May 7, 2009

CHIPOLA STUDENTS HONORED AT AWARDS CEREMONY

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College recognized the outstanding achievements of its students at the recent annual Awards Ceremony. Awards were presented for academics, athletics and extracurricular activities.

            The following students received academic awards: Jonetta D. Dawson of Bristol, ACBSP Student Leadership; Courtney L. Pettis Corbin of Chipley, Accounting; Stephanie B. Mathis of Marianna, General Management; Monica Kennedy of Flomaton, Ala., Supervision and Management; Kayla Stewart of Chipley and Andrew S. Johnson of Altha, Accounting Principles Student; Adam Christopher Duren and Britton Trey Dennis, III of  Marianna, Computer Science; Michelle N. Athan of Fountain, Biology for Science Majors; Christopher E. Peyton of Chipley, Freshman Chemistry; Lindsey S. Tate of Bonifay, Sophomore Chemistry; Ciara N. Jackson of Graceville, Earth Science; Alan C. Moss of Chipley, Calculus I; Kimberly Sloan of Cottondale, Calculus II; Ryan Wells of Altha, Calculus III; Jordan Belser of Chipley, C.H. Barton Award; Emily J. Redmond of Altha, Freshman English; Chelsea Carroll of Marianna, Sophomore English; Kara L. Jumper of Graceville, Dr. Robert E. Ringer Award; Anthony D. Garrett of Greenwood, Social and Behavioral Science; Shannon Alicia Hatcher of Greenwood, Jessica Renee Weeks of Cottondale and Aaron Thomas White of Grand Ridge, FSU/PC Transfer Scholarships.

            The following nursing students received awards: Sharonne Jemison of Marianna, Clinical Excellence (fourth semester); Lesli Longbottom of Marianna, Academic Excellence (fourth semester); Sherri Johnson of Marianna, Clinical Excellence (fifth semester) and Courtney Lewis of Grand Ridge, Academic Excellence (fifth semester).

            Students in Workforce Development programs received the following awards:  Jeremy Lewis of Cottonwood, Ala., Computer Systems Technology; Steven Rhodes of Marianna, Automotive Service Technology; Chris Gullett of Greenwood, Corrections; Timothy Waldorff of Clarkesville, Firefighting; Leigh Caldwell of Chattahoochee, Cosmetology and David Ellis Park of Cottondale, Law Enforcement.

            Three students received awards for athletics: Marc Bourgeois of Montreal, PQ., Charlton Keen Scholar Athlete Award; Jamia Akins of Crestview, Neal Sportsmanship Award;  Kylea Morency of Marianna, Outstanding Cheerleader Captain and Adam Duren of Marianna, Outstanding Cheerleader Co-Captain; Allison Ellis of Chipley, Highest G.P.A. Cheerleader Award.

            The following students received awards for extracurricular activities: Adam C. Duren of Marianna, Zachary T. Jones of Chipley and Michael L. Ingram of Marianna, State Phi Beta Lambda; Chirag (Chris) Shah of Marianna, Phi Beta Lambda; Matthew D. McIntosh of Alford, Science Club; Alicia Hatcher of Greenwood, Student Ambassadors; Courtney Corbin of Graceville and Maggie Mathis of  Marianna, Student Government Association; Jessica Weeks of Chipley, The Papoose Student Newspaper; Cassie Mitchell of Sneads, Coca Cola Scholars Recipient/All-Florida Academic Team; Russell Register of Marianna, All-Florida Academic Team/All-USA Academic Bronze Team; and Brain Bowl State Champions Jordan Belser, Anthony Garrett, Brad Wells and Ryan Wells.

            Two awards were given to non-students. The student body selected English professor Rachel West for the Distinguished Faculty Award; and ACE Coordinator Bonnie Smith, for the Distinguished Service Award.                            

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CHIPOLA STUDENTS PICK WEST AND SMITH—The student body selected English professor Rachel West for the Distinguished Faculty Award and ACE Coordinator Bonnie Smith for the Distinguished Administrator Award. SGA president Courtney Corbin (center) presented the awards.

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ENGLISH AWARD—Chipola English professor Richard Hinson presents the Sophomore English Award to Chelsea Carroll of Marianna.

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BOURGEOIS WINS KEEN SCHOLAR ATHLETE AWARD—Chipola Baseball player Marc Bourgeois of Montreal, Canada, accepts the Charlton Keen Scholar Athlete Award from Chipola science professor Dr. David Hilton.

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AIKINS WINS NEAL AWARD—Chipola women’s basketball player Jamia Akins of Crestview accepts the Neal Sportsmanship Award from Chipola Athletic Director Dr. Dale O’Daniel.

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CHIPOLA FSU/PC SCHOLARS—Three Chipola College sophomores have been awarded scholarships to the Florida State University/Panama City campus. Pictured from left, are: Renee Green, FSU/PC Admissions director; Alicia Hatcher of Greenwood; Jessica Weeks of Cottondale; and Aaron Thomas White of Grand Ridge.

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PASSING THE GAVEL—Outgoing Chipola SGA president Courtney Corbin of Graceville (left) passes the gavel to incoming president Maggie Mathis of Marianna (right) as Student Activities Director Nancy Johnson (center) looks on.

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May 7, 2009

CHIPOLA STUDENTS LEARN DNA MOLECULAR ENGINEERING

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College students in Dr. Virginia Baker’s Biology for Majors (BSC 2010) lab are engaged in the insertion of foreign DNA (plasmids) into bacterial hosts. 

            The technique is the same one used medically to produce human insulin in a test tube to be used in the treatment of diabetes.         

            Dr. Baker said, “Students this term have been unanimously successful in one of the most highly-acclaimed techniques used in molecular biology. They deserve recognition for the successful, practical application of a difficult genetic concept and for the tenacity to successfully engage in the strategies of DNA molecular engineering.”  The concepts will be expanded using the tools of bioinformatics.

            Chipola offers a variety of science courses, including junior and senior level courses leading to Secondary Education degrees in Biology Education.

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CHIPOLA STUDENTS LEARN DNA MOLECULAR ENGINEERING—Alton Rogers of Vernon adjusts a burner in a Chipola science lab. Chipola College students in Dr. Virginia Baker’s Biology for Majors (BSC 2010) lab are engaged in the insertion of foreign DNA (plasmids) into bacterial hosts.  The technique is the same one used medically to produce human insulin in a test tube to be used in the treatment of diabetes.         

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May 7, 2009

AREA COLLEGE PRESIDENTS MEET AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College hosted the Alabama-Florida Border Colleges Partnership quarterly meeting on May 1.

            The group toured the Green Circle Bio Energy plant in Cottondale.

            The Border Colleges Partnership was established in 2007 to promote regionalism and to allow the partner institutions to collaborate on projects, ideas and issues for mutual benefit.  The group includes presidents and other representatives from Chipola College, Enterprise-Ozark Community College, Jeff Davis Community College, Lurleen B. Wallace Community College, Northwest Florida State College, Pensacola Junior College and Wallace Community College-Dothan.

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AREA COLLEGE PRESIDENTS TOUR GREEN CIRCLE BIO— Chipola College hosted the Alabama-Florida Border Colleges Partnership quarterly meeting on May 1. The group toured the Green Circle Bio Energy plant in Cottondale.

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May 7, 2009

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA

 

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

            An Observing & Recording Child Behavior course will meet Monday & Wednesday, May 13 through June 22 from 6 to 9:20 p.m.  Cost is $191. 

            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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CHIPOLA CORRECTIONS GRADS—Twelve candidates recently completed the Basic Corrections Academy at Chipola College. Graduates are, from left: (front) Edmund Garrett of Marianna, Sherneka Griffin of Grand Ridge, Chris Gullett of Greenwood, Adrian Scott of Chattahoochee, Ashley Lindsey of Bonifay, Brandon Sikora of Graceville, Pamela Walker of Grand Ridge, (back) Tina Anderson of Cottondale, Joyce Barbaree of Grand Ridge, Simone Cooper of Blountstown, Matthew Durham of Greenwood and Jennifer Ethridge of Sneads.

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May 7, 2009

CHIPOLA IN ACTION AT STATE BASEBALL TOURNEY

 

            WINTER HAVEN—The Chipola College Indians will defend their 2008 State Baseball Title in the FCCAA State Tournament, May 8-12 in Winter Haven.

            Chipola will take on Manatee Friday, May 8, at 7 p.m. A Chipola win will move the Indians to a Saturday game against the winner of Friday’s Miami Dade and Central Florida game.

            The state championship game is set for May 12.

            Chipola finished second in the Panhandle Conference this season with a 11-9 league record and a 27-18-1 overall mark. Tallahassee won the 2009 Panhandle Conference race. 

            Tournament games will be broadcast by Deep South Sports on WJAQ-100.9 radio, and are available via internet at www.psblive.com

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May 7, 2009

CHIPOLA SOFTBALL FINISHES FIFTH IN STATE TOURNEY

           

            AUBURNDALE—The Chipola Lady Indians finished fifth in the FCCAA State Tournament and had two players named to the Gulf District All-Tournament team. Brittany Mayers was named Designated Player and Rayna McClinton, pitcher. Chipola scored a 4-1 win over Polk and a 7-4 win over league rival Gulf Coast in the first round on Friday, May 1.

            The Lady Indians played three games on May 2, beating South Florida, 10-2, before, losing to Manatee, 5-1, and to Northwest Florida, 8-4.

            Chipola finished the season with a 33-21 overall record.  

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May 7, 2009

CHIPOLA IN ACTION AT STATE BASEBALL TOURNEY

 

            WINTER HAVEN—The Chipola College Indians will defend their 2008 State Baseball Title in the FCCAA State Tournament, May 8-12 in Winter Haven.

            Chipola will take on Manatee Friday, May 8, at 7 p.m. A Chipola win will move the Indians to a Saturday game against the winner of Friday’s Miami Dade and Central Florida game.

            The state championship game is set for May 12.

            Chipola finished second in the Panhandle Conference this season with a 11-9 league record and a 27-18-1 overall mark. Tallahassee won the 2009 Panhandle Conference race. 

            Tournament games will be broadcast by Deep South Sports on WJAQ-100.9 radio, and are available via internet at www.psblive.com

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May 7, 2009

CHIPOLA SOFTBALL FINISHES FIFTH IN STATE TOURNEY

                                                                                             

            AUBURNDALE—The Chipola Lady Indians finished fifth in the FCCAA State Tournament and had two players named to the Gulf District All-Tournament team. Brittany Mayers was named Designated Player and Rayna McClinton, pitcher. Chipola scored a 4-1 win over Polk and a 7-4 win over league rival Gulf Coast in the first round on Friday, May 1.

            The Lady Indians played three games on May 2, beating South Florida, 10-2, before, losing to Manatee, 5-1, and to Northwest Florida, 8-4.

            Chipola finished the season with a 33-21 overall record.  

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May 7, 2009

Chipola awards top athletes for academics and sportsmanship

 

Chipola College recognized the outstanding achievements of its students at the recent annual Awards Ceremony. Awards were presented for academics, athletics and extracurricular activities.

            Two students received awards for athletics: Marc Bourgeois of Montreal, PQ., Charlton Keen Scholar Athlete Award; Jamia Akins of Crestview, Neal Sportsmanship Award.

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BOURGEOIS WINS KEEN SCHOLAR ATHLETE AWARD—Chipola Baseball player Marc Bourgeois of Montreal, Canada, accepts the Charlton Keen Scholar Athlete Award from Chipola science professor Dr. David Hilton.

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AIKINS WINS NEAL AWARD—Chipola women’s basketball player Jamia Akins of Crestview accepts the Neal Sportsmanship Award from Chipola Athletic Director Dr. Dale O’Daniel.

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 May 12, 2009

CHIPOLA IN CHAMPIONSHIP OF STATE BASEBALL TOURNEY

 

            WINTER HAVEN—The Chipola College Indians play Santa Fe at 3:15 p.m. (CST) in the championship game of the 2009 FCCAA State Tournament.

            The Indians are defending their 2008 and 2007 State Baseball Titles in Winter Haven.

            Chipola outlasted Palm Beach 4-3 in an elimination game earlier on Tuesday, May 12.

            Chipola finished second in the Panhandle Conference this season with a 11-9 league record and a 27-18-1 overall mark. Tallahassee won the 2009 Panhandle Conference race but was eliminated from the state tournament by Chipola in a 7-3 game on May 11.   

            Tournament games will be broadcast by Deep South Sports on WJAQ-100.9 radio, and are available via internet at www.psblive.com

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May 14, 2009

CHIPOLA’S SPRING DEAN’S LIST ANNOUNCED

 

MARIANNA—Dr. Sarah Clemmons, vice president of Instructional and Student Services at Chipola College, commends the 245 students who made the Dean’s List for academic achievement during the Spring Semester 2009.

            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—Stephanie E. McIntosh.

Altha—Carla D. Daniels, Bradley J. Wells, Ryan E. Wells.

                Bascom—Brandis L. Perkins.

                Blountstown—Karla M. Atkins.

                Bonifay—Lori N. Holland, Debra J. Miles, Jared S. Moseley, Lindsey S. Tate.

                Bristol—Jessica M. Durden.

                Chipley—Jordan R. Belser, Phillip A. Draayom, Allison M. Ellis, Alan C. Moss, Christopher E. Peyton, Jeffery D. Pitts, Scott A. Rudd, Kayla E. Stewart. 

                Cottondale—Kevin L. Kimbro.

                Graceville—Nicholas G. Dietrich, Ciara N. Jackson, Kara L. Jumper, Nekiesha N. McDowall, Tiffany M. Newsome, William L. Steverson, Keith C. Watford.

Grand Ridge—Marissa D. Chason, Bradley J. Nissley.

                Greenwood—Jessica L. Bradley, Anthony D. Garrett, Paul E. Gilley, Benjamin A. Griffin, Shannon A. Hatcher, Donyea D. Morgan, Russell B. Register.

                Marianna—Johnni N. Barfield, Brent K. Bedini, Charles H. Brunner, Chelsea R. Carroll, Rachael M. Daniel, Britton B. Dennis, III, Sherri T. Godwin, Marshall D. Hilton, Kari L. Kind Adams, Stephanie D. Lawson, Kristina M. Lopez, Thomas H. Melvin, Patricia J. Milliser, Katie E. Mitchell, Lorelei J. Nicholson, Michael D. Pinnella, Arianna Y. Waddell.

                Ponce de Leon—Robert D. Rutherford.

                Sneads—Jordan D. Coley, Cassie L. Mitchell.

                Vernon—Daniel C. Lee.

                Out of District—William K. Futch, William J. Lewis, Karla M. McBryar of Cottonwood, Ala., Maria L. Kenyon of Donalsonville, Ga., Marsha D. Stepler of  Dothan, Ala., Kenneth G. Manor of Wewahitchka.

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

Alford—Casey A. Speers.

Altha—Andrea N. Debolt, Justin L. Godwin, Alyssa C. Hansford, Ashton M. Lee, James E. McCalvin, Colton A. Moore, Aaron W. Redmond, Amy J. Reid, Zachariah D. Tatum, Meagan E. Wiltse. 

                Bascom—Jeri L. Cloud, Laura L. Day, Shyera M. McCollough. 

                Blountstown—Jessica L. Bontrager, Dana K. Clark, Melissa A. Ellis, Melissa L. Howland, Richard W. Mercer, Tanya M. Savell, Nicholas N. Tomlinson, Mary L. Webb.

                Bonifay—Mary L. Atwell, Corey W. Bailes, Anthony V. Berkley, Kimberley C. Brown, Jessica L. Cline, Grant L. Gavin, Jessica L. Griffin, Nathan E. Hauser, Justin R. Kulkusky, Aaron T. Moore, Chelsey M. Parker, Anna E. Parmer, Nina H. Patel, Gynell A. Pettis Hunter, Ashley J. Pitts, Meredith G. Pritchard, Nicole C. Seley, Temara J. Thomas, Samuel T. Toole, Angela M. Wiley.

Bristol—Jonetta D. Dawson, Megan A. Edwards, Tessa P. Ford, Karey E. Gautier, Kimberly C. Story.

Campbellton—Quintin F. Beechum, II, Carlos T. Pittman. 

                Caryville—Lindsey M. Sutherland.

                Chipley—Candice A. Baxley, Lance A. Bush, Cortney L. Corbin, Jeremy T. Farmer, Kelly S. Foran, Benjamin T. Grande, Angela K. Henderson, Lisa D. Josey, Amber M. Lunsford, Marshal E. Malloy, Kylie D. Mulrain, Joseph L. Myers, Justin L. Peters, Ericka P. Provost, Joshua C. Roberts, Sharon E. Sapp, Ethan A. Solger, James E. Tyre, Terry W. Weeks, Zachary A. Worley, Lori L. Yon.         

                Clarksville—Jason L. Holland, Lindsay H. Miller.

Cottondale—Jeremy M. Barnes, Kellie N. Cartwright, Jared W. Davis, Jerry W. Davis, Jr., Jonathan G. Keeman, Caitlin W. Miller, Jamie M. Neff, Meredith K. Ralls, Hannah K. Robbins, Miranda P. Scurlock, Kimberly D. Sloan, Mary A. Trolard, Jessica R. Weeks.

Fountain—Valetta L. Bledsoe.

                Graceville—Joseph Z. Bell, Kyle A. Coley, Tiffany L. Flournoy, Michael G. Inscho, James T. Johnson, James A. Padgett, Lainey E. Powell, Jessica D. Sorey, Ashley E. Warren, Lakisha M. Young.

                Grand Ridge—Jennifer E. Carpenter, Roderick E. Hewett, Nathan L. Hooppell, Courtney J. Lewis, Charla L. O'Bryan, Jennifer J. Smith, Madison J. Wester, Aaron T. White.

                Greenwood—Ashley D. Bruce, Dwight A. Cockerham, Valerie M. Gonzalez, India L. Hatcher, Jennifer C. Neto.

                Kinard—Amy N. McLeod.

                Malone—Wendy W. Miley, Breanna M. Ward.

                Marianna—Mary S. Adams, Margaret I. Andem, Joseph L. Bailey, Shaketa L. Baker, Jacqueline C. Bennett, Kelsi L. Bosse, Adam R. Brisolara, Kimberlynn A. Cook, Christina R. Delameter, Shondel M. Frear, Xiaoxi J. Fu,  Heather D. Gibson, Daniel T. Gochenaur, Emily G. Harrison, Hannah N. Hill, Sherri L. Johnson, Amy B. Johnson, James C. Krieger, II, Janie M. Laramore, Casey M. Lawrence, Carolyn E. Livingston, Larry N. Malphurs, Margaret A. Mathis, Stephanie B. Mathis, Lindsy S. Milton, Stephanie K. Pettis, Lauren E. Richards, Jennifer L. Rydberg, Karina A. Sanford, Karmen K. Sellers, Hyesoo Shin, Kevin D. Shores, Kylee A. Shores, Audrey M. Sterrett, Melanie B. Tuta, Jessica K. Wade, Miranda Walden, Aryca N. Westfall, Jessica L. Whittington, Jafria G. Wooden, Gary L. Wynn.

Sneads—Timothy D. Highsmith, Terri L. Johnson, Matthew J. Lanier, Amber N. Weeks.        

Vernon—Danielle J. Adkison, Jessica M. Rodgers, Alton A. Rodgers, III, Tracy A. Scott. 

                Westville—Lisa M. Ellenburg, Samuel D. Griffin, Samantha R. Hudson, Ryan E. Mims, Catherine J. Tinsley.

                Out of District—Jason N. Townsend of Albany, Ga., Chris D. Roach of Andover, N.J.,  Marc A. Bourgeois and Brittany D. Mayers of Canada, Kerry E. Bryant of Chattahoochee, Lynda F. Henderson of Donalsonville, Ga., Elizabeth L. Mayes of Dothan, Ala., Yon H. Pa of Enterprise, Ala., Monica S. Kennedy of Flomaton, Ala., Mark S. Ellis of British Columbia, Melissa S. Walker of Panama City, Heather J. Alspach of Pansey, Ala., Benjiman D. Read of Tallahassee, Rebecca L. Barnes and Ellen T. Manor of Wewahitchka.

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May 14, 2009

CHIPOLA STUDENTS NAMED TO WHO’S WHO

 

            MARIANNA—The 2009 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges will include the names of 62 students from Chipola College who have been selected as national outstanding campus leaders.

            Chipola students named this year are:

            Altha—Bradley Wells, Ryan Wells.

            Blountstown—Karla   Atkins.

            Bonifay— Kimberley Brown, Jessica Griffin, Nathan Hauser, Lori       Holland, Aaron Moore, Brittany Pickwick, Lindsey Tate.

            Campbellton—Cornelius Clark, Keona Daniels, Carlos Pittman.

            Chipley—Jordan Belser, Phillip Draayam, Allison Ellis, Haley Hinson, Scott Rudd.

            Cottondale—Jonathan Keeman, Hannah Robbins, Daniel Thompson.

            Graceville—Courtney Corbin, Michael Inscho, Ciara Jackson, Kara Jumper, Nekiesha McDowal, Keith Watford.

            Grand Ridge—Bradley Nissley, Aaron White.

            Greenwood—Jessica   Bradley, Anthony Garrett, India Hatcher, Shannon Hatcher, Russell Register.

            Malone—Breanna Ward.

            Marianna—Ryann Cantrell, Rachael Daniel, Britton Dennis, III, Adam Duren, Heather Gibson, Margaret Mathis, Kevin Shores, Terry Dudley, Kathryn Simpson, Courtney Beauchamp, Chirag Shah, Amanda Wiggins.

            Ponce de Leon—Robert Rutherford.

            Sneads—Cassie Mitchell.

            Out of District— Jason Townsend, Albany, Ga.; Chris Roach, Andover, N.J.;  Traterica Gainer and Jamia Akins, Crestview; Brooke Muth, Fallsington, Pa.; David Buchanan, Fayetteville, Ga.;  Malcolm Armstead, Florence, Ala.; Trevor DeLoach, Lexington, S.C.;  Kathryn West, Lynn Haven; Melissa Walker, Panama City; Marc Bourgeois, Canada; Marnesha Hall, San Diego, Calif.  and Brian Mitchell, Savannah, Ga.        

            Inclusion in the directory is based on academic achievement, service to the community, leadership in extracurricular activities and potential for continued success. They join an elite group of students from more than 1,400 institutions of higher learning in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and several foreign nations.

            Outstanding students have been honored in Who’s Who since it was first published in 1966.

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May 14, 2009

CHIPOLA AUTO PROGRAM RECOGNIZED as top 20 school

 

MARIANNA—The Chipola College Automotive Technology program was named one of the Top 20 Schools in the country by Tomorrow’s Technician and Chicago Pneumatic Tool Company. More than 130 programs from 60 technical schools and colleges entered this year’s competition.

In recognition of the honor, the Chipola program received seven 3/8 inch cordless impact wrenches, t-shirts and a shop banner from Chicago Pneumatic. 

Chipola’s Automotive Technology Program is certified by the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF) program.

For information, call 850-718-2306.    

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May 14, 2009

SUMMER PROGRAMS SET AT CHIPOLA

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer programs for children of all ages this summer.

Chipola Baseball Coach Jeff Johnson will offer several camps.  A Baseball Skills Camp for ages 7-12 will meet June 15-18.  Cost is $75. A Pitching Camp for ages 8-18 will meet June 22-23.  Cost is $100.  A Hitting Camp for ages 8-18 will meet June 24-25.  Cost is $100.  All baseball camps meet from 9 a.m. to noon. Call 718-2237. 

Swimming lessons will be offered for ages four and up. Lessons are based on a combination of nationally-recognized methods. The following sessions are scheduled: Session 1: June 1-11; Session 2: June 15-25; Session 3: July 13-23; and Session 4: Aug. 3-13. Classes are available at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. or 7 p.m. Sessions are Monday through Thursday for two weeks of 45-minute lessons. Cost is $45 and pre-registration is required, with a $5 late registration fee. An Adult Swimming class will try and schedule with request of 5 or more students.  Infant and Preschool Swimming lessons for children 3 and under will meet July 27-29 with classes available at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Cost is $30.  For information, call pool manager Rance Massengill at 718-2473. 

 

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May 14, 2009

RETIREES HONORED AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College honored three of its retirees—Mary McClendon, Lindsay Roach and Robert Trammell—at the recent end-of-year luncheon.

Presentation roasts were the order of the day. Dr. Willie Spires highlighted the career of History and Social Science Professor Mary McClendon for 34 years of service.  Dr. Joan Miller honored Lindsay Roach, Articulation Coordinator and Honors Adviser, for his 18 years of service. Bryan Craven presented a slide show in recognition of Robert Trammell, Special Assistant for Development and Alumni Affairs, for 13 years of service.

            Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough presented resolutions from the college board of trustees citing each retiree’s accomplishments. All three were presented Chipola Gold Cards which provide lifetime admission to college events.  All were awarded lifetime memberships in the Florida Association of Community Colleges (FACC).

The event was sponsored by FACC and the Council of Chipola Educators (CCE).

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COLLEGE HONORS RETIREES—Chipola College honored three retiring employees at the annual end of year luncheon. Pictured from left, are Lindsay Roach and Mary McClendon and Robert Trammell.

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CHIPOLA PRESENTS CHILDREN’S PLAY—The Chipola College Theater presented the children’s play, “Beanie and the Bamboozling Book Machine,” for hundreds of elementary school children on May 13 and 14.  Here, characters Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee perform a scene with Pinochio, Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz and the evil Queen from Snow White. ####

 

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ADAMS GRADUATES FROM CHIPOLA AND MHSMary Sue Adams of Marianna got an early start on college earning her Associate in Arts degree from Chipola College in the same month as her Marianna High School diploma. Here, she accepts her college degree from Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough. Adams has been accepted to the Florida State University College of Communication.

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Brittni Spires (left) of Marianna is a member of the first class of graduates of the Chipola College Bachelor of Applied Science in Business degree. Here, she accepts her diploma from her father Dr. Willie Spires, Director of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

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May 14, 2009

CHIPOLA FINISHES SECOND IN STATE BASEBALL TOURNEY

            WINTER HAVEN—The Chipola College Indians finished second in the 2009 FCCAA State Tournament on May 13 in a 5-3 loss to new state champion Santa Fe Community College. The game was a continuation of a suspended game which went four innings on May 12. 

            Indians Dayne Read, Andy Fermin, Mark Ellis, Marc Bourgeois, Joey Rapp, Edmond Sparks, Jake Rogers and Dustin Spruill each had one hit in the game.

            Chipola pitcher Jason Townsend gave up no hits in three innings for the Indians with a pair of strikeouts. J.B. Johnson allowed two hits in two innings with two strikeouts. Duncan Midkiff was charged with the loss for Chipola. He gave up three hits and five runs in 2.1 innings.

            The Indians entered the tourney as the defending 2008 State Baseball Champions. En route to the title game, Chipola outlasted Palm Beach 4-3 in an elimination game on May 12. Chipola eliminated Panhandle Conference Champion Tallahassee in a 7-3 win on May 11. Chipola was forced into the consolation bracket following an 8-2 loss to Santa Fe on May 10. The Indians scored a 7-5 win over Miami Dade on May 9. Chipola outlasted Manatee 12-10 in their opening game of the tournament on May 8.

            Chipola finished second in the Panhandle Conference this season with an 11-9 league record and a 31-20 overall mark.  

In 13 seasons at the helm, Chipola head coach Jeff Johnson has lead the Indians to the state tournament 10 times with six appearances in the title game.  Chipola won the 2008 and 2007 state titles and captured the school’s first-ever national tourney in 2007. The Indians finished second in the state tournament in 2009, 2005, 2002 and 2001, third in 1998, and among the top four in 2006.           

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May 14, 2009

SUMMER PROGRAMS SET AT CHIPOLA

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer programs for children of all ages this summer.

Chipola Baseball Coach Jeff Johnson will offer several camps.  A Baseball Skills Camp for ages 7-12 will meet June 15-18.  Cost is $75. A Pitching Camp for ages 8-18 will meet June 22-23.  Cost is $100.  A Hitting Camp for ages 8-18 will meet June 24-25.  Cost is $100.  All baseball camps meet from 9 a.m. to noon. Call 718-2237. 

Swimming lessons will be offered for ages four and up. Lessons are based on a combination of nationally-recognized methods. The following sessions are scheduled: Session 1: June 1-11; Session 2: June 15-25; Session 3: July 13-23; and Session 4: Aug. 3-13. Classes are available at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. or 7 p.m. Sessions are Monday through Thursday for two weeks of 45-minute lessons. Cost is $45 and pre-registration is required, with a $5 late registration fee. An Adult Swimming class will try and schedule with request of 5 or more students.  Infant and Preschool Swimming lessons for children 3 and under will meet July 27-29 with classes available at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Cost is $30.  For information, call pool manager Rance Massengill at 718-2473. 

 

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May 14, 2009

CHIPOLA FINISHES SECOND IN STATE BASEBALL TOURNEY

 

            WINTER HAVEN—The Chipola College Indians finished second in the 2009 FCCAA State Tournament on May 13 in a 5-3 loss to new state champion Santa Fe Community College. The game was a continuation of a suspended game which went four innings on May 12. 

            Indians Dayne Read, Andy Fermin, Mark Ellis, Marc Bourgeois, Joey Rapp, Edmond Sparks, Jake Rogers and Dustin Spruill each had one hit in the game.

            Chipola pitcher Jason Townsend gave up no hits in three innings for the Indians with a pair of strikeouts. J.B. Johnson allowed two hits in two innings with two strikeouts. Duncan Midkiff was charged with the loss for Chipola. He gave up three hits and five runs in 2.1 innings.

            The Indians entered the tourney as the defending 2008 State Baseball Champions. En route to the title game, Chipola outlasted Palm Beach 4-3 in an elimination game on May 12. Chipola eliminated Panhandle Conference Champion Tallahassee in a 7-3 win on May 11. Chipola was forced into the consolation bracket following an 8-2 loss to Santa Fe on May 10. The Indians scored a 7-5 win over Miami Dade on May 9. Chipola outlasted Manatee 12-10 in their opening game of the tournament on May 8.

            Chipola finished second in the Panhandle Conference this season with an 11-9 league record and a 31-20 overall mark.  

In 13 seasons at the helm, Chipola head coach Jeff Johnson has lead the Indians to the state tournament 10 times with six appearances in the title game.  Chipola won the 2008 and 2007 state titles and captured the school’s first-ever national tourney in 2007. The Indians finished second in the state tournament in 2009, 2005, 2002 and 2001, third in 1998, and among the top four in 2006.           

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May 21, 2009

CHIPOLA’S DEFELIX AND WARD WIN KIRKLAND AWARDS

           

            MARIANNA—English professor Geraldine DeFelix and math professor Dr. Cherry Ward were chosen by their peers as co-recipients of the 2009 Kirkland Award for Excellence in Teaching at Chipola College.

            DeFelix  has been an English and reading instructor at Chipola since 1997, and has been widely known as an excellent educator in the area for 30 years.  She tutors many underprepared students and students who speak English as a second language. 

            The faculty member who nominated DeFelix, said, “Geraldine encourages students to ask for help and is available to them.  She is always professional and respectful in her relationships with students and is viewed by many to be a role model. She takes her role as advisor to students very seriously.” 

            DeFelix was a key contributor to Chipola’s Quality Enhancement First Year Learning Experience project.  She helped initiate the project and served as an instructor and mentor for the pilot course.  She provided leadership for the college’s OnCourse training for the entire faculty and has helped to develop successful strategies to engage students that have been adopted by many faculty members.   

            DeFelix served as a Chipola partner for Graceville High School for several years, visiting the Graceville campus each week to mentor seniors.  She has served as Chipola Cheerleader sponsor for 12 years.  She revived the Cheerleading Extravaganza, one of the most well-attended and best fundraisers on campus. 

            DeFelix makes presentations at campus and state meetings, and is a vital member of many college committees.  She volunteers in the college concession stands to support the Chipola chapter of the Florida Association of Community Colleges, and always contributes to college and department projects and fundraisers.

            DeFelix is a member and past president of the Graceville Woman's Club. She serves as District I Director for Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, the honor society for exemplary educators.  She is a graduate of Chipola College. She earned a B.A. from the University of West Florida and a master’s degree from Troy University.

            Chipola math professor Dr. Cherry Ward also was chosen to receive the Kirkland Award.  The faculty member who nominated Ward, said, “Cherry is a professional educator in every way.  She exemplifies excellence to her colleagues and is respected by her students, many of whom will also become teachers.  Student evaluations repeatedly indicate that she is ‘a good teacher’ and ‘shows enthusiasm’ in her classes.” In a recent student evaluation, Ward’s rating for ‘availability for individual help outside of class’ was the highest in her department.  

            Ward initiated the Future Educators Club (FEC) which sponsors the Teacher Outreach Program in which upper division education Chipola students work with high school clubs to provide mentoring activities for high school students planning to become teachers. FEC sponsors an annual workshop for local K-12 teachers and future teachers.

            In 2008, Dr. Ward received the Statewide Curriculum and Instruction Award for her innovative teaching technique called "test journals" to help students perform better in math courses.  She also has implemented the use of the Interwrite program and was one of the first faculty members to embrace the Desire to Learn (D2L) computer classroom management program as a way to help students.  

            Dr. Ward chaired Chipola’s Quality Enhancement Plan Development Team and provided leadership for the faculty in that reaffirmation effort.  She has participated in off-campus training on Supplemental Instruction and the First Year Learning Experience.  She led in pilot studies to develop plans for these two programs and kept the faculty informed about the process. Chipola's QEP has been recognized as a model program by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

            One of Ward’s colleagues, said, “Dr. Ward has been an outstanding addition to the Chipola faculty.  She possesses a wide range of teaching expertise in mathematics and education.  Only an unusually talented and dedicated faculty member could make such an impact on the total college in such a short time.”    

            Dr. Ward earned a B.S. from Armstrong Atlantic State University. She earned a master’s and doctorate from Georgia Southern University.

            The Kirkland Award was established by brothers—J. R. Kirkland and David Kirkland—in honor of their parents Carolyn and the late Willis Kirkland of Marianna. The award provides $1,000 to the annual recipient.  Previous winners include faculty emeriti Dr. Stephen Shimmel, Dr. Bill Brievogel, Kathryn Roberts, Brenda Alford, Donald Holley, Paul Huang, Don Adams, Peggy Register, Charlene Lord and Lonnie Keene, former instructor Jean Taylor and current instructors Dr. Robert Dunkle, JoAnn Everett, Mary McClendon, Nancy Burns, Dr. Lou Cleveland, Rose Cavin, Dr. David Hilton, John Gardner and Stan Young.

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DEFELIX AND WARD WIN KIRKLAND AWARD— English professor Geraldine DeFelix (right) and math professor Dr. Cherry Ward (left) were chosen by their peers as co-recipients of the 2009 Kirkland Award for Excellence in Teaching at Chipola College. They are pictured with one of the namesakes for the award Carolyn Kirkland.

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May 21, 2009

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA

 

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

            A Programs for Young Children course will meet Monday & Wednesday, June 29 through Aug. 10 from 6 to 9:20 p.m.  Cost is $191. 

            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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May 21, 2009

SUMMER PROGRAMS SET AT CHIPOLA

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer programs for children of all ages this summer.

Chipola Baseball Coach Jeff Johnson will offer several camps.  A Baseball Skills Camp for ages 7-12 will meet June 15-18.  Cost is $75. A Pitching Camp for ages 8-18 will meet June 22-23.  Cost is $100.  A Hitting Camp for ages 8-18 will meet June 24-25.  Cost is $100.  All baseball camps meet from 9 a.m. to noon. Call 718-2237. 

 Chipola Softball Coach Belinda Hendrix will offer five Softball camps. Tear ‘Em Up Tuesday Hitting Camps for all ages will meet June 5, 9, 23 and 30, from 6 to 7 p.m.  Cost is $20 per date.   A Fielding, Hitting, and Hustling Camp for all ages will meet June 15-16, from 9 a.m. to noon.  Cost is $50 and includes insurance.  For information, contact Coach Hendrix at 718-2358.

Swimming lessons will be offered for ages four and up. Lessons are based on a combination of nationally-recognized methods. The following sessions are scheduled: Session 1: June 1-11; Session 2: June 15-25; Session 3: July 13-23; and Session 4: Aug. 3-13. Classes are available at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. or 7 p.m. Sessions are Monday through Thursday for two weeks of 45-minute lessons. Cost is $45 and pre-registration is required, with a $5 late registration fee. An Adult Swimming class will try and schedule with request of 5 or more students.  Infant and Preschool Swimming lessons for children 3 and under will meet July 27-29 with classes available at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Cost is $30.  For information, call pool manager Rance Massengill at 718-2473. 

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May 21, 2009

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CHIPOLA BOARD SALUTES BRAIN BOWLERSThe Chipola College State Championship Brain Bowl Team was recognized at a recent meeting of the Chipola District Board of Trustees. Rep. Marti Coley also was on hand to present a Legislative Tribute honoring the team. Pictured from left, are: board chair Gary Clark, Rep. Marti Coley, Brain Bowl members Ryan Wells and Anthony Garrett, and Brain Bowl coaches Stan Young and Dr. Robert Dunkle.

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May 21, 2009

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One Chipola graduateChipola College graduate Mary Sue Adams of Marianna got an early start on college earning her Associate in Arts degrees in the same month as her Marianna High School diploma. Here, she accepts her AA degree from Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough.

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May 21, 2009

SUMMER PROGRAMS SET AT CHIPOLA

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer programs for children of all ages this summer.

Chipola Baseball Coach Jeff Johnson will offer several camps.  A Baseball Skills Camp for ages 7-12 will meet June 15-18.  Cost is $75. A Pitching Camp for ages 8-18 will meet June 22-23.  Cost is $100.  A Hitting Camp for ages 8-18 will meet June 24-25.  Cost is $100.  All baseball camps meet from 9 a.m. to noon. Call 718-2237. 

 Chipola Softball Coach Belinda Hendrix will offer five Softball camps. Tear ‘Em Up Tuesday Hitting Camps for all ages will meet June 5, 9, 23 and 30, from 6 to 7 p.m.  Cost is $20 per date.   A Fielding, Hitting, and Hustling Camp for all ages will meet June 15-16, from 9 a.m. to noon.  Cost is $50 and includes insurance.  For information, contact Coach Hendrix at 718-2358.

Swimming lessons will be offered for ages four and up. Lessons are based on a combination of nationally-recognized methods. The following sessions are scheduled: Session 1: June 1-11; Session 2: June 15-25; Session 3: July 13-23; and Session 4: Aug. 3-13. Classes are available at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. or 7 p.m. Sessions are Monday through Thursday for two weeks of 45-minute lessons. Cost is $45 and pre-registration is required, with a $5 late registration fee. An Adult Swimming class will try and schedule with request of 5 or more students.  Infant and Preschool Swimming lessons for children 3 and under will meet July 27-29 with classes available at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Cost is $30.  For information, call pool manager Rance Massengill at 718-2473. 

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 May 28, 2009

CHIPOLA College Studies Enrollment Increases

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College officials are looking for enrollment trends by comparing profiles of the last two academic years. A report issued by the college Planning Office compares the total annual enrollments in 2007-08 with 2008-09 to determine where the greatest fluctuations have occurred.

Enrollment Growth in BS and AA Degree Programs

            Dean of Enrollment Services Dr. Jayne Roberts said enrollment in BS degree programs increased from 69 students last year to 145 this year. “That’s a 110% increase in one year,” said Roberts. She said there are likely several reasons, one of which is that

area residents are learning about the availability of our eight Bachelor’s degrees at Chipola. She also said budget cuts have caused universities to accept fewer transfer

students into upper-division programs and that attending Chipola is much less expensive

for local students who cannot afford to relocate to complete their degrees.

            “I’m convinced that one of the main reasons is that so many of our BS degree seeking students are ‘place bound,’ and many are employed while attending college. Every week I talk with someone who years ago earned part or all of an AA degree and wanted to earn a Bachelor’s degree but could not relocate for two or more years because of home, family, and work responsibilities,” said Roberts. “We are offering these students a chance to achieve that goal, and they are taking us up on the offer.”

            The number of Associate in Arts degree seeking students increased from 1,784 to 1,933, an increase of 8.35%. Roberts cited several possible explanations, including the economic downturn and people’s need for retraining to become more employable.                     She also said, “I think the availability of Bachelor’s degrees might be causing

some of this enrollment increase.” She said that more students are willing to enroll and remain enrolled because they now know they can finish right here at Chipola. Roberts also cited the likelihood that more students are persisting and re-enrolling as a result of

the college’s Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) and Supplemental Instruction. “It will be a while before we know whether students are re-enrolling at a significant rate, but it makes sense that our headcount would increase because we are retaining more students who used to leave while also bringing in the first-time students we have always enrolled.”

Full Time Equivalency (FTE) Enrollment

            As of February 13, 2009, the college had enrolled 100 more students than last year. “That’s almost a 4% annual increase in headcount,” said Roberts. She also confirmed that other recent reports indicate a 13% increase in Full Time Equivalency (FTE) for this 2009 spring semester compared to last year’s 2008 spring enrollment. FTE is an average calculation of the number of hours students take. “This means we have more students on campus and they are taking more classes.”

            Roberts also said this year’s enrollment is expected to increase even more before the end of the spring term because Workforce Development programs have open-enrollment options. She said this additional enrollment is driven largely by Public

Service programs, which vary from year to year because of the training needs of local and state agencies. “We don’t always know which training or retraining will be requested,” concluded Roberts.

Enrollment Trends Among Student Groups

Gender

            The percentage of females enrolled increased from 57% in 2007-08 to 60% in 2008- 09. In the early 1990’s about half the population was female. By the mid-1990s, about 60% were female. The percentage of females has ranged from 55% to 62% since that time.

Ethnicity

            Data reflecting ethnicity also show little change over the last decade. From 75% - 76% are White, around 20% are Black, and the remaining 4% are Hispanic, Asian, and Native American. No other ethnic groups are represented.

Age

            Percentages of most age groups have remained about the same except the increase in the “under 18” group, which totaled 13% in 2004. This group increased significantly to 16% in 2007-08 and 26% in 2008-09. This is due to the growth of high school dual- enrollment offerings across the district.

Residence: In-District Counties

            Data reflecting county of residence shows little change over the last decade. Over 50% continue to come from Jackson County, followed by 10% to 12% from Washington, about 10% each from Calhoun and Holmes Counties, and 2% to 3% from Liberty County.

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CHIPOLA ENROLLMENT INCREASES—Sharon Sapp and Alton Rogers, both of Vernon, work in a Chipola College science lab. The college is enjoying a four percent enrollment increase this year.

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May 28, 2009

SUMMER PROGRAMS SET AT CHIPOLA

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer programs for children of all ages this summer.

Chipola Baseball Coach Jeff Johnson will offer several camps.  A Baseball Skills Camp for ages 7-12 will meet June 15-18.  Cost is $75. A Pitching Camp for ages 8-18 will meet June 22-23.  Cost is $100.  A Hitting Camp for ages 8-18 will meet June 24-25.  Cost is $100.  All baseball camps meet from 9 a.m. to noon. Call 718-2237. 

 Chipola Softball Coach Belinda Hendrix will offer five Softball camps. Tear ‘Em Up Tuesday Hitting Camps for all ages will meet June 5, 9, 23 and 30, from 6 to 7 p.m.  Cost is $20 per date.   A Fielding, Hitting, and Hustling Camp for all ages will meet June 15-16, from 1:00- 4:00 p.m.  Cost is $50 and includes insurance.  For information, contact Coach Hendrix at 718-2358.

Swimming lessons will be offered for ages four and up. Lessons are based on a combination of nationally-recognized methods. The following sessions are scheduled: Session 1: June 1-11; Session 2: June 15-25; Session 3: July 13-23; and Session 4: Aug. 3-13. Classes are available at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. or 7 p.m. Sessions are Monday through Thursday for two weeks of 45-minute lessons. Cost is $45 and pre-registration is required, with a $5 late registration fee. An Adult Swimming class will try and schedule with request of 5 or more students.  Infant and Preschool Swimming lessons for children 3 and under will meet July 27-29 with classes available at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Cost is $30.  For information, call pool manager Rance Massengill at 718-2473. 

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May 28, 2009

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will host a Townhall discussion regarding programs for adults in their golden years (50 and over), Wednesday, June 24, at 9 a.m., in the Continuing Education Building.  Call 718-2239 or 718-2395 by June 18 to make a reservation.

            A Programs for Young Children course will meet Monday & Wednesday, June 29 through Aug. 10 from 6 to 9:20 p.m.  Cost is $191. 

            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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May 28, 2009

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TIMMONS IS EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTHDiane Timmons (left) accepts the June Chipola College Career Employee of the Month award from Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough. Timmons serves as Senior Staff Assistant in Human Resources. She has worked at the college since 1985.

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May 28, 2009

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FIRED UPThe Chipola College Firefighting Academy recently conducted a Liquid Petroleum gas burn at the Reddoch Annex. Candidates participated in drills to extinguish LP gas fires. The next Firefighting class begins in mid July. For information, call Martin Fowler at 718-2483.

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 May 28, 2009

SUMMER PROGRAMS SET AT CHIPOLA

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer programs for children of all ages this summer.  Chipola Baseball Coach Jeff Johnson will offer several camps.  A Baseball Skills Camp for ages 7-12 will meet June 15-18.  Cost is $75. A Pitching Camp for ages 8-18 will meet June 22-23.  Cost is $100.  A Hitting Camp for ages 8-18 will meet June 24-25.  Cost is $100.  All baseball camps meet from 9 a.m. to noon. Call 718-2237. 

             Chipola Softball Coach Belinda Hendrix will offer five Softball camps. Tear ‘Em Up Tuesday Hitting Camps for all ages will meet June 5, 9, 23 and 30, from 6 to 7 p.m.  Cost is $20 per date.   A Fielding, Hitting, and Hustling Camp for all ages will meet June 15-16, from 1:00- 4:00 p.m.  Cost is $50 and includes insurance.  For information, contact Coach Hendrix at 718-2358.

              Swimming lessons will be offered for ages four and up. Lessons are based on a combination of nationally-recognized methods. The following sessions are scheduled: Session 1: June 1-11; Session 2: June 15-25; Session 3: July 13-23; and Session 4: Aug. 3-13. Classes are available at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. or 7 p.m. Sessions are Monday through Thursday for two weeks of 45-minute lessons. Cost is $45 and pre-registration is required, with a $5 late registration fee. An Adult Swimming class will try and schedule with request of 5 or more students.  Infant and Preschool Swimming lessons for children 3 and under will meet July 27-29 with classes available at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Cost is $30.  For information, call pool manager Rance Massengill at 718-2473.             

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May 28, 2009

CHIPOLA HEAD BASKETBALL COACH LEAVING FOR SOUTHERN MISS

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College men’s basketball coach Greg Heiar will be leaving Chipola to take an assistant coaching job at the University of Southern Mississippi. He will serve under head coach Larry Eustachy. USM is a member of Conference USA.

            Heiar will have some familiar faces on the USM roster, as two of his top Chipola players—Torye Pelham and Gary Flowers—signed with USM earlier this year.

            Coach Heiar led Chipola to four state championships in five seasons at the helm of the Indians program, compiling a 165-15 career record.  Last year, his Indians finished third in the 2009 NJCAA national tournament. He guided the Indians to seventh place in the 2008 National Tournament. His 2008 Indians also set a school record for most wins in a season, finishing with a 35-2 mark. In 2007, Coach Heiar and the Indians finished second in the National Tournament.

            Coach Heiar said, “When I was 27 years old, Dr. Prough gave me the opportunity of a lifetime to coach the Chipola Indians.  I’m so appreciative to all the folks who have helped get our program to the national level. Marianna and Jackson County is a fabulous place to live and raise a family. Chipola is a fine institution with great traditions, and I’m thankful for the part I was able to play in continuing those traditions.”

             Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough, said, “We are very pleased that coach Heiar will have the opportunity to fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming a Division 1 basketball coach. We wish him and his family the best.”

            Prough said the process of hiring a new head coach will begin within the next two weeks and that the athletic director and community will be involved in the process. “Right now, our primary concern is taking care of the student-athletes who have committed to Chipola,” Prough said.  

       Heiar served one season (2003-04) as top assistant to former Chipola coach Chris Jans. The 2004 season included a Conference Championship, State Championship and a sixth place finish at the 2004 National Tournament. 

       Before coming to Chipola, Heiar spent four seasons as an assistant at Loras College in Iowa. He also was an assistant coach at Franciscan University in Iowa in 1999.

     As a player, Heiar was a second-team all-state selection at Dubuque Wahlert High in Iowa. At Kirkwood Community College, he earned second-team All-Region honors after leading his team to the National Tournament for the first time in school history. Heiar helped to guide his team to a conference championship and a 25-10 record. He also was captain of Chris Jans’ first team at Kirkwood.

       Success followed Heiar to Franciscan University where he was twice named team captain and earned MVP honors. He earned numerous all-tournament honors, first-team all-conference, and led his team to the MCC Conference Title as a senior, the first time in school history.

            Heiar and his wife, Jessica, have a seven year-old daughter, Alexis.

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May 30, 2009

SPECIAL MAGISTRATE ISSUES RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CHIPOLA COLLEGE

 

            MARIANNA—Special Magistrate Thomas W. Young, appointed by the Florida Public Employees Relations Commission, on May 29 released his recommendations in the contract impasse between Chipola College and the United Faculty of Florida (UFF), the union which represents the Chipola faculty. 

            Chipola College president Dr. Gene Prough said, “We are pleased that he Magistrate has substantially agreed with the college’s position with regard to the budget challenges being experienced and rejected the UFF’s  bargaining demand for fewer faculty hours on campus and fewer courses taught by each faculty member.”

            These recommendations will likely proceed to the Chipola College Board of Trustees for a final resolution at the June 16 board meeting.  Prough, said, “We look forward to an efficient and effective resolution of all unresolved issues and a contract.”

            The main issues covered in the magistrate’s 42-page report involved Faculty Working Conditions, and Compensation and Fringe benefits.  The unresolved issues fall into three general areas: (1) UFF proposed a wage bonus of $1,000 per faculty member; (2) UFF proposed a reduction of faculty workloads from a Fall, Spring and possibly Summer (72 point) schedule to a Fall and Spring (60 point) schedule; and (3) UFF proposed a reduction of the contractually scheduled hours on campus from 35 hours to 25 hours per workweek.

            The magistrate recommended that UFF bargaining unit members receive a one-time $1,000 bonus effective FY 2008-2009, with the understanding that this bonus does not change the base salaries of bargaining unit members in terms of future salary negotiations.

            The magistrate rejected UFF’s proposal to reduce faculty workload from 72 to 60 point workload over a 166 day academic year workload (Fall and Spring contract without a summer load of 12 points). Currently the faculty teaching load is two and one-half semesters, 72 points and 198 days.

            The magistrate rejected UFF’s proposal to reduce the faculty work week from 35 to 25 hours.

            In an issue commonly known as first-right-of refusal, the magistrate also recommended the college position on substantive change to prevent a faculty member from replacing “bumping” an adjunct instructor that has been employed to teach a class.  Previously, a faculty member could choose to replace an adjunct at any time prior to two weeks into the academic session. The practice the College is seeking to avoid is where a faculty member actually replaces an adjunct instructor that has been employed to teach a class and may have even met with the course and began the instruction – only to be bumped by a full time faculty member.  Such a practice results in the unfair treatment of the adjunct instructor, the possibility of disruption in the course delivery and generally discourages the recruitment of adjuncts. Faculty’s ability to “bump” a part time faculty member for any course offered as an overload could have a potentially adverse impact on adjuncts.

            In a section entitled, “Interest and Welfare of the Public,” the magistrate wrote, "It is concluded that funding the UFF economic proposals in their entirety could conceivably result in the elimination of programs and the replacement of full time faculty with adjuncts, assuming there were adjuncts available.  These results are not consistent with the delivery of services currently maintained by the College. It is concluded that fully funding the UFF proposals would not be in the best interest of the employees, or the students and community they serve."

 

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