Friday, October 18, 2013

EMBA Information Session November 13

Jackson Student Center
Interested in earning an EMBA?

Make plans now to join us on Wednesday, November 13 in the Jackson Student Center for an information session.   

The Executive MBA Program will be explained in detail including everything from the application process to the schedule. Current students, alumni, and faculty will also be on hand to offer their insights into the program and answer questions. Light refreshments will be served.

Contact the Executive and Professional Education (EPE) staff at 505-277-2525 to reserve your seat today!

A Season of Giving

The Fourth Annual Executive MBA Perseverance Scholarship Fundraiser Thanksgiving Dinner will take place on Friday, November 8 from 6:00 – 8:00 the Jackson Student Center. The event will feature special guest speaker Dr. Allen Parkman who will discuss the Government Shutdown and Debt Ceiling.

The proceeds from the Thanksgiving Dinner benefit the Perseverance Fund, created by the EMBA Class of ‘09 to honor their classmate Paul Cravens. The fund is designed to support a second-year EMBA student who personifies perseverance. 

This year's recipient will be nominated and chosen by the members of the Class of 2014. The honoree will be chosen by his or her classmates and receive a $500 cash award from the fund. The award recipient will be announced on December 7, 2013.

Tickets can be purchased at the door at a cost of $20 per person, cash or check only.

To RSVP click here - select “Perseverance Scholarship Fund” in the “Direct your donation” dropdown menu.

If you have questions please contact Aline Gonzales at 277-2545 or

Dean Brown Honored

On Thursday, October 17 Dean Doug Brown received the Career Achievement Award from Albuquerque Business First. 

This was the first year the award was handed out.  The judges decided to recognize Dean Brown for his work at the Anderson School of Management, as the former New Mexico State Treasurer, and co-founder of Talbot Financial Services among many high profile board positions.

Dean Brown was honored at the Top CEOs reception and luncheon where he received a standing ovation. Congratulations Dean Brown!

Congratulations to Leslie Hoffman

Leslie Hoffman, Zia Award Recipient
Anderson Alum Leslie Hoffman received the Zia Award from the University of New Mexico this year. 

The Zia Award is given to New Mexico residents with a UNM degree who have distinguished themselves in any one or more of the following categories: philanthropic endeavor, public office, service to the University community and other volunteer activities, business or professional fields, or who have made a contribution to education.

Leslie Hoffman (MBA, BA) began her career as a journalist, but a tour in the Peace Corps in El Salvador swayed her career pursuits toward community development. She worked as a microfinance practitioner and manager with Acción New Mexico * Arizona * Colorado for eight years before beginning her own consulting group, LEH Consulting. She is particularly interested in small for-profit and non-profit businesses.

Leslie is a member of the APS Education Foundation Board, on the board of the Hank Trewhitt Alumni Award, and teaches marketing and microfinance undergraduate business courses at UNM Anderson and is a guest lecturer for the CNM entrepreneurship program.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Anderson Alum Recognized

Jerry Pacheco
 Anderson alumnus Jerry Pacheco was recently named one of the '50 Influentials' by Hispanic Business magazine.   Jerry Pacheco was appointed by The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas to its El Paso Branch board of directors in April 2013. He will fill the remainder of a three-year term ending on Dec. 31, 2014.  Mr. Pacheco is president of Global Perspectives Integrated Inc., a New Mexico international trade and project management company. He earned a BBA in marketing, an MBA in international management and a master's degree in Latin American studies from the University of New Mexico.

The bios are listed alphabetically at:

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.