UNC Today: Monday, October 21, 2013

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Annual Business Ethics Day Features Prominent Speakers

The Monfort College of Business will host the seventh annual Ethics Day from 9 a.m.-2:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23 in Milne Auditorium (room 2050). The schedule of guest presenters is:

  • 9:05-9:55 a.m.: Frank Casey, one of the people that raised concerns about Bernie Madoff's business practices, will speak on lessons from the Madoff fraud.
  • 10:10-11 a.m.: Former UNC president and U.S. Senator Hank Brown will speak on principle-based ethics and discuss how Bill Daniels and Ken Monfort built successful businesses while operating ethically.
  • 11:15 a.m.-12:05 p.m.: Edward Smith, retired partner from KPMG, will speak about ethical dilemmas that students are likely to face in their professional careers.
  • 1:25-2:15 p.m.: William Brierly will discuss how CH2MHill uses ethics as a market differentiator. CH2MHill has been named an ethical company for several years by Ethisphere.

All presentations are free and open to the public. Ethics Day is a Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative.

Guest Lecturer to Speak on Good vs. Evil in Graphic Novels

Joseph Michael Sommers, associate professor of English Language and Literature at Central Michigan University, will present his views on the nature of good vs. evil in graphic novels during "The Joke's on Us: When Heroism and Villainy Became Indistinguishable in Comics and Graphic Novels" from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, in the University Center Spruce suite.

The lecture, part of the Neal Cross Lecture Series, is free and open to the public. Sommers, who earned his Ph.D. in English from the University of Kansas, is co-author/editor of the recently released book, "Game On, Hollywood: The Intersection of Video Games and Movies", and has published numerous articles and book chapters about children's and young adult literature and illustrated texts.

UNC Speaker Series Continues Oct. 22 with Soundscape Ecologist

The University of Northern Colorado's Schulze Interdisciplinary Speaker Series continues its fall schedule Tuesday, Oct. 22, with a pioneer of soundscape ecology - the study of sound within a landscape and its effect on organisms.

Bernie Krause, founder of the Wildlife Sanctuary, will present "The Sound and the Furry: Recording the Natural World through Soundscape Ecology" at 7 p.m. in the ballrooms of the University Center, intersection of 20th Street and 10th Ave. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Krause is the founder of Wild Sanctuary, which since 1968 has traveled around the world to research, record, archive and publish the sounds of the wild. A musician, recording engineer and author, he holds a Ph.D. in bioacoustics Union Institute & University in Cincinnati.

More information about Krause and the Wild Sanctuary is at http://www.wildsanctuary.com/.

His appearance is co-sponsored by the Geography Department and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The last speaker in the series' fall schedule is Marc Bekoff, professor emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado in Boulder, who will present "The Emotional and Moral Lives of Animals: Rewilding Our Hearts and Compassionate Conservation" on Nov. 7.

All presentations are free and open to the public. Free parking is available in UNC lots after 5 p.m.

The speaker series is co-sponsored and coordinated by UNC's Schulze Fund for Interdisciplinary Studies and the Life of the Mind program.

Institutional Review Board Workshop Oct. 24

The Institutional Review Board will present "Ask the IRB" 11:30 - 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24, in the banquet room in Tobey-Kendel Hall. Join IRB co-chairs Maria Lahman and Megan Babkes Stellino, and IRB administrator Sherry May for an informal, interactive session that will provide updates of regulatory requirements, as well as an opportunity to discuss any issues or problems related to expedited or exempt research protocol applications.

All faculty, staff and students who are involved in research are welcome to attend. The first 20 people to RSVP will receive a complementary lunch.

To RSVP or for more information, email Sherry May.

Halloween Breakfast and Costume Contest RSVPs Due Oct. 21

CSC and PASC invite all staff and faculty to the "Spooktacular Employee Celebration and Costume Contest" (costumes not required) from 7-9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, in Columbine A in the University Center. RSVP with your choice of a complimentary "bearito" or cinnamon roll and/or sign up for the costume contest by Oct. 21 on the CSC website.

Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place for individual and group costume categories. All costumes will be photographed and judged by an impartial panel, with winners announced the following week.

For more information about the Classified Staff Council, visit their website. More info about the Professional Administrative Staff Council is available on their website.

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