Arkansas Model United Nations (AMUN) conference - November 21-22, 2014

The 49th Arkansas Model United Nations (AMUN) Conference was held at UCA on November 21-22, 2014.  Some 425 delegates representing 90 countries from 24 high schools in Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Oklahoma participated in the conference.  Stephanie Gray (pictured below on the left), International Studies major in the UCA Department of Political Science, served as AMUN Secretary-General and Dr. Mark Mullenbach (pictured below on the right),  Associate Professor in the UCA Department of Political Science, served as Coordinator of the AMUN Conference.  UCA President Tom Courtway gave the welcoming address to the delegates during the Opening Session in Ida Waldran Auditorium on Friday, November 21st.

Jose Guzzardi (pictured below in the middle) gave the keynote address during the Opening Session.  Jose Guzzardi, who served as AMUN Secretary-General for the 41st AMUN conference held in 2006, graduated with a B.A. degree in International Studies from UCA in 2007.  He is currently employed as a Sourcing Manager for Wal-Mart (E-Commerce) in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  Jose Guzzardi earned a Master's degree from the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock in 2009, and he was previously employed as the Manager of Institutional Relations for Wal-Mart in Brazil from January 2011 to August 2014.

Committee chairs included Juan Mayen (Special Political Committee), Kayla Close (Social & Humanitarian Committee), Jordan Kemp (Economic & Finance Committee), Kate Loyd (Security Council), Breanna Wilbanks (Economic & Social Council), Nora Bouzihay (Model Arab League), and Helena Burrow (Human Rights Council).  Dr. Mark Elrod, Visiting Assistant Professor in the UCA Department of Political Science, served as Coordinator of the Model International Court of Justice (MICJ).  During the Closing Session on November 22nd, the "Outstanding Delegation" award was presented to the German delegation (Pope John Paul II High School, Hendersonville, TN), and the "Outstanding Delegation Runner-Up" award was presented to the Syrian delegation (Conway High School).

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Arkansas Model United Nations (AMUN) conference - November 22-23, 2013

The 48th Arkansas Model United Nations (AMUN) Conference was held at UCA on November 22-23, 2013.  Some 410 delegates representing 72 countries from 24 high schools in Arkansas, Tennessee, and Oklahoma participated in the conference.  Logan Spurlock, International Studies major in the UCA Department of Political Science, served as AMUN Secretary-General.  Dr. Mark Mullenbach,  Associate Professor in the UCA Department of Political Science, served as Coordinator of the AMUN Conference.

UCA President Tom Courtway gave the welcoming address to the delegates during the Opening Session in Ida Waldran Auditorium on Friday, November 22nd.  Brett Newcomb gave the keynote address during the Opening Session.  Brett Newcomb served as President of the General Assembly during the first AMUN conference held in 1967, and he served as AMUN Secretary-General for the second and third AMUN conferences held in 1968.

Committee chairs included Willis Arnold (Special Political Committee), Juan Mayen (Social & Humanitarian Committee), Miguel Lopez (Economic & Finance Committee), Alic Brown (Legal Committee), Stephanie Gray (Security Council), Breanna Wilbanks (Economic & Social Council), and Kate Loyd (Human Rights Council).  During the Closing Session, the "Outstanding Delegation" award was presented to the Argentinian delegation (Conway High School), and the "Outstanding Delegation Runner-Up" award was presented to the United States delegation (Pulaski Academy).

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Arkansas Model United Nations (AMUN) conference - November 16-17, 2012

The 47th Arkansas Model United Nations (AMUN) Conference was held at UCA on November 16-17, 2012.  Some 435 delegates representing 79 countries from 27 high schools in Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Florida participated in the conference.  Jake Logan, International Studies major in the UCA Department of Political Science, served as AMUN Secretary-General.  Dr. Mark Mullenbach,  Associate Professor in the UCA Department of Political Science, served as Coordinator of the AMUN Conference.

UCA President Tom Courtway gave the welcoming address to the delegates during the Opening Session in Ida Waldran Auditorium on Friday, November 16th.  Hristijan Gjorgievski gave the keynote address during the Opening Session.  Hristijan Gjorgievski previously served as AMUN Secretary-General in 2005 and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and French from UCA in 2006.  He graduated with a Master’s degree in International Relations from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in 2009.  Starting in 2009, Hristijan Gjorgievski has worked for the Washington DC-based National Democratic Institute (NDI) in Macedonia and Pakistan. As a program manager, he develops and manages democratization projects for NDI.

Committee chairs included Logan Spurlock (Special Political Committee), Willis Arnold (Social & Humanitarian Committee), Tyler Bittle (Economic & Finance Committee), Jeffery Montgomery (Legal Committee), Stephanie Gray (Security Council), Juan Mayen (Economic & Social Council), and Kate Loyd (Human Rights Council).  During the Closing Session, the "Outstanding Delegation" award was presented to the Iranian delegation (Pope John Paul II High School, Hendersonville, TN), and the "Outstanding Delegation Runner-Up" award was presented to the Belgian delegation (DeSoto Central High School, Southaven, MS).

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Arkansas Model United Nations (AMUN) conference - November 18-19, 2011

The 46th Arkansas Model United Nations (AMUN) Conference was held at UCA on November 18-19, 2011.  Thomas Willis Arnold, International Studies major in the UCA Department of Political Science, served as AMUN Secretary-General and Dr. Mark Mullenbach,  Associate Professor in the UCA Department of Political Science, served as Coordinator of the AMUN Conference. During the Opening Session, Dr. Clea Bunche of the Department of History at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock gave the keynote address.  Ali Rajab, who graduated with a bachelor's degree in International Studies from the UCA Department of Political Science in May 2010, also spoke during the Opening Session.

Committee chairs included Tyler Bittle (Special Political Committee), Thomas Kibwana (Social & Humanitarian Committee), Jake Logan (Economic & Finance Committee), Jeffery Montgomery (Legal Committee), Sam Tamo (Security Council), Naruhiko Tsukuda (Economic & Social Council), and Megan Parrish (Human Rights Council).  During the Closing Session, the "Outstanding Delegation" award was presented to the United Kingdom delegation (Pope John Paul II High School, Hendersonville, TN).

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