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DTales February 2017

DTales February 2017

Foundation News

In this issue:

UNM Foundation Announces Several Promotions, Staff Changes
UNM Foundation Welcomes New Associate Director of Development for CMN
Marcom Student Employee Natch Anan to Leave UNM Foundation for Croatia!
Lobo Club Team Member Paige Tapp Leaves the UNM Foundation
UNM Foundation Brightens the Holidays for Duranes Elementary Students
Monthly “Round of Appaws” Winners Announced
Embrace the Mess on Your Desk!
Employee Wellness Events for February
Wellness Wednesday Reminder
Wells Fargo Educational Workshop: Budgeting and Savings
February is American Heart Month!
February Birthdays
February UNMF/UNM Anniversaries
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UNM Foundation Announces Several Promotions, Staff Changes

As you no doubt read in several staff emails over the past couple months, the UNM Foundation has announced several promotions and key fund-raising staff changes in several units.

Betty Karlsson, who has served as senior director of development for the School of Engineering since January 2015, left her post in mid January to move to Arizona with family and to pursue new adventures. “She will certainly be missed, and we wish her the best,” said Vice President of University Development Larry Ryan in an email. “With Betty’s departure, we have promoted Kara Clem-Wirtel to interim senior director of development for the School of Engineering.”

Effective January 1, Joe Weiss is the new senior development officer for the Anderson School of Management. “Joe had been serving the UNM Foundation as the Texas Regional Development officer since November 2015, and we’re excited that he will be utilizing his talents at Anderson,” said Larry.

Jessica Philbrook, who had been with the Lobo Club since February 2016 as its assistant director of development for special events since March 2016, has been promoted to director of development for Annual Giving within the Lobo Club. “Jessica consistently raised the bar in event fund raising and donor engagement in her previous position,” said Senior Associate Athletics Director Kole McKamey. “We are extremely excited about Jessica moving into Annual Giving and the skills she will bring to that role.”

Congrats to all!
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UNM Foundation Welcomes New Associate Director of Development for CMN

Alex Rich

Alexandria (Alex) Rich joined the UNM Foundation staff in early January as an associate director of development for Children’s Miracle Network. Alex has worked within non-profit and community engagement for the past 10 years, most recently as the director of parish ministries within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

A self-described proud alumna of the University of New Mexico, Alex holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and family studies from UNM. “I’m excited about joining the UNM Foundation and having the wonderful opportunity to support the UNM Children’s Hospital,” she said.

Alex reported that she and her husband, Mike, recently relocated to Albuquerque from Indianapolis to be closer to family—and green chile! In their free time, the couple enjoys hiking and walking their dog, Smokey, in addition to exploring new restaurants, breweries and museums. You may reach Alex at Alex.Rich@unmfund.org or 272-7394. Welcome, Alex!
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Marcom Student Employee Natch Anan to Leave UNM Foundation for Croatia!

Natch Anan

Natch Anan, a UNM student graphics and social media coordinator in the UNM Foundation’s Marketing and Communications Department since April 2015, left the Foundation at the end of January to participate in an exchange program at the University of Zagreb in Croatia to finish her undergraduate degree. Even though she will be in Europe through July, she will graduate from UNM as planned this May with a BA degree in strategic communication.

After returning from Croatia, Natch plans to move to Seattle or Denver (or perhaps somewhere else!) to pursue a career in social media marketing and documentary filmmaking.

“I’d like to give a big shout-out to everyone at the UNM Foundation for making my time here so wonderful,” said Natch. “I’ve truly enjoyed working and collaborating with each and every one of you. Special thanks to Jennifer, Mario, Todd and Veronica for being so supportive and amazing every single day. I am so glad to have met you all. Cheers to a vibrant new year!”

Congrats, Natch! We will miss you and all your talents around here!
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Lobo Club Team Member Paige Tapp Leaves the UNM Foundation

Paige Tapp

Paige Tapp, who joined the UNM Foundation Athletics/Lobo Club fund-raising team as director of premium seating and major gifts last February, has left the Foundation. We wish her all the best.
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UNM Foundation Brightens the Holidays for Duranes Elementary Students

On Dec. 15, 2016, several UNM Foundation staff members made the trek to Duranes Elementary School with 30 gift bags to help brighten the holidays for students in need. Thank you to everyone that contributed gifts and time to this worthy cause!

Once again, the UNM Foundation came through for 30 children in need from Duranes Elementary school in Albuquerque. Back in December, UNMF staff members chose ornaments with students’ gift wishes on them from our giving tree and then bought the presents for each student. “The UNM Foundation is very fortunate to have very generous people working here!” said Suzanne Eubank, chair of the UNMF Community Outreach Committee.

The school party was held on December 15. “As 30 large gifts bags were delivered to the library, we were serenaded by the talented Duranes choir who treated us to Christmas carols,” said Suzanne. “What a treat to watch as the children came in to the library, wondering which bag was for them and what would be in the bag! What a wonderful way to start the holiday season, doing for others who need so much.” Well said, Suzanne!

Many thanks to Community Outreach Committee members Denise Codding, Elizabeth Cochran, Suzanne Eubank, Jacki Gerard and Catherine Malin for coordinating this event—and to Jalen Dominguez, Betty Olivas, Margaret Ortega and Jessica Philbrook and for coming along and making a difference at the party. Thank you!
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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 February—and the winner is . . . Jeff Rabinek! Congrats to Jeff 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 Gretchen.Doyle@unmfund.org.*

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 their 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 coworker – they 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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Embrace the Mess on Your Desk!

If you found yourself on a Southwest Airlines flight during January, you may have come across the short article Embrace the Mess in its inflight magazine. The article gives solace to those of us who sometimes, if not routinely, discover our desks are not at all tidy. Did you know there’s a science behind this? Here’s to productivity at work!
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Employee Wellness Events For February

Yoga Thursday with Pam Hong: 5 p.m., UNMF Lobby. Eight-week class is $45 or $10 walk-in rate. (The current eight-week session ends February 23).

February’s Skill Builder: Acts of Kindness; perform one random act of kindness daily.
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Wellness Wednesday Reminder

In January, the UNMF Human Resources Department introduced Wellness Wednesday. Each month we present a Fun Fitness challenge for all staff. These challenges will be held on the second Wednesday of each month from 2 – 2:25 p.m. and will be held in the main lobby or another appropriate location. The remaining dates and challenges are:

• February 8 – Coach your Buddy through Sit-ups
• March 8 – Hopscotch
• April 12 – Yoga
• May 10 – Salsa Fitness
• June 14 – Take the Stairs
• July 12 – Beach the Ball
• August 9 – Hula Hoop
• September 13 – Cardio Kickboxing
• October 11 – Relay Races
• November 8 – Wall Massages/Meditation
• December 13 – Final Stretch

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Wells Fargo Educational Workshop: Budgeting and Savings

Learn quick and easy ways to manage your budget, rethink purchases to save money and most importantly walk away with a budget planning tool kit that will help you make the most of your monthly income.

February 16, 2017
1 to 2 p.m.
2nd Floor Conference Room

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February is American Heart Month!

February is American Heart Month. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States; one in every three deaths is from heart disease and stroke, equal to 2,200 deaths per day. This month, the CDC is highlighting Million Hearts™, an initiative dedicated to preventing the nation’s leading killers and empowering everyone to make heart-healthy choices.

We can fight back against heart disease and stroke.

Launched in September 2011 by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Million Hearts™ is a national initiative that aims to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes in the U.S. by 2017.

Take the Million Hearts™ Challenge Today

Prevention starts with everyone. Protect yourself and your loved ones from heart disease and stroke by understanding the risks and taking these steps

• Drive the initiative by challenging your family and friends to take the Million Hearts™ pledge.
• Get up and get active by being physically active for at least 30 minutes on most days of the week.
• Know your ABCS:

• Ask your doctor if you should take an Aspirin every day.
• Find out if you have high Blood pressure or Cholesterol, and if you do, get effective treatment.
• If you Smoke, get help to quit.

• Make your calories count by eating a heart-healthy diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables and low in sodium and trans fat.
• Take control of your heart health by following your doctor’s prescription instructions.

To learn more, visit Million Hearts Challenge.

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February Birthdays

Clarissa Aguirre, Megan Dugan, Irene Gray, Veronica Griego, Maryellen Missik-Tow, Jessica Philbrook, Ken Thompson, Betsy Till, Nickie Vigil
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February UNMF/UNM anniversaries

Curtis Helsel ’11, Jessica Philbrook ’16, Shannon Skinner ’06, Betsy Smith ’15, Wendy Stires ’09
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Please send submissions for the March 2017 edition of DTales to Todd.Staats@unmfund.org and Mario.Lara@unmfund.org by 5 p.m. on February 22.
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“Compassion is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all things.”  – Thomas Merton
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