Thanks to a strong performance at the recent APPE 2015 Texas Regional Ethics Bowl, the Cameron University Ethics Bowl team has received its first-ever bid to the National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl championship. Last weekend, the team competed against 20 teams from universities across Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana and emerged as one of only four teams to receive a bid to the national competition. The Aggies will head to Reston, Va., in February as one of only 36 teams selected to appear in the National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl.
“This was just the fourth time Cameron has competed in the regional ethics bowl,” says Dr. John K. Masters, Associate Professor of Management and Virginia Brewczynski Endowed Chair in Business Leadership. “We faced formidable competition from schools including OSU, OU, OCU and Texas State. Receiving a bid to the National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl is an indicator that Cameron’s competitors are well-prepared for the prestigious competition in February.”
Cameron’s Ethics Bowl team is made up of Sarnai (Rose) Bataa, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; Sarah Downen, Raquel Flores, Michelle Polynice, Noah Polynice, Lawton; Adeline Larsen, Wahiawa, Hawaii; Stella Osunkwo, Ikeja, Lagos,Nigeria; Dani Schoonover, Grandfield; and Sonam Tamang, Kathmandu, Nepal. During the regional competition, they debated a wide range of ethical issues such as whether vaccinations should be mandatory, whether museums should preserve historical artifacts by buying them from terrorist groups, and whether a baker should be forced to sell a wedding cake to a gay couple.
Travel to the San Antonio competition was funded by the Virginia Brewczynski Endowed Chair in Business Leadership, an endowed faculty position that was established by the Lawton Retail Merchants Association in 1994.
“This highly valued endowment enables us to teach, train and develop business leaders in perpetuity,” says Masters. “Our success at the regional Ethics Bowl is a testament to the impact an endowed faculty position can have two decades after it was established.”
The Ethics Bowl is a nation-wide competition created by the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics to highlight important leadership qualities such as students’ abilities to think critically and ethically and to communicate persuasively.
Cameron’s Ethics Bowl team is mentored by the Cameron University School of Business, which is accredited by ACBSP, the specialized accreditation association for business education which embraces teaching excellence.
November 20, 2015