Mid-Atlantic European Union Simulation Consortium (MEUSC) was created in 1993 with three schools—Gettysburg College, Millersville University, and Susquehanna University—and only thirty-four students.
Today, with more than 20 years of simulations and over 1,500 students through the simulation process, MEUSC continues to provide a high quality experiential learning program: a three-day simulation of the European Union’s decision-making institutions and policy-making procedures.
Over the course of three days in mid-November, students converge on Washington, D.C. to engage in professional-level political briefings and to participate in simulated meetings of the European Union’s primary decision-making bodies: EU Commission, Council of Ministers, the European Parliament, and the European Council. MEUS is one of only three EU simulations nationwide that use all four of these institutions.
The Mid-Atlantic European Union Simulation continually seeks to engage students in discussions and debates that are both current and topical in EU decision-making circles. Some recent examples include the EU’s relationship with its eastern and southern neighbors, organic agriculture and search for alternative sources of energy, pollution of the Mediterranean, and human trafficking.
MEUSC’s EU simulation program can be viewed as nothing less than an overwhelming success, particularly in terms of its unique ability to help students merge academic knowledge about the European Union with practical application in EU politics and policy making — literally bringing the EU to life for college-level students.
The Executive Committee of the Mid-Atlantic European Union Simulation Consortium includes:
Participating Institutions and Faculty
This European Union Simulation would be impossible without unwavering commitment of the faculty advisors and their respective institutions. In turn, MEUS faculty have often identified the EU Simulation program as an effective tool in bridging international and comparative political theory and reality for the students, and have noted the intellectual stimulation that the EU Simulation program has brought to their own careers as teachers and scholars.
While the membership of MEUSC varies slightly over time, most participating colleges and universities have been committed to it for many years. The recent Mid-Atlantic European Union Simulations involved the following faculty and institutions:
- Peter Loedel, West Chester University, West Chester, PA
- Andreas Sobisch, John Carroll University, University Heights, OH
- Gretchen Van Dyke, The University of Scranton, Scranton, PA
- Javier Aguayo, York College of Pennsylvania, York, PA
- Philip Benesch and Diane Johnson, Mr. Ed Morgan, Lebanon Valley College, Annville, PA
- Oya Dursun-Ozkanca, Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA
- Steve Jackson, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA
- Christianna Leahy, McDaniel College, Westminster, MD
- Andrea Lopez and Nick Clark, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA
- Stephen Lund, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
- Paul Manuel and Amanda Beal, Mount St. Mary’s University, Emmitsburg, MD
- Marek Payerhin, Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, VA
- John Scherpereel, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA