Funded in part by a grant from the UAB Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), the UAB School of Business has launched a series of learning opportunities for students to make informed, ethical decisions in their professional careers.

The first event was a panel discussion in Professor Worrell’s Internal Auditing class on October 19, 2010, in which three experienced internal auditing professionals discussed barriers to, and methods for making, good ethical decisions. Video excerpts from the discussion will be made available to students in other classes.

Panelists at the October 19 event were the following senior internal auditing professionals from Birmingham-based organizations:
• Chip Bivins, Energen Corporation (UAB Accounting Advisory Board)
• Don Hancock, Regions Financial Corporation (UAB Accounting Advisory Board)
• Brantley Synco, Baptist Health System of Alabama (UAB Business Alumnus)

Future events will include a presentation by HealthSouth co-founder Aaron Beam, in conjunction with the Justice Sciences Department of the College of Arts and Sciences. That event will be videotaped and excerpts made available to School of Business Students. Mr. Beam is also scheduled to  meet separately with School of Business students.

Scheduled in late November is a panel discussion on ethics in the combined undergraduate capstone and MBA strategic management course. Invitees to that event include Barry Copeland, interim CEO of the Birmingham Business Alliance, Cathy Wright, principal of the Clarus Group, a management consulting firm, and Stephen Black, founder of Impact Alabama and director of the University of Alabama Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility.

Associate Dean Karen N. Kennedy, Ph.D. said, “These programs, combined with our faculty’s existing efforts to help students recognize and resolve ethical dilemmas, are designed to prepare our students not only for their professional careers but also for their roles as citizens in the community.”