Better equipping students with business ethics skills and decision-making is the focus of a $15,000 grant from State Farm Insurance to the College of Business Administration.
The grant made to the University of Nebraska Foundation bolsters the college’s Ethics for Business Leaders Program and enables it to publish a business ethics booklet and create a code of ethics reference card for students. The college also plans a fall 2012 ethics lecture sponsored by State Farm.
Janice Lawrence, director of the business ethics program and associate professor of accountancy, said support from State Farm will enable the college’s 3,500 students to improve their decision-making skills and become better prepared to assume future leadership roles.
“Our focus is on strengthening the ethical leadership skills of our students, and this generous gift from State Farm provides many ways to enhance ethics education,” Lawrence said. “The issues faced by today’s business leaders are complex, and ethics discussions need to go beyond theory. This partnership provides opportunities for students to examine the ethical dilemmas faced in day-to-day business situations.”
Dean Van Loon speaks to students at Lied Center
Dean Van Loon, State Farm vice president-operations, said the company is proud to partner with the university in developing tomorrow’s leaders.
“State Farm is proud to support the UNL College of Business Administration,” he said. “We applaud the passion CBA students bring to becoming tomorrow’s business leaders and are pleased to help them enhance their understanding of and respect for the important role ethics play in business.”
To help facilitate the goal of producing ethical business leaders, the college announced a new online business ethics scroll at the recent Business Ethics Program speaker event featuring Diann Cattani. Students can endorse the ethics code by visiting the Business Ethics Program web page and signing their names electronically.