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Liz Warren-Pederson
Eller College of Management

Eller College challenges high school students with innovative programs

Arizona college prep set to receive on-campus experiences in ethics and entrepreneurship

TUCSON, Ariz. – April 11, 2007 – This month, future business leaders — and current Arizona high school students — are getting early exposure to key business issues at the Eller College of Management at The University of Arizona. The college is opening its doors to the state’s college prep set to encourage the spirit of entrepreneurship and to stimulate discussions on personal and business ethics.

The Eller College High School Ethics Forum

On Friday, select sophomores and juniors from eleven Southern Arizona high schools will grapple with ethical dilemmas during the Eller College High School Ethics Forum — a first-of-its-kind event made possible through support by PricewaterhouseCoopers. After introductory remarks about ethics, student teams will dive into two ethics cases. Eller College undergraduates from the Eller Scholars and the Eller Board of Honor and Integrity will facilitate team discussions, and the groups will present ethical, responsible, and logical solutions for each case. The event will conclude with lunch and an address by keynote speaker Patrick Kuhse, a recognized authority on business ethics who has a compelling personal story.

"Ethical dilemmas are a frequent occurrence in business today; however, the ability to quickly identify and resolve such issues is typically learned "on the job", said Reed Mittelstaedt, a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Phoenix. "We're proud to support the Eller College in this important program as it will certainly increase the students' level of awareness in this challenging area."

“The Eller College of Management prides itself in producing business leaders who think critically and ethically,” said Paul Melendez, ethics program director and public policy lecturer at the Eller College of Management. “The High School Ethics Forum provides an opportunity for students to sharpen their critical thinking abilities and become exposed to real-world business issues even before they get to college. It is never too early to begin ethical discussions.”

Thirty students from Southern Arizona high schools including Ironwood Ridge, Amphitheater, Desert View, Tanque Verde, Catalina Foothills, Cienega , Empire, Marana , Mountain View, Sahuarita, and Tucson High will participate in the event.

The Arizona Youth Entrepreneurship Award

On April 20, six Arizona high school entrepreneurs will converge on The University of Arizona to share their business ideas as part of the 2007 CB Richard Ellis/McGuire Entrepreneurship Business Plans Competition. Awards totaling $5,000 will be presented to the finalists in the first annual Arizona Youth Entrepreneurship Award, sponsored by the Eller College of Management and 1st National Bank of Arizona.

At the event, the students will connect with student mentors from the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship and receive feedback on their plans from competition judges and business leaders. In their applications for the award, the students identified a need and presented a solution, with ideas ranging from a full-service wedding-planning company to an electronic textbook for high school students.

The finalists include Greg Lewis, Yuma High School, Yuma, Ariz.; Callie Rezzonico, Basha High School, Chandler, Ariz.; Sonja Wieduwilt, Canyon Del Oro High, Tucson, Ariz.; Heather Luvisi, Sunrise Mountain High School, Peoria, Ariz.; Benjamin LeVine, Willcox High School, Willcox, Ariz., and Zearra Chavez, Amphitheater High School, Tucson, Ariz.

“An entrepreneurial approach to strategy and problem-solving is essential to success in any industry,” said R. Patrick Lamb, president of the mortgage division of 1st National Bank of Arizona. “It’s important to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit in the next generation of business leaders, and this award does just that.” Lamb, a ’93 graduate of the Eller College of Management, pursued entrepreneurship in his undergraduate education and speaks from first-hand experience.

The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program #11 among public business schools and two of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship and MIS. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program #48 in the U.S. The College is among the leaders of business schools generating grant funds for research. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers the 25th ranked Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,800 undergraduate and 750 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and a satellite campus in Phoenix.

Press Contact:
Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management

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