UCD President’s Award for Excellence in Student Activities 2003

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UCD President’s Awards Recipients 2003

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.

Eoghan Casey BSc (2004) is prominent in debating, was active in the L&H, was treasurer of the Life Society and is a previous auditor of the Philosophy Society. A science student, Eoghan was treasurer of the Science Day committee and acted as science editor of the University Observer – the prize-winning Students’ Union newspaper. He is a worthy recipient of an award.

Eoghan de Bhulb BSc (2004) MBS (2006) is another science student. Eoghan was chair of the Science Day committee which topped all previous records by raising more than €50,000 for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Cruimlin. Within the faculty, he also contributed greatly to the programme for the welcoming and induction of new students while in the wider university he has been active in journalism and in the Philosophy Society. In the coming year he will be secretary of the Gaisce Society. Eoghan is also a noteworthy cyclist having won Leinster Medals in cycling. Truly a young man of many parts!

Alice Delahunty BE (2003) MMgtSc (2005) is an electrical engineering student who has had a major impact on the life of the College. Her primary contribution was as a most effective auditor of the Engineering Society and the organiser of Engineering Day – an event which she brought back from the brink of disaster at different times. Alice was also very much involved with the Fashion Show for a number of years – one of the premier fund-raising events on the College calendar and was the fashion editor of the University Observer last year. She was also a member of the Forum Finance committee. She is obviously a very worthy winner of an award.

Jonathan Farrar BA (2004) is our first representative from the arts faculty. Jonathan has a long list of contributions on his CV from being an uilleann piper in the Traditional Music Society, an active member of the Tennis Club and a Students’ Union councillor. He made a very valued contribution as a member of the committee of the Student Club and the Forum Club, was on the committee of the Student Forum and a member of the English Literary Society. He has also worked with Belfield FM – the student-run radio station. The person who proposed Jonathan as a suitable recipient of an award described his as someone who does not seek the limelight. I hope he does not object to this well-earned illumination of his activities.

Carol Fahy BA (2002) GradDipEd (2010) is another arts student who has made her mark in the College. Having been active in the Outreach Society – a group of students who give tutorial assistance to secondary school students in disadvantaged areas – and being associated with Niteline, she also was active in the L&H and served a term as Development Office in the Students’ Union. Carol was then elected president of the Students’ Union and had a successful year in that office. Coming back to academic life, she was last year the treasurer of the Dramatic Society – never an easy task – and served as the chairperson of the Societies Council. She has shown her mettle in the hard world of student politics and has demonstrated that there is life after the Students’ Union.

Lorraine Muckian BSc (2001) PhD (2006) is another science student – this time a PhD student of Industrial Microbiology. Lorraine’s main extra-curricular contribution has been on the sports field where she has been the life and soul and the heart of the Ladies Gaelic Football team in College from her days as a fresher – some years ago. She has been a star – not just on the field where she has won every award conceivable in her sport but also as an organiser and treasurer of the Ladies Football Club over the years. Even if she weren’t a student of Microbiology, I would hail her as a worthy winner of the President’s Award.

Oisín O Sullivan BE (2003) MBS (2006) has overcome the double disadvantage of being a hard- working engineering student from Earlsfort Terrace to come to prominence in student life. Oisín has contributed to the activities of many organisations from the Commerce & Economics Society, the Students’ Union and the Student Forum committees to the management committees of both the student clubs. He has shown his mettle in the sporting arena as well where he has coxed two cup-winning UCD rowing teams. Oisín is another worthy award winner.

Tom Ward BA (2002) MA (2004) is yet another engineering student who has made his mark in the wider world having had the temerity to take on the job of auditor of the Law Society and succeed resoundingly at the task. This, of course, is one of the great old College societies with a brief which straddles the world of debating and the professional concerns of the law faculty. What the faculty thought of their society being taken over by a callow young engineer is a matter on which I am taking legal advice. Toms’ success gave the society victory in the Society Of The Year awards, which was presented last week. He has made many other contributions to the work of the Students’ Union and of the Student Forum and in his spare time has been captain of the Windsurfing Club. He is a great example of the enthusiastic, engaged student.

Edward Mackle BSc (2006) is a student who has not demonstrated his commitment over a wide range of activities in College – he has not had time to contribute all that much as he is only a first year science students. However, Edward has fully demonstrated his right to an award and the committee which proposes the list of winners to the President, recommended that Edward be given a special award for bravery. During the UCD-Trinity Boat Race, Edward dived into the Liffey and rescued and revived a girl who had fallen into the rived. For this act of bravery, which was carried out in the context of a College event, we present our first ever award for bravery by a UCD student.

For more on the UCD President’s Award for Excellence in Student Activities visit www.ucdsocieties.com/presidentsaward.