Marianna, FL 32446


Jan. 13, 2000


MARIANNA--Charlton Keen, vice president of Instructional & Student Services at Chipola Junior College, commends the 197 students who made the Dean’s List for academic achievement during the Spring Semester of 1999.

To be placed on the Dean’s List, a student must take 12 or more semester hours of courses and make an average of 3.25 (B+) to 4.0 (A) in all courses.

Students who made perfect averages of 4.0—straight A’s—and their hometowns are:

Alford--David C. Barton, Heather A. Bengry.

Altha--Janice P. Grantham.

Blountstown--Joshua O. Bietenholz, Jesse E. Birch, Amber L. Goodman, Maja L. Mayo, Amanda C. Williams.

Bonifay--John N. Howell, Zena S. Riley, Hilary J. Taylor.

Campbellton--Pamela R. Williams, Randall J. Wynn.

Chipley--Andrea M. Bruner, Nadia Dastgir, Jeffrey B. Peel, Timothy A. Register, Carly D. Williams, Drew N. Wood, Kimberly S. Yglesias.

Cottondale--Bryan A. Pumphrey, Brenda F. Wood.

Caryville--Carmen Sconiers.

Cypress--Melissa J. Church.

Graceville--Jason L. Toole.

Grand Ridge--Brigitte N. Barfoot, Maria M. Davis, Holly M. Wilson, Myra B. Johnson.

Greenwood--Callie W. Little, Tracy N. Mathews.

Marianna-- Kelly J. Barfield, Allison R. Borg, Terry H. Clarke,

Kristin L. Douglas, Meghan M. Eade, Stephen F. Ganstine, Gloria J. Hansford, Ryan S. Redmon, Ashley S. Gaffney, Megan R Davis.

Sneads--Barbara L. Dickens, Edwin H Yon.

Telogia--Richard G. Brown, Jr.

Students who earned grade point averages ranging from 3.25 (B+) to 3.99 (A) and their hometowns are:

Alford--Selena S. Strickland.

Altha--Robyn L. Parrish, Angela L. Hollis, Robert J. Donaldson, William J. Williford, Andy L. Shelton, George M. Ellis, Stephanie A. Batson, Malvenia L. Sapp.

Bascom--Pattie R. Welch, Casey D. Calloway.

Blountstown--Afsheen Akbar, Annie J. House, Cara D. Mitchell, Lisa R. Webb, Enocha L. Van Lierop, Laurie B Tomlinson.

Bonifay--Philip J. Flater, Nathanael L. Hawkins, Marissa B. Bell, Melanie K. Bell, Bonnie L. Birge, Nancy C. Goodman, James E. McFatter, II, Bradley M. White, Laurie S. Rich, Melissa M. Langford, Kimberly L. Gobble, Amanda M. Booth, Charley D. Herring, Brennis L. Colletti, Benjamin A. Blitch, Erin N. Flater, Lechael H. Register, Anita J. Harris.

Bristol--Cari L. Carpenter, Stacey R. Branch, Zane D. Wood, Matthew K. Carpenter.

Campbellton--Tammy A. Yates, Aggie P. Curry.

Caryville--Amy D. Burgess, Tonya A. Brown, Wayne A. Bryan.

Chipley Melissa K. Brown, Jesse D. Savell, Ronald J. Ward, Anaiis Y. Pozo, Rachel R Webb, Amanda G. Brewer, Tiffany C. Parker, Meghan C. Camp, Trisha M. Clary, Heather A. Henderson, Jonathan R. Booth, Allison M. Watson, Amanda R. Searcy, Miranda D. Aukema, Jonathan E. Rackard, Jerrett C. Pigott, Thomas M. Rodgers, Latina N. White, David S. Clenney, Kelly R. McDaniel.

Clarksville--Jodi K. Hill, Justine A. Sawyer.

Cottondale--Dana L. Johnson, Christopher A. Bishop, James W. Crisp, IV, Christopher L. Massey.

Graceville--Mildred D. Brown, Jenny N. Hunkins, Danielle R. Carver, Christopher E. Bouton, Amy M. Spears, Vickie L. Williams, Marcus T. Caraway, Kimberly A. Davis.

Grand Ridge--Ashley L. Rinck, Adam D. Basford, Carson M. Fellows, Shanna D. Stephens.

Greenwood--Shelaina D. Mercer.

Malone--Steven L. Hall.

Marianna--Mitch E. Sims, Krystal N. Sieber, Maredith J. Nolen, Thomas R. Hermann, Charles P. Wynn, Charles K. Tan, Amber L. Williams, Raymond C. Rudd, Melissa L. Arnette, Douglas L. Gwaltney, Kandi A. James, Rhonda J. Williams, Howard C. Hodge, Julie A. Barnes, Deana E. Latham, Diane L. Pipkin, Meredith L. Baker, Christen C. Nobles, Joseph S. Edwards, Alicia M. File, Benjamin W. Sutton, Christopher D. Hughes, Barbara A. Lawson, Lucinda A. Dallas, Viria S. Brown, Eric M. Oria, Demetra A. Williams, Heather N. Worthington, Jonathan D. Swearingen, Justin D. Lord, Brenda K. Peters, Christy M. Cox,William R. Dunaway, Laurita M. Hayes, Matthew J Rich, Islye S. Davis, Rachel L. Porter, Jeremy D. Reese, Michael L. Hinson, Jacob D. Mathis, Pamela K. Harrell, Olivia C. Williams, Tiffany K Nichols, Krista J. Prater.

Ponce De Leon--Damaris M. Gonzalez.

Sneads--Donna B. Tyus, April M. Yon, Justin D. Hosey, Sarah E. Brooks.

Westville--Kyle M. Hudson, Bethany D. Gomillion.

Out-of-District—Charles D. Tennille of Eufaula, AL; Andrew K. Miller of Ozark, AL; Jose A. Bautista of Santo Domingo, DR; Paul B. Marks of Apalachicola, FL; Gregory C. Brown of Chattahoochee, FL;; Kellan D. Dedge of Jasper, FL; Kaila E. Ragans of Madison, FL; Brian P. Ferreira of Naples, FL; Laura S. Snell of St. George Island, FL; Joshua B. Baxley (all A’s), James E. Taunton, Adam L. Taunton, Kristi D. Gay all of Wewahitchka, FL; David G. Wolensky of Atlanta, GA; Mary E. Crutchfield of Sylvester, GA; Lyndsey R. Bieber of O'Fallon, IL; Erin D. Cormier of Metairie, LA; Marcelle Davis of Suitland, MD; and Blake G. Taylor of Spartanburg, SC.



Jan. 13, 2000


MARIANNA-- The Chipola Junior College Show Choir will present a one-night show, JAZZMATAZZ 2000, on Friday, Jan. 21, at 7:30 p.m., in the CJC Theatre.

This special concert will feature Show Choir favorites, "Jump, Jive and Wail," "Swing Dancing," and the "Land of a Thousand Dances." The theme for JAZZMATAZZ 2000 is "Cheers to the Year."

Everyone’s favorite selections will be featured, including a medley of one of the most successful musicals of the century, "A Chorus Line." The CJC Show Choir, under direction of Dr. Ed Lyon, has received acclamation throughout the South for exciting choreography by Rebecca Parmer and Lisa Mitchell Haydel and the stunning vocals of its 14 fine singers.

The CJC Show Choir has invited as their special guests the Marianna High School Show Choir under the direction of CJC alumnus Angie White. The Marianna group will perform midway through the show.

General admission tickets--$8 for adults and $4 for students--are available from Show Choir members or in the Fine Arts Office at 718-2277. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Show Choir Spring Concert Tour.

For more information, call Dr. Lyon at 718-2221, or Joan Stadsklev at 718-2301.

Jan. 27, 2000


MARIANNA—The Chipola Junior College men’s basketball program picked up win number 1,000 with a 68-62 victory over Gulf Coast in Panama City on Tuesday, Jan. 25.

Chipola held Gulf Coast to a mere 20 points in the first half. Head coach Ryan Cross says, "I’m proud of our guys. We defended well and really controlled most of the game. Our team did a nice job of pulling out the win." Kevin Paige sparked the Indians in the win with 20 rebounds and 7 points. Janerio Spurlock led CJC in scoring with 19 points. Charles Sanders had 17, and Marcelle Davis contributed 10.

Chipola began men’s basketball in 1947, the year the college was founded. The vast majority of the CJC’s wins came under retired coach Milton Johnson, who won 628 games from 1961 to 1993. Known as the winningest coach in Florida Junior College history, the CJC gym was named in Johnson’s honor shortly after his retirement. The Panhandle Conference Championship Trophy also bears his name. Other CJC coaches who contributed big numbers toward the 999 total include: Bud Burger, who won 98 games from 1952 to 1956, and Jim Pavy, who won 97 games between 1956 and 1961. Current CJC head coach Ryan Cross is only the twelfth man to lead the Indians 53 year-old basketball program.

With win number 1,000, Chipola improves to 3-2 in the conference and 18-5 overall. The Indians are second in the conference, behind first place Okaloosa Walton at 4-1.Chipola is a half game ahead of Tallahassee and Pensacola, both at 3-3. Chipola is ranked fourth in the state. The men’s panhandle conference standings as of Jan. 26 are as follows: Okaloosa-Walton (4-1), Chipola (3-2), Tallahassee (3-3), Pensacola (3-3), Gulf Coast (1-5). All five Panhandle Conference teams are listed in the state’s Top 10 Poll. Okaloosa-Walton is first. Tallahassee is second. Chipola is fourth. Pensacola is seventh and Gulf Coast is tenth.

Several CJC players are listed in the FCCAA’s Player’s Report. Michael Hardaway leads the state in assists with 11 per game, and is seventh in steals with a 2.95 average. Will Campbell leads the state in rebounds averaging 12.55 per game. Janerio Spurlock is fifth in scoring averaging 20.47 points per game.

The Lady Indians fell to Gulf Coast 66-58 on Jan. 25. Tina Stapleton led Chipola with 15. Keelee Traylor had 14. Shehera Clark had 13. Shannon O'Connor added 12. The Lady Indians slip to 3-4 in the league and 14-8 overall. Gulf Coast leads the women’s conference race at 6-1. The Lady Indians are ranked eighth in the state. Keelee Traylor is third in the state in rebounding with 13.10 per game. Sheherah Clark is second in assists with 5.62 per game and fourth in steals with 4 per game.

Chipola will celebrate Homecoming with a pair of games against Tallahassee on Saturday, Feb. 5, at the Johnson Health Center. An alumni reception begins at 4:30 p.m. Chipola’s top athletes of the century will be recognized during the men’s pre-game ceremony. The 2000 Homecoming Queen will be crowned at halftime.

For the latest scores and information, call the CJC hotline at 718-2CJC, or visit the CJC web site at


Jan. 27, 2000

Cutline: CJC Photo

HART MAKES THIRD GIFT TO CHIPOLA—Chipola Junior College alumnus James Hart and his wife Patricia, recently made their third $10,000 installment toward a total pledge of $100,000 to the Chipola Foundation. Shown from left, are: James Hart; Dr. Larry Cook, CJC Foundation president; Patricia Hart; and CJC president Dr. Dale O’Daniel. Hart (CJC class of 1956) is a retired public relations executive and Brigadier General in the Air Force Reserve. He currently serves on the CJC Foundation board. Hart encourages fellow CJC alumni to join him in supporting their alma mater. For information about the Foundation, call 718-2478.


Jan. 27, 2000


MARIANNA—Chipola Junior College will celebrate Homecoming 2000 the week of Jan. 31 through Feb. 5.

Student events include: the Faculty/Student Basketball Game at 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 31; the presentation of candidates for Homecoming and Mr. Chipola at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 2; and the Student Talent Show at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 4.

Students and employees are encouraged to participate in dress-up days, which include: Monday, Camouflage Day; Tuesday, Overalls Day; Wednesday, High School Spirit Day; Thursday, Blue Day; and Friday, Gold Day.

The week’s events will culminate with the Homecoming Games against Tallahassee on Saturday, Feb. 5. An alumni reception is set for 4:30 p.m. in the Appreciation Club Room of the Johnson Health Center. The women’s game tips off at 5:30 p.m. The men play at 7:30 p.m. Chipola’s Top Athletes of the Century will be recognized during pre-game of the men’s contest. The Homecoming court will be presented and the queen will be crowned during halftime of the men’s game.

For information about CJC Homecoming 2000, call Bryan Craven at 718-2264.


Feb. 10, 2000


MARIANNA--High school graduates or college transfers interested in pursuing careers in the fields of music, art, or theater may audition for a scholarship or submit a visual art portfolio to Chipola Junior College's Fine and Performing Arts Department.

Music scholarship auditions are scheduled for Feb. 17, March 14, April 13 and May 18. Theatre scholarship auditions are March 11, with alternate dates on April 13 and May 18. Visual art portfolios and art application deadline is scheduled for April 13.

Application forms may be obtained by writing to the Fine and Performing Arts Department, Chipola Junior College, 3094 Indian Circle, Marianna, FL 32446, or by phoning (850) 718-2301. Applicants may also visit Chipola's web-site at


Feb. 10, 2000


MARIANNA--More than 2,000 visitors will converge on Marianna March 1-4 when Chipola Junior College hosts the Florida Junior College Men's and Women’s State Basketball Tournament.

Chipola Appreciation club president Allen Clark says, "This is one of the biggest annual events in the area. Sixteen teams, with coaches, cheerleaders and hundreds of fans will visit Marianna and contribute a significant amount of money to our local economy."

Ronnie Myers, tournament director, estimates that more than $250,000 will flow into the local economy during the tournament from food, lodging, recreation and incidental expenses.

CJC Human Resources director Karan Davis, who coordinates motel rooms for the tournament, reports that more than 175 rooms will be reserved for teams and game officials.

Waste Management is corporate sponsor for the event. District manager Len Necaise recently presented a check for $10,000 to the Appreciation Club to help fund the event. And on Feb. 8, the Jackson County Tourist Development Council awarded its first-ever grant in the amount of $10,000 to help Chipola promote the tournament. Chipola president, Dr. Dale O'Daniel says, "We are excited about hosting the tournament again this year. And we are very grateful to Waste Management and to the TDC for their support of the tournament."

Dozens of key supporters from the area are working with the Appreciation Club to sell advance tickets. Tournament passes--$25 for adults and $15 for students--will get fans into all 14 exciting tournament games. Single session tickets are $10 each.

JUCO ticket sales captains: CJC president, Dr. Dale O’Daniel and executive vice president Dr. Gene Prough; Harold Donaldson, Regions Bank; Chuck Hudson, Peoples First Bank; Tracy Clemmons, Sunland Center; William Long, Jackson Hospital; Danny Pate, Dozier School; Bill Davis, Department of Corrections; Joe Ray Durham, Bill McQuagge, Chamber of Commerce; Jason Gilmore, Peoples’ Community Bank; Bill Hopkins, Hopkins Pontiac; Cody Taylor, Gary Clark, Allen Clark, Appreciation Club Directors; Bobby Ranger, SouthTrust Bank; Tom Wilder, Bank of Jackson County; Don Graham, Peoples Bank of Graceville; Ronnie Myers, Robert Trammell, Jan Shadburn, and the Marianna Optimist Club, Kiwanis Club, Lions Club and Rotary Club.

For ticket information, call the Chipola Book Store at 718-2258, or visit the official tourney website at: www.


Feb. 17, 2000


MARIANNA--Eight men’s teams and eight women’s teams will compete for the 2000 Florida Community College Activities Association Basketball championship at Chipola Junior College, March 1-4.

Chipola was the site of the first state tourney in 1961. Chipola hosted that tourney at the school's old Field House, and coach Jim Pavy's Indians won the state title with a 65-56 victory over Manatee. Chipola has won seven state titles—more than any Florida school. The men’s tournament returned to CJC in 1996 after 35 years. Chipola hosted the first ever, combined men’s and women’s tournament in 1997, and then again in 1998 and 1999.

Four women’s teams have clinched spots to the tourney: Gulf Coast, Miami Dade, Palm Beach and Daytona Beach. The Chipola Lady Indians are currently second in the Panhandle Conference and are hopeful of a tournament berth. Only two men’s teams have clinched: Brevard and Pasco-Hernando.

This year’s tournament begins Wednesday, March 1, with four first round men’s games. The afternoon session features games at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Games for the evening session are set at 6:00 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Women’s action begins Thursday, March 2, with four first round games at 1:00, 3:00, 6:00 and 8:00.

Friday, March 3 begins with a men’s semi-final game at 1 p.m., followed by a women’s semi at 3:00 p.m. The evening session on Friday, will inlcude a men’s semi-final matchup at 6 p.m. and a women’s semi at 8 p.m.

The men’s championship game is slated for 5:00 p.m. on March 4, followed by the men’s championship at 7:30 p.m.

Tournament passes--$25 for adults and $15 for students--will get fans into all 14 exciting tournament games. Single session tickets are $10 each. Tickets are also available at the CJC Business Office.

For information, call 718-2302, or visit the official tourney website at:  www.


Feb. 24, 2000


MARIANNA—A total of nine Chipola basketball players were recently tapped for All- Panhandle Conference honors.

The Indians had two players on the All Conference team: sophomore Will Campbell and freshman Janerio Spurlock. Three CJC sophomores—Marcelle Davis, Michael Hardaway and Kevin Paige—were Honorable Mention picks. Spurlock is the state’s sixth leading scorer with a 19 point average. Campbell leads the state in rebounds with a 12.93 average. Hardaway is first in assists with an 11.27 average, and fifth in steals with a 2.92 average. The Indians finished the season with a 19-11 overall record and a 4-8 league mark.

Two Lady Indians—Tina Stapleton and Sheherah Clark--were named to the women’s All Panhandle Conference team. Lady Indians Keelee Traylor and Charrisse Hill earned Honorable Mention recognition. Clark is second in the state in assists, with a 5.96 average, and third in steals, with 4.24 per game. Traylor is the state’s number-two rebounder with a 13.56 average. Stapleton has the state’s fourth best field goal percentage, at .565.

The Lady Indians will play Daytona Beach in the first round of the State JUCO Tournament on Thursday, March 2 at 8 p.m. Chipola finished the regular season with a 20-11 record and 9-6 in league play.


Feb. 24, 2000


MARIANNA— Double Exposure, Great Britain's most sought-after violin virtuosi and one of the world's leading black female composers and pianists, will perform at the Chipola Theatre on Monday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m.

This extraordinary duo has received critical acclaim for major concert series and festivals across the US, Europe and Asia. Double Exposure’s concerts span the great Baroque, classical and romantic masterpieces for piano and violin, as well as works by living composers and include humorous, informative spoken program notes.

Violinist Thomas Bowes recently performed as soloist with the London Philharmonic. He has achieved international recognition for his work as a soloist, chamber musician and director with such ensembles as the London Mozart Players and the Maggini String Quartet. He has been guest concertmaster with such conductors as Michael Tilson Thomas, Sir Georg Solti, Kent Nagano and Colin Davis, and with such orchestras as the Royal Philharmonic, the London Symphony and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He plays a magnificent 1659 Amati violin.

Pianist/Composer Eleanor Alberga moved from her native Jamaica to London in 1970 when she won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music. A finalist in England's National Piano competition, she has performed at the Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, and Covent Garden. As a composer, Alberga has had works commissioned and performed by London Philharmonic, the London Mozart Players, the London Chamber Symphony, the European Women's Orchestra and the Bournemouth Sinfonietta.

The performance is the second of four offerings in the Chipola Artist Series. The series ends with a classic of American dramatic literature "To Kill a Mockingbird" on March 30. Tickets--$12 for adults and $8 age 18 and under—are on sale at the CJC Book Store and may be available at the door. For ticket information, call 718-2258.


Feb. 24, 2000


MARIANNA—The Chipola Lady Indians basketball team will play Daytona Beach Community College in the first round of the State Junior College Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 2, at 8 p.m.

Chipola earned an at-large berth to the tourney with a third place finish in the Panhandle Conference. The Lady Indians lost a playoff game to Tallahassee, 77-66, in Panama City on Feb. 23. Chipola finished the regular season with a 20-11 record and 9-6 in league play.

Eight men’s teams and eight women’s teams will compete for the 2000 Florida Community College Basketball championship which begins Wednesday at Chipola—site of the first state tourney in 1961. Chipola hosted that tourney at the school's old Field House, and coach Jim Pavy's Indians won the state title with a 65-56 victory over Manatee. Chipola has won seven state titles—more than any Florida school. Retired CJC coach Milton Johnson, now a tournament director, was responsible for most of Chipola’s championships.

The men’s tournament returned to CJC in 1996 after 35 years. Chipola hosted the first ever, combined men’s and women’s tournament in 1997 and again in 1998 and 1999.

This year’s tournament begins Wednesday, March 1, with four first round men’s games. The afternoon session begins at 1:00 p.m., when Brevard (Southern Champion) meets Hillsborough (Suncoast Runner-up). In the 3:00 p.m. game, Pasco Hernando (Suncoast Champion) plays Santa Fe (Mid-Florida Runner-Up). The evening session will pit Central Florida (Mid Florida Champion) against Tallahassee (Panhandle Runner-Up) in the 6:00 p.m. game. Okaloosa-Walton (Panhandle Champion) will face Palm Beach (Southern Runner-Up) in the 8 p.m. nightcap.

Women’s action begins Thursday, March 2, with four first round games. Seminole (Mid Florida Runner-Up) plays Miami-Dade (Southern Runner-Up) in the 1:00 p.m. opener. Palm Beach (Southern Champion) meets Tallahassee (Panhandle Runner-Up) in the 3:00 p.m. game. Evening session action will see Gulf Coast (Panhandle Champion) vs. Central Florida (At Large Team) in the 6:00 p.m. game. Daytona Beach (Mid Florida Champion) will play Chipola (At Large Team) in the 8:00 p.m. game.

Friday, March 5 begins with a semi-final men’s game at 1 p.m., followed by a women’s semi at 3:00 p.m. The evening session on Friday, will include a men’s semi-final matchup at 6 p.m. and a women’s semi at 8 p.m.

The men’s championship game is slated for 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 4, followed by the women’s championship at 7:30 p.m.

Tournament passes--$25 for adults and $15 for students--will get fans into all 14 exciting tournament games. Single session tickets are $10 each. Tickets are also available at the CJC Business Office.

For information, call 718-2370, or visit the official tourney website at: www.



March 2, 2000


MARIANNA--Hundreds of fans turned out to cheer for the cheerleaders at the Chipola Junior College Cheerleader Extravaganza on Feb. 28.

Cheerleaders from Altha, Cottondale, Graceville, Sneads and Marianna competed.

In the varsity squad competition, Graceville was first; Sneads finished second; Altha was third and Vernon earned Honorable Mention honors. Graceville also won the Spirit Trophy.

In the junior varsity squad competition, Sneads placed first, and Altha was second. Sneads won the Spirit Trophy.

Four cheerleaders were named All Stars: Brandi Copeland, Chattahoochee; Lois Perez, Sneads JV; Arin Turner, Ponce De Leon; and Candance Holloway, Sneads

The CJC Cheerleader tryouts will be held April 17-24. The squad is open to male and female CJC or high school students who are physically fit, energetic, and committed to cheering. Applicants must have a 2.0 GPA and must be full-time CJC students as of Fall 2000. Cheering experience is preferred. High school seniors must submit an official high school transcript and a letter of recommendation from their cheerleader coach.

For information, contact Geraldine DeFelix at 526-2761, ext. 3322, or e-mail:


March 9, 2000


MARIANNA—Dates for the Fourth Annual Kids’ College program at Chipola Junior College have been set. Session I will be June 5 to June 15, and Session II, June 19 to June 29.

Both sessions will have morning camps from 9 a.m. to Noon and afternoon camps from 1-4 p.m. Some of the activities are Swim Camp, Sports Camp, Tech Trek Camp, Performing Arts Camp, Grandmother’s Attic Camp, Arts/Crafts Camp, Around the World Camp, and others to be announced.

Director Margie Williams, says, "This is just a preview of many more things to come." Early and late classes are available for parents who wish to drop their kids off as early as 7 a.m. or pick them up as late as 5:45 p.m. Ages 6-12 are welcome. Brochures will be available around the second week in April with complete details. Pre-registration is required.

To request a brochure, call Tamie Robinson at 718-2395 or Margie Williams at 718-2239.


March 9, 2000


MARIANNA— The Chipola Lady Indians defeated top-ranked Daytona Beach 63-61 in the first round of the State Junior College Basketball Tournament on March 2 at Chipola.

The Lady Indians advanced to the semi-final round on Friday, but lost to Tallahassee 80-53. Chipola’s appearance in the state tournament marked the first time the Lady Indians’ first berth since 1990. Chipola finished the season with a 21-12 record.

Two Chipola players—Tina Stapleton and Sheherah Clark of Graceville—were named to the All Tournament Team.

The Gulf Coast Lady Commodores went on to win the tournament for a third straight year with a 59-43 win over Tallahassee in the finals.

In the men’s tournament Brevard defeated Okaloosa Walton, 66-62 to capture the men’s championship.

For complete tournament results, call 718-2CJC , or visit the CJC website at


March 9, 2000


MARIANNA— The University Center (UC) at Chipola Junior College is working with the Florida State University, Florida A & M University, the University of West Florida, and other universities, to bring bachelor's and advanced degree programs to the CJC campus.

The goal of the UC is to make it possible for students to obtain degrees without commuting or moving to a university.

The UC is currently conducting a Needs Assessment to determine which degrees are most needed and desired by area residents. UC director Dr. Kitty Myers says, "A large number of surveys have been distributed to individuals in Chipola's district, but we want to hear from anyone who has an interest in pursuing an upper-level degree at Chipola."

Interested persons should call Dr. Myers at (850) 718-2260, or pick up a survey at the CJC Administration Building.


April 13, 2000


MARIANNA-- During the second week of March the Chipola Junior College theatre came alive with the hit musical "Me and My Girl."

Charles Sirmon, CJC's new theatre coordinator opened his second show on campus to another sell out crowd. Sirmon says he is very pleased on how well the year is going and is extremely proud of his cast and crew. And Sirmon is not the only one to think so. Jim Simmonds, director at Daytona Beach Community College adjudicated the performance and gives it a rave review - "This musical was a wonderful choice for this college. Sirmon handled the cast with professional ease and confidence. I felt that the direction was very effective. The cast seemed to work well together and was inspired to work as an ensemble. The scenes had a wonderful musical rhythm that flowed from moment to moment, thus creating a quick and fluid tempo to the piece. The concept of the production was clear, producing some very entertaining musical and visual images on stage. The audience loved the show. This musical was a result of excellent corporation from director, cast, and crew. This was a very satisfying and fun night of theatre." Simmonds represents the Florida Community College Activities Association Theatre Division.

The Jackson County News says, "Director, Charles Sirmon deserves a hearty kudos for not only his direction of this play, but for his performance as well. Joan Stadsklev, CJC Fine and Performing Arts director, also deserves congratulations for her performance. All in all, the Chipola Theatre Department should be very proud of their presentation. It was very well done and if the smiles on just about everyone's face was an indication of how they enjoyed the show, they had that "feel good" feeling.

Sirmon is busy directing the upcoming musical "Alice in Wonderland" which opens May 11.



April 20, 2000


MARIANNA—Application deadline to enroll in Summer courses offered at Chipola through Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) is Thursday, April 27.

FAMU is offering several courses during the Summer semester and Fall semester 2000 on Chipola's campus that lead to degrees in Social Work.

This versatile and nationally recognized degree enables graduates to work with diverse population groups in a wide variety of settings. Social workers are professionals who help individuals, groups, or communities by obtaining services, providing counseling, and improving social and health services.

An individual may enroll as a Continuing Education Special Student before obtaining admission to FAMU. Special Students must submit a Continuing Education Registration Form by April 27. While it is permissible to enroll in up to 30 hours as a special student, it is necessary to be formally admitted to FAMU in order to receive financial aid for these courses.

Summer term (May 8-July 31) offerings in the CJC Social Science Building include: SOW 4153-801, Introduction to Social Welfare (3) Mondays, 6-9:45 p.m.; SOW 4152-801, Human Sexuality (3) Tuesdays, 6-9:45 p.m.; and SOW 4622-801, Social Work and the African American Family (3) 6-9:45 p.m. Tentative Fall offerings include: SOW 3103, Dynamics of Human Behavior (3); SOW 3232, Social Policy (3); SOW 4643, Social Work With the Aged (3); SOW 5335, Empowerment (3); SOW 5620, and Racism and Oppression (3).

For information, contact Dr. Kitty Myers at (850) 718-2260 or for information about this program and to request an application form, or visit Chipola's web-site at


April 20, 2000


TALLAHASSEE—Chipola Junior College students Kelly Barfield and Maria Michelle "Shellie" Davis were recently named to the 2000 All Florida Academic Team.

Selected by the State Board of Community Colleges (SBCC), the two CJC sophomores were among 116 outstanding community and private college students named to the team.

Barfield is the daughter of Dorothy Raines and Carey Barfield of Marianna. She is a graduate of Marianna High. At CJC, she served as editor of the college newspaper, vice president of Student Government and secretary of Student Ambassadors. She also was a member of Phi Theta Kappa, Who’s Who and the CJC Honors Program. Barfield plans to major in English at Florida State University.

Davis is the daughter of Jerry and Maria Davis of Ponce De Leon. She is a graduate of Grand Ridge High. At CJC, she was vice president of Science Club and a CJC Cheerleader. She participated in SGA, Student Ambassadors, New Friends and Baptist Campus Ministry. She also was a member of Phi Theta Kappa, Who’s Who and the CJC Honors Program. She plans to major in Nutrition at the University of Florida, in preparation for medical school.

An awards luncheon honoring the All Florida team is scheduled for April 27 at the Doubletree Hotel in Tallahassee. This event is sponsored by The Variable Annuity Life Insurance Company (VALIC), and hosted by the State Board of Community Colleges, the Foundation for Florida’s Community Colleges, Inc., and Phi Theta Kappa.

Joe Laing, Chairman of the SBCC, says, "We are proud of the outstanding students that we have in our system and it is a privilege to honor this team."

Students were nominated by their colleges for the USA Today/ Phi Theta Kappa-sponsored All-USA Academic Team. By virtue of their standing in the national competition, the All-Florida Team was chosen. In nominating students, colleges considered participation in honors programs; academic awards; academic enrichments; and sharing of academic attainments and knowledge.

Team members received Phi Theta Kappa medallions and certificates. Members of the team also received university scholarships, as well as scholarships from Florida’s Independent Colleges and Universities (ICUF).


April 20, 2000


MARIANNA—Auditions for music and theater scholarships to Chipola Junior College have been scheduled for May 18.

High school graduates or college transfers interested in pursuing careers in the fields of music or theater are encouraged to audition.

Application forms may be obtained by writing to the Fine and Performing Arts Department, Chipola Junior College, 3094 Indian Circle, Marianna, FL 32446, or by phoning (850) 718-2301. Applicants may also visit Chipola's web-site at


April 20, 2000


MARIANNA—Chipola Junior College president Dr. Dale O’Daniel, along with the CJC Governance Council and Accountability Committee, will host a public feedback session on Tuesday, April 25, at 2 p.m., in the college Public Service Building.

Public participation is scheduled from 2 to 3. Students and college employees are asked to speak from 3 to 4 p.m.

O’Daniel held a series of feedback sessions throughout the Chipola district during his first year as president in 1995. He says, "We learned a lot from our previous meetings which I believe helped us to make Chipola a better college, but it’s time for another reality check to be sure we are providing the best educational opportunities for everyone in our district. We hope everyone who has a compliment, comment, or recommendation will attend the session."

The president says he is holding this year's session on campus so students and employees will be able to participate. "As we plan for the future, we need to hear from the people who do the work of the college as well as the people we serve--both individuals and representatives of business, industry, government, education, and civic organizations," says O’Daniel.

Gail Hartzog, Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning at the college, says, "We want to give citizens, students and college employees the opportunity to voice concerns or praise about Chipola. Our sessions in 1995 included many positive comments, but we also heard some valuable suggestions from a variety of sources about ways to help more students."

Anyone who wishes to express an opinion or suggest an improvement is invited to attend the session. According to Hartzog, the committee has scheduled several speakers for five-minute presentations, but time will also be allowed for unscheduled speakers to address issues. Hartzog also urges faculty and staff to plan to attend even if schedules mean that they must come late.

For more information or to request time on the agenda, contact Hartzog in the CJC Planning Office at (850) 718-2342 or 718-2355.


April 20, 2000


MARIANNA—Chipola Junior College recognized the outstanding achievements of its students at the annual Awards Ceremony on April 20.

Awards were presented in the areas of academics, athletics and extracurricular activities.

The following students received awards for academics: Timothy Register, economics; Kristen Douglas, accounting; Sharon Cotton, office systems; Tammy Yates, Computer Programming; Drew Wood, computer science; Alethea Roberts, medical secretarial technology; Dorothy Hall, office systems technology; Viria Brown, office management technology; Maryann Barfield, accounting applications; Alicia File, business administration; Allison Watson, general biology; Callie Little, biology for science majors; Regina Ballard, anatomy/ physiology; Carol Ivey, microbiology; Callie Little, freshman chemistry; Joshua Bietenholtz, sophomore chemistry; Carmen Sconiers, physical science; Carmen Sconiers, social science; Joseph Edwards, general chemistry; Maria Ott, earth science; Ashley Gaffney, calculus I; Carly Williams, calculus II; Joshua Baxley, calculus III; Nathanael L. Hawkins, C.H. Barton Award; Maria Marcus, freshman English; Kelly Barfield, Holly Wilson, sophomore English; Missy Cumbie, Mary Ann Watson, PN Awards; Cassie Elliott, Tina King, Missy Reddoch, ADN Awards; Edwin H. Yon, electronic engineering technology; Floyd Robinson, electronic technology; Roger Holley, computer electronics technology; Curtis J. Mitchell, welding; Brad Bigelow, telecommunications; Andrew T. Pitts, automotive services technology; Dorothy L. Day, grooming and salon services; Joshua Baxley, Dr. Robert E. Ringer Award; Alicia File, Southtrust Bank Phi Theta Kappa Award.

The following students received awards for athletics: Maredith Nolen, Rachel Porter, Amanda Searcy Cheerleader Awards; Fernando Iso, Neal Sportmanship Award; Jake Mathis, Scholar-Athlete Award.

The following students received awards for leadership in extracurricular activities; Ebony White and Katrice Oliver, Black Student Union; Marianne Hart, Mu Alpha Theta; Alica File, Phi Beta Lambda; Adam Harrison, Students in Free Enterprise; Kyle McClellan, Science Club; Misty Burch, Student Ambassadors; Kelly Barfield, Chris Massey, and Jerrett Pigott, Student Government Association; Kelly Barfield and Grady Smith, The Papoose Student Newspaper; Steven L. Hall, William and Betty Stabler Library Award; Kelly Barfield, and Kevin Meadows, Brain Bowl.

Three awards were given to non-students. Deborah Buckhalter of The Floridan received the Community Service Award. The student body selected David Hilton and Bonnie Smith as Teacher of the Year and counselor Joan Miller for the Distinguished Service Award.


April 27, 2000


MARIANNA—Yahoo magazine, Internet Life, ( ranked Chipola Junior College ( in the Top 100 "Most Wired" community college campuses in the nation.

Chipola Junior College ranked number 58. Three other Florida community colleges made the list, including: Florida Community College at Jacksonville, ranked number three; Miami-Dade Community College, ranked number 47, and Okaloosa-Walton Community College, ranked number 51. According to Yahoo, the ranking considered more than 40 factors, in four general categories: Access & Infrastructure, Administrative Services, General Resources, and Student Support.

Yahoo writer Rob Bernstein says, "It used to be that U.S. colleges and universities could attract the nation's best and brightest with a prestigious name or a winning football team. But that was then. This is now: Undergraduates are as interested in a college's Net resources as in its curriculum or social life."

Chipola president Dr. Dale O’Daniel says, "We’re very proud to be named on the Yahoo list. We have tried to provide our students and employees with the best technology available to enable them to work smarter. I congratulate our district board of trustees, the college Foundation, and our employees and students, for their vision and hard work on our ongoing campus technology plan."

J. David Armstrong, Jr., executive director of the Florida Community College System, says, "Florida’s community college system is one of the best in the nation. We congratulate the four colleges for the distinction of being in the top most "wired" campuses in the nation and will continue to support the use of technology at all campuses."