Thursday, October 24, 2013

UN Day 2013 UNA-Dane County at University House: Vince Kavaloski named Global Citizen; UW profs Neeson and Martinuzzi mark UN International Year of Water Cooperation

Over 100 gathered for UN Day at University House (photo: Dan Nordstrom)
A packed multi-generational house came together at UNA-Dane's 2013 Celebration of UN Day, held at University House on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. Guests had the opportunity to meet UW students participating in the Model UN Program, Millennium Development Goals Awareness Project and Gen UN programs.  The family friendly event for all ages included a supervised children’s play area.

2013 Global Citizen Dr. Vince Kavaloski
UNA-Dane Board member Sara Friar (co-director, Center for Global Education at Edgewood College) presented Edgewood's Dr. Vince Kavaloski with the 2013 Global Citizen of the Year, for his leadership role in teaching hundreds of students about the work of the UN, and for his longtime involvement with the UNA.

Dr. Thomas Neeson, of the UW Department of Limnology, and Dr. Sebastian Martinuzzi, of the UW Agriculture School's Dept of Forestry and Wildlife, gave a presentation resonant with themes related to the United Nations 2013 International Year of Water Cooperation.

Excellent food from a variety of cultural traditions was served, and live music was provided by Daithi Wolfe, Clocks in Motion, and Joseph Elder.

This is the first time that UN Day has been marked with a reception on the UW campus, and the consensus was that the event was a great success.  The event was co-sponsored by: UW-Madison Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program, UW International Student Services - Millennium Development Goals Awareness Project, Edgewood College Center for Global Education, and SERRV International.

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