Fall 2016
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The Arrupe Center Team

Director Dr. John McCall is back from sabbatical for the 2016-7 academic year. Associate Director Dr. David Steingard will be on sabbatical for the Fall Semester of 2016. Kim Nagasarsingh begins her second year as Arrupe’s Administrative Assistant. We thank Dr. Brent Smith for his service to the Arrupe Center as Interim Associate Director for the 2015-6 academic year. Dr. Smith made excellent contributions to our student Net Impact chapter as their Academic Advisor; to programming for Arrupe’s 10th Anniversary Week; in attracting new faculty for our Fellows Program; and in evolving the role and impact of the Arrupe Center’s Advisory Board.


Spring & Summer in Review

The Arrupe Center celebrated its 10th Anniversary 
with a variety of engaging programs during Arrupe Week, April 18-22, 2016. The week’s public events were very well-attended by our students.  In particular, students were enthralled by dynamic presentations from both Kevin Carroll of Katalyst, LLC and Stephen Ritz of the Green Bronx Machine.  Both Carroll and Ritz revealed how one could act for positive social change, the former through sport and the latter through innovative use of urban agriculture in struggling schools.
(Video link: Sport & Play Presentation
Our faculty also benefited during Arrupe Week from the presence of Professor Joseph DesJardins, nationally recognized business ethicist and outgoing President of the Society for Business Ethics.  Professor DesJardins provided two group workshops and held numerous individual meetings with faculty in order to advance the Arrupe Center’s goal of encouraging Haub School faculty to more substantively address ethics in functional business classes. (Video links: workshop 1, workshop 2)
Students were also engaged in a focused group workshop facilitated by members of the Campbell’s Soulful Project team. Our very own Aly Homan, Arrupe work study student, had the opportunity to intern with The Soulful Project. Aly passionately states “my experiences at SJU as both a LEO major and an individual who is passionate about service and social justice have propelled me to seek out career opportunities in which I know I can make a tangible impact on the communities served. Throughout my time as an intern, I was able to witness firsthand the tough reality of food insecurity that so many people in our nation face. I was also able to bear witness to the extraordinary people who are selflessly dedicated to providing healthy options to those in need. The Soulfull Project is exemplar of my belief that businesses can be a force for good”.
As the final event of Arrupe week, the Center hosted the annual Business Ethics Case Competition, generously supported by our partners KPMG and Essent. Teams of students from universities across the Philadelphia region converged on Hawk Hill to rise to the challenge of a public presentation on a real world ethics case before a panel of industry judges.
We are grateful to all of our Advisory Board Members, faculty, students, and deans who have made Arrupe a success over the years!

June 6

Congratulations to senior Monica Bhalla, ‘17, double major in International Business and Marketing, for winning the $1000 Pedro Arrupe Center Undergraduate Business Ethics Paper Competition! Her excellent paper Organizational Sustainability: How Mobile Technology Has Helped Farmers in India demonstrates a substantive integration of ethical analysis to a real world economic and social problem. 


June 13 - 14

Arrupe Fellow Mark Lang refereed the Best International Food Marketing Ethics Paper Competition at the 2016 International Food Marketing Research Symposium in Bologna, Italy, June 13-14. This year’s $500 Arrupe sponsored award was given to Consumer Reactions to Animal Welfare Attributes in Pig Production in Germany and Polandwritten by Dr. Klaus G. Grunert (pictured), Dr. Viviane Glanz-Chanos, and Dr. Steen Forum from Denmark. Congratulations to all!


June 22-23

The Haub School of Business is now an official signatory of a United Nations initiative for business schools—Principles for Responsible Management Education or PRME. To jumpstart our membership, Dean Joe DiAngelo, Associate Dean Vana Zervanos, and Arrupe Associate Director David Steingard traveled with 12 of our fantastic students to the UN in NY. They attended the 2016 UN Global Compact Leaders Summit. The United Nations Global Compact is an association of 9,000 companies in 166 countries dedicated to promoting ethical and sustainable business through the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Participation in these UN level programs reinforces Haub’s leadership in ethical and sustainable business school education.



July 13 - 16

The Arrupe Center was well represented at the International Society Business, Economics, and Ethics World Congress in Shanghai, China, July 13-16. Dr. David Steingard, Arrupe Center Associate Director, and Bill Clark, J.D., Arrupe Center Advisory Board Member, presented their paper: The Benefit Corporation as an Exemplar of Integrative Corporate Purpose (ICP): Delivering Maximal Social and Environmental Impact with a New Corporate Form. Dr. Feng Shen, Arrupe Fellow, presented his paper: Size Matters: A Study on Font Size in Labeling Genetically Modified Foods.


Exciting Events for Fall 2016

October 18

Presidential historian, Pulitzer Prize-winner, and contributing editor at TIME, Jon Meacham is one of America's most prominent public intellectuals. Mr. Meacham was featured as the 2016 Carfagno Lecture SeriesHis talk Ethical Leadership in Faith, Politics, and Business was insightful and timely in advance of the Presidential election. The Arrupe Center hosted an intimate dinner with Mr. Meacham for a number of our supporters prior to the lecture. The dinner was generously supported by Arrupe Board member Bob DeMento.



October 25

Author Walt Pavlo of 500 Pearl Street and Prisonology spoke about white collar crime as an Arrupe lecturer. Mr. Pavlo’s visit was a return engagement with the Arrupe Center. His previous visits were well received by our students, who heard a compelling and cautionary tale of how one man became ensnared in a web of fraud and deceit. Students learned that serious corporate corruption often occurs one small step at a time.


November 3 - 5

The national student 2016 Net Impact Conference was held in Philadelphia: “Net Impact is a community of more than 100,000 students and young professionals who want to transform their passions into world-changing action.” Our SJU Net Impact chapter actively participated as local hosts for the conference. Dr. Brent Smith presented a session, “I really looked forward to moderating this panel. Now more than ever, people seem to appreciate that sustainability paradigms can inform how we can create products, profits, and even careers. The Net Impact conference provided an opportunity to highlight how business schools like Haub and academic programs like the Leadership, Organization, and Sustainability (LEO) major/minor are getting students ready for the future”. The Arrupe Center and the Dean’s Office sponsored 40 students to attend this transformative event. We are so proud of our students for their leadership in Net Impact!


  • To Judy Ward (Arrupe Center Advisory Board) and Advanced Enviro Systems for earning B Corp certification!
  • To Undergraduate Net Impact Chapter for facilitating their networking event at this year's Net Impact Conference in Philadlephia! Special congratulations to Jacqueline Pignataro and Andres Urrea, for organizing this session. 

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