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Headline: JCCC Model UN Team Honored at National Conference

Summary: Students build on tradition of success to bring home two awards.

Hands-on experience in international relations and current events is readily available at Johnson County Community College. Just ask our Model United Nations students who recently competed at the 2019 National Model United Nations conference in New York City (NMUN•NY). Sixteen Cavaliers joined more than 5,000 of their peers from around the world for NMUN•NY 2019, which took place from April 14-18. During the conference, our team represented the United Republic of Tanzania and was awarded the following honors:

  • Overall Distinguished Delegation
  • Outstanding Position Award for the Commission on the Status of Women

Additionally, three team members were chosen by the conference for staff positions:
Marouane Bakit: Chair General Assembly 2nd Committee

  • Cina Murray: Co-chair of the General Assembly 3rd Committee
  • Jessie White: President of JCCC Model UN and rapporteur of UN Women

According to Brian Wright, PhD, JCCC Professor Political Science and team advisor, NMUN•NY is an incredible learning opportunity for students. He says, “The New York conference takes place at the United Nations headquarters and that in and of itself is an experience. We used the general assembly hall for part of the conference and attended a presentation by the U.S. ambassador to the UN. It gives our students a unique perspective they wouldn’t get locally.”

Ana Lim, JCCC student, says her participation in Model United Nations has been inspiring and transformative.

“Prior to participating in Model United Nations, global issues seemed far too complex and difficult for an individual to identify and solve. The experience of being a delegate in the National Model United Nations conference in New York helped me develop a unique language of international diplomacy, which empowered me to see myself as a global citizen,” says Ana. “As the NMUN conference proceeded with its closing ceremony in the General Assembly Hall of the UN headquarter, I reflected upon the significance of the UN. I realized the UN is not only a platform for its Member States, but it is a space where individuals are empowered to combat many different forms of fear and injustice that restrict our freedom.”

This latest conference builds on 15 years of success for JCCC, during which our team has received awards at each of the last forty conferences they have attended.

Laying the Groundwork for Success

Years of accolades are the product of our team’s hard work. Students gain valuable experience through JCCC’s Model UN course and club.

In December, the team is assigned the country they will represent and has until March to prepare for the competition. Students are assigned committees and prepare policy position papers for three topics. Each paper articulates what the assigned country has done in the real UN and uses that information to replicate what they will do in the Model UN.

In addition to preparing students for NMUN•NY, this time and effort cultivates skills that will help our students as they step into the workforce.

“There are many benefits of participating in Model UN,” says Dr. Wright. “Students have the opportunity to travel and learn policy analysis and consensus building. They can practice the writing, public speaking and teamwork skills that are sought after by today’s employers.”

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JCCC Model U.N. earn awards at 2018 National Model United Nations Conference

The Model United Nations team from Johnson County Community College received an Overall Distinguished Delegation and an Outstanding Position Paper Award for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons at the 2018 National Model United Nations conference in cognition for their representation of Tanzania.

In addition, three JCCC team members were chosen by the conference for staff positions. They include

  • Edward Rosson, (Lansing, KS ) co-chair General Assembly 1st Committee
  • Connor Mayhan (Olathe, KS) co-chair General Assembly 2nd Committee
  • Cina Murray team Vice President (Olathe, KS) co-chair of the General Assembly 5th Committee

Team members; President Allison Koelzer (Gardner, KS), Alexis Newton (Overland Park, KS), Jazmin Burch ((Shawnee KS) Deagan Kingery (Overland Park, KS), Michael Mahon (Prairie Village, KS) Anthony DeMarco (Prairie Village, KS),), Mollie King (Merriam KS), Joshua Haverkamp (Bern, KS), Colin Arians (Kansas City, MO), Megan Heeney (Westwood Hills, KS),  Ethan Payton (Louisburg, KS), Joshua Toy (Olathe, KS), Shelby Otte (Olathe, KS), Bradley Hervey (Lugano, Switzerland), Jessie White (Paola KS). Marouane Bakit (Overland Park, KS) and Harrison Manlove (Olathe, KS)

This latest conference builds on 13 years of success for JCCC, during which the team has received awards at each of the last forty conferences they have attended.

Team adviser is Dr. Brian Wright, JCCC Professor Political Science, and Overland Park. Wright is on the board of directors for International Relations Council Kansas City organization. Dr. Andrea Vieux (Shawnee, KS) Professor Political Science is the co-adviser.

JCCC Model United Nations team receives multiple awards at Midwest conference

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The Model United Nations team from Johnson County Community College received an Outstanding Delegation and Delegates’ Choice awards plus two honorable mention awards Feb. 20-24, 2018 in St. Louis, Mo.

At the Sheraton Westport Chalet, St. Louis, MO the team portrayed France and Ireland for the 2018 Midwest Model United Nations Conference.

JCCC ModelUN team Vice President Cina Murray (Olathe, KS) lead the lineup representing France on the Economic and Social Council receiving the Delegates’ Choice award.
Cina Murray, Jazmin Burch (Shawnee KS), Alexis Newton were recognized for their work on the Economic and Social Council Plenary session.

In addition, Edward Rosson (Lansing, KS) representing France on the Security Council recognized for his work on Security Council.

JCCC ModelUN team Vice President Caleigh Galloway (Louisburg, KS), Connor McKenzie Mayhan (Olathe, KS), and team President Allison Koelzer (Gardner, KS) were chosen by the conference for conference staff position.

Additional team members, Representing France: Daegan Kingery (Overland Park, KS), Michael Mahon (Prairie Village, KS) Anthony DeMarco (Prairie Village, KS),), Mollie Walters (Merriam KS), Morgan Benortham (Kansas City, MO), Joshua Haverkamp (Bern, KS), Colin Arians (Kansas City, MO), Megan Heeney (Westwood Hills, KS), Maria del Bosque (Olathe, KS)

Representing Ireland: Ethan Payton (Louisburg, KS), Joshua Toy (Olathe, KS), Shelby Otte (Olathe, KS), Bradley Hervey (Lugano, Switzerland), Jessie White (Paola KS).

This latest conference builds on 13 years of success for JCCC, during which the team has received awards at each of the last forty conferences they have attended.

Team adviser is Dr. Brian Wright, JCCC Professor of Political Science, Overland Park. Wright is on the board of directors for International Relations Council Kansas City organization. Co-adviser Dr. Andrea Vieux Professor of Political Science Shawnee KS.

New Release 04/12/2017 JCCC Model United Nations

JCCC Model U.N. earn awards at 2017 National Model United Nations

The Model United Nations team from Johnson County Community College received Outstanding Delegation award and Outstanding Position Paper Award for the International Atomic Energy Agency at the 2017 National Model United Nations conference for their representation of Denmark.

In addition, three JCCC team members were chosen by the conference for staff positions. They include

  • Mark Rushkikh, (Overland Park, KS formerly Poltava Ukraine) co-chair General Assembly 2nd Committee
  • Donald Roth (Prairie Village), co-chair International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Brittany Grindle co-chair of the General Assembly 1st Committee

“The National conference was a great learning experience,” said participant Megan Deitz (Lawrence, Kansas), adding that she used “problem-solving, team-building and research skills.”

Team member Jon Michael Smith Shawnee, KS, described the Midwest Model United Nations Conference as “an awesome learning experience with such dedication, commitment and loads of hard work – so we can experience the conference and all that goes into being a UN delegate.”

Hanan Boukhima (Overland Park, KS formerly Casablanca Morocco) representing Denmark
Edward Rosson (Lansing, KS), Cina Murray (Olathe, KS) and Allison Koelzer (Gardner, KS) Megan Deitz (Lawrence, KS)  Donald Roth (Overland Park, KS), Jon Michael Smith (Shawnee KS), Tania Teran Leon (Overland Park, KS and Chihuahua Mexico), Nicki Joy Karstens (Overland Park, KS), Jarar Bangash (Overland Park, KS), Paige Sato (Kansas City, MO), Jaycee Zeck (Gardner, KS), Andrea Pineda Lugo (Olathe, KS and Valencia Venezuela), Lacee Roe (Lawrence, KS), Caleigh Galloway Louisburg, KS

This latest conference builds on 13 years of success for JCCC, during which the team has received awards at each of the last thirty-eight conferences it has attended.

Team adviser is Dr. Brian Wright, JCCC Professor Political Science, and Overland Park. Wright is on the board of directors for International Relations Council Kansas City organization.

Aaron Swift with the JCCC Center for Student Involvement is team co-adviser

New Release 2/26/2017 JCCC Model United Nations 

JCCC Model United Nations team receives multiple awards at Midwest conference

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The Model United Nations team from Johnson County Community College received an Outstanding Position Paper award and four honorable mention awards Feb. 21-25, 2017 in St. Louis, Mo.

At the Sheraton Westport, St. Louis, MO the team portrayed New Zealand and South Africa for the 2017 Midwest Model United Nations Conference.

Hanan Boukhima (Overland Park, KS formerly Casablanca Morocco) representing South Africa received an Outstanding Position Paper award for her paper presented at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.
In addition, Edward Rosson (Lansing, KS) representing New Zealand on General Assembly Second Committee and Allison Koelzer representing New Zealand on the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development received Honorable Mention awards.

Team members Cina Murray (Olathe, KS) and Allison Koelzer (Gardner, KS) were recognized for their work on the Economic and Social Council Plenary session. Megan Deitz (Lawrence, KS) recognized for her work on Security Council.

JCCC team member Mark Rushkikh (Overland Park, KS formally Poltava Ukraine) was chosen by the conference for conference staff position.

Team member Makayla Johnson, Baldwin City, KS, described the Midwest Model United Nations Conference as “an awesome learning experience with such dedication, commitment and loads of hard work – so we can experience the conference and all that goes into being a UN delegate.”

Additional team members, Donald Roth (Overland Park, KS), Jon Michael Smith (Shawnee KS), Tania Teran Leon (Overland Park, KS and Chihuahua Mexico), Yan Jiang (Overland Park, KS), Jarar Bangash (Overland Park, KS), Paige Sato (Kansas City, MO), Jaycee Zeck (Gardner, KS), Andrea Pineda Lugo (Olathe, KS and Valencia Venezuela), Lacee Roe (Lawrence, KS),

This latest conference builds on 13 years of success for JCCC, during which the team has received awards at each of the last thirty-eight conferences it has attended.

Team adviser is Dr. Brian Wright, JCCC Professor Political Science, Overland Park. Wright is on the board of directors for International Relations Council Kansas City organization.

04/01/2016 

Media contact: Anne Christiansen-Bullers, 913-469-8500 ext. 4184 

JCCC Model U.N. earns award at 2016 National Model United Nations

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The Model United Nations team from Johnson County Community College received Distinguished Delegation award at the 2016 National Model United Nations conference for their representation of the Kenya.

In addition, three JCCC team members were chosen by the conference for staff positions. They include:

  • Daniel Crist, Overland Park, co-chair of the Commission on the Status of Women
  • Donald Roth, Prairie Village, co-chair General Assembly Forth Committee
  • Megan Deitz, Lawrence, co-chair of the General Assembly Committee

The conference, held with the United Nations facility in New York City as a backdrop, ran from March 27 to 31. More than 5,000 students attended.

JCCC was evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Remaining in character, defined as advocating your assigned country’s position in a manner consistent with economic, social and geopolitical constraints
  • Participating in committee, evaluated both during formal and informal (caucusing) sessions
  • Proper use of the rules of procedure, since MMUN uses the rules of procedure to facilitate effective workings of committee and debate

“The National conference was a great learning experience,” said participant Makayla Johnson of Baldwin City, Kansas, adding that she used “problem-solving, team-building and research skills.”

Additional JCCC students attending included: Nicki Joy Karstens, Overland Park; Frida Lara, Overland Park; Enrique Deluna, Overland Park; Mark Ruskikh, Poltava, Ukraine; Theodore Bennett, Stilwell; Brittany Gindle, Overland Park; Briauna Jarvis, Overland Park; Sarah Lamb, Olathe; Connor Mayhan, Overland Park; Meghan Fuller, Overland Park; Bridget Brown, Lawrence; Lacee Roe, Lawrence; and Sarah White, Overland Park.

The team’s adviser is Dr. Brian Wright, professor of political science, and co-advisor is Aaron Swift, administrative assistant for the Center for Student Involvement.

The Johnson County Community College (JCCC) Model United Nations team is pleased to announce that it received an Outstanding Delegation Award for the portrayal of Niger at the National Model United Nations Conference (NMUN) in New York City, April 13-17, 2014. . 

JCCC was evaluated by the conference on the following criteria for the Distinguished Award: Remaining in Character – defined as advocating your assigned country’s position in a manner consistent with economic, social and geopolitical constraints, Participating in committee – evaluated both during formal and informal (caucusing) sessions, Proper use of the rules of procedure – NMUN uses the rules of procedure to facilitate effective workings of committee and debate.

Three JCCC Students were chosen by the conference to be rapporteur’s who assist with the organization of their conference committee.

Aaron Hafey (Overland Park, KS) served on the General Assembly First Committee: Disarmament “Disarmament is interesting because it depends on the progress made on international security which also contributes to the maintenance of peace in the world.”
Kaitlyn Sylva (Gardner KS) served on the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. Excellent experience, allowing the JCCC team to bond together and cooperate to achieve the highest accolades possible.” 

Gaelyn McGhee (Overland Park, KS) the General Assembly Third Committee. “The NMUN conference was an unforgettable experience because of meeting students from across the USA and from sixty different countries. I am proud to be a part of such a successful team” said Gaelyn McGhee. “This conference was an experience I will always value; having the opportunity to work with great students from around the world. Model United Nations allows students to understand the international issues at the United Nations while building skills in public speaking and diplomacy. More than 3000 students participated in the conference by proposing resolutions and writing reports dealing with world issues. The conference helps students to further understand global issues and international relations in a forum that allows them to discuss global concerns in an atmosphere that is similar to that of the United Nations. 


In addition to the above, the JCCC team’s success is attributed to Joe Gideon (Independence, MO), Ben Brown (Overland Park, KS), Nathaley Cifaentes Riano (Bogota Colombia/ Merriam KS), Linda Makau (Overland Park, KS),
Danielle Allison (Overland Park, KS), Aaron Swift (Olathe, KS), Elysia Chao (Overland Park, KS) Jeffery Redmond (Olathe, KS), Donald Roth (Prairie Village, KS), Katlyn Pratt (Baldwin, KS), Ammar Essa (Lenexa, KS), Joe Beeso (Gardner KS), Elizabeth Andrews (Tonganoxie, KS), Marie-Kristin Horvat (Lingen, Germany/ Lenexa, KS) Ian Sneid (Leawood, KS), Bennett Hofer (Olathe, KS) Dr. Brian Wright (team advisor)


 “It is a very impressive achievement for JCCC students,” JCCC Model UN faculty advisor and Professor Dr. Brian Wright states “Please understand how much of an achievement this is for JCCC. The National Model United Nations (NMUN) conference New York City is the world’s largest and most prestigious Model United Nations conference. Participants include major universities from throughout the world, each of which sets the main focus of their program on award recognition at New York. Although the NMUN conference is very large, it has kept its number of awards small and to receive one clearly says to the rest of the Model UN community that JCCC has one of the strongest programs in the world. Receiving this award is a exceptional experience for our students that will stay with them throughout their lives.”

This NMUN award caps ten years of success for JCCC, during which the team has received awards at the last 30 consecutive conferences they have attended. It also completes a sweep for the school year with this JCCC team having received awards at the Mid-West Model UN in St. Louis. These conferences are an exceptional educational opportunity for JCCC students and a chance to highlight the school’s academic excellence. JCCC students prepared for the conference through research for position papers, class assignments, and participation at their own MUN simulation. A wide variety of majors are represented on this team, such as Political Science, Business, History, Nursing, Education, English, and Science. 

Marie-Kristin Horvat (Lingen, Germany/Lenexa,KS) the General Assembly Third Committee.
“The National Model United Nations Conference was a unique experience. Working with students from all over the world on topics that concern the global community has been a truly inspiring experience.”

Elizabeth Andrews “The National Model United Nations Conference in New York City is truly an adventure. It is an honor to participate in team building and professional platforms. Learning about the United Nations committees run and creating a bond with fellow delegates is what makes the experience so worth the trip. I highly encourage anyone with a passion for exploration and higher learning to give Model United Nations a try.”

Donald Roth “New York and the conference is amazing. It is a great honor to be able to meet so many passionate people interested in international affairs.”
 

Ben Brown “When you enter the conference committee`s and witness so many students from around the world working on international issues is unique. Just imagine what we can accomplish in the future.” 

Jeffery Redmond “Learning the international perspective from those who actually hold it was very rewarding.”

Ammar Essa “the conference is an opportunity to interact with students from around the world and solve issues in a learning environment.”

Joe Beeso “The conference shows how students are working diplomatically to fine solutions to issues of human trafficking by consensus. The hope is that the United Nations can do the same.” 


Joe Gideon “I am glad to have the opportunity to network with future leaders from around the world. This is a wonderful learning opportunity that I will not soon forget. I am particularly proud of the contributions made by my fellow JCCC students.

The JCCC Model United Nations team received an Outstanding Delegation Award, Delegates’ Choice Award, and three Honorable Mention awards for its portrayal of Canada and New Zealand at the 2014 Mid-West Model United Nations Conference at Union Station St. Louis Missouri February 19-20, 2014. This accomplishment is attributable to team members Aaron Swift (Olathe, KS), Bennett Hofer (Olathe, KS) and (Ian Sneid (Leawood, KS) for their work on the General Assembly Disarmament Committee regarding the topics  Review of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and the whole question of chemical and biological weapons. Jeffery Redmond (Olathe, KS) on the General Assembly Economic and Financial Committee regarding the topics of  Post-2015 development agenda (MDGs) and Review of international migration and development. Marie-Kistin Horvat (Lingen, Germany, Lenexa, KS) & Nathaly Cifuentes (Bogota Colombia/Merriam KS) for their work on the Economic and Social Council Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) and culture for sustainable developmentHigh-level policy with international financial and trade institutions, and the Promotion and protection of biodiversity. In addition, the team received recognition for their diplomatic skills at General Assembly Plenary session. In addition, three JCCC team members were chosen by the conference for staff positions. Mayra Ferman (Kansas City, KS), co-chair of the General Assembly Finance Committee Kaitlyn Sylva (Gardner, KS), co-chair of the Food and Agricultural Organization and Gaelyn McGhee (Shawnee, KS) co-chair of the General Assembly Disarmament Committee. JCCC Model United Nations faculty advisor Brian Wright (Overland Park, KS). These Mid-West Model United Nations conference awards cap over 12 years of success for JCCC, during which the team has received awards at each of the last thirty-six conferences they have attended. The JCCC Model UN team will next attend the National Model United Nations and Leadership Conference in New York held at the United Nations in April where they will represent the country of Niger. This conference is an exceptional educational opportunity for JCCC students and a chance to highlight the school’s academic excellence. Eighteen JCCC students competed with students from over 100 other Universities and Colleges from across North America. Ian Sneid (Leawood, KS). “The Conference is an experience you utilize key skills that be applied to either college or after college. I advise JCCC students to join the Model UN.” Aaron Swift (Olathe, KS) “Model United Nations is a true experience to work with a large variety of incredibly dedicated students and learn about international diplomacy.” Elysia Chao (Overland Park, KS) “The Mid-West Model United Nations Conference was an unforgettable learning experience. We were able to practice public speaking, collaborate and build consensus on resolutions, debate varying ideas and issues, and demonstrate leadership through teamwork. The simulation gave me insights to how the United Nations functions and its importance.” Jeffery Redmond (Olathe, KS) “Representing leaders of the world was an honorable experience.” Marie-Kistin Horvat (Lingen, Germany, Lenexa, KS) “The 2014 Mid-West Model United Nations conference was an outstanding educational experience. The ability for young people, like myself, show dedication and perseverance on topics well beyond college educational levels was truly incredible.” Donald Roth (Prairie Village, KS) “I am glad to have the opportunity to network with future leaders from around the United States. This is a wonderful learning opportunity that I will not soon forget. I am particularly proud of the contributions made by my fellow JCCC students.” Katlyn Pratt (Baldwin, KS) “Model United Nations is something you cannot completely understand or appreciate until you participate. You realize how exhausting diplomacy is and how much effort feels worth it as the session adjourns. After collaborating on a resolution paper for nine hours and then being able to reach unanimous agreement fills you with pride.” Ammar Essa (Lenexa, KS) “This year’s Mid-West Model United Nations Conference was a great educational experience. We met students from around the country that made the experience very enjoyable.” Danielle Allison (Overland Park, KS) “the hard work by all students at the conference is an accurate representation of diplomacy in action.” Jeffery Redmond (Olathe, KS) “The conference is exciting experience. I am enjoying the conference and all of the opportunities that comes from the experience.” Joe Beeso (Garnder, KS) “The Model United Nations Conference has been a great academic, leadership, and international opportunity. When you must take the position of a county and defend its policies you become more aware and open to diversity. The skills and ability to learn and understand others perspectives and develop a solution to cooperation and compromise are very important.” Bennett Hofer (Olathe, KS) “This experience at MMUN has been an educational and eye-opening, allowing the JCCC team to cooperate to achieve the highest accolades possible.” Elizabeth Andrews, Tonganoxie, KS “It is very exciting to explore a whole new world of thinking and to meet students from across the United States.” Fabiola Sanchez (Overland Park, KS) “It is not until you experience Model UN at the conference where you see the enthusiasm and devotion all students have for this team. It was a wonderful learning experience and I enjoyed having the privilege to be a part of it.” Nathaly Cifuentes (Bogota Colombia/Merriam, KS) “More than a learning experience, we all had the opportunity to develop writing and speaking skills. We had the opportunity to use our skills to represent New Zealand and create a resolution to solve real global problems. The Mid-West Model UN Conference made be more aware and how the world needs solutions, leaders for the future. Thank you so much for letting me be part of the JCCC Model United Nations team and I will be working to improve.” Kennedy Mwachia (Olathe, KS) “My experience at Mid-West Model United Nations Conference has changed my perspective on our generation, meeting brilliant individuals committed to make the world better has inspired me greatly. It restored my hope in a peaceful world.”

 The JCCC Model United Nations team received two Outstanding Delegation Awards at the 2011 American Model United Nations Conference Nov. 19-22 in Chicago, Ill. The first accolade was the Policy Overall Best Delegation award, given for best representing the policies of JCCC’s assigned country of Cuba. The second was an Outstanding Delegation award representing the economic and financial policies of Cuba.  As part of pre-conference preparation, team members presented position papers and received awards. The position paper serves as a blueprint for building consensus and formulating and negotiating workable draft resolutions to resolve issues. Thirteen papers were submitted for the conference this year – seven for Cuba and six for Haiti. Below are the names of the committee for which the papers were prepared, the team member(s) who prepared the position paper and the country represented.

General Assembly Plenary Committee: Dustin Morris and Natalie VanMaanen, Cuba; Ryan Donovan, Haiti.

Disarmament and International Security Committee: Megan Willard, Cuba; Matt Lantz, Haiti.

Economic and Financial Committee: James Khalif, Cuba; Xiang Jin, Haiti.

Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee: Elvira Babaeva, Cuba; Aizhan Tazhigulova and Caitlynn Adams, Haiti.

Legal Committee: Samantha Poetter, Cuba; Nichole Taylor, Haiti.

World Health Assembly: Ben Brown, Cuba; Kanasha Neddo, Haiti.

Commission on Sustainable Development: Ho Hoi Chun and Nathan George, Cuba.

 The team’s adviser is Brian Wright, associate professor, political science.

  JCCC Model UN Team Receives Outstanding Delegation Award at the National Model United Nations Conference New York City.

The Johnson County Community College (JCCC) Model United Nations team is pleased to announce that it received an Outstanding Delegation Award for its portrayal New Zealand at the National Model United Nations Conference (NMUN) in New York City, April 17-21, 2011. Students will receive at an award ceremony at the United Nations today at 4:00 p.m.

JCCC was evaluated by the conference on the following criteria:

Remaining in Character – defined as advocating your assigned country’s position in a manner consistent with economic, social and geopolitical constraints
Participating in committee – evaluated both during formal and informal (caucusing) sessions.
Proper use of the rules of procedure – NMUN uses the rules of procedure to facilitate effective workings of committee and debate.

Five JCCC Students were chosen by the conference to be rapporteur’s who assist with the organization of their conference committee.

Matt Lantz, Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review committee
James Khalif the General Assembly Second Committee: Economic and Financial

Nichole Taylor, United Nations Children’s Fund

Margarita Zunig, Organization of American States

Dustin Morris, United Nations Environmental Program

Jeremy Williams was chosen to be the chair of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). “These awards it would not have been possible without the hard work and collaboration between of every member of this team,” said JCCC student Jeremy Williams Overland Park, KS.

In addition to the above, the JCCC teams success is attributed to Ben Brown (Mission, KS), Nichole Taylor (Kansas City, MO), Matt Lantz (Overland Park, KS), Janice Amos (Olathe, KS), Andrew Snow (Olathe, KS), Nick Makin (Leawood, KS), Peter Vanderurst (Lenexa, Kansas), Dustin Morris (Wichita, KS), Kumar Shretha and Margarita Zunig (Lawrence, KS), Fatuma Kelleh (Overland Park, KS), Ryan Donovan (Overland Park, KS), Maxwell Matite and Futuma Kelleh (Olathe, KS) Jeremy Williams (Prairie Village, KS), James Khalif (Overland Park, KS) and Dr. Brian Wright (team advisor)

“It is a very impressive achievement for JCCC students,” JCCC Model UN faculty advisor and Associate Professor Brian Wright adds that “Please understand how much of an achievement this is for JCCC. NMUN is by far the world’s largest and most prestigious Model UN conference. Participants include major universities from throughout the world, each of which sets the main focus of their program on award recognition at New York. Although the NMUN conference is very large, it has kept its number of awards small and to receive one clearly says to the rest of the Model UN community that JCCC has one of the strongest programs in the world. Receiving these awards are a great experience for our students that will stay with them throughout their lives.”

This NMUN award caps six years of success for JCCC, during which the team has received awards at the last 20 consecutive conferences they have attended. It also completes a sweep for the school year with this JCCC team having won awards at the American Model United Nations in Chicago Il and Mid-West Model UN in St. Louis. These conferences are an exceptional educational opportunity for JCCC students and a chance to highlight the school’s academic excellence. JCCC students prepared for the conference through research for position papers, class assignments, and participation at their own MUN simulation. A wide variety of majors are represented on this team, such as Political Science, Business, History, Nursing, Education, English, and Science.

“The NMUN conference was an unforgettable experience because of meeting students from fifty six different countries. I am proud to be a part of such a successful team” said Margarita Zunig Lawrence, KS). “This conference was an experience I will always value; having had the opportunity to work with great students from around the world. Model United Nations allows students to understand the international issues at the United Nations while building skills in public speaking and diplomacy. More than 3000 students participated in the conference by proposing resolutions and writing reports dealing with world issues. The conference helps students to further understand global issues and international relations in a forum that allows them to discuss global concerns in an atmosphere that is similar to that of the United Nations. JCCC Student Maxwell Matite said of the conference, “This experience at NMUN has been an educational and eye-opening experience, allowing the JCCC team to bond together and cooperate to achieve the highest accolades possible.”

Ryan Donovan “The in-depth conversations among students made this event a life learning experience.” “When you enter the United Nations General Assembly Hall and witness so many students from around the world working on international issues. Nothing compares to the feeling of everything coming together which spending time at the United Nations. Just imagine what we can accomplish in the future.” said Ryan.

JCCC Model united Nations team Receives awards at Mid-West Model United Nations conference

The JCCC Model United Nations team received four awards for its portrayal of France at the 2011 Mid-West Model United Nations Conference St. Louis February 16-19, 201. The Outstanding Delegate Choice Award went to Maxwell Matite (Olathe, KS) for his work on the Security Council regarding the issue of “importance of regional cooperation in combating terrorism.” JCCC received Position paper awards at the Mid-West Model United Nations conference. These paper awards shows that the students were well prepared.

Honorable Mention award went to Jeremy Williams (Prairie Village, KS) for his portrayal of France’s position on the General Assembly Economic and Finical committee regarding the issues of “Preventing and combating corrupt practices and transfer of assets of illicit origin, and repatriation of illicit funds to the countries of origin,” and “the role of science and technology for development in the context of globalization and interdependence.”

Honorable Mention award went to James Khalif (Overland Park, KS) for his portrayal of France’s position on General Assembly Special Issues Committee regarding the issues of the “Comprehensive review of the whole question of peacekeeping operations,” and “Confidence-building measures in an effort to secure peaceful uses of outer space.”

CCC students competed against other Universities and Colleges from across North and South America. In addition to the above, the JCCC teams success is attributed to Ben Brown (Mission, KS), Nichole Taylor (Kansas City, MO), Matt Lantz (Overland Park, KS), Janice Amos (Olathe, KS), Andrew Snow (Olathe, KS), Nick Makin (Leawood, KS), Peter Vanderurst (Lenexa, Kansas), Dustin Morris (Wichita, KS), Margarita Zunig (Lawrence, KS), Fatuma Kelleh (Overland Park, KS), Ryan Donovan (Overland Park, KS), and Dr. Brian Wright (team advisor) Dr. Wright was elected Secretary by Board of Directors of the Midwest Model United Nations.

Additionally, former JCCC student and team member David Willis (Cleveland, MO) was the 2011 Mid-West Model United Nations Conference Secretary General and Brandon Bezner (Overland Park, KS) was the 2011 Under-Secretary General. Brandon Bezner was selected to be the 2012 Secretary General of the Mid-West Model United Nations Conference. The Secretary General and Under-Secretary General are responsible for organizing and managing the Mid-West Model United Nations Conference.

Janice Amos “This was my first Model UN conference; it was an incredible experience particularly the opportunities to develop my people and diplomacy skills.”

Nichole Taylor “undoubtedly this conference was an incredibility enriching learning experience and I met wonderful people.”

Dustin Morris “this experience lets you see that there are others who think about politics as much as I do.”

Matt Lantz “This conference reminded me of the diverse applications learned that can be important in my life, such as engaging others, compromising to reach a common goal, and practicing awareness to global issues.”

Jeremy Williams “This is an experience gained skill that transfers well. A good Model UN’er is a hard worker, a good student and friend.”

Maxwell Matite “This was a Challenging yet intellectually awarding experience.”

Ryan Donovan “The in-depth conversations among students made this event a life learning experience.”

Joshua Delaney “This was a fantastic learning experience. I had never been so intellectually challenged to do my best. I look forward to taking the necessary steps to improve and prepare for future conferences.”

Model United Nations allows students to understand the international issues at the United Nations and at the same time build skills in public speaking and diplomacy. More than 600 students participated in this conference, proposing resolutions dealing with world issues. The issues discussed range from peace-keeping and human rights to economic development, and the plight of children. The conference is helping students to further understand global issues and international relations. This forum allows students to discuss global concerns in an atmosphere that is similar to that of the United Nations.

The JCCC Model UN team will next attend the National Model United Nations Conference in New York held at the United Nations April 15-22, 2011 where they will represent the country of New Zealand. This conference is an exceptional educational opportunity for JCCC students and a chance to highlight the schools academic excellence.

JCCC MODEL UNITED NATIONS TEAM RECEIVES POSITION PAPER AWARDS AT AMERICAN MODEL UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE

The JCCC Model United Nations team received four awards for their Policy Positions Papers of Kenya and Tanzania at the 2010 American Model United Nations Conference Chicago IL. November 19-23, 2010. In addition Joseph Gideon (Overland Park, KS) served as a Justice on the International Court of Justice.
The Position Paper Awards are presented in recognition of Johnson County’s pre-conference preparation. The position paper serves as a blueprint for building consensus and formulating and negotiating workable draft resolutions to resolve issues. In the last five years the JCCC Model United Nations has received awards at all eighteen consecutive conferences they have attended. Most notable are the awards received at the National Model United Nations Conference held at the United Nations in New York City. This past spring the team received an honorable mention award at the National Model United Nations and has received outstanding position paper awards in 2009, 2008, 2007, & 2006. Preparations for these conferences are an exceptional educational opportunity for JCCC students and a chance to highlight the school’s academic excellence.
Twelve papers were submitted for the 2010 American Model United Nations conference with six for Kenya and six for Tanzania.
Papers summited for the General Assembly Plenary committee are by Jeremy Williams (Overland Park, KS) representing Kenya and Ellie Brecunier (Shawnee, KS) representing Tanzania on the issues of “The role of Diamonds in Fuelling Conflict” and the “Outcome of the Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and its Impact on Development.”
Papers submitted for the Disarmament and International Security committee are by Maxwell Matite (Olathe, KS) representing Kenya, Matt Lantz (Kansas City, MO) representing Tanzania on the issues of
“Towards an Arms Treaty: Establishing Common International Standards for the Import,” and the “Export and Transfer of Conventional Arms Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.”

Papers submitted for the Economic and Financial committee are by Robert (Andy) Anderson (Lawrence, KS) representing Kenya and Bernard Murphy (Olathe, KS) representing Tanzania on the issues of “Macroeconomic Policy Questions” and “Protection of Global Climate for Present and Future Generations of Humankind.”
Papers submitted for the Social, Humanitarian and Cultural committee are by Belinda (Nichole) Taylor (Joplin, MO) representing Kenya and Paige Crosswhite (Louisburg, KS) representing Tanzania on the issues of “Eliminating Rape and Other Forms of Sexual Violence in All Their Manifestations” and the “Status of the Convention on the Rights of the Child as it Relates to Child Labor.”
Papers submitted for the committee on International Legal Questions are by “Fatuma Kelleh (Olathe, KS) representing Kenya and Margarita Zuniga (Lawrence, KS) representing Tanzania on the issues of “Nationality of Natural Persons in Relation to the Succession of States” and the “Report of the Special Committee on the Charter of the United Nations and on the Strengthening of the Role of the Organization.”
Papers submitted for International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are by James Khalif (Overland Park, KS) representing Kenya and Andrew Snow (Olathe, KS) Tanzania on the issues of “Nuclear Power and Iran” plus the “Nuclear Energy and Multilateral Approaches to the Fuel Cycle.”

JCCC Model UN Team Receives Award at the 2010 National Model United Nations Conference New York City.

The Johnson County Community College (JCCC) Model United Nations team is pleased to announce that it received an Honorable Mention Award for its portrayal Nigeria at the National Model United Nations Conference (NMUN) in New York City, March 28-April 1, 2010.

JCCC was evaluated by the conference on the following criteria: representing Nigeria’s policy in a manner consistent with economic, social, and geopolitical constraints; diplomatic negotiations skills, and proper use of rules of procedure.

Some of the issues at the conference included Climate Change, The Privatization of War, Information and Communication Technologies for Development, Implementation of a global Standard of Education, Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development, Water and Nuclear Technologies, Limiting the impact of HIV/AIDS in Africa, and International Cooperation, Burden and Responsibility Sharing in Mass Influx Situations.

The team advisor, Dr. Brian Wright JCCC Associate Professor of Political Science, said “an exceptional group of students who worked very hard.” Thirteen JCCC students competed with other colleges and universities from across North & South America, Europe and Asia (for example Baylor University, University of California, Universidad San Francisco de Quito Ecuador , London School of Economics, Faculte de droit de l’Universite de Montreal, University of Texas, Universitat Erfurt Germany, Universitat Hamburg Germany, University of Pennsylvania, University of Wisconsin, University of British Columbia, University of Bonn, University of London, Sichuan International Studies University, Philipps-Universitat Marburg, New York University).

“These awards it would not have been possible without the hard work and collaboration between of every member of this team,” said JCCC student Joseph Gideon, of Lubbock, TX and Overland Park, KS. Joseph was selected to work as part of the conference staff on International Court of Justice. In addition to Joseph tweleve JCCC students participated in the conference Maxwell Otieno Matite(Olathe, KS), Abraham Mathok (Lenexa, KS), Milvi Saarna (Kansas City, KS), Lily Darrington (Prairie Village, KS), Angie Zapata (Gladstone, MO), Farhan Din (Overland Park, KS), Jeremy Williams (Overland Park, KS), Marvita Oliver (Overland Park, KS), Kumar Shretha (Lawrence, KS), Chris Dwyer (Overland Park, KS), Paige Crosswhite (Louisburg, KS),

Rebecca Elo (Kansas City, MO) was chosen to work as part of the conference staff on the International Atomic Energy Agency.

This NMUN award caps five years of success for JCCC, during which the team has won awards at the last fifteen consecutive conferences they have attended. It also completes a sweep for the school year with this JCCC team having won awards at the American Model United Nations in Chicago Il and Mid-West Model UN in St. Louis. These conferences are an exceptional educational opportunity for JCCC students and a chance to highlight the school’s academic excellence. JCCC students prepared for the conference through research for position papers, class assignments, and participation at their own MUN simulation. A wide variety of majors are represented on this team, such as Political Science, Business, History, Nursing, Education, English, and Science.

“The NMUN conference was an unforgettable experience because of meeting students from around the world. I am proud to be a part of such a successful team” said Milvi Saarna (Kansas City, KS). “This conference was an experience I will always value; having had the opportunity to work with great students from around the world. I feel inspired” said Jeremy Williams (Overland Park, KS)

“It is very impressive former,” JCCC Model UN faculty advisor and current Adjunct Professor, George Belzer adds that “I hope everyone understands how big an achievement this is for JCCC. NMUN is by far the world’s largest and most prestigious Model UN conference. Participants include major universities from throughout the world, each of which sets the main focus of their program on award recognition at New York. Although the NMUN is huge and continues to grow, it has kept its number of awards small and to win one clearly says to the rest of the Model UN community that you have one of the strongest programs in the world. Winning such awards is a great experience for our students will stay with them throughout their lives.”

Model United Nations allows students to understand the international issues at the United Nations while building skills in public speaking and diplomacy. More than 3000 students participated in the conference by proposing resolutions and writing reports dealing with world issues. The conference helps students to further understand global issues and international relations in a forum that allows them to discuss global concerns in an atmosphere that is similar to that of the United Nations. Student Abraham Salva Matok said of the conference, “This experience at NMUN has been an educational and eye-opening experience, allowing the JCCC team to bond together and cooperate to achieve the highest accolades possible.” Marvita Oliver “When you enter the United Nations General Assembly Hall and witness so many students from around the world working on international issues. Nothing compares to the feeling of everything coming together which spending time at the United Nations. Just imagine what we can accomplish in the future.”

JCCC Model united Nations team receive awards at the
2010 Mid-West Model United Nations conference St. Louis MO.

The JCCC Model United Nations team received three Outstanding Delegation and two Honorable mention awards for its portrayal of United Kingdom and Australia at the 2010 Mid-West Model United Nations Conference at Union Station St. Louis Missouri February 16-20, 2010. This accomplishment is attributable to team members Paige Crosswhite (Louisburg, KS), for her work on the 1965 Historic Security Council and the “Situation in Cyprus,” Chris Dwyer (Overland Park, KS) for his work on the World Food Program (WFP) and the issue of “Enhancing the role of the WFP in Preventing and Treating Malnutrition in Emergency Situations,” Kumar Shretha (Lawrence, KS) for his work on the Security Council and the issue of “International Piracy,” and Marvita Oliver (Overland Park, KS) for her work at the Commission on the Status of Women and the issue of “Violence Against Women.” In addition, former JCCC team member David Willis (Cleveland, MO) was selected by the Mid-West Model United Nations Conference to be the 2011 Secretary General and Brandon Bezner (Overland Park, KS) was selected to be the 2011 Under-Secretary General. The Secretary General and Under-Secretary General are responsible for organizing and managing the 2011 Mid-West Model United Nations Conference. JCCC Model United Nations faculty advisor Brian Wright (Warrensburg, MO) was elected by the faculty of the Mid-West Model United Nations conference to serve a three year term on the Board of Directors of the conference and was also elected by the Board of Directors to serve as the Board Secretary. These Mid-West Model United Nations conference awards cap over five years of success for JCCC, during which the team has won awards at each of the last eighteen conferences they have attended. The JCCC Model UN team will next attend the National Model United Nations and Leadership Conference in New York held at the United Nations March 26-April 2 where they will represent the country of Nigeria. This conference is an exceptional educational opportunity for JCCC students and a chance to highlight the school’s academic excellence. Eighteen JCCC students competed with students from over 100 other Universities and Colleges from across North America (for example, DePaul University, Univ. of Illinois, Univ. of Missouri, Univ. of Michigan, Univ. of Wisconsin). Additional JCCC team members not listed are:

Jeremy Williams (Overland Park, KS) Jeremy was rushed to the hospital with appendicitis on morning of Wed. Feb. 17, received emergency surgery and unbelievably returned to the conference the night of Thursday 18.
Maxwell Otieno Matite(Olathe, KS), Abraham Mathok (Lenexa, KS), Jeremy Mock (Raymore, MO), Milvi Saarna (Kansas City, KS), Lily Darrington (Prairie Village, KS), Angie Zapata (Gladstone, MO), Amanda Hill (Shawnee, KS), Allison Williams (Overland Park, KS), Farhan Din (Overland Park, KS), Josh McConico (Bonner Springs, KS), Erica Roper (Edgerton, KS), Joseph Gideon (Kansas City, MO)

JCCC Model UN Team Receives Awards at the 2009 National Model United Nations Conference

The Johnson County Community College (JCCC) Model United Nations team is pleased to announce that it won an Outstanding Delegation Award and an Outstanding Position Paper Award for its portrayal Kenya at the National Model United Nations Conference (NMUN) in New York City, April 4-9, 2009. In addition, JCCC students Trent Brining, (Overland Park, KS) and Ashlie Van Hoecke, (Overland Park, KS & Reston Va.) in the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) received an outstanding delegate award (selected by vote of the student delegates in the committee). “The amount of research and knowledge that every student in my committee brought to the discussion was very impressive,” said Ashlie Van Hoecke. The team advisor, Dr. Brian Wright JCCC Associate Professor of Political Science, said “an exceptional group of students who worked very hard.” Sixteen JCCC students competed with other colleges and universities from across North & South America, Europe and Asia (for example Universidad Central de Venezuela, Georgia State University, California State University Los Angeles, Yonsei University South Korea, Universidad San Francisco de Quito Ecuador , London School of Economics, Faculte de droit de l’Universite de Montreal, University of Texas, Universitat Erfurt Germany, Universitat Hamburg Germany, University of Pennsylvania, University of Wisconsin, University of British Columbia, University of Bonn, University of London, University ofTokyo, Northwestern Polytechnical University China, New York University).

“These awards it would not have been possible without the hard work and collaboration between of every member of this team,” said JCCC student Jessica Seitter, of Overland Park, KS. In addition to Miss Seitter, the JCCC team members are: Donnie Hicks (team co-captain) from Shawnee KS, Calvin Baumgarten (Kansas City, KS), Brandy Schmitz, (Olathe, KS.), Sarah Taylor (Lawrence, KS.) Jason Beury (Lawrence, KS.) Olga Bodan (Chişinău, Moldova),Adam Drovetta (Gardner, KS.), Keith Adams (Kansas City, MO.), Ross (Prairie Village, KS), Joanna Mazurek (ZamoscPoland), Hilary Hutton (Bonner Springs, KS), and Heather Odell, (Lawrence, KS). This NMUN award caps four years of success for JCCC, during which the team has won awards at the last twelve consecutive conferences they have attended. It also completes a sweep for the school year with this JCCC team having won similar awards at National Collegiate Model United Nations and Leadership Conference at Northwestern Polytechnical University, X’ian China and Mid-West Model UN in St. Louis. These conferences are an exceptional educational opportunity for JCCC students and a chance to highlight the school’s academic excellence. JCCC students prepared for the conference through research for position papers, class assignments, and participation at their own MUN simulation. A wide variety of majors are represented on this team, such as Political Science, Business, History, Nursing, Education, English, and Science.

The Position Paper Award is presented in recognition of Johnson County’s outstanding pre-conference preparation. The position paper serves as a blueprint for building consensus and formulating and negotiating workable draft resolutions to resolve issues. The committee’s and issues for position papers that were prepared by JCCC students are shown below.

Committee and Issues

Kenya

General Assembly Plenary
1. New Approaches to Nuclear Non-Proliferation
2. Advancing United Nations Reform
3. The Impact of Migration on Development
Donnie Hicks Calvin Baumgarten
1st Committee (Disarmament)
1. Upholding the Status of Prisoners of War According to the Third Geneva Convention
2. Fighting Illicit Trade and Trafficking of Nuclear Material
3. Preventing an Arms Race in Space
Brandy Schmitz Adam Drovetta
2nd Committee (Economic and Financial)
1. Climate Change Economics
2. Economic and Trade Policies to Address Food Price Volatility
3. External Trade and Macro-financial Assistance to Developing Countries.
Matt Ross Keith Adams
3rd Committee (Social, Cultural, Humanitarian)
1. Examining the Uses and Implementation of Technology in Educational and Social Development
2. Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Children in Conflict
3. Improving Emergency Response through Humanitarian Reform
Olga Bogdan Sarah Taylor
Food and Agriculture Organization.
1) The Impact of Bioenergy on Food Security
2) International and Regional Strategies to Address High Food Prices.
3) The Impact of Water Scarcity on Social and Economic Development.
JoAnn Mazurek Jason Beury
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Executive Committee
1. Return and Reintegration of Refugees and Displaced Persons
2. Addressing the Refugee and IDP Situation in Chad and Sudan
3. Capacity Building in Regions with Refugee and IDP Populations
Trent Brining Ashlie Van Hoecke
African Development Bank (ADB)
1. Analyzing the Impact of Intra Regional Migration on Development
2. Promoting Regional Trade and integration
3. Strengthening Mechanisms to Prevent Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing
Heather Odell Hilary Hutton
World Trade Organization (WTO)
1. Furthering Trade Facilitation Based on the 2005 Hong Kong Ministerial Declaration
2. The Relationship between WTO Rules and Multilateral Environmental Trade Agreements
3. The Role Regional Trade Agreements in the International Trading System
Jessica Seitter

“This is an exceptional learning experience where JCCC students are able to interact with many international students to share ideas about and find solutions to global issues. I am proud to be a part of such a successful team” said Heather Odell. “It is very impressive former,” JCCC Model UN faculty advisor and current Adjunct Professor, George Belzer adds that “I hope everyone understands how big an achievement this is for JCCC. NMUN is by far the world’s largest and most prestigious Model UN conference. Participants include major universities from throughout the world, each of which sets the main focus of their program on award recognition at New York. Although the NMUN is huge and continues to grow, it has kept its number of awards small and to win one clearly says to the rest of the Model UN community that you have one of the strongest programs in the world. Winning such awards is a great experience for our students will stay with them throughout their lives.”

Model United Nations allows students to understand the international issues at the United Nations while building skills in public speaking and diplomacy. More than 2500 students participated in the conference by proposing resolutions and writing reports dealing with world issues. The conference helps students to further understand global issues and international relations in a forum that allows them to discuss global concerns in an atmosphere that is similar to that of the United Nations. Student Donnie Hicks said of the conference, “This experience at NMUN has been an educational and eye-opening experience, allowing the JCCC team to bond together and cooperate to achieve the highest accolades possible.” Keith Adams “When you enter the United Nations General Assembly Hall and witness so many students from around the world working on international issues. Nothing compares to the feeling of everything coming together which spending time at the United Nations. Just imagine what we can accomplish in the future.”

MODEL UN TEAM WINS INTERNATIONAL AWARD

The Johnson County Community College Model United Nations team was named the Distinguished Delegation for its portrayal of Canada at the National Model United Nations Conference held Nov. 25-28 in Xi’an, China. The award was voted on by the committee chairs, National Collegiate Conference Association and Northwestern Polytechnical University, X’ian.

The China conference was the first international NMUN conference, which included student participants from around the world. The conference was organized in cooperation with NPU, a JCCC partner school.

Six JCCC students comprised the team: Danny Eakins, Stilwell; Lowell Fletcher, Nida Fatima, Mick Larson and Trent Justin Brining, Overland Park; and Lois Grimshaw, Olathe, and team adviser, Andrea Vieux, adjunct assistant professor, political science, Lawrence.

Students represented Canada on the following committees and issues: Fletcher and Eakins on the General Assembly Plenary committee covering the issues Economic Development and Regional Cooperation and Preventing Armed Conflict in the International Community; Fatima and Grimshaw on the Economic and Social Council Plenary committee covering the issues of Promotion of Food Security and Technology and Economic Development; and Brining and Larson on the Special Session on Global Warming committee on issues of Economic Development and Its Impact on the Environment and Global Warming and the Effect on Biodiversity.

In the last three years, students in the JCCC U.N. team have won awards at the last 10 conferences they have attended. This achievement places JCCC among the best college or university U.N. programs in the country. In recognition, the JCCC team received a one-time Special Recognition award in fall 2007 for its outstanding performance during the last academic year presented by the United Nations Association, Greater Kansas City Chapter, at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

JCCC was invited to participate in the national conference by NPU in Xi’an because of its partnership with JCCC and by the NMUN because of the team’s achievements during the past three years. The country assignment shows that the JCCC team is well respected because of Canada’s importance on the world stage.

Model United Nations allows students to understand the international issues at the United Nations and at the same time build skills in public speaking and diplomacy. The issues discussed range from peace-keeping and human rights to economic development and the plight of children. JCCC team members write position paper on each of the issues.

Conferences help students to further understand global issues and international relations. This forum allows students to discuss global concerns in an atmosphere that is similar to that of the United Nations.

JCCC was one of only four community colleges among the international universities that competed in the conference.

The students posted video to YouTube to record their experiences in China. The URLs are

Final Day: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIgHP58n5Tw

Day 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gs8m9AGFJD4

Day 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItAqvF5yegE

Day 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfTy8aISqCY

Day 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBiQ1etw5Q8

JCCC Model united Nations team Wins Awards at the
2008 National Model United Nations conference
New York City.

The Johnson County Community College Model United Nations Team won three awards at the National Model United Nations conference in New York City March 18-22, 2008. JCCC won two outstanding awards for their portrayal of Lao People’s Democratic Republic. The Outstanding Delegation award is the most prestigious award for Model United Nations in the world. The Outstanding Delegation award recognizes the overall performance of JCCC across all committees. Students are evaluated on their skills at: (a) representing the Lao People’s Democratic Republic’s policy position; (b) JCCC student performance in formal and informal speaking and (c) proper use with rules of procedure. JCCC was the only Community College among the short list of other schools that received the award. The award list included Alma College, Brigham Young University, Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris France, Ludwig-Maximillians-University Munich Germany, University of Montréal, Macalister College, California State University Northridge, California State University Chico, Rider University, University of Miami, University of Laval, Florida International University and Johnson County Community College.

JCCC also won an Outstanding Position Papers award for representing the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. Again JCCC was the only community college to receive this position paper award among a short list of other colleges and Universities. This award is received in recognition of outstanding pre-conference preparation. In addition, JCCC in combination with Wichita State won an Honorable Mention award for representing the Philippines. According to JCCC team member Trent Brining, “The National conference allowed me the opportunity to interact with students from around the world. The quality of the students in New York was truly remarkable.” Viktoryia Schnose said that “after the conference professors from other colleges asked me how and why the JCCC team did so well. This is because my fellow JCCC team members were outstanding since they quickly gained the respect of other students by being knowledgeable, friendly and respectful.” “The intensity of the effort by JCCC and other schools was extraordinary. I particularly enjoyed the diversity of the experience via the interactions with other students from around the world,” said Lowell Fletcher.

Sixteen JCCC students competed with students from over 200 other Universities and Colleges from across the world. The students who represented Lao Peoples Democratic republic are Jason Beury (Lawrence, KS), Trent Brining (Overland Park, KS), team captain Jared Hedge (Atwood, KS), team co-captain Nida Fatima (Overland Park, KS), Stephanie Goings and Viktoryia Schnose. The Outstanding Delegation award was for these students representing Laos’s policy positions on the following topics: Breaking the Link Between Diamonds and Armed Conflict; The Role of Private Military and Security Companies in Conflict; The Politics and Economics of the External Debt Crisis; The Evaluation and Implementation of the United Nations Literacy Decade.

Students who represented the Philippines are Stephanie Richner (Overland Park, KS), team co-captain Brandy Schmitz (Olathe, KS), Lowell Fletcher (Kansas City, MO), Haena Kahng (Lawrence, KS), Norman Decelles (Lawrence, KS), Danny Eakins (Stilwell, KS), Lois Grimshaw (Olathe KS). The Honorable Mention award was for these students representing Philippines policy positions on the following topics: Global Management of Water and Other resources; Reversing the “Urban Penalty:” Empowering Vulnerable Urban Populations; Implementation and Strengthening of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

In addition, three JCCC team members received coveted staff positions for the National Model United Nations conference. Brandon Bezner (Overland Park, KS) was the Chair of the General Assembly Second Committee: Economic and Financial, David Willis (Cleveland, MO) was chair of the International Atomic Energy Agency. This opportunity helps these students to build their skills in facilitation of debate, rules of order, and conflict resolution.

JCCC Model united Nations team Win awards at the
2008 Mid-West Model United Nations conference St. Louis MO.

The JCCC Model United Nations team won three Outstanding Delegation awards for its portrayal of Cuba and Peru at the 2008 Mid-West Model United Nations Conference St. Louis February 13-16, 2008. This accomplishment is attributable to the teams head delegate Trent Brining (Overland Park, KS) for his work representing Cuba’s policy positions before the Economic and Social Council (ESOSOC). The issues before ESOSOC included the “Information and Communication Technologies and Development, Protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, and Promoting access to freshwater.”
In addition, the team won two Honorable Mention awards. An Honorable Mention award went to team captain Jared Hedge (Atwood, KS) for his portrayal of Peru’s policy position on the Security Council regarding “The situation in Afghanistan” The second Honorable Mention award went to Jason Beury (Lawrence, KS) for his portrayal of Cuba’s policy position on the “Implementation of the Convention on the Prohibition of the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of anti-personnel mines and on their destruction.”

One of only two community colleges, twelve JCCC students competed with students from over 100 other Universities and Colleges from across North America (for example, DePaul University, Univ. of Illinois, Univ. of Missouri, Univ. of Nebraska, Univ. of Wisconsin). Besides, Jason Beury, Trent Brining, Jared Hedge, the JCCC teams success is attributed to team co-captain Norman DeCelles (Lawrence, KS), Danny Eakins (Stilwell, KS), Nida Fatima (Overland Park, KS), Lois Grimshaw (Olathe KS), Haena Kahng (Lawrence, KS), Kelly Parry (Olathe, KS), Jamie Mills (Leavenworth, KS), team co-captain Brandy Schmitz (Olathe, KS).
In addition, JCCC team members worked as staff for the Mid-West Model United Nations conference. Brandon Bezner (Overland Park, KS) was the Chair of the General Assembly Second Committee: Economic and Financial, and Brian White (Lenexa, KS) was co-chair of the Human Rights Council.

These Mid-West Model United Nations conference awards cap over two years of success for JCCC, during which the team has won awards at all of the last nine conferences they have attended. The JCCC Model United Nations team recently dedicated the JCCC Model U.N. honors wall and received a one-time Special Recognition award for its outstanding performance during the last academic year presented by the United Nations Association, Greater Kansas City Chapter, at the University of Missouri-Kansas City on October 24, 2007.

The JCCC Model UN team will next attend the National Model United Nations and Leadership Conference in New York held at the United Nations March 16-21, 2008 where they will represent the country of Laos. In addition, JCCC and Wichita State University (WSU) will be representing the Philippines in New York as part of a combined delegation. This conference is an exceptional educational opportunity for JCCC students and a chance to highlight the school’s academic excellence.

Johnson county community college Win Awards at the American Model United Nations Conference chicago il.

The Johnson County Community College (JCCC) Model United Nations team is pleased to announce receiving an Outstand Delegation Award for its portrayal of New Zealand at the American Model United Nations International Conference (AMUN) in Chicago IL. Nov 17-20, 2007. In addition, the team also received Certificates of Accomplishments for representing both the countries of New Zealand and the Ukraine.

Sixteen JCCC students competed with other colleges and universities from across North America. In particular Jared Hedge (from Atwood KS) played a key roll in the team’s success. Jared represented New Zealand on the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific and received exceptional scores for global dialogue, diplomacy and multilateral negotiations. Jared received these top scores representing New Zealand position on the following topics: Topic 1: Poverty and Development: Housing for the Urban Poor, Topic 2: Environment and Sustainable Development: Water Conservation

In addition to Jared, the team was lead by Jenn Edmonds (team President) Gardner KS, Norman Decelles team Executive Vice President from Lawrence KS, Brandy Schmitz team Vice President of Model United Nations from Olathe KS, Sara Ash from Overland Park KS (formerly Pea Ridge AR), Calvin Baumgarten from Kansas City KS, Amy Pepper Cheney KS, Jerome Berndt Berlin Germany, Viktoryia Schnose resides Lenexa KS (formerly from Minsk Belarus), Stephanie Goings from Lawrence KS, Brian White from Lenexa KS, Joe DeNoon Gardner KS, Trent Brining, Overland Park KS, Nida Fatima Overland Park KS, Lois Grimshaw Olathe KS, Wesley Barnes Lawrence KS, The team advisor is Dr. Brian Wright of JCCC (resides in Warrensburg MO).

Johnson County Community College Wins Award National Model United Nations Conference in Washington DC

The Johnson County Community College (JCCC) Model United Nations team is pleased to announce that it won an Honorable Mention Award for their portrayal of the Ukraine at the National Model United Nations Conference (NMUN DC) in Washington DC, April 1-4, 2007. Twelve JCCC students competed with other colleges and universities from across North America, Europe, and Asia. “It was a wonderful learning experience and I look forward to continuing to improve over the next year,” said JCCC student Norman Decelles, of Lawrence , KS. In addition to Mr. Decelles team Vice President, the JCCC team members are: Jean Edmonds (team President) from Gardner KS, from Lawrence KS, Brandy Schmitz Olathe KS (team Vice President), Calvin Baumgarten from Kansas City KS, Amy Pepper Cheney KS, Jerome Berndt Berlin Germany, Viktoryia Schnose Overland Park KS, Mick Larson Overland Park KS, Stephanie Goings from Lawrence KS, Brian White from Lenexa KS, and Joe DeNoon Gardner KS. The team advisor is Dr. Brian Wright of JCCC.

This NMUN DC is award caps two years of success for JCCC, during which the team has won awards at the last six conferences they have attended. The JCCC Model United Nations team recently dedicated of the JCCC Model U.N. honors wall and received a one-time Special Recognition award for its outstanding performance during the last academic year presented by the United Nations Association, Greater Kansas City Chapter, at the University of Missouri-Kansas City on October 24, 2007.

Johnson county community college and Wichita state University Model united Nations combined team Wins
Awards at the National Model United nations conference

The Johnson County Community College (JCCC) Model United Nations team is pleased to announce that it won an Outstanding Delegation Award and an Outstanding Position Paper Award for its portrayal of France at the National Model United Nations Conference (NMUN) in New York City, March 18-22, 2007. Twenty two JCCC students, in a combined delegation with nine students from Wichita State University (WSU), competed with other colleges and universities from across North America, Europe and Asia. “This is a team award, and it would not have been possible without the best efforts of every member of the team,” said JCCC student Kaori Wakabayashi, of Eudora, KS. In addition to Miss Wakabayashi, the JCCC team members are: Brandon Bezner (team co-captain) from Overland Park KS, Christine Traner, (team co-captain) from Lawrence KS, John Thompson from Gardner KS, Calvin Baumgarten from Kansas City KS, Mike Fields from Olathe KS, Siu-Onn Chak from Olathe KS, Samantha Poetter from Paola KS, Alex Kahn from Kansas City MO, Betsy McLeod from Overland Park KS, Thomas Waldorf from Overland Park KS, Stephanie Goings from Shawnee KS, Robert Peckham from Lenexa KS, Nick Sanders from Lawrence KS, Brian White from Lenexa KS, Mick Larson from Olathe KS, Christina Hentzen Kansas City MO, Justin Anderson from Kansas City Mo, Rachel Young from Overland Park KS, David Willis from Cleveland MO, and Sofya Galich from Kansas City MO. The Wichita State team members are: Jonathan Dravis, Lizzie Bernhart, Matt Goad, Deronda Aiken, Matt Long, Nadine Sauerwein, Brittany Stiffler, Marcus Hedrick and Brandon Hottman. The team advisors are Dr. Brian Wright of JCCC and Dr. Carolyn Shaw of WSU.

This is the first time that either the JCCC or WSU Model UN team has won an Outstanding Delegation award at NMUN. This NMUN award caps two years of success for JCCC, during which the team has won awards at the last six conferences they have attended. “We are proud that JCCC has become known on the national collegiate Model United Nations circuit as a consistently award-winning team that can compete with prestigious universities from around the world,” said team co-captain Christine Traner. Former JCCC Model UN faculty advisor, George Belzer adds that “this is a wonderful achievement and places JCCC among the very best Model UN programs in the country. It also completes a sweep for the school year with this JCCC team having won similar awards at American Model UN in Chicago and Mid-West Model UN in St. Louis. I am so proud of the team.”

Model United Nations allows students to understand the international issues at the United Nations while building skills in public speaking and diplomacy. More than 1800 students participated in the conference, proposing resolutions and writing reports dealing with world issues. The issues discussed range from the Impact of Climate Change on Water Resources, to Bolstering Regional Macroeconomic Coordination, to Protecting Human Rights in Darfur. The conference helps students to further understand global issues and international relations, in a forum that allows them to discuss global concerns in an atmosphere that is similar to that of the United Nations. Student Stephanie Goings said of the conference, “This experience at NMUN has been an educational and eye-opening experience, allowing the JCCC team to bond together and cooperate to achieve the highest accolades possible.”

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. The Johnson County Community College Model United Nations team won three Outstanding Delegation awards for its portrayal of Greece and Tanzania at the 2007 Midwest Model United Nations Conference Feb. 21-24 in St. Louis.

Sixteen JCCC students competed against other universities and colleges from across North and South America. The JCCC U.N. team is comprised of Justin Anderson, Kansas City, Mo., Brandon Bezner, Overland Park, and Stephanie Goings, Shawnee, KS, captains; and Siu-Onn Chak, Olathe, Mike Fields, Overland Park, Christina Hentzen, Kansas City, Mo., Morgan Honnold, Kansas City, Mo., Alex Khan, Kansas City, Mo., Betsy Mcleod, Lawrence, Belinda Penaloza, Olathe, Samantha Poetter, Paola, Nick Sanders, Lawrence, John Thompson, Overland Park, Kaori Wakabayashi, Eurdora, Tommy Waldorf, Overland Park, Brian White, Overland Park, and team adviser Brian Wright Warrensburg, Mo. Wright is a member of the board of directors of the Midwest Model United Nations Conference.

In addition to the Outstanding Delegation awards, the team won two honorable mention awards. Honorable mention awards went to Anderson for his portrayal of Tanzania¹s position on the Economic and Social Council regarding the issues of International Action against Money Laundering & International Cooperation towards Employment and Decent Work for people.²

The second honorable mention award went to Hentzen for her portrayal of Tanzania¹s position on regarding the issues of the ³International Action towards the Development and Promotion of Sustainable Energy, Role of Information and Communication Technologies in Educational Programs, and Role of Education in Preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS.²

The Johnson County Community College Model United Nations team won an Outstanding Delegation award for its portrayal of Spain and Portugal Nov. 18-21 at the 2006 American Model United Nations.
Representing Spain were Brandon Bezner, vice president, Overland Park; Nicholas Decamp, Merriam; Morgan Honnold, Kansas City, Mo.; Barry Hersh, Lenexa; Robert Peckham, Lenexa; Jon Roby, Overland Park; Christine Traner, vice president, Lawrence; Thomas Waldorf, Overland Park; and Rachel Young, president, Leawood. Representing Portugal were Calvin Baumgarten, Olathe; Estefania Bruzzone, Lenexa; Christina Hentzen, Kansas City, Mo.; J.D. Rowe, Overland Park; David Smith, Lawrence; Katie Taloney, Overland Park; and Kaori Wakabayashi, Eudora.

The JCCC Model United Nations team won an Outstanding Position Paper award for their 12 position papers presented at the 2006 National Model United Nations Conference New York City April 11-15, 2006.
Eighteen JCCC students competed for the award against 300+ other Universities and Colleges from across North, South America and the world. JCCC team’s success is attributed to Robert Peckham (team captain), Christine Traner (team co-captain), Brandon Bezner (team co-captain), David Willis, Jessica Bergman, Rachel Young, Mick Larson, Nick Decamp, John Daniel Rowe, Purnell Kenn Yancy, Leanne Arnold, Desiree Schumacher, Kara Fleming, Kim Heath, Jill Smith, Maureen Coulterand, Tommy Waldorf, and Dr. Brian Wright (team advisor).

See NMUN Conference program for all the schools attending http://www.nmun.org/06_downloads/2006%20nmun%20program.pdf

 The JCCC Model United Nations team won an Outstanding Delegation award for its portrayal of France at the 2006 Mid-West Model United Nations Conference St. Louis February 22-25, 2006.
In addition, the team won three Honorable Mention awards. The Honorable Mention awards went to Jessica Bergman and John Daniel Rowe for their portrayal of France’s position on the General Assembly First Committee regarding the issues of “The problem of regional nuclear disarmament” and “The role of the UN in compliance verification.” The second Honorable Mention award went to Roger Larson, John Lee, Purnell Kenn Yancy,and Nick Decamp for their portrayal of France’s position on Economic and Social Council regarding the issues of the “Evaluation of ECOSOC for the purpose reform,” “Facilitating development and reconstruction efforts following natural disasters,” and the “Protection of human rights in combating terrorism.” The last Honorable Mention award went to Justin Hunt and Calvin Baumgarten for their portrayal of France’s position on the General Assembly Fourth committee regarding the issues of “Required review of Peacekeeping operations,” and the “Application of the Geneva Convention to occupied Israeli territory.”

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