Alumni Luncheon at Sun 'n Fun
Daytona Beach, Fla.
Scholarship Golf Game to Benefit Safety Science Students
Daytona Beach, Fla.
Vietnam Veteran Speaker
& Veterans Appreciation Day
Alumni Reception with Astronaut Nicole Stott ('87, DB)
Daytona Beach, Fla.
Athletics Blue & Gold Gala
Prescott Valley, Ariz.
Heroes Open Golf Tournament
Punta Gorda, Fla.
'Reach for the Sky' 2012 Fundraising Gala for Students
Daytona Beach, Fla.
Wings & Waves Homecoming Weekend
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'Alphabet Soup' Razed for New Construction Project
The sounds of a track hoe smashing into the Lindberg Academic Complex in mid-March ushered in a new era for the university, as nearly 100 onlookers gathered to say goodbye to the 1960s-era instructional facility known by many as the “Alphabet Soup.”
The demolition process began March 14 with university President and CEO John P. Johnson taking the first few strikes at building E. While bittersweet for some, demolishing the five oddly shaped and aging buildings will clear the way for a highly anticipated 5-story, 140,000-square-foot building dedicated to the College of Arts and Sciences. Read more or watch a video to see the demolition and renderings of the new building.
Early Alumnae Share Memories of Daytona Campus
Two of Embry-Riddle’s first female undergraduates returned to the Daytona Beach Campus this March to recall the early days of co-ed enrollment at the university.
Linda (Larsen) Colgan (71, DB) and Patricia “Trish” (Redmond) Nowicki (’70, DB) shared their memories on March 5 in a conversation moderated by Marc Bernier, a local radio host and assistant to university President and CEO John P. Johnson. About 50 students, staff and faculty members gathered for the presentation in the atrium at the College of Aviation. Seated in the audience were Jeanne (Fitzpatrick) Steuernagel (’71, DB) and Bonnie (Brant) Pautz, who were also among the first women to attend the Daytona Beach Campus in the late 1960s. Read more or see Colgan and Nowicki's interview in the fall 2011 digital edition of Lift magazine. (Pictured at right: Colgan chats with student women ambassadors after the presentation on March 5. See more photos.)
Alumni, Students Converge at Women in Aviation
Embry-Riddle alumni and students were out in full force at the 23rd Annual International Women in Aviation Conference held March 8-10. Hosted in Dallas, Texas, the conference also set the stage for a first-time meeting between the new Women’s Ambassador Program (WAP) student representatives from the Prescott and Daytona Beach campuses, pictured at right with university President John P. Johnson and his wife, university ambassador Maurie Johnson.
For Prescott WAP student co-coordinator Katelynn McClure meeting the other ambassadors gave her new insight into the university. "We really got to discuss the similarities and differences between our campuses," she said. "As students, it's easy to feel like your campus is an isolated part of Embry-Riddle. It was beneficial to get that connection to the bigger picture."
The 16 women student ambassadors helped spread the word at the conference about how alumnae can also get involved in the university’s Women’s Initiative, which is working to increase female enrollment at Embry-Riddle and ultimately grow the number of women in aerospace and engineering career fields. Read more or see photos.
Alumnus John Markham Honors Bataan Heroes
Each year, ROTC students from the Prescott Campus make the journey to participate in the annual Bataan Memorial Death March in White Sands, N.M. Joining university representatives this year for the 23rd annual hike was John Markham (’96, PC), a member of the Board of Visitors for the Prescott Campus and an avid Embry-Riddle supporter.
The 26.2-mile march through the high desert terrain of the White Sands Missile Range honors and recognizes World War II veterans who defended the Philippine Islands and sacrificed their health and lives. It serves as a miniature re-enactment of sorts of April 9, 1942, when U.S. forces surrendered to the Japanese and more than 75,000 U.S. and Filipino prisoners of war were forced to hike more than 60 miles without food and water to Camp O’Donnell in the Tarlac province. Read more.
Golf Tourney to Raise Funds for Veteran Students
The Student Veterans Organization (SVO) at the Embry-Riddle Prescott Campus will soon be hosting its second annual Heroes Open Golf Tournament on April 21. Designed to support veterans, proceeds from the event will go toward a new scholarship fund to help offset the tuition costs for students attending the university with the assistance of Veterans Affairs (VA) educational benefits.
A recent $5,000 donation from Discount Tire Company in Prescott has helped bring the Student Veterans Organization Scholarship to almost $10,000, bringing them closer to the $50,000 goal needed to endow the scholarship, said Terry Willis, SVO student president, pictured at left with Bill Simpson of Discount Tire Company. Currently, more than 200 students at Embry-Riddle Prescott are receiving VA educational benefits, with the expectation of more veteran students to come. The SVO plans to make its first scholarship award to a deserving student this fall.
Universal Helicopters Recognized for Safety
Embry-Riddle President and CEO John P. Johnson presented the President’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Safety on February 23 to Gordon Jiroux, president and owner of Universal Helicopters Inc. Universal currently provides contracted services for helicopter training at the Prescott Campus and has provided high quality flight instruction with zero accidents for two consecutive years.
Worldwide Partners with Georgia Technical Colleges
Embry-Riddle’s Worldwide Campus has signed an agreement with the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) that will enable students who graduate with an Associate of Science or Associate of Applied Science degree from a college within the system to transition into a four-year degree from Embry-Riddle.
The agreement was signed Feb. 28 by officials from both the technical college system and Embry-Riddle Worldwide at the Richard B. Russell Airport in Rome, Ga. “With this new agreement, students who earn an Associate of Science or Associate of Applied Science degree from any of our 25 TCSG colleges can continue their education and follow their dream of an exciting and rewarding career in the aviation and aerospace industry,” said TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson. Read more.
Embry-Riddle Welcomes Brazilian Students
Six Brazilian students are now attending Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach and Prescott campuses through the new Science Without Borders program established by the Brazilian government to encourage education and research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE), the undergraduate scholarship program is part of the Brazilian government’s larger initiative to grant 100,000 scholarships to the best students from Brazil, allowing them to study abroad at the world’s top universities for a year, and serve a summer internship before returning to Brazil to complete their degrees. The Science Without Borders program is sponsored by the scholarship foundation of Brazil’s Ministry of Education. Read more.
Lt. Col. Kelley (Sloan) Marcell (’93, DB) is featured in “Military Fly Moms,” a coffee-table book published in February that showcases 71 female military aviators and mothers. Marcell, a mother of four, is the first female F-15E weapons systems officer for the U.S. Air Force. She flew the F-15E with the Royal Air Force in Lakenheath, England and at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina. She is currently a squadron commander at Eglin Air Force Base in Destin, Fla. To read more about Marcell, order a copy of “Military Fly Moms” from Tannenbaum Publishing at http://shop.tannenbaumpublishing.com.
Michael Collins (’87, WW) was recently appointed to the Board of Advisors for CorePLUS, a cloud management platform technology business. Collins resides in Plano, Texas.
Wayne Brown (’91, WW) was recognized as a “21st Century Trailblazer” in aerospace executive leadership at the National Society of Black Engineers Aerospace Systems Conference in Los Angeles held February 1-4. Two weeks later, Brown was also honored as an industry “driver and doer” at the Black Engineer of the Year STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Conference in Philadelphia. He currently works as the operations director for Boeing Commercial Airplanes Manufacturing and Quality in Everett, Wash. Brown has worked at Boeing for 29 years.
Richard J. Greenwood (’94, DB) is a Learjet instructor at FlightSafety International Inc.’s Atlanta Learning Center.
Martha Spencer (’06, DB) was a meteorologist for four-and-a-half years at CBS affiliate WTVY in Dothan, Ala. While in Dothan, Spencer received two Alabama Associated Press Best Weather Anchor awards, and also obtained her National Weather Association official Broadcasters Seal of Approval. In January of 2012 she accepted a job at CBS affiliate WBTW-TV in Myrtle Beach, S.C., as a morning and noon meteorologist.
Alexis Smollok (’85, DB; ’89, WW) is deputy assistant director for the Federal Air Marshal Service. Her responsibilities include strategic management of 10 Federal Air Marshal Field Offices: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, San Francisco and Seattle, as well as their resident offices. Prior to her current assignment, she served as assistant director and deputy assistant director for the Office of Security Services and Assessments and performed detail assignments in the Office of Field Operations. Smollok holds a Certified Protection Professional Accreditation (CPP) from the American Society for Industrial Security; is a licensed commercial pilot and active SCUBA diver; and is a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES).
This month, we remember...
Jesse C. King Jr. ('03, DB) - 5/28/1977 to 3/22/2012
Catia V5 Junior Consultant, PCO Innovation (Nationwide)
Pilot, Trans Maldivian Airways, (Maldives, Malé)
Airborne Sensor Operator/Imagery Analyst, Science Applications International Corp., (Bridgewater, Va.)
B737 First Officer, Northern Air Cargo, (Anchorage, Alaska)
Systems Administrator/IT, NewSpace Global, (Daytona Beach, Fla.)
Software Engineer- Entry Level, Garmin International, (Olathe, Kan.)
Advisor, Health & Safety, Masco Contractor Services, (Middlefield, Ohio)
ATC Specialist, TASC, Inc./ TAC2, (Washington, D.C.)
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