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Alumni News


Congratulations to CACM Alum Yvette Mendoza, who was honored at the 2015 Mothers, Mentors and Muses program this week!  Mothers, Mentors and Muses is the Women's Center signature event that recognizes Kent State University female or female identified faculty or staff who have made a significant difference in the life of a student or colleague.


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 EubanksHelen 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!