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CBT Week

January 30, 2008

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MACOMB, IL -- Western Illinois University's annual College of Business and Technology (CBT) Week kicks off Monday, Feb. 4 with the CBT's Executive in Residence program.

Gene Poor, founder of LifeFormations and an award-winning educator from Bowling Green State University -- and his animatronic robot -- will be on the WIU-Macomb campus Feb. 4 to discuss creativity, career development and entrepreneurship with CBT students at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. in Stipes Hall 121 and again at 1 p.m. in Knoblauch Hall 105.

All CBT Week presentations will be held in Stipes Hall 121, unless otherwise noted. All presentations are open free to the campus community.

Tuesday, Feb. 5 marks the annual Ethics Day as part of College of Business and Technology Week. This year's Ethics Day theme is "Doing Business in the 'Environmental Century:' Managing for Environmental Sustainability." Laura Flanigan, consultant of Five Winds International, will present "Opportunity Knocks: New Business and a New Economy for Environmental Sustainability" from
9:30-10:45 a.m.

Jody Howard, director of social responsibility at Caterpillar, Inc., will discuss "The Importance of Sustainable Development in Industry: Caterpillar's Perspective," from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. The presentation, "The Sustainability Opportunity: Challenges and Possibilities for a Small Planet," will be the focus of Kevin Doyle's presentation from 2-3:15 p.m. Doyle is the president of Green Economy. Ethics Day will wrap up with a panel discussion from 3-4:45 p.m. featuring Flanigan, Howard and Doyle.

International Day will be the focus of Wednesday, Feb. 6 activities, which will be held in Stipes Hall 121. The panel discussions, "Professional Aspects of a Foreign Assignment" and "Personal Adjustments and Challenges of a Foreign Assignment," will be presented from 11 a.m.-noon and 1-2 p.m., respectively. Three CBT students who have participated in study abroad programs will discuss their experiences from 2-3 p.m.

At 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, Information Technology Day, Bill Miller, State Farms Systems assistant vice president, will discuss how business defines technology, the impact of technology and what businesses are looking for in students.

The week wraps up with Student Appreciation Day Friday, Feb. 8. Students are invited to enjoy refreshments, compliments of the CBT Dean's Office, from 8-9:30 a.m. outside of Knoblauch Hall 145 and from 1:30-3 p.m. in the Stipes Hall main lobby. Winners of the bulletin board contest will also be announced Feb. 8.

For more information on CBT Week, contact the dean's office at 309/298-2442.

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Office of University Communications & Marketing