Update 9/20/13

Courtesy: Rebecca Henriksen
Courtesy: Rebecca Henriksen

Hello wonderful Thunderbird students,

I hope you’ve had a good week. It’s great to feel the energy on campus!

A quick note of encouragement to our new students – Thunderbird’s coursework is rigorous and our faculty have high expectations. Your first trimester is particularly challenging. As a new student at the best international graduate business school in the world, you have much adjusting to do. You have to “get back in the swing” of studying, test taking and time management. Some of the course content is completely new to you. You need to engage with the CMC and start preparing for your future career. You want to get involved with clubs and maybe have a little fun every now and then. And many of you are in the United States for the very first time. Please know that it is normal to feel overwhelmed and stressed – this is a lot to adjust to all at one time. And know that with some effort and determination, you’ll “find your groove,” will figure out how to set priorities and manage your time, will remember how to study, and while the coursework will continue to be challenging, you’ll feel less overwhelmed and better able to handle it.  If you are struggling in a class, don’t hesitate to talk with your faculty member – they really do care. Give yourself a little time. Things will come together. And if you need a hug, just let me know.

Okay, on to this week’s announcements of which there are many:

Winterim Fair: The Winterim Fair will be held in the Snell class rooms on Tuesday, September 24th  from 1 – 2pm.  Stop by to speak to Winterim professors, review fact sheets about each program or to pick up the program application.

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/

Special CMC Event with the Thunderbird Global Council (TGC): CMC invites you to attend a special event with the Thunderbird Global Council on Oct 1st, 2013. 30 lucky students will have the opportunity to receive one on one advise, coaching and mentoring from these global leaders culminating in a networking reception. This opportunity is open to all students and will be based on a first come, first serve basis and each student must follow the directions specified in the event details.  Find out more details about the event and sign up now on Global Connect under events titled “Passport to Career Success”.

Price Changes at the Commons: Thunderbird Community – At the beginning of this trimester, you may have noticed price adjustments that were made to the self-serve salad bar, the Wild Greens, Stir Fry and Pasta Stations. These prices were set to reflect the increase in product and have been met with unfavorable feedback. Dining Services would like for you to know that we have listened openly to this feedback and we understand the challenge to have our loyal customer’s money stretched even further. Starting today in the Commons, we will be rolling back some of the prices as follows:

Salad Bar Station (self service): The cost will revert back to last year’s price of $0.45 per ounce: a reduction of $0.04 per ounce from the beginning of the trimester. Final cost will be determined by the scale at the register as in the past.

Wild Greens Station (aka – Stacey’s Salads): Last year, we did not have a ‘per ounce’ pricing model, but rather we had fixed prices on all of the specials and regular salad items.  This fixed cost was based on 14.5 ounces at $0.45 per ounce.  However, we allowed customers to add additional ingredients to their salads which caused them to weigh much more than the original 14.5 ounces that were intended. The price of the salad will remain $0.45 per ounce; however we will be adding a scale at this station so customers can have an estimated cost as the salad is being built, and adjustments can be made at that time. Please note that once the dressings are added, none of the ingredients can be removed from the salad. We will have a weekly special salad in the refrigerated Outtakes section at a fixed price of $6.65, which comes out to $0.43 per ounce (same as last year.) These salads are made fresh every day with the same ingredients found at the Wild Greens station.

Stir Fry / Pasta Station: Last year, we had half and full size portions at fixed prices. With many eat-in and take-out orders, the half portion would be requested by the customer, and many of the extras would be added to the order, making them into a full portion at the half-portion price. In order to be consistent with the other station pricing models, we have changed the pricing of this station to a set price, based on recommended serving sizes (small and large) and will remain at the same prices as last year.

  • Small portions – Holds 11 ounces of product (4oz starch, 3oz protein and 4oz vegetables/sauce)  – at a fixed price of $4.95 (equivalent to $0.45 per ounce)
  • Full portions – Holds 15 ounces of product (6oz starch, 4oz protein and 5oz vegetables/sauce) – at a fixed price of $6.75 (equivalent to $0.45 per ounce)

Geneva Winterim: Geneva is a global hub of intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations including the World Trade Organization, World Economic Forum, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, International Committee of the Red Cross, and World Business Council for Sustainable Development.  You’ll not only visit these organizations but you’ll also have the opportunity to network with Thunderbirds working in them. http://my.thunderbird.edu/foldersdisplay/displaymgrframe.asp?partyid=132712

Rebecca’s Student Advisory Group: Each year I form a small Student Advisory Group to advise me on student sentiment, gather ideas and recommendations, and brainstorm ways to continue to improve the student experience. This group generally meets one Friday morning each month (usually at 8:00 a.m. with donuts or bagels). If you are interested in being a part of this group, please send an email to Michelle Olesen, michelle.olesen@thunderbird.edu. Please include a paragraph or two explaining why you’d like to be a part of this group and why you feel you’d be a good contributor. Meetings will begin in late-October.

Deadlines approaching for loading new résumés to Global Connect: It’s important to have your most current résumé loaded to GlobalConnect at all times to ensure recruiters have access to the most accurate information. Deadlines for uploading your new résumé are quickly approaching:

New students – September 24: Résumés are required to be reviewed and loaded by this date for CS1000 or PD1007 courses.

Returning students – September 30: You are strongly encouraged to load your latest résumé by this date for earliest access by recruiters.

Please also ensure you have selected your “default résumé” in GlobalConnect so that employers can “browse” using keyword searches. Visit GlobalConnect now to update your résumé.

Case Interview Method Workshops: The CMC is pleased to present Mark Cosentino, a well-known expert on Case Interviews.  He will be on campus during the week of September 30 for overview workshops and opportunities to have 1:1 case interviews with feedback.  The case interview method is used primarily in the consulting industry, but it is surfacing across other industries.  Make sure you are prepared to respond to this type of interview!  See Global Connect >Workshops for more information and to sign up to attend the various sessions.

Clinton Global Initiative Event: Please join us for an exclusive webcast of the Clinton Global Initiative Meetings on campus Tuesday, September 24, and Wednesday, September 25 in Auditorium 3.  Hosted by former President, Bill Clinton, the 2013 Annual Meeting focuses on involving the right people and resources needed to drive effective action on global challenges.  This year’s theme, “Mobilizing for Impact,” brings leaders from across sectors and around the world to analyze global issues, discuss effective solutions, and create programs that promote positive social change. Take a break from you studies, bring a friend, bring your breakfast or lunch and come listen to global leaders share their innovative solutions to global issues. The event will be moderated by Dr. Amanda Bullough, Academic Director for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Entrepreneurship Programs and Assistant Professor of Global Entrepreneurship. (Check out the attachments here as well!)

Emerging Markets Club Meeting: The Emerging Markets Club will be holding a Club Meeting regarding careers and a state-of-the-state introduction for the region of Asia and will be joined by their faculty adviser for Asia, Professor Ramaswamy.  The meeting is open to all students on September 24 from 1-2:30pm in Snell 24.  Food and drinks are compliments of the TEMBA Club.  Please contact Nicole with any questions at nmmueller@global.thunderbird.edu.

Dr. Penley to Deliver Keynote at Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations Event on Oct. 15: Dr. Penley will be the keynote speaker at the 2013 International State of the State hosted by the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations (PCFR) on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at The Ritz Carlton, Phoenix. Following his keynote address on “The Arizona of the Future,” Dr. Penley will moderate a panel discussion. The cost of the luncheon event is $65 for PCFR Members and $75 for the General Public. Deadline to register is October 5, 2013.  For more information, visit: http://www.pcfraz.org/announcements/2013ISOS.

Global Connect: Arizona Trade Finance Seminar: Thunderbird is excited to partner with several organizations to host Global Connect: Arizona Trade Finance Seminar, a must-attend seminar for Arizona small and medium-sized businesses, especially Hispanic-owned, that are interested in entering, growing, and succeeding in global markets.

Friday, October 4, 2013
7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thunderbird School of Global Management, AT&T Auditorium
Attire: Business

Global Connect has graciously reduced their seminar cost for Thunderbird students, employees and alumni to $45 for this all day seminar which includes breakfast, lunch and great 1-on-1 and group networking opportunities. Registration is open now, but seats are filling up fast, so please check it out today!

http://www.thunderbird.edu/sites/default/files/pdfs/aztradefinance.pdf  (Note: Enter THUNDER when registering to qualify for the discounted rate.)

Thunderbird Association Partnership (TAP) Meet & Greet: Thunderbird Association Partnership will be holding a TAP Meet & Greet next Wednesday, September 25 2013, 7 pm – 9pm at the Honor Council Room for students to interact with the TAP leadership team and to understand what is TAP. Light refreshment and beverages will be provided.

Thunderbird Association Partnership (TAP) Skill Building Workshop: Thunderbird Association Partnership is also happy to present the first TAP Skill Building Workshop for the Fall trimester. We kick things off with an Excel workshop next Thursday, September 26 2013 at the Computer Lab in Snell 22, from 5.30 pm – 7 pm. Please bring your own laptops. Don’t miss this opportunity to add to your skills repertoire!

External Event on September 24 could affect parking: The Executive Inn has an external event on Tuesday, September 24th from 8:00am-12:00pm in the Herberger Atrium and AT&T Auditorium. The group is called ReMax and is a Real Estate company. This could potentially affect parking in that area, though the group will be directed to the dirt lot across from Herberger. The attire for this event will be business casual.

Graduation Booklet for Fall 2013 Graduates: Attached is a copy of the Pre-Graduation Booklet for fall 2013. In this document, you will find useful information on dates and times of the Graduation Fair (purchase caps, gowns, etc.), dates and times of class photo day and time, information sessions for your transition from student to alumni and exit sessions Financial Aid (attendance is mandatory), when you need to be at the graduation, how to be a flag bearer, etc. Please read through this booklet thoroughly. All graduate information is also available on the Graduate Information TLE page. Please self-enroll on this page. If you have any questions, please contact Torrey Mann at torrey.mann@thunderbird.edu.

Whew! That’s a lot of announcements! No wonder you guys are stressed!

Hang in there – you can do this! You are T-birds!

Have a wonderful weekend,


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