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College of Business

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Ethics Initiative Newsletter

Contents ACA Awards Ceremony ............. 1 Race and Case Competition ...... 2 UCCS Ethics Case Competition .......................... 2 & 6 Case Writing Competition .......... 2 CEBA Awards ............................ 3 Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Case Competition ...................... 3 Sport Management Awards........ 4 Conscious Capitalism Conference. ............................... 4 Center for Public Trust Student Group ......................................... 4 PRME Report. ............................ 5 Ethics Perception Survey ........... 5 Honor Code Task Force ............. 5 Ethics Resource Workshops ...... 6

Coming Dates & Events May 3 & 4—Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Teaching Business Ethics Workshop June 13—Small Business Development Center Small Business Day with Rich Jennings, Regional Vice President for Comcast Mile High Region August 22—Pikes Peak Community College Faculty Ethics Workshop

Please visit the Events Page on the UCCS Ethics Initiative website to stay abreast of all our upcoming events.

May 2012

UCCS Wins 1st Place at American Counseling Association Master’s Level Graduate Student Ethics Competition UCCS was recognized in March at the ACA Annual Conference in San Francisco for placing first. Counseling students Beth Brooks, Karen Fiedler, Jayme Waddington, and Katharine Zink entered while enrolled in Dr. Catharine Beecher’s Issues and Ethics in Counseling course. UCCS was one of 48 teams nationwide who wrote a research paper addressing a counseling scenario with ethical issues. Collaborating on the research paper for the ACA Ethics Competition and attending the conference was eye opening for the team to the fact that people do not exist in a bubble. Our team learned that each person brings a unique perspective and understanding that pointed out holes in another team member’s thinking. This process of checks and balances enabled the team to thoroughly explore the details of the dilemma presented, as well as allowing for decisions from a place of full understanding. As counselors-intraining soon to enter the professional world team members learned they are moving into unknown territory without the protective guidance of professors. Fortunately, there are “maps” to follow such as ethical decision-making models, professional code of ethics, case law, and consultation with colleagues from which to make inform decisions.

(from left) Dr. David Fenell, Katharine Zink, Beth Brooks, Dr. Catharine Beecher, Jayme Waddington, and Karen Fiedler

The UCCS counseling students read extensively about these codes and models, employing them to analyze ethical case studies in class and observing their application in action at Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies meetings. But the experience that most vividly brought ethics to life was their collaborating on a research paper for the American Counseling Association Master’s Level Graduate Student Ethics Competition. In addition to being honored at the ACA Awards Ceremony on Saturday, March 24, the team meet personally with the ACA Ethics Committee and participated in the three-day ACA conference which offered numerous educational sessions, poster presentations, and opportunities for professional networking.

Student Engagement Activities SPRING 2012 2012 UCCS Ethics Case Competition March 9, 2012 The UCCS Business Ethics Case Competition was an opportunity for students to compete and win prizes demonstrating their knowledge of ethical ideas and solutions. Four teams of undergraduate students competed in the second UCCS Business Ethics Case Competition hosted by the Ethics Initiative. The 2012 case involved an ethics dilemma in a used car dealership. Each team was asked to identify the stakeholders in the case, along with financial, legal, and philosophical considerations. They presented their recommendations to a team of judges composed of local business leaders, politicians, attorneys, and non-profit representatives.

2012 Race and Case Competition March 3-4, 2012 The Daniels College of Business 2012 Race & Case competition hosted business students from around the country in a business ethics case competition and an alpine ski challenge rolled into one. The UCCS team placed third out of nine teams in the ethics portion of the case. One judge wrote, “The team effectively used the triple bottom line and value based approach—along with the stop lights.” Another judge commented, “A

very targeted argument.” With a third judge commenting, “Strong on ethics!” Team members were (left to right shown above) Team Captain Heather Smith along with Christopher Gilkes, Alejandro Lugo, Marjorie Noleen, Satish Ayer, and Amber Hopeman. As one of the country's premier business ethics case competitions, Race & Case challenged students to apply critical thinking and ethical decision making to unique, real-world situations. Not to mention, a chance to conquer fresh Rocky Mountain powder." The case competition was held at the Daniels College of Business in Denver, CO and the NASTAR race at Vail Resort.

(left to right) UCCS Ethics Case Competition 1st Place winners Chelsy Hodge and Kayla Ross. Additional team photos on back page.

UCCS Case Writing Competition Submission Selected as Finalist The proposed case on Blue Star Recyclers written by UCCS Masters Candidate in Communications student Kristina Achey and Tracy L. Gonzalez-Padron, PhD Assistant Professor of Marketing, Department of Marketing, Strategy and International Business, College of Business and Administration, has been selected as a finalist for the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program's Case Writing Competition. The 2012 competition topic was “Creating Business Value through Employment Practices for Low Wage Workers” to reward the best new business teaching case that demonstrates the positive relationship between employment practices for low wage workers and business performance.

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The company, Blue Star Recyclers, has an innovative business model to provide electronic recycling services while creating employment for a population that has an unemployment rate of over 64%. This case presents students with a realistic account of employment practices that demonstrate a positive impact on the employees, the culture and business performance. It is designed to help students identify and create solutions for nontraditional and diverse employee populations. As a finalist in this year's competition, the team will receive an award of $1000. The case is now also in the running for the final prize of $5000 to be awarded to the winning case.


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The CEBA Nominee Evaluations Students at the Federal Reserve (from left to right) Julia Riley, Amber Hopeman, Jonathon McMahon, Clayton Adams, and Drew Johnson.

Colorado Ethics in Business Alliance Awards For the first time, UCCS College of Business students were invited to participate in the Colorado Ethics in Business Alliance (CEBA) awards by evaluating nominees for the Daniel L. Ritchie Award that focuses on individual ethical leadership. Eleven students volunteered to evaluate four nominees during the Fall 2011 semester under the direction of Dr. Tracy Gonzalez-Padron.

Educating Tomorrow’s Leaders March 20, 2012 Students who researched nominees and wrote the evaluation reports were invited to a special recognition dinner at the Federal Reserve Bank in Denver. Five students attended and met with other University Partners, CEBA board members, and the CEBA advisory board.

CEBA's 20th Annual Awards April 12, 2012 UCCS students and faculty attended the awards luncheon at the Marriott City Centre in Denver. Amber Hopeman, a graduate student in the UCCS MBA program, spoke at the CEBA Awards. “My team, which consisted of myself, Jillian Likness and Jennifer Anderson who are also here today, conducted research to compile a package for one of the nominees for the Daniel Ritchie Award. The process in which CEBA allows us as students to investigate these nominees, gives great insight into what sets each of them apart from the pack. It is their ability to reach beyond “the right thing to do” and internalize what Ethics really means while

cultivating a culture that is committed to the pursuit of ethics in business. The winners of the awards CEBA has given out today as well as all the nominees represent those organizations or individuals who without regard to consequences have made ethics a priority. The example they have set makes ethics everybody’s business. “ Want to nominate a leader or a business for a CEBA award? See for the nomination process.

(above left to right) UCCS Amber Hopeman and TV ’s Greg Moss from 9News Denver.

Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Consortium Case Competition April 12-13, 2012 competition is based on principle-based ethical framework decision making. The event began on Thursday, with a networking reception and dinner. Students heard from John Ikard, President and CEO of FirstBank Holding Company talk about ethics in banking.

UCCS College of Business students participated in the inaugural Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Consortium Case Competition in Denver, competing with six other universities from Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, and New Mexico. This competition exposed students to a thought-provoking business ethics case, like one they might encounter in their professional careers. The

The UCCS team included Dmitriy Goncharov, Scott Griffee, Leighna Hubbard, Kayla Ross, and Chelsy Hodge. Martin Hodgin served as a student advisor. The faculty coaches were Sally Von Breton, PhD, and Charlene Boudreau, MBA. The students and faculty coaches invested many hours since March 23 to analyze a business ethics case for presentation to an impressive panel of judges and prepare for a crisis situation as part of the competition. The distinguished panel of judges included Jerry Howells, Alfonzo Alexander, Kelly Bough, Betty Chao, PhD, Rich Jennings, Dave True, Anne Warhover, and the Honorable Marilyn Ware. The competition concluded with an awards dinner. While not placing in the top three, UCCS received high marks for their performance. We are proud of our students as their intellect, professionalism, and courtesy was evident throughout.

UCCS Sport Management Awards Dinner

Conscious Capitalism Conference

April 30, 2012 (left to right) UCCS students Jessika Dewaha-Williams and Ethan Honaman receive awards.

the Kabala School for the Blind in Sierra Leone, West Africa.

The UCCS Sport Management Activity Council is an official UCCS Student Club that develops and facilitates opportunities and events that promote social, professional and academic development for students enrolled in the sport management program. The group is dedicated to helping their fellow students practice being successful by adopting and operating with high standards in professionalism and ethical integrity. The Sport Management Activity Council integrated an ethics theme into their end-of -year banquet. The guest speaker was Carissa Ortega, represented the US Association of Blind Athletes in the sport of Goalball and now spends her time helping

The 2012 banquet was a special event because it marks the sport management program’s completion of its first four-year academic cycle and therefore its first “full maturation” class. The Class of 2012 is the first cohort to have spent all four years of their degree plan in the sport management program.

March 7, 2012 The College of Business Ethics Initiative sponsored the attendance of UCCS students and faculty that included business students Mohanned Aldhan, Patrick Cush, Julia Riley, and Julia Webb. The motto for the 2012 CCC was “Harnessing the Engine of Business for Social impact.” This year, the 3rd annual conference took place at the Center for Education on Social Responsibility (CESR) at the Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado. The Conscious Capitalism Conference is important because it challenges the thinking and stimulates the creativity of great business leaders of tomorrow by exposing them to business leaders who have made values-driven choices in their careers. Today's business students get it. They know that "business as usual" is not serving the society in which they will work and live, but they may not know how to effect change. Business leaders must enable business students to learn how to fuse the fundamentals of capitalism with integrity, ethical standards and consideration of all stakeholders.

(above) Guest speaker Carissa Ortega

Center for Public Trust Student Organization is coming to UCCS campus 2012 Fall Semester The Student Center for the Public Trust (SCPT) provides an interactive environment where ethical behaviors and ideas can flourish, while creating opportunities for students to network with the business community and develop professional leadership skills. This new club will be sending two UCCS students to the 2012 Student Leadership Conference to be held June 12 – 13 in Philadelphia, PA. Attendees will be carefully selected by CPT Staff, Chapter Advisors, and fellow students.

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Vision Statement

Mission Statement

The vision of the SCPT is to provide students with opportunities to develop a real awareness of ethical issues in order to provide a moral and ethical foundation for all future endeavors and to create a better, more thoughtful world.

The mission of the Student Center for the Public Trust is to promote ethical thinking in the developing character and conscience of students. For more information contact:


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Ethics Initiative Milestones United Nation’s Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) Progress Report This year’s progress report constitutes our continued commitment to the PRME principles. Our most recent report is completed and will be posted on the UN website Included in this year’s report:  New material on ethics developed and presented in the classroom.

 New College of Business course offerings implemented focusing on ethics and social entrepreneurship.

 College of Business faculty research in the areas of ethics, sustainability, leadership, and environmental management.

 A robust network of partnerships with the community and other consortium members.

 Our own organizational practices that serve as examples of the values and attitudes we convey to our students.

 Future Perspectives and Key Objectives for the coming year.

Ethics Perception Survey 2010 –2012 Results The following chart illustrates the results of a survey conducted by the UCCS College of Business Ethics Initiative from 2010-2012. 707 students from business and 136 from engineering backgrounds responded to questions about academic conduct. The chart provides the average responses to two of the questions: “How often do YOU cheat in college?” and “How often have you REPORTED others cheating in college?”. For details please contact Elisabeth Moore at To explore a College of Business Student Honor Code, Dean Venkat Reddy, PhD will be leading a task force whose members will include students Shannon Douglas and Amber Hopeman, along with Associate Dean Rebecca Duray, PhD, Tracy Gonzalez -Padron, PhD, and Peggy McNulty, MBA.

Good Ethics is Good for Business University of Colorado at Colorado Springs 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway Colorado Springs, CO USA 80918–3733

Ethics Initiative Website

UCCS Ethics Initiative Staff Dean Venkat Reddy, Team Lead, 719.255.3113 Tracy Gonzalez-Padron, Ph.D. Director Ethics Initiative, 719.255.3794 Elisabeth Moore, MBA Program Coordinator, 719.255.5168 Jeff Hourihan, Student Assistant, 719.255.5168

Established Collaborations On Campus 2011-12 Daniels Fellows Cathy Claiborne, PhD Robert Hirschfeld, PhD Margaret Beranek, PhD Peggy McNulty, MBA Net Impact Daniels Scholars

Community Junior Achievement

Bill Daniels Consortium Partner Universities University of Colorado Colorado Springs University of Wyoming Daniels College of Business, University of Denver Colorado State University, Fort Collins University of New Mexico New Mexico State University University of Utah

(from top left clockwise) UCCS Ethics Case Competitors—Dmitriy Goncharov, Jessica Sandoval, Trevor Miller, Martin Hodgin , Leighna Hubbard, and Scott Griffee in action.

Additional Past Events Faculty Ethics Resource Workshops Two Faculty Ethics Resource Workshop have already occurred. The first one in February was dedicated to faculty resources available. Dr. Tracy Gonzalez-Padron guided her colleagues through the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative website, as well as other resources, highlighting curriculum items, case studies, video resources, and syllabuses all available for their use. The second workshop in March was dedicated to the discussion of ethics grading rubrics. Examples were provided along with best practices followed by an experienced based discussion of “lessons learned” from those who had implemented them.

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Ethics Initiative Newsletter May 2012  

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