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Thank You T-Birds!

Alumni Giving Participation increases 50%

On July 1, the Advancement Office processed the 4,499th T-bird donation that arrived during our fiscal year (7/1/09 - 6/30/10). This means that 15.1% of Thunderbird alumni made a contribution to Thunderbird and it represents a 50 percent increase over last year's giving participation. Thank you to all T-birds who gave back this year. Read more...


July News Briefs

Thunderbird European Regional Reunion
Join T-birds from across the world for the annual reunion in Bad Ischl, Austria, September 16-19, 2010. A reception will be held at the Kaiservilla in Bad Ischl where the first-ever reunion was held in 1982. The three-day reunion includes a business forum and informal tourist activities.

Thunderbird President Dr. Ángel Cabrera will open up the business forum with a welcome address. He will then deliver an overview of the Thunderbird 2020 Global Vision. For more information, visit www.thunderbird.edu/reunion.

Space is limited to 250 and registration closes August 15th! Late arrivals will be accommodated on a space available basis only. A Euro 50 late registration fee will apply on any registrations received after August 15th.

T-bird Swimming Pool re-opens with a splash
After a nearly two-month renovation, the popular T-bird swimming pool and Fish re-opened this month! Students can now enjoy the remodeled pool in the evenings, as the proper lighting has been installed to accommodate state codes. Have a look at its facelift.

Global Connect
Have you signed up? If you want to stay current on career opportunities geared specifically toward T-bird alumni, then sign up for Global Connect. After you're approved, you can access dozens of new job opportunities through our database.

Alumni using social media
Don't forget to find Thunderbird on all major social media outlets including Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. Alumni who would like to be included in the Thunderbird Alumni list on Twitter should e-mail samantha.novick@thunderbird.edu or sign up at Campus Tweet. Click here to see a preview of the current alumni listed.

Online Executive Certificate programs strong and successful
In June, Corporate Learning successfully launched the Executive Certificate in Global Finance as well as the Executive Certificate in Global Marketing programs for continuing learning. Thunderbird alumni receive a 50% discount on all executive certificate programs.

For more information about the facilitated online Executive Certificate programs, as well as other online Corporate Learning offerings, please contact Program Manager Sheno Scott or visit www.thunderbird.edu/certificate.



Knowledge Network

Thunderbird Entrepreneur of the Year sells Brazil to the world
Robert Phillips '94, the 2010 Thunderbird Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year, recently launched Intelligent Leisure Solutions, a group of five Brazilian companies focused on Internet solutions for luxury travel, tourism development and real estate.
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Alumna to examine "budding entrepreneurs"
Vickie Austin '93
is an entrepreneur who is working with Dr. Robert Hisrich, Director of the Walker Center for Global Entrepreneurship, on a project to learn more about Thunderbird's effect on "budding entrepreneurs."
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Seeking Growth: Three Private Equity Opportunities in China
Guest post by Seth Mallamo '09 - This year has seen considerable activity among private equity firms in China with more than 100 funds denominated in Chinese currency (RMB) now competing with numerous funds offshore.
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Thunderbird Making Headlines

New BP director faces tough task, World News Australia

Three Best Ways to Become Eco-Friendly, Wall Street Journal

Faculty to Take Course for Teaching on Web, Wall Street Journal

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Thank You T-Birds!

Alumni Giving Participation increases 50%

On July 1, the Advancement Office processed the 4,499th T-bird donation that arrived during our fiscal year (7/1/09 - 6/30/10). This means that 15.1% of Thunderbird alumni made a contribution to Thunderbird and it represents a 50 percent increase over last year's giving participation. Thank you to all T-birds who gave back this year.

In addition to our typical efforts, we included a social media campaign to spread the word that we needed just 750 gifts with six weeks to go in the fiscal year to reach 15 percent giving. Utilizing LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter we saw 459 gifts arrive in the final two weeks! The assistance of many T-birds and chapter leaders posting the campaign info on their own social media profiles and pages contributed greatly to our success. Thank you again T-birds.

Your giving is not taken for granted. It inspires staff* and faculty to know that 4,499 of its graduates feel good about their experience here and wish to ensure that others can have a similar experience. Strong giving participation signifies a healthy community that supports Thunderbird's mission and the value it provides around the globe. It also serves as a signal to foundations and corporations that their multimillion dollar grant will likely be a good investment. In this way, each and every gift no matter the size counts toward even bigger possibilities.

In the years ahead we will make every effort to inspire more alumni annual giving. We would like to see our participation rate reach 30 percent or higher, a rate more in line with a B-school of our rank. We're always open to hear your ideas! (alumni@thunderbird.edu)

*(To see how your giving has inspired at least one T-bird staff member click here).

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July 22:
Expert lecture and panel discussion on the current state of China, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Thunderbird's campus. The event is free and all alumni are invited. Please RSVP 48 hours in advance.

September 16-19:
Thunderbird European Regional Reunion, Bad Ischl, Austria, for more information, click here.


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