*The following Recap was provided by Michael Mahon, Secretary General of PUNC 2014*
In one February weekend, approximately one hundred delegates traveled to State College, Pennsylvania, from around the United States and Canada to participate in the Pennsylvania United Nations Conference (PUNC
) 2014–hosted by the Penn State International Affairs and Debate Association (PSIADA). The seventh annual incarnation of the conference occurred from February 27 to March 2, 2014, and returned to the Atherton Hotel as its base of operations.
Since its inception several years ago, PUNC has worked hard to be a delegate-oriented, crisis-only conference at which the staffers and delegates come to know each other on an individual level and often stay in touch long after the weekend has closed–forming tight friendships with returning students from the many wonderful universities with which PSIADA and PUNC have formed relationships over the years.
This year’s committees–from the fantastical Paradise Lost to the recent post-Fukushima meeting of the IAEA–provided delegates with an opportunity to debate and think across many unique moments in diplomacy throughout time and space, reality and unreality.
At the end of the weekend, the race for delegation awards was close and hard-fought, but PUNC congratulates its winners and everyone else on all of their great personal achievement and dedication throughout the weekend.
Best Large Delegation: Dawson College, Montreal, QC
Best Small Delegation: Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Outstanding Large Delegation: SUNY Plattsburgh, NY
Outstanding Small Delegation: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
We hope that you will certainly consider joining us next year from 26 March to 29 March for PUNC 2015! PSIADA works hard to keep with our tradition of high-quality, crisis-only debate in one of the up-and-coming, relatively new conferences on the East Coast.