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Newsletter Master of Science in Conflict Management htt p : //www. ken n es aw. e d u /ms cm /

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Letter from the Director Greetings,

The Fall semester began with Cohort XVII completing summer courses and our big welcome to Cohort XVIII. In this newsletter you will see the students’ and faculty’s busy summer and the fall already underway. Learn more about the 2nd Annual Career Fair and the accomplishments of our current students, alumni, and faculty.

In this Issue:

Featured Articles........................2 Announcements...........................4 Upcoming Events.........................5 Faculty Accomplishments..........6

We are anticipating an exciting fall semester that includes the return of many annual events, including the Study Abroad (Ireland/Northern Ireland), the ACR Conference (Baltimore), the GA State Conflict Resolution Conference in October, and the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution (GODR) Dispute Resolution Symposium in December. These fall events act as a sort of “conflict management homecoming”, bringing together the conflict management community to connect and learn. They have become an especially important

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time for me and the faculty to see the alums of the MSCM program and our colleagues from other institutions to (re)connect. Whether you attend one or all of these events, please take a moment to find faculty, current students, alums, and friends of the program and make yourself known. I think the recent Career Fair really brought home how impressive our alums and partners are and how much we appreciate your willingness to engage with our current students and provide your wisdom and experience. As always, if you have news items (new jobs, exciting opportunities, etc.) please let us know, we love to hear from you. You can also stay in touch with us via our facebook page, Twitter and Linked In. I hope the Fall weather comes soon,

Sherrill Hayes, Ph.D., MSCM Director

Featured Articles Welcome Cohort 18!

Cohort 18 is off to great start after their first weekend of classes on August 26th and 27th. There are twenty-one students representing twelve different educational backgrounds. There are also advanced degrees within the cohort such as MBA’s, law degrees, theology, and education specialist. We are looking forward to having Cohort 18 as future alumni and learning more about the work they are doing in their communities.

Eric Helliwell, MSCM Student Offered Internship with Colombian Non-Profit in Bogota, Colombia Eric Helliwell, Cohort 17, will be traveling in September and October to intern with a Colombian non-profit in Bogotá. This agency, The Foundation for Reconciliation, is working with displaced persons and ex-fighters in Colombia’s 50-year civil war. Since he chose the international certificate option in the MSCM program, he felt he wanted to do an international internship to round out the credentials. He’s unsure if he will follow this as a new career path, but


the opportunity to experience this was compelling. More about the Foundation can be found here (Spanish site) or here (English site). Colombia is hopefully in the final stages of ending their long conflict. In June, the initial peace accord was signed, and in July the Colombian Constitutional Court approved moving to a referendum. Hopefully soon the people will vote on its fate. This is evolving rapidly, so

it will be an exciting time to be there. Interested readers can follow for useful updates. Eric is hopeful that he will be able to assist with courseware and observation of the forgiveness and reconciliation principles in action. He also hopes to master his Spanish beyond the functional tourist/ intermediate level. All in all, he plans to offer his best efforts to the people of Colombia on their journey during his 2 month stay. Hasta luego!

2nd Annual Conflict Management Career and Networking Fair Pictures by David Caselli, University Relations

We are so pleased with the turnout of our 2nd annual Conflict Management Career and Networking Fair! Thank you to all who were able to attend. If you did not attend, feel free to contact us regarding exhibitor information. Our exhibitors are extremely helpful in giving career advice as well as networking within the field of conflict management and resolution. If you would like contact information to any of the following organizations, please contact us. We plan to offer this event annually, so be on the lookout in May for information on our next Career and Networking Fair.

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Georgia Conflict Center Peace Corps GA State Ombuds Lutheran Services of Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution Fulton County ADR Cobb Magistrate Court Mediation Program 7th District ADR GA State University College of Law FEMA Juvenile Mediation Bartow County Division of Family and Children Services CDC Office of Financial Resources (OFR) CDC Alternative Dispute Resolution Department of State from Spellman College


Announcements Stan Conyer, Cohort 8 recently became an ordained pastor for the Bayside Community Church. As pastor, he directs the Care and Counseling Ministries for the church. Bayside Community Church has 5 campus’s on the west coast of Florida.

Brandon Marlow, Cohort 14 is now Organizer at American Federation of Teachers—Ohio Organizing Project.

Kerri Ann Forde (formerly Edwards), Cohort 14 married in February 2015. She is now one of the mediators who has been chosen to do mediations in the Supreme Court (and magistrates courts) in Barbados when the pilot project officially starts in September. She quit her full-time job working for government (at the hospital) last year to focus on Mediation full time which gave her this opportunity with the courts.

Alternative Violence Project (AVP) Workshop on KSU Kennesaw Campus Submitted by Dr. Heather Pincock


Saturday and Sunday, September 17 & 18 from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm


Kennesaw State University Kennesaw Campus

Take this workshop for personal growth or as a first step toward volunteering as a workshop facilitator in the community or in our prisons.


Open to all–staff, students, alumni, faculty, and friends.

How to Register

Participants earn a Basic Certificate after attending their first workshop and an Advanced Certificate after attending the second workshop. To become a facilitator, participants must attend the Training for Facilitators workshop.

Donation requested of $20. Lunch provided. Email or Call Karen at (404) 797-8079


In a series of hands-on, experiential, Conflict Resolution Workshops, you will connect with others, laugh, and share while exploring ways to reduce conflict with your family, at work, and in the world.

Brook Teshome, Cohort 15 is currently working as an Intern at the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA). He works on resolving election related violence and supports sustainable democracy throughout the world with a special focus on West Africa and Asia. He is based in Addis Abada, Ethiopia.

Upcoming Events

A Journey of a 1000 Miles ACR Annual Conference Sept. 13 @ 12:30, Student Sept. 26 to Oct. 1 Center, Kennesaw Campus Baltimore, Maryland Great event coming up next week to Kennesaw State University titled “A Journey of a 1000 Miles: The Roadmap to Your Community”. Speaker Chris Holshek, author of “Travels with Harley,” will be speaking to the KSU community about the importance of serving your community. Hosted with the Center for Student Leadership at Kennesaw State University, TRENDS Global, and the United Nations Association of the United States of America. Please join us in giving Chris a warm welcome!

Dr. Susan Raines will bet traveling with Cohort 17 to Baltimore, MD for the annual ACR Conference. This year’s theme is Principles into Practice, reflecting on the commitment by conflict resolution practitioners and the ACR to the practical application of the guiding principles of the respective processes.

Conflict Resolution Symposium, Featuring Chris Crass, October 21 SO 5071, Kennesaw Campus

Chris Crass is a longtime organizer, writer, and educator focusing on anti-racist organizing and racial justice. He is one of the leading voices in white communities for religious freedom, racial justice, and Black Lives Matter. Chris will be speaking about how we can address racism and discrimination against religious minorities. In addition, he helps his audiences feel connected to a living legacy of work for racial justice and gives them tools and support to get involved.

MSCM Study Abroad, November 5-12, 2016 Cohort 17 will travel with Dr. Sherrill Hayes and Dr. Susan Raines on their study abroad experience around the Emerald Isle in Northern Ireland and The

Republic of Ireland. They will learn about the conflicts and conflict resolution experiences of mediators, facilitators, former combatants and peacemakers.


Faculty Accomplishments 6

Dr. Sherrill Hayes,

Director, MSCM Program

Teaching • Supervised successful PhD dissertation defense of Pranay Rana, who graduated July 30th. Research • Hayes, S. W., & Smith, D. J., Ogbozor, E. (2016, May). “Extraordinary Careers Require Unusual Instruction”: Using community engaged learning in Peace and Conflict Studies,” The Sixth Annual Academic Symposium: Innovation in Graduate Peace and Conflict Resolution Education, George Mason University, School of

Dr. Susan Raines,

Professor of Conflict Management

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Provided training in specialized issues of domestic violence to attorneys in Columbus, Georgia. Provided General Civil Training for Senior Superior Court Judges in the 7th District (with Ansley Barton) Provided leadership training for High School leaders in Decatur, GA Taught a 3 credit class on

Conflict Analysis & Resolution, Arlington, VA. • Hayes, S. (2016, June 4). “Social Return on Investment (SROI) Models”, Workshop for the Leadership of the Georgia State Defense Force, Clay National Guard Center, Marietta, GA. • Hayes, S. (2016, June 7). ‘Peacejacking’ and social policy: a case study of Martin Luther King and the Fair Housing Act of 1968. Two Centuries of Peacemaking: From the Peace Society to Martin Luther King. Newcastle University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK. Service • Served as the Graduate Faculty Status application reviewer for Graduate College • Served as the Visiting Editor for the Journal of Peacebuilding and Development Special Issue on Migration and Refugee Resettlement

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“World Peace in Film & Lit” to undergrads at KSU Taught Domestic Relations mediation to MSCM students and guests at KSU Became a member of the Domestic Violence task force for the Georgia Supreme Court’s Commission on Dispute Resolution. Ziplined, Tubed and camped all over Georgia with her son

Dr. Timothy Hedeen,

Professor of Conflict Management

Published an article with Dr. Heather Pincock “Where the Rubber Meets the Clouds: Anticipated Developments in Conflict and Conflict Resolution Theory” in the Ohio State Journal of Dispute Resolution Delivered guest lecture on negotiation skills for mediators at Georgia State University College of Law in May

Dr. Heather Pincock,

Assistant Professor of Conflict Management •

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Taught MSCM 7600 which involved working with CXVII students as they developed and finalized their field work projects Taught POLS 4470 Alternative Dispute Resolution to KSU undergrads Taught MSCM 7220 Negotiation

Dr. Paul Story,

Assistant Professor of Psychology

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Conducted advanced training of special education mediators through the Illinois State Board of Education in June Taught Dispute Systems Design for Cohort 17 (and taught Designing Conflict Systems for Hamline University) over the summer; taught Grant writing and Evaluation in August Participated in research and strategic planning for Georgia Supreme Court’s Commission on Dispute Resolution

Theory for the first time to students outside the MSCM program (MBA, MPA, and Ed.D) Published “Where the Rubber Meets the Clouds: Anticipated Developments in Conflict and Conflict Resolution Theory” Ohio State Journal of Dispute Resolution 30(3): 431-449, with Timothy Hedeen Co-facilitated Alternatives to Violence Project Workshops in Clarkston GA and Lee Arrendale State (Women’s) Prison Traveled to Ontario, Canada to visit family and friends

N. Elliott,) had a publication accepted, “Motivational Situations of Choice” Traveled to Hilton Head, SC for a week with his wife

Taught two research intensive classes in Psychology over the summer. One of his undergraduate students, One my undergraduates (Charles


To provide submissions to the MSCM newsletter, email Nicole Connelly at or call 470) 578-6299.

The Master of Science in Conflict Management (MSCM) program at Kennesaw State University provides students with the knowledge and skills to manage conflict in today’s challenging environments. MSCM education addresses the issues that divide our world by encouraging communication, fostering positive relationships and developing comprehensive, long-term solutions. Further, it provides a set of tools and a way of thinking that enhances the safety and vitality of our families, communities and workplaces.

Master of Science in Conflict Management Department of Political Science and International Affairs Kennesaw State University 365 Cobb Ave. MD 1603 Kennesaw, GA 30144

MSCM Fall 2016 Newsletter  

Welcome to Cohort 18, Conflict Management Career and Networking Fair, and exciting events coming up!

MSCM Fall 2016 Newsletter  

Welcome to Cohort 18, Conflict Management Career and Networking Fair, and exciting events coming up!