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Press Release: Salesian Center Unites With Business Ethics Group
Date: 2/3/2006

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Salesian Center Unites With Business Ethics Group

The Forum for Ethics in the Workplace, a Lehigh Valley organization operating since 2000, united with the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture at DeSales University January 1, 2006. The collaborative venture began its work with an inaugural meeting of its new board of directors on January 31, 2006.

"Since the activities of the Forum are compatible with the mission of the University and particularly the Salesian Center, this is a good fit on many levels," said William E. Diehl, founder of the Forum for Ethics in the Workplace and one of the Directors of the new partnership. "Our mission to provide opportunities for people to come together for study, reflection, conversation and action on ethical issues in the workplace continues to be our priority, and together with the Salesian Center we can expand our offerings and improve the day-to-day management of the Forum."

The Board of Directors of the Forum will continue to determine policy, programming and direction for the Forum. The University has appointed the Reverend Thomas Dailey, OSFS, director of the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture, as managing director to guide the administration and management functions of the Forum. He will hold an ex officio membership on the Forum Board of Directors and will act as the liaison between the Forum and the Salesian Center.

"Here at the Salesian Center, we are delighted to be collaborating with the Forum for Ethics in the Workplace," said Father Dailey. "Our guiding principle, as St. Francis de Sales taught centuries ago, is that a good and holy life is not lived apart from the world but in and through the state-in-life that each person enjoys, which in this case means the workplace. We hope that the legacy of Salesian Spirituality and the long and rich tradition of Catholic Social Teaching will be of benefit to the activities of the Forum."

The Forum, an independent not-for-profit, became a wholly owned subsidiary of DeSales University on January 1, 2006. It has functioned as an all-volunteer organization, supported by grants from local foundations and individuals, and has regularly hosted breakfasts for business and community leaders to discuss particular ethical issues. The Forum's Board of Directors had approved the new arrangement in September 2005, and the University's Board of Trustees gave its approval in November 2005.

The Forum began when a group of concerned citizens met to discuss the lack of ethical conduct in many parts of our society today. Out of subsequent conversations came the formation of the Interfaith Coalition on Ethics in the Workplace, incorporated in July 2001.In 2003 the group shortened its corporate name to Forum for Ethics in the Workplace and focused on ethical issues facing working people in the Lehigh Valley.

The new entity's Board of Directors elected as their president Larry L. Deal, executive director of The Heart Health Care Group in Allentown, Pa. The elected vice-president is William Dwyer, associate professor in the Business Department at DeSales University, and the co-secretaries elected are Robert Snyder, associate vice-president for finance and treasurer of DeSales University and Kelly Denton-Borhaug, Ph.D., assistant professor of religion at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa. In addition to the officers, the former president, and the managing director, the Board includes: Mary Davis, a business consultant and entrepreneur in Allentown, Douglas Hochstetler, Ph.D., president of the

Lehigh Valley Coalition on Sport Ethics, William Jennings, Ph.D., retired professor of religion at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Irvin E. Keister, financial services representative with MetLife in Allentown, and Kathleen G. Matthews, director of business ethics and compliance at PPL Corporation in Allentown.

Other Ex Officio members of the Board from the DeSales University community are the Mohamed Latib, Ph.D., director of the MBA program; and Joseph Lewis, Ph.D., chairman of the Business Department. The Reverend Doug Burns, O.S.F.S., director of the Sport and Exercise Science Program at DeSales University, also serves on the Board by appointment of the DSU president.

The Salesian Center for Faith and Culture was established in 2000 to promote the interaction of faith and culture, in a mutually beneficial engagement, through academic initiatives that focus on the integration of social concerns and gospel values. The Center supports intellectual activity in research, dialogue events and partnership programs. By its collaboration with the Forum, the Salesian Center is able to extend its mission of social engagement into the corporate world and is able to capitalize on the working relationships that the Forum has already established in the business community.

"Our hope in uniting with the Forum for Ethics in the Workplace is to focus on the many ethical issues facing corporate America, provide guidance, discussion and action and, by our example, be a catalyst for change at the local, national and international level," said the Reverend Bernard O'Connor, OSFS, president of DeSales University.

For additional information and upcoming programming for 2006, visit the Salesian Center Web site at www.desales.edu/salesian or all 610-282-1100, ext. 1244.

Press Release: Salesian Center Unites With Business Ethics Group | Posted on: 2/3/2006

For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive D
irector of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034

610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu

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