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DTales May 2017

DTales May 2017

Foundation News

In this issue:

UNM Foundation Welcomes New General Counsel
Giulia Urquhart Leaves the UNM Foundation
Marketing and Communications Department Welcomes New Student Employee
Veronica Muñoz-De La Cruz to Graduate from UNM, Leave the UNM Foundation
Monthly “Round of Appaws” Winners Announced
Employee Wellness Events for May
Mark Your Calendar for UNMF All Staff Meeting
May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Awareness Month
May Birthdays
May UNMF/UNM Anniversaries
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UNM Foundation Welcomes New General Counsel

Patrick (Pat) Allen

Patrick (Pat) Allen joined the UNM Foundation staff in late April as its new general counsel. He comes to the Foundation after 18 years as a partner of Yenson, Allen & Wosick, PC. Pat received his BA degree in English and political science from James Madison University, graduating magna cum laude with honors in English. He received his JD from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary.

Pat is licensed to practice law in all state and federal courts in New Mexico and Virginia. He is also admitted to practice in Washington, D.C., the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

During his professional career, Pat has concentrated his practice in the areas of governmental liability, employment law, civil rights, constitutional law, class action, personal injury, and insurance coverage/bad faith. He has tried in excess of 50 bench and jury trials and handled over 40 appeals. He has lectured on numerous topics relating to employment law, governmental liability and civil rights in continuing legal education and risk management seminars. In addition, he has been named as a Southwest Super Lawyer.

Pat is also highly involved in community service. Among other things, he served on the board of directors of the YMCA of Central New Mexico for 15 years, and currently serves as chair of the board of trustees for Sandia Preparatory School.

You may reach Pat at Pat.Allen@unmfund.org or (505) 313-7605. Welcome, Pat!
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Giulia Urquhart Leaves the UNM Foundation

Giulia Urquhart

Giulia Urquhart, who has served as the UNM Foundation’s general counsel since April 2015, has left the UNMF, effective May 2. Giulia reported that she plans to return to residential property sales and development. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my two years with the UNM Foundation, and have been honored to work with a remarkable group of ethical and accomplished professionals,” Giulia said. “I look forward to our continued association as a donor and friend.”

We wish Giulia all the best!
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Marketing and Communications Department Welcomes New Student Employee

Olivia Lujan

In early April, Olivia Lujan joined the UNM Foundation Marketing and Communications team as a student communication assistant. Originally from El Paso, Olivia grew up in Albuquerque and Los Lunas. She graduated from Valencia High School and began college at UNM-Valencia before transferring to Main Campus in Albuquerque. She is majoring in interdisciplinary film and digital media and minoring in entrepreneurship. Olivia’s previous employment includes work as a communication specialist at the Center for Ageless Living and as a server at the Green House Bistro.

In her free time, Olivia enjoys drawing and making wire jewelry. You may reach Olivia at Olivia.Lujan@unmfund.org. Welcome, Olivia!
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Veronica Muñoz-De La Cruz to Graduate from UNM, Leave the UNM Foundation

Veronica Muñoz-De La Cruz

Veronica Muñoz-De La Cruz, who joined the UNM Foundation Marketing and Communications team as a student communication assistant last May, will be graduating from UNM this month with a BA degree in journalism and mass communications with a concentration in multimedia journalism as well as a BA degree in psychology with a minor in interdisciplinary studies. Her last day with the Foundation will be May 12; she will continue working in the marketing and communications field here in New Mexico while also doing freelance graphic design work.

Congrats, Veronica! We will miss you and your talents and skills around here!
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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 UNMF Human Resources at the beginning of May—and the winner is Jenny Frame! Congrats to Jenny, 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 his or her 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 co-worker – he or she 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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Employee Wellness Events For May

Fitness Challenge: The UNMF four-week fitness challenge continues through May 15. There’s still time to help with the organization goal of 3 million steps. Everyone who contributes more than 70,000 steps will be entered into a drawing for a new Fitbit. Visit here and click on the Wellness at Work link; then login with your username and password, and sign-up for the challenge by clicking on the Events Tab and selecting register in the appropriate box. You can earn 150 points for completing this challenge!

Hatha Yoga with Cynthia Casas: Tuesdays at 5:15 p.m.; New Heart Fitness Center; eight-week program is $16 for members and $40 for non-members; $5, or $7 walk-in rate

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 will begin May 4. If you are interested in signing up for the eight-week session, please email Denise Codding at Denise.Codding@unmfund.org.

May Skill builder: Challenge Yourself to a Better Night’s Sleep with these sleep strategies.

Wellness Wednesday: Monthly Fun Fitness Workout: Salsa Fitness!; Wednesday, May 10, 2-2:30 p.m.; UNM Foundation Lobby. This should be another fun one!
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Mark Your Calendar for UNMF All Staff Meeting

The next UNMF All Staff Meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 24, at 3 p.m. at the McDavid Lounge at The Pit.
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May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Info courtesy of curemelanoma.org

Melanoma is one of the most common cancers diagnosed in the United States and the deadliest form of skin cancer. Rates of melanoma are rising rapidly, especially in younger people. In fact, cases of melanoma have tripled in the last 30 years, at a time when cancer rates for other common cancers have declined.

When caught early, melanoma is curable. And while treatments for late-stage melanoma are improving rapidly, thanks to research supported by the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA), the survival rates are still low. That is why taking steps to prevent melanoma and identify it early are key.

The MRA commits strategic research funding to improve the understanding about the causes of melanoma and to develop better treatments for this deadly disease.

Early Melanoma Detection: What You Can Do
Early detection is the best way to treat melanoma. Here are some steps you can take to help identify early warning signs:

Know Your Skin and Examine it Regularly. Recognizing changes in the skin is the best way to detect melanoma early. Add monthly skin checks to your routine.

Look for the ABCDEs of Melanoma. Pay attention to moles or growths that are asymmetrical, have an irregular border, exhibit changes in color, have a diameter larger than the size of a pencil eraser, or have evolved in size or thickness. If you notice one or more of these signs, see your health care provider.

Those at higher risk for skin cancer (fair skin, red or blonde hair and light eyes, history of sunburn/excessive UV radiation exposure, having many or unusual moles, family or personal history of melanoma, weakened immune system) should consider discussing the benefits of regular skin examinations with their dermatologist or health care provider.

Please visit here for much more valuable information.
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May Birthdays

Connor Adams, Kara Clem-Wirtel, Chris Fenton, Rod Harder, Margaret Ortega, Candy Romero, Jared Stone, Giulia Urquhart
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May UNMF/UNM Anniversaries

Judith Davenport ’16, Megan Dugan ’15, Karl Kaplan ’08, Veronica Muñoz-De La Cruz ’16, Jared Stone, ’14, Mary Wolford ’00
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“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”
–Marie Curie
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