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Dean Monthly Message: September 2017

September 8, 2017 - Leslie Venzuela

Acting Dean Shawn BermanWelcome to the first monthly This is Anderson, a new communication that will provide a one-stop for all that is taking place at the Anderson School. We have heard from many alums who are curious about the life of the school. This is Anderson is our way to keep you connected.

We will highlight faculty members, spotlight our alumni, and tell you about all the Anderson events and, more importantly, tell you how to get involved!

In this first installment, we’ll update the progress on the new McKinnon Center for Management (MCM) building. I’m happy to say we are on schedule to open in summer of 2018, with first classes next fall!  The Power of YOU campaign gives alums the opportunity to get involved in the new MCM and even get their name on the wall for the life of the building.

There are a few changes within the Anderson Leadership ranks. Dr. Craig White is now Interim Provost for the University and in January, I was named Acting Dean for the Anderson School, moving to Interim status this past July. We are grateful to have Dr. Dimitri Kapelianis serving as Associate Dean for Enrollment Management during this time of transition. 

We have several exciting events ahead. I encourage you to attend the Homecoming festivities across campus the week of September 25-30.

On Thursday, September 28, don’t miss the McKinnon CEO Lecture Series with Anderson alum Lameck S. “Humble” Lukanga. Mr. Lukanga is the founder of Beverly Hills, California-based Life Line Financial Group, one of the top financial management firms that manages the wealth and business affairs for professional athletes, entertainers and business executives. He is also an avid philanthropist and inspirational speaker.

Each year the Anderson Foundation Board honors our best and brightest graduates at the Hall of Fame event. Nominations are now being accepted for Hall of Fame and Young Alumni honorees. If you know of a worthy alum please let us know. The deadline to nominate someone is October 6.

And you don’t have to wait for this email each month to be connected with the Anderson School of Management.  Stay informed on social media. You can find us on Facebook @unmanderson and on Twitter @UNM_anderson. You can follow me on Twitter at @sberman73. I look forward to future issues of This is Anderson, and I hope you enjoy the opportunity to stay better connected to the school!


Shawn Berman, Interim Dean