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Part of the Embry-Riddle fabric Scholarship honors the dedication of Larry and Brenda Stephan BY STE V E N BO B I N S K Y Above, Larry and Brenda Stephan in their early days on the Prescott Campus; Right, the couple pose at the state-ofthe-art track and field/soccer facility. 18 P H I L A NTH R O PY R E P O RT G I V I N GTO.E R A U.E D U A Storybook Moment Photography ost, if not all graduates of the Prescott Campus can recall Larry Stephan’s voice, even if they never met him personally. Hired as director of recreational sports at the newly opened campus in the spring of 1979, he began announcing the names of graduates at the rst Prescott Commencement in August 1980. A tradition for the past 33 years, his booming voice continues to electrify crowds at Prescott graduation ceremonies. While rewarding, serving as commencement announcer was extraneous to Larry’s primary responsibility upon coming to Embry-Riddle: to establish the building blocks of an award-winning athletics program. What started as recreational activities, quickly evolved into club, intramural and intercollegiate competition under his direction. As the athletics program grew, so did Larry’s job. He rose in the ranks from director of athletics to associate dean of students (while continuing to serve as athletics director); and in 2009, he became dean of students. The Prescott Campus now offers six intercollegiate sports teams for men and women and has plans to add four more by 2015; and, this fall marked the program’s debut in the California Paci c Conference (Cal Pac). Larry and his wife, Brenda, were recently recognized by the current director of athletics, Ted Blake, for their years of service and dedication with the naming of the Champions of Character Scholarship in their honor. The fund will continue to support students participating in intramural and intercollegiate athletics. “Naming the scholarship for Larry and Brenda was an obvious choice,” says Frank Ayers, chancellor of the Prescott Campus. “They are the embodiment of Prescott Athletics and our program would not be what it is today without them.” In addition to giving their time and talent, Larry and Brenda are strong advocates for philanthropy and consistent nancial supporters of the university. In 1989, Larry and the athletic department created an alumni golf tournament, held annually in conjunction with OctoberWest/Homecoming activities, to encourage Embry-Riddle graduates to return to campus. A secondary, but equally important component of the golf tournament was to create an additional avenue to nancially assist students competing in both intramural and collegiate athletics. Over the years, the tournament has raised $49,000 and provided 27 studentathletes with nancial assistance. Moving forward, revenues generated from the tournament will be invested in the Larry K. and Brenda S. Stephan Champions of Character Endowed Scholarship. The Stephans are working closely with the university to reach out to alumni and friends to encourage additional gifts—in an effort to quickly elevate the fund to full endowment level. EARLY DAYS Moving to Prescott, Ariz. in 1979, with Brenda and their young daughter, Alisha, Larry found a campus community low in numbers, but ripe with opportunity. “When I arrived, 242 students were completing nal exams for spring semester, and we were heading into Summer-A with about 75 students,” he recalls.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Lift - 2012 Annual Report on Philanthropy

Lift - 2012 Annual Report on Philanthropy
Letter From the President
Letter From the Associate Vice President
Fiscal Year 2012 Financial Report
Throttling up
Lifetime and Legacy Donors
Toward an entrepreneurial university
Corporations and foundations
Student projects take off with Rockwell Collins
Daytona Beach alumni
Part of the Embry-Riddle fabric
Embry-Riddle’s first cadet gives back
Students help create a culture of philanthropy
Prescott alumni
Worldwide alumni
Military support
Board members, faculty and staff
Perpetuating dreams
Scholarship Donors
In Memoriam Donors
Endowed Funds

Lift - 2012 Annual Report on Philanthropy