Volume 6

Contains issues from September 2011 to May 2012

Issue 30

Volume 6 Issue 30

DkIT's Lifelong Learning Centre offers jobseekers a chance to reskill

Dundalk Institute of Technology has been awarded funding from the Higher Education Authority to support 220 unemployed people take part in 15 part-time education programmes under the 2012 Springboard Programme.

2012-13 Part-time Courses Handbook out now!

The Dundalk IT 2012-13 Part-time Courses Handbook is out now!

DkIT Volunteering Society Inaugural assignment to Tanzania

A group of six volunteers (staff and students) from DkIT will be travelling to Tanzania in July 2012 for a three-week overseas assignment with DkIT VS (Volunteer Society).

Dundalk Institute of Technology to hold Third Annual Summer Computing Camp

Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) is to hold another edition of its ever popular Computer Camp for pre-third level students from the 2nd to the 4th of July 2012. The three day camp aims to introduce different aspects of computing and provide a taster of the area for students considering a career in computing.

Dundalk Institute of Technology Continues its Push to Promote Computing in the North East by Starting CoderDojo Dundalk

Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) is to start a branch of the CoderDojo initiative in Dundalk. This free initiative is aimed at students from 8 to 18 and will provide an introduction to many different areas within the field of computing.

Men's Health Awareness Week 2012

Men's Health Week 2012 runs from Monday 11th to Sunday 17th June. To highlight Men's Health Week (MHW) 2012, Michael Lynch (from Men's Action Network in the North West) is starring in an Ireland-wide poster campaign to raise awareness of the week.

Peers Gather to Recollect the Peace Process

Attendees at a reception in the House of Lords heard how an ambitious oral history project hopes to capture the recollections of those involved in bringing peace to Northern Ireland.

DkIT Musicians Perform at Birr Castle

Students from DkIT's section of music played in Birr Castle recently.

National Carers Week - Employee Assistance Programme

The VHI Employee Assistance Programme offers support to carers as part of the Employee Assistance programme. This National Carers Week is an opportunity for carers to be recognised and to seek out the support they need. For more information contact VHI on the numbers listed below.


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Volume 6 Issue 29

Humanities and Social Science Research Centre Supports Women's Human Rights Conference

The Humanities and Social Research Centre participated in a conference on Women's Human Rights at The University of Ulster, Jordanstown last week.

SciFest@DkIT reveals the link between exercise and mental performance

Around 220 second level students from counties Louth, Meath, Cavan and Monaghan take science to the next level at SciFest@DkIT

Successful Poster Conference: Scientific Applications in Modern Life – April 2012

A conference on Scientific Applications in Modern Life was held in the Nursing Foyer in DkIT last month. First year students on the BSc in Pharmaceutical Science and BSc in Bioscience presented a poster on this topic.

Poetry Launch

Dundalk-based poet Barbara Smith is launching her second poetry collection, The Angel's Share, at 6 pm on May 23rd at the Basement Gallery, Dundalk Town Council - everyone's welcome.

It’s Safe to Cycle to DkIT!

Cycling is a great way to travel to college. It keeps you fit and healthy, it doesn't produce any CO2 and you don't have to pay for parking!

Extended libary opening hours over the exam period.

This week and next week, DkIT library opening hours are as follows:

Mon - Thur

8.30 am - 10.00 pm

Fri - 8.30 - 5.00 pm

Trans-Atlantic Partnership Underway!

Ray James is Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Instrumental Music Education and Low Brass Studies at Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas.

Students: Have You Voted On The Issue of College Fees?

As you may be aware USI is currently running a campaign asking every student in USI affiliated colleges to have their say on how education should be funded and what USI's fees policy should be.USI's current policy in relation to the funding of the Higher Education sector is that the Exchequer i.

Issue 28

Vol 6 Issue 28

Kathleen Lynch TD in DkIT to Open Ageing and the Environment Conference

Kathleeh Lynch TD was in DkIT this week to Open the Ageing and the Environment Conference hosted by the School of Health and Science and the Netwell and Casala Research Centres.The conference brought many organisations together from the field of developing age friendly environments including the

D'Arcy Magee Summer School Launched: 'Thomas D'Arcy McGee – from Young Irelander to Canadian Loyalist'

His Excellency Loyola Hearn, Ambassador of Canada to Ireland was in Carlingford on May 8th to launch the inaugural Thomas D'Arcy McGee International Summer School which will take place from 20th to 22nd August.

An Enlightening Evening at DkIT - George Lee: What Now For the Irish Economy?

George Lee, RTE broadcaster, economist and former politician, was the guest speaker at the recent Annual Accounting Lecture at Dundalk Institute of Technology.

Community Youth Work students visit the Dáil

Community Youth Work students visited Leinster House last week, accompanied by their lecturer in Equality Studies Bobby McCormack. The students toured the Dáil and Seanad chambers and were met by Gerry Adams TD, Gerald Nash TD and Regina Doherty TD.

Active Citizenship at DkIT

The Active Citizenship Awards ceremony took place in the Whitaker Theatre in DkIT on Tuesday 1st of May.

Enterprising Student of the Year 2012

There was a great spirit of enterprise last Thursday as students battled it out for the title of 'Enterprising Student of the Year 2012'. The students nominated for this prestigious title were actively involved in DkIT Student Enterprise activities throughout the year.

PayPal in DkIT to discuss partnership plans

DkIT President Denis Cummins met with PayPal's Vice President for Global Operations Louise Phelan last Friday, to discuss ways to build partnerships between the Institute and global multinational payments company which is opening a new base of operations in Dundalk in the coming months.</body

'Music Generation' Céilí House from Dundalk

In recognition of the strong links between Music Generation Louth and Dundalk Institute of Technology, staff and students from Ceol Oirghialla took part in a recording of RTÉ's Céilí House, which will be broadcast on 12th May 2012.

DkIT Student awarded Basketball All-Star

During the 2011/2012 Basketball Intervarsity's, which was held in the University of Limerick over the Easter Weekend, there was a presentation of 10 All-Stars awarded on the evening of the finals.

Employee Assistance Programme

DkIT's new Employee Assistance Programme is holding informations session on the 15th of May in the Whitaker Theatre.

Click on the image for more information.

SciFest 2012 at Dundalk Institute of Technology

Post-primary school students from schools in Louth, Meath, Monaghan and Cavan will display their scientific knowledge with 100 entries in SciFest 2012 @ DkIT

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Volume 6 Issue 27

Erasmus Intensive Programme a huge success

The "Creative Aesthetics Learning Process" Erasmus Intensive Programme, which was hosted by the Section of Music at DkIT, proved a huge success with its participants and organisers, concluding with a stage performance arranged by participating staff and students.

DkIT Fencing Club raised over €500 for SOSAD

DKIT Fencing Club in collaboration with Boyne Valley Fencing Club, held a fundraising event for SOSAD (Save Our Sons and Daughters) in Scotch Hall in Drogheda on Good Friday.

SEACHTAIN NA GAEILGE IN DkIT - Craic, Ceol agus Céilís!

DkIT enthusiastically embraced Irish language and culture this week as students and staff participated in various activities throughout the campus for Seachtain Na Gaeilge, promoting the Irish language as well as Irish music and dance.

DkIT Launches Library Prize

DkIT Library launched the Library Prize for Information Literacy with a presentation last Tuesday 24th April in the Library Training Room. The prize was launched by DkIT President Denis Cummins and Students' Union President Elect David Branagan.

The National Spring Clean at DkIT

Ireland's largest and most popular anti-litter initiative An Taisce's 'Spring Clean' is taking place in DkIT on Tuesday the 8th May at 11am.

George Lee in DkIT for Annual Accounting Lecture

Dundalk Institute of Technology School of Business and Humanities host their Annual Accounting Lecture tonight entitled 'What Now For The Irish Economy?'. The speaker this evening is  Mr. George Lee of R.T.E. It takes place in the Whitaker Theatre, Dundalk Institute of Technology from 7 - 9 pm.

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DkITimes Issue 26

Theatre: Evensong at the Drogheda Arts Festival

Dundalk Institute of Technology and Upstate Theatre Project invite you to Evensong. Evensong is an exciting off-site work presented in the public and private spaces of Clarke's Bar Drogheda.

Invitation: BA Performing Arts Final Year Acting Showcase

Invitation: On behalf of the students of the BA Performing Arts course at Dundalk IT you are invited to the inaugural Final Year Acting Showcase at the MacAnna Theatre.

Music Student Patrick Connolly wins silver medal for composition

Beginning for the End , by DkIT Composition Master's student Patrick Connolly has been hailed by the critics as a 'work of exceptional quality' and has won the Silver Medal in the Feis Ceoil composition awards 2012.

Making Hunger History – Local Heroes in faraway places

DkIT and the Water Is Life project will participate in a special event entitled "Making Hunger History – Local Heroes in faraway places". The event is organised by Gorta and will take place on Saturday, April 28th at the Westcourt Hotel, Drogheda, commencing 2pm.

Trades Sections recognised with Green Campus awards

In recognition of areas that are pioneering zero approaches to waste Green Campus awarded Certificates of Appreciation to the trades sections during Green Week.

DkIT Launches New Volunteering Initiative

Dundalk Institute of Technology has set up a new volunteer initiative called DkIT Cares, encouraging students and staff of the college to sign up for various volunteering opportunities around the Dundalk community.The initiative, which has just been launched this year, is unique in the national

DkIT Sports Scholarships Awards Evening 2012

DkIT hosted an Awards Evening in order to commemorate the 2011/2012 Sports Scholars, and with such a diverse range of sports i.e.

DkIT Enterprising Student of the Year 2012

It is nearly the end of the college year and DkIT Student Enterprise has launched a new initiative to end the year in a bang!

DkIT represented at Eurachem Analytical Measurement Competition

Students from 2nd year B.Sc. in Pharmaceutical Science, Audrey Wallace and Annaleen McGeough, represented DkIT in the annual Eurachem Analytical Measurement Competition (EAMC) held this year in GMIT.

Masters Debates: Entrepreneurs are not like the rest of us

On Thursday 26th from 9-11am in S234 the Masters of Business Studies in Entrepreneurship and Marketing students will be debating the motion: "This house believes that entrepreneurs are not like the rest of us".

Concert in the Church of the Holy Redeemer this Wednesday

Ceol Oirghialla, DkIT Choir and Orchestra will present a concert of Choral Music in the inspirational setting of the Church of the Holy Redeemer at Ard Easmuinn, Dundalk on Wednesday April 25th at 7.30pm.

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DkITimes Issue 25

Book Swap Box at the Library

Book lovers. There is a new book swap box in DkIT library.

Dundalk Filmmaker learns new skills to tell the stories of our past

A new programme of oral history training has begun to help local communities in border areas tell the stories of their past and sometimes troubled histories.

DkIT Supports Age Friendly Initiatives

Kathleen Lynch TD, Minister of State for Disability, Older People, Equality & Mental Health, will be in Dundalk Institute of Technology on the 2nd of May to open a conference on Ageing, Health & Environment: Partnerships for Excellence.

Basketball All-Ireland Intervarsity's 2012

DkIT tipped off the 60th Basketball Intervarsity's with a much anticipated game with highly fancied winners IT Carlow at 10am Friday morning. IT Carlow 60-41 DkIT

Board of Irish Colleges (BICs) Annual Awards 2012

Congratulations to Rachel Maher from the DkIT Media Society and to the Dundalk IT Media Society, who won both Best Fresher and Best Overall Society at this year's Annual Board of Irish Colleges Awards Evening on Thursday 12th April 2012.

DkIT Choir and Orchestra to perform in the Church of the Holy Redeemer

Ceol Oirghialla, DkIT Choir and Orchestra will present a concert of Choral Music in the inspirational setting of the Church of the Holy Redeemer at Ard Easmuinn, Dundalk on Wednesday April 25th at 7.30pm.

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DkIT’s Annual Sports & Societies Awards Evening 2012

The 2011/2012 DkIT Sports & Societies Awards Evening took place in the Crowne Plaza on Thursday 29th March 2012, with over 40 sports and societies, over 200 guests, attending the Black Tie Event.

Student Enterprise Intern Opportunity

There is a two year student internship opportunity available with Dundalk Institute of Technology starting this September.

Social Care students take part in Restorative Justice workshop

Social Care students take part in Restorative Justice workshop at Ballynafeigh Community Development Association in Belfast.

Ageing, Health & Environment: Partnerships For Excellence

To mark 'European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations (2012)', Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) is hosting a conference entitled 'Ageing, Health & Environment: Partnerships for Excellence' on the 2nd May.

Minister for European Affairs Lucinda Creighton coming to promote EU job opportunities

Minister for European Affairs Lucinda Creighton coming to DkIT Campus on 16th April to promote EU job opportunities. Check out the range of employment opportunities available across the EU by coming along to meet with the Minister on DkIT campus on Monday 16th April at 2.30pm in Room N127, Muirh

DkIT's Ablevision programme featured on RTE's Nationwide

Students from the 2nd year of the BA in Video & Film Production along with students on the Certificate for Skills in Independent Living featured in a Nationwide piece last week that featured a joint project the two groups of students undertook this year.

Alternative Perspectives Photographic Exhibition at DkIT

This Monday sees the opening of the Alternative Perspectives Life in East Africa exhibition here in DkIT. The phot's will be displayed in the Library until mid May 2012.

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David Branigan and Benny Traynor win Student Union Elections

Congratulations to David Branagan and Benny Traynor who were elected as President & Vice-President respectively.

"Surface Tension: The Future of Water" and the 'Water Wear' exhibit to feature at the World Science Exhibition in New York.

Water Wear was a recent exhibit in the extremely popular Surface Tension: The Future of Water exhibition at the Science Gallery, TCD which ran for 11 weeks in October 2011. The exhibition has now been invited to participate at the prestigious World Science Festival in New York in May 2012.

Undergraduate Awards launches search for world's brightest students

THis week see the launch of the search for the world's top students by the Irish academic awards programme, the Undergraduate Awards, which will culminate in the most innovative undergraduate talent from across the globe convening on Irish soil in November for the three day UA Summit.

Students enjoy robotics demonstration

Tuesday, 27 March saw the return of former lecturer Liam O'Gogain to the School of Engineering together with his colleague Damian. They made a presentation and demonstration to very enthusiastic students and staff on robots and quadricopters.

DkIT Students Tackle Easter for St. Michael's House

As part of their final year project a group of students from DkIT have come up with a new idea to raise vital funds for St. Michael's House. The group of students are taking to the streets of Dublin next Saturday 7th April near the Aviva Stadium for the Leinster vs Cardiff Blues match.

Department of Applied Sciences hold retirement party

The Department of Applied Sciences recently held a party for retirees, Margaret Murray, Frank Murray, Sam Alwan and Iain Hovelt. Here are some photographs from the event.

Irish Cricket Star Kevin O'Brien to coach in DkIT

Fresh from the latest triumphs of the Irish Cricket Team's success in Dubai in the Twenty20 Cricket World Cup Qualifiers, Dundalk Cricket Club can announce that Kevin O'Brien will giving a coaching course with the club in the MPC Hall Dundalk Institute of Technology on April 14th from 10am to 1.

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DkITimes Issue 22

DKIT Students Union Election Gathers Pace

The DKIT Students Union Elections take place this week on Thursday 29th at the College.

Fit 4 Life – Physical Activity and Fitness Week

The final week of Fit 4 Life – Physical Activity and Fitness Week - took place this week, 20th- 24th March 2012.  This week we encouraged both staff and students to be active for the week and to try include their 30 minutes of exercise in each day.

The Water Challenge 2012

To mark UN World Water Day (22nd March 2012) DkIT Student Enterprise and the Water is Life programme at DkIT collaborated and organised an exciting competition for the Science and Health students.

Spirit of enterprise flourishing in Science and Nursing Students

JJ Fay the founder of Bluebird Care in Meath, made a very informative presentation to a group of students from Agriculture year 3 and Early Childhood Studies earlier this month.

Eat a book competition at DkIT Library

DkIT Library are celebrating the 'International Edible Book Festival' with a competition - make your own edible book to be in with the chance to win a €25 HMV Voucher.

Books aren't edible, you say? Prepare to eat your words!

Caption Competition

Send your captions to editor@dkit.ie and we will reveal the winner next week - when all this glorious sunshine will probably be a distant memory - Enjoy!

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Cycle to College Day

On Wednesday March 21st DkIT will be holding a Cycle to College day and we are asking as many students and staff as possible to leave the car at home and choose to get out in the fresh air and cycle instead!

Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers - Training Session in IEEE Xplore Library

Access the new subscription to 3-million IEEE & IET articles. A 50-minute presentation by the IEEE - Come along to the Library on Wednesday March 21st to learn more about this collection.

Dundalk Institute attends UCAS Higher Education Convention.

Dundalk Institute of Technology attended the UCAS Higher Education Convention which took place in Belfast's King's Hall on Wednesday and Thursday past. Great interest was shown, particularly in Nursing, Engineering, Business, PR, Accounting, Computing and Music Courses offered in DkIT.

Positive Mental Health Week

Fit 4 Life launched its Positive Mental Health Week on Tuesday 13th March 2012 Mental issues are often stigmatized and individuals are wary about talking about their problems. For our Fit 4 Life Positive Mental Health Awareness Week we hope to address some of the issues.

DkIT Volunteering Society

Do you want to contribute your time, energy and skills to development projects overseas and in Ireland and see the world while you're doing it?

Free tutorials for students

The Student Learning and Development Centre will deliver a series of free tutorials for students.

Thursday 22/03/2012 S208 Word Tutorial - Enhance Your Documents 9am to 10am
Thursday 22/03/2012 S28 Excel Tutorial - Charts 11am to 12pm

Caption Competition

What are they thinking about?