students talking at the Ethics Bowl
By Roanoke College News

Roanoke College Students to Deliberate "Ethics and Higher Education"

Four Roanoke College students will participate in The Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges’ (VFIC) 21st annual statewide collegiate Wells Fargo Ethics Bowl on February 9-10, 2020, at the University of Lynchburg in Lynchburg, VA. The Roanoke College team will compete head-to-head against other highly qualified student teams from Virginia’s 15 leading independent colleges and universities, deliberating case studies highlighting ethical dilemmas.

Members of the Roanoke College team are: Bradley Bommarito, junior; Alexa Chapman, senior; Sophia Kachur, sophomore; and Johnson Mihaly, senior. The faculty coordinator for the team is Dr. Brent Adkins, professor of philosophy.

Many notable individuals from a variety of career fields including; business, law, education, finance, journalism and others will listen to team presentations and offer reactions to the students’ presentations.

The Ethics Bowl program will commence with an opening session followed by opening sessions on Sunday afternoon, February 9. On Monday, February 10, competition resumes in the morning. The final round of competition takes place at 11:20 a.m. in the Sydnor Performance Hall in Schewel Hall. The public is invited to attend the match sessions free of charge. The winning team will be announced Monda at 12:30 p.m.. The team from Washington and Lee University took home the Batten Trophy at the 2019 Ethics Bowl.

Founded in 1952, the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges is a nonprofit fund-raising partnership supporting the programs and students of 15 leading independent colleges in the Commonwealth: Bridgewater College, Emory & Henry College, Hampden-Sydney College, Hollins University, Mary Baldwin University, Marymount University, Randolph College, Randolph-Macon College, Roanoke College, Shenandoah University, Sweet Briar College, University of Lynchburg, University of Richmond, Virginia Wesleyan University, and Washington and Lee University. For additional information on the VFIC, visit