Update 11/22

Courtesy: Rebecca Henriksen
Courtesy: Rebecca Henriksen

Happy Friday, Thunderbirds!

We are wrapping up a very important week! As you know, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) was on campus this week and met with a number of you.  The HLC team members I spoke with specifically told me how impressed they were with our students – they mentioned how professional, articulate, passionate, and thoughtful you are. While those comments didn’t surprise me, I wanted you to know how proud we are of you and to thank you for your participation.

There is a lot of important information in today’s communication, so please take a moment to read it.

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

First Friday Feedback Session, December 6th, 11:30 to 12:45:  We are re-instituting First Friday Feedback sessions. These one-hour sessions are an opportunity for students to meet with administrators, program directors and faculty to provide input on their student experience, share ideas, and keep the lines of communication open. A box lunch will be served. (I know that some of you are likely to be late – please go ahead and RSVP and come as soon as you can). The upcoming First Friday Feedback session will be held on December 6th at 11:30 in the Honor Council Rooms (first floor of Herberger) and will end at 12:45. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Michelle Olesen no later than Monday, December 2nd (michelle.olesen@thunderbird.edu) so we can order the right number of box lunches. Please let her know if you have any dietary restrictions. We hope to see you there!

Garage Sale: I&IT and Facilities are working together to put on a garage sale.  Items included will be computer equipment, A/V equipment and furniture items.  The sale will be open to the Thunderbird Community ONLY on Dec. 3rd, 8 am – 2 pm and open to the public Dec 4th, 8 am – 2 pm.  All items are as is and are first come, first served.  No advance orders will be taken.  Please note we will be limiting PCs, Laptops, Monitors or TVs to one per person so that everybody has an opportunity to benefit from the sale.  The sale will take place in the TEC.   Cash only, will be accepted.

Change to Tuition Refund Policy: The purpose of this electronic communications is to announce a change in the tuition refund policy for continuing students and remind First trimester students of the briefing on the catalog given during Foundations.   Table 1 below can be found on page 133 of the Fall 2013 catalog and will be an addendum to the Fall 2012 catalog.   Students who entered before Fall 2013 will fall under this policy which replaces the tiered refund policy.  As a result there will be an impact on add/drop for three week courses.  This policy will be enforced with the effective date of January 28, 2014. Student’s registering for a 3 week class will have the first day of class and the day after to add/drop a course.  On the third day it is a withdrawal “W” and there is no refund for tuition. For seven week and 14 week courses add/drop will continue for four days for the 1st module and Full trimester courses.   A second add/drop will be conducted the first four days of the second module for second module courses only.   A full refund will be given if the course is dropped during add/drop. However, the tiered system used in the Fall 2012 catalog will not be used going forward and any changes made after add/drop will result in forfeiture of all tuition and fees.

Winterims: The first day of Winterim is the add/drop day for tuition only.   This is the scheduled start day not the first day of the class.  The second school day of Winterim is a withdrawal and no tuition refund.   Students should be aware that there are published drop dates for other funds in addition to tuition.  While tuition will be refunded if a student drops on the first day of Winterim, students who drop from a Winterim course after a published drop deadline will be responsible for any costs incurred by Thunderbird on behalf of the student going on the program. All other non-standard courses will have the add/drop and withdrawal days designated by the Registrar’s Office.

Trimester Tuition Refund Schedule
Course Length Student Status from Start of Class Percent of Tuition to be Refunded
3 Weeks 2 days (from 1st class meeting plus 1 day) 100%
3 days or more 0%


Trimester Tuition Refund Schedule
Course Length Student Status from Start of Term Percent of Tuition to be Refunded
7 Weeks 1st week of classes 100%
2nd week or more 0%
14 Weeks 1st week of classes 100%
2nd week or more 0%

If you have any questions about add/drop/withdrawal, please feel free to contact the Registrar’s Office at registrars@thunderbird.edu. If you have any questions about tuition refunds, please feel free to contact the Bursar’s Office at accounting@thunderbird.edu.

MBA World Summit: The MBA World Summit will bring an exclusive circle of selected students from the top MBA programs to Hong Kong for a meaningful exchange about future changing topics and international leadership challenges. Selected students will have the opportunity to meet other like-minded, passionate, driven and highly sought after MBA talents from business schools around the planet as well as some of the most dynamic and innovative international companies with exceptional career opportunities worldwide. All travel and accommodation, F&B and entertainment expenses will be fully sponsored for selected students. The necessary information is also provided on the World Summit website (www.mbaworldsummit.com) as well as on this Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/MbaWorldSummit2014)!

IBIC announces extended loan period for winter break: Starting Monday, any non-reserve items you check out won’t be due back in the IBIC until January 27.  This includes books, movies, and audiobooks. Come in and browse! This would be a good time to take something home from our “Not Required Reading” section, or a recent award-winning film like Les Miserables, Argo, Life of Pi, or Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.  The IBIC will be closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving.

Exciting Raffle Opportunity for Global Gala sponsored by Thunderbird Toastmasters: Would you like to arrive in style to the Global Gala? How does a limo for you and seven of your friends sound? How about for $5? Enter the Arrive in Style raffle sponsored by Thunderbird Toastmasters! Tickets are $5 for 1 or $20 for 5 and the lucky winner will receive: A two hour rental of an 8 person limo (gratuity paid!) from 6:30-8:30 pm on December 13th. A surprise party pack for the ride to the Gala. It only takes 15 minutes to get to the Gala location so the use of remaining time (dinner/spa/etc.) is up to you! Funds raised go towards the next group of Toastmasters on campus! In light of the recent tragedy in the Philippines and efforts on campus to raise money 10% of proceeds received before Monday will be donated to Filipinos & Friends Club to add to the charity fund. Contact Tiffany Law (tiffanylaw@global.t-bird.edu) to buy your tickets!

Women International weekly Tuesday BYOLunch:
Tuesday, 26 November 2013
From 1-2 pm
At Tower Board Room
The subject will be “Harnessing the Power of Stories.”
Please join us for a lively and informative workshop for all the women at Thunderbird!
See you soon!

Upcoming Information Session on CGIU Campus Representative Position: Thunderbird for Good and the Thunderbird Student Government are hosting an information session on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 from 1:15 -2:15 (location to be announced) about the Clinton Global Initiative University Campus Representative position. The next Clinton Global Initiative University event will be held at Arizona State University from March 21 to March 23, 2014. The meeting will bring together nearly 1,200 attendees to make a difference in CGI U’s five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health.  Thunderbird’s campus representative will be responsible for generating student interest in the CGI U and assisting students in developing Commitments to Action. For more information, please see: http://www.cgiu.org/public/2013/pdf/CGI_U_Campus_Representative_Guide.pdf.

Video links to “The Future of Social Entrepreneurship” event: Last week, Thunderbird School of Global Management hosted a panel discussion, “The Future of Social Entrepreneurship.” The November 14 event was moderated by Robert Hisrich, director of Thunderbird’s Walker Center for Global Entrepreneurship, and featured a number of emerging social entrepreneurs. Please follow this link to see more: http://www.laureate.net/OurNetwork/Highlights/2013/11/Thunderbird-School-of-Global-Management-Hosts-Social-Entrepreneurship-Forum

Preview Weekend & EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) Regional Night on Saturday: You’ll see a number of new faces around campus this weekend, most of them prospective students who are attending our Preview Weekend, this Friday through Sunday morning. Please make a point to welcome them in the true Thunderbird manner. Also, don’t miss the exciting EMEA Regional Night on Saturday!

Graduate Assistant Positions Available: Applications are now being accepted for Spring 2014 Graduate Assistant positions within Global Recruitment Operations Center. We are in search of awesome, intelligent and personable representatives to assist us in passing around the great news of Thunderbird to prospective applicants. The position requires making outbound calls to people who requested information about the school, as well as answering incoming information queries. Sales and marketing experience is preferred. Many of you may have even had contact with us when you were applicants yourselves and I am sure you understand what an important role you will play in the application process! Please join us in finding the best future T-birds out there! Check out our job posting on the Student Employment page on MTB.

Glendale PD’s “Coffee with A Cop”: The Glendale Police Department are doing an inaugural friendly student interaction on campuses called “Coffee with A Cop”. This is intended as a way to meet with students and understand the issues that they face in and around Glendale or whilst in the USA. This event will occur on Thursday, Dec 5th at the Commons. This is particularly important for Thunderbird students as we have a large international student body and a lot of concerns that students have are unique to Thunderbird. So please do not miss this chance to hang out with some really caring police personnel and grab coffee & cookies with them!

TSG Chair Applications Deadline Has Been Extended: 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 have been extended to Tuesday, November 26 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.

Winterim reminders: Specific Winterim program fees are due Wednesday, 27 November, 2013.  The fee amount was sent to you along with a link for the payment via email from Heidi Bonilla. Winterim tuition will be due Monday, 2 December, 2013 payable through Access Thunderbird once you have been registered in class. A mandatory Overseas Security Briefing has been scheduled for all students participating in courses outside of the US for the upcoming spring 2014 trimester.  This includes winterims, modules abroad and TEM labs.  The briefing will be held in the AT & T on December 3rd at 1:30 pm.

It pleases me greatly to know that a number of you will be enjoying Thanksgiving in the home of a ThunderFamily! I would love it if you would take a few pictures and email them to me.

Have a great weekend!


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