August 2, 2012

CHIPOLA COLLEGE FALL REGISTRATION

 

                MARIANNA—Registration for the Fall semester at Chipola College begins Aug. 15 for

returning students. New and returning student registration is Aug. 16 and 17. Classes begin Aug. 20.

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

                New students who have completed testing, submitted all required documents and been cleared for admission, will be mailed a postcard of acceptance to the college. New students also will receive a letter with an advising appointment date and time. Students should report to Room 156 in the Student Services Building and sign in to see an academic advisor. The schedule of classes is available online at www.chipola.edu

                Chipola offers the Bachelor of Science Degree, the Associate in Arts Degree, the Associate in Science Degree and Workforce Development programs. Bachelor’s Degrees in Education include 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 the Educator Preparation Institute, a Teacher Certification program for those with a B.S. in a non-teaching field.

                The Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree is designed for students who plan to complete their first two years of college work and then transfer to a four-year program at Chipola or another college or university.  Credits earned are transferable and are applicable toward a bachelor’s degree. Academic advising guides that outline requirements for specific majors are available from Student Affairs and are located on the college website at www.chipola.edu

                Several Associate in Science (AS) and Workforce programs are offered which provide training for high wage jobs.  Workforce programs include: Automotive Service Technology, Cross-Over Law Enforcement to Corrections, Firefighter II, Law Enforcement Officer, Correctional Officer, Cosmetology, Cross-Over Corrections to Law Enforcement and Patient Care Assistant.

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

                College Credit Certificate programs include: Child Care Center Management, Information Technology Management, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Paramedic.

                For information, call 718-2211 or visit www.chipola.edu.

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CHIPOLA COLLEGE FALL—A group of students conduct experiments in the Chipola College Chemistry lab. Registration for the Fall semester at Chipola College begins Aug. 15 for returning students. New and returning student registration is Aug. 16 and 17. Classes begin Aug. 20. For information, call 718-2211 or visit www.chipola.edu.

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August 2, 2012

BIG BEND AHEC HOSTS HEALTH CAREERS SUMMER CAMP

 

                MARIANNA—For the third year in a row at Chipola College, Big Bend Area Health Education Center (Big Bend AHEC) has sponsored a summer camp for 34 high school students interested health careers.  The camp is provided at no cost to the students. 

                Twenty students from Jackson and Washington counties spent the camp week at Chipola.  While the 14 students from Calhoun and Liberty counties visited locations in Bristol and Blountstown and Chipola College.

                Camp activities included pig heart and kidney dissection, blood-typing, medical terminology, and simulation lab experience.  In the simulation lab at Chipola, students were able to learn many skills practiced by nursing, EMT, and paramedic students. 

                Students were provided with an overview of several health careers in order to understand the entire health care team.  Jackson Hospital provided a tour of their facility and an opportunity for a day of shadowing in various departments. 

                Students also received a 7-hour ACT review course, and information on college admissions and financial aid.  The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office provided information on the physical effects and dangers of many current drug trends.

                Calhoun and Liberty campers spent the afternoon in the Dental Office of Laban Bontrager, DMD in Bristol.  Campers learned about dental care and hygiene and were able to experience hands on dental activities.  Calhoun Liberty Hospital also provided students with the opportunity to tour their facility and shadow health professionals. 

                A highlight of the camp was a road trip to Tallahassee during which the students toured the FSU College of Medicine and had an opportunity to interact with current medical students.  The medical students taught campers skills training in the simulation lab to learn heart and lung sounds and vital signs.

                Big Bend AHEC has sponsored similar camps for over 20 years. Big Bend AHEC is a non-profit organization with a main office in Tallahassee. The organization serves a 14 county area and provides health education services and tobacco cessation and prevention programs.  AHEC also helps recruit health professionals to rural areas.  Camp Director, Brigitta Nuccio, says, “Our hope is that we will help students get the experience they need to know if a health career is right for them and that they will return to rural areas to practice.” 

                Nuccio attended the camp herself in 1995 as a Cottondale High School student.  She went on to earn a master’s degree from the University of Florida, College of Medicine. For the last five years, Nuccio has worked for Big Bend AHEC.

                Camp locations continue to be added each year. This year, in addition to Chipola and Calhoun-Liberty, camps were also held in Madison and Gulf counties. 

                Anyone interested in supporting or participating in the Big Bend AHEC Health Careers Summer Camp program should call Brigitta Nuccio at 850-482-6500.

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BIG BEND HEALTH CAMP—For the third year in a row at Chipola College, Big Bend Area Health Education Center (Big Bend AHEC) has sponsored a summer camp for 34 high school students interested health careers.  The camp is provided at no cost to the students.  Anyone interested in supporting or participating in the Big Bend AHEC Health Careers Summer Camp program should call Brigitta Nuccio at 850-482-6500.

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ROTARY HELPS CHIPOLA—Marianna Rotary Club President Jim Watts recently presented Rotary’s annual monetary contribution to Chipola College Foundation Director Julie Fuqua for Rotary Scholarships. President Watts said, “Chipola College is a tremendous asset to our community and Rotary is proud to continue our support.” Many previous Rotary scholarships recipients have completed their course of study and are productive members in the community. Marianna Rotary was established in 1929 and follows our motto “Service Above Self.”

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CHIPOLA THEATER STUDENTS TOUR IN NEW CENTER—Current and former Chipola College theater students and directors served as tour guides for the recent ribbon-cutting of the Chipola Center for the Arts. Pictured from left, are: Chris Manasco, Connie Smith, Charles Sirmon, Piper Williams, Trey McKay, Kayla Todd, Seth Basford, Meghan Gilliland, Keith Watford, Madison Smith and Griffin Smith. The Grand Opening Gala featuring Sally Struthers and Tony Yazbeck is set for Sept. 20. General admission tickets—$50—are available at the Center for the Arts, The Marianna Fitness Center and the Gazebo Café. Call 850-718-2220, or email sirmonc@chipola.edu

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August 9, 2012

CHIPOLA COLLEGE FALL REGISTRATION BEGINS WEDNESDAY

 

MARIANNA--Registration for the Fall semester at Chipola College begins Wednesday, Aug. 15, for returning students. New and returning student registration is Aug. 16 and 17. Classes begin Monday, Aug. 20.                 

State employees using fee waivers will be eligible to register beginning Aug. 20. Those wishing to use the waiver are asked to bring completed waiver forms for registration.               

All students are encouraged to keep their advising appointment to avoid a long wait. Students who miss their appointment may subject to late registration fees. Prior to meeting with an advisor, students are encouraged to review the schedule of classes and to take note of the courses needed. The Fall schedule is available online at www.chipola.edu.                   

Students need test scores on record to enroll in college credit classes.  Test scores include ACT, SAT, PERT and TABE.                 

Fees are due on the day of registration. Students should be prepared to make payment or risk having their schedule cancelled.                  

Students must purchase a college parking decal in the business office after completing registration and paying for classes. A current vehicle registration is required to purchase a decal.               

Students must have an ID photo made after paying for classes.  ID’s are made in A-107 during registration.                 

Chipola has a new student email system which will be used for official communication from the college. Students are responsible for establishing, accessing, activating and managing their assigned e-mail account.                

              There are several steps to completing the application process: (1) complete the college Admission Application; (2) request high school transcripts to be sent to the Chipola Admission and Records Office; and (3) take the College Placement Test.                Chipola offers the Bachelor of Science Degree, the Associate in Arts Degree, the Associate in Science Degree and Workforce Development programs. Chipola offers the Bachelor of Science Degree, the Associate in Arts Degree, the Associate in Science Degree and Workforce Development programs. Bachelor’s Degrees in Education include 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 the Educator Preparation Institute, a Teacher Certification program for those with a B.S. in a non-teaching field.               

              The Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree is designed for students who plan to complete their first two years of college work and then transfer to a four-year program at Chipola or another college or university.  Credits earned are transferable and are applicable toward a bachelor’s degree. Academic advising guides that outline requirements for specific majors are available from Student Affairs and are located on the college website at www.chipola.edu                

              Several Associate in Science (AS) and Workforce programs are offered which provide training for high wage jobs.  Workforce programs include: Automotive Service Technology, Cross-Over Law Enforcement to Corrections, Firefighter II, Law Enforcement Officer, Correctional Officer, Cosmetology, Cross-Over Corrections to Law Enforcement and Patient Care Assistant.               

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

College Credit Certificate programs include: Child Care Center Management, Information Technology Management, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Paramedic.               

For questions about registration, call 718-2311 or visit www.chipola.edu

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August 9, 2012

CHIPOLA TO OFFER SNEAK PEEK ARTIST SERIES EVENTS

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Artist Series is offering two special sneak peek ticket events Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 2 p.m., and Friday, Aug. 17 at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. 

                A special preview invitation is extended to those who want to tour the new Chipola Center for the Arts and try out a seat.  Season tickets go on sale online to the general public Aug. 27. 

                Already breaking records, season ticket sales have doubled the numbers of past seasons. Dr. Daniel Powell, Associate Dean of Fine and Performing Arts, says, “With the opening of the new Center, this year’s Artist Series is going to knock your socks off.”  The lineup includes the nationally-recognized male a cappella group, Street Corner Symphony, a finalist on NBC's The Sing Off, on Sept. 27. Illusionist Sammy Cortino will present a Las Vegas style magic show Jan. 17, 2013. The Davis and Dow jazz quartet featuring a vocalist and a request by favorites second half is Feb. 7, 2013. The popular bluegrass/country group, Three on a String, featuring Bobby Horton, will perform April 11, 2013. 

                Dr. Powell says, “Chipola has always been committed to low ticket prices to increase accessibility to the arts.  This season will have a modest increase in prices, which have not increased in two decades.  Season tickets—$48—include a VIP pass to Meet the Artist receptions and early ticket renewal for next season. 

                The college has launched a new professional ticketing system for online ticket purchasing which begins Aug. 27. Visit www.chipola.edu and click on “Fine Arts” and then “Artist Series.” Box office hours will be established closer to the performance.

                Single event ticket sales will be $14 for adults, $10 for children under 18, and $5 for Chipola students and employees. 

                To RSVP for the Sneak Peek ticket events, call Anita Price at (850) 718-2277 or e-mail at pricea@chipola.edu.

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August 9, 2012

STRUTHERS AND YAZBECK TO HEADLINE CHIPOLA GALA

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Center for the Arts will open Sept. 20 with A Grand Night featuring Sally Struthers.

                The gala will feature the two-time Emmy Award-winning actress and current Broadway star Tony Yazbeck.

                Chipola theater director Charles Sirmon, says, “Don’t miss this historic event which also includes an after party with live music and heavy hors d'oeuvres.” Dress is semi-formal.

General admission tickets—$50—go on sale July 9, and are available at the Chipola Center for the Arts, The Marianna Fitness Center and the Gazebo Café. Call 850-718-2220 for credit card orders, or contact sirmonc@chipola.edu

                Sally Struthers is a two-time Emmy and Golden Globe winner for her performances in the groundbreaking TV series All in the Family. She also performed in the CBS comedy Still Standing and the CW network’s highly-acclaimed Gilmore Girls.  She was heard as the voice of “Pebbles Flintstone” on the Pebbles and Bam-Bam cartoon series and the lead female character on the popular Disney cartoon Tailspin.

                Her television movies include: A Gun in the House, And Your Name is Jonah, The Great Houdinis, In The Best Interest of the Children, Deadly Silence, My Husband is Missing and Intimate Strangers.

                Sally co-starred in two legendary motion pictures in the 70’s: Five Easy Pieces with Jack Nicholson and The Getaway with Steve McQueen and Ali McGraw. She also was featured in two independent films: Out of the Black and A Month of Sundays with Rod Steiger. She made a cameo appearance for actor/writer/producer Mario Van Peebles in the Sony feature Baadassss!

                Sally’s first two Broadway forays were in Wally’s Café with Rita Moreno and Jimmy Coco and Neil Simon’s female version of the Odd Couple with Brenda Vaccaro. For three years she starred as “Miss Mamie Lynch” on Broadway and on tour in the Tommy Tune production of Grease. In the 20th Anniversary National Tour of Annie, Sally played the coveted role of “Miss Hannigan.”

                Sally was named Best Actress by the Los Angeles Artistic Director Theatre Awards for her role as “Louise Seger” in the musical, Always, Patsy Cline, a true story based on the relationship between Seger and Cline. She won the 2003 Ovation Award as Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance as “Agnes Gooch” in the Los Angeles production of Mame, and won a second Ovation Award this year for Cinderella

                Tony Yazbeck has played the role of Billy Flynn in the Broadway production of “Chicago.” Other Broadway credits include: “White Christmas” (Phil Davis), “Gypsy” (Tulsa), “A Chorus Line” (Al), “Never Gonna Dance,” “Oklahoma” and “Gypsy” with Tyne Daly.

                Tony has performed at Carnegie Hall and many of the fine nightclub and concert venues in New York City. On Television, Tony has been featured on “As The World Turns,” “All My Children,” and in the first season of the new NBC hit series “Smash” about the creation of a Broadway musical. His Film and TV credits include “Every Little Step” (feature documentary) and “All My Children” and “As the World Turns.”

                Call 850-718-2220 for credit card orders, or contact sirmonc@chipola.edu

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August 9, 2012

FINAL SUMMER CONCERT SET AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNA—The Spring Into Summer Concert Series concludes with an afternoon of chamber music Sunday, Aug. 26, at 2 p.m., in the Chipola Arts Center. Admission is by donation.

                The concert will feature violinist Dr. Min Young Cho, cellist Dr. Boyan Bonev, and pianist Ms. Eun Mi Lee. The trio will perform selections by Mozart, Piazzolla and Shostakovich.

                Members of the ensemble are graduates of Florida State University with an outstanding list of awards and personal achievements. All three are heard regularly in concert throughout North America and abroad on some of the world's leading concert stages.

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STALEY IS TOP COLLEGE EMPLOYEE—Virginia Staley is Chipola College’s Career Employee for July. Staley has worked in the college Physical Plant since 2009. Here, Staley is congratulated by Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough.

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August 16, 2012

Chipola College Phi Beta Lambda wins first in Nation

 

                SAN ANTONIO—The Chipola College team of James Lewis, Katrina Messer, Joe Lewis and Stefanie Jackson won first place in the nation in Parliamentary Procedure at the recent Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) National Leadership Conference in San Antonio. In addition to excelling on the parliamentary team, James Lewis also captured first place in Sports Management and Marketing.

                More than 1,700 of America’s best and brightest college students showcased their talents as future business leaders and vied for the opportunity to win over $54,000 in cash awards.

The Chipola team won $750 along with trophies and medallions from the National Association of Parliamentarians.

                Teams competing in the parliamentary event complete an objective exam on procedures and PBL bylaws.  The 15 teams with the highest average score on the exam advance to the performance level.  Judges for the performance event were members of the National Association of Parliamentarians. Chipola’s first place team members are students in Chipola’s Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program with the exception of Joe Lewis, who plans to enter the Chipola nursing program in the fall.

                Chipola student James Lewis also captured first place in Sports Management and Marketing.  He received a $500 cash award. This event includes an objective exam covering law and sports, human resources, marketing, labor relations, sports licensing, ethics, risk management and sports management history. 

                The awards were part of a comprehensive national competitive events program sponsored by FBLA-PBL that recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. Vikki Milton, Chipola PBL adviser said, “For many students, the competitive events at the national level are the capstone activity of their academic careers. In addition to the competitions, students immerse themselves in educational workshops and attend motivational keynotes on a broad range of business topics.  We took an impressive group of 10 Chipola students to the national conference.  Each and every student reaped rewards.” Chipola students Devon Beachum, Barbara Wynn, Nacole Thomas, Jeff Pitts, Jordan Hatcher and Cathy Riddle also attended the convention.

                Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) is the largest and oldest student business organization. Participants from across the U.S. and two other countries were in attendance for the conference to sharpen their core business skills, expand their networks, and participate in more than 55 business and business-related competitive events.

                The mission of FBLA-PBL is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. The association is headquartered in Reston, Virginia.  For more information about Chipola’s PBL chapter, e-mail Vikki Milton at miltonv@chipola.edu.

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CHIPOLA PBL WINS FIRST IN NATION IN PARLIAMENTARY—From left, the Chipola College team of James Lewis, Stefanie Jackson, Katrina Messer and Joe Lewis and won first place in the nation in Parliamentary Procedure at the recent Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) National Leadership Conference in San Antonio. James Lewis also captured first place in Sports Management and Marketing. 

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CHIPOLA STUDENTS ATTEND NATIONAL CONVENTION—Chipola College Phi Beta Lambda students recently attended the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) National Leadership Conference in San Antonio. Pictured from left, are: (front) Barbara Wynn, Nacole Thomas, Stefani Jackson, Katrina Messer and (back) Devon Beachum, Jeff Pitts, Jordan Hatcher, Cathy Riddle, Joe Lewis and James Lewis.

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August 16, 2012

Chipola Employees Awarded For Service

 

                Marianna-Employees of Chipola College were recognized for years of service during the first staff meeting of the school year at the recent Back to School luncheon.  Employees were awarded certificates in five-year increments.  The following were recognized:

                Five years: Steve Anderson, Sarah Gambill, JoAnn Parish, Paige Vanderwerf, Chase Vlieg.

                Ten years: Martin Fowler, Gwen Oliver. 

                Fifteen years: Geraldine DeFelix, Carl DesRosier, David Hilton, Lou Kind, Richard Rehberg, Melinda Sherrill, Steve Young.

                Twenty years: Rachel West.

                Twenty-five years: Willie Spires.

                Thirty years: Joyce Traynom.

                Thirty-five years: Kathy Rehberg.

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FIVE YEARS AT CHIPOLA— Employees of Chipola College were recognized for years of service at the recent Back to School luncheon. Employees were awarded certificates in five-year increments. Five year employees are, from left: Steve Anderson, Sarah Gambill, JoAnn Parish, Paige Vanderwerf and Chase Vlieg.

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10 YEARS AT CHIPOLA— Employees of Chipola College were recognized for years of service at the recent Back to School luncheon. Employees were awarded certificates in five-year increments. Ten year employees are, from left: Martin Fowler and Gwen Oliver

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15 YEARS AT CHIPOLA—Employees of Chipola College were recognized for years of service at the recent Back to School luncheon. Employees were awarded certificates in five-year increments. Fifteen year employees are, from left: Geraldine DeFelix, Carl DesRosier, Melinda Sherrill, David Hilton, Lou Kind, Richard Rehberg and Steve Young.

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WEST SERVES 20 YEARS—Employees of Chipola College were recognized for years of service at the recent Back to School luncheon. Employees were awarded certificates in five-year increments. Dr. Rachel West received a 20-year award.

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SPIRES SERVES 25 YEARS— Employees of Chipola College were recognized for years of service at the recent Back to School luncheon. Here, Dr. Willie Spires accepts an award for 25 years of service from Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough. 

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TRAYNOM SERVES 30 YEARS— Employees of Chipola College were recognized for years of service at the recent Back to School luncheon. Here, Joyce Traynom accepts an award for 30 years of service from Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough.

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REHBERG SERVES 35 YEARS— Employees of Chipola College were recognized for years of service at the recent Back to School luncheon. Here, Kathy Rehberg accepts an award for 35 years of service from Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough.

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 August 16, 2012

CHIPOLA TUITION REMAINS THE SAME FOR NEW SCHOOL YEAR

 

                MARIANNA—The cost of everything seems to be on the rise, but Chipola College students will not see an increase in tuition this school year. 

                Chipola’s Board of Trustees passed a $14.7 million budget in June for the 2012-13 school year that keeps tuition for most programs at the same level as last year. While the Legislature authorized tuition increases for the 28 schools in the state college system, Chipola officials recommended keeping costs the same.

                Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough said, “I am proud that the board made this decision for our students. We are in the business of providing access to higher education. By keeping costs down, more students will be able to attend college.”

                Tuition will remain at $78.84 per credit hour for in-state students for most freshman and sophomore level programs. Tuition for bachelor’s degree programs had a modest increase which was mandated by the legislature. Tuition for these four-year programs went up only $4 an hour, from $87.42 to $91.79. Chipola’s tuition is still a bargain when compared to all area colleges and universities.

                There are small fees which students pay to help cover specific areas in the budget such as student activities, financial aid and technology. The capital improvement fee saw a modest $2 increase this year. The increase will help offset the reduction in state funds designated for repair and maintenance of college facilities.

                Fall semester classes begin Monday, Aug. 20. Late registration continues through 6 p.m. on Aug. 20. Chipola also offers a C term which begins Oct. 12.  

                Chipola offers the Bachelor of Science Degree, the Associate in Arts Degree, the Associate in Science Degree and Workforce Development programs.

                For questions about registration, call 718-2311 or visit www.chipola.edu

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August 16, 2012

DONALSONVILLE RESIDENTS TOUR CHIPOLA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

 

                MARIANNA—Several citizens from Donalsonville, GA, recently toured the new Chipola College Center for the Arts in Marianna. 

                Dr. Daniel Powell, Associate Dean of Fine and Performing Arts, says, “Chipola has a long history of talented students and supportive patrons from Donalsonville and this new Center for the Arts will give its citizens an opportunity to experience world-class performances at rock-bottom prices that will make the small commute worth it.”

                Dr. Powell says, “With the opening of the new Center, this year’s Artist Series is going to knock your socks off.”  The lineup includes the nationally-recognized male a cappella group, Street Corner Symphony, a finalist on NBC's The Sing Off, on Sept. 27. Illusionist Sammy Cortino will present a Las Vegas style magic show Jan. 17, 2013. The Davis and Dow jazz quartet featuring a vocalist and a request by favorites second half is Feb. 7, 2013. The popular bluegrass/country group, Three on a String, featuring Bobby Horton, will perform April 11, 2013. 

                Season tickets are $48 and include a VIP pass to Meet the Artist receptions and early renewal privileges for next season to get the best seat in the house.

                Single event ticket sales are $14 for adults and $10 for children under 18.  Chipola’s new professional ticketing system will allow online ticket sales at www.chipola.edu

                Box office hours will be established closer to the performance.

                For information, visit http://chipola.edu/schlact/perfacts/artist2.htm or phone 850-718-2277. 

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DONALSONVILLE RESIDENTS TOUR CHIPOLA CENTER FOR THE ARTS—Several citizens from Donalsonville, GA, recently toured the new Chipola College Center for the Arts in Marianna.  Picture from left, are: Jim and Polly Roberts of Marianna, and Donalsonville residents John Hanna, Laura Clark and J.B. Clark. 

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 August 16, 2012

BRISK TICKET SALES REPORTED FOR CHIPOLA GALA

 

                MARIANNA—Tickets are going fast for the Chipola College Center for the Arts grand opening gala. Entitled, a Grand Night, the first official performance in the new Center is set for Thursday, Sept. 20.

                The gala will feature two-time Emmy Award-winning actress Sally Struthers and current Broadway star Tony Yazbeck.

                The historic event includes an after party with live music and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Dress is semi-formal.

                General admission tickets—$50—are available at the Chipola Center for the Arts, The Marianna Fitness Center and the Gazebo Café. Call 850-718-2220 for credit card orders, or contact sirmonc@chipola.edu

                Sally Struthers is a two-time Emmy and Golden Globe winner for her performances in the groundbreaking TV series All in the Family. She also performed in the CW network’s highly-acclaimed Gilmore Girls.  She was heard as the voice of “Pebbles Flintstone” on the Pebbles and Bam-Bam cartoon series and the lead female character on the popular Disney cartoon Tailspin.

                Sally co-starred in two legendary motion pictures: Five Easy Pieces with Jack Nicholson and The Getaway with Steve McQueen and Ali McGraw.

                Sally’s Broadway resume includes Wally’s Café with Rita Moreno and Neil Simon’s female version of the Odd Couple with Brenda Vaccaro. For three years she starred as “Miss Mamie Lynch” on Broadway and on tour in the Tommy Tune production of Grease. In the 20th Anniversary Tour of Annie, Sally played the coveted role of “Miss Hannigan.”

                Tony Yazbeck has played the role of Billy Flynn in the Broadway production of “Chicago.” Other Broadway credits include: “White Christmas” (Phil Davis), “Gypsy” (Tulsa), “A Chorus Line” (Al), “Never Gonna Dance,” “Oklahoma” and “Gypsy” with Tyne Daly.

                Tony has performed at Carnegie Hall and many of the fine nightclub and concert venues in New York City. On Television, Tony has been featured on “As The World Turns,” “All My Children,” and in the first season of the new NBC hit series “Smash” about the creation of a Broadway musical. His Film and TV credits include “Every Little Step” (feature documentary) and “All My Children” and “As the World Turns.”

                For ticket information or credit card orders, call 850-718-2220, or contact sirmonc@chipola.edu

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 August 16, 2012

CRAA OFFERS CHILDREN’S PROGRAM DURING SEPT. 12-20

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola Regional Art Association will present special children’s programming throughout Chipola’s five-county district Sept. 12-20.  CRAA has contracted performer Donna Wissinger to perform in area schools with the goal of touring throughout all five counties.  The Chipola Regional Arts Association (CRAA) has sponsored art, music, and theatre programming in area schools that has reached more than 25,000 school children.

                Wissinger is no stranger to the Chipola district.  She has performed on stage and in our school districts for several years. Her program varies among each grade level, but this year will mark the premiere of a state sponsored initiative “Viva Florida” that celebrates Florida’s cultural heritage. 

                It’s the 500th anniversary of the cultural phenomenon that began when Ponce de Leon walked ashore on Florida’s east coast and named it “La Florida.”  What makes this anniversary so unique is that de Leon’s convoy of explorers was the first group of Europeans to document such a landing and give a name of Florida.  CRAA sponsored programming will also include traditional favorites:  Pied Piper Tales; Myths Legends Fables; and American Revolution, among others. 

                CRAA received a state matching grant from the Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs to supplement this children’s programming.  Over the last 10 years, CRAA has received $15,000 in matching grants to stretch every dollar allocated to their programs.  Local supporters who give to CRAA are investing in our local communities and are assured to get the most out of their contribution.

                Schools or groups interested in having Donna Wissinger perform during the Sept. 12-20 period, are asked to contact Dr. Daniel Powell at powelld@chipola.edu or (850) 718-2257.

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CRAA OFFERS CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS IN SCHOOLS—The Chipola Regional Art Association will present special children’s programming throughout Chipola’s five-county district Sept. 12-20.  CRAA has contracted performer Donna Wissinger to perform in area schools with the goal of touring throughout all five counties.  Schools or groups interested in having Wissinger perform during the Sept. 12-20 period, are asked to contact Dr. Daniel Powell at powelld@chipola.edu or (850) 718-2257.

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 August 16, 2012

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CHIPOLA ENGLISH PROF RECEIVES SCHOLARSHIPS—Chipola English professor Geraldine DeFelix has been awarded two scholarships from Delta Kappa Gamma, the international honor society for women educators. DeFelix is attending Faulkner University, where she is majoring in Great Books Literature. The Lois and Marguerite Morse Scholarship was presented to DeFelix at the DKG International Convention in New York.  DeFelix also received a Mu (Florida) State Scholarship and a “Designing Woman” award at the DKG District I meeting in Pensacola. 

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 August 16, 2012

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CHIPOLA THEATRE STUDENTS ATTEND WORKSHOP—April J'Callahan Marshall, director of Professional Theatre Services with the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC), recently presented an Acting and Technical Theatre workshop for Chipola College theater students. Here, Marshall (right) is pictured with students Trey McKay (left) and Jae House (center). Marshall assists theatre professionals in the hiring process, and is the liaison for events involving professional theatre companies, summer stocks, dinner theatres, cruise lines and theme parks.

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August 23, 2012

PIPPEN IS CHIPOLA CAREER EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR

 

                MARIANNA—Wendy Pippen has been named Chipola College’s Career Employee of the Year for 2012.

                Pippen serves as Human Resources Coordinator and has worked at the college since 2003.  She says, “My first job in college was working with Karan Davis in the HR office at Chipola.  As a result of that job, I went on to earn a college degree in HR.” 

                Pippen went on to graduate from Chipola and Florida State University and begin her career in Human Resources. She says, “I had a variety of HR jobs learning a lot along the way with each one, but when I was given the opportunity to return to Chipola and work with Karan, I jumped at the chance.  Chipola is a great place to work and I hope to be a part of the college family for a very long time.”

                Karan Davis, Associate Vice President of Human Resources, says “Wendy is a very deserving of this award. She is valuable employee to the college, and is professional and courteous in all her dealings with employees and job applicants.” 

                Pippen is an active member of Chipola’s chapter of the Association of Florida Colleges and the Career Employees Association.

                She enjoys spending time with her family, husband Lawrence, and three children, Landon, Wesley and Jenna.  She also enjoys watching the Alabama Crimson Tide win championships. 

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

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PIPPEN IS CHIPOLA EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR—Here Wendy Pippen accepts the Chipola College Career Employee of the Year award from Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough.

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August 23, 2012

CHIPOLA ARTIST SERIES TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE

 

                MARIANNA—For the first time in the history of the Chipola College Art­ist Series, patrons can purchase season tickets online. Visit www. chipola.edu, click on “Fine Arts” and “Artist Series.” Tickets go on sale to the general public Aug. 27 at 7 a.m.

                Online tickets can be printed at home, or with an order con­firmation, will-call tickets will be available at the box office the night of the show.

                The lineup includes the nationally-recognized male a cap­pella group, Street Corner Symphony, Sept. 27. Street Corner was a finalist on NBC’s The Sing Off. Illusionist Sammy Cortino will present a Las Vegas style magic show Jan. 17, 2013. The Davis and Dow jazz quartet featuring a vocalist and a request by favorites second half is Feb.7, 2013. The popular bluegrass/country group, Three on a String, featuring Bobby Horton, will perform April 11, 2013.

                Dr. Daniel Powell, Associate Dean of Fine and Performing Arts, says, “Season ticket sales have more than doubled already and are expected to go fast once they are offered to the general public, so don’t miss out.”

                For those who want to purchase tickets in person, they will be available in the Center for the Arts Box Office Sept. 10-26, Monday through Thursday, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

                Season tickets will be $48, a bargain price when compared to sister institutions with state-of-the-art facilities where prices are double or triple this amount. Season ticket holders also get a VIP pass to Meet the Artist receptions and early renewal privileges for the following season.

                Some Artist Series events are expected to sell out when single event tickets are available. Season ticket purchases are the best way to be sure to get the best seat in the house. Single event tickets are $14 for adults, $10 for children under 18, and $5 for Chipola students and employees. The deeply discounted $5 tickets are available only at the box office on the day of the show with a valid photo ID.

                For information, visit www.chipola.edu or phone 718-2257.

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August 23, 2012

CRAA TO SPONSOR ARTS EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola Regional Arts Association (CRAA) has contracted Arts educator Donna Wissinger to perform in area schools Sept. 12-20 and her scheduling is filling up fast. 

                Donna’s program varies for each grade level, but this year will mark the premiere of a state- sponsored initiative “Viva Florida” that celebrates Florida’s cultural heritage.  It’s the 500th anniversary of the cultural phenomenon that began when Ponce de Leon and his crew walked ashore on Florida’s east coast and named it “La Florida.”  What makes this anniversary so unique is that de Leon’s convoy was the first group of Europeans to document such a landing and give our state the name, Florida. 

                The CRAA-sponsored programming also will include traditional favorites:  Pied Piper Tales; Myths Legends Fables; and American Revolution, among others. 

                This Children’s Programming event is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. 

                There is no cost to the students, teachers or administrators.  To schedule a program, contact Dr. Daniel Powell at powelld@chipola.edu or (850) 718-2257.

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August 23, 2012

CHIPOLA GRAND OPENING GALA SET FOR SEPT. 20

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Center for the Arts grand opening gala, a Grand Night, is set for Thursday, Sept. 20.

                The gala will feature two-time Emmy Award-winning actress Sally Struthers and current Broadway star Tony Yazbeck. The historic event includes an after party with live music and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Dress is semi-formal.

                General admission tickets—$50—are available at the Chipola Center for the Arts, The Marianna Fitness Center and the Gazebo Café. Call 850-718-2220 for credit card orders, or contact sirmonc@chipola.edu

                Broadway star Tony Yazbeck most recently played the role of Billy Flynn in the Broadway production of “Chicago.” Other Broadway credits include: “White Christmas” (Phil Davis), “Gypsy” (Tulsa), “A Chorus Line” (Al), “Never Gonna Dance,” “Oklahoma” and “Gypsy” with Tyne Daly.

                Tony has performed at Carnegie Hall and many of the fine nightclub and concert venues in New York City. On Television, Tony has been featured on “As The World Turns,” “All My Children,” and in the first season of the new NBC hit series “Smash” about the creation of a Broadway musical. His Film and TV credits include “Every Little Step” (feature documentary) and “All My Children” and “As the World Turns.”

                Sally Struthers is a two-time Emmy and Golden Globe winner for the groundbreaking TV series All in the Family. She also performed in the CW network’s highly-acclaimed Gilmore Girls.  She was heard as the voice of “Pebbles Flintstone” on the Pebbles and Bam-Bam cartoon series and the lead female character on the popular Disney cartoon Tailspin.

                Sally co-starred in two legendary motion pictures: Five Easy Pieces with Jack Nicholson and The Getaway with Steve McQueen and Ali McGraw.

                Sally’s Broadway resume includes Wally’s Café with Rita Moreno and Neil Simon’s female version of the Odd Couple with Brenda Vaccaro. For three years she starred as “Miss Mamie Lynch” on Broadway and on tour in the Tommy Tune production of Grease. In the 20th Anniversary Tour of Annie, Sally played the coveted role of “Miss Hannigan.”

                The gala is the first official performance in the new $16 million Chipola Center for the Arts.

                The 56,000 square foot Center features a main theater with a balcony and seating for 655 patrons. The most intriguing feature of the new complex is the black box, experimental theater designed for audiences of 100. The center also includes an art gallery, dance studio, reception area, dressing rooms, teaching spaces, a scene shop and costume shop. The main theater is equipped with state-of-the-art systems for rigging, sound, lighting and set construction to handle professional shows of all types.

                For ticket information or credit card orders, call 850-718-2220, or contact sirmonc@chipola.edu

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August 23, 2012

CHIPOLA OFFERS HELP FOR UNEMPLOYED AND UNDEREMPLOYED

 

                MARIANNA - The U.S. Department of Labor recently awarded a $3.9 million grant to Chipola College and the University of West Florida to provide education, training and job placement assistance to meet the demand for high-skill workers in Northwest Florida.

                The project, Florida Hire Ed, allows Chipola College to enhance or increase the employment prospects for low-income or under-employed individuals in Holmes, Washington, Jackson, Liberty and Calhoun counties.  Funds will not pay for tuition; however, funds will support additional services for participants, such as textbooks, online course access and industry exams. 

                Chipola College and UWF will enhance or add training in the fields of information technology and healthcare.  Participants will earn industry certificates that represent portable skills recognized by employers nation-wide.

                Programs at Chipola College and Washington-Holmes Technical Center included in this project will prepare information technology students to take industry certification exams in Courses leading to the following certifications are available: CompTIA Certifications: A+, Network+ and Security+; Microsoft Certifications: Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008; EC-Council Certifications: Certified Ethical Hacker. These courses may also be applied to the Associate in Science (AS) Degrees in Networking Services Technology and Computer Information Technology.

                Health sciences programs included in the project are Certified Nurse Assistant, Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic, and Bridge-to-ADN students.

                Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough, said, “This grant will allow us to provide the necessary training that will enable our citizens to fill these positions. We look forward to working with UWF, the Washington-Holmes Technical Center and the Chipola Regional Workforce Board as partners in training more students for high-skill, high-wage jobs in technology and health care.”

                As further specifics of the proposal are finalized, more details will be made available about the new training and certification that will be offered at both Chipola and UWF.  As a first step, prospective students may visit the website http://uwf.edu/floridahireed/ and complete the “participant application form” to determine their eligibility for assistance. 

                For information on this and other programs served by the One Stop Center systems, call 850-718-0326 or 850-638-6089.

                The contact person at Chipola College is Vicki Mathis at 850-718-2289. The Washington-Holmes contact is Stephanie Halley at 850-638-1190. 

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CHIPOLA OFFERS HELP FOR UNEMPLOYED AND UNDEREMPLOYED—The U.S. Department of Labor recently awarded a $3.9 million grant to Chipola and the University of West Florida to meet the demand for high-skill workers in the fields of information technology and healthcare.  Project Florida Hire Ed is designed to enhance employment prospects for low-income or under-employed individuals. The contact person at Chipola is Vicki Mathis at 850-718-2289. The Washington-Holmes contact is Stephanie Halley at 850-638-1190. 

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 August 23, 2012

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REAGAN HELPS CHIPOLA CENTER FOR THE ARTS—Jackie Reagan of Marianna recently presented a donation to Harold Donaldson, co-chair of the Applause! campaign to support the Chipola College Center for the Arts. Funds from the campaign will be used to enrich programming; enhance educational experiences for Chipola and K-12 students; and to support facility enhancements. Seat plaques, stars and naming opportunities are available. Visit www.chipola.edu or call 850-718-2277 for more information.

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August 23, 2012

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CHIPOLA NURSING ORIENTATION—The Chipola College Nursing department recently held orientation for incoming students. The program included skits and songs performed by current nursing students, pictured from left: Chelsea Dalton, James Ward, Yolanda Hamilton, Mary McClellan, Tiffany Lawrence, Sheena Davis, Chelsie Mathews, Emily Streukens and Latrice Thomas. For information about Chipola’s nursing program, call 850-718-2316 or visit www.chipola.edu

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August 23, 2012

CHIPOLA SUMMER DEAN’S LIST ANNOUNCED

 

                MARIANNADr. Sarah Clemmons, senior vice president of Instruction at Chipola College, commends some 200 students who made the Dean’s List for academic achievement during the Summer I and II Terms 2012.

                To be placed on the Dean’s List, a student must take 6 or more semester hours of courses and make an average of 3.25 (B+) to 4.0 (A) in all courses.

                Students who made perfect averages of 4.0—straight A’s—and their hometowns are:

                Alford— Angela Bowers, Nelia Larrubia.

                Altha—Liam Brantley-Curl, Justin Godwin, Tiffany Hill, Katrina Messer, James Sellers, Stephanie Shelton, Justin Terry.

                Blountstown—Mitchell Darnell, Robert Deason, Cassidy Gurliaccio, William Holmes, Jr., Casey Johnson, Hailey Moravek, Dora Mosley, Mark Shuler, Sharlyn Smith.

                Bonifay—Anna Bailey, Jessica Bean, Jonathan Carrell, Angela Gluck, Ashley Holley, George Hutton, III, Mika Moore, Wayde Retherford, Casey Richards, Cathy Riddle, Julie Wells, Caleb Whitaker.

                Bristol—Phyllis Reddick, Carly Sapp, Ashley Sikes, Emily Whittaker.

                Campbellton—Kayla Farris, Keion Woulard, Shannon Lewis.

                Caryville—Susan Miller.

                Chipley—Kaylor Collins, Stacy Collins, Michelle Daniels, Melissa Finch, Megan Goodman, Alana Hearn, Kevin Russell, Erin Solger, Katherine Stone.

                Clarksville—Jesse Hall, Robert Johns, Faith Plazarin, John Tharpe.

                Cottondale—Jessica Gray, Hannah Lamb, Jamie Vickery, Phyllis Vickery.

                Graceville—Hadley Battles, Victoria Brown, Crystal Hood, Kevin Potts, Jr., Kimberly Williams, Carly Wilson.

                Grand Ridge—Michelle Blackburn, Alston Burch, Rebecca Hart, Erin Williams.

                Greenwood—Carlotta Brown.

                Marianna—Janina Bartkowiak, Steven Blanchette, Jr., Casey Caynor, Stephanie Darby, Brandy Davis, Shondel Frear, Stuart Gamble, Robert Gause, Rebecca Herb, Tierney Hitchcock, Jamie McCoy, Latisha Opfermann, Ashley O'pry, Aaron Parks, Jay Phelps, Ashley Pickett, Jesse Roberts, Meagan Seay, Jonathan Sims, Joseph Taylor,III, Mariya Masha Yaroshenko.

                Sneads—Haley Bennett, Charles Harper, Jr.

                Vernon—Christopher Blankenship.

                Westville—Carrie Hayford, Andrew Stafford.

                Out of District—Lynnsey Russell of Ashford, Ala., Rebecca Stewart of Crawfordville, Shyann Jackson and Sarah Moore of Dothan, Ala., Ashleigh Stowe of Enterprise, Ala., Stephanie Garrels of Magnolia, Tex., Kristine Brance of Riga, Latvia, Calvin Gilbert and Corynn Walker of Tallahassee, Anita Pecurcika of Ventspils, Latvia.

                Students who earned grade point averages ranging from 3.25(B+) to 3.99 (A) and their hometowns are:

                Alford—Teresa Magnus.

                Altha—Seth Alderman, Tiffany Hill, Maranda Middleton, Steve Yoder, Jr.

                Blountstown—Clarissa Cooper, Kenneth Edwards, Whitney Halley, Mary McClellan, Sharlyn Smith.

                Bonifay—Augusta Anderson, Traci Corbin, Krutikaben Patel, Rachel Toro, Ashley Vallejos, Clayton Ward.

                Bristol—Schelbie Anders, Auslinn Shuler, Ashley Sikes, Emily Whittaker.

                Campbellton—Mykel Dates, Eleazar Thompson.

                Chipley—Blake Anderson, Tina Belser, Charlotte Boyden, Kaylor Collins, Jacqueline Funderburk, Holley Hinson, Ragen McDaniel, Shiloh Mosier, Kevin Russell, Gregory Shaub, John Thompson.

                Cottondale—Dorothy Cash, Rebecca Dominguez, Jessica Gray, Kendra Pittman, Sicily Sapp.

                Graceville—Megan Crutchfield, Lisa Davis, Paris Hill, Kevin Potts, Jr., Stephanie Smith, Ashley Toole.

                Grand Ridge—Stephanie Sharpe, Jessica Tillman.

                Greenwood—Shelby Roberts, Kayla Sherwood, Richetta Worlds.

                Kinard—April Rich.

                Malone—Jarell Robinson.

                Marianna—James Avery, Linsey Basford, Kala Burttschell, Tierra Campbell, Ronyon Campbell, Jr., Hannah Colbert, John Ellerbee, Cessna Folsom, Rebecca Hambly, Christopher Hankins, Jessica Hatcher, Dalton Hendrix, Jon Johnson, Jimmy Melvin, Jerry Nelson, Christopher Newton, Akta Patel, Zachary Perkins, Cynthia Phillips, Quatarisus Pope, Stephanie Sellers, Christin Wiggins, Marcus Wright.

                Sneads—Casey Adams, Kelly Lanier, Alicia Seaton, Julie Stone, Tiffany Thompson, Cynthia Williams.

                Vernon—Cherica Brown, Elizabeth Sewell, Tyler Steverson.

                Wausau—Cierra Gregerson.

                Westville—Jonathan McKinney, Hunter Somerset.

                Out of District—Carlos Morris of Apalachicola, Summer Moore of Ashford, Ala., Kair Jackson of Atlanta, Ga.,Session O’Neal of Cambridge, Mass., Kristen Allen of Chattahoochee, Chloe Kronberger of Dothan, Ala., Kaleb Barlow of Florence Rankin, Miss., Earl Watson of Fort Pierce, Elaine Greig of Lynn Haven, Brittany Sinkfield of Newnan, Ga., Kerry Bryant and Monica Davila of Panama City, Denaya Brazzle of Portland, Oreg., Jelleah Sidney of Queens Village, N.Y., Cheryle Rahman of Quincy, Brian Cauvier-Bardis of St-Constant, CN, Taylor Guy and Ashley Kennett of Tallahassee

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August 30, 2012

CHIPOLA THEATRE ANNOUNCES FIRST SEASON IN NEW CENTER

 

                MARIANNA—Charles Sirmon, Director of Theatre at Chipola College recently announced the lineup for his thirteenth season.

                Chipola puts on three major student productions each year, plus a one night showcase in November. The first season in the brand new Chipola Center for the Arts opens with the

comedy, “Noises Off,” Nov. 1-4; and includes the hit musical Hairspray, March 13-16 and Alice in Wonderland, May 9.

                The first season in the brand new Chipola Center for the Arts opens with the hilarious comedy, “Noises Off,” Nov. 1-4. Auditions are Sept. 10 and 11 at 6 p.m. Written by Michael Fryan, Noises Off has been called the funniest farce ever written.  The show presents a manic menagerie of a cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called, “Nothing’s On.” Doors slamming, on-and backstage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this classically comic play. The show also will feature a two-story revolving set. The New York Times, calls “Noises Off,” “The most dexterously-realized comedy ever about putting on a comedy.”

                In March, 2013, the Chipola theatre will be thick with “Hairspray.” Based on the New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters, the 1950's are out and change is in the air.  Hairspray, winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, is a friendly musical piled bouffant high with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful songs.  It's 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire, to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. Auditions are Jan. 7 and 8.  

                “Alice in Wonderland,” a children’s production, is May 9 at 7 p.m. Join Alice's madcap adventures in Wonderland as she chases the White Rabbit, races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with the Tweedles, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar, and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game. Roles are plentiful, including three Cheshire Cats and dozens of other wonderfully wacky characters. The show will also be shown to thousands of school children during the first week of May. Auditions are March 19 at 7 p.m.

                Tickets for all Chipola Theatre productions go sale two weeks prior to the performance. Tickets are available online with box office hours Monday through Thursday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and one hour prior to curtain at the Center for the Arts box office.

                Theatre fans also are invited to join the Applauding Chipola Theatre (ACT) VIP fund, which guarantees the best seats for all shows. The ACT Fund offers five levels of membership including Sponsor, Patron, Benefactor, Angel and Corporate Angel with VIP seating available at all levels. A portion of ACT memberships is tax-deductible.

                For more information contact Charles Sirmon, Director of Theatre sirmonc@chipola.edu 850-718-2277.

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August 30, 2012

 ‘ALL IN THE FAMILY’ STAR TO OPEN CHIPOLA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

 

                MARIANNA—From the loveable Gloria, daughter of Archie Bunker on “All in the Family,” to Miss Hannigan on Broadway, Sally Struthers is a national treasure.

                Struthers will perform her one-woman show at the Chipola College Center for the Arts grand opening gala, a Grand Night, on Sept. 20. She is expected to reminisce about her days as the TV wife of Meat-Head (Rob Reiner) on the popular 1970’s sitcom, and also about her real life romance with Elvis Presley. In between, she’ll sing a couple of numbers, likely “Little Girls” from her role in Annie and maybe even a John Prine song “Hello in There,” made popular by Bette Midler.

                Charles Sirmon, Director of Theatre at Chipola, says, “Everyone is going to love Sally. She’s a hoot and a great talent.” The two-time Emmy winner is also expected to mix with the crowd at the after-party immediately following the show.  The historic event includes an after party with live music and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Dress is semi-formal.

                The gala will also feature current Broadway star Tony Yazbeck who most recently played the role of Billy Flynn in the Broadway production of “Chicago.”  Yazbeck is expected to sing and tap dance his way across the brand new Chipola stage and into the hearts of the first-ever audience in the new Center. His other Broadway credits include: “White Christmas” (Phil Davis), “Gypsy” (Tulsa), “A Chorus Line” (Al), “Never Gonna Dance,” “Oklahoma” and “Gypsy” with Tyne Daly.

                Tony has performed at Carnegie Hall and many of the fine nightclub and concert venues in New York City. On Television, he’s appeared in the first season of the new NBC hit series “Smash” about the creation of a Broadway musical. His Film and TV credits include “Every Little Step” (feature documentary) and “All My Children” and “As the World Turns.”

                The gala is the first official performance in the new $16 million Chipola Center for the Arts. General admission tickets—$50—are available at the Chipola Center for the Arts, The Marianna Fitness Center and the Gazebo Café. Call 850-718-2220 for credit card orders, or contact sirmonc@chipola.edu

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August 30, 2012

MARIANNA SINGER TO PERFORM FOR CHIPOLA ARTIST SERIES

           

                MARIANNA—The first event in the Chipola Artist Series will have a local connection as Marianna High graduate John Martin performs with Street Corner Symphony on Sept. 27. The male a cap­pella group was a finalist on NBC’s “The Sing Off” earlier this year.

                Martin is generally found singing the highest parts for Street Corner Symphony. He also is one of the main arrangers for SCS, being responsible for the arrangements of "Fix You," "Mad World," and from the soon-to-be-released second album, "Southern Autumn Nostalgia."

                A classically-trained tenor, Martin graduated from Marianna High in 2005 where he was a member of the marching band and show choir. He holds Bachelor's Degrees in Music and Religion from Huntingdon College where he studied under Dr. James W. Glass. While at Huntingdon, he won several competitions, including the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and the Music Teachers' National Association (MTNA) auditions. It was also there that he met Mark McLemore, who invited him to join Street Corner Symphony. 

                Martin is currently pursuing the Master of Music in Voice Performance from the University of Alabama, studying under Dr. Susan Fleming. He is currently singing in the choir of the Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham, and has been invited to audition with the world-renowned Chanticleer, one of America’s best-known male choral groups.

                Aside from singing, John enjoys a love affair with drum and bugle corps. He was a member of the 2007 DCI Division III World Champion horn line of the Memphis Sound drum and bugle corps, which led to his subsequent positions as a brass instructor and contributing arranger for the Memphis Sound DBC and Forté DBC horn lines. He is currently the brass arranger for Frontier drum and bugle corps. 

                He also composes classical and sacred choral music in his spare time, and he contributes multi-tracked recordings to the choral education site ChoralTracks as part of his mission to bring choral music to the masses.

                When not doing something musical, John enjoys cooking and drinking espresso, craft beers and fine wine. In his free time, he can be found watching any of the Stargate or Dr. Who television series or reading J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. 

                He is the son of the Rev. Dr. Ronald Martin and Terri Martin of Marianna. He says, “My parents are to thank for getting me involved in music.”

                For information, visit www.streetcornersymphony.com For tickets, visit www.chipola.edu, click on “Fine Arts” and “Artist Series.” Online tickets can be printed at home, or with an order con­firmation, will-call tickets will be available at the box office the night of the show.

                The lineup includes Street Corner Symphony, Sept. 27.  Illusionist Sammy Cortino will present a Las Vegas style magic show Jan. 17, 2013. The Davis and Dow jazz quartet featuring a vocalist and a request by favorites second half is Feb.7, 2013. The popular bluegrass/country group, Three on a String, featuring Bobby Horton, will perform April 11, 2013.

                For those who want to purchase tickets in person, they will be available in the Center for the Arts Box Office Sept. 10-26, Monday through Thursday, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

                Season tickets are $48 and include a VIP pass to Meet the Artist receptions. Single event tickets are $14 for adults, $10 for children under 18. 

                For information, visit www.chipola.edu or phone 718-2257.

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MARIANNA SINGER TO PERFORM FOR CHIPOLA ARTIST SERIES—The first event in the Chipola Artist Series will have a local connection as Marianna High graduate John Martin performs with Street Corner Symphony on Sept. 27. The male a cap­pella group was a finalist on NBC’s The Sing Off earlier this year. Members of Street Corner Symphony are, from left: Richie Lister, Mark McLemore, Jeremy Lister, John Martin of Marianna, Adam Chance and Jonathan Lister.

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August 30, 2012

SMALL BUSINESS SEMINARS SET AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNAChipola College will offer a series of small business seminars this year.  All seminars meet on Fridays, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., in Room M-108 of the Chipola Business and Technology building.

                “Steps to Starting a Small Business” is Friday, Sept. 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  The seminar will focus on organizational requirements and licensing for a small business in Florida. Topics will include financial assessments, defining customers, location considerations and employee requirements.

                 International Trade, Part 1 is Sept. 21. This class provides an overview of import and export opportunities for Florida businesses. Participants will learn about global businesses and trade investments. The seminar will cover ways to develop a trade plan and to secure resources for starting a trade business.

                “Business Plan Basics” is Oct. 12.  Participants will learn which business type is suited to their personality and to create an impressive, professional business plan. The seminar also will include a walk-through of the business plan process in order to obtain financing and to create a successful business.  

                “International Trade, Part 2” will meet Oct. 26.  Participants will learn about market penetration strategies, market presence, collections, getting paid, export finance, and exporting for the service industry.

                “Marketing Series, Part 1:  Introduction to 21st Century Marketing” is Nov. 9. Participants will learn the best methods for marketing a business by targeting a market audience, creating a free web site, discovering which social media avenues are best, and optimizing internet presence.

                “Marketing Series, Part 2:   Marketing on the Internet and Using Social Media” is Nov. 16. Participants will learn social media strategy, marketing techniques, the secrets of the social media and online brand presence. Other topics include: search engine optimization, monitoring web site effectiveness, making a web site mobile-friendly, connecting with customers and revitalizing image.

                Credit Basics is set for Dec. 7. The major determining factor on receiving any type of loan is a personal credit score and credit history. The class will cover credit basics, what makes up a credit score and how to improve the overall score. Anyone interested in opening a business can benefit from the information offered.

                Cost of each seminar is $30. The first five Chipola students to sign up for any seminar will receive free admission.  Students should contact Elissa Severson at 718-2441 or sign up in person in Building M, Office 108.

                Participants may register online at www.northfloridabiz.com For more information, contact Elissa Severson at Chipola College at 850-718-2441 or email seversone@chipola.edu

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