Dixie State business ethics forum series opens on US space program

ST. GEORGE – Dixie State College of Utah’s Udvar-Hazy School of Business kicks off its semi-monthly afternoon Business and Ethics Forum series for the 2013 spring semester.  This Thursday will feature a presentation on the nation’s space program by Dr. Joseph C. Sharp.

The Business and Ethics Forum, presented every other Thursday throughout Dixie State College’s spring semester, will be held in the Boeing Auditorium in Room 121 of the Dixie State College Udvar-Hazy Business Building. The forum is open to all free of charge.

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 series will continue as follows:

  • Feb. 7  –  A presentation by Steve Johnson, DSC director of public relations and marketing.
  • Feb. 21 – Ken Hinton, a partner with the firm Hinton Burdick CPA & Advisors, will address the forum.
  • March 7 – Tyler Hoopes, administrator at Hurricane Health & Rehab, will speak.
  • March 21 – Christine Healy, human resource director with Blue Bunny, will present to the forum.
  • April 11 – Retired CEO Bud Bracken will wrap up the semester schedule with a presentation.

Each speaker throughout the semester will speak on business matters in their respective professions and have been asked to integrate ethics into the discussion.

Sharp earned his Ph.D. at the University of Utah in 1960, and spent 19 years at the Walter Reed Institute of Research, both as an officer and civilian, and was its director of neuropsychiatry. He would go on to work for NASA at the Ames Research Center, where he served as both director of life sciences and director of space research. Sharp then returned to Utah and taught both human physiology and physics as an adjunct professor at Southern Utah University for six years. He also served as a consultant for Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Laboratory and for the University of Utah’s biomedical grant programs, which were funded by NASA.

In 2006 through 2007, Dixie State’s business program sought initial accreditation with the high profile Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. 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.

“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.

Event details and contact information

Date: Jan. 24

Time: 12 p.m.

Location: Boeing Auditorium (Room 121), Udvar-Hazy Business Building, DSC campus

Admission: Free

For questions regarding the DSC Institute for Business Integrity forums, contact Dr. Huddleston at huddlest@dixie.edu or 435-652-7740.

Submitted by Steve Johnson, director of public relations, publications and marketing.

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