Area high school students to participate in BU’s Model U.N.

For Immediate Release

Date:  April 12, 2006


BLOOMSBURG—Students from five area high schools will discuss political and social issues facing countries throughout the world during Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s fifth annual Model United Nations Conference. The conference will be held on Tuesday, April 18, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Kehr Union Multipurpose rooms and the ballroom. It is open to the public free of charge.

The keynote speaker for the event is Adam Bloomquist, a 1999 BU graduate and public affairs officer for the U.S. State Department’s Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement. Bloomquist will discuss the connection between the U.S. Department of State and the United Nations at 9 a.m. 

Students from Benton, Berwick, Central Columbia, Northwest and Southern Columbia high schools will participate in the model U.N. Two to three students research the government of a specific country and then act as delegates for that country, according to Diana Zoelle, associate professor of political science. Issues that will be debated include the use of economic sanctions for political and economic compulsion, crime prevention in developing states, the situations in both Iran and Syria.

Members of the BU Model U.N. Student Organization administer and organize the annual event. They prepare by attending the National Model U.N. Conference in New York City. They also enroll in the course Globalization and the United Nations, offered each fall. During the Model U.N., members of the BU organization represent the bureaucratic structure of the U.N. and act as experts during the debates.

Current officers of BU’s Model U.N. are Jessica Steward, president, a senior from Bloomsburg; Jose Joga, vice president, a junior from Gouldsboro; Patrick Velliky, treasurer, a sophomore from Pittsburgh; Amanda Bailey, secretary, a junior from Derby, Conn.; and Nicole Kerlin, web master, a senior from State College. All officers are political science majors.

The Model U.N. Student Organization is an interdisciplinary program offered through the SOLVE volunteer office. This year, the Model U.N. will include a U.N. Security Council simulation for experienced students in addition to the U.N. General Assembly. 

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.