March 7, 2013

Chipola Brain Bowl Wins third straight National Championship

 

                ST. LOUIS—The Chipola College Brain Bowl A team won its third straight national championship at the NAQT (National Academic Quiz Tournament) Community College Championship Tournament in St. Louis, Missouri, March 2.

                Chipola A defeated Valencia A in the final game. Lamar State College (TX) took third. Redlands (OK), Jefferson (KY), and Central Florida (FL) finished fourth, fifth, and sixth respectively.

                The Chipola A team finished the preliminary rounds with a 5-0 record, placing the team in the championship bracket. With a loss to Valencia in the 9th round, Chipola finished the championship bracket at 5-1. The loss by the Chipola team meant they had to beat Valencia twice in the finals to claim the title. Chipola won the first match 560-285, to force a final match. Chipola completed the title run by winning the second match also, with a score of 580-115.

                Chipola was again led by sophomore Paul Kelson, who was the MVP of the tournament averaging 214 points per game, the highest average in tournament history. Other Chipola A team members are: Katelyn Miller, William Singleton and Becca Delgado.

                Chipola will now advance to the 2013 Intercollegiate Championship Tournament to be held in Chicago, IL on April 12-13. Chipola will be one of six community colleges competing at the tournament. Based on Chipola’s strong performance at the community college championship, Chipola has received the number 5 seed in the nation, behind only Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and Brown. Chipola was the number 13 seed in last year’s competition, finishing the 2012 tournament in ninth place.

                Chipola B also had a strong performance in the national tournament, finishing seventh overall. Chipola B also made the championship bracket, but fell one spot short of advancing to the ICT tournament in Chicago. Chipola B was led by Blake Benton, finishing as the 13th overall individual. Other Chipola B team members are: Wesley Chevillot, Bobby Gause, Jamie McCoy, and Faith Tice.

                Chipola math professor Stan Young is head coach of the Brain Bowl team with volunteer assistant Dr. Robert Dunkle. 

                Link to ICT tournament seed:  http://www.naqt.com/stats/rating-values.jsp?rating_group_id=1029 Link to stats for national tournament:  http://www.naqt.com/#

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Chipola Brain Bowl Wins third straight National Championship—The Chipola College Brain Bowl A team won its third straight national championship at the NAQT (National Academic Quiz Tournament) Community College Championship Tournament in St. Louis, Missouri, March 2. Team members are, from left: Tournament MVP Paul Kelson, Blake Benton, Bobby Gause, Wesley Chevillot, William Singleton, volunteer assistant coach Dr. Robert Dunkle (back) head coach Stan Young, Faith Tice, Katelyn Miller, Jamie McCoy and Becca Delgado.

 

 

CHIPOLA A TEAM— The Chipola College Brain Bowl A team won its third straight national championship at the NAQT (National Academic Quiz Tournament) Tournament in St. Louis, Missouri, March 2. A Team members are, from left: Becca Delgado, Katelyn Miller, Tournament MVP Paul Kelson and William Singleton.

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March 12, 2013

CHIPOLA’S ‘HAIRSPRAY’ OPENS WEDNESDAY

           

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Theatre musical, "Hairspray," opens Wednesday, March 13.  

                Tickets are available online at www.chipola.edu and in the Center for the Arts Box Office March 13-16, from 6 to 7 p.m., and March 17, from 1 to 2 p.m.

                Cast members are: Odra Chapman as Tracy Turnblad, Trey McKay as Corny Collins, Kayla Todd as Amber Von Tussle, Aaron Black as Brad Dancer, Gracie Wallace as Tammy Dancer, Austin Pettis as Fender Dancer, Piper Williams as Brenda Dancer, Terrence Shanks as Sketch Dancer, Cayce Griffin as Shelley Dancer, Tyler Landry as IQ Dancer, Shayli Tharp as Lou Ann Dancer, Colton Day as Link Larkin, Meredith Moreau as Prudy Pingleton, Charles Sirmon as Edna Turnblad, Meredith Saunders as Penny Pingleton, Meghan Basford as Velma Von Tussle, Chris Manasco as Wilbur Turnblad, Nick Melvin as Seaweed J. Stubbs, Orlando Riley as Duane, Clyde Declonet as Gilbert, Brienne Beechum as Lorraine, Matt West as Mr. Pinky, Evie Saliba as Little Inez, Courtney Bass as Gym teacher, Rachel West as Matron, Brittney Holmes as Motormouth Maybelle Seaweed’s mother and Nadine Long as Guard. The Dynamites Female singing trio in “Welcome to the 60’s” includes Patrea Clark, Adajah Swilley and Melanie Henderson.

                Citizens of Baltimore include: Elyn Sapp, Julie Wells, Amberly Corbin, Amber Saye, Kiara Sampson, Aiden Rollis, Grace Wester, Olivia Wester, Faith Long, Deanna Bailey, Shelby Jainer, Rhonda Stone, Maddie Craven, Tanaish Tookes, Felicia Gibson and Rolli Barteles. 

                “Hairspray,” written by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, with music by Marc Shaiman and Lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman, is the winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical.  

                For more information contact Charles Sirmon, Director of Theatre sirmonc@chipola.edu 850-718-2277.

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CHIPOLA’S ‘HAIRSPRAY’— The Chipola College Theatre musical, "Hairspray," which opens March 13.  Pictured are Odra Chapman, a Liberty County High student, as Tracy Turnblad (left) and Meredith Saunders of Chipley as Penny Pingleton.  Tickets are available online at www.chipola.edu and in the Center for the Arts Box Office March 13-16, from 6 to 7 p.m. and March 17, from 1 to 2 p.m. For more information contact Charles Sirmon, Director of Theatre sirmonc@chipola.edu 850-718-2277.

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Colton Day of Marinna as Link Larkin and Odra Chapman, a Liberty County High student, as Tracy Turnblad.

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March 14, 2013

Chipola Brain Bowl Wins third straight National Championship

 

                ST. LOUISThe Chipola College Brain Bowl A team won its third straight national championship at the NAQT (National Academic Quiz Tournament) Community College Championship Tournament in St. Louis, Missouri, March 2.

                Chipola A defeated Valencia A in the final game. Lamar State College (TX) took third. Redlands (OK), Jefferson (KY), and Central Florida (FL) finished fourth, fifth, and sixth respectively.

                The Chipola A team finished the preliminary rounds with a 5-0 record, placing the team in the championship bracket. With a loss to Valencia in the 9th round, Chipola finished the championship bracket at 5-1. The loss by the Chipola team meant they had to beat Valencia twice in the finals to claim the title. Chipola won the first match 560-285, to force a final match. Chipola completed the title run by winning the second match also, with a score of 580-115.

                Chipola was again led by sophomore Paul Kelson, who was the MVP of the tournament averaging 214 points per game, the highest average in tournament history. Other Chipola A team members are: Katelyn Miller, William Singleton and Becca Delgado.

                 Chipola will now advance to the 2013 Intercollegiate Championship Tournament to be held in Chicago, IL on April 12-13. Chipola will be one of six community colleges competing at the tournament. Based on Chipola’s strong performance at the community college championship, Chipola has received the number 5 seed in the nation, behind only Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and Brown. Chipola was the number 13 seed in last year’s competition, finishing the 2012 tournament in ninth place.

                 Chipola B also had a strong performance in the national tournament, finishing seventh overall. Chipola B also made the championship bracket, but fell one spot short of advancing to the ICT tournament in Chicago. Chipola B was led by Blake Benton, finishing as the 13th overall individual. Other Chipola B team members are: Wesley Chevillot, Bobby Gause, Jamie McCoy, and Faith Tice.

                 Chipola math professor Stan Young is head coach of the Brain Bowl team with volunteer assistant Dr. Robert Dunkle. 

                The Chipola Brain Bowl team will try for sixth straight FCSAA State Championship March 16 in Lake City. Chipola is now tied with Broward, both with five consecutive state titles.

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Chipola Brain Bowl Wins third straight National Championship—The Chipola College Brain Bowl A team won its third straight national championship at the NAQT (National Academic Quiz Tournament) Community College Championship Tournament in St. Louis, Missouri, March 2. Team members are, from left: Tournament MVP Paul Kelson, Blake Benton, Bobby Gause, Wesley Chevillot, William Singleton, volunteer assistant coach Dr. Robert Dunkle (back) head coach Stan Young, Faith Tice, Katelyn Miller, Jamie McCoy and Becca Delgado.

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CHIPOLA A TEAM— The Chipola College Brain Bowl A team won its third straight national championship at the NAQT (National Academic Quiz Tournament) Tournament in St. Louis, Missouri, March 2. A Team members are, from left: Becca Delgado, Katelyn Miller, Tournament MVP Paul Kelson and William Singleton.

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March 14, 2013

CHIPOLA DEan presents at Nursing Conference

 

                DALLAS—Dr. Vickie Stephens, Dean of the Chipola College School of Health Sciences, served as a presenter and panelist at the thirteenth annual Community College Baccalaureate Association Conference in Dallas, March 8-10. 

                Dr. Stephens served on a panel which provided an overview and historical review of the creation of Baccalaureate Nursing programs in Florida. Dr. Stephens also presented a plenary session highlighting the benefits of an online RN to BSN program. 

                The theme of the conference was Alternative Pathways to the Baccalaureate. Health educators from Australia, China, Denmark, Sweden and numerous members from states in the United States were in attendance.

                Dr. Stephens, said, “The state of Florida is known as a trend-setter in the academic circles of community colleges making bachelors’ degrees accessible and affordable to future students.  Many states continue to work through political issues related to community colleges offering baccalaureate degrees.” 

                In 2011, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommended that 80% of Registered Nurses be Baccalaureate prepared by the year 2020. The Florida College system has accepted the challenge by implementing post licensure RN to BSN programs across the state.  Currently, there are 14 Florida State (Community) Colleges offering this option.  The attainment of the BSN offers advances in employment, clinical teaching opportunities, and advancement of the professional nursing practice. 

                Chipola offers the RN-BSN Degree with all upper level classes offered in an online format.  The college accepts RN-BSN students each semester and they may complete the online courses in one year or choose to individualize their educational plans to fit their schedules. Chipola’s RN-BSN program is now in the candidacy status for NLNAC Accreditation. 

                To learn more about program requirements, call 850-718-2278, 850-718-2316 or visit www.chipola.edu

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March 14, 2013

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BUSH IS TOP CHIPOLA EMPLOYEE—Casey Bush has been selected the Chipola College Faculty/Administrator/Other Professional Award of the month for March. Bush has served as an instructor in Chipola’s Teacher Education program since 2010.  Here, Bush (right) is congratulated by Dr. Lou Cleveland, Director of Teacher Education.

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March 14, 2013

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FIRST COMMERCE SPONSORS CHIPOLA SEMINAR—First Commerce Credit Union recently sponsored a free lunch and learn seminar on iden­tity theft for Chipola College employees. Pictured from left, are: Chuck Hudson, Jackson County Executive of First Commerce Credit Union; Carla DeBaldo, Vice President of Sales for First Commerce and Alicia Hatcher, Chipola College Coordinator of Extended Learning.

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HOLLEY RETIRES—Gerald Holley recently retired as Board Attorney for the Chipola College District Board of Trustees after 25 years of service. Here, Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough (left) presents a plaque of appreciation to Holley. 

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SPIRES INTERVIEWED FOR POVERTY RESEARCH—William Galvan (right), a graduate student enrolled in the Institut d'Études Politique de Paris, recently interviewed Dr. Willie Spires, Chipola College Associate Dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences.  Galvan, a native of the Dominican Republic, is conducting research on poverty for a thesis in Public Affairs.  Dr. Spires reported that the student was interested in the role of local government in combatting poverty. The student also interviewed Bill Stanton, Executive Director of the Jackson County Development Council.

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March 14, 2013

FREE SEMINAR FOR VETERANS SET AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNAChipola College will offer a free seminar, “What the Veterans’ Business Outreach Center Can Do for You,” on Friday, March 22, from 9:30 to 12:30 p.m., in Room M-108 of the Chipola Business and Technology building.

                The Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) helps create, develop, and retain veteran-owned small business enterprises.  The VBOC provides training through workshops, counseling, assistance, and resource utilization services to Veterans, Service-Disabled Veterans, Reservists, National Guard, and Active Duty business owners and entrepreneurs.

                The next seminar, “Government Contracting,” will meet April 19. Participants will learn how to identify government agencies and target marketing efforts to save both time and money. Cost is $30.  The first six Chipola students to sign up will receive free admission. 

                Participants may register for all seminars online at www.northfloridabiz.com. At Chipola, contact Elissa Severson 850-718-2441 or email seversone@chipola.edu. Participants may register in person in Building M, Office 208.

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 March 14, 2013

LADY INDIANS FINISH SECOND IN STATE; HEADED TO NATIONALS

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola Lady Indians finished second in the Florida/Region VIII Basketball Tournament held March 6-9 in Chipola’s Milton H. Johnson Health Center.

            Gulf Coast captured the women’s title with a 61-53 win over runner-up Chipola in the Championship game on March 9. Chipola was led by Rayven Brooks with 15. Jade Givens had 11 points and four steals. Three Lady Indians—Jade Givens, Kristine Brance and Rayven Brooks—were named to the All-Tournament team.

            In the women’s semi-final round, Chipola shocked Northwest, 72-52. Rahni Bell led Chipola with 19 points on five three-pointers. Rayven Brooks had 18 points and 9 rebounds. Kristine Brance had 11 points. Jasmine Crawford had nine points and seven steals. Gulf Coast handled St. Pete, 80-70.

            Chipola’s performance in the State Tournament won the Lady Indians an at-large bid to play in the Women’s Basketball National Tournament in Salina, Kansas.

            Chipola (25-6) will play Southwest Illinois (25-5) Monday, March 18, at 8 p.m. (CST).  A win would pit the Lady Indians against the winner of Southern Idaho and Central Arizona in a 3 p.m. game on Wednesday, March 20. The single-elimination tournament runs March 18-23.

            In the State tournament women’s first round, Chipola slipped by Florida State College at Jacksonville, 62-55. Kristine Brance led Chipola with 19 points. Crawford had 11 points. Givens had 9 points and 8 rebounds. St. Petersburg trounced Hillsborough, 55-41. Gulf Coast beat Santa Fe, 73-62. Northwest crushed Palm Beach, 83-66.

            The Chipola men’s team lost their bid for a 13th state title losing to Brevard, 82-72, in the semi-final round. Chipola was led in scoring by Demetrious Floyd with 19 points. Earl Watson had 15 points and seven rebounds. Cinmeon Bowers had 14 points and 6 rebounds. Cinmeon Bowers and Earl Watson were both named to the All-Tournament team.

            Northwest was also upset in the semi-finals by Central Florida, 74-71.

            In the men’s first round, Chipola trounced Polk, 70-47. Torian Graham led Chipola with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Carlos Morris had 15 points and two threes. Bowers had 12 points and 8 rebounds. Central Florida beat State College of Florida, 90-77.  Northwest outlasted Palm Beach 72-64. Brevard dominated Santa Fe, 69-48. 

            Waste Management was the official host sponsor for the event. The Jackson County Tourist Development Council awarded a grant to help fund the tournament.  The Florida Lottery, First Commerce Credit Union and the Jackson County Teachers Credit Union were also major sponsors of the event. 

            Visit the official tourney web site at: www.chipola.edu

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March 14, 2013

CHIPOLA Women HEADED TO NATIONAL TOURNAMENT ON AT-LARGE BID

 

                COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. The Chipola Lady Indians have earned an at-large bid to play in the Women’s Basketball National Tournament in Salina, Kansas.

                Chipola (25-6) will play Southwest Illinois (25-5) Monday, March 18, at 8 p.m. (CST).  A win would pit the Lady Indians against the winner of Southern Idaho and Central Arizona in a 3 p.m. game on Wednesday, March 20. The single-elimination tournament runs March 18-23.

                The Lady Indians finished second in the FCSAA Florida/Region VIII Tournament on March 9, losing 61-53 to state champion Gulf Coast in the title game. Chipola made it to the championship game with a 72-52 win over Northwest Florida State who also earned an at-large bid in the national tournament. The Lady Indians beat Florida State College 62-55 in the opening round of the state tournament.

                The Lady Indians finished the regular season third in the Panhandle Conference under first year head coach Greg Franklin. Gulf Coast and Northwest were conference co-champions.

                Franklin came to Chipola after serving five seasons as an assistant coach in the Mississippi State University women’s basketball program where he was instrumental in helping Mississippi State claim back-to-back year wins in the NCAA Tournament, including the program's first Sweet 16 appearance. Before Mississippi State, Franklin served at Southeastern Illinois College in Harrisburg, Illinois, as athletic director, head women’s coach and assistant men's coach.

                Chipola and Northwest are both beneficiaries of the NJCAA’s change to an expanded tournament bracket which now includes four at-large teams, four ‘zone’ qualifiers and 16 district champions. The 24-team seeded tournament will be played at the Bicentennial Center in Salina, Kansas.

                The national title game will be played on Saturday, March 23. Tournament games will be aired live on NJCAA TV.  Visit www.njcaa.org/newsArticle.cfm?articleId=19118

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March 14, 2013

MALONE AND SNEADS WIN CHIPOLA 3-POINT SHOOTOUT

           

                MARIANNA—Chai Baker of Malone High and Aaliyah Williams of Sneads High are the new champions of Chipola College’s Tenth Annual High School Three-Point Shootout.

                Malone High junior Chai Baker made 9 of 15 shots in the men’s finals. Five other men’s players made it to the championship round of the competition: Kent Rogers of Altha, Dimitri Simmons of Blountstown, Cason Moore of Holmes County, Taylor Rousseau of Graceville, Jeremy Wert of Sneads.  The following players also participated in the men’s shootout: Ryan Foor of Chipley, Zack Gibson of Vernon, Keyman Borders of Marianna, Austin Boyd of Bethlehem, Nick Dahl of Poplar Springs and Alex Price of Ponce De Leon. 

                Sneads High’s Aaliyah Williams connected on six shots in the finals to take the championship in the women’s division. Shanice Mack of Graceville, Curteeona Brelove of Malone, Summer Potter of Bethlehem, Ashtin McMullian of Blountstown also made it to the final round.  The following players also participated in the women’s shootout: Shaniah Spellman of Marianna, Jasmine Belser of Chipley, Kelli McIntosh of Poplar Springs, Ashley Harper of Ponce DeLeon and Mikayla Moore of Holmes County.

                All men’s and women’s high school teams from the Chipola district were invited to send their best three-point shooters to the competition.

                The winners will have their names engraved on a trophy in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center and on a traveling championship trophy which will be housed in their respective school’s trophy cases during the coming year.                                                                                 

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CHIPOLA MEN’S HIGH SCHOOL 3-POINT CHAMP—Chai Baker of Malone High is the new Champion of Chipola College’s High School Three-Point Shootout. Pictured from left, are Cason Moore of Holmes County High, Dimitri Simmons of Blountstown High, (winner) Chai Baker of Malone High, Chipola Appreciation Club President Terry Allen, Jeremy Wert of Sneads High, Taylor Rousseau of Graceville High and Kent Rogers of Altha High.  Baker and Cason went to sudden death after tying with 7 of 15 in the first round. Baker finished with 9 of 15.

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CHIPOLA WOMEN’S HIGH SCHOOL 3-POINT CHAMP— Aaliyah Williams of Sneads High is the new Champion of Chipola College’s High School Three-Point Shootout. Pictured from left, are Ashtin McMullian of Blountstown, Shanice Mack of Graceville High, Curteeona Brelove of Malone High, (winner) Aaliyah Williams of Sneads High and Chipola Appreciation Club President Terry Allen 

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March 20, 2013

 

CHIPOLA BRAIN BOWL WINS SIXTH STRAIGHT STATE CHAMPIONSHIP


LAKE CITY—For the sixth straight year, Chipola College has won the State Brain Bowl

Tournament, defeating Valencia 915-50 in the finals of the Florida College System

Activities Association Tournament on March 17.

                Chipola’s six consecutive championships breaks the old record of five straight set by Broward College. Broward still has the most state titles with seven.  Chipola also set a record for the largest margin of victory in a final round with the 915-50 win over Valencia. The Chipola team answered 29 of the 36 questions in the finals. 

                Chipola MVP Paul Kelson was the David Elhert High Point Winner in the tournament with 1,120 total points and an average of 131 points per game. Kelson also was named to the All-Tournament team for the second straight year. Chipola head Coach Stan Young, says, “Paul Kelson is the best community college player in the country and maybe the best at any level.”

                Other Chipola Blue team members are: Katelyn Miller, William Singleton and Becca Delgado.  Miller finished seventh in individual scoring in the tournament.

                The Chipola White Team finished eighth in the State Tournament and was led Wesley Chevillot who finished eighth in individual scoring. Other Chipola White members are: Bobby Gause, Jamie McCoy and Faith Tice.

                Chipola will next play in the Intercollegiate Championship Tournament (ICT) in Chicago, April 12-13, as one of only six community colleges invited to the tournament. Chipola won its third straight NAQT (National Academic Quiz Tournament) Community College Championship Tournament in St. Louis on March 2. Based on that performance, Chipola received the number 5 seed in the ICT, behind only Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and Brown.

                Chipola math professor Stan Young is head coach of the Brain Bowl team with volunteer assistant Dr. Robert Dunkle. 

                About Chipola’s run of six straight, Young says, "You can find intelligent people everywhere. We're in this small community college with just over 2,000 students and we’re competing with Ivy League schools. It just goes to show you that intelligence can come from anywhere. If you take that and put in a lot of hard work and prepare yourself, it just kind of shows you what you can do," Young said.

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CHIPOLA BRAIN BOWL WINS SIXTH STRAIGHT STATE CHAMPIONSHIP—For the sixth straight year, Chipola College has won the State Brain Bowl Tournament, defeating Valencia 915-50 in the finals of the Florida College System Activities Association Tournament on March 17. Members of the winning team are, from left: Becca Delgado, Katelyn Miller, Tournament MVP Paul Kelson and William Singleton.

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March 20, 2013

 

CHIPOLA TRIO GRAD NOW RECRUITING FOR FSU/PC CAMPUS

 

                PANAMA CITY—Chipola College graduate Casey Lathem has high praise for the Chipola College TRIO programs which put her on the path to college. She now serves as an Admissions Officer with Florida State University/Panama City recruiting students and advising them on their academic paths.

                Lathem was recruited by Chipola’s TRIO program - Talent Search when she was an eighth grader at Hosford Elementary and Junior High in Liberty County.  The purpose of TRIO is to expose students to college experiences, and to encourage college enrollment and success in school. TRIO targets students early in their academic careers to help them remain focused on their academic success. TRIO also helps students with study skills, financial aid and college admissions. Lathem said, “Having the support of TRIO allowed my twin sister, Kelly, and I to better understand the process of college-readiness. It is a wonderful program”

                As a student at Hosford, Lathem was visited regularly by Kristie Mosley, former TRIO advisor, current Student Support Services Director of TRIO. Lathem said, “Ms. Mosley and other members of the TRIO staff helped me understand the decisions related to attending college as well as which college was right for me.” 

                Advisors in TRIO take students on tours of area colleges and universities to help them choose the college and program that is best suited to their interests. They also provide information about the financial aid process, scholarships and grants. 

                After graduating from Liberty County High School, Lathem chose Chipola College, where TRIO director Judy Riviere, now retired, advised her through her Associate in Arts degree. Lathem said, “Not only was Mrs. Riviere my advisor, she became a mentor as well. Most importantly, she helped me believe that I could achieve my goals and pursue a bachelor’s degree.

                After graduating from Chipola, Lathem transferred to Florida State University in Panama City where she earned with a Bachelor’s degree in Professional Communication in 2012. Soon after earning her B.S., she was hired as an Admissions Officer with FSU/PC. Here job includes recruiting students to FSU as well as advising them on their major of choice.

                Lathem said, “I am truly thankful to have been part of such a great program. TRIO really does set the foundation students need to succeed. I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to meet such wonderful people like Judy Riviere, Kristie Mosley, Kristy Pleasant and Mandy Suggs, who really want to help students succeed. I am also fortunate to have a job in which I can provide the same support for students.”

                TRIO was given its name because it started as a group of just three federally funded programs. There are a total of eight programs that fall under the umbrella of TRIO. Chipola has two of the eight programs: Talent Search and Student Support Services. A total of 600 students in the five-county area are currently enrolled in the TRIO program - Talent Search.  The TRIO program - Student Support Services serves 140 students currently enrolled at Chipola.

                For information, about Talent Search, contact Angie Tyler. For Student Support Services, contact Kristie Mosley. Phone 850-718-2431 or visit www.chipola.edu

 

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CHIPOLA TRIO GRAD NOW RECRUITING FOR FSU/PC—Chipola College graduate Casey Lathem has high praise for the Chipola College TRIO programs which put her on the path to college. She now serves as an Admissions Officer with Florida State University/Panama City recruiting students and advising them on their academic paths. Here, Lathem is pictured with members of the Chipola TRIO/Talent Search staff, from left: Angie White, Angie Tyler, Lathem, and Brooke Mathis.

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March 20, 2013

 

CHIPOLA THEATRE ATTENDS SOUTHEASTERN THEATRE CONFERENCE

 

                LOUSIVILLE, KY--Students and faculty from the Chipola College Theatre department recently participated with thousands of students, educators and professional companies at the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) in Louisville, Kentucky.  SETC is the largest theatrical organization in the country.

                Chipola Director of Technical Theatre Connie Smith serves as the Job Contact Service Onsite Manager for SETC. In this role, she oversees production interviews and job placement with more than 110 professional companies. She also leads a production resume workshop with professional company representatives on her panel.

                Chipola Theater Director Charles Sirmon served the SETC observing more than 200 high school student auditions and recruiting for his own program. Sirmon says, “After three days of work, the SETC recognized Chipola and its strong theatre program. I am very proud of our team.”

                Chipola students served as volunteers and recruitment for Chipola. Many of the Chipola students received offers for summer employment across the country, including Josh Tetlow with Santa Fe Opera in New Mexico and Aaron Black with Shenandoah theatre in Winchester, Virginia.

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CHIPOLA THEATRE ATTENDS SOUTHEASTERN THEATRE CONFERENCE—

Students and faculty from the Chipola College Theatre department recently participated with thousands of students, educators and professional companies at the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) in Louisville, Kentucky.  SETC is the largest theatrical organization in the country. Pictured from left, are: Chipola Director of Theatre Charles Sirmon, Nick Cessna, Josh Tetlow, Aaron Black, Chipola Director of Technical Theatre Connie Smith and Josh Emanuel.

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March 20, 2013

 

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CHIPOLA AUTOMOTIVE STUDENTS ATTEND GATOR NATIONALS—Students in the Chipola College Automotive Technology program recently attended the Gator Nationals Drag race in Gainesville free of charge. The students received a full day admissions along with a VIP pit passes courtesy of the college’s corporate sponsors and local advisory committee. Here, some of the students pose in front of a drag car with instructor Chase Vlieg in Chipola cap and shirt.

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March 20, 2013

 

FREE SEMINAR FOR VETERANS SET AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNAChipola College will offer a free seminar, “What the Veterans’ Business Outreach Center Can Do for You,” Friday, March 22, from 9:30 to 12:30 p.m., in Room M-108 of the Chipola Business and Technology building.

                The Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) helps create, develop, and retain veteran-owned small business enterprises.  The VBOC provides training through workshops, counseling, assistance, and resource utilization services to Veterans, Service-Disabled Veterans, Reservists, National Guard, and Active Duty business owners and entrepreneurs.

                The next seminar, Government Contracting,” will meet April 19. Participants will learn how to identify government agencies and target marketing efforts to save both time and money. Cost is $30.  The first six Chipola students to sign up will receive free admission. 

                Participants may register for seminars online at www.northfloridabiz.com. At Chipola, contact Elissa Severson 850-718-2441 or email seversone@chipola.edu. Participants may register in person in Building M, Office 208.

 

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March 20, 2013

 

CHIPOLA WINS CONFERENCE OPENER AT TALLAHASSEE

 

                TALLAHASSEE- A seven-run second inning was the catalyst for FCSAA No. 6 Chipola College in a 13-6 win over No. 2 Tallahassee Community College March 18 in the opening game of a three-game series.

                Chipola, playing its PC opener, improved to 23-11. Monday's game featured plenty of offense - the teams combined for 19 runs and 31 hits, including 18 by Chipola - but it was a defensive play that was, arguably, the biggest of the game. After Chipola's Bert Givens hit a solo homer in the top of the first, Tallahassee threatened to answer and then some in its half.

                With the bases loaded and two outs, John Price, Jr. hit a hard liner that had eyes for the right field corner, but Chipola first baseman Chase Nyman dove to his left and nabbed the one-hopper to save two, possibly three, runs. Instead of grabbing an early lead, Tallahassee left the bases loaded for the first of four times in the game.

                A leadoff double by Nyman started the Indians' big second inning. While Chipola took advantage of five hits, two wild pitches, a passed ball and an error, Tallahassee head coach Mike McLeod trotted out four different pitchers to try and stop the bleeding.

                By the time the last of the four - Ryan Deckert - came on, the Indians had scored six runs. A fielders' choice plated the seventh run of the inning and gave Chipola a commanding 8-0 lead.

                Tallahassee got on the board in the bottom of the second, scoring three runs. After a double-play resulted in a run, Clay Fenwick drove in a pair with a two-out double.

                Chipola scored two runs in the fourth and three more in the fifth and was poised to end the game via the mercy rule on two different occasions but, each time, the Eagles staved off defeat and extended the game.

                Down 13-3, Price, Jr., led off the fifth with a triple and scored on James Abbatinozzi's single to center. An inning later, Price, Jr., picked up an RBI with a one-out double. In the seventh, Chipola reliever Taylor Lewis hit three Eagle batters - the last, Trent Higginbothem, with the bases loaded, to score Kevin Cruz and again keep the game alive. 

                Five different players enjoyed multi-hit games for Tallahassee - Anthony Torres, Price, Jr., Abbatinozzi, Tyler York and Kevin Cruz. Fenwick was 1-for-4 with two RBI. 

                Every Chipola starter collected a hit and scored a run. All but right fielder Cameron Gibson had at least two hits. Ian Rice went 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Givens finished 2-for-6 with two runs scored and three RBI. 

                Cody Alling took the loss for Tallahassee. He allowed four runs in one-plus innings. Mikel Belcher, who replaced Chipola starter Carlos Misell after just 1.2 innings, picked up the win in relief with 3.0 innings of work. 

                Tallahassee and Chipola will continue its series on Wednesday with a 6 p.m. eastern game in Marianna. 

 

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March 20, 2013

 

CHIPOLA Women win first round game at national tournament

 

                Salina, KS – The Chipola Lady Indians’ postseason run continued Monday with a 78-62 win over Southwest Illinois in the Women’s Basketball National Tournament in Salina, Kansas.

                Chipola’s Rayven Brooks led the Lady Indians in nearly every category with 29 points including 6 of 9 three pointers, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals.  Kristine Brance and Lashonda Littleton each scored 13. Littleton also grabbed 8 rebounds. Treyvonna Brooks scored 11 and pulled down 8 rebounds. Jasmine Crawford also added 8 points.

                The win pits the Lady Indians (26-6) against Southern Idaho (21-11) in a 3 p.m. game on Wednesday, March 20. The winner moves to the Thursday, March 21, 5 p.m. game to face the winner of Central Arizona (21-1) and Crowder (29-5).

                Chipola’s games will air on WJAQ-100.9. All tournament games will be aired live on NJCAA TV at www.njcaa.org

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March 21, 2013

CHIPOLA PRESIDENT RECEIVES EXCELLENT EVALUATION

 

MARIANNA—The Chipola College District Board of Trustees gave college president Dr. Gene Prough an excellent rating on his annual performance evaluation which was presented during the board’s regular monthly meeting on March 19.

            All board members rated the president’s performance as excellent, the highest rating available.

            Board members listed several areas of the president’s strengths, including: great leader with a strong and very good support team; leadership, honesty, interest in students and faculty; and good manager.

            One trustee commented, “Dr. Prough is a super leader in his ability to adjust to change and the needs of Chipola, its students and staff. He is open to suggestions from anyone and has a vision for Chipola and its future.” One trustee commended the president for his leadership during lean budget years, saying, “With his skills, experience and forward thinking, he has led Chipola through some very difficult financial times. He continues to guide the college in a direction that will provide excellent educational opportunities for the citizens of our region for years to come.”

            Another trustee also commended Dr. Prough for his work with the legislature, saying, “His ability to work with state government is beyond reproach.”

            Following the meeting, Prough said, “I consider it a privilege to serve as president of Chipola College. I appreciate the work of our board of trustees, faculty and staff as we continue to provide quality educational programs for our students and the people of this area.”

            Prough, a 1968 graduate of Chipola, became the college’s ninth president in October of 2002. He served as executive vice president of the college from 1997 to 2002. He also served as interim president in 2004-05. Prough first came to Chipola as Director of Vocational Education in 1994.

            During his time as president and executive vice-president, Dr. Prough has provided leadership that enabled the college to obtain more than $30 million in building projects and more than $20 million in federal and state grants. A new entrance road to the college opened in 2011 which leads to the college’s new $16 million Center for the Arts which opened in September, 2012. A new Workforce Development building also was completed in 2011. A new Student Services building was completed in 2005.

         Under his leadership, the college foundation has grown from $2 million to $15 million. Endowments and scholarships in the foundation have provided millions in direct aid to students. 

            During Prough’s tenure as president, the college changed its name from Chipola Junior College to Chipola College in order to offer bachelor’s degrees. Chipola offers the Associate in Arts (AA) Degree, the Associate in Science (AS) Degree and Workforce Education programs, and ten bachelor’s degrees in education, business and nursing.

            Prough and his wife, Priscilla, also a Chipola graduate, live in Chipley. Both of their children and two of their grandchildren are Chipola alumni.

 

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March 22, 2013

 

THREE ON A STRING TO PERFORM FOR CHIPOLA ARTIST SERIES

 

         MARIANNA—Three on a String, a popular bluegrass, country and comedy group will perform at the Chipola Center for the Arts, Thursday, April 11, at 7 p.m. This is the final event in the Chipola College Artist Series.

          Three on a String performs all kinds of music - classic old standards, country, bluegrass, and folk mixed with comedy and humor suitable for the entire family. Jerry Ryan, Bobby Horton and Brad Ryan have been having a good time right along with their audiences all over the country for over 40 years. The group has gained a wide following on the convention, music festival, or a symphony pops concert circuit.

         Three on a String’s show has evolved into a well-timed, musically interesting and funny presentation. Their three-part harmony has a unique and pleasing blend, from a heart-rending country song to an unexpected a cappella rendition.

         Tickets are available online at www.chipola.edu. Online tickets may be printed at home, or with an order confirmation, will-call tickets will be available at the box office the night of the show. The Center for the Arts Box Office will be open from 2 to 5 p.m., April 4, April 8-10, and from 6 to 7 p.m. on April 11. 

        tickets are $14 for adults and $10 for children under 18. Tickets for Chipola students and employees are $5 the day of the show.

         For information, visit www.chipola.edu or phone 718-2257.

 

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