November 3, 2014

Marion C. “Bud” Riviere inducted into FFA Hall of Fame

Haines City, FL: Former Chipola College Workforce Dean, Marion C. “Bud” Riviere, was recently inducted into the Florida FFA Hall of Fame. The FFA Hall of Fame reception and banquet was held at the Florida FFA Leadership Training Center near Haines City.

Riviere was born in Alachua on March 1, 1946. He served as president of the Santa Fe High School junior and senior FFA chapters, was a member of several FFA teams, including Parliamentary Procedure, and served as state convention delegate. He was elected Florida FFA State President in 1964. He graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in agricultural education and later attended Florida A&M, receiving a master's degree in agricultural education.

After receiving his bachelor's degree, Bud went back to where he got his high school diploma- Santa Fe High- but this time as the vocational agriculture teacher, where he served from 1969 to 1973. Bud was recognized for excellence during his time at Santa Fe, where he trained teams in livestock, dairy, horticulture demonstration, parliamentary procedure, and public speaking, and was named the Outstanding Young Agriculture Teacher in the South in 1972.

Bud coordinated state-level FFA activities, serving as Florida FFA Association Executive Secretary from 1973 to 1975. Bud then served as the principal of the Gainesville Agribusiness Center for six years. During that time, his FFA chapter won the Governor's Citation in the Building Our American Communities Contest. His program became a national model for instructing agri-science students from inner-city schools.

In 1981, Bud moved to Bay County to be the director of the Haney Vocational Technical Center, where he served for 16 years. While there, he was elected president of the Florida Vocational Association and served for two years as president of the Florida Area Center Directors' Association. In 1997, he was appointed as dean of Workforce Development and Continuing Education at Chipola College in Marianna, where he served until he retired in 2011.

Bud is a former member of Lions International and the Optimist Club. He also recently served as a member of the Florida FFA Foundation Board of Directors. Bud married the former Judy Wright, and together, they have four children and six granddaughters. Bud and Judy reside in Clanton, Alabama, where they enjoy gardening, fishing, hunting, outdoor activities, and entertaining friends and family.

A plaque commemorating each inductee will also be placed in the foyer of the Florida FFA Leadership Training Center's Bartley Building.

FFA is dedicated to developing students' potential for leadership, growth and career success in more than 300 careers through agricultural education. Florida FFA has 17,000+ members and nationwide the group claims more than 587,000.

For more information on this or any other program of the Florida FFA Foundation, Inc. or the Florida FFA Leadership Training Center call (863) 439-7332 or check our web sites at www.floridaffafoundation.org and www.flaltc.org.

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November 6, 2014

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RUMORS OPENS NOV. 13 AT CHIPOLA COLLEGE

MARIANNA—The Chipola Theatre production of the hit comedy, “Rumors,” opens a four-day run, Nov. 13, in the Prough Center for the Arts. 

The show runs Nov. 13–15 with nightly shows at 7 p.m., and a Sunday, Nov. 16, matinee at 2 p.m.

A Special Opening Night Dinner for the Nov. 13 show will begin at 5:30 p.m. Deadline for reservations is Nov. 10.  Dinner show tickets are $30 which includes a steak dinner and show ticket. Tables of eight are available for $240. Tickets must be purchased in advance online at www.chipola.edu/boxoffice or at the Center for the Arts Box Office. 

Chipola Theater director Charles Sirmon selected the cast which includes: Josiah Brooks as Ken Gorman, Kate Burke as Chris Gorman, Seth Alderman as Lenny Ganz, Odra Chapman as Clair Ganz, Ethan Bass as Ernie Cusak, Elyn Sapp as Cookie Cusak, Austin Spears as Glenn Cooper, Shayli Tharp as Cassie Cooper, Patrick Mathis as Officer Pudney and Caleb Brooks as Officer Welch. 

The story is set in a large, tastefully-appointed townhouse where the Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four couples are about to experience a severe attack of Farce. Gathering for their 10th wedding anniversary, the host lies bleeding in the other room and his wife is nowhere in sight. His lawyer and wife must get "the story" straight before the other guests arrive. The play contains some adult humor.

Tickets for all shows may be purchased online at www.chipola.edu, and at the Chipola Center for the Arts Box Office, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to noon on Friday.  Tickets also will be available in the Box Office one hour before each show.

For ticket information, call 718-2420.

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November 6, 2014

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CHIPOLA ACE LAB RECOGNIZED AS BEST PRACTICE

Destin, Fla., October 30, 2014 –Chipola College was one of seven colleges recognized by Florida College System (FCS) Chancellor Randy Hanna for innovation and excellence through the Chancellor’s Best Practice Awards.

The Best Practice recognitions were presented at the Association of Florida Colleges’ 65th Annual Convention in Destin on Oct. 29. 

Chipola’s submission, Academic Center for Excellence (ACE): Learning Beyond the Classroom, highlighted the success of the college’s tutoring center, known as the ACE. Due to the presence of the ACE, students who enroll at Chipola today are much more likely to graduate in three years than students who enrolled just a few years ago. Chipola’s three-year graduation rates for AA degree-seeking students increased from 24% in 2005 to 30.9% in 2013.

The ACE is based on the premise that students need academic support at the course level—where grades are determined by performance on tests and assignments. ACE provides individual tutoring, test reviews, and group tutoring in a lounge style facility that has made it a favorite student hang-out. More than 800 students visit ACE weekly. Some 900 students made 8,000 visits to the ACE during the Fall of 2013.

Dr. Sarah Clemmons, Chipola Senior Vice President for Instruction, says, “What began as a simple concept to promote student persistence has blossomed into much more than a tutoring center. It has created a campus climate that is inclusive rather than exclusive. This transformation would not have been nearly as successful without the guidance of the ACE Director Bonnie Smith. She has helped prove that an institution can create a culture of student success—a culture in which members of the National Championship Brain Bowl team tutor members of the state championship baseball team.”

“The Chancellor’s Best Practice Awards allow our colleges to learn from proven strategies and give much deserved recognition to exceptional programs within the Florida College System,” said Chancellor Hanna. “Through these awards, we recognize innovative and efficient programs and strategies that help make the Florida College System a model for the nation.”

The top prizes in the Best Practice Awards went to the College of Central Florida and St. Petersburg College. College of Central Florida’s (CF) Dental Assisting Program Outreach Dental Clinic and St. Petersburg College’s The College Experience program both were honored as programs of excellence.

Additional FCS institutions received recognition, including Chipola College’s Academic Center for Excellence (ACE): Learning Beyond the Classroom; Florida State College at Jacksonville’s Author Series Learning Community; Indian River State College’s Science Partnerships to Improve Workforce Readiness; Miami Dade College’s Three-Tiered Model of Advising and Seminole State College of Florida’s NSF Intensive Summer Program.

“I applaud these colleges for their commitment to excellence in our system,” said Chancellor Hanna. “Our colleges continue to be innovators and national leaders in higher education.”

For more information, view the Chancellor’s Best Practice website.

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November 6, 2014

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BROADWAY VOCALIST TO JOIN LOCAL CHOIR FOR ARTIST SERIES

MARIANNA—The Chipola College Artist Series will present Mezzo-Soprano, Cheryse McLeod Lewis, Thursday, Nov. 20, in the Center for the Arts with her soulful program, Then Sings My Soul

Lewis is an accomplished performer in opera, Broadway, concert, and recital.  Most recently, she performed the title role of Bess on The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess 1st National Broadway tour. She has performed the role numerous times to critical acclaim and was commended for her “stunning vocal power” and “rich lyric mezzo sound.” The Chipola Chorus and Community Chorus will join Lewis on stage for several numbers.

Her upcoming concert engagements include appearances with Boise Philharmonic, Arkansas State University (Beebe), Chipola College, Albany State University and Taylor University.

Lewis has been praised for possessing “stunning vocal power” (Asheville Citizen-Times) and a “rich lyric mezzo sound” (Opera News Online).  Her principal operatic title roles include: Carmen (Capital Opera Raleigh; Asheville Lyric Opera); Hansel in Hansel and Gretel (Connecticut Opera; Greensboro Opera); Flora in La Traviata (Piedmont Opera); the Page in Salome (The Opera Company of NC; Connecticut Opera); and Papagena in The Magic Flute (Houston Ebony Opera).

As an educator, Lewis is passionate about helping young singers discover their vocal potential and have successful music careers.  She has served on the voice faculties of Seminole State College, Valencia College, and Winston-Salem State University.  As a visiting guest artist, she has given vocal master-classes and music business workshops for students at college across the country.

A native of Greensboro, NC, Lewis is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University (BFA in Voice Performance), The University of NC at Greensboro (MM in Voice Performance), and The AJ Fletcher Opera Institute (Professional Artist Certificate in Opera).  Her debut solo CD, Spirituals, in 2012.  Learn more at www.CheryseMusic.com.  

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

Online tickets are available now at www.chipola.edu/boxoffice. 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 for purchase 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 season continues Jan. 22, 2015 when Embraceable You, the Music of George Gershwin comes to the Chipola stage.   Rounding out the Chipola line-up is Unsinkable Women, Stories and Songs from the Titanic, April 2, 2015. Deborah Jean Templin stars in this one-woman play in which she portrays nine women who survived the 1912 tragedy.

For more information, call 850-718-2277 or visit www.chipola.edu/boxoffice.

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November 6, 2014

EVERYONE SELLS BUSINESS SEMINAR SET AT CHIPOLA

MARIANNAChipola College will offer a small business seminar, entitled, “Everyone Sells,” Friday, Nov. 14, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., in Room M-108 of the Business and Technology building (M).

The seminar is designed for entrepreneurs, business owners, and their staffs to achieve greater sales proficiency. Participants will learn ways to become consultative problem-solvers in face-to-face and online sales situations, and take customers and prospects through the steps of the sales cycle. 

Participants will gain skills such as prospecting and lead generation, establishing sound relationships built on trust, needs analysis, closing the sale, follow through and referrals. Participants also will gain a working knowledge of the Unique Selling Proposition (USP) and the value of building a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system. 

The course will be taught by the staff of the Small Business Development Center. 

Cost of the seminar is $30. Registration deadline is Oct. 15. Participants may register online at www.northfloridabiz.com, click on “Workshops”.

The first six Chipola students to sign up will receive free admission. Students should contact Elissa Severson to register. 

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

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November 6, 2014

CHIPOLA TO OFFER HUNTER SAFETY COURSE NOVEMBER 22

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College will host the range portion of the Florida Wildlife Commission’s Hunter Safety Course Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Reddoch Firing Range.

Florida hunters 16 years of age or older must have a hunting license. Persons born on or after June 1, 1975, must pass a hunter safety course before purchasing a hunting license. Youth who will turn 16 before the end of next year’s hunting season will need the course to obtain a license.

To take the Chipola range course, youth must pass the online portion of the course available at www.myfwc.com/hunting/safety-education/courses/The Internet-based course allows the student to learn a majority of information online. The remainder of the course is covered in a 4-hour classroom setting, test and a 3-hour range portion.

The Chipola Firing Range is located at 3052 Calhoun Road in Marianna just off Blue Springs Road.

Volunteers from the Chipola Public Service program will teach the free course. Steve Anderson, Director of Chipola Public Service programs, says, “We are glad to offer this course as a community service to help young people learn basic firearm safety.”

There is no charge for the Chipola course, but youth must register in advance.

For information about the course, contact Steven Stewart at 850-718-2286 or email stewarts@chipola.edu

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November 6, 2014

FIREFIGHTER I AND II CLASSES SET AT CHIPOLA COLLEGE

MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer Firefighter I and II classes in day and evening courses beginning in early 2015. 

Both classes will be offered Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.   Firefighter I will run Feb. 16 through March 26.  Firefighter II will run March 30 through May 14.  Orientation for Day classes is Jan. 13.

Evening classes for Firefighter I and II will meet Monday through Thursday, from 5 to 10 p.m. Firefighter I will run Feb. 16 through May 11.  Firefighter II will run May 12 through July 29.  Orientation for night classes is Jan. 20.

Cost is $1,800 for each Firefighter I & II classes.  Firefighter I price includes: 225 hour Firefighter I Class, book, Drug and Background Test and (5) T-shirts.  Firefighter II price includes:  225 hour Firefighter II Class, Forestry S-130/180/L-190, use of SCBA, and bunker gear. 

Pre-requisite for both courses is First Responder (EMT or higher certification).  A daytime First Responder class will meet Jan. 26, 27, 28, 29, and 30, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  An evening First Responder class will meet Feb. 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11 and 12, from 5 to 10 p.m. Cost is $150. Some financial aid is available.

For information, contact Martin Fowler at (850) 718-2483, e-mail www.fowlerm@chipola.edu or visit www.chipola.edu.

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November 6, 2014

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HOPKINS IS TOP CHIPOLA EMPLOYEE—Renee Hopkins has been selected the Chipola College Faculty/Administrator/Other Professional Award of the month for November.  Hopkins serves as Coordinator of Library Cataloging and Reference Material   and has worked at the college since 2004.  Pictured from left, are Dr. Sarah Clemmons, Chipola Senior Vice President, Renee Hopkins and Chipola president Dr. Jason Hurst.

 

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November 6, 2014

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BOOK FAIR—The Chipola Future Educators Club recently held a Book Fair. Here, Teacher Education students look over some of the titles available. They are, from left: Ashley Pelt, AJ Marotta and Jordan Skipper.

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November 6, 2014

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TOP-RANKED LADY INDIANS HOST SANTA FE NOV. 7

MARIANNA— Chipola basketball fans will have the chance to see three of the state’s top teams in action this weekend in the Johnson Center.

The top-ranked Chipola women’s basketball team hosts Santa Fe, Friday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m. Gulf Coast’s Nov. 7 game has been cancelled.

On Saturday, Nov. 8, Santa Fe and Gulf Coast will play at 2 p.m. Chipola’s Nov. 8 game with Union County has been cancelled.

The Lady Indians are number one in the FCSAA State Poll and fourth in the NJCAA National Poll.

The (2-0) Lady Indians scored a big 103-43 win over Central Georgia Tech on Oct. 31, and a 93-45 win over Denmark Tech on Nov. 1.

Chipola sophomore Evelyn Akhator had a big weekend scoring 42 points and pulling down 38 rebounds in two games. Against Central Georgia, Akhator scored 19 with 15 rebounds. Sueterrica Key led Chipola with 24 points. Kendra Martin added 17 for the Lady Indians.

In the win over Denmark, Akhator paced Chipola with 33 points, 23 rebounds, 6 steals and 3 blocks.  Key scored 18. Jayla Hobza scored 16 with 11 assists. Janisha Lindsey also had 10 assists.

The Lady Indians are coming off the most successful season in school history with a 34-2 record, a third place finish in the national tournament and a state championship. The 2013-14 team also ran the table in the conference season finishing (12-0) to take the league title.

Head coach Greg Franklin is starting his third year leading the Lady Indians with his team topping the State Poll and ranked fourth in the national poll.

The Lady Indians hit the road for the rest of the month before returning home to host games on Dec. 12, 13, 16, 17 and 18.

The Chipola men’s team is 1-1 on the season after splitting a pair last weekend. Chipola beat Atlanta Metro 90-79 and lost to South Georgia Tech, 67-58.

The Indians are also on the road for the rest of November before returning home to play Dec. 5, 6 and 16.  

For information, visit www.chipola.edu

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November 6, 2014

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EFURD MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP ESTABLISHED AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNA—The Railey Efurd Memorial Nursing Scholarship at Chipola College is dedicated in memory of Railey Efurd, the late son of Sammy and Marthe Efurd of Marianna.

                The new $500 scholarship will be awarded for the Spring 2015 semester for the first time.  Applicants must either be enrolled in, or accepted to, the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program at Chipola for the Spring 2015 semester, which begins in January. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average to apply and must maintain a minimum 2.5 grade point average each semester.

                Applicants must be highly-motivated to succeed in the nursing field and be passionate about helping others. Applicants also must be of good character, very disciplined and have a strong work ethic. A letter of application should include why the applicant should be considered for the scholarship, and outline past employment history. Scholarship funds may be used for tuition and/or books.

                Applications are available in the Chipola Foundation Office and in the Chipola School of Health Sciences office. Scholarship deadline is Dec. 1, 2014.  Applications may be mailed to: Chipola College Foundation, 3094 Indian Circle, Marianna, FL, 32446.

                For information, call 850-718-2445.

 

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November 13, 2014

 

BROADWAY VOCALIST TO JOIN LOCAL CHOIRS FOR NOV. 20 ARTIST SERIES

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Artist Series will present Mezzo-Soprano, Cheryse McLeod Lewis, Thursday, Nov. 20, in the Center for the Arts with her soulful program, Then Sings My Soul

                Lewis is an accomplished performer in opera, Broadway, concert, and recital.  Most recently, she performed the title role of Bess on The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess 1st National Broadway tour. She has performed the role numerous times to critical acclaim and was commended for her “stunning vocal power” and “rich lyric mezzo sound.” The Chipola Chorus and Community Chorus will join Lewis on stage for several numbers.

                Her upcoming concert engagements include appearances with Boise Philharmonic, Arkansas State University (Beebe), Albany State University and Taylor University.

                Lewis has been praised for possessing “stunning vocal power” (Asheville Citizen-Times) and a “rich lyric mezzo sound” (Opera News Online).  Her principal operatic title roles include: Carmen (Capital Opera Raleigh; Asheville Lyric Opera); Hansel in Hansel and Gretel (Connecticut Opera; Greensboro Opera); Flora in La Traviata (Piedmont Opera); the Page in Salome (The Opera Company of NC; Connecticut Opera); and Papagena in The Magic Flute (Houston Ebony Opera).

                As an educator, Lewis is passionate about helping young singers discover their vocal potential and have successful music careers.  She has served on the voice faculties of Seminole State College, Valencia College, and Winston-Salem State University.  As a visiting guest artist, she has given vocal master-classes and music business workshops for students at college across the country.

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

                Online tickets are available now at www.chipola.edu/boxoffice. 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 for purchase 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 season continues Jan. 22, 2015 when Embraceable You, the Music of George Gershwin comes to the Chipola stage.   Rounding out the Chipola line-up is Unsinkable Women, Stories and Songs from the Titanic, April 2, 2015. Deborah Jean Templin stars in this one-woman play in which she portrays nine women who survived the 1912 tragedy. For more information, call 850-718-2277 or visit www.chipola.edu/boxoffice.

 

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November 13, 2014

 

REGIONAL CAREER FAIR IS TUESDAY, NOV. 18

 

                MARIANNA—Thousands of area high school students are expected to attend the Annual Regional Career Fair Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., at Eastside Baptist Church located at 4785 Highway 90 in Marianna.

                The Career Fair is a one-day event for 9th, 11th, and 12th grade and local private school students. The Regional Fair is sponsored by Career Source Chipola, Florida Panhandle Technical College, Chipola College and the counties of Calhoun, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty, and Washington.

                The Career Fair provides opportunities for students to interact with representatives from different career fields to explore career and educational opportunities beyond high school.

                For information, contact Janice Holley at 850-718-2484 or email holleyj@chipola.edu

 

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November 13, 2014

 

                CHIPOLA SHINES AT STATE AFC CONVENTION

 

                DESTIN—Chipola College was one of the most talked-about colleges at the 2014 Association of Florida Colleges Annual Convention in Destin.

                Chipola garnered numerous honors, including chapter recognition, membership awards, and an Exemplary Practice Award.

            The Chipola Chapter won a membership award for having one of the highest percentages of full time employees at Chipola as AFC members. 

                The college QEP plan was honored by the state as an exemplary practice in Institutional Effectiveness, Planning, and Professional Development.  Gail Hartzog, Dean of Development and Planning presented the practice, “Learning to Persist: A Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) for Chipola College.” The Academic Center for Excellence (ACE Lab) also was recognized by the Florida College System’s Chancellor Office as an outstanding practice in the state of Florida.

                Former president Dr. Gene Prough was awarded the highest honor the AFC bestows, the Honorary Life Membership Award.  The award recognizes significant, long-term contributions to AFC and the state college system. 

            Alice Pendergrass, Executive Assistant to the Chipola College President, was awarded a Region I Unsung Hero award for her contributions behind the scenes to the Chipola chapter.

            Matt White, Chipola Director of Distributed Systems, presented a professional development session on Apple’s new iOS 8 technology. The session offered new ways to share content and outlined new connections available between apps and between devices.

                Several Chipola employees will serve in state leadership roles next year. Alice Pendergrass will serve as Credentials Committee Chair.  Matt White will serve as the Region I Director.  Both will sit on the state Board of Directors. Evelyn Ward also will serve as a member of the Credentials Committee. Also attending the conference from Chipola, were: Dr. Jason Hurst, Angie Tyler, Mary Helen Smith, Dr. Rachel West, Angie White, Brooke Mathis, Dr. Jim Froh, Joyce Traynom and Janet Wise.

                The Chipola College music department performed at the Opening Session of the conference.  The new Chipola President’s Ensemble entertained attendees with several numbers.  They were joined by the College Chorus in opening the session with the National Anthem. Both groups directed by Chipola vocal instructor Dale Heidebrecht.

            AFC is a statewide organization open to all employees, retirees and trustees of the 28 colleges in the Florida College System. AFC provides professional development opportunities for its members, and represents the interests of community colleges before the Florida Legislature. The Association has nearly 9,000 individual employee and retiree members.

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November 13, 2014

 

CHIPOLA WELL-REPRESENTED AT FCTM CONFERENCE

                Dr. Rose Cavin, Professor in the Chipola College School of Education and Chipola Teacher Education student Robert Hawkins were recently recognized at the opening session of the Florida Council of Teachers of Mathematics (FCTM) state conference.

                Dr. Cavin was one of two recipients of the Dr. Don Bernard Enhancement Grant, an award given to an active FCTM member who supports mathematics teachers in a variety of ways.  The purpose of this award is to encourage participation at annual FCTM Conferences to provide good mathematics professional development for FCTM members who provide support to mathematics classrooms.  Dr. Cavin will be sharing many of the strategies she encountered during the workshop sessions with her pre-service teachers to help prepare them for their future careers. 

                Robert Hawkins was the recipient of the Lichtenberg Pre-service Educator Grant.  This award is presented to a Florida college or university full-time pre-service educator in his/her junior or senior year. Hawkins was one of only three recipients of this award.  The two other recipients were from University of Florida and University of South Florida.  Robert’s selection for this prestigious award is an indication that Chipola College teacher candidates are competitive state-wide. 

                As a recipient of the awards, both Dr. Cavin and Robert will submit an article for inclusion in the FCTM statewide periodical, Dimensions in Mathematics.  They also plan to share some of their experiences with local mathematics instructors through a presentation at the annual Teacher Education workshop held at Chipola in January, sponsored by the Chipola Future Educators Club.   Also representing Chipola at the conference were Dr. Lou Cleveland, Dean of the School of Education, and students Kathryn Huffman, Presley Plummer and John (JT) Steverson. 

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CHIPOLA AT FCTM CONFERENCE— Students and faculty from the Chipola College School of Education recently attended the Florida Council of Teachers of Mathematics (FCTM) state conference. Pictured from left, are: student Kathryn Huffman; Dr. Lou Cleveland, Dean of the School of Education; Dr. Rose Cavin, Teacher Education professor; students Presley Plummer and Robert Hawkins.

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November 13, 2014

 

 

CHIPOLA ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE STUDENTS STUDY BIODVERSITY

 

                MARIANNA—Ecosystems, biodiversity, endangered species, protection and preservation were themes of two recent presentations for Chipola College Environmental Science students. 

                Billy Baily Florida Caverns State Park Specialist shared the Park’s collection of zoological remains of beaver, bobcat, possum, raccoon, alligator, turtle, owl, hornet nests, insect exoskeletons, snake skins, rattlesnake rattles. He discussed ecological concepts of keystone species, niches, adaption, parasitism and habitat destruction.

                Dianna Sue Bryant, a wildlife rehabilitator, discussed the work of the Big Bend Wildlife Sanctuary for Sacred Earth Wildlife Refuge.  The goal is to get the animals back into the wild and only those animals with permanent disabilities are protected on her property. 

                Bryant showed the students an Eastern Screech Owl, a Great Horned Owl and a Red-Tailed Hawk.  She recommends contacting local veterinarians who will refer you to her in the case of wild animal injury. Bryant is a protégé daughter of Betsy Knight, who founded the Big Bend Wildlife Sanctuary in 1988.

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Dianna Sue Bryant, a wildlife rehabilitator, discussed the work of the Big Bend Wildlife Sanctuary for Sacred Earth Wildlife Refuge.

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November 13, 2014

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CHIPOLA’S RUMORS RUNS THROUGH NOV. 16--The Chipola Theatre production of the hit comedy, “Rumors,” runs through Nov. 16, with nightly shows at 7 p.m., and a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at www.chipola.edu, and at the Center for the Arts Box Office, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, and one hour before each show. For ticket information, call 718-2420.

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November 13, 2014

 

WORKFORCE ADVISORY COMMITTEES MEET AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College recently hosted the annual meeting of members of the Workforce Development Advisory Council.

            More than 100 area professionals and business leaders serve on 14 separate advisory committees for each of the college’s technical programs.

            Members advise Chipola faculty on the development, evaluation, and revision of educational programs. Advisors help ensure that curriculum meets the needs of business, industry and the community and that program graduates are capable of performing entry level skills in the occupation in which they are trained. Members also help recruit students for career and technical education training programs and aid students in locating occupationally related jobs.

            Darwin Gilmore, Chipola Dean of Workforce and Economic Development, says, “We depend on the expertise of these professionals to provide real-world advice about the training we need to provide to our students. Their involvement ensures our students are well-prepared to enter the workforce.”         

            Chipola advisory committees and members are:

            Automotive—Larry Couch and Robert Hagan, Advance Auto Parts; Ray Lawrence, Ray’s Garage; Bill Whittington and Mellissa Lombardo, Chipola Ford; Jamie Cozart, Hopkins; Chuck Anderson and Michael John Mitchell, Rahal-Miller Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac and Nissan; Mike Bowyer, Washington-Holmes Technical Center; Ronnie Stevens, Marianna Auto Parts; John Pforte, Johnny Barfoot and Tim Poppell, Bob Pforte Motors; Walmart; Philip Deshazo, Deshazo Automotive; Tony Tye, Carquest; Luke Shores and David Shores, Cobbs Front End; Tiffany Simmons, Firestone; Dave Collings, Cardinal Points Engineering; Fred Van Buren, Triple J Tires; Chris Moore, Auto Zone; Tony Schumacher, King of Battle.

            Cosmetology—Treva Cravatt, Cosmoprof Beauty Supply; Brian Davis and Catherine Davis, Supercuts; Alice Rabion, Southern Charm Hair Salon & Day Spa; Brenda Peeples, B Beautiful Salon & Spa; and Troy Golden, Partenza Salon & Spa.

            Culinary Management—John Milton, Daffin Food Service; Edwin Blitch, Jackson Hospital; Scott O’Brien, Beef O’ Brady’s; Vicki Baker, Sweet Stuff Bakery; Claire Grigsby, Zaxby’s; and Ashley Anderson, Emerald Coast Sysco.

            Law Enforcement—Lou Roberts and Darren S. Edwards, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office; Glenn H. Kimbrel, Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office; Mark Mallory, Blountstown Police Department; Hayes Baggett, Marianna Police Department; Elton Horton, Graceville Police Department; William Watford, Cottondale Police Department; Burt McAlpin, Sneads Police Department; Jimmy Baggett, Altha Police Department; Glenn Hess and Dave Edmondson, Office of State Attorney; William L. Wright, Circuit Judge; and Wade Mercer, County Judge.

            Corrections—Mark Henry, John Hagans, GEO, Inc./Graceville Correctional Facility; Steven White, Jamie Jeter and Earl Gravin, Jackson County Correctional Facility; John A. Barfield and Ricky Cloud, Jackson Correctional Institute; Ronald Mathis and James Perdue, Correctional and Probation; Felicia Nobles, A.C.I. Correctional Institution; Scott Payne, Calhoun Correctional Institution; Jacob Sorey, Liberty Correctional Institution; and Gwen Brock and James Scudamore, Florida Department of Corrections.

            Firefighting—Scott Birge, Will Arryo, Jackson County Fire Rescue; Nakeya Lovett, Marianna Fire Rescue; Floyd Aycock, Chipley Fire Rescue; Ben Hall, Blountstown Fire Rescue; Shay McCormick, Bonifay Fire Department; Don MacLaren, President Jackson County Fire Chiefs Association; and Rodney Andreasen, Jackson County Emergency Management..

            Business—Kenny Griffin, Chipola Regional Workforce Board; Nina Adams, Community South Credit Union; Candace Croft, West Florida Electric Cooperative; David Melvin, Melvin Engineering; and  William Long, Jackson County Health Department.

            Information Technology—Dave Grossnickle, Bonifay Computers; Jamie Hussey, Jackson Hospital; Michael Pinnella, Holmes County School District; Kevin King, Department of Transportation; April Alday, Department of Revenue; Jack Mason, Family Dollar Distribution; and Dennis Everett and Byron Ward, Chipola College.

            Nursing—Gene Grantham, Blountstown Health and Rehab; Becky Galloway, Bonifay Nursing and Rehab Center; Joyce Roland, Chipola Nursing Pavilion; Merian Milton, Covenant Hospice; Karla Rockwell, Doctors Memorial Hospital; Pam Lanier and Kim Barnes, Florida State Hospital; Marilyn McKissick, Flowers Hospital; Christy Bloechl, Gentiva; Christianna Orvis, Gulf Coast Medical Center; William Long, Jackson County Health Department; Robbin Catt, Jackson Hospital; Pam Moss, Marianna Health and Rehab; Karla Nichols, Rivervalley Rehab Center; Diane Buntyn and Gwen MacGilberry, Southeast Alabama Medical Center; Milo Jordan, Sunland; and Barbara Alford and Sheri Cook, Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.

            EMT—Scott Birge and Will Arroyo, Jackson County Fire Rescue; Phillip Hill, Calhoun County EMS; Liberty County EMS; Greg Barton, Holmes County EMS; Randy Truette, Washington County EMS; Bobby Martin, North Walton Fire Department; Richard Talbert and Ryan Crawford, South Walton Fire District; and Thomas Baker, Gadsden County EMS.

            Early Childhood Education—Donna Doelman, PAEC; Kelly Edwards,  JCSB Early Childhood Program; Janis Johnson and Sarieta Russ, Chipola College; Kim Long, Jackson County Early Childhood Programs; Jill Davis, Chipola College; and Chesnee McCaskill, Calhoun County Head Start.

            Welding—Ray Windham, Brannings Towing; Dennis Rudd and Mike Beard, Home Source International; Kelly Stephens, Spanish Trail Lumber; Chris Stiver, Lincoln Electric; Harris Baker; Pete Gilmore, Melvin Engineering.

            Civil Engineering Technology—Mark Haser and Richard Lamb, Green Circle, Bio Energy Inc.; Thomas Mead, Southeastern Surveying; Steve Thames, Scott Golden and Steve Benak, Florida Department of Transportation; Daryll Burnett and Doug Cauley, Metric Engineering, Inc.; Joseph Alday, Alday-Howell Engineering and Gene Strickland, Anderson Columbia.

            Engineering Technology—Jade Fears, Spanish Trail Lumber Company; Rod Peters, Rex Lumber; Jim Confer, Rex Lumber; Richard Lamb, Green Circle Bio and Mark Haser, Green Circle Bio.

            Dean Gilmore also announced the formation of an Economic Development Advisory Committee which will include professionals in the region who desire to regularly collaborate to consider best practices to support existing companies with curriculum and training. The committee also will plan a unified approach to recruit new companies into the five-county region.

            For information about Chipola’s Advisory Committees, call 718-2270, or email gilmored@chipola.edu

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November 13, 2014

 

 

CHIPOLA TO OFFER HUNTER SAFETY COURSE NOVEMBER 22ND

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will host the range portion of the Florida Wildlife Commission’s Hunter Safety Course Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Reddoch Firing Range.

                Florida hunters 16 years of age or older must have a hunting license. Persons born on or after June 1, 1975, must pass a hunter safety course before purchasing a hunting license. Youth who will turn 16 before the end of next year’s hunting season will need the course to obtain a license.

                To take the Chipola range course, youth must pass the online portion of the course available at www.myfwc.com/hunting/safety-education/courses/The Internet-based course allows the student to learn a majority of information online. The remainder of the course is covered in a 4-hour classroom setting, test and a 3-hour range portion.

                The Chipola Firing Range is located at 3052 Calhoun Road in Marianna just off Blue Springs Road.

Volunteers from the Chipola Public Service program will teach the free course. Steve Anderson, Director of Chipola Public Service programs, says, “We are glad to offer this course as a community service to help young people learn basic firearm safety.”

                There is no charge for the Chipola course, but youth must register in advance.

                For information about the course, contact Steven Stewart at 850-718-2286 or email stewarts@chipola.edu

 

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November 13, 2014

 

CRAA MEETING IS NOV. 18

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola Regional Arts Association (CRAA) will meet Tuesday, Nov. 18, at Jim’s Buffet, with a Dutch-treat luncheon at 11:30 a.m. and program at noon.

                Rick Smith, son of Patrick Smith, the author of "The Land Remembered,” is the guest speaker. He will discuss his father’s book which opens in 1968 with wealthy Solomon MacIvey as he cruises along Biscayne Bay in his Rolls Royce, then jumps back to 1858, when his grandfather, Tobias MacIvey, arrives in the Florida wilderness to start a new life with his wife and infant son. The story that emerges over the span of 114 years is a rich, rugged Florida history featuring a cast of crusty, Crackers battling wild animals, rustlers, Confederate deserters, mosquitoes, starvation and hurricanes to carve a kingdom out of a swamp.

                For information about CRAA, contact Anita Price at pricea@chipola.edu or (850) 718-2277. 

 

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November 13, 2014

 

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                CHIPOLA’S AKHATOR IS FCSAA WOMEN’S PLAYER OF THE WEEK

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College’s Evelyn Akhator is this week's NJCAA Region 8/FCSAA Women's Basketball Player of the Week.

                Akhator, a sophomore from Lagos, Nigeria, averaged 24 points, 17.3 rebounds, 2 assists, 6.7 steals and 4 blocks in three games during the voting period.

                She recorded two double-doubles and one triple-double, beginning with 19 points and 15 rebounds in a 103-43 win over Central Georgia Tech on Oct. 31. The next day in a 93-45 win over Denmark Tech, she enjoyed a monster performance, with 33 points and 23 rebounds. She closed the week with 20 points, 14 rebounds and 10 steals in the Indians’ 71-30 win over Santa Fe on Nov. 7. For the week, Akhator shot 58.3 percent (28-of-48) from the floor.

                The (3-0) Lady Indians are the top-ranked team in the FCSAA State Poll and ranked fourth in the National poll. The Lady Indians hit the road for the rest of November before returning home to host games Dec. 12, 13, 16, 17 and 18.

                For information, visit www.chipola.edu

 

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November 18, 2014

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REGIONAL CAREER FAIR IS A HIT—Thousands of area high school students attended the Annual Regional Career Fair, Nov. 18, at Eastside Baptist Church in Marianna. The Fair is sponsored by Career Source Chipola, Florida Panhandle Technical College, Chipola College and the counties of Calhoun, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty, and Washington. The Career Fair provides opportunities for students to interact with representatives from different career fields to explore career and educational opportunities beyond high school. Here, a trio of Blountstown High students pose for a Chipola College photo. More photos are available at https://www.facebook.com/chipolacollege

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November 20, 2014

CHIPOLA AUTO INSTRUCTOR TO HOST NATIONAL TV SHOW

PRESS CONFERENCE SET FOR NOV. 25

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College Automotive instructor John Gardner has signed on as the host of a new television show, “Tech Garage,” presented by Advance Auto Parts and airing on Discovery’s Velocity Channel beginning in January 2015.

Tom Gee Supervising Producer and Butch McCall Executive Vice President of Masters Entertainment Group will film the first 13 episodes in Chipola’s Automotive Technology Shop. Discovery and Advance Auto Parts executives will be on the Chipola campus Tuesday, Nov. 25, for a 10 a.m. Press Conference to announce the series.

Tech Garage is an automotive how-to show focusing on theory, operation and diagnostics of vehicle systems. The series will air beginning in January at 8 a.m. on Saturdays, and replay at 8 a.m. on Sundays.  

Chipola’s John Gardner is no stranger to the camera. Since 2013, he and assistant automotive instructor Chase Vlieg, have been the national faces for Advance Auto Parts’ team member video training series used by thousands of employees.

The Chipola Automotive Technology program utilizes an industry-based curriculum in partnership with local shops, and an advisory committee to provide students with the competitive edge in the ever-changing, high-tech training environment. The program has excellent job placement rates and is accredited by The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). 

The Chipola Automotive Program was named Florida’s Best Business and Education Partnership by the Bellwether Awards program, and was nominated for an Exemplary Practice Award by the Association of Florida Colleges. Chipola was a finalist for Tomorrow’s Technician magazine’s School of the Year, and runner-up for a 2012 Bellwether Award in Workforce Development.

For information, visit www.velocity.com and www.chipola.edu

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November 20, 2014

Chipola Spring Registration

PREPARE NOW FOR SPRING CLASSES AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNA—New students planning to enroll in Chipola College during the Spring 2014 semester are encouraged to make application before the college closes for the holidays on Dec. 11.            

                There are several steps to completing the application process: (1) complete the college Admission Application; call 718-2311 for assistance; (2) request a final high school transcript be sent to Chipola Admission and Records Office; and (3) take the College Placement Test; call 718-2284 for assistance. 

                New student testing begins Jan. 2. Returning student registration is Jan. 5. New and returning student registration is Jan. 6. Classes begin Jan. 7.

               Chipola offers Bachelor’s Degrees, the Associate in Arts Degree, the Associate in Science Degree and Workforce Development programs.

                Bachelor’s Degrees include: Education majors in Middle and High School Math or Science, English Education, Exceptional Student Education and Elementary Education; Business Administration degree with concentrations in Management or Accounting; and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).  Additionally, the college offers the Educator Preparation Institute, a Teacher Certification program for those with a B.S. in a non-teaching field.

                The Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree is designed for students who plan to complete their first two years of college work and then transfer to a four-year program at Chipola or another college or university.  Credits earned are transferable and are applicable toward a bachelor’s degree. Academic advising guides that outline requirements for specific majors are available from Student Affairs and are located 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 Service Technology, Firefighter, Law Enforcement Officer, Correctional Officer, Cosmetology, Nursing Assistant and Welding.

Associate in Science (AS) programs include: Business Administration, Early Childhood Education, Computer Information Technology, Fire Science Technology, Criminal Justice Technology (Crime Scene Track), Networking Systems Technology, Culinary Management, Nursing and Recreation Technology

College Credit Certificate programs include: Child Care Center Management, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Paramedic. Computer Information Technology certificates include: Geographic Information Systems, Help Desk Support Technician and IT Support Specialist. Network Systems Technology Certificates include: Digital Forensics, Network/Cyber Security, Network Support Technician and Server Administration.

The schedule of classes is available online at www.chipola.edu. For information, call 718-2211.

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November 20, 2014

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CHIPOLA TO PRESENT HOLIDAY MUSIC FESTIVAL

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College will present A Holiday Festival featuring Chipola's Music Ensembles, Thursday, December 11.

The 7 p.m. show will be held in the main theatre of the Prough Center for the Arts.

This holiday musical extravaganza will feature Chipola’s Chorus, Community Chorus, President's Ensemble, Rock and Jazz Band, Show Choir, First Baptist Church of Marianna Handbell Choir, Sneads First Methodist Church Handbell Choir, area dancers and more. Patrons will enjoy the sounds of the season in this holiday show with a variety of music for all ages.

Tickets—$10—may be purchased online at www.chipola.edu, and at the Center for the Arts Box Office, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, and one hour before the show.

For ticket information, call 718-2420.

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November 20, 2014

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FIREFIGHTER COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA COLLEGE

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer several Firefighting classes in early 2015.

Firefighter I and II classes in day and evening formats.

Daytime Firefighter I and II classes will begin in February. Both classes will be offered Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.   Firefighter I will run Feb. 16 through March 26.  Firefighter II will run March 30 through May 14.  Orientation for Day classes is Jan. 13.

                Evening classes for Firefighter I and II will meet Monday through Thursday, from 5 to 10 p.m. Firefighter I will run Feb. 16 through May 11.  Firefighter II will run May 12 through July 29.  Orientation for night classes is Jan. 20.

                Cost is $1,800 each for Firefighter I or Firefighter II classes.  Firefighter I price includes: 225 hour class, book, Drug and Background Test and (5) T-shirts.  Firefighter II price includes:  225 hour class, Forestry S-130/180/L-190, use of SCBA and bunker gear. 

Pre-requisite for both courses is First Responder (EMT or higher certification).  A daytime First Responder class will meet Jan. 26, 27, 28, 29, and 30, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  An evening First Responder class will meet Feb. 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11 and 12, from 5 to 10 p.m. Cost is $150. Some financial aid is available.

                An Online Firefighter I course is set for Feb. 17 through April 28. Orientation will be held Jan. 27, at 5:30 p.m., in the Public Service Building. Cost is $400, which includes: tuition, use of SCBA, hazardous material class, structure burns, car burn, and use of all related equipment.  Additional costs may include: tuition for First Responder ($50); Forestry classes S-130, S-190 L-180 ($50), and the book Essentials of Fire Fighting 6th Edition ($100).  Students who have previously taken First Responder and Forestry classes will receive credit for these courses. 

                A Firefighter Skills Refresher class is Feb. 17 through April 28. Orientation will be held Jan. 27, at 5:30 p.m., in the Public Service Building. Cost is $100.

Other classes scheduled for early 2015 are: Firefighting Tactics and Strategy I

(FSFC 206/FFP 1810); Building Construction for the Fire Service (FSFC 209/FFP 2740), Company Officer (FSFC 311/FFP 2120) and Forestry (S-130/S-190).

For information, contact Martin Fowler at (850) 718-2483, e-mail www.fowlerm@chipola.edu or visit www.chipola.edu.

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November 20, 2014

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HAM IS CHIPOLA EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH—Jennifer Ham is Chipola College’s Career Employee for November.  Ham serves as a Staff Assistant in the Health Sciences Department and has worked at the college since 2009.  Pictured from left, are: Jennifer Ham and Dr. Sarah Clemmons, Chipola Senior Vice President

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November 20, 2014

Dr. Irma Cruz White

DR. IRMA CRUZ-WHITE IS OUTSTANDING CHIPOLA FACULTY MEMBER

MARIANNA—Dr. Irma Cruz-White, Assistant Professor and Mathematics Facilitator in the School of Education, is an example of the outstanding academic and professional credentials held by Chipola College faculty.

Dr. Cruz-White has a Bachelor of Science in Computational Mathematics from the University of Puerto Rico, a Master of Science in Mathematics and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Mathematics from Florida State University.

Dr. Cruz-White was recognized with an outstanding graduate assistant teaching award while teaching at FSU.   Upon completion of her Ph.D, she was hired at Chipola College as a Mathematics Facilitator with duties including program development for the Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education, and teaching mathematics courses in both the Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Science Mathematics Education program. 

Although her academic preparation was topology, Dr. Cruz-White quickly applied that content knowledge to the teaching of mathematics.   She completed requirements for a Florida Teaching Certificate, became an active member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), trained to serve as an NCATE Program Reviewer, and was nominated by Chipola to serve as a Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE) mathematics test item writer and validator.  

These initial steps into national and state organizations and initiatives have catapulted Dr. Cruz-White into other opportunities that have increased her professionalism and enhance the Chipola education programs and classrooms.  

Dr. Cruz-White presently serves as a NCATE lead program reviewer and she has been selected as a Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP) BOE Member.  She will be part of the first accreditation site visits conducted under the new CAEP Standards. 

Dr. Cruz-White was also chosen as an EdTPA–NCTM Reviewer to review the Mathematics Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA) to determine alignment between the Mathematics EdTPA and 2012 NCTM Standards.  Because of her outstanding work on that project, she was selected to serve on the NCTM-CAEP Audit Team Member to audit mathematics education reports for national recognition.      

Dr. Cruz-White also has contributed her expertise on the state level by serving on FTCE Validation Meetings for Mathematics 5-9 and 6-12, Mathematics 6-12 Standard Setting Meetings, Item Reviews and Item Specifications Development for the General Knowledge Test. 

To further develop her expertise in mathematics education, Dr. Cruz-White requested and was granted a one year release from Chipola to teach mathematics in a 9–12 high school during the 2012-13 academic year. 

At the beginning of her teaching career at Chipoa, Dr. Cruz-White was named as a project NExT Fellow by the Mathematical Association of America. During her two year fellowship she participated in seminars throughout the United States. She was selected for Reconnect Program from the Center for Dynamic Data Analysis (DyDAn) at Rutgers University and the Legacy of R. L. Moore Conference – An Inquiry Based Learning Conference.  She continues to present on her research in Computational Homology and numerous articles reference this research.

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November 20, 2014

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CHIPOLA APPRECIATION CLUB OFFERS CREDIT CARD PAYMENT—The Chipola Appreciation Club now offers credit card payment. Credit card payment is available at the ChipolaAthletics.com website.  Supporters simply visit the website and complete the membership form. Once the payment is processed, membership tickets and an athletic schedule will be mailed to the member. Chipola fans also have the option of joining by phone using a credit card by calling 850-718-2451. Here, Appreciation Club Officers discuss the new credit card option. They are, from left: Board Member Robert Trammell, Club President Shannon Saunders, Board Member Ronnie Myers and Chipola President Dr. Jason Hurst.

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November 20, 2014

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CHIPOLA BASKETBALL TEAMS TO HOST 8 GAMES IN DECEMBER

 

MARIANNA— Chipola basketball fans will have the chance to see eight home games in December.

Action begins Friday, Dec. 5, when the Indians host Santa Fe at 7 p.m., and Brunswick, Saturday, Dec. 6, at 3 p.m.

The Lady Indians host Georgia Highlands, Friday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m., and Eastern Florida State, Saturday, Dec. 13, at 4 p.m.

The Indians host Motlow State, Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 5 p.m., followed by the Lady Indians vs. ASA at 7 p.m.

The Lady Indians host East Georgia State, Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m., and South Georgia Tech, Thursday, Dec. 18, at 4 p.m.

The Lady Indians are number one in the FCSAA State Poll and fourth in the NJCAA National Poll. The (5-0) Lady Indians scored a big 103-43 win over Central Georgia Tech on Oct. 31, and a 93-45 win over Denmark Tech on Nov. 1. Chipola also chalked up wins over Santa Fe (71-30), Georgia Perimeter (102-64) and Fort Benning (84-46).

Chipola sophomore Evelyn Akhator was last week's NJCAA Region 8/FCSAA Women's Basketball Player of the Week. She is averaging 24.4 points and 17.8 rebounds per game.

The Lady Indians are coming off the most successful season in school history with a 34-2 record, a third place finish in the national tournament and a state championship. The 2013-14 team also ran the table in the conference season finishing (12-0) to take the league title.

Head coach Greg Franklin is in his third year leading the Lady Indians with his team topping the State Poll and ranked fourth in the national poll.

For information, visit www.chipola.edu

 

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