Chipola This Week

January 31 - February 6 2020
Chipola Homecoming Court
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, Shelbie.

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 the country.”

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 Pre-season poll.

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.

Both Chipola teams travel to Gulf Coast on Feb. 1, and to Tallahassee on Feb. 8. Chipola is open on Wednesday, Feb. 5. 

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. 25.

Chipola beat Northwest 79-51 on Jan. 8. Mayen led Chipola with 20 points and 16 rebounds. Kris Gardner scored 14 with 7 assists.

The 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 (1-5).

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.

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 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
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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 program.

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
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
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.
Chipola Trio Celebration
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 scholarship program.
Chipola College Videos
Homecoming Highlight 2020
Jeff Johnson field naming event
Highlight 1-25-20
Happening At Chipola This Month!
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 - 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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Lillie Hamil, Administrative Assistant (850) 718-2375 or

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