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Golden Eagles Flight Team Wins Competition
For an impressive eighth time, the Golden Eagles flight team from Embry-Riddle’s Prescott Campus beat all competitors at the National Intercollegiate Flying Association’s annual Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (SAFECON) and was named the contest champion. The Eagles flight team from the Daytona Beach Campus also had a strong finish, placing sixth overall out of 34 collegiate aviation teams from around the nation who competed May 14-19 at Kansas State University in Salina.
The Prescott Golden Eagles previously won the NIFA SAFECON national championship in 1993, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2008. The Daytona Beach Eagles placed second in 2009 and 2010 and won the national championship in 1992. Read more.
Friends Rally Student to Graduation Finish Line
William “Will” Heybruck (’12, WW) always knew there was a way. Eleven years after financial struggles stalled his dream of graduating from Embry-Riddle, 15 friends and alumni from as far away as Hawaii gathered on May 5 at the Daytona Beach Campus to watch him cross the commencement stage.
As he paused to look back at his cheering section, Heybruck says he realized his happiness was due to much more than the fact that he was finally graduating with a degree in professional aeronautics. “I had not only accomplished a goal that I set, but along the way I had unknowingly and unintentionally developed the best support network anyone could ask for,” he says.
The financial troubles that would put Heybruck’s dream in limbo began after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The stock market plummeted and his family lost the investments previously earmarked for Heybruck’s education. It wasn’t long before the Charlotte, N.C. native headed home to get a job and save money. Read more.
May Ushers in Graduation Events
The month of May brought an abundance of graduation activity throughout the Embry-Riddle community. Whether it was at the Daytona Beach, Prescott or Worldwide campuses, the Alumni Association was on hand to celebrate the accomplishments of more than 1,300 new graduates.
Michéle Berg, assistant vice president of the Alumni Association, said spring is always an exciting season to witness special moments in the lives of students and their families.
“We are proud of the new additions to our network and hope our seasoned alumni continue to reach out and support these graduates as they enter their career fields and the workforce,” Berg said. “At well over 100,000 alumni, our graduates today now have Eagles around the world that they can call on and work with to accomplish great things.” Read more or view photo albums.
Student Studies Space Hurricanes, Wins 1st Prize
Emily Hyatt (’12, DB), an engineering physics graduate student at Embry-Riddle and a recent undergraduate, won first prize in magnetospheric physics in a student research contest sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Community Coordinate Modeling Center, which conducts research in space science and develops new space weather models. Her competitors included doctoral students from around the country.
Hyatt used simulations to calculate the location, size and travel time of Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability (KHI), a phenomenon that produces huge magnetic hurricanes in space that can break through Earth’s magnetic barrier and spill solar wind plasma into the atmosphere; and cause auroral ionospheric disturbances similar to the Northern Lights. The phenomenon may also explain the loss of atmosphere on Mars.
Hyatt will present her work at the National Science Foundation’s Geospace Environment Modeling workshop June 17-22. An Army ROTC cadet, Hyatt received her bachelor’s degree on May 13 and will pursue a master’s degree in engineering physics at Embry-Riddle. Read more.
Prescott Campus to Add Three New Degree Programs
The Embry-Riddle Prescott Campus will launch three new degree programs in the spring of 2013: Astronomy, Cyber Intelligence and Security, and Software Engineering with an emphasis in Cyber Security. The new degree programs will join an award-winning education program that has been recognized as one of the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report.
“The new programs reflect our commitment to expand the diversity of our programs and focus on our commitment and vision to provide quality education,” said Frank Ayers ('87, WW), executive vice president and chief academic officer for the Prescott Campus. “We are especially pleased to offer two cyber security-specific programs that directly address our nation's vital security needs.” Read more.
Campus Recognized by Online Education Leader
The Embry-Riddle Worldwide Campus was named a winner of a Blackboard Catalyst Award for Exemplary Course Program, which honors members of the community who design and develop exciting and innovative courses that represent the very best in technology and learning.
Part of the annual Blackboard Catalyst Awards program since 2000, the Blackboard Exemplary Course Program Award highlights technologically rich, engaging, well designed, and pedagogically sound courses that showcase best practices for the user community. Submissions were judged on the following components: course design, interaction, collaboration, assessment and learner support. Business Communication (ENGL 222), The Legal Environment of Aviation (DAV 714), Aviation Safety Management Systems (DAV 712) and The Economic Environment of Aviation (DAV 713) were named 2012 Exemplary Course Winners. Read more.
Lady Eagle Soccer Alumnae to Gather at OctoberWest
Alumnae of the Lady Eagle Soccer team are invited back to the Varsity Field in Prescott, Ariz. for a face-off scrimmage against the current Lady Eagle squad during OctoberWest. Whether you were on the inaugural team in 2004 or recently graduated, the Prescott Campus community would love to see you on the field at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6.
Coach Todd Poitras also plans to host a barbecue for the group. Alumnae are encouraged to spread the word to former teammates. To sign up or for more information, email Poitras at email@example.com or the alumnae liaison Chelsea Heck at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eagles Baseball Team Goes to World Series
The Embry-Riddle Daytona Beach Eagles baseball team and South Carolina Beaufort Sand Sharks traveled an average of 2,700 miles to play in the 2012 Avista-NAIA World Series. The two teams ended up facing each other for the fifth time this season at the competition. With the season series tied at 2-2, the match on March 26 proved to be the most crucial game of 2012 for both teams. The Sand Sharks took advantage of five Eagle errors and came away with a 7-2 victory. Read more.
Richard Bloom, director of terrorism, espionage, and security studies at the Prescott Campus, was quoted by the Associated Press. "Airports Cope With Workers' Security Check Delays."
Edward Ellegood, director of aerospace development at the Daytona Beach Campus, was quoted by Florida Today. " Regulating Spaceflight: Let FAA Develop 'Smart' Rules for Commercial Vehicles."
Daytona Beach Campus aeronautical science professor Alex Mirot, and Charles Reinholtz, chair of mechanical, civil, and engineering sciences, were quoted by Bloomberg News. " Students Fly High After Colleges Add Majors."
Ian Barrett (97, DB) and Dawne (Gerard) Nicholson (98, DB) first met at Embry- Riddle in 1996. Nicholson, an air traffic controller, was living in Fort Worth when Barrett, a captain with Pinnacle Airlines in Minneapolis, headed for training in 2011 at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. What started as an informal dinner date evolved into a marriage proposal roughly a year later. Due to their shared interest in the sea and aviation, they plan to wed in the Daytona Beach, Fla. area during Wings and Waves Homecoming Weekend (Oct. 11-14).
Matthew Strick (’10, WW) has reported to pilot training, after recently being accepted as a U.S. Air Force officer. A former Marine Corps service member, Strick submitted his officer package after completing his bachelor’s degree in professional aeronautics at the Worldwide China Lake campus in Ridgecrest, Calif.
Xavier Samuels (’96, DB) was recognized by the city of Houston on March 20 for outstanding community service and accepted a plaque on behalf of the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP). OBAP is a non-profit that works to enhance, advance and promote opportunities in aviation. Under Samuel's direction, the organization recently co-sponsored a special screening of the George Lucas film, “Redtails" for 320 children. Pictured, left to right, are: Rose Adams of the Community Outreach Houston Independent School District, U.S. Coast Guard Communications officer John Pruitt, Samuels, Capt. Leo Sherman of OBAP, and Houston Councilwoman Helena Brown.
Hassan Eltaher (’80, DB) published a book in January 2012 entitled “Aviation & Maritime Security Intelligence.” Eltaher is the former chief of Civil Aviation Intelligence and chief of Maritime Security Strategic Planning for the Canadian Department of Transport. Prior to that, he held several lead positions in security with the Canadian government. Eltaher retired from public service in 2006 and set up a consulting practice in the areas of aviation and maritime security intelligence management. His career has covered operational and management functions related to passengers and cargo with airlines and multi-modal freight forwarders in several countries in North America, the Middle East and North Africa. For more information about the author and book, visit eandwcommunications.com.
Capt. Craig McClure (’07, WW) recently began a three-year tour flying the F/A-18D Hornet with VMFA (AW) 225 “The Vikings,” based at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif. Following graduation from Embry-Riddle, he completed training in the T-34C TurboMentor at Naval Air Station Whiting Field. He moved on to advanced jet training in the T-45 Goshawk at Naval Air Station Meridian, Miss. He was awarded his wings on Oct. 1, 2010 and received the “Golden Stick Award” for achieving the highest scores of all Marine and Navy pilots in his class. While training with Fleet Replacement Squadron VFA- 122 on the F/A-18 A-D Hornet at Lemoore Naval Air Station, Calif., he was awarded “Top Hook” in July 2011, for attaining the highest carrier qualifications score aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln. He resides in San Diego with his wife, Ally. McClure is pictured at left.
Mark “Leonard” Berry (’85, DB) will release his novel, “Pushing Leaves Towards the Sun,” as a free online audiobook on Podiobooks on July 11 and as a podcast on iTunes. Berry welcomes feedback from Embry-Riddle readers and listeners. He also recently earned a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Fairfield University.
Bob Brantner (’91, PC) is a first officer with Delta Airlines. He is also the author of “My Year as an Alaskan Bush Pilot,” a collection of stories that documents his first flying job after graduating from Embry-Riddle. The book is available in e-book format.
Carlos Ruiz (’95, DB) published the article, “Pulling Back the Throttle in the Exercise of Personal Jurisdiction Over Air Carriers,” in the Issues in Aviation Law and Policy journal of the DePaul University College of Law. Ruiz is an attorney and adjunct professor in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he is the island’s only known aviation law school professor. He also leads the Embry-Riddle Alumni Spirit Group in Puerto Rico.
Jessica (Joles) Slater (’98, ’02, PC) and her h
usband Heath welcomed the birth of their first child, Connor Alexander, on Jan. 11.
Christina (Marsh) Underwood (’89, DB) is an associate manager with the Federal Aviation Administration’s Atlanta Aircraft Certification office. She married Benjamin Underwood on April 9, 2011 and they had their first child, Emily Christine Underwood, on Dec. 26, 2011.
Patrick Mourain (’12, WW) recently accepted a three-year logistics management specialist training program for the U.S. Navy at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) in New Orleans, La. When he completes the program, Mourain will have achieved a logistics management position at the GS-12 level.
Brent A. Terwilliger (’00, DB; ’05, WW) received a doctor in Business Administration in Aviation from Northcentral University in Prescott, Ariz. after successfully defending his dissertation, "Examining Effects of Visual Interaction Methods on Unmanned Aircraft Operator Situational Awareness." He continues his career working in defense contracting as a software engineer for Rockwell Collins, in support of the latest generation of military training systems for the warfighter. He is pictured at right with Congressman John Mica at the 40th anniversary of the Embry-Riddle Delta Chi chapter in March.
This month, we remember...
Johan Royer (’10, DB) 5/22/1987 to 4/11/2011
Ron Frola (Aeronautical Science Professor, PC) 12/28/1932 to 5/28/2012
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