KSU’s Model Arab League brings home top honors from regional competition

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (March 20‚ 2007) — Kennesaw State University’s Model Arab League won eight awards for…

Georgia (Mar 20, 2007) — KSU’s Model Arab League brings home top honors from regional competition

Bethany Nall


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Frances Weyand Harrison

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KENNESAW‚ Ga. (March 20‚ 2007) — Kennesaw State University’s Model Arab League won eight awards for outstanding performance at the Southern Regional Conference at Converse College in Spartanburg‚ S.C.‚ March 16−18. The team brought home seven individual Outstanding Delegate Awards‚ as well as one of just three Outstanding Delegation Awards (see below for a list of winners).

KSU’s Model Arab League represented Libya in the three−day competition‚ displaying debating‚ speaking and negotiating skills. Chelsea MacGregor−Whyte served as team captain‚ and Tracey Brown was head delegate.

Linda Morrisson‚ faculty adviser to the team‚ said the competition is intense and takes much preparation; the students spend one year studying the foreign policy of a region.

“The MAL team meets for several hours every Sunday‚ beginning in September and ending in April‚” Morrisson said. “In the practice sessions‚ students learn about mock debates‚ information exchange and parliamentary procedures.”

Winner of last year’s national competition‚ the KSU team hopes to repeat its performance in the upcoming National Model Arab League simulation in Washington‚ D.C.‚ March 29−April 2.

KSU’s Model Arab League operates under the Department of Political Science and International Affairs’ Global Society‚ which also serves as the umbrella organization for the Model United Nations and the Model Organization of African Unity.

For more information on the Model Arab League program‚ administered by the National Council on U.S.−Arab Relations‚ visit www.ncusar.org.

KSU’s winners of the Outstanding Delegate Awards are:

• Joint Defense Council: Ryan Harris and Abdullah Burgeba
• Council on Palestinian Affairs: Ian Weise and Jamie Witter
• Council of Arab Social Ministers: Dortul Sidor and Jeremy Butler
• Council on Political Affairs: Stephen Valdes and Rebecca Gallegos
• Council of Environmental Affairs: Brian Parker and Sofia Lipko
• Council of Arab Economic Affairs Ministers: Kirk Truscott and Ouafae Azhari
• Arab Court of Justice: Jonathan Edman

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