On behalf of the 2015-2016 Executive Board, I am incredibly excited to welcome you back to campus for what promises to be a fantastic year for the IRC! Newcomers, we can’t wait to get to know you!
With each new year comes new events, new experiences, and new friends. This year, we’re also debuting new websites for WMHSMUN, WMIDMUN, &MUN, and the general IRC website. Take a moment to explore the new features and see what the IRC has to offer.
This year, IRCares—the service branch of the IRC—is supporting the Building Goodness Foundation. Check out their Facebook page to become involved in the important work that IRCares is doing.
Stayed tuned for important updates and announcements, and have a great start to the semester!
This week nine members of the IRC will head to WorldMUN 2015 in Seoul, South Korea hosted by Harvard. The team, led by Vice President of Model United Nations Lucas Leblanc, has been training for several weeks and consists of a few WorldMUN veterans as well as several new members. The entire club wishes the team luck as they compete with delegates across the world and spread some Tribe Pride on the other side of the globe.
This year’s team is: Lucas Leblanc, Alison Roberts, Lydia House, Torey Jackson, Zach Smith, Carolyn De Roster, Liam Arne, Somya Shankar and Remington Pool.
On March 1, 2015, Emma Lowther was nominated to assume the role as Secretary-General for WMIDMUN XIV, the William & Mary International Relations Club’s middle school conference. The nominating committee consisted of the past three WMIDMUN Secretaries-General. Her nomination was unanimously approved by the sitting Executive Board.
Emma Lowther has a successful history with the William & Mary Middle School Model United Nations Conference (WMIDMUN), having served as the Chief of Staff for WMIDMUN XIII. Emma is described by the entire staff of WMIDMUN XIII as being approachable and exuding enthusiasm for the education of middle school delegates.
The entire W&M IRC Executive Board welcomes Secretary-General Lowther to her position at the head of WMIDMUN and on the governing board of the W&M International Relations Club.
On Wednesday, February 25th the W&M IRC voting membership approved the creation of a Scholarship Fund with a favorable vote of 84% of dues-paying members and a unanimous approval of the Executive Board.
Created by sitting Finance Director Serena Saffarini and Assistant Finance Directors Torey Jackson and Graham Young, the Scholarship Fund will consist of up to three scholarships per year that can be awarded to IRC members pursuing a non-paying or low-paying summer internship opportunity related to the field of international relations. The award is contingent upon a record of supporting the club in all of its endeavors, including staffing the conferences hosted on campus.
Saffarini hopes that in the future alumni might consider donating to the fund to create even more opportunities for club members to pursue summer opportunities that they may not otherwise be able to afford.
IRCares, the W&M IRC’s service branch, set a new record at WMIDMUN, the William & Mary Middle School Model United Nations Conference, this February by raising an incredible $3,253.03 for this year’s chosen charity, Kiva – an international non-profit microloan organization.
By pairing each committee to a loan related to the committee’s topics, the Service team was able to provide a meaningful connection between the money passing hands in the committee room in exchange for brownies, and the people in the developing world needing a loan to improve their lives, but living without access to traditional financial institutions.
Led by Meghan Foley, Service Chair, IRCares continues to set records and create innovative ways to raise money and awareness for Kiva, both on-campus and off. The Service team recently hosted the IRC’s first ever Hunger Banquet and later this spring plans to host the second annual Friend Auction, a huge success last year in the club’s fundraising efforts for COPE, a non-profit provider of prosthetics and rehabilitation services operated in Laos; all of this after yet another successful installment of the Developing World Gallery this past Fall semester, where dozens of student-produced photos of the developing world were auctioned off to W&M students and alumni.
*All proceeds from IRCares events goes directly to financing Kiva loans this year. Any cost associated with an event is paid for by the W&M International Relations Club.
Between February 20th and February 22nd the William & Mary International Relations Club hosted its thirteenth session of WMIDMUN, the William & Mary Middle School Model United Nations Conference.
Led by Carl Cilke, Secretary-General, the conference hosted over six-hundred middle school students on the College’s historic old campus and sported a robust staff of nearly 130 IRC members, one of the largest staffs on record for WMIDMUN. From large General Assemblies like the Human Rights Council and the Pacific Island Forum to smaller Specialized Agenices such as the American Federation of Labor and the Obama-McCain 2008 Campain Join Crisis Committees, both the students and staff engaged in substantive debate and exciting crises which have become the cornerstone of the W&M IRC’s three conferences each year.
Along with the conference’s innovative committees were the Friday night Global Village, a new take on what is typically the alternative for Saturday’s main event – the Delegate Dance. In place of the Global Village on Saturday was a new addition to WMIDMUN: trivia! Led by W&M IRC’s Trivia Masters Ariel Cadby-Spicer and Emily Jackson the delegates were able to share some knowledge in between sharing their dance moves upstairs on the dance floor.
With the bang of the gavel closing the 13th session of WMIDMUN the entire staff and Secretariat were able breathe a sigh of relief knowing that they put on a fantastic conference deserving of the William & Mary name. Congratulations to every staff member, as well as the Secretariat: Carl Cilke, Alyssa Harrison, Remington Pool, Taylor Renard, Lydia House, John Chalovich, Emma Lowther, Zach Smith and Karthik Kumarappan. In the words of one sponsor, “Thanks to all for your preparation, and also for your positive approach to the kids. It’s clear that you are all enjoying this, and that you want the students to enjoy it, too. It’s also such good proof that you can be absolutely serious and on-task and really engage the kids–they want to rise to your level.”
The Secretariat has been chosen for the 14th session of the William & Mary Model United Nations Conference, led by Secretary-General Brendan McNamara. They are:
Alyssa Harrison, Director General*
Lydia House, Registration Director*
Jason Nykorczuk, USG-GA
Jack Nicol, USG-SA
Sam Houmaoui, Media Director**
Kelly Dodd, Chief of Staff
Caroline Nutter, Director of Conference Development
Greg Wicks, Director of Technology**
For many, this is their first time serving on a Secretariat. We wish all of them the best of luck and know that WMHSMUN XXIX will be a great success!
*Served on a Secretariat for a different conference
**Served on the WMHSMUN XXVIII Secretariat
On December 1, 2014, Brendan McNamara was nominated to assume the role as Secretary-General for WMHSMUN XXIX, the William and Mary International Relations Club’s flagship conference. The nominating committee consisted of the past three WMHSMUN Secretaries-General. His nomination was unanimously approved by the sitting Executive Board.
Brendan McNamara has a long history with the William & Mary High School Model United Nations Conference (WMHSMUN), having served on the past three Secretariats. His first official role with WMHSMUN began in the fall of 2012 when he was named the Assistant Director of Conference Development for the twenty-sixth iteration of the conference headed by former Secretary-General Katie Mitchell. He then served as the Director of Conference Development for WMHSMUN XXVII under the direction of former Secretary-General and current Director of Finance Serena Saffarini. Over the past year Brendan filled the role of Director General of WMHSMUN XXVIII under now-retired Secretary-General Clayton Southerly.
The entire W&M IRC Executive Board welcomes Secretary-General McNamara to his position at the head of WMHSMUN and on the governing body of the W&M International Relations Club.
President:Matthew Rigsby Vice President for Campus Affairs:Brigid Skorup Vice President for Model United Nations:Lucas Leblanc Director of Finance:Serena Saffarini Director of Communications:Gregory Collier Secretary-General of WMHSMUN XXVIII:Clayton Southerly Secretary-General of WMIDMUN XIII: Carl Cilke Secretary-General of &MUN III: Alexcia Chambers Service Chair:Meghan Foley
Our fabulous delegation to WorldMUN 2012: Vancouver has done it again! With eleven of the fourteen members earning the coveted diplomacy awards, W&M placed among the top few schools in the world! While the unofficial rankings have yet to be tallied, past years with this ratio have resulted in a second place for the large delegation category.
WorldMUN is truly a group effort. Our delegates trained hard, helping each other to prepare and supporting one another from position assignments all the way through to the glorious end. Many thanks are also due to the numerous members of the Club and W&M community who lent their expertise and talent to numerous training sessions. MUN is a team sport of the highest caliber, and W&M lacks nothing in team spirit.
Congratulations also to all of the universities who participated! These delegations are always a pleasure to work with. It is these friendships and good feelings that WorldMUN strives and succeeds to create.
Until next year, WorldMUN. It has been an amazing experience for all who attended and everyone at home in Williamsburg should be thanked for their assistance. Congratulations delegates!