Friday Night Welcome Reception (6:00pm)
SCMA’s 29th Annual Fall Conference will open with a Reception Dinner on Friday, October 20, 2017 at The LA Hotel Downtown, beginning at 6:00 p.m., where we will be honoring Mary Culbert, with the L. Randolph Lowry Award. Also, the Southern California Mediation Association Education Foundation will be honoring a recipient with their Directors Award.
In addition to the L. Randolph Lowry Award and Directors Award presentation, we will recognize the 2017 SCMA Mentees and witness the installation of the next SCMA Board of Directors and President. This is an elegant event that promises to serve as a suitable kickoff for an historic conference.
A. Marco Turk to Receive Foundation’s 2017 Directors’ Award
It gives me enormous pleasure to announce that A. Marco Turk, teacher and international peacebuilder, has been named recipient of the Foundation’s 2017 Directors’ Award for Exemplary Contributions to Mediator Education.
Prof. Turk is Emeritus Professor and Director of the Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding Program at CA State University Dominguez Hills, as well as adjunct professor of law at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law. He has worked with thousands of students over the years and been a friend and mentor to them all.
Prof. Turk is recognized internationally for his work as a mediator, educator and trainer, emphasizing mediator ethics, restorative justice, and peacebuilding. Having been a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Conflict Resolution on the island of Cyprus (1997-1999), Professor Turk has made seven funded return trips to continue his peacebuilding work there, and has conducted programs for Cypriots in the USA through the U.S. State Department and the Fred J. Hansen Institute for World Peace at San Diego State University. In October 2003, he participated as one of only two Americans invited to attend the Oxford University international workshop on “Getting to Yes” regarding efforts to reunify Cyprus. He is a recognized scholar concerning the Cyprus Problem, and he has written extensively on the subject.
Prof. Turk has a long history in California Alternative Dispute Resolution and has received several awards acknowledging his service to the field.
It was my great pleasure to work with Prof . Turk as an adjunct professor in the NCRP program for over ten years and learn from his contributions to the field, as well as to see the many contributions that graduates of the program are now making. He has been a wonderful mentor and friend to everyone who knows him, so we are especially pleased that he has accepted this award from us.
It will be my great honor to present this award to Prof. Turk at the SCMA Fall Conference Dinner, October 20, 2017. I hope you can join us then to honor him. Watch for an announcement from the SCMA to register for the dinner.
Our sincere congratulations to A. Marco Turk from all of us in the mediation community.
With much gratitude for your contributions,
Maria Simpson, Ph.D.
SCMA EF-Board Chair
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