November 16, 2010

On Saturday November 13 at the Southeast Regional Ethics Bowl in St. Petersburg, our UCF ethics bowl team (Alexander Kaplan, senior, Philosophy; Jessica Fears, junior, Economics; Stephen Oldham, junior, Philosophy and
Political Science; Kevin Dupree, senior, Humanities; Ramon Lopez, senior, Political Science; and Catherine Perrault, senior, Molecular Biology) participated in the competition and:

  • Won round 1 against the University of North Florida
  • Won round 2 against the University of South Florida
  • Won round 3 against the Georgia Military College
  • Won the semi-final round against the U.S. Naval Academy
  • Came in overall 2nd of 24 teams in the competition, losing by only 7 points to Eckerd College in the final round

The faculty coaches of the UCF Ethics Bowl team are Michael Strawser, Nancy Stanlick, and Madi Dogariu. Five of the six students on the regional ethics bowl team are from the course, IDH 3600H (Case Studies in Ethics), and one, Ramon Lopez, is from the Philosoraptors ethics bowl team from our on-campus ethics bowl that was held on October 31.

The high placement in the competition of our team has earned them a place in the National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Competition that will be held in March 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio, in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics.

The success of our students, evidenced not just by their wins and high placement in the rankings of the competition in St. Petersburg, but most importantly by their exceptional research for, argumentation about, and
presentations on the ethics cases, are things about which we all have very good reason to be proud.

Congratulations to our students.