WBU Ethics Team places third in match

FORT WORTH – By the narrowest of margins, Wayland Baptist University’s team walked away with a third place trophy from Ethics Match 2005, held recently in Fort Worth.

The team, composed of WBU students Alpha Jennings, Vanessa Garcia, Roberto Nass and Rohan Thompson, was only one point shy of tying the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, who placed second overall. St. Edward’s University in Austin won the competition.

According to sponsor Dr. Charles Starnes, assistant professor of management, the team participated in four rounds of competition, with each round pitting two schools in a debate-type format. Two cases are presented in each round, with one school tackling the issue and one school critiquing their effort, then the two trading places. Scores are given for each team and all four rounds totaled to determine the overall winner.

Ironically, the Wayland team went head-to-head with UMHB in one round, tying with their scores. But in the end, the UMHB team had a one-point lead to take second place.

Starnes said the rounds featured cases that studied various ethical issues. Specifically, Wayland’s team dealt with shoplifters, handling insurance claims via company expense accounts, government contracting issues, university benefactor issues, advertising endorsement dilemmas, customer and employee integrity, employee dismissal dilemmas, and automobile dealer integrity. He was proud of the team’s work.

“Throughout the day, our team members developed their skills tremendously through their own efforts and working together,” Starnes said. “I was impressed with their eloquence, their insight and their application of ethical standards and integrity as they analyzed these complex cases. All four team members contributed positively in the rounds of competition.”

Wayland also competed against Texas Lutheran University, East Texas Baptist University and Schreiner University. Dr. Kelly Warren, assistant professor of management, also serves as sponsor for the team.

Judges for the event included Stan McCarthy, CEO of Acme Brick; Chuck Nixon, architect; Tim Brewster, senior pastor, First United Methodist Church in Fort Worth; Jim Dublin, past chairman of the board of Texas Independent College Fund; and Bill Arnold, headmaster at Fort Worth Country Day School and a major in the US Marine Corps Reserves who recently returned from Iraq.

The event is organized by Texas Independent College Fund. A total of 18 teams competed in the match.