Published on October 31, 2011  

Samford's Model United Nations team of six students earned the Honorable Mention award in competition with 80 universities from around the world at the 2011 National Model United Nations held in Washington, D.C. Oct. 21-23.

Head Samford delegate Devon Arnold and delegates Gabriella Cappo, Samantha McFarland, Mary Evelyn Todd, Thomas Espy and Andrew Mays were recognized at the closing ceremony for their performance in representing the Republic of Portugal.

Highlights of the trip included the opportunity to hear Ambassador Sally Shelton-Colby, Former Deputy Secretary General for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development as well as Helen Lowman, the Peace Corps’ Regional Director for Europe, Mediterranean, and Asia.

"As a new faculty member at Samford University I want to stress how impressed I was by the seriousness and the competence of our students’ participation," said Model UN advisor Serena Simoni, who joined the university's Political Science faculty this fall. "I believe that programs like this strongly contribute to the preparation of our students who will soon enter an increasingly competitive job market".


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.