Model UN conferences
Students in Political Sciences & International Affairs represent NAU
Model UN is an educational simulation opportunity in which students can learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations. Northern Arizona University is proud to have a delegation attending the conferences, representing our university.
In November, the NAU MUN team trekked to the beautiful city of Seattle, Washington to participate in the Northwest Model United Nations conference. Not only did two NAU delegates, Taylor Lambrigger and Maxwell Ziats, win awards in their committees, the team had a fantastic time roaming throughout downtown Seattle exploring coffee shops and the famous Pikes Place.
The earliest conference of the school year, Trojan MUN was the first conference of many new members in the club, and everyone did an incredible job. Located in downtown L.A., our team of 28 delegates enjoyed the sights of the city and entertaining conferences concerning topics ranging from saving Gotham City to planning the Trojan War. Congratulations to Cezanne Rahner and Conner Richards on their awards!
NAU delegate Connor Richards, taking on the role of the famous Greek warrior Patroclus, plots the invasion of Troy in his Trojan War committee.
In April, the NAU Model UN team competed at UCLA’s LAMUN conference. The variety of committees ranged from Monsanto’s Board of Directors to Henry the XIII’s Council of Advisors to the classic 1st General Assembly of the United Nations. The NAU team performed well, especially Connor Mullins, Cezanne Rahner, and Paul Sturmer receiving honorable mentions and McKenzie McLoughlin brought home the Best Delegate gavel. Congratulations to our team!
This year, our NAU team sent 7 delegates to the beautiful city of Rome, Italy for an international conference hosted by Harvard.
Our team was welcomed into the conference by the Pope, a keynote speaker during the opening ceremonies.
From left to right: Cheyenne Franklin, Emma Schraner, Josh Demakovsky, Sage Knapp, James Gravitt, Jordan Morales, Connor Mullins
UCBMUN is a conference hosted by UC Berkeley in the heart of San Francisco’s financial district. Our delegation of 12 performed well, earning two awards, John Murphy winning the honorable delegate award, and Connor Mullins winning Outstanding Delegate. Congratulations to our team!
Left from right: John Murphy, Josh Demakovsky, Scott Brownell, Andrew Shepard, Emma Schraner, Connor Mullins, Lily Strider, James Gravitt, Christopher Rhode, John Bower, Ryan Cox, and McKenzie McLoughlin
McGill University McMUN
Our delegation of 8 (pictured below) competed in a conference in Montreal, hosted by McGill University. The delegation did a fantastic job at this international conference, with the team of Emma Schraner and McKenzie McLoughlin winning the Book Award (equivalent to a Distinguished Delegation), beating out delegates from Princeton, Yale, Georgetown, George Washington, and many other schools.
In order from left to right we have John Murphy, Caitlyn Ratliff, Emma Schraner, Josh Demakovsky, Dr. Gretchen Gee (Faculty Advisor), Will Wolf, McKenzie McLoughlin, Austin Rock, and Scott Brownell.
USC Trojan MUN
A team of 22 students represented NAU over Halloween weekend at our first conference at University of Southern California. For many of our delegates, this was their first conference and they did well. Austin Rock, a second year member of NAU’s Model UN team, came home with the gavel as Best Delegate from his committee.
Our NAU Model UN club sent 12 delegates to Seattle to participate in the NWMUN conference for the second time. Our team performed admirably. Senior, Will Wolf, brought home a distinguished delegate award. Pictured below from left to right: James Gravitt, Austin Chernyha, Christopher Rodes, Paul Sturmer, Emma Schraner, Ken Pieper, James Megley IV, Cezanne Rahner, Jake Gavin, Mark Myllo, Landon Richards, Will Wolf.
World MUN in Seoul
Senior Claire Bergstresser won the Outstanding Diplomacy Award at the World Model United Nations conference in Seoul, South Korea. This marks the second year in a row that a NAU student has won the highest award at this international competition.
Claire led a team of 7 NAU students to the conference from March 16-20, 2015, where they spent the week representing the state of South Korea on a committee discussing numerous international issues.
The team included: Erin Hodges, Emily Ross, Cheyenne Franklin, Claire Bergstresser (seated), Jasmine Jewell, Connor Mullins, and Landon Richards.
NMUN New York
Our Model UN team attended this conference for their first time at nationals, in New York City. Our team received the Distinguished Delegation award.
NAU returned to Los Angeles for UCLA’s conference in the spring. We brought 30 delegates and left with 5 individual awards and an Outstanding Large Delegation award. The winners were Scott Brownell-Best Delegate, Sage Knapp and Claire Bergstresser-Outstanding Delegate, John Murphy-Outstanding Delegate, Connor Mullins-Honorable Mention, Victoria Ziegler and LaShae Brown-Best Resolution.