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HSU Students Score Big at Model United Nations Conference

In its fourth year, the HSU Department of Politics’ Model United Nations program collected four Meritorious Delegation Awards, recognizing outstanding academic preparation for and participation in the Model United Nations of the Far West conference. Political Science major Patrick Sullivan, who represented North Korea, was also selected as the best delegate in the International Atomic Energy Agency at the conference.

In all, twenty-six Humboldt State students represented five countries at the conference, making it one of the largest schools to participate in the conference. Students participated in the five-day conference as part of Prof. Noah Zerbe’s Model United Nations course, which explores the United Nations system. During the simulation, students play the role of diplomats representing their respective countries in international negotiations. While participating in the simulation, HSU students debated a wide array of contemporary international issues and United Nations policy with almost 600 students from schools across Australia, Canada, the Philippines, Russia, and the western United States. Topics on this year’s agenda included women in power and decision making, transnational maritime piracy, nuclear non-proliferation, global carbon markets, and the exploitation of the global commons.

Students participating in the Model UN program were: Ravin Craig, Rose Brink-Capriola, Zlatan Sahmanovic, Alissa Sobo, Octavio Lopez-Raygoza, and Joanna Schultz (representing Brazil); Patrick Sullivan, Seth Bradley, Bradon Chapin, and John Folstrom (representing North Korea); Mark! Aviles, Leah Denhert, Kari Armstrong, Tom Stern, and Stefanie Chen-Welch (representing Norway); Jennifer Lucas, Aaron Wilyer, Sean Rundell, Andrea Adam, and Andrew Mesch (representing Romania); Stephanie Dowdle, Ryan Brisbin, Jeff Coomber, Olivia Cruz, Erik Myxter, and Amanda Hubacek (representing South Africa).

The Model United Nations program will be offered again in the Spring 2011 semester. For more information, contact Noah Zerbe at 707-826-3911 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Group Photo: HSU Model UN Delegation 2010
Group Photo: HSU Model UN Delegation 2010
Front Row (left to right): Brandon Chapin, Patrick Sullivan, Mark! Aviles, John Folstrom
Middle Row: Steph Dowdle, Kari Armstrong, Leah Dehnert, Rose Brink-Capriola, Alissa Sobo, Andrea Adam, Jennifer Lucas, Stefanie Chen-Welch, Ryan Brisbin
Back Row: Zlatan Sahmanovic, Joanna Schultz, Erik Myxter, Aaron Wilyer, Amanda Hubacek, Octavio Lopez-Raygoza, Sean Rundell, Jeff Coomber, Tom Stern, Andrew Mesch, Ravin Craig

Andrea Adam (Romania) and Tom Stern (Brazil) discuss a resolution
Delegates Andrea Adam (Romania) and Tom Stern (Brazil) discuss a resolution

Record Year for HSU Model United Nations

In its largest year yet, the HSU Department of Politics’ Model United Nations program sent 31 students to San Francisco to participate in a five-day intercollegiate simulation of the United Nations. Students participating in the program as part of Professor Noah Zerbe’s Model United Nations course collected five Meritorious Delegation Awards, which recognize outstanding academic preparation for and participation in the conference. The awards placed HSU among the top three performers at the conference for the third year running.

Humboldt State University’s Model UN program has grown to represent seven countries in just its third year of existence, making it one of the largest and most successful programs participating in the conference. During the simulation, students play the role of diplomats representing their respective countries in international negotiations. While participating in the simulation, HSU students debated a wide scope of contemporary international issues and United Nations policy with almost 600 students from schools across Australia, Canada, the Philippines, Russia, and the western United States. Topics on this year’s agenda included UN Cooperation in Humanitarian Disaster Relief, Reforming the Bretton Woods Institutions, Dismantling the Refuse of the Cold War, Preventing Genocide, and Protection of the Climate for Present and Future Generations.

Students participating in the Model UN program were: David Bording, Stephanie Dowdle, Rina Ferrario, and Virginia Otey (representing the Democratic Republic of the Congo); Dominic Efferson, Carly Hanssler, Morrissa Hudson, Terra Kopf, Dominic Lether, Rebecca Singleton, and Patrick Sullivan (representing Italy); Christopher Bennett, Andrew Bond, Ryan Hawley-Jones, and Ryan Sousa (representing Qatar); Jasmin Cookman, Lizz Fehr, and Dina Haigounian (representing Rwanda); Set Bradley, Jesse Donnelly, Vy Ortiz, and Lauren Perez (representing Sri Lanka); Sarah Daniels, Michael Lockary, Jon Mabee, and Annalise von Borstel (representing Sweden); Jeff Guiterrez, Rory Kalin, Claire Price, and Desiree Woods (representing Venezuela). The course will be offered again in the Spring 2010 semester.

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For more information, contact Noah Zerbe at 707-826-3911 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Arcata Junior Wins HSU Essay Award

Arcata – Arcata High School junior Lilian Medford has won the inaugural Humboldt County High School Constitution Day Essay Competition, initiated by Humboldt State University’s Department of Politics and providing Medford with $221 from the Humboldt Loyalty Fund to commemorate the 221st anniversary of the signing of the nation’s most fundamental law on Constitution Day last September 17.

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HSU Professor John Meyer, chair of the Department of Politics, presents the essay award to Lilian Medford in her Arcata High classroom.

The contest invited students from schools across the county to write an original, three-to-five page composition on how the Constitution confers and limits presidential power, and what the implications are for the presidency in the 21st century. Judges recognized Medford’s essay for “substantial breadth and depth, effective organization and clear writing. She successfully tied her historical understanding of the Constitution to contemporary political realities and concerns,” the judges held.

Medford is a student in Jennifer Rosebrook’s AP U.S. History class at Arcata High.

The competition was co-sponsored by HSU’s Department of History, with support from University Advancement through the Humboldt Loyalty Fund and the cooperation of the Humboldt County Office of Education, which provided $500 in materials to Rosebrook. Four students in her class competed. The contest was organized by HSU Professor Emeritus JeDon Emenhiser.

HSU Model United Nations Recognized Again!

The HSU Department of Government and Politics’ Model United Nations program was recognized for its outstanding performance at the Model United Nations of the Far West Conference, held April 18-22, 2008, in San Francisco. Students participating in the program as part of Professor Noah Zerbe’s Model United Nations course collected four Meritorious Delegation Awards, which recognize outstanding academic preparation for and participation in the conference. HSU International Studies major Jonathan Linton was also selected as Rappateur, or best delegate, in the economic and financial committee. The awards placed HSU among the top three performers at the conference for the second year running.

Humboldt State’s Model UN program has grown to represent five countries in just its second year of existence, making it one of the largest programs participating in the conference. In the five day conference this year, Humboldt State students represented Canada, Jordan, Italy, Nicaragua, and Tanzania. At the conference, students debated contemporary international issues and United Nations policy with more than 40 schools and 500 delegates from the Western United Sates, Canada, the Philippines, and Russia.

Students participating in the Model UN program were: Ryan Walsh, Jonathan Linton, Sarah Daniels, and Nicole Quinn (representing Canada); Andrew Bond, Norma Clements, Jesus Solis,

Michael Lockary, and Desiree Woods (representing Italy); Willie Shubert, Kienan Parr, Carly Hanssler, and Jack States (representing Jordan); David Bording, Andrew Bevington, Alan Chesbro, Richard Caccamo, and Jessica Martella (representing Nicaragua); and Cara Brannon, Jessica Ponsano, Carol Hurley, Adam Wolter, and Kaitlin Borstelmann (representing Tanzania). The course will be offered again in the Spring 2009 semester.

For more information, please contact Noah Zerbe at 707-826-3911 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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