Commencement 2019

News Briefs


Fifteen Virginia Wesleyan students traveled to the National Model United Nations Conference in Washington, DC (NMUN DC) Oct. 25-27 to participate in a three-day simulation of the procedures and practices of the United Nations. Under the guidance of VWC Assistant Professor of Political Science Aubrey Westfall, the College’s Rwandan delegation received a Distinguished Delegation Award and their German counterparts took home Honorable Mention. Throughout the weekend, the award-winning delegations had the opportunity to meet with representatives from the Better World Campaign, the United Nations Association of the United States of America and various congressional representatives, including Virginia Congressman J. Randy Forbes, New Jersey State Senator Robert Menendez and staff of Virginia State Senator Mark Warner. Students in attendance included Brittany Anning ’15, Joshua Beatty ’15, Mindy Bertram ’15, Kimberly Branham-Blowe ’15, Rory Finnegan ’15, Nicholas Hampe ’15, Chad Kooser ’15, Douglas Lowry ’14, Jessica Mackey ’15 (head Rwandan delegate), Franchesica Middleton ’14 (head German delegate), Amanda Mikajlo ’15,  Andrew Petrey ’15, Daniella St. George ’16, Katie Stefano ’16, and Diallo Wilson ’15. While in Northern Virginia, Westfall appeared on the Fairfax-based worldwide television program Inside Scoop: The EmeraldPlanet TV to discuss VWC’s involvement with the Model UN as it pertains to leadership, understanding, and actionable solutions addressing global environmental issues. She also noted the College’s study abroad and undergraduate research programs as well as her personal research on immigration policy and how it translates to the classroom. The College’s Model UN Delegation plans to attend the annual NMUN Conference in New York City in spring 2014. For more information, contact Aubrey Westfall at 757.233.8806 or More