April 12, 2011
FOND DU LAC, Wis. — Eleven students from Marian University competed with over 500 university students in the Midwest Model UN Conference from February 16-19 in St. Louis. The Marian delegation represented the African nation of Gabon, a developing country with limited resources.
The Midwest Model United Nations Conference is designed to be a “Venture in Practical Education” where college students gain hands-on experience in diplomacy and international affairs.
“As we have seen in the past several weeks, volatile events that occur half way around the world, in the Mideast or Japan, can have strong economic and humanitarian impact here in the United States,” stated Elizabeth Manser Payne, Model UN faculty advisor. “Our students, who compete in Model United Nations, gain experience in working in a large diverse group with the goal of finding solutions by consensus-building. Without consensus, the ability to effectively resolve the crisis becomes much more difficult.”
Topics covered in the Midwest Model UN Conference included the role of science and technology for development, peacekeeping operations, transparency and international cooperation in an effort to secure peaceful uses of outer space and developments in the field of information and communications in the context of international security.
The Marian University delegation for Gabon comprised of Head Delegate Dennis Mudd of Libertyville, Illinois; Miya Brunke of Kewaskum; Tyler Donahue of Fond du Lac; Jalan Jaskot of Lake Saint Louis, MO; Raquel Nick of Slinger; Emily Ries of Lomira; Jon Schumacher of Janesville; Katie Sroka of Waupaca; Angela Vis of Campbellsport; Melinda Whitaker of Felch, Michigan; and Ashley Zumbrock of Chippewa Falls.