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ANDERSON SCHOOL OPENS NEW STUDENT EVENT CENTER

January 26, 2007

Center Houses Student Financial Services Center, Pillmore Room for Ethics, Radosevich Room for Management of Technology & Entrepreneurship

(Albuquerque, NM) Chuck Crespy, Dean of the University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management, won’t be able to use one of his favorite analogies any more.

“We used to resemble a Wendy’s drive-through,” he says of Anderson students’ tendency to treat the campus like a quick educational stopping point rather than a place to spend the day.

“Now the Anderson campus is more like a Flying Star – we may not have the great coffee, but we have a gorgeous new place for students to stop by, fire up their laptops, and stay awhile.” Crespy’s referring to Anderson’s Student Event Center, which opened today after over a year of planning, design, and construction. The facility, like all of Anderson, is equipped with wireless internet access.

The $1.6 million Student Event Center facility is made up of four rooms, each with its own purpose. Sheathed in glass, the main room of the event center serves as a meeting room for student teams and clubs, a study room for students between classes, an events room for guest speakers, and the visual heart of the three-building Anderson campus.

The Student Investment Center is a glass-enclosed boardroom suspended above the main room. This mock trading room, complete with Bloomberg terminals (areal-time and historical pricing terminals that access indicative and fundamental data, customized analytics, print and multimedia news and electronic communications) and stock tickers, houses the two Anderson Portfolio Management Practicum classes. Students in those classes currently manage over $2 million in investment funds for the University.

The Radosevich Room for Management of Technology and Entrepreneurship, funded by friends of former Anderson Dean Ray Radosevich, serves as a center for Anderson students engaged in economic development, entrepreneurship, and management of technology projects.

The Pillmore Room for Ethics, funded by the family foundation of Anderson alum Eric Pillmore, will house the New Mexico Ethics Institute, a new non-profit formed to help state business and government entities embrace standards for ethical behavior.

Richard Deutch, of Hartman + Majewski Design Group, was the lead architect on the project and JB Henderson’s Dorian Atwater was the lead contractor. The two teamed up with UNM facilities and planning staff to come up with creative solutions to address both the needs of the Anderson School and environmental standards set by University policy.

Roger Lujan, University Architect, praises Anderson’s renovation of and addition to the existing Graduate School building. "While it is a priority of mine to be thoughtful about the adaptive reuse of older facilities on campus, Chuck Crespy was one of the first to see what architectural drama lay hidden in this 35 year old building. It has really been transformed by the project's designers."

“The Student Financial Services Center was a project that was as challenging as it was rewarding. The temporary closure of Zimmerman Library meant an increase in traffic at the Parish Library,” says Atwater. “Because the building was operational during the entire construction period, measures had to be taken to allow for minimal interruption to the students and faculty.”

Donors to the project include Wells Fargo, the University of New Mexico, and the Pillmore Family Foundation. The Student Event Center will be open daily starting Monday, January 29.

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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 www.mgt.unm.edu, email info@mgt.unm.edu, or call (505) 277-6471.

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