Student Union Awards
Irish Clover Award and the Nancy J. Walsh Irish Clover Award
The Irish Clover Award is given to two outstanding members of the Notre Dame community for exemplary service to the student body. Prior to 2021, recipients could be any person from the Notre Dame community. Effective March 2021, one recipient shall be a student or alumnus, and the other shall be faculty, staff, or an administrator. The Irish Clover Award given to faculty, staff, or an administrator shall be named the Nancy J. Walsh Irish Clover Award, in honor of Student Government Secretary Nancy J. Walsh.
Michael J. Palumbo Award
Named in honor of its first recipient, the Michael J. Palumbo Award shall be given annually to a member of the undergraduate student body for outstanding service and dedication to the Notre Dame Student Union. Per the Constitution of the Undergraduate Student Body, the recipient of the award must: have given outstanding service to and shown exceptional dedication to the Notre Dame Student Union, be an undergraduate student at the University of Notre Dame in good standing with the University, have held any office in the Notre Dame Student Union for at least one academic year, have been nominated for the award by at least one undergraduate student of the University of Notre Dame, have performed services so as to greatly further the causes of the Notre Dame Student Union, have gone beyond the call of duty to show honor and respect for the Constitution of the Undergraduate Student Body of the University of Notre Dame du Lac, and have demonstrated outstanding character in the best tradition of the University of Notre Dame and its ideals.
Frank O'Malley Undergraduate Teaching Award
Established in 1994, the Frank O’Malley Undergraduate Teaching Award is given annually to a member of the Notre Dame faculty who has had an outstanding impact on undergraduate education at the University and shown exceptional service to the students of the Notre Dame community. Any faculty member is eligible for consideration. The award memorializes a legendary Notre Dame Professor, Frank O'Malley (1909-1974), who taught classes on modern Catholic writers, Catholic philosophy in literature and the philosophy of literature, for over 40 years.