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October 25, 2010

Birmingham-Southern College student honored for international leadership

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern College student Sarah McCune, a junior English major, received the Dorothy G. Baker Campus Leadership Award during the Birmingham United Nations Day Banquet Oct. 21.

The Bozeman, Mont., native was honored for her interfaith work as a BSC Hess Fellow last summer when she interned at the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations in New York City. McCune is a 2008 graduate of Bozeman High School.

The award was presented by the United Nations Association-USA Greater Birmingham Chapter in recognition of individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in advocacy for international understanding in the school and the community.

McCune spent 10 weeks this summer working to create a North American youth network so the U.S., Mexico, and Canada can have regional representation within the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations; sitting in on U.N. committee meetings; and helping with the pending launch of the U.N.'s International Year of Youth campaign.

The Hess Fellows Program at Birmingham-Southern provides paid summer internships for up to 13 BSC students each year to travel and to develop an understanding of public policy-making on a macro level.

McCune received an inscribed award and a book on international relations was presented to the BCS Library in her honor.

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