Lift - Fall 2011 - (Page 23)
Alu m n i n e ws
Members of Pi Kappa Alpha pose for a photo at the Daytona Beach dinner.
Message from the Executive Director
Michéle Berg, center, and Terry Mularkey (’94, WW), left, congratulate Angela Primavere (’07, ’11, WW) at the May commencement. Primavere is the academic events and curriculum coordinator at the Daytona Beach Campus.
Etiquette important at Embry-Riddle
The Student Alumni Associations (SAA) at Daytona Beach and Prescott held their annual Etiquette Dinners on March 9 and Feb. 10, respectively. Approximately 100 students and staff attended each gathering. “This has become one of SAA’s signature events that all students look forward to in the spring semester,” says Edmund Odartey (’04, ’10, DB), associate director of Alumni Relations and advisor of SAA for Daytona Beach. The goal of the dinner (now in its seventh year) is to train students on proper dining etiquette. Bill Thompson (’87, PC), director of Alumni Relations at Prescott Campus, says, “I feel confident that someday during an interview, these students will be more aware of proper dress, dining etiquette, manners and much more, due to their participation in this event.” The Daytona Beach dinner was sponsored by both the Alumni Association and the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. The Prescott dinner was co-sponsored by the Alumni Association, Career Services and Student Government Association.
The past couple of months have truly been a celebration in the Alumni Association, as we achieved the “100,000 Alumni Strong” milestone! The buildup to our graduation ceremonies— and the commencements themselves—were an exciting and encouraging time.
Special T-shirts were designed and distributed to our graduates with the words “I made it happen in 2011” across the front and the Embry-Riddle “100,000 Alumni Strong” logo on the back. It brings a smile to my face every time I see graduates wearing their new T-shirts, as I know they share in our pride as a university. Special banners announcing this high point in Embry-Riddle history were created as well, and are now displayed on the Daytona Beach and Prescott campuses. The banners are a visible reminder of our collective accomplishment, and are something all alumni should be proud to see as they drive onto campus! After doing some calculations with the 100,000 figure, the 2011 Senior Class Council President for the Daytona Beach Campus, Charlie Harrison, said: “That’s about one-eighth the size of today’s entire aerospace industry. Wow! 100,000 graduates, alumni, peers, coworkers, friends and all of us Eagles.” Only a Riddle student would put it that way—it made me proud! This issue of Lift highlights in pictures and stories the excitement of your alma mater reaching 100,000 Alumni! I look forward to welcoming you all back to campus this fall for homecoming, where you, too, can join us in celebrating “100,000 Alumni Strong!” Sincerely,
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Putting a positive spin on ‘Riddle Runaround’
experiences and to view difficulties as Lisa Anderson Spencer (’99, WW; exercises in perseverance. ’03, DB) was honored with the Alumni “Disappointments are not isolated Association Eagle of Excellence Award on Feb. 27, 2011, at the annual Women events,” Spencer said during her acceptance speech. “You will experience in Aviation conference in Reno, Nev. them throughout every activity of your “Lisa is deserving of the life ... You need to rememAssociation’s highest ber that they do not define honor, in recognition you. What may define you of her continued supis how you react to and port and enthusiasm deal with them.” for Embry-Riddle,” said She added, “Take your Michéle Berg, execuexperiences—all of them— tive director of the and practice the ‘Riddle Alumni Association. Runaround’ [E-R-A-U] Spencer addressed and let’s see how far your the infamous “Riddle alma mater can take you!” Runaround” at the Spencer serves event, putting a posiLisa Anderson Spencer, left, is awarded the Eagle of on the Embry-Riddle tive spin on the pheExcellence by Michéle Berg, Alumni Advisory Council nomenon typically executive director of the Alumni Association. and is a former adjunct associated with disapfaculty member for the pointments related to a Worldwide Campus. She is an aviastudent’s experience at the university. tion risk management officer for the Creating a new acronym for E-R-A-U United Nations peacekeeping mis(Evaluate; Responsibility; Acceptance; sion and World Food Programme in Understand), she challenged students New York City. to embrace frustrations as learning
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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
Birds of a feather
We made it happen in 2011!
A winning combination
Blue sky landing
Lift - Fall 2011