DTales April 2, 2014

DTales April 2, 2014


UNMF Welcomes New Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Lara-MarioMario Lara joined the UNM Foundation staff in mid March as a marketing and communications coordinator. Mario comes to us from Number Nine Media Inc./Valencia County News-Bulletin where he served as a lead graphic artist and production manager for 16 years. Originally from Albuquerque, Mario earned his degree in journalism and mass communications from New Mexico State University. He lives with his wife of 13 years, Vivian, and their children, Joshua, Jacob and Evangelyn. In his free time, Mario enjoys art, design, running, physical fitness and coaching youth sports. He also follows NMSU/UNM basketball and football extensively. An avid runner, Mario has participated in many 10 kilometer and half marathon events, and he hopes to run his first marathon this year. You may reach Mario at or 277-2969. Welcome, Mario!

UNM Foundation Welcomes New Records Specialist

Rivera-EmiliaThe UNM Foundation congratulates Emilia Rivera on being hired as a records specialist in our Gift Administration Department in mid March. She had worked for the department as a temporary employee during the previous year. Emilia received her associate of applied science degree in accounting in 2012 from Central New Mexico Community College. She worked in the hospitality industry for 10 years. Originally from Cuauhtemoc, Chihuahua, Mexico, Emilia has lived in Albuquerque for 14 years has three children, Mayra, Edgar and America. She and her husband, Victor Manuel Rosales, have a pet Shih Tzu named Lucy. In her free time, Emilia enjoys bike riding, practicing yoga and listening to music. You may reach Emilia at or 277-2921. Congrats, Emilia!


UNMF Human Resources Presents Wellness Bingo, Other Spring Events

The UNMF Human Resources Department presents Wellness Bingo as the Foundation’s 2014 Lifestyle Campaign. Participating employees will complete bingo cards by performing selected wellness activities as indicated on the cards (see attached sample card  and then submitting their completed card to earn entry into bi-weekly drawings!

Campaign Kickoff:   April 17, 9:30 a.m., Foundation Lobby

Bio-Metrics/Measurements*:   April 23, 7 – 10 a.m., Suites 100 & 108 Conference Rooms

Wellness Bingo:   April 28 – June 20, 2014

*To schedule your spot for bio-metrics and measurements, please e-mail your time preference to Denise at Time slots begin at 7 a.m. and occur every 15 minutes until 10 a.m.

Wellness Committee Seeks Leaders for Stretch and Exercise Band Classes

The UNMF Wellness Committee seeks people who are interested in leading a stretch or exercise band class. Volunteers will need to attend three 45-minute training sessions; then, depending on how many people get trained, the weekly time commitment is one to three 15-minute sessions per week for 8 weeks.  If you’re interested in becoming a class leader, please call Denise at 277-2954 or e-mail

Lifestyle Campaign to Include Yoga Classes for UNMF Staff

As part of its 2014 Lifestyle Campaign, the UNMF will offer yoga classes for staff members.      

When:    Every Thursday for eight weeks, beginning April 24

Time:     5 – 6 p.m.

Where:   Foundation Lobby

The cost is $5 per class. Advance payment for the full 8 weeks ($40) is required. If you’d like to sign up, please e-mail You may also “walk in” a session for $10 per session.

Our instructor for this class series will be Pamela Hong, who has studied and practiced various styles of yoga since 1993, and has taught yoga since 2002. Her flow-based classes are infused with imaginative sequencing, blending fluid movement with precise postural alignment and spacious breathing. Students are encouraged to journey through their practice with compassion, attention, enthusiasm and grace. Pam has completed Levels I-III teacher training with Tias Little of Prajna Yoga/Santa Fe and has studied with Richard Freeman, Linda Spackman and Manju Jois.

April is National Humor Month, LOL!

National Humor Month was founded in 1976 by comedian and best-selling author Larry Wilde, director of The Carmel Institute of Humor. It’s designed to heighten public awareness of how the joy and therapeutic value of laughter can improve health, boost morale, increase communication skills and enrich the quality of one’s life.

“Because April is often bleak and grim and taxes are due on the 15th, it can be one of the most stressful times of the year,” said Wilde, author of 53 books on the subject of humor. “Besides,” added Wilde, “it’s the only month that begins with All Fool’s Day [AKA April Fool’s Day]—a day which has sanctioned frivolity and pranks ever since the 1500s.”

The idea of laughing and the use of humor as a tool to lift ailing spirits are growing. Scientific research now indicates that the curative power of laughter and its ability to relieve debilitating stress and burnout may indeed be one of the great medical discoveries of our times.

Why use humor in daily life? The answer is simple.

1. You get immediate results. It takes no special talent or ability, no physical prowess or skill, you aren’t required to have a master’s degree or a license, it makes you feel good, it’s fun, fat-free and you don’t need batteries.
2. A good laugh may be good for the heart. A team of Maryland medical researchers found that people with heart disease were 40 percent less likely to laugh in humorous situations than those with healthy hearts
3. The healthful benefits of laughter are cause for great celebration among psychologists. They now recognize the therapeutic value of humor in the workplace and have begun to prescribe it for their patients.
4. Important meetings, presentations or job interviews can become highly stressful confrontations. Loosening up with a couple of chuckles beforehand sharpens your concentration and pleasantly prepares you for a positive and successful approach.

Using humor to relieve stress is simple, and the benefits are simply wonderful. Follow these easy steps and you’ll be on your way to defusing anxiety and frustration.

1.   Take a humor break

Keep a book of jokes or cartoons handy. If it makes good sense to keep a first-aid kit for medical emergencies, why not a mirth-kit to deal with stressful situations?

Ten minutes before a meeting or potentially stressful situation read some funny stories. A smile or chuckle will relax and better prepare you for a confrontation. A good laugh makes you feel good and allows you to think more clearly and quickly.

2.   Laugh at yourself

When you make fun of yourself it takes the sting out of what other people say.

It is not necessary to constantly put yourself down in the workplace, but self-deprecating humor shows that you’re human. It reveals that you are so self-assured; you can readily poke fun at yourself. And guess what? People like you more!

3.   Create a funny file all your own

Find out what makes you laugh and nurture it. Each of us has an individual sense of humor. There are many life experiences we can look back on and laugh about uproariously. Childhood incidents, school situations, even marriage mishaps.

Remember the embarrassing moments that were so painful when they happened but are funny now when you think about them.

The next step in developing your funny file is to put together a humor library. Gather up your favorite cartoons, comedy recordings, joke books, funny video films—anything that will bring a smile to your lips. Bookmark your favorite humorous websites.

The Marcom staff will get you started with some of their most memorable jokes from grade school:

Wendy Antonio: Knock knock! Who’s there? Dewey. Dewey who? Dewey have to keep telling silly jokes?

Jennifer Kemp: Does an engine have ears? Yes, engineers!

Mario Lara: Why is 6 afraid of 7? Because 7 8 9!

Todd Staats: What do you call a country with all red cars? A red carnation. (A Lobo Red/PMS 200C carnation, to be sure!)

Esther Trillo: Knock knock! Who’s there? Cantaloupe. Cantaloupe who? Cantaloupe tonight, Dad has the car!

Do you have a particular joke you remember from your school days (clean only, please—something you could tell a 6-year old!)? If so, in the spirit of National Humor Month, please e-mail them to and we’ll run them in the May issue of DTales.

April birthdays:

Rachael Jeangerard, Mario Lara, Emilia Rivera, Esther Sandoval, Charlotte Wall-Smith

April UNMF/UNM anniversaries:

Lauren Adee ’13, Suzanne Awen ’09, Elizabeth Cochran ’13, Sheila English ’11, Gail (Jenny) Frame ’12, Jodie Wilson ’13, Gretchen Doyle ’11, Mona Pino ’08, Justin Schroer ’13, Adrienne Sutton ’87

Want something in the next DTales? 

Please send submissions for the May 2014 edition of DTales to by 5 p.m. on Wed., April 30. Thanks!


“As I give, I get.”  ―Mary McLeod Bethune

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