43rd Annual LHU Model United Nations High School Program

Lock Haven, PA – Lock Haven University will host the 43rd annual Model United Nations for area high school students on April 3rd and 4th this year. The program is a two-day simulation wherein delegations representing over one hundred member countries of the United Nations draft and debate resolutions on contemporary international issues. High schools bring from three to twenty delegations to the Model UN.   Central Mountain High School, Bucktail High School, Jersey Shore High School, Bellefonte High School, Bald Eagle Area High School, Williamsport Area High School, and the Sugar Valley Rural Charter School are among the regular participants.

WHAT:          43rd Annual Model United Nations High School Program

WHEN:          April 3rd and 4th, 2014

WHERE:       Lock Haven University

WHO:             Dr. Andrew Musila, (570) 484.2491

This year delegates will debate draft resolutions on three themes: the role of the UN in the promotion of the welfare of children, reforming the structure of the UN, the role of the UN’s in the hotspots of Winter/spring 2014.      

The LHU Model United Nations program takes no position on what role---if any--the UN should play in the world. It is up to the high school delegates to research international issues, to debate them, and to vote on them in the General Assembly sessions of the Model United Nations.

“Model UN provides an opportunity for participating high school students to investigate and interrogate history, politics, economics, cultures/societies, and geography in the context of real global evils,” says Dr. Andrew Musila, the current director of the program.

According to Dr. Lawrence T. Farley, former program director, “the parliamentary nature of the Model UN helps the student participants to become more comfortable with official gatherings--such as city council and school board meetings. They become more assertive as citizens because of their experience at our Model UN. The student delegates see that orderly and courteous debate is an important learning process and is central to being an effective citizen.”

The Model United Nations program was started by Dr. Jorge Mottet, a professor in the history department and later a Director of International Education at LHU. Dr. Farley took over the program when he arrived at LHU in 1979 directed the program for nearly three decades.   The program is currently directed by Dr. Musila. Over the years over 14,100 area high school students have participated. It is the largest of the high school outreach programs operated by LHU. The conference is open to the LHU community and all stakeholders.

For more information, please contact Dr, Andrew Musila at (570) 484.2491.

Lock Haven University is a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the largest provider of higher education in the commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 250 degree and certificate programs in more than 120 areas of study. Nearly 405,000 system alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.