02/16/02 - Falany Performing Arts Center Dedication: Unforgettable Words For An Unforgettable Facility
"Wonderful academic facility." "Fitting tribute to Floyd and Fay Falany." "An amazing opportunity." "Tremendous." "Grand." "Warm and intimate." "Embodiment of Reinhardt spirit." "A job well done."
Descriptions and thanks abounded during the Falany Performing Arts Center dedication service on Feb. 16, 2002. Almost 200 trustees, alumni, students, friends of the College, faculty gathered to dedication the facility.
Before the service, Dr. Falany said the dream for a performing arts center came from Dr. J. Rowland Burgess, Reinhardt president from 1944 - 1973. "When I was dean, Dr. Burgess took me around the campus and shared with me his dreams for College," Falany said. "He described to me the current front gates, built long after his death but based on his idea, and we talked about a performing arts center." So, during Falany's tenure, as 11 buildings were constructed and eight others significantly renovated, he and others dreamed about a quality performing arts center.
the building. "You know good and well that Fay deserves to have her name on this building, and I do not. All I've ever done is beg for Reinhardt College. And I pledge to you that I will not rest until there is a sizable endowment for this building to make sure that it always looks like what it does today."
He brought his family up on stage to recognize them. "We have four girls: a doctor, a nurse, a teacher and a businesswoman. They are my heart, but Reinhardt is a close second."
Reinhardt Interim President Dr. Charles E. Glassick and other College administrators described the impact the facility would make on the College and its community.
"What you are looking at is a wonderful academic facility, and this hall is already noted for its acoustics," Glassick said. "Yet ï¿½ it is also a wonderful opportunity -- an opportunity for Reinhardt to develop the finest programs in music and communications in the Southeast. It presents the opportunity to serve this region through culture and entertainment, and it will provide a beautiful vista, as well."
Architect M. Garland Reynolds Jr. of Gainesville, Ga, designed the 49,000 square foot facility. It cost $9 million and took almost 14 months to construct. An anonymous donor gave the center's naming gift, asking that it be named for the Falanys, as part of the $30.5 million capital funds campaign, which concluded in 1998. The facility funding was also assisted by two Atlanta families, the McCamishes, who contributed the funds for the McCamish Media Arts Center, and the Murrays, who donated funds for the Eulene Holmes Murray Department of Music.
Michael Williams, the great nephew of Mrs. Murray, said his great aunt always loved music and the arts and wanted young people to have the opportunity to study those subjects. She supported Reinhardt because of her admiration for Dr. Falany and her fondness for the College.
"I know she is looking down on this tremendous building today and smiling," Williams said.
Dr. Curtis G. Lindquist, dean of Reinhardt's School of Arts and Humanities, and Margaret O'Connor, dean of the McCamish School of Business and Communication, elaborated on the facility's impact.
"Years from now, all of you and all of us here at the College will look back with great pride and will say job well done because we're going to produce hundreds of wonderfully talented young musicians, broadcasters, communication specialists, editors and film makers out of this building," O'Connor said.
United Methodist ministers, the Rev. Albert F. Turnell, the Rev. Dr. G. Gilman Watson, and the Rev. Dr. C.R. Hill, and Reinhardt trustee and Building and Grounds Committee Chair Ronald K. Hopkins Sr. also took part in the program.
The service concluded with performances by Reinhardt music students Jeremy Osborne on the classical guitar and Kevin Boyle on the marimba.
Guests toured the Falany Performing Arts Center, which contains eight practice rooms, six classrooms, two large rehearsal spaces, two production studio/control room suites, four dressing areas, a green room, multiple storage areas, 15 offices and a 350-seat concert hall with seven balcony areas. The Murray Department of Music is already in the new facility, and the communications division of the McCamish School of Business and Communication will move to the facility in May 2002.