Student Affairs to Celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Week

January 29, 2016 - Dorene DiNaro

teddy bearFor the seventh year, the Division of Student Affairs is partnering with the UNM BeKind Committee which includes members of UNM staff, students and the community to celebrate National Random Acts of Kindness Feb. 3-17.  New this year is a Be Kind. Be Courteous. Get Home Safe. car magnet which was created as a way to combat recent acts of road rage in our city. Magnets are free and available through the UNM Student Affairs office by emailing ddinaro@unm.edu or calling 505-277-0952.

“We created the car magnets as a way to connect with the Operation Lilly, End Road Rage campaign,” says Dr. Kim Kloeppel, UNM Student Affairs chief operations officer, and chair of the UNM Kindness committee. “The magnets serve as a reminder that when we find ourselves in a stressful situation while driving, if we take a moment to just breathe, and be patient we won’t be as quick to make a bad decision.”

In addition to the magnets, several events are planned over the two-week span including some old favorites such as the Pit of Kindness, BeKind UNM buttons, candy, and an opportunity to create a Valentine for a UNM Children’s Hospital patient or a veteran. 

This year, as in years past we are also partnering with Nusenda Credit Union and UNM campus departments to host a teddy bear drive which runs from Feb. 1-11 to benefit the UNM Children’s Hospital and the Albuquerque Police Department.  Additionally, both Satellite Coffee and Nusenda Credit Union locations in the UNM Student Union Building will be hosting a Fill It Forward event where students can receive a free cup of coffee and help fill a donation jar to benefit the UNM Lobo Food Pantry. 

“The teddy bear drive is a great way to give back to the community through kindness,” says Dr. Kim Kloeppel.  “The bears will be kept in APD patrol cars to be given to children in traumatic situations to help ease some of the stress.” 

New this year is a Brain Break Bar which features healthy food for students while they study, a 2.5 mile kindness walk around the campus, a movie and water games at Johnson pool, and a social media challenge among other events. 

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 here or by calling UNM Student Affairs at 505-277-0952.