Neville Cramer, an Eller alumni and one of the most knowledgeable INS agents, has awarded the Dr. Sidney L. and Beatrice K. Cramer Endowed Scholarship and Fellowship Award for the upcoming 2010-2011 academic year to management senior Brittany Smythe and senior lecturer in management Dr. Suzanne Cummins. The award was designed to reward and recognize one student and one faculty member each year that encompasses ethics into their academics, course curriculum, and above all their personal lives.
By Brittany Smythe, BSBA Management ’11
This summer, Dr. Cummins, Dr. Paul Melendez, Director of the Ethics Program and Ethics Point Distinguished Lecturer in Business Ethics, and I joined Neville Cramer and his wife for lunch. Lunch provided us an opportunity to discuss ethical situations occurring in today’s society, set goals for the upcoming year, and gain insight to Mr. Cramer’s career and involvement in ethics beyond the college level.
As the incoming Chair of the Eller Board of Honor and Integrity, I have been fortunate enough to interact with Mr. Cramer through his commitment to our organization and the events we host throughout the year. Mr. Cramer has played a significant role in the Eller Board of Honor and Integrity, as a panel interviewer, a judge for the Ethics Case Competition, a guest speaker, but most importantly as a role model for students like me.
This past year I served as the Co-Chair of EBHI and was included in the process of selecting the faculty member to receive the Fellowship Award. Dr. Suzanne Cummins was selected for her dedication to ethics through her course MGMT 402: Integrating Business Fundamentals with Ethics and Law in Management as well the implementation of the Good Cats Cheating Hotline. As a student who completed her course, the material challenges you to develop a deeper understanding of ethical issues through several examples and situations that have occurred throughout US history. Dr. Cummin’s passion and willingness to discuss ethical concerns with students was unmatched by other faculty nominations and contributed to her selection for the faculty Fellowship Award.
As this year’s scholarship recipient, I hope to be considered a role model amongst my peers and invite them to share in my responsibility when evaluating decisions and behaviors they choose to engage in. I plan to promote the Cramer Scholarship and vision by increasing ethical awareness within Eller’s community through Eller’s Annual Case Competition, undergraduate involvement in the upcoming Executive Ethics Symposium, as well as my own personal actions, both inside and outside of the classroom.