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October 16, 2006

Morning Program to Feature Native American Business Leaders, Information for Prospective Graduate and Undergraduate Business Students

(Albuquerque, NM) Native Americans considering either an undergraduate or graduate degree in business are invited to the Anderson School of Management's first annual Native American Business Student Day on Saturday, November 4. Native American Business Student Day is co-sponsored by the Anderson Center for Indigenous Economic Development and Entrepreneurship and the American Indian Business Association.

"We have ambitious goals for Native American Business Student Day," says Jaye Francis, event coordinator and Anderson School advisor to the American Indian Business Association. "We seek to foster the recruitment, retention, and graduation of Native American students at Anderson, but also to honor UNM’s commitment to serving tribal communities and to further build professional bridges among the Anderson School, our students and alumni, and the local Native American business community."

The day, which begins at 9am with breakfast and registration, features a 9:30am panel discussion by local Native American business leaders, including Marvis Aragon, Jr., CEO of Acoma Business Enterprises; Gina Euell, Owner/President of Exhibit Solutions; Calvin Tafoya, CEO of Santa Clara Development Corporation; and Dennis Heflick, Director of Native American Marketing for Flintco. Following the panel, prospective students are invited to stay for an 11:15am information fair. The event will end at noon.

Professor Raul De Gouvea, director of the Anderson School's Center for Indigenous Economic Development and Entrepreneurship says "Education and economic development go hand in hand. Without a well trained and educated labor force there is no economic development. Investment in human capital is a key element in an indigenous nations' and tribal communities' success in the knowledge economy. Today a business degree or an MBA go a long way in promoting a more competitive and more affluent future for our Native American communities in the state of New Mexico."

The Anderson School of Management offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a wide range of subjects, including accounting, finance, marketing, international business, management information systems, and human resources/ organizational development. For information on degree programs and admissions, the public may visit or call (505) 277-3888.

Native American Business Student Day is free and open to the public. The event will be held in the University of New Mexico Student Union Building, Acoma Rooms A&B. RSVPs are requested, and may be sent by email to or given by phone to (505) 277-8889.


The Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico is dedicated to excellence in professional management education. At the Anderson School, faculty, staff, and students are committed to shaping the intellect and character of the next generation of business leaders, advancing the knowledge and practice of management, promoting economic development, and building a vibrant intellectual community that serves the highest and best interests of all our stakeholders.

The School was founded in 1947 and now offers more than a dozen concentrations at the BBA and MBA levels and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business in the top 20% of business schools in the nation. The School is funded by the State of New Mexico and further support is generated by The Anderson School of Management Foundation. For more information, the public can visit, email, or call (505) 277-6471.