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Volume 58, Number 19    January 24, 2011         

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Pay to play
Assistant Professor of Management Denise Kleinrichert commented on the ethical dilemmas raised when individuals pay others to help them find a job in a Jan. 11 story on the emerging trend that aired during the Today's Living segment on WTHV-TV. Taking money to find someone a job "could potentially pose an ethical dilemma for businesses worrying about their own internal employees tipping off people about positions before they're publically available," Klienrichert said.

Sculpting identity
Biology Lecturer Gloria Nusse's work as a forensic artist was featured in a Jan. 7 San Jose Mercury News story. Nusse begins with a skull, then uses art and anatomy to reconstruct the face of the dead person. "I work with death all the time, but I work it in a positive way," Nusse said. "I'm building up something. I'm reanimating a face. It is all very, very creative. And hopefully, it will help someone find their loved one."

No more bullying
Director of the Family Acceptance Project Caitlin Ryan was quoted in a Jan. 6 report after commenting on the enactment of a strong anti-bullying law in New Jersey. Announcing it to a conference on reducing suicide risk among gay teens, Ryan said, "It’s so important and definitely needed… This law will definitely save lives."

Building bridges
The San Francisco Business Times, reported in the Jan 7 edition that alumna and Professor Emerita of Business Kay Takeyama Dilena is donating $5 million to SF State to form the Dilena Takeyama Center for the Study of Japan and Japanese Culture. "I feel I owe it to this country," Dilena said. "My hope is to help scholars of Japan to do any kind of research on Japan or aspects of Japan." Dilena was born in Tokyo and moved to the United States in 1953. The center will support student exchange and visiting scholar programs. Provost Sue Rosser added, "She felt it was very important to try to build bridges because her own life symbolizes that."

Changing culture
Vice President of University Advancement Robert J. Nava was interviewed for a Jan. 7 San Francisco Business Times report on growing philanthropic efforts in public higher education. "Private institutions have obviously for hundreds of years been involved in philanthropy... What we are seeing today is that public-assisted universities are beginning to focus aggressively on a culture of philanthropy that is based on private universities," Nava said. "It sets an example for other alumni or friends of the university when a transformative gift like (a recent $5 million gift to SF State) is made…about the need and the opportunity."

Here today
Philosophy Lecturer Ann Robertson, in a Jan. 5 editorial in Toward Freedom, argues that American society is being undermined by the deepening inequalities between rich and poor. "In countries with the highest rates of inequality -- usually third world countries -- corruption becomes endemic," Robertson said. "Doctors demand bribes before administering care. The drug trade intensifies, as those who are shut out of the formal economy scramble to get a buck. The U.S. is moving closer to these countries."

Saving face
In a Dec. 19 Reuters/Vancouver Sun article, Professor of Management Stanley Kowalczyk commented on Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's efforts to protect and shape his personal reputation, as well as that of Facebook. "He’s going to have to walk on eggshells to make sure that he doesn’t do something that is going to jeopardize that reputation," Kowalczyk said.


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