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JCSU students Compete in Statewide Ethics Bowl

March 4, 2014- Raleigh, N.C.  – Four students from Johnson C. Smith University competed in the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) 3rd Annual Ethics Bowl at the Campbell University School of Law in Raleigh, N.C. February 7 -8. 

The competition, “Ethics in Health Care,” featured students from 20 independent colleges and universities around the state. 

“Students consistently cite the NCICU Ethics Bowl as a highlight of their college career,” stated NCICU President Dr. A. Hope Williams. “We deeply appreciate the corporate and civic leaders who made this event possible through financial contributions and by volunteering their time as judges and moderators.”

The NCICU Ethics Bowl is designed to provide an academic experience that increases awareness and discourse among students from NCICU colleges and universities and area business and community leaders about applying ethics in leadership, decision-making, interpersonal relationships and other issues in today’s society. NCICU chose the theme “Ethics in Health Care” to help encourage a sense of social responsibility and accountability among students at independent colleges and universities. 

Representing JCSU were students Lerato Motaung, Briana Robinson, Laylaa Randera and Selene Medina.

Medina, a sophomore political science major, called the experience wonderful and rigorous. “The course we took in preparation for the competition was the most rigorous one I've had to date because it constantly challenged me in multiple academic areas. I learned many things during the course in preparation; my analytic skills increased greatly as well as my ability to conduct effective research on a topic and how to properly translate an argument into paper. Lastly, the competition allowed me to create great ties with my teammates and gain knowledge from them.”

Randera, a junior communications major, participated in the NCICU Ethics Bowl for the second year. “Being able to compete against other private colleges has opened up the door to a larger academic arena,’’ she said. “It challenged me to apply the subject matter I have learned in my philosophy minor, and work with my peers in a competitive, analytical environment. The competition encouraged me to develop skills in applying ethics in leadership, decision-making, interpersonal relationships and other issues in today’s society.” 

Tonya Williams, assistant professor of political science at JCSU, served as campus coordinator for the university’s second year participating in the competition. “The team was better prepared and more confident than last year, she noted. “While we ultimately did not make it to the final round, several team coordinators and judges commented on our students' acumen for applied ethics and competitiveness. We are obviously disappointed but intellectually invigorated by the experience.”   

The competition included teams of students from Campbell University, Chowan University, Gardner-Webb University, High Point University, Johnson C. Smith University,  Livingstone College, Louisburg College, Mars Hill University, Meredith College, Methodist University, Montreat College, N.C. Wesleyan College, Pfeiffer University, St. Andrews University, Saint Augustine’s University, Salem College, Shaw University, University of Mount Olive, Wake Forest University and Wingate University. 

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