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    UCD President’s Award for Excellence in Student Activities 1999

    UCD President’s Awards Recipients 1999

    Gach bliain tugann Dámhachtainí an Uachtaráin aitheantas do na mic léinn sin a bhaineann an scoth amach in imeachtaí seach-churaclaim, imeachtaí a chinntíonn gur áit spleodrach, shuimiúil, dhinimiciúil agus dhaonnúil é UCD le cónaí ann agus le hobair agus staidéar ann chomh maith. Iarrtar ar fhoireann agus ar mhic léinn UCD iarrthóirí a ainmniú le haghaidh na ndámhachtainí sin.

    The President’s Awards each year provide recognition for those students who excel in extracurricular activities of a kind that make UCD an exciting, interesting, dynamic and humane place to live, study and work. Staff and students at UCD are invited to nominate candidates for these awards.



    Huzaifa Adamali BSc (1995) MB BCh BAO (2001) MD (2011) is a little unusual in managing to make his mark on the wider College consciousness; unusual firstly as a student from Tasmania, but even more so as a Medical student. In his time here he has managed to impose his infectious enthusiasm on his fellow students in organizing the Medical Research Forum to such an extent that he is universally hailed by them as a nice guy. He is a very suitable recipient of the first award.

    Deirdre Fitzgerald MB BCh BAO (2002) BMedSc (2002) The activities listed by her nominator are many and varied and give evidence of so much expenditure of energy that she should have no difficulty in working for the 120 hours per week that we are told are the lot of the junior hospital doctors today. She has been a stalwart of the Students’ Union, a contributor to the student newspapers and an organizer of such activities as the Earlsfort Terrace Rag Day. In working tirelessly for the welfare and the entertainment of her fellow students she has richly deserved a President’s Award.

    Colin Hetherington BComm (2000) MBS (2001) is unable to be present this evening but, I understand, that his father is here to accept the award on his behalf. Colin’s contribution to the life of College has been focused particularly on his fellow Commerce students and his tenure as auditor of the Commerce and Economics Society has specially brought him to the attention of the Awards Committee. While at least one former holder of this office has been the cause of some public disquiet in recent times, Colin brought the society to its most successful season ever with a record membership for any College society and an unequalled range of activities to bring some relaxation into the busy lives of our future entrepreneurs. He is another worthy recipient of the President’s Award.

    Ger Mc Gonigle BA (1998) HDipCompSc (1999) has spread his wings very widely in his four years in College. His list of distinctions include having been captain of the College Equestrian Club, teaching disadvantaged children in the Outreach programme, Students’ Union Irish Language Officer, modeling in the UCD Fashion Show which is organized to support the Simon Community, Resident Assistant in Merville and in Belgrove in different years and involvement in security work for Arts Day and other events. In addition he has been a member of the Students’ Union Executive and a class representative for Mathematics. Who says that students today are apathetic?

    Antonia Melvin BCL (2001) has created a very impressive CV for herself in just two years in College. A Law student, she became involved in the Law Society immediately after her arrival here and she has been a major force in the society since then. Among her contributions has been her work as a judge for the Schools Debating Competition in which she was a winner before coming to College. Antonia does not confine herself to the Law Society; she teaches debate and oratory, she is a karate expert and is an elected student member of the Academic Council. She is a force to be reckoned with.

    Emmet Moorehouse BA (1999) HDipBS (2007) has been described by his nominator, as the kind of student of whom, our eminent founder, Cardinal Newman, would be proud. He has contributed frequently to all the student publications in College ranging from the journals of the English Literary Society and the Philosophy Society to the student newspapers. He has had major involvement in Amnesty International and in the UCD branch of the Labour Party and has been the Chair of the Students’ Union Council. Moreover he has been active in the less glamorous activity of providing grinds for his fellow students. He is truly a Renaissance man.

    Justin Sinnott BA (1998) MA (2000) who is a postgraduate student in the Politics department, has, again, made contributions to an impressive number of activities in College. While he has been an active committee member in the L&H and the Commerce & Economics Society he has put his major energies to work through the Students’ Union. He has been an active worker in the Welfare Office, a member of the Student Club committee, the Evening & Postgraduate Students’ Officer and was an unsuccessful candidate for the Union presidency in 1997. He has worked tirelessly for the interests of his fellow students over a long period in College and fully deserves the President’s Award.


    Article posted April 21, 2014

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