Monday, October 14, 2013

A Message from Dean Doug Brown

Are you ready, ready to seize opportunity? Or are you too bogged down with daily tasks?

Many business executives do not realize the importance of being caught up and staying caught up with everyday tasks. When the boss comes down the hall and asks who can take on some new project, will you be able and willing to do so? Not if you have a backlog of unfinished work in your inbox. Not only will your schedule be pre-empted, but even if you do respond to the opportunity, will you be able to give it your best?

As you never know when an opportunity may arise, being ready at all times is one of the most important prerequisites to career success. When opportunity knocks, you will be able to answer!

Congratulations to the EMBA Class of 2013!

EMBA Class of 2013
Forty-four members of the Executive MBA Class of 2013 received their diplomas on Saturday, October 5.  The graduation ceremony at Embassy Suites marked the end of the 27 month program. 

During that time these class members experienced so much both in and out of the classroom. 

There were marriages, promotions, new jobs, and lots of babies. Ten babies were born during the program! And two more will arrive this winter and another two in the upcoming spring months! 

LaMonica Whittaker-Walker was the class speaker and did a wonderful job of summing up the past 27 months – remembering outdoor day, the international trip to China, the assignments, the professors, the friendships, and recognizing all the support the students received from friends and family members.

The latest EMBA class is forming now.  Find out how YOU can make a difference in your career.  Attend the next information session on Wednesday, November 13 from 6 - 8 p.m. in the Jackson Student Center at the Anderson School on the UNM Campus.

For more information contact Megan Hearting at or call (505) 277-2525.

For other information session dates click here!

UNM in Top 15%

Members of the newly formed NEST or Network Exploitation Security Team recently participated in a cyber security awareness competition against the top schools in the United States and around the world. 

The UNM team ranked in the top 15% at the Cyber Security Awareness Week – Capture the Flag Competition hosted by New York University.  The 72 hour competition is designed for undergraduate students who want to learn more about computer security by participating in exercises that require them to react to cyber attacks found in the real world. 

“This type of competition provides a tremendous opportunity to the students,” says Anderson Dean Doug Brown.  “It helps them build both technical and managerial skills that make them very competitive job applicants when they graduate from UNM.” 

More information about the competition is available at 

Network Exploitation Security Team

The Information Assurance program at the University of New Mexico has developed the Network Exploitation Security Team. NEST is a new campus-wide student organization for graduate and undergraduate students with various backgrounds and majors who are interested in information systems and security fields.

NEST was started by Catherine Zittlosen, a UNM Anderson MBA student in the IA program, to give its members the opportunity to grow professionally through training and career guidance by security professionals from Sandia National Labs and Central New Mexico Community College and to provide security assistance and reviews to community organizations. 

Students interested in joining NEST or community organizations who would like a security assessment can contact Catherine Zittlosen at or Alex Seazzu, faculty advisor and Director of the Center for Information Assurance Research & Education, at

UNM Anderson Presentation

Kate Williams and Megan Hearting
Megan Hearting, Student Success Manager for Executive and Professional Education and Kate Williams of Anderson Career Services recently presented on the Educational Skills Gap at the national conference for Convention & Visitor Bureau HR Professionals.

The presentation addressed currently identified skill gaps of new college graduates which include writing and analytical skills, ability to work in a team, and overall professionalism.

Megan & Kate shared their current practices which include integrating academic advisement and career services, developing a student ambassador program, as well as highlighted work by Career Services Manager Natalie Mead to create guidelines for employers who want to develop internship programs.

The program was interactive and provided the HR professionals with a guide to best practices.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

2013 UNM Anderson Homecoming

Dean Doug Brown celebrates homecoming

UNM Anderson welcomed more than 200 alumni, students, faculty, and staff at the 2013 Homecoming tailgate.  Guests enjoyed food from Fuddruckers and good company before heading into University Stadium to cheer on the Lobo football team. 

The only glitch in the day was the final score.  The Lobos were defeated by the UNLV Rebels by a final score of 56 to 42.


Friday, September 27, 2013

Weston Smith Lecture October 7

Weston Smith
The Student Center for Public Trust presents Weston Smith, an outspoken advocate of ethics and integrity. 

Join Mr. Smith on Monday, October 7 for his lecture
"The HealthSouth Fraud: Rationalizations and Consequences".  His talk in the Jackson Student Center begins at 5 p.m. and is open to all UNM students and the public. 

Smith was once CFO of the Fortune 500 company HealthSouth Corporation, who over a dozen years became a Wall Street darling as it grew from one location to over 2000 in all 50 States. However, underneath the glimmering corporate office, the fleet of corporate jets, and “consistent” earnings reports, laid a multi-year multi-billion dollar financial statement fraud. Weston voluntarily came forward and exposed the fraud to the government, and accepted responsibility for his own actions.

Smith will share his story and discuss ethical dilemmas that students may face in their future careers, and how they can prepare for when situations arise.  He will challenge the students to build their foundation with a strong commitment to ethics and integrity. 

Don't miss this important discussion!

Attention Graduate Accounting Students!

Do you like crunching numbers and fighting crime? 

Apply for the Metro Law Enforcement Internship Program!

UNM Anderson Graduate Accounting Students & Graduate Accounting Students with a concentration in IA are encouraged to apply for the Spring semester by Monday, October 14.

Interested candidates are required to complete an application, be interviewed both internally (UNM) and externally by the Albuquerque Police Department or the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department and have a background check. Selected students will serve as an intern for an entire semester working 8 hours per week with the white collar crime unit of one of the law enforcement agencies.

For more information email Dr. Rich Brody at

CFO Academy Now at UNM Anderson

Executive and Professional Education (EPE) at the UNM Anderson School of Management is the new home of the CFO Academy.  Founded by Brandon Haines and a prestigious board of trustees from diverse organizations, The CFO Academy is a professional association of Chief Financial Officers dedicated to the executive and leadership development of its community.  The move to the Anderson School gives the CFO Academy an increased ability to market its events and develop stronger ties with the business community. 

The CFO Academy’s Professional Development Series offers financial professionals information about the changing nature of their business as well as excellent networking opportunities and continuing education credits. 

Dr. Van Buren
The first event in the upcoming series is Ethics in the C-Suite by UNM Anderson Professor Harry J. Van Buren. Dr. Van Buren will discuss how the C-Suite sets the ethical tone for an organization, for good or for ill.  His interactive presentation will explore how the C-suite can promote a positive ethical tone, what systems need to be in place, and what top managers need to do to make this happen. 

Wednesday, October 30
5 – 8 p.m.
Jackson Student Center on the UNM Campus

The cost is $45 pre-register or $55 at the door. Free parking is included for pre-registers. The public is invited to attend.  Appetizers and refreshments are included and two hours non-technical CPE credit is available.

To register go to CFO Professional Development Series or call 505.277.2525. 

This event is sponsored by CliftonLarsonAllen LLP.

Anderson Memorial

Family members and friends of Donald Douglass and Robert Wertheim gathered at the UNM Alumni Chapel on Friday to remember these two devoted Anderson supporters. Both of these Anderson alums served the school as board members and on the alumni council. 
Mr. Douglass and Mr. Wertheim were honored with tiles on the Celebration Wall and benches named for them are located in the Chapel Garden. 

It was a wonderful way to remember these two men for their continued love and commitment to UNM and the Anderson School of Management.


Anderson Homecoming

Mesa Del Sol was a perfect backdrop for the 2013 Anderson Alumni Association Homecoming event on Thursday evening. 
Guests were greeted by avatar Dean Doug Brown and Dr. Nick Flor's students created a virtual neighborhood where guests could temporarily transform into the Dean, making him walk, turn and even jump!

Mike Daly from Mesa Del Sol, Ann Lerner from the Albuquerque Film Office, and Professor Miguel Gandert, Director of UNM's Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media Program, were on hand to address the crowd and answer questions about their high tech facilities and programs. 

Dr. Nick Flor shows his virtual neighborhood to Doug & Sarah Brown

Also on display were games, films and a medical app created by Dr. Kate McCalmont, Dr. Flor and Anderson students.
(L-R) Dr. McCalmont, Dr. Flor, Ann Lerner

It was a great way to kick off the homecoming weekend festivities.  


Friday, September 20, 2013

Digital Innovation - RSVP today!

Curious to see Anderson's own Dean Doug Brown as an avatar? Want to spend an evening in a cutting-edge virtual environment, complete with games, films, and brand-new student-created digital apps? 

Join the Anderson Alumni Association for Homecoming 2013.  It's a night of fun, food, and innovation featuring UNM's Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media!

Homecoming Community Service Project

For the 4th year in a row, the UNM Alumni Association will collect toilet paper for its annual Roll for the Cause to support the Ronald McDonald House (RMDH) as part of its Homecoming Community Service Project. 

RMDH provides comfort, care and a home away from home for families whose children are in medical treatment.  They service over 70 family members each month in their Albuquerque location.

Also this year, with many Albuquerque Public Schools’ families in need of assistance, the UNM Alumni Association will gather much-needed donations benefiting the APS Title I Homeless Project. 

With nearly 7,000 homeless children and youth in the Albuquerque area, these donations make a tremendous difference in these students’ lives. 

Donations should include travel-size toiletries such as: shampoo, conditioner, hair brushes, soap, lotion, deodorant, toothbrushes and toothpaste.

The UNM Alumni Association will collect items at several locations across campus beginning Monday, September 23rd through Friday, September 27th.  

You can donate items in  boxes located in the Anderson Career Services Office and also at the front desk on the second floor of the west wing. 

Ronald McDonald House

UNM Anderson teamed up with the UNM Alumni Association on Friday to provide dinner for the Ronald McDonald House in Albuquerque.

The team created a BBQ feast complete with BBQ chicken, pork, and links and all the trimmings. It was a great way to start off Homecoming Week 2013.  

There are many activities taking place on campus this week leading up to the UNM vs. UNLV football game on Saturday.

Click here to find out how you can get involved!
Go Lobos!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Anderson Top 5 in the Nation

HispanicBusiness Magazine ranked the UNM Anderson School of Management as the fourth best postgraduate school in the nation for Hispanic students. The ranking marks the fifth year in a row that the Anderson School has received a top ten ranking from the magazine. 

The Anderson School has a total graduate enrollment of 682, with 238, or 34.9 percent, of the student population being Hispanic. Anderson School of Management graduated 243 MBAs, with 96, or 39.5 percent of the students being Hispanic. Of the 54 full time faculty, eight, or 14.8 percent, are Hispanic.

The three schools ahead of UNM Anderson in the rankings are The University of Texas at El Paso, University of California, Berkeley, and New York University.

UNM Law, Engineering, and Medical graduate schools also ranked in the top ten, making the University of New Mexico the only university that made the top 10 in every category. Hispanic Business Magazine says, "UNM always scores high in almost every category, and its programs and efforts to attract and retain Hispanic students are second to none."

Each year, HispanicBusiness Magazine measures and ranks the effectiveness of the nation’s universities in attracting Hispanic students.  For more information on the rankings visit:

Matt Pickard Selected For Publication

Congratulations to Professor Matt Pickard on his recent paper acceptance at the AAA's Journal of Information Systems! Matt and his co-authors M.B. Burns and K.B. Moffitt will be featured in a forthcoming edition of Journal of Information Systems with their paper:  A Theoretical Justification for Using Embodied Conversational Agents (ECAs) to Augment Accounting-Related Interviews.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Anderson Foundation Board of Directors Retreat

The Anderson Foundation Board of Directors kicked off their new year with a retreat and welcomed seven new board members. 

The half day event included updates on board and school events and a presentation by Dr. Scott Taylor on Emotional Intelligence (EI) and how it relates to outstanding leadership and managerial effectiveness.

New to this year's board are:

John L. Attwood
Philip D. Briggs, MD, MBA

Stephanie J. Catasca, CPA
John T. Chavez, CPA
Nim Evatt
Marcus J. Mims, CPA
Xavier Zamarripa

Dr. Scott Taylor's presentation

A Taste of Anderson - A Tasty Success!

Top chefs from Albuquerque's most popular restaurants created quite a smorgasbord Thursday evening at the Taste of Anderson event. Guests sampled dishes while supporting the Rick and Debbie Johnson Marketing Center. 

Debbie Johnson was thrilled with the large number of supporters who attended the event, now in its third year. Guests feasted on a variety of innovative cuisine, wine, champagne, and dessert creations while raising money for marketing students and scholarships at UNM Anderson.

Those is attendance were treated to tasty samples from twenty restaurants including: Savoy, The Artichoke CafĂ©, Scalo, Yanni’s, Nick and Jimmy’s, Marcello’s, Scarpas, Nob Hill Bar and Grill, Seasons ,Zinc, Chow’s, The Cooperage, El Patron, Fan-Tang, Farina Pizzeria & Wine Bar, Farina Alto Pizzeria & Wine Bar, Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town, Kellys Brew Pub, and UNM Chartwells. 

A toast to Dean Doug Brown and Debbie Johnson!

The Johnson Center is about creativity in marketing and business. The name for A Taste of Anderson came from a room that Rick and Debbie had at their ad agency called the creative kitchen where this innovative couple “cooked up” creative ideas.  

If you missed out on this year's event, make plans now to attend A Taste of Anderson 2014!

The Ballroom at Hotel Albuquerque

Monday, September 16, 2013

Business Plan Kick-Off

Provost Chaouki Abdallah, Dean Doug Brown, and Distinguished Professor Dr. Sul Kassicieh welcomed students from all UNM schools and colleges at the kick-off for the 2014 UNM Business Plan Competition. 

The kickoff on Thursday, September 19 in the Jackson Student Center allowed students to get information, meet sponsors, and enjoy great food. 

Students can still get involved!  Contact Libby Sanzero at

You CAN become the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders!



EMBA Supervisor Appreciation

A huge THANK YOU to all of the Executive MBA Supervisors and EMBA students (current and alumni) who attended the EMBA Supervisor Appreciation Reception on Friday, September 13.
We were glad to meet and visit with you, but most importantly collaborate our resources to assist in the success of our future business leaders.
The EMBA program appreciates all of the support, encouragement and guidance that our employers provide to our students!

Executive MBA

Graduates of the UNM Anderson Executive MBA Program have great things to say about their experience.  

"The MBA program allowed me a great deal of interaction with managers and gave me a new set of guidelines for employee succession planning. This has been helpful in growing our company." - Don Power, CEO of Jaynes Corporation 

"The UNM EMBA program has given me the skills to accelerate my career.  The academic experience was second to none," - Mark Moores, Executive Director, NM Dental Association.

Find out how YOU can make a difference in your career.  Attend an information session at the Anderson School on the UNM Campus.

The next session is Tuesday, October 15 from 6 - 8 p.m. in the Jackson Student Center. Contact Audrey Arnold at or call (505) 277-2525.

For other information session dates click here!

IBSG Events

International Business Students Global (IBSG) has developed a new online site where visitors can stay apprised of their many activities and upcoming events including two presentations in October in collaboration with the Albuquerque Council of International Visitors.

October 7
American, American Studies, and American/Terran Relations: Contested by the Global
A one-and-a-half hour discussion with five scholars from the Palestinian Territories will allow for the sharing of ideas about how to study the United States in a global context.

October 10
World Youth Development and Citizenship: A Discussion.
The presentation will feature five Open World Delegation scholars from Tajikistan with professional interests in youth development, human rights, and world society.  In cooperation with the Global Education Office, The International Studies Institute, and The National Securities Program. 

To find out more go to:

IBSG is a group of global and international business professionals comprised of the highest caliber students at the University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management interested in questions of international management, corporate citizenship, and the global political economy. IGBS is hosted by the Anderson's  FITE Department and membership is open to all students. Dr. Manuel Montoya is the faculty advisor. 

Assistance for Small Business Owners

The University of New Mexico Small Business Institute (SBI) at the Anderson School of Management is now accepting applications from small business owners looking for assistance in business projects such as marketing, expansion, financing, or business plans. 

Stacy Sacco, the new SBI Associate Director, says this program is an excellent value for business owners.

“Students not only have access to Anderson instructors, but also several major business databases that would normally cost thousands of dollars to utilize,” says Sacco. 

To participate in this program small business owners can submit an application online at

For additional information on the Small Business Institute program please contact               David Hammitt or (505) 277-8869.

SBI client with UNM Anderson students and Dr. Raj Mahto