Chipola This Week

November 15 - November 21 2019
Chipola's 'Miracle Worker' Earns Excellent Rating
MARIANNA—Chipola College Theatre’s Fall production of ‘The Miracle Worker,’ under the direction of Charles Sirmon, received an Excellent rating from the Florida College System Activities Association.

FCSSA Adjudicator Theatre representative Randy Clark wrote: “In this production, it was clear from the start they were not shying away from the challenging aspects of love, but rather leaning into them. The director, Charles Sirmon, rather than making an immediate Saint out of Helen Keller points out that she is “violent and spoiled” and the direction highlights this dynamic. Shelby Brock as Helen, and Sarah Grace Lockard as Anne, didn’t back away from the challenge of playing characters who are at times unlikable. They committed themselves fully to their respective worlds and inner lives, finding just enough overlap to allow that relationship to blossom and carry the narrative with it. Their physicality during the dining room fight wasn’t rushed, nor did it linger, it was a perfectly struck note of antagonism and discomfort for the audience. Without these moments of darkness and conflict we would have been denied the catharsis of the ending. To conclude, I thought this was an Excellent production with some very well thought out and dynamic choices being made. Clear attention to detail and relationship was shown throughout to help breathe life into a story that, while old, is certainly not out of date.”

CHIPOLA’S ‘MIRACLE WORKER’ EARNS EXCELLENT RATING—Chipola College Theatre’s Fall production of ‘The Miracle Worker,’ under the direction of Charles Sirmon, received an Excellent rating from the Florida College System Activities Association.
Pictured are Shelby Brock as Helen Keller and Sarah Grace Lockard as Anne Sullivan.
Career Fair Is A Hit
CAREER FAIR IS A HIT—Hundreds of area high school students attended the Annual Regional Career Fair on Nov. 13. Here, students enjoy the National Guard’s punching test. Representatives from various companies, colleges and employers manned booths to introduce students to career opportunities.  The fair was sponsored by Career Source Chipola, Florida Panhandle Technical College, Chipola College and the county school systems in Calhoun, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty and Washington.
Cuccio Is Top Chipola Employee
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CUCCIO IS TOP CHIPOLA EMPLOYEE—Santine Cuccio has been selected the Chipola College Faculty/Administrator/Other Professional Award of the month for November.  Cuccio serves as a Professor in Mathematics and has worked at the college since 2003.  Pictured from left are, Chipola Dean of General Studies, Dr. David Hilton, Santine Cuccio and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Pam Rentz.
Chipola Coach Greg Franklin In Muhlenberg, Ky Hall of Fame

GREENVILLE, Ky. (11/4/19) — Greg Franklin, Chipola College Women’s Basketball Coach, will be inducted into the Muhlenberg County Athletic Hall of Fame on Nov. 16.

Franklin was the 1989 Central City all-state selection scored 2,233 points in his stellar high school career, which is Top 10 all-time in Muhlenberg County history. He helped lead the Golden Tide to the 1989 3rd Region championship.

Franklin starred collegiately at Austin Peay where he earned all-Ohio Valley Conference honors as a junior and senior and all-OVC Freshman Team honors and Co-Freshman of the Year honors in his first season. He scored 1,312 points in his four seasons for the Govs. Franklin has also enjoyed a stellar coaching career with successful stints at Southeastern Illinois College, Mississippi State University, and Chipola College, where he led the Lady Indians to a National Championship in 2015 and was named NJCAA, FCSAA, and Panhandle Coach of the Year.

Franklin’s Chipola career has been nothing short of amazing. His 2015-16 squad finished 23-5 overall after falling in the semi-finals of the NJCAA Region VIII/FCSAA Championship. Franklin led the Lady Indians to a National Championship in 2015, and was named NJCAA, FCSAA, and Panhandle Coach of the Year.  The 2014-15 Lady Indians (34-1) captured the college’s first ever national women’s basketball title with a 54-46 win over previously unbeaten Hutchinson (36-1). Evelyn Akhator was named Tournament MVP, an NJCAA All-American, and finished with the new NJCAA Season Record of 584 Rebounds. She moved on to the University of Kentucky and was drafted third overall in the first round of the 2017 WNBA Draft. Franklin also coached WNBA player Amber Holt at Southeastern Illinois Community College. She was picked ninth overall in the first round by the Connecticut Sun and was recently inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame.

Franklin’s 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.

Coach Franklin came to Chipola after five seasons as an assistant at Mississippi State University.  He helped MSU claim wins in the NCAA Tournament multiple years, including the program’s first Sweet 16 appearance.

Franklin served in various positions at Southeastern Illinois College starting in 1997 as an assistant men’s coach.  He was named the head women’s coach in 2002-03, and also served as AD. In five seasons at SIC, he posted a 154-25 record and led the 2006-07 squad to fourth place in the National Tournament.

A native of Kentucky, he earned a B.S. at Austin Peay where he played from 1989-1993. He was named All-Ohio Valley Conference three times and finished his college career with 1,000+ points.

Coach Franklin said, “I’ve coached at every level from junior high to NCAA Division 1 and Chipola is the best coaching job I’ve ever had. These are some of the best fans anywhere. Being a competitive guy, I like that the bar is set so high. I like that kind of atmosphere.”

The Muhlenberg Hall of Fame Class of 2019 include eight inductees: Sherman Armstrong, Greg Franklin, Mike Harper, Suzanne Holt Leach, Rick Pannell, Eddie Rhodes, Jerry Shanks, Tammy Kindrick Williams, The Hughes Kirk Tigers 1939-40 Boys’ Basketball Muhlenberg North Stars, 1993-94 Boys’ Basketball.

Both Chipola Hoops Squads Ranked In National Top 10
Both Chipola basketball teams are now ranked in the Top 10 in the nation in this week’s (Nov. 11) NJCAA poll.

The men moved up to #5 and the women moved up to #9. Chipola is one of just a few colleges to have both basketball teams ranked at the national level.

The Lady Indians will be back at home on Friday, Nov. 22 for a game with East Central Mississippi at 5:30 p.m.

The Indians host a men’s classic Dec. 6-7 where they’ll take on South Georgia Tech, Friday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. and Polk State, Saturday at 5 p.m.

Chipola basketball hosted the Panhandle Classic Nov. 8-9 where they won all of their games. The Lady Indians topped Broward 75-47. Isadora Sousa led the team with 18 points. Caitlyn Wilson added 17 points. Ariel Cummings had 16 points and 10 rebounds.

The Indians beat Spartanburg Methodist 87-61 in a true team effort. Lance Erving had 18 points and five rebounds. Lat Mayen had nine points, 14 rebounds, and five assists. Cheikh Faye had 14 points and five rebounds. Christian Lorng had 12 points and six rebounds. Ishan White had 10 points. Kris Gardner had 11 assists. Anthony Higgs had eight points and eight rebounds.

On day two, the Lady Indians defeated Palm Beach State 59-39. Ariel Cummings had 18 points and nine rebounds. Isadora Sousa had 11 points, eight rebounds, and five assists. Rachel Johnson had 12 points and eight rebounds. Caitlyn Wilson had 13 points.

The Indians beat Enterprise State 96-76 in their Saturday contest. Marial Mading had 22 points and six rebounds. Lat Mayen had 15 points, 13 rebounds, and five assists. Cheikh Faye had 16 points and eight rebounds. Lance Erving had 16 points. Ishan White had 14 points and six rebounds and Kris Gardner had five assists.

The Lady Indians will head to Daytona State for two games Nov. 15-16. They’ll face the Lady Falcons at 6 p.m. Friday and Empower Academy at 3 p.m. Saturday. The Indians travel to Summit, Mississippi to take on Southern Arkansas Tech on Friday and SU-Shreveport on Saturday. Both games are scheduled for 3 p.m.

Team schedules are available at these links: Women’s Basketball:
Men’s Basketball:

For updates, coaches interviews, and more, visit or follow on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram (@ChipolaNation).
Hurricane Recovery 
Hurricane Michael forever changed the counties served by Chipola College. Many Chipola students and employees still have unmet needs related to the recovery. The North Florida Inland Long Term Recovery Group has resources available to help anyone who needs help. For information, visit the
Chipola Students Visit Rex Lumber
CHIPOLA STUDENTS VISIT REX LUMBER—Rex Lumber LLC, a significant local employer, recently hosted students from the Advanced Manufacturing program at Chipola College for a site visit at the Rex facility in Graceville.  The students, who are enrolled in Chipola’s A.S. Engineering Technology program, learned about internships, apprenticeships and post-graduation career opportunities with the company. Rex is sponsoring several of the Engineering Tech students with full scholarships.  For information about the degree program, contact instructor Margi Lee at For information about employment with Rex Lumber, contact HR Manager Wendy Blair at
Aspen Prize
Chipola officials will host a press event Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 10:10 a.m., in the lobby of the Student Services Building.

Officials are expected to announce college’s fifth straight nomination for the Aspen Prize.
Scholarships Available For Spring 2020
The Chipola Foundation is accepting applications for three scholarships to be awarded for the Spring 2020 semester which begins in January. 

The First Generation in College Scholarship will provide several partial scholarships. Applications must be received by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20. Students must have applied for Federal Pell Grant (FAFSA) and have been determined to be Pell eligible and still have an unmet financial need.  Students must demonstrate financial need and must come from a family where neither parent has completed a bachelor’s degree.  Students must submit a personal letter and application by Nov. 20.

The Florida Blue Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship has a deadline of Nov. 20. Approximately 10 partial $1,000 scholarships will be awarded in Spring 2020. The need-based scholarship is available to Florida residents enrolled in a community college in one of the following eligible programs: Nursing Assistant, Practical Nurse, Associate Degree Nurse, Baccalaureate Degree Nurse, Emergency Medical Technician or Paramedic. 

Applicants must have applied for Federal Pell Grant (FAFSA) to qualify. Application, personal letter and transcripts must be submitted to the Foundation Office by Nov. 20.

The Sydney Holland Memorial Nursing Scholarship is available for students enrolled in the Chipola RN program or accepted into the RN program for Spring 2020. Deadline is Nov. 20. Applications should be mailed to: Sydney Holland Memorial Nursing Scholarship Committee, 3482 Live Oak Lane, Marianna, FL 32446.

For information, visit the Foundation website at or call 718-2445.
Blood Drive
SGA will sponsor a blood drive on Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The Oneblood Mobile will be parked at on College Street near Building Z.  Donors must have a picture ID to donate.
Ivey Book Signing Dec. 3 At Chipola
The Chipola College Library will host a second book signing for history professor and author Robert Ivey, Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 3 to 5 p.m. 

Signed copies of Ivey’s new book, “The Day the Angels Came to Dunning,” quickly sold out at an October signing.

For information on the book, visit or contact Robert at
Tickets on Sale for Chipola Christmas Concert
MARIANNA—Tickets are on sale for the Chipola Music Department’s “A Chipola Christmas,” set for Thursday and Friday, Dec. 5-6, at 7 p.m., in the Chipola Center for the Arts.  

Presented by the Chipola Fine and Performing Arts Department under the direction of Angie White and Dr. Josh Martin, the show is the perfect start to the holiday season. The concert will feature Chipola music students and community members performing in music and dance the sounds of the season in a beautiful holiday setting.  This show guarantees to be a sellout.

Tickets – $10 – are available at the Center for the Arts Box Office or online at  For more information, call the Box Office at 850-718-2420.

Chipola’s Take Stock in Children program will host a dinner-and-a-show event for the Friday, Dec. 6 performance of “A Chipola Christmas.” The event is to raise funds to support the Take Stock in Children program, which provides mentoring and scholarships to deserving high school students.

For $30, patrons get a show ticket and dinner for the Dec. 6 performance.  Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Cultural Center on College Street, with the show at 7 p.m., in the Prough Center for the Arts. 

Tickets are available at the Center for the Arts Box Office or online at

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

Seating is limited.  This show will be a sellout so make your reservation today.  There will be no additional seating available the night of the event.
Harlem Globetrotters at Chipola Dec. 9
The Original Harlem Globetrotters will perform at the Chipola College Milton Johnson Center, Monday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. A worldwide icon, synonymous with one-of-a-kind family entertainment and great basketball skills, the Globetrotters were founded in 1926.

For 94 years, the team has been known for breaking down barriers, acts of kindness and a commitment to fans that goes well beyond the game. The "Ambassadors of Goodwill"™ have dazzled and dunked their way into the hearts of over 148 million fans worldwide. The Globetrotters’ spectacular live show is unrivaled in the world of family entertainment, showcasing some of the greatest athletes on the planet. With incredible ball handling wizardry, amazing rim-rattling dunks and trick shots, side-splitting comedy and unequaled on-court fan interaction, this must-see event is guaranteed to entertain the whole family – creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Tickets start at $30 for bleacher seats. Chair back seats are $40. The Bench package--$166—includes one seat on the bench with the team, backstage meet and greet, replica jersey, program, Sharpie lanyard.

For groups of 10 or more, scouts or military, contact: Cole Arrington at 1-800-641-4667 ext. 1877, or email:

For tickets, visit:
Chipola Messiah Sing Along is Dec. 12
Chipola College will host a Messiah Sing-Along Thursday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. in the Chipola Center for the Arts. All music lovers are invited to bring their own score to sing along or to just enjoy this timeless holiday classic.

All area singers are invited to join the Community Chorus which practices Tuesday nights at 6 p.m. in the Chipola McLendon Fine Arts Building on Indian Circle.

For more information, email or phone 850-718-2277.
Chipola Artist Series Presents 'Jukebox Saturday Night' Jan. 9
MARIANNA—The Chipola Artist Series will present Jukebox Saturday Night, Jan. 9, 2020. Glenn Miller Productions presents a music review of the Big Bands during the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s.

This fun-filled event for all ages captures the sounds, melodies and lyrics performed by an energetic group of instrumentalists and vocalists who keep audience members moving in their seats, tapping toes and clapping hands.

Jukebox Saturday Night celebrates America’s Swing Era performing the greatest hits as recorded by Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw, Cab Calloway, Benny Goodman, Count Basie and more. Vocal selections will include songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, Doris Day, Rosemary Clooney, and other vocal idols.

A Meet the Artist Reception for season ticket holders will be hosted by First Commerce Credit Union.

Tickets are on sale now. For information, contact the Box Office at 850-718-2420.
CCTV News 
Happening At Chipola This Week!
Nov. 18 - Spring A & B: Early Registration for New & Currently Enrolled Students, 8 AM – 4 PM
Nov. 19 - Spring A & B: Early Registration for New & Currently Enrolled Students, 8 AM – 6 PM
Nov.19 - Fall C: Last Day to Withdraw from a Class
Nov. 20 - SGA Campus Blood Drive
Nov. 20 - Spring A & B: Early Registration for New & Currently Enrolled Students, 8 AM – 4 PM
Happening At Chipola This Month!
Nov. 22 - CC Womens Basketball vs. East Central Mississippi-5:30 pm





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