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.
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.
On the Best Regional Colleges in the South list, Chipola was number 52.
High Point University (NC) was first, and Flagler College (FL) was second.
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.”
The rankings that include Chipola College are available at:
Cast announced for Chipola’s Southern Fried Funeral
Chipola 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 runs, Oct. 27-30.Tickets—$8 for adults and $6 for ages 18 and under—go on
sale Oct. 5.The show plays nightly at 7 p.m. with a Sunday, Oct. 30 matinee at 2 p.m.
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.
The show is centered on the news that Dewey Frye is dead and the rest Gracie Wallace(Sammy Jo), Saylor Novonglosky (Atticus), Darby
of his family is left to pick up the pieces—if they don’t kill each other first. Benjamin (Harlene) sisters and an old boyfriend show up for a crazy
Funerals bring out the worst, the best, and the funniest in families. and funny situation!
Sirmon invites theatre fans to join the Applauding ChipolaTheatre (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.
The Appreciation Club kicked off its annual membership drive working toward their goal of Appreciation Club
200 members. The Club is a tax-deductible organization that promotes athletics and underwrites
scholarships and functions not supported from public funds. Membership Drive
The $250 membership provides access to Appreciation Club general seating and Hospitality
Room for four guests at home men’s & women’s basketball games and admission to baseball &
softball games. Corporate Sponsorships also are available.
Basketball teams open the season in November. Baseball and softball are currently playing a
pre-conference Fall schedule. For info, call 850-718-2398, or visit www.chipolaathletics.com.
O riginal works by Dr. Kitty Myers will be on The Chipola Chapter of AFC will
hold the Annual Silent Auction,
display in the Center for the Arts Gallery beginning Oct. 25-27, in the Conference Rm Oct. 25-27
Oct. 8. The opening will coincide with the Artist
Series performance of Melinda Doolittle. The show on the second floor of building Z.
will be open through the end of October. Gallery hours All employees are invited to donate items
are Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., to the auction, and to bid on the great selection of prizes.
and Fridays, 9 a.m. to noon. Dr. Myers worked at the college from Premium items include Mountain Cabin and beach house vacations, luxury boat
1981 to 2011. She began her career as a mathematics instructor and cruises on local waterways and assortments of collectibles and homemade baked
retired as Vice President of Instruction and Baccalaureate program. goods.To donate or to learn more, contact Bryan Craven at firstname.lastname@example.org
The number of students at Chipola is up 4.59% 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.
A F CCHIPOLA Series
The Chipola Chapter of theAssociation of Florida Colleges (AFC) recently awarded 9scholarships Melinda Doolittle
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 Amercian Idol Finalist to perform
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- The Chipola Artist Series will present
Decree and mother Vicki Jones, Kaylee Messer and mother Kelly Lanier, Landon Pippen and vocalist Melinda Doolittle, Saturday, Oct.
mother Wendy Pippen, Chase Rentz and mother Dr. Pam Rentz. Since 1993, AFC has awarded 8, at 7 p.m. Described as “a young Gladys
over $160,000 to students through Chipola’s AFC Scholarship Endowment. AFC members raise Knight”, Melinda Doolittle is a soul–
funds through concession sales at college sports events and with an annual silent auction. stirring songstress. She is a flawless vocalist
with irresistible artistry and effortless style
Power probe donates to Automotive Program compelling her audiences to keep listening.
Doolittle became a household name
Power Probe President Jeff Whisenand was a recent during season six of American Idol in
guest on the Velocity & MAVTV Networks television show 2007. She came in third in the voting,
Motorhead Garage hosted by Chipola instructor John first with Simon Cowell calling her his
Gardner.PowerProbedonated multiple Power Probe Basics “personal favorite” and quickly became
and Power Probe IV for Chipola students to use in their the sweetheart of American Idol winning
electrical diagnosis and training. Power Probe is dedicated over the hearts of all with her stunning
to proper electrical diagnosing and to the creation of powerhouse vocals and her personal charm.
innovative, easy to use diagnostic equipment for the Learn more at www.melindadoolittle.com
automotive industry. Gardner says,“Power Probe’s motto is Individual tickets for Doolittle are on
‘the right tool makes all the difference,’and in this case the sale now for $20, and $10 for under 18.
right tool is getting into the hands of future technicians, Season tickets for all four events are on sale
thanks to the generosity of Power Probe.” for $60. Single event tickets range from
$20-$25 for adults, $10 for under 18, and
Chipola will host a Jazz Band Concert and Swing Dance Party, $5 for Chipola students and employees.
Thursday, Oct. 13. The Chipola Jazz Band will join the UWF A Meet the Artist Reception for season
Jazz Band, the Marianna High Jazz Band and other local ticket holders will be hosted by First Federal
bands for a fun evening of jazz favorites. All jazz fans are Bank of Florida. For more information,
invited to enjoy the concert and to cut a rug in the Cultural contact the Box Office at 850-718-2420.
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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High School Counselor Apprec. Day
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CHIPOLA BRIGHT FUTURES FALL FESTIVAL— The Florida Lottery Bright Futures DeadlinetodesignateHonorClassesSpring
program recently sponsored the Chipola College Fall Festival. Here, Bright Futures recipients 6 Music through Performance 4 p.
accept a check from the Lottery representing the $9.5 million Chipola students have received 7 CAAP Reg. Deadline, NovTest – AA Grads
in Bright Futures Scholarships since the program began. Pictured from left, are: Libby Varnum, 8 Art Gallery Opening 6 p. CFA Art Gallery
TrippTaylor, Crete Zorn, Lottery District Manager Randy Fox, Jayde Smelcer,Ann Marie Brown, 8 Artist Series Event 7 p., CFATheatre
Donovan Ebersole and Dr. Jayne Roberts, Chipola Vice-President of Student Services. 12 TRiO On Course Seminar
12 TRiO Mtg. 1:30 p. Cafe
Rex Lumber Awards Engineering Tech Scholarships 13 Jazz Band Concert & Swing Dance 7 p.
15 SSS CampusTour & Football Game FSU
18 Night Student Social 7p. Cafeteria
CRAA Mtg. 11:30 a. Jim’s Buffet
SSS Financial LiteracyWorkshop
22 ACT Exam
Rex Lumber officials visited the campus to meet recipients of the Robert and Kathryn 25-27 AFC Silent Auction
McRae scholarship for students in the college’s Engineering Technology program. 27 DeadlinetoApply-FallGraduation(All)
Pictured (front): Dylan Kirk, James Hatcher, Colby Hargrove, Marc Jackson, 27 AFCOpeningNightDinnerTheatre5:30p.
Wade Robinson, Devon Lovelace, Dalton Mock, Logan Stone, Kaitlyn Kosciw, Chase
Rentz, and (back) Dr. Jason Hurst, Caroline Dauzat, Jared Banta, Kenny Sparks, Charles McRae, 27-29Theatre Prod. Southern Fried 7 p. CFA
Frank Bondurant, Michelle Schaefer, Logan Kever, Randy Cummings and Aubri Hanson. Scholarship 30 Theatre Prod. Southern Fried 2 p. CFA
recipients not present were Taylor Clark, Dillan Green & Ryan Riley.
Chipola considers adding ROTC Program Bontrager Speaks At Chipola— Chipola alumnus Travis
Chipola 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 Bontrager was the receent guest speaker at the Chipola Honors
Chipola ROTC would be part of a collaborative unit managed by the existing Seminar. Bontrager is a third year student in the FSU College
Army ROTC regiment at Florida A. and M. University. of Medicine. He earned a B.S. from the University of Florida.
His interest in health care started during treatment for his
Army ROTC provides two, three and four year training opportunities for full-time broken wrist in high school. His goals were solidified during
students to become commissioned officers. ROTC candidates must complete a physical his mother’s fight with terminal cancer. Pictured from left: Tripp
examination, physical fitness test. Successful applicants would then be eligible to receive Taylor, Travis Bontrager, Casen Moore and Delilah Bass.
a scholarship through ROTC while earning a bachelor’s degree at Chipola. 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.
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.”Contact Dr. Bouvin at 718-2380 or email email@example.com
The 12th annual Sunday Afternoon with the Arts event is scheduled for Nov. 6,
from 1 to 4 p.m., at the Chipola College Cultural Center on College Street.
The family-oriented event will feature hands-on workshops, an art exhibit
featuring the works of local and regional artists and authors; and artists
demonstrating their work. Music, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
The event is sponsored by the Artists Guild of Northwest Florida in partnership
with The Chipola Regional Arts Association and Chipola’s Fine and Performing Arts
Department. For information, visit http://tagnwfl.org/
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