JMU Madison Special Report Winter 2013 : Page 24

Be The Change

Gabrielle Piccininni

100 percent <br /> <br /> Madison Connection student callers support JMU and rekindle connections <br /> <br /> For the second year, every student caller in the Madison Connection program has made a financial gift to JMU. Nearly 40 trained student leaders work in the Madison Connection calling center to contact alumni, parents and JMU friends to request support for JMU. These annual gifts — given to the Madison Forever Vision Fund — facilitate JMU's immediate financial needs and support academic program enhancements, faculty research and numerous other needs.<br /> <br /> "I gave to Madison Forever with my fellow Dukes in mind," says Olivia Weber ('15), the 2012-13 Madison Connection manager. "I know my gift will help a student continue the JMU experience. That 100 percent of the Madison Connection student calling team made our own personal gifts speaks volumes about our belief in the importance of the initiative. We practice what we preach."<br /> <br /> Matt Salvatore ('08), staff director of the Madison Connection, says, "The fact that every single student caller in the past two years has personally donated demonstrates a level of commitment that is remarkable and inspiring."<br /> <br /> * Learn more at connection<br /> <br /> Decisions, ethics and the future <br /> <br /> An engaged university empowers future leaders with ethical decisionmaking skills <br /> BY JAN GILLIS ('07)<br /> <br /> What have we learned from the global financial meltdown? Will future business leaders temper their decisions on financial performance with a regard for the impact those decisions will have on others?<br /> <br /> In 2007, JMU benefactors Leslie ('82) and Richard Gilliam demonstrated the forethought to recognize a vital business need. "We are proud to partner with the JMU College of Business to empower tomorrow's business leaders to make the best possible decisions," says Leslie Gilliam. Why? "My JMU degree has served me well in life, and Richard and I are happy to support JMU as a vital educational resource for today's young people."<br /> <br /> The Gilliam Center for Free Enterprise and Ethical Leadership is working to change the decision-making climate of business enterprise so that morality, sustainability and social responsibility characterize business leaders. Bob Kolodinsky, CoB professor and director of the Gilliam Center, is equally passionate about ensuring future business leaders have a foundation in ethics. "One of the primary goals of the center is to raise student awareness of the implications of their own and others' behaviors and decisions," he says.<br /> <br /> The combined efforts of Madison benefactors and professors are ensuring that JMU students know that good ethics should always be part of any business equation.<br /> <br /> * Learn more at cob/ethics/index.shtml

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