Update 11/08

Courtesy: Rebecca Henriksen
Courtesy: Rebecca Henriksen

Happy Friday, T-birds!
I hope you have had a great week! I know there have been many interviews and fly-backs happening – very exciting!
A special hello to our Working Professional students who are copied on this week’s update. You are included this week because we wanted to make sure you received the information about the upcoming AACSB and HLC accreditation visits. Please be sure to read that section of this update. By the way, if you would like to receive this update each week, please let me know and I’ll add your name to the distribution list. Since most of the announcements are specific to our campus based students, we don’t want to add more to your inbox (unless you would like to receive it). Thanks for your interest.
One things I wanted to mention to you campus based students – I’ve been surprised, and disappointed, by the percentage of students who sign up to attend an Employer Recruiting session but don’t show up to the actual session. This is unprofessional and reflects badly on Thunderbird and damages our relationship with employers. If you sign up, show up. If you decide not to attend, please cancel. Please read the information towards the end of this week’s update for more details. Here is what you’ll find in this week’s update:

Coming Soon: AACSB & HLC Accreditation Visits: As you have probably seen on the table tents in the Commons or heard during a TSG meeting, visiting teams from our accreditation bodies will be on campus beginning next week. AACSB International last visited Thunderbird in 2008, at which time its accreditation was reaffirmed for the normal five year span. A team of three business school deans and a lead staff member of AACSB, the premier accreditor of schools of business throughout the world, will be visiting Thunderbird for a normal continuous improvement visit on November 11 & 12.
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is sending a peer reviewer team in mid-to-late November to speak with a wide array of Thunderbird constituency groups about the proposed Strategic Alliance with Laureate Education, Inc. This is not a comprehensive visit; Thunderbird’s accreditation with HLC was reaffirmed following a comprehensive visit in November, 2012. An executive summary of the HLC report is attached for your reference. If you have any questions about the alliance, please remember to visit: alliance.thunderbird.edu or you may pick up an information packet at the reception desk in the Herberger Building.

Spring 2014 Registration Begins Monday, November 11: As a reminder, Spring 2014 registration begins on Access Thunderbird on Monday, November 11 and continues until 10:30pm (AZ time) on Sunday, November 17. Your individual assigned registration date and time was sent to your e-mail account on Friday, November 1 (from registrars@thunderbird.edu). This information, along with instructions on how to register and a list of Concentration courses are 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.

Security check-points at campus entrances: November is a very busy month, with a large number of events and visitors on campus. Starting Monday and for several additional days during the month, Thunderbird will be enhancing its security measures. Our goal is to ensure that all traffic onto the campus is directed to the appropriate venues or locations. All traffic entering the campus will be funneled through security check points and individual ID’s will be checked. To make this process as quick as possible, please make sure that you have your Thunderbird issued ID with you. If you do not have your school issued ID with you, you will be directed to another area and security will verify your ID through MTB. We realize that this may be an inconvenience and we apologize for the short notice. As always we appreciate your patience and cooperation as we continue to improve our security response efforts here at Thunderbird.

Winterim deposit reminder: The $700 deposit to hold your space for Winterim is due today, Friday 8 November, 2013! Please be sure to pay this deposit otherwise you will be dropped from the course! Specific Winterim program fees are due Wednesday, 27 November, 2013. Fee amount will be send to you along with a link. The email will come from Heidi Bonilla. Winterim tuition will be due Monday, 2 December, 2013 payable through Access Thunderbird once you have been registered in class.

Save the Date! The Future of Social Entrepreneurship – Thunderbird/Laureate Panel Discussion: What will it take to grow the world’s base of social entrepreneurs? Learn how emerging social entrepreneurs are driving progress in their communities, and around the world. Pizza, salad, dessert and beverages will be offered following the event. Featured panelists: Miguel Jardine, Manager, Technology Commercialization, Arizona Commerce Authority, Thunderbird ‘09, Daniel Uribe, President, Costas Verdes Universidad Latina de Costa Rica, Aldo Ignacio Castillo, CEO and Founder, EcoLadrillos Universidad Tecnológica de México and Alicia Marseille, Business Analyst, Maricopa Small Business Development Center, Gateway Community College. Moderated by Dr. Robert Hisrich, Director, Walker Center for Global Entrepreneurship at Thunderbird.

Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013
4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Yount Auditorium

Technology Discount Program: I&IT has been working with several vendors such as Dell, CDW-G (FREE office for students) and T-Mobile to negotiate discounts for our students, staff and faculty. The information is located on Information and Instructional Technologies page in MTB. Click on left hand button titled “Technology Discount Program” to see the latest deals. Attached are two of the newest offerings from Dell and T-Mobile.

Women International weekly BYOLunch, November 12: Women International will be hosting their weekly BYOLunch on Tuesday 12 November in Snell 21 to bring you a special presentation on “Power & Influence: Find out how to use it to increase your influence”. We will watch a short video and have a lively discussion after. Please bring your lunch and join us for this special event!

IBIC offers extended hours: The IBIC will be open until midnight next Wednesday and Thursday nights, to allow extra study time for students having exams on Thursday and Friday. Current IBIC hours can always be found on our MTB page. Good luck with your tests!

Summerims no longer offered: The revised MBA curriculum has affected the academic calendar going forward and cannot accommodate Summerims beginning in 2014. Students who were planning on a Summerim opportunity to fulfill graduation requirements should re-evaluate their academic plans. Students are encouraged to reach out to Paula Friesen, Academic Advisor in the CMC, for any questions.

Toolbox for student use: The security services department has kindly put together a toolbox for student use. The toolbox contains handy tools like screwdrivers and such. If you feel you need to use the toolbox, please contact the security services office on ext. 7223. Security will take down your student ID when borrowing the tool box.

External persons & students’ guests on campus: Students are reminded to take note that they are responsible for guests that they bring on to campus. When an external guest is brought on to campus, security services is within its rights to take down the student ID of the person bringing the guest onto campus. If the guest damages campus property, creates unwanted noise or ruckus on campus, the student will be held liable.

Attendance at Employer Recruiting Sessions: Recently we have been experiencing a disappointing trend with employers that are visiting campus to recruit; which is students registering to attend recruiting sessions and not showing up for the session.

Snapshot of several recent Employer Recruiting Sessions


# of                            Registrants

# of Actual                       Attendees

% of Registrants                Actually Attending

US Airways








Owens Corning








This practice can seriously damage Thunderbird’s ability to attract and retain top employers to recruit on campus. Employers use the registration numbers to determine how many and which staff to bring, how much food to order, how much materials to prepare, and which room to select…all of which is driven by the numbers that have registered.
Also, registrations are usually the pool of students that employers use to pre-select interview candidates from, so it is very puzzling to employers when the numbers and/or students don’t reflect what they were prepared for.
Please remember to register for every recruiting session you can attend…but also be sure to keep your commitment to attend.

A lot of news this week! Thanks for your time and attention and please have a wonderful weekend.

All the best,

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