September 4, 2014

GREEN IS CHIPOLA’S CAREER EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR

 

MARIANNA—Dianne Green, Chipola College’s Physical Plant/Residence Hall Coordinator, has been named the college’s Career Employee of the Year for 2014.

Green has worked at Chipola since January 2003. She has been very active in the Association of Florida Colleges and the Career Employees Association where she has served as chair/co-chair on a number of various committees.  In addition, she has served on several college committees including Residence Hall, Safety, Facilities/Grounds Enhancement, Career Service Awards, and Budget Review/Development.

The employee who nominated Green for the award said, “Dianne spends a lot of time on the phone helping college staff or outside contractors. She always has a smile in her voice, and is very courteous and respectful. Dianne does a wonderful job of trying to help everyone solve their problems. She is very deserving of this award.”

Green and her husband, Thomas, both attended Chipola. Their children, Kimberly and Haley-Marie, also are alumni of the college, and her granddaughter, MacKenzie, is currently a student at Chipola. The family is active in the Welcome Assembly of God Church in Dellwood.

The Employee of the Year award recognizes the exceptional work of Chipola's career service employees. Candidates are nominated by fellow employees for exhibiting courtesy, motivation and professionalism. Annual winners receive a $1,000 bonus, reserved parking for a year, a one-year membership in AFC, and a $100 gift certificate from the college Book Store.

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September 4, 2014

Diane Green Career Emp of year

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GREEN IS CHIPOLA’S CAREER EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR—Dianne Green, Chipola College’s Physical Plant/Residence Hall Coordinator, has been named the college’s Career Employee of the Year for 2014. Here, Chipola president Dr. Jason Hurst presents the award.

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September 4, 2014

HOLMES COUNTY STUDENTS SIGN TAKE STOCK SCHOLARSHIPS

 

BONIFAY—Two Holmes County ninth graders recently signed contracts with Take Stock in Children which will provide scholarships to Chipola College.

Paige Lumpkin, from Holmes County High school, and Ryan Eldridge, from Ponce de Leon High school, will earn the scholarships if they maintain above a “C” average, remain drug/crime free, have good behavior, and maintain respectable attendance throughout high school.

Funds to purchase these scholarships were raised through Take Stock in Children fundraisers held locally in Holmes County.

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September 4, 2014

Take Stock Holmes Ryan Eldridge

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ELDRIDGE SIGNS TAKE STOCK SCHOLARSHIP— Ryan Eldridge, a ninth grader from Ponce de Leon High school, recently signed a contract with Take Stock in Children which will provide a scholarship to Chipola College. Pictured from left, are: (front) Keith Eldridge (father), scholarship recipient Ryan Eldridge, Amy Eldridge (mother), (back) Anna Taylor (TSIC Regional Director), Debbie Kolmetz (School Board Member), Buddy Brown (HCHS Principal), Eddie Dixon (Superintendent) and Mary Helen Smith (Take Stock Program Manager). Not pictured: Karen Anderson (Guidance Counselor).

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September 4, 2014

Take Stock Holmes Paige Lumpkin

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LUMPKIN SIGNS TAKE STOCK SCHOLARSHIP— Paige Lumpkin, a ninth grader from Holmes County High school, recently signed a contract with Take Stock in Children which will provide a scholarship to Chipola College. Pictured from left, are: Crystal Pearson (mother), scholarship recipient Paige Lumpkin, Mark Lumpkin (father), (back) Jim Goodman (Holmes County Deputy Superintendent), Matt Tate (Assistant Principal PDLHS), Eddie Dixon (Holmes County Superintendent), Cindi Davis (Take Stock Mentor), Mary Helen Smith (Take Stock Program Manager) and Shawna Lumpkin (step-mother).

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September 4, 2014

2014-15 artist series

 

CHIPOLA ARTIST SERIES TICKETS ON SALE

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College Artist Series season tickets go on sale Sept. 9 at the Center for the Arts Box Office or online at www.chipola.edu/boxoffice.

Online 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.  Box Office hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Fridays, 9 a.m. to noon.  The Box Office will be closed Labor Day and all college holidays.

The 2014-2015 season promises to be great entertainment for all ages opening Oct. 16 with international artists, Trio Viseltear. British violinist Peter Povey, Russian cellist Alexei Romanenko, and Canadian pianist Christine Yoshikawa have delighted audiences around the world with their vibrant musicality and technical brilliance. Equally in demand as concert soloists, Trio Viseltear is a dynamic team with an impressive list of awards and personal achievements. The three performers have enjoyed debuts on many of the world’s prominent concert stages. Presenting an exhilarating program of solo, duo, and trio masterpieces from classics to contemporary, they are advocates of new music. Included in the program is the world premiere of composer Clare Shore's “Daytripping” for violin, cello and piano - written for and dedicated to Trio Viseltear.

Cheryse McLeod Lewis, Mezzo-Soprano, will command the Chipola stage on Nov. 20 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.

Embraceable You, the Music of George Gershwin comes to the Chipola stage, Jan. 22, 2015.   Sizzling dance numbers, nostalgic ballads, and romantic comedy, all backed by live musicians and set under the Paris sky–is like watching Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse trip the light fantastic.  Performers Dean and Lisa Balkwill are triple threats brimming with charm and charisma. Featuring standards -“They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” “I Got Rhythm,” and “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off!.” - the Music of George and Ira Gershwin is musical comedy at its finest. 

Rounding out the Chipola line-up is Unsinkable Women, Stories and Songs from the Titanic, April 2, 2015. Deborah Jean Templin began writing Unsinkable Women while touring with the stage hit Titanic: A New Musical. Wondering what it was like when survivors finally came home, the show stimulated her investigation into the tragedy which saw 1,500 people perish on April 15, 1912. During the course of this one-woman play about women survivors, Templin portrays nine individuals, shifting from one to the other without leaving the stage. Her roles include Madeline Astor, heiress to one of America‘s greatest fortunes; New York housewife Daisy Spedden, whose son’s teddy bear survived the sinking and inspired a classic children‘s book; and the celebrated Molly Brown—the bold, unsinkable character who took charge of a floundering lifeboat and guided it to safety.

Evelyn Ward, Chipola Director of Fine and Performing Arts, says, “Season tickets are expected to go quickly, so don’t miss out. Some events are expected to sell out when single event tickets are available.  Season tickets are the best way to be sure to get the best seat in the house.  ” 

Season tickets—$60—are a bargain price when compared to sister institutions where prices are double or triple this amount.  Season ticket holders also get a VIP pass to Meet the Artist receptions and early renewal privileges for next season.

Single event ticket prices are $18 for adults, $10 for children under 18, and $5 for Chipola students and employees.  Individual tickets for Trio Viseltear go on sale Sept. 19.

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

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September 4, 2014

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CHIPOLA THEATRE SHOWCASE IS SEPT. 18

 

MARIANNA—Charles Sirmon, Chipola College Director of Theatre, will begin his 16th season at the college with a Theatre Showcase, Thursday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m.

Chipola Theatre majors will present scenes and skits in a showcase that Sirmon says, “Is a lot like Saturday Night Live on a Thursday.”

The production is general admission and allows all theatre majors the opportunity to share their talent and many for the first time.

Tickets—$10—go sale Sept. 4, and are available to purchase from theatre majors, at the Center for the Arts box Office, or online at www.chipola.edu.

The Showcase is a fundraiser to help Chipola theatre students with their annual trip to Atlanta where they will take a master class in improvisation and attend a performance with a professional theatre company.

For ticket information, call 850-718-2420 or visit www.chipola.edu

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September 4, 2014

 

CHIPOLA TO OFFER SMALL BUSINESS VISIONING SEMINAR

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer a small business seminar entitled, “Listening to Your Business,” Friday, Sept. 19, from 8:00-11:30 a.m.

The seminar is designed to help business owners establish a three-year vision for their business. Participants will: examine a strengths, weaknesses and opportunities model; formulate an internal planning process to establish interim goals and strategies; identify resources to reach goals; examine and respond to challenges and transitions; develop an action plan to grow the business; discover the operational systems needed to support a growing business and improve profitability and financial performance.

Cost of the seminar is $30 for Chipola students and Chamber of Commerce members in Jackson, Washington and Holmes counties. Cost is $75 for all other participants.

The seminar will meet in the Chipola Business and Technology Building, Room M-108,

For information, call Call 850-718-2441 or email: severson@chipola.edu

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September 4, 2014

CHIPOLA BASEBALL TO OPEN FALL SEASON

 

MARIANNA—The Chipola Indians open the Fall baseball season with four home games Sept. 19 and 21. On Friday, Sept. 19, Chipola hosts Gulf Coast at 10 a.m., and Tallahassee at 3 p.m.  On Sunday, Sept. 21, the Indians host St. John’s River at 10 a.m. and Pensacola at 3 p.m.

Chipola hits the road for a 3 p.m. game at Northwest Florida State, Sept. 23. The Indians face Faulkner State and East Mississippi in a pair of games, Oct. 2, at UWF in Pensacola. Chipola travels to Darton, Oct. 3. The Indians play three games (Sand Jacinto, LSU Eunice and Delgodo) in Baton Rouge, LA, Oct. 11-12.

Chipola moves a little closer to home Oct. 14 when they travel to Wallace-Dothan. The Indians play at Gulf Coast Oct. 17.

The Indians return home Oct. 21 for a 3 p.m. game with Northwest. Several Chipola players are expected to play in the FCSAA All-Star Game, Oct. 25, in Lakeland.

Chipola closes out the Fall season with three games in Tallahassee Oct. 29 and 31. FAMU Oct. 29, and FSC at Jacksonville and Northwest on Oct. 31.

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September 4, 2014

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CHIPOLA FCA HOLDS FIRST MEETING

MARIANNA—The Chipola College Huddle of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes held their first meeting of the Fall Semester on Aug. 21.

Faculty adviser Dr. David Hilton, says, “The local Huddle is open to all Chipola students. You don’t have to be an athlete or even athletic.”  Students meet in the Cafeteria Staff Dining Area every Thursday at 7 p.m. Food is served, along fellowship, games and a Bible study or Life Story from a student, Chipola employee or local community leader.

FCA will host a Fields of Faith event at the Chipola Softball field on Thursday, Oct. 9. The group will co-host See You at the Pole, Sept. 24, in front of the Chipola Cultural Center.  See You at the Pole is a student initiated morning of prayer for the Chipola campus.

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September 4, 2014

ST. LUKES HOSTS COOKOUT FOR CHIPOLA ATHLETES

 

Pastor Riley Henderson and several members of St. Luke’s Baptist Church in Marianna hosted a cookout for the students in the Chipola Residence Hall on Aug. 24. 

Students and coaches enjoyed a meal of hamburgers, hotdogs and all the trimmings.  This is the seventh year that Rev. Henderson has teamed with the Chipola Huddle of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes to meet the student-athletes living in the dorms and provide them with a meal at the start of the semester.

The men and women from St. Luke’s take the time to talk to every student – asking where they are from and what sport they play.  Over 90 students and coaches participated in this year’s event.

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September 11, 2014

CHIPOLA THEATRE SHOWCASE IS SEPT. 18

 

                MARIANNA— Chipola Theatre majors will present an evening of sketch comedy with song and dance in the Chipola Theatre Showcase, Thursday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m., in the Center for the Arts. 

                Charles Sirmon, Chipola Director of Theatre, will begin his 16th season with the showcase that Sirmon says, “Is a lot like Saturday Night Live on a Thursday.”

                The general admission show allows all theatre majors the opportunity to share their talent, and many for the first time.

                Tickets—$10—are available to purchase from theatre majors, at the Center for the Arts box Office, or online at www.chipola.edu.

                The Showcase is a fundraiser for Chipola theatre majors’ annual trip to Atlanta where they will take a master class in improvisation and attend a performance with a professional theatre company.

                For ticket information, call 850-718-2420 or visit www.chipola.edu

 

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CHIPOLA THEATRE SHOWCASE IS SEPT. 18—Chipola Theatre majors will present an evening of sketch comedy with song and dance in the Chipola Theatre Showcase, Thursday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m., in the Center for the Arts.  Pictured from left, are: (front) Sailor Novonglosky, Odra Chapman, Josiah Brooks and (back) Seth Alderman. For ticket information, call 850-718-2420 or visit www.chipola.edu

 

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September 11, 2014

 

CHIPOLA ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE STUDENTS LEARN AT CAVERNS

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College’s first class of Environmental Science students recently hiked to the Florida Caverns State Park to learn about a rare and unique ecosystem–the upland limestone glade. 

                The expedition was hosted by Billy Bailey, Park Service Specialist. Dr. Ann Johnson, Community Ecologist for FSU/Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI,) led the excursion, accompanied by Wilson Baker, an independent botanical consultant and butterfly expert.  The three environmentalists helped students identify new species and evaluate the status of endemic species.

                Students learned that a glade is a pristine section of a natural meadow approximately two feet above limestone and surrounded by red cedar trees.  The glade is second only to the Florida coral reefs in rarity and uniqueness. An upland chalky glade is a rare natural community that occurs in two panhandle counties. They contain a specific and unique set of plants often not occurring elsewhere. Currently the Florida Caverns contains the only state protected chalky glade with about a fourth of an acre.

                The Chipola student’s field trip is part of the curriculum for a new Environmental Science class that will also include tree identification and invasive plant species removal. The Caverns will continue to be a vital part of the course curriculum through tree identification walks, botany lectures, invasive plant workshops, and wildlife exhibits, for education in the conservation, preservation, protection, and appreciation of natural resources.

                Other trips which are planned during the semester include: Sept. 11–Billy Bailey–“Tree Identification Walks” Bluff Trail, Florida Caverns; Sept. 23– Dr. Loran Anderson– “Botany 101” Chipola College; Oct. 14 – Billy Bailey, Jeffrey Johnson, Heath Beasley – Invasive Plant Workshop at Chipola; Nov. 4 – Billy Bailey, Diane Sue Bryant, Florida Caverns Volunteers–“Wildlife Conservation” at Chipola.

 

 

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CHIPOLA ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE STUDENTS LEARN AT CAVERNS—Chipola College’s first class of Environmental Science students recently hiked to the Florida Caverns State Park to learn about a rare and unique ecosystem–the upland limestone glade.  Here, Dr. Ann Johnson, a research scientist with Florida State University helps students examine the occurrence of an upland chalky glade.  

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September 11, 2014

CHIPOLA ARTIST SERIES TICKETS ON SALE

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College Artist Series season tickets are now on sale at the Center for the Arts Box Office or online at www.chipola.edu/boxoffice.

                The 2014-2015 season promises to be great entertainment for all ages opening Oct. 16 with Trio Viseltear. British violinist Peter Povey, Russian cellist Alexei Romanenko, and Canadian pianist Christine Yoshikawa have delighted audiences around the world with their vibrant musicality and technical brilliance. This dynamic team has an impressive list of awards and debuts on many of the world’s prominent concert stages. Presenting an exhilarating program of masterpieces from classics to contemporary, they are advocates of new music. Included is the world premiere of composer Clare Shore's “Daytripping” for violin, cello and piano - written for and dedicated to Trio Viseltear.

                Cheryse McLeod Lewis, Mezzo-Soprano, will command the Chipola stage Nov. 20 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.

                Embraceable You, the Music of George Gershwin comes to the Chipola stage, Jan. 22, 2015.   Sizzling dance numbers, nostalgic ballads, and romantic comedy, all backed by live musicians and set under the Paris sky–is like watching Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse trip the light fantastic.  Performers Dean and Lisa Balkwill are triple threats brimming with charm and charisma. Featuring standards -“They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” “I Got Rhythm,” and “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off!.” - the Music of George and Ira Gershwin is musical comedy at its finest. 

                Rounding out the Chipola line-up is Unsinkable Women, Stories and Songs from the Titanic, April 2, 2015. Deborah Jean Templin began writing Unsinkable Women while touring with the stage hit Titanic: A New Musical. During the course of this one-woman play about women survivors, Templin portrays nine individuals, including Madeline Astor, heiress to one of America‘s greatest fortunes; New York housewife Daisy Spedden, whose son’s teddy bear survived and inspired a classic children‘s book; and the celebrated Molly Brown—the bold, unsinkable character who took charge of a floundering lifeboat and guided it to safety.

                Season tickets—$60—are a bargain price when compared to sister institutions where prices are double or triple this amount.  Season ticket holders also get a VIP pass to Meet the Artist receptions and early renewal privileges for next season.

                Single event ticket prices are $18 for adults, $10 for children under 18, and $5 for Chipola students and employees.  Individual tickets for Trio Viseltear go on sale Sept. 19.

                Online 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.  Box Office hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Fridays, 9 a.m. to noon.  

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

 

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September 11, 2014

 

CHIPOLA THEATRE ANNOUNCES AUDITIONS FOR RUMORS

                MARIANNA—Chipola College Theatre will hold auditions for “Rumors,” Sept. 29 and 30, at 6 p.m., in the Center for the Arts. The show will run Nov. 13-16.

                The classic farce happens in a large 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 Ken and wife Chris must get the story straight before the other guests arrive. As confusion and miscommunication mounts, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity.

                Chipola Theatre’s Spring musical is “The Wizard of Oz,” set for Feb. 25 through March 1, 2015.  The Summer Children’s Show is “Schoolhouse Rock,” May 13-14.

            For information about Chipola Theatre, or to join the Applauding Chipola Theatre Fund, visit www.chipola.edu or phone 718-2227.

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September 11, 2014

 

CHIPOLA RUNNER MAKES TOP 10 AT CROSS COUNTRY MEET

 

                AMERICUS, GA—Chipola College Women's Cross Country freshman Margaret Wiedeman of Wakulla finished in the top 10 at a Sept. 6 meet at Georgia Southwestern.

                In the 5K race, Wiedeman finished with a time of 22:09 in a field of over 42 runners representing eight teams.

                Chipola's Victoria Taylor of Dothan finished 20th overall with a time of 23:32. Her sister, Veronica Taylor finished 22nd with a time of 23:40, a personal record. Melissa Newsome of Blountstown finished at 24:17, which was also her personal best. Taylor Green of Sneads finished with an overall time of 27:40.

                The Chipola team will travel to Darton College for a meet on Sept. 27.

 

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CHIPOLA CROSS COUNTRY AT GEORGIA SOUTHERN MEET—Chipola Cross Country team members at the Sept. 6 Georgia Southern meet, are (from left) Taylor Green of Sneads, Margaret Wideman of Wakulla, Victoria Taylor of Dothan, Melissa Newsome of Blountsown and Veronica Taylor of Dothan.

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September 12, 2014

 

FLORIDA LOTTERY TO SPONSOR CHIPOLA FALL FESTIVAL SEPT. 24

 

                MARIANNA— The Florida Lottery will participate, for the third year in a row, in the Chipola College Fall Festival to welcome Bright Futures scholarship recipients and to celebrate the Lottery’s 26-year history of supporting education in Florida.

                Chipola students are excused from classes Wednesday, Sept. 24, from 10:30 a.m. until 2:45 p.m. Chipola’s Student Government Association puts on the annual event for the student body. In addition to Outrageous Relay Races, students will enjoy music, free food and giant inflatable games at the Chipola Pool.

                The Florida Lottery Bright Futures program will provide free t-shirts and premium door prizes to Chipola students.

       The Bright Futures Scholarship Program, which is funded primarily by the Florida Lottery, was created in 1997 by the Florida Legislature to assist students in pursuing post-secondary educational and career goals. Bright Futures scholarships are awarded to Florida high school graduates based on high academic achievement. 

                Since the program's inception, the Florida Lottery has contributed more than $3.9 billion to send more than 600,000 students to college. To date, more than 5,000 Bright Futures scholarships have been awarded to students attending Chipola College, totaling $8,256,622.14.

                For more information about Bright Futures Scholarships, visit the Department of Education's website at www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org/SSFAD/bf or call the hotline at 888-827-2004.

 

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Chipola College junior Tatum Skipper speaks at last year’s Fall Festival.

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