September 1, 2009

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GRACEVILLE’S WALKER SIGNS WITH CHIPOLA—Kayla Walker (seated) of Graceville has signed a basketball scholarship with the Chipola Lady Indians. Pictured standing from left, are: Athletic Director Dr. Dale O’Daniel, Lady Indians head coach David Lane and Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough. Walker averaged 15 points per game during her senior season and led the Lady Tigers to the Regional Finals. Kayla is the daughter of Mark and Pat Kent.  Her high school coach was John Habali.

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 September 3, 2009

ENROLLMENT UP AT CHIPOLA THIS FALL

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College officials are celebrating a five percent enrollment increase this Fall.

            While the numbers are still being collected from on-campus programs and high school dual enrollment classes, college officials estimate that more than 2,000 students are enrolled this Fall.  

            “We are pleased with the continued growth, which points to the ongoing demand for higher education opportunities in our area,” said Dr. Jayne Roberts, Chipola’s Dean of Enrollment Services. “It’s clear that the current economic climate is driving more students to campuses across the nation, and Chipola is no exception.”

            Roberts also points to growth in Chipola’s Bachelor degree programs as an important factor in the overall increase. Enrollment in B.S. programs is up 85% over this time last year with 158 students compared to 85 last Fall.

            Roberts says, “The Bachelor’s degree programs have drawn great interest and enrollment demands at the associate’s level as well as the bachelor’s level.”

            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. 

            College president Dr. Gene Prough said, “We are glad 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.”

            Students may still enroll in classes this Fall thanks to the new, shortened C term. Classes run Oct. 16 through Dec 16, with registration on Oct. 15. Financial aid application deadline for Term C is Oct. 1.

            The majority of Chipola students are enrolled in the Associate in Arts (AA) Degree program designed for students who plan to complete their first two years of college work at Chipola and then transfer to a four year program at Chipola or another college.

            Chipola offers more than a dozen Associate in Science (AS) degrees which provide professional training associated with specific careers, including: Business Administration, Computer Engineering Technology, Computer Information Technology, Criminal Justice Technology (Corrections/Law Enforcement and Crime Scene Investigation), Culinary Management, Early Childhood Education, Fire Science Technology, Networking Services Technology, Nursing (RN and LPN) and Recreation Technology. One Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree program in Criminal Justice Technology is available.

            Three College Credit Certificate programs are offered in Child Care Center Management, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Paramedic.

            A variety of continuing education programs are available on campus in areas ranging from Child Care to Real Estate. Through partnerships with www.ed2go.com and www.gatlineducation.com, Chipola offers online courses in courses such as health care, internet graphics/web design, business and law. 

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

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ENROLLMENT UP AT CHIPOLA—Chipola College officials are celebrating a five percent enrollment increase this Fall. Here, Chipola students Monica Guilford (left) and Hailey Moravek head to class on a warm September day.

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September 3, 2009

STEPHENS NAMED CHIPOLA HEALTH SCIENCES DIRECTOR

 

            MARIANNA—Vickie Stephens was introduced as Chipola College’s new Director of Health Sciences at a reception in her honor Sept. 2 at the college. 

            Stephens, a graduate of Chipola’s nursing program, says, “I’m honored to lead the program that gave me my start in the nursing field. I feel like I’ve come full circle. I’m very excited about working with our students and turning out the very best health care professionals.”

             Stephens earned a BSN from Florida State University. She earned an M.S.N. and an A.R.N.P. from the University of South Alabama with a specialty in Psychiatric Nursing.

            Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough, says, “We are proud to have Vickie leading our health science programs. She has an outstanding record as a health care professional. Our students and the community will benefit from her experience.”

            Stephens has more than 25 years experience in the nursing field. She will oversee all of the college’s health education programs which include: Nursing (LPN, RN and BSN), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Paramedic and Nursing Assistant.

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CHIPOLA WELCOMES NEW HEALTH SCIENCE DIRECTOR— Vickie Stephens was introduced as Chipola College’s new Director of Health Sciences at a reception in her honor Sept. 2 at the college.  Pictured from left, are: Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough, Director of Health Sciences Vickie Stephens, senior vice president Dr. Sarah Clemmons and vice president Dr. Kitty Myers.

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September 3, 2009

FEW TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR CHIPOLA ARTIST SERIES

 

            MARIANNA—A handful of tickets still are available for the Sept. 10 Chipola Artist Series event, “An American Portrait: On Wings of Freedom.”

            Season Tickets for all four Artist Series events also are available through Sept. 10 in the Chipola Business Office.

            “An American Portrait” celebrates two centuries of American milestones as our country’s story is told through the songs that united and inspired its people.                      

            From songs celebrating the joy of newfound independence to the laments that expressed our pain, the show features the battle cries that tore us apart and the inspirational songs that reconciled us.  Audience members will be treated to our nation’s diverse regions through the music that captures their essence. The finale is pure patriotism as America’s most beloved anthems are performed with eloquence and majesty.  

            This stirring, evocative homage to our homeland comes alive through the legendary piano work of Mac Frampton and the powerful voices of Sam Hagan and Dawn Marie. 

            Three other events are scheduled in the 2009-10 Artist Series. “Celebrating the Season,” is Thursday, Dec. 10. “Cantus” one of America’s finest professional male vocal ensembles performs Feb. 1, 2010. Violinist Sarah Geller will perform March 18, 2010.        

            For ticket information, call the Chipola Business Office at 850-718-2220.        

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September 3, 2009

FIRST ANNUAL CHIPOLA COLLEGE GOLF CLASSIC

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Athletics Department is hosting the First Annual golf classic at Indian Springs Golf Course on Friday, Sept. 18. 

Chipola has won numerous conference, state, and national championships and will be using this event as a major fundraiser for the program. 

Format is three man scramble with morning and afternoon starts are available to help with scheduling.

Entry is $75 per player which covers greens fees, cart, lunch, and the chance to win door prizes.  The Birdie package—$100—includes entry in the big contests, which offer cash prizes, and two Mulligans.

Three sponsorship options are available: Gold ($350): three birdie packages, a club house sign, and additional advertisement; Silver ($125): one birdie package and one hole sign, and Bronze ($50): one hole sign.  Merchandise is also needed for awards and prizes.

For more information, call David Lane at (850) 718-2234 or e-mail laned@chipola.edu.

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September 3, 2009

CHIPOLA FALL BASEBALL CLASSIC SET FOR SEPT. 17-20

 

MARIANNA—Chipola will host the 2009 Fall Baseball Classic Sept. 17-20.  Eleven teams will participate, including: Chipola, Tallahassee, Wallace-Dothan, Gulf Coast, Pensacola, Central Alabama, Middle Georgia, Northwest Florida State, Darton, Shelton State and Alabama Southern.

The Classic opens Thursday, Sept. 17, with Chipola and Wallace-Dothan at 5 p.m.       Action continues Friday, Sept. 18, with the following games: 10 a.m., Chipola vs. Pensacola; 12:30 p.m., Pensacola vs. Northwest Florida State; 3 p.m., Middle Georgia vs. Northwest Florida State; and 5:30 p.m., Chipola vs. Middle Georgia.

Saturday, Sept. 19 games are: 1 p.m., Tallahassee vs. Central Alabama (at Marianna HS); 3:30 p.m., Central Alabama vs. Shelton State, and 6 p.m., Shelton State vs. Tallahassee.

Sunday, Sept. 20 games are: 10 a.m., Gulf Coast vs. Wallace-Dothan; 10 a.m., Darton vs. Lurleen B. Wallace (at Marianna HS); 1 p.m., Gulf Coast vs. Lurleen B. Wallace; 1 p.m., Alabama Southern vs. Wallace-Dothan (at Marianna HS); and 3:30 p.m. Darton vs. Alabama Southern. 

For information on the event, visit www.chipola.edu

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September 3, 2009

CHIPOLA FALL BASEBALL CLASSIC SET FOR SEPT. 17-20

 

MARIANNA—Chipola will host the 2009 Fall Baseball Classic Sept. 17-20.  Eleven teams will participate, including: Chipola, Tallahassee, Wallace-Dothan, Gulf Coast, Pensacola, Central Alabama, Middle Georgia, Northwest Florida State, Darton, Shelton State and Alabama Southern.

The Classic opens Thursday, Sept. 17, with Chipola and Wallace-Dothan at 5 p.m.       Action continues Friday, Sept. 18, with the following games: 10 a.m., Chipola vs. Pensacola; 12:30 p.m., Pensacola vs. Northwest Florida State; 3 p.m., Middle Georgia vs. Northwest Florida State; and 5:30 p.m., Chipola vs. Middle Georgia.

Saturday, Sept. 19 games are: 1 p.m., Tallahassee vs. Central Alabama (at Marianna HS); 3:30 p.m., Central Alabama vs. Shelton State, and 6 p.m., Shelton State vs. Tallahassee.

Sunday, Sept. 20 games are: 10 a.m., Gulf Coast vs. Wallace-Dothan; 10 a.m., Darton vs. Lurleen B. Wallace (at Marianna HS); 1 p.m., Gulf Coast vs. Lurleen B. Wallace; 1 p.m., Alabama Southern vs. Wallace-Dothan (at Marianna HS); and 3:30 p.m. Darton vs. Alabama Southern. 

For information on the event, visit www.chipola.edu

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September 3, 2009

FIRST ANNUAL CHIPOLA COLLEGE GOLF CLASSIC

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Athletics Department is hosting the First Annual golf classic at Indian Springs Golf Course on Friday, Sept. 18. 

Chipola has won numerous conference, state, and national championships and will be using this event as a major fundraiser for the program. 

Format is three man scramble with morning and afternoon starts are available to help with scheduling.

Entry is $75 per player which covers greens fees, cart, lunch, and the chance to win door prizes.  The Birdie package—$100—includes entry in the big contests, which offer cash prizes, and two Mulligans.

Three sponsorship options are available: Gold ($350): three birdie packages, a club house sign, and additional advertisement; Silver ($125): one birdie package and one hole sign, and Bronze ($50): one hole sign.  Merchandise is also needed for awards and prizes.

For more information, call David Lane at (850) 718-2234 or e-mail laned@chipola.edu.

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September 10, 2009

CHIPOLA STUDENTS BENEFIT FROM WIRED SCHOLARSHIPS

 

            MARIANNA—Thirteen Chipola College students were awarded special scholarships this Fall thanks to a new grant for students in computer and technology-related majors.

            Officials from Florida’s Great Northwest in July announced the organization’s investment of $1,150,000 to be used for scholarships in information technology (IT) and engineering programs at seven community colleges and universities in the Panhandle.

            Chipola received $50,000 to promote and fund scholarships for students enrolled in several computer-related programs. Chipola is participating in the program with the University of West Florida, Pensacola Junior College, Northwest Florida State College, Gulf Coast, Tallahassee Community College and Florida State University.

            Chipola’s scholarship recipients were introduced at a press conference on Tuesday. They are: Christopher Bennett of Graceville, Kevin Kimbro of Cottondale, Brandon Evans of Marianna, Tory Brown of Marianna, Eric Holmes of Greenwood, Joseph Phinney of Blounstown, Nicholas Simmons of Marianna, Marlin Boyd of Cottondale, Sharon Kowitz of Chipley, Thomas Rudolph of Grand Ridge, Tucker Nebel of Marianna, Josef Stackowicz of Greenwood and Fred Gilley of Bonifay. 

            Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough, said, “These scholarships couldn't come at a better time for our students. We have selected several bright, motivated students who will succeed in these programs.”

            WIRED scholarships are available for the following programs: Associate in Arts (AA) degrees in Computer Science and Information Technology; Associate in Science (AS) degrees in Computer Engineering Technology, Computer Information Technology and Networking Services Technology; and a Workforce certificate program in Computer Systems Technology.                                     

            WIRED Scholarships may fund all or part of costs for tuition, fees, textbooks and software and are available only for the 2009-2010 school year.

            For information about WIRED scholarships, contact Gail Hartzog or Pat Barfield at 850-718-2342 or Nancy Burns at 850 526-2761, Ext. 3210, or email: burnsn@chipola.edu

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CHIPOLA STUDENTS BENEFIT FROM WIRED SCHOLARSHIPS—Thirteen Chipola College students were awarded special scholarships this Fall thanks to a new grant for students in computer and technology-related majors. Pictured are college officials and several of the scholarship recipients who were introduced at a press conference on Tuesday.

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September 10, 2009

CHIPOLA NURSING STUDENTS LEARN WITH HUMAN SIMULATORS

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College nursing department has added another member to their growing family of human patient simulators.

            The birthing simulator named Noelle can breathe, bleed and talk just like a real mother. The high tech device is designed to help students learn about the challenges associated with delivering babies by making quick decisions in a stressful environment.

            Noelle is Chipola’s fourth human simulator in the family which includes a child, and male and female adults.        

            All simulators can be adjusted to suit the education point of the student.  Medical issues and training can be progressively increased in difficulty as students move through the program.

            Amy Samson, a Jackson Hospital nurse and Chipola adjunct instructor, is responsible for the patient simulator project.  Samson can control the patients’ vital signs and speech from a remote location which is equipped with cameras for observing the students.

            Funds for the latest simulator came from the Chipola Regional Workforce Development Board.

            For information regarding the Chipola nursing program, call 850-718-2278.

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CHIPOLA NURSING STUDENTS LEARN WITH HUMAN SIMULATORS— The Chipola College nursing department has added another member to their growing family of human patient simulators. The birthing simulator named Noelle can breathe, bleed and talk just like a real mother. Pictured from left, are: Amy Samson, Karen Lipford, patient Noelle, Kathy Leigh and Angela Dawkins. For information regarding the Chipola nursing program, call 850-718-2278.

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September 10, 2009

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FSU ARTISTS ON DISPLAY AT CHIPOLAOriginal paintings by two Florida State University art students are currently on display at Chipola College. Laura Tanner and James Graham are artists in the FSU Bachelor of Fine Arts program. Their show of recent paintings is called "White After Labor Day." The show can be seen weekdays, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. through Oct. 4 in the gallery of the McLendon Fine Arts Building. Attached are works by the artists.

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September 10, 2009

PIANO STUDENT TO PERFORM FOR CRAA

            The public is invited to the Chipola Regional Arts Association Dutch-treat luncheon meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 15, at Jim’s Buffet & Grill.  Lunch begins at 11:30 with the meeting at noon.  Chipola piano student James Matthews will perform and present a program about his summer experience at the Rocky Ridge Music Center in Estes Park, Colorado. For more information, contact Anita Shealy at 718-2277.

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September 10, 2009

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA

 

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

            An Internship course will meet Thursdays, Jan. 7 through April 29 from 6 to 9:00 p.m.  Cost is $210.  A Curriculum for Young Children course will meet Mondays, Jan. 11 through April 26 from 6 to 9:00 p.m.  Cost is $210.  An Early Care & Education Administrative Overview course will meet Tuesdays, Jan. 12 through April 27 from 6 to 9:00 p.m.  Cost is $210.          

            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 10, 2009

CHIPOLA COLLEGE BASKETBALL TEAM RELOADS FOR 2009

MARIANNA-- Jake Headrick’s first three months at the helm of the Indians’ basketball program has been a roller coaster ride.  Upon accepting the position, Headrick had the grueling task of signing a completely new team with only two months before the start of school.

Nevertheless, Headrick was able to snag one of the top recruiting freshmen classes in the country. 

“We are a very young team this year.  But with a young team, we are able to instill in them our basketball philosophy,” said coach Headrick. 

Chipola will have a new look offensively this year as several of the guards will be able to play both at the point and shooting guard position.  John Taylor (6-0) from Chicago, IL, Sam Grooms (6-1) from Greensboro, NC, Roderick Lanon (5-10) from Louisville, KY, Lashay Page (6-2) from Dillon, SC, Dexter Ellington (6-1) from Culthbert, GA, and Daniel Cummins (6-2) from Charlotte, NC are slated to play the guard positions this year. 

On the wing, the Indians will look towards several versatile individuals to help the lead the Indians to a record-setting seventh consecutive Panhandle Conference crown, including  Delwan Graham (6-5) transfer from L.S.U., Steadman Short (6-9) transfer from High Point University, Kevin Powell (6-6) from Fayetteville, NC, and Marvin Fitzgerald (6-5) from Milwaukee, WI.

In the paint, Headrick is hoping that the young blood of Chadrack Lufile (6-10) from Burlington, Canada and Aaron Davis (6-7) from Huntsville, AL will be contribute at a high level for the Indians this season. 

The new members of the Chipola Men’s Basketball program will definitely look to write their own chapter in the vast history of Chipola tradition.

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September 10, 2009

CHIPOLA FALL BASEBALL CLASSIC SET FOR SEPT. 17-20

 

MARIANNA—Chipola will host the 2009 Fall Baseball Classic Sept. 17-20.  Eleven teams will participate, including: Chipola, Tallahassee, Wallace-Dothan, Gulf Coast, Pensacola, Central Alabama, Middle Georgia, Northwest Florida State, Darton, Shelton State and Alabama Southern.

The Classic opens Thursday, Sept. 17, with Chipola and Wallace-Dothan at 5 p.m.       Action continues Friday, Sept. 18, with the following games: 10 a.m., Chipola vs. Pensacola; 12:30 p.m., Pensacola vs. Northwest Florida State; 3 p.m., Middle Georgia vs. Northwest Florida State; and 5:30 p.m., Chipola vs. Middle Georgia.

Saturday, Sept. 19 games are: 1 p.m., Tallahassee vs. Central Alabama (at Marianna HS); 3:30 p.m., Central Alabama vs. Shelton State, and 6 p.m., Shelton State vs. Tallahassee.

Sunday, Sept. 20 games are: 10 a.m., Gulf Coast vs. Wallace-Dothan; 10 a.m., Darton vs. Lurleen B. Wallace (at Marianna HS); 1 p.m., Gulf Coast vs. Lurleen B. Wallace; 1 p.m., Alabama Southern vs. Wallace-Dothan (at Marianna HS); and 3:30 p.m. Darton vs. Alabama Southern. 

For information on the event, visit www.chipola.edu

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September 10, 2009

CHIPOLA COLLEGE BASKETBALL TEAM RELOADS FOR 2009

MARIANNA-- Jake Headrick’s first three months at the helm of the Indians’ basketball program has been a roller coaster ride.  Upon accepting the position, Headrick had the grueling task of signing a completely new team with only two months before the start of school.

Nevertheless, Headrick was able to snag one of the top recruiting freshmen classes in the country. 

“We are a very young team this year.  But with a young team, we are able to instill in them our basketball philosophy,” said coach Headrick. 

Chipola will have a new look offensively this year as several of the guards will be able to play both at the point and shooting guard position.  John Taylor (6-0) from Chicago, IL, Sam Grooms (6-1) from Greensboro, NC, Roderick Lanon (5-10) from Louisville, KY, Lashay Page (6-2) from Dillon, SC, Dexter Ellington (6-1) from Culthbert, GA, and Daniel Cummins (6-2) from Charlotte, NC are slated to play the guard positions this year. 

On the wing, the Indians will look towards several versatile individuals to help the lead the Indians to a record-setting seventh consecutive Panhandle Conference crown, including  Delwan Graham (6-5) transfer from L.S.U., Steadman Short (6-9) transfer from High Point University, Kevin Powell (6-6) from Fayetteville, NC, and Marvin Fitzgerald (6-5) from Milwaukee, WI.

In the paint, Headrick is hoping that the young blood of Chadrack Lufile (6-10) from Burlington, Canada and Aaron Davis (6-7) from Huntsville, AL will be contribute at a high level for the Indians this season. 

The new members of the Chipola Men’s Basketball program will definitely look to write their own chapter in the vast history of Chipola tradition.

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September 10, 2009

CHIPOLA FALL BASEBALL CLASSIC SET FOR SEPT. 17-20

 

MARIANNA—Chipola will host the 2009 Fall Baseball Classic Sept. 17-20.  Eleven teams will participate, including: Chipola, Tallahassee, Wallace-Dothan, Gulf Coast, Pensacola, Central Alabama, Middle Georgia, Northwest Florida State, Darton, Shelton State and Alabama Southern.

The Classic opens Thursday, Sept. 17, with Chipola and Wallace-Dothan at 5 p.m.       Action continues Friday, Sept. 18, with the following games: 10 a.m., Chipola vs. Pensacola; 12:30 p.m., Pensacola vs. Northwest Florida State; 3 p.m., Middle Georgia vs. Northwest Florida State; and 5:30 p.m., Chipola vs. Middle Georgia.

Saturday, Sept. 19 games are: 1 p.m., Tallahassee vs. Central Alabama (at Marianna HS); 3:30 p.m., Central Alabama vs. Shelton State, and 6 p.m., Shelton State vs. Tallahassee.

Sunday, Sept. 20 games are: 10 a.m., Gulf Coast vs. Wallace-Dothan; 10 a.m., Darton vs. Lurleen B. Wallace (at Marianna HS); 1 p.m., Gulf Coast vs. Lurleen B. Wallace; 1 p.m., Alabama Southern vs. Wallace-Dothan (at Marianna HS); and 3:30 p.m. Darton vs. Alabama Southern. 

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 September 17, 2009

CHIPOLA COLLEGE TERM C CLASSES ANNOUNCED

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College officials have added a new “C” term during the Fall semester to give students another opportunity to enroll in classes.

            Deadline to submit a financial aid application for Term C is Oct. 1. Early registration is on Oct. 15.  Classes begin Oct. 16 and run through Dec. 16.

            Dr. Sarah Clemmons, Senior Vice President of Instruction and Student Services, says, “The ‘C’ term has the potential to help students who missed the deadline at the beginning of the semester.” Clemmons says that condensing coursework into a shorter term also is a better fit for some people. “There are students who prefer to work intensively on one course for a few weeks, and then move on to the next course. We’re always trying to improve our schedule of courses to help meet people’s needs in terms of life and family situations.”

            Four courses will be offered during Term C based on prior demand.  As student demand and adjunct professor availability increases more courses may be offered in future terms.

            The following courses will be offered:  American History to 1865, (AMH 2010), 3 hours, online; Introduction to Biological Science (BSC 1005), 3 hours, 12-1:50 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday; Communications Skills I, (ENC 1101), 4 hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday; Introduction to International Business (GEB 3356), 3 hours, online; Humanities with Writing (HUM 2216), 4 hours credit, online; College Algebra (MAC 1105), 3 hours, 5:30-8:30p.m., Monday and Thursday; Math for Liberal Arts II (MGF 1107), 3 hours, 12-1:50 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday; Business Statistics (QMB 2100), 3 hours, 4-5:50 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday; Advanced Reading (REA 1205), 2 hours, 12-1:50 p.m., Monday and Wednesday; and Intermediate Spanish I (SPN 2220), 4 hours, 2-3:50 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

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CHIPOLA COLLEGE OFFERING TERM C Chipola College officials have added a new “C” term during the Fall semester to give students another opportunity to enroll in classes.  Deadline to submit a financial aid application for Term C is Oct. 1. Early registration is on Oct. 15.  Classes begin Oct. 16 and run through Dec. 16. Pictured from left are: J.D. Tyler, Tucker Nebel and Joseph Davis, all of Marianna.

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September 17, 2009

CHIPOLA PTK PROMOTES LITERACY WITH FREE BOOKS

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Nu Chi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa is promoting literacy by reading to area students and donating a book to each first grader in Jackson County.    

            Members of the honor society purchased copies of “The One and Only Magnificent Me,” a children’s novel celebrating the uniqueness of every person. 

            Project coordinator sophomore Jessica Bradley and PTK advisor Pam Rentz recently visited Grand Ridge School and Sneads Elementary School to read the book to first grade classes and to present each first grader with their own copy. 

            PTK Advisor, Pam Rentz, says, “Jessica has done an excellent job in coordinating this project.  She is passionate about promoting literacy for all age groups and she should be commended for her dedication in serving school age children in the Chipola district.”

            Rentz also thanked the principals and teachers for allowing the Chipola students the opportunity to visit the campuses and classrooms.  “What a joy it was reading to the students,” she said.  

            Phi Theta Kappa members will be visiting all first grade classrooms in Jackson County over the next several weeks to encourage reading and to present books to the students.

            For information about the project, email jessica.bradley91@yahoo.com

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CHIPOLA PTK PROMOTES LITERACY WITH FREE BOOKS— The Chipola College Nu Chi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa is promoting literacy by reading to area students and donating a book to each first grader in Jackson County. PTK member Jessica Bradley and advisor Pam Rentz recently visited Grand Ridge School to read to the first grade classes of Ms. Oliver and Ms. Nichols.  The Chipola group plans to present a copy of the book “The One and Only Magnificent Me,” to every first grader in Jackson County.

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September 17, 2009

FORMER HOUSE SPEAKER TO ADDRESS CHIPOLA HONORS GROUP

 

            MARIANNA—Allan Bense, former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, will address Honors students at Chipola College, Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 1 p.m., in Jackson Lecture Hall in Building Z.  The public is invited.

            Bense is a businessman from Panama City. He is a partner in several companies with interests in road building, contracting, insurance, golf courses, and farming.

            Bense holds a BS and an MBA from Florida State University. He served in the Florida Legislature from 1998 through 2006. He was Speaker of the Florida House from 2004 through 2006.

            He is a member of the following Boards: Vice Chairman, Enterprise Florida; Chairman of the Board, James Madison Institute; Chairman of the Board, Gulf Coast Community Hospital. He is also member of the Florida Council of 100 and the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

            Bense is also on the Board of various local charities and is Chairman of the Bense Family Foundation which makes significant contributions to numerous state and local not-for-profit causes.

            Bense married his wife Tonie Johnson Bense in 1975 and they have three children, Courtney Weatherford, Jason Bense, and Taylor Bense. Courtney's husband, Will Weatherford, is a member of the Florida House of Representatives. Jason Bense works in Bense's Road Building Company, and Taylor Bense is a senior at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

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September 17, 2009

 

Chipola hosts MEETING ON Electric Line Technician training

           

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Division of Workforce Development recently hosted a meeting to explore regional training needs of electric power line distribution technician training. 

            The meeting was attended by regional electric cooperatives and companies representing Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative, Florida Public Utilities, West Florida Electric Cooperative and Gulf Power Company. 

            Bud Riviere, Dean Workforce Development at Chipola, facilitated the meeting which focused on the college’s plans to implement a new Electric Line Technician Training and Certification program in the near future. Riviere said, “The meeting was very productive in that everyone attending pledged to support the instructional program and collaborate in terms of sharing resources in order to provide required training for Line Techs and related occupations. Chipola College is delighted to lead in training for this exciting career opportunity.” 

            The next step in the process is to review existing curriculum frameworks and customize training to local needs.  In the process, regional facilities will be visited in order to plan the construction of a laboratory site for hands-on training.  Riviere indicates that land for the program has been procured at the college’s Reddoch Annex site.  Some classroom instruction will begin immediately for incumbent workers.  Program completion is planned for the fall of 2010. 

            For more information, call Dean Riviere at 850-718-2268.

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Chipola hosts MEETING ON Electric Line Technician trainingThe Chipola College Division of Workforce Development recently hosted a meeting to explore regional training needs of electric power line distribution technician training.  Pictured from left, are: (front) Eudon Baxley and Lester Sapp of Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative; Buddy Shelly and Leslie Moyer of Florida Public Utilities; (back) Dean Bud Riviere of Chipola College; Gary Clark of West Florida Electric Cooperative and Darrin Wall of Gulf Power Company.

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September 17, 2009

PUBLIC INVITED TO OCTOBER 8 MEETING OF BLUE SPRINGS GROUP

 

             MARIANNA—The public is invited to attend a meeting of the Jackson Blue Spring Basin Working Group, Thursday, Oct. 8, in the Continuing Education Building Conference Room at Chipola College.

            Presentations begin at 9 a.m. and run until 1 p.m.

            Chuck Hatcher, Director of Jackson County Parks and Recycling, will give an update on Blue Springs Park. Edd Sorenson will discuss Cave System Exploration.

            Russell Williams, Jackson County Springs Ambassador, will give an update of the ambassador program.

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

            Charles Pattison will present the Community Steward Award and give an update on 1000 Friends of Florida Springs Activities.

            Deanna Green, Planning Technician for Wakulla County, will discuss Wakulla Springs protection. 

            Jackson County Commissioner Jeremy Branch will report on Blue Springs related issues.

            Chipola professors Santine Cuccio and David Hilton will provide an update on the 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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September 17, 2009

CHIPOLA ANNOUNCES CAST FOR “MURDERS OF 1940”

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College Theater Director recently announced the cast for the upcoming, “Musical Comedy Murders of 1940.” Performances of the show are set for Nov. 5-9.

            Several local actors were cast in the following roles: Sarah Lovins as Helsa Wenzel, Piper Williams as Elsa Von Grossenkruelen, Austin Pettis as Michael Kelly, Ben Grande as Patrick O’Reilly, Mark Lent as Ken De La Maize, Breanna Kneiss as Nikki Crandall, Aven Pitts as Eddie McCuen, Kristina Lopez as Majorie Baverstock, Matthew Van Buren as Roger Hopewell, Kayla Todd as Bernice Roth and Joe Evans as the radio voice.

            This ingenious and wildly comic romp pokes fun at the more ridiculous aspects of "show biz" and the corny thrillers of Hollywood's heyday. The play is a nonstop barrage of laughter as those assembled (or at least those who aren't killed off) untangle the mystery of the "Stage Door Slasher."

            As the actors and director prepare their performance, a blizzard cuts off any possible retreat, bodies start to drop in plain sight, knives spring out of nowhere, masked figures drag their victims behind swiveling bookcases, and accusing fingers point in all directions. The bumbling police inspector snowshoes in to investigate and the mystery is solved in the nick of time. The “Slasher” is unmasked, but not before the audience has been treated to a sidesplitting good time and a generous serving of the author’s biting, satiric and refreshingly irreverent wit.

            For information, call Theatre director Charles Sirmon at 850-718-2227, or email sirmons@chipola.edu

 

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September 17, 2009

BUSY WEEKEND SET FOR CHIPOLA ATHLETICS

           

           MARIANNA—Chipola College Athletics has an exciting weekend of events planned for Sept. 18-20. Fans will be able to catch a sneak peek at several teams and support athletics with all six sports coordinating or hosting events this weekend.  

            On Friday, Sept. 18, fans are invited to Indian Springs Golf Club for the first annual Chipola Athletics Golf Classic.  This three-man scramble will serve as the official kickoff for the new athletic season.  Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with lunch provided and a shotgun start at 1 p.m.  Golfers of all ages are encouraged to attend.  Proceeds will go to support Chipola Athletics. 

            Starting Friday, Sept. 18, at 10 a.m., the Indians host the annual Chipola Fall Baseball Classic.  Eleven teams will participate in the following games: Friday, 10 a.m., Chipola vs. Pensacola; 12:30 p.m., Pensacola vs. Northwest Florida State; 3 p.m., Middle Georgia vs. Northwest Florida State; and 5:30 p.m., Chipola vs. Middle Georgia.

Saturday, Sept. 19 games are: 1 p.m., Tallahassee vs. Central Alabama (at Marianna HS); 3:30 p.m., Central Alabama vs. Shelton State, and 6 p.m., Shelton State vs. Tallahassee.

Sunday, Sept. 20 games are: 10 a.m., Gulf Coast vs. Wallace-Dothan; 10 a.m., Darton vs. Lurleen B. Wallace (at Marianna HS); 1 p.m., Gulf Coast vs. Lurleen B. Wallace; 1 p.m., Alabama Southern vs. Wallace-Dothan (at Marianna HS); and 3:30 p.m. Darton vs. Alabama Southern. 

            On Saturday morning, at 9 a.m., the baseball team will conduct the annual Chipola Select High School Showcase for collegiate prospects. Several college and professional scouts are expected to attend. A total of 31 participants from last year’s showcase signed college scholarships. 

            Also on Saturday, the Chipola Softball Team will open their season with the annual Chipola Round Robin event.  The Lady Indians will bring their high-power offense for four games Saturday at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., 4 p.m., and 6 p.m.   

            The Chipola Cross Country team travels to Dawson, GA, Saturday, to participate in the Darton College Invitational. 

            For information about Chipola Athletics, visit www.chipola.edu

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September 24, 2009

WORKFORCE PROGRAMS OPEN AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College offers a number of Workforce Development programs to prepare students for good-paying jobs in the area. Students are encouraged to complete the registration process immediately and to call the program instructor for a seat in the program. 

            Cosmetology and Automotive Technology programs usually fill to capacity with waiting lists.  Many other programs feature open-enrollment which allows students to enroll whenever the college is in session.

            Bud Riviere, Dean of Workforce Development programs, says, “All programs offer valuable industry certification throughout the program and upon completion which will enhance employment and career advancement. Placement rates for all workforce programs are excellent.” 

            All programs are equipped with the latest technology and equipment which assures students of realistic training according to industry standards. 

Workforce Development Certificate programs, include: Automotive Service Technology, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Computer Systems Technology, Correctional Officer, Cosmetology, Corrections, Firefighting and Law Enforcement. Some workforce and certificate programs feature open enrollment which allows students to enroll whenever the college is in session.

            Chipola offers more than a dozen Associate in Science (AS) degrees which provide professional training associated with specific careers. These include: Business Administration, Computer Engineering Technology, Computer Information Technology, Criminal Justice Technology (Corrections/Law Enforcement and Crime Scene Investigation), Culinary Management, Early Childhood Education, Fire Science Technology, Networking Services Technology, Nursing (RN and LPN) and Recreation Technology. One Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree program in Criminal Justice Technology is available.

            Three College Credit Certificate programs are offered in Child Care Center Management, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Paramedic.

            A variety of continuing education programs are available on campus in areas ranging from Child Care to Real Estate. Through partnerships with www.ed2go.com and www.gatlineducation.com, Chipola offers online courses in courses such as health care, internet graphics/web design, business and law. 

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

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September 24, 2009

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CHIPOLA COLLEGE OFFERING TERM C Chipola College officials have added a new “C” term during the Fall semester to give students another opportunity to enroll in classes.  Deadline to submit a financial aid application for Term C is Oct. 1. Early registration is on Oct. 15.  Classes begin Oct. 16 and run through Dec. 16. Pictured from left are: Meagan Wiltse of Altha and Daniel Gochenaur of Marianna.

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September 24, 2009

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Bense ADDRESSES Chipola Honors Students—Former Speaker of the Florida House, Allan Bense, recently addressed students in the Chipola College Honors program.  Pictured from left are: Rep. Marti Coley, Honors adviser Bonnie Smith, Allan Bense, Honors adviser Robert Ivey, and Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough.  Bense served in the legislature from 1998 to 2006 and as House Speaker from 2004 to 2006. 

 

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September 24, 2009

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SHERRILL IS EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH—Melinda Sherrill (right) accepts the September Chipola College Career Employee of the Month award from Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough. Sherrill serves as Department Associate in the Chipola Financial Aid Office. She has worked at the college since 1997. 

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September 24, 2009

FORMER CHIPOLA PLAYER RECORDS FIRST BIG LEAGUE HIT

 

            MARIANNA—Tyler Flowers, former Chipola Indian and current back-up catcher for the Chicago White Sox recorded his first major league hit, Sept. 19, against the visiting Kansas City Royals. 

            Flowers, who started the game, planted a single through the left side of the infield for his first career hit in the bottom of the eighth inning. 

            A native of Roswell, Georgia, Flowers attended Chipola College and was named to the NJCAA All-American Second Team before being drafted by the Chicago White Sox.  During his 2006 season at Chipola, Flowers helped lead the Indians to their second consecutive Panhandle Conference title.

            “Tyler has been on the fast-track through the Minor Leagues after having an extremely productive fall in Arizona,” commented Chipola coach Jeff Johnson.  “We are proud to see that his tremendous work ethic is continuing to pay off for him.”

            Before being recently called up by the White Sox organization, Flowers was selected to participate in the Minor League’s 2009 XM / MLB Futures Game.  According to the nationally recognized website Fanball.com, Tyler is very highly regarded within the White Sox organization and Chipola fans should expect to see him receive more plate appearances as the season enters the final weeks.

            Three other former Chipola players are currently in the big leagues, including Russell Martin of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays and Matt Gamel of the Milwaukee Brewers. 

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