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!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Anderson Among Top 100 Part-Time MBA Programs

The Anderson School of Management named as one of the top 100 best part-time MBA programs by U.S. News and World Report. 

UNM Anderson has 200 part-time MBA students, a factor in the school being ranked 99th in the nation.  UNM Anderson offers many late afternoon and evening classes.  U.S. News says part-time business programs are vital for working people who can’t go to school full time for family or financial reasons.

UNM Anderson Interim Dean Craig White agrees. “Part-time MBA students are an important and valued group in Anderson’s graduate program. Their ability to balance commitments brings perspectives that enrich the educational experience of all of the students,” said White.  “We are pleased that U.S. News is highlighting part-time MBA programs and recognizes what UNM Anderson offers to help part-time students accomplish their educational goals in a fashion that meets their needs.”

Nick Flor Featured On FOX News

Professor Nick Flor was recently featured in a segment of 'Cashin' In' on FOX News. Dr. Flor incorporates the show's #WakeUpAmerica hashtag as a teaching tool in his Ph.D. Learning Analytics course through Organization Information Learning Sciences to demonstrate the effectiveness of social media in shaping an environment for social and political issues.

The clip can be found HERE.

Congratulations to Dr. Flor!

New Media Skills

You have access to a whole new world of communication these days, including ways to produce local-business promotional videos or advertisements. As the expectation of A/V production quality rises for web, social media, or podcasting, you can learn to create fantastic output that captures attention. Your natural charisma, charm, and communication style is just one aspect of effectively reaching your audience.

Once you understand the process of production, you can present yourself confidently and persuasively in recorded audio and video segments. New Media Skills #2 is a course that will help you learn the basics of A/V technology, practice your skills, and get comfortable as the “talent” for your organization’s A/V productions. Gain master skills in recording and editing that will equip you to deliver an engaging video presentation.

Class begins Tuesday, March 24 and runs weekly from 6-9 p.m. until April 28.

Register today!

Anderson Marketing Students Chosen For Campaign Competition

UNM is one of 20 schools throughout the country participating in the Energy and Jobs Tomorrow Case Challenge. The program, sponsored by the American Petroleum Institute (API) and developed and managed by EdVenture Partners, challenges students to create an integrated marketing campaign aimed at educating and informing millennials of the wide range of jobs available in the oil and natural gas industry, and driving the target market to the Oil and Gas Workforce website. 

Students in John Benavidez's digital marketing course have formed a student-run agency to develop and execute the campaign, using a $1,500 budget provided by API. In addition to receiving scholarship awards, the top three participating schools will be invited to present their research, campaign plan and results to the API Communications Committee and senior executives in San Francisco.

“Through participation in education-industry programs such as this one, our students are building the hard and soft skills necessary to fuel their future careers,” said Benavidez. “These hands-on learning experiences give UNM graduates an advantage over their peers across the country in the highly competitive job market.”

Finding A Digital Needle In A Haystack


IBSG Receives $25,000 For Brazil Trip

Anderson School of Management is pleased to announce that New Mexico Secretary of Cultural Affairs Veronica Gonzales has contributed the student group International Business Students Global (IBSG) a gift of $25,000 to be used for its upcoming summer presentation in Brazil.

The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs will now be an official co-sponsor of a yearlong strategy to place New Mexico’s cultural economic development into a global context.  Delegates from IBSG along with faculty advisor Dr. Manuel Montoya will be traveling to Rio de Janiero in August to present an advertising campaign focusing on how global resources and ancestral and indigenous traditions respond to and leverage major events like the Olympics. IBSG is partnering with the London School of Economics and the U.S. Embassy and will be presenting the campaign to the Olympic Steering Committee.

“IBSG is emblematic of the work ethic at UNM,” Dr. Montoya said. “The students are hungry; they believe they can change the world, but do so with humility, sincerity, and devotion.”

Congratulations to IBSG and Dr. Montoya!

26th Annual Hall of Fame Awards

Sam Baca, Steven Keene, Carlo Lucero, Carol Sallee, Manuel Montoya, Betsy Carlson
The UNM Anderson School of Management Foundation Board will celebrate and honor its 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees on Tuesday, April 7, 2015. This is the 26th year for the event that celebrates the best and brightest of our alumni, faculty and community leaders.  The outstanding Hall of Fame honorees for the evening are:

Sam Baca, President, Baca & Redwine, CPAs
Steven W. Keene, Managing Partner Albuquerque Office, Moss Adams LLP
Carlo Lucero, President, Sparkle Maintenance, Inc.
Carol Sallee, BBA 1944/MBA 1951. She is the first female to earn a graduate degree from UNM Anderson.

Manuel Montoya, receiving the Faculty Community Leadership award

For more information on the event and additional award recipients, please click the cut. Additionally, please see the recent Albuquerque Journal feature on the event.

Shihong Li Featured in Inside UNM

UNM Anderson professor Dr. Shihong Li was recently featured on Inside UNM, discussing her analysis of tax lobbyists as well as an upcoming paper examining how capital market analysts react to accounting numbers released quarterly by publicly-owned companies. Dr. Li joined Anderson's Department of Accounting in the fall semester of 2014.

The article can be found HERE.

Ethics Awards Winners Named

The Albuquerque Journal's Business Outlook recently featured the winners of this year's New Mexico Ethics in Business Award. UNM Anderson School of Management partners yearly with Samaritan Counseling Center to select and recognize highly ethical businesses, nonprofit organizations and individuals.

Nominations come from members of the community at large. After an initial screening process conducted by Ethics in Business Committees, UNM business ethics students guided by UNM professor Sarah Smith complete a semester long research project reporting their findings on each of the nominees. 

Additionally, several student teams each year are recognized by the Selection Committee for exemplary reports on their nominee.  Each student on those teams receives a small scholarship and a letter of recognition from Dean White and the CEO of Samaritan Counseling Center. 
The 16th annual Ethics in Business celebration dinner will be April 29 at Hotel Albuquerque. Gold sponsors for the event are the Albuquerque Journal, New Mexico Bank & Trust and the UNM Anderson School of Management.

Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available by calling Ashley Gonzales, Resource Development Specialist at Samaritan Counseling Center 505-842-5300 or via email at