DTales April 2017

DTales April 2017

Foundation News

In this issue:

UNM Foundation Welcomes New Director of Development for College of Nursing
Fund Raising and Fund-Raising Are Now Just Fundraising! Yippee for the AP!
UNM Human Resources Announces Professional Development Opportunities
Don’t Be Fooled By That Email
Monthly “Round of Appaws” Winners Announced
Employee Wellness Events for April
April is Alcohol Awareness Month
April Birthdays
April UNMF/UNM Anniversaries
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UNM Foundation Welcomes New Director of Development for College of Nursing

Connor Adams with Penelope

Connor Adams joined the UNM Foundation staff in late February as the director of development for the College of Nursing, replacing Sara Lister, who was promoted to senior director of development for the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Connor previously served as a special gifts officer for the Portland State University Foundation. Connor earned his bachelor of science degree in education with a concentration in sports administration from the University of Miami and his master’s degree in student affairs administration from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore.

In his free time, Connor enjoys riding his road bike, taking one of his puppies to a nursing home, trying new coffee shops and soaking up the much-missed sunshine. He and his partner, Haley, have two puppies, Penelope and Sullivan. You may reach Connor at or (505) 272-0200. Welcome, Connor!
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Fund Raising and Fund-Raising Are Now Just Fundraising! Yippee for the AP!

Because the UNM Foundation Marketing and Communications Department has followed Associated Press (AP) Style for more years than any of us have been here, the use of fundraising as two words or a hyphenated word—but never as one—(same with fundraiser!), depending on how it was used, has caused much confusion among our constituents. So, we’re happy to report that the AP came around a while back to changing all uses to one word, fundraising or fundraiser; we’re now adopting this rule as well, effective immediately. Here’s to making life easier, even for the little things!
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UNM Human Resources Announces Professional Development Opportunities

Did you know that ThinkHR* offers a variety of online professional development courses?  UNM Foundation staff can access online courses, at no cost, from the ThinkHR website at any time. Listed below is a sample of courses available:

• Business Writing: Know Your Readers and Your Purpose
• Communicating Across Cultures
• The Voice of Leadership: Effective Leadership Communication Strategies
• Cybersecurity: Practical Steps to Avoid Risk

How can you access these courses?  Log into the website and then click on the Learning Pro icon and start searching the catalog for all of the interesting courses you would like to take.

*ThinkHR is a learning website made available to the Foundation and its staff by UST (the UNM Foundation’s unemployment insurance provider).
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Don’t Be Fooled By That Email

Did you know that 91% of cyber attacks and the resulting data breaches begin with a spear phishing email?  These personalized emails are sent to get you to click on a link, enter data, or open an attachment. These actions can lead to malicious software and data breaches. Spear phishing emails are highly personalized emails that use information about you gathered from internal and public sources.  If you have the slightest feeling that an email may be a phishing attempt, report it immediately to Elizabeth Cochran at or Curtis Helsel If you want to know more about how to recognize a phishing email, please visit the Microsoft’s Safety and Security Center.
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Monthly “Round of Appaws” Winners Announced

Our Round of Appaws staff recognition program is still going!

Out of the staff members who were acknowledged this past month, one name was randomly drawn by UNM Human Resources at the beginning of April—and the winner is Karl Kaplan! Congrats to Karl, who received a gift card.

As you have seen, the “Round of Appaws” boards are located in both the upstairs and downstairs lobbies at 700 Lomas. For our staff working outside of 700 Lomas, you can download the electronic form from SharePoint and submit your praise for a staff member who has been exceptional. Please send completed electronic forms to Gretchen Doyle at*

Why participate? This is a way to acknowledge our co-workers who are doing great work. We encourage any and all staff members to take a moment to celebrate and thank a co-worker for what they are doing! Many people ask, “What activities are acknowledged?” Maybe someone pitched in on a big project and it made the difference in accomplishing the task; perhaps someone put in extra effort to meet a deadline; or possibly a co-worker stepped in to complete something that was outside his or her usual activities. You know who these amazing people are! Help us celebrate our amazing, talented, and dedicated staff by giving them a thank you!

With so many ways to thank someone, there is no shortage of “appaws!” Please “paws” and give thanks to a co-worker – he or she just might win a gift certificate next month!

Please note, the best way to access SharePoint is using Internet Explorer. You will need to provide your username and password that you use to log into your email account.
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Employee Wellness Events For April

Fitness Challenge: Eight-week fitness challenge begins April 3 and runs through May 26. Visit here and click on the Wellness at Work link; then log in with your username and password and sign up for the challenge by clicking on the Events Tab and selecting register in the appropriate box. You can earn 150 points for completing this challenge!

Hatha Yoga with Cynthia Casas: Every Tuesday at 5:15 p.m.; New Heart Fitness Center; eight-week program is $16 for members and $40 for non-members; $5 or $7 walk-in rate.

Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Pam Hong: Every Thursday at 5:15 p.m.; New Heart Fitness Center; eight-week program is $45; $10 walk-in rate

April Skill Builder: Spring Into Cleaning!

Wellness Wednesday: Monthly Fun Fitness Workout: Yoga!; Wednesday, April 12, 2-2:30 p.m.; UNM Foundation Lobby.
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April is Alcohol Awareness Month

(Information in this article courtesy of the CDC website)
Drinking too much can harm your health. Excessive alcohol use led to approximately 88,000 deaths and 2.5 million years of potential life lost (YPLL) each year in the United States from 2006 – 2010, shortening the lives of those who died by an average of 30 years. Further, excessive drinking was responsible for 1 in 10 deaths among working-age adults aged 20-64 years. The economic costs of excessive alcohol consumption in 2010 were estimated at $249 billion, or $2.05 a drink.

What is a “drink?”
In the United States, a standard drink contains 0.6 ounces (14.0 grams or 1.2 tablespoons) of pure alcohol. Generally, this amount of pure alcohol is found in:

• 12-ounces of beer (5% alcohol content).
• 8-ounces of malt liquor (7% alcohol content).
• 5-ounces of wine (12% alcohol content).
• 1.5-ounces of 80-proof (40% alcohol content) distilled spirits or liquor (e.g., gin, rum, vodka, whiskey).

What is excessive drinking?
Excessive drinking includes binge drinking, heavy drinking, and any drinking by pregnant women or people younger than age 21.

•  Binge drinking, the most common form of excessive drinking, is defined as consuming
•  For women, four or more drinks during a single occasion.
•  For men, five or more drinks during a single occasion.
•  Heavy drinking is defined as consuming
•  For women, eight or more drinks per week.
•  For men, 15 or more drinks per week.

Most people who drink excessively are not alcoholics or alcohol dependent.

What is moderate drinking?
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans defines moderate drinking as up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men. In addition, the Dietary Guidelines do not recommend that individuals who do not drink alcohol start drinking for any reason.

However, some people should not drink any alcohol, including those who are:

•  Younger than age 21.
•  Pregnant or may be pregnant.
•  Driving, planning to drive, or participating in other activities requiring skill, coordination, and alertness.
•  Taking certain prescription or over-the-counter medications that can interact with alcohol.
•  Suffering from certain medical conditions.
•  Recovering from alcoholism or are unable to control the amount they drink.

By adhering to the Dietary Guidelines, you can reduce the risk of harm to yourself or others.

Short-Term Health Risks
Excessive alcohol use has immediate effects that increase the risk of many harmful health conditions. These are most often the result of binge drinking and include the following:

•  Injuries, such as motor vehicle crashes, falls, drownings, and burns.
•  Violence, including homicide, suicide, sexual assault, and intimate partner violence.
•  Alcohol poisoning, a medical emergency that results from high blood alcohol levels.
•  Risky sexual behaviors, including unprotected sex or sex with multiple partners. These behaviors can result in unintended pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV.
•  Miscarriage and stillbirth or fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) among pregnant women.

Long-Term Health Risks
Over time, excessive alcohol use can lead to the development of chronic diseases and other serious problems including:

•  High blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, liver disease, and digestive problems.
•  Cancer of the breast, mouth, throat, esophagus, liver, and colon.
•  Learning and memory problems, including dementia and poor school performance.
•  Mental health problems, including depression and anxiety.
•  Social problems, including lost productivity, family problems, and unemployment.
•  Alcohol dependence, or alcoholism.

By not drinking too much, you can reduce the risk of these short- and long-term health risks.

Alcohol Awareness Month provides a focused opportunity across America to increase awareness and understanding of alcoholism, its causes, effective treatment and recovery. It is an opportunity to decrease stigma and misunderstandings in order to dismantle the barriers to treatment and recovery, and thus, make seeking help more readily available to those who suffer from alcoholism.

Each April, NCADD’s National Network of Affiliates and other supporting organizations across the country will use this opportunity to address the Nation’s #1 public health problem through a broad range of media strategies, awareness campaigns, programs and events in their local communities.

Alcohol-Free Weekend
An integral part of NCADD Alcohol Awareness Month is Alcohol-Free Weekend, which takes place on the first weekend of April to raise public awareness about the use of alcohol and how it may be affecting individuals, families, businesses and our communities. During Alcohol-Free Weekend, NCADD extends an open invitation to all Americans to engage in three alcohol-free days. Those individuals or families who experience difficulty or discomfort in this 72-hour experiment are urged to contact local NCADD affiliates, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Al-Anon to learn more about alcoholism and its early symptoms.
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April Birthdays

Aaron Currence, Jacki Gerard, Paige Klostermann, Mario Lara, Kole McKamey, Emilia Rivera, Esther Sandoval, Charlotte Wall-Smith
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April UNMF/UNM Anniversaries

Suzanne Awen ’09, Elizabeth Cochran ’13, Gretchen Doyle ’11, Gail (Jenny) Frame ’12, Kim Madrid ’16, Kole McKamey ’15, Mona Pino ’08, Adrienne Sutton ’87, Giulia Urquhart ’15
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