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Feb. 13 , 2007
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Inaugural Ethos Week to tackle ethics in business education; EMU's ethics program first of its kind in United States

YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University’s (EMU) College of Business, demonstrating a continued commitment to ethics in business education, will host its inaugural Ethos Week celebration beginning Monday, March 12. Ethos Week, the first of its kind in the nation, will feature several guest speakers, including New York Times “Ethicist,” author and Emmy award winner Randy Cohen.

“EMU’s emphasis on ethics in business and education sets us apart from many business schools across the nation” said David Mielke, dean of the College of Business. “Like other schools, we seek to achieve academic excellence, but we are equally committed to fostering an environment where students can learn to be ethical leaders in their future careers. Ethos Week is a fundamental component of our program, raising student awareness of ethical considerations in a variety of business and personal contexts.”   

Ethos Week begins March 12 with an open invitation for College of Business students, alumni, faculty, staff and local members of the business community to sign an ethos banner that bears the newly adopted school-wide Ethos Statement. The Statement, written by students, faculty and staff, emphasizes six core values: integrity, honesty, trustworthiness, respect, learning and the work ethic.

“During the past several years, this country’s business climate has shown that business leaders would benefit greatly from an understanding of personal and professional ethics,” Mielke said. “Local business leaders and EMU alumni understand this need. This program exists because those individuals communicated a desire for it. Ethics training at undergraduate and graduate levels enables future business leaders to improve the future business climate.”

In addition to Randy Cohen, the College of Business will also host six local business leaders as speakers throughout the week. EMU students and the general public are welcome to attend the free lectures, scheduled in room 114 of the Gary M. Owen Building, 300 W. Michigan Ave., in Ypsilanti.  Scheduled events include:

Tuesday, March 13:           

Mary Kramer, publisher of Crain’s Detroit Business, will address ethical issues in journalism, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

James Webb, chairman of Southfield-based AON Risk Services, part of the multinational AON Corporation, will discuss ethics and risk management, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 14:            

Karla Kretzchmer, an independent human resources consultant, will address ethical concerns in the human resources field, 11 a.m. – noon.

Lou Bitonti, president and chief executive officer of LD3 Event Management, based in Southfield, will address ethics in marketing, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 15:           

Harry Cendrowski, chief executive officer of Cendrowski Corporate Advisors, a forensic accounting and fraud deterrence firm in Bloomfield Hills, will describe key ethical issues in the field of accounting, 11 a.m. – noon.

David Carleton, chief executive officer of Plymouth-based Maximum Data Solutions, will address ethics in IT, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Friday, March 16:             

Luncheon featuring Randy Cohen, New York Times ethicist. Cohen’s speech, “How to be Good,” will examine the best way to motivate people towards ethical behavior. He will argue that our circumstances, more than our efforts to reform our character, shape our conduct. Private reception for sponsors begins at noon, with a general reception and luncheon, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m., in EMU’s Student Center, 900 Oakwood Street in Ypsilanti.

Tickets cost $5 for EMU students or $35 for general public and can be purchased by phone at 734.487.2282, or in person at the ticket offices in the Student Center, Convocation Center or Quirk Theatre. For more information, visit www.cob.emich.edu.


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