College Students Tackle Ethics and the Future of Community

College Students Tackle Ethics and the Future of Community

RALEIGH, NC – In today’s society, ‘community’ means different things to different people.  Hometowns, college campuses, churches and social media are a few of the communities with which we identify. The more than 120 college students participating in NCICU’s annual Ethics Bowl, found the topic of “Ethics and the Future of Community” challenging and thought-provoking. Twenty-four of North Carolina’s independent colleges and universities sent teams to the event which was held February 16 and 17 at the State Legislative Complex in Raleigh.

“The Ethics Bowl has a positive and significant impact on the individual student participants,” said NCICU President Hope Williams. “It is a challenging competition and a rewarding experience that many students have indicated is a highlight of their college careers.”

Participants from the University of Mount Olive were:

Rosa Castaneda                    Jr             Business Management

Yuli Contreras                       Jr             Business Management

Jeremy Faison                       Jr             Business Management

Adam Keith                            So           Agriculture Education

Jessica Sookram                   Sr            Math


University Professor Dr. Joey Long, said, “The NCICU Ethics Bowl is a competition that challenges students to demonstrate skills that professionals want from college graduates – teamwork, decision-making under pressure, clarity and consistency of communication, and having a professional demeanor. Our UMO team performed at a high level and showed they can compete with any school in North Carolina. I wish all of our students could experience this intense, but rewarding and resume-building competition. I am very proud of the ones competing this year.”

The Ethics Bowl is made possible because of the support of 29 sponsors, led by Duke Energy and Wells Fargo, and the participation of more than 70 volunteer judges and moderators who are leaders in business, government and non-profit organizations.

The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Research Triangle Park, Washington, Jacksonville, and in Smithfield at Johnston Community College.  For more information, visit


Front Row (L to R):  Yuli Contreras – human resource management major, Rosa Castaneda – accounting major, and Jessica Sookram – mathematics major.  Back Row (L to R): Professor Joey Long – Tillman School of Business, Adam Keith – agriculture education maor, Jeremy Faison – accounting major, and Professor David Hill – Tillman School of Business