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Letter from the Director Greetings,

Summer means that parking is easier on campus, Cohort XVI begins planning field work and anticipates ACR Reno in October and the study abroad to Germany/France in November, and we await the arrival of Cohort XVII. In this edition you will see the many interesting and important initiatives our faculty, students, and alumni have been involved in over the past few months. As always, I am amazed at the work that each of you do to contribute to conflict management wherever you are. Make sure to share your stories with us!

In this Issue:

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

Kennesaw State is now a “New U”. This means the consolidation with our colleagues at the former SPSU is official and while this has not had a direct impact on our program, it does bring opportunities. One of those opportunities is the (likely) move of the MSCM program office to a different building on the Kennesaw campus, which will bring us closer to our colleagues in the Center for Conflict Management and the PhD Program in International Conflict Management. While we have always worked across programs in training and teaching, we hope that being closer together will further facilitate the development of

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new and innovative opportunities for students, faculty, and alumni. Check for updates on our social media platforms for more information as this develops in the coming months and call or email before you visit in case we’re not where we were when you were last here! One exciting announcement for the fall is our first “Conflict Management Career Fair”. It will be held on August 21, 2015 and will feature peace organizations and great networking opportunities for alumni and current students. I want to thank Dr. Susan Raines and Nicole Connelly for helping plan this event and each of you, in advance, for making it the success I know it will be. Look for the results in the next newsletter. As always, if you have news items (new jobs, exciting opportunities, etc.) please keep in touch as we’d love to hear from you. You can also stay in touch with us via our facebook page, Twitter, and LinkedIn. All the best for a great summer ahead,

Sherrill Hayes, Ph.D., MSCM Director

Featured Articles Left to Right: Heather Pincock (Advisor), Cohort XVI Students: Chloe Choi, Lola Davis, Caitlin Lowther, Darryl Wilson.

Mock Mediation Owls Represent MSCM Submitted by Dr. Heather Pincock, MSCM Associate Professor

The Kennesaw State MSCM Mediation Owls (photo attached) traveled to Burlington Vermont on March 21-22 to participate in the 4th Annual Graduate Mock Mediation Co-opetition. Host school Champlain College welcomed teams from Connecticut (Quinnipiac), Massachusetts (Brandeis), Texas (Southern Methodist) and of course Georgia (KSU!) representing graduate programs in dispute resolution, conflict management, and peace and conflict. The Mediation Owls had a star lineup; Mock Mediation veteran Caitlin Lowther was joined by talented rookies Chloe Choi, Lola Davis and Darryl Wilson. The March Madness in Vermont consisted of four rounds of mediation simulations asking participants to apply their collaborative problem


solving skills to community, court, workplace, and international contexts. Players co-mediate with a colleague from another team, and work together with fellow teammates to play advocate/client teams over the four rounds of play. Experienced mediators judge their performance and award points according to the mediation and negotiation skills they demonstrate. Highlights of the teams’ performance included a perfect sweep in the second round with Lola Davis in mediator role and Caitlin Lowther and Chole Choi fielding a client/advocate team in another room. Darryl Wilson’s Oscar worthy performance on a client/advocate team in the final four (fourth

round) also scored top points for the Intercollegiate Team (made up of alternates from participant schools) for its creativity and strategic brilliance.

Although the Mediation Owls did not bring home a trophy, the tournament was a great success. “I couldn’t be happier with my team’s performance” Coach Pincock told reporters on Sunday evening. “They have represented KSU-MSCM very well by engaging in collaborative problem solving with impressive skill. Most of all I’m so proud of their off court performance; they showed sportsmanship, curiosity, and a true commitment to the learning opportunities the tournament offered.” Way to go Mediation Owls!

Mock Mediation Welcome, Champlain College, Burlington, Vermont

Project Hope

FL was the site of said simulation. For those who are unaware, IRSC is one of the prime locations in the United States for first responder training. That means that there Submitted by Joshua Hill, Cohort XVI are numerous fire towers, half 70 hours. That’s what I had signed destroyed buildings, and other settings up for, right? It was a 70 hour live, that make for an incredibly realistic intense, and constant humanitarian setting. relief simulation, and its name was Project Hope. 70 hours doesn’t seem To say that Project Hope was an that long when I think about it now, educational experience would not but my 70 hours in the war-torn and even come close to describing the impoverished nation of Atlantica benefits of my participation. I was was by far the longest hours of my fortunate enough to receive education life. It was 70 hours full of gunfire, in the fields of negotiation, prisoner negotiations, insurgent forces, exchange, first aid, and dehydrated food, sunburns, and emergency preparedness to figuring out how best to work with name a few. In addition, I 22 people I had never met before in a learned a lot about myself. place I had never been. Indian River I learned that when the State College (IRSC) in Fort Pierce,

Humanitarian Simulation Training

time comes, I am completely capable of taking charge, but I also can be a worker amongst workers. I learned that when things get hard, when the conditions are bad, and when I am stressed, strained, and/or tired, I am capable of pushing through. Most importantly, I learned that this is the kind of work that I want to do for the rest of my life. I am truly grateful for having had this experience, and I can’t wait to return to Atlantica next year as a participant in the simulation in the form of an actor.

Students from many different schools prepare for real-life crises with simulation


Congratulations to MSCM Students and Alumni!

Announcements 4

Esha Patel, Cohort 16, had an opportunity to work as a mediation translator for the first time in Douglas county for a Gujarati family. The judge asked her to become an official translator for metro Atlanta and she has already set up future mediation appointments. Esha is fluent in Gujarati, Hindi, and Punjabi.

festivals across the southeast. See their pottery at: Katie Jones, Cohort 14, moved to Denver in April to continue her career with the Air Force Reserves at Buckley Air Force Base. Debra Mahan, Cohort 12, was promoted to Director of Transportation at KSU. She is responsible for the entire BOB shuttle system for both campuses. In addition, she teaches part-time in the First Year Studies at KSU.

Gene Vickery, Cohort 1, Is facilitating a Global Issues Dialogue Hannah Pilla, Cohort 15, is excited to announce course, of his own design, at the that her and her husband are expecting their first Osher Life-long Learner Institute child in August. (OLLI) of Emory University at Executive Park this Spring Quarter. Naomi Stewart Day, Cohort He has another discussion group 6, is excited to announce that at the ELM program for seniors in she got married last spring and Marietta. Last Quarter he facilishe is currently the managing tated the discussion of the Great Attorney of Parkway Law in Decisions course in Foreign Policy. Alpharetta, GA He developed a new course idea as a goal for the Osher Foundation grant support. His proposal was apJoshua Floyd, Cohort 12, and proved by the History and Religion his wife celebrated the birth of Committee. their first child, Wyatt Milton Floyd, on February 19, 2015-Ashley Sequens, Cohort 13, has A future conflict management a new job as the Program Coordiprofessional! nator for the Georgia Prevention Project, a statewide non-profit that focuses on educating awareness about drug prevention. Ansley McKenney Wood, Cohort 9, graduated with her Jessica Long, Cohort 7, will be MBA in December and shortly celebrating her two year anniverafter, she and her husband sary of her solo law firm, Jessica celebrated the birth of their first Long Law, LLC, in June 2015. Her child, Eliza Grace Wood, on firm is located in Woodstock and January 16, 2015. focuses on family, juvenile, Guardian ad Litem, and criminal legal matters. Haley Everson, Cohort 13, and Jordan Smith welcomed their Barton Harris, Cohort 11, and first child, Alexis Smith, on his wife started a business called March 13, 2015. Purple Unicorn Pottery where they make all kinds of handmade pottery and showcase their works at

Upcoming Events June 17-22, 2015

2015 International CRE Summit on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution: Tensions and Opportunities at George Mason University School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Pre-conference, main conference and keynote speaker schedule details are now available at creconf

August 21, 12-4:00pm, 2015

MSCM Career and Networking Fair at KSU! Join us for our first career and networking fair for MSCM students and alumni. The career fair is an opportunity to bring your business cards and resumes to networking with your MSCM colleagues and organizations in Atlanta. If you’re interested in joining the event as an exhibitor, let us know! This is also a great opportunity for businesses looking for interns and/or new applicants.

October 7-10, 2015

Association of Conflict Resolution Conference in Reno, Nevada. With over 75 exciting sessions, 120 expert speakers, numerous special events, and hundreds of colleagues, this is ADR’s “Must Attend” event this Fall! More details at:


Faculty Accomplishments 6

Dr. Sherrill Hayes,

Director, MSCM Program

• Two co-presentations “Is refugee resettlement sustainable? Policies, programs, and people” and “McDonaldization of humanitarian action: Thinking critically about crises”, 5th International Conference on “Livelihoods, Sustainability, and Conflict” KSU Center for Conflict Management, April 17-18, 2015. • Co-presented “Practicing what we teach in Peace and Conflict Studies: Using simulations, clinics, study abroad, and other applied learning strategies to optimize student learning”, 5th Annual Academic Symposium: Innovation in Graduate Peace & Conflict Resolution Education, United States Institute of Peace, Washington, DC. May 11, 2015.

Dr. Susan Raines,

Professor of Conflict Management

• Taught courses on Organizational Conflict Management for the MSCM program.

• Taught MSCM 7355- Advanced International Mediation Clinic, Jan. 16-17, 2015. • Taught MSCM 7365Humanitarian Crisis Intervention, which involved taking 5 MSCM, 2 INCM PhD, and 3 visiting MA students from Hamburg, Germany to “Atlantic Hope” a 4-day fully immersive humanitarian simulation at Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex in Fort Pierce, FL. March 10-14, 2015. • Co-recipient of a KSU OVPR Grant with Dr. Paul Story and Dr. Sharon Pearcey for a study entitled “Testing Conflict Management in the Lab: Using the ‘Prisoner’s Dilemma’ to examine the relationships of conflict management style, emotional intelligence, and the “Dark Triad” of personality to cortisol, testosterone, and alpha amylase levels”. • Launched a pilot of a Family Business Clinic with faculty from The Cox Family Enterprise Center.

• Mediated in local courts with current and former MSCM students • Traveled to New York City to conduct a review of the Conflict Resolution programs at a local university.

Dr. Timothy Hedeen,

Professor of Conflict Management

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• Published an article with Geetha Ravinda, “Alternative Paths to Careers in ADR,” in ABA Dispute Resolution Magazine, and available online at • Presented “How Being Angry Leads to Good Research” with Professors Andrea Schneider, Jill Gross, Sarah Cole, and

Dr. Heather Pincock,

Assistant Professor of Conflict Management

• Taught CM 7310 Interpersonal and Intergroup Conflict to CXVI • Coached (with INCM PhD student Wim Laven) undergraduate and graduate mock mediation teams at KSU

Dr. Paul Story,

Assistant Professor of Psychology

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Nancy Welsh and the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution annual conference in Seattle Conducted advanced training for the Pennsylvania Council of Mediators in Harrisburg Conducted advanced training for the federal mediators of the Western District of Michigan in Grand Rapids Conducted mediation training for a new Emory Faculty Mediation program Conducted mediation training sponsored by the Health Care Ethics Consortium of Georgia Conducted a webinar on mediator pressure for the mediators of the District Court of Maryland

• Traveled with CXVI students to the 4th Annual Graduate Mediation “Co-opetition” at Champlain College in Burlington VT • Participated as a mediation role-play coach in two trainings led by Tim Hedeen at Emory University • Volunteered as an organizers and co-facilitator of community workshops with the newly established Atlanta chapter of Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP)

Received a grant with Dr. Hayes, and Dr. Sharon Pearcey from Psychology. The purpose of the grant is to understand psychological, physiological, social predictors of successful negotiations. Taught Research Methods to MSCM Cohort 16.


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.

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MSCM Spring 2015  

The latest news from the MSCM program at Kennesaw State University. *Mock Mediation Owls* *Project Hope Humanitarian Simulation Training* *M...

MSCM Spring 2015  

The latest news from the MSCM program at Kennesaw State University. *Mock Mediation Owls* *Project Hope Humanitarian Simulation Training* *M...