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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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September 18, 2014

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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. Lottery Secretary Cynthia O’Connell is expected to attend.  

                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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September 18, 2014

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR CHIPOLA NURSING PROGRAM

 

                MARIANNA—Application deadline for Chipola College’s Spring 2015 Associate Degree Nursing program is Sept. 30. 

                All prospective students including LPN’s and Paramedics are encouraged to apply for admission to the Associate Degree in Nursing Program.  The new curriculum is now four semesters in length.  The Associate Degree Nursing program is nationally-accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

                For information, call 850-718-2278 or visit www.chipola.edu

 

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September 18, 2014

Chipola Artists Series Trio Viseltear 

CHIPOLA ARTIST SERIES OPENS OCT. 16 WITH TRIO VISELTEAR

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Artist Series opens Oct. 16 with Trio Viseltear, at 7 p.m., in the Center for the Arts. The group features British violinist Peter Povey, Russian cellist Alexei Romanenko, and Canadian pianist Christine Yoshikawa.

                The group has delighted audiences around the world with their vibrant musicality and technical brilliance. Presenting an exhilarating program of masterpieces from classics to contemporary, they are advocates of new music.

                Pianist and Chipola music instructor Christine Yoshikawa has established herself as one of Canada’s exciting young pianists of her generation. Her wide-ranging repertoire from Beethoven to Xenakis has been applauded around the world. Her international career includes performances in New York, Boston, Chicago, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Madrid, Paris, Munich, Prague and Tokyo. After making her concerto debut with Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto with the London Westminster Philharmonic at the age of 9, she has since appeared as soloist with major orchestras including the Orchestre Philharmonie d'Avignon (France), Kammerorchester Dusseldorf (Germany), Pazardjik National Symphony of Bulgaria, Sydney Chamber Orchestra, Tokyo Youth Symphony, and Nagoya Gakuen Philharmonic (Japan) among others.

                Russian-born cellist Alexei Romanenko has graced international stages as one of the most electrifying artists of today. He began his cello studies at the age of six, winning First Prize in the Far-Eastern Competition at age 12. He studied at the Moscow Conservatory with Valentin Feygin and in 1993 became a Laureate of “New Names,” an international program with extensive touring throughout Russia. Upon coming to the U.S. in 1998, Romanenko completed an Artist Diploma at the New England Conservatory of Music. He has performed at Boston's Jordan Hall, Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall and the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. Romanenko currently serves as the principal cellist of the Jacksonville Symphony, organist at Grace Episcopal Church, and holds artistic residencies leading master classes in colleges and universities across North America and abroad.

                British violinist Peter Povey, is a 2008 graduate of the Yale School of Music. He is on the faculty of numerous programs including the Montgomery Music Project in Alabama. He founded the McAlester Institute of Music - a two-week music program for students age 6-18, designed to effect social change among young people, develop leadership, and improve music schools through contemporary teaching.  Currently a student of Ani Kavafian, Povey is pursuing his DMA in violin performance from Northwestern University.

                The most exciting aspect of the Trio Viseltear program will be the world premiere of composer Clare Shore's “Daytripping” for violin, cello and piano - written for and dedicated to Trio Viseltear.  Shore, the second woman to earn the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Composition from The Juilliard School, has received critical acclaim for her works, including a Composer Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Shore has taught at Fordham University, Manhattan School of Music, the University of Virginia, George Mason University, and Palm Beach Atlantic College. She currently holds an exclusive publishing contract with E.C.Schirmer.

                On Nov. 20, the Chipola Artist Series welcomes Cheryse McLeod Lewis, Mezzo-Soprano, with her soulful program, Then Sings My Soul.  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 featuring standards -“They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” “I Got Rhythm,” and “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off!.”

                Rounding out the Chipola line-up is Unsinkable Women, Stories and Songs from the Titanic, April 2, 2015. This one-woman play about women survivors portrays nine individuals, including Madeline Astor, heiress to one of America‘s greatest fortunes and the celebrated Molly Brown—the bold, unsinkable character who took charge of a floundering lifeboat and guided it to safety.

                Season tickets for all four events and single event tickets for Trio Viseltear are now on sale at the Center for the Arts Box Office or online. Season tickets—$60—include a VIP pass to Meet the Artist receptions. Single event tickets are $18 for adults, $10 for children under 18, and $5 for Chipola students and employees. 

                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 18, 2014

CHIPOLA STUDENTS ELECT SGA OFFICERS

            MARIANNA–The Chipola College Student Government Association recently held Fall elections.

            Officers for the new school year are: SGA President, Shawna Donofro of Marianna; SGA Vice President, Tierra Campbell of Malone; sophomore class president, Shelby Calloway of Malone; sophomore class vice president, Caleb Alexander of Sneads; sophomore senators: Jose Aguilar of Bonifay, Lauryl Clark of Malone, George Hoffman of Chipley; freshman class president, Caitlyn Carpenter of Marianna; freshman class vice president, Brianna Yon of Altha; freshman senators: Sarah Guettler of Chipley, Macie Horton of Chipley, Shelbie Johnson of Marianna, Annastasia Lollie of Sneads, Mackenzie May of Sneads, Mallory Merrifield of Marianna, Allison Pettis and Olivia Saunders of Chipley, Tiffany Taylor of Bonifay.  Other officers include: chief justice, Mason Carnley of Bonifay; secretary, Fallon Braxton of Bonifay; parliamentarian, Mary Katherine Pittman of Malone; treasurer, Cora Ann Thomas of Marianna; sergeant at arms, Emily Anderson of Marianna and chaplain, Cassidy Odom of Blountstown.

            All students enrolled at Chipola are members of the SGA and have a voice in the programs of the college.  SGA has jurisdiction over all student organizations and facilitates communication between the student body and the college faculty and administration.

 Chipola SGA President Shawana Donofro

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CHIPOLA SGA ELECTIONS—The Chipola College Student Government Association recently held Fall elections. Here, SGA President, Shawna Donofro of Marianna, accepts the gavel from Chipola Student Activities Director Nancy Johnson.

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September 18, 2014

Shand O'Bryan Chipola Emp of Month

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O’Bryan—Shanda O’Bryan is Chipola College’s Career Employee for September.  O’Bryan serves as Comptroller and has worked at the college since 1994.  Pictured from left, are: Chipola president Dr. Jason Hurst, Shanda O’Bryan and Chipola Vice President of Administrative & Business Affairs, Steve Young.

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September 18, 2014  

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WALKER SPEAKS AT CHIPOLA HONORS—Dr. Jim Walker, an expert in canine olfaction, was the recent guest speaker for the Chipola College Honors Program. Walker discussed his FSU research about dogs detecting certain cancers. Dr. Walker also is a relatively recent graduate of the Chipola nursing program. Pictured from left, are: Honors adviser Robert Ivey, Dr. Jim Walker and Honors adviser Kurt McInnis.

 

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September 25, 2014

 

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FLORIDA LOTTERY SPONSORS CHIPOLA FALL FESTIVAL               

              MARIANNA—The Florida Lottery and Chipola College (CC) recently celebrated Bright Futures scholarship recipients at the college’s annual Fall Festival.   

                Lottery Secretary Cynthia O’Connell and Chipola President Dr. Jason Hurst had the opportunity to interact with students one-on-one to discuss their academic goals and future plans in a laid-back setting with other Chipola faculty and Lottery staff. Students enjoyed music, food and giveaways.

                More than $8.7 million of Florida Lottery contributions have directly benefited CC Bright Futures students. “The Lottery is investing in Florida’s future through its funding of education programs such as the Bright Futures Scholarship Program,” said Secretary O’Connell. “Offering the best and brightest students in the state the opportunity to pursue higher education can impact generations to come.”

                Recognized as one of the most efficient lotteries in the nation, the Florida Lottery has remained a strong partner in helping generate additional funds for public education for the past 26 years. Lottery contributions have made an impact with more than $1 billion being transferred annually to the EETF for the past 12 consecutive years, resulting in a total contribution of more than $27 billion. Florida Lottery contributions represent approximately six percent of the state’s total education budget.

                The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $27 billion to education and sending more than 650,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Program. The Lottery reinvests nearly 98 percent of its revenue back into Florida’s economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and transfers to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $37 billion in prizes and made more than 1,300 people millionaires. For more information, visit www.flalottery.com.

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Chipola Fall Festival sponsared by Florida Lottery

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FLORIDA LOTTERY SPONSORS CHIPOLA FALL FESTIVAL—The Florida Lottery and Chipola College (CC) recently celebrated Bright Futures scholarship recipients at the college’s annual Fall Festival. Pictured from left, are: (front) Randy Fox, Lottery District Manager; Cynthia O’Connell, Lottery Secretary; Shawna Donofro, Chipola SGA President; Dr. Jason Hurst, Chipola President; Rep. Marti Coley; (back) Bright Futures Scholars Maddie Craven of Marianna, Sara Kaye Compton of Chipley, Maggie Braxton of Cottondale, Madison Harrell of Marianna, Will Glover of Greenwood, Olivia Sanders of Chipley and Sam Wells of Bonifay.

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September 25, 2014

  

Prough Center For Arts  Dr. Gene Prough former Chipola President

               CHIPOLA ARTIST SERIES OPENS OCT. 16 WITH CENTER DEDICATION

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Artist Series opens Thursday, Oct. 16, with Trio Viseltear, at 7 p.m., in the Center for the Arts.

                Prior to the performance the college will host a Dedication Ceremony and Reception to celebrate the naming of the Center for the Arts in honor of retired college president Dr. Gene Prough. There is no charge to attend the ceremony and reception which begins at 6 p.m. 

               The Artist Series performance is a ticketed event with tickets available online at www.chipola.edu/boxoffice or at the Box Office. Tickets also will be available at the Box Office on Oct. 16.

                Trio Viseltear features British violinist Peter Povey, Russian cellist Alexei Romanenko, and Canadian pianist Christine Yoshikawa. The group has delighted audiences around the world with their vibrant musicality and technical brilliance. Presenting an exhilarating program of masterpieces from classics to contemporary, they are advocates of new music.

                Chipola music instructor Christine Yoshikawa has established herself as one of Canada’s exciting young pianists of her generation. Russian-born cellist Alexei Romanenko has graced international stages as one of the most electrifying artists of today. British violinist Peter Povey, is a 2008 graduate of the Yale School of Music. He is on the faculty of numerous programs including the Montgomery Music Project in Alabama.

Season tickets for the four-event Artist Series and single event tickets for Trio Viseltear are on sale at the Center for the Arts Box Office or online. Season tickets—$60—include a VIP pass to Meet the Artist receptions. Single event tickets are $18 for adults, $10 for children under 18, and $5 for Chipola students and employees. 

                 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 25, 2014

CHIPOLA ENSEMBLE PERFORMS FOR CHIPLEY KIWANIS

 

                 MARIANNA—The Chipola College President’s Ensemble provided the entertainment for the Chipley Kiwanis Club’s annual Dinner Theatre on Sept. 18.

                Under the direction of Dale Heidebrecht, the students performed several contemporary and nostalgic love medleys for the themed event, “In the Name of Love.”

The President’s Ensemble is a newly formed ensemble of select music majors – including both instrumental and vocal students.  Membership is by audition only.

            The Chipley Kiwanis Club hosts the Dinner Theatre each year as a fundraiser for their scholarship funding and sponsorship of numerous youth activities, including Project Graduation, organized youth athletic teams, Head Start Program, K-Kids, Builders Club, Key Club and others.

 

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CHIPOLA PERFORMS—embers of the Chipola College President’s Ensemble performed recently for the Chipley Kiwanis Club’s Dinner Theatre.  From left, members of the ensemble are: Deborah Graham, Alex Layton, and Alex Ozbun.  They are accompanied by Chipola College staff accompanist Amy Cloud and under the direction of Dale Heidebrecht.

 

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September 25, 2014

MANUFACTURING ACADEMY MEETS AT CHIPOLA

                MARIANNA—Chipola College and Career Source Chipola recently hosted a Rural Sub-Committee meeting of the Northwest Florida Manufacturing Council’s Manufacturing Academy Task Force. The sub-committee is focused on developing a manufacturing academy approach uniquely serving Calhoun, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty and Washington counties.

                Career Source Chipola Executive Director Richard Williams set up the meeting to create a dialogue between educators and manufacturers. A panel of representatives from area manufacturers discussed their workforce skill/knowledge needs. 

                 A second part of the meeting focused on education and training solutions including the possible implementation of training sanctioned by The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) in area high schools and post-secondary institutions. 

                The meeting concluded with a Table Talk with Educators in which each school district and educational institution discussed their educational programs with manufacturers.

                Darwin Gilmore, Chipola College Dean of Workforce and Economic Development, says, “It is important to bring education and industry together to be sure that students are learning the skills needed to enter the workforce.”

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MANUFACTURING ACADEMY MEETS AT CHIPOLA— Chipola College and Career Source Chipola recently hosted a Rural Sub-Committee meeting of the Northwest Florida Manufacturing Council’s Manufacturing Academy Task Force. Pictured from left, are: Darwin Gilmore, Chipola College Dean of Workforce and Economic Development; Terry Ellis, West Point Home and Washington County School Board; Jennifer Grove, Gulf Power; Richard Lamb, Green Circle Bio Energy; Jim Conter, Rex Lumber Company; and Richard Williams, Executive Director of Career Source Chipola.

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September 25, 2014

 JaJuan Clark addresses Chipola Teacher Ed

CHIPOLA TEACHER ED GRAD SPEAKS TO FUTURE TEACHERS

 

                MARIANNA—JuJuan Clark, Jackson County Teacher of the Year, recently spoke to Chipola College Elementary Education majors about the Marzano Evaluation Teacher Tool. 

                Clark, a teacher at Graceville High, was selected as the training representative from his school for the Marzano Evaluation, a tool that principals use to evaluate their teachers. 

Clark graduated from Graceville High in 2006 and attended Chipola where he received his Elementary Education degree in 2010. He earned a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of West Florida. 

                In 2011, JaJuan was elected Rookie Teacher of the Year for Graceville High School and was named Jackson County Teacher of the Year in 2014.

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