OC wins 1st, 2nd in state ethics contest

Associate professor Jeff Simmons with OC's ethics teams.
Associate professor Jeff Simmons with OC's ethics teams.

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) won its second consecutive state championship at the OK Ethics Statewide Student Ethics Challenge Saturday.

Both of OC’s student teams won all three of their matches to finish first and second, respectively.

OC’s first-place team (the Talons) beat peers from Rose State College, the University of Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State University.

OC’s runnerup squad (the Eagles) defeated teams from Cameron University, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State. The Talons claimed the championship over their OC classmates by virtue of overall point differential.

Host school Oklahoma City University, Southern Nazarene University, the University of Central Oklahoma, and the University of Tulsa also had teams competing.

OC’s Talons team was composed of Jasper Bawcom, Hunter Farhat and Gabriel Gasiorowski. The Eagles team members were Hannah Ketring, Chas Carter and Ryan Fuller.

“I am proud of our students’ commitment to excellence and of how they’ve embraced the importance of ethics in the business world,” said sponsor Jeff Simmons, associate professor of business at Oklahoma Christian. “We spent the past month doing weekly practice sessions at six o’clock in the morning, and their hard work paid off in a big way.”

OC’s championship showing earned the university $2,500 in funding from the OK Business Ethics Foundation for travel to the Regional Student Ethics Bowl in San Antonio on Nov. 16. Oklahoma Christian won the regional championship last year.

The national competition, the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl, is in Jacksonville, Fla., on Feb. 27, 2014.

OK Ethics sponsors include Chesapeake Energy, Devon Energy, Enterprise Holdings, Express Employment Professionals, Hobby Lobby, Kimray, OneOK, Sandridge Energy, Valir Health, Williams, and WPX Energy.