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In this issue:
Alumni Webinar on the Middle East
Meet Thunderbird's Global Community Engagement Manager
Events for Entrepreneurs
Looking to hire a

Forwarding your
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Thunderbird Network Trumps Technology

On September 5, 2012 a major earthquake rattled the northwest coast of Costa Rica, about 87 miles west of the capital of San José. When the quake struck, Jonathan Valembois '09 was working on the west side of San José and his two kids were on the east side, at school. His wife was even farther away - working in Colombia.

"After the event, I talked to my daughter and then tried by all means to reach my wife. I knew that information travels fast and that the news about the earthquake might get to her before my reassurance that the whole family was okay," said Valembois. "I tried the cellphone, Skype, Facebook, WhatsApp... but, as is usually the case, I was not the only one and all the lines were down due to an overflow."

Valembois had lost hope when his phone rang. On the other end of the line was a friend and fellow T-bird Carlos Andrés Acuña '09 who was calling from Colombia. "He knew that my wife was there and wanted to know if I was able to reach her," said Valembois.

After learning that Valembois had not been able to reach his wife, Acuña searched the whole Torre Colpatria building in Bogotá - the tallest building in that town - until he got to her and told her that the rest of her family was okay.

"Setting the fear apart from all the feelings that an earthquake could generate, I was now, once more, a proud member of the T-bird network," said Valembois. "It worked! It is a network stronger than the technology related networks... and it stays on even after an earthquake."

October News Briefs

Thunderbird Hosts Algerian Faculty for a Curriculum Development Program
On September 17, Thunderbird School of Global Management welcomed seven Algerian faculty members from Kasdi Merbah University of Ouargla to campus for a week-long development program. The program is part of the U.S. State Department's University Linkages Program, supported by the U.S. Embassy in Algeria and co-sponsored by World Learning.

The faculty members are pictured here alongside Interim President Barbara Barrett, and program director and Thunderbird Professor Melissa Beran Samuelson.

Alumni Webinar on the Middle East
Events in the Middle East continue to produce new surprises and challenges, as forces unleashed in the Arab Spring evolve in different ways throughout the region. There's a new president in Egypt who has been attempting to re-define the country's relationships, while the tragic fighting in Syria appears no closer to a solution. Libya continues to struggle with re-establishing governmental authority amid local security challenges while Saudi Arabia and other Gulf kingdoms talk of greater unity and the Arab League searches for new relevance amid the upheaval. Meanwhile, age-old frictions between the West and the Middle East continue to fester.

It's time for another update on these and other momentous events in the Middle East. Join Professors Paul Kinsinger and Nivien Saleh on October 17 at 10 a.m. Arizona time for the fifth in a series of hour-long webinars to discuss the latest developments in this dynamic and fascinating part of the globe. As in the past, Paul and Nivien will take your questions, so please submit them ahead of time by e-mailing We look forward to your views and questions!

Visit to attend the webinar on the day/time of the event. The link will not be active until the day and time of the event. To view this webinar, you must have RealPlayer installed on your computer. If you do not have RealPlayer, go here for a free download.

Volunteer with Thunderbird for Good
Twenty-seven Haitian women are coming to Thunderbird as part of the 10,000 Women initiative, and we are looking for volunteers. The women will be on the Glendale campus October 15-28.

The 10,000 Women initiative is a partnership between Thunderbird, Goldman Sachs, and the U.S. State Department, with a goal to provide 10,000 underserved women around the world with business and management education.

There are a variety of volunteer opportunities for both French speaking and non-French speaking volunteers. For a list of opportunities, or to find out more, please contact Cheri Roberts with Thunderbird for Good at

Meet Thunderbird's Global Community Engagement Manager
In her role as Global Community Engagement Manager, Niky Chokshi '12 serves as the point of contact between alumni, prospective students, faculty and current students in an effort to synergize Thunderbird's global recruiting initiatives.

She is currently overseeing the Thunderbird Global Ambassadors program (TGA) which strives to connect alumni with prospective and admitted students in their respective cities of residence around the globe. The mission of the program is to position alumni as key points of referral for high caliber individuals who fit the 'Thunderbird Mystique,' thereby allowing the alumni to have a direct impact on molding the next generation of Thunderbirds.

If you are interested in learning more about the TGA program or would like to become a TGA, please contact Niky Chokshi at

In Arizona? You're Invited to Thunderbird Online's Annual Lunch & Learn
Guest Speaker: Thunderbird Professor Karen Walch
Topic: Cross-Cultural Communication & Negotiation
When: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 from 11:30AM - 1PM
Location: The Venue-Scottsdale, AZ

RSVP by October 22 to attend free of charge!

Events for Entrepreneurs
Arizona Furnace Accelerator: Thunderbird has partnered with Arizona Furnace Accelerator. Furnace is an intensive, six-month accelerator experience for startups; providing them with initial seed funding, office space, and access to top industry mentors. Participants in Furnace will have access to the top discoveries made in Arizona laboratories and the opportunity to commercialize those technologies into high-potential startups. The competition is open to anyone in the world, but winners must incubate in Arizona. The application deadline is October 15. Find out more here:

Startup Weekend Phoenix: Startup Weekend Phoenix is being held on Thunderbird's campus October 19-21. Startup Weekends are 54-hour events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products and launch startups! Get 20% off with the promo code: TBIRD. Find out more here:

Job of the Month:
GlobalConnect: #6569
Job Title: Sr. Business Leader, Global Product Management and Coordination
Location: Foster City, California
Company: VISA
Expires: 10/18/12

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.

Looking to hire a T-bird? Come to the Professional Development Week & Career Fair
Thunderbird's Professional Development Week and Career Fair is taking place on the Glendale campus October 22-26 and we would love for your company to be represented.

Thunderbird Career Management Center
Employer Relations
(602) 978-7245

Learn more/Register:

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2. Select the "Settings" link, then select "Forwarding and POP/IMAP".

3. In the "Forwarding" section, click the button for "Forward a copy of incoming mail to" and enter the email address that you wish to forward to. You can also choose if you would like to keep or delete messages that have been auto-forwarded.

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Thunderbird Making Headlines

Thunderbird School of Global Management boosts student engagement, with help from the Financial Times
- Financial Times

Strategy Implementation: An alternative to inspiring through fear
- Forbes India

Social media used as teaching aid for universities
- Phoenix Business Journal

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October 7-18:
"Thunderbird International Consortia", more information here.

October 9-11:
"Thunderbird Professional Speaker Series", more information here.

November 2-4:
"Thunderbird Campus Preview Weekend", more information here.

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