Weekly Update for 11/03/2014

By, Rebecca Henriksen

Happy Halloween T-birds!


For those of you who are experiencing your first American Halloween, you might have noticed that Halloween is a big deal around here…ask your American classmates to share some of their favorite childhood Halloween memories, and you’ll probably hear some great stories.  I hope you are all able to have a little Halloween fun!


Here is what you’ll find in today’s update:


1.       Relive the Mystique Weekend! (November 6th through 9th)

2.       Spring 2015 Registration, November 10th  through November 16th

3.       Indiegogo Campaign for Project Artemis is now live!

4.       Access Thunderbird downtime, November 1st

5.       Clash of Consultants: Case Competition, November 14th

6.       Case Preparation Sessions

7.       First Friday Feedback session, November 14th

8.       Emerging Markets Bazaar & Alumni Networking BBQ, November 7th

9.       Then & Now Campus Tours, November 7th

10.   Women’s International Bring Your Own Lunch (BYOL): Preparing Women for a Secure Retirement Around the World, November 4th

11.   Important student survey regarding summer and fall 2015 and spring 2016 course offerings, November 10th deadline

12.   First Tuesday Alumni Event, November 4th



1.       Relive the Mystique Weekend! (November 6th through 9th)


In addition to next weekend’s regional night, TSG, Campus Ambassadors, and many other clubs are organizing the Relive the MystiqueWeekend. We will have 3 days of exciting and enriching experiences starting on Thursday, November 6th ending on Sunday, November 9th!
Festivities start on Thursday at the Pub, continue into Friday with the techconnectiON in the morning, followed by the Emerging Markets Bazaar and BBQ in the afternoon at 5:30 at the fish. On Saturday afternoon come support the Rugby team at 3:30 and finish with a bang at the Great Asia Regional Night at 6:30. On both Friday and Saturday, we will schedule campus tours for current students, alumni, and eMBAs. We hope all students, staff and faculty will join the fun!



2.       Spring 2015 Registration, 11/10 through 11/16


SPRING 2015 REGISTRATION begins Monday, November 10 and continues until Sunday, November 16 (10:30pm AZ time).  You will receive an e-mail from the Registrar’s Office letting you know your assigned registration day and time with further instructions. Look for this email the afternoon of Friday, October 31.  Assigned registration day and time schedule is also available on the Registrar’s page on MTB (Registration FAQs). Please note that you will not be able to submit your registration prior to your scheduled day and time.



3.       Indiegogo Campaign for Project Artemis is now live!


Thunderbird students have taken the initiative to develop a crowd funding campaign to assist Thunderbird For Good’s Project Artemis in raising the remaining funds necessary to move forward with the program. For those of you who do not know about it, Project Artemis is a program that brings driven Afghani women to the school to teach them business and entrepreneurial skills to give them the tools to make a difference at home. Past projects have been extremely successful and the women in the program go on to do tremendous things for their communities. For details please visit the campaign site at igg.me/at/artemis . Show your T-Bird spirit by spreading the word or donating to the cause.



4.       Access Thunderbird downtime


The Access Thunderbird system will be down this Saturday Nov 1st. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause.


5.       Clash of Consultants: Case Competition

TMCA proudly presents its landmark event “Clash of the Consultants” on Friday, Nov 14th, 2014 (9:00a.m – 12:00p.m) at Yount 100. Over the years, has provided T-birds a platform to apply their knowledge and skills across various disciplines such as consulting, marketing, finance and supply chain to solve a complex, real life business challenge. For the students interested in showcasing and testing their analytical and communication skills and who believe they can impress the judges, REGISTER before 6th November’14.  A maximum of 4 qualifying teams will be selected based on qualification of background and experience.

Application Rules:

·         Form teams of 4-5 members who are current, on-campus students (Teams with all MA/MS students or team with all 1st year students will not be considered; diversity is preferred)

·         “Single” applications will also be accepted (all trimesters). Applicants will be placed into teams on an “as received” basis. Fully formed team applications will hold priority over teams formed of “single” applicants in the final team selections.

·         Requirements – Submit a single PDF or MS Word document containing

o   The team name and team members;

o   A 1 page write-up on why you feel your team should be selected to compete in Clash of the Consultants,

o   Bios of all team members.(individual bio should not be more than 10 lines)

·         Submit your application with the subject line “CoC Team Application – Fall 2014” to tmca.association@global.t-bird.edu

·         Application Submission Deadline: 6th November 2014

For more information refer TMCA Fall 2014 Events website: tmca2014.wix.com/consulting


6.       Case Preparation Sessions

The Thunderbird Management Consulting Association will be hosting a series of events to assist you with case interviews. Case Preparation is about getting ready for the hardest of the interviews that you may face: the Case Interview. Just as behavioral interviewing has quickly replaced traditional interview questions, the case interview is becoming more common. It’s not just a consulting or marketing interview anymore, as it is becoming more common in other areas such as finance, supply chain, and operations.

 Case Prep Plan:

Monday November 3rd:  “Case Dismissed,” a Case Preparation workshop from 7pm-8pm in Snell 27. This will include an overview of the case interview format, a demonstration, and a short breakout session for participants to practice in small groups.

Weekly case prep questions will be sent out through emails starting November 5th for three weeks for you to practice on your own. Attractive prizes for students who can crack the case.

Monday December 1st: TMCA’s Final Case Preparation workshop including options for live case interview.

We look forward to your participation in these events!

7.       First Friday Feedback session moved to November 14th

Our next First Friday Feedback session will be held on November 14th (yes, that’s the second Friday J) from 11:30 to 1:00 in Honor Council Rooms 123. Students are asked to submit discussion topics in advance of the meeting so an agenda can be developed and the right people can be invited to the session. This is a great opportunity for students to meet face-to-face with Thunderbird administrators and faculty to share thoughts and concerns, and to have questions addressed.


Because only a few students have responded we are extending the deadline. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Torrey Mann,Torrey.mann@thunderbird.edu, by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 7th  so she can order lunches and make sure the room is set up correctly.


Also, please remember to email any questions, concerns or discussion topics to Rebecca Henriksen,Rebecca.henriksen@thunderbird.edu, by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 12thWe want the session to be productive and having the topics in advance allows us to be well-prepared.


Thanks and I hope you see you at the feedback session!



8.       Emerging Markets Bazaar & Alumni Networking BBQ, November 7th


Take trip around the world at the Emerging Markets Bazaar to learn about living, working, doing business, and investing in emerging markets all while networking with your fellow students and alumni! We also encourage Faculty and Staff to join!

Join us in the Fish on Friday, Nov. 7th from 5:30-8:30pm.  Food and drinks are compliments of TEMBA & ISCC with participation and support from TSG, LABCC, EBCC, China Entrepreneur Network, MENA, Greater China Club, Thunderbird for Good, and others!



9.       Then & Now Campus Tours, November 7th


Campus Ambassadors will be available Friday, Nov. 7th from 2-5pm and Saturday, Nov. 8th from 10am-4pm outside of the Commons to provide Campus Tours focusing on the evolution of Thunderbird over the last 10 years to help celebrate the 10 year reunion of the class of ‘04. Tours will leave approximately every 30 minutes.  Come by to take a tour around campus to learn more about the evolution of Thunderbird! These tours are open and encouraged for current students, alumni, staff, and faculty as well as families and other interested parties.



10.   Women’s International Bring Your Own Lunch (BYOL): Preparing Women for a Secure Retirement Around the World, November 4th


Join Women’s International BYOL, Tuesday, Nov 4 @1pm in Snell 26 with a special guest, Jeanne de Cervens, to discuss the specific needs for women in retirement around the world and how to start preparing yourself!  It is never too early to start preparing for retirement, and women specifically face many unique challenges in creating a financially secure retirement for themselves.


Jeanne is the VP and Director of Federal Government Affairs for Transamerica (The US subsidiary of AEGON NV).  She is passionate about helping women create a secure and independent future for themselves around the world.  Jeanne has spent over 15 years working to develop policies related to promoting retirement savings and collaborating with organizations such as WISER (Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement – http://www.wiserwomen.org) and the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies (http://www.transamericacenter.org/retirement-research) to help women be financially independent, not just in the U.S., but around the world.



11.   Important student survey regarding summer and fall 2015 and spring 2016 course offerings, November 10th deadline


Remember to complete the survey so your voice is heard regarding courses to be offered in summer and fall 2015 and spring 2016.  This needs to be done in order to best plan teaching assignments for faculty and reserve classroom space.


The survey needs to be completed before Nov 10th.


Here is a link to the survey:




12.   First Tuesday Alumni Event, November 4th


Don’t miss this very special First Tuesday event:


Date: November 4th, 2014


Time: 5:30pm


Where: North Mountain Brewing Company


What a great night this will be when we visit North Mountain Brewing Company in Phoenix. We have been invited to use their facilities and even tour the brewery. On this special evening the Phoenix Alumni Chapter will welcome all current T-birds, especially the December graduates, to join us in celebration of their upcoming graduation. Great opportunity to network!


Visit this link on Facebook to learn more: https://www.facebook.com/events/1508764029380916/?ref=br_tf



Have a happy Halloween and a great weekend!


All the best,






Rebecca Henriksen

Vice President – Enrollment and Student Services Management

Thunderbird School of Global Management

Phone: 602-978-7118

Cell: 602-281-0562


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