Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at UCCS expands ethics champions program

2019-20 Ethics Fellows
The 2019-20 Ethics Fellows and Ethics Champions for the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at UCCS with university administrators, presidents from Pueblo Community College and Trinidad State Junior College, and the senior vice president of the Daniels Fund.

The Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at UCCS recently welcomed 16 faculty and staff members from regional colleges to serve as 2019-20 Ethics Champions at a reception and dinner Aug 16 at the Ent Center for the Arts. New this year, college presidents may now elect up to two representatives to serve in this role for their respective campuses.

The ethic champions represent two- and four-year colleges from the Southern Colorado Education Consortium and work to expand principled-based ethics education throughout their campus and regional community. Each ethics champion works collaboratively with the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at UCCS to share resources and initiatives with educators throughout southern Colorado.

The Ethics Champion program concluded its 2018-19 season with the inaugural Southern Colorado Higher Education Consortium Summit to highlight outdoor industry ethics in Colorado. One hundred participants of students, faculty, and business leaders were in attendance.

“The Ethics Champions program was developed in 2016 to extend principle-based ethics education throughout southern Colorado,” said Tracy Gonzalez-Pardon, director of the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at UCCS. “The program has experienced considerable growth in the past three years and we are confident that by adding an additional ethics champion to each campus, we will continue to spread ethical learning opportunities throughout the region.”

The selected champions are:

  • Deanna Bartee, Adams State University
  • Natasha Noel Liebig, Adams State University
  • Patrick Radigan, Colorado State University-Pueblo
  • Kaori Takano, Fort Lewis College
  • Patrick K. Christensen, Lamar Community College
  • Mittie Helm, Lamar Community College
  • Dillon Martin, Otero Junior College
  • Konrad Schlarbaum, Pikes Peak Community College
  • Bruce McCluggage, Pikes Peak Community College
  • Renee Gust, Pueblo Community College
  • Valerie Switzer, Pueblo Community College
  • Kevin Walker, Trinidad State Junior College
  • Cliff Wiening, Trinidad State Junior College
  • Jeffrey Dykes, Western Colorado University
  • Jessica Laramie, Western Colorado University
  • Michael Vieregge, Western Colorado University

A Welcome Reception and Dinner was held August 16 to honor the incoming UCCS Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Fellows and Southern Colorado Ethics Champions. An ethically and locally sourced dinner was served on the stage of the Shockley-Zalabak Theater, followed by “How NOT to make a COMEDY OF ERRORS”: Ethical Decision-Making for Middle Schoolers through a Shakespearean Lens” featuring the Theatreworks’ new mobile Shakespeare initiative with local actors.

For more information about the 2019-20 ethics champions, go to www.uccs.edu/businessethics.

The Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at UCCS is a resource for principle-based ethics education, serving students, educators, and business community. The UCCS College of Business is one of eight original participating schools in the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Collegiate Program that now includes ten participating business schools and one law school. The initiative is funded by a grant from the Daniels Fund, Denver. For more information, visit www.uccs.edu/businessethics/.

The UCCS College of Business was established in 1965 and has more than 1,300 undergraduates and 350 MBA and distance MBA students. The College of Business and Administration awards the Bachelor of Science in Business and Bachelor of Innovation degrees. The Graduate School of Business Administration awards the Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Accounting degrees. More than 10,000 alumni of the College of Business live and work around the world. For more information, visit www.uccs.edu/business.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest growing universities in Colorado. The university offers 48 bachelor’s degrees, 24 master’s and seven doctoral degrees. UCCS enrolls about 12,500 students annually. For more information, visit www.uccs.edu.

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