Weekly Resolution – October 11, 2010

by KFC on October 11, 2010

Highlights this week include: recaps of Columbia’s CMUNNY and UC San Diego’s UCSDMUN, news about Global Classrooms beginning its preparations, and previews of one of the Top 10 Weekends of the season with Yale’s SCSY, Central Florida’s KnightMUN, Washington University’s WUMUNS, and Edison High School’s EHSMUN taking place this upcoming weekend!


Conference Recaps

Columbia Model United Nations in New York (CMUNNY)

Signing the Camp David Accords at CMUNNY

CMUNNY V was great! The vibe of the conference was cool and laid-back – everyone took the activity of MUN seriously without being too intense about it. Delegates and dais staff alike were really involved in their committees while still having a good time. Read more by checking out Best Delegate’s liveblog and Twitter feed of CMUNNY, including our “Late Night”-style interview with Secretary-General Karen Woodin-Rodriguez!

Georgetown established itself as the early season favorite this year by winning Best Large Delegation. Harvard won Outstanding Large Delegation while George Washington captured Best Small Delegation and McGill took home Outstanding Small Delegation. We’ll see how different teams respond with Yale’s SCSY right around the corner and Georgetown’s NCSC later this month.

University of California, San Diego Model United Nations (UCSDMUN)

Guest Contributor: Harrison Gill, Undersecretary-General of Home Conference, UCSDMUN

Delegates participating at UCSD MUN

UCSD MUN held its 3rd annual novice conference this past weekend and achieved record attendance with 10 schools in attendance from throughout Southern California. The conference offered Christina Schneider, Chris Chiego, Maureen Feeley, and Philip Roeder as guest speakers and also offered conference tours to local MUN clubs.

Palos Verdes Peninsula won Best Large Delegation and La Jolla Country Day School took home Best Small Delegation. Students will get a chance to improve over the season and return to show off their skills (or defend their awards) when UCSD MUN hosts its intermediate high school conference on April 30-May 1, 2011.

Photo Credit: Anqi Angie Chen, UCSD MUN

Community News

First, thank you to programs that are submitting their conference information: York, Canadian High Schools, Florida International, UC Davis, Cornell, Duisburg-Essen, and Vancouver MUN. We’ll add those conferences along with other recently-announced conferences into our Conference Map soon. And now for the community news:

Preparations begin for GCIMUN

Grow Your Team by Recruiting Top Talent. KFC explains how talented individuals are essential to building up a top travel team, describes the competition for talent, and outlines five strategies that your team can use to recruit top talent into its ranks.

Global Classrooms begins its preparations. UNA-USA’s Global Classrooms program made several headlines this week. The Senior Secretariat application for the Global Classrooms International Model UN Conference (GCIMUN) – formerly known as UNA-USA MUN – is now available online. Across the pond, London’s School of Oriental and African Studies began recruiting staff members for the Global Classrooms London conference.

Learn How to Teach Model UN Abroad. Check out an interesting blog entry titled “Model UN is an Educational Gem” written by Dave, an Englishman residing in Japan, about his experience teaching Model UN abroad to English-language learners. The entry includes a link to his popular Teacher’s Guide.

Coppell MUN competes at Baylor. Coppell High School’s Model UN program gained some experience competing at Baylor’s MUN conference at the beginning of October and is now preparing for the University of North Texas’ conference at the end of the month.

Roger Williams University gears up for Yale and Oxford. Roger Williams University Model UN students are preparing for two of the college circuit’s competitive conferences: Yale’s SCSY and Oxford’s OxIMUN.

Upcoming Conferences

This upcoming weekend is one of the Top 10 Weekends of the Model UN season! Best Delegate will be liveblogging the college circuit at Yale’s SCSY conference while high school students will be participating at KnightMUN, WUMUNS, and EHSMUN.

Best Delegate will be at SCSY this weekend!

Security Council Simulation at Yale (SCSY)

Best Delegate will be at Ryan’s alma mater, Yale University, to liveblog this year’s Security Council Simulation at Yale. In fact, SCSY had already planned to blog about the conference and will try to collaborate with Best Delegate on a double liveblog experience! This conference always features a lineup of innovative committees that draw the top delegates from the college circuit. In particular interest to Ryan will be the Ad Hoc Committee on the Financial Crisis as he experienced it first-hand while working at Goldman Sachs during the crisis.

University of Central Florida’s KnightMUN

The ninth annual edition of the University of Central Florida’s KnightMUN will kick off the competitive Florida Model UN circuit. The conference, which is officially endorsed by the Greater Orlando UNA-USA chapter, will be held in Orlando from October 16-17 and will feature seven committees including the regional organizations NATO and OIC. The conference’s Executive Director this year is fellow UNA-USA MUN staffer Anthony Aslou.

Washington University Model United Nations Symposium (WUMUNS)

Washington University in St. Louis will host WUMUNS on October 15-17, 2010. This conference distinguishes itself in the high school circuit for its emphasis on being a fun and educational conference and for offering a lineup of only crisis-driven committees, including this year’s innovative simulations of the Greek Gods Council and Avatar.

Edison High School Model United Nations Conference (EHSMUN)

Now that the Santa Margarita and UCSD novice conferences are over, the hypercompetitive Southern California Model UN circuit ramps up with the Edison High School Model United Nations Conference. This year’s conference takes place from October 16-17, 2010 and features 17 committees spread amongst the three traditional UN organs: GA, ECOSOC, and Specialized Agencies. The award winners here will be early season favorites heading into the UCLA and Stanford conferences in November.

  • http://soldave.ismysite.co.uk Dave

    Hey there. Just wanted to say thanks for linking through to my site on this page. Not come across this site before but will be taking a good look now and bookmarking for later 🙂

    If anyone’s interested in teaching MUN to non-native English speakers in English (which can present its own set of challenges) then I’m happy to share ideas with you.

    • KFC

      Dave — Thanks for commenting! I really enjoyed reading your article. I think the takeaways can be applied in the USA/Canada as well since many of the Model UN teams have non-native English speakers on their roster.

  • http://www.muncircuit.com The Circuit

    Great post, and thanks for pointing out that article by Dave. It brings up a really interesting pedagogical issue that I hadn’t even considered.

  • Denise

    Hi Ryan!! thanks for covering our conference! awesome picture of the Camp David Accords signing 🙂 hope we will see you again at CMUNCE in january!

    • Ryan

      Thank you for hosting Sarah and me! We had a great time and we’d love to cover CMUNCE! See you again soon!

  • KFC

    The Circuit wrote an awards analysis for CMUNNY yesterday for those who attended: http://www.muncircuit.com/2010/10/cmunny-2010-results.html

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