Mission and Vision The Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership supports teaching, research and service across the Samford University campus. Our mission is to: Promote the moral development of Samford students and equip them for ethical leadership in voca onal, community and family life. Serve as a center of teaching excellence, empowering faculty with the methods and resources to integrate ethics eﬀec vely into the curriculum. Foster a university culture that values produc ve, moral discourse around challenges facing individuals, the professions and society. Amplify other Samford ini aves in ethics and leadership, encouraging interdisciplinary scholarship across the university. Engage the professional and business communi es for mutual learning and the advancement of ethical values and prac ces. Through our work, we support and aﬃrm Samford University’s mission “...to nurture persons in their development of intellect, crea vity, faith and personhood…” and to “...foster academic, career and ethical competency while encouraging social and civic responsibility, and service to others.” We also work to advance Samford’s core values of: learning and responsible freedom of inquiry; personal empowerment, accountability and responsibility; voca onal success and civic engagement; spiritual growth and cul va on of physical well-being; integrity, honesty and jus ce; apprecia on for diverse cultures and convic ons; and service to God, to family, to one another, and to the community. Our work also enriches undergraduate educa on by suppor ng Samford’s baccalaureate goals, including cri cal reflec on, ethical reasoning, and community engagement. Addionally, the Mann Center plays a key role in furthering Samford’s Quality Enhancement Plan, which calls for Cul va on of Virtues as well as Cul va on of the Mind, and the individual missions of the eight Samford schools.
Contents Director’s Message ...................................................................................... p. 4
Academic Quality ........................................................................................ p. 7 Teaching and Faculty Support ..................................................................... p. 8
Co‐curricular Programs ................................................................................ p. 9
External Ac vi es ...................................................................................... p. 14
Publica ons ............................................................................................... p. 16
Global Ini a ves ........................................................................................ p. 18
Communica ons ........................................................................................ p. 21
Advancement ............................................................................................. p. 22
Future Ini a ves ........................................................................................ p. 23
D i r e c t o r ’s M e s s a g e In June 2012, the Center completed its fourth full year of service at Samford University. The 2011-2012 academic year has been a year of program expansion and innova on, as the Center became part of the Provost’s oﬃce, reaﬃrming its founding purpose as a university-wide resource. With this move came a physical reloca on to a new suite of oﬃces, designed specifically to best accommodate the work of our faculty, staﬀ and students. Significantly, we added to our staﬀ Azalea Hulbert, program manager, and Dr. Mark Bateman, director of special projects. Throughout this period of growth, the Center has stayed true to its mission, con nuing to engage the university community in promo ng ethical leadership across the campus and in the community. As we begin our fi h year, we invite you to join us in reviewing the Center’s accomplishments to date, as well as our exci ng future goals and ini a ves. In these pages you will find highlights from the past year, as well as summaries of the programs we have developed since 2008. Significant new ini a ves in the 2011-12 fiscal year included: Academic Integrity. One of the most cri cal academic challenges facing higher educa on today is an epidemic of academic dishonesty. The Mann Center has led the way in addressing this issue head-on at Samford, conduc ng research to define the extent of the problem on our campus, convening discussions with faculty across the university, and involving students in innova ve programs challenging them to earn their degrees with integrity. This fall our work will reach incoming freshmen in their Founda ons classes and through a special program in our Courageous Conversa ons series, led by upper-level students who serve as the Center’s Academic Integrity Advocates. Addi onally, a student team is developing videos on the importance of academic honesty, which will be used to educate all students. The Mann Medal in Ethics and Leadership. In July 2011 the Center made the inaugural presenta on of the Mann Medal, a recogni on of na onally or interna onally known leaders or organiza ons whose eﬀorts have made significant contribu ons to a more just and ethical society. The first medal was awarded to the late Charles Colson for his visionary work with prisoners and their families around the world. Interna onal Service Prac cum. For the past two summers, Samford students have worked with Living Way, a microenterprise development center in Cape Town, South Africa, to eﬀect social change through economic empowerment. This year, Samford’s Oﬃce of Student Leadership and Community Engagement joined this work, in a partnership that will serve as a model for future collabora ons between academic and student aﬀairs at Samford. The Center also works closely with Stellenbosch University in South Africa, with students from both ins tu ons par cipa ng via live videoconferences in transcon nental learning cadres. PAGE 4
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Be er World Theater. The Center this year pioneered a crea ve new ethics pedagogy involving non-theater majors in scrip ng, producing and performing short theatrical produc ons that illustrate ethical challenges in various fields of prac ce. Be er World Theater, a collabora on with Samford’s Department of Theatre and Dance, kicked oﬀ with a performance by business students. In fall 2012, the learning method will be incorporated into an introductory nursing course. The student actors are assessed on how well they lead an audience of students and faculty in discussing ethical issues raised in the staged performance.
These projects are in addi on to the Center’s campus programs, including student cadres and lecture series, and public service ini a ves, such as presenta ons and seminars for audiences locally, na onally and interna onally. The Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership emphasizes the indispensable connec on between ethics and good leadership in business, government, social services and the classic professions. Much of the center’s work is at this vital nexus of ethics and leadership. The Mann Center is a catalyst for Samford’s Chrisan mission, cul va ng the competencies, knowledge, perspec ves and values that enable leaders to navigate the o en-daun ng ethical challenges of today’s society. We believe Samford graduates should be dis nguished as leaders who, in the leading of their own lives, provide examples worth following. Sincerely,
John C. Knapp Director, University Professor and Mann Family Professor of Ethics and Leadership
By fostering a suppor ve university culture that values produc ve and respec ul dialogue, the Mann Center strives to promote the moral development of Samford students. This goal is supported through innova ve and challenging student programs, including the Courageous Conversa ons and Be er World Theatre ini a ves, interna onal service projects, and programming focused on developing a posi ve culture of academic integrity. To this end, the Center works with other campus en es and individuals to promote healthy dialogue within the student body, and to help faculty create as many opportuni es as possible for ethical development within the curriculum.
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One of the most cri cal challenges facing higher educa on today is the prevalence of academic dishonesty. The Mann Center is leading eﬀorts to address this issue at Samford, convening discussions with faculty across the campus and reaching students through a variety of innova ve programs and communica ons. The impetus for this work was the Spring 2011 Samford Survey on Academic Integrity, conducted by the Center in collabora on with the Interna onal Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI). The well-validated survey instrument, used by over 190 U.S. colleges and universi es and managed by Rutgers University professor Donald McCabe, focused on three areas of concern: Samford’s academic culture, the prevalence and perceived seriousness of specific behaviors that may cons tute chea ng, and students’ propensity to report such behaviors. Samford’s findings were compared to findings from twenty-two other colleges and universies surveyed between 2009 and 2011. When relevant, Samford student responses were compared to Samford faculty responses. Student responses were also assessed in light of a range of demographic data, including major, gender, class standing, involvement in Greek life, and employment status. 2011‐12 Progress In light of the survey’s findings, the Mann Center ini ated a number of programs to promote a culture of integrity at Samford. These new ini a ves include: Development of an online resource center, with materials for students and faculty. Appointment of student Academic Integrity Advocates to iden fy, plan and execute opportuni es for student-focused programming and resources. Development of resources for instructors of freshman classes. Produc on of Samford‐specific videos on issues related to academic integrity. Ongoing dialogues with faculty and students across campus. These dialogues began October 6th, when the Mann Center hosted a Courageous Conversa on on chea ng. Con nued collabora on with the Interna onal Center for Academic Integrity. Advice and resources for the University Senate Commi ee on Academic Integrity. A
The Mann Center has administered an assessment program for the University Fellows honors program, using the Defining Issues Test (DIT) to gauge the moral development and ethical competencies of Fellows and a control group of other students. The Center, in 2010 and 2011, also conducted a survey of senior business majors to explore their percep ons of ethical content in the business curriculum. This was based on an earlier series of dialogs with faculty and students to iden fy shared expecta ons of professional qualies that should be embodied by graduates of the Brock School of Business. The center’s work with BSOB resulted in the new “Rite of Passage” ritual for all new business majors.
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A top priority of the Mann Center is to encourage and support the integra on of ethics across the university curriculum so that every Samford student develops competencies in ethical recogni on, analysis and ac on. To this end, the Center works with individual members of faculty and leads class sessions in courses across the university, introducing course content through lectures, simula ons and decision exercises. To date, we have worked with faculty in the schools of Business, Educa on and Professional Studies, Arts and Sciences, Nursing, Divinity, Pharmacy and the Arts to develop and strengthen course modules emphasizing ethics. 2011‐12 Progress The center con nued to provide support to faculty across the curriculum and began to develop specific resources for Freshman Founda ons courses. A new pedagogy, Be er World Theater (discussed in more detail later), was introduced in business and nursing with support from the Department of Theatre and Dance. F
The Center oﬀers faculty development workshops on The Moral Development of College Students, focusing especially on the roles of faculty in this essen al area of student growth. Also, as noted above, the Mann Center assists individual faculty members with developing new courses or substan al course content. 2011‐12 Progress Throughout the last year, the Center convened conversa ons with faculty in the Core Curriculum, the School of the Arts, the Brock School of Business, Howard College of Arts & Sciences, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, and the Ida V. Moﬀe School of Nursing to address strategies for strengthening academic integrity. Resources have been provided to faculty to address this important topic, both in and out of the classroom. Also, workshops on moral development were provided for all new Samford faculty and for a departmental mee ng in the Brock School of Business. R
The Center has collaborated with the University Library to provide an online Ethics Resource Center for Samford faculty and students. Accessible via the websites of the Mann Center and University Library, it provides easy access to recommended books, ar cles, websites and other resources for teaching and research ethics and leadership in mul ple disciplinary contexts. These resources are located at: h p://samford.libguides.com/ ethics. The online newsle er, INSIGHTS in Ethics and Leadership, provides all faculty, staﬀ and students with up-to-date informa on on trends and current research from around the world. The content is selected to serve faculty in mul ple disciplines. PAGE 8
Co‐Curricular Programs The Center facilitates a number of co-curricular programs designed to promote producve, moral discourse across the university and in the community. These include lecture series and other public programs, innova ve student-led forums, and oﬀ-campus presenta ons for professional audiences. A
This endowed series brings na onally prominent leaders and scholars to Samford to address issues in ethics and leadership. Thirteen lectures on a variety of topics have been hosted by the Mann Center to date, featuring Dr. Jacob Needleman, author and professor of philosophy at San Francisco State University; Bill Johnston, former president of the New York Stock Exchange; David M. Ratclife, re red chairman and CEO of Southern Company; Eleanor Cli , contribu ng editor of Newsweek; Jim Leach, chairman of the Na onal Endowment for the Humani es; Carolyn Cartwright, senior vice president of SunTrust Banks; Wes Cantrell, author and re red chairman of Lanier Worldwide; Dr. Valerie M. Hudson, professor of poli cal science at Brigham Young University; Jerome Miller, vice president for social responsibility at Toyota USA; Dr. Be y L. Siegel, president emeritus and chair of ethical leadership at Kennesaw State University; Dr. Cameron Murchison, dean of faculty at Columbia Theological Seminary; and Erik Peterson, senior vice president and Scheyer Chair in Global Analysis at the Center for Strategic Studies. 2011‐12 Progress Does God Care How I Vote? Dr. Michael Lindsay, sociologist, author of Faith in the Halls of Power, and president of Gordon College presented the Hodges Lecture to Samford undergraduate students on February 16th, 2012. During his visit, he also gave a public lecture on the topic, Should Chris ans Seek Power? The event was well-a ended, with student and faculty a endees, as well as guests from the community.
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The Mann Center convenes an ongoing, occasional series of campus forums called Cou‐ rageous Conversa ons, co-sponsored by University Ministries and other Samford en es. The programs encourage moral discourse about cri cal issues, with past programs focusing on freedom of expression in cyberspace; sex and sexual conduct; and inclusivity towards individuals with physical and mental disabili es. 2011‐12 Progress Invasion or Opportunity? A discussion of the ethical issues inherent in the ongoing debate on immigra on. Can We Talk About It? A discussion on whether diverse views are welcome at Samford. Chea ng at Samford A discussion of academically dishonest behaviors, and the responsibility of students in promo ng a culture of academic integrity. B
The Mann Center's Be er World Theatre ini a ve, a collabora on between the center and the Samford Department of Theatre and Dance, allows students to explore ethical issues in their field of study by ac ng out scenarios they will likely encounter in the professional world. Produced, directed, performed, and in some cases wri en by students, these plays allow both the actors and the audience to gain a be er understanding of challenges they will face. This new ini a ve started during the Fall 2011 semester. 2011‐12 Progress
Academic Integrity Two short vigne es focused on academic integrity issues in nursing and journalism. These plays will be used to educate new and incoming students on academic dishonesty.
Now We’re Really Ge ng Some‐ where A short play on how communica on and interpersonal rela onships can either empower or diminish individuals within their voca on. Mental Reserva on... A short play on how we jus fy withholding the truth.
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Throughout the year, the Mann Center co-sponsors a number of programs with other campus departments. Past collabora ons have included the following: Biotechnology, Law and Ethics Symposium The Mann Center has served as a cosponsor of symposia produced by Cumberland School of Law’s Center for Biotechnology, Law and Ethics. The 2010 conference, The Missing Girls of China and India: What Can Be Done?, featured plenary speaker Dr. Valerie Hudson of Brigham Young University, who was an A. Gerow Hodges Lecturer. Forum with U.S. Senator Jeﬀ Sessions A panel of Samford faculty represen ng the Brock School of Business, Cumberland School of Law and Howard College of Arts and Sciences ques oned Senator Sessions on a variety of current issues. Healthcare Ethics and Law Conference Dr. Knapp was a speaker at the 2009 and 2010 conferences of the Healthcare Ethics and Law (HEaL) Ins tute in the McWhorter School of Pharmacy. He also serves as a HEaL Fellow in an ongoing capacity and helps plan the annual conferences. Thinking Chris anly about Immigra on Cosponsored by the Mann Center, this conference of Beeson Divinity School explored theological, ethical and public policy ques ons. Dr. Knapp moderated a panel featuring guest experts. To Kill a Mockingbird at 50: Awakening America’s Conscience A public program on the social influence of Harper Lee’s novel was cosponsored by the Mann Center, Cumberland School of Law and the Alabama Humani es Founda on, with support from Sixteenth Street Bap st Church. Other Programs Dr. Knapp has been a speaker for other Samford programs, including the Religion Colloquium, the annual Student Leadership Convoca on, the SGA Banquet and Retreat, and a conference of the Environmental Management program. 2011‐12 Progress Healthcare Ethics and Law Conference During the 2012 HEaL Conference, Moral Distress at the Bedside: A Role for Hospital Ethics Commi ees, Dr. Knapp chaired a session and conducted a video interview on current issues in bioethics with medalist Dr. John Lantos. Immigra on Conversa ons @ Samford During the Spring 2012 semester, the Mann Center cosponsored a campus-wide series of programs on immigra on, including the G92 South Immigra on Conference and a public debate on Alabama’s immigra on law. Biotechnology, Law and Ethics Symposium The Center cosponsored the 2012 conference, Pallia ve Care: In Search of the Good Death, which brought together experts in Chris an bioethics, law, and medicine.
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Samford University awards the Mann Medal in Ethics & Leadership to na onally or interna onally known leaders or organiza ons whose eﬀorts have made significant contribu ons to a more just and ethical society. The work recognized with the award must address a clear need or problem facing society, have significance on a large scale and be an inspiring example for others to follow. Designed by world-renowned ar st Malcolm Grear, the Mann Medal bears the "Sheaf of Grain" emblem of the Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership, symbolizing the need for leadership that cul vates a be er world. 2011‐12 Progress In July 2011, the medal was awarded to inaugural recipient Charles Colson, the late founder of Prison Fellowship and long me advocate of penal system reform. Mr. Colson was special counsel to President Richard Nixon for four years before serving seven months in federal prison on Watergate-related obstruc on of jus ce charges. His incarcera on at Alabama's Maxwell Prison changed his life and inspired him to found Prison Fellowship, a ministry that now includes services for convicts, vic ms of crime, and jusce oﬃcers. His work on behalf of prisoners has now expanded to 200 countries. He authored several books, including How Now Shall We Live?
The Mann Center is a catalyst for the development of ethical leaders for the 21st century, both on campus and in the community. The Center pursues this aim through presenta ons and seminars for business, professional, church and civic audiences, and through Samford-hosted public lectures and programs, including the Mann Medal presenta on. Since 2008, we have provided presenta ons to more than 40 organiza ons throughout the United States and the world; sponsored 13 speakers through the Andrew Gerow Hodges Lectures in Ethics and Leadership; and co-sponsored annual symposia with the Cumberland School of Law and the McWhorter School of Pharmacy, among others.
External Activities The Mann Center makes frequent presenta ons to business, civic, and church organizaons, and to other academic en es. These organiza ons include the following:
Alabama CFA Society Alabama Environmental Health Associa on Alabama Society of CPAs Belmont University Birmingham Business Alliance Birmingham Rotaract Club El Paso Corp. (Southern Natural Gas) Episcopal Church of the Holy Apostles Georgia State University Independent Presbyterian Church Insurance Accoun ng and Systems Associa on Kennesaw State University Leadership Birmingham Na onal Council for Women Na onal Funding Associa on Presbyterian Global Fellowship Samford Business Network Shades Mountain Sunrise Rotary Club Shades Valley Presbyterian Church Shades Valley Rotary Club South Highland Presbyterian Church The Breakfast Club Theological Educators for Presbyterian Social Witness University of Mississippi University of Notre Dame Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce Young Business Leaders
The Mann Center also maintains ins tu onal memberships in a number of organiza ons, including the Kennedy Ins tute of Ethics at Georgetown University; the Interna onal Center for Academic Integrity; the Society for Business Ethics; the Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum; and the Associa on for Prac‐ cal and Professional Ethics. Dr. Knapp has served on the boards of the Alabama Hu‐ mani es Founda on and Clemson University’s Rutland Ins tute for Ethics, and was appointed a Fellow of the Caux Round Table, a global organiza on promo ng ethical business prac ces.
External Activities 2011‐12 Progress Alabama Associa on of Nonprofits Panel presenta on for Con nuing Legal Educa on conference on ethics and nonprofit governance (Birmingham, AL). Birmingham Businessmen's Club Presenta on by Dr. John Knapp (Birmingham, AL). Brookwood Bap st Church Presenta on on connec ng faith and work (Mountain Brook, AL). Center for Chris an Business Ethics Today Presenta on by Dr. John Knapp at the 2012 Business Ethics Conference (Philadelphia, PA). Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters (CPCU) Society Presenta on on business ethics for CPCU’s Ethics Awareness Month (Hoover, AL). Consor um for Global Educa on Presenta on at the 2011 annual mee ng (Macon, GA). Energen Session for employees on ethics, one of the company’s twelve Core Leadership Competencies (Birmingham, AL). Federa on of Business Disciplines and Associa on of Collegiate Marke ng Educators Served as a track chair and speaker on corporate social responsibility for the annual academic conference (New Orleans, LA). Investment Management Consultants Associa on Seven workshops on professionalism and ethics (Orlando, FL; Aventura, FL; Phoenix, AZ). Lebanese American University Keynote speech and seminar on “Challenges in Educa on and Today’s Classroom” at the Lebanese American University conference on ethics in educa on (Beirut, Lebanon). Mo on Industries Keynote speech for the annual mee ng (Atlanta, GA). Pyongyang University of Science and Technology Presenta on on the role of higher educa on in developing moral leadership for a na on (Pyongyang, North Korea). The Oxford Conclave on Global Higher Educa on The Mann Center directs and coordinates an annual mee ng of college presidents at the University of Oxford (Oxford, United Kingdom). University of Alabama at Birmingham Presenta ons to New Horizons (2009) and BLAZE Faculty and Staﬀ Leadership Academy (2012) (Birmingham, AL).
Publications Mann Center faculty, staﬀ, and associates publish books, chapters and ar cles that promote a wider understanding of ethics and leadership. B
Corporate Compliance Prac ce Guide Dr. Knapp updated and published a chapter en tled “CEO Leadership and Compliance Management” in a book for a orneys in the “prac ce guide” series from Lexis publishing. The Business of Higher Educa on Dr. Knapp was co-editor (with David Siegel) of this three-volume book set in the Praeger Perspec ves series. The volumes feature contribuons from 44 scholars and business experts on the costs and benefits to both public and private ins tu ons and to society when academe embraces business models for improving cost-eﬃciency, marke ng, hiring prac ces, and customer service. Ghostwri ng and the Ethics of Authen city In progress; to be released in 2013. A
Ethics of Direct Adver sing to Consumers Wri ng in the journal of the North American Spine Society, Dr. Wilton Bunch, an associated scholar of the Mann Center, examined the problem of direct-to-consumer adver sing by manufacturers of prescrip on drugs and devices. Repairing our Stewardship of Crea on: Abrahamic Social Thought and the Global Eco‐ nomic Crisis As part of the Caux Round Table’s 2010 Scholars’ Retreat, Dr. John Knapp joined other theologians from Jewish, Chris an and Islamic tradi ons to produce a statement calling for reform based on principles of moral capitalism. 2011‐12 Progress Entrepreneurship Strategy A report by students Mallory James and Kley Sippel on NGO strategy for entrepreneurship screening and development in South Africa. Samford University’s Mann Center: Promo ng a Culture of Integrity Wri ng in Ethos, the monthly newsle er of the Interna onal Center for Academic Integrity, Azalea Hulbert and Dr. John Knapp discussed the Mann Center's ongoing eﬀorts to promote a culture of academic integrity at Samford. Experiences in Teaching Business Ethics Dr. Knapp published a chapter en tled, "Rethinking Ethics Training: New Approaches to Enhance Eﬀec veness," released in 2011 by Informa on Age Publishing.
How The Church Fails Businesspeople (and What Can Be Done About It) Dr. Knapp published a new book, released in 2011 by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. The book focuses on the church’s ambiguous teachings on voca on and money, and how the worlds of faith and work can be brought together.
Since its incep on, the Mann Center has been involved in vital ini a ves in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. These ini a ves are designed to promote ethical leadership and social change around the world. The following pages tell the story of the Centerâ€™s interna onal work, from economic empowerment ini a ves in South Africa to ini a ves in Switzerland promo ng moral capitalism.
Global Initiatives The Mann Center is engaged in a number of vital global ini a ves. A few past ini a ves are described below, with more recent programs examined in detail on the following page. United Kingdom The Center facilitates on ongoing series of retreats for college and university presidents at the University of Oxford, chaired by Samford President Andrew Westmoreland. These retreats foster produc ve dialogue about the meless missions of colleges and universi es as communi es of moral forma on and purpose. Switzerland Dr. Knapp is a fellow of the Caux Round Table, a global organiza on of business leaders promo ng ethical principles for interna onal commerce. He par cipated in the interna onal scholars’ retreat in July 2009, a part of CRT’s conference on the global economic crisis. A statement was dra ed by the Fellows calling for a shi in priori es in business educa on. In 2010 the Mann Center sponsored a retreat where theologians studied economic teachings of the three Abrahamic faiths. Egypt At the invita on of former First Lady Suzanne Mubarak, Dr. Knapp gave a plenary presenta on en tled, “Leadership in an Era of Declining Trust” at the 2009 na onal conference of the Na onal Council for Women, “Women, Leadership and Social Jus ce.” He also joined the First Lady on a panel of interna onal leaders addressing issues of social jus ce before an audience of foreign ambassadors and other diplomats; his presenta on focused on the moral underpinnings of a democra c society.
South Africa The Center has developed a collabora ve SamfordStellenbosch University ini a ve involving students and faculty. One aspect of this project is a transcon nental learning community comprising Samford and Stellenbosch students interested in studying movements for social change. The group has met via videoconference, and a delega on of Stellenbosch students visited Samford in 2011. A Jan Term course, “Social and Economic Issues in Post-Apartheid South Africa,” was taught by Dr. Knapp in residence at Stellenbosch during Jan Term 2010. The Center also conducts annual service prac cum with Living Way microenterprise center in Cape Town.
Global Initiatives 2011‐12 Progress Caux Round Table (Switzerland) Dr. Knapp was a par cipant in the 2012 Caux Round Table and Scholar’s Retreat, which focused on the need for cross-sector leadership in the crea on of a sustainable market economy. Living Way (South Africa) A new South African ini a ve began in July 2011, when Samford undergraduate students par cipated in a service prac cum at Living Way microenterprise center in Cape Town. In 2012, the Center partnered with Samford’s Oﬃce of Student Leadership and Community Engagement for a second prac cum with Living Way. The goal of the annual prac cum is to allow students to promote social change through economic empowerment. Lebanese Society for Educa on and Development (Lebanon) Dr. Knapp was the keynote speaker and a seminar leader for the 2011 conference, “Challenges in Educa on and Today’s Classroom,” held in Beirut. He spoke to 250 teachers, administrators and community leaders about the role of educators in the moral development of students. Conference sessions were held at Lebanese American University and Middle East University. During his visit, he met with Lebanon’s Minister of Educa on and Higher Educa on Dr. Hassan Diab, and was interviewed by several Lebanese news organiza ons. Oxford Conclave on Global Higher Educa on (United Kingdom) In both 2010 and 2011, the Oxford Conclave focused on the responsibili es of higher educa on to prepare students for the global ethical challenges of the 21st century, especially in light of new educa onal demand in countries like China. Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (North Korea) Dr. Knapp was a leader of a team of U.S. educators providing a summer program for undergraduate and graduate students at North Korea’s only privately funded university. The group taught short courses, gave special lectures and explored opportuni es for ins tu onal collabora on. Dr. Knapp’s presenta on to graduate students and faculty emphasized the obliga on of higher educa on to prepare ethical leaders who are commi ed to serving the common good of their people. The ini a ve was part of a larger eﬀort to establish rela onships and provide much-needed humanitarian assistance.
Communications Website The Mann Center maintains an up-to-date presence on the Samford web site to publicly communicate the Center’s priori es and ac vi es, and to serve as a source of prac cal resources for students and faculty: www.samford.edu/manncenter. A new website was launched in July 2011, and is con nuously updated. Newsle er The Center’s e-mail newsle er, INSIGHTS in Ethics and Leadership, features perspec ves, trends and research in ethics and leadership, as well as updates on the Center’s work: h p://manncenter.blogspot.com. Distribu on is to all Samford employees and a growing list of external cons tuents. Social Media The Center maintains an ac ve presence on social media websites: www.facebook.com/MannCenterSU and www.twi er.com/manncntr4ethics. Brochures Two brochures have been produced: an informa onal piece for use on campus and in mee ngs with external audiences, including prospec ve individual donors, and a publica on for prospec ve ins tu onal contributors (Mann Society). The informaonal piece was recently revised, and addi onal pieces will be created for use with prospec ve and current students. Video Series Conversa ons on Ethics and Leadership is a con nuing series of recorded interviews with thought leaders in poli cs and law, business, and bioethics. To date, eleven installments have been produced and promoted via the Center’s newsle er and website. iTunes U Audio podcasts of the Conversa ons videos are provided online through iTunes U, as well as recordings of selected lectures and presenta ons. Library Displays The Center works with the University Library to design display tables featuring resources relevant to issues addressed by programs throughout the year.
The first use of the general brochure was as an accompaniment to a le er from alumnus Joe McDade to his fellow Samford business alumni from the 1960 and 1961 classes. Several hundred brochures have been distributed at mee ngs and Dr. Knapp’s speaking venues. The Center maintains a database of individual donors who now number more than 50, and provides recogni on to these individuals online. A concerted eﬀort to secure contribu ons from individuals con nues. 2011‐12 Progress During the 2011-2012 fiscal year, a renewed eﬀort was ini ated to iden fy and reach out to founding donors. These individuals will be updated on the Center’s work, by receiving both an update le er and a copy of the Center’s recently updated general brochure. T
The Mann Society for Ethics and Leadership was established to garner annual financial support from businesses and professional firms that contribute at least $10,000 annually. At present, ins tu onal members include Regions Bank and El Paso Corp. Each member organiza on is recognized prominently in Center publica ons and web pages, and is periodically invited to special Center events. This is an opportunity to involve and recognize organiza ons, as dis nct from individual donors. 2011‐12 Progress
The Mann Center solicits periodic support from both individuals and organiza ons to cover expenses related to the presenta on of the Mann Medal. Each donor must contribute a minimum of $3,000, and receives prominent recogni on and special benefits at the Mann Medal event. 2011‐12 Progress Sponsors for the 2011 Mann Medal ceremony included the El Paso Corporate Foundaon, the Alabama Chris an Founda on, Mo on Industries, and individual donors Mr. and Mrs. Samuel J. S gler.
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The Mann Center is exploring the possibility of crea ng a unique honors program at Samford that would be open to recipients of the Presiden al Scholarship. The program would promote leadership development for social change, and would place both curricular and co-curricular requirements on students. It is currently being studied by a mul disciplinary commi ee of faculty and staﬀ. F
The Mann Center hopes to promote formal faculty involvement in its ini a ves, as well as foster ethical competency across the curriculum. Models and best prac ces at other ins tu ons are currently being explored. All full- me faculty will be provided with an update on the Center’s work during Fall 2012, with the goal of encouraging par cipa on in Center ini a ves. T
The Mann Center hopes to award the Mann Medal every one to two years, and to this end seeks nomina ons on an ongoing basis. Nomina ons are currently being considered for the 2012 and/or 2013 medalist. A
The Mann Center plans to con nue promo ng a culture of academic integrity at Samford, through further development of ini a ves already in progress and through con nued collabora on with other schools and organiza ons. O
To learn more about future ini a ves and opportuni es, please visit www.samford.edu/ manncenter/opportuni es.
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