The University of New Orleans’ award-winning Model United Nations Club is headed back to New York City in March for the national organization’s annual conference on global issues, and it has selected a diverse delegation for 2016.
Thirty students learned Nov. 20 that together they will represent the countries of Australia and New Zealand at the annual event, which last year drew roughly 6,600 student delegates from more than 400 colleges and universities.
Students selected for the newest UNO delegation come from 10 different home countries, including Austria, Germany, Honduras, Malta, Mexico, Nepal, Palestine, United States, Venezuela and Vietnam. They represent all levels of study, with nine freshmen, four sophomores, five juniors, nine seniors, two post-graduates and one doctoral student. Across the team, they are engaged in 14 different fields of study: anthropology, biology, civil and environmental engineering, counselor education, electrical engineering, English, film, finance, international studies, history, computer science, mechanical engineering, political science and sociology.
The group is now gearing up for the spring Model United Nations course, International Studies 3060 taught by John Hazlett, professor and director of the international studies program. It is also engaged in a fundraising campaign to close the gap between the University’s generous support level and the total cost of conference participation. Donors should contact Hazlett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2016 delegation was introduced to the UNO community at the club’s Country Reveal Party, held on Nov. 20 in the UNO Training Resource and Assistive Technology Center Building. That was when David Teagle, the group’s president, announced that the National Collegiate Conference Association had assigned UNO to represent the two Southern hemispheric countries during the annual competition, March 20-25.
Hazlett, who serves as faculty advisor for the club, said this is the largest group that UNO has ever sent to the event. He attributed its size to UNO’s past successes at the conference and to students’ growing awareness of the importance of international dialogue and global problem solving.
UNO has won several awards since it started participating in 2010, including two for outstanding delegation, two for distinguished delegation, six for outstanding position papers, one outstanding delegation in committee and one honorable mention.
The members of the 2016 delegation are:
Shisir Acharya, mechanical engineering, freshman
Matthew Bravender, history, senior (public relations officer)
Hope Brusstar, international studies, freshman
Benjamin Cummings, computer science, senior
Ashis Dahal, international studies, post-graduate (past president)
Tien Dinh, biology and sociology, sophomore
Gabrielle Gallon, international studies, senior
Hugo Garza, international studies, senior
Ariel Hernandez, biology, junior
Eden Jonascu, international studies, freshman
Daniel Lamplugh, film, freshman
Lorvelis Madueno, anthropology and Asian studies, freshman
Amanda Mancilla, international studies, senior (vice president)
Anabel Mifsud, counselor education, doctoral program
Monica Montalvo, international studies, post graduate
Bikesh Pandey, computer science, sophomore (secretary)
Victoria Peluso, international studies, freshman
Arion Pierce, finance and global business, junior
Sanjiv Pradhanang, computer science, freshman
Nishan Rayamajhee, computer science, freshman
Meagan Riche, international studies, sophomore
Martin Schefzik, English and history, junior
Jack Sconza, political science, senior
Ashim Sitoula, electrical engineering, freshman
Keallie Smith, international studies, senior
David Teagle, international studies, senior (president)
Matthias Thone, English and American studies, senior
Ashraya Upadhyaya, civil and environmental engineering, sophomore (treasurer)
Thanh Vo, biology, junior
Rana Zedian, biology, junior