Ethics lecture is highlight of Business Week celebration

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Ethics lecture is highlight of Business Week celebration

The College of Business will celebrate its first B-Week in the new 240,000-square-foot Howard L. Hawks Hall.
The College of Business will celebrate its first B-Week in the new 240,000-square-foot Howard L. Hawks Hall.

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s College of Business will celebrate Business Week from Sept. 18-22. The events include the college’s annual State Farm Ethics Lecture Series on Sept 20.

Sponsored by the college and Union Pacific, B-Week provides an opportunity for students, faculty, staff and alumni to join in a variety of business and social activities intended to both enhance student learning and strengthen community at the college.

The State Farm Ethics Lecture Series, which is 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Lied Center for Performing Arts, features panelists Walt Tamosaitis, former deputy chief process engineer and research and technology manager for Waste Treatment Plant at the Hanford Nuclear Site in Eastern Washington; Richard Bowen, former business chief underwriter for Citigroup; and moderator Dana Gold, director of education and strategic partnerships at the Government Accountability Project. The event, “Truth Be Told: Reflections from Whistleblowers,” provides insight from the two panelists who blew the whistle on employers in their respective public safety and finance careers. The event is co-sponsored by the College of Law and the College of Journalism and Mass Communications.

The lecture series provides a foundation for the business ethics program at the College of Business. Ethics are integrated into 90 percent of Nebraska’s business courses. Students also participate by signing the online Business Ethics Code Scroll to endorse the beliefs and ethical conduct outlined in the code.

Alan Davis, a senior finance and agribusiness major from Elkhorn, Nebraska, helped plan B-Week activities in his role as president of the Nebraska Business Student Advisory Board. He believes the event will be even more exciting in its first year at the new building.

“The advisory board focused on making sure every event is beneficial for students, faculty and staff. It also allows students to break outside their comfort zone and meet new friends and faculty. We invite everyone to come together and showcase the culture of our Nebraska Business community,” said Davis.

This year’s theme for B-Week, “New Building. Same Tradition.,” pays tribute to the new Howard L. Hawks building while recognizing those who laid the foundation for B-Week established in 1921 as BizAd Day. Eventually, one day turned into an entire week of business-community generated activities.

“The theme gives us a great transition to life at Hawks Hall. Being in a completely new building we are blessed with the opportunity to add new twists and utilize all the building space to make B-Week even better,” he said.

The Traditions Tailgate, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 20 in the lower level courtyard, provides one example of how the new building space will be used. The college welcomes the entire Nebraska Business community including alumni to the tailgate to enjoy food, games, music and the spirit of fellowship B-Week intends to convey.

A professional photo booth for all business students kicks-off B-Week at the welcome desk, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 18. Additional activities include a business student organization fair, career fair prep, business global immersion fair, an appreciation breakfast and the annual Football Friday event featuring Interim Dean Kathy Farrell at the Wick Alumni Center. The annual homecoming parade follows the Football Friday festivities.

The complete B-Week schedule is available online.

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