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!
After three years of planning and deliberation, the Club has approved of the creation of a College Conference to be called &MUN (pronounced “and-mun”), using the famous ampersand from W&M. Via an open application, the &MUN Selection Committee recommended and the Board approved Connor Smith as the first Secretary-General, effective immediately. Congratulations!
Much work lies ahead, including the creation of websites, emails, logos, and the selection of a Secretariat. In the meantime, a temporary page has been set up here with basic details of the April 2013 conference.
The IRC helped advise the Career Center on the organization of a Government and Nonprofit Career Day: Making a Living, Making a Difference. The event will run from 10:30-2pm on Saturday March 17th in the Sadler Center and feature panel discussions from alumni in many different career tracts including development, environment, and intelligence. Find out the details and RSVP here.
In addition, on Tuesday March 6th various US intelligence agencies will be having a virtual career fair. Find out more from their flier and don’t forget to RSVP!
Congratulations to Jessie Ede on her selection as the Secretary General of the 11th Annual WMIDMUN Conference! Jessie will be leading a secretariat in planning WMIDMUN XI over the next 11 months. The date of the conference will be announced shortly: pay attention to www.wmidmun.org for more information!
Friday is the last day to submit your photos to the 5th annual Developing World Gallery! Submissions should be posted on this Facebook group through a public album or individual uploads strait to the event. The Muscarelle Museum of Art will have the best photos professionally printed and hung in the Sadler Center on exhibition for the month of April. They will then be sold at a silent auction to raise money for Charity: Water. Find out more about the service committee on the Service Page!
A former Peace Corps Volunteer, Chic Dambach led an informal peace delegation to settle a border war between Ethiopia and Eritrea before becoming the President and CEO of the Peace Corps Association. He now serves as the Chief of Staff for a Congressman and as the President and CEO of the Alliance for Peacebuilding. Chic recently published his memoirs, Exhaust the Limits: The Life and Times of a Global Peacebuilder. He will be giving his address, entitled “From Peace Corps to Peacebuilding,” on March 13th at 7:00pm in the Sadler Center Commonwealth Auditorium [Facebook Event Link].
Find out more about the IRC Fellow speaker series here.
The International Relations Club welcomed Chancellor Gates back to W&M in today’s edition of the Flat Hat. The full text of the letter, penned by John, is below.
The investiture of Chancellor Robert Gates ‘65 is a milestone in the College’s ascent into the realm of international affairs. Students already study abroad in greater proportion than any other public university, the College’s Model United Nations team is arguably the best in the world, undergraduates conduct internationally focused research in outstanding numbers, and we welcomed our largest ever class of international students this year. In the tradition of internationalist alumni such as Thomas Jefferson ‘1762 (the first Secretary of State) and James Monroe ’1776 (ushered the US firmly into world affairs), Chancellor Gates highlights the strong global focus ofthe College. The International Relations Club would like to commend the Board of Visitors for their choice and welcome Chancellor Gates back to Williamsburg.
We hope that his presence will continue to inspire the widely popular international service trips, encourage even more record-breaking Peace Corps participants and Fulbright recipients, and lead to the further development of international resources at the College – as seen in the new Sultan Qaboos bin Said Professorship of Middle Eastern Studies,the new Confucius Institute, and the new joint-degree program with the University of St Andrews in Scotland.
However, Chancellor Gates should serve as more than a symbol of these accomplishments. The world is undergoing rapid political and economic transformation. W&M is well positioned to continue to train the leaders who guide the United States and the international community into a better tomorrow – but more can always be done. The College’s international programs must continue to grow and adapt to a changing future; we hope that Chancellor Gates will help lead the College as it firmly establishes itself at the pinnacle of international universities.
-John F. Kirn III (’12) President, International Relations Club