December 1, 2011/SVSU News
By J.J. Boehm
Students from Saginaw Valley State University competed against counterparts from top colleges and universities across the nation at the American Model United Nations conference in Chicago November 19-22.
In the competition, each team simulates a country in the United Nations. SVSU was awarded best delegation for its portrayal of the Russian Federation, marking the first time SVSU has taken top honors in its five years of competition. More than 1,400 students from 81 different institutions portrayed more than 100 different nations at the conference.
Along with the award for best delegation, SVSU also received recognition for best delegation in three simulations. John Schmidt, a communication major from Holly and Trent Varva, a political science major from Saginaw won for General Assembly-Second Committee. In the Security Council-2003 event, Rachelle Rice, a sociology major from Pinconning, and Keven Washburn, a political science major from Millington, captured the top prize. Dave Stevens, a political science/public administration major from Bay City and Travis Washburn, a biology education major from Millington, finished first for World Health Assembly.
The SVSU students will now prepare for the upcoming Harvard Model UN Conference on February 16 in Boston and the Model Arab League Conference in Grand Rapids on February 25. The students were accompanied on their trip to Chicago by Stewart French, John Kaczynski and Eric Welsby from SVSU’s political science department, as well as Hyun Kim, an international guest scholar.
American Model United Nations is a non-profit educational organization founded in 1989 to provide students with the highest quality, most professionally run simulation of the United Nations available.