College Ethics Symposium
College Ethics Symposium

Ethics Committee Chairman, Jim Webb with , US House Speaker John Boehner. Speaker Boehner was the speaker for our 40th College Ethics Symposium. 


42nd Annual College Ethics Symposium


Dear Student/Faculty Member: 

We invite you to join us on beautiful Hilton Head Island, SC for our 42th annual College Ethics Symposium. This year’s event will be held on Thursday October 17/(afternoon) through Saturday (noon) October 19, 2019.

We limit the number of students to 100 and utilize a first registered, first accepted process. We encourage junior or senior students and a faculty member from each institution.  All colleges and universities are eligible to attend.

The mission of the Ethics Symposium Committee is “To foster ethical decision making by utilizing Christian as well as other faith’s moral values.” We are respectful of the principals and values of other faiths and take care to encourage everyone to express their opinions.

It’s not all work and no play.  The first thing on the agenda is a time for the students and faculty to meet each other via a beach party held on Thursday afternoon. You’ll stay in guest homes on the Island and on Thursday evening you’ll be a part of lively dinner/ discussion with not only your host but other students.

Students from the various Colleges/Universities are broken into small groups, where they have an opportunity to discuss current ethical issues facing each of us today and especially students entering the workplace for the first time. Experienced facilitators help in that process.  Faculty members have their own programs.

Friday has a wide variety of activities. Our committee is now working on a combination of ideas from previous students and faculty, plus some new twists offered by our committee.

Friday evening we invite your hosts to join us for dinner. This is always followed by a program that we hope you can't experience at other places. Last year we felt ethical decisions from around the world. Note the information regarding our very interesting speaker Izidor Ruckel at the bottom of this page. 

This year we're pleased to have David Lauderdale as our speaker. David has been a prominent fixture within the Hilton Head Island community for many years. He is the Senior Editor and Columnist for the Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette. Ethics within the media will be a timely subject. David's bio can be found under Keynote Speaker on this site.

Saturday morning you’re wrapping up with your small groups and then headed home.

The Ethics Symposium Committee takes care of all expenses once you have arrived on the Island. For registration information contact Steve Miller 

Expanded information about this opportunity is located within this web site.

We look forward to your participation in this long-standing tradition.

Jim Webb, Chairman


"The time is always right to do what is right"

                                                     Martin Luther King Jr. 




Our 2018 Speaker was Izidor Rucker. Here is a recap of why we chose this fantastic person to give our key note address.


We're not alone in experiencing unethical behaviour. Much of the world lives where unethical activities become a way of life...or death. 

During the 2018 Symposium we were pleased to welcome Izidor Ruckel as our speaker. Mr. Ruckel has first hand knowledge of growing up in a society where handling orphans was anything but ethical. 


Mr. Ruckel shared his personal experiences of surviving insurmountable odds, and finding a way out of an unimaginable orphanage and making his way to the USA and Christ. His life is still dedicated to changing the Romanian system and freeing fellow orphans. 

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