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DTales June 3, 2015

DTales June 3, 2015

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Foundation News

In this issue:
UNMF Trustee Employee Achievement Award Winners Announced
UNMF Welcomes New Development Director for School of Medicine
Staff Changes
So Nice We’ve Hired Him Twice–Jared is Back!
All Staff Events
Did You Know…
Upcoming Wellness Events
June is Men’s Health Month!
June Birthdays
June UNMF/UNM Anniversaries
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UNMF Trustee Employee Achievement Award Winners Announced

A main focus of May’s UNMF Board of Trustees reception was the presentation of the UNMF 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. The awardees were Todd Staats, Cathy Bunch, Shannon Skinner and Mitch Garrity. Supporting info on each employee is below. Congratulations to each of you!

Todd Staats There is a very short list of individuals that one encounters in a career that simply define professionalism through their breadth of knowledge, competence, consistency, self-efficacy and strength.

During his 13 year career with the UNM Foundation, Todd Staats has made his mark as our publications editor. Todd responds to each year’s unique challenges from a body of knowledge and a wealth of editorial and marketing experience.

You have seen the results of his work, such as the November 2014 publication of the UNM Foundation’s Annual Report of Giving, which is graphically excellent, fresh and highly readable. Regardless of the challenges, he manages to improve, sharpen and make the UNM Foundation’s publications more outstanding every year.

His role model of great planning, clear vision, and respect for his co-workers, coupled with his incredible creativity and integrity is one we can all emulate. Todd gains the cooperation and participation of subcontractors, in-house data experts, writers, photographers and graphic artists while giving them each his individual attention and appreciation, and has been a mentor to numerous student writers and his peers at the UNM Foundation.

I am pleased to have the privilege of having nominated Todd Staats as one of our employees of the year, and would like to thank him for all that he has done for the UNM Foundation and for the University of New Mexico.

Cathy Bunch first joined the UNM Foundation in June 2008 as a temporary employee. In November 2008, she joined Donor Relations full-time as the point person for donor receipts and acknowledgements.

After 1 ½ years, Cathy joined the Office of Annual Giving’s Presidential Scholarship Program (PSP). Cathy’s chief responsibilities are to seek and renew annual “full sponsors ($2,600 donors)” and manage relationships with benefactors who established Presidential Scholarship endowments (current level is $50,000).  Cathy has added her personal touches to this 39-year-old program. Her commitment for sponsor and student-scholars to have the “best experience” possible is noticeable and is having a positive effect on participation.  Cathy has had her first freshman to senior class under her PSP leadership.

Each fall, Cathy “matches” scholars with a specific annual or endowed scholarship. The “match” process is very manual and recently uses Advance to help the matching process.  Soon after fall UNM census day, Cathy coordinates a “Freshman Orientation/Interview” for incoming scholars so we gather more data about the students.

The “Fall Mixer,” an informal reception where scholars, supporters and interested donors can meet each other, was an idea Cathy implemented to offer another time to celebrate PSP and encourage participation for those unable to attend the spring dinner.

Each spring, Donor Relations and Annual Giving host a four hundred plus attendee “Spring Dinner.”  This popular assigned-seat event is held in the Student Union Building and is very student-centric.

The Presidential Scholarship Program remains an important priority for the University and continues to grow thanks to Cathy’s leadership.

Shannon Skinner began her tenure at the UNM Foundation in 2008, working as assistant to the development director for UNM Hospitals.  Because Shannon had a background working in law offices, in 2011 Sandy Liggett was inspired to invite Shannon to come to work with her – and the rest is history.   Shannon has become indispensible to Sandy Liggett, and I’m sure that Giulia Urquhart will have the same experience.

In addition to this role, Shannon also assists with planned giving. As Sheila Hard says, “I simply could not accomplish all that I do without Shannon’s assistance.”  Shannon has grown to assume an ever-increasing share of responsibility for the operations of the office, whether it is point-person with Gifts Processing or walking through the EGIF process with new CDOs.   Shannon is smart, and she likes taking on projects and cleaning up untidiness.  She is a treasured colleague and valued partner in the planned giving enterprise.

Shannon is recognized throughout the organization as someone who will do whatever she can to help – from covering the front desk, to answering questions about how gifts should be posted, to scrambling to get deeds signed so a gift of real property can move forward.  She makes the UNM Foundation a better place because she is here.

Mitch Garrity has been the beacon during many a storm.  Not only is she our point person for almost everything in the President Office,  she is key in helping us to fulfill President Frank’s demands that he be more engaged in development.  There is barely an hour that goes by, where either Wendy Stires or someone in executive leadership doesn’t reach out to Mitch to ask about President Frank’s availability.  Every call is met with a “happy day” and every conversation ends in “Go LOBOS!”

She is ever flexible and willing to help where ever she can.  We sincerely could not survive without her and the fact that she is always such a joy makes every day for me a pleasure.
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UNMF Welcomes New Development Director for School of Medicine

Megan Dugan

Megan Dugan

Megan Dugan joined the UNMF staff in mid May as a development director for the UNM School of Medicine. Megan comes to us from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine where she had worked since 2007, and most recently served as associate director of alumni relations and development since 2011. Previously, she worked in various sales positions in the veterinary pharmaceutical manufacturing industry. Originally from Tennessee, she earned a BS degree in agriculture and animal science from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Megan lives with her husband, Matt, and reports that she enjoys traveling, photography, cooking, gardening, hiking, running and all things dog-related. (Sadly, she said that she and Matt recently lost their pet dog.) You may reach Megan at Megan.Dugan@unmfund.org or (505) 277-0322. Welcome, Megan!
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Staff Changes

Aaron Currence, a former research student employee with the UNM Foundation, has been hired as a research analyst. Congrats, Aaron!

Maria Cabrera, records specialist, has resigned her position.  Her last day was May 21, 2015.  We wish her all the best. 

Gary Essenpreis, desktop support tech, is no longer with the UNM Foundation. We wish him all the best.

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So Nice We’ve Hired Him Twice–Jared is Back!

Jared Stone, who served as a temp in our Information Services Department late last year and earlier this year, has been hired again as a temp to help UNMF staff with their computer needs until a permanent IT support employee is in place. You may reach Jared through Zendesk or at Jared.Stone@unmfund.org. Welcome back, Jared!
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All Staff Events

  • June 11, 2015 – 11:30 a.m. – Second Floor Conference Room – Wells Fargo HSA How to Invest Your Dollars followed by one-on-one meetings from 12:30pm-3pm
  • July 19, 2015 – 6:00 p.m. – Foundation Staff Picnic @ Isotopes Park.  Tickets are $5 each for up to 4 tickets.  Additional tickets can be purchased for $25 each.   Please let Dimple at 272-4455 or Denise at 277-2954 know how many tickets you would like. Payment of tickets is due prior to the deadline. Deadline is July 10.

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Did You Know…?

It’s important to keep your Emergency Contact(s) and Beneficiary(ies) current in ADP?  Please take a moment to visit ADP – portal.adp.com to ensure your information is correct.  If it isn’t, please update it at this time.

To view Emergency Contact – click on the Personal Information tab and select Emergency Contact.  Add, delete or edit as needed.

To review/change Beneficiary – click on the Benefits tab and select Review/Change Beneficiary.  Add, delete or edit as needed.

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Upcoming Wellness Events

  • June 10, 2015  – 10:00 a.m. – Foundation Lobby – First Aid Class
  • June 20, 2015  – 9:00 a.m. – Albuquerque Bosque – Three-mile hike through our beautiful Bosque 
  • August 12, 2015  – 10:00 a.m. Foundation Lobby – Foam Rolling Class

Please click here for more information on these events.
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June is Men’s Health Month!

The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.  We encourage you to visit the Men’s Health Month website for valuable information.
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June Birthdays

Patty Bauchman, Jon Burkett, Sarah Fair, Betty Karlsson, Sandie Koson, 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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Want Something in the Next DTales?

Please send submissions for the July 2015 edition of DTales to Todd.Staats@unmfund.org AND Mario.Lara@unmfund.org by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24.
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“I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June.” — L. M. Montgomery
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