Fleming Institute for Business Ethics to Host Ethics Bowl Competition

by Tom McNamara | Mar 05, 2012

The Fleming Institute for Business Ethics at DeSales University will hold the 2012 Fleming Institute for Business Ethics Bowl Competition, on Thursday, March 29. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the DeSales University Center. The competition will feature students from DeSales University, Moravian and  Muhlenberg colleges, and Penn State University, Lehigh Valley Campus.

In preparation for the Ethics Bowl, students received case studies detailing ethical dilemmas in the workplace in advance and prepared their responses. During the competition on Thursday (3/29/12), the students will deliver presentations to a panel of distinguished judges that will include professionals and corporate executives with a wide and varied range of experience from Lehigh Valley area businesses and organizations.

Ethical issues and implications regarding use of social websites in the workplace is the topic which will be discussed by team competitors this year.  Employers are concerned that employees’ internet use will lead to security breaches, hackers accessing confidential information, technology crashes, and more importantly low productivity.  In contrast to their  concerns, human resource experts view social media use as a way for employees to have downtime and also show their talents.  Using social media in the workplace weighs heavily on employers as they consider how trust and control affect the work atmosphere.

The competition will offer undergraduate preliminary rounds during the morning session. The undergraduate final rounds will follow during the afternoon session followed by closing announcements from the judges and committee.

To date, the panel of judges includes: Andrew Gildner, owner/member of Keystone Technology, LLC, Slatington; Larry Deal, executive director, The Heart Care Group P.C., Macungie; Shelbi  R. Gourniak, family owner, Rodale Inc., Emmaus; Rich Jennings, vice president and financial advisor, Fulton Financial Advisors, Allentown; Audra Kahr, CFO & Treasurer, Cedar Crest College; Emil W. Kantra, II, Esq., shareholder and chairman, Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, P.C.; Pat Lincoln, regional director of sales for Nassau Broadcasting, North Division; Christopher Romano, vice president--administrative manager, Merrill Lynch; Kevin Schmidt, president and CEO, The Neffs National Bank;  Rev. Dr. Sherrie L. Sneed, chaplain director of pastoral care, Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg; and Gene Yacapsin, regional sales manager for Hertz Equipment Corporation.

Established in 2009 through the generosity of Richard Fleming and his family foundation, the mission of the Fleming Institute is 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 related initiatives of the Salesian Center for Faith & Culture at DeSales. 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 Joyce Rhoads, of the DeSales University Division of Business, at 610-282-1100, ext. 1377, or at joyce.rhoads@desales.edu.    

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