Student Affairs to Celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Week, Feb. 10-16

January 31, 2014 - Dorene DiNaro

Kindness UNM photoFor the fifth year, the Division of Student Affairs is partnering with New Mexico Educators Federal Educators Federal Credit Union to celebrate National Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) week Feb. 10-16.  This year the “UNM Student Affairs kindness committee” is not only hosting several events throughout the week including some old favorites such as kind sayings, free hugs and compliments, candy, “Be Kind UNM” pins, food, and more, but also adding a few new things.  This year we will feature a “Pit of Kindness” where people will have the chance to sit in a ball pit with a stranger and make a new friend (as seen in the Youtube video “Take a seat, make a friend” http://youtu.be/HfHV4-N2LxQ).  Also, in addition to hosting several valentine card “creation stations” where people can come and make a special, unique valentine for a Children’s Hospital or Carrie Tingley Hospital patient, New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union will also be collecting teddy bears for the UNM Children’s Hospital Level 1 Trauma Center and Regional Burn Center.  For a complete list of events please visit http://studentaffairs.unm.edu/random-acts-of-kindness.html

In addition to the other events, Student Affairs directors, UNM athletes, and staff will be on hand at the SUB during the week opening doors for students and handing out some encouraging quotes and goodies along the way. 

More information on all of these initiatives, including a link for kindness story submissions, thank you notes, and simple ideas for small acts of kindness that can make a big impact in another’s life can all be found on the Random Acts of Kindness tab on our Student Affairs web page.

“In light of the incidents of violence and bullying we hear about in the news, it is important, especially at a University to keep kindness in the forefront of our minds,” says Dr. Eliseo “Cheo” Torres, vice president for Student Affairs.  “I would especially like to thank Dr. Kim Kloeppel, UNM Student Affairs Fiscal and Planning Officer, and the UNM kindness committee for organizing this important weeklong event to allow us to pause and reflect on being considerate of others.”