Update 9/13/13

Courtesy Rebecca Henriksen

I hope you’ve had a great week, are enjoying your classes and getting to know your amazing new classmates. You are such a great group of students!

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

Student Town Hall, Tuesday, September 17th, 1:00 pm: Don’t forget to join President Penley and other members of the Senior Management Team for an important all-student Town Hall on Tuesday, September 17th from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. in the TEC. Dr. Penley will discuss Thunderbird’s vision for the future and will leave time for questions and conversation.

“Who to Contact” list: The “Who to Contact” list is for students to know where to properly direct your questions. You’ll notice a TSG member is also listed as a point of contact for many Thunderbird departments. Your TSG representative prefers to be your first point of contact for any issues or questions you may have, but please know you can always reach out to Thunderbird staff directly.

Just Between Friends Sales Event: So…What is a Just Between Friends Sales Event? Glad you asked! Just Between Friends is a seasonal sales event where communities come together to buy and sell the best in gently-used children’s and maternity items at HUGE SAVINGS. Find all you need for your children in one place, including such items as: clothing, accessories, maternity items, nursery gear, costumes, toys, strollers and furniture. Please join us this Saturday in the Thunderbird Events Center from 9am-6pm, and on Sunday from 9am-2pm for a half-price sale. If you would like to find out a little more about Just Between Friends feel free to visit this link http://jbfsale.com/home.jsp

“India – Big Emerging Market” Winterim: The Winterim course on “ India-Big Emerging Market” has a two-fold objective: 1) it will provide you a great opportunity to network with business, government, alumni and societal leaders in India; 2) it will deepen your understanding about India’s changing business landscape, economic prospects, and cultural dynamics.

Entrepreneurship Winterim: Entrepreneurship Winterim (GF5450 Prof. Stralser): massive daily doses of live, experiential, interactive insider views of entrepreneurship from Founders, VCs, etc. in Los Angeles and Silicon Valley. For a look at some 2013 visits go to: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQthzDkiyYLim_69ByyUG0X24rGjZOOfT

Brazil Winterim: The Winterim in Brazil is an opportunity to understand the impact of sustainability on business strategy, and learn from leaders who built companies that are friendly to the environment, profitable, and highly valued by their customers. (See attachment)

South Africa Winterim: The South Africa Winterim seminar will afford students who are interested in either emerging markets or global development, or in the intersection of both, a rare opportunity to learn from practitioners some of the opportunities and challenges of operating in the largest emerging market and the most unequal economy and society in Africa. Seminar activities will include board room presentations, production line tours, a cultural village visit, a safari, social gatherings with T-Bird alumni, plus more.

Sangria at Sunset Event: The Thunderbird Women’s MBA International club is hosting its first event, Sangria at Sunset, at the Lodge at Arrowhead. We invite all women at Thunderbird to join for appetizers, beverages and swimming at sunset!

Date: Saturday September 21, 2013, Time: 5:00 – 7:00 PM, Location: The Lodge Apartments at Arrowhead (Transportation available for anyone that needs it!), Dress Code: Casual cocktail + bring your swimsuits!, Contact Christine Moore at Moore.Christine@global.t-bird.edu for more information.

Women’s MBA Bring Your Own Lunch Every Tuesday: Enjoy lunch and casual conversation with the Thunderbird women on campus every Tuesday in the tower from 1:00 – 2:00 PM. We look forward to seeing you!

Ethics Point – Thunderbird Confidential Ethics Reporting: If you witness or are the victim of harassment, bullying or discrimination, or if you witness a violation of the Thunderbird Code of Ethics, Ethics Point is an online, confidential tool for reporting the situation to the appropriate administrators. Thunderbird has contracted with an independent third party vendor, EthicsPoint, to provide a confidential reporting hotline, as an anonymous and confidential way to report these types of complaints. You may file an anonymous report through the EthicsPoint site by clicking on the link to “Make a Report” or by calling EthicsPoint toll-free at 866-ETHICSP. You’ll find the link on the upper left hand corner of MTB, “Confidential Reporting Hotline.” https://secure.ethicspoint.com/domain/en/report_custom.asp?clientid=13509

Reports submitted through the School’s Confidential Reporting Hotline will receive careful consideration with the intent of promptly investigating the report and addressing any improper conduct or violation of Thunderbird policy.

Food is now permitted in the IBIC: We know that you spend some long hours in the IBIC, and we know you get hungry. Therefore, we are changing our policy to permit snack-type foods in the IBIC. This would include items such as small packages of crackers, cookies, chips, granola bars, candy, small pieces of fruit, nuts, and other non-messy types of food. Items that are not permitted are those that are messy or aromatic. These non-permitted types of food would include any meal-type foods, including pizza, soups, noodles, curries, and salads. Also, as before, covered beverages are permitted.  We hope this change makes you more comfortable in the IBIC, and we ask your cooperation in keeping the building clean.

Global Summit on Negotiation and Trust: You may have heard the buzz about the Global Summit on Negotiation and Trust heating up over the past several months. Now is the time to mark your calendar for this action-packed meeting of the minds! The three-day event, will take place November 8, 9 & 10, 2013 on campus and Thunderbird students are being offered a special rate to attend. The Global Summit on Negotiation and Trust 2013  is the only professional conference that directly makes the connection between negotiation, trust and achieving a sustainable outcome. For all of the details, follow this link: http://globalsummitonnegotiation.com/

That’s all for this week! Please remember – don’t hesitate to reach out to me with questions, concerns or ideas.

Have a wonderful weekend,


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