Mount Union Students Attend Ethics Symposium

May 05, 2010

Four Mount Union College students recently traveled to Hilton Head, SC and attended the annual Ethical Decision Making and Moral Values symposium on November 2.

Pictured (L-R): Professor Zoky, Aimee Payne, Justin Marx, Kelleen Ossler, Bryan Kochy

Those attending included Justin Marx, a senior business administration of North Canton; Kelleen Ossler, a senior accounting major of Carrollton; Aimee Payne, a junior accounting and business administration major of East Canton; and Brian Kochy, a junior business administration major of Burton. They were accompanied by David Zoky, professor of economics, accounting and business administration.

Sponsored by The Men of the Church, a gathering of people from three different Presbyterian churches on Hilton Head Island, the symposium gave students the opportunity to work with students from other colleges and universities as well as an adult facilitator, creating groups of five to seven people to discuss various case studies dealing with ethics. The groups later combined into larger groups to debate the foundation of ethics.

'The most enjoyable part of the weekend was getting the chance to speak with the facilitators of the symposium,' said Kochy. 'They had a lot of insight that they were able to draw from their experiences in the business world.'
Fred Manske, who has worked as Vice-President-International for Federal Express and also CEO for Purolator Courier, presented a keynote address on the ideas of ethics in leadership and how students can help promote these ideals to create a better world-wide community.

The trip was not all work and no play; activities were offered to all of the students at the symposium. The Mount Union students decided to try their hands at kayaking. What seemed like a fun-filled afternoon resulted in some exhausted and damp students.

In the end, the students felt that the experience was well-worth the trip.

'It was a great event,' added Payne. 'It was very interesting to hear other students' opinions on the cases, especially since many of them were from different areas of the country.'

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