SCHEC Ethics Champions

SCHEC Ethics Champions

Encouraging ethical education in southern Colorado and beyond.

In 2016, UCCS College of Business offered a program to colleges in the Southern Colorado Higher Education Consortium (SCHEC) through the support of the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at UCCS (DFEI at UCCS).  College presidents have an opportunity to select one business faculty member to be an Ethics Champion for their campus.  

The Ethics Champion engages with the DFEI at UCCS to spread learning opportunities to their respective campus as well as develop materials to present at one Faculty Roundtable. Through coordination with the appointed ethics champions, UCCS will conduct an orientation workshop for all champions; provide access to additional workshops, faculty roundtable discussions, and speaker series.

Ethics Champions

  • Adjunct Instructor of Business, Adams State University [2019-2020]

    Deanna Bartee

    Biography

    Deanna is passionate about ethics because of the impact that ethics has on a person’s life, the outcomes of organizations, and ultimately society. As a result, she enjoys researching this topic and sharing her expertise with all who will listen. Currently, Deanna is serving as an adjunct instructor at Adams State University’s School of Business. She and her husband Dale also own and operate their organic farm where they raise alfalfa, quinoa, flax, beef cattle, sheep, and poultry. Between these responsibilities and homeschooling her two boys, Deanna has found a busy, yet rewarding balance in life in which she can continue to be a life-long learner, apply her learnings, and share her knowledge with others.

    Ethics Education Project (2018-2019)

    Deanna’s approach to this year’s ethics project is that of the train-the-trainer model. Deanna will offer a presentation entitled “The Ethics of Competition” as part of the ASU’s faculty lecture series on December 6th. The contents of this presentation result from her research into the correlation that seems to exist between the competitive climate and the ethical climate in organizations. This presentation lends insight into why codes of ethics and organizational policies are often ineffective in curbing unethical employee behaviors and why good employees make unethical decisions. The ultimate purpose of this presentation is to encourage the audience to consider how the motives behind their goals can conflict with their goal of behaving ethically.

    Additionally, Deanna anticipates hosting a Lunch-and-Learn workshop on ethics during the spring semester. Using Forsha’s (2017) article entitled Virtue and Moral Development, Changing Ethics Instruction in Business School Education, as the foundation for the discussion, Deanna’s goal for this workshop is to discover and explore the ethics conversations that are taking place across ASU’s campus and encourage more of these interactions. In line with the purpose of ASU’s Lunch-and-Learn program, which is to bring faculty and staff together to discuss and analyze important topics, this conversation will hopefully create an awareness for the value and need of ethics conversations particularly with our students.

    Impact

    Deanna Bartee hosted a faculty lecture entitled “The Ethics of Competition” to over 100 ASU students and several faculty and community members.

    Resources

    CV

    Ethics Student Learning Outcome

    Contact: dbartee@adams.edu

    Adams State University

  • Associate Professor, Department of Nursing, Colorado State University - Pueblo [2016-2017], [2017-2018]

    Susan Belport, DNP, APRN, ACNPC-AG, FNP-BC

    Impact

    To be provided

    Resources

    Contact: susan.belport@csupueblo.edu

    CSU Pueblo Logo

  • Professor, School of Business, Adams State University [2016-2017], [2017-2018]

    Zena Buser, Ph.D.

    Impact

    In my two academic years of service as the ASU DFEI Ethics Champion, 2016-2017, and 2017-2018, ASU faculty, students, staff, and administration have all participated in various DFEI workshops and presentations, benefiting from the opportunity and the experience. The San Luis Valley community too has been engages as our students competed in the UCCS Case Competition, and earned runner up nationally in the Viewers' Choice with their ethics based video, "Gas Up? An improper use of company assets".

    Gas Up? An improper use of company assets

    Faculty Roundtables

    October 2017 Faculty Ethics Resource Workshop

    Resources

    Contact: zenabuser@adams.edu

    Adams State University

  • Coordinator of Resident/Student Life, Department: Resident-SGA-Student Life, Lamar Community College [2019-2020]

    Patrick K. Christensen

    Biography

    Coordinator of Resident/Student Life

    Resident-SGA-Student Life

    Lamar Community College

    Resources

    pat.christensen@lamarcc.edu

  • PhD, Professor of Business Administration, Business Administration, Western State Colorado University [2018-2019]

    Jeffrey Dykes

    Biography

    Western State Colorado University Associate Professor of Business –Law: - teaching Water Law; Environmental Law, Business Law and Legal Environment of Business; Prior Co-Director of Energy Management Program. Attorney with over 20 years as General Counsel, Assistant General Counsel, Senior Counsel, for start-up companies, multibillion dollar public companies and federal government; 10 years as complex Commercial Litigator. Member, Colorado State and 7th Judicial District Bar Associations; Admitted to: Colorado Courts, Federal District Court for District of Colorado, U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals and U.S. Tax Court

    J.D. University of Denver Sturm college of Law; B.A. Western State Colorado University; and Certificate of Advanced Studies in Telecommunications University College, University of Denver

    Impact

    Mentoring of two teams in the Fall 2018 UCCS ethics case competition

    b. Introduced the Ethics Principles in BUAD 210 Legal Environment of Business (two courses each semester) and BUAD 315 Business law (one course each semester)and referred to them throughout the various areas and theories of law covered in these courses.

    c. Western’s School of Business hosted the first SCHEC Ethics Summit in Spring 2019. The school’s leadership and the University supported this event. Drs. Dykes and Laramie actively worked on Summit Spring, Summer and Fall of 2018 and the Spring of 2019.

    Resources

    Contact: jdykes@western.edu

    Western State Colorado University

  • Department Chair Accounting and Business, Pueblo Community College [2016-2017], [2017-2018]

    Joe Easton

    Impact

    To be provided

    Faculty Roundtables

    Ethics - "Championing Teaching Ethics Across the Spectrum of Academic Programs"

    UCCS College of Business' Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative held an Ethics Roundtable Workshop, featuring expert panelists: - Warren Munick, Economics and Entrepreneurship Faculty and Chair of Economics Department, Pikes Peak Community College. Presentation: "Economic Discussions: Bridging Academics with Real World Issues" - Joe Easton, Department Chair Accounting and Business, Pueblo Community College.

    Resources

    Contact: Joe.Easton@pueblocc.edu

     

    Pueblo Community College

  • Adjunct Professor, Arts and Sciences, Lamar Community College [2016-2017], [2017-2018], [2018-2019]

    Rev. Rory Gillespie

    Biography

    Rory Gillespie has been a adjunct instructor at Lamar Community College since January 2012. Gillespie teaches Intro to Philosophy, Ethics, Comparative Religions, and Music Appreciation. He has been the Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Lamar, CO since August 1999. Gillespie received his MDiv from Fuller Theological Seminary in November 2008. Gillespie has been married to his wife, Karen, for 39 years and has two adult children, Nathaniel and Hilah.

    Impact

    To be provided

    Articles

    Rory Gillespie honored as one of LCC's Employees of the Year for 2016

    Resources

    Contact: Rory.Gillespie@lamarcc.edu

     Lamar Community College

  • Accounting Faculty, Pueblo Community College [2017-2018]

    Tene Greenhood

    Impact

    To be provided

    Resources

    Contact: Tene.Greenhood@pueblocc.edu

     

    Pueblo Community College

  • Renee Gust
    Renee Gust
    Biography

    Renee Gust is an instructor in early childhood education at Pueblo Community College. She is the Program Coordinator for the Early Childhood, Education and Library Technician programs. Renee earned both her bachelor and master degrees from Northern Illinois University. She is from Illinois where she owned her own childcare center for 15 years and taught at Elgin Community College. Ethics is core to education and the Daniels Fund Ethics Principles will reinforce what Renee has always taught her students and employees.

    Relocating to Colorado in 2017 has been a blessing to her family: husband, Tim a real estate appraiser and two college-aged children Zach and Delaney.

    Resources

    renee.gust@pueblocc.edu

  • Business Faculty, Business Department, Lamar Community College [2019-2020]
    Biography

    Business Faculty

    Business Department

    Lamar Community College

    Resources

     Mittie.helm@lamarcc.edu

  • [2018-2019]
    Biography

    Trinidad State Junior College

    Impact

    Two students and I participated and attended the Ethics Case Competition. This was TSJC’s first team to participate in the case competition.

    · Four students, two faculty, one staff, and I attended the Ethics Summit at Western University.

    · In the fall semester, I did an ice breaker activity using the Daniels Fund Principles in my courses. This activity involved about 30 students in two different courses.

  • , Lecturer, Energy Management, Business Administration, Western State Colorado University [2018-2019]

    Jessica Laramie, JD

    Biography

    Jessica Laramie, J.D., came to Western as Energy Management professor following a decade of work in the oil and gas industry.

    Laramie grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and attended Illinois State University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science. She then completed her master’s degree in Environmental and Natural Resource Law at the University of Denver. She remained in Denver for another ten years, working in the oil and gas industry. During that time, she also taught part time in the University of Denver’s law program, lecturing about contemporary issues in oil and gas and oil and gas agreements. 

    Laramie has also organized a partnership with Texas Tech University on the World Energy Project (WEP). The WEP provides basic solar power systems to off-grid communities in developing countries where access to electricity is unavailable through traditional sources.

    Impact

    Western’s School of Business hosted the first SCHEC Ethics Summit in Spring 2019. The school’s leadership and the University supported this event. Drs. Dykes and Laramie actively worked on Summit Spring, Summer and Fall of 2018 and the Spring of 2019.

    Resources

    Contact: jrichards@western.edu

    Western Colorado University

  • PhD, Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy, History, Anthropology, Philosophy, Political Science, Adams State University [2019-2020]
    Natasha Liebig
    Biography

    Natasha Noel Liebig is currently a visiting assistant professor at Adams State University.  Prior to that she was a visiting professor at the University of Central Florida.  She earned her doctorate in philosophy from the University of South Florida specializing in Continental Philosophy, Aesthetics, and Feminism, in which she also taught at various schools in the region.  Prior to graduate school, Natasha worked with therapeutic foster care for severely emotionally disturbed children.  In addition to her primary work on the philosophy of trauma, language, and embodiment, Natasha is dedicated to ethics and ethical teaching.  Her main interests include environmental ethics, outdoor recreational ethics, conservation, and animal welfare. 

    Besides dedicating herself to teaching, research and writing, Natasha is an avid outdoorswoman.  She considers Alaska home, although she has grown up in other states in the Pacific Northwest and Colorado.  While in the great outdoors, she enjoys hiking, backpacking, kayaking, snowboarding, rock climbing, and running.  Her favorite places to travel in the states are the Southwest desert and Alaska.  Natasha also enjoys budget traveling and hosting travelers from around the world. 

    Natasha has taught numerous courses in ethics from introduction, theory, and applied ethics.  She also makes a point to include a survey of ethics in her introduction to philosophy course and other courses. 

    Resources

    nliebig@adams.edu

  • Dillon Martin
    Biography

    Director of Auxiliary Services & Foundation at Otero Junior College

  • Bruce McCluggage
    Biography

    Faculty, Philosophy at Pikes Peak Community College

    Resources

    Bruce.McCluggage@ppcc.edu

  • Economics & Entrepreneurship Faculty and Department Chair, Pikes Peak Community College [2016-2017], [2017-2018]

    Warren Munick

    Biography

    Munick did his graduate work at Miami University of Ohio and the University of Pennsylvania. He is a former demographer at the Bureau of the Census and Penn State University Data Center where he provided research for public policy makers. Mr. Munick has taught at colleges and universities in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Delaware and initiated student clubs to promote civic responsibility and entrepreneurship. 

    As an ethnographer and consultant to the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Coalition of Essential Schools, he worked to foster change in public schools by working with teachers and parents to teach the principles of free enterprise to students of all ages. 

    He participated in a pioneering program in 1993, Turning Gang Members into Entrepreneurs for Rebuild LA, a global initiative to increase opportunities for urban youth in south central Los Angeles. Munick founded the Economics Discussion Series, which has attracted hundreds of local leaders to teach, mentor, and inspire next generation student innovators. 

    As President of the Collegiate Peaks Forum Series in Buena Vista, Colorado, a lecture series dedicated to intellectual inquiry, Mr. Munick forged first-ever relationships with local school districts and libraries to introduce children to philosophy. Munick also taught college classes in economics and sociology at the CO State Correctional Facility in Buena Vista. 

    Munick is a Certified Ice House Entrepreneurship Program Facilitator and advisor to the Pikes Peak Community College Entrepreneurs Club.

    Faculty Roundtables

    Ethics - "Economic Discussions: Bridging Academics with Real World Issues"

    UCCS College of Business' Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative held an Ethics Roundtable Workshop, featuring expert panelists: - Warren Munick, Economics and Entrepreneurship Faculty and Chair of Economics Department, Pikes Peak Community College. Presentation: "Economic Discussions: Bridging Academics with Real World Issues" - Joe Easton, Department Chair Accounting and Business, Pueblo Community College.

    Impact

    2018-2019

    More than 50 community leaders participated in the 2018-2019 Economics Discussion Series.

    Email invitations are sent to all faculty, staff, and students and PPCC marketing advertises the event. There are about 5000 email recipients.

    Many faculty, staff, and administration from the college-at-large have attended the Economics Discussion Series. This is a great opportunity to discuss the importance of ethics with our guests.

    There were 20 faculty or staff and 20 students (other than my own) who attended the Economics Discussion Series.

    Resources

    Contact: Warren.Munick@ppcc.edu

     

    Pikes Peak Community College

  • Faculty, Philosophy- Pueblo Community College [2018-2019]

    Travis Parkhurst

    Biography

    Travis Parkhurst is a graduate of Pikes Peak Community College, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and Yale Divinity School. After graduating with a Masters in Philosophy of Religion, he returned to the Colorado Community College system to teach philosophy and humanities. He currently teaches for Pueblo Community College. Travis is working on several ethics-based projects and events, including participating in a statewide gamification grant project to increase student success in ethics courses.

    Travis currently lives in Pueblo with his incredibly supportive wife Johanna, where he enjoys fishing, gardening, visiting the surrounding mountains, and travelling. He is currently planning a study abroad opportunity in Greece for Pueblo Community College student for May 2019, where he hopes to share his love of travel and learning with his students.

    Ethics Education Project (2018-2019)
    1. Revise the Pueblo Community College institutional level student learning outcome rubric for professionalism using the Daniels Fund ethics principles as a foundation. This project is scheduled to be completed by December 2018.
    2. Schedule a lecture event at Pueblo Community College with Vitaly Stepanov and Yuliya Stepanova. The plan is to schedule this event for either November 2018 or February 2019.
    3. Send two teams from Pueblo Community College to the ethics case competition at UCCS on November 2nd.
    4. Send the minimum number of students, business owners, and faculty to the ethics summit in Gunnison.
    5. Work with PCC Human Resources to find and schedule a key note speaker for the PCC Summer Institute in June 2019. Currently, I am working on contacting Thomas J. Walter, CFO of Tasty Catering.
    6. Integrate the Daniels Fund ethics principles into PHI 112 (Ethics) curriculum for the virtue ethics unit.
    7. Integrate the Daniels Fund ethics principles into Pueblo Community College’s first year experience course (AAA 109).
    8. Potential Project- Help students organize a panel event on LGBTQ experiences in the workplace. Currently, student interest in putting on such an event is high. If it happens, it will occur in April 2019.

    Impact

    1. Sent two teams of two students to UCCS for the Daniels Fund Case Competition. Aside from the four students present at the case competition, six philosophy club students, four faculty, and two administrators assisted the four students in preparation for the competition.

    2. On February 19th, PCC hosted an event titled “All That Glitters is Not Gold: Exposing the Russian Doping Scandal” with speakers Vitaly Stepanov and Yulia Stepanova. 109 people attended the event, 92 of whom were students. 12 faculty and staff members also attended along with 5 members of the community.

    3. On April 4-5, 2019, PCC sent a delegation of four students, three business leaders, three faculty, and one administrator to Gunnison Colorado for the Daniels Fund Ethics Summit.

    4. In the fall and spring of 2019, used Daniels Fund principles and Daniels Fund case studies in PHI 112 (Ethics) classes to deepen student understanding of virtue ethics. S Three classes were involved, with a total of 58 students.

    5. In the fall of 2018, one section of our new first year experience course (AAA 109) used Daniels Fund principles to guide an academic dishonesty unit. 17 students were involved in this unit.

    6. The Health Information Technologies program (HIT) used material from the Daniels Fund resources guide in each of their classes in the 2018-2019 academic year (HIT 102, 105, 111, 112, 150, 188, 220, 225, 252, 261, and 268). 130 students were exposed to the material throughout these courses in both the fall and spring semesters.

    Resources

    Contact: travis.parkhurst@pueblocc.edu

     

    Pueblo Community College

  • Patrick Radigan

    Visiting Assistant Professor of Management at CSU-Pueblo 

    Biography

    Ethics is an extremely important part of business education.  Over the course of my career as an educator, I have placed an increasingly higher emphasis on instilling ethicial principles in my students by presenting them with opportuntieis to make ethicial decisions.  I have adopted and developed a number of tools for this rooted in experiential methodology.  As an SCHEC Ethics Champion, I would not only like to share what I have learned, but I would also like to learn more from some of the best practicioners in the region.

  • Professor of Business and Accounting, Trinidad State Junior College [2016-2017]

    Genia Rasmussen

    Biography

    Genia (Gina) Rasmussen is a professor of Business and Accounting at Trinidad State Jr. College, Valley Campus.  She earned both her Bachelors and Masters Degrees at Adam State University.  In this small rural community college, with a student to teacher ratio of 1 to 12, her influence is widespread as every business student is sure to have the privilege of working with her one on one. She relates well to every age, but is especially good at making the non-traditional student feel welcomed. Her relaxed accepting demeanor helps students to relax. No question is without warrant as far as she is concerned and her compassionate manner encourages participation. She is approachable, sincere, and discreet. Courses she currently teaches include Principles of Accounting I & II, Tax Help Colorado-Preparing Taxes and Tax Prep Practicum, Intro to Business, Business Communication & Report Writing, and Ethics & Values. 

    She continues a lengthy membership in National Business Educators Association (NBEA), Tax Help Colorado Coordinator since 2010, and served many years as Trinidad State Valley Campus Student Life Coordinator.   She is held in high esteem for her kind empathy, her availability to help, and her impeccable work ethic and integrity. 

    Genia and her husband look forward to hosting an exchange student from Denmark for the coming school year. He will be a sophomore in high school and speaks Danish, English, and German.  He has been learning Karate for four years and plans to participate in tournaments while in the United States. This experience that will provide an opportunity to learn more about another culture and languages. 

    Her hobbies include Zumba, sewing and quilting; but as wife, mother, and grandmother, she most readily relishes time and activities with her family.

    Impact

    To be provided

    Resources

    Contact: Genia.Rasmussen@trinidadstate.edu

     

    Trinidad State Junior College

  • Assistant Professor, Business, Trinidad State Junior College [2017-2018]

    LiAnn Richardson

    Impact

    To be provided

    Resources

    Contact: LiAnn.Richardson@trinidadstate.edu

     

    Trinidad State Junior College

  • Philosophy Instructor, Otero Junior College [2017-2018]

    MJ Romano

    Impact

    To be provided

    Resources

    email: pastor@lajuntapres.org

     

    Otero Junior College

  • Faculty - Business and Microcomputer Applications, Otero Junior College [2016-2017]

    Robert Samaniego, MBA

    Biography

    Robert Samaniego is an instructor in Otero Junior College's Business Technologies Department.  Now in his 17th year as an instructor at OJC, he teaches Economics, Computer Information Systems, and Business courses. He also taught courses at Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell before moving to OJC. Before finding his way into education, Samaniego worked in a variety of fields as a printer's assistant, an event manager/promoter, park ranger and as a hospital billing auditor. After he began a graduate degree in education, he quickly realized that he had no interest in becoming an administrator in the K-12 environment and quit the program after completing only a few courses. He later earned a Master of Business Administration degree at Colorado State University-Pueblo.

    Impact

    To be provided

    Resources

    Contact: robert.samaniego@ojc.edu

     

    Otero Junior College

  • Konrad Schlarbaum
    Biography

    Sustainability Coordinator, Office of Sustainability, Pikes Peak Community College

    konrad.schlarbaum@ppcc.edu

  • Valerie Switzer
    Valerie Switzer
    Biography

    Valerie is the Director of Professional Development for Pueblo Community College, a position she has held for the past six years. She earned her Bachelors of Science and Business Administration from the University of Southern Colorado and her Master’s in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix.  Valerie is passionate about ethics because of the impact that ethics has on a person’s life, the outcomes of organizations, and ultimately society. As a result, she enjoys researching this topic and sharing her expertise with others. She continues to be a life-long learner, applies her learnings, and shares her knowledge with others.

    Resources

    valerie.switzer@pueblocc.edu

  • , Associate Professor, Department: Business Administration, Fort Lewis College

    Kaori Takano, Ph.D.

    Biography

    Kaori Takano was born in Fukuoka Japan. After she earned Bachelor degree, she held a unique position with Coca-Cola for nine years closely working with top executives and PR managers. She came to the USA in 1997 and earned MBA in 2000 when Kaori and her family moved to Cancun Mexico and start working as sales associate in hotel zone while she worked as the editor for several anthropological books published in Mexico. After she returned to the USA, she earned her PhD in 2011 and moved to Durango Colorado to teach at Fort Lewis College. She loves traveling abroad, and she has visited more than 25 countries in the world. She enthusiastically teaches important social contexts that surround cultural and business environments around the world, using current topics and her personal experiences. Kaori's research interests include corporate social responsibility, organizational behavior, public policy, school-business partnerships, corporate communication, and cross-cultural management. Her research topics were published in Social Responsibility Journal, Public Relations Review, and The International Institute for Asian Studies. She presented on her experiences on May 8th, 2017.

    Impact

    2017 Teaching of Ethics Conference Feedback

    Faculty Roundtables

    Integrating Ethics into Campus-wide Initiatives and a New Course Design

    Resources

    Contact: KTAKANO@fortlewis.edu

     

    Fort Lewis College

  • PhD, Professor of Business Administration, Business Administration, Western State Colorado University [2016-2017], [2017-2018]

    Michael Vieregge, Ph.D.

    Impact

    To be provided

    Faculty Roundtables

    Ethics - "Ethics Elevated at Western State Colorado University" 

    Ethics Roundtable by UCCS College of Business' Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative, featuring Michael Vieregge, PhD, Western State Colorado University. Presentation: "Ethics Elevated at Western State Colorado University: Our First Year and Outcomes." 

    Resources

    Contact: mvieregge@western.edu

     

    Western Colorado University

  • Professor, Biology, Trinidad State Junior College [2019-2020]
    Kevin Walker
    Biography

    Dr. Kevin Walker is a Biology instructor teaching anatomy and physiology to nurses and Associate of Sciences students many of who will become professional care givers. He provides a foundation for their careers. Additionally, he teaches Environmental Sciences courses that help students understand how they are a part of the environment. He enforces that as a part of the community, students have a responsibility to engage in all of the Daniels Fund Ethics Principles as they learn about the roles of human interactions and sustainability at multiple levels. He teaches that students are a contributing factor to solving local and global issues.

    Resources

    Kevin.Walker@trinidadstate.edu

  • Instructor, Biology, Trinidad State Junior College [2019-2020
    Biography

    Cliff Wiening is a Biology instructor. He serves in the college community teaching both non-majors and majors Biology students offering a number of courses including Botany, Zoology, Introductory Biology and General Biology. Wiening is also the Phi Thetta Kappa sponsor. PTK is an honor society composed of students who strive to provide service opportunities for the campus and surrounding community. With Wienings leadership, the program number has grown significantly providing students with leadership opportunities, scholarly experiences, and service skills that they will take into their future. During Wiening’s tenure, PTK is expanding beyond the two campuses and will soon offer programs that include enrolled students at a local prison. TSJC PTK has received a number of awards for their dedicated service. PTK students have attended regional, state, and national conferences.

    Resources

    Clifford.Wiening@trinidadstate.edu