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.
In honor of the Ethics Center's 25th anniversary, Kristi Markkula Bowers reflects on what has sustained her family's involvement since the Center's inception. Bowers' father, A.C. "Mike" Markkula Jr., the co-founder of Apple Computer, and her mother, Linda Markkula, gave the seed funding for the Center, and, along with Bowers, they have continued to be major supporters.
Join us today, 4- 6 p.m., in the Arts & Sciences Building on the Santa Clara University campus to celebate this anniversary.
The work of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics spans business ethics, bioethics, campus ethics, character education, government ethics, and Internet ethics, as well as addressing topic areas such as immigration, conscience, and sustainability. For a closer look at the Center's activities, see our new brochure, Ethics for the Real World.