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DTales September 7, 2016

DTales September 7, 2016

DTales_0916

Foundation News

In this issue:
Sara Lister Promoted to Senior Director of Development for UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center
Anna Adams Returns to UNM Foundation as Graduate Student Writer after Year Abroad as Fulbright Scholar
UNM Foundation’s Lobo Spirit Day Set for September 23
Three Reminders from August All Staff Meeting Worth Repeating
When to E-mail and When to Pick up the Phone or Speak Face to Face
HR Announces Defensive Driving Refresher Course
Upcoming Staff Events for September
Employee Wellness Events for September
September is Fruits & Veggies Matter More Month!
Monthly AND Quarterly “Round of Appaws” Winners Announced
September Birthdays
September UNMF/UNM Anniversaries
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Sara Lister Promoted to Senior Director of Development for UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center

Sara-Lister

Sara Lister

As you probably read in your email last Tuesday, Sara Lister has been selected as the Senior Director of Development for the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center. In this role, she will lead the development initiatives at the Center which include working with grateful patients, corporations, foundations, events and third-party collaborations. Sara competed against a national pool of candidates and was the top choice for the position.

Thank you to the search committee members for their participation in the process, especially to Justin Schroer. Not only did Justin participate on the committee, he also played an important role in helping interview candidates and coordinating on-campus interviews at the Cancer Center.

Sara will begin transitioning out of the College of Nursing, where she’s served as Director of Development since November 2014, and is scheduled to start at the Cancer Center on October 3. Congrats, Sara!
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Anna Adams Returns to UNM Foundation as Graduate Student Writer after Year Abroad as Fulbright Scholar

Anna Adams poses on a cobblestone street in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a famous and well-preserved medieval town in the German state of Bavaria.

Anna Adams poses on a cobblestone street in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a famous and well-preserved medieval town in the German state of Bavaria.

Editor’s note: Anna Adams, who was a student writer for the UNMF Marketing and Communications Department from January 2014 through June 2015, has returned to the Foundation as a graduate student writer after her year in Hamburg, Germany as a Fulbright Scholar. Below she shares some of her experiences from her year abroad.

In Hamburg it rained all the time. When I told my students New Mexico has more than three hundred days of sunshine a year, they were amazed. The younger ones misunderstood and thought I was from Mexico.

Last September, I started the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program at the Julius-Leber-Schule in Hamburg, the second largest city in Germany. My school had about 1,500 students from fifth to 13th grade. My older students understood I was from the city in Breaking Bad. They were big fans. A drawing of Walter White hung in a stairwell of the school.

Although I was a teaching assistant, I often prepared and conducted lessons entirely on my own. Some of my favorite lessons covered American high school (“Is it really like High School Musical?”) and Thanksgiving. For the occasion I baked my students pumpkin bread, which they called pumpkin cake. They thought it was pumpkin pie. In German, the word for cake and pie is the same.

My older students could talk about serious topics such as political and social issues. We often discussed the current refugee crisis, because Germany has accepted the most Syrian refugees of any country. Some of the other Fulbright recipients taught entire classes of refugee students. Refugees arrived almost every week at the central station in Hamburg.

Being there as this was happening made me feel closer to events in all of Europe. I feel very grateful to have had this opportunity to not only live in Germany and work at a wonderful school, but to travel around Europe. I miss Hamburg, but I’m happy to be home and back at UNM. I appreciate New Mexico, and our sunshine, more than ever.
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UNM Foundation’s Lobo Spirit Day Set for September 23

spirit_day_16The UNM Foundation will celebrate Lobo Spirit Day on Friday, September 23, at 3:30 p.m. in the lobby at the 700 Lomas offices. The event will feature games, a piñata, music and snacks. Wear your jersey to support the Lobos and your favorite team!
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Three Reminders from August All Staff Meeting Worth Repeating

During last month’s All Staff Meeting, we all received much valuable information from our presenters. We’ve been asked to remind staff of three items from the meeting.

1. The UNM Foundation Employee Giving Back to Your Community campaign is underway. Please consult your handout from the meeting, or all campaign e-mails from Suzanne Eubank, for details on all your giving options.

2. The transition to our new phone system is underway, with testing currently being conducted with several staff member work stations at 700 Lomas. Staff members at 700 Lomas will receive information on training and be assigned a new phone number soon.

3. If you need non-emergency medical attention, remember to consider scheduling a free video visit via myPres. Consult your handout from the meeting for details, or contact HR.

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When to E-mail and When to Pick up the Phone or Speak Face to Face

In today’s busy and technology driven business world, it seems that the mantra is “e-mail everything”.  Which, needless to say, means each of us are inundated with e-mails which can become overwhelming. According to research conducted by The Radicati Group, the number of e-mails sent and received per day in 2015 reached over 205 billion, with an average of 131 e-mails leaving and arriving to users’ accounts every day this year.  While having an empty inbox will never be a reality, you can ensure your message cuts through the e-mail noise and that you get the information you need in a timely manner.  This infographic is a great reminder that sometimes a phone call or face-to-face interaction is sometimes a better choice than e-mail.  Hopefully this can help you reduce the number of e-mails in your already overwhelmed inbox!  Happy Communicating!

Check out the infographic here.

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HR Announces Defensive Driving Refresher Course

UNMF Human Resources has announced that a Defensive Driving refresher course is coming for all UNM Foundation staff members who haven’t attended or completed training since 2013. More information will be sent out via e-mail.
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Upcoming Staff Events for September

Lobo Spirit Day: September 23, 3:30 p.m., in the UNMF Lobby. The event will feature games, a piñata, music and snacks. Wear your jersey to support the Lobos and your favorite team!

Halloween Costume Contest & Potluck: October 31, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. UNMF Lobby
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Employee Wellness Events for September

Yoga Thursday with Pam Hong: 5 p.m., UNMF Lobby. Eight-week class is $45 or $10 walk-in rate; first class held October 6.

Fall Five-Week Nutrition Challenge: October 3-November 4: This campaign will challenge you to eat more fruits and vegetables, eat less sugar, and to, hopefully, try different vegetables.

Project Zero: November 21-January 3. The idea behind Project Zero is to not gain any holiday weight (this is not a weight loss campaign).
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September is Fruits & Veggies Matter More Month!

The information below comes from www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org

Every step taken towards eating more fruits and veggies helps you and your family be at their best. Because eating fruits and vegetables may reduce your family’s risk of many diseases, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends eating more fruits and vegetables than any other food group.

Top 10 Reasons to Eat MORE Fruits & Vegetables

10. Color & Texture. Fruits and veggies add color, texture and appeal to your plate.

9. Convenience. Fruits and veggies are nutritious in any form—fresh, frozen, canned, dried and 100 percent juice, so they’re ready when you are!

8. Fiber. Fruits and veggies provide fiber that helps fill you up and keeps your digestive system happy.

7. Low in Calories. Fruits and veggies are naturally low in calories.

6. May Reduce Disease Risk. Eating plenty of fruits and veggies may help reduce the risk of many diseases, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and some cancers.

5. Vitamins and Minerals. Fruits and veggies are rich in vitamins and minerals that help you feel healthy and energized.

4. Variety. Fruits and veggies are available in an almost infinite variety . . . there’s always something new to try!

3. Quick, Natural Snack. Fruits and veggies are nature’s treat and easy to grab for a snack.

2. Fun to Eat! Some crunch, some squirt, some you peel, some you don’t—and some grow right in your own backyard!

1. Fruits & Veggies are Nutritious AND Delicious!

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Monthly AND Quarterly “Round of Appaws” Winners Announced

appaws_logoThe UNM Foundation staff recognition program, “Round of Appaws,” continues to promote the great work accomplished by our employees, staff and students! Out of the many staff members who were acknowledged this past month, one name was randomly drawn by UNMF Human Resources at the beginning of September—and the winner is . . . Elizabeth Cochran! Congrats to Elizabeth, who received a Sprouts gift card.

In addition, at the All Staff Meeting in late August, three names were randomly drawn from among those recognized during the previous three months, and the winners were Karl Kaplan, Betty Olivas and Catherine Malin. Each received a gift card. Congrats to all!

The “Round of Appaws” boards are located in both the upstairs and downstairs lobbies at 700 Lomas. You can acknowledge a coworker for helping finish a project; for taking on a new task and doing an amazing job with it; pitching in when help was needed; or going the extra mile on a project that had a lot of challenges. With so many way to thank someone there is no shortage of “appaws”! Be sure to “paws” and give thanks to a coworker – they just might win a gift certificate next month!

For staff working outside the central office at 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.

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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September Birthdays

Mercedes Chavez, Elizabeth Cochran, Denise Codding, Annette Hazen, Henry Nemcik, Ellen Peterson, Mona Pino, Willie Romero, Joseph Weiss, Mary Wolford
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September UNMF/UNM Anniversaries

Jessica Bridwell ’15, Aaron Currence ’14, Jalen Dominguez ’14, Annette Hazen ’03, Trish Idarola ’15, Catherine Malin ’10, Maryellen Missik-Tow ’02, Larry Ryan ’03, Maggie Schold ’15, Bill Uher ’06
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“Comparison is the thief of joy.” ― Teddy Roosevelt
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