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C H AT TE R n ews & n ote s f r o m th e wo r l d o f e m b ry-r i d d l e ALTIMETER More news and events at Embry-Riddle: The late Jack R. Hunt, president of Embry-Riddle from 1963–1984, was inducted in May into the Florida Aviation Hall of Fame at the Florida Air Museum in Lakeland. In 1957, Hunt commanded the Navy blimp ZPG-2 “Snow Bird” on the longest unrefueled, transAtlantic flight in history (9,448 miles). Dave Paschal, tennis coach at the Daytona Beach Campus, was named National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics women’s Coach of the Year and men’s South Region Coach of the Year. The women’s team achieved the highest national ranking in program history (No. 2), advancing to the national semifinals for the first time; the men’s team finished the season as National Runner-Up in its finals debut. Building up The topography is changing at the Embry-Riddle Daytona Beach Campus O n Sept. 9, university officials, supporters and friends participated in a ribboncutting event celebrating the opening of three new buildings for the James Hagedorn Aviation Complex. The buildings account for 99,500 square feet of additional instructional and operational space. They include the Sam Goldman Fleet Maintenance Hangar, the Emil Buehler Aviation Maintenance Science Building and a new Flight Operations Building (yet to be named). “This world-class aviation complex will ensure that Embry-Riddle students have the best instruction and technology our industry requires,” says John P. Johnson, Ph.D., university president and CEO. Construction of the $22 million complex began in January 2009 with the demolition of the 37-year-old Gill Robb Wilson Flight Training Center. An open-air plaza containing a monumental stainless-steel sculpture depicting Pathways to the Sky, by Orlando, Fla., artist Peter Forster serves as the focal point of the complex. In an effort to join Embry-Riddle’s past with its future, the sculpture’s base was created from bricks saved from the original Gill Robb Wilson building; donors to the Dean’s Scholarship Fund can have their name(s) engraved on a brick for posterity. In all, the Aviation Complex consists of seven buildings, which support more than 2,000 students seeking degrees in Aeronautical Science, Aviation Maintenance Science, Meteorology, Homeland Security, Air Traffic Management, and Safety Science, and certification in FAA Airframe and Powerplant. Major donors for the complex include Hagedorn (’79, DB), a member of the Embry-Riddle Board of Trustees, and his wife, Karli; Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust; Sam Goldman Family; and Helen Wessel. SiX MOnTHS in SpACe Embry-Riddle alumnus finishes ISS mission Col. Ronald J. Garan Jr. (’94, WW) completes a six-month tour aboard the International Space Station (ISS) this September. The 49-year-old and two Russian Cosmonauts left Earth on April 4 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. A retired U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter pilot, Garan has served as flight engineer for the mission, assisting with two Space Shuttle missions (STS-134 Col. Garan prepares for his and STS-135) and 2008 mission on removing a large the Space Shutmodule from the ISS tle Discovery. for return to Earth. This is his second time in space. In 2008, he was a mission specialist aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery, logging more than 20 spacewalk hours while installing the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Kibo laboratory at the ISS. Another Embry-Riddle alumnus, Lt. Cmdr. Daniel C. Burbank (’91, WW), is scheduled to begin a six-month tour of duty at the ISS this fall. Fore! Prescott Campus adds golf program Embry-Riddle’s Prescott Campus is driving its athletics program forward with the addition of an intercollegiate golf program for men and women that debuts this academic year (2011–12). “The men’s and women’s golf programs are an exciting new addition to the campus,” says Dr. Frank Ayers, Ed.D., executive vice president and chief academic officer for the Prescott Campus. The campus’s first-ever men’s and women’s golf program is part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). “We’re thrilled to be expanding the athletics program with the addition of golf,” says Ted Blake, athletics director. Beyond adding another sport to the Prescott Campus, the program should appeal to prospective female scholarathletes. This aligns with a university-wide goal of increasing female enrollment, he says. Kim Haddow, a member of the National Golf Coaches Association and an LPGA Class A Golf Instructor, is coaching both the men’s and women’s teams. Daytona courtesy of Nelson Aerial Photography www.ERAUAlUmNi.oRg Fall 2011 liFT 3 NASA 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