Troy University to host middle school students for Model United Nations assembly

Posted: Friday, 26 February 2010

TROY, Ala.—Nearly 200 middle school students will tackle issues such as global warming, human trafficking and hunger March 4-5 as they gather at Troy University for the Southeast Alabama Model United Nations (SAMUN) Assembly.

During the two-day event, which is sponsored by the Wiregrass Writing Project and Southeast Alabama Regional Inservice Center, 27 delegations from Coffee County, Dothan City, Ozark City and Troy City school systems will dress in costumes native to the country they represent and meet together to debate issues and pass resolutions.

“This Model United Nations event provides students with a new awareness of the world and international affairs,” said Terry White, program development specialist for the Southeast Alabama Regional Inservice Center at Troy University. “During this assembly, they will have the opportunity to develop consensus-building skills and will require students to utilize their research skills, as well as written and oral communications abilities. Model United Nations can help students build self confidence and provides them an opportunity to learn by doing.”

The opening assembly will begin at 8:30 a.m., March 4, in the Trojan Center Ballrooms on the Troy Campus. Students will spend the remainder of the event’s first day in committee meetings and general assembly during which proposed resolutions will be presented and debated.

The first day of activities will draw to a close with a World Hunger Meal during which students view a presentation on the issue of global hunger and have a meal of bread and water.

During the second day of the assembly, students will be presented with a “world crisis” scenario and be divided into Bloc Nations to develop solutions to the crisis situation.

“The world crisis scenario helps students learn to think quickly,” White said. “We see a lot of students emerge as leaders during the crisis scenario.”

The event will conclude with an awards presentations and closing ceremonies beginning at 1:20 p.m. on March 5. The Venerable Kou Sopheap, a Buddhist monk from Cambodia who is taking classes and lecturing at Troy University during the spring semester, will address participants during the closing ceremony.

Southeast Alabama Model United Nations Schedule THURSDAY, March 4, 2010
8 a.m.         REGISTRATION Opening Assembly, Trojan Center
8:30 a.m.         Ballrooms
9:45 – 10:05 a.m.         Training Session
10:05 – 10:15 a.m.         Break
10:15 – 11:20 a.m.         Committee Meetings
11:20 a.m. - 12:40 p.m.         Lunch, Stewart Dining Hall
12:40 – 2:20 p.m.         General Assembly (begin debate on resolutions)
2:20 - 2:30 p.m.         Break
2:30 – 4 p.m.         General Assembly, Trojan Center Ballrooms
4 - 4:15 p.m.         Break
4:15 p.m.         World Hunger Meal
FRIDAY, March 5, 2010
8 – 9:30 a.m.         General Assembly, Trojan Center Ballrooms
9:30 – 9:40 a.m.         Break
9:40 - 10:50 a.m.         General Assembly, Trojan Center Ballrooms
10:50 – 11:20 a.m.         Bloc Nations Meetings
11:20 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.         Lunch, Stewart Dining Hall
12:40 – 1:20 p.m.         Security Council, Trojan Center Theatre
1:20 – 2 p.m.         Awards Presentation and Closing Ceremonies