Chapter Connections


Thunderbird’s close-knit community includes more than 170 alumni chapters that meet regularly in over 70 countries. Chapter Connections highlights the various ways T-birds stay in touch and help each other succeed around the world.


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.

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Class of 1973 hosts mini-reunion in Las Vegas

A small group of alumni from Thunderbird’s Class of 1973 gathered in Las Vegas April 3-5, to rekindle old friendships and network in the way only T-birds can. Organized by James Sanchez ‘73 of Texas, the mini-reunion brought alumni from Louisiana, Connecticut, Florida, Texas, Michigan and Greece to Vegas for a quick reconnect. Pictured here are Robert Lautz ‘73, Baxter Urist ‘73, Peter Wallin ‘73, Sanchez and Constantine Theodorou ‘73. Not pictured is classmate Mary Thorne ‘73, who also attended.

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Super First Tuesday: 53 chapters, 20+ countries

Prospective students joined Thunderbird alumni at 53 chapter events in more than 20 countries during Super First Tuesday in March 2014. The annual tradition, which started in 2006, gives prospective students and working professionals a chance to learn more about the Thunderbird mystique from the people who keep it alive. “That taste of the amazing Thunderbird network is a powerful selling point,” said Rebecca Henriksen, Thunderbird’s Vice President of Enrollment and Student Services Management.

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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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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.”

Hong Kong alums welcome year of the horse

Hong Kong alumni celebrated the arrival of the “year of the horse” on Feb. 19, 2014, at the Happy Valley Racecourse, built in 1845 for British expatriates living on the island. “Hong Kong has a long tradition of horse racing,” Hong Kong alumni chapter leader and Thunderbird Trustee Kevin Rohrer ’82 says. Thunderbird Career Management Center staff members Helen Wu ’12 and Mike Kennard ’15 joined the gathering.

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A surprised T-bird tourist in Amsterdam

Thunderbird alumni in Amsterdam, Netherlands, welcomed a surprised tourist to their First Tuesday dinner in January 2014. One of the local T-birds took the tram to the restaurant near Amtel Station but realized after he boarded that he had forgotten the exact address. Looking around for help, he spotted another passenger wearing a Thunderbird shirt and asked for directions. Unfortunately, the man wearing the shirt was only passing through the city on a trip from Texas. “It was his first time ever in Amsterdam,” chapter leader Brigitte Opel ’95 said. “He soon found himself dragged to our dinner.” She said the story provides a helpful reminder for all Thunderbird alumni when they travel. “If you are looking for company,” she said, “make sure to wear your Thunderbird shirt.”

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T-birds connect from Hamburg to New Delhi

Thunderbird alumni, from left, Manfred Hader ’84, Cristoph Adams ’93, Jens-Ole Boelsen ’93 and Hamburg Alumni Chapter Leader Yücel Yelken ’99 attend a First Tuesday gathering in November 2013 in Germany. Many other alumni chapters have stayed active in recent weeks, including some that connected with Thunderbird students and faculty during their Winterim courses around the world. Overall, 174 full-time students attended eight Winterim courses in Brazil, India, Peru, South Africa, Switzerland and various U.S. locations. Thank you to the T-birds who submitted the following photos from Winterims and other alumni connections:

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Share the Thunderbird mystique at Super First Tuesday

Prospective students will connect with Thunderbird alumni around the world during Super First Tuesday events March 1-31, 2014. The annual tradition, which started in 2006, gives undergraduate students and working professionals a chance to learn more about the Thunderbird mystique from the people who keep it alive. “That taste of the amazing Thunderbird network is a powerful selling point,” said Rebecca Henriksen, Thunderbird’s Vice President of Enrollment and Student Services Managment. Recruiters from her team will attend Super First Tuesday events at major U.S.

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Record number of T-birds connect in Singapore

A record number of guests attended the end-of-the-year Thunderbird party organized by the Singapore Alumni Chapter on Dec. 3, 2013. Overall, 42 guests mingled at the Tanglin Club, a historic venue founded by British merchants in 1865. ”This was our biggest gathering yet,” chapter leader Steven Frank ’96 said. The group photograph was organized by Jukka Majanen ’91, a Finnish expatriate working in Singapore.

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