Thunderbird School to offer undergrad degree in global management

February 6, 2015

Allen J. Morrison, director general of Thunderbird School of Global Management, announced Feb. 6 that the school will begin offering an undergraduate degree in fall 2015.

The expanded offering emerges from Thunderbird’s new alliance with Arizona State University and combines the strengths of both institutions. digital globe illustration Download Full Image

“Bringing Thunderbird’s global management instruction to the undergraduate level will contribute to ASU’s ability to produce global-ready graduates well-versed in the business world,” said ASU Provost Robert E. Page, Jr.

The bachelor of global management will be delivered at ASU's West campus in northwest Phoenix, less than three miles from the Thunderbird campus. It is expected to attract prospective students who are interested in a business degree with a global focus, as well as a focus on language.

“The bachelor of global management degree program will draw on Thunderbird School of Global Management’s expertise in global management practices, intercultural communication and language development,” said Morrison. “The curriculum will provide the undergraduate student population access to Thunderbird's outstanding global management faculty and strong relationships with global organizations to develop the skills needed to operate effectively in today’s globally connected world.”

Through a strong language and inter-cultural focus in Arabic, Chinese, English or Spanish, students will develop the advanced communication skills demanded by international employers, governments and non-governmental entities.

Morrison said the bachelor of global management degree at Thunderbird will be very different from the experience at ASU’s highly regarded W. P. Carey School of Business. The curriculum’s focus and depth, as well as its peer-to-peer structure, will make the program unique, he added.

“In order to delve deeper into the themes of intercultural communication and business culture of a specific region and language, a unique class structure will pair both native and second language learners in the same classroom,” said Morrison. “And that’s just the beginning. A required semester-long applied learning experience, such as an international internship, will allow students to put the skills they have learned into practice in real-world settings.”

The senior capstone course requires students to propose and complete a project of their choice that draws upon the skills they have developed throughout the program. At the same time, they will develop an online portfolio articulating their skills, qualities and work experience for potential employers as part of their professional development plan.

The program hopes to attract students from around the world, as well as from the well-developed pipeline of students in international baccalaureate programs, Chinese language training programs supported by the Confucius Institute and Spanish-speaking households throughout the state of Arizona.

Emma Greguska

Reporter, ASU Now

(480) 965-9657

ASU director appointed to national wellness board

February 9, 2015

Helping to revolutionize the culture of health and wellness at colleges and universities across the country, the National Consortium for Building Healthy Academic Communities has appointed ASU's Karen Moses to its inaugural board of directors.

Moses is the director of ASU Wellness, and has provided leadership in health promotion initiatives, programs and services at Arizona State University over the past 25 years, using both individual and environmental approaches to promote health and wellness among ASU's student body. portrait of ASU Wellness director Karen Moses Download Full Image

"A healthy university has the potential to influence wellness among students, staff and the surrounding community," Moses said. "Graduates move on to influence wellness in their families, workplaces and communities across the nation and around the globe. This appointment is an opportunity to position ASU with other leading institutions to advance wellness among students and staff at ASU and across the nation."

Recognized as a leader in her field, Moses frequently speaks at professional conferences, and has been a consultant to other higher education institutions in guiding healthy campus initiatives and health promotion programs.

Moses has served in many elected and appointed positions of national associations, including the American College Health Association; Pacific Coast College Health Association; National Network Addressing Collegiate Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention; and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. She also co-chaired the committee that developed the Healthy Campus 2010 Objectives for the American College Health Association, helped to develop the Standards of Practice for Health Promotion in Higher Education and helped to found the NASPA Health Promotion Knowledge Community. She has also served as president of the Arizona Dietetic Association.

The National Consortium for Building Healthy Academic Communities was established in April 2013. Efforts to drive the conversation around health and wellness in academic communities have been ongoing.

On March 24, the consortium will host a panel of nationally renowned experts to discuss prevention and management of chronic conditions. The event is set to take place at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

The consortium's second national summit will be held April 23-24 at the University of California, Irvine. The summit will convene leaders and nationally recognized authorities in health and wellness to highlight and share best practices in promoting and sustaining wellness, with tracks focused on best practices and evidence-based programming; creating cultures of wellness; marketing and communication for engagement; and mental and emotional well-being.

For more information about the consortium, visit