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Students earn annual business ethics award

Monday, April 22, 2013

LAWRENCE — Six business students have been honored as recipients of the 2013 RESPECT award. Ken Ward, Sayaka Wayne, Amanda Akin, Stephanie Jordahl, Scott Moir and Michael Luchen are the honorees this year.

To win the award, students are nominated by faculty and must show a high level of commitment to the virtues expressed in the school’s positive code of conduct. The recipients were honored at the school’s combined boards meeting on April 19.

“I think it is wonderful that the School of Business recognizes students who strive for excellence in and out of the classroom,” said Stephanie Jordahl, a master of accounting student who will graduate in May. “To be recognized as one of those students is truly an honor.”

The acronym RESPECT stands for responsibility, enthusiasm, self-esteem, professional integrity, equity, compassion and teamwork. The award recognizes the positive ethical behaviors of KU business students, said Douglas May, professor of management. May is co-director of the International Center for Ethics in Business and believes the RESPECT award, in its sixth year, has helped reinforce an ethical culture in the School of Business.

“The best types of ethics programs in organizations have both aspirational values outlined in their codes of conduct as well as compliance-oriented behavioral guidelines,” May said. “Individuals are attracted to positive messages and the RESPECT code provides that dimension.”

May also stressed that building an ethical culture is not something that happens overnight.

“It takes continual reinforcement of positive ethical behavior by the faculty, staff and students in the school,” he said. “It is a day-to-day journey that includes us all.”

Recipients of the 2013 RESPECT award:

Ken Ward

Hometown: Westwood, Kan.

Graduation: May 2014

Major: Doctorate in Human Resource Management; M.S. and B.S. in Industrial Engineering (Kansas State University)


Amanda Akin

Hometown: Topeka, Kan.

Graduation: May 2013

Major: Master of Accounting; Accounting (University of Kansas)


Stephanie Jordahl

Hometown: Lenexa, Kan.

Graduation: May 2013

Major: Master of Accounting; Accounting (University of Kansas)


Sayaka Wayne

Hometown: Sano City, Tochigi, Japan

Graduation: 2014

Major: Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance; Hospitality Management (Kansas State University); Gerontology (Kansas State University)


Michael Luchen

Hometown: Overland Park, Kan.

Graduation: December 2013

Major: Information Systems with a concentration in Entrepreneurship


Scott Moir

Hometown: Manhattan, Kan.

Graduation: December 2013

Major: Accounting

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