R-MC to Host Ethics Bowl

The Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (VFIC) and Wells Fargo will sponsor the 15th annual statewide collegiate Ethics Bowl on February 9-10, 2014 on the campus of Randolph-Macon College. Serving as co-chairs for the event are Roger Mudd, author and former journalist for CBS and The History Channel, and Ken Garren, president of Lynchburg College. (Mudd has attended most of the Ethics Bowl events. Most recently, he attended R-MC's 2007 Ethics Bowl, the theme of which was Ethics and Medicine.) The theme of this year's Ethics Bowl is Ethics and Health Care. Student teams from 15 of Virginia's leading independent colleges and universities will participate in the competition and debate a variety of case studies highlighting potential ethical dilemmas in medical situations.

The two-day event is made possible by Wells Fargo. Wells Fargo has been the primary sponsor of the Ethics Bowl since 2002. At Sunday's opening session, Tom Goode, senior vice president of Wells Fargo Private Bank and a VFIC trustee, will speak about the importance of ethics in the modern business world.

About the Ethics Bowl

Teams of three to five students from the 15 VFIC colleges will be paired in head-to-head competition that will be judged by panels of distinguished leaders from across Virginia. Many notables from the business sector, law, education, finance, journalism and other fields will listen to team presentations and offer reactions to students' presentations.

The Ethics Bowl will begin with an opening session on February 9 at 2:30 p.m. in Blackwell Auditorium, R-MC Center for the Performing Arts (205 Henry Street), with the first round of matches scheduled for 3:30 p.m. in Estes Dining Hall and the Brock Commons Student Center (304 Henry Street). On February 10, rounds 3 and 4 will begin at 8:30 a.m. at various locations on campus. The final round of competition will take place at 11:00 a.m. in Blackwell Auditorium, R-MC Center for the Performing Arts. The public is invited to attend these sessions free of charge. The winning team will be announced at 12:15 p.m. on February 10.

For more information about R-MC's Ethics Bowl, contact Professor Ed Showalter at (804) 752-3716, eshowalt@rmc.edu  or Professor David Brat at (804) 752-7353,  dbrat@rmc.edu.