NIU's Model United Nations Club, which is advised by Dr. Andrea Radasanu and Dr. Guillerme Silva, participated the American Model United Nations Conference in Chicago in November 2010.
Club president Richard Walsh and vice president Veronica Martin, who also served as head delegate, ably led the group in representing Indonesia. The group represented both NIU and Indonesia admirably, participating vigorously in four intense days of negotiations. Student delegates helped write many of the resolutions that were passed by the General Assembly, and all of them acted in the spirit of cooperation, innovation, and respect that these conferences are meant to inspire.
All the students on the NIU team deserve to be recognized for their exemplary work, and four of them were in fact awarded “Best Delegation” awards by their fellow delegates. Cory Kazonovitz and former club president Shehzad Merchant were recognized for their superior contributions in the proceedings of the International Atomic Energy Agency. Martitza Gonzalez and Liam Steadman, who were attending their first major Model UN conference, were recognized as best delegation in the Commission on the Status of Women. For the first time, NIU also participated in a separate simulation of the International Court of Justice. John Paul Augustynowicz did an admirable job as one of the twelve justices, debating aspects of international law in relation to severalfascinating cases.
The Department of Political Science is proud to sponsor this worthwhile engaged learning experience, which provides a venue to debate international issues and to promote global peace and well-being.