Mars Hill University Students To Participate in Ethics Bowl This Weekend

Mars Hill University students will join their counterparts from 21 other campuses across North Carolina for the 8th annual Ethics Bowl hosted by North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU). The event will be held February 8 and 9 at the North Carolina Legislative complex in Raleigh. The topic this year is “Ethics and the Environment.”

“The Ethics Bowl is both academically challenging and personally rewarding experience for our students,” said NCICU president Hope Williams. “Determining ethical responses to complex situations leads to personal awareness and valuable discussion among team members and participating business and community leaders.”
Each Ethics Bowl team consists of four-to-six students. A campus coordinator works with the students to prepare them for the competition. Mars Hill’s team of five students is coordinated by Elizabeth Pierce, assistant professor of the philosophy of ethics and director of the university’s Center for Ethics.

The competition consists of four rounds over the two-days, plus semi-final and final rounds. In each round, a specially developed case study outlining a complex ethical situation related to the environment will be presented to the teams for debate. The round is awarded to the team that makes the most sound, persuasive presentation. Approximately 60 business, non-profit, and government professionals will serve as judges and moderators.

A banquet for campus participants, judges, moderators and sponsors will be held Friday evening at the North Carolina Museum of History. Jay Barnes, president and CEO of the North Carolina Aquarium Society, as keynote speaker, will share his unique perspective of our aquatic resources and the society’s work as environmental stewards.

Barnes has enjoyed a long career with North Carolina’s aquariums. After graduating from N.C. State University’s College of Design, he began as curator in 1980 and later went on to serve as Director of the Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores for 20 years. After retiring from the state in 2009, he joined the Aquarium Society staff where he led fundraising efforts and membership programs as Director of Development before being named president in November.

The NCICU Ethics Bowl is made possible by sponsorships. Presenting sponsors for the event are Duke Energy and Wells Fargo. They, along with 27 additional sponsors (listed below) make it possible for students to participate at no cost to themselves or their institutions.

“Students consistently cite the NCICU Ethics Bowl as a highlight of their college experience,” Williams said. “We deeply appreciate the corporate and civic leaders who make this event possible through financial contributions and by volunteering their time as judges and moderators.”

Mars Hill students participating are:
Michael Baker of Concord, N.C.
Talie Brower of Troy, N.C.
Jerry Clark of Gastonia, N.C
Nicholas Hoffman of Conover, N.C.
Sarah Lorick of Knoxville, Tenn.