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UTSA Delegation @ MSC Scona 63

February 22, 2018

The weekend of February 15-17, five UTSA students had the privilege of attending the MSC Student Conference on National Affairs ‘63 at Texas A&M University in College Station. The overarching theme of this year’s conference was “New World Disorder: Reconsidering America’s Roles, Responsibilities, and Relationships”. The theme was broken down into individual “roundtable” topics, ranging anywhere from espionage to territorial conflicts in the Middle East, and drug cartels to international intelligence agreements. The purpose of each roundtable was to debate their respective topic and create an original policy paper to help negate the issue. At the end of the conference, the roundtables submitted their policy to a judge - usually a high-ranking military officer - along with a policy presentation and skit that was performed in front of the entire conference. One of the UTSA students, Sarah-Madeleine Torres, won an award with her roundtable group for ‘Best Policy Presentation’ for the topic “Sharing is Caring: The Shadowy World of Intelligence Agreements”. Throughout the conference, several influential speakers gave presentations as well. This year alone a North Korean Defector, the South Korean Consulate General, a Congressman, and retired four-star General Frank Grass all came to share their unique insights and perspectives on policies and international issues. The Department of Political Science and Geography sponsored the five students that attended MSC SCONA ‘63. It is an invaluable experience that undoubtedly helped the students learn leadership and cooperation skills, as well as afford networking opportunities that will excel in their future careers.

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