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Business Undergrads Participate in Ethics and Global Business Conferences

Four Students The University of Iowa's 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 and Thomas Farnsworth attended an ethics conference at West Point, while seniors Jill Beckwith and James Ritt went to New York City for 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, Nicole Cook, an Emmetsburg, Iowa native, will receive the International Business Certificate when she graduates. She attended the National Conference on Ethics in America at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, along with Thomas Farnsworth. Farnsworth is an Iowa City native who is majoring in Finance.

Held from November 4-6, the conference attracted more than 150 students from 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 then 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," states 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 Dr. Marvin Berkowitz, a professor of Character Education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, who spoke on "Character Counts;" and Dr. 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.

Jill Beckwith and James 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, Des Moines native Beckwith will earn an International Business Certificate. Ritt, a Dubuque native, is majoring in Accounting. Held November 8-9, the conference attracted more than 500 students from top U.S. undergraduate business programs. Top-level speakers from academia, corporations, and the government included Domingo Cavallo, former minister of the Economy for Argentina, and Dick Grasso, chairman & CEO of the New York Stock Exchange, who each provided keynote addresses.

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 at The University of Iowa supported the students' participation in these conferences. More than 1500 undergraduate students at The University of Iowa are enrolled as business majors. UI business majors are juniors and seniors with a minimum grade point average of 2.75.

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