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Me ssa ge fr o M th e al u M ni as s o ci at i o n
Forever an Eagle!
Bill Thompson (’87 PC)
Official Alumni Group
“Join the Nest”:
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Eagles Rally for
One of Their Own
‘We Are 1 Run’ supports
alumna’s fight against cancer
B Y T O R I C A R TA
Members of the Phi Gamma Delta International
Fraternity (FIJI) and the Embry-Riddle community
took turns this January biking and running a 200mile stretch of road to support Kate (Schwikert)
Waidmann (‘02, DB) in her fight against cancer.
Described as a “once in a lifetime experience” by
several of the participants, the “We Are 1 Run” started at
9 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, at the Embry-Riddle Daytona
Beach Campus and ended at noon the following day
at Northwood University in West Palm Beach, Fla.
Waidmann, who played for the Eagles’ women’s
soccer team in 1999 and 2000, was diagnosed with
Stage III colon cancer in September 2012. She endured
Photos by CandaCe adkison
am excited to be leading the Embry-Riddle Alumni Association as
its newly named executive director. We have a great team in place
and a number of alumni events and activities already scheduled for
the coming year. For up-to-date information, visit the eaglesNEST at
If we have never met, I would like to introduce myself. I am
a 1987 graduate of the Prescott Campus, and for the past three
years, I have served as Prescott’s director of Alumni Relations. In
all, I have worked for Embry-Riddle for more than 18 years. During
that time, I’ve worn a lot of hats, including director of Admissions
and Enrollment, director of external/community relations, and in my
early years, assistant director of Alumni Relations. Essentially, I’ve progressed from searching the world over
for some of the best student talent for
Please contact me
with your suggestions recruitment purposes, to searching for
Embry-Riddle alumni so that I can reconat William.Thompson nect them with their alma mater and
share their success stories with others.
I also have a background in the aerospace industry. After graduating with a degree in aviation business
administration, I worked for Northrop Aerospace Company in El Segundo,
Calif. I was also a small business manager/owner for a few years, before
I returned to Embry-Riddle in 1994.
For more than 20 years, the Embry-Riddle family has been my family. In May, my daughter, Chelsea, will join our growing alumni network.
Am I proud? You bet!
Our excellent Alumni Relations staff, which includes fellow Eagles
Edmund Odartey (’04, ’10, DB), director of Alumni Relations at Daytona
Beach, and Keith Deaton (’05, ’12, DB), associate director of outreach for
Alumni Relations, is at your service. We look forward to working with our
Alumni Advisory Council—and all of you—as we continue to enhance
our programs and services and engage alumni all over the United States
and the world.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Lift - Spring 2013
Lift - Spring 2013
A Soulful Presence
Alumni Weekend/ OctoberWest
Riding on Real Estate
Helping Eagles Fly
Lift - Spring 2013