Expand your education in a developing country! As future business leaders, it is important that NMHU students be well-rounded individuals, socially, and ethically responsible. Traveling to Costa Rica will offer students the opportunity to expand their horizons and explore a country that is rich in biodiversity, environmental awareness, and sustainable business practices.


  • 05/22/2017 to 05/30/2017


  • International air
  • Ground transportation
  • 8 nights hotel
  • 8 breakfasts
  • 5 lunches
  • 2 dinners
  • Guide
  • Admission fees
  • Country guidebook and pre-travel docs
  • Embedded medical insurance
  • 24/7 emergency support

Info Session

Where: Sininger Hall,  Rm. 100

When: January 24 2017, 4:00 pm

Learn more about this program at our upcoming info session!

Meet the Faculty

Melanie Zollner, M.B.A.

Instructor of Management and Marketing - School of Business, Media and Technology
Melanie Zollner is originally from Lima, Peru. Spanish is her first language. She has lived in Venezuela, Peru, Bolivia, and currently in Las Vegas, New Mexico. Melanie has been teaching marketing and management courses at NMHU since the fall of 2011. Melanie’s educational background include earning a Certificate in French Language Studies awarded by the French Education Ministry through the Alliance Française in las Paz, Bolivia. Earning a C.P.E. Certificate Proficiency in English and a C.A.E. Certificate in Advance English awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate through the British Council in La Paz, Bolivia. Melanie moved to New Mexico, where she attended the Santa Fe Community College and earned two A.A. degrees in business administration and accounting. Melanie obtained a B.B.A. with concentration in finance and a M.B.A. at NMHU. She is currently working on her Ed. D. in Educational Leadership at the University of New Mexico [UNM]. As an educator, Melanie’s goal is to help students expand their horizons and participate in various scholarly activities beyond the classroom. In part to achieve this goal, she is works with the Academic Enrichment Programs at NMHU and teaches a learning community course during the fall semesters. Melanie believes she is contributing to the formation of future business leaders and that it is imperative that they have a strong ethical perspective. She attends conferences on ethics through the University of New Mexico & New Mexico State University Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative. She recently had a group of her students participate in the UNM & NMSU New Mexico Case Competition Daniels Fund Ethic Initiative at UNM’s Anderson School of Business.

Blanca Céspedes

Assistant Professor - Department of Natural Resources
Blanca Céspedes is an environmental scientist with a PhD in ecology from the University of Castilla-La Mancha, Toledo (Spain). For the last 14 years she has conducted research on Fire Ecology and Global Change. Blanca has also taught at the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Castilla-La Mancha, Toledo (Spain). Blanca started teaching at New Mexico Highlands University in 2016 through the Forestry Program in the Department of Natural Resources Management. Her research examines the effects of fire on vegetation dynamics, and sustainability of different types of vegetation under climate change. As a Postdoc scholar in the School of Forestry at Northern Arizona University, Blanca worked developing a model to study mountainous forest dynamics and fire regime under different climate change scenarios. With that information, we evaluated the vulnerability and adaptability of forest ecosystems to climate change. As a teacher, Blanca strives to provide her students with new perspectives on the world around them from a sustainable point of view, through critical reading and thinking, writing, presentation, or conducting research. She has teaching experience is in general and fire ecology, terrestrial ecosystems, forest management and wildfire management.

William Taylor, Ph.D.

Professor of Economics and Dean - School of Business, Media and Technology
Dr. Taylor was born in Los Angeles, California, and lived there until he graduated from UCLA. The day after he graduated, he left the U.S. for West Africa, where he served as a Peace Corps volunteer. Dr. Taylor also served with the Peace Corps in Chile. He later earned an M.A. from the University of Chicago in Public Policy with a concentration in applied economics and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of New Mexico. Dr. Taylor has spent most of his professional career in senior levels of government, having worked for the Cities of Chicago and Albuquerque, the New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee, and the United States Treasury. Most of his work in government has been in areas related to applied economics and public finance. He has worked as a consultant in the developing world and have presented seminars in many countries in Africa and the Middle East. Dr. Taylor has been with New Mexico Highlands University for ten years, having served two years as the Dean of the School of Business, three years as the Vice President for Finance and Administration. Today, Dr. Taylor serves as Professor of Economics and Dean of the School of Business, Media and Technology.

For Parents

Thank you for considering this global opportunity for your students, and for trusting us with the important responsibility of educating them. In addition to building their resume and their network, we believe a program like this builds essential perspective that will set them on a path to becoming more global citizens!

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