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DTales November 5, 2014

DTales November 5, 2014

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Foundation News

In this issue:

UNMF Welcomes New Director of Annual Giving for Athletics
UNMF Welcomes Associate Financial Analyst
Volunteers Needed for Fourth Annual Roadrunner Food Bank Project
UNM Foundation Participates in Operation Gratitude
UNMF Staffers Celebrate Halloween with Contests, Potluck
Mark Your Calendar
UNMF’s Winter Holiday Schedule
Employee Wellness: November is National Diabetes Awareness Month
November Birthdays
November UNMF/UNM Anniversaries
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UNMF Welcomes New Director of Annual Giving for Athletics

Ciara MartinezCiara Martinez joined the UNM Foundation staff in mid October as the director of Annual Giving for Athletics. Originally from Taos, though she reported that she spent summers in Baltimore while growing up, Ciara is a double UNM alumna—she earn both a BBA degree with a concentration in organizational management as well as an MBA degree with a concentration in marketing from the University. She previously worked for the UNM Lobo Club for three years. Influenced by her artist father, Ciara loves art. In addition, she enjoys visiting museums, riding dirt bikes, traveling, drawing and snuggling up with her dog, MJ. You may reach Ciara at Ciara.Martinez@unmfund.org or 925-5908. Welcome, Ciara!
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UNMF Welcomes Associate Financial Analyst

Jacki GerardJacqueline (Jacki) Gerard joined the UNM Foundation in mid October as an associate financial analyst. Originally from Brooklyn, N.Y., Jacki moved to New Mexico at age 7. After earning her associate’s degree for applied sciences in accounting from CNM, Jacki worked for Sandia Resort and Casino as a staff accountant for five years. She and her husband, Michael, have two daughters, Nicolle and Patricia. She also reported that the family has one four-legged child, a black Labrador named Ping. In her free time, Jacki enjoys reading and watching movies. You may reach Jacki at Jacki.Gerard@unmfund.org or 277-9019. Welcome, Jacki!
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Volunteers Needed for Fourth Annual Roadrunner Food Bank Project

The UNMF Community Service Committee needs volunteers to join us at Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico next Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

Roadrunner Food Bank (RRFB) has been serving New Mexico’s hungry since 1980. As the largest food bank in the state, RRFB distributes more than 26 million pounds of food every year to a network of hundreds of partner agencies and four regional food banks.

Volunteers may help with lots of tasks in the warehouse including: repacking bulk items into smaller quantities, sorting food and filling food boxes. Roadrunner Food Bank relies on volunteers to help our hungry neighbors. (Volunteers may be asked to wear a hair net).

For more information, please visit RRFB’s website. They are located at: 5840 Office Blvd, Albq, NM 87109 (near Century Rio 24 movie theaters).

If you haven’t already, please email Margaret Ortega at Margaret.Ortega@unmfund.org TODAY, Nov. 5, if you would like to volunteer.
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UNM Foundation Participates in Operation Gratitude

The UNM Foundation is proud to participate in Operation Gratitude from November 3 – 7; see flyer.  You may donate your leftover Halloween candy, toiletries or winter gear for our troops overseas. A donation box is located in Suite 108 at 700 Lomas.
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UNMF Staffers Celebrate Halloween with Contests, Potluck

Halloween-2014-smallEveryone had fun at this year’s UNMF Staff Halloween party and potluck last Friday. Thank you to the UNMF Events Committee for coordinating the event. Costume contest winners were: individual/pairs: first place: Mario Lara and Esther Trillo; second place: Esther Sandoval; third place: Anndee Wright Brown and Drea Kendall. Group: first place: Finance staff—Rod Harder, Kenny Stansbury, Monica Peck, Catherine Malin, Betty Olivas and Jacki Gerard; second place: Annual Giving staff—Willie Romero, Margaret Ortega, Kara Clem-Wirtel, Jalen Dominguez, Alysha D’Amour and Sarah Fair; third place: Elizabeth Cochran, Jenny Frame, Suzanne Eubank and Emilia Rivera. Special thanks go to School of Architecture and Planning Development Officer Laurie Roche and Roddy Thomson of New York Life for judging the costume contest. Pumpkin carving contest winners were: first place: Monica Peck; second place: Kara Clem-Wirtel; third place (tie): Judith Davenport and Elizabeth Cochran. Congratulations, everyone! If you can access the Common Drive at Two Woodward Center, you may view all the pics here: I:/2014 Halloween
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Mark Your Calendar

Annual Tree Trimming and Cookie Share: Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m. The theme for this year’s tree is old-fashioned holiday (i.e. homemade ornaments, cranberry garland, etc.) Please bring in your favorite holiday cookie to share.

Annual Holiday Party: Friday, Dec. 5, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., Albuquerque Country Club.

Please send your RSVP to Denise at Denise.Codding@unmfund.org.
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UNMF’s Winter Holiday Schedule

The UNM Foundation offices will be closed beginning Noon Dec. 23 through January 2. However the following dates will have limited coverage during the winter break:

Dec. 23: Closing at 12 noon with limited coverage from 12 noon – 5 p.m.
Dec. 24: Closed
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 26: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Dec. 29: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m
Dec. 30: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Dec. 31: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m
Jan. 1: Closed
Jan. 2: Closed

If you’re interested in covering during the Winter Break, please email Denise.Codding@unmfund.org.

Compensation for those working the schedule above during Winter Break:

Non-exempt (hourly) employees will receive the following for working:

  • 8 hours paid holiday
  • Time and one-half for hours worked

Exempt (salaried) employees will receive the following for working:

  • 8 hours paid holiday
  • An alternate day off, without charging PTO, within a 3-month time period.

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Employee Wellness: November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

(Article below is from the Centers for Disease Control website).

Diabetes—if you don’t live with it yourself, then it’s likely you have a family member or friend who does. This November during National Diabetes Month, ask yourself if you’re at risk of type 2 diabetes and take steps to prevent it. Diabetes affects 26 million Americans, with 19 million people diagnosed and 7 million undiagnosed. And an estimated 79 million American adults aged 20 years or older have pre-diabetes, which puts them at high risk for developing the disease.

What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose levels are above normal. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies. When you have diabetes, your body either doesn’t make enough insulin or cant use its own insulin as well as it should. This causes sugar to build up in your blood.

What are the types of diabetes?

  • Type 1 diabetes, which was previously called insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus or juvenile-onset diabetes, may account for about 5 percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes.
  • Type 2 diabetes, which was previously called non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus or adult-onset diabetes, may account for about 90 percent to 95 percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes.
  • Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that only pregnant women get. If not treated, it can cause problems for mothers and babies. Gestational diabetes develops in 2 percent to 10 percent of all pregnancies but usually disappears when a pregnancy is over.
  • Other specific types of diabetes resulting from specific genetic syndromes, surgery, drugs, malnutrition, infections, and other illnesses may account for 1 percent to 5 percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes.
  • Pre-diabetes is an elevated blood glucose level that is not quite high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes, but is higher than normal.
  • Normal: Normal blood sugar levels measure less than 100 mg/dl (milligrams per deciliter) after the fasting glucose test.
  • Pre-diabetes: Blood glucose levels of 100-125 mg/dl after an overnight or eight-hour fast may indicate pre-diabetes. People with these results are considered to have impaired fasting glucose (IFG).
  • Diabetes: Diabetes is diagnosed when the blood glucose is 126 mg/dl or above.

One in three American adults has pre-diabetes, and most do not even know they have it. Many people with pre-diabetes who do not lose weight or do moderate physical activity will develop type 2 diabetes within 3 years.

Diabetes can cause serious health complications including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and amputations of the foot, toe or leg. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.

Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes
You are at increased risk for developing pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes if you:

  • Are 45 years of age or older.
  • Are overweight.
  • Have a family history of type 2 diabetes.
  • Are physically active fewer than three times per week.
  • Ever gave birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds.
  • Ever had diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes).

What Can You Do?
Researchers are making progress in identifying the exact genetics and “triggers” that predispose some individuals to develop type 1 diabetes, but prevention remains elusive.
A number of studies have shown that regular physical activity can significantly reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is associated with obesity.

The CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program is an evidence-based lifestyle change program for preventing type 2 diabetes.

  • It can help people cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes in half.
  • The Diabetes Prevention Program research study showed that making modest behavior changes helped participants lose 5 percent to 7 percent of their body weight—that is 10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person.
  • These lifestyle changes reduced the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent in people with pre-diabetes.
  • Participants work with a lifestyle coach in a group setting to receive a one-year lifestyle change program that includes 16 core sessions (usually one per week) and six post-core sessions (one per month).

You don’t have to do this alone. Prevent or delay type 2 diabetes today by learning about its risks and making lifestyle changes with a group in your community.
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November Birthdays

Suzanne Awen, Trent Dimas, Stefanie English, Frankie Melvin, Laurie Roche, Samantha Starr
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November UNMF/UNM Anniversaries

Kara Clem ’13, Esther Trillo Gonzales ’13, Mary Oishi ’06, Betty Olivas ’03, Betsy Till ’99
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