Awards recognise student achievement

18th May 2010

The inaugural Student Recognition Awards ceremony took place this month, organised by DITSU.  Student Union President Tracey Flinter was host for the event,  and the special guest for the evening was actor, comedian and star of Father Ted, Mr. Frank Kelly.  Awards were presented for a range of achievements and participation to students who had made a significant contribution to campus life in DIT throughout the year, particularly through their involvement in making the Students? Union effective and connected to student life.

Speaking before the presentation of awards, Frank Kelly complimented the students for their enthusiasm, generosity and ingenuity.  He regaled the audience with his own schooldays experiences but also how college life in UCD had opened up another world for him.

In addition to the awards presented by DITSU, the Chair of Governing Body, Mr. Seán Dorgan presented ten students with the inaugural Chairperson?s Medal for Extra-Curricular Activities 2009/2010.  The recipients are:

irene walsh

Irene Walsh, Built Environment- in recognition of her outstanding contribution as a member of a club and sports scholar.  Irene has been a key figure in enabling the DIT?s Waterpolo Club to attract a record number of new members and for the first time ever a ladies Waterpolo team was established and competed in the Irish Universities Waterpolo Championships this year winning the title of DIT.

She was then selected to represent Ireland in the Celtic Nations in March for the Irish University Swim and Waterpolo Association. In her chosen sport of Waterpolo, there are three main competitions for ladies teams in Ireland; the Leinster League, the National League, and the Senior Cup. This year was the first year for her club, St. Vincent's of Glasnevin, to win all of these three competitions

cecily quentin-weeks

Cecily Quentin-Weeks, Built Environment­­ ? in recognition of her work in representing students on SSRS Council, a sub-committee of Governing Body during her time in DIT.  In particular, Cecily has fought hard to get academic recognition for the skills and experience that students develop through organising events for the Students Union, Clubs and Societies ? and these efforts are now bearing fruit.  An Architecture student, she was a class rep, she was editor of Ailtireacht magazine, she also holds leadership positions in ASA Society and Circus and Juggling Soc and Cecily featured recently on TV3 promoting the DIT Circus and Juggling Festival.

liam stewart

Liam Stewart, Business ? in recognition of his deep involvement throughout his time in DIT in the organisation and delivery of many successful events which gained national publicity for DIT.  Liam is a founder member of DIT?s charitable work in Malawi.  He is also a Founder member of BAM Soc and coordinated events such as the h2o walk and Bill Cullen?s visit to DIT.  He was nominated for National Society Awards and coordinated fundraising projects which collected over €15,000 for SVP and Wells for Zoe. Liam has also actively represented DIT students as a class rep, ub the Students Learning with Communities group, and on the Social and Cultural Committee.

ciaran nevin

Ciarán Nevin,  Engineering  - in recognition of his outstanding contribution to college life across a dazzling range of areas from Societies, Student Union and as student activist.  Ciarán has been the inspiration for and driving force behind the award-winning Comedy Soc; he has been a an advocate for student rights as a Class Rep and a leading Students Union Governing Councillor, representing the student voice from the Bolton Street campus. He was also elected as DIT Student Union President for 2010-2011 and takes up that office on 01 July 2010.


Emma Bailey, Engineering ? in recognition of her huge contribution to Student Activity across Sports and the Union in a Class Rep capacity.  Emma has been heavily involved in DIT Ladies Football Club operating at every committee position throughout her four years in DIT.   She has been solely responsible for driving the DIT Equestrian Club, bringing home the title of Overall Equestrian Intervarsity Winners this year while also trying to get participants to compete in the Pentathalon Championships in November.  Emma together with others set up this event and pushed to get it put on the CUSAI domestic Calendar.

sarah deegan

Sarah Deegan, Engineering ? in recognition of her work on behalf of the DIT Archery Club.  Sarah has worked tirelessy and relentlessly for the Club and is the current Chairperson . She has been the Student Rep on the DIT Sports Committee, SSRS Committee, the Colleges & University Sports Administrators of Ireland Domestic Affairs committee and is Treasurer to the National Students Body of Irish Students Archery Association . Sarah?s hard work paid off over the years, attracting students from schools to study at DIT as a result of the well known and respected DIT Archery Club.  Her achievements for this year alone include two Irish Field records and she is the current Irish Field Champion.  She came second in the Indoor National Championships; first in the Ladies Compounding Intervarsity League and was nominated for World Students Championships in China

lina hacker

Lina Hacker,  Science - in recognition of her commitment and dedication to student representation and democracy.  Lina has been a proactive Class Rep, an energetic Students? Union Governing Councillor for the Kevin Street Campus and has played a significant role in local events and college activities, all of which increased participation and have enhanced the student experience in DIT.


John Maye, Tourism & Food ? in recognition of his commitment to a number of aspects of student life in DIT.  John has been an active within Socs and the Students Union over his past four years, from starring in lead roles in Drama Soc and representing DIT at BICS, to being a Class Rep and Governing Councillor. John represented DIT at the Union of Students in Ireland Annual Congress this year and was part of the winning delegation. He has given his time, energy and commitment to DIT and motivated all students who have crossed his path.

susan mc daid

Susan McDaid, Applied Arts ? in recognition of her contribution and leadership.
During her time as a Media Arts student, Susan has been a founder member of two highly successful societies ? Dance Society and Media Society, and has held leadership positions in Drama Society and An Cumann Gaelach.  The Drama and Dance Soc received nominations for the National Society Awards during Susan?s time in charge and her involvement was key to DIT successfully hosting the Irish Student Drama Awards.  Susan developed her leadership skills in the scouts, and is still deeply involved.  Susan was one of the first winners of the Irish Language residency scholarship in DIT, and during her time in Tigh an Gaeilge broadcasted a weekly radio show on Radio na Life to promote the Irish language.  Susan is also a skilled film-maker, writer, and, from time to time, comedian.

aoife ni glacken ryan

Aoife Ní Glacken-Ryan, Applied Arts - in recognition of her huge efforts as former Chair and committee member of An Cumann Gaelach since 2006.  During Aoife?s time with an Cumann Gaelach, the society won Best Improved Society and Best Aungier St. Society in DIT Societies Awards in 2008 and 2009 as well as 3rd prize in Glór na nGael 3rd level Societies Competition in 2009. Aoife is an active member of Aisteoirí Bulfin, Dublin?s amateur Irish language drama group and is the Secretary of the County Dublin committee of Conradh na Gaeilge. Aoife was one of the first groups of students to participate in DIT?s Scéim Cónaithe Gaeilge, Irish Language Student Residency Scheme in 2008/09. As well as all her extra-curricular activities, Aoife is an enthusiastic, lively and active student on the BA in Journalism with a Language (Gaeilge).  She?s a keen writer and active member of the Journalism Society. She also plays guitar and can be seen doing stand-up comedy from time to time!! She hails from Limerick.

ita greene

Following the presentation of the student awards, a special tribute was paid to an outgoing member of Governing Body, Ms Ita Greene.  Ms Greene served on Governing Body for two five-year terms and during that time was chair of the SSRS Committee.  Presenting her with a memento of her time with the students, Ms Flinter said that Ita had always been a strong supporter and advocate of student interests and her work on Governing Body was greatly appreciated by the student body.  Ms Greene received a standing ovation as she accepted the award.

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