Business students take third in ethics video competition

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A video by three Lipscomb University students was a top three finalist in this year’s NASBA annual Ethics in Action Student Video Competition. The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy started the film competition in 2010.

The competition’s theme this year was “Ethics Gone Viral”. It is sponsored by the Dean Institute for Corporate Governance and Integrity at Lipscomb University.

Three Lipscomb University students from John E. Crawford’s promotional strategy class placed third in the short film category. Jason Zeigler, Kathryn Stuart and Jacob Street entered the video competition under the team name JNJ and their video, “Abusing the Company Car”, took third place in the 3-5-minute Short Film Category. First place went to Team Kidz Inc. from the University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, N.M.) and second place went to INAM from Liberty University (Lynchburg, V.A.).

“I thought our video was awesome and I was glad to see that others had thought the same,” said Stuart, a junior, from Blairsville, Ga. When asked why is it important to promote ethics in the business world, Stuart said, “We should always do the right thing and always remember the Golden Rule. Numbers 32:23 says your sins will find you out. Therefore you should always do the right thing because the wrong way will be uncovered.”

Due to the many scandals that the accounting profession was facing in 2004 such as Enron, the president of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy, David Costello, felt it was necessary to create an organization that primarily focused on the issues of ethics in business, education and society.  Thus NASBA Center for the Public Trust was created. The organization is geared to focusing on businesses, corporations and individuals who act in an ethical manner. 

Lipscomb launched the pilot NASBA Student Center for the Public Trust chapter in 2009 allowing for the campus to be a model for other chapters nationwide. In 2010, two teams from Lipscomb placed second and third in the first video competition. Ethics in action was theme for the video competition. Students portrayed real life scenarios and how they would handle the situation.

The video competition focuses on accountability and ethics in the business world. The Center for the Public Trust created the competition to influence and educate future leaders on accountability, integrity and ethics.

For more information about the competition and the NASBA please visit-