UNC Ethics Team Takes First, Earns $2,000 Prize

From left: Zach Herzog, Kelley Robinson, Jake Monroe and Savvy Morris after winning an ethics competition at Kansas State University. The UNC business management seniors presented a solution to a hypothetical ethical dilemma facing a company during a hiring decision.

Photo courtesy of Keiko Krahnke

A four-member team from the University of Northern Colorado's Monfort College of Business took first place and collected a $2,000 cash prize during an ethics competition at Kansas State University, Feb. 20-22.

Zachary Herzog, Jake Monroe, Savvy Morris and Kelley Robinson competed in the Phillips 66-Enactus Business Ethics Case Competition against teams from Texas A&M, Truman State University, University of Oklahoma and Iowa State University. The senior Business Management majors will split the cash prize.

During the competition, teams had 36 hours to analyze a problem, plan a solution and present a professional PowerPoint for the judges. UNC's team was presented with a hypothetical ethical dilemma involving a company using social media in the hiring process of a prospective candidate. Teams were judged on three different components: the application of ethical principles, business consideration and presentation skills.

"They did a phenomenal job with the presentation," said team adviser Keiko Krahnke, associate professor of Management and Business Communications. "I'm equally as proud of them for how they represented UNC. Several people, from employees at the hotel to our peers at the conference, complimented them for their manners and respectful attitude toward others."

UNC's team qualified for the event by winning an internal ethics competition on campus. The K-State event was sponsored by the Phillips 66 Excellence in Business Ethics Initiative.