Campus: Cal Poly, Pomona -- May 8, 2000

Model United Nations Student Team Wins Major Award At National Convention

For the third straight year Cal Poly Pomona students returned from the annual National Model United Nations conference with an award. This year they received the coveted "Distinguished Delegation" honor, which is higher than the honorable mention awards they won in the previous two years. The 15-member student delegation was presented the 'Distinguished Delegation" award during the closing ceremonies at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City were the conference was held.

The National Model United Nations conference - the largest student-administered conference in the country - meets each spring in New York City and provides the best and brightest students from over 200 universities from throughout the United States and from several foreign countries the opportunity to take on the role of specific nations in an intense, week-long simulation of the actual United Nations.

Opening and closing sessions were held in the Great Hall of the General Assembly at the United Nations building and student delegates received extensive briefings from high-level UN staff members. Over 2,800 delegates attended, making this year's conference the largest in its long history.

The Cal Poly Pomona student delegation, which represented Finland, received briefings at the Finnish Consulate in Los Angeles and, while in New York, participated in a 2 hour briefing at the Finnish Mission to the UN. The team also served on 12 separate UN committees.

Each year only 10 to 15 of the students who apply are selected to be part of this highly selective delegation. Those selected enroll in a rigorous preparatory class during the winter quarter during which they study the history and functioning of international organizations; world geography and world history; the history, politics, foreign policy and culture of the country being represented; and the tools and techniques of international diplomacy. In addition, students must do specific, in-depth individual research on topics covered by their assigned committees and be prepared to present their research findings in written and oral form.

This year's Finland delegation included: Michele Bell, Ontario; Francisco Casillas, Alta Loma; Gloria Esfahlani, Los Angeles; Marion Fou, San Dimas; Jennifer Franco, head delegate, Rancho Cucamonga; Stefanie Hedlund, Huntington Beach; Kelly Hubbard, Glendora; Lydia Liu Liu, San Marino; Trevor Rose, Claremont; Joseph Salas, Claremont; Apostolos Samaras, Pomona; Reza Shaeri, La Verne; Jaclyn Wolbertus, Millbrae; Ahmed Younis, Downey; and Kai-An Yu, Arcadia. The team's faculty advisor, John Moore, is a history professor who was a Senior Fulbright Lecturer/Scholar in Finland last year.

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