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.
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.”
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!
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!
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.