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SAU students take part in 36th Annual College Ethics Symposium in Hilton Head

Kathryn Farley, Ellen Tobin, Meghan Nedow and Abi Skillman at the Ethics Symposium

For the 36th time, students from St. Andrews University made the trek to the annual College Ethics Symposium hosted by the Low Country Men of the Church at the First Presbyterian Church of Hilton Head Island, S.C.

“We are the only school to go every year, a distinction celebrated by the symposium,” said Doug Glass, assistant professor of marketing. “It goes so fast but it is such a great experience for our students year after year.”

Student participants Abigail Skillman and Kathryn Farley agreed with Glass’ assessment.

“When Abi and I were talking on the ride back, we both agreed that we could have done this for another week,” said Farley.

Skillman agreed, “It was an amazing experience and I wish we could have stayed longer.”
According to a welcome statement by Chairman Fred A. Manske, Jr. on the event website, “The mission of the Ethics Symposium Committee is to foster ethical decision making by utilizing Christian and moral values.”

The three-day event included case-study discussions, a keynote by Distinguished Professor of Ethics at the U.S. Military Academy Rick Rubel, a Distinguished Leader Luncheon with Paul Mathias and James E. Humphrey, and a variety of social activities.

“The activities outside of the ethics discussions were so much fun,” said Meghan Nedow. “There are also a lot of cool things to do with any free time so we went to a petting zoo and got to pet a deer. While on the cruise, we got to see a ton of dolphins and for me as an animal enthusiast, it was quite a treat.”

The symposium discussion sessions also resonated with the students.

“The topics we talked about ranged all over the board from religion in the workplace to healthcare to the death penalty,” Farley said. “My favorite case discussion was actually the one on bioethics. The group I was in was so diverse it made the discussion interesting and we each brought up different points.”

Nedow added, “My group also went into issues relating to animal testing, but that was not one of the designated cases.”

The knowledge base of the leaders for the discussions was also a highlight for Nedow.

“All of those people were very well educated and had very successful careers and had faced different ethical issues,” she said. “I liked hearing about how they dealt with such things and how it helped them grow as a person.

“It was also interesting to hear about other things that influenced them and helped them become successful,” Nedow continued. “It really got me thinking about my future and where I am now and where I would like to be in the future. I hope that I can one day look back and say that I did well in business and had a positive impact on my community and society in general.”

All of the students would highly recommend the conference to others.

“It was very fun and I learned a lot about myself and the other people that I went with,” said Nedow. “It was quite an eye opening experience.”

Farley adds, “If you are a business major and are given this opportunity you need to take it.”

SAU Ethics Symposium participants and the Hilton Head hosts

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