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February 17, 2010
Samford Team Honored At Model United Nations In Ecuador
Samford University's five-member delegation to the first-ever National Model United Nations- Latin America (NMUN•LA) conference in Quito, Ecuador last week received Honorable Mention for some members' position papers. The Samford students were among 150 delegates from across the Americas.
The Samford delegation represented the United Kingdom and Sierra Leone. It was led by head delegate Alexandra Sconfienza and included Tommy Archer, Kathleen Artman, Andrew Mays and Clay Menefee. Barry Robinson accompanied the delegation on the trip and faculty sponsor Andrew Konitzer made travel arrangments and assisted in team preparation.
Participants in the National Collegiate Conference Association (NCCA) event deliberated global issues while also taking part in cultural exchanges such as visits to the historic Quito downtown (a UNESCO heritage site) and optional visits to the Mindo Cloud Forest and Otavalo indigenous market.
The conference opening ceremony featured an address by the Hon. Heather Hodges, U.S. Ambassador to Ecuador. The ambassador spoke on the renewed commitment of the Obama Administration to the United Nations, providing a reminder to delegates, as future diplomats, of the importance of words and their meaning in negotiation and deliberation.