Regional High Schools Flock to Fairfield Model UN Conference

The Fairfield Model United Nations club hosted 166 high schools students for its ninth annual high school conference on Friday, November 16. Students came from 12 schools located in the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut Tri-state area. The International Studies program was well-represented at FUMUN IX by several outstanding students.

Allison Scheetz ’16

All five UN simulations were led by International Studies and International Business majors. Carolyn Kosewski ’14 (International Business) chaired a Human Rights Council session focused on the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Darfur, Sudan. Erin Wolfe ’14 (International Studies) led a simulation on genocide and the need for humanitarian action today. Chris Damon-Cronmiller ’13 (International Studies) chaired a committee on political situation in Libya. Gabe Sacco ’13 (International Studies) was the lead for a special session on human trafficking in the Balkans. Finally one of the newest members to the Model UN, Allison Scheetz ’16 (International Studies), did a fabulous job of leading the Fukushima disaster committee. She was a late replacement for Tom Dalo ’14, who served as co-Secretary General for last year’s conference with Lorena Gullotta ’14.

Amanda Lynch ’13 more than held her own as Secretary General for this year’s conference. She recruited all the chairs and the additional students that served as co-chairs or runners for the conference. Amanda also made sure two conference traditions continued: lunch in the cafeteria with Fairfield students and a guest speaker from the Faculty. This year’s speaker, Dr. Anne Campbell, came from the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions. Dr. Campbell is director of the TESOL & Bilingual Education program and Associate Professor of TESOL & Bilingual/Multicultural Education.

Plans for next year’s conference, the club’s 10th, will begin in early Spring 2013. If you are interested in participating, the Model UN holds meetings every Wednesday in BCC 202 at 7p.m. You can find pictures from this year’s conference here.

Busy, Busy, Busy!

Another semester is quickly approaching the Thanksgiving break. It it amazing how quickly the time passes. So much has happened in the last two months. Dr. Terry-Ann Jones is settling into her new role as director of the International Studies. The program held two gatherings, on September 5 and November 5, to give IL and IB majors an opportunity to ask questions related to the majors.

The program also sponsored a variety of programs to peak student interest including internship info sessions with Save the Children and the Montage Initiative. Faculty and staff have also been available to talk about research and student resources. In October, Dr. David Crawford and Ms. Ajsha Bajcinca were available to answer questions about anthropological research and study abroad, respectively. Dr. Janie Leatherman and the Associate Director of the IL program once again collaborated to supervise Fulbright applications from Fairfield. Last year, Fairfield had six applicants with three receiving awards. This fall, we had TWELVE applications thanks to support from Fairfield faculty and staff.

In the Spring, there will be more opportunities to have lunch with faculty and staff from diverse fields. We also plan to welcome additional guests from outside organization and institutions. Check out our Calendar of Events for more information.