Global Engagement

Delegate from Model United Nations Team Recognized at Conference

Global Engagement

Gardner-Webb University sent its largest delegation in recent years to compete in the Southern Regional Model United Nations (SRMUN) conference held recently in Atlanta, Ga. Model United Nations (UN) events for students are a simulation of real-life UN meetings. 

Participating schools are assigned a country to represent, and team members pursue the interests of their country in various committee meetings, such as World Health Organization, International Criminal Police Organization, International Court of Justice and others. The 11 students on GWU’s team represented the countries of Croatia and Guatemala. The students prepared by researching the issues, writing papers and meeting weekly for practice.

Garret Allen won the Best Delegate Award for the International Court of Justice, which is perhaps the most intensive committee at SRMUN, said Dr. Casey Delehanty, assistant professor of global studies and adviser for the group.

Allen, a sophomore economics/finance major from Kings Mountain, N.C., said the most challenging aspect of the event is being ready to speak at a moment’s notice on your topic. “The best part of the conference is listening and working diligently with other delegations to find solutions to problems,” he shared.

Other members of the GWU team are: 

  • Grace Burgin, of Iron Station, N.C., a freshman nursing major
  • Gabriel Hoyle, of Greensboro, N.C., a junior global studies major
  • Cierra Jennestreet, of Onley, Va., a junior biology major
  • Luke Kunkel, of East Bend, N.C., a healthcare management major
  • Grace Love, of Shelby, N.C., a junior global studies major
  • Matthew McCray, of Rougemont, N.C., a sophomore sport management major
  • Bryan Morales-Gonzalez, of Newton, N.C., a junior computer information systems major
  • Chris Russell, of Charlotte, N.C., a sophomore computer science major
  • AJ Terry, of Charlotte, N.C., a sophomore finance major
  • Gauge Tillman, of Cherryville, N.C., a senior political science major