DSU Hosts Model United Nations Event
The Dakota State University College of Arts and Sciences is hosting a Model United Nations event Monday, March 1 from 9:30am to 2:30 pm at the Dakota Prairie Playhouse. 115 DSU students from English, speech, and geography classes will be representing 30 countries. The students will be debating and voting on topics including water quality, global warming, pollution from fish farming, H1N1, international migration, and drug trafficking.
The luncheon keynote speaker will be Kent Thompson. Thompson has been doing medical and mission work in Tanzania, East Africa since 1999.
Thompson is the president of Miner County Bank. In the late 1980's there were no medical services in Howard, so Thompson and his wife Sally became EMT's on the local ambulance service. Thompson later became a certified EMT and a paramedic. In 1999 he was invited to travel to Tanzania, East Africa by Dr. Steve Meyer of Sioux City to do medical and mission work. Inspired by his work in Africa, Thompson returned to the classroom at SDSU and earned a degree in psychology in 2004. He also earned a degree in nursing from SDSU in 2006.
Since his first trip in 1999, Thompson has returned to Arusha, Tanzania annually to continue his medical and mission work.
A live stream of the Model UN event will be available from the DSU homepage from 9:30am to 2:30pm Monday. The event is also open to the public.