The team participated in the Fall 2017 Texas Regional Ethics Bowl at St. Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas.
Ethics Bowl TeamBy: Public Relations
Monday, October 23, 2017
Today, St. Philip’s College announced that its Ethics Bowl Team competes for a second season in the 2017 Texas Regional Ethics Bow Nov. 11 at 9 a.m. in the Albert B. Alkek Business Building and the University Center of St. Mary’s University at One Camino Santa Maria.
Returning original team members Lauren Estrada, Enrique Alonzo and Zainah Al Shobber join new colleagues Erika Bennett, Katrina King, Zephaniah Russell, Sarahi Perez, and Saadia Abdi for season two of this college team project.
2017 marks the second year that a team from the college competes in the intercollegiate program organized by the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics. If the college’s team qualifies, the students could travel to Chicago as a team for professional development opportunities and competition at the national association’s 22nd Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Competition, held during the association's 2018 annual meeting March 3–4 in Chicago.
With 11 qualifying event competitions across the United States and Canada each fall, the bowl competition season provides students with team experiences in the areas of both practical and professional ethics. The college’s team makes its first stop on their road to Chicago by competing on Nov. 11 with colleague teams from Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma. Each team analyzes and argues the most ethical resolutions of issues in many new competition-specific case studies provided online each fall by organizers http://appe-ethics.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/2017-Regional-IEB-Cases-Revised.pdf. National cases will not be released online until mid-winter.
With cases downloaded, weeks of interdisciplinary team work is preparing the team for a competition environment.
That means no notes. Unexpected questions. Debates on ethically provocative cases. Strict etiquette rules. Hot button subjects that range from medicine and business to education, personal relationships and governance.
St. Philip’s College students prepared and represented themselves well in this environment, explained college assistant professor of philosophy Andrew Hill, J.D., a faculty member in a department that annually builds the knowledge of 3,500 social sciences students.
“We established our college’s Ethics Bowl Team in fall of 2016,” shared Hill. “In our first season of regional competition, we outscored seven of 16 universities, including the only other community college competing. Our students also observed the national competition, held in Dallas in February,” Hill said.
“Our team was established as part of our college's Quality Enhancement Program-Ethical Decision Making special projects initiative https://www.alamo.edu/spc/qep/,” Hill explained.
The plan is a multi-year project to improve an important aspect of student learning through broad-based involvement and is a requirement of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Ethical Decision Making is the plan topic chosen by college constituents: students, faculty, staff, administrators and external advisory committee members as each of these groups gave input to the college’s selected topic. To that end, ethical decision making is actively taught in some form to all students and employees at St. Philip's College, and engagement with the association is of great interest to both students and employees, explained Hill.
Find details on the competition program at http://appe-ethics.org/2016-ieb-regional-list-and-information/.
For details on the college’s team, contact Hill at email@example.com or Matthew Fuller, the college’s Social and Behavioral Sciences department chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org or through the Alamo Colleges District Phonebook at http://phonebook.alamo.edu/directory.aspx.
CAPTION: St. Philip's College Ethics Bowl Team members are a reminder that the 2017 Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Competition season is underway with the college's season opening contest in the Texas Regional Ethics Bowl Nov. 11 at St. Mary’s University with colleague teams from Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma. (Courtesy images)
The Inaugural Ethics Bowl Team from St. Philip's College in San Antonio, Texas!
These inter-collegiate competitors went head-to-head with 23 other teams from across Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas on Saturday, November 12, 2016 in the 19th Annual Texas Regional Ethics Bowl held at St. Mary's University.
I can tell you, without reservation, I am proud of each and every one of them, as they represented our College with distinction. Go Tigers!