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DTales February 3, 2016

DTales February 3, 2016

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Foundation News

In this issue:

UNM’s First #GivingTuesday Effort Successful
Presidential Scholarship Program Achieves 40 New Scholarships for 40th Anniversary
Margaret Ortega Named a 2016 UNM Student Affairs Fellow
New Members of UNMF’s Children’s Miracle Network Team Announced
Kole McKamey and Jalen Dominguez Promotions Announced
Raquel LeCesne to Manage UNM President’s Club
Sarah Fair Moves from Annual Giving to Principal Giving and Regional Development
UNMF Welcomes New Student Employee
Ann-Mary McLeod Retires from the UNM Foundation
Three Staff Members Depart the UNM Foundation
Thanks to the Events & Employee Recognition Committee for a Great 2015!
2016 Mileage Allowance Change
Mark Your Calendars: Upcoming Events for February
Mark Your Calendars: Employee Wellness Events for February
February is Heart Month
February Birthdays
February UNMF/UNM Anniversaries
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UNM’s First #GivingTuesday Effort Successful

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving promoted primarily through social media and kicks off the charitable season. On December 1, the UNM Foundation launched its first #GivingTuesday social media campaign and saw success. We sent three broadcast emails to our alumni and posted several “tweets” on Twitter as well as Facebook posts throughout the day promoting the online giving effort. Many of the posts were shared by UNM departments and units as well as our staff. At the end of the 24 hour giving period, the University received 93 gifts totaling more than $17,600. More than half of those gifts came from UNM alumni. While the average gift size was $190, there were several gifts of $1,000 or more. This effort was a partnership between Annual Giving and Marketing and Communications. Thank you to the staff who put so much thought and creativity into this project. Thank you to those of you who shared the Foundation’s posts throughout the day and helped make our first #GivingTuesday event successful!
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Presidential Scholarship Program Achieves 40 New Scholarships for 40th Anniversary

In honor of the 40th anniversary of the Presidential Scholarship Program, we set a goal to obtain 40 new scholarships for this cornerstone scholarship program.  As of January 29, we achieved our goal! “Thank you to everyone at the UNM Foundation, Friends of PSP, and sponsors of Presidential Scholarships who helped pave the way for new Presidential Scholarship sponsors,” said Cathy Bunch, Associate Director for the Presidential Scholarship Program. “With your help, many people in Albuquerque and across the United States were introduced to this program. More scholars still await their scholarship, so we will keep looking for more to become involved and change another student’s world.”  Congratulations to the scholars and thank you to the Presidential Scholarship Program sponsors for their support!
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Margaret Ortega Named a 2016 UNM Student Affairs Fellow

Margaret Ortega, UNM Foundation associate director of Annual Giving, was recently named a fellow for the UNM Office of Student Affairs 2016 Fellowship program.

The program, established in 1999, provides opportunities to gain leadership and professional development skills while assisting Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Eliseo “Cheo” Torres on specific projects during a 15-month term beginning in January and ending in March the following year.

The program includes participation in events such as the Louie Awards, Student Affairs New Staff Orientation, Student Affairs Symposium and the Mezquite Golf Tournament, which raises money for UNM scholarships. Benefits to fellows include networking with Student Affairs directors and departments as well as exposure to Universitywide committees and meetings such as the monthly Office of Student Affairs meetings as well as UNM Regents meetings.

Congratulations, Margaret!
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New Members of UNMF’s Children’s Miracle Network Team Announced

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Diana Martinez

Diana Martinez, who has served as an administrative coordinator for several UNMF areas (Corporate and Foundation Relations, Principal Giving and Regional Development, the School of Medicine and the Honors College) since August 2014, has been promoted to associate director of development for the UNMF’s Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) team. “Since Diana has been with the Foundation, she has demonstrated excellent skills and an incredible work ethic that will serve her well in this job,” said Anndee Wright Brown, senior director of development for UNM Hospital. “We are excited for her to join us through this promotion.”

 

Kyle Stepp

Kyle Stepp

Kyle Stepp, a senior at UNM majoring in organizational communication and minoring in management and integrative studies for innovation, has joined the Foundation’s CMN team as a student intern. “Kyle is already very familiar with UNM Children’s Hospital (UNMCH) and CMN because in addition to being the Champion Child for CMN Hospital New Mexico in 2011 and 2012, he has long served in a volunteer capacity for UNMCH and UNM,” said Anndee. “We are fortunate to have him on our team this semester.”

Kyle shared a synopsis of his Miracle Story: “At 14, I was diagnosed with Stage IV osteosarcoma and given a 20 percent chance of survival. After 98 chemotherapy treatments and 11 surgeries, I was declared cancer-free in 2012.” In addition to the abovementioned activities, Kyle currently serves as president of the UNM Interfraternity Council, and is the founder/executive director of LoboTHON as well as a student director of the LoboRESPECT Advocacy Center. Kyle also reports that while he was born in Albuquerque, he grew up in Las Vegas, Nev. In his free time, Kyle enjoys hiking every weekend, traveling and cooking for friends. You may reach Kyle at Kyle.Stepp@unmfund.org.

“Please help me welcome Diana and Kyle in their new positions at UNM Foundation,” Anndee said.
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Kole McKamey and Jalen Dominguez Promotions Announced

Kole McKamey has been promoted to senior associate athletics director for development and executive director of the UNM Lobo Club. Kole has been a member of the UNM Foundation staff since last April. Kole is no stranger to UNM or Lobo Athletics, having received his degree in communications while serving as the quarterback of the Lobo football team. “Kole brings a depth of experience in management, sales, community work as well as an abundance of leadership skills that will help the Lobo Club continue their fund-raising excellence. We are proud that he will serve in this key position in athletics as well as the UNM Foundation leadership team,” said VP for University Development Larry Ryan. Kole will oversee all aspects of fund raising for the Lobo Club and its team of professionals as well as manage the Lobo Club Board of Directors.

Jalen Dominguez, who has served as an associate director in the UNM Foundation Office of Annual Giving since September 2014, has been promoted to assistant athletic director of development, effective January 4. “Our staff and I are extremely excited to have Jalen on board the Lobo Club team, and we look forward to the value he will add,” said Kole McKamey.

“For more than a year Jalen has been in the Annual Giving family as the primary fund-raiser for the UNM President’s Club, which engages $5,000 annual donors to support the Office of the President and other campus priorities. His fund-raising success in this area has been noticed and appreciated by key benefactors, and Jalen has done a great job exciting these loyal donors,” said Kole. “Please help me congratulate Jalen in his new position.”

Jalen’s new phone number is 925-5017. Congrats, Jalen and Kole!
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Managing UNM President’s Club Added to Raquel LeCesne’s Current Responsibilities

In addition to her current position, Director of Trustee Relations and Development Raquel LeCesne has taken over management of the UNM President’s Club. Congrats, Raquel!
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Sarah Fair Moves from Annual Giving to Principal Giving and Regional Development

Sarah Fair, who has served as an administrative coordinator for the UNM Foundation’s Office of Annual Giving since August 2014, has moved to a new position in our Principal Giving and Regional Development Department in late January. “In addition to supporting Principal Giving and Regional Development, Sarah also is supporting Corporate & Foundations Relations and the UNM School of Medicine,” said Senior Associate Vice President for Development Wendy Stires. In addition to these administrative duties, Sarah is also taking on a development portfolio with the Honors College and the School of Public Administration. “Please join me in congratulating Sarah in her new role!” Congrats, Sarah!
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UNMF Welcomes New Student Employee

Mercedes Chavez

Mercedes Chavez

The UNM Foundation welcomes Mercedes Chavez, who joined our staff as a student office assistant in early December. Mercedes is a UNM freshman majoring in both elementary education and criminology. She reports that she grew up in Dexter, N.M., with her grandparents and three sisters, and that her older sister, Destinie, who also attends UNM is her role model. In her free time, Mercedes enjoys listening to music and reading books. “I love helping people and making them smile,” she said. “It’s such an honor to be part of the UNM Foundation.” You may reach Mercedes at mercedesaurora13@unm.edu. Welcome, Mercedes!
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Ann-Mary McLeod Retires from the UNM Foundation

Ann-Mary MacLeod, who has served as director of development for the UNM Foundation Corporate and Foundation Relations Department for the past two years—and who managed the UNM-Valencia Development Office for six years before that—has retired from the UNM Foundation, effective January 29. Ann-Mary reported that she and her life partner, Charlie, will be moving to Scottsdale, Ariz., to be closer to family. She also shared the excitement surrounding her youngest daughter having twins next month—her first grandchildren!—and how she and Charlie will now be able to make multiple and extended trips to play with the babies, giving their parents respite. In addition, she and Charlie plan to travel more, both within the United States and abroad.

Before her development work for UNM and the UNM Foundation, Ann-Mary was employed for 10 years in neuroscience research and served for three years as executive director of a homeless shelter. She earned a BS degree in biology from Eastern New Mexico University and an MA degree in mythological studies from the Pacifica Graduate Institute. Born in Roswell, N.M., Ann-Mary grew up in Los Alamos and has lived all over the United States. She has three children: Rose, Elizabeth and Rebecca.

You may reach Ann-Mary at nmannmary@yahoo.com. Congratulations, Ann-Mary! We will miss you and wish you all the best!
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Three Staff Members Depart the UNM Foundation

John Clark, who has been a student communications assistant/graphic designer in the UNM Foundation’s Marketing and Communications Department since February 2014, left the Foundation in late January to begin an architecture internship at Hartman + Majewski Design Group in Albuquerque. John will receive his master’s degree in architecture from UNM this May. John was one of several UNM students featured in last fall’s UNM Foundation Annual Report of Giving. If you missed the article, you may read it online here; see page 9. We miss you already, John, and wish you all the best! Congrats!

Stuart Starner, associate athletics director for development, resigned in December, and Jon Burkett, assistant athletics director for development, resigned in early January. We wish them both all the best.
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Thanks to the Events & Employee Recognition Committee for a Great 2015!

Every year the UNM Foundation Events & Employee Recognition Committee team does an phenomenal job organizing activities to bring our staff together, and 2015 was no exception! Please join Senior Director of Human Resources Gretchen Doyle in thanking our wonderful team members: Dimple Bhakta, Denise Codding, Suzanne Eubank, Drea Kendall,  Betty Olivas, Monica Peck, Kristine Purrington, Laurie Roche, Candy Romero and Shannon Skinner. Additionally, Gretchen would like to thank Natch Anan, John Clark, Jennifer Kemp and Mario Lara for all the wonderful photos they take of our staff at each event and for putting together the holiday slide show. And what would our holiday event have been without Santa and Mrs. Claus?! Many thanks to our masters of ceremonies, Kara Clem and Frankie Melvin! Everyone is looking forward to another exciting year!
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2016 Mileage Allowance Change

In early January, the staff received an email noting the mileage rate has changed effective January 1, 2016 to 54 cents per mile for business use of a personal vehicle.

Forms on Sharepoint have been updated to reflect this change. If you have any questions, please contact Monica Peck at 277-5686 or Monica.Peck@unmfund.org.
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Mark Your Calendars: Upcoming Events for February

Fidelity Presentation and One-on-One Meetings, February 11:

Making the Most of Your Workplace Savings Plan Transition: 9 a.m.

One-on-one meetings: 10 a.m. second floor conference room

Please call 720-403-3807 to make your one-on-one appointment

All Staff Meeting, February 24 at 3 p.m.:

Auditorium at Science & Technology Park, located at 800 Bradbury SE. Parking is at 801 Bradbury SE.

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Mark Your Calendars: Employee Wellness Events for February

Stretch, band and/or balance exercise classes: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays @ 10 a.m.

Yoga with Pam Hong ($40 for 8 classes, or $10 per class for walk-ins): Thursdays @ 5 p.m. (Current session runs through March 10)

Yoga with Maureen ($5.00 per class) Tuesdays @ 5 p.m.
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February is Heart Month

Make Blood Pressure Control Your Goal
This American Heart Month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Million Hearts®—a national effort to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes in the United States by 2017—are encouraging Americans to know their blood pressure, and if it’s high, to make control their goal. Uncontrolled high blood pressure is a leading cause of heart disease and stroke. High blood pressure often shows no signs or symptoms, which is why it’s important to get screened and get your blood pressure under control.

Please visit the CDC website for very helpful information on how to “Make Control Your Goal.”

February Birthdays

Megan Dugan, Irene Gray, Veronica Griego, Jeff MacNutt, Maryellen Missik-Tow, Ken Thompson, Betsy Till, Nickie Vigil
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February UNMF/UNM Anniversaries

Shannon Skinner ’06, Wendy Stires ’09, Curtis Helsel ’11, Kathryn Richards ’15, Betsy Smith ’15
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Want something in the next DTales?

Please send submissions for the March 2016 edition of DTales to Todd.Staats@unmfund.org and Mario.Lara@unmfund.org by 5 p.m., Tues., February 16 (please note earlier deadline!).
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“February days are a marketing gimmick; love happens every day.” –Randeep Hooda
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