Graduate Internship Awarded with Wal-Mart
Siloam Springs, Ark. (May 3, 2005) - John Brown University and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. have partnered to award a Leadership and Ethics Internship to Ross Van Dyke of Waco, Tex. Van Dyke is a JBU graduate student in the Master of Science in Leadership and Ethics program (M.S.L.E.) and a 2003 undergraduate of Baylor University. JBU’s graduate business programs and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., have partnered to offer internships in the Wal-Mart Corporate Responsibility Department and Global Ethics Office. The internships provide JBU graduate business students the opportunity to enhance their leadership and ethics training by working in the environment of a Fortune 100 company. Candidates must first be accepted into a JBU Graduate Business Program for internship consideration. “Mr. Van Dyke is an excellent choice for the Wal-Mart internship. He will benefit from working on ethical issues alongside some of the world’s top business leaders,” Dr. Delia Haak, JBU graduate business program director said. “Corporations, non-profits, entrepreneurs, higher education institutions, health care, and industries need leaders who can build solid, lasting organizations and JBU offers master’s degree programs to meet these needs.” “Wal-Mart internships provide graduate students with the opportunity to apply leadership and ethics training to issues dominating today’s business world,” Hershel Dale Henry, Director of Corporate Responsibility, for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. said. “We are pleased to partner with John Brown University to offer learning opportunities in our Corporate Responsibility and Ethics Departments.” In 1999, JBU launched a cutting-edge master’s degree in leadership and ethics bringing together some of today’s most successful leadership experts to share their wealth of experience and knowledge. In March 2005, JBU expanded the M.S.L.E. degree to include an emphasis in higher education for professionals seeking a leadership position in a college or university setting. The M.S.L.E. degree can be completed by full-time professionals in either a one or two years. JBU also showed its commitment to leadership excellence by establishing The Soderquist Center for Leadership and Ethics in 1998. Top business leaders such as Don Soderquist, former senior vice chairman for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., and Dr. John Copeland, former executive vice president for ethics at Tyson Foods, Inc. equip corporations and JBU master’s degree students with the transforming power of ethical leadership. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates Wal-Mart Stores, Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets and SAM’S CLUB locations in the United States. Internationally, the company operates in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Korea and the United Kingdom. The company’s securities are listed on the New York and Pacific stock exchanges under the symbol WMT. More information about Wal-Mart can be found by visiting www.walmartfacts.com. Online merchandise sales are available at www.walmart.com. John Brown University offers master’s degrees in business, leadership, counseling, and ministry from locations in Siloam Springs, Springdale, and Fort Smith. JBU is a private Christian university, ranked eighth by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU enrolls more than 1,900 students from 43 states and 39 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.