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January 2011 


Ethics Initiative

A people that values it's privileges above it's principles soon loses both.

-Dwight D. Eisenhower  [About President Eisenhower]

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Upcoming Events
Past Events
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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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Its a new year, and the UCCS Ethics Initiative Staff has some exicting new events planned for 2011! There are a number of wonderful opportunities available in the coming year which will enable students and faculty to participate in the advancement of ethical understanding and foster an environment of integrity and principle-based learning.  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                 

16: Ethics Workshop, SBDC

21-March 8: Ethics Essay Contest, UCCS
23-25: United States Air Force Academy, National Character and Leadership Symposium- Colorado Springs, CO
24-25: Race and Case Competition- Denver and Vail, CO


2: The Conscious Capitalism Conference- Boulder, CO 

15: Bill Daniels Business Ethics Luncheon Speaker Series- UCCS
15: Instilling Ethics in the Business of Sports Workshop-UCCS


8: UCCS Business Ethics Case Competition- UCCS
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. Read our Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) report to review the progress UCCS has made toward our commitment to integrate responsible management in curriculum, culture and research.


Renewal of the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative


As a result of achievements in 2010, our participation and funding for the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative has been renewed for 2011.

Student Activities Bulletin:

February 23-25:
United States Air Force Academy, National Character and Leadership Symposium
-Colorado Springs, CO
4 lucky students have been selected to attend this years leadership symposium: Alyssa Buckley, Javier Alcaraz, Jeff Hourihan and Drew Johnson. The National Character and Leadership Symposium is "one of the premier national symposiums in the area of character development, [which] brings together distinguished scholars, armed forces leaders, corporate presidents and others to explore various dimensions of character and leadership."


February 24-25:
UCCS Race and Case Competition- Denver and Vail, CO
UCCS will have a team of 5 MBA students competing in an Ethics Case Competition and NASTAR ski-race, sponsored by the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. The UCCS team consists of Captain Heather Smith, Colleen Kampa-Johnson, Christopher Gilkes, Brandon Harris, and Bipaswi Tuladhar. 
February 21- March 8:
Ethics Essay Contest! -UCCS

Case, application, and procedures for the Ethics Essay Contest will be posted on February 21, 2011. The award for the first place essay is $1,500 and $1,000 for the second place essay!! The deadline for receipt of application materials will be March 18, 2011. Please send your submission to before the deadline to be eligible to win!

April 8:

UCCS COB Ethics Case Competition-

Look for announcements regarding our first UCCS Business Ethics Competition in April! We will be offering workshops and winning teams will receive prizes!



On Campus
Net Impact
Daniels Scholars
Junior Achievement

Bill Daniels Consortium Partner Universities 

Faculty Update:


Case Complete


Peggy Knock has recently completed a case in which she employed research and development in order to identify ways to modify the curriculum here at UCCS. Knock was awarded a UCCS COB Curriculum Development Grant. If interested, please contact Dr. Tracy Gonzalez-Padron at


New Class Offered


Gordon Stringer is offering a new class this semester, BUAD 4950. Stringer has worked to integrate ethical concepts into the class curriculum, with funding provided through a UCCS COB Ethics Initiative Curriculum Development Grant. If interested, please contact Dr. Tracy Gonzalez-Padron at


Opportunities For Funding!!


The UCCS COB Ethics Initiative provides funds to College of Business faculty, students, and staff for curriculum development, student engagement, professional development, and research.Please submit ideas or requests for specific course development, speakers and workshops directly to Tracy Gonzalez-Padron. For more information, please review the Grants section of the UCCS COB Ethics Initiative website below:


UCCS COB Ethics Initiative Grants


Past Events:

October 14, 2010
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:
Libuse Binder10 ways book
November 18-19, 2010
The PPSBN Conference, whose theme this year was Advancing Sustainable Communities, was attended by 14 UCCS students and 2 faculty members courtesy of the Ethics Initiative. The conference took place at the Antlers Hilton in downtown Colorado Springs, and was hosted by the Catamount Institute. The conference, which also included a local vender expo, provided students with an opportunity to learn about sustainabilty on the cutting edge.  In addition, the conference featured a number of influential keynote speakers, such as Fedele Bauccio, CEO of Bon Appetit Management Company, and Energy Analyst Randy Udall.

Fedele BauccioRandy Udall
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.
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