Business, ethics forum offers fundamentals for success in business; public welcome

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ST. GEORGE — A forum entitled “Fundamentals for Success in the Business World” will be presented Thursday at the first Business and Ethics Forum of the 2015 spring semester at Dixie State University Thursday at noon in the Boeing Auditorium, Room 121 of the Udvar-Hazy Business Building on campus, 225 South 700 East, St. George. All are invited and admission is free.

H. John Marsh, CPA and former senior vice president of accounting and financial reporting with Federal Farm Credit Funding Corporation, will lead Thursday’s forum. He served as managing director (CFO) at Federal Farm Credit Funding Corporation for 14 years, and oversaw financial reporting for an additional eight years. He also worked as a senior audit manager at KPMG, where he specialized in the oil and gas industry, manufacturing and governmental accounting.

About the Business and Ethics Forum

The DSU Business and Ethics Forum is held every other Thursday throughout the fall and spring semesters, with each guest lecturer speaking on business matters in their respective professions and how ethics are introduced into the discussion.

The semimonthly forum, along with the DSU Institute for Business Integrity, was created by former DSU president Dr. Robert Huddleston in 2006, as a way to integrate ethics into the curriculum, and have it serve as a blueprint to ensure 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, also known as 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 DSU 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 sorely needed into today’s business world. His hope is that by the time students leave Dixie State, they will have been exposed to enough ethical examples that when they get into 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 Dixie State University Institute for Business Integrity is a partnership between the DSU Udvar-Hazy School of Business, the Small Business Development Center, the Washington County Economic Development Council, and the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce.

DSU Business and Ethics Forum schedule

  • Feb. 19 | Corporate executive Paul Kline
  • Mar. 5 | Cache Valley Bank president Scott Colton
  • Mar. 19 | Squatty Potty owners Judy and Bill Edwards
  • Apr. 2 | Bob Dalley, vice president and CFO of Deseret Power Electric Cooperative
  • Apr. 16 | DSU business law and economics professor Travis Seegmiller

Event details and resources

  • What: Fundamentals for Success in the Business World
  • When: Thursday, Feb. 5, at noon
  • Where: Boeing Auditorium, Room 121, Udvar-Hazy Business Building, Dixie State University campus
  • For questions regarding the DSU Institute for Business Integrity forums, contact Dr. Huddleston by email or 435-652-7740.

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