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St. Andrews team to participate in NCICU Ethics Bowl

St. Andrews University will send a team to compete in the inaugural North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) Ethics Bowl at Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C., this weekend.

The focus will be “Ethics in the Workplace,” selected to help encourage a sense of social responsibility and accountability among students at independent colleges and universities.

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

Park Hoey, Brian Shanks, Bobby Vermillion and Ramsey Vogt will represent St. Andrews under the guidance of Dr. Doug Glass and Francis Boyle.

“We started an ethics bowl club two or three years ago where I provided independent judging to help the students prepare,” Glass said. “We went to an independent ethics debate a year ago and finished fifth in the competition. This past fall, Francis taught a communications debate course for us so we were able to pull from that class to create this team.”

That class was a springboard for both Vogt and Hoey to join the group.

“I was in the debate class and thought it would be fun to try the team,” said Vogt, a 2013 psychology major. “I’m just excited to see the competition and how it works.”

Hoey, a communications major with a focus in visual and performing arts, is also excited about the competition.

“Our goals for this competition are simply to perform to the best of our abilities and hopefully do well,” she said. “Regardless, it will be a good experience and will give us a good idea of how to prepare for next year.”

St. Andrews will compete against teams from Campbell University, Gardner-Webb University, High Point University, Livingstone College, Mars Hill College, Meredith College, Methodist University, Montreat College, Mount Olive College, Salem College, Shaw University, Wake Forest University, and Wingate University. Each round will begin with a hypothetical ethical case. The teams will be asked to prepare a five-minute response to the case and present their argument. Opposing teams will be given an opportunity to question the validity of each response. The round will end with a concluding statement given by each team.

“We are going through each case study thoroughly, creating arguments and counter arguments so that we can be prepared to debate the topics from every angle and know the weaknesses in certain points,” Hoey said.

The debates will be scored by a panel of trained judges that include business and community leaders from across the state. The teams will be evaluated on the quality of their argument, research, presentation style and moral theory. Each round will be facilitated by trained moderators who also are business and community leaders in North Carolina.

“This is a good opportunity for our students,” Glass said. “We would like to place and we have a desire to win. We have a good team of good critical thinkers with strong analytical skills.”

The NCICU Ethics Bowl is designed to provide an academic experience that increases student awareness about applying ethics in leadership, decision-making, interpersonal relations and other issues in today’s society.

NCICU represents independent higher education in the areas of state and federal public policy and on education issues with the other sectors of education in the state. It also provides research and information to and about private colleges and universities, conducts staff development opportunities and coordinates collaborative programs.

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. 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 info@sapc.edu.


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