Mount Olive College Students to Compete In Ethics Bowl

MOUNT OLIVE – Several University of Mount Olive students will compete February 10-11 in the first ever North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) Ethics Bowl to be held at Meredith College in Raleigh.  The goal of the Bowl is to provide an important opportunity for students and faculty to interact with business and community leaders in a way that exemplifies the values of students attending independent colleges and universities and expose students to the realities of ethical issues in today’s society.

The competition will feature students from 14 independent colleges and universities in North Carolina. The final round of debate and trophy presentation will be held Saturday from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Jones Chapel at Meredith College.

In the Bowl students will address 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.

According to MOC Ethics Bowl Campus Coordinator Sonya O’Brien, the students began preparing for the competition last semester.  “This is an applied ethics bowl, which gives the students an opportunity to take what they learned in the classroom and apply it to real-world cases.  The students have worked diligently on a set of cases for several months in preparation for this competition.”  O’Brien and Dean of the Tillman School of Business Ronald Pressley  have met with the students each week to prepare for the competition.

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


Pictured above are the University of Mount Olive participants:  (L-R)  Back row:  Tegan Skirpstas of Medina, Ohio; Jacob Morton of Beulaville; Martin Brekko of Norway; and Carrie Duprey of Mount Olive.  Front row:  Alishia Woodall of Newton Grove; Barbara Bozeman of Goldsboro, and Kenny Lee of Mount Olive.  Not pictured—Crawford Bolton of Louisburg