APRIL 2012
In this issue:
Thunderbird is
No. 1 again
Jobs delivered to your e-mail
Looking for T-bird bloggers
Baseball lessons for corporate culture

Super First Tuesday success

Student and alumni rugby fierce on the pitch, friendly in the pub

The student rugby team took home another win with a 43-23 victory over the Old Boys alumni team March 3, 2012 during the annual Rugby Alumni Weekend on campus.

Dozens of spectators gathered along the sidelines on the rugby pitch to enjoy a competitive match and a chance to catch up with friends under the warmth of the Arizona sun.

Although the Old Boys tied the game at 26 after the first 40 minutes, the students' stamina and frequent practice helped them push ahead in the final 20 minutes, said Thunderbird Alumni Rugby Association leader Chuck Hamilton '91.


April News Briefs

Who will you see in Berlin?
Some travel to Berlin for its historic scenery. Others go for its rich culture and diverse activities.

But T-birds will go not only for all of this, but for much more.

On May 24-27, T-birds from around the world will re-connect in Germany's breathtaking capital for a weekend of reunion activities, enriching presentations from today's top global business leaders and a glitzy gala at the German Historical Museum.

Join us and share in the mystique as we re-ignite old friendships and spark new ones. Register today at for this unique opportunity to attend the Thunderbird European Reunion and Global Business Dialogue. Space is limited and the deadline to register is May 17.

Thunderbird ranked No. 1 International MBA for 17th year
Thunderbird School of Global Management has once again been recognized as the No. 1 business school in the "International" MBA program specialty by U.S. News & World Report magazine. This is the 17th consecutive year Thunderbird has earned this distinction, and it marks the school's second top ranking by leading publications since the beginning of this year. Read more...

Seventy-nine Chapters participate in Super First Tuesday
This year's Super First Tuesday event held around the world during the second week in March was a success with 79 Chapters participating in activities and 218 prospective students registering for events.

The Washington D.C. Chapter had the most registered attendees with 120, including alumni and friends of Thunderbird.

"Super First Tuesday is not only an event for prospective students, but it is an event for alumni as well," said Thunderbird Global Community Engagement Manager Bell Benjapatanamongkol '08. "The event serves to bring the Thunderbird community closer and to showcase why we are ranked No. 1 in international business and in the strength of our alumni network."

She added, "I don't think any other business school could have pulled off a global networking event in 79 locations, spanning 34 countries." Thunderbird would like to thank all of the chapters and alumni who participated, as we could not have done this without you.

View Professor F. John Mathis' webcast here
We would like to apologize for the technical difficulties which occurred on March 21, 2012 during Professor F. John Mathis' webinar on the global economy.

We thank you for tuning in to alumni webinars and will continue providing them for alumni.

The presentation entitled "Global Financial Uncertainty and Volatility: The New Normal" is now available for viewing on Thunderbird's Knowledge Network.

Looking for T-bird bloggers
Thunderbird is looking for T-bird blogs that are business-related and regularly updated with fresh content to add to our Alumni Blogroll on the Thunderbird Knowledge Network. The purpose of this section is to share the knowledge and experience of our vast alumni network with fellow alumni. Its purpose is not to advertise an individual's products or services. If you have a blog that fits this description, we would be happy to include it. Please send it to

Career opportunities delivered to your inbox
Did you know that the Career Management Center publishes a twice-monthly email featuring career opportunities for alumni? Highlighting some of the top jobs in GlobalConnect, this newsletter is a great resource for T-birds looking for that next opportunity. Sign up now.

Career Management Center -- Job of the Month
GlobalConnect # 5450
Job Title: Deputy Country Director
Location: Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Company: Clinton Health Access Initiative
Expiration: April 13, 2012

For more information on this position and other opportunities, log in to GlobalConnect. If you are a new user, please allow 2-3 days to be admitted into the system.

Help us source the next generation of global leaders
As a Thunderbird alumna/alumnus, you meet individuals every day who have the drive and ambition to become tomorrow's next global leaders. Join Thunderbird's "Human Capital Campaign," and help us source the next generation of global talent by referring a prospective student today!

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Starting in April - Online Certificate in Global Oil & Gas Management
This new online certificate focuses on the oil and gas business from the perspective of the entire value chain. Remember, T-bird alumni get a 50 percent discount on all Thunderbird Online certificates.

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April 3:
Beijing Chapter is holding a special First Tuesday event with speaker Lawrence Allen '88, Principal, Heidrick & Struggles Beijing. The chapter will also host 19 T-bird students who are studying at Peking University, more information here

April 3:
Los Angeles Chapter is holding its First Tuesday at the SmithHouse, more information here

April 8:
Taipei Chapter is holding a golf outing at Sun City Golf, more information here


April 24-25:
Thunderbird to host ACCESS 2012 International Trade Forum, more information here

April 27:
Spring Commencement will be held on campus, more information here

May 2-4:
Achieve a Winning "Marketing Mindset" professional development program will be held on campus, more information here


Rating HR's Global Mindset - Human Resource Executive

The impact of gas prices on politics - KJZZ

Tech-Passionate Penley Hopes to Keep Thunderbird Active - Online MBA

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Story: Being Global: How to Think, Act and Lead in a Transformed World

Globalization has shaken up traditional leadership development. Language immersion, cultural etiquette tips and the like are wildly insufficient to prepare managers for the demands of today's global marketplace.


Blog: Program brings jobs and more to chronically unemployed

Rombout Peer '91 and his wife, Jacqueline, journeyed to Australia for sabbatical in search of what they wanted for their lives. What they ultimately discovered is that helping others find direction also adds meaning to their own lives.


Video: Baseball lessons for a winning corporate culture

The team chemistry that propelled the Arizona Diamondbacks to the 2011 National League Western Division championship started off the field with a campaign to fix the front office culture, team President and CEO Derrick Hall said Feb. 28, 2012, at Thunderbird School of Global Management.

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