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Press Release

Celebration of Giving Scholarship Reception

September 27, 2010

On Friday, September 17, 2010 Anderson School of Management held its annual Celebration of Giving Scholarship Reception at the End Zone Club at University Stadium. More than 150 attendees gathered to honor scholarship donors who have given so generously in support of academic excellence, and the dedicated undergraduate and graduate student recipients who benefit from a total of $302,525 awarded for the 2010-2011 academic year.

This year's awards ranged from $250 to $7,500 per student. Donors who attended had an opportunity to meet the students who are benefitting from their support, and student scholars were able to personally express their appreciation to the donors who have impacted their lives.

Attendees heard from donor Russ Rhoades regarding the importance of giving and investing in the lives of future business leaders. Graduate student Charmaine Nunez-Regensberg, recipient of the NM Scholars Scholarship, shared her personal story and pledged to pass on the generosity that has been shared with her. Debra Au, recipient of the Ambassador Edward L. Romero Scholarship, noted that the altruism of donors truly makes a difference in the lives of the recipients, and acknowledged the importance of advancing the cycle of giving as current students give back to Anderson and to the community.

Ben Vigil, UNM Presidential Scholar and recipient of the Tracy and Ann Utterback Scholarship, would have been in attendance had he not been studying abroad for the semester. Thanks to modern technology, Ben was able to thank donors, Tracy and Ann Utterback, for their support while studying and experiencing life in Hong Kong. His personal thanks and pictures can be viewed below.

Ann Brooks, Chair of the Scholarship Committee, encouraged donors, recipients, faculty, staff, and supporters of Anderson programs to nurture the tradition of generosity by calling to mind Clay Walker's "The Chain of Love."

You don't owe me a thing, I've been there too
Someone once helped me out,
Just the way I'm helping you
If you really want to pay me back,
Here's what you do
Don't let the chain of love end with you.


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.