Published on November 3, 2016 by Sean Flynt  
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Samford's Model United Nations Team in Rhodes, Greece

Samford University’s Model United Nations team took part in the seventh Rhodes (Greece) Model Regional Co-operation Oct. 12–15. The event gathered more than 350 participants from Greece, Armenia, Romania, France, Cyprus, Britain and Albania with the goal of promoting effective peace-building and sustainable development.

The team included Carly Davis of Windermere, Florida; Marley Davis of Mount Olive, Alabama; Juliana Guzman of Cali, Colombia; Kathryn King of Jackson, Tennessee; Margaret Kuester of Atlanta, Georgia; Elizabeth Lawrence of McKinney, Texas; and Emily Praktish of Charleston, South Carolina.

“Our students were congratulated for their outstanding work and excellent preparation,” said Samford political science professor and Model United Nations adviser Serena Simoni. She said the students were especially helpful in drafting proposals and resolutions because English was the official language of the proceedings.

Students were divided into seven committees to represent various world regions and organizations. The Samford participants were unanimous in praising the value of both that official collaborative experience and the informal conversations they had with students from other countries. “I found it incredibly beneficial to my education, both as an international relations student and as a member of the global community, to be able to discuss the international events and politics with students from a completely different culture than my own,” said King.

Apart from the specific professional preparation and experience, Marley Davis said the event also helped in more general ways. “The rigorous preparation required for the conference has improved my research and public speaking skills, she said.

Model United Nations is an authentic simulation of the U.N. General Assembly and other multilateral bodies. Samford teams regularly compete, and win, in national and international Model United Nations competitions.

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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.