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December 16, 2008

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UT Tyler Students Participate in International Model United Nations

UT Tyler participants at Oxford International Model UN Conference in England

Nine political science students at The University of Texas at Tyler competed at the Oxford International Model United Nations Conference in England, Dr. Marcus Stadelmann, chair and associate professor of political science, announced.

UT Tyler participants by hometown were:

ATHENS – Richard Gillespie.


MINEOLA – Whitney Childers.

PALESTINE – Jerrod Dickens.

TYLER – Verica Elliott, Maggie Haas and Nathan Stiles.

WHITEHOUSE – William Fletcher and Jamie Bitzenhofer.

Oxford Union
“After competing for the previous two years at the National Model United Nations conference in New York City, Oxford was the first Model United Nations Conference UT Tyler students attended abroad. UT Tyler was the only university from the United States in attendance and competed against international elite universities from countries as far away as Nepal and Nigeria,” Stadelmann said.

The UT Tyler student delegation prepared for two months and represented the Italian Republic during the competition.

Oxford Library in England
While in England, students had the opportunity to see first-hand the nation, which for centuries has shaped and helped to define the Western world. In addition to enhancing students’ perspectives on the past, the trip afforded them the opportunity to interact with diverse cultures from around the world, Stadelmann added.    

Set in several of Oxford's most beautiful colleges and the world-renowned Oxford Union, the Oxford International Model United Nations Conference offers delegates a unique opportunity to debate in the historic surroundings and rich cultural environment of one of Europe's oldest universities.

More than 400 university students from 20 nations competed this year.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. Nearly 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.


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