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MARIANNA—Florida State University Astrophysicist Dr. Eric Hsiao will present a lecture entitled, “Discovering our Place in the Universe," Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 5:30 p.m., at Chipola College. The lecture is sponsored by the Chipola Science Club and will be held in the Cultural Center.

Dr. Hsiao is an assistant professor of Physics at FSU. He is an observational astronomer who has worked in California, Chile and Denmark before coming to Florida.

His research interests include the physics and observational properties of supernovae, the explosive ends of some stellar life cycles that can outshine entire galaxies. These supernovae are also used to measure immense distances and determine the origin, evolution, and eventual fate of our universe.



MARIANNA—Chipola College will hold Early Registration for the Spring 2017 semester for current students, Nov. 3-4 and continuing through Dec. 16 on regular business days.

Current students may register at Student Services Room (A156), or with an adviser. Eligible students may register online at

New students who have completed the admissions process may register beginning Nov. 14.

High school dual enrollment students taking classes on Chipola’s campus or online (Section 700) must bring a new completed Course Approval form with them to register. Students taking dual enrollment classes on high school campuses will register and complete the Course Approval form at the high school and do not have to report to the college.

For students who register early, between Nov. 3 and Dec. 8, fees are due by Dec. 8.  For students who register from Dec. 8-16, fees are due on the day of registration.  Registration is not complete until all fees are paid. Students must contact the Business Office to declare how fees will be paid (grant, scholarships, Bright Futures, dual enrollment, etc.). Failure to do so will result in the cancellation of classes/registration.

Wednesday, Nov. 2, is the last day to withdraw from a class for the Fall Semester. Nov. 16 is last day to resign from all classes. Students who stop attending class without withdrawing will receive a failing grade.

For information about registration, call 718-2311.

Chris Hart


MARIANNA—The Chipola College Workforce and Economic Development Division will host the Annual Advisory Committee Meeting, Thursday, Nov. 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Chipola Cultural Center. The Keynote Speaker is Chris Hart IV, President and CEO of CareerSource Florida.

A general meeting and luncheon runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Advisory Council Program Meetings will continue from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

More than 100 area professionals and business leaders serve on 14 separate advisory committees for each of the college’s technical programs. Members advise Chipola faculty on the development, evaluation, and revision of educational programs.

For information, call Janice Holley at 850-718-2484 or email

Cody Gwin Signs with Chipola

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MARIANNA’S CODY GWIN SIGNS WITH CHIPOLA—Marianna High School catcher Cody Gwin recently signed a scholarship to play baseball at Chipola College next year. Here, Gwin signs as coaches and family members look on. Pictured from left, are: (front) parents Jeff and Tina Gwin, Cody Gwin, Chipola baseball coach Jeff Johnson, (back) MHS baseball coach Bobby Hughes, MHS assistant baseball coach Garyn Waller, MHS principal Hunter Nolen and MHS Athletic Director John Donaldson.



Chipola College’s Student Ambassadors have invited area high school seniors from Calhoun, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty and Washington counties to visit campus on Wednesday, Nov. 9  The day will feature performances by the Chipola cheerleaders, men’s and women’s basketball teams, show choir and theatre. Seniors will tour campus and enjoy lunch on the lawn of the Johnson Center.



MARIANNA—Chipola College Theatre will hold open auditions for the musical “Hello Dolly,” Nov. 7-8, at 6 p.m., in the Center for the Arts.  

The show has a large cast of women, men and children with opportunities for actors, singer and dancers.

For information, contact Sirmon at 850-718-2227 or email

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Dr. Robert Dunkle

Dr. Robert Dunkle Inducted Into FCSAA Hall Of Fame

ORLANDO—Chipola College Assistant Brain Bowl Coach Dr. Robert Dunkle was recently inducted into the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Orlando.  He joins Chipola Head Brain Bowl Coach, Stan Young, who was inducted into the hall of fame last year. 

Dr. Dunkle taught English and humanities at Chipola College from 1988 until his retirement in 2011. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate and a Rhodes Scholar finalist, Dr. Dunkle earned his B.A. in English from the University of Florida, his M.A. in English from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and his Ph.D. in humanities from Florida State University.  Dr. Dunkle's doctoral dissertation title was "The Long Goodbye: Raymond Chandler's Novel and Robert Altman's Film."

Dr. Dunkle began serving as a volunteer assistant coach to his former A+ student Chipola Associate Professor of Mathematics Stan Young in 2006.  Dr. Dunkle continues to serve in that capacity.  Dr. Dunkle has helped professor Young lead Chipola brain bowl teams to a record seven consecutive FCSAA state brain bowl championships from 2008-2014, and three consecutive National Academic Quiz Tournaments (NAQT) national championships from 2011-2013.

Dr. Dunkle's peers at Chipola nominated him for the Kirkland Excellence in Teaching Award in 2006 and for the Chipola Faculty/Administrator/Other Professional Award in 2011.  Florida's brain bowl coaches selected him FCSAA Brain Bowl Coach of the Year in 2012.

In August 2006, Dr. Dunkle and his wife Nancy, who served as a Chipola faculty librarian from 1978 to 2006, used the $1,000 Dr. Dunkle received when he won the Kirkland Award and matched it with another $1,000 to establish the Roy Maxwell and Margaret Goff Deloney Memorial College Brain Bowl Endowment.  The endowment honors Nancy's parents who were both life-long educators. 

This year's FCSAA Hall of Fame class also includes: Dr. Rick Gaspar, Productions Division, Hillsborough Community College; Rick Hitt, Athletics Division, South Florida State College; Alexa Kyros, Forensics Division (student), Tallahassee Community College; Gaby Pacheco, Student Government Division (advisor), Seminole State College; and John Bill Todd, Forensics Division (coach), Miami Dade College.

BSU Fall Festival

CHIPOLA’S LIPFORD PRESENTS AT MENTAL HEALTH CONFERENCE—Dr. Karen Lipford, Dean of the Chipola College School of Health Sciences, recently presented at the U.S. Psychiatric and Mental Health Congress.  The conference for healthcare professionals centers on mental health topics.  Dr. Lipford’s poster presentation was on the Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) project conducted through Troy University in collaboration with Florida State Hospital.  The topic was: Communication Needs at an Inpatient Psychiatric Hospital. Pictured from left, are: Dr. Josefina Baluga, Medical Services Director at Florida State Hospital and Dr. Karen Lipford.



MARIANNA—Chipola College is working to update the contact information of thousands of alumni.

Sue Stanley has been hired as the Alumni Development Staff Assistant in the Chipola Foundation. She is working to update alumni contact information and looking for alumni success stories. 

All alumni are encouraged to contact Sue with updated contact information. Chipola is looking to inform alumni about the many fine arts, athletic, and academic events on campus.  

All alumni are encouraged to send contact information or news on family and friends who may have attended Chipola to: , or by phone at 850-718-2405. Alumni may mail information to: Chipola College Foundation, 3094 Indian Circle, Marianna, FL  32446.

Chipola is seeking the following information: Name/Maiden Name, Mailing address, Email address, Telephone Number the Years of Attendance at Chipola. The college also wants to hear success stories of any and all alumni. 

For more information, call Sue Stanley at 850-718-2405 or visit



MARIANNA—Chipola College will host the Panhandle Classic Nov. 4-5 in the Milton H. Johnson Center.  

The Chipola Indians play Conrad at 7 p.m., Friday. The Indians play Jones College, Saturday, at 4 p.m. IMG plays Jones Nov. 4 at 5 p.m. IMG plays Conrad Nov. 5, at 2 p.m.

The Indians will be in action again, Tuesday, Nov. 8, when they host Faith Baptist, at 7 p.m.

Both Chipola teams host the Milton Johnson Classic Nov. 18-19. The Lady Indians play East Georgia State at 5 p.m., Nov. 18, and Georgia Highlands at 5 p.m., Nov. 19. The Indians play Reddevil’s Academy, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. and Combine Academy, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. Tallahassee plays Combine, Nov. 18, at 3 p.m. and Reddevil’s, Nov. 19, at 3 p.m. Pensacola faces East Georgia, Nov. 19, at 1 p.m.

Second year Chipola men’s basketball coach Bret Campbell leads the Indians into battle with a pair of seasoned players. Forward Eric Turner averaged 11 points and nearly 6 rebounds a game season last year for Chipola. Point guard Taevon Ashmeade started in final stretch of the 2016 conference season.  

Coach Campbell says, “We have more size than we had a year ago. We’ve got a couple transfers that are going to be solid for us.” University of South Carolina transfer Eric Cobb (6-9, 280) will give the Indians some size inside. Freshman Yuat Alok from New Zealand (6-10, 220) was one of the top recruits in the country. Campbell says, “We’re deeper at every position than we were a year ago. Our goal is to defend and rebound well because that’s what wins you championships. I think our team can certainly play for a Panhandle championship. We’ve got four Division I transfers that understand what it takes.”

For the latest scores, call 718-2CJC or visit



MARIANNA—The Chipola College Criminal Justice Training Center will offer a Law Enforcement Academy and a Corrections to Law Enforcement Cross-over class beginning in August.  Start date for the class will be determined by enrollment.

Day classes will meet weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Night classes will meet from 5:30 to 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.  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, contact Steven Stewart, Law Enforcement Coordinator, at 850-718-2286.


The Chipola College Student Support Services (SSS) program will host a series of Business and Career Day workshops on Nov. 8–9, 9:00 am –2:45 p.m. in the CareerSource Chipola Career Resource Center (L 105 – next to ACE).  Students can come at their convenience during those times to receive assistance with career inventories, job market information, and available jobs. Graduating students are encouraged to register with CareerSource when they apply for graduation. Students graduating from the RN Nursing Program may qualify for assistance with the cost of RN Board exam. For information, contact Donna Chandler (850) 718-2431 or Sonia Ubias (850) 633-2759.