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DTales September 3, 2014

DTales September 3, 2014

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Foundation News

In this issue:

UNMF Welcomes New Administrative Coordinator for Several Departments
UNMF Office of Annual Giving Welcomes New Administrative Coordinator
Other UNM Foundation Staff Changes
UNMF Employees Enjoy Third Annual Staff Appreciation Picnic
UNMF Community Projects Committee’s 4th Annual School Supply Drive Delivers!
Sun Life Financial Provides Value-Added Benefits to UNMF Employees
Mark Your Calendar
Upcoming Employee Wellness Activities
Looking for Wellness Committee Members!
Employee Wellness: September is National Cholesterol Education Month
September Birthdays
September UNMF/UNM Anniversaries
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UNMF Welcomes New Administrative Coordinator for Several Departments

Diana Martinez

Diana Martinez

Diana L. Martinez joined the UNM Foundation staff near the end of August as an administrative coordinator, serving the following areas: Corporate and Foundation Relations, Principal Giving and Regional Development, and the School of Medicine. She comes to us from Sonia Masocco Phytotherapy where she worked as office and apothecary manager. Diana has had experience working in development for various East Coast non-profit organizations, including the Girl Scouts of Connecticut. She earned her BA degree in in Public Relations from Marist College, and currently serves as a volunteer at the Children’s Grief Center of New Mexico. You may reach Diana at Diana.Martinez@unmfund.org or 277-2210. Welcome, Diana!
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UNMF Office of Annual Giving Welcomes New Administrative Coordinator

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Sarah Fair

In mid-August the UNM Foundation Office of Annual Giving welcomed Sarah Fair as an administrative coordinator. Sarah previously worked for the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History in Albuquerque. She received a BA degree in psychology from Roanoke College in Salem, Va. For fun, Sarah reports that she enjoys racing mountain bikes and spending time with her dog, Lewis. You may reach Sarah at Sarah.Fair@unmfund.org or 277-0468 Welcome, Sarah!
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Other UNM Foundation Staff Changes

Joyce Sandoval, Donor Relations coordinator, is no longer with the UNM Foundation. We wish her all the best.

Sheila English, a financial analyst in the UNMF’s Accounting Department, has resigned her position effective September 10. We wish her all the best.
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UNMF Employees Enjoy Third Annual Staff Appreciation Picnic

topes_fieldUNM Foundation staff enjoyed our third annual employee picnic at Isotopes Park this year in late July. It was a great game with lots of food and entertainment.  Staff enjoyed seeing coworkers and meeting their families, cheering on the Isotopes to a 7-6 win over Sacramento, and enjoying a warm New Mexico summer evening.

Thank you to everyone who took the survey—it gave us some great ideas for next year!
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UNMF Community Projects Committee’s 4th Annual School Supply Drive Delivers!

Kit Carson 2014On behalf of the UNM Foundation Community Projects Committee, thank you to those who participated in the 2014 UNM Foundation Kit Carson School Supply Drive. We collected a large box full of supplies and delivered them to Kit Carson on Friday, August 15.

Monica Rimbert, the school’s community and family support liaison, was so grateful for the donation. She told us that the school had already run out of scissors and a few other supplies necessary to provide children for the school year. Thank you for your generous donations and for making a difference for the education of children who were in need of basic tools to succeed!
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Sun Life Financial Provides Value-Added Benefits to UNMF Employees

Personal issues, planning for life events or simply managing daily life can affect your work, health and family. The following services are offered to UNM Foundation employees as part of your life insurance from Sun Life Financial:

  • Online Will Preparation
  • Confidential Counseling
  • Financial Information and Resources
  • Legal Support and Resources
  • Work-Life Solutions
  • Guidance Resources Online

 

Please click here for website registration information. When it asks you to search for your company, put in “The U”. Please contact Denise Codding at 277-2954 for assistance, if needed.
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Mark Your Calendar

Jersey Day: Thursday, September 4, 3 p.m. – Help celebrate the first NFL game by wearing your favorite team’s jersey (or a Lobo shirt if you don’t have a football jersey) and join us for some fun games in the main lobby of Two Woodward Center.

Fire Drill: September 11, 9 a.m. – Two Woodward Center building only

Lobo Spirit Day: September 25 – wear your Cherry and Silver and then join us in the lobby for cake and festivities!

All Staff Meeting: September 30, 3-4:30 p.m., Rotunda at Science & Technology Park

Halloween Potluck, Costume Contest and Pumpkin Carving Contest: October 31. Start planning your costumes now! We’ll have prizes for team costumes and individual costumes. The potluck sign-up sheet will be available at the main reception desk at Two Woodward Center by October 15.

Annual Tree Trimming and Cookie Share: December 2. Details to come.

Annual Holiday Party: December 5, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Albuquerque Country Club.
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Upcoming Employee Wellness Activities

NY Life Presentation and one-to-one sessions – October 15, 10 – 11:30 a.m. – second floor conference room.  Please RSVP to Roddy Thomson at gthomson@ft.newyorklife.com.

Fidelity Presentation – Preparing Your Savings for Retirement – October 21, 9 a.m. You may also sign up for a one-to-one session with Thomas Radzavich.  Time slots available from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Please email Thomas directly at thomas.radzavich@fmr.com to schedule a one-to-one appointment.

Work Life Balance with Employee Health Promotions –October 15, 12 noon, Suite 108 conference room.  Please RSVP to denise.codding@unmfund.org if you would like to attend.
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Looking for Wellness Committee Members!

Would you be interested in joining the UNMF Wellness Committee?  If so, please join us for our next meeting scheduled for October 15 at 1:30 p.m. in the second floor conference room.
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Employee Wellness: September is National Cholesterol Education Month

(Article taken from the Centers for Disease Control website).

Learn what steps you can take to prevent high cholesterol or to reduce your LDL “bad” cholesterol level.

Too much cholesterol in the blood is one of the main risk factors for heart disease and stroke—two leading causes of death in the United States. One way to prevent these diseases is to detect high cholesterol and treat it when it is found.

What is cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that your body needs. But when you have too much in your blood, it can build up on the walls of your arteries and form blockages. This can lead to heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.

There are two kinds of cholesterol: high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and low-density lipoprotein (LDL). HDL is also called “good” cholesterol. LDL is called “bad” cholesterol. When we talk about high cholesterol, we are talking about “bad” LDL cholesterol.

Seventy-one million American adults have high cholesterol, but only one-third of them have the condition under control.1 September is National Cholesterol Education Month—a good time to resolve to get your cholesterol screened.

What role does screening play?

Screening is the key to detecting high cholesterol. Because high cholesterol does not have symptoms, many people do not know that their cholesterol is too high. Your doctor can do a simple blood test to check your cholesterol level.

The National Cholesterol Education Program recommends that adults aged 20 years or older have their cholesterol checked every 5 years.2

You may need to have your cholesterol checked more often if any of the following statements applies to you:

  • Your total cholesterol is 200 mg/dL or higher.
  • You are a man older than age 45 or a woman older than age 50.
  • Your HDL cholesterol is lower than 40 mg/dL.
  • You have other risk factors for heart disease and stroke.3

Although the number of people who said they were screened for cholesterol within the previous 5 years increased from 73 percent to 76 percent from 2005-2009,4 only a handful of states have met the 82% Healthy People 2020 objective, and disparities in getting screened persist.5

How can you prevent or treat high cholesterol?

Make therapeutic lifestyle changes by

  • Eating a healthy diet. Avoid saturated fats and trans fats, which tend to raise cholesterol levels. Other types of fats, such as polyunsaturated fats, can actually lower blood cholesterol levels. Eating fiber also can help lower cholesterol.
  • Exercising regularly. Physical activity can help lower cholesterol. The Surgeon General recommends that adults engage in moderate-intensity exercise for 2 hours and 30 minutes every week.
  • Maintaining a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese can raise your cholesterol levels. Losing weight can help lower your cholesterol.
  • Not smoking. If you smoke, quit as soon as possible.

Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions and stay on your medications, if prescribed, to control your cholesterol.

Please visit this site for more information.
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September Birthdays

Wendy Antonio, Elizabeth Cochran, Denise Codding, Esther Trillo Gonzales, Annette Hazen, Henry Nemcik, Ellen Peterson, Mona Pino, Willie Romero, Alysha Salazar, Mary Wolford
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September UNMF/UNM Anniversaries

Wendy Antonio ’06, Patty Bauchman ’08, Brenda Barela ’97, Annette Hazen ’03, Jeff MacNutt ’08, Ed Manzanares ’13, Catherine Malin ’10, Maryellen Missik-Tow ’02, Larry Ryan ’03, Samantha Starr ’13, Bill Uher ’06
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Please send submissions for the October 2014 edition of DTales to todd.staats@unmfund.org AND mario.lara@unmfund.org by 5 p.m. on Wed., September 24. PLEASE NOTE: Failure to send info to BOTH contact may result in your information being missed. Thanks!
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“You can’t wallow in the shoulda woulda couldas.” ―Pat Riley
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