September 2, 2010

The Tallahassee Ballet to open Chipola Artist Series, Sept. 19

 

MARIANNA—The Tallahassee Ballet (TTB) brings its highly celebrated Afternoon of Music and Dance to Chipola College on Sunday, Sept. 19, at 2:30 p.m., in the first event of the 2010-11 Chipola Artist Series.

            The concert will feature both classical and contemporary works from Bach to Broadway with live music under the artistic direction of Rick McCullough and the music direction of Deloise Lima.  Four acclaimed choreographers will present works to music by Bach, Chopin, Glass, Keating Adler, Schwartz and Orbison.

            Rick McCullough, TTB's Artistic Director, brings a wealth of choreographic talent to TTB's repertory. His choreographic awards include five fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, second prize at the Tokyo International Choreography Competition and a gold medal at the Boston International Choreography Competition.

            Choreographer Gerri Houlihan, from the Florida State University, began her professional career at the Juilliard School where she studied with Antony Tudor. She is choreographing a piece entitled Mercy!. "Mercy!, featuring popular songs by singer/songwriter Roy Orbison. 

            Choreographer Ken Alan appeared in the Broadway productions of A Chorus Line (Bobby), Fosse, the first national tours of Chicago, Fosse, and Grease!. Included in the TTB's performance are two Broadway gems, "Who's Got the Pain" from Damn Yankees, and the "Manson Trio" from Pippin, choreographed by the late Bob Fosse. A third piece, "Big Noise," features Alan's choreography set in the Fosse style. Alan will join the company on stage for the performance in addition to staging.

            Lauren Slone, an FSU MFA student is choreographing a contemporary duet entitled It's That Simple.  Sloan describes her piece, "Rather than re-visit passion in the traditional pas de deux format, I attempted to explore the playful/competitive aspects of a relationship. An essence of 'coyness' underscores the piece, as the dancers beautifully execute demanding movement vocabulary."

            Katy Cashin returns to TTB as a choreographer.  She grew up with The Tallahassee Ballet and performed many soloist roles. A recent graduate from SMU, four of her original works were produced while earning her degrees. She performed in master works including Arpino's Birthday Variations (soloist), Balanchine's Serenade (demi-soloist) and Bejart's Batucuda. Her piece "Catalyst" "has no story, but she says, “The objective was to focus on how patterns can be interwoven while simulating the music. It's about the movement and what initiates it."  

            The performance features live music by FSU musicians and costumes designed and executed by Ann Todd.

            Individual tickets go on sale Sept. 7 at the Chipola Business Office located in the Student Services Building.  Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students under age of 18.  Season tickets for all four Artist Series events—$40—will be available through Sept. 19 in the McLendon Fine Arts Building.

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

            For ticket information, call 718-2220.

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September 2, 2010

AUDITIONS FOR ‘DEARLY DEPARTED’ TUESDAY AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College Theatre director Charles Sirmon will hold auditions for the Fall comedy, “Dearly Departed,” Tuesday, Sept. 7 and Wednesday, Sept. 8, at 6 p.m.  The play will run Nov. 4-7.

            Not since “Steel Magnolias,” has a more dysfunctional group of Southern eccentrics gathered below the Mason-Dixon. When the patriarch of the family keels over, the struggle to get him buried involves the whole clan, including the not-so-grieving widow who wants to put “Mean and Surly” on the tombstone. Audiences amused by “Greater Tuna,” will enjoy this more ambitious trip down a rustic main street written by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones.

            Chipola’s Spring musical will be the smash hit, “Little Shop of Horrors,” March 10-13.  

            Chipola’s Summer children’s show is Aesop’s (Oh-So-Slightly Updated) Fables by Kim Esop-Wylie is May 12.

            Theater fans are invited to join the ACT (Applauding Chipola Theatre) Fund. Benefits include advance ticket selection and VIP seating for all Chipola productions.

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

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September 2, 2010

STUDENTS CELEBRATE FIRST SERVICE IN NEW CHAPEL

 

            MARIANNA—The first service in the new Chapel at Chipola College was held Sunday, Aug. 28. The chapel was donated by the C.C. Harrison family earlier this year.

            A student praise team led the music, and Rev. Riley Henderson, pastor of St. Luke's Missionary Baptist Church, delivered a message.
            Chipola Fellowship of Christian Athletes sponsor Dr. David Hilton, says, “The students in the praise band are committed to leading worship each Sunday, and we have speakers lined up through the month of September.” 

            Hilton said he is hoping to enlist pastors or youth pastors to commit to a Sunday each month so they can rotate through each month in their preaching.  Currently, services are set for Sunday nights at 8 p.m.

            For information, contact Hilton at 526-2761, Ext. 3331, or email: hiltond@chipola.edu

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September 2, 2010

BASIC AUTOMOTIVE COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer three basic automotive courses which are open to the public.

            Chipola automotive instructor Chase Vlieg will teach all three courses in the college Automotive Technology Building (P-103). Students are encouraged to register as soon as possible. The cost of each course is $40. Registration and payment must be completed two days prior to beginning of class.

            Basic Car Knowledge meets Tuesday, Sept. 14 and Thursday, Sept. 16, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The five-hour course is designed for those who want to know basic automotive tips to feel confident with car repairs.  Core topics include: basic car safety tips, oil change, tire repair, basic automotive maintenance and what to look for when buying a car.

            Introduction to Automotive Mechanics will meet Tuesday and Thursday evenings, Sept. 21 to Oct. 28, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The 30-hour course is designed to provide the student with entry level skills to ASE standards for automotive technicians.  The use of diagnostic equipment is stressed. 

            Auto Detailing will meet Saturday, Nov. 6, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The five-hour course covers five major areas of auto detailing: exterior, interior, engine, trunk, and special problems.  Core topics include: washing, buffing, touch-up painting, detailing chemical equipment, accessories, auto restoration, marketing strategies and entrepreneurial skills. 

            For questions, call Christen Bennett at (850)718-2395, or email: bennettc@chipola.edu or vliegc@chipola.edu

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CHIPOLA FALL CLASSES BEGIN—Chipola/Liberty County dual enrollment students Kasey Revell (left) and Gina Tharpe (center) get help from Chipola switchboard operator Victoria Mock on the first day of Fall classes. Registration is still open for several of the college’s Workforce Development programs. Registration for Term C academic classes is Oct. 14. For information, call 526-2761, or visit www.chipola.edu.

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BETHEL IS TOP EMPLOYEE—Glenda Bethel is Chipola College’s Career Employee for September. Bethel serves as an Operations and Technical Support Associate in the Information Systems department and has worked at the college since 2004. Here, Bethel is congratulated by Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough.

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September 2, 2010

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WILTSE WINS GO HIGHER SCHOLARSHIP—Chipola College freshman Rebecca Wiltse (right) of Altha accepts a $500 check from Dr. Jayne Roberts, Chipola Vice President of Student Affairs. Wiltse, a member of the Chipola Cross Country team, won the $500 in a drawing as part of the Go Higher-Get Accepted campaign designed to increase the number of seniors enrolling in college. Go Higher provides parents and students assistance with admissions and financial aid. The $500 scholarships are contributed by the Foundation for Florida Colleges. For information about Go Higher-Get Accepted, visit http://www.FACTS.org

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September 2, 2010

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GREAT NORTHWEST GROUP MEETS AT CHIPOLA—Members of Florida's Great Northwest met recently on the campus of Chipola College. Here, Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough (right), welcomes Great Northwest chair Jeff Helms of PBS & J.  Florida’s Great Northwest, Inc. is a regional economic development group representing 16 counties in Northwest Florida. The non-profit organization is comprised of local economic development groups, workforce development boards, community colleges, universities, and private businesses.

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September 9, 2010

CHIPOLA NURSING FACULTY EARN NEW DEGREES

 

                MARIANNA—Four faculty members in the Chipola College Health Sciences division recently earned additional degrees.

                Dr. Karen D. Lipford, ADN, BSN, MSN, EdS, EdD, a Professor in Chipola’s Associate Degree Nursing Program, recently completed the Doctor of Education degree (EdD) in Curriculum and Instruction/Diversity Studies at the University of West Florida.  She also earned an EdS from UWF. Dr. Lipford completed the ADN degree at Chipola and the BSN, ARNP and MSN degrees at Florida State University. 

                Dr. Chastity R. Duke, ADN, BSN, MSN, EdS, EdD, an Associate Professor in the Nursing Program, recently completed the Doctor of Education degree (EdD) in Curriculum and Instruction/Diversity Studies at the University of West Florida. She also earned an EdS from UWF. She completed the ADN at Wallace State Community College.  Dr. Duke also earned BSN and MSN degrees from Florida State University.

                Dr. Katherine Leigh, DNP, RN, an Assistant Professor in the Nursing program, recently completed the Doctorate of Nursing Practice with Sub-specialization in Nursing Education at the University of South Alabama. Dr. Leigh completed AS and AA degrees from Chipola and earned a BSN from Florida State University. She went on to earn the MSN and the Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Health and Nursing Education program from the University of South Alabama.

                Angela Dawkins, ADN, BSN, MSN, an Instructor in the Nursing program, recently completed the Post-MSN Family Nurse Practitioner at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. She is currently enrolled in the Doctorate of Nursing Practice program. Dawkins earned the ADN degree from Wallace College and the BSN degree from University of South Alabama. She earned the MSN degree from South University.

                 The Chipola Health Science Division offers training programs for a number of health-related careers. The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program is a 1+1 LPN to RN curriculum. Students are eligible to take the LPN exam after the first year and the RN exam after the second year. The college also offers an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program and a Paramedic program. A new Paramedic to RN bridge program is set to begin in Summer of 2011.  Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) classes are also offered throughout the year. 

                For information, call 850-718-2316, or visit www.chipola.edu

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CHIPOLA NURSING FACULTY EARN NEW DEGREES—Four faculty members in the Chipola College Health Sciences division recently earned additional degrees. Pictured from left, are: Dr. Katherine Leigh, Dr. Karen D. Lipford, Angela Dawkins and Dr. Chastity R. Duke. 

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September 9, 2010

Tallahassee Ballet to open Chipola Artist Series, Sept. 19

 

                MARIANNA—The Tallahassee Ballet (TTB) brings its highly celebrated Afternoon of Music and Dance to Chipola College on Sunday, Sept. 19, at 2:30 p.m., in the first event of the 2010-11 Chipola Artist Series.

                The concert will feature both classical and contemporary works from Bach to Broadway with live music under the artistic direction of Rick McCullough and the music direction of Deloise Lima.  Four acclaimed choreographers will present works to music by Bach, Chopin, Glass, Keating Adler, Schwartz and Orbison.

                Choreographer Gerri Houlihan, from the Florida State University, is choreographing a piece entitled Mercy!. "Mercy!, featuring popular songs by singer/songwriter Roy Orbison. 

                Choreographer Ken Alan appeared in the Broadway productions of A Chorus Line (Bobby), Fosse, the first national tours of Chicago, Fosse, and Grease!. Included in the TTB's performance are two Broadway gems, "Who's Got the Pain" from Damn Yankees, and the "Manson Trio" from Pippin. A third piece, "Big Noise," features Alan's choreography set in the Fosse style.

                Lauren Slone, an FSU MFA student is choreographing a contemporary duet entitled It's That Simple.  Katy Cashin returns to TTB as a choreographer.  Her piece "Catalyst" "has no story, but she says, “The objective was to focus on how patterns can be interwoven while simulating the music. It's about the movement and what initiates it."

                The performance features live music by FSU musicians and costumes designed and executed by Ann Todd.

                Individual tickets—$12 for adults and $8 for students under age of 18—are available in the Chipola Business Office.  Season tickets for all four Artist Series events—$40—will be available through Sept. 19 in the McLendon Fine Arts Building.

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

                For individual tickets, call 718-2220.

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Tallahassee Ballet to open Chipola Artist Series—Gwen Petry will be among the performers when the Tallahassee Ballet brings its highly celebrated “Afternoon of Music and Dance” to Chipola College on Sunday, Sept. 19, at 2:30 p.m., in the first event of the 2010-11 Chipola Artist Series. For individual tickets, call 718-2220.

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September 9, 2010

MAIN STREET MARIANNA DIRECTOR TO SPEAK AT CRAA MEETING

 

                MARIANNA—The public is cordially invited to attend the monthly meeting of the Chipola Regional Arts Association, Tuesday, Sept. 21, at Jim’s Buffet in Marianna.

                This month’s program will be presented by Charlotte Brunner, Director of Main Street Marianna. Brunner will be speaking on the historic First National Bank Building in downtown Marianna and the goal of converting the space into a new Fine Arts and Cultural History Museum for the city.

                No reservations are required the Dutch-treat buffet luncheon which begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by the program at noon.

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

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September 9, 2010

OLYMPIC SOFTBALL PLAYERS COMING TO CHIPOLA COLLEGE

               

                MARIANNA—Area softball players will have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to work with three team USA Olympic medalists at the Chipola College Softball field, Jan. 22-23, 2011.

                The Triple Threat team of Cat Osterman, Kelly Kretschman and Caitlin Lowe will provide a weekend of softball instruction focusing on pitching, offense and defense.

                Pitcher Cat Osterman played at the University of Texas. She was an Olympic Gold Medalist and Silver Medalist, a two-time World Cup Champion and a two-time Pan American Gold Medalist. Osterman was a three-time USA Collegiate Player of the Year and a three-time NFCA First-Team All-American. She was the two-time ESPY Award winner as the Top Collegiate Female Athlete. Cat is the assistant softball coach at DePaul University in Chicago, and plays professionally for the Rockford Thunder.

                Kelly Kretschman played outfield and infield at the University of Alabama. She was an Olympic Gold Medalist and Silver Medalist. She also was a Gold medalist at the Pan American Games and a member of the World Cup Championship team. The four-time NFCA All-American lives in Southern California and plays for the USSSA Pride.

                Caitlin Lowe played outfield at the University of Arizona. She was an Olympic Silver Medalist and a Gold medalist at Pan American Games.  A member of the two-time World Cup Championship team, she also was a four-time NFCA First-Team All-American. Caitlin now resides in Texas where she gives specialized lessons in out-fielding and slapping.

                Chipola head coach Belinda Hendrix says, “This is a great opportunity for local players to learn from some of the best softball players in America.”

                The two day Chipola camp will include six hours of instruction each day with lunch included. Registration fee is $200 by Dec. 18 and $250 after Dec. 18.

                For additional information, contact Coach Hendrix at 718-2358 or 718-2359, or visit www.triplethreatsoftball.com

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OLYMPIC SOFTBALL PLAYERS COMING TO CHIPOLA— The Triple Threat team of (from left) Caitlin Lowe, Cat Osterman and Kelly Kretschman, will provide a weekend of softball instruction, Jan. 22-23, 2011, at the Chipola College Softball field. For information, contact Chipola Coach Belinda Hendrix at 718-2358 or visit www.triplethreatsoftball.com

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September 16, 2010

CHIPOLA WELCOMES NEW DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEPARTMENT

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College recently named Dr. Jim Froh as Director of the Business and Technology Division. 

            Froh earned a PhD in leadership from Capella University, a master’s in Management from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin, Osh Kosh.

He has run several private businesses over the years and also has done consulting work in the Czech Republic and Russia where he had the opportunity to meet Mikhail Gorbachev.  Of coming to Chipola, Dr. Froh says, “I am thrilled to be part of such an exciting Business program and serving our students at Chipola College.”  

            The college recently celebrated its first class of graduates in the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Business. The program has continued to grow and become a vital part of the Business College and the community.  Of his first days at the college, Dr. Froh says, “I met so many great students. It was exhilarating to be part of helping many students get their classes and also help them to see the end of the tunnel where they could see themselves graduating soon.”  

            Dr. Froh says his focus is to continue to expand the Bachelor’s program and to reach out to the community.  “We need to meet the needs of our students and also to make sure the students can and will live up to the needs of the employers.  In today’s world economy we must prepare each and every student to embrace change as an opportunity and strive to be life-long learners.”

            Dr. Froh and his wife are from Wisconsin. They have three boys, two of whom are married, and three granddaughters. 

            For information about Chipola’s Business and Technology Division, call Dr. Froh at 718-2413 or email: frohj@chipola.edu.

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September 16, 2010

BASIC AUTOMOTIVE COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer basic automotive courses which are open to the public.

            Chipola automotive instructor Chase Vlieg will teach the courses in the college Automotive Technology Building (P-103). Students are encouraged to register as soon as possible. The cost of each course is $40. Registration and payment must be completed two days prior to beginning of class.

            Introduction to Automotive Mechanics will meet Tuesday and Thursday evenings, Sept. 21 to Oct. 28, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The 30-hour course is designed to provide the student with entry level skills to ASE standards for automotive technicians.  The use of diagnostic equipment is stressed. 

            Auto Detailing will meet Saturday, Nov. 6, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The five-hour course covers five major areas of auto detailing: exterior, interior, engine, trunk, and special problems.  Core topics include: washing, buffing, touch-up painting, detailing chemical equipment, accessories, auto restoration, marketing strategies and entrepreneurial skills. 

            For questions, call Christen Bennett at (850)718-2395, or email: bennettc@chipola.edu or vliegc@chipola.edu.

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September 16, 2010

MAIN STREET MARIANNA DIRECTOR TO SPEAK AT CRAA MEETING

 

            MARIANNA—The public is cordially invited to attend the monthly meeting of the Chipola Regional Arts Association, Tuesday, Sept. 21, at Jim’s Buffet in Marianna.

            This month’s program will be presented by Charlotte Brunner, Director of Main Street Marianna. Brunner will be speaking on the historic First National Bank Building in downtown Marianna and the goal of converting the space into a new Fine Arts and Cultural History Museum for the city.

            No reservations are required the Dutch-treat buffet luncheon which begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by the program at noon.

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

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September 16, 2010

SMALL BUSINESS SEMINARS SET AT CHIPOLA

           

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer two small business seminars in October with more to come in the near future.

            “Choosing Your First Business” is set for Friday, October 8, from 9 a.m. to noon. The seminar will help answer the questions: When can you quit your day job to focus entirely on your passion? When can a dream become a profitable moonlighting business? The seminar is designed to help individuals begin the process of converting a part-time business into a full-time business.

            “Steps to Starting a Small Business” will meet Friday, October 8, from 1 to 4 p.m. Topics include discussion on organizational requirements and licensing for a small business in Florida, personal financial assessments, credit checks, defining your customers, location considerations, and employee requirements. Valerie Simmons, a Certified Business Analyst with the Small Business Development Center, will lead the seminar.

            The Small Business Development Center is based in Lynn Haven and utilizes experienced business owners to present hands-on instruction from the business world. 

            The workshops will meet in Room M-108 of the Chipola Business and Technology building. Cost of each seminar is $20.

            Register at http://clients.floridasbdc.org/center.aspx?center=41230&subloc=4.  

            For information, contact Dr. Jim Froh at 718-2413 or email: frohj@chipola.edu.

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September 16, 2010

CAST ANNOUNCED FOR CHIPOLA’S ‘‘DEARLY DEPARTED

           

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Theater is in full rehearsal for the fall comedy, "Dearly Departed," written by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones. The show plays for four days, Nov. 4-7.  

            Chipola Theater director Charles Sirmon recently cast local actors in the following roles: Josh Tetow as Bud Turpin/DJ, Piper Williams as Raynelle, Matt Van Buren as Ray-Bud, Ashleigh Stowe as Lucille, Griffin Smith as Junior, Kayla Todd as Suzanne, Deanna Harrison as Marguerite, Trey McKay as Royce, Joy Wallace as Delightful, Austin Pettis as Rev. Hooker, Danuta Jacob as Veda, Blake Collins as Norval, Diana Glaze as Nadine, Chris Holloway as Clyde, Madison Wester as Juanita, and Cam Hitchcock and Alex Anderson as The Joy of Life Singers.  David Reeves Forrester is the Stage Manager. Clint Touchton is the Assistant Stage Manager. Brenton Jones is the Sound Designer.

             Not since “Steel Magnolias,” has a more dysfunctional group of Southern eccentrics gathered below the Mason-Dixon. When the patriarch of the family keels over dead, the struggle to get him buried involves the whole clan, including the not-so-grieving widow who wants to put “Mean and Surly” on the tombstone.

            For information about Chipola Theater, call 718-2227.

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September 16, 2010

 

FORMER FLORIDA DEP SECRETARY TO ADDRESS CHIPOLA HONORS GROUP

 

            MARIANNA—Michael W. Sole, former Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, will address the Chipola College Honors seminar, Wednesday, Sept. 22, at 1 p.m., in Jackson Hall of the college Literature/Language Building.

            Sole served as Secretary from Dec. 21, 2006, until his recent retirement. As Secretary, he oversaw Florida’s environmental regulatory and law enforcement programs, the acquisition, conservation and management of public lands, including Florida’s award-winning state parks, and the development and regulation of Florida’s water resources through the State’s five water management districts.

            During his tenure as Secretary, he led Florida’s initiative on Climate Change, serving as Chairman of the 21-member Florida Governor’s Action Team on Energy and Climate Change.  He also helped lead the State’s Everglades Restoration efforts through the negotiation of an unprecedented land acquisition of U.S. Sugar acreage for restoration purposes.  More recently, he led the state’s efforts in coordinating, preparing, and protecting Florida from the largest man-made environmental disaster caused by the Deepwater Horizon Incident. 

            Sole served the DEP since 1991, previously serving as Deputy Secretary for Regulatory Programs and Energy where he spearheaded the 2006 Florida Energy Act -- the four-year, $100 million plan to diversify the state’s fuel supply and promote energy conservation and efficiency.

            Prior to his appointment as deputy secretary, Sole served as the Department’s chief of staff and also as the director of the Division of Waste Management. As Director, he was responsible for implementing state and federal laws relating to solid and hazardous waste management, storage tank regulation and the cleanup of contaminated sites.  A long time advocate for Florida’s environment, Sole began his career in environmental protection as a biological scientist for the Florida Department of Natural Resources.  During his nineteen years as an environmental manager he has undertaken responsibilities ranging from marine turtle protection and invasive plant management to beach preservation, wetland protection and petroleum cleanup. 

            Sole was a Captain in the United States Marine Corps, serving our nation during the Gulf War. He received his B.S. degree in Marine Biology from the Florida Institute of Technology. He and his wife Jeannie and daughter Samantha are all native Floridians and enjoy scuba diving and visiting any one of Florida’s more than 150 state parks during family outings and vacations.

 

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September 23, 2010

CHIPOLA ENROLLMENT UP THIS FALL

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College officials are celebrating a 2.5 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.   

            “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 Vice President of Student Affairs. “It’s clear that the current economic climate is driving more students to campuses across the nation, and Chipola is no exception,” said Roberts.

            Roberts also points to growth in the college’s Bachelor’s degree programs as an important factor in the overall increase. Enrollment in B.S. programs grew over 85% last year and is up six percent this year with 169 students enrolled in four-year programs.

            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. 15 through Dec 16, with registration on Oct. 14. Financial aid application deadline for Term C is Oct. 1.

            Chipola’s most popular program continues to be the Associate in Arts (AA) degree which provides the first two years of college for students planning to transfer to a university at the junior level or into one of Chipola’s Bachelor’s degree programs. Academic guides that outline requirements for specific majors are available on the college website at www.chipola.edu.

       Several Associate in Science (AS) and Workforce programs are offered which provide training for high wage jobs. Workforce programs include: Automotive Technology, Corrections, Computer Systems Technology, Cosmetology and Law Enforcement. Associate in Science (AS) programs include: Business Administration and Management, Computer Information Administration, Criminal Justice Technology, Culinary Management, Early Childhood Education, Fire Science, Network Administration and Recreation Technology.    

            The Health Science Division offers training programs for a number of health-related careers. The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program is a 1+1 LPN to RN curriculum. Students are eligible to take the LPN exam after the first year, and the RN exam after the second year. The college also offers an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program and a Paramedic program. Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) classes are offered throughout the year. 

            Chipola’s open-door policy allows any student with a high school diploma to enroll after completing an application and providing high school or college transcripts.  

            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 2.5 percent enrollment increase this Fall with an estimated 2,000 students.  Here, Chipola students (from left) Hannah Waldorf, Carolyne Van Lierop and Ashley Adams, study between classes.  Students may still enroll in the C term which runs Oct. 15 through Dec 16, with registration Oct. 14. For information, call 850-718-2311, or visit www.chipola.edu.

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September 23, 2010

PREPARE NOW FOR TERM ‘C’ CLASSES AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—Registration for Spring Term ‘C’ classes at Chipola College is Thursday, Oct.14, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Term C classes meet Oct.15 through Dec. 16. Late registration is Friday, Wednesday, Oct. 15, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

            Friday, Oct. 1, is the Financial Aid application deadline for the term.

            Term C courses include: (AMH 2010) American History to 1865 (online); (BSC 1005) Introduction to Biological Sciences, 2:00-4:50, MW; (CJC 1000) Introduction to Corrections, 2:00-4:50, MW;  (ENC 1102) Communication Skills II (online); (GEB 3213) Advanced Business Communication (online); (HUM 2216) Humanities w/Writing (online); (MAC 1105M) College Algebra (modified online); (MAN 4162M) Customer Relations for Managers (modified online); (MAT 1033) Intermediate Algebra, 2:00-3:50, MTR; (NUR 2960M) Nursing Review I (modified online); (REA 1205) Advanced Reading, 1:00-5:00, T; (SLS 1101) Orientation (online). 

            Chipola's open-door policy guarantees acceptance to any student with a standard high school diploma or its equivalent.  Prospective students should complete a college application which is available in the Office of Admissions and Records, or online at www.chipola.edu. Students also must provide an official high school and college transcript.

            Students should visit an academic advisor in the Student Services building to register. 

            Chipola has expanded its offerings to include more than 40 individual programs, including BS, AA, AS, AAS, Workforce Certificates and Continuing Education programs. The college offers eight Bachelor of Science (BS) degree programs, including: Business Management, Elementary Education, Mathematics Education (5-9 or 6-12), Science Education (5-9 or 6-12), Exceptional Student Education and RN to BSN in Nursing.  The Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) offers Teacher Certification for those with a B.S. in a non-teaching field. 

            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. Academic plans for specific majors are available on the college website at www.chipola.edu.

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

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September 23, 2010

CHIPOLA SEEKING DONORS FOR FIRST GENERATION SCHOLARSHIP

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Foundation is seeking donations for the First Generation in College Scholarship for the 2010 Spring Semester.

            The Florida Legislature created the scholarship program and appropriated funds for each community college to match dollar for dollar with private contributions.  These new scholarships, which will be funded for the upcoming Spring 2010 semester if the local matching dollars are raised, will be awarded to students whose parents did not complete a bachelor’s degree. 

            Foundation Director Julie Fuqua, says, “Chipola serves many first generation college students and the potential impact this scholarship program can have on their lives, as well as their families, is tremendous.   Last year through the generosity of donors and state matching funds, Chipola was able to award eight students with First Generation scholarships.”

            Chipola is eligible to receive up to $8,030 in First Generation in College Scholarship state matching funds this year. Donations will be matched dollar for dollar to enable Chipola to award over $16,000 to first generation in college students during this school year. 

            First Generation in College Scholarship donations must be received by Nov. 12 to qualify for the dollar for dollar match.  Donations may be mailed to: Chipola College Foundation, 3094 Indian Circle, Marianna, FL  32446.

            For information, call the Foundation Office at (850) 718-2478.

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September 23, 2010

SMALL BUSINESS SEMINARS SET AT CHIPOLA

           

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer two small business seminars in October with more to come in the near future.

            “Choosing Your First Business” is set for Friday, October 8, from 9 a.m. to noon. The seminar will help answer the questions: When can you quit your day job to focus entirely on your passion? When can a dream become a profitable moonlighting business? The seminar is designed to help individuals begin the process of converting a part-time business into a full-time business.

            “Steps to Starting a Small Business” will meet Friday, October 8, from 1 to 4 p.m. Topics include discussion on organizational requirements and licensing for a small business in Florida, personal financial assessments, credit checks, defining your customers, location considerations, and employee requirements. Valerie Simmons, a Certified Business Analyst with the Small Business Development Center, will lead the seminar.

            The Small Business Development Center is based in Lynn Haven and utilizes experienced business owners to present hands-on instruction from the business world. 

            The workshops will meet in Room M-108 of the Chipola Business and Technology building. Cost of each seminar is $20.

            Register at http://clients.floridasbdc.org/center.aspx?center=41230&subloc=4

            For information, contact Dr. Jim Froh at 718-2413 or email: frohj@chipola.edu.

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September 23, 2010

BLOUNTSTOWN HIGH NETWORKING STUDENTS VISIT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—Blountstown High students who are dual enrolled in the Chipola College Networking Services Technology program, recently visited the Chipola campus for a hands-on workshop.

             Students installed systems and software, and performed maintenance and troubleshooting on desktop computer systems.          

            Dean Giles, Chipola Computer Systems Technology instructor, said, “The great thing about this program is that the students will be able to earn the A+ Certification while still in high school. This is the industry standard minimum certification to work as a computer technician.”

            Blountstown High technology instructor Debra Perdue facilitates the class at the high school.

            The following students are enrolled in the course: Cody Baldwin, DeeAnna Grimes, Blake McGraw, Harlea Perdue, Jake Brown, Harrison Coley, Hayden Jeppson, Gordon Yoder, Travis Pittman, Stedman Dawson and Brandon Alford.

            For information about Chipola’s Technology programs, call Dean Giles at 850-718-2392, or email gilesd@chipola.edu

                                                           

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 September 23, 2010

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CHANDLER IS TOP EMPLOYEE—Donna Chandler is Chipola College’s Career Employee for October. Chandler serves as a Departmental Staff Assistant in Baccalaureate Program Development and has worked at the college since 2008. Here, Chandler is congratulated by Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough.

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September 23, 2010

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FORMER DEP SECRETARY ADDRESSES CHIPOLA HONORS GROUP—Michael W. Sole, former Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, recently addressed students in the Chipola College Honors seminar. Sole led the state’s efforts in protecting Florida from the environmental disaster caused by the Deepwater Horizon Incident. Pictured from left, are Charity Newsom, Joy Belser, Michael Sole, Caitlyn Prichard, Megan Dady and Mary Beth Alderman.

 

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September 23, 2010

CHIPOLA SEEKING DONORS FOR FIRST GENERATION SCHOLARSHIP

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Foundation is seeking donations for the First Generation in College Scholarship for the 2010 Spring Semester.

            The Florida Legislature created the scholarship program and appropriated funds for each community college to match dollar for dollar with private contributions.  These new scholarships, which will be funded for the upcoming Spring 2010 semester if the local matching dollars are raised, will be awarded to students whose parents did not complete a bachelor’s degree. 

            Foundation Director Julie Fuqua, says, “Chipola serves many first generation college students and the potential impact this scholarship program can have on their lives, as well as their families, is tremendous.   Last year through the generosity of donors and state matching funds, Chipola was able to award eight students with First Generation scholarships.”

            Chipola is eligible to receive up to $8,030 in First Generation in College Scholarship state matching funds this year. Donations will be matched dollar for dollar to enable Chipola to award over $16,000 to first generation in college students during this school year. 

            First Generation in College Scholarship donations must be received by Nov. 12 to qualify for the dollar for dollar match.  Donations may be mailed to: Chipola College Foundation, 3094 Indian Circle, Marianna, FL  32446.

            For information, call the Foundation Office at (850) 718-2478.

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 September 30, 2010

PREPARE NOW FOR TERM ‘C’ CLASSES AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNA—Registration for Spring Term ‘C’ classes at Chipola College is Thursday, Oct.14, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Term C classes meet Oct.15 through Dec. 16. Late registration is Friday, Wednesday, Oct. 15, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

            Friday, Oct. 1, is the Financial Aid application deadline for the term.

            Term C courses include: (AMH 2010) American History to 1865 (online); (BSC 1005) Introduction to Biological Sciences, 2:00-4:50, MW; (CJC 1000) Introduction to Corrections, 2:00-4:50, MW;  (ENC 1102) Communication Skills II (online); (GEB 3213) Advanced Business Communication (online); (HUM 2216) Humanities w/Writing (online); (MAC 1105M) College Algebra (modified online); (MAN 4162M) Customer Relations for Managers (modified online); (MAT 1033) Intermediate Algebra, 2:00-3:50, MTR; (NUR 2960M) Nursing Review I (modified online); (ORI 2000) Oral Interpretation, 2:00-4:00, MWR; (REA 1205) Advanced Reading, 1:00-5:00, T; (SLS 1101) Orientation (online). 

            Chipola's open-door policy guarantees acceptance to any student with a standard high school diploma or its equivalent.  Prospective students should complete a college application which is available in the Office of Admissions and Records, or online at www.chipola.edu. Students also must provide an official high school and college transcript.

            Students should visit an academic advisor in the Student Services building to register. 

                Chipola has expanded its offerings to include more than 40 individual programs, including BS, AA, AS, Workforce Certificates and Continuing Education programs. The college offers eight Bachelor of Science (BS) degree programs, including: Business Management, Elementary Education, Mathematics Education (5-9 or 6-12), Science Education (5-9 or 6-12), Exceptional Student Education and RN to BSN in Nursing.  The Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) offers Teacher Certification for those with a B.S. in a non-teaching field. 

            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. Academic plans for specific majors are available on the college website at www.chipola.edu.

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

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September 30, 2010

SMALL BUSINESS SEMINARS SET AT CHIPOLA

           

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer two small business seminars in October with more to come in the near future.

            “Choosing Your First Business” is set for Friday, October 8, from 9 a.m. to noon. The seminar will help answer the questions: When can you quit your day job to focus entirely on your passion? When can a dream become a profitable moonlighting business? The seminar is designed to help individuals begin the process of converting a part-time business into a full-time business.

            “Steps to Starting a Small Business” will meet Friday, October 8, from 1 to 4 p.m. Topics include discussion on organizational requirements and licensing for a small business in Florida, personal financial assessments, credit checks, defining your customers, location considerations, and employee requirements. Valerie Simmons, a Certified Business Analyst with the Small Business Development Center, will lead the seminar.

            The Small Business Development Center is based in Lynn Haven and utilizes experienced business owners to present hands-on instruction from the business world. 

            The workshops will meet in Room M-108 of the Chipola Business and Technology building. Cost of each seminar is $20.

            Register at http://clients.floridasbdc.org/center.aspx?center=41230&subloc=4

            For information, contact Dr. Jim Froh at 718-2413 or email: frohj@chipola.edu

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September 30, 2010

FIREARMS COURSE SET AT CHIPOLA

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will hold an 8-hour Firearms Familiarization course, Saturday, Nov. 6, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 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.

            Registration and payment of the $100 fee must be completed in advance. Class size is limited. Weapon and ammunition are included in the cost of the course.

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

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September 30, 2010

CHIPOLA SEEKING DONORS FOR FIRST GENERATION SCHOLARSHIP

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Foundation is seeking donations for the First Generation in College Scholarship for the 2010 Spring Semester.

            The Florida Legislature created the scholarship program and appropriated funds for each community college to match dollar for dollar with private contributions.  These new scholarships, which will be funded for the upcoming Spring 2010 semester if the local matching dollars are raised, will be awarded to students whose parents did not complete a bachelor’s degree. 

            Foundation Director Julie Fuqua, says, “Chipola serves many first generation college students and the potential impact this scholarship program can have on their lives, as well as their families, is tremendous.   Last year through the generosity of donors and state matching funds, Chipola was able to award eight students with First Generation scholarships.”

            Chipola is eligible to receive up to $8,030 in First Generation in College Scholarship state matching funds this year. Donations will be matched dollar for dollar to enable Chipola to award over $16,000 to first generation in college students during this school year. 

            First Generation in College Scholarship donations must be received by Nov. 12 to qualify for the dollar for dollar match.  Donations may be mailed to: Chipola College Foundation, 3094 Indian Circle, Marianna, FL  32446.

            For information, call the Foundation Office at (850) 718-2478.

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September 30, 2010

OLYMPIC SOFTBALL PLAYERS COMING TO CHIPOLA COLLEGE

           

            MARIANNAArea softball players will have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to work with three team USA Olympic medalists at the Chipola College Softball field, Jan. 22-23, 2011.

            The Triple Threat team of Cat Osterman, Kelly Kretschman and Caitlin Lowe will provide a weekend of softball instruction focusing on pitching, offense and defense.

            Pitcher Cat Osterman played at the University of Texas. She was an Olympic Gold Medalist and Silver Medalist, a two-time World Cup Champion and a two-time Pan American Gold Medalist. Osterman was a three-time USA Collegiate Player of the Year and a three-time NFCA First-Team All-American. She was the two-time ESPY Award winner as the Top Collegiate Female Athlete. Cat is the assistant softball coach at DePaul University in Chicago, and plays professionally for the Rockford Thunder.

            Kelly Kretschman played outfield and infield at the University of Alabama. She was an Olympic Gold Medalist and Silver Medalist. She also was a Gold medalist at the Pan American Games and a member of the World Cup Championship team. The four-time NFCA All-American lives in Southern California and plays for the USSSA Pride.

            Caitlin Lowe played outfield at the University of Arizona. She was an Olympic Silver Medalist and a Gold medalist at Pan American Games.  A member of the two-time World Cup Championship team, she also was a four-time NFCA First-Team All-American. Caitlin now resides in Texas where she gives specialized lessons in out-fielding and slapping.

            Chipola head coach Belinda Hendrix says, “This is a great opportunity for local players to learn from some of the best softball players in America.”

            The two day Chipola camp will include six hours of instruction each day with lunch included. Registration fee is $200 by Dec. 18 and $250 after Dec. 18.

            For additional information, contact Coach Hendrix at 718-2358 or 718-2359, or visit www.triplethreatsoftball.com

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OLYMPIC SOFTBALL PLAYERS COMING TO CHIPOLA— USA Olympian Cat Osterman (pictured here) will join the Triple Threat team of Caitlin Lowe and Kelly Kretschman for a weekend of softball instruction, Jan. 22-23, 2011, at the Chipola College Softball field. For information, contact Chipola Coach Belinda Hendrix at 718-2358 or visit www.triplethreatsoftball.com

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September 30, 2010

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CLOUD IS TOP CHIPOLA EMPLOYEE—Sybil Cloud has been selected the Chipola College Faculty/Administrator of the month for October. Cloud has served as a Director of Financial Aid since 1975.  Pictured from left, are: Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough, Sybil Cloud and Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Jayne Roberts.

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September 30, 2010

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DEARLY DEPARTED REHEARSALThe Chipola College Theater is in rehearsal for the Fall comedy "Dearly Departed" which opens Nov. 4. Here, Kayla Todd of Marianna rehearses for her role of Suzanne with Griffin Smith of Dothan in the role of Junior. The comedy centers on a dysfunctional group of Southern eccentrics and their struggle to bury the patriarch of the family after he drops dead in the first act.  The play contains some adult humor. For information about Chipola Theater, call 718-2227.

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September 30, 2010

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CHIPOLA FALL FESTChipola College students celebrated a day off from classes at Fall Festival on Sept. 29. Here, nursing majors participate in the mattress race.

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