SAU Ethics Bowl Team makes strides at competition
The 2013 SAU Ethics Bowl Team, from left, Mike Ianuzzi, Kathryn Farley, Chuck Solan,
Raleigh, N.C. - Six St. Andrews University students traveled to Raleigh Friday to compete in the Second Annual North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) Ethics Bowl held at Campbell University School of Law.
Designed to provide an academic experience that increases student awareness about applying ethics in leadership, decision-making, interpersonal relationships and other issues in today’s society, the theme of this year’s competition was “Ethics in Communications.”
The St. Andrews team consisted of students Park Hoey, Rebekah Webster, Kirsten Farley, Kathryn Farley, Mike Ianuzzi and Chuck Sloan with Assistant Professor of Marketing Doug Glass serving as the advisor.
“We pulled together a team of six very unique individuals and we all worked together amazingly well,” said Kathryn Farley. “Practicing before the competition was an interesting experience. None of us had a clue what we were doing, but Dr. Glass was an amazing help to all of us.”
The St. Andrews team started the competition against Gardner Webb University.
“Our first round was difficult because we were nervous and weren’t quite sure how the procedures went yet,” said Farley. “That round ended up a loss but was an immense learning experience that helped us in the next round against Methodist College.”
That second round competition was important to the team for many reasons. It was a surprise case that neither team had prepared for.
“It ended up being the exact case that Chuck and I had learned about last semester in our Management Communications class with Professor (of Business Corinne) Nicholson,” Farley said. “Our knowledge of the case and having learned from the first round ended up giving us a win for the round.”
That round was the only loss for Methodist University in the competition as they went on to earn first place ahead of Wake Forest University.
“I am really proud of the way our group adapted,” said Glass. “After the first round, we went over our plan and implemented it. Over the next three rounds, they did a great job and have something to be proud of.”
The St. Andrews squad lost to Chowan University before ending the competition with a win against Montreat College.
“None of it would have been possible without the amazing support of Dr. Glass,” Farley said. “His encouragement and support throughout the whole thing was beyond what we expected. We wanted to make him proud of us and I believe our 2-2 record did it. Based on the smiles from everyone as we walked to the van out of the Campbell Law School, I know that we each had an amazing time and a great experience representing our school at the NCICU Ethics Bowl.”
Solan agrees, " My experience in the ethical debate really helped me put a grasp on my own personal ethics. This trip was a great time and I encourage all that can go to do so."
"I loved how St. Andrews went into the Ethics Bowl with the mind set to have fun first off and second do our very best," said Webster. "Because of this we were able to beat the team who won the whole Ethics Bowl. We were the only ones in an incredible debate to come out ahead; because of this in all of our minds we felt like we succeeded as well as improved far beyond any team."
Glass is proud of what the team achieved and also confident in the team’s future.
“This group was really impressive and four of the six plan to return next year,” he said. “They know how to compete and I would not be surprised to see them going 4-0 in the future.”
Webster is among those who plan to return. "I could not be happier with the outcome and look forward to next year's Ethics Bowl. This is one experience I will forever cherish and I am beyond grateful to be a part of in representing St. Andrews."
Other schools participating in the event included Campbell University, High Point University, Johnson C. Smith University, Livingstone College, Mars Hill College, Meredith College, Mount Olive College, Pfeiffer University, Saint Augustine’s University, Salem College, Shaw University, and Wingate University.
“The students did an outstanding job of analyzing challenging situations and proposing ethical solutions,” said NCICU President A. Hope Williams. “They showed great promise in their education and preparation as future leaders.”
Participating Judge Steven Brooks, executive director of the North Carolina State Education Assistant Authority, agreed. "NCICU has had another very successful event and has showcased the colleges for the business and government communities. Kudos to the students and campus coordinators. It was really a great example of intense and spirited competition from well-prepared and courteous participants."
About St. Andrews University
St. Andrews is a student and teaching-focused University which offers a broad range of undergraduate majors in a curriculum that is global in scope and practical in its application. St. Andrews has added a first graduate level program with a Masters in Business Administration. The quality of the St. Andrews educational experience has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and GI Jobs among others. In addition to its academic programs, the University has an acclaimed university press, men’s and women’s athletic teams, a nationally competitive equestrian program, and an award-winning pipe band. St. Andrews is a branch of Webber International University, Florida. Further information may be obtained by visiting the University’s website www.sapc.edu, calling 800-763-0198, or sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.