Business Students Participate in Ethics Competition



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Highlands business students who competed in an ethics competition include Miguel García, back left, Nelson Hsiao, business faculty Melanie Zollner, and Dana Bishop. From the front left are business faculty Carla Romero and business student Angelique Mares.

Las Vegas, N.M – New Mexico Highlands University business students participated in the Fourth New Mexico Business Ethics Case Competition Nov.  9 – 10 at the University of New Mexico.

Students in business faculty Melanie Zollner’s Business Ethics course represented Highlands at the competition. Zollner coached the students for the competition along with business faculty Carla Romero.

“Our students did a wonderful job coming together and working as a team in this challenging competition,” Zollner said. “The judges were very complimentary about our team’s level of preparation.”

The students included three students from the Highlands main campus, Miguel García, Nelson Hsiao, and Angelique Mares, as well as Dana Bishop from the Highlands Farmington Center. All are business majors except Hsiao, who is a computer science major and business minor.

“The goal of the School of Business is to help form future business leaders with strong ethics. This ethics competition is a unique opportunity to gain experience examining a business case study and then develop a strategy for ethical behavior through addressing legal and financial implications,” Zollner said.

Zollner said she makes it a point to stress ethics in every business course she teaches at Highlands, with the Business Ethics course providing the chance to delve deeply into the important and always-timely subject.

“In Business Ethics we take a close look at an organization’s code of ethics, values, training, compliance with laws and regulations, global ethics, sustainability and leadership,” Zollner said.

Zollner has led a team of Highlands business students to the New Mexico Business Ethics Case Competition since its inception.