News Release| National Model United Nations; Cal State L.A.


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National Model U.N.
honors for Cal State L.A. delegation

CSULA political science class represented the Republic of Turkey

Los Angeles, CA –

For the second year in a row, Cal State L.A.’s 21-student
delegation garnered key awards at the annual National Model United
Nations (NMUN)
conference in New York.

Representing the Republic of Turkey, the Cal State L.A.
delegation received the “Outstanding Position Papers” and “Distinguished
” awards. Out of more than 300 colleges and universities,
only 32 schools were awarded Outstanding Position Papers and 24 schools
were awarded Distinguished Delegation.

The participants—all students in “Comparative Politics” (Political
Science 454)—were Mona Aly, Mayra Aparicio, Christopher Aponte, David
Becker, Joaquin Beltran, Kris Calnon, Luis Centeno, James Dusenberry,
Tiffany Frank, Keith Gallarzo, Robert Holliday, Morgan

Hunter, Laura Jaime, Benjamin Kuehnle, Sanjida Milon, Hugo Perez,
Christopher Rhee, Rosa Sanchez, Juan Soto, Sasha Verma, and Katalina


Emily Acevedo (Pomona resident), professor of the course and faculty
advisor for the CSULA MUN, explained, “This is a very challenging class
that requires a high level of commitment and passion from students.  My
teaching assistant, Mario Palencia, who was a delegate in last year’s
Model United Nations class representing Cuba, was a tremendous asset for
as he could convey his experience from that of a student
delegate. I am privileged to have such dedicated students who put so
much of their heart into this class. Our students represented Cal State
L.A. with dignity and style, and I am honored to be their professor.”

In a diplomatic way, the students said they
benefitted from the experience:


According to Hunter (Carson resident), “MUN was so amazing and so much
fun beyond all belief that I can’t find the words to describe it.  I was
able to meet new people from all across the world and learn the
procedures of the UN. All the work and preparation done for this
definitely paid off when CSULA was announced for ‘distinguished
delegation’ and ‘outstanding position paper.’”



“It was an honor,” said Soto (Los Angeles resident), “to represent our
school at the NMUN. This provided all of us the opportunity to work
together and bond in ways I never imagined possible. Provided the
chance, I would gladly accept the role of Cal State L.A. delegate once



Rhee (Arcadia resident) said, “My experience in New York was phenomenal.
The stress was high,

and so was the tension within the committee sessions; yet through the
whole experience, I was able to gather a true hands-on idea of what and
how international diplomats get together and attempt to settle issues in
the modern fashion….”


more about the awards,
refer to the “NY 2010 Awards Recipients – Sheraton” listing at

Last year, Cal State L.A.’s team won three top awards. (For details, go

In 2006, the Cal State L.A. team was awarded “Distinguished Delegate”
and, in 2000, earned “Honorable Mention” distinction.

The National MUN is an annual conference that provides students with the
opportunity to engage in a simulation with other colleges and
universities as a delegate of a nation. The conference is sponsored by
the National Collegiate Conference Association. For other details, go to


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