News & Notes

T-birds travel and get involved wherever global business happens. But that is only half the story. Increasingly, current and future global leaders come to Arizona to study and learn at the world’s No. 1 school of international management. News & Notes captures the highlights.

Computer Chips to Potato Chips

When Griffith David ‘96 was living in the Bay area in California in 2007 working for and technology solutions company, about the only thing he knew about Subway sandwich shops was what his stomach told him when he was hungry.  Griffith was an IT guy.

But he was a T-bird IT guy.  And that makes a difference.

So, fast forward nearly a decade and it will surprise few in the Thunderbird alumni network that last month, Griffith David won the award for operating the highest volume Subway store worldwide. 

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As U.S. flag raised in Cuba, Chicago players prep for rugby diplomacy

Sometimes an elbow in the face can do more to thaw chilly relations between two countries than diplomats sitting across a table.
At least that’s the hope of Evanston rugby player Chuck Hamilton, who is among several others from the Chicago area who will travel to Cuba in September for matches against two Cuban teams.
“We’re all going to bleed red should you take one on the nose,” joked Hamilton, who coaches for Northwestern University’s Men’s Rugby Club.

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Thunderbird India Reunion 2015

It was a historic event for the Thunderbird Alumni in India. A pan India reunion was planned & organized in the picturesque and world famous exotic destination, Goa, India, recently, from July 31 to August 3, 2015. The not so active Indian chapters, for most part, showed great enthusiasm and for the first time, T-birds from all over the country and even from countries like Dubai & England, attended the reunion. The total turnaround was 25 with 22 T-birds and three guests / family members.

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Thunderbirds flock to a good cause

By John Kellen, ‘87’ Co-President Tucson Alumni Chapter

There is a buzz around town in Phoenix and Maricopa County that’s drawing attention from the business community, governmental agencies, non-profits, entrepreneurs and of course the Thunderbird Community. Seed Spot is a “Social Entrepreneur Incubator” that was started up three years ago by ASU graduate Courtney Klein.  Her vision to create a safe environment for entrepreneurs to launch ideas that would impact their communities has blossomed into a force to be reckoned with.

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Did You Know: Thunderbird School In Glendale Was WWII Training Base

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By Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez, KJZZ
July 17, 2015

It is one of the most recognized business schools in the world — and it’s right here in the Valley.  But Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University had a different purpose during World War II.

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MTB–Your Reliable Alumni Portal

We have received some e-mails and phone calls recently regarding My Thunderbird, MTB.  We want to be very clear about this – MTB will remain as Thunderbird’s alumni portal with all of the alumni chapter, directory information, and alumni career resources in place.

Keeping our alumni network strong and facilitating robust interaction with and among our alumni is very important to the leadership of Thunderbird. MTB began as an alumni engagement tool, and the School is committed to continuing this service, and expanding the capabilities as we grow with ASU.

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2015 Thunderbird Class Gift: TEM Lab Fundraising Campaign

In just five years the Thunderbird Emerging Markets Laboratory (TEM Lab) has provided onsite consulting for 50 international clients, in 24 countries, using the skills of more than 250 Thunderbird graduate students. Since 2009 this important program has continued to address both client company needs while supporting Thunderbird’s mission of creating global prosperity.

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