February 2, 2006

HOMECOMING WEEK AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA – Chipola College will celebrate Homecoming 2006, the week of Feb. 13-18. 

This year’s theme is “Shiver Their Timbers,” as the Indians hope to sink the Commodores of Gulf Coast.

Student activities for the week include a building decoration contest which begins Monday, Feb. 13 with judging at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14.

Students are encouraged to show spirit through dress-up days. Monday, Feb. 13, is Camouflage Day. Students are asked to wear their camo gear.  Tuesday, Feb. 14, is High School Spirit Day. Students are asked to wear high school colors. Wednesday, Feb. 15, is Pajamas Day. Students are asked to wear their p.j.’s.  Thursday, Feb. 16, is Tacky Day. Students are asked to wear mis-matched, tacky clothes.  Friday, Feb. 17, is  Blue & Gold Day. Students are asked to show their Chipola spirit by wearing school colors.

A student Talent Show is set for Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 10 a.m. in the Arts Center.  All currently enrolled students are invited to enter.  Cash prizes will be awarded to winners in the following categories:  Best Overall – 1st, 2nd and 3rd and Best Solo, Best Group and Best Band. Performances are limited to 4 minutes. Sign up in the Student Activities office by Feb. 13.          

Rep. Marti Coley will address the Chipola Honors Seminar on Friday, Feb. 17 at 10 a.m., in Jackson Lecture Hall. Coley is speaking on behalf of her late husband David Coley, who was recently named Chipola’s 2006 Alumnus of the year. The public is invited to attend.

            Homecoming Night, Saturday, Feb. 26, begins with the Lady Indians game against Tallahassee Community College at 5:30 p.m. An Alumni Reception hosted by Chipola President Dr. Gene Prough and his wife Priscilla, begins at 6 p.m. in the Chipola Appreciation Club Room. All alumni and friends are invited to attend the reception.            

            Pencie Wester, Chipola’s oldest living alumnus, is this year’s special guest at homecoming. Wester will turn 100 in June. Other special guests include members of the 1965-66 men’s basketball team which finished fourth in the nation.

            The Indians take on the Commodores in the men’s game at 7:30 p.m. Chipola’s 2006 Homecoming Queen and Mr. Chipola will be crowned during halftime. 

        For more information on Homecoming events, call the SGA office at 718-2308 or 718-2314.

 

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        February 2, 2006

CHIPOLA’S AUTO TECH PROGRAM IS BELLWETHER FINALIST

 

MARIANNAChipola College’s innovative program in Automotive Technology recently was selected as a finalist for a Bellwether Award in the Workforce Development

Chipola instructor John Gardner presented an overview of his successful program at the Community College Futures Assembly held Jan. 23 Orlando.

Gardner said, “Our futuristic training program utilizes an industry-based curriculum in partnership with local dealerships, shops, and an advisory committee to provide our students with the competitive edge in this ever changing high-tech training environment.” The program also was named Florida’s Best Business & Education partnership in 2004.

Chipola’s powerful partnership has resulted in increased enrollment and retention as well as an increase in employment potential. Donations from industry partners have enabled Chipola to leverage funds from several grants as well as private industries to build a curriculum that meets the needs of the automotive industry.

Chipola is a master-certified National Automotive Training Education Foundation (NATEF) program. Students in the high tech, open-entry/open-exit program can access all lessons through a network of wireless laptops via a central file server.  “In this technologically-sophisticated industry that is changing daily, a competitive training environment along with strong industry partners ensure success for our students and valuable employees for the industry,” said Gardner. Chipola utilizes a three-step training approach consisting of classroom, computer laboratory, and shops/dealerships which ensure student success and 100% mastery of each skills area.

Gardner said, “Chipola’s goal is to train tomorrow’s workforce. My personal goal is to help these students succeed. With our strong partnerships, we can guarantee visible and measurable results which reach far beyond the classroom.”

Information on the 2006 Community College Futures Assembly is available on the web at http://www.coe.ufl.edu/futures.  For information about Chipola’s Automotive Technology program, call 850-718-2306, or visit www.chipola.edu

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CHIPOLA AUTO PROGRAM IS BELLWETHER FINALIST—Chipola College’s innovative program in Automotive Technology recently was selected as a finalist for a Bellwether Award in the Workforce Development. Pictured from left, are: Chipola automotive students Cameron Pelt, Kirstin Menzies, instructor John Gardner and Robert Hagen.

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February 2, 2006

 ‘GREASE ’ TICKETS ON SALE AT CHIPOLA FEB. 22

 

       MARIANNA—Tickets for the Chipola College production of “Grease” go on sale Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 8 a.m., in the college business office (Building A).

            Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students. Chipola employees and students get one free ticket with ID. The musical opens a five-day run, March 8.  

        “Grease” tells the story of Rydell High’s spirited class of ’59. The gum-chewing, hub-cap stealing, hot-rod loving boys with D.A.’s and leather jackets and their wise-cracking girls in teased curls, bobby sox, and pedal pushers – capture the look and sounds of the 1950’s in this rollicking musical that salutes the rock ‘n’ roll era.  While hip Danny Zuko and wholesome Sandy Dumbrowski resolve the problems of their mutual attraction for each other, the gang sings and dances its way through such nostalgic scenes as the pajama party, the prom, the burger palace and the drive-in movie.

            Chipola director Charles Sirmon recently cast local actors in the following roles: Mike Milton as Danny, Felicia Gibson as Sandy, Brittney Holmes as Rizzo, Mary Kathryn Tanner as Frenchy, Shannon Grice as Marty, Anne Gilmartin as Jan, Heath Carroll as Kenickie, Seth Basford as Doody, Kevin Russell as Roger, Scott Boyle as Sonny, Katie Brown as Patty Simcox, Courtney Haile as Cha-Cha, Josh Barber as Eugene, Princess Brinson as Teen Angel, Terry Tanner Smith as Miss Lynch and Danuta Jacob as Blanche.  The Grease Girls are Tiffany Pippin, Stacey Hall, Kara Hewitt, Meredith Nailen, Tara Padgett, Brook Spivey and Ashley Tanner.  The Grease Guys are Robbie Bouck, Chris Calton, Richie Cooper, Lenaris Dixon, David Kawar and Zach Price.  The Beauty School Dropouts are Arielle Bateman, Jamila Holmes, Jennifer Nicole Jones, Kristina Lopez, Karisa Olds, Amber Rivera and Holly Walters.  Kelci Stephenson is Stage Manager.

            For information about Chipola Theater, call 718-2227.

                                   

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GREASE SET AT CHIPOLA—Tickets for the Chipola College production of “Grease” go on sale Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 8 a.m., in the college business office (Building A). Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students. The musical opens a five-day run, March 8.  Pictured from left, are: Mike Milton (Danny), Felecia Gibson (Sandy), Brittney Holmes (Rizzo) and Heath Carroll (Kenickie).

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February 2, 2006

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer a variety of short courses in the coming weeks.

            A Sign Language I class will meet Tuesdays, Feb. 7 through April 18 from 5 to 7 p.m.  Cost is $81.

            A Cake Decorating II class will meet Thursdays, March 2 through 30 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.  Cost is $41.  An Advanced Level Cake Decorating III class will meet Thursdays, April 6 through 27 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.  Cost is $41.

            A 10 Hour Childcare Training (special needs) course will meet March 11 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $38. A 20 Hour Childcare Training course will meet April 1 & 8 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $76. A 10 Hour Childcare Training (developmentally appropriate practices, 3-5 year olds) course will meet May 6 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Cost is $38.       

            An Introduction to Computers with Internet for Seniors class will meet Mar 30 from 9 a.m. to noon.  Cost is $24.

            The Continuing Education Department also offers custom motivational workshops for businesses and organizations. The following are available: Eat That Frog: Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time; Whale Done: The Power of Positive Relationships; The Pygmalion Effect: Managing the Power of Expectations; Discussing Performance; The Attitude Virus: Curing Negativity in the Workplace; Team Building: What makes a Good Team Player?; and After All, You’re the Supervisor!

            Gatlin Education Services (GES) offers, open enrollment, online courses in: health care, internet graphics/web design, business, law and travel.  Register online at www.gatlineducation.com/chipola.

.           Education To Go offers online programs in: computers, photography, languages, writing, entertainment industry, grant writing, business, sales, accounting, test prep, finance, health, child care, parenting, art, history, psychology, literature, statistics, philosophy, engineering, law and nursing. For dates and course outlines, visit www.ed2go.com/chipola .

            For information about any of these non-credit courses, call 850-718-2395.                                                                  

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February 2, 2006

 

CHIPOLA THEATER SCHOLARSHIP GROWS—Chipola College business instructor Lee Shook recently made a second $5,000 contribution to the Lee Shook Theatre Scholarship Endowment fund which will provide a scholarship to a future theatre major.  Shook has performed in numerous Chipola productions and is key supporter of the Chipola (ACT) Applauding Chipola Theater fund. Shook, who is also an accountant, hopes that all theater lovers and friends of the college will consider the endowment in their tax-deductible giving plans. Here, Shook (right) presents the check to Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough. For information about the endowment, contact the Chipola Foundation at 850-718-2478.                                                     

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February 2, 2006

CHIPOLA HOOPSTERS DOING WELL IN PANHANDLE CONFERENCE

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola Indians improved to 6-0 in Panhandle Conference play with a 96-84 victory over Gulf Coast on Feb. 1.

Michael Taylor led with 27 points, including 21 in the second half. Stefhon Hannah scored 21.

The Indians lead the league with a 6-0 mark. Tallahassee is in second place with a 5-1 mark. OW is third at 2-4. Chipola is first in the Florida JUCO poll and second in the national poll with a 23-1 overall mark.

The Indians beat Pensacola, 95-66, on Jan. 28, behind the scoring of Stefhon Hannah with 21 points, 9 assists, 5 rebounds and 4 steals. Jamarcus Ellis scored 20 points, pulled in 11 rebounds, and dished out 7 assists on the night. Ryne Hamblet added 15 points, shooting 6 of 8 from the field. Michael Taylor scored 13 with 5 rebounds. Gerard Jackson chalked up his second consecutive double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. 

            Chipola scored a 70-68 win on the road over Tallahassee on Jan. 24.  Chipola won a heated battle over Okaloosa-Walton on Jan. 21. The Indians pulled out the 69-68 win with Thomas leading the scoring with 24 points.

        The Lady Indians slipped to 4-2 in league play following a 98-95 loss to first place Gulf Coast on Feb. 1. Nacole Stocks led Chipola with 28 points. Chinata Nesbit scored 24. Christian Pace had 14. Latoya Brown added 11.

The Lady Indians are 19-3 overall, second place in the state poll and sixth place in the national poll.

        Chipola outlasted the Lady Pirates, 60-54, on Jan. 28. Nesbit led Chipola with 25 points and 13 rebounds. Brown scored 17. Rashawna Sippio had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

        Chipola chalked up a big win over Tallahassee 65-48 on Jan. 24.  Nacole Stocks led Chipola with 23 points.  Ta’yani Clark added 17.

        The Lady Indians defeated Okaloosa Walton 69-55 on Jan. 21.  Nesbit had 18 on the night.  Stocks, Sippio and Clark each added 10.

        The Lady Indians scored a 94-52 victory over North Florida on Jan. 17. Clark led Chipola with 20 points. Shawnta Pope scored 14. Stocks, Sippio and Nesbit each scored 13.

        The Lady Indians’ only conference losses have come at the hands of Gulf Coast.

        Chipola’s next home games are Saturday, Feb. 11, when they host Tallahassee. Chipola’s Homecoming game is set for Feb. 18 against Gulf Coast. 

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

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February 2, 2006

CHIPOLA BASEBALL TO HOST STRING OF HOME GAMES

 

 

MARIANNA—The Chipola baseball team opens the Spring 2006 season at home, Wednesday, Feb. 8, with a 2 p.m. game against Lake City.

The Indians will host St. Petersburg in doubleheaders on Feb. 11 and 12, beginning at noon both days.

Chipola’s homestand continues with Louisburg, Feb. 16 at 3 p.m.; Young Harris, Feb. 17 at 11 a.m.; Louisburg, Feb. 18 at 3 p.m. and Wallace, Feb. 19 at 2 p.m.

All baseball games are free of charge and concessions are available.

The Indians are defending Panhandle Conference Champions.

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February 9, 2006

HOMECOMING WEEK AT CHIPOLA

 

MARIANNAChipola College will celebrate Homecoming 2006, the week of Feb. 13-18. 

This year's theme is "Shiver Their Timbers," as the Indians hope to sink the Commodores of Gulf Coast.

Student activities for the week include a building decoration contest which begins Monday, Feb. 13 with judging at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14.

Students are encouraged to show spirit through dress-up days. Monday, Feb. 13, is Camouflage Day. Students are asked to wear their camo gear.  Tuesday, Feb. 14, is High School Spirit Day. Students are asked to wear high school colors. Wednesday, Feb. 15, is Pajamas Day. Students are asked to wear their p.j.’s.  Thursday, Feb. 16, is Tacky Day. Students are asked to wear mis-matched, tacky clothes.  Friday, Feb. 17, is  Blue & Gold Day. Students are asked to show their Chipola spirit by wearing school colors.

A student Talent Show is set for Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 10 a.m. in the Arts Center.  All currently enrolled students are invited to enter.  Cash prizes will be awarded to winners in the following categories:  Best Overall - 1st, 2nd and 3rd, and Best Solo, Best Group and Best Band. Performances are limited to 4 minutes. Sign up in the Student Activities office by Feb. 13.          

Rep. Marti Coley will address the Chipola Honors Seminar on Friday, Feb. 17 at 10 a.m., in Jackson Lecture Hall. Coley is speaking on behalf of her late husband David Coley, who was recently named Chipola’s 2006 Alumnus of the year. The public is invited to attend.

            Homecoming Night, Saturday, Feb. 18, begins with the Lady Indians game against Gulf Coast Community College at 5:30 p.m. An Alumni Reception hosted by Chipola President Dr. Gene Prough and his wife Priscilla, begins at 6 p.m. in the Chipola Appreciation Club Room. All alumni and friends are invited to attend the reception.            

            Pencie Wester, Chipola’s oldest living alumnus, is this year’s special guest at homecoming. Wester will turn 100 in June. Other special guests include members of the 1965-66 men’s basketball team which finished fourth in the nation.

            The Indians take on the Commodores in the men’s game at 7:30 p.m. Chipola’s 2006 Homecoming Queen and Mr. Chipola will be crowned during halftime. 

        For more information on Homecoming events, call the SGA office at 718-2308 or 718-2314.

 

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CHIPOLA HOMECOMING COURT—Members of Chipola College's 2006 Homecoming Court are, from left: (front) freshmen— Karissa Olds and Jenni Kelly; sophomores—Mary Kathryn Tanner, Claire Thornton and Jessica Olds, (back) freshmen—Keegan McKay and Mike Milton; sophomores—Darryl Hunter, Nick Graves and Zack Price. Chipola's 2006 Homecoming Queen and Mr. Chipola will be selected from the sophomores and crowned at halftime of the Homecoming game on Feb. 18.

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February 9, 2006

CHIPOLA ARTS ASSOCIATION AWARDS MINI-GRANTS

 

MARIANNA—The Chipola Regional Arts Association—made up of volunteers who support and encourage arts education—recently awarded 13 mini-grants for the Improvement of Instruction in the Arts in Schools in the Chipola College District.

CRAA President Dr. Jerry Kandzer announced the following recipients:

Blountstown High—Linda Adams won a grant to purchase choral music to increase the students’ knowledge of choral repertoire. 

Bonifay ElementaryChristine Lauen was awarded a grant to purchase VHS, DVD’s, cases, and ink cartridges for the classroom printer. Vicki Steverson wrote a proposal for art supplies to introduce students to ancient techniques and new techniques with color and special papers.

Dayspring Christian Academy— Flora Beard won a grant to purchase Spanish CD’s and bi-lingual songbooks to help the students learn Spanish songs.

Graceville Elementary— Karen Bouton was awarded a grant to extend the music kit concept into grades three, four, and five by creating music book bags for student use at home. Roberta Newell wrote a grant to provide modeling clay to allow K-5 grade students to experience molding clay using their creative ability.

Golson ElementaryKaren Smith won a grant to purchase octavators/boom whackers to help students in learning pre-note reading and hearing chord changes.

Hope School—Sharon Bennett and Sharon Williams were awarded a grant to purchase 20 new music keyboards.

Liberty County High--Mandie Fowler was awarded a grant to purchase fabrics for costumes to be used in their spring production of “Chateau La Roach” and to reuse in next year’s production.

Marianna High Philip Crawford won a grant to expand the library’s music collection with medieval, classical and pop.

Marianna Middle Melodye McPherson was awarded a grant to purchase music for their Spring 2006 concert.             

Sneads HighChristopher Bishop won a grant to purchase set building materials for the upcoming production of “The Nerd.”    

W.R. Tolar SchoolKristina Mondelli was awarded a grant to purchase percussion instruments to enhance students’ performance of middle school band literature.

CRAA members hope to continue to offer grants each year to encourage continuation and improvement of arts programs and activities in the schools. 

Additionally, CRAA offers Chipola scholarships to talented students in Calhoun, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty and Washington Counties. The group supports the Chipola Artist Series and underwrites special cultural programs for school children from the five-county area.  Funding for these many projects comes from public fund-raising efforts in the five-county district. 

CRAA will begin its annual fund-raising campaign in February. CRRA president Dr. Jerry Kandzer invites everyone to consider CRAA in their charitable contribution plans. 

For more information, call 850-718-2301. 

 

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February 9, 2006

CHIPOLA CHEERLEADER EXTRAVAGANZA DRAWS GIANT CROWD

 

 

MARIANNA—Hundreds of fans turned out to cheer for the cheerleaders at the Chipola College Cheerleader Extravaganza on Feb. 4.

In the varsity squad competition, Cottondale High won first place; Holmes County High finished second and Sneads High finished third. Holmes County High also won the Spirit Trophy.

In the junior varsity squad competition, Marianna won first place. Lyman Junior Varsity (Longwood, FL) finished second and also won the Spirit Trophy. In the Freshman Division, the Lyman Freshman squad won first place overall and also won the Spirit Trophy. 

Individuals competed in jumps and tumbling categories.

Jumps competition age group winners are: (Varsity) Kim Bazzle, first; Michelle Tharpe, second; Jasmine Thomas, third; (Junior Varsity) Desteni Barnes, first; Jenny Janas, second; Jade Wimberly, third; (15-18) Jorge Rodriguez, first; (9-11) Brittney Duffee, first; (5-8) Alyssa Young, first.

Tumbling competition winners are: (Varsity) Morgan Mount, first; (Junior Varsity) Bailey Brasol, first; Kristin Darby, second; Christie Robinson, third; (15-18) Jorge Rodriguez, first; (12-14) Elizabeth Glover, first; (9-11) Joni Jarce Flowers, first; Brittany Duffy, second; Bianca Hernandez, third; (5-8) Alexis Smith, first; Crystal Hernandez, second; Sydney Frascena, third.

Cheerleaders from Cottondale, Marianna, Sneads, Holmes County and Lyman (Longwood, FL) competed.   Exhibition squads included: JAGS All Stars and MEGA Pom Pom Squad.

 

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February 9, 2006

THROSSELL LITERATURE/LANGUAGE FESTIVAL SET AT CHIPOLA

 

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College is pleased to announce its Sixteenth Annual Throssell Literature/Language Festival on Friday, Feb. 24. 

Currently enrolled juniors or seniors from high schools in the Chipola College District will be competing.  Competitions will be held in writing, speech, oral interpretation, humanities, grammar/mechanics/usage, literature, reading and Spanish.  Recognition will be given to first, second, and third places and two honorable mentions in each competition.  A monetary award will be given to the first place winner of the President’s Reading contest.

The festival will begin at 8:15 a.m. and conclude with the awards ceremony at 12:30.  Lunch, compliments of the college, will be provided to the contestants and their sponsors.

Dr. Sarah Clemmons, Vice President of Instruction and Student Services, said, “We are looking forward to hosting our sixteenth festival.  It is always a pleasure to have area high school students on our campus for a day of rigorous academic competition.”

 

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February 9, 2006

TICKETS FOR CHIPOLA’S ‘GREASE ’ ON SALE FEB. 22

 

            MARIANNA—Tickets for the Chipola College production of “Grease” go on sale Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 8 a.m., in the college business office (Building A).

            Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students. Chipola employees and students get one free ticket with ID. The musical opens a five-day run, March 8.  

        “Grease” tells the story of Rydell High’s spirited class of ’59. The gum-chewing, hub-cap stealing, hot-rod loving boys with D.A.’s and leather jackets and their wise-cracking girls in teased curls, bobby sox, and pedal pushers – capture the look and sounds of the 1950’s in this rollicking musical that salutes the rock ‘n’ roll era.  While hip Danny Zuko and wholesome Sandy Dumbrowski resolve the problems of their mutual attraction for each other, the gang sings and dances its way through such nostalgic scenes as the pajama party, the prom, the burger palace and the drive-in movie.

            Chipola director Charles Sirmon recently cast local actors in the following roles: Mike Milton as Danny, Felicia Gibson as Sandy, Brittney Holmes as Rizzo, Mary Kathryn Tanner as Frenchy, Shannon Grice as Marty, Anne Gilmartin as Jan, Heath Carroll as Kenickie, Seth Basford as Doody, Kevin Russell as Roger, Scott Boyle as Sonny, Katie Brown as Patty Simcox, Courtney Haile as Cha-Cha, Josh Barber as Eugene, Princess Brinson as Teen Angel, Terry Tanner Smith as Miss Lynch and Danuta Jacob as Blanche.  The Grease Girls are Tiffany Pippin, Stacey Hall, Kara Hewitt, Meredith Nailen, Tara Padgett, Brook Spivey and Ashley Tanner.  The Grease Guys are Robbie Bouck, Chris Calton, Richie Cooper, Lenaris Dixon, David Kawar and Zach Price.  The Beauty School Dropouts are Arielle Bateman, Jamila Holmes, Jennifer Nicole Jones, Kristina Lopez, Karisa Olds, Amber Rivera and Holly Walters.  Kelci Stephenson is Stage Manager.

            For information about Chipola Theater, call 718-2227.

                                   

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February 9, 2006

CHIPOLA TO CUT RIBBON FOR NEW BUILDINGS

 

MARIANNA—The Chipola College District Board of Trustees and college president Dr. Gene Prough invite the public to attend Ribbon-Cutting Ceremonies to celebrate the opening of the college's new Student Services Building, Administration Building and the Reddoch Annex Fire Tower and Burn Building on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

An Open House will be held from 2-4 p.m. in the Student Services/Administration Building.  Ceremonies will begin at 3 p.m.

A number of dignitaries will be on hand for the event that will include guided tours of the buildings.         

The $4 million Student Services building consists of a renovation of the former Administration building with some additional new construction. The 24,000 square foot space is the home to the business office, enrollment services, admissions, registration, financial aid, counseling and advising, and testing. The building also houses information systems and the college switchboard.

The new building features a breath-taking central reception area that provides an unobstructed view of the various services available for students. There is also a large meeting room for student groups.

 

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February 9, 2006

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNAChipola College will offer a variety of short courses in the coming weeks.

            A Cake Decorating I class will meet Thursdays, March 2 through 30. Cost is $41. A Cake Decorating II class will meet Thursdays, April 2 through 30.  Cost is $41.  An Advanced Level Cake Decorating III class will meet Thursdays, May 4 through 25.  Cost is $41. All cake classes meet from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

            A 10 Hour Childcare Training (special needs) course will meet March 11 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $38. A 20 Hour Childcare Training course will meet April 1 and 8 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $76. A 10 Hour Childcare Training (developmentally appropriate practices, 3-5 year olds) course will meet May 6 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Cost is $38.             

            An Introduction to Computers with Internet for Seniors class will meet March 30 from 9 a.m. to noon.  Cost is $24.

            The Continuing Education Department also offers custom motivational workshops for businesses and organizations. The following are available: Eat That Frog: Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time; Whale Done: The Power of Positive Relationships; The Pygmalion Effect: Managing the Power of Expectations; Discussing Performance; The Attitude Virus: Curing Negativity in the Workplace; Team Building: What makes a Good Team Player?; and After All, You’re the Supervisor!

            Gatlin Education Services (GES) offers, open enrollment, online courses in: health care, internet graphics/web design, business, law and travel.  Register online at www.gatlineducation.com/chipola.

.           Education To Go offers online programs in: computers, photography, languages, writing, entertainment industry, grant writing, business, sales, accounting, test prep, finance, health, child care, parenting, art, history, psychology, literature, statistics, philosophy, engineering, law and nursing. For dates and course outlines, visit www.ed2go.com/chipola .

            For information about any of these non-credit courses, call 850-718-2395.                                                                  

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February 9, 2006

CHIPOLA COLLEGE TO OFFER FREE TAX PREPARATION

            MARIANNA—In order to help more local citizens get the most refund due them, Chipola College business instructor Lee Shook is training student volunteers to provide free tax preparation, including free electronic filing. 

            The free service will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays through April 15, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturdays (Feb. 11, Feb. 25, March 11, March 25, and April 8).  

            Last year, 10,000 Jackson County residents claimed $7.6 million in Earned Income Tax Credits from the IRS.  Taxpayers who qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit must file a tax return with the IRS in order to receive a refund.   The Earned Income Tax Credit is a credit for certain low-moderate income workers. The credit may produce a refund, even if the taxpayer owes no tax.  Income limitations and other rules apply. For additional information, visit irs.gov or call 1-800-829-3676 to order Publication 596, Earned Income Credit.  

            For free tax assistance, call Lee Shook at (850) 526-2761 x 3268.

           

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February 9, 2006

CHIPOLA TO HOST TALLAHASSEE SATURDAY

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola hosts Tallahassee in a pair of important conference games on Saturday, Feb. 11.

            The women’s game tips off at 5:30 p.m. The women play at 7:30 p.m. 

Halfway through the conference season, the Indians are knotted with Tallahassee in a tie for first place in the league, both at 6-1. 

        Chipola handed TCC its only conference loss in a 70-68 nail-biter in the capitol city on Jan. 24. 

        The Indians are coming off their only conference misfire—a 70-65 loss at OW on Wednesday. Chipola was down 32-20 at halftime and rallied to outscore OW 45-38 in the second half, but it was enough to pull out the win. Third place OW improved to 4-3 in conference play.  Gerard Jackson led Chipola with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Johnnie Harris added 11. Michael Taylor scored 10.

Chipola coach Greg Heiar said, “I thought we were frustrated tonight and didn’t play as well as we should have, but we’ve got to learn from our mistakes and get better.  We’ll get back to work and practice and try to improve.”

The top two men’s teams in the conference race earn a berth to the State Tournament, March 8-11 at Chipola. There is plenty of incentive to win the league title, as the Panhandle Champion will face the second best team from the Southern conference in the first round. The Panhandle runner-up must face the Champions of the Mid-Florida league in round one. 

            The Indians are the defending Panhandle Conference and Florida/Region VIII Champions.

Chipola scored a 96-84 victory over Gulf Coast on Feb. 1. Michael Taylor led with 27 points, including 21 in the second half. Stefhon Hannah scored 21.

Chipola is first in the Florida JUCO poll and second in the national poll with a 23-2 overall mark.

        The Indians whipped Pensacola, 95-66, on Jan. 28, behind the scoring of Hannah with 21 points, 9 assists, 5 rebounds and 4 steals. Jamarcus Ellis scored 20, pulled in 11 rebounds, and dished out 7 assists. Hamblet added 15 points. Michael Taylor scored 13.

        The Lady Indians are currently in third place in the conference race at 6-3. Gulf Coast leads the league at 9-0. OW is in second at 7-3. Chipola is half game back at 6-3. TCC is 4-5. Pensacola is 1-7. NFL is 0-9. The top three women’s teams in the Panhandle Conference earn a berth to the State Tournament, March 8-11 at Chipola.

        Chipola suffered a 64-62 overtime loss at OW on Wednesday. Chinata Nesbit led with 15.  Nacole Stocks scored 13. Ta’yani Clark added 11.

        The Lady Indians beat North Florida, 70-61, in Madison on Feb. 4. Chipola suffered a narrow 98-95 loss to first place Gulf Coast on Feb. 1. Stocks led Chipola with 28 points. Nesbit scored 24. Christian Pace had 14. Latoya Brown added 11.

        Chipola chalked up a big win over Tallahassee 65-48 on Jan. 24.  Stocks led Chipola with 23 points.  Clark added 17.

        Chipola is second in the women’s state poll and seventh in the national poll with a 20-4 overall mark.

        Chipola’s Homecoming games are set for Feb. 18 against Gulf Coast. 

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

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February 9, 2006

CHIPOLA BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL AT HOME

 

MARIANNA—The Chipola College baseball team improved to 5-3 on the year with a 6-5 win over Lake City on Feb. 8.

Chipola’s Rene Tosoni hit a 3-run homer in the bottom of the fifth put the Indians up 4-3. Lake City came back to tie the game. Indian Brandon Street hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of ninth to score Andrew Gay who was pinch running for Jason Lewis who led off with a single in the ninth.

The Indians host St. Petersburg in a doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 11 beginning at noon and a single game, Sunday, Feb. 12 at noon.

Chipola’s homestand continues with Louisburg, Feb. 16 at 3 p.m.; Young Harris, Feb. 17 at 11 a.m.; Louisburg, Feb. 18 at 3 p.m. and Wallace, Feb. 19 at 2 p.m.

All baseball games are free of charge and concessions are available.

The Indians are defending Panhandle Conference Champions.

The Chipola Lady Indians softball team split a pair of games with the University of West Florida on Feb. 8 to move their record to 4-1-2.

Chipola pitcher Nadine van Roode threw a no hitter to give the Lady Indians the 5-0 win in game one.  Chipola lost game two, 8-6, Chipola pitcher Areke Spel took the loss.

Chipola was scheduled to host Andrew College on Feb. 9. Call 718-2CJC for scores. The Lady Indians host Lurleen Wallace at 3 p.m. on Feb. 16, and Darton College at 3 p.m. on Feb. 22.

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MORGAN SCHOLARSHIP GROWS AT CHIPOLA—Friends and family of the late Annie Morgan of Marianna have established a scholarship in her name at Chipola College. Morgan and her husband, Walter, raised 18 children on a small farm in Jackson County. Pictured from left, are: Zechariah Morgan, Nehemiah Morgan, Emmanuel Morgan, Hannah Morgan, Sylvia Morgan, Nehemiah Morgan II, Lillie Speights, Julie Fuqua, Norma Merritt, Sherry Brown, Rev. Jack Hollis, Peggy Peacock, and Rev. Isaiah Morgan.  For information about the scholarship, call 850-718-2478.

 

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February 16, 2006

CHIPOLA TO CUT RIBBONS FOR NEW FACILITIES

 

MARIANNA—The Chipola College District Board of Trustees and college president Dr. Gene Prough invite the public to attend Ribbon-Cutting Ceremonies to celebrate the opening of the college's new Student Services Building, Administration Building and the Reddoch Annex Fire Tower and Burn Building on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

An Open House will be held from 2-4 p.m. in the Student Services/Administration Building.  Ribbon-cutting ceremonies will begin at 3 p.m. in front of Student Services. A second ribbon-cutting will follow at the Administrative Wing. Board members and college officials will travel by bus to the Reddoch Annex to tour those facilities.

A number of dignitaries will be on hand for the event that will include guided tours of the buildings.         

The $4 million Student Services building consists of a renovation of the former Administration building with some additional new construction. The 24,000 square foot space is the home to the business office, enrollment services, admissions, registration, financial aid, counseling and advising, and testing. The building also houses information systems and the college switchboard.

The new building features a breath-taking central reception area that provides an unobstructed view of the various services available for students. There is also a large meeting room for student groups.

 

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February 16, 2006

TICKETS FOR CHIPOLA’S ‘GREASE ’ ON SALE FEB. 22

 

            MARIANNA—Tickets for the Chipola College production of “Grease” go on sale Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 8 a.m., in the college business office (Building A).

            Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students. Chipola employees and students get one free ticket with ID. The musical opens a five-day run, March 8.  

        “Grease” tells the story of Rydell High’s spirited class of ’59. The gum-chewing, hub-cap stealing, hot-rod loving boys with D.A.’s and leather jackets and their wise-cracking girls in teased curls, bobby sox, and pedal pushers – capture the look and sounds of the 1950’s in this rollicking musical that salutes the rock ‘n’ roll era.  While hip Danny Zuko and wholesome Sandy Dumbrowski resolve the problems of their mutual attraction for each other, the gang sings and dances its way through such nostalgic scenes as the pajama party, the prom, the burger palace and the drive-in movie.

            Chipola director Charles Sirmon recently cast local actors in the following roles: Mike Milton as Danny, Felicia Gibson as Sandy, Brittney Holmes as Rizzo, Mary Kathryn Tanner as Frenchy, Shannon Grice as Marty, Anne Gilmartin as Jan, Heath Carroll as Kenickie, Seth Basford as Doody, Kevin Russell as Roger, Scott Boyle as Sonny, Katie Brown as Patty Simcox, Courtney Haile as Cha-Cha, Josh Barber as Eugene, Princess Brinson as Teen Angel, Terry Tanner Smith as Miss Lynch and Danuta Jacob as Blanche.  The Grease Girls are Tiffany Pippin, Stacey Hall, Kara Hewitt, Meredith Nailen, Tara Padgett, Brook Spivey and Ashley Tanner.  The Grease Guys are Robbie Bouck, Chris Calton, Richie Cooper, Lenaris Dixon, David Kawar and Zach Price.  The Beauty School Dropouts are Arielle Bateman, Jamila Holmes, Jennifer Nicole Jones, Kristina Lopez, Karisa Olds, Amber Rivera and Holly Walters.  Kelci Stephenson is Stage Manager.

            For information about Chipola Theater, call 718-2227.

                                   

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GREASE SET AT CHIPOLA—Tickets for the Chipola College production of “Grease” go on sale Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 8 a.m., in the college business office (Building A). Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students. The musical opens a five-day run, March 8.  Pictured here, are members of the cast and crew.

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February 16, 2006

CHIPOLA HOSTS THREE AT HOME THIS WEEK

 

Chipola College will finish out their regular home basketball schedule this week with three games in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center.

The Lady Indians host North Florida Monday, Feb. 20 at 5:30 p.m.

Chipola hosts a pair of games with Okaloosa-Walton on Wednesday, Feb. 22. The women’s game begins at 5:30 p.m. The men play at 7:30 p.m.

Chipola was scheduled to host arch-rival Gulf Coast in a pair of big conference games on Feb. 18. Call 718-2CJC for the latest scores.

As of Feb. 17, the Indians are in sole possession of first place at 8-1. Tallahassee is second at 7-2. OW is close behind at 5-4. Pensacola is 2-7 and Gulf Coast is 0-8.

            The Indians improved to 25-2 overall with an 83-73 win over Pensacola on Wednesday. Chipola led by 12 at the half. Pensacola made a couple of big runs in the second half, but Chipola’s Jamarcus Ellis made some big plays down the stretch and the Indians made some key free throws to take the 12-point win.

        The Indians overcame a 12-point halftime deficit to beat Tallahassee 82-70 on Feb. 11. Stefhon Hannah led Chipola with 20 points and 4 assists. Michael Taylor scored 19. Jamarcus Ellis had 15.

        The Indians’ only conference misfire—was a 70-65 loss at OW on Feb. 8.

        The top two men’s teams in the conference race earn a berth to the State Tournament, March 8-11 at Chipola.  The Panhandle Champion will face the second best team from the Southern conference in the first round. The Panhandle runner-up will play the Champions of the Mid-Florida league. 

            The Indians are the defending Panhandle Conference and Florida/Region VIII Champions. Chipola is first in the FCCAA men’s state poll and sixth in the NJCAA national poll.

        The Lady Indians improved to 8-3 in the conference race with an 84-71 win over Pensacola on Wednesday. Rashwana Sippio led Chipola with 18. Chinata Nesbit and Ta’yani Clark each scored 17. Nacole Stocks added 14. 

        As of Feb. 17, Gulf Coast leads the conference with a perfect 11-0 record. The Lady Indians (8-3) are a half game ahead of OW at 8-4.  TCC is 4-7. PJC is 3-8. NFL is 0-12.

        Chipola scored a 53-49 win over Tallahassee on Feb. 11.

        The Lady Indians are the defending FCCAA/Region VIII Champions. The top three women’s teams in the Panhandle Conference earn a berth to the State Tournament, March 8-11 at Chipola. 

        Chipola is second in the women’s state poll and sixteenth in the national poll with a 22-4 overall mark.

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

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February 16, 2006

CHIPOLA’S 1966 DREAM TEAM TO REUNITE FOR HOMECOMING

                       

MARIANNA—If you ask retired coaching legend Milton Johnson, he’ll tell you that Chipola College’s 1965-66 men’s basketball team put the college on the map as contenders at the national level.

The Chipola squad, which finished fourth in the nation, was the first team from Florida to finish in the top four at the NJCAA National Tournament which is still held in Hutchinson, KS. 

Members of the squad included: Oscar Davis of Atmore, AL; Harry Dunn of Cocoa, FL; Ronnie McNeil of Campbellton; Jack Peacock of Campbellton; Joe Sova of Wyoming, PA; Robert Trammell of Blountstown; Robert Flowers of Headland, AL; Bill Godwin of Dothan; Clinton Hobbs of Greensboro; Mike Keenan of New Brunswick, NJ; and Dale Klay of Tampa. Robert “Rabbit” Hill was the team manager. Joe Leitch handled sports information.

Johnson has vivid memories of the team, mainly because he lived in the same house with all of them. Local millionaire Charlie Bales built the team a dorm/mansion in 1965 complete with pool and sundeck just off of Cavern’s Road. Coach Johnson, said, “The boys lived upstairs and I lived downstairs with my wife and newborn son David. It was the first time I had 24-hour a day responsibility for a team, but it worked out fine, mostly because we had a great bunch of kids.”

Johnson, who went on to become the winningest coach in Florida JUCO history, still remembers the 1965-66 team as one of his favorites. “They were easy to coach, very sound fundamentally, and they hated to lose. They just kept on improving throughout the year and really came together for the post-season,” Johnson said.

He recalls that the team committed only two turnovers in one particular game of the state finals. 

Johnson, whose name is on the Chipola gym, said he is most proud that members of the team all went on to become successful after Chipola. He named a lawyer, banker, coach, politician, pharmacist, pastor, and successful businessmen from the team.

Johnson said, “I that’s a pretty dog-gone good test of a team’s real success: that they all became friends and good citizens.”

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February 16, 2006

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer a variety of short courses in the coming weeks.

                        A Cake Decorating I will meet Thursdays, March 2 through 30 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $41. A Cake Decorating II class will meet Thursdays, April 2 through 30 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.  Cost is $41.  An Advanced Level Cake Decorating III class will meet Thursdays, May 4 through 25 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.  Cost is $41.

            A 10 Hour Childcare Training (special needs) course will meet March 11 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $38. A 20 Hour Childcare Training course will meet April 1 & 8 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $76. A 10 Hour Childcare Training (developmentally appropriate practices, 3-5 year olds) course will meet May 6 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Cost is $38.       

            An Introduction to Computers with Internet for Seniors class will meet March 30 from 9 a.m. to noon.  Cost is $24.

            The Continuing Education Department also offers custom motivational workshops for businesses and organizations. The following are available: Eat That Frog: Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time; Whale Done: The Power of Positive Relationships; The Pygmalion Effect: Managing the Power of Expectations; Discussing Performance; The Attitude Virus: Curing Negativity in the Workplace; Team Building: What makes a Good Team Player?; and After All, You’re the Supervisor!

            Gatlin Education Services (GES) offers, open enrollment, online courses in: health care, internet graphics/web design, business, law and travel.  Register online at www.gatlineducation.com/chipola.

           Education To Go offers online programs in: computers, photography, languages, writing, entertainment industry, grant writing, business, sales, accounting, test prep, finance, health, child care, parenting, art, history, psychology, literature, statistics, philosophy, engineering, law and nursing. For dates and course outlines, visit www.ed2go.com/chipola .

            For information about any of these non-credit courses, call 850-718-2395.                                                                  

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February 16, 2006

UWF CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROGRAM ADVISOR TO MEET AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—Rosa Jones, Academic Advisor for the Criminal Justice program of UWF will be on Chipola College campus to advise current and prospective students from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following dates: Feb 28, March 14, 28, and April 11 and 25. Summer registration for new and returning students begins in April.

Current students who need advising and anyone interested in the Criminal Justice degree should call to schedule an appointment. Meetings will take place in the University Center located at 4344 5th Ave., across College Street from the Chipola Arts Center.

             For information, call 526-2761, Ext. 3285 or Ext. 3356.

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February 16, 2006

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SOCIAL WORKERS HOST RED CROSS TRAINING—Tammie McArthur and Jerry Durfess, volunteers and trainers for the Central Panhandle Chapter of the American Red Cross, recently provided disaster relief training for 13 social workers at Chipola College. The training was sponsored by the Student Social Work Organization of the University of West Florida @ Chipola, and the Northern Emerald Coast Unit of the Florida Chapter of NASW (the National Association of Social Workers). Another training session is planned for May and will be open to anyone interested in becoming a Red Cross volunteer. For information contact Sherri Stone at 526-2761, Ext. 3356, or sstone@uwf.edu.

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February 16, 2006

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WASTE MANAGEMENT HELPS CHIPOLA—Waste Management, Inc., recently donated $10,000 as corporate sponsor of the Men’s and Women’s FCCAA Basketball Tournament at Chipola College on March 8-11. Pictured from left, are: Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough, and Waste Management officials Achaya Kelapanda and Kevin Hinson.

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February 23, 2006

HEALTH SCIENCE CAREER FAIR AT CHIPOLA MONDAY

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College will host a Health Science Career Fair, Monday, Feb. 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Chipola Health Science building.

All persons interested in health-related careers are welcome to attend.

A tentative list of participating agencies includes: Appalachee Correctional Institution, Bonifay Nursing & Rehab Center, Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare, Jackson County Convalescent Center, Northwest Florida Community Hospital, Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital, Hospice of the Emerald Coast, Gadsden Correctional Facility, Gulf Coast Medical Center, Capital Regional Medical Center, Parthenon Healthcare of Blountstown, Florida State Hospital, Sunland Center, Bay Medical Center, Jackson Hospital, Southeast Alabama Medical Center and Flowers Hospital.

For information, call the Chipola Health Sciences Division at 850-718-2316.

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February 23, 2006

 

SCHOLARSHIP ESTABLISHED IN MEMORY OF GRAND RIDGE STUDENT

 

MARIANNA—The Areall Winget Memorial Scholarship has been established at Chipola College.

Areall was a senior at Grand Ridge High School when she was killed in an automobile accident in December of 2005.

Areall’s parents Bill and Donna Brown established the scholarship which will be awarded in May to a member of the 2006 Class at Grand Ride High. 

Applicants majoring in a computer field—academic or workforce development—will receive first consideration for the scholarship. Nursing majors will receive second consideration.  Recipients must maintain a 2.5 GPA each semester at Chipola College. 

Applications should be submitted to the Guidance Counselor at Grand Ridge High School. 

Anyone wishing to make a donation to the scholarship fund may mail a check to: Chipola College Foundation, 3094 Indian Circle, Marianna, FL  32446 and indicate that the funds are designated for the Winget Scholarship.

 

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February 23, 2006

CHIPOLA PHI THETA KAPPA WINS REGIONAL AWARDS

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, Nu Chi, captured five distinguished regional awards, at the recent regional conference in West Palm Beach.

Chipola won the following awards: Chapter Participation, Five Star Chapter, Leadership Hallmark, Scholarship Hallmark, Fellowship Hallmark, and Regional Distinguished Chapter. 

Awards are based on projects on the campus and in the community throughout the 2004-05 school year.  Chipola also was elected to serve as the Regional Awards Chapter for the upcoming year.

Chipola students who attended the convention were: Michelle Rhynes, Val Jones, Kimberly Garske, Andrea Rogers, Buddy Clark, Chip Norris, Nathan Day, Timothy Kleiser, Sean Musgrove and TJ Walker. Chipola PTK advisors are Joan Lasseter and Pam Rentz.

                                                           

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CHIPOLA PTK AWARDED—Chipola College’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, Nu Chi, captured five distinguished regional awards, at the recent regional conference in West Palm Beach. Pictured from left, are: (front) Chipola PTK advisors Joan Lasseter and Pam Rentz, (second row) Chip Norris, Nathan Day, Timothy Kleiser, Sean Musgrove, TJ Walker, (back) Michelle Rhynes, Val Jones, J.T. Bullock, PTK International Vice President-Division II, Kimberly Garske, Andrea Rogers and Buddy Clark.

 

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February 23, 2006

CHIPOLA ARTS SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

 

MARIANNA—Audition dates for music and theatre scholarships at Chipola College for 2006-2007 are March 9, April 6, and May 4. The Visual Art Scholarship application and portfolio deadline is April 20.

High School graduates with acceptable academic records and aptitude who plan to pursue studies as music, theatre or art majors are eligible to apply.

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

Applications may be obtained by phoning Chipola’s Fine and Performing Arts Department at 718-2277. Applications also are available at www.chipola.edu. Choose “Departments” and click on “Fine and Performing Arts.”

 

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February 23, 2006

fsu/pc offers Transfer Scholarships for Chipola Students

 

MARIANNA—The Florida State University Panama City Campus will award five scholarships to Chipola College students who complete their AA degree and transfer directly to the Panama City Campus.

The “Transfer Student Scholarship” is awarded each year in April to five students who have demonstrated outstanding academic performance and reflect academic promise.

Interested Chipola students must meet the following criteria:  a 3.5 (or better) GPA; an AA degree from Chipola; and apply and be admitted to FSU Panama City by April 1, 2006.

Questions about the scholarship should be directed to Renee’ Green, Director, Office of Admissions & Records at FSU Panama City at (850) 522-2001, or Angie White, FSU Program Coordinator, Chipola University Center  at (850) 718-2419, or email: awhite@pc.fsu.edu

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February 23, 2006

 

DIGNITARIES CUT RIBBONS FOR NEW CHIPOLA FACILITIES

 

MARIANNA—The Chipola College District Board of Trustees and local dignitaries participated in ribbon-cutting ceremonies Tuesday, to celebrate the opening of the college's new Student Services Building, Administration Wing, Burn Building and Fire Tower.

The 24,600 square foot, Student Services building includes a renovation of the former Administration building with additional new construction. The space is home to the business office, enrollment services, admissions, registration, financial aid, counseling and advising, and testing, information systems and the college switchboard.

The new facility features a breath-taking central reception area that provides an unobstructed view of the various services available for students. There also is a large meeting room for student groups.

A new 8,800 square foot Administrative Wing connected to Student Services houses the president’s office, other top administrators, as well as meeting areas.

Total cost of the Student Services Building and Administrative Wing was $5.9 million which included demolition, renovation and new construction. Total size of both projects is more than 33,000 square feet.

Dignitaries also traveled to Chipola’s Bill Reddoch Firing Range Annex on Blue Springs Highway to tour a pair of new firefighting facilities.

A new four-story Fire Tower will be used to teach fire-fighting and rescue skills needed in multi-story facilities. Cost of the new 2,400 square foot Fire Tower was $227,000.  A new $40,000 Burn Building will use live fire and smoke to simulate actual fire-fighting scenarios.

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February 23, 2006

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer a variety of short courses in the coming weeks.

                        A Cake Decorating I will meet Thursdays, March 2 through 30 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $41. A Cake Decorating II class will meet Thursdays, April 2 through 30 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.  Cost is $41.  An Advanced Level Cake Decorating III class will meet Thursdays, May 4 through 25 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.  Cost is $41.

            A 10 Hour Childcare Training (special needs) course will meet March 11 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $38. A 20 Hour Childcare Training course will meet April 1 & 8 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $76. A 10 Hour Childcare Training (developmentally appropriate practices, 3-5 year olds) course will meet May 6 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Cost is $38.             

            An Introduction to Computers with Internet for Seniors class will meet Mar 30 from 9 a.m. to noon.  Cost is $24.

            The Continuing Education Department also offers custom motivational workshops for businesses and organizations. The following are available: Eat That Frog: Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time; Whale Done: The Power of Positive Relationships; The Pygmalion Effect: Managing the Power of Expectations; Discussing Performance; The Attitude Virus: Curing Negativity in the Workplace; Team Building: What makes a Good Team Player?; and After All, You’re the Supervisor!

            Gatlin Education Services (GES) offers, open enrollment, online courses in: health care, internet graphics/web design, business, law and travel.  Register online at www.gatlineducation.com/chipola.

           Education To Go offers online programs in: computers, photography, languages, writing, entertainment industry, grant writing, business, sales, accounting, test prep, finance, health, child care, parenting, art, history, psychology, literature, statistics, philosophy, engineering, law and nursing. For dates and course outlines, visit www.ed2go.com/chipola .

            For information about any of these non-credit courses, call 850-718-2395.                                                                  

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February 23, 2006

STATE TOURNEY BRINGS THOUSANDS TO MARIANNA

 

MARIANNA—More than 2,000 visitors are expected to converge on Marianna March 8-11, when Chipola College hosts the Florida Junior College Men's and Women’s State Basketball Tournament. 

            Tournament officials estimate that more than $250,000 will flow into the area during the tournament from food, lodging, recreation and incidental expenses.  Chipola’s Karan Davis, who coordinates motel rooms for the tournament, reports that more than 175 rooms will be reserved for teams and game officials.  

            Waste Management, Inc., long-time corporate sponsor of the event, recently donated $10,000 to sponsor the tournament. The Florida Credit Union League, Inc., also contributed $10,000 as a new corporate sponsor with help from local credit unions: Community South Credit Union in Chipley, Jackson County Teachers Credit Union in Marianna, and Focus Credit Union in Marianna and Chattahoochee.

            The Jackson County Tourist Development Council awarded the Appreciation Club a $10,000 grant to help promote the tournament. Tournament administrator Ronnie Myers, a former Chipola player, said, “The tournament is a huge undertaking which requires many volunteers and financial support. We could not host this event without the generous support of our corporate sponsors and the TDC.” 

Robert Trammell, Chipola Appreciation Club president, said, “Chipola has one of the best junior college athletic programs in the country and our people put on one of the finest tournaments anywhere.  The great traditions established here by coaching legend Milton Johnson are evident today in the quality of this tournament.”

Tournament passes—$25 for adults and $15 for students—will get fans into all 14 exciting tournament games.  Single session tickets are $10 each.  Trammell reported that the passes are a bargain for two important reasons. “The tournament passes are a good deal financially, and they guarantee you a seat for the championship game,” said Trammell. Dozens of key supporters are working with the Appreciation Club to sell advance tickets

The men’s tournament begins Wednesday, March 8, at 2 p.m. The Chipola Indians will represent the Panhandle Conference as Champion in the evening session on Wednesday, March 8. The women’s tournament begins Thursday, March 9, at 2 p.m. The Lady Indians will represent the Panhandle Conference as Runner-up when they play Central Florida in the first round, Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

For ticket information, call 718-2370, or visit the official tourney web site at: www.chipola.edu

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February 23, 2006

CHIPOLA HOOPS SQUADS BOUND FOR STATE TOURNEY

 

Both Chipola College basketball teams clinched spots in the upcoming State Junior College basketball tournament with wins over Okaloosa-Walton on Feb. 22.

The Lady Indians secured their runner-up spot in the Panhandle Conference with a 59-48 win over OW. Chinata Nesbit led Chipola with 13 points. Chipola scored a 77-46 win over North Florida Monday.

The Lady Indians are the defending FCCAA/Region VIII Champions. The top three women’s teams in the Panhandle Conference earn a berth to the State Tournament, March 8-11 at Chipola.  Gulf Coast is the Panhandle Champion with a 13-1 record. The Lady Indians (11-3) are in second place. OW will make the tournament with a 9-5 league record.  Chipola will play Central Florida in the first round of the women’s tournament, Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

Chipola scored a huge 64-60 Homecoming upset over Gulf Coast on Saturday.  Chinata Nesbit led Chipola with 24 points and 18 rebounds.  Nacole Stocks and Shawnta Pope each added 11.

Chipola sophomore Chinata Nesbit was named NJCAA Division I Women's Basketball Player-of-the-Week. Nesbit led Chipola to an 84-71 win over Pensacola and a 64-60 win over fourth-ranked Gulf Coast. Against Pensacola she totaled 17 points, nine rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks. In the upset win over Gulf Coast she collected 24 points, 19 rebounds, two steals and two blocks. On the week she averaged a double-double with 20.5 points and 14.0 rebounds along with 1.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 2.0 blocks per game.

Chipola is second in the women’s state poll and sixteenth in the national poll with a 25-4 overall mark.

The Indians captured their third straight Panhandle Conference Championship with a dramatic 78-76 win over OW on a last second slam dunk by Johnnie Harris. Harris finished with 9 on the night. Chipola trailed OW 37-29 at the half. Stepfon Hannah led Chipola with 18. Jamarcus Ellis had 15. Ryne Hamblett scored 14. 

The Indians scored a 97-65 Homecoming win over Gulf Coast on Saturday. Stefhon Hannah led with 19 points.  Gerard Jackson added 14.  Shawn Taylor had 12 and Ryne Hamblet added 10. 

With one game remaining in the conference race, the Indians are 10-1. Tallahassee is second at 10-2. OW is third at 6-5.

The Indians scored an 83-73 win over Pensacola on Feb. 15. Chipola led by 12 at the half. Pensacola made a couple of big runs in the second half, but Chipola’s Jamarcus Ellis made some big plays down the stretch and the Indians made some key free throws to take the 12-point win.

The Indians overcame a 12-point halftime deficit to beat Tallahassee 82-70 on Feb. 11. Stefhon Hannah led Chipola with 20 points and 4 assists. Michael Taylor scored 19. Jamarcus Ellis had 15.

Chipola and Tallahassee will represent the Panhandle Conference in the State Tournament, March 8-11 at Chipola. 

The Indians are the defending Panhandle Conference and Florida/Region VIII Champions. Chipola is first in the FCCAA men’s state poll and second in the NJCAA national poll.

 

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February 23, 2006

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COLEY SPEAKS—Rep. Marti Coley was a guest speaker for the Chipola Honors Seminar on Feb. 17. Coley spoke on behalf of her late husband David Coley, who was recently named Chipola’s 2006 Alumnus of the year. Pictured from left, are: Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough, Coley’s mother Annette Bontrager, Coley’s sister Gladys Dewey, Rep. Marti Coley, and Coley’s daughter, Kristin.

 

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February 23, 2006

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Chipola Photo

CHIPOLA HOMECOMING COURT—Members of Chipola College's 2006 Homecoming Court are, from left: Darryl Hunter, Claire Thornton, Patrick Bellamy (2005 Mr. Chipola), Nick Graves (2006 Mr. Chipola) Candis Williams (2005 Queen), Karissa Olds, Jessica Olds (2006 Queen), Keegan McKay, Mary Kathryn Tanner, Jenni Kelly, Zack Price and Mike Milton.

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