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Academic, ethical and innovative achievements recognised at Notre Dame


Jack Green
Jack Green.
Photo: Alphonsus Fok

Catholic Diocese of Parramatta Seminarian Jack Green has received a Vice Chancellor’s Undergraduate Medal at The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Sydney Campus annual Academic Prize Giving Mass and Ceremony.

The Bishop Anthony Fisher OP Ethics Prize was awarded to Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Education (Secondary) student Analise Emmerick who achieved the best performance in Ethics in 2013.

Held at St Benedict’s Church, Broadway, the ceremony recognised high achieving students and staff for their academic achievements, innovative teaching methods and contributions to the greater good.

Vice Chancellor Professor Celia Hammond said the Ceremony was an opportunity to recognise the embodiment of the University’s Objects in its staff and students and publicly acknowledge the achievements of the University’s highest academic achievers.

“All award recipients here tonight have been given a good strong intellect, a capacity for academic excellence and an inherent capacity for love and compassion. These gifts are wonderful and we are delighted to have such gifted people in our community, but, we are not rewarding you for simply having these gifts,” Professor Hammond said.

“What we are recognising and rewarding here tonight is what you have done with your God-given talents. We are recognising your effort, your initiative, your perseverance and your dedication to your studies. We acknowledge and praise you for using your God-given intellect in such a way that you have achieved academic excellence.”

The Cardinal Pell Prize was awarded in absentia to Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Arts student, and Blue Mountains resident, Olivia Vallieres who achieved the best performance in a Core Curriculum unit in 2013.

Seven Vice Chancellor’s Undergraduate Medals were presented to the undergraduate student from each School who achieved the highest average weighted percentage mark for eligible units in 2013, including:

  • Alexander Westenberg, resident of Beaumont Hills, for the School of Arts & Sciences
  • Kate-Michelle Von Riegen, resident of Hazelbrook, for the School of Business
  • Patricia Muscat, resident of McGrath Hill, for the School of Law
  • Jack Green, resident of Holy Spirit Seminary, Harris Park, for the School of Philosophy and Theology

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