Update 02/21

Courtesy: Rebecca Henriksen
Courtesy: Rebecca Henriksen

Dear T-birds,

Welcome to this week’s exciting Friday Update! I hope you’ve had a great week. Before we get to this week’s update (which, by the way, is full of important information so please read it carefully), I wanted to mention something to you. We have a number of great employers visiting campus over the next few weeks/months. They will be holding sessions to provide information to you about employment opportunities at their companies and many will also conduct interviews. I’m sorry to say that in the past, a number of students who signed up to attend information sessions did not actually attend. Many of these employers travel great distances just to come to Thunderbird, and many provide food and refreshments. It makes us look REALLY BAD when these employers are expecting 25 people and many fewer show up – some employers choose not to return to Thunderbird. So, do not register to attend an information session unless you are committed to attending – if you sign up, show up. You are Thunderbird’s brand!

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

1.   Exchange Programs: Great news! We wanted to let you know that Exchange Programs are available for 2014, primarily for MBA students but with some opportunities for MA students. These opportunities and limited and selective, but a great way to experience another culture and learning environment. James Scott will send an addendum to the Fall 2013 Catalog to you soon. The deadline to apply for an Exchange Program is March 14th. Please make an appointment with Paula Friesen (paula.friesen@thunderbird.edu) or Felicia Welch (Felicia.welch@thunderbird.edu) to learn more.

2.   Rotary Million Meals Project, TOMORROW, February 22nd: Arizona Rotary has packed 919,113 meals this Rotary Year!!! Come pack the “meal-ionth” meal with us!!! Volunteer with Arizona Rotary to pack the 1,000,000th meal on Saturday February 22nd, 2014 from 1pm – 3pm at the Phoenix Convention Center! Registration is easy —- www.fmsc.org/CTWPhoenixRotary. Rotary, Interact, Rotaract, RYLA, Exchange Students, Friends, Family , and Community are WELCOME! For more information Contact: Clay Janson cmjanson@msn.com or 602-955-7705. Follow Us on Facebook: Rotary Million Meals Project

3.   Apply to be a Foundations Leader – LAST CALL February 28th at 5 PM (Glendale Time): For those interested in being a Foundations Leader for the Fall 2014 incoming class – now is the time we start to build the team! Those that are interested must meet the following criteria:

Will be a full-time student in the Fall of 2014 term
Must be available starting at 8 AM on August 11th, 2014 until the end of Foundations on August 29th
Must be approved to work on campus (those who are international will have to go through a verification process)
Must be active on campus with a positive and energetic demeanor
If you are interested in applying, please send your résumé and short answers via email to Jay Bryant jay.bryant@thunderbird.edu. Deadline will be February 28th at 5 PM. No exceptions!
a) Why should you be selected as a Foundations leader – in 50 words or less. Yes, that is 50 (fifty) words or less
b) List the organizations in which you have been active on campus. Include any leadership roles or project leadership in each.
c) In a groups project, name the one or two things for which your teammates always feel certain you will add to the group’s success. (i.e. “I’m the one that’s good at numbers”, “I’m known for my great time management skills”)
Process – once the deadline has arrived, a select group will be considered for team captains. After the selection of the captains all applicants will be contacted and evaluated both by Thunderbird staff and the student captains that have been selected for the Foundation Leaders

4.   Graduation Fair, February 26th & 27th: 

WHEN: Wednesday, February 26 and Thursday February 27, 2014
TIME: 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day
If you intend to walk in the spring 2014 Graduation Ceremony, students must have a cap, masters’ gown, hood, and tassel. Undergraduate gowns have different sleeves and may not be used. Please note if you plan to purchase the entire “package” the tassel is included.
*For those students purchasing their graduation regalia from previous graduates and need only a tassel, there are also a limited amount of tassels available for $3.00 each. See Torrey Mann after April 15, 2014.

5.  Women International Club’s Bring Your Own Lunch (BYOL) Speed Interviewing Session, February 25th: Please join the Women International Club this Tuesday, February 25, 2014 from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm in the IBIC Media Rooms for our BYOL session on speed interviewing. Dodie Busch, from the Career Management Center, will provide tips on how to enhance your delivery of your professional story. You will also have the opportunity to practice speed interviewing with your peers and receive valuable feedback on your performance.

6.   First Friday Feedback Session, March 7th: Our next First Friday Feedback Session is scheduled for Friday, March 7th from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in the Herberger building, HC 123. This is a great opportunity for students to share their thoughts, ideas, and concerns with administration and to keep the lines of communication open. Lunch is served. Please RSVP to Michelle Olesen (michelle.olesen@thunderbird.edu) by March 2nd so we can order enough lunches and have the right number of chairs. Hope to see you there!

7.   Document shredding opportunity for all Thunderbird Staff, Faculty or Students, March 5th: On March 5th, Cintas Document Management will be on campus beginning at 9am to perform document shredding of materials that have been picked up from the various shred bins around campus. If any staff, faculty or student has any documents that they would like to have shredded, business or personal, please bring these documents to the Facilities office before 4pm on Tuesday March 4th. The Facilities office will secure all documents until they can be shredded the next day. Collection bins will be made available in certain locations. Contact Facilities Services for them. Please contact the Facilities office if you have any questions or concerns @602-978-7777.

8.   Africa Business Club presents the weekly Brown Bag Lunch series on Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 with Charles Reeves, TEM Lab Program Director: Africa Business Club presents the weekly Brown Bag Lunch series on Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 with Charles Reeves, TEM Lab Program Director

Topic: MBA Consulting in Africa
Location: Tower Conference Room
Date: Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
Time: 1-2:30 pm
RSVP: None- Seating on first come, first serve basis.
Contact: Peter Mayangi (peter.mayangi@global.t-bird.edu)

9.   Note from Thunderbird Security: There has been an increase of panhandlers in the street. Glendale Police have requested awareness and that the Thunderbird community does not give them money. They mentioned that a single panhandler earns $175 a day by just standing at a stoplight. There has also been an increase of purse robberies around the area. The Thunderbird community needs to be aware of this issue. Please keep your belongings with you at all times.

10.  Registrar staff’s new office location: Just a quick note to let you know that the Registrar team is now located on the 2nd floor of the Herberger building.

11.  Asphalt repairs to main campus loop drive, February 26th: On Wednesday 2/26, Ace Asphalt will be on site to make a few minor asphalt repairs to the main campus loop drive. The location of the repairs is north of Founders, near the stop sign and Chapel drive area. Sections of the roadway will be coned off and only one lane will be available. If you have to travel through that area on your way in or out of campus, please proceed with caution. The repairs should only take a few hours and both lanes will be immediately re-opened once complete. If you have any questions, contact Facilities Services at, 602-978-7777 or ext. 7777.

12.  Lost and Found – come get your stuff: The Safety and Security Department has accumulated a large amount of unclaimed Lost and Found Property. Some items include bicycles, as well as clothing, water bottles, etc. If you have lost anything with in the last year, please visit the Safety and Security Department. Any items unclaimed with be properly disposed of.

13.  Student Affairs Department Change: Please note that Cheri Roberts is now responsible for Language Programs here at Thunderbird. Her duties have shifted completely to these programs and is the primary contact for them. If you have any Student Affairs issues, please feel free to contact Jay Bryant (jay.bryant@thunderbird.edu) directly to answer your questions and resolve issues that you may have.

14.  Special note from Alumni Relations, “40,000 Alumni, One Thunderbird”: The newly formed Alumni Council of Thunderbird (ACT) has been reaching out to alumni chapter leaders around the world for feedback about opportunities to strengthen the network and engage with the school. The vast majority of alumni remain committed to helping students achieve their career goals. “I only believe that there is One Thunderbird,” says ACT member Tony van der Hoek ’89. “We are members of it, no matter what!” Stay tuned for a worldwide survey of students and alumni, which the ACT expects to launch in March. “Give and share your experiences and wisdom so that we can all thrive,” Tony says. “I look forward to a bright future and will look for you on this journey.” Contact Terri Nissen, Senior Director of Alumni Relations (terri.nissen@thunderbird.edu) to learn more!

Thanks for your kind attention! Have a wonderful weekend!

All the best,

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