Reinhardt University’s McCamish School of Business recently conducted an Ethics Essay Contest open to all full-time undergraduate students of the University. 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 ethics essay contest is designed for students to research and analyze ethical issues in today’s environment,” said Dr. Kathy Hyatt, assistant 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. Alex Bryant, a senior marketing major from Canton, Ga., took first place and a $400 cash prize with his paper on NSA Surveillance. Second place and a $300 cash prize went to Daniel Guerrero, a senior business major from Woodstock, Ga., with his paper on Yahoo and its Acqui-hires. Brandon Price, a sophomore accounting major from Ball Ground, Ga., placed third and won a $200 prize for his essay on Consumerism. Honorable Mention and $100 was given to Brandon Ruston, freshman mathematics major from Newnan, Ga., for his essay about Personal Ethics.
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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