November 1, 2007

CHIPOLA NURSES SCORE WELL ON NATIONAL BOARDS

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College nursing students performed well on the latest National Council Licensure Exam NCLEX exam.

            Chipola’s fourth quarter NCLEX-RN passing rate is 87.5 percent and the NCLEX-PN passing rate is 100 percent.  The year-to-date passing rate is 84.44 percent for NCLEX-RN and 92.86 percent for NCLEX-PN.

Kathy Wheeler, ARNP, MSN, Director of Chipola’s Health Science programs, says a major change in Chipola’s curriculum helped improve passing rates on the national exams. Nursing students are required to maintain a 75 percent average in each course in order to take the final exam for the particular course. 

Wheeler says, “This measure was put in place to prevent students from investing two years in the program and then failing to gain licensure. We found that students who could not maintain a 75 percent average were not successful on the state exam.”  Wheeler says other nursing schools have similar or more stringent grading policies.

            The Chipola Nursing program trains some 80 nurses a year for promising careers in the health care field. The program is approved by the Florida Department of Education and the Florida Board of Nursing through 2010. All of Chipola’s educational programs are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

            The Florida Board of Nursing oversees Chipola’s nursing curriculum which is approved to accept 80 students per year.  Students may begin in either the Fall or Spring semesters. The Spring application deadline was Sept. 15; however, students may continue to apply until all seats have been filled by qualified applicants.

Chipola’s Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program is a 1+1 LPN to RN curriculum. After completing the first year of coursework, students are eligible to take the LPN state licensure exam. Students are eligible to take the RN exam after completing the second year of the program.  Major pre-requisites for acceptance include: psychology, intermediate or college algebra, English 1101, Biology and orientation.

Chipola’s LPN to RN transition program accepts current LPN’s into the third semester of the ADN program during the Summer terms. Chipola also offers Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic and Certified Nursing Assistant programs.

College officials also have made application to offer a Bachelor’s of Science degree in nursing (BSN).

 For information about Chipola’s Health Science programs, call Kathy Wheeler at 850-718-2278, or visit www.chipola.edu

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CHIPOLA NURSES SCORE WELL ON NCLEX—Chipola College nursing students performed well on the latest National Council Licensure Exam NCLEX exam. Chipola’s fourth quarter NCLEX-RN passing rate is 87.5 percent and the NCLEX-PN passing rate is 100 percent.  The year-to-date passing rate is 84.44 percent for NCLEX-RN and 92.86 percent for NCLEX-PN. Here, nursing student Marie Spivey (right) of Bascom, checks the blood pressure of fellow student Precious Dixon as Kathy Wheeler, Director of Health Sciences, looks on. For information about Chipola’s Nursing program, call 850-718-2316.

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November 1, 2007

CHIPOLA HONORS STUDENTS PLACE IN PEANUT FESTIVAL PAGEANT

 

            MARIANNA—Three freshmen co-eds from the Chipola College Honors program placed among the 10 in the National Peanut Festival pageant on Oct. 20.

            Miss Bonifay Jordan Belser was the first place winner in portfolio, verbal communication, and written communication categories and placed in the top five in portfolio and interview.  

            Miss Graceville Kara Jumper made it to the top five overall and became the 2nd runner-up to Miss National Peanut Festival. She also placed in the top five in portfolio, evening gown, and interview categories. 

            Miss Jackson County Cassie Mitchell placed in the top five in portfolio and verbal categories. 

            Madison Wester, winner of the 2007 Miss National Peanut Festival, has taken dual-enrollment courses at Chipola and plans to enroll after graduating from Marianna High.

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CHIPOLA HONORS STUDENTS PLACE IN PEANUT FESTIVAL PAGEANT-- Three freshmen co-eds from the Chipola College Honors program placed among the 10 in the National Peanut Festival pageant on Oct. 20. Pictured from left, are: Miss Jackson County Cassie Mitchell, Miss Bonifay Jordan Belser and Miss Graceville Kara Jumper. Not pictured is Chipola dual enrollment student Madison Wester who was crowned Miss National Peanut Festival.

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November 1, 2007

NEW BEGINNINGS TO OFFER BASIC COMPUTER COURSE

 

            MARIANNA—The New Beginnings group at Chipola College will offer a three clock-hour basic computer operations course Friday, Nov. 16, from 9 a.m. to noon, in the Continuing Education Building “S.”

            Glenda Bethel is instructor for the course which will cover basic word processing including: creation of text and Word 2007 files and creation of folders for file management. Internet search engines and browsers, and surfing also will be discussed.

            Fees will be covered for those who qualify. New Beginnings is a Displaced Homemaker Program for Chipola students which assists individuals with work skills needed to re-enter the workforce.

            For more information, contact Rose Parramore at (850) 718-2208.

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November 1, 2007

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA

 

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

            The following Mandatory training for Child Care Facility Personnel and Family Child Care Home are scheduled:  Behavioral Observation and Screening, Nov. 5 & 7, 6 to 9 p.m.; Health, Safety and Nutrition, Nov. 10, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Rules and Regulations (center), Nov. 12 & 14, 6 to 9 p.m.; Pre-School Appropriate Practices, March 1, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Special Needs Appropriate Practices, March 8, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Costs range from $17 to $43 depending on length of course.

            A Curriculum for Young Children course will meet Mondays, Jan. 7 through April 21 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Cost is $191.  An Early Care & Education Administrative Overview course will meet Tuesdays, Jan. 8 through April 22 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Cost is $191.  An Internship course will meet Thursdays, Jan. 10 through April 24 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Cost is $191. 

            An Introduction to Yoga for Everybody class will meet Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 14 through Feb. 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Cost is $64.

            A Real Estate Sales course will meet Saturdays and Sundays, Feb. 2, 3, 16, 17, March 1, 2, 15, from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Cost is $250.

            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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November 1, 2007

CARIBBEAN SOUND STEEL BAND TO PERFORM AT CHIPOLA COLLEGE

 

            MARIANNA—The Caribbean Sound Steel Band will perform Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m., as part of the Chipola College Artist Series.

            A limited number of tickets—$12 for adults and $8 for ages 18 and under—go on sale Oct. 30 in the Chipola Business Office.

            Caribbean Sound will present their exciting “American Carnival” show, an exhilarating evening of music, entertainment and fun. The show presents an exciting look at the development of “pan” music, a unique innovation of the 20th Century, mixing the sound and culture of the Caribbean through Calypso, Soca, and Latin Music with Classical, American pop and original compositions.

            Upcoming performances in the Chipola Artist series include: “Pop! Go The Classics,” Jan. 24, starring Mac Frampton and the ThreePenny Symphony; “Strata,” classical trio, Feb. 19; and Proteus 7, Brass Ensemble, March 25. 

            For information call the Chipola business office at 718-2204.

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November 1, 2007

AREA YOUTH INVITED TO JOIN CHIPOLA LITTLE INDIANS

 

         MARIANNA—The Chipola College men’s basketball team invites boys and girls ages 6-12 to join the Little Indians.

         The first practice is Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.  A second practice is scheduled for Dec. 3. Little Indians will perform during halftime of the men’s games on Nov. 19 and Dec. 6.

         The $25 membership fee includes: free admission to Chipola games, Little Indians t-shirt, and instruction from Chipola players and coaches.

         For information, call Marty Richter at (850)718-2378.

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November 1, 2007

CHIPOLA TO HOST MILTON H. JOHNSON CLASSIC

 

         MARIANNA—Chipola hosts the annual Milton H. Johnson Basketball Classic, Nov. 2-3.

         Coach Milton H. Johnson is among the best to ever coach in community college basketball.  From 1961 to 1993, Johnson won 628 games and led the Indians seven national tournaments, finishing second in 1974.  His career coaching record includes more than 800 wins.

         The Chipola gymnasium bears the name: Milton H. Johnson Health Center, and shortly after his retirement in 1993, coaches from the league named the Panhandle Conference trophy in his honor.

         Both Chipola teams play Friday, with the Chipola Lady Indians vs. Kirkwood (Iowa), at 5 p.m., and the Chipola Indians vs. IMG Academy, at 7 p.m. 

         Friday afternoon games feature the Gulf Coast Lady Commodores vs. Motlow State (TN) at 1 p.m. and the Red Clay men’s teams vs. Motlow State (TN) at 3 p.m.

         The Chipola women’s squad takes on Motlow State, Saturday at 5 p.m., followed by the Indians and Motlow State at 7 p.m. Early Saturday games include: the Gulf Coast Lady Commodores and Kirkwood (IA) at 1 p.m., and the IMG Academy men and Red Clay College at 3 p.m.

         The Chipola men’s squad enters the 2007-08 season with a No. 1 ranking in both the NJCAA National Poll and the FCCAA State Poll.

         The Indians are the defending Florida FCCAA champions of Region 8. Chipola advanced to the 2007 NJCAA Division I Basketball title game, falling to Midland College (Texas). They head into battle with Mario Little (6-6, 210) a second-team all-conference performer last season averaging 8.9 points and 6.1 rebounds a game. He was selected as a First-Team Pre-Season All-American.

            The Lady Indians are the defending FCCAA State champions, ranked number one in the FCCAA poll and fourth in the NJCAA Pre-Season National Poll.

The Lady Indians finished fifth in the 2007 NJCAA National Tournament Chipola finished the season with a 30-7 record.

            The Lady Indians are be led by Lesheria Stevens who averaged 11.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.3 steals per game last season. Crystal Campbell averaged 10.6 pints, 4.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.6 steals per game last season, earning second-team all-conference honors.

            For information, call the Chipola Hotline at 718-2CJC, or visit the website at www.chipola.edu 

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November 1, 2007

Third Annual Holiday Inn Express/Alzheimer’s Classic

           

MARIANNA—The field is set for the Third Annual Holiday Inn-Express/Alzheimer’s Classic at Chipola College on Nov. 9-11. 

            This year’s lineup is the most impressive in the classic’s three-year history with seven ranked teams, and six in the top 15.  The match-ups will once again pit the Panhandle Conference of Florida against the best from the rest of the nation.

            The Classic kicks off Friday, Nov. 9, with several highly-ranked teams doing battle.       At 4 p.m., number 27 Tallahassee Community College will take on number seven Southeastern Illinois College.  Eighth-ranked Gulf Coast Community College and number two Trinity Valley Community College (TX) meet at 6 p.m., in a contest that is guaranteed to be fast-paced.  Other Friday games include Okaloosa-Walton vs. number 15 Monroe Community College (NY) at noon.  At 2 p.m. Pensacola will take on number 12 Georgia Perimeter, and at 8 p.m. number four Chipola will take on Three Rivers College (MO).

            Saturday, Nov. 10 features several marquee matchups.  At noon, number 27 Tallahassee will take on number 12 Georgia Perimeter.  The 6 p.m. game will pit number eight Gulf Coast against number 15 Monroe (NY).  The final game of the day will be another top-ten battle as fourth-ranked Chipola College takes on number seven Southeastern Illinois College.  Other Saturday contests include Pensacola and Three Rivers at 2 p.m., followed by Okaloosa-Walton and second ranked Trinity Valley (TX) at 4 p.m.

            Two big games are set for Sunday, Nov. 11.  At 1 p.m., second-ranked Trinity Valley (TX) will take on number 12 Georgia Perimeter.  Fourth-ranked Chipola College will face number 15 Monroe CC (NY) at 3 p.m.

            Proceeds from the tournament will help the Alzheimer’s Resource Center of Dothan, Alabama.  The Center provides support and education for victims of Alzheimer’s and their families.  Over the past two year’s the Classic has raised $2,300 for the Resource Center.

            Chipola Lady Indians Head Coach David Lane, says, “Mark your calendars and come out the Chipola College to see some quality women’s basketball and support and great cause.”

            For information on the Classic, contact Coach Lane at 850-718-2234

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November 1, 2007

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GULF CEO SPEAKS AT CHIPOLA—Susan Story, President and CEO of Gulf Power, was the recent guest speaker for the Chipola Lecture Series sponsored by the Chipola Honors program. Here, Honors students present Story with a Chipola golf shirt. Pictured from left, are: Alicia Hatcher, Cassie Mitchell, Ashton Lee, Susan Story, Heather Gibson and Catherine Lipford.

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November 8, 2007

Third Annual Holiday Inn Express/Alzheimer’s Classic

           

MARIANNA—The field is set for the Third Annual Holiday Inn-Express/Alzheimer’s Classic at Chipola College on Nov. 9-11. 

            This year’s lineup is the most impressive in the classic’s three-year history with seven ranked teams, and six in the top 15.  The match-ups will once again pit the Panhandle Conference of Florida against the best from the rest of the nation.

            The Classic kicks off Friday, Nov. 9, with several highly-ranked teams doing battle.       At 4 p.m., number 27 Tallahassee Community College will take on number seven Southeastern Illinois College.  Eighth-ranked Gulf Coast Community College and number two Trinity Valley Community College (TX) meet at 6 p.m., in a contest that is guaranteed to be fast-paced.  Other Friday games include Okaloosa-Walton vs. number 15 Monroe Community College (NY) at noon.  At 2 p.m. Pensacola will take on number 12 Georgia Perimeter, and at 8 p.m. number four Chipola will take on Three Rivers College (MO).

            Saturday, Nov. 10 features several marquee matchups.  At noon, number 27 Tallahassee will take on number 12 Georgia Perimeter.  The 6 p.m. game will pit number eight Gulf Coast against number 15 Monroe (NY).  The final game of the day will be another top-ten battle as fourth-ranked Chipola College takes on number seven Southeastern Illinois College.  Other Saturday contests include Pensacola and Three Rivers at 2 p.m., followed by Okaloosa-Walton and second ranked Trinity Valley (TX) at 4 p.m.

            Two big games are set for Sunday, Nov. 11.  At 1 p.m., second-ranked Trinity Valley (TX) will take on number 12 Georgia Perimeter.  Fourth-ranked Chipola College will face number 15 Monroe CC (NY) at 3 p.m.

            Proceeds from the tournament will help the Alzheimer’s Resource Center of Dothan, Alabama.  The Center provides support and education for victims of Alzheimer’s and their families.  Over the past two year’s the Classic has raised $2,300 for the Resource Center.

            Chipola Lady Indians Head Coach David Lane, says, “Mark your calendars and come out the Chipola College to see some quality women’s basketball and support and great cause.”

            For information on the Classic, contact Coach Lane at 850-718-2234

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November 8, 2007

AREA YOUTH INVITED TO JOIN CHIPOLA LITTLE INDIANS

         MARIANNA—The Chipola College men’s basketball team invites boys and girls ages 6-12 to join the Little Indians.

         The first practice is Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.  A second practice is scheduled for Dec. 3. Little Indians will perform during halftime of the men’s games on Nov. 19 and Dec. 6.

         The $25 membership fee includes: free admission to Chipola games, Little Indians t-shirt, and instruction from Chipola players and coaches.

         For information, call Marty Richter at (850)718-2378.

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November 8, 2007

FBAT Test Schedule for Public Service

            All applicants for Corrections and Law Enforcement programs must earn a passing score on the Florida Basic Abilities Test (FBAT).  Students must present a picture ID and $45.
            Requirements to sit for the test are: standard high school diploma or a GED
equivalent and a background check.

            The FBAT will be given on the following dates: Nov. 14, 2007, 5 p.m.; Nov. 28, 2007, 1 p.m.; Dec. 5, 2007, 5 p.m.;  Jan. 9, 2008, 5 p.m.; Jan. 16, 2008, 1 p.m.; Jan. 23, 2008, 5 p.m.; Jan. 30, 2008, 1 p.m.

            Study guides are available for purchase at the Chipola Bookstore.

            For information, contact Steve Anderson, (850)718-2479; e-mail andersons@chipola.edu or FAX requests to (850)718-2497.

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November 8, 2007

NEW BEGINNINGS TO OFFER BASIC COMPUTER COURSE

 

            MARIANNA—The New Beginnings group at Chipola College will offer a three clock-hour basic computer operations course Friday, Nov. 16, from 9 a.m. to noon, in the Continuing Education Building “S.”

            Glenda Bethel is instructor for the course which will cover basic word processing including: creation of text and Word 2007 files and creation of folders for file management. Internet search engines and browsers, and surfing also will be discussed.

            Fees will be covered for those who qualify. New Beginnings is a Displaced Homemaker Program for Chipola students which assists individuals with work skills needed to re-enter the workforce.

            For more information, contact Rose Parramore at (850) 718-2208.

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November 8, 2007

CARIBBEAN SOUND STEEL BAND PERFORMANCE IS SOLD OUT

 

            MARIANNA—The performance of the Caribbean Sound Steel Band scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m., as part of the Chipola College Artist Series is sold out.

            Caribbean Sound will present their exciting “American Carnival” show, an exhilarating evening of music, entertainment and fun. The show presents an exciting look at the development of “pan” music, a unique innovation of the 20th Century, mixing the sound and culture of the Caribbean through Calypso, Soca, and Latin Music with Classical, American pop and original compositions.

            Since 1986 Caribbean Sound has performed traditional Calypso, Contemporary Classics, original compositions for the steel pan and World Music striking new territory with an incredible sound. The music of Caribbean Sound is grounded in classical and Jazz traditions combined with years of cultural research of Caribbean Rhythms. The one-of-a-kind ensemble provides presents the amazing influences from around the world that came together to create the steel pan.

            Some of Caribbean Sound’s outstanding performance venues include the Florida International Festival in Daytona Beach, the University of Florida Center for the Performing Arts, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Mahaffey Theater, the Jacksonville Symphony, the Louisiana Philharmonic, and the Rockford Symphony Orchestra. Caribbean Sound has been on the Florida State Touring Program through the Division of Cultural Affairs since 1998.

            Upcoming performances in the Chipola Artist series include: “Pop! Go The Classics,” Jan. 24, starring Mac Frampton and the ThreePenny Symphony; “Strata,” classical trio, Feb. 19; and Proteus 7, Brass Ensemble, March 25. 

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

            For information call the Chipola business office at 718-2204.

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November 8, 2007

CHIPOLA THEATER NIGHT OF SCENES AND SONGS IS THURSDAY

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College Theater will present a Night of Scenes and Songs, Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m.

Chipola theatre majors will present its 3rd annual Theatre Showcase "COME NYC US”.  Chipola director Charles Sirmon says, “Imagine Saturday Night Live on a Thursday. This will give you an idea of the great variety of comedy, drama and music that will be performed by Chipola theatre majors and guests.”

Proceeds for the show will go toward the theatre department New York Broadway trip scheduled for Spring 2008, where theatre students will be guided through the city by a theatre professional, attend a master class from a Broadway performer, attend two Broadway shows, an off Broadway performance, and more. 

General admission tickets—$10—may be purchased from a Chipola Theater major, or in the lobby of the McLendon Fine Arts Building.

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CHIPOLA THEATER SCENES AND SONGS SHOW IS THURSDAY

Chipola College Theater will present a Night of Scenes and Songs, Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m. Pictured from left, are: (front row) Dianna Glaze, Justin McCoy, (second row) Aaron Summerline, Arthur Obar, Lindsey Baxter, Jessica Lawson, Chris Calton, Austin Sims, Courtney Corbin, Rowdy Wilber, (third row) Garrett Brolund, Brittney Holmes, Kevin Russell, and Aaron Moore.

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November 8, 2007

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Chipola FACC Scholars— The Chipola College chapter of the Florida Association of Community Colleges recently awarded $8000 in scholarships to four children of college employees.  Recipients and their employee parents, are from left: Joyce Mitchell, Cassie Mitchell, Evelyn Ward, Kendyl Ward, Bonnie Smith and Michael Smith. Not pictured, are Laura and Barbara Taylor.       

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November 8, 2007

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CRAA HOSTS SUNDAY AFTERNOON WITH THE ARTS — Joan Stadsklev, left, Director of the Fine and Performing Arts Department at Chipola College and Nancy Zurenda, CRAA Chairperson for Sunday Afternoon with the Arts greeted visitors to the Chipola Arts Center during the 3rd Annual Sunday Afternoon with the Arts.

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November 8, 2007

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Chipola College Television (CCTV) recently took an interesting look at the changes in football today compared to years past during an excerpt with several local coaching legends.  Pictured are former coaches joined with Royce Reagan, CCTV Host with the glance at old time football. From left: Max Griffin of Geneva High, Bobby Sirmon of Dothan High School, Williard Whitcomb of Chipley and Royce Reagan, Host of CCTV.

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November 15, 2007

 

CHIPOLA WINS OWCC BRAIN BOWL TOURNEY

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Brain Bowl Team picked up its second tournament win of the year with a first place finish in the Seaside Academic Tournament held Nov. 9-10 at the Okaloosa Walton CC Fort Walton Beach campus.

            Chipola remains undefeated in junior college tournament play. Chipola finished round-robin play with an 11-0 record and defeated Okaloosa-Walton in the final round. Okaloosa-Walton is the defending state champion.

            All panhandle teams participated in the tournament, along with several teams from Alabama, and one from Mississippi.

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

            Mark Hodge and Jantzen Whitehead were recognized as all-stars for individual scoring at the tournament.

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CHIPOLA WINS OWCC BRAIN BOWL TOURNEY—The Chipola College Brain Bowl Team picked up its second tournament win of the year with a first place finish in the Seaside Academic Tournament held Nov. 9-10 at the Okaloosa Walton CC Fort Walton Beach campus. Pictured from left, are: Chipola coach Stan Young, Trey Paul, Chuck Bryant, Mitchell Whitehead, Jantzen Whitehead, Mark Hodge and OWCC sponsor Aimee Watts. Not pictured in Chipola coach Dr. Robert Dunkle.

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November 15, 2007

 

CHIPOLA PHI THETA KAPPA NAMED TOP FLORIDA CHAPTER

           

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa was named Most Distinguished Chapter of the Florida Region at the annual PTK convention in St. Petersburg.            

            The Chipola chapter also received one of three awards in each of the PTK hallmarks of scholarship, service and leadership. 

            The PTK leadership team includes: Charlie Isabella, Alicia Hatcher, Cassie Mitchell, Jordan Coley, J.D. Byrd, Brooke McIntosh, Kristen Cotton, Blake Chambliss, Russell Register, and Glen Thompson. English professor Pam Rentz is faculty adviser.

            Phi Theta Kappa is the International Honor Society for two-year colleges.

 

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CHIPOLA PHI THETA KAPPA NAMED TOP FLORIDA CHAPTER—The Chipola College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa was named Most Distinguished Chapter of the Florida Region at the annual PTK convention in St. Petersburg. Pictured from left, are (front) Charles Isabella, Alicia Hatcher, adviser Pam Rentz, Jordan Coley, (back) J.D. Byrd, Blake Chambiss, Brooke McIntosh and Kristen Cotton.

 

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November 15, 2007

 

CHIPOLA TO HOST CHRISTMAS CONCERT

           

MARIANNA—The Arts Center at Chipola College will resound with music of the holiday season at a free concert on Sunday, December 2, at 2 p.m. when college and professional musicians gather for a Chipola Family Christmas.

            The musical afternoon will feature international concert flutist Donna Wissinger in concert with  Mary Brigid Roman,  harpist, and Chipola music faculty members Daniel Powell, saxophone, Dr. Christine Yoshikawa, piano, and Adam Foster, guitar.

            Additionally the Chipola and Community Chamber Chorus under the direction of Lenore Hample will perform Pergolesi’s MAGNIFICAT (Mary’s song) accompanied by string quartet members Lora Lipova, violin, Michael Jorgensen, violin, Shelley Weiss, viola, Julia Martin, cello, with Dr. Josh Martin at the piano.  Daniel Powell directing Chipola’s Rock and Jazz Ensemble will delight the audience with holiday favorites performed with that rock and jazz flair including Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, Up on the Housetop, and Feliz Navidad. The concert will conclude with all joining in and singing the Carols of Christmas.

            The afternoon holiday concert will include the CD release of “A Chipola Family Christmas” by Donna Wissinger and select members of the Chipola music faculty.  The CD will be available for purchase at the concert.

            Sales from the CD plus individual contributions will go toward the establishment of the Joan B. Stadsklev Fine and Performing Arts Scholarship Fund honoring Joan Stadsklev, Director of Fine and Performing Arts at Chipola.  Stadsklev has been at the forefront of bringing the arts to the Chipola District for many years, touching the lives of many, and continues to do so.

            The public is invited to attend this free concert and CD release.

            For additional information phone 850-718-2277.

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CHIPOLA FAMILY CHRISTMAS—The Arts Center at Chipola College will resound with music of the holiday season at a free concert on Sunday, December 2, at 2 p.m. when college and professional musicians gather for a Chipola Family Christmas. Pictured from left, are: Lenore Hample, Dr. Christine Yoshikawa, Dr. Joshua Martin, Joan Stadsklev, Dr. Daniel Powell and Donna Wissinger. For additional information, phone 850-718-2277.

 

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November 15, 2007

 

Pilot Club of Marianna Nursing Scholarship

 

            MARIANNA—The Pilot Club of Marianna will award two scholarships for the Spring 2008 semester. 

            Each scholarship will be for $350 and will be awarded to two students currently enrolled in the Chipola nursing program. 

            The scholarship selection will be based on academic excellence, achievement, commitment and service to the community and the nursing program. 

            Applications are available at the Foundation office.  Application deadline is 4 p.m., Dec. 11.  Applicants must outline financial need in a personal letter submitted with the application. 

            Applicants must maintain a 3.0 GPA and have financial need.  Recipients may be asked to attend a Pilot Club lunch meeting to be introduced. 

            For information, call the Foundation Office at (850) 718-2478.

 

                                                                       

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November 15, 2007

 

ARTIST JACQUELINE BOULANGER TO SPEAK AT CRAA

 

            MARIANNA—Jacqueline Boulanger, a Tallahassee artist who teaches art at Chipola College as well as the FSU School of Visual Arts and Dance, will be the featured speaker at the Chipola Regional Arts Association meeting at Jim’s Buffet, Tuesday, Nov.20, at noon.

            Boulanger has exhibited nationally and internationally and is a recipient of several awards.  She earned an M.F.A. from FSU and recently returned from a one year Visiting Assistant Professorship at New College of Florida in Sarasota.

            She describes herself as a visual artist who uses whatever materials or methods are appropriate for what she wants to express.  Boulanger says, “My desire is to create work that is visual as well as felt.  I strive to explicate the vital experience of living.”  She will include visuals of her work as well as her journey into art making.

            The public in invited to attend the Dutch-treat luncheon.

(Photo of Jackie Boulanger available)

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November 15, 2007

 

CHIPOLA SEEKING APPLICANTS AND DONORS FOR FIRST GENERATION SCHOLARSHIP

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Foundation is seeking applicants and donors for The First Generation in College Scholarship for the 2008 Spring Semester.

            Application deadline is Dec. 11 for the scholarship which is available to Florida residents from a family in which neither parent has completed a bachelor’s degree.  If the student resides with only one parent who provides support, that one parent must not have completed a bachelor’s degree.         

            Students must have applied for Federal Pell Grant (FAFSA) in order to determine financial need.  Application and items required with the application must be submitted to the Foundation Office by Dec. 11. The scholarship is good only for the 2008 Spring Semester.

            Students entering college for the first time must have a 2.0 high school GPA and high school diploma or GED.  Students previously enrolled in college must have both a cumulative and semester GPA of at least 2.0.  A high school or college transcript showing a minimum of one year’s school work must be submitted with the application. 

            The Florida Legislature created the First Generation in College Scholarship program and appropriated funds for each community college to match dollar for dollar with private contributions. 

            Foundation director Julie Fuqua says, “Chipola serves many first generation college students and the potential impact this scholarship program can have on their lives, as well as their families, is tremendous.” 

            Chipola is eligible for up to $12,836 in state matching funds only if the college raises an equal amount of private funds for these scholarships.

            Gifts must be received and deposited prior to Dec. 1 to qualify for the dollar for dollar match. 

            Donations may be mailed to the Chipola College Foundation, 3094 Indian Circle, Marianna, FL  32446.

            For information, call the Foundation Office at (850) 718-2478.

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November 15, 2007

 

John Hudson Memorial Scholarship offered for spring

 

            MARIANNA—The John Hudson Memorial Scholarship will be offered for the first time in the Spring 2008 semester at Chipola College.

            A $500 scholarship toward tuition and/or books will be available for classes beginning in January 2008. 

            Applicants must be Marianna High graduates who were involved in an athletic program. A 2.0 high school GPA is required. For applicants in college, a 2.0 cumulative and semester GPA is required.

            Application deadline is Dec. 11 at 4 p.m. Applications may be mailed to the Chipola College Foundation, 3094 Indian Circle, Marianna, FL  32446.

            For information, call the Foundation Office at (850) 718-2478.

 

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November 15, 2007

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA

 

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

            The following Mandatory training for Child Care Facility Personnel and Family Child Care Home are scheduled:  Child Abuse and Neglect, Feb. 1, 6 to 10 p.m.; Child Growth and Development, Feb. 2, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Behavioral Observation and Screening, Feb. 4 and 6, 6 to 9 p.m.; Health,  Safety and Nutrition, Feb. 9, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Rules and Regulations (center), Feb. 11and 13, 6 to 9 p.m.; Pre-School Appropriate Practices, March 1, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Special Needs Appropriate Practices, March 8, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Costs range from $17 to $43 depending on length of course.

            A Curriculum for Young Children course will meet Mondays, Jan. 7 through April 21 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Cost is $191.  An Early Care and Education Administrative Overview course will meet Tuesdays, Jan. 8 through April 22 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Cost is $191.  An Internship course will meet Thursdays, Jan. 10 through April 24 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Cost is $191. 

            An Introduction to Yoga for Everybody class will meet Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 14 through Feb. 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Cost is $64.

            A Real Estate Sales course will meet Saturdays and Sundays, Feb. 2, 3, 16, 17, March 1, 2, 15, from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Cost is $250.

            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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November 15, 2007

 

TOP-RANKED CHIPOLA HOSTS ST. PETE MONDAY

 

            MARIANNA—The top-ranked Chipola College Indians host St. Petersburg College, Monday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m., in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center.

            The Chipola Little Indians are scheduled to perform during halftime.

            The Indians (4-0) are undefeated and ranked first in the state and national polls.

            For the latest scores, call 718-2CJC.

 

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November 28, 2007

 

CHIPOLA BEGINS NEW SURVEYING AND MAPPING PROGRAM

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College officials on Wednesday announced the beginning of the college’s newest program—Surveying and Mapping.

            Instructor for the program is Sam Bruner, a certified Florida Land Surveyor with 30 years experience in the field.

            Chipola’s Surveying and Mapping program is designed to prepare students for employment as Surveying and Mapping Technicians. According to the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation, Labor Market Statistics, Surveying and Mapping Technician is a targeted occupation in Florida. Instructor Sam Bruner said those who complete the program could expect to make $9 to $14 per hour.

            Chipola Workforce Dean, Bud Riviere, says, “Part of the mission and role of this college is to serve the employment and training needs of our district.  This new program serves that purpose. We sincerely appreciate the response we have received from the surveying and mapping industry and our new advisory committee for the program.

            The Chipola program welcomes new students and those currently employed in the field. Classes begin in January, 2008.

            For information, call Sam Bruner at 850-526-2761.                                        

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CHIPOLA TO BEGIN SURVEYING AND MAPPING PROGRAM—Chipola College officials on Wednesday announced the beginning of the college’s newest program—Surveying and Mapping. Pictured from left, are: Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough, Surveying and Mapping instructor Sam Bruner and Chipola Workforce Dean Bud Riviere. The Chipola program welcomes new students and those currently employed in the field. Classes begin in January, 2008. For information, call Sam Bruner at 850-526-2761.

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November 29, 2007

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COMPAGNI HELPS CHIPOLA—Local businessman Fred Compagni (center) recently made a generous contribution to the Chipola College Foundation in support of the college and its programs. He is pictured here with Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough and Foundation director Julie Fuqua. Compagni also is a long-time supporter of Chipola’s Fine and Performing Arts programs.

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November 29, 2007

 

CITIZENS INVITED TO JOIN EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM

 

            MARIANNA—Local citizens are invited to join the Community Emergency Response Team which will offer free training on Saturday, Dec. 1 and Saturday, Dec. 8 in Jackson Hall on the campus of Chipola College.

            The Chipola chapter of Phi Theta Kappa is hosting the training which will be provided by the Community Safety Coalition, Inc. Saturday sessions run from 7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Participants must attend both sessions to become CERT certified.  The training is free of charge.

            CERT volunteers will become part of a first responder team in the case of a community disaster.  Participants will be trained in search skills, basic first aid, and disaster awareness and preparedness.  The coalition furnishes each participant with gear and equipment to be used in responding to community disasters

            To learn more about the program, phone 850-526-2861, email: jcctst@embarqmail.com, or visit www.floridadisaster.com.

            To register for the training, call 526-2761, ext. 3287. 

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November 29, 2007

CHIPOLA PLANNING SPRING BREAK IN COSTA RICA

           

            MARIANNA—Chipola College Spanish professor Dr. Mark Ebel is planning a trip to Samara Beach, Costa Rica, March 30 through April 6, 2008.

            Students will earn 3 hours of credit in Spanish Travel Study (SPN 1170) on the beautiful Pacific Costa Rican Beach campus. Participating students will stay in homes with a Costa Rican family in a rural setting.

            The trip will include classes in Spanish, cooking, dance and surfing with excursions to the rainforest and sea turtle refuge.

            For more information, contact Dr. Mark Ebel, Professor of Spanish, at 850-718-2282 or ebelm@chipola.edu.

 

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November 29, 2007

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA

 

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

            An Introduction to Yoga for Everybody class will meet Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 14 through Feb. 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Cost is $64.

            A Real Estate Sales course will meet Saturdays and Sundays, Feb. 2, 3, 16, 17, March 1, 2, 15, from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Cost is $250.

            A Curriculum for Young Children course will meet Mondays, Jan. 7 through April 21 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Cost is $191.  An Early Care and Education Administrative Overview course will meet Tuesdays, Jan. 8 through April 22 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Cost is $191.  An Internship course will meet Thursdays, Jan. 10 through April 24 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Cost is $191. 

            The following Mandatory training for Child Care Facility Personnel and Family Child Care Home are scheduled:  Child Abuse and Neglect, Feb. 1, 6 to 10 p.m.; Child Growth and Development, Feb. 2, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Behavioral Observation and Screening, Feb. 4 and 6, 6 to 9 p.m.; Health,  Safety and Nutrition, Feb. 9, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Rules and Regulations (center), Feb. 11and 13, 6 to 9 p.m.; Pre-School Appropriate Practices, March 1, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Special Needs Appropriate Practices, March 8, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Costs range from $17 to $43 depending on length of course.

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

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

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

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

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November 29, 2007

CHIPOLA HOSTS ETHICS IN EDUCATION PROGRAM

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Teacher Education Program and Educator Preparation Institute recently hosted a program on Ethics in Education presented by Dr. Adeniji Odutola, from St. Petersburg College.

            Chipola math professor Dr. Rose Cavin, says, “The Code of Ethics and Principles of Professional Conduct play in important role in decisions made by teachers in Florida every day.  As such, an awareness of the content of these documents as well as an understanding of their intent is critical for all practicing and prospective teachers.  Dr. Odutola is an expert at providing such knowledge.”     

     Dr. Odutola is the Director of the National Center for Teacher Transformation (NCTT) at St. Petersburg College. Previously he was with the Florida Education Standards Commission, Florida Department of Education, serving as a Policy Analyst and Executive Director.

            Students enrolled in Chipola’s Classroom Management taught by Dr. Rose Cavin and 15 area teachers attended the conference. 

           

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CHIPOLA HOSTS ETHICS IN EDUCATION PROGRAM—The Chipola College Teacher Education Program and Educator Preparation Institute recently hosted a program on Ethics in Education presented by Dr. Adeniji Odutola, from St. Petersburg College. He is pictured her with Chipola math professor Dr. Rose Cavin.

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November 29, 2007

CHIPOLA OFFERS READY TO WORK PROGRAM

 

      MARIANNA—Colleen Englert, Executive Director of Florida Ready To Work, recently presented a program at Chipola College on the Ready To Work Program.

      The program was presented to the combined advisory committees for Workforce Development programs at Chipola College.

      Englert discussed the Florida Ready to Work credential which includes a personalized certificate, signed by Governor Charlie Crist.  To earn the credential, a student completing one of Chipola’s programs must take three proctored assessments in applied math, reading for information and locating information.

      These assessments test the skills required for more than 85 percent of all jobs today.  The program also offers free online training to help jobseekers build their skills and an optional soft skills assessment that measures workplace attitude, behavior and customer service skills.

      Chipola College is a Florida Ready to Work testing center.  For more information, contact Becky Davis, Chipola’s FRTW contact, at 850-718-2283.

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READY TO WORK—Colleen Englert, Executive Director of Florida Ready to Work, recently presented a program at Chipola College on the Ready To Work Program. She is pictured here with Chipola Workforce Development Dean Bud Riviere. For more information, contact Becky Davis, Chipola’s FRTW contact, at 850-718-2283. 

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