Kirk Hanson, Center executive director, was the top academic on the 2012 list of the most influential people in business ethics, compiled by Ethisphere magazine. The citation reads, "Hanson leads the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, which is a leading organization that covers ethical issues in a range of areas, including a particular focus on business ethics."
Winners came from 10 core categories including academics, business leadership, philantrophy, and government and regulatory. Other academics on the list include Ann Tenbrunsel, director of the Institute for Ethical Business Worldwide at Notre Dame; Alex Plinio, co-founder of the Institute for Ethical Leadership at Rutgers; and Joshua Margolis, professor of business administration at Harvard.
The magazine named Brandley Birkenfeld as the most influential person in business ethics "for his role blowing the whistle on alleged tax fraud occurring at UBS."
All Santa Clara University students have the opportunity to declare a "Pathway," a cluster of courses with a common theme, which promotes integrative and intentional learning. Students reflect on this theme in an essay at the end of their college career.
This year, Jessica Reiner, one of the students in the University's Applied Ethics Pathway, won a Distinguished Pathway Essay Award for her reflection on how she came to choose a focus on ethics and how her ethics courses have helped shape her college experience.
Graduating SCU senior Aven Satre-Meloy is the winner of the 2013 Markkula Prize, honoring the student who, in the view of the Ethics Center staff, has advanced the mission of the Center most effectively during the past year.
A combined Political Science and Environmental Studies major from Helena, Mont., Satre-Meloy addressed an ethical oddity at Santa Clara: The University aims to educate students of character and has an academic integrity policy but does not have the higher profile commitment to academic integrity that comes with having an honor code. Aven took the preceding years' efforts by students to adopt an honor code and advanced the cause miles down the road with his extraordinary efforts this year. He worked extensively with his peers; co-chaired a university-wide committee that completed a draft of an honor code; and spoke before pretty much every important governance committee on this campus (and I know they were not always easy meetings). Aven's grace under pressure and drive have brought us to the brink of actually adopting such a code -- a matter that looks like it will be decided finally in the next academic year.
Satre-Meloy also was the winner of the University's Nobili Medal, awarded to the male undergraduate judged outstanding in academic performance, personal character, school activities, and constructive contribution to the University.
Your chance to ask questions for 2 special guests we welcome to the Center this week! Joining Executive Director Kirk Hanson (center) is Fr. Jerry Cavanaugh, (right), Distinguished Visiting Scholar, who will be here through Wednesday to serve as a resource and advisor. Fr. Jerry is the Charles T. Fisher III Chair of Business Ethics and Professor of Management at University of Detroit Mercy. In addition to many distinguished academic honors, he served on the Board of Trustees at SCU for 10 years. At left is Distinguished Visiting Scholar Thomas Reese, S.J., currently a senior research fellow at Georgetown University's Woodstock Theological Center. Read more about Thomas here.
Carrie Jaffe-Pickett joins the Ethics Center as assistant director of communications. She will manage the Center's social media, in addition to writing and editing for the Center's publications and website.
Welcome to Ryan F. Holmes, the Ethics Center's new assistant director of health care ethics. Holmes coordinates the Center's Health Care Ethics Internship program. His other responsibilities include ethics consultation and policy development with the Center's hospital partners.
The Ethics Center congratulates student fellows and workers Aven Satre-Meloy, Alexis Babb, and Alexandria LeeNatali, SCU seniors who won prestigious University awards on the occasion of their graduation.
As a Hackworth Fellow at the Ethics Center, Satre-Meloy worked on developing a student honor code for the University. An environmental studies major, he was selected for the Nobili Medal, awarded to the male graduate judged outstanding in academic performance, personal character, school activities, and constructive contribution to the University. After graduation, he will travel to Turkey on a Fulbright Grant to teach English and American culture to university students, and conduct research on Turkish peoples' experiences as Muslims living in secular, democratic state where a religiously conservative party is currently in power.
Hackworth Business Ethics Fellow Alexis Babb was named Outstanding Student Entrepreneur by the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Leavey School of Business. At the Center, Babb interviewed SCU alums about the ethical dilemmas they had confronted in business and turned those narratives into case studies. Having started her first business--creating and selling napkin rings--at age 10, Babb continued her entrepreneurial spirit at SCU, serving as chairwoman and coordinating the Made With Love Craft Show, which earned more than $1,700 for the charity Rebekah Children's Services in Gilroy, Calif. She also helped to start a new SCU chapter of Strive For College, where SCU students mentor low-income high school students. During her two-year term, Alexis recruited over 35 mentors and helped 98 students in two high schools.
Alexandria Leenatali, who worked on the Center's Big Q project, an online dialog on ethics for undergraduates, won a Richard J. Riordan Award in recognition of her outstanding contributions to service through her work with the marginalized and under-served populations outside of the University community.
Reflecting on his year as a Hackworth Fellow at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Christopher Foster, an associate at the law firm Baker McKenzie, talks about how his work influenced the course of his life.
Santa Clara University faculty, staff, and students may apply for funds to assist in research projects on applied ethics through the Hackworth Grants program. Applications are due Tuesday, May 28, for proposals.
Previous grants have supported projects such as "Hark," a narrative film about sex slavery in the Bay Area, research on "Ethical Reasoning in Games and Online Communities," and development of a course called "The Cardinal Virtues: Foundation of Catholic Ethics."
Center Executive Director Kirk Hanson delivered the commencement address at University of Portland last week, advising the graduating seniors that "happiness, true happiness,...lies not in a narcissistic fascination with ourselves, but in service to others, indeed in living a life of service, to people and to things that matter."
Hanson received an honorary degree from the university.