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2006.03.02 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO to Host Model United Nations March 3-5

Omaha - The third annual Model United Nations (U.N.) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is set for Friday through Sunday, March 3-5, and will involve nine area high schools and two teams of home school students.  Members of Sigma Iota Rho, the UNO international studies major honor society, coordinate the event.

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

The Model U.N. is sponsored by the Qwest Global Education Fund and UNO/University Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) International Studies and Programs, in cooperation with the Metropolitan Omaha Educational Consortium.

Model U.N. activities kick off Friday, March 3, at 5:30 p.m. with registration and an introductory session.  Model U.N. work begins Saturday, March 4, at 10 a.m. in 438 Arts and Sciences Hall.  The Model U.N. reconvenes Sunday, March 5, at 10 a.m. in 438 Arts and Sciences Hall.

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

Participating high schools include Bellevue East, Bellevue West, Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson, Duchesne Academy, Elkhorn, Omaha Benson, Omaha Burke, Omaha Mercy and Papillion-LaVista South.  Fourteen home-schooled students will also be taking part, and a dozen high school foreign exchange students are involved with the event, as well.

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

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