Today we got the opportunity to have a discussion with the University about future use of the SCHM Wings Crest. The new Alumni President, Eamonn Casey (2004) spoke with such passion and dignity on behalf of the Alumni. 326 replies to the Alumni Survey on “What the Shannon College Crest means to me” were received and Eamonn had these bound into the format of the traditional SCHM Thesis to give all of your thoughts and feedback the respect and consideration that they deserve.
Despite Eamonn planning to speak for 5 minutes, he spoke for 30 minutes and represented us all so well!
Phillip Smyth also spoke on behalf of Shannon College and 4th year student Leah McCarthy Cahill gave a wonderful representation on behalf of the current students.
Unscripted, Kate O’Connell then spoke and her passion and emotion was palpable and so heartfelt.
The reaction from the University delegation after today is very positive. In particular, they referenced the obvious professionalism and passion on display throughout.
The big take away is that we need to be able to tell our story.
Using our crest in areas such as Alumni is now locked in.
Usage of the crest internally is also agreed in principal and we will now start to engage with the branding team in the University with regard to actual usage.
We will let you know how this progresses.
We are a school of the University of Galway and this is only positive for Shannon College in a highly competitive and crowded market. So much has changed in the world of education and hotels since Shannon was founded in 1951 and our future and your legacy is now secure. I would like to assure all alumni that the University is extremely proud and supportive of all that we do and are keen to work with us so that our story can be shared and celebrated.
Thank you all for your support.