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MEDIA ADVISORY: Thunderbird School of Global Management Press Conference


What: Press Conference

Who: Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, ASU President Michael M. Crow

When: December 12, 2017; 4pm

Where: Beus Center for Law and Society, 111 E Taylor St, Phoenix, AZ  85004, Room 544

Mayor Stanton and President Crow will discuss the relocation of the Thunderbird School of Global Management to the Downtown Phoenix Campus of Arizona State University. Crow will also discuss future plans for the current Thunderbird campus in Glendale.

Crow will speak, followed by Stanton, followed by a joint Q&A.
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Arizona State University announces move of Thunderbird to Downtown Phoenix campus


Plans for new facility unveiled, historic Glendale campus will be converted; downtown Phoenix new home of management school

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DECEMBER 12, 2017 — As part of its continued commitment to the Thunderbird School of Global Management, Arizona State University announced today the relocation of the iconic school’s graduate programs, and the Thunderbird Executive Education program, to a new building on its Downtown Phoenix Campus.

 

This geographic move reflects the strategic importance ASU places on Thunderbird and its role in the university’s global vision. It represents a significant investment in the school’s continued excellence long into the future.

 

“Locating Thunderbird with other ASU schools and departments on the Downtown Phoenix campus will provide greater community embeddedness and enhanced resources for Thunderbird students and faculty,” ASU President Michael M. Crow said. “This move also brings Thunderbird closer to other university schools and departments and to the private- and public-sector forces in downtown Phoenix that are engaged in international business and non-profit organizational activity.”

 

Allen Morrison, CEO and director general of Thunderbird, who has led the school since its merger with ASU in 2014, called the move “an exciting new chapter in the history of a transformational institution.”

 

“This is an incredible opportunity for Thunderbird to broaden its mission and have an even greater impact on students and the businesses and organizations with which the school partners,” Morrison said.

 

Thunderbird’s new building on ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus will be between First and Second streets, just north of Polk Street. It will be the sixth ASU college headquartered on the Downtown Phoenix campus, joining the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, the College of Health Solutions and the College of Public Service and Community Solutions.

 

“This is an exciting and important moment for the entire region,” Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said. “Thunderbird’s presence downtown will continue to enhance our competitiveness as we build an economy that competes on a global scale.”

 

An exciting future for the existing campus

 

ASU Enterprise Partners, a not-for-profit organization, has initiated discussions with Glendale officials to discuss the creation of a new master plan for the 140-acre site.

 

These planning efforts will be designed to catalyze economic development in the West Valley and accelerate the pace of growth and diversification of economic opportunity.

 

“What we really look forward to is the opportunity to work with the city and the community on their aspirations for the property,” said Rick Shangraw, the CEO of ASU Enterprise Partners.

 

The Thunderbird brand will remain connected to the West Valley. ASU’s West Campus in Glendale is home to Thunderbird’s undergraduate program, the Thunderbird Academy.

 

“The city of Glendale has been a wonderful home for Thunderbird over the past 71 years,” Crow said. “We are making a commitment to Glendale and to the entire West Valley to utilize the Thunderbird campus for the benefit of the community.”

 

The evolution of Thunderbird

                                                                                                       

In early 2015, just after the university had merged with Thunderbird, Crow spoke of the importance of utilizing ASU’s scale to enhance what makes the school special.

 

“What you can expect from us is to get at this right away, to stabilize those things that need to be stabilized immediately and, upon stabilization, to begin strategic positioning of this institution in its partnership with ASU, and strategic positioning of ASU in its partnership with Thunderbird,” Crow said on Jan. 29 of that year.

 

The move to downtown Phoenix provides the opportunity to evaluate the curriculum in light of the interdisciplinary options now available through proximity to other ASU schools and colleges, while continuing to provide world-class global management and business education with a unique intercultural focus.

 

Thunderbird’s executive education program will launch a new and more robust model, with stronger administrative and disciplinary linkages to other ASU units, especially the colleges of law, engineering, journalism, design, health solutions, sustainability, and public service and community solutions.

 

“After careful evaluation and efforts over the past three years to consider alternatives, we believe this move will provide benefits for all involved,” Crow said. “Thunderbird has an enormous amount to offer to ASU, to the city of Phoenix, to statewide efforts in international trade, and to the world.”

 

Construction of Thunderbird’s new building is expected to be complete in time to welcome students by January 2021. The new building will include space for classrooms, meetings, enclave and office space and will include two levels for executive education. There will also be rooftop function space.

 

Click here for renderings.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Bret Hovell
480-965-3502
mediarelations@asu.edu

 

About ASU
Arizona State University has developed a new model for the American Research University, creating an institution that is committed to access, excellence and impact. ASU measures itself by those it includes, not by those it excludes. As the prototype for a New American University, ASU pursues research that contributes to the public good, and ASU assumes major responsibility for the economic, social and cultural vitality of the communities that surround it.

 

About Thunderbird School of Global Management
Since its inception in 1946, Thunderbird has focused exclusively on educating global leaders in the intricacies of international business and management.  Now a unit of the Arizona State University Knowledge Enterprise, Thunderbird is strengthened by the resources of America’s largest and most innovative public university. Thunderbird offers both graduate and undergraduate degrees as well as executive education in locations around the globe, with its main campus in Glendale, Arizona and offices in Geneva, Dubai, and Moscow.

 

About ASU Enterprise Partners
Enterprise Partners is a not-for-profit organization based in Tempe, Arizona and made up of distinct entities that raise, create and invest resources for the benefit of Arizona State University while advocating for and advancing ASU’s mission and brand.

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ASU assistant professor cited in The State Press on effects of mass shootings on millennials


Sarah Lindstrom Johnson. assistant professor from Arizona State University’s T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics, was recently cited in The State Press article, “How mass shootings have changed the millennial generation.”

Parents play a critical role in helping children cope with traumatic events, Johnson said. One way parents can help children cope positively is by limiting the exposure children have to television coverage of the event. White text on black background reading Mass shootings in the United States Download Full Image

 

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Communications Manager, T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics

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To hug or not to hug? ASU co-director weighs in on hot topic


The Girl Scouts have put out a notice reminding parents and others that girls shouldn’t feel forced to hug or kiss relatives if they don’t want to, even at the holidays.

Forced affection could affect young girls' understanding of consent later in life. If girls want to say no, that should be respected. Picture of Marcella Gemelli in the KJZZ studio Marcella Gemelli in the KJZZ studios. Courtesy of Jackie Hai/KJZZ.
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In an interview with Steve Goldstein from 91.5 KJZZ, Marcella Gemelli, co-director of Online Graduate Programs in Family and Human Development and Sociology at ASU, weighed in on how to create a safe environment for everyone.

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Press Releases

American and Chinese Young Entrepreneurs to Trade Insights and Information


Tempe, Ariz., November 30, 2017 - On December 5-8, Arizona State University (ASU) will co-host the U.S.-China Youth Forum on Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Economic Opportunities in Shenzhen. In partnership with the All-China Youth Federation and the U.S. State Department, the forum will pair 50 young American entrepreneurs with 50 emerging Chinese entrepreneurs to share insights on their respective innovation ecosystems and discuss investment opportunities in both the Chinese and U.S. markets. The multi-day event will take place at the Marco Polo Hotel.

Scheduled speakers include Nate Blecharczyk, co-founder of Airbnb, and Terry Branstad, U.S. Ambassador to China, in addition to other Chinese officials and high-level entrepreneurs.  In addition, the young entrepreneurs will have an opportunity to pitch their ideas, build partnerships, secure funding, and create innovative goods and services.  Download Full Image

“The most important part of this will be to make connections with top U.S. and Chinese entrepreneurs, build long-term relationships, and for us to see what the Chinese are doing with accelerators and incubators,” said William Brashears, director of global initiatives at ASU.

ASU has been ranked the #1 most innovative university in the U.S. for three straight years by U.S. News & World Report. The ASU student body includes approximately 13,000 international students, with the largest population—about 4,000—coming from China.

 *To schedule an interview, contact Katherine Reedy at (480) 965-3779 or Katherine.Reedy@asu.edu 

About Arizona State University

Arizona State University has developed a new model for the American Research University, creating an institution that is committed to access, excellence and impact. ASU measures itself by those it includes, not by those it excludes. As the prototype for a New American University, ASU pursues research that contributes to the public good, and ASU assumes major responsibility for the economic, social and cultural vitality of the communities that surround it. Learn more at www.asu.edu.

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ASU In the News

Navigating toxic relationships


While Thanksgiving has passed, the holiday season remains in full swing with many more family get-togethers approaching. In the recent article "Struggling with a family Thanksgiving? Here's how to get through it," author Christine Yu saught some expert advice on how to deal with some toxic family (or other) relationships.

Arizona State University's Karissa Greving, clinical assistant professor and marriage and family therapist from the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics, shared her thoughts on how to navigate any unconfortable encounters. Artist rendering of Thanksgiving table and silverware with skeleton Artwork by CHRIS MARTZ (www.chrismartz.com)

Greving said if you’re able to identify a pattern of unhealthy interactions and a way to interrupt those dynamics, there’s a potential for change. Better yet, if both parties identify the negative pattern and are on board to change it, they can work together to do something differently.

Read the full article to learn more.

Article Source: Headspace.com
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Communications Manager, T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics

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ASU professor cited in Slate article, 'Sexism Starts in Childhood'


Carol Martin from Arizona State University’s T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics was recently cited in the article, “Sexism Starts in Childhood”, published by Slate.

Amidst a swarm of recent sexual harassment scandals, the author, Melinda Wenner Moyer, questions how she can shape her son into a man who respects women and treats them as equals. Image of human head outline with young child inside playing with a yellow dump truck Dr. Carol Martin was one of the experts cited in a recent article on Slate.com.
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“Encouraging co-ed friendships is one of the most important things parents (and teachers) can do,” Martin said. “When they interact with each other like this, both girls and boys learn about each other and their similarities, become more comfortable with one another, and we believe that it may provide a kind of social resiliency allowing them to deal with a range of social experiences.”

Article Source: Slate
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Communications Manager, T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics

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ASU director cited in Today’s Parent article on how to raise boys who aren't sexist


Richard Fabes, from Arizona State University's T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics, was recently cited in the article, “How not to raise a sexist pig”, published by Today’s Parent (Nov. 1, 2017).

With the Harvey Weinstein (among many others) allegations of abuse and violence sweeping our headlines, author Micah Toub, takes a closer look at how to raise our sons to stand up against the Weinsteins of the world.   Photo of Dr. Richard Fabes Richard Fabes

“Once you really start to consider all we could be doing to raise kids who will speak out against the culture of silence around gender based violence, it’s a bit overwhelming,” Toub said.

Taub sought the insights of several gender and child development experts, including ASU’s own Fabes.

“The more time that boys and girls spend interacting, the more comfortable they become with each other and the less likely they’ll act in ways that use gender as a basis for discrimination bias, teasing and other problem behavior,” Fabes said.

Article Source: Today’s Parent
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Communications Manager, T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics

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ASU In the News

ASU Gammage called a ‘mid-century modern campus building you need to see’


USA Today lists six of the nation’s top “have-to-see” college campus buildings reflecting mid-century modernism, including ASU Gammage, the landmark Frank Lloyd Wright-designed auditorium that opened on the Tempe campus in 1962 and today is home to “Broadway Across America” Arizona series performances.

Says USA Today of ASU Gammage:“Versatility is its most valuable trait — the auditorium has successfully hosted both rock stars like Bruce Springsteen and symphonies by the Philadelphia Orchestra over its 53-year history.” ASU Gammage Photo by Andy DeLisle/ASU
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