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September 18, 2008

Partisan politics:

"Say 'conservative' and they wag their tails. Say 'liberal' and they bare their fangs. More to the point, say either and all thinking ceases. . . . [P]eople hear this doublespeak and cheer. Why not? They have been taught that words mean what you need them to in a given moment. Turns out, all it requires is a limitless supply of gall and the inherent belief that people are dumber than a bag of hammers."

--Leonard Pitts Jr., Pulitzer-winning columnist. The Miami Herald, 2008 (Thanks to alert WORDster Jerry Vonderbrink)

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USU Partners in Business announces its 2008-09 seminar series

August 29, 2008 | LOGAN — Utah State University Partners in Business begins its 2008-2009 season Sept. 3-4, with the Operational Excellence seminar, which brings hundreds of professionals from around the Intermountain West.

"For the past 39 years, Partners in Business has presented seminars designed to expand the business knowledge base," said Amy Merritt, the programs assistant director. "The Operational Excellence seminar has been one of the best attended because of its association with the Shingo Prize."

Brandon Ruggles, the student coordinator of the seminar, said he is excited for this year's seminar because of the addition of workshops.

"The workshops should give professionals a hands-on experience to lean principles," Ruggles said.
The lean principles taught at the seminars are what one annual participant called "the best in the country."
Ruggles said one of the great things about the conference is that there is a connection between students and professionals that wouldn't be attained at any other conference or training.

The 2008-2009 Seminar Series includes: Operational Excellence, Sept. 3-4, 2008; Customer Service and Marketing, Oct. 8-9, 2008; Accounting, Oct. 30, 2008; Financial Services and Banking, Jan. 22, 2009; Information Technology, Feb. 25-26, 2009; Human Resources and Ethical Leadership, March 25-26, 2009; and Women in Business, April 15, 2009.

All seminars are held on the USU's Logan campus at the Eccles Conference Center.
For more information on the program, or to register, visit or phone 435-797-2279.


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