Applause! Applause!

Ross faculty, staff, and students achieve many accomplishments both on and off campus. This month, we’re recognizing the successes of students Jack Brinkley Cook and Ben Sosne, who impressed judges with their rhetorical prowess at Model UN, as well as Theater Director Gerard Doyle, lauded for his audiobook recordings.  Please send your submissions to

Jack Brinkley Cook and Ben Sosne Seniors Jack Brinkley Cook and Ben Sosne won Outstanding Delegate at Columbia University’s 2013 Model United Nations Conference. They represented Haiti in the Organization of American States and debated two topics: illicit drug trade and diminishing the threat of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC). “This was my fourth Model United Nations and my third award, so I believe my experience and knowledge of parliamentary procedure along with Ben's charisma and skilled rhetoric enabled us to present strong and persuasive arguments,” said Jack.

Model UN is an academic simulation of the United Nations that strives to educate students about civics, globalization, communication, and diplomacy. Awards go to Best Delegate, Outstanding Delegate, and Honorable Mention.

Gerard Doyle The magazine AudioFile included two of Gerard Doyle’s recordings in its list of Best Audiobooks of the Year: The Cold, Cold Ground, by Adrian McKinty (Blackstone Audio), and Toothiana, Queen of the Tooth Fairy Armies, by William Joyce, which also won an AudioFile "Earphones" award for excellence. In addition, the magazine voted Gerard as the Best Voice in the "Young Adult Audiobook" category for E. Aster Bunnymund and the Warrior Eggs at the Earth's Core, also by William Joyce.

Meanwhile, selected Gerard’s recording of The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man, by a steampunk novel by Mark Hodder, as one of the best of 2012. It is the second book in a trilogy, all three of which Gerard recorded last year for publication.