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International Relations Club Represents UA at National Collegiate Security Conference

Twelve students represented the University of Alabama and the Alabama International Relations Club (AIRC) at the National Collegiate Security Conference (NCSC) XLV, a collegiate Model United Nations conference, in Washington, D.C. in late October.  The conference was hosted by Georgetown University in Bethesda, Maryland and comprised nearly 600 students from universities across the U.S. and Canada.  The mission of the NCSC is to provide for its collegiate participants a professional and enjoyable experience through competitive diplomacy simulations that are interactive, demanding, and educational. Participants representing UA were: Ilham Ali, Evan Anderson, Christian Bender, Zach Boros, Whitney Cravens, Ryan Davey, Madalyn Frasier, Abigail Laurenson, Mason Johnston, Abigail Kappelman, Russell Puffer, and Sam Raburn.

Mason Johnston and Abigail Kappelman won a Verbal Commendation award for their work representing Yemen in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) committee as a double delegation.

To find out more about the AIRC and how to become a member, click here.



Parnab Das

Parnab Das’ love of researching the environment brought him to The University of Alabama.  After responding to a UA Professor’s advertisement for a graduate assistant, he found himself 8,000 miles away from his hometown of Kolkata, India, working on a graduate degree in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  Now, in his third year at UA he co-authored a grant from the EPA and is working on further environmental research.  Parnab enjoys the academic challenges of UA, but is also involved with a number of on campus clubs and activities.  He is the President of the International Student Association, as well as the Indian Students Association of Tuscaloosa.  He is a Graduate School Senator and enjoys membership in the Human Relations Council and the Better Together Interfaith Team.  This past April Parnab was recognized as the Best Student Officer of the Year at the Profiles in Service and Leadership Awards for his dedication to campus involvement and leadership.  He helps to spread his home culture by organizing cultural events that celebrate Indian holidays and expose the campus community to new and interesting celebrations.  This last year he organized both Diwali and Holi celebrations, in his capacity as the President of the Indian Students Association, which each drew over 500 people to celebrate the Indian culture and educate the UA community.