OC To Host Ethics Professor Lee Camp

On the heels of a national recession, one topic discussed by academics and professionals alike is the role of ethics in our society. With that in mind, Oklahoma Christian University’s school of business will host Ethics Week Oct. 25-29 to highlight the importance of high ethical standards. 

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Lee Camp, professor of theology and ethics at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn., and author of the book “Mere Discipleship: Radical Christianity in a Rebellious World.” Camp will speak at the 4th Annual J.J. Millican Ethics Symposium on the topic of “Why What’s Right is Not Enough and Why The Good is Also Required” on Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. The event is free to the public in the Gaylord Activity Center on the Oklahoma Christian campus. It is worth one credit hour of continuing professional education in the area of ethics for Certified Public Accountants.

Camp’s visit continues Oklahoma Christian’s recent tradition of hosting an ethics symposium each year, according to Elaine D. Kelly, associate professor of accounting and holder of the J.J. Millican chair.

“This is another excellent opportunity to learn from someone who has studied and extensively written about applying ethics in practice,” Kelly said. “Camp’s writings have motivated many to examine their lives and faiths in light of what it really means to be ethical.”

Ethics Week will also contain a special series of speakers during OC’s chapel centered on the concept of “Doing Right, Doing Good!” Camp will speak Oct. 25-26 on the “Three Easy Paths to Corruption” and “The (Un)Ethical Christian.” The next day, Ray Vaughn, a local business leader, former state representative and current county commissioner, will address students regarding “Ethics in Public Service.” 

On Oct. 28, Janet LaPanne will speak regarding “Overcoming Unethical Choices.” LaPanne became a Christian after making several unethical decisions and is now a successful business owner. On Oct. 29, Steve Shoemaker will speak to students about “Ethics: Doing The Right Thing.” As the marketing director of Norman-based Ideal Homes, Shoemaker worked extensively with the hit ABC show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” in the construction of a local home last year.

“This year’s focus on ethics was expanded to the entire week so we could offer students more opportunities to examine the role of ethics in their lives,” Kelly said. “We are grateful and excited that these speakers offered to share their perspectives with us.”

Camp holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in moral theology and Christian ethics from the University of Notre Dame. He has written a forthcoming book on Christianity, Islam, war and peacemaking. Camp also created and hosts “Tokens,” a monthly evening of entertainment in Nashville that includes a mix of music, theology, author interviews and comedy. 

The ethics symposium is made possible by the J.J. Millican Endowment and the OC Accounting Club at Oklahoma Christian. Don Millican, chairman of the Oklahoma Christian board of trustees, created the J.J. Millican endowed chair in accounting to honor his father. J.J. Millican was a respected Christian businessman, faithful husband and father, and a Certified Public Accountant. He was also a national partner with Ernst & Young. The endowment provides academic opportunities to Oklahoma Christian students, faculty and the community through scholarships, programs and guest speakers. Previous speakers have included Enron whistle-blower Sherron Watkins and nationally-known tax expert Susan Hamill.

The OC Accounting and Finance Clubs are also sponsoring an ethics video contest during the week. The contest will focus on teaching how to handle and learn from ethical dilemmas faced by students.