Thunder News is a monthly roundup of alumni news, pictures and videos to keep you informed and connected.
In this issue:

Peek at the restored tower

Join us for a webinar

Vision 2020 part II

Four P's of marketing

Chapter holiday parties

Annual report on giving

Thunderbird enters final stretch of Tower construction

In memory of Thunderbird’s leadership role past, present and future

The boom of nail guns, grinding of table saws and other daily echoes of the Tower restoration project recently came to rest while students, faculty and staff took a sneak peek inside the Tower.

Although the World War II landmark is scheduled to open in fall 2011, T-birds on campus were given the chance to take a short tour through the construction zone. Visitors clapped with excitement as they saw reclaimed wood ceilings, an open floor plan and grand windows looking out over the school. Read more...

December/January News Briefs

Take a sneak peek at the restored Tower!
Watch as Tower Renovation Project Manager Will Counts ’09 gives a preview of the restored World War II landmark at Thunderbird.

Join webinar on intellectual property protection in China
Presenter: Mary B. Teagarden, 10 a.m. MST Dec. 8, 2010
Click here to attend webinar on the day/time of the event.

Protecting know-how and intellectual property is a challenge in any market, but especially in hyper-dynamic markets such as China. This is even truer for companies in high-tech services who rely on knowledge to compete. Thunderbird Professors Mary Teagarden and Andreas Schotter, with the help of Joab Meyer ’07 and more than 40 other alumni, investigated what companies do to win this intensely dynamic “war” to impede knowledge asset leaks and assure long-term performance. Teagarden will present the research 10 a.m. MST on Dec. 8, 2010, in a free alumni webinar.

To “win” companies must go beyond patenting and litigation and develop a set of dynamic “know-how” organizational capabilities for assuring long-term performance. This session will discuss findings that include an array of offensive and defensive know-how protection options—corporate social responsibility practice, corporate culture development, and talent management among these.

The webinar will conclude with suggestions for building hybrid protection options into the management of know-how in China and, by extension, operations around the world. Click here to attend webinar (Note: link will not be active until day and time of the event).

Attention Recent Grads: Pass down your gown
Thunderbird for Good is in need of 15 graduation gowns for upcoming graduates of the 10,000 Women program in Peru. Please consider donating your gown. The program is part of a larger initiative sponsored by Goldman Sachs and Goldman Sachs Charitable Fund that supports partnerships between business education programs in the U.S. and Europe, and business schools in emerging companies. Please mail gowns to the attention of India Borba at 1 Global Place Glendale, AZ 85306. Questions? E-mail

A new opportunity to prepare global leaders
Are your children and grandchildren future global leaders? Now they have the opportunity to be a part of global education long before college and graduate school. Verde Valley School, America’s International Baccalaureate Boarding School in Sedona, Arizona is offering two partial merit scholarships to children and grandchildren of T-bird alumni who are enrolling in fall 2011 for grades 9, 10 or 11. The scholarships are for one boy and one girl. Verde Valley School shares a similar past and mission as Thunderbird and is nestled in picturesque Sedona. The scholarship will be renewable as long as the recipients maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average and good deportment. It will cover $18,000 per year toward tuition and other expenses. Students interested in applying, go here and check “yes” next to the question, “Thunderbird Scholar?” The deadline for applications is February 10, 2011. By February 28, 2011, the finalists will be notified and asked to submit a second essay via e-mail by March 15, 2011. The final awards will be made by March 30, 2011.

Looking for a career change?
If you want to stay current on career opportunities geared toward T-bird alumni, then sign up for Global Connect. After you’re approved, you can access dozens of new job opportunities through our database.

Recruiting T-birds for career opportunities
Are you a T-bird alumna or alumnus who is looking to recruit from Thunderbird? If so, please visit the Recruiting Thunderbirds page of MTB for answers to commonly asked questions and where to go for assistance.

Vision 2020 Part 2: Now more than ever the world needs T-Birds
The rapid spread of globalization has greatly increased the complexity of management decisions and has created a global economy in which the fortunes of individuals, businesses, and societies are inextricably linked. As the paradigm for global business evolves, the world desperately needs individuals who can navigate this complex global landscape and create sustainable value for their organizations, communities, and the world. Thunderbird, by virtue of its heritage, expertise, and entrepreneurial vision, is uniquely positioned to meet this growing need for global leaders who can manage the challenges of an increasingly inter-connected world.

At the same time, competition in global management education has dramatically increased and many business schools now claim to have a global focus. To meet this challenge, Thunderbird will draw from its heritage as the world’s first and now top-ranked school of global management and emphasize its unique ability to educate leaders with the global mindset, entrepreneurial business skills, and global citizenship necessary to succeed in the new global economy. Under Thunderbird 2020, we will expand our impact by reaching new markets, new students, and new organizations, which increasingly require the global management expertise that Thunderbird was founded to provide.

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Publication recognizes Thunderbird call center
The recent issue of the magazine Advancing Philanthropy has recognized Thunderbird and its call center, led by Assistant Director, Annual Giving Keith Kerber for last year’s 24-hour phonathon to raise money for the Tower Restoration Project. The magazine highlights how Kerber’s team overcame obstacles such as reaching alumni who are spread out around the world and finding student callers who could speak multiple languages. Thunderbird Call Center“The innovative event found a way to reach diverse alumni in nearly every part of the globe. It also introduced students to a way to participate in philanthropy while connecting with alumni over a common point of interest,” the article said.

Happy Holidays from your Student Campaign Ambassadors
Your student campaign ambassadors wish you a very Happy Holiday Season! They will be filling your phones with cheer as they call you to update your information with Thunderbird and seek your support during the Month of Giving.

Knowledge Network

Story: Find success with the four P’s of marketing
Companies in Afghanistan or anywhere else need four things to achieve marketing success, Thunderbird Professor Anne Stringfellow, Ph.D., told women entrepreneurs from the war-torn country Oct. 19, 2010, during a Project Artemis presentation.


Blog: Alumna: “Everywhere I turned there was a T-bird”
When Gita Patel ‘96 travels anywhere in the world, she always knows she can find a T-bird. “The first thing I do whenever I travel for business or pleasure is look up the T-birds there,” Patel said.


Video: Growth Pattern at Bucyrus
Bucyrus International CEO Tim Sullivan, a 1976 graduate of Thunderbird School of Global Management and a guest speaker, talks Nov. 2, 2010.
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Upcoming Chapter Events

December 7:
Houston Chapter is holding a First Tuesday holiday party, for more information click here.

December 7:
New Orleans Chapter is holding a Holiday edition of First Tuesday, which will also mark the first anniversary of the chapter, for more information click here.

December 7:
San Francisco Chapter is holding its Bay Area Thunderbird Alumni Holiday Party. Organizers say it’s the “biggest holiday party ever,” for more information click here.

Please note: If you have trouble accessing these events online, please sign up with MTB. If you are having trouble logging on, contact Janet Chicvara at janet.chicvara@ for assistance.



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Thank you to the thousands of alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends of Thunderbird who supported us during FY 08/09. Take an in-depth look at the impact of your gifts and check on our progress in our Annual Report on Giving.

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December 3-4:
Thunderbird will be the Title Sponsor and primary benefactor of the 13th annual Pro Players Classic Golf Tournament (PPC), held at Terravita Golf and Country Club in Scottsdale, for more information click here.

December 17:
Fall Commencement at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa, for more information click here.

January 9-14, 2011: Development Organizations and Global Business: Best Practices and Cutting-Edge Initiatives, Washington, D.C. Learn about the myriad of contemporary issues and practices facing developmental organizations today, for more information click here.


Online education’s new campus: Thunderbird - BusinessWeek

Quality programme to go the distance - Financial Times

Risky Business for Afghan Female CEOs - The Daily Beast

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