Tuesday, March 24, 2015

2015 Business Plan Competition

This year's Business Plan Competition takes place on Friday, March 27. Twenty student teams will be competing for a total of $75,000 in prize funding, as well as mentoring, collaboration facility access, and legal services.  Of the twenty teams, ten are competing in the Entrepreneurial Ventures Track and ten other teams will compete in the Technology Ventures Track.

The presentations will be held on Friday morning, with teams advancing to the finalist round in the afternoon, after which judges will select winning teams.  Winners of the UNM Business Plan Competition will be announced at the Awards Banquet that evening.  At the competition banquet, held at 6:00 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Albuquerque and emceed by John Garcia of Homebuilders Association of Central New Mexico, there will also be a finalist round of the Elevator Pitch Competition followed by dinner and the presentation of the Pitch Competition and Business Plan Competition winners.

For more information on the Business Plan Competition, click HERE. For more information and reservations, please contact Alberto Solis at 505-277-6172 or albertos@unm.edu.

Michael Swanson To Speak at Boerigter Breakfast Program

The Boerigter Business Breakfast Program features Michael Swanson, Ph.D., Senior Vice President and agricultural economist and consultant with Wells Fargo & Company discussing "Chili, Pecans, and Natural Resources - More Closely Linked Than You Might Have Thought."

Based in Minneapolis, Swanson's responsibilities include analyzing the impact of energy on agriculture, forecasting for key agricultural commodities, such as wheat, soybeans, corn, and cotton, and livestock sectors, such as cattle, dairy, and hogs. Additionally, he helps develop credit and risk strategies for Wells Fargo's customers, and performs macroeconomic and international analysis on agricultural production and agribusiness.

The presentation takes place on April 30, 2015 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel.

Reserve your seat online today! Contact Felicia Rodriquez at 505-277-1504 for more information or to be added to the invitation list.

UNM Anderson hosts the Boerigter Business Breakfast Program to present relevant topics of interest to Anderson's community of friends. The UNM Anderson Boerigter Business Breakfast Program is sponsored by the Anderson School and the generosity of George and Sibilla Boerigter and SoundOff Signal.

CliftonLarsonAllen Pledges $15,000 For Scholarship

The Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico is pleased to announce that CliftonLarsonAllen LLP (CLA) has generously pledged $15,000 toward the education of Anderson students.

The CliftonLarsonAllen LLP Diversity and Accounting Student Scholarship will support undergraduate and graduate students in accounting at the UNM Anderson School. 

Craig White, Interim Dean at UNM Anderson, expressed his appreciation for CliftonLarsonAllen’s commitment to Anderson students. "CliftonLarsonAllen has always been an outstanding supporter of the Anderson School’s Accounting Program,” said White.  “The firm provides our students with internships, permanent job opportunities, and now a scholarship to support the diversity of those entering the accounting profession.”

Sulemain Kassicieh Appointed FITE Chair

UNM Anderson Interim Dean Craig White announces that Dr. Sulemain Kassicieh has been appointed as Chair of the Department of Finance, International, Technology, and Entrepreneurship.

Dr. Kassicieh received his B.S. and M.B.A. from the University of New Mexico, and his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. He joined the faculty of UNM Anderson in 1981. He holds the rank of Distinguished Professor, is the Endowed Chair in Economic Development, and is a past holder of professorships including the Regents’ Professorship, the Albert Franklin Black Professorship in Entrepreneurship, and the ASM Foundation Professorship. He also oversees the annual Technology Business Plan Competition and Entrepreneurial Challenge.

Congratulations to Dr. Kassicieh!

Michelle Arthur Appointed DOS Chair

UNM Anderson Interim Dean Craig White announces that Dr. Michelle Arthur has been selected as Chair of the Department of Organizational Studies.

Dr. Arthur earned her B.A. at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, her M.A. at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and her Ph.D. at the University of Illinois. She joined the faculty of the University of New Mexico in 2002. She has been a holder of the ASM Alumni Endowed Professorship, the Albert and Mary Jane Black Professorship, the Regents’ Professorship of Management, and the Foundation Board Endowed Fellowship
Congratulations to Dr. Arthur!

Leadership New Mexico Award

Doug Brown, Dean Emeritus of UNM Anderson, will be recognized for his outstanding leadership and dedication to the State of New Mexico at the 2015 Leadership New Mexico Annual Dinner on May 1, 2015. The Distinguished Leadership Award recognizes individuals who have used their leadership skills to improve the quality of life for New Mexico.

Since its founding in 1995, Leadership New Mexico has provided a non-partisan perspective on statewide topics of concern and opportunities for improvement. The organization identifies current and emerging leaders throughout New Mexico, enhances their leadership skills and deepens their knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing the state.

The 2015 Leadership New Mexico Annual Dinner will be held Friday, May 1 at the Sandia Resort and Casino in Albuquerque. Registration forms for sponsorship opportunities and dinner tickets are available online HERE or by calling 505-398-1500.

Anderson Professors' Paper Among Top Five Downloaded

Dr. Michele Chwastiak's and Dr. Joni Young's recent paper 'Silences In Annual Reports,' published in the journal Critical Perspectives in Accounting, was recently featured as being among the top five articles downloaded from the journal's online archive.

The paper explores how social injustice is fostered and perpetrated through the implicit and explicit silencing of iniquities on the part of corporations in order to maximize profits.

Congratulations to Dr. Chwastiak and Dr. Young!