Las Vegas, N.M. – New Mexico Highlands University is hosting a free business ethics workshop March 1 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the university’s Student Center, 800 National Ave., Room 322.

Las Vegas business community members are welcome at the workshop along with Highlands University business students and faculty.

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Melanie Zollner represents the School of Business in the Ethics Champion Program at Highlands University.

Melanie Zollner, a Highlands business faculty member, represents the School of Business in the Ethics Champion Program at the university. Zollner teaches a Business Ethics class at Highlands.

“In Business Ethics we take a close look at an organization’s code of ethics, values, training, compliance with laws and regulations, global ethics, sustainability and leadership,” Zollner said.

“The goal of the School of Business is to help form future business leaders with strong ethics,” Zollner said. “Some of the values we want to instill in our students include integrity, trust, accountability, transparency, fairness, respect and rule of law.”

Harry Van Buren, a professor at the University of New Mexico Anderson School of Business, will lead the ethics workshop. He also directs the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at UNM.

“Dr. Van Buren is an inspirational leader who is committed to business ethics education,” Zollner said.

Some of the issues to be discussed at the ethics workshop include the importance of principles in business ethics; ethical issues examined through case studies; business ethic challenges and how to address wrongdoing.

“This ethics workshops provides Highlands University students with an opportunity to engage with business community members and learn more about what business ethics means in the business world,” Zollner said.

Zollner has led a team of Highlands University business students to the New Mexico Business Ethics Case Competition at UNM yearly since 2014.

“Our Highlands students’ performance is strong at these ethics competitions where they are exposed to real-world ethical dilemmas and develop their own solutions,” Zollner said.

Registration is required for the free business ethics workshop. To register, use the link The deadline to register is Feb. 25.

Those with questions may contact Zollner at or 505-426-2193.