January 27, 2011 – A team of Dutchess Community College and Vassar College students took home multiple awards at the 2010 National Model United Nations Europe conference held recently in the Czech Republic.
The team, led by DCC and Vassar College Professor Richard Reitano, was recognized with an Outstanding Delegation award and an Honorable Mention for its position papers. Vassar senior Mark Marchant (Apollo Beach, FL) was presented an Outstanding Delegate award, and served as Senior Teaching Assistant for the team. Also comprising the delegation were DCC students Antonia Gilbert, Daniel Rudder and Catherine Williams and Vassar seniors Nathan Birnbaum (Mill Valley, CA) and Claudia Sanchez (Quito, Ecuador).
The delegation, known as the Hudson River Group, represented the U.S. on all four of the conference's simulated committees and councils: the Security Council, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the General Assembly Plenary and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The group’s topics included cyber security; the future of NATO; women, peace and security; the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo; international terrorism; freedom of speech across global divides; and global environmental issues in the wake of man-made and natural disasters.
More than 300 students from colleges and universities in the U.S. and central Europe participated in the conference, which was co-sponsored by the National Collegiate Conference Association (NCCA).
In addition to the Hudson Valley students’ own financial contributions toward the trip, additional support was received from the Vassar College Dean of Studies, the Vassar College Dean of the Faculty, the Richard Reitano Endowed Chair at Dutchess Community College, the Mid-Hudson World Affairs Council, the Handel Family Foundation and the Reitano Family Fund.