September 4, 2008

ENROLLMENT UP AT CHIPOLA THIS FALL

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College is enjoying nearly a five percent enrollment increase this Fall.

            An even 2,000 students were enrolled through the final day of registration compared to 1,909 students at the same time last year.

            In addition to the headcount increase, students also are taking more classes. Full Time Equivalency (FTE)—an average calculation of the number of hours that students take—is up more than 10 percent over last Fall.

            College president Dr. Gene Prough said, “I am proud that so many students are taking advantage of the opportunities available at Chipola. Our goal is to provide access to higher education to all the citizens of our district.”

            Enrollment in the college’s four-year degree programs accounts for five percent of the college’s total enrollment with 109 students. Chipola offers eight bachelor’s degree programs including math or science education for middle and high school, elementary education, exceptional student education, business and nursing. 

            Dr. Jayne Roberts, Dean of Enrollment Services, says, “We’ve had tremendous interest in our four-year programs, especially elementary education and business. We’re also seeing more students due to enrollment caps at state universities.” 

            Most Chipola students are enrolled in the Associate in Arts (AA) program, a two-year degree that guarantees acceptance to Florida’s 11 public universities. Chipola also offers Associate in Science degrees and certificates in Workforce Development programs that provide training for high wage jobs. Two of the college’s Workforce Development programs—Cosmetology and Automotive Technology—have maximum enrollment with students on waiting lists. Other Workforce programs feature open enrollment which allows students to enroll at any time.          

            The Continuing Education Department offers lifelong learning opportunities in a variety of areas ranging from computers to real estate with custom courses and workshops also are available for businesses and organizations.

            For admission information, call 850-718-2211, or visit www.chipola.edu

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ENROLLMENT UP AT CHIPOLA THIS FALL—Stephanie Grice of Sneads (left) and Amanda Felts of Bonifay discuss their classes at Chipola College. Chipola is enjoying nearly a five percent enrollment increase this Fall. An even 2,000 students were enrolled through the final day of registration compared to 1,909 students at the same time last year.

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September 4, 2008

                                                           

LIVING WATERS EXHIBIT PREMIER IS SEPT. 11 AT CHIPOLA

 

MARIANNA—The public is invited to the premier opening of “Living Waters: Aquatic Preserves of Florida,” a multi-media experience of film and photographs, Thursday, Sept. 11, from 6 to 9 p.m., in the Chipola College Arts Center.

           The free evening of art, film, music and refreshments, will include discussions and demonstrations by the artists.

The exhibit, which will be on display Sept. 8 through Oct. 10, features photography, film and music inspired by the Florida’s natural waterways, including a collection of 29 fine art photographic images by Clyde Butcher, renowned Florida Everglades photographer, and a screening of the PBS film “Living Waters: Aquatic Preserves of Florida,” by documentary film maker Elam Stoltzfus.

For more than a decade, Stoltzfus and his Live Oak Production Group, have captured rare images of natural Florida, with Living Waters winning a coveted Crystal Reel award for excellence. The film showcases a dozen of the state’s 41 aquatic preserves, highlighting their natural and cultural significance. 

            Mark Hinson, a senior writer for the Tallahassee Democrat, says, “Even the most jaded CEO of an asphalt company who wants to pave Florida from coast to coast would have to admit that the documentary ‘Living Waters: Aquatic Preserves of Florida’ is dripping with gorgeous footage. It’s eco-tourism at its most luscious and wild as well as a non-preachy reminder of the fragility of these underdeveloped Edens. Clyde Butcher’s massive, black-and-white photos of the preserves are dramatically juxtaposed with brilliant color shots of the same swamps and coastlines. Tallahassee composer and saxophonist Sammy Tedder provides the ethereal background music throughout the watery journey.”

            Sammy Tedder, a Florida Panhandle music legend, scored the film, weaving sounds of natural instruments he fashioned from swamp reeds for flutes and cypress logs for percussion. Tedder also will perform at the premier.

The traveling museum exhibit is managed by the Office of Coastal and Aquatic Managed Areas, Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The exhibit will travel from the GTM Reserve Environmental Education Center in Ponte Verde Beach, FL to Chipola and throughout the South.

       The Department of Environmental Protection, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, The Ocean Conservancy and The Gulf of Mexico Foundation supported the film’s production.   

            The Artists Guild of Northwest Florida, Inc. and the Fine and Performing Arts Department of Chipola College have joined together to bring this exhibit to the Chipola Arts Center. The exhibit is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. School and civic group visits are encouraged to arrange group tours. 

            For information or to arrange tours, contact Joan Stadsklev at 850-718-2301 or email stadsklevj@chipola.edu  

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LIVING WATERS EXHIBIT COMING TO CHIPOLA The public is invited to the premier opening of “Living Waters: Aquatic Preserves of Florida,” a multi-media experience of film and photographs, Thursday, Sept. 11, from 6 to 9 p.m., in the Chipola College Arts Center. The exhibit features a collection of 29 fine art images by photographer Clyde Butcher, and a screening of the PBS film by documentary film-maker Elam Stoltzfus with music by Sammy Tedder. For information, contact Joan Stadsklev at 850-718-2301 or email stadsklevj@chipola.edu

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September 4, 2008

CHIPOLA SURVEYING AND MAPPING PROGRAM HAS OPENINGS

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Surveying and Mapping program has openings for new students or those currently employed in the land surveying profession.

            Chipola’s Surveying and Mapping is a three-semester (1,320 hour) program designed to prepare students for employment as Surveying and Mapping Technicians. Short courses are available in a variety of special surveying topics that range from two to six weeks in length. 

            According to the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation, Labor Market Statistics, Surveying and Mapping Technician is a targeted occupation in Florida.  

            Chipola Instructor Sam Bruner, a certified Florida Land Surveyor with 30 years experience said those who complete the program could expect to make up to $14 an hour.

            Chipola Workforce Dean, Bud Riviere, says, “Part of the mission and role of this college is to serve the employment and training needs of our district.  This program serves that purpose. We sincerely appreciate the response we have received from our surveying and mapping advisory committee.”

            For information, call Sam Bruner at 850-526-2761.

 

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CHIPOLA SURVEYING AND MAPPING PROGRAM HAS OPENINGS— The Chipola College Surveying and Mapping program has openings for new students or those currently employed in the land surveying profession. Pictured from left, are surveying students Kelly Nichols of Dellwood, Tyler Mills of Marianna, Jed Peel of Chipley and Lance Munger of Vernon.  The Chipola program welcomes new students and those currently employed in the field. For information, call Sam Bruner at 850-526-2761.

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September 4, 2008

CHIPOLA THEATRE TO HOLD AUDITIONS FOR ‘BUS STOP’

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College Theatre will hold open auditions for “Bus Stop,” Tuesday, Sept. 9 and 10, at 6 p.m.

            “Bus Stop” is set in a howling snowstorm with a busload of weary travelers holed up at a roadside diner. A nightclub singer named Cherie (played by Marilyn Monroe in the movie adaptation) has been kidnapped by a young cowboy who is ready to sling her over his shoulder and carry her, kicking and screaming, down the aisle. As a counterpoint to the romance, the cafe owner and the bus driver at last find time to develop a friendship of their own; a middle age scholar comes to terms with himself; and a young waitress also gets her first taste of romance. “Bus Stop,” runs Nov. 6-9 in the Chipola Theatre.

            Chipola will present the hit musical, “Back to the 80’s,” March 18-22, 2009. Auditions are set for Jan. 12 and 13.

            The children’s show “Beanie and the Bamboozling Book Machine,” is set for May 14, 2009. Auditions are March 23.

            The Applauding Chipola Theatre VIP fund guarantees the best seats for all shows. To become a member, email: sirmonc@chipola.edu  

            For information, contact Charles Sirmon, Director of Theatre, at 850-718-2227.

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September 4, 2008

CHIPOLA ARTIST SERIES OPENS SEPT 22 WITH VIENNA TO BROADWAY

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Artist Series opens Monday, Sept. 22, with “Vienna to Broadway” presented by the Jacksonville Lyric Opera Company. 

            “Vienna to Broadway” includes highlights of operetta, grand opera, and classic Broadway favorites performed by a quartet of gifted soloists and their superb accompanist. 

            Titles include The Merry Widow, Die Fledermaus, La Boheme, La Traviata, The Student Prince, Show Boat and Carousel.  The show features musical staging reflecting the historical period of each piece, supported by seamless transitions from number to number. Stylish costumes and colorful scenic projections will add to the audience’s enjoyment of this musical presentation.  Vienna to Broadway is produced in association with Opera Management Corporation, New York City.  

            Season tickets for the 2008-09 Chipola Artist Series are on sale in the college Business Office located in the Student Services Building or by phoning 850-718-2220.           

            “An Appalachian Christmas,” presented by the Atlanta Pops Orchestra will delight audience members at Chipola, Monday, Dec. 8. “An Appalachian Christmas” creates the feeling of a small community at Christmas time with a diverse program including holiday favorites ranging from “The 12 Days of Christmas,” “Little Drummer Boy,” “Deck the Halls,” and music from the Appalachian region using flute, harp, dulcimer as performed by Gentle Rain and Scott Douglas.

            “The Music at the Crossroads” presented by Celtic Crossroads will have audiences enjoying St. Patrick’s Day a bit early on Monday, Jan. 26.  Celtic Crossroads is critically- acclaimed as one of the best live music concerts to come from Ireland in over 20 years.  This magical display of music incorporates seven world-class musicians, playing an array of both traditional and non-traditional instruments on stage, creating a truly incredible and unforgettable musical experience.

            Christine Yoshikawa, classical pianist, will perform Tuesday, March 24. The Canadian pianist has enjoyed a multi-faceted international career performing as soloist with orchestras, recitalist, chamber musician, and teaching masterclasses throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Critics have praised her as an artist of “impeccable artistry, radiant lyricism, and virtuosity” for her interpretation of traditional and contemporary repertoire. She holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University under the tutelage of Robert Hamilton. She is on the Roster of Recording Artists for Eroica Classical Recordings and serves on faculty at Chipola College.

            The Chipola Artist Series is funded through Chipola's Performing Arts Fund, with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Southern Arts Federation, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, the Chipola Regional Arts Association and corporate donors.

            Season tickets—$40 for all four events—entitle holders to same seat reserved seats, invitations to the "Meet The Artist" receptions and a subscription to the CRAA arts calendar. A limited number of individual event tickets—$12 for adults and $8 for ages 18 and under—will be available prior to each performance at the Chipola Business Office. 

            For performance information, contact Joan Stadsklev at 850-718-2301 or stadsklevj@chipola.edu

            For season tickets, call the Chipola Business Office at 850-718-2220. 

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September 4, 2008

SMITH TO DISCUSS JEWELRY AT CRAA MEETING

 

            MARIANNA—Cindy Smith of Smith and Smith Jewelers will present the program at the monthly meeting of the Chipola Regional Arts Association, Tuesday, Sept. 16, at Jim’s Buffet and Grill. 

            Smith will discuss jewelry design and designers, as well as precious and rare gems.

            The public is invited to attend the 11:30 a.m. Dutch treat luncheon and noon program.   

            For information, call Joan Stadsklev at 718-2301.

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September 4, 2008           

 

Chipola and School Districts Propose Free BUS Transportation

           

MARIANNA—Chipola College is joining with four local school districts to determine interest in offering free school bus transportation to Chipola College.  

            If determined viable, bus service would begin in January of 2009.  All Chipola College students would be eligible to ride the buses free of charge. 

            The program is a joint project between Chipola and the Liberty, Calhoun, Washington, and Holmes County School Districts.

            If the project is initiated one bus will originate in Holmes County and travel east to Chipola via U.S. Highway 90.  A second bus will originate in Liberty County and travel north to Chipola via State Road 71. The buses should arrive at Chipola by 7:30 am and depart Chipola after 3:30 pm, Monday through Thursday of each week.  No bus service will be provided on Fridays. 

            In an effort to determine the viability of providing the free service, interested students are asked to complete a survey on the Chipola website at www.chipola.edu/bus

            Surveys may also be registered by phone by calling Alice Pendergrass at (850) 718-2270, e-mailing at PendergrassA@Chipola.edu.

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September 4, 2008

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA

 

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

             A Real Estate Sales course will meet Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 13, 14, 27, 28 and Oct. 11, 12, 26, from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Cost is $250.

            The following Mandatory training for Child Care Facility Personnel and Family Child Care Home are scheduled:  Behavioral Observation and Screening, Sept. 8 and 10, 6 to 9 p.m.; Child Abuse and Neglect, Sept. 12, 6 to 10 p.m.; Child Growth and Development, Sept. 13, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Rules and Regulations (center), Sept. 15 and 17, 6 to 9 p.m.; Health, Safety and Nutrition, Sept. 20, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Pre-School Appropriate Practices, Oct. 4, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Special Needs Appropriate Practices, Nov. 1, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Costs range from $17 to $43 depending on length of course.

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

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

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

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

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

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September 4, 2008

 

Chipola and School Districts Propose Free BUS Transportation

           

MARIANNA—Chipola College is joining with four local school districts to determine interest in offering free school bus transportation to Chipola College.  

            If determined viable, bus service would begin in January of 2009.  All Chipola College students would be eligible to ride the buses free of charge. 

            The program is a joint project between Chipola and the Liberty, Calhoun, Washington, and Holmes County School Districts.

            If the project is initiated one bus will originate in Holmes County and travel east to Chipola via U.S. Highway 90.  A second bus will originate in Liberty County and travel north to Chipola via State Road 71. The buses should arrive at Chipola by 7:30 am and depart Chipola after 3:30 pm, Monday through Thursday of each week.  No bus service will be provided on Fridays. 

            In an effort to determine the viability of providing the free service, interested students are asked to complete a survey on the Chipola website at www.chipola.edu/bus

            Surveys may also be registered by phone by calling Alice Pendergrass at (850) 718-2270, e-mailing at PendergrassA@Chipola.edu.

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September 11, 2008

CHIPOLA ‘ROCK THE VOTE’ RALLY IS SEPT. 19

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa will hold a Rock the Vote rally at Citizen’s Lodge, Friday, Sept. 19, from 6 to 9 p.m. 

            The purpose of the event is to register new voters. According to organization’s website Rock the Vote’s mission is to engage and build the political power of young people in order to achieve progressive change.  Rock the Vote uses music, popular culture and new technologies to engage and incite young people to register and vote in every election and to give young people the tools to identify and take action on the issues that affect their lives, and leverage their power in the political process. 

            Five local bands will perform throughout the evening. Solo artist Jonathan Gluck will open the event.

            “One Last Breath” will perform with members Brandon Hill, Jon Hughes, Zac Culpepper, and Tim Rocwell.

            “Break to Bloom” members include: Trent Hatcher, Jonathan Keeman, Dennis Keeman, Kevin Shores, Dylan Bass, and Nick Melvin.

            Evangel Worship Center’s Youth Praise and Worship Band “Anthem” will perform with members Shannon Mercer, Michael Lingerfelt, Kylee Shores, Kevin Shores, Sianna Davis, Cassie Mitchell, Adam Johnson and Dylan Bass.

            “The Original Artists”—Royce Reagan and Richard Hinson—will close out the event. 

            The Optimist Club of Marianna will be selling hamburgers and hotdogs, and giving away free soft drinks. A homemade cake auction will be conducted to raise money for March of Dimes.

            Politicians from the five-county area are invited to attend. Those holding office have been invited to speak on the importance of voting. Those running for office are invited to set up booths to speak with voters. 

            Any U.S. citizen can register at the Rock the Vote event with a valid driver’s license.

            For more information, contact Pam Rentz at 526-2761, Ext. 3287 or Cassie Mitchell at 557-3307.

 

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September 11, 2008

 

United Way TO Kick Off Jackson County Campaign

 

            MARIANNA—United Way of Northwest Florida will kick off its annual Community Campaign on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 11:30 a.m., at the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce.

            The Community Campaign is a drive to raise funds to support the 21 United Way affiliated non-profit agencies in Jackson County. Community leaders and volunteers will meet to announce the 2008 Campaign goal and discuss strategies.

            The Community Campaign Chairman for 2008 is Dr. Gene Prough, Chipola College President. The Immediate Past-Chairman and 2008 Vice-chairman is Art Kimbrough, President and CEO of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce.

            To ensure a successful campaign, United Way of Northwest Florida is seeking local people to volunteer a few hours each week during the campaign season which runs through Friday, Nov. 14.

            United Way of Northwest Florida is a local agency that raises money for organizations the local community. These organizations offer help to newborns, senior citizens and everyone in between that live in Jackson County. Unless a donor requests otherwise, the money raised in Jackson County stays in the county for the benefit of all involved.

            For further information, please call Tommy McDonald, Jr. at 850-832-2919 or Bryan Craven (850)718-2264.

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September 11, 2008

CAST ANNOUNCED FOR CHIPOLA’S ‘BUS STOP’

           

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

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

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

            For information about Chipola Theater, call 718-2227.

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September 11, 2008

 

CHIPOLA ARTIST SERIES OPENS SEPT 22 WITH VIENNA TO BROADWAY

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Artist Series opens Monday, Sept. 22, with “Vienna to Broadway” presented by the Jacksonville Lyric Opera Company. 

            “Vienna to Broadway” includes highlights of operetta, grand opera, and classic Broadway favorites performed by a quartet of gifted soloists and their superb accompanist. 

            Titles include The Merry Widow, Die Fledermaus, La Boheme, La Traviata, The Student Prince, Show Boat and Carousel.  The show features musical staging reflecting the historical period of each piece, supported by seamless transitions from number to number. Stylish costumes and colorful scenic projections will add to the audience’s enjoyment of this musical presentation.  Vienna to Broadway is produced in association with Opera Management Corporation, New York City.  

            Three more exciting performances will are scheduled as part of the series.

            “An Appalachian Christmas,” presented by the Atlanta Pops Orchestra is set for Dec. 8. “An Appalachian Christmas” creates the feeling of a small community at Christmas time with a diverse program including holiday favorites ranging from “The 12 Days of Christmas,” to “Deck the Halls,” and music from the Appalachian region using flute, harp, dulcimer as performed by Gentle Rain and Scott Douglas.

            “The Music at the Crossroads” presented by Celtic Crossroads will have audiences enjoying St. Patrick’s Day a bit early on Jan. 26.  Celtic Crossroads is critically-acclaimed as one of the best live music concerts to come from Ireland in over 20 years.  This magical display of music incorporates seven world-class musicians, playing an array of both traditional and non-traditional instruments on stage, creating an unforgettable musical experience.

            Christine Yoshikawa, classical pianist, will perform March 24. The Canadian pianist has enjoyed a multi-faceted international career performing as soloist with orchestras, recitalist, chamber musician, and teaching masterclasses throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Critics have praised her as an artist of “impeccable artistry and virtuosity” for her interpretation of traditional and contemporary repertoire. She is on the Roster of Recording Artists for Eroica Classical Recordings and serves on faculty at Chipola College.

            The Chipola Artist Series is funded through Chipola's Performing Arts Fund, with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Southern Arts Federation, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, the Chipola Regional Arts Association and corporate donors.

            Season tickets—$40 for all four events—are available. Individual event tickets—$12 for adults and $8 for ages 18 and under—will be available prior to each performance at the Chipola Business Office.  

            For performance information, contact Joan Stadsklev at 850-718-2301 or stadsklevj@chipola.edu.     

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September 11, 2008

CHIPOLA SOFTBALL GOLF TOURNEY SET FOR SEPT. 19

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Lady Indians Softball Team will host a Golf Tournament, Friday, Sept. 19, at Indian Springs Golf Club in Marianna.

            The format is Two-Man Team, Select-A-Shot, with a 1 p.m. shotgun start.

Cost is $150 per team with prizes for the winners. Hole sponsorships are available for $50.

            For information, call Belinda Hendrix at (850) 573-6302 or email: hendrixb@chipola.edu

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September 11, 2008

 

KANSAS COACH BILL SELF TO SPEAK AT CHIPOLA OCT. 4

 

            MARIANNA—NCAA coach of the year Bill Self of the University of Kansas and Greg Marshall of Wichita State will speak at Chipola College, Saturday, Oct. 4, at 7:00 p.m.

            The leadership banquet is free and open to the public.  Business leaders and high school athletic departments are also invited to attend and bring their staff and employees.

            “This is a great opportunity for the community to come out and preview this year’s team and hear from two very inspiring leaders. Many of the ideas expressed by these extremely talented coaches can help improve individual life skills and increase business productivity,” said Coach Greg Heiar. 

            The Chipola Indians and Northwest Florida, formerly Okaloosa-Walton, will each play two scrimmage games beginning at 10:00 a.m. earlier that day. Other teams include Talladega College, Alabama Southern, and Northwest Shoals.

            Coach Bill Self’s Kansas Jayhawks team won the Big 12 title and the Big 12 conference tournament.  Self’s team marched through the tournament by defeating overall number one seed North Carolina 84-66.  The Jayhawks won the 2008 NCAA Championship with a 75-68 overtime victory over Memphis.

            Self is one of two active coaches to lead three different teams to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.  In August, Self signed a 10-year contract showing his dedication to the University of Kansas. Former Chipola All-American Mario Little will play for Coach Self at Kansas this season.

            Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall previously coached at Winthrop University for nine seasons, leading the Eagles to seven NCAA tournament appearances.

            At Winthrop, Marshall led the team to regular season titles six times, won the Big South Tournament five times, has had five 20-win seasons, was named Big South Coach of the Year three times, and in 2006, surpassed Nield Gordon as the all-time winningest coach in Winthrop men's basketball history. Former Chipola Indian, Clevin Hannah, will be play for coach Marshall at Wichita State this season.

            For more information regarding the Oct. 4 event, call Joc Calloway at 850-718-2451 or Greg Heiar at 850-573-6839.

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September 11, 2008

FIREARMS COURSE SET AT CHIPOLA

           

            MARIANNA—Chipola College Public Service will hold a 16-hour Firearms Familiarization course Sept. 15-18 at the Reddoch Firing Range on the Blue Springs Highway.

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

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

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

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

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September 11, 2008

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA

 

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

            A Real Estate Sales course will meet Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 13, 14, 27, 28 and Oct. 11, 12, 26, from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Cost is $250.

            The following Mandatory training for Child Care Facility Personnel and Family Child Care Home are scheduled:  Child Abuse and Neglect, Sept. 12, 6 to 10 p.m.; Child Growth and Development, Sept. 13, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Rules and Regulations (center), Sept. 15 and 17, 6 to 9 p.m.; Health, Safety and Nutrition, Sept. 20, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Pre-School Appropriate Practices, Oct. 4, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Special Needs Appropriate Practices, Nov. 1, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Behavioral Observation and Screening, Feb. 9 and 11, 6 to 9 p.m.; Costs range from $17 to $43 depending on length of course.

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

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

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

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

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

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September 11, 2008

CHIPOLA TO HOST WORKSHOP ON CHILDREN’S DISABILITIES

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Teacher Education department will host a workshop entitled, “Understanding Your Child’s Disability,” Tuesday, Sept. 16, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Jackson Hall of Building Z.

            The presenter is Ashley Hudson of the Florida Network. The workshop will cover a variety of disabilities covered by the IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), as well as advocacy issues for parents. The public is invited to attend.

            For information, call Chipola education instructor Tina Renaud at 526-2761, Ext. 3336.

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September 11, 2008

 

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REP. COLEY SPEAKS TO UWF CLASS—Rep. Marti Coley recently addressed graduate students in a Seminar for High Performing Leaders course offered by the University of West Florida on the Chipola College campus. Pictured from left, are: Millicent Braxton, Paige Hardy, Sharon Bennett, Dusty Bedsole, Rep. Marti Coley, Shemika Thigpen, Jane Stephens, Denise Kohen, Tonya Conner and Jiranda White.  Dr. Lou Kind is the instructor. For information about the UWF graduate program at Chipola, call 850-718-2295.

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September 18, 2008

CHIPOLA COLLEGE OFFERS BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN NURSING

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College now offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. Known in health profession as the RN to BSN, the program is open to Registered Nurses (RN) with licensure in Florida, Alabama, or Georgia.

            Classes are offered in the evening and online. Application deadline for the Spring 2009 semester is Dec. 3.

            Mil Cox, Chipola’s interim director of Health Science programs, says, “There are many advantages to earning a four-year nursing degree. The BSN nurse is prepared for additional professional roles in management and leadership. The BSN also is the first step toward an advanced practice degree which usually includes a pay differential with a higher salary.”

            Chipola’s BSN curriculum also has an emphasis in community health that is not included in the Associate Degree Nursing program of study.

            Graduates of Chipola’s Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program have an advantage over graduates from other programs. Chipola graduates must complete only 30 upper-level semester hours to earn the BSN degree. Because of the rigorous training of the ADN program, the number of additional RN to BSN prerequisite courses, and the clinical experiences associated with working as a licensed nurse, students who enter the RN to BSN program will receive credit for 30 semester hours upper-level credit by validation upon successful completion of the first 12 hours of the BSN program.                   Admission requirements to the BSN program include: RN licensure in the state of Florida, Alabama, or Georgia; an AA degree from a Florida public institution; a cumulative grade point average of 2.5; and completion of all prerequisite courses.

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

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CHIPOLA NOW OFFERS RN TO BSN NURSING DEGREE - Chipola College nursing student Brandi Rotello of Bonifay works with Chipola’s Pedisim patient simulator. Chipola offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. Known in health profession as the RN to BSN, the program is open to Registered Nurses (RN) with licensure in Florida, Alabama, or Georgia. For information about Chipola’s RN to BSN program, call Dr. Kitty Myers at 850-718-2260.

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September 18, 2008

MARIANNA ROTARY HELPS CHIPOLA BRAIN BOWL

 

MARIANNA—Marianna Rotary on Sept. 17 announced the establishment of the Chipola College Brain Bowl Support Fund. 

Rotary president Eddie Hopkins presented Chipola Brain Bowl coach Stan Young with an initial contribution of $500 to be administered by the Chipola Foundation. 

Rotary also agreed to invite Brain Bowl team members to attend at least one annual meeting.  Rotarians invite other civic clubs, local organizations as well as individuals to add to the Chipola Brain Bowl Support Fund. 

Chipola captured the school’s first ever Brain Bowl State championship in March and finished second in the NAQT National Tournament in St. Louis in April.

            Chipola’s biggest wins at the National Tournament were against Wake Forest and Toronto, which helped Chipola advance to play for the JUCO National Championship. The team scored wins over Faulkner, Wake Forest and Gulf Coast and played against several prestigious universities, including: Harvard, Dartmouth, Stanford, MIT and Brandeis.

            The Chipola 2007-08 team members were Mark Hodge, Jantzen Whitehead, Chuck Bryant, Trey Paul and Mitchell Whitehead. Three members of last year’s team—Hodge, Bryant, and Mitchell Whitehead—are currently practicing with the Florida State University Brain Bowl team.

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

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MARIANNA ROTARY OPENS CHIPOLA BRAIN BOWL FUND - Marianna Rotary on Sept. 17 announced the establishment of the Chipola College Brain Bowl Support Fund with an initial contribution of $500 to be administered by the Chipola Foundation.  Pictured from left are: Kenneth Anderson, Chipola Brain Bowl coach Stan Young, Scott Parramore and Rotary president Eddie Hopkins.

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September 18, 2008

CHIPOLA ‘ROCK THE VOTE’ RALLY IS SEPT. 19

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa will hold a Rock the Vote rally at Citizen’s Lodge, Friday, Sept. 19, from 6 to 9 p.m. 

            The purpose of the event is to register new voters. According to organization’s website Rock the Vote’s mission is to engage and build the political power of young people in order to achieve progressive change.  Rock the Vote uses music, popular culture and new technologies to engage and incite young people to register and vote in every election and to give young people the tools to identify and take action on the issues that affect their lives, and leverage their power in the political process. 

            Five local bands will perform throughout the evening. Solo artist Jonathan Gluck will open the event.

            “One Last Breath” will perform with members Brandon Hill, Jon Hughes, Zac Culpepper, and Tim Rocwell.

            “Break to Bloom” members include: Trent Hatcher, Jonathan Keeman, Dennis Keeman, Kevin Shores, Dylan Bass, and Nick Melvin.

            Evangel Worship Center’s Youth Praise and Worship Band “Anthem” will perform with members Shannon Mercer, Michael Lingerfelt, Kylee Shores, Kevin Shores, Sianna Davis, Cassie Mitchell, Adam Johnson and Dylan Bass.

            “The Original Artists”—Royce Reagan and Richard Hinson—will close out the event. 

            The Optimist Club of Marianna will be selling hamburgers and hotdogs, and giving away free soft drinks. A homemade cake auction will be conducted to raise money for March of Dimes.

            Politicians from the five-county area are invited to attend. Those holding office have been invited to speak on the importance of voting. Those running for office are invited to set up booths to speak with voters. 

            Any U.S. citizen can register at the Rock the Vote event with a valid driver’s license.

            For more information, contact Pam Rentz at 526-2761, Ext. 3287 or Cassie Mitchell at 557-3307.

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September 18, 2008

ORLANDO PHILHARMONIC TO PLAY CHIPOLA STUDENT’S MUSIC

 

            MARIANNA—John Callahan is far from the typical music student at Chipola College.  He is dual enrolled in high school and at Chipola but managed to find the time to give a full piano solo recital this past June. 

            John’s versatile musical talents don’t stop in the classroom or at the piano; one of his main interests lies in composition.  He hopes to focus on this field when he completes his studies at Chipola. 

            His passion for musical composition has recently been recognized by the Orlando Symphony in the 2008 Young Composer’s Challenge competition.  Not only did he receive a cash prize for himself and his teacher, but his work, “Flight of the Fourth Caravel,” will be performed by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra Sept. 28, at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center in Orlando.  Callahan was one of three young composers to have his work played by the full orchestra.  His Chipola music professor, Dr. Daniel Powell, says, “To have your composition played by a leading, professional orchestra is something that is coveted by many composers and is a big honor for young Callahan who is sure to be in the spotlight for many more years.”

            Chipola College offers a variety of music programs with voice and instrumental instruction available. The college features several performance groups, including Chamber Chorus, Rock and Jazz Ensemble, Show Choir and musical theater.

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September 18, 2008

            CHIPOLA ARTIST SERIES OPENS SEPT 22 WITH VIENNA TO BROADWAY

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Artist Series opens Monday, Sept. 22, with “Vienna to Broadway” presented by the Jacksonville Lyric Opera Company. 

            “Vienna to Broadway” includes highlights of operetta, grand opera, and classic Broadway favorites performed by a quartet of gifted soloists and their superb accompanist. 

            Titles include The Merry Widow, Die Fledermaus, La Boheme, La Traviata, The Student Prince, Show Boat and Carousel.  The show features musical staging reflecting the historical period of each piece, supported by seamless transitions from number to number. Stylish costumes and colorful scenic projections will add to the audience’s enjoyment of this musical presentation.  Vienna to Broadway is produced in association with Opera Management Corporation, New York City.  

            Three more exciting performances are scheduled in the series. “An Appalachian Christmas,” presented by the Atlanta Pops Orchestra is set for Dec. 8. “The Music at the Crossroads” presented by Celtic Crossroads is Jan. 26.  Christine Yoshikawa, classical pianist, will perform March 24.

            Season tickets—$40 for all four events—are available. Individual event tickets—$12 for adults and $8 for ages 18 and under—will be available prior to each performance at the Chipola Business Office. 

            For performance information, contact Joan Stadsklev at 850-718-2301 or stadsklevj@chipola.edu

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September 18, 2008

CRAA TO BRIng ‘LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD’ to Chipola

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola Regional Arts Association in conjunction with the Fine and Performing Arts Department of Chipola College will bring two performances of “Little Red Riding Hood,” - an opera for young audiences - to the Chipola stage on Sept.  23.

            More than 700 selected elementary school students from Calhoun, Jackson, and Washington counties will enjoy the world’s most popular fairy tale in this unique interactive production performed by the Children’s Opera Theatre of Jacksonville, under the artistic direction of Donald Westwood. 

            The audience will be introduced to opera in the context of this entertaining and fun performance through fast-moving dialogue and familiar operatic music by Bizet, Donizetti, Mozart and Rossini.  Audience participation will be key to warning Little Red of the dangers in her path.

            According to the National Endowment for the Arts total opera attendance each year exceeds 16.5 million children and adults, and opera attendance has been rising steadily since 1982.

            Objectives of the Chipola Regional Arts Association (CRAA) are to develop the appreciation and enjoyment of all the cultural arts in the five-county Chipola College district.  In addition to sponsoring performances for children, the CRAA sponsors the annual Sunday Afternoon with the Arts, set for Nov. 2 in the Chipola Arts Center. CRAA also awards mini-grants to public and private teachers in the arts and is a major contributor of the Chipola Artist Series. The group also awards arts scholarships and contributes to other arts related projects.  The public is invited to attend monthly CRAA program meetings at Jim’s Buffet in Marianna on the second Tuesday of each month.

            For information, contact Joan Stadsklev, Chipola Director of Fine and Performing Arts at 850-718-2301, or stadsklevj@chipola.edu

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September 18, 2008

United Way TO Kick Off Jackson County Campaign

 

            MARIANNA—United Way of Northwest Florida will kick off its annual Community Campaign on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 11:30 a.m., at the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce.

            The Community Campaign is a drive to raise funds to support the 21 United Way affiliated non-profit agencies in Jackson County. Community leaders and volunteers will meet to announce the 2008 Campaign goal and discuss strategies.

            The Community Campaign Chairman for 2008 is Dr. Gene Prough, Chipola College President. The Immediate Past-Chairman and 2008 Vice-chairman is Art Kimbrough, President and CEO of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce.

            To ensure a successful campaign, United Way of Northwest Florida is seeking local people to volunteer a few hours each week during the campaign season which runs through Friday, Nov. 14.

            United Way of Northwest Florida is a local agency that raises money for organizations the local community. These organizations offer help to newborns, senior citizens and everyone in between that live in Jackson County. Unless a donor requests otherwise, the money raised in Jackson County stays in the county for the benefit of all involved.

            For further information, please call Tommy McDonald, Jr. at 850-832-2919 or Bryan Craven (850)718-2264.

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September 18,  2008

KANSAS COACH BILL SELF TO SPEAK AT CHIPOLA OCT. 4

 

            MARIANNA—NCAA coach of the year Bill Self of the University of Kansas and Greg Marshall of Wichita State will speak at Chipola College, Saturday, Oct. 4, at 7:00 p.m.

            The leadership banquet is free and open to the public.  Business leaders and high school athletic departments are also invited to attend and bring their staff and employees.

            “This is a great opportunity for the community to come out and preview this year’s team and hear from two very inspiring leaders. Many of the ideas expressed by these extremely talented coaches can help improve individual life skills and increase business productivity,” said Coach Greg Heiar. 

            The Chipola Indians and Northwest Florida, formerly Okaloosa-Walton, will each play two scrimmage games beginning at 10 a.m., the morning of Oct. 4. Other teams include Talladega College, Alabama Southern, and Northwest Shoals.

            Coach Bill Self’s Kansas Jayhawks won the 2008 NCAA Championship with a 75-68 overtime victory over Memphis. Self is one of two active coaches to lead three different teams to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.  In August, Self signed a 10-year contract showing his dedication to the University of Kansas. Former Chipola All-American Mario Little will play for Coach Self at Kansas this season.

            Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall previously coached at Winthrop University for nine seasons, leading the Eagles to seven NCAA tournament appearances. At Winthrop, Marshall led the team to regular season titles six times, won the Big South Tournament five times, was named Big South Coach of the Year three times. Former Chipola Indian, Clevin Hannah, will be play for coach Marshall at Wichita State this season.

            For more information regarding the Oct. 4 event, call Joc Calloway at 850-718-2451 or Greg Heiar at 850-573-6839.

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September 18, 2008

Chipola and School Districts Propose Free BUS Transportation

            MARIANNA—Chipola College is joining with four local school districts to determine interest in offering free school bus transportation to Chipola College.  

            If determined viable, bus service would begin in January of 2009.  All Chipola College students would be eligible to ride the buses free of charge. 

            The program is a joint project between Chipola and the Liberty, Calhoun, Washington, and Holmes County School Districts.

            If the project is initiated one bus will originate in Holmes County and travel east to Chipola via U.S. Highway 90.  A second bus will originate in Liberty County and travel north to Chipola via State Road 71. The buses should arrive at Chipola by 7:30 am and depart Chipola after 3:30 pm, Monday through Thursday of each week.  No bus service will be provided on Fridays. 

            In an effort to determine the viability of providing the free service, interested students are asked to complete a survey on the Chipola website at www.chipola.edu/bus

            Surveys may also be registered by phone by calling Alice Pendergrass at (850) 718-2270, e-mailing at PendergrassA@Chipola.edu.

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September 18, 2008

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA

 

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

             The following Mandatory training for Child Care Facility Personnel and Family Child Care Home are scheduled:  Health, Safety and Nutrition, Sept. 20, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Pre-School Appropriate Practices, Oct. 4, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Special Needs Appropriate Practices, Nov. 1, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Child Abuse and Neglect, Feb. 6, 6 to 10 p.m.; Child Growth and Development, Feb. 7, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Behavioral Observation and Screening, Feb. 9 & 11, 6 to 9 p.m.; Rules and Regulations (center), Feb. 16 & 18, 6 to 9 p.m.; Costs range from $17 to $43 depending on length of course.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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September 18, 2008

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CHIPOLA HOLDS JUVENILE JUSTICE ACADEMY—Employees in training with the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice recently completed a Basic Recruit Academy at Chipola College. Pictured, (not in order) are: Preston Gardner, Dexter Adams, Pailen Ward, Randall Hagan, Steven Bruner, Roderek Gainer, Jimmy Coachman, Wayne Barkley, Warren Canman, Tunya Blanks, Frederick Truitt, Roger Harrison, Nate Cole, Phillip Figgers, William Seiss, Arthur Edmon, Stacie Ivey, Ken Pfister, Roderick  Robinson, John Davis, Craig Sherrouse and Arlester McCallister.

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September 18, 2008

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O’PRY IS EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH—Annie O’Pry of Marianna has been named the Chipola College Career Employee of the Month for September. O’Pry has worked at the college since 1981 and serves as Senior Office Assistant in the Financial Aid office.

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September 19, 2008

CHIPOLA ‘ROCK THE VOTE’ RALLY IS SEPT. 19

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa will hold a Rock the Vote rally at Citizen’s Lodge, Friday, Sept. 19, from 6 to 9 p.m. 

            The purpose of the event is to register new voters. According to organization’s website Rock the Vote’s mission is to engage and build the political power of young people in order to achieve progressive change.  Rock the Vote uses music, popular culture and new technologies to engage and incite young people to register and vote in every election and to give young people the tools to identify and take action on the issues that affect their lives, and leverage their power in the political process. 

            Five local bands will perform throughout the evening. Solo artist Jonathan Gluck will open the event.

            “One Last Breath” will perform with members Brandon Hill, Jon Hughes, Zac Culpepper, and Tim Rocwell.

            “Break to Bloom” members include: Trent Hatcher, Jonathan Keeman, Dennis Keeman, Kevin Shores, Dylan Bass, and Nick Melvin.

            Evangel Worship Center’s Youth Praise and Worship Band “Anthem” will perform with members Shannon Mercer, Michael Lingerfelt, Kylee Shores, Kevin Shores, Sianna Davis, Cassie Mitchell, Adam Johnson and Dylan Bass.

            “The Original Artists”—Royce Reagan and Richard Hinson—will close out the event. 

            The Optimist Club of Marianna will be selling hamburgers and hotdogs, and giving away free soft drinks.  A homemade cake auction will be conducted to raise money for March of Dimes.

            Politicians from the five-county area are invited to attend. Those holding office have been invited to speak on the importance of voting. Those running for office are invited to set up booths to speak with voters. 

            Any U.S. citizen can register at the Rock the Vote event with a valid driver’s license.

            For more information, contact Pam Rentz at 526-2761, Ext. 3287 or Cassie Mitchell at 557-3307.

 

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September 24, 2008

United Way TO Kick Off Jackson County Campaign

 

            MARIANNA—United Way of Northwest Florida will kick off its annual Community Campaign on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 11:30 a.m., at the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce.

            The Community Campaign is a drive to raise funds to support the 21 United Way affiliated non-profit agencies in Jackson County. Community leaders and volunteers will meet to announce the 2008 Campaign goal and discuss strategies.

            The Community Campaign Chairman for 2008 is Dr. Gene Prough, Chipola College President. The Immediate Past-Chairman and 2008 Vice-chairman is Art Kimbrough, President and CEO of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce.

            To ensure a successful campaign, United Way of Northwest Florida is seeking local people to volunteer a few hours each week during the campaign season which runs through Friday, Nov. 14.

            United Way of Northwest Florida is a local agency that raises money for organizations the local community. These organizations offer help to newborns, senior citizens and everyone in between that live in Jackson County. Unless a donor requests otherwise, the money raised in Jackson County stays in the county for the benefit of all involved.

            For further information, please call Tommy McDonald, Jr. at 850-832-2919 or Lillie Hamil at (850)718-2264.

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September 25, 2008

CRAA CONTRIBUTES $11k TO CHIPOLA ARTS PROGRAMS

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola Regional Arts Association (CRAA) recently contributed $11,000 to Chipola College for support of arts programs.

            CRAA president Jo-Ann Anderson presented two checks to college president Dr. Prough, one for $9,000 to support the 2008-09 Chipola Artist Series and a $2,000 donation for children’s programming in the district which included recent performances of Little Red Riding Hood presented by the Jacksonville Lyric Opera Company.

            The Chipola Regional Arts Association (CRAA) exists to develop the appreciation and enjoyment of cultural arts in the five-county Chipola College district.  In addition to sponsoring performances for children, the CRAA sponsors the annual Sunday Afternoon with the Arts, set for Nov. 2 in the Chipola Arts Center. CRAA also awards mini-grants to public and private teachers in the arts and is a major contributor of the Chipola Artist Series. The group also awards arts scholarships and contributes to other arts related projects.  The public is invited to attend CRAA’s monthly program meetings on the third Tuesday of each month at Jim’s Buffet in Marianna.

            For information, contact Joan Stadsklev, Chipola Director of Fine and Performing Arts at 850-718-2301, or stadsklevj@chipola.edu

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CRAA HELPS CHIPOLA AND THE ARTS—The Chipola Regional Arts Association (CRAA) president Jo-Ann Anderson presents a check for $11,000 to Chipola College president Dr. Gene Prough.  The group contributed $9,000 to support the 2008-09 Chipola Artist Series and $2,000 for children’s programming in the district

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September 25, 2008

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RED RIDING HOOD COMES TO CHIPOLA—The Chipola Regional Arts Association and the Chipola Fine and Performing Arts Department recently sponsored two performances of “Little Red Riding Hood,” - an opera for young audiences. Here Golson Elementary students Natalie Sims (left) and Gannon Davis (right) pose with Red Riding Hood Ellen Marini. More than 700 elementary students from Calhoun, Jackson, and Washington counties enjoyed the interactive production performed by the Children’s Opera Theatre of Jacksonville.

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September 25, 2008

 

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United Way KickS Off Jackson County CampaignNearly 50 community leaders and volunteers attended a meeting on Sept. 24 to kick off the United Way of Northwest Florida’s annual Jackson Community Campaign. The group hopes to raise some $50,000 locally to support the 21 United Way affiliated non-profit agencies in Jackson County. Pictured are Chipola President Dr. Gene Prough (right), UW Community Campaign Chairman, and Immediate Past-Chair and 2008 Vice-chairman, Art Kimbrough, President and CEO of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. For information about United Way, call Tommy McDonald, Jr. at 850-832-2919.

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September 25, 2008

 

CORRECTIONS COURSE SET AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—Application deadline is Nov. 6 for Chipola College's next Basic Corrections course.

            A day class is scheduled to begin Nov. 12. The course meets weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

            Applicants must be at least 19 years of age, be of good moral character, possess a valid driver’s license, earn a passing score on the Florida Basic Abilities Test (FBAT) and meet FDLE requirements.             Students are encouraged to apply before Nov. 6 due to the extensive application process.

            For information, call (850) 718-2394.

 

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September 25, 2008

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA

 

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

             The following Mandatory training for Child Care Facility Personnel and Family Child Care Home are scheduled:  Pre-School Appropriate Practices, Oct. 4, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Special Needs Appropriate Practices, Nov. 1, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Child Abuse and Neglect, Feb. 6, 6 to 10 p.m.; Child Growth and Development, Feb. 7, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Behavioral Observation and Screening, Feb. 9 and 11, 6 to 9 p.m.; Rules and Regulations (center), Feb. 16 and 18, 6 to 9 p.m.; Health, Safety and Nutrition, Feb. 21, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Costs range from $17 to $43 depending on length of course.

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

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

            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 25, 2008

 

PUBLIC INVITED TO OCTOBER 7 MEETING OF BLUE SPRINGS GROUP

 

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

            Chuck Hatcher, Director of Jackson County Parks and Recycling will provide an update of Blue Springs Park. Russell Williams, Jackson County Springs Ambassador, will be introduced.

            Edd Sorenson will give an update on Cave System Exploration.

            Chipola science professor Allan Tidwell, Working Project Coordinator, will present the Springs Champion Award.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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