Students Bring Business Ethics To Life
Members of the Alma College student organization Students in Free
Enterprise (SIFE) recently brought business ethics to the movies for a
group at the Saginaw County Juvenile Detention Center.
The college students presented four workshops on ethics using a movie theater as the business model. The 46 participating youth in the juvenile detention center, ranging in age from 10 to 17, were split into groups and given a series of five scenarios regarding working at a movie theater. The scenarios involved:
• Punching in early
• Finding a friend stealing candy
• Finding a friend sneaking into a movie
• Customer service
• Closing the theater poorly
They were given a series of three questions to answer:
• What do you do?
• Why do you do that?
• Who does it impact?
Teams were scored on correct answers, creativity and enthusiasm. At the end, the highest scoring team was the first to pick its prizes, though all teams received some kind of prize.
“It was good to be there as a role model; we were able to relate to the groups,” said Alma College group chair Marcy Gilstad, a sophomore from Midland.
Members of SIFE in spring 2008.
was the group’s second year running the project. Last year, the project
won third place in SIFE’s national Business Ethics Competition.
“Last year, we ran the program as though the youth were the CEO of Nike, but the corporation model was hard for them to understand,” says Gilstad. “This year we wanted to make the project more relevant and the competitive edge helped. They were a great group — participating and having a good time.”
The program was very well received by the juvenile center residents, said Melissa Strong, director of the Saginaw County Juvenile Center.
"They were talking about it for several days after the SIFE group was here,” said Strong. “It is not often they have an opportunity to interact with positive, young professionals like the students from SIFE. They were particularly excited about earning some prizes!"
The Alma College group also plans to make a computer game out of the material used for the presentation, as well as host a seminar on business ethics for graduating seniors with a panel of alumni.
Other members of the Alma College group included Howell sophomore Larry Schlusler, Kimball junior William Warsinski, Ann Arbor freshman Rob Armbruster and Haslett senior David Korte. SIFE members Bay City freshman Jordan Bosco and Huntington Woods freshman Emily Adler also assisted.
SIFE has grown to become one of Alma College’s most active student organizations. An international non-profit organization active on more than 1,400 college and university campuses in 48 countries, SIFE teams create economic opportunity in their communities by organizing outreach projects that focus on market economics, entrepreneurship, personal financial success skills, and business ethics.
Posted: Fri, December 5th, 2008 at 5:12PM