johnson Center with performances by the cheerleaders, and men’s and women’s basketball teams. The seniors will then tour the campus to learn about the college’s 42 programs. Students will visit the Center for the Arts for performances by the show choir and theatre students. The day will end with a pizza lunch on the lawn of the Johnson Center.

 

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October 8, 2015

The Late Dr. Malcolm Gillis At 2008 Chipola Commencement 10-8-15

CHIPOLA MOURNS THE LOSS OF ALUMNUS MALCOLM GILLIS

 

HOUSTON, TX—Chipola College alumnus Malcolm Gillis, the sixth president of Rice University, died Oct. 4 at age 74.

Gillis is a native of Marianna who graduated from then Chipola “Junior” College in 1960.   He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.

For the first 25 years of his professional life, he taught economics and helped some 20 countries apply economic analysis to public policy. His first faculty post, as an assistant professor of economics at Duke University, was followed by a 15-year stint at Harvard University. He returned to Duke, where he served as dean of the graduate school, vice provost for academic affairs and then dean of arts and sciences before coming to Rice in 1993.

Gillis served as a president of Chipola’s student government in 1960. Friends recall him as an extraordinary student who entered the college at the age of 17 and worked 35 hours a week while maintaining outstanding grades. He was named Chipola’s 1992 Alumnus of the Year. In an interview that year, Gillis said, “I am very much in debt for the educational opportunity provided me by Chipola. Without that opportunity, higher education would probably not have been an option for me.” Gillis returned to Marianna in 2008 to deliver the commencement address at Chipola. 

Gillis served as president of Rice from 1993 to 2004, one of the university’s most active periods. He was a well-known economist who consulted with numerous countries on economic public policy.

“Malcolm served Rice as its president for 11 years with extraordinary distinction and dedication, raising the university to new heights,” Rice President David Leebron said. “His efforts bettered not only the university, but the city of Houston, the state of Texas, the nation and the world. He continued to serve Rice in many capacities in the 11 years since his presidency, including as teacher, scholar and global ambassador.”

Rice Provost Marie Lynn Miranda, says, “Malcolm was an energetic, gregarious and impassioned advocate for higher education. He was a global citizen who served the world in so many ways. I was always struck by Malcolm’s ability to do so much professionally while still making his family the center of his life. He was a great fisherman and a captivating storyteller.”

After his presidency, Gillis resumed his teaching career under the title University Professor, Rice’s highest faculty designation. His research interests included fiscal theory and policy, economic development, environmental policy and natural resources (theory and policy). He co-authored the popular textbook Economics of Development and served as co-editor for the Quarterly Journal of Economics. He published in the leading journals of his fields, including Quarterly Journal of Economics, American Economic Review and Journal of Development Economics.

In 2008 Texas Gov. Rick Perry appointed Gillis to an oversight committee for the new Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). Gillis was elected vice chair of CPRIT, which is charged with issuing $3 billion in general obligation bonds over 10 years to fund grants for cancer research and prevention.

Two university professorships are named in Gillis’s honor: the Malcolm Gillis University Professor at Rice and the S. Malcolm Gillis Professorship of Public Policy at Duke. The Association of Rice Alumni (ARA) recently named Gillis an honorary alumnus — a title awarded to only 10 others.

Gillis is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, three children – Nora, Heather and Stephen – and grandchildren. Details about a memorial service are pending.

 

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October 8, 2015

STARTING A BUSINESS SEMINAR SET AT CHIPOLA

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer a small business Seminar "Steps to Starting a Business in Florida," Friday, Oct. 16, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., in Room M-108 of the Chipola Business and Technology building (M).

CPA Johnny Branch, Growth Business Specialist, will lead the course which will focus on organizational requirements, location, licensing, financial assessments, insurance, marketing, loans, defining customers and employee requirements. 

The seminar is sponsored by the Small Business Development Council (SBDC) at UWF in Panama City. Cost of the seminar is $35 for the public and free for students and employees of Chipola, Gulf Coast State and UWF, who present a name tag or student ID.  Pre-registration is strongly recommended.  Participants may register online at www.sbdc.uwf.edu by clicking on Training Opportunities (Panama City). Phone 8508180570.

At Chipola, contact Katrina Griffin in Building M (108), phone 850-718-2441 or email griffink@chipola.edu.

 

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October 8, 2015

First Commerce 10-8-15

COLLEGE FINANCING 101 SET FOR OCT. 21 AT CHIPOLA

 

MARIANNA—College Financing 101, a personal finance workshop for college students, is set for Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 1 p.m. (CST) in Jackson Hall of the Chipola Literature/Language Building. 

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

The seminar will cover all aspects of paying for college from financial aid to loans and savings plans. College costs are rising rapidly, and not every parent can afford to subsidize tuition, much less room, board, and books for four or more years (not to mention dorm furnishings, clothing, and spending money).

Everyone is welcome to attend this seminar to learn more about the options of paying for college.

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October 8, 2015

 

CHIPOLA CROSS COUNTRY PLACES AT SOUTH FLORIDA RUN

 

AVON PARK—The Chipola College women’s cross country team finished third at the Panther Invitational, Oct. 3, at South Florida State College.

The Indians were led by sophomore Margaret Wiedeman who finished seventh overall with a time of 21:37. Freshman Lydia Wiedeman was ninth overall at 21:52.

Freshman Jayde Smelcer improved her time this week with a 24:34.  Conner Melvin posted a time of 28:33. Freshman Amber Raisebeck also scored for the Indians. 

Chipola will compete Oct. 9 at LaGrange College in Georgia.

 

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CHIPOLA CROSS COUNTRY PLACES AT SOUTH FLORIDA RUN— The Chipola College women’s cross country team finished third at the Panther Invitational, Oct. 3, at South Florida State College. Team members are, from left: Pictured from left, are: Margaret Wiedeman of Wakulla, Lydia Wiedeman of Wakulla, Jayde Smelcer of Chipley, Conner Melvin of Cottondale and Amber Raisebeck of Blountstown. 

 

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October 8, 2015

CHIPOLA TEAMMATES REUNITED FOR BLUE JAYS POSTSEASON RUN

 

TORONTO—Former Chipola College teammates Jose Bautista and Russell Martin are reunited this year on the Toronto Blue Jays squad that is playing in the MLB postseason for the first time since 1993.

The Jays finished the regular season with the second-best record in the American League, and will host the Rangers when the AL Division Series opens Thursday, Oct. 8, at the Jay’s own Rogers Centre.

Bautista and Martin last played together at Chipola in 2000-01, leading the Indians to a Panhandle Conference title and a second place finish in the state tournament.

Chipola baseball coach Jeff Johnson says, “We’re extremely of proud of these two guys for what they do on and off the field. They are great players with a lot of class and excellent leadership skills.  They’ve always been talented, but through hard work, they have developed themselves into All-Stars. I’m proud to see the fruits of their labor, and I can’t wait to watch them in the postseason.”

Bautista, a starting outfielder for the Jays, is a six-time All-Star, with the fans selecting him every year from 2010 to 2015. He led all players in All-Star voting in 2014 and 2013. In 2010, Bautista became the 26th member of the 50 home run club which includes Babe Ruth, David Ortiz and Mickey Mantle. Bautista led the majors in homeruns in 2010 (54) and 2011 (43). He has won two Hank Aaron Awards and two Silver Slugger Awards.

Bautista signed a five-year $65 million contract in 2011. During his time in the majors, he has played for the Pirates, the Orioles and the Royals. He was drafted by the Pirates in the 20th round of the 2000 draft. 

Martin, a Canadian native, is the Jays everyday catcher. The four-time All-Star (2015, 2011, 2008 and 2007) was drafted by the Dodgers in 2002 and made his MLB debut in 2006. He spent five years with the Dodgers before moving on to the Yankees. In 2012, he led the Pirates to their first post-season appearance in 21 years. In 2014, the 32 year-old signed a five-year, $82 million contract, with the Jays, the biggest free agent contract in team history.

Bautista and Martin are both regulars at Chipola’s Alumni Baseball Weekend held each February. The event helps raise money for the college baseball program and gives local fans a chance to rub elbows with some of the great players in pro baseball. 

For the latest news about Chipola Athletics, visit www.chipolaathletics.com.

 

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 Chipola's Martin (left) and Bautista (right) 10-8-15

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CHIPOLA TEAMMATES REUNITED FOR BLUE JAYS POSTSEASON RUN—Former Chipola College teammates Jose Bautista and Russell Martin are reunited this year on the Toronto Blue Jays squad that is playing in the MLB postseason for the first time since 1993. Pictured from left, are: (top) Martin and Bautista in Blue Jays uniforms (2015), and (bottom) Martin and Bautista at Chipola (2001).

 

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October 8, 2015

Chipola's Cat On A Hot Tin Roof 10-8-15

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CHIPOLA’S CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF—The Chipola College Theater is in rehearsal for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof which opens a four-day run, Nov. 5. Here Shayli Tharp as Margaret and Walker Straun as Brick rehearse a scence. Tickets go sale two weeks prior to the performance. Theatre fans are invited to join the Applauding Chipola Theatre (ACT) VIP fund, which guarantees the best seats for all shows.  For information, contact Charles Sirmon, Director of Theatre, at sirmonc@chipola.edu or 850-718-2277.  Learn more about Chipola Theatre at www.facebook.com or www.chipola.edu/theatre.

 

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October 8, 2015

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CHIPOLA HOSTS ATTACK ACT—Students from 12 local high schools attended a recent Attack ACT seminar at Chipola College. The Chipola Talent Search program hosted the event for 10th-12th grade students to offer strategies to improve scores on the ACT.  Students need a score of 19 to qualify for dual enrollment.  The ACT is also a requirement for Florida Bright Futures.  The next Attack ACT will be offered in March of 2016.  For information, call the Chipola Talent Search Office at 850-718-2431.

 

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October 8, 2015

Riddle 10-8-15

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CHIPOLA GRAD WORKING WITH GEIST—Chipola College Business Management graduate Cathy Riddle is working with Geist, a world-wide data center monitoring company. The company supplies data center infrastructure products to major financial, technology and cloud providers. Riddle earned a BSBA in Management from Chipola in 2012 and was an officer in Chipola’s award-winning Phi Beta Lambda business fraternity.  She is an Operations Trainee at Geist’s Lincoln, Nebraska branch, and is scheduled to transfer to the company’s China office in the position of Program Manager. Pictured from left, are: Chipola President Dr. Jason Hurst, Katrina Griffin, Business and Technology Departmental Staff Assistant; Cathy Riddle and Dr. Jim Froh, Dean of the School of Business and Technology.

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October 8, 2015

 Curtis Jenkins Chipola Faculty Of Month 10-8-15

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JENKINS IS TOP CHIPOLA EMPLOYEE—Curtis Jenkins has been selected the Chipola College Faculty/Administrator/Other Professional Award of the month for October.  Jenkins is a Welding Instructor and has worked at the college since 2015.  Pictured from left are, Curtis Jenkins and Darwin Gilmore, Dean of Workforce and Economic Development.

 

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October 8, 2015

 Fall Festival Winner 10-8-15

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POPE WINS $100 AT CHIPOLA—Chipola College student Taj Pope won the $100 grand door prize at the recent Chipola Fall Festival. Here, Pope accepts the cash from Nancy Johnson, Student Activities Director, and Dr. Rachel West, English Professor.

 

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October 8, 2015

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APPRECIATING COUNSELORS—School counselors from five area counties recently attended Chipola College’s annual Counselor Appreciation Day. Pictured from left, are: Tiffany McKinney, Chipley High School Counselor; Lisa Taylor, Vernon High School Counselor; and Melissa Cauley, Chipola Student Advisor and Dual Enrollment Liaison. The meeting included discussions of transfer requirements, testing, dual enrollment and financial aid.  Counselors visited the college’s new Engineering Technology program and were treated to lunch.

 

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October 15, 2015

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Chipola 10-15-15

OPENING NIGHT DINNER THEATRE SET FOR ‘CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF’

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College Theatre will present a special dinner and opening night performance of ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,’ Thursday, Nov. 5, at the Center for the Arts. 

Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Experimental Theatre with the show following at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person which includes dinner and theatre admission. Tables of eight are available.

Deadline for Dinner Theatre reservations is Oct. 30. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the Center for the Arts Box Office or online at www.chipola.edu/boxoffice.  There will be no additional dinner seating available the night of the event.  Additional performances of the show are set for Nov. 6-7 and a 2 p.m., Sunday matinee, Nov. 8, at 2 p.m. All tickets go on sale Oct. 22.

Set in the Mississippi Delta plantation home of Big Daddy Pollitt, the Tennessee Williams play examines the relationships among members of the Pollitt family. Brick, an alcoholic ex-football player, drinks his days away and resists the affections of his wife, Maggie “the Cat.” His reunion with his father, Big Daddy, who is dying of cancer, jogs a host of memories and revelations for both father and son. The Pulitzer-Prize winning drama examines social mores, greed, superficiality, deception, sexual desire, repression and death.  This production is for mature audiences and is not recommended for children under age 13.

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

For information, call the Center for the Arts Box Office at 850-718-2420.

 

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October 15, 2015

COLLEGE FINANCING 101 SET FOR OCT. 21 AT CHIPOLA

 

MARIANNA—College Financing 101, a personal finance workshop for college students, is set for Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 1 p.m. (CST) in Jackson Hall of the Chipola Literature/Language Building. 

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

The seminar will cover all aspects of paying for college from financial aid to loans and savings plans. College costs are rising rapidly, and not every parent can afford to subsidize tuition, much less room, board, and books for four or more years (not to mention dorm furnishings, clothing, and spending money).

Everyone is welcome to attend this seminar to learn more about the options of paying for college.

 

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October 15, 2015

JACKSON COUNTY TAKE STOCK IN CHILDREN

MARIANNA—The Lighting the Way for Kids Foundation, Inc., in partnership with Take Stock in Children, recently welcomed three new Jackson County students to the Take Stock in Children program.

Local organizations, business leaders, school board employees and the Jackson County community raised enough funds to purchase scholarships for three of Jackson County’s deserving students.

Students apply for the Take Stock in Children program during their eighth grade year. If selected, they begin high school with the promise of a two-year scholarship to Chipola College once they graduate.

TSIC participants are also matched with a volunteer mentor who meets with them regularly at school. Students and parents sign a contract agreeing to maintain above a 2.0 GPA, attend school regularly, and remain drug and crime free.

Take Stock is a grass-roots program that depends on volunteers and private donations. The organization is seeking volunteers to mentor a student several times a month or to provide monetary donations.

For more information on how to help provide scholarships, mentors, and hope for deserving students in Jackson County, call 718-2428 or find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/tsicchipola

 

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JACKSON COUNTY TAKE STOCK—The Lighting the Way for Kids Foundation, Inc., in partnership with Take Stock in Children, recently welcomed three new Jackson County students to the Take Stock in Children program. Pictured from left, are: (front) Jamie Durden, Kameron Butler, Kaitlin Kent, (back) Chephus Granberry, Dr. Jason Hurst, Chris Johnson, Jennie Durden, Charlotte Gardner, Stacey Goodson, Kenneth Griffin, Vicky Beauchamp, Gene Kent, Steve Benton and Mary Helen Smith.

 

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October 15, 2015

CHIPOLA FINE ARTS DEPARTMENT WELCOMES NEW INSTRUCTOR

 

MARIANNA—The Chipola College Fine and Performing Arts Department welcomes Dr. Christina Villaverde-Cámara as an Assistant Professor in the music department.        

Villaverde has an extensive, successful career as a lyric soprano having performed with companies such as Florida Grand Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera Birmingham and the National Opera of Costa Rica among others. Her upcoming performances include a recital at the National Opera Association Annual Conference.

She says, “I am enthusiastic and excited to return to Florida and join the faculty of the historic and dynamic Chipola College, as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts.” She will teach applied voice lessons, Music Appreciation, and will direct the college and community chorus. She invites all voices, ages 16 and up, to join the Community Chorus for regular practices Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m. in the McLendon Fine Arts Building on the Chipola Campus. For information on the Community Chorus, call 718-2376 or visit www.chipola.edu.

Villaverde specializes in Spanish repertoire and has published a treatise on the art songs of Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona. Her work as an artist and scholar is recognized by the Metropolitan Opera National Council, Florida Grand Opera and the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). Her principal teachers include Stanford Olsen, Jana Young and Gianna Rolandi. Her students are consistently cast in opera and musical theater roles at the collegiate and professional levels, and place prominently in regional and national competitions, including NATS National Student Auditions.

Villaverde holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami, Master’s and Doctorate degrees from Florida State University. She has previously served on the faculties of FSU and Samford University.

 

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STEM AT CHIPOLA—Chipola College hosted a STEM event for area high school students on Oct. 9. The event entitled, “The Human Machine,” included activities in Anatomy and Physiology, Manufacturing, Designing Body Parts, Patient Simulators and Prosthetics. Faculty and students from five Chipola programs—Engineering Technology, Natural Sciences, Nursing, EMS and Business and Technology—led the workshops. In first photo, Marianna High junior Ellory Fuqua participates in a virtual reality activity. In second photo, Chipola engineering major Hayden Hurst (center) leads students in an AutoCad exercise.  

 

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 Cottondale High Seniors at Chipola Sr. Day 10-15-15

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Chipola Senior Day—Some 1,000 seniors from 15 area high schools attended Chipola College’s annual Senior Day on Oct. 14. Hosted by the Chipola Student Ambassadors, the day included performances by the cheerleaders, and men’s and women’s basketball teams and show choir and theatre students. Seniors also toured the campus to learn about the college’s 42 programs. The day ended with a pizza lunch on the lawn of the Johnson Center. Here, Cottondale High School Seniors and Student Ambassadors head out for a campus tour.

 

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October 15, 2015

Chipola Baseball Alumni 10-15-15

FORMER CHIPOLA TEAMMATES LEAD BLUE JAYS TO AL DIVISION TITLE

 

TORONTO—It may not have been the shot heard round the world, but Jose Bausista’s go-ahead, three-run homer in the 53-minute, seventh inning of the American League Division Series, certainly echoed across Canada and the U.S.

In what is already being called “The Inning,” former Chipola teammates and now Blue Jays stars, catcher Russell Martin and outfielder Jose Bautista, were the center of attention. With the scored tied 2-2, in the top of the seventh, Martin’s routine throw back to the pitcher struck the bat of Rangers hitter Shin-Soo Choo and rolled down the third base line. Baserunner Rougned Odor scored uncontested from third base to put the Rangers up 3-2. The call set off a firestorm of reviews, an official protest and awakened the ire of 49,000 fans in Rogers Centre.

In the bottom half of the seventh, the Jays’ bats came together as the Rangers’ gloves seemed to fall apart. Toronto loaded the bases on three Texas errors and evened the score at 3-3. Then, with two on and two out, Bautista smashed a three-run home-run into the upper decks to put the Jays up 6-3, the final score. To make it even more special, this is Jays’ first postseason appearance in 22 years and the first for Bautista, an 11-year MLB veteran. 

Joey Bats, as Bautista is known by Jays fans, posted this on Instagram after the game, “As I go to bed I think about how blessed I am to even have gotten the chance to do something so positive for a city like what I did tonight. Much Love Toronto and Mama.” 

Chipola Baseball Coach Jeff Johnson, said, “It’s incredible to see two of our guys who played together at Chipola, having that kind of success on the biggest stage in baseball. I’m so happy for Russell, who is a native Canadian, and for Jose, who is playing in the postseason for the first time in his career.”

Chipola and Toronto fans will have more to enjoy as the win moves the Jays on to the American League Championship Series to face Kansas City in the seven-game series beginning Oct. 16. The ALCS winner will represent the American League in the World Series.

 

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October 15, 2015

CHIPOLA BASKETBALL TIPS OFF OCT. 30

 

MARIANNA—The defending national champion Lady Indians open the home basketball season, Oct. 30-31, when they host the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Classic. On Friday, Oct. 30, Chipola plays Pinellas County Job Corps at 7 p.m. Pensacola meets Central Georgia Tech at 5 p.m.

On Saturday, Oct. 31, Chipola plays Central Georgia Tech at 4 p.m. Pensacola meets Pinellas Job Corps at 2 p.m.

Both Chipola teams host the Milton Johnson Classic, Nov. 6-7. The Lady Indians play Georgia Highlands Nov. 6 at 5 p.m., followed by the Indians vs. IMG at 7 p.m. Northwest’s women play Florida State (Jax) at 1 p.m. Northwest’s men play Cape Fear at 3 p.m.

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

For information on Chipola sports, visit http://www.chipolaathletics.com.

 

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October 22, 2015

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

 

MARIANNA—The Chipola College Theater production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof opens a four-day run, Nov. 5.

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

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

A special dinner and opening night performance is set for Thursday, Nov. 5. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by the show at 7 p.m. Dinner/show tickets are $30 per person which includes dinner and theatre admission. Tables of eight are available. Deadline for Dinner reservations is Oct. 30. Tickets must be purchased in advance

Tickets for all showings are on sale at the Center for the Arts Box Office or online at www.chipola.edu/boxoffice.  The show plays nightly, Nov. 5-7, at 7 p.m., with a 2 p.m., Sunday matinee on Nov. 8.

For information, visit www.chipola.edu/theatre, or phone 850-718-2420.

 

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October 22, 2015

LIBERTY COUNTY TAKE STOCK IN CHILDREN

 

BRISTOL—The Liberty County Take Stock in Children Program and Chipola College recently hosted a Scholarship Signing and reception.

Three students— Kayla Nava, Hellen Nava and Lorrainna Nava—signed scholarship contracts. Students who sign the Take Stock contract will earn two-year scholarships to Chipola College once they graduate high school if they maintain above a “C” average, remain drug/crime free, have good behavior, and maintain respectable attendance throughout high school.

 

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LIBERTY TAKE STOCK 1—The Liberty County Take Stock in Children Program and Chipola College recently hosted a Scholarship Signing and reception. Pictured from left, are: David Summers (Liberty County Superintendent), Kayla Nava (New TSIC Student) and Hannah Causseaux (Chipola Board Member).

 

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LIBERTY TAKE STOCK 2—The Liberty County Take Stock in Children Program and Chipola College recently hosted a Scholarship Signing and reception. Pictured from left, are: Take Stock students Hellen Nava and Lorrainna Nava, (back) TSIC Committee Members- Cari McSpaddin, Hannah Causseaux, Tina Tharpe, Gay Lewis, Janna Hill, Linda Smith, Johnette Wahlquist, Donna Summers, Becki Black and Chaille Eikeland.

 

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October 22, 2015

Dr. Rose Cavin 10-22-15

CHIPOLA’S CAVIN WINS TEACHER EDUCATION AWARD

 

GAINESVILLE—Chipola College mathematics professor Dr. Rose Cavin was presented the Mary L. Collins Award for Excellence in Teacher Education by the Florida Association of Teacher Educators at their annual conference in Gainesville on Oct. 17.  

The award is presented each year to individuals who have made significant contributions to teacher education in Florida. The honor is named for Dr. Mary Collins, Professor of Teacher Education at Nova Southeastern University.

Cavin was nominated by Dr. Lou Cleveland, retired Dean of the Chipola School of Education. Cleveland said, “In her role as mathematics education facilitator, Dr. Cavin uses her two-year math classes as teaching practicums for pre-service teachers in the math education program.  She models outstanding practices in classroom management and techniques that assess student knowledge and promotes student engagement that should be imitated by the teacher candidates.”  

Dr. Cavin schedules personal visits to K-12 classrooms to provide support and feedback to the pre-service teachers.  Because of her support of in­service teacher effectiveness, cooperating teachers in the K-12 classrooms have praised the preparation level of their practicum students and interns.  The Chipola Teacher Education program has had a 100% placement rate of mathematics education graduates, and, in the last 10 years, Chipola graduates have a 90% rehire rate after the first year.  

In her doctoral program, Dr. Cavin’s research project: Developing Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPCK) in Pre-Service Math and Science Teachers was shared as a pilot project at the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) Conference in Austin, Texas. Her final research was recognized as an outstanding paper at the 2008 SITE Conference in Las Vegas. 

Dr. Cavin has accompanied Chipola’s pre-service teachers to professional conferences on the state level and encourages students to present at these conferences. She accompanied Chipola math-education students to the Florida Teachers of Mathematics Conference where her student, Robert Hawkins, was selected for the Lichtenberg Pre-service Educator Grant.  She mentored him in writing about his experiences at the conference, and his submission was published in the FCTM magazine, Dimensions. 

In her role as a teacher educator, Dr. Cavin has served on multiple state and local committees.  She recently served on a State advisory committee for the implementation of Common Core materials into the K-12 classrooms, and serves as a board member for the Florida Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (FAMTE).  She has been a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics throughout her teaching career, along with the Florida affiliate, FCTM.

Dr. Lou Cleveland says, “Dr. Cavin has contributed to improving the teacher education profession.  As a veteran teacher she has the wisdom of both content and experience, but as an innovator who continues to participate in personal professional development and reflection on her own teaching, she is making an impact on teacher education in her own classroom, in pre-service teachers, in mathematics and education faculty and in state and national education stakeholders.”          

Dr. Cavin is married to local CPA Dale Cavin.  She has two adult children, Rob Cavin, engineer with Oculus, and Dr. Julie Cavin, Associate Veterinarian at the New England Aquarium.

 

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October 22, 2015

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CHIPOLA ENGLISH MAJORS ATTEND CONFERENCE—Members of the English Education program at Chipola College recently attended the Professional Development Institute in Cocoa Beach, Florida, hosted by the Florida Council of Teachers of English. Students attended sessions on topics related to the teaching of English/language arts in grades 6-12. Bob Probst and Kylene Beers, nationally-recognized researchers, authors, and teachers of English, were among the presenters. The students were accompanied by Chipola Dean, Dr. Pam Rentz FCTE board member and executive editor of the Florida English Journal; and Chipola English instructor Amie Myers, who serves as assistant editor of the journal. Pictured from left, are: Lizzie Hester, Shamiya Murph Ware, Ashley Carr, Katelynn Lewis, Kayla Wilson, Amie Myers, Bob Probst, Kylene Beers and Thomas Herndon.

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October 22, 2015

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CRAA SUPPORTS THE ARTS AT CHIPOLA—Joan Stadsklev, President of the Chipola Regional Arts Association, recently presented checks to the various departments in the arts at Chipola College, including art, theatre, jazz band and show choir. Pictured from left, are: Joan Stadsklev; Evelyn Ward, Director of Fine and Performing Arts; Christina Villaverde-Camara, college and community chorus director; and Angie White, director of Chipola Show Choir.

 

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October 22, 2015

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CRAA HELPS ARTIST SERIES—Joan Stadsklev, President of the Chipola Regional Arts Association (CRAA), presents a check to Chipola College President Dr. Jason Hurst in support of the Chipola Artist Series.  CRAA has been a financial supporter of the college's Artist Series for over 25 years.

 

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October 22, 2015

CHIPOLA CROSS COUNTRY COMPETES AT BERRY COLLEGE

 

ROME, GA—The Chipola College women’s cross country team finished the season at the Berry College Cross Country Invitational on Oct. 17. All five Chipola runners ran personal record (PR) times in the 6K race.

The Indians were led by sophomore Margaret Wiedeman who finished 39th out of 180 runners with a personal best time of 25:44 in the 6K race. Freshman Lydia Wiedeman was 43rd overall at 26:43. Jayde Smelcer ran a 30:01. Amber Raisebeck finished with a 31:45. Conner Melvin ran a 34:21.

Chipola Coach Rance Massengill, says, “I’m very proud of our team. Every runner continued to improve throughout the season. We are looking forward to next year.”

Chipola offers scholarships for women’s cross country. For information, contact coach Massengill at 850-718-2440 or email massengillr@chipola.edu

 

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CHIPOLA CROSS COUNTRY RUNS AT BERRY COLLEGE — The Chipola College women’s cross country team finished the season at the Berry College Cross Country Invitational on Oct. 17. All five Chipola runners ran personal record (PR) times in the 6K race. Pictured from left, are: Mike Smith, Chipola student assistant; Conner Melvin of Cottondale, Amber Raisebeck of Blountstown, Lydia Wiedeman of Wakulla, Margaret Wiedeman of Wakulla, Jayde Smelcer of Chipley and Cross Country Coach Rance Massengill.

 

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October 22, 2015

CHIPOLA BASKETBALL TIPS OFF OCT. 30

 

MARIANNA—The defending national champion Lady Indians open the home basketball season, Oct. 30-31, when they host the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Classic. On Friday, Oct. 30, Chipola plays Pinellas County Job Corps at 7 p.m. Pensacola meets Central Georgia Tech at 5 p.m.

On Saturday, Oct. 31, Chipola plays Central Georgia Tech at 4 p.m. Pensacola meets Pinellas Job Corps at 2 p.m.

Both Chipola teams host the Milton Johnson Classic, Nov. 6-7. The Lady Indians play Georgia Highlands Nov. 6 at 5 p.m., followed by the Indians vs. IMG at 7 p.m. Northwest’s women play Florida State (Jax) at 1 p.m. Northwest’s men play Cape Fear at 3 p.m.

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

For information on Chipola sports, visit http://www.chipolaathletics.com.

 

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October 23, 2015

FSU COACH LEONARD HAMILTON TO VISIT MARIANNA THURSDAY

 

MARIANNA—FSU basketball coach Leonard Hamilton will visit Marianna, Thursday, Oct. 29, at an event co-hosted by the Chipola Appreciation Club and the Panhandle Seminole Club.

The event will be held at Citizens Lodge on Caverns Road at 5 p.m. (CST). The public is invited to meet Hamilton to hear his outlook on the Seminoles’ upcoming 2016 Basketball Season.  Refreshments will be served.

This is Hamilton’s 14th season at FSU. In 23 years as a head coach, his teams have qualified for seven NCAA tournaments and eight NITs, highlighted by appearances in the NCAA Tournament's "Sweet Sixteen" in 2000 (with Miami) and 2011 (with Florida State). Hamilton played college basketball at the University of Tennessee at Martin.

Hamilton was named ACC Coach of the Year on March 10, 2009, and a second time in 2012. Hamilton is the first coach to be named coach of the year in both the Big East and ACC.

 

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October 29, 2015

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

 

MARIANNA—Tickets are on sale for the Chipola College Theater production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof which runs Nov. 5-8. 

The show plays nightly, Nov. 5-7, at 7 p.m., with a 2 p.m., Sunday matinee on Nov. 8.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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October 29, 2015

Barefoot Movement Chipola Art Series 10-29-15

CHIPOLA ARTIST SERIES GOES BLUEGRASS WITH BAREFOOT MOVEMENT

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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October 29, 2015

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BSU AND FCA SHARE IN OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

 

The Chipola College Black Student Union and FCA are participating in Operation Christmas Child.  Members recently collected 365 items at Wal-Mart to give to underprivileged children.  Items such as crayons, glue, coloring books, toothpaste, toothbrushes, pencils, deodorants, toys and more were donated.

Black Student Union members who participated in the event were President, Liz Jones; Treasurer, Angelica Livingston; Members: Winter Caldwell, Marquis Baker, Alliyah Baker, Jackie Dudley and Kyron Walker. FCA advisor Joc Calloway also participated.

FCA will mail shoe boxes filled with gifts to children in other countries.  FCA meets Thursday nights at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.  BSU meets Thursdays at 11:45 a.m. in Bldg. C, Room 104.  Everyone is welcome to join both clubs.

BSU will hold a Voter Registration Drive Wednesday, Nov. 18, in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Building Lobby from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.   Staff from the local Supervisor of Elections office will be present to obtain registrations.  Those who have not registered to vote, or who need to make changes to party affiliation or personal information, are encouraged to participate.  A picture ID is required to register.  The year 2016 brings an opportunity to vote in major elections.  All students are encouraged to register and to participate in our electoral process.

 

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October 29, 2015

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BAILEY AND BRYANT DISCUSS ANIMAL PROTECTION AT CHIPOLA

 

MARIANNA—Ecosystems, biodiversity, endangered species, protection and preservation were themes of two recent interactive zoological presentations for Chipola College Environmental Science.

Billy Bailey, Florida Caverns State Park Specialist, presented zoological remains—skulls from beaver, bobcat, possum, raccoon, alligator; turtle shells, owl feathers, hornet nests; insect exoskeletons, snake skins, rattlesnake rattles—to teach ecological concepts of keystone species, niches, adaption, parasitism and habitat destruction. 

For each artifact Bailey stressed the importance, and in some cases, the perturbation of the organism to the ecosystem.  Examples include:  beaver keystone species, found in Caverns Park, creating ponds from creeks, thereby increasing the biodiversity; the armadillo, an exotic invasive species, pushing the skunk out of the ecosystem; and the Suwanee River Cooter, consumed to near extinction, hunting crustaceans in the ecosystem.

Dianna Sue Bryant, Wildlife Rehabilitator and Big Bend Wildlife Sanctuary Volunteer for “Sacred Earth Wildlife Refuge,” also presented information to the students. Bryant exemplifies a U.S. Fish and Wildlife mandate to get animals back into the wild. Only those animals with permanent disabilities are protected on her property where they become part of the educational program for visiting schools and public events. 

Bryant brought an Eastern Screech Owl, a Great Horned Owl and a Red-Tailed Hawk (Ceytan Magi, meaning Spirit of the Hawk), holding the animals on her arm, and teaching the students about their behavior and care.  The animals were hit by vehicles, and are now partially blind, which prohibits a return to the wild. 

Dianna encourages hunters not to use lead bullets, encountering Bald Eagles near death after ingestion.  For those who encounter an injured wild animal, she recommends contacting local veterinarians who will refer you to her. She urges people not to attempt to care for injured, wild animals at home.

Dianna is a protégé of Betsy Knight (founder of the Big Bend Wildlife Sanctuary in 1988). She was known for holding funerals for birds killed in the wild. Bryant is one of five rehabilitators in Florida, and among 1,500 nationwide. 

 

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October 29, 2015

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MONEY FOR PIZZA PERSONAL FINANCE SEMINAR IS NOV. 10

 

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

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

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

 

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October 29, 2015

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING SEMINAR SET AT CHIPOLA

 

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

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

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

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

 

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October 29, 2015

HOLMES COUNTY STUDENTS JOIN TAKE STOCK IN CHILDREN

 

BONIFAY—The Holmes County Take Stock in Children Program and Chipola College recently hosted a Scholarship Signing and reception.

Three students— Jesus Hernandez, Amber Lewis and Stella Waldron—signed scholarship contracts. Students who sign the Take Stock contract will earn two-year scholarships to Chipola College once they graduate high school if they maintain above a “C” average, remain drug/crime free, have good behavior, and maintain respectable attendance throughout high school.

 

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TAKE STOCK HOLMES COUNTY—The Holmes County Take Stock in Children Program and Chipola College recently hosted a Scholarship Signing and reception. Pictured from left, are: (front) students Jesus Hernandez, Amber Lewis, Stella Waldron, (back) Shirley Owens, Eddie Dixon, Brian Morgan, Robert Kirkland, Andrea Biddle, Mickey Hudson, Misty Waldron, Debbie Kolmetz, Roger Brooks, Carmen Bush and Alan Justice.

 

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October 29, 2015

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CHIPOLA’S SINGLETARY ATTENDS SCIENCE ED CONFERENCE—Jessica Singletary, a pre-service biology teacher in the School of Education at Chipola College, recently attended the 2015 Science Educators’ Conference, sponsored by Florida Association of Science Teachers and the Florida Department of Education.  Teachers, scientists, and researchers from around the state shared best practices for student achievement within the theme: “Capitalizing on STEM.”  In addition to networking with science teachers, Jessica gained knowledge from attending field trips, workshops and seminars, which she will share at the Chipola College Future Educators’ Workshop on Saturday, Feb. 6.

 

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October 29, 2015

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MOCK IS CHIPOLA EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH—Meri Mock is Chipola College’s Career Employee for September.  Mock serves as a Publications Coordinator in the Public Relations department and has worked at the college since 2013.  Pictured from left, are: Meri Mock and Chipola president Dr. Jason Hurst.

 

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October 29, 2015

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SEVERSON IS CHIPOLA EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH—Elissa Severson is Chipola College’s Career Employee for October.  Severson serves as a Department Associate in the Assessment, Compliance and Grants department and has worked at the college since 2008.  Pictured from left, are: Dr. Matthew Hughes, Dean of Assessment, Compliance and Grants, Elissa Severson and Chipola president Dr. Jason Hurst.

 

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October 29, 2015

Chipola Hoops #1 Auteonna Gilmore 10-29-15

CHIPOLA LADY INDIANS RANKED FIRST IN NATIONAL POLL

 

MARIANNA—The defending national champion Chipola Lady Indians are ranked first in both the national and state pre-season women’s basketball polls.

Chipola opens the home basketball season, Oct. 30-31, when they host the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Classic. On Friday, Chipola plays Pinellas County Job Corps at 7 p.m. Pensacola meets Central Georgia Tech at 5 p.m.

On Saturday, Chipola plays Central Georgia Tech at 4 p.m. Pensacola faces Pinellas Job Corps at 2 p.m.

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

Head Coach Greg Franklin is optimistic about his fourth season at Chipola. “This is a much different team than we had last year. We have a lot more depth, but we’re also young. We’re looking to gain some maturity before conference begins,” Franklin said. 

Chipola returns only two starters from the 2015 national championship team—Auteonna Gilmore and Rosemarie Julien. “Auteonna was phenomenal last year, especially in the postseason, and Rosmarie has grown so much as a player and a person,” Franklin said. 

Franklin says Redshirt sophomore Micah Norris (5’11) will bring some much needed experience to the team. “She’s a long, athletic player who can shoot and bring a lot of pressure.”

The Lady Indians picked up more than the championship trophy in Salina, KS, last March. Sophomore Cynthia Petke (6’1) transferred to Chipola from Hutchinson after her team’s only loss of the season to the Lady Indians in the national title game. Franklin says, “Cynthia is a big-time player. She averaged 16 points and 11 rebounds for Hutch and has verbally committed to play at Georgetown next year.”

Both Chipola teams host the Milton Johnson Classic, Nov. 6-7. The Lady Indians play Georgia Highlands Nov. 6 at 5 p.m., followed by the Indians vs. IMG at 7 p.m. Northwest’s women play Florida State (Jax) at 1 p.m. Northwest’s men play Cape Fear at 3 p.m.

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

The Chipola Indians are ranked sixth in the pre-season poll under new head coach Bret Campbell.

For information, visit www.chipolaathletics.com.

 

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