Model United Nations
we aspire, together we achieve"
Webmaster: Dr. Chau T.
(to be revised in August
Director and Faculty Advisor
The first team of the
United Nations was started at Rider College in 1967-68
academic year by Dr. Kenneth L.
Maxwell of the Department of Political Science.
From 1968 to 1973, Dr. Chau
(then known as Dr. Phan T. Chau) of the Political Science
Dr. Maxwell as Co-Advisor.
From December 1973 to 2003, Dr.
T. Phan has been the sole Program Director/Faculty
Advisor until his
retirement in May 2003.
2003-04: Mr. Steven Sutow
was interim Adjunct Faculty
- 2004 to date: Dr.
Barbara Franz has been the Model United Nations Faculty
Advisor upon joining the faculty of the Political Science Department.
From 1968 to 1973, credits
to participants under Independent Study, Pol. Sc. 490.
From 1974 to 2003, 3 credits
to participants in the Spring semester under POL 295:
Special Project in
Political Science: Model U.N. (limited to total of 2 years or
except for leaders who may do it for a third year as POL 490).
arrangement twice a month from October until the start of the
then meets regularly as an evening class for 3 hours each week
Spring semester until the week prior to going to New York
(always on Tuesday
through Saturday before Easter).
be revised in August 2017)
Rider Model U.N. Experience
be revised) A total of some xxx students in 50 Teams
have "graduated" from this experience. Teams sent to
11 students per year (some students did it more than once).
Even though the majority of
were Political Science majors, there have been NMUN members
and Team Leaders
from other disciplines as well, including Accounting,
Computer & Information Systems, Economics, Education,
Fine Arts, Foreign Languages and Literature, Global Business,
Liberal Studies, Management, Psychology, and Theater.
Overall, there have been 104 (as of 2003) women
participants, including 14 women Team Leaders or
Co-Leaders. In 2001,
both Team Co-Leaders are minority women; in 2003, all three
minority women. In 2001 and 2003, the majority of members are
women. Dr. Phan is very proud of his commitment to develop
leadership among women team members.
be revised in August 2017)
NMUN has been the
academic competition since 1968 pitting Rider students against
graduate and law school students) from throughout the USA,
Germany, France, and other countries of Europe. From such
NMUNers went away with the conviction that they could compete
against anyone from any institution. Evaluations of NMUN at
been notable for the near unanimity by participants that Model
UN was the single most meaningful learning experience they
at Rider. This consensus was shared by honors
scholars and average
students, Political Science majors and other majors alike. NMUN
over the years the most unique academic-cum-social learning
for self-motivating Rider students.
(to be revised in August 2017)
Rider NMUN Teams have
in 18 years out of the 34 years of participation, including
two "Best Delegation"
and four "Outstanding Delegation" Awards. In 2000, The Rider
won a "Distinguished
Delegation" award, and in 2002 a "Honorable Mention" award.
Among Rider NMUN alumni who
kept us informed, the largest professional group is lawyers,
over 50 (to be revised in August 2017)
ones, including partners, prosecutors, and judges. There are
perhaps many still in law schools. There are six known holders
degrees, two Ph.D.s; three Vice Presidents of large banks, and
owners of their own companies. An effort was made to collect
for a voluntary directory of NMUN members for our 35th
on October 12, 2002. With the help of Dr. Franz, Dr. Phan, and
the Alumni Office, a more accurate count will be available by
the end of August 2017).
the Rider NMUN Alumni Association home page