Clayton State University Management majors Walter Gray (Macon) and Sabrina Green (Dawson), both whom are students in Associate Professor of Business Law Dr. Judith Ogden’s Negotiation and Conflict Management class, have been attending and competing in Mediation Tournaments during the month of October. They first attended a tournament at Brenau University on Oct. 7 and Oct. 8, 2011.
This was the first year these students participated in Mediation Tournaments. They only began training and practicing in September. Their coaches were Ogden, and Alicia S. Myrick, student conduct officer. Just prior to each tournament, teams are sent an edited version of facts for several cases. All cases would not be used at the tournament. During round one a team member is matched with a student from another school, and they serve as co-mediators. The other team members play a party to the dispute and that party’s advocate before a different pair of mediators. Students are scored on their performances as mediators and as an advocacy team.
“I am so proud of the students,” Ogden says. “They worked very hard, and all on their own time. It is amazing how much progress they made in such a short time. It is no small feat to win anything at these Tournaments. The other schools practice for months and often send several teams. It is very competitive.”
Gray and a student from Gainesville State College won an award as a top advocacy team. They were joined by Alicia Myrick (Heidelberg, Germany) at a tournament at Georgia State University on Oct. 27. Classmate and Marketing major Livia Satterfield (Sharpsburg) also attended as an observer. There were two mediation rounds at the Georgia State tournament. In the first round, Gray and Green came in second as an advocacy team. In the third round, Spann and Green came in third as an advocacy team.