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  •  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.