TIAA Announces New Operations Manager

By John Schuldt, Executive Director of TIAA On behalf of the TIAA Board of Directors, I am pleased to tell you that Alicia Engel, EMGM class of 2016 (Cohort “E25”), has joined TIAA as its Operations Manager effective February 20, 2018.  Throughout Alicia’s 20+ year career, her passion to drive growth through employee engagement has established […]

Q&A With John Schuldt, Executive Director of TIAA

By Youfeng (Gloria) Pan, Guest Writer  John Schuldt is the Executive Director of the Thunderbird Independent Alumni Association (TIAA). He sat down with us on Feb. 15 to discuss his story, TIAA’s role in the Thunderbird community, and what he sees the future holding for Thunderbird. What is your story? What led you to this […]

The Benefits of Joining TIAA as a Current Student

By Tash Kovacs ’16, Guest Writer The support, camaraderie, and networking opportunities made possible by TIAA have, in my experience, been absolutely incredible.  Joining TIAA has given me direct access to diverse and bright Alumni members who better than anyone fundamentally understand the value and ‘mystique’ that T-birds bring to the table. As a TIAA […]

Calming the Chaos: TIAA Conference in NYC

By Lauren Herber, Editor-in-Chief Those of us that have had the pleasure of attending a class or lecture taught by Professor Denis Leclerc are likely familiar with the topic of “Leading in a VUCA World.” VUCA isn’t a particularly new term, but its meaning and implications are just as relevant today as they were when […]

Welcome from the Thunderbird Independent Alumni Association

By Lenora Peppers Greene, ’02 Dear Incoming T-birds, fellow Future Alumni, Welcome to Thunderbird! You have made a great choice with your life that will take you down a new path – full of energy, exhaustion, a little drama and a lot of learning. During the first week of classes 15 years ago when I […]

Appetizers and Alumni: Lunch with the TIAA

By Jake Strickler, Editor-in-Chief Days before the start of Foundations, with the click-clack sound of luggage being rolled along the sidewalks in the air as new students arriving from parts far-flung moved into their rooms, the executive leadership of the Thunderbird Independent Alumni Association (TIAA) assembled in the Tower conference room. The occasion: a luncheon […]

Interview: TIAA Finds New Executive Director in ’02 Alum

By Jake Strickler, Co-Editor The Thunderbird Independent Alumni Association recently announced that a selection had been made in their search for a new permanent Executive Director. The highly qualified individual who made the cut: Lenora Peppers Greene of the Class of 2002. Lenora calls Austin, Texas home, and, in true T-Bird fashion, grew up moving […]

Success and Growth: TIAA 2015 Year in Review

By TIAA and Das Tor Staff At the beginning of 2015, none of us knew what would happen with the ASU merger, but we were certain TIAA would be here for the long run.  Throughout the year, we had folks ask if we were disbanding now that the school had a new home.  Would TIAA […]

TIAA Offers Free Membership to All Current Students

By Jake Strickler, Co-editor Over the last semester, we’ve published a number of articles aimed at getting the current student body acquainted with the Thunderbird Independent Alumni Association, or TIAA as we call them around these parts. In brief, the TIAA was “founded in 2013 as an organization ‘By Alumni, For Alumni,’ dedicated to advancing […]

A Delightful Evening in Scottsdale with the TIAA

By Jake Strickler, Staff Writer It was a clear and starry sky under which Thunderbirds – alumni and current students – joined together for a cocktail reception last Friday night hosted by the Thunderbird Independent Alumni Association (TIAA) at Scottsdale’s Paradise Valley Country Club. The TIAA, as has been described in previous articles, is an independent […]