'Ethics Focus Week' Opportunity For Practical Learning

Oct. 28, 2002

by Cynthia J. Jackson

Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business will be providing special emphasis on issues of integrity during Ethics Focus Week through Nov. 1.

"We don't believe that ethics is a subject that can effectively be isolated from other learning," said Dr. Terry Maness, dean of the business school. "Our approach is to integrate the integrity issue into every business classroom.

Ethics is more than a one-week subject at Baylor, Maness added.

"Integrity is part of our curriculum all year long. We choose to give it heightened emphasis for this special week to amplify awareness of the issue."

A veritable "Who's Who" of people from the business and academic worlds will participate in events throughout the week.

Corporate Ethics Officers in Classrooms

Throughout the week, corporate ethics officers from major companies will be in business classes, leading discussions based upon their real-life experiences and knowledge.

Torch Awards

On Monday, Oct. 28, the Better Business Bureau and Hankamer School of Business will host the 2002 Torch Awards Banquet for Marketplace Ethics. The event will take place at the Cashion Academic Center.

"The Better Business Bureau is proud to join with Baylor's Hankamer School of Business in a joint effort to promote ethics," said Paula Short, Acting CEO of the Waco Better Business Bureau. "This is an exceptional opportunity to impact students entering the business world reinforcing the true value of ethical behavior in the marketplace. The Torch Awards are one way to bring ethical business practices to the attention of both the community and the marketplace."

Contact the Waco-area Better Business Bureau at (254) 755-7772 for more details about the banquet.

Roundtable on Integrity in Financial Reporting

Culminating the week is the Roundtable on Integrity in Financial Reporting, a lively discussion with a panel of well-known experts:

Robert W. Alspaugh, CEO, KPMG International

Stuart Gillan, TIAA-CREF Corporate Governance Research Group, and The University of Delaware

Charles Niemeier, Chief Accountant, Enforcement Division, U.S. Securities Exchange Commission

C. William Pollard, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, The ServiceMaster Company

G. Bennett Stewart III, Senior Partner, Stern Stewart & Company

William R. Kinney Jr. , Charles & Elizabeth Prothro Regents Chair and PriceWaterhouseCoopers Faculty Fellow in Auditing, The University of Texas at Austin

"We will be posing some provocative questions at the roundtable," said co-coordinator of the event, Dr. John Martin, The Carr P. Collins Chair in Finance at Baylor. "We want to know what we can learn from the implosion of companies such as Arthur Andersen and how U.S. corporations got off track in financial reporting practices."

Dr. Bill Thomas, who also is co-coordinating the event, said he expects a "spirited discussion."

"The panel includes experts from all facets relating to the issue - the accounting, government, financial, academia, as well as representatives of corporations who are known for 'doing it right,'" said Thomas, professor of accounting and holder of The J.E. Bush Professorship in Accounting at Baylor.

The roundtable will take place from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at the Cashion Academic Center. For more information, contact Barbara Wiedman at (254) 710-4773 or Barbara_Wiedman@baylor.edu.

The roundtable is made possible by the Harry and Hazel Chavanne Endowment for Christian Ethics in Business.

For more information about the roundtable event, contact Thomas at (254) 710-4924 or Bill_Thomas@baylor.edu or Martin at (254) 710-4473 or J_Martin@baylor.edu.

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