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April 3, 2007
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EMU students win honors at Model United Nations conference

YPSILANTI — The Eastern Michigan University Model United Nations (UN) team has been recognized for its excellent performance at the Midwest Model United Nations (MMUN) conference. Seven students, approximately one third of the entire team, received awards. Each committee or MUN body took the lead in global problem-solving and demonstrating strong diplomatic skills.

“The MUN isn’t really a competition, but rather a simulation of the UN in which teams win awards and recognitions on the basis of how well they represented their nations and how successful they were in crafting resolutions and building support for those resolutions,” said Judith Kullberg, who, along with Richard Stahler-Sholk, political science professors, serve as advisers for the EMU program.

EMU students Giles Tucker, of Howell; Regina Royan of Howell; Steven Bayyouk of Westland; Brandon Koppin of Royal Oak; Daniel Rouke of Wading Water, N.Y.; and Leyla Safarova (Republic of Azerbaijan), representing Kenya, won the Outstanding Delegation Award in the plenary session of the general assembly. Cindil Redick of Ann Arbor, representing Kenya in the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), was awarded Outstanding Delegation in ECOSOC honors.

Other EMU students who participated were Angie Hoxie of Dexter; Daniel DuChene of South Lyon;Hachem Ossieran of Dearborn; Jennifer Nitz of Macomb; Andrew Stefan of Brighton; Adam McCauley of Duncan, B.C.; Armen Boyagian of Royal Oak; Danielle Tucker of Jackson; Tracy Rubarth of Livonia; Anouar Hadj-Smaine of Ypsilanti; and Steven Gilbert of Royal Oak, representing Denmark.

Representing Poland were Roger Wolford of Van Wert, Ohio; Sam Duncan of Ann Arbor; Justinian Herzog of Whitmore Lake; Wendy Inhmathong of Ypsilanti; Steven Landis of Gibraltar; Dustin Ridener of Erie; and Christopher Oposnow of Ypsilanti.

Faculty advisers and MMUN staff complimented the students’ representation of their countries. Justin Lini, a recent EMU graduate and 2006 award recipient, was noted for his service with the conference staff as the peace-building commission legal counsel. The team credits preparation in the EMU United Nations Student Alliance as well as their model UN class for their success.

The EMU MUN program began in 1992 when a course on the UN was added to the political science department’s offerings. Strong student interest in MUN led to the creation of a student MUN Club in 2000. Since then, EMU MUN teams have won numerous awards and recognitions, including seven students garnering honors in both 2006 and 2007. The current team has participated in the two major national conferences this academic year, both this year’s Midwest Model UN conference and the American Model United Nations held in Chicago, Ill. in November 2006.



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