COLLEGE STUDENTS TACKLE ETHICS IN LAW
Arguing the ethics of complex legal issues is challenging for the most seasoned legal minds, but for the college students participating in NCICU's annual Ethics Bowl, it was an exercise founded in research and executed with poise and confidence. Twenty-two of North Carolina's independent colleges and universities sent teams to the event which was held February 17 and 18 at the State Legislative Complex in Raleigh.
"The topics this year, developed by Dr. Jesse McCartney, retired Provost of Catawba College, were timely and complex," said NCICU President Hope Williams. "We knew the students would be interested in issues that have been front and center in the news over the past year and we did not disappoint them."
Each team participated in four rounds after which the four teams with the most “wins” - Meredith College, Chowan University, Salem College and Montreat College - met in two semifinal rounds. The semifinal round topic focused on how the law deals with bullies, asking the question, 'Should there be a law to regulate cyber-bullying?’.
Advancing to the final round were Meredith and Salem colleges. This was the first time that two women's colleges had faced each other in the finals. The topic for the final round was about corporate ethics and international conflicts. The teams were asked "Do U.S. companies have an ethical obligation to withdraw their operations from countries that repress their citizens’ human rights?" In the end, Salem College won the competition.
At a banquet honoring the participants, Justice Sam J. (Jimmy) Ervin, IV, of the Supreme Court of North Carolina, discussed the legal system and stated that “…good lawyers and judges spend considerable amounts of time reflecting upon their ethical obligations.” In commenting upon ethics as a discipline and a way of life, Ervin reminded the 250 persons in attendance that ethics “involves the resolution of competing values and principles and a detailed analysis of the relevant factual and legal background.”
The Ethics Bowl is made possible because of the support of 34 sponsors, led by Duke Energy and Wells Fargo, and the participation of more than 70 volunteer judges and moderators who are leaders in business, government and non-profit organizations.
STUDENTS RECIEVE RESEARCH GRANTS FOR STEM PROJECTS
Nine students have received stipends to support research that will be presented at the 2016 North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium. The stipends were awarded by North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) to students performing undergraduate research in the areas of science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) fields of study at one of North Carolina's 36 private, non-profit colleges and universities.
CFNC Call-in at WRAL-TV!
NCICU Admissions and Financial Aid Professionals assist North Carolina students and families The second CFNC call-in was held on October 24 at the WRAL-TV station in Raleigh and included admissions and financial aid volunteers from the three sectors of North Carolina higher education. NCICU is grateful to the eleven NCICU campus representatives from eight Triangle-area campuses for volunteering their time to assist over 400 prospective students and families including a number of bilingual callers.
NCICU WE2: Preparing Women for Their “Next”
Women’s Economic Empowerment (WE2) grants totaling $54,000 were distributed to five institutions to support programs that help increase persistence and retention of women students, especially underrepresented and financially needy students. A significant focus of the program was to encourage students to think broadly about their choice of majors.
North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities received a matching grant from the Council of Independent Colleges for $25,000 and matched those funds through the generosity of BB&T, the UPS Foundation, High Tower Investments, M&F Bank Corporation, and individual donations through the auspices of the North Carolina Council for Women. Mini-grant funds from the grant were awarded to five institutions. A total of 122 students benefited directly from the program and countless others indirectly. Students learned how to craft a professional resume, how to navigate a business dinner as well as interview skills for jobs and internships.
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