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June 26, 2015
2015 Faculty Awards Honors Anderson's Best in Teaching, Research, Leadership and Mentorship

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2015 Anderson Faculty Awards who were honored on June 3 for their excellence in teaching, research, leadership, and/or mentorship. This year's award recipients include:

  • Dean George W. Robbins Assistant Professor Teaching Award: Ian Larkin
  • Citibank Teaching Award: Danny Oppenheimer
  • Neidorf "Decade" Teaching Award: Bruce Carlin
  • Eric and “E” Juline Faculty Excellence in Research Award: Paola Giuliano
  • La Force Award: Sushil Bikhchandani for his 27 years of exemplary service
  • Dean’s Prize for Outstanding Faculty Mentorship of Ph.D Students: Brett Trueman
  • Xavier Drèze Prize: Strategy Ph.D student Vanessa Burbano '15 for her paper "Corporate Social Responsibility and Firm Performance: Field Experimental Evidence on the Role of Employee Salary Requirements and Productivity."


Eric Sussman Earns UCLA Faculty Distinguished Teaching Award

“His influence permeates the school — its faculty, students and staff. He shows utmost care for his students and their mastery of the subject matter. Thank you, Professor Sussman, for being our coach, mentor, professor and friend.”
- Patrick Devitt ’15

UCLA Anderson’s senior lecturer of accounting and real estate Eric Sussman is the recipient of the 2015 Non-Senate Faculty Distinguished Teaching Award - an award that only three UCLA non-Senate faculty are selected for each year. In a joint announcement, Dean Judy Olian and Faculty Chairman and Deputy Dean of Academic Affairs Randy Bucklin said, “In his 20 years in the Anderson School classroom, he has proven to be a versatile and enormously popular instructor; he has taught undergraduates, MBA students, and executives in a wide range of Anderson programs, all to consistently rave reviews.“ Read more...

UCLA Anderson Launches Into the Next with Two New Research Centers

As UCLA Anderson looks into the future it can add marketing and technology to its slate of renowned research centers.

A gift of $10 million from Donald Morrison, UCLA Anderson professor emeritus, and his wife, Sherie Morrison, UCLA distinguished professor of microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics, will establish the Morrison Family Center for Marketing Studies and Data Analytics. "Marketing isn't just about creative thinking today. It includes more quantitative research that incorporates the art of econometrics, big data, psychology, behavioral research — all under the umbrella of marketing studies." said Morrison who with his gift has contributed the largest single gift from a UCLA Anderson faculty member. The Morrison Family Center will serve as a global resource for academics and practitioners as they use data and analytical tools to advance understanding of consumer markets and behaviors. Read more...

With gifts totaling $11 million, James L. Easton (B.S. '59), chairman and CEO of sports equipment manufacturers Easton Sports Inc., has committed to support innovative research and scholarship in technology management through the launch of the Easton Technology Management Center. "With the creation of the Easton Technology Management Center, Jim expands the impact of his vision by positioning our students to lead and drive change in the rapidly changing tech landscape of California and the world." said Dean Judy Olian. Read more...

Target CEO Brian Cornell Shares Leadership Wisdom with the Class of 2015

On June 12, CEO of Target and UCLA Anderson Board of Visitors member Brian Cornell (B.A. ’81, Exec Ed CERT ’91) addressed the class of 2015 MBA, FEMBA and Ph.D. students at commencement. His keynote emphasized the importance of developing teams, embracing the diversity and continuing to learn. As you continue on your leadership journey, I challenge you to broaden (your) purpose a little, and think of ‘earn’ and ‘learn’ as equally important,” Cornell said. “Because learning is inevitable. That doesn’t stop when you leave Anderson. It really just begins. Read more...

Make Your Impact on the Future of UCLA Anderson

"I give because I believe in the long-term value of my MBA degree. UCLA Anderson has already done so much for my career, and I am proud to give back to support Anderson students, faculty and alumni alike. I encourage you to join me by making a proud commitment to the future of UCLA Anderson."
– Joseph Duronio, FEMBA '15

Learn how gifts to the Anderson Fund are making an impact. Join Joseph in supporting UCLA Anderson’s Campaign Into The Next.

Save the Dates: Summer Series is Coming to a City Near You!

Spend an evening with UCLA Anderson as the Parker Career Management Center and Office of Alumni Relations go out on the road this summer! Meet new admits, current students, mingle with fellow alumni and hear from industry executives and faculty.

Summer Series OC: All Access BJ's Restaurants with Greg Levin '00

Tuesday, July 28
Register NowGreg Levin '00, CFO of BJ's Restaurants, will share insights on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead as the company focuses on the future. The program will be followed by a fun and informative beer tasting of a selection of award-winning handcrafted beers in BJ's corporate test kitchen.

Summer Series NYC: Professor Sussman

Thursday, July 30
Register Now13-time "Teacher of the Year" award winner, Eric Sussman, is coming to New York City for what is guaranteed to be an informative and entertaining evening. A senior lecturer in real estate and accounting, Prof. Sussman will make you feel like you're back in the classroom and reinforce why he has been recognized by Businessweek as one of the Top Ten Most Popular Business School Professors.

Save the date for these upcoming events:

» Aug 4: Palo Alto with Emad Hassan '13, Head of Marketing Operations, Facebook

» Aug 6: San Francisco with Professor Eric Sussman

» Aug 10: Seattle with Dean Judy Olian

» Aug 13: L.A. with Craig Dehmel '98, EVP Theatrical Distribution, 20th Century Fox Int'l

FEMBApalooza Celebrates 28 Years of History with Biergarten, "Teaching Under the Trees" and Kids Zone

Saturday, July 19
12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
UCLA campus, Dickson Plaza

Register Now

Get your business cards and picnic blankets out – it's FEMBApalooza time! Welcome new admits and congratulate the class of 2015 on July 19 at UCLA. The half day event, which will be held in Dickson Plaza this year, will feature unique opportunities for networking, exploring student clubs and learning from faculty in "teaching under the trees" programs. FEMBApalooza has something for everyone, including a biergarten for adults, kids zone for children and a dessert bar for all. Significant others and kids are welcome. Admission is complimentary but you must secure your spot. See who's attending FEMBApalooza.

Get a Peek Into the Next Issue of Assets Digital – Available on iPhone or Android!

Look for the next edition of Assets Digital, which will soon be available on both the iPhone and Android phone and tablets. Inside the issue, you'll read about how Bryce Luken '14 and Elaine Shi '14 teamed up to bring DXA body scanning technology to the masses with their company, BodySpec. Not only do they have mobile trucks in the SoCal region, they've opened a brick-and-mortar location just minutes away from UCLA that will provide the same DXA scanner, and soon will also offer additional metabolic tests such as RMR and VO2. Plus, fresh off her NAACP Image Award win, Erika Green Swafford '99 discusses her path from b-school to working as a writer for network television series. And, straight from the front lines, Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins '01 and Maker Studios president Ynon Kreiz '93 share insights from the digital entertainment industry. Get some advice from fellow alumni on how they successfully engineered a career switch and more. And, as always, stay up to date with the rest of your classmates by submitting and reading Class Notes!


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May - Marion Anderson's $100 Million Gift Launches UCLA Anderson Into the Next
April - UCLA Anderson Recognizes Lonnie Ali '86 and Gregory Craig '89 for Their Service and Achievement
March - Virgin Atlantic. Disruptive Innovation. Global Health Crisis. What's the Deal?
February - Business Leaders Share their Success at UCLA Anderson
January - Founders Fund Partner and PayPal Co-Founder Peter Thiel Comes to UCLA Anderson

December - A Lifetime of Philanthropy Powers Future UCLA Anderson Entrepreneurs
November - UCLA Anderson Rises in Recent Bloomberg Businessweek, The Economist & Financial Times Rankings
October - Giora Romm '82 Shares His Story of Moving From Prison to Prestige
September - Starbucks' Chief Community Office Blair Taylor '90 Challenges Class of 2016 to Make a Social Impact
August - Brian Cornell '91 to guide Target Corporation's transformation as new Chairman & CEO
July - AEG Scores at the 2014 FIFA World Cup
June - Congratulations to UCLA Anderson's 2014 Faculty Award Winners!
May - Relive Alumni Weekend 2014
April - CEO of Maker Studios Ynon Kreiz ('93) Helps to Secure Another Disney Acquisition Deal
March - UCLA Anderson Students Raise Funds as They Continue Work in Africa 
February - Susan Wojcicki ('98) Taking the Helm at YouTube
January - Huntley Castner ('89) Promoted to CEO of Yogurtland

December - UCLA Anderson Receives $5 Million Gift from Professor Bill Cockrum
November - Bob Iger, Chairman & CEO Disney Recognized for Leadership
October - A Discussion Between Industry Icons: Larry Fink '76 and Bill Gross '71 
September - Fink/Gross: A Meeting of Extraordinary Minds
August - Kermani's ('09) Crazy Cart Spins Great Press
July - Addressing a Strategic Challenge (AMR)
June- Relive Alumni Weekend
April - When Type A's Retire? Pitfalls, Warnings, Hopes and Dreams with Don Asher
March - Business School Rankings and Alumni Awards Announced
February - TED@UCLA Anderson: The Young. The Wise. The Undiscoverd
January - Kimberly Freeman ('02) honored at the Southern California Visionaries annual awards luncheon 

December - Joel Fried ('86), and his wife, Deanne Fried, have generously pledged up to $1 million
November - UCLA Anderson and the chance to study with a UCLA Nobel Prize winner
October - Hwee Hua Lim ('89) has joined the Advisory Board of the Center for Global Management 
September - Starbucks appoints Blair H. Taylor ('90) as new Chief Community Officer
August - UC Davis appoints new Athletics Director Terrance J. "Terry" Tumey ('93)
July - Guy Kawasaki ('79) Delivers Commencement Speech  
June - Linda Smith ('95) focuses on literacy in Guatemala
May  -Charlie Steinmetz ('77) Changes the Lives of L.A. Inner-City Students 
April - Robin Leamy ('86) Follows His Dreams
March - Marketing event at Google headquarters showcases Inspirational Alumni
January - Bob Foster ('65) Knighted by Finland 

November - A Conversation with Larry Fink ('76) and Bill Gross ('71)
October - Alumni Conference 2011 at Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes
September - Welcome Week Invites UCLA Anderson Alumni to Celebrate Worldwide
August - Special Edition: In Memory of John E. Anderson '40, 1917-2011
June - Jim Moffatt ('87) Elected Chairman and CEO of Deloitte Consulting LLP
May - John E. and Marion Anderson Donate $25 Million to UCLA Anderson
April - May 21 is UCLA Alumni Day on the UCLA campus
March - UCLA Anderson Announces 100 Inspirational Alumni List
February - Leonard ('95), Takes Unconventional Path as a Bio-Tech Entrepreneur
January - Alumni Career Services Jump Starts January with Events and Free Resume Reviews

December - Videos from the Alumni Weekend Conference
November - Celebrating 75 years of Business Beyond Usual
September - Don't Miss David Martin ('91) When He Speaks at Alumni Weekend
August - Regazzi ('97) Energizes the Alumni Network; Rajaraman ('08) is Writing the Future of
June - New Book from Ullrich ('92) Shares Getting to the Top Success Strategies
May - Heart Surgeon Magliato ('06) Lives Her Life Disregarding Fears of Failure
April - Lawrence ('99) is Mentoring and Providing Guidance to Future Leaders
March - Lanier ('02) Brings Strategic Research; Kermani ('09) and the Drift Cart Inspiration
February - Randy Horn ('97) Rolled the Dice on a Board Game
January - Dr. Susan Love ('98) wants to eradicate breast cancer

November - Mitch Kupchak ('87) is On Top of the World
October - Kyle Martin ('97) Weighs In On Barack Obama's "Top Down" Approach
September - Welcome Week Begins Across the Globe
August - Cheng Si-Wei ('83) Enjoys Teaching, Despite His Many Other Roles
July - William L. Ballhaus ('98) has Seen DynCorp International's Revenue Rise as CEO
June - UCLA Anderson Alumni Prove Their Value Across the Corporate Spectrum
May - Wooden Global Leadership Award Recipient American Express Company Chairman & CEO
April - UCLA Anderson Alumni Honored with New Appointments
March - Matheson ('78) represents UCLA Anderson In the House of Representatives
February - UCLA Anderson Alumni Honored with New Appointments
January - DeWolf ('05) and Gagne ('05) Share a Common Vision Managing Wealth

December - Denis Florin ('88): Energy in Transition
November - UCLA Anderson Alumni Honored with New Appointments
October - Salvador Viramontes ('96), Branding Batman in Britain