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WKU’s Model Arab League team members honored at regional conference

WKU’s Model Arab League team competed last week in the Ohio Valley Regional conference, where several members were recognized with awards.

WKU's Model Arab League team competed in the Ohio Valley Regional conference Feb. 18-20. From left: Hatim Alamri, Alexandria Knipp, Noah Stevens, Chris McKenna, Ella Shipp and Faculty Advisor Dr. David DiMeo.

WKU’s Model Arab League team competed in the Ohio Valley Regional conference Feb. 18-20. From left: Hatim Alamri, Alexandria Knipp, Noah Stevens, Chris McKenna, Ella Shipp and Faculty Advisor Dr. David DiMeo.

The conference, held Feb. 18-20 at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, brought together teams from 14 universities in the Midwest to represent the 22 states in the Arab League.

Over the three-day period, the delegates debated and formulated resolutions on issues from environmental pollution to refugee crises, joint defense and education. The program, sponsored by the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations (NCUSAR), serves in part to identify promising candidates for NCUSAR’s many sponsored internships and study abroad programs for Model Arab League participants.

Only in its second year at WKU, the chapter was started through the initiative of senior Chris McKenna of Louisville and sophomore Alexandria Knipp of Olive Hill, both of whom won awards in this year’s competition. The team’s participation was made possible through the financial support of the SGA and the Modern Languages Department.

Noah Stevens, a freshman from Elizabethtown, was chosen as Outstanding Delegate for his leadership on the Joint Defense Council, where he led in the creation of resolutions to combat ISIS and other threats to the region. “The Model Arab League conference has been my favorite opportunity to represent WKU thus far. The ability to put our ‘international reach’ into practice was tangible,” he said. “I was able to showcase that what I have learned at WKU is equal to, and in many cases greater than, that of my counterparts at other American universities.”

Knipp was recognized as the Outstanding Chairperson for her work on the Environment Council. “Though this organization is perfect for students studying Arabic and International Affairs/Political Science, it is also applicable for any degree,” she said. “Many students could find a place they fit in Model Arab League.”

McKenna was recognized as Distinguished Delegate on the Palestinian Affairs Committee, while Ella Shipp, a senior from Owensboro, and Hatim Alamri, a senior from Bowling Green, represented Jordan on the Social Affairs Committee. Dr. David DiMeo, assistant professor of Arabic, is the chapter’s faculty advisor.

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Contact: David DiMeo, (270) 745-2401

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