September 6, 2007

CHIPOLA COLLEGE MAKES WASHINGTON MONTHLY’S TOP 30

 

            WASHINGTON, D.C.—Chipola College was listed among the top 30 community colleges in the United States by Washington Monthly in the magazine’s first-ever national ranking of community colleges.

            Chipola was 18th in the rankings which are based mainly on graduation rates and the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSEE).

            Other Florida community colleges on the list included: North Florida CC (6), Lake City CC (12), Chipola College (18), Valencia CC (23) and Florida CC at Jacksonville (25).

            According to Washington Monthly the rankings were designed to identify community colleges that excel in using teaching methods that researchers have linked to increased student achievement and those that are successful in helping students earn degrees.

            Fifteen percent of the rating is based on federal graduation rates, specifically the percentage of students who earn a degree or credential within 150 percent of the expected time—three years for a two-year degree, for example.

            The remaining 85 percent of each college’s rating is based on the unequally weighted benchmarks of the CCSSEE survey which compiles raw survey data into five benchmarks: Active and Collaborative Learning, Student Effort, Academic Challenge, Student-Faculty Interaction, and Support for Learners.

            Dr. Sarah Clemmons, Chipola Vice President of Instruction and Student Services, said, “If we use the CCSSE report well, it will allow our faculty and staff to gauge and monitor performance in areas that are central to our work.” She said much more detailed data has been evaluated to identify areas where Chipola can increase “student engagement,” defined as the amount of time and energy students invest in meaningful educational practices.

            Clemmons said “We participate in the CCSSE so we can compare our performance with that of other small colleges across the nation.” She said another benefit is that specific survey items answer important questions: What are our students’ goals? What issues keep them from persisting in college? How effectively are we engaging students in the classroom? How satisfied are students with the support services we offer?

            Much of what was learned from the CCSSEE survey led to the development of Chipola’s Quality Enhancement Plan for SACS reaccreditation. The goal of the QEP is to help students continue toward the completion of their program of study and not drop-out or stop-out along the way. One component will help students when they first arrive on campus and the second will help them when they encounter traditionally difficult courses.

 

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CHIPOLA MAKES WASHINGTON MONTHLY’S TOP 30Chipola College was listed among the top 30 community colleges in the United States by Washington Monthly in the magazine’s first-ever national ranking of community colleges. Pictured are members of Chipola’s Class of 2007.

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September 6, 2007

CHIPOLA TAKES GROUND WATER LESSONS TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College science teacher candidates and alternative certification teachers recently created a unit plan on ground water which was taught at Marianna High and Grand Ridge Middle Schools.

            Students located their home wells on topographical maps and collected samples for testing and data analysis.

            The cooperative learning exercise is part of the Teaching Methods course in Chipola’s Secondary Science B.S. program. Teacher candidates, Carole Chandler, Rachel Edminson, and Liz Sims, collaborated with two of Chipola’s alternative certification teachers, Betty Taylor and Tammy Yates on the project.

            The college students implemented the unit plan with Marianna High chemistry students under the direction of Whitney Cherry, instructor and a graduate of Chipola’s first Secondary Science Education class. Greg Granger, Chipola science intern, collaborated with his supervising teacher, Regina Sizemore, and her students at Grand Ridge Middle.

            For information about Chipola’s Ground Water program, contact Vicki Mathis, 850.718.2289, on behalf of the Chipola Science faculty.

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WATER WORKS— Chipola College science teacher candidates and alternative certification teachers recently created a unit plan on ground water which was taught at Marianna High and Grand Ridge Middle Schools. Here, Marianna High senior Jessica Whittington (left) works with Betty Taylor, a student in Chipola’s Alternative Certification program.

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September 6, 2007

CHIPOLA NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS IS THURSDAY, SEPT. 20

 

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College’s Night of Champions event to honor retired Chipola coaching legend Milton H. Johnson is Thursday, Sept. 20, at 6 p.m., at the Jackson County Agricultural Center. 

            The fundraiser will help establish a scholarship in honor of Johnson who won over 800 games during his 32 years at Chipola.

            A handful of tickets remain for the event featuring Billy Donovan, coach of the Florida Gators two-time national champions basketball team.

            The Night of Champions caps off a year-long celebration of Chipola’s success in college athletics with all four of the college’s teams winning state championships and baseball and softball capturing national championships.                        

            Other featured speakers at the Sept. 20 event will be Chipola alumnus Cliff Ellis, head coach at Coastal Carolina, and Chipola’s “fab four” coaches: David Lane, women’s basketball; Greg Heiar, men’s basketball; Belinda Hendrix, softball; and Jeff Johnson, baseball.

            Tickets for the dinner are $75, most of which is tax-deductible. For information, call 850-718-2375.

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September 6, 2007

troy TO OFFER MASTER’S IN COUNSELING AT CHIPOLA

           

            MARIANNATroy University will hold an information session for students interested in the Master of Science Counseling and Psychology program, Thursday, Sept. 13, at 5 p.m., in Building M, Room 108, on the Chipola College Campus. 

            Admission information, applications and registration materials will be available. The 12-course Social Services Counseling Master’s program is designed to train social service providers interested in working in settings that do not require licensure.

            All classes will be held on the Chipola campus.

            For information, visit www.panamacity.troy.edu, or call Lisa Kitto at 850-283-4449.

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September 6, 2007

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA

 

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

            A Real Estate Sales course will meet Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 15, 16, 30, Oct. 13, 14, 28, and Nov. 10 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Cost is $250.

            An Introduction to Yoga for Everybody class will meet Mondays and Wednesdays, Oct. 22 through Dec. 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Cost is $64.

            The following Mandatory training for Child Care Facility Personnel and Family Child Care Home are scheduled:  Rules and Regulations (center), Sept. 10 and 12, 6 to 9 p.m.; Pre-School Appropriate Practices, Oct. 20, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Special Needs Appropriate Practices, Oct. 27, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Child Abuse and Neglect, Nov. 2, 6 to 10 p.m.; Child Growth and Development, Nov. 3, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Behavioral Observation and Screening, Nov. 5 and 7, 6 to 9 p.m.; Health, Safety and Nutrition, Nov. 10, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Costs range from $17 to $43 depending on length of course.

            An Early Care and Education Administrative Overview course will meet Tuesdays, Jan. 8 through April 22 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Cost is $191.  An Internship course will meet Thursdays, Jan. 10 through April 24 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Cost is $191. 

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

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

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

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

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September 6, 2007

CHIPOLA THEATRE TO HOLD AUDITIONS FOR ‘GREATER TUNA’

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College Theatre will hold open auditions for the hit comedy “Greater Tuna,” Monday, Sept. 10 and Tuesday, 11, at 6 p.m.

             “Greater Tuna” chronicles the lives of the upstanding citizens of Tuna, Texas, the state’s third smallest town. In this Off-Broadway hit, By Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard, the entire population of Tuna joins in a tour de farce of quick-change artistry of costumes and comic characterizations offering a hilarious send-up of small-town mores.  “Greater Tuna,” runs Nov. 1-4 in the Chipola Theatre.

            Chipola will present the hit musical, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” March 12-16, 2008. Auditions are set for Jan. 14 and 15.

            The children’s show “Once Upon a Time,” is set for May 8, 2008. This Chipola Theatre adaptation by Charles Sirmon and Chris Manasco features familiar characters from the Three Little Pigs to Goldilocks.  Auditions are March 24 and 25.

            For information about Chipola Theatre, contact Director Charles Sirmon at 850-718-2227, or email sirmonc@chipola.edu  

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COOLING IT—Chipola Science Club members (from left) Brandy Blighton, Dr. Jeff Bodart and Mitchell Whitehead of Cottondale make ice cream with liquid nitrogen during Chipola College’s Club Day. The annual event highlights the college’s 19 student organizations. 

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September 6, 2007

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MATHIS IS CHIPOLA EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTHVicki Mathis is Chipola College’s September Career Employee of the Month. Mathis has served as Business and Industry Liaison at the college since 1994.

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September 7, 2007

 

CHIPOLA BEGINS WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY PROGRAM

 

            MARIANNA—In the year following Chipola College’s finest year in athletics, college officials have added Women’s Cross Country to the school’s intercollegiate programs.

            Chipola aquatics manager Rance Massengill is coach of the new team. Massengill is a Chipola graduate who earned a degree in Health, Liesure and Sports at the University of West Florida. He invites Chipola students to try out for a spot on the team. Scholarships are available. 

            Chipola’s first Cross Country team includes: Nicole Hoff of Marianna; Taylor Guy of Bainbridge, GA; Ellen Manor of Wewahitchka; and Taylor Dover of Jay, FL.                         Chipola Cross Country team members bring years of athletic success to the program.

            Nichole Hoff, a Chipola sophomore, made it to regionals in cross country her first two years at Marianna High. Her parents are Glenn and Jackie Hoff.

            Taylor Guy ran cross country at Bainbridge High where she also was captain of the school’s soccer team. She led Bainbridge to the soccer playoffs all four years of her high school career. She is the daughter of Greg and Cheryl Guy.

            Taylor Dover was team captain for cross country, track and basketball at Jay High. She placed fourth in the high jump at the state level and placed third in district and first in regional competitions.  Her mother is Carla Cook.

            Ellen Manor placed second in Regional competition in the 800 meter relay at Wewahitchka High. She also was part of the 4 X 400 Meter relay team that won second at the 2005 regionals. She placed second in regional high jump competition in 2004. She is the daughter of Peggy and Philip Manor.

            The Chipola Cross Country team will participate in meets in Atlanta, Pensacola and New Port Richey.

            Chipola athletes have played men’s basketball and baseball since its inception and the school even fielded a football team for a couple of years. For the last two decades, Chipola has competed in men’s and women’s basketball, men’s baseball and women’s fast-pitch softball, with all four of these teams winning state championships this year.

            Chipola’s unparalleled success in junior college athletics culminated last year with national championships in both baseball and softball. Men’s basketball finished as the 2007 national runner-up and the Lady Indians finished fifth in the country in women’s basketball.

           

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CHIPOLA CROSS COUNTRY TEAM—Chipola College has added Women’s Cross Country to the school’s intercollegiate programs. Team members are pictured from left: (front) Nicole Hoff of Marianna; Taylor Dover of Jay, FL; Taylor Guy of Bainbridge, GA; (back) Rance Massengill, cross country coach and Dr. Dale O’Daniel, Chipola Athletic Director.  Not pictured is cross country member Ellen Manor of Wewahitchka. Chipola students are invited to try out for a spot on the team. Scholarships are available. For information, call 850-718-2440.

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September 13, 2007

CHIPOLA NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS SOLD OUT

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College’s “Night of Champions” set for Thursday, Sept. 20, is officially sold out.

            Some 300 tickets have been sold for the event featuring Billy Donovan, coach of the Florida Gators national championship basketball team. Proceeds from the $75 a plate dinner will go to establish a scholarship in honor of retired Chipola coaching legend Milton H. Johnson.

            Donovan will be joined by Chipola alumnus and Coastal Carolina coach Cliff Ellis and other alumni and friends who are gathering to honor coach Johnson.

            Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough, says, “As we look back at our rich tradition in athletics, no one has contributed more to Chipola’s success than coach Milton Johnson. His basketball teams won over 800 games during his 32 years at Chipola. I am proud that we are gathering to honor his legacy.”

            Chipola’s unparalleled success in junior college athletics culminated last year with national championships in both baseball and softball. Men’s basketball finished as the national runner-up and the Lady Indians finished fifth in the nation in women’s basketball. All four teams captured state titles. “Our little college accomplished something last year that’s never been done before,” said athletic director Dr. Dale O’Daniel. “This record has never been matched – and we are extremely proud of this accomplishment.”

            Event organizer Robert Trammell, one of Johnson’s former players, said, “A key reason for Chipola’s continued success is the commitment of our alumni and friends.  Strong support for our athletic programs is vital to maintaining the national-level programs we’ve put in place here.”

            For information, call 850-718-2375.

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September 13, 2007

CHIPOLA’S HATCHER NAMED COCA-COLA SCHOLAR

 

ATLANTA–Chipola College student Alicia Hatcher has been awarded a scholarship from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.

The award—based on outstanding academic and service learning achievements—places her among the top community college students in the nation.

            Hatcher was an early-admission student to Chipola and was accepted as a member of the Chipola Honors program. She is president of the Mu Alpha Theta Math Honorary and Public Relations officer in the college’s award-winning chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She was a leader in Phi Theta Kappa’s Project Prom for hurricane Katrina victims at Bay St. Louis High School in Mississippi. She led a team of Chipola students who collected 250 prom gowns and put on a prom for students at the hurricane-ravaged school. Hatcher said, “This project made me value the simple things in my life that I take for granted each day.  I will be a lifetime believer in the power of service projects and the power of one person to make a difference in the lives of others.”

            Hatcher also is a Chipola Student Ambassador and a member of the Student Government Association.

            Hatcher was the 2007 Salutatorian at Graceville High and a Class of 2007 Superlative. Her high school honors include: National Honor Roll, Science Fair, Girl’s State Representative. She served as an officer in: Beta Club, FFA, Student Council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Spanish Club, Key Club, Yearbook Staff, and Future Business Leaders of America. She also was a varsity cheerleader and a member of the High School Concert Band.  She was crowned Miss Florida Palm in 2007.

            During high school, she also competed in Chipola’s Brain Bowl, Math Olympics and Literature/Language Festival.

            Hatcher is the daughter of Chuck and Patte Hatcher of Greenwood. She is active in the Youth group of the First Baptist Church of Graceville. During the summer, she works as a lifeguard at Blue Springs Recreation Area.

            She plans to transfer to Florida State University and then to dental school.  She hopes to graduate from either University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Dentistry or Louisiana State University’s School of Dentistry and to specialize in cosmetic dentistry or orthodontics.

The Coca-Cola Scholars program is made possible with funding from the Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation. The late Joseph B. Whitehead was one of the original bottlers of Coca-Cola. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation was created in 1986 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Coca-Cola and to establish a legacy for the education of tomorrow's leaders.

 

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CHIPOLA’S HATCHER NAMED COCA-COLA SCHOLAR—Chipola College student Alicia Hatcher has been awarded a scholarship from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. Here, she receives congratulations from Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough.

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September 13, 2007

CAST ANNOUNCED FOR CHIPOLA’S ‘GREATER TUNA’

           

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Theater is in full rehearsal for the hit comedy, "Greater Tuna," which opens a four-day run, Nov. 1.  

            Chipola Theater director Charles Sirmon recently cast local actors in the comedy.  Players are Garrett Brolund, Brittney Holmes, Austin Sims, Kevin Russell and Justin McCoy. Supporting Players are Jessie Lawson, Lindsey Baxter, Rowdy Wilbur, Courtney Corbin and Dianna Glaze. Rick Simms and Aaron Moore will serve as stage managers for the show.  The crew includes: Lindsey Baxter and Dianna Glaze, props and costumes; Aaron Summerlin, sound; Arthur Obar, lights.

            “Greater Tuna” chronicles the lives of the upstanding citizens of Tuna, Texas, the state’s third smallest town. This Off-Broadway hit by Jatson Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard unites the entire population of Tuna in quick-change artistry and comic characterizations of small-town values.

            For information about Chipola Theater, call 718-2227.

                                   

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September 13, 2007

FSU MUSICIANS TO PRESENT RECITAL AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College Department of Music will present a recital by Robert Pendergast on baritone horn (euphonium), assisted by Magdalena Shumanova, piano.

            The recital is Thursday, Sept. 20, at 2 p.m., in the McLendon Fine Arts Building

Recital Hall (H108).

            Robert Pendergast holds music performance degrees from the University of North Texas, Florida State University and a post-graduate diploma from the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, England were he studied with Steven Mead.

            Pendergast has been a semifinalist/finalist for the several international competitions and military band auditions.  He is currently a doctoral candidate for the degree of Doctor of Music at the Florida State University.  Pendergast taught low brass at the Bethune-Cookman College department of music from 2004 to 2006.

            Magdalena Shumanova was born in Bulgaria and started her piano studies at age four. At the age of six she entered Secondary School of Music-“Dobrin Petkov” Bulgaria. She graduated with Special Faculty Award for Academic and Performance Excellence in 2002 as well as soloing with the City Philharmonic Orchestra of Plovdiv. She entered Florida State University in 2003 on a music scholarship. She currently is studying with Dr. Carolyn Bridger and seeking a Bachelor's of Music in Piano Performance.

            For information about the concert, call 850-718-2301.

 

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September 13, 2007

CHIPOLA BEGINS WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY PROGRAM

 

            MARIANNA—In the year following Chipola College’s finest year in athletics, college officials have added Women’s Cross Country to the school’s intercollegiate programs.

            Chipola aquatics manager Rance Massengill is coach of the new team. Massengill is a Chipola graduate who earned a degree in Health, Leisure and Sports at the University of West Florida. He invites Chipola students to try out for a spot on the team. Scholarships are available. 

            Chipola’s first Cross Country team includes: Nicole Hoff of Marianna; Taylor Guy of Bainbridge, GA; Ellen Manor of Wewahitchka; and Taylor Dover of Jay, FL.                         Chipola Cross Country team members bring years of athletic success to the program.

            Nichole Hoff, a Chipola sophomore, made it to regionals in cross country her first two years at Marianna High. Her parents are Glenn and Jackie Hoff.

            Taylor Guy ran cross country at Bainbridge High where she also was captain of the school’s soccer team. She led Bainbridge to the soccer playoffs all four years of her high school career. She is the daughter of Greg and Cheryl Guy.

            Taylor Dover was team captain for cross country, track and basketball at Jay High. She placed fourth in the high jump at the state level and placed third in district and first in regional competitions.  Her mother is Carla Cook.

            Ellen Manor placed second in Regional competition in the 800 meter relay at Wewahitchka High. She also was part of the 4 X 400 Meter relay team that won second at the 2005 regionals. She placed second in regional high jump competition in 2004. She is the daughter of Peggy and Philip Manor.

            The Chipola Cross Country team will participate in meets in Atlanta, Pensacola and New Port Richey.

            Chipola athletes have played men’s basketball and baseball since its inception and the school even fielded a football team for a couple of years. For the last two decades, Chipola has competed in men’s and women’s basketball, men’s baseball and women’s fast-pitch softball, with all four of these teams winning state championships this year.

            Chipola’s unparalleled success in junior college athletics culminated last year with national championships in both baseball and softball. Men’s basketball finished as the 2007 national runner-up and the Lady Indians finished fifth in the country in women’s basketball.

           

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CHIPOLA CROSS COUNTRY TEAM—Chipola College has added Women’s Cross Country to the school’s intercollegiate programs. Team members are pictured from left: (front) Nicole Hoff of Marianna; Taylor Dover of Jay, FL; Taylor Guy of Bainbridge, GA; (back) Rance Massengill, cross country coach and Dr. Dale O’Daniel, Chipola Athletic Director.  Not pictured is cross country member Ellen Manor of Wewahitchka. Chipola students are invited to try out for a spot on the team. Scholarships are available. For information, call 850-718-2440.

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September 13, 2007

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA

 

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

            An Introduction to Yoga for Everybody class will meet Mondays and Wednesdays, Oct. 22 through Dec. 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Cost is $64.

            The following Mandatory training for Child Care Facility Personnel and Family Child Care Home are scheduled:  Pre-School Appropriate Practices, Oct. 20, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Special Needs Appropriate Practices, Oct. 27, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Child Abuse and Neglect, Nov. 2, 6 to 10 p.m.; Child Growth and Development, Nov. 3, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Behavioral Observation and Screening, Nov. 5 & 7, 6 to 9 p.m.; Health, Safety and Nutrition, Nov. 10, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Rules and Regulations (center), Nov. 12 & 14, 6 to 9 p.m.  Costs range from $17 to $43 depending on length of course.

            An Early Care & Education Administrative Overview course will meet Tuesdays, Jan. 8 through April 22 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Cost is $191.  An Internship course will meet Thursdays, Jan. 10 through April 24 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Cost is $191. 

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

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

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

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

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September 20, 2007

Governor Appoints new Chipola Board members

 

      TALLAHASSEE–Florida Governor Charlie Crist recently appointed two new members to the Chipola College District Board of Trustees and re-appointed two others.           

      Robert L. Jones, 64, of Westville, president of Jones-Phillips & Associates Inc., was appointed through May of 2011. He succeeds Jennie B. Goodman of Bonifay.

     Jan L. Page, 39, of Chipley, president and chief executive officer of Community South Credit Union was appointed through May of 2011. She succeeds Abigail Hinson of Chipley.

     Gary F. Clark, 39, of Chipley, vice president of West Florida Electric Cooperative, was re-appointed through May of 2011.

     Wilton “Jeff” Crawford Jr., 68, of Marianna, retired farmer and executive director of Florida Peanut Producers Association, was re-appointed through May of 2011.

The Chipola trustees recently elected Gina Stuart as board chair for the 2007-08 year. Gary Clark was elected vice-chair.

Nine trustees represent Chipola’s five-county district on the board. They include: John Padgett, Gina Stuart and Jeff Crawford of Marianna, Gary Clark and Jan Page of Chipley, Brenda Taylor of Bonifay, Robert L. Jones of Westville, Danny Ryals of Blountstown and Mark Plummer of Bristol.

The board meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the college Public Service Building to set policy for the college.

 

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            Governor Appoints New Chipola Board Members—Florida Governor Charlie Crist recently appointed two new members to the Chipola College District Board of Trustees. Robert L. Jones (standing left), 64, of Westville, president of Jones-Phillips & Associates Inc., and Jan L. Page (standing right), 39, of Chipley, president and chief executive officer of Community South Credit Union were appointed through 2011. Trustees recently elected Gina Stuart (seated left) as board chair for the 2007-08 year. Gary Clark (seated right) was elected vice-chair.

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September 20, 2007

CHIPOLA FIREFIGHTERS LEARN ON NEW LP GAS SYSTEM

 

            MARIANNA—Candidates in Chipola College’s Firefighting Academy recently practiced their skills on the college’s new Liquid Petroleum Gas training system and vehicle fire simulator.

            The LP system simulates a fire in a residential gas tank. Firefighters learn to close the pop-off valve located on the top of the tank.  In another drill, firefighters work to extinguish a vehicle fire created by a gas system mounted under the vehicle.

            The next available Firefighter Minimum Standards Academy begins in January, 2008. 

            A Firefighter I program for volunteer firefighters begins in November. The program meets two nights a week. Cost is $280. 

            For information, call 850-718-2483.

 

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CHIPOLA FIREFIGHTING GRADS—Eight-teen candidates recently completed Chipola College’s Firefighter Minimum Standards Academy.  Pictured from left, are Holly Smith, Benjamin Golden, Clinton Skippers, Brent Poppell, Stephen Kent, Poston Matthew, Anthony Mazzarese, Timothy Mace, Benjamin West, David Jeter, Cole Joiner, Caleb Tolbert, Charlie Brunner, Andrew King, David Griggs, Charles Lunsford, Dylon Baksa and Eric Nickless.

 

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PUTTING IT OUT—Candidates in Chipola College’s Firefighting Academy recently practiced their skills on the college’s new Liquid Petroleum Gas training system and vehicle fire simulator. In another drill, firefighters work to extinguish a vehicle fire created by a gas system mounted under the vehicle.

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Others are available at: http://www.blountstownfire.org/chipola

Photos were provided by the Blountstown Fire Department

 

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September 20, 2007

CHIPOLA AUTO TECH GRAD IS MASTER VOLKSWAGEN TECHNICIAN

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College Automotive Technology graduate Steven McArthur is at the top of his game in the automotive industry.

After graduating from Chipola's Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified program in 2002, McArthur was one of a select few accepted into Volkswagen's intensive Service Training Program in Allentown, PA. The training guaranteed him a $15 an hour job and $1,500 in Snap On tools. He completed the program and signed on as a technician at a Stuart, FL, VW dealership where he worked for 18 months.

            Looking to get closer to his family home in Dothan, AL, McArthur landed a position at Jack Ingram Volkswagen in Montgomery where he is the Lead Technician. In addition to a great job, McArthur also found a wife in Montgomery. The couple married in May of 2006. 

            When asked about his start at Chipola, McArthur said, “My mom, uncle and brothers and sisters went to Chipola, so it’s like a family tradition.”

McArthur was among the first graduates under Automotive instructor John Gardner who brought the Chipola program up to date with current technology. “John is the best guy out there; he was my inspiration,” McArthur said.

            Of his former student’s success, Gardner said, “Steven is one of Chipola's outstanding graduates. His hard work and professionalism are being rewarded.”

For information about Chipola’s Automotive Technology program, call 850-718-2306.

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CHIPOLA AUTO TECH GRAD AT TOP OF GAME—Chipola College Automotive Technology graduate Steven McArthur is at the top of his game in the automotive industry. McArthur is Lead Technician at Jack Ingram Volkswagen in Montgomery.

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September 20, 2007

CHIPOLA CHEERLEADERS TO HOST CLINIC

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Cheerleaders will host a Cheer Fest and Critique Day for area all star and recreation cheer squads on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 10 a.m., in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center. 

            Application and payment deadline is Oct. 11.  The public is invited to attend. Admission is $5 for ages 5 and up.  Entry forms are available at www.chipola.edu under “Athletics,” “Cheerleaders” and Cheer Clinic link.  

            Interested coaches should contact Geraldine DeFelix at 718-2322.  

 

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CHIPOLA CHEERLEADERS—The Chipola College Cheerleaders will host a Cheer Fest and Critique Day for area all star and recreation cheer squads on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 10 a.m., in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center.  The Chipola College Cheerleaders are, from left: Kylea Morency of  Miami;  Brandon Dysard of Altha; Megan Weaver of Marianna; Jordan Gnann of Marianna;  Ashley Duce of Malone; Farren Barfield of Marianna;  Erik Blount of Malone; Brittany Gardner of Marianna;  Destinie Sanders of Malone;  Devin Baker of Marianna; and Portia Pollock of Marianna.

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September 20, 2007

CHIPOLA STUDENTS ELECT SGA OFFICERS

 

            MARIANNA – The Chipola College Student Government Association recently held Fall 2007 elections.

            Officers for the 2007–08 school year are: SGA President, Christa Judah of Bonifay; and vice president, Blaire Taylor of Marianna.

            Sophomore class officers include: sophomore class president, Destinie Sanders of Marianna; sophomore class vice president, Katie Williams of Marianna; sophomore senators: Matt Amos of Marianna, Blake Chambliss of Malone, Anna Nichols of Altha, Mary Ralls of Marianna and Glen Thompson of Malone.  

            Freshman officers include: freshman class president Alicia Hatcher of Graceville; freshman class vice president, Courtney Corbin of Graceville; freshman senators: Carly Barnes of Malone, Jordan Coley of Sneads, Jessica Davis of Marianna, Laura Day of Marianna, Shannon Griffin of Ponce De Leon, Dustin Hewett of Sneads, Portia Pollock of Marianna and Kathryn Simpson of Marianna.  Other officers include: chief justice, Jantzen Whitehead of Cottondale; Secretary, Courtney Coggins of Graceville; Parliamentarian, Drew Crutchfield of Graceville; Treasurer, Nikki Rabon of Sneads; Sergeant at Arms, Justin Barnes of Malone and Chaplain, Jordan Belser of Chipley.

            Chipola's Student Government Association is a body of elected students which sponsors student activities and represents students' interests through contact with the college administration.

 

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Mug Shot—SGA president Christa Judah of Bonifay.

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September 20, 2007

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CHIPOLA CORRECTIONS GRADS—Sixteen candidates recently completed the Basic Corrections Academy at Chipola College. Graduates are, from left to right: (front to back) Michael L. Ellis of Malone, Jamerica Fleming of Chattahoochee, Kimbra Gray of Cottondale, Sarranda Hall of Sneads, Phillip Iengo of Grand Ridge, William Jenkins of Altha, Andi Kent of Dellwood, Connie Mactavish of Altha, David Peavy of Blountstown, Richard Schreffler and Bobby Snellgrove of Marianna, Garrett Stidam of Sneads, Drewrain Thomas of Chattahoochee, Christopher White of Altha, Evelyn Williams of Quincy, and Russell Young of Cottondale.

 

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September 20, 2007

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA

 

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

            An Introduction to Yoga for Everybody class will meet Mondays and Wednesdays, Oct. 22 through Dec. 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Cost is $64.

            The following Mandatory training for Child Care Facility Personnel and Family Child Care Home are scheduled:  Pre-School Appropriate Practices, Oct. 20, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Special Needs Appropriate Practices, Oct. 27, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Child Abuse and Neglect, Nov. 2, 6 to 10 p.m.; Child Growth and Development, Nov. 3, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Behavioral Observation and Screening, Nov. 5 & 7, 6 to 9 p.m.; Health, Safety and Nutrition, Nov. 10, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Rules and Regulations (center), Nov. 12 & 14, 6 to 9 p.m.  Costs range from $17 to $43 depending on length of course.

            A Curriculum for Young Children course will meet Mondays, Jan. 7 through April 21 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Cost is $191.  An Early Care & Education Administrative Overview course will meet Tuesdays, Jan. 8 through April 22 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Cost is $191.  An Internship course will meet Thursdays, Jan. 10 through April 24 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Cost is $191. 

            A Real Estate sales course will meet Saturday’s and Sunday’s, Feb. 2, 3, 16, 17, March 1, 2, 15, from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Cost is $250.

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

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

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

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

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September 27, 2007

APPLY NOW FOR CHIPOLA’S NEW BUSINESS DEGREE

 

            MARIANNA—Application deadline is Oct. 12 for Chipola College’s new four-year degree in business. 

            Classes in the Bachelor’s of Applied Science degree in Business Management begin in January with two majors. The Management and Supervision major is designed for those who own a business or who want to move up in their current business-related job. The Business Administration major is similar to the typical business degrees offered at area universities.

            Chipola’s business degrees are open to any student with an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree.

            For information about any of Chipola’s bachelor’s degree programs, call 850-718-2260.

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September 27, 2007

PUBLIC INVITED TO OCTOBER 11 MEETING OF BLUE SPRINGS GROUP

 

            MARIANNA—The public is invited to attend a meeting of the Jackson Blue Spring Basin Working Group, Thursday, Oct. 11, in the Public Service Building Lecture Hall at Chipola College.

            Presentations begin at 9 a.m. and will run until 2 p.m. with a lunch break.

            Chipola science professor Allan Tidwell, Working Group Leader, will direct the meeting. Tidwell is replacing outgoing leader Dr. Steve Shimmell, who retired from Chipola this summer.

            Darryl Boudreau, Northwest District Florida Department of Environmental Protection, will provide an overview of the Sinkhole Amnesty Day.

            Cal Jamison, Springs Ambassador of Wakulla Springs will discuss the need for a Springs Ambassador. 

            Brian Bearwood, Senior Biologist/ Environmental Planner, with Melvin Engineering, will provide an overview of the Chipola Watershed Management Plan.

            Christy Crandall, Hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey will provide an update on the Chipola River/Floridan Aquifer (Groundwater/Surface Water Interaction Study).

            Howard Kessler, Wakulla County Commissioner, will discuss Springs Protection Ordinances in place at Wakulla Springs.

            Jeff Norville, Conservationist with the Natural Resource Conservation Service, will offer a report given to the State Technical Committee.

            Roy Lima, Division of Forestry, will discuss Forestry Best Management Practices related to groundwater.

            Jane Stephens, Chipola College Librarian, will discuss the Jackson Blue Springs Basin Resource Center housed in the college library.

            Greg Ira, FDEP and Santine Cuccio, Chipola College, will offer an overview of the Chipola Area Groundwater Outreach Project.

            For information, contact Vicki Mathis at 850-718-2289, or Allan Tidwell at 526-2761, Ext. 3248.

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BLUE SPRINGS GROUP TO MEET—The public is invited to attend a meeting of the Jackson Blue Spring Basin Working Group, Thursday, Oct. 11, in the Public Service Building Lecture Hall at Chipola College. Pictured from left, are Dr. Steve Shimmell, outgoing Working Group Leader; Jane Stephens, Chipola Librarian, who will discuss the Blue Spring Basin Resource Center and Allan Tidwell, incoming Working Group Leader.

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September 27, 2007

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA

 

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

            An Introduction to Yoga for Everybody class will meet Mondays and Wednesdays, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Oct. 22 through Dec. 3 Cost is $64.

            The following Mandatory training for Child Care Facility Personnel and Family Child Care Home are scheduled:  Pre-School Appropriate Practices, Oct. 20, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Special Needs Appropriate Practices, Oct. 27, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Child Abuse and Neglect, Nov. 2, 6 to 10 p.m.; Child Growth and Development, Nov. 3, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Behavioral Observation and Screening, Nov. 5 and 7, 6 to 9 p.m.; Health, Safety and Nutrition, Nov. 10, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Rules and Regulations (center), Nov. 12 and 14, 6 to 9 p.m.  Costs range from $17 to $43 depending on length of course.

            A Curriculum for Young Children course will meet Mondays, Jan. 7 through April 21 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Cost is $191.  An Early Care and Education Administrative Overview course will meet Tuesdays, Jan. 8 through April 22 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Cost is $191.  An Internship course will meet Thursdays, Jan. 10 through April 24 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Cost is $191. 

            A Real Estate Sales course will meet Saturdays and Sundays, Feb. 2, 3, 16, 17, March 1, 2, 15, from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Cost is $250.

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

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

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

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

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September 27, 2007

CHIPOLA’S ‘GREATER TUNA’ OPENS NOV. 1

           

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Theater is in full rehearsal for the hit comedy, "Greater Tuna," which opens a four-day run, Nov. 1.  

            The popularity of “Greater Tuna” has even extended to the most distinguished home in the country, with Command Performances at the White House upon the invitation of President and Mrs. Bush in 1990 and again in 1991.

            The plot of Greater Tuna centers on the death of Judge Roscoe Buckner, of an apparent stroke, while wearing a 1950 turquoise Dale Evans one-piece swimsuit with "lots of cowgal fringe." Among the subplots are Stanley Bumiller's attempts to walk the straight and narrow after a stint in reform school, Bertha Bumiller's trying to hold her family together, and the Smut Snatchers of the New Order's attempts to censor books (including the dictionary) at the local library. Recommended age 13 and up. 

            For information about Chipola Theater, call 718-2227.

                                   

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GREATER TUNA—The Chipola College Theater is in full rehearsal for the hit comedy, "Greater Tuna," which opens a four-day run, Nov. 1.  For information about Chipola Theater, call 718-2227.

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September 27, 2007

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ROLLING UP HIS SLEEVES—The Chipola College Black Student Union recently sponsored an American Red Cross Blood Drive at the college. Here, Daniel Lee gives a pint to the cause.

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September 27, 2007

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CITY CONGRATULATES CHIPOLA—The Marianna City Commission recently recognized Chipola College’s national championships in baseball and softball. Here, Chipola softball coach Belinda Hendrix (left) and Chipola baseball coach Jeff Johnson (right) are congratulated by Marianna City manager Louy Harris.

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September 27, 2007

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CHIPOLA CORRECTIONS GRADS—Thirty candidates recently completed the Basic Corrections Academy at Chipola College. Graduates are, from left: (front) Donte Anderson of Bascom, Rustin Anderson of Sneads, Chris Barnes of Cottondale, Nathan Barrentine of Dothan, Ala., Adam Bigale of Marianna, Jerry Brown of Clarksville, Shaun Carter of Wausau, (middle) Gerald Crum of Marianna, Chelmek Deloach of Dothan, Ala., Lenoris Dixon of Malone, Raymond Dudley of Cambellton, James Gandy of Marianna, Walter Handley of Cowarts, Ala., Seth Hewett of Bascom, Larry Hill of Cottondale, Jacqueline Hunter of Greenwood, Katrine Jones of Marianna, (back) David Long of Dothan, Ala., Angel Medina of Marianna, Michael Moneyham of Grand Ridge, Tracy Moss of Marianna, Robert Peacock of Marianna, Julio Pereda of Bascom, Jerald Shutz of Graceville, Danny Sylvester of Marianna, Angela West of Malone, and Steve Wiggins of Marianna. Not Pictured are Linda Powell, Cedrik James, John Murray.

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September 27, 2007

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SUPERS MEET AT CHIPOLA—Chipola College recently hosted the annual Superintendents and Principals Breakfast at the college. Pictured from left, are: David Summers, Liberty County Superintendent; Calvin Stevenson, Washington County Superintendent; Dr. Gene Prough, Chipola president; and Danny Sims, Jackson County Superintendent.

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September 27, 2007

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ACE SPEAKER—Dr. Earl Paul was the recent guest speaker for a student success seminar sponsored by Chipola College’s Academic Center for Excellence. Dr. Paul is a member of the student affairs department at Hillsborough Community College. He is pictured here with Joette Naftel, assistant professor of sociology at Chipola.

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