The First Seven Weeks Staff

Coordinator of the First Seven Weeks Initiative

Lorna Horgan

Lorna

1. Originally From:

The Rebel county of Cork (bai).

2. Time in UL:

This will be Lorna’s 5th year in UL.

3. Time with the First Seven Weeks Initiative:

This will be Lorna’s 4th year working on the F7W initiative.

4. Education:

Graduated in New Media and English with a certificate in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).

5. Work in UL:

Lorna started working in UL for her Co-Operative Education as Administrative Assistant in the Regional Writing Centre. While on Co-Op, she also completed the module Peer-Tutoring in Academic Writing and became a Writing Tutor upon her return from ERASMUS. Lorna has also worked as PA to the Dean of the Centre for Teaching and Learning, and worked with the First Seven Weeks initiative as a Week 1 guide, Student Support Worker, Blog Editor, Assistant Coordinator and this year as Coordinator. She has also worked as a Transition to University Course leader for the Access Office, an Orientation/Open Day guide, and promoted College Dinners on-campus.

6. Volunteering Experience:

Lorna volunteered as class representative for New Media and English for the entire 4 years of her studies. As well as this, she volunteered as department representative for the School of Culture and Communication while in 4th year. In first year, she campaigned for the successful Welfare Officer during elections, and did some social media work for Pay It Forward Limerick, an initiative which encourages people to pay random acts of kindness forward to others.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/Lorna4President/videos/?ref=page_internal

This year she will receive the silver President’s Volunteer Award which requires 40 hours of volunteering over the academic year.

7. Something Interesting About Her:

She loves to travel! Lorna has been in 12 countries so far and lived in Amsterdam, The Netherlands for 6 months while studying there on Erasmus. Her next stop is Australia, mate!

Oh and she also ran for the position of ULSU President. Check out her campaign video here https://www.facebook.com/pg/Lorna4President/videos/?ref=page_internal 

 

 

 

The HUB – Student Support Staff

 

Caitlin Moyne

21104320_507856679568977_49380564_o1. Originally From:  

New York, but moved to Donegal at age 8, hence the accent! Now lives in Killoscully, like the tv show!

2. Time in UL:

Caitlin has been in UL for 4 years!

3. Time with the First Seven Weeks Initiative:  

This is Caitlin’s 1st year working at the Hub.

4. Education: 

LL.B

LL.M in Human Rights in Criminal Justice

Currently a PhD Candidate in the School of Law.

5. Work in UL: 

Caitlin has worked as a tutor in the School of Law and currently works with Disability Services here at UL.

6. Volunteering Experience:

Before college Caitlin had coached football at Urris GAA and trained the U12 girls team who went on to win the County Championship. Caitlin has also volunteered with the annual Clonmany Festival which celebrated its 50th year this August. #UptheJive

 

7. Something Interesting about her:

Caitlin has done part of Route 66 on a Harley Davidson.

 

 

David Burns

21103974_507856689568976_970744936_o1. Originally From:

Listowel, Co. Kerry

2. Time in UL:

David has been in UL for 4 years

3. Time with the First Seven Weeks Initiative: 

This is David’s first time working with the First Seven Weeks Initiative

4. Education:

David holds and LLB in Law from UL

5. Work in UL: 

This is David’s first time working within UL

6. Volunteering Experience:

David has spent time volunteering with the Ring of Kerry Cycle and the Nano Nagle Special Needs school

7. Something Interesting about him:

He recently just built his own PC

 

 

Declan Mills

21146252_507856666235645_988342966_o1. Originally From: 

Eastbourne, East Sussex.

2. Time in UL:

This will be Declan’s 10th academic year in UL.

3. Time with the First Seven Weeks Initiative:

This is Declan’s 3rd year working on the F7W initiative.

4. Education:

First Class Honours Degree – BA in English & History, University of Limerick 2008-2012

First Class Honours Masters – MA (Taught) in History, University of Limerick 2012-2014

Declan is currently working towards a PhD in History.

5. Work in UL:

Declan tutors on various undergraduate history modules.

6. Volunteering Experience:

Declan has sat on the committees of six different student societies in UL, including working as the Auditor (President) of the History Society and co-founding the UL Social Democrats. He also co-hosts ‘Crossing The Line’, a current affairs radio show on ULFM which was shortlisted for an Oxygen.ie Student Media Award in spring 2017.  He is also the Podcasts Manager of ULFM, overseeing a slate of original factual programming across the 2017/18 academic year. His involvement in student politics includes time as the AHSS (Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences) Rep on the UL Postgraduate Students’ Union Council and as Faculties Rep on the ULPSU Executive. He is currently ULPSU’s Vice-President and Treasurer. This year he will receive the gold President’s Volunteer Award which requires 60 hours of volunteering over the academic year.

Off-campus, he has volunteered in the LearningHub Limerick in Thomondgate and as an after-school tutor with St Mary’s Community Development Project.

7. Something Interesting About Him:

Declan works as a freelance music journalist, a job that gives him plenty of opportunities to namedrop all the obscure alt-rock bands he has met, befriended and/or irritated. He has never been on the telly but he did once get on the radio talking about student fees for all of 30 seconds. Given how intensive writing a PhD thesis can be, he can frequently be found talking about eighteenth-century history with bemused acquaintances. He used to debate competitively, even getting to the European Championships in 2013, but now prefers to debate uncompetitively. All the time.

He was once retweeted by Rhianna Pratchett, the scriptwriter behind the modern Tomb Raider games, and considers this the pinnacle of his achievements in 26 years on this Earth.

 

 

Fiona O’Kearney

21146483_507856682902310_1220158852_o1. Originally from:

Half-French from Blanchardstown in Dublin

2. Time in UL:

Fiona is in her 4th year of New Media and English.

3. Time with the First Seven Weeks Initiative:

This is Fiona’s first year doing the F7W initiative

4. Education:

Fiona studied 3 years of Languages, Literature & Film in UL before transferring to her BA in New Media and English

5. Work in UL:

Fiona has worked in the Language Resource Area in the Language’s Building helping language students access the various resources available for them. She has also worked in various parts of the Finance Dept. including the Student Fees Office helping students with any and all fees and funding related queries. She has also worked on a video project with the Library which provided information for incoming students on navigating UL. She has also worked on smaller projects such as helping out during graduations and orientation week.

6. Volunteering Experience:

Fiona was a Special Olympics coach for 4 years between 2007 & 2011 focusing mainly on circuit training and field athletics such as javelin, shot putt, and discus.

7. Something Interesting About Her:

Fiona is a freelance writer for various websites and hopes to write novels after her time in UL. She also loves travelling and has lived in various countries including Germany, France, and California.

Seán McKillen

21104383_507856669568978_388227046_o1. Originally from:

Kilkenny (of Northern extraction)

2. Time in UL:

Seán has been in UL for nine years between undergraduate and postgraduate study.

3. Time with the First Seven Weeks Initiative:

This is Seán’s 1st year working on the F7W

4. Education:

BA in English and History (2008-2012), PhD in History (3rd Year)

5. Work in UL:

Seán has worked as a tutor/guest lecturer in the history department for three years. He has been a peer-tutor in the Regional Writing Centre since 2014. He also served one term as the Postgraduate Students’ Union President. He worked in the Special Collections department of the Glucksman Library from 2015-16.

6. Volunteering Experience:

Seán has volunteered with the Irish Autism Society as well as Amnesty International.

7. Something Interesting About Him:

Seán can speak a decent amount of Czech after spending 6 months living in Prague.

Stephen Strauss-Walsh

21104245_507856672902311_1778425962_o1. Originally from:

Galway

2. Time in UL:

Stephen is a final year PhD student, having done his undergrad at UL.

3. Time with the First Seven Weeks Initiative:

This is his 1st year of helping out with the First Seven Weeks Initiative.

4. Education:

Stephen did his undergraduate degree in Law (L.L.B.)

5. Work in UL:

Stephen works as a part-time Exam Invigilator, Tutor, Summer Lecturer, Enrollment Officer & E-Learning Facilitator.

6. Volunteering Experience:

Stephen helps out with Conference organisation for academic events on campus.

7. Something Interesting About Him:

Stephen was born & raised in the U.A.E.

 

 

 

 

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