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Feb. 9 , 2006
CONTACT: Ward Mullens
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EMU College of Business opens nominations for 2006 Merlanti Ethics Award

YPSILANTI - Nominations are being sought for the Third Merlanti Ethics Best Practices Award, sponsored by the  Ernest and Jeanne Merlanti Ethics Program at Eastern Michigan University. The award honors a businessperson who is committed to the highest ethical practices in both business and the community.

The 2006 award will be presented at the EMU College of Business’ Annual Honors Banquet March 24 at the Ypsilanti Marriott Hotel.

Nominations may come from individuals or businesses for a businessperson in the southeastern Michigan region who meets the following criteria: 

•shows a strong commitment to and demonstration of ethical practices in business;

•has high standards of behavior toward customers, employees and suppliers as well as the community;

•practices accurate and truthful advertising and sales practices (where applicable); and

•possesses a positive ethical reputation among peers and the community

Nomination forms are available online at http://www.emich.edu/public/cob/management/ethics/award.html or by contacting the Ethics Program Award Committee at COB_Ethics@emich.edu. Nominations may be sent via e-mail or faxed (details are provided at the Website). The nomination deadline is Feb. 22.

Nominations will be reviewed by the scholars enrolled in the EMU College of Business’ Merlanti Corporate Ethics Seminar. This group will interview the top candidates with the final choice made by the Program’s Ethics Advisory Board.

Past honorees include: Howard Cash (2005) of Gene Codes Corporation, Ann Arbor; and Alyson Huntington-Jones of Masco Corporation (2004).

The College’s Merlanti Ethics Program, directed by management Professor John Waltman, fosters activities and develops resources to strengthen ethics and corporate social responsibility coverage in the College of Business curriculum and to enhance community outreach. The program's cornerstone is the Merlanti Corporate Ethics Seminar, featuring presentations by area businesspersons and experts, case study evaluations, and relevant student projects aimed at increasing student awareness of business ethics issues, heightening self knowledge, and developing skills for dealing with business ethical dilemmas.

The program is named for prominent area business and community leaders Ernest and Jeanne Merlanti of Ann Arbor.

            Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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