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Approximately 100 SSS students attended Chipola College's Student Support Services (SSS) two-day orientation session (September 13 and 14) in the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE). During each session, SSS Student Advisor Angie Tyler provided students an overview of resources available through SSS including academic advising, career counseling, financial aid and scholarships preparation, and graduation requirements. In addition, ACE Director, Bonnie Smith discussed the ACE Lab partnership with SSS, which provides free tutoring sessions for all students, including test prep and remediation services.

Upcoming SSS/TRiO events include: On Course Seminar with Kurt McInnis – September 20 and October 12, TRiO Society meeting – September 21, University of Florida campus tour – October 1, and a Florida State University Campus Tour/Football game on October 15, 2016.

Project Director Kristie Mosley stated, “Student Support Services provides assistance to SSS students from the time they enroll at Chipola until they graduate with an AA.” Chipola SSS was awarded a five-year grant for $1.1 million to assist in preparing students to succeed academically. For more information regarding Chipola SSS, contact Donna Chandler at (850)718-2431.

Chipola ROTC Consideration


MARIANNA—Chipola College officials are exploring the possibility of offering an Army ROTC program at the college as early as the summer of 2017.

If approved, the new Chipola ROTC would be part of a collaborative unit managed by the existing Army ROTC regiment at Florida A. and M. University. LTC Ed Escobar, US Army, Battalion Commander, Army ROTC, FAMU, met with Chipola officials to discuss preliminary plans.

There are three main US Armed Forces Reserve Office Training Corps (ROTC) programs, connected to the Air Force, Army, and the Navy. Army ROTC provides two, three and four year training opportunities for full-time students to become commissioned officers.

ROTC candidates must complete a physical examination, physical fitness test, and participate in a paid military summer training camp at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Successful applicants would then be eligible to receive a scholarship and/or stipend through ROTC while earning a bachelor’s degree at Chipola.

Successful ROTC graduates are then eligible to receive a commission to begin service as a second lieutenant in the US Army, Army Reserve, or National Guard.

Dr. David Bouvin, Chipola’s Dean of Business and Technology, is leading the initiative to start the ROTC program. He is also a graduate of an ROTC program. Bouvin says, “ROTC provides excellent opportunities for students to help pay for college and to begin a career in the armed forces. Serving on active duty provided me with an opportunity to begin working in higher education as an instructor while I completed graduate school.” Bouvin eventually transitioned from active duty as a Captain in the US Air Force.

In addition to scholarships and/or stipends, ROTC students would have the opportunity to participate in leadership, physical fitness events, and team-building activities.

For more information about the ROTC process, contact Dr. David Bouvin at 718-2380 or email



MARIANNA- Rex Lumber established the Robert and Kathryn McRae scholarship fund to help students planning to pursue an A.S. degree in Engineering Technology or the Pneumatics, Hydraulics, and Motors Certificate program at Chipola College.

Rex Lumber officials recently visited the college to meet scholarship recipients. All of the students expressed their gratitude for the award and the opportunity that it affords them. Scholarship recipients are: Dylan Kirk of Sunny Hills, James Hatcher of Hosford, Colby Hargrove of Graceville, Marc Jackson of Westville, Wade Robinson of Sneads, Devon Lovelace of Altha, Dalton Mock of Marianna, Logan Stone of Altha, Kaitlyn Kosciw of Marianna, Chase Rentz of Sneads, Taylor Clark of Bonifay, Dillan Green of Bristol and Ryan Riley of Marianna.

Chipola President Dr. Jason Hurst, says, The McRae family and Rex Lumber are making it possible for students to get training for good jobs in our area. This is a great example of a successful partnership between business and education.”

Multiple one-year scholarships for up to 30 semester hours of tuition and/or books and supplies will be awarded annually by the Rex Lumber Graceville plant and the Rex Lumber Bristol plant. Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 high school GPA to apply and must maintain a 2.5 GPA each semester in order to retain the scholarship.

First-year scholarship recipients will be eligible to reapply during the second year of the program. Second year funding is subject to prevailing economic conditions and the student’s performance in the program. Students who excel in the program may be eligible for paid internship positions within Rex Lumber.

For information, visit the Chipola Foundation at or phone 850-718-2404.


REX SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED—Rex Lumber officials recently visited the Chipola College campus to meet recipients of the Robert and Kathryn McRae scholarship for students in the college’s Engineering Technology program. Pictured from left, are (front): Dylan Kirk of Sunny Hills, James Hatcher of Hosford, Colby Hargrove of Graceville, Marc Jackson of Westville, Wade Robinson of Sneads, Devon Lovelace of Altha, Dalton Mock of Marianna, Logan Stone of Altha, Kaitlyn Kosciw of Marianna, Chase Rentz of Sneads, and (back) Dr. Jason Hurst, Caroline Dauzat, Jared Banta, Kenny Sparks, Charles McRae, Frank Bondurant, Michelle Schaefer, Logan Kever, Randy Cummings and Aubri Hanson. Scholarship recipients not present were Taylor Clark of Bonifay, Dillan Green of Bristol and Ryan Riley of Marianna.



MARIANNA- The Florida Lottery will participate, for the fifth year in a row, in the Chipola College Fall Festival, Thursday, Sept. 29.

Lottery officials will be on hand to meet Bright Futures scholarship recipients and to celebrate the Lottery's 28-year history of supporting education in Florida.

All Chipola students are excused from classes Sept. 29, from 10:30 a.m. until 2:45 p.m. Chipola's Student Government Association puts on the annual event for the student body. The event will be held in front of the Chipola gym, the Milton Johnson Center.

In addition to Outrageous Relay Races, students will enjoy music and free food. Several universities are expected to send recruiters to meet with potential students. The Lottery will provide free t-shirts and a drawing for premium door prizes.

Since Bright Futures was established in 1997, the Lottery has contributed more than $3.9 billion to send more than 600,000 students to college. To date, more than 5,000 Bright Futures scholarships have been awarded to Chipola students, totaling $8 million.

For information about the Fall Festival, call 718-2308 or visit the Chipola Student Activities Office, K-105.



MARIANNA- The number of students at Chipola College is up 4.59 percent this Fall. A total of 2,231 students are currently enrolled compared to 2,133 at this time last year.

The percentage of full-time students also is up this semester to 42.54%, compared to 37.65% last Fall.

The latest numbers show a positive enrollment trend for four straight terms. College President Dr. Jason Hurst said, “We are happy to see more students taking advantage of the opportunities we offer. We’re continuing to evaluate how we operate to better serve our students. We’ve expanded early registration, and more students are choosing to register online. We think everything about college should be easy except for the classes.”

Most Chipola students are enrolled in the Associate in Arts (AA) program, a two-year degree that guarantees acceptance to Florida’s 12 public universities or a B.S. program at Chipola. Chipola also offers Associate in Science (AS) degrees and certificates in Workforce Development programs that provide training for various career fields.

Students planning to enroll in the Spring semester, which begins in January 2016, are encouraged to apply by the Dec. 2 deadline. Nov. 17 is the Financial Aid application deadline for students planning to use financial aid to pay Spring 2017 tuition.

College applications are available in the Admissions Office located in the Student Services Building or on-line at

For admissions information, call 850-718-2211, or visit

Bontrager at Chipola

BONTRAGER SPEAKS AT CHIPOLA--Chipola College alumnus Travis Bontrager was the receent guest speaker at the Chipola Honors Seminar. Bontrager is a third year student in the FSU College of Medicine. He earned a B.S. from the University of Florida. His interest in health care started during treatment for his broken wrist in high school. His goals were solidified during his mother's fight with terminal cancer. Pictured from left, are: Tripp Taylor, Travis Bontrager, Casen Moore and Delilah Bass.

Melinda Doolittle

ARTIST SERIES EVENT: MELINDA DOOLITTLE- 7 p.m., Center for the Arts, Theatre. 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 A Meet the Artist Reception for season ticket holders will be hosted by First Federal Bank of Florida. Tickets ($20 for adults and $10 for ages 18 and under) may be purchased at the Chipola Box Office or online at beginning September 9. For more information, contact the Box Office at 850-718-2420.

AFC Scholarships

CHIPOLA AFC SCHOLARS- The Chipola College Chapter of the Association of Florida Colleges (AFC) recently awarded 9 scholarships to children of college employees. Scholarship recipients are seated with their sponsors standing, from left: Dalton Mock and mother Meri Mock, Shelbie Johnson and mother Nancy Johnson (not pictured father Jeff Johnson), Katie Everett and father Dennis Everett, Michael Young and father Steve Young, Sawyer O’Bryan and mother Shanda O’Bryan. Not pictured are Delmar Jones-Decree and mother Vicki Jones, Kaylee Messer and mother Kelly Lanier, Landon Pippen and mother Wendy Pippen, Chase Rentz and mother Dr. Pam Rentz. Since 1993, AFC has awarded over $160,000 to students through Chipola’s AFC Scholarship Endowment. AFC members raise funds through concession sales at college sports events and with an annual silent auction.



MARIANNA- Chipola College Theatre director Charles Sirmon recently cast local actors for the comedy hit, “Southern Fried Funeral.”

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 opens a four-day run, Oct. 27-30. 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. Matriarch Dorothy has to contend with sudden widowhood, the church, Dewey's snake-in-the-grass brother making a grab for her house, and two grown daughters reliving childhood rivalry. Funerals bring out the worst, the best, and the funniest in families. Tickets—$8 for adults and $6 for ages 18 and under—go on sale Oct. 5.

Director Charles Sirmon invites all theatre fans to join the Applauding Chipola Theatre (ACT) Fund to get the best seats for all shows. ACT offers five levels of membership: Sponsor, Patron, Benefactor, Angel and Corporate Angel, with VIP seating at all levels. A portion ACT memberships are tax-deductible. Proceeds directly support the Chipola Theatre department as it seeks to grow, challenge, dazzle, and of course, entertain. Patrons may join online at, or in person at the Box Office.

For information, call the Center for the Arts Box Office at 850-718-2420, call Director Sirmon at 850-718-2420 or email



Chipola College is once again offering the flu shot on campus. The flu shot clinic will be offered on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH FROM 9:00 AM UNTIL 12:00 NOON IN ROOM A-186. No appointment necessary. Please mark your calendar if you are interested.

• If you are a covered member in Chipola’s health insurance plan, BCBS Blue Options, you must present your health ID card at the time of the flu shot.
• Covered dependents, ages 4 and up, are eligible to participate.
• Non-covered members may participate at a cost of $25 per person. Payment is due at the time of service. Cash, check or money order will be accepted.

Please contact HR with any questions.


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