Weekly Update for 8/11/14

Dear students,

I hope you have had a good week.  This week’s update starts with some thoughts I wanted to share with you in response to feedback I’ve received from a number of students.

As we all know, this is a time of change for Thunderbird, and I know this has been difficult for you and that you have many questions.

While questions remain, I can tell you that answers are coming. Importantly, I can assure you that your best interest remains at the forefront of the school’s decision making. The vision for the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University is an exciting one – one that will result in increased brand value for Thunderbird students and alumni as well as long term stability for this important school.

It seems two issues are weighing most heavily on your minds, 1) how will the changes affect my career search and 2) how will the changes affect my academic experience? These are legitimate questions, especially in light of the staff changes we know many of you are aware of. Although I cannot provide details to answer to these questions at this time, I want you to know that we are still as committed as ever to ensuring that your Thunderbird experience is unforgettable and sets you on a path to a truly global future.

ASU is fully aware of these concerns and is committed to providing career services resources that combine the existing Thunderbird programs and alumni connections with the broad deep services at ASU that attract over 1900 companies a year.

ASU has also committed to respecting and preserving the Thunderbird academic experience for the currently-enrolled and incoming fall students.  In fact, teaching assignments are underway, not just for this fall’s courses, but for all courses required by all students through their graduation. The course content as outlined in the catalog will not be changed.

Please know that as more details related to these concerns are made available, we will share them with you.

In the very near future, collaborative work teams comprised of Thunderbird and ASU counterparts will come together to develop detailed strategies to make sure the transition from Thunderbird to Thunderbird@ASU is as seamless as possible. These teams will include members of the Career Management Center and Thunderbird faculty, among others, and their primary objective will be to protect the student experience.

Again, I know this has been difficult and appreciate how positive and focused you have remained – in true Thunderbird spirit. Stay tuned for more information.

TSG Election Results

Congratulations to Fiona Teerlink and Tom Yu for being elected as the next Fall TSG Leadership. Fiona will be Fall TSG President and Tom will be Fall TSG Vice-President. Both of them are pursuing a MS in Global Management. Fiona achieved a Bachelor of Arts in Drama and Performance and her professional background include experience in ABN Amro Bank in London, the Law Firm of Rosalind Lichter in New York, along with a long-term internship in the Sponsorship and Development department of the Edinburgh International Festival. Tom achieved a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Communications, minor in Japanese Language and his professional background include experience in Arizona State University Computer Store, and at Apple Store in Phoenix as a specialist.

ThunderBikes Available

Bicycles will be available for students starting the fall trimester. The summer TSG was able to get bikes with baskets, so students could go to the supermarket and other places close by to run errands. Students will only need to check the bicycles with their student ID at Security. Again, the Thunder Bikes will be available at the beginning of Fall.

Enjoy them!


The deadline for TSG Chair applications has been extended until Thursday, August 14, 2014! Applications for TSG Chair positions for the fall 2014 trimester are still available on the TSG MTB Page (under Elections), in the TSG Building, and is attached to this e-mail.

If you are off campus on an internship/overseas program, etc., e-mail the completed application, along with a copy of your resume, to torrey.mann@thunderbird.edu. Torrey Mann will obtain the required signatures.

New Tech Equipment for Student Use

The TSG has secured new equipment for the Regional Nights and other student led events.  In our goal to enhance your experience we have updated your technology equipment. These are the items we have bought:

2 HD Projectors with 2 Screens

Wireless Microphones

12 Channel Mixer

4 LED Lights bars

8 Can Lights

2 Light Stands

Please use it with care. Regional nights for Fall will be superb.

Submit your success stories to the YSMS Initiative Email

The purpose of the Your Success is My Success (YSMS) initiative is to communicate within the community our extraordinary endeavors. The stories of success from students, faculty, and staff have been featured in Rebecca’s Newsletter since the beginning of summer.

Now, is your time to write one. Your story could be about an award from a case competition, an internship opportunity with an exceptional organization, an interesting research project, or ventures off campus.  Remember that we are prospective alumni, and we are developing our network. The more success you accrue the better the network becomes for you and us.

Please email your story of success to the following email: yoursuccess@global.t-bird.edu .

Participate in the Student Lounge Redesign: Mural Painting Collaboration on August 16th

The lounges are being redesigned and painted, so if you are interested in leaving your footprint here at school then come join us on August 16th to paint a mural at Sobo Lounge. More details will be available on Facebook next week.

Special offer for Thunderbirds at Ali Baba Restaurant and Bakery

Ali Baba Restaurant & Bakery, 3502 W Greenway Rd, specializes in Middle Eastern food. Try their chicken shawerma arabic style sandwich with halal (kosher) chicken shawerma rolled in flat bread and toasted alongside pickles and Ali Baba garlic white sauce.

10% off all menu items for T-Bird community.

Check out their 4.7/5 restaurant customer rating on www.facebook.com/azalibabas

“The best gyros”, “fantastic hummus w fresh pita”, “always fresh and flavorful”, “warm, friendly”

Yelp them too!

Part-time job opportunity for T-bird student, spouse or friend

One of your classmates has a local friend who is looking to hire a full or part-time server at a nearby restaurant. Please contact me if you’d like more information.

Thank you for your kind attention. Have a marvelous weekend.

All the best,



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