Georgia Southern University received four Outstanding Delegate awards and two honorable mentions at the Southeast Regional Model Arab League (SERMAL).
In its first year of participation, a group of 10 students and two faculty advisors traveled to Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina for the event. SERMAL is a simulation event in which students represent diplomats from 22 countries from the Arab League in an attempt to raise their knowledge and understanding of the Arab world and its people.
Georgia Southern represented Egypt at the event with students Matt Horne, Dylan John, Anhar Ibrahim and Ahmed Bekhet winning the Outstanding Delegate Award, while Akiv Dawson and Jonathan Quintyne received honorable mentions.
Students interested in the study of the Arab world and language created the Model Arab League Student Club under the supervision of Jacek Lubecki, director of the Center for International Studies, and Youssef Salhi, lecturer with the Department of Foreign Languages.