Hope Students Participate in Michigan
Model League of Arab
Posted March 4, 2002
HOLLAND -- A total of five Hope College students
participated in the Michigan Model League of Arab States on
Wednesday-Friday, Feb. 20-22, at Grand Valley State
The purpose of the model is to introduce students
to the Arab world, to highlight the important issues in the
region, and to generate understanding about the patterns of
cooperation and conflict within the Arab world and with the
Students role-play members of the Arab League
during the model. Each delegation writes papers outlining
its nation's stand on the various issues being discussed and
wrote resolutions that were presented to the committees for
discussion and voting.
Hope's delegation represented Palestine.
Participating Hope students included: junior Renae Gowen of
New Boston; junior James Plasman of Downers Grove, Ill.;
senior Megan Poertner of Wyoming; junior Rachel Romsaas of
Minneapolis, Minn.; and senior Kristy Truax of Wilmington,
Dr. Janis Gibbs, assistant professor of history,
served as the group's advisor.
Plasman served as assistant secretary general.
Truax won an award as "Outstanding Delegate" on the Council
on Palestinian Affairs.
Other participating colleges and universities from
Michigan included Aquinas College, Grand Valley State
University, Muskegon Community College, Spring Arbor
University, University of Michigan at Dearborn and Western
Michigan University. Regis University of Denver, Colo., was
The Michigan Model League of Arab States was
sponsored by the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations and
Grand Valley State University.