SUNY Oswego business students receive ethics award

SUNY Oswego’s student chapter of Beta Alpha Psi in the School of Business recently received one of four $5,000 ethics awards presented by Grant Thornton LLP, an audit, tax and advisory organization.

Students with award.Presented at the national Beta Alpha Psi conference in August in Denver, the award recognized the work of an ethics committee that Oswego’s chapter established last spring when it entered competition for the award. The focus of the competition was the practice of ethical behavior in the accounting, finance and information technology professions.

SUNY Oswego students Michael Kohn, Gary Gregory, Bryant Tyler and Lindsay Martell attended the conference and accepted the award. The award recognized the work of an ethics committee established last semester and including those four plus Qing Zhao, Audrey Luppes, Danielle Johnson, Tiffany Chiu, Michelle Hamann, Jeffrey Wallace and Christopher Galante.

The competition was offered to all 300 international chapters of Beta Alpha Psi. Participants were challenged to create a project that spread the ideals of ethical behavior to the campus and community. Students were required to summarize their efforts in a paper.

Oswego’s committee of a dozen business students surveyed students before and after the project to gauge impact, interviewed local accounting firms regarding their policies and practices of ethics, and hosted speakers from the field regarding their ethics policies and firsthand accounts of ethical behavior.

Speakers included Robert Pagano Jr., president of the Fluid Division of ITT Industries and a graduate of SUNY Oswego, and Brian Caswell, who owns a public accounting firm in Phoenix. Pagano shared real-life situations with the students that allowed them to see firsthand ethical situations and how they were handled. Caswell spoke about ethical issues that arise in the public accounting day-to-day business. He gave students the opportunity to walk through the resolution process for certain issues.

Using insights gained from the speakers and interviews, the committee created an ethics policy and numerous research projects based on ethics. They presented their work at Quest 2011, and their presentations served as the starting point for the award-winning summary paper. 

PHOTO CAPTION: Ethics champs—At the recent national Beta Alpha Psi conference in Denver, SUNY Oswego students, from left, Michael Kohn, Gary Gregory, Bryant Tyler and Lindsay Martell accepted a $5,000 ethics award on behalf of the college’s chapter of Beta Alpha Psi in the School of Business. Grant Thornton LLP, an audit, tax and advisory organization, sponsored the award.

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(Posted: Sep 01, 2011)

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