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CBT Week 2003

October 7, 2003

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MACOMB, IL – Western Illinois University's annual College of Business and Technology (CBT) Week kicks off Monday, Oct. 20 with the traditional business etiquette dinner.

The 2003 Business Etiquette Dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the University Union Lamoine Room. WIU dietetics, fashion merchandising and hospitality (DFMH) department Chair Charlene Callison and DFMH students will present a "hands-on" etiquette dinner, followed by an after-dinner program that will focus on proper behavior for various business situations. Due to popular demand, Callison will present another Etiquette Dinner Tuesday,
Oct. 21. Space is limited to 100 persons per session. Tickets, available in Stipes Hall 101 at $5 per person, must be purchased by Wednesday, Oct. 15.

Tuesday, Oct. 21 marks the annual Ethics Day as part of College of Business and Technology Week. Award-winning documentary filmmaker and educator Sasha Waters will be the featured presenter at the Seventh
Annual Ethics Day, and will participate in four separate programs throughout the day. Waters, assistant professor of film and video production at the University of Iowa, will lead a discussion of “Razing Appalachia” --- her latest nonfiction production which focuses on the demise of Pigeonroost Hollow in West Virginia due to "mountaintop
removal" -- at 9:30 a.m. in Stipes Hall 121. Just 40 families, where there were once 300, remain in Pigeonroost Hollow. Waters' documentary, which has appeared at film festivals around the world and on PBS, is the story of their fight against the second-largest coal company in America.

Waters will also join other panelists at “Raising Appalachia” at 11 a.m. in Stipes Hall 121 for a discussion that will focus on what lessons have been learned from environmental and cultural degradation in Appalachia. She
will also lead an informal session on “How to Make an Independent Film” at 2 p.m. in Stipes Hall 527, and present her keynote address, “Justice, Environment and Engagement: The Role of Independent Media in Sustaining
a Progressive Collective Imagination,” at 3:30 p.m. in Stipes Hall 121.

Free public screenings of her 55-minute documentary “Razing Appalachia” will be held at 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and
9 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 21 in Stipes 121.

On Wednesday, Oct. 22 the Caterpillar, Inc. Chief Executive Officer and Chair Glen Barton, will present the annual Ferguson Lecture beginning at 2 p.m. in the Union Grand Ballroom. The lecture is open free to the public. Barton, who was named chair and CEO in February 1999, has been with Caterpillar Inc. since joining the company as a college trainee in 1961. He has held a variety of marketing and general management positions over the years, eventually being elected vice president of Caterpillar and president of the Solar Turbines Inc., a Caterpillar subsidiary in San Diego in 1987. Two years later he was named executive vice president of Caterpillar in Peoria, IL with responsibility for worldwide marketing.


Western Illinois University Board of Governor’s Bachelor of Arts (now called Board of Trustees BA) degree alumnus Patrick Kuhse, who earned his degree from Western while in federal prison, will present his “wake-up call,” Speaking of Ethics, at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23 in Stipes 121. Kuhse, who grew up in Iowa, went from a successful stockbroker with a family and home in the San Diego suburbs to the jungles of Costa Rica as an international fugitive to incarceration in two countries and back again. His presentation focuses on the “warning signs” of unethical behavior and moral dilemmas.

CBT Week wraps up Friday, Oct. 24 with Alumni Day. WIU alumnus Sam Oliva will be recognized as the 2003 College of Business and Technology Distinguished Alumnus. Oliva, a 1978 graduate, will receive the award at a lunch his honor Oct. 24. He is the CEO of Beacon Funding Corporation, an equipment leasing company he formed in 1990. Today Beacon Funding employs more than 30 employees. Since its inception Beacon has originated more than $500 million in equipment leases. As CEO, OlivaÂ’s direct involvement includes maintaining the banking and funding source relationships and overseeing the management, sales, marketing, financial, credit and administrative functions.

Several CBT alumni will also be on campus Oct. 24 speaking to various CBT classes.

College of Business and Technology Week is co-sponsored by Pekin Insurance Company. For more information on CBT Week, contact the dean's office at 309/298-2442.

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