SEVERAL GENERATIONS of Taylorites are expected to make the journey to the celebrated 'Hall of Halls' at the University of the West Indies, Mona, to participate in a week of activities to mark the 60th year of Taylor Hall's existence.
Athol Hamilton, the hall's student services development manager, said the week of activities will commence on Sunday with a church service at the University Chapel and will end on October 5.
A feature of the week's activities will be a panel discussion next Wednesday on Jamaica's economic situation and the IMF negotiations.
Former deputy hall chairman, now journalist Dashan Hendricks will moderate the discussions. The panellists will include strategic planning and entrepreneurship specialist Dr K'adamawe K'nIfe, economist Dr Adrian Stokes and accountant Dennis Chung.
"The hall has contributed so much over the 60 years to the development of not just the university but to Jamaica and the wider Caribbean, and it is quite appropriate for us to take note of our journey in this fashion," Hamilton said.
Taylor Hall, which was named after Sir Thomas Weston Johns Taylor, the first principal of the University College of the West Indies, has produced some of the most influential persons in the region, including former Prime Minister of Jamaica Edward Seaga, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Kamla Persad-Bissessar and Ralph Gonsalves of St Vincent and the Grenadines.
WEEK OF ACTIVITIES
Sunday: Church service - UWI Chapel at 9 a.m.
Monday: 'I remember when' at 8 p.m. Dining room - a feature reminiscing on the good old days in Taylor Hall in the form of a pictorial presentation and verbal recitals from Taylorites past and present.
Tuesday: Pelican's Nest Lyme - Taylor Hall dining room.
Wednesday: Bonfire at 9 p.m. Taylor Hall spine.
Thursday: Panel discussion at 8 p.m. Dining room - focusing on Jamaica economic situation and the IMF negotiations.
Friday: Karaoke and treasure hunt.
Saturday: Blue and white fête - Taylor Hall dining room from 10 p.m.-2 a.m.