2008 Award Recipients
Stacy Kolegraff, a Master of Arts in Management student at the Temecula Campus, was honored with the Randal Walker Ethics Award for her submission entitled "An Ethical Analysis of the Responsibility of Subprime Mortgage Lenders." Stacy argues that unethical actions made by lenders and borrowers can contribute to the downfall of a housing market and, in turn, negatively affect the economy. By examining the actions of lenders and borrowers, Stacy argues that increased responsibility by both parties can lead to a stable housing market and a stronger economy.
Ellen Trevarthen, a student in the Master of Science of Information Technology program in Pasadena, chose "Self-Censoring Chinese Internet Search Results: Google's Conflict between Ethical Values and Actions" as the title for her submission for the Randall Walker Ethics Award. Ellen discusses the controversy created by providing internet services to users in China while maintaining their principles of providing unbiased information. Addressing the claim that ethics have been set aside for profit, Ellen profiles the actions that Google has taken to provide users with access to information while respecting foreign government laws and international standards of human rights.
The Banta Center is pleased to recognize Michelle Hobby as the 2008 Banta Community Service Award winner. Michelle's generosity is not limited to her own community but to those all around the world. While spending 4 years in Japan, Michelle taught English to high school students and invited the community into her home with a conversation group to aid the elderly. In October 2005 and March 2006 Michelle made visits to New Orleans to help those devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Along with winning the Banta Community Service Award, 2008 will prove to be a fulfilling year for Michelle as she continues her service with a trip to the Navajo Nation in Arizona. During her visit Michelle will be aiding the efforts to supply much needed water as well as working with the children of the Nation's Boys and Girls Club.
Michelle, Stacy and Ellen each received a $1000 tuition remission and were honored at a scholarship luncheon held at the Redlands Country Club.