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May 11, 2007
Contact: Justin Lueger, School of Business, (785) 864-9540.

Seven KU business students receive first Positive Code of Conduct Awards

LAWRENCE — Seven students from the University of Kansas School of Business have received the inaugural 2007 Positive Code of Conduct Awards.

The students were recognized during last month’s Sutton Ethics Lecture, sponsored by the School of Business.

The awards acknowledge students for maintaining outstanding ethical behavior as defined by the school’s new Positive Code of Conduct, according to Douglas R. May, professor and co-director of the International Center for Ethics in Business. The seven virtues of the Positive Code of Conduct are represented by the acronym RESPECT (responsibility, enthusiasm, self-esteem, professional integrity, equity, compassion and teamwork).

The recipients were two graduating seniors: Sarah Kierl of Edmond, Okla., and Erinn Schaiberger of Mesa, Ariz.; four master’s degree students: Olivia Pfannenstiel of Wichita; Stefany Samp and Ric Rosenfield, both of Lawrence; and Travis Grosser of Alta Loma, Calif.; and doctoral student Zelin Zhang of Tianjin, China.

“One of the major purposes of these awards is to recognize students who will serve as role models to others in their professional careers,” May said. “Too often, universities only punish unethical behavior and don’t celebrate those students who demonstrate exemplary commitment to ethical principles. This was one of the driving forces behind the development of the school’s Positive Code of Conduct and the student awards.”

During the ceremony, May read a passage from each student’s nomination letters explaining how each illustrated the principles embodied by the Positive Code of Conduct.

Faculty, staff and fellow students nominated deserving students who demonstrated commitment to the RESPECT principles for the award. Student peers selected the recipients.

The Positive Code of Conduct was developed by students in a business ethics class taught by May. It was then revised by representatives from the Undergraduate Business Council, Graduate Business Council and Association of Business Doctoral Students.

For more information about the KU School of Business, visit its Web site. To find out more about the Positive Code of Conduct, visit the International Center for Ethics in Business Web site.

Recipients are listed below by hometown, level in school and major, parent names (when available) and previous degrees and/or high schools (when available).

DOUGLAS COUNTY
From Lawrence 66044
Ric Robert Rosenfield, master’s degree student in business administration; he has a bachelor’s degree from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

From Lawrence 66047
Stefany L. Samp, masters in accounting and information systems, daughter of Cheryl Samp; she received a bachelor’s degree in business from KU in spring 2006 and is a graduate of Lawrence High School.

SEDGWICK COUNTY
From Wichita 67204
Olivia Jayne Pfannenstiel, master’s student in accounting and information systems, daughter of Keith and Paulette Pfannenstiel; she received a bachelor’s degree in business from KU in fall 2006 and is a graduate of Bishop Carroll High School.

ARIZONA
From Mesa
Erin D. Schaiberger, a graduating senior in accounting and business administration and planning to pursue a master’s student in accounting and information systems at KU, is the daughter of Michael and Colleen Schaiberger; she is a graduate of Xavier College Prep high school in Phoenix.

CALIFORNIA
From Alta Loma
Travis J. Grosser, master’s degree student in business administration; he received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland at College Park and is a graduate of Etiwanda (Calif.) High School.

OKLAHOMA
From Edmond 73013
Sarah Marie Kierl, graduating senior in management and in business administration, daughter of T. Philip and Susan Kierl; she is a graduate of Bishop McGuinness High School in Oklahoma City.

CHINA
From Tianjin
Zelin Zhang, doctoral student in business and master’s degree student in physics; he received a bachelor’s degree from Nankai University.

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