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IL Major Leads Model UN Conference

On Friday, November 14, the Fairfield University Model United Nations club hosted its 11th Annual High School Conference on campus. The key organizer for the event was Natalie Beauparlant ’16, an International Studies major with minors in Politics and English-Professional Writing. Natalie organized a group of students from the College of Arts and Sciences and Dolan School of Business to host nearly more than 160 students from 11 high schools in New York and Connecticut.

Dennis King, senior director of program funding strategy at Save the Children addresses students during the HS conference opening ceremony.
Dennis King, senior director of program funding strategy at Save the Children addresses students during the HS conference opening ceremony.

The committee topics focused on the Russia-Ukraine conflict, child trafficking in India, UN environmental policy, and crisis in Egypt. Fairfield Model UN students spent part of their summer developing simulations that were later shared with participating schools in preparation of the conference.

The opening ceremony for conference was highlighted with two dynamic guest speakers. Dr. Suzanna Klaf, director of Fairfield’s Center for Academic Excellence welcomed students and teachers on behalf of the University. Mr. Dennis King, senior director of program funding strategy at Save the Children. General feedback from the schools was very positive. At least one school’s community – Mount Vernon – celebrated the conference with an article in their local paper.

For more information about the Model UN club, check out their Web page or visit their Org Sync page.

International Studies? Hmmm…..

As the advising period for registration rolls around, it’s a good time to highlight recent advising activities from the International Studies Program. Last month (September 23), we had a pizza night in our office lounge for undecided students to learn about our majors and meet some of our interesting faculty. We had such good turnout that we almost ran out of seats!

IL faculty meet with undecided students to discuss the IL & IB majors.
IL faculty meet with undecided students to discuss the IL and IB majors on Tuesday, September 23 in the IL office.

Earlier this week (October 27), we had a second pizza night for current majors, minors, and all other interested students who wanted to learn more about the IL Program (Yes, we are a program, not a department). We had a few more available seats, but the turnout was still pretty good. Dr. Terry-Ann Jones and this fabulous blogger gave a quick, but packed overview of our majors in International Studies and International Business.

Here’s a key takeaway from these activities: Students are interested in our majors AND they like pizza! Who can blame them? Perhaps you missed out on the latter, but there are still plenty of opportunities to learn about our majors. Of course, you can browse the Web, via this blog, but you can also meet us face-to-face by visiting our offices in Donnarumma Hall Room 251 or visiting the following link to get more contact info about faculty. Either way, we’re here to meet you and dish on what keeps the IL Program running strong! Happy Spring Registration!

Prestigious Graduate School Recruits IL Majors

Michael Rizzi (right), Director of Student Services at GSPIA speaks with Charles Harm '15 & Cath Borgman, Director of Fairfield's Career Planning Center.
Michael Rizzi (right), Director of Student Services at GSPIA speaks with Charles Harm ’15 & Cath Borgman, Director of Fairfield’s Career Planning Center.

On Tuesday, September 16, a small group of intrigued International Studies majors had lunch with Mr. Michael Rizzi, Director of Student Services at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA). GSPIA is a member school in the prestigious Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs. Mr. Rizzi came to Fairfield on a strong recommendation from Laura Barry ’09, a recent graduate of GSPIA.

Mr. Rizzi highlighted the comparative advantages of GSPIA, including its location in the city of Pittsburgh, recognized by The Economist as the most livable city in the U.S. and 30th most livable city in the world. He added that the cost of living for GSPIA students was far more attractive in comparison to graduate students pursuing international affairs/international relations degrees in the New York and Washington, D.C Metro areas.