At the May 2000 Commencement, the Marymount University Ethics Award was presented to Sir John M. Templeton, financier and philanthropist. His son, Dr. John M. Templeton, Jr., accepted the award on his behalf and spoke of his father's commitment to the importance of ethics in all spheres of human endeavor.
On October 6-8, 2000, the Center in conjunction with the Schools of Education and Human Services and in cooperation with the Cybercitizen Partnership, the Information Technology Association of America, and the U.S. Department of Justice hosted a National Conference on Cyber Ethics: Teaching Responsible Use of Technology. Leaders from education, industry and government gathered to find effective models to teach the responsible use of computer technology to young people.
In January 2001, the Center in partnership with Digital Focus, a Northern Virginia technology firm headed by Stephen Alexander, worked with experts in the School of Business Administration to conduct an ethics survey of technology CEOs in northern Virginia. The results were discussed with participating executives in a series of forums. Media interest in the survey results was substantial.
The attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, became a major focus for the Center. In the week following the attacks a discussion involving students and faculty was held to discuss the causes for these events. It was decided to develop several additional programs focusing on the topic.
A new series of programs entitled Ethics Awareness Week began in late January 2002. David Kaczynski, the brother of the Unabomber, was the featured speaker. He addressed the ethical issues involved in turning in his brother to the FBI. Later that week, Dr. Paul Churchill of The George Washington University held a seminar on the concept of Just War.
The 2002 Marymount University Ethics Award was presented to Dr. Edmund Pellegrino of Georgetown University who spoke about the ethical responsibilities of those in the medical community. The winners of the Case Study Competition were recognized at the awards ceremony.
The 2003 Marymount University Ethics Award was presented to Dr. Charles Epps of Howard University who spoke about the responsibility of professionals in minority groups to help their communities. The Case Study Competition winners were also recognized at the awards ceremony.
The 2004 Marymount University Ethics Award was presented to the Most Rev. Desmond Tutu, the Nobel Laureate from South Africa, who spoke about the need for forgiveness and reconciliation on the 10th anniversary of the end of apartheid.
In October 2005 a symposium on Media Ethics was keynoted by Dr. Robert Steele of the Poynter Institute and featured the presentation of the Marymount University Ethics Award to Benjamin Bradlee, former Editor of The Washington Post.
In late November 2006 the Marymount University Ethics Award was presented to Dr. Carol Taylor, Director of Georgetown University’s Center for Clinical Bioethics. She spoke on the topic of “Ethics, Education, Moral Reflection and Discourse.”
The 2007 Ethics Awareness Week was held in early February and focused on the theme of Globalization. Events included a Seminar and student research presentations.
The University honored Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ, anti-death penalty activist and author of Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States, with the Marymount University Ethics Award.