Submitted by the EagleMUNC Secretariat
On March 30th, EagleMUNC closed to the roar of a standing ovation from 40 schools and 500 delegates. The conference grew 300% in a single year, and many schools were eager to see if Boston College could deliver on grandiose promises of a 40-Hour Simulation, a personalized delegate experience, and profound access to its university.
EagleMUNC’s second installment innovated in four major ways:
1. The 40-Hour Simulation: As promised, EagleMUNC pursued an unforeseen level of realism. Crisis delegates were given personalized websites tailored to their characters. These delegate “Google Sites” displayed financial resources, military might, political contacts, and urgent messages from heads of state, cabinet members, and even spouses! Throughout the weekend, delegates conducted interviews, fundraisers, and weddings, all while literally redrawing geopolitical maps. EagleMUNC designed a web of educational content with the goal of achieving 40-hours of action-packed Model UN.
Diane Haleas-Hines of St. Ignatius College Prep noted “The 40 Hour Simulation offered my students the opportunity to place themselves in the role of a real-life diplomat, navigating the issues, relationships, alliances, and obstacles of problem-solving. We look forward to participating in EagleMUNC III.”
2. On-Campus Experience: EagleMUNC did not let a downtown setting prevent students from enjoying privileged access to Boston College. Optional events on-campus included a meet and greet with Admissions Directors, a Boston College student panel, and an informal Professor discussion on the situation in Crimea. EagleMUNC staffers offered seminars on Mastering the 40-Hour Simulation, Cyberwar in Modern Conflict, and Russo-American Relations in ’79 and ‘14.
3. Focus on the Faculty: Despite an exhaustive commitment to our delegates, EagleMUNC improved and integrated the traditional role of a faculty advisor. While Friday’s Faculty Advisor Reception provided teachers with a recess from the Model UN fray, formal and informal feedback sessions, digital feedback forms, and a 24-hour help desk maximized faculty access and influence. The role of delegation leadership will be key to EagleMUNC sustaining its early success.
4. Keynote Access: Unlike other mid-sized conferences, EagleMUNC shattered the window between our Keynote Speaker and delegates. Former US Senator and New Hampshire hopeful Scott Brown shook hands, signed autographs, and discussed politics long after his opening address. EagleMUNC seeks to maintain this unique level of access to politically relevant guests in years to come.
EagleMUNC exploded onto the international conference circuit in 2014. One hundred delegates in a Senate simulation balanced a cyberwar crisis and alternative energy legislation. A Cold War JCC circa 1979 conducted espionage, stabilized Iran, and faced the Mujahedeen. Crisis simulations of the Second Crusade and American colonization brought centuries-old history to life. But more importantly, EagleMUNC affirmed a commitment to a better delegate, university, and faculty advisor experience.
Congratulations to our Delegation Award winners:
- Best Large Delegation: St. Ignatius College Prep (Chicago, IL)
- Best Small Delegation: South Lakes High School (Reston, VA)
- Outstanding Large Delegation: Clements High School (Houston, TX)
- Outstanding Small Delegation: St. Margaret’s Episcopal School (San Juan Capistrano, CA)
Congratulations to our Secretariat all-stars: Katherine Corrigan, Alex Hawley, Niki Bertsche, Kienan O’Brien, Kevin Fritz, Ben Sardinas, Nicole Zunick, and Billy Fitzsimmons!
Michael Keefe, former Secretary General of BC High MUN, will lead Boston College at EagleMUNC III.