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The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and Chipola College will host the Chipola District Education Summit Tuesday, March 14, at Rivertown Community Church in Marianna.

The event is scheduled in place of the usual monthly Power Lunch. Networking and food service begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by the program at 11:45 a.m. The event is expected to conclude at 1:30 p.m. The theme is “Degrees to Jobs” and is expected to be an excellent follow-up to the Florida 2030 Town Hall held in January.  The summit brings together K-12 Schools, Chipola College, CareerSource Chipola and business leaders from the five-county area to discuss meeting the needs of the workforce with relevant education, degrees and certificate programs.

Keynote Speaker for the event is Jennifer Grove, Gulf Power’s Community Development Manager. She is responsible for engagement in programs and partnerships that grow Northwest Florida’s competitiveness, including cradle to career education, workforce development, infrastructure support and Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation/Information Technology.  Grove was recognized in 2012 by US News as one of the Top 100 Women in STEM.

The Power Lunch and Program is sponsored by Florida Public Utilities.  Call 482-8060 for more information.

Karen Lipford


MARIANNA—Dr. Karen Lipford, Dean of the Chipola College School of Health Sciences, was recently published in the February 2017 issue of OJNI (Online Journal of Nursing Informatics).  

The article, “Needs Assessment of an Electronic Health Record at an Inpatient Psychiatric Hospital,” was part of Dr. Lipford’s Doctorate in Nursing Practice program. She conducted a Needs Assessment of the Electronic Health Records at Florida State Hospital with the goal of improving the process of documentation at the facility in order to reduce patient errors.

Dr. Lipford PMHNP-BC, DNP, EdD, was the primary author with secondary authors Dr. Stacey Jones DNP, FNP-BC and Dr. Kelly Johnson, DNP, RN. The article may be accessed at

John Divine


MARIANNA—Chipola College music instructor John Divine will present a concert Monday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m., in the Experimental Theatre of the Center for the Arts. Admission is free.

The evening of clarinet classics will include Franz Krommer's Concerto for Two Clarinet's, Op. 35! The recital includes guest artists Rebecca McFarland (clarinet), Christina Kettering (piano). The concert will showcase the many styles and the versatility of the clarinet.



MARIANNA--The Marianna Rotary Club recently presented a check for $7,000 to the Chipola College Foundation to support scholarships.

The money was raised during the second annual Bill Hopkins Memorial Golf Classic. The Rotary Club would like to thank all who played, sponsored or volunteered at the tournament. The tournament helps the Rotary Club continue its long tradition of providing scholarships to deserving local students at Chipola.

Present at the check presentation were representatives from the tournament’s Signature Corporate Sponsor – Envision Credit Union. They included Darryl Worrell, President/CEO; Bill Enfinger, EVP\Chief Lending Officer; Aletta Shutes, Secretary of the Board of Directors. CEO Darryl Worrell said, “We are proud to support the Rotary Club and our Marianna community in this worthwhile event benefitting education. Envision Credit Union’s mission includes serving this great community.”

The 2017 Bill Hopkins Memorial Golf Classic will be held April 27 at Indian Springs Golf Course. The four-person scramble begins at 1 p.m. There will be team prizes, long-drive, and closest-to-the-pin competitions.

Envision Credit Union continues as a major sponsor, as well as Perry & Young, Attorneys at Law, who will donate $10,000 to any player who makes a hole-in-one on number 8.

Tournament Chairman Bill Wright announced the addition of new corporate sponsor – Marianna Toyota. Rotary member Jorge Garcia, head of Marianna Toyota, has agreed to donate a new Toyota (valued at $35,000) for a hole-in-one on #18.

Entry fee is $65 per player, and hole sponsorships are available for $75. A four-person team plus hole sponsorship is available for the discounted price amount of $300. Beverages will be provided and dinner will be served afterwards.

For more information call Bill Wright at (850) 209-0825.


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ROTARY GOLF TOURNAMENT BENEFITS CHIPOLA FOUNDATION—The Marianna Rotary Club recently presented a check for $7,000 to the Chipola College Foundation to support scholarships. The money was raised during the second annual Bill Hopkins Memorial Golf Classic. Pictured from left, are: Rotary Golf Chairman Bill Wright, Julie Fuqua, Chipola Foundation Director, Aletta Shutes, Secretary Envision Board of Directors, Darryl Worrell, CEO of Envision and Johnny Milton, Rotary President. The next Hopkins Memorial Golf Classic is April 27. For more information call Bill Wright at (850) 209-0825

Homecoming Court


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CHIPOLA HOMECOMING COURT—Maddy Christmas was crowned Chipola College Homecoming Queen, and Teon Long was crowned Mr. Chipola 2017 on Feb. 18. Members of the Homecoming Court are, from left: freshman Anna Hassig of Blountstown, sophomore Chessa Goodman of Blountstown, freshman Dakota Baggett of Sneads, 2016 Queen Olivia Saunders of Chipley, 2017 Queen Maddy Christmas of Marianna, sophomore Tripp Taylor of Blountstown, 2017 Mr. Chipola Teon Long of Marianna, 2016 Mr. Chipola Andrew Bennett of Blountstown, freshman Jaylyn Palmer of Sneads, sophomore Cianna Harris of Marianna, sophomore Donavan Ebersole of Blountstown and freshman Crystal Hernandez of Sneads.



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CHIPOLA MATH HONORARY INDUCTS MEMBERS—The Chipola College chapter of Mu Alpha Theta, a national honorary mathematics club, recently held an initiation for new members. Chipola Interim President, Dr. Sarah Clemmons was inducted as an honorary member of Mu Alpha Theta.  Pictured are officers, new members and sponsors, from left (front) Natasha Smith, Katie Everett, Jennifer Snowden, Lana Wood, Mary Raines, Caroline Howell, Logan Weiler (back) Joy Ree Ashmore (Sponsor), Dr. Sarah Clemmons, Ann Marie Brown, Donovan Ebersole, Jayde Smelcer, Libby Varnum, Monte Revell, Hayden White and Mark Wilson.  Mu Alpha Theta is an international mathematics society for high school and two-year colleges.  The purpose of Mu Alpha Theta is to stimulate a deeper and more effective interest in mathematics. 

Employee of the Month


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BERRY IS CHIPOLA EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH—Laurie Berry is Chipola College’s Career Employee for February.  Berry serves as a Department Associate in the Financial Aid Department and has worked at the college since 2000.  Pictured from left, are: Chipola Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Jayne Roberts, Laurie Berry and Chipola Interim President, Dr. Sarah Clemmons.



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CHIPOLA CORRECTIONS GRADS—Sixteen candidates recently completed the Basic Corrections Academy at Chipola College. Graduates are, from left: (front) Ashton Kirland, Zackery Cutchin, Kailey McCallister, Mark Hirt; (middle) Britney Henderson, Andrew Shuler, Andy Cook Jr., Matthew Campbell, Deleisha Jefferson, Shaniqua Jackson; (back) Bryan Godwin, Shavon Brooks, Latrell Fain, Janorris Bradley, Joshua Butler-Holt.

GEO Helps Chipola


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GEO HELPS CHIPOLA—The Geo Group Foundation recently made a significant contribution to the Chipola College Foundation. Pictured from left, are: Julie Fuqua, Chipola Foundation Director; Ernie Dixon, GEO Warden; Jeff Thomas, GEO Regional Director; and Jenna Piotrowski, GEO Assistant Warden of Finance and Administration. Funds will be used to pay for scholarships for children or grandchildren of law enforcement officers, correctional officers, or emergency responders. Funds also will benefit the Mellie McDaniel Memorial Scholarship.



MARIANNA—Two members of the Chipola College women’s cross country team have been named Scholar All-American athletes by the NJCAA.  

Recipients and their GPA’s, are: sophomore Jayde Smelcer of Chipley (4.0) and sophomore Hannah Rees of Marianna (3.5). Only those athletes with a 3.5 GPA or higher earn the Scholar All-American award for the semester in which they compete in their sport.

The Chipola Women's Cross Country team offers scholarships up to full tuition and board.

For information, contact Coach Rance Massengill at 850-718-2420, or email



MARIANNA—Chipola hosts Pensacola Saturday, Feb. 25 in final game of the regular season. The women’s game tips off at 5:30 p.m. The men play at 7:30 p.m.

The Lady Indians are the runner-up in the Panhandle Conference and will play in the FCSAA State Tournament, March 9-11, in Ocala. Gulf Coast is the Panhandle Champion. The brackets are set up for a possible state title game with Chipola and Gulf Coast. The Conference standings as of Feb. 22, are: Gulf Coast (10-2), Chipola (8-3), Tallahassee is (6-5), Pensacola (3-8) and Northwest (1-10).

 Chipola (24-3, 8-3) beat Northwest 66-48 in Niceville on Feb. 22. Chipola scored an 88-76 win over Tallahassee on Feb. 18. Barbara Johnson led Chipola with 22 points. Danielle Garven had 18 points and 7 rebounds. Tiera Phillips had 17 points and 8 rebounds. Sydnee McDonald had 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Chipola scored a big 72-62 win over Gulf Coast on Feb. 11. Danielle Garven had 19 points and 7 rebounds. Sydnee McDonald had 14 points and 6 rebounds. Tiera Phillips had 13 points and 5 rebounds.

The FCSAA State Poll includes five Panhandle teams: Gulf Coast (1), Chipola (2), Tallahassee (3) and Pensacola (7). Chipola is fifth in the National Poll. Gulf Coast is third.   

The Indians (21-8, 5-6) fell to Northwest, 112-90, in Niceville on Feb. 22. Chipola scored a 77-65 win over Tallahassee on Feb. 18. Yuat Alok led Chipola with 21 points. Mohamed Touray scored 15. Jashire Hardnett had 11 points. Eric Cobb had 13 rebounds.

Chipola beat Gulf Coast, 98-85, on Feb. 11. Jamall Gregory led Chipola with 21 points. Eric Cobb had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Shamarkus Kennedy had 14 points and 8 rebounds. Jashire Hardnett and Cedric Wright scored 13 points apiece.

Northwest is the Panhandle Conference Champion and Tallahassee is the runner-up. Both will represent the Panhandle in the FCSAA State Tournament March The men’s league standings as of Feb. 23, are: Northwest (11-0), Tallahassee (7-4), Chipola (5-6), Gulf Coast (3-9) and Pensacola (2-9). Chipola is the ninth-ranked team in the FCSAA State Poll. Northwest is first and Tallahassee is third. 

All games are broadcast on 100.9 FM. Home games are streamed and archived on


BSU Voter Registration Drive

Thursday, March 2

8:30 a.m. noon

Social and Behavioral Sciences Bldg.



American Corporate Partners (ACP) helps veterans achieve career goals through a free national mentorship program. Hundreds of student veterans have already benefited from the program — see some of their stories on ACP’s website.

What ACP offers:

A one-on-one, year-long mentorship with a corporate professional in the career field of your interest. ACP Mentors come from one of 60+ companies like 21st Century Fox, Bloomberg, Deloitte, GE, Intel, Johnson & Johnson, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, PwC, USAA and many others.

What veterans can gain from an ACP Mentorship:

  • Learn which career/internship opportunities have the most value
  • Build a network of senior industry professionals
  • Improve your resume and interviewing skills
  • Translate your military experience into civilian terms
  • Transition into a post-college career with ease

Visit to apply today and note Chipola College on your application. For questions, please email Becky at or give us a call at (212) 752-0700. Check out this outstanding opportunity from American Corporate Partners (ACP).

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MARIANNA—Tickets are on sale for the Chipola College Theater production of the hit musical “Hello Dolly,” which runs Feb. 22-26.  

Chipola’s adaptation of the 1964 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical tells the story of Dolly Levi, a New York matchmaker who arranges things like furniture, daffodils and lives. A widow, she has found herself in love with a “half-a-millionaire” named Horance Vandergelder. She weaves a web of romantic complications involving his two clerks, a pretty milliner and her assistant.  Eventually, all is sorted out, and everyone ends up with the right person.

Shows are nightly, Wednesday through Saturday, at 7 p.m., with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets—$8 for adults and $6 for 18 and under—are available online at and in the Center for the Arts Box Office. Chipola students and employees get free tickets with ID.

A special Sunday Brunch is available for the Feb. 26 show. Cost is $25 for ACT Fund members and $30 for non-members. Price includes brunch and show tickets.

Box Office hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Fridays, 9 a.m. to noon. Online tickets may be printed at home, or with an order confirmation, will-call tickets will be available at the box office the night of the show. 

The cast includes: Gabriela Merz as Mrs. Dolly Levi, Darby Benjamin as Ernestina, Destin Dawson as Ambrose Kemper, Keith Watford as Horace Vandergelder, Sarah Liffick as Ermengarde, Zac West as Cornelius Hackl, Saylor Novonglosky as Barnaby Tucker, Grace Wallace as Minnie Fay, Dianna Floyd as Irene Malloy, Ashleigh Braswell as Mrs. Rose, Colton Day as Rudolph Reisenweber, Anthony Severson as Stanley. 

The ensemble includes: Karissa Mercer, Oliva Wester, Sarah Beth Yoder, Madyson Hendrix, Angela Jones, Jamie Gibson, Karen Redman, Nicole Morse, Caroline King, Stephanie King, Jennifer Bernier, Elizabeth Bennett, Stephanie Mitchell, Grace Rossou, Cheyenne Cobart, Katelyn Cannady, Sydney Jansen, Bethany Schneider, Jamie Sory, Venus Boyd, Jaylyn Palmer, Calen Masai, Victoria Kanesm, Jill Berquist, Hannah Ahalaseh and Breeanna Bennet. 

The children’s ensemble includes: Victoria Kanes, Anna Barber, Emilyann Raoulhac, Kodibeth Bates, Alec Griffin, Catherine Lewis,Addison Hussey, Madelin Garcia, Emily Rezek, Willa Wester, Chandler King, Alana Kerr and Keegan Bernier.

Visit the Box Office in person, online at, or phone 850-718-2420.


HELLO DOLLY AT CHIPOLA—Tickets are on sale for the Chipola College Theater production of the hit musical “Hello Dolly,” which runs Feb. 22-26.  Visit the Box Office in person, online at, or phone 850-718-2420.



MARIANNA—The Chipola Future Educators Club will host its Tenth Annual Teacher Workshop, Saturday, March. 4, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Teachers and students interested in a career in education are invited to attend. 

Future educators currently enrolled at Chipola with the assistance of the education faculty, staff, and education graduates will present the free workshop.  The day will include various sessions for elementary, middle, and high school teachers.

Guest sessions will include: Developing Unique and Effective Student Driven Math Lessons (K-12) — Presented by 2017 Teacher of the Year, Ms. Jessica Solano; You Want Me To Stick That Quotation Where? (6-12) — Dr. Rachel West; “A Man of Wax” – Teaching Shakespeare Using the Tableau (9-12) — Kurt McInnis; Cinch Up Your Classroom Technology (K-5) — Megan Russel; Population Education: Hands On Science in a Social Perspective (K-5) and (6-12) — Dr. Amanda Clark; and Integrating Technology While Fostering the 4 C’s (6-12) — Jennifer Kincaid.

Other sessions include: I Love You Just The Way You Are (K-6); Space: The Final Frontier (3-5); Science In A Snap (K-2); Math Behind TV Commercials (6-8); Survival Guide to Classroom Management (K-6); Numbers with Abraham Lincoln (K-2); All Aboard to the Cooperation Station (K-6).

Registration begins at 8 a.m., with the first session at 8:30 a.m.  RSVP to FEC Sponsor Casey Dowgul at or phone 850-718-2449.


CHIPOLA COLLEGE Course Evaluations available March 3- 31

Beginning March 3, Chipola students have an opportunity to complete an anonymous online evaluation of each of their classes.  After semester grades are posted, the confidential feedback will provide information on effective instructional practices and instructional needs.  To complete course evaluations, select a current course from Your Courses list in Canvas and follow the prompt provided.  A Certificate of Completion will be sent to the student’s Canvas default e-mail address. For most students, this is the e-mail address.


Chipola College Student Support Services hosted their annual Financial Aid and Scholarship Workshop on Wednesday, February 15. Students were able to receive the latest information regarding Chipola Foundation scholarships and federal financial aid opportunities.  Each year, the Chipola Foundation provides more than $600,000 in scholarships to Chipola students.

“This was a great opportunity for Chipola students to learn about the numerous scholarships and financial aid options available as our students pursue their educational future,” said Chipola SSS Program Director Kristie Mosley.

In addition, Pete Hernandez, from the Office of Student Financial Assistance in the Florida Department of Education, provided students with helpful strategies in applying for scholarships and grants and completing their FAFSA forms for federal financial aid.

Chipola SSS holds various workshops and seminars throughout the year to enhance student development. The program’s annual Transfer and Admissions’ Day will be held at Chipola on March 15th from 9am-12pm with approximately 15 universities’ representatives are scheduled to attend. 


The Chipola College Social and Behavioral Sciences Department will host Cultural Diversity Week in the Social Science Building, March 13-17.

All students and employees are invited to display items of art, music, photography or painting in a spectacular array of culture that week. 

Interested parties should come to the Social and Behavioral Sciences Building to sign-up or call 718-2319 for more information.



Chipola Students Services is sponsoring Tennis Tuesday for Chipola students and employees.   Anyone interested in playing tennis is asked to show up at the courts, Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 3:15 p.m. Play will continue to meet on Tuesdays until we name a Campus Champion. 

All levels of skill are welcome. The college also has a few rackets and free tennis balls available.

Math instructor Bunny Odom, a life-long tennis player, is helping with Tennis Tuesday along with Rance Massengill, Pool Manager. 

For more information, contact Odom in D-123 or at 718-2235 or Massengill in A105 or 718-2440.