Gainesville State College and Brenau University successful at Mock Mediation Competition

For the second time in three weeks, Brenau University has finished first in a mock mediation competition, winning the overall award at the Georgia State University Mock Mediation Tournament on Oct. 27. Gainesville State College finished second in a number of awards.

Six GSC students placed in the event. Michael Byers tied for top mediator, first round. Byers, 20, Alpharetta, is an English major at GSC. He plans to attend law school after earning his Bachelor’s degree at GSC.

Ruth Celis and Nicole Fernandez took third place in the first round among advocate-client teams. Celis, 26, Flowery Branch, is a general studies major. She is a native of the nation of Colombia. Fernandez, 25, resides in Suwanee and majors in business administration.

Justin Gonzales and Graham Bishop took second place in the second round among advocate-client teams. Gonzales, 19, a native of San Antonio, Texas, currently resides in Suwanee. His major is business administration. Bishop, 19, Duluth, is undecided in his major.

Krista Current, was named second place mediator, second round. Current, 45, Duluth, is a pre-nursing major.

Eight other GSC students were also accompanied at the meet by Dr. Tom Preston, professor of Communication Studies and Mass Media.

The individual winners from Brenau University included Shantel Francis and Melissa Tavilla, who were named as first place mediators in the first round; e Jasmine Dickerson, who was named as a second place mediator in the second round of the two round tournaments. In the advocate/client portion of the competition; Shanelle Todd and Melanie Fain, who received first place in the first round; and Shantel Francis and Vanessa Holguin, who placed first in the second round.

Francis, from Newport News, Va., , is a junior majoring in conflict resolution and legal studies. She will be part of the Brenau team traveling to the National Undergraduate Mock Mediation Tournament at Drake Law School in Des Moines, Iowa, Nov. 11-12.

Tavilla, a junior conflict resolution and legal studies major from Suwanee, Ga., and Dixon, a junior with a double major in music and conflict resolution, were participating in only their second competition.

Todd, a psychology major from Suwanee, Ga., and Fain, a conflict resolution and legal studies major from Cleveland, Ga., were participating in their first intercollegiate competition.

Holguin, a first-year student majoring in conflict resolution and legal studies from Dalton, Ga., was also on the winning team at the Brenau University Invitational Tournament held in early October.

“Each one of the six students representing Brenau came away from the Georgia State University tournament with a greater appreciation for conflict resolution,” said Dr. Ken Frank, chair of Brenau’s humanities department and professor of legal studies.

Both Brenau and Gainesville State’s mediation teams will end their 2011 seasons by competing in School in Des Moines at the International Academy of Dispute Resolution’s National Undergraduate Mediation Tournament at the Drake University Law.

 

“Each one of the six students representing Brenau came away from the Georgia State University tournament with a greater appreciation for conflict resolution,” said Dr. Ken Frank, chair of Brenau’s humanities department and professor of legal studies.

Both Brenau and Gainesville State’s mediation teams will end their 2011 seasons by competing in School in Des Moines at the International Academy of Dispute Resolution’s National Undergraduate Mediation Tournament at the Drake University Law.

 

 

 

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