Conference History

Conference History

The Upper Mohawk Valley Model United Nations (UMVMUN) conference was first held at Utica College in 1973 and continued to be held there until 1998. Since then, the conference has been held at the renowned liberal arts colleges of Hamilton College (1999-2006, 2009, and 2011) and Colgate University (2007-2008, 2010, 2012, and 2013). From 2014 to the present, UMVMUN has been hosted by the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute in Utica.

Following the 2013 retirement of long-time advisers, Ms. Sherry Wright and Mr. John Slater, a coalition of advisers and experienced MUN delegates from the Mohawk Valley have been working diligently to modernize our cherished conference while maintaining UMVMUN traditions. President of the Upper Mohawk Valley chapter of the UNA-USA, Mr. Greg Smith, has organized the conference alongside co-advisers from various schools, including current co-adviser Mr. Frank Robertello (Proctor). Starting in 2014, UMVMUN began a tradition of documenting the highlights of each year's conference through professional photography and a video project. The archive of those projects is found below.

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    Opportunities to engage with United Nations Foundation campaigns

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UMVMUN 2019

Secretariat

Co-Secretaries General: Mark Polk and Drake Dowd

Finance: Kennen Eksic

Policy: Ian Tracy

Information and Conference Services: Lily Collins

Advisers

Mr. Greg Smith (Upper Mohawk Valley UNA-USA)

Mr. Frank Robertello (Utica)

Committees

  1. General Assembly

  2. UNICEF

  3. CCPCJ

  4. Economic and Social Council

  5. WHO

  6. UN Environment Programme

  7. Security Council

 

Charity

The Center (formerly the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees)

2019 Conference Highlights:

Conference Day Highlight Video
Photography Reel
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UMVMUN 2018

Secretariat

Secretary General: Marisa Medici

Finance: Drake Dowd

Administration and Conference Services: Mark Polk

Policy: Sydney Henderson

Information Services: Emily Neuner

Advisers

Mr. Greg Smith (Upper Mohawk Valley UNA-USA)

Mr. Frank Robertello (Utica)

Ms. Victoria Seager (Hamilton)

Committees

  1. General Assembly

  2. UNICEF

  3. Special Political

  4. Economic and Social Council

  5. WHO

  6. UN Environment Programme

  7. Security Council

 

Charity

Midtown Utica Community Center

2018 Conference Highlights:

Conference Day Highlight Video
Photography Reel
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UMVMUN 2017

Secretariat

Secretaries General: Stephen Ventura and Rachel Wittman

Finance: Keegan Steele

Admin., Conference Services, NGO Forum: Marisa Medici

Policy: Nick Briggs

Information Services and Crisis Director: Erik Smith

Advisers

Mr. Greg Smith (Upper Mohawk Valley UNA-USA)

Mr. Frank Robertello (Utica)

Ms. Victoria Seager (Hamilton)

Committees

  1. General Assembly

  2. Disarmament

  3. Economic and Social Council

  4. United Nations Women 

  5. Security Council

  6. The German Question

  7. Non-Governmental Forum

 

Charity

Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency

2017 Conference Highlights:

Conference Day Highlight Video
Photography Reel
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UMVMUN 2016

Secretariat

Secretaries General: Stephen Ventura and Lisbeth Valdez

Finance: Austin Goldsmith

Information and Conference Services: Mario Mannella

Policy: Nick Julian

Administration: Jared Bedell

Advisers

Mr. Greg Smith (Upper Mohawk Valley UNA-USA)

Mr. Frank Robertello (Utica)

Mrs. Virginia Davis (New York Mills)

Ms. Victoria Seager (Hamilton)

Committees

  1. General Assembly

  2. Disarmament

  3. Special Political

  4. Economic and Social Council

  5. World Health Organization

  6. United Nations Women 

  7. Security Council

  8. Soviet-Afghan War

 

Charity

Oneida County Habitat for Humanity

2016 Conference Highlights:

Opening Ceremony Video
Conference Day Highlight Video
Photography Reel
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UMVMUN 2015

Secretariat

Secretaries General: Steven Gassner and Jasleen Singh

Finance: Robert Wenner

Conference Services: Lisbeth Valdez

Information Services: Sarah Bobrow

Policy: Sarah Bobrow

Administration: Kate Casler 

 

Advisers

Mr. Smith (Whitesboro)

Mr. Robertello (Proctor)

Mrs. Glickman (Clinton)

Ms. Sabino (Hamilton)

Committees

  1. General Assembly

  2. Disarmament

  3. Special Political

  4. Economic and Social Council

  5. World Health Organization

  6. Social, Humanitarian, Cultural

  7. Security Council

  8. Paris Peace Conference (1919) 

 

Charity

Mohawk Valley Resource

Center for Refugees 

2015 Conference Highlights:

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UMVMUN 2014

Secretariat

Secretaries General: Simrit Singh and Trinh Truong

Finance: Steven Gassner

Conference Services: Nolan Huther

Information Services: Suveer Desai

Policy: Shuting Lu

Administration: Suveer Desai

Conference Advisers

Mr. Smith (Whitesboro)

Mr. Robertello (Proctor)

Mrs. Glickman (Clinton)

Ms. Sabino (Hamilton)

Mr. Snizek (New Hartford)

Committees

  1. General Assembly

  2. Disarmament

  3. Special Political

  4. Human Rights Commission 

  5. Economic and Social Council

  6. World Health Organization

  7. Legal  Political 

  8. Social, Humanitarian, Cultural

  9. United Nations Environmental Programme 

  10. Security Council

  11. South Asian Summit

Charity

Moving Windmills

2014 Conference Highlights:

Highlight Video
Photography Reel
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