March 1, 2007

STATE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT BEGINS WEDNESDAY AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA–The local motels and restaurants will be filled with some very tall people as Florida’s best junior college teams invade Marianna for the Men’s and Women’s FCCAA/Region VIII state Basketball Tournament which begins Wednesday, March 7, at Chipola’s Johnson Health Center.

            Teams will begin arriving on Tuesday to settle into their hotel rooms at the I-10/Hwy.71 Exit. Most teams will attend a 6:30 p.m. banquet Tuesday in the Chipola Arts Center. Team practices in the Johnson Center run Tuesday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Wednesday, from 8 a.m. to Noon.  

            The women’s tournament tips off Wednesday, March 7, at 1 p.m. (CST) with Indian River and Seminole.  At 3 p.m., Gulf Coast takes on Santa Fe. Chipola plays Miami Dade at 6 p.m. Central Florida plays Tallahassee in the 8 p.m. nightcap on Wednesday.                 

            Men’s action begins Thursday, March 8, at 1 p.m. as Miami Dade takes on Central Florida. At 3 p.m., Tallahassee meets Hillsborough.  Game three at 6:00 p.m. features Santa Fe and St. Petersburg.  Chipola plays Indian River in the 8 p.m. nightcap on Thursday.

            Men’s and women’s semi-finals are set for Friday, March 9, with women’s games at 1 and 6:00 p.m. and men’s contests at 3 and 8 p.m.

The State Championship title games are set for Saturday, March 10 with the women

at  5 p.m., and the men at 7:30 p.m. Champions advance to the NJCAA National Tournaments, March 20-24, in Hutchinson, KS, and Salina, KS.

            More than 2,000 visitors are expected to contribute more than $250,000 into the local economy during the four-day event.  Chipola’s Karan Davis, who coordinates motel rooms for the tournament, reports that more than 175 rooms will be reserved for teams and game officials.  

            Waste Management, Inc., long-time corporate sponsor of the event, recently donated $10,000 to sponsor the tournament. The Florida Credit Union League with help from Community South Credit Union in Chipley and Jackson County Teachers Credit Union in Marianna contributed a total of $7,000 in corporate sponsorships.

            The Jackson County Tourist Development Council awarded a $5,000 grant to help promote the tournament. Tournament administrator Ronnie Myers, a former Chipola player, said, “The tournament is a huge undertaking which requires many volunteers and financial support. We could not host this event without the generous support of our corporate sponsors and the TDC.” 

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

Tournament passes—good for all 14 games—are $25 for adults and $15 for students.  Session tickets (two games) are $10 for adults and $6 for students.  Ticket sales chairman Robert Trammell, says, “The tournament passes are the best deal and they guarantee you a seat for the championship game.”

Chipola games will be broadcast on WJAQ, 100.9 FM, and online at www.chipola.edu. A live webcast of all tournament games is available at www.cybersportsusa.com.

            For information, call Tournament Coordinator Alice Pendergrass at (850) 718-2370, or visit the official website at www.chipola.edu         

                                                                         

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JUCO TEAM HOSTS—Several local families have volunteered to serve as hosts for the 16 teams who will be in town, March 7-10, for the State Junior College Basketball Tournament at Chipola. Pictured from left, are: (front) JoAnn Everett, Vickie Curry, Eulice Bryant, Eddie Hilton, Merle Houston, Caretha Everett, Mary McClendon, Tracey Dudley, (back) Jay Mitchell, Willie Spires, Waymon Moneyham, Patrick Bryan, Leroy Boone, John Ellerbee, Hubert Williams and Ralph Harrison.

 

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 March 1, 2007

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WASTE MANAGEMENT SPONSORS STATE TOURNEY— Waste Management is continuing its long-standing partnership with Chipola College by once again sponsoring the Florida Junior College State Basketball Tournament.  Here, Waste Management and Chipola Appreciation Club officials pose with the $10,000 check. Since opening its operations in Jackson County, Waste Management has contributed more than $130,000 to Chipola’s academic and athletic programs.

 

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March 1, 2007

CHIPOLA BRAIN BOWL TEAM INVITED TO NATIONAL TOURNAMENT

 

MARIANNA—The Chipola College Brain Bowl Team has been awarded one of the 32 spots in the Division II field of the National Academic Quiz Intercollegiate Championship Tournament.  

The National Tournament will be held on the University of Minnesota campus April 13-14.

Chipola is one of eight community college teams invited to the national championship.  Chipola will compete with numerous universities including Alabama, Dartmouth, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech and Yale.

Chipola’s invitation to the national tournament is based on the team’s performance at the 2007 Georgia NAQT Sectional. Chipola team members are: Anthony Bennett, Mark Hodge, Tyler Land and Trey Paul. Anthony Bennett earned MVP honors at the Georgia Sectional with the highest individual score with a total of 600 points.  

Chipola math professor Stan Young coaches the Brain Bowl team with Humanities professor Dr. Robert Dunkle.

The Chipola team travels to the Florida FCCAA state tournament March 29-31 at Gulf Coast Community College.

                                                           

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March 1, 2007

CHIPOLA PLAYERS AND COACH NAMED ALL-CONFERENCE

           

MARIANNA—Thirteen Chipola basketball players have earned All-Panhandle Conference honors for the 2006-07 regular season. Chipola also boasts the men’s coach of the year and men’s player of the year.

            Chipola’s Jamarcus Ellis is the Panhandle Men’s Player of the Year. He joins four other Chipola players on the First Team All-Conference list: DeAndre Thomas, Victor Dubovitsky, Ed Berrios and Johnnie Harris. 

Three Indians were named Second Team All-Conference: Mario Little, Mario Edwards and Michael Vogler.

Chipola coach Greg Heiar was named Panhandle Conference Coach of the Year after his Indians captured the Conference Championship with a 100-87 Homecoming win over Tallahassee on Feb. 24. Ed Berrios led Chipola with 19 points. Jamarcus Ellis had 18 points and 5 rebounds. Victor Dubovitsky had 17. Mario Little had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Johnnie Harris had 14 points and 3 rebounds.

The Indians, 10-2 and 27-2 overall, begin their quest for the state title, Thursday, March 8, with an 8 p.m. game, against Indian River.

Five Chipola Lady Indians garnered All-Conference Honors. First Team selections are Ra'Shawna Sippio and C. J. Pace.

Second Team All-Conference picks from Chipola are Crystal Campbell, Latoya Brown and Gekeela Clemmons.

The Lady Indians finished as runner-up in the Panhandle Conference after an 81-76 win over Tallahassee on Feb. 24. Ra’Shawna Sippio led the Lady Indians with 16 points and 11 rebounds. CJ Pace had 16 points and 4 rebounds. Lesheria Stevens scored 14. Gekeela Clemmons added 11.

The Lady Indians, 12-3 and a 24-6 overall, begin their defense of an unprecedented third state title when they play Miami Dade in the first round of the state tournament, Wednesday, March 7, at 6 p.m.

                                                           

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March 1, 2007

CNA CLASS SET AT CHIPOLA

 

MARIANNA—Application deadline is March 14 for Chipola College’s next Certified Nursing Assistant class.

The six-week course will meet Mondays and Wednesdays, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Date of the first class will depend on the number of applicants.

Applicants must complete a college application and take the TABE test.

For information, call Tracey Kitts at 718-2316.

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March 1, 2007

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer a variety of short courses in the coming weeks.           An Introduction to Computers with Internet for Seniors class will meet March 27 from 9 a.m. to noon.  Cost is $24.

            The following Mandatory training for Child Care Facility Personnel and Family Child Care Home are scheduled:  Special Needs Appropriate Practices, March 10, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Pre-School Appropriate Practices, March 31, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Child Abuse and Neglect, April 13, 6 to 10 p.m.; Child Growth and Development, April 14, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Behavioral Observation and Screening, April 16 and 18, 6 to 9 p.m.; Health, Safety and Nutrition, April 21, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Rules and Regulations (center), April 23 and 25, 6 to 9 p.m.; Rules and Regulations (family), April 28, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Costs range from $17 to $43 depending on length of course.

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

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

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

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

 

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March 1, 2007

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HARTS RECOGNIZEDChipola College’s 2007 Alumnus of the year James Hart and his wife Patricia were the special guests for Homecoming 2007. Here, they are congratulated by Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough (right).

 

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CHIPOLA HOMECOMING COURTRachel Taylor of Sneads was crowned the 2007 Chipola College Homecoming Queen and Lenoris Dixon of Malone was crowned 2007 Mr. Chipola. Members of the Homecoming Court are, from left:  Matt Amos of Marianna; Janna Ellis of Marianna; Kristin Coley of Marianna; Nick Graves (2006 Mr. Chipola); Robert Jones of Cottondale; 2007 Homecoming Queen Rachel Taylor of Sneads; 2007 Mr. Chipola Lenoris Dixon of Malone; Erik Blount of Malone; Jessica Olds (2006 Homecoming Queen); John Brunner of Marianna; Sylvianna Garrett of Greenwood; and Destinie Sanders of Malone.

 

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CHIPOLA ROYALTYMembers of the 2007 Chipola Homecoming Court are, from left:  Nick Graves (2006 Mr. Chipola); 2007 Homecoming Queen Rachel Taylor of Sneads; 2007 Mr. Chipola Lenoris Dixon of Malone; and Jessica Olds (2006 Homecoming Queen).

 

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March 16, 2007

CHIPOLA BOARD APPROVES NEW ENTRANCE ROAD TO COLLEGE

 

MARIANNA—The Chipola College District Board of Trustees on Tuesday approved plans for a new access road to the college.

The road will provide a new entrance to the college from River Forest Road which intersects Caverns Road.  The proposed road will bring visitors from River Forest Road to a destination between the child care center and swimming complex.

The most popular stop along the new roadway is certain to be a new Performing Arts Center which is also in the planning stages. The center will accommodate more than 600 theater-goers. Proposed features include an art gallery, reception area, and a “black box” theater for smaller performances.

Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough, says, “This new road will be a major factor in changing traffic patterns around the college to relieve much of the burden on College and Kelson Streets. In addition to providing a second major entrance to Chipola, the project should improve safety and increase parking for our students.”

The two-lane road will be separated by a 16-foot median with landscaping, sidewalks and underground utilities. Dr. Dale O’Daniel, Special Assistant for Institutional Programs, said, “The new road will be well-lighted with sidewalks which will be great for walkers. The project will also include an attractive water feature in the form of one-acre retention pond.”  Designed by the Florida Department of Transportation, the pond also will help with storm-water runoff from the higher areas in the neighborhoods west of the college. Estimates for the road project are $1.7 million. 

City and county leaders met with college officials Wednesday to discuss issues related to the road.  Marianna City Manager Louie Harris said, “This is a very positive project for our community. I’m glad that the city, the county, and the college are sitting down together to meet the challenges of this project and to discuss growth in the area.”

The next step in the new road project is letting bids to hire a construction firm and requesting proposals from engineering firms to oversee the project.

 

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March 16, 2007

OPTIMISTS ESTABLISH MELLIE MCDANIEL SCHOLARSHIP

 

MARIANNA—The Optimist Club of Jackson County has established a scholarship in memory of Mellie McDaniel, the late wife of Sheriff John McDaniel.

The Optimist board of directors presented a check Tuesday to Chipola Foundation Director Julie Fuqua to establish the Mellie McDaniel Optimist Club of Jackson County Memorial Scholarship Endowment. McDaniel was an active member of the Optimist Club.

The scholarship will be awarded to a child or grandchild of a law enforcement officer who is a student in the 14th Judicial Circuit (Washington, Holmes, Jackson, Calhoun, Gulf or Bay counties). Applicants must be full-time students with a 2.0 GPA pursuing a criminal justice degree or attending the law enforcement academy. Applicants must show evidence of participation and leadership in school and community activities.

Application, transcripts and two letters of recommendation must be submitted by May 1. A personal interview will be scheduled with the scholarship committee.

Anyone wishing to make a contribution to the endowment may send a check to the Chipola College Foundation, 3094 Indian Circle, Marianna, FL, 32446 earmarked for the Mellie McDaniel Scholarship or to the Optimist Club of Jackson County, P.O. Box 6294, Marianna, FL  32447.

For information, call 850-718-2478.

 

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OPTIMISTS ESTABLISH MELLIE MCDANIEL SCHOLARSHIP—The Optimist Club of Jackson County has established a scholarship in memory of Mellie McDaniel, the late wife of Sheriff John McDaniel. Pictured from left, are: (front) Rene Hollis, Debbie Gochenaur, Karen Keesee, Shellie Hollis, Sylvia Stephens, (back) Sheila Glover, Betty Demmon, Chipola Foundation Director Julie Fuqua, Steven Cullifer, Sylvia Henry and Mary Pettis.

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 March 16, 2007

MARIANNA WINS CHIPOLA HIGH SCHOOL BRAIN BOWL

 

MARIANNAStudents from 18 local high school teams competed recently in Chipola College’s Third Annual High School Brain Bowl Invitational.

            Marianna High was the winning team. Members include: Justin Carr, Stephen Young, Allison Hopkins, Trey Dennis, Matt Henry and coach Bunny Odom.

            Dixie High (Cross City, FL) was the runner-up team.  Members include: Will Gove, Katie Thornton, Eric Cundiff, Shian Knuth, and coach George Anderson.

            Awards were presented to the top 10 individuals. Jordan Belser of Holmes County High School was the first place individual.  Other top individuals are: Lisa Camp of Pendleton High (SC), second; Will Gove of Dixie County, third; William Davis of Chipley, fourth; Drew Padgett of Graceville, fifth; Clint Jacks of Chipley, sixth; Nathan Hooppell of Sneads High, seventh; Dustin Wamble of Holmes County High and Josh Stevens of Sneads High, tied for eighth; Stephen Young of Marianna High, Caleb Skipper of Blountstown High and Brittany Stephens of Altha High, tied for ninth; Jenny Hosey of Liberty County High and Katie Diesner of Cottondale High, tied for tenth.

Stan Young and Dr. Robert Dunkle are faculty advisers to the Chipola Brain Bowl team. The Chipola squad will participate in the Division II field of the National Academic Quiz Intercollegiate Championship Tournament at the University of Minnesota, April 13-14.

                                        

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MARIANNA WINS CHIPOLA BRAIN BOWL—Students from 18 local high school teams competed recently in Chipola College’s Third Annual High School Brain Bowl Invitational. Marianna High was the winning team. Pictured from left, are: Trey Dennis, Matt Henry, Allison Hopkins, Justin Carr, coach Bunny Odom Stephen Young and Chipola Brain Bowl coach Stan Young.

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BELSER IS TOP INDIVIDUAL AT CHIPOLA BRAIN BOWL—Students from 18 local high school teams competed recently in Chipola College’s Third Annual High School Brain Bowl Invitational. Jordan Belser of Holmes County High School was the first place individual. Here, Chipola Brain Bowl coach Stan Young presents the top award to Belser.

                                                                                       

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March 16, 2007

AUDITIONS SET FOR CHIPOLA’S GOLDEN GOOSE

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College will hold open auditions for “The Golden Goose,” March 26 and 27 at 6 p.m., in the Chipola Theatre.

Ages 16 and up are welcome to audition.

The classic children’s story will be performed for area school children as part of Chipola Theatre’s educational performance outreach. A public performance is set for Thursday, May 10, at 7 p.m.

 “The Golden Goose” tells the enchanting tale of Simpleton who sets out to chop wood for his mother and meets a dear old lady who brings him the Golden (and talking) Goose.

For more information, contact Charles Sirmon, Director of Theatre

850-718-2227, or email: sirmonc@chipola.edu

 

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March 16, 2007           

 ORLANDO OPERA COMPANY TO CLOSE 2007 CHIPOLA ARTIST SERIES

 

            MARIANNA—The Orlando Opera Company will present “Passion, Power, and Peril,” Monday, April 9, in the Chipola College Theater. 

            The performance is the final offering of the Chipola Artists Series.

            Passion, Power and Peril is a two-act musical extravaganza comprised of celebrated arias and ensembles from both operas and musicals that will delight audiences. Fully-staged highlights include selections from Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Die Fledermaus, Les Misérables and Candide.

            Audiences will experience extraordinary vocal music in this full-featured program, highlighting great classics from Opera, Operetta, and Broadway.  Starring Orlando Opera’s resident artists, these young, rising stars bring the magic and power of opera to audiences across Florida.  The show offers the overall spectacle of Grand Opera, featuring beautiful costumes, sets and props, as well as some of the most endearing operatic and musical theater selections ever written.

            The Chipola Artist Series is funded through Chipola's Performing Arts Fund, with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Southern Arts Federation, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, the Chipola Regional Arts Association and corporate donors.

            A limited number of individual event tickets—$12 for adults and $8 for ages 18 and under—go on sale March 26 in the Chipola Business Office.

            For ticket information, call 718-2220.                                                  

 

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March 16, 2007

UF COLLEGE OF AG AND LIFE SCIENCES MEETING SET AT CHIPOLA

 

MARIANNA—The University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences will hold an informational dinner meeting, Thursday, March 29, at Chipola College.

The event will take place at 6 p.m. in the Chipola Continuing Education Conference Center on College Street near the gym.

The purpose of the event is to provide information on the many career opportunities available through the UF College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

Dr. Kirby Barrick, Dean of the UF CALS and other UF faculty will be on hand to share vital information with prospective students and local educators.

High school counselors, graduating seniors, Chipola students and parents are invited to attend. 

Reservations for dinner must be by noon March 28 by calling Chipola Dean Bud Riviere’s office at 850-718-2270.

 

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March 16, 2007

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer a variety of short courses in the coming weeks.        An Introduction to Computers with Internet for Seniors class will meet March 27 from 9 a.m. to noon.  Cost is $24.

            The following Mandatory training for Child Care Facility Personnel and Family Child Care Home are scheduled:  Pre-School Appropriate Practices, March 31, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Child Abuse and Neglect, April 13, 6 to 10 p.m.; Child Growth and Development, April 14, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Behavioral Observation and Screening, April 16 and 18, 6 to 9 p.m.; Health, Safety and Nutrition, April 21, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Rules and Regulations (center), April 23 and 25, 6 to 9 p.m.; Rules and Regulations (family), April 28, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Costs range from $17 to $43 depending on length of course.

            An Introduction to Yoga for Everybody class will meet Mondays and Wednesdays, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., April 30 through June 11.  Cost is $44.

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

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

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

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

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March 16, 2007

            CHIPOLA TEAMS WIN STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS, HEAD TO NATIONALS

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College captured both the men’s and women’s state basketball championships March 10 on their home court in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center. 

The Lady Indians defended their state title to pick up a third straight championship in a 60-57 win over Gulf Coast.

            Tournament MVP C.J. Pace spurred Chipola’s offense with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Ra’Shawna Sippio had 8 rebounds and 5 points. Lesheria Stevens scored 9 and pulled in 8 rebounds. All three Lady Indians were named to the All-Tournament Team.

The game marked the third year in a row that the Lady Indians had to overcome perennial favorite Gulf Coast to take the state title. Fourth year Chipola coach David Lane led Chipola to its first-ever women’s championship in 2005, then followed up with two more titles in 2006 and again this year.

The Lady Indians also scored a 76-61 win over Miami Dade in the opening round of the tournament, and a 73-62 win over Tallahassee in the semi-finals.

The Lady Indians’ overall record stands at 27-6. Chipola will play Tyler College (TX) in the NJCAA Women’s Tournament, Tuesday, March 20 at noon, in Salina, KS. Chipola finished fourth in the national tourney in 2006.

The Indians captured the men’s state championship with an 84-67 win over Central Florida. Chipola has won the men’s state title three of the last four years.

            Tournament MVP Jamarcus Ellis led Chipola with 22 points. Ed Berrios, DeAndre Thomas and Mario Little all were named to the All Tournament team.

Chipola whipped Indian River 98-68 in the opening round of the tournament. The Indians slipped by St. Petersburg, 80-73, in the semi-finals.

Chipola will play Georgia Perimeter March 20, at 4:30 p.m., in the opening round of the national tournament in Hutchinson, KS. Chipola beat Perimeter 90-82 in a Nov. 25 game.

Chipola finished fourth in the 2005 national tournament. Chipola’s best finish was second place in 1974.

Chipola’s games will be broadcast on WJAQ-100.9 FM. Brackets for the NJCAA Division I double-elimination tournament are available at www.njcaa.org.

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March 25, 2007

CHIPOLA INDIANS FINISH SECOND IN NJCAA NATIONAL TOURNAMENT

 

HUTCHINSON, KS—The Chipola College Indians captured second place in the NJCAA National Tournament Saturday, March 24, following a 94-75 loss to Midland (TX) College.

            The runner-up trophy matched Chipola’s second place finish in the 1974 national tournament.

            Chipola was led in scoring by Jamarcus Ellis with 27. Ellis was named to the All-Tournament team and was the unofficial point leader in the tournament more than with 100 points in four games. DeAndre Thomas scored 22 in the finals to earn a spot on the All-Tournament team. Victor Dubovitsky scored 11. Ed Berrios added 10.

            Chipola trailed Midland 46-37 at the half but pulled to within two, midway through the final period.  Midland outscored Chipola 30-15 in the last nine minutes.

The Indians were very effective from the free throw line, shooting 88 %, but three-point shots proved to be the difference in the game. The Midland squad was 13 of 26 from three-point range, while Chipola was able to convert on only 2 of 13 attempts from behind the three-point arc.

            Chipola’s run up to the championship game included a 96-90 semi-final win over the College of Southern Idaho. The Indians whipped Three Rivers, 78-59, in the quarter-finals and Georgia Perimeter, 75-64, in the opening round. 

            The Indians finished the season with a 33-3 record tying the 2004-05 Chipola team for most wins in a season with 33.

             In three seasons at the helm of the Chipola program, head coach Greg Heiar has amassed a 95-11 record. Heiar has led the Indians to three consecutive Panhandle Conference titles and two of the last three state championships. The Indians finished fourth in the 2005 national tourney.

 

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March 25, 2007

LADY INDIANS FINISH FIFTH IN NATIONAL TOURNAMENT

 

SALINA, KS—The Chipola College Lady Indians finished fifth in the NJCAA National Tournament with a 73-59 win over Copiah College in the final round on March 24.
            CJ Pace led Chipola with 17 points. Gekeela Clemmons scored 14. RaShawna Sippio added 13.

The Lady Indians defeated Salt Lake, 53-45, in a third round game, March 22. Chipola was forced into the consolation bracket following a 76-60 loss to Odessa College on March 21.

The Lady Indians defeated Tyler Junior College, 66-63, in a first round game.

Rashawna Sippio scored a total of 46 points in the tournament. CJ Pace scored 43 points in four games. Lesheria Stevens scored 36 points and pulled down 28 rebounds in the tournament.

Chipola finished the season with a 30-7 record. Lady Indians head coach David Lane has logged a 112-30 record at Chipola. He has led Chipola to the school’s only three women’s state championships in four seasons. The Lady Indians finished fourth in the 2006 national tournament.

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March 29, 2007

 

CHIPOLA STUDENTS NAMED TO ALL-FLORIDA ACADEMIC TEAM

 

TALLAHASSEE– Chipola College students Sarah Cartwright of Marianna and Thomas Walker of Sneads have been named to the 2007 All-Florida Academic First Team.

Florida Education Commissioner Jeanine Blomberg and Community Colleges Executive Vice Chancellor Judith Bilsky recently announced the members of the 2007 Academic Team at a press conference in Tallahassee.

Sarah Cartwright is a member of the Chipola Honors program. She is Freshman Senator in Student Government; Secretary of Student Ambassadors; and Phi Theta Kappa (Nu Chi Chapter): International Service Officer.  She is a member of the Chipola Governance Council; Show Choir, Science Club, New Friends, Baptist Collegiate Ministry, Who’s Who in American Junior Colleges and the National Dean’s List and was named a Coca-Cola Scholar in 2006. 

Cartwright was a 2005 Valedictorian at Marianna High School. She plans to major in Microbiology and Cell Science, Nutrition or Biology. Cartwright is the daughter of Steve and Lesia Cartwright of Marianna.

TJ Walker of Sneads also was named a member of the First Team All Academic Team. He was named a Leader of Promise by Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society in 2006

At Chipola, Walker is the PTK Fellowship/Membership Officer and a member of the Chipola Honors Program. He won the Freshman Accounting award, and was named to Who's Who in American Junior Colleges.

He was the 2005 Valedictorian of Sneads High School. Walker plans to transfer to Florida State University to pursue a major in Multi-National Business. He is the son of William and Mary Walker of Grand Ridge.

The 110 students who comprise the All-Florida Academic Team represent 28 of Florida's public community colleges, one independent two-year college, and one independent university.

“We are proud that these exceptional students have chosen to begin their college experience within the Florida Community College System.   Each plays an important role in creating a brighter tomorrow for our state,” said Commissioner Blomberg.

Students on the All-Florida Academic Team are nominated by their respective colleges to the All-USA Academic Team competition sponsored by USA Today and the Phi Theta Kappa.  College presidents are invited to submit nominations based on grade point averages; participation in honors programs; awards, academic achievement; and service to the college and the community.

“The All-Florida Academic Team program confirms what we already know about our students who are attending one of the 28 community colleges across our state— they are brilliant, talented, goal-oriented students,” said Executive Vice Chancellor Bilsky. 

           

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March 29, 2007 

CHIPOLA ANNOUNCES EARLY REGISTRATION FOR SUMMER TERMS

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College will hold returning student registration for Summer Session I and II, April 10 and 11.

Current students with 30 or more hours may register Tuesday, April 10, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Current students who have completed at least one hour may register Wednesday, April 11, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Application deadline for new students planning to enroll in summer classes is April 20.

New students who take at least one class during either summer term may register early for Fall 2007 classes.

Summer I classes begin May 8. Summer II classes begin June 25. Several new classes and times have been added to both terms. Changes to the schedule are available at www.chipola.edu.

For information, call 850-718-2311.

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March 29, 2007

 ECLECTIC MUSIC CONCERT IS TUESDAY AT CHIPOLA

 

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March 29, 2007

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer a variety of short courses in the coming weeks.        An Introduction to Computers with Internet for Seniors class will meet Wednesday, April 4 from 9 a.m. to noon.  Cost is $24.

            The following Mandatory training courses for Child Care Facility Personnel and Family Child Care Home are scheduled:  Child Abuse and Neglect, April 13, 6 to 10 p.m.; Child Growth and Development, April 14, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Behavioral Observation and Screening, April 16 and 18, 6 to 9 p.m.; Health, Safety and Nutrition, April 21, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Rules and Regulations (center), April 23 and 25, 6 to 9 p.m.; Rules and Regulations (family), April 28, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Costs range from $17 to $43 depending on length of course.

            An Introduction to Yoga for Everybody class will meet Mondays and Wednesdays, April 30 through June 11 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Cost is $44.

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

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

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

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

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March 29, 2007

 

SUMMER NIGHT CLASSES IN SPANISH AND FRENCH SET AT CHIPOLA

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer foreign language evening classes this summer in French and Spanish. 

Intermediate French I (FRE 2220) will be offered Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30-7:45 p.m. for 12 weeks beginning May 8. The third-semester course is for four credit hours.  Dana Ayers is the instructor.

Intermediate Spanish I (SPN 2220) will be offered on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 5:30-7:30 p.m., for six weeks beginning May 8. This third semester course is also four credit hours.  Dr. Mark Ebel is the instructor.

Colleges and universities in Florida require a foreign language for a bachelor’s degree.  The foreign language minimum requirement may be fulfilled by taking two years of the same foreign language at the high school level or 8-10 hours of the same language at the college level.   Many college majors require a third course or completion through a foreign language course at the 2220 level.  Both of these intermediate courses provide a way to complete the requirement for a third course for high school students beginning college, or for college transients or transfer students who need it for college graduation.

Early registration for Summer I and II for returning students is April 10 and 11.  New student application deadline for the Summer I is April 20.

 

March 29, 2007

CHIPOLA BASEBALL TEAM LEADS CONFERENCE

 

The Chipola baseball team improved to 8-2 in league play Thursday, March 29, with an 8-6 win over Okaloosa-Walton.

Chipola scored 3 in the second, but OW answered with 4 runs.  OW led 6 to 5 heading into the final frame, but the Indians went up 8-6 and were able to hold on with the bases loaded, with two outs in the ninth, getting the win on a pop fly to end it.

Chipola leads the Panhandle Conference race and is currently ranked fifth in the FCCAA State Poll.

The Indians (20-13 overall) host Pensacola, Tuesday, April 3 at 5 p.m., North Florida, Thursday, April 5 at 5 p.m.; and North Florida, Saturday, April 7 at 1 p.m.

Chipola scored a 6-5 win over Pensacola on March 25, and an 8-1 win over PJC on March 24.

For the latest scores, visit www.chipola.edu, or call 728-2CJC.

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FCCAA Baseball Poll

  1. Palm Beach                             

  2. St. Petersburg

  3. Miami-Dade

  4. Lake City

  5. Chipola

  6. Broward

  7. Central Florida

  8. Okaloosa-Walton

  9. Pensacola

  10. Santa Fe

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March 29, 2007

CHIPOLA TOPS STATE AND NATIONAL SOFTBALL POLLS

 

MARIANNA—The Chipola College Lady Indians have taken control of the NJCAA Division I Softball Poll sending defending National Champion Pima Community College (Ariz.) to No. 2 for the week of March 27.

Chipola received 80 total poll points and four first place votes.

The Lady Indians also top the state FCCAA poll. Chipola leads the league with a 7-1 conference mark.

Chipola picked up four wins last week over Region 8 foes. The Indians took two games from Lake City Community College on March 23 by the scores of 5-4 and 7-3. Then on March 24 they swept Okaloosa-Walton College 7-0 and 10-5.

Lady Indians’ pitcher Cassie Lassiter continued her dominance by picking up three wins, which improves her record to 14-1 with the fifth-best ERA in the country (0.620).

As a team, Chipola boasts a team batting average of .379.

The Lady Indians improved to 35-4 sweeping Tallahassee CC in a double-header on March 28. Chipola took game one by the score of 8-3. Cassie Lassiter was the winning pitcher. The Lady Indians won the second game, 4-0, behind the pitching of Brittany Minton.

Chipola hosts Gulf Coast, Thursday, April 5, in a 4 p.m. double-header.

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

           

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NJCAA Softball Poll

1          Chipola College            33-4-1

2          Pima CC (AZ)              37-7

3          Chattanooga CC          29-8

4          Gulf Coast CC             32-7

5          Manatee CC                37-8

6          Indian River CC           34-8

7          Midland College (TX)   27-4

8          Wallace State CC         33-4

9          North Idaho College     23-12

10        Georgia Perimeter         20-6

 

FCCAA Softball Top 10 (March 27)

1. Chipola

2. Manatee

3. Gulf Coast

4. Indian River

5. Santa Fe

6. St. Petersburg

7. Tallahassee

8. Miami-Dade

9. Brevard

10. FCCJ

 

March 29, 2007

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SIRMON IS CHIPOLA EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTHCharles Sirmon (center), Director of Theater, is the March Faculty/Administrator of the month at Chipola College. Sirmon has worked at the college since 1999. Here, he is congratulated by Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough and Joan Stadsklev, Director of Fine and Performing Arts.  

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March 29, 2007

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OPTIMISTS HELP CHIPOLA BRAIN BOWLERS—The Marianna Optimist Club recently donated $500 to the Chipola College Brain Bowl Team $500 for the team’s trip to the National Tournament in Minnesota. Pictured from left, are: Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough, Brain Bowl coach Stan Young and Optimist Club members Jamie Streetman and Jeremy Shields.

 

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March 29, 2008

 

CHIPOLA CAPTURES STATE BRAIN BOWL CHAMPIONSHIP

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College captured the school’s first ever state Brain Bowl championship Saturday in the 27th Annual Florida State Brain Bowl Tournament.

            Chipola defeated defending state champion Okaloosa-Walton, 545-475, in the championship round.

            In individual scoring, Chipola Chuck Bryant was fourth in the tournament and Mark Hodge was sixth.

            Chipola brain bowl coach Stan Young, said, “I’m just so proud of our kids and my fellow coach Robert Dunkle for the long hours they’ve put in. I also want to thank the many college employees who have supported our team in so many ways.”

            Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough, said, “The members of our brain bowl team are among the best students anywhere in the country.  I congratulate the team and coaches for the hard work they invested to reach this goal.”

            The purpose of FCCAA Brain Bowl competition is to recognize outstanding student academic achievement, to promote community interest in academic excellence in the community colleges, and to foster relations among faculty and students.

            Chipola was host for the event which brought the top 10 community college teams in Florida together for head-to-head competition. Chipola was among the smallest of the colleges in the tournament which included: Brevard, Broward, Chipola, Indian River, Lake-Sumter, Manatee, Okaloosa-Walton, Pasco-Hernando, Pensacola and Valencia.  

            Chipola is enjoying its best season ever with four tournaments wins and at least a semi-final finish in every junior college tournament they have entered.

            The Chipola team will play in the national college bowl tournament in St. Louis, Missouri, April 11-12.  Chipola is one of only eight community colleges—including defending national champion Valencia—invited to the tournament.

            Chipola College team members are Mark Hodge, Jantzen Whitehead, Chuck Bryant, Trey Paul and Mitchell Whitehead. Chipola coaches are Stan Young and Dr. Robert Dunkle.

 

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CHIPOLA CAPTURES STATE BRAIN BOWL CHAMPIONSHIP—Chipola College captured the school’s first ever state Brain Bowl championship Saturday in 27th Annual Florida State Brain Bowl Tournament. This win is Chipola’s first state championship in Brain Bowl competition. Chipola Brain Bowl team members are, from left: Mitchell Whitehead, coach Stan Young, Mark Hodge, Jantzen Whitehead, Trey Paul, coach Dr. Robert Dunkle and Chuck Bryant. 

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