WBU team heading to Ethics Match in Fort Worth
PLAINVIEW – A team of four Wayland Baptist University students will travel to Fort Worth this week to participate in the Fourth Annual Ethics Match competition on Nov. 1-2.
Sponsored by the Students in Free Enterprise team at WBU, the ethics team will compete against 19 other Texas schools that are members of the Texas Independent College Foundation. The event will be held at the Renaissance Worthington Hotel and the City Club of Fort Worth.
The competition consists of the team debating head-to-head with another school’s team on case study questions involving current ethical issues in business. A panel of judges comprised of Texas business leaders and professionals evaluate the arguments and determine which teams advance. Matches run concurrently on Nov. 2, culminating in an awards presentation banquet.
The Wayland team includes Caylee Brewer of Fort Sumner, N.M., Randy Blodgett of Perryton, Jason Bohnstengel of Plainview, and Roberto Nass from Chile. Dr. Charles Starnes and Dr. Kelly Warren, both assistant professors of management at Wayland, serve as team sponsors.
“The purpose of Ethics Match 2007 is to enrich educational opportunities for students by providing a forum for discussions of applied ethics,” said Starnes. “The event raises awareness of the value of independent higher education, and of the thoughtful discussion and reasoned argument that are the cornerstones of a liberal arts education.”
To kick off the event, James Avery will be the keynote speaker at the Consilium Virtusque (Reason with Honor) dinner on Thursday evening. Since setting up shop in 1954 in a two-car garage with about $250 in capital, Avery has created James Avery Craftsman, Inc., a successful enterprise that includes independent retailers and stores in Colorado, Georgia, Oklahoma, and Texas. Avery is still pivotal in the design process and takes an active role in creating many of the new and unique jewelry lines still ensuring they follow his four core principles: simplicity, integrity, meaning, and universality.
The Texas Independent College Foundation, is a nonprofit educational organization that is open to all nonprofit, independent two- and four-year institutions in Texas that are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. They serve as a clearinghouse for scholarships and program support provided by corporations and philanthropists who believe in independent higher education.