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JUNE 2013
News and Notes

School launches Thunderbird News Hub

Visit the new Thunderbird News Hub to discover all the exciting things taking place on campus and beyond. The centralized news source automatically displays calendar items and updates from Thunderbird Magazine, Thunderbird Media Center, Thunderbird Thought Leadership, Thunderbird for Good and the Thunderbird Emerging Markets Laboratory. The page also displays recent posts from Thunderbird's official Twitter and Facebook accounts. People now have one consolidated place they can visit to follow all things Thunderbird. Read more...


Thunderbird Executive Education honored
The Financial Times has once again ranked Thunderbird as one of the world's top 10 providers of executive education and No. 3 for Open Enrollment Programs. Read more...
  The handbook for global leadership
Now available on and Barnes & Noble: From Thunderbird's Najafi Global Mindset Institute comes the new book, "Developing Your Global Mindset." Read more...

Sights and Sounds

Laureate partnership Q&A
David Graves, Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Laureate Education, talks May 16, 2013, about the planned Thunderbird partnership. View full video (32:54) or nine clips
Spring commencement keynote
US Airways Chairman and CEO Doug Parker gives Thunderbird graduates some simple advice on May 3, 2013: "Relationships matter." View keynote address (8:28) or interview (1:21)

Tips and Trends
Halting workplace incivility
Seemingly inconsequential acts of bad behavior can spread through your organization like the flu, taking a financial and emotional toll. Thunderbird Professor Christine Pearson, Ph.D., shares 10 steps for leaders to halt the contagion. Read more...
  Join the global elite
Thunderbird Professor Gregory Unruh, Ph.D., and Thunderbird Emeritus President Ángel Cabrera, Ph.D., get inside the heads of global leaders and share their secrets in the May 2013 issue of Harvard Business Review. Read more... | Download full PDF


Beyond the Kindertransport

Frederick Koppl '52 was a child when Hitler came to power, but old enough to grasp what it meant to be Jewish in his birthplace of Danzig, an independent city-state that rejoined Poland after World War II. Out of desperation, Koppl's grandparents put him on a train in March 1939 to live with strangers in a faraway land. The rescue mission, called the Kindertransport, eventually saved the lives of 10,000 children from Germany, Austria and the former Czechoslovakia. Koppl later returned to the region as a U.S. soldier to fight the Nazis. Then he found a new home and a new life at Thunderbird. Read more...


Class Notes

T-bird named CEO of Turkish heating company

Thunderbird alumnus Ender Çolak '98 has been appointed as CEO of Baymak Solar Energy Systems, a leading heating and climate company of Turkey and a subsidiary of Dutch-based BDR Thermea. "I am 100 percent part of the global community," Çolak said. "After graduation, I have experienced all levels of international business to become truly global." Read more...

Nike veteran named LaCrosse Footwear president
LaCrosse Footwear, the Portland, Oregon-based company sold last year to a Japanese shoe retailer, has appointed Nike veteran and Thunderbird alumnus Robert Sasaki '98 as its president, the company announced May 17, 2013. Read more in The Oregonian...

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Chapter Connections

Minnesotans venture outdoors
Twin City T-birds got together May 7, 2013, for the group's first outdoor event of the season in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota.
T-birds pack house in San Diego
About 45 T-birds and their guests packed the San Diego Diplomacy Council headquarters on May 7, 2013, for a First Tuesday guest lecture event.

Then & Now   Job of the Month   Thunderbird Online
Then and Now
Read the Spring 1983 issue of Thunderbird Magazine, or the current issue.
Global Connect No. 7925
Title: Director of Finance
Location: Spokane, Washington
Company: Services Group of America
Expires: June 22, 2013

For more information on this position and other opportunities, log in to GlobalConnect.
Financial Times discount

Thunderbird alumni are eligible for a 25 percent discount off the Financial Times standard digital subscription rate. Visit for more information.

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