Gardner-Webb Students to Compete in Fourth Annual NCICU Ethics Bowl

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Campbell Law Schools to Host Annual Ethics Competition Featuring 20 N.C. Schools

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. – A team of students from Gardner-Webb University will be returning to the 2015 North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) Ethics Bowl. The event will be held at Campbell Law School near Raleigh, N.C., and will feature 20 colleges and universities from around the state.

This will be the fourth year for the relatively new event, and GWU has participated each year. Last year, the team took second place coming up short to Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, N.C.). The GWU team has five returning members coming to a total of six members who include Austin Story, Aj Francioni, Jessica Saltijeral, Jeremiah Hamby, Dyaln Tate and Keaton Poole.

The NCICU Ethics Bowl is an annual competition in which students address ethical issues by responding to specific case studies. Participants are given 10 cases in advance as part of their preparation and then during the event, teams receive one of those cases along with an unknown case for the first time.  The event provides an academic experience that increases student awareness about applying ethics in leadership, decision-making, interpersonal relationships and other issues in today’s society.  A panel of trained judges, including business and community leaders from across the state, scores the debates and evaluates teams on the quality of their argument, research, presentation style, and moral theory.

NCICU is comprised of North Carolina’s 36 private, non-profit liberal arts, comprehensive and research colleges and universities accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. NCICU represents independent higher education in the areas of state and federal public policy and on education issues with the other sectors of education in the state. It also provides research and information to and about private colleges and universities, conducts staff development opportunities and coordinates collaborative programs.  For more information, visit

Located in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb University is home to more than 4,300 students from 37 states and 21 foreign countries. Founded in 1905, Gardner-Webb provides exceptional educational opportunities within a Christian environment.