JCC participates in Model European Union Simulation

JAMESTOWN – Students from Jamestown Community College and other American and European colleges participated in a simulated European council summit during the annual State University of New York Model European Union Simulation in New York City in April.

Participants examined terrorist threats against the EU, youth unemployment issues within the EU, and humanitarian intervention and refugee support for Syria.

The simulation is sponsored by the SUNY Institute for European Union Studies and Simulations and the SUNY Center for Global Affairs.

SUNYMEU is the first and oldest EU simulation in the country and was established under the leadership of JCC’s political science department in 1988. It is the only transatlantic, student-run model European Union which sends American students to Europe in even years and brings European students to the U.S. in odd years. JCC is the only community college participating in SUNYMEU.

Students from JCC’s Jamestown and Cattaraugus County campuses represented the government of Sweden during the program. Representatives included Reynaldo Muniz of Ashville as prime minister, Nichole Small-Crouse of Salamanca as deputy prime minister, Samuel Wild of Great Valley as foreign minister, Janelle Clark of Panama as economics and finance minister, Jeany Melendez of Jamestown as the Swedish ambassador to the EU, and Michael Murphy of Olean and Marcus Pisa of Cattaraugus as members of the international press.

The next SUNYMEU will be held in Belgium in January 2014.

JCC’s course on the EU simulation is taught by Gregory Rabb, associate professor of political science, via interactive television technology between the Jamestown and Cattaraugus County campuses. Registration is under way for the course, which will be offered during the fall semester. To register, or for more information, call the JCC registrar’s office, 338-1018.