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Alumnus attends Reunion of Honor Ceremony on Iwo Jima

Andrew Lubin ’75 was on Iwo Jima in March to attend the 69th Anniversary Reunion of Honor Ceremony. Held by the U.S. Marines and Japanese Self-Defense Forces to commemorate the courage and determination of both sides in WW2's most costly battle, Gen James Amos, Commandant, USMC, spoke, as did the Hon Mr. Nobou Kishi, Japan’s Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs.

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Alumni reception in Tokyo largest ever in Japan

On April 3, 2014, 90 T-birds (with graduating years spanning from 1969-2013) came together for a special alumni reception hosted by the Tokyo alumni chapter.

“About 100 people joined the event,” said Chapter Leader Yohei Matsumura ’13, who is also a member of the inaugural Alumni Council of Thunderbird (ACT). “This was the biggest Thunderbird event ever in Japan.” 

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T-birds shine in Magna Powertrain Case Competition

Magna Powertrain, in cooperation with Thunderbird's student Global Supply Chain Club and Project Management Club, hosted its 2nd Annual Case Competition in early April and it was a roaring success! The top three student teams proved the value of their Thunderbird education by presenting well thought out, strategic recommendations to the visiting judges. The first-place team won $1,000 ($250 each) for their achievements. Second- and third-place contenders each received a Magna Powertrain padfolio. 

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Then & Now: Thunderbird logo, 1940s to 2014

Many schools retrofit their logos onto buildings, signs and other surfaces around campus. At Thunderbird the entire campus is the logo. Architects who laid out Thunderbird Field 1 in the early 1940s arranged the trees, buildings and roads into the shape of the mythological Native American creature that has represented Thunderbird for more than 70 years. Founders Hall rose at the heart of Thunderbird, while pilots kept their Stearman planes lined up as tail feathers. Pilots displayed the original red and black Thunderbird insignia on their planes from 1940 to 1945.

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Skiing and dogsledding in Colorado

Thunderbird alumni enjoyed a weekend with skiing, hot springs, food and great company March 14-16, 2014, in Salida, Colorado, a mountain town about three hours southwest of Denver. “Some folks downhill skied, others cross country skied, and yet others went dogsledding,” said Michelle Pujol ’94. “We met up for a dip at Princeton Hot Springs and then dinner in town on Sunday.”

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Thunderbird MBA rankings update

 U.S. News & World Report released its “2015 Best Graduate Schools” rankings on March 11, 2014, and Thunderbird moved up to No. 85 overall. The school also ranked No. 2 in the International Business category. “While this is a good showing, we recognize that Thunderbird belongs at the top of the list in International Business — a spot we held for 18 consecutive years,” said Thunderbird President Larry Edward Penley, Ph.D. “Working together as a community, I am confident Thunderbird will reclaim its place at No.

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Alumni embrace career resources for life

Since starting on March 3, 2014, as Thunderbird’s Director of Alumni Services and Engagement, Michael Seaver ’10 already has provided free career support to more than 25 alumni in Thailand, India, Colombia, Singapore and multiple locations in the United States. Alumni served include at least one graduate from each of the past five decades and multiple degree programs. “I met Michael during my first semester at Thunderbird, as he was my Peer Career Advisor, and I was lucky enough to build a relationship with him since then,” Anisha Patel ’11 said.

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Sunshine appears for Rugby Alumni Weekend

A rare Arizona rainstorm threatened to dampen Thunderbird’s Rugby Alumni Weekend on Feb. 28 and March 1, 2014, but the sun appeared minutes before kickoff for the annual game between the students and “Old Boys.” Thunderbird Alumni Rugby Association President Chuck Hamilton ’91 said neither side worried about the weather anyway. “Rain is not an issue,” he said. “It slows everybody down the same.”