Marian University students to attend National Model United Nations Conference in Ecuador1/12/2010FOND DU LAC, Wis. - Marian University students in the Model United Nations Program will be putting their leadership and diplomacy skills to the test, as they travel to Quito, Ecuador in January, 2010.At the National Model UN conference in Ecuador, nine Marian students will be representing Uganda, the United States and Brazil. The group is comprised of Luis Cortes from Oshkosh, Elizabeth Drendel from Fond du Lac, Josh Ingram from Montello, Kyle Ohland from Beaver Dam, Justin Stevenson from Lake Mills, Kristopher Warner from Glenbeulah, Nicole Weinert from Hartford, Laura Whyms from Oakfield and Anna Zimmerman from Rosendale. These students include both experienced and beginner delegates.Model UN allows students to step into the shoes of ambassadors from UN member states to debate international issues, prepare draft resolutions, negotiate with supporters and adversaries, resolve conflicts and navigate the UN's rules of procedure-all in the interest of mobilizing "international cooperation" to solve global problems.The National Model UN conference will be held from January 10-17. Students from both North and South America, as well as from Europe, will be attending the conference in Quito, Ecuador. Marian University has been participating in Model UN Conferences in the United States and internationally since 2007. Most recently, Marian competed in the 2009 National Model UN Conference in New York, where the team earned an Honorable Delegation Award for their representation of Timor-Leste."Marian students have consistently demonstrated that they are able to compete with their peers from across the globe on challenging topics, such as global climate change, the Iranian nuclear program and global financing," stated Elizabeth Manser Payne, faculty advisor for Marian's Model UN Program. "By representing diverse countries, our students gain a strong understanding of the complexities of finding 'common ground' in an inter-connected world."Marian students will also be updating a blog while in attendance in Ecuador. The blog can be accessed athttp://www.marianuniversity.edu/modelunblog. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Manser Payne firstname.lastname@example.org or 920-923-8731.