Brenau University hosts college and university mediators from across the United States this weekend as the 15th annual intercollegiate mediation tournament brings more than 130 students from 22 U.S. schools to town Nov. 6-8. The tournament opened Thursday with a day of final preparation and training before beginning the Friday and Saturday competition to determine the best student mediators in the country. For the second time in the past three years, Gainesville-based Brenau University plays host to the International Intercollegiate Mediation Tournament, sanctioned by the InterNational Academy of Dispute Resolution professional organization. The organization usually stages the tournament at its birthplace in Des Moines, Iowa, at Drake University, or in Chicago. The Brenau sessions are open to the public.
Participating schools include Austin College, Sherman, Texas; Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts; Brenau; Cameron University, Lawton, Oklahoma; Clayton State University, Morrow, Georgia; College of the Holy Cross, Shrewsbury, Massachusetts; Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia; Grace College, Winona Lake, Indiana; Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, Texas; Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia; Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois; Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa; Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee; Principia College, Elsah, Illinois; Texas Wesleyan University, Ft. Worth, Texas; The University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, Texas; University of Dubuque, Dubuque, Iowa; University of North Carolina Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina; University of San Diego, San Diego, California; University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Platteville, Wisconsin; Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts; and Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina.