10/10/03 - Would the Real Floyd and Fay Falany Please Stand Up?
Community friends, students, faculty and staff
filled the entry and spilled into the atrium of the Falany Performing
Arts Center to celebrate the unveiling of the portrait of Dr. Floyd and
Fay Falany in Reinhardt Collegeï¿½s performing arts center named in
their honor.The Falanys lived on the Reinhardt Campus for 25 years while
he filled the positions of dean and president.
friends, students, faculty and staff filled the entry and spilled into
the atrium of the Falany Performing Arts Center to celebrate the
unveiling of the portrait of Dr. Floyd and Fay Falany in the Reinhardt
College building named in their honor.
portrait of the Falanys is amazing," said JoEllen Wilson, Reinhardt's
vice president of external affairs who worked with the Falanys for 17
years. "It is so realistic that it looks almost like a photograph. Rossin, the artist, did an exceptional job capturing their warmth, humor and welcoming personalities."
All expected entertaining tales from Dr. Falany, and he didn't disappoint. He
told of his early days on the Campus, when he asked where he might get a
sandwich after the dining hall closed, and was told,"'Hmm, Marietta." He
of how the area and the College had changed over the years, but how the
values upon which Reinhardt was founded continue to provide direction
in the College's operations.
feel honored to have been a part of Reinhardt College and we feel
privileged to continue to be a part of the hearts and minds here. This
portrait looks like Fay and makes me look a lot better," he said,
grinning. "It also made us feel good to see that the other portrait he was working on was of two famous Georges [a portrait of President George W. Bush with President George H.W. Bush for the George Bush Presidential Library].
Falanys' daughters unveiled the painting: Dr. Angie Falany Hulse, Candy
Falany Wilbanks, Cortney Falany Massoud and Kelly Falany. All grew up on the Reinhardt Campus and now live in Cherokee County.
faculty members Curtis Chapman, Thelma Rogers, Andy Edwards, Judye
MacMillan and Susan Naylor shared touching and humorous stories of their
years with the Falanys.
told of a time when Falany borrowed a bus and took the faculty on a
retreat to North Carolina but was stopped by the state patrol for
speeding. "The bottom line was that he not only talked his
way out of the ticket; the patrolman ended up sending his daughter to
Rogers told of starting an intercollegiate athletics program on a shoestring. "I said, 'Floyd, I would really like for us to consider starting an intercollegiate athletics, maybe in basketball. There's
a small college conference we can be a part of where we could be
competitive right away.' And he said, 'Thelma, if you believe we can do
it, without any money, then do it.' This modest start has grown to
include nine intercollegiate sports teams with two additional teams to
be added in the fall of 2004.
J. Thomas Isherwood, Reinhardt's current president, welcomed the
standing-room-only crowd, saying, "Dr. Falany's place in the history of
this College is assured. While the College has been blessed
with past inspirational leadership, in 100 years from now, when
students and faculty look back on its history, the time and service of
Floyd Falany will be understood as a major transition time for this
He also thanked Mrs. Falany for the impact she made on the College as a hostess and behind the scenes partner to her husband. "And to Fay, service as president of Reinhardt is never a one person responsibility. It is always a team effort. We are all indebted to what both of you have offered to Reinhardt. To both of you from the entire Reinhardt family, thank you. Thank you for your dedication, your good humor, your hard work and your long hours."
The Falanys lived on the Reinhardt Campus for 25 years while he filled the positions of dean and president. The Falany
Performing Arts Center was first announced in 1998 at the completion of the College's $30.5 million capital campaign. An anonymous donor gave the center's naming gift, asking that it be named for the Falanys. Assisted
by two Atlanta families, the McCamishes, who contributed the funds for
the Media Arts Center, and the Murrays, who donated funds for the Eulene
Holmes Murray Department of Music, the resulting $9 million facility
opened in the winter of 2002. It houses the newly organized school of communication arts and music.
Rossin, the portrait artist, has an impressive list of commissions including the former U.S. Attorney General Griffin Bell, the children of recording stars Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, and numerous educational, business, political and judicial leaders. A
native of Bulgaria, he graduated from the High School of Fine Arts in
Sofia, Bulgaria, and from The Art Academy of Sophia with Special Honors.
He now lives in Atlanta, Ga.
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