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2009.09.02 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Maverick PR to Host Ethics Advocacy Round Tables Sept. 21

Omaha - Local professionals will gather to discuss ethical behavior in the workplace during round table discussions with University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) students.

Maverick PR, the UNO chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), invites all UNO students to participate in “Ethics & Bad Behavior: It’s All About Choices,” a round table discussion on ethics with local professionals on Monday, Sept. 21, from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. at the Thompson Center’s Bootstrapper Hall on campus.

The event will coincide with PRSSA’s National Ethics Month during September. The UNO PRSSA chapter, sponsored by the School of Communication, competes annually in the PRSSA Ethics Advocacy Competition, established in 2006 to encourage chapters to provide programs for their campuses that encourage personal and professional ethics.

"Ethical behavior is fundamental to public relations, which is responsible for building trusted relationships and respect between institutions and their constituents, Beyond professional codes essential to practice, it is also a personal commitment," according to the Plank Center for Ethics Advocacy. "Each student brings his or her understanding of ethics to the campus, then to the workplace, influencing colleagues, employers and clients and the institutions served throughout a career lifetime."

Students will be divided into groups of eight to 10 and paired with one or two professionals. Each table will receive one ethical case study to discuss. The groups will then share their results in a discussion moderated Scott Darling, a member of the Board of Governors, Greater Omaha Alliance for Business Ethics and retired vice president of communications, Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society.

Professionals include Gail Baker, dean of the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media; Susan Eustice, president of Nebraska PRSA and the Salvation Army, director of public relations; Kent Grisham, director of corporate affairs for Kiewit; Jim Hegarty, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau; Eileen Kenney, Union Pacific ethics compliance officer and manager of Web content; Kevin Langin, public relations director for First National Bank; Teresa Paulsen, vice-president of corporate communications for ConAgra Foods; Louis Pol, dean of the College of Business Administration; and Sarah Waldman, vice-president of ethical practices at Blue Cross Blue Shield.

For more information contact Stephanie Bonnett, PRSSA vice president of operations and event coordinator, at stephbonnett@hotmail.com or (402) 659-4770.

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