Meredith College to Host NCICU Ethics Bowl

Meredith College will host the first Ethics Bowl sponsored by the North Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities (NCICU), February 10-11, 2012. The College will also field a team in this inaugural competition, which is meant to showcase ethics as a hallmark of the student experience at Meredith and other independent colleges and universities.

Meredith team members are Elizabeth Bodine, ’13, Mary Rawls,’13, Erica Rogers, ’13, Menjie Zhang, ’12, Mollie Schrull, ’14 and Saba Sodhi, ’15.

Assistant Professor of Religious and Ethical Studies Steven Benko and Associate Professor of Business Jane Barnes are serving as faculty coaches. Director of Student Leadership and Service Cheryl Jenkins is serving as the campus coordinator of this event.

The Meredith team is one of 14 teams from colleges and universities across North Carolina that will compete in the Ethics Bowl. Other teams participating are Campbell University, Gardner-Webb University, High Point University, Livingstone College, Mars Hill College, Methodist University, Montreat College, Mount Olive College, St. Andrews University, Salem College, Shaw University, Wake Forest University and Wingate University.

The competition includes five rounds of debates. To prepare, teams were given 10 case studies that focus on this year’s “Ethics in the Workplace” theme. Judges will score the teams using the following criteria: clarity and intelligibility, identification and discussion of central ethical dimensions, deliberative thoughtfulness and avoidance of ethical irrelevance.

NCICU sponsored the event to provide an academic experience that increases awareness and discourse among students from NCICU colleges and universities about applying ethics in leadership, decision-making, interpersonal relations and other issues.

The opening session for the Ethics Bowl will be held on Friday, Feb. 10 at 2:45 p.m. in Cate Student Center, followed by rounds one and two. Rounds three and four will be held on Saturday, Feb. 11 with concluding with the final round and trophy presentation in Jones Chapel at 11:30 a.m.

"The NCICU Ethics Bowl will provide students the opportunity to use their critical thinking skills to make ethical decisions about work place issues," said NCICU President Hope Williams. "NCICU is dedicated to developing enrichment opportunities like the Ethics Bowl to help students put their academic knowledge into practice."

Event sponsors are Duke Energy, Wells Fargo, sponsors of this event include The Council of Independent Colleges/ The Foundation for Independent Higher Education, AT&T Foundation, Dominion Foundation, RBC Bank, UPS Foundation, Burlington Industries Foundation, Affinity LLC, BCWH Architecture, Fidelity Investments, Martin Marietta Materials and Piedmont Natural Gas.

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