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Release date: November 28, 2006

Wayland team competes in Ethics match in Fort Worth

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Student teams from 18 Texas independent colleges and universities – including Wayland Baptist University – competed in a day of lively debates during Ethics MatchTM “Ethics in Business”, a program of the Texas Independent College Foundation (TICF).  Held on Friday, Nov. 17, 2006, at the Renaissance Worthington Hotel and at the City Club of Fort Worth, the event was the third annual competition in a program developed to enrich educational opportunities for students by providing a forum for discussions of applied ethics with business leaders and professionals from across the state.  

              Students from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton received the first place trophy and a $1,000 grant to continue discussions of ethics with business leaders in their local community. The University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio received the second place plaque and a $750 grant for the same purpose. Third and fourth places, along with $500 grants, were taken, respectively, by St. Edward’s University, Austin, and Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene.

              Wayland’s Ethics Match Team members included Rohan Thompson, senior business major, Barbados; Dayna Cline, junior business major, Cotton Center; Jason Graves, senior religion major, Plainview; and Roberto Nass, senior accounting and math major, Chile. Alternate team members also attending the competition were Caylee Brewer, junior art and business major, Ft. Sumner, NM; Kelsey Beggs, sophomore business major, Muleshoe; and Ashley Beggs, sophomore political science major, Muleshoe.  Dr. Kelly Warren and Dr. Charles Starnes, faculty members in the Division of Business, coach the team.

Sponsors of Ethics MatchTM  2006 include Burlington Northern Santa Fe Foundation; Amon G. Carter Foundation; XTO Energy, Inc.; ACME Brick Company; Star-Telegram; Anna W. & Alexander P. Thornton Charitable Trust, JPMorgan Chase, Trustee; Crystelle Waggoner Charitable Trust, Bank of America, Trustee; Carter & Burgess, Inc.; Coca-Cola Enterprises Bottling Companies of Texas; Gideon Toal; and Craig Hamilton and Company.

To mark the opening of the competition, Ms. J.R. Labbe, deputy editorial page editor for the Star-Telegram, was the keynote speaker at the Consilium Virtusque (Reason with Honor) dinner on Thursday evening, November 16, in the ballroom at the Renaissance Worthington Hotel. Addressing the students, their advisors, and representatives from the corporate sponsors, she stated, “The corporate contributors to the Fort Worth-based Texas Independent College Foundation, which presents Ethics Match, invest for several reasons. They understand the importance of serving as role models and mentors for the next generation of business leaders. But they also see that the future of the companies in which they’ve invested their thinking, talents, and time will one day pass into other hands – possibly the students’ hands.”

 “We are very grateful to all involved,” said Marcia Hawkins, TICF president. “Ethics Match is a great example of how partnerships between business and higher education serve to enhance the academic experiences of our students.”

The Texas Independent College Foundation, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization that is open to all nonprofit, independent two- and four-year institutions in Texas that are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Founded in 1952 as a vehicle to facilitate corporate and foundation support of Texas’ independent colleges and universities, TICF raises money for scholarships and programming for its 23 member schools, including Wayland.

Since 1952, TICF has distributed over $28 million provided by corporate and philanthropic leaders who believe that a values-based education serving a racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse student population is good for Texas and for the world.