CSU, Chico News

CSU, Chico Model United Nations Delegation Brings Home Top Awards from National Conference

Date: 04-10-2012

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs

Twenty-one California State University, Chico students participating in the Model United Nations (MUN) course won multiple top awards at the National Model United Nations Conference in New York, April 1–5. For the fifth time in six years, the Chico delegation was named one of 34 Outstanding Delegations out of more than 400 by the staff of the National MUN. The delegation, consisting of 21 students and representing the State of Qatar, also won outstanding position papers on four of 10 committees in which they competed and were named by their peers in two other committees as an outstanding delegation.

In addition to the delegation and committee awards, 12 Chico students won individual awards: Emily Brook, Chelsey Korman, Mitch Hudson, Jay Virdee, Nicole MacDougall, Eric Ratcliffe, Evin Sanders, Kyle Norton, Katelyn Phillips, Doug Strub, Garrison Boyd and Shaan Grewal. The award-winning delegation also included Christen Kramer, Haley Kadlec, Ryan Ostrom, Georgy Romanyuk, Nikolaos Gavalakis, Kirsten Foste, Grant Goforth, Sam Williford and Christian Crandall. Crandall, as head delegate, and student officers MacDougall, Strub and Williford led the delegation.

“This year Chico State’s MUN team did very well in spite of the pressure applied by the New York Team, which appeared to be striving to live up to the precedent set by previous New York teams,” said Crandall. “We rose to the challenge. Everyone was motivated, and, in the end, it paid off in an outstanding performance overall. Across the board, we demonstrated that Chico team members outperform other delegations in all areas: public speaking, formal and informal debate, policy writing, diplomacy and overall policy knowledge. The fact that we also had knowledge of the international community as a whole, not just of the country we represented, set us apart as leaders in our respective committees.”

“These top awards are testimony to the hard work, research, diplomacy and writing skills of the team,” said John Crosby, the program’s faculty advisor. “The students and officers this year demonstrated amazing dedication and commitment. Christian and the rest of the officers, Sam, Doug and Nicole, were instrumental in bringing about this extraordinary showing. 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 (half from outside the United States) from over 400 colleges and universities about the United Nations and contemporary international issues. Students interested in the program must register for Political Science 340, Model United Nations, in the fall semester. The program primarily draws from international relations majors but is open to any CSU, Chico student.

CSU, Chico’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, Student Learning Fees and student fundraising activities.