Disney Donation

Disney donates equipment to San Jacinto campus program

Nov. 13, 2008

Students in Mt. San Jacinto College’s Audio & Video Technology Program on the San Jacinto campus will be able to train on state-of-the-art equipment donated recently by the Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Bing Bruce, an Audio & Video Technology instructor, picked up more than $92,000 in equipment donations from the Disney studios in Burbank, according to Dr. Phillip Morrione, department chair. The donation came through connections Morrione and Bruce made with animation studio officials.

The Walt Disney Animation Studios routinely update and replace equipment. Some of the equipment is estimated to be only 18- months-old and was related to a specific project or film. Once the film is completed, the equipment is then warehoused and stored for disposal. Because MSJC’s Audio and Video program is one of the few in Southern California that specializes in production, Disney was happy to find a donor for the surplus equipment, according to Morrione.

The equipment is perfect for schools who otherwise could never afford such equipment, said Bonnie Hays of Disney. Disney makes an effort to recycle equipment to schools that can use it. The MSJC Audio & Video program has received two truck loads of gear so far and a third load is in planning stages.

Some of the donations include 2 digital, fully automated mixing consoles for audio, 6 multi-track recorders, two 35mm theater projection systems and a portable 24’ projection screen.

The equipment will be used in the Audio & Video Technology Program on the San Jacinto Campus of MSJC. Additional equipment was also distributed by the audio program to the Information.Technology and the San Jacinto campus theater departments.

The Audio & Video Technology program is based at the San Jacinto Campus of MSJC. This program is unique to the Inland Empire and provides students trained in audio and video to businesses all over the region. The program includes a radio station, video production, and training on professional audio & video equipment. Eagle radio also uses satellite technology to broadcast college athletic events. Listeners my tune in on their computers by going to www.msjc.edu and then by clicking on the Eagle Radio button on the lower left side of the page. The Audio & Video Technology Program offers two certificates and two associate degrees in audio/video technology.

For more information: Dr. Phillip Morrione 951-487-3665.