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DATE: May 17, 2011 10:12:52 AM PDT
WWU Awarded Outstanding Delegation at National Model United Nations in New York City

Contact: Benn Stamm, Western Washington University’s International Affairs Association president, president@westerniaa.org 

BELLINGHAM – Western Washington University’s Model United Nations program represented Portugal and was awarded Outstanding Delegation at the National Model United Nations conference held April 17-21 in New York City, N.Y.

This was the sixth time WWU has attended the conference and the second time receiving Outstanding Delegation, the highest recognition in the conference. Western’s MUN has previously won Distinguished Delegation in 2010, Outstanding Delegation in 2009 and Honorable Mention in 2008.

WWU represented Portugal for the second time and discussed issues ranging from nuclear energy, conventional weapons, peace and security, development and human rights.

The Western students who were part of the Model UN team include: Ben Stamm, Cheney; Jesse Barnett, Kingston; Liza Weeks, Kirkland; Joe Jamison, Ephrata; Maria Torres, Brewster; Lauren Hager, Gresham, Ore.; Mark Winters, Spokane; Jesse Summer-Lavigne, Spokane; Patricia Robinson, Seattle; Rachel Vette, Seattle; Adam Walkiewicz, Vancouver; Andrew Sage, Sammamish; Holly Myers, Kirkland; Charlie Harbeson, Edmonds; and Keith Anderson, Seattle.

WWU was also represented within the conference’s large volunteer staff which begins preparations for the conference almost a year in advance. Sara Leister, a senior at WWU, served as assistant director for the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.

WWU’s Model United Nations program is housed within the Western International Affairs Association, which is part of the Political Science department. The program attends multiple conferences a year, including Northwest Model United Nations and other smaller regional conferences.

For more information contact Stamm, WWU’s International Affairs Association president, president@westerniaa.org.

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