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BAYLOR UNIVERSTIY MODEL ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES PROGRAM

WMOAS TEAM SPRING 2013 PRESS RELEASE Press Release for Baylor Model Organization of American States (MOAS)Team Baylor University's MOAS team shines at Washington Model Fifteen members of Baylor's MOAS team travelled to Washington, D.C. this past week to participate in the Washington Model Organization of American States (WMOAS) hosted by the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Institute for Diplomatic Dialogue. Thirty-two teams from the United States, Guatemala, Venezuela, Ecuador, Chile, and Argentina debated resolutions in five committees and worked through a crisis scenario that involved potential armed conflict between the United States and Venezuela. Baylor students also occupied four of the six top officer positions at the model: Senior Drew Vincent (International Studies major, Spanish minor from Mableton, GA) served as President and Chair of the General Committee; Senior Cody Brasher (International Studies major, Spanish minor from Moody, AL) chaired the Second Committee that handled hemispheric security matters; Junior Cristina Mendez (University Scholar, Brownsville, TX) chaired the Third Committee that dealt with development issues; and Senior Diane Draper (History major, Crowley, TX) chaired the Fourth Committee that handled budgetary issues. Additionally, Head Delegate Will Gregory (Junior, University Scholar, Kerrville, TX) was elected to serve as President for the 2014 WMOAS. Secretary General José Insulza addressed the opening session of the model and Baylor students also met with First Secretary Joy-Dee Davis Lake of the Antigua and Barbuda Mission to the OAS for a briefing on the country that Baylor represented. The First Secretary also vetted Baylor's resolutions and judged them to be well done and informed the team that she intended to present ideas that Baylor students Nicole McQuiston (Senior, History major, San Antonio, Texas) who developed a plan concerning use of Cloud backups for civil registry data and Co-Head Delegate Joan Stanton (Sophomore, Political Science, French major from Massapequa, NY) who wrote on responses to rising sea levels for small island states. Other team members included: Co-Head Delegate Sheila Gonzalez (Senior, Latin American Studies major and Anthropology minor from Roma, TX ), Rafael Deliz Aguirre (Senior, Biology major, Laredo, TX), Priscilla Escobedo (Junior, International Studies major, Irving, TX), Brian Ham (Junior, International Studies, O'Fallon, IL), Lauren Lee (Freshman, University Scholars, Olathe, KN), Pia Lawrence (Junior, sophomore, International Business and Finance major, Kennett, MO) and Aaron Fields (Sophomore International Studies, Little Rock, AK). Jillian Anderson (Junior, Journalism major, Houston, TX) served at the Public Information Officer. The team was coached by Dr. Joan E. Supplee, the Ralph L. and Bessie Mae Lynn Professor of History. For more information, please contact: Drew Vincent at: Drew_Vincent@baylor.edu Will Gregory at: Will_Gregory@baylor.edu Sheila Gonzalez at: Sheila_Gonzalez@baylor.edu Joan Supplee at: Joan_Supplee@baylor.edu

2013 WMOAS President Drew Vincent passing the gavel to 2014 WMOAS President Will Gregory

Passing the Gavel:Drew to Will

Baylor University's MOAS team on the steps of the OAS Building in Washington, D.C. March 30, 2013

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ESMOAS TEAM FALL 2012 PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

BAYLOR MOAS TEAM WELCOMES REGIONAL COMPETITION TO WACO This past weekend, November 8-10, 2012, the Baylor Model Organization of American States team hosted 180 delegates from universities in Texas, Louisiana, and Mexico. Students represented member states from the Organization of American States covering the hemisphere and presented and defended resolutions that covered issues as diverse as hemispheric unity, cyber security, universal citizen registration, alleviation of poverty and malnutrition and empowering youth. Dr. Wesley Null, Associate Vice-Provost for Undergraduate Education welcomed the delegates to campus. The Honorable Julie Connor, Diplomat in Residence at the University of Texas at Austin gave the keynote address on her experience as a diplomat in Latin America. She also served as a judge in this year's model and gave a presentation on the foreign service to interested students. Baylor University provided delegations representing the states of Guatemala and Chile. Ewan Hamilton-Short (sophomore, Business Fellow from Waco) was elected as president for the 2013 Model while Chilean Head Delegate Cristina Mendez, Head (junior, University Scholar from Brownsville) was elected Secretary General. She was also awarded as Distinguished Ambassador by the judges. In this year's model, Rob Bradfield (senior, Journalism major from Waco) served as president and chair of the General Committee. He was assisted by Alondra Pérez (freshman, International Studies major from Mexico) as rapporteur. Diane Draper (senior, International Studies major from Crowley) chaired the Secretariat for Finance and Administration Committee and was assisted by José Betancourt (sophomore, Health Science Studies from Alvin) as rapporteur. In addition to these positions, Baylor students also won individual awards for distinguished written resolutions for the following: Chilean Delegate Nicole McQuiston (senior, History major from San Antonio) in the Executive Secretariat for Integral Development and Chilean Delegate Angelica Peña (junior, International Studies from Pasadena, Texas). Chilean delegate Lauren Lee (freshman, University Scholars from Olathe, Kansas) won an outstanding individual award for her written resolution in the Secretariat for Political Affairs. The following students also won distinguished delegate awards: Chilean Delegate Nicole McQuiston (senior, History major from San Antonio) in the Executive Secretariat for Integral Development; Chilean Delegate Pia Lawrence (sophomore, International Business and Finance major from Kennett, Missouri) in the Secretariat for Multidimensional Security and Chilean Delegate Drew Vincent (senior, International Studies major from Mableton, Georgia) in the Secretariat for Political Affairs. Guatemalan Delegate Carlos Rodarte (junior, International Studies major from Quebec, Canada) won an outstanding delegate award in the Executive Secretariat for Integral Development. The judging panel awarded Baylor University both Distinguished (Chile) and Outstanding (Guatemala) awards for their position papers.. Other Chilean Delegation members included: Priscilla Escobedo (junior, International Studies major from Irving), Chicanya Njeh (junior, Psychology major from Tyler), and Rafael Deliz-Aguirre (senior, Biology major from Laredo). Other Guatemalan Delegation members included: Head Delegate Cody Brasher (senior, International Studies major from Moody, Alabama, Sandra Guillen (junior, Political Science major from Houston), Joan Stanton (sophomore, Political Science major from Massapequa, New York), Jillian Anderson (junior, Journalism major from Houston), Alex Pecoraro (junior, History major from Prosper), Aaron Fields (sophomore, International Studies from Little Rock, Arkansas) and Brian Ham (junior, International Studies from O'Fallon, Illinois). Dr. Joan E. Supplee from the Department of History trained the teams and was assisted by Katie Miles, Brady Winslow and Torie Jessen, graduate students in the Department of History. For more information please contact: Ewan Hamilton-Short ewan_hamilton-short@baylor.edu Cody Brasher cody_brasher@baylor.edu Cristina Mendez cristina_mendez@baylor.edu Joan Supplee joan_supplee@baylor.edu

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WMOAS TEAM Spring 2012 Press Release

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BAYLOR MODEL ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES TEAM GOT GAME, TOO!

This past week, the Baylor University Model Organization of American States (MOAS) team participated in the 41st Washington, D.C. Model. Thirty-three teams from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, and Argentina met at the Headquarters of the Organization of American States (OAS) to debate resolutions and resolve critical problems in the hemisphere. The Baylor team represented the Dominican Republic and was fortunate to have visited with His Excellency Ambassador Roberto B. Saladin, Permanent Representative of the Dominican Republic to the OAS and his staff, including Mr. Flavio J. Medina, who were generous with their time and assistance in preparing the team. During the model, the OAS Assistant Secretary General, Mr. Albert R. Ramdin, and the Director of International Affairs, Mr. Jorge Sanín, addressed the delegates in the Hall of the Americas. Delegates to the model sat on one of five committees: General, Political and Juridical Affairs, Hemispheric Security, Integral Development, and Administrative and Budgetary Affairs. Two of the five committees were chaired by Baylor students, elected to their positions last year: Cindy Linkenhoger (Senior, Finance major from Harlingen, Texas) served as Head of Political and Juridical Affairs and Amanda Honey (Senior, History major, Entrepreneurship minor from Celina, Texas) chaired Integral Development. Catherine Gibson (Senior, Latin American Studies major from Bedford, Texas) who was elected president last year, but was unable to serve, assisted in managing the team. At this year's model, Baylor students were elected to the following positions for the 2013 model: Drew Vincent, Head Delegate (Junior, International Studies major, Spanish minor from Mableton, Georgia) president; Cody Brasher (Junior, International Studies major, Spanish minor from Moody, Alabama) chair of the Hemispheric Security Committee; Cristina Mendez (Sophomore, University Scholar from Brownsville, Texas) chair of the Integral Development Committee; and Diane Draper (Junior, History major from Crowley, Texas) chair of the Administrative and Budgetary Committee. In all, Baylor students will head four of the five committees at the model next year topping any finish by any university since Baylor began participating in the Washington model. Other team members included: Sheila Gonz lez (Junior, Latin American Studies major and Anthropology minor from Roma, Texas), Brittney Quezada, Co-Head Delegate (Senior, Political Science major, History minor from Sugarland, Texas), Joan Stanton (Freshman, Political Science, French major from Massapequa, New York), Kristian Ramirez (Senior, History major, Art History minor from San Antonio, Texas), Carlos Rodarte (Junior, International Studies, Political Science major from Quebec, Canada), and Will Gregory (Sophomore, University Scholar from Kerrville, Texas). The team was coached by Dr. Joan E. Supplee, the Ralph L. and Bessie Mae Lynn Professor of History. For more information, please contact: Dr. Supplee: Joan_Supplee@baylor.edu Head Delegate Drew Vincent: Drew_Vincent@baylor.edu Co-Head Delegate Brittney Quezada: Brittney_Quezada@baylor.edu Chair Amanda Honey: Amanda_Honey@baylor.edu WMOAS Press Release 2012

MOAS TEAM FALL 2011 Press Release

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY MODEL ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES TEAM SHINES AT SAN ANTONIO COMPETITION

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This past weekend, November 3-5, Baylor Model Organization of American States (MOAS) team participated in the 15th Annual MOAS competition held at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas. In all, twenty delegations from the southwest and Mexico attended the model representing states across the Americas. Baylor University represented Honduras and Uruguay in the grueling three-day meet. In all twenty Baylor students participated; 18 students were delegates, while Michael Lyssy (Senior, International Studies major, Falls City, Texas) and Cindy Linkenhoger (Senior, Finance, Harlingen, Texas) served as Parliamentarian and Chair of the Inter-American Committee on Human Rights (IACHR). Amanda Honey (Senior, History, Celina, Texas) served as the Head Delegate of Uruguay and Ally Gutiérrez (Senior, International Studies, Cypress, Texas) served as the Head Delegate for Honduras. Participants at the model elected Rob Bradfield (Senior, Journalism, Waco, Texas) as president for the 2012 model. Baylor received a number of awards at this event including: Outstanding Chair (Cindy Linkenhoger), Distinguished Delegation (Honduras), Distinguished Ambassador and Distinguished Delegate for the General Committee (Amanda Honey), Outstanding Delegate in the Secretariat for Multidimensional Security (Rob Bradfield), Outstanding Delegate in the Executive Secretariat for Integral Development (Drew Vincent, Co-Head Delegate, Junior, International Studies, Mabelton, Georgia), Distinguished Delegate for the Secretariat for Political Affairs (Joan Stanton, Freshman, Political Science, Massapequa, New York), and Distinguished Delegate for IACHR (Rafael Deliz-Aguirre, Biology, Laredo, Texas). Baylor students also won awards for Outstanding Resolutions in the Executive Secretariat for Integral Development (Drew Vincent), and in IACHR (Cristina Mendez, sophomore, University Scholar, Brownsville, Texas). Other participants included Cody Brasher (Co-Head Delegate, Junior, International Studies, Moody, Alabama), Ewan Hamilton-Short (Freshman, Business Fellow, Waco, Texas), Diane Draper (Freshman, History, Waco, Texas), Brittany Harris (Senior, Accounting, Parker, Texas), Brittney Quesada (Senior, Political Science, Sugarland, Texas), Jimmy Smith (Senior, Political Science, Houston, Texas), Kristian Ramirez (Senior, History, San Antonio, Texas), Sheila Gonz lez (Junior, Latin American Studies, Roma, Texas), Priscilla Escobedo (Sophomore, International Studies, Irving, Texas), Carlos Rodarte (Sophomore, International Studies, Houston, Texas, and Aaron Fields (Freshman, International Studies, Little Rock, Arkansas. The team was coached by Dr. Joan Supplee, the Ralph L. and Bessie Mae Lynn Professor of History. For more information, please contact: Head Delegate: Amanada_Honey@baylor.edu Head Delegate: Ally-Gutierrez@baylor.edu Parliamentarian: Michael_Lyssy@baylor.edu President-Elect: Rob_Bradfield@baylor.edu Advisor: Joan_Supplee@baylor.edu SAMOAS 2012 Press Release

WMOAS TEAM SPRING 2011 Press Release WMOAS 2011.2 BAYLOR'S MODEL ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES CONTINUES ITS TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE AT WASHINGTON MODEL Baylor students in the Hall of the Americas, OAS Building, Washington, D.C. L to R: Torie Rhodes, Jenna Thompson, Robert Bradfield, Cindy Linkenhoger, Chris Mahfouz, Catherine Gibson, Michael Lyssy, BB Sanford, Cody Brasher, Brittany Harris, Amanda Honey Missing: Rafael Deliz Aguirre, Dr. Supplee This past week, from March 29-April 3, 2011 Baylor University sent a team of students to Washington D.C. to participate in a simulation of the Organization of American States (OAS). Eleven schools from Latin America joined the nineteen schools from around the United States to represent thirty countries from Hemisphere in the model. The delegation from Baylor represented the country of Panama and had the unique opportunity not only to meet the Permanent Ambassador from Panama to the OAS, Dr. Guillermo Cochez, but also to attend high level important meetings of all the ambassadors at the OAS building. In addition to debating issues important to the Hemisphere, students were addressed by Mr. Gerard C. Anderson, OAS Secretary for Administration and Finance and Mr. Albert R. Ramdin, OAS Assistant Secretary General. Michael Lyssy, Baylor Internal Vice-President (Junior, International Studies, Fall City, Texas) served as president of the model, a position he was elected to at last year's model. Seniors BB Sanford (International Studies, Sachse, Texas) and Catherine Gibson (Latin American Studies, Bedford, Texas) participated in the General Committee and led the other delegations in resolving a crisis scenario. Ms. Gibson was elected as president for the 2012 model, making it the fourth year in a row that a Baylor student has served as the president of the model. Senior Jenna Thompson (International Studies/Journalism, Indianapolis, Indiana) sat on the committee for Political and Juridical Affairs while Junior Cindy Linkenhoger (Finance, Harlingen, Texas) served as vice-chair and won the chair for the coming model. Juniors Rob Bradfield (Theater Arts, Waco, Texas) and Cody Brasher (International Studies/Psychology, Moody, Alabama) led debate in the committee on Hemispheric Security. Junior Amanda Honey (History/Entrepreneurship, Celina, Texas) co-head delegate and Senior Torie Rhodes (International Studies, Pasadena, California) worked in the committee for Integral Development. Ms. Honey won election as chair-person for the 2012 model. Senior Chris Mahfouz (University Scholar, Port Neches, Texas) and Junior Brittany Harris (Financial Planning, Parker, Texas) served on the Administrative and Budgetary Affairs Committee and won the award for best resolution in their committee (one of four awards given during the model). Sophomore Rafael Deliz Aguirre (Biology, San Juan, Puerto Rico) served as rapporteur for the model. The students are very proud of their accomplishments, but have said that they feel the most rewarding experience of the trip has not been winning positions or awards, but learning the issues that are important to the Hemisphere and how to resolve them.

MOAS TEAM FALL 2009

PRESS RELEASE FALL 2009

2009 Fall Team

Baylor’s Model Organization of American States Team set a new record for awards received at the recent Model held at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. Baylor received the Outstanding and Distinguished Delegation Awards as well as six committee awards, the award for Best Committee Chair, and Outstanding Ambassador Award. The conference held between 5-7 November 2009 was attended by over 200 students from 19 universities (including three from Mexico) representing 24 countries in the hemisphere. Comprised of two delegations representing the countries of Venezuela and Suriname, the Baylor team took the two top awards at the model by winning Outstanding and Distinguished Delegations, respectively. In the General Committee, Head Delegate for Suriname, Daisy Marchena (Senior, International Studies Major from Houston) was awarded Outstanding Delegate while Head Delegate for Venezuela, Tyler Talbert (Senior, International Studies from Waco) won Distinguished Delegate. In the Committee for Juridical and Political Affairs, the Suriname delegation represented by Ally Gutierrez (Sophomore, Political Science from Cypress) and Torie Rhodes (Junior, International Studies from Pasadena, California) won Distinguished Delegation. Hunter Klein, (Senior, Political Science Major from Tomball) was awarded best Chair. In the Committee on Hemispheric Security, the Suriname Delegation composed of Leisel Walters (Senior, International Studies Major from Tegucigalpa, Honduras) and Jenna Thompson (Junior, Journalism and International Studies Major from Indianapolis, Indiana) won the Outstanding Delegation award. In the Department of Trade and Tourism Committee, the Venezuelan Delegation represented by Catherine Gibson (Junior, Latin American Studies Major from Bedford) and Amanda Honey (Sophomore, History Major from Celina) received the award for Outstanding Delegation. In the Inter-American Board for Agriculture, the Suriname Delegation composed of Daniela Romero (Senior, International Studies Major from Mexico City, Mexico) and Rob Bradfield (Sophomore, Theater Performance Major from Waco) won the Distinguished Delegation Award. Venezuelan Head Delegate, Tyler Talbert, won the award for Outstanding Ambassador. The Venezuelan Delegation received the Outstanding Delegation award for their representation of the Venezuelan position in committee and in their position paper and resolutions, while the Suriname Delegation won the Distinguished Delegation Award.

Other members of the Venezuelan Team included: Michael Lyssy (Sophomore, International Studies Major from Falls City), Jimmy Smith (Sophomore, Political Science Major from Rockwall), Daniel Hoover, (Graduate Student, History from Waco), Brittney Quezada (Sophomore, Political Science Major from Houston), Monica Uribe (Senior, Music Performance Major from Harlingen) and Hilary Andrews (Junior, History Major from The Woodlands). Other members of the Suriname Delegation included Kaley Halliday (Senior, International Studies and Spanish Major from South Elgin, Illinois) and Alex Tellez (Senior, History Major from San Antonio).

In addition to their awards, Baylor students also played vital roles in the leadership of the model. Manny Muñoz (Senior, Political Science Major from San Antonio) served as president, Renee Sanchez (Senior, Spanish Major from Brownsville) was the model’s Parliamentarian, and Joshua Hyles (Graduate Student, History, Mabank) sat on the Steering Committee. At this year’s model, Michael Lyssy was elected next year’s president making the third year in a row that a Baylor student will serve in that position. Brittney Quezada was appointed by a faculty committee to serve as Assistant Parliamentarian for the 2010 model.

The Baylor Model Organization of American States Team is coached by Dr. Joan Supplee from the Department of History.

For more information please contact:

Dr. Supplee at: Joan_Supplee@baylor.edu

Joshua Hyles at: Joshua_Hyles@baylor.edu

Manny Muñoz at: Manny_Munoz@baylor.edu

Renee Sanchez at: Renee_Sanchez@baylor.edu

Hunter Klein at: Hunter_Klein@baylor.edu

Michael Lyssy at: Michael_Lyssy@baylor.edu

Fall 2009 Press Release

MOAS TEAM SPRING 2009

Baylor Shines at the Washington Model Organization of American States!

 

The Baylor Model Organization of American States (MOAS) team continued its tradition of success at this year’s Washington, DC Model Organization of American States meeting, held from April 7-11.  Opening and closing ceremonies were held in the Hall of the Americas in the Organization of American States Headquarters. At the opening ceremony, the Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza addressed over 400 students representing all 34 of the organization’s active members. In addition to universities across the United States including the Air Force Academy, Tulane, and Drexel there were teams from Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, Guatemala, Ecuador and the Bahamas. Baylor’s team represented the country of Mexico and was able to visit with Mr. Héctor Agustín Ortega Nieto at the Mexican Mission to the OAS. Mr. Ortega reviewed the position paper and resolutions and he praised the Baylor team’s preparations. “From the different schools that I have received (from the US and from other countries) your students are the ones that have been more informed about Mexico and that have presented the more interesting resolutions.” At this year’s model, Seth Reed (Senior, Political Science and Economics, Cassville, MO) served as president of this year’s model, and Joshua Hyles (Graduate Student, History, Mabank) served as chair of the Budgetary Affairs Committee.  Additionally, Baylor University students were elected to three of the five top officer positions for 2010: Renee Sanchez, Head Delegate (Senior, Biology, Brownsville) was elected president, Michael Lyssy (Freshman, Political Science, Falls City) was elected chair of the Committee on Integral Development, and Hunter Klein (Senior, Political Science, Tomball) was elected as chair of the Budgetary Affairs Committee.  This marks the third consecutive year Baylor has held the budgetary chair, and the fifth conference in nine years of participation in which a Baylor student has been elected president.  Other team members included: Krystal Dau, Co-Head Delegate (Senior, International Studies, Las Vegas, NV), Ariel Alexander (Senior,  French and International Studies, Córdoba, Argentina), Emmanuel Muñoz (Senior, Neuroscience, San Antonio), Tyler Talbert (Junior, International Studies,Waco), Monica Uribe (Senior, Music Performance, Harlingen ), T.J. Cheavens, Jr. (Senior, International Studies, Austin), Ricardo Felix (Senior, International Studies,Waco), and Torie Rhodes (Sophomore, International Studies and French, Pasadena, CA).  Dr. Joan E. Supplee serves as faculty advisor for the MOAS team, which returns to San Antonio for its fall conference in November.

Spring 2009 Team

 

Baylor Students in the Hall of the Americas in the OAS Headquarters. From l to r: Hunter Klein, Ariel Alexander, Krystal Dau, Monica Uribe, Seth Reed, Tyler Talbert, Ricardo Felix, Michael Lyssy, Manny Muñoz, Torie Rhodes, Joshua Hyles, Renee Sanchez, and T.J. Cheavens.

 

For more information, please contact: Dr. Supplee at Joan_Supplee@baylor.edu or ext. 6294

MOAS TEAM FALL 2008

Fall 2008 Press Release

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PRESS RELEASE FALL 2008

Baylor’s Model Organization of American States (MOAS) team won the Distinguished Delegation Award at the 12th Annual MOAS Conference hosted by St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, from November 6-8, 2008. This is the eleventh time Baylor has received one of the two team awards at the conference.

The conference was attended by 15 universities from Texas, New Mexico, Ohio, and three from Mexico. There were 24 countries represented. Students worked to resolve issues relating to the hemisphere that included multidimensional security, human trafficking, alleviation of poverty, and sustainable development. Baylor University represented Bolivia and Chile and the President of the Conference was Baylor’s own Joshua Hyles (graduate student in History, Mabank). The keynote address was delivered by Ambassador William Eaton, who served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Panama from 2001 to 2008 and who is now Ambassador in Residence at the University of Texas at Austin.

Baylor Head Delegate for Bolivia Seth Reed (senior in Political Science and Economics, Cassville, MO), and Torie Rhodes (sophomore in International studies and French, Pasadena, CA), won Outstanding Delegate awards in the Special Committee on Migration. Co-Head Delegate for Bolivia Renee Sanchez (senior in Biology and Spanish, Brownsville), and Hunter Klein (junior in Political Science, Tomball), won Distinguished Delegate awards in the Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs. Baylor’s team, as a whole, won the Distinguished Delegation award for the conference.

Other team members included Baylor Head Delegate for Chile Manny Muñoz (senior in Neuroscience, San Antonio), who was elected the President for next year’s conference, and Megan McNerney (senior in International Studies and Economics, Troy, OH), who was selected as the outstanding chair of the conference.

Additionally, Cassidy Ford (senior, University Scholars, Phoenix, AZ), served as the chair of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights; and Brittney Quesada (freshman in Political Science, Missouri City), served as a rapporteur for the conference.

Also competing for Baylor were Elizabeth Wilson (graduate student in History, Kingwood); Tomás de Prat Gay (junior in Engineering, Mendoza, Argentina); Ariel Alexander, (senior in International Studies and French, San Antonio); T.J. Cheavens (senior in International Studies, Cedar Park); Krystal Dau, (senior in International Studies, Las Vegas, NV); Ricardo Felix (senior in International Studies, Waco); Monica Uribe, (senior in Music Performance, Harlingen); Co-Head Delegate for Chile Daisy Marchena (junior in International Studies, Houston); Jolie Shelton (junior in Psychology, Mendoza, Argentina); Tyler Talbert (junior in International Studies, Waco); Leisel Walters, (junior in International Studies, Tegucigalpa, Honduras); Ally Gutiérrez, (freshman in Political Science, Cypress); Michael Lyssy (freshman in Political Science, Falls City); and Eldrin Ofina (freshman in Biology, Cypress). The team was coached by Dr. Joan E. Supplee, Department of History.

For more information please contact:

Joan E. Supplee at Joan_Supplee@baylor.edu

Joshua Hyles at Joshua_Hyles@baylor.edu

Seth Reed at Seth_Reed@baylor.edu

Manny Muñoz at Manny_Munoz@baylor.edu

MOAS TEAM SPRING 2008

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2008 Washington Model Organization of American States

Continuing its tradition of excellence, the Baylor University Model Organization of American States (MOAS) team shone at the recent Washington Model Organization of American States conference held at the Organization of American States (OAS) headquarters in Washington, D.C. from April 8-12, 2008. OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza addressed the inaugural session of the meeting in the Hall of the Americas. His speech emphasized work done by the OAS in strengthening democracy and preserving peace in the Americas and also highlighted the role the Foreign Ministers played in working toward a diplomatic solution in the recent Ecuador-Colombia dispute. Ambassador Héctor Morales, the U.S. Permanent Representative to the OAS, gave the closing speech in which he explained the OAS role in hemispheric development. Universities participating in the model included nineteen U.S schools and ten foreign universities from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico and the Bahamas. Baylor students represented the country of Guatemala and met with Guatemalan Chargé d’Affaires Otto Pérez and his staff. At this model, Baylor student Cassidy Ford, a Junior University Scholars major from Phoenix, Arizona, chaired the Third Committee which focused on Summits, Civil Society, and the Inter-American Council for Integral Development. Another Baylor student, Manny Muñoz, a Junior Neuroscience major from San Antonio, Texas chaired the Fourth Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Affairs. Joshua Hyles, a Senior Archeology/History major from Corsicana, Texas, coordinated and introduced the Joint Declaration that faculty coordinators selected for debate in the Hall of the Americas. Hyles’s committee also elected him chair of the Fourth Committee for next year. The General Assembly elected Co-Head Delegate Seth Reed, a Junior Political Science major from Cassville, Missouri, as President for 2009. This marks the fourth time in eight years that a Baylor student has been elected president of the model. Other team members included Co-Head Delegate Megan McNerney, a Junior International Studies major from Troy, Ohio; Renee Sanchez, a Sophomore Spanish major from Brownsville, Texas; Krystal Dau, a Junior International Studies major from Las Vegas, Nevada; Tezita Getachew, a Senior International Studies major from Dallas, Texas; and J.C. Cortez, a Senior International Studies major from Mt. Pleasant, Texas. Eva Silkwood, a graduate student in International Relations from The Woodlands, Texas served as graduate assistant to the team’s director, Dr. Joan E. Supplee, from the Department of History.

The Baylor University Model Organization of American States Team with Guatemalan Chargé d’Affaires Otto Pérez and his staff in the Hall of the Americas, OAS building Washington, D.C., April 8, 2008

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