"There is nothing noble about being superior to some other man. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self." –Hindu Proverb  
March 2009

Maintaining Your Wits in a World Turned Upside-DownFaculty to Alumni webcast presentation – Tomorrow!

Maintaining Your Wits in a World Turned Upside-Down
Thursday, March 12, 2009
1:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time (U.S.), 10:00 AM Glendale, 17:00 London*

Thunderbird Professors C. Roe Goddard, Christine Pearson and Karen Walch, all from different academic backgrounds, examine business survival in a world turned upside-down.

Panel Expertise:
Professor C. Roe Goddard, Ph.D. - international political economy and Chinese market trends.
Professor Christine Pearson, Ph.D. - corporate crisis management and workplace incivility
Professor Karen Walch, Ph.D. - cross-cultural negotiation at the Garvin Center for Cultures and Languages of International Management. 

Please join us to learn more about this timely topic.



* Webcast link will only be available on March 12 at 1:00 PM EDT, 10:00 AM Glendale, 17:00 London

To submit questions for the faculty, please e-mail alumni@thunderbird.edu. You may e-mail questions anytime including during the webcast. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Janet Chicvara at 602-978-7602 or janet.chicvara@thunderbird.edu.

School update with President Ángel Cabrera

Mark your Calendars for an alumni webcast with Thunderbird President Angel Cabrera who will be giving an important school update March 24 at 1:00 PM New York, 10:00 AM Glendale 17:00 GMT.

Las Vegas Alumni ChapterT-bird Weekend in Vegas!

The Las Vegas Alumni Chapter invites you to spend a Weekend in Vegas with your fellow T-birds. April 9-12, 2009, join fellow alumni and current students and enjoy exclusive events such as a private, behind-the-scenes tour of the newest property on the strip – Encore. Discounted hotel stays are available at Planet Hollywood and Harrah’s properties. Also, your Las Vegas T-bird hosts have lined up some great social/networking events.

To see the full event lineup, please click here to visit the Las Vegas Alumni Chapter website on MTB. If you are not able to log in to MTB, you can find details by clicking here. Contact the chapter at LVChapter@global.thunderbird.edu or call Jason Greenstein at 303-472-9453.

Make sure to fill out the registration form on the chapter website to let the Las Vegas Alumni group know that you will join them for this exciting event.

We hope to see you in a few weeks in Las Vegas!

Evening MBAThunderbird launches Evening MBA

Thunderbird is launching an evening MBA program that will allow working professionals in Arizona to keep their jobs while attending classes at night. The program mirrors Thunderbird’s full-time MBA in admission requirements, curriculum and credit hours, but is completed over the course of three years, less if students take an accelerated program. Evening program students also may apply to take up to 15 credit hours online.

This new program further extends the opportunities for Thunderbird alumni to attend individual classes on campus. If you are interested in brushing up your MBA, you will receive a 30 percent discount on tuition costs.

If you know of any future T-birds who might be interested in the new program, please pass the word and send them to www.thunderbird.edu/eveningMBA or call 602-978-7100.

Click here to read more about the Evening MBA.

Thunderbirds Gather at Super First Tuesday Events

Super First TuesdayThe chatter began as a buzz and grew to a steady roar as the Williams Club in New York filled to standing room only. It wasn’t a typical First Tuesday gathering for the Thunderbird alumni chapter in Manhattan. It was Super First Tuesday, held on a Monday in order to include current students visiting companies during the MBA Media & Entertainment Conference.

The New York City chapter opened its doors early to invite current and prospective students to experience the enveloping aura of the Thunderbird Alumni Network. Many guests swapped nostalgic stories of gatherings at the campus Pub.

Not only do students and alumni provide information for prospective students at these events, but Thunderbird faculty and staff travel the world to share their own insights. Thunderbird Professor F. John Mathis, director of the Global Financial Services Center, attended an event in Singapore. Will McDonald, director of Academic Programs, participated in London. And a collection of recruiters traveled to places such as Detroit, Miami, Boston, Seattle and Taipei.

Super First TuesdayBy the end of March over 102 alumni chapters in 43 countries will hold similar events for alumni to connect with current and prospective Thunderbird students. Please click here to see a list of chapters hosting Super First Tuesday events.

Many prospective students expressed appreciation for the outreach. “I look forward to other Thunderbird events,” said Chad Householder, a prospective student in Boise, Idaho. “All of the T-birds helped to solidify that Thunderbird is my first choice for graduate school.”

Program to help business leaders manage in turbulent times

In an effort to help business leaders navigate the economic crisis, Thunderbird is offering Leading and Managing in Turbulent Times: Global Leadership Certificate Program. This program gives nondegree-seeking students an opportunity to attend classes one evening per week for 12 weeks beginning March 14 or to attend a three-day immersion program May 12-14.

“Global managers everywhere are asking themselves during these turbulent times what they should do differently in business,” says Caren Siehl, academic director of the program and clinical professor of Management at Thunderbird. “This program allows managers to learn about what aspects have remained the same and where they need to shift their focus.”

Registration information can be found at www.thunderbird.edu/glcp. For more information, contact Berkley Roberts, program manager, Open Enrollment Programs at berkley.roberts@thunderbird.edu or 602-978-7627.

Having trouble navigating the financial crisis?

Thunderbird Knowledge NetworkThunderbirds around the world are sharing their expertise and insights on the latest, most relevant global business issues and trends, including the global recession, in the Thunderbird Knowledge Network. See what they are saying in columns, blogs, videos and podcasts.

Calling all Peace Corps Alumni

Thunderbird has a discussion board dedicated to former Peace Corps volunteers and employees. If you spent time in the Peace Corps before or after attending Thunderbird, please send an e-mail to alumni@thunderbird.edu to be added to the group.

Homecoming 2009Over 200 Alumni return to campus for Homecoming

Celebrating reunions and reuniting with old friends drew 200-plus alumni back to campus to celebrate Thunderbird Homecoming 2009, March 5-8. Alumni gathered at the Pub, attended presentations by Homecoming 2009Thunderbird’s world-classfaculty, cheered the alumni rugby team as they took on the current student rugby team, celebrated with the students during Regional Night and applauded former classmates who received honorary awards.

Thank you to all of the alumni who made the journey back to Glendale to celebrate reunions or to simply celebrate with friends.

March 26-27, 2009: Thunderbird Private Equity Conference – Glendale Campus
May 11-13, 2009: Leading Global Projects for Strategic Results – Geneva Campus

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