Campus lecture marks Conflict Resolution Day Oct. 21

BLACKSBURG, Va., Oct. 12, 2010 – Virginia Tech's Conflict Resolution Program will sponsor a video conference presentation by Craig Runde and Tim Flanagan, co-authors of three books on conflict in the workplace, as the university marks International Conflict Resolution Day Thursday, Oct. 21.

Runde and Flanagan will speak on "Turning Inevitable Conflict into Productive Outcomes" from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention in 205 Norris Hall on the Virginia Tech campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Free parking is available in Perry Street Lot 1, 3, 4, and 6 near Prices Fork Road with a visitor’s pass. A visitor’s pass may be obtained Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Visitor Information Center, located on Southgate Drive. Find more parking information online or call (540) 231-3200.

International Conflict Resolution Day was established in 2005 to promote awareness of mediation, arbitration, conciliation and other creative, peaceful means of resolving conflict; promote the use of conflict resolution in businesses, schools, colleges and universities, families, communities, governments and the legal system; and recognize the significant contributions of (peaceful) conflict resolvers. 

Frequent speakers and commentators on conflict in the workplace, Runde and Flanagan are the authors of  Becoming a Conflict Competent Leader (2007), Building Conflict Competent Teams (2008); and Developing Your Conflict Competence (2010), all from Jossey-Bass and the Center for Creative Leadership.

Virginia Tech’s Conflict Resolution Program began in 2006 and offers mediation services to members of the Virginia Tech community as well as workshops and individual skill building services to help members of the campus community enhance their constructive conflict competencies. The program is part of the Department of Human Resources.For more information, contact Dale B. Robinson at (540) 231-1820. 

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 225 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $496 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.