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|In this issue... November 2010EVENTS - Reception Held for Alumni at Annual AOPA Conference DAYTONA BEACH CAMPUS - Homecoming Draws All Kinds of Characters - Eagles Flight Team Dominates Regional Competition - Kappa Alpha Psi and NSBE Hold Meet and Greet With OBAP Alumni PRESCOTT CAMPUS - Veterans Day Event Drew Large Crowd WORLDWIDE CAMPUS - Embry-Riddle Expands in Asia CHAPTER NEWS - Prescott Alumni Chapter Catches the Holiday Spirit AWARDS - Nominations Being Accepted IN MEMORIAM - CAREERS - ATHLETICS - Men's and Women's Golf Teams Added to Prescott Campus BENEFITS - GIVING NEWS
Reception Held for Alumni at Annual AOPA Conference
A small luncheon was held for Embry-Riddle alumni and friends at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach on Saturday, Nov. 13. Attendees had the opportunity to network and socialize with each other while Andrew Broom ('97, '00, DB), left, VP of Communications for AOPA and Embry-Riddle Alumni Advisory Council member, was the special guest speaker.
Andrew spoke about the AOPA scholarship for students and AOPA's connection to Embry-Riddle and the aviation community, as well as the importance of keeping in touch with your alma mater. He encouraged alumni to keep in touch not only to support Embry-Riddle, but to stay connected to each other for job search efforts and keeping current on university events.
Homecoming Draws All Kinds of CharactersDuring the first week of November, Embry-Riddle students on the Daytona Beach campus celebrated Homecoming with the theme "Illustrate Your Character." Events for students included a sidewalk chalk art contest, an air jam, spirit sign contest and a movie on the West Lawn. Events for alumni started on Friday, Nov. 5, with the annual Alumni Return to Classes, in which alumni could attend select classes and see what's being taught currently on campus and maybe learn a thing or two themselves!
Also on Friday, alumni could go on an exclusive walking tour of campus or play in the annual golf tournament sponsored by the Athletics department. On Saturday, the Alumni Association participated in the annual Homecoming parade, with Conrad Shad ('62, MC) acting as Grand Marshal this year. On Saturday evening, over 100 alumni and friends gathered for a special alumni BBQ to socialize before the homecoming basketball game. View photos.Eagles Flight Team Dominates Regional CompetitionThe Eagles Flight Team on the Daytona Beach campus captured top honors earlier this month at the National Intercollegiate Flying Association's Southeastern Region Competition Nov. 9-13 in Hollywood, Florida. The team won first place in six of the eight events: computer accuracy, aircraft recognition, navigation, ground trainer, power-off landings and scan. The team scored 70 percent higher overall than the second-place team. This marks the 25th consecutive year that Embry-Riddle has won this regional competition, despite gusty crosswinds that day. One judge was overheard commenting about a student who had performed well in the competition, stating, "That must have been one of those Riddle kids." Read more information about the Eagles team
.Kappa Alpha Psi and NSBE Hold Meet and Greet With OBAP AlumniOn Wednesday, Nov. 10, Kappa Alpha Psi and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) held a meet and greet with the Origination of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP), sponsored by faculty member Dr. Nancy Lawrence and graduate students Mary Smith and Marquitta Winston. Over 40 students attended, along with several Embry-Riddle alumni members of OBAP, which included members of Brothers of the Wind. Alumni attendees included George Hicks ('95, '97, WW), Craig Woolfork ('07, DB), Capt. James Gordon ('82, DB) and Donald Gardner ('07, DB).
The OBAP members discussed their time at Embry-Riddle as students and the steps they took to achieve their successful careers. They advised the students who attended to be honest students and to practice integrity. They also advised students to begin preparing their resumes early and to improve their interviewing skills as much as possible while still in college. Overall, the students were thankful for the advice and the alumni were happy to give back and share important information with current students.Veterans Day Event Drew Large Crowd
Over 600 alumni, students, faculty and community members attended a special Veterans Day event on Tuesday, Nov. 9, at the Activity Center on the Prescott campus. Attendees were treated to the music of the Army's 108th Band and the Prescott Fine Arts Singers. This unique event brought veterans from the community and the local Veterans Hospital to Embry-Riddle for an enjoyable evening of music, appreciation, recognition and speeches from campus veterans.
Dr. Frank Ayers, Executive Vice President for the Prescott campus and retired Air Force Colonel, gave a warm welcome to everyone in attendance. Dr. Ayers told a compelling story about his father's influence and fondly recalled being present to award his father the Purple Heart.
In addition to the official welcome from Dr. Ayers, the evening was highlighted by three current student Veterans - Stephen Rayleigh, Army; Kyle Roth, Marines; and Terry Willis, Army - speaking about their love of country and the support they have received at Embry-Riddle. View photos.
Embry-Riddle Expands to Asia
University President John Johnson, along with Chief Financial Officer Eric Weekes and the Executive Vice President of the Worldwide Campus, Dr. John Watret, completed a successful visit to Singapore earlier this month. Amongst their achievements was the signing of an agreement (pictured) with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) to teach the Master of Business Administration in Aviation (MBAA) program at its Singapore Aviation Academy and a Memorandum of Understanding with the Temasek Polytechnic to collaborate in research and faculty-student exchanges. Pictured left to right are Dr. Watret; Dr. Johnson; Permanent Secretary of Transport, Choi Shing Kwok; Director-General of Aviation, Yap Ong Heng; and the Director of the Singapore Aviation Academy, Pok Cheng Chong.
According to Boeing, the Aviatiom region is the fastest growing aviation market in the world with four out of ten positions being based there. This has led to a boom in the number of aviation courses being offered in Singapore. Dr. Johnson told the Singapore media that, "Singapore was the perfect place for Embry-Riddle to sink its roots in the region."
Embry-Riddle's new Asia campus in Singapore will be commencing its Bachelor's of Science in Aviation Maintenance program in January 2011 and its Bachelor's of Science in Aviation Business Administration in July 2011, in partnership with SIM University. The MBAA program will also commence in January 2011.
The Singapore Alumni group also held a small reception on Friday, Nov. 19, at the Shangri-La Hotel. Dr. Watret, Dr. Johnson, and Professor Graham Hunt from Embry-Riddle Asia greeted the attendees. Following that, alumni group leader Jonathan Hung ('06, DB) provided a welcome address. The reception was supported by the Singapore Space and Technology Association.
Prescott Alumni Chapter Catches the Holiday Spirit
The Prescott Alumni chapter partnered with the Prescott campus Student Alumni Association to decorate holiday goody bags as part of the "Shop With a Cop" program. Mary Catherine Tennant ('88, PC), chapter leader, organized the event after receiving a request for support from the local law enforcement agencies. "This was a family-centered alumni event, and we feel good about supporting our community. It was fun seeing students, staff, alumni, kids and adults paint beautiful bags in support of a good cause," said Tennant.
The "Shop With a Cop" program pairs needy children with local police officers who help them shop for holiday gifts for their family. The gift bags painted by the Prescott Alumni Chapter will be used to wrap the gifts that the children select for their family members.
Nominations Being AcceptedDo you know an alumnus or alumna who is particularly committed to Embry-Riddle? Are they a good role model for prospective students? Have they achieved considerable professional success or served the military admirably? Nominate them for the 2012 Alumni Awards. We look forward to hearing about all of the great work our alumni do to perpetuate the prestigious reputation of Embry-Riddle.
Capt. Raymond T. Alouf, Jr. ('81, DB), right - 7/25/58 to 10/23/10
Joan T. Shelson ('83, DB) - 5/1/57 to 11/12/10
Ivory Wilson, Jr. ('81, DB) - 8/24/58 to 1/21/10
Manager of Flight Safety, Dynamic Aviation (Bridgewater, VA) Development Engineer, Instrumentation Services, Inc. (Longwood, FL)
Junior Aerospace and Mechanical Engineers, Mercer Engineering Research Center (Warner Robins, GA)Program Manager, EMTEQ (New Berlin, WI)Flight Operations Specialist, Clay Lacy Aviation (Van Nuys, CA)Human Factors Engineer, BMT Designers & Planners, Inc. (Arlington, VA)See more listings.
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Men's and Women's Golf Teams Added to Prescott CampusThe Prescott campus athletics teams will be welcoming men's and women's golf teams to their lineup in the 2011-2012 school year. Know a student that would be interested in joining one of the inaugural teams
? Send them to the recruits section and have them fill out the recruit information form
. They'll also need to be registered with the NAIA Clearinghouse at www.PLAYNAIA.org
. For more information on these and other Prescott campus athletics teams, go to the Embry-Riddle Eagles Official Athletics Website
.CareerShift Free for Alumni and Students
Career Services has teamed up with the Alumni Association to bring a new job-search tool to alumni and students called CareerShift. It is a comprehensive job search site that not only stores your job search criteria, but also allows you to search for contacts at specific companies and industries, as well as storing your communications with them.
You can also easily create personal marketing campaigns, including unlimited resumes and cover letters. Register for free today!
Alumni Directory in Production
The Alumni Association would like to thank the alumni who updated their information with Harris Connect to help produce an updated Alumni Directory for 2011. New in this edition of the Alumni Directory will be color photos and short biographies submitted by alumni, featured in the front of the book. Also included this year is a short history of the university, along with a message from University President John P. Johnson and Alumni Association Executive Director Michele Berg. Alumni had the option of pre-ordering a hardcover, paperback and/or CD-ROM with a searchable database version of the directory. Those of you who ordered a copy should receive them in January 2011. Check the FAQ page or e-mail Melissa Judy, Communications Specialist, at Melissa.Judy@erau.edu with any questions or comments about the directory.
Alumni Travel Program Introduced
The Alumni Association would like to invite you to take advantage of a special presale offer for next year's exciting trip to Normandy and Paris, France. Reserve now to ensure your spot, and by booking before the brochure has been mailed, you will enjoy significant savings off the cost of the trip.
The program features an education component and the goal of presenting worry-free travel experiences that foster a deeper understanding of diverse cultures. More.
The trip culminates with attending the Paris Air Show. Attendees will have the opportunity to see over 140 aircraft, including 42 in flying display.
Two Ways to Give Back and Get Paid
Whether you are approaching or are in your retirement years, you may be wondering how you can support Embry-Riddle while also maintaining your own security. Luckily, there are two gift solutions that allow you to do both! Read more.