Magazine Home

Latest Thunderbird Magazine Articles


Thunderbird Magazine keeps the Thunderbird community connected with in-depth features, intriguing profiles, alumni updates, faculty research and institutional news. The print edition is circulated semiannually in the spring and fall. Subscribe to the Thunderbird Magazine RRS feed for all the latest.


Register early & save: Global Mindset Certification

Thunderbird’s Najafi Global Mindset Institute is offering a special 30% discount to those who register for our October GMI Certified Facilitators Workshop by Sept. 10! It’s a great time to become certified, as we now have 25,000 GMI-takers around the world, nearly 300 certified GMI facilitators, and 1,500 copies sold of our “Developing Your Global Mindset” handbook.

Magazine Department: 

Take part in the Thunderbird Angel Network

If you are an investor who wants to find early-stage, high-growth companies around the world — or you are an entrepreneur or know of one who needs investment — the Thunderbird Angel Network wants to hear from you.  

Thunderbird Angel Network accredited investor members have invested millions of dollars in dozens of companies over the last five years and now want to go global. You can be a part of this exciting world of Angel Investing no matter where you are. Join us for our next meeting to learn more:

Magazine Department: 

Class of '65 alumnus recalls first days at Thunderbird

I don’t remember too much about my first day at Thunderbird, then known as the American Institute for Foreign Trade (AIFT). Immediately after my graduation ceremony at UCLA in January of 1965 I drove all night from L.A to Glendale, Arizona to register at Thunderbird. After being assigned a dorm room with three other guys I met with a counselor and selected my classes. I also took a Spanish placement test and then made a visit to the book store that was located in one of the old hangar buildings.  

Magazine Department: 

For career growth, take challenging assignments

On July 10th, Thunderbird alumnus Jon Kailey ’76, retired Director of International Business Development at Owens Corning Building Materials, visited campus and gave a talk entitled “Corruption: Corporate and Citizen Costs.” Mr. Kailey served in that capacity from 1979 – 2012 and lived outside the United States for 18 years in Saudi Arabia, Chile and Mexico. At the time of his retirement, his passport had 192 pages, visits to all seven continents, and he spent time in over 70 countries. Kailey is a classic T-bird.

Magazine Department: 

Munich chapter makes white asparagus dinner annual tradition

“The Munich chapter (almost) always meets on First Tuesday and June was no exception,” says Munich Chapter Leader Tina Huesing ‘96.

“But what we did was exceptional!

Green asparagus is eaten worldwide. In Europe, however, the white asparagus, also called “white gold” or “edible ivory,” is preferred. German white asparagus is traditionally available only during the “asparagus season” which lasts from mid-April until June 24. During this time asparagus from Schrobenhausen, an area in the north of Bavaria, is particularly in high demand.

Magazine Department: 

T-birds reconnect at 41st European reunion

Historic Dubrovnik, Croatia, often called the pearl of the Adriatic, was the site for Thunderbird’s 41st European Reunion — a four-day extravaganza that brought more than 170 alumni together to network, learn and have fun. Old friends and classmates reconnected during a welcome BBQ at the beautiful Hotel Grand Villa Argentina and afterwards attended a World Cup Soccer viewing with Croatia vs. Brazil in the first game of the tournament.

Magazine Department: 

Career development through personality inventories

The Thunderbird Employer Relations team recently distributed its 2014-2015 Thunderbird Guide to Recruiting to more than 4,000 stakeholders internationally. Inside, readers will find top reasons to recruit Thunderbird students, metrics about our degree programs, notable alumni, top employers, how to recruit our talent, and student employment highlights.

Magazine Department: 

T-bird uses own experience to write support book for caregivers

When Renée (Hevenor) Norman ’83 and Christopher Heald Norman ’83 graduated from Thunderbird, the world was wide open to them. Three years out of graduate school, the couple married. They moved to Richmond, Virginia. They had two children, Charlie and Clemie. From the looks of things, their future was bright. But 21 years into their marriage, everything changed. 

Magazine Department: