MOC Students Compete In Ethics Bowl

Seven of the top students in the Robert L. Tillman School of Business (TSB) competed in the first ever North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) Ethics Bowl at Meredith College on February 10-11. TSB Dean Ronald Pressley and Sonya O’Brien, TSB academic advising administrator, accompanied the students.  The MOC students participating in the Bowl were Jacob Morton, Barbara Bozeman, Kenny Lee, Alishia Woodall, Carrie Duprey, Martin Brekko, and Tegan Skirpstas.

The competition featured students from 14 independent colleges and universities in North Carolina and addressed ethical issues in the workplace. The participating students from University of Mount Olive were selected from a special topics course, HRM 485: Special Topics in Human Resources- Business Ethics taught by Dean Pressley.  The students began preparing for the competition last semester. This applied ethics bowl gave the students an opportunity to take what they learned in the classroom and apply it to real-world cases. The students worked diligently on a set of cases for several months in preparation for this competition.  O’Brien and Pressley met with the students each week to prepare for the competition.

The students were successful in their rounds, losing to High Point University in the fourth round.  High Point then faced Wake Forest University in the final round.  Wake Forest was the overall winner of the Bowl.

Pictured are the University of Mount Olive participants:  (L-R)  Back row:  Jacob Morton of Beulaville, Kenny Lee of Mount Olive, Barbara Bozeman of Goldsboro and Dean Ronald Pressley.  Front Row:  President of University of Mount Olive Philip P. Kerstetter, Carrie Duprey of Mount Olive, Alishia Woodall of Newton Grove, Martin Brekko of Norway and TSB Academic Advising Administrator Sonya O’Brien.