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Who are Berger and Mabel Erickson?

You may have sat under the Erickson Alumni Pavilion. Perhaps you have seen the photo of Berger in the Tower gallery, right outside the restrooms. But who, really, are Berger and Mabel Erickson?

In the summer of 1946, Mabel and her husband Berger drove to Phoenix, Arizona from Texas. When they arrived at the Thunderbird Field No. 1, they found a desolate campus, overgrown with weeds and wildlife. The buildings were barren, beaten-up and lacking furniture. What could possibly bring this young married couple thousands of miles to such a bleak desert landscape?

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Thunderbird Students Inspired by Attending Net Impact Conference

Attending this year’s Net Impact Conference in Seattle was an event I was looking forward to immensely. As a Thunderbird graduate student, I was particularly excited to be among roughly 2,500 like-minded individuals from different graduate schools, backgrounds, and countries. I enjoyed strolling though the vibrant streets of downtown Seattle despite the chilly fall weather. A beautiful vibrant city for an exuberant event that left me more energized and inspired.

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US college student creates 'Refugee Help Map'

The plight of the hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing Syria and other war-ravaged countries in  the region – the majority of whom are seeking shelter across Europe – has captured the hearts and minds of many around the globe.

Among those struck by the extreme hardships confronting the refugees is a graduate student from Mobile, Ala., who had been traveling in Europe. Motivated to find a way to help, he used his background in information technology and software to help provide something in high demand but extremely scarce: information.

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Message from the CEO

One of our initiatives this year has been to consolidate and reorganize the alumni engagement activity associated with Thunderbird.  As you may know, we merged the TGC and the ACT into one entity and asked our alumni (and some notable friends of the School) to apply for membership into a newly formed entity, the Thunderbird Executive Leadership Council.

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GoFundMe Campaign, Alumni support keep Venezuelan student enrolled

Inflation of currency is a concern for economic prosperity, however typically one does not see it putting a halt to all of life’s plans. Well, for Thunderbird student Carlos Melendez Moreno of Maracaibo, Venezuela, that nearly became the reality. The currency crisis in Venezuela nearly cut short his Thunderbird journey. Melendez came within days of losing his student visa and being forced to return home; and worse, to not finish his program within the Thunderbird teach-out would mean he would never complete his MS of Global Management, even if he came back to the U.S.    

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