Six members of Millersville University’s Middle Eastern Studies Organization (MESO), representing the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, competed against nine other colleges and universities at the 2012 Ohio Valley Regional Model Arab League simulation, held at Miami University of Ohio, February 16-18. The Millersville delegation earned five awards for its representation.

MESO members (L-R): Bernard Cannon, Dr. Craig Ilgenfritz, Bjorn Bolte, Derek Smith, Alyssa Anderson and Dannon Stewart.

During the simulation, participants were required to remain in character as members of the diplomatic delegations from the countries they represented. The objective for each delegation was to pass resolutions that reflect the actual interests of the countries they represented.

Awards were given to participants based on performance in academic, procedural and behavioral terms. Millersville students who received rewards included Bjorn Bolte, who earned Honorable Mention for his role in the Social Affairs Council; Derek Smith and Dannon Stewart, who each earned Honorable Mention for their role in the Palestinian Affairs Council and Alyssa Anderson and Barney Cannon, who each received outstanding delegate awards, the highest attainable award, for their role in the Political Affairs Council.

Cannon was also was elected by participating students to the position of assistant secretary general of the Ohio Valley Model Arab League for next year’s simulation, a first for any Millersville MESO member.

“These students should be admired even if they did not earn awards given the intellectual and academic tasks they face to effectively participate in a model. I greatly appreciate them and I am very proud of them. They have provided me with some of the greatest rewards of my academic career,” said Dr. Craig Ilgenfritz, instructor of political and government affairs and Millersville’s MESO advisor.

For more information, contact Ilgenfritz, at or 717-372-3550.

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