January 10, 2020
Bevill State Community College will begin a project to update the audio/visual equipment in the Earl McDonald Auditorium in the Tom Bevill Building on the Fayette Campus. This project is being funded through multiple sources, including Senator Greg Reed, Rep. Kyle South, the Fayette Community Foundation, the Bevill Foundation, and the Alabama Community College System (ACCS).
The Earl McDonald Auditorium is the largest auditorium in the Fayette County area, and is regularly used for College, partnering schools, and community events. For several years, sections of the auditorium’s lighting and sound systems have been non-functioning, leaving any group or organization utilizing the facility without a complete A/V system for use. Repairs were cost prohibitive. The contributions from these organizations is going to allow for a replacement of both the sound and lighting systems.
Dr. Kim Ennis, President of Bevill State Community College, said, “The College is so appreciative for the continued support of these community partners – Senator Reed, Rep. South, the Fayette Community Foundation, the Bevill Foundation, and ACCS. This is another example of how partnerships can make projects like this feasible. We would be unable to accomplish repairs and improvements such as this without their backing.”
“People throughout Fayette County and the surrounding area utilize the Earl McDonald Auditorium for community events. It is my pleasure to be a part of making this project on the Bevill State Fayette Campus possible,” stated Senator Greg Reed, Senate Majority Leader.
“I am excited that we are going to be able to make this improvement on the Bevill State Community College Fayette Campus. This is a project that will benefit the entire community,” said Kyle South, Alabama Representative for House District 16.
“The Fayette Community Foundation Inc. is privileged to have been able to distribute approximately $5.5 million dollars to worthy charitable projects throughout Fayette county. The Earl McDonald Auditorium update project is exactly the type project the community foundation can and will offer its full support. It is absolutely essential that this auditorium be maintained in pristine condition as a continuing tribute to the late Earl McDonald whose generosity will be long remembered,” said William Oswalt, Judge of Probate (retired) and President/Director of the Fayette Community Foundation.
Dr. Camilla Benton, President of the Bevill Foundation stated, “The Bevill Foundation has a long-standing partnership with Bevill State Community College. Earl McDonald established the Bevill Foundation so that deserving students could realize their dream of pursuing education through scholarships. We provide scholarships for students on the Fayette Campus, and provide support such as this for facilities projects. The Foundation’s office is housed in the Tom Bevill Building in which the Earl McDonald Auditorium is located. We are excited to be a part of this project.”