By HANNAH KENNEDY
The beginning of a new semester is a time of change. One particular change to be noticed this semester is the remodeling and renaming of the Hall of Fame Room, now called the Jones Hall Nelson Suite. Today I had the wonderful opportunity to speak with our Assistant to the President/Board Secretary, Robin Oldham, and learn the story behind the new room.
Why the new name? Oldham shared with me that three generous friends of the Georgetown College— Davey Jones, John Hall and Oz Nelson— made it all possible. Thus the room was named after them. The Hall of Fame Room was lovely and had served the college well. However, these three men wanted to brighten the room up a bit and renovate. The room will serve the same function as it did before and will still be open for student use, but will be used more often for special events. President William H. Crouch wants to be sure that the room is used for more special events yet still open for student use.
The plans for the new room have been underway since early fall. Unfortunately, the room was needed too often last semester for the project to begin. Everyone was excited when the construction began at the beginning of this spring semester. Once the work began everything quickly fell into place. All of the details such as paint, fixtures and carpet were previously decided and it was just a matter of getting the whole shebang put together. A designer from Lexington and some of our very own staff worked together on the construction of the room. Among the workers was Mrs. Crouch. The room was finished in approximately 10 days.
Many have asked what the college intends to do with the plaques that were displayed in the Hall of Fame room. There are a few places being considered, but Oldham assured me that the plaques will be placed in an important place on campus. Although there have been great changes, Georgetown College will not stop giving respect where it is deserved.
I believe that the transition was a success. The Jones Hall Nelson Suite was first officially used on Founders Day, last Tuesday. Founders Day was also a Hall of Fame Induction Day, and there was a luncheon following the service held in the Chapel. Bob Wilson, the newest member inducted to the Hall of Fame, was not able to make it to the event; however, members of the Ensor family were able to attend the event and seemed to be impressed with the room.
There is constant striving toward improving the Georgetown College campus. We can expect more exciting projects to be underway in the future. One project taking place soon will be making improvements to the chapel. The college is thankful for the donations of good friends such as Davey Jones, John Hall and Oz Nelson, and also for the hard work of the individuals who put all the pieces together, for it is people such as these who help better our college. If you haven’t seen The Jones Hall Nelson Suite yet, I encourage you to drop by and take a look.