Students ask community leaders about their experiences with ethical dilemmas.

Winona community leaders shared tough ethical choices they have faced in their jobs during a “Community Ethical Dilemma Workshop” presented as an Ethical Communication and Leadership class project. After a presentation on the textbook method of working through ethical scenarios, the six community members brought a real-world, human side to the academic aspect. The leaders described their sometimes complicated, always challenging situations, and led small groups of students to discuss possible options and consequences — as well as what really happened in each case. The class is part of the Strategic Communication major and Leadership minor curriculum. The event was co-sponsored by the Leadership Club.

Community participants included: Lyn Sweazy, general manager of Riverport Inn and Express Suites; Sandra Burke ‘81, executive director of Winona Volunteer Services; Lezlea Dahlke, director of Winona Public Library; Doug Nopar, policy program organizer for Land Stewardship Project; Marie Kovecsi, Winona County commissioner; and Steve Baumgart, Goodview mayor and former paramedic. Students directing the group project were Jenni Babolik, Dawn Gilyard, Danielle Miller, Maria Missurelli, Christine Neuman, and Emily Vlahos.