September 5, 2013

Chipola Paramdeic Student

CHIPOLA PARAMEDIC STUDENT RETURNS TO CLASS AFTER BURN

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College paramedic student James Freudenberg has returned to classes nearly a month after suffering severe steam burns fighting a residential fire on Aug. 12.

            A native of Ft. Lauderdale, Freudenberg received his fire-fighting training at Tallahassee Community College.  He had worked for Jackson County Fire and Rescue for three years and was halfway through Chipola’s paramedic program before the incident put his job and schooling on hold.

             While fighting a fire in a two-story house in Marianna, something went wrong and a blast of steam knocked him off his feet onto the floor.  Using his training skills, he followed the fire hose to get out of the home and was life-flighted to Tallahassee with third-degree burns.

         After 10 days in a Mobile, Alabama burn unit and several skin grafts later, he returned to Marianna to begin his recovery and return to classes. Freudenberg praised his fellow Chipola students and instructors for their support. “The guys in class knew I would be out of work. They visited me in the burn unit and helped me with my book work in the paramedic class. I made a 100 on my next test and it was one of the toughest ones in the class. I couldn’t have done it without them.”

         Keith Maddox, Chipola paramedic instructor and EMS director, says Freudenberg will complete the written portion of the course this term and will finish the physically-demanding clinical portion of the class beginning in January. Maddox said, “James has been a wonderful student. He had a base of knowledge from his work as a fire-fighter and he’s worked very hard in the paramedic program. After the incident, he stayed in touch with the instructors and students and stayed on top of his studies. He’s really an awesome guy.”

         When Freudenberg was asked about returning to a fire, he says, “I can’t wait. What drives me is the chance to help people. It’s the best job you can have.” The remarkably upbeat fire-fighter said jokingly, “Fire-fighters aren’t very smart. We run into burning buildings while everyone else is running out.”

         The Jackson County Professional Firefighters Union Local 3043 and a group of co-workers have set up the James Freudenberg Donation Account at Wells Fargo Bank to help with expenses. 

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September 5, 2013

JUDGE MERCER TO SPEAK AT CHIPOLA

 

         MARIANNA—The Honorable Judge Wade Mercer will be the guest speaker for Constitution Day program at Chipola College Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 10 a.m.

         The meeting will take place in Jackson Hall of the College’s Literature/Language Building.  Judge Mercer will discuss the meaning and importance of the Constitution in our daily lives, including the Bill of Rights. The program is sponsored by the Chipola Student Government Association.

         Mercer graduated from Chipola in 1990 and Florida State University in 1992. He earned a law degree from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in 1995.

         Mercer was named Jackson County Judge in January, 2013. He also has served the 14th Judicial Circuit as Assistant State Attorney and as Child Support Hearing Officer and Jackson County Traffic Court Hearing Officer.

         For information about the program, contact Chipola Student Activities Director at 718-2314.

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September 5, 2013

SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OFFERS SEMINARS AND FREE HELP

         MARIANNA—Representatives from the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Gulf Coast State College are offering professional seminars at Chipola College and free advice for businesses in Jackson County. 

         Dr. Jim Froh, Dean of Chipola’s School of Business and Technology met recently with Robert Goetz, new director of the SBDC and Quen Lamb, SBDC’s Certified Business Analyst to discuss the program.

         Dr. Froh says, “We are excited about the programs/seminars going on at Chipola. We want to reach out to our communities and help Small Businesses in all areas of their needs.”

         Chipola has three seminars scheduled beginning with “Social Media Beyond Facebook” Sept. 20. The class provides an overview of new, emerging, and audience specific Social Media Channels.  “Market Research and Feasibility Analysis” is Oct. 18, and “Restaurant Fundamentals” will meet Nov. 15. Seminars meet Fridays, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at Chipola. Cost is $15. Register online at www.northfloridabiz.com, by calling Elissa Severson at 850-718-2441 or via email: seversone@chipola.edu

         Goetz says, “The seminars are just the first step in helping individuals start or expand a company.  We are here to help businesses with expert advice to help them reach their goals.” 

         Quen Lamb, SBDC Certified Business Analyst, will be in Marianna on a regular basis including First Friday Chamber meetings. He is available by appointment for individuals who want to ask questions one on one. 

         Both the Chipola and the Jackson County Chamber has rooms for SBDC Analysts to meet one on one with entrepreneurs or persons trying to expand a business.

         For information, call Quen Lamb at 800-542-7232, Ext. 3331; Dr. Jim Froh at 850–718-2413; or Jackson County Chamber director Jeff Massey at 850-482-8060.

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SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OFFERS SEMINARS AND FREE HELP—Representatives from the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Gulf Coast State College are offering professional seminars at Chipola College and free advice for businesses in Jackson County.  Pictured from left, are: Robert Goetz, director of the SBDC; Quen Lamb, SBDC’s Certified Business Analyst; and Dr. Jim Froh, Dean of Chipola’s School of Business and Technology. For information, call Quen Lamb at 800-542-7232, Ext. 3331; Dr. Jim Froh at 850–718-2413; or Jackson County Chamber director Jeff Massey at 850-482-8060.

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September 5, 2013

CHIPOLA TO OFFER LAW ENFORCEMENT AND CORRECTIONS CLASSES

 

         MARIANNA—The Chipola College Criminal Justice Training Center will offer an evening Law Enforcement Academy and a Corrections to Law Enforcement Cross-over class  beginning Oct. 4.  The program will meet weeknights from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

         Chipola also offers an ongoing Basic Corrections academy beginning Oct. 22.  Classes meet weekdays, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Completion of the program prepares candidates to take the State Board Examination for entry into the Corrections field and certification by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission.

         Candidates for all programs must be at least 19 years of age and earn a passing score on the Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT) offered at the Public Service Building every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m.  Cost of the test is $45.

         Applicants must have a standard high school diploma or its equivalent and must undergo a medical physical examination, background check and drug screening. Financial assistance is available based upon need and eligibility.

         For information regarding the application process, contact Steven Stewart, Law Enforcement Coordinator, at 718-2286 or Jamie McAllister, Corrections Coordinator, at 718-2212.

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September 5, 2013

Rotary Donation

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MARIANNA ROTARY DONATES TO CRAA— Marianna Rotary Club president Gene Strickland presents a $500 donation to Chipola Regional Arts Association president Joan Stadsklev at their August meeting.  CRAA promotes arts programs in the Chipola five county district, including offering mini-grants to K-12 teachers for fine arts classroom use and funding in part the Chipola College Artist Series.   Strickland added, “We challenge all local civic groups to match our donation and support the Arts in our schools.  For more information about CRAA, contact Anita Price at pricea@chipola.edu or call 850-718-2277.

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September 5, 2013

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CRAWFORD RECOGNIZED AT CHIPOLA—The Chipola College Public Service division recently hosted a reception for Gloria Crawford (seated), outgoing member of the Region II Trust Fund Council. Crawford also is Division Chair and Training Center Director at Gulf Coast State College. Membership of the Region II Trust Fund council includes officers of area police and sheriff departments. The State of Florida designates money to the trust fund to pay for officer training. Steve Anderson, Chipola Public Director, will replace Crawford as chair of the Trust Fund.

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September 5, 2013

CHIPOLA APPRECIATION CLUB NAMES DIRECTORS

 

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

            The slate of officers includes Chipola English instructor Amie Myers, the first female to serve on the board since the club’s inception in the 1960’s. Myers has served as a tutor for many student-athletes since she began teaching at the college in 2004.  

            Officers are: President, Robert Trammell; Vice President, Ronnie Myers; and Treasurer/Secretary, Joc Calloway.

            Directors include: Melvin Roberts of Marianna, Bill Peacock of Marianna, Cody Taylor of Bonifay, Colby Peel of Chipley, Terry Allen of Graceville, Allen Scheffer of Marianna, Bill Davis of Marianna, Gene Prough of Chipley, 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, Charlie Reid of Valparaiso, Coyle Mayo of Marianna, Leroy Boone of Marianna, Amie Myers of Marianna, Jason Hurst of Marianna, Steve Givens of Tallahassee and Jeff Goodman of Chipley.

            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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September 5, 2013

CHIPOLA TO HOST HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL SHOWCASE

 

            MARIANNA—Chipola College’s annual Select Baseball Showcase is set for Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Chipola field.

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

            Chipola head coach Jeff Johnson says, “This is a great opportunity for players to showcase their skills and to gain national exposure while being evaluated by JUCO and Division 1 coaches, as well as professional scouts.”  Johnson says he is expecting from 50 to 100 pro and college scouts to attend.

The Showcase will be in a pro-style setup with two different time slots players can choose to attend.

             The showcase is by invitation only by high school coaches, summer league coaches, Chipola coaches, other college coaches and/or professional scouts.

Registration deadline is Sept. 11. Participants must provide proof of insurance and sign a waiver of liability. Cost is $125.

             Check-in opens at 8 a.m. on Sept. 21. The event will continue rain or shine with indoor facilities available. Players should wear baseball pants and bring their own bats, spikes, gloves, hats and protective cups.

             Chipola College in located in Marianna, Florida, 70 miles west of Tallahassee and 30 minutes south of Dothan. The physical address of the baseball complex is 4500 Longhouse Court, Marianna, FL. 

            For information, call coach Jeff Johnson at 850-718-2332, or visit www.chipola.edu.   

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September 10, 2013

Robert Trammell

TRAMMELL TO ADDRESS CHIPOLA HONORS GROUP

                MARIANNA—The public is invited to hear Chipola College alumnus of the year Robert Trammell when he addresses students in the Chipola Honors program, Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 1 p.m.  

                The Honors program meets in Jackson Lecture Hall in the college Literature/Language Building.

                Trammell, a 1966 Chipola graduate, is an attorney and former member of the Florida House of Representatives.  While serving in the House from 1987-1996, Trammell was a champion for community colleges.  He helped to secure millions in funding for a new Public Service Building, Literature/Language building and Natural Science Building lab wing.  He also spearheaded appropriations for renovating the old Chipola field house into a regional arts center and purchasing adjacent homes for campus expansion.

                For 13 years Trammell served Chipola as Special Assistant for Development and Alumni Affairs.  In this role, he organized many successful fundraising events – including those honoring the memory of prominent Chipola alumni through the creation of endowed scholarships in the names of Rep. Sam Mitchell, Rep. David Coley, Chipola coach Milton Johnson, Gadsden County Sheriff W. A. Woodham and Attorney John Ratzlaff.

                A former Chipola basketball player, Trammell has been the college’s number-one cheerleader and athletics ambassador.  He has served multiple terms as president of the Chipola Appreciation Club.    He helped found Chipola’s Wild Game Dinner which featured high-profile guest speakers Bobby Bowden, Heisman Trophy-winner Charlie Ward and late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. The Chipola Quail Calcutta is held annually at his farm.  These events have funded an athletic endowment that exceeds $1 million.

                Among his recent endeavors was raising $50,000 for a life-size bronze statue of legendary Chipola coach Milton H. Johnson which stands at the entrance to the gymnasium.  

                As a teacher, college basketball coach, lawyer and legislator, he has influenced many young people to attend Chipola.

                Trammell met his wife Kay in a Chipola Humanities class. Their two children, Meredith and Doug, also attended Chipola. The Trammells also have three grand-children.

                For information about the Trammell’s visit to Chipola, call Honors adviser Bonnie Smith at 526-2761.     

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September 12, 2013

CHIPOLA THEATRE ALUMNI TO APPEAR IN CHIPOLA SHOWCASE

                MARIANNA—Two Chipola theatre alumni—Ben Grande and Aven Pitts—will make guest appearances at the Chipola Theatre Showcase, Thursday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m.

                The night of sketch comedy, dancing and Broadway show tunes is billed as “Saturday Night Live” on a Thursday.” The annual fundraiser helps theatre majors take an educational trip to New York where they see Broadway and Off Broadway shows, participate in professional talk-backs with cast members, tour the city and take Master classes.

                Ben Grande and Aven Pitts both studied theatre under Chipola director Charles Sirmon from 2008-2010. Grande earned degree in media communications from Florida State University. He is pursuing a career in entertainment, acting and film in Orlando. Sirmon says, “With an appearance in an award-winning short film and a new contract with Universal studios for the nation’s top Halloween event, Ben has high hopes for the future.” 

                Aven Pitts was hired as an entertainer/actor at Universal Studios, Orlando, soon after leaving Chipola.  He has expanded his craft as not only a theatrical actor but a film actor as well. Recently, he has used the skills acquired from Chipola Theatre to push himself in the direction of film-making.  He won his first worldwide short film competition in June 2013 through the Action Film Challenge along with various other awards. Director Sirmon says, “Through the encouragement of friends, family and church, Aven shows nothing but excitement for the journey ahead of him.”

                Tickets for the Chipola Showcase are $10 and may be purchased from any theatre major or by contacting the box office at 850-718-2420 or online at www.chipola.edu

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ALUMNI TO APPEAR IN CHIPOLA THEATRE SHOWCASE—Two Chipola theatre alumni—Ben Grande (left) and Aven Pitts—will make guest appearances at the Chipola Theatre Showcase, Thursday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m.

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September 12, 2013

Wade Mercer

JUDGE MERCER TO SPEAK AT CHIPOLA

                MARIANNA—The Honorable Judge Wade Mercer will be the guest speaker for Constitution Day program at Chipola College Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 10 a.m.

                The meeting will take place in Jackson Hall of the College’s Literature/Language Building.  Judge Mercer will discuss the meaning and importance of the Constitution in our daily lives, including the Bill of Rights. The program is sponsored by the Chipola Student Government Association.

                Mercer graduated from Chipola in 1990 and Florida State University in 1992. He earned a law degree from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in 1995.

                Mercer was named Jackson County Judge in January, 2013. He also has served the 14th Judicial Circuit as Assistant State Attorney and as Child Support Hearing Officer and Jackson County Traffic Court Hearing Officer.

                For information about the program, contact Chipola Student Activities Director at 718-2314.

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September 12, 2013

Robert Trammell

TRAMMELL TO ADDRESS CHIPOLA HONORS GROUP WEDNESDAY

                MARIANNA—The public is invited to hear Chipola College alumnus of the year Robert Trammell when he addresses students in the Chipola Honors program, Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 1 p.m.  

                The Honors program meets in Jackson Lecture Hall in the college Literature/Language Building.

                Trammell, a 1966 Chipola graduate, is an attorney and former member of the Florida House of Representatives.  

                While serving in the House from 1987-1996, Trammell was a champion for community colleges.  He helped to secure millions in funding for a new Public Service Building, Literature/Language building and Natural Science Building lab wing.  He also spearheaded appropriations for renovating the old Chipola field house into a regional arts center and purchasing adjacent homes for campus expansion.

                For 13 years Trammell served Chipola as Special Assistant for Development and Alumni Affairs.  In this role, he organized many successful fundraising events – including those honoring the memory of prominent Chipola alumni through the creation of endowed scholarships in the names of Rep. Sam Mitchell, Rep. David Coley, Chipola coach Milton Johnson, Gadsden County Sheriff W. A. Woodham and Attorney John Ratzlaff.

                A former Chipola basketball player, Trammell has been the college’s number-one cheerleader and athletics ambassador.  He has served multiple terms as president of the Chipola Appreciation Club.    He helped found Chipola’s Wild Game Dinner which featured high-profile guest speakers Bobby Bowden, Heisman Trophy-winner Charlie Ward and late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. The Chipola Quail Calcutta is held annually at his farm.  These events have funded an athletic endowment that exceeds $1 million.

                Among his recent endeavors was raising $50,000 for a life-size bronze statue of legendary Chipola coach Milton H. Johnson which stands at the entrance to the gymnasium.  

                As a teacher, college basketball coach, lawyer and legislator, he has influenced many young people to attend Chipola.

                Trammell met his wife Kay in a Chipola Humanities class. Their two children, Meredith and Doug, also attended Chipola. The Trammells also have three grand-children.

For information about the Trammell’s visit to Chipola, call Honors adviser Bonnie Smith at 526-2761.     

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September 12, 2013

Auditions

CHIPOLA THEATRE AUDITIONS FOR ‘1940’S RADIO HOUR’

                MARIANNA—Chipola College Theatre director Charles Sirmon will hold auditions for “The 1940’s Radio Hour,” Sept. 30, and Oct. 1, at 6 p.m. in the Center for the Arts.  Auditions are for ages 16 and up.

                The show will run Dec. 5–8. With music by Walton Jones, the show is full of 1940’s music, dancing and old-time sound effects. Hits include: "That Old Black Magic," "Ain't She Sweet," "Blue Moon," "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."

                The play portrays the final holiday broadcast of the Manhattan Variety Cavalcade on a New York radio station in December 1942. Theatre-goers become the live audience watching a cast of 14 and band rehearse and perform popular songs of the ‘40’s, commercials, messages to the troops overseas, and sound effects, as they also reveal the drama of their real life “off mic” situations.

                The cast of a dozen or so includes men and women with song and dance experience and a couple of roles that do not require singing. Band members interact with performers on stage, but only one has no lines. Sirmon also is looking for two to three tap dancers.

                Roles are: Pops - stage doorman (no singing); Stan – radio tecnhician (no singing); Lou Cohn – stage manager, does choreography, plays piano, sings in group numbers, no solos;  Clifton A. Feddington – the boss, the MC, charming at the mic, sings in group numbers;  Neal Tilden – cab driver, gets a solo but doesn’t perform it well, sings in group numbers; Ann Collier –secretary with beautiful voice, must be able to ballroom dance, sings solos and duets and group songs;  Geneva Lee Brown – beautiful, jazz singer, group numbers as well as solos;  Biff Baker – plays trumpet (or sax) in the band, sings one solo; Connie Miller-teenager, pretty voice, tap dancer, jitterbugs, two solos, duet and sings in group songs; Johnny Cantone – featured vocalist –sings solos and group numbers; Ginger Brooks – bubble-headed waitress –great song stylist, some dance, solos and group songs; BJ Gibson –Yale student, graceful dancer, good singer, solos and group songs; Wally Fergusson –delivery boy, sings along with this show; and Zoot Doubleman – band-leader, plays piano, sings one number (but song can be spoken).

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

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September 12, 2013

CHIPOLA TO OFFER LAW ENFORCEMENT AUXILIARY OFFICER TRAINING

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Criminal Justice Training Center will offer an evening Law Enforcement Auxiliary Officer Training Program beginning Oct. 4.

                Auxiliary Law Enforcement Officers supplement an agency’s workforce and provide personnel for special assignments and details.  Completion of the program allows persons to apply to volunteer at any Law Enforcement Agency that utilizes an Auxiliary Program.  Auxiliary Officers work with limited authority and in the company of a certified officer. 

                The program will meet weeknights from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. The course is 319 clock hours in length.  Training will consist of the following topics:  Vehicle Operations, Defensive Tactics, Firearms, First Aid, Dart-Firing Stun Gun, Investigations, Legal, and Patrol and Traffic.

                Candidates must be at least 19 years of age and earn a passing score on the Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT) offered at the Public Service Building every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m.  Cost of the test is $45.

                Applicants must have a standard high school diploma or its equivalent and must undergo a medical physical examination, background check and drug screening.

                For information regarding the application process, contact Steven Stewart, Law Enforcement Coordinator, at 718-2286.

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September 12, 2013

CHIPOLA TO OFFER LAW ENFORCEMENT AND CORRECTIONS CLASSES

                MARIANNA—The Chipola College Criminal Justice Training Center will offer an evening Law Enforcement Academy and a Corrections to Law Enforcement Cross-over class  beginning Oct. 4.  The program will meet weeknights from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

                Chipola also offers an ongoing Basic Corrections academy beginning Oct. 22.  Classes meet weekdays, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Completion of the program prepares candidates to take the State Board Examination for entry into the Corrections field and certification by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission.

                Candidates for all programs must be at least 19 years of age and earn a passing score on the Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT) offered at the Public Service Building every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m.  Cost of the test is $45.

                Applicants must have a standard high school diploma or its equivalent and must undergo a medical physical examination, background check and drug screening. Financial assistance is available based upon need and eligibility.

                For information regarding the application process, contact Steven Stewart, Law Enforcement Coordinator, at 718-2286 or Jamie McAllister, Corrections Coordinator, at 718-2212.

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September 12, 2013

Social Media

SOCIAL MEDIA SEMINAR SET AT CHIPOLA

                MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer a small business seminar “Social Media Beyond Facebook” on Friday, Sept. 20.  The seminar meets from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., in Room M-108 of the Chipola Business and Technology building.

                This class provides an overview of new, emerging, and audience specific Social Media Channels. Learn how to know which are right for which businesses in order to engage in to gain clients and build client relationships.   “Market Research and Feasibility Analysis” is Oct. 18“Restaurant Fundamentals” will meet Nov. 15

                Cost of each seminar is $15. The first six Chipola students to sign up receive free admission.  Students should contact Elissa Severson at 718-2441 or sign up in person in Building M, Office 108.

                Participants may register online at www.northfloridabiz.com

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September 12, 2013

cinmeon Bowers

CHIPOLA’S BOWERS COMMITS TO FLORIDA STATE

                MARIANNA—Chipola College’s Cinmeon Bowers announced Sept. 11 that he has committed to Florida State University’s men’s basketball squad for the 2014-15 season.

                Bowers, a 6’6 forward, is a Milwaukee native who averaged 11 points and 7 rebounds per game last year for the Indians.  Bowers is considered by many to be rated the No. 1 JUCO player in the nation.  A four-star recruit in high school, Louisville and Memphis were among the other schools seriously considering Bowers.

                “This is a great opportunity for Cinmeon to display his athletic talent at the highest level, while playing for the best coaches in the country,” said Chipola coach Patrick Blake. 

                Bowers is the first Class of 2014 commitment for Florida State. 

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 September 12, 2013

 COACH ELLIS VISITS CHIPOLA

                MARIANNA—Chipola College alumnus Cliff Ellis recently visited his alma mater on a recruiting trip. Ellis is beginning his seventh season as head men’s basketball coach of Coastal Carolina University in Myrtle Beach, SC.

                Ellis, who also coached at Clemson and Auburn, will be inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame on Oct. 11. Ellis played on the Chipola College golf team in the 1960’s.

                Ellis is among the top active coaches in the NJCAA. His 647 victories ranks him 27th on the list of all-time career coaching victories in the history of Division I basketball.  

                While at Coastal, Ellis has amassed a pair of Big South regular season championships, making him one of only two coaches in NCAA history to win conference titles at four different institutions. He is also one of two coaches to win championships in both the Atlantic Coast Conference and Southeastern Conference.

                Ellis is a member of three Halls of Fame after entering Clemson's in 2013. He was already part of the Mobile Sports and Cumberland College Halls of Fame.

                Ellis has been a successful coach throughout his career, amassing a Division I record of 647-412 (.611) and 725-423 (.631). Ellis ranks 10th in NCAA Division I wins among active coaches. He is also just one of 10 coaches in NCAA Division I history to post 100 or more wins at three separate schools and has been named conference Coach of the Year six times in his career.

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CLIFF ELLIS VISITS CHIPOLA— Chipola College alumnus Cliff Ellis (right) recently visited his alma mater on a recruiting trip. He is pictured here with Chipola Athletic Director Dr. Steve Givens. Ellis, who also coached at Clemson and Auburn, will be inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame on Oct. 11. 

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September 12, 2013

Athletics

CHIPOLA CROSS COUNTRY IS FOURTH JUCO AT AMERICUS MEET

                AMERICUS, GA—The Chipola College Cross Country team competed Sept. 7 at the Fourth Annual Georgia Southwestern Remembrance Run in Americus, GA.

                In a meet featuring both junior college and four-year university participants, Natalya Miller led the Indians on the day as the fifth junior college participant overall in. She finished 27th overall with a time of 24:58 in the 6K course. Kimi Wiltse finished second for Chipola with a 27:58.

                Other Chipola runners include Donia Lanier, Victoria Taylor; Jodi Phillips; Karlee Floyd; and Kathryn Huffman. 

                As a team, Chipola finished fourth among junior college competitors and eleventh overall.  The Lady Indians will return to action Sept. 14 at the University of West Florida.

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September 12, 2013

jose Bautista Swing 

CHIPOLA TO HOST HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL SHOWCASE

                MARIANNA—Chipola College’s annual Select Baseball Showcase, is set for Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Chipola field.

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

            Chipola head coach Jeff Johnson says, “This is a great opportunity for players to showcase their skills and to gain national exposure while being evaluated by JUCO and Division 1 coaches, as well as professional scouts.”  Johnson says he is expecting from 50 to 100 pro and college scouts to attend.

                The Showcase will be in a pro-style setup with two different time slots players can choose to attend.

                The showcase is by invitation only by high school coaches, summer league coaches, Chipola coaches, other college coaches and/or professional scouts.

                Registration deadline is Sept. 11. Participants must provide proof of insurance and sign a waiver of liability. Cost is $125.

                Check-in opens at 8 a.m. on Sept. 21. The event will continue rain or shine with indoor facilities available. Players should wear baseball pants and bring their own bats, spikes, gloves, hats and protective cups.

                Chipola College in located in Marianna, Florida, 70 miles west of Tallahassee and 30 minutes south of Dothan. The physical address of the baseball complex is 4500 Longhouse Court, Marianna, FL. 

                For information, call coach Jeff Johnson at 850-718-2332, or visit www.chipola.edu.   

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September 20, 2013

FLORIDA LOTTERY TO SPONSOR CHIPOLA FALL FESTIVAL SEPT. 25

         MARIANNA— The Florida Lottery will participate, for the second year in a row, in the Chipola College Fall Festival to welcome Bright Futures scholarship recipients and to celebrate the Lottery’s 25-year history of supporting education in Florida.

         Chipola students are excused from classes Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Chipola’s Student Government Association puts on the annual event for the student body. In addition to Outrageous Relay Races, students will enjoy music, free food and giant inflatable games on the lawn of the Johnson Health Center.

The Florida Lottery Bright Futures program will provide free t-shirts and premium door prizes to Chipola students. Ice cream will be donated by Florida Lottery corporate retailer Winn-Dixie.

       The Bright Futures Scholarship Program, which is funded primarily by the Florida Lottery, was created in 1997 by the Florida Legislature to assist students in pursuing post-secondary educational and career goals. Bright Futures scholarships are awarded to Florida high school graduates based on high academic achievement. 

Since the program's inception, the Florida Lottery has contributed more than $3.9 billion to send more than 600,000 students to college. To date, more than 5,000 Bright Futures scholarships have been awarded to students attending Chipola College, totaling $8,256,622.14.

         For more information about Bright Futures Scholarships, visit the Department of Education's website at www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org/SSFAD/bf or call the hotline at 888-827-2004.

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September 20, 2013

CHIPOLA THEATRE SHOWCASE IS THURSDAY

         MARIANNA—Tickets are now on sale for the Chipola College Theatre Showcase set for Thursday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m.

         The night of sketch comedy, dancing and Broadway show tunes is billed as “Saturday Night Live” on a Thursday.” The annual fundraiser helps theatre majors take an educational trip to New York where they see Broadway and Off Broadway shows, participate in professional talk-backs with cast members, tour the city and take Master classes.

         Two Chipola theatre alumni—Ben Grande and Aven Pitts—will make guest appearances at the Chipola Theatre Showcase, Ben Grande and Aven Pitts both studied theatre under Chipola director Charles Sirmon from 2008-2010. Grande earned degree in media communications from Florida State University. Aven Pitts was hired as an entertainer/actor at Universal Studios, Orlando, soon after leaving Chipola.  Patréa Clark, Aaron Black, Dylan Bass, Kody Ball, Elyn Sapp, Julie Wells Middle Row: Nick Cessna, Saylor Lake, Shayli Tharp, Kate Burke, Colton Day Bottom Row: Veronica Taylor, Josh Emanuel, Victoria Taylor

         Tickets for the Chipola Showcase are $10 and may be purchased from any theatre major or by contacting the box office at 850-718-2420 or online at www.chipola.edu

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CHIPOLA THEATRE SHOWCASE IS THURSDAY—Tickets are now on sale for the Chipola College Theatre Showcase set for Thursday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. Pictured from left, are: (front) Veronica Taylor, Josh Emanuel, Victoria Taylor, (middle) Nick Cessna, Saylor Lake, Shayli Tharp, Kate Burke, Colton Day, (back) Patréa Clark, Aaron Black, Dylan Bass, Kody Ball, Elyn Sapp and  Julie Wells.

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September 20, 2013

Voices of Lee

VOICES OF LEE TO PERFORM FOR CHIPOLA ARTIST SERIES OCT. 4

          MARIANNA— The Chipola College Artist Series will present the a cappella group Voices of Lee, Friday, Oct. 4 in the Center for the Arts.

          The 16-member vocal ensemble from Lee University in Cleveland, TN, performs at a variety of venues across the country.

          Excellence in harmony, spirit, and performance depicts the lush musical style of The Voices of Lee. Since their debut in September '94, their intense musical focus has captivated audiences worldwide. Directed by Danny Murray, the group is characterized by their unique variety of lush vocal harmonies, high-energy patriotic numbers, fun-filled audience participation, as well as heart-felt gospel favorites. For information, visit www.voicesoflee.com

        Tickets are $14 for adults, $10 for children under 18, with special pricing for Chipola students and employees. 

        Online tickets are available now at www.chipola.edu. Tickets may be printed at home, or with an order confirmation, will-call tickets will be available at the box office the night of the show. Tickets also are available for purchase at the Center for the Arts Box Office with hours Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday, from 9 a.m. to noon. The Box Office is also open one hour prior the event.

        The Artist Series continues Jan. 16, 2014, with concert harpist Anna Maria Medieta presenting the passionate music of the Argentine Tango and Spanish Flemenco complete with Latin instruments and flamenco dancers.

        The Golden Dragon Acrobats will amaze audiences with their breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty on April 1, 2014.

        Call 850-718-2420 or visit www.chipola.edu/fine-and-performing-arts for more information.

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September 20, 2013

Jeff CrawfordBob JonesMark Plummer

FORMER BOARD MEMBERS RECOGNIZED—Three former members of the Chipola College Board of Trustees were recently recognized for service to the college.   Jeff Crawford, Jr., of Marianna served on the board from 1999 to 2013. Robert L. Jones of Westville in Holmes County served from 1987 to 1991 and again from 2007 to 2013. Mark S. Plummer of Bristol served from 1999 to 2013.

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September 20, 2013

Wade Mercer

MERCER AND SIMS SPEAK AT CHIPOLA—Jackson County Judge Wade Mercer and Assistant Public Defender Mark Sims were the guest speakers for Constitution Day program at Chipola College. Both discussed the meaning and importance of the Constitution. Pictured from left, are: Dr. Jayne Roberts, Chipola Vice President of Student Affairs; Mark Sims and Judge Wade Mercer. The program was sponsored by the Chipola Student Government Association.

 

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September 20, 2013

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GRANBERRY IS TOP EMPLOYEE—Boris Granberry is Chipola College’s Career Employee for September.  Granberry has worked in the college Physical Plant since 2000. Here, Granberry (left) is congratulated by Chipola president Dr. Gene Prough.

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September 20, 2013

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STEM AT CHIPOLA—High school students in the STEM program met recently at Chipola College to learn about solar energy. Students worked in groups on a solar collection project. Pictured from left, are: Shelby Murphy of Altha School; Engineer Antonio Adessi, STEM Leader for the event; and Kyle Middlemass of Vernon High.

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September 20, 2013

CHIPOLA CROSS COUNTRY COMPETES IN PENSACOLA

         PENSACOLA— Chipola College’s Natalya Miller finished 14th overall in the Gulf Coast Cross Country Stampede at the Escambia County Equestrian Center in Pensacola Sept. 14.  Miller ran a time of 20:24 in the 5K race in a field of 98 participants.

        Chipola’s Kimi Wiltse set a personal record with a time of 23:32. Donia Lanier finished with a 23:36. Victoria Taylor ran a 24:01.  Jodi Phillips finished at 25:18.

       Chipola’s next event is Sept. 28 at Darton College in Albany, GA

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CHIPOLA CROSS COUNTRY TEAM— Chipola College’s Natalya Miller finished 14th overall in the Gulf Coast Cross Country Stampede at the Escambia County Equestrian Center in Pensacola Sept. Chipola team members are, from left: Donia Lanier, coach Rance Massengill Veronica Taylor, Natalya Miller, Victoria Taylor, Karlee Floyd, Kathryn Huffman, Kimi Wiltse and Jodi Philips.

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September 26, 2013

Voices of Lee Tp Perform for Artist Series

VOICES OF LEE TO PERFORM FOR CHIPOLA ARTIST SERIES OCT. 4

                MARIANNA— The Chipola College Artist Series will present the a cappella group Voices of Lee, Friday, Oct. 4 in the Center for the Arts.

         The 16-member vocal ensemble from Lee University in Cleveland, TN, performs at a variety of venues across the country.

         Excellence in harmony, spirit, and performance depicts the lush musical style of The Voices of Lee. Since their debut in September '94, their intense musical focus has captivated audiences worldwide. Directed by Danny Murray, the group is characterized by their unique variety of lush vocal harmonies, high-energy patriotic numbers, fun-filled audience participation, as well as heart-felt gospel favorites. For information, visit www.voicesoflee.com

Tickets are $14 for adults, $10 for children under 18, with special pricing for Chipola students and employees. 

Online tickets are available now at www.chipola.edu. Tickets may be printed at home, or with an order confirmation, will-call tickets will be available at the box office the night of the show. Tickets also are available for purchase at the Center for the Arts Box Office with hours Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday, from 9 a.m. to noon. The Box Office is also open one hour prior the event.

The Artist Series continues Jan. 16, 2014, with concert harpist Anna Maria Medieta presenting the passionate music of the Argentine Tango and Spanish Flemenco complete with Latin instruments and flamenco dancers.

The Golden Dragon Acrobats will amaze audiences with their breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty on April 1, 2014.

            Call 850-718-2420 or visit www.chipola.edu/fine-and-performing-arts for more information.

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September 26, 2013

FLORIDA LOTTERY SPONSORS CHIPOLA FALL FESTIVAL

                MARIANNA—The Florida Lottery Bright Futures program recently sponsored the Chipola College Fall Festival to welcome Bright Futures scholarship recipients and to celebrate the Lottery’s 25-year history of supporting education.

Lottery officials provided free t-shirts and premium door prizes to Chipola students. David Bishop, Deputy Secretary of the Lottery, addressed the crowd of several hundred. 

Bright Futures was created in 1997 by the Florida Legislature to assist students in pursuing post-secondary educational and career goals. Bright Futures scholarships are awarded to Florida high school graduates based on high academic achievement. 

Since the program's inception, the Florida Lottery has contributed more than $3.9 billion to send more than 600,000 students to college. To date, more than 5,000 Bright Futures scholarships have been awarded to students attending Chipola College, totaling more than $8 million.

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BRIGHT FUTURES SPONSORS CHIPOLA FALL FESTIVAL—The Florida Lottery Bright Futures program recently sponsored the Chipola College Fall Festival. Pictured from left, are: David Bishop, Lottery Deputy Secretary; Randy Fox, Lottery District Manager; Chipola College president Dr. Gene Prough; Chipola vice president of Student Affairs; Bright Futures recipient Zack Perkins; Chipola Executive Vice President Dr. Sarah Clemmons; Bright Futures recipients Irene Muniz; Will Glover and Tatum Skipper.

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September 26, 2013

CHIPOLA REGIONAL ARTS ASSOCIATION HELPS PROMOTE THE ARTS

                MARIANNA—The Chipola Regional Arts Association (CRAA) recently donated $5,000 to Chipola College in support of the college’s outstanding Artist Series. 

CRAA is a volunteer arts group with members from Jackson, Holmes, Calhoun, Liberty, and Washington counties that promotes the arts within the five-county district.

In February, CRAA will begin their annual fund-raising campaign for the 2013-14 academic year.  CRAA projects include mini-grants to area school teachers in the arts, arts scholarships to Chipola students, children’s arts programming in district schools, a complimentary arts calendar of district arts events, and monthly arts-related programming to which the public is invited. 

                For information about CRAA, contact Anita Price at pricea@chipola.edu or phone 850-

718-2277.

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CHIPOLA REGIONAL ARTS ASSOCIATION HELPS PROMOTE THE ARTS—The Chipola Regional Arts Association (CRAA) recently presented a check for $5,000 to Chipola College, in support of the college’s outstanding Artist Series. Here, CRAA president Joan Stadsklev (left), presents the check to Chipola College president Dr. Gene Prough.

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September 26, 2013

CHIPOLA TERM ‘C’ REGISTRATION IS OCT. 10

                MARIANNA—Registration for Chipola College Fall Term C is Thursday, Oct. 10, from 8 .m. to 3 p.m. Classes begin Oct. 11.

                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 11, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

                  Term C is open to current students and to new students who have never enrolled at Chipola. Current students may add Term C courses to their existing schedules.

                 Term C courses include: (ENC 1133) Research Writing (online); (HUM 2233) Humanities w/Writing II (online); (NUR 2960) Nursing Review I (online); (PSY 2012) General Psychology (online); (PSY 2012) General Psychology, 5:30-8:30, TR; (SLS 1101) Orientation (online) and (SYG 1000) Introduction Sociology, 5:30-8:30, MW.

                 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 atwww.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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September 26, 2013

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BSU WINS AT CHIPOLA FALL FEST—The Chipola Black Student Union was the winning team in the Chipola Fall Festival Relay. Pictured from left, are: (front) Quintavious Horne, Elizabeth Jones, (back) Deondre Davis, Demetric Claiborne, Winter Caldwell, Porsha Morgan, Tiara Sorey and Qron Mullins.

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September 26, 2013

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DALLAS IS NAACP SCHOLAR—James Dallas is the recipient of the Jackson County NAACP Scholarship to Chipola College. Dallas is a 2013 graduate of Malone High School. Pictured from left, are: Eulice Bryant, NAACP Scholarship Chair; Rev. Ronald Mizer, NAACP President; James Dallas; and Leroy Boone. Not pictured is Richard Patterson, NAACP past president.

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September 26, 2013

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MILTON IS TOP CHIPOLA EMPLOYEE—Vikki Milton has been selected the Chipola College Faculty/Administrator/Other Professional Award of the month for October.  Milton has serves as the Director of E Learning and has worked at the college since 1993.  Pictured from left, are Dr. Sarah Clemmons, Chipola Senior Vice President; Vikki Milton and Dr. Jason Hurst, Executive Vice President.

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September 26, 2013

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CHIPOLA SCIENCE CLUB PLANTS TREES--Members of the Chipola College Science Club recently planted two trees in front of the Johnson Health Center. Pictured from left, are: J.T. Steverson (President), Nick Hussey (lieutenant), Dwayne Bentley (lieutenant), Chris Swindle (lieutenant), Dr. Jeff R. Bodart (Club sponsor), Michael King (secretary) and Mattea Harbour (treasurer).

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September 26, 2013

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TRAMMELL ADDRESSES CHIPOLA HONORS GROUP—Chipola College alumnus of the year Robert Trammell was the guest speaker for the Chipola Honors program on Sept. 18.  Here, Chipola Honors student Will Glover (left) and Honors adviser Bonnie Smith present Trammell a photograph of his Chipola basketball coach, the late Milton Johnson. Trammell, a 1966 Chipola graduate, is an attorney and former member of the Florida House of Representatives.                                             

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