St. Andrews University, a branch of Webber International University, was among 24 North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities that competed in the recent Ethics Bowl

Written by Joe Cicchetto

St. Andrews University, a branch of Webber International University, was among 24 North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities that competed in the recent Ethics Bowl held Feb. 8-9 at the North Carolina Legislative complex in Raleigh. St. Andrews students collectively explored the theme of “Ethics and the Environment.”  Under the guidance of campus coordinators Dr. Tanner Capps and Dr. Tim Verhey, this debate experience came as part of a St. Andrews Demi I course called “Debating Ethical Dilemmas,” an innovative new class that introduces students to ethical concepts and public argument through teamwork and academic collaboration.  Tharyn French, Kerri Paschal, Lydia Randell, Eduardo Andrade, Timothy Aiken and Steffan Johnson represented St. Andrews.

“The Ethics Bowl is both academically challenging and personally rewarding experience for our students,” said NCICU president Hope Williams. “Determining ethical responses to complex situations leads to personal awareness and valuable discussion among team members and participating business and community leaders.”

Each Ethics Bowl team consisted of four-to-six students for the four rounds of competition that last over two days with semi-final and final rounds. Approximately 60 business, non-profit and government professionals served as judges and moderators.

Participating colleges and universities included Barton College, Belmont Abby College, Campbell University, Catawba College, Chowan University, Gardner-Webb University, High Point University, Johnson C. Smith University,Livingstone College, Louisburg College, Mars Hill University, Meredith College, Montreat College, North Carolina Wesleyan College, Queens University of Charlotte, St. Andrews University, Saint Augustine’s University, Salem College, University of Mount Olive, Wake Forest University, William Peace University and Wingate University

Ethics Bowl Sponsors included Ads Infinitum, BB&T, BDO USA LLP, Blackman & Sloop CPA, Catering Works, Cherry Bekaert, Melanie Chrisp-Thorpe, Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Colleen Kinser, CORT, Dominion Energy, Duke Energy, Enterprise Holdings, Fidelity Investments, First American Education Finance, HRP, International Textile Group, Ketchum, McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture, Mount Olive Pickle Co., Piedmont Natural Gas, Steve and Liz Riley, SunTrust Bank, Theo Davis Printing, TIAA, Wells Fargo, Hope Williams, and Womble Bond Dickinson.

St. Andrews University is a branch of Webber International University located in Laurinburg, NC.   The University’s mission is to offer students an array of business, liberal arts and sciences, and pre-professional programs of study that create a life transforming educational opportunity which is practical in its application, global in its scope, and multi-disciplinary in its general education core. Students will acquire depth of knowledge and expertise in their chosen field of study, balanced by breadth of knowledge across various disciplines, while pursuing a degree at associate, bachelor, or master level. Special emphasis is placed on enhancing oral and written communication, and critical thinking skills. The international quality of the student body enriches personal experience and promotes understanding of international cultures and influences. Through an atmosphere in which self-discipline, creativity and cultivation of ethical standards are enhanced, the University is dedicated to teaching its students the “how to learn, how to think, and how to apply method” to each new challenge.—30—