For Immediate Release
Date: April 12, 2005
BLOOMSBURG—Nearly 150 students from five area high schools will take on the political and social concerns of countries ranging from Azerbaijan to Myanmar during Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s fourth Model United Nations Conference Tuesday, April 19, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Kehr Union, Multipurpose A and B.
Students from Benton, Berwick, Central Columbia, Northwest and Southern Columbia high schools will act as delegates to the Model U.N. BU students administer the program and serve as experts and pages, according to Diana Zoelle, associate professor of political science. Dan Knorr of Bloomsburg, a BU sophomore majoring in political science and history, will deliver the keynote address. Knorr is a candidate for Bloomsburg’s Town Council.
“Model U.N. offers students the opportunity to recognize diversity in world opinion and perspective. Through role play, they get into character and become the delegates discussing two issues that are before the United Nations right now,” Zoelle said.
Two or three high school students represent each country. To prepare for the Model U.N., the students research their country, learning the official government position on issues, as well as the position of other countries in the region and worldwide. BU student organizers prepare by enrolling in the course Globalization of the United Nations offered each fall and attending the Harvard University Model U.N. Conference, Zoelle said.
Stephanie Dean ’03 founded BU’s Model U.N., an interdisciplinary program offered through the SOLVE volunteer office. Fifty high school students attended the first Model U.N. conference.
Current officers of BU’s Model U.N. are Lauren Cutler, president, a senior from Holland, Pa.; Jessica Steward, vice president, a junior from Bloomsburg; Jose Joga, treasurer, a sophomore from Gouldsboro; Amanda Bailey, secretary, a sophomore from Derby, Conn.; and Nicole Kerlin, Web master, a junior from State College. All are majoring in political science.
Also involved in organizing the event is Nathan Conroy, a secondary education and history major from Nescopeck, who served as vice president before being elected president of BU’s Community Government Association earlier this spring.
Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students and offers 65 bachelor’s, 17 master’s and one doctoral degree.