“Delegates” Receive Top Awards at National Model U.N.

The Model U.N. team won a second place Distinguished Delegation award at the 2012 National Model U.N. Conference in New York City.

Model U.N. team won a second place Distinguished Delegation award at the 2012 National Model U.N. Conference in New York City. Photo courtesy of Frank Jenista, Ph.D.

by Public Relations

May 31, 2012

Cedarville University’s “diplomats” received top awards at the National Model United Nations (U.N.) Conference held in New York City from April 3-7, 2012.

Competing against over 2,000 students from five continents, Cedarville’s Model U.N. team of 15 earned a second place Distinguished Delegation award at the conference. The team represented the country of Kenya on multiple committees including the Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), General Assembly (GA), Security Council (SC), International Criminal Court (ICC), Arms and Trade Treaty (ATT), African Union (AU), and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Team members Laura Henkenius, a senior global economics major, and Nathanial Davidson, a senior history and political science major, were additionally voted as Outstanding Delegates by their peers in the ATT committee.

At the Model U.N. Conference, students play the role of U.N. delegates and represent countries from around the globe. Delegates must accurately stay in character as they represent each nation’s interests and policies as they work to negotiate solutions that address a wide range of issues.

Frank L. Jenista, Ph.D., advises Cedarville’s Model U.N. team. His 25-year career as an American diplomat and current role as a professor of international studies has inspired him to provide Cedarville students with opportunities to engage in multilateral diplomacy while addressing relevant issues of our time.

“After I retired from the State Department and came to Cedarville University to teach international studies, I was looking for an extracurricular activity for international studies majors and others interested in global issues,” Jenista said. “When I learned of the Dayton Model U.N. Conference, I quickly assembled a team, and that started what has been an impressive track record ever since.”

Cedarville began participating in Model U.N. with four students in 2002, and since that time the team has grown to 15 members. The team has consistently won top awards at both the Dayton Model U.N. Conference as well as the National Model U.N. Conference, establishing itself as a major competitor among the national and international universities at the conference. The team has received the Distinguished Delegation award for the past four years.

Benjamin Roose ’09 is a former member of the Cedarville Model U.N. team and is currently pursuing a medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He shared that Cedarville’s involvement in Model U.N. reflects the University’s dedication to excellence in academic achievement and in preparing students for lifelong success.

“I learned how to be an effective member of a team through Model U.N.,” Roose said. “I learned about public speaking, directing conversations and developing leadership through knowledge of the subject material and influence.”

Roose stated that the skills learned in Model U.N. and at Cedarville University have equipped him for the various challenges that he faces in medical school and in other areas of his life every day.

“Model U.N. is an experiential learning opportunity,” Roose said. “I have been able to use the skill of directing conversations that I learned through Model U.N. in various medical school interviews.”

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University attracts 3,300 undergraduate, graduate and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Celebrating 125 years of education excellence, Cedarville is a Christ-centered learning community recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit the University online at www.cedarville.edu.

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