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May 10, 2006


NEW YORK, May 10, 2006 – The City College of New York’s dominance in the annual model UN continues: For the third year running, CCNY took top honors at the National Model United Nations (NMUN) Conference held last month at the United Nations and Marriott Marquis hotel in New York. 

City was one of 15 institutions to receive an “Outstanding Delegation” award, the equivalent of a gold medal, in the 2006 competition, which attracted 240 colleges and universities from five continents. Junior Kathleen Thomas and sophomore Jessica Sell, both majoring in International Studies, served as Head Delegates for the 15-member CCNY contingent. 

“It’s the depth of our diversity that makes our team so unique and strong,” said Ms. Thomas just one of five Americans in the City College delegation. “We come from different backgrounds and cultures, but of course, we also work extremely hard.” Other CCNY participants came from the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and Latin America.

The CCNY team represented the Bahamas in the competition and prepared for the conference by studying the island nation’s position on a number of international issues.

“The students prepared for 45 different topics including HIV/AIDS, disarmament, terrorism, human rights, development and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction,” said CCNY Assistant Professor of Political Science Isidro Medina, the team’s Faculty Advisor, who taught the students how to research and debate the topics.

In addition, Professor Medina, who teaches a “Model UN” class, which the students took before the conference, took the team to the Bahamian Mission to the United Nations in Manhattan for a briefing on how the country votes on the issues.

“The students did the research and defended Bahamas’ positions on the issues very well,” he proudly noted. 

Two of the CCNY envoys, Ms. Sell and International Studies junior Jeanette Mitchell, who graduated from high school in Trinidad and Tobago, were on last year’s team.

The other 2006 CCNY delegates were (major and homeland in parenthesis):

Freshman Alvin Bradbury (International Studies/Jamaica); junior Joylyn Beresford (International Studies/Guyana); sophomore Mario Patino (International Studies/Colombia); junior Reuben Zorilla (International Studies/Dominican Republic); sophomore Ethan Frisch (International Studies-History/United States).

Freshman Annie Durang Deng (Chemistry/China); sophomore Javier Smith (Engineering/Puerto Rico); senior Lauren Fasano (Political Science-English/United States); senior Josela Reales ( Psychology-Political Science/Panama); junior Elyse Kreuser (International Studies-History/dual France-Germany); senior Ana Vlahov (Economics/Croatia) and senior Daniel Sherman (Political Science/United States).

NMUN, which is organized by the National Collegiate Conference Association, a non-governmental organization of the United Nations, is the world’s largest university-level simulation of the United Nations. Every year, the conference educates more than 3,200 students (50% from outside the United States) about the United Nations and other contemporary international issues.

Other American universities represented during the five-day conference included Pace University, Brigham Young University, University of Miami, Georgia State University, Syracuse University, Florida International University, University of Denver, University of California at Los Angeles and University of Colorado. The international participants included universities from Canada, Guyana, Mexico, Venezuela, Germany, England, France, Italy, Sweden, China, Korea, Japan, and the Philippines.


About CCNY’s International Studies Program 

The City College’s International Studies program is an interdisciplinary undergraduate program that has grown in recent years to include 90 majors, some of whom pursue double majors in Political Science or Economics. The Model UN class is cross-listed by the International Studies Program and Political Science and attracts majors from both departments.

 In addition to the regular curriculum, the International Studies Program coordinates the College’s Study Abroad programs and hosts a U.S. State Department Diplomat-in-Residence, who assists in training CCNY students for entry into the U.S. Foreign Service.