November 2010
Ethics Initiative                                                   
"The first step in the evolution of ethics is a sense of solidarity with other human beings." -Albert Schweitzer
[A. Schweitzer Bio (Nobel Peace Prize Recipient)]
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Past Events
Quick Links
The Ethics Initiative web site is now up and running! Visit our site today to learn more about our organization and find out about upcoming events.  
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Over the past few months, the UCCS Ethics Initiative Staff has coordinated some great events and fostered opportunities for both students and faculty to increase their ethical understanding. We invite you to take a look at what we have done thus far and encourage you to look for ways that you can participate in our upcoming events.

Success of this program will depend on participation from the College of Business faculty and staff.  We invite you to share your suggestions, ask any questions and get involved.
Upcoming Events                 

18-19: PPSBN Conference - Colorado Springs, CO

21- March 8: Ethics Essay Contest, UCCS

23-25: United States Air Force Academy, National Character and Leadership Symposium- Colorado Springs, CO


2: The Conscious Capitalism Conference- Boulder, CO 
Please visit the events page on our website to stay abreast of all our upcoming events:

UCCS Ethics Initiative Website: Events


Ethics Initiative Updates:
Publication of the Annual PRME Report
The UCCS College of Business is a signatory of PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education), an international organization which is part of the United Nations. The Ethics Initiative, under the direction of Dr. Tracy Gonzalez-Padron, is responsible for publishing a Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) report every 18 months to account for the progress UCCS has made toward sustainability under the framework of the principle.

Publication of the Annual Daniels Fund Report
As a member of the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative, UCCS receives funds to support the teaching of principle based ethics, and belongs to the Daniels Fund Ethics Consortium. UCCS is required to submit an annual report to the Daniels Fund documenting our achievements and sharing our plans for the coming year. Dr. Tracy Gonzalez-Padron and the Ethics Initiative staff submitted the first report on September 1, 2010. If you are interested in viewing the report, please contact us.

Student Activities Bulletin:

February 23-25:
United States Air Force Academy, National Character and Leadership Symposium
-Colorado Springs, CO
The Ethics Initiative will be considering candidates for the privilege of attending this event; 4 lucky students will be selected!

If interested in representing UCCS at this engaging symposium, please respond ASAP to Dr. Tracy Gonzalez-Padron at with a one-paragraph explanation of how you would benefit by attending.


On Campus
Net Impact
Daniels Scholars
Junior Achievement

Bill Daniels Consortium Partner Universities 
Past Events: 
September 9, 2010
The Junior Achievement Teaching Business Ethics Program, hosted by the UCCS Ethics Initiative, was an event in which high school teachers and business people joined forces to train high school students about business ethics in partnership with our regional Junior Achievement. Take a look at the Southern Colorado Junior Achievement website for more information: 
JA Group

September 21-24, 2010
The Annual Ethics and Compliance Conference, hosted by the ECOA (the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association), is "the world's largest multi-industry gathering of ethics and compliance practioners." The conference was attended by UCCS COB faculty members Gordon Stringer, Tracy Gonzalez-Padron, and Val Holtz. Mr. Stringer said that the experience "had a dramatic impact" on his understanding of ethical compliance within an organization. For more information about the ECOA, visit their website:
Tracy Gonzalez-PadronStringer

October 10-12, 2010
  The AASHE Conference, which took place in Denver, CO, attracted over 2,100 attendees and was an opportunity for practioners of sustainability from all over the nation to come together and share best practices in an attempt to make campus life more green and sustainable. Two members of the faculty, Carole Huber and David Harlick, represented UCCS at the event, through the sponsorship of the Ethics Initiative.

October 14, 2010
The Mary Gentile "Giving Voice to Values" Faculty Workshop and book signing was an event that energized the campus for both students and faculty. Her GVV initiative has spread across campus, and faculty have begun to look for ways to integrate her ideas in the UCCS curriculum. 42 members of the UCCS community attended the faculty workshop; the book signing attracted 56 attendees.
Mary Gentile

October 21-22, 2010
The Eller Case Competition, held at the University of Arizona, was an event which enabled two fortunate UCCS students, Danielle Norris and Viral Chudasma, to have the opportunity to meet and compete with students throughout the region. Ms. Norris realized "important truths" about ethics from her attendance and resolved to make "ethical leadership" a future priority in her business endeavors. To read more about the experiences of these two students, please review the following document:
Danielle and Viral
October 28-30, 2010
The Net Impact Conference, which took place at the University of Michigan, was an opportunity for two members of the UCCS student group Net Impact to meet with like-minded individuals from across the country and learn about ways to "make an impact" on their school and local community. Michelle Kissler and Sindhu Bankapur, the co-presidents of the UCCS Net Impact chapter, were the students selected this year; both young women raved about their experience. Ms. Kissler called the experience "rewarding" and viewed the conference as "one of the most valuable" experiences of her college career. 
Michelle KisslerSindhu Bankapur

November 10,2010
The "10 Ways to Change the World in Your 20's" presentation and book signing, hosted by author Libuse Binder, gave students the opportunity to learn about "innovative strategies and suggestions... for improving the world they are inheriting." 59 students and faculty were in attendance. For more information about Ms. Binder and her insights, please visit her website:

The UCCS Ethics Initiative Staff:
Dean Venkat Reddy, Team Lead , 255-3113
Dr. Tracy Gonzalez-Padron, Director , 255-3794
 Val Holtz, Instructor , 255-5215
Carla Jaeger, Coordinator , 255-5168
Jeff Hourihan, Student Assistant