Mike Cottrell College of Business Participates in Regional Ethics Bowl

3 students from the Mike Cottrell College of Business participated in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Ethics Bowl sponsored by the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE) at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina.  This event was a qualifying event for the National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl to be held in February in Jacksonville, Florida.  The team was sponsored by the BB&T Center for Ethical Business Leadership in the Mike Cottrell College of Business.

UNG students preparing during their first round against UNC - Charlotte
UNG students preparing during their first round against UNC – Charlotte

Students are initially provided 15 cases to prepare for and on site, a case is chosen prior to each round.  Students have 1 minute to prepare.  Students are given a question regarding the case and have up to 10 minutes to answer the question which includes taking a stance and backing their response based on ethical frameworks and a conclusion.  Then, the opposing team has 5 minutes to agree, challenge, or question the original team’s response.  Following the opposition’s response, the original team has up to 1 minute to answer questions and provide any concluding thoughts.  Then, the students a second round begins starting with the opposing team.

UNG students were in rounds against University of North Carolina – Charlotte, Georgia Regents University and the University of Maryland.  Other universities competing included Campbell University, Clemson University, Duke University, Georgetown University, Lynchburg College, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, University of Maryland Baltimore County and University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.

Duke University won 1st place at the event and the University of Maryland placed 2nd.  Our Mike Cottrell College of Business team scored 43 – 47 against the University of Maryland team in our first ever participation in this event.

UNG students, faculty and staff following the Mid-Atlantic Regional Ethics Bowl.
UNG students, faculty and staff following the Mid-Atlantic Regional Ethics Bowl.

“We were informed of an opening in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Ethics Bowl competition just two weeks prior to the November 9 Regional Competition,” said Rose Procter, director of the BB&T Center for Ethical Business Leadership. “By working with faculty and students on the Gainesville campus, we were able to put together a team and compete.  These students did an outstanding job seeing that they had less than a week to prepare.  We envision big things for our participation in this event in 2014.”

UNG students who participated include Mr. Efron Chavez, Mr. Corey Coffey, and Ms. Consepcion Rodriguez.  UNG faculty and staff attending included Mrs. Suzanne Anthony, Dr. Tom Preston, Mrs. Rose Procter, and Mrs. Katie Simmons.

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