Twenty-six ORU students represented the university at the 54th annual Midwest Model United Nations Conference Feb. 19 in St. Louis, Mo.
The event is designed to give students experience with working with urgent international issues. Representing the role of another country and facing their issues give the students new experiences and knowledge of how to handle and face big world issues.
Students are grouped into delegates, with each group representing a different country. ORU students represented the countries of Russia and Guatemala.
Several ORU students received awards for their efforts. Kedemah Evans won the award for outstanding delegate in committee on the status of women, representing Russia. Ruth Adams and Mariah Shyroch won honorable mention in the General Assembly.
“80 percent of Model UN participants from ORU had never represented the school in this field, but those students still achieved major success,” said Faculty Advisor Ruby Libertus.
Megan Esposito, a senior international relations major, was a first-time participant.
“It was a memorable experience, and I would encourage students in majors other than international relations to join. You gain real world, hands-on experience and meet incredible people,” said Esposito.
The Model United Nations class will be offered again during the fall 2014 semester. Interested students in any major can enroll now.