Email Facebook Print No Repro FeeFourth year student at Mary Immaculate College (MIC) Lauren-Kate Browne from Bunratty in Co. Clare At an awards ceremony at MIC Limerick on Tuesday 10 March, Lauren-Kate, who is studying to become a primary teacher at MIC Limerick, was presented with the ‘MIC Foundation Award for Excellence’ in recognition of her contribution to college/student life. The ‘MIC Foundation Award for Excellence’ is a scholarship initiative of the MIC Foundation and MIC’s Students’ Union, MISU. Lauren-Kate is a strong advocate for well-being and mental health and has been actively involved in promoting positive mental health, both on campus and in the classroom while on school placement.Prof Niamh Hourigan, Eugene Wall, Aisling Cusack, and Lauren-Kate Browne pictured at the Mary Immaculate Collage Limerick for the Foundation Awards for Excellence tonight.Pic. Brian ArthurProfTHE outstanding achievements of students at Mary Immaculate College (MIC) were recognised at an awards ceremony held at the College’s Limerick campus last night (10 March).Five students were each presented with the MIC Foundation Award for Excellence’, a scholarship initiative of the MIC Foundation and MIC’s Students’ Union, MISU.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Now in its 11th year, the ‘MIC Foundation Awards for Excellence’ are valued at €500 each and are presented to students in recognition of their musical, sporting and artistic achievements, as well as their contributions to community and college life.Prof Niamh Hourigan ,Eugene Wall, Aisling Cusack, and Nicole Wilson pictured at the Mary Immaculate Collage Limerick for the Foundation Awards for Excellence tonight. Pic. Brian ArthurProfThird year student, Chantelle Cawley, from Mountmellick in Co. Laois was presented with an Award for Excellence in recognition of her advocacy work. Chantelle, who is studying to become a post primary teacher, has been passionately raising awareness of higher education within the travelling community throughout her time at MIC Thurles.She has provided insight into the NCCA Draft Curriculum Guidelines on Traveller Education and aims to be a role model for young traveller girls seeking to progress to higher education.Chantelle’s dissertation explores the effect of teacher expectations on students from ethnic minorities and she hopes that her research will aid both current teachers and student teachers in supporting students from ethnic minorities.Fourth year student at Mary Immaculate College (MIC) Lauren-Kate Browne from Bunratty in Co. Clare pictured receiving her ‘MIC Foundation Award for Excellence’ from Professor Eugene Wall, President of MIC.Pic. Brian ArthurMairéad Fallon, who hails from Barna in Co. Galway, received an Award for Excellence in recognition of her community engagement endeavours.The third year B Ed and Psychology student is actively engaged in volunteering on a local, national and international level, and in 2019, Mairéad was selected to participate in the Washington Ireland Program for Service and Leadership, which recognises young leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to serving others.As well as volunteering with homeless charities and those supporting people in Direct Provision in her native Galway, Mairéad will travel to Kolkata this summer where she will volunteer for 10 weeks.Lauren-Kate Browne from Bunratty in Co. Clare was presented with an Award for Excellence in recognition of her contribution to college/student life.The fourth-year student who is studying to become a primary teacher at MIC Limerick is a strong advocate for well-being and mental health and has been actively involved in promoting positive mental health, both on campus and in the classroom while on school placement.Second year B Ed and Psychology student, Dearbhaile Roe, received an Award for Excellence in recognition of her sporting achievements. Hailing from Claremorris in Co. Mayo, tennis player Dearbhaile won the National College Championships in Doubles in 2018 representing MIC, and reached the semi-finals in both singles and doubles last year.Also, in 2019, Dearbhaile was crowned Connacht Senior Open champion and is due to represent MIC in the National College Championships later this year. As chairperson of the MIC Tennis Club, Dearbhaile is committed to sharing her sport with others and aims to make tennis accessible to all students.Fourth year B Ed student Gary Stephenson from Tralee in Co. Kerry received an Award for Excellence in recognition of his contribution to college/student life.In his role as Campus Ambassador, Gary strives to ensure that students have a positive and fulfilling college experience and is keenly aware of how important it is for students to be supported in their transition to third level.A further three students were also Highly Commended for Music, namely Nicole Wilson from Shannon in Co. Clare, Aaron MacKessy from Ballacolla in Co. Laois and Siún Daly from Bishopstown in Co. Cork.Nicole is studying to become an early years educator, while Aaron and Siún are both studying to become primary teachers.Presenting the students with their awards, Professor Eugene Wall, President of MIC, congratulated them on their achievements saying, “It’s wonderful to acknowledge the achievements of our students in this way and to celebrate their hard work, talent and dedication.“These students have excelled in the areas of sport, music and the arts while remaining committed to their studies and are deserving recipients of the ‘MIC Foundation Award for Excellence’. I commend you all on your accomplishments and I wish you all the very best as you continue to pursue excellence and fulfilment in your chosen fields.” he added.MISU President, Aisling Cusask, echoed Professor Wall’s sentiments, adding “MISU is delighted to once again be involved with the ‘MIC Foundation Awards for Excellence’, which highlight and celebrate the hard work and talents of our students.“I can certainly say we are very fortunate to have such dedicated students here at MIC and this awards event is a fantastic occasion to acknowledge this. On behalf of MISU, I would like to congratulate the award recipients and wish them all continued success in the years ahead, both in your academic life and life outside of college.” she said.The ‘MIC Foundation – Awards for Excellence’ scholarship scheme is open to all full-time undergraduate MIC students who have successfully completed their first year of study. Applicants have to demonstrate excellence in sports, music or the arts while maintaining a commitment to their academic studies.Deirdre Kennelly, MISU General Manager, outlined how these awards form an integral part of the recently launched MISU Strategic Plan, which will govern the activities of the College’s students’ union for the next four years.Speaking at the awards ceremony, she said, “In partnering with the MIC Foundation on the Awards for Excellence and recognising our students for their achievements, we are supporting and contributing to a number of the key priority areas identified in our Strategic Plan for 2020–2024.“I would like to congratulate all the applicants on their achievements to date and wish them every success in the future.” she added.Also announced on the night were the winners of the MICS, the annual clubs and society awards.Third year B Ed and Psychology student, Sinéad Doyle, was awarded ‘Best Individual’ for her work with MIDAS, MIC’s Dramatic Arts Society.The Cork native has been with MIDAS for the past 3 years and is currently directing this year’s musical, ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’.MIDAS also scooped the award for ‘Best Society’and ‘Best Event’ for their 2019 production of ‘A Chorus Line’, as well as ‘Best Photo’.Will Reidy was awarded ‘Best Fresher’ for his work with the Live Music Society. Will is a first-year mature student from Limerick who is studying on the Bachelor of Arts programme at MIC Limerick.The Live Music Society was also awarded ‘Best Poster’ for ‘Positive Jamz’, as well as scooping the award for ‘Best Promotional Video’.The winners of the MICS will now go forward to represent MIC at the BICS (Board of Irish College Societies) Awards in Athlone next month. 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The three-day program of this event brings a handful of educational workshops and presentations, and in addition to the traditional meeting with representatives of the Croatian Government and the Croatian Tourist Forum, this year’s Days of Croatian Tourism will be crowned with awards and recognitions for the best actions of the Croatian Tourist Board and Croatian Chamber of Commerce. RELATED NEWS: “From the very beginning of its mandate, the Government of the Republic of Croatia has been focused on encouraging the development of the Croatian continent, in which the tourism and hospitality sector plays a major role. That is why we decided to hold the Days of Croatian Tourism in Slavonia this year. In addition to this year’s Days of Croatian Tourism, numerous and diverse events are held in the host counties in order to present Slavonia in the way it deserves, and that is as a destination rich in content, beauty, culture and an indispensable part of Croatian tourist offer.. ” Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli pointed out at the opening of the Croatian Tourism Day. At the end of the day in the evening in Vinkovci, the first part of the awards of the Croatian Tourist Board and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce in the categories for destinations of the year, attractions of the year, awards to the business sector (Tourist flower – quality for Croatia) and people in tourism. “This year’s Days of Croatian Tourism are special because they are not held in one place but in five counties of Slavonia, Baranja and Srijem. Destinations in Croatia can no longer be viewed as one place, tourism transcends administrative boundaries and that is why these Days of Croatian Tourism are special, because they represent what we build the future of tourism, and it is the joint presentation and development of destinations which, although special in their own way, one whole, a complete tourist story ” Cappelli concluded. Photo by Mint “In recent years, we have focused all our attention on our beautiful coast, while neglecting the continental part of the country. I am glad that this has been changing lately, so we are paying more and more attention to the interior of the country, which has a lot of tourist potential. We Slavonians know very well the potential of our homeland, but we must make sure that others find out about it. That is why it is important that we smartly build the brand of Slavonia and the interior of the country in general. In addition to gastronomy and local culture, we must offer guests other facilities. First of all, we need to specialize, focus on targeted niches, such as cycling or agritourism, which attract tourists throughout the year, not just a few months of the season” said the president of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Luka Burilović. Yesterday, a traditional meeting of tourist workers and all stakeholders in the tourist system of the Republic of Croatia was opened in Vukovar – Croatian Tourism Days (DHT) which are organized by the Ministry of Tourism, the Croatian National Tourist Board and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce since October 2 to 5, 2019 in Slavonia. DAYS OF CROATIAN TOURISM BEGIN IN SLAVONIA. AND IT ALL STARTED WITH ONE CRAZY IDEA “I am extremely glad that the Days of Croatian Tourism are being held for the first time in history in the continental part of our country, in Slavonia, our still somewhat undiscovered tourist pearl. I am sure that this traditional tourist gathering, which gathers over 1000 participants, will be an additional wind in the back of the promotion and further positioning of Slavonia, both in the domestic market and in foreign markets that increasingly recognize this region as a desirable and indigenous tourist destination., he said HTZ Director Kristjan Stanicic, adding that he is sure that all Slavonians will prove to be excellent hosts.” Also, Cappelli pays special attention to the synergy and association of tourist boards, which is significant because the need for synergy and destination branding is increasingly emphasized in the everyday narrative, which we have been waiting for for years. After the island of Hvar, Slavonia should finally be presented and branded as one tourist brand, and not five as before. Cover photo: Eltz Castle, Vukovar City Museum The main part of the program begins today, October 03, when three presentations were organized for the participants, which include a visit to Slavonski Brod, Bukovlje, where the first boat farm is located – Eco-ethno Farm Savus, where a lecture will be held. The Farm to Table movement. Then, a visit to Požega and Kutjevo where workshops and tastings will be held Wine story – Graševina and a visit to the Papuk Nature Park and the Jankovac Forest Park, where a tour and lecture will be held Papuk, a mysterious jewel of Slavonia. The second part of the awards will be presented on Friday, October 04 in Osijek for the 10 best in tourism, in the following categories: Tourist destination of the year, Sustainable tourism award, Beach of the year, Tourist event of the year, DMK Travel agency of the year, Restaurant of the year, Marina of the Year, Camp of the Year, Hotel of the Year, Anton Štifanić Award in the category of company / institution / association and individual, Lifetime Achievement Award and Special Recognition for Outstanding Contribution to Tourism of the Republic of Croatia.