Chipola This Week

February 21 - February 27, 2020
Chipola’s Literature/Language Winners
PRESIDENT’S READING WINNER—Some 120 students from 11 area high schools recently competed in Chipola College’s Twenty-Eighth Annual Throssell Literature/Language Festival.  Here, Jayla Kindelspire of Chipley High School is presented the award by Chipola President, Sarah Clemmons.
TOP WRITERS— Writing award winners are, from left: honorable mentions, Madison Wilson of Chipley HS and Maegan Lucas of Sneads HS; third, David Bush of Cottondale HS; second, Alanna Smith of Marianna HS; first Emily Mosier of Bethlehem HS.
BEST SPEAKERS— Speech winners are, from left: honorable mentions, JaDee Barber of Malone HS and Kyress Watford of Graceville HS; third, Destiny Soto of Bethlehem HS; second, Keegan Welch of Chipley HS; first, Eli Mayo of Marianna.
INTERPRETATION WINNERS— Oral Interpretation award winners are, from left: honorable mentions, Alex Hunt of Graceville HS Ben Wiggins of Marianna HS; third, Julia Shaffer of Chipley HS; second, Molly Vann of Bethlehem HS; first, Bryce Ethridge of Holmes County HS.
LITERATURE WINNERS— Literature winners are, from left: honorable mentions, Emily Chambliss of Cottondale HS and Victoria Kelly of Marianna HS; third, Emma Rines of Holmes County HS; second, Jayla Kindelspire of Chipley HS; first, Ashtin Williams of Chipley HS.
HUMANITIES WINNERS— Humanities winners are, from left; honorable mentions Hanna Pitts of Blountstown HS and Madison Wilson of Chipley HS; third, Jon Proctor of Malone HS; second, Ben Parish of Holmes County HS; first, Ben Wiggins of Marianna HS. 
GRAMMAR WINNERS—Grammar winners are, from left: honorable mentions, Isaiah Bacot of Blountstown HS and Tristen Nored of Holmes County HS; third, Lara Fleener of Chipley HS; second, Alyna Bodart of Marianna HS; first, Luci Sloan of Sneads HS.
Spanish Language— Spanish winners are, from left: honorable mentions, Shelby Singletary of Graceville HS and Brian Martinez of Blountstown HS; third, Rafael Gell of Holmes County HS; second, Saul Puente of Blountstown HS; first, Terryalice Jurado of Graceville HS.
Tyndall Helps Chipola
TYNDALL HELPS CHIPOLA--Tyndall Federal Credit Union recently made another $5,000 contribution to their Public Service Scholarship at Chipola College bringing the total contributions to $25,000 over five years. The scholarship is intended to help students enrolled in the college’s Law Enforcement, Corrections and Firefighting programs, and is available to residents of Jackson, Calhoun, Washington and Holmes Counties. Pictured from left, are: Julie Fuqua, Chipola Foundation Director; Dana Green, Tyndall Marianna Branch Manager; Jamie McAllister, Chipola Director of Public Service programs; and Jessica Crisp, Tyndall Marketing Specialist.
Mckeithan Is Chipola Employee of The Month
MCKEITHAN IS CHIPOLA EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH—Brian McKeithan is Chipola College’s Career Employee for February.  McKeithan serves as a Grounds Keeper in the Physical Plant and has worked at the college since 2018.  Pictured from left, are: Director of Facilities and Campus Operations, Dennis Kosciw, Brian McKeithan and Chipola president Dr. Sarah Clemmons.
Chipola College Corrections Program
The Chipola College Corrections programs is partnering with Jackson Correctional Institution of the Florida Department of Corrections in a new pilot program. Chipola will be training 104 basic recruits from Jackson CI in order to help them prepare for their new mission within the Department. Here, Chris Brannon, Warden at Jackson CI, meets with Morgan Daniels, Chipola Corrections Program Manager.
Chipola To Host Black History Celebration
Chipola’s Annual Black History Month Celebration is Friday, Feb. 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the Cultural Center.  Guest speaker is Elder Emeritus William McCray.  The Jackson County Health Department will be present to promote Tobacco Cessation and Diabetes Prevention.  BSU students will be selling raffle tickets for a $100 gift card and a Dutch oven. Proceeds will be allocated to the BSU students’ Spring FAASA Convention fees. Admission is free and dinner will be provided.

For information, contact BSU adviser Dr. Willie Spires at 850-718-2232.
Register Now For Term ‘C’ Classes At Chipola
            MARIANNA—Registration for Spring Term ‘C’ classes at Chipola College is Feb. 24-28. Classes meet March 2 through May 5.
            New students are encouraged to make application to the college and register as soon as possible. Currently enrolled students may add Term C classes to their schedule.  
Term C courses include: (ACG 2002) Accounting on the Microcomputer, (ACG 2002) Accounting on the Microcomputer (online); (ACG 4930) Selected Topics In Accounting; (ACG 4940) Accounting Internship; (CGS 1060) Introduction to Microcomputer Use (online); (DEP 2004) Human Growth & Development (online); (ENC 0022) Developmental Writing-Combined; (ENC 1102) English Composition II; (ENC 1101) English Composition I (online); (ENL 2022) Survey of English Literature II; (ETD 2340) Autocad Level 2; (GEB 1011) Introduction to Business (online); (HUM 2235) Intro to Humanities with Writing II; (MAN 3025) Principles Of Management (online); (MAN 3240) Organizational Behavior (online); (MAR 3023)  Basic Marketing Concept (online); (MUL 2010) Music Appreciation (online); (PEO 2004) Theory & Practice Coaching Specific Sport; (REA 0019) Developmental Reading Combined; (RED 3311) Teaching Reading Intermediate Grades; (RED 3360) Teaching Reading Middle/Secondary Schools; (RED 4519) Diagnostic/Instructional Interventions Reading; (SLS 1101) Orientation (online); (TPA 2212) Introduction to Stage Audio; (TSL 4081) TESOL Issues & Practices (online).
           Chipola's open-door policy guarantees acceptance to any student with a standard high school diploma or its equivalent.  Prospective students should complete a college application which is available in the Office of Admissions, or online at Students also must provide an official high school and college transcript. Students should visit an academic advisor in the Student Services building to register. 
            For information about enrolling at Chipola, call the Admission and Records office at 850-718-2311, or visit
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REGISTER NOW FOR TERM ‘C’ CLASSES AT CHIPOLA— Registration for Spring Term ‘C’ classes at Chipola College is Feb. 24-28. Classes meet March 2 through May 5. For information about enrolling, call the Admission and Records office at 850-718-2311, or visit
Chipola To Host Screening Of
Alumni-Produced Film
Chipola College will host a screening of the film, You Gave Me a Song, produced by Ashley Melzer, an alumnus of Chipola.

The film will be presented Thursday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m., in the Prough Center for the Arts on the Chipola campus.

You Gave Me A Song offers an intimate portrait of old-time music pioneer Alice Gerrard and her remarkable, unpredictable journey creating and preserving traditional music. The film follows 84 year-old Gerrard over several years, weaving together verité footage of living room rehearsals, recording sessions, songwriting, archival work, and performances with photos and rare field recordings. Much of the film is told in Alice’s voice and via interviews with musical collaborators and family members who share the story of Alice and others chasing that high lonesome sound. 

Producer Ashley Melzer, originally from Sneads, is a producer, writer and media-maker living in Durham, NC. Born in North Florida, she received her Bachelors in Cinematic Arts from the University of Southern California and then a Masters in Folklore from UNC-Chapel Hill. Her work has been featured in Indy Week, Wondering Sound, Paste Magazine, eMusic, The Carrboro Citizen, and the Southern Foodways Alliance. She's worked with Hopscotch, Moogfest, the NC Comedy Arts Festival, Thornapple Films, The Southern Oral History Program and more. She currently works on Multimedia Production and Special Projects for the Southern Cultures Journal and is working on a new short documentary using archival footage from renowned folklorist Dr. William R Ferris. She is the founder of Mettlesome, a creative, project based collective, for which she performs, directs, writes and teaches comedy. 

Melzer is the daughter of Dr. James and Connie Melzer of Chattahoochee. She is married to John “Jack” David Reitz. She is a graduate of Sneads High School and Chipola College.

This film was made possible in part through vital support from Presenting Sponsor The North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources as part of “SHE CHANGED THE WORLD: NC WOMEN BREAKING BARRIERS” and is a sponsored project of the Southern Documentary Fund a 501(C)3 non-profit.

Learn more about the film at
Apalachicola Riverkeeper To Speak At Chipola Feb. 27
MARIANNA—The Chipola College Student Scientists Association is hosting Georgia Ackerman, Apalachicola Riverkeeper, for a free informational forum for students and the community, Thursday, Feb. 27, at 6:30 p.m.  The event will be held in the Chipola Cultural Center on the corner of College Street and Indian Circle.

Ackerman will provide an update on oil and gas drilling in the Apalachicola River basin and summary of legal issues in the on-going “water wars” of the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) Rivers basin.

Ackerman believes outside play and wild places are fundamental to both the health of humans and the planet. She said, “People will protect what they love. Also, people depend on this river system for their livelihoods. I’m constantly reminded by people’s actions that so many people deeply care about the Apalachicola River–and the Bay that it nourishes. It deserves our long term protection and restoration efforts.”

The Apalachicola is Florida’s largest river in volume of flow stretching more than 100 miles from the Woodruff Dam in Chattahoochee southward to the Apalachicola. The river’s freshwater supports the health and productivity of the Apalachicola Bay and the eastern Gulf of Mexico. With numerous ecological designations, such as Outstanding Florida Waterway, the Apalachicola Riverkeeper has advocated for the protection of the Apalachicola River since 1998 when the independent, non-profit group was founded.

Legal disputes over water use in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint Basin (ACF Basin) shared by Alabama, Florida and Georgia, have lingered for three decades. Dams and reservoirs on the Chattahoochee, controlled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, altered the once free-flowing river system. 

Ackerman joined the Apalachicola Riverkeeper team in 2017. She has been involved with the group for over a decade as a business sponsor, volunteer and board member. She is an avid kayaker and outdoor enthusiast. She ran a north Florida ecotourism company for nearly a decade where she spent time learning about the Apalachicola River.

The Tallahassee Democrat recently awarded Ackerman an Honorable Mention as Person of the Year, saying, “Ackerman has fought tirelessly for the protection of the river and the interests of the people whose livelihoods depend on it. She is a leading voice to restore the oyster industry in Apalachicola.”

The event is free and open to the public. For information, contact Dr. David Hilton at 850-718-2382 or email
Graduation Application Deadline March 2
Chipola students graduating in the Spring or Summer of 2020 who plan to march in the May 7 Commencement Ceremony, must apply for graduation by March 2.  Students should visit the Admissions Office to complete the application.
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 along with samples for teachers to use in their own classrooms. There will also be drawings for door prizes.
            Guest Sessions include: The Future with Future Teachers (All Teacher Candidates) by Florida Teacher of the Year, Dr. Dakeyan Graham; Meeting Your Students Where They Are (K-12) by JaJuan Clark; Unwrapping the Main Idea (3-5/ELA) by Sharese Sutton; Encouraging Your Students to Read the WHOLE Series (2-5/ELA) by Kim Stone; and Writing Rapports (6-8/ELA) by Sydney Basford.
Student led sessions include: Innovating Math with Technology (6-12); Reading Doesn’t Have to be a Puzzle, Use the Jigsaw Method! (3-5 ELA); Bringing the Outdoors In (3-5); and I Can’t, But WE Can (K-5).
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.
Chipola Transfer Day Is March 11
Chipola College Student Support Services (SSS) will host Chipola College’s Annual College Transfer Day on Wednesday, March 11, from 8:45 a.m. to noon in the Chipola Cafeteria/Student Center. 

Chipola students will be able to meet with recruiters from various universities from across the Southeast to explore transfer admission requirements and scholarship opportunities to continue education beyond Chipola. Confirmed representatives include: Chipola Business, Education, & Nursing BS Programs, Thomas University, University of Florida, Florida A & M, University of West Florida, Flagler College, Troy University, Florida State University, Hodges University, Saint Leo University, Huntingdon College, Valdosta State University and Albany State University.

Chipola faculty are encouraged to bring their students to meet with university representatives from 18 regional universities who will assist graduating sophomores and prospective students on transfer requirements.

For questions, contact Ashley Harvey at 850-718-2252 or Kristie Mosley 850-718-2417.  
Chipola To Host 2nd Annual Poetry Café
           Select Chipola College students and faculty will present original words during the second annual Poetry Café, poetry reading and lecture, Thursday, April 2, at 6 p.m. 
The event will be held in the Chipola Cultural Center. Guest speaker is Shaun O. Smith, a local poet, author and co-curator of the Grass Routes poetry society.
            The event is sponsored by the Chipola’s Literature/Language Department. Coffee and refreshments will be provided by Chipola’s Phi Theta Kappa and Honors Program.
            For information, call Kurt McInnis, Assistant Professor, at (850) 718-2275.
Car Care Aware
Tri-States Automotive is hosting a Be-Car-Care-Aware Event, Saturday, April 4, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside Marianna Auto Parts and Decorator’s Door.

The public is invited to get their vehicle checked out for free

Chipola Automotive Instructor John Gardner, the host of Tech Garage, will be on hand with Chipola Automotive students to check out vehicles.

Chipola Commencement May 7 In Dothan

MARIANNA—The Chipola College 2018 Commencement Ceremony is set for Thursday, May 7, at 7 p.m., at the Dothan Civic Center. The address is 126 St. Andrews Street, Dothan, AL, 36303.

Graduates should receive an email from the college about caps and gowns which will be picked up in the Book Store.

Counted as members of the class are all who will complete degrees or certificates from December of 2019 to May of 2020 or during the Summer 2020 terms. Diplomas will be awarded for Bachelor of Science, Associate in Science, Associate in Arts and Workforce Development Certificates. Chipola graduates may invite an unlimited number of family members and guests to share the event. The ceremony will be broadcast live on YouTube.

For information about the graduation ceremony, contact the Admissions and Records Office at 850-718-2311 or visit
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Happening At Chipola This Week!
Feb. 21 - CC Baseball vs. Wabash Valley College  10:00 AM
Feb. 21 - CC Baseball vs. Wabash Valley College  2:00 PM
Feb. 21 - Black History Celebration, 6:30 PM, Cultural Center
Feb. 22 - CC Baseball vs. Columbia State Community College  4:00 PM
Feb. 23 - CC Baseball vs. Dyersburg State Community College  11:00 AM
Feb. 24 - Spring C: New & Returning Student Registration, 8AM – 4PM
Feb. 25 - CC Baseball vs. Lurleen B. Wallace Community College  2:00 PM
Feb. 25 - CC Softball vs.  Santa Fe College  4:00 PM
Feb. 25 - CC Softball vs.  Santa Fe College  6:00 PM
Happening At Chipola This Month!
Feb. 28 - Spring B: Last Academic Class Day 
Feb. 29 - CC Baseball vs. Grand Rapids Community College  1:00 PM
Feb. 29 - CC Baseball vs. Grand Rapids Community College  3:30 PM




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