April 5, 2012

Chipola brain bowl is best in state and Nation

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Brain Bowl team won Florida College System Activities Association Brain Bowl State Tournament on March 24 and finished as the top two-year college in Chicago at the National Academic Quiz Tournament (NAQT) Four-Year College Tournament on March 31.

                For the second year in a row, Chipola placed ninth overall in the 32-team NAQT field of the best teams in the USA and Canada. 

                Chipola Brain Bowl Team members who played in the national tournament are: Travis Bontrager, Paul Kelson, Annemarie Nichols and Caroline Peacock.  They are coached by mathematics professor Stan Young and volunteer, Dr. Robert Dunkle.

                Chipola also recorded the second highest finish by a two-year college in tournament history.  Chipola was one of only six two-year colleges in the nation to qualify for the tournament and did so by going undefeated in the two-year college national tournament in February to win its second consecutive two-year college national championship. 

                Chipola’s 11-2 record, the second highest percentage record in the four-year college tournament behind Harvard, included impressive wins over teams from Carnegie Mellon, University of Chicago, Notre Dame, Maryland, Minnesota, and Toronto. Chipola’s only two losses in the tournament were to Harvard, the eventual champion, and Delaware.

                Chipola’s Paul Kelson was the top scorer among all players in the 32-team field.  He answered 131 tossups, with 52 powers. Powers are awarded when a player answers a question early to earn 15 points instead of the 10 points normally awarded for a correct answer. Kelson averaged 81.48 points per game, the highest average among both all Division I teams (including graduate students) and Division II teams (only undergraduate students).  Kelson is a freshman and will be eligible, should the Chipola team qualify next year, to play in both the two-year and four-year college national tournaments. Link to NAQT statistics are available at:  www.naqt.com/stats/tournament-teams.jsp?tournament_id=3872&playoffs=1

                Chipola won the Florida College System Activities Association Brain Bowl State Tournament on March 24 in Orlando finishing the tournament with a big 825-275 win over Valencia Red.

                The state championship is Chipola’s fifth in a row tying Broward as the only other Florida team to win five straight state titles. Chipola Brain Bowl Team members who played in the state tournament are: Travis Bontrager, Paul Kelson, Annemarie Nichols, Caroline Peacock and Adrian Carr. 

                Chipola’s Paul Kelson was the Dave Ehlert High Point Award winner in the tournament with 1145 points. Kelson was named to the All Star Team for the tournament along with Travis Bontrager (Chipola, 355 points).

                Chipola swept all three major awards in the state tournament including championship team, high point player and Coach of the Year.  Dr. Robert Dunkle, a volunteer assistant coach for the Chipola team, was selected by his fellow coaches to receive the Roger Raepple Coach of the Year award.

                Chipola Brain Bowl alumni Dallin Kelson and Ethan Hewitt served as readers for the state tournament. Results from the state tournament are available at http://thefcsaa.com/brain-bowl2

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April 5, 2012

ULTIMATE BUSINESS PLAN SEMINAR SET AT CHIPOLA

          

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer a small business seminar entitled, “Ultimate Business Plan,” Friday, April 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

                Participants will learn to create an impressive, professional business plan to ensure success. The seminar also will include review of a business software program and a walk-through of the business plan process.

                Cost of each seminar is $30. Pre-registration is required. The first five Chipola students to register for either seminar get free admission.

                Seminars meet in Room M-108 of the Chipola Business and Technology building.  To register, contact Elissa Severson at 718-2441, visit Building M, Office 208A, or register online at http://clients.floridasbdc.org/center.aspx?center=41230&subloc=4

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April 5, 2012

CHIPOLA SPRING MUSIC CONCERT IS APRIL 17

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College’s Spring Ensemble Concert is set for Tuesday, April 17, at 7 p.m., in the Chipola Arts Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

                The free concert will feature the college’s Chamber Singers, classical guitar students, and Jazz Band. The audience will enjoy Swing, Latin, Funk styles, Cha-Cha and madrigal selections.

                Dr. Daniel Powell, Associate Dean of Fine and Performing Arts says, “Excitement is particularly high because this is the last concert before the opening of the new Center for the Arts. Emotions are high as we reflect on the memories of the past and look forward to a new era of arts for our community.”

                The jazz band under the leadership of Dr. Randall Haynes and the chamber chorus under the leadership of Leslie Heffner will deliver an exciting eclectic program, featuring many students that will give their last performance on Chipola's stage.

                Since her Chipola debut last semester, Heffner has delivered jaw-dropping results and these students are sure to deliver again this semester.  From jazz vocalists to pop and swing charts, Dr. Haynes will feature his stunning group in another show-stopping performance.

                Dr. Daniel Powell says, "All of our programming is of high caliber and this one will be no exception. Chipola has established a tradition of excellence in their programs:  four artist series events, three theatrical productions, a popular Jazzmatazz series, Jazz Band, Chamber Chorus, and a Music Through Performance Program.” 

                The APPLAUSE! Fundraising campaign is underway to raise funds to increase programming in the new Center for the Arts.  Dr. Powell says "There is a considerable increase in the infrastructure needed to run this state of the art facility and to attract talent appropriate to the integrity of the Center.  We hope to meet the needs of our area schools and community by offering educational and instructional programming in addition to cultural performances and entertainment.”

                For information, contact Dr. Daniel Powell at powelld@chipola.edu or call 850-718-2257.

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April 5, 2012

MINI GRANT RECIPIENTS TO PRESENT AT CRAA

 

                MARIANNA— Teachers who use arts in the classroom will present their mini-grant projects at the Chipola Regional Arts Association (CRAA) meeting Tuesday, April 17, at Jim’s Buffet in Marianna.

                The public is invited to attend the Dutch-treat buffet luncheon which begins at 11:30 a.m. and the program at noon.

                Since 2000, CRAA has awarded $30,000 to area art, music, and theatre teachers who use the funds to support art programs in the area schools.  This year’s mini-grant applications were particularly competitive and only half of them were able to be funded. 

                Dr. Daniel Powell, Executive Director of CRAA, says, “This is a powerful testament to what a donation to CRAA can do for the community.  All funds received by CRAA directly support local arts programs.” 

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

                Because of the number of mini-grant awards, presentations will be divided between the April 17 and May 15 CRAA meetings.  To include more people, the May 15 meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at Jim’s Buffet.

                For information on the CRAA meeting, contact Daniel Powell at powelld@chipola.edu or (850) 718-2257.

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April 5, 2012

Rural Development Forum SET FOR April 20 AT CHIPOLA COLLEGE

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College is the site of an Interagency Rural Development Forum set for Friday, April 20.

                The free forum is hosted by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC).

                Topics on the agenda include: Asset Building in Rural Florida, Housing and Community Development Resources, Resources for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs, Rural Economic Development Opportunities and Update on the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA)

                The forum begins at 9:30 a.m. and runs through 3:30 pm (CST) in the Chipola College Continuing Education Building (3158 College Street) Marianna, FL  32446.

                Free continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. This event is free, but space is limited.

                To register, send name, organization and email address to aatkins@fdic.gov by Monday, April 9. The Chipola College contact for the Forum is Dr. Jim Froh at (850) 718-2413.

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April 5, 2012

CHIPOLA PHI BETA LAMBDA WINS AT STATE

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College students won several events at the recent Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference and Competition. 

                Over 400 students from 27 community, state colleges and major universities competed.  Chipola award winners are: first place Sports Management and Marketing – James Lewis; first place Retail Management – Jeff Pitts;  third place Management Concepts – Devon Beachum;  fourth place International Business – James Lewis; fourth place Retail Management – Jordan Hatcher; and first place Parliamentary Procedure – (team) James Lewis, Katrina Messer, Joe Lewis, Stefanie Jackson.

                The team of James Lewis, Katrina Messer, Joe Lewis and Stefanie Jackson won the Ron W. Belscher Award.  Katrina Messer also won the Executive Level Career and Membership Award.

                Former Chipola student Zach Gilmore, a junior at FSU, placed fifth in Computer Applications and fifth in Sports Management and Marketing.

                First through third place winners advance to the National Leadership Competition in San Antonio, TX, with fourth place winners serving as alternates. Vikki Milton, Associate Professor of Business/Computer Science is the Chipola PBL adviser.

                FBLA-PBL is the premier student business association. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. 

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 April 5, 2012

YALE A CAPPELLA GROUP TO PERFORM AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNA—“The Whiffenpoofs,” the oldest and best-known collegiate a cappella all-male singing group will perform as part of the Chipola College Artist Series on Thursday, April 26, at 7 p.m.

                These 14 senior Yale University men carry on a tradition begun in 1909.  The Whiffenpoofs  have performed in Lincoln Center, the White House, Carnegie Hall, the Rose Bowl, and on television shows The Today Show, Saturday Night Live, 60 Minutes, and NBC’s The Sing-Off to name a few. 

                A limited number of tickets—$12 for adults and $8 for ages 18 and under—are on sale in the Chipola Business Office. 

                The Chipola Artist Series is funded through Chipola's Performing Arts Fund, with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Southern Arts Federation, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, the Chipola Regional Arts Association and corporate donors.

                For tickets, call 850-718-2220. For performance information, contact Dr. Daniel Powell at 850-718-2257 or powelld@chipola.edu.

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April 5, 2012

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CHIPOLA CERTIFIED Assistant GRADSEleven students recently completed the Chipola College Assistant Nursing program. Pictured are (kneeling) instructor Tracy Speights and graduates, from left: (front) Bessie McElvy, Pamela Perez, Raquel McAleer, Angela Wasson, Latoya Jones, Laura Williams; (second row) Nickie Gay, Terrica Speights, Eugenia Moseley; (back) Carl Jones and Skyler Sims.

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CHIPOLA MATH HONORARY INDUCTS MEMBERS—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) Meghan Wilder, Meghan DeLang, Jessica O’Keefe, Adriane Guellter (back) Dr. Rose Cavin (sponsor), Travis Bontrager, John Whittington, Cody Sikora, Scott Phelps, Ethan Thomas, Jackson Cagle.  Mu Alpha Theta is an international high school and two-year college mathematics society.  Members have demonstrated the qualities of industry, initiative, and reliability.  The principal purpose of Mu Alpha Theta is to stimulate a deeper and more effective interest in mathematics. 

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 April 5, 2012

CHIPOLA’S POOLE IS FCSAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College designated hitter Jordan Poole is the FCSAA Baseball player of the week for March 27-April 2.

                The sophomore from Calhoun, Ga., hit .571 (8-for-14) with four home runs and eight RBIs during the Indians’ four game week. Poole homered in all four games including a three-game set against Northwest Florida State and the opener of a three-game series with Tallahassee. He was 2-for-3 in games one and two against Northwest on March 19 and 21. He enjoyed a three-hit afternoon against Tallahassee on March 24 and was 1-for-4 against Northwest on March 25. For the week, Poole scored six runs and had a 1.14 slugging percentage.

                The Indians begin a three game series at Pensacola April 4 before returning home to host the Pirates on Friday, April 6, at 2 p.m.

                Chipola is ranked fourth in the FCSAA State Poll. Tallahassee is eighth. Northwest is ninth and Gulf Coast is tenth.

                The Panhandle Conference standings as of April 2 are: Northwest (7-4), Chipola (5-4), Tallahassee (4-4), Gulf Coast (3-4) and Pensacola (2-5).

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April 5, 2012

LADY INDIANS LEAD CONFERENCE RACE

 

                MARIANNA—The Lady Indians lead the Panhandle Conference with a 9-1 record in 10 games in league play. Tallahassee is 7-5. Northwest is 4-4. Gulf Coast is 4-6. Pensacola is 2-10.

                Chipola swept Tallahassee (10-2 and 1-0) in a double-header on March 29. Eva Voortman was the winning pitcher in game one. Eron Milton was the winning pitcher in game two.

                Chipola swept Pensacola (11-1 and 8-0) on March 27.  Eva Voortman was the winning pitcher in game one. Eron Milton picked up the win in game two. Anderson hit a homerun in game two.

                The Lady Indians host Northwest in a double-header, Thursday, April 5, at 4 and 6 p.m. Chipola heads to Gulf Coast for a double-header on April 11 before returning home to host Pensacola on Friday, April 13, at 4 p.m.

                The Lady Indians are first in the FCSAA Poll for April 3. Tallahassee is second. Northwest is fifth. Gulf Coast is eighth.

                For the latest scores, visit www.chipola.edu

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April 12, 2012

SeN. BILL MONTFORD to Speak at CHIPOLA Commencement

 

                MARIANNA— Florida Senator Bill Montford (D-Tallahassee) will deliver the commencement address at the Chipola College graduation ceremony on Thursday, May 3.

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

                More than 400 graduates make up the Chipola class of 2012. 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 2011 to May of 2012 or who will complete work during the summer 2012 terms.

                Sen. Montford was born in Marianna and moved to Blountstown where he grew up and attended public school. He graduated from then Chipola Junior College in 1967 and transferred to Florida State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in mathematics education and Master of Science Degree in Administration and Supervision.

                Montford began his career as a math teacher in Tallahassee in 1969 and went on to serve as a school administrator for 26 years, including 18 years as a high school principal. He was elected Leon County Superintendent of Schools in 1996. He was selected as the 2002 Florida Superintendent of the Year by the Florida Superintendents Association. In 2008, the Leon County School Board named the William J. Montford, III Middle School as a tribute to his lifelong contributions to education, the school district and the Leon County community. 

                In 2006, Montford was selected as Chief Executive Officer of the Florida Association of District School Superintendents.  He served two terms as a Leon County Commissioner from 1982 to 1988.

                Montford currently serves on the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and Chair for the Chamber’s Governmental Affair Committee. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science, Challenger Learning Center, the Florida Center for Performing Arts and Education, and The Village Square. Montford is a member of the Missing Children Information Clearinghouse Advisory Board, the Whole Child Leon leadership Council, and the Florida TaxWatch Center for Educational Performance and Accountability.

                Montford was appointed by Governor Charlie Crist to the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and the Legislative Committee on Intergovernmental Relations. In 2006, the William J. Montford, III educational Scholarship was established by the Florida State University College of Education, in honor of his lifelong dedication to the furtherance of education.

                Montford has also received recognition for his personal contributions to the Mayor’s Initiative on Race Relations, the Teenage Parent Program, the 100 Black Men of Tallahassee, the NAACP, the Tallahassee Human Relations Council, and he was awarded the Educational Leadership Award from the Martin Luther King Jr. Foundation of Florida.

                Sen. Montford lives in Tallahassee with his wife, Jane, a first grade public school teacher at Gilchrist Elementary School. Bill and Jane have two children, William J. Montford IV (Bill) and Katherine Montford Peters. Bill (IV) and his wife Emily have two sons – William J. Montford V (Jake) and Henry James Montford. Katherine and her husband Kevin have a daughter, Eleanor Jane (Ellie Jane).

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 April 12, 2012

CHIPOLA HOSTING RECEPTION TO RECOGNIZE STUDENTS

 

                MARIANNA--Chipola College will host a Press Conference/Reception to recognize the academic accomplishments of several prominent students, Wednesday, April 18, at 2 p.m., in the Lobby of Chipola College Student Services Building.

                Chipola student Alyssa Munns has been named a Coca-Cola Gold Scholar and a Guistwhite Scholar in the USA Today/Phi Theta Kappa Academic Awards program. PTK adviser Pam Rentz will be on hand to unveil a portrait of Munns which will hang on Chipola’s Academic Wall of Honor.

                The Chipola Phi Beta Lambda Business team will be recognized for winning fourth place in Parliamentary Procedure at the PBL National Convention.

                The Chipola Brain Bowl team will be recognized for winning the Florida Brain Bowl State Tournament for the fifth straight year and for finishing as the top two-year college at the National Academic Quiz Tournament Four-Year College Tournament for the second year in a row.  Paul Kelson was the top scorer at both the state and national tournaments. Volunteer assistant coach Dr. Robert Dunkle was selected Florida Brain Bowl Coach of the Year.

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

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 April 12, 2012

CHIPOLA ALUMNUS RICKY POLSTON ELECTED CHIEF JUSTICE OF FLORIDA

 

                TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Supreme Court on April 4 unanimously elected Ricky Polston to become the state’s 55th Chief Justice starting July 1, 2012.

                Polston will become only the second Chief Justice from Jackson County and the first to come from west of the Apalachicola River since 1925. “I am deeply honored by my colleagues’ vote,” said Polston, 56.  “And I commit myself to be a faithful steward of this public trust, recognizing that I am a servant to the people of Florida, to the constitution, and to the laws of the land.”

                Polston is originally from Graceville where he graduated high school and attended Chipola College and Florida State University.

                Justice Polston will serve a two-year term and will succeed the current Chief Justice, Charles T. Canady.  He was appointed Justice of the Florida Supreme Court in October of 2008. He was a Judge for the First District Court of Appeals. He practiced law in Tallahassee from 1987 to 2000. He holds an Adjunct Law Professor position at the FSU Law School.  He has been a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) since 1978. 

                Polston served as a Judge of the First District Court of Appeal from January 2001 until October 2008, when he left to join the Supreme Court.  He received his law degree with high honors from Florida State University in 1986 and also attended FSU as an undergraduate.

                With his wife Deborah Ehler Polston, he has been a vocal advocate for children’s causes, especially in promoting the adoption of children from the foster care system.  He and his wife raised four children of their own before adopting a sibling set of six brothers.

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 April 12, 2012

CHIPOLA SPRING MUSIC CONCERT IS APRIL 17

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College’s Spring Ensemble Concert is set for Tuesday, April 17, at 7 p.m., in the Chipola Arts Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

                The free concert will feature the college’s Chamber Singers, classical guitar students, and Jazz Band. The audience will enjoy Swing, Latin, Funk styles, Cha-Cha and madrigal selections.

                Dr. Daniel Powell, Associate Dean of Fine and Performing Arts says, “Excitement is particularly high because this is the last concert before the opening of the new Center for the Arts. Emotions are high as we reflect on the memories of the past and look forward to a new era of arts for our community.”

                The jazz band under the leadership of Dr. Randall Haynes and the chamber chorus under the leadership of Leslie Heffner will deliver an exciting eclectic program, featuring many students that will give their last performance on Chipola's stage.

                Since her Chipola debut last semester, Heffner has delivered jaw-dropping results and these students are sure to deliver again this semester.  From jazz vocalists to pop and swing charts, Dr. Haynes will feature his stunning group in another show-stopping performance.

                Dr. Daniel Powell says, "All of our programming is of high caliber and this one will be no exception. Chipola has established a tradition of excellence in their programs:  four artist series events, three theatrical productions, a popular Jazzmatazz series, Jazz Band, Chamber Chorus, and a Music Through Performance Program.” 

                The APPLAUSE! Fundraising campaign is underway to raise funds to increase programming in the new Center for the Arts.  Dr. Powell says "There is a considerable increase in the infrastructure needed to run this state of the art facility and to attract talent appropriate to the integrity of the Center.  We hope to meet the needs of our area schools and community by offering educational and instructional programming in addition to cultural performances and entertainment.”

                For information, contact Dr. Daniel Powell at powelld@chipola.edu or call 850-718-2257.

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April 12, 2012

YALE A CAPPELLA GROUP TO PERFORM AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNA—“The Whiffenpoofs,” the oldest and best-known collegiate a cappella all-male singing group will perform as part of the Chipola College Artist Series on Thursday, April 26, at 7 p.m.

                These 14 senior Yale University men carry on a tradition begun in 1909.  The Whiffenpoofs  have performed in Lincoln Center, the White House, Carnegie Hall, the Rose Bowl, and on television shows The Today Show, Saturday Night Live, 60 Minutes, and NBC’s The Sing-Off to name a few. 

                This performance is particularly historical, because it is the last artist series to be hosted in the old theatre. The new Chipola Center for the Arts opens in September.

                A limited number of tickets—$12 for adults and $8 for ages 18 and under—are on sale in the Chipola Business Office. 

                The Chipola Artist Series is funded through Chipola's Performing Arts Fund, with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Southern Arts Federation, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, the Chipola Regional Arts Association and corporate donors.

                For tickets, call 850-718-2220. For performance information, contact Dr. Daniel Powell at 850-718-2257 or powelld@chipola.edu.

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 April 12, 2012

DECEMBERADIO AND FLYING BACKWARDS IN CONCERT AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Huddle of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes will host a Spring Concert on Saturday, April 21, featuring Christian recording artists Decemberadio and local favorite Flying Backwards.

                The Spring Concert is the second event featuring outstanding nationally-known performers following the Remedy Drive Concert last Spring.

                The free concert starts at 7 p.m. and is being promoted by Shane Corbin with One Shot Entertainment, and financed by the Ministry Partners of the Chipola College Huddle of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

                For information, contact Chipola FCA sponsor Dr. David Hilton at 526-2761, Ext. 3331.

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 April 12, 2012

MINI GRANT RECIPIENTS TO PRESENT AT CRAA

 

                MARIANNA— Teachers who use arts in the classroom will present their mini-grant projects at the Chipola Regional Arts Association (CRAA) meeting Tuesday, April 17, at Jim’s Buffet in Marianna.

                The public is invited to attend the Dutch-treat buffet luncheon which begins at 11:30 a.m. and the program at noon.

                Since 2000, CRAA has awarded $30,000 to area art, music, and theatre teachers who use the funds to support art programs in the area schools.  This year’s mini-grant applications were particularly competitive and only half of them were able to be funded. 

                Dr. Daniel Powell, Executive Director of CRAA, says, “This is a powerful testament to what a donation to CRAA can do for the community.  All funds received by CRAA directly support local arts programs.” 

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

                Because of the number of mini-grant awards, presentations will be divided between the April 17 and May 15 CRAA meetings.  To include more people, the May 15 meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at Jim’s Buffet.

                For information on the CRAA meeting, contact Daniel Powell at powelld@chipola.edu or (850) 718-2257.

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 April 12, 2012

Rural Development Forum SET FOR April 20 AT CHIPOLA COLLEGE

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College is the site of an Interagency Rural Development Forum set for Friday, April 20.

                The free forum is hosted by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC).

                Topics on the agenda include: Asset Building in Rural Florida, Housing and Community Development Resources, Resources for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs, Rural Economic Development Opportunities and Update on the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA)

                The forum begins at 9:30 a.m. and runs through 3:30 pm (CST) in the Chipola College Continuing Education Building (3158 College Street) Marianna, FL  32446.

                Free continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. More than 50 people have registered for the event. 

                The Chipola College contact for the Forum is Dr. Jim Froh at (850) 718-2413.

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 April 12, 2012

CHIPOLA CHILDREN’S SHOW “FINALE”

           

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Theater is in rehearsal for the children’s show, “Finale,” which will be presented to hundreds of elementary school children in May.  A public performance is set for Thursday, May 17 at 7 p.m.

                Tickets—$5 for students and $7 for adults—go on sale May 3 in the college Business Office.  

                Chipola Theater director Charles Sirmon cast the following actors in the show: Atrayu Adkins, Dylan Bass, Dante Brown, Joni Barfield, Darren Blake Collins, Brett Floyd, Meghan Gilliland, Cade Guthrie, Dianna Glaze, Sierra Hill, Jae House, Elizabeth Mathis, Trey McKay, Taylor Myrick, Leah Page, Austin Pettis, Jamal Robinson, Ashleigh Stowe, Kayla Todd, Christin Wiggins and Gracie Wallace.

                The show was written by Chipola guest choreographer Chris Manasco and will be the last one in the “old theatre.”  It’s time to move to the new theatre and there is going to be a lot of change. But someone forgot to tell the zany characters from past children’s shows.  Don’t be surprised to see Snoopy, the Three Little Pigs, or even Alice in Wonderland make an appearance.  Come along as this roller coaster of an adventure weaves storylines and characters together in exciting and unexpected ways, reintroducing the audience to some of Chipola Theatre’s most memorable characters.

                For information about Chipola Theater, call 718-2227.

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CHILDREN’S SHOW FINALE AT CHIPOLA—The Chipola College Theater is in rehearsal for the children’s show, “Finale,” which will be presented to hundreds of elementary school children in May.  A public performance is set for Thursday, May 17 at 7 p.m.

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April 12, 2012

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CHIPOLA HOSTS FLORIDA VIRTUAL LIBRARY MEETING—Chipola College recently hosted the College Center for Library Automation (CCLA) Region 1 LINCC User meeting. Pictured from left, are Rebecca Bichel, FSU; Brenda Rutten, CCLA; Dr. Sarah Clemmons, Chipola Senior Vice President; Renee Hopkins, Chipola Librarian; and Jean Phillips, FCLA. Library personnel from community colleges, universities and support personnel from CCLA and FCLA attended the meeting.  Florida Community Colleges and Universities are merging their library systems to create the Florida Virtual Library.

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April 12, 2012

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CHIPOLA RECOGNIZED AS DCF PARTNER FOR PROMISE—The Department of Children and Families Bay County Service Center recently recognized Chipola College and the Chipola Appreciation Club as a Partner for Promise. Pictured from left, are: DCF Regional Director Vicki Abrams, Chipola College PR Director Bryan Craven, and Courtney Peel, DCF Community Development Administrator. The Chipola Appreciation Club provides free tickets to sporting events for foster families and will sponsor a camp for foster children as part of the DCF’s “Camps for Champions.” To learn more, visit www.flpartnersforpromise.com or www.campsforchampions.com .

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April 12, 2012

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HAPPY FEET—Chipola College students Alex Parrish (left) and Kaylee Toole share a laugh in the three-legged race at the college’s annual Spring Frolics on April 4. 

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April 12, 2012

CHIPOLA HOSTS NORTHWEST FRIDAY AT 5 P.M.

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola baseball team will host Northwest, Friday, April 13, at 5 p.m. The game was originally scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Chipola hosts Tallahassee Wednesday, April 18, at 5 p.m.

                As of April 11, Chipola is tied with Northwest, both at 9-4 in the conference race. Gulf Coast is third at 7-6. Tallahassee is 5-7 and Pensacola is 2-11.

                Chipola whipped Gulf Coast 11-1 on April 9.  The Indians shut out Pensacola 4-0 on April 7 behind the pitching of L.J. Hollins. Chipola outlasted Pensacola, 7-6, on April 6 in 10 innings.

                Chipola is ranked fifth in the FCSAA State Poll. Northwest is fourth and Gulf Coast is eighth. Tallahassee is tenth.

                The top two teams in the conference earn a spot in the FCSAA State Tournament set for May 3-7, at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland.

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April 12, 2012

CHIPOLA LADY INDIANS LEAD CONFERENCE AND STATE

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola Lady Indians are the number one team in the latest FCSAA Softball Coaches Poll.

                As of April 11, Chipola (42-7) overall, leads the Panhandle Conference race with a 10-2 league record. Tallahassee (8-6) is second in the league. Northwest is 6-6 and Gulf Coast is 6-8. Pensacola is 2-10. Chipola has clinched a berth in the FCSAA State Tournament which begins April 26 in Pensacola.

                The Lady Indians finish the conference season at home Friday, Feb. 13, when they host Pensacola in a 4 p.m. double-header.

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April 19, 2012

ALYSSA MUNNS NAMED COCA-COLA GOLD SCHOLAR

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College sophomore Alyssa Munns of Chipley has earned state and national recognition for her academic record and community service.

                She selected as a Gold Scholar on Coca-Cola’s 2012 Community College Academic Team. Chosen from among 1,700 applicants in the All-USA Community College Academic Team competition, Gold Scholars receive a medallion and $1,500.

                Munns also was named a Phi Theta Kappa Guistwhite Scholar.  This prestigious scholarship is presented to only 20 students from among 2,200 applicants.  The award includes a $5,000 scholarship. 

                As a member of the 2012 All-Florida Academic First Team, she was nominated for national recognition and placed among the top 50 students at this year’s Annual Phi Theta Kappa Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.

                Munns graduated as valedictorian of Chipley High School. She has maintained a perfect 4.0 college GPA and is an active member of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges.  She is majoring in pharmacy. 

                She is a member of the Honor’s Program and works in the Chipola ACE Lab helping other students succeed in their classes.  She is president of the Chipola Pre-Med Society and a member of the Science club. 

                Munns is employed part-time at King’s Discount Drug’s in Chipley as a pharmacy technician. She is a member of the Chipley Junior Woman’s Club and has been involved with the “Lasso & Hairbows” Fundraiser to help local organizations. She was involved with “Relay for Life” in which $1,500 was raised for the American Cancer Society.

                Munns was elected service officer for the Chipola chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.  In this position she coordinated the “Dresses For Africa” project in which she help provide 200 dresses which were sent to Africa for little girls to wear. 

                She also coordinated “Christmas Stockings for Soldiers in Afghanistan” which provided 200 stockings that were stuffed with items including: knitted hats, greeting cards, tooth brushes, books, playing cards, DVD’s and candy. Phi Theta Kappa also provided funds to purchase hygiene supplies for more than 10,000 stockings which were sent to U.S. troops in Afghanistan this past Christmas.

                Alyssa is the daughter of Charles and Susan Munns of Chipley. She is active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Chipley. 

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CHIPOLA’S ALYSSA MUNNS HONORED—Chipola sophomore Alyssa Munns was recognized as a Coca-Cola Gold Scholar and a Guistwhite Scholar in the USA Today/Phi Theta Kappa Academic Awards program. Pictured with Munns’ portrait which will hang on Chipola’s Academic Wall of Honor are, from left: Chipola vice president Dr. Sarah Clemmons, Alyssa Munns, Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough and PTK adviser Pam Rentz. 

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April 19, 2012

Chipola brain bowl RECOGNIZED

 

                MARIANNA— The Chipola College Student Government Association recently hosted a Press Conference/Reception to recognize the academic accomplishments of the Chipola College Brain Bowl team which won the Florida College System Activities Association Brain Bowl State Tournament and finished as the top two-year college in Chicago at the National Academic Quiz Tournament Four-Year College Tournament.

                For the second year in a row, Chipola placed ninth overall in the 32-team NAQT field of the best teams in the USA and Canada. 

                Chipola Brain Bowl Team members who played in the national tournament are: Travis Bontrager, Paul Kelson, Annemarie Nichols and Caroline Peacock.  They are coached by mathematics professor Stan Young and volunteer, Dr. Robert Dunkle.

                Chipola also recorded the second highest finish by a two-year college in tournament history.  Chipola was one of only six two-year colleges in the nation to qualify for the tournament and did so by going undefeated in the two-year college national tournament in February to win its second consecutive two-year college national championship. 

                Chipola’s 11-2 record, the second highest percentage record in the four-year college tournament behind Harvard, included impressive wins over teams from Carnegie Mellon, University of Chicago, Notre Dame, Maryland, Minnesota, and Toronto. Chipola’s only two losses in the tournament were to Harvard, the eventual champion, and Delaware.

                Chipola’s Paul Kelson was the top scorer among all players in the 32-team field.  He answered 131 tossups, with 52 powers. Powers are awarded when a player answers a question early to earn 15 points instead of the 10 points normally awarded for a correct answer. Kelson averaged 81.48 points per game, the highest average among both all Division I teams (including graduate students) and Division II teams (only undergraduate students).  Kelson is a freshman and will be eligible, should the Chipola team qualify next year, to play in both the two-year and four-year college national tournaments. Link to NAQT statistics are available at:  www.naqt.com/stats/tournament-teams.jsp?tournament_id=3872&playoffs=1

                Chipola won the Florida College System Activities Association Brain Bowl State Tournament on March 24 in Orlando finishing the tournament with a big 825-275 win over Valencia Red.

                The state championship is Chipola’s fifth in a row tying Broward as the only other Florida team to win five straight state titles. Chipola Brain Bowl Team members who played in the state tournament are: Travis Bontrager, Paul Kelson, Annemarie Nichols, Caroline Peacock and Adrian Carr. 

                Chipola’s Paul Kelson was the Dave Ehlert High Point Award winner in the tournament with 1145 points. Kelson was named to the All Star Team for the tournament along with Travis Bontrager (Chipola, 355 points).

                Chipola swept all three major awards in the state tournament including championship team, high point player and Coach of the Year.  Dr. Robert Dunkle, a volunteer assistant coach for the Chipola team, was selected by his fellow coaches to receive the Roger Raepple Coach of the Year award.

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CHIPOLA BRAIN BOWL IS BEST IN STATE AND NATION—The Chipola Brain Bowl team was recognized for winning the Florida Brain Bowl State Tournament for the fifth straight year and for finishing as the top two-year college at the NAQT Four-Year College Tournament for the second year in a row.  Pictured from left, are: Paul Kelson, the top scorer at the state and national tournaments; Chipola vice president Dr. Sarah Clemmons, Caroline Peacock, Adrian Carr, Travis Bontrager, Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough and Brain Bowl coach Stan Young.

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 April 19, 2012

CHIPOLA MATH OLYMPICS WINNERS

  

                MARIANNA--Some 200 students representing 14 area high schools participated in the 28th annual Chipola College Math Olympiad on April 13.

                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 that are 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, Chipley High School, team members: Whit Pettis, Cary Laird, Kenzey Aukema; second, Sneads High School, team members: Mallory Beauchamp, Taylor Reed, Cole Hamilton.

                Ciphering team winners are:

                Algebra I—first, Holmes County High School, team members: Cole Marell, Nathan Jackson, Kaylee Glover; second, Chipley High School, team members: Whit Pettis, Dalton Canipe, Shelby Savell.

                Algebra II—first, Chipley High School, team members: Cary Laird, Makaela Casady, Hunter Harden; second, Sneads High School, team members: Taylor Reed, Reggie Creal, Ryan Rogers.

                Geometry—first, Graceville High School, team members: David Horton, Carmelita Barkley, Anthony Severson; second, Marianna High School, team members: Jared Standiford, Annalise Brockner, Darbey Sweeney.

                Individual award winners by category are:

                Algebra Ifirst, Blountstown High School, Heather Yoder; second, Marianna High School, Kayleigh Temples; third, Sneads High School, Mallory Beauchamp; fourth, Holmes County High School, Cole Marell; fifth, Blountstown High School, Dovanan Ebersole; sixth, Chipley High School, Whit Pettis; seventh, Chipley High School, Dalton Canipe; eighth, Sneads High School, Kaylee Messer; ninth, Sneads High School, Crystal Kolmetz; and tenth(tie), Marianna High School, Lea Marlowe; Bethlehem High School, Lauren Drake.

                Algebra IIfirst, Chipley High School, Cary Laird; second, Marianna High School, Grabrielle Simpson; third, Sneads High School, Taylor Reed; fourth, Blountstown High School, Courtney McFarland; fifth, Marianna High School, Madelyn Craven; sixth, Poplar Springs High School, Courtney Duffell; seventh, Marianna High School, Vallen Driggers; eighth, Chipley High School, Bridget Vickers; ninth, Sneads High School, Ryan Rogers; and tenth, Sneads High School, Reggie Creal.

                Geometryfirst, Marianna High School, Jared Standiford; second, Graceville High School, David Horton; third, Blountstown High School, Haileigh Pippin; fourth(tie), Holmes County High School, Brandon Jenkins and Moneeba Anees; fifth(tie), Blountstown High School, Jalissia Ruiz; Holmes County High School, Chase Forehand; Chipley High School, Kenzey Aukema; sixth(tie), Poplar Springs High School, Jenna Singletary; Marianna High School, Annalise Brockner; seventh(tie), Bethlehem High School, Kelsey Stewart; Vernon High School, Michael Boullard; eighth(tie), Marianna High School, Darbey Sweeney; Sneads High School, Cole Hamilton; Graceville High School, Carmelita Barkley; ninth(tie), Ponce de Leon High School, Dusty Griffin and Jordan Barney; tenth(tie), Altha Public School, Porter Smith; Cottondale High School, Cameron Braxton.

                Trigonometryfirst, Chipley High School, Zack Butler; second, Blountstown High School, Caitlyn Stewart; third(tie), Chipley High School, Julia Veit; Sneads High School, Stephen Hanson; fourth, Marianna High School, Will Glover; fifth, Marianna, High School, Benjamin Whiddon; sixth, Sneads High School, Haley Johns; seventh(tie), Marianna High School, Brittany Scharlach and Kyle Griffin; eighth(tie), Chipley High School, Tyler Pettis; Ponce de Leon High School, Reid Davis; Sneads High School, Alston Burch; ninth(tie), Blountstown High School, Mitchell Darnell; Marianna High School, Blake Benton; and tenth(tie), Holmes County High School, Adam Faulkner and Zach Cooley.

                Calculusfirst, Chipley High School, Kacey Aukema; second, Marianna High School, Jesse McGowan; third, Marianna High School, Dalton Hendrix; fourth, Marianna High School, Alexandria Watson; fifth, Marianna High School, Alexandra Brockner; sixth, Marianna High School, Clayte Rooks; seventh, Chipley High School, Tyler Crutchfield; eighth, Chipley High School, Mattea Harbour; ninth, Chipley High School, Luke Hinson; and tenth, Holmes County High School, Jon Pendoley.

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April 19, 2012

CHIPOLA FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS EVENTS ANNOUNCED

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Fine and Performing Arts Department has a big lineup of performances and dates to remember this month.

                The first event in the Spring into Summer Concert Series is the Young Artists Showcase, Sunday, April 22, at 2 p.m., in the Chipola Arts Center.  Admission is by donation.

                Chipola Show Choir Auditions for next Fall are set for April 24, at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 26 is the audition date for Music and Theatre Scholarships, as well as the submission deadline for Art Scholarship Application and Portfolio.

                The Whiffenpoofs, Yale University’s male a capella group will perform for the Chipola Artist Series, Thursday, April 26, at 7 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door.

                Guitarist Adam Larison, the second event in the Summer Concert Series, is Sunday, April 29, at 2 p.m., in the Chipola Chapel.

                The Chipola Children’s show, “Finale” is Thursday, May 10, at 7 p.m. Tickets are available in the Business Office.  

                On May 20, the Spring into Summer Concert Series will present Dr. Arrika Gregory, mezzo soprano and Dr. David Murray, Piano. The concert is at 2 p.m. in the Chipola Arts Center. 

                The May 27 Summer Series Concert is Dr. Andy O’Brien, Solo Piano, at 2 p.m., in the Arts Center. The June 10 Spring into Summer Concert is the Old Toad Guitar Duo featuring Dr. Matthew Cochran and Dr. Stephen Mattingly, guitarists at 2 p.m., in the Chipola Arts Center.

                For information about all Fine and Performing Arts events, visit www.chipola.edu, or call 850-718-2257.

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CHILDRENS SHOW AT CHIPOLA MAY 10—Chipola Theatre will present the Children’s show, “Finale,” Thursday, May 10, at 7 p.m. Here, Ashleigh Stowe prepares for her role as Snow White. Tickets go on sale April 26 in the Chipola Business Office. “Finale” will be the final theatre public performance in the old theatre.

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April 19, 2012

guitarist Adam Larison to play chipola concert series

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Department of Fine and Performing Arts will host award winning-guitarist Adam Larison in concert Sunday, April 29, at 2 p.m. in the Chipola Arts Center.

                Larison will present a program of beloved Spanish classics as well as newly discovered and seldom played musical gems. He has received enthusiastic responses across the U.S., U.K., Italy and Mexico for his spirited expressivity, technical virtuosity and unique ability to connect with diverse audiences.

                A prize winner in several international competitions, Larison holds degrees from Florida State University, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy. He currently serves on the music faculty at Chipola College.

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 April 19, 2012

CHIPOLA ANNOUNCES FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS SCHOLARSHIPS

 

                MARIANNA—With the new Chipola Center for the Arts opening in Fall 2012, the Fine and Performing Arts Department at Chipola College has a tradition of excellence that will fill the facility with talent. 

                With an average of 60 declared music, art, and theatre majors each year, the department has served more than 600 majors over a 10 year period. Dr. Daniel Powell, Associate Dean of Fine and Performing Arts at Chipola, says “It is clear that this department has a history of accessible education in the arts and the impact that we are making on the community is immeasurable.” 

                During this 10-year period, approximately 50% of students are from Jackson County, 13% are from Washington County, 10% are from Holmes County, 7% are from Calhoun County, 4% are from Liberty County, and 16% of students are out of district. 

                More than $375,000 of institutional scholarship money has been awarded to students of Chipola’s five county district during this period.  This figure does not include outside awards and awards given to non-majors who participate in Chipola Fine and Performing Arts programs.  Currently, more than one-fourth of students in the Fine and Performing Arts programs are not music, art, or theatre majors.

                Chipola Show Choir auditions are April 24 at 4 p.m. Scholarship audition dates for Fine and Performing Arts are April 26 and May 17. Details are available at www.chipola.edu , by clicking “fine arts” and “scholarships.” 

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April 19, 2012

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HILTON TOP CHIPOLA EMPLOYEE—Dr. David Hilton has been selected the Chipola College Faculty/Administrator/Other Professional Award of the month for April.   Hilton has served as a Professor in Natural Science since 1997.  Here, Hilton (left) is congratulated by Chipola senior vice president Sarah M. Clemmons.

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April 19, 2012

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MASSENGILL IS TOP EMPLOYEE—Rance Massengill is Chipola College’s Career Employee for April. Massengill serves as the Pool Manager and Cross Country Coach and has worked at the college since 2001. Here, Massengill (left) is congratulated by Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough.

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April 19, 2012

CHIPOLA BASEBALL CLINCHES SPOT IN STATE TOURNAMENT

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola baseball team clinched a berth in the FCSAA State Tournament with a 9-7 win over Tallahassee on April 16. Jeremy Coram earned the win for Chipola. Andrew Toles was 4-5 with 2 runs and 2 RBI’s. Chris Triplett was 3-4 with a homerun and 3 RBI’s.

                The Indians have a 13-4 league record heading into an April 19 game with Tallahassee at 5 p.m. Chipola hosts Alabama Southern, Tuesday, April 24, at 4 p.m. The Indians host Pensacola, Friday, April 27, at 2 p.m. and finish the conference season at Pensacola on April 28. 

                Chipola outlasted Northwest 8-7 in 10 innings on April 14. The Indians also beat the Raiders 4-3 on April 13 behind winning pitcher L.J. Hollins.

                Chipola is ranked fourth in the FCSAA State Poll. Northwest is seventh and Gulf Coast is ninth. 

                The top two teams in the conference earn a spot in the FCSAA State Tournament set for May 3-7, at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland.

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April 19, 2012

CHIPOLA WINS PANHANDLE SOFTBALL TITLE

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola Lady Indians are champions of the Panhandle Conference for the third straight year and headed to the FCSAA State Tournament on April 26 in Pensacola. 

                Chipola swept Pensacola in an April 13 double-header to win the title. Chipola won game one, 2-0. Eva Voortman was the winning pitcher. Chelsey Steedley had a homerun for Chipola.

                Eron Milton pitched a 7-0 shutout against Pensacola in game two. Ebony Wright had a homerun for the Lady Indians.

                Chipola has won the conference title six of the last seven years. The Lady Indians won the state championship in 2010 and 2007. Chipola also won the NJCAA National Championship in 2007.  Chipola is ranked first in the FCSAA State Poll and fourth in the NJCAA National Poll.

                The Lady Indians finished the conference season with a 12-4 league record and have a 44-9 record as of April 19.  

                Chipola will host LSU-Eunice Friday, April 20, at 5 p.m. at the Chipola stadium. 

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April 26, 2012

CHIPOLA CLASS OF 2012 GRADUATES

           

                MARIANNASome 450 students were eligible for graduation at Chipola College at the end of the spring semester. Graduation exercises are scheduled for Thursday, May 3 at 7 p.m. in the Milton Johnson Health Center.

                Counted as members of the class are all who completed their degrees or vocational certificates from December of ‘11 to May of ‘12 or who will complete work at Chipola during the summer of ’12.

                The class includes the following, listed according to type of degree and hometown:

Bachelor of Science Degrees

                Alford—Julie Ann Tindall.

                Altha—Andrea Gratz, Tory Lipford, Kathryn Nichols.

                Bloutstown—Rebecca Hambly.

                Bonifay—Nina Adams, Allen McWaters, Mindy Myers, Nina Patel, Kayla Sherrouse.

                Bristol—Hali Barfield, Christy Brock, Karey Gautier.

                Campbellton—Frederick Beachum, Candis Williams.

                Chipley—Candice Baxley, Jesse Carter, Lisa Jenkins, Gina Page, Haley Worley.

                Cottondale—Tenisha Henderson, Tracy Scott, Jamie Wade, Tamekia Walton.

                Graceville—Tiffany Flourney, Laci Laney.

                Grand Ridge—Seth Basford, Scarlett Cowherd, Michelle Gibbs-Blackburn.

                Marianna—Mary Adams, Matilda Anderson-Weeks, Kimberly Baggett, Jacquelyn Bard, Johnni Barfield, Jordan Burke, Kristin Fenton, Tracy Goodwin, Stephanie Hamm, Jesse Roberts, Scotty Simmons, Tonya Sipple, Tracy Speights, Jasmine Thomas, Mary Whitfield, Joseph Whitfield, II.

                Sneads—Jordan Coley, Haley-Marie Green, Gretchen Kinsinger.

                Vernon—Danielle Adkison.

                Westville—James Lewis.

                Out-of District— Katie Boyd, Madison; Lindsey Engstrom, Newberry; Sonya Collins, Monyce Morgan and Schellane Smith, Panama City; Melissa Crews, Hazel Paule, Stevey Pope, Jr. and Jennifer Rivera, Tallahassee; Patrick Jones, Williamsburg, Va.

Bachelor of Applied Science Degrees

                Blountstown—Dana Cooper.

                Bonifay—Marlanna Speights.

                Chipley—Justin Culbreth.

                Malone—Lakeesha Gibson.

                Marianna—Kristina Snelgrove.

           

Associate in Arts Degrees

                Alford—Dylan Paramore, Belinda Vega-Aguiar, Charles Woodruff, Joseph Woodruff.

                Altha—Ethan Byler, Brett Floyd, Malcolm Ivory, Katrina Messer, Justin Terry, Maria Trejo Gonzalez, Ellen Williams, Rebekah Wiltse.

                Bascom—Heather Baxter, Amanda Whiddon.

                Blountstown—Kristina Bailey, Anna Baldwin, Jessica Cantu, Miranda Coxwell, Christine Davis, Robert Deason, Amanda Johnson, Michael Leonard, Shannie Lockhart, Wesley Petty, Mark Shuler, Mary Smith, Jonathan Sweinhart, Trevor Williams.

                Bonifay—Augusta Anderson, John Brown, Katelyn Bush, Nichola Bush, Jonathan Carrell, Jameson Cullifer, Alexander Davis, Elijah Dixon, Sara Gore, Joe Hardy, Jr., Misty Kirkland, Kaitlyn Locke, Leslie Mollet, Mika Moore, Anne Mary Nichols, Mary Parish, Gynell Pettis-Hunter, Kaitlyn Pope, Victoria Short, Marli Sullivan, Victoria Ward, Laura Wells.

                Bristol—Kristen Bateman, Carla Bramblett, Cade Guthrie, Sharee Hudson, Jonathon Shuler.

                Campbellton—Michael Adkins, Courtney Roulhac, Jamey Williams.

                Caryville—Alexander Anderson, Tammy Bryant, Sharraneka Jackson.

                Chipley—Mariah Carter, Stacy Collins, Amanda Cook, Joseph Covington, Ryan Cutts, Katie Davis, Brandon Drummond, Melissa Finch, Allyson Gainer, Tanner Gilbert, Amber Goines, Adriane Guettler, Chase Hambright, Carly Hartzog, Colby Hartzog, Holley Hinson, Shanterria Hughes, Alisha Killings, Kimberly Knight, John Laney, Cecil Mathis, Elijah McKinnie, LaShanda McKinnie, Alyssa Munns, Travis Nellums, Richelle Newell, Jessica O'Keefe, Jeffery Pitts, Zachary Provost, Alicia Rhodes, Tasha Richter, Alexandra Rodriguez, Jordan Rudd, Lyndsi Salter, Meghan Salter, Hillary Saunders, Kassi Shackelford, Jennifer Shurrum, Taylor Sloan, Leigh Stone, Dequario White, Crystal Zuraff.

                Clarksville—Robert Johns, Adam McCullen, Amanda Neal, John Tharpe, III.

                Cottondale—Jerhron Clemmons, II, Joshua Gainer, Sakima Godwin, Hannah Lamb, Dylan Mayo, Tabatha Melzer, Janai Mills, Shelby Morris, Olivia Mosier, Dominique Russ, Nicholas Simmons, Amy Thompson, Courtney Tomlin, Belkis Torres.

                Fountain—Brittani Mount.

                Graceville—Christina Cartwright, Tyler Crutchfield, Scott Fowler, Kristine Fravezzi, Teri McPhail, Cody Sikora, Garrett Steverson, Emily Taylor, Katheryn Thompson, Victory Wynn.

                Grand Ridge—Rufus Cargile, III, Katherine Ferrell, Zachary Folks, Josh Harrell, Rebecca Hart, Christina Kerlee, Beverly O'Pry, Justin Parrish, Caroline Peacock, Ryan Pilcher, Amanda Standland, Andrica Straker, Kayla Toole, Ariel White.

                Greenwood—Ursula Bolds, Alicia Gambill, Valerie Gonzalez, Jordan Neel, Denise Nix, Deseree Perry, Trivia Richardson, Krisalynn Sawyer, Andrew Sherman, Pamela Williams.

                Kinard—Ashley Sims.

                Malone—Emily Baxter, Jordan Exum, Mason Garrett, Philip Garrett, Shandrell Mount, Edwin Mozley, III,  Nikolas Speros, Lindsay West.

                Marianna—Kristie Bard, Ashley Barrentine, Daunta Bell, Steven Blanchette, Jr., Chelsea Blanton, Cody Bogard, Travis Bontrager, Tiffany Brown, Maya Capehart, Brian Chalker, Troy Clemmons, Kayla Collins, Phillip Daniels, Stephanie Darby, Katrice Davis, Kelsey Davis, Vicke Davis, Benjamin Durham, Shelby Durham, Holly Ellis, Cessna Folsom, Melanie Foster, Joseph Gibson, Zachary Gilmore, Nathanial Hambly, Nicholas Harris, Courtney Hodges, Frances Hollan, Jonathan Jansenius, Michale Johnson, Anthony Kadenzy, Patricia King, Alexis Lloyd, Elizabeth Mathis, James McGrath, Christine Michel, Clayton Mitchell, Amber Perry, Jay Phelps, Ashley Raines, Justin Rivers, Jesse Roberts, Gabriel Sanchez, Jared Scott, Justine Seiss, Caitlin Shouse, Alisse Sims, Murphy Sims, Lance Skipper, Christopher Smith, Rebekah Smith, Kayla Speights, Ashley Stewart, Sara Wade, Stephen Wester, Alyssa Williams, Mindy Williams, Ashley Wilson, Lakeshia Worlds, Lori York.

                Ponce De Leon—Whitney Rushing.

                Sneads—Monica Clayton, Zachary Goodwin, Brandon Hightower, Kelly Lanier, Amanda Locke, Zachary McKinnie, Colton Pate, Tyler Pickens, Courtney Rogers, Brooke Smith, Nathan Walden, Courtney Wall, Ashton Wester, Cynthia Williams.

                Vernon—Christopher Blankenship, Jeremy Kirkland, Tracy Walker.

                Westville—Colby Mathews, Hunter Somerset, Whitney Stafford, Ethan Thomas.

                Out-of-District—Elise Kirk, Alexander City, Ala.; Sara Djassi, Amadora, PT; Ebony Wright, Angelton, Tex.; Kristan Barnes and Lynnsey Russell, Ashford, Ala.; Jordan Poole, Calhoun, Ga.; Adrian Carr, Joshua Rogers and Kayla Todd, Chattahoochee; "Robby" Robert Coles, Jr., Crawfordville; Sierra Hill, Donalsonville, Ga.; Parker Bellot and Jermelle Rogers, Dothan, Ala.; Kaleb Barlow, Florence, Miss.; Jacob Roberts, Gordon, Ala.; Brittany Black, Haymarket, Va.; Ladson Montgomery, Jr., Jacksonville; Amy Cannon, Jakin, Ga.; Devin Mathews, Leesburg; Stephanie Maldonado, Manhatten, N.Y.; Mayra Akamine, Maringa, BR; Lindsey Hamlin, Mayo; Forrest Garrett, Norcross, Ga.; Maisha Brand, Orange, N.J.; Anita Halling, Palm City; Spencer Oates and Casie Phillips, Panama City; Jessica Brady, Pansey, Ala.; Audrey Cramer, Perry; Alexandre Lagarde, Pierrefonds, Quebec; Jonathan Paquet, Quebec, CN; Jeremiah Coram and Shawnikia Hughes, Quincy; Tevin Baskin, Stamford, Conn.; Brian Cauvier-Bardis, St-Constant, CN; Corynn Walker, Tallahassee; Kalyn Bidwell, Wewahitchka; Chelsey Steedley, Zolfo Springs.

 

Associate in Science Degrees

                Altha—Justin Debolt, Taylor Shelton.

                Blountstown—Kristina Bailey, Kristy Goodwin, Whitney Halley, Candace Koonce, Robin Simpkins.

                Bonifay—Corey Bailes, Kimberly Carter, Justin Kulkusky, Chelsea Wells.

                Bristol—Renee Gilbert, Annabelle Martinez, Heather Peddie.

                Chipley—Marietta Ashley, Paula Stanley, James Voorhees.

                Cottondale—Cameran Page, Jennifer Sizemore, Daniel Thompson, Whitney Wilson.

                Ebro—Sheron Stevenson.

                Fountain—Jessica Laster, Brittani Mount.

                Graceville—Ryan Aguado, Tina Belser, Nicholas Reece.

                Grand Ridge—Tabitha Allen, Stephanie Branch, Meagan Kornegay.

                Greenwood—Jessica Blount, Kimberly Huett.

                Kinard—Nancy Miles.

                Marianna—Ashley Barrentine, Jessie Bodie, Holly Ellis, Shelita Grant, Anastasia Horne, Brittany Manzella, Stacy Martin, Jerry Nelson, Jennifer Peters, David Whitfield.

                Sneads—Emily Cain, Rhonda Johns, Brittany McClamma, Michael Roberts, Candice Searcy, Jerri Stone, Tiffany Thompson.

                Westville—Jordan Cockrell, Whitney Ellenburg.

                Out-of-District—Starla Batson, Dothan, Ala.; Christopher Calloway, Acworth, Ga.; Brandy Scott, Bainbridge, Ga.; Kelly Stahl, Bellbrook, OH; James Bradley, Chattahoochee; Locklyn Tucker, Crawfordville; Edgar Delgado, Dolega, Chiriqui; Carla Foster, Donalsonville, Ga.; Lateka Hambright, Ranada Jackson and Elizabeth Mayes, Dothan, Ala.; Cole Thompson, Flint, Mich.; Angela Williams, Jackson, Miss.; Shawnna Clemmons of Jacksonville; Kathryn Boyce, Lynn Haven; Casey Cook, Niceville; Katherine Cunningham, Terri Handshy, Natalie Hauck and Catherine Moses, Panama City; DeNaya Brazzle, Portland, Ore.; Jelleah Sidney, Queens Village, N.Y.; Demetrice Jackson, Quincy; Trantell Knight, Rentz, Ga.;;Brandilyn Richardson, Southport; Dennis Foster, Alicia Haisley, Ashley Kennett, Victoria Levine, Judith Monpas, Caitlin Poff and Jensen Reinert, Tallahassee; Brittany Burdock, Vero Beach; Jeniece Johnson, Washington D.C.; Kyla Moore, Wewahitchka

 

Workforce Development Certificates

                Altha—Stephen Lee. 

                Blountstown—Jody Vowell, Joshua Kirkbride, Tychicus Allsop.

                Bristol—Jamie Hudson.

                Cottondale—Charles Hinson.

                Grand Ridge—Michael Reed.

                Malone—Samuel Robison.

                Marianna—Jordan Shores, Olga Thompson.

                Sneads—Cami Ouimet, Christopher Nix, Derrick Crawford.

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April 26, 2012

SeN. BILL MONTFORD to Speak at CHIPOLA Commencement

 

                MARIANNA— Florida Senator Bill Montford (D-Tallahassee) will deliver the commencement address at the Chipola College graduation ceremony on Thursday, May 3.

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

                More than 400 graduates make up the Chipola class of 2012. 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 2011 to May of 2012 or who will complete work during the summer 2012 terms.

                Sen. Montford was born in Marianna and moved to Blountstown where he grew up and attended public school. He graduated from then Chipola Junior College in 1967 and transferred to Florida State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in mathematics education and Master of Science Degree in Administration and Supervision.

                Montford began his career as a math teacher in Tallahassee in 1969 and went on to serve as a school administrator for 26 years, including 18 years as a high school principal. He was elected Leon County Superintendent of Schools in 1996. He was selected as the 2002 Florida Superintendent of the Year by the Florida Superintendents Association. In 2008, the Leon County School Board named the William J. Montford, III Middle School as a tribute to his lifelong contributions to education, the school district and the Leon County community. 

                In 2006, Montford was selected as Chief Executive Officer of the Florida Association of District School Superintendents.  He served two terms as a Leon County Commissioner from 1982 to 1988.

                Montford currently serves on the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and Chair for the Chamber’s Governmental Affair Committee. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science, Challenger Learning Center, the Florida Center for Performing Arts and Education, and The Village Square. Montford is a member of the Missing Children Information Clearinghouse Advisory Board, the Whole Child Leon leadership Council, and the Florida TaxWatch Center for Educational Performance and Accountability.

                Montford was appointed by Governor Charlie Crist to the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and the Legislative Committee on Intergovernmental Relations. In 2006, the William J. Montford, III educational Scholarship was established by the Florida State University College of Education, in honor of his lifelong dedication to the furtherance of education.

                Montford has also received recognition for his personal contributions to the Mayor’s Initiative on Race Relations, the Teenage Parent Program, the 100 Black Men of Tallahassee, the NAACP, the Tallahassee Human Relations Council, and he was awarded the Educational Leadership Award from the Martin Luther King Jr. Foundation of Florida.

                Sen. Montford lives in Tallahassee with his wife, Jane, a first grade public school teacher at Gilchrist Elementary School. Bill and Jane have two children, William J. Montford IV (Bill) and Katherine Montford Peters. Bill (IV) and his wife Emily have two sons – William J. Montford V (Jake) and Henry James Montford. Katherine and her husband Kevin have a daughter, Eleanor Jane (Ellie Jane).

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April 26, 2012

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

 

Chipola Eligible For $1 Million Aspen Institute Prize

                Washington, DC – Highlighting the critical importance of improving student success in America’s community colleges, the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program has named Chipola College as one the nation’s 120 top community colleges, challenging it to compete for the $1 million fund for the 2013 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.

                The Aspen Institute identified the 120 community colleges -- 10 percent of all institutions -- using a quantitative formula that assesses performance and improvement in four areas: graduation rates, degrees awarded, student retention rates, and equity in student outcomes.  These colleges will now compete for the prestigious honor following a year-long research process into how well their students learn, complete degrees, and get jobs with competitive wages after graduating.  A full list of the 120 community colleges is available at www.AspenCCPrize.org. Prize winners will be announced in March 2013.

                Some seven million students – youth and adult learners – enroll in America’s nearly 1,200 public and private community colleges every year. “The success of our nation’s community colleges is more important than ever before,” said Aspen Institute College Excellence Program Executive Director Josh Wyner. “At a time when a college degree is essential to entering the middle class, community colleges like Chipola offer the most promising path to education and employment for literally millions of Americans.  This competition spotlights excellence and we encourage Chipola to apply for the nation’s top community college prize to help raise the bar for all community colleges to improve student achievement and better prepare the next generation for the job market after college.”

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

                The Aspen Institute will conduct site visits to each of the finalists in the fall. A distinguished Prize Jury co-chaired by John Engler, president of Business Roundtable, former Michigan Governor, and former president of the National Association of Manufacturers and Richard Riley, former South Carolina Governor and U.S. Secretary of Education, will select a grand prize winner and four runners-up, to be announced in March 2013.

                “American employers have jobs open right now but lack enough skilled, educated workers to fill them,” Engler said. “The job training programs at community colleges must play a central role in filling those gaps and preparing the American workforce. Community colleges’ success will help determine whether and in what sectors America will continue to lead in the global economy.”

                While every community college faces challenges, particularly in today’s economic climate, Secretary Riley underscored the importance of improving outcomes for community college students, the majority of whom are underrepresented minorities, “Many community colleges across this country are doing an excellent job of boosting student success, but we need to encourage all community colleges achieve excellence. When students learn more, graduate or transfer to four-year institutions, and get competitive-wage jobs after college, it helps everyone - students, employers and our nation’s economy as a whole.”

                Chipola College is designated as a state college in the Florida College System. Established in 1947, Chipola offers the Bachelor of Science Degree, Associate in Arts Degree, the Associate in Science Degree and Workforce Development programs.

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

                The majority of Chipola students are enrolled in the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree program designed for students who plan to complete their first two years of college work and then transfer to a four-year program at Chipola or another college or university. 

                Chipola offers several Workforce programs which provide training for high wage jobs.  Workforce Certificate Programs include: Automotive Service Technology, Cosmetology, Law Enforcement Officer, Correctional Officer, Cross-Over programs in Law Enforcement and Corrections, Computer Systems Technology I, Firefighter II, Computer Systems Technology II, Child Care Center Management, Information Technology Management, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Paramedic and Patient Care Assistant.

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

                For information about Chipola College, visit www.chipola.edu or phone 850-526-2761.

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 April 26, 2012

Roberts scholarship available for summer II at chipola

 

                MARIANNA—The Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Inc., from the Edward K. Roberts Fund established a scholarship at Chipola College for the upcoming Summer Session II 2012 term.

                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 scholarship will be available for the Summer II Session at Chipola College and the application deadline is May 16.

                Preference will be given to part-time students who may not qualify for other financial aid. Applicants must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA each semester at Chipola, must have a minimum 2.0 high school GPA, and must follow standard college requirements.   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 26, 2012

CHIPOLA STUDENTS HONORED AT AWARDS CEREMONY

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College recognized the outstanding achievements of its students at the recent annual Awards Ceremony. Awards were presented for academics, athletics and extracurricular activities.

                The following students received academic awards: James Lewis of Westville, Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs Student Leadership; Nina Adams of Bonifay, Accounting; Nicole Barfield of Marianna, Management; Kristina Snelgrove, Supervision and Management; Zack Gilmore of Marianna, Accounting Principles; Aaron Godwin of Bonifay, Information Technology; Hulon Neal Reeves, Jr. of Bonifay, Computer Science; Angela Bowers of Alford, Freshman Computer Science; Tracy Scott of Cottondale, Lisa Jenkins of Chipley and Haley-Marie Green of Sneads, Global Business Strategy Simulation for the Fall; David Leonard of Blountstown, Biology for Science Majors; Meghan Wilder of Chipley, Freshman Chemistry; Alyssa Munns of Chipley, Sophomore Chemistry; Meghan Wilder of Chipley, Calculus I; Jackson Cagle of Chipley, Calculus II; Jessica O’Keefe of Graceville, Calculus III; Michael Evans of Dothan, Ala., Freshman English; Dylan Paramore of Alford and AnneMarie Nichols of Graceville, Sophomore English; Jessica O’Keefe of Graceville, Dr. Robert E. Ringer Award; Dylan Paramore of Alford, Social and Behavioral Science; Tanner Gilbert of Chipley, Will and Betty Stabler Library Award; Mariah Carter of Chipley and Elisa Kirk of Sunny Hills, FSU/PC Transfer Scholarships; Ryan Pilcher of Grand Ridge, Outstanding Musicianship; Anita Halling of Grand Ridge, Most Outstanding Student.

                The following nursing students received awards: Kimberly Huett of Greenwood, Clinical Excellence (fourth semester); Jerry Nelson of Marianna, Academic Excellence (fourth semester); Robin Simpkins of Blountstown, Clinical Excellence (fifth semester) Jennifer Sizemore of Cottondale, Academic Excellence (fifth semester).

                Students in Workforce Development programs received the following awards:  Patrick Collins of Bascom, Computer Systems Technology; Samuel Robinson of Malone, Automotive Technology; Alvin Loper of Marianna, Corrections; Clint Watson of Cottondale, Firefighting; Vicki Gibson of Marianna, Cosmetology and Jimmy Daniels of Grand Ridge, Law Enforcement.

                Two student received awards for athletics: Rebekah Wiltse of Altha, Charlton Keen Scholar Athlete Award; Chelsey Steedly of Zolfo Springs, Neal Sportsmanship Award.

                The following students received awards for extracurricular activities: James Lewis of Westville, Katrina Messer of Altha, Joe Lewis of Westville, Stefani Jackson of Marianna, Jeff Pitts of Chipley, Devon Beachum of Campbellton, Jordan Hatcher of Marianna, Phi Beta Lambda; Andrew Sherman of Greenwood, Science Club; Lindsay West of Marianna, Student Ambassadors; Ashton Williams of Marianna and Karlee Floyd of Bascom, Student Government Association; Daniel Williams of Bristol, The Papoose Student Newspaper; Brett Floyd of Marianna, Student Affairs Hero Award;  Paul Kelson of Marianna, Annemarie Nichols of Graceville and Travis Bontrager of Marianna, Community College National Champions Brain Bowl Award; Paul Kelson of Mariannia, Brain Bowl MVP Award; Alyssa Munns of Chipley, All-Florida Academic Team, Guistwhite Scholar, Coca-Cola Scholar Gold Team; Hillary Saunders of Chipley, All-Florida Academic Team. 

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April 26, 2012

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PASSING THE GAVEL—The student body recently elected Karlee Floyd (right) as the 2012-13 SGA president. Here, outgoing SGA president Ashton Williams (left) passes the gavel as Student Activities Director Nancy Johnson looks on.

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April 26, 2012

One South Bank Partners With Chipola Center for the Arts

 

                CHIPLEY—One South Bank in Chipley, Florida recently partnered with Chipola College with a $2,500 donation in support of the new Chipola College Center for the Arts, one of Florida's finest new performing and visual arts centers.

                Chipola recently launched Applause!, a major fundraising campaign in support of programming and educational opportunities for Chipola students and K-12 schoolchildren, along with facility enhancements.

                One South Bank President and CEO Kim Davis Wilson states, “One South Bank, as a community bank and partner, is very happy to support Chipola College in this effort.  We believe in giving back to the community and this performing arts center will benefit the entire region for many years.”

                “The Chipola Center for the Arts will be a dynamic new addition to Chipola College and the entire region when it opens this September,” said Dr. Gene Prough, President of Chipola College.  “This state-of-the-art facility will offer something for everyone of all ages, in addition to it being a fine training ground for Chipola students interested in the performing and visual arts.”

                The Applause! Campaign features several ways for community partners to join this effort. For information on the campaign, visit www.chipola.edu. As part of their donation, One South Bank will enjoy a permanent star marking their contribution in the foyer of the theater. For more information about One South, visit www.OneSouthBank.com.

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ONE SOUTH BANK JOINS CHIPOLA APPLAUSE! CAMPAIGN—One South Bank in Chipley, Florida recently partnered with Chipola College with a $2,500 donation in support of the new Chipola Center for the Arts. Pictured from left are Andrew Fleener, Executive Vice President of One South Bank; Kim Davis Wilson, Chairman, President and CEO of One South Bank; Chipola President Dr. Gene Prough; Tonya Pippin and Jim Ackerman of Chipley, both members of the Applause! fundraising committee.

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April 26, 2012

MINI-GRANT RECIPIENTS TO PRESENT AT MAY 15 CRAA MEETING

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola Regional Arts Association (CRAA) has a popular mini-grant program that challenges music, art, and theatre teachers to use $200 grants to reach out to countless school children in the Chipola district.

                On May 15 at 6 p.m. at Jim’s Buffet in Marianna, the public is invited to see what a difference these funds can make in our community as mini-grant recipients present their projects during the CRAA meeting.  

                This year’s mini-grant applications were particularly competitive and only half of them were able to be funded.  Since 2000, CRAA has given $30,000 to area art, music, and theatre teachers who use the funds to support art programs in the area schools.  Dr. Daniel Powell, Executive Director of CRAA, says, “This is a powerful testament to what your donation to CRAA can do for the community.  All funds received by CRAA directly support local arts programs.”  CRAA is in the middle of their fundraising campaign to fund next year’s programs and hopes to increase their impact on the community.  Some school teachers have even committed to meeting at 5 p.m. before the meeting to brainstorm ways they can promote the arts and do their part for these important programs.        During the April 17 meeting, school board members, corporate sponsors, and civic leaders attended to hear the enthusiasm of these mini-grant recipients and how far this modest amount goes to help area children. 

                All of those wishing to make a difference in the community are invited to attend all or part of this event.  For more information regarding the May 15 meeting, contact Dr. Daniel Powell at powelld@chipola.edu or (850) 718-2257.

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CRAA MEETING IS MAY 15—The Chipola Regional Arts Association (CRAA) has a mini-grant program that challenges music, art, and theatre teachers to use $200 grants to support arts programs in the Chipola district. Janet Edewaard (left) Blountstown High School Art and Choral teacher is pictured here with her students. Edewaard used her CRAA mini grant to purchase a subscription to a virtual classroom to learn face-painting and body art. On May 15 at 6 p.m. at Jim’s Buffet in Marianna, the public is invited to hear from other mini-grant recipients who will present their projects during the CRAA meeting.

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 April 26, 2012

CHIPOLA TO OFFER LIFEGUARD COURSE

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training course beginning April 30.

                All interested students must be 15 years of age on or before the first day of class.  The course requires a minimum of 32 hours of training. Attendance is required for all class meetings. The course includes water rescue, CPR and First Aid. 

                Cost of the course is $200. A prerequisite swim test must be taken prior to the course. There is no charge to take the test. To schedule a test, call 718-2440.  Course meetings will be held from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., April 30, May 1, May 7-10, with the final test on May 11.

                For information, call Rance Massengill at 850-718-2240.

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 April 26, 2012

POWELL RECOGNIZED BY TROY COLLEGE OF BUSINESS

 

                MARIANNA—Dr. Daniel Powell, Chipola College Interim Associate Dean of Fine and Performing Arts, was recently recognized at Troy University’s Honors Convocation for his Master of Business Administration (MBA) graduate work in the Sorrell College of Business. 

                Dr. Powell received the Dean’s Award in recognition of scholastic achievement, leadership, and service, the highest award given to a graduate student in the College of Business.

                Dr. Powell says, “I am a life-long learner and am always up for new challenges.  I hope that I can inspire students to persist and never stop learning and adapting in this volatile society.”  Powell is halfway through the MBA program.

                Dr. Powell has worked at Chipola for the past 6 years and has served as interim Associate Dean of Fine and Performing Arts this past year. 

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CHILDREN’S SHOW AT CHIPOLA MAY 10—Chipola Theatre will present the Children’s show, “Finale,” Thursday, May 10, at 7 p.m. Pictured are Christin Wiggins as Alice and Meghan Gilliland as Ariel. “Finale” will be the final theatre public performance in the old theatre. For the past 13 years Chipola's theatre department has performed to over 25,000 area students under the direction of Charles Sirmon, Director of Theatre. This will be an historic performance as Chipola ends the season in the "old theatre" and moves to the new Center for the Arts. Tickets are on sale in the Chipola Business Office. For information, call 718-2220.

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CHIPOLA HOSTS RURAL DEVELOPMENT FORUM—Chipola College was the site of a recent Interagency Rural Development Forum. The free forum was hosted by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). Pictured from left, are: Dr. Jim Froh, Chipola; April Atkins, FDIC; John Olsen, FDIC; David Black, OCC; Dr. Jason Hurst, Chipola; Janet Hamer, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and Tom Stokes, FDIC.

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 April 26, 2012

PATRICK BLAKE IS NEW CHIPOLA MEN’S BASKETBALL COACH

 

                MARIANNA—Patrick Blake was introduced as the new men’s basketball coach at Chipola College during a press conference Monday, April 23.

                Blake served as Assistant Coach at Chipola during the 2011 and 2012 seasons. The Indians finished second in the Panhandle Conference this season and lost to Central Florida in the first round of the state tournament. In 2011, Chipola finished second in the State Tournament.  

                Coach Blake said, “I’m excited about the opportunity to lead the men’s basketball program. Chipola is one of the top programs in the country and I will work hard to make sure that our student-athletes represent the college at the highest level both on and off the court.”

                Before Chipola, Blake served as a graduate assistant under Coach Andy Kennedy at the University of Mississippi. Blake graduated from the University of Louisville with a Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing. At Louisville, he was a student manager for Coach Rick Pitino for four years, serving as head manager for the last two. The Cardinals had great success during Blake’s four years with the program, winning the Conference USA title outright his freshman year and ending the season with a trip to the NCAA Final Four. The next three seasons would end with a run to his first NIT Final Four, a second round appearance and an Elite Eight Appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

                Blake is a native of Evansville, Indiana, where his parents, Mike and Jenny Blake, still live today.  He replaces former Chipola coach Jake Headrick who has accepted an assistant coaching position at Samford University in Birmingham. In three seasons, Headrick finished second in the State Tournament in 2011 and lost in the first round of the 2012 State Tournament.

                Coach Blake is the third straight Chipola assistant to be promoted to the head coaching job following Jake Headrick and Greg Heiar.

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April 26, 2012

CHIPOLA SOFTBALL PLAYERS NAMED ALL-CONFERENCE

 

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

                Ebony Wright was named Conference Player of the Year.  Eva Voortman was selected as the Conference Pitcher of the Year.

                Chipola head coach Belinda Hendrix was selected as the Panhandle Conference Coach of the Year.

                Seven Lady Indians—Hayley Parker, Sayumi Akamine, Ebony Wright, Stephanie Garrels, Lindsey Hamlin and Eva Voortman—were named First Team All-Conference.  Four Chipola players—Chelsey Steedley, Mya Anderson, Chandler Seay and Kristen Allen—were named Second Team All-Conference.  Lady Indians Jasmine Tankersley, Michele Hester and Eron Milton earned honorable mention selections. 

                The Lady Indians are the Panhandle Conference champion with a current league record of 12-4 and 45-10 overall and are ranked first in the FCSAA State Poll.

                Chipola is the top seed in the Gulf District bracket of the State Tournament in Pensacola. The Lady Indians face Hillsborough at 2 p.m., Friday, April 27. Win or lose, Chipola will play again at 7 p.m., Friday.  Play continues on Saturday.

                The state title game between the winners of the Gulf and Atlantic brackets is set for Sunday, April 29. The winners of each bracket advance to the NJCAA National Tournament May 17 in St. George, Utah. 

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CHIPOLA ALL-CONFERENCE PICKS—Thirteen Chipola softball players and their coaches were named to the Panhandle All-Conference team. Pictured from left, are: Belinda Hendrix, Conference Coach of the Year; Ebony Wright, Conference Player of the Year; and Eva Voortman, Conference Pitcher of the Year

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April 26, 2012

CHIPOLA BASEBALL WINS CONFERENCE; HEADED TO STATE

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola Indians are Panhandle Conference Champions and headed to the FCSAA State Tournament set for May 3-7, at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland.

Chipola will play a yet-to-be-named opponent on Thursday, May 3, at 4 p.m. (EST).

                Chipola captured the title with an 8-0 shutout of Tallahassee on April 19.  The Indians were 14-4 in league play heading into the final two-game series with Pensacola.

                The Indians have several top pitchers heading in the state tournament including LJ Hollins with a 5-2 record and a 2.286 ERA. Austin Southall has a 6-3 record with a 2.495 ERA. Robby Coles has a 9-0 record with a 2.957 ERA.

                Andrew Toles leads the Indians in hitting with a .367 batting average and is fourth in the state in stolen bases with a 29 steals in 36 attempts. Kaleb Barlow leads the team in RBI’s with 45, placing him seventh on the state list. Sasha LaGarde leads the Indians with an On Base Percentage of .464 making him 13th in the state.  

                Chipola is the defending state champion and finished fifth in the 2011 NJCAA National Tournament. It was the Indians’ third trip to the national tourney in the last five years including a National Championship in 2007.

                In 16 seasons at the helm, Chipola coach Jeff Johnson has lead the Indians to the state tournament 12 times with seven appearances in the title game.  Chipola won the state title in 2011, 2008 and 2007 and captured the school’s first-ever national tourney in 2007. The Indians finished second in the state tournament in 2009, 2005, 2002 and 2001, third in 1998, and among the top four in 2006.    

                Chipola is ranked fourth in the FCSAA State Poll. Northwest is seventh and Gulf Coast is ninth.  The top two teams in the conference earn a spot in the FCSAA State Tournament.

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CHIPOLA HEADED TO STATE BASEBALL TOURNEY—The Chipola Indians are Panhandle Conference Champions and headed to the FCSAA State Tournament set for May 3-7, at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland. Chipola will play a yet-to-be-named opponent on Thursday, May 3, at 4 p.m. (EST).  Chipola is led by, from left (top) pitcher LJ Hollins, pitcher Austin Southall, pitcher Robby Coles, hitting leader Kaleb Barlow, on-base leader Sasha LaGarde  and Head Coach Jeff Johnson.

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