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2005.03.04 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO to Host Model United Nations Event March 4-6

Omaha - The second annual Model United Nations (U.N.) at the University Nebraska at Omaha  (UNO) is set for March 4-6 and will involve more than 70 students from seven area high schools.  Students in the UNO international studies major honor society, Sigma Iota Rho, coordinate the event.

"Teams of participants will represent countries from Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas, and will argue and debate a variety of UN resolutions," said Katie Tamisiea, the director of UNO's Model U.N. and a UNO student. "It should be a great experience for everyone involved."

The event is sponsored by the Qwest Global Education Fund and IS & P in cooperation with the Metropolitan Omaha Educational Consortium.

Model U.N. activities kick off Friday night, March 4, at 5:45 p.m. with registration and an introductory session.  Model U.N. work begins on Saturday morning, March 5, at 9:45 a.m., in Room 306 Arts and Sciences Hall. The day will conclude that evening with participants attending the UNO International Banquet in the Milo Bail Student Center as guests of IS & P.  The Model U.N. reconvenes on Sunday, March 6, at 9:45 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center's Dodge Room. 

A variety of international issues will be discussed during the event, and there may be surprises along the way as well, said Tamisea.

The high schools involved in the Model U.N. include Bellevue East, Bellevue West, Duchesne Academy, Omaha Burke, Millard West, Papillion-LaVista South and Ralston. The countries they will represent, in teams of two to four students each, include world hot spots like Afghanistan, Israel, North Korea and Rwanda.

For more information, call (402) 554-3502.  During the Model U.N., call (402) 690-3432.

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