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A listing of CACM Student Award winners (from 1992 to present) has now been added to our website! 


Tori Swarm, senior applied conflict management major, won first place in the art competition held by Student Mediation Services.  Tori did a beautiful wood carving of a tree with a dove flying above it.  Her art will be on display in Twin Towers for the next two years.  Congratulations Tori!



Students in Karen Cunningham's Introduction to Conflict Management classes and Nonviolence: Theory and Practice class wrote essays for consideration in the YES! Magazine Fall 2014 Essay contest.   A portion of Ray Stovall’s essay (written for Nonviolence: Theory & Practice) was selected as a “Literary Gem” — and here it is …

I know that being different it a gift. If you focus on cultivating that gift, you can be the best at anything you choose.
—Ray Stovall, Kent State University, Kent, OH

You can view the Literary Gems excerpts at:

To read the winning essays, check out:


Congratulations to our Spring 2014 CACM student award winners!  Hannah Yackley received the Distinguished Student Leader award, while Sarah Dickinson and Cory James were selected for the Honors Week Award for Outstanding Achievement in Applied Conflict Management.


CACM's Spring 2013 award winners were Evan Gildenblatt, who received the Distinguished Student Leader Award, and Taylor Godine, who received the Honor's Week Award for Outstanding Achievement in Applied Conflict Management.  As an added bonus, Cathy Black, who majored in both Applied Conflict Management and English, was selected by the English Department as their Distinguished Student Leader Award winner.  Way to go, Evan, Taylor and Cathy!


Students in Karen Cunningham’s Spring 2013 Intro to Conflict Management classes had an assignment to an write essay in response to the YES! Magazine article, "What  Can Change When We Learn to See Each Other," by Akaya Windwood.  The top essays from each class were submitted for the YES! Winter 2013 essay competition.  An excerpt from the essay written by Sihui (Sabrina) Song was featured as a “literary gem” on the magazine’s website.  Congratulations Sabrina!!  Read more about the contest and see the excerpt that was published at:



Alumni News


Jacquelyn Bleak (2009) has been hired as the Program Manager for the new Student Conflict & Mediation Services program here at Kent State, starting Fall 2014, and will be teaching some of our CACM courses.  You can find a link to her profile on our CACM faculty page.  Welcome back, Jacquelyn!


Kathleen Jackson (2009) was selected to be the Executive Director of the Cleveland Mediation Center, effective May 27, 2014.  More information can be found in the Cleveland Mediation Center's March 24 press release.  Congratulations Kathleen!


On Friday, October 4, 2013, CACM had their first ever Alumni Reunion.  Alumni attending were Jeanie Collitte (2002), Jill Eubanks, Helen Varouhas (2001), Jennifer Pierce (2010) and Mary Lovin (2004).


Evan Gildenblatt (2013) is putting his student government experience and conflict management skills to good use -- he is now employed as Kent State University's Special Assistant for Federal Relations in Washington, D.C.   Evan was featured in an August 2013 e-Inside article.  According to Evan's profile page, he "assists in implementing the university's federal agenda by advocating for higher education policies that benefit and further Kent State's strategic goals. Additionally, Evan analyzes legislative policies and proposals, coordinates Capitol Hill and agency meetings for Kent State leaders, attends legislative hearings, and drafts correspondence on behalf of the Office of Federal Relations."


Amanda Parker (2009) graduated from Ohio State in Spring 2013 with two advanced degrees -- a J.D. and an MBA.  An interview with Amanda was published in Ohio State Moritz Law School's All Rise magazine and on the Briefing Room webpage.   Congratulations Amanda!


Yvette Mendoza (2009), who now works with the Center for Student Involvement here at Kent State University, received the 2013 Ebony Achievement Award from  Black United Students for Advisor of the Year.    That’s not the only honor that Yvette has earned since graduating.  In 2012, the student organization that Yvette advises, the Spanish and Latino Student Association, won student organization of the year.  And in 2011, Yvette received the Latino Networking Caucus Outstanding Alumni Award in the areas of community service and involvement.  Way to go, Yvette!