Update 03/28

Courtesy: Rebecca Henriksen
Courtesy: Rebecca Henriksen
Courtesy: Rebecca Henriksen

Happy Friday, Thunderbirds!

I know there is a lot going on around campus – including issues our students should not have to deal with or even think about – I know many students feel “caught in the middle” and are distressed by rumors they have heard and also by the continuing ambiguity our community is dealing with. I’ve been living and working for many years now (that’s a euphemism for “I’m kind of old”), and I’d like to share something I’ve learned, a realization that has served me well (although I have to keep reminding myself). In life and in business, there will always be phases of change, conflict and ambiguity – this is certain – but how you are affected depends less upon the events and situations you are faced with, than how you choose to deal with those events.

An ancient quote I wanted to share with you from Marcus Aurelius:

“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.”

― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

I urge you to keep your focus on the reason you are here – to learn international business from the best faculty at the first, best, and most famous international business school in the world.

Here is what you’ll find in this week’s update:

1.  Preview Weekend and Asia Regional Night: You’ll see a number of prospective students around campus this weekend for Preview Weekend. Please make them feel welcomed. Special thanks to our Campus Ambassadors for their hard work this weekend! Also, don’t forget that Asia Regional Night starts at 6:30 tomorrow evening in the TEC! It is sure to be an exciting a fun-filled evening!

2.  ThunderCares next weekend: Just a quick reminder to the Thunderbird community, ThunderCares will be happening next Saturday, April 5th. To everyone who has signed up, you will be receiving an email on Monday or Tuesday from your Project Managers. They will be providing you with all the information you need. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Ale Fernandez, TSG Community Outreach Chair alefdzlynch@global.t-bird.edu.

3.  Flag Bearers Needed for Graduation: Graduates needed to be flag bearers at the upcoming graduation ceremony, please submit your name, country, and program to Torrey Mann at torrey.mann@thunderbird.edu on or before April 17, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. This is a firm deadline. In the event of multiple students for one country, students will be chosen via a lottery system. In order to qualify as a potential flag bearer, you must be a passport-carrying citizen of the country. To be considered for a country of which you are not a citizen you must:

  • Prove some valid connection with that country, i.e., parent’s birthplace or your own birthplace
  • AND speak the native language fluently

 4.  Sign up for the Magna Powertrain Case Competition on April 4th where you can win cash prizes: The Global Supply Chain Club and Project Management club are hosting the case competition, where you can demonstrate you skills to a premier supplier in the global automotive industry. By participating in the competition you will getting a great opportunity to network with a company who is looking to hire T-birds, free breakfast, and the winning team wins $1000!!! Sign up below by March 31, 2014.

  • Register as a team of 3-4 or as an individual
  • Students learning abroad can participate via Skype
  • Case competition starts at 7:30am and ends at 5pm followed by a networking even at the Pub
  • Deadline to apply is Mach 31
  • Don’t forget to apply for Magna Powertrain jobs on Global Connect!

Also don’t forget to join our Facebook page for updates about the competition. JOB Opportunities: Magna Powertrain has just listed 3 jobs on GlobalConnect.

5.  Summer Internship Registration & US Work Authorization Presentation: If you are interested in the Internship Registration process, or the various work authorization (CPT, AT, or OPT) granted to international students, please attend one of the remaining presentations:

Thursday, April 10th at 1:30p to 2:30p in Honor Council 123

Thursday, April 17th at 1:30p to 2:30p in Snell 22

Tuesday, April 29th at 1:30 to 2:30p in Honor Council 123

Felicia Welch, Associate Director

International Students & Scholars Office

isso@thunderbird.edu

6.  Additional Student Study Rooms on Campus: As a reminder, there are nine (9) study rooms in the Yount Building available for use by students. Since these rooms are also used by faculty, staff, and others, these rooms must be booked through Torrey Mann at torrey.mann@thundrbird.edu or 602-978-7117, in order to prevent conflicts. These rooms, which are equipped with projection systems, dedicated computers, laptop hookups, and interactive white boards, include:

  • Yount 102, 104, 106, and 108 breakout/research rooms (holds 4-6 people)
  • Yount 130, 132, 134, 136, and 138 breakout/research rooms (holds 6-8 people)

Food may not be brought into these rooms but beverages are only permitted with sealed tops (i.e., IBIC beverage rules). As a part of being respectful and considerate of others using these rooms, please take care of these rooms, cleanup after use and put back any chairs that you may have used from other rooms. In addition to these rooms, other study rooms that are available include: the IBIC study rooms, Snell 1-5, Snell 25-29 (when not in use by classes), the Tower areas, and the Commons which is open 24 hours for your use.

7.  SUMMER 2014 REGISTRATION begins Monday, April 7 and continues until Sunday, April 13 (10:30pm AZ time): You will receive an e-mail from the Registrar’s Office letting you know your assigned registration day and time with further instructions. Look for this email the afternoon of Friday, March 28. Assigned registration day and time schedule is also available on the Registrar’s page on MTB (Registration FAQs). Please note that you will not be able to submit your registration prior to your scheduled day and time.

8.  T-Birds Attend 2014 Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) & Thunderbird for Good Co-Hosts Welcome Reception for CGI U Student Delegation: Ryan O’Neal’14 and Christine Moore’14 attended the 2014 CGI U held from Friday, March 21st to Sunday, March 23rd at Arizona State University. O’Neal and Moore have made a “Commitment to Action” to develop a Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy for a company. To learn more about their project, please visit: http://www.connectingcsrtocommunities.blog.com and https://www.facebook.com/connectingcsrtocommunities.

At this year’s CGI U, President Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton welcomed more than 1,000 students who gathered to attend sessions on topics related to CGI’s five focus areas: education, environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation, and public health. Prior to the official start of the CGI U, Thunderbird for Good and Laureate Education, Inc. co-hosted a reception on Thursday, March 20th for seven students who formed part of the Laureate Education, Inc. delegation to the 2014 CGI U. Thunderbird staff, students, and alumni gathered to offer a warm welcome to these students from Chile, Germany, India, South Africa, Turkey, and the United States.

9.  Local Computer Repair Shops available to Thunderbird Students: For computer problems that are beyond the scope of our Helpdesk, Thunderbird has established partnerships with local computer repair services shops. These shops are conveniently located within several miles of campus, they are priced competitively and they will provide the following services:

  • Complimentary initial consultation
  • Free computer pickup and drop-off from campus
  • Hardware upgrades and repair
  • OS installs and system restores

For more information, please visit here.

10.  First Friday Feedback Session, April 11th: Our next First Friday Feedback is actually on the second Friday in April, April 11th, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in Honor Council Rooms 123 in Herberger. Please RSVP to Michelle Olesen (michelle.olesen@thunderburd.edu) no later than Monday, April 7th so she can order enough lunches and have the room set up correctly. Also, if there are particular topics you’d like to cover at this session, please send them to me, Rebecca Henriksen (rebecca.henriksen@thunderbird.edu) in advance of the meeting so I can add them to the agenda and make sure the people best able to respond to those questions attend the session. I hope to see you there!

A few articles have been published recently that I thought you might find of interest, one written by Trustee Clara Lovett http://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-ed/2014/03/26/efforts-save-thunderbird-hurting-school/6935285/, and another written by the editor of Financial Times, Della Bradshaw http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/00a15326-af5a-11e3-bea5-00144feab7de.html#axzz2xG6vxSjz. The links are provided for your convenience.

11. First Tuesday in the Pub – Tuesday, April 1st: Please come out and join us for what should be a great night as we network at a world-class pub and welcome Alumni on campus. The event will start at 5 pm until 8 30 pm. There will be appetizers and specials. We will also have an update from the Alumni Council Thunderbird as to their plans. See you on Tuesday! Any questions, please contact tiago.ferraz@global.t-bird.edu

12. Africa Business Club next Brown Bag Luncheon Series : The next Brown Bag Luncheon series will take place on April 1st , 2014 at the Tower’s conference room from 1:00 pm till 2:30 pm, and our guest will be Mike Lowe from the career management center. His topic will be “Career in Global Development.” For this event, no RSVP is necessary, seats will be assigned on first come, first serve basis.

(And don’t forget – I am available to you and interested in your thoughts and ideas. Don’t hesitate to reach out.)
All the best,
Rebecca

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