The Business and Ethics Forum, presented every other Thursday throughout DSC's fall and spring semesters, will be held in the Boeing Auditorium (Room 121) of the DSC Udvar-Hazy Business Building. DSC students, faculty and staff, the entire Washington County business community, and the general public are all invited to attend. Admission is free.
Radmall will discuss the accounting profession in his presentation entitled “Accounting as a Cure for Insomnia,” which will describe the changes he has seen in his near 30 year career as a CPA, especially as they relate to technology. He will give an example of a common tax break and how experience has changed his perception of how to utilize it, along with how decisions regarding ethics have shaped his practice.
A graduate of Southern Utah University, Radmall worked as a tax manager for Deloitte & Touche in Phoenix, Ariz., prior to moving to St. George to join his current firm in 1990. He is active in the community, serving on the boards of SEED Dixie and Dixie Regional Medical Center Foundation; and has held leadership roles with the St. George Rotary Club, St. George Area Chamber of Commerce, Southern Utah Estate Planning Council and Leadership Dixie.
The series will continue Oct. 4, with a presentation by Berkeley Geddes, president of GrowAmerica Ventures in Ogden, Utah. In addition, DSC coordinator of cultural affairs and St. George City Councilwoman Gail Bunker will address Oct. 18; local businessman Jeff Stewart will speak Nov. 1; Best Buy department manager Greg Whitehead will present to the forum Nov. 15; and DSC senior development officer and Utah State Legislator Brad Last will wrap up the semester schedule with a presentation Dec. 6.
Each speaker throughout the semester will speak on business matters in their respective professions and have been asked to integrate ethics into the discussion.
The bi-monthly forum, along with campus’ Institute for Business Integrity, was created by former DSC president Dr. Robert Huddleston in 2006, as a way to integrate ethics into the curriculum, and have it serve as a blueprint to ensure that students graduate with a set of ethical tools to help them get along in the professional world.
In 2006-07, Dixie State’s business program sought initial accreditation with the high profile Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). In order to become accredited with the AACSB, ethics were required to be integrated into the college’s business curriculum. As a result, each business class on the DSC campus now includes an ethical component.
Dr. Huddleston noted that the business forums will give students – and current and prospective local business owners – an added dose of ethics training that is so sorely needed into today’s business world. His hope is that by the time students leave Dixie State, they have been exposed to enough ethical cases that, when they get out in the workforce, they will have the wherewithal and the intestinal fortitude to do the right thing, even when their job might be on the line.
“The Institute for Business Integrity has brought an important opportunity for the business community, as well as DSC faculty and students, to emphasize the significance of social responsibility for business and industry in Washington County,” said Huddleston. “As research indicates, ethics contribute to employee commitment, investor loyalty, customer satisfaction and to profits.”
The Dixie State College Institute for Business Integrity is a partnership between the Udvar-Hazy School of Business at Dixie State College, the Small Business Development Center, the Washington County Economic Development Council, and the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce.
For questions regarding the DSC Institute for Business Integrity forums, contact Dr. Huddleston at 435-652-7740.