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DTales June 2017

DTales June 2017

Foundation News

In this issue:

UNM Foundation Welcomes Project ECHO Senior Development Director
UNM Foundation Welcomes New Harwood Museum of Art Development Director
UNM Foundation Welcomes New Engineering Development Director
UNM Foundation Trustee Employee Achievement Award Winners Announced
Avoid Getting Caught by a Spear-Phishing Email!
Lobo Cancer Challenge Set for September 23
Annual Giving Hosts Thank You Calling
Step Challenge Winners Announced
Chili Cook off Winners Announced
Monthly “Round of Appaws” Winners Announced
Upcoming Human Resources Events for June
Mark Your Calendar for UNMF Staff Picnic and Scavenger Hunt
Employee Wellness Events For June
June is National Safety Month
June Birthdays
June UNMF/UNM Anniversaries
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UNM Foundation Welcomes Project ECHO Senior Development Director

Randy VanDeven

Randall (Randy) VanDeven joined the UNM Foundation staff in mid-May as the senior director of development for the UNM School of Medicine’s Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes), which is a collaborative model of medical education and care management that empowers clinicians everywhere to provide better care to more people, right where they live. Learn more about Project ECHO here.

Randy’s previous professional experience includes seven years as vice president of advancement for Texas A&M-Commerce and nine years on the development team at Tennessee Technological University. He earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Randy reported that he’s a sports enthusiast, fly fisherman, outdoorsman and a former sky diver. He and his wife, Rosalyn Rose, have six children from a blended marriage. Randy’s children are Patrick, Adam, Christopher and Mary Beth, and Rosalyn’s children are Bridget and Camille.

You may reach Randy at Randy.VanDeven@unmfund.org or (505) 272-7514. Welcome, Randy!
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UNM Foundation Welcomes New Harwood Museum of Art Development Director

Sonya Davis

Sonya Davis joined the UNM Foundation staff in mid-May as the director of development for the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos.

Sonya’s previous professional experience includes serving as a fundraising and organizational development consultant for the past five years. She also has served as the executive director of the Pensacola Museum of Art, the executive director of the Lighthouse Arts Center, and vice president of the Palm Beach County Cultural Council, all in Florida. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Minnesota.

Sonya reported that she enjoys gardening, traveling and camping. She and her husband, Jim, an avid community volunteer, have three children, four grandchildren,. and one rescue dog named L.P. Davis.

You may reach Sonya at Sonya.Davis@unmfund.org or (575) 758-9826, ext. 116. Welcome, Sonya!
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UNM Foundation Welcomes New Engineering Development Director

Leslie Currie

Leslie Currie joined the UNM Foundation staff in early June as a director of development for the UNM School of Engineering. She brings with her five years of event fundraising experience with the American Heart Association and four years of higher education fundraising with the Texas A&M system. In addition, Leslie spent two and a half years in service as a Peace Corps volunteer in Fiji. She earned both her B.A in fine art and her MBA from the University of Dallas.

Born in Kodiak, Alaska and raised in Silverton, Oregon, Leslie reported that she and her husband, John Leonard, enjoy traveling and have visited 25 countries. They have a rescue dog, Twiggy Stardust, and, as much as possible, spend their weekends hiking with her.

You may reach Leslie at Leslie.Currie@unmfund.org or (505) 277-0230. Welcome, Leslie!
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UNM Foundation Trustee Employee Achievement Award Winners Announced

A highlight of May’s UNMF Board of Trustees reception was the presentation of the 2016-2017 Board of Trustees Outstanding Employee Achievement Awards. The objective of the award program is to promote, encourage, and recognize employee efforts, and provide public recognition for outstanding achievements. This year’s awardees were Suzanne Awen, Jalen Dominguez and Ken Thompson. Supporting information from their nominating forms is below. Congratulations to all!

Suzanne Awen

(L-R) UNM Foundation Trustee Chair Michelle Coons, Henry Nemcik and Suzanne Awen.

Suzanne first joined the UNM Foundation in May 2009 as an administrative coordinator. Today, after many transitions in her roles, she is the Foundation’s executive project officer.

Because Suzanne has a background as a qualifying broker in commercial real estate, she enthusiastically took on the management of the real property holdings of the Foundation, including: reviewing, analyzing and reporting on current or future holdings as well as making recommendations on the disposition and best usage of property. Suzanne consistently works to find the best way to serve the desires of donors and department recipients in the most expeditious manner while also fulfilling the fiduciary duties of the Foundation.

In addition to her real property role, Suzanne also enthusiastically took on the responsibility of successfully handling the Foundation’s fine arts donations. In collaboration with UNMF Board of Trustee members, UNM partners and fine arts business representatives, Suzanne not only developed an effective long-term marketing and management strategy for the Mandelman-Ribak Collection, but her plan was comprehensive enough to adapt for the successful handling of future fine arts donations. Through the generosity of one of our board members, she secured space to store artwork and is also a great venue to present the art to prospects.

Suzanne is known for going beyond the call of duty while contributing to team building and the esprit de corps of the organization. She has accomplished all of this while still maintaining focus and efficient support for the executive office.

Jalen Dominguez

(L-R) UNM Foundation Trustee Chair Michelle Coons, Jalen Dominguez and Larry Ryan.

Jalen joined the Lobo Club in January 2016 as the assistant athletic director of development. In that role, he has been responsible for directly overseeing all forms of revenue for the Lobo Club, which includes premium seating, annual fund and special event income. In addition, Jalen also has utilized his experience in major gift fundraising to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major gift donors for UNM Athletics.

In his first 16 months, Jalen has raised over $11 million in pledged money to UNM Athletics, of which $10 million was a dual Naming Right Agreement for the UNM football stadium and basketball arena. This gift is now the single largest gift in the history of the UNM Athletic Department. Jalen worked diligently and tirelessly for 10 months to keep the donor engaged in several different projects, which eventually turned into “the ask” for the naming right. He has proven that if you properly cultivate and steward donors, good things will happen.

Jalen’s professional character, approachable personality, and unmatched work ethic are what make him the perfect candidate for this award.

Kenneth Thompson

(L-R) UNM Foundation Trustee Chair Michelle Coons, Ken Thompson and Bill Uher.

Ken joined the UNM Foundation in the summer of 2009 as the chief development officer at the UNM Cancer Center. In that role, Ken made an immediate impact on annual, major, and planned giving for the NCI-designated center. During his tenure at the Cancer Center, annual gift revenues ranged from $4 million to $10 million.

In July 2012, Ken became the senior director of development for HSC Initiatives. This position was a newly created role that could not have been a better match for Ken’s skills and abilities. His everyday activity requires a skill set to steward and solicit donors across a wide range of units spanning Medicine, Hospitals, Nursing, and Pharmacy.

However, most importantly, Ken is a dedicated lifelong learner who naturally raises the level of achievement of those around him. Ken has served as mentor and trusted advisor to many of our new development officers at HSC. He invests time in helping everybody succeed. Ken’s efforts have helped greatly increase the dollars raised at HSC while developing a highly motivated and collaborative team environment.

Congratulations to each of this year’s recipients!
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Avoid Getting Caught by a Spear-Phishing Email!

Editor’s note: The following article was provided by UNM Foundation Director of Technology and Reporting Services Elizabeth Cochran.

One phish, two phish!

Sounds like the beginning of a Dr. Seuss book, but, trust us, a tale that begins like this doesn’t always have a storybook ending.  According to security industry studies, 91% of all security breaches start with gaining access to an organization’s data through spear-phishing emails. In order to protect our data, UNMF has purchased a new, immersive spear-phishing awareness program called PhishMe

How does it work?

In the new program, you will periodically receive simulated spear-phishing emails that imitate real attacks. There is no penalty for ‘failing’ a simulation.  If it happens, you will be prompted to take a 30-60 second educational piece to help understand how to better spot spear-phishing attacks in the home and workplace.

When will it begin?

UNMF IT plans to rollout the program next month. You will be notified via a welcome email from Curtis when we launch the program.

Thanks for your support!
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Lobo Cancer Challenge Set for September 23

The UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center invites you to become a Lobo Cancer Fighter by joining the Lobo Cancer Challenge on September 23. The center is challenging development officers to get their units involved by signing up as an individual rider or forming teams within their unit to help raise money to support patient care and cancer research at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center.

If you’re interested in learning more about the ride, please reach out to Justin Schroer (925-0471) or Sara Lister (463-1369) at the Cancer Center. They can schedule a time for the director of the ride to come meet with you or representatives of your department.
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Annual Giving Hosts Thank You Calling

Derek Montoya, an American Institute of Chemical Engineering (AIChE) student, participates in Annual Giving’s thank you calling in late April.

On April 25, the UNM Foundation’s Office of Annual Giving hosted its fourth and final thank you calling session of the 2016-2017 academic year.

Thank you calling is an opportunity for student volunteers from across campus to call our donors and say “thank you” for making a gift to UNM. Donors are delighted and surprised to receive a call, especially from a student.

This year, the focus of two sessions was calling donors who made their very first gift to UNM. Two additional sessions focused on thanking donors to specific funds. Across the four nights of thank you calling, approximately 750 donors received calls from grateful students, thanking them for their generosity.

Our final thank you calling event was unique, as all of the students attending that evening were volunteering to call for the second or third time this year. When asked why they enjoy thank you calling and why they continue to come back to volunteer, one student said, “I am attending UNM on a scholarship, and I believe it is important for me to show appreciation and to give back in any way that I can.”

Thank you to each student who participated!
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Step Challenge Winners Announced

As you may have read in Denise’s mid-May email, the UNM Foundation completed its four-week step challenge. Twenty staff members participated, and together as a team, they took 4,354,533 steps, which is 2,045.18 miles, crushing the goal of 3 million steps!

The top steppers were:

First: Kim Madrid with 429,335 steps (203.28 miles)
Second: Mario Lara with 427,363 steps (202.48 miles)
Third: Connor Adams with 351,391 steps (166.38 miles)

Great job to you three and to everyone else who participated. The friendly competition was very motivating!
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Chili Cook-Off Winners Announced

On May 5, Cinco de Mayo, the UNMF staff celebrated with its Sixth Annual Chili Cook-Off and Celebration of Local Foods. Winners were selected in various categories, as follows:

Chili
1st place – Sher’ry
2nd place – Betty
3rd place – Emilia

Vegetarian Chili
1st place – Curtis
2nd place – Judith

Salsa
1st place – Betsy Smith

Guacamole
1st place – Elizabeth

Queso
1st place – Kim

Congratulations and thank you to everyone who participated in this fun (and delicious) day!
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Monthly “Round of Appaws” Winners Announced

appaws_logoOur 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 June—and the winner is Denise Codding! Congrats to Denise, who received a $10 gift card.

In addition, at the All Staff Meeting on May 24, three nomination forms were randomly drawn from among those recognized during the previous three months, and the winners were Mercedes Chavez and Karl Kaplan (yes, Karl’s name was drawn twice!). Mercedes received a $20 gift card, and Karl received two. Congrats to all!

As you have seen, the “Round of Appaws” boards are located in both the upstairs and downstairs lobbies at 700 Lomas.  Throughout the month, new “paws” are posted acknowledging staff for many fabulous reasons.  We encourage everyone to take a moment to “paws” and give thanks to a coworker! 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 your 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 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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Upcoming Human Resources Events for June

Performance Reviews Schedule/Timeline:
May 22 – June 30: Mandatory training (see details below)
May 31: Performance Appraisal (PA) training in conference room 108 at 1pm
June 1: PA training in conference room 108 at 10:30 a.m.
June 1 – 30: Employees complete their self-evaluation & submit to their manager
July 3 – 14: Manager reviews employee’s previous goals and prepares PA and new FY17-18 goals
July 14 – 28: Manager sends PA to their director and Human Resources to review
July 31: All PAs are then sent to Talent Management Committee (TMC) to review
August 3 – 18: Manager schedules time with each employee to review PA and finalize goals for the FY2017-18)
August 22: Completed PAs are due to Human Resources

Annual Training Deadlines Announced:
Annual Training due June 30, 2017. HIPAA and Basic Safety Training are due for all UNMF Staff. Please refer to the email sent to you on May 22, 2017 from Gretchen Doyle. Questions – please contact Denise Codding at 313-7646 or by email at Denise.Codding@unmfund.org.

• As mentioned in the May 24 All Staff meeting, all UNM Foundation staff also will be required to complete FERPA training. This training is available on Learning Central and will be located in your “My Learning Assignments” section. The training takes about 15 minutes to complete.

If your training content doesn’t launch, it is because you have Pop-Up Windows blocked on your browser. You will need to follow the directions in this document in order for the training content to launch properly. Please follow the directions for the specific browser that you use. For UNMF employees, FERPA training is due June 30; for UNM employees, it is due Dec. 31.
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Mark Your Calendar for UNMF Staff Picnic and Scavenger Hunt

UNMF Staff Picnic and Scavenger Hunt is June 24, Noon – 4 p.m. at the ABQ BioPark Zoo, 903 Tenth SW. Please RSVP to Denise by emailing Denise Codding at Denise.Codding@unmfund.org by June 14.
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Employee Wellness Events For June

Wellness Wednesday
Monthly Fun Fitness Workout: Take the Stairs; Wednesday, June 14, 2 – 2:30 p.m.; UNM Foundation Lobby. It’s not just about walking up them to get to the next flight, it’s about foot placement, muscle control, and agility that can improve your body’s fitness level. Make sure you have your sneakers for this one!

Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Pam Hong
Thursdays at 5:15 p.m.; New Heart Fitness Center; eight-week program is $50; $10 walk-in rate. A new session began May 4. If you are interested in signing up for the eight-week session, please email Denise Codding at Denise.Codding@unmfund.org

June SkillbuilderFind a trail and take a hike!
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June is National Safety Month

Observed annually in June, National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities. Get ready for National Safety Month! View each of the tip sheets below, which offer safety messages on several topics. Please share these with your co-workers, family and friends.

Week 1: Stand up to Falls
Week 2: Recharge to Be In Charge
Week 3: Prepare for Active Shooters
Week 4: Don’t Just Sit There

For much more useful information on safety at work, at home and beyond, please visit the National Safety Council website.

Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning: Read This and Share Generously!

With summer around the corner and pool and family vacation season upon us, this eye-opening article explains what to look for when someone may be in trouble in the water. It’s not what most people think.
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June Birthdays

Patty Bauchman, Sarah Fair, Melissa Lobato, Carmen Rawls, Wendy Stires
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June UNMF/UNM Anniversaries

Amanda Bassett ’11, Cathy Bunch ’08, Denise Codding ’93, Jill Slaby ’06, Suzanne Eubank ’12
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“It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside.” – Maud Hart Lovelace
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