When someone starts talking about ethical behavior, everyone seems to have an opinion about the unethical behavior that is happening in our communities. The discussion can include unethical behavior in politics, business, athletics, education, medicine, etc. What is the answer? Good question. The Ethics Day at Weber State University is an annual event that engages Weber State University faculty, students and community in discussions about ethics across a variety of disciplines.
I have had the opportunity to serve on the Advisory Board for the Richards Richards Institute for Politics, Decency & Ethical Conduct and as the chair for the past two years. Dick Richards and I represent different political parties and often have differing views on how to solve today's problems, but we both agree that ethics needs to be part of a larger discussion. We have a great advisory board that is working to bring ideas on ethics to Weber State. We thank Dick for his interest and tenacity on this subject.
With an endowment fund from Zion's Banks and great sponsors, during the past three years we have raised enough money to give a $1,000 Weber State Ethics Scholarship to one senior in each high school in Weber, Davis, Ogden, Morgan and Box Elder school districts. We started small during the first year, but have grown even to include some alternative schools. Students write a 500-word essay on ethics and a winner is chosen. After this year we will have offered more than 50 scholarships.
We have partnered with the "Keys to Success" program which has allowed us to give these scholarships at each school's assembly.
On the Weber State campus, Tuesday has become our special Ethics Day, and this year it will be March 19. From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Shepherd Union Ballroom A, we are privileged to have Jazz President Randy Rigby speaking on "Ethics in Sports." Students and community are invited. It should be great.
We have invited the faculty to present some materials on ethics in each of their disciplines during the week
Our Ethics Day Scholarship Banquet will be held in the Shepherd Union Ballroom A on the evening of March 19 from 6 to 8. Robert H. Garff, Chairman of Garff Enterprises, will share his views on ethics and draw from his experiences as a businessman, former legislator, and chairman of the Board of Trustees for the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Organizing Committee. He'll take us "out west" to discuss his favorite, "cowboy ethics." Ethics scholarship winners will be recognized.
If you would like to attend the banquet, please RSVP by March 13 to Carla Price: 801-626-7628 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are $15. For more information and to pay online, go to www.weber.edu/ethicsday.
If you would like to sponsor a scholarship, contact Nathan Clark at 801-626-7539 or via email at email@example.com.
Small steps often give great results.
Shurtliff is a former Utah state representative for House District 10. She lives in Ogden.