Second annual Ethics and Corporate Responsibility Conference set for March

February 22 2007

Junior President's, Networks and Gongaware scholars at Indiana State University have been working hard to plan the second annual Ethics and Corporate Responsibility Conference, which is set to take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 19 in the Hulman Memorial Student Union. (See full list of organizers below)

Conference planning and logistics are part of the scholars' junior year objectives-to enhance both their experiential learning opportunities and their leadership skills. And, this year's organizers are hoping to improve on their 300-plus attendance from last year and to draw in more students from other colleges and universities as well.

"We have chosen topics that not only pertain to ethical business issues but also ethical dilemmas which are faced by many employees in a variety of fields," said Amber Williams, executive director of the 2007 Ethics Conference Committee. "We are offering sessions that appeal to students who are studying economics, family and consumer sciences, education, political science, women's studies and many other areas. By becoming more aware of the issues, students will have the knowledge to become better business leaders in the future."

Conference break-out sessions will feature expert speakers and industry panelists on hot ethical issues of the day, such as "Cooking the Books," "Tax Reform," "Decision Making in an Ethical Dilemma," "Monitoring and Censoring Cyperspace," "Product Recall," and "Whistle Blowing," to name a few.

Keynote speaker for this year's event is Paul Fiorelli, director of the Williams College of Business' Center for Business Ethics and Social Responsibility at Xavier University. Fiorelli has researched, lectured and written extensively on the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. He was selected as one of the 1998-1999 Supreme Court Fellows to work at the United States Sentencing Commission. As part of his fellowship, he researched and lectured on compliance and ethics issues, employee confidentiality questions, and how internal auditors can play a major role in compliance programs. He also received the Thomas Clark Fellow Award from Chief Justice William Rehnquist, and in May of 2000, he was selected as a Senior Fellow for the Ethics Resource Center's Fellows Program.

This is the first year that sponsorships have been secured by organizers to help offset the cost of the conference. This year's platinum sponsors include: Indiana Secondary Market for Education Loans, Inc. (ISM), Patriot Investments, Anthem, and Baker & Daniels LLP. The Indiana State University Federal Credit Union is a silver sponsor, and Terre Haute Savings Bank is a bronze sponsor.

Williams says she hopes that "all participants will leave with a better understanding of the important ethical dilemmas that are taking place in the world around us and that they may one day have to face."

For a complete listing of 2007 conference sessions or to register, go to www.indstate.edu/ethics.

2007 ETHICS CONFERENCE COMMITTEE:

Executive Director:
Amber Williams, junior accounting major and Networks Scholar, Lyons, Ind.

Directors:
Carrie Perkins (accounting director), junior accounting major and Networks Scholar, Pittsboro, Ind.
Brian Winkler (logistics director), junior management information systems major and Networks Scholar, Ferdinand, Ind.
Jessica May (marketing director), junior marketing major and Networks Scholar, Rockport, Ind.
Whitney Lewis (programming director), junior management/finance major and Networks Scholar, Alexandria, Ind.

Team Members:
Dave Santelik, junior accounting major and Networks Scholar, Crown Point, Ind.
Miranda Boyles, junior insurance and risk management major and Networks Scholar, Lawrenceburg, Ind.
Tiffani Root, junior accounting major and Networks Scholar, Freetown, Ind.
Burnadette Peterson, junior insurance and risk management major and Networks Scholar, Griffith, Ind.
Sean Harmon, junior business education, information and technology major and Networks Scholar, Terre Haute. Ind.
Geoff Teater, junior management information systems major and Networks Scholar, Beech Grove, Ind.
Scott Garrigus, junior business (non-designated) major and Networks Scholar, Terre Haute, Ind.
Katrina Heflin, junior insurance and risk management major and Gongaware Scholar, Greensburg, Ind.
Shanna Switzer, junior marketing major and Networks Scholar, Marshall, Ill.

Coaches:
Livia Scott, assistant director of education, Networks Financial Institute at ISU
Arthur Sherwood, assistant professor of management, ISU College of Business
Priscilla Wolfe, director, Leadership Development Institute, ISU College of Business

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CONTACTS: Amber Williams, executive director, 2007 Ethics Conference Committee, awilliams31@indstate.edu; Arthur L. Sherwood, assistant professor of management, ISU College of Business, and senior fellow for leadership development, Networks Financial Institute at Indiana State University, (812) 237-2094 or asherwood@isugw.indstate.edu

WRITERS: Megan Anderson, student intern, Communications & Marketing, (812) 237-3773 and manderson13@indstate.edu and Maria Greninger, associate director, Communications & Marketing, Indiana State University, (812) 237-4357 or 237-7972 (Tues) or mgreninger@indstate.edu

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Junior President's, Networks and Gongaware scholars at Indiana State University have been working hard to plan the second annual Ethics and Corporate Responsibility Conference, which is set to take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 19 in the Hulman Memorial Student Union.

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