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Dean’s Update, August 14, 2012

UCEL 2011-2012 Annual Report

The Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership offers training to enhance the integration of ethics in everything we do.  Now entering its 8th year, the center engages students, faculty, and community leaders through programs and activities that embody its core values of integrity, servant leadership, excellence, and empowerment.  Here are some highlights from 2011-2012:

Taught by Dr. Kathleen Lacey and Dr. Marsha Cooper, the center’s two-semester Student Leadership Institute explored ethical leadership issues related to business, government, education, healthcare, and other professional fields.  20 students participated in the course, which was hosted by the local business community and featured guest speakers from Mattel, Target, JetBlue Airways, Signal Hill Petroleum, and other local companies. 

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Student Leadership Institute with Faculty Fellow Damon Dunn and Debra Russell of Signal Hill Petroleum

Dr. Brenda Freshman, Assistant Professor of Health Care Administration at CSULB, coordinated all of the William Dickson Faculty Fellows Program activities during the year.  In the fall, the center welcomed its 5th annual Leader-in-Residence, Damon Dunn, former NFL player and co-founder/partner of Tricor Corporation.  As the newest addition to the Faculty Fellows cohort, Mr. Dunn gave 12 campus presentations focusing on ethical leadership, entrepreneurship, and overcoming adversity.  Spring events included an interactive workshop on Leadership and Wellness: The Body-Mind Connection with Faculty Fellows Cynthia Stamper Graff, CEO of Lindora Clinic, and Dr. Richard Strozzi-Heckler, President of Strozzi Institute.

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Dr. Victoria Halsey (4th from right) gave the keynote address at Ethics at The Beach

The center partnered with ABSOC and Law Society to offer the 6th annual Ethics at The Beach seminar.  Over 175 students attended the interactive half-day workshop with a keynote presentation on The Power of Ethical Leadership by Dr. Victoria Halsey of The Ken Blanchard CompaniesA lively panel discussion on Ethical Leadership, Behavior, and Consequences: Real Life Results featured Sandra Evers-Manly of Northrop Grumman and Faculty Fellows Damon Dunn and Patrick McClenahan, CEO of 2015 Special Olympics World Games.

Six $2,000 stipends were awarded to CSULB faculty for integrating three-hour ethics modules into their courses through the center’s Ethics Across the Curriculum program sponsored by Verizon.  Congratulations to the following faculty recipients: 

  • Dr. Emma Daugherty (Journalism and Mass Communication) for Ethical Challenges, Decision-Making, and Solutions in Public Relations;
  • Dr. Christopher Karadjov (Journalism and Mass Communication) for Ethics Without Borders: Developing and Defending Principled Approaches to Foreign News Reporting;
  • Dr. Jin-Lee Kim (Civil Engineering and Construction Engineering Management) for Ethics in Sustainability in Green Construction;
  • Tracey Mayfield and Joseph Aubele (University Library) for The Scourge of CSULB: The Solution to the Unethical Use of Information;
  • Dr. Jonathan O’Brien (Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling) for Professional Dispositions in Ethical Practice for Student Affairs; and
  • Dr. Eileen Watson (Nursing) for Ethical Decision-Making in Nursing: Reflection on Moral Accountability

The Ukleja Center hosted a Faculty Ethics Roundtable to seek input on a campus-wide ethics survey to see how ethics is being taught and learned on the CSULB campus.  This survey, which was distributed electronically to all CSULB faculty in the fall, became the pilot for a more extensive national study.  Dr. Brenda Freshman will be sharing the findings of both studies this year. 

The Governing Council has been actively involved and highly instrumental in this year’s accomplishments.  Led by Bill Shumard, President and CEO of Special Olympics Southern California, the 12-member advisory board welcomed four new members last year: Cynthia Stamper Graff (Lindora Clinic), Phil Hester (retired Director, City of Long Beach, Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine), Mike Murray (Verizon), and Dr. Hannah-Hanh Nguyen (CSULB, Department of Psychology). 

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Patrick McClenahan presents the John Wooden Ethics in Leadership Award to Pat Haden

The year culminated with a presentation of the 2012 John Wooden Ethics in Leadership Award to Pat Haden, Director of Athletics at USC.  The award was presented by Patrick McClenahan at the center’s 3rd annual Leading the Ethical Organization seminar offered in partnership with the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.  Designed to equip business leaders with practical tools to address ethical challenges, the seminar featured a keynote address from Pat Haden followed by a panel discussion about ethical challenges in the professional arena.  Over 575 people attended the event, which earned over $20,000 for the Ukleja Center. 

All of the Ukleja Center’s programs and services were made possible through the generous support of our local philanthropic community, especially the Ukleja family, Astro Aluminum Treating Company, Verizon, SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union, Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation, Signal Hill Petroleum, County of Los Angeles Supervisor Don Knabe, and Bess J. Hodges Foundation. 

For more information about the Ukleja Center’s programs and activities, please contact Jane Roeder, Managing Director, at jane.roeder@csulb.edu or visit www.ucel.org.