The Ethics Center congratulates student fellows and workers Aven Satre-Meloy, Alexis Babb, and Alexandria LeeNatali, SCU seniors who won prestigious University awards on the occasion of their graduation.
As a Hackworth Fellow at the Ethics Center, Satre-Meloy worked on developing a student honor code for the University. An environmental studies major, he was selected for the Nobili Medal, awarded to the male graduate judged outstanding in academic performance, personal character, school activities, and constructive contribution to the University. After graduation, he will travel to Turkey on a Fulbright Grant to teach English and American culture to university students, and conduct research on Turkish peoples' experiences as Muslims living in secular, democratic state where a religiously conservative party is currently in power.
Hackworth Business Ethics Fellow Alexis Babb was named Outstanding Student Entrepreneur by the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Leavey School of Business. At the Center, Babb interviewed SCU alums about the ethical dilemmas they had confronted in business and turned those narratives into case studies. Having started her first business--creating and selling napkin rings--at age 10, Babb continued her entrepreneurial spirit at SCU, serving as chairwoman and coordinating the Made With Love Craft Show, which earned more than $1,700 for the charity Rebekah Children's Services in Gilroy, Calif. She also helped to start a new SCU chapter of Strive For College, where SCU students mentor low-income high school students. During her two-year term, Alexis recruited over 35 mentors and helped 98 students in two high schools.
Alexandria Leenatali, who worked on the Center's Big Q project, an online dialog on ethics for undergraduates, won a Richard J. Riordan Award in recognition of her outstanding contributions to service through her work with the marginalized and under-served populations outside of the University community.
Reflecting on his year as a Hackworth Fellow at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Christopher Foster, an associate at the law firm Baker McKenzie, talks about how his work influenced the course of his life.
Santa Clara University faculty, staff, and students may apply for funds to assist in research projects on applied ethics through the Hackworth Grants program. Applications are due Tuesday, May 28, for proposals.
Previous grants have supported projects such as "Hark," a narrative film about sex slavery in the Bay Area, research on "Ethical Reasoning in Games and Online Communities," and development of a course called "The Cardinal Virtues: Foundation of Catholic Ethics."
Center Executive Director Kirk Hanson delivered the commencement address at University of Portland last week, advising the graduating seniors that "happiness, true happiness,...lies not in a narcissistic fascination with ourselves, but in service to others, indeed in living a life of service, to people and to things that matter."
Hanson received an honorary degree from the university.
In honor of the Ethics Center's 25th anniversary, Kristi Markkula Bowers reflects on what has sustained her family's involvement since the Center's inception. Bowers' father, A.C. "Mike" Markkula Jr., the co-founder of Apple Computer, and her mother, Linda Markkula, gave the seed funding for the Center, and, along with Bowers, they have continued to be major supporters.
Join us today, 4- 6 p.m., in the Arts & Sciences Building on the Santa Clara University campus to celebate this anniversary.
The work of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics spans business ethics, bioethics, campus ethics, character education, government ethics, and Internet ethics, as well as addressing topic areas such as immigration, conscience, and sustainability. For a closer look at the Center's activities, see our new brochure, Ethics for the Real World.
The Association for Practical and Professional Ethics is sponsoring an expanded Ethics Center Colloquium organized by Kirk Hanson, Aine Donovan, and Noah Pickus, executive directors of the ethics centers at Santa Clara University, Dartmouth College, and Duke University. The colloquium will feature discussions of the mission, programs, structure, funding, and strategic challenges of centers, as well as potential cooperative relationships.
Brian Green is the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics' new assistant director of campus ethics programs. His responsibilities include guest lecturing on ethics in various campus courses, reviewing and evaluating the Hackworth grant program, researching various topics in ethics including Catholic teaching on conscience, assisting coordinating campus ethics speakers, and working with the Hackworth and Environmental Ethics Fellows. He is also an adjunct professor teaching ethics in the Graduate School of Engineering.
Brian's background includes doctoral and master's degrees in ethics and social theory from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. His undergraduate degree is from the University of California, Davis, in genetics. Between college and graduate school he served for two years in the Jesuit Volunteers International teaching high school in the Marshall Islands. His research interests include human nature and ethics, Catholic natural law, ethics of technology, and various aspects of the impact of technology and engineering on human life.