FOND DU LAC, Wis. – Marian University’s Model United Nations team earned a Delegation Honorable Mention award at the National Model United Nations Conference in New York City on April 3. The National Model UN Conference in New York is the premier Model UN conference with more than 3,000 college students from Europe, Asia, Africa and North and South America competing in the week-long event.
Marian University represented the African country of Ghana at the conference. As diplomats from Ghana, the students collaborated with other country representatives on global issues such as controlling biological weapons, eliminating racial discrimination, empowering women in the fight against hunger and enhancing the rule of law in drug trafficking.
Marian’s team also participated in a Mission Briefing at the Permanent Mission of Ghana to the United Nations. In the briefing, Marian students met with four members of the mission who represent Ghana at the United Nations, including Philbert Johnson, minister and deputy permanent representative; J. R. Adogla, minister-counsellor and head of chancery; N. A. Abayena, minister-counsellor; and Col. C. E. Edjeani-Afenu, deputy military advisor.
Marian University students on the Model UN team include: Miranda Berndt of Markesan; Niles Owen of Fenton, Mich.; Brandon Krawczyk of Muskego; Ana Birau of Libertyville, Ill.; Austin Kultgen of Glenbeulah; Brodie Jamieson of Canada; Ethan Hauer of Sheboygan; Delphine Gras of France; Denisa Muntean of Romania; Nauris Buskevics of Latvia; Samantha Reid of Green Bay; Amanda Bergner of Appleton; Megan Taubel of Pulaski; Grant Delene of Elkhorn; and Ryan Wagner of Malone. Elizabeth Manser Payne, assistant professor of business administration, serves as advisor to the team and accompanied them to the conference.