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.
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.
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.
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.
The plight of the hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing Syria and other war-ravaged countries in the region – the majority of whom are seeking shelter across Europe – has captured the hearts and minds of many around the globe.
Among those struck by the extreme hardships confronting the refugees is a graduate student from Mobile, Ala., who had been traveling in Europe. Motivated to find a way to help, he used his background in information technology and software to help provide something in high demand but extremely scarce: information.
One of our initiatives this year has been to consolidate and reorganize the alumni engagement activity associated with Thunderbird. As you may know, we merged the TGC and the ACT into one entity and asked our alumni (and some notable friends of the School) to apply for membership into a newly formed entity, the Thunderbird Executive Leadership Council.
Inflation of currency is a concern for economic prosperity, however typically one does not see it putting a halt to all of life’s plans. Well, for Thunderbird student Carlos Melendez Moreno of Maracaibo, Venezuela, that nearly became the reality. The currency crisis in Venezuela nearly cut short his Thunderbird journey. Melendez came within days of losing his student visa and being forced to return home; and worse, to not finish his program within the Thunderbird teach-out would mean he would never complete his MS of Global Management, even if he came back to the U.S.
The Thunderbird Emerging Markets Laboratory (TEM Lab) is happy to welcome back two consulting teams that spent an exciting summer in Myanmar and Colombia. TEM Lab is also preparing to send MBA and Executive MBA students to work on projects in countries like Senegal, Romania, Peru, Nepal and Thailand.