Chipola This Week

May 21 - May 27, 2020
Application Deadline for Chipola Nursing Program
MARIANNA—Application deadline for Chipola College’s Fall 2020 Associate Degree Nursing program is Thursday, June 11. 

All prospective students are encouraged to apply for admission by 5 p.m. on June 11.  The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program is nationally-accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

A link to the application is available at:

Applications should be emailed to Samantha Skipper at

For information, email: or phone 850-718-2316. 
Chipola Encourages Students to Complete FAFSA
Current and prospective Chipola College students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid Application (FAFSA) as soon as possible.

Thursday, July 23, is the deadline to complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA for students planning to use Federal Financial Aid to pay for Fall classes.

Students must complete the FAFSA in order to qualify for Pell, Work Study and other Federal Financial Aid. The FAFSA takes several days to process; therefore, students are encouraged to submit all electronic forms as soon as possible. For information, call 850-718-2366 or visit

Students who would like to use Federal Financial Aid for Summer classes should complete the 2019-20 FAFSA. The college Application for Admission deadline for Summer Session II is June 11. Summer II classes begin June 30.

Application for Admission deadline for the Fall Semester is Aug. 3. The application may be completed online at Fall classes begin Aug. 24.

There are several steps in the application process: (1) complete the college Admission Application or call 718-2311 for assistance; (2) request a final high school transcript be sent to Admission and Records Office (email; and (3) take the PERT test (non-exempt students); call 718-2284 for assistance.  

Chipola offers Bachelor’s Degrees, Associate in Arts Degrees, Associate in Science Degrees and Workforce Development programs and certifications. 

The schedule of classes is available online. Answers to Frequently Asked Questions are available at
Chipola Students Win Campus Awards
Chipola College recognized the outstanding achievements of its students at the end of the Spring 2020 term. Awards were presented for academics, athletics and extracurricular activities.

English Award - Ken Thomas of Alford.
Calculus I – Daniel Lee of Vernon and Caitlyn Hurst of Clarksville.
Calculus II – Madison Retherford of Marianna.
Calculus III – Morgan Johnson of Marianna.
Biology for Science Majors – Sheridan Padgett of Marianna and Parker Hooper of Bonifay.
Freshman Chemistry – Caitlyn Hurst of Clarksville.
Sophomore Chemistry – Mary Beth Brown of Hosford.
Health Sciences – Alexis O’Neal of Tallahassee.
Dr. Robert E. Ringer Award – Mary Beth Brown of Hosford.
Social and Behavioral Science – Kaesha Ephriam of Marianna.
Accounting – AA/AS – Duncan Hosford of Hosford.
Accounting – BSBA – Valerie Sims of Marianna.
Computer Science – AA/AS – Jessica Porter of Quincy.
General Management – BSBA – Jeremy Porter of Quincy.
Strategic Management – BSBA – Wes Adkison of Chipley.
National Leadership in Business Award – Benjamin Bridges of Marianna.

Fine and Performing Arts:
Hasty Award for Excellence in Music – Sarah Lynn White of Blountstown.
FCSAA All Academic Awards for Music – Zachary Chorn of Slocomb, Alabama, Anna Gillis of Blountstown, Caroline King of Graceville, Sarah Lynn White of Blountstown, Ally Williams of Havana.
FCSAA All Academic Awards for Theatre – Dorian Chancey of Ozark, Alabama, Bailey Fenn of Marianna, Aaron Hamilton of Marianna, Sarah-Grace Lockard of Ariton, Alabama.

Workforce Development Awards:
Automotive – Matthew Wakefield of Graceville.
Corrections – Teantavious Childress of Quincy.
Cosmetology – McKenize Whitehead of Cottondale.
Engineering Technology – Cameron Hand of Bainbridge, Georgia.
Fire Fighter – Curtis Lemons of Graceville.
Law Enforcement – Seth Smith of Altha.
Welding – Samuel Leidy of Graceville.

Athletic Awards:
Charlton Keen Scholar-Athlete Award – Mikayla Lewin of New Zealand.

Extracurricular Activities and State & National Awards:
Black Student Union (BSU) – Kaesha Ephriam of Marianna.
Honors Program – Lila Taylor of Chipley and Carlos Staley of Marianna.
Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) – Kylee Rhodes of Tallahassee AND PBL State Competition Team - Bradley Manning of Malone, Kylee Rhodes of Tallahassee, Diane Watson of Marianna.
Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) – All-Florida Academic Team - Mary Beth Brown of Hosford and Lila Taylor of Chipley AND PTK – Coca-Cola Gold Scholar and Guistwhite Scholar – Mary Beth Brown of Hosford.
Student Scientists Association – Weston Schrock of Blountstown.
Student Government Association (SGA) – Kaci Compton of Chipley.
White Awarded Hasty Music Award
Chipola College music student Sarah Lynn White of Blountstown, FL has been awarded the Winford E. Hasty Memorial Music Award for Outstanding Musicianship. White is a sophomore majoring in music education. White has been a member of the Chipola Show Choir, College Chorus, President’s Ensemble, and has performed in the Chipola Theatre.  The Hasty Award is awarded to an outstanding sophomore music student showing outstanding accomplishment in academics, performance, talent improvement and ability, attitude, and involvement in Fine Arts Programs.
Chipola Theatre Welcomes New Faculty Member
The Chipola College Fine and Performing Arts Department welcomes George Raines Carr as an Assistant Professor in the theatre department.  

Carr comes to Chipola with an extensive, successful career as a director and educator with over 10 years of experience at all levels of theatre and film.  Carr is currently an Adjunct Instructor of Theatre at Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL, Adjunct instructor of Theatre at Florida State College of Jacksonville and Associate Director of the Apex Theatre Studio in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.  He has also served as the Main Casting Associate and Operations Manager for a top Hollywood Casting Company on over 450 national and regional commercials, Production Coordinator of Development for Walt Disney Feature Animation in Burbank, CA, creator of a Traveling Shakespeare Company, and creator of a first of its kind annual Sam Shepard Theatre Festival.

He says, “Being from the South has given me a different perspective on the stories that matter and how powerful theatre can be to those with limited exposure.  We live in a very diverse country and I find theatre to be the last truly democratic place left in our society.  We can all share the spotlight.  Our voices can be heard and crafter in the emptiest of spaces.  I love teaching acting and directing to the next generation.  It fills me with purpose and joy at their artistic discoveries.  I am a builder.  My Hollywood experience with thousands of professional actors has taught me that we don’t all reach the finish line in the same way.  I enjoy finding the path to my actor’s success.”

Carr and his wife, Brooke, plan to move to Marianna this summer. 

Carr earned his AA degree from Tallahassee Community College, Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Florida State University and a Master of Fine Arts in Directing from the University of Alabama. 
Former Baseball Player On Front Lines of Corona 
Baseball diamonds and operating rooms don’t have much in common. Well, except the pressure: The pressure on a catcher trying to prevent the tying run at home plate; the pressure on a surgery resident to perform with precision to aid a struggling patient. 

For Clayte Rooks, he knows both pressures well. As a first-year general surgery resident at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Rooks never expected to be in a hospital during a global pandemic like COVID-19. But here he is, at age 26, challenged in ways he couldn’t have imagined before. 
As a former baseball player at Chipola College in his hometown in Marianna, Fla., his time behind the plate didn’t teach him how to fight a deadly virus. What it did teach him was hard-work, dedication, and how to best perform when it matters most. 

 “His aptitude was outstanding, his knowledge of the game and beyond was clear,” Chipola Baseball Coach Jeff Johnson said. 
At Chipola, Rooks served as the sole catcher for third-round Atlanta Braves draft pick Michael Mader. The duo played for their hometown team after graduating from Marianna High School in 2012. 

These are the skills that later propelled him through undergrad at the University of Florida after his playing days were over. From there, Rooks went on to a grueling four years in medical school at Florida State, graduating in 2019. Now, in Jackson, Miss., the same traits remain. 
“During residency I have worked harder than I ever have before,” Rooks said. 

The average day of a surgery resident like Rooks goes at a rapid-fire pace, filled with adrenaline moving from one operating room to another. 
However, the first-year resident is in a peculiar situation. With many surgeries becoming non-essential due to the risk of COVID-19 exposure, his workload has become unpredictable.    

“This month I was supposed to be on wound care,” said Rooks, 26. “But given the circumstances I have had to cover a lot of different things like transplants, surgical oncology, general surgery services and trauma.”  
Those days in the hospital put Rooks in a more vulnerable position, along with the rest of his fellow surgery residents. As the only level-one trauma center in the state, the hospital receives the bulk of patients who are in need of acute care. 
“Our hospital is seeing patients transferred in from smaller towns that do not have the proper equipment -- like ventilators -- or who are very sick,” he said. 

This is where the danger of COVID-19 looms for Rooks. 
“We have had patients who have come in with a gun-shot wound or car accident who have also tested positive for the virus,” he said. 
The unknown can be considered just as frightening as the known. 
“We have to wear a mask at all times and have to be cognisant of the fact that just because a patient doesn’t show signs of COVID-19, they could be asymptomatic,” he said. 
Like a baseball game, no one can know an exact outcome before it happens. But being prepared and equipped with the right training and tools can help.  “I think there is an overlap in college sports and surgery specifically,” he said. 
Rooks and several of his fellow residents have built a strong foundation through sports and they share that bond in their rotations. 

“One of our fellow surgery residents, Wade Christopher who is a fifth-year surgical resident played football at Auburn and won a National Championship and another third-year  resident, John Shaughnessy, played football at Northwestern State too,” he said. 
Surrounded by fellow former student-athletes who played college football and baseball, the mindset remains the same.

“Surgery is a tough residency,” he said. “We get here early, we leave late and we work hard and have fun and learn to depend on each other.” 
With shared experiences from the fields and in the operating room, there might be more in common than what meets the eye. 

As the fight against the virus spans across the country and into his hospital, though, there is one stark difference.
This time, winning really is everything.

By: Ellory Fuqua, Chipola Sports Information Intern
COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
The Chipola College campus is closed but the college is operating virtually until further notice. Online (remote) instruction for all classes (face-to-face and online) will resume on March 30.

This list of questions and answers is to provide the latest information to help students finish the semester successfully and to provide guidance in moving forward virtually. Answers will be updated and questions added as needed, with the date of the change noted. Providing accurate information to ensure the safety of our students, faculty, staff and campuses is our top priority.

For additional information, call (850) 526-2761 during the hours of 8:00 4:00 p.m. Employee and department phone numbers are listed here and at on the Corona link.

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Is the College closed?
The Chipola College campus is closed but.....

How will this impact events held at CHIPOLA, including upcoming
college events, musical events, athletic events, and community
events using College facilities?

All student and campus activities are cancelled for this semester......

How will I continue my face-to-face classes and my online classes?
All classes, regardless of instruction method are moved to online

What about Dual Enrollment?
Dual enrollment students are expected to follow the same
instructions provided to all students......

What do I do if I do not have reliable access to internet?
Comcast/Xfinity, AT & T, T-Mobile and local cable, cell phone and
internet providers may have public Wi-Fi hotspots open in.....

Can I continue to participate in my clinicals or site-based
internships/student teaching?

Students should contact instructors to learn about the possibility

My class requires face-to-face meetings. Will Workforce
Development and Career and Technical Education courses be

Law Enforcement, Corrections, and Fire are suspended. Civil
Engineering Technology and Engineering Technology will......

Will Workforce programs operate during the summer terms?
Workforce programs are tentatively scheduled to be offered during
Summer Term C, which......

Will all summer sessions be offered through virtual instruction?
Summer Term A, which runs from May 11 – August 10, will operate

Is the Testing Center closed?
Yes. The Testing Center is currently closed. Contact the Testing
Center to......

I need help with Canvas. Who should I contact?
Students and Faculty can access toll-free Canvas Support 24 hours a
day 7 days a week......

Will I be paid as a work-study student during the closure?
Federal Work-study students will be paid according to Federal
guidelines; however......

I have questions about my classes, registration degree or certificate
program and want to speak to an advisor. How can I reach one?

The following advisers are available by phone and email.....

Who do I contact if I have questions about the impact these changes
have on my financial aid?

Beverly Hambright at or phone (850) 718-

What about Chipola Foundation Scholarships and applications?
Foundation scholarship lists for the 2020-2021 school year are posted
at under.....

What options do I have to send or receive my transcripts?
Transcript requests will only be available electronically or......

If I applied to graduate in the Spring Term, will I still receive my

Yes, we will evaluate all graduation candidates for Spring Term.
Diplomas and certificates will be......

What if I need help from the Chipola Library?
The college is closed for all in-person services until further notice......

What if I need tutoring help from the Chipola ACE lab staff?
ACE (Academic Center for Excellence). All students are enrolled in a
Canvas course entitled ACE. Student tutors will ......

Can I still withdraw or resign from Spring Semester classes?
Yes. Spring Term A Withdrawal deadline has been extended to.....

I have turned in my graduation application. Will I still graduate on time?
Yes. Students will have degrees conferred on their transcript.......

How will I register for summer courses?
Summer I (A and B) and Summer II registration has been
postponed to......

How do I apply to the college?
Students apply to the college at

If I am having depression or anxiety due to the pandemic, what
should I do?

Chipola College contracts with Bay Care, a mental health program
operated by.......

If I have questions not addressed here, whom do I contact?
For additional information, please call (850) 526-2761 during
normal business hours......

How can I contact the Business Office - Student Accounts/Cashier for payments? 
Students should email the Business Office at with any questions or.......


How can I contact the Bookstore?
In an effort to eliminate and/or reduce exposure to the coronavirus, the bookstore is operating online exclusively. For more detailed.......

Will Workforce programs operate during the summer terms?

Workforce programs are tentatively scheduled to be offered during Summer Term C, which begins on June 30. This includes all......

Will all summer sessions be offered through virtual instruction?
Summer Term A, which runs from May 11 – August 10, will operate......

If I have questions not addressed here, whom do I contact?
For additional information, please call (850) 526-2761 during normal business hours.
Employee and department phone numbers are available at on the Corona link.
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