“To be on a quest is nothing more or less than to become an asker of questions.” - Sam Keen  
July 2008

Message from President Cabrera

President Àngel CabreraIn a brief audio message to alumni, Thunderbird President Àngel Cabrera shares his thoughts on the school's outstanding progress, efforts and world-wide recognition:

      • “Thunderbird 2010” strategic plan
      • Rankings
      • Campaign Thunderbird
      • School presence in the Middle East

Thunderbird in the News

Want to know what others are saying about Thunderbird?  Check out Thunderbird in the News.

Satellite Launch Marks Milestone for T-bird Alum

David BagleyThunderbird alumnus David Bagley dreamed of space as a boy but never imagined he would play a key role in the launch of the world’s largest commercial satellite. “I have always been a space nut,” says Bagley, who graduated from Thunderbird in 1986. “I’ve always had that bug but never knew it would play out like this.”

As senior vice president of corporate development for ICO Global Communications, Bagley had front row seats April 14 for the launch of the company’s groundbreaking telecommunications satellite in Cape Canaveral, Fla. After consumer trials in North Carolina and Nevada this summer, the satellite will soon deliver 10 to 15 channels of live TV to vehicles all over the United States — along with roadside assistance and interactive navigation.

“Going to Cape Canaveral is a little like going to Yankee Stadium if you’re a baseball fan,” says Bagley, who brought his wife, Renée, and their four children, ages 7 to 16, to the launch. “They just had a blast.”

Bagley, 50, grew up along the U.S. West Coast and attended Pacific University in Oregon. He says he came to Thunderbird for his MBA because he wanted to experience the world as a global manager. That dream was fulfilled when a Thunderbird alumnus recruited Bagley to Southwestern Bell nearly 20 years ago. Since then, Bagley has traveled to more than 40 countries on nearly every continent. He also worked at AirTouch, Vodafone and IPWireless before joining ICO in July 2002. The company is based in Reston, Va., and Bagley lives and works in the east Bay Area of California.

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Alumni Chapter News

Viva Las Vegas!Las Vegas Alumni Chapter
After a short hiatus, the Las Vegas Alumni Chapter shined at July’s First Tuesday event.  The group met at a new location - Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba - a great Spanish tapas place located in the Fashion Show Mall.  The T-birds celebrating on the strip included local alumni, a visiting T-bird traveling through town, and a current student working in the area on an internship.  Alums David Thorson ’87, Michelle Jo- Arencivia ’07, and Aggi Toth ’89, spearheaded the First Tuesday revival.  The chapter will return to Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba for the August First Tuesday. If you would like information on the Las Vegas Alumni Chapter, please click here to visit their website.

If you or someone you know is living in the area, please encourage him or her to get involved with this chapter.

Dynamic My Thunderbird (MTB)

My Thunderbird

Did you know that more than 23,000 alumni have an account on MTB?  In fact, more than 7,000 alumni have logged in over the past 90 days.

MTB is a dynamic tool available to alumni.  MTB can connect you to your old campus roommate or to your next great job.  Here are some of the features available to you on MTB:

  1. Discussion boards for you to discuss global affairs with your fellow alumni.
  2. Alumni Chapter Web sites that give you information on more than 100 global cities and their alumni chapters.
  3. Career management tools including an email newsletter with jobs posted for Thunderbird alumni.
  4. A search feature that provides information on your fellow alumni, current students, staff and faculty.
  5. Information about new and existing alumni programs and services.
If you are not currently using MTB, please log-in and explore the content and features of this dynamic tool.  If you need help accessing MTB, please contact the Alumni Relations Office at alumni@thunderbird.edu or 602-978-7358.

Give For Free While you Shop!


Thunderbird alumni can now give to their alma mater while they shop. And you won’t need to spend any extra money.  Instead, all you need to do is go online and register your grocery club cards, debit cards and credit cards at www.eScrip.com. Registration is free and takes only a few minutes.

After that, a percentage of every purchase made at participating merchants will go directly to Thunderbird to support alumni programs and services.  The Thunderbird Alumni Network Board voted in March to join the eScrip program, which links hundreds of U.S. merchants with alumni who want to help their schools. Participating merchants include Macy’s, American Airlines, Pep Boys auto supplies, Eddie Bauer clothing and many others.

“EScrip is a fantastic opportunity for alumni to give back to Thunderbird – specifically programs that will directly benefit the alumni – with absolutely no out-of-pocket cost to the alum,” says board member Lisa Jones ’91. “You merely register online and then you shop at the stores where you normally shop.”

Visit www.eScrip.com and click the link that says “sign up – it’s free.” Designate Thunderbird to receive the merchant contributions using group ID No. 500018258. For more information, contact alumni@thunderbird.edu or call 602-978-7358.

Sept 22–Dec 15, 2008: Global Leadership Certificate Program (12-week version) – Phoenix, AZ
Sept 29-Oct 2, 2008:  Finance for Global Managers – Glendale Campus
Oct 11, 2008: Global Entrepreneurship: Starting your New Venture – Glendale Campus
Oct 14-16, 2008: Managing Cross-Cultural Relationships for Business Results – Glendale Campus
Nov 4-6, 2008: Leading Global Projects for Strategic Results – Glendale Campus
Nov 11-13, 2008: Global Leadership Certificate Program (3-day version) – Glendale Campus

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