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givi ng to embry-riddle Drs. Chuck and Beth Duva help revitalize community with fellowship gift I By Ke l ly Cu Cul i ansK y Prat t honoring t h e i r s u p p o rt The Jim W. Henderson Administration & Welcome Center Banquet Hall at the Daytona Beach Campus was named in honor of Drs. Beth and Chuck Duva, in recognition of their support of graduate level research and education at Embry-Riddle. 22 LI FT sPr in G 201 3 ntrigued by the sights and sounds of a flight school located near his childhood home in Miami, it would be nearly a half-century later before Charles “Chuck” Duva, M.D., would cement his connection with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. As a teenager in South Florida, Chuck wanted to learn to fly, but couldn’t afford flight lessons. When he and his family moved to Daytona Beach, Fla., in 1964, he put his goal of becoming a pilot to rest. As fate would have it, the then EmbryRiddle Aeronautical Institute followed him to Daytona Beach just one year later. Chuck went on to pursue a career in medicine, but continued to watch from the sidelines as the school flourished and became a world-class university. Now a successful business and medical leader, he and his wife, Elizabeth “Beth” Duva, who holds a Ph.D. in holistic nutrition, solidified their relationship with Embry-Riddle in 2012 by establishing the first aerospace engineering fellowship to support doctoral students. For the Duvas, the $400,000 gift will not only help students reach the top level of their field, it’s also an investment in their hometown. “We’re strong supporters of education and we really want to see our local community thrive, ” Chuck says. College of Engineering Dean Maj Mirmirani says Embry-Riddle’s new Ph.D. in Aeronautical Engineering is among the catalysts spurring new growth at the university. “The Duvas see how fast the university is growing and they want to be a part of this exciting enterprise, Mirmirani says. “Education is their ” passion and, of course, education has an impact on economic growth. ” The doctorate in aerospace engineering, which debuts fall 2013, aligns with Embry-Riddle’s emphasis on becoming an entrepreneurial university and a solutions-provider for industry. Student researchers WWW.gIvI ngTo.ERAu.ED u will work hand in hand with leading aerospace companies, many of which will ultimately take up residence at Embry-Riddle’s developing 90-acre-plus Aerospace Research and Technology Park, Mirmirani says. “When it comes to the technology park, I think the opportunities are limitless, Chuck says. “Once one ” organization comes, I think many more will follow and it will be a huge boon to the area. ” Meeting the Need The Drs. Charles and Elizabeth Duva Endowed Fellowship in Aerospace Engineering will support living stipends for two Ph.D. candidates per year. “The fellowship will provide much-needed financial support Photo by tony giese PhotograPhy Doctors’ Remedy http://WWW.GIVINGTO.ERAU.EDU

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Lift - Spring 2013

Lift - Spring 2013
A Soulful Presence
Riddle Field
Higher Learning
Alumni Weekend/ OctoberWest
Navigating Home
Riding on Real Estate
Doctors’ Remedy
Helping Eagles Fly
Alumni News
Class Notes

Lift - Spring 2013