JBU Construction Management Students Awarded Top Position in Ethics Competition

JBU Construction Management Students Awarded Top Position in Ethics Competition

SILOAM SPRINGS, Arkansas (May 1, 2024) – The JBU Construction Management team was awarded the top position in the written report category of the virtual Ethics competition hosted by the American Institute of Constructors on April 12. The JBU ethics team also secured third place in the oral presentation segment.

The ethics team members were junior Bryce O'Dell, sophomore Amanda Riedy, junior Benjamin Vaughn and junior Nick Ware.

During the event, JBU's team addressed various ethical and industry-related issues before a panel of AIC Collegiate members representing institutions nationwide.

The ethical concerns were framed within a case scenario, allowing the JBU team to dissect and explain why such industry practices were deemed unethical.

"I thought it was a pretty awesome opportunity to practice approaching a new problem with a solid team," said Vaughn. "It was especially fun to figure out how to compartmentalize the problem and divvy out the work in a manner that played to each member’s respective strengths."

Participation in the competition was open to accredited schools in the U.S. offering construction management programs.

The team first submitted a response paper for the initial round of the competition, followed by the virtual presentation against three other teams.

"Participating in the ethics competition was a fantastic opportunity to bring diverse perspectives to the table," said Riedy. "It underscored the importance of considering varied viewpoints in ethical decision-making processes while representing women in construction."

John Brown University is a leading private Christian university, training students to honor God and serve others since 1919. Arkansas’ top-ranked university (The Wall Street Journal) and top-ranked regional university (U.S. News), JBU enrolls more than 2,200 students from 37 states and 42 countries in its traditional undergraduate, graduate, online and concurrent education programs. JBU offers over 50 undergraduate majors, with top programs including nursing, psychology, business, computer science, construction management, graphic design, family and human services, and engineering. Eighteen graduate degrees are available in business, counseling, cybersecurity, and education.

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