February 5, 2009

CHIPOLA MATH PROF NAMED TO NCATE REVIEW BOARD

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College associate professor of mathematics Dr. Irma Cruz-White was recently appointed to the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Board of Program Reviewers.

            NCATE is the teaching profession’s mechanism to help establish high quality teacher preparation through the process of professional accreditation of schools, colleges and departments of education. Members of NCATE’s Board of program reviewers help to provide consistent policies for high-quality, rigorous reviews that the profession demands.

            Cruz-White was trained to as a NCATE Program Reviewer in 2005. She is a member of the National Council of Teacher of Mathematics. Since 2006, she has reviewed more than a dozen Mathematics Education Programs for National Accreditation.

            Dr. Cruz-White has taught at Chipola for the past five years where she also directs Chipola Honors students on special projects. She recently developed two new courses: MAT 4905-Supervised Research in Mathematics and MAS 4301- Introduction to Abstract Algebra.

            Dr. Cruz-White was selected to participate in a workshop on RNA in Biology, Bioengineering and Nanotechnology at the 2007 Institute for Mathematics and Its Applications Minneaopolis, and the Reconnect Program from the Center for Dynamic Data Analysis (DyDAn) at Rutgers University in 2007.  She presented Topology of Spiral Waves in Excitable Media at the Sumners Fest in Tallahassee in 2007. She was co-organizer of the session: Calculus Tricks of the Trade at the Project NEXT Workshops Albuquerque in 2005, and a poster session on the same project at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Atlanta in 2005.

            She was selected as a Project NEXT Fellow in 2004, a MAA (Mathematical Association of America) program for New Experiences in Teaching. She has served as a Courtesy Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Florida State University offering graduate credit courses in Number Theory and Modern Geometry for in-service teachers in Jackson County Area through Chipola College. 

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February 5, 2009

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA

 

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

            The following Mandatory training for Child Care Facility Personnel and Family Child Care Home are scheduled:  Behavioral Observation and Screening, Feb. 9 & 11, 6 to 9 p.m.; Rules and Regulations (center), Feb. 16 & 18, 6 to 9 p.m.; Health, Safety and Nutrition, Feb. 21, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Pre-School Appropriate Practices, March 7, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Special Needs Appropriate Practices, April 11, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Costs range from $17 to $43 depending on length of course.

            Chipola also offers custom workshops. The following are available: Eat That Frog: Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done; 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, 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 5, 2009

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CHIPOLA HOSTS MEETING ON HEALTH CARE AND EDUCATION—Chipola College officials recently hosted a meeting to discuss health care and education. Pictured from left, are: Chipola vice president Dr. Kitty Myers; Chipola vice president Dr. Sarah Clemmons; Chipola Health Science director Dr. Wendy Downing; Rep. Marti Coley; (back) Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough; Richard Williams, Director of the Chipola Workforce Board; Jimmy Rigsby, Campbellton-Graceville Hospital; Joann Baker, Doctors Memorial Hospital of Bonifay; Heather Shelby, Northwest Florida Community Hospital and Brooke Donaldson, Jackson Hospital.

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CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS—Marianna High School’s Technology Student Association and Chipola College’s Phi Theta Kappa combined their efforts to collect nearly 100 used cell phones for the Cell Phones for Soldiers program. Proceeds from recycled phones are used to purchase calling cards for soldiers to call their loved ones. Pictured from left, are: (front) Marianna High students Nick Simmons, (TSA president) Kendra Bennett, Amelia Wester, Ashley Chalker, (back) Chipola students Kara Jumper, Alicia Hatcher and Cassie Mitchell and TSA advisor Vicki Garrett.

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CHIPOLA CORRECTIONS GRADS—Thirteen candidates from the Graceville Correctional Facility recently completed the Basic Corrections Academy at Chipola College. Graduates are, from left: (front) Amber Corbitt of Graceville, Brandy Gardner of Slocomb, Ala., James Johnston of Slocomb, Ala., Whitney Mathis of Cottondale, Sheila Mock of Ft. Rucker, Ala., (back) Natoya Moore of Tallahassee, William Page of Marianna, Christy Peacock of Graceville, Ashley Thornton of Marianna, Frederick Truitt of Marianna, Amy Wade of Graceville, Mary Foreman of Blountstown and Danny Moorhead of Bascom.

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CHIPOLA HOMECOMING COURT—Courtney Corbin was crowned Chipola’s 2009 Homecoming Queen and Kris Sampson was crowned 2009 Mr. Chipola during the Homecoming game on Jan. 31. Members of the 2009 Homecoming Court are, from left: Erica Manning, Terron Pope, Quintin Beechum, Madison Wester, 2009 Mr. Chipola Kris Sampson, 2009 Queen Courtney Corbin, 2008 queen Ashley Duce, 2008 Mr. Chipola Keith Watford, Emily Harrison, Josh Johnson; Alicia Hatcher and Mikey Smith.

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CHIPOLA’S BACK TO THE 80’S—The Chipola College Theater is in full rehearsal for the totally awesome musical, “Back to the 80’s,” which opens a five-day run March 18. Aven Pitts plays the role of Fergal McFerrin, the school nerd. Fergal is super intelligent, but his visions of life in the new millennium are always hilarious while singing “Video Killed the Radio Star.” Kyndall Covington plays Tiffany Houston, one of the girls that “Just Wanna Have Fun” who falls in love with the coolest guy in school while applying more blue eye shadow.  For information about Chipola Theater, call 718-2227.

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WARD IS EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH—Patricia Ward (left) accepts the February Chipola College Career Employee of the Month award from Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough. Ward has worked in the college Physical Plant since 2005. 

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VFW THANKS REAGAN AND CHIPOLA—VFW and VFW Auxiliary members recently presented an award to Royce Reagan, Chipola College Television Director, for the college’s support of the Marianna Veterans of Foreign Wars’ activities in Jackson County. Reagan has hosted several shows on VFW projects.  Cailee Heinemann, age 10, was featured on the latest show with Ernest McNeil, Commander VFW and Liz Huber, Senior VP, VFW Auxiliary. Callie won a county-wide contest for her essay “Why We Should Honor American Veterans.” CCTV is on Comcast Cable Channel 4 and on the internet at www.chipola.edu/tv

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February 5, 2009

CHIPOLA HOSTS TALLAHASSEE IN BIG CONFERENCE MATCHUPS 

            MARIANNA—Chipola hosts Tallahassee in a pair of big conference games on Saturday, Feb. 7.

            The Chipola Indians remained perfect (8-0) in the Panhandle Conference race with 66-57 win at Pensacola on Feb. 4.

            Malcolm Armstead led the Indians with 13 points and 24 rebounds. Torye Pelham hit 12 points. Jeremy Jacob scored 11 and pulled down 14 rebounds. Casey Mitchell had 11 points and 6 boards.

            The Indians lead the conference race and are ranked first in the state and national polls. Gulf Coast (5-3) is in second in the league. TCC is (3-5), NWF is (2-6) and PJC is (2-6).

            The Indians scored a 78-71 win over Northwest State in front of a standing-room-only homecoming crowd.     

            The Indians led by 10 at the half, but Northwest took the lead mid-way through the final half.  The hometown crowd proved too much for the visiting Raiders as Chipola held on to pull out the 78-71 win.

            The Lady Indians (6-2) moved into a tie for first in the conference race with a 60-46 win at Pensacola on Feb. 4.  Latoya Williams led Chipola with 20 points and 17 rebounds.

            Chipola (6-2) is tied for first with Gulf Coast (6-2). PJC and NWF are both (4-4). TCC is (0-8).

            Both squads travel to NWF for a pair of games on Feb. 14. Chipola returns home to host Pensacola on Feb. 17 before closing out the season at Gulf Coast on Feb. 21.

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February 10, 2009

STATE JUCO TOURNEY BRINGS THOUSAND$ TO MARIANNA

 

MARIANNA—More than 2,000 visitors are expected to converge on Marianna for the Florida Junior College Men's and Women’s State Basketball Tournament set for March 4-7 at Chipola College.  Advance tickets are now on sale for the four-day event.

Some 400 basketball players from 16 teams, along with coaches, cheerleaders and fans will fill nearly 200 hotel rooms during the tourney. Numerous Division I College coaches and recruiters also are expected to scout the talent in the competition. Tournament officials estimate that more than $250,000 will flow into the area during the tournament from food, lodging, recreation and incidental expenses.  

            Tournament administrator Ronnie Myers, a former Chipola player, said, “The tournament is a huge undertaking which requires many volunteers and tremendous financial support. We could not host this event without the generous support of our fans, sponsors and advertisers.”

            The Jackson County Tourist Development Council awarded a $10,000 grant to the Chipola Appreciation Club to help promote and operate the tournament.   

            Waste Management is official host sponsor for the event. Other sponsors include: the Florida Lottery, Florida Credit Union League, Community South Credit Union, Focus Credit Union, Envision Credit Union, Jackson County Teachers Credit Union, Tyndall Federal Credit Union and United Solutions.

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

Key supporters of Chipola athletics are selling advance tickets. Tournament passes—$25 for adults and $15 for students—will get fans into all 14 exciting tournament games.  Single session tickets—two games—are $10 each. 

The women’s tournament begins Wednesday, March 4, with the men’s tournament set to tip off Thursday, March 5. Games times are 1, 3, 6 and 8, on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The women’s championship is Saturday at 5 p.m., with the men’s championship at 7:30 p.m.

For ticket information, call 718-2220, or visit the official tourney web site at: www.chipola.edu

 

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TICKETS ON SALE FOR STATE TOURNEY AT CHIPOLA— Key supporters of Chipola athletics are selling advance tickets for the Florida Junior College Men's and Women’s State Basketball Tournament set for March 4-7 at Chipola College.  Tournament passes—$25 for adults and $15 for students—will get fans into all 14 exciting tournament games. Pictured from left, are: Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough, tournament coordinator Alice Pendergrass, tournament administrator Ronnie Myers and Chipola athletic director Dr. Dale O’Daniel.  For ticket information, call 718-2220, or visit the official tourney web site at: www.chipola.edu

 

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February 12, 2009

STATE JUCO TOURNEY BRINGS THOUSAND$ TO MARIANNA

 

MARIANNA—More than 2,000 visitors are expected to converge on Marianna for the Florida Junior College Men's and Women’s State Basketball Tournament set for March 4-7 at Chipola College.  Advance tickets are now on sale for the four-day event.

Some 400 basketball players from 16 teams, along with coaches, cheerleaders and fans will fill nearly 200 hotel rooms during the tourney. Numerous Division I College coaches and recruiters also are expected to scout the talent in the competition. Tournament officials estimate that more than $250,000 will flow into the area during the tournament from food, lodging, recreation and incidental expenses.  

            Tournament administrator Ronnie Myers, a former Chipola player, said, “The tournament is a huge undertaking which requires many volunteers and tremendous financial support. We could not host this event without the generous support of our fans, sponsors and advertisers.”

            The Jackson County Tourist Development Council awarded a $10,000 grant to the Chipola Appreciation Club to help promote and operate the tournament.   

            Waste Management is official host sponsor for the event. Other sponsors include: the Florida Lottery, Florida Credit Union League, Community South Credit Union, Focus Credit Union, Envision Credit Union, Jackson County Teachers Credit Union, Tyndall Federal Credit Union and United Solutions.

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

Key supporters of Chipola athletics are selling advance tickets. Tournament passes—$25 for adults and $15 for students—will get fans into all 14 exciting tournament games.  Single session tickets—two games—are $10 each. 

The women’s tournament begins Wednesday, March 4, with the men’s tournament set to tip off Thursday, March 5. Games times are 1, 3, 6 and 8, on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The women’s championship is Saturday at 5 p.m., with the men’s championship at 7:30 p.m.

For ticket information, call 718-2220, or visit the official tourney web site at: www.chipola.edu

 

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TICKETS ON SALE FOR STATE TOURNEY AT CHIPOLA— Key supporters of Chipola athletics are selling advance tickets for the Florida Junior College Men's and Women’s State Basketball Tournament set for March 4-7 at Chipola College.  Tournament passes—$25 for adults and $15 for students—will get fans into all 14 exciting tournament games. Pictured from left, are: Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough, tournament coordinator Alice Pendergrass, tournament administrator Ronnie Myers and Chipola athletic director Dr. Dale O’Daniel.  For ticket information, call 718-2220, or visit the official tourney web site at: www.chipola.edu

 

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JUCO TEAM HOSTS—Several local families have volunteered to serve as hosts for the 16 teams which will be in town, March 4-7, for the State Junior College Basketball Tournament at Chipola College. Pictured from left, are: (front) Vickie Curry, Jo Ann Everett, Yvette Pittman, Tracy Dudley, Eddie Hilton, Eulice Bryant, Caretha Everett, (back) John Ellerbee, Patrick Bryan, Leroy Boone, Willie Spires, Hubert Williams, Ralph Harrison and Waymon Moneyham. Not pictured are: Jay Mitchell and Merle Houston.

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CHIPOLA THEATRE MAJORS VISIT ATLANTA—Chipola College Theatre director Charles Sirmon, recently led a group of theatre majors and friends on a Theatre weekend in Atlanta. Chipola majors studied with Atlanta’s number one improv company, “Dad’s Garage Theatre Company.” Students were taught by an improv professional and attended the company show. Students also attended the world famous Cirque Du Soleil production KOOZA at Atlantic Station and visited the High Museum of Art, Piedmont Park and the Coca-Cola museum. Pictured from left, are: (front) Keith Watford, Nathan Houser, Courtney Corbin, Brenna Kneiss; (standing) Kristina Lopez, Garrett Brolund, DR Forrester, Ben Grande, Angela Wiley, Aven Pitts, Angie White, Joan Stadsklev, Austin Pettis, Charles Sirmon, Kydall Covington, Chris Manasco and Aaron Moore.

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February 12, 2009

CHIPOLA STUDENTS NETWORK JIM’S BUFFET

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Network Administration class recently completed a project for Jim’s Buffet & Grill.

            Under the direction of instructor Dean Giles, students installed a new network linking the front and back offices. The new network allows DSL expenses to be cut in half.

            Instructor Giles said, “Hands-on experience is a key element to the learning process. Projects like this allow students to apply what they have learned while serving in the community.”

            Jim’s Buffet owner Tarek Gad, who was grateful for the help, wishes to extend a 10 percent discount to any Chipola student or employee.

            For more information about the Network Administrator program, contact Giles at 718-2392.

 

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CHIPOLA STUDENTS NETWORK JIM’S—The Chipola College Network Administration class recently completed a networking project for Jim’s Buffet & Grill. Pictured from left, are: (front) co-owner Maria Andromidas, cook Rachida Belaid, hostess Millie Saylor, (back) Kevin Kimbro, Dean Giles and Christopher Patton. For more information about the Network Administrator program, contact Giles at 718-2392.

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February 12, 2009

 

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LANGSTON FOUNDATION HELPS CHIPOLA—The Norris D. Langston Youth Foundation (NDLYF) recently donated $15,000 to the Chipola College Foundation. Here, Education Classic Director Aaron Peterson presents the check to Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough as volunteers and students in Langston Youth programs look on.  The NDLYF provides a variety of educational services, including mentoring, counseling, motivational seminars, travel to post-secondary institutions, cultural events, and financial support.

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February 12, 2009

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA

 

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

            The following Mandatory training for Child Care Facility Personnel and Family Child Care Home are scheduled:  Rules and Regulations (center), Feb. 16 & 18, 6 to 9 p.m.; Health, Safety and Nutrition, Feb. 21, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Pre-School Appropriate Practices, March 7, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Special Needs Appropriate Practices, April 11, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Costs range from $17 to $43 depending on length of course.

            Chipola also offers custom workshops. The following are available: Eat That Frog: Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done; 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, 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 12, 2009

 

CHIPOLA CHEERLEADER EXTRAVAGANZA DRAWS GIANT CROWD

 

 

MARIANNA—Thousands of fans turned out to cheer for the cheerleaders at the Chipola College Cheerleader Extravaganza on Feb. 8.

In the varsity squad competition, Marianna High won first place; Holmes County High finished second; Lyman (Longwood, FL) High finished third; Wicksburg High finished fourth and Chipley High finished fifth.

In the Small Varsity competition Graceville High won first and Sneads High finished second. In the small junior varsity squad competition, Marianna J. V. won first. In the large junior varsity squad competition, Pine Forest (Pensacola) High won first; Holmes County High School finished second; Northview (AL) High finished third and Wicksburg High finished fourth. 

In the Large Middle School Division, Marianna Middle Cheerleaders won first place.  In the Small Middle School Division, Grand Ridge Middle won first place. Marianna Middle won the Middle School Spirit Trophy.  Marianna High won the Junior Varsity Spirit Trophy.  Chipley High won the Varsity Spirit Trophy. 

In the Dance Competition Graceville won first place and Malone finished second.

Marianna High Varsity was named Extravaganza Grand Champion for receiving the most points in the overall competition.  Exhibition squads included: JAGS All Stars: Youth Team and Mini Team and Junior MEGA All Stars.

 

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CHIPOLA CHEERLEADER EXTRAVAGANZA— Hundreds of fans turned out to cheer for the cheerleaders at the Chipola College Cheerleader Extravaganza on February 8. Here, the Marianna High Varsity squad poses with their Grand Champion and First Place trophies.

 

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CHIPOLA CHEERLEADER EXTRAVAGANZA— Hundreds of fans turned out to cheer for the cheerleaders at the Chipola College Cheerleader Extravaganza on February 8. Here, the Marianna Middle School squad poses with their First Place trophy.

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February 12, 2009

CHIPOLA TEAMS CLINCH SPOTS IN STATE TOURNEY

           

            MARIANNA—Both Chipola College basketball teams host Pensacola, Tuesday, Feb. 17, in the final regular season home game of the year.

            Both squads have earned spots in the State JUCO Tournament set for March 4-7 on the Chipola campus.

            The Indians improved a 25-1 overall and 9-0 in conference play with an 89-56 victory over Tallahassee on Feb. 7.  Chipola was led in scoring by Josh Sain and Torye Pelham each with 14 points.  Sain was 4 for 4 from the three point line and made both of his free throw attempts.  Gary Flowers added 12 points, 5 assists, 1 block, and 2 steals.  Jeremy Jacob and Justin Brownlee had 10 points apiece.  Brownlee had 7 rebounds and 5 assists.  Jacob had 7 rebounds and 2 steals.  Darrell Williams had 11 points and 6 rebounds. 

            Chipola dominated in the first half following a 33-7 run to go up 45-26. The Indians outscored TCC 44-30 in the second half to set the longest win streak in Chipola history at 24. 

           The Indians lead the conference race and are ranked first in the state and national polls. They will defend their state title beginning March 5 in the state tournament. Gulf Coast (6-4) is in second in the league with a chance to make their first state tournament appearance in several years. NWF is (4-6), TCC is (3-7) and PJC is (2-7).

           The Lady Indians (7-2) are just a half game behind Gulf Coast (8-2) in the conference race. Chipola scored a 57-35 win over Tallahassee on Feb. 7.  Latoya Williams led Chipola with 20 points and 8 rebounds.  Sequoyah Griffin had 11 points and 7 rebounds.   

            Chipola led 32-21 at the half and outscored TCC by 11 in the second half.  Chipola committed only 14 turnovers, marking four straight games with less than 15 turnovers. 

            The conference standings as of Feb. 12, are: Gulf Coast (8-2), Chipola (7-2), NWF (5-5), PJC (4-5) and TCC (0-10).

            Both Chipola squads travel to Northwest for a pair of games on Feb. 14. Chipola returns home to host Pensacola on Feb. 17 before closing out the season at Gulf Coast on Feb. 21.

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February 12, 2009

 

CHIPOLA HOSTS FIBERCARE BASEBALL CLASSIC FEB. 20-21

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola Indians will host the Fibercare Baseball Classic, Feb. 20-21, at the Chipola stadium.

            The Indians play Alabama Southern at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 20, and Middle Georgia at 1:30 p.m. Middle Georgia and Alabama Southern play at 4 p.m. Friday.

            Action continues Saturday, Feb. 21, with Chipola and Alabama Southern at 11 a.m., Alabama Southern and Middle Georgia at 1:30 p.m., and Chipola and Middle Georgia at 4 p.m.

            For information about Chipola baseball, visit www.chipola.edu

 

 

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CHIPOLA BASEBALL ALUMNI CAMP—Chipola baseball alumni turned out in full force for the second annual reunion. Here several former players are pictured with future major leaguers who turned out for a special clinic.

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February 12, 2009

STATE JUCO TOURNEY BRINGS THOUSAND$ TO MARIANNA

 

MARIANNA—More than 2,000 visitors are expected to converge on Marianna for the Florida Junior College Men's and Women’s State Basketball Tournament set for March 4-7 at Chipola College.  Advance tickets are now on sale for the four-day event.

Some 400 basketball players from 16 teams, along with coaches, cheerleaders and fans will fill nearly 200 hotel rooms during the tourney. Numerous Division I College coaches and recruiters also are expected to scout the talent in the competition. Tournament officials estimate that more than $250,000 will flow into the area during the tournament from food, lodging, recreation and incidental expenses.  

            Tournament administrator Ronnie Myers, a former Chipola player, said, “The tournament is a huge undertaking which requires many volunteers and tremendous financial support. We could not host this event without the generous support of our fans, sponsors and advertisers.”

            The Jackson County Tourist Development Council awarded a $10,000 grant to the Chipola Appreciation Club to help promote and operate the tournament.   

            Waste Management is official host sponsor for the event. Other sponsors include: the Florida Lottery, Florida Credit Union League, Community South Credit Union, Focus Credit Union, Envision Credit Union, Jackson County Teachers Credit Union, Tyndall Federal Credit Union and United Solutions.

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

Key supporters of Chipola athletics are selling advance tickets. Tournament passes—$25 for adults and $15 for students—will get fans into all 14 exciting tournament games.  Single session tickets—two games—are $10 each. 

The women’s tournament begins Wednesday, March 4, with the men’s tournament set to tip off Thursday, March 5. Games times are 1, 3, 6 and 8, on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The women’s championship is Saturday at 5 p.m., with the men’s championship at 7:30 p.m.

For ticket information, call 718-2220, or visit the official tourney web site at: www.chipola.edu

 

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TICKETS ON SALE FOR STATE TOURNEY AT CHIPOLA— Key supporters of Chipola athletics are selling advance tickets for the Florida Junior College Men's and Women’s State Basketball Tournament set for March 4-7 at Chipola College.  Tournament passes—$25 for adults and $15 for students—will get fans into all 14 exciting tournament games. Pictured from left, are: Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough, tournament coordinator Alice Pendergrass, tournament administrator Ronnie Myers and Chipola athletic director Dr. Dale O’Daniel.  For ticket information, call 718-2220, or visit the official tourney web site at: www.chipola.edu

 

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February 13, 2009

 

Coach Milton H. Johnson

Retired Chipola coach Milton H. Johnson died Friday, Feb. 13, in Marianna.

 

 

      Coach Milton H. Johnson is among the best to ever coach in community college basketball.  From 1961 to 1993, Johnson won 628 games and led the Indians seven national tournaments, finishing second in 1974.  He was named Division Coach of the Year nine times, Region VIII Coach of the Year six times and FCCAA Coach of the Year four times.

      Johnson’s winning ways didn’t begin in junior college ball.  The legendary coach gained wide recognition during six years at Campbellton High School (1955-61) by winning three state titles and rolling up an incredible 55-game winning streak. His lifetime coaching record includes more than 800 wins.

      Johnson played basketball, baseball and football at Bay High in Panama City.  In 1947, he joined Chipola’s first basketball team under Coach Roy Beall. Later he transferred to East Central Junior College in Mississippi, where he played basketball and football, and met his wife, the late Evelyn Johnson. Coach Johnson and his biggest fan, Evelyn, had two sons, Jimmy and David and an infant grandson.

      Johnson finished college at Livingston College (now the University of West Alabama) where he was an outstanding scorer and defensive star as guard. After receiving his B.S., he earned a Master’s in Physical Education from Florida State.  He then served for two years in the Army before taking his first coaching job in Campbellton.

      Johnson’s gentle demeanor and professional attitude earned him the respect of players and coaches alike. Chipola hosts the Milton H. Johnson Classic each year.  The Chipola gymnasium bears the name: Milton H. Johnson Health Center. And shortly after his retirement in 1993, coaches from the league named the Panhandle Conference trophy in his honor.

      Johnson is a founding member and long-serving officer of the Chipola Appreciation Club, arguably one of the top athletic booster organizations in America. Club members raise thousands through annual memberships and corporate sponsorships and have amassed some $1 million in an athletic endowment.

      Johnson was a charter member of the Florida Community College Hall of Fame (1990) and was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 1993.

      Chipola held two major events in the last couple of years to honor coach Johnson. Chipola’s Night of Champions in 2007, featured Billy Donovan, coach of the Florida Gators two-time national champions basketball team and Chipola alumnus Cliff Ellis, head coach at Coastal Carolina.

      In February of 2008, more than 100 of Johnson’s players, cheerleaders and friends attended a reunion to recognize him for his contributions to their lives. On Jan. 17, 2009 several of these players presented a check for $50,000 to Chipola for the purpose of permanently endowing a scholarship in honor of Coach Johnson.  To make a contribution to the fund, contact the Chipola Foundation at 850-718-2445.

      One of Johnson’s former players Robert Trammell, said, “Not many people earn the title of legend during their lifetime, but Coach Milton Johnson has done just that. In addition to his phenomenal records on the court, the contributions he made to the lives of so many young people are tremendous.”

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JOHNSON IMPACTS GENERATIONS—The hundreds of players Milton Johnson coached during his career included two father and son sets: (from left) Cody and Zack Taylor from Bonifay, Johnson (center) and Greg and Sydney Granger from Blountstown.

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COACHING LEGENDS—Coach Johnson with Cliff Ellis, and Billy Donovan at a fundraiser in Johnson's honor in 2007.

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CELEBRATING 800—Coach Johnson celebrates his 800th career win.

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NAMING THE GYM—The Chipola gym was named after coach Johnson in 1994. Pictured from left, are: Chipola supporters: Sonny Wise, Robert Trammell, Mike Peacock, coach Johnson and Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough, and Wayne Herring affixing the letters.

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JOHNSON ENDOWMENT—More than 100 of retired coach Milton Johnson’s players, cheerleaders and friends attended a reunion last year to recognize him for his great contributions to their lives. On Jan. 17, 2009,  several of these players presented a check for $50,000 to Chipola for the purpose of permanently endowing a scholarship in honor of Coach Johnson.  To make a contribution to the fund, contact the Chipola Foundation at 850-718-2445.

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JOHNSON IMPACTS GENERATIONS—The hundreds of players the late Milton H. Johnson coached during his career included two father and son sets: (from left)Cody and Zack Taylor from Bonifay, Johnson (center) and Greg and Sydney Granger from Blountstown. Johnson died at his Marianna home on Feb. 13. Visitation will be in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center on Sunday, February 15, from 4-6pm. CST.  The funeral will be in the Health Center on Monday, February 16, at 10:00am. CST.

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February 19, 2009

 

CHIPOLA BRAIN BOWL TEAMS QUALIFY FOR STATE TOURNEY

 

            MARIANNA—Both Chipola College Brain Bowl teams will play for the state title in the FCCAA State Championships at Brevard Community College March 26-28 in Cocoa.

            Chipola Gold was undefeated through the round robin portion of the Panhandle regional, but lost a close final to North Florida, giving Chipola a second place finish.      

Chipola Blue finished third in the region, and earned one of two wild-card spots based on their 311.43 points per game average. This year marks the first time that two Chipola teams have qualified for state. Chipola is the defending FCCAA state champion.

            A total of 10 teams from four regions across the state qualified for the upcoming state tournament: Panhandle—North Florida (Champs) and Chipola-Gold (Runner-up); East Central—FCCJ (Champs) and Central Florida (Runner-up); West Central—Pasco-Hernando (Champs) and Valencia Red (Runner-up); Southern—Broward Blue (Champs) and Broward White (Runner-up); and Wild Card teams—Chipola Blue and Brevard.  

            Chipola Gold team members are: Jordan Belser, Anthony Garrett, Brad Wells, and Ryan Wells.

            Chipola Blue team members are: Nathan Hooppell, Ethan Hewett, Drew Padgett, Cody Pickens, and Anthony Berkeley.

            Stan Young and Dr. Robert Dunkle coach the Chipola Brain Bowl teams.

            Both Chipola teams also have qualified for the NAQT (National Academic Quiz Tournament) Intercollegiate Championship set for Feb. 27-28 in Orlando. Chipola finished second in the 2008 National Tournament.

 

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February 19, 2009

CHIPOLA’S  LITERATURE/LANGUAGE WINNERS

 

            MARIANNA—Some 100 students from 13 area high schools competed in writing, reading, speech, oral interpretation, literature, humanities, grammar, and foreign language contests at Chipola College on Feb. 13.

            The occasion was the Nineteenth Annual Throssell Literature/Language Festival hosted by Chipola’s Letters Department.  The purpose of the festival is to recognize and encourage academic excellence.

Prizes were awarded to first, second and third places, as well as two honorable mentions, in each category.  The winner of the President’s Reading Contest received a special medallion as well as a cash award.

Contest winners from participating schools are listed below.

President’s Reading Award—Patricia Parrino of Vernon High School. 

Writing: first—Dallin Kelson of Marianna High School; second—Emily Griffin of Bethlehem High School; third—Brittany Stephens of Altha School; honorable mentions—John David Brown of Holmes County High School and Caitlyn Bruner of Altha School.

Speech: first—Laura Stoltzfus of Blountstown High School; second—Alisha Killings of Chipley High School; third—Savannah Lipford of Marianna High School; honorable mentions—Stephanie Duggar of Liberty County High School and Alex Anderson of Vernon High School.

Oral Interpretation: first—Cora Hawkins of Chipley High School; second—Tristen St. Onge of Vernon High School; third—Haley Walker of Liberty County High School; honorable mentions—Jasmine Lawyer of Vernon High School and Stephanie Calix of Chipley High School.

Literature: first—Dallin Kelson of Marianna High School; second—Jamie Waldron of Vernon High School; third—Sarah Best of Holmes County High School; honorable mentions—Sara Gore of Chipley High School and Scott Hayes of Marianna High School.  

Humanities: first—Ethan Hewett of Sneads High School; second—Steven Jackson of Vernon High School; third—Oley Rosier of Liberty County High School; honorable mentions—Jessie Green of Sneads High School and Jasmine Garrett of Malone High School.

Grammar: first—William Davis of Chipley High School; second—Brittany Stephens of Altha School; third—Cody Smith of Chipley High School; honorable mentions—Sakib Rahman of Vernon High School and Caitlin McCaffrey of Sneads High School.

Foreign Language Contest: first—Kevin Gutierrez of Blountstown High School; second—Lurdes Simmons of Liberty County High School; third—Cecilia Santana of Sneads High School; honorable mentions—Ricky Elligson of Graceville High School and Gary Moore of Holmes County High School.

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February 19, 2009

CHIPOLA’S ‘Back to the 80’s’ tickets on sale march 4

 

            MARIANNA—Tickets go on sale March 4 for Chipola Theater’s totally awesome musical, "Back to the 80’s," which opens a five-day run March 18.  

             “Back to the 80’s,” is straight from the era that brought the world The Rubik’s Cube, Max Headroom and The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  Join the graduating class of William Ocean High School as they live through their final senior year - as they experience the fun, the heartbreak, the loves and the loneliness of growing up all set to the biggest hits of the 80’s.

            Chipola Theater director Charles Sirmon says the musical is rated “PG” as some material may not be suitable for younger audiences.

            Sirmon cast local actors in the following roles: Keith Watford  as Corey Palmer (Senior), Garrett Brolund as Corey Palmer (Junior), Austin Pettis as Alf Bueller, Jonathan Keeman as Kirk Keaton, Kyndall Covington as Tiffany Houston, Madison Wester as Cyndi Gibson, Brenna Kneiss as Mel Easton, Kylee Shores as Kim Easton, Ben Grande as Michael Keaton, Kris Sampson as Lionel Astley, Quintin Beechum as Huey Jackson, Aven Pitts as Feargal MeFerrin, Grace Bailey as Eileen Reagan, Courtney Corbin as Laura Wilde, Emily Harrison as Debbie Fox, Christina Lopez as Ms. Sheena Brannigan and  Aaron Moore as Mr. Stevie Cocker. Classmates are: Haley Barfield, Sarah Lovins, Danielle Richardson, Jacob Beasley and Clint Touchton.  The crew includes Angela Wiley, David Reeves Forrester and Brenton Jones.

            The show was written by Neil Gooding with additional material by Stuart Smith.  Revised orchestrations and arrangements were composed by Brett Foster with original musical adaptation by Scott Copeman.

            Tickets will be available in the college Business Office located in the Student Services beginning March 4. Phone credit card orders begin March 5. For ticket information, call 850-718-2220.

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February 19, 2009

 

CHIPOLA TO HOST MEETING ON SCHOLARSHIPS

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa will host a Scholarship Seminar, Sunday, March 1, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Continuing Education Building.

            The meeting is planned for graduating high school seniors and students planning to transfer to a university. Information on merit-based and need-based scholarships to Chipola and other colleges will be available. 

            Those planning to attend are asked to call PTK public relations officer Cassie Mitchell at (850) 557-3307.

 

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February 19, 2009

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA

 

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

            The following Mandatory training for Child Care Facility Personnel and Family Child Care Home are scheduled:  Pre-School Appropriate Practices, March 7, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Special Needs Appropriate Practices, April 11, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Costs range from $17 to $43 depending on length of course.

            Chipola also offers custom workshops. The following are available: Eat That Frog: Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done; 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, 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 19, 2009

TICKETS ON SALE FOR STATE TOURNAMENT

 

MARIANNA—The local motels will be filled with some very tall visitors when 16 community college basketball teams converge on Marianna for the Florida Junior College Men's and Women’s State Basketball Tournament set for March 4-7 at Chipola College

Advance tickets are now on sale for the four-day event.

Some 400 basketball players from 16 men’s and women’s teams, along with coaches, cheerleaders and fans will fill nearly 200 hotel rooms during the tourney. Numerous Division I College coaches and recruiters also are expected to scout the talent in the competition. Tournament officials estimate that more than $250,000 will flow into the area during the tournament from food, lodging, recreation and incidental expenses.   

            The Jackson County Tourist Development Council awarded a $10,000 grant to help promote and operate the tournament.  Waste Management is official host sponsor for the event. Other sponsors include: the Florida Lottery, Florida Credit Union League, Community South Credit Union, Focus Credit Union, Jackson County Teachers Credit Union and Tyndall Federal Credit Union.

Tournament passes—$25 for adults and $15 for students—will get fans into all 14 exciting tournament games.  Single session tickets—two games—are $10 each. 

The women’s tournament begins Wednesday, March 4, with the men’s tournament set to tip off Thursday, March 5. Games times are 1, 3, 6 and 8, on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The women’s championship is Saturday at 5 p.m., with the men’s championship at 7:30 p.m.

The Chipola men’s team will play in the tournament as Panhandle Conference champion. Gulf Coast’s men are making their first tournament appearance in several years.

The Lady Indians have earned a spot in the tournament, but are still neck and neck with conference rival Gulf Coast.

For ticket information, call 718-2220, or visit the official tourney web site at: www.chipola.edu

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February 19, 2009       

 

CHIPOLA HOOPS SQUADS MAKE STATE TOURNAMENT

          

 MARIANNA—Both Chipola squads have earned spots in the State JUCO Basketball Tournament set for March 4-7 on the Chipola campus.

            The Indians captured their sixth straight Panhandle Conference title and improved to 11-0 in league play with a 91-73 win over Pensacola on Feb. 17. Jeremy Jacob led Chipola with 19 points and 4 rebounds. Gary Flowers had 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Malcolm Armstead had 13 points and 3 rebounds. Justin Brownlee scored 10 points and pulled in 7 rebounds.

            The Indians scored an 83-82 overtime win over Northwest State on Feb. 14.  Flowers led Chipola with 31 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks, and 4 steals.  Torye Pelham added 14 points and 3 rebounds.  Armstead had 11 points and 4 assists. Jon Kreft had 10 points and 6 boards.  The Indians scored an 89-56 victory over TCC on Feb. 7.        

The Indians close out the regular season at Gulf Coast Feb. 21 with a chance to set a Panhandle record for winning all conference games. Chipola is 27-1 overall, and with 26 straight wins, has broken the college’s old win-streak record of 23.  

           Chipola (11-0) will defend the state title beginning March 5 in the state tournament. Gulf Coast (7-4) is in second in the league and will make their first state tournament appearance in several years. Other conference records are: NWF (5-7), TCC (3-8) and PJC (2-9).

            The Lady Indians face Gulf Coast, Saturday, Feb. 21, for the conference title. Both teams are knotted at 9-2.  Both Chipola and Gulf Coast have earned spots in the tournament.   Three Panhandle teams will play in the state tournament this year. Other conference records, are: NWF (6-6), PJC (4-7) and TCC (0-11).

            Chipola scored a 73-59 win over Pensacola on Feb. 17. Latoya Williams led Chipola with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Georgian Williams had 13 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Lenita Sanford scored 12 points and pulled in 8 rebounds. The Lady Indians scored a 65-58 win over Northwest State on Feb. 14.  Williams led Chipola with 20 points and 6 rebounds.  Carolyn Mills added 11. 

            Chipola scored a 57-35 win over Tallahassee on Feb. 7.  Williams led with 20 points and 8 rebounds.  Sequoyah Griffin had 11 points and 7 rebounds.   

            The women’s state tournament begins Wednesday, March 4, with the men’s tournament set to tip off Thursday, March 5. Games times are 1, 3, 6 and 8, on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The women’s championship is Saturday at 5 p.m., with the men’s championship at 7:30 p.m.

      For state tournament ticket information, call 718-2220, or visit the official tourney web site at: www.chipola.edu

                                                                       

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February 19, 2009

 

CHIPOLA HOSTS FIBERCARE BASEBALL CLASSIC FEB. 20-21

 

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola Indians will host the Fibercare Baseball Classic, Feb. 20-21, at the Chipola stadium.

            The Indians play Alabama Southern at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 20, and Middle Georgia at 1:30 p.m. Middle Georgia and Alabama Southern play at 4 p.m. Friday.

            Action continues Saturday, Feb. 21, with Chipola and Alabama Southern at 11 a.m., Alabama Southern and Middle Georgia at 1:30 p.m., and Chipola and Middle Georgia at 4 p.m.

            The Indians continue their homestand with a game against Grand Rapids, Friday, Feb. 27, at 3 p.m. Chipola plays two games on Saturday, Feb. 28, St. John’s River at noon and Grand Rapids at 6 p.m.

            Chipola (7-5) is ranked third in the FCCAA state poll, behind top-ranked Gulf Coast and second place Miami Dade. The Indians are the defending conference and state champions.

                For information about Chipola baseball, visit www.chipola.edu

 

 

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February 19, 2009

TICKETS ON SALE FOR STATE TOURNAMENT

 

MARIANNA—The local motels will be filled with some very tall visitors when 16 community college basketball teams converge on Marianna for the Florida Junior College Men's and Women’s State Basketball Tournament set for March 4-7 at Chipola College

Advance tickets are now on sale for the four-day event.

Some 400 basketball players from 16 men’s and women’s teams, along with coaches, cheerleaders and fans will fill nearly 200 hotel rooms during the tourney. Numerous Division I College coaches and recruiters also are expected to scout the talent in the competition. Tournament officials estimate that more than $250,000 will flow into the area during the tournament from food, lodging, recreation and incidental expenses.   

            The Jackson County Tourist Development Council awarded a $10,000 grant to help promote and operate the tournament.  Waste Management is official host sponsor for the event. Other sponsors include: the Florida Lottery, Florida Credit Union League, Community South Credit Union, Focus Credit Union, Jackson County Teachers Credit Union and Tyndall Federal Credit Union.

Tournament passes—$25 for adults and $15 for students—will get fans into all 14 exciting tournament games.  Single session tickets—two games—are $10 each. 

The women’s tournament begins Wednesday, March 4, with the men’s tournament set to tip off Thursday, March 5. Games times are 1, 3, 6 and 8, on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The women’s championship is Saturday at 5 p.m., with the men’s championship at 7:30 p.m.

The Chipola men’s team will play in the tournament as Panhandle Conference champion. Gulf Coast’s men are making their first tournament appearance in several years.

The Lady Indians have earned a spot in the tournament, but are still neck and neck with conference rival Gulf Coast.

For ticket information, call 718-2220, or visit the official tourney web site at: www.chipola.edu.

 

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February 26, 2009

 

STATE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT BEGINS WEDNESDAY AT CHIPOLA

 

MARIANNA—The top 16 community college basketball teams in Florida will begin arriving in Marianna Tuesday for the Florida Junior College Men's and Women’s State Basketball Tournament set for March 4-7 in Chipola’s Milton H. Johnson Health Center.

            Some 400 basketball players along with coaches, cheerleaders and fans will fill nearly 200 hotel rooms during the tourney. Teams will begin practice Tuesday in the Johnson Center and in local high school gyms. Each team is assigned a local host family to help with any need that may arise during the tournament.

Numerous Division I College coaches and recruiters also are expected to scout the talent in the competition. Tournament officials estimate that more than $250,000 will flow into the area during the tournament from food, lodging, recreation and incidental expenses.   

            The women’s tournament tips off Wednesday, March 4, at 1 p.m. (CST) as Central Florida takes on Hillsborough.  At 3 p.m., Gulf Coast takes on Miami Dade. Chipola plays Santa Fe at 6 p.m. Indian River and Northwest Florida meet in the 8 p.m. nightcap on Wednesday.                  

            Men’s action begins Thursday, March 5, at 1 p.m. as Polk takes on Santa Fe. At 3 p.m., Gulf Coast meets Miami-Dade. Chipola plays Hillsborough at 6:00 p.m. Central Florida and Broward play in the 8 p.m. nightcap on Thursday.

            Men’s and women’s semi-finals are set for Friday, March 6, with women’s games at 1 and 6 p.m. and men’s contests at 3 and 8 p.m. The State Championship title games are set for Saturday, March 7, with the women at 5 p.m., and the men at 7:30 p.m. Champions advance to the NJCAA National Tournaments, in Hutchinson, KS, and Salina, KS.

The Jackson County Tourist Development Council awarded a $10,000 grant to help promote and operate the tournament.  Waste Management is official host sponsor for the event. Other sponsors include: the Florida Lottery, Florida Credit Union League, Community South Credit Union, Focus Credit Union, Jackson County Teachers Credit Union and Tyndall Federal Credit Union.

Tournament passes—$25 for adults and $15 for students—will get fans into all 14 exciting tournament games.  Single session tickets—two games—are $10 each. 

            For ticket information, call 718-2220, or visit the official tourney web site at: www.chipola.edu

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February 26, 2009

CHIPOLA’S ‘Back to the 80’s’ tickets on sale march 4

 

            MARIANNA—Tickets go on sale March 4 for Chipola Theater’s totally awesome musical, "Back to the 80’s," which opens a five-day run March 18.  

             “Back to the 80’s,” is straight from the era that brought the world The Rubik’s Cube, Max Headroom and The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  Join the graduating class of William Ocean High School as they live through their final senior year - as they experience the fun, the heartbreak, the loves and the loneliness of growing up all set to the biggest hits of the 80’s.

            Chipola Theater director Charles Sirmon says the musical is rated “PG” as some material may not be suitable for younger audiences.

            Sirmon cast local actors in the following roles: Keith Watford  as Corey Palmer (Senior), Garrett Brolund as Corey Palmer (Junior), Austin Pettis as Alf Bueller, Jonathan Keeman as Kirk Keaton, Kyndall Covington as Tiffany Houston, Madison Wester as Cyndi Gibson, Brenna Kneiss as Mel Easton, Kylee Shores as Kim Easton, Ben Grande as Michael Keaton, Kris Sampson as Lionel Astley, Quintin Beechum as Huey Jackson, Aven Pitts as Feargal MeFerrin, Grace Bailey as Eileen Reagan, Courtney Corbin as Laura Wilde, Emily Harrison as Debbie Fox, Christina Lopez as Ms. Sheena Brannigan and  Aaron Moore as Mr. Stevie Cocker. Classmates are: Haley Barfield, Sarah Lovins, Danielle Richardson, Jacob Beasley and Clint Touchton.  The crew includes Angela Wiley, David Reeves Forrester and Brenton Jones.

            The show was written by Neil Gooding with additional material by Stuart Smith.  Revised orchestrations and arrangements were composed by Brett Foster with original musical adaptation by Scott Copeman.

            Tickets will be available in the college Business Office located in the Student Services beginning March 4. Phone credit card orders begin March 5. For ticket information, call 850-718-2220.

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February 26, 2009

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA

 

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

            The following Mandatory training for Child Care Facility Personnel and Family Child Care Home are scheduled:  Pre-School Appropriate Practices, March 7, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Special Needs Appropriate Practices, April 11, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Costs range from $17 to $43 depending on length of course.

            Chipola also offers custom workshops. The following are available: Eat That Frog: Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done; 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, 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 26, 2009

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ASHMORE NAMED EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH—Mathematics instructor Joy Ree Ashmore (right) was chosen as the Chipola College Faculty/Administrator of the month for February. Here, she accepts the award from Dr. Rose Cavin, director of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

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February 26, 2009

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SPEIGHTS IS EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH—Agnes Speights (right) accepts the March Chipola College Career Employee of the Month award from Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough. Speights has worked in the college Physical Plant since 2005. 

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February 26, 2009

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COLEY SCHOLARSHIP FUND GROWS—Friends of the late David Coley recently added $61,000 to the David Coley Scholarship Fund at Chipola College. Pictured from left, are: David’s son Vance, David’s daughter Kristin, David’s wife Rep. Marti Coley, Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough, Kris Money of the Florida Republican Party, Chipola board member Gary Clark and event host Robert Trammell.

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February 26, 2009

CHIPOLA PLAYERS AND COACH NAMED ALL-CONFERENCE

 

            MARIANNA—Ten Chipola basketball players have earned All-Panhandle Conference honors for the 2008-09 regular season. Chipola also boasts the men’s coach of the year and men’s and women’s players of the year.

            Chipola’s Casey Mitchell is the Panhandle Men’s Player of the Year. He is the state’s third leading scorer averaging more than 21 points per game. Mitchell broke the NJCAA record for most consecutive free throws in a community college basketball game when he made 25 straight in Chipola’s overtime win over Tallahassee on Jan. 24.

Mitchell joins five other Chipola players on the First Team All-Conference list: Gary Flowers, Justin Brownlee, Torye Pelham, Malcolm Armstead and Jeremy Jacob.

            One Indian was named Second Team All-Conference: Jon Kreft.  Chipola’s Honorable Mention Selections are: Josh Sain, Darius Stowers and Darrell Williams.

Chipola coach Greg Heiar was named Panhandle Conference Coach of the Year after his Indians captured the Conference Championship. The Indians will defend their state title in a first round tournament game with Hillsborough, Thursday, March 5, at 6 p.m., in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center.

Six Chipola Lady Indians garnered All-Conference Honors and Latoya Williams was named Panhandle Conference Player of the Year. Williams is among the top 10 scorers in the state, averaging more than 14 points per game. Chipola’s First Team selections are Latoya Williams, Ashlie Billingslea and Sequoyah Griffin.

Second Team All-Conference picks from Chipola are Jamia Akins, Lenita Sanford and Marnesha Hall.

The Lady Indians ended the season ranked second in the FCCAA state poll, and second in the Panhandle Conference race.  

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CHIPOLA’S FIRST TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE PICKS—Chipola College’s First Team All Conference picks are, from left: (top) Coach Greg Heiar (Panhandle Coach of the Year), Casey Mitchell (Panhandle Men’s Player of the Year), Gary Flowers, Justin Brownlee, Torye Pelham, (bottom) Malcolm Armstead, Jeremy Jacob, Latoya Williams (Panhandle Women’s Player of the Year), Ashlie Billingslea and Sequoyah Griffin.

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February 26, 2009

CHIPOLA BASEBALL AT HOME THIS WEEK

            MARIANNA—The Chipola Indians baseball team hosts a spate of games this week beginning with Grand Rapids, Friday, Feb. 27, at 3 p.m. The Indians host two games Saturday, Feb. 28, St. John’s River at noon and Grand Rapids at 6 p.m. Chipola plays Grand Rapids again Sunday, March 1, at noon. The Indians host Wallace-Dothan at 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 3.

            Chipola is (9-7) as of Feb. 23 is ranked fifth in the FCCAA state poll. The Indians are the defending conference and state champions. Miami-Dade is first in the poll. PJC is second and Gulf Coast is fourth.

            Chipola’s Austin Wright is this week’s FCCAA Baseball Pitcher of the Week. Wright, a freshman from Hoffman Estates, Ill., made the most of his only appearance on the mound last week. On Feb. 21 against NJCAA No. 26 Middle Georgia, the southpaw tossed an impressive seven-inning no-hitter in the Indians’ 6-0 win. Wright only walked three batters and struck out 11 in the complete-game effort.

            For information about Chipola baseball, visit www.chipola.edu

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February 26, 2009

CHIPOLA SOFTBALL AT HOME THIS WEEK

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola Lady Indians improved to 12-5 on the season with a 9-0 win over Aiken Tech on Feb. 22. Rebekah Lewis picked up the win for Chipola in five innings. Kara Gordon was three for three with three homeruns and 8 RBI’s. 

            Chipola also scored a big 9-1 win over Truett-McConnell on Feb. 22. Alison Kirkland earned the win for Chipola. Amanda Vickers was 2-3 in the game.  

            The Lady Indians host Darton College, Tuesday, March 3, in a 3 p.m. doubleheader. Chipola hosts Grand Rapids in a doubleheader, Thursday, March 5, at 2 p.m.

            The Lady Indians travel to Louisiana for games on March 6-7 before returning home to host Hibbing CC, Monday, March 9 at 2 p.m. and Hartland College, Tuesday, March 10, at 2 p.m.

            Chipola is ranked fifth in the FCCAA state poll and 26th in the NJCAA national poll.

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February 26, 2009

 

STATE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT BEGINS WEDNESDAY AT CHIPOLA

 

MARIANNA—The top 16 community college basketball teams in Florida will begin arriving in Marianna Tuesday for the Florida Junior College Men's and Women’s State Basketball Tournament set for March 4-7 in Chipola’s Milton H. Johnson Health Center.

            Some 400 basketball players along with coaches, cheerleaders and fans will fill nearly 200 hotel rooms during the tourney. Teams will begin practice Tuesday in the Johnson Center and in local high school gyms. Each team is assigned a local host family to help with any need that may arise during the tournament.

Numerous Division I College coaches and recruiters also are expected to scout the talent in the competition. Tournament officials estimate that more than $250,000 will flow into the area during the tournament from food, lodging, recreation and incidental expenses.   

            The women’s tournament tips off Wednesday, March 4, at 1 p.m. (CST) as Central Florida takes on Hillsborough.  At 3 p.m., Gulf Coast takes on Miami Dade. Chipola plays Santa Fe at 6 p.m. Indian River and Northwest Florida meet in the 8 p.m. nightcap on Wednesday.                  

            Men’s action begins Thursday, March 5, at 1 p.m. as Polk takes on Santa Fe. At 3 p.m., Gulf Coast meets Miami-Dade. Chipola plays Hillsborough at 6:00 p.m. Central Florida and Broward play in the 8 p.m. nightcap on Thursday.

            Men’s and women’s semi-finals are set for Friday, March 6, with women’s games at 1 and 6 p.m. and men’s contests at 3 and 8 p.m. The State Championship title games are set for Saturday, March 7, with the women at 5 p.m., and the men at 7:30 p.m. Champions advance to the NJCAA National Tournaments, in Hutchinson, KS, and Salina, KS.

The Jackson County Tourist Development Council awarded a $10,000 grant to help promote and operate the tournament.  Waste Management is official host sponsor for the event. Other sponsors include: the Florida Lottery, Florida Credit Union League, Community South Credit Union, Focus Credit Union, Jackson County Teachers Credit Union and Tyndall Federal Credit Union.

Tournament passes—$25 for adults and $15 for students—will get fans into all 14 exciting tournament games.  Single session tickets—two games—are $10 each. 

            For ticket information, call 718-2220, or visit the official tourney web site at: www.chipola.edu

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February 26, 2009

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STATE TOURNEY BEGINS WEDNESDAY AT CHIPOLATorye Pelham slams one for the Chipola Indians. Both Chipola teams will be in action March 4-7 in the State Junior College Basketball tournament at Chipola College.

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February 27, 2009

CHIPOLA SOFTBALL AT HOME THIS WEEK

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola Lady Indians improved to 12-5 on the season with a 9-0 win over Aiken Tech on Feb. 22. Rebekah Lewis picked up the win for Chipola in five innings. Kara Gordon was three for three with three homeruns and 8 RBI’s. 

            Chipola also scored a big 9-1 win over Truett-McConnell on Feb. 22. Alison Kirkland earned the win for Chipola. Amanda Vickers was 2-3 in the game.  

            The Lady Indians host Darton College, Tuesday, March 3, in a 3 p.m. doubleheader. Chipola hosts Grand Rapids in a doubleheader, Thursday, March 5, at 2 p.m.

            The Lady Indians travel to Louisiana for games on March 6-7 before returning home to host Hibbing CC, Monday, March 9 at 2 p.m. and Hartland College, Tuesday, March 10, at 2 p.m.

            Chipola is ranked fifth in the FCCAA state poll and 26th in the NJCAA national poll.

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GOLDEN BAT—Kara Golden hit three homers in Chipola’s win over Aiken Tech on Feb. 8.

 

 

February 27, 2009

CHIPOLA PLAYERS AND COACH NAMED ALL-CONFERENCE

 

            MARIANNA—Ten Chipola basketball players have earned All-Panhandle Conference honors for the 2008-09 regular season. Chipola also boasts the men’s coach of the year and men’s and women’s players of the year.

            Chipola’s Casey Mitchell is the Panhandle Men’s Player of the Year. He is the state’s third leading scorer averaging more than 21 points per game. Mitchell broke the NJCAA record for most consecutive free throws in a community college basketball game when he made 25 straight in Chipola’s overtime win over Tallahassee on Jan. 24.

Mitchell joins five other Chipola players on the First Team All-Conference list: Gary Flowers, Justin Brownlee, Torye Pelham, Malcolm Armstead and Jeremy Jacob.

            One Indian was named Second Team All-Conference: Jon Kreft.  Chipola’s Honorable Mention Selections are: Josh Sain, Darius Stowers and Darrell Williams.

Chipola coach Greg Heiar was named Panhandle Conference Coach of the Year after his Indians captured the Conference Championship. The Indians will defend their state title in a first round tournament game with Hillsborough, Thursday, March 5, at 6 p.m., in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center.

Six Chipola Lady Indians garnered All-Conference Honors and Latoya Williams was named Panhandle Conference Player of the Year. Williams is among the top 10 scorers in the state, averaging more than 14 points per game. Chipola’s First Team selections are Latoya Williams, Ashlie Billingslea and Sequoyah Griffin.

Second Team All-Conference picks from Chipola are Jamia Akins, Lenita Sanford and Marnesha Hall.

The Lady Indians ended the season ranked second in the FCCAA state poll, and second in the Panhandle Conference race.

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February 27, 2009

CHIPOLA BASEBALL AT HOME THIS WEEK

            MARIANNA—The Chipola Indians baseball team hosts a spate of games this week beginning with Grand Rapids, Friday, Feb. 27, at 3 p.m. The Indians host two games Saturday, Feb. 28, St. John’s River at noon and Grand Rapids at 6 p.m. Chipola plays Grand Rapids again Sunday, March 1, at noon. The Indians host Wallace-Dothan at 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 3.

            Chipola is (9-7) as of Feb. 23 is ranked fifth in the FCCAA state poll. The Indians are the defending conference and state champions. Miami-Dade is first in the poll. PJC is second and Gulf Coast is fourth.

            Chipola’s Austin Wright is this week’s FCCAA Baseball Pitcher of the Week. Wright, a freshman from Hoffman Estates, Ill., made the most of his only appearance on the mound last week. On Feb. 21 against NJCAA No. 26 Middle Georgia, the southpaw tossed an impressive seven-inning no-hitter in the Indians’ 6-0 win. Wright only walked three batters and struck out 11 in the complete-game effort.

            For information about Chipola baseball, visit www.chipola.edu

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