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The 1967 Class Gift keeps supporting Engineering Students

The 1967 Class Gift keeps supporting Engineering Students

The Class of 1967 was represented by Lorna Parkins, who presented their annual scholarship to Miss Taneille Donald, now a third year Civil Engineering student.  After months of delay occasioned by the pandemic, the Faculty of Engineering, Mona, held its Annual Awards Ceremony for 2019/2020, virtually, on Thursday, 29 April, 2021. She received a cheque for $100,00.00, a plaque memorializing the event (funded so far and for another three years with a late Class Gift donation), and a citation.

Mr. Nicolas McMorris spoke of the impact that the Award is having on the students - their motivation to submit worthy proposals as they vie for the Award more for the prestige that it adds to their list of achievements than for its monetary value. 

The 1967 Class Gift Fund now has a balance with the Mona Bursary of $1,100,000.00 which, at the current rate of disbursement, will fund the Award for the next 11 years. Gifts are still welcomed.



The Selection Committee for The UWI Class of 1967 Award for Excellence in Leadership and Innovation in the Faculty of Engineering, Mona is pleased to name our awardee for the academic year 2019/2020. 

The Class of 1967 has sought to identify awardees whose achievements have been inspirational and who would be at the forefront of a movement to attract and grow greater participation and enrolment in STEM programmes and activities.                        

This year, we reviewed the performance of the largest group of students presented for assessment in the three years of the programme. After much deliberation, we selected a candidate with attributes that display excellence in both leadership and innovation.

We are pleased to announce that Miss Taneille Donald, who is now a third-year student in Civil Engineering, is the recipient of The UWI Class of 1967 Award for Excellence in Leadership and Innovation for the academic year 2019/2020.

Miss Donald has been an active student leader since her entry into the B.Sc. Civil Engineering Programme and is known on and off the University campus for readily taking the lead in identifying and finding solutions to varied technical and non-technical problems.

She is the Deputy Commuters’ Representative for the Faculty of Engineering, the Vice President of the Mona student chapter of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and the Treasurer of the Mona student chapter of the Jamaica Institution of Engineers.  She also served as the Deputy Secretary for the Mona Engineering Society (MES) for the 2019/2020 academic year.

One of her proudest achievements is her continuing participation in the Jamaica

Productivity Centre as a Productivity Ambassador creating awareness about productivity at the national level while motivating individuals to improve their own productivity through workshops entitled “Productive Sessions”. 

In her direct relationships with the Mona student body, Miss Donald has served as a student ambassador policing the campus between classes to encourage her colleagues to complete their student evaluations and fulfil other student obligations. Within the Faculty of Engineering, she has been part of a two-person team conducting informal tutorial sessions for fellow students in Engineering Mathematics 1 - an initiative promoted and fostered by the Institution of Civil Engineers to facilitate exam preparation.

While working as an intern at the National Works Agency in the summer of 2020, Miss Donald, on her own initiative, designed a bypass for the main arterial ring road into Buff Bay and presented it to her supervisors for consideration. Although she had not yet been exposed to the Year 3 Highway course, she accessed varied resources and sought guidance in areas that she did not fully understand. She notes that it was gratifying to learn that her design, in whole or in part, will be considered for the Buff Bay leg of the highway.

In our deliberations, the Selection Committee considered academic excellence, leadership, and innovation in naming the awardee and we are pleased to present Miss Taneille Donald with a cheque for $100,000 representing The UWI Class of 1967 Award for Excellence in Leadership and Innovation for 2019/20, together with a plaque memorialising the event.


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