On the 5th of November a night was held for the alumni of TCD Geography. On the night, Alumni who graduated from 1985 onwards were invited to reacquaint themselves with the Department, and also to catch-up with staff and meet fellow alumni.
Starting off in the recently refurbished Haughton Lecture Theatre, close to 50 Alumni were brought up to date with TCD Geography by Dr. Mark Hennessy. Changes that have occurred over the last 20 years were outlined, with updates on staff and facilities. Several staff members were present to discuss their present research with the alumni, including Dr. Andrew MacLaran, Dr. Martin Sokol, and Dr. Pádraig Carmody.
The night also saw the launch of the James Killen Postgraduate Scholarship Appeal, which is a scholarship honouring the contribution and commitment that Dr. James Killen gave to TCD Geography. The target of the appeal is to raise €80,000 to fund a postgraduate for three years to complete a PhD in Geography.
Also in attendance were representatives of the DU Geographical Society who officially launched their Alumni membership scheme. As a result membership of the GeogSoc now extends well beyond a student’s time in TCD Geography. The scheme offers Alumni various levels of membership, which also includes lifetime membership of the society. Dr. Des Gilmore, a former staff member who was influential in the establishment of the society in the early 1960’s, was present to unveil a ‘plaque of honour’ for the society which is placed outside the Freeman Library.
The Alumni then caught up with each other, and present staff and postgraduates, in a reception that was held in the Freeman Library. A great night was held by all and it was wonderful to hear the Alumni speak so warmly of their time in TCD Geography. Some personal highlights were also witnessing some of the staff members attempting to clean the Freeman afterwards, with one person in particular having a considerable struggle with the vacuum cleaner.
To donate to the scholarship, go to the TCD Alumni Appeal and specify that you would like the donation to go to the “James Killen Postgraduate Scholarship”
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Authored by Kevin Lougheed, Teaching Fellow, TCD Geography