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    UCD President’s Award for Excellence in Student Activities 2006

    UCD President’s Awards Recipients 2006

    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.

    Susan Connolly MVB (2009) has contributed greatly to the outstanding success of the World University Debating Championships which were hosted by UCD in January this year. She has also been a hard-working member of the L&H, which members claim is the most important society in the University. She has also been a frequent contributor to the University Observer – one of the two student newspapers on campus.

    Mary Dobbs BCL (2006) PhD (2013) is another World University Debating Championships organiser but it is particularly in the School of Law that she has shown her talents and her dedication. She has been a stalwart member of the Law Society and an active member of the Free Legal Aid Centre. She was particularly involved in mentoring first year students and has been active in assisting foreign students coming to UCD on Erasmus programmes.

    Shane Hennelly BSocSc (2006) is both a successful sportsman and an active participant in a range of College activities. He has been captain of the UCD Handball Club for three years and in that capacity has a Sports Achievement award to his credit. He was no less active in the affairs of the Students’ Union and was the Welfare Vice-President in the 2004-2005 session. Finally her has been a major force in the work of the foremost political society in UCD.

    Sana Hussain BBLS (2007) has been an active member of the Business and Legal Studies Society and has been involved in the organisation of various activities in the Law School. However, it is for her initiative, in co-operation with the next award winner, in devising and organising from scratch a Quake Day to raise funds for the relief of distress for the survivors of the Pakistan earthquake, that she is being recognised today/ this was a major undertaking and its success merits this award.

    Holly Irvine BA (2006) was the joint organiser, with Sana, of the Quake Day events, which eventually involved most of the other student organisations on campus. She was particularly important in getting all the main student societies to participate. Holly has also been very involved in the work of the Students’ Union and is currently waiting for the results of the elections held to elect next year’s sabbatical officers. She has also been active with the Business and Legal Studies Society and with Arts Day.

    Ross Kelly BSc (2006) MB BCh BAO (2010) was Staffing Director for the World University Debating Championships. This was a continuation of his major involvement in the work of the L&H society – both as a competitive debater and an organiser of various society events. Ross had another life as a very active member of the Dramatic Society, which, during his time of involvement hosted the Irish Student Drama Association Festival. In yet another aspect of his activities he has been involved in outreach teaching programmes and has designed many posters for student society events.

    Gregg O Neill BA (2005) MA (2008) GradDip (2011) has been a tireless worker for student activities over his time in College. His most public activity has been his 2 years as chair of the Societies Council – the umbrella body for all student societies. Another debating stalwart and Wold University Debating Championships organiser, he has also been auditor of the Philosophy Society and the Kevin Barry Cumann of Fianna Fáil. He has been chair of the Students’ Union Council and part-time administrator of the Student Consultative Forum.

    Eoghan Toomey BSc (2006) was chairperson of the committee organising Science Day – the most successful charity fundraising activity on campus. This year it collected over €70,000 for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. Eoghan has also been a major force in the work of a relatively new campus activity, the UCD Volunteers Overseas, which last year travelled to Haiti to work on the prevention of flood damage.

    Azlan Samat MB BCh BAO (2008) is honoured for his great work as president of the UCD Islamic Society. The Society, under his leadership, has been involved both in providing activities for the many Islamic students on campus – particularly in the Medical School – but also in awareness raising activities among the general student population. He also played a leadership role in organising relief activities for the tsunami victims last year.

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