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UT Tyler Model United Nations Program Earns International Recognition

December 9, 2010

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UT Tyler Model UN representatives Front row: Kenisha Schuster, Yesenia Lugo, Syndi Samford and Britt Sabota. Back row: Jeremy Hendrickson, Alina Dolzhenko, Jordan Magee, Jennifer Killingley, Dr. Marcus Stadelmann (chair, Department of Political Science), Clark Elerson and Maggie Haas (assistant director, Model UN Program).

Nine students from The University of Texas at Tyler earned two international awards at the 2010 National Model United Nations – Europe Conference in Olomouc, Czech Republic, Dr. Marcus Stadelmann, Department of Political Science chair, announced.

In recognition of their excellence in committee, the UT Tyler delegation received an Honorable Mention award presented to the top 10 percent of all delegations that attended. The award is based on teamwork, leadership, speaking and negotiating abilities, knowledge of the issues and proper use of the rules of procedure.

The UT Tyler delegation represented Argentina and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

UT Tyler also won the Outstanding Position Papers award, which was given to only one other delegation. Position paper awards are presented to delegations who illustrate their knowledge of the agenda topics at hand, affirm their country’s positions on these topics and effectively recommend courses of action on contemporary global problems.

The students competed against delegations from approximately 50 universities around the world, including Texas Christian University; University of California, Los Angeles; University of Warsaw; and University of Vienna.

Students, listed by hometown, are:

BEN WHEELER – Clark Elerson.

BIG SANDY – Jennifer Killingley.

CHANDLER – Jordan Magee.

COMMANCE – Kenisha Schuster.

ELMO – Syndi Samford.

LITTLE RIVER – Yesenia Lugo.

TYLER – Alina Dolzhenko and Britt Sabota.

IOWA – Jeremy Hendrickson.

UT Tyler’s Model UN program is one of the university’s global education initiatives. Earlier this year, the university announced its Global Awareness Through Education program, which is a multi-faceted global immersion program for freshmen and sophomores blending coursework, service opportunities and international experiences.

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 Dr. Rachel Bzostek, assistant professor of political science, 903.566.7410; rbzostek@uttyler.edu; or Stadelmann, 903.566.7412; mstadelmann@uttyler.edu.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,400 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.

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