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    2019 UCCS Ethics Case Winners

    Does this sound like a recipe for success?

    First, volunteer to take part in a high-level business competition in which you’ll face colleges from throughout southern Colorado.

    Second, form a team with fellow students you’ve just met – none of whom happen to be pursuing business-related degrees.

    Third, build and perfect a collaborative presentation in only three weeks.

    If you’re the team from Pueblo Community College and the event is the 2019 University of Colorado-Colorado Springs Business Ethics Case Competition, it turns out this is a recipe you want to savor: It resulted in a first-place win.

    Sandrah Burrier, Zebulen Garcia and Persephone Haskell brought home the winning award for their five-minute presentation, which addressed a hypothetical incident in which a government contracting firm discovers that a new employee has posted sensitive company information, along with strong political opinions, on social media.

    “The team pretends to be an advocate for the business. It’s all about them understanding the case and then being able to back it up,” said Renee Gust, PCC’s Early Childhood Education program coordinator and one of the team’s faculty advisors.

    The competition is part of the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at UCCS. Each ethics case presentation had to incorporate the initiative’s eight principles – integrity, trust, accountability, transparency, fairness, respect, rule of law and viability.

    Gust and English department faculty member Tony Mitchell, the team’s other advisor, were able to consult with Burrier, Garcia and Haskell throughout their preparation but the students were responsible for all aspects of the presentation.

    “Really, it’s on them. We can’t tell them what to do,” said Gust. “They were phenomenal.”

    As part of the ethics initiative, UCCS partners with other southern Colorado two- and four-year schools, including PCC, to expand principle-based ethics education. Gust and PCC’s professional development director, Valerie Switzer, were designated PCC’s Ethics Champions for the 2019-20 academic year.

    As one of the participating schools, PCC will host the 2020 Southern Colorado Ethics Summit in April.

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    Founded in 1933, Pueblo Community College is a premier teaching institution focused on providing academic and service excellence to help its students acquire the 21st Century skills needed to better their lives. An educational and technological leader, PCC fosters economic development and utilizes strong partnerships in the communities it serves through its Pueblo, Fremont and Southwest campuses.