First Prima Prize awarded

Nov 16, 2007

Recognizing excellence in leadership and ethics research, Kettering announces its first Prima Prize recipients.

Three students are the winners of Kettering University's first Prima Prize for Best Research Paper in Leadership and Ethics. The awards are conferred through the Department of Liberal Studies and made possible by the sponsorship of Prima Communications Inc., of Schoolcraft, Mich.  Winning papers were selected from all research papers submitted to the Senior Seminar in Leadership, Ethics, and Contemporary Issues in the 2006-07 academic year, and were chosen by a panel of eight judges, consisting of Senior Seminar instructors and Charlotte Hubbard '83, president and CEO of Prima Communications.

The Prima Prize program is coordinated by Dr. Benjamin Redekop, Thompson Chair of Leadership Studies and associate professor of Liberal Studies.

First place was awarded to Brian Heath '06 for his paper, "An Investigation into the Causes of Unethical Behavior in Consultants."  Heath, originally of Oakdale, Penn., graduated in 2006 with a degree in Industrial Engineering.   He is now a graduate student at Wright State University in Ohio.  He received $300 for his first place paper.

Two honorable mention awards were conferred: one to Sean Hirtle for his paper "The FDA's Decision to Deny Plan B Over-the-Counter Marketing Status," and the other to Jeffrey Strong for his paper "Complex Ethics: An examination into the ethics and morality of the 1981 air traffic controller strike." Hirtle is a senior Mechanical Engineering major from Roseburg, Ore., and Strong is a senior dual Mechanical Engineering/Electrical Engineering major from Hartland, Mich.  They each received $100 for honorable mention papers.

Heath, Hirtle and Strong were recognized at a ceremony Nov. 15, where Heath presented a summary of his paper.   

The Prima Prize was established by Charlotte Hubbard '83. Prima Communications is the first corporate sponsor of a program focused on leadership and ethics in the Liberal Studies program at Kettering.

"Kettering University greatly appreciates the establishment of the Prima Prize. Ms. Hubbard's interest in, and commitment to, Kettering and our students is wonderful," said Vida Fisher, director of Corporate and Foundation Development. "We hope it will encourage more alumni to recognize excellence in our students," she added.

Written by Dawn Hibbard