The 18th Annual
Proceeds benefit the Friends
of Thunderbird Mavis Voris
November 14-15, 1992
THUNDERBIRD AND ITS STUDENTS
Nicknamed "Thunderbird" because the campus is
located on the former Thunderbird Field, a deactivated
army air training base, The American Graduate
School of International Management has been part of
the annual Thunderbird Balloon Classic for 18 years.
For the first 14 years, the event was held on the
Thunderbird Campus. In 1989, the race was moved
to the Glendale Airport to accommodate more balloons,
spectators and an air show. In 1990, the race
became a Fiesta Bowl event.
The Balloon Classic has been a focus for alumni during
the School's homecoming weekend. The Alumni
Hospitality Tent at the race is a meeting place for
Thunderbird alumni, staff, faculty, students, and
friends of the School. An informational display gives
the public a glimpse of what makes Thunderbird the
world's premier graduate school for international
Thunderbird's link with the race is simple. Besides
the fact that the School's 25,000 alumni are invited
to return to witness the event as a part of their homecoming,
over 370 Thunderbird students have received
Friends of Thunderbird Mavis Voris scholarships
through an endowment which is funded by the
proceeds of the past 17 balloon races. The endowment
stands at more than half a million dollars, making
the race the School's biggest fund-raising event.
Scholarships are awarded to continuing students
based on their academic achievement, financial
need, participation in campus activities and faculty
recommendations. The students also share another
common bond: an insatiable desire to expand their
international horizons. Following are a few of this
year's recipients and their stories.
As a Friends of Thunderbird scholarship recipient in
her last semester of graduate school, Andrea Kaspar
works as a graduate associate in the Internship Office
of the Career Services Center. Her job is to be a liaison
between Thunderbird and current and prospective interns.
She knows the value of internships firsthand.
"With positive community involvement comes a positive
view of the School and a positive attitude about
ourselves,'' James says.
His personal involvement in the community includes
serving on the Board of Directors for the Hacienda de
Los Angeles, a children's hospital in Phoenix, and
volunteering with the Valley Religious Task Force
on Central America, a group which assists Central
American refugees seeking political asylum in the U.S.
James is highly proficient in Spanish and has travelled
extensively throughout Mexico. He has also
lived in Spain and Guatemala where he served as a
translator for a medical relief team.
James wants to launch a career in international management
in Latin America that will combine his
cross-cultural communication and research skills.
Like most Thunderbird students, Rodrigo Xavier
thrives on the international community and has an
understanding of many cultures and languages.
A native of Brazil, this second semester student
came to Thunderbird from Japan, where he was
studying international economics on a Monbusho
Scholarship granted by the Japanese government. He
had the opportunity to stay and complete a Ph.D.
there, but chose instead to come to Thunderbird.
Rodrigo speaks five languages: Portuguese, English,
French, Japanese and Spanish. He has lived in Canada
(as a Rotary exchange student in Manitoba), the
U.S. and Japan, and has visited more than 30 countries
around the world. He received a B.S. in economics
from the Universidade de Brasilia in 1990. His
coursework emphasis at Thunderbird is in finance
and international trade, which is the area he wants
to work in after he graduates in May, 1993.
"I want to have an international career and eventually
go back to Brazil and help my country with my
experience and knowledge," he says. "Eventually, I
want to open my own business in Brazil."
Rodrigo's Friends of Thunderbird scholarship assignment
is with the Dom Pedro II Research Center,
where he collects and organizes current information
about Brazil and other Portuguese-speaking countries.
He is also a Presidential Scholarship recipient.
CALENDAR OF ACTIVITIES
Saturda~ November 14
6:00 a.m. GATES OPEN
Balloon Inflation & Lift-off
Parade of International Flags
International Stage Entertainment,
presented by lhundetbird students:
9:15-9:30 a.m. International Fashion Show
9:30-9:40 a.m. Japanese Martial Arts
9:45-10:00 a.m. Indonesian Dance
10:10-10:30 a.m. Brazilian/American Singer
10:40-10:50 a.m. Thai Dance
11:00-11:30 a.m. Canadian Folk Singers
11:40 a.m.-12:00 noon Lambada/Salsa/Merengue
12:00 noon-3:00 p.m.
Sunda~ November 15
12:00 noon-3:00 p.m.
Audience participation is
Thunderbird Air Show
Sean Thcker Night Airshow,
Sponsored by Bud Light
Country Western Street Dance
The Lost Creek Riders Band
Balloon Inflation and Lift-off
Balloon Race Awards
Thunderbird Air Show
One of the highlights of Andrea's tenure at Thunderbird
was her own internship this spring and summer
with the U.S. Olympic Committee in Colorado
Springs where she was the public relations and media
specialist for the U.S. Taekwondo Union.
Andrea Andrea received a B.B.A. from Saint Mary's
College in Notre Dame, Indiana in 1990 and will complete
her Thunderbird M.I.M. in December with an
emphasis in international marketing. She hopes to
make a career in international sports marketing, starting
with the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
Through contacts she made as an intern, she hopes to
make the right networking connection that will land
her a job in the middle of Atlanta's celebration of
sport. An avid sports enthusiast, Andrea once coached
a swim team in her hometown of Naperville, lllinois and
has several friends who have been on Olympic teams.
Andrea speaks French and has travelled in more than
a dozen countries. She lived in the West Indies during
the summer of 1987 and in Europe during the
summer of 1988. In 1991, she taught English in South
Korea. Andrea was the entertainment co-chair for the
17th Annual Thunderbird Balloon Classic.
After working for three years as a budget analyst for
the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the
USDA, Pam Brewer knew that she wanted a master's
degree and that Thunderbird was the place to get it.
Like most Thunderbird students, Pam has valuable international
experience and a strong interest in global
affairs. She served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer for
two years in Senegal, West Africa. In the village of
1,300 people where she lived, her job was to assess the
structure, the needs and the wants of the community.
"It turned out to be an easy project," she said. "A big
need of the village was a good water supply. We did a
series of well-repair projects that were very successful."
Pam joined the USDA after returning from the Peace
Corps and found that she was well suited for the analytical
world. She is seeking a career in internal auditing
or finance and knows the kind of company she
wants to work for. "I'm looking for a company with
integrity-one that is a good corporate citizen both
environmentally and politically-and one that does
something I can be proud of. I'm looking for a place
with good growth potential and a place that's fun."
Pam is eager to take the "Thunderbird mystique" with
her into the business world. "The beauty of Thunderbird
is that we're all a little bit on the edge and away
from the norm. When we get back into the 'normal'
world, we spread the news that life is fun. People are
the same everywhere and sharing that is one of the
goals of Thunderbird."
Through her Friends of Thunderbird scholarship, Pam
works as a teaching assistant for Dr. Kenneth Ferris in
the Department of World Business. She gives a review ,
session for his accounting class once a week and holds office hours so that students can "ask anything" about accounting.
Pam earned a B.A. in history and political science' at
Oral Roberts University in 1985. She'll graduate from
Thunderbird with an M.I.M. in December.
A strong belief in the Thunderbird focus on international
business brought James Schneider to the School
in Glendale. Through his previous job as director of
member services for the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of
Commerce, James learned a great deal about doing
business cross-culturally and about NAFTA, the North
American Free Trade Agreement. He became convinced
that a Thunderbird degree would set him apart
in the rapidly changing world of business.
"I believe in the international business backgroundit's
the background for the 21st century," James says.
"When I learned so much about NAFTA, I knew
[NAFTA] was the ground floor of something huge; I
ran here [to Thunderbird]."
James, who is originally from Scottsdale, received a
B.A. in history with a minor in Spanish and English literature
from DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana,
in 1991. He is a first semester student at Thunderbird
In addition to his interest in business, James is also involved
with many volunteer groups. His Friends of
Thunderbird scholarship assignment is with the Dean
of Students as the Volunteer Coordinator. In this position,
he works to unite community groups or causes
that need workers with Thunderbird student groups
who are willing to volunteer their time and talents.
STUDENT CLUB PARTICIPATION
At the International Stage/Bazaar area, several
of Thunderbird's student clubs have set up
booths and are selling international items.
On Saturday, following the International Parade
of F1ags by Thunderbird students, members of
student clubs will perform on the International
Stage. Entertainment will include an Indonesian
dance and Canadian folk singers. A
complete schedule of performances appears in
The following student clubs will have booths
in the International Stage/Bazaar area:
• African Club
• Brazilian Club
• Environmental Club
• German Club
• Latin American Club
• Russian Club
• Southeast Asia Club
• Women in International Trade
FACTS ABOUT THUNDERBIRD
• The American Graduate School of International
Management is popularly known as
"Thunderbird," a name dating back to its
founding in 1946 on the grounds of the former
• The School is the oldest and largest graduate
school of international business in the world.
• Thunderbird has a full-time enrollment of more
than 1,500 students.
• Nearly one-third of the students are from foreign
• More than 35 percent of the students are women.
• Thunderbird grants more business master's
degrees each year than Harvard.
• The Thunderbird curriculum is an integrated
three-part program of language, world business,
and international studies.
• The Master of International Management is the
School's primary degree program. Other degree ,
programs include the Executive MIM, the
Master of International Health Management, and
the Master of International Management of
• Thunderbird offers instruction in nine
non-English languages: Arabic, Chinese,
French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese,
Russian and Spimish.
• Thunderbird has campuses in Asia and Europe.
• A three-week "Winterim" program in January
features guest lecturers from multinational
corporations and the global political arena who
share their knowledge and expertise in courses
such as international banking, women leaders,
and business in Eastern Europe and Russia
For more information, contact the Communication Office at (602)
978-7114. For admissions information or to apply, contact the
Admissions Office at (602) 978-7210.
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