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2011.08.26 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

MaverickPR to Host Ethics Advocacy Round Tables Sept. 8

Omaha - Local professionals will gather Thursday, Sept. 8, to discuss ethical behavior in the workplace during round table discussions with University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) students.

MaverickPR, the UNO chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), invites students to participate in "Business Ethics: Taking the High Road," a round table discussion on ethics with corporate and non-profit professionals.

The event takes place from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at UNO’s Thompson Alumni Center, 6705 Dodge St.

“As corporate scandals and questionable business ethical practices have become routine, encouraging college students to engage in discussions of ethical behavior is more important than ever,” said Karen Weber, MaverickPR faculty adviser.

In 2009, MaverickPR won first place in the PRSSA National Ethics Advocacy Competition for its promotion of ethics on the UNO campus. The campaign featured a special ethics advocacy event during PRSSA's National Ethics Month in September.

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

Professionals include William Ackerman, public affairs officer, VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System; Dr. Gail Baker, dean of the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media; Matthew Ellis, vice president general counsel, Woodmen of the World; Susan Eustice, director of public relations, Salvation Army; Diana Fuller, manager, compliance department at Mutual of Omaha; Steve Kline, president, Leslie Kline Lukas & Associates; Dr. Louis Pol, dean of the College of Business Administration; Wendy Townley, assistant director of UNO media relations.

For more information, contact Carly Beckman at cbeckman@unomaha.edu or (402) 659.0895.

MaverickPR, the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) offers students a wide range of opportunities for professional development and community engagement. In 2009, PRSSA awarded the UNO chapter with its highest honor the F.H. Teahan National Chapter Award for Outstanding Chapter. In 2011, the chapter earned campus recognition as the Outstanding Student Organization.

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