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ODU Model U.N. Completes Three Crisis Simulation Exercises

ODU Students at the 2010 VICS Conference in Charlottesville.

Participating in three conferences in as many weeks, the Old Dominion University Model United Nations Society established a powerful presence in the North American simulation world with unprecedented successes in Norfolk, Charlottesville and Chicago.

Crisis simulation is the biggest trend in university simulation competitions. The conferences often cover historical role playing, asking how history could be different, while others stress contemporary or future international politics. The emphasis throughout is on leadership and decision-making skills.

Unlike traditional model U.N. meetings, which mimic the meetings of the world's dominant international organization, crisis simulations allow students to develop decision-making skills in crisis situations as they test diplomatic and leadership skills negotiating in a simulated international crisis.

On March 18, the Model U.N. Society participated in the first Model NATO Crisis Simulation organized by NATO's Allied Command Transformation and ODU. The one-day event was chaired by Model U.N. Society President Tim Gorde and college conference coordinator Julian Lawson. They and other ODU students, including society members and students from the Graduate Program in International Studies, struggled with peaceful resolution of piracy, regional warfare and international pipeline issues.

Ten students traveled to the University of Virginia, March 25-28, to attend the Virginia International Crisis Simulation. The four-day event included cutting-edge simulations, ranging from U.S. Central Command to the Revolutionary Army of Colombia and the fall of the KGB in 1991. ODU junior Julian Lawson won an honorable mention award and Gorde received a verbal commendation.

(Pictured above - ODU students at the 2010 Virginia International Crisis Simulation conference, in Charlottesville. Left to right, first row: Hannah Lemoyne, Valeria Parodi, Valeria Numbela, Josefina Escobar. Second row: Christopher Watson, Charisse Hines, Julian Lawson, Thomas Wignall, Timothy Gorde. Not pictured: Meiko Medina.)

Thanks in part to a grant from the ODU Student Government Association, the Model U.N. Society sent for the first time six students to attend the University of Chicago Model United Nations Conference April 1-4. The event attracted 44 universities and some 500 delegates. Historical simulations were dominant, ranging from the Cherokee Nation to the Mexican Revolution. ODU seniors James Lomax and Justin Hogan won Outstanding Delegate awards.

For more information about ODU's Model U.N. Society, click here.

This article was posted on: April 8, 2010

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