Nearly 1,000 T-bird Alumni will gather on campus in just six weeks to network, re-unite and celebrate.
Some are attending Thunderbird’s first inaugural Global Business Dialogue, others are attending the largest celebration in our school’s history, and Homecoming – and many are taking part in everything.
As Thunderbird gears up for 11-11-11 , world-class speakers are still joining an already impressive list of top global business leaders for the Thunderbird Global Business Dialogue set for November 10 – 11, 2011. In addition, Class of ’86 leaders are working with Alumni Relations staff to gather classmates for a reunion. And Thunderbird event planners are putting the final touches on the Tower Celebration.
“After 32 years of being an alumnus, I am still as excited as ever about getting back on campus to renew the sense of purpose we felt when we graduated,” said John Cook ’79.
Despite living in Switzerland, Cook rarely misses a Homecoming and calls the returns to campus “truly amazing.”
Another T-bird, Nona Niner ’81, who is a New York City Chapter Leader, said returning to Thunderbird campus for Homecomings and attending European reunions have been among the most memorable and joyful times in her life.
“Being an alumni leader for many years has given me the opportunity to meet and inspire new alumni, to catch up with the special staff members who take care of our cherished school and to reconnect with fellow T-birds from all graduation classes and countries around the world,” Niner said.
On November 10 in the evening, after the first day of the dynamic two-day Global Dialogue, alumni will head over to the original Thunderbird Pub, founded in 1971, for the Last Night at the Old Pub event. There, T-birds spanning six decades will share stories – old and new – over pints of beer in the new Pub housed in the west wing of the award-winning restored air traffic control tower.
On Friday, Nov. 11, T-birds will gather at the center of campus to celebrate the restored Tower during a long-awaited party complete with dinner, drinks, fireworks and music. Then, on Saturday evening, alumni can enjoy margaritas and beer on the tower lawn, followed by dinner, dancing and entertainment for Regional Night. Lastly, a final farewell champagne brunch on Sunday morning will provide a relaxing morning to say goodbye to friends old and new.
Register here if you plan to attend any of the events. Hotels are booking up quickly due to a number of events occurring in the Phoenix area around the same time, so don’t wait until the last minute. We recommend booking your hotel now. American Airlines is offering a 10 percent discount to alumni traveling to and from this event.