The University of Central Oklahoma’s College of Business Ethics Challenge Team recently took first place at the Texas Regional Ethics Challenge, qualifying for the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl, which will take place Feb. 26, 2017 in Dallas, Texas.
The Texas Regional Ethics Challenge, sponsored by the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, consists of teams arguing and defending their moral assessment of some of today’s most pressing ethical issues. Each team is expected to demonstrate their ability to comprehend the facts of the case, convey the ethical principles involved and provide an effective argument for a solution to the case.
Katherene Terrell, Ed.D., along with Mary Sheets, Ph.D., professors of accounting at UCO, serve as team coaches.
“The team worked for two months researching and analyzing nine difficult cases that were ripped from the headlines,” Terrell said.
“They put their hearts and intelligence into this endeavor to seek out facts to form appropriate ethical solutions to complex problems. Dr. Sheets and I are very proud of the performance in the Texas Regional Ethics Bowl.”
Team members include Zachary Sumner, a senior accounting and finance major from Edmond, Oklahoma; Brianna Mainord, a junior accounting major from Purcell, Oklahoma; Morgan Miller, a senior economics major from Oklahoma City; and Nerza Zambrano, a senior accounting and finance major from Edmond, Oklahoma.
“Each and every member contributed to the fantastic results, both before and during the competition,” Sumner said.
“The other universities were thoughtful, articulate and gracious, but in the end, our hard work paid off. I cannot explain how proud I am of the team for our efforts.”