School of Arts and Sciences celebrates excellence

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Fall 19-4-2010

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney Campus

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The School of Arts and Sciences this week held its annual award ceremony, celebrating student excellence.

Students were recognised for their achievements in 2009 in the areas of Behavioral Science, Communications, English, Film, History, Politics, Sociology and Theatre Studies. The Government of Canada, Caritas, Cengage, CatholicCare, the CO-OP Bookshop, Pearson Publishing and Wiley Publishing generously donated prizes

A Special Achievement Award was presented to a group of students, Ellen Finlay, Kiara Pirola, Kimberley Phillips and Nicola Jones-Crossley, who established the School’s Student Association. Two Individual Achievement Awards were presented to Louise St Guillaume and Jessica McAlpine for their extensive volunteer efforts.

The event featured dynamic performances by senior level theatre and creative writing students as well as screenings of the winning films made by first year and intermediate students.

The Executive Dean of Arts and Sciences, Professor Gerry Turcotte, noted that, “This year’s event was the most ambitious ever, and it attracted more than 200 hundreds students and their families. Most importantly, though, the academic standard for the award winners was higher than it has ever been. The awards night showcased the quality and passion of the School’s best and brightest.”

Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Hayden Ramsay, in his welcome noted that “The arts are the chief means of building a civilised society. Our students use their minds and imaginations each year to add to Notre Dame’s synthesis of reason, faith and creativity.”

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