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Business Students Victorious at International Business Ethics and Sustainability Case Competition

Students who attended the ethics competition

April 22, 2019

Four students from the University of Northern Colorado’s Monfort College of Business took first in two categories at the International Business Ethics and Sustainability Case Competition held April 10-12 at Loyola Marymount University in California.

The UNC team was advised by Professor and MCB Department Chair of Management Keiko Krahnke, Ph.D., and consisted of:

Students at the business competition

Above: UNC students who competed in the competition, from left to right: Drew Buchalski, Cora Gottbehuet, Morgan (Emmy) Scott and Mark O’Connor. 

  • Senior Drew Buchalski (Business Administration);
  • Senior Cora Gottbehuet (Business Administration);
  • Senior Mark O’Connor (Business Administration and minor in Environmental Studies); and
  • Sophomore Morgan (Emmy) Scott (Business Administration and Environmental Studies)

The students made three presentations related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, a global partnership whose aim includes ending poverty, improving health and education, reducing inequality, spurring economic growth, and addressing climate change.

Trophy from IBESCCTheir presentations, titled Vale Mining Company: Behind the Economic and Environmental Veil, involved the legal, financial and ethical dimensions of the problem; a recommended, viable solution; and sustainability issues.

The students were in consensus after the competition, “We've never worked as hard as we did for this competition, and it’s satisfying to know that we earned this recognition. This has been a great learning experience.”

During the competitions, the UNC team faced George Washington University, Mount Holyoke College, University of New Hampshire, University of Illinois, Fordham University, Grinnell College, Loyola Marymount University, Claremont McKenna College, James Madison University, Marist College, University of Florida and Santa Barbara City College. 

“The classroom experience is only one facet of the learning experience.  Competitions, such as this one, provide a unique venue where students need to apply what they learned usually under a variety of pressures,” said Monfort College of Business dean Paul Bobrowski.

“And, like they performed in this competition, students from the Monfort College of Business can hold their own and more against any group of students.”

The performance of the 2019 team continues a legacy of success for UNC at the competition. Last year, two teams brought home first-place honors.

Learn more about the 2019 IBESCC.

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