Weekly Update for 6/29/14

Dear Thunderbird Community,

I hope you’ve had a great week. Thunderbird’s Board of Trustees was on campus this week. The board continued their deliberations regarding potential partners and continue to make progress. Your TSG President and Vice President, Giacomo and Casey, partnered with Executive MBA student, Anthony Dezilva, to present to the board this morning. They did a wonderful job representing the concerns of the student body and were direct and serious, while at the same time positive and highly professional. You would have been proud.

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

1.       Thunderbird announces fall 2014 AIESEC scholarship recipient, Alina Buzgar


We are excited to announce that Thunderbird has awarded its first, full-tuition AIESEC scholarship to Alina Buzgar of Romania. Thunderbird has long been an active supporter of AIESEC, which is a global not-for-profit organization that provides leadership opportunities and international internships to undergraduate students. Alina, who served as the Vice President of Human Resources for Romania’s West University of Timisoara AIESEC chapter before graduating in 2005, told us AIESEC made a tremendous impact on her life as an undergrad, but she didn’t dare to think she could find a similar opportunity at a graduate school. “Thunderbird won me over as soon as I learned how much the mission, vision and strategies of the school are like AIESEC,” she says. “And when I met the Thunderbird staff, students and alumni I knew it was right for me.” Alina will begin her MBA in Global Management here this fall.

2.       Follow and contribute to the Thunderbird Instagram account

Wondering where everyone’s gone and what they’re doing for the summer? Follow the Thunderbird Instagram account and see where in the world are your fellow T-Birds.

Contribute to the feed! Share your summer travel adventures by using the hashtag #tbirdlife.  Every week we are selecting a T-Bird Photo of the Week to share on campus, and our other social media accounts.

Check out this week’s photo from Tenzing Paldon ’14 , sharing her home in Kathmandu, Nepal with us: http://instagram.com/thunderbird1946

Courtesy: Tenzing Pela
Courtesy: Tenzing Pela

3.       2nd-Module Drop/Add on Access Thunderbird

The 2nd-module drop/add period for continuing students begins at 8:00am (AZ time) on Monday, July 7th and will remain available until 4:00pm (AZ time) on Thursday, July 11th. 


If you have petitioned to graduate and plan on walking in the upcoming Summer Commencement ceremony on Friday, August 22, you should have received an email last week from our Institutional Events department to complete a mandatory online information form. This form will collect information needed for displaying and pronouncing your name at the ceremony, uploading your special departing message and requesting your tickets for friends and family. Please take 5 minutes to complete the form. If you did not receive the email or have any questions, please contact events@thunderbird.edu.


Flag bearer

Graduates needed to be flag bearers at the upcoming graduation ceremony, please submit your namecountry, and program to Torrey Mann at torrey.mann@thunderbird.edu on or before Monday, August 4 at 8 a.m. This is a firm deadline. In the event of multiple students for one country, students will be chosen via a lottery system. In order to qualify as a potential flag bearer, you must be a passport-carrying citizen of the country. To be considered for a country of which you are not a citizen you must: Prove some valid connection with that country, i.e., parent’s birthplace or your own birthplace AND speak the native language fluently.


6.       IBIC Hours Update

IBIC hours in July:

Tues-Wed, July 1-2:        7:30 AM – 10:00 PM

Thursday, July 3:               7:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Friday, July 4:                     CLOSED

Saturday, July 5:               9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Afterwards, and for the remainder of the summer, our hours will be:

M-W:    7:30 AM – 10:00 PM

Th-Fr:    7:30 AM – 8:00 PM

Sa:          9:00 AM- 8:00 PM

Su:          11:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Please note that starting in July, we will be closing one hour earlier than in the past, and opening one hour later on Sunday. We will continue to offer extended building hours a few days before midterms and finals.  This includes July 26-27 and August 14-15.

7.       Invitation to participate in STARTUP WEEKEND (July 18th ,19th , and  20th ) and Mixer/Demo Event (June 30th)

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Can you Code, Design, Market, or Sell? You have 54 hours to build a business model and pitch it to the community!

Startup Weekend will be held in Chandler, Arizona on July 18th, 19th and 20th. It is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures.  It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

TSG will help organize transportation and there will be opportunities for discounts if we have a group. Meals Friday evening through Sun evening will be included.  Contact Arian in Recruitment before July 7th, 2014 for registration. Email:arian.S@thunderbird.edu

For more information, check out:   http://chandler.startupweekend.org/

Let’s sign up and bring some international flair to Chandler, Arizona!

STARTUP WEEKEND mixer/demo event

Next Monday we are having a mixer to introduce everyone and discuss ideas for pitches. It is free to attend and there will be snacks. Email or find Arian if you decide to attend. Here is the link:


What:         Start Up Weekend Mixer and Design Thinking Demo

Where:      Gangplank: 260 S Arizona Ave, Chandler, Arizona 85225

When:       Monday, June 30th 6:30-8:30pm

Who:          Anyone interested in starting a business/attending Start Up Weekend Chandler

8.       Thunderbird partners with National Society of Hispanic MBA (NSHMBA)

Thunderbird Global Recruiting Team is excited to announce our recent partnership with National Society of Hispanic MBA (NSHMBA) – Phoenix Chapter! Recognized as the nation’s most prestigious Hispanic organization, NSHMBA is the premier Hispanic business organization dedicated to building and advancing Hispanic leadership through graduate management education and professional development. Thunderbird will be welcoming NSHMBA members to our next Campus Preview Weekend from Nov 7-9, 2014. For prospect students, we will offer a $5,000 affiliation scholarship for all NSHMBA members who apply for our Fall 2014 or Spring 2015 Full-time or Working Professional programs! This is a big win for Thunderbird! More opportunities to come for existing students! Stay tuned!

9.       Today’s featured “Your Success is My Success” story – Thunderbird’s Peru TEM Lab Team having a big impact

Over the first summer module, the TEM lab team of Santiago Peralta, Danielle Rinderknecht and Jennifer, with a big assist from MS student Fiona Teerlink left for Peru to consult with the Regional Government of Piura. The project started as an assignment to evaluate business plans but quickly shifted into formulating and delivering “Train the Trainer” style workshops to catalyze the needed knowledge transfer that would result in future client self-sufficiency. That was the tip of the iceberg for them, however, their scope also included deriving objectives for an expected three-year relationship between Thunderbird and the client, developing suggestions for government-based small business support, and creating a model used to measure the impact of the relationship. After five weeks, they have achieved their objectives, developed great relationships, and enjoyed some of the world’s finest ceviche. Their debrief presentation will be this coming Wednesday, July 2nd, in Yount 100 at 1:00 PM.

Well done, Peru TEM Lab team!

All the best,



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