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February 4, 2016

 

CHIPOLA RANKED IN TOP 150 U.S. COMMUNITY COLLEGES

 

Eligible For $1 Million Aspen Institute Prize

 

               Washington, DC ?Chipola College has been named one of the nation抯 top 150 community colleges by the Aspen Institute.

               Chipola is among 14 Florida College System institutions eligible to compete for the prestigious Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and $1 million in prize money. Florida colleges named to the list, are:Broward College, Chipola College, College of Central Florida, Daytona State College, Eastern Florida State College, Florida SouthWestern State College, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Indian River State College, Northwest Florida State College, Palm Beach State College, Saint Johns River State College, South Florida State College and Tallahassee Community College.

               The Aspen Prize, awarded every two years since 2011, is the nation抯 signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America抯 community colleges. Chipola has been nominated for all four of the Aspen Award cycles?011, 2013, 2015 and 2017.

               Chipola president Dr. Jason Hurst, says, 揥e are proud to be nominated for the Aspen Prize for a fourth time. This nomination affirms that Chipola College is committed to improving our educational programs to ensure student success.?

               The Aspen Prize recognizes exceptional student outcomes in persistence, completion, and transfer; consistent improvement in outcomes over time; and equity in outcomes for students of all racial/ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Highlighting the critical importance of improving student success, the Aspen Institute identified the top community colleges through an assessment of institutional performance measures.

               Chipola was named among the top 150 colleges from a national pool of over 1,166 public two-year colleges using publicly available data on student outcomes.  In First-Year Retention rate, Chipola ranked 23rd in the nation. In three-year graduation rate, Chipola ranked 28th. In Credentials Awarded per 100 Full Time Equivalent, Chipola ranked 20th, and in Credentials Awarded per 100 Minority Students, Chipola ranked 14th in the nation.?   

               The 150 eligible community colleges have been invited to submit applications to Aspen containing detailed data on degree/certificate completion, labor market outcomes, and student learning outcomes. Colleges must demonstrate that they deliver exceptional student results for all students ?including those from racial minority and/or low-income backgrounds ?and, that they use data to inform decisions and continually improve over time.

               Ten finalists will be named in Fall 2016. Aspen will conduct site visits to finalist colleges to collect additional data. A distinguished Prize Jury will select a grand prize winner and a few finalists with distinction in early 2017.

               Nearly half of America抯 college students attend community colleges, with more than seven million students ?youth and adult learners ?working towards certificates and degrees in these institutions across the country.

               Chipola is designated as a state college in the Florida College System. Established in 1947, Chipola offers the Bachelor of Science Degree, the Associate in Arts Degree, the Associate in Science Degree and Workforce Development programs.

               For information about Chipola College, visitsamimiyat.com or phone 850-526-2761.

 

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Chipola College has been named one of the nation抯 top 150 community colleges by the Aspen Institute. Chipola is among 14 Florida College System institutions eligible to compete for the prestigious Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and $1 million in prize money.  Here, Chipola student Madison Baker works in the lab with Science Professor Terolyn Lay.

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               To complete FAFSA, please bring: FSA ID number, the legal electronic signature to access the federal student aid on-line system; 2015 IRS Tax returns and W-2 statements; Social Security Number; Driver抯 License or other valid photo ID; Alien Registration card. Participants should also bring Untaxed Income records for 2015, which may consist of payments to tax-deferred pensions or retirement savings, child support paid or received, housing or food or living allowance (assistance from government agencies: Florida Department of Children and families), Social Security benefits, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, WIC and/or HUD, Veterans non-education benefits (disability compensation).

               For more information, call Beverly Hambright at 850-718-2223.

 

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February 4, 2016

 

CHIPOLA FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

 

               The Chipola Foundation Scholarship list for Fall 2016 will be available the first week of March. 

               The McLendon Educational Trust applications for Summer I and Summer II are available online at samimiyat.com and in the Foundation office.  Application deadlines are: Summer I, March 15 and Summer II, May 16. Summer II applications should include Spring 2016 semester grades if student is enrolled in Spring 2016 classes.

               For information, call the Chipola Foundation at 718-2404. 

 

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February 4, 2016

 

CHIPOLA FUTURE EDUCATORS HOST ANNUAL TEACHERS WORKSHOP

 

The Chipola Future Educators Club will host its Annual Teacher Workshop, Saturday, Feb. 6, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Sessions will include resources and strategies in Math, Science, Reading, English, ESOL and ESE. The free workshop will be held in Literature/Language (Building Z). Registration is at 8 a.m., with the first session at 8:30 a.m.  RSVP to Casey Dowgul at dowgulc@samimiyat.com or phone 850-718-2449.

 

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February 4, 2016

 

CHIPOLA ACE OFFERING TEACHER CERTIFICATION EXAM REVIEW

 

               MARIANNA桾he Chipola College ACE Lab is offering review sessions for the General Knowledge Florida Teacher Certification Examination.

               Review sessions for the various tests are scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. on the following dates: Reading/Writing, March 14 and 16; Mathematics, March 15 and 17. 

               For information, 850-718-2312.

 

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February 4, 2016

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CHIPOLA扴 ADDAMS FAMILY TICKETS?/span>The Chipola College production of The Addams Family Musical runs Feb. 24-28. Here, main characters pose during rehearsal. Tickets go on sale Feb. 10 at samimiyat.com/boxoffice. Play tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for ages 18 and under. A Sunday Brunch and show is set for Feb. 28. Tickets ($30) include brunch and play admission. Brunch show tickets go on sale Feb. 3. For brunch tickets, contact Evelyn Ward at 850-718-2257 orwarde@samimiyat.com. For the Box Office, call 718-2420.

 

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February 4, 2016

 Chipola Future Educators Win At State 02/04/16

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CHIPOLA FUTURE EDUCATORS WIN AT STATE?/span>Members of Chipola College抯 Future Educators Club (FEC) won five major awards at the recent Future Florida Educators of America (FFEA) Annual State Conference. Students attended workshops and competed with other post-secondary schools in state-wide competitions. Chipola FEC winners are, from left: (front) Rena O払ryan (second place in speech), Olivia Howell (first place in public service announcement), (back) Niki Ferguson (first place in lesson plan) and Katherine Waller (first place in essay). The Chipola group also won first place in the chapter display competition. Chipola抯 FEC Advisor is Casey Dowgul.

 

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February 4, 2016

 Chipola Homecomming Court 02/04/16

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CHIPOLA HOMECOMING COURT桾he Chipola College Homecoming Court will be presented during the halftime of the Chipola vs Gulf Coast game on Saturday, Feb. 6.  Pictured from left, are: (front) freshman Cianna Harris of Marianna, freshman Maddy Christmas of Marianna, sophomore Keionna Mitchell of Marianna, sophomore Aaliyah Raines of Sneads, sophomore Olivia Saunders of Chipley, (back) freshman Tripp Taylor of Blountstown, freshman Anthony Severson of Graceville, sophomore Andrew Bennett of Blountstown, sophomore Edward Arroyo of Marianna and sophomore Patrick Spires of Malone.  The Homecoming Queen and Mr. Chipola will be selected from the sophomore candidates.

 

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February 4, 2016

 Pam Rentz Phi Theta Kappa 02/04/16

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RENTZ RECOGNIZED FOR SERVICE TO PTK?/span>Dr. Pam Rentz, Dean of the School of Education at Chipola College, was recently recognizes for 10 years of service as adviser to the college chapter of Phi Theta Kappa honor society. Here, Dr. Rentz receives a pin from Chipola president Dr. Jason Hurst.

 

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February 4, 2016

 

CHIPOLA TAKE STOCK TO HOST NIGHT-TIME 5K

 

               MARIANNA桝ll runners and walkers are invited to participate in the Ignite the Night 5K Fun Run/Walk, Friday, March 11, at 6 p.m., at Citizens Lodge.

               The Jackson County Take Stock in Children Program along with the Lighting the Way for Kids Foundation of Jackson County are the co-hosts.

               Mary Helen Smith, Take Stock Program Manager, says, 揅ome get your glow on and help us raise dollars for scholars. The race is meant for everyone, not just avid runners. If you can run, jump, walk, skip, or even crawl, we抎 love for you join us wearing your glow-in-the-dark gear.?The entire race will be run inside the Citizens Lodge Park to ensure safety. Award medals will be given for first, second and third places overall and in each age division.

               All money raised will go to Chipola scholarships to help low-income/at risk students in Jackson County.

               Cost is $20 for adults, $15 for students and free for kids under five. Participants who register by Feb. 26 get a long sleeve t-shirt. Registration will also be held at the race.

               For information, contact Smith at (850)718-2428 or email:smithm@samimiyat.com. Visitsamimiyat.com/tsic or on Facebook atTake Stock in Children-Chipola College.

 

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February 4, 2016

 

CHIPOLA BASEBALL ALUMNI WEEKEND IS FEB. 5-6

 

               MARIANNA?The annual Chipola College Baseball Alumni Weekend is set for Feb. 5-6.

               Major league baseball stars and other former Chipola players will return to their alma mater for the weekend which will include live college baseball action, a Homerun Derby, great food and the chance to rub elbows with the pros, including two-time MLB Homerun champ Jose Bautista and his Toronto Blue Jays teammate, All-Star catcher Russell Martin. Honorary Chipola alumnus Jeff Mathis of the Marlins, Braves catcher Tyler Flowers and Diamondbacks pitcher Patrick Corbin also are expected to attend.

               An Alumni Dinner and Auction is set for Friday, Feb. 5, at 6:30 p.m. Big-leaguers have donated thousands in memorabilia for the auction. Tickets are $100, with table sponsorships available for $1,000. Sponsors earn recognition at the dinner, 8 tickets, an autographed baseball and a group photo with MLB players.

               A full day of activities is set for Saturday, Feb. 6, at Chipola Field. At 10 a.m., the Chipola Indians will face Walters State. An MLB Alumni Homerun Derby starts at 12:30 p.m. with guest prizes and MLB memorabilia for sale.

               The MLB autograph and photo session runs from 2:30 to 3:30. For $10, fans can get one item signed by each professional. Player photos and MLB baseballs will be available for purchase.

               Passes to the day抯 events are $10 per person for all ages. Fans are also invited to purchase fresh grouper lunch plates for $10.

               For information about alumni happenings, email Nathan Marks atnathan@marksinsurance.com, visit samimiyat.com or phone 850-718-2237.

 

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February 4, 2016

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CHIPOLA HOSTS GULF COAST FOR HOMECOMING

 

               MARIANNA桞oth Chipola basketball teams host arch-rival Gulf Coast, Saturday, Feb. 6, for Homecoming. The women抯 game tips off at 5:30 p.m., with the men抯 game at 7:30 p.m.

               The Indians made it two in a row Feb. 2 with a hard-fought 75-73 win over Pensacola. Chipola overcame an 11-point halftime deficit led by Junior Saintel with 14 points. Eric Turner scored 13. Patrick Rooks had 11. Cletrell Pope added 10. With the win, Chipola improves to 15-11 overall and 2-6 in conference play.

               Chipola pulled off a stunning 98-92 overtime upset of top-ranked Northwest Florida on Jan. 30.  Antwain Johnsonhit a game-tying shot with .8 seconds to go in regulation. He led Chipola with 26 points. Junior Saintel scored 21. Mehdy Ngouama scored 16. Patrick Rooks added 13. 

               The Indians suffered a 73-71 loss to Tallahassee on Jan. 26. Rooks led Chipola with 19 points. Turner had 11. Taevon Ashmeade scored 10.

               Chipola suffered a narrow 100-97 loss at Gulf Coast on Jan. 23. Rooks led Chipola with 22. Johnson scored 18. Turner had 15. Pope and Ashmeade scored 11 points apiece.

               As of Feb. 4, the men抯 Panhandle standings are: Northwest (6-2), Tallahassee (6-2), Gulf Coast (4-4), Chipola (2-6) and Pensacola (2-6). 

               The Lady Indians are second in the Panhandle Conference race and still looking for their first victory over Gulf Coast. Chipola抯 only two league losses came at the hands of Gulf Coast (76-68) on Jan. 23, and a (91-77) home loss to the Lady Commodores on Jan. 2.

               Chipola scored a big 57-34 win over Pensacola on Feb. 2. Chipola is in Chipola beat Northwest 63-58 on Jan. 30. Raven Baker led the Lady Indians with 18 points.  Cynthia Petke and Barbara Johnson each scored 13 points. Chipola scored a 91-40 win over Tallahassee on Jan. 26.

               As of Feb. 4, Gulf Coast (8-0) leads the women抯 conference race. Chipola (6-2) is second.  Tallahassee (3-5) is third. Northwest (2-6) is fourth. Pensacola is (1-7).

               The Lady Indians are ranked third in the FCSAA State Poll behind top-ranked Gulf Coast and second ranked Daytona. Other Panhandle teams in the state ranking include: Northwest (4) and Tallahassee (6). Chipola is sixth in the NJCAA National Poll.

               Chipola抯 Homecoming festivities include: a reunion of former Chipola cheerleaders set to begin at 4 p.m. in the Continuing Education Center on College Street. The women抯 game tips off at 5:30 p.m. Chipola president Dr. Jason Hurst and his wife Alisa invite all alumni and friends of the college to an Alumni Reception beginning at 6 p.m. in the Ronnie Myers Hospitality Room. The Homecoming Court will presented during halftime of the men抯 game.

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February 11, 2016

ADDAMS FAMILY TICKETS ON SALE AT CHIPOLA

 

               MARIANNA桾he Chipola College production of The Addams Family Musical runs Feb. 24-28.

               Tickets?span class="style131">$8 for adults and $6 for ages 18 and under梐re on sale at the Center for the Arts Box Office, and online atsamimiyat.com/boxoffice.

               A Sunday Brunch and show is set for Feb. 28. Tickets ($30) include brunch and play admission

               Chipola Theater director Charles Sirmon recently selected the cast of local actors which includes: Josiah Brooksas Gomez,Shayli Tharp as Morticia,Odra Chapman as Wednesday,Jared Standiford as Lucas,Chandler King as Pugsley,Chris Manasco as Fester,Elyn Sapp as Grandma,Keith Watford as Mal,Sarah Liffick as Alice and Saylor Novonglosky as Lurch. Ancestors include Austin Spears, Aaron Lane, Alex Ozbun, Stephanie Lane, Calen Masai, Gracie Wallace, Jill Berquist, Laura Lee Gause, Emily Childress, Nina Boyde, Kane Keefer, Karissa Mercer, Katelyn Cannady, Jamie Gibson and Tra抳aous Boyd. Monsters are William Crews and Catherine Lewis.

               The Addams Family was written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa. In the kooky, upside-down Addams world, to be sad is to be happy, to feel pain is to feel joy, and death and suffering are the stuff of their dreams. The Addams family still has to deal with the spookiest nightmare faced by every family: the kids are growing up.

            For brunch tickets, contact Evelyn Ward at 850-718-2257 orwarde@samimiyat.com. For the Box Office, call 718-2420.

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Adams Family 2-11-2016

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ADDAMS FAMILY TICKETS ON SALE AT CHIPOLA?/span>The Chipola College production of The Addams Family Musical runs Feb. 24-28. Pictured from left, are: Chris Manasco as Fester,Chandler King as Pugsley,Shayli Tharp as Morticia,Odra Chapman as Wednesday,Josiah Brooks as Gomez,Saylor Novonglosky as Lurch and Elyn Sapp as Grandma.Tickets are on sale at the Center for the Arts Box Office, and online atsamimiyat.com/boxoffice. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for ages 18 and under. A Sunday Brunch and show is set for Feb. 28. For brunch tickets, contact Evelyn Ward at 850-718-2257 orwarde@samimiyat.com. For the Box Office, call 718-2420.

 

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February 11, 2016

 

CHIPOLA MUSIC STUDENTS ATTEND WINTER SYMPOSIUM

 

               MARIANNA桟hipola College music majors recently attended the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) winter symposium at University of North Florida in Jacksonville. 

               Chipola students who attended the conference were: Hannah Alhalaseh, Emily Childress, and Summer Consalo, Daniel Clubb, George Kleinpeter, Kaitlyn Miller, Lindsay Miller, and Alex Ozbun.

               Also attending were Chipola faculty members, Dr. Josh Martin and Dr. Christina Villaverde, and Director of Fine and Performing Arts, Evelyn Ward.

               The Chipola students who attended interacted with students from state colleges throughout Florida and had the opportunity to work directly with the faculty at University of North Florida.  The attended master classes in their major study areas and performed in a statewide joint Chorus and Band.

               Evelyn Ward says, 揙ur students?showing at the symposium is a testament to the fine music and arts programs we offer at Chipola.?

 

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CHIPOLA MUSIC STUDENTS ATTEND SYMPOSIUM桟hipola College music majors recently attended the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) winter symposium at University of North Florida in Jacksonville.  Pictured from left, are: (front) Kaitlyn Miller, Alex Ozbun, Lindsay Miller, (middle row) Dr. Christina Villaverde, Summer Consalo, Hannah Alhalaseh, Emily Childress, (back) Dr. Josh Martin, George Kleinpeter and Daniel Clubb.

 

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               To complete FAFSA, please bring: FSA ID number, the legal electronic signature to access the federal student aid on-line system; 2015 IRS Tax returns and W-2 statements; Social Security Number; Driver抯 License or other valid photo ID; Alien Registration card. Participants should also bring Untaxed Income records for 2015, which may consist of payments to tax-deferred pensions or retirement savings, child support paid or received, housing or food or living allowance (assistance from government agencies: Florida Department of Children and families), Social Security benefits, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, WIC and/or HUD, Veterans non-education benefits (disability compensation).

               For more information, call Beverly Hambright at 850-718-2223.

 

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February 11, 2016

 

CHIPOLA FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

 

               The Chipola Foundation Scholarship list for Fall 2016 will be available the first week of March. 

               The McLendon Educational Trust applications for Summer I and Summer II are available online at samimiyat.com and in the Foundation office.  Application deadlines are: Summer I, March 15 and Summer II, May 16. Summer II applications should include Spring 2016 semester grades if student is enrolled in Spring 2016 classes.

               For information, call the Chipola Foundation at 718-2404. 

 

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February 11, 2016

 

CORRECTION CLASSES NOW FORMING AT CHIPOLA COLLEGE

 

               MARIANNA桾he Chipola College Criminal Justice Training Center will offer a daytime Corrections class beginning Feb. 24. Application deadline is Deadline is Feb. 22.

               Classes will meet Monday through Thursday from 7:30 ?4:30 p.m.

               Completion of this program prepares candidates to take the State Board Examination and become certified by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission upon becoming employed with a Correctional agency.

               Prior to admission, all candidates must earn a passing score on the Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT) offered at the Public Service Building Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. 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 Jamie McAllister, Corrections Coordinator, at 718-2212.

 

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February 11, 2016

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THE BOYS CHOIR OF TALLAHASSEE TO PERFORM AT CHIPOLA COLLEGE

 

               MARIANNA?The nationally acclaimed Boys?Choir of Tallahassee will perform Friday, March 11, 2016, at 7 p.m., in the Center for the Arts, Chipola College.

               The Boys?Choir of Tallahassee (BCT) is a community outreach program for males, ages eight to 18, enrolled in schools throughout Tallahassee and the surrounding area. BCT works to help young men meet their developmental needs and realize their full potential by proactively reducing risky behavior, restoring self-esteem and promoting academic success. Strategies include creating a safe, supportive afterschool setting which includes adult and peer mentoring for both academic and social skills.

               The Choir strives to help members develop a sense of poise and self-confidence through education and performance. Members are challenged to sing well, stand tall, stay on schedule, take pride in their appearance, respect those in charge and tap into the best part of whom he is and what he can accomplish. The key to the success of the Choir is its emphasis on discipline, hard work, responsibility and respect for oneself and others. BCT reaches out to youth to give them a sense of purpose and accomplishment through music instruction and the encouragement of a positive adult role model.

               The choir has performed for Oprah Winfrey, President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama and more.

               The director, Dr. Earle Lee says, "It's a safe haven, a place where guys can come and make good music and don't have to worry about getting in trouble. At the same time, it's a big self-esteem booster. They get to go on wonderful trips and just really see what the world has to offer them."

               Spring and Summer 2015 concerts included: Washington DC, New York, Boston, MA, Columbia, SC, Richmond, VA, Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, and several Florida Cities.

               The concert is begin sponsored by the Chipola Regional Arts Association and the Chipola College Fine Arts Department.

               Open seating tickets for the March 11 performance will be on sale for $10 each beginning Monday, February 15 at the Chipola Box Office or online at samimiyat.com/boxoffice.   Box Office hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Fridays, 9 a.m. to noon. 

               For more information, call 850-718-2420 or visit samimiyat.com/boxoffice.

 

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February 11, 2016

 

CHIPOLA ACE OFFERING TEACHER CERTIFICATION EXAM REVIEW

 

               MARIANNA桾he Chipola College ACE Lab is offering review sessions for the General Knowledge Florida Teacher Certification Examination.

               Review sessions for the various tests are scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. on the following dates: Reading/Writing, March 14 and 16; Mathematics, March 15 and 17. 

               For information, 850-718-2312.

 

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 February 11, 2016

 

CHIPOLA BLACK HISTORY PROGRAM SET FOR FEB. 19

 

               MARIANNA桟hipola College will host a Black History Month Program, Friday, Feb. 19, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., in the Chipola College Cultural Center. Dinner will be served.

               The theme for the program is 揅elebrating the Life, Legacy and Contributions of

African Americans and Charting the Path to Full Liberation.?The guest speaker is Elder Emeritus William McCray.  Other speakers include: Salvation Army Victim抯 Advocate Lindsey McCrary; Domestic Violence Advocate Felicia Gibson.

               Performances will include: The Riverside Beaver Chorus; Singer Daniel Marks; Dance routines by the Girls of Pearls and the Omega Lamplighters; and Poetry reading with Barrone Evans.

               For information about the event, contact Dr. Willie Spires at 718-2232.

 

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February 11, 2016

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ANDERSON LECTURES AT CHIPOLA桪r. Loran Anderson, Professor Emeritus of Biological Science and former Curator of the Godfrey Herbarium, Florida State University, was a guest lecturer for Chipola College environmental science students.  His presentation on botanical biodiversity was second in a program of study designed by Billy Bailey, Florida Caverns State Park Specialist to move students from visualizing environmental science to living it.  Anderson抯 lecture connected botany with careers in forensic science, surveys, pharmacy, engineering, environmental consulting and agriculture.  Anderson served as a member of the Florida Endangered Plant Advisory Council for over 30 years and remains active in field surveys and herbarium studies, describing several species for the first time, updating and adding species to a list of over 600 at the Florida Caverns State Park.

 

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February 11, 2016

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SMITH IS TOP CHIPOLA EMPLOYEE?/span>Connie Smith, Director of Technical Theatre, is the Chipola College Faculty/Other Professional/Administrator of the Month. Here, Smith receives a plaque from Chipola president Dr. Jason Hurst and Evelyn Ward, Director of Fine Arts with members of the cast and crew of the Chipola spring musical, The Addams Family.

 

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February 11, 2016

 Chipola Homecoming Court 2016 2-11-2016

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CHIPOLA HOMECOMING COURT桹livia Saunders of Chipley was crowned Chipola College Homecoming Queen, and Andrew Bennett of Blountstown was crowned Mr. Chipola 2016 on Feb. 6. The Chipola College Homecoming Court is, from left: Anthony Severson of Graceville, Maddy Christmas of Marianna, Edward Arroyo of Marianna, Aaliyah Raines of Sneads, 2015 Queen Sara Kaye Compton of Chipley, 2016 Queen Olivia Saunders of Chipley, 2016 Mr. Chipola Andrew Bennett of Blountstown, 2015 Mr. Chipola Trey White of Marianna, Keionna Mitchell of Marianna, Patrick Spires of Malone,Cianna Harris of Marianna and Tripp Taylor of Blountstown.

 

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February 11, 2016

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CHIPOLA BASEBALL ALUMNI WEEKEND IS A HOMERUN

 

               MARIANNA?The annual Chipola College Baseball Alumni Weekend was nothing short of a homerun. Major league baseball stars who played at Chipola joined dozens of other former players for the weekend抯 events which included a Homerun Derby, Celebrity Dinner and Auction and MLB Autograph session.

               Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays was the headliner for the event. The two-time MLB Homerun champ signed autographs and posed for photos for two full days to help raise money for the Chipola program. Bautista said, 揑t really feels like a family here. These people have known me since I came to school at Chipola. They抳e kept up with me and I抳e come back, so we抳e had that continuing relationship.  This is a close-knit group; not only the baseball guys, but also the local community.?o:p>

               Baseball coach Jeff Johnson said, 揑抦 grateful to have so many alumni take time out of their busy schedules to come spend time with us to help our program. It抯 very humbling.?o:p>

               More than 100 fans waited for up to two hours for the chance to get an autograph from several MLB players, including Bautista, honorary Chipola alumnus Jeff Mathis of the Marlins, his brother-in-law Cory Rasmus of the Angels, Marianna抯 own Michael Mader of the Marlins, Phillies pitcher David Buchanan, Jaye Chapman of the Brewers, Isaiah Gilliam of the Yankees and former Milwaukee Brewer Mat Gamel. 

               Isaiah Gilliam won the Homerun Derby with 15 four-baggers in the finals against two other former draft picks Blake Balkom and Jordan Poole.

               Some 200 former players and fans attended an Alumni Dinner and Auction which raised thousands for the baseball program. James and Shealyn Estes were the winning bidders for a Jose Bautista Blue Jays Game Experience which includes VIP tickets to a Jays game, luxury hotel, and on-field passes for batting practice. 

               Former Chipola player Nathan Marks was the event organizer. Alumni are encouraged to contact him at nathan@marksinsurance.com to stay involved with the group.

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Bautista with Estes 2-11-2016 

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BAUTISTA WITH FANS AT CHIPOLA?/span> Some 200 former Chipola baseball players and fans attended a Baseball Alumni Dinner and Auction which raised thousands for the baseball program. James and Shealyn Estes were the winning bidders for a Jose Bautista Blue Jays Game Experience which includes VIP tickets to a Jays game, luxury hotel, and on-field passes for batting practice.  The Estes are pictured here with Bautista (center).

 

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CHIPOLA 1965 BASEBALL TEAM RETURNS桸early every member of Chipola College抯 1965 baseball team returned to their alma mater for the college抯 annual Baseball Alumni Weekend. Former player Mike Crawford coordinated the 1965 reunion for the group whose mantra was "We Lit It Up," as they were the first Chipola team to play with lights on the field. The team had a 22-8 record under Coach Jim Duncan who also returned for the reunion. Team members included Marvin Lassiter, Mike Johnson, Luther Farmer, Charlie McPherson, John Veasey, Kent Retting, Tommy Ayers, Jack Toole, Charles Doggett, Butch Haynes, Mike Nutt, Mike Crawford, Buddy Smith, Lonnie Mathis, Ronnie Hicks, Ronnie Hatton.

 

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February 11, 2016

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CHIPOLA TO HOST NORTHWEST IN FINAL HOME GAMES

EDWARDS IS STATE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

 

               MARIANNA?Both Chipola basketball teams host Northwest in the final home games of the season, Tuesday, Feb. 16. The teams close out the regular season Feb. 20 at Pensacola.

               The Lady Indians (20-4) handed formerly undefeated Gulf Coast their first loss of the season, in a 78-64 win on Feb. 6. Aisha Edwards scored a career-high 32 points in Chipola抯 14-point win over Gulf Coast State. She was named Region 8 Women抯 Basketball Player of the Week. The freshman guard from Boca Raton averaged 24.0 points, 2.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.5 steals in two games during the voting period. She shot 42.2 percent (19-of-45) from the field, 50.0 percent (4-of-8) from the three-point line and 75 percent (6-of-8) in free throws.

               As of Feb. 11, Gulf Coast (9-1) leads the women抯 conference race. Chipola (7-2) is second.  Tallahassee (4-6) is third. Northwest (3-6) is fourth. Pensacola is (1-9).

               The Lady Indians are ranked third in the FCSAA State Poll behind top-ranked Gulf Coast and second ranked Daytona. Other Panhandle teams in the state ranking include: Northwest (4) and Tallahassee (6). Chipola is sixth in the NJCAA National Poll.

               The Chipola men抯 team (16-11) made it three in a row with a 94-72 Homecoming win over Gulf Coast on Feb. 6. Ngouama, Cletrell Pope and Eric Turner each scored 15 points for Chipola. Eric Lockett had 14. With the win, Chipola improves to 16-11 overall and 3-6 in conference play.

               Chipola scored a hard-fought 75-73 win over Pensacola, Feb. 2 The Indians overcame an 11-point halftime deficit led by Junior Saintel with 14 points. Eric Turner scored 13. Patrick Rooks had 11. Cletrell Pope added 10.

               Chipola pulled off a stunning 98-92 overtime upset of top-ranked Northwest Florida on Jan. 30.  Antwain Johnsonhit a game-tying shot with .8 seconds to go in regulation. He led Chipola with 26 points.

               As of Feb. 11, the men抯 Panhandle standings are: Tallahassee (7-3), Northwest (6-3), Gulf Coast (5-5), Chipola (3-6) and Pensacola (3-7). 

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February 18, 2016

Addams Family 2 02-18-2016

CHIPOLA扴 ADDAMS FAMILY OPENS WEDNESDAY, FEB. 24

 

               MARIANNA桾he Chipola College production of The Addams Family Musical opens a five-day run, Wednesday, Feb. 24, in the Center for the Arts. The show runs at 7 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, Feb. 25-27, with a 2 p.m., Sunday matinee on Feb. 28. 

               Tickets?8 for adults and $6 for ages 18 and under梐re on sale at the Center for the Arts Box Office, and online atsamimiyat.com/boxoffice.

               A special Sunday Brunch show is set for Feb. 28. Tickets ($20, and $15 for ACT Fund members) include brunch at noon and play admission. Deadline to purchase brunch tickets is Feb. 22.    

               Chipola Theater director Charles Sirmon selected the cast of local actors which includes: Josiah Brooks as Gomez,Shayli Tharp as Morticia,Odra Chapman as Wednesday,Jared Standiford as Lucas,Chandler King as Pugsley,Chris Manasco as Fester,Elyn Sapp as Grandma,Keith Watford as Mal,Sarah Liffick as Alice and Saylor Novonglosky as Lurch. Ancestors include Austin Spears, Aaron Lane, Alex Ozbun, Stephanie Lane, Calen Masai, Gracie Wallace, Jill Berquist, Laura Lee Gause, Emily Childress, Nina Boyde, Kane Keefer, Karissa Mercer, Katelyn Cannady, Jamie Gibson and Tra抳aous Boyd. Monsters are William Crews and Catherine Lewis.

               The Addams Family was written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa. In the kooky, upside-down Addams world, to be sad is to be happy, to feel pain is to feel joy, and death and suffering are the stuff of their dreams. The Addams family still has to deal with the spookiest nightmare faced by every family: the kids are growing up.

               For brunch tickets, contact Evelyn Ward at 850-718-2257 orwarde@samimiyat.com. For the Box Office, call 718-2420 or visitsamimiyat.com

 

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February 18, 2016

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ADDAMS FAMILY TICKETS ON SALE AT CHIPOLA?/span>The Chipola College production of The Addams Family Musical runs Feb. 24-28. Pictured are:  Shayli Tharp as Morticia (left) and Josiah Brooks as Gomez. Tickets?8 for adults and $6 for ages 18 and under梐re on sale at the Center for the Arts Box Office, and online at samimiyat.com/boxoffice. For information, call 718-2420.

 

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February 18, 2016

Addams Family at CRAA 02-18-2016

ADDAMS FAMILY VISITS CRAA

 

               MARIANNA桾he cast of Chipola College抯 The Addams Family performed excerpts from the musical at the Feb. 16 meeting of the Chipola Regional Arts Association.    

               Tickets are now on sale for the Feb. 24-28 performances.  The weird and wonderful comes to devilishly delightful life in the Addams Family. This magnificently macabre musical comedy features an original story, and it抯 every father抯 nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. Everything will change on the fateful night the Addams host a dinner for Wednesday抯 normal boyfriend and his parents.

               Tickets?8 for adults and $6 for ages 18 and under梞ay be purchased online at samimiyat.com/boxoffice or in person at the Center for the Arts Box Office. For information, call 850-718-2420.

               For information on becoming a season contributor to the ACT Fund, call Charles Sirmon, Director of Theatre, at 718-2227 or emailsirmonc@samimiyat.com.   

 

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February 18, 2016

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ADDAMS FAMILY VISITS CRAA桾he cast of Chipola College抯 The Addams Family performed excerpts from the musical at the Feb. 16 meeting of the Chipola Regional Arts Association.  Pictured from left, are: Josiah Brooks, Dr. Josh Martin, Shayli Tharp, Charles Sirmon, Odra Chapman, Jared Standiford and Saylor Novonglosky.

 

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February 18, 2016

President Reading Award-Lauren Drake Bethlehem

CHIPOLA扴 LITERATURE/LANGUAGE WINNERS

 

               MARIANNA桽ome 115 students from 12 area high schools competed in writing, reading, speech, oral interpretation, literature, humanities, grammar, and Spanish contests at Chipola College on Feb. 12.

               The occasion was the Twenty-sixth Annual Throssell Literature/Language Festival hosted by Chipola抯 Letters Department.  The purpose of the festival is to recognize and encourage academic excellence.

               Prizes were awarded to first, second and third places, as well as two honorable mentions, in each category.  The winner of the President抯 Reading Contest received a special medallion as well as a cash award.

               Contest winners from participating schools are listed below.

               President抯 Reading Award?/b>Lauren Drake of Bethlehem High School.

               Writing: first桱once Palmer of Holmes County High School; second桯ayden Church of Graceville High School; third桟arley Kirk of Vernon High School; honorable Mentions桯unter Davis of Cottondale High School and Alex Gong of Marianna High School.

                Speech:first桝lyssa McCardle of Altha Public School; second桬lizabeth Fleener of Chipley High School; third桲azarieya Williams of Malone High School; honorable Mentions桵adison Daniels of Marianna High School and Ziah White of Graceville High School.

               Oral Interpretation: first桮racie Wallace of Marianna High School; second桟assidy Smith of Vernon High School; third桝shley Wesley of Graceville High School; honorable Mentions桽kyler Leonberger of Chipley High School and Hannah Murray of Liberty County High School.

               Literature: first桯unter Davis of Cottondale High School; second桵adison Martin of Marianna High School; third桱ustin Moore of Altha High School; honorable Mentions桵allory Beauchamp of Sneads High School and Hannah Hall of Cottondale High School.  

               Humanities: first桝lex Tharp of Cottondale High School; second桲atie Everett of Marianna High School; third桽ierra Ennis of Graceville High School; honorable Mentions桱once Palmer of Holmes County High School and Kyle Silsby of Blountstown High School.

               Grammar: first桝lex Gong of Marianna High School; second桟handra Cooper of Holmes County High School; third桪eidre Walton of Bethlehem High School; honorable Mentions桯ayden Church of Graceville High School and Cassidy Trammell of Bethlehem High School.

               Spanish Language Contest: first桼osio Martinez of Chipley High School; second桲yhla Bodie of Marianna High School; third桵aria Martinez of Liberty County High School; honorable Mentions桼achel Nandho of Blountstown High School and Perla Valdovinos of Chipley High School.

 

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February 18, 2016

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PRESIDENT扴 READING WINNER桽ome 115 students from 12 area high schools recently competed in Chipola College抯 Twenty-sixth Annual Throssell Literature/Language Festival.  Here, (left) Chipola president Dr. Jason Hurst presents award to Lauren Drake of Bethlehem High School.

 

TOP WRITERS桽ome 115 students from 12 area high schools recently competed in Chipola College抯 Twenty-sixth Annual Throssell Literature/Language Festival.  Writing award winners are, from left: honorable mentions, Hunter Davis of Cottondale HS and Alex Gong of Marianna HS; third, Carley Kirk of Vernon HS, second, Hayden Church of Graceville HS and first, Jonce Palmer of Holmes County HS. 

 

BEST SPEAKERS桽ome 115 students from 12 area high schools recently competed in Chipola College抯 Twenty-sixth Annual Throssell Literature/Language Festival.  Speech award winners are, from left: honorable mentions, from left: honorable mentions, Madison Daniels of Marianna HS and Ziah White of Graceville HS; third, Kazarieya Williams of Malone HS, second, Elizabeth Fleener of Chipley HS and first, Alyssa McCardle of Altha Public School. 

 

INTERPRETATION WINNERS?Some 115 students from 12 area high schools recently competed in Chipola College抯 Twenty-sixth Annual Throssell Literature/Language Festival.  Oral Interpretation winners are, from left: honorable mentions, Hannah Murray of Liberty County HS and Skyler Leonberger of Chipley HS; third, Ashley Wesley of Graceville HS; second, Cassidy Smith of Vernon HS; first, Gracie Wallace of Marianna HS.

 

LITERATURE WINNERS?Some 115 students from 12 area high schools recently competed in Chipola College抯 Twenty-sixth Annual Throssell Literature/Language Festival.  Literature winners are, from left: honorable mentions, Hannah Hall of Cottondale HS and Mallory Beauchamp of Sneads HS; third, Justin Moore of Altha HS; second, Madison Martin of Marianna HS; first, Hunter Davis of Cottondale HS.

 

HUMANITIES WINNERS桽ome 115 students from 12 area high schools recently competed in Chipola College抯 Twenty-sixth Annual Throssell Literature/Language Festival.  Humanities winners are, from left; honorable mentions, Jonce Palmer of Holmes County HS and Kyle Silsby of Blountstown HS; third, Sierra Ennis of Graceville HS; second, Katie Everett of Marianna HS, first, Alex Tharp of Cottondale HS. 

 

GRAMMAR WINNERS桽ome 115 students from 12 area high schools recently competed in Chipola College抯 Twenty-sixth Annual Throssell Literature/Language Festival.  Grammar winners are, from left: honorable mentions Hayden Church of Graceville HS and Cassidy Trammell of Bethlehem HS; third, Deidre Walton of Bethlehem HS; second, Chandra Cooper of Holmes County HS; first Alex Gong of Marianna of Sneads HS.

 

Spanish WINNERS桽ome 115 students from 12 area high schools recently competed in Chipola College抯 Twenty-sixth Annual Throssell Literature/Language Festival.  Spanish winners are, from left: honorable mentions, Perla Valdovinos of Chipley HS and Rachel Nandho of Blountstown HS; third, Maria Martinez of Liberty County HS; second, Kyhla Bodie of Marianna HS; first, Rosio Martinez of Chipley HS.

 

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               To complete FAFSA, please bring: FSA ID number, the legal electronic signature to access the federal student aid on-line system; 2015 IRS Tax returns and W-2 statements; Social Security Number; Driver抯 License or other valid photo ID; Alien Registration card. Participants should also bring Untaxed Income records for 2015, which may consist of payments to tax-deferred pensions or retirement savings, child support paid or received, housing or food or living allowance (assistance from government agencies: Florida Department of Children and families), Social Security benefits, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, WIC and/or HUD, Veterans non-education benefits (disability compensation).

               For more information, call Beverly Hambright at 850-718-2223.

 

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 February 18, 2016

Boys Choir of Tallahassee 02-18-2016

THE BOYS CHOIR OF TALLAHASSEE TO PERFORM AT CHIPOLA COLLEGE

 

               MARIANNA?The nationally acclaimed Boys?Choir of Tallahassee will perform Friday, March 11, 2016, at 7 p.m., in the Center for the Arts, Chipola College.

               The Boys?Choir of Tallahassee (BCT) is a community outreach program for males, ages eight to 18, enrolled in schools throughout Tallahassee and the surrounding area. BCT works to help young men meet their developmental needs and realize their full potential by proactively reducing risky behavior, restoring self-esteem and promoting academic success. Strategies include creating a safe, supportive afterschool setting which includes adult and peer mentoring for both academic and social skills.

               The Choir strives to help members develop a sense of poise and self-confidence through education and performance. Members are challenged to sing well, stand tall, stay on schedule, take pride in their appearance, respect those in charge and tap into the best part of whom he is and what he can accomplish. The key to the success of the Choir is its emphasis on discipline, hard work, responsibility and respect for oneself and others. BCT reaches out to youth to give them a sense of purpose and accomplishment through music instruction and the encouragement of a positive adult role model.

               The choir has performed for Oprah Winfrey, President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama and more.

               The director, Dr. Earle Lee says, "It's a safe haven, a place where guys can come and make good music and don't have to worry about getting in trouble. At the same time, it's a big self-esteem booster. They get to go on wonderful trips and just really see what the world has to offer them."

               Spring and Summer 2015 concerts included: Washington DC, New York, Boston, MA, Columbia, SC, Richmond, VA, Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, and several Florida Cities.

               The concert is begin sponsored by the Chipola Regional Arts Association and the Chipola College Fine Arts Department.

               Open seating tickets for the March 11 performance will be on sale for $10 each beginning Monday, February 15 at the Chipola Box Office or online atsamimiyat.com/boxoffice.   Box Office hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Fridays, 9 a.m. to noon. 

               For more information, call 850-718-2420 or visitsamimiyat.com/boxoffice.

 

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February 18, 2016

CHIPOLA TAKE STOCK TO HOST NIGHT-TIME 5K

 

               MARIANNA桝ll runners and walkers are invited to participate in the Ignite the Night 5K Fun Run/Walk, Friday, March 11, at 6 p.m., at Citizens Lodge.

               The Jackson County Take Stock in Children Program along with the Lighting the Way for Kids Foundation of Jackson County are the co-hosts.

               Mary Helen Smith, Take Stock Program Manager, says, 揅ome get your glow on and help us raise dollars for scholars. The race is meant for everyone, not just avid runners. If you can run, jump, walk, skip, or even crawl, we抎 love for you join us wearing your glow-in-the-dark gear.?The entire race will be run inside the Citizens Lodge Park to ensure safety. Award medals will be given for first, second and third places overall and in each age division.

               All money raised will go to Chipola scholarships to help low-income/at risk students in Jackson County.

               Cost is $20 for adults, $15 for students and free for kids under five. Participants who register by Feb. 26 get a long sleeve t-shirt. Registration will also be held at the race.

               For information, contact Smith at (850)718-2428 or email:smithm@samimiyat.com. Visit samimiyat.com/tsic or on Facebook atTake Stock in Children-Chipola College.

 

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February 18, 2016

CHIPOLA FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

 

               The Chipola Foundation Scholarship list for Fall 2016 will be available the first week of March. 

               The McLendon Educational Trust applications for Summer I and Summer II are available online at samimiyat.com and in the Foundation office.  Application deadlines are: Summer I, March 15 and Summer II, May 16. Summer II applications should include Spring 2016 semester grades if student is enrolled in Spring 2016 classes.

               For information, call the Chipola Foundation at 718-2404. 

 

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February 18, 2016

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CHIPOLA COSMETOLOGY HELPS NIGHT TO SHINE桽tudents in the Chipola College Cosmetology program provided salon services for several of the students who attended the Feb. 12 揘ight to Shine?prom. The national night out for people with special needs was founded by the Tim Tebow Foundation. Here, cosmetology instructor Paige Vanderwerf (left) and student Audrey Eubanks, style a prom-goer抯 hair.

 

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February 18, 2016

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KEIHN IS CHIPOLA EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH桽hawn Keihn is Chipola College抯 Career Employee for February.  Keihn serves as a Departmental Staff Assistant in the Education department and has worked at the college since 2008.  Pictured from left, are: Dr. Pam Rentz, Dean of the School of Education, Shawn Keihn and Chipola president Dr. Jason Hurst.

 

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Ngouama, Cletrell Pope and Eric Turner each scored 15 points for Chipola. Eric Lockett had 14.  

               Chipola scored a hard-fought 75-73 victory over Pensacola, Feb. 2. The Indians overcame an 11-point halftime deficit led by Junior Saintel with 14 points. Eric Turner scored 13. Patrick Rooks had 11. Cletrell Pope added 10.

               Chipola pulled off a big 98-92 overtime upset of top-ranked Northwest on Jan. 30.  Antwain Johnson hit a game-tying shot with .8 seconds to go in regulation. He led Chipola with 26 points.

               As of Feb. 18, Northwest (8-3) and Tallahassee (8-3) have clinched berths in the men抯 state tournament, March 2-5. The other league records are: Gulf Coast (5-7), Pensacola (4-7) and Chipola (3-8). 

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 February 18, 2016

Baseball 02-18-2016

CHIPOLA BASEBALL PICKED TO GO DEEP IN 2016

 

               COLORADO SPRINGS, CO朤he Chipola Indians baseball team is expected to go deep into the 2016 post-season according to a Season Preview issued by the NJCAA on Jan. 26.

               Chipola is picked to finish among the top four teams in Region 8 along with Northwest, Palm Beach and State College of Florida.

               The Indians are currently ranked third in the FCSAA State Poll behind top-ranked Tallahassee and second-ranked Northwest.

               Chipola also has three of the top incoming freshman in the region, including Michael Hickman, a center-fielder from Katy, Texas; shortstop Jose Caballero from the country of Panama, and Tek扺aan Whyte from Stone Mountain, Georgia.

               The Indians finished the 2015 season with a 40-12 record. Chipola captured a second straight Panhandle Conference Championship by winning 12 of their final 13 league games. Chipola came up short in the 2016 FCSAA State Tournamentin Lakeland going 1-2 in three games.

               Chipola coach Jeff Johnson抯 Indians have made the FCSAA State Tournament 14 straight years with seven appearances in the title game. He has guided the Indians to three state championships, finished second four times and among the top four eight times. Chipola has made three trips to the NJCAA National Tournament in the last seven years including a 2007 national title.

               The Indians host a spate of home games beginning with Gordon State, Friday, Feb. 19, at 3 p.m., and again, Saturday, Feb. 20, at noon. Chipola hosts Columbia State in a double-header, Saturday, Feb. 20, beginning at 11 a.m. Home games continue Friday, Feb. 26, with Wallace at 2 p.m., and a double-header with Darton College, Saturday, Feb. 27, at 1 and 4 p.m.

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February 25, 2016

 

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CHIPOLA扴 ADDAMS FAMILY RUNS THROUGH SUNDAY?/span>The Chipola College production of The Addams Family Musical runs at 7 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 25-27, with a 2 p.m., Sunday matinee on Feb. 28.  Tickets?span class="style131">$8 for adults and $6 for ages 18 and under梐re on sale at the Center Box Office one hour before each show and online atsamimiyat.com/boxoffice or call 718-2420.

 

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February 25, 2016

 

THE BOYS CHOIR OF TALLAHASSEE TO PERFORM AT CHIPOLA COLLEGE

 

               MARIANNA?The nationally acclaimed Boys?Choir of Tallahassee will perform Friday, March 11, at 7 p.m., in the Center for the Arts, Chipola College.

               The Boys?Choir of Tallahassee (BCT) is a community outreach program for males, ages eight to 18, enrolled in schools throughout Tallahassee and the surrounding area. BCT works to help young men meet their developmental needs and realize their full potential by proactively reducing risky behavior, restoring self-esteem and promoting academic success. Strategies include creating a safe, supportive afterschool setting which includes adult and peer mentoring for both academic and social skills.

               The Choir strives to help members develop a sense of poise and self-confidence through education and performance. Members are challenged to sing well, stand tall, stay on schedule, take pride in their appearance, respect those in charge and tap into the best part of whom he is and what he can accomplish. The key to the success of the Choir is its emphasis on discipline, hard work, responsibility and respect for oneself and others. BCT reaches out to youth to give them a sense of purpose and accomplishment through music instruction and the encouragement of a positive adult role model.

               Director, Dr. Earle Lee says, "It's a safe haven, a place where guys can come and make good music and don't have to worry about getting in trouble. At the same time, it's a big self-esteem booster. They get to go on wonderful trips and just really see what the world has to offer them."

               The choir has performed for Oprah Winfrey, President Barack Obama and more.

Spring and Summer 2015 concerts included: Washington DC, New York, Boston, Columbia, SC, Richmond, VA, Morehouse College in Atlanta, and several Florida cities.

               The concert is sponsored by the Chipola Regional Arts Association and the Chipola College Fine Arts Department.

 

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February 25, 2016

 

PEEL TO SHARE ARTIFACT COLLECTION AT CHIPOLA HONORS

 

               MARIANNA桯istory enthusiast Doyle Peel will share his love of North Florida Native American history in a meeting of the Chipola College Honors program, Wednesday, March 9, at 1:30 p.m., in Jackson Hall of the Literature/Language Building.

               A reception will follow in the college Library.  The public is invited to the lecture and reception.

               Peel has loaned a significant collection of Native American artifacts to the Chipola Library. Dozens of rare points and tools found in Jackson County are included in the display which is available for viewing weekday afternoons.

               For information, contact Librarian Renee Hopkins at 718-2372.

 

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February 25, 2016

 

PORTER AWARDED EFURD SCHOLARSHIP AT CHIPOLA

 

               MARIANNA桳eigh Porter of Sneads has been awarded the Railey Efurd Memorial Nursing Scholarship to Chipola College. Porter is a second semester nursing student.

               The scholarship is dedicated in memory of Railey Efurd, the late son of Sammy and Marthe Efurd of Marianna. The scholarship will next be awarded in the Fall 2016 semester.  Applicants must either be enrolled in, or accepted to, the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program at Chipola. Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA and maintain a 2.5 GPA each semester.

               More than $16,500 has been donated to the Efurd Scholarship Endowment. Marthe Efurd has offered to bake one of her famous homemade, 12-layer chocolate or coconut cakes for anyone making at least a $100 donation to the fund. Those wishing to make contributions, may send checks to: Chipola College Foundation, 3094 Indian Circle, Marianna, FL, 32446.

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PORTER AWARDED EFURD SCHOLARSHIP AT CHIPOLA桳eigh Porter of Sneads has been awarded the Railey Efurd Memorial Nursing Scholarship to Chipola College. Porter is a second semester nursing student. Here, Marthe Efurd (right), presents the scholarship to Porter.

 

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by clicking on Training Opportunities (Panama City). 

               At Chipola, contact Katrina Griffin at 718-2441 or email griffink@samimiyat.com.

 

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February 25, 2016

 

CHIPOLA SSS VISITS FAMU

 

               TALLAHASSEE桽tudents in the Chipola College Student Support Services (SSS) program recently toured the Florida A&M University.

               During Fall, SSS students visited FSU and UF. SSS also provides workshops on college transfer requirements and financial aid guidelines.

               On Wednesday, March 23, Chipola SSS will host their annual Admissions and Transfer Day in front of the Social Science building. Representatives from regional universities will be on campus to assist graduating sophomores and perspective students on the transfer requirements.

               SSS is a TRiO program funded by the U.S. Department of Education to assist first generation and students with varying social-economic classifications succeed academically in college. The Chipola SSS program is funded to serve 140 students.  

               High school or Chipola students interested in the SSS program should call 850-718-2417. For more information, visit the Chipola SSS website at .

 

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 February 25, 2016

 

CHIPOLA ACE OFFERING TEACHER CERTIFICATION EXAM REVIEW

 

               MARIANNA桾he Chipola College ACE Lab is offering review sessions for the General Knowledge Florida Teacher Certification Examination.

               Review sessions for the various tests are scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. on the following dates: Reading/Writing, March 14 and 16; Mathematics, March 15 and 17. 

               For information, 850-718-2312.

 

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February 25, 2016

 

RiverWaySouth Agritourism CONFERENCE march 2-3

 

               MARIANNA桼iverWay SouthApalachicola Choctawhatchee (RWSAC) will host anAgri-Tourism Seminar, March 2 and 3.

               Jane Eckert,world renownedagricultural tourismexpert, will leadoff theseminar atChipola Collegeat 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, March2.  Eckert,a sixthgeneration farmer'sdaughter was thepresenter atthe RWSAC2014 seminar,an event givento astanding-room only audienceof interests from acrossnorth Florida.

               The secondday, tobegin at8 a.m. onMarch 3,will bea drive-through of acreage fronting U.S.231, southof Campbellton.  Theland, ownedby Laddand Meredith Tharpe,will enableEckert toreveal thepotential for developmentof tourism attractions,ranging fromcorn mazes andU-Pickopportunities togift shops,petting zoos andexploration trails. Theseminar willend atnoon. Itis anticipatedthat the Universityof Florida's IFASstaff willbe onhand to discussspecialty crops.

               For moreinformation, contactHomer Hirtat 850-272-0643,hirttam@gmail.comor P.0. Box506, Sneads,Fl. 32460.

 

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February 25, 2016

 

CHIPOLA TO HOST ACT TEST PREP MARCH 19

 

               Chipola College will host an Attack ACT test prep session, Saturday, March 19. The event will focus on test-taking strategies for the ACT. 

               Students may register for one or all three sessions:  Reading, 8:30 a.m.; Math, 10:15 a.m. and Writing, 12 noon. Cost is $30 per session or $75 for all three. 

               Check-in begins at 8:15 a.m. in the lobby of the Chipola Literature/Language Building-Z. Limited seating is available. For information, call Dianne Walker at 718-2295.

 

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February 25, 2016

 

CHIPOLA FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

 

               The Chipola Foundation Scholarship list for Fall 2016 will be available the first week of March. 

               The McLendon Educational Trust applications for Summer I and Summer II are available online at samimiyat.com and in the Foundation office.  Application deadlines are: Summer I, March 15 and Summer II, May 16. Summer II applications should include Spring 2016 semester grades if student is enrolled in Spring 2016 classes.

               For information, call the Chipola Foundation at 718-2404. 

 

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February 25, 2016

 

CHIPOLA ARTIST SERIES TO FEATURE CHINESE ACROBATS MARCH 22

 

               MARIANNA桾he Chipola College Artist Series will present a return performance of the Golden Dragon Acrobats on Tuesday, March 22, at 7 p.m., in the Center for the Arts.

               Returning from their Broadway run,Danny Chang and his Golden Dragon Acrobats continue their relentless, 30+ year US touring schedule of centuries-old Chinese art form. "Cirque Z韛a", the newest, unique cirque spectacular showcases traditional Chinese acrobats who dazzle with amazing feats of athleticism, daring heart-stopping stunts and the grace of their centuries-old art form.

               Evelyn Ward, Chipola Director of Fine and Performing Arts, says, 揟he Golden Dragon Acrobats were a complete sellout the last time they performed on Chipola抯 stage. Tickets are expected to go quickly, so don抰 miss out.?

               A Meet the Artist Reception for season ticket holders will be hosted by First Federal Bank of Florida after the event.

               Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for children under 18, with special pricing for Chipola students and employees.  Tickets may be purchased at the Chipola Box Office or online at samimiyat.com/boxoffice beginning Feb. 29. For more information, contact the Box Office at 850-718-2420. Box Office hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon.

 

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February 25, 2016

 

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CHIPOLA SCIENCE STUDENTS STUDY CONSERVATION桞illy Bailey, Florida Caverns State Park Specialist, and Diana Sue Bryant, Wildlife Rehabilitator, recently made presentations to Chipola College environmental science students concerning the protection and preservation of Florida wildlife. Both speakers discussed the importance to biodiversity and the maintenance of ecosystems through interactive zoological presentations.  Dozens of fossils which included Loggerhead, Eastern Box and Aquatic turtles, and the Gopher Tortoise were brought from Caverns Park. Bryant brought live animals, including Ceytan Magi, the Red Tailed Hawk; Greta the Great Horned Owl; and Bard and Screech Owls from her Wildlife Sanctuary.

 

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February 25, 2016

 

LAW ENFORCEMENT CLASSES NOW FORMING AT CHIPOLA COLLEGE

 

               The Chipola College Criminal Justice Training Center will offer an evening Law Enforcement Academy and a Corrections to Law Enforcement Cross-over class beginning May 3.  Classes will meet weeknights from 5:30 ?9:30 p.m.

               Completion of either of these programs will prepare candidates to take the State Board Examination, and become certified by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission, upon becoming employed with a law enforcement agency.

               Prior to admission, all candidates must 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.  The cost of the test is $45.  The deadline for all applications will be Wednesday, April 27th.

               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 850-718-2286.

 

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February 25, 2016

 

CHIPOLA TAKE STOCK TO HOST NIGHT-TIME 5K

 

               MARIANNA桝ll runners and walkers are invited to participate in the Ignite the Night 5K Fun Run/Walk, Friday, March 11, at 6 p.m., at Citizens Lodge.

               The Jackson County Take Stock in Children Program along with the Lighting the Way for Kids Foundation of Jackson County are the co-hosts.

               Mary Helen Smith, Take Stock Program Manager, says, 揅ome get your glow on and help us raise dollars for scholars. The race is meant for everyone, not just avid runners. If you can run, jump, walk, skip, or even crawl, we抎 love for you join us wearing your glow-in-the-dark gear.?The entire race will be run inside the Citizens Lodge Park to ensure safety. Award medals will be given for first, second and third places overall and in each age division.

               All money raised will go to Chipola scholarships to help low-income/at risk students in Jackson County.

               Cost is $20 for adults, $15 for students and free for kids under five. Participants who register by Feb. 26 get a long sleeve t-shirt. Registration will also be held at the race.

               For information, contact Smith at (850)718-2428 or email:smithm@samimiyat.com. Visitsamimiyat.com/tsic or on Facebook atTake Stock in Children-Chipola College.

 

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February 25, 2016

 

CHIPOLA CROSS COUNTRY RUNNERS NAMED NJCAA SCHOLAR-ATHLETES

 

               MARIANNA桾hree members of the Chipola College women抯 cross country team have been named Scholar All-American athletes by the NJCAA.  

               Recipients and their GPA抯, are: sophomore Margaret Wiedeman of Wakulla County (4.0), freshmen Jayde Smelcer of Chipley (4.0) and Lydia Wiedeman of Wakulla County (3.5). Only those athletes with a 3.5 GPA or higher earn the Scholar All-American award for the semester in which they compete in their sport.

               The Chipola Women's Cross Country team offers scholarships up to full tuition and board.

               For information, contact Coach Rance Massengill at 850-718-2420, or emailmassengillr@samimiyat.com

 

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CHIPOLA CROSS COUNTRY RUNNERS NAMED SCHOLAR-ATHLETES--Three members of the Chipola College women抯 cross country team have been named Scholar All-American athletes by the NJCAA.  Recipients and their GPA抯, are from left: sophomore Margaret Wiedeman of Wakulla County (4.0), freshmen Jayde Smelcer of Chipley (4.0) and Lydia Wiedeman of Wakulla County (3.5).

 

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February 25, 2016

 

LADY INDIANS PLAY MARCH 3 IN STATE BASKETBALL TOURNEY

 

               MARIANNA?The Chipola Lady Indians are headed to the FCSAA/Region VIII Florida State basketball tournament for the fourth straight year under head coach Greg Franklin.

               The defending state and national champion Lady Indians (22-4) will play Eastern Florida State College (20-9) Thursday, March 3, at 5 p.m. CST, in the tournament at the College of Central Florida in Ocala. The brackets are set up for a possible rematch of Chipola vs. Gulf Coast (24-1) if both teams advance to the finals. Chipola handed formerly undefeated Gulf Coast its only loss of the season, in a 78-64 win on Feb. 6.

               The Lady Indians?state tournament games will be broadcast on WJAQ Radio (100.9) with a live webcast on

               Chipola (10-2) finished second in the league after conference champion Gulf Coast (11-1).  Northwest (5-8) defeated Tallahassee (4-9) in a Feb. 24 playoff game to send the Lady Raiders to the tournament as the third seed from the Panhandle.

               The Lady Indians finished the season with a 75-42 win over Pensacola in the final game of the season. Aisha Edwards led Chipola with 19 points. Raven Baker had 13. Chipola scored an 81-59 win on Feb. 16.

               The Lady Indians are ranked third in the FCSAA State Poll behind top-ranked Gulf Coast and second ranked Daytona (28-1). Chipola is sixth in the NJCAA National Poll.

               The Chipola men抯 team finished the season at (17-13) overall with a 90-84 win over Pensacola in the final game of the season.  Patrick Rooks led Chipola with 25 points. Antwain Johnson and Mehdy Ngouama each scored 10 points.

               Men抯 Panhandle Conference champion Northwest (9-3) and runner-up Tallahassee (8-4) will represent the Panhandle in the state tournament, March 2-5. Other league records are: Gulf Coast (5-7), Pensacola (4-8) and Chipola (4-8). 

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