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Program Contact: AMY BARTACHECK

Release: Dec. 12, 2002

Students Participate In Ethics And Global Business Conferences

The University of Iowa's Henry B. Tippie College of Business strives to provide educational and leadership opportunities that prepare students for work in the business world. This fall, the college sent four undergraduate students to two different conferences.

Seniors Nicole Cook of Emmetsburg and Thomas Farnsworth of Iowa City attended an ethics conference at West Point, N.Y., while seniors Jill Beckwith of Des Moines and James Ritt of Dubuque attended the Stern Summit on Global Business at New York University. These conferences provide the College's student leaders further leadership and networking opportunities while enhancing the reputation of the Tippie College of Business.

In addition to majoring in finance and minoring in Spanish, Cook will receive the International Business Certificate when she graduates. She attended the National Conference on Ethics in America at the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., along with Farnsworth, a finance major.

Held from Nov. 4-6, the conference attracted more than 150 students from over 50 schools across the country. The conference was designed to heighten awareness among undergraduate students about ethical issues in college communities and in professional career fields. To do this, participants worked in small groups with mentors to develop an outline of an ideal collegiate ethical code. Students will share this ethical code with their college campuses and surrounding communities.

"Conferences like this give students an opportunity to meet people from different walks of life and learn so much from them," says Cook. "Most importantly, everything I have learned, I will be able to give back to the College of Business, either now or in the future."

Mentors working with the students came from a wide array of professional backgrounds, ranging from business and academics to the military. Notable speakers at the conference included Marvin Berkowitz, a professor of character education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, who spoke on "Character Counts;" and Don McCabe, a professor of organization management at Rutgers

University, who spoke on "Academic Integrity." General John M. Keane, the Army Vice Chief of Staff, provided a keynote address.

Beckwith and Ritt spent several days in New York City attending the Stern Summit on Global Business at New York University's Stern School of Business. In addition to majoring in finance, Beckwith will earn an International Business Certificate. Ritt is majoring in accounting. The Nov. 8-9 conference attracted more than 500 students from top U.S. undergraduate business programs. Top-level speakers from academia, corporations, and the government included keynote speakers Domingo Cavallo, former minister of the Economy for Argentina, and Dick Grasso, chairman and CEO of the New York Stock Exchange.

In addition, noted filmmaker and director Spike Lee participated in a panel discussion on the rapid global expansion of the entertainment industry. Panel topics included investment in emerging markets; the information technology sector in Asia; United States dependence on foreign oil and innovation by domestic automakers; regulation of pharmaceuticals in a global marketplace; and conflicts of interest on Wall Street.

The Undergraduate Program Office of the Tippie College of Business supported the UI students' participation in these conferences. More than 1,500 undergraduate students at the UI are enrolled as business majors. UI business majors are juniors and seniors with a minimum grade point average of 2.75.