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UT Tyler Model UN Program Sweeps Awards at International Competition

February 13, 2012

Model UN Program

Media Contact:  Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
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The University of Texas at Tyler
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Five students from The University of Texas at Tyler were awarded top honors at the 2012 National Model United Nations–Europe Conference in Lille, France, Dr. Martin Slann, College of Arts and Sciences dean, announced.

In recognition of their excellence in committee, Alisa Cerney of China Springs, Alina Dolzhenko-Tatkova of the Ukraine, Kenisha Schuster of Comanche, Hannah Waggoner of New London and Samantha Winn of Tyler, received “Outstanding Delegation.”

This is the highest honor presented by NMUN and given to the top five delegations based on teamwork, leadership, speaking and negotiating abilities, knowledge of issues and proper use of procedure rules.

The UT Tyler delegation, representing the Republic of Lebanon on three committees, also received the “Outstanding Position Papers” award for papers written for the Security Council and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development. This award recognizes high achievement in preparation for the conference as demonstrated through knowledge of the agenda topics, recommendations for courses of action and the ability to effectively communicate the policies of one’s country.

In addition, Schuster, Winn and Cerney were voted “Outstanding Delegates in Committee” by their peers for their exemplary work in committee. Schuster and Winn represented Lebanon on the Security Council, while Cerney represented Lebanon on the UN Conference on Sustainable Development. These three students also spoke on behalf of their respective committees at the conference’s closing ceremony.

For more information about the UT Tyler Model UN Program, contact Dr. Rachel Bzostek, UT Tyler Model UN program director, 903.566.7410 or, or Maggie Haas, assistant director, 903.566.7179 or

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of almost 7,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.

REPRESENTING UT TYLER: (from left) Alisa Cerney, Alina Dolzhenko-Tatkova, Hannah Waggoner, Kenisha Schuster and Samantha Winn.