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Volume 68, Issue 46, Tuesday, October 29, 2002


Bauer students to participate in Leadership Week

By Shannon Brinson
The Daily Cougar

With the recent wave of corporate scandals, most of the American public doesn't seem to believe the words "business" and "ethics" belong in the same sentence.

But students in the Bauer College of Business will be tackling ethical issues this week, gaining exposure to some real-world business problems, during the college's Leadership and Ethics Week. 

PricewaterhouseCoopers Chief Executive Officer Samuel A. DiPiazza Jr. speaks to a crowd of MBA students Monday in Melcher Hall. The Bauer College of Business is sponsoring Leadership and Ethics Week to help students learn about real-world challenges.

Lorrie Novosad/The Daily Cougar

The event is something new for the college. PricewaterhouseCoopers is underwriting all the week's activities, which will provide several occasions for professionals, students, faculty members and the general public to become familiar with various facets of the working world. Representative from companies and organizations such as the U.S. military, Sterling Bank, Halliburton, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center will be coming to campus.

The idea for the Leadership and Ethics Week started with a monetary gift from Halliburton to the college of business to hold a leadership seminar last December. 

The company decided to expand on the seminar and provide a variety of offerings, including keynote speakers, an ethics challenge open to all Bauer students and a diversity workshop.

Some of the events will attempt to cater to a variety of students. 

A leadership and team-building workshop designed to teach leadership roles and conduct will be offered Wednesday to selected high school students from the Houston area.

The week opened Monday with a luncheon that featured guest speaker Lt. Col. Barrye L. Price, a UH alumnus and an executive officer and military assistant within the Pentagon.

Laura Salinas, a senior management and marketing major, said she attended the luncheon because she felt it would give her understanding of many leadership perspectives.

"It's very important when you speak to a customer, regardless of who it is, that you know how to win that person," Salinas said.

MBA students heard PricewaterhouseCoopers Chief Executive Officer Samuel A. DiPiazza Jr. speak on his experiences running a global corporation Monday night. 

The week's events will continue today with the ethics challenge and a diversity workshop. On Thursday, an awards luncheon will feature Sterling Bank President and CEO J. Downey Bridgewater.

The week will culminate in a leadership seminar and luncheon at the UH Hilton on Friday. Roundtable discussions between 12 Halliburton executives and UH students will investigate how a Fortune 500 company handles day-to-day transactions. 

Student participation is limited to 100 applicants.

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