The spring 1991 issue of Thunderbird Magazine highlights campus changes under the leadership of former Thunderbird President Roy Herberger, Ph.D. “The School is now reflecting the course he has charted,” the cover article says. “New degrees are being offered — the Executive Master of International Management and the Master of International Health Management; new buildings are changing the campus horizon; new ties are being forged in Japan, Austria and Germany to expand the unique Thunderbird program; and a new capital campaign has been announced to create this world of difference.” Read the full issue in PDF format.
Then & Now
History runs deep at Thunderbird, which served as a military training base during World War II. Then & Now highlights the changes that have taken place since 1946, when the school opened its doors as the world's first institution focused exclusively on global management education.
Thunderbird Professor Frank Tuzzolino, Ph.D., takes an in-depth look at the state of international banking in the winter 1982 issue of Thunderbird Magazine. The issue also includes an interview with Robert L. Gulick, Ph.D., who retired in 1982 as Thunderbird's dean of admissions. View a PDF of the historic issue.
Few women enrolled at Thunderbird in the school’s early decades. “We never used to encourage women students,” Thunderbird’s former Director of Alumni Relations Martha Snyder says in an Arizona Republic article published Dec. 17, 1972. “Men employers think women will get engaged in six months, then six months later get married, then get pregnant shortly after that.” About 6 percent of Thunderbird graduates were women in 1972, including Susan Corcoran Hayes ’72. “I can look back on many of the campus interviews in which the interviewer inquired if I thought I could work effectively overseas as a woman,” she says in the spring 1975 issue of Thunderbird Magazine. “My answer was that if I did my job well and satisfied the client’s needs, I should have no problem.” By 1975 about 20 percent of Thunderbird graduates were women — meaning the rate more than tripled in three years. View a PDF of the spring 1975 issue.
The Summer 1974 issue of Thunderbird Magazine features a cover story on the retirement of Marha Snyder, a Thunderbird Alumni Association executive secretary who worked at the school for 21 years. "Her warm and cordial contact with alumni has elicited extraordinary cooperation from them in keeping the school posted on their progress," writes Mabel Erickson.
Thunderbird Magazine celebrated the school’s 50thanniversary with a special edition in 1995. “Like the Phoenix bird that rose from its own ashes, Thunderbird rose triumphantly from the aftermath of World War II,” the cover story begins. The issue features the recollections of Jack Rokahr ’47, one of the first students to arrive at the American Institute of Foreign Trade, and Diego Veitia ’66, who got scolded by administrators after he and a classmate started a wildly popular nightclub for Phoenix college students.
Thunderbird Magazine has captured campus and alumni news for decades. The Spring 2000 issue includes a cover story on how digital technology is shrinking the world.
Thunderbird Magazine has captured campus and alumni news for decades. The Spring 1983 issue (with a cover showing the logos of participating companies at the Winterim 1983 CEO Conference) includes a salute to the late Frank Jackle, Ph.D., a former Thunderbird professor and chairman of the Modern Languages Department. “At Thunderbird Graduate School, Dr. Frank Jackle personifies this all-important attitude of insistence on quality,” writes former Thunderbird President Arthur L. Peterson. The issue also includes a tribute to the late Mabel Erickson, wife of former Thunderbird Executive Vice President Berger Erickson, and a profile of Barton Kyle Yount Award winner Lorna Wright ’82. Another alumnus, David Clay ’49, shares his 1966 experience in the arena as a bullfighter.
Thunderbird Magazine has captured campus and alumni news for decades. The Spring 1979 issue (with a cover photo highlighting the 19th century map collection of Daniel C. Grumbles ’78), focuses on Europe with a Thunderbird assessment of the shifting competitive balance on the continent. The issue also includes European recipes from the 1978 Thunderbird Wives' International Cookbook. A photo essay also highlights the T-bird Invitational Balloon Race and a message from Thunderbird President William Voris, who describes Thunderbird partnership programs in England, Spain and France. “As you can see we are pleased with our European connections and will continue to enhance them,” Voris writes. Click here to view all Thunderbird Magazine editions since 2005.
Then: 1973: Students took sides when Thunderbird displayed the Soviet Union sickle and hammer as the “Flag of the Week,” shortly after removing Israel’s flag at the start of the October War. Das Tor, the student newspaper founded in 1969, captured some of the debate. “The Israeli flag was removed because it was the flag of a country involved in an open armed conflict, and since this is an international community of scholars, it would have been inappropriate for such a community to even hint at siding with a participant,” Bruno Caciagli ’74 wrote in a letter to the editor. “As far as I know the USSR is not at present engaged in an open armed conflict.”
The Thunderbird Yearbook Collection at the Arizona Memory Project chronicles the history of the school from 1947 to 1998. Each yearbook is a snapshot of life at Thunderbird with photos of students, administration, faculty and staff as well as campus scenery. The collection begins with the first yearbook published in 1951, as a tribute to the first five years of the American Institute for Foreign Trade and encompasses the first five graduating classes. The last yearbook published was in 1998. Yearbooks are continually being digitized and added to the collection on a monthly basis.