Panel to Examine "Ethics Crisis in
Business and Beyond"
Posted September 10, 2002
HOLLAND -- In light of national corporate
accounting scandals, a mix of campus and community experts
will participate in the panel discussion "Ethics Crisis in
Business and Beyond" on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. at
Hope College in Winants Auditorium of Graves Hall.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
The session is designed to provide a forum for
learning more about the role of ethics in the business world
and the media outlets that swoop down on hot topics as they
Special attention will be given to the current
focus on corporate accounting practices and how such
emerging stories have been handled by the media and
perceived by the public along the way. Considerations will
include how the Enron story was handled, and whether or not
its development into an "Arthur Andersen" story was fair to
the thousands of the accounting firm's employees who were
soon out of work.
The panelists will be Nancy Crawley, business
editor of "The Grand Rapids Press"; Dr. Christina Ritsema,
assistant professor of accounting at Hope; Patrick
Thompson, founder and owner of Holland-based Trans-Matic
Manufacturing; and Arthur J. Buys, CIMA, Senior Vice President and Senior Consultant at Morgan Stanley in Holland.
Moderator will be Dr. James Herrick, who is
the Guy Vander Jagt Professor of Communication and chair of
the department at Hope.
Crawley was business editor at "The Lansing State
Journal" prior to joining "The Grand Rapids Press." She has
also served as an assistant professor of journalism at
Ferris State University and an adjunct teacher at Grand
Valley State University.
Ritsema teaches a variety of business courses at
Hope, including accounting ethics. Now in her second year
on the Hope faculty, she previously worked for Arthur
Thompson is a long-time area businessman who is a
past Michigan Small Business Owner of the Year. He has
participated in numerous community and educational/training
programs over the years, and brings to the event perspective
on how ethics plays out in the daily life of running a
company and being an employer.
Buys is a 1983 graduate of Hope College and received his Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) designation through a program with the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He continues a tradition as a professional financial advisor that his grandfather, Ekdal J. Buys, began in 1939 and he is active in church and charitable organizations.
Herrick has been a member of the Hope faculty
since 1984, and specializes in courses in argumentation and
rhetoric. His publications include the books "The History
and Theory of Rhetoric: An Introduction"; "The Radical
Rhetoric of the English Deists: The Discourse of
Skepticism, 1680-1750"; "Argumentation: Understanding and
Shaping Arguments"; and, forthcoming from InterVarsity
Press, "The New Religious Synthesis."
Graves Hall is located on College Avenue south of