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The Case of the Un-Civil Coach: Fifth Annual Fleming Ethics Bowl Competition

by Tom McNamara | Mar 21, 2014

2013 DeSales Ethics Bowl
One of the DeSales teams placed 1st in the 2013 Fleming Ethics Bowl. With the team are Dr. Amy Scott, associate professor of business (center) and Dr. Charles Jobs, assistant professor of business (far right)

On Thursday, March 27, DeSales University and The Fleming Institute for Business Ethics will host the 2014 Fleming Institute for Business Ethics Bowl Competition in the DeSales University Center on the school’s Center Valley campus. The competition will begin at 8:00 a.m. and will conclude by announcing the winners at 4:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

In the Ethics Bowl competing teams from local colleges present solutions to a predetermined case study. Previous case studies have included the impact of fracking and the use of social media sites in the workplace.

This year, the case is the fictitious story of a college football coach’s inappropriate behavior toward team members and his impact on current students’ morale and the school’s reputation.  His misconduct created a dilemma for the school’s athletic director whereby he had to determine the proper ethical decisions to resolve the challenging problem.

In addition to DeSales students, other schools competing include Cedar Crest College, Lafayette College, Marywood University, and Penn State University, Lehigh Valley Campus.

The morning session of the competition consists of preliminary rounds for competitors Judges will then consult to determine the finalists. Finalists teams move to the closing round after lunch, and the event closes with the announcement of the winning team by the judges and planning committee.

Judges are local volunteers with a wide range of experience. The 2014 judging committee includes:  Dennis Abruzzi, senior vice president, enterprise solutions, Penske Logistics; Jason Barnes, CPA, senior manager of tax services, ParenteBeard; Andrew Gildner, owner and operator, Keystone Technology, LLC; Shelbi R. Gourniak, senior copywriter and fourth-generation family owner at Rodale Inc.; Richard Jennings, vice president and financial advisor at Fulton Financial Advisors; Emil W. Kantra II, Esq., shareholder and chairman, family law group at Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, P.C.; Paul Leese, marketing and media services director, Keenan-Nagle Advertising Inc.; Pat Lincoln, general manager, Connoisseur Media North; Tom Marnell, senior vice president, human resources at Buzzi Unicem USA Inc.; Christopher Romano, vice president and administrative manager at Merrill Lynch;  Rev. Dr. Sherrie Sneed, chaplain and director of pastoral care, Pocono Medical Center; and Gene Yacapsin, business development manager for Hertz Corporation.

Richard Fleming and his family foundation established The Fleming Institute for Business Ethics in 2009 with a goal to promote a culture of ethical awareness and action in business professions through the collaborative efforts of corporate and educational groups.

The work of the institute is administered by the DeSales University Division of Business, in collaboration with the Salesian Center for Faith & Culture. Ultimately, the goal is to engage and enable students to become ethically and socially responsible business contributors through intellectual and professional development.

For more information, please contact Dr. Charles Jobs, planning committee chair at 610.282-1100, ext. 1217, or by e-mail at

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