Sports, mortgages, other headline topics part of Ethics Week 2009

Author: Carol Elliott


Panelists associated with Notre Dame athletics will tackle a topic often treated with cynicism ñ professional sports and ethics ñ during the 12th annual Ethics Week, from Feb. 16 to 19, sponsored by the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business.

Each lecture will take place in the Mendoza College’s Giovanini Commons from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Participants in the sports panel discussion include Chris Zorich, Sherard Clinkscales, Mike McNeill and Jackie Batteast. Zorich, who earned bachelor’s and law degrees from Notre Dame and is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, has established a reputation for community service through the Christopher Zorich Foundation, which provides youth programs, holiday food distribution programs and other charity efforts, mostly in his native Chicago. He is a manager in the Notre Dame athletic department’s Student Welfare&Development Office. Clinkscales, a former professional baseball player and scout, is part of Notre Dame’s baseball coaching staff, while McNeill, a former National Hockey League player, assists the Irish hockey team, and Batteast is a former Notre Dame and professional basketball player.

Other issues presented during Ethics Week include ethics compliance at mortgage giant Fannie Mae, the health effects associated with radiation exposure, and the data-gathering practices of Google and other companies.

“When it comes to business or sports, ethics sometimes has been thought of as something extra or perhaps even superfluous in relation to financial or athletic performance,”said Ken Milani, professor of accountancy and organizer of Ethics Week.“But recent events have certainly been a wake-up call to anyone who believed that. These speakers will provide first-hand perspective of the necessity of ethics as integral to any operation.”

Ethics Week was established to encourage the discussion of ethical matters in undergraduate and graduate business classes at Notre Dame and to secure a foundation for future discussions inside and outside the classroom.

The schedule is as follows:

Feb. 16 (Monday) ñ"Ethical Issues and Radiation Exposure: A Business Perspective,"Patricia Ann Fleming, vice president and dean of faculty at Saint Mary’s College
Feb. 17 (Tuesday) ñ “Managing Compliance and Ethics During a Time of Crisis,”Bill Senhauser, senior vice president and chief compliance officer for Fannie Mae
Feb. 18 (Wednesday) ñ “Ethics and Professional Sports,”panel discussion moderated by Patrick Murphy, professor of marketing and C.R. Smith Co-director of Notre Dame’s Institute for Ethical Business Worldwide, and featuring Batteast, Clinkscales, McNeill and Zorich
Feb. 19 (Thursday) ñ “Ethical Dimensions of Data Mining,”Barry Keating, professor of finance at Notre Dame

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