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(From left) Josef Crichton, Cluster Representative, Belgiqu; Jason McKenzie, Acting Student Services and Development Manager, OSSD; Guy Sevrin, Belgian Ambassador to Jamaica; Dr Lindy Jones, Student Services and Development Manager, Aston Preston Hall; and Jerameel James, Hall Chairman, Aston Preston Hall


Belgian Ambassador visits Preston Hall

Belgian Ambassador Guy Sevrin visited Aston Preston Hall of The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus late last year, as part of a series of initiatives by the Hall Committee to establish connections with various European embassies and consulates in Jamaica.
The 13 clusters on Aston Preston Hall each bears a name associated with a European country in appreciation of funding for the construction of the hall approved in 1990 by the European Development Fund under the Lome Regional Programme as part of the Student Accommodation for Caribbean regional educational institutions. The Cluster Representative of Cluster Belgique, Josef Crichton, made the necessary contacts with the Belgian Embassy and invited Ambassador Sevrin to partner with students on the cluster.
Ambassador Sevrin was formally welcomed to the hall by the Student Services and Development Manager, Dr Lindy Jones, who was joined by Acting Director of Student Services, Jason McKenzie, and student leaders, Jerahmeel James and Josef Crichton.
Ambassador Sevrin, who was also joined by his daughter and three of her friends, started the visit with a tour of The Campus, then of Aston Preston Hall. They then visited Cluster Belgique where they were entertained with cultural items by the students. The visit concluded with refreshments and a rap session at the Shark Lounge.
Ambassador Sevrin expressed appreciation for the warm welcome and hospitality he received.

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