Branscomb's new sound
debuts for its donor
LAKELAND, Fla. (August 16, 2002) - Florida Southern's Branscomb
Auditorium demonstrated its new sound system on Aug. 12 for Jay
C. Troxel, the retired businessman who provided $125,000 for the
equipment upgrade. A patron of FSC's Festival of Fine Arts, Troxel
donated the funds in memory of his wife, Eloise.
Troxel and his wife, both retired appraisers, moved to Lakeland
in 1991. Troxel became a philanthropist after Eloise passed away
in 1997. He has supported numerous charities in the Lakeland area
including Lighthouse Ministries, VISTE, Talbot House and the Ledger's
Newspaper with a Heart.
"During my 11-year residence in Lakeland, I became aware of the
unusual quality of cultural activities in the community, especially
the Festival of Fine Arts sponsored by Florida Southern," Troxel
said. "It was with great pleasure that I learned how I could be
of help to the program as one way to express my gratitude to the
college for its ongoing contribution to Lakeland and Polk County."
According to Branscomb manager, Tony Harris, the new sound system
is the best he has heard in Central Florida other than the system
at the Cirque du Soliel Theatre in downtown Disney. The system,
consisting of 12 Meyer Sound powered loudspeakers controlled through
a digital media matrix processor, replaces the system installed
in 1963. The 3-months-long installation included engineering and
rigging by Aerial Rigging of Lakeland, electrical installation by
Morgan Electric of Lakeland, and system installation and overall
project management by Pro Sound of Orlando.
The sound system will have its official debut at the premiere of
FSC's Festival of Fine Arts Program on Oct. 3. The music department's
soloists and ensembles combine their talents for a tribute to famous
composers. For ticket information, call 863-680-4296.
About Florida Southern College
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site collection
of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.