Alumni rugby team tours Iceland
About 20 T-birds and their families and friends enjoyed six days of breathtaking landscapes, delicious seafood and a challenging rugby game during the Mjöður Old Boys Rugby Tour of Iceland.
Although the Old Boys lost 45-27 to the Reykjavik Raiders, they were only down 17-24 at the half and played a good game overall.
"Considering we only play together once a year, we did play well," said Chuck Hamilton '91, president of the Thunderbird Alumni Rugby Association (TARA).
The trip was a mix of planned activities, such as a trip to Blue Lagoon Hot Springs Resort and the Golden Circle Tour, as well as free time and socializing. T-birds even met local alumni Magnús Bjarnason '92 and Hafsteinn Þór Einarsson '96 at the reception party. The group also enjoyed more than 20 hours of daylight every day in a country that Hamilton said is filled with hospitality and small town warmth.
Thunderbird student and rugby player Morgan Siegal '12 attended the trip and was impressed with the strength of Thunderbird's rugby alumni network.
"The inclusion I felt was remarkable," Siegal said. "I was honored to be invited."
Siegal said that before this trip, he had wanted to build a relationship with alumni, but found it challenging to begin getting to know them. Rugby gave him the opportunity.
"Participating in rugby at Thunderbird is not something you only do while you are at the school; It's part of your identity going forward," Siegal said.
Next up for TARA will be another trip with a new competitor, possibly in Croatia.
"We lost this time, yet nothing builds friendship like making your hosts look good," Siegel said. "The Icelanders were exceptional hosts and many lasting friendships were built with them."
To get involved with future trips and games or to receive the Rugby Alumni e-newsletter, contact Hamilton at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hamilton also would like to thank association sponsors Playstation 3 and Suntron Corp.
August News Briefs
Cast your vote for new Arizona T-bird license plate
A Thunderbird Arizona license plate will soon be available thanks to alumnus Aram Chaves '08, who led this initiative. Make your selection for your favorite design by August 1.
Global Business Dialogue expands with new speakers
The Thunderbird Global Business Dialogue continues to add new global leaders as speakers to an already impressive lineup that includes:
• Bob Dudley '79, CEO of BP Group
• Craig Barrett, retired Chairman and CEO of Intel Corporation
• Peru President Alan Garcia (newly confirmed)
• Jose Maria Figueres, former President of Costa Rica and CEO of World Economic Forum (newly confirmed)
• Mark Penn, CEO of Burson-Marsteller (newly confirmed)
• Elizabeth Littlefield, President and CEO of OPIC (newly confirmed)
More global leaders are confirming each week. See the current speaker list.
The Thunderbird Global Business Dialogue will address some of today's most pressing questions:
• What does it take to be an effective leader in the new world economy?
• How can I succeed in today's emerging countries?
• What are the new rules for navigating business across cultures?
• What is the role of business in creating social and economic prosperity in the world economy?
• How is social media impacting business and changing the world?
To make it easier for alumni to attend, we are offering a 25 percent discount rate for groups of five or more. This means that alumni and their friends can attend this world-class event for an even deeper discount than the already attractive early bird alumni price.
Don't forget to stay through the weekend as well to take part in all of the 11.11.11 Thunderbird Global Celebration events! Register here.
New alumni directory to be available
Due to a number of requests from our alumni, we are working with Harris Connect to create a hardcopy and CD version alumni directory that will be available spring 2012. We will need the help of our alumni to create the directory. Over the next several months, Harris Connect will contact each of you by e-mail, post cards and phone to gather information. We ask that you take a moment to share your information, so that the directory will be current once it is published. The last alumni directory that Thunderbird created was published in 1996.
Save the Date! European Reunion Berlin
The next European Reunion will be May 24-27, 2012, in Berlin, Germany. This will also be the location of the second Thunderbird Global Business Dialogue "European Perspectives." Registration and details will be available soon. Please check here for updates.
Global Giving competition winner announced
The winner of Thunderbird's first annual Global Giving Competition is the China & Hong Kong team, which finished the fiscal year with 20.5 percent alumni participation.
A close second was the Southeast Asia team, which ended with 20.2 percent, and third place went to the U.K. team, which finished with 18.8 percent. Look for the names of all donors from the winning team in the Fall edition of Thunderbird Magazine.
The Global Giving Competition was started in the final months of Campaign Thunderbird to create a friendly competition among alumni throughout various regions in the world. The teams were divided based on geographic location and number of alumni to create a more balanced competition.
The fiscal year ended June 30 with 14.9 percent alumni participation overall. This fell short of the 17 percent campaign goal and was also lower than last year's 15.1 percent participation. The good news was that 47 more alumni supported Thunderbird this year, resulting in 4,546 alumni making a gift.
In the U.S., the Washington D.C. Area team leaped to the front of the U.S. teams and finished with 16.1 percent participation.
Thunderbird has completed Campaign Thunderbird and has exceeded the goal of raising $65 million. However, final figures are still being calculated. Please look for the final dollar amount raised in next month's newsletter.
Career Management Center – Job of the Month
Global Connect #4299
Expires August 18
Netflix - Senior Online Marketing Manager - Latin America
Los Gatos, CA
Fluency in Spanish or Portuguese Required
Reporting to the Vice President, Marketing, the Senior Online Marketing Manager – Latin America will be responsible for Netflix's online marketing initiatives in either Spanish-speaking Latin America or Brazil. This person will set up and then manage paid search and banner display advertising for that particular country/region. He or she will work in our Los Gatos office, but will work with local, in-country publishers and will need to be fluent in either Spanish or Portuguese.
For more information on this position and other opportunities, login to GlobalConnect. If you are a new user, please allow 2-3 days to be admitted into the system.
Employers glad to see alumni in GlobalConnect
Recently, a company that recruits Americans for democratization and human rights jobs in Central Asia, the Caucasus, and Europe gave us some powerful feedback on the presence of alumni who actively seek jobs posted in GlobalConnect.
"I was pleased to see that the packet included the resume of someone who received his MBA from Thunderbird in 1997 - that it wasn't limited to very recent graduates. Most of the positions for which we recruit require a great deal of prior professional experience, which very recent graduates of most types of graduate programs don't yet have."
The Career Management Center would like you to know that employers truly appreciate having alumni in our system and as candidates for their positions. Log in today to update your profile and see what opportunities await you.
Vision 2020 Part 9: We believe in Global Learning
Global leaders are best developed in a multi-disciplinary, collaborative, multicultural, practice-oriented learning environment, which must be constantly enhanced through academic research and pedagogical innovation.
For more: www.thunderbird.edu/2020
Learn more about online courses and certificates
Thunderbird Online's Executive Certificates & Independent Study Courses are perfect for Thunderbird alumni who are looking to focus on a specific global business area or to continue developing their global knowledge through courses instructed by world-renowned Thunderbird faculty. Each certificate comprises three 8-week courses, and all of your learning is done online.
Thunderbird Online Executive Certificates:
• Global Finance
• Global Leadership
• Global Marketing
• Global Negotiations
• Global Corporate Social Responsibility – 1 Course Available Now – Full Certificate in Spring 2012
50% Alumni Discount:
As Thunderbird alumni, you receive 50% off your enrollment of any online course or certificate! Upon registration, indicate that you are a T-bird graduate, and provide your graduation year, and you will receive your 50% discount.
Visit here for course and certificate information, or contact Brent Suhr, your Thunderbird Online Enrollment Counselor, with any questions at email@example.com
Thunderbird for Good seeks volunteers for Peru
Thunderbird for Good is looking for volunteers to work on the ground in Lima, Peru for six months as business consultants to women entrepreneurs working in the agriculture industry or within the agricultural supply chain. The work will begin in January.
Volunteers will work with women who have been trained through the 10,000 Women Peru Business Certificate program, which is part of the larger "Strengthening Women Entrepreneurship in Peru" (SWEP) project Volunteer business consultants will work with the businesswomen on identifying new markets and buyers, e-commerce, and exporting for SMEs. Travel and living expenses will be covered with funding received by the project through the USAID Farmer to Farmer program.
All applicants must be fluent in Spanish and should send resume by September 30, 2011 to India Borba at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHAPTER EVENTS ROUNDUP
Shanghai Chapter is holding its First Friday at Van Gogh Wine Bar and Restaurant, more information here
Denver Chapter is participating in Denver World Trade Center Events. Next up is Euro networking, more information here
Columbus Chapter will hold its next First Tuesday, location TBD
Summer Commencement, Sheraton Crescent Hotel 2620 W. Dunlap Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85021, more information here
Melissa Ho Attorney at Law Polsinelli Shughart PC to speak on campus, more information here
Thunderbird’s Global Celebration. Events include the Global Dialogue, Tower Celebration and Homecoming activities, more information here
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