CVCC Announces Hall of Fame Inductees
PHENIX CITY, AL— Chattahoochee Valley Community College (CVCC) and the CVCC Foundation are proud to announce three distinguished inductees for Hall of Fame 2021 in preparation of the College’s annual celebration to be held on March 11, 2021. For the first time ever, this will be a special virtual celebration.
The awards recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to their professions, their communities, and CVCC. This year’s honorees are: Mayor Eddie Lowe for Distinguished Service, Mayor F.L. “Bubba” Copeland as Distinguished Alumnus, and Michael O’Neal for
Mayor Eddie Lowe has served as Mayor of Phenix City since 2012. His service extends beyond being mayor. He is an advocate for education. Through the annual Mayor’s Ball, funds are used to provide scholarships to high school students to attend college and academic dual enrollment at CVCC. Lowe is active in the community, serving as a member of the Rotary Club of Phenix City, volunteer of the United Way of Phenix City, and a past member of the Phenix City Board of Education. In addition to his duties as mayor, Lowe serves as Senior Vice President and Business Development Manager at Synovus Bank of East Alabama where he is responsible for the operation of four branches. He earned a degree in finance from the University of Alabama, where he played football as well.
Mayor F.L. “Bubba” Copeland has lived in Smith Station most of his life and has served as mayor of his home town since 2016. Prior to becoming mayor, he served on the Lee County Board of Education. He is the youth minister at First Baptist Church in Phenix City. His mission in life is to serve others. Mayor Copeland was named the 2020 East Alabama Chamber of Commerce’s Individual of the Year for his leadership in the aftermath of three tornadoes. Mayor Copeland is a 1992 graduate of Smith Station High and a 1994 graduate of CVCC where he earned an Associate Degree in business. In 1997, he graduated from Auburn University with a degree in hotel and restaurant management. Copeland owns and operates The Country Market in Salem, Alabama.
Michael O’Neal is the pitching development coach for the Milwaukee Brewers. He is responsible for creating and developing plans for the pitching staff to enhance pitch movement profiles and increase their pitching mechanics efficiency using technology and biomechanical data.
O’Neal started his post high school baseball career at Chattahoochee Valley Community College in 2010. CVCC Athletic Director Adam Thomas describes him as one of the greatest pitchers in CVCC baseball history. During his time at CVCC, O’Neal developed into one of the top junior college pitchers in the entire country and won the ACCC Pitchers Triple Crown, leading the league in wins, earned run average, and strikeouts. For his efforts, he earned All-ACCC and NJCAA All American that season. Upon graduating from CVCC, O’Neal signed a scholarship to Auburn University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science. His time in the Tiger baseball uniform earned him a spot with the Atlanta Braves, and he played in the minor league for four years.
“It is such an honor for us as an institution to recognize and celebrate these individuals, “said President Jackie Screws. “We pride ourselves in providing a quality education and great service to our communities, and these honorees exemplify this high standard. What better way to honor our inductees than by also helping future graduates who have a need. The monies raised through this event make a real difference in students’ lives by providing scholarship funding.”
To date, more than $380,000 has been contributed to scholarships thanks to the Hall of Fame. One of the highlights of the event is the silent auction, and this year, it will be conducted online. Some of the most popular auction items in year’s past have included International trips, spa packages, original art, and tickets to premiere sports events. On average, anywhere from 40 to 60 items (some in bundled packages) are available for bid. The College is currently accepting donations for its silent auction.
The Hall of Fame event will also include entertainment provided by Central High School Show Choir, Russell County High Concert Band, and the Smith Station Jazz Band. This evening of recognition is set for March 11, 2021. Sponsorships for the event are available beginning at the patron level of $50 and range to the $10,000 platinum level. For more information, contact David Fletcher at 334- 291-4938.