Update 11/17

Courtesy: Rebecca Henriksen
Courtesy: Rebecca Henriksen

Greetings T-birds!

I am sorry to start this week’s update on such a serious note, but on behalf of Thunderbird administration, I want to take a moment to express our sympathy and concern for the Filipino citizens impacted by Typhoon Haiyan. It’s an unspeakable tragedy and so many are still suffering. Our wonderful students, in true T-bird fashion, have plans in place to send some help to the victims. Please see the announcement below about next week’s Cookie Gram fundraiser and watch for more information from your TSG and classmates.

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

Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Accreditation Team to visit campus next week: The Higher Learning Commission visiting team will be on campus next week, November 20-22. This visit is in response to our application for approval of the Strategic Alliance with Laureate Education, Inc. The visiting team will hold meetings and interviews around campus and I expect they may approach members of our community between sessions; please welcome them to Thunderbird.
The team has specifically requested a meeting with Students; please mark your calendar:
Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Time: 4:15 – 5:15 p.m. (Arizona/MST)
Location: On-campus and Teleconference
On-Campus: Yount Centre, Yount Distance Learning Classroom
Teleconference: Dial-in instructions coming soon
In addition, an appointment request will be sent to you by Monday. We appreciate your schedule flexibility and look forward to your active participation with HLC.

Filipinos & Friends Cookie Gram fundraiser for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, November 19-21: The newly-formed Filipinos & Friends club, under the leadership of Victor Cabiles, is mobilizing the T-Bird community to donate to the ongoing disaster relief efforts in the Philippines, caused by typhoon Haiyan—the most violent storm ever recorded in history. More than 3,000 people have been proclaimed dead (still rising), hundreds injured, missing, and over 600,000 displaced.
The Thunderbird Student Government (through Torrey Mann, Michael Reardon, Santiago Peralta, Yemile Ojeda, and Alejandra Fernandez) are selling cookie grams next week, Tuesday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m, at the Commons. Thanks to Jesse Guthery for the cookie donations, as well as the use of the Commons. Special thanks also go out to Tim Badley who has been helping tremendously in the coordination of these efforts. Victor, with the permission of Jesse Guthrie (Dining Services Director) will also be doing fund-raising events at The Pub.
It will take a while for the affected areas in the Philippines to fully recover, but the Filipinos are a strong and resilient people. Meantime, they would appreciate any help they can get. Please share your blessings to the people of the Philippines. Your help will bring them hope, and help them heal as they rebuild their lives.

First Lady of Ghana Coming to Thunderbird: Mrs. Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings with be giving a lecture Tuesday, November 19, 4:30-5:30pm in the AT&T Auditorium. There will be a short reception in the Herberger Atrium afterwards (5:30-6pm) with light snacks and (non-alcoholic) beverages. Mrs. Rawlings will be discussing, “Development, Politics and National Government: The Impact on African Women.” Try not to miss this amazing opportunity.

TSG Chair Applications Are Available Now: Applications for TSG Chair positions for the spring 2014 trimester are now available on the TSG MTB Page (under Elections), in the TSG Building, and attached to this weekly update. Please consider bringing your enthusiasm, knowledge, and talent to TSG. Applications are due on Friday, November 22 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at the TSG Building. If you are off campus on an internship/overseas program, etc., e-mail the application, along with a copy of your resume, to torrey.mann@thunderbird.edu. Torrey Mann will obtain the required signatures.

Thunderbird Commons & Thunderbird Pub Holiday weekend hours: Both the Commons and the PUB will be closed from Thursday November 28th through Saturday November 30th 2013. A number of restaurants within walking distance are open and a number deliver to campus.
Below are some nearby restaurants:
Golden Dragon: 5930 W Greenway Rd Glendale, AZ 85306 (602) 938-0300
Ray’s Pizza: 15603 N 59th Ave Glendale, AZ 85306 (602) 938-4065
Village Inn: 5959 W Thunderbird Rd, Glendale, AZ 85306 (602) 843-1594
Dunkin’ Donuts: 13887 N 59th Ave Glendale, AZ 85306 (602) 978-1155
Smashburger: 5870 W Thunderbird Rd. Glendale AZ 85306 (602) 439-4050
Chipotle: 5880 Thunderbird Rd, Glendale, AZ – 85306 (602) 504-2776
Einstein Brothers Bagels: 5894 W Thunderbird Rd, Glendale, AZ 85306 (602) 547-8448
Starbucks: 5890 Thunderbird Rd, Glendale, AZ – 85306 (602) 942-8923
Jimmy John’s: 5890 W Thunderbird Rd, Suite 103, Glendale, AZ (602) 507-4893
Streets of New York: 5843 W Thunderbird Rd Glendale, AZ 85306 (602) 843-1716

Below are some local restaurants that deliver to the Thunderbird Campus:
Eat 24 (Website, Multiple Restaurants: Mixteca, Tandoori Times, Oggi’s Pizza, Bangkok Thai & Smashburger)
Golden Rice Express (Chinese): (602)547-2132
Streets of NY (Pizza & Wings): (602)843-1716
Jimmy John’s (Sandwiches): (602)507-4893
Pizza Hut (Pizza, Wings & Pasta): (602) 938-2323
Golden Dragon (Chinese): 5920 W Greenway Rd Glendale, AZ 85306 Phone: (602) 938-0300
Luna Pizza (Pizza, Appetizers, Salads, Sandwiches & Pasta): http://lunapizzaglendale.com/Phone: (602) 282-1718
Sardellas (Pizza, Salad & Pasta): www.sardellaspizza.com (602) 439-4000
We apologize for any inconvenience caused and hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend!

Phoenix Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center Global Business Conference at Thunderbird: Register Now! The Phoenix Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center and Thunderbird have partnered to offer a global business conference on campus Nov. 21. The conference will focus on international business and export opportunities. Professors Femi Babarinde, Ph.D. and Kishore Dash, Ph.D. will be panelists at the day-long event. The cost is $100 ($70 for students with a photo ID). Registration is required. For additional information or to register for the conference please visit: http://phoenixmbdacenter.com/Global-Business-Conference.html.

Join a ThunderFamily for Thanksgiving Dinner: The American Thanksgiving holiday is very special – each family celebrates a little differently, but Thanksgiving Day often revolves around eating lots of food, spending time with people you enjoy, and watching American football. Some of our staff and faculty would like to invite you to their home for Thanksgiving dinner! They understand that in most cases they will need to transport you to and from campus, and they are happy to do that. If you are interested and available, you are invited to Thanksgiving dinner! If you would like to participate, simply email Rebecca Henriksen (Rebecca.henriksen@thunderbird.edu) and Michelle Olesen (michelle.olesen@thunderbird.edu), and you will be matched with a ThunderFamily. Most of these families are able to have 2 or more students at their home, so if you’d really like to go as a group, let us know the names of all of the participants and we’ll do our best to make it work!
Please RSVP to Michelle and Rebecca by Thursday, November 21st with the following information:

  • Your name and name of other students who would like to be a part of your group
  • Do you need to be picked up and dropped off?
  • Dietary restrictions we should tell your host about

Happy Thanksgiving!

Workshop on Leadership for Men and Women:
Co-chairs: TTLCC (Thunderbird Toastmasters Leadership Communication Club) and MBA Women International
Monday 11/18 in LH 54 from 1:00-2:20pm
Athena model highlights on the website: http://www.athenainternational.org/pages/athena_leadership_model_/18.php.
Martha Mertz, the founder of Athena, and Sue Ellen Allen, her close friend who co-founded a non-profit here in AZ called Gina’s Team, will be speaking about the model and women in leadership roles. They will introduce the topic, facilitate a workshop and leave time at the end for networking.

BYOLunch Workshop from Women International:
The fabulous WI team is bringing you another engaging workshop in the weekly BYOLunch meetings. Bring Your Own Lunch to attend an interactive workshop on, “Creating a Level Playing Field”.
Tower Board Room, Tues 19 November 1:00 to 2:00

Live-stream discussion with Dan Schulman, Group President, Enterprise Growth at American Express: There will be a live-stream discussion on American Express’s Move Toward Greater Financial Inclusion with Dan Schulman, Group President, Enterprise Growth at American Express Company (see bio, attached). During his talk, Dan will discuss his career path, leadership insights and the passionate mission that he is currently leading at American Express to improve the lives of those who are unbanked, under-banked and unhappily banked using emerging technologies. Today, more than 2 billion people worldwide don’t have access to traditional banking services and instead tap alternative financial services like check cashing, money orders and payday loans.
Dan will be addressing our eleventh American Express Leadership Academy in New York City – a competitively selected group of high potential, emerging nonprofit leaders – and his remarks will be simultaneously broadcast to a broader audience of nonprofit stakeholders. As part of an effort to increase the impact of our Leadership Academy, I’m pleased to invite you and your staff to join us for this intimate conversation on Financial Inclusion and an interactive Q&A on Twitter. If you plan to participate, please register using the below link at your earliest convenience.
To participate, please join us on Thursday, November 21 from 4 to 5pm EST.
1. Register online with the Access code “AMEX2013” at: https://zeitcaster.net/amex/login/
2. On Thursday, November 21 from 4 to 5pm EST view/listen to the session at: https://zeitcaster.net/amex/webcast/
3. To submit questions during the live-stream, you can tweet with the hashtag #amexleads
(Note: for technical assistance, please visit http://zeitbyte.com/webcast-support/)

ThunderYoga, Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Chapel: Life at Thunderbird is exciting and full, but can also be stressful – you need to find time to take care of yourself. Please consider joining us for ThunderYoga on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Thunderbird Chapel at 5:15 for an hour (or so) of yoga. Even if you’ve never done yoga, we encourage you to come and give it a try. Please bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable yoga-appropriate clothes. Class is open to students, spouses, staff and faculty and is free.
We hope to see you there!

Thank you for your time and attention. As always, do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions, ideas or concerns.

Have a wonderful weekend,

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