Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Title- A proposal to add solar panels to campus
Solar Energy

Action Plan.
               Interview different companies and people figure out what the cost and efficiency of putting solar panels on a building at Stout would be.  We're thinking Jarvis/Micheel's hall.  We are dividing the work up into groups for people to research different segments of the issue.  Hopefully by the end we will have a feasible presentation.

Post 8: Ethical Question

No. I would assume this would be against any code of ethics for a physician's business, unless it was a gift as a thank you. If drugs or anything of this sort was recently purchased by this pharmacy company, and they were giving you these tickets as a thank you for your business, I think it would be o.k. to accept these tickets.  But, if this were not the case, I believe it would be against any companies ethics to accept this bribe.  Because that is what it is; a bribe.  My parents both work at the Mayo Clinic, and have told me before that reps come around all the time and they are supposed to turn down all offers from them whether it be a pen, golf, dinner or anything.

Each person may have their own set of ethics and whether they decide to follow their companies ethics on this is up to them, although if they're caught going against their company they may be in trouble.

Post 7: General Ethics

With my environmental science major, I want to change the way we look at certain consumer products. Like cosmetics.  Products should be made with both the earth and people in mind.  Making sure it is healthy for both. I've taken Estee Lauder companies principles and morals and reviewed them.


We are dedicated to working together with uncompromising ethics and integrity. We encourage our people to create, to innovate, to be entrepreneurs and to strive for the best, always


To ensure the long-term success of our Company, we integrate the “High-Touch” aspect of our business –our best quality– into all our day-to-day business activities. Our workplace culture fosters a unique spirit of teamwork, innovation, passion and a shared mission of "Bringing the Best to Everyone We Touch and Being the Best in Everything We Do."
We clearly post the following principles in our offices throughout the world for our employees to live and work by:
    •  Provide customers with innovative cosmetic products of the highest quality.
    •  Deliver outstanding service by treating each individual as we ourselves would like to be     
    •  Create an environment that fosters personal growth and well-being.
    •  Build partnerships with our suppliers, retailers and colleagues based on fairness and trust.
    •  Enhance our reputation of image, style and prestige. 
    •  Pursue profit, but never at the expense of quality, service or reputation.
    •  Eliminate waste and reduce inefficiencies in order to provide maximum value to our 
    •  Be responsible citizens in every community we serve.
We continue to learn from the best practices of our brands and employees to unite and strengthen our efforts across brands, regions and functions as we strive to be the best. We are proud of the progress we have made to date and we recognize that we have opportunity for growth. We are committed to constantly improving our results.

This is an excellent code of ethics.

Now as for the countries, i'm not sure how to create a code of ethics for the U.S. would this be our constitution? Ethics in government? etc.


To me, diversity is about acceptance of all ideas and differences and being able to these together to create a mold of something great.  Diversity is a melting pot.  There's diversity in people, such as multiculturalism, and diversity in ecosystems which is biodiversity.  Basically the more diverse a population or business can become in all aspects, the more success I think will transpire over the years. By making diversity a valuable trait in a career path can help set someone up for success as well.  It means that a person is very open to change and adjustments that may need to be made.

I wanted to find a diversity statement for BP, but was unable to, so instead, I used their values which goes as follows:

BP wants to be recognised as a great company – competitively successful and a force for progress. We have a fundamental belief that we can make a difference in the world. 

We help the world meet its growing need for heat, light and mobility. We strive to do that by producing energy that is affordable, secure and doesn’t damage the environment. 

BP is progressive, responsible, innovative and performance driven.

USDA Forest Service:


Diversity Statement

Achieving a Single Mission Through Diverse Perspectives
The Forest Service is made up of thousands of employees from very different backgrounds. But we're all working toward the same goals. For those of us in the Forest Service, diversity means much more than ethnicity, gender or culture. We believe that diverse perspectives help us solve problems more effectively. That's why we maintain an environment in which people from different backgrounds feel comfortable, and in which people feel free to express their opinions and share their viewpoints.

To help employees acclimate to life in the Forest Service, there are several employee affinity groups that give employees the opportunity to interact with others of similar backgrounds and viewpoints.
These and other initiatives support our organizational commitment to diversify the Forest Service and strengthen the diverse population of employees we already have. And the more diverse we are as an organization, the more effectively we can respond to the needs of the diverse publics we serve.

I chose Wal-mart as well since they have a lot of impact on our economy.

Respect for the Individual and Corporate Contributions

Respect for the individual is one of the core values that have made us into the company we are today. We take pride in the fact that we treat every customer, every supplier and every member of our individual communities fairly and equally. 

We are working hard to make our corporate contributions reflect the values of our customers, communities, and associates. As Sam Walton said, “Each Wal-Mart store should reflect the values of its customers and support the vision they hold for their community. 

Wal-Mart will not make corporate contributions to support or oppose highly controversial issues unless they directly relate to our ability to serve our customers.

Wal-Mart does not have a position on same sex marriage and we do not give preference to gay or lesbian suppliers. Wal-Mart does have a strong commitment to diversity among our associates and against discrimination everywhere.


I think that all they statements are basically saying the same thing, and they relate to mine on a basic level as well.  

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Creating a Professional Development Plan

When I was in 7th grade, my volleyball teacher made us create a PDP, although I'm sure that's not what she referred to it as.  It was more like a journal when I was 13.  She gave us a sheet, with template for us to write a goal to accomplish during the season and how we were going to get there.  she gave us each our own folder to write in and return to her as often as we wished reflecting on the goal......or just whatever was on our mind at that time. :)

A professional development plan can help add structure and organization to an individual's future.  It is an essential tool that can help a student, like myself, organize goals, and future plans, both short and long term. Overall, it should help a person excel, meet deadlines, and is ever-changing.

To start, I've created my own.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

How Much Does a Penny Weigh?

A scenario was set up on Friday - It's Saturday morning and I'm walking past Acoustic Cafe'.  There, laying on the sidewalk is a penny.  What a lucky day! So I pick it up, curious to know what it weighs, concluding it to be 2.50 grams.