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Mississippi State University hosts one of the oldest Model United Nations conferences in the Southeast. The Mississippi Model Security Council (MMSC), first held in 1978, brings in high school students from around the state and region to discuss and debate international issues faced by the Security Council of the United Nations. Each student serves as an ambassador from a country seated on the Security Council and they represent that country’s views and positions on the issues debated. As part of the conference experience, students have the opportunity to participate in a presentation by United Nations Ambassadors and interact with these diplomats during their simulated council meetings. This is an excellent learning experience for the students involved as well as an opportunity for them to visit the MSU campus. The organization hosted the 31st MMSC Conference February 26-28, 2009.

Last fall, the Mitchell Memorial Library began developing a relationship with the Model United Nations organization, the parent organization for the MMSC Conference, by assigning Jason D. Phillips to act as liaison to the organization. Jason Phillips gave a United Nations Databasics Workshop for the Model UN students in September 2008 and offered numerous research consultations to prepare students to attend Model UN conferences. He has also worked closely with the Model UN sponsors in their preparations for the 2009 MMSC Conference.

As part of the MMSC Conference activities, the Mitchell Memorial Library hosted a reception on Friday, February 27. At the reception, high school sponsors and visiting dignitaries informally interacted with faculty and administrators from around the library and campus. The two visiting diplomats for this year’s MMSC Conference were: H.E. Ambassador Ranko Viloviÿ, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of Croatia to the United Nations and Christopher Gunning, First Secretary for Political Affairs, Embassy of the United States to Gabon and Political Section Chief for Sao Tome and Principe (and MSU alumnus).

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