DSC Development Office and State Legislator Brad Last to Address Final Fall DSC Business Ethics Forum
|Monday, December 3rd, 2012
Dixie State College of Utah's Udvar-Hazy School of Business will host its final bi-monthly Business and Ethics Forum of the 2012 fall semester this Thursday, Dec. 6, beginning at 12 noon, featuring a presentation by DSC senior development officer and Utah State Legislator Brad Last.
The Business and Ethics Forum, presented every other Thursday throughout DSC's spring semester, will be held in the Boeing Auditorium (Room 121) of the DSC Udvar-Hazy Business Building. DSC students, faculty and staff, the entire Washington County business community, and the general public are all invited to attend. Admission is free.
A native of nearby Hurricane, Last attended Dixie College in 1976-77, and completed work on his bachelor's degree and MBA at the University of Utah. He returned to southern Utah in 1991 to help manage Southern Utah Home Care and Hospice, a company started by his late father, Dr. Garth Last. Last was instrumental in establishing home care and hospice operations in Las Vegas and Prescott, Ariz.
Last is a firm believer in education and served on the Washington County Board of Education in 1994 to 2002, and was president of the Board in 1999-2000. Since 2002, he has served in the Utah House of Representatives and was re-elected to his sixth term this past November. In 2011, he was hired by DSC as a senior development officer to assist the institution in fundraising efforts.
The Business and Ethics Forum is every other Thursday throughout the fall and spring semesters, with each guest lecturer speaking on business matters in their respective professions and how to integrate ethics into the discussion. The Forums will return to its regular bi-monthly schedule for the 2013 spring semester beginning in January.
Each speaker throughout the semester will speak on business matters in their respective professions and have been asked to integrate ethics into the discussion.
The bi-monthly forum, along with campus' Institute for Business Integrity, was created by former DSC president Dr. Robert Huddleston in 2006, as a way to integrate ethics into the curriculum, and have it serve as a blueprint to ensure that students graduate with a set of ethical tools to help them get along in the professional world.
In 2006-07, Dixie State's business program sought initial accreditation with the high profile Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). In order to become accredited with the AACSB, ethics were required to be integrated into the college's business curriculum. As a result, each business class on the DSC campus now includes an ethical component.
Dr. Huddleston noted that the business forums will give students – and current and prospective local business owners – an added dose of ethics training that is so sorely needed into today's business world. His hope is that by the time students leave Dixie State, they have been exposed to enough ethical cases that, when they get out in the workforce, they will have the wherewithal and the intestinal fortitude to do the right thing, even when their job might be on the line.
"The Institute for Business Integrity has brought an important opportunity for the business community, as well as DSC faculty and students, to emphasize the significance of social responsibility for business and industry in Washington County," said Huddleston. "As research indicates, ethics contribute to employee commitment, investor loyalty, customer satisfaction and to profits."
The Dixie State College Institute for Business Integrity is a partnership between the Udvar-Hazy School of Business at Dixie State College, the Small Business Development Center, the Washington County Economic Development Council, and the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce.
For questions regarding the DSC Institute for Business Integrity forums, contact Dr. Huddleston at firstname.lastname@example.org or 435-652-7740.
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