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|In this issue... July 2011
UNIVERSITY NEWS - Alumni and Friends Gather at Paris Air Show... Six AIAA Scholarships Awarded to ERAU Aerospace Engineering Students PRESCOTT CAMPUS - Alumni Office Receives Facelift ALUMNI NEWS - Alumni Association Survey Released... New Communications Specialist Joins Alumni Association Staff DAYTONA BEACH CAMPUS - ERAU Teams Sweep FAA Runway Safety Design Challenge... Hagedorn Flight Operations Complex Nearing Completion ATHLETICS - Daytona Beach Campus Updates Website CLASS NOTES - IN MEMORIAM - CAREERS
Alumni and Friends Gather at Paris Air Show
Embry-Riddle was well-represented at the Paris Air Show held June 20-26 at the Le Bourget Airport. The global community of aerospace and defense professionals convened to showcase innovation, build relationships and grow their businesses. Both Airbus and Boeing series aircraft were featured prominently at the air show this year. Dan Montplaisir, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, said,"The alumni and friends reception brought together individuals from across the spectrum of the industry, including test pilots, engineers, military personnel, students and sales executives, all with an interest in expanding the Embry-Riddle influence and reputation."
To welcome and celebrate Embry-Riddle alumni, the Alumni Association held an exclusive reception at the Aero Club de France in downtown Paris on June 22. More than 70 alumni and friends attended and had the opportunity to hear from Dr. John Watret, Executive Vice President for the Worldwide Campus. Watret gave an overall university update, while Michele Berg, Executive Director of the Alumni Association, updated attendees on the Alumni Association. Berg said, "Hosting an alumni reception at the Aero Club de France (founded in 1898) provided our alumni and friends who traveled from all over the world to attend the Paris Air Show, the opportunity to network and socialize with one another. It was truly a quality event for our outstanding alumni that included food that looked like art and French champagne!" View photos.
Six AIAA Scholarships Awarded to ERAU Aerospace Engineering Students
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is proud to announce that of 30 scholarships awarded for the 2011-2012 academic year by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), six went to Embry-Riddle students, the largest number distributed to students from any university.
The AIAA scholarship awards underscore Embry-Riddle’s growing national reputation in engineering. For the past 11 years, U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” report has ranked the university’s aerospace engineering program number one.
Four of the recipients are from Embry-Riddle’s Prescott, Ariz., Campus, and two from the Daytona Beach, Fla., Campus. Read more.
Alumni Office Receives Facelift
The Alumni Association has a newly remodeled home on the Prescott Campus. Alumni Relations and Development staff recently moved into Building 37, located in the heart of the campus community. The new space includes a lounge area for visiting alumni to relax and watch television, a kitchenette with refreshments, and updated offices for staff. Alumni are encouraged to visit their new "home away from home" during normal business hours, or during OctoberWest when staff will be hosting a special Open House. For more information, contact the Alumni Relations office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alumni Association Survey Released
Be on the look out for a post card in your mailbox or an e-blast in your inbox! The Alumni Association wants to hear from you about what services and events you value. This brief survey is located at www.eraualumni.org/survey. Please take a few moments to respond honestly to the questions so that the Alumni Association can better serve you!
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New Communications Specialist Joins Alumni Association Staff
The current Communications Specialist and author of eagleNEWS, Melissa Judy, is handing the reigns to Kelly Cuculiansky, a new hire for the Alumni Relations office. Judy will be joining her husband in Monterey, Calif., later this month. He is an Army Captain recently stationed at the Naval Postgraduate School, pursuing his master's degree in Business Administration.
Cuculiansky, right, officially started her new position as Communications Specialist in the Alumni Relations department in the Daytona Beach office on July 21. She is a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelors degree in Journalism & Communications, and most recently served as a staff writer at the Daytona Beach News-Journal. "I'm excited about the opportunity to capture the spirit of the Eagles and share the stories of the life journeys that an Embry-Riddle degree has help them accomplish," Cuculiansky said. Cuculiansky can be reached at email@example.com or at (386) 226-6143.
ERAU Teams Sweep FAA Runway Safety Design Challenge
In an unprecedented achievement, three student teams from Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach campus recently took first, second, and third place in the Runway Safety/Runway Incursions Challenge category of the 2010-2011 Design Competition for Universities, sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The prize-winning proposals can be viewed at the competition website, http://FAADesignCompetition.odu.edu.
The annual event, now in its fifth year, engages undergraduate and graduate students at U.S. colleges in designing innovative solutions for technical challenges in airport infrastructure and operations. The competition requires students to reach out to airport operators and industry experts to advise them and help them assess the efficacy of their proposed solutions. Representatives of the FAA, industry, and academia select the winning proposals, and teams with promising designs may receive FAA funding to take their concepts to the next stage of development. Read more.
Hagedorn Flight Operations Complex Nearing Completion
A new Flight Operations facility is taking shape and nearing completion on the Daytona Beach Campus, thanks in part to a generous donation by James Hagedorn ('79, DB). Included in the complex are a fleet hangar, classrooms and labs, tower, indoor and outdoor event spaces, and a special area for visitors to park their aircraft while they tour the university. The hangar opened in April, while the rest of the complex will be available for use in August. View real time video of the construction site.
Daytona Beach Campus Updates Website
The Athletics department recently rolled out a brand new website for the Daytona Beach teams. It includes easier access to top stories and videos, along with up-to-date scores and schedules, and The Flock updates! Check it out today at its new URL http://erauathletics.com
Harold Kosola ('63, MC) and Bruno Alves ('04, DB), right, met by coincidence on a private flight that Alves was piloting. You can find Embry-Riddle alumni everywhere!
Judson McCarty ('04, DB) and Jody (Hoffstetter) McCarty ('06, DB) welcomed their second child, Liam Judson, on July 6, 2011. They currently live in Albuquerque, NM. Judson is an Aerospace Engineer for the Air Force Research Laboratory and Jody is an Orbit Analyst for the Space Development and Test Directorate.
J. "Keeper" Sowell ('99, DB) recently became a member of the AIAA History Technical Committee. He has also been appointed as the Webmaster and Chair of the Web Sub-Committee.
This month, we remember...
Robert J. Everitt ('84, DB) - 10/4/58 to 6/7/11
Craig A. Sands ('98, WW) - 5/10/61 to 3/30/11
Robert F. Selje ('99, WW) - 6/10/64 to 6/11/11
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