October 7, 2010

PREPARE NOW FOR TERM ‘C’ CLASSES AT CHIPOLA

 

                MARIANNA—Registration for Fall Term ‘C’ classes at Chipola College is Thursday, Oct.14, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Term C classes meet Oct.15 through Dec. 16. Late registration is Friday, Wednesday, Oct. 15, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

            Term C courses include: (AMH 2010) American History to 1865 (online); (BSC 1005) Introduction to Biological Sciences, 2:00-4:50, MW; (CJC 1000) Introduction to Corrections, 2:00-4:50, MW;  (ENC 1102) Communication Skills II (online); (GEB 3213) Advanced Business Communication (online); (HUM 2216) Humanities w/Writing (online); (MAC 1105M) College Algebra (modified online); (MAN 4162M) Customer Relations for Managers (modified online); (MAT 1033) Intermediate Algebra, 2:00-3:50, MTR; (NUR 2960M) Nursing Review I (modified online); (ORI 2000) Oral Interpretation, 2:00-4:00, MWR; (REA 1205) Advanced Reading, 1:00-5:00, T; (SLS 1101) Orientation (online) and (PET 1000) Intro to Physical Education, 1:30-3:20, MTR.

            Chipola's open-door policy guarantees acceptance to any student with a standard high school diploma or its equivalent.  Prospective students should complete a college application which is available in the Office of Admissions and Records, or online at www.chipola.edu. Students also must provide an official high school and college transcript. Students should visit an academic advisor in the Student Services building to register. 

                Chipola has expanded its offerings to include more than 40 individual programs, including BS, AA, AS, Workforce Certificates and Continuing Education programs. The college offers eight Bachelor of Science (BS) degree programs, including: Business Management, Elementary Education, Mathematics Education (5-9 or 6-12), Science Education (5-9 or 6-12), Exceptional Student Education and RN to BSN in Nursing.  The Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) offers Teacher Certification for those with a B.S. in a non-teaching field. 

            The majority of Chipola students are enrolled in the Associate in Arts (AA) Degree program designed for students who plan to complete their first two years of college work at Chipola and then transfer to a four year program at Chipola or another college. Academic plans for specific majors are available on the college website at www.chipola.edu.

            For information about enrolling at Chipola, call the Admission and Records office at 850-718-2311, or visit www.chipola.                                                              

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PREPARE NOW FOR TERM ‘C’ CLASSES AT CHIPOLA—Registration for Fall Term ‘C’ classes at Chipola College is Thursday, Oct.14, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Here, Chipola students (from left) Ryan Walker, Nick Paprzycki and Kaitlyn Jeffries, all of Graceville, take a break between classes. For information about enrolling at Chipola, call the Admission and Records office at 850-718-2311, or visit www.chipola.edu.

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October 7, 2010

CHIPOLA APPRECIATION CLUB NAMES DIRECTORS

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola Appreciation Club recently selected officers and directors for the current year.

            Officers are: President, Robert Trammell; Vice President, Colby Peel; Treasurer, Dale O’Daniel; and Secretary, Joc Calloway. 

            Directors include: Melvin Roberts of Marianna, Bill Peacock of Marianna, Cody Taylor of Bonifay, Terry Allen of Marianna, Allen Scheffer of Marianna, Bill Davis of Marianna, Sonny Wise of Marianna, Gene Prough of Chipley, John West of Marianna, Doyle Bosse of Marianna, Joe Ray Durham of Blountstown, Jack Peacock of Marianna, Shannon Saunders of Marianna, Donnie Read of Bristol, Chris Young of Marianna, Aaron Peterson of Marianna, Robby Roberts of Marianna, Ronnie Myers of Marianna, Keith Williams of Marianna and Charlie Reid of Valpariso.

            The Appreciation Club is a tax-deductible organization governed by local supporters. The group helps the college and its students by promoting athletics and underwriting scholarships and functions not supported from public funds.

            The standard $250 membership provides access to Chipola Appreciation Club general seating and Hospitality Room for four guests at all Chipola home men’s and women’s basketball games.

            The Gold $1,000 Membership provides Chipola Appreciation Club reserved seating for four guests and Appreciation Club general seating for two more guests, and admittance to the Chipola Club Hospitality Room. Corporate Sponsorships also are available.  A portion of membership dues are tax-deductible.

            For information about the Appreciation Club, call 850-718-2451.

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CHIPOLA APPRECIATION CLUB NAMES DIRECTORS—New Chipola Appreciation Club officers and directors are pictured here with college coaches and administrators.

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October 7, 2010

WALDEN HIRED AS CHIPOLA ACCOUNTING INSTRUCTOR

 

            MARIANNA—Martin Walden, a native of Dothan, Alabama, recently joined the Chipola College Business and Technology Division as an accounting instructor.

            Walden earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Auburn University with a major in accounting.  He also earned a B.S. in Computer Information Systems and an MBA with an Accounting concentration, both from Troy University.

            Early in his career, Walden worked in the area in public accounting and industry accounting. He spent 10 years in Oklahoma where he earned the CPA certification which he still maintains.

            After returning to Alabama he worked several years as an Assistant Controller, and Controller of a $300 - $500 million subsidiary of a Marketing and Distribution company. He also served as Regional Director of accounting for a Fortune 500 company with a regional sales volume of approximately $5 billion and annual sales of approximately $20 billion.

            After years in the business world Walden says, “I felt a calling to develop young minds and increase their knowledge of business and accounting.”

            Some of his work experience prior to coming to Chipola, includes public accounting, internal auditing, fraud investigation, management accounting, systems design and coordination, and instructing accounting courses at Troy University, Dothan and Fort Rucker campuses. 

            Walden will be teaching mainly upper level Accounting courses at Chipola. Of joining the Chipola faculty, Walden says, “I am excited to be here and look forward to working with the Chipola team and assisting students realize there academic goals in business and accounting.”

            For information about Chipola’s Business and Technology Division, call contact Dr. Jim Froh or Elissa Severson at 850-718-2441, or email: frohj@chipola.edu or seversone@chipola.edu.

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October 7, 2010

CHIPOLA MATH PROF INVITED TO NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION PANEL

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College associate professor of mathematics Dr. Irma Cruz-White recently served on a panel to review and discuss proposals submitted to the National Science Foundation Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program.

            At the panel meeting in Arlington, Virginia, Cruz-White met with a group of other reviewers who are S-STEM faculty and administrators to discuss the proposals. The S-STEM Program Team is part of the Division of Undergraduate Education of the National Science Foundation, and awards grants to institutions of higher education to support scholarships for academically talented, financially needy students, enabling them to enter the workforce following completion of an associate; baccalaureate; or graduate-level degree in science and engineering disciplines. This provides direct educational opportunities for Undergraduate Students, and focuses on educational developments for this group such as curricula development, training or retention.   According to the program sponsors, “The Foundation must make difficult decisions regarding the support of grant proposals, and the individual advice of scientists, technicians, engineers, mathematicians, and educators is essential to our making informed choices.” 

     Dr. Cruz-White has been at Chipola College for the past seven years, teaching mathematics in both the AA program and the B.S. program in Secondary Math Education.  She also directs Chipola Honors students on special projects, and has been instrumental in the development of the curriculum for the Secondary Math Education program.  The experience of serving on such a prestigious review panel was a valuable professional activity for Dr. Cruz-White. 

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October 7, 2010

850 BUSINESS MAG INVITES STUDENTS TO ENTER BUSINESS CONTEST

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Business Department invites students to enter 850 Business Magazine's Collegiate Entrepreneur Invitational.

            Students are invited to create a business plan to submit to the contest.  Students may enter as individuals or as a team. A team may not consist of more than four students. All proposals must be original work.   Entries must be postmarked no later than Nov. 29, 2010. Contest details are available at www.850businessmagazine.com.
            Cash awards will be provided to the top three contenders, to use for education or as seed money to start their business. First place receives $5,000, with second place earning $2,000, and third place picking up $1,000.

            The first place winner be given the opportunity to pitch their business plan to a group of local venture capitalists, although there will be no guarantee of funding. The winner will be featured on the cover of the April/May 2011 issue of 850 – the Business Magazine of Northwest Florida.  Top finalists will be included in the cover story, along with feedback comments from the expert panel. 

            For competition information, contact Linda Kleindienst at 850-878-0554 or lkleindienst@rowlandpublishing.com, or contact Dr. Jim Froh or Elissa Severson in the Chipola Business and Technology Division at 850-718-2441, or email: frohj@chipola.edu or seversone@chipola.edu.

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October 7, 2010

OPTIMISM SEMINARS SET AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Social and Behavioral Science Division will host a seminar entitled, “Harnessing Optimism for Success,” Tuesday, Oct. 12.

            The seminar will be presented at 8, 9 and 10 a.m., in Z-116 of the Chipola Literature/Language Building.

            Seamus Allman, a counselor with Bay Care Behavioral Health will lead the seminars which will focus on self-monitoring while staying the course for a successful college experience. Through Bay Care, Allman offers counseling services to students on the Chipola campus. 

            For information about the seminars, call 718-2319.

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October 14, 2010

LINDBERGH SHOW COMING TO CHIPOLA COLLEGE

 

            MARIANNA—Charles Lindbergh: The Lone Eagle, the second event in the Chipola College Artist Series will be presented Nov. 9.

            Individual event tickets - $12 for adults and $8 for ages 18 and under –go on sale Oct. 26 in the Chipola Business Office.

             “The Lone Eagle” was just one of many nicknames given to Lindbergh by the press after he became the first pilot to fly nonstop from New York to Paris in May of 1927.  This one- man play written and portrayed by Steve Carroll spans Lindbergh’s life as he returns from the grave to set the record straight about his life. Guests will learn of his early barnstorming days, the famous flight to Paris, his son’s kidnapping, the unpopular stance he took against entering WWII, his subsequent heroism as a fighter pilot, and his final days as a world renowned environmentalist. For information, visit www.dreamscapeprods.com.

            Two more events are slated in the Chipola Artist Series. The Freddy Cole Quartet in Concert will be presented Feb. 7, 2011.  Freddy Cole, a Grammy nominee in his own right, makes no apology for sounding like his brother, Nat King Cole.  The Manhattan Piano Trio closes the 2010-11 season, March 17, 2011.

            For ticket information, call 718-2220.

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October 14, 2010

LOCAL AUTHOR TO SPEAK AT CRAA MEETING

           

            MARIANNA—The public is cordially invited to attend the monthly meeting of the Chipola Regional Arts Association, Tuesday, Oct. 19, at Jim’s Buffet in Marianna.

            This month’s program will be presented by local author Richard Folsom. He has written three books including an illustrated children’s book, “Different Ways of Looking at the Same Thing.”  All the three books deal with universal energy, ego and spiritual consciousness. 

            No reservations are required for the Dutch-treat buffet luncheon which begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by the program at noon.

            For information, contact Joan Stadsklev at stadsklevj@chipola.edu or at 850-718-2301.

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October 14, 2010

OLYMPIC SOFTBALL PLAYERS COMING TO CHIPOLA COLLEGE

           

            MARIANNA—Area softball players will have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to work with three team USA Olympic medalists at the Chipola College Softball field, Jan. 22-23, 2011.

            The Triple Threat team of Cat Osterman, Kelly Kretschman and Caitlin Lowe will provide a weekend of softball instruction focusing on pitching, offense and defense.

            Pitcher Cat Osterman played at the University of Texas. She was an Olympic Gold Medalist and Silver Medalist, a two-time World Cup Champion and a two-time Pan American Gold Medalist. Osterman was a three-time USA Collegiate Player of the Year and a three-time NFCA First-Team All-American. She was the two-time ESPY Award winner as the Top Collegiate Female Athlete. Cat is the assistant softball coach at DePaul University in Chicago, and plays professionally for the Rockford Thunder.

            Kelly Kretschman played outfield and infield at the University of Alabama. She was an Olympic Gold Medalist and Silver Medalist. She also was a Gold medalist at the Pan American Games and a member of the World Cup Championship team. The four-time NFCA All-American lives in Southern California and plays for the USSSA Pride.

            Caitlin Lowe played outfield at the University of Arizona. She was an Olympic Silver Medalist and a Gold medalist at Pan American Games.  A member of the two-time World Cup Championship team, she also was a four-time NFCA First-Team All-American. Caitlin now resides in Texas where she gives specialized lessons in out-fielding and slapping.

            Chipola head coach Belinda Hendrix says, “This is a great opportunity for local players to learn from some of the best softball players in America.”

            The two day Chipola camp will include six hours of instruction each day with lunch included. Registration fee is $200 by Dec. 18 and $250 after Dec. 18.

            For additional information, contact Coach Hendrix at 718-2358 or 718-2359, or visit www.triplethreatsoftball.com or www.chipolaathletics.com.

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OLYMPIC SOFTBALL PLAYERS COMING TO CHIPOLA— USA Olympian Cat Osterman (pictured here) will join the Triple Threat team of Caitlin Lowe and Kelly Kretschman for a weekend of softball instruction, Jan. 22-23, 2011, at the Chipola College Softball field. For information, contact Chipola Coach Belinda Hendrix at 718-2358 or visit www.triplethreatsoftball.com

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October 14, 2010

CHIPOLA SEEKING DONORS FOR FIRST GENERATION SCHOLARSHIP

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Foundation is seeking donations for the First Generation in College Scholarship for the 2010 Spring Semester. Donations must be received by Nov. 12 to qualify for state matching funds.

            The Florida Legislature created the scholarship program and appropriated funds for each community college to match dollar for dollar with private contributions.  These new scholarships, which will be funded for the upcoming Spring 2010 semester if the local matching dollars are raised, will be awarded to students whose parents did not complete a bachelor’s degree. 

            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.   Last year through the generosity of donors and state matching funds, Chipola was able to award eight students with First Generation scholarships.”

            Chipola is eligible to receive up to $8,030 in First Generation in College Scholarship state matching funds this year. Donations will be matched dollar for dollar to enable Chipola to award over $16,000 to first generation in college students during this school year. 

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

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

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October 14, 2010

FIREARMS COURSE SET AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will hold an 8-hour Firearms Familiarization course, Saturday, Nov. 6, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Reddoch Firing Range on the Blue Springs Highway.

            Successful completion of the course may be used in applying for a Concealed Weapons Permit.

            Registration and payment of the $100 fee must be completed in advance. Class size is limited. Weapon and ammunition are included in the cost of the course.

            For information, call Doris Williams at (850) 718-2394 or e-mail williamsd@chipola.edu.

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October 14, 2010

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CHIPOLA FACC SCHOLARS—The Chipola College Chapter of the Florida Association of Community Colleges (FACC) recently awarded eight scholarships to children of college employees. Scholarship recipients and their sponsors are, from left: (front) students Lindsay West, Darby Ebel, James (J.D.) Tyler, Blair Sherrill, Alexandra Sanchez, Curtis Stephens, Dustin Dryden, Jessica Whittington (back) sponsors Rachel Cooey West, Mark Ebel, Angie Tyler, Melinda Sherrill, Elisa Cruz, Ana Stephens, Mary Bruce Hamilton and Dr. Gene Prough. Since 1993, FACC has awarded over $106,000 to more than 100 students through the FACC Scholarship Endowment. FACC members raise funds through concession sales at college sports events and with an annual silent auction. 

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October 14, 2010

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DEARLY DEPARTED REHEARSALThe Chipola College Theater is in rehearsal for the Fall comedy "Dearly Departed" which opens Nov. 4. Pictured from left, are Trey McKay, Austin Pettis and Griffin Smith. The comedy centers on a dysfunctional group of Southern eccentrics and their struggle to bury the patriarch of the family after he drops dead in the first act.  The play contains some adult humor. For information about Chipola Theater, call 718-2227.

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October 21, 2010

DR. J.R. KIRKLAND TO VISIT CHIPOLA COLLEGE

 

            MARIANNA—Dr. J.R. Kirkland, a Chipola College alumnus and founder of a Washington-based government relations firm, will address the Chipola Honors Seminar, Wednesday, Nov. 3, at 1 p.m., in Jackson Hall.

            College officials also are planning a reception in Kirkland’s honor to recognize his contribution of a significant history collection to the college Library. The reception is set for 2 p.m. in the Library. The public is invited to both events.

            Dr. Kirkland graduated from Chipola in 1960 and was named Chipola’s Alumnus of the Year in 2000.  He said that his successful career owes much to the teaching he received at Chipola. “I have many fond and strong memories of a number of faculty and administrators,” Kirkland said.

            Dr. Kirkland is founder and President of FBA Inc., a government relations firm that represents colleges and universities, associations, foundations and private sector companies in their work with Congress, the White House and Executive Agencies of the federal government.

            In 1990 Kirkland and his brother, David, endowed the Kirkland Award for Excellence in Teaching at Chipola in honor of their parents Carolyn and the late Willis Kirkland. The award was the first at Chipola to recognize outstanding teaching.

            Dr. Kirkland has a special interest and expertise in the interrelationship of federal science policies and programs and the research communities of technology firms and American universities.  During the past 20 years, he has directed numerous business and academic coalitions that have secured federal funding for research in advanced computing, neurosciences, nanotechnology and various health related fields. 

            Also, Dr. Kirkland has led initiatives in the application of advanced technology to education and training programs, and has extensive experience in the field of distance learning and health care delivery to remote areas.  He serves on a number of advisory boards that recommend policies and programs to state and federal government agencies to promote economic development through cooperative relationships.

            In addition to his business activities, Dr. Kirkland has served in numerous positions in education and government.  The holder of a Ph. D in American History from the University of North Carolina, he has been a professor at Cornell University, American University, and Heidelberg University in Germany.  Currently, he is Senior Research Fellow of the IC Squared Institute at the University of Texas, Austin, and chairs the Graduate Education Advisory Board at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  He has staffed and has served as advisor to a number of Congressmen and Senators.  He served as a member of the White House Domestic Policy Staff, and was a Director of the 1980 Conference on Small Business.

            A resident of the Washington D. C. area since 1965, Dr. Kirkland is married and has four children.  His wife Martha is Executive Director of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation.

 

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October 21, 2010

FOULK JOINS CHIPOLA BUSINESS FACULTY

 

            MARIANNA—Robert M. (Bob) Foulk has joined the Chipola College faculty as Instructor of Business Management in the Business and Technology Division. 

            Foulk earned an M.B.A. in Management from Southern Illinois University and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Delaware. He also completed graduate work at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the National Honor Society for Business.

            Foulk says, “I’ve been a full-time college instructor for the past 14 years, primarily in North Carolina, teaching the total range of business courses and also economics. My focus here at Chipola will be the junior and senior business courses and economics.  It is a great privilege to continue to provide my experience and expertise to this generation of students.”

            He served as a Business supervisor with DuPont Company-Engineering Department and served on a team of Accounting and Procurement personnel who provided support for major company projects design and construction. 

            Foulk has a long and distinguished military career. He is a retired Military officer with 28 years commissioned service.  He earned the rank Navy-Commander with 11 years active duty and nine years in the reserves. He served eight years in the Delaware Army National Guard achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

            Foulk is a Vietnam veteran and lived in Japan for four years. He has traveled to Europe and Far East a number of times.

 

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October 21, 2010

TICKETS ON SALE FOR CHIPOLA’S ‘DEARLY DEPARTED

           

            MARIANNA—Tickets are now on sale for Chipola College Theater’s fall comedy, “Dearly Departed,” which plays Nov. 4-7 in the Chipola Theater.  Tickets are available in the college Business Office.

            Chipola Theater director Charles Sirmon recently cast local actors in the following roles: Josh Tetow as Bud Turpin/DJ, Piper Williams as Raynelle, Matt Van Buren as Ray-Bud, Ashleigh Stowe as Lucille, Griffin Smith as Junior, Kayla Todd as Suzanne, Deanna Harrison as Marguerite, Trey McKay as Royce, Joy Wallace as Delightful, Austin Pettis as Rev. Hooker, Danuta Jacob as Veda, Blake Collins as Norval, Diana Glaze as Nadine, Chris Holloway as Clyde, Madison Wester as Juanita, and Cam Hitchcock and Alex Anderson as The Joy of Life Singers.  David Reeves Forrester is the Stage Manager. Clint Touchton is the Assistant Stage Manager. Brenton Jones is the Sound Designer.

             Not since “Steel Magnolias,” has a more dysfunctional group of Southern eccentrics gathered below the Mason-Dixon. When the patriarch of the family keels over dead, the struggle to get him buried involves the whole clan, including the not-so-grieving widow who wants to put “Mean and Surly” on the tombstone. The play contains some adult humor.

            For ticket information, call the Chipola Business Office at 718-2220.

                                   

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TICKETS ON SALE FOR CHIPOLA’S ‘DEARLY DEPARTED’—Tickets are now on sale for Chipola College Theater’s fall comedy, “Dearly Departed,” which plays Nov. 4-7 in the Chipola Theater.  Pictured are the cast and crew. For ticket information, call the Chipola Business Office at 718-2220.

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October 21, 2010

LINDBERGH SHOW COMING TO CHIPOLA COLLEGE

 

            MARIANNA—Charles Lindbergh: The Lone Eagle, the second event in the Chipola College Artist Series, will be presented Nov. 9.

            Individual event tickets - $12 for adults and $8 for ages 18 and under –go on sale Oct. 26 in the Chipola Business Office.

             “The Lone Eagle” was just one of many nicknames given to Lindbergh by the press after he became the first pilot to fly nonstop from New York to Paris in May of 1927. 

            This one- man play written and portrayed by Steve Carroll spans Lindbergh’s life as he returns from the grave to set the record straight about his life. Guests will learn of his early barnstorming days, the famous flight to Paris, his son’s kidnapping, the unpopular stance he took against entering WWII, his subsequent heroism as a fighter pilot, and his final days as a world renowned environmentalist. For information, visit www.dreamscapeprods.com.

            Two more events are slated in the Chipola Artist Series. The Freddy Cole Quartet in Concert will be presented Feb. 7, 2011.  Freddy Cole, a Grammy nominee in his own right, makes no apology for sounding like his brother, Nat King Cole.  The Manhattan Piano Trio closes the 2010-11 season, March 17, 2011.

            For ticket information, call 718-2220.

 

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October 21, 2010

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FOWLER IS TOP EMPLOYEE—Terri Fowler is Chipola College’s Career Employee for November. Fowler serves as a Technical Office Assistant in Information Systems and has worked at the college since 2004. Here, Fowler is congratulated by Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough.

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October 28, 2010

BRAIN BOWLERS SCORE IN ATLANTA AND LAKE CITY

 

            MARIANNA—Dallin Kelson, playing as a solo team for Chipola College, finished in second place at the Early Fall Brain Bowl Tournament held at Georgia Tech on Oct. 23.        

            Kelson finished with an 8-2 record, recording wins over the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, the University of Alabama A, Florida State University, Ole Miss, and Wofford. In the playoffs, he beat previously unbeaten Georgia 405-165, FSU 390-135, and Alabama 330-160. Kelson lost a close match to South Carolina, the eventual winner the tournament with a 9-1 record. South Carolina has a pre-season rank of number 17 in the nation.

            Kelson was the leading scorer averaging over 107 points per game. For results, visit http://results.scobo.net/SQBS.aspx?org=GeorgiaTech&id=15&page=standings.

            While Kelson was representing Chipola in Atlanta, the remaining Chipola Brain Bowl team members were playing in Lake City at the Florida Gateway Classic.

            Chipola Blue made it to the semifinals, losing to Central Florida CC on the last question. Chipola Blue team members are:  Brittany Stephens, Annemarie Nichols, Travis Bontrager, and Harrison Fuqua. Chipola Blue finished the tournament with an 8-1 record.  Annemarie Nichols and Brittany Stephens both finished in the top 10.

            Chipola is the defending FCCAA State Brain Bowl champion. Coaches are Stan Young and Dr. Robert Dunkle. 

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October 28, 2010

TICKETS ON SALE FOR CHIPOLA’S ‘DEARLY DEPARTED

           

            MARIANNA—Tickets are now on sale for Chipola College Theater’s fall comedy, “Dearly Departed,” which plays Nov. 4-7 in the Chipola Theater.  Show time is 7 p.m. nightly with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee.

            Tickets are available in the college Business Office during regular business hours. Tickets also will be available at the Theater Box Office 30 minutes before each show.

            Not since “Steel Magnolias,” has a more dysfunctional group of Southern eccentrics gathered below the Mason-Dixon. When the patriarch of the family keels over dead, the struggle to get him buried involves the whole clan, including the not-so-grieving widow who wants to put “Mean and Surly” on the tombstone. The play contains some adult humor.

            Chipola Theater director Charles Sirmon cast actors in the following roles: Josh Tetow as Bud Turpin/DJ, Piper Williams as Raynelle, Matt Van Buren as Ray-Bud, Ashleigh Stowe as Lucille, Griffin Smith as Junior, Kayla Todd as Suzanne, Deanna Harrison as Marguerite, Trey McKay as Royce, Joy Wallace as Delightful, Austin Pettis as Rev. Hooker, Danuta Jacob as Veda, Blake Collins as Norval, Diana Glaze as Nadine, Chris Holloway as Clyde, Madison Wester as Juanita, and Cam Hitchcock and Alex Anderson as The Joy of Life Singers.  David Reeves Forrester is the Stage Manager. Clint Touchton is the Assistant Stage Manager. Brenton Jones is the Sound Designer.

            For ticket information, call the Chipola Business Office at 718-2220.

                                   

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TICKETS ON SALE FOR CHIPOLA’S ‘DEARLY DEPARTED’— Tickets are now on sale for Chipola College Theater’s fall comedy, “Dearly Departed,” which plays Nov. 4-7 in the Chipola Theater.  Pictured are leading actors in the show. Show time is 7 p.m. nightly with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee. Tickets are available in the college Business Office during regular business hours and will be available at the Theater Box Office 30 minutes before each show.  For ticket information, call 718-2220.

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October 28, 2010

LINDBERGH SHOW COMING TO CHIPOLA COLLEGE

           

            MARIANNA—Charles Lindbergh: The Lone Eagle, the second event in the Chipola College Artist Series, will be presented Nov. 9.

            Individual event tickets - $12 for adults and $8 for ages 18 and under –go on sale Oct. 26 in the Chipola Business Office.

             “The Lone Eagle” was just one of many nicknames given to Lindbergh by the press after he became the first pilot to fly nonstop from New York to Paris in May of 1927. 

            This one- man play written and portrayed by Steve Carroll spans Lindbergh’s life as he returns from the grave to set the record straight about his life. Guests will learn of his early barnstorming days, the famous flight to Paris, his son’s kidnapping, the unpopular stance he took against entering WWII, his subsequent heroism as a fighter pilot, and his final days as a world renowned environmentalist. For information, visit www.dreamscapeprods.com.

            Two more events are slated in the Chipola Artist Series. The Freddy Cole Quartet in Concert will be presented Feb. 7, 2011.  Freddy Cole, a Grammy nominee in his own right, makes no apology for sounding like his brother, Nat King Cole.  The Manhattan Piano Trio closes the 2010-11 season, March 17, 2011.

            For ticket information, call 718-2220.

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October 28, 2010

Conservation Biology students hike the Garden of Eden Trail

           

            MARIANNA—Twenty-one students from the Conservation Biology classes at Chipola College recently hiked the Garden of Eden Trail at the Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve outside of Bristol. 

            The 6,294 acre preserve is owned and managed by the Florida Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.  Dr. David Hilton, Chipola professor and Conservation Biology instructor, guided the students on the 3.75 mile trail beginning in a sandhill habitat with wiregrass and longleaf pines and eventually arriving at the Alum Bluff overlook, 135 feet above the Apalachicola River.      

            The trail borders amphitheater-shaped steepheads, formed from below-ground erosion, and descends into two ravines – lush slope forests with small seepage streams leading to the river.  The slope forest is home to two very rare needle-leaved trees – the Florida torreya (Torreya taxifolia) and the Florida yew (Taxus floridana).

            In 1971 a local resident, E. E. Calloway, published his theory that this was once the home of Adam and Eve. Calloway saw the rare trees, the crystal-clear streams and the amazing view from the top of the bluff and determined that this was indeed Heaven on Earth.  The Garden of Eden Trail is located 1.6 miles off of Highway 20 on State Road 12. 

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October 28, 2010

SUNDAY AFTERNOON IN THE ARTS SET FOR NOV. 7

 

             MARIANNA—“Some of the most unique and creative works of art ever shown in Jackson County are on exhibit at the 6th Annual Sunday Afternoon with the Arts at the Chipola Arts Center on Nov. 7 from 1 to 4 p.m.,” according to the exhibit chairperson, Debra Pelc Menacof.

           With nearly 65 artists from as far away as Arizona, Dothan, Panama City and Tallahassee, the exhibit has captured the interest of professional and amateur artists from across the country.  Some of the artists with work in the show are college students, and others work as professional artists. More than 150 pieces of work are on display.

          This year’s exhibit features more three-dimensional art than previous years including sculpture and pottery.  Ceramic stoneware depicting African wildlife hand thrown by Joshua “Ben” King, a graduate of Sneads High, is included in the exhibit. King and his family worked in South Africa as missionaries for ten years where he became known as the “Pilgrim Potter.” He traveled with his potter’s wheel into villages, schools, and open markets and used his pottery creations to communicate the Gospel. King will be on hand during the Artists Reception to demonstrating his ceramic techniques.

         Other artists with three dimensional works in the show include Claude Reese, Maurice Fox, Debra Pelc Menacof, Robert Paradis, Dawn Prietz and Joel Scilley.

         Literature and visual art are combined in several displays as the written word is presented by author Darlene V. Earhart. Co-authors, Judy D. Brooten and Rachel M. Christopher are exhibiting their newly published book, The History of the First Presbyterian Church, Marianna, Florida 1835 -2010, in a shadowbox featuring historic photographs of the church.

         One of the most creative literary presentations is by watercolor artist, L. Steven Spak and author, Margena B. Myrick. Spak illustrated Myrick’s book filled with wonderful lessons learned growing up. Their display chronicles the path from sketch, to painting to a published, illustrated book.

         In addition to these literary displays, author/historian Dale Cox will be on hand to discuss his numerous books about the area

         Painted canvas and paper stretch throughout the art center this year, as many artists chose to paint bigger, bolder, and brighter. Brilliant florals, whimsical creatures and intriguing contemporary designs delight the eye through the exhibit.

         Thought-provoking sketches and drawings challenge the intellect while handsome drawings in charcoal and pen and ink capture  scenes along the Chipola River or depict favorite places in the Panhandle, such as Sam Carnley’s pen and ink drawing of Two Egg, Florida and Marian Oswald’s watercolor of the old store in Two Egg.  

         The variety of art coupled with the chance to watch artists demonstrating their techniques make this annual event an excellent outing for the entire family.  Some artists will lead hands-on painting opportunities such as Karen Roland of Chipley who will invite visitors to join her in painting a huge mural.

         Sam Carnley will lead a hands-on experience in drawing with pen and ink. Michele Tabor Kimbrough of Marianna will show how to apply watercolor to a newly created pen and ink drawing.  Nancy Zurenda will demonstrate needle felting. Jerry Whitson will be painting outdoors in plein air. Dawn Prietz will be outdoors at her potter’s wheel. Roberta Newell will lead an oil and water resistance painting opportunity as well. 

         Anita Pizza, internationally renowned pianist, who now lives in Marianna, will play during the event.

         Volunteers from through out the community work behind the scenes to make this annual event a reality. Members of the Chipola Regional Arts Association and The Artists Guild of Northwest Florida, Inc., will be at the reception to greet visitors and answer questions along with many exhibiting artists.

         “Joan Stadsklev, the Director of the Fine and Performing Arts Department at Chipola College is a driving force behind this event. Without her support, and that of the college, Sunday Afternoon with the Arts would not be possible,” added Menacof. 

         The Artists Reception at Chipola Arts Center is a free event on Nov. 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. In addition to refreshments and live music, visitors will have the opportunity to win a variety of door prizes including the grand prize of a beautiful piece of framed art donated by John Brewer Studios.

          The exhibit can be viewed Monday through Friday during regular college hours from Nov. 1 to 12.  Individuals and groups who would like to view the exhibit but cannot attend the public reception can see it by contacting the Fine Arts Department at Chipola College at 850-718-2277.    

         The fall exhibit and Sunday Afternoon with the Arts is co-sponsored by The Artists Guild of Northwest Florida, Inc., the Chipola Regional Arts Association and Chipola College.    

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October 28, 2010

FSU PROFESSOR’S ART ON DISPLAY AT CHIPOLA

           

            MARIANNA—Original works by Anne Stagg, Director of the BFA Studio Art Program at Florida State University, are on display in the Gallery of the McLendon Fine Arts Building on the campus of Chipola College.

            Of her exhibit entitled, “Methods of Escape,” Stagg says, “We all need a means of escape from the daily grind. Be it a fantasy, a trip to the river, a mid-summer storm, a hobby, or the comfort of home, these escapes provide balance and refuge from our daily stressors.”

            Stagg admits the series of drawings began in the midst of a creative dry spell. “My work was in transition and one day I looked around and realized that I had put away all of the projects I had begun, she said. “All around me white, blank canvases and stacks of paper returned my gaze and I felt a little daunted by the thought of making the first mark and beginning the process of making again. On impulse, I picked up a ruler and a tech pen. I put one line on the first sheet, two on the second, three on the third and so on. These marks were not contrived, they were just marks and I knew that I could be ruining a stack of paper or freeing myself to begin making again,” she said.

            Stagg says she didn't set out to make anything specific, just thinking about escape. “I found myself reaching for watercolors. I was interested in the dripping, slightly transparent immediacy of the material. In the end, I hope the drawings in the Methods of Escape series are playful voids where the viewer may find their own escape from the day-to-day,” Stagg said.    

            The show is available for viewing weekdays, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. through Nov. 9. For information, call 718-2301.

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FSU PROFESSOR’S ART ON DISPLAY AT CHIPOLA—Original works by Anne Stagg, Director of the BFA Studio Art Program at Florida State University, are on display in the Gallery of the McLendon Fine Arts Building on the campus of Chipola College. Pictured here is a piece entitled, “History.” The show is available for viewing weekdays, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. through Nov. 9. For information, call 718-2301.

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October 28, 2010

CHIPOLA TEAMS TO TIP OFF BASKETBALL SEASON NOV. 5

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Indians men’s basketball team is ranked second and the Chipola Lady Indians are ranked third in their respective FCCAA State Men’s and Women’s Basketball Preseason Coaches’ Polls.

            The Lady Indians open the regular season Nov. 5-6 at home against Broward and Miami Dade.  Both games tip off at 5 p.m.

            The Indians open the regular season Nov. 5-6 at home against Enterprise and Shelton State. Both games tip off at 7 p.m.

            The FCCAA Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll with last year’s record in parentheses: 1. Northwest Florida State (30-5); 2. Chipola (19-9); 3. Tallahassee (25-6); 4. Miami Dade (12-14); 5. Daytona State (21-7); 6. Central Florida (26-7); 7. St. Petersburg (20-10); 8. Broward (22-6); 9. Santa Fe (17-12); and 10. Palm Beach State (9-17).

            The FCCAA Women’s Basketball Preseason Coaches’ Poll with last year’s record in parentheses: 1. Gulf Coast (32-1); 2. Pensacola (24-6); 3. Chipola (11-17); 4. Tallahassee (20-9); 5. Indian River State (21-5); 6. Central Florida (19-11); 7. Santa Fe (18-10); 8. Northwest Florida State (17-8); 9. Daytona State (15-13); and 10. Palm Beach State (21-7).

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PANHANDLE COACHES MEET FOR MEDIA DAYChipola College recently hosted Panhandle Media Day. Pictured from left, are men’s basketball coaches: Gulf Coast coach Jay Powell, Chipola College coach Jake Headrick, Tallahassee Community College coach Eddie Barnes and Pensacola State coach Pete Pena.

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