A ground breaking ceremony was held on September 30, 1999, for a new 18,000 sq.ft. facility for the fine arts area. At an estimated cost of $2 million, for the Joe F. and Eleanor Hayes Christian Fine Arts Center, which is scheduled for completion by January 2001, will expand and update the current facilities primarily located in the rear of Turner Auditorium. With the recent increases in enrollment, the existing facility can no longer accommodate the many needs associated with classroom, practice, and performing areas.

A gift from Joe Frank and Eleanor Hayes of Travelers Rest, South Carolina, enabled the college to move forward on this project. Their generosity to the college is evident with the Joe Frank and Eleanor Hayes Ministry Center and also the Hayes Gymnasium already on the NGC campus. They have a longstanding history of support to the college, as well as to many other worthy and needy causes.

Because of a gift from Dan (’57) and Martha Boling (’57) of Taylors, South Carolina, the recital hall in the fine arts center was to be given the name of their choice. They chose to honor Carolyn Gillespie Hamlin (’57) by naming the recital hall in this new facility, The Hamlin Recital Hall. Mrs. Hamlin of Easley, South Carolina, and many of her friends and family members were on hand for the groundbreaking ceremony. An accomplished organist, (serving over 40 years at Easley First Baptist Church as organist) and world renowned composer and lyricist, she is well known and respected by the church music community and beyond.

Header photo: From left: Martha Boling (’57), Dan Boling (’57), Carolyn Hamlin (’57), Eleanor Hayes, and Joe Frank Hayes.

Article published in the March 2000 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

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