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Baylor students win effectiveness award for problem-solving plan

Nov. 7, 1997

By Traci Stevenson

Reporter for The Baylor Lariat

Baylor students won the honorable mention award for team effectiveness on Saturday at the first Student Conference on International Affairs sponsored by the World Affairs Council of San Antonio.

The history and political science departments, the Program for International Education and the Latin American studies program sponsored a team of five Baylor students to attend the conference in San Antonio. At the conference, teams from 19 universities and colleges in Texas and one from the National Autonomous University of Mexico all represented a different state from the Organization of American States (OAS).

The teams focused on solving a crisis for the pretend state of El Troubolo. The Baylor team portrayed Costa Rica. According to Dr. Joan Supplee of the history and Latin American studies departments and team coach, the teams were presented with a problem and given a chance to create a solution. The teams then presented their ideas to the general assembly, which then voted on the resolution.

The problems the teams dealt with included disruption of trade, drug cartels, nuclear weapons, political turmoil, environmental problems, refugee issues and human rights violations.

'I think that Baylor was, in comparison to other schools, extrordinarily well-prepared, extremely professional,' Supplee said. 'They operated very well as a team. They studied their country and knew it well.'

Joan Breder, a Scottsdale, Ariz., senior; Marisa Montes, a Harlingen sophomore; Alejandro Salinas, an Eagle Pass senior; José Smith, a Madrid, Spain, graduate student and Angela Sustaita, a Waco senior, represented Baylor in the competition. Dr. Janet Adamski, political science professor, and Supplee coached the team throughout the conference.

'They were extremely competetive,' Supplee said. 'They went to win.'

The team received one of the two awards presented for exemplifying tremendous debating and diplomatic skills as they met with other teams during the mock general assembly.

According to the World Affairs Council of San Antonio's mission statement, their purpose 'is to promote public understanding of world affairs and United States foreign policy, and to enhance the ability of its citizens to participate in a global community.'

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