Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Anderson Announces New Development Officer

The University of New Mexico Foundation is pleased to announce the hiring of Emily Fox as the new senior development officer at the Anderson School of Management. 

Fox was hired after an extensive national search and comes to UNM after spending the past 17 years at the Discovery Center of Springfield in Springfield, MO and serving most recently as its executive director.  At UNM, she will be responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major gift donors and prospects for the Anderson School. Emily will also oversee activities with the Anderson Foundation Board, Anderson Alumni Council, and Anderson community events including the Hall of Fame, the school’s largest fundraiser that recognizes successful Anderson alumni.

Dean Doug Brown of UNM Anderson looks forward to working with Emily and her continued success at the business school. “The whole team is ready to embrace Emily’s leadership, experience and enthusiasm,” said Brown.  

“We are so excited to welcome Emily to the UNM family. She is going to be a great fit and asset to the development operation,” says Larry Ryan, VP of University Development at the UNM Foundation.

Emily’s first day at UNM will be Monday, December 9.  She takes over the position from Ernest Rodriguez-Naaz who served as Anderson’s development officer for the past six years.

Monday, November 4, 2013

A Message from Dean Brown

“Guanxi.”  That’s the word in Chinese pinyin to refer to having influence and connections.  Fortunately, MIS Professor Xin “Robert” Luo has guanxi in abundance and has opened doors for the Anderson School throughout leading Chinese universities.

Led by Robert’s efforts, a small contingent of Anderson faculty visited three Chinese universities last week and received strong interest in crafting various student exchange and degree programs.  Our strategy continues to target leading universities in China’s secondary cities, cities which are largely overlooked by elite U.S. universities.

Attracting students from abroad gives those students valuable exposure to the U.S., and many stay on to add talent to our local community.  Their presence also provides a degree of global exposure for New Mexico students.  Even better is when we can get our students to study abroad, an effort that often involves financial subsidies.

Crisis Management Panel

The Language of Architecture: A Lecture By Daniel Libeskind

Daniel Libeskind is an internationally-acclaimed architect whose buildings include the Jewish Museum in Berlin, the Imperial War Museum North in Greater Manchester, the London Metropolitan University Graduate Centre,  the Wohl Centre at the Bar-Ilan University in Ramat-Gan, Israel, the extension to the Denver Art Museum, and the Ground Zero Master Plan, NYC.

Among his many awards are: the 2001 Hiroshima Art Prize, awarded to an artist whose work promotes international understanding and peace; the 2006 Royal Institute of British Architects International Award for the Wohl Centre; the 2011 American Institute of Architects Medal of Honor; and the 2010 Buber-Rosenzweig Medal. awarded to individuals or institutions, for having actively contributed to Christian-Jewish understanding. Mr. Libeskind is the first architect to ever receive this honor.
The lecture is scheduled for Thursday, November 7th at 5:30pm in Woodward Hall and is free and open to the public. The School of Architecture and Planning Alumni Association will host a reception at George Pearl Hall following the lecture at 7pm.
The lecture is co-sponsored by the Anderson School of Management, the School of Architecture and Planning, the Office of the Provost, and the International Studies Institute.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Entrepreneurial Speaker Series

Stacy Sacco, Entrepreneurial Studies, announces a series of speakers in the month of November who will share their insights on a number of topics relevant to the Anderson community 

Tuesday, 11/5/13
7:00 p.m.
Andy Lim
CEO, POS Lavu,
ASM 1017, MGT 384, Professional  Selling
Andy will talk about the challenges and opportunities of starting a new business.

Thursday, 11/7/13
8:00 a.m.
Ted Trujillo
Director, Sandoval County Small Business Development Center,
ASM 1064, MGT 324, New Venture Strategies
Ted will discuss the components of a business plan and the tactical steps to start a small business

Tuesday, 11/12/13
7:00 p.m.
Kim Blueher
Director of Lending, WESST,
ASM 1017, MGT 384, Professional  Selling
Kim will share her insights on the loan application process and how to present yourself and your small business to funders to obtain financing.

The lectures are open to all of the Anderson School community.  If you would like to attend any of these lectures, please contact Stacy Sacco to reserve a seat:

Dr. Brody Honored

UNM Anderson School of Management Accounting Professor Dr. Rich Brody will receive the 2013 Outstanding Accounting Educator Award from the New Mexico Society of Certified Public Accountants (NMSCPA).

Dr. Brody was selected by the NMSCPA for his outstanding accomplishments in the classroom that enhance the reputation of the CPA profession.  He  has been a faculty member at Anderson since 2006.

Dr. Brody will be honored at the 19th annual Pride in the Profession luncheon on Friday, November 8 at the Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown. Congratulations!

Native Art Market November 13 & 14

The American Indian Business Association is holding its second Native Art Market at the University of New Mexico as part of its celebration of American Indian Heritage Month.

The show will take place on November 13 and 14, 2013 in the SUB Ballrooms from 9 am to 6 pm.

"Heritage Month is a time to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures, traditions and histories of Native Peoples, and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native Peoples," says AIBA advisor Jaye Francis. "And sharing our art and culture is one of the best ways we can carry on that dialogue."

In keeping with last year, AIBA has asked a former UNM alumni artist to open the Market. Last year, Navajo artist Shane Hendren opened the market. This year, J.T. Willie is the featured artist. J.T. Willie is an award winning Navajo artist who has combined beadwork and silverwork to create amazing jewelry and accessories. This year, he was named by the Indian Arts and Crafts Association as their Artist of the Year for his beaded dress and accoutrements. His work has inspired AIBA to add a Fashion Show this year.

This is a juried show presenting handmade and handcrafted art made by American Indian artists. The show is open to the public.

For more information, contact Jaye Francis: 277-8889,

UNM Students Heading to Northern Italy

The Anderson School Community is invited to join a group of UNM business students and friends on a trip to Northern Italy over spring break 2014.  This custom tour will highlight the Italian lakes, starting and ending in Milan. 

See where Ernest Hemingway wrote his novel ‘A Farewell to Arms,’ travel into Southern Switzerland to the “Monte Carlo of Switzerland,” and experience the Italian-made amaretti (almond or apricot kernel biscuits) and Amaretto.  Explore Bellagio, Verona, Limone, and more than five lakes while learning about the culture, history, economy, people, and more! 

Contact professional faculty member Linda Shul at if you are interested in joining the group.

AIBA Fall Semester Service Project

Front row L-R: Alicia Ortega, Marie Schulenberg, and Jaye Francis;
Back row L-R: Jamie Rivera, Tracy Yazzie, Christina Tewa, and Andres Lazo
Members of the American Indian Business Association, lead by Jaye Francis of UNM Anderson, recently donated their time at the Roadrunner Food Bank. 

AIBA members bagged, sealed, labeled, and packed pinto beans for food boxes for senior citizens. Every semester, AIBA selects a service project to give back to the community.

If you would like to get involved contact Jaye Francis at or 277.8889.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Anderson’s Inaugural Elevator Pitch Competition

If you had just sixty seconds to pitch the best idea of your life,
how would you go about it?
Eighteen students put themselves to the test,
competing for nearly $1000 in cash and prizes in the Anderson School's first annual Elevator Pitch Competition sponsored by Target on October 22.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Matchmaking Entrepreneurs @UNM

Are you still looking for a co-founder or an exciting startup to join at UNM? Attend the Matchmaking Entrepreneurs @UNM event to meet aspiring entrepreneurs from all corners of the UNM community.

WHEN: Wed, Oct 30, 3pm-5:30pm


Brought to you by UNM and, Matchmaking Entrepreneurs @UNM is a finely tuned networking event that will help you find the perfect business partners. Click here to RSVP today!

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.