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Letter from the Director Greetings,

The spring semester begins with a fond farewell and congratulations to Cohort XV and a welcome back to Cohort XVI. In this newsletter you will see what a busy fall the students had. Learn more about the study abroad to Cambodia, Dr. Pincock’s continued coaching success of the Mock Mediation Teams (no pressure Cohort XVI), and some of the accomplishments of our alumni.

In this Issue:

Congratulations Cohort XV.........2 Featured Article.......................... 3 Announcements...........................4 Upcoming Events.........................5 Faculty Accomplishments..........6

As recruiting season for Cohort XVII is in full swing, I would like to encourage our students, alums, friends, and community partners to talk to people about your experiences with and in the program. We hope you will encourage anyone you know who’s been “thinking about this for a few years” to get in touch with us. We continue to find that personal connections and compelling stories about your experiences that send us the high quality students

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we have every year. Many questions are better answered by those of you who have been on the “other side of the desk”. We are having several open house events in the spring (see the website for details) and hope to have a few more casual “Meet & Greet” sessions. We want to encourage as many of you to come as possible so we can build a community around conflict management. 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, LinkedIn, and our growing blog. All the best for a great spring ahead,

Sherrill Hayes, Ph.D., MSCM Director

Congratulations Cohort XV! Bottom: Quoquise Jackson anxiously awaits to walk across the graduation stage. Middle: Hannah Pilla, Barry Beers, Mark McCambell, and Doug Barber pose for a quick pre-walk shot. Bottom: Group shot of Cohort XV.

Cohort XV Graduates! December 16, 2014

After 16 challenging months, an ACR trip to Cincinnati, and an International trip to Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, Cambodia, Cohort XV finally earned their stripes. With eight Justice and Organization Certificates and ten International Conflict Management Certificates, Cohort XV is the first graduating class to complete embedded certificates. We are excited to add this great group of students to our growing list of alumni. Please welcome us in congratulating them!


Featured Article Cambodian war. As voice is used as a tool in working toward justice, I find the artwork a missing link to arrive at justice for all. This tool allows even the ones that are not affected the ability to participate in the emotions of the war. Art also opens the door as another medium for the ones Submitted by Kiddada Grey, Cohort XV that may have caused harm to realize the harm that was caused. The simplicity of the drawings is People can shut down their ears and what draws me to them. One of the key pieces of the work that Youth for turn away from someone’s story but art is quiet and sits stills. The Peace does is allowing individuals to image is present and it doesn’t move. draw or paint their experiences from It is quietly working its way into the Khmer Rouge period. They take these pieces of art and showcase them someone’s soul. throughout the country as a travelling I cried as I looked at the paintings museum. What intrigued me most because it was the first time on the was the allowance of “voice” in trip I had been touched by the acts another medium such as art. When the word voice is used, automatically of war. Now this may sound cold, but after seeing other locations of one thinks of hearing and it can also genocide, war artifacts are to be mean that you have to be able to expected; bones, skulls, and killing read to hear. In the instance of Youth fields are no longer shocking. But to for Peace, the addition of art allows people who cannot read the ability to have the ability to see and visualize someone’s truth in real time touched hear the stories of trauma and pain, me. from sight. This medium allows everyone, the learned to the unlearned Over the last 16 months, our cohort the ability to be recognize the stories has discussed the need for justice and of everyone who was a part of the we normally see it in legal terms like

Meeting with the Youth for Peace Organization in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

a tribunal where there is a confession and acceptance of the hurt and pains. Embedded in it is the allowance for the victim to have a voice. We have discussed the fact that everyone wants to be heard, but we did not discuss other ways for victims to be heard when the perpetrator does not want to listen. Art has the ability to do that and should be incorporated more into the program as a different way to obtain justice for the individual because the art is their truth. For more MSCM student stories visit:

Top: Youth for Peace banner inside their building. Bottom: A drawing posted at Youth for Peace entitled “Destruction of Family.”



Photo: Back row (left to right): Jackson Young, Askari Dobbs, Michael Campbell. Front row (left to right): Claudine Pierremoise, Melanie Clinton, Courtney Skeete. Not pictured but very proud: Heather Pincock.

KSU Mediation Owls Swoop Through Brenau Invitational Tournament Submitted by Dr. Heather Pincock

The KSU Mediation Owls attended the Brenau Invitational Mock Mediation Tournament in Gainesville GA on Oct. 10-11. With both veteran and rookie members KSU fielded two teams in three rounds of mediation simulations along side teams from UNC-Charlotte, MTSU, Clayton State, Georgia State and home team Brenau University at this regional event. KSU placed well with a top advocate award (Melanie Clinton), a top mediator award (Askari Dobbs), 4th place advocate/ client team (Michael Campbell, Melanie Clinton, Courtney Skeete), 3rd place advocate/client team (Askari Dobbs,Claudine Pierremoise, Jackson Young) and a 5th place overall finish (Askari Dobbs, Claudine Pierremoise,


Jackson Young). “My proudest moment took place outside the official tournament play” said Coach Heather Pincock. She went on to describe how the team worked together to change team member Courtney Skeete’s flat tire early Saturday morning while still managing to make it to the tournament on time! “Every member of the team made a key contribution to the problem solving processit was collaboration at its best and the team showed they can walk the walk of collaborative problem solving in REAL life as well as during tournament play”. Honorable mention goes to Michael Campbell for his leadership during “Operation Flat Tire Change”.

The Mediation Owls later competed at the Georgia State Peacemaking Tournament on October 24 and the International Intercollegiate Tournament at Brenau University in November. The award for Spirit of Mediation Client/ Advocate team, which is voted by peer-to-peer, went to Kennesaw State University’s, Melanie Clinton, in partnership with an alternate team member added from Georgia Southern, Suhaniya Aumbhagavan. Hooty hoot hoot! Gooooo Mediation Owls!!!

Photo Left: Cr. Christian Ike, ASNA National President and MSCM Alum. Photo Right: Dr. Edoh Agbehonou, Cohort IX, during the hooding ceremony for his Ph.D in INCM.

MSCM Alum Travels to Nigeria for Humanitarian Medical Mission Submitted by Dr. Christian Ike, Cohort XIV

Dr. Christian Ike, Cohort XIV, just returned from an Humanitarian Medical Mission in Nigeria held in December 2014. As the National President of the Abia State citizens in United States and Canada, he led a team of doctors, pharmacists, nurses, and other health professionals on the mission. According to Dr. Ike, his conflict management skills were put to use and paid off big time, especially from the experience he gained during the humanitarian crisis management simulation at Indian River State College, Florida. He divided his team into Alpha, Delta and Omega, each with team leaders, and he thought the procedures his cohort used during the simulation in Florida and the ones used during the trip to Northern Ireland were of great use.

According to the Nigeria Masterweb Citizen News, Abia State National Association of North America (ASNA), an association of Abia indigenes in the United States titled the mission the Abia 2014 free Health Fair and Medical Mission. Patients needing surgery from all centers were transported to Madonna Catholic Hospital in Ohokobe Afaraukwu, Umuahia and operated upon by a team of surgeons. Original article, “ASNA Abia 2014 Medical Mission A Huge Success” found on:

Jan 16 The first Open House

of the semester for new MSCM students. For more open house dates, visit http://www.kennesaw. edu/pols/mscm/openhouse.php

MSCM Alum Finishes Ph.D in INCM Dr. Edoh Agbehonou, Cohort IX, completed his Ph.D. in International Conflict Management (INCM) at Kennesaw State University. We are extremely proud of Edoh for such an impressive accomplishment. Way to go Dr. Agbehonou!

Upcoming Events March 10-14

Cohort XVI will travel to Ft. Pierce, Florida to participate in humanitarian simulation training.

April 17-18 5th International

Conference on “Livelihoods, Sustainability, and Conflict” hosted by the Center for Conflict Management. Call (470) 578-2233 for more info. 5

Faculty Accomplishments 6

Dr. Sherrill Hayes,

Conducted two nights of training for Junior League of Atlanta Annual Fall Training on “Know yourself, know your community: Understanding your conflict management style”.

Presented 3 sessions at the Association for Conflict Resolution Annual Conference in Cincinnati, OH in October. • “Pop Culture Peacebuilding: Why Star Wars, Doctor Who and the Hobbit are Essential to the Future of Conflict Resolution Education” • “Full immersion simulation as a means to building career ready skills and awareness: The Atlantic Hope experience” (co-presented with David Smith, Mara Schoeny). • “Using Photovoice as a Conflict Engagement Strategy in Diverse Communities. (co-presented with Birthe Reimers).

Director, MSCM Program

Received a 2014-15 Faculty Learning Community Grants from CETL at KSU on “Exploring the mind-body connection in human conflict: Learning from neuroscience and physiological psychology”

Visited the European Akademie at Otzenhausen (EAO) and Saarland University in Germany with Dean Robin Dorff to help establish a partnership with MSCM and these institutions and conduct a site visit for a Study Abroad.

Co-facilitate a workshop on “Non-violent direct action” at the Amnesty International USA Southern Regional Conference in Decatur, GA in November.

Dr. Susan Raines,

Professor of Conflict Management

• On October 8th she spoke on a panel at the conference of the Association for Conflict Resolution in Cincinnati on the topic of collaboration between ADR organizations. • On November 14th Dr. Susan S. Raines presented her recent research on “Violence and Safety in Mediation” to mediators in DeKalb County.

• On November 20th, she presented a summary of trends and challenges facing the field of mediation to mediators in Cartersville for the 7th District Courts. • On December 12th she spoke at the Georgia Neutrals’ Conference on the topic of Online Dispute Resolution.

Dr. Timothy Hedeen,

Professor of Conflict Management

• Was appointed University Ombudsman in October. • Presented “When Mediation Goes to Court” plenary session with Raye Rawls at ADR Institute and Georgia Neutrals’ Conference in December.

Dr. Heather Pincock,

Assistant Professor of Conflict Management

• Coached (with INCM PhD student Wim Laven) the KSU undergraduate Mock Mediation Team, who attended tournaments at Brenau University and Georgia State University this fall.

Dr. Paul Story,

Assistant Professor of Psychology

• Presented “The (In)Appropriate Role of Mediator Pressure” at the same event, the ADR Institute and Georgia Neutrals’ Conference. • Presented training for International Intercollegiate Mediation Tournament in Gainesville in November: “Setting the Mediation Table for Success: Screening and Preparation” in November. • Delivered “Unpacking the Mediator’s Toolbox, Part I” at the Health Care Ethics Consortium of Georgia, Emory Center for Ethics in December. • Presented at the Association for Political Theory’s First Book Manuscript Workshop in Madison WI where her manuscript “Making Better Citizens? Assessing Deliberation’s Educative Effects” was reviewed and critiqued by a panel of scholars. • Traveled to Cambodia with CXV in November. • Supervised CXV students as they completed their fieldwork projects and final reports.

Taught Leadership and Group Dynamics.

Taught Social Psychology.


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 saftey and vitality of our families, communities and workplaces.

Master of Science in Conflict Management Department of Political Science and International Affairs Kennesaw State University Rm. 5030A, MD 2205, 402 Bartow Avenue Kennesaw, GA 30144

MSCM Winter 2015 Newsletter  

See the latest MSCM news from September to December 2014. A big congratulations goes to Cohort XV for graduating!

MSCM Winter 2015 Newsletter  

See the latest MSCM news from September to December 2014. A big congratulations goes to Cohort XV for graduating!