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MC sends birthday greetings

to its friends at the United Nations


Members of the Manchester College community have sent a birthday banner of personalized greetings to the United Nations, which marked its 61st anniversary on Oct. 24, 2006. Students, faculty and staff signed the banner Monday, and shipped it off to the United Nations.

Manchester is the only college in the United States to hold permanent observer status with the United Nations, as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). The status gives Manchester College representatives access to UN proceedings and, with permission, opportunity to actively debate issues on the floor of the UN General Assembly.

Manchester graduate Andrew Cordier, who taught history at MC from 1926 to 1944, was a principal architect of the United Nations. Rooted in the tradition of the Church of the Brethren, Manchester College seeks to develop an international consciousness.

The college is an international community in itself with students from 26 countries. Flags of all of the students’ countries, including of the United Nation, are always on display in the main hall of the Administration Building.

The United Nations – formed on Oct. 24, 1945 – is designed in principle to promote international cooperation and to provide means for global problem solving (human rights abuses, race and ethnic conflict, economic cooperation) through open communications. In 1971, the General Assembly recommended that its members observe Oct. 24th as a holiday.

Manchester College also is home to a Model United Nations, with a goal of preparing a new generation of leaders who could make this world a better place. “Our students gain valuable skills, such as communication and conflict resolution, as well as working knowledge of international diplomacy and negotiation,” said program director, Dr. Benson Onyeji.

Students in this program attend regional and national Model United Nations conferences such as the Indiana Consortium for International Programs Model United Nations Security Council, and the Harvard University National Model United Nations.

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