CSU, Chico News

CSU, Chico Model UN Delegation Wins Top Awards at National Conference

Date: 04-21-2009

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
John Crosby
Faculty Advisor Political Science

For the first time since the 1990s, students participating in the Model United Nations (MUN) course at California State University, Chico won the two top awards at the national Model United Nations Conference held in New York April 5–9. The Chico delegation, representing the Republic of Korea, was named an Outstanding Delegation from a field of more than 160 colleges and universities.

This is the third year in a row Chico students have come home with an Outstanding Delegation award. Only the top 8 percent of all attending schools attain the outstanding ranking. In addition, the CSU, Chico team won the award for Outstanding Position Papers. Chico’s awards place the team within the top 4 percent of all schools attending the competition.

In addition to the two outstanding awards, eight individual students received peer recognition for their work in their individual committees: Jenny Cox and Serdar Yesildag in General Assembly Second Committee; Anna Birch and Mark Whalen in the Economic Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific; Ashley Connell and Boshion Crandall in the Economic and Social Council Plenary; and Brittany Bledsoe and Kelley Fairchild in the African Development Bank Committee.

“Every year Chico State’s MUN team does very well at this conference, but there was definitely an added pressure on this year’s New York team to live up to the precedent set by the two previous New York teams that won Outstanding Delegation two years running,” said student Chelsea Schick, head delegate. “The students really rose to the challenge. Everyone was so motivated from the beginning, and it really paid off in the end. Across the board, Chico MUN team members outperform other delegations in all areas: public speaking, formal and informal debate, policy writing, diplomacy, and overall policy knowledge, not just of the country the team is representing, but of the international community as a whole. That is what really makes our students emerge as leaders in their respective committees at conference.”

Professor John Crosby, who took over the successful program from Professor Rick Ostrom in the fall of 2008, says he will always have a special place in his heart for this first team. “The students and officers this year demonstrated relentless dedication and commitment. We were able to bring 29 students to the conference, and we competed in 14 different committees. This conference proves to me that Chico State students can academically compete and win against any school in the nation and the world.”

In addition to Schick, the MUN officers are Chad Brackett , Anna Birch, Jenny Cox and Andy Adams.

The National MUN Conference in New York is the world’s largest university-level simulation of the United Nations. It annually educates more than 3,400 students (40 percent from outside the United States) about the United Nations and contemporary international issues. Students interested in the program need to sign up for Political Science 442, International Organizations, in the fall semester. The program is open to any Chico State student.

Chico State’s Model United Nations team is funded by the Instructionally Related Activities Program, as well as by contributions from the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, the Department of Political Science and student fund-raising activities.