Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl competes at Nationals

by Marissa Langston, junior marketing student and marketing intern, Mike Cottrell College of Business

The University of North Georgia’s Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl team competed at a national competition the weekend of February 20-22 at the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE) Annual Conference in Costa Mesa, California. Thirty-two colleges and universities participated in the competition and the University of North Georgia was the only school to represent the state of Georgia.

“It was an honor for our team to be invited to the national competition, said Dr. Donna Mayo, dean of the Mike Cottrell College of Business. “We are so proud of the opportunity to represent the state of Georgia in competition. The experience that these students gain through organizations such as these makes a great impact on their professional development and preparation for life after graduation.”

(left to right) Team members Efron Chavez, Keely Jabloner, and Robert Johnson prepare their response during competition.
(left to right) Team members Efren Chavez, Keely Jabloner, and Robert Johnson prepare their response during competition.

As this was the team’s first time competing at nationals, their performance exceeded satisfaction. They competed three rounds against Fort Lewis College (Colorado), Indiana University, and University of Tampa, and were only a maximum of six points behind competitors in each round. Indiana University moved on to compete in Semi-finals, only beating the UNG team by 4 points. Taylor University and Whitworth University competed against one another in the final round, and Taylor University was the winner of the national ethics bowl. Topics that the UNG Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl team faced included ethical issues regarding WW2 bombing, unpaid internships, ultraintelligent machines, rape, lead in drinking water, and natural gas fracking.

The 2015 UNG National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl team includes students from both Gainesville and Dahlonega campuses: Efren Chavez, Fernando Gonzalez, Keely Jabloner, Mallika Dinesh, Maria Palacios, Michaela Climer, and Robert Johnson.

The 2015 UNG Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl coaches include UNG associate dean of students Katie Simmons and BB&T Center for Ethical Business Leadership director Rose Procter. “The students found great value to critically think through these ethical dilemmas alongside their peers and by adding value around different ethical perspectives,” said Procter. “The students stated they are not challenged in this way in any other avenue at UNG nor have they had the ability to talk openly around these delicate issues and truly learn about different opinions and options for solutions.”

The APPE is currently working on a multi-national campaign for North America, of which the UNG IEB team has been invited to be a part.

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