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."
After an anonymous round of judging by Reinhardt faculty, the winners of the Ethics Essay Contest were announced. Jamie Landers, a sophomore general business major from Rome, Ga., took first place and a $500 cash prize with her paper, "Genetic Engineering as an Ethical and Socially Responsible Business." Second place and a $400 cash prize went to Susanna Long, a senior communication major from Rydal, Ga., with her paper, "False Advertising." With her paper, "Globalization and Jihad, Like Oil and Water," Stella Lohmann, a senior professional communication management and leadership major from Cumming, Ga., placed third and received a $300 cash prize. Honorable Mention and a $100 cash prize went to Anthony Almeter, a music major from Dearing, Ga.
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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