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‘What Would You Do?’ is focus of 12th annual Ethics Conference

February 17, 2017

The Networks Professional Development Program within the Scott College of Business at Indiana State University will be asking Sycamores "What Would You Do?" at the 12th annual Ethics Conference on March 1 in the Hulman Memorial Student Union.

On the morning of the conference, the 8 a.m. session hosts business professionals in the Wabash Valley as well as State faculty and staff for a corporate keynote breakfast event to listen to Marc A Nichols Esq., legal counsel and director of compliance-Americas at Rolls-Royce North America. Rolls-Royce is a Fortune 500 company providing highly efficient integrated power systems used for aerospace, marine, energy and off-highway applications.

Following the corporate keynote morning event, there will be three breakout sessions and a noon luncheon with Marc A. Nichols giving the keynote presentation over "Ethics in a Post-Truth and Reality TV World." Breakout session speakers and topics include:

Breakout Session 1 (10-10:50 a.m.): Lori Henson, Ph.D., "Ethics in Journalism Today;" Marsha Miller, "Barriers and Bias, the Status of Women in Leadership;" Dr. Shikha Bhattacharyya, "Why ReTHink?"

Breakout Session 2 (11-11:50 a.m.): Meredith Lynn, "Ethical Issues in Commercial Art;" Craig McKee, "WWID? Problem Solving as an Ethical Business Manager;" Devyn Mikell, "Tricky Situations in Twisted Fry"

Breakout Session 3: (2-2:50 p.m.): Kourtney Barrett, "Honoring Thy Institution, Honor Thy Degree;" Ruth Fairbanks, Ph.D., "Historical Ethical Dilemmas Regarding to Immigration;" Angie Lansing, "Financial Compensation in College Athletics"

The 16 juniors in the Networks Program were tasked with planning and marketing the event, acquiring speakers and securing sponsorships from businesses in the Wabash Valley and the surrounding area. Since the beginning of the academic year, they have raised $9,000 from sponsors in order to host the conference.

To get students in a "What Would You Do?" mindset, there will be a speakers panel on Tuesday night before the conference discussing "Ethical Ramifications Surrounding Genetic Testing." The panelists include: Rusty Gonser, Ph.D., director of The Center for Genomic Advocacy; Michael Deem, assistant director of The Center for Genomic Advocacy; Jill Turner, senior business development manager; and Megan Tucker, genetic counselor. The panel will begin at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 in Dede I.

Students can register for the Ethics Conference at Those who pre-register by Friday, Feb. 24 and confirm their attendance to the keynote luncheon, will receive a free lunch. The first 200 students to register will be given a free T-shirt at check-in.

Follow @ISUEthics on social media to stay updated and prepare for the 12th annual Ethics Conference.


Writer and media contact: Breanna Blythe, marketing student, 317-431-3244 or