The Fleming Institute for Business Ethics to Host 4th Ethics Bowl Competition

by Joyce Rhoads | Jan 31, 2013

DeSales University and The Fleming Institute for Business Ethics will host the 2013 Fleming Institute for Business Ethics Bowl Competition on Thursday, March 21, in the University Center.  The competition will begin at 8:00 a.m. and conclude with the winners’ announcements at 4:30 p.m.

This year marks the fourth competition that students from area institutions have participated in this rewarding business experience.  Students will be featured from DeSales University, Lafayette, Moravian, and Muhlenberg colleges, Penn State University, Lehigh Valley Campus, and several other colleges.

Competitors will hold presentations on the topic of fracking. The presentations will be based on information provided by the Fleming Ethics Bowl Committee referencing what we believe is a well-balanced assessment of the fracking dilemma in the United States. The questions posed will represent the issues that executives from an ethical gas exploration company should consider. Each team presentation will include their view on the ethical obligations, risks, and responsibilities gas explorations companies assume related to fracking projects by answering a series of open questions designed to facilitate equitable judging of each teams response.

Generally, the morning session of the competition offers preliminary rounds for undergraduate competitors. After the judges’ consultation meetings and luncheon break, the finalist rounds follow and the event closes with the committee’s announcement.

The 2013 judges committee will include:  Larry Deal, executive director, The Heart Care Group P.C.; John Falk, deputy controller, County of Lehigh; Andrew Gildner, owner and member, Keystone Technology, LL.C.; Shelbi R. Gourniak, assistant product marketing manager, Rodale Inc.; Dr. Ramona Hollie-Major, director of operations, National Institute for School Leadership; Richard Jennings, vice president and financial advisor, Fulton Financial Advisors; Audra J. Kahr, chief financial officer and treasurer, Cedar Crest College; Emil W. Kantra, II, Esq., shareholder and chairman, family law group, Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, P.C.; Pat Lincoln, director of sales, Nassau Broadcasting; Dennis Morton, partner and financial consultant, Concannon Wealth Management; Christopher Romano, vice president administrative manager, Merrill Lynch; Rev. Dr. Sherrie Sneed, chaplain and director of pastoral care, Pocono Medical Center; and Gene Yacapsin, senior sales manager, Hertz Equipment Corporation.

Richard Fleming and his family foundation generously established The Fleming Institute in 2009 with a mission 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 Dr. Charles Jobs, planning committee chair at (610) 282-1100, ext. 1217 or by email at

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