2019 Year In Review

June 6, 2019 - Anderson Marketing

Anderson Accomplishments

Top Tier MBA and EMBA Program

For the third year in a row, the UNM Anderson School of Management earned the prestigious Top Tier ranking for the MBA and Executive MBA programs in CEO Magazine’s 2019 Global MBA Rankings. The list features over 290 MBA, EMBA and Online MBA programs from 25 countries.

Top Part-Time MBA Program

U.S. News and World Report named the UNM Anderson School of Management as one of the top part-time MBA programs in the nation. The rankings have UNM Anderson tied for 74th out of 287 schools. This is the highest ranking ever for the Anderson School.

Student Accomplishments

First Place in Daniels Fund Competition in Denver

Ethics WinnersUNM Anderson School of Management won the first ever Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative’s Consortium Case Competition for graduate students on April 11-12, 2019 in Denver. The Case Competition exposes college students to a thought-provoking business ethics case, similar to a situation that they might face in their professional careers. The UNM winning team included Daniel Seymour, Shae Zsiga, Julianna Zarasura, Francine Briones, and James Burton. Dr. Harry Van Buren was the team advisor.

Small Business Institute National Award

An Anderson School student team earned second place honors at the Small Business Institute’s® 2018 National Conference in Orlando, FL. The students, led by Dr. Evelyn Micelotta, participated in the Graduate/Comprehensive category for developing a strategic plan for the Albuquerque-based SVN Commercial Brokerage.

First Place in Acura ILX Marketing Challenge

Acura Competition Winners

Anderson undergraduate marketing students were awarded a first-place award in the Acura ILX Marketing Challenge for their “Made You Look” ad campaign. The campaign included digital video, digital signage, and social media activations across multiple platforms, as well as two experiential events. The student team received $2,000 in funding from Acura to develop, implement and evaluate the campaign. They earned $5,000 for the first place prize.


HOF 2019Hall of Fame

The 30th Annual Hall of Fame event took place on March 7,2019 in the Student Union Building Ballrooms. This event celebrated extraordinary alumni who achieved professional success and made significant contributions to their community.

The 2019 Outstanding Hall of Fame honorees were Lillian Montoya, Jerry Pacheco, Alice Loy, and C. Thomas Daulton. Amanda Armenta and James Trudeau were the 2019 Young Alumni Award honorees, and the Faculty Community Leadership Award honored Dr. Dimitri Kapelianis, Associate Professor of Marketing.

The Master of Ceremonies for the event was R.J. Berry, former Albuquerque Mayor and 2013 Anderson Hall of Fame honoree. John Garcia, 2000 Anderson Hall of Fame honoree, hosted the Live Auction to raise money for Anderson School scholarships.

The Anderson School is excited to announce that the event raised nearly $30,000 toward Anderson student scholarships.

McKinnon CEO Lecture Series

CEO Lecture Series

On April 4, 2019 the Anderson School welcomed Douglas L. Peterson, President and CEO of S&P Global as part of the McKinnon Distinguished CEO Lecture Series.

In his presentation, Mr. Peterson shared his insight on top global risks, including technology, climate, geopolitics, and trade protectionism. He also discussed how sustainability initiatives and creating a more inclusive economy can help us build a path to a greater good. After the presentation, Mr. Peterson answered questions from the audience about cryptocurrency, government debt, the role of Latin America in the global economy, and more.

Anderson Dean Emeritus Doug Brown introduced Mr. Peterson and shared the history of the McKinnon Distinguished CEO Lecture Series, which was created in 2010 by Ian McKinnon and his wife Anderson alum Sonnet McKinnon. Doug Brown is the current President of the UNM Board of Regents.

BBA GraduatesGraduation

The Spring 2019 Anderson Convocation Ceremony was on May 11, 2019 in Dreamstyle Arena (The Pit). The keynote speaker was Larry Chavez, who graduated from the Anderson School in 1969. Mr. Chavez is the founder, president, and CEO of Dreamstyle Remodeling. In 2017, he was inducted into the Anderson Hall of Fame.

For the first time ever, the Anderson School live-streamed the ceremony. The full video is available for viewing on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/unmanderson/videos/408039703351372/.

This year, Daniel Trout was the undergraduate class speaker and James Burton was the graduate class speaker. Fan Feng led the graduate class as the processional banner carrier and Stephanie Bourgeois was the undergraduate processional banner carrier.

The graduating class of 2019 joins the proud ranks of over 20,000 alumni who have completed their degrees at the UNM Anderson School of Management.

Educational Initiatives: Transcending Boundaries


On May 13, 2019 the Anderson School was honored to welcome King Chitimukulu Kanyanta Manga II of the Bemba People of Zambia for a panel discussion on Educational Initiatives: Transcending Boundaries. The panel also included Ms. Christine Glidden, founder of Women to Be, and Dr. Jamal Martin, of UNM Africana Studies & UNM Health Sciences Center Office for Community Health. Dr. Manuel Montoya, Associate Professor of the Anderson School, was the moderator.

The panelists discussed topics related to thinking big about educational growth in our communities.

Peace Engineering Panel Discussions

We ended the semester with Peace Engineering Panel Discussions as part of the Wells Fargo Speaker Series on May 29, 2019. Dr. Shawn Berman, Anderson School Acting Dean, and Dr. Christos Christodoulou, UNM School of Engineering Dean welcomed the participants and panelists in their opening remarks.

The panels included PENG Core Group, R&D and Academia, and Socio-economic Development and Policy.  Following comments from each panelist, the audience participated in a question and answer segment.

Peace engineering envisions and works towards a world where prosperity, sustainability, social equity, entrepreneurship, transparency, community voice and engagement, and a culture of quality thrive. It is a pathway and a mindset that answers global challenges.