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UTSA Ethics Bowl engages students in debate

By Bronwyn Wingo
Special Projects Writer, UTSA '05

(July 6, 2005)--UTSA recently hosted a preview of the Ethics Bowl, which will become an annual event in December. The Ethics Bowl engages two two-student teams in a debate on ethical dilemmas. The teams use research and discussion to propose a resolution to an ethical problem.

Teams are judged on their performance in presenting, in round one, an ethics case study prepared before the event and, in round two, analyzing a second ethical dilemma within 20 minutes.

The winning team in the April preview, students Anna Flores and Justin Shenk, were coached by Kim Ellicks-Center, assistant director of housing and residential life. They competed with students Jennifer Emelogu, Lyndsey Greer and alternate Erin McMillan, who were coached by Jeff Konya, associate athletics director for compliance and student services.

The moderator was Rick Nixon, assistant athletics director for media relations. Judges included Sandra Welch, vice provost for academic compliance and institutional research; Sam Gonzales, interim assistant vice president for student affairs; Pat Berlet, director of student health services; Doug Sonego, university police captain and Grant Merrill, assistant professor of chemistry.

"I'd love to see teams from each of the schools and various student organizations compete in December. Everyone has to deal with ethical dilemmas, and it's important that students in all areas have experience in analyzing situations like these," said Anne Jimenez, UTSA director of student judicial affairs. She and Anita Leffel, management lecturer, organized the April preview event.

The debate sponsors are the UTSA College of Liberal and Fine Arts, Learning Communities, Housing Services, Student Activities, Athletics, Student Services, Tomas Rivera Center, Student Judicial Affairs and Student Life.

The new event is the fall component of the popular Gray Matters Debate, an annual community event sponsored by the UTSA Honors Alliance in which UTSA and other area students compete for prizes and the title, Master of the Minds.

For more information on participation and planning for Fall 2005 Ethics Bowl, contact Anne Jimenez at (210) 458-4720.

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