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TEAM MEMO #11

1. PLEASE NOTE A CHANGE IN WHERE THE SHUTTLE WILL DROP YOU OFF ON THE LMU CAMPUS.

Shuttle. You will be able to board the Blue Sky Shuttle in the alley on the south side of the hotel by the driveway entrance off W Century Blvd. When you arrive at LMU for the presentation competition you will be dropped off at University Hall, first building from Lincoln Blvd. The competition, however, will be held in the Hilton Center for Business, which is about a 15 minute walk from University Hall. Please enter the double glass doors at University Hall and take the escalators to the top floor, turn left, exit the building, cross the bridge, go up some stairs, bend right before the dormitories, go down the driveway, take a sharp left along a roadway, and then circle around the construction site when you'll run into the Hilton College of Business. Registration is on the ground level of Hilton.

Thursday April 16 and Friday April 17

• Blue Sky Shuttle will depart every hour from the Hilton beginning at 8 AM with the last departure from the Hilton to LMU at 4:30 PM.

• Blue Sky will depart every ½ hour from LMU beginning at 8:30 AM with the last departure scheduled for 5:00 PM.

Saturday April 18

• Blue Sky Shuttle will depart every hour from the Hilton beginning at 7:30 AM with the last departure from the Hilton to LMU at 3:00 PM.

• Blue Sky w ill depart every ½ hour from LMU beginning at 8:00 AM with the last departure scheduled for 3:30 PM.

Please plan appropriately, so that you arrive in time. Because you’ll need to pick up registration materials and get set up, we suggest that you try to arrive on campus about a half hour to an hour before your presentation.

TEAM MEMO #10

There will be at least one, maybe two more memos after this. So please keep an eye out for them.

1. Essays. The following schools submitted essays for the Carol Gilligan competition: Loyola Chicago, McKendree, METU, Polytechnic Institute and St. Thomas. The following schools submitted essays for the Botts competition: St. Thomas, Cal Poly, Loras, McKendree, NYU Stern and Polytechnic Institute. If you submitted an essay and it's not listed, please contact me as soon as possible.

2. Biathlon. I have received biathlon times only from Army. If I’m in error on this, please contact me as soon as possible.

3. Software. All of our laptops run the 2003 version of the Microsoft Software Suite. If you sent us a 2007 version, we converted it to 2003. If you bring a newer version of your file with you, it should be saved in the 2003 format.

4. Shuttle. On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Blue Sky Shuttle Service will be operating a 29 passenger shuttle between the Hilton Los Angeles Airport and LMU. Details on how this will work will be in my next missive. The shuttle will take you to the Hilton Center for Business on the LMU campus. Unlike the APPE Ethics Bowl, the competition will take place at LMU, not in the hotel.

5. Parking. If you’re driving to campus, please be aware that parking is unusually tight because of construction on campus. Your best bet is to park in University Hall and walk to the Hilton Center for Business. Turn onto LMU Drive from Lincoln and then stop at the Public Safety booth for a parking permit and campus map. Driving directions and a variety of campus maps are also available at http://www.lmu.edu/resources/campus_maps.htm?. Depending on how quickly you walk, it will take you between 15 and 20 minutes to walk from the garage to Hilton.

6. Location and checking-in. Once you get to campus, please check-in at the registration table in the lobby of the Hilton Center for Business. That's where you'll receive your room assignment. All sessions will be in this building. Please arrive at least 30 minutes before your session.

7. Watching presentations. You can watch any presentation you like. As a courtesy to the team, however, please do not enter the room if a presentation has begun, and please be prepared to remain through the entire presentation, Q&A and feedback session.

8. Rehearsal rooms. Space on campus is unusually tight this year, so we have not been able to reserve spare rehearsal rooms. You're welcome to use any classroom you find empty (until a class comes in).

9. Problems. If you have any last minute problems on the day you're scheduled to present, please call either Kirsten Nordblom (310-623-2596) or myself (310-877-8326) on our cell phones.

10. Schedule. Just a reminder about the schedule. (There may be a second team from Cal Poly added Thursday at 9 AM, but that’s not definite yet.)

 

THURSDAY, April 16

9:00

Villanova University

10:30

LMU--BP

Cal Poly

Concordia Irvine

12:30

University of Arizona

Cal State Bakersfield

USF

2:00

Loras College

University of Oregon

University of Illinois

3:30

University of St. Thomas

McKendree University

Montgomery College

FRIDAY, April 17

9:00

Loyola University Chicago

Indiana University

10:30

LMU--Kraft

Claflin University

Polytechnic Institute of NYU

12:30

Fairfield University

New York University, Stern

La Salle University

2:00

SUNY Potsdam

US Military Academy

US Naval Academy

3:30

Dartmouth

METU

CEU

 

TEAM MEMO #9

I'll be sending out another memo with more details about the competition, shuttle from the hotel, etc., but I wanted to keep this one simple.

I want to confirm the fact that no team is competing for either of the 5K or 10K biathlon prizes. In my March 23 memo, I explained how this was going to work and asked to receive times by this past Monday. Since I haven't received any, I assume no one is interested. If I'm wrong, I need the times by Monday, the 13th.

TEAM MEMO #8

Some odds and ends. There will be another memo shortly.

1. Essay competitions. This is a reminder that the deadline for our two essay competitions is this Friday, April 10.

Carol and Stanley Botts Essay Award in Servant Leadership

Carol and Stanley Botts have established a new prize for the best essay of 750 to 1,000 words that explains how your team’s solution advances the principles of servant leadership. For the purpose of the competition, we’re using the principles of servant leadership as defined by the Alliance for Servant Leadership:
• Transformation as a vehicle for personal and institutional growth.
• Personal growth as a route to better serve others.
• Enabling environments that empower and encourage service.
• Service as a fundamental goal.
• Trusting relationships as a basic platform for collaboration and service.
• Creating commitment as a way to collaborative activity.
• Community building as a way to create environments in which people can trust each other and work together.
• Nurturing the spirit as a way to provide joy and fulfillment in meaningful work.
Unlike the presentation, the team may not consult anyone outside the team (faculty, campus writing centers, etc.) on essay submissions.

Carol Gilligan Essay Award, $500

The ethics essay prize, funded by the Honorable Judge Ruth Kraft of the New York bench, is named the “Carol Gilligan” prize this year. Our goal is to rename it every year in recognition of a different female thinker. The prize recognizes the best essay of 750 to 1,000 words about the ethical dimensions of the case. Thus, from a philosophical perspective (but put in simple terms): In precisely what way does the problem the team is working on raise ethical issues? Precisely why are these issues “ethical” in nature? How do the positive and negative results compare against each other (consider short term, long term, qualitative as well as quantitative differences)? What about the intrinsic character of the actions? Why is the team’s solution to the problem ethically acceptable? Everything “counts”: persuasiveness, grammar, style, coherence, etc. Unlike the presentation, the team may not consult anyone outside the team (faculty, campus writing centers, etc.) on essay submissions.

2. Checks for luncheon. If you haven’t already mailed your check for the luncheon, please simply bring it with you when you come to Los Angeles. We’ve had some checks that have been delayed in the mail, or possibly lost, so I’d rather reduce the risks of any further problems.

3. Final round and 10 minute “ethics only” competition (required). Whether you advance into the final championship round or give your short “ethics only” presentation on Saturday morning, you should think of it the following way. (By the way, last year’s USF team gets credit for coming up with this set-up.) Your audience was sufficiently impressed with your full presentation covering the legal, financial and ethical dimensions of your topic that they’ve asked you back. But they’ve said to you that they want to hear only about the ethical dimensions of the problem and solution. You may need to spend a couple of minutes giving an overview of your topic, but it shouldn’t be more than that. After all, the judges will have read your executive summary. In particular, they aren’t asking you to compress your entire preliminary presentation into 10 minutes and keep all the topics and sections. They’re interested in hearing only about the ethical issues. There is no Q&A session connected with this contest. Teams in the championship round may use PowerPoint. However, for a combination of logistical and educational reasons, we're asking that the teams in the Saturday morning "ethics only" competition do their presentations without PowerPoint. (After the competition, I'll ask everyone what they thought about doing things this way.)

4. Optional 90-second competition (two $500 prizes courtesy of Ernst & Young). Every team has the option to send one member to participate. Here’s how to think about this one. You’re in a meeting where everyone is discussing the issue your team has been working on. You want to make sure that everyone recognizes that there are ethical issues here. You have 90 seconds to make your point. Again, assume the judges will have read your executive summary.

TEAM MEMO #7

I'll send a longer memo tomorrow about a few things, but I wanted to let everyone know that we have another vacancy. Unfortunately, the team from USC will be unable to participate. If you're in a position to field a second team, please let me know ASAP. The USC slot was Thursday at 10:30.

TEAM MEMO #6

Unfortunately, the team from the University of Kansas has been forced to withdraw due to personal circumstances in the lives of some of the team members. Because we've already begun soliciting judges for all of the time slots, I would prefer not to simply cancel the opportunity for a team of students to use that time slot (Thursday at 3:30). So I would prefer it if some school could field an additional team. I could do that easily enough with a team from LMU, because we're just beginning our campus competition. However, I think it's only right to give preference to another school and add a second team from LMU only after giving everyone else the opportunity first. If this is possible, please let me know as soon as possible --certainly within a couple of days. (Unfortunately, there would be no more travel funds to help with expenses.)

TEAM MEMO #5

Here’s some more information and a few reminders.

1. HILTON: As you know, we’re using a different hotel this year: the Hilton near LAX. Room reservations are due April 1. Please see this link for information:

http://cba.lmu.edu/centers/ethics/competitions/competition/accommodations.htm

We have arranged for a shuttle to run back and forth between the Hilton and LMU. The shuttle will leave hourly from the hotel on the hour; it will leave hourly from LMU on the half-hour. You’ll be getting more details about this.

2. A REMINDER ABOUT DEADLINES:

March 27     Executive Summaries Due 
                    Banquet Team RSVP Form Due with Entree Selections

April 3         Team PowerPoint Files Due

April 10       Essays Due (optional)

3. BIATHLON: Even though we are suspending the LMU Run for the Bay again, we are reinstituting the optional biathlon. This combines the team’s performance in the presentation competition with the team’s performance in a 5K or 10K race of your choice. There are winner and runner-up awards for the teams with the best combined performance in the student team presentation competition and a 5K or 10K road race of your choice. At least three members of the team must run. (If more than three members run, we use the best three places in gender.) The team’s score is based on the members’ finishing place in gender determined in relation to other IBECC competitors doing the biathlon. That is, we’ll take everyone’s times, separate them according to distance and gender, compile a single list of times and then determine finishing places. Performance in the run and performance in the presentation competition are worth 50% each in the team's final score. For more information on scoring, see http://cba.lmu.edu/centers/ethics/competitions/biathlon/scoring.htm. Please send appropriate information (name of runner, gender, name of race, distance and finishing time) to lmuethics@aol.com by Monday, April 6.

4. PHOTO. Would you please send us a photograph of your team dressed in professional attire? Please send to garo.gharibian@lmu.edu.

5. TRAVEL REIMBURSEMENTS. If you’re receiving any travel assistance, you’ll need to do this via a reimbursement. Please send originals of receipts to garo.gharibian@lmu.edu.

6. Please remember that, consistent with the way we've done things for the last few years, in order for a team to receive a cash prize or divisional award (and, thus, in order to advance to the final round): 1) all of the deadlines listed above must be met; and 2) the presentation must be structured so that the audience imagined is a group from business (senior managers, board of directors, etc.), not a legislative body, for example. Also, teams must be present at the awards ceremony in order to receive an award.

7. SCHEDULE. I had only one request for a change in the schedule (Villanova from Friday to Thursday). This led to a small adjustment on Friday (Montgomery moves from 9 to 10:30), so here’s what we currently have for Thursday and Friday. Please let me know ASAP if there are any problems with this.

THURSDAY, April 16

9:00

Villanova University

LMU

10:30

USC

Cal Poly

Concordia Irvine

12:30

University of Arizona

Cal State Bakersfield

USF

2:00

Loras College

University of Oregon

University of Illinois

3:30

University of St. Thomas

McKendree University

University of Kansas

FRIDAY, April 17

9:00

Loyola University Chicago

Indiana University

10:30

Montgomery College

Claflin University

Polytechnic Institute of NYU

12:30

Fairfield University

New York University, Stern

La Salle University

2:00

SUNY Potsdam

US Military Academy

US Naval Academy

3:30

Dartmouth

METU

CEU

8. RESOURCES. Please remind team members that we have a variety of resources on our website designed to help. In addition to description of competition guidelines and discussions about ethics, there are videos of a couple of very good presentations from the past. There are also some short videos I’ve done for teams and judges.

9. SHORT “ETHICS ONLY” and “90 SECOND” COMPETITIONS AND POWERPOINT. There’s enough support for the idea of limiting PowerPoint that we’re asking that teams in the Saturday morning 10-minute “ethics only” and “90-second” competitions not use PowerPoint. There will be more information on how we’re going to do this. As I’ve explained, however, the general idea is that teams not advancing to the final round will give their short, “ethics only” presentation on Saturday morning. (We’ll have three divisions [composition yet to be determined]; each will have a winner and runner-up.) Then, one member from each team will compete in a “90-second” competition. (Two divisions; a $500 prize in each.) 

TEAM MEMO #4

We’ve been making some changes to how the competition will go this year, so I wanted to keep everyone informed.

1. Because of the soft economy, everyone is facing tighter times. My budget for this spring has been cut, yet we had more (and bigger) travel requests than ever. In fact, the amount requested amounted to about twice what we distributed last year. In order to direct as much money to travel as possible, we’re making the following changes.

a. Instead of having an awards dinner, we’ll be having an awards luncheon. (The university’s caterer raised prices considerably this year, but lunch is less expensive than dinner.) So the Saturday schedule will be: 8:30-10:15 (“ethics only” competition); 10:30-11:30 (“90 second” competition); 11:30-12:30 (final round for top 4 teams); then the awards lunch, which should end by 3. See below for more details on the competitions.
b. Once again, we’re having to charge a fee for the awards lunch: $35 per person. Details on how to pay this will be forthcoming.
c. We had to lower a couple of the cash prizes. Here’s where we’ve ended up: First Place/Emmons Prize ($1,000), 3 runners up ($500 each); Meggitt ethics award ($500); 2 essay prizes ($500 each); 2 Ernst & Young “90 second” competition prizes ($500 each).

2. My scheduling note didn’t uncover any major problems, so the preliminary round will take place on Thursday and Friday. We’re going to introduce divisions this year: 1 graduate and 3 undergraduate (arranged geographically).

 

GRADUATE UNDERGRAD 1 UNDERGRAD 2 UNDERGRAD 3
Cal Poly Dartmouth College US Naval Academy Cal State Bakersfield
CEU Business School, Hungary Fairfield University Loras College Concordia Irvine
Indiana University New York University, Stern Loyola University Chicago Loyola Marymount University
Middle East Technical University SUNY Potsdam McKendree University University of San Francisco
Polytechnic Institute Villanova University Montgomery College University of Southern California
University of Kansas US Military Academy Claflin University University of Oregon
University of St. Thomas La Salle University University of Illinois University of Arizona

 

Each division will have a winner and a runner-up. However, it will be up to the committee of the “überjudges” to determine which 4 teams advance to the final round. (Each presentation room will have an “überjudge” who will see all of the presentations in that room over both days and who will keep his or her own ranking of the teams. This will be added to the scores from the judging sheets in order to determine who makes it into the final round. This corrects for the unavoidable variability that comes from our having to use so many judges. This worked last year to add more fairness to the competition.) The goal is to have the top 4 teams from the entire field compete in the final round. The decision would be made early Friday evening. 

3. I will be getting you more details about the new “ethics only” and “90 second” competitions. But here’s the main idea. As you know, in the final championship round, teams give an abbreviated presentation (this year, 10 minutes) which focuses on the ethical issues involved. The point of the Saturday morning “ethics only” competition is to have the rest of the field do the same thing. The “90 second” competition will involve 1 person from the team. The set-up is to imagine that you’re at a meeting where the issue your team is working on is being discussed. You want to make sure everyone there recognizes that there’s an ethical issue and then pays attention to it. In my experience, at an average meeting, you wouldn’t have more than 90 seconds to do this. The “ethics only” competition will have three divisions (the 24 teams who aren’t in the final round) and the “90 second” competition, two (all 28 teams eligible). Each division will have one or two judges who will make the decisions.

4. A number of people have commented to me that they’re concerned that students are getting too enamored of PowerPoint. So, I propose that the Saturday morning “ethics only” and “90 second competitions” be done without PowerPoint. What do you think?

That’s it for now.  

TEAM MEMO #3

I just want to advise everyone that I've had to delay the final decision on travel funds for a little while longer.  We had more requests and larger requests than ever before (roughly twice the amount we were able to distribute last year). Also, I've just been asked by my Dean to reduce the cost of this year's event.  I'm currently reworking the budget so that I can free up as much money as possible for travel, and I'll advise teams who have applied as soon as I can.

Thanks for your patience and understanding.
 

TEAM MEMO #2

This is my first attempt to come up with a schedule for the competition.  Please take a look at it and let me know what you think.  As I explained earlier, the plan for this year is to have all of the teams do their full presentations on Thursday and Friday so that we can have a couple of additional competitions on Saturday morning.  I've arranged things by distance.  Teams with fewer miles to travel present earlier than those from farther away. It's still early enough to make changes if necessary.

Thanks for your assistance.

THURSDAY, April 16

FRIDAY, April 17

3:30 PM

University of St. Thomas

McKendree University

University of Kansas

Dartmouth

METU

CEU

2:00 PM

Loras College

University of Oregon

University of Illinois

SUNY Potsdam

US Military Academy

US Naval Academy

12:30 PM

University of Arizona

Cal State Bakersfield

USF

Fairfield University

New York University, Stern

La Salle University

10:30 AM

USC

Cal Poly

Concordia Irvine

Villanova University

Claflin University

Polytechnic Institute of New York

9:00 AM

LMU

Montgomery College

Loyola University Chicago

Indiana University


TEAM MEMO #1

I'm happy to inform you that your application to participate in this year's LMU/ECOA Intercollegiate Business Ethics Case Competition has been accepted.  The field currently stands at 29 teams (listed below). 

 

Please note that, consistent with the way we've done things for the last few years, in order for a team to receive a cash prize or divisional award (and, thus, in order to advance into the final round): 1) all deadlines (see below) must be met; and 2) the presentation must be structured so that the audience imagined is a group from business (senior managers, board of directors, etc.), not a legislative body, for example.

 

I am still working on the requests for financial aid. I hope to have decisions shortly.

 

2009 FIELD

 

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Cal State Bakersfield

CEU Business School, Hungary

Claflin University

Concordia Irvine

Dartmouth College

Fairfield University

Indiana University, Kelley School of Business

La Salle University, Philadelphia

Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa

Loyola Marymount University

Loyola University Chicago

McKendree University

Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Montgomery College

New York University, Stern

Polytechnic Institute of New York University

SUNY Potsdam

University of Arizona

University of Illinois

University of Kansas

University of Oregon, Lundquist College

University of San Francisco

University of Southern California

University of St. Thomas

US Military Academy at West Point

US Naval Academy

Villanova University

Willamette University, Atkinson Graduate School

 

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IMPORTANT DEADLINES

 

March 27          Executive Summaries Due                     

                            

  Banquet Team RSVP Form Due

                                with Entrée Selections       

 

April 3               Team PowerPoints Due

                    

April 10              Essays Due (optional)

   (a)Carol and Stanley Botts Servant Leadership Essay

        $1,000

                           (b) Simone de Beauvoir Essay $500