Wayland students to compete in Ethics Match 2005 

Wayland Baptist University is among 18 Texas college teams competing in Ethics Match 2005, a day of student debates on controversial business ethics issues, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Oct. 28 at the Renaissance Worthington Hotel in Fort Worth. The Texas Independent College Fund (TICF) will host the competition.

Ethics Match 2005 is an opportunity for students to display their reasoning skills while debating current issues in business ethics. The debaters will focus on 12 case studies about ethics in business with eight to be provided to the students beforehand. Topics will include drug marketing, insider trading, truth in advertising, accepting gifts, competitive bids, employee theft, HR practices and sales practices.

“We derived the theme of the debates, Consilium Virtusque (Reason with Honor), from the guiding philosophy that thoughtful discussion and reasoned argument are the cornerstones of a liberal arts education,” said James R. Dublin, volunteer chairman of the TICF board, who is chairman and CEO of Dublin & Associates, Inc., a San Antonio-based public relations firm.

Wayland will send a team of four students: Alpha Jennings, Vanessa Garcia, Roberto Nass and Rohan Thompson. Dr. Kelly Warren and Dr. Charles Starnes will sponsor the team.

“Our students will be exposed to no only the approaches of other teams, but they will benefit from the feedback they receive from the judges who have confronted these real problems,” Starnes said.

The teams will compete in four rounds of hour-long debates. The team matches will run concurrently throughout the day beginning at 9 a.m.; then the top two teams will go to the fifth and final round from 3:45 - 4:45 p.m. Three judges will evaluate the arguments and score each match. The two highest scoring teams will advance to the final round. The 27 judges and moderators are business, civic and education leaders from Fort Worth, Arlington, Lewisville, Plano, Austin, Houston, and San Antonio.           

The judges will award the match trophy to the team that wins the final match; those team members will also receive individual medals. Plaques will be awarded for second, third and fourth place, and four cash prizes will be given to the winning colleges to continue student/business leader ethics discussions on college campuses.

Other schools participating in Ethics Match 2005 are: Concordia University, Austin; East Texas Baptist University, Marshall; Houston Baptist University; Howard Payne University, Brownwood; LeTourneau University, Longview; Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio; Schreiner University, Kerrville; Southwestern Adventist University, Keene; Southwestern Assemblies of God University, Waxahachie; Southwestern University, Georgetown; St. Edward’s University, Austin; Texas Lutheran University, Seguin; Texas Wesleyan University, Fort Worth; University of Dallas, Irving; University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Belton; and University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio.