All Heavener Students are encouraged to apply for membership on the Business Ethics Case Competition Team. Members of this Team meet regularly to develop skills that are critical to embedding ethics into business decisions as well as convincing others of the legitimacy of making ethical business decisions.
All students on this Team work collaboratively to recognize the ethical dimensions of business, improve ethical decision making, engage in strategic decision making that benefits all stakeholders, and practice skills needed to effectively communicate ethical strategies to others.
Select students on this Team participate in specific ethics case competitions around the country, including the following:
The Introduction to Business Case Competition is tailored to first year and transfer students participating in Introduction to Business (GEB2015) classes. Business Ethics Ambassadors visit each WW class to talk to students about the role of ethics in business, and encourage them to reflect on their own values. Students are then provided a case that challenges the students to work collaboratively and decide their ethical boundaries in a business context. Student teams develop a presentation to present to their classmates, in defense of their case analysis. Winners from each WW class are invited to compete at a semi- and final- round competition that is judged by business and community leaders in the greater Gainesville area, for a chance to win a monetary prize.
Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series
BEAs work to bring distinguished alumni to campus to share their experiences – of both challenges and opportunities associated with ethical behavior in business – with students. In addition to working with alumni to encourage awareness of ethics in all Heavener students, BEAs are given an opportunity to interact with these successful alumni in a much smaller setting. Past speakers include such notable alumni as Alex Smith (BSBA ’81), Bill Alcorn (BSBA ’71), Ron Wheeler (BSBA ’87) and Steve Weiss (BSBA ’87).
Rotary Club Ethics in Business Award
BEAs collaborate with the Rotary Club of Gainesville and the Gainesville Chamber of Commerce to recognize an individual or organization that demonstrates outstanding ethical principles in the Gainesville community. Specifically, BEAs work in small teams to interview nominees for this award, and then share their experiences with other BEAs in order to develop a report containing their recommendations for award recipients. Select leaders within the BEAs are often invited to attend the Rotary lunch meeting at which the award is given.
Senior Ethics Pledge
The BEAs are currently developing an opportunity for all graduating students within Heavener to make a personal pledge to incorporate ethics into their future business careers, helping to establish the reputation of Business Gators as ethical leaders.
Global Ethics Bowl
The Global Ethics Bowl is a collaborative event hosted by the Business Ethics Ambassadors and the Global Business Society. The purpose of the event is to promote the importance of ethics in business all around the world through a case competition. Each Heavener Student Organization is invited to create a team and participate in a 24 hour business ethics case competition. The winners of the competition will receive a monetary donation to support their student organization.