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Current Issue: September 22, 2003
Volume 39, Number 5

Management Academy lauds grads

By Laurie Mellas Ramirez

More than 40 diligent staff made history this month as the inaugural class of the new nine-month UNM Management Academy. A graduation ceremony was hosted last week by the sponsoring department, Employee and Organizational Development.

Management Academy Inaugural Class

Ralph Alires
Marlene Ballejos
Sally Bowler-Hill
Carolyn Cosentino
Louise Chavez
Mary Denison
Kathryn Doodeman
Amy Dunlap
Randy Erwin
Estelle Estrada
Jorge Garcia
Kimberly Golden
Patricia Gonzales
Pamela Gorden
Shannon Griego
Vanessa Harris
Heather Harwick
Robert Hogan
Roberta Innan
Roxanne Jarrard
Connie Jefferson
Kristle Kugler
Donna Kay Lasusky
Christina Lujan
Sandy Lujan
Sharon Harrison-Barrens
Gina Maes
Lola Neudecker
Shelley Newman
Susan Quintana
Dianna Ranville
Karin Retskin
Mark Reynolds
Yolanda Sanchez
Donald Sollami
Yvonne Sanchez
Todd Singletary
Willard Talbott III
Gary Vanderhoof
Karen Wells
Antoinette Willis
Elizabeth Yannoni

Current managers and employees aspiring to managerial positions earned a management mastery certificate.

“An incredible amount of work was required of participants. They make a real commitment to the program,” said Anne Mayer, human resource development manager and academy director, adding that graduates will work across main/branch campuses to foster a new management culture.

“The academy educates managers who can bring balance to the workplace. An effective manager is able to balance the needs of the organization with those of his or her staff and encourages individual growth while also achieving work goals,” she said.

Although the concept isn’t new, Mayer said, the message might be.

“Managers tend to favor one or the other of these aspects – meeting the needs of the employee or of the organization. We have not offered full, comprehensive training on balancing the needs of both,” Mayer said.

Word of the academy’s success swept across campus earlier this year. Some 100 applicants vied for spots in the current session, which has 43 participants and began in August.

Last October, the Human Resources Department changed minimum requirements for several management positions eliminating the need for bachelor’s degrees and requiring more management skills. The academy was developed in part to assist staff in attaining necessary qualifications to be competitive for these positions.

Academy curriculum is specific to UNM policies and focuses on how to effectively manage and coach university employees.

Students spent two full workdays each month in the classroom, had extensive homework assignments, and, on average, dedicated about 20 hours completing the comprehensive exam that led to the certificate.

Mayer provided individual feedback after the course to help students recognize strengths and areas that need improvement. “The exam was to ensure that students not only attended the sessions, but that they grasped the concepts,” Mayer said.

Yolanda Sanchez is an academy success story.

“We are all so proud of Yolanda,” Mayer said. “With the help of her Management Academy certification, she was recently hired as a department administrator II in Civil Engineering — a four-grade promotion. Without the change in minimum requirements and her participation in the Management Academy, she would not have qualified for this position. Yvonne shared at the graduation ceremony that the academy curriculum helped her attain, and be successful in, her new position.”

Assistant to the Staff Council Karin Retskin, a graduate who during the academy helped develop the group presentation “Where do we grow from here?” hopes to organize an alumni association.

“This is a good networking group,” Retskin said. “Graduates will continue to work together.”

“There is a lot of seriousness here, but a lot of laughter, too. Just like management,” Mayer said.