"Chisnell and I worked so hard to get the Board of Education to let us go to New York for their conference. The last day of being there was the awards ceremony (in the UN General Assembly hall). We sat in the balcony, the farthest away from the stage, because we had to leave to make our flight. All of us were talking when Chisnell turns to me and says, "Did you hear that? We won!" I looked at him with a blank stare and then Snyder starts yelling, 'Go. . . go get the award!' I went down to get the award and couldn't stop crying with Erin B. the rest of the afternoon." (JK, Class of 1998)
Where Our Alumni Are
Albania, Austria, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Rep. of Korea, Macedonia, Mali, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Senegal, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, United Kingdom . . . and Detroit, working to make our lives better.
"There was a time my 10th grade year when we were beginning the UNICEF Halloween drive. I requested the boxes for Chisnell and, when they arrived, they were addressed to "Mrs. Steven Chisnell." UNICEF thought we were married and I used that well (to my advantage) into my 11th and 12th grade years. . . especially when I wanted to borrow the car!" (JK, Class of 1998)
Advocacy Issues For Our Alumni
Democracy development, Anti-affirmative action, Pro-Choice/Women's Rights, Right to Life, Children's rights, Royal Oak Cool Cities Advisory Group, Red Cross, Food banks, Human rights, Rock the Vote, Local government, Historical preservation, Amnesty International, Peace Corps
"I really felt I developed more self-confidence and created lasting friendships through Model UN. And Spoons-or-Dare in Ireland was . . . memorable!" (MB, Class of 1999)
"I met my husband at a college Model UN conference, as well as some of my best friends." (MV-U, Class of 1999)
National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, social studies teacher, civil engineering, architect, export agent, ESL teacher, international student recruitment, community development/organizing, urban farming, marine biology, oral history preservation, public health policy
"In 1998 at GLIMUN we were told we would be representing South Korea at the (GLIMUN) conference, but we were told when we arrived there that a mistake was made and we were supposed to represent North Korea. It was a fun 180 degree role reversal." (DG Class of 1999)
What Our Alumni Read
The Economist, Washington Post, CNN.com, Detroit Free Press, New York Times, CBC, BBC, NPR, Al-Jazeera
"Jenn C. and I were representing Slovakia at the Hope conference our freshman year. We thought that the delegates from the United Kingdom were cute and Chisnell found out. He went over and TOLD THEM THIS! For the entire GA session, we hid under our jackets, embarrassed. That was the same conference that we deemed a stuffed sheep the mascot of Sri Lanka and glued two incense cones to his head. He represented the Sri Lankans every time the girls went up to speak." (JK, Class of 1998)
"At the UofM MUN conference, Mr. Chisnell took everybody out to dinner at a very nice German restaurant. Since prices were significantly more than the prices at McDonald's, I jokingly suggested that we tell the restaurant it was my birthday (even though my birthday was months away) and maybe they would give us my meal for free. Dave G. overheard me say this and took me seriously. After the meetings were over that night, Dave stopped at a dessert shop and bought me a piece of cake! Then I had to explain it was all just a joke. It was good cake, too! (AA, Class of 1997).