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Press Release


April 23, 2014

(Albuquerque, NM) Students from the UNM Anderson School of Management had a strong showing at the third annual Daniels Fund Ethics Consortium Case Competition in Denver, CO. The UNM students are the only consortium team to finish in the top three over the past three years of the competition.

Student teams from eight regional universities were judged on how they would resolve an ethical dilemma that they could encounter in their professional careers. Teams were asked to hypothetically act as a consulting firm for a manger who overhears an employee telling a coworker that she is going to ignore her doctor's recommendation that she no longer do any heavy lifting, based on the results of a genetic test.

The UNM Anderson team of Sydney Sivils, Justin Fouts, Houston Hilbun, Mercedes Pratt, James Osterlund, Austin Tidwell, Sharif Amlani, Laura Gruet, and Mariah Rast came in second behind the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs for their case and presentation. The University of Utah was third. Teams were evaluated on principles established in the Ethics Initiative. The Initiative is modeled after the beliefs of late Colorado businessman Bill Daniels, many of which were developed during his time at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. They include integrity, trust, accountability, transparency, fairness, respect, rule of law, and viability.

Dr. Linda Ferrell, Bill Daniels Professor of Business Ethics at UNM Anderson, said the UNM team did an outstanding job.

"The team really understood the legal and ethical issues associated with this case," said Dr. Ferrell. "Their ability to ‘think on their feet' on the Part B (which they worked on in isolation) component of the competition defined their success. They shared the correct course of action in both parts of the competition."

Anderson Dean Doug Brown says preparation is the key to our students' success.

"I am so proud of the effort put forth by the Anderson team. Anderson's strong showing of finishing in the top three in all three years of the competition speaks to the quality of our students and the fine coaching by our professors."

The UNM team was coached by Anderson Professors Harry Van Buren, Shawn Berman, Amie Nelson, Natalia Vidal, and Linda Ferrell.

The case competition involves all of the consortium schools; UNM, New Mexico State University, Colorado State, University of Colorado-Colorado Spring, University of Northern Colorado, University of Wyoming, University of Denver, and the University of Utah. The competition is part of the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative that supports student leadership and principal-based ethical conduct in business.


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.