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On Friday, February 27, the Mitchell Memorial Library hosted a Reception for the Mississippi Model Security Council (MMSC) Conference, from 2:30 - 3:30 in the Grisham Room.  Professors, University administrators, teachers, and diplomats mixed and mingled informally.  This was a great opportunity for our guests to learn more about MSU and the great services and activities we have going on here at the Mitchell Memorial Library.

The visiting diplomats for this year's conference were:

  • His Excellency Ambassador Ranko Vilović, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of Croatia to the United Nations
  • Mr. 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)

All Library Faculty and Professional Staff were invited to join us on Friday, February 27, from 2:30 – 3:30 in the Grisham Room of the Library. 

**Background on the Mississippi Model Security Council Conference**

Mississippi Model Security Council (MMSC) is an academic simulation of the United Nations Security Council that aims to educate participants about international relations, public responsibility, effective communication, globalization, and multilateral diplomacy.  In MMSC, students take on roles as foreign diplomats by researching their respective member state’s positions on inter- or transnational issues, and then by deliberating and developing solutions to world problems. 

During simulations, students must employ a variety of communication and critical thinking skills in order to represent the domestic and foreign policies of their member states as well as positions on inter or transnational issues.  These skills include public speaking, small group communications, research, policy analysis, active listening, negotiating, conflict resolution, note taking, and technical writing.

MMSC was established in 1978 under the guidance of faculty of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Mississippi State University, and, as such, has grown to become the largest and most successful model conference in the state.

“In an age of global inequities…and multiple security threats, the United Nations is the only universal institution that can deal with the twin imperatives for peace and development in an integrated manner” ~ Necla Tschirgi.  This year marks the programs 30th annual conference.  The theme has, therefore, been appropriately chosen as “Recommitting to Humanity through Security and Development.”

The following is a listing of the significant events and times of the conference:

  • Opening Ceremony Thurs., Feb. 26, 11:00 am to 11:45 am in the Union Ballroom (Dr. Melvin Ray guest speaker--international collaboration) – Open to University
  • Diplomat Question & Answer Session Friday, February. 27, 1:15 pm to 2:00 pm in the Union Ballroom (Dr. David Breaux guest speaker--diplomat moderator) – Open to University
  • University Reception Friday, February 27, 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm in the Library Grisham Room (Dr. Frances Coleman guest speaker--introductions) – Open to University
  • Closing Ceremony Saturday, February 28, 10:30 am to 11:30 am in the Union Ballroom (Dr. Jerry Gilbert guest speaker--importance of model United Nations in student career development) – Open to University

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