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April 7-10 marked the 70th anniversary of when Lieutenant General Barton Kyle Yount, the Commanding General of the US Army Air Training Command, chartered Thunderbird. More than 800 alumni and guests from around the world came back to the Glendale campus to celebrate the past and welcome the future through camaraderie, events, meetings, and activities to reignite/relive the mystique.
Research says that 80% of jobs today are landed through connections with other people. To help encourage networking throughout the Thunderbird community, the CMC is excited to present the Good Neighbor initiative! The goal of this initiative is to connect students with students, students with alumni, and alumni with alumni. Learn more…
Watch the trailer of an interview with one of Thunderbird’s original graduates — Jack Rokahr, ’47. And look for the full 5-minute video of our interview with Jack — coming to your email box soon in celebration of Thunderbird's 70th Anniversary.
NEW Program Updates! Space is still available for most of the activities during the April 7 – 10 Celebrations and All-Class Reunion so register as soon as possible.
This month, Patrick McDermott has joined Thunderbird as the School’s Chief Engagement Officer, a position that is responsible for Thunderbird’s relationships with alumni, partners, donors, and friends. He joins Thunderbird’s executive leadership team, under the leadership of Dr. Allen Morrison.
Thunderbird School of Global Management:
Our Commitment to Alumni
Thunderbird alumni have played a critical role in the history of the School. They are central to the global prominence and strength of the Thunderbird brand. Alumni represent the reputation of the School on a daily basis through their accomplishments and the ‘Thunderbird mystique’ that they bring to their professional careers and personal leadership.
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?
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.