Jan. 27, 2020
CHIPOLA HOMECOMING COURT--
Aisley Patterson-Rhodes was crowned
Chipola Homecoming Queen and Tamarique
Jones was crowned Mr. Chipola on Jan 25.
Members of the 2020 Chipola College
Homecoming Court are, from left: Keyara
Dinant, Ezekiel Blount, Aliya Everett,
Brett Phinney, 2019 Mr. Chipola Mikel
Engram, 2020 Mr. Chipola Tamarique
Jones, 2020 Queen Aisley
Patterson-Rhodes, 2019 Queen Tazjhani
Baker, Caleb Cooley, Mary Beth Brown,
Bailey Rich, and Georgia Cloud.
Chipola Baseball Field Named
In Honor Of Coach Jeff Johnson
MARIANNA—Chipola College officials named
the school’s baseball field—the Jeff
Johnson Field—on Jan. 25.
Coach Johnson was joined by his mother,
Peggy Johnson; his sister, Gay Uzell; his
wife, Nancy Yon Johnson; and daughter,
Chipola President Dr. Sarah Clemmons,
said, “You’ve heard of keeping up with
the Joneses; well, at Chipola, it’s all
about keeping up with the Johnsons. For
30 years, Coach Milton Johnson put
Chipola on the map in basketball; and
for the last two decades, Coach Jeff
Johnson has made Chipola, the premier
community college baseball program in
Dr. Clemmons thanked Coach Johnson for
his “dedication to his players and for
his commitment to excellence.”
Coach Johnson is beginning his 23rd
season at Chipola, but his record as a
winner in athletics began in high
school, where he was an All-State
baseball, football, and basketball
player at Liberty County high. As a
defensive back, he set state and
national high school records for career
interceptions with 43.
Coach Johnson credits his father, the
late Jerry Johnson, for teaching him
much of what he knows about sports and
coaching. “Daddy taught me so much about
how to treat players and people in order
to be successful. He was my greatest
mentor and a great example as a leader
and a coach.”
Jeff Johnson played baseball at Gulf
Coast Community College in 1985. He
transferred to the University of Central
Florida where he broke the school’s
all-time career saves record.
Johnson began his coaching career at
Marianna High where he had a 127-48
record in seven seasons and took the
Bulldogs to their first-ever state
championship final four.
In 1996, he became head coach at his
hometown Liberty County High, where he
had a 25-7 record with a runner-up
finish at state.
Johnson began coaching at Chipola in
1997, and has served as Athletic
Director and Baseball Coach since 2015.
Coach Johnson has built Chipola into one
of the top JUCO programs in the country
compiling an overall record of
866-396-2. The Indians are the reigning
three-time State champions. They won
back-to-back National Titles in 2017 and
2018, and also in 2007.
Johnson has13 Panhandle Conference
titles and six runner-up finishes. His
teams have played in the State
Championship 9 of the last 12 years,
winning the last 3.
Coach Johnson also has a tremendous
record for developing young men to move
on to higher levels. More than 225 of
his players have advanced to
universities or to the professional
ranks. Five of his players were on major
league rosters in 2019, including
Nationals pitcher Patrick Corbin, the
winning pitcher in the World Series.
Also in the MLB last year, were: Russell
Martin, Toronto Blue Jays; Andrew Toles,
Los Angeles Dodgers; and Tyler Flowers
and Adam Duvall, Atlanta Braves.
Coach Johnson also coached former Blue
Jays outfielder, Jose Bautista, a
six-time All-Star who was MLB Homerun
champion in 2010 and 2011.
Johnson coached three 1st round draft
picks—Adam Loewen, Alan Horne and LeVon
Washington—and 9 players who went in the
first four rounds.
In 2017, Chipola had 11 players drafted,
which was tied for the most of any
college in the country. You may have
heard of the other colleges—Stanford,
the University of Michigan and the
University of Texas at Austin.
The Indians are the reigning three-time
FCSAA Florida State Champions and are
ranked first in the NJCAA National
Chipola To Host Northwest
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.
Both Chipola teams travel to Gulf
Coast on Feb. 1, and to Tallahassee on
Feb. 8. Chipola is open on Wednesday,
The Indians improved to
16-7 and 4-3 in conference play with 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 men’s Panhandle Conference
standings as of Jan. 31, are: Gulf Coast
(5-1), Tallahassee (4-2), Chipola (4-3),
Pensacola (3-3) and Northwest (0-7).
The Indians scored an 80-72
Homecoming win over Tallahassee on Jan.
Chipola beat Northwest 79-51
on Jan. 8. Mayen led Chipola with 20
points and 16 rebounds. Kris Gardner
scored 14 with 7 assists.
Lady Indians improved to 20-3 and 5-2 in
the league with an 84-79 win over
Pensacola. 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
standings as of Jan. 31, are: Chipola
(5-2), Gulf Coast (4-2), Northwest
(4-3), Pensacola (2-4) and Tallahassee
The Lady Indians suffered
a 68-62 loss to Tallahassee on Jan. 25.
Chipola scored a 60-53 victory over
Northwest. Rachel Johnson led Chipola
with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 2 steals.
Isadora Sousa had 9 points, 7 assists
and 3 steals.
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 Present Peter Pan
And Cinderella On Ice
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
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
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 www.chipola.edu/boxoffice or
email Evelyn Ward, Director of Fine and
Performing Arts at email@example.com.
For more, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-hFsp-J-V0
Chipola Black History
Celebration Is Feb. 21
MARIANNA—The Chipola College Black
Student Union will host the Annual Black
History Month Celebration on Friday,
Feb. 21, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., in the
college Cultural Center. The public is
invited to attend to enjoy dinner and a
The guest speaker is
William McCray, Elder Emeritus and
Co-Founder of the Florida
African-American Student Association.
McCray retired from Florida A and M
University after serving as Director of
High School and Community College
Relations, Acting Director of the
Student Union and Director of Community
Activities and Volunteer Services.
BSU will present door prizes and
conduct a drawing for a $100 gift card
and a Dutch-oven, with proceeds going to
the Black Student Union Spring FAASA
Convention fees. Representatives from
the Jackson County Health Department
will be present to promote Tobacco
Cessation and Diabetes Prevention.
For information, contact BSU
adviser, Dr. Willie Spires, at 718-2232.
Chipola To Host Screening Of
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Documentary Fund a
about the film at http://www.alicegerrardfilm.com.
Teacher Workshop Mar. 7 At
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.
Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Dakeyan
Graham, the 2020 Florida Teacher of the
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or
CHIPOLA TRIO CELEBRATION—The
Chipola College TRiO Society held the
annual TRiO Celebration and Night of
Service at the Milton Johnson Center.
TRiO members volunteered in the
concession stand during the Chipola vs.
Pensacola basketball games to support
the Association of Florida Colleges
Homecoming Highlight 2020
Johnson field naming event
Happening At Chipola This
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
Feb. 14 -
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
19 - CC Basketball vs. Gulf Coast
State-5:30 pm, Mens-7:30 pm.
19 - SGA Campus Blood Drive
20 - Spring B: Last Day to Resign
from All Classes
Feb. 21 - Black
History Celebration, 6:30 PM,
Feb. 24 - Spring
C: New & Returning Student
Registration, 8AM – 4PM
Feb. 28 -
Spring B: Last Academic Class Day