WPU Students Compete in 2019 NCICU Ethics Bowl at NC Legislative Complex

February 4, 2019

For the second year in a row, a select group of students from WPU will embark in a battle of wits as they compete in the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) Ethics Bowl, hosted at the NC Legislative Complex, Friday, February 8, through Saturday, February 9.

The main theme of this year’s Bowl will be “Ethics and the Environment.” Each university team will comprise of four-to-six students who will compete for four rounds over the two-day period. In each round, teams will debate complex and theoretical ethical situations related to the environment. The team that makes the most compelling and persuasive presentations will win the round, and the teams that win each of their four rounds will advance to the semi-final and final rounds.

WPU students will be competing against students from 21 other colleges across North Carolina, marking the second time in University history that WPU has participated in the event.

“I am proud of our team’s ability to seek a consensus based on good reasons and to divide up the presentation tasks equally.”

Dr. Scott McElreath, Program Director of Liberal Studies and Professor of Philosophy

The teams are prepared for the competition and led by a campus coordinator from each respective university. WPU’s team is led by Dr. Scott McElreath, Program Director of Liberal Studies and Professor of Philosophy. The team is comprised of six students ranging from different academic backgrounds, and have been practicing for the event since October. McElreath expects the Bowl to be a meaningful, confidence-building experience for the students. He also believes that participating in it sets students apart from their peers when they seek entrance to graduate schools or when they apply for jobs.

“We have been training for this competition since October,” McElreath said. “Our strategy has been to apply WPU’s ethical decision making model to ten cases which were provided by NCICU. I am proud of our team’s ability to seek a consensus based on good reasons and to divide up the presentation tasks equally.”

“The Ethics Bowl is both academically challenging and personally rewarding experience for our students,” said NCICU president Hope Williams. “Students consistently cite the NCICU Ethics Bowl as a highlight of their college experience. Determining ethical responses to complex situations leads to personal awareness and valuable discussion among team members and participating business and community leaders. ”

Over 100 students from 22 colleges across the state are competing in the event. Approximately 70 business, non-profit and government professionals will serve as judges and moderators.

The competition, which is sponsored by Duke Energy and Wells Fargo, is open to the public. Debates begin at 1:30 p.m. on Friday.

Participating WPU Students
  • Breanna Cary ‘19 (Communication Major)
  • Hannah Ericksen ‘19 (Communication Major)
  • Beatrice Galdamez-Reyes ’19 (Pre-Law/Global Studies Major)
  • Angela Gamble ‘19 (Communication/Pre-Law Major)
  • Mary Kubeny ‘19 (Communication Major)
  • Damani Toudle ‘19 (Business Administration Major)
Debate Times

Friday, February 8

  • Round One: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Round Two: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Round Three: 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 9

  • Round Four: 8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
  • Round Five: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Final Round: 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.