Arts and Science students awarded for excellence

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Fall 17-4-2008

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Sydney Campus

Publication Place



The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Sydney School of Arts and Sciences recently held its inaugural awards night for academic achievement in 2007.

The evening was both a celebration of excellence across the key disciplines in the School and a showcase of the broad range of skills and talents from students in theatre, communications and creative writing. The event featured performances by upper level theatre students, films by first year and intermediate filmmaker students, and readings by three creative writing students.

Awards were presented to some 36 students, featuring an individual achievement award which went to politics and journalism student, Joel Clark, who has recently been invited to join the Prime Minister’s Australia 2020summit.

A group initiative award was given to politics students Thomas Griffin, James Griffin and Anthony Mason for their pioneering iVote project which sought to engage young people across the nation in the political process. Executive Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, Professor Gerry Turcotte commented on the evening, “It was an outstanding night that brought together over 150 families, friends, students and staff in what I hope is the first of many such events. The night made clear the high quality of our students, both academically and professionally.

“The buzz at the end of the evening was terrific and the message of the night was clear - that academic excellence, initiative, the creative performance of public duty, and the care and support of the University by our students will be celebrated and rewarded,” said Professor Turcotte,

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Moira Saunders 02 8204 440