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November 13, 2013

(Albuquerque, NM) A team of University of New Mexico students took first place in the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative New Mexico Case Competition. The competition was hosted by UNM's Anderson School of Management and New Mexico State University in Albuquerque on Friday, November 8. The winning team of Alex Abbate, Justin Fouts, Houston Hilbun, Tyler Masterson and Sydney Sivils, all students at UNM Anderson, competed against student teams from NMSU, New Mexico Military Institute, and Eastern New Mexico University.

2013 Ethics Competition Winners
The teams were challenged with a hypothetical situation that required them to come up with a response to the dilemma and prepare a presentation for a group of judges coached by Barney Rosenberg, VP of Ethics and Business Conduct for Meggitt, PLC, a global defense contractor. Mr. Rosenberg created the highly challenging role play case for the students.

"We have been involved in many ethics competitions with our students," said Dr. Linda Ferrell, Bill Daniels Professor of Business Ethics. "This unique 'role play' experience helped them to understand the complexities of ethical decision making in business and the role of team work in resolving ethical dilemmas within the organization."

The judging team consisted of Mark Meiering, J.D., Tracy Marshall, Northwestern Mutual, Tony Martinez, Molina Health, and JoLou Trujillo-Ottino, Media Works Advertising Specialties.

The competition is aimed at cultivating more ethical behavior in business by working with students in New Mexico institutions of higher education.

"These competitions are great learning experiences for our students," says Anderson Dean Doug Brown. "In addition to deepening their skills in dealing with ethical issues, the students hone their presentational abilities and boost their confidence."

The competition is funded through the Daniels Fund which seeks to promote higher ethical standards in young people and to improve principle-based ethics education. The fund is a private foundation established by cable television pioneer Bill Daniels.

Both UNM and NMSU received $1.25 million from the Daniels Fund along with six other universities in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming. Each school in the consortium teaches ethics and promotes principle based ethics both on and off campus. UNM offers a teaching business ethics online certificate course, free of charge, to professors from across New Mexico as a part of the grant.

This is the second ethics competition supported by the grant. For more information about the Daniels Fund at UNM go to


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