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BSU Fall Festival
The Chipola College Black Student Union will hold a Fall Carnival on Monday, Oct. 31, in the Cultural Center from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Entry to this event is $1 per person. All proceeds will be donated to the Anchorage Children’s Home in Marianna. There will be games, candy, prizes, balloons, photo ops, and more. Hot dog and chili sales will help BSU students attend the Fall Institute Conference in Jacksonville on Nov. 10-13. The public is invited.
Sarah Clemmons


MARIANNA—The Chipola College District Board of Trustees accepted the resignation of college president Dr. Jason Hurst at the board’s regular meeting on Oct. 18. Hurst was a semi-finalist for the presidency of Northwest Florida State College.

In a letter to the board of trustees, Dr. Hurst said, “I want to thank you for the opportunity to serve as your president over the past two and a half years. I have had the opportunity to work with some of the finest faculty and staff during my five year tenure as both President and Vice President. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve you, and our more than 3,000 students. I am excited about what is next for me and my future. I am also hopeful that Chipola College will continue to thrive and build upon the many great initiatives currently ongoing.”

Hurst became Chipola’s tenth president in April, 2014. He came to Chipola 2011 as Vice-President of Baccalaureate and Workforce programs, and was promoted to Executive Vice President in 2013. Prior to coming to Chipola, he served as VP for Workforce Education and Academic Support at Pensacola State College. He also served Central Alabama Community College as Director of Workforce and Director of the Talladega Center.   

Dr. Sarah Clemmons, Senior Vice President of Instruction at Chipola, was named Interim President. She is currently the chief academic officer for the college with responsibility over all academic and workforce instructional programs. She also oversees the college’s accreditation, grants, assessment and academic support programs.  

Dr. Clemmons came to Chipola in 1979 as an English instructor and became Division Chair of the Literature/Language Division rising through the ranks to eventually become the top academic officer of the college. She helped to start the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE), a free tutoring program for all students, which has been recognized with the Florida College System Chancellor’s Best Practice Award and as a finalist for the national Bellwether Awards Program. She was instrumental in establishing Bachelor’s Degree programs at Chipola beginning in 2003. Chipola now offers 10 B.S. degrees in Business, Nursing and Education. Dr. Clemmons is a native of Marianna, and is an alumnus of Marianna High School, Chipola College, University of West Florida, Troy University and Florida State University.


Students in the Chipola College Student Support Services' (SSS) program recently toured Florida State University and attended the homecoming football game. SSS students visit multiple campuses to research higher education opportunities. Later this academic year, SSS will tour of the UF, FAMU, FSU-PC and UWF.  SSS also provides workshops on college admission, transfer requirements and financial aid. The next series of workshops is Business & Career Day, November 8–9, 9 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. in the Career Resource Center (L 105 – next to ACE).   Chipola students interested in SSS should call 718-2431 or visit

Hello Dolly


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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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



MARIANNA—Three former Chipola College baseball players are playing in Major League Baseball’s post season and all three could end up in the World Series.  

Chipola’s most famous alumni, Jose Baustista and Russell Martin, are leading the Toronto Blue Jays into battle with the Cleveland Indians in the American League Championship Series.  The winner of the best of seven series will represent the AL in the World Series. Dodgers rookie and former Chipola player Andrew Toles is a reserve outfielder in LA’s NLCS matchup with the Chicago Cubs.

If the Dodgers and Blue Jays are successful in their respective league championship series, three former Chipola players could end up in the World Series. Chipola baseball coach Jeff Johnson says, “It’s just exciting to see our former players competing on the biggest stage in baseball. We are so proud of these guys for their success and for representing Chipola in such a positive way.”

Bautista and Martin last played together at Chipola in 2000-01, leading the Indians to a Panhandle Conference title and a second place finish in the state tournament.

Bautista is a six-time All-Star, with the fans selecting him every year from 2010 to 2015. In 2010, Bautista became the 26th member of the 50 home run club which includes Babe Ruth, David Ortiz and Mickey Mantle. Bautista led the majors in homeruns in 2010 (54) and 2011 (43). He signed a five-year $65 million contract in 2011. During his time in the majors, he has played for the Pirates, the Orioles and the Royals. He was drafted by the Pirates in the 20th round of the 2000 draft. 

Martin, a Canadian native, is the Jays everyday catcher. He has played in 52 postseason games during his nine-year career. The four-time All-Star (2015, 2011, 2008 and 2007) was drafted by the Dodgers in 2002 and made his MLB debut in 2006. He spent five years with the Dodgers before moving on to the Yankees. In 2012, he led the Pirates to their first post-season appearance in 21 years. In 2014, the 32 year-old signed a five-year, $82 million contract, with the Jays, the biggest free agent contract in team history.  

Dodgers rookie Andrew Toles was 1 for 2 at the plate and had an outfield assist to stop Jason Werth from scoring in LA’s 4-3 game five win over Washington in the NLDS on Oct. 13.

Toles was drafted out of Chipola by Tampa in 2012. He was the Rays’ Minor League Player of the Year the next season, but left the Rays and baseball for a year in 2014. Toles worked in a grocery store in Georgia that year while he was improving his swing and speed. The Dodgers signed him to a minor league deal in October 2015. He was in the big leagues by July 2016. He can play all three outfield positions, but his Aug. 30 grand slam against the Rockies, got everyone’s attention for his work at the plate. He is batting an impressive .314 in his first season. 

Southern Fried Funeral


MARIANNA—Tickets for the Chipola College production of the comedy hit, “Southern Fried Funeral,” are on sale 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. 

Actors include: Sarah Liffick as Dorothy Frye, Gracie Wallace as Sammy Jo Frye-Lefette, Darby Benjamin as Harlene Frye, Chandler King as Dewey Frye, Jr., Jaylyn Palmer as Dub Frye, Saylor Novonglosky as Atticus Van Leer, Avery Potts as Beecham Lefette, Ashleigh Braswell as Martha Ann Fox, Layton Hanlon as Fairy June Cooper, Destin Dawson as Benny Charles and A’dajah Swilley as Ozella Meeks.

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,” are on sale in the Center for the Arts Box Office and online.  The show runs, Oct. 27-30. For information, call the Box Office at 850-718-2420 or visit


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


Graduating this term?

To determine whether you have met graduation requirements, meet with your advisor, program instructor, or one of the advisors in Student Affairs for clarification and guidance.  Final responsibility for all graduation requirements rests with the student. 

Students planning to graduate in December 2016 must complete and submit an Application for Diploma by Oct. 31.   Chipola does not automatically award degrees or certificates; students must apply.  Failure to apply by the deadline may affect your graduation term and delay the posting of your degree. 

There is no fee for graduation. These are the steps: 1. obtain an Application for Diploma from the Admissions and Records Office in Student Services Building (A); 2. ask your advisor or program instructor to complete an Unofficial Graduation Check and sign the back of the form; 3. submit your Application for Diploma by Oct. 31 to the Admissions and Records Office.

Degrees will be posted and diplomas mailed at the end of the term.


Chipola College’s Student Ambassadors have invited area high school seniors from Calhoun, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty and Washington counties to visit campus on 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.

The Student Ambassadors would like to thank everyone in advance for helping make Senior Day a success!

Nancy Johnson, Student Activities Coordinator

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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