A Letter from the President
There is a buzz around campus that can only mean one thing - a new class of T-birds has arrived and begun its global education journey at Thunderbird. This past month, we welcomed 94 new students into our degree programs. They come with their own stories and they are already beginning to make their own Thunderbird memories.
As they continue their journey, you can be an integral part of their experience. They will meet you at a First Tuesday somewhere across the globe, ask for your advice, seek your mentorship and, in turn, likely brag about your accomplishments. Some of them, I hope, will also get their first job upon graduation from you, or a fellow alum.
I want to thank you for all you do in support of Thunderbird, and the legacy that you have helped to create. Word of mouth continues to be the number one way our students hear about Thunderbird - so keep spreading the word.
Last week we hosted the Board of Trustees on Thunderbird's Arizona campus. These extraordinary volunteer leaders make decisions that shape Thunderbird into the stand-out institution it is. Our Board members are hard-working leaders, many of whom are proud alumni. They want to make sure that Thunderbird maintains its unique brand and mission, along with acquiring a stronger financial foundation. That is why the Board approved an innovative new full-time MBA curriculum. This curriculum maintains Thunderbird's distinctive global focus while increasing its impact on the knowledge and skills employers look for in graduates. There will be more details to come, so look for them in upcoming communications.
As you start filling your calendar for 2013, be sure to pencil in some chapter events, connect with fellow T-birds through LinkedIn, and keep up with the latest Thunderbird news on Facebook and Twitter.
I hope to see you at a future Thunderbird alumni event. I left my meeting in January with our San Antonio, Texas alumni very excited and thankful for alumni support. I look forward to additional meetings with Shanghai and Hong Kong alums in the next few weeks.
The coming year holds a great deal of promise for Thunderbird, and I'm excited about sharing it with all of you.
Larry Edward Penley, Ph.D.
President and Chief Academic Officer
Thunderbird School of Global Management
February News Briefs
Alumni / Student Rugby Game
Following a tradition that began in 1983, the Thunderbird Rugby Old Boys will return to campus for Rugby Alumni Weekend, Feb. 28 - Mar. 3. Over 50 alumni will descend on Thunderbird's Glendale campus for the weekend festivities. The Alumni-Student Rugby match takes place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Mar. 2, followed by the Rugby Banquet. Students and alumni will network and regale each other with tales of past glories and future plans, like the Students' upcoming trip to Duke and the Old Boys' tour to Croatia-Montenegro.
Check out this video that the students of Rugby Club made recently to promote the club: www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7Cj7VEHO7M
Here's another reason for you to brag about your alma mater. Thunderbird received another #1 ranking in December. In Bloomberg Businessweek's 2012 Best B-Schools ranking Thunderbird ranked No. 1 in international business.
Annual Giving Update
Your generous gifts in 2012 really added up! These five outstanding classes accounted for 30% of the year's contributions: '92, '81, '86, '73, and '97. Your gifts make a difference and we can't thank you enough for your support. Want to know where your class ranks? Email Assistant Director of Annual Giving, Janece Bertolino, at email@example.com.
Where your donations went in 2012:
Smithsonian Taps Former Thunderbird President Barbara Barrett for Board of Regents
Former Interim President of Thunderbird School of Global Management, Barbara Barrett, has been appointed a member of the Smithsonian's Board of Regents. President Barack Obama signed the resolution on January 10, appointing her as a citizen regent. Barrett's six-year term begins immediately. Read more here.
Watch Live: Thunderbird Streams Speaker Mark Anderson
On Thursday, February 7, Mark Anderson, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Strategic News Service, will be speaking at Thunderbird and we are streaming it live for you. His talk titled, "Creating A New Academic Platform For Understanding The Global Economy: Flow Economics And IP Transfer - Or: Innovation Makes The World Go Round" will take place at 1:10 p.m. Arizona time. You will be able to watch live at this link: www.thunderbird.edu/wwwfiles/sites/webcasts/events.html
Follow the Adventures of Thunderbird Emerging Markets (TEM) Lab
On February 1, three groups of Thunderbird students left on their TEM Lab. These students will be consulting for companies in India, Indonesia, and Cambodia. You can follow their experiences through their blogs, which will soon be posted here: emergingmarketslab.thunderbird.edu
A Chance Encounter
We hear stories all the time that remind us just how global T-birds are. Recently, we received an email from Zheng Xue (John Xue) '90 who met fellow alum Tor Tanum '83 at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in the Nigerian capital of Abuja. Zheng was working with a Chinese project as an operator of Ogun Free Trade Zone at Ogun State in Nigeria. Tor is a Counsellor at the embassy. "This is how T-bird works all over the world," said Zheng.
Job of the Month
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Something to Brag About: Chapter Events
We love seeing what you've been up to. Here's a look at some great events from all over the world:
Happy New Year from the Singapore Chapter! Check out this picture from their year-end party.
The San Francisco Chapter also celebrated the holidays with a party.
We love that the Munich Chapter was showing their T-bird pride during their First Tuesday in December. Their email read "From everyone in the picture: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
The Chicago Chapter held a "Thunderbird Winter Night" event with dinner and ice skating as a way to enjoy the snowy season.