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In this issue... February 2012
ALUMNI NEWS - Singapore Air Show Attracts Record Alumni Crowd...Nominate Fellow Alumni for Prestigious Awards
UNIVERSITY NEWS - University 'Ignites' Passion for Research... NextGen Advisory Committee Converges at ERAU
PRESCOTT CAMPUS - 'Remembering Our Fallen,' a Tribute to Troops... Prescott Campus Among Best Places to Work
DAYTONA BEACH CAMPUS - Alumna's Idea Fuels Biodiesel Facility at ERAU... Aviation Leaders Share Insights at Roundtable
WORLDWIDE CAMPUS - New Veterans Affairs Department Begins Operations... Embry-Riddle Asia Students Meet Top FAA Official
ATHLETICS - Eagles Baseball Head Coach Wins 200th Game... ERAU Joins California Pacific Conference
IN THE NEWS
Singapore Air Show Attracts Record Alumni Crowd
The Embry-Riddle Alumni Association hosted its largest Eagles reception yet during the 2012 Singapore Air Show. United by their passion for the aerospace and defense industry, more than 100 alumni, students, faculty and friends of the university attended the gathering at The Arts House on Feb. 16.
After a day at the global marketplace and networking extravaganza, alumni headed to the evening social at the former Singapore Parliament building to reunite and make connections with fellow Eagles. Dignitaries from throughout the industry joined them, including Ong Heng Yap, director general for the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore and Michael Lim, director for the Singapore Aviation Academy, an Embry-Riddle Worldwide Campus partner, in addition to SIM University.
Alumni attending the event hailed from across the globe. (Pictured in photo at right are Hernan Tabaracci ('12, WW), who works for Aerolineas Argentinas in Argentina and Jay Shelat ('84, DB) of Jet Airways in India.) Even Eagles living close to one of Embry-Riddle’s residential campuses in Daytona Beach and Prescott checked in, including Elizabeth May (’94, WW), who traveled from the Florida Space Coast and works for AhtnaSTS. Read more or see photos.
Nominate Fellow Alumni for Prestigious Awards
The Alumni Association invites you to assist them in recognizing deserving Eagles at the Alumni Awards Dinner during OctoberWest and Wings and Waves Homecoming Weekend. The association is accepting nominations for fellow alumni achievements, career accomplishments, and service to the university or to the fields of aviation and aerospace. The five award categories include: Alumni Service, Alumni Achievement, Military Achievement, Outstanding Young Alumnus/Alumna of the Last Decade, and Philanthropy.
Award recipients will be invited to attend the Alumni Awards Dinner with their peers at the residential campus of their choice. This year, alumni awards will be presented on Oct. 12, 2012 at the Hilton Daytona Beach Resort during Wings and Waves Homecoming Weekend, and one night during OctoberWest weekend, Oct. 5 and 6. Stay tuned for more information regarding the Prescott Campus Alumni Awards Dinner. Read more and complete the online nomination form.
NYC Alumni Host ERAU Ambassadors at Event
Four Daytona Beach student Women Ambassadors for the Embry-Riddle Women’s Initiative joined Alumni Association Assistant Vice President Michéle Berg in attending the Feb. 15 New York City Alumni Chapter event. The gathering featured guest speaker Sue Baer, the director of aviation for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Baer is the first person in the agency's history to manage all of the Port Authority's three major airports: JFK, Newark Liberty and LaGuardia.
Approximately 55 guests were in attendance, which included alumni, a couple of incoming fall 2012 students and friends of the university. The Ambassadors spoke about their role with the Women's Initiative at the university, and shared their passion and desire to see more female students at Embry-Riddle. The following day the students were treated to a tour of the United Nations, which Berg said left them feeling "balanced," with a desire to give back and make a difference. Read more.
University 'Ignites' Passion for Research
Embry-Riddle is fanning the flames of knowledge discovery at its campuses. The university’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), a component of the reaffirmation process with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, plans to invigorate research at the university over the next five years. Associated with the QEP launch early this year, the “Ignite: Create, Research, Change” initiative will transform knowledge discovery at the university, said President and CEO John P. Johnson. The plan calls for incorporating research into all levels of curricula and will provide additional support for faculty, student and staff research projects.
“Basically, we don’t want any student to graduate from Embry-Riddle without understanding and knowing how to systematically go about asking and answering questions [research],” Johnson explained.
Campus-wide rallies held at the Daytona Beach Campus in January and at the Prescott Campus in early-February kicked off the Ignite initiative. In Daytona Beach, students, faculty and staff were invited to learn more about the program at several college-specific booths, receive a free T-shirt displaying the “Ignite” logo, and enjoy a barbecue lunch. At Prescott, the event was combined with the annual bonfire celebration and dinner event, and featured a skit during which Professor Curtis James posed as a mad scientist to highlight the research focus of Ignite. Read more and watch video footage of the Daytona Beach kickoff event or see a video about the Ignite program.
NextGen Advisory Committee Converges at ERAU
The NextGen Advisory Committee (NAC) with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Acting Administrator Michael Huerta, Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions–Civil president John Mengucci and JetBlue Airways President/CEO Dave Barger toured the NextGen Test Bed facility and convened its first meeting of the year on Feb. 3 in Daytona Beach.
“As we modernize our national airspace, collaboration and partnership with the aviation community is key, but we must also inspire and engage future generations of leaders,” Huerta said. “NextGen and Embry-Riddle are delivering just that with innovative research and a state-of-the-art Test Bed.”
The NAC, a public-private federal advisory committee of industry executives was formed in 2010 to advise the FAA on policy issues facing the aviation community in implementing NextGen, or the Next Generation Air Transportation System. The NAC meeting, hosted by Lockheed Martin, was held at the Florida NextGen Test Bed at Daytona Beach International Airport. Read more.
'Remembering Our Fallen,' a Tribute to Troops
The Embry-Riddle Prescott Campus paid tribute to 130 Arizona soldiers who lost their lives in the War on Terror through a moving memorial photo exhibit, where visitors and family members of the fallen were able to leave notes alongside photos of their loved ones.
More than 500 people visited the Remembering Our Fallen memorial, which debuted in the state of Arizona with an opening ceremony on Feb. 2 and was displayed for 10 days at the Christine and Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Library and Learning Center. The exhibit, organized by Bill and Evonne Williams of Omaha, Neb., was sponsored by the Northern Arizona Veterans Administration Health Care System in Prescott, Ariz. and the Embry-Riddle Alumni Relations office.
“Our objective is that people not forget who these men and women are. We want their names to be out there,” Bill Williams said. Read more.
Prescott Campus Among Best Places to Work
Embry-Riddle’s Prescott Campus has been rated one of the 100 Best Places to Work in Arizona by BestCompaniesAZ.
“This award recognizes the hard work and sense of community that our faculty, staff and students display every day,” said Frank Ayers, executive vice president and chief academic officer of the Prescott Campus. “Embry-Riddle is simply a great place to work and to learn!”
The “100 Best” were selected by BestCompaniesAZ and community business leaders, based on proprietary research of award-winning companies during the past 10 years. Embry-Riddle was honored in the “Best of Heart” category for building sustainable relationships with employees, customers and the community, and for its culmination of previous workplace awards.
Alumna's Idea Fuels Biodiesel Facility at ERAU
Last year Embry-Riddle student engineer Michelle Rodio (’10, DB) asked: Why not convert used cooking oil from the student cafeteria into biodiesel to run the lawn maintenance vehicles at the school’s Daytona Beach campus? On Feb. 22 the university answered Rodio’s question when it officially opened an innovative biodiesel production facility she developed on campus.
Rodio, a graduate student in mechanical engineering, said she got her idea last fall in a course she took on clean energy systems, which required students to do a project on alternative energy. “Having already been interested in biofuel, I jumped at the opportunity to study how to make biodiesel and learn about its benefits,” she said.
With help from two other students, Jay Ekelmann (’10, DB) and Ken Meierjurgen, she obtained funding from Richard Heist, executive vice president and chief academic officer at the Daytona Beach Campus, and Maj Mirmirani, dean of the College of Engineering. After that, Rodio took charge of the project and managed it to completion. Read more.
Aviation Leaders Share Insights at Roundtable
Top executives from the NextGen Advisory Committee (NAC), including Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions-Civil President John Mengucci and JetBlue Airways President/CEO Dave Barger recently participated in a CEO/Student Roundtable to discuss emerging trends in aviation. The key leaders from the FAA and global aerospace industry gathered on Feb. 2 at the Gale Lemerand Auditorium at the Daytona Beach Campus. Students were given the opportunity to participate in their discussion.
“This is an important committee, composed of key leaders from the FAA and the global aerospace industry,” said Embry-Riddle President and CEO John P. Johnson. “I am glad that our students (had) the opportunity to interact with the committee and to ask questions. What a great learning experience!” Read more.
New Veterans Affairs Department Begins Operations
Embry-Riddle Worldwide recently added a Veterans Affairs department to its campus-specific support services. This dedicated team, formed on Feb. 1, is housed within the Worldwide Financial Aid organization and will support the VA certification process for students. Drew Hill, associate director of Worldwide Veterans Affairs, joined the team after serving seven years in the U.S. Marine Corps and acting as the Certifying Official for the VA at the University of Florida and Santa Fe College for the past six years.
In addition to Hill, the new Worldwide VA team will include two counselors who will focus on certifying Worldwide students enrolled in online courses, provide support to Worldwide campus locations, and assist with questions or special circumstances that may arise. All important updates and policy changes from the U.S. VA Department will be disseminated through Worldwide Veterans Affairs to all staff members, in order to ensure that its VA students are served effectively and efficiently. For more information, contact Worldwide Veterans Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 855-785-0001.
Embry-Riddle Asia Students Meet Top FAA Official
Students at Embry-Riddle – Asia had a unique opportunity to attend a briefing with U.S. Federal Aviation Administration Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety Margaret Gilligan at the Singapore Aviation Academy on Feb. 12. Gilligan was in Singapore as the head of the FAA delegation visiting the Singapore Air Show.
The opportunity for students to interact with a senior FAA official is part of the university’s ongoing effort to offer its aviation and aerospace bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Asia, striking a balance between application in both American and Singaporean contexts, said Graham Hunt, head of Embry-Riddle - Asia. The university works with its Asian partners, Singapore Aviation Academy and SIM University (UniSIM), to bring regional experts into the classroom to provide a local framework for the concepts being covered in the programs. Read more.
Eagles Baseball Head Coach Wins 200th Game
Embry-Riddle Head Coach Randy Stegall took over the ERAU baseball program in the summer of 2007, and in just a little over four seasons has reached the 200-win mark at the helm of the Eagles' squad. Stegall reached the plateau with a doubleheader sweep of Edward Waters on Feb. 25, 11-5 and 11-2. With the wins, the fifth-ranked Eagles improve to 14-4 overall, while the Tigers fall to 2-4-1 on the year. Read more.
ERAU Joins California Pacific Conference
The Embry-Riddle Prescott Campus has joined the California Pacific Conference for the 2012-2013 season. In their first year of membership, the Eagles will participate in women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer and men’s golf. The move makes Embry-Riddle the first Cal Pac member from outside California. The affiliation is a significant step for the university and one that promises to grow the stature and reputation of its outstanding athletic programs, said Prescott Campus Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer Frank Ayers ('87, WW).
Joining Embry-Riddle in the move to Cal Pac are fellow Association of Independent Institution members Marymount College and Soka University of America. The Cal Pac, founded in 1996, sponsors nine sports for men and women and is a Five-Star Conference of Character within the NAIA. The three new members will join California Maritime Academy, University of California-Merced, Menlo College, Pacific Union College, Simpson University, and William Jessup University in 2012-13.
Aeronautical Science Assistant Professor Greg Zahornacky and alumnus Michael Crowley ('09, DB) were quoted in the Sun- Sentinel: "Captain, Can I see Your ID?
Research and Graduate Studies Associate Dean Dawna Rhoades was quoted in U.S. News & World Report: "Aviation MBAs Take Off: Business Schools Target the Aerospace and Aviation Industry Niche with Degrees, Graduate Certificates."
Embry-Riddle Space Policy Analyst Edward Ellegood was quoted in the Washington Post: "Is Newt Gingrich's Space Plan Science Fiction?"
Amanda O’Brien-Brown (’02, ’05, DB) and her husband, Dan Brown, welcomed their first child, daughter Amelia Mary Brown, on Jan. 26. They reside in New York City.
Stephen Blanchette (’86, PC ) delivered the keynote presentation at the NATO Consultation, Command and Control Agency’s service-oriented architecture Technology Watch Day at The Hague in the Netherlands.
Derrick Stanley (’06, DB; ’10, '11 WW) received the 2012 National Society of Black Engineers 21st Century Trailblazers Award at the NSBE Aerospace Systems Conference in February. Nominated by his employer, Boeing, Stanley was recognized for his achievements and contributions to the aerospace community, commitment to excellence and overall outstanding performance.
Matthew J. Falconer (’83, DB) was appointed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott to the Board of Directors for Workforce Florida Inc. for a term that began on Jan. 27and will run through March 21, 2015. The Windermere, Fla. resident is the president of Falcon Development. He is currently a member of the Government Efficiency Task Force and the International Council of Shopping Centers.
Dan “Mili” Milicevic (’95, DB) was selected as the 2011 Training Air Wing SIX Reserve Flight Instructor of the Year. He was also chosen out of 300 naval aviators in 16 squadrons by the chief of naval air training as his nominee for the Reserve Officers Association “Outstanding Navy Reserve Junior Officer” for 2011. He is currently a contract flight simulator instructor for Fidelity Technologies, teaching Navy and Marine Corps student aviators in T-6 Texan II and T-45C Goshawk simulators. He continues to fly as a Navy SELRES with Training Squadron 86 onboard the NAS Pensacola, Fla. instructing Strike/Fighter WSOs in the T-39 Sabreliner.
Barry Schiff (HonDoc ’89, PC; ’94, WW) was inducted as a living legend at the 9th Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards on Jan. 20 in Beverly Hills, Calif. He has logged more than 28,000 flight hours in 325 different types of aircraft and received worldwide recognition for his wide-ranging aeronautical accomplishments and work as a writer and journalist. For more on Schiff, read the Spring 2012 issue of Lift magazine, arriving in mailboxes and available online at www.eraualumni.org/lift in late-March.
Jered Apgar (’95, PC) and his wife, Colleen, welcomed their son, Colton, on Aug. 7, 2011. He joins his older sister, Marin, 3. Apgar is employed by TSM North America.
Kelly M. Austin (’04, DB), vice president of finance and administration at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, was named the new chancellor at Penn State Schuylkill. The appointment becomes effective June 1.
This month, we remember...
Mary H. McLemore (Professor Emerita) 10/1929 to 1/27/2012
Capt. Christopher F. McLeod (’93, PC) 9/13/1967 to 2001
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