FALL 2013 | ST. LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY MAGAZINE 9
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Model' Citizens Represent SLU
Fourteen students, 11 of whom are pictured here, and a faculty member spent a
week last spring in Washington, D.C., representing St. Lawrence at the Washington
Model Organization of American States (
. From left, they are Kayla
Trainer ’16, Claudia Lopez Costa ’13, Hayley Humiston ’16, Ben Bills ’13 (partially hid-
den), Christine McCartin ’13, Nicte-Ha “Nikki”Mayville ’13, Patrick Vernallis ’13, Laura
St. Andrews ’13, Elizabeth Tiffany ’13, Katie Murray ’14 and Lilli Donahue ’13.
The Laurentians portrayed the delegation from Chile. In preparation, the students
took a half-credit course with Assistant Professor of Government Shelly McConnell
to learn about OAS operations and the Chilean perspective on issues on the OAS
agenda. They met with the Chilean ambassador to the OAS and, so as to gain a
better sense of possible future career paths and opportunities, spoke with represen-
tatives from non-governmental organizations and with Heather Lanigan ’02, who
works with the U.S. Department of State.
The Model OAS represents the very essence of the St. Lawrence University experi-
ence, encouraging students to develop awareness of global affairs, building their
knowledge base and empowering them to work with others to create positive
change,” says McConnell.
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