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UNC Students Earn First Place in International Business Ethics Case Competition

April 24, 2018

Two teams of business students from the University of Northern Colorado took first place in the International Business Ethics Case Competition (IBECC) held April 19-20 in Boston.

grad winning

The graduate team of Keenan Leary, Hannah Swick and Kody Mommaerts (l-r in photo) presented on the topic, “The National Football League’s Responsibility for Concussion Prevention.” They took first place in all three categories of the 25-minute full presentation, 10-minute presentation, and 90-second presentation. They competed against Texas State University, University of St. Thomas, LaSalle University, University of Massachusetts – Amherst, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, University of Illinois, and University of Florida.

undergrad team

The undergraduate team of (l-r in photo) Luis Cotto, Sarah Arnick, Alec Keiser, Caitlyn Hitchcock and Beau Martinez presented on the topic, “How Safe is IntelliSafe? The AUTOnomous Journey.” They took first place in the 25-minute and 90-second categories.  This team competed against Texas State University, University of St. Thomas, LaSalle University, University of Massachusetts – Amherst, University of Melbourne, Montgomery College, University of Illinois, University of Florida, and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

“I continue to be inspired by my students," said the teams' adviser, Associate Professor Keiko Krahnke. "These students are incredible individuals on many levels. We were approached and thanked by a faculty adviser from another university because UNC students supported and encouraged competing teams. They know how to do excellent work in a competition, and they also know how to set aside their egos and support their opponents. They help me to feel that our future is in good hands.”

Forty teams from more than 30 schools took part in the competition.  Teams are put into divisions with five to six teams in each division. IBECC only selects divisional winners and runner-ups.

The two teams brought home five crystal trophies.  Participating in IBECC 2018 was made possible by Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at UNC, directed by UNC Professor Sharon Clinebell.