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Published by Chipola College, 2021-09-16 12:03:53

Chipola Monthly September 2021

Chipola Monthly September 2021

Enroll Today in Workforce Programs
There is still time to enroll in many of the college’s Workforce Education
programs. Several programs start new classes throughout the year, and others
offer self-paced learning.

Programs include: Automotive Technology, Cosmetology, Building
Construction Technology, Advanced Manufacturing and Production Technology,
Advanced Welding, Civil Engineering Technology, Engineering Technology,
Law Enforcement Academy, Correctional Officer Academy and Fire-fighting
Academy. Darwin Gilmore, Chipola Dean of Workforce Education, says, “We
offer excellent programs that help put people to work in as little as a few weeks.
All programs have excellent placement rates in good-paying jobs.”

For information about Chipola Workforce Education programs, visit www. or contact Gilmore at [email protected] or 850-718-

Register Now for Fall Term ‘C’ Classes Chipola Vaccination Clinic
Sept. 21
Fall academic classes at
Chipola College began Aug. 23, The Jackson County Health Department with hold
but students may still enroll in Fall a COVID-19 Vaccination event, Tuesday, Sept. 21,
Term ‘C’ classes which begin Oct. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Chipola Cultural Center.
18. The six-week term runs Oct. People who received the first shot on Aug. 24 may get
18-Dec. 14. their second shot at this event. First shots also will
be available. Here, Chipola graduate Morgan Sledge
Currently enrolled students (seated) of Blountstown, gets vaccinated at the Aug.
may add Term C classes to their 24 event. Brittany Melvin, of the Jackson Co. Health
schedule. New students are Dept. administered the vaccine. The college strongly
encouraged to make application to encourages unvaccinated students to get vaccinated
the college and register as soon as as soon as possible. COVID-related absences are now
possible. Face-to-face and online being treated as all other illness-related absences.
classes are offered in several areas.

The following classes
are scheduled, with more to
be added soon. (MUL2010)
Music Appreciation (Online); (PET2760) Theory and Methods
Coaching Sports (Online); (DEP2004) Human Growth and
Development (Online); (RED3360) Teaching Reading Middle/
Secondary Schools (Online); (RED4519) Diagnostic and
Instructional Interventions in Reading; (RED4519) Diagnostic
and Instructional Interventions in Reading (Online); (SLS1101)
Orientation (Online); (AER0257V) Automatic Transmission and
Transaxle Technician; (THE1000) Theatre Appreciation (Online);
(TPA2212) Introduction to Stage Audio; (TSL4081) TESOL
issues and Practices (Online); (ENL2022) Survey of English
Literature II; (ETD2340) Auto Cad Level II; (RED3311) Teaching
Reading in the Intermediate Grades; (CGS1060) Introduction
to Microcomputer Use (Online); (GEB4930) Selected Topic in
Business (Online); (HSC2400) Standard First Aid; (BCV0400V)
Building Construction Helper and (LEI1000) Intro to Leisure
Services (Online).
Chipola’s open-door policy guarantees acceptance to any
student with a standard high school diploma or its equivalent.
Prospective students should complete a college application online
at Students also must provide an official high
school and college transcript. Students should visit an academic
advisor in the Student Services building to register.
For information about enrolling at Chipola, call the Admission
and Records office at 850-718-2311, or visit

Chipola AFC Scholars
The Chipola College Chapter of the Association of Florida Colleges (AFC) recently awarded five scholarships to children
of college employees. Scholarship recipients are seated with their sponsors standing, from left: Thomas Schaefer II and
Thomas Schaefer, Taylor Young and Steve Young, Lucinda Clark-Hussey and Amanda Clark, Chelsea Gardner and John
Gardner, Addi O’Bryan and Shanda O’Bryan. Since 1993, AFC has awarded over $175,000 to students through Chipola’s
AFC Scholarship Endowment. Members raise funds through concession sales at college sports events.

Florida Supreme Court Justice Ricky Polston is
Chipola Alumnus of The Year

Ricky Polston, Florida Supreme Court Justice, is Chipola’s 2021
Alumnus of the Year. He grew up on a farm in Graceville, where his
family raised peanuts, watermelon and cattle. Polston graduated from
Chipola in 1975 with an A.A. degree. He says, “I will always be grateful
for the opportunity to attend Chipola and for the excellent foundational
education that I received there. The professors took a personal interest in
us and genuinely cared. On a personal level, I had great fun meeting new
lifelong friends and continuing with others from my hometown. I could
not have asked for a better experience in my first two years of college.”
Polston has returned to Chipola in recent years to offer advice to
students in the college’s Honors program, speaking to the group on Sept.
15. Pictured from left, are: Bonnie Smith, VP
for Student Services; Dr. Sarah Clemmons,
Polston went on to earn a B.S. at Florida State University, where he was Chipola President; Polston and Allyson
named FSU’s Most Outstanding Accounting Student. Upon graduation, Howell, Honors Adviser.
he became a C.P.A. and practiced accounting with Deloitte Haskins &
Sells in the Tampa office for seven years. He then returned to FSU for his law degree. Although no longer practicing
accounting, he remains a CPA and a member of the Florida Institute and American Institute of C.P.A.’s.
In 1986, Polston obtained a J.D. with high honors from Florida State University College of Law. He was a member of
the FSU Law Review and the Order of the Coif. He worked in private law practice for 14 years primarily in commercial
litigation and was a certified circuit court mediator. He received a Martindale-Hubbell AV rating and was included in the
Bar Register Preeminent Attorneys. He was admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court, Northern District, Middle
District and Southern District; U.S. Tax Court; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; U.S. Court of Federal Claims; U.S.
Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Polston served as a Judge at the Florida First District Court of Appeal in 2001 until becoming a Justice of the Florida
Supreme Court in 2008. During this time, he served a two-year term as Chief Justice (2012-14). Since 2003, he has been an
adjunct professor at the FSU College of Law, teaching various courses.
Polston and his wife, Deborah Ehler Polston, have been married 44 years, have ten children, including an adopted sibling
group of six, and numerous grandchildren. He has been involved in his church, including being an elder, deacon, and teacher
of various student and adult classes.

Allen is Employee of The Year Chipola and UWF Offer Help For
Mary Allen, Chipola College Chipola andSmtheaSlml aBll uBussiinnesessDseevselopment Center
Custodian, has been named the college’s
Career Employee of the Year for 2021. are working together to provide small business services and
Allen is responsible for maintaining resources to business owners and constituents in the Florida
the Student Services Building, which panhandle.
is the center of most student and
employee services on campus. Allen Small business assistance will be available every Thursday
has worked at Chipola for a total of two or by appointment at Chipola College, Building Z, Office Z-216.
years, including one year of OPS part
time work. The Florida SBDC at UWF has outreach hours with Chipola
A colleague who nominated her for College each week through face-to-face consulting hours for
the award, says, “Mary enters our office current or prospective business owners.
every day with a smile and easy conversation. She is always
polite and so easy to work with. Mary is highly motivated Brianna Webb, SBDC Consultant at
to do her job extremely well. She is a delight to have on UWF, will be available by phone and email
campus. She loves working at Chipola and it shows.” for scheduled and impromptu meetings
Allen lives in Marianna with her husband Tracy. She assisting with business development, growth
is a long-time volunteer in the nursery at Trinity Baptist strategies, planning steps, opportunities
Church. When she’s not at work, she and her husband and grant applications. These meetings are
enjoy riding in their side-by-side UTV. confidential and provided as a free service.
Of her work at Chipola Allen says, “The people
at Chipola are so nice and they appreciate what I do. For additional small business assistance,
Everybody here is like family.” contact Webb at (850) 407-0681 or bwebb@
The Employee of the Year award recognizes the, and Dr. David Bouvin at Chipola
exceptional work of Chipola’s career service employees. College at (850) 718-2380 or bouvind@
Candidates are nominated by fellow employees for
exhibiting courtesy, motivation and professionalism.
Annual winners receive a $1,000 bonus, reserved parking FALL FESTIVAL Sept. 30
for a year, a one-year membership in AFC, and a $100 gift
certificate from the college Book Store. 12 - 2:45PM, Cafeteria Lawn.
Enjoy music, free giveaways and hotdogs

& hamburgers

Chipola Artist Series Tickets on Sale Mclendon Scholarships Available
The 2021-2022 season from the Chipola Foundation
promises to be an exciting line-
up of great entertainment for all The Chipola Foundation is now accepting
ages. applications for the McLendon Educational Trust
Sadly, the Annie Moses Scholarship for Fall Term C and Spring 2022.
Band concert scheduled for
Sept. 16, was cancelled. Season Funds are available for the Fall Term C 2021
ticket holders will be notified of semester for classes that run Oct.18 - Dec. 14.
replacement artist plans in the Applications will be accepted and considered as
near future. Those who purchased long as funding is available.
single event tickets with credit
card will be automatically Applications for the McLendon Scholarships
refunded to their card. Those who paid with cash should contact the for the Spring 2022 semester are also available. The
Box Office at 850-718-2420 for more information about a refund. application deadline is Oct. 13, 2021.

Mutts Gone Nutts comes to the stage Jan. 25. Disorderly duo, Applications are available on the college
Scott and Joan Houghton and their hilarious pack of pooches website and in the Chipola Foundation Office.
have created a comedy dog thrill show like no other. Expect the Applicants must complete the application and
unexpected with incredible high flying frisbee dogs, tightwire provide documents which include: a student letter,
dogs, dancing dogs, and magic dogs. Since 1985, the group has college and/or high school transcripts and the
brought its blend of physical comedy and circus arts to audiences previous year’s household income tax returns. The
from Las Vegas to Tokyo. Their nine amazing canine partners are all McLendon Scholarship selection is based on both
adopted from animal shelters and rescues. Mutts Gone Nuts is sure financial need as well as merit.
to unleash havoc and hilarity as the Houghtons attempt to match
wits with their mischievous mutts in a family-friendly performance. Completed scholarship packages may be mailed
They’ll have you at “woof.” Learn more at to: Chipola College Foundation, 3094 Indian Circle,
Marianna, FL 32446, or placed in the drop box at
The season rounds out on March 8 with America’s Sweethearts. the Foundation office.
America has loved the sounds of female close-harmony groups even
before The Andrews Sisters hit the airwaves in 1937, but audiences For questions, call (850) 718-2445, 718-2404,
will hear those vintage songs with fresh ears in this vibrant show. e-mail: [email protected], [email protected]
These New York-based ladies have performed across the US at or visit to the Foundation Office or visit www.
iconic spaces honoring veterans. The group gets crowds tapping .
their feet to hits like “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” as they celebrate
history through their crystal-clear harmony and colorful costumes. Chipola College Nursing
Learn more at instructors, CaSandra Melton
(left), A.S., A.A., B.S.N., M.S.N.
Season tickets—$50—are on sale now. Season ticket holders are and Annamarie Johnson, A.A.S.,
invited to attend the Meet the Artist receptions and receive reserved B.S.N., M.S.N., recently completed
seating renewal privileges for the next season. the Post-MSN Doctor of Nursing
Practice at the American Sentinel
Single event tickets--$20 for adults, $10 for children under 18, College of Nursing and Health
and $5 for Chipola students and employees--go on sale Oct. 1. Sciences at Post University.

Call the Box Office at 850-718-2420 or visit

Chipola Theatre Presents Hands On A Hardbody Oct. 14-17
The Chipola Theatre Department opens the 2021-22 season with Hands on a Hardbody (Oct. 14-17).
For ten hard-luck Texans a new lease on life is so close they can touch it in this hilarious musical.
Under a scorching sun for days on end, armed with nothing but hope, humor and ambition, they’ll fight
to keep at least one hand on a brand new Nissan truck in order to win it. Tickets go on sale Sept. 27. ACT
Fund members may redeem their tickets beginning Sept. 20.
Other upcoming theatre performances include, Alabama Rain (Nov. 4-5, 2021), The Importance of
Being Earnest (February 24-27, 2022), Charlotte’s Web (May 12-13, 2022), The Taming of the Shrew
(June 16-18, 2022), Gee’s Bend (March 31-April 1, 2022).
Membership is now available in the ACT
(Applauding Chipola Theatre) Fund which
directly supports the Theatre program. ACT
Fund season ticket levels are: Sponsor, $25 (2 tickets),
Patron, $50 (4 tickets), Benefactor, $75 (6 tickets), Angel, $100 (8
tickets), and Corporate Angel, $300 (12 tickets). ACT members get
early ticket redemption and other special benefits.

For information, call the Center for the Arts Box Office at 850-
718-2420 or visit Box Office hours
are 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m.–noon,
Fridays. The Box Office is closed on college holidays.

Chipola College is an Equal Access/Equal Opportunity Institution

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