GWU Students Achieve Recognition at Regional Model United Nations Event

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Head Delegate on GWU Team Honored and Team Members Contribute to Approved Resolutions

David Cole participates during a Model UN Committee meeting. Cole won the award for the Best Delegation.

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—Three students from Gardner-Webb University were recognized for their contributions during the Southern Regional Model United Nations (SRMUN) Atlanta conference held in November. Universities from across the Eastern, Southern and Mid-west regions of the United States participated, representing 79 countries at the event.

Model United Nations is an authentic simulation of the UN General Assembly, UN Security Council, or other multilateral body, which introduces students to the world of diplomacy, negotiation, and decision making.

Although Gardner-Webb has attended the SRMUN Charlotte conference for several years, this was the GWU team’s first appearance at the Atlanta event. Members included David Cole (head delegate), a political science major from Clover, S.C.; Luke Powell, an international business major from Boiling Springs; and Luke Kunkel, a history major from East Bend, N.C.

The GWU delegation, representing the African country of Eritrea, outlined the country’s position before their committees. Each student served on a separate committee, negotiating and compromising with other student delegates to collaboratively compose a resolution paper, which is a list of suggestions for addressing a specific problem or issue. Team instructor, Professor Donna Schronce, noted that all three GWU delegates were able to influence their respective committees and have their ideas included in the approved resolutions. Cole also received Best Delegation Award for the UN Environment Assembly Committee.

From left, David Cole, Luke Kunkel and Luke Powell discuss their UN positions over dinner.

In preparation for the conference, the Eritrean team worked over the summer months researching their country, and during the fall semester met weekly with Schronce. Each student delegate wrote and submitted a position paper that represented Eritrea’s perspective on their committee topics. Student delegates also learned and practiced Robert’s Rules of Order, public speaking, and problem-solving skills.

Gardner-Webb’s Model UN is not a club, explained Schronce. It is offered as a course with one credit hour during the spring semester. Dr. Elizabeth Amato is an advisee and accompanied the students on the recent trip. GWU’s Model UN team of nine delegates is preparing to attend the SRMUN at Charlotte conference in March 2017. “These student delegates voluntarily meet bi-weekly during the fall semester and once a week during spring semester,” Schronce affirmed. “They devote a lot of time and effort to learn about global issues and build problem-solving skills to ultimately ensure global peace.”

Located in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb University’s purpose is to advance the Kingdom of God through Christian higher education by preparing graduates for professional and personal success, instilling in them a deep commitment to service and leadership, and equipping them for well-rounded lives of lasting impact, Pro Deo et Humanitate (For God and Humanity).