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 MARIANNA–The Chipola College Student Government Association recently held Fall elections.

Officers for the new school year are: SGA President, Maddy Christmas of Marianna; SGA Vice President, Lacey Roberts of Marianna; sophomore class president, Tripp Taylor of Blountstown; sophomore class vice president, Johnny Touchton of Marianna; sophomore senators: Shanice Galvin of Bascom, Laurence Glover of Greenwood, Amber Gray of Marianna, Cianna Harris of Marianna; freshman class president, Chessa Goodman of Blountstown; freshman class vice president, Anna Hassig of Blountstown; freshman senators: Justin Chopelas of Chipley, Chelsea Edenfield of Malone, Zackary McDaniel of Sneads, Briar Morris of Chipley.  Other officers include: chief justice, Hanna Donofro of Marianna; secretary, Sagar Patel of Chipley; parliamentarian, Morgan Seay of Marianna; treasurer, Brooke Boggs of Altha; sergeant at arms, Hampton Jordan of Marianna and chaplain, Cassie Drummond of Chipley

All students enrolled at Chipola are members of the SGA and have a voice in the programs of the college.  SGA has jurisdiction over all student organizations and facilitates communication between the student body and the college faculty and administration.

SGA Officers


MARIANNA—Tickets for the Chipola College production of the comedy hit, “Southern Fried Funeral,” go on sale Oct. 13 in the Center for the Arts Box Office and online.

The show is centered on the news that Dewey Frye is dead and the rest of his family is left to pick up the pieces—if they don't kill each other first. Funerals bring out the worst, the best, and the funniest in families. 

The show runs Oct. 27-30 and plays nightly at 7 p.m. with a Sunday, Oct. 30, matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for ages 18 and under.

An opening night dinner show is set for Oct. 27 with seating by reservation only.  Proceeds go to the Chipola Chapter of the Association of Florida Colleges.  Tickets—$30—for dinner and show, are on sale now. 

Sirmon invites theatre fans to join the Applauding Chipola Theatre (ACT) Fund Patrons may join online at, or in person at the Box Office.

For information, call the Box Office at 850-718-2420 or visit




SOUTHERN FRIED FUNERAL—Tickets for the Chipola College production of the comedy hit, “Southern Fried Funeral,” go on sale in the Center for the Arts Box Office and online Oct. 13. Here, strong mother Dorothy Frye comforts her young child Dewey Frye, Jr. The show runs, Oct. 27-30. For information, call the Box Office at 850-718-2420 or visit

Anderson Lectues at Chipola

ANDERSON LECTURES AT CHIPOLA—Dr. Anderson, Professor Emeritus FSU, botanist, and curator, was a recent guest lecturer in Chipola College classes of environmental science.  His presentation on botanical biodiversity, appreciation and protection is part of a program of study designed to move students from visualizing environmental science to living it. Dr. Anderson is former Curator of the Godfrey Herbarium at FSU.  He served as a member of the Florida Endangered Plant Advisory Council for over 30 years and remains active in field surveys, describing several species for the first time, updating and adding species to a list of over 600 at the Florida Caverns State Park.


Melinda Doolittle


MARIANNA—The Chipola Artist Series will present vocalist Melinda Doolittle, Saturday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. Described as “a young Gladys Knight”, Melinda Doolittle is a soul–stirring songstress. She is a flawless vocalist with irresistible artistry and effortless style compelling her audiences to keep listening.

Doolittle became a household name during season six of American Idol in 2007. She came in third in the voting, first with Simon Cowell calling her his “personal favorite” and quickly became the sweetheart of American Idol winning over the hearts of all with her stunning powerhouse vocals and her personal charm.  Learn more at 

An art exhibit featuring the work of Dr. Kitty Myers will open in the Center for the Arts gallery. Patrons may visit the exhibit before and after the Doolittle performance.

Individual tickets for Melinda Doolittle are on sale now for $20, and $10 for under 18. Season tickets for all four events are on sale for $60. Single event tickets range from $20-$25 for adults, $10 for under 18, and $5 for Chipola students and employees

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

For more information, contact the Box Office at 850-718-2420.

Chipola Brain Bowl


LAKE CITY—The Chipola College Brain Bowl Team won the Florida Gateway Invitational Oct. 1 in Lake City.

The Chipola team of Hunter Davis, Katie Everett and Alex Tharp finished the tournament with an 8-0 record to claim the title.

Chipola had three teams in the tournament. The team of Turner McCroan and Donavan Ebersole finished second overall with a 6-2 record. The team of Michael Young, Trey Rollins, Daniel Lewis and Ann Marie Brown finished in the top half with a 4-4 record.

Chipola players Turner McCroan, Hunter Davis, and Katie Everett finished first, second and third respectively in individual scoring. This is the first time Chipola has had three players finish as the top three scorers.

This was Chipola’s first tournament of the Fall season. Other schools in the tournament were Valencia, Central Florida, South Florida, Northwest Florida State, Santa Fe and Florida Gateway. Chipola’s next tournament is in Ocala on Oct. 21-22.

Bontrager at Chipola



Chipola College will host a Jazz Band Concert and Swing Dance Party, Thursday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m.

The Chipola Jazz Band will join the UWF Jazz Band, the Marianna High Jazz Band and other local bands for a fun evening of jazz favorites. All jazz fans are invited to enjoy the concert and to cut a rug in the Cultural Center (the old Chipola gym).

General Admission tickets are $5 at the door the night of the event.   

For information, contact the Box Office at 850-718-2420.

Jayde Smelcer



MARIANNA—The Chipola College Cross Country team hosted a dual meet with Tallahassee Community College, Sept. 30, at Citizens Lodge in Marianna.

Chipola’s Nicole Morse won the race with a time of 20:16. Four Lady Indians finished in the top 10. Lydia Weideman was third with a 21:16. Jayde Smelcer was sixth with a 23:13.Hannah Redmond-Rees was 10th at 24:59. Katie Cox and Conner Melvin also scored for Chipola.

Tallahassee won the two-team meet with a score of 28 to Chipola’s 31. Cross Country scoring is calculated by adding the place finish of a team’s top five runners.

All Chipola runners improved their times from the first two meets of the season in Tallahassee and Gainesville.  The Lady Indians head to Orlando Oct. 8 for the Disney Cross Country Challenge.




MARIANNA—The Chipola College Fine and Performing Arts program has four events planned during October.

The Chipola Artist Series will present vocalist Melinda Doolittle, Saturday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. Described as “a young Gladys Knight,” Doolittle was a finalist on American Idol. Tickets are $20, and $10 for under 18.

An art exhibit featuring works of Dr. Kitty Myers will be on display in the Center for the Arts gallery Oct. 8-31. Patrons may visit the exhibit before and after the Doolittle performance, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and Fridays, 9 a.m. to noon.

Chipola will host a Jazz Band Concert and Swing Dance Party, Thursday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m., in the Cultural Center (the old Chipola gym). Jazz Bands from Chipola, UWF, Marianna High and others, will present an evening of jazz favorites. Tickets are $5 at the door.   

The Chipola Theatre production of the comedy, “Southern Fried Funeral,” runs Oct. 27-30. An opening night dinner show is set for Oct. 27.  Tickets—$30—for dinner and show, are on sale now.  Show tickets—$8 for adults and $6 for ages 18 and under—go sale Oct. 13.

For information, visit or phone 718-2420.

Kitty Myers



MARIANNA—Original works by Dr. Kitty Myers will be on display in the Chipola College Center for the Arts Gallery beginning Oct. 8. The opening will coincide with the Artist Series performance of Melinda Doolittle.

Dr. Myers worked at the college from 1981 to 2011. She began her career as a mathematics instructor and retired as Vice President of Instruction and Baccalaureate programs.

Of her love for art, Myers said, “From the time I could hold a crayon, I've always loved to sketch, and color and paint.” 

During her 30 year career in education, she continued to learn more about the artistic process, taking lessons, reading and painting. “Since my retirement, I've devoted myself to my passion for art,” Myers said. She paints mostly with oils and occasionally watercolor pencils. Her work covers a wide range of subjects including portraits, landscapes, seascapes, still lifes. “I paint for my own enjoyment and I frequently accept commissions for paintings and sell other paintings to interested persons.”

The show will be open through the end of October. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Fridays, 9 a.m. to noon. 

TRio Elects Officers

CHIPOLA TRIO SOCIETY ELECTS OFFICERS—Chipola College’s TRiO Society Club recently installed officers for the 2016-2017 year.  Officers are pictured from left: President–Aaliyah Raines, Vice President–Dazhonna Dawson; Secretary–Dymond Blanks; Assistant Secretary–Mikayla Brooks; Treasurer– Anthony Severson; Photographer–Jasmine Sorey. Not pictured are: Parliamentarian—Darrell Olds, Jr.; Activities Coordinator–Amber Gray. TRiO Sponsors are: Kristie Mosley, Donna Chandler and Angie Tyler. TRiO Society promotes civic engagement, furthers student leadership and expands relationships with other local and state clubs. Learn more at:

TRio Backpack

CHIPOLA TRIO HELPS BACKPACK—The Chipola College TRiO Society recently participated in the Backpack for Kids fall food drive. Non-perishable food items were donated to feed of Jackson County’s youth during the week-long fall break. Backpack for Kids of Jackson County is a non-profit group dedicated to feeding the needy, displaced and homeless children in our county. Chipola TRiO Society sponsors are Kristie Mosley, Donna Chandler or Angie Tyler.


We are seeking donations for the 18th AFC Silent Auction benefitting scholarships for children and grandchildren of AFC members.

In previous auctions, items have ranged from Beach House rentals to hand-made chairs, home-made cakes, jewelry and everything in between.

Re-gifting is welcome. Donate that Christmas gift that you never use and we’ll convert it to cash for scholarships.

Feel free to ask local businesses to make donations on your behalf.

If you have something you would like to contribute, we would like to have a commitment by Oct. 1.

Send donations to Bryan Craven in the PR office or call ext. 2264, email

Student at Desk


MARIANNA—Chipola College was recently ranked number 32 on a list of the Best Online Colleges in Florida. The website,, listed Chipola 32nd among 112 institutions in the state.

Chipola President Dr. Jason Hurst says, “We’re very proud that our online program is ranked in the top third of all colleges and universities in Florida.  The majority of Chipola students are enrolled in face-to-face classes, but we think it’s important to offer other delivery options.” 

Chipola utilizes Canvas, a Learning Management System, which provides a platform for students to interact with faculty in online and in traditional courses. While Chipola does not offer all courses in an online format, students may earn a general Associate in Arts (AA) degree completely online. Chipola also offers the RN to BSN degree with all upper level classes in an online format. 

Vikki Milton, Chipola’s Director of eLearning, says, “To ensure that our online classes have the same high standards as traditional classes, our faculty are required to complete on-going training of current teaching strategies and guidelines in order to design courses that meet proficient standards. Online courses at Chipola also contain a substantial proctored component to confirm that a student’s work is their own.” ranked institutions using information from the National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. ranked more than 2,500 accredited colleges and universities on a variety of factors, including affordability, student services and the availability of online programs.

Chipola’s listing comes two weeks after the college was ranked 10th on the list of Top Public Schools in the South by U.S. News and World Report.

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, visit or phone 850-526-2761.




MARIANNA— The Florida Lottery Bright Futures program recently sponsored the Chipola College Fall Festival.

For the fifth straight year, Lottery officials visited Chipola to meet Bright Futures scholarship recipients and to celebrate the Lottery’s 28-year history of supporting education in Florida.

Chipola students were excused from classes during the annual event put on by the college’s Student Government Association.  

In addition to Outrageous Relay Races, students enjoyed music and free food. Several university recruiters were on hand to meet with potential students. The Lottery also provided free t-shirts and a drawing for premium door prizes.

Since Bright Futures was established in 1997, the Lottery has contributed more than $4.85 billion to send more than 725,000 students to college. To date, more than 6,800 Bright Futures scholarships have been awarded to Chipola students, totaling $9.5 million.



CHIPOLA BRIGHT FUTURES FALL FESTIVAL— The Florida Lottery Bright Futures program recently sponsored the Chipola College Fall Festival. Here, Bright Futures recipients accept a check from the Lottery representing the $9.5 million Chipola students have received in Bright Futures Scholarships since the program began. Pictured from left, are: Libby Varnum, Tripp Taylor, Crete Zorn, Lottery District Manager Randy Fox, Jayde Smelcer, Ann Marie Brown, Donovan Ebersole and Dr. Jayne Roberts, Chipola Vice-President of Student Services.