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March 2, 2005
Contact: Jay Kimmel, (785) 979-7714, jkimmel@ku.edu.

KU sends first delegation to regional Model United Nations conference

LAWRENCE -- For the first time, the University of Kansas sent a six-member student delegation Feb. 23 through 26 to St. Louis to participate in the 45th annual Midwest Model United Nations regional conference.

At KU, Model United Nations is an organization in which student delegates take part in simulated U.N. sessions, engaging in research, negotiation and debate on international issues from the perspective of a foreign country.

The group was established in fall 2004, and this is the first Model U.N. conference it has attended. Eighty other schools, many with long histories in Model U.N., participated in the regional conference, including delegations from Arkansas, Indiana, Illinois, Florida, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.

For the St. Louis event, the KU student delegation represented Iran, discussing issues relating to economic and social development, terrorism, nuclear nonproliferation, Palestine and Hong Kong.

Three participants won awards for their presentations. Ashley Depenbusch, Hays junior in French and women's studies, and Zack Rabold, Omaha, Neb., junior in pre-law and political science, served together on the International Atomic Energy Agency committee and received an honorable mention, equivalent to third place out of 40 committee participants. Jay Kimmel, Wichita senior in economics, international studies and political science, received an honorable mention, equivalent to fourth place out of 75 committee participants, for serving on the economic and financial committee.

Kimmel served as head delegate for the KU Model U.N. group at the conference and is the organization's president. Catherine Weaver, assistant professor of political science, is faculty adviser. The organization's activities have been supported by funding from KU's Office of International Programs, Honors Program scholarships, Student Senate and private contributions.

Students, their hometowns, majors, parents' names, high schools attended and Model U.N. conference committees are:

ELLIS COUNTY
From Hays
Ashley Depenbusch, junior in French and women's studies, daughter of Alan and Jean Depenbusch; Hays High School; International Atomic Energy Agency committee -- Iranian Compliance with Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Safeguards.
Trenton Wilson, junior in philosophy, son of Wayne and Joyce Wilson; Hays High School; Special Political and Decolonization: Palestine and Hong Kong.

JOHNSON COUNTY
From Lenexa
Alison Kieler, junior in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, daughter of Angela Kieler; home-schooled; Special Political and Decolonization: Palestine and Hong Kong.

SEDGWICK COUNTY
From Wichita
Jay Kimmel, senior in economics, international studies and political science, son of John and Karen Kimmel; Wichita High School Southeast; Economic and Financial: New Partnership for African Development.

SHAWNEE COUNTY
From Topeka
Ryan Shumaker, sophomore in pre-business administration and psychology, son of Roger Shumaker; Washburn Rural High School; Social, Humanitarian and Cultural: Combating Extreme Poverty.

NEBRASKA
From Omaha
Zack Rabold, junior in pre-law and political science, son of Tracy Stanko; Millard North High School; International Atomic Energy Agency committee -- Iranian Compliance with Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Safeguards.

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