Reinhardt College's McCamish School of Business recently conducted an Ethics Essay Contest open to all full-time undergraduate students of the College. A number of students competed in the competition, which was sponsored by the Peter S. Knox Program in Business Ethics in the McCamish School of Business at Reinhardt, and included prizes supported by The Knox Family Foundation.
"The McCamish School of Business Ethics Essay Contest is a competition designed to challenge our students to analyze the current and urgent ethical business issues in today's complex world," said Dr. Bonnie Garson, associate professor of business. "Students were encouraged to write thought-provoking personal essays or research papers that raise questions, single out issues and are rational arguments for ethical action."
And the Winners Are...
After an anonymous round of judging by Reinhardt faculty, the winners of the Ethics Essay Contest were announced. Jason Mobley, a senior management major from Rocky Face, Ga., took first place and a $500 cash prize with his paper, "The Relationship Between Religion and Ethics in Today's World." Second place and a $400 cash prize went to Stella Lohmann, a professional communications leadership major from Cumming, Ga., with her paper, "The Red, White and Blue of Ethics Today." With his paper, "Culture, Ethics and Business," Zach Dobson, a senior business major from Jasper, Ga., placed third and received a $300 cash prize. Honorable Mention and a $100 cash prize went to Andrew Hise, a senior management major from Marietta, Ga., for his paper, "Ethics and Me."
In 3,000 to 4,000 words, students wrote about one of eight questions/topics provided, including globalization, personal experiences between politics and ethics, and the relationship between religion and ethics. The students were required to develop an essay from their point of view that could take the form of an analysis that was biographical, historical, literary, philosophical, psychological, sociological or theological, and also related to business ethics/social responsibility. Essays were judged on clear articulation and a genuine grasp of an ethical dilemma, use of originality and imagination, tightly focused essay/research, eloquence of writing style, intensity and unity in the writing, and adherence to grammar and spelling guidelines.
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