Campus: CSU Fullerton -- December 23, 2003

Cal State Fullerton's Model United Nations Wins Big in Chicago

Cal State Fullerton students won three major awards at the recent American Model United Nations conference in Chicago, including the Overall Best Delegation Award.

A team of 12 students representing Malaysia received the Overall Best Delegation Award. The students and their cities of residence are: Rashad Aldabagh of Anaheim, a political science major; Jani Ranasinghe of Bellflower, a political science major; Sarah Tirado of Calexico, a political science major; Lora Babilo of Cypress, a criminal justice major; Katherine Garcia of Diamond Bar, an international business major; Brenda Gonzalez of Fullerton, a political science major; Ibeth Carcamo of Garden Grove, a political science major; Marwan Sbaita of Lake Forest, a political science major; Philip Vasquez of Placentia, a human services major; Drew Wiley of San Diego, a political science major; Sylvie Widjaja of Walnut, a political science major; and David Kilgo of Yorba Linda, a political science major.

In addition, Sbaita and Ranasinghe won the Outstanding Delegation Award for Third Committee General Assembly, representing Malaysia. Carcamo and Kilgo were awarded the Outstanding Delegation Award for Sixth Committee General Assembly, representing Malaysia.

Choudhury Shamim, associate professor of political science and a former UN delegate for Bangladesh, is the adviser to the university's Model United Nations Club. "This was our first time at the American Model UN Conference held in Chicago every year in November," said Shamim. "We have created an excellent image of our university among the MUN staff members and the 1,200 college delegates who participated at the conference, coming from all over the United States."

Media Contacts: Choudhury Shamim at (714) 278-2051 or and Susan Katsaros of Public Affairs at (714) 278-4854 or

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