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McAllister Hall Dedication draws on fond memories, family support

McAllister Hall lobby
A view of the renovated lobby of McAllister Hall during the dedication ceremony Thursday, Oct. 21.

Brewton-Parker College held a Dedication of the renovated McAllister Hall Thursday, Oct. 21. Among those honored were family members of Pearl McAllister Moses, the first female graduate of Brewton-Parker College in 1907, then called Union Baptist Institute. UBI offered a curriculum for grades 1-11. McAllister Hall was named in her honor during a Founders Day ceremony at the college, April 28, 1967.

McAllister Hall
Front of McAllister Hall the morning of Oct. 21.

   

McAllister Hall is the oldest women’s residence hall on the Mount Vernon campus. The first wing was completed in 1949. McAllister’s $1.5 million renovation, which spanned a year-and-a-half and “came in under budget”, marks the first major upgrade thanks to donations from family, friends and foundations. Essentially every feature of the building’s interior was updated, upgraded, or replaced.

Pearl McAllister family
The family of Pearl McAllister Moses and special guests and friends during the McAllister Hall Dedication Ceremony Oct. 21.

“This is a 43 year old building,” said general contractor Tim Lentile of Lentile Construction Company. “With its guts taken out, the structure was sound. They don’t make them like that anymore. All the girls are satisfied with enough hot water to go around. One of the things I found under about three layers of carpeting was the original pine flooring. The love of the pine is prevalent in this area. I am proud to say these floors are the most striking feature when you enter the building.”

Ma Helen Braddy and family
Ma Helen Braddy, second from left, a beloved dorm mother of McAllister Hall for many years, was honored by BPC graduate Jim Beall, Vice President for Enrollment Services. She is pictured here with her family to her right.

Hugh Peterson Jr. of Vidalia, a BPC graduate and a relative of the McAllister family, congratulated the renovation, praising McAllister Hall as “an essential part of the creation of a very valuable community at an institution like this. It is where you develop relationships and inspire, instruct and support one another in their faith. The role of the woman in society, based on my observation, is in preserving and promoting our Christian faith. They are the ones who keep us on our track. McAllister Hall in its repurposed and revitalized form will continue to promote this environment at an institution which provides a quality education in a Christian context.”

Hugh Peterson, Jr.
Hugh Peterson Jr. remarks on the importance of women’s dorms on college campuses, especially at Brewton-Parker College.

Peterson is the chairman and CEO of VNS Corporation of Vidalia.

Christine “Cricket” Morris, a BPC senior and Residence Director of McAllister Hall, said, “Thank you for your donations and your hard work. I have lived in McAllister my entire time at Brewton-Parker. When I first moved in, my mom said, ‘Cricket, I just had to come over the sink to get to your toilet. Don’t you want to move to another dorm?’ I replied, ‘No. I love McAllister Hall. It’s where my friends are.’ Life in McAllister Hall is like a family away from your family.”

During the dedication, Ann Keown, granddaughter of Pearl McAllister Moses, reported the family donated a 1907 essay written by her grandmother on a typewriter, entitled “Ecology of Flowers”. She recalls her “Gragu”, as the family refers to McAllister Moses, as a “perfect person who never was heard saying anything critical of another”. McAllister’s family is from the Long Pond Community of Montgomery County.

McAllister Hall Wall of Honor
Dr. David R. Smith, BPC President, left, and Mr. Norman Winter, Vice President for College Advancement, unveil the Wall of Honor.

“On behalf of my family, we feel very honored and proud to have participated in this momentous occasion,” added Keown.

The Office of College Advancement secured the funding for the project. A Wall of Honor in the McAllister Hall Lobby now features an oil on canvas portrait of Pearl McAllister Moses, donated by the family, and a listing of the top donors. These donors at their respective levels are: Platinum Level ($100,000-plus) – Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, Holland/Underwood Foundation and William D. Lee Charitable Remainder Trust; Gold Level ($50,000-$99,999) – John and Mary Franklin Foundation and Tull Foundation; Silver Level ($20,000- $49,999) – Montgomery Bank and Trust and Mrs. Jean A. Morgan; and, Bronze Level ($5,000-$19,999) – Dr. and Mrs. David R. Smith, Harley Langdale Jr. Foundation, Brady Foundation, Stubbs Oil Company, Mrs. Claudia D. Westerfeldt, Mr. and Mrs. John E. Roller, Wheeler County State Bank, Honorable Terry L. Coleman, BPC Women’s Fellowship, VNS Corporation, Sandridge Foundation Trust and Mr. and Mrs. Richard H. Brown Jr.

Rooms were donated in honor or in memory of loved ones and supporters of the college. To arrange a tour of the renovated McAllister Hall, contact Dean of Students Sherrie Helms at 912-583-3206.

Founded in 1904, Brewton-Parker College is the only accredited four-year Christian college in South Georgia.

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Updated on: October 29, 2010 3:44 PM