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Thunderbird celebrated the graduation of our 40,000th alumnus June 5th at the commencement ceremony for the Global MBA for Latin American Managers program, a dual degree offered from Thunderbird and Tecnológico de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico. The 40,000th alumnus to receive a Thunderbird degree was Emanuel Lima Abud, of Mexico City.

Thunderbird European Regional Reunion

Join Thunderbirds from across the world for the European regional reunion in Bad Ischl, Austria, September 16-19, 2010. In addition to the many events, a reception will be held at the Kaiservilla in Bad Ischl where the first-ever reunion was held in 1982.

Registration for the weekend will be capped at 250 participants so be sure to register early.

"The legendary stories from past European reunions in Bad Ischl embody the true spirit of the Thunderbird mystique," says Aleksandra Lubavs '91, president, Thunderbird Alumni Network. "For any alumni aspiring to reconnect with their Thunderbird memories, this event can't be missed!" Read more...


June News Briefs

Thunderbird faculty in Harvard Business Review
On the heals of April's Harvard Business Review article "Making it Overseas," by professors Mansour Javidan, Mary Teagarden and David Bowen, Thunderbird thought leaders are continuing to make a splash in HBR. On June 4, Lincoln Center Director Gregory Unruh wrote a piece addressing the oil spill in the Gulf titled BP, the Gulf, and the "Great Externalization". Unruh and Professor Richard Ettenson also had a piece published titled "Growing Green" about the growing trend of "green" branding in corporations across the globe. Finally as part of a six-week blog series about how leadership might look in the future, President Ángel Cabrera wrote a piece in May titled "The Soul of Leadership" in which he discussed the future of an oath of honor for the business industry. These clips and links to other news hits about Thunderbird can be found at www.thunderbird.edu/newclips.

Video: 3 Lives, 3 Careers, 3 Alumni Appreciate Thunderbird (3:18)

Mission Possible Update: Gifts on the rise, more needed by June 30
In the last newsletter we asked you to show your love for T-bird and to help maintain our strong ranking by making a gift to raise our alumni giving participation rate. Thanks to your efforts, more than 250 gifts have been received since May 10, which raised our giving rate one percentage point to 13 percent. In order to reach our goal of 15 percent, we need 536 new alumni gifts by June 30. Our participation rate says a lot about the strength of the T-bird community and shows that alumni care for and appreciate their alma matre. Foundations, corporations and major donors often place a high value on broad alumni participation when evaluating where to give their resources. Every 297 alumni gifts, no matter the size, raises our participation by 1 percent, which can make the difference in winning multi-million dollar gifts. Please make your gift today at www.thunderbird.edu/mygift or call 602-978-7309 (M-F; 8-5).

Global Mindset Inventory
The Thunderbird Global Mindset Inventory® has made headlines lately and is currently offered to Thunderbird Alumni at a discounted rate for a limited time. For a 33 percent discount, alumni can take the test for $100. The school is also now pre and post testing students before and after they complete their programs. Check out how well they've done. If you are interested in measuring your global mindset, contact Hector Gutierrez at hector.gutierrez@thunderbird.edu.

"Remember Me" feature added to Thunderbird lifetime e-mail
Per several requests, Thunderbird I&IT is pleased to announce they have just upgraded the portal login to include a "Remember Me" capability. This allows users to check the "Remember Me" box and be logged in to MTB and Lifetime E-mail web pages for up to seven days. Simply close the browser when you are finished, instead of clicking "logout." For more information, see http://help.thunderbird.edu/portal-login/remember-me.

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. Click here to see a preview of the current alumni listed.



Knowledge Network

One step at a time, together, crossing the finish line
By Alicia Fitts, Thunderbird Class of '94 - A little more than five years ago, my brother Robert Fitts suffered a massive stroke resulting from the dissection of his carotid artery. This seemingly random, once-in-several-million event changed his world irrevocably and in ways that no one could predict.
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Vietnam War veteran converts battleground into playground
Vietnam War veteran Don McLane '74 made a promise to himself at the end of the conflict to return one day and give back to the battle-scarred country. McLane made good on that promise on April 7, 2010, when he delivered a new playground to the children of the Bong Son Youth Recreation Center in Vietnam.
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Books for Africa
Where do library books go when they are no longer needed? If that book was in the IBIC, Thunderbird's International Business Information Centre, there is a pretty good chance that it will get a new lease on life somewhere else in the world. 
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Thunderbird Making Headlines

Diego J Veitia '66 - Fortune 500 Companies 2009, Forbes

Ron Greene '03 - Prescription drug theft in the United States, CBS Evening News with Katie Couric

Kelly Eide '97 - Horse whispering for business leaders, BBC World News' Middle East Business Report

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Thunderbird European Regional Reunion

Join Thunderbirds from across the world for the European regional reunion in Bad Ischl, Austria, September 16-19, 2010. In addition to the many events, a reception will be held at the Kaiservilla in Bad Ischl where the first-ever reunion was held in 1982.

Registration for the weekend will be capped at 250 participants so be sure to register early.

"The legendary stories from past European reunions in Bad Ischl embody the true spirit of the Thunderbird mystique," says Aleksandra Lubavs '91, president, Thunderbird Alumni Network. "For any alumni aspiring to reconnect with their Thunderbird memories, this event can't be missed!"

The three-day reunion will be hosted at the Hotel Villa Seilern in Bad Ischl. Guests can reserve accommodations in the city center of Bad Ischl here. Friday events include a business forum with guest speakers and an afternoon excursion to Halstatt.

On Saturday, guests will meet at the historic Kongresshaus where tour buses accompanied by guides will transport the group to the Basilica in Mondsee, on to St. Gilgen to board a boat for a ride to St. Wofgang, and to the cog-wheel train up the Schafberg. After descending the Schafberg back to the shores of the Wolfgangsee, the group will be shuttled to a rustic mountainside chalet for a "Heimatabend," an evening featuring traditional Austrian food, music and folklore and dancing.

On Sunday, guests will be treated to an open-air concert at the Kongresshaus before departing.

Alumni Charlie La Fond '80, John Cook '79, Alan Mueller '81 and Pavel Kriz '70 are organizing the European regional reunion. Contact Charlie La Fonde with questions at c.lafond@clfc.eu.

For more information on the reunion, visit www.thunderbird.edu/reunion.

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Calendar

June 16-18:
Leading Global Projects for Strategic Results Certificate Program, Geneva, Switzerland, more info here.

June 7:
Executive Certificate in Global Negotiations, Global Finance, and Global Marketing begin, more info here.

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


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