February 2, 2012

CHIPOLA MUSIC STUDENTS ATTEND WINTER SYMPOSIUM

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College music majors recently attended the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) winter symposium at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. 

                Chipola students who attended the conference were: Garrett Bolund, Trey Holmes, Daniel Kern, Cecil Mathis, Lizzy Mathis, Ryan Pilcher and Joseph Raley. 

                Daniel Kern, pianist, received an honorable mention at the Student Artists Competition with participants throughout the state of Florida.  Voice major Lizzy Mathis was also competitively chosen as a feature soloist in the 115 member chorus during their final performance. 

                The Chipola students who attended interacted with students from state colleges throughout Florida and had the opportunity to work directly with the faculty at Florida Atlantic University.

                Dr. Daniel Powell, Chipola’s Associate Dean of Fine and Performing Arts, says, “Our students’ showing at the symposium is a testament to the fine music and arts programs we offer at Chipola.”

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CHIPOLA MUSIC STUDENTS ATTEND WINTER SYMPOSIUM—Chipola College music majors recently attended the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) winter symposium at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. 

Voice major Lizzy Mathis (left) was competitively chosen as a feature soloist. Daniel Kern, pianist, (right) received an honorable mention at the Student Artists Competition. 

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February 2, 2012

CHIPOLA COLLEGE OFFERS FREE TAX PREPARATION

           

                MARIANNAChipola College business professor Lee Shook and his student volunteers are providing free tax preparation and free electronic filing. 

                The free service—for individual tax returns only—is available from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., on Wednesdays beginning Jan. 25 in room M-201.  Reservations or appointment times are requested. Those who drop in may have a longer wait.  Preparation time is usually around 30 minutes. 

                Professor Shook says, “If it is a very complicated return, we ask that you continue to use your paid professional, but if it is a fairly simple return we can help.  We will do Schedule A, itemized deductions.” 

                For faster refunds, taxpayers are asked to bring a personal check which has routing information needed for electronic refunds. 

                To make an appointment for free tax assistance, call Lee Shook at (850) 718-2368.           

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CHIPOLA OFFERS FREE TAX PREPARATION—Chipola College business professor Lee Shook and his student volunteers are providing free tax preparation and free electronic filing.  Here, business major Holley Hinson of Chipley, works on an income tax program. To make an appointment for free tax assistance, call Lee Shook at (850) 718-2368.

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THEATER STUDENTS TOUR NEW CENTER FOR THE ARTS—Students and alumni from Chipola College theater director Charles Sirmon’s Introduction to Theater class recently toured the new Chipola Center for the Arts. The Center will open in the Fall with a grand opening gala set for September.

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FORMER DOT SECRETARY DISCUSSES LINCOLN AT CHIPOLA MEETING—Ben Watts, former Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation, delivered a presentation on Abraham Lincoln, at Chipola College on Jan. 26. Pictured from left, are Chipola Social Science professor Melissa Cauley; Ben Watts; his wife Gardis Watts, and her sister, Gail Hartzog, Chipola’s Dean of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness.

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ASHMORE TOP CHIPOLA EMPLOYEE—Joy Ree (Georgia) Ashmore has been selected to receive the Chipola College Faculty/Administrator/Other Professional Award of the month for February.   Ashmore has served as an Assistant Professor in Mathematics since 2005.  Here, Ashmore (left) is congratulated by Dr. Rose Cavin, Associate Dean of Mathematics and Natural Science.  

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CHIPOLA TO PRESENT ‘GODSPELL’—Chipola College Theatre will present the hit musical “Godspell,” Feb. 29, Mar. 1-4. Tickets go on sale Feb. 15 in the business office. Here, the cast rehearses for the Tony-nominated show filled with popular hits “Day By Day,” “Learn Your Lessons Well” and “Turn Back, O Man.” The timeless tale of friendship, loyalty and love has touched the hearts of countless theatergoers all over the world with the greatest story ever told. For ticket information, call 718-2220.

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February 2, 2012

THROSSELL LITERATURE/LANGUAGE FESTIVAL SET AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will host the Twenty-second Annual Throssell Literature/Language Festival on Friday, Feb. 17.

                Currently enrolled juniors or seniors from high schools in the Chipola District will compete in writing, speech, oral interpretation, humanities, grammar/mechanics/usage, literature, reading and Spanish competitions.  Festival coordinator Rachel West says, “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 p.m. Lunch, compliments of the college, will be provided to the contestants and their sponsors. Participants also will see a preview of the upcoming Chipola musical Godspell.

                Dr. Sarah Clemmons says, “We are looking forward to hosting our twenty-second festival.  It is always a pleasure to have area high school students on our campus for a day of academic competition.”

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February 2, 2012

CHIPOLA BLACK HISTORY PROGRAM SET FOR FEB. 24

 

                 MARIANNA—The Chipola College Black Student Union and the Association of United Professionals will host a Black History Month Program, Friday, Feb. 24, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in the Chipola Arts Center. Dinner will be served.

                Dr. Rufus Wood of Panama City is the guest speaker. A prominent local civil rights leader and pastor Wood was honored in 2010 by the Glenwood Community Center for his 25 years of dedication in bringing social justice to the community. Wood has served as pastor of the Love Center Missionary Baptist Church, Moderator of the Progressive Missionary Baptist District Association of West Florida, and President of the Bay County branch of the NAACP.

                The public is invited to enjoy the free festivities and dinner, while learning more about Black History.

                For information about the event, contact Dr. Willie Spires at 718-2232.

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February 2, 2012

MARKETING SEMINAR SET AT CHIPOLA

           

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer a seminar entitled, “Marketing Series, Part 1: Introduction to 21st Century Marketing,” Friday, Feb. 10.

                Participants will learn to choose the best methods for marketing a business, target a market audience, create a free web site quickly and easily, discover which social media avenues are the best, and learn to optimize internet presence.

                The seminar will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Room M-108 of the Chipola Business and Technology building.

                Pre-registration is required. Cost is $30. Students should contact Elissa Severson at 718-2441 to register, or sign up in person in Building M, Office 208A.

                “Marketing Series Part 2: Marketing on the Internet and Using Social Media” is Feb. 24. Participants will discover the power of having a social media strategy and learn to implement new marketing techniques, unlock the secrets of the top social media sites and establish online presence.

                Additional seminars scheduled, include: March 9, “International Import/Export Trade Basics”; April 6, “Steps to Starting a Small Business”; and April 13, “Ultimate Business Plan.”

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

or email seversone@chipola.edu.

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February 2, 2012

FIREARMS COURSE SET AT CHIPOLA

 

                 MARIANNA—Chipola College will hold an 8-hour Firearms (Semi-Automatic) Familiarization course, Saturday, Feb. 25, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Reddoch Firing Range on the Blue Springs Highway.

                The course will involve classroom time, coupled with extensive gun handling and live fire shooting.  Successful completion of the course may be used in applying for a Concealed Weapons Permit.  Application packets for the permit will be furnished upon request.

                Registration and payment of the $100 fee must be completed in advance. A 24-hour cancellation notice is required for a refund. Class size is limited. Students must be at least 18 years of age. Use of a weapon and ammunition are included in the cost of the course. No vending machines are available at the range so participants are asked to bring lunch.

                For information, call Doris Williams at (850) 718-2394 or e-mail williamsd@chipola.edu.

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February 2, 2012

CHIPOLA HOSTS PENSACOLA IN LEAGUE MATCHUPS

 

                MARIANNA— Chipola hosts Pensacola in a pair of games Saturday, Feb. 4, in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center. The women’s game tips off at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 7:30 p.m. 

                The Lady Indians improved to 3-3 in league play and 16-7 overall with a big 57-56 win over Northwest Florida State on Jan. 28.  Jena Brazzle led Chipola with 15. Jeleah Sidney scored 13. Jenice Johnson had 12 points and 12 rebounds. The Lady Indians were up 33-18 at the half. Northwest rallied in the second half, but Chipola never relinquished the lead. Chipola was five of 15 from the three point line.

                Chipola beat Tallahassee 56-50 on Jan. 24 on the heels of a 72-63 loss to Gulf Coast on Jan. 21. Johnson led Chipola with 17 points and seven rebounds. Sara Djassi had 15 points. 

                As of Feb. 2, the women’s conference standings are: Pensacola (5-1), Gulf Coast (5-2), Chipola (3-3), Northwest (3-4) and Tallahassee (0-6).  In the Jan. 31 FCSAA women’s poll, Pensacola is first. Gulf Coast is second. Northwest is third. Chipola is fifth and Tallahassee is ninth. 

                The top three women’s teams in the Panhandle Conference earn a berth to the state tournament, March 7-10, at Chipola.

                The Indians fell to 2-4 in conference play and 18-5 overall with a 63-55 loss to Northwest Florida State on Jan. 28.  Chipola led at the half shooting 65 percent from the floor, but shot only 25 percent in the second half. Chipola was led by Aishon White with 11 points.  Mohammad Lee had 9 points. Trantell Knight had 8, and Marianna freshman Kruize Pinkins had 7. 

                Chipola beat Tallahassee 58-43 for the second time this season on Jan. 24.

                The Indians are still in contention for a state tournament berth with one round left in league play. The top two men’s teams in the Panhandle Conference earn a berth to the state tournament, March 7-10, at Chipola.

                Head coach Headrick says, “The Pensacola game is huge. And then we go to Gulf Coast. The bottom line is we’ve got to win these next two to put us in decent shape going into the last round. If we do that, we’re going to have a chance to make the state tournament.”

                The Indians have been without the services of leading scorer Joseph Uchebo who has been out with a knee injury, but may return for the Pensacola game. 

                As of Feb. 2, the Panhandle Conference men’s standings are: Northwest (6-1), Pensacola (4-2), Gulf Coast (3-4), Chipola (2-4) and Tallahassee (1-5).

                In the Jan. 31 FCSAA poll, Chipola’s men were ranked ninth. Northwest is first. Pensacola is second. Gulf Coast is eighth. 

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

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February 2, 2012

BAUTISTA TO HEADLINE CHIPOLA BASEBALL ALUMNI EVENT

 

                MARIANNA—Major League Baseball’s back-to-back Homerun leader Jose Bautista will return to his alma mater on Feb. 11 for Chipola College’s Baseball Alumni event.

                Chipola coach Jeff Johnson says, “It’s great to have Jose and so many other great players to come back for this event. A lot of them have gone on to be successful in baseball and in other careers.  They all have a lot of pride in Chipola and it means a lot for them to come in here and help us raise a little money for our program.”

                The Alumni Baseball weekend events begin Friday, Feb. 10, with a game between Chipola and Walters State at 11 a.m. Chipola plays San Jacinto at 2 p.m. A Golf Outing for Chipola Baseball Alumni and friends tees off at 2 p.m. at Indian Springs Golf Course.  An Alumni Social will be held at Beef O’Brady’s from 6:30 p.m. to midnight.

                Saturday, Feb. 11, events begin at 11 a.m. with Chipola vs. Walters State. An Alumni Home Run Derby begins at 1 p.m. Fans will have a chance to meet the players and get autographs. A $100 a plate Pro Baseball Dinner and Auction is set for 6:30 p.m. at the Trammell Camp in Blountstown. 

                The following Chipola alumni have confirmed their attendance: Jose Bautista—Toronto Blue Jays, Tyler Flowers—Chicago White Sox, Adam Loewen—New York Mets, Mat Gamel—Milwaukee Brewers and honorary Chipola alumnus Jeff Mathis—Toronto Blue Jays. Several other former players are expected to attend.

                For information, contact assistant coach Mike Bradford at 850-718-2243 or email bradfordm@chipola.edu. 

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BAUTISTA TO HEADLINE CHIPOLA BASEBALL ALUMNI EVENT—Major League Baseball’s back-to-back Homerun leader Jose Bautista will return to his alma mater on Feb. 11 for Chipola College’s Baseball Alumni event.  Pictured at last year’s event are, from left: honorary Chipola alumnus Jeff Mathis of the Toronto Blue Jays, Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays and Chipola baseball coach Jeff Johnson.  Several other former players are expected to attend.

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February 9, 2012

CHIPOLA HOMECOMING 2012 BEGINS FEB. 15

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will celebrate Homecoming 2012 from Feb. 15-25 with the Indians hosting Gulf Coast for the big Homecoming games on Saturday, Feb. 25.  This year’s homecoming theme is “Fear the Spear.”

                Candidates for Mr. Chipola and Homecoming Queen will be introduced at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 15, in the Cafeteria.  Voting for candidates will take place on the Feb. 15-16. The top two freshmen vote winners (women and men) and the top three sophomores or upper classmen vote winners will be named to the Homecoming Court. The sophomore or upper classmen winners will be crowned Homecoming Queen and Mr. Chipola at the Homecoming game on Feb. 25.

                SGA will sponsor a Building Decoration Contest among the campus organizations to be judged at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 21. Buildings must be decorated on Monday, Feb. 20. Campus groups should contact Nancy Johnson about the building their club would like to decorate.

                The Homecoming Talent show is Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 10:05 a.m. in the Arts Center.  The contest is open to any campus group or individual currently enrolled at Chipola.  Cash prizes will be awarded to: Best Overall - 1st, 2nd and 3rd; Best Solo, Best Group and Best Band.  Performances are limited to 4 minutes. Sign-up deadline is Feb. 20 in the SGA Office.

                The Homecoming games between Chipola and Gulf Coast are set for Saturday, Feb. 25. The women game tips off at 5:30 p.m. Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough and his wife, Priscilla, will host an Alumni Reception in the Hospitality Room beginning at 6:30 p.m. All alumni, college retirees and friends of the college are invited.

                Also on Saturday, Feb. 25, a life-size bronze statue of legendary Chipola basketball coach Milton H. Johnson will be unveiled during pre-game of the Chipola men’s game.  Friends and former players raised the funds for the bronze likeness of Coach Johnson that will be erected at the entrance to the gymnasium. The homecoming court will be presented during halftime of the men’s game which begins at 7:30 p.m.

                For information about Homecoming, call Nancy Johnson at 718-2314.

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CHIPOLA HOMECOMING—Chipola College will celebrate Homecoming 2012 from Feb. 15-25 with the Indians hosting Gulf Coast for the big Homecoming games on Saturday, Feb. 25.  On Saturday, Feb. 25, a life-size bronze statue of legendary Chipola basketball coach Milton H. Johnson will be unveiled during pre-game of the Chipola men’s game. 

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February 9, 2012

CRAA AWARDS GRANTS TO LOCAL ARTS TEACHERS

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola Regional Arts Association’s annual mini-grant program set a new record this season with 27 applications from art, music, and theatre teachers across Chipola’s five counties. 

                Originally, CRAA had budgeted for ten $200 awards, but a generous donation from Florida Public Utilities allowed for five additional $200 awards. 

                The following 15 schools were awarded mini-grants to be used in their art, music, and theatre programs: Cassandra Adams, Dayspring Christian Academy; Norma Bean, Cottondale Elementary School; Kathy Blalock, Bethlehem High; Richard Bouton, Graceville High; Rebecca Dilmore, Cottondale High; Janet Edewaard, Blountstown Middle School; Gayle Grissett, W.R. Tolar K-8 School; Stewart Hobbie, Blountstown Middle School; Heather Howell, Poplar Springs High; Karon Mattox, Poplar Springs High; Gyll Moore, Liberty County High; Roberta T. Newell, Graceville Elementary School; Gail Seabach, Vernon Elementary School; Vicki Steverson, Bonifay Elementary School; and Ricky Ward, Holmes County High.

                Dr. Daniel Powell, Executive Director of CRAA, says, “This historic surge in applicants is a testament to how much this supplemental funding means to our community.  As CRAA starts its annual ‘Partners in the Arts’ fundraising campaign, I hope people will see the value of their donation and all the wonderful benefits it will bring our community.”

                The public is invited to attend the CRAA meetings on April 17 at noon and May 15 at 6 p.m. Guests will hear presentations from mini-grant recipients and see first-hand the many fine and performing arts programs in our community.

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

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CRAA MINI GRANTS—The Chipola Regional Arts Association’s annual mini-grant program set a new record this season with 27 applications from art, music, and theatre teachers across Chipola’s five counties.  Dayspring Christian Academy was a recipient of one of the grants. Pictured from left, are: Dayspring student Ashton Shumaker, Cassandra Adams music teacher and teacher’s aide and student Madison Harper.  The students are from Mrs. England’s second grade class.

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February 9, 2012

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BARNES IS TOP EMPLOYEE—Ionia Barnes is Chipola College’s Career Employee of the month for January. Barnes serves as the Department Staff Assistant in Mathematics and Natural Science and has worked at the college since 1976. Pictured from left, are: Associate Dean of Mathematics and Natural Science, Dr. Rose Cavin, Ionia Barnes and Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough.

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February 9, 2012

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CHIPOLA TO PRESENT ‘GODSPELL’—Chipola College Theatre will present the hit musical “Godspell,” Feb. 29 through Mar. 4. Tickets go on sale Feb. 15 in the college business office. Here, Trey McKay rehearses for the role of Jesus.  The Tony-nominated show includes popular hits “Day By Day,” “Learn Your Lessons Well” and “Turn Back, O Man.” The timeless tale of friendship, loyalty and love has touched the hearts of countless theatergoers all over the world with the greatest story ever told.  For ticket information, call 718-2220.

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February 9, 2012

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CHIPOLA HOSTS HEALTH SCIENCES CAREER FAIR—The Chipola College School of Health Sciences recently held a Career Fair for Associate Degree Nursing students.  Here, Terri Glass (right) of Covenant Hospice shares information with a group of students. Ten health care agencies attended, including: Chipola Nursing Pavilion, Covenant Hospice, Emerald Coast Hospice, Florida State Hospital, Flowers Hospital, Gentiva Home Health, Gulf Coast Medical Center, Jackson Hospital, Signature Healthcare, and Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare.   Approximately 150 students attended the annual event to discuss employment opportunities and sign-up for door prizes.

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CHIPOLA TEAM WINS AT STATE CONFERENCE—A team of future teachers from Chipola College won first place in the Chapter Display competition at the recent State Future Educator Club Conference.   Pictured from left, are: Sarah Moore of Dothan, Jennifer Adkinson of Chipley, Britney Collings of Altha and Coy Williams of Graceville. Chipola instructor Casey Bush is the faculty sponsor of the group. This was the first time that Chipola students attended the conference and could only compete in two competitions. 

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February 9, 2012

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WASTE MANAGEMENT SPONSORS STATE TOURNEY AT CHIPOLA— Waste Management is continuing its long-standing partnership with Chipola College by once again sponsoring the Men’s and Women’s State Community College Basketball Tournament, set for March 7-10 in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center.  Pictured from left, are: Chipola College president Dr. Gene Prough, Waste Management Springhill Manager Jeff Massey, Waste Management Community Affairs Manager Amy Boyson, Tournament Administrator Alice Pendergrass, and Tournament Coordinator Dr. Steve Givens.  Since opening its operations in Jackson County, Waste Management has contributed more than $160,000 to Chipola’s academic and athletic programs.

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February 9, 2012

GODSPELL SELECTIONS AT CRAA MEETING

 

                MARIANNA—The public is invited to attend the Chipola Regional Arts Association (CRAA) meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at Jim’s Buffet, with a Dutch-treat luncheon at 11:30 a.m. with the program beginning at noon.

                The program will feature the Chipola Theatre students performing selections from the musical “Godspell.”  One of the biggest Broadway successes of all time, “Godspell,” will be the last musical in the old theatre that will be replaced by the new Center for the Arts.  The production will run Feb. 29 through March 4.  Tickets go on sale in the Chipola Business Office on Feb. 16. 

                CRAA will be enhancing their door prizes to include free tickets to “Godspell” and to the next Artist Series, “Dance Alive.”

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

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 February 9, 2012

MARKETING SEMINARS SET AT CHIPOLA

           

                 MARIANNAChipola College will offer two marketing seminars for small businesses.

                “Marketing Series, Part 1: Introduction to 21st Century Marketing,” is Friday, Feb. 10. Participants will learn to choose the best methods for marketing a business, target a market audience, create a free web site quickly and easily, discover which social media avenues are the best, and learn to optimize internet presence.

                “Marketing Series Part 2: Marketing on the Internet and Using Social Media” is Feb. 24. Participants will discover the power of having a social media strategy and learn to implement new marketing techniques, unlock the secrets of the top social media sites and establish online presence.

                The seminars will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Room M-108 of the Chipola Business and Technology building.

                Pre-registration is required. Cost of each seminar is $30. Students should contact Elissa Severson at 718-2441 to register, or sign up in person in Building M, Office 208A.

                Additional seminars scheduled, include: March 9, “International Import/Export Trade Basics”; April 6, “Steps to Starting a Small Business”; and April 13, “Ultimate Business Plan.”

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

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February 9, 2012

THROSSELL LITERATURE/LANGUAGE FESTIVAL SET AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will host the Twenty-second Annual Throssell Literature/Language Festival on Friday, Feb. 17.

                Currently enrolled juniors or seniors from high schools in the Chipola District will compete in writing, speech, oral interpretation, humanities, grammar/mechanics/usage, literature, reading and Spanish competitions.  Festival coordinator Rachel West says, “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 p.m. Lunch, compliments of the college, will be provided to the contestants and their sponsors. Participants also will see a preview of the upcoming Chipola musical Godspell.

                Dr. Sarah Clemmons says, “We are looking forward to hosting our twenty-second festival.  It is always a pleasure to have area high school students on our campus for a day of academic competition.”

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February 9, 2012

CHIPOLA ALUMNI MUSICIANS TO PERFORM AT ST. LUKE’S EPISCOPAL

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College alumni Rebecca Boggs and John Baumer will perform a vocal concert of classical favorites at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, Feb. 26, at 4 p.m.

                The concert is to help support their study abroad trip to Germany. Currently, Rebecca and John are near completion of the undergraduate music degrees at Troy University. 

                Although admission is free, any donations will be used to help offset the cost of the trip.

                Chipola Associate Dean of Fine and Performing Arts Dr. Daniel Powell says, “The study abroad program will not only expose them to a culturally rich country, but also give them the opportunity to see where some of the greatest composers and musicians once lived and thrived.”

                The two students were in Dr. Powell’s first music class he taught at Chipola. Dr. Powell, says, “They will be among the many graduates that have represented our program with distinction and we are all very proud of them.”

                Many Chipola alumni from the Southeast and as far away as New York recently returned to Chipola to participate in the Show Choir Jazzmatazz concerts. “Chipola’s strong art programs continue to unite alumni and represent the college beyond graduation,” Powell said. 

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

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February 9, 2012

TWO KIDS WIN FLAT SCREENS AT CHIPOLA GAMES

 

                MARIANNA--Terry Allen of the Graceville Badcock and More store donated two 50” Plasma television sets to winners in a Half Court Shootout at Chipola College on Feb. 4. 

                Jameel Wilson, a 14 year old on the Marianna Middle School basketball team, made a half-court bank shot to win a TV during the Chipola women’s game.  Jameel’s mother Ida Wilson played basketball in Mississippi and his father Alvin Wilson played football at Marianna High School.

                Cephus Green, a student at W.R. Tolar School in Bristol, swished the half-court shot to win a TV during the Chipola men’s game.

                Allen has donated flat screen televisions for the contest for the past couple of years with no winners until Saturday.  He usually donates the televisions to the college after the season for the various sports to use in fundraisers.

                Allen, a Chipola alumnus, says, “I’m just happy to help Chipola and to see the crowd get so excited. These are two nice kids and I’m glad they were able to win the televisions.”

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WILSON WINS FLAT SCREEN CHIPOLA—Jameel Wilson, a 14 year old on the Marianna Middle School basketball team, won a 50” plasma television in a Half Court Shootout at Chipola College on Feb. 4.  Pictured from left, are: Chipola Appreciation Club president Colby Peel, Terry Allen of Graceville Badcock, winner Jameel Wilson, his mother Ida Wilson, and Chipola athletic director Dr. Dale O’Daniel. Terry Allen of the Graceville Badcock and More store donated two 50” Plasma television sets to winners on Feb. 4. 

 

GREEN WINS FLAT SCREEN CHIPOLA—Cephus Green, a student at W.R. Tolar School in Bristol, made a half-court shot to win a TV during the Chipola men’s game on Feb. 4.  Pictured from left, are: Chipola Appreciation Club president Colby Peel, winner Cephus Green, Terry Allen of Graceville Badcock, and Chipola athletic director Dr. Dale O’Daniel. Terry Allen of the Graceville Badcock and More store donated two 50” Plasma television sets to winners on Feb. 4. 

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February 9, 2012

CHIPOLA HOSTS NORTHWEST IN LEAGUE MATCHUPS

 

                MARIANNA— Chipola hosts Northwest Florida State in a pair of big conference games Tuesday, Feb. 14, in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center. The women’s game tips off at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 7:30 p.m. 

                The Lady Indians improved to 4-4 in conference play and 18-8 overall with a big 55-47 win over Gulf Coast on Feb. 8.  Sara Djassi led Chipola with 16 points.  Oneal Session had 15. Chipola led 30-18 at the half.

                Chipola head coach David Lane says, “All around, a great defensive effort. We held Gulf Coast to only 10 points with five minutes to go in the first half.”  The Lady Indians led the Lady Commodores by as many as 17 late in the game. Chipola was 23 of 27 from the free throw line.

                As of Feb. 9, Chipola is tied for third in the women’s league race with Northwest Florida. The women’s conference standings are: Pensacola (7-1), Gulf Coast (5-3), Northwest (4-4), Chipola (4-4) and Tallahassee (0-8).  In the Feb. 7 FCSAA women’s poll, Pensacola is first. Gulf Coast is second. Northwest is fourth. Chipola is fifth and Tallahassee is ninth. 

                The top three women’s teams in the Panhandle Conference earn a berth to the state tournament, March 7-10, at Chipola.

                Chipola lost a close 71-60 game to Pensacola on Feb. 4, despite an outstanding performance by Jelleah Sidney, the FCSAA Women’s Basketball Player of the Week.  Sidney, a freshman from Queens, NY, scored 16 of Chipola’s 22 first half points and finished with 26 points overall. She was 9-of-17 from the floor and 7-of-9 from the free throw line. She also grabbed 15 rebounds to complete the double-double while recording two assists and five steals in 38-plus minutes of action.

                Chipola scored a big 57-56 win over Northwest Florida State on Jan. 28.  Jena Brazzle led Chipola with 15. Sidney scored 13. Jenice Johnson had 12 points and 12 rebounds.

                The Indians improved to 4-4 in conference play and 20-5 overall with a 64-47 win over Gulf Coast on Feb. 8. Trantell Knight led the Indians with 11. Tevin Baskin and Mohammed each scored 10. Kruize Pinkins had 9. Earl Watson had seven. Joseph Uchebo scored six. 

                Chipola head coach Headrick says, “This is the best team win we’ve had all year. I’m proud of the way our guys came out and responded. They’ve have calmed down and started playing like there’s no pressure on them. Our guard play is getting better and offensively, Joseph Uchebo’s presence is important. Even though he’s not scoring a lot, teams still have to guard him.”

                Chipola beat Pensacola 61-48 on Feb. 4. Terel Hall led the Indians with 13 points. Tevin Baskin had 10. The Pensacola game marked the return of Joseph Uchebo missed five conference games with a knee injury. Uchebo pulled down 8 rebounds and scored six points. 

                Chipola suffered a close 63-55 loss to Northwest Florida State on Jan. 28.  Aishon White led Chipola with 11 points.  Mohammad Lee had 9 points. 

                The Indians are still in contention for a state tournament berth heading into the final round left of league play. The top two men’s teams in the Panhandle Conference earn a berth to the state tournament, March 7-10, at Chipola.

                As of Feb. 9, the Panhandle Conference men’s standings are: Northwest (7-1), Pensacola (5-3), Chipola (4-4), Gulf Coast (3-5), and Tallahassee (1-7).

                In the Feb. 7 FCSAA poll, Chipola’s men were ranked seventh. Northwest is first. Pensacola is fifth. Gulf Coast is tenth. 

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CHIPOLA’S SIDNEY IS FCSAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK—Chipola freshman Jelleah Sidney is the FCSAA Women’s Basketball Player of the Week

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February 16, 2012

CHIPOLA CELEBRATES HOMECOMING

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College student body nominated 30 students for election to the Homecoming Court.

                The top two freshmen vote winners (women and men) and the top three sophomore or upper classmen vote winners are named to the Homecoming Court. Freshman female attendants are Kaylee Toole and Shicola Weston. Freshman male attendants are: Charles (PJ) Buggs, Jr. and John Whittington. Sophomore candidates for Homecoming Queen are: Rachel Pelt, Lindsay West and Ashton Williams. Sophomore candidates for Mr. Chipola are: Daunta Bell, Travis Bontrager and Jonathan Carrell.

                Chipola hosts Gulf Coast for the homecoming games on Saturday, Feb. 25, in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center. The women tip off at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men at 7:30 p.m. A bronze statue of the late coach Milton Johnson will be unveiled during pre-game of the men’s game.  The Homecoming Court will be presented during halftime of the men’s game. Chipola will crown a new Homecoming Queen and Mr. Chipola.

                Freshmen women nominees were: Joni Barfield of Chipley, Karlee Floyd of Malone, Ruby Harrison of Chattahoochee, Leah Page of Chipley, Kaylee Toole of Marianna, Shicola Weston of Atlanta, and Dara Wilkerson of Bonifay.

                Sophomore women nominees were: Lindsey Albritton of Graceville, Adriane Guettler of Chipley, Sierra Hill of Donalsonville, Ga., Katrina Messer of Altha, Rachel Pelt of Sneads, Latonya Smith of Marianna, Ashleigh Stowe of Bonifay, Lindsay West of Malone and Ashton Williams of Marianna.

                Freshmen men nominees were: Dante Brown of Vernon, P. J. Buggs Jr. of Blountstown, Jae House of Orlando, Dakhota Melo of Bonifay, John Whittington of Grand Ridge and Joshua Williams of Blountstown.

                Sophomore men nominees were: Daunta Bell of Marianna, Josh Blount of Chattahoochee, Travis Bontrager of Marianna, Jonathan Carrell of Bonifay, James Lewis of Bonifay, Trey McKay of Dothan, Taylor Myrick of Marianna and Tyler Pickens of Sneads.

                The Student Government Association will host a number of events to celebrate homecoming. This year’s homecoming theme is “Fear the Spear.”  Monday, Feb. 20 is Dynamic Duo day. Students are asked to dress as their favorite duo. Tuesday, Feb. 21, is Decade Day with students donning clothes from their favorite decade. SGA will sponsor a Building Decoration Contest among the campus organizations to be judged at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 21.

                Wednesday, Feb. 22, students are asked to dress as their favorite Celebrity. The Homecoming Talent show is Wednesday at 10:05 a.m. in the Arts Center.  The contest is open to any campus group or individual enrolled at Chipola.  Cash prizes will be awarded to: Best Overall; Best Solo, Best Group and Best Band.  Performances are limited to 4 minutes. Sign up deadline is Feb. 20. Thursday, Feb. 24, is Blue and Gold Warpaint day with students showing their school spirit. Friday, Feb. 24, is Pajama day with students wearing PJ’s to class.

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CHIPOLA CELEBRATES HOMECOMING--The Chipola College student body nominated 30 students for election to the Homecoming Court. Freshmen women nominees are: (not in order) Joni Barfield of Chipley, Karlee Floyd of Malone, Ruby Harrison of Chattahoochee, Leah Page of Chipley, Kaylee Toole of Marianna, Shicola Weston of Atlanta, and Dara Wilkerson of Bonifay. Sophomore women nominees are: (not in order) Lindsey Albritton of Graceville, Adriane Guettler of Chipley, Sierra Hill of Donalsonville, Ga., Katrina Messer of Altha, Rachel Pelt of Sneads, Latonya Smith of Marianna, Ashleigh Stowe of Bonifay, Lindsay West of Malone and Ashton Williams of Marianna.

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CHIPOLA CELEBRATES HOMECOMING –The Chipola College student body nominated 30 students for election to the Homecoming Court. Freshmen men nominees are: (not in order) Dante Brown of Vernon, P. J. Buggs Jr. of Blountstown, Jae House of Orlando, Dakhota Melo of Bonifay, John Whittington of Grand Ridge and Joshua Williams of Blountstown. Sophomore men nominees are: (not in order) Daunta Bell of Marianna, Josh Blount of Chattahoochee, Travis Bontrager of Marianna, Jonathan Carrell of Bonifay, James Lewis of Bonifay, Trey McKay of Dothan, Taylor Myrick of Marianna and Tyler Pickens of Sneads.

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ANDERSON IS TOP EMPLOYEE—Steve Anderson is Chipola College’s Career Employee for February. Anderson serves as the Assessment Center Manager for Public Service and has worked at the college since 2007. Here, Anderson (right) is congratulated by Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough.

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February 16, 2012

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CHIPOLA TO PRESENT ‘GODSPELL’—Chipola College Theatre will present the hit musical “Godspell,” Feb. 29 through Mar. 4. Tickets are on sale in the college business office. The Tony-nominated show includes popular hits “Day By Day,” “Learn Your Lessons Well” and “Turn Back, O Man.” The timeless tale of friendship, loyalty and love has touched the hearts of countless theatergoers all over the world with the greatest story ever told.  For ticket information, call 718-2220.

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February 16, 2012

CHIPOLA WINS REGIONAL BRAIN BOWL, ADVANCES TO STATE

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College won the Panhandle Regional Brain Bowl on Feb. 11 and will now advance to the State Tournament to be held at the College of Central Florida in Ocala March 22-24.

                Chipola was 7-0 in the regional tournament, followed by Pensacola (5-2).  The Chipola team scored 3,785 total points and gave up only 660 in all seven rounds of the tournament. 

                Paul Kelson was the top individual with 700 total points and a 100 point-per-game average. Travis Bontrager was sixth overall averaging 35 points per game.

                The results of the four regional tournaments are: East Central Region–first, Seminole State College; second, College of Central Florida A; Panhandle Region–first, Chipola College; second, Pensacola State College; Southern Region–first, Broward College Blue; second, Indian River State College; West Central Region—first, Valencia College Red; second, Pasco-Hernando Black.Wild card entries are: Northwest Florida State A and Gulf Coast State.

                Chipola Brain Bowl players are: Paul Kelson, Annemarie Nichols, Travis Bontrager, Caroline Peacock, Adrian Carr, Nick Ratzlaff, Katelyn Miller and William Singleton. Chipola Brain Bowl coaches are math professor Stan Young and volunteer coach Dr. Robert Dunkle.

                Chipola is the four-time defending Florida College System Activities Association state champion.

                Link to stats: http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/881/stats/all_games/standings/

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February 16, 2012

REGISTER NOW FOR TERM ‘C’ CLASSES AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNA—Registration for Spring Term ‘C’ classes at Chipola College is Wednesday, Feb. 29, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

                Term C classes meet March 1 through April 30. Late registration is Thursday, March 1, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

                Term C courses include: (AMH 2020) American History to 1865 (online); (CET 1600) Intro Networks & Comm (independent study); (CET 1610) Cisco Router Technology (independent study); (CLP 2140) Abnormal Psychology (online); (ENC 1102) Comm Skills II (online); (GEA 2002) World Geography II (online); (HIS 1930) Current Affairs (online); (HIS 2932) Current Affairs (online); (NUR 2960) Nursing Review I (online); (PSY 2012) Gen Psychology; and (SLS 1101) Orientation, (online).          

                Chipola's open-door policy guarantees acceptance to any student with a standard high school diploma or its equivalent.  Prospective students should complete a college application which is available in the Office of Admissions, or online at www.chipola.edu. Students also must provide an official high school and college transcript. Students should visit an academic advisor in the Student Services building to register. 

                For information about enrolling at Chipola, call the Admission and Records office at 850-718-2311, or visit www.chipola.edu

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REGISTER NOW FOR TERM ‘C’ CLASSES AT CHIPOLA—Registration for Spring Term ‘C’ classes at Chipola is Wednesday, Feb. 29, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Here, Hannah Parrish works on her laptop in the Student Center. Term C classes meet March 1 through April 30. For information about enrolling, call the Admission and Records office at 850-718-2311, or visit www.chipola.                                                              

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February 16, 2012

CHIPOLA BLACK HISTORY PROGRAM SET FOR FEB. 24

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Black Student Union and the Association of United Professionals will host a Black History Month Program, Friday, Feb. 24, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in the Chipola Arts Center. Dinner will be served.

                Dr. Rufus Wood of Panama City is the guest speaker. A prominent local civil rights leader and pastor Wood was honored in 2010 by the Glenwood Community Center for his 25 years of dedication in bringing social justice to the community. Wood has served as pastor of the Love Center Missionary Baptist Church, Moderator of the Progressive Missionary Baptist District Association of West Florida, and President of the Bay County branch of the NAACP.

                The public is invited to enjoy the free festivities and dinner, while learning more about Black History.

                For information about the event, contact Dr. Willie Spires at 718-2232.

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February 16, 2012

FIREARMS COURSE SET AT CHIPOLA

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will hold an 8-hour Firearms (Semi-Automatic) Familiarization course, Saturday, Feb. 25, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Reddoch Firing Range on the Blue Springs Highway.

                The course will involve classroom time, coupled with extensive gun handling and live fire shooting.  Successful completion of the course may be used in applying for a Concealed Weapons Permit.  Application packets for the permit will be furnished upon request.

                Registration and payment of the $100 fee must be completed in advance. A 24-hour cancellation notice is required for a refund. Class size is limited. Students must be at least 18 years of age. Use of a weapon and ammunition are included in the cost of the course. No vending machines are available at the range so participants are asked to bring lunch.

                For information, call Doris Williams at (850) 718-2394 or e-mail williamsd@chipola.edu.

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February 16, 2012

MARKETING SEMINAR SET AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNAChipola College will offer a marketing seminar for small businesses on Feb. 24. The first five participants to register get free admission.

                 “Marketing Series Part 2: Marketing on the Internet and Using Social Media” will meet from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Participants will discover the power of having a social media strategy and learn to implement new marketing techniques, unlock the secrets of the top social media sites and establish online presence.

                The seminar will meet in Room M-108 of the Chipola Business and Technology building.

                Pre-registration is required. Cost of each seminar is $30. Students should contact Elissa Severson at 718-2441 to register, or sign up in person in Building M, Office 208A.

                Additional seminars scheduled, include: March 9, “International Import/Export Trade Basics”; April 6, “Steps to Starting a Small Business”; and April 13, “Ultimate Business Plan.”

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

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 February 16, 2012

CHIPOLA BASEBALL HOSTS 13 STRAIGHT HOME GAMES

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College baseball team kicks off a 13-game homestand beginning Friday, Feb. 17, with Chattahoochee Valley at 1 p.m.

                On Saturday, Feb. 18, Chipola hosts St. Petersburg at noon. On Sunday, Feb. 19, the Indians host Chattahoochee Valley at 11 a.m. and St. Johns at 2 p.m.   Chipola travels to Darton College on Feb. 21.

                Chipola hosts LSU-Eunice, Friday, Feb. 24, at noon. On Saturday, Feb. 25 the Indians play Middle Georgia at 11:00 a.m. and LSU-Eunice at 4:00 p.m.  On Sunday, Feb. 26 Chipola plays Middle Georgia at 1:30 p.m.  On Friday, March 2, Chipola plays Gordon College (GA) at 5:00 p.m.  On Saturday, March 3 Chipola plays Gordon College at 1:30 p.m. and Grand Rapids CC (MI) at 4:00 p.m. On Sunday, March 4 Chipola plays Grand Rapids at 1:00 p.m.  On Wednesday, March 7 Chipola plays Darton at 3:00 p.m.

                The Indians are the defending state champions. Conference play begins March 14 when Chipola hosts Gulf Coast at 5 p.m.

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 February 16, 2012

CHIPOLA’S STEEDLEY IS FCSAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK

 

                TALLAHASSEE—Chipola College outfielder Chelsey Steedley is this week’s FCSAA Softball Player of the Week.

                Steedley, a sophomore from Zolfo Springs, batted .692 (9-for-13) with eight runs scored, three doubles, three triples, for a 1.385 slugging percentage with 13 RBIs in four games.

                She hit safely in all four games last week, beginning Feb. 11 with a 3-for-3 effort against Pearl River, a game in which she also set a school record with eight RBIs. Later that day, she was 4-for-5 with three more RBIs against Middle Georgia. On Feb. 12, she had a hit, run scored and RBI in games against Gordon and Alabama Southern. For the week, she also was a perfect 5-for-5 in stolen bases.

                Chipola is on the road this week, playing Feb. 17-18 in Aiken, SC; Feb. 22 at Enterprise State; and Feb. 24-26 in Panama City.  The team returns home March 9, for games with Georgia Perimeter College at 2 and 4 p.m.

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February 16, 2012

STATUE OF CHIPOLA COACH MILTON JOHNSON TO BE UNVEILED FEB. 25

 

                MARIANNA –A life-size bronze statue of legendary Chipola College basketball coach Milton H. Johnson will be unveiled during pre-game of the Chipola men’s homecoming game which is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 25.  

                Friends and former players are raised the funds for the bronze likeness of Coach Johnson that will be erected at the entrance to the gymnasium that bears his name on the Chipola campus.

                During four decades of coaching basketball at Chipola and Campbellton High School, Johnson’s teams won over 800 games.  Between 1955 and 1961, his Campbellton teams won three state championships and recorded an incredible 55-game winning streak.  His Chipola teams won 628 games from 1961 to 1993 and played in seven national tournaments.  He was named Division Coach of the Year nine times, Region VIII Coach of the Year six times and Florida community college Coach of the Year four times.

                Following Johnson’s death in 2009, many of his former players and friends expressed interest in finding an appropriate way to preserve his legacy.  Former player Robert Trammell coordinated the project for the Chipola Appreciation Club.  “The statue of Coach Johnson is being funded entirely by private donations,” Trammell said.  “The donors want to recognize Coach Johnson for the contributions he made to their lives by establishing a lasting memorial to this great man.”

                The bronze statue of Johnson was created by sculptor Bradley Cooley, of Lamont, Florida, who also has molded images of coach Bobby Bowden, entertainers Ray Charles and Otis Redding, and golfer Bobby Jones.

                “We have most of the funds need for the statue,” Trammell said, “but we welcome donations from anyone who loved coach Johnson. We are grateful for all contributions, large or small.” 

                Tax-deductible contributions should be mailed to the Chipola Foundation, 3094 Indian Circle, Marianna, FL 32446.  For information, contact Julie Fuqua in the Foundation office at 850-718-2478.

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 February 16, 2012

THREE INDUCTED INTO CHIPOLA’S ORDER OF THE GOLDEN WARRIOR

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola athletics honored three of the college’s most generous supporters and said goodbye to its athletic director on Feb. 14.

                Terry Allen of Badcock and More in Graceville, Keith Williams of State Farm Insurance and Mickey Gilmore of the Marianna Wal-Mart were inducted into Chipola’s Order of the Golden Warrior.  Each received engraved figures of Native American warriors.

                Keith Williams sponsors the Chipola Airship, a real blimp that flies in the gym and drops gift coupons on the fans, as well as the live radar pitch speed displays for Chipola baseball and softball. Terry Allen has donated numerous flat screen televisions for a half court shootouts and fundraisers. Mickey Gilmore has donated thousands in merchandise, food and cash.

                Chipola athletic director Dr. Dale O’Daniel, said, “We have lots of chiefs, but the warriors are the ones who fight the battle. These three men always give Chipola whatever we need and more.”

                Following the ceremony, Dr. O’Daniel also announced his upcoming retirement. After serving as Chipola Athletic director for nine years, he will step down at the end of the basketball season. Under his direction, Chipola athletics has captured two national titles, 14 state championships, 14 panhandle championships and graduated more than 200 student athletes.

                Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough, says, “Chipola is grateful for Dr. O’Daniel’s visionary guidance and leadership, dedication and diligence to our community and to athletics.” O’Daniel received a standing ovation from the crowd.

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ORDER OF THE GOLDEN WARRIOR—Chipola athletics honored three of the college’s most generous supporters and said goodbye to its athletic director on Feb. 14. Pictured from left, are: Joc Calloway, Chipola assistant athletic director; Dr. Dale O’Daniel, Chipola Athletic Director; Keith Williams of State Farm Insurance; Mickey Gilmore of Marianna Wal-Mart; Terry Allen of Graceville Badcock and More; Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough and Colby Peel, Chipola Appreciation Club president.

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February 16, 2012

CHIPOLA HOSTS GULF COAST FOR HOMECOMING

 

                MARIANNA— Chipola hosts Gulf Coast for homecoming on Saturday, Feb. 25, in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center. The women tip off at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men at 7:30 p.m. 

                All alumni, college retirees and friends of the college are invited to attend an Alumni Reception hosted by Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough and his wife, Priscilla, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Hospitality Room.

                A life-size bronze statue of legendary Chipola basketball coach Milton H. Johnson will be unveiled during pre-game of the Chipola men’s game.  Friends and former players raised funds for the statue that will be erected at the entrance to the gym.

                The Indians slipped to 5-5 in conference play and 21-6 overall with 67-58 loss to top-ranked Northwest on Feb. 14. Tevin Baskin led Chipola with 11 points. Earl Watson had 11 points and six rebounds.

                Chipola scored a 47-40 win over Tallahassee on Feb. 11.  Tevin Baskin Baskin finished with 12 points and was 8-for-8 from the free throw line. It was a battle of turnovers as Chipola committed 35 to Tallahassee's 20, but the Eagles managed only eight points off the Chipola miscues.  The Indians led 25-22 at the half.

                Chipola scored a 64-47 win over Gulf Coast on Feb. 8. Trantell Knight led the Indians with 11. Tevin Baskin and Mohammed Lee each scored 10. Kruize Pinkins had 9. Earl Watson had seven. Joseph Uchebo scored six. 

                Chipola beat Pensacola 61-48 on Feb. 4. Terel Hall led the Indians with 13 points. Baskin had 10. The game marked the return of Joseph Uchebo missed five conference games with a knee injury. Uchebo pulled down 8 rebounds and scored six points. 

                The Indians are still in contention for a state tournament berth one game into the final round of league play. The top two men’s teams in the conference earn a berth to the state tournament. As of Feb. 16, the conference standings are: Northwest (9-1), Pensacola (6-3), Chipola (5-5), Gulf Coast (3-6), and Tallahassee (1-8).

                In the Feb. 14 FCSAA poll, Chipola’s men were ranked seventh. Northwest is first. Pensacola is sixth.   

                The Lady Indians slipped to 5-5 in conference play and 17-9 overall with a 59-55 loss to Northwest on Feb. 14. Jenice Johnson led Chipola with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Sara Djassi had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Oneal Sessions had 10 points and seven reounds.

                Chipola scored a 60-48 win over Tallahassee on Feb. 11. Tallahassee took a 29-28 lead at the half. Sara Djassi led Chipola with 13 points.  Kristine Brance had 12 including some key three-pointers in the second half. Shanay Corbett had 11 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.

                The Lady Indians scored a 55-47 win over Gulf Coast on Feb. 8.  Djassi led Chipola with 16 points.  Oneal Session had 15.

                Chipola lost a close 71-60 game to Pensacola on Feb. 4, despite an outstanding performance by Jelleah Sidney, the FCSAA Player of the Week of Feb. 7. She finished with 26 points and 15 rebounds.

                Chipola scored a 57-56 win over Northwest on Jan. 28.  Jena Brazzle led Chipola with 15. Sidney scored 13. Jenice Johnson had 12 points and 12 rebounds.

                As of Feb. 16, the conference standings are: Pensacola (7-2), Gulf Coast (7-3), Chipola (5-5), Northwest (5-5), and Tallahassee (0-9).  The top three women’s teams in the Panhandle earn a berth to the state tournament.

                In the Feb. 14 FCSAA women’s poll, Pensacola is first. Gulf Coast is second. Chipola is third. Northwest is fifth and Tallahassee is ninth. 

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 February 22, 2012

STATUE OF CHIPOLA COACH MILTON JOHNSON TO BE UNVIELED FEB. 25

 

                MARIANNA  –A life-size bronze statue of legendary Chipola College basketball coach Milton H. Johnson will be unveiled during pre-game of the Chipola men’s homecoming game which is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 25.  

                Friends and former players are raised the funds for the bronze likeness of Coach Johnson that will be erected at the entrance to the gymnasium that bears his name on the Chipola campus.

                During four decades of coaching basketball at Chipola and Campbellton High School, Johnson’s teams won over 800 games.  Between 1955 and 1961, his Campbellton teams won three state championships and recorded an incredible 55-game winning streak.  His Chipola teams won 628 games from 1961 to 1993 and played in seven national tournaments.  He was named Division Coach of the Year nine times, Region VIII Coach of the Year six times and Florida community college Coach of the Year four times.

                Following Johnson’s death in 2009, many of his former players and friends expressed interest in finding an appropriate way to preserve his legacy.  Former player Robert Trammell coordinated the project for the Chipola Appreciation Club.  “The statue of Coach Johnson is being funded entirely by private donations,” Trammell said.  “The donors want to recognize Coach Johnson for the contributions he made to their lives by establishing a lasting memorial to this great man.”

                The bronze statue of Johnson was created by sculptor Bradley Cooley, of Lamont, Florida, who also has molded images of Coach Bobby Bowden, entertainers Ray Charles and Otis Redding, and golfer Bobby Jones.

                The inscription on the statue reads: MILTON H. JOHNSON “A loved and respected champion, both on the court and in the game of life. He was a quiet, humble teacher and friend to all, who led by example and positively influenced the lives of thousands of people.
His legacy endures…making the world a better place for all.”

                 “We have most of the funds need for the statue,” Trammell said, “but we welcome donations from anyone who loved coach Johnson. We are grateful for all contributions, large or small.” 

                Tax-deductible contributions should be mailed to the Chipola Foundation, 3094 Indian Circle, Marianna, FL 32446.  For information, contact Julie Fuqua in the Foundation office at 850-718-2478.

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February 23, 2012

CHIPOLA’S LITERATURE/LANGUAGE WINNERS

 

                MARIANNA—Some 145 students from 13 area high schools recently competed in writing, reading, speech, oral interpretation, literature, humanities, grammar, and Spanish contests at Chipola College on Feb. 17.

                The occasion was the Twenty-second 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—Georgia Pevy of Sneads High School.

                Writing: first—Ashley Carr of Sneads High School; second—Hadley Battles of Poplar Springs High School; third—Trent Smith of Blountstown School; honorable mentions—Kyndall Whitson of Chipley High School and Randolph McKinnie of Graceville High School.

                Speech: first—Tatum Skipper of Malone High School; second—Devan Roulhac of Blountstown High School; third—Lindsey Locke of Sneads High School; honorable mentions—Nick Porter of Chipley High School and Sierra Finch of Poplar Springs High School.

                Oral Interpretation: first—Jeremy Bailey of Holmes County High School; second—Karah Beaver of Blountstown High School; third—Allie Brockner of Marianna High School; honorable mentions—Patrea Clark of Graceville High School and Dylan Lawson of Chipley High School.

                Literature: first—Rebecca Delgado of Graceville High School; second—Jessica Grigsby of Vernon High School; third—Drake White of Cottondale High School; honorable mentions—Courtney Hasty of Marianna High School and Venisha Hearns of Malone High School.  

                Humanities: first—Anne Marie Nichols of Graceville High School; second—Kacey Aukema of Chipley High School; third—William Singleton of Cottondale High School; honorable mentions—Bishop Peterson of Malone High School and Tayzee Liarson of Blountstown High School.

                Grammar: first—Cheyenne Raines of Marianna High School; second—Caitlyn Stewart of Blountstown School; third—Trent Smith of Blountstown High School; honorable mentions—Dan Wells of Poplar Springs High School and Allison Armstrong of Bethlehem High School.

                Spanish Language Contest: first—Angel Huyke of Marianna High School; second—Gigi Gutierrez of Blountstown High School; third—Andrea Trejo of Liberty County High School; honorable mentions—Alex Ramos of Marianna High School and Caleb Bowers of Vernon High School.

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February 23, 2012

CHIPOLA’S ‘GODSPELL’ OPENS FEB. 29

 

                MARIANNA— Chipola College Theatre will present the hit musical “Godspell,” Feb. 29 through Mar. 4.  Tickets are on sale in the college business office.

                Chipola Theater director Charles Sirmon cast the following local actors in the show: Trey McKay as Jesus, Dylan Bass as John the Baptist (Judas), Ryan Pilcher as Jeffery, Jae House as Lamar, Dante Brown as Herb, Kylee Shores as Robin, Kayla Todd as JoAnne, Sierra Hill as Peggy, Leah Page as Sonia and Ashleigh Stowe as Gilmer.

                The ensemble includes: Atrayu Adkins, Darren Blake Collins, Brett Floyd, Cade Guthrie, Jamal Engram, Griffin Smith, Taylor Bowers, Christin Wiggins, Amanda Locke, Alexus Perry, Gracie Wallace and Alex Parrish

                Godspell,” is the beloved classic from Stephen Schwartz, the Grammy and Academy Award-winning composer of Wicked and Pippin. Audiences will enjoy all the good gifts from one of the most enduring shows of all time as it comes to Chipola in a brand new, intimately staged, one-of-a-kind production. The Tony-nominated score is filled with popular hits “Day By Day,” “Learn Your Lessons Well” and “Turn Back, O Man.” This timeless tale of friendship, loyalty and love has touched the hearts of countless theatergoers all over the world with the greatest story ever told.

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CHIPOLA TO PRESENT ‘GODSPELL’—Chipola College Theatre will present the hit musical “Godspell,” Feb. 29 through Mar. 4. Tickets are on sale in the college business office. Here, Trey McKay rehearses for the role of Jesus. The timeless tale of friendship, loyalty and love has touched the hearts of countless theater-goers all over the world with the greatest story ever told.  For ticket information, call 718-2220.

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February 23, 2012

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CHIPOLA HOSTS FBLA AWARDS—The Chipola College chapter of Phi Beta Lambda recently hosted the District 2 Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) awards ceremony.  Awards were handed out in more than 40 competitions in middle and high school categories. Pictured from left, are newly-elected FBLA District 2 president Brason English of Ponce De Leon; Ciara Baxley of Cottondale High, first place in Sports Management and Joelle Pickens, second place in Sports Management.

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February 23, 2012

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CHIPOLA HOMECOMING COURT—The Chipola College Homecoming Court will be presented during the halftime of the Chipola vs. Gulf Coast game on Saturday, Feb. 25. Pictured from left, are: (front) freshman Shicola Weston of Atlanta, freshman Kaylee Toole of Marianna, sophomore Lindsay West of Malone, sophomore Rachel Pelt of Sneads, sophomore Ashton Williams of Marianna, (back) freshman John Whittington of Grand Ridge, freshman Charles (PJ) Buggs, Jr. of Blountstown, sophomore Daunta Bell of Marianna, sophomore Jonathan Carrell of Bonifay and sophomore Travis Bontrager of Marianna. The Homecoming Queen and Mr. Chipola will be selected from the sophomore candidates.

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February 23, 2012

REGISTER NOW FOR TERM ‘C’ CLASSES AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNA—Registration for Spring Term ‘C’ classes at Chipola College is Wednesday, Feb. 29, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

                Term C classes meet March 1 through April 30. Late registration is Thursday, March 1, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

                Term C courses include: (AMH 2020) American History to 1865 (online); (CET 1600) Intro Networks & Comm (independent study); (CET 1610) Cisco Router Technology (independent study); (CLP 2140) Abnormal Psychology (online); (ENC 1102) Comm Skills II (online); (GEA 2002) World Geography II (online); (HIS 1930) Current Affairs (online); (HIS 2932) Current Affairs (online); (NUR 2960) Nursing Review I (online); (PSY 2012) Gen Psychology; and (SLS 1101) Orientation, (online).          

                Chipola's open-door policy guarantees acceptance to any student with a standard high school diploma or its equivalent.  Prospective students should complete a college application which is available in the Office of Admissions, or online at www.chipola.edu. Students also must provide an official high school and college transcript. Students should visit an academic advisor in the Student Services building to register. 

                For information about enrolling at Chipola, call the Admission and Records office at 850-718-2311, or visit www.chipola.edu

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February 23, 2012

INTERNATIONAL TRADE SEMINAR SET AT CHIPOLA

          

                MARIANNAChipola College will offer a small business seminar entitled, “International Import/Export Trade Basics” on Friday, March 9. The first five participants to register get free admission. The seminar will meet from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

                This class provides an overview of import and export opportunities for Florida businesses. Participants will learn about global businesses and trade investments. The seminar will discuss ways to develop a trade plan and provide resources for starting a trade business.

                The seminar will meet in Room M-108 of the Chipola Business and Technology building. Pre-registration is required. Cost of each seminar is $30. Students should contact Elissa Severson at 718-2441 to register, or sign up in person in Building M, Office 208A.

                Additional seminars scheduled, include: April 6, “Steps to Starting a Small Business”; and April 13, “Ultimate Business Plan.”

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

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February 23, 2012

CHIPOLA COLLEGE OFFERS FREE TAX PREPARATION

 

                MARIANNAChipola College business professor Lee Shook and his student volunteers are providing free tax preparation and free electronic filing. 

                The free service—for individual tax returns only—is available from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., on Wednesdays beginning Jan. 25 in room M-201.  Reservations or appointment times are requested. Those who drop in may have a longer wait.  Preparation time is usually around 30 minutes. 

                Professor Shook says, “If it is a very complicated return, we ask that you continue to use your paid professional, but if it is a fairly simple return we can help.  We will do Schedule A, itemized deductions.” 

                For faster refunds, taxpayers are asked to bring a personal check which has routing information needed for electronic refunds. 

                To make an appointment for free tax assistance, call Lee Shook at (850) 718-2368.

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 February 23, 2012

CHIPOLA HOSTS GULF COAST FOR HOMECOMING

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola hosts Gulf Coast for homecoming on Saturday, Feb. 25, in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center. The women tip off at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men at 7:30 p.m. 

                All alumni, college retirees and friends of the college are invited to attend an Alumni Reception hosted by Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough and his wife, Priscilla, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Hospitality Room. A life-size bronze statue of legendary Chipola basketball coach Milton H. Johnson will be unveiled during pre-game of the Chipola men’s game.  Friends and former players raised funds for the statue that will be erected at the entrance to the gym.

                The Indians improved to 6-5 in conference play and 22-6 overall with a 59-56 win over Pensacola on Feb. 22. JT Thomas led Chipola with 17 points, including five three-pointers and the game-winning three with 6 seconds remaining.

                The win put Chipola and Pensacola in a tie for second place in the league and a berth in the State Tournament. If Chipola beats Gulf Coast and Pensacola loses to Tallahassee, Chipola will make the tournament. If Chipola and Pensacola both win or both lose on Saturday, there will be a one game playoff between the two teams, Monday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m., at Northwest Florida in Niceville.

                Chipola suffered a 67-58 loss to top-ranked Northwest on Feb. 14. Tevin Baskin led Chipola with 11 points. Earl Watson had 11 points and six rebounds.

                Chipola scored a 47-40 win over Tallahassee on Feb. 11.  Tevin Baskin Baskin finished with 12 points and was 8-for-8 from the free throw line.

                Chipola scored a 64-47 win over Gulf Coast on Feb. 8. Trantell Knight led the Indians with 11. Tevin Baskin and Mohammed Lee each scored 10. Kruize Pinkins had 9. Earl Watson had seven. Joseph Uchebo scored six. 

                Chipola beat Pensacola 61-48 on Feb. 4. Terel Hall led the Indians with 13 points. Baskin had 10. The game marked the return of Joseph Uchebo who missed five conference games with a knee injury. Uchebo pulled down 8 rebounds and scored six points. 

                The top two men’s teams in the conference earn a berth to the state tournament. As of Feb. 21, the conference standings are: Northwest (11-1), Pensacola (6-5), Chipola (6-5), Gulf Coast (3-8), and Tallahassee (2-9).

                In the Feb. 21 FCSAA poll, Chipola’s men were ranked sixth. Northwest is first. Pensacola is seventh.

                The Lady Indians slipped to 5-6 in conference play and 17-10 overall with an 82-69 loss to Pensacola on Feb. 22. Sara Djassi led Chipola with 23 points. The loss puts Chipola out of contention for the state tournament. 

                Chipola suffered a 59-55 loss to Northwest on Feb. 14. Jenice Johnson led Chipola with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Sara Djassi had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Oneal Sessions had 10 points and seven rebounds.

                Chipola scored a 60-48 win over Tallahassee on Feb. 11. Djassi led Chipola with 13 points.  Kristine Brance had 12 including some key three-pointers in the second half. Shanay Corbett had 11 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.

                The Lady Indians scored a 55-47 win over Gulf Coast on Feb. 8.  Djassi led Chipola with 16 points.  Sessions had 15.

                Chipola scored a 57-56 win over Northwest on Jan. 28.  Jena Brazzle led Chipola with 15. Sidney scored 13. Johnson had 12 points and 12 rebounds.

                As of Feb. 21, the conference standings are: Gulf Coast (8-3), Pensacola (8-3), Northwest (7-5), Chipola (5-6), and Tallahassee (0-11).  The top three women’s teams in the Panhandle earn a spot in the state tournament.  Pensacola, Gulf Coast and Northwest have all clinched berths; however, their positions in the tournament bracket will depend on the final games on Feb. 25. In the Feb. 21 FCSAA women’s poll, Gulf Coast is first. Pensacola is second. Northwest is fourth.  Chipola is seventh and Tallahassee is ninth. 

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

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February 23, 2012

CHIPOLA’S WRIGHT IS Player of the Week

 

                MARIANNAChipola College’s Ebony Wright is the FCSAA Softball Player of the Week for Feb. 21.

                Wright, a sophomore outfielder from Angleton, Texas batted .800 (12-for-15) with one home run in five games. Over the same span, she amassed a 1.133 slugging percentage with five RBIs.

                Wright opened play with three straight three-hit games against USC-Sumter, Spartanburg Methodist and Aiken Tech. She finished the week by hitting safely and scoring at least one run in all five outings.

                Her best game came against Chattahoochee Valley on Feb. 18 when she was 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs. For the week, Wright had two doubles, drew three walks and was a perfect 3-for-3 in stolen bases.

                The Lady Indians head to Panama City Feb. 24-26 for seven games and to Cullman, AL, for games on March 2 and 3. Chipola returns home March 9 for a double-header with Georgia Perimeter at 2 p.m. Chipola opens conference play March 15 at Tallahassee.

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February 23, 2012

STATE JUCO BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT BEGINS MARCH 7 AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNAThe 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 7-10 in Chipola College’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 men’s tournament tips off Wednesday, March 7, with games at 1, 3, 6 and 8 p.m. Women’s action begins Thursday, March 8, with games at 1, 3, 6 and 8 p.m.

                Men’s and women’s semi-finals are set for Friday, March 9, with men’s games at 1 and 6 p.m. and women’s contests at 3 and 8 p.m. The State Championship title games are set for Saturday, March 10, with the men at 5 p.m., and the women at 7:30 p.m.

                Waste Management is official host sponsor for the event. The Jackson County Tourist Development Council awarded a grant to help promote the tournament.  The Florida Lottery is also a major sponsor of the event. 

                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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TOURNAMENT TEAM HOSTS—Several local sports fans have volunteered to serve as hosts for the 16 teams which will be in town, March 7-10, for the State Junior College Basketball Tournament at Chipola College. Pictured from left, are: (front) Eulice Bryant, Merle Houston, Caretha Everett, Janet Wise, (back) Willie Spires, Ralph Harrison, Coyle Mayo, Jay Mitchell, Dean McCoury and John Ellerbee. Not pictured are Vickie Curry, Tracy Dudley, Natalie Hardy, JoAnn Everett, Patrick Bryan and Leroy Boone.

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February 27, 2012

CHIPOLA’S ‘GODSPELL’ OPENS FEB. 29

 

                MARIANNA— Tickets are going fast for the Chipola College Theatre production of the musical “Godspell,” which runs Feb. 29 through Mar. 4.  Tickets are on sale in the college business office.

                Chipola Theater director Charles Sirmon cast the following local actors in the show: Trey McKay as Jesus, Dylan Bass as John the Baptist (Judas), Ryan Pilcher as Jeffery, Jae House as Lamar, Dante Brown as Herb, Kylee Shores as Robin, Kayla Todd as JoAnne, Sierra Hill as Peggy, Leah Page as Sonia and Ashleigh Stowe as Gilmer.

                The ensemble includes: Atrayu Adkins, Darren Blake Collins, Brett Floyd, Cade Guthrie, Jamal Engram, Griffin Smith, Taylor Bowers, Christin Wiggins, Amanda Locke, Alexus Perry, Gracie Wallace and Alex Parrish

                Godspell,” is the beloved classic from Stephen Schwartz, the Grammy and Academy Award-winning composer of Wicked and Pippin. Audiences will enjoy all the good gifts from one of the most enduring shows of all time as it comes to Chipola in a brand new, intimately staged, one-of-a-kind production. The Tony-nominated score is filled with popular hits “Day By Day,” “Learn Your Lessons Well” and “Turn Back, O Man.” This timeless tale of friendship, loyalty and love has touched the hearts of countless theatergoers all over the world with the greatest story ever told.

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CHIPOLA TO PRESENT ‘GODSPELL’—Chipola College Theatre will present the hit musical “Godspell,” Feb. 29 through Mar. 4. Tickets are on sale in the college business office. Here, Trey McKay rehearses for the role of Jesus. The timeless tale of friendship, loyalty and love has touched the hearts of countless theater-goers all over the world with the greatest story ever told.  For ticket information, call 718-2220.

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