May 3, 2010

CHIPOLA WINS STATE SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

 

            The Chipola Lady Indians captured the 2010 FCCAA State and Region VIII Championship with a 14-0 win over Miami-Dade on May 2.   

            Chipola, which beat State College of Florida for the second time in two days by the final 13-8 to capture the FCCAA Gulf District Championship and is ranked third in the country, will now advance to the NJCAA National Tournament in St. George, Utah. 

            From an outstanding pitching performance all day from Brittany Black, Emma Stevenson, and Skylar Davis, the Lady Indians were finally able to connect with the bats in the final day; 20 hits in game one versus State College of Florida and 18 against FCCAA Atlanta District Champion, Miami-Dade.

            “I am extremely proud of our team and how we have fought all year long through adversity,” said Coach Belinda Hendrix.  “At the beginning of the season, nobody thought we would compete for the conference title and make a run at the state title.”

“To now have the opportunity to compete in the National Tournament in Utah, it says a great deal about the character and the heart of our team.”

            Chipola’s road to victory in the state tournament was paved with victories against South Florida (4-2), St. Petersburg (4-3), State College of Florida (7-4 & 13-8), and Miami-Dade (14-0). 

            In the Miami-Dade game, Chipola was led by Andrea Sullivan, who had three hits, three runs, five RBIs, two walks, and two homeruns in three at bats.  Sullivan was named NJCAA Region VIII Tournament Most Valuable Player and batted .667 for the tournament, 10 for 16. 

            Joining Sullivan in the hit parade was teammates Kellie Todd, four hits and four RBIs; Michelle Hewett, three hits and two runs; Dana Cauthen, three hits and three runs. 

Pitcher Emma Stevenson pitched a complete game shutout by allowing only six runs, one walk, and four strikeouts on 100 pitches. 

            In her sixth season at the helm of the Lady Indians program, coach Belinda Hendrix had 10 players on the Panhandle All-Conference team, including catcher Kellie Todd, Conference Player of the Year, and Emma Stevenson, Conference Pitcher of the Year.

            The Lady Indians won the Panhandle Conference championship this year, and in 2008 and 2007. Chipola finished fifth in the 2009 State Tournament. The team captured the state and national championships in 2007.

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May 5, 2010

CHIPOLA Graduation Ceremony

 

Chipola College Graduation exercises are scheduled for Thursday, May 6 at 7 p.m., in the Milton Johnson Health Center.

            State Rep. Marti Coley will deliver the commencement address.  Coley is a native of Blountstown who graduated from Chipola in

1981. Parents, relatives and friends are invited to a reception immediately following the ceremony.

Five students will receive President’s Medallions for earning a perfect 4.0 grade point average in all of their coursework at Chipola.  

Associate in Arts degree graduates Tiffany Newsome, Marshall Hilton, Allison Ellis and Benjamin Griffin earned a 4.0 for two years of work. Bachelor of Science degree graduate Daniel Lee earned a 4.0 for four years of work.

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May 6, 2010

REGISTRATION FOR CHIPOLA SUMMER CLASSES IS MONDAY

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will hold summer registration for new and returning students, Monday, May 10, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Summer I classes begin May 11. Late registration continues through noon on May 12. 

Summer II classes begin June 28. Many evening and distance learning courses are available during the two six-week summer sessions. Some classes have been extended to run for 12 weeks rather than 6. 

Online registration also is available for students who qualify.

Fees for early registration must be paid on the day of registration. Scholarship recipients should contact the Business Office to declare fee payment method. Students from Georgia and Alabama pay in-state tuition.

            Graduating high school seniors who take at least one class during summer term I may register early for Fall 2010 classes.

            Application deadline for Summer Session II is June 3. Registration is June 24 and classes begin June 28.  Application deadline for the Fall Semester is Aug. 5. New students who have been cleared for admission for the Fall Term by June 30 may register for Fall 2010 classes July 12-15. New students who register in July will be required to attend orientation classes July 19, 20, 21, 22, and 26.  Day and evening orientation classes will be offered.

Applications for Admission are available in the Admissions Office located in the Student Service Building or on-line at www.chipola.edu 

Chipola offers the Associate in Arts Degree, the Associate in Science Degree, Workforce Development programs. The college also offers Bachelor’s Degrees in Secondary and Middle School Education with majors in Math and Science, Business, Nursing, Special Education and Elementary Education.

The new Summer Schedule is available online at www.chipola.edu.

For information, call 850-718-2211.

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REGISTRATION FOR SUMMER CLASSES AT CHIPOLAChipola College students enjoy a break between classes in the newly-renovated student center. Chipola will hold registration for Summer I classes, Monday, May 10, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Summer I classes begin May 11. Late registration continues through noon on May 12. The new Summer Schedule is available online at www.chipola.edu. For information, call 850-718-2211.

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May 6, 2010

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: Paige White of Blountstown, ACBSP Student Leadership; Paige White of Blountstown, Accounting; Zack Johnson of Sneads, General Management; Michael Pinnella of Marianna, Supervision and Management; Jessica Wade of Marianna, Accounting Principles Student; Joseph Phinney of Blountstown, Information Technology; Alan Moss of Chipley, Biology for Science Majors; Alexander Briggs of Marianna, Freshman Chemistry; Alan Moss of Chipley, Sophomore Chemistry; Justin Godwin of Altha, Earth Science; Mary Alderman and Charity Newsom of Chipley, Calculus I; Paul Kevin Hill, II of Alford, Calculus II; Alexander Briggs of Marianna, Calculus III; Samuel Griffin of Westville, C.H. Barton Award; Brooke Vickery of Cottondale, Freshman English; Justin Godwin of Altha, Sophomore English; Allison Ellis of Chipley, Dr. Robert E. Ringer Award; Jessica Bradley of Greenwood, Social and Behavioral Science Award; Angela Marie Waldron of Altha, FSU/PC Transfer Scholarships and William Kevin Futch of Cottonwood, Ala., FSU/PC Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship.

            The following nursing students received awards: Aaron Redmond of Altha, Clinical Excellence (fourth semester); Jennifer Waldorff of Altha, Academic Excellence (fourth semester); Margaret Andem of Marianna, Clinical Excellence (fifth semester) and Crissie Rogers of Malone, Academic Excellence (fifth semester).

            Students in Workforce Development programs received the following awards:  Titus Overholt of Blountstown, Computer Information Technology; Josef Stackowicz of Greenwood, Networking Services Technology; Christopher Whitney of Graceville, Automotive Service Technology; Gail Allen of Graceville, Corrections; Kevin Pittman of Live Oak, Firefighting; Sara Beth McBride of Cottondale, Cosmetology and Johnny Walter Rister, II, of Cottondale, Law Enforcement.

            Two students received awards for athletics: Maggie Mathis of Marianna, Charlton Keen Scholar Athlete Award and Neal Sportsmanship Award; Allison Ellis of Chipley, Cheerleader Captain and Cheerleader Academic Award.

            The following students received awards for extracurricular activities: Jessica McCalister of Greenwood, Black Student Union; Jordan Hatcher of Marianna, Tracy Scott of Vernon, Paige White of Blountstown and Michael Ingram of Marianna, Phi Beta Lambda; Samuel Griffin of Westville, Science Club; Brooke Smith of Sneads, Student Ambassadors; Maggie Mathis of  Marianna and Madison Wester of Grand Ridge, Student Government Association; Anthony Berkley of Bonifay, Outstanding Musicianship; Jessica Bradley of Greenwood, The Papoose Student Newspaper; Phillip Draayom of Chipley and Heather Glisson of Marianna, Mu Alpha Theta; Gabe Sanchez of Marianna, Alex Perry of Sneads, Sean Hudson of Marianna and Justin Block of Bonifay, Chipola College TV; Cody Pickens, Dallin Kelson, Nathan Hooppell, Ethan Hewett and Drew Padgett, Brain Bowl Awards; Jessica Bradley of Greenwood, Coca Cola Scholar and All-USA Academic Second Team; Allison Ellis of Chipley, All-USA Academic First Team, New Century Scholar and Guistwhite Scholar.

            Two awards were given to non-students. The student body selected Natural Science professor Dr. David Hilton for the Distinguished Faculty Award; and ACE Coordinator Bonnie Smith, for the Distinguished Service Award.                            

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May 6, 2010

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BERKLEY WINS CHIPOLA MUSICIANSHIP AWARDChipola College recognized the outstanding achievements of its students at the recent annual Awards Ceremony. Awards were presented for academics, athletics and extracurricular activities. Here, Anthony Berkley of Bonifay accepts the Outstanding Musicianship award from Joan Stadsklev, Director of Fine and Performing Arts.

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May 6, 2010

WESTER ELECTED CHIPOLA SGA PREZ

 

            MARIANNA—Madison Wester of Grand Ridge was elected president of the Chipola College Student Government Association during the recent Spring elections.

            Aja Finklea of Chipley was elected sophomore class president. Monica Guilford of Blountstown was chosen Chief Justice.

            The following students were elected sophomore senators: Mary Beth Alderman, Chipley, Kristen Garney of Chipley, Ashleigh Lollie of Sneads, Dustin Miller of Marianna, Olivia Mosier of Cottondale, Bhagyashri Patel of Chipley, Tiffany Stoe of Chipley, J.D. Tyler of Marianna and Ashley Whitfield of Blountstown.

All students enrolled at Chipola are members of the SGA and may, through their chosen representatives, have a voice in the curricular and extracurricular programs of the college. SGA has jurisdiction over all student clubs and organizations and facilitates understanding between the student body and the faculty and administration of the college.

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PASSING THE GAVELMadison Wester (left) newly-elected president of the Chipola College Student Government Association accepts the gavel from outgoing SGA president Maggie Mathis of Marianna (right) as Student Activities director Nancy Johnson (center) looks on.

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May 6, 2010

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CHIPOLA’S “THE THREE LITTLE…”The Chipola Children’s Show, “The Three Little . . .” is set for Thursday, May 13, at 7 p.m. This high energy, original production is an adaptation by Chipola director Charles Sirmon and choreographer Chris Manasco tells the story of Pigs, Blind Mice and other familiar tales in which 3 is a magic number.  General admission tickets—$5—are available in the Business Office at 718-2220. For information about Chipola Theater, call 718-2227.

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May 6, 2010

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CHIPOLA PARAMEDIC GRADS—Six candidates recently completed the Paramedic training program at Chipola College. Pictured from left, are: (front) instructor Ricky Wingett, Jerry Moss of Marianna, Briona Nelson of Defuniak Springs, Joseph Suggs of Chipley, Holly Smith of Havana, Joseph Davis of Bainbridge, GA, and instructor Keith Maddox. Graduate Alicia Griffin of Ozark is not pictured.

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 May 6, 2010

CHIPOLA BASEBALL TEAM BEGINS STATE TOURNEY

 

            MARIANNA— The Chipola Indians will make their sixth consecutive appearance in the FCCAA State Baseball Tournament, May 6-10, at Tigertown Stadium in Lakeland.

            Chipola faces Palm Beach in the opening round of the tournament, Thursday, May 6, at 10 a.m. (EST). A win will put the Indians in the 4 p.m. game on Friday. A loss would move the Indians to the 10 a.m. game on Friday.

            Tournament games and brackets are available at http://www.flccaa.org/fccaa-baseball-tournament.html.

            Eight teams have qualified for the FCCAA/NJCAA Gulf District Baseball Tournament, including: Chipola (Panhandle Runner-up), Gulf Coast (Panhandle Champion), Miami Dade (Southern Runner-up), Palm Beach (Southern Champion), St. Johns River (Mid-Florida Runner-up), St. Petersburg (Suncoast Runner-up), Santa Fe (Mid-Florida Champion) and State College of Florida (Suncoast Champion).

            The Indians finished second in the Panhandle Conference race to Gulf Coast. Chipola is ranked seventh in the FCCAA Poll.

            The double-elimination tournament continues May 7-10, with the championship game set for Monday, May 10, at 10 a.m. (EST).

            Five Chipola College Indians have been named to the All-Panhandle Conference team. Eric Sauls (OF), Blake Newalu (INF) and Austin Wright (LHP) were named First Team All Conference.

            LeVon Washington (OF) and CJ Reifenhauser (LHP) were named second team All Conference.

            Sauls, Wright and Newalu also were named among Top 10 Players from Panhandle Conference.

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May 6, 2010

CHIPOLA WINS STATE SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

            The Chipola Lady Indians captured the 2010 FCCAA State and Region VIII Championship with a 14-0 win over Miami-Dade on May 2.   

            Chipola, which beat State College of Florida for the second time in two days by the final 13-8 to capture the FCCAA Gulf District Championship and is ranked third in the country, will now advance to the NJCAA National Tournament in St. George, Utah. 

            From an outstanding pitching performance all day from Brittany Black, Emma Stevenson, and Skylar Davis, the Lady Indians were finally able to connect with the bats in the final day; 20 hits in game one versus State College of Florida and 18 against FCCAA Atlanta District Champion, Miami-Dade.

            “I am extremely proud of our team and how we have fought all year long through adversity,” said Coach Belinda Hendrix.  “At the beginning of the season, nobody thought we would compete for the conference title and make a run at the state title.”

“To now have the opportunity to compete in the National Tournament in Utah, it says a great deal about the character and the heart of our team.”

            Chipola’s road to victory in the state tournament was paved with victories against South Florida (4-2), St. Petersburg (4-3), State College of Florida (7-4 & 13-8), and Miami-Dade (14-0). 

            In the Miami-Dade game, Chipola was led by Andrea Sullivan, who had three hits, three runs, five RBIs, two walks, and two homeruns in three at bats.  Sullivan was named NJCAA Region VIII Tournament Most Valuable Player and batted .667 for the tournament, 10 for 16. 

            Joining Sullivan in the hit parade was teammates Kellie Todd, four hits and four RBIs; Michelle Hewett, three hits and two runs; Dana Cauthen, three hits and three runs. 

Pitcher Emma Stevenson pitched a complete game shutout by allowing only six runs, one walk, and four strikeouts on 100 pitches. 

            In her sixth season at the helm of the Lady Indians program, coach Belinda Hendrix had 10 players on the Panhandle All-Conference team, including catcher Kellie Todd, Conference Player of the Year, and Emma Stevenson, Conference Pitcher of the Year.

            The Lady Indians won the Panhandle Conference championship this year, and in 2008 and 2007. Chipola finished fifth in the 2009 State Tournament. The team captured the state and national championships in 2007.

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May 6, 2010

Chipola Financial Aid Night is tuesday, may 11

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will hold a Financial Aid Evening Workshop on Tuesday, May 11, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Financial Aid Office, in the Student Services Building.

            The workshop is scheduled to give those individuals who can’t leave work during the day an opportunity to seek assistance with their financial aid paperwork. Efforts will focus on new students enrolling at Chipola and helping students and parents complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

            Applicants need to bring copies of the parent and applicant’s 2009 tax forms, W-2 forms, and other un-taxable 2009 income documentation such as child support received and paid out. Other helpful items to bring include driver’s license and social security card for student and parent. Staff members will provide each person with individualized assistance.

            Dr. Jayne Roberts, Dean of Enrollment Services, says, “This event is designed to help students with their college finances for Fall 2010 so they will be ready to learn instead of being preoccupied with how to cover college costs.”

            For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office at (850) 718-2366 or visit them online at http://www.chipola.edu/financialaid/.

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May 6, 2010

CHIPOLA BASEBALL FALLS TO PALM BEACH IN FIRST ROUND OF STATE TOURNEY

 

            LAKELAND— The Chipola Indians lost to Palm Beach 16-10 in the opening round of the FCCAA State Baseball Tournament, May 6, at Tigertown Stadium in Lakeland.

            Chipola had 10 runs on 12 hits with two errors. The Indians stranded six base-runners. Palm Beach had 16 runs on 13 hits with three errors.

            The loss moves the Indians to the 10 a.m. game on Friday, May 7, when they will play either State College of Florida or St. Johns River.  

            The double-elimination tournament continues all weekend with the championship game set for Monday, May 10, at 10 a.m. (EST).

            Tournament games and brackets are available at http://www.flccaa.org/fccaa-baseball-tournament.html

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2010 FCCAA/NJCAA Gulf District Tournament Information
Watch the games online, courtesy of Panhandle Sports Broadcasting

2010 FCCAA Tournament Bracket

Thursday, May 6

Game 1, Palm Beach State 16, Chipola 10 Box Score

Game 2, State College of Florida vs. St. Johns River, 1 p.m.

Game 3, Gulf Coast vs. St. Petersburg, 4 p.m.

Game 4, Santa Fe vs. Miami Dade, 7 p.m.

Friday, May 7

Game 5, Chipola vs. Game 2 loser, 10 a.m.

Game 6, Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 loser, 1 p.m.

Game 7, Palm Beach State vs. Game 2 winner, 4 p.m.

Game 8, Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 7 p.m.

Saturday, May 8

Game 9, 1 p.m.

Game 10, 4 p.m.

Game 11, 7 p.m.

Sunday, May 9

Game 12, 1 p.m.

Game 13, 4 p.m.

Monday, May 10

Game 14, 10 a.m.

Game 15 (if necessary), 1 p.m.

 

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May 7, 2010

CHIPOLA BASEBALL TEAM WINS IN DAY TWO STATE TOURNEY

 

            LAKELAND— The Chipola Indians got back on track with a 3-2 win over St. Johns River Community College on day two of the  FCCAA State Baseball Tournament, May 7, at Tigertown Stadium in Lakeland.

            The Indians scored three runs on seven hits and committed no errors. St. Johns had two runs on seven hits with two errors. Marianna’s own Tyler Wilson was two for three and scored a run.

            Chipola will play either St. Pete or Miami Dade at 4 p.m. (EST) on Saturday, May 8.

            Chipola lost to Palm Beach 16-10 in the opening round of the tournament May 6. Chipola had 10 runs on 12 hits with two errors. The Indians stranded six base-runners. Palm Beach had 16 runs on 13 hits with three errors.

            The double-elimination tournament continues all weekend with the championship game set for Monday, May 10, at 10 a.m. (EST).

            Tournament games and brackets are available at http://www.flccaa.org/fccaa-baseball-tournament.html

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2010 FCCAA/NJCAA Gulf District Tournament

May 6-10, 2010

Joker Marchant Stadium

Lakeland, Fla.

Watch the games online, courtesy of Panhandle Sports Broadcasting

2010 FCCAA Tournament Bracket (updated)

 

Thursday, May 6

 

Game 1, Palm Beach State 16, Chipola 10 Box Score

Game 2, State College of Florida 8, St. Johns River 3 Box Score

Game 3, St. Petersburg 10, Gulf Coast 9 Box Score

Game 4, Miami Dade 11, Santa Fe 2 Box Score

 

Friday, May 7

 

Game 5, Chipola 3, St. Johns River 2 Box Score - St. Johns River eliminated

Game 6, Gulf Coast 7, Santa Fe 0 - Santa Fe eliminated

Game 7, Palm Beach State vs. State College of Florida, 4 p.m.

Game 8, St. Petersburg vs. Miami Dade, 7 p.m.

 

Saturday, May 8

 

Game 9, Gulf Coast vs. Palm Beach State-State College of Florida loser, 1 p.m.

Game 10, Chipola vs. St. Petersburg-Miami Dade loser, 4 p.m.

Game 11, Palm Beach State-State College of Florida winner vs. St. Petersburg-Miami Dade winner, 7 p.m.

 

Sunday, May 9

 

Game 12, Game 11 loser vs. Game 9 winner, 1 p.m.

Game 13, Game 11 winner vs. Game 10 winner, 4 p.m.

 

Monday, May 10

 

Game 14, Game 12 winner vs. Game 13 winner, 10 a.m.

Game 15 (if necessary), 1 p.m.

  

Click here to view past tournament champions!

 

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May 7, 2010

CHIPOLA STUDENTS NAMED TO WHO’S WHO

 

            MARIANNA—The 2010 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges will include the names of 47 students from Chipola College who have been selected as national outstanding campus leaders.

            Chipola students named this year are:

            Alford—Michelle Hewett.

            Altha—Megan Wiltse.

            Blountstown—William Leonard, Shannon White.

            Bonifay—Anthony Berkley.

            Campbellton—Quintin Beechum, II,  Cornelius Clark.

            Chipley—Allison Ellis, Benjamin Grande, Alisha Killings, Alan Moss, Christopher Peyton, Aven Pitts, Ethan Solger.

            Clarksville—Brittany Stephens.

            Cottondale—Elizabeth Krauser.

            Graceville—Charles Ivey, Tiffany Newsome, James Padgett, Keith Watford.

            Grand Ridge—Roderick Hewett, Nathan Hooppell, Madison Wester.

            Greenwood—Jessica Bradley, Kaylee Hatcher.

            Marianna—Joseph Bailey, James Barfield, II, Adam Brisolara, Caitlyn Bruner, Ashley Ellis, Sylvianna Garrett, Heather Gibson, Marshall Hilton, Amy Johnson, Dallin Kelson, Meagan Lingerfelt, Kristina Lopez, Margaret Mathis, Brent Melvin, Thomas Melvin, Duncan Midkiff, Kenneth Newalu, Austin Pettis, Joseph Rapp, Kylee Shores.

            Sneads—Cody Pickens.

            Westville—Samuel Griffin.

            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 11, 2010

CHIPOLA TO HOST HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL SHOWCASE

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College will host the annual High School Baseball Showcase, Saturday, May 15, at the Chipola field.

              The event is open to all high school juniors or seniors who are current members of a varsity baseball team.

             Chipola head coach Jeff Johnson says, “This is a great opportunity for players to showcase their skills and to gain national exposure while being evaluated by JUCO and Division I coaches, as well as professional scouts.”  Johnson says he is expecting from 50 to 100 pro and college scouts to attend. 

             Check-in opens at 8 a.m. on May 15. The event will continue rain or shine with indoor facilities available. Skill evaluation for running, hitting and fielding begins at 9 a.m. Skill evaluation for pitching and catching begins at 12:30 p.m. Players should wear baseball pants and bring their own bats, spikes, gloves, hats, protective cups etc.

          Registration deadline is Friday, May 7. Participants must provide proof of insurance and sign a waiver of liability. Cost is $85.

         Chipola College in located in Marianna, Florida, 70 miles west of Tallahassee and 30 minutes South of Dothan, Alabama. 

         For information, call coach Johnson at 850-718-2237, or visit www.chipola.edu

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May 13, 2010

INDIANS ELIMINATED FROM STATE BASEBALL TOURNEY - SAULS NAMED ALL-STATE

  

            LAKELAND—The Chipola Indians finished the season with a 7-5 loss to Miami Dade in the semi-final round of the FCCAA State Tournament, May 8.

            Miami scored 7 runs on 9 hits with no errors and left 5 on base. Chipola scored 5 runs on 8 hits with two errors and 8 men left on base.

            Cody Martin was 2 for 3 for Chipola. Tyler Wilson was 2 for 2.

            The Indians finished second in the Panhandle Conference to Gulf Coast which was also eliminated from the state tournament. Chipola chalked up a 13-11 conference mark with an overall 27-25 record.

            Chipola outfielder Eric Sauls was named to the FCCAA All-State First Team. Sauls finished the year with a .347 batting average with 66 hits, including 17 homeruns and 20 doubles.

            Chipola outlasted St. Johns River 3-2 in the second round of the tournament. Indian pitcher Rodney Quintero logged a 135-pitch performance allowing only seven hits while striking out ten in eight innings of work.

            Throughout the first four innings, each team had collected only one hit. However, the aggressiveness of the Indians came to life when Marianna native, Tyler Wilson, plated Cody Martin, who doubled earlier in the inning, on a single.

            Making minor adjustments to St. Johns River's left-hander pitcher Nick Dellatorre's set-up, the Chipola base runners were able to board the merry-go-round and steal bases at will. Wilson would steal second base and eventually score on a Blake Newalu single. Newalu also stole second and third before scoring on a Josh Allen single.

            The aggressive play, combined with commendable defense, enabled the Chipola Indians to withstand a late rally by St. Johns River in the top of the ninth. In relieve for Quintero, Duncan Midkiff gave up one run before getting Jesse Piccolo to fly out to center field with a runner at third. 

            The lightning strikes were not the only thing popping heard around Tigertown in Lakeland as Chipola (26-26) battled Palm Beach (36-13) in the opening round of the state tournament. The Indians were not able to keep pace with Palm Beach as the Indians lost 16-10 and were forced to battle their way back through the losers' bracket.  

            Eric Sauls' three-run home run, his second home run of the game, capped a five-run seventh inning for the Chipola and gave them a 10-8 lead. However, a 53-minute rain delayed occurred after the final out and the Indians were not able to continue their momentum after the delay.

            In the bottom of the seventh with two outs, Palm Beach pounced with their own three-run home run and then the Panther's next batter hit a solo home run.

            Indian pitcher Johnny Cristi was unable to cover first base as Alex Bello for Palm Beach beat Chipola's Evan Stermer to the bag. An ensuing throwing error put runners on second and third. Coach Johnson. "Today we didn't throw enough strikes and made too many mistakes; that's been the story of our year.”

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May 13, 2010

SUMMER CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS SET AT CHIPOLA

 

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

             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 7-17, registration deadline is June 1; Session 2: June 21-July 1, registration deadline is June 14; Session 3: July 12-22, registration deadline is July 6; and Session 4: Aug. 2-12, registration deadline is July 26. 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 is scheduled for July 26 – July 29 with classes available at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.  Registration deadline is July 19. Cost is $40.  For information, call pool manager Rance Massengill at 718-2473. 

            Chipola Baseball Coach Jeff Johnson will offer two camps.  A Pitching Camp for ages 7-18 will meet June 14-15.  Cost is $100.  A Hitting Camp for ages 7-18 will meet June 16-17.  Cost is $100.  All baseball camps meet from 9 a.m. to noon. For information, contact Assistant Coach Brent Shelton 718-2332. 

           Chipola Softball Coach Belinda Hendrix will offer two Softball camps. A Fielding, Hitting, and Hustling Camp for all ages will meet June 21-22, from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.  Cost is $50. A Pitching Camp for all ages will meet June 23, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Cost is $50.  For information, contact Coach Hendrix at 718-2358.

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May 20, 2010

LATE EDD AND ELIZABETH HILL HONORED AT CHIPOLA COLLEGE

 

            MARIANNA—Friends and family of the late Edd and Elizabeth Hill of Grand Ridge gathered at Chipola College on May 13 to recognize the Hill’s gift to Chipola College.

            In 1991, the Hill’s only son Glen was killed in an auto accident.  Glen had recently graduated from Chipola and was a student at FSU, a member of the Marching Chiefs, a talented musician, an Eagle Scout and active in his church.  Edd Hill’s brother Gilford, said, “Glen was just an all around good kid who loved life, but most of all, loved his mother, dad and family.” 

            The establishment of the “Glen Hill Memorial” scholarship was the result of the decision to turn their own personal tragedy into a lasting, positive gift for the benefit of other Grand Ridge students and also a means to give lasting honor to their beloved son. Several students have already graduated from Chipola as a result of this scholarship. 

            Prior to their deaths, Edd and Elizabeth decided to continue their gift through the establishment of an additional scholarship in their name.  The sale of their home and property has already meant $475,000 to the Chipola Foundation.  An additional $100,000 to $125,000 is expected when the estate is finally settled. 

            Half of the Hill’s estate will go to the Glen Hill Memorial Scholarship. The other half will be used to establish the Ed and Elizabeth Hill Memorial Scholarship.  The scholarship will be awarded to a Jackson County student who has financial need. The award can be used for tuition and books as long as the student maintains a 2.5 GPA. 

            Gilford said, “Just think about what this will mean for future students. This is a gift which will just keep on giving for generations to come.  What a great day this is indeed for the students of Grand Ridge.”

            The Hills had a passion for education and realized its importance for a meaningful life.  Elizabeth was a school teacher for almost 40 years and never lost her love for her students.  The Hills were active in their church and community and took great pleasure in seeing kids from Grand Ridge excel in all areas. 

            Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough, said, “The Hills loved Chipola, and we are honored that they chose to leave a lasting legacy to the college that will support current and future generations of deserving students.” 

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LATE EDD AND ELIZABETH HILL HONORED AT CHIPOLA COLLEGE—Friends and family of the late Edd and Elizabeth Hill of Grand Ridge gathered at Chipola College on May 13 to recognize the Hill’s gift to Chipola College. The Hills left their estate to the college to be used for scholarships.

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May 20, 2010

HARRISON BUILDING DEDICATED AT CHIPOLA COLLEGE

           

            MARIANNA—Chipola College on May 17 marked the completion of “The Chapel at Chipola” donated by the family of Mr. and Mrs. Creshull Harrison, Sr.

            Kolmetz Construction was the contractor and Donofro and Associates was the architect for the 2,100 square foot building. The space is equipped with a large video screen and meeting room with stained glass window. The building will be used by students for spiritual meetings and gatherings.   

            Dave Barkalow, Associate Pastor of the First United Church of Marianna, officially dedicated the building. Dr. Shannon Eads of the First Baptist Church of Marianna pledged both churches’ support for Chipola students. Curt McGinnis, Chipola Baptist Campus Ministry adviser, also spoke.

            Creshull Harrison, Sr., is a retired businessman and was the original owner of Harrison Chevrolet which is now Rahal-Miller Chevrolet. The Harrisons are long-time members in the First Methodist Church of Marianna. At the dedication, Harrison said, “We were just the conduit for God. It was only a seed that God planted in my mind that developed into this.”

            Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough said, “Chipola is an institution of higher learning where students develop their minds. The Harrisons believe that it’s also important that our students develop character and faith. Through their generosity, students will have a place gather to reflect on the important things in life and to develop relationships that will last long after they have left Chipola.”

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THE CHAPEL AT CHIPOLA DEDICATED—Chipola College on May 17 marked the completion of The Chapel at Chipola donated by the family of Mr. and Mrs. Creshull Harrison. Pictured are members of the Harrison family with local clergy and Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough.

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May 20, 2010

RETIREES HONORED AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College honored six of its retirees—Bob Brown, Gayle Duncan, June Mays, Dr. Joan Miller, Lisa Shores and Janet Wise—at the recent end-of-year luncheon.

            Presentation roasts were the order of the day. Harry Fleener honored Bob Brown, Custodian, for his 26 years of service.  Dr. Joan Miller highlighted the career of Student Disability Services Advisor, Gayle Duncan for 19 years of service.  Dr. Rose Cavin honored June Mays, Professor of Biological Science and Chemistry, for 28 years of service.  Dr. Jayne Roberts highlighted the careers of Dr. Joan Miller, Dean of Student Services, for 27 years of service and Lisa Shores, Department Associate of Enrollment Services, for 18 years of service.  Bud Riviere honored Janet Wise, Senior Office Assistant of Continuing Education, for 36 years of service. 

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

            The event was sponsored by FACC, Council of Chipola Educators (CCE), Chipola Faculty Association (CFA) and Career Employees Association (CEA).

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COLLEGE HONORS RETIREES—Chipola College honored six retiring employees at the annual end of year luncheon. Pictured from left, are Lisa Shores, Dr. Joan Miller, Gayle Duncan, June Mays, Janet Wise and Bob Brown.  

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TOP CHIPOLA GRADSFive Chipola College graduates recently were awarded the President’s Medallion for earning a perfect 4.0 grade point average in all of their coursework at the college. Associate in Arts degree graduates Allison Ellis of Chipley, Benjamin Griffin of Greenwood, Marshall Hilton of Marianna and Tiffany Newsome of Graceville earned a 4.0 for two years of work. Bachelor of Science degree graduate Daniel Lee of Vernon earned a 4.0 for four years of work. Pictured are, from left: (top) Allison Ellis, Ben Griffin, (bottom) Daniel Lee, Marshall Hilton. Tiffany Newsome is not pictured.

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CHIPOLA NURSING GRADS—Twenty-seven students recently completed Chipola College Associated Degree Nursing program. Graduates are, from left: (front) Doneisha Thompson, Phealandrea K. Gunn, Zuleika V. Lockwood, Roxanne Calloway, Jennifer A Dariotis, Hazel Paule, Amanda Small, Daphne Nicole Jones, James Bassett, Christy Culpan, (second row) Eva Graves, Thomas W. Wood, Mandie Carter, Rob Kinsinger, Holli Lynn Daffin, Angie Anderson, Whitney Jacqueline McAlister, Kelly Wallace, Janis Elaine Oenbrink, Jennifer Trawick,  (back) Jonathan Spike, Crissie Rogers, Denny Ricker, Carmen Rebecca Foran, Karen White, Eric Bryant and Jacqueline Tucker-Eldridge.

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CHIPOLA EMT GRADS—Ten students recently completed the Chipola College Emergency Medical Technician program. Graduates are, from left: (front) Jarrod Taylor, David Keeney, Justin Thompson, Robert Gentry, Chris Abramantz, Michael Mayo, (back) Instructor Wayne Cherry, Instructor Chris Murray, Chris Campbell, Kyle Horton, Charles Kirkland, Kyle Worrell, instructor Byron Bennett, and Coordinator/Instructor Ricky Winget.

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May 20, 2010

CHIPOLA’S SPRING DEAN’S LIST ANNOUNCED

 

MARIANNA—Dr. Sarah Clemmons, senior vice president of Instructional and Student Services at Chipola College, commends the 252 students who made the Dean’s List for academic achievement during the Spring Semester 2010.

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

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

Alford—Paul Hill, II, Mackenzie Willis.

Altha—Katrina Messer, Emily Redmond, Meagan Wiltse.

                Bascom—Brandis Perkins.

                Blountstown—Daniel Leonard, William Leonard, Megan Shoemake, Timothy Valentine.

                Bonifay—Nichola Bush,  Jessica Griffin, Kaylen Hatcher, Seanna Mattox, Debra Miles, Mallory Parish, Anna Parmer, Alisha Tate.

                Bristol—Samantha Rankin.

                Caryville—Lindsey Sutherland. 

                Chipley—Mary Alderman, Joy Belser, Phillip Draayom, Allison Ellis, Angela Henderson, Alan Moss, Charity Newsom. 

                Clarksville—Max Herndon, Lindsay Miller.

                Cottondale—Kevin Kimbro, Kimberly Sloan.

                Graceville—Rebekah Carnley, Richard Elligson, Jr., Ciara Jackson, Billy Sizemore.

Grand Ridge—Marissa Chason.

                Greenwood—Dwight Cockerham, Princess Cockerham.

                Marianna—Tiffany Anderson, Yvette Asbury, Alexander Briggs, Austin Brockner, Vance Coley, Kimberlynn Cook, Rachael Daniel, Megan Daniels, Heather Gibson, Steffin Golden, Shelita Grant, Marshall Hilton, Margaret Mathis, Brent Melvin, Dustin Miller, Patricia Milliser, Jerry Moss, Michael Pinnella, Jessica Wade, Jafria Wooden.

                Sneads—Zachary Johnson, Courtney Wall, Amber Weeks.

                Vernon—Daniel Lee, Tracy Scott.

                Westville—Megan Dady, Catherine Tinsley.

                Out of District—Joseph Davis of Bainbridge, Ga., Karla McBryar of Cottonwood, Ala., Briona Nelson of DeFuniak Springs, Maria Kenyon of Donalsonville, Ga., Khai Nguyen of Tallahassee, Rebecca Barnes of Wewahitchka.

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

Alford—Christopher Brown, Michelle Hewett, Stephanie McIntosh, Elizabeth Smith, Casey Speers.

Altha—Carla Daniels, Justin Godwin, Ashton Lee, Meagan Parrish, Zachariah Tatum. 

                Bascom—Hallie Bowns. 

                Blountstown—Kristina Bailey, Brandi Greene, Carlos Hall, Candace Koonce, Hailey Moravek, Joseph Phinney, Tanya Savell, Mary Smith, Chelsea Snowden, Jeffrey Stewart, Shannon White.

                Bonifay—Ashlin Adams, Arielle Alexander, Heather Bailey, David Carnley, Kentral Ector, Lucas French, Kari McConkey, Mindy Myers, Nina Patel, Joseph Paulk, Joshua Peronto, Lessie Perry, Meredith Pritchard, Ashley Sloan, Hannah Watson, Chelsea Wells.

Bristol—Karey Gautier, Heather Peddie, Kimberly Story.

Campbellton—Michael Adkins, Frederick Beachum, Quintin Beechum, II, Cornelius Clark, Ronald Livings. 

                Chipley—Candice Baxley, Jesse Carter, Kaylor Collins, Kelly Foran, Kristen Garney, Benjamin Grande, Danielle Guettler, Jennifer Guettler, Cora Hawkins, Lisa Jenkins, Alisha Killings, Marshal Malloy, Matthew Park, Bhagyashri Patel, Aven Pitts, Jeffery Pitts, Ericka Provost, Sharon Sapp, Maria Showalter, Ethan Solger, Tiffany Stoe, Kristen Stone, Ron Swanson.

                Clarksville—Maegan Davis, Brittany Stephens.

Cottondale—Jerry Baker, Jared Davis, Mary Trolard, Ricky Wade.

                Graceville—Kimberly Broxton, Nicholas Dietrich, Bobbie Greene, Clarissa Greene, James Padgett, Christina Shirah, Ryan Walker, Keith Watford, Kayla Wilson.

                Grand Ridge—Zachary Folks, April Holguin, Nathan Hooppell, Ashleigh Lollie, Charla O'Bryan, Angelica Rodriguez, Schellane Smith, Madison Wester, Jessica Harrell.

                Greenwood—Richard Barnes, Ashley Bruce, Kaylee Hatcher, Lenora Schultz, Andrew Sherman.

                Hosford—Marcus Gowan.

                Kinard—Amy McLeod, Samantha Spivey.

                Malone—Lakeesha Gibson, Michael McArthur, Jr., Nikolas Speros, Geriann Thompson.

                Marianna—Angela Anderson, Christine Andreasen, Dyonsia Balkcom, Haley Barfield-Phill, Desteni Barnes, Adam Bigale, Adam Brisolara, Caitlyn Bruner, Jordan Burke, Holli Daffin, Andrew Davis, Joseph Davis, John Debrauwere, Oliver Earls, Jr., Cazzie Folsom, Shondel Frear, Meghan Gilliland, Sherri Godwin, Stephanie Hamm, Sara Hargis, Hannah Hill, Cameron Hitchcock, Amy Johnson, Dallin Kelson, Casey Lawrence, Stephanie Lawson, Meagan Lingerfelt, Carolyn Livingston, Whitney McAlister, Kinnyatar Melton, Thomas Melvin, Holly Myers, Ryan Neal, Amy Nelson, Dakota Partin, Sandy Sims, Zachery Spurlock, Jasmine Thomas, Jenifer Turner, John White, Zachary White, Jessica Whittington, Crystal Womble.

Ponce De Leon—Braeden Skinner.

Sneads—Brittiany Asher, Rhonda Johns, Allison McDaniel, Zachary McKinnie, Jonathan Owens, Cody Pickens, Heather Robbirds, Karen White, Caitlin Wilson.           

Vernon—Jessica Lee. 

                Wausau—Mandie Carter.

                Westville—Lisa Ellenburg, Samuel Griffin, Shannon Griffin, James Lewis, Dustin Locke, Ryan Mims.

                Out of District—Lynnsey Prevatt of Ashford, Ala., April Baker of Cottonwood, Ala., Hannah Lovestrand of Crawfordville, Steven Ozbun and Marsha Stepler of Dothan, Ala., Keith Dewitt of High Point, N.C., Lindsey Carr of Laconia, N.H., Kenneth Newalu of McDonough, Ga., Ashley Ellis of Noblesville, Ind., Aaron Etchison of Pendleton, Ind., Hazel Paule, Matthew Singleton and Kelly Wallace of Tallahassee, Kenneth Manor of Wewahitchka, Whitney Whitaker of Youngstown. 

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May 20, 2010

CHIPOLA TO FACE GA PERIMETER IN NATIONAL SOFTBALL TOURNEY

           

            ST. GEORGE, Utah – The No. 2 seeded Chipola College Lady Indians (47-11) will face #15-seed Georgia Perimeter College (28-13) at 12:30 p.m., (Mountain Time) Thursday, May 20, in the NJCAA Softball Tournament at the Canyons Sports Complex in St. George, Utah.    

            St. George is in the Mountain Time Zone which is one hour behind the Central Time Zone.
            The tourney is Thursday through Sunday. Games will be broadcast on WJAQ-100.9 FM and will be available on www.psblive.com.       

            The other end of the bracket features five more nationally-ranked teams, including third-ranked and the No. 2 seeded Chipola (FL) College Lady Indians (47-11), who open play against #15-seed Georgia Perimeter College (28-13) in the first round at 12:30 p.m. Miami Dade (FL) College (45-6-1), which earned the No. 3 seed in the tournament and will face 20th-ranked and #14-seed Western Nebraska CC (43-19), while 10th-ranked and #6-seed Blinn (TX) College (44-9) will play #11-seed Temple (TX) College (33-20), and seventh-ranked and #7-seed Chattanooga (TN) State CC (51-12) will square off against #10-seed Odessa (TX) College (33-27).
            The #1-ranked Salt Lake CC Bruins, who won their first 39 games and enter this weekend’s double-elimination tournament with a 59-3 overall record, will play #16-seed Pitt (NC) CC (39-11). Three other games featuring ranked teams will take place in the first session, including 11th-ranked and #8-seed Seward County (KS) CC (47-12) against 17th-ranked and #9-seed Seminole State (OK) CC (43-12), #5-seed and defending national champion #13 Yavapai (AZ) College (50-14) will face #12-seed Indian Hills (IA) CC (33-22), and eighth-ranked and #4-seed Wallace State-Hanceville (AL) CC (56-7) will take on #13-seed John A. Logan (IL) College (38-9).      

           The on-field action continues Thursday evening with four consolation bracket elimination games at 4:30 p.m., followed by four championship-bracket quarterfinal games at 7 p.m. The tournament continues Friday, May 21, with an 11-game schedule starting at 10 a.m. The tourney will wrap up on Saturday, May 22, featuring the loser bracket semifinal and final beginning at 10 a.m. The first national championship game will then take place at 2 p.m., followed by game two (if necessary) at 4 p.m.
            This year, the NJCAA has partnered with Panhandle Sports Broadcasting (PSB) to provide live streaming video/audio play-by-play coverage of the entire 2010 NJCAA Division I Women’s Softball Championship. For information, visit www.psblive.com or visit the official tourney website at http://www.sgcity.org/recreation/njcaa_2010/.

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May 20, 2010

CHIPOLA TO FACE GA PERIMETER THURSDAY, MAY 20, IN NATIONAL SOFTBALL TOURNEY

 

ST. GEORGE, Utah – The No. 2 seeded Chipola College Lady Indians (47-11) will face #15-seed Georgia Perimeter College (28-13) at 12:30 p.m., (Mountain Time) Thursday, May 20, in the NJCAA Softball Tournament at the Canyons Sports Complex in St. George, Utah. St. George is in the Mountain Time Zone which is one hour behind the Central Time Zone.

The tourney is Thursday through Sunday. Games will be broadcast on WJAQ-100.9 FM and will be available on www.psblive.com.

Chipola’s side of the bracket features five nationally-ranked teams, including third-ranked and the No. 2 seeded Chipola (FL) College Lady Indians (47-11), who open play against #15-seed Georgia Perimeter College (28-13) in the first round at 12:30 p.m. Miami Dade (FL) College (45-6-1), which earned the No. 3 seed in the tournament and will face 20th-ranked and #14-seed Western Nebraska CC (43-19), while 10th-ranked and #6-seed Blinn (TX) College (44-9) will play #11-seed Temple (TX) College (33-20), and seventh-ranked and #7-seed Chattanooga (TN) State CC (51-12) will square off against #10-seed Odessa (TX) College (33-27).
            The #1-ranked Salt Lake CC Bruins, who won their first 39 games and enter this weekend’s double-elimination tournament with a 59-3 overall record, will play #16-seed Pitt (NC) CC (39-11). Three other games featuring ranked teams will take place in the first session, including 11th-ranked and #8-seed Seward County (KS) CC (47-12) against 17th-ranked and #9-seed Seminole State (OK) CC (43-12), #5-seed and defending national champion #13 Yavapai (AZ) College (50-14) will face #12-seed Indian Hills (IA) CC (33-22), and eighth-ranked and #4-seed Wallace State-Hanceville (AL) CC (56-7) will take on #13-seed John A. Logan (IL) College (38-9).      

The on-field action continues Thursday evening with four consolation bracket elimination games at 4:30 p.m., followed by four championship-bracket quarterfinal games at 7 p.m. The tournament continues Friday, May 21, with an 11-game schedule starting at 10 a.m. The tourney will wrap up on Saturday, May 22, featuring the loser bracket semifinal and final beginning at 10 a.m. The first national championship game will then take place at 2 p.m., followed by game two (if necessary) at 4 p.m.
            This year, the NJCAA has partnered with Panhandle Sports Broadcasting (PSB) to provide live streaming video/audio play-by-play coverage of the entire 2010 NJCAA Division I Women’s Softball Championship. For information, visit www.psblive.com or visit the official tourney website at http://www.sgcity.org/recreation/njcaa_2010/
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May 27, 2010

CHIPOLA SUMMER AND FALL DEADLINES

            

            MARIANNA—Application deadline for Chipola College’s Summer Session II is June 3.  Registration is Thursday, June 24.  Classes begin June 28.

             Applications for Admission are available in the Admissions Office located in the Student Service Building or on-line at www.chipola.edu 

             Students must request a final high school transcript to be sent to Chipola as part of the application process. Students must also take the College Placement Test unless otherwise qualified by ACT or SAT scores.

             Federal financial aid may be available to qualifying students. For information and assistance call 850-718-2293. Students may also apply for scholarships through the Chipola Foundation. For deadline information and assistance call 850-718-2445.

             New students planning to enroll in Fall 2010 classes will be eligible to register early by taking a special condensed Orientation class this summer. The course will be offered in the day or evening on the dates of July 19-22 and July 26. Students who take the summer orientation class may register for Fall classes, July 12-15.  Students must be cleared for admission for the Fall Term by June 30 in order to register.  

             Chipola offers the Associate in Arts Degree, the Associate in Science Degree and Workforce Development programs. The college also offers Bachelor’s Degrees in Business, Nursing, Special Education, Elementary Education and Secondary and Middle School Education with majors in Math and Science.

             For information, call 850-718-2311.

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CHIPOLA SUMMER AND FALL DEADLINES—Chipola students enjoy lunch in the college Student Center. Application deadline for Chipola’s Summer Session II is June 3.  Registration is Thursday, June 24.  Classes begin June 28. For information, call 850-718-2311, or visit www.chipola.edu

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May 27, 2010

SHOOK WINS KIRKLAND AWARD AND FACULTY OF THE YEAR

 

             MARIANNA—Business professor Lee Shook was recently named Chipola College Faculty member of the year and was chosen by his peers as the recipient of the 2010 Kirkland Award for Excellence in Teaching at Chipola College. 

            Since 1993 Shook has taught business courses at Chipola.  He teaches both AA and BS level courses, including accounting, intermediate accounting, tax and general business. He was also instrumental in developing new courses in the start-up of Chipola’s Bachelor's Degree in Business Management.        

            In addition to teaching, Shook is a coordinator for the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.  He also trains Chipola students to prepare and file tax returns at no charge to local residents.  With the help of these student volunteers, Shook and his students filed 320 tax returns this year alone.  Over the last five years, they have filed more than 1,000 returns.

            Shook helped establish the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) by serving on the ACE Faculty Advisory Committee. He also participated in the pilot of the First-Year Learning Experience (FYLE) component of the college’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) serving as a mentor for 30 students. His fellow mentor Geraldine DeFelix said, “Lee was remarkable in how he related to students. He also met weekly with other mentors during the pilot.”

            Shook earned a B.S. from University of Virginia and an M.P.A from University of Southern Mississippi.

            Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough said, “Lee Shook is a valuable member of the Chipola family. He is involved in all aspects of the college from academics to fine arts and athletics. He is very deserving of both of these awards.”

            The Chipola College Faculty Member of the year award includes reserved parking for a year, a $1,000 bonus, and a $100 gift certificate from the College Book Store.                              

            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. 

            Shook is a long time supporter of the Chipola Theatre.  He has appeared in numerous productions and is a key supporter of the Chipola (ACT) Applauding Chipola Theater fund.  In 2005, Shook established a scholarship for Chipola Theatre Majors.  He plans to continue his contributions by donating the $1,000 from the Kirkland Award to the Chipola Theatre.

            Previous winners of the Kirkland Award 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, Stan Young, Geraldine DeFelix and Dr. Cherry Ward.

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SHOOK WINS KIRKLAND AWARD AND FACULTY OF THE YEARBusiness professor Lee Shook was recently named Chipola College Faculty member of the year and was chosen by his peers as the recipient of the 2010 Kirkland Award for Excellence in Teaching at Chipola College.  Here, Shook (center) is congratulated by Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough (right) and senior vice president Dr. Sarah Clemmons.

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May 27, 2010

CHIPOLA THEATER STUDENTS VISIT THE BIG APPLE

 

            NEW YORK CITY— Chipola College theatre students recently visited New York City on five-day theatre extravaganza.

            Students attended five Broadway and Off-Broadway show including Tony winners “Billy Elliot,” “Ave. Q,” and saw Nathan Lane and Bebe Neworth in the new smash hit musical “The Addams Family.”

            Students attend a masters acting class taught by a Broadway professional. Chipola Theater director Charles Sirmon says "Our acting coach said it was one of his best classes and such a talented and energetic group."

            Chipola students also visited NBC Studios where some were chosen to appear on “The Jimmy Fallon” show as back up singers. Students also visited Time Square, St. Patrick's Cathedral and Central Park. Sirmon makes the annual trip with students every other year.

            Students on the tour included: Madison Wester, Kayla Todd, Kyndal Covington, Brenton Jones Back Aven Pitts, Ben Grande, Dianna Glaze, Kristina Lopez, D.R. Forrester and Austin Pitts.

            For more information on Chipola Theatre program, visit www.chipola.edu

 

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CHIPOLA THEATER STUDENTS VISIT THE BIG APPLE—Chipola College theatre students recently visited New York City on five-day theatre extravaganza. The students visited NBC Studios where some were chosen to appear on “The Jimmy Fallon” show as back up singers. Pictured from left, are: (front) Madison Wester, Kayla Todd, Charles Sirmon, Kyndal Covington, Brenton Jones, (back) Aven Pitts, Ben Grande, Dianna Glaze, Kristina Lopez, D.R. Forrester and Austin Pitts.

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May 27, 2010

MARIANNA MIDDLE STUDENTS STUDY GROUNDWATER AT CAVERNS

 

            MARIANNA—More than 200 Marianna Middle School seventh graders recently visited the Florida Caverns State Park to study groundwater and native plants and animals.

            Seventh grade teacher Kenny Hamilton and his students were invited to take part in the field trip sponsored by the Chipola Groundwater Outreach project.  MMS Principal, Dr. Gayle Westbrook, saw the health and environmental value for seventh graders, and asked if all could participate.  As a result, students and 12 teachers from science, english, math, history and ESE classes attended.  They were:  Kenny Hamilton, Tanya Gardner, Rochelle Summerwell, Glenda Crawford, Kevin Domen, Ellen Eller, Resa Hunter, Nichole Kleiser, Nicole Mooneyham, Larissa Robinson, Amanda Stripling and Megan Wilson. 

            Chris Hawthorne, Caverns Park Manager, said that this was one of the largest field trips and with an environmental agenda. Students participated in an interpretive program on park fauna led by Deanna Wickham and Bethany Wagner. Students observed oak snakes, scarlet king snakes, ring neck snakes, earth snakes and box turtles.

            Park Rangers Frank Strickland, Scott Jacob, Dustin Calevro, Cristina Holley, Natalie Johnson and Billy Bailey led the students on cave tours.

            Students hiked the one mile Beech Magnolia Trail to find flora and land topographical features.  Students were given ground water bottles and information about protecting natural resources.  Kelly Banta, Park Education Specialist, designed the tour with special emphasis on the Nature Trail Learning Stations. 

            MMS science teacher Kenny Hamilton, said, “The great weather was an asset and the park was simply beautiful. The students enjoyed being in the great outdoors while soaking up firsthand knowledge of caves, sinkholes, aquifers, bluffs, ground water, wetlands, flora, fauna, and karst topography.  The field trip was a great connection with nature and will hopefully raise our students’ environmental awareness.”

            The Chipola Groundwater Outreach Program is funded by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

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MARIANNA MIDDLE STUDENTS STUDY GROUNDWATER AT CAVERNS—More than 200 Marianna Middle School seventh graders recently visited the Florida Caverns State Park to study groundwater and native plants and animals. Pictured from left, are: Tyler McCallister, John Richards, MMS Science teacher Kenny Hamilton, Heather Carey, Laron Cass and Allie Hinson.

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May 27, 2010

CHIPOLA TO OFFER SMALL BUSINESS SEMINARS

           

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer four small business seminars.

The seminars are listed below: “Minimizing Income Taxes While Limiting Record Keeping”, will meet June 21 from 9 a.m. to noon; “Steps to Starting a Small Business,” will meet June 21 from 1 to 4 p.m.; “Turning Passions Into Profits” will meet July 19 from 9:00 a.m. to noon; “Steps to Starting a Small Business” will meet July 19 from 1 to 4 p.m.

            Seminars will meet in the Chipola College Business Building (M108). 

            The small business development seminars are a collaborative effort among Chipola College, the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, the Small Business Development Council, and the Jackson County Development Council.

            To register for a seminar, visit www.gulfcoast.edu/ContinuingEd/registration.  Participants must register two days prior to the seminar date.  Cost is $20 per seminar.       The SBDC is Florida's Principal Provider of Small Business Assistance, a statewide service network funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

           

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REHBERG TOP EMPLOYEE—Kathy Rehberg is Chipola College’s Career Employee for June. Rehberg serves as the college Registrar and has worked at the college since 1977. Here, Rehberg (center) is congratulated by Dr. Jayne Roberts, Vice President of Student Affairs, (left) and Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough.

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CLARK RECOGNIZEDGary Clark (left) of Chipley, outgoing chair of the Chipola College District Board of Trustees, accepts a service award from Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough. Clark is vice president of Member Services for West Florida Electric Cooperative.

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May 27, 2010

CHIPOLA FINISHES FIFTH IN SOFTBALL NATIONALS

 

            ST. GEORGE, Utah—The Chipola Lady Indians finished fifth in the NJCAA National Softball Tournament on May 21.

            Chipola mounted a late rally before falling to Seminole State College, 9-6, in an elimination game. Chipola entered the tournament as the No. 3 team in the NJCAA.          Seminole broke open a scoreless game with a pair of runs in the fifth off a two-run homer. Seminole added three more in the sixth to make it 5-0.

            Chipola broke into the scoring column with a single run in the sixth, but Seminole answered with another run in the seventh in taking a 6-1 lead. 

            Chipola mounted a rally in the seventh, scoring twice to cut the lead to 6-3. With two outs, Seminole Pitcher Kaci Quintero induced what was thought to be the game-ending groundout off the bat of Ariell Van Hook. However, the Chipola coaching staff protested the play, contesting that the Seminole player who fielded the ball had not properly checked back into the lineup.

            The protest was upheld and Van Hook returned to the plate. Two pitches later, she drove in Chipola's third run of the frame on a single to cut the lead to 6-4. Indian infielder Trish Bliss tied the score at 6-6 with a towering two-run blast to left field to force extra innings.

            The score stayed tied until the ninth when Seminole erupted for three runs making the final score 9-6.

            Van Hook finished 2-for-4 from the plate with two RBI to lead the Indians. Chipola starting pitcher Emma Stevenson, who reentered the game in the ninth, suffered the loss after allowing eight runs on 13 hits in 6.1 innings of work.

            Chipola lost a 16-7 battle to in-state rival Miami-Dade in the semi-finals of the national tournament on May 21. The game was a rematch of the state championship which Chipola won 14-0 on May 2. 

            Miami pounded out five home runs as part of a 23-hit attack as the Sharks slugged their way past Chipola.

            Both team combined for 15 runs and 15 hits in the final two innings. Leading 6-2 in the sixth, Miami seemed to be on its way to a run-rule victory as the Sharks scored five runs in the frame, highlighted by two homeruns en route to an 11-2 advantage.

            Chipola answered with five runs in the sixth, bolstered by a grand slam off the bat of Trish Bliss, which pulled Chipola back to a four-run deficit at 11-7. But Miami erupted for five more runs in the seventh, making the final 16-7.   

            Bliss finished with four RBI’s to pace the Indians' offensive effort. Chipola starter Brittany Black was touched up for four runs in eight hits in 1.2 innings of work to take the loss.

            Timely hits led the Chipola Lady Indians to defeat Chattanooga 10-4 on the opening day of the tournament.  In the top of the first, Trish Bliss connected with a two-run homerun to give the Indians an early 2-0 lead. 

            Chattanooga took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth. The Lady Indians’ bats came to life in the top of the sixth when Brittany Black doubled to center field and stole third base before Hannah Lovestrand was hit by a pitch. Selentia Pittman hit a three run shot to put the Lady Indians up 6-3. 

            In the top of the seventh, Chipola’s Ariell Van Hook punched a straight line drive over the left center field fence to give Chipola an 8-4 lead. 

            Chipola pitcher Emma Stevenson earned the win. She allowed eight hits and three walks, striking out six in a complete game. 

            Chipola beat Georgia Perimeter 7-4 in the opening-round of the tournament on May 20.  The Lady Indians jumped out to a 3-0 lead behind the bats of Nikki Roddy who homered to put the Indians up 2-0 in the bottom of the first inning. Van Hook extended the lead to 3-0 with a solo homer. 

            Georgia Perimeter struck back in the second scoring on a single and a two-run homerun to tie the game 3-3.

            In the bottom of the sixth, Roddy doubled to score Hewett and increase the Chipola lead to 6-4.  Van Hook was then walked and third baseman Trish Bliss was hit by a pitch to load the bases.  Brittany Black hit a high flying pop-up that was mishandled by the entire Georgia Perimeter infield.  Roddy scored from third making the final score, 7-4.

            Chipola was led by Michelle Hewett, who was 3-4 with one RBI. Nikki Roddy was 2 for 2 with 3 RBIs and a homerun. Van Hook was 2-2 with a homerun and an RBI. 

            The Lady Indians finished the season as the Panhandle Conference Champions and the FCCAA State Champions with a record of 49-13.

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