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.

GoFundMe Campaign, Alumni support keep Venezuelan student enrolled

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.    

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Thunderbird Old Boys in Cuba

On Sept. 5, 2015, the Thunderbird Old Boys RFC, a rugby club of T-bird graduates, gathered in Miami to head to Havana, Cuba for the ‘Mojito Tour II’, the return to the island nation after 12 years. Our side ranged from the Class of ‘87 to ‘12,and numbered 22 players. In addition, we had 18 dedicated supporters along for the ride.

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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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