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TCC Model United Nations receives award at national conference in New York City


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (May 22, 2014) – Tallahassee Community College Model United Nations, an internationally recognized academic team that participates in simulations of the United Nations around the world, recently participated in the National Model United Nations in New York City.  The conference hosted more than 350 colleges and universities from 149 countries that brought 5,250 graduate and undergraduate students. TCC MUN returned with one of the highest-level awards.

Students from TCC spent one week debating and negotiating with students representing universities such as the London School of Economics, American University at Cairo and Georgetown University. Topics included a broad range of international politics, such as the regulation of multinational corporations in free trade zones, human trafficking and the environmental implications of sustainable development.

The team received a Distinguished Delegation award for its representation of Israel.

The team was led by TCC students Katie Lilly, James Sellars and Leopold Merrick. Faculty advisers are Tom Waller, professor of sociology, and Richard Murgo, professor of political science. Murgo was also elected president of the National Model United Nations Board of Directors.

This year was a particularly special conference for the team, in that they were joined in New York by Jim Murdaugh, TCC president, as well as Barbara Sloan, provost and vice president for academic affairs. Both were impressed with the level and quality of work put forth by the TCC team.

“The TCC MUN students represent some of the brightest minds we have here at the College,” said Sloan. “I was deeply impressed with their hard work, their leadership and their poise in the face of stiff competition at the national conference. They represented themselves and the College with distinction, and I was proud to be a part of the experience. Their Distinguished Delegation recognition was certainly well deserved.”

Students interested in participating in TCC’s Model U.N. for the 2014-15 academic year should contact Richard Murgo at (850) 201-8145 or Thomas Waller at (850) 201-8159. Membership is open to all TCC students.

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