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Graduate Interview: Elizabeth Crimmins-Cullinane BBS '88

Monday 20 August 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lisa McCarthy
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As we look forward to hosting Class Reunions on campus in September 2018, here we catch up with one of our returning alumni.

Elizabeth Crimmins-Cullinane graduated from NIHE (later UL) in 1998 with a Bachelor of Business Studies.


Tell us a little about yourself… 

I'm a stay at home mom/chauffeur/cheerleader/therapist/chief bottle washer and anything else that gets thrown my way. Before that, I worked in Investment Banking in New York. My last position was Vice President of Human Development for the Equity Sales Trading Group at Morgan Stanley. 

Since 2005, I have lived in Chicago with my husband Niall Cullinane, UL Business Class of ’88 and our two children James and Sarah. James will leave for college this fall and Sarah in 2020 so I'm starting to think about business opportunities for my third act. 
I can let you know how that turns out at our 40th reunion!


How did you come to attend college in Limerick? 

I am originally from a small village south of Limerick called Hospital. One of my favorite classes in secondary school was business studies so I sort of ran with that when applying to college. UL (NIHE then) had a solid reputation in the business, engineering and math areas so it seemed a natural fit for me. Also being close to home was a bonus for me.


What do you remember from your student years?

I’m not sure what the class sizes are now but our class was just under 300. I liked that size as you got to know almost everyone or at least every face. There was a sense of community and familiarity as it seemed we were in it together. One could always find a friendly face in the library, cafeteria or where ever you went. 

Goofy things I remember are: being thrown in the fountain on my 21st birthday, discos in the cafeteria, and fun nights in the Stables when it opened. 


Were there any faculty/staff/fellow students who made a particularly favourable impression on you?

I don't think there was any one individual more than another. In general, I liked most of my professors and classes. Although I will say that our economics professor was legendary for his lengthy lectures. Speedy note taking was a skill we quickly developed, I remember wishing I knew short hand. I also remember he made economics sound interesting which is probably why I decided to major in it.


Are you still in touch with anyone from UL?

Yes, my husband Niall was in the same year as me. I have also kept in contact with some of my close friends through the years and make a habit of trying to connect when I come home.

What have you been up to since you left UL? 
What are some of the accomplishments you are most proud of?

After graduation, I did a short stint with Wang Laboratories in Limerick. Then an opportunity came up for me to work in New York so I emigrated. During my time in New York, I worked in Investment Banking with both The Union Bank of Switzerland and Morgan Stanley.
I also completed a Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management at New York University and a Masters of Arts in Psychology at Columbia University, New York.

How do you maintain your relationship with UL today?

I follow UL on Facebook and receive the Alumni newsletter.

What message would you like to send to other alumni?

Just to say that if you’re hesitant about attending a class reunion don’t let the opportunity pass you by. During the 80’s a lot of us left for the four corners of the earth because of the high unemployment situation in Ireland. Some returned during the Celtic Tiger but many stayed abroad. Opportunities to reconnect with old and make new friends at these milestone reunions are moments that we won’t have back or the chance to “do over”. So my advice is to put away the hesitation and join the party as it would be great to see as many people from our class as possible.


This September 29th the Class of 1988 will celebrate their 30 year Reunion in The Pavilion Restaurant on UL's North Campus.

If you would like some more details on this milestone event or would like to register to attend please click here

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