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Johnson C. Smith University Students Compete in Ethics Bowl

Raleigh, N.C. (March 4, 2013) – Five students from Johnson C. Smith University participated in the Second Annual Ethics Bowl Competition hosted by the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) on Feb. 8 and 9. Briana Robinson, Laylaa Randera, Tania Vazquez, Yerisson Cardenas and Lerato Motaung competed at Campbell University School of Law along with students from 18 independent colleges and universities in North Carolina.

The competition was created in 1993 and has a similar format as a college bowl or quiz bowl competition. A moderator asks two teams questions that pose an ethical problem and the responses are scored by judges. This year’s theme focused on ethics in communications.

Methodist University won first place at the event and Wake Forest University took home the second place trophy. The JCSU team, comprised of students majoring in biology, political science, interdisciplinary studies and information systems engineering, won three out of the four rounds. 

The competition also featured students from Campbell University, Chowan University, Gardner-Webb University, Livingstone College, Mars Hill College, Meredith College, Montreat College, Mount Olive College, Pfeiffer University, St. Andrews University, Saint Augustine’s University, Salem College, Shaw University, Wake Forest University and Wingate University.

The NCICU Ethics Bowl was designed to provide an academic experience that increased student awareness about applying ethics in leadership, decision-making, interpersonal relationships and other issues in today’s society. The purpose of the competition was to emphasize the importance of being able to apply ethical standards to situations students inevitably will face in their upcoming professional careers.

Johnson C. Smith University Campus Coordinator for the Ethics Bowl, Dr. LaTonya Williams, assistant professor of political science, said “our team did a remarkable job at the Ethics Bowl. They demonstrated their aptitude at analyzing complex, everyday ethical dilemmas, devising creative and thoughtful responses while working together as a team. I was fortunate and honored to work with such dedicated, ambitious and intelligent cadre of students over the last six months and look forward to next year’s competition.”

The presenting sponsors of this event were BB&T, Duke Energy, UPS, and Wells Fargo. Other sponsors included AT&T, Burlington Industries /International Textile Group, Inc., Dominion N.C. Power, First Citizens Bank, Fidelity Investments, Martin Marietta Materials, Ads Infinitum, BCWH Architects, Piedmont Natural Gas and Theo Davis Printing.

NCICU is comprised of North Carolina's 36 private, non-profit liberal arts, comprehensive and research colleges and universities accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. 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. For more information, visit

About Johnson C. Smith University
Founded in 1867, Johnson C. Smith University is an independent, close-knit urban university located in Charlotte, N.C. It has a growing national reputation for integrating the liberal arts with business, the sciences and technology in ways that empower tomorrow’s diverse entrepreneurial citizens and leaders. Offering 23 fields of study to more than 1,600 students from a variety of ethnic, socioeconomic and geographic backgrounds, the university’s excellent academic programs focus on servant leadership, civic engagement and global responsibility. For more information about JCSU, visit or follow the university on social media sites Facebook (www.facebook/smithites) and Twitter (@JCSUniversity).         

Jennifer Gaskins
Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing


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