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ALU M N I N E WS
MESSAGE FROM THE ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT
I’m excited to announce that we added more than 1,300
new Eagles to our 100,000 Strong and counting this past May. We happily welcome new members to the alumni community we call the EaglesNEST. All Embry-Riddle graduates automatically become members of the Alumni Association. For information about membership bene ts visit: www.eraualumni.org. The Women’s Ambassador Program continues to strive toward its goal of increasing the number of female students at Embry-Riddle and in the aviation and aerospace industries. Our TEA (Technology, Engineering, Aviation) receptions, hosted by the Admissions departments in conjunction with alumni chapter events across the country, have been wellreceived. Our women ambassadors, both students and alumnae, have done an outstanding job sharing their Assistant Vice President of Alumni Relations Michéle Berg and Executive on-campus experiences, and Vice President and Chief Academic the latter, how their EmbryOfﬁcer for the Worldwide Campus John Watret, right, with Jorge Irribarra Riddle education has contrib(’07, ’12, WW). uted to their career success. Alumnae interested in getting involved in this rewarding program can visit www.eraualumni.org/wap. We can do it! Don’t forget to mark your calendars for our Wings and Waves Alumni Weekend, Oct. 10–14 in Daytona Beach and OctoberWest, Oct. 4–6 in Prescott, Ariz. With three jet teams attending Wings and Waves for the rst time in history, the air show promises to be better than ever. The Embry-Riddle Jet Dragster is making an encore visit to OctoberWest this year as well. The best part of Homecoming is spending time with fellow Eagles. I look forward to welcoming you back to your alma mater during this special time! Remember you are “Forever an Eagle!” Sincerely,
Sandy Kaplan discusses his Vietnam experience at the Veterans Appreciation Day event April 17 at the Daytona Beach Campus. Also pictured, left to right, are Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Ofﬁcer Richard Heist, President and CEO John Johnson, and Lt. Col. Garrett Messner, Army ROTC Battalion Commander.
VETERANS APPRECIATION DAY
Sanford ‘Sandy’ Kaplan (’59, MC) shares Vietnam experience
Kaplan shared these and other adventures during EmbryRiddle’s Veterans Appreciation Day activities April 16–17 at the Daytona Beach Campus. University President and CEO John Johnson created the event four years ago to thank veterans for their service on a day other than the national holiday. The Vietnam experience left an indelible mark and gave Kaplan personal knowledge of the phrase “band of brothers.” “The guys that served in the rst and second World Wars, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia— I understand what they went through and they understand what I went through,” he says. “I am thankful for their service, and I’m thankful that I was able to serve my country.” Kaplan is the author of An Aviator’s Story, which recounts his experiences in Vietnam and as a corporate and commercial helicopter pilot and instructor.
M B Assistant Vice President, Alumni Relations
P.S. — Don’t forget the Industry/Career Expos: Oct. 4 in Prescott and –-—–— Oct 10 in Daytona Beach. -–-—.–— www.erau.edu/career
t was an unorthodox ight in 1953—during which Sanford “Sandy” Kaplan (’59, MC) and a friend buzzed the city of Morristown, N.J., at altitudes of 300 feet and below—that rst persuaded Kaplan, then 13, to become an aviator. “The cops were waiting for us when we nally taxied to one of the empty tie-downs at the Morristown Airport,” Kaplan says. “But this was before the FAA, so they just told us not to do it again.” In adulthood, Kaplan would continue to push limits— commandeering a helicopter to rescue a pilot shot down in the Vietnam jungle; ying a helicopter inside the Atlantic City Convention Hall; and attacking a supply ship during the war, which conclusively revealed the Soviet connection to North Vietnam. For this, he received special recognition from Gen. William Westmoreland.
Watch Sandy Kaplan Speak
Kaplan photo by Daryl Labello
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View the video of Sanford “Sandy” Kaplan (’59, MC) sharing his story: www.eraualumni.org/ veteransappreciation2012.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Lift - Fall 2012
Lift - Fall 2012
Letter from the President
Wings of Legacy
Carving New Ventures
Releasing the Dragon
Giving to Embry-Riddle
Alumni in Action
Lift - Fall 2012