Friday, February 3, 2012

JCC Participates In Model European Union Simulation

             Several Jamestown Community College students examined the Eurozone crisis with students from the U.S. and Europe during the annual State University of New York Model European Union Simulation (SUNYMEU) held at Exeter University in Great Britain in January.
             The simulation, which also explored financial issues, cross border drug trafficking, and an EU military  task force, is sponsored by the SUNY Institute for European Union Studies and Simulations (IEUSS) and the SUNY Center for Global Affairs. JCC is represented on the IEUSS board of directors by associate professor of political science and global education coordinator Greg Rabb.
             SUNYMEU is the first and oldest EU simulation in the country and was established under the leadership of JCC’s political science department in 1988. It is the only transatlantic, student-run model European Union which sends American students to Europe in even years and brings European students to the U.S. in odd years. JCC continues to be the only community college participating in SUNYMEU.
             JCC represented the government of Sweden during the seven-day program. Representatives included Todd Parke of Olean as prime minister, Shawn Sprankle of Jamestown as foreign minister, Samantha Terry of Jamestown as economics and finance minister, Shawn Lawson of Jamestown as the Swedish ambassador to the EU, and Christina Cardinale and Shane Swann of Olean as members of the international press.
             The 25th anniversary of the simulation was also commemorated during the program at Exeter. “With such a wide array of exposure, advantages, information, and culture, the benefits (of SUNYMEU) are unquestionable,” said Rabb. “The conference brings students together from all over the world to unify them through hands-on learning and to help them create long-lasting relationships.”
             Parke received an award at the SUNYMEU closing banquet for his work as prime minister.
             JCC’s course on the EU simulation is taught via interactive television technology between the Jamestown and Cattaraugus County campuses.

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