Chipola This Week

November 22 - November 28 2019
Chipola Nominated for Aspen Prize
Aspen Names Chipola as a Top 150 Community College
Eligible for 2021 Aspen Prize

$1 Million Prize Recognizes Excellence in Equitable Outcomes for Students in and After College
Dr. Bryan Craven, Director of Public Relations, Chipola College
Brooke McDonald, The Aspen Institute, 202-736-5834 (

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 5, 2019 — The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program has named Chipola College as one of 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the $1 million 2021 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America's community colleges.
Chipola was one of only 13 schools in the Florida College System nominated for the award. The Florida list includes: Broward, Chipola, Central Florida, Daytona State, Eastern Florida State, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Gulf Coast State, North Florida Community College, Palm Beach State, St. Johns River, Seminole, South Florida State and Tallahassee Community College. 
Based on strong and improving in student outcomes—including in learning, completion rates, employment rates and earnings, and equity—15 percent of community colleges nationwide have been invited to apply for the Aspen Prize.
Chipola College President Dr. Sarah Clemmons says, “We are proud to be counted among the top 10% of community colleges in the U.S. Our fifth consecutive nomination for the Aspen Prize confirms that our students are performing at a high level. This nomination also affirms that our faculty and staff are providing a strong academic program which prepares students to succeed.” 
The 150 colleges eligible to compete for the 2021 Aspen Prize were selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 public two-year colleges nationwide using publicly available data on student outcomes. Located in 39 states in urban, rural, and suburban areas, serving as few as 500 students and as many as 75,000 students, these colleges represent the diversity and depth of the community college sector.
Data show that over the last two years, student retention, graduation rates, and degree completion have improved at the top tier of 150 Aspen Prize-eligible colleges.
“Community colleges play a vital role in developing talent and enabling social mobility across the country, and it’s critical for them to get better at what they do,” said Josh Wyner, executive director of the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program. “We’re pleased to see evidence that these institutions are improving, that more are delivering on their promise. We’re also pleased to play a role in honoring outstanding community colleges and sharing what works to ensure great outcomes for students—through graduation and beyond.”
The top ten finalists for the 2021 Aspen Prize will be named in May 2020. The Aspen Institute will then conduct site visits to each of the finalists and collect additional quantitative data, including employment and earnings data. A distinguished jury will make award decisions in spring 2021.
Previous winners of the Aspen Prize are: Miami Dade College (FL) and Indian River State (FL), 2019; Lake Area Technical College (SD), 2017; Santa Fe College (FL), 2015; Santa Barbara City College (CA) and Walla Walla Community College (WA), 2013; Valencia College (FL), 2011.
For a full list of the top 150 eligible institutions and to read more on the selection process, visit
The Aspen Prize is generously funded by ECMC Foundation, Joyce Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, and Siemens Foundation.

The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program aims to advance higher education practices, policies, and leadership that significantly improve student outcomes, especially for the growing population of low-income students and students of color on American campuses. For more information, visit and and follow @AspenHigherEd on Twitter.
The Aspen Institute is a community-serving organization with global reach whose vision is a free, just, and equitable society. For 70 years, the Institute has driven change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the world’s greatest challenges. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Institute has offices in Aspen, Colorado, and New York City, and an international network of partners. For more information, visit
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Chipola nominated for Aspen Prize—The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program has named Chipola College as one of 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the $1 million 2021 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. Pictured at a recent announcement are, from left:
Carlos Staley, Chipola Brain Bowl team captain, Chipola Vice-President of Instruction Dr. Pam Rentz, Chipola President Dr. Sarah Clemmons and Kaci Compton, Chipola SGA President.
Sikora Is Chipola Employee of The Month
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SIKORA IS CHIPOLA EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH—Charity Sikora is Chipola College’s Career Employee for November.  Charity Sikora serves as Coordinator of Academic Center for Excellence and has worked at the college since 2014.  Pictured from left, are: Chipola Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Pam Rentz, Director of Academic Center for Excellence, Bonnie Smith, Charity Sikora and Chipola president, Dr. Sarah Clemmons.
Chipola PBL Wins Big At State Conference
MARIANNA—The Chipola College chapter of Phi Beta Lambda brought home six top-three awards from the PBL 2019 Fall State Leadership Conference in Championsgate, FL, Nov. 8-10.  Seven students attended business sessions, workshops and team building events.
Seven Chipola students competed, with six winning Top-Three awards.  Winners are: Ashley Lytle, First in Personal Finance; Conner McQueen, Third in Information Technology; Jay Phelps, Third in Business Procedures; Kylee Rhodes, Third in Personal Finance; Julian Severson, First in Information Technology and Dianne Watson, Second in Business Procedures.
Chipola Faculty adviser Glenda Bethel, said, “The group that traveled to FSLC was diverse, and I was impressed with how well they worked together.  They represented Chipola College well and were excited about this experience, which is a prelude to the State Leadership Conference in March, where they will compete in many events and attend business sessions and workshops.”

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CHIPOLA PBL WINS BIG AT STATE CONFERENCE—The Chipola College chapter of Phi Beta Lambda brought home six top-three awards from the PBL 2019 Fall State Leadership Conference in Championsgate, FL, Nov. 8-10.  Pictured from left, are: Julian Severson of Graceville; Jay Phelps from Marianna; Dianne Watson of Marianna; Kylee Rhodes of Tallahassee; Katryna Willett of Jarrell, TX; Conner McQueen of Graceville; and Ashley Lytle of Blountstown.

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 Indians also are second in the FCSAA State Poll behind Florida Southwestern. The Lady Indians are tied for third with Florida Southwestern.

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).

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.
Teacher Workshop Mar. 7 At Chipola College
MARIANNA—The Chipola College Future Educators Club will host its 12th
Annual Teacher Workshop, Saturday, Mar. 7, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Teachers and students interested in a career in education are invited to attend. 
The Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Dakeyan Graham, the 2020 Florida Teacher of the Year.
Chipola Teacher Education students with the assistance of the education faculty, staff, and education graduates will present the free workshop.  The day will include sessions for elementary, middle, and high school teachers in Math, Science, Reading, English, ESOL and ESE. Students will present hands-on activities that can be used in the classroom along with samples for teachers to use in their own classrooms. There will also be drawings for door prizes.
Sessions include: Meaningful, Standards-Driven Bellringers (Grades 5-12) Anna Beth Rackley and Troy Rackley; Garden to Table/Get Ready, Get Set, GROW! (Grades K-5) Agriculture in the Classroom; Pi Day! (Grades 6-12 Math) Stephanie Ward; Choose Your Path! Parallel and Series Circuits and More! (Grades 3-5 Science) Dr. Amanda Clark; Implementing Small Groups with Success (Grades 2-5 Reading/Math) Kaylor Collins; Why I Am a Teacher! (Grades K-12) JaJuan Clark; A Strategic Approach to Addition and Subtraction (Grades K-2 Math) Orgio Math Company; A Strategic Approach to Multiplication and Division (Grades 3-5 Math) Orgio Math Company; Supporting Student Success in Solving Problems (Grades 1-5 Math) Orgio Math Company; Tomorrow’s Teachers: A Classroom is Waiting (intended for high school and college students) Mackenzie Johnson; “Art is Everywhere” (Grades K-6); Sprout House (Grades 2-4 Science); Minute to Stem It! (Grades K-6 STEM); Manipulating Math (Grades K-6 ESE Math); Teaching Fractions with Food (Grade 3 Math).
The workshop will be held in the Literature/Language (Building Z). Registration begins at 8 a.m., with the first session at 8:30 a.m.   
To ensure that sufficient materials are available, please RSVP to FEC Sponsor Casey Dowgul at or phone 850-718-2449.

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Happening At Chipola This Week!
Nov. 22 - CC Womens Basketball vs. East Central Mississippi-5:30 pm

Happening At Chipola Next Month!
Dec. 2 - Dec. 6 - Spring A & B: Early Registration for New & Currently Enrolled Students, 8 AM – 4 PM
Dec. 3 - College Application Deadline-Spring 2020
Dec. 3 - Fall Term A -Last Academic Class Day 
Dec. 3 - Ivey Book Signing Dec. 3 At Chipola
Dec. 4 - Fall C: Deadline to Resign from All Classes 
Dec. 4 - Dec. 5 - Fall A: Final Exams
Dec. 5 -  Dec. 6 - A Chipola Christmas performance, 7 PM, CFA
Dec. 6 - CC Mens Basketball vs. South Georgia Tech-7:00 pm.
Dec. 7 - CC Mens Basketball vs. Polk State College-5:00 pm.
Dec. 9 -  Dec. 10 - Fall A: Final Exams
Dec. 9 - Spring A & B: Early Registration for New & Currently Enrolled Students, 8 AM – 4 PM
Dec. 9 - Spring A & B: Payment Deadline for Early Registration 
Dec. 10 - Last Workforce Class Day
Dec. 10 - Fall C: Last Academic Class Day 
Dec. 11 - Fall A & C: Grades Due 8 AM (Including “I” from SS I & II)
Dec. 12 - Chipola Community Chorus presents Handel’s Messiah, 7 PM, CFA 
Dec. 14 - CC Womens Basketball vs. Jones-2:00 pm.
Dec. 13 - Last Faculty Work Day – Fall Term
Dec. 16 - Dec. 31 - CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS - COLLEGE CLOSED / Online Registration Open





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