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  •  Hackworth Fellowships Awarded

    Friday, Jun. 15, 2012 9:30 AM
    Mary Zieber
    Mary Zieber

    A new fellowship in business ethics has been set up at the Ethics Center, honoring Silicon Valley entrepreneur Michael Hackworth, who served as Center Advisory Board chair until his death in April.

    Four Santa Clara University seniors will hold the fellowships in 2012-2013:

    • Alexis Babb, economics and finance, from Morgan Hill, Calif.
    • Amanda Nelson, economics, from Bellevue, Wash.
    • Saayeli Mukherti, finance, from Sunnyvale, Calif.
    • Noah Rickling, finance and philosophy, from San Diego

    The Business Ethics Fellows will be interviewing SCU Business School alumni about ethical issues they have confronted in the workplace and using these stories as the basis for a set of case studies.

    The Center has also named three Hackworth Fellows for 2012-2013. The Hackworth Fellowships were endowed by Mike and his wife Joan Hackworth to support SCU students in creating ethics programming for their peers. Next year's fellows are:

    • Patrick Coutermarsh, a double major in economics and philosophy, from the city of Santa Clara. Coutermarsh will be forming an "Ethics Bowl" team of students to compete against other universities in debate-like events focused on ethics cases.
    • Aven Satre-Meloy, a double major in political science and environmental studies, from Helena, Mont. Satre-Meloy will be putting on programming related to the development and adoption of an Honor Code at SCU.
    • Mary Zieber, a theater major with a dance emphasis, from San Jose. Zieber will be doing programming involving dance and other arts in their relation to ethics.
  •  In Memoriam—Michael Hackworth

    Monday, Apr. 23, 2012 9:45 AM

    The Ethics Center mourns the death of Silicon Valley entrepreneur and major supporter Michael Hackworth this weekend.  Hackworth, who had been chairman of the board and CEO of Cirrus Logic, was a respected philanthropist.  When he won the Silicon Valley Lifetime Achievement Award from the Silicon Valley Leadership Group in 2010, the citation summed up his many achievements: "impeccable ethics, business excellence and community engagement."

    Hackworth was an important contributor to the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, where he served as chairman of our Advisory Board for 12 years.  Hackworth and his wife Joan endowed several of the programs that are at the heart of the Center's work at Santa Clara University, where Hackworth did his bachelor's in electrical engineering.

    The Hackworth Family has suggested that donations in Michael Hackworth's memory can be made to the Michael Hackworth Memorial Fund at the Ethics Center.  Select Michael Hackworth Memorial Fund from the designation drop-down menu.

    The Hackworth Fellowships support three SCU seniors annually in providing ethics programming for their peers.  Hackworth Fellows have spearheaded projects to write a code of ethics and values for student government; to hold panels and lectures on ethics in areas from friendship to sports; and to conduct research on topics from immigration to sexuality.  In celebration of that program's tenth anniversary this year, the Center created a Facebook page for former fellows.  Noelle Lopez, a fellow from 2008-09, went on to a Rhodes Scholarship and is now pursuing her Ph.D. in philosophy at Oxford.  She writes, "What really keeps me grounded and motivated in my academic study is reflection on my time at SCU, doing what I like to think of as 'philosophical field work'--exploring timeless questions on the ground and in community, engaging in critical reflection on those forces that shape our lives but too often go unchallenged."

    The Hackworth Endowment also supports grants for students and faculty involved in research on applied ethics.  This year, for example, grants went to Communication Department faculty member Jonathan Fung for a film on sex trafficking, and to the School of Law's Kathleen "Cookie" Ridolfi for the creation of a prosecutorial ethics curriculum.

    Hackworth was a 40-year veteran of the semiconductor industry, working for Motorola, Fairchild Semiconductor, and Signetics Corp., all of which fostered his spirit of innovation and led him to co-found Cirrus Logic, Inc., where he served as Chairman of the Board, and President and CEO.

    Upon his “retirement,” he continued to participate actively on several boards, and he loved to consult and provide advice for entrepreneurs.  He embraced a leadership role at the Tech Museum in San Jose, CA, as interim president in early 2011.   He was the recipient of numerous awards, including the Ernst and Young Semiconductor Entrepreneur of the Year (1990).

    A native of San Mateo, CA, he spent his first five years in Atwood, Kansas, where, he fondly remembered, the farm and extended family supported him and his mom while his father served in the military (WWII). His mother raised him with a strong work ethic.

    He brought the values of hard work and community service, along with an unerring sense of optimism and commitment to ethics, to a number of local non-profits, including the Tech Museum, San Jose Ballet Silicon Valley, the Symphony, Montalvo Arts Center, the Santa Clara County Children’s Shelter, the Second Harvest Food Bank, and the Silicon Valley Charity Ball.

    Hackworth’s board service was equally wide-ranging and diverse. He served on the Board of Fellows at Santa Clara University in addition to the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University,

    Hackworth is survived by his wife Joan; three siblings, Arthur, Richard, and Diane; two daughters, Lauren and Julie; step-son, Eric; and five grandchildren.

  •  Center Welcomes Lauder and Foster to Advisory Board

    Friday, Apr. 20, 2012 3:39 PM

    Venture capitalist Gary Lauder and attorney Christopher Foster have joined the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics Advisory Board, a group of community leaders who provide guidance to the Center's programs. 

    Gary Lauder is the Managing Partner of Lauder Partners LLC, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm investing primarily in information technologies.  He has been a venture capitalist since 1985, investing in over 75 private companies.  He is the co-creator of the Aspen Institute's Socrates Society with Laura, his wife.  He is a member of the inaugural class of the Aspen Institute's Henry Crown Fellowship Program.

    Christopher Foster is an associate at Baker & McKenzie, LLP in Palo Alto, where he focuses on litigation and international employment law.  He graduated from Santa Clara University with a B.S. in economics in spring 2008, and completed a Hackworth Fellowship on the ethical issues raised by emerging technologies. During his junior year, he studied economics, philosophy, and theology at Oxford University. Christopher graduated from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (“Boalt Hall”) in spring 2011 and was the Senior Articles Editor for the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law.

    Christopher Foster
    Christopher Foster
  •  Next Generation Ethics for Fundraising Professionals

    Monday, Mar. 26, 2012 2:23 PM

    "Many young people expect their business or organization to have some sense of values to provide for them," Center Executive Director Kirk O. Hanson told "Advancing Philanthropy" magazine for an article on Millenials in nonprofit advancement careers.

    "Young people presume that the ethics of the real world are very loose," he continues.  "They go into a job, first wanting to be successful.  That's their single strongest motivator.  The majority has concluded that, to do that, you have to do a lot of exaggerating and cutting of ethical corners because that's what happens in the real world.  Members of this generation want to live lives of integrity but don't know how, and they suspect that only those who are willing to compromise can be successful professionally.

  •  Ethics of Digital Journalism

    Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011 3:37 PM

    Are social media re-shaping news values? Is disclosure more realistic than objectivity? Is privacy possible? Yesterday, the Ethics Center co-sponsored the Executive Roundtable on Digital Journalism Ethics to explore these and other ethical issues for journalists working in "new media."

    Participants included a high-level cross-section of executives, mid-level decision-makers, and trainers/educators.  After a keynote by Richard Gingras, head of news products for Google, attendees met in four working sessions to outline some of the key dilemmas facing reporters and news organizations in the digital world.

    The conference was co-sponsored by the Online News Association and the Santa Clara University Department of Communication.

  •  Dickinson College to Use Center's Big Q Materials

    Monday, Sep. 19, 2011 11:24 AM

    In his convocation address kicking off the 2011-12 school year, Dickinson College President William G. Durden announced that Dickinson students would make use of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics' Big Q project on ethical issues in the everyday lives of undergraduates.  He said:

    In addition to your initial reflections, within your first-year “neighborhood” you are going to be asked to consider a set of ethical questions that should be part of any superior American undergraduate education. The topics relate directly to thoughts and actions that define a citizen in our contemporary democracy. We hope you will engage in discussions about these questions in your residences and through informal conversation with your professors. There are ten of them in total, and they are offered to us by an innovative project—called The Big Q—at Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.

  •  Markkula Foundation Awards Ethics Center $100,000

    Thursday, Jun. 30, 2011 12:53 PM

    A gift of $100,000 from the Markkula Foundation for 2011-12 will assist the Ethics Center in

    • developing its popular Character-Based Literacy Curriculum for the new national educational standards. The curriculum integrates ethics into high school language arts.
    • securing marketing assistance to further promote all Center resources
    • launching a pilot program on the Internet and ethics

    Linda and A.C. "Mike" Markkula Jr. gave the original seed money to start the Ethics Center. Mike Markkula was the first chair of the Center's Advisory Board and received an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree from SCU in 1992. Their family foundation has continued to support the Center's efforts, particularly in the area of education. Foundation director Kristi Bowers serves on the Ethics Center Advisory Board.

  •  Center Welcomes New Advisory Board Members

    Tuesday, Apr. 5, 2011 10:06 AM

    Jon Hoak, Ken Klein, Lori Laub, and Ervie Smith have joined the Advisory Board of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University.

    Jon Hoak is senior vice president and general counsel for Flextronics, a leading electronics manufacturing services provider to the world's top technology brands, where he oversees all legal matters for the company’s global operations. Most recently, Hoak was vice president and chief ethics and compliance officer at Hewlett Packard and an active member of the Center’s Business and Organizational Ethics Partnership. He also served as senior vice president and general counsel at NCR Corporation for 13 years.

    As president of Wind River, a world leader in embedded and mobile software and a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel Corporation, Ken Klein is responsible for the management of 1,460 employees in 15 countries. Before joining Wind River, Klein served as Chief Operating Officer and a board member of Mercury Interactive for 12 years. He has also held various engineering, marketing, and management roles at Interactive Development Environments, Daisy Systems, and Hughes Aircraft Company.

    Lori Laub has served as Vice President of Customer Care for Great Plains Software, Intuit Corporation, and Vantive Corporation. She has also held executive management positions at Microsoft/Great Plains Software, Ziff-Davis Publishing, and Remedy Corporation. She is the co-author of Delivering World Class Technical Support and has been a featured speaker at many prominent industry events.

    As the president/CEO of Ervie L. Smith, Inc., Smith consults primarily with nonprofits in Silicon Valley in the areas of fund raising, board development, strategic planning, organizational development and capital campaigns. She has worked with numerous organizations in Silicon Valley including the American Red Cross, Santa Clara County Council of Boy Scouts of America, Parkinson’s Institute and the YMCA.

  •  John Hoak and Ken Klein Join Center Advisory Board

    Monday, Mar. 28, 2011 1:14 PM

    The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics welcomes two new members to its Advisory Board:

    Jonathan Hoak, an active member of the Center’ Business and Organizational Ethics Partnership, is general counsel for Flextronics. Most recently, Hoak was fice president and chief ethics and compliance officer at Hewlett Packard. He also served as senior vice president and general counsel at NCR Corporation for 13 years where he oversaw all legal matters for NCR's global operations.

    The president of Wind River, a world leader in embedded and mobile software, Ken Klein is responsible for the management of 1,460 employees in 15 countries. Before joining Wind River, Klein served as Chief Operating Officer and a board member of Mercury Interactive for 12 years. He has also held various engineering, marketing, and management roles at Interactive Development Environments, Daisy Systems, and Hughes Aircraft Company.

  •  New Advisory Board Members

    Thursday, Mar. 10, 2011 8:29 AM

    The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics welcomes Lori Laub and Ervie Smith to our Advisory Board.

    Laub has held executive management positions as Vice President of Customer Care for Great Plains Software, Intuit Corporation, and Vantive Corporation, General Manager Entry Business Unit for Microsoft/Great Plains Software, VP Support Products at Ziff-Davis Publishing, and was Chief Information Officer and VP Information Services at Remedy Corporation.

    Smith is the President/CEO of Ervie L. Smith, Inc. She has had a very a successful consulting practice since 1974 working primarily with nonprofits in Silicon Valley in the areas of fund raising, board development, strategic planning, organizational development and capital campaigns.