In this issue:
New Leadership in the CMC
Course Facilitators Needed
Become a Project Artemis Mentor

Global Giving Competition

Creating a Stronger Alumni Network

Summer at Thunderbird may seem quiet with many of the students heading home or taking on internships, but for the Thunderbird staff, it has been an exciting time.

Twelve weeks have passed since Kathryn McManus (pictured left) came to campus as the Vice President of Global Communications and Alumni Relations. McManus has served on the Thunderbird Global Council for the past six years and has an extensive global media background. She is known for her international work at CNN and NewsCertified Exchange. Her passions are highlighting thought leadership and creating integrated global communication systems.

"Most organizations have little substance and lots of promotion," said McManus. "Thunderbird is the opposite. There is incredible depth in the work alumni are doing globally with little recognition. I intend to use my media knowledge and experience to increase the visibility of our accomplishments."

Karen Longo '88 (pictured right), President of the Thunderbird Alumni Network Board (TANB) has been working with McManus and the Alumni Relations Department to create new communications infrastructure.

Longo has been an active alumni leader for over eleven years, starting with the Phoenix Chapter leadership. Now, as President of TAN Board, Longo serves on the Board of Trustees and the Thunderbird Global Council representing alumni views. Longo also travels internationally representing the alumni board providing strategic insight.

"Given all the transition it is an exciting time to be able to create systems of engagement," said Longo. "Alumni will have a more active voice that will be seen in the months to come."

Some of the improvements will seem subtle at first, like the revamping of Thunderbird’s events calendar. Once complete, however, you will notice a big jump in the number of global events that will be featured.

With our August 17th summer commencement approaching quickly, we look forward to welcoming the newest Thunderbird graduates to a strong Alumni network that is being strengthened even more every day.

If you are not already a part of the Thunderbird Alumni (Official) LinkedIn Group, be sure to join the over 11,800 alumni who share your passion for Thunderbird.

And as always, you can contact the Alumni office to help you get connected at

August News Briefs

New Leadership in the CMC
Thunderbird School of Global Management has appointed Guy Groff to lead the school's international recruitment efforts as Associate Vice President of Career Management and Professional Development. Groff joins the school from the Babcock Graduate School of Management at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he has been the Director of the Graduate Career Management Center since 2008.

Read the full news release here.

Alumni Group Attends Bob Dudley Speech
BP CEO Bob Dudley '79 spoke Friday July 13th at a City Club of Cleveland event. A group of dedicated T-bird alumni from the Cleveland/Youngstown region attended. From left to right they are: Bob Dudley '79, Eric Planey '00, Les Proctor '95 and John Briscoe '12.
Photo courtesy of City Club of Cleveland.

Thunderbird Mobile Update
The Android version of the Thunderbird Mobile app has been updated. Please visit the Android Marketplace to download the new version.

Job of the Month:
GlobalConnect: #6265
Job Title: China Liaison
Location: Beijing or Shanghai
Company: Thunderbird for Good
Expires: August 16

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.

Course Facilitators Needed
The Global MBA for Latin American Managers is currently seeking strong English speaking facilitators for onsite Business Communications courses in Phoenix, Miami, Monterrey Mexico, Mexico City, Guadalajara, Bogota, Lima, and Buenos Aires.

The fall term starts on September 8, 2012. Facilitators run the case discussions, simulations and act as tutors for our students in face-to-face sessions. Classes meet every other weekend for 7 weekends on Friday afternoons or Saturdays.

Please contact Amy Pate for more information: or (602)978-7071

Thunderbird School of Global Management will be undergoing its re-accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) from October 22-24, 2012.

As part of the reaccreditation process, Thunderbird is required to notify all stakeholders that the school is preparing for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency.

Stakeholders of the school are invited to submit comments regarding the school on or before September 22, 2012 at:

Become a Project Artemis Mentor
Thunderbird for Good is looking for mentors to help with its fifth Project Artemis Afghanistan class. Project Artemis is a not-for-profit program that trains promising women in entrepreneurship and business planning. The participants are selected for the program based on the strength of their business ideas, level of business knowledge, experience, leadership potential and perceived ability to do well in the program.

Mentoring is a crucial component of the experience, ensuring that each Artemis fellow receives individual attention and has someone dedicated to supporting them in the future. The Project Artemis women will be on Thunderbird's campus January 28 - February 9, 2013. Mentors make a commitment to their mentees for two years, pledging to work together to help the Afghan businesswomen start and/or grow their businesses.

If you are interested in applying to be an Artemis mentor, please visit the Project Artemis mentoring website at:, or the general Project Artemis website at:

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Veterans Scholarships
Thanks to you, our generous alumni, we now have six donor funded scholarships for U.S. military personnel:

• Hero Helper/Wounded Warrior Award
• J.M. Klein Veteran Scholarship
• James Parshall & Joseph Smith Memorial Scholarship
• Karen and Gary Brukardt Scholarship
• McLane Assistantship for Returning Veterans at Thunderbird
• Merle and Miriam Hinrichs Veterans Scholarship

You can find more information about these scholarships at this link:

If you are interested in donating to a scholarship, contact

If you know someone who qualifies to receive one of these scholarships, direct them to

Thunderbird Making Headlines

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August 7:
The Dallas / Fort Worth Chapter is holding its First Tuesday at La Cima Club Las Colinas, more information here

August 18:
The Colorado Chapter is organizing an outing to climb Mt. Bierstadt, more information here

August 23:
Chicagoland Thunderbird Alumni Association is holding a dinner for alums 40 years & older at Maria's Mexican Restaurant more information here


August 17:
Summer Commencement with keynote speaker, Wyatt W. Decker, M.D., Vice President, Mayo Clinic, Chief Executive Officer, Mayo Clinic Arizona.

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