Pace Model United Nations Teams` Awards Set Record at the 2007 National Model UN Conference
Model UN Teams 2007
Pace Model UN teams won six first-place awards, a first in the history of the conference, at the National Model United Nations Conference in New York City this April.
The Pace Pleasantville team of 32 students, representing Thailand and Mauritius, won two Outstanding Position Paper Awards and two Outstanding Delegation Awards. Adjunct Lecturer and Pace alumna Kim Misevis ‘03 taught the Model UN course, “Politics Workshop: Model United Nations,” which students are required to take to be a member of the team. She also served as the team’s faculty adviser. The student team officers are Dov Magit, President, Monique Atherley, Co-VP, Gabriel Tanglao, Co-VP, and Matthew Koppe, Secretary.
The Pace New York City team of 24 students, representing Cuba, won an Outstanding Position Paper Award and an Outstanding Delegation Award. The team’s faculty adviser, Assistant Professor Meghana Nayak, PhD, taught the Model UN course. The student team officers are Mikelle Adgate, Lisa Jamhoury, Patricia Lee, and Raymond Kisswany. Senior Mikelle Adgate and alumnus George Balboa ‘06 were team advisers, and seniors Ray Kisswany and Patricia Lee taught the MUN rules of procedure.
The largest and one of the most prestigious Model UN conferences in the world, the National Model UN Conference has expanded to host more than 4,000 students from more than 220 universities worldwide. At this year’s conference, held in New York City and at the United Nations Headquarters, more than fifty percent of the participants were from international schools.
According to Misevis, “To successfully compete, students must understand the rules of procedure, stay in ‘character’ of the country representing, have deep knowledge of international affairs, exhibit diplomatic skills, and actively participate in committees by educating others. Schools are successful only if all of the students are actively engaged in debate.”
The Pace University Model UN program was launched more than thirty years ago in New York City by Professor Linda Quest, PhD, and 17 years ago in Pleasantville by Political Science Chair and Professor Greg Julian, PhD.
Congratulations to the students and advisers on this significant achievement!