CSU, Chico News

Model United Nations Team Snags Top Honors at National Conference

Date: 04-22-2014

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs
John Crosby, Professor
Department of Political Science

A team of 23 students from California State University, Chico took home the top award from the National Model United Nations (NMUN) conference in New York City April 11-18, beating out nearly 200 colleges and universities from around the world.

Competing against more than 2,500 students, the CSU, Chico team earned the Outstanding Delegation award, given to the top 10 percent of schools participating. Additionally, seven individual Outstanding Position Paper awards were given to CSU, Chico student partnerships. The combined distinctions place them in the top 5 percent nationally.

The CSU, Chico students represented Malaysia in 11 different committees. They tackled topics ranging from building capacity in the aftermath of conflict, external debt sustainability and development, intensification of efforts to eliminate all forms of violence against women and transition to a green economy.

The team is overseen by faculty advisor John Crosby, who teaches political science, but is predominately led by former student participants. This year’s officers are Garrison Boyd, Nigel Bocanegra-Speed, James Proffer, Laura Napoiello and Brynn Beck.

The position paper awards went to Beck and Mallorie Hayes in the General Assembly First, Larson Angelis and Richard Sim in the General Assembly Second, Joseph Aceret and Isabella Donche in the General Assembly Third, Napoiello and Isaac Vandersluis in the General Assembly Fourth, Kady Hammer and Charles Curtis in the peace-building committee, Bocanegra-Speed and Emily Grose in the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons and Jimmy Smith and Steven Perle in the Human Rights Council. Additional team members are Sadie Foster, Tracy Dudick, Gavin Keating, Lance Park, Jonathon Brown, Hortensia Llamas and Aaron Thao.

"I am unbelievably proud of my fellow students for all that they have accomplished during the course of this academic year, as well as at NMUN 2014,” said head delegate Boyd. “At the outset of the fall semester, I made it my goal to pass on the same excellent educational experience that I had to the incoming students. The awards they earned are a testament to the skills, work ethic and dedication that all 22 of them have developed.”

CSU, Chico has cultivated a tradition of success, winning the top award at the NMUN conference seven of the last eight years. In November 2013, a team of 41 students brought home the Outstanding Delegation award from the Northwest MUN Conference in Seattle, Wash., along with 15 of 31 possible individual awards at that event.

“This internationally recognized conference proves that Chico State students can academically compete and win against any school in the nation and the world,” said Crosby.

The National MUN is the world’s largest university-level simulation of the United Nations. Each year, the event educates more than 5,000 students (half from outside the United States) from more than 400 colleges and universities about the United Nations and contemporary international issues. CSU, Chico student participants are enrolled in Crosby’s political science course Model United Nations (POLS 340A). The program usually draws from the international relations concentration but is open to students from all disciplines.

The MUN team is funded by the Instructionally Related Activities Program and the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, the Department of Political Science and student fundraisers.