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Register Today for Homecoming: Limited Space for Events

Each year at Homecoming, Thunderbird School of Global Management welcomes back Thunderbird graduates to celebrate the past, present and future of the school. Alumni come from around the globe to spend time with old friends, celebrate in style with Thunderbird faculty and staff, and meet the new generation of T-birds. Homecoming brings together the very best of Thunderbird – its people!

Join your fellow T-bird friends Feb. 29-March 2, 2008, on the Glendale Campus to celebrate Homecoming. These dates coincide with Thunderbird Alumni Rugby Weekend. Cheer for the Alumni team as they take on current students for this year's title. Reunion years honored will be Classes of '57, '58, '82, '83, '87, '88, '97, & '98. All Thunderbird Alumni are encouraged to return to campus to join in the festivities.

Homecoming events will sell out, so register now to secure your seat and avoid a late fee!
Late charges apply after Feb. 14, 2008. No registrations will be accepted after Feb. 25, 2008. Don’t delay! Secure your seat now!

Registrations are now being accepted. Click here to register. For more information, contact the Alumni Relations Office at alumni@thunderbird.edu or by telephone at (602) 978-7358, or toll free at (800) 457-6957 (U.S. only).


Super First Tuesday – March 2008

Next month’s Super First Tuesday is sure to be the most outstanding alumni engagement and student recruitment event to date. Opportunities to socialize and network will be plentiful, as will chances to show prospective students what sets Thunderbird apart. Alumni provide a uniquely valuable perspective on the school, its potential to impact individuals and careers, and the Thunderbird mystique carried by every graduate. Through your local Super First Tuesday event, you can help introduce the next generation of T-birds – men and women who will carry the Thunderbird torch as they, too, become “global leaders who create sustainable prosperity worldwide!”

Please click here to see a list of chapters hosting Super First Tuesday events. Don’t see your local chapter listed? Contact your chapter leader and strategize to create a special event for your T-bird chapter. Do you know any prospective students? If so, be sure to invite them to attend you chapter event. If you are interested in hosting an event, please contact Tom Brennan, Associate Director of Global Recruitment, at tom.brennan@thunderbird.edu or by telephone at (602) 978-7219.


Thunderbird Receives Top Rankings from Financial Times and The Economist

Thunderbird has been ranked No. 1 in “International Business” by the Financial Times in its annual worldwide ranking of full-time MBA programs, announced Jan. 28, 2008. This is the second year the Financial Times has included an “International Business” specialty in its annual look at the world’s best MBA programs, and Thunderbird landed the No. 1 position both years, ahead of University of South Carolina: Moore; Georgetown University: McDonough; and INSEAD.

Thunderbird, also made the Financial Times’ general list of the top providers of Full-time MBA programs. The school is ranked No. 61 on the top 100 list of schools around the world, and No. 31 in the United States. Click here for the full story.

The Financial Times joins The Wall Street Journal and U.S. News and World Report which have also ranked Thunderbird No. 1 in “International Business” for seven and 12 years respectively.

Thunderbird was named one of the top business schools worldwide for distance learning by the Economist Intelligence Unit on Jan. 23, 2008, in its first ranking of distance learning MBA programs.

Thunderbird’s Global MBA On-Demand landed the No. 7 spot overall, No. 4 for program content and No. 5 for quality of students. Thunderbird was one of only two U.S. schools to make the list.

Now in its third year at Thunderbird, the Global MBA On-Demand is a 19-month program for working professionals that blends Web-based learning with on-site intensive seminars on the school’s Glendale campus and abroad in Europe, Asia and Latin America.


Thunderbird in the News

Want to know what others are saying about Thunderbird? Click here for Thunderbird in the News.



Thunderbird Presence in Sky Harbor Airport

As you fly into Phoenix for this year’s Homecoming festivities, check out the new Thunderbird banner advertisement at Sky Harbor Airport. You can see the banner from the east escalator in Terminal 4, which carries incoming passengers from Southwest Airlines, US Airways and other carriers, including international flights.

The banner gives Thunderbird great exposure to upscale, "on the move" travelers, particularly given the recent Fiesta Bowl, Super Bowl and FBR Open visitors to the Phoenix area.

Alumni Chapter Happenings

New Chapter Highlight – Calgary

David Turner ’94, is now the chapter leader of the newly formed Calgary Alberta alumni chapter. Canada has existing chapters in Toronto and Vancouver. Calgary is a thriving, vibrant, growing city. It is also home to more than 60 Thunderbird alumni. Calgarians have a reputation of working and playing hard and we know the chapter will foster this T-bird attitude. If you would like information on the Calgary alumni chapter, please contact David Turner at dturner@skystone.ca. If you know someone living in the area, please encourage him or her to join you in getting involved with this new chapter. Click here to visit the Calgary chapter Web site.


New Year, New Location for Scottsdale, Ariz. Chapter

To usher in the New Year, Scottsdale, Ariz., alumni have chosen a new hangout for their monthly Last Thursday event. If you live in Scottsdale or are visiting the Valley, you can find the Scottsdale T-birds at the following address:

South Beach Restaurant and Lounge
9343 E. Shea Boulevard
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Visit the Scottsdale Chapter Web site for more information.


Thunderbird Global Private Equity Investing Conference

Register today for the Fourth Annual Thunderbird Global Private Equity Investing Conference, April 3-4, 2008. Save $100--Early bird rate ends February 15! The Carlyle Group, Silver Lake, Cerberus, Goldman Sachs, Arcapita, Qualcomm, Abraaj Capital, IBM Venture Capital Group and many more will be represented. To register and see the full agenda, please click here.


Corporate Innovation and New Business Development Seminar

Thunderbird Center for Global Entrepreneurship will be offering a two-day seminar March 27 and 28, 2008, covering corporate innovation and new business development. Case studies of vertical integration efforts by Fortune 100 companies will be presented, along with quantitative and qualitative methods for evaluating and managing new business opportunities. With a pending economic slowdown, this seminar will provide growth strategies which can position businesses to capitalize on new opportunities. This seminar will be presented by Robert Hisrich, Garvin Professor of Global Entrepreneurship and Director of the Center for Global Entrepreneurship, and Bruce McDonald, an Executive in Residence at Thunderbird School of Global Management. For a seminar outline and brief bio of the seminar leaders, click here. To register, contact Carol Pacelli at carol.pacelli@thunderbird.edu or (602) 978-7256.


Thunderbird Hosts its Second Annual Global Family Enterprise Program

The Global Family Enterprise (GFE) Program: Family Values – Global Reach, is geared to domestic and international entrepreneurs and family business owners. The event will be held at the luxurious Royal Palms Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Ariz., on Feb. 25 - 28, 2008. Attendees will learn to effectively manage growth, promote the next generation’s leadership development and plan for succession to ensure continuity between generations of family leaders.

Participating families in business learn from Thunderbird global thought leaders who frame the discussions, and from peer CEOs from around the world as they participate in live case discussions, the GFE Forum, intergenerational group exercises, and facilitated individual family meetings. Thunderbird will help you develop your own holistic game plan to address the unique challenges and opportunities faced by family businesses. For details visit www.thunderbird.edu/familybusiness.

Strengthen the Alumni Network, Become a Network Partner

Since 2004, the Thunderbird Career Management Center has maintained the Network Partners program directory – a list of alumni who have volunteered their expertise and advice to fellow T-bird grads actively seeking employment or a career change. Categorized by industry and function, Network Partners are available to offer job search strategies, industry trends, and career insight in their respective fields.

Help us strengthen the alumni career search network! If you feel you have valuable experience and insight to offer in your field, join the 100+ alumni who have become Network Partners. Simply e-mail your name, class year, position and industry to alumni.careers@thunderbird.edu. Your contact information will be available only to your fellow T-bird alumni. Your assistance is an invaluable asset to your peers hoping to successfully navigate a career transition!
Visit the Network Partners homepage.


Place Thunderbird Thought Leadership Front and Center

Dr. Gregory Unruh, Director of the Lincoln Center for Ethics in Global Management at Thunderbird, published an article in the Feb. 1, 2008, Harvard Business Review (HBR). You can read the article on the HBR Web site. When you finish, please take a moment to “Give Feedback” at the bottom of the page. Your recommendation of this article could promote the article to prominent front page status. Thank you for supporting Thunderbird Global Thought Leadership! Click here to read the article.


February 25-28, 2008: Global Family Enterprise Program - Phoenix
February 29 - March 2, 2008: Thunderbird Homecoming - Glendale
March 1, 2008: Annual Thunderbird Alumni-Student Rugby Match – Glendale Campus
March 10-May 27: Global Leadership Certificate Program (12-week version) – Phoenix, Ariz.
March 17-20, 2008: On the Course of Leadership – Scottsdale, Ariz.
April 3-4, 2008: Global Private Equity Investing Conference – Glendale Campus
April 7-10, 2008: Finance for Global Managers – Glendale Campus
April 15-17, 2008: Effective Leadership Communication – Glendale Campus

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