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UN Simulation Course Offered This Month

This month, the International Studies Program and Politics Department will offer a United Nations Security Council simulation course that includes several guest speakers and a trip to the United Nations. The intersession course, PO127/IL 197 United Nations Security Council Crisis Simulation: Protection of Civilians, will be taught by Dr. Janie Leatherman, Professor of Politics and International Studies. The course dates are May 20-22, 26, and 27, 2015.

Dr. Janie Leatherman, Professor of Politics and International Studies
Dr. Janie Leatherman, Professor of Politics and International Studies

According to the course description, students will understand the policies and procedures of the UN Security Council through a simulation that focuses on the Protection of Civilians (POC), a key UN terminology used in human security issues. Dr. Leatherman, project director of the Teagle Foundation-funded project, The Examination of Enduring Questions through Humanitarian Education, has partnered with Fairfield’s Jesuit Universities Humanitarian Action Network (JUHAN) chapter, led by Julie Mughal, Assistant Director of the Center for Faith and Public Life, to recruit a list of prominent guest speakers for the intersession course.

One special guest will be Loraine Sievers, former Chief of the UN Security Council Secretariat Branch. Ms. Sievers is the co-author of The Procedure of the UN Security Council. Other prominent guests include Aurélie Proust from the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping, Dale Buscher from the Women’s Refugee Commission, Stéphane Bonamy from the International Committee of the Red Cross, Gary Shayes, Senior Director of Humanitarian Operations with Save the Children, and Fr. Rick Ryscavage, Professor of Sociology and director of Fairfield’s Center for Faith and Public Life.

The course will count as a theory elective for International Studies and International Business majors. If you would like one of the remaining seats, contact Dr. Leatherman at jleatherman@fairfield.edu.

IL and Proud!

Sam Olyaei '11 and Sharon Pedrosa '13 conversing with current IL students.
Sam Olyaei ’11 and Sharon Pedrosa ’13 conversing with current IL students during an alumni panel on April 20, 2015.

Yesterday, about a dozen International Studies and International Business students were a captivated audience in Faber Hall Commons for an alumni panel held on a soggy Monday evening. The IL Program collaborated with the Career Planning Center and the Dolan School of Business, to host some gainfully employed Fairfield alumni with degrees in International Business or International Studies. The panel included Chris Tsombanos ’09 (International Business), a consultant at Advantage Communications Group, Amanda Marano ’02 (International Business), a senior account director with  Bloomberg Media, Sharon Pedrosa ’13, a community support worker with The Child & Family Guidance Center, and Sam Olyaei ’11,  a research specialist with Gartner.

The evening capped a yearlong push to focus IL programming on alumni engagement and career development. During the year, an additional five IL alumni were invited back to campus to share postgraduate successes. A few weeks ago, students had an opportunity to meet Victor Izquierdo ’03 (International Studies), a program manager with the Greenwich-based NGO, Friendship Ambassadors Foundation. A snowstorm prevented Sanja Davidovic ’09 (International Studies), who works with AmeriCares, from returning to campus back in January, but she has helped mentor some of our majors through recent internships.

Kelsey Greelish '12 sharing her experiences from Morocco with students.
Kelsey Greelish ’12 sharing her experiences from Morocco with students on October 20, 2014.

Last semester, our students had the opportunity to meet Kelsey Greelish ’12 (International Studies) who had just returned from a two-year Peace Corps stint in Morocco. Samantha Bremer ’12 (International Studies), from IICONN and Alexandra Luna ’05 (International Business), from Fisher International,  visited campus back in September. It was a privilege to host so many successful alumni during the academic year.  Some programs were more well-attended than others, but these events illustrated that our International Studies and International Business graduates were busy making their imprint in the world!

IL Major to Receive MLK Vision Award

Nicole Davidow '15
Nicole Davidow ’15

Nicole Davidow ’15, an International Studies and Philosophy double major, will be the student recipient of the 2015 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Vision Award at the 2015 MLK Convocation, set for Wednesday, February 4 at 7pm in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. Nicole is recognized as both an outstanding student and a well-respected student leader on campus. When she’s not studying, you can find her in the Center for Faith and Public Life, participating in the JUHAN program or down in the Egan Chapel, serving Campus Ministry.  She’s also found time to support Catholic Relief Services as a student ambassador.

Over the years, several International Studies majors have received this award, which honors students, faculty, and staff, whose lives have reflected Dr. King’s vision for American society. Past winners from International Studies include Chrystie Cruz ’06, Ashley Toombs ’07, and Sharon Pedrosa ’13.

This year’s Convocation speaker will be Dr. Clarence B. Jones, who was a political advisor, counsel, and draft speechwriter for Dr. King. To learn more about Dr. Jones and the 2015 MLK Convocation go here.