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For immediate release
June 3, 2004

Contact: Jacquie Lucy


Baltimore County, Md. – Dr. Steve O. Tanner, dean of Liberal Arts at The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC), recently announced the winners for the CCBC Ethics Week Essay Contest held in April. Heather Dedmon of Owings Mills garnered first place at CCBC Catonsville. Second and third place awards were not awarded on the Catonsville campus. At CCBC Dundalk, Lisa Howard from Brooklyn Park, Md. captured first place. David Etzel, an Our Lady of Mount Carmel parallel enrollment program (PEP) student from Baltimore City, took second place and Sharon Merson of Essex, Md. earned the third place award.

Abdul Ali Abdurrahman from Parkville, Md. won first place at CCBC Essex for his essay, “A Case for Civil Disobedience.” The full text of his essay was printed in the Montage, the CCBC Essex student newspaper. Michael Cox of Baltimore won the second place award and Michael Vogtman of Parkville, Md. took third place. All winners received cash prizes provided by the Student Activities offices of their respective campuses.

CCBC’s Eighth Annual Ethics Week was sponsored by the Language, Philosophy, and Humanities department of the Liberal Arts division, and supported in part by the Hoffberger Center for Professional Ethics at the University of Baltimore. Dr. Benjamin Carson, world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon, gave the keynote address at CCBC Essex in conjunction with the Student Life Speaker’s Series.

Other events included a lecture at CCBC Catonsville on animal rights and welfare by international authority Kim Stallwood; a presentation by Dr. Wayne Alt, Liberal Arts, on ethical issues in the context of higher education and a panel discussion on biomedical ethics led by Robert Solomon of the CCBC School of Health Professions. CCBC Dundalk hosted Lauren Andres and John Jowers, two students from University of Maryland College Park Honor Council, to share their experiences with CCBC students trying to decide “Should CCBC adopt a student ‘honor code?’”

Bill Barry’s Labors Studies program at CCBC Dundalk hosted an evening event, “Ethical Clothing,” featuring John Connor of the Grassroots Coalition. Connor described his efforts to create a worker-owned co-operative to manufacture clothing in Maryland.

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