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UW-Eau Claire senior serves in leadership role at Model United Nations conference

December 7, 2012

EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire senior Nathan Zeckmeister served as a staff member at the American Model United Nations International Conference, "Bringing Global Perspectives to Future Leaders," last month in Chicago.

Zeckmeister, Antigo, a comprehensive world politics major and economics minor, was invited to be on staff two years ago when he attended the event as a participant. As senior vice president of the General Assembly at the conference, he was responsible for chairing the debate and assisting participants in drafting and debating resolutions on two topics: "International Cooperation on Humanitarian Assistance in the Field of Natural Disasters, from Relief to Development" and "Strengthening Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Responses to Violence Against Women."

"I really enjoyed my role," Zeckmeister said. "I feel that I was in the right place as a chair and that it was the best position for me to help students get the most out of the conference."

Approximately 1,500 students and 100 staff members attended the conference, which is one of two that the UW-Eau Claire Model United Nations Club attends.

Dr. Ali Abootalebi, professor of political science and adviser to UW-Eau Claire's MUNC, said Zeckmeister should be congratulated for his role as a leader at the conference.

"(Zeckmeister) is well aware of the role and functions of the United Nations and has been a good ambassador to encourage other students to take an interest in the UN and what MUNC does on campus," Abootalebi said.

After graduating this month, Zeckmeister hopes to work with a nonprofit organization, travel and eventually pursue a master's degree in international relations.

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