The Fleming Institute for Business Ethics to Host Fourth Ethics Bowl; Topic: Fracking

by Tom McNamara | Mar 07, 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 will conclude by announcing the winners at 4:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

This year is the fourth competition for students from area institutions, including, DeSales University, Lafayette, Cedar Crest, Moravian, and Muhlenberg colleges, and Penn State University, Lehigh Valley Campus.

This year’s topic is fracking. Each group of competitors will present and judges will pose open-ended questions that represent the challenges executives from gas exploration companies face in dealings with those impacted by fracking. Each team presentation should minimally address the ethical obligations, risks, and responsibilities gas explorations companies assume in fracking projects.

Generally, the morning session of the competition offers preliminary rounds for undergraduate competitors.  After the judges’ consultation meetings and lunch break, the finalists present and the event closes with the committee’s decision.

The 2013 judging committee includes:  Dennis Abruzzi, senior vice president, Enterprise Solutions at Penske Logistics; Joseph Cammarano, manager, natural gas trading, PPL EnergyPlus LLC; Larry Deal, executive director of The Heart Care Group P.C.; John Falk, deputy controller for Lehigh County; Andrew Gildner, owner and member of Keystone Technology, LL.C.; Robert F. Goehler, P.E., vice president emeritus, global operations at Southco, Inc.; Shelbi R. Gourniak, assistant product marketing manager at Rodale Inc.; Dr. Ramona Hollie-Major, director of operations at the National Institute for School Leadership; 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.; Pat Lincoln, director of sales at Nassau Broadcasting; Thomas Marnell, senior vice president, human resources, Buzzi Unicem USA Inc.; Dennis Morton, partner and financial consultant at Concannon Wealth Management; Rev. Dr. Sherrie Sneed, chaplain and director of pastoral care, for Pocono Medical Center; and Gene Yacapsin, senior sales manager at Hertz Equipment 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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