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.
Congratulations to Katie Mitchell who has been selected as the Secretary-General of the 26th annual William and Mary High School Model United Nations Conference! We’re all looking forward to an amazing conference!
WMHSMUN Secretariat chosen! WMHSMUN is well under way, and registration opens up next week!
WMIDMUN Secretary General chosen! Kristopher Kusnerik (pictured) is a motivated ginger who rocks (pun, ‘cuz he’s a geo major) life and pretty much epitomizes awesome. No doubt WMIDMUN X will be the best ever.
In the words of Thomas Hobbes, “The only way to erect such a common power, as may be able to defend [men] from the invasion of foreigners, and the inquiries of one another… is to confer all their power and strength upon one man, or upon one assembly of men.” The Executive Board has been chosen. It is new and unstoppable, awesome in its power.
What does the William and Mary IR Club have in common with barnacles? Many things…but most important of which is that we love water! You have spoken and the great Service Director has answered true to your choices! Our Service Committee will be supporting the NGO, Charity: Water!
There is officially a new Secretary General for WMHSMUN’s silver jubilee, and his name is William Shimer! So congratulations! We know you’re going to do an amazing job.
From his WMHSMUN bio:
William, a Sophomore, is planning on majoring in Government with a possible minor in Economics or Finance. After graduation, he wants to work for the State Department or a D.C. think-tank and eventually join a consulting firm. Outside of the International Relations Club, William is an intern at the Project on International Peace and Security (PIPS), an undergraduate think-tank, and he plays on the club Ultimate Frisbee team. He spent the summer watching the World Cup and studying abroad in Rome which was a life-changing experience. He fills his spare time by waterskiing, relaxing with friends, and spending a small fortune at Wawa.
IRCtastic! Pretty much summarizes the life of the International Relations Club these past few weeks.
Besides a heartwrenching loss in the FINALS of an IM Championship Softball game, life on this side of the diplomatic woods has been fantastic. In the world of Model UN, we sent a delegation of 20 to CMUNNY, a conference hosted by Columbia in New York, with 12 of them winning awards (INSANE). The IRC even held its first alumni event with quite a bit of success.
Service has been going strong, maintaining its strong mission of helping out Doctors Without Borders. Preparation for WMHSMUN is hitting the home stretch, as it’s ONLY SIXTEEN DAYS AWAY!
WMIDMUN is starting to get into the swing of things, as final dates have been set – February 25 – February 27.
Most recently, and arguably most excitingly, the IRC Alumni Association is starting to take shape. Our club has had a long, strong history, and it’s about time things get documented. We hosted an Alumni tailgate on the morning of our Homecoming game (which we won against the #2 team in the nation!), with a solid turnout.
The following morning was our annual alumni reception – alumni from as far back as the beginning of the decade were present, sharing their experiences and life stories with current club members. All in all, it was definitely a success, and quite a bit was learned – apparently WMIDMUN was supposed to be a “temporary” kind o’ thing.
Guess they should’ve told Matt Schofield, WMIDMUN IX Secretary-General, that, before they went ahead and opened registration less than a week ago, already securing almost 300 delegates. Talk about progress!
Hey hey hey! What up potentially prospective, newly ‘nitiated, or especially experienced IRCers! We’ve had a busy couple of weeks, for those of y’all who haven’t kept up. Our IM teams have kept up their tradition of showing the William and Mary world who’s boss, finishing off both their indoor soccer and softball regular seasons this past week. Unnamed sources have even gone so far as predicting that this is the year the IRC will win shirts… IN BOTH SPORTS! So get psyched.
Service has been busy, putting on a kickin’ trivia night, co-sponsored by Branch Out and AMP. To further their tie to the Williamsburg community, they even helped out with “Housing Partnerships” last weekend, helping out the main office with some much needed work.
WMHSMUN has been going full throttle, getting ready for the awesomeness that will occur in November, and WMIDMUN’s starting to shape up, as registration starts in just over two weeks!
We’ve got some fantastic things planned for the month of October, including our very first IRC Fall Fellow. There’s also going to be some highly-anticipated alumni goings-on during Homecoming weekend, so stay tuned!
Finally, we’ll be sending a very qualified team to our first MUN conference of the year, taking place at Columbia University in New York. NCSC, the conference at Georgetown, is right around the corner, and positions for that are now up on Sebeso! Kewl.