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SUNY Potsdam Business Administration Students Compete in Global Business Ethics Event

May 31, 2024
Five Students Present Business Ethics Arguments at the International Business Ethics Case Competition 

From left, Jacob Boyanski, Morgan Darling, Colby Derocher, faculty advisor Dr. Ed Portugal, Jordan Fisher and Garrett Schnorr pose for a group photo after competing at the 2024 International Business Ethics Case Competition, held at the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Mount Ida Campus.

A team of SUNY Potsdam students recently competed in the 2024 International Business Ethics Case Competition held at the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Mount Ida Campus. The intensive three-day competition included teams from across the U.S., Canada and as far as Hong Kong. 

The Potsdam team competed against formidable teams from various colleges and universities throughout the country and overseas.  

“I truly believed that the team had a chance to win, but the other teams were more convincing with the judges. Our team worked hard, created a powerful PowerPoint, practiced incessantly, and were dressed for success,” said Professor of Business Administration Dr. Ed Portugal, who served as faculty advisor. “The mix of majors in the SUNY Potsdam team contributed to a multi-faceted ethical issue case about the accessibility of insulin for diabetics. They presented with sincerity and professionalism. Our students will take with them valuable memories and experiences as they take on professional positions in organizations knowing that business ethics is necessary for business success.” 

  The SUNY Potsdam team included: 

  • Jacob Boyanski ’25 of Plessis, N.Y., whose major is business administration 
  • Morgan Darling ’24 of Colchester, Conn., whose major is English literature and writing 
  • Colby Derocher ’24 of Caryville, N.Y., whose major is business administration 
  • Jordan Fisher ’24 of Heuvelton, N.Y., whose major is business administration 
  • Garrett Schnorr ’24 of Camillus, N.Y., whose major is physics and applied mathematics 

“We are extremely proud of our SUNY Potsdam students for their preparation and formidable performance in the International Business Ethics Case Competition. Applied learning is a key outcome of a Potsdam education, with the collaborative student experiences required in this competition providing authentic preparation for a career in business administration,” said Dr. Allen Grant, dean of The School of Education and Professional Studies. “Clearly, our students have gained much through the competitive process, and I have no doubt that each of them will carry the lessons learned as they embark on their careers beyond Potsdam.” 

SUNY Potsdam’s Department of Business Administration prepares students for fulfilling and successful careers, with flexible undergraduate and graduate programs offered both online and in person in Potsdam and in Watertown. For more information, visit 

About SUNY Potsdam:  

Founded in 1816, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges—and the oldest institution within SUNY. Now in its third century, SUNY Potsdam is distinguished by a legacy of pioneering programs and educational excellence. The College currently enrolls approximately 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its challenging liberal arts and sciences core, distinction in teacher training and culture of creativity. To learn more, visit 

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