January 7, 2011

CHIPOLA’S FALL DEAN’S LIST ANNOUNCED

 

                MARIANNA—Dr. Sarah Clemmons, vice president of Instructional and Student Services at Chipola College, commends the 249 students who made the Dean’s List for academic achievement during the Fall Semester 2010.

                To be placed on the Dean’s List, a student must take 12 or more semester hours of courses and make an average of 3.25 (B+) to 4.0 (A) in all courses.

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

Alford—Dylan Paramore.

                Altha—Emily Brooks, Brett Floyd, Ashton Lee.

                Blountstown—Carla Daniels, Brandi Greene.

                Bonifay—Nina Adams, Seanna Mattox, Mindy Myers, Anna Parmer, Alisha Tate.

                Chipley—Mary Alderman, Joy Belser, Jonathan Bruner, Phillip Draayom, Micaela Goines, Adriane Guettler, Kimberly Knight, Alyssa Munns, Charity Newsom, Jeffery Pitts, Caitlyn Prichard, Hillary Saunders. 

                Cottondale—Anthony Kadenzy, Meredith Ralls, Kimberly Sloan, Brooke Vickery.

                Graceville—Ciara Jackson, Jessica O'Keefe.

Grand Ridge—April Holguin, Ashleigh Lollie, Caroline Peacock, Rachel Pelt.

                Greenwood—Alicia Gambill, Benjamin Griffin.

                Hosford—Hannah Moore. 

                Kinard—Amy McLeod. 

                Marianna—Mary Adams, Christine Andreasen, Travis Bontrager, Austin Brockner, Megan Daniels, Megan Gardner, Paul Gochenaur, Steffin Golden, Sarah Mathis, James McGrath, Dustin Miller, Patricia Milliser, Jay Phelps, Ashley Raines, Kristina Snelgrove. 

                Sneads—Jordan Coley, Daniel Williams.

                Westville—Megan Dady, Austin Garrett, Ethan Thomas.

                Out of District—Elise Kirk of Sunny Hills.

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

Alford—Christopher Brown,Tessa Jurgonski.

                Altha—Mallory Basford, Rebecca Hambly, Shelbra Hires, Tory Lipford, Katrina Messer, Kathryn Nichols, Emily Redmond, Lacy Waldorff, Rebekah Wiltse. 

                Bascom—Hallie Bowns, Wesley Stephens. 

                Blountstown—Ashley Adams, Virginia Baker, Jessica Collier, Carlos Hall, Candace Koonce, Mary McClellan, Joseph Phinney, Megan Shoemake, Cameron Smith, Jeffrey Stewart, Warren Tanner, Allison Wroblewski.

                Bonifay—Arielle Alexander, Katelyn Bush, Nichola Bush, Jonathan Carrell, Melinda Dampier, Elijah Dixon, Sara Gore, Pasley Hayes, Nicholas Hobbs, Hanzhang Ca Liu, Ali Loflin, Kari McConkey, Mary Parish, Nina Patel, Joshua Peronto, Kristan Reale, Sabrina Robinson, Paige Sellers, Victoria Short, Heather Worley.

Bristol—Carmen Foran, Jacqueline Jackson, Judson Rankin.

Campbellton—Michael Adkins. 

                Caryville—Audreanna Green.

                Chipley—Candice Baxley, Justin Burnham, Lance Bush, Jesse Carter, Mariah Carter, Amanda Cook, Cierra Corbin, Chelsea Dalton, Katie Davis, Aja Finklea, Allyson Gainer, Kristen Garney, Tanner Gilbert, Jennifer Guettler, Carly Hartzog, Cora Hawkins, Lisa Jenkins, Alisha Killings, Marshal Malloy, Lisa Manchac, Bhagyashri Patel, Lyndsi Salter, Meghan Salter, Tiffany Stoe, Haley Worley.

Clarksville—Maegan Davis, Max Herndon, Brittany Stephens.

Cottondale—Maxie Boles, Kellie Cartwright, Elizabeth Krauser, Dylan Mayo, Alicia Rhodes, Tamekia Walton, Whitney Wilson.

Cypress—Robert Brown, Jr., Alayna Tharp.

                Graceville—Rebekah Carnley, Angela Jones, Kenya Merritt, Nancy Messer, Christina Shirah, Kayla Wilson.

                Grand Ridge—Zachary Folks, Christopher Holloway, Katherine McClelland, Ryan Pilcher, Madison Wester, Ariel White, Jessica Harrell.

                Greenwood—Sarah Beach, Jordan Neel, Pamela Williams.

                Malone—Jordan Exum, Brandon Jackson, Michael McArthur, Jr., Marina Speros, Nikolas Speros, Christopher Williams.

                Marianna—Tiffany Anderson, Ferlon Baggett, Jr., Kristie Bard, Johnni Barfield, Jessie Bodie, Caitlyn Bruner, Kendall Burns, Ance Celmina, Hollie Daniels, Andrew Davis, John Debrauwere, Melanie Foster, Harrison Fuqua, Zachary Gilmore, Kimberly Grant, Shelita Grant, Monica Guilford, Stephanie Hamm, Nicholas Harris, Deanna Harrison, Courtney Hodges, Amber Ivey, Stefani Jackson, Michale Johnson, Dallin Kelson, Casey Lawrence, Stephanie Lawson, Sherri Lipford, Larry Malphurs, Brandon Massengill, Virginia McDaniel, Ashley McLean, Victoria Mock, Thuy Trang Nguyen, Aburimen Obehi, Cynthia Phillips, Maggie Rooks, Courson Saunds, Jared Scott, Hannah Shouppe, Sandy Sims, Kassandra Starrine, Steven Stewart, II, Alton Stone, Elynn Wallace, Jessica Ward, Matilda Weeks, Joseph Whitfield, II, Jessica Whittington, Mackenzie Willis, Crystal Womble.

Ponce de Leon—Dishaal Patel, Whitney Rushing, Braeden Skinner.      

Sneads—Haley Bennett, Zachary Goodwin, Kimberly Johnson, Allison McDaniel, Travis Moore, Jonathan Owens, Alex Perry, Tyler Pickens, Courtney Rogers, Nathan Walden, Caitlin Wilson, Christopher Wilson.

                Vernon— Danielle Adkison, Haley Adkison, Tracy Scott.

                Out of District—Sara Djassi of Amadora, PT, Lynnsey Prevatt of Ashford, Ala., William Glawson and Kayla Todd of Chattahoochee, Hannah Lovestrand and Rebecca Stewartof Crawfordville, Steven Ozbun and Scott Smith of Dothan, Ala., Jeverik Nelson of Jackson, Miss., Ashley Ellis of Noblesville, Ind., Lynnetta Boring of Panama City, Alexandre Lagarde of Pierrefonds, Quebec CN and Emily Streukens of Tallahassee.

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January 07, 2011

SMALL BUSINESS SEMINARS SET AT CHIPOLA

           

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer two small business seminars on Jan. 21 with more scheduled in February and March.  

            Two seminars are slated for Friday, Jan. 21. A Webinar on “Understanding Income Statements” will meet from 8:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. A local Certified Public Accountant will help participants learn to understand income statements and discover line by line what all those numbers mean and how to analyze them efficiently.

            Also on Jan. 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., is a seminar entitled, “Marketing Series, Part 1: Introduction to 21st Century Marketing,” will be offered. Participants will learn the best methods for marketing a business and broaden and target market audience. Participants will also learn to easily create a free web site, discover which social media avenues are the best, and learn to optimize internet presence.

            On Friday, Feb. 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., a Webinar on “Understanding Balance Sheets” will be offered. Participants will discover where each line of a balance sheet comes from and how to verify and compare them in this course taught by a local Certified Public Accountant.

            Also on Feb. 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., “Marketing Series, Part 2: Marketing on the Internet and Using Social Media” will be offered. Participants will discover the power of having a social media strategy. Business owners also will learn to implement new marketing techniques, unlock the secrets of social media and establish an online presence.

            On Friday, March 11, a Webinar entitled, “Are You Missing Tax Deductions?” will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Participants will learn which tax deduction areas are being missed due to lack of communication with the tax preparer?  Existing business owners will determine if a change of entity can decrease their taxes.   

            Also on March 11, a seminar entitled, “Ultimate Business Plan,” will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Participants will learn to create an impressive business plan to ensure business success.

            The workshops will meet in Room M-108 of the Chipola Business and Technology building. Cost of each seminar is $30.

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

For information, contact Dr. Jim Froh at 718-2413 or email: frohj@chipola.edu

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January 07, 2011

CHIPOLA OPENS HOME CONFERENCE SEASON TUESDAY, JAN. 11

 

 MARIANNA—Both Chipola hoops squads open the home conference season, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 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.

            Chipola was scheduled to play at Gulf Coast on Jan. 8.  Scores are available at www.chipola.edu or by calling 718-2CJC. 

            The Indians opened the 2011 campaign with a 104-77 win over Covenant Christian in Marietta, GA. The Indians outlasted the Beef O'Brady's Basketball Club 94-92 in an overtime thriller in Panama City at the Gulf Coast Holiday Classic on Dec. 30.   

            The Indians’ only losses of the season came at the hands of Monroe College, 72-61 on Nov. 20, and St. Pete, 104-83 on Dec. 12.

            In the first FCCAA State Poll of 2011, Chipola (13-2) is ranked fourth. Northwest (15-1) is first. Tallahassee (14-4) is seventh and Pensacola (12-5) is tenth. Chipola travels to Northwest Florida, Jan. 15 before returning home to host Tallahassee on Jan. 18.

            The Lady Indians defeated Bishop State 60-43 on Dec. 31. Chipola outlasted Daytona 59-56 on Dec. 30. Jasmine Shaw led Chipola with 16 points and four rebounds. Carleeda Green scored 13. Brieona Warner had 10. Chipola whipped Santa Fe, 65-52 in the Cabot Lodge Holiday Classic on Dec. 29.

            Panhandle Conference teams occupy the top five spots in the latest FCCAA Women’s State Poll. Pensacola (17-0) leads the poll. Northwest (15-1) is second, followed by Gulf Coast (11-3) in third. Tallahassee (11-2) is fourth, followed by Chipola (14-4) in fifth.

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January 07, 2011

SPRING REGISTRATION CONTINUES AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—Spring semester classes at Chipola College began Jan. 7, but late registration will continue through noon on Tuesday, Jan. 11.

            Traditional courses as well as online and independent study courses are available. Three terms are offered in the Spring semester. Term A runs Jan. 7 through May 3. Term B runs Jan. 7 through March 2. Term C runs March 3 through May 2.

            Chipola offers AA degrees, workforce programs and BS degrees. The Associate in Arts (AA) degree provides the first two years of college for students planning to transfer to a university or into one of Chipola’s Bachelor’s degree programs. Curriculum guides that outline requirements for specific majors are available on the college website at www.chipola.edu

The college also offers several bachelor’s degree including Mathematics and Science for middle or high school, Elementary Education, Exceptional Student Education, Business Management and an RN to BSN program in nursing.  The college also offers an Educator Preparation Institute which provides teacher certification for persons with a bachelor’s degree in a non-teaching major.

Chipola was recently approved to offer a BS degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Accounting and Management and a BS degree in English Education.  The new degrees will begin in May.  

 Workforce programs include: Automotive Technology, Corrections, Computer Systems Technology, Cosmetology and Law Enforcement. Associate in Science (AS) programs include: Business Administration and Management, Computer Information Administration, Criminal Justice Technology, Culinary Management, Early Childhood Education, Fire Science, Network Administration and Recreation Technology.     

            The Health Science Division offers training programs for a number of health-related careers. The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program is a 1+1 LPN to RN curriculum. Students are eligible to take the LPN exam after the first year, and the RN exam after the second year. The college also offers an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program and a Paramedic program. A new Paramedic to RN bridge program is set to begin in Summer of 2011.  Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) classes are set to begin in January. 

Chipola’s open-door policy allows any student with a high school diploma to enroll after completing an application and providing high school or college transcripts.

            Applications are available online at www.chipola.edu. Students without ACT or SAT scores must take the College Placement Test by calling 718-2284.

For information, call the Chipola Registration Office at 718-2311, or visit www.chipola.edu

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January 10, 2011

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CHIPOLA HEALTH ADVISORY COUNCIL—Members of the Chipola College Health Science Advisory Council met recently at the college. Pictured from left, are: (front) April Jolly, Clinical Nurse Educator, Gulf Coast Medical; Toby Murray, ARNP, Covenant Hospice; Vickie Stephens, Chipola Health Sciences Director; Dianne Reese, Clinical Nurse Educator, SAMC; Diane Buntyn, CNO, SAMC; (back) Angela Dawkins, Chipola Nursing Instructor; Leanne Davidson, CNO, Jackson Hospital; Tina Dorsey, Chipola Nursing Instructor; Dr. Chastity Duke, Chipola Associate Professor; and Dr. Karen Lipford, Chipola Professor.

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January 13, 2011

POLSTON BROTHERS TO SPEAK AT CHIPOLA COLLEGE

 

            MARIANNA—Two of Chipola College’s most successful alumni will return to their alma mater on Wednesday, Jan. 19.

            Brothers Ricky and Lamar Polston will address students in the Chipola Honors program at 1 p.m. in Jackson Lecture Hall in the college Literature/Language Building.            Ricky Polston is a Justice on the Florida Supreme Court. Lamar Polston is a retired Insurance Executive. The community is invited to attend meeting during which the Polston brothers will discuss their careers and offer college and career advice to the Chipola students.

            The Polstons are originally from Graceville where they both graduated high school and attended Chipola College and Florida State University.

            Lamar Polston earned a Business Degree at FSU with a major in Risk Management Insurance.

            Lamar returned home to Graceville in 2007 after he retired from FM Global Company. From 1995 to 2007, he served FM Global as Division Sales Manager in Park Ridge, IL and Atlanta.

            He worked for Fidelity Investments in Charlotte, NC, as Relationship Manager to some of the largest banks in the U.S. He was National Sales Manager for First Union Brokerage Services and Sales Manager for Palmer and Cay. He began his career with Alexander & Alexander Insurance in Tampa where he held a number of leadership roles from 1974 to 1988.

            Justice Ricky Polston graduated from Florida State University Law School with High Honors after earning a B.S. degree from FSU.

            He was appointed Justice of the Florida Supreme Court in October of 2008. He was a Judge for the First District Court of Appeals. He practiced law in Tallahassee from 1987 to 2000. He holds an Adjunct Law Professor position at the FSU Law School.  He has been a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) since 1978.

            Justice Polston is a member of The Florida Bar and has been admitted to practice before United States District Court, Northern District of Florida; United States District Court, Middle District of Florida; United States District Court, Southern District of Florida; United States Tax Court; United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; United States Court of Federal Claims; United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; United States Supreme Court. He also has served as a Certified Circuit Court Mediator and as a member of the Florida Bar Appellate Court Rules Committee.

            For information about the Polstons’ visit to Chipola, call Bonnie Smith at 526-2761.

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January 13, 2011

LOCAL ART TEACHER TO SPEAK AT CRAA

 

            MARIANNA—Local artist Debra Menacof will present the program at the Chipola Regional Arts Association luncheon, Tuesday, Jan. 18, at Jim's Buffet and Grill.                 The Dutch-treat buffet lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by the program at noon.

            Menacof will lead several in attendance in creating a piece of art while others in will learn through observing. The program will provide all guests with the opportunity to be creative.

            Menacof began her career as an artist but went into education to share her love and knowledge of the arts with as many as possible.  Her teaching experience spans 25 years, from pre-schoolers to adults over 90.  She is now teaching art in a less traditional manner, at many types of schools and facilities through her Outside the Lines Art Studio where she offers various classes and programs for all ages.

            Menacof is an Artist in Residence for Very Special Arts of Florida, and an artist, teacher, and program developer for The Wiregrass Museum of Art in Dothan. She says, “I continue to create my own art, always looking for new ideas and mediums as a way to express myself through my art.”

            Originally from Pennsylvania, Menacof has lived in Florida for most of her life. She is married to Marianna native Cody Menacof and the couple has a seven year-old son.

            For information about the CRAA program, contact Joan Stadsklev at stadsklevj@chipola.edu or call 850-718-2301.

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January 13, 2011

CHIPOLA BRAIN BOWL TEAM WINS NEW YEAR TOURNEY

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Brain Bowl Blue team, consisting of brothers Dallin and Paul Kelson, won the Chipola New Year Tournament on Jan. 8.

            The pair finished the tournament with a perfect 11-0 record, winning by an average margin of 413.6 points per game. Dallin Kelson also was the highest individual scorer, averaging 147.73 per game. Northwest Florida State College and Bevill State finished second and third respectively.

            The Chipola Gold team also made the championship bracket, finishing 6th overall out of 21 teams. Chipola Gold team members are: Brittany Stephens, Annemarie Nichols, Travis Bontrager and Harrison Fuqua.

            Stats for the tournament can be found at this link:

http://results.scobo.net/SQBS.aspx?org=Chipola1&id=20&page=standings

            Chipola will host the NAQT Florida Sectionals, Jan. 21-22 where they will try to qualify for the Community College National Championship. The national tournament will be held at Gulf Coast Community College on Feb. 25.

            Chipola Brain Bowl coaches are Stan Young and Dr. Robert Dunkle.

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January 13, 2011

CHIPOLA STUDENT MAKES FINALS IN 850 ENTREPRENEUR CONTEST

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College student Anita Halling was among the finalists in 850 Magazine’s Collegiate Entrepreneur Invitational.

            She presented her “Natural Balance Solar Energy” business plan to a panel of judges at the Destin Hilton on Jan. 7. Halling said, “The idea behind Natural Balance is to provide affordable Solar Energy to homeowners through the use of advanced technologies, utilizing engineering expertise to ensure that design and construction provide green energy tailor-made to each homeowner’s needs.”

            Dr. Jim Froh, Director of the Chipola Business Department, said, “Anita did a great job. She was excited about the opportunity to showcase her business plan and fine tune her presentations skills. Though she did not win, several judges were impressed with her idea.”           

            Judges included Rusty Bozman, Senior VP of The St Joe Company; Dale Brill, President of the Florida Chamber Foundation; Marty Lanahan, Regions Area Executive; and Eric Miller, VP/General Manager of CenturyLink. Brian Rowland, CEO of Rowland Publishing, and Linda Kleindienst, Publisher of the 850 – The Business Magazine of Northwest Florida provided the venue to help students get ideas from the drawing board to create a new business.             

            The eight finalists came from Chipola College, NW Florida State College, UWF, FSU and FAMU. 

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CHIPOLA STUDENT IS FINALIST IN 850 BUSINESS CONTEST—Chipola College student Anita Halling was among the finalists in 850 Magazine’s Collegiate Entrepreneur Invitational. She is pictured here with Dr. Jim Froh, Director of the Chipola Business Department.

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January 13, 2011

TEACHER WORKSHOP SET AT CHIPOLA COLLEGE

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Future Educators Club will host its Fourth Annual Teacher Workshop, Saturday, Jan. 22.

            Future educators currently enrolled at Chipola College with the assistance of the education faculty, staff, and education graduates will present the free workshop for area educators and education students. 

            The students will present hands-on activities that can be used in the classroom along with samples for teachers and education majors to take and use in their own classrooms.

            Dr. Cherry Ward, says, “A workshop that gives practicing and prospective teachers an opportunity to be creative and innovative.”

            The sessions will include presentations and strategies in Math and Science, grades K-12 and Reading, grades K-6.  Sessions will include a presentation on using FCRR and RTI activities, using Foldables to teach elementary, middle school and high school, ideas to teach fractions & using math manipulatives, using Reader’s Theatre to increase fluency, Ice Breakers and Team Builders, 2-minute math activities, science activities, and general sessions with center ideas, and more. 

            This year in addition to the student led sessions, a representative from Casio will conduct a session. The first 40 people who attend this session will receive a free graphing calculator and be entered into a drawing for a free classroom set. Area teachers may earn 10 in-service points by registering for the workshop through PAEC.

            The workshop will be held in Building D on the Chipola campus from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

            Teachers and students interested in a career in education are invited to attend.  Registration will begin at 8 a.m., with the first session at 8:15 a.m. Refreshments will be served during registration.

            To ensure that sufficient materials are available, please RSVP to Dr. Cherry Ward at 850-526-2761 or wardc@chipola.edu or Casey Bush at 850-526-2761 or bushc@chipola.edu.

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January 13, 2011

SMALL BUSINESS SEMINARS SET AT CHIPOLA

           

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer two small business seminars on Jan. 21 with more scheduled in February and March. 

            The first five students to sign up for any seminar will receive free admission.  Students should contact Elissa Severson at 718-2441 or sign up in person in Building M, Office 208A.

            Two seminars are slated for Friday, Jan. 21. A Webinar on “Understanding Income Statements” will meet from 8:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. A local Certified Public Accountant will help participants learn to understand income statements and discover line by line what all those numbers mean and how to analyze them efficiently.

            Also on Jan. 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., “Marketing Series, Part 1: Introduction to 21st Century Marketing,” will be offered. Participants will learn the best methods for marketing a business to a target market audience. Participants will also learn to easily create a free web site, discover social media avenues, and learn to optimize internet presence.

            On Friday, Feb. 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., a webinar on “Understanding Balance Sheets” will be offered. Participants will discover where each line of a balance sheet comes from and how to verify and compare them in this course taught by a local Certified Public Accountant.

            Also on Feb. 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., “Marketing Series, Part 2: Marketing on the Internet and Using Social Media” will be offered. Participants will discover the power of having a social media strategy. Business owners also will learn to implement new marketing techniques and establish an online presence.

            On Friday, March 11, a webinar entitled, “Are You Missing Tax Deductions?” will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Participants will learn which tax deduction areas are missed due to lack of communication with the tax preparer?  Existing business owners will determine if a change of entity can decrease their taxes.   

            Also on March 11, a seminar entitled, “Ultimate Business Plan,” will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Participants will learn to create an impressive business plan to ensure business success.

            The workshops will meet in Room M-108 of the Chipola Business and Technology building. Cost of each seminar is $30.

            The first five students to sign up for any seminar will receive free admission.  Register at http://clients.floridasbdc.org/center.aspx?center=41230&subloc=4

            For information, contact Dr. Jim Froh at 718-2413 or email: frohj@chipola.edu, call Elissa Severson at 718-2441 or sign up in person in Building M, Office 208A.

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January 13, 2011

FIREARMS COURSE SET AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will hold an 8-hour Firearms Familiarization course for women only, Saturday, Feb. 12, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Reddoch Firing Range on the Blue Springs Highway.

            Although successful completion of the course may be used in applying for a Concealed Weapons Permit, women who simply want to learn to shoot are also welcome.  Students may bring personal weapons, but these should be left in vehicle until requested by instructors.

            Only .38, 9mm, and .40 cal ammunition will be provided. College weapons will be utilized for most of the course, but students will be allowed to shoot their own weapons at some point during the course.

            Registration and payment of the $100 fee must be completed in advance. Class size is limited. Use of a weapon and ammunition are included in the cost of the course.

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

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January 13, 2011

SHOWALTER AND BAUTISTA TO HEADLINE CHIPOLA BASEBALL EVENT

 

            MARIANNA—Orioles manager Buck Showalter, Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista and dozens of other former Chipola baseball players are expected to return to their alma mater Feb. 4-6 for the fourth annual Chipola Baseball Alumni event.

            On Feb. 5, former players will gather for Fastest Pitch and Homerun contests. A Kid’s Baseball Camp is also slated. The jerseys of Orioles manager Buck Showalter and MLB Homerun leader Jose Bautista will be retired during a pre-game ceremony before Chipola’s Saturday afternoon game. A $100 a Ticket Pro Baseball Celebrity Dinner is slated for 6:30 p.m.

            Showalter worked as an ESPN analyst on Baseball Tonight before taking over the Orioles in July of 2010.  He inherited a ballclub with the worst record in the majors at 32–73. But Showalter quickly turned the program around finishing 34–23, the best record among American League East clubs during the same stretch.     

            Showalter has managed the Yankees, Diamondbacks and Rangers.       He grew up in Century, FL, and played at Chipola in 1976. From there he moved on to baseball Mississippi State where he was an All-American who batted .459 in 1977. He was selected by the New York Yankees in the fifth round of the draft, and spent seven seasons in the Yankees’ minor league system. Showalter never played in the majors in part because he played first base, the same position as Yankee Don Mattingly.

            Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays was Major League Baseball’s 2010 homerun leader. With 54 round-trippers, he became only the 26th player in history to launch at least 50 homers in one season. Bautista, who played at Chipola before being drafted by the Pirates in 2000, is quick to credit Chipola and baseball coach Jeff Johnson for contributing to his success. "Coach Johnson has and still has a great impact on my life.  It began from the time I arrived in Marianna, at age 18 and continues today as I play in the Major Leagues.” 

            The 29 year-old has also played for the Pirates, the Orioles and the Royals. He won this year's Silver Slugger Award, the Hank Aaron Award and finished fourth in voting for the American League MVP.

            Showalter and Bautista also visited Chipola at the 2010 Alumni event with former players: Richie Smith, Ryan Chaffee, Jaye Chapman, Jeff Bosse, Raynel Robles, Brandon Street, Jeff Mathis, Jake Mathis, Blake Balkcom, Drew Miller, Luke Johnson, Angel Medina, Kellen Ludwig, Jonathan Swearingen, Luis Bautista, Ethan Martin, Josh Lawhon, Drew Cook, David Credeur, Grant Conyers, Jason Barber, Travis Anderson, Victor Alvarez, Jeff Mathis, Josh Storm, David Oswalt, Alan Horne, Mat Gamel, Liam Shanahan, Andrew Gay, Luis Bautista, Kevin Johnson, Jay Scott and Shawn Larkin.

            For information about the event, contact Matt Addison at 850-718-2332, or email addisonm@chipola.edu.

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January 13, 2011

CHIPOLA HOSTS TALLAHASSEE TUESDAY, JAN. 18

           

            MARIANNA— Chipola hosts Tallahassee, Tuesday, Jan. 18, 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 are 1-1 in league play after dropping a close 73-66 game to top-ranked Pensacola on Jan. 11.  Jasmine Shaw led the Lady Indians with 20 points.  Brieona Warner had 16 points.  Carleeda Green scored 13. 

            The Lady Indians scored a 64-59 win over the Lady Commodores on Jan. 8 marking the first time that Chipola coach David Lane’s Lady Indians had won a game in Panama City. Green led the Lady Indians with 17 points. Jeniece Johnson scored 12. Warner had 11.

            Coach Lane said, “It was just a good, hard-fought game. Chipola lead 36-26 at half. It was just a good win.”

            The Lady Indians are 15-5 and 1-1 in conference play. In the FCCAA State women’s poll, Pensacola (20-0) is first.  Northwest Florida State (16-2) is second. Chipola (15-5) is third. Gulf Coast (12-4) is fourth.  Tallahassee (11-5) is fifth. 

             The Indians improved to 15-2 and 2-0 in league play with a 76-67 over Pensacola on Jan. 11.  Elijah Pittman led Chipola with 18 points.  Marcos Knight had 14.  Sam Grooms scored 13 points. Shamarr Bowden had 11.  Geron Johnson added 10. Chipola improved to 16-2 and 2-0 in league play.

            The Indians narrowly defeated Gulf Coast, 68-64, Jan. 8. Marcos Knight lead Chipola with 22. Chipola lead 38-31 at the half, and by as many as 12 points late in the game.

            The Indians opened the 2011 campaign with a 104-77 win over Covenant Christian in Marietta, GA. The Indians outlasted the Beef O'Brady's Basketball Club 94-92 in an overtime thriller on Dec. 30.   

            In the FCCAA State Poll of 2011, Northwest Florida State (17-1) is first.  Palm Beach State (14-2) is second.  Central Florida (16-4) is third.  Chipola (15-2) is fourth. St. Petersburg (10-4) is fifth.  Miami Dade (12-5) is sixth.  Tallahassee (15-6) is seventh.  Santa Fe (15-6) is eighth.  Pensacola State (13-7) is ninth.  Broward (12-6) is tenth.              Chipola travels to Northwest Florida, Jan. 15 before returning home to host Tallahassee on Jan. 18.

            Scores are available at www.chipola.edu or by calling 718-2CJC.        

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January 13, 2011

OLYMPIC SOFTBALL PLAYERS COMING TO CHIPOLA JAN. 22-23

           

            MARIANNAArea softball players will have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to work with three team USA Olympic medalists at the Chipola College Softball field, Jan. 22-23, 2011.

            The Triple Threat team of Cat Osterman, Kelly Kretschman and Caitlin Lowe will provide a weekend of softball instruction focusing on pitching, offense and defense.

            The two day Chipola camp will include six hours of instruction each day with lunch included. Registration deadline is Friday, Jan. 21. Registration fee is $200. No on-site registration will be available.

            Pitcher Cat Osterman played at the University of Texas. She was an Olympic Gold Medalist and Silver Medalist, a two-time World Cup Champion and a two-time Pan American Gold Medalist. Osterman was a three-time USA Collegiate Player of the Year and a three-time NFCA First-Team All-American. She was the two-time ESPY Award winner as the Top Collegiate Female Athlete. Cat is the assistant softball coach at DePaul University in Chicago, and plays professionally for the Rockford Thunder.

            Kelly Kretschman played outfield and infield at the University of Alabama. She was an Olympic Gold Medalist and Silver Medalist. She also was a Gold medalist at the Pan American Games and a member of the World Cup Championship team. The four-time NFCA All-American lives in Southern California and plays for the USSSA Pride.

            Caitlin Lowe played outfield at the University of Arizona. She was an Olympic Silver Medalist and a Gold medalist at Pan American Games.  A member of the two-time World Cup Championship team, she also was a four-time NFCA First-Team All-American. Caitlin now resides in Texas where she gives specialized lessons in out-fielding and slapping.

            Chipola head coach Belinda Hendrix says, “This is a great opportunity for local players to learn from some of the best softball players in America.”

            For additional information, contact Coach Hendrix at 718-2358 or 718-2359, or visit www.triplethreatsoftball.com or www.chipolaathletics.com

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OLYMPIC SOFTBALL PLAYERS COMING TO CHIPOLA— USA Olympian Cat Osterman (pictured here) will join the Triple Threat team of Caitlin Lowe and Kelly Kretschman for a weekend of softball instruction, Jan. 22-23, 2011, at the Chipola College Softball field. For information, contact Chipola Coach Belinda Hendrix at 718-2358 or visit www.triplethreatsoftball.com

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January 14, 2011

FREDDY COLE COMING TO CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA— The Freddy Cole Quartet in Concert, the third event in the Chipola College Artist Series, will be presented Feb. 7, 2011. 

            Individual event tickets - $12 for adults and $8 for ages 18 and under –go on sale Jan. 24 in the Chipola Business Office.

            Freddy Cole, a Grammy nominee in his own right, makes no apology for sounding like his brother, Nat King Cole.  And he stands shoulder to shoulder with today’s jazz greats.  Warm, intimate, elegant come to mind with Freddy behind the piano and microphone. A master vocalist and pianist, Cole will captivate listeners with his warm presence, subtle phrasing, and world class jazz.  He has been charming audiences in the States and abroad for over 40 years.

            Freddy’s music education began at Chicago's Roosevelt Institute, continued with degrees from the Juilliard School of Music in New York and the New England Conservatory of Music. He hit the thriving jazz scene of New York City learning the ropes from such influential mentors as drummer Sonny Greer. For information, visit www.freddycole.com.

            The Manhattan Piano Trio closes the 2010-11 season, March 17, 2011. The Trio has become one of the most creative, exciting, and dynamic young ensembles in the United States. The group uses piano, violin and cello as their individual instruments of expression to present Classical, Romantic and Contemporary music. For information, visit www.manhattanpianotrio.com.

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January 20, 2011

FREDDY COLE QUARTET IN CONCERT FEB. 7 AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA— The Freddy Cole Quartet in Concert, the third event in the Chipola College Artist Series, will be presented Feb. 7. 

            Individual event tickets - $12 for adults and $8 for ages 18 and under –are on sale in the Chipola Business Office.

            Freddy Cole, a Grammy nominee in his own right, makes no apology for sounding like his brother, Nat King Cole.  And he stands shoulder to shoulder with today’s jazz greats.  Warm, intimate, elegant come to mind with Freddy behind the piano and microphone. A master vocalist and pianist, Cole will captivate listeners with his warm presence, subtle phrasing, and world class jazz.  He has been charming audiences in the States and abroad for over 40 years.

            Freddy’s music education began at Chicago's Roosevelt Institute, continued with degrees from the Juilliard School of Music in New York and the New England Conservatory of Music. He hit the thriving jazz scene of New York City learning the ropes from such influential mentors as drummer Sonny Greer. For information, visit www.freddycole.com.

            The Manhattan Piano Trio closes the 2010-11 season, March 17. The Trio has become one of the most creative, exciting, and dynamic young ensembles in the United States. The group uses piano, violin and cello as their individual instruments of expression to present Classical, Romantic and Contemporary music. For information, visit www.manhattanpianotrio.com.

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 January 20, 2011

PROCEEDS FROM NEW BOOK TO FUND VILLAGE SCHOLARSHIP AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College alumna Margena Bell Myrick has written a new book which she hopes will provide money for The Village Scholarship at Chipola College.

            The book, entitled, “Grandparents and Grand Lessons,” is a book told from Margena’s perspective as a six year-old growing up in Marianna. The book includes wisdom and anecdotes from her grandparents. The book is available at Basford Christian Supply, CJ’s Country Pantry, Gadsden Art Center in Quincy, Northview Christian Church Bookstore in Dothan and Amazon.com.

            A portion of proceeds from book sales will go to the Village Scholarship which was established in honor of Margena’s mother Dorothy J. Bell, a long-serving employee of the college and a mother-figure to hundreds of students. “Mrs. Dot,” as she is affectionately known, worked at the college for 35 years from 1968 until her retirement in 2004. She served 16 years in the kitchen of the student center and 19 years in the college dormitory.

            Her daughter Margena said, “Over the years my brothers and I watched mother care for countless numbers of students both on campus and off campus. Because many of the students had no money to get home or were out of the dorm for whatever reason, our house often looked like a meeting of the United Nations.” To this day students continue to thank her with countless cards, flowers, calls and other forms of appreciation on her birthday and holidays. 

            Margena said, “Our mother has truly been a blessing to us and countless others. She is retired now, but the show must go on. This scholarship is our way of saying thanks for all she has done for us and other folks that were blessed as a result of crossing her path at Chipola.” The Village Scholarship is designed to assist students who need financial support for classes, fuel, food, and other needs. 

            Tax deductible donations of any amount may be mailed to: The Village Scholarship, c/o the Chipola College Foundation, 3094 Indian Circle, Marianna, FL 32446.

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PROCEEDS FROM NEW BOOK TO FUND VILLAGE SCHOLARSHIP AT CHIPOLA—Chipola College alumna Margena Bell Myrick has written a new book which she hopes will provide money for The Village Scholarship at Chipola College. Here, Myrick (center) presents a copy of the book to Chipola Library director Lou Kind (left) and Chipola Foundation director Julie Fuqua. The book is available at Basford Christian Supply, CJ’s Country Pantry, Gadsden Art Center in Quincy, Northview Christian Church Bookstore in Dothan and Amazon.com. Tax deductible donations of any amount may be mailed to: The Village Scholarship, c/o the Chipola College Foundation, 3094 Indian Circle, Marianna, FL 32446.

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January 20, 2011

CAST ANNOUNCED FOR CHIPOLA’S ‘‘Little shop of horrors’”

           

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Theater is in full rehearsal for the totally awesome musical, "Little Shop of Horrors," Book by Howard Ashman, Music by Alan Menkene, Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Directed by Charles Sirmon, Choreography by Chris Manasco, which opens a five-day run, March 9.  

            Chipola Theater director Charles Sirmon recently cast local actors in the following roles: Meghan Gilliland as Ronnette, Deanna Harrison as Chiffon, Kayla Todd as Crystal, Griffin Smith as Mushnik, Dianna Glaze as Audrey, Trey McKay as Seymour, Chris Holloway as Orin, D.R. Forrester as Audrey II (manipulation), Caleb Lovely as Audrey II (voice), Piper Williams as Interviewer, Austin Pettis as Stage Manager and Alex Anderson as Asst. Stage Manager.  Skid Row Ensemble: Alex Parish, Allison Bunge, Ashleigh Stowe, Austin Pettis, Tabitha Shumaker, Matthew Van Buren, Joshua Tetlow, Pipper Williams, Blake Collins, Ryan Pilcher, Clint Touchton, Elizabeth Mathis, Austin Brockner, Lee Shook, Joy Wallace, Alexus Perry, Allie Brockner,             Sierra Hill, Olivia Corbin, Keith Watford, Seth Basford.

            The long-running Off-Broadway hit musical “Little Shop of Horrors”.  The story centers on Floral-shop employee Seymour who discovers an exotic plant species at a flea market and brings it back to Mushnik’s Skid Row Florist, where the mysterious plant draws in curiosity seekers and customers.  Mr. Mushnik is thrilled with the new business, but soon, Seymour learns the plant has an unusual appetite that must be satisfied.  The plant, named “Audrey 2,” having developed a mind and a rhythm-and-blues singing voice of its own, demands that Seymour fulfill its cravings, promising wealth and fame in exchange. 

      For information about Chipola Theater, call 718-2227.

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January 20, 2011

CHIPOLA COLLEGE OFFERS FREE TAX PREPARATION

 

            MARIANNA—In order to help more local citizens get the most refund due them, Chipola College business instructor 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 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Wednesdays, through early April.  Other times may be scheduled by appointment. 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.” 

            The free service usually takes no longer than 30 minutes. 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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January 20, 2011

CHIPOLA PBL BUSINESS GROUP TO HOST SEVERAL EVENTS

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College chapter of the Phi Beta Lambda business fraternity is hosting and participating in a number of events in the coming weeks.

            On Friday, Jan. 21, Chipola will host the District I PBL conference.  PBL members from FSU and Taylor Technical Institute will join Chipola students to participate in competitive events at the district level.

            Chipola PBL will host the District Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) performance events on Feb. 4.  Students from 11 area high schools are scheduled to participate.

            On Feb. 17, Chipola will host the District FBLA Awards Ceremony for students and their parents. More than 200 people are expected to attend.

            Chipola PBL students will be attending the PBL State Leadership Conference in Tampa, March 10-13, where they will compete with college and university students from across Florida.

            According to Chipola PBL faculty adviser Vikki Milton, Chipola currently has 24 active and outstanding PBL members.

            For information about any of the events, contact Milton at 850-526-2761, or email: miltonv@chipola.edu

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January 20, 2011

CHIPOLA OFFERING TRAVEL ABROAD TO SPAIN

 

            MARIANNA—February 1 is the special-rate deadline for a nine-day travel study program to Madrid, Spain, sponsored by Chipola College.  

            Chipola Spanish professor Dr. Mark Ebel will lead the tour which is set for July 9 through July 17. 

            The cost is $2,920 for students who register by Feb. 1.  After that date, the cost increases to $3,220. The fee includes round trip air travel from Atlanta, eight nights in a three or four star hotel in the heart of Madrid, at least two meals per day, and an array of guided excursions. 

            The all-inclusive tour will include a cooking class at a Madrid culinary institute, during which students will learn about local ingredients used to create Spanish cuisine. Students also will visit various restaurants, sampling small delicacies called tapas made from local meats, cheeses, seafood and vegetables.  Other activities include visits to a ranch where fighting bulls are raised, a bicycle tour of Old Madrid, and a trip to Toledo, the walled medieval city where Christian, Jewish, and Islamic traditions have coexisted since the Middle Ages.  Students also will visit the world-famous art museums, the Prado and Reina Sofia, where many masterpieces hang.  

            The program is open to any current or former Chipola student, with or without prior knowledge of Spanish, who is eligible and willing to enroll in a three credit-hour course (SPN 1170) Spain Travel Study, during Summer II, 2011.  The course will require several class meetings prior to departure, full participation in the activities and submission of a journal.

            For information, contact Dr. Ebel at 718-2282, or email: ebelm@chipola.edu

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January 20, 2011

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POLSTON BROTHERS RETURN TO CHIPOLA—Two of Chipola College’s most successful alumni, brothers Ricky and Lamar Polston, recently returned to their alma mater to speak to students in the Chipola Honors program.  Ricky Polston is a Justice on the Florida Supreme Court. Lamar Polston is a retired Insurance Executive. Originally from Graceville, the brothers discussed their careers and offered advice to the students. Here, Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough (right) presents college portfolios to Ricky (center) and Lamar (left).

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January 20, 2011

CHIPOLA HOSTS GULF COAST TUESDAY, JAN. 25

           

            MARIANNA— Chipola hosts Gulf Coast, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 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 Indians improved to 18-2 on the year 4-0 in panhandle play with a 71-67 win over Tallahassee. Chipola led 28-20 before the half and lead by 18 at the half. Shamarr Bowden only played 2 minutes in the game with a shin injury. Game was tied the last 5 minutes of the game. Marcos Knight had 18 points. Elijah Pittman had 13 points.

Sam Grooms and Geron Johnson each had 11 points.

            Chipola scored a 56-55 win over Northwest, Jan. 15 in Niceville. Chipola led 25-20 at half. Keith Dewitt led Chipola with 14 points. Marcos Knight had 12 points. Geron Johnson had 9 points. Sam Grooms had 9 points. Elijah Pittman had 6. Aishon White scored a big 3-pointer at the half.

            Chipola beat Pensacola 76-67 on Jan. 11.  Pittman led Chipola with 18 points.  Knight had 14.  Grooms scored 13 points. Shamarr Bowden had 11.  Johnson added 10.

            The Indians narrowly defeated Gulf Coast, 68-64, on Jan. 8. Knight led Chipola with 22. Chipola lead 38-31 at the half, and by as many as 12 points late in the game.

            In the Jan. 12 Men’s FCCAA State Poll, Northwest Florida State (17-3, 2-2) is first. Chipola (18-2, 4-0) is fourth. Tallahassee (15-7, 1-3) is seventh. Pensacola State (14-7, 2-2) is ninth. Gulf Coast is (11-11, 1-3) 

            The Lady Indians improved to 2-2 with a 55-47 win over Tallahassee on Jan. 18. Jasmine Shaw led Chipola with 15.  Carleeda Green had 14.  Jeniece Johnson scored 13 points.

            Chipola fell to Northwest, 57-49, in Niceville on Jan. 15. Brieona Warner led Chipola with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Johnson scored 13 points. Chipola lost a close 73-66 game to top-ranked Pensacola on Jan. 11.  Jasmine Shaw led the Lady Indians with 20 points.  Warner had 16 points.  Green scored 13. 

            The Lady Indians scored a 64-59 win over the Lady Commodores on Jan. 8 marking the first time that Chipola coach David Lane’s Lady Indians had won a game in Panama City. Green led the Lady Indians with 17 points. Jeniece Johnson scored 12. Warner had 11.

            The Lady Indians are 16-6 and 2-2 in conference play. In the Jan. 12 FCCAA State women’s poll, Pensacola (21-0, 4-0) is first.  Northwest Florida State (17-3, 2-2) is second. Chipola (16-6, 2-2) is third. Gulf Coast (13-5, 2-2) is fourth.  Tallahassee (11-6, 0-4) is fifth.  

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

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January 20, 2011

FORMER CHIPOLA PLAYERS MAKING NEWS IN DIVISION 1

 

            MARIANNA—More than a dozen former Chipola College men’s basketball players are making significant contributions at Division 1 colleges across the nation.

            Chipola head coach Jake Headrick, says, “We are proud of our record of preparing young men to succeed at the next level.”       

            Casey Mitchell (West Virginia) is leading the team in scoring with 16.8 points per game, and he is the third leading scorer in the Big East.  He recently scored 28 points against Georgetown as the Mountaineers defeated the Hoyas on their home floor. 

            Justin Brownlee (St. John’s) is averaging 14.3 points per game which is good for second on the team. He is also pulling down 5 rebounds per game.  He helped St. John’s to a 3-1 conference start which is their best start in several seasons.

            Gary Flowers (Southern Mississippi) is averaging 21 points and 8 rebounds per game which is leading the team in both categories.  Flowers, who has helped USM to a 12-3 start, is projected by NBADraft.net as the 49th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. LaShay Page (Southern Mississippi) is averaging 7 points per game and shooting 35% from the three point line for the Golden Eagles. Torye Pelham (Southern Mississippi) is red-shirted this season due to injury.

            Vernon Teel (Loyola-Marymount) is averaging 15 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists per game which is leading the team in all three categories.                                                      

            Malcolm Armstead (Oregon) is averaging 6.4 points per game to go along with a team-leading 4 assists per game. Jeremy Jacob (Oregon) is averaging 8 points and 4 rebounds per game for the Ducks.

            Seven-footer Jon Kreft (Florida State) is averaging 3 points and 2 rebounds per game for the Seminoles.  He recently was projected as the 55th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.

            Mario Little (Kansas) is averaging 6 points and 4 rebounds for Kansas and shooting 55% from the floor while helping the third ranked Jayhawks to a perfect 18-0 start.

            Steadman Short (Ole Miss) is averaging 3.6 points and 4 rebounds per contest for the Rebels this season.  

            Delwan Graham (Jacksonville U) is averaging 8 points per game and 5 rebounds.  He had 10 points and 8 rebounds in Jacksonville’s overtime win against Florida.

            Trevor Deloach (UNC-Willmington) is averaging 7.9 points per game and 4.2 rebounds for the Seahawks.

            Tyler Schwab (Spring Hill College) is averaging 6.3 points and 4 assists per contest for the Badgers this season.

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January 20, 2011

SHOWALTER AND BAUTISTA TO HEADLINE CHIPOLA BASEBALL EVENT

 

            MARIANNA—Orioles manager Buck Showalter, Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista and dozens of other former Chipola baseball players are expected to return to their alma mater Feb. 4-6 for the fourth annual Chipola Baseball Alumni event.

            On Feb. 5, former players will gather for Fastest Pitch and Homerun contests. A Kid’s Baseball Camp is also slated. The jerseys of Orioles manager Buck Showalter and MLB Homerun leader Jose Bautista will be retired during a pre-game ceremony before Chipola’s Saturday afternoon game. A $100 a Ticket Pro Baseball Celebrity Dinner is slated for 6:30 p.m.

            Showalter worked as an ESPN analyst on Baseball Tonight before taking over the Orioles in July of 2010.  He inherited a ballclub with the worst record in the majors at 32–73. But Showalter quickly turned the program around finishing 34–23, the best record among American League East clubs during the same stretch.     

            Showalter has managed the Yankees, Diamondbacks and Rangers.       He grew up in Century, FL, and played at Chipola in 1976. From there he moved on to baseball Mississippi State where he was an All-American who batted .459 in 1977. He was selected by the New York Yankees in the fifth round of the draft, and spent seven seasons in the Yankees’ minor league system.

            Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays was Major League Baseball’s 2010 homerun leader. With 54 round-trippers, he became only the 26th player in history to launch at least 50 homers in one season. Bautista, who played at Chipola before being drafted by the Pirates in 2000, is quick to credit Chipola and baseball coach Jeff Johnson for contributing to his success. "Coach Johnson has and still has a great impact on my life.  It began from the time I arrived in Marianna, at age 18 and continues today as I play in the Major Leagues.” 

            The 29 year-old has also played for the Pirates, the Orioles and the Royals. He won this year's Silver Slugger Award, the Hank Aaron Award and finished fourth in voting for the American League MVP.

            Showalter and Bautista also visited Chipola at the 2010 Alumni event with former players: Richie Smith, Ryan Chaffee, Jaye Chapman, Jeff Bosse, Raynel Robles, Brandon Street, Jeff Mathis, Jake Mathis, Blake Balkcom, Drew Miller, Luke Johnson, Angel Medina, Kellen Ludwig, Jonathan Swearingen, Luis Bautista, Ethan Martin, Josh Lawhon, Drew Cook, David Credeur, Grant Conyers, Jason Barber, Travis Anderson, Victor Alvarez, Jeff Mathis, Josh Storm, David Oswalt, Alan Horne, Mat Gamel, Liam Shanahan, Andrew Gay, Luis Bautista, Kevin Johnson, Jay Scott and Shawn Larkin.

            For information about the event, contact Matt Addison at 850-718-2332, or email addisonm@chipola.edu.

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January 27, 2011

NOTICE OF PRESS CONFERENCES

              Chipola College will hold two Press Conferences, Wednesday, Feb. 2, at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.  

              At 10 a.m., Rep. Marti Coley, college officials, and representatives from the Chipola Workforce Board, will unveil the college’s new Simulation Modeling Technician (SMT) program.  The certification program is designed to provide students with the technical skills needed to produce three-dimensional content for use in business, industry, education, and government applications. Program instructor Matt White will demonstrate 3-D models at the meeting. Program coordinator Christen Bennett will provide registration information. 

              The 10 a.m. Press Conference will be held in the Continuing Education Center on College Street near the gym and baseball complex.

              At 11 a.m., members of the Chipola Appreciation Club and coaches will meet to kick off the ticket sales drive for the State Community College Basketball Tournament. Chipola will host the tournament, March 2-5. Officials will discuss the economic impact of the tournament. The 11 a.m. Press Conference will be held in the Appreciation Club Hospitality Room of the Milton H. Johnson Health Center.

              For information, call Bryan Craven at 718-2264.

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January 27, 2011

CHIPOLA REGIONAL ARTS ASSOCIATION HELPS PROMOTE THE ARTS

 

MARIANNA—The Chipola Regional Arts Association (CRAA) recently donated $8,500 to Chipola College in support of the college’s outstanding Artist Series and children’s arts programming that is brought into Chipola District schools. 

CRAA is a volunteer arts group with members from Jackson, Holmes, Calhoun, Liberty, and Washington counties that promotes the arts within the five-county district.

In February, CRAA will begin their annual fund-raising campaign for the 2011-12 academic year.  CRAA projects include mini-grants to area school teachers in the arts, arts scholarships to Chipola students, children’s arts programming in district schools, a complimentary arts calendar of district arts events, and monthly arts-related programming to which the public is invited. 

For information about CRAA, contact Anita Price at pricea@chipola.edu or phone 850-718-2277.

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CHIPOLA REGIONAL ARTS ASSOCIATION HELPS PROMOTE THE ARTS—The Chipola Regional Arts Association (CRAA) recently presented two checks totaling $8,500 to Chipola College, in support of the college’s outstanding Artist Series and children’s arts programming that is brought into Chipola District schools. Here, Dr. Jerry Kandzer (right), CRAA president, presents the checks to Chipola College president Dr. Gene Prough.

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January 27, 2011

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MENACOF PRESENTS AT CRAA—Debra Menacof of Outside the Lines Art Studio presented a drawing workshop/program at a recent meeting of the Chipola Regional Arts Association.  Here, CRAA members and guests display their art work created in less than 30 minutes under her direction.  Pictured from left, are:  Muriel Turner; Dr. Jerry Kandzer; Anita Price; artist, Debra Menacof; and Matthew Anderson.

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January 27, 2011

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DUNKLE IS FACULTY MEMBER OF THE MONTH—Chipola College Humanities professor Dr. Robert Dunkle has been selected the Faculty/Administrator of the month for February. Dr. Dunkle has worked at Chipola since 1988 and serves as assistant coach to the college’s State Champion Brain Bowl team.

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January 27, 2011

CHIPOLA HOMECOMING 2011 BEGINS FEB. 9

           

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will celebrate Homecoming 2011 from Feb. 9 through 19.  The Indians will host Tallahassee Community College on Saturday, Feb. 19 This year’s homecoming theme is “Indians on Fire.”

Candidates for Mr. Chipola and Homecoming Queen will be introduced at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 9 in the Cafeteria.  Voting for candidates will take place on the Feb. 9-10. The top two freshmen vote winners (women and men) and the top three sophomore or upper classman vote winners will be named to the Homecoming Court. The sophomore or upper classman winners will be crowned Homecoming Queen and Mr. Chipola.

Later on Wednesday, Feb. 9, a Retirees Luncheon honoring all retired Chipola faculty and staff is set for 11:30 a.m. in the Faculty Dining Room of the Cafeteria. The lunch is free to retirees and their guests. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP to Bryan Craven at 718-2264.

SGA will sponsor a Building Decoration Contest among the campus organizations to be judged at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 15. Buildings must be decorated on Monday, Feb. 14. Campus groups should contact Nancy Johnson about the building their club would like to decorate.

            The Homecoming Talent show is Wednesday, Feb. 16, 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. 1 in the SGA Office in the Student Center.

The Chipola chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is sponsoring a free concert featuring the Christian band Remedy Drive at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17, in the Chipola Arts Center.  Up-and-coming local band, Flying Backwards, is scheduled to open. Contact David Hilton, FCA Faculty Adviser at 526-2761, Ext. 3331.

The annual Chipola Honors Dance featuring the Ivey Brothers band is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 18, from 7 to midnight in the Arts Center.  The $10-a-ticket dance is the main fundraiser for the Honors program which recruits the top students from Chipola’s five-county district. For ticket information, contact Bonnie Smith or Robert Ivey at 526-1761, Ext. 3247.

The Homecoming games between Chipola and Tallahassee are set for Saturday, Feb. 19. 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. 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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January 27, 2011

SCHOLARSHIP NAMED IN MEMORY OF CLARK MAXWELL

 

              TALLAHASSEE— Clark Maxwell Jr., former director of Florida's Community College system, died Jan. 18 at his Palm Coast home. He was 76.

              The Florida College System Foundation has created the Clark Maxwell Memorial Scholarship Fund in his memory. The cheerful, curly haired Maxwell was the Senate's Republican leader when he resigned in 1984 to become executive director of what was the State Board of Community Colleges. He held that post until 1997 when he retired.

              Community and state colleges now are under the State Board of Education. Their top administrator is Chancellor of Florida Colleges Willis Holcombe, who has asked the schools to fly their flags at half-staff through Friday in Maxwell's honor.

              Chipola College president Dr. Gene Prough, who considered Maxwell a mentor, said, “Florida Community Colleges never had a better friend than Clark Maxwell. He worked hard to help build a system that provides countless opportunities for students in Florida.”

              Maxwell’s wife Margo requested that the scholarship fund be established as an option for those who would like to commemorate his life in a very constructive way.  The collected funds will be matched, if possible, and distributed to students.  

              Born in 1934, Maxwell is credited with raising the profile of Florida’s community colleges while keeping their local autonomy as well as launching joint legislative lobbying efforts among community colleges. 

              In 1974, Maxwell began representing Melbourne in the Legislature, serving four years in the House and six in the Senate.  Maxwell served on the House and Senate education committees and as Senate Minority leader.  He was twice named “Legislator of the Year” by the Florida Association of Community Colleges.

              Part of Maxwell’s legacy includes the Clark Maxwell, Jr. Lifelong Learning Center at Brevard Community College, the Clark Maxwell, Jr. Library at Lake-Sumter Community College and the Clark Maxwell, Jr. Marine Environmental Habitat and Observatory at The Florida Keys Community College.

              Maxwell was married to wife Margo, had two daughters and one son from a previous marriage, Marsha, Judy and Clark III.

Donors may contribute by making checks payable to: Clark Maxwell Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 10503, Tallahassee, FL  32302.

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January 27, 2011

REMEDY DRIVE TO HEADLINE CHRISTIAN ROCK CONCERT AT CHIPOLA

 

             MARIANNA—The Chipola College chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is sponsoring a free concert featuring the Christian band Remedy Drive at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17, in the Chipola Arts Center. 

            The concert is scheduled as a part of Chipola’s Homecoming Celebration. All local church youth/college groups are encouraged to attend.

            Remedy Drive is a Christian Rock band composed of four brothers from Lincoln, Nebraska.  Recognizable songs include Daylight, Rescue, Heartbeat, and All Along, which went to number one on R&R’s Contemporary Christian Music chart in May of 2009. Tour/event information is listed on Remedy Drive's website and Facebook pages.

           The up-and-coming local band, Flying Backwards is scheduled to open the concert.

For information, contact David Hilton, FCA Faculty Adviser at 850-526-2761 Ext. 3331.

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January 27, 2011

FIREARMS COURSE SET AT CHIPOLA

        

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will hold an 8-hour Firearms Familiarization course for women only, Saturday, Feb. 12, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Reddoch Firing Range on the Blue Springs Highway.

            Although successful completion of the course may be used in applying for a Concealed Weapons Permit, women who simply want to learn to shoot are also welcome.  Students may bring personal weapons, but these should be left in vehicle until requested by instructors.

            Only .38, 9mm, and .40 cal ammunition will be provided. College weapons will be utilized for most of the course, but students will be allowed to shoot their own weapons at some point during the course.

            Registration and payment of the $100 fee must be completed in advance. Class size is limited. Use of a weapon and ammunition are included in the cost of the course.

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

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January 27, 2011

CHIPOLA STUDENTS SELECTED FOR STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES PROGRAM

 

MARIANNA—A select group of Chipola College students has been selected to participate in the college’s Student Support Services program.

A total of 140 students will be selected based on their potential to achieve their academic and career goals. The main objective of the program is to provide students the support needed to earn an AA degree and transfer into an upper level program to earn a bachelor’s degree.

  Students will receive support in the areas of academics, career planning and personal finance, including workshops on study skills and test-taking. Through the college ACE lab, students will receive individual and group tutoring and supplemental instruction.

Students in the program will visit area colleges and universities and receive support with completing college and university applications. Students also will get direction in seeking scholarships and grant opportunities.

Several college employees are serving students in the program, including: Judy Riviere, SSS Director; Sarah Gambill, SSS Advisor; Bonnie Smith, ACE Academic Coordinator; Debbie Davis, SSS Administrative Assistant and Angie Tyler, ACE Lab Assistant.

For their participation students, will earn the right to register early for classes and may be eligible for financial awards for books and other expenses.

For information about the Student Support Services program, contact Judy Riviere at 718-2363.

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CHIPOLA STUDENT SUPPORT PROGRAM— A select group of Chipola College students has been chosen to participate in the college’s Student Support Services program based on their potential to achieve their academic and career goals. Here, Chipola student Becky Hart (right) discusses her classes with Bonnie Smith, Chipola ACE Academic Coordinator. The objective of the program is to provide students the support needed to earn an AA degree and transfer into an upper level program to earn a bachelor’s degree.

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January 27, 2011

SHOWALTER AND BAUTISTA TO HEADLINE CHIPOLA BASEBALL EVENT

 

            MARIANNA—Orioles manager Buck Showalter, Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista and dozens of other former Chipola baseball players are expected to return to their alma mater Feb. 4-6 for the fourth annual Chipola Baseball Alumni event.

            On Feb. 5, former players will gather for Fastest Pitch and Homerun contests. A Kid’s Baseball Camp is also slated. The jerseys of Orioles manager Buck Showalter and MLB Homerun leader Jose Bautista will be retired during a pre-game ceremony before Chipola’s Saturday afternoon game. A $100 a Ticket Pro Baseball Celebrity Dinner is slated for 6:30 p.m.

            Showalter worked as an ESPN analyst on Baseball Tonight before taking over the Orioles in July of 2010.  He inherited a ballclub with the worst record in the majors at 32–73. But Showalter quickly turned the program around finishing 34–23, the best record among American League East clubs during the same stretch.       

            Showalter has managed the Yankees, Diamondbacks and Rangers.             He grew up in Century, FL, and played at Chipola in 1976. From there he moved on to baseball Mississippi State where he was an All-American who batted .459 in 1977. He was selected by the New York Yankees in the fifth round of the draft, and spent seven seasons in the Yankees’ minor league system.

            Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays was Major League Baseball’s 2010 homerun leader. With 54 round-trippers, he became only the 26th player in history to launch at least 50 homers in one season. Bautista, who played at Chipola before being drafted by the Pirates in 2000, is quick to credit Chipola and baseball coach Jeff Johnson for contributing to his success. "Coach Johnson has and still has a great impact on my life.  It began from the time I arrived in Marianna, at age 18 and continues today as I play in the Major Leagues.” 

            The 29 year-old has also played for the Pirates, the Orioles and the Royals. He won this year's Silver Slugger Award, the Hank Aaron Award and finished fourth in voting for the American League MVP.

            Showalter and Bautista also visited Chipola at the 2010 Alumni event with former players: Richie Smith, Ryan Chaffee, Jaye Chapman, Jeff Bosse, Raynel Robles, Brandon Street, Jeff Mathis, Jake Mathis, Blake Balkcom, Drew Miller, Luke Johnson, Angel Medina, Kellen Ludwig, Jonathan Swearingen, Luis Bautista, Ethan Martin, Josh Lawhon, Drew Cook, David Credeur, Grant Conyers, Jason Barber, Travis Anderson, Victor Alvarez, Jeff Mathis, Josh Storm, David Oswalt, Alan Horne, Mat Gamel, Liam Shanahan, Andrew Gay, Luis Bautista, Kevin Johnson, Jay Scott and Shawn Larkin.

            For information about the event, contact Matt Addison at 850-718-2332, or email addisonm@chipola.edu.

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January 27, 2011

CHIPOLA RANKED NINTH IN NATIONAL PRE-SEASON POLL

 

            COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—Chipola College (Florida) is the ranked ninth in the NJCAA National Pre-season Poll released by the NJCAA and Perfect Game USA on Jan. 28.

            Howard College (Texas) enters the 2011 NJCAA Division I baseball season ranked No. 1. Howard was the 2009 national champion.

            San Jacinto College – North (Texas), State College of Florida - Manatee, 2009 national champion Walters State Community College (Tenn.) and Central Arizona College round out the top five. Navarro College (Texas), Eastern Oklahoma State College, Middle Georgia College, Chipola College, Fla., and 2010 national champion Iowa Western Community College make up the top 10.

            Allan Simpson of Perfect Game USA had this to say about Chipola, “The 2007 national champs, Chipola stumbled in 2010, even with a roster that included two prominent unsigned picks from the 2009 draft: first-rounder LeVon Washington and second-rounder Jake Eliopoulos. Both players were one and done, and the Indians have re-tooled for 2011 with transfers like ex-Cal State Fullerton C Geno Escalante and ex-Mississippi State LHP Luke Bole, and prominent freshmen like Louisiana 1B Austin Southall (Giants/19th round) and OF/LHP Derrick Pitts, one of the best two-way talents ever recruited by the school.”

            Perfect Game predicts that Chipola will finish second in the state tournament behind long-time foe State College of Florida (Manatee). 

            Chipola also has the number nine player in the Top 10 JUCO Professional Prospects from Perfect Game USA, in Geno Escalante. Heavily recruited as a prep senior, Escalante saw limited action (13 AB) as a Cal State Fullerton freshman and moved on; has offensive upside, needs to work on defensive skills.

             For more on the pre-season polls and predictions, visit http://www.perfectgame.org/Juco.

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January 27, 2011

CHIPOLA HOSTS NORTHWEST TUESDAY, FEB. 1

           

             MARIANNA—Chipola hosts Northwest Florida, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 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 Indians improved to 19-2 on the year 5-0 in panhandle play with a 78-57 win over Gulf Coast on Jan. 25. Marcos Knight led Chipola with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Geron Johnson had 17 points and 5 rebounds. Elijah Pittman scored 10 points and pulled down 6 rebounds. After the first round of conference play, the Indians have beaten all Panhandle teams at least once.

            The Indians scored a 71-67 win over Tallahassee on Jan. 18. Chipola beat Northwest 56-55 on Jan. 15.  The Indians outlasted Pensacola 76-67 on Jan. 11.  Chipola opened league play with a 68-64 win over Gulf Coast on Jan. 8.

            In the Jan. 25 Men’s FCCAA State Poll, Chipola (19-2, 5-0) moved in to first place.  Palm Beach (20-2) is second. Central Florida is third (19-5). Northwest Florida State (17-4, 2-3) is fourth. Pensacola State (15-8, 3-3) is fifth.   Tallahassee (17-7, 3-3) is eighth.  

            The Lady Indians improved to 17-6 on the year 3-2 in Panhandle play with a 55-46 win over Gulf Coast on Jan. 25. Jasmine Shaw led Chipola with 18 points and 3 rebounds. Carleeda Green had 12 points and 4 rebounds. Sara Djassi added 9 points and 3 rebounds.

            Chipola scored a 55-47 win over Tallahassee on Jan. 18. Shaw led Chipola with 15.  Carleeda Green had 14.  Jeniece Johnson scored 13 points. Chipola fell to Northwest, 57-49, in Niceville on Jan. 15.  Chipola lost a close 73-66 game to top-ranked Pensacola on Jan. 11.  

            The Lady Indians opened league play with a 64-59 win over the Lady Commodores on Jan. 8 marking the first time that Chipola coach David Lane’s Lady Indians beaten the Lady Commodores in Panama City. 

            Chipola (17-6, 3-2) moved to third in the FCCAA State women’s poll. Pensacola (23-0, 6-0) is first.  Northwest Florida State (17-4, 2-3) is second. Gulf Coast (13-7, 2-4) is fourth.  Tallahassee (12-7, 1-5) is fifth.  

            Both Chipola teams travel to Pensacola, Jan. 29 before returning home to host Northwest Florida on Feb. 1.

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

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