Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Team moves on to Nationals

Students prepare for their semifinal round against Duke University.
Students prepare for their semifinal round against Duke University.

The University of North Georgia’s (UNG) Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl team, sponsored by the Mike Cottrell College of Business and its BB&T Center for Ethical Business Leadership, was named a semifinalist at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Ethics Bowl this past Saturday at Clemson University.

The Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl is a team competition for undergraduate students providing a valuable experience in the areas of practical and professional ethics. University teams from the United States and Canada compete in 10 Regional Ethics Bowl competitions each fall. During the competition, teams argue and defend their moral assessment of ethical issues facing society today. Thirty-two teams then are invited from Regional Ethics Bowls to compete at a final competition during the spring.

“Our teams did an incredible job at this year’s competition,” said Rose Procter, director of the BB&T Center for Ethical Business Leadership and co-coach of the UNG Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Team. “Our teams prepared for weeks, reviewing the various cases that could be presented; determining and defending their ethical assessment of each case.”

UNG sponsored two teams who competed against 14 other regional universities including Clemson University, Dartmouth University, 2014 national winner University of Maryland, and University of North Carolina – Charlotte. UNG’s semifinalist team faced Duke University, the eventual regional winner, twice during competition finishing one round in a tie and losing the semi-final round by only 4 points. In the Mid-Atlantic region where UNG competed, 4 teams including the University of North Georgia will move on to compete at nationals.

“The Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl is an amazing program that fosters critical thinking and development in young collegiate professionals,” said junior business major Michaela Climer. “These sort of skills are too often lost in translation and are crucial to success in today’s business environment.”

The UNG Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl team will travel to the national competition on February 22, 2015 in Costa Mesa, California as a part of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics 2015 24th Annual Meeting.

Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl team members moving on to the national competition include Michaela Climer, Efren Chavez, Fernando Gonzalez, Keely Jabloner and Robert Johnson. Other team members include Mallika Dinesh, Ryan Molina, Maria Palacios, Connie Rodriguez, and Chase Yarbrough. The team was coached by Tom Preston, professor of communication, Rose Procter and Katie Simmons, associate dean of students for the Mike Cottrell College of Business.

“We are very proud of each student who competed in the regional competition,” said Donna Mayo, dean of the Mike Cottrell College of Business. “The preparation for this competition requires students to research, deliberate and effectively communicate their thoughts on current ethical issues. Participating in the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl builds character and professional skills which make our graduates stronger and more prepared for their future careers.”

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