November 5, 2009

CHIPOLA HOSTS JOHNSON BASKETBALL CLASSIC NOV. 6-7

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College men’s and women’s basketball teams open their regular seasons Friday, Nov. 6, in the Milton H. Johnson Classic.

            Game schedules for the classic have changed due to illness affecting two of the visiting teams.

            Friday’s lineup features the Gulf Coast women and Monroe (NY) at 1 p.m.

The Lady Indians play Monroe at 5 p.m. The Indians face L.B. Wallace at 7 p.m.         

            Only one game is on tap for Saturday. The Gulf Coast women play Monroe at 1 p.m.  Neither Chipola team will play on Saturday.

            The Lady Indians host the annual Alzheimer’s Classic, Nov. 13-15, in the Johnson Center. Chipola plays Monroe (NY), Nov. 13, at 6 p.m. The Lady Indians play Jefferson (MO), Nov. 14, at 6 p.m. The Lady Indians play Trinity Valley (TX) at 2 p.m., Nov. 15.

            The Lady Indians are ranked second in the FCCAA Women’s Basketball Preseason Coaches’ Poll. Panhandle The Lady Indians are third in the NJCAA National poll. Gulf Coast is seventh. NW Florida is the only other Florida team in the poll at number 22.

            The Indians are ranked fifth in the FCCAA Men’s Basketball Preseason Coaches’ Poll, and ranked number 13 in the NJCAA National pre-season poll. Central Florida is first. TCC is the only other Florida team in the national poll at number seven.

            For information about Chipola athletics, visit www.chipola.edu, or call 718-2CJC.

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November 5, 2009

CHIPOLA BRAIN BOWLERS TAKE TOP SPOTS AT ACF TOURNEY

            GAINESVILLE—The Chipola College Brain Bowl A and B teams finished first and second respectively at the ACF Fall Academic Tournament Oct. 31 in Gainesville.

            Chipola A finished 11-0, while Chipola B finished 10-1, losing only to Chipola A. The 12-team field included the University of South Florida and several state colleges.

            Five Chipola players scored among the top 15 individuals with Chipola’s Dallin Kelson as first overall.  Ethan Hewett was third. Cody Pickens, Drew Padgett and Nathan Hooppell finished at numbers 12, 13 and 14, respectively.    

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CHIPOLA BRAIN BOWLERS TAKE TOP SPOTS AT ACF TOURNEY—The Chipola College Brain Bowl A and B teams finished first and second respectively at the ACF Fall Academic Tournament Oct. 31 in Gainesville. Pictured from left, are: Cody Pickens, Ethan Hewett, Nathan Hooppell, Drew Padgett, Brittany Stephens,  coach Stan Young, coach Dr. Robert Dunkle, and Dallin Kelson. Not pictured is Jessica Bradley.

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WRITERS VISIT CHIPOLA—Southern authors Janis Owens and Cassandra King visited the campus of Chipola College on Nov. 3. The pair spoke to students and attended a book signing. Pictured from left, are: Dr. Sarah Clemmons, Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough, book publicist Kathie Bennett, Cassandra King, Janis Owens and Dr. Kitty Myers. Owens is the author of My Brother Michael, Myra Sims, The Schooling of Claybird Catts, and The Cracker Kitchen: A Cookbook in Celebration of Cornbread-Fed, Down Home Family Stories and Cuisine. Cassandra King is the author of The Sunday Wife and The Same Sweet Girls.

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JANIS OWENS’ FANS—Southern authors Janis Owens and Cassandra King visited the campus of Chipola College on Nov. 3. The pair spoke to students and attended a book signing. Pictured from left, are: Owens’ fans Jenee Floyd, Dana Cobb, Emma Trawick, Kitty Myers with author Janis Owens. Owens is the author of My Brother Michael, Myra Sims, The Schooling of Claybird Catts, and The Cracker Kitchen: A Cookbook in Celebration of Cornbread-Fed, Down Home Family Stories and Cuisine.

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MILLER IS TOP CHIPOLA EMPLOYEE—Dr. Joan Miller has been selected the Chipola College Faculty/Administrator of the month for November. Miller serves as Dean of Student Services. She has worked at the college since 1982.  Here, Miller accepts the award from Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough.

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MURDERS AT CHIPOLA—Chipola College Theater will present the “Musical Comedy Murders of 1940,” Nov. 5-8. Here, Chipola actors (from left) Aven Pitts, Brenna Kneiss, Piper Willliams, Ben Grande and Kristina Lopez, perform a scence. The play runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets—$7 for adults and $5 for 18 and under—are available in the Business Office. The theater box office will open 30 minutes prior to each show to sell remaining tickets. For information, call Theatre director Charles Sirmon at 850-718-2227, or email sirmons@chipola.edu

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November 5, 2009

Chipola lady indians host Alzheimer’s Classic Nov. 13-15

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola Lady Indians host the Fourth Annual Alzheimer’s Classic, Nov. 13-15, in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center.

            The Classic will once again feature the toughest women’s field of any regular season tournament in the country as five of the seven teams participating are ranked in the top 15 nationally.  The Classic will also feature 10 of the top 15 teams in the country, and 19 of the top 50 junior college players in the country according to Dan Olson’s Collegiate Girls Basketball Report.

            The classic tips off Friday, Nov. 13, with Tallahassee and Jefferson College (MO) at 2 p.m.  Pensacola meets Trinity Valley at 4 p.m. A pair of ranked teams will square off in the final game of the day at 6 p.m. when third-ranked Chipola takes on number 14 Monroe Community College (NY).

            Saturday’s action starts at noon with Tallahassee and Wallace (Hanceville). At 2 p.m., Monroe plays Pensacola. The final two games of the day promise to provide some great basketball as four top-seven teams are in action.  At 4 p.m., number five Trinity Valley (TX) battles number seven Gulf Coast. The 6 p.m. contest features a top-three match-up between number two, Jefferson College (MO), and third-ranked Chipola College.

            Two games are slated for Sunday, Nov. 15, with Gulf Coast and Monroe at noon, and Chipola and Trinity Valley at 2 p.m.

            Chipola defeated Florida State Community College at Jacksonville 84–75 in the first game of the season.  Leading scorer for the Lady Indians was Lindsey Carr with 18. Bianca Jarrett had 17. Jasmine Shaw had 16, and Malesha Peterson had 13.  Chipola led 34–28 at the half. 

            For information, contact David Lane at 850-718-2234.

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November 6, 2009

Chipola lady indians TO host Alzheimer’s Classic Nov. 13-15

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola Lady Indians host the Fourth Annual Alzheimer’s Classic, Nov. 13-15, in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center.

            The Classic will once again feature the toughest women’s field of any regular season tournament in the country as five of the seven teams participating are ranked in the top 15 nationally.  The Classic will also feature 10 of the top 15 teams in the country, and 19 of the top 50 junior college players in the country according to Dan Olson’s Collegiate Girls Basketball Report.

            The classic tips off Friday, Nov. 13, with Tallahassee and Jefferson College (MO) at 2 p.m.  Pensacola meets Trinity Valley at 4 p.m. A pair of ranked teams will square off in the final game of the day at 6 p.m. when third-ranked Chipola takes on number 14 Monroe Community College (NY).

            Saturday’s action starts at noon with Tallahassee and Wallace (Hanceville). At 2 p.m., Monroe plays Pensacola. The final two games of the day promise to provide some great basketball as four top-seven teams are in action.  At 4 p.m., number five Trinity Valley (TX) battles number seven Gulf Coast. The 6 p.m. contest features a top-three match-up between number two, Jefferson College (MO), and third-ranked Chipola College.

            Two games are slated for Sunday, Nov. 15, with Gulf Coast and Monroe at noon, and Chipola and Trinity Valley at 2 p.m.

            Chipola defeated Florida State Community College at Jacksonville 84–75 in the first game of the season.  Leading scorer for the Lady             Indians was Lindsey Carr with 18. Bianca Jarrett had 17. Jasmine Shaw had 16, and Malesha Peterson had 13.  Chipola led 34–28 at the half.     

            For information, contact David Lane at 850-718-2234.

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November 12, 2009

CHIPOLA THEATRE TO PRESENT SHOWCASE NOV. 19

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College theatre majors will present their annual Theatre Showcase, “NYC BOUND: A night of Scenes, Songs and Humor,” Thursday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m., in the Chipola Theatre.

            Theater director Charles Sirmon, says, “It’s sort of Saturday Night Live on a Thursday!”

            The show contains adult humor which may not be suitable for children.

            General admission tickets for this one-night-only event are $10 and may be purchased from any Theater major, or in the Fine and Performing Arts Building lobby.     Proceeds from the show will go to support the theatre program, including a New York Theatre tour in May, which includes Broadway shows, backstage tours and a Master acting class with a New York professional.

            The cast includes: Sarah Lovins, Piper Williams, Austin Pettis, Ben Grande, Mark Lent, Breanna Kneiss, Aven Pitts, Kristina Lopez, Matthew Van Buren, Kayla Todd, Joe Evans, David Reeves Forrester, Tristen St. Onge, Brenton Jones, Kyndal Covington and Diana Glaze.

            For information, contact director Sirmon at 850-718-2227.

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CHIPOLA THEATRE TO PRESENT SHOWCASE NOV. 19—Chipola College theatre majors will present their annual Theatre Showcase, “NYC BOUND: A night of Scenes, Songs and Humor,” Thursday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m., in the Chipola Theatre.           For information, contact director Sirmon at 850-718-2227.

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November 12, 2009

CHIPOLA HOSTS MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL BRAIN BOWL

 

MARIANNA—Area middle and high schools competed in Chipola College’s Brain Bowl Invitational on Nov. 6.

In the high school division, Marianna placed first, with Bainbridge High finishing second.

Paul Kelson of Marianna finished first in the individual competition. Other top individuals are: Erick Juarez of Bainbridge (second); Annemarie Nichols of Graceville (third); Dylan Faircloth of Bainbridge (fourth-tie); Lawson Mozley of Malone (fourth-tie); Katelyn Miller of Marianna (fifth);  Cameron Bailey of Holmes County (sixth); Connor Renihan of Graceville (seventh); Anne Reynolds of Bainbridge (eighth); Michael Janik of Holmes County (ninth); and Sammy Muniz of Marianna (tenth).

In the middle school division Marianna Middle C Team placed first. Marianna Middle A finished second, and Bainbridge Middle A finished third.

Adrian Alvarez of Marianna finished first in the middle school individual competition.  Other top individuals are: Bill Braxton of Marianna (second); Jakob Thorne of Bainbridge (third); Ty Jones of Bainbridge (fourth); Tristen Allen of Bainbridge (fifth-tie); Belle Chin of Marianna (fifth-tie); Brianna McCaffery of Marianna (sixth); Quest Brown of Hutto (seventh); Trey Walker of Marianna (eighth); Courtney Harrol of Malone (ninth); and Steve Spence of Marianna (tenth).

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November 12, 2009

CHIPOLA HEALTH SCIENCE STUDENTS LEARN WITH SIMULATORS

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Health Science Department is utilizing state-of-the-art technology to teach clinical skills in a safe learning environment.

            Nursing, paramedic, and emergency medical technician students are using a family of patient simulators to practice various skills. 

            A birthing simulator named Noelle can breathe, bleed and talk just like a real mother. The high tech device is designed to help students learn about the challenges associated with delivering babies by making quick decisions in a stressful environment.

            Noelle is Chipola’s fourth human simulator in the family which includes a child, and male and female adults. Funds for the latest simulator came from the Chipola Regional Workforce Development Board.

            All simulators can be adjusted to suit the education point of the student.  Medical issues and training can be progressively increased in difficulty as students move through the program. Amy Samson, a Jackson Hospital nurse and Chipola adjunct instructor, is responsible for the patient simulator project.  Samson can control the patients’ vital signs and speech from a remote location which is equipped with cameras for observing the students.

            Chipola Health Science director Vickie Stephens, says, “Simulation in skills labs has become more life-like with the development of moulage, which uses molded plaster to create realistic tissue. The simulation experience affords the students opportunities to integrate critical thinking in the assessment of medical conditions and promotes self-confidence in the nursing process.”

            Simulation exercises are often videotaped and used by students as a learning tool in de-briefing sessions. When students arrive in the real-life clinical setting, the skills lab training has provided a basic foundation for quality patient care.

            An Open House for Alumni of the Chipola Nursing program is planned for mid December.  Alumni and members of the Chipola Nursing Advisory Committee will be invited to tour the facility and learn of new opportunities to partner with the nursing program to ensure future generations of success. An alumni link is being added to the Chipola Nursing website, at www.chipola.edu

            For information about Chipola’s Health Science programs, call 850-718-2316.

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CHIPOLA HEALTH SCIENCE STUDENTS LEARN WITH SIMULATORS—The Chipola College Health Science Department is utilizing state-of-the-art technology to teach clinical skills in a safe learning environment. Pictured from left, are: Skills Lab Coordinator Amy Sampson and nursing students Jessica Goodman, Alison Rudd and Jana McArthur. For information about Chipola’s Health Science programs, call 850-718-2316.

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November 12, 2009

FALL FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS SET AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNA—Chipola College’s Chamber Chorus, Rock and Jazz Ensemble, and Show Choir invite the public to a free Fall Festival of the Arts in the Chipola Arts Center, Sunday, Nov. 22, at 2:30 p.m.

            Music will be presented by the Chamber Chorus under the direction of Bethany Kiral, and accompanied by Dr. Josh Martin.  The audience will enjoy songs such as Bonse Aba, a traditional Zambian Song, and works by P.L. van Dijk and G.F. Handel.  The Chamber Chorus will be joined by community members for a portion of the concert.

            Chipola’s Show Choir will entertain with three high energy medleys including Aladdin, Medley from the Broadway musical Jekyll and Hyde, and Disco Fever: A medley of ‘70’s Dance Hits.

            The Rock and Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Daniel Powell will swing into action with a compliment of standard jazz tunes and familiar rock favorites to close out the show.  Students and community members in this ensemble have worked to provide a top-tapping concert that will feature various jazz styles that challenge the members to improvise and work together. 

            Guests also are invited to enjoy a Student Art Show from the teaching studios of Chipola adjunct art instructors Kelly Boehmer and Chuck Carbia.

            Joan Stadsklev, Chipola director of Fine and Performing Arts, says, “Parents of our students will be honored during the event. We especially want to thank them for sending their children to Chipola.”

            This non-ticketed event is free and open to the public.

            For more information contact Joan Stadsklev at 718-2301 or stadsklevj@chipola.edu

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November 12, 2009

FIRST GENERATION SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Foundation is accepting applications for the First Generation in College Scholarship for the Spring 2010 semester. 

            Four $1,000 scholarships may be awarded to qualified students. Applications are available in the Foundation Office and are due by 4 p.m. on Dec. 2.

            The First Generation Scholarship is available to Florida residents whose parents did not complete a four-year (bachelor’s) degree. If the student regularly resides with only one parent who provides the majority of support, that one parent must not have completed a bachelor’s degree.

            Applicants must have applied for Federal Pell Grant (FAFSA) and been determined to be Pell eligible, and have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) below 4617 with unmet financial need

            Recipients must enroll in a minimum of six hours per term as undergraduate, degree-seeking students.

            For information, contact the Chipola Foundation at 850-718-2445.

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November 12, 2009

LOCAL AUTHORS TO READ AT CHIPOLA ARTS ASSOCIATION MEETING

 

            MARIANNA—Local authors—Dale Cox, Queen Brown and M.B. Bechum—will read from their books at the Tuesday, Nov. 17, meeting of the Chipola Regional Arts Association (CRAA).

            Dale Cox is the author of several local history books, including ones on the Battle of Marianna and the history of Jackson County. Queen Brown is the author of "My Journey." M.B. Bechum wrote "Family Treasures." 

            The authors will be introduced by Michael Downum, owner of Chipola River Book and Tea.  Guests will have an opportunity to ask questions of the authors and to purchase copies of their books.

            CRAA officer Homer Hirt, says, “This program will be an excellent opportunity for attendees to get pointers in committing their life experiences to print.”

            CRAA meets at Jim’s Buffet in Marianna with a Dutch-treat luncheon at 11:30 a.m. and program at noon. 

            For information, call 850-593-6907.

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November 12, 2009

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VLIEG IS EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH—Chase Vlieg (right) accepts the November Chipola College Career Employee of the Month award from Automotive professor John Gardner. Vlieg serves as a teaching assistant in the Chipola Automotive program where he has worked since 2007. 

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November 12, 2009

Chipola lady indians host Alzheimer’s Classic Nov. 13-15

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola Lady Indians host the Fourth Annual Alzheimer’s Classic, Nov. 13-15, in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center.

            The classic includes one of the toughest fields in the country with five of the seven teams ranked in the top 15 nationally.  The classic will also feature 19 of the top 50 junior college players in the country according to Dan Olson’s Collegiate Girls Basketball Report.

            Action tips off Friday, Nov. 13, with Tallahassee and Jefferson College (MO) at 2 p.m.  Pensacola meets Trinity Valley at 4 p.m. A pair of ranked teams will square off in the final game of the day at 6 p.m. when third-ranked Chipola takes on number 14 Monroe Community College (NY) in a rematch of a Nov. 6 game between the two in which Monroe edged Chipola 63-61.

            Saturday’s action starts at noon with Tallahassee and Wallace (Hanceville). At 2 p.m., Monroe plays Pensacola. The final two games of the day promise to provide some great basketball as four top-seven teams are in action.  At 4 p.m., number five Trinity Valley (TX) battles number seven Gulf Coast. The 6 p.m. contest features a rematch between number two, Jefferson College (MO), and third-ranked Chipola College.

            Two games are slated for Sunday, Nov. 15, with Gulf Coast and Monroe at noon, and Chipola and Trinity Valley at 2 p.m.

            Chipola defeated Florida State Community College at Jacksonville 84–75 in the first game of the season.  Leading scorer for the Lady Indians was Lindsey Carr with 18. Bianca Jarrett had 17. Jasmine Shaw had 16, and Malesha Petterson had 13.  Chipola led 34–28 at the half. 

            The Lady Indians lost a 63-61 nail-biter to Monroe (NY), one of the top teams in the country. Jasmine Shaw led Chipola with 19 points.

            Chipola trailed by 12 with 8 minutes remaining, but battled back to tie the game at 61. The Lady Indians missed a couple of late free throws and Monroe made a couple to win by two.

            The Lady Indians (1-1) are second in the FCCAA State Women’s Poll . Gulf Coast (2-0) is first in the poll. Northwest Florida (2-0) is third. Pensacola (3-0) is fourth. Tallahassee (1-2) is seventh.

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

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November 12, 2009

CHIPOLA INDIANS PICK UP FIRST TWO WINS

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola Indians kicked off the 2009-10 season with a 96-74 win over L. B. Wallace on Nov. 6.

            The win was the first of new coach Jake Headrick’s career.

            Lashay Page led the Indians with 26 points including seven three-pointers.  Dexter Ellington scored 18.Marvin Fitzgerald had 10 points. Aaron Davis and Chadrack Lufile had 9 apiece. Sam Grooms, Delwan Graham and Kevin Powell each scored 8 points. The Indians led 52-26 at the half.

            The young Chipola Indians competed in their first road game of the season Nov. 12 and came away with an 87-78 win over Bevill State.  The Indians were lead in scoring by sophomore guard Dexter Ellington, who connected for 29 points, and freshman Lashay Page with 22 points.

"It was a great environment to play in on the road," said Chipola coach Jake Headrick.  "The gym was sold out and at times our inexperience came to light in the hostile atmosphere." 

Chipola will now travel to Decatur, GA, Nov. 13 and 14, where they will play Atlanta Metro and host team Georgia Perimeter before concluding their weekend of basketball action.           

            Chipola is fourth in the FCCAA State Men’s Poll. Tallahassee (2-0) is first. Central Florida (3-0) is second. Northwest Florida (3-0) is third. Gulf Coast (2-0) is fifth.

            The Indians host the Panhandle Classic Dec. 3-5 in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center.  Chipola plays Enterprise-Ozark, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. The Indians face Georgia Perimeter Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. and Central Florida, Dec. 5, at 8 p.m.

            The classic features all five Panhandle teams in the following games: Thursday, Dec. 3, 5 p.m., Miami-Dade vs. Central Florida; 7 p.m., Chipola vs. Enterprise-Ozark; Friday, Dec. 4, noon, Pensacola vs. Miami-Dade; 2 p.m., Tallahassee vs. Santa Fe; 4 p.m., Gulf Coast vs. Alabama Southern; 6 p.m., Northwest Florida vs. Central Florida; 8 p.m., Chipola vs. Georgia Perimeter; Saturday, Dec. 5, noon, Tallahassee vs. Alabama Southern; 2 p.m., Pensacola vs. Georgia Perimeter; 4 p.m., Gulf Coast vs. Miami-Dade; 6 p.m., Northwest Florida vs. Santa Fe; 8 p.m., Chipola vs. Central Florida.

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

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November 13, 2009

Chipola lady indians host Alzheimer’s Classic Nov. 13-15

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola Lady Indians host the Fourth Annual Alzheimer’s Classic, Nov. 13-15, in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center.

            The classic includes one of the toughest fields in the country with five of the seven teams ranked in the top 15 nationally.  The classic will also feature 19 of the top 50 junior college players in the country according to Dan Olson’s Collegiate Girls Basketball Report.

            Action tips off Friday, Nov. 13, with Tallahassee and Jefferson College (MO) at 2 p.m.  Pensacola meets Trinity Valley at 4 p.m. A pair of ranked teams will square off in the final game of the day at 6 p.m. when third-ranked Chipola takes on number 14 Monroe Community College (NY) in a rematch of a Nov. 6 game between the two in which Monroe edged Chipola 63-61.

            Saturday’s action starts at noon with Tallahassee and Wallace (Hanceville). At 2 p.m., Monroe plays Pensacola. The final two games of the day promise to provide some great basketball as four top-seven teams are in action.  At 4 p.m., number five Trinity Valley (TX) battles number seven Gulf Coast. The 6 p.m. contest features a rematch between number two, Jefferson College (MO), and third-ranked Chipola College.

            Two games are slated for Sunday, Nov. 15, with Gulf Coast and Monroe at noon, and Chipola and Trinity Valley at 2 p.m.

            Chipola defeated Florida State Community College at Jacksonville 84–75 in the first game of the season.  Leading scorer for the Lady Indians was Lindsey Carr with 18. Bianca Jarrett had 17. Jasmine Shaw had 16, and Malesha Petterson had 13.  Chipola led 34–28 at the half. 

            The Lady Indians lost a 63-61 nail-biter to Monroe (NY), one of the top teams in the country. Jasmine Shaw led Chipola with 19 points.

            Chipola trailed by 12 with 8 minutes remaining, but battled back to tie the game at 61. The Lady Indians missed a couple of late free throws and Monroe made a couple to win by two.

            The Lady Indians (1-1) are second in the FCCAA State Women’s Poll . Gulf Coast (2-0) is first in the poll. Northwest Florida (2-0) is third. Pensacola (3-0) is fourth. Tallahassee (1-2) is seventh.

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

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November 13, 2009

CHIPOLA INDIANS PICK UP FIRST TWO WINS

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola Indians kicked off the 2009-10 season with a 96-74 win over L. B. Wallace on Nov. 6.

The win was the first of new coach Jake Headrick’s career.

            Lashay Page led the Indians with 26 points including seven three-pointers.  Dexter Ellington scored 18.Marvin Fitzgerald had 10 points. Aaron Davis and Chadrack Lufile had 9 apiece. Sam Grooms, Delwan Graham and Kevin Powell each scored 8 points. The Indians led 52-26 at the half.

            The young Chipola Indians competed in their first road game of the season Nov. 12 and came away with an 87-78 win over Bevill State.  The Indians were lead in scoring by sophomore guard Dexter Ellington, who connected for 29 points, and freshman Lashay Page with 22 points.

"It was a great environment to play in on the road," said Chipola coach Jake Headrick.  "The gym was sold out and at times our inexperience came to light in the hostile atmosphere." 

Chipola will now travel to Decatur, GA, Nov. 13 and 14, where they will play Atlanta Metro and host team Georgia Perimeter before concluding their weekend of basketball action.           

            Chipola is fourth in the FCCAA State Men’s Poll. Tallahassee (2-0) is first. Central Florida (3-0) is second. Northwest Florida (3-0) is third. Gulf Coast (2-0) is fifth.

            The Indians host the Panhandle Classic Dec. 3-5 in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center.  Chipola plays Enterprise-Ozark, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. The Indians face Georgia Perimeter Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. and Central Florida, Dec. 5, at 8 p.m.

            The classic features all five Panhandle teams in the following games: Thursday, Dec. 3, 5 p.m., Miami-Dade vs. Central Florida; 7 p.m., Chipola vs. Enterprise-Ozark; Friday, Dec. 4, noon, Pensacola vs. Miami-Dade; 2 p.m., Tallahassee vs. Santa Fe; 4 p.m., Gulf Coast vs. Alabama Southern; 6 p.m., Northwest Florida vs. Central Florida; 8 p.m., Chipola vs. Georgia Perimeter; Saturday, Dec. 5, noon, Tallahassee vs. Alabama Southern; 2 p.m., Pensacola vs. Georgia Perimeter; 4 p.m., Gulf Coast vs. Miami-Dade; 6 p.m., Northwest Florida vs. Santa Fe; 8 p.m., Chipola vs. Central Florida.

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

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November 19, 2009

KOTCHMAN NAMED CHIPOLA COLLEGE ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR

MARIANNA—Tom Kotchman, a major league baseball scout and minor league coach, has been named Chipola College’s 2009 Alumnus of the Year.

            Kotchman’s life has been connected to Chipola College since he signed a baseball scholarship there in 1973. He went on to a successful career in professional baseball, but he continues to give back to the little college that gave him his start.

            As a major league scout and one of the most respected managers in the minors, Tom has helped sign several Chipola players to big league contracts. But more importantly, he makes regular visits to Chipola to share advice with all the players, not just the big prospects.

            Chipola baseball coach Jeff Johnson says, “There are a lot of alumni who say they want to help and some even write checks, but Tom goes above and beyond. Anybody who knows Tom would say that he is a giver.” Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough agrees. “Tom loves Chipola. Even before his daughter Christal played at Chipola, he was always in touch, asking what he could do to help our student-athletes. That connection is still strong today,” Prough said.

            Kotchman is very open about the influence that Chipola had on his life. “My time at Chipola playing for coach Ellis Dungan was very important for me as a player and more so as a man,” Kotchman said. “You cannot put a price on the life lessons I learned at Chipola. Years later my son Casey was offered a scholarship to Chipola but was drafted in the first round and is currently playing in the big leagues. My daughter Christal received a scholarship to Chipola where she was the starting shortstop on their national championship softball team.  As a family we will be eternally grateful to coach Johnson, AD Dr. O’Daniel, college president Dr. Gene Prough and softball coach Belinda Hendrix for the opportunity that was given to Christal,” Kotchman said.

            Christal went on to play for the College of Charleston, and Casey was drafted by the LA Angels and now plays for the Boston Red Sox.

            Tom could probably be a major league manager today, but he chose family over his career. In 1990 at age 35, he'd managed an Angels' Triple-A club to rave reviews and was on the fast track for a major league assignment. But he had a young son and daughter who were growing up with dad out of town, so he walked away from that future as a Major League manager and went home to be a dad. In 1990, he took a scouting position in Florida and a short-season Rookie Ball manager assignment. 

            "That was so important to me and my sister, having him home with us when we were young," said Casey. "Choosing us over his career, told me that once the cheering stops, all you have is your family. I was privileged and spoiled to have him do what he did."

            Three decades after Tom played at Chipola, he helped sign a young Marianna High School graduate Jeff Mathis to a big league contract with the Angels. Jeff is the son of one of Tom’s 1974 Chipola teammate’s Danny Mathis. 

            Tom Kotchman attended high school in Seminole, Florida, and played baseball at Chipola and Georgia Southern. He was signed by the Cincinnati Reds in 1977 and played two seasons in Class A.

The 2009 season marked Kotchman's 31st year as a minor league manager. In 11 seasons with the Boise Hawks, the team never finished lower than second. He has managed the Provo Angels and since 2005, the Orem Owlz. Through 2009, he had compiled a career managerial record of 1,584 victories with eight league championships, including Orem's '09 Pioneer League title.                                                                 ####

 

November 19, 2009

CHIPOLA BRAIN BOWLERS WIN DELTA BURKE TOURNAMENT

 

            ORLANDO—The Chipola Brain Bowl Blue Team beat perennial powerhouse Valencia Red (330-220) to claim the championship of the Delta Burke Tournament in Orlando for the second straight year.

            Chipola finished the preliminary rounds 10-0, earning the number one seed for the playoffs based on points per game. Chipola beat South Florida CC in the quarterfinals, Case Western University (Ohio) in the semifinals, and host Valencia in the championship.

            Five Chipola players scored among the top 30 individuals in a field of more than 140 players. Dallin Kelson was sixth overall. Ethan Hewett finished 10th. Drew Padgett was 11th. Nathan Hooppell finished 14th and Cody Pickens was 30th.

            The Chipola team will have some time off before their next tournament in January, 2010, where they hope to qualify for the community college national championship.

            The Chipola A and B teams finished first and second respectively at the ACF Fall Academic Tournament Oct. 31 in Gainesville. Chipola finished third behind first place University of Florida and second place Florida State University in a 20-team tournament in Orlando on Oct. 24.           

            Chipola is the two-time, defending Florida State champion. The team also has finished second in the NAQT national tournament for the past two years.

            The Chipola Brain Bowl coaches are mathematics professor Stan Young and Humanities professor Dr. Robert Dunkle.

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CHIPOLA BRAIN BOWLERS WIN DELTA BURKE TOURNAMENT—The Chipola Brain Bowl Blue Team beat perennial powerhouse Valencia Red (330-220) to claim the championship of the Delta Burke Tournament in Orlando for the second straight year. Here, Drew Padgett practices his buzzing skills. Padgett was the 11th overall individual out of more than 140 players.

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November 19, 2009

CHIPOLA STUDENTS AND FACULTY ATTEND NATIONAL CONFERENCE

FT. LAUDERDALE—Students and faculty from the Chipola College Teacher Education Department attended the NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) conference on Nov. 12 in Ft. Lauderdale.

            Professors Dr. Santine Cuccio, Dr. David Hilton and Allan Tidwell accompanied students Mary Atwell, Valetta Bledsoe, Angela Henderson, Stephanie McIntosh, Deborah Miles and Cassandra Witt.

            The Chipola professors made a presentation entitled, “Chipola’s Ground Water Outreach Project (Curricular Potential to Initiate Researchable Questions)” for attendees of the conference.  Students attended seminars, workshops, and exhibits that provided experiences on implementing science in K-12 school classrooms.   They were introduced to hands-on-minds-on learning strategies, skills, and the newest teaching technologies.  These were embedded in all science disciplines and within disciplines, such as cell and molecular biology.  The students were given free books, lesson plans, rock kits, foldables, models, videos, and CD’s for use in the classroom. 

            The overall purposes of the trip to the NSTA were to model to pre-service teachers the importance of professional development and lifelong learning, which has been a tradition at Chipola College since the inception of the baccalaureate programs in 2003.  Dr. Cuccio was pleased to introduce Chipola student attendees to another conference attendee, Jessica Sloan, a graduate of the Chipola Secondary Science Education program and currently a high school science teacher in Mayo, Florida.  Because of her initial conference experience while a Chipola student, Jessica continues to value the opportunity to keep her science education knowledge, skills, and technology up to date.

            NSTA president, Pat Shane, said, “The purpose of this conference is to improve teacher retention through resources, respect, renewal, leadership, discovery, motivation, passion, expertise, growth and connections.”

            Dr. Cuccio said, “Our Chipola students used the following words to describe their experiences:  awesome, overwhelming, essential, impressive, informative, exciting, effective, engaging and helpful.”

            For information on Chipola’s Education programs, call 850-718-2276.

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CHIPOLA STUDENTS AND FACULTY ATTEND CONFERENCE

Students and faculty from the Chipola College Teacher Education Department attended the NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) conference on Nov. 12.  Pictured from left, are: (front) Stephanie McIntosh, Deborah Miles, (back) Dr. David Hilton, Allan Tidwell, Valetta Bledsoe, Mary Atwell, Angela Henderson, Cassandra Witt and Dr. Santine Cuccio.

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November 19, 2009

Chipola Teacher Outreach Program Recognizes Area Schools

MARIANNA—The Chipola College Teacher Outreach Program (TOP) recently recognized area schools for participation in the program. 

            The Teacher Outreach Program is part of Chipola’s Teacher Education program which offers four-year teaching degrees in math, science, elementary and exceptional education. TOP is designed to mentor and support high school students in the five-county school district who are interested in a career in education.     

            Under the supervision of mathematics professor Dr. Cherry Ward, Chipola students in TOP served area high schools to coordinate activities for their Future Educator’s Clubs (FEC).   

            Niki Seley, TOP facilitator, worked with Vernon High and coordinated all activities with the participating schools.  Other Chipola students working as coordinators were Amanda Williams at Graceville High and Bethlehem; Brandi Perkins at Malone; Karla McBryar at Marianna High; Anna Beth Parmer at Holmes County High and Danny Rutherford at Ponce de Leon High.

            For the 2008-09 year, the Ponce de Leon High FEC was presented the Gold Club Award, for the highest number of community service hours, member attendance and club projects. 

            The Malone High School FEC earned the Silver Club Award.  Holmes County High, Marianna High, Vernon High and Bethlehem each received Participation Awards.

            At the end of the 2009-10 school year, participating FEC clubs will be invited to Chipola College for a tour of education classes and facilities.

            For information on the Teacher Outreach Program at Chipola, contact Dr. Cherry Ward at 850-526-2761, ext. 3265 or email wardc@chipola.edu.

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November 19, 2009

PONCE DE LEON FUTURE EDUCATORS WIN GOLD—The Chipola College Teacher Outreach Program (TOP) recently recognized area schools for participation in the program.  For the 2008-09 year, the Ponce de Leon High FEC (pictured) was presented the Gold Club Award, for the highest number of community service hours, member attendance and club projects. 

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November 19, 2009

MALONE FUTURE EDUCATORS WIN SILVER—The Chipola College Teacher Outreach Program (TOP) recently recognized area schools for participation in the program. The Malone High School FEC (pictured) earned the Silver Club Award. 

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November 19, 2009

Student and Visiting Artists work on display at chipola

 

            MARIANNA—Original works by Chipola College art students and an FSU professor are on display at Chipola College.

            Student work is on display in the Chipola Arts Center, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., through Dec. 7.

            The student show represents the work of students in Chuck Carbia’s Drawing I course with an emphasis in Collage Drawings and Tonal Studies, and Kelly Boehmer’s Crafts I, Color Pictorial Composition, and Introduction to Two-Dimensional Design courses.

            Guest artist Denise Bookwalter has her work on display in the gallery of the McLendon Fine Arts Building.  Bookwalter’s show is titled: "The Spandrel is as Interesting as the Thing Itself.”

            She works in a range of print media including traditional and digital processes, artist’s books, installations and dimensional prints.  Her work examines the development of technology, most recently aviation technology, and its effects on culture and society. Her work has been exhibited in a variety of international venues.

            She received a BA from Northwestern and an MFA from Indiana University. She is Assistant Professor of Art at Florida State University and is Area Head of the Printmaking Department.  She is the director and a founding member of FSU’s new artists’ book press, Small Craft Advisory Press.     

            The Bookwalter exhibit may be viewed weekdays, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Nov. 30 through Dec. 16.

            For information, call 718-2277.

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November 19, 2009

FALL FESTIVAL OF MUSIC SET AT CHIPOLA 

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College’s Chamber Chorus, Rock and Jazz Ensemble, and Show Choir invite the public to a free Fall Festival of Music and Art in the Chipola Arts Center, Sunday, Nov. 22, at 2:30 p.m.

            Music will be presented by the Chamber Chorus under the direction of Bethany Kiral, and accompanied by Dr. Josh Martin.  The audience will enjoy songs such as Bonse Aba, a traditional Zambian Song, and works by P.L. van Dijk and G.F. Handel.  The Chamber Chorus will be joined by community members for a portion of the concert.

            Chipola’s Show Choir will entertain with three high energy medleys including Aladdin, Medley from the Broadway musical Jekyll and Hyde, and Disco Fever: A medley of ‘70’s Dance Hits.

            The Rock and Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Daniel Powell will swing into action with a compliment of standard jazz tunes and familiar rock favorites to close out the show.  Students and community members in this ensemble have worked to provide a top-tapping concert that will feature various jazz styles that challenge the members to improvise and work together. 

            Guests also are invited to enjoy a Student Art Show from the teaching studios of Chipola adjunct art instructors Kelly Boehmer and Chuck Carbia.

            Joan Stadsklev, Chipola director of Fine and Performing Arts, says, “Parents of our students will be honored during the event. We especially want to thank them for sending their children to Chipola.”

            This non-ticketed event is free and open to the public.

            For more information contact Joan Stadsklev at 718-2301 or stadsklevj@chipola.edu

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November 19, 2009

CHIPOLA INDIANS PERFECT AFTER FIVE GAMES

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola Indians are off to a perfect 5-0 start on the season.

            Chipola scored an 84-77 overtime win at Northwest-Shoals (AL) on Nov. 15. Dexter Ellington led the Indians with 27 points.  Marvin Fitzgerald pulled down 20 rebounds and scored 16 points. John Taylor scored 14. Sam Grooms had 13. Delwyn Graham had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

            The Indians whipped Georgia Perimeter 79-66 on Nov. 14. Chipola trounced Atlanta Metro 87-67, Nov. 13.  The Indians scored a big 87-78 win over Bevill State on Nov. 12. The Chipola Indians kicked off the 2009-10 season with a 96-74 win over L. B. Wallace on Nov. 6.

            Chipola (5-0) is ranked third in the FCCAA State men’s poll. Central Florida (5-0) is first. Northwest Florida State (5-0) is second. Gulf Coast (4-0) is fourth. Tallahassee (3-1) is fifth.

            The Indians host the Panhandle Classic Dec. 3-5 in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center.  Chipola plays Enterprise-Ozark, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. The Indians face Georgia Perimeter Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. and Central Florida, Dec. 5, at 8 p.m.

            The classic features all five Panhandle teams in the following games: Thursday, Dec. 3, 5 p.m., Miami-Dade vs. Central Florida; 7 p.m., Chipola vs. Enterprise-Ozark; Friday, Dec. 4, noon, Pensacola vs. Miami-Dade; 2 p.m., Tallahassee vs. Santa Fe; 4 p.m., Gulf Coast vs. Alabama Southern; 6 p.m., Northwest Florida vs. Central Florida; 8 p.m., Chipola vs. Georgia Perimeter; Saturday, Dec. 5, noon, Tallahassee vs. Alabama Southern; 2 p.m., Pensacola vs. Georgia Perimeter; 4 p.m., Gulf Coast vs. Miami-Dade; 6 p.m., Northwest Florida vs. Santa Fe; 8 p.m., Chipola vs. Central Florida.

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

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November 19, 2009

CHIPOLA LADY INDIANS RANKED FOURTH IN STATE

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola Lady Indians improved to 3-2 on the season with a pair of wins in the Chipola Alzheimer’s Classic.

            Chipola scored a 62-56 win over Monroe (NY) on Nov. 13. Bianca Jarrett led Chipola with 18 points and 6 rebounds.  Lindsey Carr 17 had points and 5 rebounds. Jasmine Shaw scored 14 and pulled down 7 rebounds.

            The Lady Indians suffered a 90-59 loss to Jefferson College on Nov. 14. Tykiesha O’ Neil led Chipola with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Malesha Petterson had 14 points and three rebounds. Lindsey Carr scored nine.

            Chipola scored a 72-67 win over Trinity Valley on Nov. 15. O’Neil led Chipola with 23 points and 7 rebounds. Kendra Powell had 14 points and 12 rebounds. Tawatha Tucker scored 11.
            The Lady Indians host Florida Community College, Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 6 p.m., in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center.

            The Lady Indians (3-2) are fourth in the FCCAA State women’s poll. Gulf Coast (4-0) is first. Pensacola (5-1) is second. Northwest Florida (4-0) is third. Tallahassee (3-2) is seventh.

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