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We Made It Happen How we got tHere DecaDe 1920s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s total G R ad uaTI n G c lass b R I n G s alu M n I TO 100,000 str o n g alumni* 11 781 428 736 4,118 17,756 32,061 42,451 8,264** 106,606 * “On record” with the university ** and counting ... Clockwise from top: Joseph Kenney (’11, WW) signs the commemorative ‘100,000 Strong’ banner at the Long Beach ceremony; A group of students and Dr. Frank Ayers, executive vice president and CAO, celebrate at Prescott Campus; Rayna Thompson is all smiles at the Daytona Beach graduation; Stan Weber, left, pins the rank on his son, Matthew Weber, at the NROTC Commissioning at Daytona Beach; A group of Worldwide Campus alumni celebrate at a U.S. Army installation in Afghanistan; and European students participate in a Regional Worldwide Campus commencement at Ramstein Air Base in Germany. 14 LIFT Fall 2011 www.ERAUALUMNI.ORG Daytona Beach: Tony Giese Photography; Long Beach: Bill Thompson; Prescott: A Storybook Moment Photography; Afghanistan: Stefanie Ramsey; Ramstein Air Base: Bob Score. Opposite page: Norman Knight photo courtesy of GradImages; Zane Rowe photo by Tony Giese Photography. Reaching 100,000 Richard Heist, Ph.D., executive vice president and chief academic officer (CAO) for the he graduating class of 2011 tipped the Daytona Beach Campus. scale for Embry-Riddle, moving the Kevin Montgomery, university archi85-year-old educational institution vist, agrees, but with a caveat. According to into a greater sphere of influence with Montgomery, Embry-Riddle actually has 100,000 alumni. Nearly 1,000 Daytona more than 100,000 alumni. However, the Beach and Prescott campus graduates complexity of maintaining accurate records, received degrees at May commencement cerparticularly during World War emonies; meanwhile, more than II when a significant number 2,000 Worldwide Campus graduTo view in-depth articles of military cadets were trained ates celebrated their academic for each commencement for the United States, Royal Air achievements at locations across ceremony, photos Force and several other countries, the United States and abroad. and video, visit makes it impossible to determine “That’s 100,000 graduates, the exact number. The 100,000 alumni, peers, co-workers, friends 100kalumnistrong. figure includes all alumni on and—like you—Eagles. That’s record who earned a diploma, about one-eighth the size of certificate of completion or degree from any today’s entire aerospace industry. It’s a stagof Embry-Riddle’s three university campuses gering number,” said Senior Class President (Daytona Beach, Prescott and Worldwide), Charlie Harrison (’11, DB) at the Daytona or its flight schools and institute that operated Beach commencement. prior to the university’s creation in 1970. “These alumni share a lifelong connection “We are all extremely proud to be ‘100,000 that reaches across generations, personaliStrong,’ ” Heist says. “But what makes this ties, geographic regions and cultures,” says By Sara WithroW T http://WWW.ERAUALUMNI.ORG

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Lift - Fall 2011

Lift - Fall 2011
Table of contents
Letter from the President
Partnership expands high-performance vehicle research
Leading ladies
5-Star Philanthropist
Birds of a feather
We made it happen in 2011!
A winning combination
Blue sky landing
Alumni news
Class notes

Lift - Fall 2011