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April 23, 2009

Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
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UT Tyler Students Attend National Model UN Conference, Earn Honorable Mention Award

2009 UT Tyler Model UN Delegation

Thirteen students and three political science faculty advisers from The University of Texas at Tyler traveled to New York City April 6 – 12 to participate in the National Model United Nations Conference, where they won an honorable mention award, Dr. Alisa White, College of Arts and Sciences dean, announced.

UT Tyler represented the Republic of Kazakhstan at the conference in nine different committees, drafting 15 resolutions and reports and being a signatory to numerous others.

For their excellence in committee, the UT Tyler delegation received its first honorable mention award in only its third year of attendance. Only 10 percent of the delegations are honored in such a manner. The award is based on team work, determination, leadership, speaking and negotiation abilities and use of procedure rules. This year, more than 300 universities and colleges attended the conference.

Delegation members were:

  • Faculty: Dr. Marcus Stadelmann, UT Tyler Department of Political Science chair; and Dr. Randy LeBlanc, UT Tyler associate professor of political science; and Verica Elliot, UT Tyler adjunct faculty member.
  • Graduate students: Jamie Bitzenhofer of Whitehouse; Nathan Stiles of Tyler; and William Fletcher of Whitehouse.
  • Seniors: Richard Gillespie of Athens; Chelsie Loftin of Jacksonville; Amy Tatum of Longview; Tim McIntyre of Houston; and Georgina Betz of Gambia.
  • Juniors: Jennifer Guerrero of Tyler; John Oates of Lufkin; Nancy Palencia of Longview; Michael Kendall of Houston; and Lamin Jaiteh of Gambia.

While in New York, the 2009 UT Tyler Delegation also visited the Kazakhstan’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations and met with the Deputy Permanent Representative Aida Alzhanova.  

“In addition, all of the UT Tyler sponsored resolutions and reports were voted on and accepted by the General Assembly and Economic and Social Council Plenary during their closing sessions at the United Nations,” Stadelmann said. “In recognition of students’ creativity and inventiveness, the resolutions and reports accepted by the General Assembly and ECOSOC Plenary will be introduced to the actual United Nations, and if accepted, upheld by the international community.”

The National Model United Nations Conference originated in 1923 as a simulation of the League of Nations. After the creation of the United Nations in 1945, the NMUN adopted its present format. The NMUN is the largest and most prestigious of all collegiate Model United Nations Simulations in the world.

For more information about the UT Tyler Model UN Program, contact Stadelmann, 903.566.7412 or mstadelmann@uttyler.edu.

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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