September 1, 2011

ENROLLMENT UP AT CHIPOLA THIS FALL

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College is enjoying two percent enrollment increase this Fall.

            A total of 2,060 students were enrolled through the final day of registration compared to 2,000 students at the same time last year.

            In addition to the headcount increase, students also are taking more classes. Full Time Equivalency (FTE)—an average calculation of the number of hours that students take—is also up half of one percent, just slightly over last Fall.

            College president Dr. Gene Prough said, “We are glad that so many students are taking advantage of the opportunities to improve their lives through higher education. Our goal is to provide access to all the citizens of our district.”

            Enrollment in the college’s four-year degree programs is a big part of the college’s increase. With 187 juniors and seniors, enrollment in bachelor’s programs account for nearly ten percent of the college’s total enrollment. Chipola offers ten bachelor’s degree programs including math or science education for middle and high school, English education, elementary education, exceptional student education, nursing and business administration (with concentrations in management or accounting). 

            Dr. Jayne Roberts, Vice President of Student Affairs, says, “Engaging outreach programs such as the Educational Talent Search Program and College Reach Out Program with area high schools have had a tremendous effect.” Roberts also reported that the college is offering more classes on-line which has made college more accessible for more students. ” 

            Most Chipola students are enrolled in the Associate in Arts (AA) program, a two-year degree that guarantees acceptance to Florida’s 11 public universities. Chipola also offers Associate in Science degrees and certificates in Workforce Development programs that provide training for various career fields. Two of the college’s Workforce Development programs—Cosmetology and Automotive Technology—have maximum enrollment with students on waiting lists.   

            Students who missed the regular registration have another opportunity to attend college this Fall during Term ‘C.’ Classes begin Oct.14. Registration for the six-week term is Oct. 13. 

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

            For admission information, call 850-718-2211, or visit www.chipola.edu

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ENROLLMENT UP AT CHIPOLA—A group of Chipola College students enjoy a booth in the Student Center. Chipola is enjoying two percent enrollment increase this Fall. Students who missed regular registration have another opportunity to attend college this Fall during Term ‘C’ which begins Oct. 14. For admission information, call 850-718-2211, or visit www.chipola.edu

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September 1, 2011

CHIPOLA Automotive Program Receives National Accreditation

 

MARIANNA—The automotive training program at Chipola College has received accreditation by NATEF and The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

Chipola’s automotive program has Master NATEF Certification in all eight areas of certification: Electrical, Engine Performance, Brakes, Steering and Suspension, Air Conditioning and Heating, Engine Repair, Automatic Transmission and Transaxles and Manual Drive Trains.

To achieve this coveted recognition, the school’s automotive training program underwent rigorous evaluation by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). Nationally accepted standards of excellence in areas such as instruction, facilities, and equipment were used in the evaluation.

Upon completion of the evaluation, NATEF recommended that Chipola be accredited by The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). ASE is a national non-profit organization which tests and certifies repair technicians, in addition to accrediting automotive training programs.

The 1,800 hour automotive program features a state-of-the art training facility with the latest software, simulators, and diagnostic equipment.  The program is competency-based and self-paced with open-entry. The TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education) is required for entry. There is no charge for the test.

Automotive instructor John Gardner says, “Technology in the automotive industry is moving at lightning speed and there is a shortage of trained technicians.”

            According to the Florida Department of Labor Handbook, the job outlook for automotive technicians is expected to grow 12 to 15 percent over the next decade. The outlook for long-term job security also is positive, as the automotive repair industry has historically unaffected by general economic trends and should thus be able to survive any economic downturns.

             Entry level pay ranges from $21,000 to $32,000 with mid-range technicians earning up to $55,000 and experienced technicians earning up to $72,000. Master mechanics can expect salaries in the $58,000 to $108,000 range.   

In 2009, the Chipola Automotive Technology program was named one of the Top 20 Schools in the country by Tomorrow’s Technician and Chicago Pneumatic Tool Company.

Chipola’s Automotive program is part of the college’s Workforce Development Division. Other Workforce programs include: Cosmetology, Networking Services, Computer Systems Technology I and II, Information Technology Management, Corrections, Law Enforcement, Fire-fighting and Culinary Management.

            For more information, call 850-718-2306.

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CHIPOLA Automotive Program Receives National Accreditation--The automotive training program at Chipola College has received accreditation by NATEF and The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). Pictured from left, are student Michael Reed; Automotive instructor John Gardner and student Jordan Shores.  For more information, call 850-718-2306.

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September 1, 2011

CHIPOLA ARTIST SERIES OPENS SEPT. 11 WITH FACULTY SHOW

 

            MARIANNA—The Chipola College Artist Series opens Sunday, Sept. 11, with “Artistic Reflections” presented by the Chipola College Music and Theatre Faculty.

            The 2 p.m. matinee performance will honor Joan Stadsklev, the retiring Associate Dean of Fine and Performing Arts and will include reflections on the 10 year anniversary of 9-11. The show is billed as a “hail and farewell” as the college welcomes Dr. Daniel Powell, interim dean of Fine and Performing Arts and says goodbye to Stadsklev.

            The Chipola faculty will delight with their talent, skill and showmanship as they present a memorable afternoon of music ranging from classical to modern. Performers will include pianists Dr. Christine Yoshikawa and Dr. Josh Martin; Dr. Daniel Powell, saxophone; Adam Larison, guitar; Angie White, vocalist; Charles Sirmon, Theatre; and others.    

            The Chipola Regional Arts Association (CRAA) will host a reception open to all audience members in honor of Stadsklev’s 25 years of service at Chipola and 22 years as the executive director of CRAA.  

            A limited number of individual event tickets—$12 for adults and $8 for ages 18 and under—“Artistic Reflections” are on sale in the college Business Office. Season tickets for the entire four-event Artist Series are still available.

            The Artist Series includes three more outstanding performances, including “Songs and Stories of the Civil War” presented by Bobby Horton, Jan. 30, 2012. “Fused Tutu,” a mixed dance repertoire program presented by Dance Alive, the National Ballet Company, set for March 18, 2012. “The Whiffenpoofs,” the oldest and best-known collegiate a cappella all-male singing group, will perform April 26, 2012.

            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 tickets, contact the college Business Office at 718-2220. 

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CHIPOLA ARTIST SERIES OPENS WITH FACULTY SHOW—The Chipola College Artist Series opens Sunday, Sept. 11, with “Artistic Reflections” presented by the Music and Theatre Faculty. The 2 p.m. performance will honor Joan Stadsklev, retiring Associate Dean of Fine and Performing Arts. The show is billed as a “hail and farewell” as the college welcomes Dr. Daniel Powell, interim dean of Fine and Performing Arts and says goodbye to Stadsklev. For tickets, call 718-2220. 

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September 1, 2011

 ‘OUR TOWN’ AUDITIONS SEPT. 6-7 AT CHIPOLA

MARIANNA—Chipola College Theatre director Charles Sirmon will hold Auditions for “Our Town” Sept. 6 and 7 at 6 p.m.

The 2011-12 theater season opens with the Thornton Wilder favorite, Nov. 3-6. Our Town explores the lives of people living in a small, quintessentially American town. It was first produced in 1938 and received the Pulitzer Prize for Literature. The play is divided into three aspects of the human experience: Daily Life, Love and Marriage, and Death making it one of the most deeply human scripts in all of American theatre.

Chipola will present the hit musical, “Godspell,” Feb. 29, Mar. 1-4, 2012. Auditions are Jan. 9 and 10.

            The children’s show, “Finale” is set for May 10, 2012. Created by Chipola’s long-time guest choreographer Chris Manasco, this will be the last show in the old theatre.  Auditions are March 12 at 5 p.m.

            Theatre fans are invited to join The Applauding Chipola Theatre (ACT) VIP fund, which guarantees the best seats for all shows. The ACT Fund offers five levels of membership including Sponsor, Patron, Benefactor, Angel and Corporate Angel with VIP seating available at all levels. A portion of ACT memberships are tax-deductible.

            For information, contact Charles Sirmon at 850-718-2227 or email: sirmonc@chipola.edu

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OUR TOWN AUDITIONS—Chipola College Theatre director Charles Sirmon will hold Auditions for “Our Town” Sept. 6 and 7 at 6 p.m. For information, contact Charles Sirmon at 850-718-2227 or email: sirmonc@chipola.edu            

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September 1, 2011

SMALL BUSINESS SEMINARS SET AT CHIPOLA

           

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer a series of small business seminars in the coming months.

“Steps to Starting a Business” is Friday, Sept. 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Participants will learn about organizational requirements and licensing for a small business in Florida, personal financial assessments, credit checks, defining customers, location considerations, and employee requirements.

On Oct. 7, a seminar entitled, “How to write a Business Plan,” will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Participants will learn to create an impressive, professional business plan to get it right the first time.  Participants also will review a software program and walk through the business plan process.

“Starting Your Own Restaurant Business” is set for Oct. 21. Marketing Series, Part 1:  Introduction to 21st Century Marketing is Nov. 4 and Marketing Part 2   Marketing on the Internet and Using Social Media is Dec. 2.

The workshops will meet in Room M-108 of the Chipola Business and Technology building. Cost of each seminar is $30.

                Register at http://clients.floridasbdc.org/center.aspx?center=41230&subloc=4

For more information call (850) 718-2441 or e-mail seversone@chipola.edu

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September 1, 2011

THE CHIPOLA BASEBALL ‘FACTORY’

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College, in the rural Florida panhandle, long has been recognized as a basketball powerhouse, with countless state junior college titles and national tournament appearances to its credit.  Not quite so well-known are Chipola’s accomplishments on the baseball diamond, from which it has launched more players into the professional ranks than perhaps any school of its size in the country.

            This season, for example, no less than seven former Chipola players have represented the school in major league baseball -- including Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter and all-star players Jose’ Bautista (Toronto Blue Jays outfielder) and Russell Martin (New York Yankees catcher).  Other big leaguers this year include Tyler Flowers (Chicago White Sox catcher), Rene Tosoni (Minnesota Twins outfielder), Mat Gamel (Milwaukee Brewers third baseman) and Darren Ford (San Francisco Giants outfielder).

            Last season the hard-hitting Bautista led the major leagues with 54 home runs, a Blue Jays’ franchise record.  He was voted to the American League all-star team and was honored with the league’s Hank Aaron Award.  This year he received more all-star votes than any player in major league history.

            Martin is a three-time all-star – twice for the Los Angeles Dodgers (2007 and 2008) and this year for the Yankees.  As a Dodger, he led all-star voting in 2007 – when he also received the National League’s Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards.

            Within the past two years, 14 former Chipola players have appeared on professional rosters at the double-A level or higher.  In addition, others were playing in Class A or the rookie leagues. Three years ago, the Chipola baseball “factory” absolutely dominated the minor league ranks when six of its alums won either league MVP honors or batting championships.

            Chipola Coach Jeff Johnson, who has compiled a 531-272-2 record and won a national championship (2007) as the Indians’ skipper for the past 15 years, presently has 26 former players in professional baseball.  He is outspoken about their accomplishments, pointing out that San Jacincto Junior College (in Texas) is the only other two-year school in the nation with comparable success in sending players to the pros.  “We’ve probably sent more guys to the pros than most Division I schools – and we’re very proud of that.  We’ve been fortunate to have many dedicated, hardworking young men with tremendous ability in our program.  They’ve done Chipola proud.”

            Buck Showalter played at Chipola in 1976, before Johnson’s arrival.  Showalter went on to Mississippi State, where he was an All-American.   After playing seven seasons in the Yankees minor league organization, the Yanks selected him to manage their big league club in 1992.  He later managed the Arizona Diamondbacks and Texas Rangers before taking the reins at Baltimore.

            Other former Chipola players poised to make the leap to the major leagues include outfielder Adam Loewen (Toronto’s Las Vegas AAA farm team), catcher Cole Armstrong (Los Angeles Angels’ AAA Salt Lake City team), pitcher Jaye Chapman (Atlanta’s AAA Gwinett team), outfielder Ricardo Nanita (Toronto’s AAA Las Vegas team), pitcher Pat Corbin (Arizona’s AA Mobile team) and Steve Clevenger (Chicago Cubs’ AA Tennessee team).

            Although Chipola dropped “Junior” from its name in 2003, it still functions as a junior college for most of its 2,300 students.  While the school now awards baccalaureate degrees in several areas, it competes in interscholastic sports at the junior college level.  Established in 1947 to serve rural northwest Florida, the school has a rich tradition of excellence in both academics and athletics.

            Nowhere is that excellence more evident than in the ranks of professional baseball.

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CHIPOLA BASEBALL SUCCESS—Chipola College has launched more baseball players into the professional ranks than perhaps any school of its size in the country.This season no less than seven former Chipola players have represented the school in major league baseball -- including Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter and all-star players Jose’ Bautista (Toronto Blue Jays outfielder) and Russell Martin (New York Yankees catcher). 

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September 1, 2011

CHIPOLA BASEBALL FALL SCHEDULE

MARIANNA—The reigning state champion Chipola College baseball team will play a pre-conference Fall schedule beginning with four home games, Sept. 15-16.

On Thursday, Sept. 15, the Indians will host Wallace-Dothan, at 10 a.m. and Darton College at 6:30 p.m. On Friday, Sept. 16, Chipola will host Pensacola at 10 a.m. and Gulf Coast at 5:30 p.m.

The Indians will host the Next Level Baseball squad, Sunday, Oct. 16, at 1 p.m.

Chipola will play at Gulf Coast, Sept. 21; in Lakeland, Sept. 24; at the University of West Florida, Sept. 30; at Gulf Coast, Oct. 7; in Montgomery, Oct. 8 and in Tallahassee, Oct. 28.  

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

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September 1, 2011

CHIPOLA SOFTBALL FALL SCHEDULE

MARIANNA—The Chipola College softball team will play a pre-conference Fall schedule beginning with a Tournament for 18 and Under players on Sept. 17. 

The Lady Indians will travel to Troy University, Sept. 30; to Auburn University, Oct. 7; at LSU, Oct. 15-16; at University of Southern Mississippi, Oct. 17 and at the University of Florida, Nov. 6.

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

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Sept. 8, 2011

CAST ANNOUNCED FOR CHIPOLA’S ‘OUR TOWN’

               

                MARIANNA— Chipola College Theatre director Charles Sirmon recently cast local actors in the college production of "Our Town," which opens Nov. 3.  

                The “Our Town” cast includes: Joe Gibson as Dr. Gibbs, Leah Page as Mrs. Gibbs, Trey McKay as George Gibbs, Jamal Engram as Howie Newsom, Ashleigh Stowe as Mrs. Webb,  Chris Holloway as Mr. Webb, Joni Barfield as Emily Webb, Jae House as Professor Willard, Sierra Hill as Lady in Box, Dante Brown as Simon Stimson, Christin Wiggins as Mrs. Soames, Josh Tetlow as Constable Warren, Matthew Van Buren and Alex Anderson as Baseball Players, Laura Sweat as Sam Craig, Matthew Van Buren as Joe Stoddard, Alexus Perry and Sharraneka Jackson as Townspeople and John David Brown as Stage Manager.

                “Our Town” explores the lives of people living in a small, quintessentially American town. It was first produced in 1938 and received the Pulitzer Prize for Literature. The play is divided into three aspects of the human experience: Daily Life, Love and Marriage, and Death making it one of the most deeply human scripts in all of American theatre.

                Theatre fans are invited to join The Applauding Chipola Theatre (ACT) VIP fund, which guarantees the best seats for all shows. The ACT Fund offers five levels of membership including Sponsor, Patron, Benefactor, Angel and Corporate Angel with VIP seating available at all levels. A portion of ACT memberships are tax-deductible.

                For information, contact Charles Sirmon at 850-718-2227 or email: sirmonc@chipola.edu.

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Sept. 8, 2011

NEW DIRECTOR TO SPEAK AT MONTHLY CRAA MEETING

 

            MARIANNA—The public is invited to attend the Chipola Regional Arts Association (CRAA) meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at Jim’s Buffet in Marianna.

            A Dutch-treat luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. with the program beginning at noon.

            The program for this first meeting of the season will feature Dr. Daniel Powell, the newly- appointed Associate Dean of the Fine and Performing Arts department at Chipola.  Dr. Powell will assume leadership over the Chipola Regional Arts Association as their executive director, and will speak about the future of the arts in the Chipola district.

            Dr. Powell will discuss exciting opportunities in the area and share ways to strengthen the community through the arts.  “I want to start a conversation with the community,” Powell says, “to find what people want to improve and ways to implement this.  I am not only an approachable guy, I am eager to meet people and involve everyone in the community with what we are doing. All of those wishing to make a difference in the community are invited to attend all or part of this event.” 

            For information, contact Daniel Powell at powelld@chipola.edu or (850) 718-2257.

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Sept. 8, 2011

 ‘STARTING A BUSINESS’ SEMINAR IS FRIDAY AT CHIPOLA

           

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer the first in a series of small business seminars on Friday, Sept. 16.

            “Steps to Starting a Business” will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Participants will learn about organizational requirements and licensing for a small business in Florida, personal financial assessments, credit checks, defining customers, location considerations, and employee requirements. Cost of the seminar is $30.

            On Oct. 7, a seminar entitled, “How to write a Business Plan,” will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Participants will learn to create an impressive, professional business plan to get it right the first time.  Participants also will review a software program and walk through the business plan process.

            “Starting Your Own Restaurant Business” is set for Oct. 21. Marketing Series, Part 1:  Introduction to 21st Century Marketing is Nov. 4 and Marketing Part 2: Marketing on the Internet and Using Social Media is Dec. 2.

            The workshops will meet in Room M-108 of the Chipola Business and Technology building. Cost of each seminar is $30.

            Register at http://clients.floridasbdc.org/center.aspx?center=41230&subloc=4

For more information call (850) 718-2441 or e-mail seversone@chipola.edu

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Sept. 8, 2011

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CHIPOLA THEATRE STUDENTS ATTEND FSU MEETING—Chipola Theatre majors, under the direction of Charles Sirmon, were special guests at a recent meeting of the Panhandle Seminole Club. The students attended the meeting to hear Cameron Jackson, Executive Director of Theatre and Producing Artistic Director of the School of Theatre at Florida State University.  Chipola theatre students also had a chance to meet FSU students studying in the area of theatre production. Pictured from left, are: (front) Jamal Engram, Laura Sweat, Haylie McLane, (back) Dante Brown, Alex Anderson, Leah Page, Christin Wiggins, Ashleigh Stowe, Matthew Van Buren, Trey McKay, Chris Holloway, Jay House, Joni Barfield, Pete Smith. For more information about Chipola Theatre, contact Charles Sirmon at sirmonc@chipola.edu

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Sept. 8, 2011

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SPIKES IS EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH—Tracy Spikes (right) accepts the September Chipola College Career Employee of the Month award from Chipola president, Dr. Gene Prough. Spikes serves as a maintenance repairman in the college Physical Plant where he has worked since 2004. 

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Sept. 8, 2011

CHIPOLA BASEBALL AT HOME SEPT. 15-16

 

              MARIANNA—The reigning state champion Chipola College baseball team will play a pre-conference Fall schedule beginning with four home games, Sept. 15-16.

            On Thursday, Sept. 15, the Indians will host Wallace-Dothan, at 10 a.m. and Darton College at 6:30 p.m. On Friday, Sept. 16, Chipola will host Pensacola at 10 a.m. and Gulf Coast at 5:30 p.m.

            The Indians will host the Next Level Baseball squad, Sunday, Oct. 16, at 1 p.m.

            Chipola will play at Gulf Coast, Sept. 21; in Lakeland, Sept. 24; at the University of West Florida, Sept. 30; at Gulf Coast, Oct. 7; in Montgomery, Oct. 8 and in Tallahassee, Oct. 28.              

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

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September 15, 2011

 Stadsklev Concert/Reception Sendoff a hit

         MARIANNA—Joan Stadsklev, the retiring Associate Dean of Chipola College’s Fine and Performing Arts Department, was given a grand sendoff with an Artist Series Faculty tribute and a reception sponsored by the Chipola Regional Arts Association (CRAA) on Sept. 11. 

          Stadsklev has served for 25 years as the Director (Associate Dean) of the Fine and Performing Arts department at Chipola and has lead CRAA for the past 22 years as the executive director. 

        The elegant reception was made possible by the efforts of CRAA and the contributions of arts supporters that wished to give Joan a well-deserved farewell. Stadsklev said, “I extend my deepest thanks to the members and contributors to the Chipola Regional Arts Association and to my faculty and staff.   The reception and concert given in my honor were truly exquisite. It has been an honor to work with so many wonderfully talented people in the arts always striving together to give our students and our district the very best we could offer in the arts.”

        Dr. Daniel Powell, the newly-appointed Associate Dean of the Fine and Performing Arts, said, “I am pleased to continue the fine tradition established by Joan Stadsklev. The standing ovation of the packed house was a testament to the high caliber faculty that teaches in the arts at Chipola. Many audience members attended the reception and were dazzled by the music of Anita Pizza while they floated through the warm friendly crowd.”

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Stadsklev Concert/Reception Sendoff a hitJoan Stadsklev, the retiring Associate Dean of Chipola College’s Fine and Performing Arts Department, was given a grand sendoff with an Artist Series Faculty tribute and a reception sponsored by the Chipola Regional Arts Association (CRAA) on Sept. 11.  Here, Stadsklev is congratulated by Dr. Jerry Kandzer, CRAA President.

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 September 15, 2011

CHIPOLA SUMMER DEAN’S LIST ANNOUNCED

 

MARIANNA—Dr. Sarah Clemmons, senior vice president of Instruction at Chipola College, commends the 208 students who made the Dean’s List for academic achievement during the Summer I and II Terms 2011.

                To be placed on the Dean’s List, a student must take 6 or more semester hours of courses and make an average of 3.25 (B+) to 4.0 (A) in all courses.

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

Alford—Julie Tindall.

Altha—Tory Lipford, Kathryn Nichols, Aaron Redmond.

Blountstown—Valerie States, Ashley Adams, Megan Shoemake.

Bonifay—Nina Adams, Regina Boyce, Jonathan Carrell, Jeffrey Dockery, Misty Kirkland, Seanna Mattox, Benjamin McWaters, Mika Moore, Mindy Myers, Kayla Reddick, Kayla Sherrouse.

Bristol—Hali Barfield, Karey Gautier.

Campbellton—Yorlanda Clark.

Chipley—Blake Anderson, Brandi Brubaker, Karen Gamboa, Tanner Gilbert, Loisha Myers, Anne  Mary Nichols, Gina Page, Taylor Parker, Jeffery Pitts, Crystal Zuraff.

Clarksville—Patrick Jones, Chase McClellan, Cole Thompson.

Cottondale—Dustin Baxley, Taylor Cintron, Sakima Godwin, Anthony Kadenzy.

Graceville—Rebekah Carnley, Cody Sikora, Kristine Woolcottfravez.

Grand Ridge—Scarlett Cowherd, Rebecca Hart, Beverly O'Pry, Ryan Pilcher.

Greenwood—Alicia Gambill, Denise Nix.

                Marianna—Julie Arroyo, Kendall Burns, Ronyon Campbell, Jr., Caleb Corbin, Shawn Fanchette, Kristin Fenton, Kristi Folds, Cessna Folsom, Shondel Frear, Harrison Fuqua, Megan Gardner, Tracy Goodwin, Brett Holloway, Sherry O'Connor, Jay Phelps, Kassi Roberts, Sandra Salvaty, Sandy Sims, Kristina Snelgrove, Steven Stewart,II, Alton Stone, Sara Wade, Adam Weiland, Joseph Whitfield, II, Marie Wieda, Crystal Williams.

                Sneads—Haley Bennett, Gretchen Kinsinger, Erin McKeown, Ashley Pavuk, Krystal Tyus, Nathan Walden. 

Vernon—Angelia Bland, Tosha Potter.

Wausau—Cierra Gregerson.

                Westville—Austin Garrett, Audrey Kandzer.

                Out of DistrictTracy Perry of Atlantic Beach,  Ranada Doyle of Dothan, Ala., Michelle Calano of Gordon, Ala., Katie Boyd of Madison, Lynnetta Boring and Lea Todd of Panama City,  William Lyons, Jr. and  Christy Martin of Panama City Beach, Amanda Hines of Quincy, William Brock of Southport, Jennifer Dariotis and Hazel Paule of Tallahassee.

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

                Alford—Angela Bowers, Sarah Phipps.

                Altha—Janice Roberts, Stephanie Shelton, Justin Terry, Hannah Waldorff, Ellen Williams.

                BlountstownTasheana Brown, Brittany Griffin, Clay Riddle, Mark Shuler, Warren Tanner.

                BonifayJohn Bradshaw, Jameson Cullifer, Mika Moore, Karly Slade.

BristolChristy Brock, Carmen Foran, Karey Gautier.

Campbellton—Frederick Beachum, Mykel Dates, Heather McCoy, Candis Williams.

                Caryville—Alexander Anderson.

                Chipley—Blake Anderson, Candice Baxley, Lance Bush, Chelsea Dalton, Michelle Daniels, Lisa Jenkins, Ashley Jones, Alisha Killings, Marshal Malloy, Ragen McDaniel, Anne Mary Nichols.

                Cottondale—Dennis Allen, Kristen Davis, Ashley McLean, Tracy Scott.

                Graceville—Tyler Crutchfield, Lindsey Engstrom, Kenya Merritt, Keith Watford, Brianna Webb, Kimberly Williams.

                Grand Ridge—Ashley Craven, Anita Halling, Ryan Pilcher.

Greenwood—Derrell Cockerham, Brent Hoelzer.

                Kinard—Nancy Miles.

                Malone—Shandrell Mount.

                Marianna—Kimberly Baggett,  Jacquelyn Bard, Jacqueline Bennett, Megan Blount, Jessie Bodie, Darren Collins, Rixena Dailey, Kami Fannin, Cessna Folsom, Jolene Gayhart, Kimberly Grant, Jamie McCoy, Sherry O'Connor, Emily Odom, Latoya Pollocks, Richard Register, MaryLu Sanchez, Tracy Speights, Dan Suggs, Joseph Taylor, III, Luther Thomas, Elynn Wallace, Khrystal Whitfield, Mary Whitfield, Alyssa Williams, Ashton Williams.

                Sneads—Austin Beauchamp, Kelly Lanier, Ryan McWorter, Nathan Walden.

                Vernon—Marian Cooper.

                Westville—Samuel Griffin.

Out of District— Sara Djassi,of Amadora, Portugal, Adrian Carr and  Bridgette King of Chattahoochee, Ayanna Colvin, Columbus, OH, Rebecca Stewart of Crawfordville, Amanda Trawick of Iron City, Ga., Anthony McDow of Leesburg, James Hartzog of Lynn Haven, Leah Spears of Marietta, Ga., Sonya Collins and Lauren St Amant of Panama City, Rachel Lyons of Panama City Beach, Brittany Reeder of Slocomb, Ala., Jennie Crews, Melissa Crews, Adam Murrell and Stevey Pope, Jr. of Tallahassee, Chelsey Steedley of Zolfo Springs. 

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September 15, 2011

NEW DIRECTOR TO SPEAK AT MONTHLY CRAA MEETING

 

                MARIANNA—The public is invited to attend the Chipola Regional Arts Association (CRAA) meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at Jim’s Buffet in Marianna.

                A Dutch-treat luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. with the program beginning at noon.

                The program for this first meeting of the season will feature Dr. Daniel Powell, the newly- appointed Associate Dean of the Fine and Performing Arts department at Chipola.  Dr. Powell will assume leadership over the Chipola Regional Arts Association as their executive director and will speak about the future of the arts in the Chipola district.

                Dr. Powell will discuss exciting opportunities in the area and share ways to strengthen the community through the arts.  “I want to start a conversation with the community,” Powell says, “to find what people want to improve and ways to implement this.  I am not only an approachable guy, I am eager to meet people and involve everyone in the community with what we are doing. All of those wishing to make a difference in the community are invited to attend all or part of this event.” 

                For information, contact Daniel Powell at powelld@chipola.edu or (850) 718-2257.

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September 15, 2011

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MERCER ADDRESSES CHIPOLA HONORS GROUP—Attorney Wade Mercer of the Dellwood/Cypress area recently addressed the Chipola College Honors group. Pictured from left, are Caroline Peacock, Emily Stewart, Mercer and Travis Bontrager. Mercer discussed his time as a student at Chipola, as well as FSU where he earned a degree in Mathematics Education. He went on to earn a law degree from Mercer University. Mercer encouraged the students to find their passion and to focus on things that matter most in life.

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 September 15, 2011

FORMER CHIPOLA PLAYER ADAM LOEWEN JOINS BAUTISTA IN TORONTO

 

             TORONTO – Former Chipola College player Adam Loewen has joined the Toronto Blue Jays as a teammate of Chipola alumnus Jose Bautista.

                Loewen hit his first major league homerun on Sept. 11 to help the Jays to a 6-5 win against the Orioles, who are managed by another former Chipola player Buck Showalter.

                Loewen was called up to the big leagues in September after spending most of the year in Triple A Las Vegas where he played first base and outfield and hit .306 with 17 homers and 85 RBIs.

                A former pitcher, Loewen was the highest round draft pick ever from Canada, when he was drafted fourth overall in the first round by Baltimore in 2002. An odd rule and a few friends helped lure the big Canadian to Chipola. He signed with Arizona State out of high school, but by playing at Chipola, was able to continue negotiations with Baltimore for the 2003 draft.  The 6-6, 220 pound, lefthander, whose fastball was clocked at 95 miles per hour, signed a contract worth an estimated $3.8 million in 2003.

The day he enrolled at Chipola in 2002, Loewen said, “It was everything I expected. It’s a great program for a junior college. You can compare it to D-1 facilities. It’s just a great place to be,” said Loewen. Several successful Canadian players started their college careers at Chipola, including catcher Cole Armstrong, Loewen’s good friend, as well as Yankee All-Star catcher Russell Martin, Ivan Nacarratta and Eric Bernier. Most were Loewen’s teammates on Canadian National Teams. 

              Loewen pitched in only 35 big league games for Baltimore from 2006 to 2008 as the big lefty was plagued by injuries. He made the move from pitcher to outfielder after fracturing his elbow in 2008. Facing surgery and a long rehabilitation, Loewen decided to try to restart his career as an outfielder.

                He signed with the Blue Jays in 2008 and worked three years to get back to the majors. Moving from pitcher to position player is rare in the big leagues, but Loewen was much more than a pitcher during his high school and college years. He worked as a first baseman and outfielder and hit .770 for Team Canada in the Junior World Games in 2001.

                In the past three years Loewen has done time at Class A Dunedin, Double-A New Hampshire, the Arizona Fall League, Dominican Winter League and with the Canadian national team.

                Eight years after leaving Chipola, at age 27, Loewen is finally living his dream of playing major league baseball in his home country of Canada.

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 September 22, 2011

APPLY NOW FOR TERM ‘C’ CLASSES AT CHIPOLA

 

             MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer a variety of courses during Term C which begins Oct. 14. Registration is Thursday, Oct. 13, from 8 .m. to 6 p.m.  Term C courses are offered in a condensed format of approximately seven weeks compared to the traditional 15-week semester. Late registration is Friday, October 14, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

                Term C is open to new students who have never enrolled at Chipola. Current students also are welcome to add Term C courses to their existing schedules.

                Dr. Sarah Clemmons, senior vice president of instruction, says, “Term C is also a great time for sophomores to request a graduation check. This will help students make sure they are taking the courses required to transfer into an upper level program at Chipola or at another college. Those who need an extra course may find it among the Term C offerings.” 

                Term C courses include: (AMH 2010) American History to 1865 (online); (BSC 1005) Introduction to Biological Sciences, 5:30-8:30, WR; (CLP 2140) Abnormal Psychology (online); (DEP 2004) Human Growth and Development (online); (ENC 1102) Communication Skills II (online); (GEA 2001) World Geography I (online); (HIS 1930) Current Affairs (online); (HIS 2932) Current Affairs (online); (HUM 2216) Humanities w/Writing, 5:30-9:30, TR; (MAC 1105) College Algebra, 5:30-8:30, MW; (MAT 1033) Intermediate Algebra, 5:30-8:30, MW; (NUR 2960) Nursing Review I (online); (PET 1000) Introduction to Physical Education, 1:00-2:50, MTR; (PSY 2012) General Psychology (online); (REA 1205) Advanced Reading, 1:00-5:00, F; (SLS 1101) Orientation (online); (SPC 2608) Effective Public Speaking, 2:00-4:00, MWR; and (SPN 1120) Elementary Spanish I, 2:00-4:00, MTWR. 

                 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, available in the Office of Admissions, or online at www.chipola.edu. Students must provide an official high school or 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. Chipola offers the Associate in Arts (AA) Degree for students who plan to complete their first two years of college work 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.

                The college offers 10 Bachelor of Science (BS) degree programs, including: Business Administration with Concentrations in Accounting and Management, English Education, Elementary Education, Exceptional Student Education, Mathematics Education (5-9 or 6-12), Science Education (5-9 or 6-12), and an RN to BSN in Nursing.  The Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) offers Teacher Certification for those with a bachelor’s degree in a non-teaching field. 

                Other college programs include: Nursing RN and LPN, Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic, Nursing Assistant, Early Childhood Education, Child Care Center Management, CISCO Certified Network Associate, Business Administration, Networking Services Technology, Information Technology Management, Computer Information Technology, Computer Systems Technology I and II, Cosmetology, Culinary Management, Automotive Service Technology, Recreation Technology, Correctional Officer, Law Enforcement Officer, Corrections and Law Enforcement Crossover courses, Criminal Justice Technology, Fire Science Technology and Fire Fighter II.

                For information about enrolling at Chipola, call the Admissions Office at 850-718-2311, or visit www.chipola.edu                                               

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CHIPOLA COLLEGE TERM C—Chipola ACE tutor Jantzen Whitehead of Cottondale works with student Virginia Baker of Blountstown in the college ACE Lab. Registration for Fall Term ‘C’ classes is Oct. 13, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Term C classes meet Oct. 14 through Dec. 14. For information, call 850-718-2311, or visit www.chipola.edu

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September 22, 2011

Chipola student Wins Sunday Arts Poster Contest

 

                MARIANNA— Campbellton artist and Chipola College student Jamey S. Williams submitted the winning design for the 7th Annual Sunday Afternoon with the Arts poster contest.

                Her design features an eye-catching sunflower that warmly welcomes visitors to the Exhibit Reception on Nov. 6.

                Williams, a native of Birmingham, studied art history and art education at the University of Alabama and is currently pursuing courses at Chipola to complete her degree.  Williams plans to be on hand at the annual event to meet visitors and artists alike.

                William’s winning poster fetched a prize of $100 and will be on display to help promote the event. A limited number of posters will be printed by The UPS Store™, a contributing business partner for the fall event.

                 Six entries were submitted by artists from Jackson and surrounding counties. All entries will be on display at the Exhibit Reception at the Chipola Arts Center on Nov. 6 from 1 to 5 p.m.

                 Altha artist Jamie Godwin’s intriguing pen, ink and pencil drawing entitled, “Circled” was one of the entries.  Julia Hodges of Marianna chose pen, pencil and markers to illustrate her almost mystical creation of a woman with long strands of hair drawing the viewer into the image.

                  Carol Yoder of Grand Ridge deviated from her traditional painting style to create vibrant, sweeping colors in acrylic paint on a black background.

                 Marianna artist Suzanne Payne submitted a crisp, colorful computer graphic designed poster. Tina Van Fleet, Marianna, was the first artist to enter. Her “supernatural” image called artists to “get the ball rolling” for the contest.

                The 2011 Sunday Afternoon with the Arts Poster Contest sponsored by The Artists Guild of Northwest Florida, Inc., private donations and The UPS Store™ marks the beginning of what organizers hope will be a new tradition for the annual event.

                Information about the Sunday Afternoon with the Arts can be found on the Fine Arts Department page at www.chipola.edu 

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 September 22, 2011

BUSINESS PLAN SEMINAR IS OCT. 7 AT CHIPOLA

           

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer a small business seminar entitled, “How to Write a Business Plan,” Friday, Oct. 7.

Participants will learn to create an impressive, professional business plan, review a business software program and walk through the business plan process. The seminar will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

                Three more seminars are upcoming: “Starting Your Own Restaurant Business” is Oct. 21; Marketing Series, Part 1:  Introduction to 21st Century Marketing is Nov. 4 and Marketing Part 2: Marketing on the Internet and Using Social Media is Dec. 2.

                The workshops will meet in Room M-108 of the Chipola Business and Technology building. Cost of each seminar is $30.

                Register at http://clients.floridasbdc.org/center.aspx?center=41230&subloc=4

For more information call (850) 718-2441 or e-mail seversone@chipola.edu

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September 22, 2011

LOCAL PLAYERS JOIN CHIPOLA SOFTBALL SQUAD

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Lady Indian softball team features five local players who are expected to make a big impact this season.

                Kristen Allen is a freshman outfielder from Monroe High School in Chattahoochee. According to Chipola coach Belinda Hendrix, the 5’5” Allen fits the mold of a typical Chipola outfielder. “She is a speedy slapper who covers a lot of ground. She shows a lot of potential and will be a nice addition to our team,” Hendrix says. 

               Freshman Eron Milton is a big 5’10” pitcher from Marianna High School.  Hendrix says, “Eron is a power pitcher coming off an injury that kept her on the sidelines her senior year but will be expected to make an immediate impact when she is 100 percent healthy.”

                Freshman Cayce Griffin is another Marianna High product. According to Hendrix, the 5’7” Griffin is a “Strong defensive catcher who is projected to be in the starting lineup.”

                Karissa Childs is a right-handed hurler from Sneads High. Hendrix says, she “Considers Childs a spinner with a lot of movement. She has exceptional composure on the mound and immense control of her pitches. She will generate a lot of ground balls and with the right defensive support, she will be very successful here.”  

                Erin Solger is a right-handed infielder from Chipley High. Coach Hendrix says, “Erin has a great work ethic on and off the field. She will compete for a spot on the left side of the infield, either 3rd base or short stop.”

                In addition to the five locals, six more players hail from Florida, including Chandler Seay of Tallahassee, Lindsey Hamlin of Mayo, Brittany Bruns of St. Cloud, Mya Anderson of Tampa, Hawley Ill of Longwood and Chelsey Steedley of Zolfo Springs.

                Three Texans—Ebony Wright, Stephanie Garrels and Jasmine Tanksley—also have joined the Lady Indians this season.  Two players—Hayley Parker and Michelle Hester—both come from Nettleton, Mississippi.  Brittany Sinkfield is the lone player from the state of Georgia. Two international players round out the roster: Eva Voortman of the Netherlands and Sayumi Akamine from Brazil.

                Last year’s Chipola team finished as co-champion of the Panhandle Conference and earned a berth in the FSCAA State Tournament.

                The Lady Indians host the Halloween Bash, Oct. 21-22 at the Chipola field. Chipola will play at several Division 1 universities this Fall, including games at Auburn, UF, FSU, LSU, Troy and Southern Mississippi.

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

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LOCALS JOIN CHIPOLA SOFTBALL SQUAD—The Chipola College Lady Indian softball team features five local players who are expected to make a big impact this season. Pictured from left, are: Karissa Childs, a right-handed hurler from Sneads High; Eron Milton, a big 5’10” pitcher from Marianna High; catcher Cayce Griffin from Marianna High; Erin Solger, a right-handed infielder from Chipley High; and  Kristen Allen, an outfielder from Monroe High in Chattahoochee. The Lady Indians host the Halloween Bash Oct. 21-22 at the Chipola field. Chipola will play at several Division 1 universities this Fall including games at Auburn, UF, FSU, LSU, Troy and Southern Mississippi. For the latest scores, visit www.chipola.edu or call 718-2CJC.

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September 22, 2011

CHIPOLA ATHLETES START NEW YEAR WITH SPECIAL ORIENTATION

 

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Athletic Department recently hosted the first-ever Chipola Experience, an orientation for student-athletes designed to acquaint them with the college environment and to help them make a positive start. 

             Chipola athletic director Dr. Dale O’Daniel welcomed the group and introduced the guest speakers. Assistant athletic director Joc Calloway presented sessions entitled, “Focus on Academics” and “Transition from Academics to Integrity.”

                Chipola science professor Dr. David Hilton gave a “Starting Off Right” talk to the group.  Bonnie Smith, director of the Academic Center of Excellence (ACE), explained the tutoring and academic support services available in the college ACE lab.

                Breakout Sessions included: Dr. David Hilton with “What Class is This?” and English professor Rachel West on “Teacher Interaction.”

                A general assembly meeting covered the rules and responsibilities of dormitory life. Speakers included assistant baseball coach Chris Hutcheson, residence hall manager Dianne Green and the college security officer Sgt. Sammy Efurd.

                Vice president of Student Affairs Dr. Jayne Roberts discussed “Graduation Preparation” with the sophomores. Baseball Coach Jeff Johnson talked on “Sophomore Leadership” among student-athletes.

                Network Coordinator Matt White and Technical Support Associate Glenda Bethel offered a Computer Orientation for freshmen. The Chipola Experience concluded with a reception and social in the college cafeteria.

                Dr. O’Daniel said, “The Chipola Athletic Department is deeply appreciative of the efforts of the people who put this experience together. Special thanks to assistant athletic director Joc Calloway and coach Dr. David Hilton for their leadership in developing this program.” 

                We feel the experience is something that our student-athletes will utilize to understand the history and traditions of Chipola athletics and also the academic requirements of Chipola College.”

                Some 100 student-athletes represent Chipola in five sports: men’s and women’s basketball, men’s baseball, women’s softball and women’s cross country. The college also has an award-winning cheerleader program.

                The majority of the college’s student-athletes live in the college residence hall and many are away from home for the first time. 

                Chipola College is part of the Florida College System (FCS) formerly known as the Community College System. Many of the 28 colleges in the FCS including Chipola now offer bachelor’s degrees and are designated as state colleges.  For the purpose of athletics, Chipola is still classified as a two-year community college as student athletes are allowed only two years of eligibility in any sport. 

                For information about Chipola athletics, visit www.chipola.edu

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CHIPOLA ATHLETES START NEW YEAR WITH SPECIAL ORIENTATION—The Chipola College Athletic Department recently hosted the first-ever Chipola Experience, an orientation for student-athletes designed to acquaint them with the college environment and to help them make a positive start.  Here, Chipola baseball players Zach Stinson (left) of Wakulla and Mikel Belcher (right) of Ft. Walton Beach study with Chipola ACE Lab tutor Charity Newsom (center) of Chipley. For information about Chipola athletics, visit www.chipola.edu

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September 29, 2011

CHIPOLA BRAIN BOWL TEAM FINISHES SECOND AT UF TOURNAMENT

 

            GAINESVILLE—Both Chipola College Brain Bowl teams finished in the top four at the University of Florida Collegiate College Mirror Sept. 23-24.

             The tournament was Chipola’s first of the year. Chipola A finished as the runner-up team, losing to Auburn University in the final 300-160. It was the only loss for Chipola A in the tournament. Chipola A team members for the tournament were: Annemarie Nichols and Travis Bontrager. Chipola’s leading scorer Paul Kelson was not eligible to participate as the tournament was restricted to novice players who had not scored more than 30 points per game in previous events.

            Chipola B also had a strong showing in their first tournament ever. Team B finished 5-2 in the preliminaries and played Chipola A in the semifinal game, losing 235-215. Chipola B teams members are: Caroline Peacock, Adrian Carr, Nick Ratzlaff and William Singleton.

            Two Chipola players were among the top 10 in individual scoring. Annemarie Nichols finished third overall and Travis Bontrager finished ninth. UF tournament statistics are available at http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/49/stats/all_games.

            Chipola’s next tournament is Oct. 15 in the MAGNI Mirror in Orlando.

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CHIPOLA BRAIN BOWL SECOND AT UF TOURNEY—Both Chipola College Brain Bowl teams finished in the top four at the University of Florida Collegiate College Mirror Sept. 23-24. Chipola A finished as the runner-up team. Two Chipola players were among the top 10 in individual scoring. Annemarie Nichols (left) finished third overall and Travis Bontrager finished ninth.

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September 29, 2011

CHIPOLA ART INSTRUCTORS’ Project Art-Reach Mends Broken Spirits

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College art instructors Kelly Boehmer and Chuck Carbia have a lot to be proud of lately.  Not only do they have meaningful artwork displayed at several venues throughout the state, but they are also making a difference in the lives of thousands of neglected and abused teens. 

            "Someplace Else" at Capital City Youth Services (CCYS) in Tallahassee is a shelter that services thousands of kids between the ages of 10 and 17. Foster youth, runaways, and kids having problems at home all find their way to CCYS for a safe place to sleep and someone to talk to about their life circumstances. 

            Boehmer and Carbia were the co-creators and directors of Project Art-Reach. They curated and collaborated with an all-star list of local artists who worked to transform these often clinical environments into unique places of color, imagination and warmth.  Artists in the project sought to inspire and support the kids and staff in the shelter with original fine art. 

            Among the eight bedrooms and classrooms that were redesigned, one room is re-imagined as a tree house sanctuary, another depicts scenes of a balmy New Orleans, promising a life beyond this temporary stop. The Wakulla River, resplendent in sunset golds and pinks, flows from the wall of another. Each room is as distinct and unique as the youth who will find refuge within these walls.

            The artists’ work was recognized by an 'Outstanding Volunteer Award' by Florida Network of Youth and Family Services. The project also is credited with decreasing incidents of violence within the shelter.

            For more information, about the Chipola Fine and Performing Arts programs, contact Daniel Powell at powelld@chipola.edu or (850) 718-2257.

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CHIPOLA ART INSTRUCTORS PROJECT ART-REACH—Chipola College art instructors Kelly Boehmer (left) and Chuck Carbia were the co-creators of Project Art-Reach. The project used fine art to inspire the kids and staff in the "Someplace Else" shelter in Tallahassee which serves thousands of kids between the ages of 10 and 17.  The project was recognized by an 'Outstanding Volunteer Award' by Florida Network of Youth and Family Services.

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September 29, 2011

BRONZE  STATUE TO  HONOR  MEMORY  OF  LEGENDARY  CHIPOLA  COACH

 

            MARIANNA  – The people who knew him best are taking the lead in creating a life-size statue of legendary Chipola College basketball coach Milton H. Johnson.  Friends and former players are raising the funds for the bronze likeness of Coach Johnson that will be erected at the entrance to the gymnasium that bears his name on the Chipola campus.

            During four decades of coaching basketball at Chipola and Campbellton High School, Johnson’s teams won over 800 games.  Between 1955 and 1961, his Campbellton teams won three state championships and recorded an incredible 55-game winning streak.  His Chipola teams won 628 games from 1961 to 1993 and played in seven national tournaments.  He was named Division Coach of the Year nine times, Region VIII Coach of the Year six times and Florida community college Coach of the Year four times.

            Following Johnson’s death in 2009, many of his former players and friends expressed interest in finding an appropriate way to preserve his legacy.  Former player Robert Trammell is coordinating the project for the Chipola Appreciation Club.  “The statue of Coach Johnson is being funded entirely by private donations,” Trammell said.  “The donors want to recognize Coach Johnson for the contributions he made to their lives by establishing a lasting memorial to this great man.”

            The bronze statue of Johnson is being created by sculptor Bradley Cooley, of Lamont., Florida, who also has molded images of coach Bobby Bowden, entertainers Ray Charles and Otis Redding, and golfer Bobby Jones.

            The Johnson statue will be unveiled in a special ceremony at Chipola’s Homecoming basketball game on February 25, 2012.

            “We’re off to a great start rasing funds for the statue,” Trammell said, “but we still need additional support to complete the project.  We are grateful for all contributions, large or small.” 

            Tax-deductible contributions should be mailed to the Chipola Foundation, 3094 Indian Circle, Marianna, FL 32446.  For information, contact Julie Fuqua in the Foundation office at 850-718-2478.

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September 29, 2011

APPLY NOW FOR TERM ‘C’ CLASSES AT CHIPOLA

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer a variety of courses during Term C which begins Oct. 14. Registration is Thursday, Oct. 13, from 8 .m. to 6 p.m.  Term C courses are offered in a condensed format of approximately seven weeks compared to the traditional 15-week semester. Late registration is Friday, October 14, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

            Term C is open to new students who have never enrolled at Chipola. Current students also are welcome to add Term C courses to their existing schedules.

            Term C courses include: (AMH 2010) American History to 1865 (online); (BSC 1005) Introduction to Biological Sciences, 5:30-8:30, WR; (CLP 2140) Abnormal Psychology (online); (DEP 2004) Human Growth and Development (online); (ENC 1102) Communication Skills II (online); (GEA 2001) World Geography I (online); (HIS 1930) Current Affairs (online); (HIS 2932) Current Affairs (online); (HUM 2216) Humanities w/Writing, 5:30-9:30, TR; (MAC 1105) College Algebra, 5:30-8:30, MW; (MAT 1033) Intermediate Algebra, 5:30-8:30, MW; (NUR 2960) Nursing Review I (online); (PET 1000) Introduction to Physical Education, 1:00-2:50, MTR; (PSY 2012) General Psychology (online); (REA 1205) Advanced Reading, 1:00-5:00, F; (SLS 1101) Orientation (online); (SPC 2608) Effective Public Speaking, 2:00-4:00, MWR; and (SPN 1120) Elementary Spanish I, 2:00-4:00, MTWR. 

            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, available in the Office of Admissions, or online at www.chipola.edu. Students must provide an official high school or college transcript. Students should visit an academic advisor in the Student Services building to register. 

            For information about enrolling at Chipola, call the Admissions Office at 850-718-2311, or visit www.chipola.edu                                               

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CHIPOLA COLLEGE TERM C—Chipola College students Sam Griffin of Ponce De Leon and Katrina Messer of Altha study in the college ACE lab. Registration for Fall Term ‘C’ classes is Oct. 13, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Term C classes meet Oct. 14 through Dec. 14. For information, call 850-718-2311, or visit www.chipola.edu

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September 29, 2011

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CHIPOLA AFC SCHOLARSThe Chipola College Chapter of the Association of Florida Colleges (AFC) recently awarded seven scholarships to members, children and grandchildren of college employees. Scholarship recipients are seated with their sponsors standing, from left: Ryan Smith and mother Bonnie Smith; Alicia Gambill and mother Sarah Gambill; Linsey West and stepmother Rachel West; John Whittington and grandfather Gene Prough. Not pictured are: Darby Ebel and father Mark Ebel; J.D. Tyler and mother Angie Tyler and college employee Kelly Lanier. Since 1993, AFC has awarded over $106,000 to more than 100 students through Chipola’s AFC Scholarship Endowment. AFC members raise funds through concession sales at college sports events and with an annual silent auction. 

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September 29, 2011

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CHIPOLA FALL FESTIVAL— Students enjoyed a few hours off from their studies during Chipola College’s annual Fall Festival on Sept. 28.  Here, Mary Sue Adams (left) and Monica Jones from the Future Educators Club work together in the three-legged race. Students participated in crazy relay races and enjoyed a cookout lunch.

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September 29, 2011

BUSINESS SEMINAR FOR VETERANS IS OCT. 7 AT CHIPOLA

           

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer two small business seminars Friday, Oct. 7.

            The morning seminar, “How to Write a Business Plan,” will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Participants will learn to create an impressive, professional business plan, review a business software program and walk through the business plan process.

            The afternoon seminar, “Benefits of Starting your own Business for Veterans,” will meet from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. The seminar is free to all veterans. Len Eichler of the Small Business Development /Veterans Business Outreach Center will lead the seminar. He says, “As a veteran you have a number of options including starting your own business. Business owners have the ability to set their own hours and there is no limit to the upside potential of the business. Veterans who want to learn about small business ownership are encouraged to attend this seminar.” The seminar will cover the Patriot Express loan program available only to veterans.  Topics will also include government contracting and the bid process for disabled veterans, women-owned businesses and HubZones.

            Three more seminars are upcoming at Chipola: “Starting Your Own Restaurant Business” is Oct. 21; Marketing Series, Part 1:  Introduction to 21st Century Marketing is Nov. 4 and Marketing Part 2: Marketing on the Internet and Using Social Media is Dec. 2.

            The workshops will meet in Room M-108 of the Chipola Business and Technology building. Cost of each seminar is $30.

            Register at http://clients.floridasbdc.org/center.aspx?center=41230&subloc=4

            For more information call (850) 718-2441 or e-mail seversone@chipola.edu

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September 29, 2011

Chipola to Offer Intensive Spanish Course and study abroad trip

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer an accelerated, eight-week Spanish course during Fall Term C which meets Oct. 14 to Dec. 14.  The course will meet from 2 to 3:50 p.m., Monday through Thursday. 

            Class time will be divided between developing speaking and listening skills and laboratory activities.  Students will purchase access to an innovative language software program called Tell Me More.  Using a headset with microphone, students can obtain immediate feedback in the form of a graph measuring their speaking skills against a given standard. 

            Registration for the accelerated course is October 13 from 8-6 pm; late registration for Term C is October 14 from 8-3 pm.  Fall Term C classes begin on Friday, October 14. 

            Dr. Mark Ebel is the professor.  He earned a Ph.D. in Spanish from the Florida State University and has traveled extensively in Latin America and Spain. He has been a Visiting Professor at the FSU campus in the Republic of Panama and at the University of Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico. 

            Dr. Ebel is organizing a Spanish intensive language and cultural program for students to travel with him to Antigua, Guatemala over Spring Break, March 25-April 1, 2012. Each student is provided a private native-speaking tutor and engaged in six hours of daily lessons.  Students reside with local families and travel on excursions, which provide a rich cultural experience. Students must register for three hours of academic credit in Latin American Travel Study during Spring Term 2012.  Early Registration for Spring Term is from Nov. 4-14.  The cost of the Antigua trip is $2,160 and covers transportation, meals, lodging and excursions. The travel component of this program is open for registration now with $195 deposit. 

            For more information about these learning and travel opportunities, contact Dr. Ebel at 850-718-2282 or by email at ebelm@chipola.edu.

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