DTales March 5, 2014
UNMF Marketing and Communications Welcomes New Student Writer
Anna Adams joined the UNMF’s Marketing and Communications Department as a student writer in mid February. She is double majoring in English and German at UNM and plans to graduate in December 2014. Currently she is the editor-in-chief of Best Student Essays, UNM’s premier nonfiction magazine. “I think being involved on campus is important,” said Anna, who is also an officer for UNM’s German Club. A big fan of music, Anna previously played flute for the basketball game pep band, the UNM Soundpack. Apart from school activities, Anna enjoys reading, writing and watching foreign films. You may reach Anna at email@example.com. Welcome, Anna!
UNMF Marketing and Communications Welcomes New Student Graphic Designer
John Clark joined the UNMF’s Marketing and Communications Department as a student communications assistant/graphic designer in late February. A UNM senior majoring in architecture, John will graduate this May and plans to work toward his master’s degree in architecture at UNM afterward. A lifelong Albuquerque resident, John graduated from St. Pius X High School and is a four-year recipient of UNM’s Presidential Scholarship. His work experience includes serving as equipment manager for UNM Football and graphic design work for UNM Athletics. In his free time, John enjoys graphic design, volunteering and basketball. He lives with his girlfriend, Terra, and their 7-month-old son, Noah. You may reach John at John.Clark@unmfund.org. Welcome, John!
Please Note Other UNM Foundation Staff Changes
Chuck Wendt, formerly the UNMF development director for UNM Hospital, is no longer with the UNM Foundation, effective February 11. We wish him all the best.
Lela Lopez, formerly a development assistant in our Gift and Records Processing Department, is no longer with the UNM Foundation, effective February 26. We’ve appreciated her contributions through the years and wish her all the best.
Jennifer Malaney, formerly the UNMF assistant development director for Popejoy Hall, is no longer with the UNM Foundation, effective March 3. We wish her all the best.
10th Annual Radiothon Benefits UNM Children’s Hospital
The 10th Annual 100.3 The Peak Radiothon to benefit UNM Children’s Hospital was held on Feb. 20-21 and raised $230, 591. This annual fund-raiser helps the hospital provide the most advanced and specialized pediatric care available to more than 60,000 children from every county in New Mexico and neighboring areas.
Radiothon organizers and staff thank the 1,500 donors who supported this year’s Children’s Miracle Network fund-raiser. Thank you to all who donated, supported and listened to the radio during the two-day, 12-hour-a-day live Radiothon last month.
The Radiothon was broadcast live on KPEK-FM 100.3 – The Peak from the 6th floor of UNM Children’s Hospital. Jackie, Tony, Donnie and other on-air personalities hosted the event for two days from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., talking with patients, doctors, nurses and listeners. The Radiothon supports the Children’s Miracle Network Fund at UNM Children’s Hospital. In the past nine years, more than $2.7 million in pledges (not counting this year’s pledges) have been generated from community support during the Radiothon.
Radiothon sponsors, in order of amount raised, include: Sandia Office Supply, First Financial Credit Union, Golden Corral, Saga Gymnastics, Santa Fe Credit Union, Santa Fe Spirits, Rebel Donut, Einstein Bros. Bagels, The Range Café, Wasabi Grill, Chipotle, Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, Coke and Pepsi.
If you missed the Radiothon and would like to contribute to the cause, please visit here.
Mark Your Calendar for Roadrunner Food Bank Volunteer Opportunity
The UNMF Community Projects Committee invites staff to volunteer at Roadrunner Food Bank on Tuesday, March 11, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Volunteers may help with repacking bulk items into smaller quantities and/or sorting food. Please note that you may be required to wear a hair net for this volunteer opportunity. Please bring a sweater and also note that water/water bottles are not allowed in the food packing area—so please hydrate before we begin. There is also a water fountain outside the packing area.
Roadrunner Food Bank depends on volunteers to feed 40,000 people all over New Mexico. We hope you will join us. It is a fun and rewarding volunteer opportunity. Roadrunner Food Bank is located at 5840 Office Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109; www.rrfb.org.
For more information on this volunteer opportunity, please contact Margaret Ortega at Margaret.Ortega@unmfund.org.
Please Note Employee Wellness Information
(Information below is from the website of the CDC, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.)
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Every year about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and more than 50,000 people die from it.
How Can You Reduce Your Risk?
The risk of getting colorectal cancer increases with age. More than 90 percent of cases occur in people who are 50 years old or older. Colorectal cancer screening saves lives, but many people are not being screened according to national guidelines.
If you’re 50 years old or older, getting a screening test for colorectal cancer could save your life. Here’s how:
- Colorectal cancer screening tests can find precancerous polyps so they can be removed before they turn into cancer. In this way, colorectal cancer is prevented.
- Screening tests also can find colorectal cancer early, when treatment often leads to a cure.
What Are the Symptoms of Colorectal Cancer?
Precancerous polyps and colorectal cancer don’t always cause symptoms, especially at first. You could have polyps or colorectal cancer and not know it. That is why having a screening test is so important. Symptoms for colorectal cancer may include:
- Blood in or on the stool (bowel movement)
- Stomach pain, aches or cramps that do not go away
- Losing weight and you don’t know why
These symptoms may be caused by something other than cancer. If you’re having any of these symptoms, the only way to know what is causing them is to see your doctor.
When Should You Begin to Get Screened?
You should begin screening for colorectal cancer soon after turning 50, and then keep getting screened regularly until the age of 75. Ask your doctor if you should be screened if you’re older than 75.
Some people are at a higher risk than others for developing colorectal cancer. Having any of these things may increase your risk:
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- A personal or family history of colorectal polyps or colorectal cancer
- Genetic syndromes, like familial adenomatous polyposis or hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer (also known as Lynch syndrome
If you think you may be at high risk for colorectal cancer, talk to your doctor about when and how often to get tested.
What Are the Screening Tests for Colorectal Cancer?
Several tests are available to screen for colorectal cancer. Some are used alone; others are used in combination with each other. Talk with your doctor about which test or tests are best for you. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends these tests to screen for colorectal cancer.
- Colonoscopy (every 10 years)
- High-sensitivity fecal occult blood test (FOBT), stool test, or fecal immunochemical test (FIT) (every year)
- Sigmoidoscopy (every 5 years)
How Can I Pay for Screening Tests?
Many insurance plans and Medicare help pay for colorectal cancer screening. Check with your plan to find out which tests are covered for you. To find out about Medicare coverage, call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).
CDC’s Colorectal Cancer Control Program provides access to colorectal cancer screening to low-income, underinsured, or uninsured men and women aged 50–64 years in 25 states and four tribes.
Screen for Life: National Colorectal Cancer Action Campaign
CDC’s Screen for Life: National Colorectal Cancer Action Campaign informs men and women who are 50 years old or older about the importance of having regular colorectal cancer screening tests.
March birthdays: Miranda Eastham, Sher’ry Easton, Gary Essenpreis, Jodie Frettem, Reggie Garrett, Rich Grainger, Joyce Sandoval, Shannon Skinner, Steve Tremble
March UNMF/UNM anniversaries: John Burch ’97, Raquel LeCesne ’01, Ann-Mary MacLeod ’08, Margaret Ortega ’01, Laurie Roche ’13, Todd Staats ’02, Pamela Weese ’13
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