Four Montreat College business students attended the 40th annual College Ethics Symposium in Hilton Head, S.C., on October 19-21. The symposium focuses on important ethical issues in business and society, and this year’s event attracted students from over 20 schools across the country. Montreat College students have participated in the event for over 30 years.
“The College Ethics Symposium is an excellent opportunity for our business students to wrestle with some of the most important ethical questions of our day,” said Montreat College Business Professor Hub Powell, who served as the group’s faculty sponsor. “We have been bringing students to this event for many years, and it always provides valuable opportunities for meaningful thought and discussion.”
Students were selected to attend by Montreat faculty according to GPA and seniority. This year’s attendees were Alona Kosenko, Sallie Dowell, Miguel Tudon Prades, and Ross Hoffner. Students prepared for the event by reading and analyzing 13 cases and examining options according to their own ethical frameworks. Upon arrival, each student was placed in a discussion group with students from other institutions to encourage diversity of thinking and values. Sessions provided lively discussion while examining issues ranging from the death penalty to organizational liability.
Some Montreat students were selected in their discussion groups to facilitate individual case conversations. Ross Hoffner was invited to participate in a symposium evaluation meeting at the close of the event to help leadership strengthen next year’s gathering.
While at the symposium, students enjoyed the hospitality of the Low Country Men of the Church, a consortium of three area Presbyterian churches, who shared their church facilities and homes to participants during the event. Students were privileged to spend time with symposium speakers, including former Speaker of the U.S. House Representatives John Boehner, who shared their experiences and reflections regarding how they related to ethics and life.