September 1 , 2016

 

Chipola College Closing for Storm

 

Due to Tropical Storm Hermine, evening classes scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 1, have been cancelled. The college also will be closed Friday, Sept. 2. Normal college operations will resume Tuesday, Sept. 6.  

 

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September 1, 2016 

JACKSON COUNTY CHAMBER LUNCHEON TO HONOR FIRST RESPONDERS

MARIANNA—Chipola College will host the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Luncheon, Thursday, Sept. 8, in the college Public Service Building. 

The luncheon will include a recognition of heroes from the first-responder community, including law enforcement officers and firefighters.

The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m., with Jackson County Commissioner Eric Hill serving as keynote speaker. Special recognition will be given to agencies and individuals who responded to the bus accident.

The Chamber Lunch, a quarterly event, is sponsored by First Federal Bank and will be held in the Cultural Center (Old Field House) on the campus of Chipola College, located at 3056 College St. in Marianna. Members of the general public are invited to attend.

For information, contact Darwin Gilmore, Chipola Dean of Workforce and Economic Development, at 718-2270.

 

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September 1 , 2016

 Chipola Theater Showcase September 1, 2016

CHIPOLA THEATRE SHOWCASE IS SEPT. 8

 

MARIANNA—The Chipola College Theatre Showcase, presented by Chipola Theatre majors, is Thursday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m., in the Center for the Arts main theatre.

Charles Sirmon, Director of Theatre, who is beginning his 19th season, says, “It’s like Saturday Night Live on a Thursday night. The production contains adult content and may not be suitable for children.    

Tickets—$10—may be purchased at the CFA Box Office or online at www.chipola.edu/boxoffice.

Auditions for the Fall production, “Southern Fried Funeral,” are Sept. 12-13 at 6 p.m. The show will run Oct. 27-30.  The Spring musical is “Hello Dolly,” and the children’s Summer show is “The Magic Schoolbus.”

Theatre fans are invited to join the Applauding Chipola Theatre (ACT) Fund to get the best seats for all shows. ACT offers five levels of membership: Sponsor, Patron, Benefactor, Angel and Corporate Angel, with VIP seating at all levels. A portion ACT memberships are tax-deductible. Patrons may join online at www.chipola.edu/theatre, or in person at the Box Office.

For information, call the Center for the Arts Box Office at 850-718-2420, call Director Sirmon at 850-718-2420 or email sirmonc@chipola.edu.

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September 1, 2016

 Two On Tap September 1, 2016

CHIPOLA ARTIST SERIES OPENS SEPT 22 WITH TWO ON TAP

 

The Chipola Artist Series opens Sept. 22 with Two on Tap. The show brings audiences back in time to an era when Fred and Ginger and Mickey and Judy filled the silver screen with undeniable chemistry, effortless harmony, and precision tap dancing. Gorgeous vocals, exciting choreography, and unique musical arrangements all take center stage in a show that has entertained tens of thousands worldwide. Learn more at www.two-on-tap.com.

Described as “a young Gladys Knight,” Melinda Doolittle is a soul–stirring songstress who will perform on Oct. 8. Doolittle became a household on American Idol in 2007 when she came in third in the voting.

The internationally-acclaimed Cashore Marionettes will present a show for all ages, Feb. 16. Through virtuoso manipulation, music and theatrical illusion, the vignettes presented in Simple Gifts provide an entertaining vision of what it is to be human. 

  The season rounds out Mar. 28 with Jump, Jive and Wail featuring The Jive Aces. The first ever band to reach the semifinals of Britain's Got Talent, also performed for Her Majesty The Queen. The Aces are renowned for their high energy Jump Jive music and spectacular stage show. 

Season tickets for all four events are on sale for $60. Single event tickets range from $20-$25 for adults, $10 for under 18, and $5 for Chipola students and employees.  Individual tickets for Two on Tap are on sale now for $20, and $10 for under 18.

Box Office hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Fridays, 9 a.m. to noon.  Online tickets may be printed at home, or with an order confirmation, will-call tickets will be available at the box office the night of the show. 

For more information, call 718-2420 or visit www.chipola.edu/boxoffice.

 

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September 1, 2016

 Chipola Helps Habitat September 1, 2016

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CHIPOLA WELDING HELPS HABITAT—The Chipola College Welding program recently completed a project for Jackson County Habitat for Humanity. The Chipola students fabricated racks and shelving for a Habitat construction trailer to be used on home sites. Habitat purchased the materials with Chipola providing the manpower. Chipola Welding instructor Curtis Jenkins says, “This project gave our students real-world experience in fabrication to add to their knowledge base. We were glad to help Habitat which makes this a better community.” Pictured from left, are: students Ronald Oliver, Cody Baxter, David Wentz, Habitat Director Carmen D. Smith, Welding instructor Curtis Jenkins, students Cody Henson and Korey Hatcher.

 

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September 1, 2016

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TYNDALL HELPS CHIPOLA--Tyndall Federal Credit Union has established a Public Service Scholarship at Chipola College with an initial donation of $5,000. The scholarship is intended to help students enrolled in the college’s Law Enforcement, Corrections and Firefighting programs. Pictured from left, are: Julie Fuqua, Chipola Foundation Director; Tanya Williams Tableriou, Tyndall Federal Regional Manager; Shalla Jefcoat, Tyndall Federal Board of Directors; and Jamie McAllister, Director of Public Service programs at Chipola.

 

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September 8, 2016

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CHIPOLA THEATRE AUDITIONS FOR SOUTHERN FRIED FUNERAL

 

MARIANNA—The Chipola College Theatre will hold auditions for the Fall production, “Southern Fried Funeral,” Sept. 12-13 at 6 p.m.

Who knew southern fried could be so good for you? Dewey Frye is dead and his wife Dorothy is left behind to pick up the pieces and hold her family together. Her daughters are at each other’s throats; Ozella Meeks from the Sunshine committee is trying to take over the funeral, and Dewey’s brother is trying to take away her house. Funerals bring out the worst, the best, and the funniest in people, and the Frye family is no exception. This is a big-hearted comedy about family- Southern Style.

The cast consists of 6 women and 5 men. Those auditioning will be asked to read selected scenes. 

Tickets for “Southern Fried Funeral” go on sale Oct. 5.  The show will run Oct. 27-30.

Chipola’s Spring musical is “Hello Dolly,” and the children’s Summer show is “The Magic Schoolbus.”

Charles Sirmon, Director of Theatre, is beginning his 19th season at Chipola. He invites theatre fans to join the Applauding Chipola Theatre (ACT) Fund which offers five levels of membership: Sponsor, Patron, Benefactor, Angel and Corporate Angel. VIP seating is available at all levels. A portion ACT memberships are tax-deductible. Patrons may join online at www.chipola.edu/theatre, or in person at the Box Office.

For information, call the Center for the Arts Box Office at 850-718-2420 or email sirmonc@chipola.edu.

 

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September 8, 2016

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CHIPOLA COSMETOLOGY OFFERING BRAZILIAN BLOWOUTS

 

MARIANNA—The Chipola College Cosmetology program is now offering Brazilian Blowouts, the latest method for taming frizzy hair. The Brazilian system helps improve the condition of the hair to allow the stylist to achieve a smooth, sleek result, or to keep the curl and lose the frizz. The blowout is available for only $100.

Chipola offers a full lineup of services for the cost of materials.  Services include: shampoo, blow dry styles, haircuts, color, highlights, waxing, manicures, pedicures, relaxers, perms, and up–styles. 

For information and pricing, call 718-2439

 

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September 8, 2016

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CHIPOLA ARTIST SERIES OPENS SEPT 22 WITH TWO ON TAP

 

The Chipola Artist Series opens Sept. 22 with Two on Tap. The show brings audiences back in time to an era when Fred and Ginger and Mickey and Judy filled the silver screen with undeniable chemistry, effortless harmony, and precision tap dancing. Gorgeous vocals, exciting choreography, and unique musical arrangements all take center stage in a show that has entertained tens of thousands worldwide. Learn more at www.two-on-tap.com.

Described as “a young Gladys Knight,” Melinda Doolittle is a soul–stirring songstress who will perform on Oct. 8. Doolittle became a household on American Idol in 2007 when she came in third in the voting.

The internationally-acclaimed Cashore Marionettes will present a show for all ages, Feb. 16. Through virtuoso manipulation, music and theatrical illusion, the vignettes presented in Simple Gifts provide an entertaining vision of what it is to be human. 

The season rounds out Mar. 28 with Jump, Jive and Wail featuring The Jive Aces. The first ever band to reach the semifinals of Britain's Got Talent, also performed for Her Majesty The Queen. The Aces are renowned for their high energy Jump Jive music and spectacular stage show. 

Season tickets for all four events are on sale for $60. Single event tickets range from $20-$25 for adults, $10 for under 18, and $5 for Chipola students and employees.  Individual tickets for Two on Tap are on sale now for $20, and $10 for under 18.

Box Office hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Fridays, 9 a.m. to noon.  Online tickets may be printed at home, or with an order confirmation, will-call tickets will be available at the box office the night of the show. 

For more information, call 718-2420 or visit www.chipola.edu/boxoffice.

 

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Sept. 15, 2016

CHIPOLA MAKES U.S. NEWS BEST COLLEGES LIST

 

MARIANNA—The latest U.S. News and World Report Best College Rankings are good news for Chipola College.

Chipola was 10th on the list of Top Public Schools in the South and number 52 among the Best Regional Colleges in the South.

Chipola President Dr. Jason Hurst, said, “We are extremely honored to learn of our U.S. News Best Colleges ranking. We work every day to provide high quality education to our students. Our faculty and students should be proud to be recognized for their work.”

In the Top Public Schools in the South ranking, Chipola was tied for 10th with Bluefield State College (WV) and Georgia Gwinnett College. The Public Schools category includes colleges and universities that typically operate under the supervision of state governments and are funded, in part, by tax dollars and subsidies from the state. Public schools run the gamut from small liberal arts colleges to large research institutions.

`On the Best Regional Colleges in the South list, Chipola College was number 52. High Point University (NC) was first, and Flagler College (FL) was second. Regional Colleges focus on undergraduate education but grant fewer than 50 percent of their degrees in liberal arts disciplines; this category also includes schools, such as Chipola, that have small bachelor's degree programs but primarily grant two-year associate degrees.

While many national websites and publications now draft their own college rankings, U.S. News and World Report’s is among the most popular. U.S. News creates the yearly rankings by using academic factors like class size, student to faculty ratio, and opinions from education experts. But the biggest factor was graduation rate and retention rate. "These are important indicators of how well a school supports its students both academically and financially," Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer of U.S. News, said in a press release. "Getting into a good school means nothing if you cannot graduate."

U.S. News gathers data on up to 15 indicators of academic excellence to create the rankings. Each factor is assigned a weight, and colleges in each category are ranked based on their composite weighted score. Rankings are based on the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education which has been the basis of the Best Colleges rankings since they was first published in 1983.

The indicators used to capture academic quality fall into a several categories: graduation and first-year student retention rates, assessment by administrators at peer institutions, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving and graduation rate performance The indicators include input measures that reflect a school's student body, its faculty and its financial resources, along with outcome measures that signal how well the institution educates students. Chipola was included in the rankings as an ACT/SAT test optional school. Chipola uses test scores for placement in mathematics and writing courses.

The rankings that include Chipola College are available at:

http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/rankings/regional-colleges-south/top-public

http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/rankings/regional-colleges-south

Chipola is designated as a state college in the Florida College System. Established in 1947, Chipola offers the Bachelor of Science Degree, the Associate in Arts Degree, the Associate in Science Degree and Workforce Development programs. Its in-state tuition and fees are $3,120 (2015-16); out-of-state tuition and fees are $8,950 (2015-16). Chipola offers in-state tuition to Alabama and Georgia residents.  

For information about Chipola College, visit www.chipola.edu or phone 850-526-2761.

 

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CHIPOLA MAKES U.S. NEWS BEST COLLEGES LIST--The latest U.S. News and World Report Best College Rankings are good news for Chipola College. Chipola was 10th on the list of Top Public Schools in the South and number 52 among the Best Regional Colleges in the South. Here, Chipola student Kimberly Clemons prepares to view a slide in a college science lab.

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Sept. 15, 2016

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PANHANDLE PRESIDENTS COALITION MEETS AT CHIPOLA

 

MARIANNA—A standing coalition of higher education leadership has resolved to work proactively in strategic partnership to promote economic growth and development throughout Northwest Florida.

The Florida Panhandle Presidents’ Coalition is made up of state college and university presidents, including: Dr. Judy Bense, University of West Florida (UWF); Dr. Edward Meadows, Pensacola State College; Dr. Sasha Jarrell, Northwest Florida State College; Dr. Jason Hurst, Chipola College; Dr. John Holdnak, Gulf Coast State College; and Dr. Jim Murdaugh, Tallahassee Community College.

Chipola President Dr. Jason Hurst, says, “It’s unique that presidents at colleges and universities across our region are committed to crossing borders to do what’s best for the region and not just our own institutions. CEO’s are competitive by nature and we don’t always want to share our best ideas. This group has realized that, by working together, we can accomplish much more for the people we serve.” 

Most colleges brought their resident grant writers to the coalition meeting. Some already have collaborated on successful grant applications.  Hurst pointed to the work of the Alabama/Florida Technical Employment Network (AF-TEN) as a positive example of working across boundaries to achieve shared goals.  AF-TEN won a $10 million grant to start new welding programs at Chipola, L. B. Wallace, Northwest Florida State, Pensacola State, and Wallace Community College. The grant was awarded in 2013 by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. Today, all five colleges in the network have robust enrollment in their welding programs. Building onto the multi-college welding initiative, the president’s discussed the establishment of a North West Florida Business and Industry Mobile Training Institute. 

Additionally, UWF, in partnership with Florida’s Great Northwest, recently was awarded a grant by the U.S. Economic Development Administration aimed at creating a regional plan for economic transformational.  The aims of the plan will be to provide a framework for the diversification and expansion of Northwest Florida’s economy, thereby reducing the region’s heavy dependence on tourism- and defense-related revenues. 

Darwin Gilmore, Chipola College Dean of Workforce and Economic Development, said, “It is exciting to see what is in store for the last frontier in the great state of Florida.  In support of this planned economic diversity, we see our university and college presidents demonstrating a commitment to value our educational assets and develop a coordinated effort to establish the degrees, certificates and ultimately the workforce solution we need for long term success.  Without adequate technical degrees and corporate training, new industry will not locate in our region. This will be a key next step in our economic development strategy.” 

Two major economic development projects also were discussed in the meeting. The first is a 2,200 acre mega site in North Jackson County preparing to receive a tenant, ideally an automotive manufacturing plant. The site, created through an Alabama-Florida partnership, has the potential to employ thousands and spawn related businesses throughout the region.

The second project discussed by the group is the potential for a Panama City company to win a $10 billion contract to build cutter ships for the U.S. Coast Guard. Eastern Shipbuilding in Panama City is a finalist for the 20-year contract which has the potential to bring thousands of jobs and create supply chain businesses across the area.

Dr. John Holdnack, President of Gulf Coast State College, says, “In this case, a rising tide really does lift all boats. The impact of this Coast Guard project would have far-reaching effects for two decades. Gulf Coast State will need help to provide the training for this project. It is imperative that we work together to serve our college communities and the region at large.”

As the group further discussed future projects, Pensacola State President, Dr. Ed Meadows, recommended establishing Regional Economic Development Centers to provide a network for economic progress in Northwest Florida. Meadows, said, “These Economic Development Centers would recruit business and industry, promote the region, help with public policy strategy, and provide business incubation and training.” Meadow said the centers would also help unify job creation efforts in the region and offer on-site training at each college.

Dr. Brice Harris, Assistant Vice President for Research and Economic Opportunity at UWF, presented information on Triumph Gulf Coast, which will oversee the disbursement of funds recovered for state economic damages from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Funds will be used to invest in economic recovery, diversification and enhancement of the eight coastal counties of Northwest Florida that were most impacted by the spill. The President’s Coalition is in the process of formulating a proposal for the use education as a central tenet of the region’s economic future.

Also attending the meeting were: Dr. Debbie Douma, Pensacola State; Dr. Anne Southard, Northwest Florida State; Dr. Matthew Hughes, Chipola College; Al McCambry, Gulf Coast State, and Stephen Soloman, Tallahassee Community College.

 

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Sept. 15, 2016

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CHIPOLA ARTIST SERIES OPENS SEPT 22 WITH TWO ON TAP

 

The Chipola Artist Series opens Sept. 22 with Two on Tap. The show brings audiences back in time to an era when Fred and Ginger and Mickey and Judy filled the silver screen with undeniable chemistry, effortless harmony, and precision tap dancing. Gorgeous vocals, exciting choreography, and unique musical arrangements all take center stage in a show that has entertained tens of thousands worldwide. Learn more at www.two-on-tap.com.

Individual tickets for Two on Tap are on sale now for $20, and $10 for under 18. Season tickets for all four events are on sale for $60. Single event tickets range from $20-$25 for adults, $10 for under 18, and $5 for Chipola students and employees

Described as “a young Gladys Knight,” Melinda Doolittle is a soul–stirring songstress who will perform on Oct. 8. Doolittle became a household on American Idol in 2007 when she came in third in the voting.

The internationally-acclaimed Cashore Marionettes will present a show for all ages, Feb. 16. Through virtuoso manipulation, music and theatrical illusion, the vignettes presented in Simple Gifts provide an entertaining vision of what it is to be human. 

The season rounds out Mar. 28 with Jump, Jive and Wail featuring The Jive Aces. The first ever band to reach the semifinals of Britain's Got Talent, also performed for Her Majesty The Queen. The Aces are renowned for their high energy Jump Jive music and spectacular stage show. 

Box Office hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Fridays, 9 a.m. to noon.  Online tickets may be printed at home, or with an order confirmation, will-call tickets will be available at the box office the night of the show.

For more information, call 718-2420 or visit www.chipola.edu/boxoffice.

 

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Sept. 15, 2016

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FLORIDA LOTTERY TO SPONSOR CHIPOLA FALL FESTIVAL SEPT. 29

 

MARIANNA— The Florida Lottery will participate, for the fifth year in a row, in the Chipola College Fall Festival, Thursday, Sept. 29.

Lottery officials will be on hand to meet Bright Futures scholarship recipients and to celebrate the Lottery’s 28-year history of supporting education in Florida.

All Chipola students are excused from classes Sept. 29, from 10:30 a.m. until 2:45 p.m. Chipola’s Student Government Association puts on the annual event for the student body. The event will be held in front of the Chipola gym, the Milton Johnson Center.

In addition to Outrageous Relay Races, students will enjoy music and free food. Several universities are expected to send recruiters to meet with potential students. The Lottery will provide free t-shirts and a drawing for premium door prizes.

Since Bright Futures was established in 1997, the Lottery has contributed more than $3.9 billion to send more than 600,000 students to college. To date, more than 5,000 Bright Futures scholarships have been awarded to Chipola students, totaling $8 million.

For information about the Fall Festival, call 718-2308 or visit the Chipola Student Activities Office, K-105.

 

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Sept. 15, 2016

FIREFIGHTER COURSES SET AT CHIPOLA COLLEGE

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College will offer a Firefighting II day class beginning Oct. 24 and ending on Dec. 8. Times are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Pre-requisites are First Responder (EMT or higher certification) and Firefighter I. 

Cost is approximately $800, and includes:  225 hour class, Forestry S-130/180/L-190, book, Drug and Background Test and (4) T-shirts.

For information, contact Brian Eddins at (850) 718-2483, (850) 596-4157 e-mail eddinsb@chipola.edu or visit www.chipola.edu.

 

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Sept. 15, 2016

Mellie McDaniel Memorial Scholarship at Chipola

 

Applications are now being accepted for the Optimist Club of Jackson County the Mellie McDaniel Optimist Club of Jackson County Memorial Scholarship. The deadline is Oct. 1.

Partial tuition and/or books are available to the selected applicant who is a child or grandchild of a law enforcement officer, correctional officer, or emergency responder and is a resident of the 14th Judicial Circuit (Washington, Holmes, Jackson, Calhoun, Gulf or Bay Counties).

Applicants must have 2.0 high school GPA and maintain a 2.0 each semester at Chipola. must be a full-time student. Applicants must show evidence of leadership in school and community activities. Two letters of recommendation from a non-relative are required. Top applicants will be interviewed by the scholarship committee. 

Completed applications must be received by Oct. 1. Mail applications to: Optimist Club of Jackson County, P.O. Box 9624, Marianna, FL 32447.

 

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Sept. 15, 2016

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Power Probe Donates to Chipola Automotive Program—Power Probe President Jeff Whisenand (right) was a recent guest on the Velocity & MAVTV Networks television show Motorhead Garage hosted by Chipola instructor John Gardner (left). Power Probe donated multiple Power Probe Basics and Power Probe IV for Chipola students to use in their electrical diagnosis and training. Power Probe is dedicated to proper electrical diagnosing and to the creation of innovative, easy to use diagnostic equipment for the automotive industry. Gardner says, “Power Probe’s motto is ‘the right tool makes all the difference,’ and in this case the right tool is getting into the hands of future technicians, thanks to the generosity of Power Probe.”

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September 22, 2016

CHIPOLA COLLEGE REPORTS ENROLLMENT INCREASE

 

MARIANNA—The number of students at Chipola College is up 4.59 percent this Fall. A total of 2,231 students are currently enrolled compared to 2,133 at this time last year.

The percentage of full-time students also is up this semester to 42.54%, compared to 37.65% last Fall. 

The latest numbers show a positive enrollment trend for four straight terms. College President Dr. Jason Hurst said, “We are happy to see more students taking advantage of the opportunities we offer. We’re continuing to evaluate how we operate to better serve our students. We’ve expanded early registration, and more students are choosing to register online. We think everything about college should be easy except for the classes.”

Most Chipola students are enrolled in the Associate in Arts (AA) program, a two-year degree that guarantees acceptance to Florida’s 12 public universities or a B.S. program at Chipola. Chipola also offers Associate in Science (AS) degrees and certificates in Workforce Development programs that provide training for various career fields.

Students planning to enroll in the Spring semester, which begins in January 2016, are encouraged to apply by the Dec. 2 deadline. Nov. 17 is the Financial Aid application deadline for students planning to use financial aid to pay Spring 2017 tuition. 

College applications are available in the Admissions Office located in the Student Services Building or on-line at www.chipola.edu.  

For admissions information, call 850-718-2211, or visit www.chipola.edu

 

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September 22, 2016

REX LUMBER AWARDS ENGINEERING TECH SCHOLARSHIPS AT CHIPOLA

 

MARIANNA— Rex Lumber established the Robert and Kathryn McRae scholarship fund to help students planning to pursue an A.S. degree in Engineering Technology or the Pneumatics, Hydraulics, and Motors Certificate program at Chipola College.

Rex Lumber officials recently visited the college to meet scholarship recipients. All of the students expressed their gratitude for the award and the opportunity that it affords them. Scholarship recipients are: Dylan Kirk of Sunny Hills, James Hatcher of Hosford, Colby Hargrove of Graceville, Marc Jackson of Westville, Wade Robinson of Sneads, Devon Lovelace of Altha, Dalton Mock of Marianna, Logan Stone of Altha, Kaitlyn Kosciw of Marianna, Chase Rentz of Sneads, Taylor Clark of Bonifay, Dillan Green of Bristol and Ryan Riley of Marianna.

Chipola President Dr. Jason Hurst, says, “The McRae family and Rex Lumber are making it possible for students to get training for good jobs in our area. This is a great example of a successful partnership between business and education.”

Multiple one-year scholarships for up to 30 semester hours of tuition and/or books and supplies will be awarded annually by the Rex Lumber Graceville plant and the Rex Lumber Bristol plant. Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 high school GPA to apply and must maintain a 2.5 GPA each semester in order to retain the scholarship.

First-year scholarship recipients will be eligible to reapply during the second year of the program. Second year funding is subject to prevailing economic conditions and the student’s performance in the program.  Students who excel in the program may be eligible for paid internship positions within Rex Lumber.

For information, visit the Chipola Foundation at www.chipola.edu or phone 850-718-2404.

 

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REX SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED—Rex Lumber officials recently visited the Chipola College campus to meet recipients of the Robert and Kathryn McRae scholarship for students in the college’s Engineering Technology program. Pictured from left, are (front): Dylan Kirk of Sunny Hills, James Hatcher of Hosford, Colby Hargrove of Graceville, Marc Jackson of Westville, Wade Robinson of Sneads, Devon Lovelace of Altha, Dalton Mock of Marianna, Logan Stone of Altha, Kaitlyn Kosciw of Marianna, Chase Rentz of Sneads, and (back) Dr. Jason Hurst, Caroline Dauzat, Jared Banta, Kenny Sparks, Charles McRae, Frank Bondurant, Michelle Schaefer, Logan Kever, Randy Cummings and Aubri Hanson. Scholarship recipients not present were Taylor Clark of Bonifay, Dillan Green of Bristol and Ryan Riley of Marianna.

 

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September 22, 2016

FLORIDA LOTTERY TO SPONSOR CHIPOLA FALL FESTIVAL SEPT. 29

 

MARIANNA— The Florida Lottery will participate, for the fifth year in a row, in the Chipola College Fall Festival, Thursday, Sept. 29.

Lottery officials will be on hand to meet Bright Futures scholarship recipients and to celebrate the Lottery’s 28-year history of supporting education in Florida.

All Chipola students are excused from classes Sept. 29, from 10:30 a.m. until 2:45 p.m. Chipola’s Student Government Association puts on the annual event for the student body. The event will be held in front of the Chipola gym, the Milton Johnson Center.

In addition to Outrageous Relay Races, students will enjoy music and free food. Several universities are expected to send recruiters to meet with potential students. The Lottery will provide free t-shirts and a drawing for premium door prizes.

Since Bright Futures was established in 1997, the Lottery has contributed more than $3.9 billion to send more than 600,000 students to college. To date, more than 5,000 Bright Futures scholarships have been awarded to Chipola students, totaling $8 million.

For information about the Fall Festival, call 718-2308 or visit the Chipola Student Activities Office, K-105.

 

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September 22, 2016

CAST ANNOUNCED FOR CHIPOLA’S SOUTHERN FRIED FUNERAL

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College Theatre director Charles Sirmon recently cast local actors for the comedy hit, “Southern Fried Funeral.”

Actors include: Sarah Liffick as Dorothy Frye, Gracie Wallace as Sammy Jo Frye-Lefette, Darby Benjamin as Harlene Frye, Chandler King as Dewey Frye, Jr., Jaylyn Palmer as Dub Frye, Saylor Novonglosky as Atticus Van Leer, Avery Potts as Beecham Lefette, Ashleigh Braswell as Martha Ann Fox, Layton Hanlon as Fairy June Cooper, Destin Dawson as Benny Charles and A’dajah Swilley as Ozella Meeks.

The show opens a four-day run, Oct. 27-30. The show is centered on the news that Dewey Frye is dead and the rest of his family is left to pick up the pieces—if they don't kill each other first. Matriarch Dorothy has to contend with sudden widowhood, the church, Dewey's snake-in-the-grass brother making a grab for her house, and two grown daughters reliving childhood rivalry. Funerals bring out the worst, the best, and the funniest in families. Tickets—$8 for adults and $6 for ages 18 and under—go on sale Oct. 5.

Director Charles Sirmon invites all theatre fans to join the Applauding Chipola Theatre (ACT) Fund to get the best seats for all shows. ACT offers five levels of membership: Sponsor, Patron, Benefactor, Angel and Corporate Angel, with VIP seating at all levels. A portion ACT memberships are tax-deductible. Proceeds directly support the Chipola Theatre department as it seeks to grow, challenge, dazzle, and of course, entertain. Patrons may join online at www.chipola.edu/theatre, or in person at the Box Office.

For information, call the Center for the Arts Box Office at 850-718-2420, call Director Sirmon at 850-718-2420 or email sirmonc@chipola.edu.

 

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September 22, 2016

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AMERCIAN IDOL FINALIST TO PERFORM AT CHIPOLA

 

MARIANNA—The Chipola Artist Series will present vocalist Melinda Doolittle, Saturday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. Described as “a young Gladys Knight”, Melinda Doolittle is a soul–stirring songstress. She is a flawless vocalist with irresistible artistry and effortless style compelling her audiences to keep listening.

Doolittle became a household name during season six of American Idol in 2007. She came in third in the voting, first with Simon Cowell calling her his “personal favorite” and quickly became the sweetheart of American Idol winning over the hearts of all with her stunning powerhouse vocals and her personal charm.  Learn more at www.melindadoolittle.com 

Individual tickets for Doolittle are on sale now for $20, and $10 for under 18. Season tickets for all four events are on sale for $60. Single event tickets range from $20-$25 for adults, $10 for under 18, and $5 for Chipola students and employees

A Meet the Artist Reception for season ticket holders will be hosted by First Federal Bank of Florida.

For more information, contact the Box Office at 850-718-2420.

 

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September 22, 2016

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CHIPOLA OFFICIAL CONSIDER ADDING ROTC PROGRAM

 

MARIANNA—Chipola College officials are exploring the possibility of offering an Army ROTC program at the college as early as the summer of 2017.

If approved, the new Chipola ROTC would be part of a collaborative unit managed by the existing Army ROTC regiment at Florida A. and M. University. LTC Ed Escobar, US Army, Battalion Commander, Army ROTC, FAMU, met with Chipola officials to discuss preliminary plans.

There are three main US Armed Forces Reserve Office Training Corps (ROTC) programs, connected to the Air Force, Army, and the Navy. Army ROTC provides two, three and four year training opportunities for full-time students to become commissioned officers.

ROTC candidates must complete a physical examination, physical fitness test, and participate in a paid military summer training camp at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Successful applicants would then be eligible to receive a scholarship and/or stipend through ROTC while earning a bachelor’s degree at Chipola.

Successful ROTC graduates are then eligible to receive a commission to begin service as a second lieutenant in the US Army, Army Reserve, or National Guard.

Dr. David Bouvin, Chipola’s Dean of Business and Technology, is leading the initiative to start the ROTC program. He is also a graduate of an ROTC program. Bouvin says, “ROTC provides excellent opportunities for students to help pay for college and to begin a career in the armed forces. Serving on active duty provided me with an opportunity to begin working in higher education as an instructor while I completed graduate school.” Bouvin eventually transitioned from active duty as a Captain in the US Air Force.

In addition to scholarships and/or stipends, ROTC students would have the opportunity to participate in leadership, physical fitness events, and team-building activities.

For more information about the ROTC process, contact Dr. David Bouvin at 718-2380 or email bouvind@chipola.edu

 

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September 22, 2016

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BONTRAGER SPEAKS AT CHIPOLA—Chipola College alumnus Travis Bontrager was the receent guest speaker at the Chipola Honors Seminar. Bontrager is a third year student in the FSU College of Medicine. He earned a B.S. from the University of Florida. His interest in health care started during treatment for his broken wrist in high school. His goals were solidified during his mother's fight with terminal cancer. Pictured from left, are: Tripp Taylor, Travis Bontrager, Casen Moore and Delilah Bass.

 

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September 22, 2016

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CHIPOLA AFC SCHOLARS—The Chipola College Chapter of the Association of Florida Colleges (AFC) recently awarded 9 scholarships to children of college employees.  Scholarship recipients are seated with their sponsors standing, from left: Dalton Mock and mother Meri Mock, Shelbie Johnson and mother Nancy Johnson (not pictured father Jeff Johnson), Katie Everett and father Dennis Everett, Michael Young and father Steve Young, Sawyer O’Bryan and mother Shanda O’Bryan.  Not pictured are Delmar Jones-Decree and mother Vicki Jones, Kaylee Messer and mother Kelly Lanier, Landon Pippen and mother Wendy Pippen, Chase Rentz and mother Dr. Pam Rentz.  Since 1993, AFC has awarded over $160,000 to students through Chipola’s AFC Scholarship Endowment. AFC members raise funds through concession sales at college sports events and with an annual silent auction.

 

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September 29, 2016

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FLORIDA LOTTERY SPONSORS CHIPOLA FALL FESTIVAL

 

MARIANNA— The Florida Lottery Bright Futures program recently sponsored the Chipola College Fall Festival.

For the fifth straight year, Lottery officials visited Chipola to meet Bright Futures scholarship recipients and to celebrate the Lottery’s 28-year history of supporting education in Florida.

Chipola students were excused from classes during the annual event put on by the college’s Student Government Association. 

In addition to Outrageous Relay Races, students enjoyed music and free food. Several university recruiters were on hand to meet with potential students. The Lottery also provided free t-shirts and a drawing for premium door prizes.

Since Bright Futures was established in 1997, the Lottery has contributed more than $3.9 billion to send more than 600,000 students to college. To date, more than 5,000 Bright Futures scholarships have been awarded to Chipola students, totaling $9.5 million.

 

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CHIPOLA BRIGHT FUTURES FALL FESTIVAL The Florida Lottery Bright Futures program recently sponsored the Chipola College Fall Festival. Here, Bright Futures recipients accept a check from the Lottery representing the $9.5 million Chipola students have received in Bright Futures Scholarships since the program began. Pictured from left, are: Libby Varnum, Tripp Taylor, Crete Zorn, Lottery District Manager Randy Fox, Jayde Smelcer, Ann Marie Brown, Donovan Ebersole and Dr. Jayne Roberts, Chipola Vice-President of Student Services.

 

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September 29, 2016

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AMERCIAN IDOL FINALIST TO PERFORM AT CHIPOLA

 

MARIANNA—The Chipola Artist Series will present vocalist Melinda Doolittle, Saturday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. Described as “a young Gladys Knight”, Melinda Doolittle is a soul–stirring songstress. She is a flawless vocalist with irresistible artistry and effortless style compelling her audiences to keep listening.

Doolittle became a household name during season six of American Idol in 2007. She came in third in the voting, first with Simon Cowell calling her his “personal favorite” and quickly became the sweetheart of American Idol winning over the hearts of all with her stunning powerhouse vocals and her personal charm.  Learn more at www.melindadoolittle.com 

An art exhibit featuring the work of Dr. Kitty Myers will open in the Center for the Arts gallery. Patrons may visit the exhibit before and after the Doolittle performance.

Individual tickets for Melinda Doolittle are on sale now for $20, and $10 for under 18. Season tickets for all four events are on sale for $60. Single event tickets range from $20-$25 for adults, $10 for under 18, and $5 for Chipola students and employees

A Meet the Artist Reception for season ticket holders will be hosted by First Federal Bank of Florida.

For more information, contact the Box Office at 850-718-2420.

 

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September 29, 2016

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KITTY MYERS ART ON DISPLAY AT CHIPOLA

 

MARIANNA—Original works by Dr. Kitty Myers will be on display in the Chipola College Center for the Arts Gallery beginning Oct. 8. The opening will coincide with the Artist Series performance of Melinda Doolittle.

Dr. Myers worked at the college from 1981 to 2011. She began her career as a mathematics instructor and retired as Vice President of Instruction and Baccalaureate programs.

Of her love for art, Myers said, “From the time I could hold a crayon, I've always loved to sketch, and color and paint.” 

During her 30 year career in education, she continued to learn more about the artistic process, taking lessons, reading and painting. “Since my retirement, I've devoted myself to my passion for art,” Myers said. She paints mostly with oils and occasionally watercolor pencils. Her work covers a wide range of subjects including portraits, landscapes, seascapes, still lifes. “I paint for my own enjoyment and I frequently accept commissions for paintings and sell other paintings to interested persons.”

The show will be open through the end of October. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Fridays, 9 a.m. to noon. 

 

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September 29, 2016

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JAZZ BAND CONCERT AND SWING DANCE IS OCT. 13

 

Chipola College will host a Jazz Band Concert and Swing Dance Party, Thursday, Oct. 13.

The Chipola Jazz Band will join the UWF Jazz Band, the Marianna High Jazz Band and other local bands for a fun evening of jazz favorites. All jazz fans are invited to enjoy the concert and to cut a rug in the Cultural Center (the old Chipola gym).

General Admission tickets are $5 at the door the night of the event.   

For information, contact the Box Office at 850-718-2420.

 

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September 29, 2016

CHIPOLA’S SOUTHERN FRIED FUNERAL TICKETS ON SALE

 

MARIANNA—Tickets for the Chipola College production of the comedy hit, “Southern Fried Funeral,” go on sale Oct. 5 in the Center for the Arts Box Office and online.

The show is centered on the news that Dewey Frye is dead and the rest of his family is left to pick up the pieces—if they don't kill each other first. Funerals bring out the worst, the best, and the funniest in families. 

The show runs, Oct. 27-30. The show plays nightly at 7 p.m. with a Sunday, Oct. 30 matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for ages 18 and under.

An opening night dinner show is set for Oct. 27 with seating by reservation only.  Proceeds go to the Chipola Chapter of the Association of Florida Colleges.  Tickets—$30—include dinner and show. 

Sirmon invites theatre fans to join the Applauding Chipola Theatre (ACT) Fund Patrons may join online at www.chipola.edu/theatre, or in person at the Box Office.

For information, call the Box Office at 850-718-2420.

 

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SOUTHERN FRIED FUNERAL—Tickets for the Chipola College production of the comedy hit, “Southern Fried Funeral,” go on sale Oct. 5 in the Center for the Arts Box Office and online. Here, a trio of actors rehearse a scene. They are, from left: Gracie Wallace (Sammy Jo), Saylor Novonglosky (Atticus) and Darby Benjamin (Harlene). The show runs, Oct. 27-30.

 

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September 29, 2016

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CHIPOLA SCIENCE STUDENTS VISIT CAVERNS—Chipola College environmental science students recently learned about the ecological, commercial, historical values and scientific names associated with selected trees along the Bluff Trail at the Florida Caverns State Park. Here, Billy Bailey, Park Services Specialist, shares information with the students.

 

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September 29, 2016

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CHIPOLA CROSS COUNTRY COMPETES AT UF

 

GAINESVILLE—The Chipola College Cross Country team competed at the Mountain Dew Invitational, Sept. 24, at the University of Florida Golf Course.

The Lady Indians were the only community college team competing in the DII Division.  A total of 265 female runners from 27 universities and colleges competed in the 5K race.

Chipola was led by freshman Nicole Morse who finished number 72 with a time of 21:38. Sophomore Lydia Wiedeman was 94th with a 22:24.  Sophomore Jayde Smelcer ran a 24:36. Katie Cox finished at 27:08, and Hannah Rees at 27:27.

All Chipola runners improved their times from the first meet of the season.  The Lady Indians host a Dual Meet with Tallahassee, Friday, Sept. 30, at Citizens Lodge Park.

 

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