DTales November 6, 2013

DTales November 6, 2013


HSC Website Chronicles Justin Schroer’s Recovery from Gunshot Wounds

Last May, our colleague Justin Schroer, development director for the UNM Cancer Center, was shot during an early morning run in his quiet, North Campus neighborhood. Early last month, the UNM Health Sciences Center website published a beautiful story by John Arnold about Justin’s amazing recovery. Read it here.  Justin is now recovering from a follow-up surgery earlier this week. Speedy recovery, Justin!

New Development Officer for Popejoy Hall Joins UNMF Staff

Jennifer MalaneyJennifer Malaney joined the UNMF staff in mid October as the assistant director of development for   Popejoy Hall. She most recently served as a job developer for GoodWill Industries New Mexico and was previously an administrative assistant for JDRF. Jennifer also enjoyed five years with the New Mexico Coalition for Charter Schools as a development assistant. Born and raised in Albuquerque, Jennifer is a proud UNM alumna, having earned her BA in interpersonal communication from the College of Arts and Sciences. Jennifer enjoys traveling the United States and has been to 40 of the 50 states so far. In addition to traveling, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, and cooking delicious food for them. You may reach Jennifer at or 277-2139. Welcome, Jennifer!

Wendy Antonio Promoted to AVP, Special Projects

UNMF Director of Communications Wendy Antonio has been promoted to AVP, Special Projects. In this role, she will be working with both internal and external stakeholders on a Data Collaboration Project as well as the Alumni Collaboration Project. Wendy joined the UNMF staff in late 2006 as volunteer coordinator, then as project coordinator until taking her current position in 2011. She will continue to supervise the communication function at the Foundation, and a manager level position will be added to the Communication & Marketing Department. Congratulations, Wendy!

Two UNMF Employees Depart

Kristin Alvarado and Reggie Garrett both left employment with the UNM Foundation at the beginning of November. We wish them all the best!

UNMF Staffers Celebrate Halloween with Contests, Potluck

Betty OlivasEveryone had fun at this year’s UNMF Staff Halloween party and potluck. Thank you to Miranda Eastham and the UNMF Events Committee for coordinating the event.

Costume contest winners were: Individual: First place: Betty Olivas (pictured left); second place: Cathy Bunch; third place: Annette Hazen. Group: First place: Sheila English, Rod Harder, Catherin Malin, Betty Olivas and Monica Peck; second place: Jennifer Klass, Ken Thompson and Ted Wynn; third place: Dimple Bhakta, Denise Codding, Gretchen Mullen and Esther Sandoval; most effort: Elizabeth Cochran, Miranda Eastham, Emilia Rivera and Suzanne Woodling. Special thanks go to Pearl Clark and Ashley Gonzales from the Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation for judging the costume contest. Pumpkin carving contest winners were: First place: Daniel Jaecks; second place: Monica Peck; third place: Daniel Jaecks. Congratulations, everyone! To see pics, click here.

Mark Your Calendar for Holiday and Employee Wellness Events

Holiday Tree Trimming & Cookie Share – Monday, December 2, 3 p.m. UNMF Lobby. Theme: Deliciously Sweet Holiday (candy-themed ornaments, real or not).

UNMF Staff Holiday Party – Friday, December 6, 1:30 p.m. Andaluz Hotel.

Stress Management Session – Thursday, November 21, 12 noon. UNMF second floor conference room.

Day to De-Stress Activity – Thursday, December 12, 12 noon.  UNMF Lobby.

If you would like to participate in either of the last two events listed above, please e-mail Denise Codding at

Great American Smokeout to be Held November 21

The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November each year by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By quitting—even for one day—smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life—one that can lead to reducing cancer risk. Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States, yet about 43.8 million Americans still smoke cigarettes—nearly 1 in every 5 adults. As of 2010, there were also 13.2 million cigar smokers in the nation, and 2.2 million who smoke tobacco in pipes—other dangerous and addictive forms of tobacco.

Thinking about quitting?  See this flyer Smoking – Think about Quitting for helpful tips and information.  The following resources are also available to all employees: UNM Tobacco Cessation: free individual counseling & quit plan with free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT); 272-3490.

Campus Office of Substance Abuse Prevention

UNM EHPP: free individual counseling and quit plan for UNM employees, including student employees.

Johnson Center (main campus) and Family Practice Center (north campus): 277-4996.

University Hospital Tobacco Program: free individual counseling and quit plan with six month follow-up session: 272-2340.

American Lung Association: cessation classes with free NRT; 7001 Menaul Blvd. NE; (505) 265-0732;
YWCA Rio Grande: cessation classes with free NRTs (Spanish & English); 210 Truman St NE; (505) 254-9922;

NM Quit Now: Free individual counseling and quit plan with free NRTs (Spanish & English);  1-800-784-8669.

November birthdays:

Suzanne Awen, Trent Dimas, Daniel Jaecks, Frankie Melvin, Laurie Roche, Samantha Starr, Ted Wynn

November UNMF/UNM anniversaries:

Sarah Calcutt ’12, Lela Lopez ’92, Mary Oishi ’06, Betty Olivas ’03, Meredith Schaubel ’05, Betsy Till ’99

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