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WalletHub.com ranked Chipola College number 53 on its 2016 list of the best community
colleges in the U.S. Chipola was sixth among the 28 Florida Colleges eligible for the list.
“We’re very proud of our national ranking,” said college president, Dr. Jason Hurst. “We
believe our students and employees are some of the very best in the country. This ranking affirms
that we are accomplishing our mission of providing access to quality learning opportunities.”
Hurst said the WalletHub ranking adds to a list of recent honors for the college, including
four consecutive nominations for the prestigious Aspen Prize (2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017)
and Chipola’s Silver classification in the Florida College System Florida’s performance-based
WalletHub is a group that researches the best value in financial institutions, educational
institutions, including advisers and insurance brokers. The research project evaluated 821 of the
roughly 1,100 community colleges in the U.S. institutions across three key dimensions: 1) Cost
& Financing, 2) Education Outcomes and 3) Career Outcomes. Rankings are listed at: https://
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.
Florida Lottery to Sponsor Fall Festival Sept. 29
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.
Chipola Paramedic Program Graduation Firefighter Courses Set
The Chipola Paramedic graduation Chipola will offer Firefighting I and Firefighting II day classes
beginning in August. Orientation is set for Thursday, Aug. 29, at 5 p.m.
ceremony was held on Aug. 9 in the Health Firefighter I runs September 6 through Oct. 20, and meets Mon.-Fri.,
from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Firefighter II will run Oct. 24 through Nov. 18.
Sciences Department. Pictured from left, are: Pre-requisite for both courses is First Responder (EMT or higher
certification). A daytime First Responder class will meet Aug. 29
(front) Tina Maloy, Seth Gilley, Steven Foreman, (back) through September 2, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $130.
Cost is approximately $1,600 each for Firefighter I or II classes.
Dr. Jason Hurst, Rep. Brad Drake, Jasper Carter, John Firefighter I price includes: 225 hour class, book, Drug and Background
Test and (5) T-shirts. Firefighter II price includes: 225 hour class, Forestry
Cessna, Scott Van Rijs, Tammi Terry, Jordan Newman and S-130/180/L-190, use of SCBA and bunker gear. Some financial aid is
available for both classes. Ten $200 scholarships are available to the first
Brandon Waldorff. 10 qualified applicants.
For information, contact Brian Eddins at (850) 718-2483, (850) 596-
4157 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.chipola.edu.
• 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 Mon. through Thurs., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Fridays, 9 a.m. to noon. Online tickets may be printed at home, or with order
confirmation, will-call tickets will be available at the box office the night of the show. For more info, call 718-2420 or visit www.chipola.edu/boxoffice.
NAACP Scholarships Awarded at Chipola awards
Four Chipola College students were recently
Employees of Chipola College were recognized for years of service during the
awarded the 2016-17 Eulice Bryant NAACP first staff meeting of the school year on Aug. 15.
Scholarship sponsored by Rahal-Miller Chevrolet, Employees were awarded certificates in five-year increments. The
Cadillac, Buick, Nissan, GMC. Pictured from left following were recognized: Five years: Kelly Brookins, Jim Dunaway,
to right Ricky Miller; Eulice Bryant, Scholarship Robert Farnell, Jimmy Hendrix, Dr. Jason Hurst, Ada Scott; 10 years:
Committee Chair; Keionna Mitchell; Anastasia Mitchell; Dr. Josh Martin, Edward Mount, Jane Stephens; 15 years: Rance Massengill;
Arianna Martin; Yasmine Bellamy; and Leroy Boone, NAACP
Scholarship Committee member. 20 years: Laurel Foran, Jeff Johnson, Ana Stephens, Evelyn Ward; 30 years:
(pictured above (L to R) Michelle Stone, Bonnie Smith, Dr. Jayne Roberts,
Richard Edenfield, and Karan Davis. Not pictured is Lucy Thomas.
Employee Mock is Chipola’s Career Employee of the Year
ofYtheear Meri Mock, Chipola College’s Publications Coordinator, has been named the
college’s Career Employee of the Year for 2016.
Mock has worked at the college since 2014. She is responsible for overseeing all
college publications, design, logos and marketing campaigns.
Her supervisor Dr. Bryan Craven, says, “Meri is a talented artist who works to
promote a consistent, professional image of the college through outstanding design
in publications and marketing campaigns. Her creativity can be seen in the college
website and in many other design elements. She loves her work and does all she can
to promote the college.”
Mock and her husband, Chris, live in Marianna with their son, Dalton, a
sophomore in Chipola’s Engineering Technology program. Their daughter, Kaitlyn,
is a stylist in Mississippi who will be married Sept. 3.
Annual winners receive a $1,000 bonus, reserved parking for a year, a one-year
membership in AFC, and a $100 gift certificate from the college Book Store.lege
Chipola Players named to September
5 Labor Day - College Closed
A total of 15 Chipola College 7 Club Day 10 a. Front of Bldg. Z
student-athletes have been named to 7 SGA Campus Blood Drive
the Florida College Activities Association 8 Theatre Showcase 7p. CFATheatre
All-Academic Team. 10 ACT Exam
Team members achieved a 12-13 Auditions for FallTheatre Production
minimum 3.0 grade point average with 6 p. CFATheatre
at least 18 college credit hours in the 13-14 SSS Orientation 1:30 p. Cafe
2015-16 academic year. Several athletes 14 SGA Fall Elections 8a.– 6p. Cafeteria
on the list have graduated from Chipola. 15 SGA Fall Elections 8a.– Noon Cafeteria
Pictured from left, are: (top) Baseball- 16 ACT Reg. Deadline - OctoberTest
Jose Caballero, Hudson Graham, 19 Deadline for Athletic Eligibility
Basketball-Taevon Ashmeade, Eric 19 Fall Night Student Social 7p. Cafeteria
Lockette, Eric Turner (middle) Softball- 20 SSS On Course Seminar/Orientation
Liz Osburn, Nalleli Lopez, Lexie Basford, Ilona Andringa, Women’s Basketball- Raven Baker, 20 CRAA General Mtg. DutchTreat
(bottom) women’s Cross Country-Hannah Jackson, Jayde Smelcer, Lydia Wiedeman, 11:30 a. Jim’s Buffet
Margaret Wiedeman and Women’s Basketball-Cynthia Petke. 21 TRiO Mtg. 1:30 p. Cafe
22 Deadline to Apply - ADN Program -
Hero Recognition Luncheon Spring 2017
22 Artist Series Event 7 p. CFATheatre
Chipola will host the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce 24 SSS CampusTourTroy University-
Luncheon, Thursday, Sept. 8, in the college Public Service Troy campus
Building. The luncheon will include a recognition of heroes 29 Fall Festival Classes Dismissed
from the first-responder community, including law enforcement from 10:30a. – 2:45p.
officers and firefighters. Chipola’s Public Service Department
also will conduct a demonstration on the college softball field.
For information, contact Darwin Gilmore, Chipola Dean of
September 8, 2016 Workforce and Economic Development, at 718-2270. It’s Coming Back! An Equal Access / Equal Opportunity Institution www.chipola.edu/equity
Chipola announces 2016-17 Fine & Performing Arts events
The Fine and PerformingArts Department has
an outstanding lineup of performances, exhibits October 25-27
and events this year. for the 18th
• Chipola Theatre Showcase, Sept. 8, 7 p.m.
• Artist Series Event, “Two On Tap,” Sept. 22.
• Artist Series Event, Melinda Doolittle, Oct. 8, 7 p.m.
• Chipola Jazz Band Concert and Swing Dance,
Oct. 13, 7 p.m.
• Opening Night Dinner Theatre for Southern
Fried Funeral, Oct. 27, 5:30 p.m.
• Theatre production, Southern Fried Funeral, Oct. 27-29, 7 p.m., Oct. 30, 2 p.m.
• Sunday Afternoon with the Arts, Nov. 6, from 1-4 p.m., Cultural Center
• Chipola’s Christmas Art Exhibit, Nov. 28-Jan. 2, CFAArt Gallery.
• A Chipola Christmas featuring Show Choir, and music faculty and students,
Dec. 8, 7 p.m. ROULHAC IS TOP EMPLOYEE
• Community Chorus practices each Tuesday at 7 p.m., beginning Jan. 17 Melvin Roulhac is Chipola’s Career
• Artist Series Event, Cashore Marionettes, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. Employee for August. Roulhac has worked
• Theatre production, Hello Dolly, Feb. 22-Feb.25, 7 p.m., Sunday, Feb.26, 2 p.m. in the college Physical Plant since 2013.
• Artist Series Event, The Jive Aces, March 28, 7 p.m. Here, Chipola president Dr. Jason Hurst
• Jazzmatazz, March 30 - April 1, 7 p.m., and Sunday, April 2, 2 p.m.
• Spring Ensemble free Concert, April 11, 7 p.m.
• Children’s Theatre Production of The Magic Schoolbus, Thurs., May 11, 7 p.m.
• Chipola Theatre’s Stars on Stage Fine Arts Camp (Grades K-6), June 12-15.
For information about all Fine and PerformingArts programs, call 718-2420, (left) presents the award to Roulhac.
or visit www.chipola.edu/fine-and-performing-arts.