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Capturing the lively discussions, presentations, and other events that make up the daily activities of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University.

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  •  An Ethics Legacy

    Thursday, May. 9, 2013 12:00 PM
    Mike Markkula (left) and Kristi Bowers (right) flank Anna Kozas, former winner of the Markkula Prize in applied ethics for SCU undergraduates.

     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.

  •  Celebrate Our Twenty-fifth Anniversary

    Thursday, May. 2, 2013 1:00 PM

     Please join us for an open house to celebrate the Ethics Center's first 25 years of work, May 9, 4-6 p.m., in the Arts & Sciences Building on the Santa Clara University campus.

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  •  Ethics for the Real World

    Friday, Apr. 26, 2013 3:00 PM

    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.

  •  Markkula Center for Applied Ethics Milestones

    Thursday, Apr. 25, 2013 3:00 PM

     A timeline of Center milestones from the past 25 years shows highlights of the Center's history including:

    • Development of the Framework for Ethical Decision Making
    • Ethics, Courts, and the Mass Media conference
    • Partnership with the Tech Museum on integrating ethics into exhibits
    • Access, Internet, and Public Libraries report to the Santa Clara County Library System
    • Receipt of the Helen Putnam Award for a program on campaign ethics with the city of Santa Clara
    • Ethics Camp
    • Sports Law and Ethics Symposium

    and many other activities and events.

  •  Ethics Center Colloquium

    Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 10:00 AM

    The Association for Practical and Professional Ethics is sponsoring an expanded Ethics Center Colloquium organized by Kirk Hanson, Aine Donovan, and Noah Pickus, executive directors of the ethics centers at Santa Clara University, Dartmouth College, and Duke University.  The colloquium will feature discussions of the mission, programs, structure, funding, and strategic challenges of centers, as well as potential cooperative relationships.

  •  Welcome Brian Green

    Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 3:44 PM

    Brian Green is the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics' new assistant director of campus ethics programs. His responsibilities include guest lecturing on ethics in various campus courses, reviewing and evaluating the Hackworth grant program, researching various topics in ethics including Catholic teaching on conscience, assisting coordinating campus ethics speakers, and working with the Hackworth and Environmental Ethics Fellows. He is also an adjunct professor teaching ethics in the Graduate School of Engineering.

    Brian's background includes doctoral and master's degrees in ethics and social theory from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. His undergraduate degree is from the University of California, Davis, in genetics. Between college and graduate school he served for two years in the Jesuit Volunteers International teaching high school in the Marshall Islands. His research interests include human nature and ethics, Catholic natural law, ethics of technology, and various aspects of the impact of technology and engineering on human life.

  •  New Ethics Center Advisory Board Members

    Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 3:39 PM

     The Ethics Center welcomes Carol Mayer Marshall, John Smedley, and Don Watters to its Advisory Board.

     

    CarolMarshallMayer Marshall is a community activist with extensive government and private sector experience.  She was the third highest ranking woman in the Nixon Administration.  She also served as Congressional relations director, director of VISTA (the domestic Peace Corps), and superintendent of the San Francisco Mint.  A member of the California Bar, she established a consulting firm for nonprofits.  In addition to the Ethics Center's board, she serves on many nonprofit boards.

     
     
    John_SmedleySmedley is president of Sony Online Entertainment LLC, where he oversees the company's overall vision and growth.  He has more than a decade of experience experience in the interactive entertainment industry, including positions with ATG, Knight Technologies and five years with Sony Online Entertainment as Director of Development.  He was also instrumental in the creation and development of the original, groundbreaking EverQuest® (EQ), and was co-founder of Verant Interactive Inc., which became Sony Online Entertainment after it was purchased by Sony Pictures Entertainment in 2000.
     
    DonWattersWatters is a director emeritus of McKinsey & Company, the global management consulting firm. He served primarily private sector clients in nearly 20 different industries on issues of strategy, organization and operations. In the late 1980’s, he led the team that opened McKinsey’s Silicon Valley Office. His board memberships have included: Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley, the Tech Museum, American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley (Chair), American Leadership Forum National (Chair), United Way of Silicon Valley (Chair) and the Bay Area Garden Railway Society (President). 
  •  Visiting Scholar Tom Reese, S.J.

    Tuesday, Jul. 17, 2012 4:28 PM

    Fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University and author of the Washington Post Blog "This Catholic's View," Tom Reese, S.J., returns to the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics this summer as a distinguished visiting scholar.

    The former editor of America magazine, is the author of a trilogy examining Catholic Church organization and politics on the local, national, and international levels.

  •  Jennifer Dirking Joins the Staff

    Monday, Jul. 16, 2012 11:28 AM

    As the Center's new external relations director, Jennifer Dirking is responsible for building relationships between the Center and its partners on the Santa Clara University campus, throughout the greater Bay Area, and across the globe. She manages special events, outreach activities, and strategic alliances to engage individuals, corporations, and foundations in supporting the important work of the Center.

    Prior to joining the Center, Jennifer was the associate director of the Foothill-De Anza Colleges Foundation, and previously served as director of development for the Burke Museum of Natural History at the University of Washington in Seattle. She also raised support for the UW World series, the international performing arts program at the university.

  •  Markkula Prize

    Wednesday, Jun. 20, 2012 12:07 PM

    Graduating SCU senior Melissa Marie Martin was awarded the University's Markkula Prize at a ceremony last week at the Ethics Center. 

    The prize, established by the Ethics Center Advisory Board in honor of the Center's first board chair, A.C. "Mike" Markkula, honors a student who has done outstanding work in applied ethics.

    Martin worked closely with the Center's Character Education Program, assisting at Ethics Camp, the Principal's Institute, and other events.  She rebuilt the Character Educatn Web site, reviewing and formatting all lesson plans.

    At the ceremony, Center Executive Director Kirk Hanson said, "Melissa will be especially remembered for exhibiting the SCU qualities of caring, compassion, and conscience."