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Quarterly Newsletter,Volume 2, Issue 2

The CommUNAcator

Greater Lansing United Nations Association
"Your Connection to the United Nations"
  September 2015


Join us at the Peace Day Event 
on September 27, 2015!

GLUNA decided to celebrate the UN-designated International Day of Peace with a "Peace March". It will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 27, beginning with a “march” followed by peace-related activities for all ages, including music, art, yoga, games, information, refreshments and the planting of a permanent peace pole. You may park in the Potter Park Zoo lot (free before 9 a.m.; $3 for Ingham residents and $5 for non-residents after that) and meet at the Tiger’s Den Pavilion (next to the lot) no later than 2 p.m.

Participants will walk, (or “hop, skip, jump and run”) on a one-mile march (or a half-mile option) along the Lansing Riverwalk together showing our commitment to “move, work and live for peace." All are welcomed to wear attire that expresses their nationality, school, community of faith, team, etc. creating a beautiful sight as we march together. Those using strollers and wheelchairs are welcome.

Participation is free; registration is appreciated. To register and obtain more information, please visit T-shirts may be purchased online at discounted prices until September 4th (to be picked up the day of the event.) We hope that many of you order these beautiful tees (children sizes available.)

This event is hosted by Greater Lansing United Nations Association, Peace Education Center, Michigan State University United Nations Association, Edgewood United Church and Haslett High School's Model UN Club. It is sponsored by many other organizations including Bell’s Pizza, Foods for Living, Grand Traverse Pie Company, Insomnia Cookies, LATTICE, , Michigan Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, Michigan Division UNA, MSU International Studies & Programs, MSU Outreach & Engagement, MSU Student Housing Cooperative, and Plymouth Congregational Church.

GLUNA has New Partners!

We are happy to announce that the MSU UNA has been started!  MSU students James Millar, Monica Watts and JoEllen Gay have spearheaded this new MSU club. Watch for future events they will be co-sponsor with GLUNA. Also the Haslett High School Model UN Club was created this spring through the determination of GLUNA volunteer and HHS student Shreya Srivastava.  Teacher Kim Snook is the club's advisor. 

UN 70th Anniversary Gala Celebration

Sustainably Lighting the World

Opening Event: Sunday, October 25th, 5:30-8:30pm
 Abrams Planetarium (MSU)

Guest Speakers: Daniel G. Nocera, PhD, Patterson Rockwood Professor of Energy, Harvard University and winner of the United Nations Science and Technology Award
United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Representative (TBD)

5:30pm: Registration & Heavy Hors d’oeuvres 
6:30pm: Presentations & Awards
Sunday Registration: $30 ($25 GLUNA members) 
Registration details at

Come early to enjoy Abram's Public Show
 "Two Small Pieces of Glass"
$4 admission, 4pm

Main Conference: Monday, October 26, 8:30-5:00pm
MSU Henry Center
A variety of speakers from Michigan State University, the State of Michigan, and private industry will speak about cutting-edge research and initiatives making sustainable energy more achievable and affordable for today and for future generations.

Monday Registration: $35 (GLUNA members $15)
Please register at or by calling 517.353.4336.

Why Light?

The United Nations has chosen to celebrate its 70th year with the theme, International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies.  Why?  There are so many reasons!

Broadening our understanding of light:

Let’s start with the basics: remember photosynthesis?  We all know light is necessary for the generation of life itself.  Another concept that most of us are not as familiar with is photonics, or the study of photons—which are the particles of light.  It is believed that the 21st century advances will depend on photonics as much as our prior century depended on electronics.  Photonics already is utilized within the technologies of our daily lives—our electronics, smartphones, medical devices, and lighting technologies.

Lighting the World: Advancing Lives

About 20% of global electricity consumption goes to lighting.  Lighting allows us to safely venture into our communities for recreation after dark; beyond that, think of the importance of light to work and study every day.  Where would our homes, schools, cities and recreation facilities be without light?

Powering the World: Sustainability

Unfortunately, the light (and energy) we are creating isn’t always done sustainably.  Light pollution is causing real threats to scientific research as well as the above-mentioned photosynthesis that is necessary for vegetation to thrive.  The fossil fuels that are burned to create this light and energy are causing other damage to the planet.  What is the solution?  In part—it’s light!  Real advances in solar technologies are creating sustainable alternatives, which in turn create economic opportunities.

We hope you are able to join us on October 25-26 as we further explore the importance of light in our society, and how it can move our communities forward in a sustainable way.  More information will soon be available at

Be a Greater Lansing UNA “Global Citizen!” 

Your annual membership fees support the UNA-USA as well as Greater Lansing UNA, but additional fundraising is necessary to fulfill our mission.  You can donate in your own name or in someone’s honor. (We will send a card acknowledging your gift to that person.) 

Donated funds are used to: 
  • Provide resources for World Friendship Day to educate our youth about the world and the United Nations. 
  • Support Model United Nations programs in local schools. 
  • Provide programs for the community. 
  • Bring UN experts to our events. 
  • Sponsor Greater Lansing UNA representatives to attend the UNA annual meeting in Washington D.C. 
  • Provide UNA membership “scholarships” for MSU grad students. 
  • Provide educational materials about the UN’s work.

Greater Lansing UNA 2015 “Global Citizenship” donor levels are: 
  • “Supporter” - up to $99 
  • “Friend” - from $100 to $249 
  • “Advocate” - from $250 to $499 
  • “Promoter” - from $500 to $999 
  • “Ambassador” - from $1000 to $4999 
  • “Lifetime Donor” - $5000 and up 

Donor names will be listed in the UN Day program on Sunday, October 25, 2015 (if received before October 15) and will be on our web site (unless requested otherwise). THANK YOU!
Donations may be sent to GLUNA, P.O. Box 283, DeWitt, MI 48820 or donate online at using PayPal.

Watch for the next issue of The CommUNAcator in December!

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