Chipola This Week

February 7 - February 13 2020
Chipola Education Program Earns An ‘A’ For Reading Instruction
MARIANNA—Dr. Gina McAllister, Dean of the Chipola College School of Education, recently announced that the Chipola Teacher Education program was recognized by the National Council on Teacher Quality for earning a grade of “A” for strong preparation in Reading Instruction in the Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education program.

A letter from Kate Walsh, President of the National Council on Teacher Quality, states, “We are happy to recognize the strong preparation in reading instruction that your undergraduate program provides to your elementary teacher candidates.”

The Chipola program was part of a small group - only about a quarter of programs nationwide - to qualify for an ‘A’ by providing a combination of explicit instruction on each of the five components of reading instruction; support for instruction with high-quality textbooks that accurately detail established principles of scientifically-based reading practices; and, evidence that teacher candidates must demonstrate mastery through in-class assignments, tests, and fieldwork.

Chipola’s Teacher Education program will be evaluated on additional elementary standards (elementary math, building knowledge, selection criteria, diverse recruitment, classroom management, and clinical practice) during the Spring 2020 semester.

NCTE evaluated 1,000 traditional elementary teacher preparation programs across the country on the key components of the science of reading. Programs in Florida performed well above the national average, with 76 percent (22 of 29) programs now earning an A or a B. In total, 16 programs in Florida earned an A in the 2020 Teacher Prep Review. These include: Barry University, Chipola College, Daytona State College, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida International University, Florida SouthWestern State College, Florida State University, Northwest Florida State College, Palm Beach Atlantic University, St. Petersburg College, University of Central Florida, University of Central Florida, University of Florida, University of Miami, University of North Florida and the University of West Florida.

To see how Florida teacher preparation programs performed in the interactive Teacher Prep Review database, visit:

The National Council on Teacher Quality is a nonpartisan research and policy group, committed to modernizing the teaching profession and based on the belief that all children deserve effective teachers. The council recognizes that it is not teachers who bear responsibility for their profession's many challenges, but the institutions with the greatest authority and influence over teachers. More information about NCTQ can be found at
Chipola To Host Northwest Feb. 12
Chipola basketball hosts Northwest Florida State, Wednesday, Feb. 12, in the Johnson Center. Women tip off at 5:30 p.m., with the men at 7:30 p.m.

Chipola’s final games of the regular season are Wednesday, Feb. 19, when then teams host Gulf Coast. Both Chipola teams travel to Tallahassee on Feb. 8 and to Pensacola on Feb. 15.
The Lady Indians moved to 20-4 and 5-3 in the league with a 71-65 loss at Gulf Coast on Feb. 1.

Chipola scored an 84-79 win over Pensacola on Jan. 29. Rachel Johnson led Chipola with 29 points. Kaitlyn Wilson had 19 points. Isadora Sousa had 18 points. Infunya Nwachukwu had 12 rebounds. 

 The women’s Panhandle Conference is knotted in a three-way tie for first as of Feb. 7. League standings are: Gulf Coast (5-3), Chipola (5-3), Northwest (5-3), Tallahassee (3-5) and Pensacola (2-6). 

The Chipola men’s team moved to 16-8 and 4-4 in conference play with a 68-66 loss at Gulf Coast on Feb. 1. Chipola scored a 70-56 win over Pensacola on Jan. 29. David Pierce led Chipola with 15 points and 4 rebounds. Lat Mayen had 15 rebounds and 14 points. Christian Lorng had 13 rebounds and 14 points. The Indians scored an 80-72 Homecoming win over Tallahassee on Jan. 25.

The men’s Panhandle Conference standings as of Feb. 7, are: Gulf Coast (6-2), Tallahassee (6-2), Chipola (4-4), Pensacola (4-4) and Northwest (0-8).

Chipola basketball game tickets are available at the gate for $5 per person. Appreciation Club members and Chipola students get in free with passes or student ID.
Chipola To Host Black History Film Series And Celebration
In honor of Black History Month, the Jackson County Public Library, the Chipola College Social and Behavioral Sciences Department and the Black Student Union are presenting a Black History Month Film Series.

The film “Harriet” will be shown Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 9 a.m.  to 11 a.m. in the Cultural Center. “Africa’s Great Civilization” will be shown Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 9 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  The showings are open to the public.  Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend. 

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.
Chipola To Present Peter Pan And Cinderella On Ice
            MARIANNA—Chipola College’s Fine Arts Department announces a special production of The Spinning Tales of Peter Pan and Cinderella on Ice!, Feb. 17-18 at 7 p.m.  
            Tickets—$10 for adults and $6 for ages 18 and under—go on sale Feb. 3. ACT Fund membership tickets may be used for this event and may be redeemed beginning Jan. 27. The show is scheduled in place of Disney’s Mary Poppins” originally scheduled for Feb. 20-22 which has been cancelled.
            Ice Creative Entertainment will bring to the Chipola Center for the Arts a world where magic is real, adventure is epic, and love is harmonious. Enjoy amazing jumps, spins, lifts and stunts mixed with an all original musical experience featuring world-premiere figure-skating champions and cirque artists. The show is sure to impress with its high energy, beautiful costumes and captivating light show. 
Combining two classic tales, The Spinning Tales of Peter Pan and Cinderella on Ice! is an interesting twist as Cinderella defeats the odds by jumping through obstacles to find her true love – a new twist on your average love story. Following the long-awaited true love’s kiss, pirates interrupt and Peter Pan is called for a nonstop adventure through Neverland.  
            Raved by audiences of all ages, the show is perfect for the whole family.   Don’t miss out on powerful storytelling and world-class ice skating. How will Chipola get an ice skating show inside the Center for the Arts? Audiences are invited to come see for themselves.
            For information, call the Center for the Arts Box Office at 850-718-2420 or visit or email Evelyn Ward, Director of Fine and Performing Arts at
For more, visit:
Blood Drive is Feb. 19
SGA will sponsor a blood drive on Wednesday, February 19th from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.  The Oneblood Mobile will be parked at Chipola on College Street near Building Z.  You need a picture ID to donate.  Thanks for your support!
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.
Chipola Music Students Attend Winter Symposium
LAKELAND—Chipola College music majors recently attended the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) winter symposium at Florida Southern University in Lakeland.

Chipola students who attended the conference were Caroline King, Zachary Chorn, Maggie Ham, Julie Barfield, Will Adcock, Sarah Lynn White, Michael Brown, Ally Williams, Katie Brown, Lina Daniel, and Anna Gillis.

Anna Gillis competed in the statewide Student Artist Competition in voice. 

Chipola students rehearsed and performed in music ensembles made up of members from 16 Florida state colleges and directed by faculty members of Florida Southern University. Caroline King and Zachary Chorn performed in the Symphonic Band.  Will Adcock performed in the Jazz Ensemble.  Maggie Ham played cello in the Symphonic Orchestra.  Julie Barfield, Sarah Lynn White, Michael Brown, Ally Williams, Katie Brown, Linda Daniel and Anna Gillis all added voices to the joint Choir.

Chipola music faculty Dr. Josh Martin and Angie White accompanied the students at the symposium.
Evelyn Ward, Chipola’s Director of Fine and Performing Arts, says, “Our students’ showing at the symposium is a testament to the fine music and arts programs we offer at Chipola.”

Cutline: Chipola Photo
CHIPOLA MUSIC STUDENTS ATTEND MUSIC SYMPOSIUM—Chipola College music students recently attended the Florida College System Activities Association Winter Music Symposium hosted by Florida Southern University’s Department of Music in Lakeland. Pictured from left, are:  Caroline King; Evelyn Ward, Director of Fine Arts; Zachary Chorn; Maggie Ham; Julie Barfield; Will Adcock; Sarah Lynn White; Michael Brown; Ally Williams; Katie Brown; Lina Daniel; Anna Gillis; and Dr. Josh Martin, music instructor.  Also attending was Angie White, music instructor.
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!
Feb. 8 - ACT Exam 
Feb. 12 - CC Basketball vs. Northwest Florida State Womens-5:30 pm, Mens-7:30 pm.
Feb. 13 - Spring B: Last Day to Withdraw from a Class
Happening At Chipola This Month!
Feb. 14 - Literature/Language Festival, Building Z
Feb. 14 - Spring A: Last Day for Vertical Transfer
Feb. 17-18 - Spring Theatre Production Peter Pan and Cinderella on Ice, CFA 7PM
Feb. 18 - Night Student Social, 7 PM, Cafe
Feb. 19 - CC Basketball vs. Gulf Coast State-5:30 pm, Mens-7:30 pm.
Feb. 19 - SGA Campus Blood Drive
Feb. 20 - Spring B: Last Day to Resign from All Classes
Feb. 21 - Black History Celebration, 6:30 PM, Cultural Center
Feb. 24 - Spring C: New & Returning Student Registration, 8AM – 4PM
Feb. 28 - Spring B: Last Academic Class Day 

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