March 6, 2014

CHIPOLA EVENING OF CABARET IS MARCH 14

MARIANNA—Chipola College will host an Evening of Cabaret featuring Chipola

music majors Friday, March 14. Two shows are scheduled at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Experimental Theatre.

Guests are invited to enjoy the taste of a sweet dessert and to hear the sounds of selected Chipola voice, piano and instrumental majors as they perform their sophomore recitals.

Limited seating is available by reservation only. Tickets—$12—may be purchased in the Center for the Arts Box Office. For ticket information, call 718-2376.

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CHIPOLA EVENING OF CABARET

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CHIPOLA EVENING OF CABARET IS MARCH 14—Chipola College will host an Evening of Cabaret featuring Chipola music majors Friday, March 14. Here, Chipola music professor Dr. Josh Martin works with student Anna E. Williams of Havana. Limited seating is available by reservation only. Tickets—$12—may be purchased in the Center for the Arts Box Office. For ticket information, call 718-2376.

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March 6, 2014

CHIPOLA FINISHES SECOND IN BRAIN BOWL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

ATLANTA—The Chipola College Brain Bowl Team finished second in the Community College National Championship March 1 in Atlanta.

Chipola entered the championship game with a disadvantage, after losing to Valencia in the championship bracket earlier in the day. Chipola would have needed to defeat Valencia twice to claim the title. Chipola forced a second game by defeating Valencia in the first game, 335-280. However, Valencia claimed the title by defeating Chipola 405-245 in the second game.

Chipola’s Jacob Leff finished third in individual scoring, while William Singleton finished 13th. The other members of Chipola A are Wesley Chevillot and Rebecca Delgado.

Chipola will now advance to the International Championship Tournament (ICT) on March 28 in Chicago. The top four community colleges from the CCCT advance to the 4-year college tournament. Chipola finished seventh last year at the ICT.

The national championship field had 24 teams from across the country. Chipola earned its berth by finishing first in the Florida Sectional held in late January. This is the third time Chipola has finished as the National Runner-Up, after claiming three consecutive National Championships from 2011-2013. The national championship is played through the National Academic Quiz Tournament (NAQT) system.

Chipola will defend the FSCAA State Title later this month. Chipola is the six-time defending state champion.

Link to stats: http://www.naqt.com/stats/tournament-teams.jsp?tournament_id=5003&playoffs=1

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CHIPOLA BRAIN BOWL A TEAM

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CHIPOLA FINISHES SECOND IN BRAIN BOWL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP--The Chipola College Brain Bowl Team finished second in the Community College National Championship March 1 in Atlanta. Chipola A Team members will represent the college at the ICT on March 28. Pictured from left, are: (front) William Singleton, Rebecca Delgado, (back) Jacob Leff, Ashley Delameter and Wesley Chevillot.  

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March 6, 2014

GOLDEN-DRAGON ACROBATS AT CHIPOLA

CHIPOLA ARTIST SERIES TO FEATURE CHINESE ACROBATS APRIL 1

MARIANNA—The Chipola College Artist Series will present the Golden Dragon Acrobats, Tuesday, April 1, at 7 p.m., in the Center for the Arts.

The Golden Dragons are recognized throughout the U.S. and abroad as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring group representing a time-honored tradition that began more than 25 centuries ago. These artists will amaze with their breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty.

Tickets are $14 for adults, $10 for children under 18, with special pricing for Chipola students and employees. 

Online tickets are available at www.chipola.edu. Tickets may be printed at home, or with an order confirmation, will-call tickets will be available at the box office the night of the show. Tickets also are available at the Center for the Arts Box Office with hours Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. The Box Office is also open one hour prior the event.  

The Artist Series event also will feature a Gallery Exhibit opening of three-dimensional works by artist Jamey Grimes. The exhibit will be on display April 1 - May 15 in the Center for the Arts Gallery.  Viewing is available by appointment at 850-718-2277.  Grimes, who teaches art at the University of Alabama, describes his sculptures as “fragments of a conversation with Nature.” 

 For information, call 850-718-2277 or visit www.chipola.edu/fine-and-performing-arts.

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March 6, 2014

CRAA MEETING IS MARCH 18 AT WOMAN’S CLUB IN CHIPLEY

MARIANNA—The public is invited to attend the Chipola Regional Arts Association (CRAA) meeting on Tuesday, March 18, at the Woman’s Club in Chipley, with a Dutch-treat luncheon at 11:30 a.m., with the program beginning at noon.  The cost for the lunch is $7.50.

The meeting will feature presentations by Washington County and Holmes County arts educators who have received mini-grants this year. 

Joan Stadsklev, President of CRAA, says, “In an effort to involve more people, CRAA has moved its monthly meeting to Washington County.  We invite all who want to support the arts in our area, and especially our elementary and secondary schools art programs to attend.”

The Chipola Regional Arts Association’s annual mini-grant program set a new record this season awarding 24 grants of $250 each to art, music, and theatre teachers across Chipola’s five counties.  Because of the large number of mini-grant awards, presentations will be divided between the March 18, April 15 and May 20 meetings. 

Evelyn Ward, Executive Director of CRAA, says, “This is a powerful testament to what a donation to CRAA can do for the community.  All funds received directly support local arts programs. To continue and expand these programs, we need your help.” 

CRAA is in the middle of their fundraising campaign to fund next year’s programs and hopes to increase their impact on the community.

CRAA serves five counties in the Chipola district with a rotating scholarship that is offered to potential music, art, and theatre students.  This year Calhoun County is asked to submit applicants for the 2014-2015 CRAA scholarship.   Interested students may apply at the Chipola College website, www.chipola.edu.

For more information regarding the March 18 meeting or about making a contribution to CRAA, contact Anita Price at pricea@chipola.edu or (850) 718-2277.

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March 6, 2014

LAW ENFORCEMENT CLASSES NOW FORMING AT CHIPOLA

MARIANNA—The Chipola College Criminal Justice Training Center will offer an evening Law Enforcement Academy and a Corrections to Law Enforcement Cross-over class  beginning April 21.  Classes will meet weeknights from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Completion of either program prepares candidates to take the State Board Examination to become certified by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission upon becoming employed with a law enforcement agency.

Candidates must earn a passing score on the Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT) offered at the Public Service Building Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m.  Cost of the test is $45.

Applicants must have a standard high school diploma or its equivalent and must undergo a medical physical examination, background check and drug screening. Financial assistance is available based upon need and eligibility.

For information regarding the application process, contact Steven Stewart, Law Enforcement Coordinator, at 718-2286.

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March 6, 2014

STEM EVENTS SET AT CHIPOLA

               MARIANNA—Two FloridaLearns STEM Scholars events will take place on the campus of Chipola College on March 13, for high school students in Jackson and Calhoun Counties, and on March 18, for students in Holmes, Liberty and Washington Counties.  

                The events will involve high school students enrolled in the STEM Initiative for Gifted and Talented Students in Florida’s Rural School Districts.  Students, working in teams, will compete in a Rube Goldberg Challenge using only the materials provided by the instructors. 

                The challenge is designed to stimulate ingenuity and imagination in Engineering.  Such activities are an important component of the curriculum to help foster team building skills as well as inspire and motivate students toward higher education and ultimately a career in a STEM related field. 

                The activities will be very visual and there will be instructors, faculty and STEM program coordinators available for interviews. 

                For background information on STEM, go to: www.floridalearnsstemscholars.org.

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March 6, 2014

PROUGH AND TRAYNUM RECEPTION

CHIPOLA TO HOST MARCH 31 RECEPTION FOR PROUGH AND TRAYNOM

MARIANNA—The public is invited to celebrate the retirement of Chipola College president Dr. Gene Prough and Joyce Traynom, his Administrative Assistant, at a drop-in reception, Monday, March 31, from 3 to 5 p.m.

The reception will be held in Lobby of the Chipola Center for the Arts.

No gifts please. Those wishing, may make donations to the Dr. Gene Prough Presidential Challenge Scholarship Fund in the Chipola Foundation. Those wishing to honor Joyce, may make donations to the Otis Traynom Memorial Scholarship Fund in the Chipola Foundation.

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March 6, 2014

5K STAMPEDE LOGO

STOCKYARD STAMPEDE 5K IS APRIL 19 IN BLOUNTSTOWN

BLOUNTSTOWN—Calhoun County’s Take Stock in Children Committee will host the “Stockyard Stampede” 5K Race Saturday, April 19, at 8 a.m. (CST), at Sam Atkins Park in Blountstown.

All proceeds will go to Chipola College scholarships for Calhoun County students in the Take Stock in Children Program.

Runners may register early by mail or at 7 a.m. on race day. Registration fee is $20 and includes a t-shirt. The course will begin near the Panhandle Saddle Club sign and run the same route used by the Blountstown High School Cross Country team. Runners will stampede across asphalt, lime rock, grass, flats and hills.

The 5K Race is scheduled to coincide with the Calhoun County Rodeo on April 19 at the Skeet Davis Arena. Gates open for the rodeo at 5:30 p.m. with performances at 7 p.m.

Registration forms for the 5K are available online at: www.althaschools.org, www.blountstownmiddle.org, or on Facebook by searching “Take Stock in Children Chipola College.” 

For information, contact Mary Helen Smith at (850) 718-2428 or Nicole Purvis at (850) 674-8234.

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March 6, 2014

CHIPOLA’S MILTON H. JOHNSON HEALTH CENTER TO UNDERGO RENOVATION

MARIANNA—The Chipola Milton H. Johnson Health Center will undergo a $1.1 million renovation beginning this month.

Construction will commence at the end of basketball season and is scheduled to be completed within 150 days. The target date for completion is the beginning of the school year in August.

M & W Construction was the winning bidder for the renovation project which will include a new roof. The gym will also get a new heating and air conditioning system which will be connected to the college’s Centralized Chilled Water Plant. Louy Harris, Chipola Capital Projects and Facilities Administrator, says he expects to see a significant savings in utility costs by connecting the building to the chiller plant. Four buildings on campus already are connected to the system which uses chilled water to heat and cool buildings.

The Center also will get a new hardwood floor playing surface. The old floor was installed in the early 90’s and has been refinished numerous times. Leaks in the roof have caused water damage, and a section of the floor had to be replaced last season.

The gym, named for the late Chipola Coach Milton Johnson, was built in the mid 1970’s for just over $1 million dollars.

The Health Center is used by thousands of people in the community. Chipola hosts more than 1,000 high school seniors in the gym each year for Senior Day. For 17 years, the gym was home to the Florida College System State Basketball Tournament. The tournament will be played in Ocala at the College of Central Florida for at least the next three years.

A sold-out crowd of more than 2,000 fans packed the Health Center when new state champion Malone played arch-rival Marianna in the gym earlier this season. The gym was also packed for Chipola’s Homecoming on Feb. 22.

The Chipola Commencement Ceremony, which is customarily held in the gym, has been moved to the Dothan Civic Center. Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough, says, “Graduation is an important event in the lives our students. We considered holding the ceremony in our new Center for the Arts, but this would have limited the number of guests that each graduate could invite. By moving the Civic Center, our graduates can invite all of their family and friends to celebrate this important accomplishment.”

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HEALTH CENTER RENOVATION

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CHIPOLA HEALTH CENTER TO UNDERGO RENOVATION— The Chipola Milton H. Johnson Health Center will undergo a $1.1 million renovation beginning this month.  In this picture from the early 1990’s, Chipola maintenance repairman Wayne Herring installs the letters naming the Chipola gym, the Milton H. Johnson Health Center. Pictured from left, are: Chipola Appreciation Club members Sonny Wise, Robert Trammell, Mike Peacock, the late coach Milton Johnson and Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough.

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March 6, 2014

CHIPOLA MEN ADVANCE IN STATE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

OCALA—The Chipola College men’s and women’s basketball teams are playing in the the FCSAA State Tournament, March 5-8, on the campus of the College of Central Florida in Ocala.

The Indians beat defending State Champion Central Florida 82-73 a first round game Wednesday night. Chipola will play Polk in the semi-finals Friday, March 7, at 2 p.m. (CST). The men’s championship is Saturday, March 8, at 4 p.m. (CST). Chipola (22-5) tops the men’s state poll.

The Chipola College Lady Indians (28-1) face Palm Beach (24-6), Thursday, March 6, at 5 p.m. (CST). A first round win would put the Panhandle Champion Lady Indians in the semi-finals, Friday, March 7, at 7 p.m., to face the winner of Florida State College and Indian River.

The Lady Indians are first in the women’s state poll and fourth in the NJCAA National Poll.

 Chiopla’s state tournament games will be broadcast on WJAQ-radio, 100.9, on the web at www.ihigh.com/collegeofcentrafla, and also live on Chipola College Television (CCTV), Comcast Channel 4.

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March 6, 2014

CHIPOLA PLAYERS AND COACHES NAMED TO ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

MARIANNA—Chipola’s Sam Cassell, Jr., has been named Panhandle Conference Player of the Year. The freshman guard also was named Newcomer of the Year in the league and to First-team All-Conference.

Teammates Carlos Morris and Demetrius Floyd join Cassell on the All-Conference First Team.  Jose Jiminez received an Honorable Mention.

Chipola head coach Patrick Blake shares the Panhandle Coach of the Year award with Pensacola’s Pete Pena.

The Chipola Lady Indians have seven players on the Panhandle All-Conference team including four first team picks in Brianna Wright, Evelyn Akhator, Tiffany Lewis and Khadijah Ellison. Three Lady Indians were named Second Team All-Conference: Diamonisha Sophus, Rhani Bell and Treyvonna Brooks.

Chipola head coach Greg Franklin was named Panhandle Coach of the Year for leading his Lady Indians to a Conference Championship with a 12-0 league record.

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March 6, 2014

FIRST COMMERCE TO HOST COOKOUT AT CHIPOLA BASEBALL/SOFTBALL

MARIANNA—First Commerce Credit Union will host a free cookout during the Chipola Softball and Baseball games on Wednesday, March 19.

The Lady Indians host Gulf Coast at 4 and 6 p.m.  The Indians host Tallahassee at 5 p.m.  First Commerce representatives will set up in the parking lot in order to serve fans at both games.

First Commerce Jackson County Executive Chuck Hudson will throw out the first pitch to begin the softball and baseball games.

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March 13, 2014

CHARLIE BROWN AUDITIONS AT CHIPOLA MONDAY, MARCH 17

                MARIANNA—Chipola Theatre will hold open auditions for the childrens’ show, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Revised), Monday, March 17, at 5 p.m., in the Center for the Arts. 

                The show calls for a cast less than a dozen actors age 16 and over. Roles include: Charlie Brown, a male baritone with strong singing and acting skills; Sally Brown, a female soprano with strong singing and acting skills; Linus Van Pelt, a male baritone with strong singing, acting, and soft shoe or tap experience required; Lucy Van Pelt, a female alto with strong actress and belter; Snoopy, a male tenor with strong comedic timing and musical theatre style dance required; Schroeder, a male tenor with strong acting and singing skills, piano skills not required. Other ensemble roles will likely take on the looks and mannerisms of Peppermint Patty and others.

                “You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown” (Revised) opened on Broadway in 1999.  It is a fresh approach to the all-time 1967 classic.  Sally Brown joins Charlie, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder and Snoopy in this version.  Two new songs, Beethoven Day and My New Philosophy, have been added to the 12 wonderful numbers of the original version, including My Blanket and Me, The Kite, The Baseball Game, Little Known Facts, Suppertime and Happiness. 

                For information, contact Sirmon at 850-718-2227 or email sirmonc@chipola.edu

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March 13, 2014

golden-dragon acrobats at chipola

CHIPOLA ARTIST SERIES TO FEATURE CHINESE ACROBATS APRIL 1

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Artist Series will present the Golden Dragon Acrobats, Tuesday, April 1, at 7 p.m., in the Center for the Arts.

                The Golden Dragons are recognized throughout the U.S. and abroad as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring group representing a time-honored tradition that began more than 25 centuries ago. These artists will amaze with their breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty.

                Tickets are $14 for adults, $10 for children under 18, with special pricing for Chipola students and employees. 

                Online tickets are available at www.chipola.edu. Tickets may be printed at home, or with an order confirmation, will-call tickets will be available at the box office the night of the show. Tickets also are available at the Center for the Arts Box Office with hours Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. The Box Office is also open one hour prior the event.  

                The Artist Series event also will feature a Gallery Exhibit opening of three-dimensional works by artist Jamey Grimes. The exhibit will be on display April 1 - May 15 in the Center for the Arts Gallery.  Viewing is available by appointment at 850-718-2277.  Grimes, who teaches art at the University of Alabama, describes his sculptures as “fragments of a conversation with Nature.” 

                For information, call 850-718-2277 or visit www.chipola.edu/fine-and-performing-arts.

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March 13, 2014

Jamey Grimes

JAMEY GRIMES’ SCULPTURE ON DISPLAY AT CHIPOLA

                MARIANNA— Artist Jamey Grimes will present original three-dimensional works in an exhibit on display April 1 - May 15 in the Chipola College Center for the Arts Gallery. 

                Grimes, who teaches art at the University of Alabama, describes his sculptures as “fragments of a conversation with Nature.” 

                The exhibit opening is planned in conjunction with the Chipola Artist Series Event: Golden Dragon Acrobats, April 1, at 6 p.m. The exhibit will be open through May 15.

                Grimes says his work, “Can be hostile, soothing, or both. Storms, trees, and the sea personify heightened emotion, wisdom, and awareness.  Reflecting on my own vivid experiences with Nature, I realize that imagination plays a powerful role, transforming observations into unique, dream-like forms.” 

                Viewing is available by appointment by calling 850-718-2277.  To learn more, visit www.jameygrimes.com

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March 13, 2014

MISS STOCKYARD PAGEANT HELD IN BLOUNSTOWN

                BLOUNTSTOWN—Calhoun County’s TSIC Committee held a Miss Stockyard Pageant on Saturday, March 8 at Blountstown Middle School. Fifteen contestants from Bay, Jackson and Calhoun Counties participated.

                Pageant winners are: Avery Lane, Little Miss; Samantha Rabon, Teen Miss; Brooke Rackley, Jr. Miss; and Aubree-Ana Nichole Bay, Miss Stockyard; and Kiera Cox, Tiny Miss. 

                Proceeds from the pageant will go towards TSIC Scholarships to Chipola College for Calhoun County students. The following sponsors supported the pageant: Blountstown Drugs, Bar L Ranch, the TSIC Committee Members, Calhoun County School Board, Florida Panhandle Saddle Club, and Chipola College.

                The Miss Stockyard Queens will be presented at the Calhoun County Rodeo held by the Florida Panhandle Saddle Club on April 19. Rodeo performances start at 7 p.m. at the Skeet Davis Arena at Sam Atkins Park in Blountstown.

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Stockyard Pageant

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MISS STOCKYARD PAGEANT HELD IN BLOUNSTOWN—Calhoun County’s TSIC Committee held a Miss Stockyard Pageant on Saturday, March 8 at Blountstown Middle School. Fifteen contestants from Bay, Jackson and Calhoun Counties participated. Pageant winners are: Avery Lane, Little Miss; Samantha Rabon, Teen Miss; Brooke Rackley, Jr. Miss; and Aubree-Ana Nichole Bay, Miss Stockyard; and Kiera Cox, Tiny Miss. 

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March 13, 2014

CHIPOLA TO OFFER CORRECTIONS CLASSES

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Public Service Department will offer a Corrections and course a Cross-over Law Enforcement to Corrections course beginning this month.

                The program will meet weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Completion of the program prepares candidates to take the State Board Examination for entry into the Corrections field.

                Candidates for all programs must be at least 19 years of age and earn a passing score on the Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT) offered at the Public Service Building every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m.  Cost of the test is $45.

                Applicants must have a standard high school diploma or its equivalent and must undergo a medical physical examination, background check and drug screening.

                For information regarding the application process, contact Jamie McAllister, Corrections Coordinator, at 718-2212.

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March 13, 2014

CRAA MEETING IS MARCH 18 AT WOMAN’S CLUB IN CHIPLEY

                MARIANNA—The public is invited to attend the Chipola Regional Arts Association (CRAA) meeting on Tuesday, March 18, at the Woman’s Club in Chipley, with a Dutch-treat luncheon at 11:30 a.m., with the program beginning at noon.  The cost for the lunch is $7.50.

                The meeting will feature presentations by Washington County and Holmes County arts educators who have received mini-grants this year. 

                Joan Stadsklev, President of CRAA, says, “In an effort to involve more people, CRAA has moved its monthly meeting to Washington County.  We invite all who want to support the arts in our area, and especially our elementary and secondary schools art programs to attend.”

                The Chipola Regional Arts Association’s annual mini-grant program set a new record this season awarding 24 grants of $250 each to art, music, and theatre teachers across Chipola’s five counties.  Because of the large number of mini-grant awards, presentations will be divided between the March 18, April 15 and May 20 meetings. 

                Evelyn Ward, Executive Director of CRAA, says, “This is a powerful testament to what a donation to CRAA can do for the community.  All funds received directly support local arts programs. To continue and expand these programs, we need your help.” 

                CRAA is in the middle of their fundraising campaign to fund next year’s programs and hopes to increase their impact on the community.

                CRAA serves five counties in the Chipola district with a rotating scholarship that is offered to potential music, art, and theatre students.  This year Calhoun County is asked to submit applicants for the 2014-2015 CRAA scholarship.   Interested students may apply at the Chipola College website, www.chipola.edu.

                For more information regarding the March 18 meeting or about making a contribution to CRAA, contact Anita Price at pricea@chipola.edu or (850) 718-2277.

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March 13, 2014

STARTING A BUSINESS SEMINAR SET AT CHIPOLA

                MARIANNAChipola College will offer a small business seminar, entitled, “Fundamentals of Starting a Business,” Friday, March 21, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, in Room M-108 of the Business and Technology building (M).

                The seminar will cover how to start, grow, or expand a business with an emphasis on rural communities and the agriculture economy. Discussions will cover setting up the business organization, registering the name, zoning, and licensing requirements, sales tax, employee withholding and independent contractors. The seminar also will cover options for startup funding and financing for business growth.   

                Cost of the seminar is $15. Registration deadline is March 19. Participants may register online at www.northfloridabiz.com.

                The first six Chipola students to sign up will receive free admission. Students should contact Elissa Severson at 718-2441 or sign up in Building M, (108). 

                For information, contact Severson at 850-718-2441 or email seversone@chipola.edu

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March 13, 2014

Chipola Indians win State

CHIPOLA TEAMS WIN STATE; HEADED TO NATIONALS

                HUTCHINSON, KS—The Chipola College Indians will play in the NJCAA National basketball tournament, March 17-22, in Hutchinson, KS.

                The Indians play Wednesday, March 19, at 6 p.m. (CST). They will face the winner of Shelton State (AL) and State Fair College (Missouri). The Indians (25-5) enter the tournament as the number three seed behind number one seed Indians Hills (31-2) and number two seed Vincennes (31-2)

                Chipola defeated St. Petersburg 79-73 to capture the Region 8/FCSAA State Championship, March 8, on the campus of the College of Central Florida in Ocala.

                Tournament MVP Sam Cassell, Jr., led Chipola with 22 points. He also was named State Player of the Year.

                The Indians shot 30 of 34 from the free throw line. Chipola has won the men’s 13 titles, more than any other college.

                Chipola defeated Polk 76-66 in the semi-finals on March 7. The Indians beat defending State Champion Central Florida 82-73 a first round game March 5. Chipola (25-5) tops the men’s state poll.

                Chipola’s national tournament games will be broadcast on WJAQ-radio, 100.9, and on the web at www.ihigh.com.

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March 13, 2014

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CHIPOLA TEAMS WIN STATE; HEADED TO NATIONALS

                SALINA, KS—The Chipola College Lady Indians are set to play in the NJCAA National Tournament, March 17-22, in Salina, Kansas. Chipola (31-1) is the number two seed in the tournament behind number one seed Trinity Valley (32-1).  The Lady Indians will play on Wednesday, March 19, at 1 p.m. (CST). Chipola will face the winner of New Mexico and ASA College (NY).

                The Lady Indians defeated Northwest Florida State 68-50 to capture the Region 8/FCSAA State Championship, March 8, on the campus of the College of Central Florida in Ocala. Evelyn Akhator was named Tournament MVP.

                The Lady Indians (30-1) made it to the state championship with a 69-62 win over Florida State College at Jacksonville in the semi-finals on Friday. Chipola swamped Palm Beach Thursday, March 6, in the first round of the state tournament.

                Chipola’s national tournament games will be broadcast on WJAQ-radio, 100.9, and on the web at www.ihigh.com.

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March 13, 2014

CHIPOLA APPRECIATION CLUB RAISING FUNDS FOR NATIONALS

                MARIANNA—The Chipola Appreciation Club is holding a fund drive to raise money toward the more than $50,000 cost of sending Chipola’s men’s and women’s basketball teams to the NJCAA National Tournaments in Kansas, March 17-22.

                Numerous local businesses and individuals have already contributed to the effort.

Robert Trammell, Appreciation Club President, says, “Chipola is known across the country for its great traditions in athletics.  This success would not be possible without the great support of alumni and friends who help keep Chipola athletics on the national stage.”

                The college’s athletics budget was strained this year after Chipola lost its bid to host the state basketball tournament. Both teams just returned from the four-day state tournament in Ocala where it was held after being played at Chipola for 17 years.

                Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough said, “Losing the bid to host the tournament was an economic loss to our community, and it cost the college tens of thousands of dollars in lost revenue and added expenses.”

                The Appreciation Club is a tax-deductible organization governed by local supporters. The group helps the college and its students by promoting athletics, underwriting scholarships and functions not supported from public funds.

                To make a donation, call 718-2451. For information about the national tournaments, visit: www.njcaa.org

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Calhoun County helps Chipola

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FIRST DONATION—Danny Ryals presents a check for $600 donated by various individuals and businesses in Calhoun County. Pictured from left, are: Chipola Appreciation Club president Robert Trammell, Chipola men’s basketball coach Patrick Blake and Danny Ryals.

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March 13, 2014

STEM EVENTS SET AT CHIPOLA

                MARIANNA—Two FloridaLearns STEM Scholars events will take place on the campus of Chipola College on March 13, March 14 for high school students in Jackson and Calhoun Counties, and on March 18, for students in Holmes, Liberty and Washington Counties.  

                The events will involve high school students enrolled in the STEM Initiative for Gifted and Talented Students in Florida’s Rural School Districts.  Students, working in teams, will compete in a design challenge using only the materials provided by the instructors. 

                The challenge is designed to stimulate ingenuity and imagination in Engineering.  Such activities are an important component of the curriculum to help foster team building skills as well as inspire and motivate students toward higher education and ultimately a career in a STEM related field. 

                The activities will be very visual and there will be instructors, faculty and STEM program coordinators available for interviews. 

                For background information on STEM, go to: www.floridalearnsstemscholars.org 

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March 14, 2014

CHIPOLA APPRECIATION CLUB RAISES $15,000 FOR NATIONALS

                MARIANNA—Friends and alumni have contributed more than $15,000 to help send Chipola’s men’s and women’s basketball teams to the NJCAA National Tournaments in Kansas, March 17-22.

The Chipola Appreciation Club led the fund drive to help the college with the more than $50,000 cost of attending the national tournaments.

Robert Trammell, Appreciation Club President, says, “Chipola has the best alumni and friends of any college in the country. Any time we call on them for help, the answer is always, ‘yes’.”

College budgets were strained this year after Chipola sent both teams to the state tournaments in Ocala where it was held after being played at Chipola for 17 years.

The Appreciation Club is a tax-deductible organization that helps the college and its students by underwriting scholarships and functions not supported from public funds.

To make a donation, call 718-2451. For information about the national tournaments, visit: www.njcaa.org

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CHIPOLA APPRECIATION CLUB RAISES $15,000 FOR NATIONALS— Friends and alumni have contributed more than $15,000 to help send Chipola’s men’s and women’s basketball teams to the NJCAA National Tournaments in Kansas, March 17-22. To make a donation, call 718-2451. For information about the national tournaments, visit: www.njcaa.org

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March 20, 2014

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CHIPOLA TO HOST MARCH 31 RECEPTION FOR PROUGH AND TRAYNOM

                MARIANNA—The public is invited to celebrate the retirement of Chipola College president Dr. Gene Prough and Joyce Traynom, his Administrative Assistant, at a drop-in reception, Monday, March 31, from 3 to 5 p.m.

                The reception will be held in Lobby of the Chipola Center for the Arts.

                No gifts please. Those wishing, may make donations to the Dr. Gene Prough Presidential Challenge Scholarship Fund in the Chipola Foundation. Those wishing to honor Joyce, may make donations to the Otis Traynom Memorial Scholarship Fund in the Chipola Foundation.

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March 20, 2014

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CHIPOLA ARTIST SERIES TO FEATURE CHINESE ACROBATS APRIL 1

                 MARIANNA—The Chipola College Artist Series will present the Golden Dragon Acrobats, Tuesday, April 1, at 7 p.m., in the Center for the Arts.

                The Golden Dragons are recognized throughout the U.S. and abroad as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring group representing a time-honored tradition that began more than 25 centuries ago. These artists will amaze with their breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty.

                Tickets are $14 for adults, $10 for children under 18, with special pricing for Chipola students and employees. 

                Online tickets are available at www.chipola.edu. Tickets may be printed at home, or with an order confirmation, will-call tickets will be available at the box office the night of the show. Tickets also are available at the Center for the Arts Box Office with hours Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. The Box Office is also open one hour prior the event.  

                The Artist Series event also will feature a Gallery Exhibit opening of three-dimensional works by artist Jamey Grimes. The exhibit will be on display April 1 – May 15 in the Center for the Arts Gallery.  Viewing is available by appointment at 850-718-2277.  Grimes, who teaches art at the University of Alabama, describes his sculptures as “fragments of a conversation with Nature.” 

                For information, call 850-718-2277 or visit www.chipola.edu/fine-and-performing-arts.

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March 20, 2014

 CHIPOLA JAZZMATAZZ TICKETS ON SALE

                MARIANNA—Tickets are now on sale for Jazzmatazz 2014 to be presented by Chipola College’s Award-Winning Show Choir, April 10-11, at 7 p.m. nightly in the Center for the Arts. 

                This year’s Jazzmatazz, entitled “Past, Present and Future” will feature high energy, song and dance favorites performed by the group under the direction of Angie White and Dr. Josh Martin, with choreography by Brittney Holmes.

                Tickets—$10—are available from Show Choir members, or in the Center for Arts Box Office, or online at www.chipola.edu

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March 20, 2014

CHIPOLA SPRING FROLICS IS APRIL 2

                MARIANNNA—Chipola College will host its annual Spring Frolics Wednesday, April 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The location will be behind the Continuing Education Building and the Baseball field outfield fence.

                There will be relay games, inflatable slides, music and a free cookout. Door prizes will be given out during lunch.  

                Several universities will have recruiters on hand.

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March 20, 2014

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CHIPOLA MATH HONORARY INDUCTS MEMBERS—The Chipola College chapter of Mu Alpha Theta, a national honorary mathematics club, recently held an initiation for new members.   Pictured are officers, new members and sponsors, from left (front) new members: Christina Watson, Christina Fulford, Emily Fuqua, Christen Howell, Amy Christmas, (back) Hayley Johns, Allen Campbell, Dr. Lou Cleveland, Wesley Chevillot, Jae Jung Hyun, Annie Braxton, Joy Ree Ashmore (sponsor), Ashley Rogers and Dr. David Hilton.  Mu Alpha Theta is an international mathematics society for high school and two-year colleges.  The purpose of Mu Alpha Theta is to stimulate a deeper and more effective interest in mathematics. 

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March 20, 2014

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O’PRY IS TOP EMPLOYEE—Annie O’Pry is Chipola College’s Career Employee for March.  O’Pry serves as Senior Office Assistant in Financial Aid and has worked at the college since 1981. Here, O’Pry (center) is congratulated by Director of Financial Aid, Sybil Cloud (left) and Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough.

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March 20, 2014

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FIRST COMMERCE HOSTS CHIPOLA BASEBALL COOKOUT—First Commerce Credit Union hosted a free cookout for fans at the Chipola Baseball game on March 19. Pictured from left, are: First Commerce Jackson County Executive Chuck Hudson, his son Tripp, who threw out the first pitch, and Chipola coach Jeff Johnson.

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March 20, 2014

CHIPOLA TEAMS ADVANCE IN NATIONAL BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

                KANSAS—Both Chipola College teams moved one step closer to the school’s first national championships in basketball.

                The Lady Indians trounced ASA of New York, 81-46, in a first round game. Chipola was led by Tiffany Lewis with 19. Brianna Wright and Evelyn Akhator both scored 16. Chipola moves on to play #10 Butler Thursday, March 20, at 5 p.m. (CST).

                The Indians scored a 91-83 win over State Fair (MO). Sam Cassell, Jr., led Chipola with 23 points. Carlos Morris had 18. Chipola will play again Thursday, March 20, at 8 p.m., facing the winner of #6 Hill College (TX) and #11 Jones County (MS).

                If the teams advance Thursday, they will move on to the semi-finals on Friday, March 21,

                The men’s and women’s semi-finals and finals are at exactly the same time on Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m. If both Chipola teams are playing, one will be broadcast on WJAQ-100.9; the other will be on WTOT-101.7.

                All of Chipola’s national tournament games will be broadcast on the web at www.ihigh.com and also live on Chipola College Television (CCTV), Comcast Channel 4.

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March 20, 2014

CHIPOLA APPRECIATION CLUB RAISES $15,000 FOR NATIONALS

                MARIANNA—Friends and alumni have contributed more than $15,000 to help send Chipola’s men’s and women’s basketball teams to the NJCAA National Tournaments in Kansas, March 17-22.

                The Chipola Appreciation Club led the fund drive to help the college with the more than $50,000 cost of attending the national tournaments.

                Robert Trammell, Appreciation Club President, says, “Chipola has the best alumni and friends of any college in the country. Any time we call on them for help, the answer is always, ‘yes’.”

                College budgets were strained this year after Chipola sent both teams to the state tournaments in Ocala where it was held after being played at Chipola for 17 years.

                The Appreciation Club is a tax-deductible organization that helps the college and its students by underwriting scholarships and functions not supported from public funds.

                To make a donation, call 718-2451. For information about the national tournaments, visit: www.njcaa.org

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March 20, 2014

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CHIPOLA APPRECIATION CLUB RAISES $15,000 FOR NATIONALS— Friends and alumni have contributed more than $15,000 to help send Chipola’s men’s and women’s basketball teams to the NJCAA National Tournaments in Kansas, March 17-22. To make a donation, call 718-2451. For information about the national tournaments, visit: www.njcaa.org

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March 20, 2014

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STOCKYARD STAMPEDE 5K IS APRIL 19 IN BLOUNTSTOWN

                BLOUNTSTOWN—Calhoun County’s Take Stock in Children Committee will host the “Stockyard Stampede” 5K Race Saturday, April 19, at 8 a.m. (CST), at Sam Atkins Park in Blountstown.

                All proceeds will go to Chipola College scholarships for Calhoun County students in the Take Stock in Children Program.

                Runners may register early by mail or at 7 a.m. on race day. Registration fee is $20 and includes a t-shirt. The course will begin near the Panhandle Saddle Club sign and run the same route used by the Blountstown High School Cross Country team. Runners will stampede across asphalt, lime rock, grass, flats and hills.

                The 5K Race is scheduled to coincide with the Calhoun County Rodeo on April 19 at the Skeet Davis Arena. Gates open for the rodeo at 5:30 p.m. with performances at 7 p.m.

                Registration forms for the 5K are available online at: www.althaschools.org, www.blountstownmiddle.org, or on Facebook by searching “Take Stock in Children Chipola College.”  

                For information, contact Mary Helen Smith at (850) 718-2428 or Nicole Purvis at (850) 674-8234.

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March 31, 2014

CHIPOLA TO HOST MARCH 31 RECEPTION FOR PROUGH AND TRAYNOM

                MARIANNA—The public is invited to celebrate the retirement of Chipola College president Dr. Gene Prough and Joyce Traynom, his Administrative Assistant, at a drop-in reception, Monday, March 31, from 3 to 5 p.m.

                The reception will be held in Lobby of the Chipola Center for the Arts.

                No gifts please. Those wishing, may make donations to the Dr. Gene Prough Presidential Challenge Scholarship Fund in the Chipola Foundation. Those wishing to honor Joyce, may make donations to the Otis Traynom Memorial Scholarship Fund in the Chipola Foundation.

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