Three Oklahoma State students excel
at Oklahoma Business Ethics Challenge

by Terry Tush 
(November 9, 2011 at 12:56 pm)

A team of three Oklahoma State University Spears School of Business Students placed second in the Oklahoma Student Ethics Challenge, which was held during the Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium at Oklahoma Christian University on Oct. 29. Pictured, from left, are the team’s adviser, Andy Urich, and team members Mary Kate Barnthouse, Joe Tobias and Gina Hancock.

A team of three OSU Spears School of Business students placed second in the Oklahoma Student Ethics Challenge, which was held during the Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium at Oklahoma Christian University on Oct. 29.

The team consisted of Spears School undergraduate students Mary Kate Barnthouse, Joe Tobias, and Gina Hancock. They received $1,500 and a trophy as prizes.

Another OSU team also competed in the competition, though they did not place in the top three teams. It was made up Spears School undergraduate students Jimmy Holland, Karla Tankut, Jamie Solberg and Kentiya Orange.

In the competition, the students analyzed hypothetical ethics cases. They squared off against each other in a debate-style format, with one team member going head to head with a student on the opposing team. To prepare for the competition, the Spears School students studied ethical theories and researched their cases. The group met at several different meetings to share their ideas and prepare a solid argument for their case.

“Analyzing and arguing cases is interesting and fun,” said Andy Urich, the teams’ adviser and an associate professor in the Spears School’s Department of Economics and Legal Studies. “The students learn a great deal, acquire presentation skills, learn to think on their feet, and, most importantly, gain confidence in their abilities.”

A group combining the two Spears School teams will get to test their abilities again at the regional competition in San Antonio on Nov. 12. The students attending the upcoming conference include Tobias, Tankut, Solberg and Orange.

“The students and I are thrilled about San Antonio,” Urich said. “We hope to have fun and successful trip!”

For more information about the Oklahoma Student Ethics Challenge, contact Urich by calling 405-744-8619 or sending an email to aurich@okstate.edu.