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MARIANNA—The Chipola Student Support Services (SSS) will host the annual National TRiO Day Celebration Tuesday, Feb. 7, at the Johnson Center beginning at 5 p.m.

National TRIO Day is centered on increased access to higher education.  SSS students and their immediate family members will be able to meet with the Chipola TRiO staff and receive special recognition at the Chipola vs. Northwest game.

SSS is one of the eight TRiO programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education to assist first generation and/or students with varying social-economic classifications succeed academically in college and transition smoothly into a university degree program. Chipola’s SSS serves 178 students.

Former Talent Search high school seniors and Chipola SSS students interested in being a part of this celebration should RSVP to Donna Chandler by Jan. 26 with their name and number of family members attending. Phone 850-718-2431 or visit


The TRiO Society will host an After Party following the Chipola basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 14, from 9 p.m. to midnight in the Cultural Center.  The DJ is Diamond D and admission is $5 per student (16 years or older). Black Student Union and Phi Beta Lambda are co-sponsoring the event. 


A TRiO Dance is Saturday, Jan 14, after the TCC vs Chipola game, in the Cultural Center.

SSS will host a Campus Tour to FSU-PC Feb. 11. Deadline to RSVP is Jan. 20. Contact Donna Chandler @ (850) 718-2431 or Trio Office A-119.

The TRiO Day Celebration is Tues, Feb 7, at 5 p.m. in the Milton H. Johnson Center.

A Financial Aid/Scholarship Workshop is Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 1:30 p.m. in the Bldg. Z Computer Lab


Brain Bowl


MARIANNA—The Chipola College Brain Bowl team will host an NAQT Sectional, Jan. 20-21, at the college.

A dozen teams are expected to participate in the tournament which is one of eight qualifiers for the NAQT national championship set for Feb. 24 in Minneapolis. Chipola won three NAQT Community College National Championships in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

As a warmup for the Spring season, Chipola also will play at the Santa Fe Open, Jan. 14, in Gainesville.

The Chipola team will compete in the FCSAA Panhandle Regional Feb. 10-11 in Tallahassee. The top Regional finishers will vie for the FCSAA State Championship March 31 at Gulf Coast. Chipola won a record seven straight FCSAA Florida State Championships from 2008 to 2014.

Earlier this season, Chipola captured its seventh Delta Burke Tournament title at Valencia College in Orlando. Chipola also won the Florida Gateway Invitational Oct. 1 in Lake City.

Current Brain Bowl team members are: Payton Berkley, Daniel Lewis, Donavan Ebersole, Michael Young, Katie Everett, Mason Young, Hunter Davis, Alex Tharp, Carolyn McInnis, Turner McCroan, Jonce Palmer, Sierra Ennis, Colby Hargrove and Trey Rollins

Chipola Brain Bowl Coach Stan Young and Assistant Coach Dr. Robert Dunkle both are members of the FCSAA Hall of Fame. Former Chipola students Paul Kelson and Jacob Leff hold several individual scoring records at the state and national levels.


Brain Bowl team members are, from left: Payton Berkly, Daniel Lewis, Donavan Ebersole, Michael Young, Katie Everett, Mason Young, Hunter Davis, Alex Tharp, Carolyn McInnis and Turner McCroan. 



MARIANNA—The Chipola Artist Series will present the Cashore Marionettes, Thursday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m., in the Center for the Arts.

Unmatched in artistry, grace and refinement of movement, the internationally-acclaimed Cashore Marionettes will present a show for all ages. Their moving and humorous performances have astounded audiences in Europe, the Far East and across North America. Through virtuoso manipulation, music and theatrical illusion, the vignettes presented in Simple Gifts provide an entertaining vision of what it is to be human. Learn more at

Tickets ($20 for adults and $10 for ages 18 and under) are available at or at the Box Office beginning Jan. 17. Call 718-2420.

Employee of the Month

BARNES IS CHIPOLA EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH—Ionia Barnes is Chipola College’s Career Employee for December.  Barnes serves as a Departmental Staff Assistant in Mathematics and Natural Science department and has worked at the college more than 30 years.  Pictured from left, are: Associate Dean of Math and Natural Sciences, Dr. David Hilton, Ionia Barnes and Chipola Interim President, Dr. Sarah Clemmons.


CHIPOLA STEM EVENT—Chipola College recently hosted a STEM (Science, Technology, Education and Mathematics) Event for high schoolers. More than 100 area high school students participated in hands-on activities related to epidemic, which is widespread occurrence of an infectious disease in a community at a particular time. Students worked as epidemiologists to learn the ways pathogens spread. Here, students from ______ High School pose with their beaker trophy.



MARIANNA— Major league baseball stars and dozens of other former Chipola College players are expected to return to their alma mater for the annual Chipola Baseball Alumni Weekend Feb. 3-4.

The weekend 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.

The Chipola Indians play three games during the weekend: Friday, Feb. 3, Walter State at 10:00 a.m. and San Jacinto at 12:30 p.m. The Indians play San Jacinto on Saturday at 10:00 a.m.  An Alumni Dinner and Auction is set for Friday, Feb. 3, at 6:30 p.m. at the Jackson County Ag Center. 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 dinner tickets, 4 HR Derby Field Passes.  Other sponsorship opportunities are available.

A full day of activities is set for Saturday, Feb. 4, at Chipola Field. Passes to the day’s events are $10 per person for all ages. A $10 Grouper Fish Fry is available from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. An MLB Alumni Homerun Derby starts at 12:30 p.m. Chipola will honor long-time Chipola Coach Ellis Dungan as well as the 2007 National Championship team.  MLB All-Star Adam Duvall will have his number 6 jersey retired. 

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.

For information about alumni happenings, email John DiLaura at or visit or phone 850-718-2332.

Dr. Alan D. Rowan

FSU PROF SPEAKS AT CHIPOLA—Dr. Alan D. Rowan, a faculty member in the Public Health Program in the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy at Florida State University, was the guest speaker at a recent STEM event at Chipola College. Dr. Rowan (center) is pictured with Dr. Amanda Clark (left) and Dr. David Hilton.



MARIANNA—Chipola hosts Tallahassee, Saturday, Jan. 14, at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., in the Milton Johnson Center.

All conference games will be broadcast on 100.9 FM. Home games will be streamed on YouTube ( Both teams will provide up to the minute scores on Twitter: women, ChipolaWBB and men, ChipolaHoops.

The Indians (16-3, 0-1) suffered a 106-87 loss at Gulf Coast on Jan. 7. Hardnett led the Indians with 20 points. Cedric Wright had 17 points. Jamall Gregory had 12. DeyShawn Martin added 10. Chipola led 46-42 at the half.

Chipola won both games at the Gulf Coast Classic on Dec. 29-30.  Chipola outlasted East Georgia State, 103-74, on Dec. 30. The Indians trounced UW Sheboygan, 119-51, on Dec. 29.

Chipola won two of three in the Beef O’Brady’s Classic, Dec. 16-18. The Indians beat Jefferson Technical, 96-60, on Dec. 18. Chipola lost a close 86-85 contest to Monroe on Dec. 17. The Indians whipped Harford, 89-48, on Dec. 16.  

Chipola is the sixth-ranked team in the FCSAA State Poll.  Other Panhandle teams in the poll include: Tallahassee (2), Northwest (3) and Gulf Coast (5).

The Indians have a balanced offense led by Deyshawn Martin who is averaging 12.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. Other double-figure point-producers include Jashire Hardnett (11.4), Eric Cobb (11.2) and Carter Skaggs (10.0) ppg. Shamarkus Kennedy is shooting 72 percent from the floor. The team is averaging 97 points a game and allowing only 68 points. Yuat Alok is among the state’s top rebounders averaging 6.3 rebounds a game.

Head Coach Bret Campbell begins his third season at Chipola. The Indians last played in the FCSAA/Region VIII Tournament in 2014, which they won and advanced to nationals.

The Lady Indians (16-1, 0-1) suffered their first loss of the season at Gulf Coast on Jan. 7. Chipola came up short (84-75) in their first conference game. Barbara Johnson led Chipola with 34 points. Raven Baker Northcross had 13 points. Danielle Garven and Syndee McDonald each scored 11 points. The game was knotted 48-48 at the break.

 The Panhandle Conference occupies the top five spots in the FCSAA State Poll: Gulf Coast (1), Chipola (2), Pensacola (3), Tallahassee (4) and Northwest (5). Chipola is third in the NJCAA National Poll. Gulf Coast is first. 

Chipola picked up a couple of wins at the Daytona Beach Classic including a 63-45 win over Miami Dade on Dec. 30, and a 71-25 win over ASA on Dec. 29.

Five Lady Indians are averaging double figures through the first 16 games: Raven Baker-Northcross (14.4), Sydnee McDonald (13.9), Danielle Garven (13.6), Barbara Johnson (11.0), and Tiaera Philips (10.7).  The Lady Indians have outscored opponents 80-44 per game.

Beginning his fifth season at the helm of the program, Coach Greg Franklin won the school’s first NJCAA National Championship in 2015, and has led Chipola to the national tournament three times. His 2014 team became the first Chipola squad to capture the Panhandle Conference title by going undefeated in conference play (12-0). The 2014 squad won the NJCAA Region VIII/FCSAA Championship and advanced to the NJCAA Final Four, finishing 3rd. The 2013 team finished as runner-up in the Region VIII Championship and earned an at-large bid to the National Tournament where they finished in the Elite Eight.

Employee of the Month

6 p.m. - Chipola College McLendon Fine Arts Building, Room H108

Under the Direction of John Martin

John Martin, tenor, is an early music specialist whose interpretation of works from Bach's "Mass in b minor" to Charpentier's "Te Deum" has received high praise. He holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Religion and Music (Voice Performance) from Huntingdon College and the Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from The University of Alabama.

Outside of the classical realm, John has received international acclaim as a member of Street Corner Symphony, a contemporary a cappella ensemble. As part of SCS, he was voted runner-up on NBC's The Sing-Off in 2010 by millions of Americans and also participated in the inaugural season of the Prough Center for the Arts at Chipola College. He was also a performing member of the 2007 Div III World Champion Memphis Sound Drum & Bugle Corps.

John is an acclaimed choral and contemporary a cappella clinician, arranger, and composer in addition to his performance work, and he holds membership in the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), Early Music America (EMA), and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS). He is also the past Alabama State Representative for the A Cappella Education Association (AEA).

His teachers have included Dr. Susan Fleming and the late Dr. James W. Glass.

All voices are invited to join the Community Chorus. 
Adults and high school students are invited to join. 



The Chipola College presentation of “A Raisin in the Sun,” scheduled for Jan. 19 has been cancelled.

Online ticket purchase refunds will be credited to credit card account to which they were charged.

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

Mike Linares

YOUTUBE NURSING EDUCATOR SPEAKS AT CHIPOLA—YouTube sensation Mike Linares recently met with Chipola College nursing students and faculty. Linares has posted hundreds of educational videos in the nursing field and offers reviews for the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination). Pictured from left, are: Sejal Bhakta, Amber Bruner, Mike Linares, Dr. Karen Lipford, Jessica Metcalf and Shelbie Johnson.