NUI Galway Announce 2013 Alumni Award Winners

Feb 04 2013 Posted: 11:35 GMT

NUI Galway has announced the winners of the 2013 Alumni Awards to be presented at the 13th annual Alumni Awards Gala Banquet on Saturday, 9 March, 2013. The Gala Banquet will be presented by RTÉ’s Gráinne Seoige and will again be held in the Bailey Allen Wing located in Áras na Mac Léinn on campus.

The Alumni Awards recognise individual excellence and achievements among the University’s more than 80,000 graduates worldwide. The Awards programme boasts an impressive roll call of 68 outstanding graduates who have gone on to honour their alma mater, including, for example, Michael D. Higgins, Ciarán FitzGerald, Sean O’Rourke, Professor Frank Gannon, Dr Luke Clancy and Gráinne Seoige. This year’s award winners come from right across the globe as the University celebrates The Gathering 2013.

The winners of the five alumni awards to be presented at Gala 2013:

 Alumni Award for Business, Public Policy and Law – sponsored by Bank of Ireland

   -  Adrian Jones, Managing Director, Principal Investment Area, Merchant Banking Division,    Goldman Sachs.

 Alumni Award for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences – sponsored by Medtronic

 - Mary E. D’Alton, M.D. Willard C. Rappleye Professor and Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons.

 Alumni Award for Engineering and Informatics –sponsored by Bank of Ireland

 - Hugh O’Donnell, Saipem Spa deputy CEO and COO Drilling.

 Alumni Award for Science – sponsored by Aramark

 - Seamus Kavanagh, Vice President Global Innovation and Technology Development,Hollister Incorporated.                             

Award for Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies sponsored by AIB

 - Joyce McGreevy, Author and a Supervising Editor for the Academic Division of National Geographic.

Speaking on the announcement of the Awards recipients, President of NUI Galway, Dr Jim Browne said: “Our Alumni Awards programme recognises the many Galway alumni who are leaders in their chosen fields. These awards celebrate the life-long value of an NUI Galway education and recognise individual achievements among the University’s more than 80,000 graduates worldwide. In this year of The Gathering, we are delighted to recognise in a very special way graduates who have distinguished themselves internationally, and who return to their alma mater from various parts of the globe.  I congratulate each of the Award winners and look forward to welcoming them back to campus for the Gala Banquet in March.”

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