On Feb. 20-23, Naval ROTC midshipmen from units across the country gathered to participate in Naval Leadership Weekend on Notre Dame’s campus.Junior Max Brown said the conference emphasized developing ethical and effective leadership. “About 150 midshipmen and staff members came from all over the country to listen to really prolific and nationally outstanding leaders in the military,” he said. The conference provided midshipmen the opportunity to prepare for and examine ethical dilemmas, Brown said.Courtesy of MJ Jackson “We can all sit around the table and share and understand and form our own character and moral compass and ability to answer hard questions that we will be faced with as military officers in the future, beforehand, so that we’re ready to go forth when the time comes,” he said. There is also an ethical component to the conference, which Brown said emphasizes character development. “In the Navy, there are three things that we work for in midshipmen development: moral, mental and physical development,” he said. “Physical is making sure everyone is keeping in shape, mental is high standards for academics. “Notre Dame has always been able to lend a particularly salient perspective to [moral development], in the academic sense and the whole spirit of this place.” Freshman MJ Jackson said the symposiums and panels at the conference also discussed the qualities of successful leadership and cyber warfare. “We also talked about military ethics and emerging technologies in warfare and defense, and national security and the impacts those will have on our career as officers and the world in general,” she said. Colonel Frank Rossi, a professor of aerospace studies at Notre Dame, discussed the relationships between the military branches, Jackson said. “[He talked] about how relationships between Army, Air Force and Navy officers will become very important throughout our career,” she said. “We need to understand the different cultures of the different forces and learn how to relate to them because we are all fighting for the same goal.”Jackson said she appreciated the emphasis on communication between the branches of the military. “I think a lot of the times, in the military, competition between the branches is overstressed, instead of collaboration. I think we need time to understand each other better before we go out and have to interact in high-pressure situations.” The conference also provided the opportunity for midshipmen from different universities to meet each other, Jackson said. “It was really cool to interact with people who have very different backgrounds from me,” she said. “There’s an element of sameness because we are all going to be working together in the future, but it was kind of cool to see how some midshipmen from other schools have a completely different culture. “It was interesting to see people from different places all coming together to contribute their ideas and to have an ongoing conversation about leadership.”Brown said the large civilian population at the University makes it a unique venue for the conference. “A lot of other institutions don’t have the military component, a lot of times it’s just the military. Notre Dame provides a really cool opportunity to nationalize perspectives, and show that we’re an institution that has a broad variety of viewpoints,” Brown said. Jackson said she has since applied the topics discussed at the conference to her academic interests. “The panelist discussion we had was discussing the ethics of cyber technology and cyber warfare, so now I’m working with one of the professors to expand on that,” she said. “I’m researching the just war tradition as it applies to cyber technology and warfare.” Tags: NROTC
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on January 27, 2010July 14, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Amnesty International Releases Report on Maternal Mortality in Burkina FasoAs part of their Demand Dignity campaign, Amnesty International has been researching the state of maternal health in Burkina Faso for over two years. Earlier today, the organization released a report, Giving Life, Risking Death: Maternal Mortality in Burkina Faso. The 126-page report examines maternal mortality in Burkina Faso as a violation of the right to health and life—and presents recommendations to the government, the international community and donors.“More than 2,000 women die in Burkina Faso every year from complications of pregnancy and childbirth. Some die because they cannot reach a suitable health facility or because their relatives cannot pay the fees demanded. Others die because of shortages – of blood, drugs, equipment or qualified medical staff. Maternal mortality takes its toll on the poorest and least educated women. Amnesty International calls for better information and services for family planning, for the removal of financial barriers to maternal health care and for improvements in access to care.”To learn more about this report, click here.The full report can be accessed here.For the fact sheet, click here.For information on the Amnesty International caravan campaign on maternal mortality in Burkina Faso (also launched today), click here.Share this:
Digital Agency Cited Among Top 10 Advertising & Marketing FirmsNEW YORK, NY – Feb. 22, 2011 – Fast Company has named digital marketing agency 360i 360i to its annual list of the “World’s Most Innovative Companies.” The magazine lists 360i among its selection of top ten players in Advertising & Marketing, citing its deep digital expertise that spans search, social and mobile.The agency joins such companies as Apple, Facebook, Nike, Twitter, Amazon and more on the annual list. Other Advertising & Marketing honorees include 360i client Kraft Foods, Ford and the Google Creative Lab. Fast Company states that selections to this list are based on “creative thinking, ingenious processes and intelligent products.”Fast Company’s editorial team evaluated information on thousands of businesses across the globe to create the World’s Most Innovative Companies issue. The end result is a package that dares to be different, emphasizing not just revenue growth and profit margins but also progressive business models and an ethos of creativity. As the article states, these Most Innovative Companies are “non-dogmatic [and] willing to scrap conventional ideas.”“Digital has fundamentally changed the way that marketers engage consumers, giving us the privilege to chart new courses where established conventions don’t yet exist,” said 360i CEO Bryan Wiener. “We evolve with the changing digital landscape by cultivating a deep understanding of what motivates and inspires people to participate in online spaces. We’re proud to have employees who are innovative in the face of constant change and charged by the vast opportunity it holds.”Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies issue (March 2011) is on newsstands beginning Feb. 22 and available online at http://www.fastcompany.com/MIC .