CSU, Chico News

Model United Nations Students Give Stellar Performance

Date: 11-27-2012

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
John Crosby
Department of Political Science

Students participating in the Model United Nations (MUN) course at California State University, Chico brought home the Distinguished Delegation award from the Northwest MUN conference in Seattle. While most students went home to their families for the celebration of Thanksgiving week, 33 Chico students traveled 13 hours on a bus for the three-day conference, held Nov. 16–18.

In addition to the Distinguished Delegation award, the students garnered 14 out of 30 possible individual awards. While the 33 CSU, Chico students represented a little more than 10 percent of all students attending from 17 universities, they took nearly 50 percent of all awards presented.

Each of the 33 students were assigned a country to represent at the conference within six specific committees and had two to three different topics to research for their assigned country and committee. The topics ranged from “The Question of Palestine” to “Access to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation” to working on a treaty to address climate change.

The Distinguished Delegation award went to CSU, Chico students representing the United States, Indonesia, Ukraine, Togo, Egypt, Qatar, Sudan, Hungary, Gabon, Vietnam, Uruguay and Lebanon. In addition to the overall delegation award, Garrett Mathis, Ariana Munoz, Emily Parker, Laura Napoliello, Nigel Bocanegra-Speed, and Bert Haro received Position Paper awards for their pre-conference research. Emily Parker, Adam Graves, Bert Haro and Kristina Houchin received the Outstanding Delegate Awards; Laura Napoliello, Ali Blake, Michael Andreas and Jack Haugen received Distinguished Delegate awards for their representation of their countries.

The Chico State Model United Nations team is taught and run entirely by student officers elected from the previous year’s class. This year’s officers are Doug Strub as head delegate, Katelyn Phillips as secretary general, Erik Ratcliffe, Gary Boyd and Ryan Ostrom.

“These student officers are the heart of the program,” said Professor John Crosby, who teaches the political science course that prepares students to complete. “They are the reason for the amazing performance and Chico State’s continual success. For every student recognized by the conference staff, there were several unrecognized that put forth extraordinary efforts to continue the stellar reputation of Chico State at these events. Every member of the team worked diligently and produced impressive results.”

The regional conference prepares students to participate in the National Model United Nations held each spring in New York, and 21 students that excelled at this conference will be chosen as Chico State’s delegation to represent the nation of Iran.

The MUN is a demanding program where students must excel at public speaking, in-depth research, negotiation and leadership and produce a concisely written position paper. In addition, during the three-day conference, they prepare and cooperate with delegates from other schools representing different countries to produce a series of realistic UN resolutions.

The Model UN program at CSU, Chico is funded primarily by the Instructionally Related Activities Program. The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences also assists in support. Students participate in fundraising activities throughout the year. Any students interested in the program should contact Professor Crosby at jcrosby5@csuchico.edu.