VOL. LV, NO. 173
California State University, Long Beach November 3, 2005
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Ethics • Dean of the College of Business Administration Luís Ma. R. Calingo addresses the audience at the opening of the Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership Wednesday night while Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Gary Reichard, President Robert C. Maxson, donors Mick and Louise Ukleja, and Associate Director of the Ukleja Center Kathleen Lacey look on. Jamie Rowe / Online Forty-Niner

Ethical center opens to teach character

By Daniel Linck Savino
Online Forty-Niner
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The newest addition to the campus, the Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership, celebrated its grand opening Wednesday night. Supported by three separate grants totaling $4.5 million, the Ukleja Center will promote the development of ethics in the classroom and the community.

Kathleen Lacey, professor of legal studies and the associate director of the Ukleja Center, described the all-inclusive nature of the center.

“ We want to see ethics integrated into all courses and across all disciplines,” she said.

Though the Ukleja Center is based in the College of Business, its target audience includes all colleges and departments on campus, she said.

Mick Ukleja said the center will emphasize the critical importance of ethics.

“ We need to be teaching not just competencies, but character,” he said. “It’s so important. You can’t do anything without ethics. You can’t separate ethics from leadership.”

The concept began in 2002 as the brainchild of Luís Calingo, dean of the College of Business Administration.
“It all started when I wrote an editorial for the Long Beach Press-Telegram at the height of all the ethical crises in corporate America,” he said.

Calingo saw a need for an institutional response to the problems by way of ethics. After extensive discussions with faculty at Cal State Long Beach and other universities, as well as CSULB alumni and members of the business community, he developed a concept paper detailing his proposal. The final version went through the Academic Senate, campus deans, the CSULB Board of Trustees and President Robert C. Maxson.

As the idea was developed and approved, money became the word of the day.

“ We needed two and a half million [dollars] to endow the center,” Calingo said. “We have two and a half million from two families, [one of which is the Ukleja family], and another two million from an alumnus in Kentucky.”

Calingo and the Uklejas were nonspecific about their contributions toward the $2.5 million. According to Calingo, though, it is the largest grant in the history of CSULB.

The endowment will be used for a number of purposes.

“ We forsee giving about five to 10 grants a year to faculty to incorporate ethics into their curriculum,” Calingo said.

The grants, part of a program called Ethics Across the Curriculum, will range from $2,000 to $5,000 and will increase as the endowment grows.

Other programs will support research grants and community outreach. Lacey described the grants as being designed to support the production of papers and books about applied ethics.

The community outreach element will ultimately reach to all California State University campuses via a student leadership academy. Titled the Edna Davis Hobbs Student Leadership Academy, it will act as a “boot camp in ethical leadership,” Calingo said.

Another part of the Ukleja Center is the William Dixon Leader-in-Residence Program. An invitational program, it will bring CEOs from various corporations to CSULB as guest lecturers.

The Ukleja family has a long history with CSULB. Mick Ukleja is a 1971 CSULB graduate with a degree in philosophy. His daughter, Michelle, is a current student. The family has made significant contributions to the university, supporting athletics, Disabled Student Services and the President’s Scholars Program. The Ukleja Room in The Walter Pyramid houses the 49er Athletic Hall of Fame.
Maxson applauded the Ukleja Center’s goals.

“ This is a great milestone in the life of the university,” he said. “This center is going to be of benefit to the entire campus community, as well as the city. The whole notion is that it’s a moral approach to leadership.”


 

 


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