UTA Group Impresses at Model NATO Event

Six UT Arlington students were one of 28 delegations participating in the 2012 International Model NATO Conference in Washington, D.C., earlier this month.

Milena Vuksanovic, Kevin Whitright, Verica Todorovic, Mario Lamar, Greg Hershkowitz and Ambreen Pathan served in a delegation that represented the Czech Republic. Members of each delegation served on each of the five committees that met during the conference.

“Through simulation,” in a message posted on the conference’s website, “students gain a better and clearer understanding of the capabilities and constraints that shape the policies of NATO countries in determining matters of collective security.”

The group’s adviser, Assistant Professor Dr. Brent Sasley (Political Science), said the UT Arlington team made an impression. The delegation won an Honorable Mention in the category of Outstanding Overall Delegation. Whitright, a political science major, won an Outstanding Leadership Award for his contributions to the Political Affairs Committee, and Hershkowitz, a modern languages major, won an Outstanding Leadership Award for his contributions to the Defense Planning Committee.

“I’m extremely proud of our students for these accomplishments.,” Sasley said. “In particular, they all worked very hard and adapted well to the conditions at hand. They truly deserved these awards.”

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