The R-MC team confers during the Ethics Bowl.
The Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (VFIC) and Wells Fargo sponsored
the 15th annual statewide collegiate Ethics Bowl February 9-10, 2014 on the campus
of Randolph-Macon College. Serving as co-chairs for the event were Roger Mudd, author
and former journalist for CBS and The History Channel, and Ken Garren, president
of Lynchburg College. (Mudd has attended most of the Ethics Bowl events. Most recently,
he attended R-MC’s 2007 Ethics Bowl, the theme of which was Ethics and Medicine.)
The theme of this year’s Ethics Bowl was Ethics and Health Care.
Student teams from 15 of Virginia’s leading independent colleges and universities
participated in the competition and debated a variety of case studies highlighting
potential ethical dilemmas in medical situations.
Members of the R-MC team were Sarah Maxwell ’15 (economics/business
and political science major),
Carrington Wentz ’17 (economics/business and
accounting major), Rebecca Ream’16 (communication
studies and political science major; history
minor), and Robert Bradshaw ’15 (religious
The two-day event was made possible by Wells Fargo. Wells Fargo has been the primary
sponsor of the Ethics Bowl since 2002. At Sunday’s opening session, Tom Goode, senior
vice president of Wells Fargo Private Bank and a VFIC trustee, spoke about the importance
of ethics in the modern business world.
About the Ethics Bowl
Teams of three to five students from the 15 VFIC colleges were paired in head-to-head
competitions that were judged by panels of distinguished leaders from across Virginia.
Many notables from the business sector, law, education, finance, journalism and
other fields listened to team presentations and offered reactions to students’ presentations.
This year's winner was Hollins University and the runner-up was Bridgewater College.
Founded in 1952, the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges is a nonprofit
fund-raising partnership supporting the programs and students of 15 leading independent
colleges in the Commonwealth: Bridgewater College, Emory & Henry College, Hampden-Sydney
College, Hollins University, Lynchburg College, Mary Baldwin College, Marymount
University, Randolph College, Randolph-Macon College, Roanoke College, Shenandoah
University, Sweet Briar College, University of Richmond, Virginia Wesleyan College
and Washington & Lee University.