News Archive

R-MWC Students Compete in Statewide Ethics Bowl

Three-student team performs well with Ethics and Medicine theme.

2/14/2007 9:58:17 AM


From left to right : Beth Ferrantino, Angie Grove (team captain), and Elysia Lopez participated in the annual Ethics Bowl against 15 private colleges and universities

LYNCHBURG – Three Randolph-Macon Woman’s College students competed in the 2007 statewide Ethics Bowl Competition held Feb. 11-12 in Ashland. Angie Grove, Elysia Lopez and Beth Ferrantino competed in the annual event, which is sponsored by the Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges.

This year’s theme was Ethics and Medicine, and teams from 15 of Virginia’s private colleges and universities analyzed medically-oriented, ethical case dilemmas and presented their recommendations for the best ethical solutions. The teams competed in two rounds of debate each day and were critiqued by more than 50 business and community leaders.

"Our team performed exceptionally well, scoring a win in two of their four cases," said Gordon Steffey, assistant professor of religious studies. Steffey and Laura-Gray Street, assistant English professor, are in their first year coaching the R-MWC team.

"The Ethics Bowl offers an opportunity for our students to showcase their outstanding critical reasoning skills," Steffey said. "In each case study, they have ten minutes to adjudicate ethically between competing interests in cases of conflict. The judges and others remarked on the high quality of the team’s answers to the ethical dilemmas posed."

The University of Richmond earned top honors at the event.

| |

CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of College Relations