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Model UN

  •  Model UN

    Secretary General Letter

    I hope the end of your academic year finds you well. On behalf of Gannon University's College of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences (CHESS), I have the honor to invite representatives of your school to participate in Gannon University's 67th annual Gannon University Model United Nations Conference (GUMUNC). This year GUMUNC will take place November 8th and 9th, 2019 on our illustrious campus.

    The conference is sponsored by the newly instituted School of Public Service and Global Affairs (PSGA). Last November, over four hundred students, from across the tristate area, filed into various committees to debate some of the most pressing issues of our world. In doing so, students were able to represent foreign governments in a United Nations gaming simulation. With your delegates attending, I am sure we will continue to uphold our tradition of intellectual excellence.

    This program offers high school students a unique opportunity to actively participate in debate concerning critical, global issues that are currently being encountered in international politics. Each participating delegation represents a country, and students represent their respective country's disposition in several different committees with the goal of drafting recommendations on the issues. Through this simulation, students gain a greater understanding of the actual legislative process of the United Nations as well as a new perspective on world issues.

    While we are proud to honor our long-standing tradition of academic excellence, we are excited to announce several changes this year. GUMUNC will be deviating from its typical committee format of six five General Assemblies, an Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Security Council, and Historical Security Council. To align with other conferences, we will be offering two exciting new options for delegates to debate: an Arab League and Special Committee: Nuremburg- Foundations of Humanity. Unfortunately, due to logistical obstacles this means we will only be offering four General Assemblies, and the matters of the Economics and Social Council will not be debated this year.

    Furthermore, we have changed how countries are assigned to each school. No longer will a school represent the same country in each committee. Instead, schools are randomly assigned relevant countries in each committee. This change was made to allow greater freedom in selecting diverse committees, encourage diverse learning opportunities for delegates, ensure all relevant voices are heard on given topics, and be in line with the practices of other conferences. If you have attended our conference before, you know this will have several ramifications. Overall school awards are now being substituted for overall delegation awards ensuring that no individual school can be awarded both first and second place. Special consideration will be made for schools unable to fill delegations in every committee or when committees do not have enough slots for all schools to participate.

    While some current country assignments are currently filled, so long as registration is open more assignments can be given. The number of slots schools are assigned per committee is determined by the historical number of delegates brought by that school, or the predicted number of students attending for that school. Should your school require more, or fewer, assignments please let me know as soon as possible. Prior to requesting more assignments, please make sure all current assignments are filled.

    We encourage that delegates write a position paper for their topic, we will be awarding the best, and second best, position paper. But, the award will now be awarded to individuals instead of the school. Hopefully this will encourage more students to conduct more research and submit a position paper. Further notes on position papers can be found under the respective tab.

    Moreover, we will be limiting the number of delegates able to be in a delegation. Delegations will be limited to a maximum of two students. In doing so we can guarantee that a larger quorum can be held, and that a more diverse list of countries can be represented.

    If you have any questions about our conference or the changes made, please feel free to contact me. We look forward to hearing from you soon.


    Randall W. Sutter
    Secretary General
    67th Gannon University Model United Nations Conference (GUMUNC)
    (814)-871-7536 (Model UN Office); (814)-566-1993 (cell)

    What is MUN

    Founded to promote an understanding of the complex problems of international affairs as well as the purposes and functions of the United Nations, the Gannon Model U.N. will draw together some 500 students representing approximately 40 high schools in the tri-state area. For those who have never participated in such a conference, the Model U.N. offers a challenging education in the dealings among nations.

    In the spring or early fall, delegations are assigned country designations and encouraged to begin to study the issues which will be under consideration at the forthcoming assembly. As much as possible, the students are to learn the viewpoint of the government they are assigned to represent, and are to attempt to speak and vote according to the interests of that country.

    During the fall the member delegations meet in regional blocs, corresponding to geographic and ideological groupings within the United Nations itself, to begin to debate the issues and to formulate strategies for the General Assembly. Gannon advisors may attend these block meetings to assist their organization.

    About Us

    Father Joseph J. Barr, Ph. D., then chairman of Gannon College's political science department, founded the Model United Nations. The International Relations Club originated the concept of Model United Nations at what was then known as Gannon College. Eleven high schools in the Erie area participated in the event. In March of 1954, the IRC held the first Model United Nations conference for high school students in the Erie area. Since then the conference grew to include more than 800 students from 50 high schools in the tri-state area and Canada. Having been founded in 1954, it is believed that our conference is the second oldest in the nation, after Berkeley. But we are the oldest, consecutively run conference in the world!

    Father Barr believed that the U.N. could bring us closer to world unity if every person has faith. For Father Barr, the Model United Nations had two purposes. First, the Model U.N. should give students the opportunity to learn more about world problems, and in particular, to see the different viewpoints and positions which are at work in the United Nations. Second, it should provide experience in organization, leadership, and debate as well as bring together college and high school students to work as a team.

    As participation increased, the Model assembly was divided into regional blocs beginning in 1958. In 1967, a model Security Council was added to the conference. In 1995, a model Economic and Social Council was added. Also, as the attendance grew, the agenda was expanded to include more topics of worldwide interest.

    Father Barr stepped down as General Moderator in 1968. He left his project in the hands of Dr. James Brasfield, who moderated in the 16th and 17th sessions. In 1969, Dr. Gregor Reinhard took over the responsibility of General Moderator for Gannon's Model United Nations. Dr. Reinhard served as the General Moderator until 1996 when he was appointed Dean of the College of Humanities, Business, and Education. Mr. Paul Foust was named to replace Dr. Reinhard for the 45th annual Gannon Model United Nations. Dr. Anjali Sahay, associate professor of Gannon's political science program, is currently serving as General Moderator.

    Past Model United Nations Secretaries-General 

    • 1954       Mr. Jude Shanahan
    • 1955       Mr. John Noble
    • 1956       Mr. Richard Bliley
    • 1957       Mr. Jerome M. Pelkowski
    • 1958       Mr. Ralph F. Husband
    • 1959       Mr. Bernard Kolasa, Ph.D.
    • 1960       Mr. Gordon Kennedy
    • 1961       Mr. Clifford P. Kirsch, Ph.D.
    • 1962       Mr. Clifford P. Kirsch, Ph.D.
    • 1963       Mr. Robert Donegan
    • 1964       Mr. Edward Miller
    • 1965       Mr. David Kozak, Ph.D.
    • 1966       Mr. Ernest J. Romito
    • 1967       Mr. Kenneth Susmarski
    • 1968       Atty. James A. Lewis
    • 1969       Atty. Andrew Meko
    • 1970       Atty. John D. Gibson
    • 1971       Ms. Valli A. Ruggerio (Kempf),
    • 1972       Rev. Stephen E. Krivonak III
    • 1973       Mr. Stephen R. Smith
    • 1974       Mr. Charles M. Taft, Jr.
    • 1975       Atty. Deborah A. Dubik
    • 1976       Mr. R. D. Hockensmith, M.A.
    • 1977       Ms. Therese Neidenberger
                        (Maskulka), Ph.D.
    • 1978       Mr. John A. Wells, M.P.A.
    • 1979       Atty. Diane E. Adkins
    • 1980       Atty. Kenneth Zielonis
    • 1981       Atty. Gwendolyn M. Ralph
    • 1982       Mr. Daniel A. Shreve
    • 1983       Ms. Shelly M. Lawrence
    • 1984       Mr. Christopher J. Ehrman
    • 1985       Ms. Lisa Meeder (Turnbull), M.A.
    • 1986       Ms. Bridget Chamberlain,
    • 1987       Ms. Barbara E. Smith
    • 1988       Atty. Jennifer L. Johnston
    • 1989       Atty. Bryan Shreckengost
    • 1990       Ms. Robin E. Coffey
    • 1991       Ms. Colleen Gildea
    • 1992       Ms. Rebecca R. Long
    • 1993       Ms. Michele-Marie Iarussi
    • 1994       Mr. David Benke
    • 1995       Ms. Michelle Kuklinski
    • 1996       Mr. Aaron Blakeslee
    • 1997       Mr. Aaron Blakeslee
    • 1998       Mr. Scott Jablonski
    • 1999       Mr. Scott Jablonski
    • 2000       Ms. Christine Rogala
    • 2001       Ms. Christine Wintemute
    • 2002       Ms. Christine Wintemute
    • 2003       Ms. Brittany Weber
    • 2004       Ms. Veronica Ostrosky
    • 2005       Mr. Christopher Soult
    • 2006       Ms. Rachel A. Maloney
    • 2007       Ms. Shannon S. Snook
    • 2008       Ms. Stephanie R. Fetzner
    • 2009       Ms. Andrea C. Carnicella
    • 2010       Ms. Rebecca M. Perry
    • 2011       Ms. Jessica A. Scouten
    • 2012       Ms. Devan M. Omahen
    • 2013       Mr. Jared D. Schaaf
    • 2014       Ms. Jennifer E. Amann
    • 2015       Mr. David Cimino
    • 2016       Katherine E. Greissinger
    • 2017       Donoven Chase
    • 2018       Muhammad Alsahlani

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