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RESPECT Award recognizes students' diversity in leadership

Friday, April 6, 2012

LAWRENCE — The School of Business recognized outstanding students with the 2012 RESPECT Award. This year's five recipients, Brady Crist, Mike Ellis, Brandi Roberts, Jessica Sheahon and Kyle Turbitt, represent strong, diverse leaders while recognizing several departments within the school.

Douglas May, co-director of the International Center for Ethics in Business, created the RESPECT Award in 2006 to embody the positive values of the School of Business and encourage similar behaviors in other students. The seven principles of the RESPECT code stand for responsibility, enthusiasm, self-esteem, professional integrity, equity, compassion and teamwork.

"Too often organizations focus solely on controlling the unethical behaviors of their employees, rather than celebrating those who represent the positive values and ethical behaviors that they want from their employees," May said.

Three of the five recipients of the award this year were accounting students. Sheahon is an undergraduate from Salina, Kansas. Crist is a MAcc student from McPherson, Kansas. Ellis is a doctoral student from Houston, Texas.

""I am very honored that I was chosen as a recipient of the RESPECT Award," Crist said. "It is a great recognition."

Strong enthusiasm and passion for success set these students apart. All recipients represent the strong drive for excellence not only in the classroom but in campus organizations, community services and part-time jobs.

"Receiving the RESPECT Award is simply unbelievable," said Turbitt, finance major with an entrepreneurship concentration. "There are so many talented and hard-working students in the business school, and I was one of the few that were chosen."

Students were nominated by faculty, staff and students. The awarded recipients were chosen by the Honor Council in the School of Business.

"It's a privilege to be recognized by the University in such a flattering way," said Roberts, MBA student and Navy officer.

Awards are funded by the Majorie McNish Fund for Ethnics in Business, established by J. Hammond McNish, former business law professor at the School of Business, to honor his late wife who was dedicated to education and community service.

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