Origins

John Jenkins and Herbert W. Whitney founded the Student Conference On National Affairs in 1955 with the opening of Texas A&M's Memorial Student Center. Their mentor and advisor, J.W. Stark threw the two Corps of Cadets members and the original SCONA team into traveling for office visits and mailing out invitations for universities around the nation. The first SCONA conference hosted seven speakers, including the Assistant Secretary of State, George C. McGhee. The Memorial Student Center and SCONA provided Aggies with a chance to bond over an incredible national affairs conference. For over 60 years, students from across the nation and the world travel to Aggieland to represent unique voices and perspectives.


 



THE 61ST MSC STUDENT CONFERENCE ON NATIONAL AFFAIRS

The topic for the 61st Student Conference on National Affairs is, "The Global Chessboard: Old Players, New Agendas". This topic deals with the question of the "New Cold War" and the rebalancing of world power relations. We will be examining the role of U.S. policy and grand strategy within this global power structure. Some of our subtopics for the conference will include national missile defense, Putin's long-term agenda, and issue indivisibility between East and West. The conference will be held February 18-20, 2016.

Preparations for SCONA 61 are in the works so check back here as we bring you speaker updates, subtopic choices, and more!

Join the SCONA 61 Committee

SCONA 61 COMMITTEE APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN AUGUST 31-SEPTEMBER 11 AT 5:00PM
SCONA offers several programs throughout the year for students to engage with and learn from experts on various topics of international concern from the perspective of U.S. policy-making, as well as opportunities to join our behind-the-scenes team. To make these conferences possible, we need a solid team of committee members to assist in preparations alongside our Board of Directors.

How to Apply
1. Select "Join the Committee" under the "SCONA Committee" tab above.

2. Select "Member Application" to print and complete the form.

3. Once completed, print an official cover page at apply.msc.tamu.edu.

4. Attach the cover page to your application and turn into the MSC Student Programs Office by 5:00 PM on September 11, 2015.

5. After dropping off your application, sign up on the provided list for an interview time.

If you need assistance to complete this process, please contact the SCONA 61 Vice Chair, Ellie Freeman, at scona.vicechair@gmail.com.