The State University of New York at New Paltz hosted the annual SUNY Model European Union April 14-16. This is a transatlantic collegiate simulation that brings together more than 150 students and faculty from across the SUNY system and its European partner campuses.
Associate Professor Kathleen Dowley (Political Science and International Relations) has been the director of the Model EU for the past four years.
Fifteen New Paltz students participated in the 2011 Model EU, including seniors Aruba Iqbal, ’11 (Political Science and International Relations) playing EU Council President; Herman von Rompuy ’11 (Political Science and International Relations) and Kimberly Juszczak ’11 (Political Science), playing EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Catherine Ashton. Each student chaired council sessions.
SUNY Model EU is an event funded by the SUNY Office of Global Affairs with campus support from the Student Association, Center for International Programs, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and Campus Auxiliary Services. Students held animated debates on current global issues, including the EU response to the crisis in North Africa, the current financial crisis in the Eurozone and the enlargement of the European Union.
Next year, SUNY Model EU will be held at the University of Exeter in England during January intersession, January 5-8, 2012.
Interested students should contact Professor Dowley at email@example.com and visit the website at http://www.newpaltz.edu/polisci_intlrela/meu.html.