Cedarville Earns “Distinguished Delegation” Award at National Model U.N. Conference

by Frank Jenista, Ph.D., Professor of International Studies

Competing against 2,000 student delegates representing nearly 200 universities from five continents, the Cedarville University Model U.N. team earned a second place “Distinguished Delegation” award at the National Model U.N. Conference (NMUN-NY) sponsored by the United Nations in New York City.

In addition, Kate Cella, a senior international studies major, and Jonathan Demers, a history and political science major, were voted “Outstanding Delegates” by their peers.

The goal of each Model U.N. team is to represent their assigned country’s policies and negotiate solutions to a wide variety of global problems in simulated United Nations negotiations. Extensive preparation is necessary to understand complex policy positions on a wide variety of international issues and to essentially become a diplomat of the country they represent.

Delegation awards are chosen by the National Model U.N. staff who identify consistently strong performances by all members of a team over the five days of the conference. Individual “Outstanding Delegate” awards are voted upon by fellow delegates in each committee.

The 2011 Cedarville team, advised by Frank Jenista, Ph.D., professor of international studies who has also served as an American diplomat for 25 years, represented the country of Vietnam on six different United Nations committees. Co-captains Kate Cella and Dan DeValve led the team composed of Joseph Crupi, Jonathan Demers, David Ferkaluk, Clayton Grubb, Katy Hawkins, Will Kelly, Emilie Lavallee, Leah Robertson, Amanda Turbett and Katrina Whitecavage.

The conference is sponsored by the National Collegiate Conference Association (NCCA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and non-governmental organization affiliated with the UN Department of Public Information.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University attracts 3,200 undergraduate, graduate, and online students to more than 100 areas of study. 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.