CSU, Chico News

CSU, Chico Model United Nations Delegation Brings Home Top Two Awards

Date: 04-27-2011

Kathleen McPartland
John Crosby
Political Science

Students participating in the Model United Nations (MUN) course from California State University, Chico won both top awards at the National Model United Nations Conference in New York City, April 17 to 21. CSU, Chico’s teams consistently do well at the competition.

The Chico delegation, representing the Republic of Austria, was named an Outstanding Delegation by the staff of the National MUN. In addition, the team won the award for Outstanding Position Papers. This double “outstanding” ranking places the team in the top 4 percent of all schools attending the competition.

In addition to the outstanding awards, four individual students received recognition in their individual committees: Kurt Bell and Joanna Eisenberg in the Security Council and Justin Self and Doug Strub in the UN Population Fund were each named as outstanding leaders by their fellow committee members.

“There was pressure on the team to live up to the precedent set by previous New York Teams,” said student Boshion Crandall, head delegate. “The students rose to the challenge! Everyone was motivated, and, in the end, it paid off in an outstanding performance overall. Across the board, Chico MUN team members show superior skills in public speaking, formal and informal debate, policy writing, diplomacy and overall policy knowledge, not only of the country the team is representing, but also of the international community as a whole. That is what makes our students emerge as leaders in their respective committees at conference.”

“The students and officers this year demonstrated fearless dedication and commitment,” said John Crosby, the program’s faculty advisor. “Boshion Crandall and the rest of the officers, David Perricone, Caitlin Albritton, Caitlin Fontana and Efren Yanez, were instrumental in bringing about this extraordinary feat. This internationally recognized conference proves that Chico State students can academically compete and win against any school in the nation and the world.”

The National MUN in New York is the world’s largest university-level simulation of the United Nations. It annually educates more than 5,000 students (50 percent from outside the United States) from over 400 colleges and universities about the United Nations and international issues. Students interested in the program must register for Political Science 442, International Organizations, in the fall semester. The program usually draws from the International Relations concentration but is open to any CSU, Chico student.

The CSU, Chico 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, student learning fees and student fundraising activities. The semiannual dinner/raffle/silent auction for next year’s class will be held at Selvester’s Café-by-the-Creek on May 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets may be purchased from the political science office or from any MUN student.