April 7, 2011

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CHIPOLA BRAIN BOWL TEAM HONORED—Members of the Chipola College Brain Bowl team were honored at a reception hosted by the college Student Government Association on Tuesday, April 5. The team recently won the FCCAA State Tournament for the fourth straight year and the NAQT National Community College Tournament. Two Chipola teams will play against the top college and university teams in the NAQT Division II National Tournament, April 9, in Chicago. Pictured from left, are: (front) Ashley Adams, Zach Gilmore, Alton Stone, Nick Ratzlaff, (back) coach Dr. Robert Dunkle, Dallin Kelson, Harrison Fuqua, Travis Bontrager, Brittany Stephens and coach Stan Young. Not pictured are Annemarie Nichols and Paul Kelson. ####

 

April 7, 2011

SMALL BUSINESS SEMINARS SET FOR MAY 6 AT CHIPOLA

           

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer two small business seminars on Friday, May 6. 

            The first five students to sign up for any seminar will receive free admission.  Students should contact Elissa Severson at 718-2441 or sign up in person in Building M, Office 208A.

            On Friday, May 6, a seminar entitled, “Marketing Series, Part 1: Introduction to 21st Century Marketing” will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  Participants will learn to choose the best methods for marketing a business, target a market audience, create a free web site quickly and easily, discover which social media avenues are the best, and learn to optimize internet presence.

            Also on May 6, a seminar entitled, “Marketing Series, Part 2: Marketing on the Internet and Using Social Media” will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Participants will discover the power of having a social media strategy and learn to implement new marketing techniques, unlock the secrets of the top social media sites and establish brands online presence.

            Valerie Simmons, Certified Business Analyst, with the Small Business Development Council, leads the seminars at Chipola. She says, “The Ultimate Business Plan seminar helps new and existing businesses create a successful plan to ensure the success of their business.”

The workshops will meet in Room M-108 of the Chipola Business and Technology building. Cost of each seminar is $30.

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

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

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April 7, 2011

TEACHERS TO PRESENT AT APRIL 19 CRAA MEETING

 

         MARIANNA—The public is invited to attend the monthly meeting of the Chipola Regional Arts Association, Tuesday, April 19, at Jim’s Buffet and Grill in Marianna.

        A Dutch-treat buffet luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. with the program at noon.

       This month’s program will be given by teachers in the Chipola District who were the recipients of “Mini-Grants to Enhance the Arts” awarded by CRAA.

        Seven of the 14 teachers will share how they utilized their grants, including: Craig Bean, Marianna High band director, who purchased music for woodwind, brass, and percussion ensembles; Richard Bouton, Graceville High band director, who purchased instruments for his percussion technique classes; Jill Cook, Vernon Middle School drama teacher, who purchased music and materials for language and writing classes and honor student projects; Richard Davenport, Roulhac Middle band director, who purchased solo and ensemble music; Rebecca Dilmore, Cottondale High band director, who purchased a digital audio recorder and condenser microphone for students to improve their performances; Janet Edewaard, Blountsown Middle School music and drama teacher, who purchased Sight-Singing Books to enhance students music reading level, and Blountstown High for the purchase for drawing pencils and paper for art classes; and Tina Smith, Altha School music teacher, who received a grant to help with the music department’s spring musical. 

        For information about the meeting, contact Anita Price at pricea@chipola.edu at 850-718-2277.

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April 7, 2011

CAST ANNOUNCED FOR CHIPOLA CHILDREN’S SHOW

           

             MARIANNA—The Chipola College Theater is in rehearsal for the children’s play, “Aesop’s (Oh-So-Slightly Updated) Fables,” which will be presented to hundreds of elementary school children in May. A public performance is set for Thursday, May 12 at 7 p.m.

           The play weaves six of Aesop’s most famous fables into a show that’s funky, fast-paced, and full of surprises. The show features favorite tales, including: the Dog and the Bone, the Tortoise and the Hare, the Lion and the Mouse, the Fox and the Grapes, the Country Maid, and the Miller, His Son and the Donkey.

            Chipola Theater director Charles Sirmon recently cast local actors in the following scenes: The Dog and The Bone—Chris Holloway as Narrator 1, Deanne Harrison as Dog, Steven Ozbun as Butcher, Alex Parrish as Girl, Kayla Todd as Pond; Tortoise and The Hare—Dianna Glaze as Miss Hare, Joy Wallace as Miss Tortoise, Trey McKay as Narrator 2 and Alex Parish as Girl; The Lion and the Mouse—Austin Brockner as Reporter 1, Kelli Todd as Reporter 2, Sierra Hill as Mouse, Austin Pettis as Lion and Josh Tetlow as Boy; The Miller, his Son and the Donkey—Piper Williams as Narrator 3, Matthew Van Buren as Miller, Blake Collins as Son, David Forrester as Donkey, Megan Gilliland as Girl, Lizzy Mathis as Girl 2, Griffin Smith as Grumpy Old Guy, Tabby Shoemaker as Woman 1, Kayla Todd as Woman 2, Deanna Harrison as Activist 1, Joy Wallace as Activist 2; and The Country Maid—Alex Anderson as Narrator 4, Ashleigh Stowe as Maid, Megan Gilliland as Chicken 1 and Lizzy Mathis as Chicken 2.

            General admission tickets—$5—go on sale April 28 in the college Business office.

            For ticket information, call 718-2220.

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April 7, 2011

AUDITION DATES FOR CHIPOLA SCHOLARSHIPS IN THE ARTS

           

          MARIANNA—Audition and application dates have been set for Music, Art, and Theatre scholarships to Chipola College for the 2011-12 school year.  

           Music Scholarship auditions are April 21, and May 26. Theatre Scholarship auditions are April 21. The Visual Art application and portfolio deadline is April 21.

           The scholarships are available to high school graduates with acceptable academic records and aptitude in music, theatre, and art. Applicants who plan to pursue studies as music, theatre or art majors are eligible to apply for scholarships.  Music or theatre students unable to meet one of the scheduled dates are asked to contact Joan Stadsklev, Director of Fine and Performing Arts, to arrange an alternative audition date.

            Scholarships in various amounts, up to full tuition and fees, are awarded on the basis of talent and academic record.  Students with financial need may seek additional assistance through the college’s Office of Financial Aid and the Chipola Foundation.

Scholarship applications may be obtained from the college’s web site: www.chipola.edu. Select Fine Arts and click on the discipline of interest.

            Applications also are available by calling the Fine and Performing Arts Department at 850-718-2277 or 850-718-2301, or by emailing stadsklevj@chipola.edu

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April 7, 2011

GUITAR CONCERT SET AT CHIPOLA

 

           MARIANNA—The Chipola College department of Fine and Performing Arts will present an afternoon of music for the guitar performed by students in the department’s guitar program from the studio of Adam Larison, Sunday, April 10, at 2 p.m.

            In settings for solo, duo, trio and quartet, students will present a diverse program including Luigi Boccherini’s elegant yet earthy Introduction and Fandango, the Brazilian folk-inspired Preludes by Heitor Villa-Lobos, movements from Miguel Llobet’s highly provocative “Catalan Folksongs,” as well as other works by Couperin, Brouwer, Morel, Poulenc, Zarb, Tarrega and Mompou. 

            The concert will be held in the college Chapel and is free and open to the public.

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April 7, 2011

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LANIER IS TOP EMPLOYEE—Kelly Lanier is Chipola College’s Career Employee for April. Lanier serves as the Senior Distributed System Technician, Information Systems and has worked at the college since 2008. Here, Lanier is congratulated by Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough.

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April 7, 2011

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CHIPOLA MATH HONORARY INDUCTS MEMBERS—The Chipola College chapter of Mu Alpha Theta, a national honorary mathematics club, recently held an initiation for new members.   Pictured are officers, new members and sponsors, from left (front) Hanna Lovestrand, Caitlyn Bruner, (back) Jackson Cagle, Nicholas Dietrich, Zack Gilmore, Jonathan Carrell, Brett Tanner, Dr. Rose Cavin (sponsor).  Not pictured are new members Ethan Thomas and Scott Phelps.

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April 7, 2011

CHIPOLA BASEBALL HOSTS GULF COAST

 

              MARIANNA—The Chipola baseball team hosts Gulf Coast, Friday, April 8, at 2 p.m., and Monday, April 11, at 5 p.m.  The Indians play at Gulf Coast April 9.

              The Indians are ranked fifth in the FCSAA State Poll. Chipola is 9-3 in the Panhandle Conference play and 26-14 overall. Northwest Florida is 10-4. Pensacola is 6-8. Tallahassee is 5-9 and Gulf Coast is 4-10.

              Chipola hosts Northwest on Friday, April 15, at 2 p.m. The Indians play at Northwest, Wednesday, April 13 and Saturday, April 16.

              Chipola swept Pensacola in a recent three-game series. The Indians beat Pensacola 10-3 on April 1 behind the pitching of Robby Coles. Chipola slipped by Pensacola 4-3 on March 31. Luke Bole was the winning pitcher. Chipola scored an 18-14 win over Pensacola on March 28.

             The Indians swept Tallahassee in a three-game set. Chipola beat Tallahassee 6-2 on March 26. The Indians whipped Tallahassee 11-6 on March 25 with Luke Bole picking up the win for Chipola. Chipola beat Tallahassee 4-3 March 23.  Matt Marsh earned the win for Chipola.  Derick Pitts had 2 RBI for the Indians.

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April 7, 2011

LADY INDIANS HEADED TO STATE

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola Lady Indians (43-10) host Tallahassee, Wednesday, April 13, at 4 and 6 p.m., in the final home games of the season. Chipola travels to Northwest on Saturday, April 16. 

            Chipola has earned a berth in the FCSAA State Tournament, beginning April 29 in Pensacola. 

           The Lady Indians are 10-2 in league play and are tied for second in the FCSAA State Softball poll with Northwest Florida. Top-ranked Indian River leads the poll. Gulf Coast is fifth and Tallahassee is eighth.   

            Chipola infielder and designated hitter Ariell Van Hook was named the NJCAA Softball Player of the Week for the week of March 23. Van Hook hit .593 over eight games with 16 hits and 27 at-bats, including four doubles, three home runs and 17 RBI’s. She hit a solo homerun in the 6th to tie the game against Pensacola on March 17 and drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 6th against Gulf Coast on March 19.

            The Lady Indians scored a pair of wins over Gulf Coast—6-4 and 9-6—on April 5.

            Chipola shut out Pensacola in a double-header on April 2. Brittany Black was the winning pitcher in Chipola’s 8-0 win in game one.  Elizabeth Krauser earned the win in Chipola’s 9-0 rout in game two.  Andrea Sullivan had a homerun for Chipola in game two.

            Chipola split a double-header with Northwest on March 31. Chipola scored a 7-2 in game one behind winning pitcher Brittany Black. Northwest won the second game 10-5 in 10 innings.  

            The Lady Indians swept Tallahassee on March 24. Brittany Black picked up the 6-1 win in the first game. Chipola scored a 2-1 win in game two.  Elizabeth Krauser earned the win.  Pinch hitter Brittany hit a two-run homer with 2 outs in the top of the seventh.

            Chipola split with Gulf Coast on March 19. Chipola lost 9-4 in game one and came back to win game two, 5-2, behind winning pitcher Elizabeth Krauser.

            Brittany Black threw a no-hitter in Chipola’s 7-0 win over Pensacola on March 17.  Marielle Vleugeis picked up the win for Lady Indian’s in a 5-1 win in game two.

            For the latest scores, visit www.chipola.edu or phone 718-2CJC.

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April 14, 2011

CHIPOLA BRAIN BOWLERS BEAT HARVARD, FINISH TENTH AT NATIONALS

 

         CHICAGO—The Chipola College Brain Bowl team scored wins over Harvard, Stanford and Northwestern and placed 10th among 32 colleges and universities at the NAQT Division II National Championship April 9 in Chicago.

         After winning the community college national championship two months ago, Chipola captured another first place trophy by placing first among all community colleges in the Division II tournament. 

         Chipola A lost to Minnesota by 10 points on the final question in the last round of the preliminaries which cost them a chance to be re-seeded in the championship bracket and therefore, a shot at winning the DII national championship. The championship bracket includes the top two teams from each of the initial four brackets.

         Chipola finished third behind Ohio State and Minnesota in the preliminary rounds with a 5-2 record. Chipola is only the second community college ever to place in the top ten at the Division II Tournament. Yale defeated Chicago 510-315 to claim the Division II championship.

         Chipola’s Dallin Kelson placed third in individual scoring behind Neil Gurram from MIT and Matthew Jackson from Yale.  Kelson’s individual scoring average is the highest ever for a community college player.

         Chipola A team members are: Dallin Kelson, Travis Bontrager, Brittany Stephens and Harrison Fuqua. The Chipola Brain Bowl team also includes: Paul Kelson, Ashley Adams, Annemarie Nichols, Alton Stone, Nick Ratzlaff and Zach Gilmore.

         Chipola is coming off the best year in school history after winning the Florida Community College Activities Association Brain Bowl State Championship for the fourth year in a row and the NAQT National Community College Tournament in February. 

         Chipola captured six tournament wins during the 2010-11 season, including: the FCCAA State Championship, Valencia Delta Burke, ACF Fall, Chipola New Year Tournament, the NAQT Sectional Tournament, and the NAQT Community College national championship.

         Chipola math professor Stan Young and Humanities professor Dr. Robert Dunkle serve as coaches for the Brain Bowl team.

         For stats from the NAQT Division II Tournament, visit these links:

team standings:   http://www.naqt.com/stats/tournament-teams.jsp?tournament_id=3492&playoffs=1

     individual standings: http://www.naqt.com/stats/tournament-individuals.jsp?tournament_id=3492

         Chipola games: http://www.naqt.com/stats/team-performance.jsp?team_id=31677

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CHIPOLA BRAIN BOWL BEATS HARVARD—The Chipola College Brain Bowl team scored wins over Harvard, Stanford and Northwestern and placed 10th among 32 colleges and universities at the NAQT Division II National Championship April 9 in Chicago. Chipola A Team members are, from left: Dallin Kelson, Brittany Stephens, Travis Bontrager and Harrison Fuqua.

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April 14, 2011

NOTICE OF PRESS CONFERENCE

 

WHO: Chipola students named USA Today Academic All-Americans

WHAT: Press Conference to recognize students and unveil portraits for Wall of Honor

WHEN: Tuesday, April 19, 10 a.m.

WHERE: Atrium of Chipola College Literature/Language Building

 

Chipola College students—Caitlyn Prichard and MaryBeth Alderman—were recently featured in USA Today for their nominations to the 2011 All-USA Community College Academic Team.  Prichard was named First Team All USA and Alderman was named a Coca-Cola Gold Scholar.  Both students also were named to the All-Florida Academic Team.

 

The students and their Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society adviser Pam Rentz will be on hand for the press conference. Portraits of the students will be unveiled for hanging on Chipola’s Academic Wall of Honor.

 

For information, contact Bryan Craven at 850-718-2264 or email craven@chipola.edu

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April 14, 2011

CHIPOLA JAZZ BAND PERFORMS AT TROY JAZZ FEST

 

         TROY, AL—Chipola College music students and faculty recently attended the Legends of Jazz Festival hosted by the John M. Long School of Music at Troy State University.

         Chipola’s Travis Bontrager of Marianna won the outstanding soloist award and was featured with the Troy Jazz Band in the finale.  He was one of only two students selected from performances during the festival.

         High Schools and Colleges from the Florida Panhandle and lower Alabama performed throughout the day. The Troy University Jazz Band closed the program with featured "legends of jazz" guest artists.

         Chipola Jazz Band members, include: Travis Bontrager, saxophone; Wade Boan, percussion; Maxie Boles, tuba; Christian Carter, percussion; Chelsea Dalton, saxophone/flute; Andrew Davis, trumpet; Katie Davis, trumpet; Trey Holmes, trombone; Brenton Jones, trombone; Caleb Lovely, trombone; Kamisha Massaline, saxophone/clarinet; Cecil Mathis, trumpet; Katie McClelland, euphonium; Meaghan McClendon, saxophone; Kari McConkey, trumpet; Virginia McDaniel, piano; Steve Ozbun, guitar; Josh Peronto, guitar; Lynnsey Prevatt, vocalist; Joseph Raley, guitar; Garrett Reed, saxophone; Jon Riley, saxophone; Adam Smith, percussion; Kassi Starrine, bass; and Bo Wiggins, trumpet.

         The Chipola Jazz Band will perform in Chipola’s Spring Musical Ensemble Concert Tuesday, April 19, at 7 p.m., in the Chipola Arts Center. The free concert also will feature the college’s Chamber Singers and classical guitar students.

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CHIPOLA STUDENTS PLAY AT TROY JAZZ FEST—Chipola College music students and faculty recently attended the Legends of Jazz Festival hosted by the John M. Long School of Music at Troy State University. Chipola’s Travis Bontrager of Marianna won the outstanding soloist award and was featured with the Troy Jazz Band in the finale.

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April 14, 2011

CHIPOLA SPRING MUSIC CONCERT IS TUESDAY

 

         MARIANNA—Chipola College’s Spring Musical Ensemble Concert is set for Tuesday, April 19, at 7 p.m., in the Chipola Arts Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

         The free concert of Swing, Latin, Funk styles, Cha-Cha and madrigals will feature the college’s Chamber Singers, classical guitar students, and Jazz Band. This will be the last chance to hear the Chipola Jazz Band this academic year.  This musical ensemble has been dazzling audiences in the tri-state area with recent performances at the Troy University Jazz Festival and in district schools. “This concert will feature many students who will play their last with the band before transferring so, don’t miss out,” says Director Dr. Daniel Powell.

         The Chipola Chamber Singers’ eclectic program under the direction of Stefan Gordon and accompanied by Dr. Josh Martin will include music by William Boyce, John Jacob Niles, John Rutter and assorted madrigals.

         Joan Stadsklev, Director of Fine and Performing Arts, says, “The concert is free and only requires the public to come ready to tap their toes, expect to have fun, and enjoy a wide variety of good music.” 

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

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April 14, 2011

CHIPOLA MATH OLYMPIC WINNERS

 

            MARIANNA--Some 200 students representing 14 area high schools participated in the 27th annual Chipola College Math Olympiad on April 8.

Students competed individually on written exams in Algebra I and II, Geometry, Trigonometry and Calculus.  Teams competed in three Ciphering competitions and for Team Awards earned through highest combined scores on the written exams.  For their hard work, the students earned certificates of participation and were treated to lunch.  The event concluded with an awards ceremony in the college Arts Center.

             Overall team winners are: first, Blountstown High, team members: Jalissia Ruiz, Caitlyn Stewart, Brandon Purvis; second, Chipley High, team members: Noah Smothers, Julia Veit and Cary Larid.

             Ciphering team winners are:

            Algebra I—first, Holmes County High, team members: Chase Forehand, Clayton Cooley, Brandon Jenkins; second, Marianna High, team members: Annalise Brockner, Brianna McCaffrey, Darbey Sweeney.

            Algebra II—first, Blountstown High, team members: Caitlyn Stewart, Chris Byrne, Mitchell Darnell; second, Marianna High, team members: Will Glover, Benjamin Whiddon, Blake Benton.

            Geometry—first, Chipley High, team members: Hunter Harden, Makaela Casady, Cary Laird; second, Cottondale High, team members: Palin Santavanond, Bianca Deuling, Mary Raines.

            Individual award winners by category are:

            Algebra Ifirst, Holmes County High, Chase Forehand; second(tie), Holmes County High, Moneeba Anees and Brandon Jenkins; fourth (tie), Blountstown High, Jalissia Ruiz; Chipley High, Noah Smothers; fifth, Marianna High, Brianna McCaffrey; sixth, Sneads High, Melissa Wray; seventh (tie), Poplar Springs School, Jenna Singletary; Bethlehem High, Kelsey Stewart; eighth(tie), Marianna High, Annalise Brockner; Altha Public School, Porter Smith; ninth, Graceville High, David Horton; and tenth(tie), Chipley High, Carley Mead; Sneads High, Cristina Rodriguez.

            Algebra IIfirst, Blountstown High, Caitlyn Stewart; second, Graceville High, Jenny So; third(tie), Blountstown High, Chris Byrne and Mitchell Darnell;  fourth, Holmes County High, Zach Cooley; fifth, Altha Public School, Kim Wiltse; sixth, Chipley High, Zack Butler; seventh, Marianna High, Blake Benton; eighth, Holmes County High, Dustin Janas; ninth, Marianna High, Will Glover; and tenth, Graceville High, Marieta Douglas.

            Geometryfirst, Chipley High, Cary Laird; second, Marianna High, Gary Gilmore; third, Marianna High, Masha Yaroshenko; fourth, Blountstown High, Brandon Purvis; fifth, Graceville High, Victoria Brown; sixth, Blountstown High, Courtney McFarland; seventh, Sneads High, Taylor Reed; eighth, Cottondale High, Palin Santavanord; ninth(tie), Altha Public School, Christina Watson; Marianna High, Caroline Rogers; and tenth, Vernon High, Destiny Brady. 

            Trigonometryfirst, Marianna High, Michael Lingerfelt; second, Chipley High, Kacey Aukema; third, Chipley High, Luke Hinson; fourth, Blountstown High, David Leonard; fifth(tie), Holmes County High, Jon Pendoley; Marianna High, Clayte Rooks; sixth, Marianna High, Jaren Bannerman; seventh, Chipley High, Dylan Lawson; eighth, Sneads High, Allen Campbell; ninth (tie), Sneads High, Cody Roberts; Marianna High, Gavin Hall; and tenth (tie), Poplar Springs High, Sarah Bowen; Blountstown High, Stewart Herndon; Sneads High, Trent McDaniel.

            Calculusfirst, Chipley High, Erin Solger; second, Marianna High, Paul Gochenaur; third, Chipley High, Somer Gustason; fourth, Marianna High, Jude Han; fifth, Chipley High, Emily Stewart; sixth, Marianna High, Murphy Sims; seventh, Chipley High, Meghan Wilder; eighth, Marianna High, Jaren Bannerman; ninth, Marianna High, Kristi Folds; and tenth(tie), Holmes County High, Macy Miles and Joseph Landaverde.

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April 14, 2011

AUDITION DATES FOR CHIPOLA SCHOLARSHIPS IN THE ARTS

           

         MARIANNA—Audition and application dates have been set for Music, Art, and Theatre scholarships to Chipola College for the 2011-12 school year.  

         Music Scholarship auditions are April 21, and May 26. Theatre Scholarship auditions are April 21. The Visual Art application and portfolio deadline is April 21.

         The scholarships are available to high school graduates with acceptable academic records and aptitude in music, theatre, and art. Applicants who plan to pursue studies as music, theatre or art majors are eligible to apply for scholarships.  Music or theatre students unable to meet one of the scheduled dates are asked to contact Joan Stadsklev, Director of Fine and Performing Arts, to arrange an alternative audition date.

         Scholarships in various amounts, up to full tuition and fees, are awarded on the basis of talent and academic record.  Students with financial need may seek additional assistance through the college’s Office of Financial Aid and the Chipola Foundation.

         Scholarship applications may be obtained from the college’s web site: www.chipola.edu. Select Fine Arts and click on the discipline of interest.

          Applications also are available by calling the Fine and Performing Arts Department at 850-718-2277 or 850-718-2301, or by emailing stadsklevj@chipola.edu

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April 14, 2011

SMALL BUSINESS SEMINARS SET FOR MAY 6 AT CHIPOLA

           

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer two small business seminars on Friday, May 6. 

            The first five students to sign up for any seminar will receive free admission.  Students should contact Elissa Severson at 718-2441 or sign up in person in Building M, Office 208A.

            On Friday, May 6, a seminar entitled, “Marketing Series, Part 1: Introduction to 21st Century Marketing” will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  Participants will learn to choose the best methods for marketing a business, target a market audience, create a free web site quickly and easily, discover which social media avenues are the best, and learn to optimize internet presence.

            Also on May 6, a seminar entitled, “Marketing Series, Part 2: Marketing on the Internet and Using Social Media” will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Participants will discover the power of having a social media strategy and learn to implement new marketing techniques, unlock the secrets of the top social media sites and establish brands online presence.

            Valerie Simmons, Certified Business Analyst, with the Small Business Development Council, leads the seminars at Chipola. She says, “The Ultimate Business Plan seminar helps new and existing businesses create a successful plan to ensure the success of their business.”

The workshops will meet in Room M-108 of the Chipola Business and Technology building. Cost of each seminar is $30.

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

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

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April 14, 2011

CHIPOLA BASEBALL HOSTS NORTHWEST FLORIDA

 

         MARIANNA—The Chipola baseball team hosts Northwest Florida, Friday, April 15, at 2 p.m.  The Indians play at Northwest Florida April 16.

         Chipola plays at Tallahassee on Monday, April 18, at 4 p.m. The Indians host Tallahassee on Wednesday, April 20, at 5 p.m.  The Indians travel to Tallahassee Friday, April 22, at 3 p.m. Indians return home Saturday, April 23 to host Pensacola at 1 p.m.

         The Indians are ranked fourth in the FCSAA State Poll. Chipola is 11-5 in the Panhandle Conference play and 28-16 overall. Northwest Florida is 14-5. Pensacola is 7-9. Tallahassee is 5-14 and Gulf Coast is 7-11.

         Chipola scored an 8-5 over Northwest Florida on April 13. The Indians suffered a 10-6 loss to Gulf Coast on April 11. Chipola beat Gulf Coast 7-6 on April 9. Chipola fell to Gulf Coast 5-4 on April 8.

         Chipola swept Pensacola in a recent three-game series. The Indians beat Pensacola 10-3 on April 1 behind the pitching of Robby Coles. Chipola slipped by Pensacola 4-3 on March 31. Luke Bole was the winning pitcher. Chipola scored an 18-14 win over Pensacola on March 28.

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April 14, 2011

CHIPOLA COACH MARKS 300 CAREER WINS

 

         MARIANNA—Chipola College softball coach Belinda Hendrix marked her 300th career win at a pre-game ceremony on April 13.

         In seven seasons, Hendrix has coached 45 All Conference Players and 8 NJCAA All Americans. To this point, her career record includes 310 wins and only 86 losses.

         Coach Hendrix led the Lady Indians to Chipola’s first national softball title in 2007 when she was named the National Coach of the Year.  Last season, Chipola won a third straight Conference title and she was named conference Coach of the year.  Last year’s Lady Indians also won the state championship and finished fifth in the National Tournament.

         Coach Hendrix was also a successful player. She was the MVP at Chattahoochee High School and went on to play college ball at Thomas University where she met her assistant coach and husband Shane Hendrix. The Hendrixes have two little sluggers, Madison and Jade.

         Coach Hendrix began her coaching career at Vernon High School where she won two district titles.

         Athletic director Dr. Dale O’Daniel said, “Coach Hendrix has built an outstanding program here at Chipola and this year is no exception. The Lady Indians are 43-10 this season and have earned a spot in the state tournament in Pensacola later this month.”

         As of April 15, the Lady Indians are 12-2 in league play and tied for first place in the Panhandle Conference with Northwest Florida (12-2).

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April 14, 2011

CHIPOLA’S SAM GROOMS SIGNS WITH OKLAHOMA

         MARIANNA—Chipola College point guard Sam Grooms will soon be a Sooner. The two-time All Panhandle Conference selection signed with Oklahoma University at a press conference April 13 at Chipola.

         Grooms, a native of Greensboro, NC, started 50 games for Chipola over two seasons. This season, he averaged 11 points and 5 assists per game. The 6’1” Grooms led Chipola to a conference title and a runner-up finish in the state tournament.

         Grooms says, “From the minute I landed in Norman, I could tell how much people loved Oklahoma. This was an easy decision for me. I’m excited about being a Sooner.”

         Chipola coach Jake Headrick, says, “We’re happy for Sam and we can wait to watch him compete against the rest of the Big 12.”

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CHIPOLA CORRECTIONS GRADS—Eighteen candidates recently completed the Basic Corrections Academy at Chipola College. Graduates and Graceville Correctional staff, are from left: (front) staff member Shawn Gillis, Jennifer Renee Coleman of Marianna, Roshanda L. Smith of Dothan, Ala., Tina L. Easterwood of Brinson, Ga., Daniel Johnson of Abbeville, Derrick Cortez Johnson of Cottondale, Perrissa Keys of Malone, staff member Jason Ellis, staff member Kenya Golden, (middle) staff member Willie Ruffin, Daniel Love of Cottonwood, Jerwanda Mims of Dothan, Rene Pippin of Cottondale, Roderick Robinson of Marianna, Ellis Rodgers of Dothan, Ala., Bessie Roxburgh of Marianna, (back) Clinton Ryan Singletary of Slocomb, Ala., Theresa Corral of Marianna, Victoria B. Smith of Donalsonville, Shirley Strozier,  Wilbert Strozier, Jr. and Antell L. Varnier of Dothan.

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April 14, 2011

NOTICE OF PRESS CONFERENCE

 

WHO: Chipola students named USA Today Academic All-Americans

WHAT: Press Conference to recognize students and unveil portraits for Wall of Honor

WHEN: Tuesday, April 19, 10 a.m.

WHERE: Atrium of Chipola College Literature/Language Building

 

Chipola College students—Caitlyn Prichard and MaryBeth Alderman—were recently featured in USA Today for their nominations to the 2011 All-USA Community College Academic Team.  Prichard was named First Team All USA and Alderman was named a Coca-Cola Gold Scholar.  Both students also were named to the All-Florida Academic Team.

 

The students and their Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society adviser Pam Rentz will be on hand for the press conference. Portraits of the students will be unveiled for hanging on Chipola’s Academic Wall of Honor.

 

For information, contact Bryan Craven at 850-718-2264 or email craven@chipola.edu

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April 21, 2011

JUDGE BILL WRIGHT to Speak at CHIPOLA Commencement

 

           MARIANNA—The Honorable Judge William L. Bill Wright will deliver the commencement address at Chipola College’s graduation ceremony on Thursday, May 5. 

           The ceremony begins at 7 p.m., in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center. Parents, relatives and friends are invited to a reception immediately following the ceremony.

          Judge Wright is a native of Marianna who graduated from Chipola in 1974. He has served as judge of the 14th Judicial Circuit since his election in 1997.  Wright served as Chief Judge of the 14th Circuit from 2005 to 2007.

     Wright’s association with Chipola began in 1973 as a senior at Marianna High School when he earned 36 hours of college credit on College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Upon his graduation from Chipola, he was awarded a Presidential Scholarship to attend Florida State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree. He graduated from the FSU College of Law in 1979 and was admitted to the Florida Bar.

           He served as Assistant State Attorney in Bay County from 1979 to 1983 and was Chief Assistant State Attorney in Jackson County from 1983 to 1996. He was the first attorney in the 14th Circuit to become Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law. From 1984 to 1997, he also served as an adjunct instructor at Chipola, teaching courses in the Criminal Justice area.

         Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough, says, “Judge Wright is a great friend to Chipola. He supports of all college programs and is generous with his time and resources.”

Wright is a member, past president and secretary of the Marianna Rotary Club. He also is past president of the Marianna Jaycees. Judge Wright and his wife, Tina, have two children, Carter and Nikki.

            More than 500 graduates make up the Chipola class of 2011, including 60 graduates who are earning bachelor’s degrees. They will join the ranks of more than 12,000 Chipola alumni. Counted as members of the class are all who completed their degrees or certificates from December of 2010 to May of 2011 or who will complete work during the Summer 2011 terms. 

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April 21, 2011

 

CHIPOLA AUTO TECH PROGRAM EARNS NATEF MASTER ACCREDITATION

 

         MARIANNA—The Chipola College Automotive Technology program recently earned Master Accreditation from the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).

         William A. Kersten, NATEF president, conducted an on-site evaluation of the Chipola program in April and recommended NATEF Master Accreditation, the highest level of achievement recognized by NATEF.   

         President Kersten stated “We commend Chipola instructor John Gardner and his staff for maintaining your program’s standards, and continuing to meet the industry’s requirements.  The explosion in automotive technology makes your high quality automotive training program more valuable than ever.”

         Bud Riviere, Dean of Chipola’s Workforce Development programs, said, “Our automotive technology program has become one of the standard bearers for Chipola College.  The achievement of Master Accreditation through NATEF is testimony to program excellence.  John Gardner and our automotive staff provide state-of-the-art training for our students.”   

         NATEF industry certification represents a seal of excellence indicating that automotive facilities, equipment and instructional techniques represent the highest the industry offers.

         For information about the Chipola Automotive program, call instructor John Gardner at 850-718-2306.

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CHIPOLA AUTO TECH PROGRAM EARNS NATEF MASTER ACCREDITATION—The Chipola College Automotive Technology program recently earned Master Accreditation from the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), the highest level of achievement recognized by NATEF.   Pictured from left, are: Chipola Automotive instructor John Gardner; Ron Chappell, NATEF Evaluation team leader; Billy Baxley of M&B Pit Stop and Dave Sirum of Sirum Auto Sales.

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April 21, 2011

CHIPOLA TO OFFER LIFEGUARD TRAINING

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer a Red Cross Lifeguard Training course beginning Monday, May 2. A pre-requisite swim test is scheduled for 4 p.m., Thursday, April 28.

            The course will meet from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., May 2-5 and May 9-13. 

            Students must be must be at least 15 years of age by the first day of class. Participants must be able to swim 500 yards continuously, perform a variety of water safety skills and pass a written test.  Completion of the course does not guarantee summer employment.

            Cost is $200.  Pre-registration is required in the Continuing Education Office at 718-2473.

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April 21, 2011

CHIPOLA STUDENTS LEARN WITH PROJECT LEARNING TREE AT CAVERNS

 

         MARIANNA—Chipola College students in the elementary education program recently participated in a six-hour Project Learning Tree workshop at the Florida Caverns State Park. 

         Bill Kleinhans and fellow Project Learning Tree (PLT) facilitators, foresters, and naturalists Linda Hebb, Mark Hebb, Lil Hollis and Ed Lewis, led the workshop.

         Chipola science professor Dr. Santine Cuccio, says, “Project Learning Tree is recognized as one of the premier environmental education programs in the world. It gives teachers the strategies, techniques, and conceptual knowledge for activity-based learning to take the environment into their classrooms and students into the environment.” 

         The students used trigonometric functions to calculate the heights of trees, studied drops of water in the water cycle, wrote Haiku poetry, learned about different bird species to understand worm camouflage, constructed webs in which each student was a member of an ecosystem; and studied tree cookies and rings.

         The Chipola students were awarded certificates following their completion of the workshop and the PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide with educator resources.  Activities were selected from the guide and implemented at the park, including: Birds and Worms, Water Wonders, Tree Factory, Tree Cookies, Every Tree for Itself and Schoolyard Safari. 

         Chipola College offers Bachelor of Science degrees in elementary education, exceptional student education, English education, middle and high school mathematics education, and middle and high school science education.

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April 21, 2011

STUDENTS ADDED TO CHIPOLA ACADEMIC WALL OF HONOR

         MARIANNA—Chipola College officials recognized the accomplishments of two of the college’s most outstanding students by at a press conference Tuesday, April 19.
       
 Caitlyn Prichard and MaryBeth Alderman were recently featured in USA Today for their nominations to the 2011 All-USA Community College Academic Team. 
         Portraits of the students were unveiled at the press conference and will be added to Chipola’s Academic Wall of Honor. Prichard was named First Team All-USA and a Guistwhite Scholar. Alderman was named a Coca-Cola Gold Scholar.  Both students also were named to the All-Florida Academic Team.

         Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough, says, “These two young women are not only two of Chipola’s best students, but they are two of the best in the United States. They have perfect academic records and excellent records of serving others.  Both of them work in our ACE Lab helping other students succeed in their classes. They come from fine families and I am very proud that they chose to attend Chipola.”

         Pam Rentz, Chipola English professor and Phi Theta Kappa adviser, says, “We are so proud of the accomplishments of these students. Caitlyn and MaryBeth have helped so many people while maintaining excellent grades. We are very proud of their service to their college and to the community.”

         Caitlyn Prichard of Chipley is a sophomore at Chipola where she is majoring in Food and Resource Economics. Last year, she served as the Florida FFA State President, allowing her to travel across the state and nation representing the National FFA Organization.

         While enrolled at Chipola, Caitlyn has been an active member of the Chipola chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two year colleges.  She was elected Leadership Officer for the group this year. In this position, she coordinated the first ever “From Farm to Family” conference, a leadership workshop designed to teach agricultural literacy across the Florida Panhandle.  Prichard says, “To do my part in ensuring America never falls into a trap of complacency, risking the food supply of future generations, I began planning the ‘From Farm to Family’ project.” Prichard invited FFA and 4-H members from 15 high schools and 12 middle schools in the district, and designed the workshop to raise awareness about the importance of agriculture.” Prichard’s team also designed a curriculum to provide resources for teaching agricultural literacy to elementary school grades.

         Prichard also participated in Relay for Life and worked on a toy drive to distribute toys and books to children in local hospitals. She also helped coordinate an ACT Prep Day for local high school students to prepare for the ACT exam.

         Prichard works as a math and science tutor in the Academic Center for Excellence and also serves as a Biology Lab Assistant.  She serves as the Parliamentarian to the Chipola Student Government Association and also is a member of the college science club, student ambassadors, and the Chipola Honors Society.

         The 2009 valedictorian of Chipley High School, Prichard has maintained a perfect 4.0 college GPA.  She says, “The education I have received at Chipola has not only allowed me to become a better student but has also given me many opportunities to develop leadership skills.”

         This fall, Caitlyn will be transferring to the University of Florida. Ultimately, she plans to attend law school and become an effective advocate for the agriculture industry as an agricultural lawyer.

         For winning the Guistwhite award, Prichard will receive $5,000. The award is based on academic achievement, participation in Phi Theta Kappa programs and community service. The 20 recipients from across the nation were selected from more than 1,340 applicants. The award is named in honor of Dr. Jack Guistwhite and his wife Margaret. 

         Caitlyn’s portrait is the second of the Prichard family on the Chipola Academic Wall of Honor. Her older sister Chrissie was an Academic All American in 2005. Middle sister Cassie Prichard also was Coca-Cola Scholar in 2007.  Caitlyn is the daughter of David and Caren Prichard of Chipley.

         MaryBeth Alderman is the daughter of Jason and B.J. Alderman of Chipley. She was also the Valedictorian of Chipley High School. She was named to the All-Florida Academic team and a national Coca-Cola Gold Scholar which includes a $1,500 award.

         She plans to transfer to UF to major in Food Science and Human Nutrition and then on medical school to specialize in pediatrics.

         MaryBeth, says, “Instilled in me from an early age was the importance of work.  The skills, experiences, and life lessons gained from having the responsibility of a job while in college are invaluable.”  She worked 30 hours a week providing childcare for two children.  She has served as an office assistant at Family Healthcare of Chipley which stimulated her interest in medicine.  At Chipola, she has been employed as a tutor in the Academic Center for Excellence providing assistance to students with homework and test preparation. She also has served as Chemistry Lab Assistant at the college.  After school, she tutors middle and high school students in calculus, algebra, and chemistry.  Alderman says, “All of these job experiences have strengthened me in different ways, while giving me the opportunity to save money for my aspiration of becoming a pediatrician.”

         Alderman also has an outstanding record of service. She coordinated the Conquering Cancer Project which provided 500 toys to pediatric wards in seven area hospitals. The impetus for this project came from the nine days she spent in the hospital as a young middle school student. She says, “I remember the fear, loneliness, frustration, and boredom of spending Christmas and New Year’s away from my family and friends because I was stuck in my hospital bed.  I also remember a bag of toys and a bear graciously given to me by a local church.  The impression this simple gesture left on me will never be forgotten. The things in that bag helped me endure my stay in the hospital.”

         This experience encouraged Alderman to extend the same generosity to other children.  She says, “As I became involved in Phi Theta Kappa, I realized that with the help of other students my longing to encourage children just like me could become a reality.  I began communicating the idea to them and contacting area hospitals.”  As the project began to take shape, the group ordered countless coloring books, crayons, DVDs, and dry-erase door hangers.  With the help of other Phi Theta Kappa members, toys were delivered to seven area hospitals.

         Alderman also has held leadership positions in several campus groups. She served as president of the Chipola Pre-Med Society. In this role, she worked with local schools in the Haiti Relief and assisted with the Malaria Project which raised money for mosquito nets for Africa. She was the lead coordinator for the Nutrition Campaign to teach elementary students proper nutrition.

         She was elected senator of the Chipola Student Government Association and was active in the Student Ambassador program. In Phi Theta Kappa, she was elected Service Officer through which she helped in the following programs: Operation Christmas Child, Senior Leadership Conference, Farm to Family workshop and an ACT Preparation Workshop for high school students. She served as captain of a Relay for Life team and also coordinated the Caps for Kids project by registering with the national organization and raising $800.

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CHIPOLA STUDENTS ADDED TO WALL OF HONOR—Chipola College officials recognized the accomplishments of two of the college’s most outstanding students at an April 19 press conference. Caitlyn Prichard and MaryBeth Alderman were recently featured in USA Today for their nominations to the 2011 All-USA Community College Academic Team. Portraits of the students were unveiled and added to Chipola’s Academic Wall of Honor. Pictured from left, are: PTK adviser Pam Rentz; Caren Prichard (Caitlyn’s mother); Caitlyn Prichard, Dr. Sarah Clemmons, Chipola senior vice president; MaryBeth Alderman; Dr. Gene Prough, Chipola president; and BJ Alderman (MaryBeth’s mother).

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April 21, 2011

SMALL BUSINESS SEMINARS SET FOR MAY 6 AT CHIPOLA

           

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer two small business seminars on Friday, May 6. 

            The first five students to sign up for any seminar will receive free admission.  Students should contact Elissa Severson at 718-2441 or sign up in person in Building M, Office 208A.

            On Friday, May 6, a seminar entitled, “Marketing Series, Part 1: Introduction to 21st Century Marketing” will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  Participants will learn to choose the best methods for marketing a business, target a market audience, create a free web site quickly and easily, discover which social media avenues are the best, and learn to optimize internet presence.

            Also on May 6, a seminar entitled, “Marketing Series, Part 2: Marketing on the Internet and Using Social Media” will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Participants will discover the power of having a social media strategy and learn to implement new marketing techniques, unlock the secrets of the top social media sites and establish brands online presence.

            Valerie Simmons, Certified Business Analyst, with the Small Business Development Council, leads the seminars at Chipola. She says, “The Ultimate Business Plan seminar helps new and existing businesses create a successful plan to ensure the success of their business.”

The workshops will meet in Room M-108 of the Chipola Business and Technology building. Cost of each seminar is $30.

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

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

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April 21, 2011

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VLIEG IS TOP EMPLOYEE—Chase Vlieg is Chipola College’s Career Employee for May.  Vlieg serves as a teaching assistant in the college’s Automotive Technology program and has worked at the college since 2007. Pictured from left, are: Bud Riviere, Dean of Workforce Development; Chase Vlieg; Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough and John Gardner, Automotive Technology instructor.

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April 21, 2011 

CHIPOLA SOFTBALL PLAYERS NAMED ALL-CONFERENCE

 

            MARIANNA—Twelve members of the Panhandle Conference champion Chipola College softball team were named to the Panhandle All-Conference team. 

            Ariell Van Hook was named Conference Player of the Year.  Brittany Black was selected as the Conference Pitcher of the Year.

            Chipola head coach Belinda Hendrix and assistant Jimmy Hendrix were selected as the Panhandle Conference Coaching Staff of the Year.

             Three Lady Indians—Andrea Sullivan, Samantha Rich and Brittany Black —were named First Team All Conference.  Three Chipola players—Sayumi Akamine, Selentia Pittman, Hannah Lovestrand and Elizabeth Krauser —were named Second Team All Conference.  Lady Indians MeQuilla Franklin, Ashley Ellis and Ebony Wright earned honorable mention selections. 

            With a current league record of 13-3, the Lady Indians have earned the top seed in the FCCAA State Tournament which begins April 29 in Pensacola.

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CHIPOLA ALL CONFERENCE PICKS—Twelve Chipola softball players and their coaches were named to the Panhandle All Conference team. Pictured from left, are: (top row) head coach Belinda Hendrix, assistant coach Jimmy Hendrix, Conference player of the year Ariell Van Hook, (second row) Conference pitcher of the year Brittany Black, first team Infielder Andrea Sullivan; and first team Outfielder Samantha Rich. 

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April 21, 2011

CHIPOLA BASEBALL BATTLING FOR CONFERENCE TITLE

 

         MARIANNA—The Chipola College baseball team is battling with Northwest Florida State for the Panhandle Conference title.

         Chipola (13-7) in Conference play and 30-18 overall is ranked fifth in the FCSAA State Poll.  Northwest Florida (15-6) leads the conference race as of April 21. Pensacola is 11-9. Tallahassee is 6-17 and Gulf Coast is 7-13.

         The Indians travel to Tallahassee Friday, April 22, for a 3 p.m. game. The Indians return home Saturday, April 23, to host Pensacola at 1 p.m.  The Indians travel to Pensacola on Monday, April 25.  Chipola hosts Pensacola Wednesday, April 27, at 5 p.m.  The Indians also host Wallace Dothan Monday, May 2, at 5 p.m.

         The Indians scored a big 14-4 win over Tallahassee on Wednesday, April 20.  Luke Bole was the winning pitcher for Chipola.  James Broddicker was 3-5, with 2 runs and an RBI.  Michael Revell was 4-5 with two runs scored and an RBI.  Geno Escalante was 2-4, with three runs scored and three RBI.  Tyrone Dawson was 3-4, with four RBI.

         Chipola suffered a 6-4 loss to Tallahassee on Monday, April 18. James Boddicker was 2-5.  Mack Harrison was 2-5.  

         Chipola swept a pair of games with Northwest, April 15 and 16. The Indians scored a 9-2 win on April 15 and a 6-5 win on April 16.

         The top two teams in the Panhandle Conference earn a spot in the FCSAA State Tournament, May 7-11, at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland.

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April 21, 2011

 PINKINS SIGNS WITH CHIPOLA COLLEGE

 

         MARIANNA—Marianna High School basketball standout Kruize Pinkins on Tuesday, April 19, signed to play at Chipola College. 

         A First Team All-State selection, Pinkins averaged 16 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks and 2 steals for the Bulldogs. 

         He was named Jackson County Player of the Year and picked for the FACA All-Star Team. He was second in voting for MVP at the state All-Star game.

         Pinkins led Marianna to three seasons with 20-plus wins as a varsity starter and two Final Four appearances under coach Travis Blanton.

         Chipola coach Jake Headrick says, “We’re excited to have Kruize join our program here at Chipola. He has a lot of knowledge about the game. He’s going to help us in a lot of ways as a player. He has a very bright future as a student-athlete.”

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PINKINS SIGNS WITH CHIPOLA—Marianna High School basketball standout Kruize Pinkins on Tuesday, April 19, signed to play at Chipola College.  Pictured from left, are: (front) Tonya Godwin (mother), Kruize Pinkins, Vera White (grandmother), (back) Joc Calloway, Chipola Assistant Athletic Director; Nadine Long (godmother), Chipola assistant coach Stetson Hairston; Chipola head coach Jake Headrick; and Chipola assistant coach Patrick Blake.

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April 25, 2011

new Scholarship established at chipola college

 

         MARIANNA—The Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Inc., from the Edward K. Roberts Fund established a new scholarship at Chipola College for the upcoming summer and fall 2011 semesters.

         The scholarship fund was created with a $50,000 donation from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County with funds from the estate of the late Edward K. Roberts.

         The intent of the gift was to distribute funds to underfunded community colleges and to other charitable and emerging needs that Mr. Roberts felt strongly and passionately about.  It is intended that the scholarship fund help the Chipola College Foundation provide scholarships with a preference given to part-time students who may not qualify for other financial aid.

         The scholarship will be available for the Summer II Session at Chipola College and the application deadline is Wednesday, May 18. The application deadline for the Fall semester is Thursday, June 9.   

         A description of the scholarship and application are available online at www.chipola.edu/foundation

         To contact the Chipola Foundation, call 850-718-2445.

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April 28, 2011

CHIPOLA RANKED IN TOP 10 PERCENT OF U.S. COMMUNITY COLLEGES

Chipola Eligible For $1 Million Aspen Institute Prize

 

         Washington, DC – In its first step to identify the nation’s best community colleges and award $1 million in prize money, the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program on April 25 ranked Chipola College as one of the nation’s 120 best community colleges. 

         Chipola is eligible to compete for the Prize funds (to be announced in December) by insisting on high standards for learning, college completion without delay, and serving as a training ground for jobs that pay competitive wages. The full list of eligible institutions can be found at www.AspenCCPrize.org.

         Citing the urgent need to focus on the value and potential of community colleges, Aspen Institute College Excellence Program Executive Director Josh Wyner said, “We must set the bar much higher than we have in the past. To achieve excellent student outcomes, we need to highlight our country’s success stories and learn from them so that we can keep reaching higher. Recognizing community colleges like Chipola sends a message to others that aspire to excellence, while encouraging Chipola to apply for the nation’s top community college prize. As a country, now more than ever, we need all community colleges to graduate more students with the knowledge and degrees they need to be successful in the workforce.”

         Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden and Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education, attended the Aspen Institute’s announcement event on April 25.  The Aspen Prize was announced at the White House Community College Summit hosted by President Obama and Dr. Biden in October.  At that time, the President noted how critical community colleges are to the millions of youth and adult learners – who enroll in America’s nearly 1,200 community colleges every year.

         Dr. Biden, a lifelong educator who continues to teach English at Northern Virginia Community College, noted that “The country is becoming increasingly aware of the importance of community colleges in educating our way to a stronger America.  I am inspired by all of today’s community college students—the workers who have returned to school to improve their job prospects, the mothers who juggle jobs and childcare while preparing for new careers, and those who work diligently while at community college, preparing to transfer to a four-year institution.” 

         Florida College System Chancellor Dr. Will Holcombe announced that 14 Florida colleges have been deemed eligible for The Aspen Prize: Brevard Community College, Broward College, Central Florida Community College, Chipola College, Daytona State College, Lake City Community College, Lake-Sumter Community College, Miami-Dade College, Northwest Florida State College, Santa Fe College, St. Johns River Community College, South Florida Community College, Tallahassee Community College and Valencia Community College. The Sunshine State leads the nation in the number of colleges qualified to compete for part of $1 million to reward excellence in community colleges. “Colleges in our system are selected for national recognition and grants on a regular basis.  We are thrilled that half of our colleges, the most of any state, have been chosen for this prestigious honor, “said Dr. Holcombe. “This competition will bring further recognition of the vital role our colleges play in Florida’s economy and people’s lives.”

         Chipola and 119 other community colleges will be winnowed to eight-to-ten finalists in September based on how much students learn, how many complete their programs on time, and how well students do in the job market after graduating. Eight to 10 finalists will be named in September 2011, with the final prize winner and up to three runners-up announced in December. The winner will receive approximately $700,000, with the runners-up sharing the remaining money. 

         Chipola is now eligible to submit an application containing detailed data on these criteria and must demonstrate that it delivers exceptional student results, uses data to drive decisions, and uses that information to continually improve over time.

         Speaking for the jury that will select winners and finalists, former Governor of Michigan John Engler – president of the Business Roundtable and former president of the National Association of Manufacturers – emphasized the tremendous importance of community colleges in preparing the high-tech workforce American companies need.

         Aspen will conduct site visits to each of the ten finalists in the fall. And, based on the evidence, the Prize Jury will select a grand prize winner and two to three runners-up, to be announced in December.

         The Aspen College Excellence Program aims to identify and replicate campus-wide practices that significantly improve college student outcomes.  Through the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, projects targeting a new generation of college leaders, and other initiatives, the College Excellence Program works to improve colleges’ understanding and capacity to teach and graduate students, especially the growing population of low-income and minority students on American campuses.  For more information, visit www.AspenCCPrize.org.

         The Aspen Prize is financially supported by the Joyce Foundation, the Lumina Foundation for Education, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, and the JPMorgan Chase Foundation.  

        More information on the Aspen Institute and a full list of the 120 community colleges eligible to apply is available at http://www.aspeninstitute.org/policy-work/aspen-prize.

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April 28, 2011

new Scholarship established at chipola college

 

         MARIANNA—The Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Inc., from the Edward K. Roberts Fund established a new scholarship at Chipola College for the upcoming summer and fall 2011 semesters.

         The scholarship fund was created with a $50,000 donation from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County with funds from the estate of the late Edward K. Roberts.

         The intent of the gift was to distribute funds to underfunded community colleges and to other charitable and emerging needs that Mr. Roberts felt strongly and passionately about.  It is intended that the scholarship fund help the Chipola College Foundation provide scholarships with a preference given to part-time students who may not qualify for other financial aid.

         The scholarship will be available for the Summer II Session at Chipola College and the application deadline is Wednesday, May 18. The application deadline for the Fall semester is Thursday, June 9.   

         A description of the scholarship and application are available online at www.chipola.edu/foundation

          To contact the Chipola Foundation, call 850-718-2445.

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April 28, 2011

 

SUMMER PROGRAMS SET AT CHIPOLA

 

         MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer programs for children of all ages this summer.

         A Parent/Infant swimming class (ages 3 and under) is scheduled for May 23-26 with classes available at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.  Registration deadline is May 16. Cost is $30. 

          Swimming lessons will also be offered for ages four and up. Lessons are based on a combination of nationally-recognized methods. The following sessions are scheduled: Session 1: June 6-16 with registration deadline May 31; Session 2: June 20-June 30 with registration deadline June 13; Session 3: July 11-21 with registration deadline July 5; and Session 4: Aug. 8-18 with registration deadline August 1. Classes are available at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. or 7 p.m. Sessions are Monday through Thursday for two weeks of 45-minute lessons. Cost is $45 for each session. Pre-registration is required with a $5 late registration fee. For information, call pool manager Rance Massengill at 718-2473. 

         Chipola Baseball Coach Jeff Johnson will offer three camps.  A Pitching Camp for ages 7-18 will meet June 13-14.  Cost is $100.  A Hitting Camp for ages 7-18 will meet June 15-16.  Cost is $100.  A Skills Camp for ages 7-8 will meet June 20-21.  Cost is $100.  All baseball camps meet from 9 a.m. to noon. For information, contact Assistant Coach Matt Addison 718-2243. 

          Chipola Softball Coach Belinda Hendrix will offer two Softball camps. A Fielding, Hitting, and Hustling Camp for all ages will meet June 20-21, from 1-4 p.m.  Cost is $50. A Pitching Camp for all ages will meet June 22, from 1–4 p.m.  Cost is $50.  For information, contact Coach Hendrix at 718-2358.

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April 28, 2011

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CHIPOLA CHILDREN’S SHOWThe Chipola College Theater will present the children’s play, “Aesop’s (Oh-So-Slightly Updated) Fables,” Thursday, May 12, at 7 p.m. Pictured from left, are: (front) Chris Holloway, Lizzie Mathis, Alex Parish, Sierra Hill, Megan Gilliland, Steve Ozbun, Tabitha Shumaker, Josh Tetlow, Joy Wallace (middle) Trey Mckay, Dianna Glaze, Piper Williams, Deanna Harrison, Kayla Todd, Kelli Todd, Matthew Van Buren, Griffin Smith (back) Alex Anderson, Ashleigh Stowe, Blake Collins, D.R. Forrester, and Austin Pettis. General admission tickets—$5—go on sale April 28 in the college Business office. For ticket information, call 718-2220.

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April 28, 2011

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BUSH IS TOP CHIPOLA EMPLOYEE—Casey Bush has been selected the Chipola College Faculty/Administrator/Other Professional Award of the month for April. Bush has served as an instructor in Chipola’s Teacher Education program since 2010.  Here, Bush (right) is congratulated by Dr. Lou Cleveland, Director of Teacher Education.

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April 28, 2011

CHIPOLA AUTO STUDENT WINS SCAN TOOL FROM CARQUESTJeremy Anderson was named the Chipola College automotive student of the year at the college’s annual awards night. Carquest Auto Parts in Marianna in conjunction with Carquest Cleaner and Equipment in Andalusia Alabama presented Jeremy with a fully-loaded OTC Genisys scan tool valued at more than $2,000. Tony Tye from Carquest of Marianna presented the scan tool.

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April 28, 2011

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VOLUNTEERS HELP CHIPOLALocal volunteers recently donated their time to a beautification project at Chipola College. Volunteers created beds and planted roses around the Chapel at Chipola which was donated by C.C. and Marianne Harrison. Here, college president Dr. Gene Prough is pictured with volunteers: (front) Mark Hebb, Ruth Kinsolving of the Marianna Garden Club, (back) Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough, Larry Kinsolving and Juanita Sanson of the Marianna Garden Club.  Not pictured is Bill Kleinhans of the Marianna Tree Board. 

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April 28, 2011

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CHIPOLA ORAL INTERP STUDENTS PERFORM AT KATE SMITHChipola College students in professor Carol Saunders’ Oral Interpretation class recently performed at Kate Smith Elementary School in Chipley. Pictured from left are, (front): D.R. Forrester, (second row) Ashleigh Stowe, Zoniece Alexander, Blake Collins, Whitney Stafford, Trey McKay, Joy Wallace, Lindsay West and (back) John David Brown, Daniel Leonard, Brittany Akridge, Andrea Nunn and  Matthew Van Buren.

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April 28, 2011

CHIPOLA LADY INDIANS IN STATE SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT

PENSACOLA—The Chipola Lady Indians face Hillsborough College, Friday, April 29, at noon (CST) in a first round game of the FCSAA/NJCAA District Softball Tournament.

     Chipola will play again at 5 p.m. Friday and will face either Gulf Coast or State College of Florida.

     The tournament continues Saturday, April 30, with the championship game set for 10 a.m. Sunday, May 1.

     Chipola is playing in the Gulf District bracket. The winners of the Gulf and Atlantic Districts will meet in the state championship game; however, both teams will earn a berth in the NJCAA National Tournament.

     Chipola games will be broadcast by Deep South Sports on WJAQ-FM, 100.9. All Tournament games will be broadcast on www.psblive.com

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April 28, 2011

INDIANS ARE PANHANDLE CONFERENCE CO-CHAMPIONS

 

             MARIANNA—The Chipola College baseball finished the regular season as Co-Champions of the Panhandle Conference.

           Chipola will share the title with Northwest Florida State; however earned the top seed in the upcoming FSCAA State Tournament, May 7-11, at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland.

           Chipola (16-8) in Conference play and 33-19 overall is ranked sixth in the FCSAA State Poll.  

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 April 28, 2011

CHIPOLA TO HOST HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL SHOWCASE

 

             MARIANNA—Chipola College’s annual High School Baseball Showcase, is set for Saturday, May 14, at the Chipola field.

             The event is open to all high school sophomores, juniors or seniors who are current members of a varsity baseball team.

             Chipola head coach Jeff Johnson says, “This is a great opportunity for players to showcase their skills and to gain national exposure while being evaluated by JUCO and Division I coaches, as well as professional scouts.”  Johnson says he is expecting from 50 to 100 pro and college scouts to attend. 

            Check-in opens at 8 a.m. on May 14. The event will continue rain or shine with indoor facilities available. Skill evaluation for running, hitting and fielding begins at 9 a.m. Skill evaluation for hitting, pitching and catching begins at 12:30 p.m. Players should wear baseball pants and bring their own bats, spikes, gloves, hats and protective cups.

             Registration deadline is Friday, May 7. Participants must provide proof of insurance and sign a waiver of liability. Cost is $100.

             Chipola College in located in Marianna, Florida, 70 miles west of Tallahassee and 30 minutes south of Dothan. The physical address is 3094 Indian Circle, Marianna, FL. 
            For information, call assistant coach Matt Addison at 850-718-2332, or visit www.chipola.edu

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