Apr 22, 2010 - Paul Mann
Students in the Model United Nations program at Humboldt State University’s Department of Politics, including five from the North Coast, recently collected four Meritorious Delegation Awards for academic performance and participation in the Model United Nations of the Far West conference in San Francisco.
Political science major Patrick Sullivan, who represented North Korea, was named the best delegate of the five-day conference’s simulated International Atomic Energy Agency.
In all, 26 Humboldt State students represented five countries among nearly 600 student participants, making the HSU delegation one of the largest.
HSU students study world affairs in Professor Noah Zerbe’s Model United Nations course, now in its fourth year. They mimic diplomats representing their respective countries in international negotiations. This time, they debated an array of issues with counterparts from Australia, Canada, the Philippines and Russia as well as the western U.S. Subjects included transnational maritime piracy, nuclear non-proliferation, global carbon markets and women in power and decision making.
The HSU delegates were: Ravin Craig, Rose Brink-Capriola, Zlatan Sahmanovic, Alissa Sobo, Octavio Lopez-Raygoza, and Joanna Schultz, representing Brazil; Patrick Sullivan, Seth Bradley (Arcata), Brandon Chapin, and John Folstrom, representing North Korea; Mark Aviles, Leah Denhert (McKinleyville), Kari Armstrong, Tom Stern and Stefanie Chen-Welch (Ukiah), representing Norway; Jennifer Lucas, Aaron Wilyer, Sean Rundell, Andrea Adam and Andrew Mesch (Eureka), representing Romania; Stephanie Dowdle, Ryan Brisbin, Jeff Coomber (McKinleyville), Olivia Cruz, Erik Myxter, and Amanda Hubacek, representing South Africa.
HSU will offer the course again in the Spring 2011 semester and details are available from Professor Zerbe at 707-826-3911 or email@example.com.