Six Wesleyan students represented Rwanda at the 30th Annual Southern Regional Model United Nations Conference (SRMUN) in Atlanta November 21 – 23. Student delegates were T'Ammari Grant, Lisett Cruz, Kat Neal, Brittany Kelly, Grace Walker, and Barbara Reigel. Professor of Political Science Dr. Barbara Donovan, who serves as a Model UN advisor, said, “I am so proud of these women. They hold their own competing against much bigger schools. Wesleyan students are smart, articulate, and ready to make their case.”
From a small conference with only 10 schools and 100 delegates, SRMUN has grown to become one of the largest collegiate Model United Nations conferences in the United States. Since 1990, SRMUN has hosted over 15,000 delegates from 150 colleges and universities. SRMUN provides delegates with unique opportunities to cultivate important skills to help develop future careers including public speaking, research and writing, negotiations, and diplomacy while also broadening their knowledge of international politics.
Wesleyan voice students represented the College at the Georgia National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) student auditions held at Clayton State University on November 22 and 23, 2019. Emerald Pierrain ’23, accompanied by Mildred Heyward Chair of Music Nadine Cheek ’79, placed first in the classical category and third in musical theatre. Accompanied by Ellen Hanson ’83, Hannah Jones ’21 placed second in classical; Sara Gott ’21 and DeAnna Long ’20 each placed third in classical; and alumna Vanessa Battle '18 placed first in classical and performed in the winners recital.
Georgia NATS is part of the Southeastern Region of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world, with more than 7,000 members in the United States, Canada, and nearly 30 other countries.
In November, Hannah Jones ’21 received a commendation from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) for her work as stage manager in Wesleyan’s fall theatre production Nickel and Dimed, a play by Joan Holden, directed by Frazer Lively, Wesleyan professor of theatre. Additionally, Andrea Brown ’23 and Sarah Nell Newsome ’21 both earned nominations for acting, and the entire production and cast were given high praise by The Kennedy Center respondent.
The KCACTF is a national theater program involving 20,000 students from more than 700 colleges and universities nationwide annually. For over 50 years, the organization has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theater in the United States.